UIndy Hosts 45th Annual Lugar Symposium

The 45th annual Richard G. Lugar Symposium for Tomorrow’s Leaders featuring NPR’s Steve Inskeep, hosted by The Richard G. Lugar Academy at the University of Indianapolis, will bring together hundreds of top high school juniors from Indiana for a day of discussion on public issues and world events on Saturday, December 4, 2021. Journalist, author and host of National Public Radio’s Morning Edition Steve Inskeep will be the keynote speaker. Mr. Inskeep will be available for media interviews from 9:30 to 10:00 a.m.

Part of the expansive legacy former Indiana Senator Richard G. Lugar created in his lifetime, more than 20,000 students have benefited from the symposium in over four decades. The 2021 event marks a return to in-person activities for the Symposium.

“The University of Indianapolis is grateful to honor Senator Lugar’s impressive legacy of service and his mission to cultivate future leaders,” said University of Indianapolis President Robert L. Manuel. “We are thrilled to welcome back Steve Inskeep for his participation in this exciting event that engages young people with the most pressing issues of our time.”

Students will select from a variety of breakout sessions on current topical issues, including global leadership in athletics, systemic racism, American politics, the future of policing, and more. In keeping with Senator Lugar’s tradition of evaluating issues based on merit, the Symposium ensures students are presented with a balanced view of the issues, rather than a partisan viewpoint.

About the Lugar Academy

More than 20,000 promising students have participated in the Lugar Symposium during the past 40 years, gaining wisdom, insight and access to some of the finest minds available. Principals from every high school in Indiana are asked to select three outstanding student leaders from their junior class to attend the Symposium. Sen. Richard G. Lugar (April 4, 1932 – April 28, 2019) served as a Distinguished Trustee, a former professor of political science and received an honorary degree from the University of Indianapolis, among 46 colleges and universities which bestowed Lugar with the honor during his lifetime. Lugar was a fifth-generation Hoosier who left the United States Senate as the longest-serving member of Congress in Indiana history. The symposium that bears his name was launched in 1977 as an opportunity to discuss with students topics of local and global importance.

Future Engineers to compete at uindy

Future Engineers compete at University of Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS—On Saturday, December 11th, 2021, hundreds of students from across the state of Indiana will be participating in the FIRST LEGO League state championship at the R.B. Annis School of Engineering on the campus of the University of Indianapolis.

Thirty-six teams made up of students in grades 4-8 will get three matches during which their robot has to solve a series of missions autonomously on a 4 X 8-foot table in two and a half minutes. Teams will be competing for an invitation to the FIRST World Festival to be held in April 2022 in Detroit, Michigan where they will compete against teams from over 100 countries. There is also a spot available for a team to be nominated for the Global Innovation Award powered by Star Wars Force for Change.

In addition to creating robots, students will also give a research-based presentation to a panel of judges. This competitive component is known as the Innovation Project. FLL’s Cargo Connect participants have learned how cargo is transported, sorted and delivered to its destinations. Using this information, students have identified real-world problems and completed the Innovation Project by developing innovative solutions to those problems.

Through the 2021-2022 season, FIRST® FORWARD presented by Qualcomm, teams have the power to reimagine a path forward and invent the future of transportation. Each FIRST program centers around the theme of transportation and explores the variety of ways technology and engineering have improved transportation throughout history. Transportation drives progress, impacting economies around the world and advancing globalization.

For information about starting an FLL team at your school, community group, or other organization please email info@indianafirst.org. You can also visit the FIRST website www.firstinspires.org/robotics/fll/start-a-team to learn how you can start a team today.

About FIRST

FIRST® is a robotics community that prepares young people for the future through a suite of inclusive, team-based robotics programs for ages 4-18 (PreK-12) that can be facilitated in school or in structured afterschool programs. An international not-for-profit organization founded by accomplished inventor Dean Kamen in 1989, FIRST has a proven impact on STEM learning, interest, and skill-building well beyond high school. Boosted by a global support system of mentors, coaches, volunteers, alumni, and sponsors that include over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies, teams operate under a signature set of FIRST Core Values to conduct research, fundraise, design, and build robots, then compete and celebrate at local, regional, and international events. High school students are eligible for more than $80 million in college scholarships. Learn more at firstinspires.org

About FIRST Indiana Robotics 

FIRST Indiana Robotics is an organization dedicated to growing FIRST robotics programs in the state of Indiana. Founded in the fall of 2001 as the Indiana-based affiliate of FIRST, FIRST Indiana Robotics brings FIRST programming to students in grades K-12, teaching them hands-on skills in engineering, science and technology that they can relate back to their class work.

About the R.B. Annis School of Engineering

The R.B. Annis School of Engineering at the University of Indianapolis was established in 2017 through a transformative $5 million grant from the R.B. Annis Educational Foundation. Since its founding, the Annis School has set a regional standard as an innovative engineering school offering seven specialized areas of study in computer engineering, electrical engineering, software engineering, mechanical engineering, industrial & systems engineering, computer science, and general engineering. In March 2021, the University dedicated the state-of-the-art R.B. Annis Hall as the new home of the Annis School. The expansion, which translates to more opportunities for innovative designs for student teams as well as industry and community connections, is the culmination of the University’s $25 million investment in its engineering programs. With 19 full-time faculty and directors and an average class size of ten students, the Annis School offers students real-world industry experience through internships and collaborative projects with internal and external clients, as well as mentoring and soft skills development. 

Exhibition Featuring Late Indiana Artist Terry Copen (1950-2021) visits UIndy

A new exhibition featuring the works of late artist Terry Copen will open on November 15th 4pm-6pm at Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center located in the University of Indianapolis at 1400 E Hanna Ave. and adjacent to the Ruth Lilly Performance Hall. This exhibition features major works from the artist’s career spanning nearly forty year.

‘A Life in Art’ follows the talented artist’s progression from a young emerging artist in the 1980s through his challenging last days in 2021. The themes addressed by Copen centered around his concern for the moral direction of society. Work both early and late in his career expresses his ruminations on morality.

Copen exhibited mainly early in his career. He was a founding member of the 431 Gallery on Massachusetts Ave in the 1980s and later displayed work at the InVivo Gallery also on Mass Ave. He won Best in Show at the 70th annual juried Artist Show at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (now Newfields) with his oil painting on coffin Lids titled “ Son Hero,” a work included in the present show. Copen participated in the group exhibition curated by Bill Adkins at the Hindsman Gallery. In the 90s Copen had a solo show at the ROY G BIV Gallery in Columbus, Ohio, and displayed work at the Richmond Art Museum in Richmond, Indiana.

After moving to Texas in 2003 Copen worked solely in the studio. He left behind a cohesive strong body of work.

Copen was a respected part of a group of young artists in Indianapolis in the 1980s that had an exciting cohesive Midwestern sensibility expressed in a variety of ways. Terry Copen’s work has returned to his artistic roots in Indianapolis with this exhibit at UIndy.

About Terry Copen

Terry Copen was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1950. He grew up during the Jim Crow era in the South making a lasting impression and formulating a deep sense of morality versus immorality, right vs wrong. He was eligible for the Vietnam draft but was excluded due to poor eyesight. In the mid-1970’s, he left the South, driving North with the intention of reaching Canada. His car broke down in Indianapolis where he remained until 1991.

Copen was a self-taught artist, studying Rembrandt and Caravaggio. In 1981, he enrolled at Herron School of Art in Indianapolis and studied painting. His early work was heavily influenced by the Neo-Expressionist painters of the day, and it was at Herron where his work expanded into wall reliefs, sculpture, and printmaking.

In 1984, Copen was a founding member of the 431 Gallery, a nonprofit, artist-run cooperative, on Massachusetts Avenue in downtown Indianapolis. He also exhibited regularly in Indiana and Ohio, before moving to Texas in 2003 where he focused solely on his work as a studio artist. He lived with cancer for many years before succumbing 2/23/2021. The work left behind speaks to a life dedicated to expressing his unique vision through sickness and health.

CELL launches Indiana Special Education Assisted Licensure (I-SEAL) to list of education initiatives

A new licensing assistance program will meet the significant need for special education teachers in Indiana. In partnership with the Indiana Department of Education, CELL is managing a funded licensing assistance program for post-baccalaureate programs of study that enables teachers to become fully licensed to teach special education in Indiana. I-SEAL utilizes streamlined programming eliminating excess requirements to ensure rapid completion of licensing requirements for teachers.

In a statement shared by Carey Dahncke, Executive Director of CELL, he describes the background of the creation of I-SEAL. “As Indiana works to recover from the academic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, some of our most vulnerable students in K-12 special education programs find themselves without a qualified teacher. In response to this rapidly growing shortage of special education teachers in schools, we’ve created a program that offers direct assistance to teachers, schools and principals. This program helps to train and license teachers who work with our state’s students with special needs. And, what makes this program unique, is that there is no cost to the schools or the teachers. We’ve streamlined the processes, so prospective special education teachers can accelerate their entry into the workplace, while working directly with the students who are most in need.”

I-SEAL will offer three programming tracks.  

  1. Currently licensed teachers who wish to add special education to their existing license will have an opportunity to participate in a fully-funded 18 credit hour graduate program.  Upon completion, they will be eligible for a special education license, pending a passing score on the state licensing exam.  
  2. A limited number of unlicensed teachers who wish to earn a special education teacher license and currently hold a bachelor’s degree will be eligible to enroll in a fully-funded Transition to Teaching program (T2T).  
  3. Individuals who have completed a special education preparation program but have been unable to pass the state licensing exam will have the opportunity to participate in special test-prep workshops to assist in obtaining the licensure cut score on the exam.    

The programs will pay for the coursework as well as the textbooks associated with each course.  Continued enrollment will be based upon continuous successful course completion. 

Visit IndianaSEAL.org for more details and how to apply for each higher education partner.

I-SEAL will also provide a scholarship assistance program for teachers currently enrolled in a special education licensure program other than that offered by I-SEAL. Awarded scholarships will subsidize the cost of completion. Prospective special education teachers who have completed necessary coursework for licensure but have failed to pass the licensing test once can apply for workshops designed to aid in understanding test-taking.

This program is funded in partnership with the Indiana Department of Education, which is using federal Elementary and Secondary School Relief Fund II dollars and Part B of Indiana’s Individuals with Disabilities Act funding to help special education teachers earn full licensure.

In a statement from Katie Jenner, Indiana Secretary of Education, “Indiana’s educators are difference-makers for our students, and we need more of these difference-makers in our classrooms. That’s especially the case in high-need areas like special education,” said Dr. Katie Jenner, Indiana Secretary of Education. “Through this initiative, statewide partners are coming together to provide Indiana’s current and future special education educators with access to convenient, accelerated options and key financial support, so that they, in turn, can continue supporting our Hoosier students daily.”

CELL’s multi-pronged approach to changing the education landscape of Indiana is producing results. The University of Indianapolis through CELL and its partners continually work to be a resource for awareness, exploration, and in-depth, innovative school transformation by remaining focused on educational excellence and achievement for all students.

CELL has significant experience facilitating successful education initiatives within areas of need across Indiana.  Based upon prior experiences providing teachers with programs to accelerate and support teacher credentialing, CELL has a reputable reputation.  CELL is recognized with dual credit credentialing strides with STEM teach and Teach Dual Credit Indiana. The organization’s newest initiative, I-SEAL will mirror many of the successful elements that have been developed across the thriving dual credit credentialing programs. 

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About the Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning

Created in 2001, the Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL) at the University of Indianapolis is focused on all children graduating from high school fully prepared for success in postsecondary education and the 21st-century workforce. The Center has generated $57 million in funding to support its work as the leader for innovative education change in Indiana. CELL provides leadership that is both cutting-edge and action-oriented. Via partnerships with international, national, and local education leaders and organizations, CELL unites districts, schools, communities, universities, and businesses to build a sense of urgency and form innovative collaborations for statewide educational and economic improvement.

UIndy celebrates campaign milestone and homecoming 2021

INDIANAPOLIS— The University of Indianapolis announced a significant milestone as the Campaign for the University of Indianapolis surpassed the $100 million mark. Coinciding with 2021 Homecoming festivities, the campaign celebration was held in front of the recently-restored four pillars of Good Hall, which represent the four pillars of the Campaign: Students, Faculty, Community, and Future. The celebration, which provided a current total for the Campaign of $103,503,843, featured speakers representative of each pillar as well as President Robert L. Manuel.

In total, the Campaign has raised $37.4 for students, $10.3 million for faculty, $15.1 million for community initiatives, and $40.7 million for the University’s future. 

“We have been extraordinarily fortunate to have the support of more than 20,000 donors on our way to this milestone,” University of Indianapolis President Robert L. Manuel said. “That far-reaching support is evidence of the impact we are having on our students and the community. The generosity of our UIndy family, including the leadership of our Board of Trustees, especially our Campaign chair, Yvonne Shaheen, is what allows us to continue our mission to provide transformational educational opportunities for our students.”

The Campaign is supporting scholarships for our students, new academic initiatives like the Strain Honors College and R.B. Annis School of Engineering, investments in our liberal arts tradition through the Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences, along with physical improvements to almost every building on campus and more.

This past weekend, several programs and spaces to support UIndy students were opened or dedicated thanks to the generosity of the supporters of the Campaign.

The Murvin S. Enders, Jr. Student Engagement Space

The Murvin S. Enders, Jr. Student Engagement Space and the programming provided within it will exist to support the inclusion and feeling of belonging of students on campus. The space, which is on the second floor of the Schwitzer Student Center, will be utilized by offices all across campus, including Student Affairs, Ecumenical & Interfaith, Inclusion & Equity, the Success Center, and Professional Edge. It will be a multi-use space that spans the entire student population and actively engages them in the UIndy experience.

The Center for Applied Health and Performance

This new space, on the second floor of Schwitzer Student Center, will allow students, faculty, and staff to identify their health and wellness goals, and then tap into University resources to achieve them. The Center will have state-of-the-art fitness equipment for anyone in the UIndy community, along with classes, hands-on learning experiences, and research opportunities.

The Phil and Janet Terry Center for Campus Connections

This “one-stop-shop” will act as a concierge service for any student who needs access to resources at the University. Multiple offices from across campus will have a presence in the Center and will ensure ease of access for students seeking financial, academic, and social support as they work to complete their degree at UIndy. Our Campus Connectors will place a high priority on understanding the aspirations of our UIndy students and make sure that no concern goes unaddressed. 

The Stephen F. Fry Professional Edge Center

The Stephen F. Fry Professional Edge Center empowers students to become confident, competitive, career-ready, and connected. The Stephen F. Fry Professional Edge Center team proactively and strategically equips, exposes, and encourages students to define and achieve their first destination goals.

University of Indianapolis announces launch of fall ad campaign

INDIANAPOLIS—The University of Indianapolis announced today the launch of a new ad campaign, highlighted by a television spot debuting this week in primetime during local broadcasts of the World Series between the Braves and Astros, along with regular daytime and evening programming. The spot is part of a campaign produced by Caldwell VanRiper.

The spot highlights UIndy’s vibrant campus and student life options, with an emphasis on state-of-the-art learning spaces, inclusive atmosphere and hands-on learning opportunities. Also showcased is the University’s affordability, with UIndy recognized as the most affordable private institution in central Indiana by the Indy Star. Beloved UIndy mascot Grady the Greyhound also makes a lightning fast appearance!

The ad highlights many of the numerous campus enhancements created as part of the University’s Vision 2030 strategic plan, including the Health Pavilion, R.B. Annis Hall, the renovation of the historic Good Hall and Krannert Memorial Library, Greyhound Village and University Lofts, among other significant campus investments.

As part of the University’s Homecoming celebration earlier this month, UIndy celebrated more than $103 million raised during the Campaign for the University of Indianapolis. The University also recently dedicated new spaces on campus thanks to the generosity of Campaign supporters, including the Murvin S. Enders, Jr. Student Engagement Space, the Center for Applied Health and Performance, the Phil and Janet Terry Center for Campus Connections and the Stephen F. Fry Professional Edge Center, all located on the second floor of the Schwitzer Student Center.

Kellogg Writers Series: Fiction Reading with Lysley Tenorio

Kellogg Writers Series: Fiction Reading with Lysley Tenorio
Wednesday, November 10th, 7:30 P.M.

UIndy Hall A, Schwitzer Student Center and Webinar via Zoom 
As part of the Kellogg Writers Series at UIndy, Lysley Tenorio will present a reading from his book, The Son of Good Fortune.

“With its cast of unforgettable characters and delightful prose, Tenorio has delivered a near-perfect novel.” – Chika Unigwe, Judge’s Citation

Lysley Tenorio is the author of the novel The Son of Good Fortune and the story collection Monstress, which was named a book of the year by the San Francisco Chronicle. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, a Whiting Award, a Stegner fellowship, the Edmund White Award, and the Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His stories have appeared in The Atlantic, Zoetrope: All-Story, and Ploughshares, and have been adapted for the stage by The American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and the Ma-Yi Theater in New York City.  Born in the Philippines, he lives in San Francisco, and is a professor at Saint Mary’s College of California.

Presented in collaboration with the Art & Design Lecture Series
LP credit available
For more information, check out UIndy’s events page.

The Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL) “CELLebrates” 20 years of monumental successes

INDIANAPOLIS—Over the last 20 years, the Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL) at the University of Indianapolis has led, advocated, and partnered with educators to bring about dramatic and dynamic change to benefit Hoosier children. In celebration of its 20th anniversary, CELL is hosting a public and complimentary, thought-provoking presentation from New York Times bestselling author Dan Heath. We will bring together our partners, supporters, and regional influencers, including local and state public officials, philanthropic organizations, business leaders, and educators from across the state to explore big ideas to reshape our work and transform how we look at the future of education.

Join us:

Wednesday, November 3, 2021
University of Indianapolis
Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center
4:00 – 5:30 P.M.

Register on Eventbrite to attend either in person or virtually.  Registration closes November 2nd at 5:00 P.M. EST. For those who attend in person, the first 250 participants will receive a complimentary copy of Upstream: The Quest to Solve Problems Before They Happen.

Dan Heath

“We hope the state’s educators will join us in reflecting on 20 years of educational impact across Indiana. By looking back, we move forward with our mission of ensuring every student graduates and is prepared for postsecondary readiness, training, and work in the 21st-century global economy,” said Carey Dahncke, executive director, CELL. 

Join us on November 3rd!  We look forward to CELLebrating at Dan Heath’s presentation on his book Upstream: The Quest to Solve Problems Before They Happen with our partners, supporters, and educators across Indiana.

About the Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning

Created in 2001, the Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL) at the University of Indianapolis is focused on all children graduating from high school fully prepared for success in postsecondary education and the 21st-century workforce. The Center has generated $57 million in funding to support its work as the leader for innovative education change in Indiana. CELL provides leadership that is both cutting-edge and action-oriented. Via partnerships with international, national, and local education leaders and organizations, CELL unites districts, schools, communities, universities, and businesses to build a sense of urgency and form innovative collaborations for statewide educational and economic improvement.

ICHE awards $2.4 million to ICI and CELL for STEM teacher courses

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education (ICHE) has awarded $2.4 million to Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) and the Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL) to continue their successful STEM Teach initiative that aids high school teachers needing graduate-level courses in STEM discipline areas to meet the Higher Learning Commission requirement for teaching dual-credit courses by 2022.

“STEM Teach V comes at an important juncture, as the demand for highly trained teachers in our K-12 schools is at an all-time high and as schools and students look to rebound from the challenges of the pandemic. At CELL, we know how important it is to help develop teachers who can cultivate interest and passion across the sciences, mathematics and technology fields in education, and we look forward to partnering with educators across the state and the Independent Colleges of Indiana to advance STEM education for Hoosier students.” said Carey Dahncke, executive director of CELL.

The General Assembly created the fund in 2013 to increase the number and quality of teachers in key subject areas where many school districts experience shortages. This is the fifth time STEM Teach received the grant.

“We look forward to continuing to serve high school teachers so that schools can provide ample dual credit opportunities in STEM fields to their high school students. This round of funding will not only provide the needed graduate courses in a specific content area for credentialing, but also the opportunity to complete a master’s degree if needed.” said Trish Wlodarczyk, director of strategic initiatives, STEM Teach and Teach Dual Credit Indiana, CELL.

In-service teachers will begin applying for acceptance into the program through an online application in October 2021. Teachers who successfully completed courses in previous iterations of STEM Teach will not need to reapply for this opportunity. Registration for courses for teachers accepted into the program are available based on each teacher’s priority status and will occur several months before each semester begins.

“We are grateful for ICHE’s continuing support of this important program because it provides key resources to Indiana teachers so that their students can take advantage of dual-credit opportunities in the growing STEM field,” said Dr. David W. Wantz, president and CEO of ICI.

About STEM Teach V

STEM Teach was designed to offer ICI members and public higher education institutions the opportunity to work together to increase the number of qualified dual-credit teachers of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in Indiana. Tuition, books, and materials for these courses will be offered at no cost to teachers employed in Indiana schools by utilizing funds available through the STEM Teacher Recruitment Fund to pay participating colleges and universities for these expenses.

About Independent Colleges of Indiana

Independent Colleges of Indiana serves as the collective voice for the state’s 29 private, non-profit colleges and universities. ICI institutions employ over 22,000 Hoosiers and generate a total local economic impact of over $5 billion annually. Students at ICI colleges have Indiana’s highest four-year, on-time graduation rates, and ICI institutions produce 30 percent of Indiana’s bachelor’s degrees while enrolling 20 percent of its undergraduates. 

About CELL

Created in 2001, the Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL) at the University of Indianapolis has served as the leading convener, catalyst and collaborator for innovative education change. CELL’s mission is for all people in Indiana to experience meaningful and high-quality education. CELL partners with schools and communities to improve outcomes for students of all ages by leading sustainable educational innovation and transformation across Indiana. Providing leadership that is both cutting-edge and action-oriented, CELL unites districts, schools, communities, universities and businesses to build a sense of urgency and form innovative collaborations for statewide educational and economic improvement.

University of Indianapolis celebrates International Education Month

30th annual Celebration of the Flags (file photo)

The fifth annual International Education Month gets underway from mid-October to mid-November, with a variety of performing arts, film, lectures, and interactive events designed to showcase international, indigenous, and migrant cultures at the University of Indianapolis and the rich benefits of intercultural exchange.

Highlights include the 33rd Annual Celebration of the Flags on Oct. 14, 2-3 p.m. Modeled after the Olympic-style opening ceremony, the event is held outdoors on Smith Mall (rain location: The Arc) with international students, faculty, and staff carrying the flags representing the many nations of the University of Indianapolis community. 

Immediately following the Celebration of the Flags, students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to visit the International Exposition in the Atrium, Engagement Area, and Lawn of Schwitzer Student Center from 3-5 p.m. The Expo will feature interactive displays hosted by campus offices, departments, and student groups, including Study Abroad; Global Languages and Cross-Cultural Studies; the Writing Lab; International Relations; and Burmese, Nepali, Indian, and LatinX students, among others.  The Expo also features interactive activities such as henna tattoos, calligraphy, traditional artifacts, clothing displays, and coupons for discounted U.S. passport photos. Participants receive a “UIndy Passport” to be stamped by interacting with cultural presenters and table hosts for L/P credit. 

International Education Month Events

Oct. 11, Dining Services International Night #1, Schwitzer Student Center Cafeteria, $

Tonight’s menu features Asian cuisine.

Oct. 11, 7:30-10:30 p.m., Faculty Artist Concert Series: “Music from The World”, Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center/Ruth Lilly Performance Hall, Free admission, L/P Credit

A concert featuring UIndy international faculty and works. 

Oct. 13, 7:30-10:30 p.m., University of Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra Concert, Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center/Ruth Lilly Performance Hall, Free admission, L/P Credit

A concert featuring UIndy students and international works. 

Oct. 14, 2-3 p.m.: 33rd Annual Celebration of the Flags, Smith Mall, Free admission, L/P Credit

Join in the University of Indianapolis tradition of the Celebration of the Flags, representing the many nationalities of our UIndy community. Modeled after the Olympic-style opening ceremony, flag bearers feature the national colors and dress of their country.

Oct. 14, 3-5 p.m.: International Expo, Schwitzer Atrium, Schwitzer Engagement Area, and Schwitzer Lawn, 3-5 p.m., Free admission, L/P Credit

Immediately following the Celebration of the Flags, visit the International Exposition in the Atrium of Schwitzer Student Center. The Expo offers opportunities to engage with cultures represented at UIndy.

Oct. 14, 7:30-10:30 p.m., Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center/Ruth Lilly Performance Hall, Free admission, L/P Credit

A concert featuring international works. 

Oct. 18, Dining Services International Night #2, Schwitzer Student Center Cafeteria, $

Tonight’s menu features Irish cuisine.

Oct. 22, 6:30-9 p.m., Film: “Missing in Brooks County,” Ruth Lilly Performance Hall, Christel De Haan Fine Arts Center, Free admission, L/P Credit 

Missing in Brooks County follows as “two families search for their loved ones who went missing in the fields of Brooks County,

Texas after crossing from Mexico and find a sobering truth: the deadliest part of the journey is far from the border.  It also features how law enforcement, volunteers and forensic scientists seek to search, recover and identify the bodies of the missing and the challenges they face. Co-Producers and Directors Jeff Bemiss and Lisa Molomot will introduce the film. After the film the audience will be introduced to a panel of four people who are either featured in the film or do work related to the film, and will be able to ask questions.  This includes members of the University of Indianapolis Beyond Borders Humanitarian Forensic Science Team, volunteers at the South Texas Human Rights Center and Co-Founder of the local advocacy group Indiana AID, which provides support to immigrants who have been detained by ICE here in Indiana.

Oct. 25, Dining Services International Night #3, Schwitzer Student Center Cafeteria, $

Tonight’s menu features Greek cuisine.

Oct. 25, 7:30-10:30 p.m., Ryan Behan, piano: Liszt’s Années de Pèlerinage: Suisse (“Years of Pilgrimage: Switzerland”), Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center/Ruth Lilly Performance Hall, Free admission, L/P Credit
Franz Liszt’s Années de Pèlerinage (“Years of Pilgrimage”), widely considered one of his greatest works, was composed and reworked over the course of his life, and combines the freshness of the young composer with the clarity and meticulous fine-tuning of his Weimar period, unfolding into the mysterious and fragmentary brevity of his late style.  Alfred Brendel writes of these suites that they “draw for their inspiration on a reservoir of diverse impressions—nature and musical folklore, art and religion, craving for freedom; above all, on poetry and literature…The First Year of Pilgrimage—Switzerland—deals with nature in a twofold sense: as nature around us, and as nature within.”  Join faculty pianist Ryan Behan in a complete performance of this first part of Années de Pèlerinage.

Oct. 27, 6-8 p.m.:  Global Languages and Cultural Studies International Film Night presents “The Lives of Others” (Das Leben der Anderen), German with English subtitles:  HEAL 138, Free admission, L/P Credit

Join us for a screening of this international film followed by discussion. 

Nov. 1, Dining Services International Night #4, Schwitzer Student Center Cafeteria, $

Tonight’s menu features Indian cuisine.

Nov. 1, 7:30-10:30 p.m., Faculty Artist Concert Series: Music and Poetry from Around the World, Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center/Ruth Lilly Performance Hall, Free admission, L/P Credit

Joana Genova, violin; Haruka Ostojic, piano.  Poetry and music from  Bulgaria, Japan, Russia, India, France, Germany, Holland, North America, and South America with UIndy faculty Jyotika Saksena, Gerburg Garmann, Aksana Waskosky, Joana Genova, Haruka Ostojic, Ana Maria Ferreira, and Eileen Mah.

Nov. 3, 4-5 p.m. International Scholarship and Fellowship Opportunities, Virtual event, L/P Credit pending

Dr. Karen Newman, UIndy English professor and Honors College Assistant Director for Fellowships, hosts an information session on international scholarship and fellowship opportunities available to ALL UIndy students for undergraduate and post-graduation work and/or study, with specific information and application tips for the federally-funded Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program, the Fulbright Program, and Marshall Scholarships. Join us to learn more about free money to make your international aspirations a reality! L/P Credit

Nov. 8, Dining Services International Night #5, Schwitzer Student Center Cafeteria, $

Tonight’s menu features Latin-themed cuisine.

November 8, 7-8:30 p.m.: Peace Corps Panel, virtual event, L/P Credit

Former Peace Corps volunteers, including UIndy alums and members of the local Indianapolis community, share stories about their assignments and experiences in a variety of countries via a synchronous Zoom presentation. Panelists will address each of the six sectors of work available to Peace Corps volunteers (Agriculture, Community Economic Development, Education, Environment, Health and Youth in Development), plus information for potential applicants and strategies for successful applications. 

Nov. 9, 4-5 p.m.: “Candyland: An Afternoon of International Candy and Culture,”  Schwitzer Engagement Area, Free admission, L/P Credit approved

Candylan features samples of free, pre-packaged, popular candy from around the world, plus information on the various countries represented by the candy. Participants at the event visit booths hosted by international student representatives and the event organizers and help themselves to candy goodie bags to sample some of the world’s most popular sweets. The event also features a written trivia contest in which students identify the culture, language, and history of countries represented by the candy at the event. Winners will receive a basket of globally unique candy. The objective is for students to be educated, immersed, and gain awareness for cultures, global issues, and languages, through representative sweets.

Nov. 10, 7:30-9 p.m., Kellogg Writers Series: Fiction Reading with Lysley Tenorio, UIndy Hall A, Schwitzer Student Center and via Zoom, L/P Credit

Lysley Tenorio is the author of the novel The Son of Good Fortune and the story collection Monstress, which was named a book of the year by the San Francisco Chronicle. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, a Whiting Award, a Stegner fellowship, the Edmund White Award, and the Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His stories have appeared in The Atlantic, Zoetrope: All-Story, and Ploughshares, and have been adapted for the stage by The American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and the Ma-Yi Theater in New York City.  Born in the Philippines, he lives in San Francisco, and is a professor at Saint Mary’s College of California.

Nov. 13, 7-8 p.m., Study Abroad in Asia/Pacific Region: APIEA, virtual event, L/P Credit

Hosted by the Center for Global Engagement, this event features study abroad information for students interested in studying in Asia.  

Nov. 13, 7:30-10:30 p.m., University of Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra Concert, Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center/Ruth Lilly Performance Hall,  Free admission, L/P Credit

A concert featuring UIndy students, faculty, and international works. 

Nov. 15, 7:30-10:30 p.m., Faculty Artist Concert Series: The Indianapolis Quartet Peforms Beethoven and Janáček, Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center/Ruth Lilly Performance Hall and live-streamed, Free admission, L/P Credit

Zach DePue, violin; Joana Genova, violin; Michael Strauss, viola; Austin Huntington, cello. The concert features two masterworks of the string quartet repertoire: Beethoven’s glorious Tenth Quartet, filled with vitality, heart, invention, and accessibility, which earned its nickname “The Harp” from the first movement’s elegant pizzicato sections, and Janáček’s Intimate Letters, referring to hundreds of letters that he wrote over many years, expressing his love to a young, married woman.  Janáček described his second string quartet as “beautiful, strange, unrestrained, inspired, a composition beyond all the usual conventions.”

Nov. 16, 2-3 p.m.: “A Taste of Home,” UIndy Hall A, Free admission, L/P Credit

This student-hosted event features a video screening of UIndy international students discussing foodways and favorite foods from their home countries, plus an interactive discussion following the video, where participants learn more about the relationship of food and culture.  Free food and prize giveaways round out this cross-cultural experience.  

Nov. 17, 6-8 p.m.: Global Languages and Cultural Studies International Film Night presents “The Painting” (Le Tableau), French with English subtitles:  HEAL 138, Free admission, L/P Credit

Join us for a screening of this international film followed by discussion. 

Upcoming Events (details to follow):

Fulbright Program for UIndy Faculty, Virtual event, Time and date TBA

Join a guest Fulbright faculty ambassador who will share information for UIndy faculty about applying to the Fulbright Program for scholars and educators.  

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