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UIndy Faculty, Staff Provide Expert Insight to Local, National Media in November

UIndy Faculty in the News November

Written by Lilli Keiper

As part of their commitment to “education for service,” faculty and staff at the University of Indianapolis share their expertise with local and national news outlets in order to keep our community informed and to introduce new perspectives on current issues. 

UIndy faculty and staff were featured in the following news stories in November:

President Tanuja Singh spoke with the Indianapolis Business Journal about the recent grant awarded to UIndy by the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation. The grant will support the University’s Center for Global Engagement and the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center. 

Cyndi Carrasco, vice president and general counsel at UIndy, has been sworn into office this month in order to complete the term of late Indiana State Senator Jack E. Sandlin. Read more about the event on Daily Journal, FOX59, Statehouse File, and Local News Digital.

Dr. Gregory Shufeldt, associate professor of political science, provided his insight in an Indystar article on Donald Trump’s endorsement of U.S. Senator Mike Braun in the 2023 Indiana governor’s race. He discussed the positive impact that the decision may have for Braun in the overall race. Dr. Shufelt’s expertise was also noted in a WRTV article reporting on the chance of recreational marijuana being approved for Indiana.

Dr. Laura Merrifield Wilson, professor of political science, discusses the Indianapolis mayoral race in an Indianapolis Business Journal article. She discusses the comparisons made between the two candidates, Joe Hogsett and Jefferson Shreve, that resulted in Shreve’s shift in campaign focus. 

After Hogsett’s landslide win in the Indianapolis mayoral election, both Dr. Wilson and Dr. Shufeldt were featured in Indystar articles discussing the results. Dr. Shufelt commented on the “Democratic control” that aided in Hogsett’s victory, despite Shreve’s funds. Dr. Wilson discussed how Shreve’s funds may have actually hindered his win, specifically through ad overexposure. 

Both Dr. Wilson and Dr. Shufeldt were featured as political experts in a panel hosted by The Indiana Capital Chronicle and the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics for Indiana General Assembly session Tuesday at the Statehouse. Read more on The Indiana Capital Chronicle website. The Statehouse File reports on the predicted future of the legislature in Indiana, and quotes Dr. Wilson’s insight on the topic. 

In addition to the mayoral race in Indianapolis, Dr. Wilson also provided her expertise on the mayoral elections in Carmel and Fishers. Read more on Indystar.

Dr. Wilson also talks about the “youth movement” in politics in a FOX59 article about a 23-year-old Indianapolis resident who will serve on the City-County Council representing Indianapolis District 4. She is also featured in an article discussing the future of legislation in Indiana. 

Inside Indiana Business highlighted Dr. Karl Knapp, associate professor of business administration, and his recent appointment as dean of the UIndy School of Business. 

Both Kate Coffman and Josh Morrison were featured in an Indianapolis Business Journal article discussing UIndy’s graduation rates boosting program using data analytics. Kate Coffman, manager of the program and associate vice president for university marketing and enrollment strategy, talks about how the information could be used to keep students on a path to success. Josh Morrison, director of academic retention programs, spoke about further analyzing data that already exists. 

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