Engineering students intern at Department of Defense Research Labs

Two R.B. Annis School of Engineering students are back on campus after completing summer internships with the Department of Defense.

Meredith MageeMeredith Magee ’22 (software engineering), a Ron & Laura Strain Honors College student and UIndy soccer player, participated in the High-Performance Computing Internship Program through the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. AFIT takes in a small group of students each year from across the country to work at bases under the mentorship of some of the brightest this country has to offer.

During her experience, Magee worked for the Center for Directed Energy, studying how the atmosphere affects free-space optical communications.

“I really enjoyed this summer and being exposed to different aspects of software engineering that I had never really seen before. It was really interesting to work with the intense computing power that AFIT had access to,” Magee said.

The Navy also hosts select students from across the country under various mentorship research programs.

Miles FurrMiles Furr ’21 (software engineering and computer science) participated in the Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (NREIP) at the Oceana Annex Base in Dam Neck, Virginia, working in the division responsible for advancing the capabilities of radar systems on today’s naval fleet. During the 10-week program, he helped to implement the latest radar system as a software developer.

“Being able to apply what I’ve learned here at UIndy in the field, alongside a passionate group of individuals with such a significant purpose, was an invaluable experience that I am very grateful for,” said Furr. “Having the opportunity to visit the shipyard and see firsthand how the projects I was working on were used and housed on the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower was very impactful.”

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Carnegie raises UIndy classification to National Doctoral/Professional University

INDIANAPOLIS – A new classification by Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education puts the University of Indianapolis in the same U.S. News & World Report category as the country’s elite institutions.

University of Indianapolis SealThe University of Indianapolis is now recognized as a national Doctoral/Professional University, which U.S. News & World Report uses in its annual higher education rankings. Schools in this category offer a full range of undergraduate majors, plus masters and doctoral programs, as well as being engaged in research related to their various doctoral programs.

The University is also ranked nationally for the first time in the Social Mobility category, which recognizes institutions that are committed to enrolling economically disadvantaged students.

“This national recognition reflects the university’s enduring commitment to excellence and to providing life chances for students that are aspirational and concrete,” said University of Indianapolis President Robert L. Manuel. “We are proud of the ranking and we remain committed to offering the most personalized environments to educate our students and enable them to realize their fullest capabilities.”

For many years, the University of Indianapolis was included in the Master’s Colleges and Universities category by Carnegie, which U.S. News and World Report ranked as Regional Universities. With nearly 6,000 students enrolled for the fall 2019 semester, UIndy is one of only eight Indiana universities on the elite national list, tied in the rankings alongside Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, East Carolina University and West Virginia University. 

Founded in 1902, UIndy is a private liberal arts institution offering 100+ undergraduate degree programs, 40+ master’s degree programs, five doctoral programs, and a variety of certificate programs. Personalized attention, experiential learning, and a student-to-faculty ratio of 13:1 are just the beginning of what makes the University of Indianapolis unique.

The University of Indianapolis continues to offer a comprehensive array of new programs this academic year:

  • The R.B. Annis School of Engineering added for Fall 2019 undergraduate degrees in Computer, General and Electrical Engineering, in addition to Computer Science, Mechanical, Software, and Industrial and Systems Engineering.
  • The Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences launched in Fall 2019 a Design Studies major, a Data Science major and Statistics minor, along with new concentrations in Geophysics, North American archaeology, and Crime Scene Investigation. 
  • Also launching this fall are new graduate programs in Data Analytics, Exercise Science, Public Relations, School Leadership and Management, Special Education Leadership and Practice, and District Level Administrator: Exceptional Needs. 
  • The College of Health Sciences added new dual degree or degree/certificate programs in Health Science, Gerontology and Occupational Therapy (graduate and doctoral). New accelerated adult degrees include Community and Nonprofit Leadership; Business Administration and Public Health Education and Promotion. The School of Nursing launched a minor in primary care.


About the University of Indianapolis 

The University of Indianapolis, founded in 1902, is a private, liberal arts university located just a few minutes from downtown Indianapolis. The University is ranked among the top National Universities by the U.S. News and World Report, with a diverse enrollment of nearly 6,000  undergraduate, graduate and continuing education students. The University offers a wide variety of study areas, including 100+ undergraduate degrees, more than 40 master’s degree programs and five doctoral programs. More occupational therapists, physical therapists and clinical psychologists graduate from the University each year than any other state institution. With strong programs in engineering,

business, and education, the University of Indianapolis impacts its community by living its motto, “Education for Service.”

Welcome, Class of 2023!

Welcome Week 2019 began Wednesday, Aug. 21 with new student move-in and convocation. A UIndy tradition, hundreds of students, faculty and staff volunteered on the “Movin’ Crew.”

The Class of 2023 boasts an average freshman GPA of 3.5 and is represented by 21 states and 30 countries. Top majors include business, nursing, biology, engineering, criminal justice, education, psychology, exercise science, communication, music and chemistry.

The University of Indianapolis also welcomes 60 transfer students from sister university Ningbo Institute of Technology, near the eastern coast of China.

The first day of classes for the Fall 2019 semester is Monday, Aug. 26.

See the academic calendar for 2019-20.

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Public health alumna leading drug-free coalition in Beech Grove

By the time Diana Hendricks enrolled in the Community Health Education undergraduate program at the University of Indianapolis in 2013, she had already raised a son, spent many years as an office administrator, and had been a wellness consultant and personal trainer for more than two decades.

Diana Hendricks“I enjoy my profession – it’s certainly gratifying, but something was missing,” Hendricks explained. “I wanted to make a difference in the health and wellbeing of my community, but I lacked the knowledge and credentials necessary to develop and implement quality public health programs.”

When Hendricks came across UIndy’s Community Health Education program, now called Public Health Promotion and Education, she knew she had found the right fit. After transferring credits from another institution, Hendricks was able to complete her degree in two years and later pass the exam to earn the national Community Health Education Specialist (CHES) certification. And just in time, because the Beech Grove Mayor’s Faith-Based Round Table asked Hendricks to develop a community substance misuse prevention program.

Hendricks took up the challenge and now serves as the executive director of the Beech Grove Comprehensive Drug-Free Coalition (BGCDFC). In that role, Hendricks has seen the coalition grow from eight to nearly 45 members and has been invited to sit on the Healthy Southside Initiative committee, INSTEP INDY initiative, and Drug-Free Marion County’s grant planning committee.

She credits her UIndy education, and Dr. Heidi Hancher-Rauch, direcor of the UIndy public health programs, with providing her the education and skills needed to successfully launch BGCDFC.

“I’ve led the coalition to conduct a needs assessment, make recommendations for programming, implement interventions and programs, and evaluate our efforts to fine-tune what we are doing to promote a substance-free community,” Hendricks said. “Along the way, I’ve valued being able to touch base with Dr. Rauch for her insights.”

Since BGCDFC began, it has been instrumental in the implementation of prevention curriculum for Beech Grove Community Schools fourth through ninth grades, dissemination of prevention resources at community festivals and health fairs, and offers community events on youth substance misuse and overdose awareness.

“The BGCDFC motto is ‘It takes a community, to keep a community healthy…together, we make a difference,’” Hendricks said. “In addition to our substance misuse prevention efforts, we are working to remove the stigma surrounding mental illness and addiction so those who need help will seek it without feeling shamed.”

Bias incident on campus

Last night, a swastika was found on the wall of one of our campus Residence Halls at the University of Indianapolis.  We are saddened and angered by this act of hate and bigotry. Although we do not yet know the source of this anti-Semitic act, we should all be reminded that the University of Indianapolis is a welcoming and inclusive environment, denounces actions such as these, and does not tolerate anti-Semitic actions or any behavior that is aligned with ideologies that promote hate. We will not condone any behavior that impedes our efforts at creating an environment founded on the principles of equity and inclusion.

Our approach to this incident was to immediately protect the students and ensure that they were provided alternate accommodations, start an in-depth investigation to review the thousands of individuals from outside organizations that rented our housing facilities over the summer, and to determine who else had access to the room.

The University of Indianapolis has been in contact with Lindsey Mintz, Executive Director of the Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council, to ensure that we are working together to create appropriate responses, and discuss ways to create learning moments for our campus community.

It is our expectation that each member of the University of Indianapolis will continue to share their voice in ways that are respectful, thoughtful, and inclusive.  It is important, at this time, that we reaffirm our commitment to our core values of equity, inclusion and respect, and work together to defend them. Collectively, we must maintain the welcoming and respectful community we enjoy as we learn, work and live. We will continue to create many opportunities to share, discuss and learn from each other about topics and issues that relate to equity and inclusion and reflect the rich diversity of our University and our world, and will look to continue education with students, faculty and staff.  Every member of this University is a valued individual and there is never a place on our campus for expressions of hate and bigotry. Actions such as these displayed yesterday evening on our campus will not be tolerated by the University of Indianapolis and should not be tolerated anywhere in our nation.

As part of our immediate response, professionals in our University’s counseling center will be available to meet with anyone who has been affected by this incident.

Robert L. Manuel, President
Stephen Kolison, Executive Vice President and Provost
Kory Vitangeli, Vice President and Dean of Students

Research by Amanda Miller examines romantic relationships, career ambitions

When couples live together, whose career gets priority and why? How do gender roles and social class inform these decisions? 

Amanda Miller

Amanda Miller

Those questions are at the heart of a research study co-authored by Amanda Miller, associate professor and chair of the Department of Sociology at the University of Indianapolis. The article “His Career, Her Job, Their Future: Cohabitors’ Orientations Toward Paid Work” was recently published in Volume 40, Issue 11 of Journal of Family Issues. 

When studying gender roles and cohabitation, researchers are usually looking at income differences, the number of hours worked per person or how housework is divided among the pair, Miller explained. This study provides another way to look at gender roles: by examining how each person’s career ambitions are nurtured, which can speak to the ways that family roles are established relatively early in romantic relationships.

Miller’s research team conducted in-depth interviews with 61 couples (122 individuals), including 30 couples who were working in the service sector and 31 college-educated, middle-class couples. 

Related: Amanda Miller’s Psychology Today blog reaches 25,000 readers

College-educated, middle-class couples in the study had the most and least traditional orientations toward paid work with more freedom of choice, while service-class couples held more traditional values, but had fewer career ambitions and less autonomy due to limited social mobility.

“Being traditional is expensive,” said Miller. “If you want to be a stay-at-home parent, you need solid income from the other person.” 

Consistently, the team found it was a mismatch between what you want to be doing and what you are doing leads to dissatisfaction, individually and in relationships. 

Miller said the findings indicate “we absolutely need more adult learning programs to help people finish degrees in a timely manner and get them out of the holding pattern. If we want strong families and a strong workforce, we need to help service-class couples match their realities to their ambitions.”

Miller co-authored the book Cohabitation Nation: Gender, Class and the Remaking of Relationships and has spent 15 years studying what happens after people decide to move in together. 

Related: Amanda Miller wins prestigious 2018 Goode Book Award

University of Indianapolis announces credit transfer agreement with Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College and the University of Indianapolis have signed a credit transfer agreement that will make it easier for students to earn a bachelor’s degree.

Under the new partnership, students can move seamlessly from the Associate of Science in Business Administration (TSAP) curriculum at Ivy Tech to the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration accelerated adult program at the University of Indianapolis. Designed for working adults, courses in UIndy’s accelerated programs meet face-to-face and online in eight-week sessions. Classes are offered in both the fall and spring semesters, as well as seven-week sessions during the summer.

Students from any Ivy Tech location are eligible to transfer and apply a minimum of 60 credit hours for admission with junior standing to the University of Indianapolis, provided they have a cumulative 2.0 or higher grade point average on a 4.0 scale and meet the definition of ‘adult learner’ per University policy.

“This is an excellent transfer opportunity for our students at Ivy Tech who want to complete their bachelor’s degree in business. Students will be assured that they won’t lose any credits after completing their associate degree. We are optimistic that we will soon have more 2+2 agreements with the University of Indianapolis,” said Russ Baker, vice president for academic affairs at Ivy Tech Community College.

“This is another example of how the University of Indianapolis is working with partner institutions to solve community needs by providing students with lasting, valuable academic experiences. We look forward to welcoming new Greyhounds to campus,” added Executive Vice President and Provost Stephen H. Kolison, Jr.

Interested students can schedule an appointment with a UIndy adult learning enrollment counselor at 317-788-3294 or

About the University of Indianapolis

The University of Indianapolis, founded in 1902, is a private, liberal arts university located just a few minutes from downtown Indianapolis. UIndy is ranked among the top Midwest Universities by the U.S. News and World Report, with a diverse enrollment of more than 4,300 undergraduates, 1,400 graduate students and 400 continuing education students. The University offers a wide variety of study areas, including 100 undergraduate degrees, more than 40 master’s degree programs and five doctoral programs. More occupational therapists, physical therapists and clinical psychologists graduate from UIndy each year than any other state institution. With strong programs also in engineering, business and education, UIndy impacts its community by living its motto, “Education for Service.”

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College serves communities across Indiana, providing world-class education and driving economic transformation. It is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering high-value degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities, along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.


Greyhounds volunteer at the world’s largest collection of type

Wisconsin trip 6A group of Greyhounds recently spent five days as specialized volunteers at the world’s largest collection of type, thanks to a Shaheen Service Learning/Community Engagement Grant.

The Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum in Two Rivers, Wisconsin is the only museum of its kind, dedicated to the preservation, study, production, and printing of wood type.

Five advanced printmaking students, along with Assistant Professor Katherine Fries and Assistant Bursar Andrea Stranak, participated in the Spring Term Trip. They helped clean, catalog and organize the massive wood type, woodcut, and printing collection.

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“It was a remarkable exchange for the students that allowed them to engage a rare collection, learn about and participate with its preservation, and directly apply skills learned in class to the service of the print, letterpress, and design communities,” said Fries.

The project enabled the first of hopefully many UIndy students to take part in a transformational experience where two mottos meet and merge: UIndy’s “Education for Service” and the letterpress mantra “Preservation Through Production” – meaning that to preserve letterpress you have to actively engage the processes and physically use the equipment, Fries explained.

Hamilton, while internationally recognized by academic and print communities for their massive and one of a kind holdings of letterpress knowledge and equipment, relies heavily on volunteers.

“Our students in the four short years since the start of our program have proven themselves knowledgeable, skilled, and service-minded – making them ideal volunteers. This is an excellent example of how our programs can prepare students to not only excel in their discipline but to give back to it,” Fries added.

Learn more about the Hullabaloo Press at the University of Indianapolis

Carson Heights garden collaboration brings fresh produce to southside neighborhoods

Nothing says “summertime” more than a fresh-off-the-vine, homegrown tomato. Thanks to a group of UIndy staff, faculty, students, and volunteers, southside neighbors will soon be able to enjoy tomatoes and other produce grown in a new community garden just north of campus.

The Carson Heights garden is located on a half-acre of university-owned land on Standish Avenue and is the result of a collaboration between UIndy and several other organizations, said Gurinder Hohl, director of the UIndy-Community Health Network (CHNw) partnership.

“The garden is tied to the health and wellness strategy of SoIndy,” Hohl explained.

Community garden May 2019

The South Indy Quality of Life Plan (SoIndy) is a nonprofit comprised of community leaders from eight neighborhoods, including University Heights surrounding the University of Indianapolis, working to bring better quality living to the area. UIndy public health assistant professor Amie Wojtyna is the chair of the SoIndy Health and Wellness action team.

“Our goal is to create gardens that will provide access to affordable fresh produce,” Hohl said. “In addition, we plan to engage neighbors who want to learn how to create their own home gardens and how to incorporate healthy food into their diets.”

To achieve that, UIndy is working with garden partners including Purdue Extension, which is providing technical support; CHNw, which will offer free cooking classes to SoIndy neighbors, and Books & Brews South Indy, which will serve as a weekly distribution site for the produce grown at the Carson Heights garden.

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According to Hohl, this first year for the Carson Heights garden will be focused on amending the soil, making it healthy for growing produce. Tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, radishes, squash, and zucchini will be grown.

The muscle for the planting and harvesting in the production garden will come from UIndy English professor Kevin McKelvey’s “Urban Food and Farming” spring term course and from a group of TeenWorks volunteers who will be on campus in June.  

“I approach gardening and farming as a social, creative, and public practice,” McKelvey said. “My Spring Term students and I are making a place on these vacant lots that will serve as a learning lab for Shaheen College of Arts and Sciences and the university with numerous opportunities for community engagement, research and service learning. We look forward to collaborating with neighbors.”

In addition to distributing produce at Books & Brews, UIndy will purchase eggs at a low cost from the Hatch for Hunger program and distribute the eggs free of charge. This partnership was facilitated by Purdue Extension.

This is not the university’s first foray into community gardening. Last summer, Hohl oversaw the planting and harvesting at University Heights garden located west of the United Methodist Church on campus. The Carson Heights garden is an extension of that first garden and has greater capacity to make an impact on the health and hunger of the surrounding neighborhoods. Details about the days and times of produce distribution at Books & Brews are still in discussion. 

Related: Community garden installed near the west side of campus

MPH Major of the Year reflects on campus experience

Rebekah Mathew - Amy MaganWhen UIndy Master of Public Health (MPH) student Rebekah Mathew graduated earlier this month, she did so with more than just her master’s degree. Mathew was also named the MPH Major of the Year and earned UIndy’s American Kinesiology Association Scholar Award nomination.

Looking back on her graduate education at UIndy, Mathew counted off several experiences that gave her the opportunity to grow and learn as a student and prepared her for advancement in her career. 

“I completed a study of my own by analyzing real data through statistical software and drawing conclusions based on the results of different statistical tests,” she said. “I reinforced my passion to work with global populations through my intensive examination of disease spread in nations around the world; I was catapulted out of my comfort zone and landed in a very rewarding place through the planning and implementation of an anti-bullying program for children at the Intercollegiate YMCA; and I submitted an op-ed to a local newspaper about my visit to a hazardous waste site that shares the grounds of nearby families and homes.”

Dr. Heidi Hancher-Rauch, director of the public health program at UIndy, acknowledged that Mathew’s experience in the MPH program is what the faculty hopes for every MPH student. 

“We challenge all of our students to not only learn the concepts and theories of public health, but to also put that education into action through research, advocacy, and involvement,” Rauch said.

Learn more about the public health program at the University of Indianapolis

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