Health tech camp lets teens sample careers

As information technology becomes increasingly important in the world of health care, an upcoming three-day camp at the University of Indianapolis offers central Indiana high school students an opportunity to learn about careers in the field.

The Health Information Technology Camp runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 27-29. The cost is $150, but scholarships are available.

Developed in consultation with health care and business professionals, the camp will include fun science activities and programs to help students understand and explore college and career possibilities.

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PT students get taste of life with disabilities

A rite of passage for first-year Doctor of Physical Therapy students at the University of Indianapolis is an event some call “disability lunch.”

The students are outfitted with slings, braces, gloves, blindfolds and other appliances to simulate the effects of stroke, Parkinson’s disease, arthritis and other conditions common to older adults. They then struggle through a buffet lunch and subsequent exercise session in an experience designed to help the future practitioners empathize with their clients’ limitations.

“It’s putting them in their patients’ shoes,” said Associate Professor William Staples, who hosted the latest such event Tuesday at the UIndy Health Pavilion.

More information on the Krannert School of Physical Therapy is available at

VIDEO: Commencement among May highlights

May 2016 at UIndy meant high-profile student research, national NCAA action and a little thing called Commencement, featuring NPR’s Steve Inskeep and singer-actress Jearlyn Steele. Click the image to watch.

Education MBA program names new fellows

Launched at UIndy, Woodrow Wilson initiative expands to other universities

The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation today announced the new 2016-2017 class of Woodrow Wilson Indiana MBA Fellows in Education Leadership, more than 60 educators nominated by their schools and corporations for innovative preparation to lead 21st-century schools.

WW logoThe MBA Fellowship blends clinical experience in schools with rigorous business coursework to ensure that graduates have the knowledge and skills to guide schools and districts through a changing education environment. The program is designed to close achievement gaps between America’s lowest- and highest-performing schools and between top-performing U.S. schools and those around the world.

The Indiana program debuted in 2014 with the first cohort at the University of Indianapolis. This year, the third cohort at UIndy is joined by inaugural groups at Indiana State University and Indiana University, thanks to support from Lilly Endowment Inc. Similar programs operate in Wisconsin and New Mexico, preparing new school leaders to drive innovation, expand the use of analytics and evidence-based practices, raise student performance to international levels and improve the quality of school systems and teaching over time.

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CELL names education-workforce directors

The Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning at the University of Indianapolis has selected two directors for its Education Workforce Innovation Network. EWIN provides assistance to regional leaders throughout the state as they develop career pathways and support employers with a pipeline of educated and trained personnel to meet workforce needs.



Alisa Deck has been named Director of Education Workforce Cultivation. Previously, she was director of college and career readiness for the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, served in admissions and career placement for Ivy Tech Community College, worked for a Tier 1 automotive supplier and was an EcO15 coordinator for Decatur County. She has been an adjunct instructor in organizational leadership and supervision for Purdue University as well as for numerous courses in Ivy Tech’s schools of Business and Workforce & Economic Development. Deck is certified in Interpersonal Management Skills and Frontline Leadership through AchieveGlobal. She holds a master’s degree in management from Indiana Wesleyan University and graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in general studies from Indiana University.



Shannon Doody was promoted to Director of Education Workforce Partnerships. She previously served CELL as coordinator of school-workforce initiatives and helped to direct EWIN initiatives across the state. She also worked with CELL’s Early College network, providing outreach to member schools. She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville and a master’s degree in school counseling and clinical psychology from Ball State University, where she researched qualities of effective advisory curriculums and the role of the school counselor in closing opportunity gaps for traditionally underserved populations. She holds a license in school counseling and formerly served in admissions for Valparaiso University.

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Director tapped for new Engineering programs

An expert in electrical and computer engineering has been chosen to lead the new programs in Engineering at the University of Indianapolis.



José R. Sánchez brings substantial research and teaching experience from his work at Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., where he began teaching in 2002. He has served most recently as associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at Bradley. He starts at UIndy on May 16 as director and associate professor of Engineering.

Sanchez’ specialties and research interests are biomedical imaging and devices, discrete-time signal processing, embedded systems, engineering education, robotics, real-time implementation of digital signal processing and image, multidimensional, multirate and adaptive signal processing.

“The needs of engineering have changed over the last few decades,” Sánchez said. “Most problems that society faces today require complex multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary solutions. My goal is to collaborate with the industry to create real-world problems for our students to solve. UIndy’s strong core, along with the emphasis on communication, problem-solving, design, testing and teamwork, will uniquely position our engineering students as strong contributors to society.”

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NPR’s Inskeep to speak at Commencement

Singer-actress Steele and developer Zink also will receive honorary degrees



Author, public radio anchor and globe-trotting journalist Steve Inskeep will deliver the keynote address May 7 during 2016 Commencement exercises at the University of Indianapolis.

Inskeep, a native Hoosier, is the award-winning host of NPR’s Morning Edition, the nation’s most widely heard radio news program, which airs locally weekdays on WFYI-FM 90.1.

The 11 a.m. event at UIndy’s Key Stadium also will feature two student speakers representing undergraduate and graduate students, as well as another figure familiar to public radio audiences: acclaimed singer, actress and broadcaster Jearlyn Steele. She, Inskeep and local developer Gene Zink of Strategic Capital Partners will receive honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees.

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Grant supports statewide workforce initiative

Lilly Endowment provides $925,000 to continue the regional alignment efforts of the Education Workforce Innovation Network, an initiative of UIndy’s CELL

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A statewide initiative to align K-12 and postsecondary education with regional workforce needs will continue for another two years, thanks to a $925,000 grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to the Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL) at the University of Indianapolis.

The grant will directly support the Education Workforce Innovation Network (EWIN), administered by CELL, which identifies and works to close gaps in education-workforce alignment through regional partnerships among school corporations, institutions of higher education, workforce development agencies, business and industry, nonprofit organizations and other stakeholders.

Established in 2012, EWIN provides resources and technical assistance in clarifying workforce needs and coordinating educational programming and training efforts, including the implementation of innovative new models. Its partnerships are organized according to the 12 Economic Growth Regions established by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, enabling programs to be tailored specifically to local issues and industries.



“The goal is to create educational opportunities that match the economic realities of Indiana’s workforce demands,” said CELL Executive Director Janet Boyle. “This new funding will support further progress as we make strategic investments in innovative programming to benefit students, business and industry and, as a result, the economy in different regions across the state.”

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High schoolers to get head start on college

From left at today’s announcement are Perry Meridian High School Principal Rolland Abraham, Perry Township Superintendent Thomas Little Jr., Vincennes University President Chuck Johnson and UIndy President Robert Manuel.

UIndy, Vincennes University, Perry Meridian High School
announce partnership on new ‘1+3’ Early College program

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A growing number of Indianapolis teens can begin their transition to college and career during freshman year of high school – and at low cost – thanks to an innovative three-way partnership between Perry Meridian High School, Vincennes University and the University of Indianapolis.

The three institutions today announced the 1+3 Program, which enables qualifying students on Perry Meridian’s Early College track to graduate from high school with a 30-credit General Studies Certificate from VU. Students who complete the program and meet admissions standards will be accepted directly into UIndy with at least one year of General Education credits already in hand, providing the opportunity to complete a bachelor’s degree with only three years of further study.

“Making post-secondary education more affordable and accessible is an ongoing initiative at the University of Indianapolis, and we specifically are committed to elevating the quality of life for our neighbors in this part of the city,” said UIndy President Robert Manuel. “This partnership provides tremendous value for local families, and we look forward to replicating the model with other high schools.”

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Registration now open for Summer Classes

summerRegistration opens today for the University of Indianapolis’ growing catalog of Summer Classes, which enable students from UIndy and other accredited universities to use their summers strategically to advance and enrich their education.

The offerings include more than 200 introductory and upper-level courses in fields such as business, mathematics, the sciences, the arts and the humanities, with campus-based, online and hybrid options available. Most courses run for seven weeks and are offered between early May and mid-August. Students can view the catalog and apply online at

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“Despite the winter weather, this is really the key time to plan for summer,” said Rachelle Merkel Diaz, director of UIndy’s new Office of Summer Programs. “These programs offer so many advantages that students who don’t try it are missing a great opportunity.”

Students take summer courses to get ahead in their studies, open up time to take special electives during their fall and winter semesters, and stay on track to graduate on schedule, saving significant money on tuition. Summer tuition is lower than standard undergraduate rates, and most summer courses correspond with Indiana’s Core Transfer Library, which ensures that the credits earned will transfer among all of the state’s public colleges and universities and also many private institutions.

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