Athletic Training prof named to Hall of Fame

The faculty of UIndy’s Athletic Training Program must be doing something right – they keep getting named to the Indiana Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame.



Dr. Scott Lawrance, assistant professor and clinical education coordinator for the program, will be the latest to receive the honor Sunday at the Annual IATA Fall Symposium in Muncie.

“It’s one of those humbling experiences,” said Lawrance, also a UIndy alumnus who earned his Master of Science and Doctor of Health Sciences in Physical Therapy in 2003 and 2010, respectively. At 39, he is the youngest state inductee to date.

“I recognize the responsibility of it,” he said, already having served 12 years on the IATA board and two years as its president, helping to pass legislation, create new partnerships and increase services to members. “It’s a responsibility to uphold that for the rest of my career.”

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CAC presents $10,000 idea competition

Sunday night is submission deadline for Dream Indy 5×5

CAC buttonUIndy’s Center for Aging & Community is among the forces behind the upcoming Dream Indy 5×5 competition, the latest in a series of local events that award $10,000 in funding for creative proposals that benefit the community.

5x5Logo-2015-bluesScheduled as part of the annual Spirit & Place Festival, the Nov. 12 contest will feature five teams selected from scores of applicants to pitch their ideas before a panel of judges and a live audience. In this case, the teams are challenged to submit proposals that use art to make Indianapolis “more accessible, healthy, green or lively.” CAC’s twist on the scenario is that intergenerational teams — with members at least 15 years apart in age — are strongly encouraged. Proposals must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, at

Partners in the event include Joy’s House Adult Day Service, which is opening a UIndy-Southside location soon near the new Health Pavilion; and Big Car arts collaborative, which will host the pitching party from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m Nov. 12 at its new The Tube Factory art space in the nearby Garfield Park neighborhood.

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Music department shares talent at Eskenazi

CMSF music at EskenaziMusic faculty members Elisabeth Hoegberg and Mitzi Westra performed Tuesday to kick off the third round of UIndy Community Music Service Fellowship concerts at Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital. (Eskenazi Health photo)

Students and faculty from UIndy’s Department of Music are once again taking their talents out into the community through a series of daytime concerts this semester at Eskenazi Health.

Now in its third season, the University of Indianapolis Community Music Service Fellowship brings one-hour performances to the Eli Lilly and Company Foundation Concourse on the main level of the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital, located off West 10th Street at 720 Eskenazi Ave. The concerts not only enhance the atmosphere for hospital patients, staff and visitors, but are open to the public as well.



The CSMF program is coordinated by associate adjunct professor Minju Choi, a celebrated pianist in her own right, and made possible by the Marianne Tobias Music Program at Eskenazi Health. The fellowship is available to UIndy college-level and advanced pre-college-level students in good academic standing.

The new round of concerts kicked off Tuesday with a performance by Assistant Professors Elisabeth Hoegberg and Mitzi Westra. Upcoming dates include:

  • Friday, Oct. 23, at noon: Joe Jones, guitar
  • Tuesday, Nov. 3, at 3 p.m.: Carrie Atkinson, piano
  • Thursday, Nov. 5, at 1 p.m.: Jessica Spiars, piano
  • Friday, Nov. 13, at 1 p.m.: UIndy Student String Quartet
  • Tuesday, Dec. 1, at 11 a.m.: Allison Vickery, piano

TEDx conference draws curious and creative

TEDxIND - Nikki ReedUIndy alumna and WZPL radio personality Nikki Reed serves as emcee for TEDxIndianapolis Tuesday at the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center.

Indy Star preview and photo gallery

Hundreds of community leaders, professionals and hipsters alike gathered at UIndy on Tuesday for the fourth annual TEDxIndianapolis conference, featuring 16 creative thinkers from around the world speaking on the theme “Keep It Simple.”

The energy spilled outside Ruth Lilly Performance Hall and into the adjacent DeHaan Center Gallery, where a related art exhibition hangs, and onto the sidewalk, where a Visit Indy sculpture has provided a setting for countless photos shared on social media this month.

For those who missed the day’s talks, which also streamed live online and in Schwitzer Student Center’s UIndy Hall, videos will be posted next month on YouTube.

TEDxIndianapolis 2015 was sponsored by the United Way of Central Indiana and presented by Big Car, Indiana Humanities, The Heritage Group, Pivot Marketing and the University of Indianapolis. UIndy faculty contributed to the planning, and scores of UIndy volunteers provided hospitality during the event.

TEDxIND - galleryVisitors enjoy the interactive “Keep It Simple” exhibition in the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center Gallery, which features artwork by UIndy graduate student Kevin Moran.

UIndy team wins Celadon case competition

Celadon winners - webThe winners of the 2015 Celadon Case Study Competition were UIndy students (from left) Chris McKeown, Nicholas Williams, Casey Brock and Tyler Johnson.

A student team from UIndy claimed top honors and a $1,000 prize in the 2015 Celadon Case Study Competition, an annual event that challenges Indiana college students to tackle real issues facing the transportation and logistics industry.

UIndy freshmen Chris McKeown and Nicholas Williams and sophomores Casey Brock and Tyler Johnson pulled off a surprise win in an 11-team field that included a more experienced squad from their own institution as well as representatives of IUPUI, Franklin College, and Ball State, Butler and Indiana State universities.

“They were probably the youngest people in the competition,” said faculty adviser Tom Parker, an assistant professor of Operations & Supply Chain Management. “They were just going to get some experience, and they ended up winning it.”

Celadon Trucking organizes the competition each year to give students an opportunity to network with upper management and explore internship and full-time employment opportunities with the company.

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New Health Pavilion clinics open their doors

UIndy wellness clinicWith some final touches still in the works, the new UIndy Health and Wellness Center was seeing a steady stream of patients Thursday.

Community Health Network staffers include UIndy alumni

This week saw the official opening of two clinical spaces in the new Health Pavilion, where the university is partnering with Community Health Network to provide care for patients and clients while creating experiential learning opportunities for students.

The new Health and Wellness Center in Suite 108, which combines the student and employee services previously available at the Student Health Center and Koval Center, saw its first 30 patients Wednesday, said Kory Vitangeli, Dean of Students and VP for Student & Campus Affairs.

The personnel include staff nurse-practitioners Lynn Moran, Vicky Swank and Barbara Kelly, and the cooperating physician from Community Health Network is Dr. Randall Lee, a 1972 UIndy graduate who is donating his time to the effort. Appointments are free to the UIndy community, with minimal charges for medication, vaccines and other needs. The hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and the menu of services will continue to expand.

Community Health’s Physical Therapy and Rehab-UIndy clinic opened Monday in Suite 107, serving network clients initially on Mondays and Thursdays and soon to expand through the week. Its services include general orthopedic therapy as well as neurological, hand and sports injury rehabilitation. Staffing the space are Community Health Network physical therapists Jeff Mestrich and Matt Redshaw. Mestrich, a certified and licensed athletic trainer, holds two UIndy degrees: a BS in Athletic Training from 2000 and an MS in Physical Therapy from 2002. Redshaw, a certified strength and conditioning specialist, earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from UIndy in 2007.

Also housed in the Health Pavilion is the School of Psychological Sciences‘ Psychological Services Center, where faculty and advanced graduate students provide comprehensive evaluation and outpatient therapy services to individuals, families and organizations.

CHN PT rehab clinicCommunity Health Network’s Physical Therapy and Rehab-UIndy is now open two days a week and soon will expand its hours, offering a range of services.

BlueIndy at UIndy: One up, one on the way

Blue Indy cars at UIndyAvailable by subscription, the emission-free, noise-free BlueIndy cars are intended to help city residents avoid the hassles of vehicle ownership and parking.

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The first of two anticipated BlueIndy electric car sharing stations at UIndy is officially operational, and company officials hope to begin construction soon on the second.

The five-car station at Hanna and State avenues, adjacent to the Health Pavilion and across the street from Key Stadium, was “commissioned” on Saturday and is already in use, said Bob Briggs, BlueIndy’s director of business development. The company is planning a grand opening event in the coming weeks.

Final details are still being sorted out for the second planned station off Shelby Street, near the university Police Department headquarters. The company still hopes to open that site before the end of the year.

The BlueIndy stations are part of a menu of public transportation options that will be available to the UIndy community and the University Heights neighborhood in the coming years. They city’s bus rapid transit plan calls for a station at Hanna and Shelby Street for the Red Line, which will link the university to Fountain Square, downtown, Broad Ripple and key points in between, perhaps as soon as 2018. The long-term plan envisions additional BRT lines serving the area in the future.

Holocaust survivor Eva Kor to speak Nov. 3

Founder of CANDLES museum continues work for human rights

Eva Mozes Kor, the Auschwitz survivor who became an internationally known advocate for forgiveness, will share her story Nov. 3 at the University of Indianapolis.



The presentation, “Remembering the Holocaust,” will begin at 7 p.m. in Schwitzer Student Center’s UIndy Hall and will conclude with a Q&A session and book signing. The event is UIndy’s annual Interfaith Lecture, presented by the Office of Ecumenical & Interfaith Programs and the University Series. Admission is free, but advanced registration is recommended; click here to register.

Born Jewish in a small Romanian village, Kor and her family were sent to the notorious Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland, where her parents and two older sisters perished. She and her twin sister, Miriam, were subjects of Josef Mengele’s medical experiments and among the few who survived to be liberated by Soviet troops. She immigrated to Israel, where she attained the rank of sergeant major in the Israeli Army Engineering Corps and met American tourist and fellow survivor, Michael Kor. The two married in 1960 and moved to the United States, settling in Terre Haute.

In 1984, Kor and her sister founded Children of Auschwitz Nazi Deadly Lab Experiments Survivors, or CANDLES, an effort to reunite and build connections among surviving Mengele twins around the world. In 1995, Kor founded the CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center, which was firebombed and destroyed in 2003 only to reopen two years later with significant local and national support to continue educating thousands of visitors.

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VIDEO: Sculpture draws attention on campus

Nursing UIndy NDY sculpture - webSenior nursing majors (front, from left) Erin Veerkamp, Taylor Cotherman, Lauren Kehrt, Bailey Grieshop, Jacqlyn Hicks, Brittany Newsom and (top) Virginia Buckley were the first in line for photos when the Visit Indy sculpture was deposited Monday morning outside the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center.

Visit Indy‘s tourism-touting ‘NDY’ sculpture arrived on campus today, heralding the approach of TEDxIndianapolis on Oct. 20. The first in line to shoot photos were senior Nursing majors, already decked out in their scrubs for official licensure exam photos.

UIndy is the first Southside location for the popular social media campaign, which asks passers-by to share photos with the hashtag #LoveIndy. On campus, participants are invited to declare their Greyhound allegiance with #LoveUIndy.

For more information on TEDxIndianapolis at UIndy, click here.

In the video below, Nursing major Morgan Carter explains the scenario, and Tasker Day, chief operating officer for Indianapolis Fabrications, discusses his company’s creation.

Grant to fund study of Congolese refugees



Two UIndy faculty members have been awarded a $20,000 grant to study community adjustment and health care access among women who have settled in the Indianapolis area after fleeing armed conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The funding from the Indiana Minority Health Coalition will support Through Their Eyes: Refugee Women’s Experience with Health and Health Care in Indianapolis, a project proposed by UIndy’s Dr. Shannon McMorrow, assistant professor of Kinesiology and interim director of the Master of Public Health program, and Dr. Jyotika Saksena, associate professor and director of the Master of Arts in International Relations program.



The two will partner with local aid group Exodus Refugee to identify the participants, who — through a group analysis method known as “photovoice,” will receive digital cameras to document their experiences through images and narratives.

Read more about the project on UIndy’s Health Sciences blog.

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