UIndy Students Take Home First Prize at National Robotics Competition

A team of students from the R.B. Annis School of Engineering at the University of Indianapolis won first place in the combat robot competition at the National Robotics Challenge World Championship. 

Over the past academic year, a team of seniors designed, fabricated, and tested the combat robot. These students include:

  • Jonathan Key, Mechanical Engineering
  • Tyler Cole, Industrial & Systems Engineering 
  • Laura Johnson, Mechanical Engineering 
  • Ryan Kallenberger, Mechanical Engineering

In April, the team’s robot design passed a stringent qualification round and were invited to participate in the finals that took place in Marion, OH, in May, where the R.B Annis School of Engineering team won first place (gold award) in the post-secondary division of the combat robot competition, and boasted an undefeated record throughout the tournament.  

Ryan Kallenberger was the game-day captain and driver of the robot at the event, and junior Mechanical Engineering major, Anthony WIlliamson, represented the team at the competition as well. 

The Staff and Faculty who traveled with the students to Marion, OH to support the team include:

  • James Emery who also significantly supported the student team in designing, testing, and fabricating the robot, and was also a competition advisor. 
  • Najmus Saqib Mechanical Engineering faculty support and competition advisor.
  • Cameron Wright a local engineering and external advisor.
  • Joseph B. Herzog, team advisor and senior design instructor and course coordinator. 

Eliot Motato, also supported and advised the team along with Herzog as a Faculty Team Committee member throughout the academic year. Plus, many other R.B. Annis School of Engineering faculty and staff helped support the team throughout the year to help make this happen. 

Letters of Love and War: Robert McBride & Luella Hart

You can’t talk about Judy Bentley’s family history without also mentioning the University of Indianapolis. For starters, it’s where her parents, Robert E. McBride and Luella Hart, met during their first year at Indiana Central College in the early 1940s. Her mom and dad both worked in the school kitchen and forged a romantic connection while cleaning pots and pans together.

Bob and Luella at Indiana Central College

Bob and Luella at Indiana Central College and Washington, Ind. (lower right)

What happened next is documented in Judy’s book, 25 Sugarland Road, Letters of Love and War, 1943-1945, published by the Indiana Historical Society Press. It’s a compilation of letters that Bob and Luella wrote to each other during World War II as they interrupted their education, navigated a time of great deprivation, and started a family together. 

Sugarland-Road-Cover-691x1024“I have selected family letters from 1943 to the end of 1945 and narrated the necessary background and war information,” Judy explains. “The book includes their engagement picture on a bench in front of the old college administrative hall and several mentions of what is now the University of Indianapolis.” 

The letters were discovered by family after Luella and Bob died, and it wasn’t until Judy read the collection years later that she realized what a special discovery they’d made. 

Readers can follow along as Bob proposes to Luella in front of Good Hall in 1943, as they get married in 1944 on a three-day military leave, and as Bob receives written word from home that his wife is pregnant with their first child, Judy. Letters from Elwood (Woody) McBride, who was an outstanding basketball player at ICC, are also included in the book. 

“We don’t have another story like this, with artifacts like these letters in the archives,” said Michael Cartwright, Vice President for University Mission and Associate Professor of Philosophy & Religion. “The book presents a unique view of what students were doing, thinking, and feeling during World War II.” 

It’s also a story about seeing the world differently; for example, Bob left rural Indiana to visit exotic locations like London, Berlin, and Paris during his time as a military medic, writing home about experiences with people from different backgrounds than his own. 

Related: Read Indiana Historical Society’s Q&A with Judy Bentley

After the war, Bob and Luella returned to the ICC campus and lived in married student housing at Cummins Hall with their daughter while Bob completed two and a half years of college. After graduating in 1948, he attended seminary in Ohio, worked on his doctorate at the University of Chicago, and then returned to Indianapolis to teach philosophy and religion at Indiana Central College. (During these years, he supported the family as a minister in the Evangelical United Brethren Church.)

Judy as a child near Cummins Hall

Judy as a child with Doug Mullen near Cummins Hall

In 1954, the McBride family moved to a house on Castle Avenue in the University Heights neighborhood, which is where Judy grew up from fourth grade through high school. She writes that it was a neighborhood where the church, school, and community all overlapped; it was also a very White, Protestant, homogeneous place. 

Judy remembers roaming the area with friends, attending services at the United Methodist Church, and going to see the musical Oklahoma! on UIndy’s campus. Judy’s brothers, Ron and Steve, were fast friends with Russell Brooker, son of chemistry professor Bob Brooker, who lived down the alley from the McBrides. The McBride family also hosted events for students at their house on Castle Avenue. 

“The Philosophy Club met in our home, and my mother always made good dessert for that. I sometimes listened in,” Judy said. 

Meanwhile, Luella became a secretary for the Evangelical United Brethren Conference South office, working in the basement of Buxton Hall (now known as the Stierwalt Alumni House), and Bob became known as an intellectual force at ICC who encouraged students to think carefully and rigorously. Before retiring, he wrote a memoir titled A Family Affair, which can be found in the University of Indianapolis archives. 

Although Judy no longer lives in central Indiana, the University of Indianapolis continues to hold a special place in her heart and in her family’s history. Her dad was an accomplished student-athlete at ICC; maybe that’s why Judy can still remember all the words to the old ICC fight song. 

All royalties from sales of 25 Sugarland Road will be donated to the University of Indianapolis. 

Kelsey Green ’21 ends senior year with Governor’s Fellowship

IMG_3703-01Kelsey Green ‘21 (history, psychology) recently accepted a prestigious position at the Indiana Statehouse as a Governor’s Fellow. There, she will take an active role in the statehouse, work with various state departments to achieve their annual goals, and gain firsthand experience learning how state policies are made. She hopes to use that experience to bolster her applications to doctoral programs once that posting has been completed.

UIndy 360 got to know Kelsey with this Q&A before she graduated this May:

How has UIndy prepared you for the next steps of your career?

UIndy has prepared me for the next steps in my career by challenging me academically and helping me realize my own potential. As a freshman, I wasn’t sure what my collegiate experience would entail but knew I wanted to grow both professionally and personally. In both the history and psychology departments, I’ve encountered many professors and mentors who have offered me career advice, encouraged me to take risks, and have been professionally invested in my growth. That personal mentorship is not something all students have access to and I’m very thankful I had people who supported me. 

Have you had any faculty mentors?

There are so many people I would need to thank for mentoring me! This is by no means an exclusive list but I’d like to thank Dr. Mason Burns, my honors advisor, for helping me complete my honors project and teaching me everything I know about social psychology and statistics. Dr. Frantz, my capstone history professor, for helping me navigate the complex world of historical academia and challenging me as a historical writer so I could produce a fabulous essay. Dr. James Williams, my professor and honors director, for supporting me through the honors project and providing ample support for such a challenging undertaking. And also Michael Strauss, my viola teacher and mentor of 4 years, who has always believed in my musicianship even when I didn’t. I could go on, but the list would be a mile long!

Were you involved in any other extracurricular activities on or off campus?

I am so honored and humbled to have received 2nd place in the Bennett-Tinsley award. I worked very hard on that essay and feel it is one of my best pieces of work yet. More so than anything, the award has motivated me, even more, to continue developing my writing skills and continue on my academic path!


Sabrina Camargo ’21 (psychology / criminal justice / sociology)

Congratulations to the University of Indianapolis Class of 2021! Meet Sabrina, one of our outstanding seniors:


Sabrina CamargoGraduation: May 2021

Major: Psychology and Criminal Justice with concentrations in clinical counseling studies (PSY) and law enforcement (CJ) 

Minor: Sociology 

Extracurriculars: During my second year at UIndy, a new instructor started the Sociology Club, where I became the co-social media coordinator, the secretary my 3rd year, and president during my senior year. I have been able to see the club grow from the beginning. 

Future plans: I am on a 4+1 track to graduate with a MA in Applied Sociology in May 2022. I am passionate about working with the Hispanic/Latinx community and hope to find a career helping that community after graduating with my MA. 

How you’ve grown at UIndy: Each program has taught me to never settle and to continue searching for answers for what may be unknown. I started out my freshman year with no interest in research, but slowly learned the power of research and its importance. It has taught me to always stay curious about the world around us. 

UIndy mentors: I have been fortunate enough to have several faculty members who have guided me and helped shape me into the student and person that I am. From the Psychology Dept. Dr. Loria always went above and beyond to help me apply my interests in my work. In the Criminal Justice Dept. Dr. Biggs was always a fantastic instructor who also helped me see how my degree in criminal justice could be applied in other areas the law enforcement. However, the Sociology Dept. is really where I felt at home. Dr. Wynn, Dr. Ziff, Professor Mouser, and Dr. Miller have all helped me truly grasp my passions and how I can apply them outside of the classroom. 

Favorite thing about UIndy: It has always felt like home. Carrying the Mexican Flag during the Celebration of the Flags my junior year will forever be my favorite memory of UIndy. UIndy appreciates diversity, which is why I felt at home. 

Advice to incoming freshmen: Never to be afraid to nerd out. College is the time and place where you are meant to learn and pursue your passions!

Get to know more Greyhounds from the Class of 2021

Q&A with McKenna Tetrick ’21 (psychology, Spanish)

Leading up to Commencement, UIndy 360 is asking some of our graduates to tell us about their experience at UIndy and fill us in on what their plans are after graduation. Get to know McKenna Tetrick!


Image-1 (4)What degree program(s) will you be graduating from?

I will be graduating this May with a B.S. in Psychology with a concentration in clinical and counseling studies and a B.A. in Spanish. I also have minors in English Literary Studies and Latin American Studies. 


What advice do you have for incoming freshmen?

My advice for freshmen would be to let yourself be curious! Don’t feel like you have to tie yourself down to one area – explore and have fun!


What is the most significant way that UIndy has had an impact on you?

UIndy has become my home away from home. It has allowed me to learn about myself, others, and the world around me in ways I never thought I could.


How has your program prepared you for the next steps in your career?

Both psychology and Spanish have given me great, holistic approaches to my education. They have prepared me for a career in giving me a wide range of applicable skills.


Do you have any faculty mentors, and if so, how have they helped you?

My greatest faculty mentors have been unofficial, but incredible nonetheless. I am eternally and especially grateful to Dr. Ana Maria Ferreira for consistently inspiring, encouraging, and educating me throughout the past four years. The English and Psychology departments house too many amazing people to specifically honor one, but they have all mentored me in their own fantastic ways. 


Have you been involved in any extra-curricular activities?

For the past 3 years, I have served on the board for the Global Languages Organization (GLO). This organization has helped me meet new people, become further involved in the Spanish department, and foster relationships with faculty and peers alike. I recommend everyone take part in an organization that interests them!


What are your plans after graduation?

After graduation, I plan on taking a gap year and then returning to UIndy for grad school! As for long-term career goals, I plan to work with literature in some shape or form. I would love to work for an international publishing house.


What has been your favorite thing about UIndy?

My favorite thing about UIndy is the small-school feel of it. I love the opportunity to take multiple classes with professors and other students, leading to lasting relationships!


Kirby Jones ’21, Doctorate of Occupational Therapy

“UIndy taught me how important it is to apply my knowledge in ways that help others. My education can be a driving force for positive changes in the community.”

kirby jones class of 2021 Kirby Jones '21, Doctorate of Occupational Therapy

What are your plans after graduation?
I plan to pursue a career in Indianapolis in pediatric occupational therapy through outpatient clinical and early intervention services. I am excited to work with families and children to promote function and participation in important occupations of play, school, and family life. Providing occupational therapy in a clinic and through early intervention will prepare me to help families with a wide variety of needs, strengthening my skills as a new grad. Long-term, I plan to return to my hometown of rural Vincennes and apply the skills and knowledge learned early in my career. I also plan to continue advocating for the role of occupational therapists for families in foster care, adoption, or community programs such as Safe Families for Children. I believe occupational therapy can help families that are struggling with behaviors, emotions, and development related to exposure to trauma and transition between caregivers. These families typically would not qualify for traditional OT services, but community-based OT services would be able to address the need and improve families’ quality of life, children’s participation in school, and reduce the impacts of trauma on their functioning. I am very excited to start my career and see where occupational therapy takes me!

How has your program prepared you for the next steps in your career?
UIndy is one of the first programs to offer a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy. As a Doctorate student, I completed additional course work and experiential learning that challenged me to learn about various topics. Through this, I have become very passionate about exploring the potential benefit of occupational therapy community-based services for families in foster care. As I work towards this goal, my traditional work will have a greater purpose as I learn to work with families and children as an occupational therapist. 

In undergrad, I was a part of the UIndy Cheerleading team all four years, a mentor for three years in College Mentors for Kids, and a Presidential Ambassador for three years. In grad school, I was a member of SOTA (Student Occupational Therapy Association) all three years and the President for one year. I have consistently volunteered in my community through the Joseph Maley Foundation and my church. Each experience helped connect me with other UIndy students, local community members, and learn to value experiences outside of the classroom. I plan to continue pursuing volunteer efforts as a new graduate through the Joseph Maley Foundation, Safe Families for Children, and my church. 

I also interned at the Joseph Maley Foundation within their adaptive athletics program. I was fortunate enough to be offered employment following the internship, and I continued to learn valuable lessons from a well-respected non-profit organization. Through visionary leadership and community collaborations, the Joseph Maley Foundation provided valuable services and programming to families and children of all abilities across central Indiana. Through graduate school, I completed clinical experiences at Reid Health in Richmond, IN, Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes, IN, Mercy Health in Oklahoma City, OK, Harvest Health and Rehab in Loogootee, IN, and Eskenazi Health in Indianapolis, IN. These clinic experiences varied in setting, population, and instructional approach. By having a variety of experiences I feel prepared as a new grad OT to provide quality service in many practice settings. I also gained valuable skills in interpersonal skills, communication, and adaptability – all of which are crucial soft skills for employment. My final experiential learning opportunity occurred at Safe Families for Children in Central Indiana. This organization helped formulate my passion for providing OT services to families in foster care. I also learned to articulate the value of OT to community volunteers, staff members, and families. Advocating for OT in this emerging practice area is something I plan to continue throughout the extent of my career and without the DCE, my passion may not have been actualized. 

Who are your UIndy mentors?
My research advisor all three years was Dr. Rebecca Barton. Dr. Barton guided our research group through a rigorous qualitative research process, an experience unique to UIndy’s OTD program. Dr. Barton always embodied the passion behind student mentorship and support. Her love for the profession and teaching the next cohort of therapists made her an incredible source of support throughout graduate school. My faculty advisor throughout my Doctoral Capstone Experience (DCE) was Dr. Taylor McGann. Dr. McGann provided essential feedback throughout my DCE to improve the quality and effectiveness of my program design. Dr. McGann also supported my efforts with pursuing jobs through letters of recommendation, interview pointers, and guidance on how to identify a healthy workplace environment. 

What’s your favorite thing about UIndy?
The sense of community that extends beyond graduation. All of the connections with peers, professors, and other staff are truly relational and not transactional – I know I can reach out at any point for support or to celebrate an accomplishment. UIndy has been my home away from home for 7 years and I wouldn’t change a thing. I have loved my experience at UIndy and am so excited to support future Hounds as they pursue their degrees and dreams. 

What advice do you have for incoming freshmen?
Stay organized with classes and schoolwork so you can be successful academically AND enjoy all the fun of college. 

Learn more about UIndy’s College of Health Sciences

Senior spotlight: Isaac Bush ’21 (finance & supply chain management)

Isaac Bush Class of 2021


  • Graduating: May 2021
  • Majors: Finance and Supply Chain Management
  • Strain Honors College


Extracurriculars: Member of the Executive Board for the UIndy Finance Club. “Through this, I was able to gain more leadership experience and connect to both my fellow finance majors and professionals in the industry.”


What are your plans after graduation?
“Immediately following graduation, I will transition from being a Procurement Intern to being a Procurement Program Analyst at Allison Transmission. In this position, I will be the purchasing representative for one Allison Transmission product line. I eventually plan on earning my MBA as well. Ultimately, I strive to one day become either a Chief Operating Officer (COO) or Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of a major corporation.”

How has your program prepared you for the next steps in your career?
“The School of Business does a great job providing students with experience in all of the business areas. This allows students to see which one they like the most. I personally enjoyed the Supply Chain Management curriculum, as it is so varied and provides a wide range of instruction. This allowed me to be prepared for various internships and my future full-time job upon graduation.”

Who are your UIndy mentors?
“All of the professors were great in their individual ways, but I would say that Dr. Karl Knapp was my main faculty mentor. He especially helped me in developing and completing my Honors Project. He also helped me make connections and understand different career possibilities.”

What internship experiences have you had?
“I’ve had four internships. My first was with Travelers Insurance as a Business Insurance Underwriting Intern. I then interned as a Finance/Accounting Intern at IMMI. After that, I was an Accounting Intern at Spot Freight. Currently, I am a Procurement Intern at Allison Transmission, which will lead to a full-time position in May. Through these internships, I gained great experience in a variety of career fields. I learned how a business runs, office etiquette, soft skills, and leadership skills, as well as specific accounting, finance, and purchasing-specific skills.”

What advice do you have for incoming freshmen?
“Making connections early is very important. Go to career fairs and events to try to make connections. This will hopefully lead to internships and eventually a great job following graduation.”

What’s your favorite thing about UIndy?
“The small class sizes. As someone who came from a very small, rural high school, this was very important to me. I was able to build connections and personally interact with all of my professors. This greatly enhanced my education and made me feel welcome.”

“UIndy has given me the chance to receive a great education while also building real-world connections. These connections have been and will continue to be vital throughout my career.”

Learn more about the UIndy School of Business


Talented Trio of Visual Arts Educators (Class of 2021)

The University of Indianapolis School of Education nominated three very talented visual arts educators from the graduating Class of 2021 to be featured in a senior spotlight. Learn about Ashley Andry, Avery Miller, and Nicole Hopf:

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  • Major – Visual Arts Teaching (K-12)
  • Graduating – May 2021

Extracurriculars – I have been in Kappa Delta Pi for two years and served as the membership chair for two semesters

Next steps – I plan to teach art at a school in Indy. I haven’t found a job yet, but am excited for what the future holds!

My UIndy mentor – Mindy Stephenson. Mindy is my university supervisor, a fellow art educator, and my biggest help through junior block and student teaching. She has been a consistent guiding light and has helped me to answer my most difficult questions about becoming a teacher! Throughout the last two years, Mindy has shown me incredible support and done an amazing job in helping me to use all of my education knowledge and apply it to my specific content area. I couldn’t have done this without her!

My favorite thing about UIndy – The way that my professors have invested in my college career. The small class sizes and individualized support have helped me to grow immensely. I can tell that my professors truly care about me and my success and do everything in their power to help me to become a great teacher myself!

Advice for incoming freshmen – Ask all the questions they can. I can’t tell you how afraid I was to ask for help in my first three (!!!) years of college. Everyone is so understanding and just wants to help you be confident in the knowledge that you possess, so don’t be afraid to send that panic-induced email in the ungodly hours of the night. Your professors will do their absolute best to help you get where you need to be!

Avery MillerAvery Miller

  • Major – Visual Arts Teaching (K-12)
  • Minor – Spanish
  • Graduating – August 2021 (walking in the May ceremony)

Extracurriculars – Involved in Kappa Delta Pi (treasurer for 1 year)

Next steps – I plan to teach elementary or middle school art in Nashville, TN.

My UIndy mentor – Dr. Ridgway and Mindy Stephenson have helped make the most of my education here at UIndy. Always answering my questions, and positively building me up when needed.

My favorite thing about UIndy – I love the abundant resources at UIndy like the ProEdge center, and college-specific resources, along with the professor’s attention to students.

Advice for incoming freshmen – Make the most of every year. Don’t think “I just want to be done,” or “I wish I was just a senior already” because you’ll never get to be in an environment and experience like UIndy again.

nicole hopfNicole Hopf

  • Major – Masters in the Arts of Teaching; Art Education
  • Graduating – May 2021

Extracurriculars – Involved with the Board of Clinical Partnership Academy on campus

Next steps – I am currently employed at Cedar Elementary in Avon as their Visual Arts teacher teaching K-4.

My UIndy mentor – Mindy Stephenson was my student teaching coach/mentor and she was so helpful in lesson ideas, modifications, and suggesting activities that helped me grow as an educator. Also, the undergrad art education majors, specifically Avery Miller, have been a soundboard for lesson ideas as well.

My favorite thing about UIndy – Committed and understanding teachers who teach with a welcoming attitude, just as they tell us to. They are very flexible which has emphasized how important that is to all students.

Advice for incoming freshmen – Work hard! Listen to your educators as they are practicing what you are learning and you can see firsthand why it is important to accommodate all. Be in a constant stream of communication with your professors, they want to help you!

Learn more about UIndy’s School of Education

UIndy announces Teacher of the Year nominees and winner

KarleeTaytlor_LRC_114The University of Indianapolis is pleased to announce this year’s Teacher of the Year Recipient as Laura Merrifield Wilson PhD, Associate Professor of International Relations. She began her tenure at the University of Indianapolis in 2013. Known for her unbridled enthusiasm relating local, state, and national political science to her students, Dr. Wilson has extended this reach into our community with her leadership in the UIndy Votes project and the newly-created UIndy Gender Center.

Dr. Wilson’s passion, enthusiasm, and ability to translate her knowledge of political science was noted not only by the UIndy Teacher of the Year Selection Committee, but also by a former student who remarked:

As if the presence of Dr. Wilson in class is not enough, her ability to create educational content and understanding by connecting her students to the community is unrivaled. Dr. Wilson has taken her classes canvassing, to the State House, to voter registration events, to local community lectures, and helped set up meetings with local elected officials. Dr. Wilson is so intentional with relaying information happening in the community that she knows that her students will enjoy it in their free time. Her classes have taught me how valuable understanding state and local policies is and this has encouraged me to get involved in local politics and advocacy after my move to (graduate school) in Georgia.

Dr. Wilson recognizes the challenges of teaching political science in today’s deeply partisan society. She notes that students often come to class with strong opinions, some with substantial political knowledge and others with a lack of background experience. Her goal, however, is to create an environment where students can share diverse perspectives, develop critical thinking, and express their knowledge in thoughtful and caring ways. She cues students to fact check, to gain the tools for thinking deeply about how institutions work within society.

The Teacher of the Year Committee noted that Dr. Wilson models practices for encouraging students to openly share diverse perspectives, and to see view points from multiple lenses. She finds heart-to-heart conversations assist in discussing what could be divisive issues.

Although learning to teach in a hybrid style during in a pandemic has been challenging, Dr. Wilson has risen to the challenge via her integration of varied technology tools like Zoom, breakout spaces and Google Jamboards.

Congratulations, Dr. Merrifield-Wilson, for inspiring so many UIndy students to be caring, critical thinkers! Your reach extends throughout our entire community!

There were many deserving nominees for Teacher of the Year this year, please see those nominees below and help recognize their positive contributions to the University and its students:

Eduard Arriaga

Portraits Fall 2016Dr. Eduard Arriaga is an enthusiastic learner, bringing experiences of teaching in different cultures and a passion for sharing knowledge to the classroom. He continues to use reflection to ensure the needs of students are met, with humor, compassion and a joy in learning together. He is patient with the students and gently corrects challenges to create meaningful and successful learning experiences.


Katie Boucher

Boucher,_KatieDr. Katie Boucher does an outstanding job in making statistics understandable for students in psychology.  She is well prepared and is clear in her written and verbal instruction. She loves helping students develop skills in statistics while also considering their own passions.  Dr. Boucher loves when students are able to make connections between data and things they have learned in class.


Christie Flint 

Portraits Fall 2016Professor Flint has a very clear passion for the profession of nursing and educating students. She states that students are her purpose in her teaching. Professor Flint uses real life and interesting examples in her teaching and employs multiple formative assessment and feedback opportunities. Professor Flint says “My worst day teaching is my best day in other jobs.”


Stacey Gaven

Gaven,_StaceyDr. Gaven is incredibly passionate about the field of athletic training and that passion shows in her hopes for student learning, for facilities to better prepare them for the future, and her hope that learning is fun and deep and creates life-long relationships. She makes the best of every situation with compassion and enthusiastic engagement. In her classroom,  she makes sure to use active engagement, demonstration, and practice techniques to reinforce content.  She makes it a point to create a positive learning environment while still having high student expectations.


Michelle Itczak

Itczak,_MichelleProfessor Itczak very clearly mirrors for students the kind of approach expected of them as mental health professionals, identifying their needs and providing one-on-one support as needed to encourage academic success and identify burnout. Committed to creative approaches to engage students, she argues that expression is an integral part of Art Therapy and ensures that her classes are conducted in a manner that engages, restores, and rejuvenates the students.


Jean Lee

Jean Lee 037Dr. Lee  shows remarkable depth beyond just identifying common barriers to math learning. This is evidenced by her insistence that  incorporating values in teaching, mentoring, and course planning that directly support equity in many aspects of that term is a crucial part of her job. Jean shows amazing flexibility and creativity in creating learning experiences that excite and engage, and creates a cadre of “student leader” colleagues to improve STEM and math education. She also demonstrates a remarkable ability to relate content to theory and the development of the mathematical identity of her students.

Kathy Martin 

Dr. Kathy Martin is an exceptional practitioner who enhances material with real-life examples that help students to consider and apply content.  She clearly has a passion for the profession of physical therapy and growing her students as professionals.  She is professional yet genuine, calm, and personable.  She engages her students throughout class and invites them to apply and critically consider content.  In her reflective approach, she truly models what she teaches.

Alli Snyder

Maurer,_AlliDr. Alli Snyder has a great mastery of the content of data analytics, exemplified by her content articulation and the use of relevant and current examples to stimulate students and support content application.  She takes time to provide individualized help and guidance to her students as they meet course goals and face real-word challenges.  While developing and implementing this new program, she has maintained her focus on student success into the future and sustained program growth.

Dan Vice

Portraits Fall 2016Professor Vice is instrumental in welcoming students to the classroom as first year college students, making required courses relevant and revealing.  He has a clear passion for literature and thinks deeply on the subject. He encourages students to critically think about pieces of writing and to share diverse perspectives.



Colleen Wynn

Wynn,_ColleenProfessor Wynn is a thoughtful educator who is aware of her classroom and its needs at all times. She conducts her lessons in a dynamic and systematic manner that addresses the core aim of the class and has skillfully adapted to teaching during a pandemic. Professor Wynn focuses on engaging students in the learning process of managing data through a variety of active learning strategies. It is clear that she loves sharing  knowledge and getting students excited about sociology.  She focuses on encouraging students to think in a new way.

Senior Spotlight: Elizabeth Brock ’19 ’21 (psychology, OTD)

126865109_3745917662106676_4381155905705450362_nThis May, Elizabeth Brock ’19 ’21 (psychology, OTD) will complete her UIndy journey that she began back in 2015 when she graduates as a doctor of occupational therapy. UIndy 360 caught up with Elizabeth before commencement and asked her to talk about her experience at UIndy and what she has planned after graduation:

What advice do you have for incoming freshmen?

I encourage incoming freshmen to take advantage of the intimate classroom setting at UIndy. Take time to build relationships with your professors and reach out with any concerns. The professors at UIndy are excellent and want to help you reach your professional potential.


What is the most significant way UIndy has had an impact on you?

I have a network of professionals and colleagues from my undergraduate and graduate programs that are supporting me as I enter into the workforce. 


How has your program prepared you for the next steps in your career?

Several employers and educators from various healthcare organizations have made positive comments of their experience hiring students from UIndy. The OTD program at UIndy is highly accredited and I feel adequately prepared and confident with my skills to enter into the job force. UIndy offers unique educational experiences that sets their students apart from other programs such as a cadaver lab, multiple orthoses, a Certified Brain Injury Specialist course, a direct-admit program, Anatomage labs, etc.


Do you have any faculty mentors? If so, who are they and how have they helped you? 

Through faculty guidance, I am prepared and excited to become an occupational therapist. I am blessed to have learned lessons from each one of my professors. You all have inspired me to advocate for client-centered and occupation-based care in the workforce. Specifically, my faculty mentor and doctoral capstone advisor Dr. Taylor McGann, has inspired me with her confidence and expertise in the field. She always encourages me to believe in my skills and pursue my dreams as a young practitioner. I am truly honored to be an UIndy Alum of the Doctoral Occupational Therapy Program for Cohort 2021. 


Have you been involved in any extracurricular activities? (athletics, RSOs, volunteer work etc.) How have those experiences impacted your time at UIndy? 

  • Super Saturday of Service through UIndy
  • Note-taker for students diagnosed with learning disabilities through UIndy
  • Member of the National Society of Leadership and Success through UIndy
  • Volunteered at St. Thomas More Clinic in Morgan County, IN for 6 years- they provide health care services for those without health insurance
  • Member of “Community Group” a Christian organization at UIndy where fellow students gather to express and growth their faith on campus

I grew personally and professionally through my volunteer and group experiences through UIndy. I met several close friends and colleagues through these opportunities. I learned it is important to set apart time to give back to your community! 


Have you done any internships, and if so, where were they? What skills did you gain?

During my 12-week rotation at the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana (RHI), I was mentored by two talented UIndy Alumni occupational therapists, Christian Lauletta and Taylor Yeager. I split time between the stroke and brain injury units on site. During my rotation, I discovered my passion for the neuro practice setting. It is rewarding to help individuals work through their most vulnerable state and get back to their meaningful occupations. Also, I held an in-service for the therapy department on how to use their 3D printer to design and create resources on site for occupation-based interventions. 

Also, I spent 14-weeks in Missouri working with BC Stables and Training Center to develop a program called Healing Horseshoes for my doctoral capstone experience. Healing Horseshoes allows children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder to participate in equine-assisted therapy focused on treating socio-emotional and mental health deficits. I advocated for my profession and equal opportunities for suffering from occupational injustice. 


What would you like to do following graduation? What are your long-term career goals? 

Following graduation, I hope to find a full-time occupational therapist position in an in-patient neuro unit, specifically treating brain injury and stroke diagnoses. My long-term goal is to advocate for the profession of occupational therapy and encourage practitioners/facilities to continue prioritizing client-centered and occupation-based care!


What’s your favorite thing about UIndy?

My favorite thing about UIndy are the small, personal classroom settings. I love that my professors know my name and I know my entire cohort. I have built so many meaningful relationships with my peers and professors during my academic journey at UIndy. 

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