2021-22 Kellogg Writers Series at the University of Indianapolis announced

The Kellogg Writers Series at the University of Indianapolis announced the 2021-22 season with some extraordinary guests and first-time-ever inclusions. Margaret Kimball’s illustrated memoir is the first book of its type to be included in a Kellogg lineup and will kick off the season. 

“We’ll kick things off this fall with a graphic memoirist, followed by a New York Times bestselling author whose book made almost everyone’s best of the year list, and finish with the winner of the 2020 New American Voices Award. Then in the Spring, we have a poet coming who’s so damn good you’ll eat your hat,” series chair Barney Haney, assistant professor of English said.

There will be something for everyone this season. Mental illness, family secrets, being undocumented in America, a travel/survival guide through America’s racist landscape, love and wonder—you’ll be hard-pressed to find something not of interest. 

“I’m excited about everything: these incredible writers, being able to gather together on campus again, the electric atmosphere of the events, all of it,” said Haney. “Each Kellogg Writers Series event is a thing of genuine wonder. What happens when you give an artist free rein to do what they want? You’ll have to come out and see.”

Visit events.uindy.edu for Zoom links to each event.

Illustrated Memoir Reading with Margaret Kimball

Thurs. Sept. 30, 2021 

7:30-8:30pm

UIndy Hall A, Schwitzer Student Center 

And via Zoom 

Margaret Kimball’s illustrated memoir, And Now I Spill the Family Secrets, begins in the aftermath of a tragedy. In 1988, when Kimball is four years old, her mother attempts suicide on Mother’s Day—and this becomes one of many things Kimball’s family never speaks about. As she searches for answers nearly thirty years later, Kimball embarks on a thrilling visual journey into the secrets her family has kept for decades.

Her writing has appeared in The Believer, LitHub, Ecotone, Black Warrior Review, South Loop Review, and elsewhere. Her work has been listed as notable in Best American Comics

Her hand lettering and illustrations have been published around the world, and she’s worked with clients like Smithsonian Magazine, Macy’s, Marks & Spencer, Boston Globe, Little, Brown, Simon & Schuster, Diageo, Ogilvy, Random House, and many others.

Born in New England, Margaret studied illustration at the University of Connecticut. She has two MFA degrees from the University of Arizona, one in creative writing and one in illustration. She lives with her family in Indianapolis.

Memoir Reading with Terese Marie Mailhot 

Thurs. Oct. 14, 2021

7:30-8:30 p.m.

UIndy Hall A, Schwitzer Student Center 

And via Zoom 

New York Times Bestseller

NPR Best Book of the Year

Chicago Public Library Best Book of the Year

Terese Marie Mailhot is the New York Times bestselling author of “Heart Berries: A Memoir.” Her book was also the January 2020 pick for Now Read This, a book club from PBS Newshour and The New York Times. Heart Berries was also listed as an NPR Best Book of the Year, a Library Journal Best Book of the Year, a New York Public Library Best Book of the Year, a Chicago Public Library Best Book of the Year, and was one of Harper’s Bazaar‘s Best Books of 2018. She is the recipient of a 2019 Whiting Award, and she is also the recipient of the Spalding Prize for the Promotion of Peace and Justice in Literature. She is from Seabird Island Band and teaches creative writing at Purdue University and VCFA. 

Fiction Reading with Lysley Tenorio

Wed. Nov. 10, 2021 

7:30-8:30pm

UIndy Hall A, Schwitzer Student Center

And via Zoom 

2020 New American Voices Award

“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.  

2019 Whiting Awards winner Tyree Daye by Beowulf Sheehan

Poetry Reading with Tyree Daye

Wed. March 2, 2022 

7:30-8:30pm

UIndy Hall A, Schwitzer Student Center

And via Zoom 

Whiting Writers Award

APR/Honickman Frist Book Award

Tyree Daye is a poet from Youngsville, North Carolina, and a Teaching Assistant Professor at UNC-Chapel Hill. He is the author of two poetry collections River Hymns 2017 APR/Honickman First Book Prize winner and Cardinal from Copper Canyon Press 2020. Daye is a Cave Canem fellow. Daye won the 2019 Palm Beach Poetry Festival Langston Hughes Fellowship, 2019 Diana and Simon Raab Writer-In-Residence at UC Santa Barbara, and is a 2019 Kate Tufts Finalist. Daye most recently was awarded a 2019 Whiting Writers Award.

Hispanic Heritage Awareness Month at UIndy

Hispanic Heritage Awareness Month is Sept. 15-Oct. 15 every year. During this month, it’s important that we all reflect on the significant history, impacts, and contributions of people identifying as Hispanic or Latinx— and its repercussions at UIndy, Indianapolis, the U.S., and the world. 

Hispanic Heritage Awareness Month started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week and was expanded in 1988 to cover a 30-day period. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988. September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries such as Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Additionally, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively.

Hispanic and Latinx students have long been making an impact at UIndy. The first Hispanic student to enroll at UIndy was Carlota Bustos from New Mexico. She was both a senior in the Academy (preparatory school) and a college freshman in the 1922-23 school year. Fast forward to the present day, and UIndy’s faculty and alumni are connecting students with other cultures.

“For the past 12 years I’ve been teaching Spanish,” said Patricia Cabrera, an instructor in Global Languages and Cross-Cultural Studies at UIndy. “Over this period, I have seen an increase in the number of Hispanic students coming to UIndy due to the university’s efforts to increase the diversity of our student body. Our students are increasingly a true representation of the national population. Hispanic students that come to UIndy will have role models in faculty, staff and students, that make their experience here a true pathway to success. Without them being aware, they are also tearing down the divide between cultures and ethnicities, so that in the end, we are all Hounds.”

Alumni, like Isaias Guerrero Cabrera ’08 (sociology and international relations), son of Patricia, are taking what they learned during their time at UIndy and from their collective experience to uplift others, challenge the status quo, and to celebrate the beauty and traditions of Latin America and how these cultures have been part of the U.S since its inception.

“After (I graduated form UIndy), I co-founded the Latino Youth Collective, an organization that works with undocumented immigrant youth in Indiana.  I then worked with Faith in Indiana and the Archdiocese of Indianapolis as their Immigration Campaign Manager and then obtained my masters degree in Peace Studies and Policy from the Keough School from University of Notre Dame in 2016,” said Isaias. “Since then, I’ve been a Senior Immigration Organizer with the Center for Community Change based in Washington D.C.”

Isaias Guerrero Cabrera ’08 (sociology and international relations)

During Hispanic Heritage Awareness Month, there are a number of events happening around UIndy and Indianapolis: 

Latinx in Indiana (Virtual lecture by Nicole Martinez-LeGrand, Indiana Historical Society) 

Sept. 23, at 6:00 pm via Zoom. (LP credit approved)

Celebration of Hispanic and Latinx UIndy community (details to be announced)

Hispanic Heritage Exhibition [This event will showcase work done by SOL in partnership with students from SPAN 317 Hispanic Culture and Civilization to commemorate figures from the Latinx community here in the US and abroad.] (Sept. 30, 1-2:20 p.m. Pending LP approval)

For more information about the Student Organization of LatinX, check out the group’s  Instagram page

UIndy receives $21.5M in grants and awards in 2020-21

The University of Indianapolis marked a record year in 2020-21 for external grants, reaching nearly $21.5 million through 25 awards. While the University has seen steady growth in awards during the past seven years, 2020-21 brought a 139-percent increase compared to the previous fiscal year. That number does not include any pandemic-related institutional or student grants received by the University from the federal government, which makes the growth all the more remarkable.

“This increase in funding is such a boon not only for the future of UIndy, but for the entire state,” said Jeanie Neal, director of the Office of Grants & Sponsored Programs UIndy. “With these funds, we’ll invest in campuswide capital improvements, expanding opportunities for faculty and students, and helping students and teachers across the state have easier access to educational resources.”

Notable awards include a total of $12.3 million from Lilly Endowment Inc. through its initiative, Charting the Future for Indiana’s Colleges and Universities—a three-phase initiative to help institutions across the state invest in strategic planning for their future. UIndy received $2.5 million through the second phase of the initiative, followed by $9.8 million in the third phase. The latter award will support a collaborative effort coordinated by UIndy to improve student retention through the use of data analytics.

In order to meet the evolving needs of UIndy’s student population, investing in campus facilities is a priority. A $100,000 grant from the Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation will support a significant facility upgrade and expansion that meets the Department of Art & Design’s growing needs to accommodate more students and to continue to meet the accrediting standards set by the National Association for Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). Through the expansion, the Department’s space will increase by 73 percent from 15,000 square feet to 26,000.

Other large awards will go toward supporting statewide communities. This includes a $1.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Administration for Community Living. These funds will go toward a 36-month partnership between the UIndy’s Center for Aging & Community and the Indiana University School of Medicine to enhance, strengthen and expand supports for people with Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias (ADRD) and their caregivers in 34 Indiana counties. 

Additionally, UIndy’s Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL) received $4.8 million in two grants from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund. One grant worth $3.3 million will fund devices and broadband in nine service centers and 23 school districts in rural areas across the State of Indiana. The second grant allots $1.5 million for professional development to improve educators’ capacity to provide engaging and effective online instruction. CELL will partner with the Central Indiana Education Service Center during the next two years to disburse the funds and arrange for training.

The top five awards for FY 2020-21 are: 

  1. $9,806,456 from Eli Lilly Endowment, Inc. (Charting the Future, Phase 3) Collaboration to Improve Student Retention through Data Analysis
  2. $3,375,000 from the Indiana Department of Education (Governors Emergency Education Response [GEER] Component 1) Fund devices and broadband in nine service centers and 23 school districts in rural areas across the State of Indiana
  3. $2,950,000 from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (INvested Program Fund) Non-STEM Dual Credit Credentialing
  4. $2,500,000 from Eli Lilly Endowment, Inc. (Charting the Future, Phase 2) UIndy CtF Project, Implementation
  5. $1,500,000 from the Indiana Department of Education (Governors Emergency Education Response [GEER] Component 2) Improve educators’ capacity to provide engaging and effective online instruction

Laura Wilson, associate professor of political science, accepted into Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series

Dr. Laura Wilson, associate professor of political science, was recently accepted into the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series (SKL) 45th class.

Each class year, 25 individuals are selected to participate in this highly competitive program, which seeks to expand the ranks of community leaders by teaching and motivating members to address the needs of Central Indiana.

Class members are chosen because of their significant community involvement and professional achievement; their demonstrated interest in community issues; a record of participation and achievement in voluntary community activities; and their willingness to expand their leadership role in the community.

“It really is an honor to be selected and I am thrilled to get to be a part of this year’s class,” said Wilson. “The work we do here, both on campus but also in academia more broadly, has the potential to really influence our community in a positive way. I love discussing and engaging in politics and joining this class of the Lacy Leadership Series will help me develop the skills and make the connections to have a larger impact. This program has a history of cultivating leaders within our community and I am deeply humbled and excited to connect, learn, and grow.” 

Myra Selby has been named the Moderator for SKL Class XLV. She is a Partner at Ice Miller and has the distinction of being both the first woman and the first African American to serve as associate justice on the Indiana Supreme Court. Selby herself is a graduate of the program having participated in SKL Class XIII. To ensure that the series is timely and topical, each class’s moderator identifies aspects of broad economic and societal issues that are specific to Central Indiana for the class to study.

“In the current environment of challenge facing our city, strong leadership is more important than ever. We need leaders who will bring vision, cross-cultural thinking, and civic-mindedness and they will lead us toward a brighter future,” said Selby.

Rebecca Hutton, President & CEO and SKL Program Director at Leadership Indianapolis added, “When Myra and I began working together nearly two years ago to plan this class, we could not have imagined all of the events that would unfold prior to us being able to finally bring the class members together. This is an important moment in time and these incredible leaders are ready to meet this moment.”

SKL Class XLV will meet monthly from September through June. Participants will interact with local leaders, professional experts, and community decision makers to discuss a range of community issues.For more details, visit www.leadershipindianapolis.com.

R.B. Annis School of Engineering receives NSF grant funding

The University of Indianapolis’ R.B. Annis School of Engineering recently received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to connect high school students and teachers to the field of engineering. The funds are part of a larger $4 million grant distribution made to UIndy and partnering institutions including Arizona State University, Morgan State University, and the University of Maryland. 

During the next three years, the R.B. Annis School, the University of Indianapolis School of Education, and their partners will use the funds to broaden the impact of Engineering for US All (e4usa), an NSF-funded program that makes engineering more accessible to high school students and educators. e4usa provides an educational curriculum for students to learn and demonstrate engineering principles, skills and practices while training educators interested in teaching. The Annis School will receive approximately $300,000 to support this work and expand e4usa’s innovative curriculum to Indiana K-12 schools. 

“The e4usa program has already made a tremendous impact by creating opportunities for students and teachers to engage with engineering in new and exciting ways,” said Ken Reid, Associate Dean of the Annis School. “The R.B. Annis School of Engineering is thrilled to expand our community connections as we help to introduce students and eliminate barriers to instruction through an accessible curriculum and introduce more students and teachers to the fast-growing field of engineering.”

As an innovative high school engineering program, e4usa has already worked with 36 high schools and more than 2,000 students in 12 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The new NSF funding will help quickly extend e4usa’s reach to include approximately 5,000 students and 50 teachers nationwide, with plans to expand over the next few years. Students are recruited from public, independent and parochial schools in rural, suburban and urban settings. e4usa students explore engineering in society, develop professional skills, and engage in community-focused engineering design experiences, all aimed at helping them see themselves as engineers. 

Locally, UIndy is working with two new e4usa partner schools: Christel House Schools and Positive Supports Academy in Indianapolis. UIndy serves as a university partner for both schools, helping each to offer the e4usa curriculum for the first time.  

“(Through e4usa), I am able to share methods of learning with my students not usually available,” said Paula Huston, Tech Education, Engineering, and Robotics Teacher at Positive Supports Academy. “My school is the alternative school and my students are more likely to not graduate due to behaviors that put them at my school. That being said, e4USA’s programming allows me to show them possibilities and help them think like engineers when it comes to solving problems whether or not they are academically related. The whole process is helpful to students even if they don’t eventually become engineers. I am hoping that our connection will allow more of my students to see possibilities they might not have been exposed to had they not been a part of this program. I think the hands-on nature of this coursework added to the problem-solving methods are two more tools my students will have to obtain success.”

UIndy recognized by Wellness Council and ICC for 90% vaccination rate

The University of Indianapolis has been recognized as a gold COVID Stops Here workplace for achieving a 90-percent vaccination rate.

The COVID Stops Here campaign recognizes Indiana workplaces that have achieved widespread vaccination against COVID-19. Organizations that have achieved at least a 70% vaccination rate are eligible to receive a designation.

“Once again, Greyhounds have really come together to protect our pack by getting vaccinated,” said President Robert L. Manuel. “Vaccination is the best way to protect ourselves and our communities against COVID-19.”  The Indiana Chamber of Commerce and Wellness Council of Indiana are promoting the COVID Stops Here campaign as a way to celebrate workplaces that are leading the fight to stop COVID-19—and to encourage more organizations to join their ranks.