2021 UIndy Engineering 3D Printing Summer Camp: Developing the Next Generation of Makers

The R. B. Annis School of Engineering and the Center for Collaborative Innovation (CCI) successfully completed the 2021 STEM summer camp with the theme; Make the Maker: UIndy Engineering 3D Printing Summer Camp

The summer camp had nine high school student campers. The camp, which combined engineering and entrepreneurial mindset development, focused on the design, fabrication, and use of 3D printers. The pre-college participants were exposed to advanced design tools as well as digital manufacturing processes at the new Annis Hall facility. Though the camps was only scheduled to run two weeks, R.B. Annis School of Engineering faculty and staff Dr. Paul Talaga, James Emery, Dr. Megan Hammond, Dr. Joan Martinez, and Dr. David Olawale worked with the students for over three weeks because of the participants’ engagement and the organizers’ commitment for campers to go home with their operational 3D printers after the camp.

According to Dr. Paul Talaga (Camp Coordinator) the camp modeled the engineering process well.  “In the real world, the answers aren’t in the back of the book. Rather than run a camp where participants used 3D printers to print trinkets, we challenged the campers to imagine, design, and build a functional 3D printer on their own. Their creativity was astounding!  Each printer was unique and contained dozens of 3D printed and waterjeted parts, each having been designed by campers who went through many iterations to verify proper fit and functionality.  The creativity, problem solving, CAD, 3D printing, and fabrication skills acquired will allow these campers to continue their creativity.”

Some of the feedback from the campers on key lessons learned included:

“Learned how to manage my time, utilize CAD software, and learned to persevere through challenges.”
“Better CAD skills and thinking of how to assemble a product”
“I learned a lot about CAD and problem solving.”

Due to support from the Elevate Nexus Higher Education Grant, two high schoolers from Southport High School in Indianapolis, who would not have otherwise been able, were able to participate in the camp on full scholarships. “It is important to expose our high schoolers to advanced design and manufacturing tools as well as the entrepreneurial mindset,” said David Olawale, assistant professor of engineering, “So that we may attract them to the STEM disciplines and increase their ability to solve problems that matter to our nation, irrespective of economical and social status.” The CCI works on promoting innovation and entrepreneurship across UIndy and the surrounding communities.

Juneteenth Spotlight: Tylyn Johnson ’22

johnson_tylyn_poetryreading_800x600Tylyn Johnson ‘22 (social work) will step up to the microphone on June 17, to help make this year’s UIndy Juneteenth Celebration memorable and unique. Striving for the impact of Amanda Gorman and the reading of her poem, “The Hill We Climb,” at the inauguration of President Joe Biden, Johnson will be reciting a poem he has written specifically for the outdoor event scheduled for Schwitzer Park.

“As I think about how [my writing] relates to Juneteenth and so much of the wonderful Black traditions that I come from, I think of writing as simply one aspect of the storytelling tradition that, to me, has always been intertwined with Black culture and pride,” Johnson said.

Johnson has been inspired by many historical activists and leaders that he considers great storytellers. These include Lorraine Hansberry, Martin Luther King Jr., Angela Davis, and Ida B. Wells. As a social work major, he has come to embrace adoption advocacy and continues to learn and refine his skills as it relates to foster care and adoption—living the service-learning legacy of UIndy.

Heading into his senior year, Johnson has strived not only in the classroom but also across campus and in the community. Along with contributing to the Office of Inclusion & Equity, he also has provided his skills and dedication to projects with the Interfaith Scholars Program, the Black Student Association, UIndy Pride, and Healing Hounds. These opportunities have helped him learn who he is and about the world and how others experience it—which he pours into his writing.

“I often tend to write about my experiences with my identity and try to paint different kinds of visuals with the words I have available to me,” Johnson said. “For me, my writing often stems from how I’ve come to understand my development as a Black Queer person—personally, politically, and professionally—especially as it relates to how community and storytelling and resource access have all afforded me who I am today.”

Volunteers team up with Indianapolis non-profits to plant trees on Shelby St. Corridor

Volunteers made their way to the University of Indianapolis campus last week for a project in partnership with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful and the South Indy Quality of Life Plan to plant trees along the Shelby St. corridor on campus. The initiative came as a result of the South Indy Quality of Life Plan applying for, and receiving, a grant from the Indiana Neighborhood Housing Partnership.

Get to know UIndy’s new Executive in Residence: Phil Terry

“The theme of my life may be serendipity,” said Phil Terry, who was recently announced as the new Executive in Residence at The Professional Edge Center at the University of Indianapolis. Terry, who also serves as the Chair of the Board of Trustees, recently retired after a 30-year career as the CEO of Monarch Beverage, Inc., the state’s largest distributor of beer and wine.

The serendipity Terry mentioned, the good fortune of “right place, right time,” was the necessary ingredient to take him from a lifelong southsider, to a career in law, a transition to business, and ultimately to serving on the Board of a school he previously had no personal connection to.

The Executive in Residence Program at UIndy builds relationships between students and alumni by connecting them with regional and global leaders. The program focuses on career-building through the development of professional relationships and soft skills that are often learned in the professional world. In his new role, Terry meets with students and alumni to mentor them, expand their professional networks and help them realize their career potential.

“I think what I can do is primarily in the connection piece,” said Terry, who has worked in the Indianapolis area for the last 45 years. “I think my value, that of someone who has been in the community for a long time, is a big contribution to students and alumni.”

Phil Terry, left, mentors a student in the Executive in Residence program

Phil Terry, left, mentors a student in the Executive in Residence program

Joining the Executive in Residence program after a distinguished career in the community gives Terry a unique perspective to mentor students and alumni who are only just in the beginning stages of their careers. “I can help them sort through what works in this community, who the decision-makers are in this community, and how to make connections in this community,” he said.

How did Terry become so entrenched in the community? “I’m a southsider from birth,” he’ll tell you with pride. “I can’t think of a place I’d rather live or raise a family than Indianapolis.” Calling Indianapolis the “biggest little town in the country,” Terry is well aware of all the opportunities to which he can connect UIndy students and alumni. 

Terry grew up in Perry Township and attended undergrad at Indiana University before attending law school at IU’s Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis and beginning his legal career. “I didn’t really know what I wanted to do long-term,” he said. “It wasn’t necessarily that I had a passion for the law or it was the family business or anything; it just sounded like law was something that might work.”

That lack of plan during those formative years makes Terry uniquely suited to his role as a mentor to UIndy students and alumni as Executive in Residence. He remembers quite well what it was like to make his way through his educational career and not have it all “figured out” just yet, a feeling that is almost universal among college students at one point or another in their journey. “I just thought my life was going to be spent practicing law,” Terry said. “But that’s when the twist came.”

When Terry was hired at McHale Cook & Welch following graduation from law school, he began to represent companies in the alcoholic beverage industry. “That’s kind of a specialized field,” he said. “There’s all sorts of laws that companies have to be sure to not run afoul of.”

One of Terry’s longtime clients was Monarch Beverage Co., a family-owned beer and wine distributor based in Indianapolis. Because of significant business and regulatory issues, in 1991, that company asked him to join it as its chief executive officer.

1517255199200One of the reasons Terry so enjoyed his new role as CEO, which he held for thirty years before the company was sold in December 2020, was because it provided him a new, more fulfilling, way to look at how he conducted business. “In addition to alcohol law, I also did a lot of litigation, which is a classic zero-sum game,” he said. “Whoever I’m dealing with I’m working to take something from them, and they’re working to take something from me.

“But with business, it doesn’t have to be that way,” he said. “My business philosophy was that success comes from making sure that everyone you’re doing business with succeeds as well. I liked that way of life a lot better.”

As Terry grew in his career so too did his connections in the business community. In 2012 he joined the University of Indianapolis Board of Trustees. “At the time, I had no close personal connection to UIndy,” he said. “But I did have a special connection with some people who were connected with UIndy.”

Through the business community and serving on Boards of other organizations, Terry had developed a friendship with past University of Indianapolis Board member Robert Palmer, vice president and general manager of FedEx, and then-President Beverley J. Pitts. When there was an opening on the UIndy Board, Palmer and Pitts suggested Terry would be a good candidate. “It was a special affinity for Bob and Beverley that brought me on board initially,” Terry said. 

“This was also at the time when President Manuel was taking over and all this creative and exciting stuff was happening and that made me want to take a bigger role in it.”

Even after being involved with the University for nearly 10 years, Terry, who now serves as the Chair of the Board of Trustees, is just as energized as ever and excited about what UIndy can provide for the community. “We want to be an anchor for development in our community that will help Indianapolis generally, but more specifically, our neighbors,” Terry said. “The prospect for the future is what I’m most excited about. We’re creating greater opportunities for our students, and that will also create growth and prosperity for Indianapolis and Indiana.”

These serendipitous connections, and the result of networking, are the backbone of what Terry believes he can provide in his role as Executive in Residence. If he can utilize his business network that he has cultivated over the last 45 years to help UIndy students and alumni, they will have an advantage as they begin their careers. “I’m hoping to help teach these soft-skills that too often aren’t developed until someone is well into their career,” Terry said. “If we can teach students how to network in a meaningful way and start them off with some built-in connections, it can really jumpstart their careers.”

Another way Terry hopes to help students is to let them know it’s okay to not feel like their “plan” is on track or perfectly curated to what their end goals are. “Early on, I wish I knew about the beneficial role that luck plays in life,” he said. “I thought it was incumbent upon me to know exactly what I was going to do with the next step, every step of the way.”

“I wish I had been a little more relaxed with that,” he said. “You’ve got to spend time getting yourself prepared for whatever might come your way, but you’ve got to be open to what life presents.”

When Terry reflects on his career he can’t help but recognize the big role that “luck” played in it. From going to law school and specializing in alcoholic beverage work; working with Monarch Beverage and then transitioning to the world of business; meeting Robert Palmer and Beverley Pitts, leading to his current role at UIndy. It’s not all luck, however. Terry uses a quote attributed to Dwight D. Eisenhower to exemplify the importance of preparing for whatever life may throw your way: “Plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” 

“If you’re prepared, life gives you opportunities and you can take advantage of them,” he said. “I’ve greatly enjoyed my life—and it didn’t play out anything like I thought it would.”

Research by Amanda Miller, sociology chair, featured in new book

Make Your Move book coverResearch co-authored by Amanda Miller, chair of the sociology department at the University of Indianapolis, is featured in Make Your Move: The New Science of Dating and Why Women Are in Charge by Jon Birger. The book explores the challenges faced by single women in modern dating and offers research-backed solutions to those challenges.

Miller, along with research partner Sharon Sassler (Cornell University), found that couples who meet through friends or family are significantly more likely to marry than couples who meet online, even if the couple doesn’t know one another before the first date. The findings are “a testament to the importance of these networks for introducing new partners, serving as sounding boards, and evaluating prospective matches,” according to Miller and Sassler.

Additionally, daters who meet online “often commented on their nervousness prior to meeting their partners for the first time, and a few indicated how they arranged to meet in ‘safe’ spaces.” Those who were introduced through trusted networks tend to experience less of this kind of anxiety.

Learn more about the book.

UIndy School of Education partners with Peace Learning Center

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After recently acquiring an international social-emotional learning program, Peace Learning Center reached out to the University of Indianapolis School of Education for help modernizing the curriculum.

Peace Learning Center is an Indianapolis-based non-profit that has impacted the lives of more than 230,000 people locally and internationally. As a community educational institution, the Center promotes healthy learning, workplace, and community environments.

School of Education Dean John Kuykendall said he is excited about the positive impact of the partnership.

“Social-emotional learning develops skills that help students be successful in class and in life. Helping teachers learn to take time to build resiliency in students improves academic performance and reduces discipline problems.”

Dr. Elizabeth Turner, instructor and Dr. Sarah Wareham, assistant professor, of the University of Indianapolis School of Education are involved in the project. They worked with Peace Learning Center to develop an action plan to implement the partnership that includes:

  • Peace Learning Circles training for education majors that will give students a chance to implement social emotional learning lessons in classrooms gaining firsthand facilitator experience early.
  • Conferences and online training and development opportunities for graduates and professionals from around the country and world.
  • Peace Learning Circles training certification for University of Indianapolis School of Education graduates that will help them implement the program in their classroom and schools.

Funding for the partnership was made possible by a grant from the Lilly Endowment.

Learn more about UIndy’s School of Education

UIndy Mentor Collective connects incoming students with network of mentors

The UIndy Mentor Collective is an online mentorship program that matches incoming students with upper-classmen peers to help students set and achieve their goals, both academic and personal.

Incoming students in the program will now have ongoing access to a network of mentors trained to offer guidance and advice. Students will be matched with a personal mentor based on common academic interests, career goals, life challenges, and experiences. Students can also use the platform’s discussion guides and goal-setting activities to spark meaningful conversations with their mentors. Topics range from time management and work-life balance to networking and job-seeking advice.

You can read more about Mentor Collective here.

Mentor Collective assesses for sense of belonging, self-efficacy, and career decision self-efficacy because they have been shown in academic literature to be closely connected to better retention rates, melt rates, higher academic success, and positive career outcomes. This ensures that the mentorships being formed are having an impact on these critical elements of the holistic student experience.

According to a recent study, mentorship is increasingly recognized as a high-impact practice in higher education, showing positive correlation with retention, academic performance, sense of belonging, and psychosocial support.

Adding to this list of positive outcomes associated with mentorship, a recent meta-analysis of quasi-experimental results from six Mentor Collective programs found a strong correlation between mentoring and reduced melt rates. These programs, launched over the summer months of 2019, covered a range of institution types and locations, including Eastern Michigan University, Montclair State University, the University of Colorado at Denver, and Tufts University.

For example, from a total sample size of nearly 5,000 students, Mentor Collective saw an overall average reduction in melt rates of 13.79% among mentored students. In a Bayesian analysis where result contributions were weighted by program size, mentored students saw a 9.36% reduction in melt overall. 

On top of all the hard data, UIndy students themselves have great things to say about the program as well.

“My mentor helped me figure out how to balance school and work. She’s very helpful.”
– Mentee Kylee Collinsworth about mentor Brooklyn Chittenden 

“I have helped my mentee set an informal goal to re-prioritize aspects of her life, such as putting school and classes above working and trying to focus on further immersing herself into the UIndy community in order to form a support system within her academics.”
– Mentor Mary Walker about mentee Abbey Ruddell

 

Interested in getting involved or just want more information? Contact Jessica Ward: wardjl@uindy.edu

Black History Month at UIndy: Ways to learn & engage

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Black History Month is celebrated annually throughout the month of February at UIndy and across the United States. Origins date back to 1915, with the first Black History Month organized by Carter G. Woodson. The celebratory and reflective time was chosen for many reasons, including the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.

Here is a summary of 2021 Black History Month activities at the University of Indianapolis:

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Follow @uindystuaffairs on Instagram for more event information!

Etchings Magazine holds virtual launch party to celebrate Issue 33.1

The University of Indianapolis Etchings Literary and Fine Arts Magazine is gearing up for the launch of Issue 33.1. Student, faculty and alumni contributors will share their work at a virtual launch party at 5:00 p.m., Monday, November 30. Register here.

Etchings Press is a student-run press. Student editors in ENGL 379 are responsible for overseeing submissions, ensuring a blind submission process and communicating with authors.

Issue 33.1 features short stories, personal essays written in Spanish, poetry, visual art, and musical compositions, including works by: Abigail Asher, Rochelle Bauer, Riley Childers, Chloe Crockett, Kensington Eiler, Adam Fernandes, Stephanie Gibson, Tatyana Gray, Professor Kathleen Hacker, Patrick Handlon, Savannah Harris, Lindsey Henderson, Mackenzie Hyatt, Tylyn K. Johnson, Chelsea Keen, Victoria Miller, Associate Professor Karen Newman, Cory Pickett , Joe Raymond, Assistant Professor Sarah Reynolds, Kami Spear, J.W. Surface, McKenna Tetrick, Olivia Thompson, Olivia Williams, Whitney Wilson, and Armentrout judge, YA author Tracy Richardson.

  • Students pick their favorite excerpts from Etchings 33.1, published in December 2020.

Can’t make it? On Monday, November 30th, after 5:00 pm EST, fans can view Etchings Magazine Issue 33.1 via Issuu and purchase copies of this beautiful issue on Amazon.

Share launch party posts with your friends and subscribers using the hashtag #etchings331 to be entered to win prizes that will be announced during the launch party!

Don’t forget to submit your unpublished, creative work (art, poetry, prose, and musical compositions) by midnight EST, Monday, February 8th, 2020 and help create Issue 33.2.

Students translate documents for Prevail of Central Indiana

Students in Dr. Ana María Ferreira’s SPAN 300 recently worked on a class project to translate documents for Prevail of Central Indiana, an organization which serves victim of sexual abuse and domestic violence.

Ferreira contacted several organizations in Indiana, especially those that serve the Spanish-speaking and Latinx communities. “Prevail of Central Indiana does an amazing job, but they are having a growing number of clients who feel more comfortable speaking Spanish,” she said. 

Students in the course completed a “translation bootcamp” week where all they did was work to translate, from English to Spanish, many of the brochures, handouts and informational sheets that the workers at Prevail give to their clients.

“This is a very difficult topic, and we are treating it with care and respect,” Ferreira said. “We are also aware that this process could be triggering to some of our students. So far everyone is feeling comfortable with this assignment, but we are still checking in on one another constantly.”

Even though some of the topics were difficult, one of the students working on the project, Kaitlyn Ruiz ‘23 (Nursing, Spanish), was pleasantly surprised at how many resources were available for them. “The amount of resources for everything from clothes to toys, to food, in addition to counseling services was astounding,” she said.

Ruiz also felt the burden of some of the more serious material, wanting to do her best to make sure that the translations were done appropriately. “The biggest challenge of the project was just making sure that everything was correct,” she said. “This could help Hispanic people all over Indianapolis and surrounding areas so I wanted to make sure that I was translating from English to Spanish correctly.”

After the completion of the translation bootcamp, Ferreira is now in the process of checking her students’ work before handing the information back to Prevail of Central Indiana, which she hopes to have accomplished before the end of the semester.

“I think our motto “Education for Service” was exemplified in this project,” Ruiz said. “I think it’s important that we include this motto in our curriculum because it allows us to learn early on how to use our education to help others. I believe that no matter what we are studying, we will always impact others. There’s no better way to learn how to impact them positively than this.

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