15 UIndy students earn scholarships to impact public health

In addition to providing scholarships, the Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) also provides hands-on healthcare activities to students.

In addition to providing scholarships, the Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) also provides hands-on healthcare activities to students.

Four University of Indianapolis undergraduate students and 10 graduate students have a lighter financial load this semester, thanks to scholarships provided by the Indianapolis Health Careers Opportunities Program (HCOP). The program is run by the Metropolitan Indianapolis Central Indiana Area Health Education Center (MICI-AHEC), which is hosted by UIndy.

Undergraduate recipients each received $2,500. Eight graduate students received $7,500, while two received partial scholarships of $2,500. The scholarship recipients are:

Undergraduate – Jaylan Steele, Terria Beckett, Emma Zabor, and Sara Panczyk

Graduate –Alyssha Cloud, Mackenzie Sauer, Alexandria Goddard, Morgan Benjamin, Moriam Olorunoje, Sydney Elliott, Jasmine Everfield, Mikia Davis, Gracyn Burns, and Celine Siahmakoun.

“I am a public health major because public health careers are some of the most overlooked careers we have, and we need more public health workers. We need more people to help raise awareness of human trafficking, tobacco, and other drug addictions and more. Public health is how we can help solve these issues,” said Beckett.

To be eligible, students must attend an accredited college or university in Marion or the eight surrounding counties and must be currently enrolled in a health or allied health program pursuing a career in a health profession such as social work, occupational or physical therapy, clinical psychology or counseling, public health, or athletic training, among others. Pre-med and nursing students are not eligible. In addition, they must be from an economically or educationally disadvantaged background and have a desire to work in a medically underserved area.

The application process included several short essay questions, such as why they want to work in areas without good access to healthcare.

All communities deserve the right and ability to get medical resources, including underserved areas,” Goddard said. “As a social worker, it’s important to know the ways to help in underserved communities such as gathering resources, appropriate homes, food medications, and counseling services. There is a need for resources to help parents understand their rights and the paperwork that they are given. I hope to be the person to help students get to their destiny throughout my journey and career.”

Another round of HCOP INDY scholarships will open in February. Information about the scholarships will be posted on the MICI-AHEC website February 1, 2019.

Department of Music brings home prestigious awards

The University of Indianapolis Department of Music continues to set standards of excellence that receive national and regional recognition.

Department of Music 2019 NafME awardsBrenda Clark, assistant dean of the Shaheen College of Arts and Sciences, Jacqueline Wiernicki ‘19 (instrumental/ general music education), and Anna Miller ‘20 (choral/ general music education) received National Association for Music Educators (NAfME) awards at the annual Indiana Music Educators Association (IMEA) conference in Fort Wayne.

Clark, associate professor of music and director of music education programs, received the Outstanding Collegiate Educator of the Year Award. She is the only educator to receive this honor twice.

Wiernicki and Miller were named Outstanding Future Music Educators. This is the 11th consecutive year the award has gone to a UIndy student, for a total of 16 individual awards since 2009.

“It was humbling to receive an award that recognized the hard work I’ve been putting in over the last three years,” said Miller. “It was an honor to represent UIndy and our music education program.”

“It felt very gratifying to receive the Outstanding Future Music Educator Award,” added Wiernicki, who is the president of UIndy’s chapter of NAfME. “My experiences at the University of Indianapolis have prepared me through many experiences in public schools, beginning freshman year up through my current student teaching placement. The wonderful music professors guided, encouraged and led me by their example.”

Both award recipients pointed to the music department’s emphasis on fieldwork that begins early in the program.

“Aside from studying privately and taking classes in theory, we are out in schools observing and learning from active music educators from year one. This gives us the opportunity to get our feet wet and see what the profession is all about firsthand,” said Miller.

FB_IMG_1548109605612Other UIndy honorees at the conference include alumni Shaina Liv Lescano ‘18, who won the New Teacher Award granted by the Indiana American String Teachers Association, and Mick Bridgwater ‘73, who received the Outstanding Hoosier Musician Award.

“The achievements of the students, alumni and faculty truly exemplify the mission and goals of the department, college and university,” Clark said. “We strive to be servant leaders in every capacity of our profession and it’s gratifying to see those efforts recognized on such a significant level.”

Congratulations to Greyhound faculty, students, and alumni!

‘Packing away hunger’ on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

University of Indianapolis students, faculty, staff and their families packed 55,000 meals for people in need today in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. About 300 volunteers participated in the University’s annual “Pack Away Hunger” event to package the meals, which will be distributed to Indianapolis-based organizations serving families in need.

About 300 volunteers helped "Pack Away Hunger" in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. More than 50,000 meals were prepared & distributed to Indianapolis-based organizations serving families in need.

Posted by University of Indianapolis on Monday, January 21, 2019

Pack Away Hunger works to battle hunger in Indianapolis and all over the world. The focus of Pack Away Hunger is to provide nutritious meals for families. Each Nutri-Plenty™ meal that is produced provides vitamins and minerals, and contains a healthy mixture of rice, soy, vegetables and flavorings.

Three Indianapolis organizations partner to help government employees

University of Indianapolis, Quest Food Management Services and Books & Brews (South Indy) offer free meals for federal workers affected by the shutdown

Books & Brews - South IndyINDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis, Quest Food Management Services and Books & Brews will begin providing meals to those local employees and their immediate family affected by the federal government shutdown at the Books & Brews (South Indy) starting Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019.

With the University’s long history of engagement and collaborations with business partners and organizations to contribute to the quality of life in the city, President Robert L. Manuel said it was natural for the University to find a way to assist members of the community.

“As a community anchor we have a history of engaging with our neighbors in good as well as challenging times, said President Manuel. “We are focused on helping the members of our community in this moment and think we can be of assistance by offering meals to those affected. We’re grateful to Quest Food Management Services and Books & Brews for their collaboration.”

Federal employees may present their government ID at Books & Brews (South Indy) at 3808 Shelby Street. Meals will be available at this location Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. beginning Thursday, Jan. 17 (one meal, per person, per day). Meals are prepared by Quest Food Management Services. Parking is available on-site.

For more information, please contact 317-788-3530.

UIndy student mentors give back

Community engagement is an important part of the student experience at the University of Indianapolis. Here’s one recent example:

In November 2018, about 90 students from the UIndy chapter of College Mentors for Kids partnered with F.A. Wilhelm Construction (Wilhelm) to teach local kids about estimating, planning, safety and other aspects of construction.

For two days, nearly 100 elementary students from southside schools and their UIndy student mentors met with volunteers from Wilhelm to learn all the steps in constructing a building, which included making their own birdhouses.

The activity that Wilhelm provided our little buddies was an incredible learning lesson in a career field that many of them might not have known much about. It opened their eyes to the possibilities they all have,” said Taylor Lahrman ‘20 (marketing), who is president of the student organization at UIndy.

In 2019, Lahrman said, College Mentors for Kids has many great activities planned that revolve around culture and diversity, community service, and higher education. The group is recruiting new members who are available to volunteer on Tuesdays or Wednesdays, along with a few officer positions. Apply here

“Being involved in College Mentors for Kids has shown me that every child deserves to have a role model,” said Lahrman. “A mentor is meant to be a person they build a bond with, learn from, and look up to. I would’ve loved to have this when I was in elementary school, so being able to give back to those who need it most is one of the best things someone can do.”

College Mentors for Kids is one of many community partner organizations providing hands-on learning experiences for students. The University of Indianapolis Center for Service-Learning & Community Engagement hosts partner fairs and forums each semester to highlight volunteer opportunities and showcase students’ work. The next community partner fairs take place from 11 am – 1 pm on Thursday, January 17, Wednesday, January 23 in the Schwitzer Student Center and Thursday, January 24 in the Health Pavilion lobby.

Learn about other community service organizations on campus


Incoming freshman overcomes obstacles, named MVP for Colts’ game

Alec DeuelIncoming University of Indianapolis freshman Alec Deuel knows about overcoming obstacles. He was diagnosed with autism in grade school and struggled academically.

In eighth grade, he enrolled at Damar Charter Academy and the story changed: By day three, he tested out of algebra, earning his first high school credit. Recently, he scored 30 on the ACT, well over the 22.6 average for 2017 test takers in Indiana, according to Prep Scholar.

“Damar has been a tremendous help for him and allowed him to work at his pace and at his level,” Jennifer Atkinson, Alec’s mom, said.

Another obstacle he and his mom have overcome is homelessness. Atkinson credits the Salvation Army for providing transitional housing, and Damar for working with staff at the Salvation Army to provide modifications for a guest with autism.

Alec is now on the path to becoming valedictorian of his high school graduating class and was awarded the Senator Richard G Lugar Award of Academic Distinction through the University of Indianapolis. Alec’s goal is to become a professor of paleontology, something he’s been talking about since he was six years old.

This Christmas, he’s not asking for dinosaurs, though. He wants a Jack Doyle jersey. Alec met the Colts tight end when he visited Damar shortly after joining the team. Alec has been a fan ever since.

On Sunday, Dec. 16, he’ll be on the field to watch the team warm up before he takes his MVP seats for the game with his mom, grandmother and step-grandfather. He’s been named the Damar MVP for the game as part of the Colts’ partnership with Damar Services to reward students for their achievements.

We look forward to welcoming Alec and the entire Class of 2023 to campus next fall!

Senior spotlight: Collin Bopp, sport management

Leading up to December commencement, we’ll be featuring stories & reflections from the senior class.


Collin Bopp ’18 is a sport management major.

Q. What student groups or activities have you been involved in during your time at UIndy?

Being involved with CRU has helped me grow in my Christian faith and become more comfortable with sharing my faith, while helping others to grow in theirs.

I’m also the founder and president of UIndy Curling Club. Starting this club was a challenge in and of itself as I’ve never curled before. Through studying sport management here at UIndy, I have been able to apply what I have learned. The opportunity to start and run this club has turned some big dreams into reality. UIndy has given me the opportunity to succeed while enhancing my experience on campus and many other students as well.

Q: What are your plans after graduation?

My plans are not finalized as I am waiting to hear back on a couple jobs. My ultimate plan is to be a missionary in Latin America.

Q: What is your advice to incoming freshmen?

Don’t stress about everything. Have fun, get involved, be responsible. Leave your mark on UIndy before you leave. Start your first year and not your last.

Senior spotlight: Sanjay Daley, Applied Sociology

Leading up to December commencement, we’ll be featuring stories & reflections from the University of Indianapolis senior class. 

Sanjay DaleySanjay Daley ’18 is an applied sociology graduate student, a member of the track and field team and a graduate assistant coaching sprinters on the team.

“The track and field team enhanced my student experience here by welcoming me after I transferred from another school. Even though the schools were once rivals, I entered a team that treated me like family and for that UIndy will always have a special place in my heart.”

My advice to incoming freshmen: “Have fun, but also work hard in your studies. College is where you find yourself. Time management is the key to a successful college career. Moreover, you need to balance personal and student time to have a memorable college experience.”

Meet the December 2018 graduates!

Nearly 260 students will graduate from the University of Indianapolis in December, including 215 undergraduates, 38 graduate and 4 doctoral students. A formal winter commencement ceremony will take place Saturday, December 15 in Ransburg Auditorium. The program will be streamed online at uindy.edu/graduation.

Click on the photos below to learn about some of the December graduates & what’s next for each of them.

Senior spotlight: Claire Gilbert, marketing

ClaireLeading up to December commencement, we’ll be featuring stories & reflections from the University of Indianapolis senior class. 

Claire Gilbert ’18 is a marketing major who has also been involved in a variety of extracurriculars:

  • Student Recruitment Manager, UIndy School of Business
  • Member, Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)
  • Involved with Student Business Leadership Academy as both a Vice President and Board Member (in different years)
  • UIndy Connectors (UIndy social media ambassador program)
  • Top Dog Communication
  • Volunteered for programming hosted by the Ecumenical & Interfaith Office

“Not only did these organizations mold me into a young professional but they also helped me develop personally, allowing me to grow in my faith and meet my best friends. I’m so thankful for the well-rounded experiences and unique opportunities UIndy provided me!”

My plans after graduation: I will finish my internship with Delta Faucet Company global headquarters in Carmel, IN and intend to work in corporate marketing in Indianapolis.

My advice to incoming freshmen: The key to success in college is people. Surround yourself with good people that will encourage you, help you grow and look out for you from the very beginning. That will be easy, because UIndy is full of them!

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