History prof named Teacher of the Year

Amid accolades from students and colleagues, Dr. James Williams has been named UIndy’s 2016 Teacher of Year.

Williams

Williams

“I was very surprised and humbled,” said Williams, assistant professor of History and interim executive director of the Ron and Laura Strain Honors College.

The award was presented at a Tuesday faculty meeting by Executive VP and Provost Deborah Balogh.

“This is the highest honor we present to our faculty,” Balogh said. “Simply being nominated is a big deal, and the winner is chosen only after an extensive evaluation process.”

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Former Mayor Ballard takes post at UIndy

Archives fellowship will support work on issues facing U.S. cities

WATCH: Inside Indiana Business interview with former Mayor Ballard and UIndy President Robert Manuel

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State of the City address, 2014

Mayor Ballard’s State of the City address, 2014

The University of Indianapolis announced today former Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard will join the institution as a Visiting Fellow of the Institute for Civic Leadership & Mayoral Archives. Ballard’s role will bring a new dimension to the Mayoral Archives, which are overseen by Professor of History Edward Frantz and maintained by UIndy’s Krannert Memorial Library.

Ballard also will advance thought leadership strategies to convene conversations with local and national leaders on issues facing U.S. cities as well as advance the City of Indianapolis’ Mayoral Archives as a resource for officeholders, community leaders, researchers and students. His work will focus on themes that marked his years in office to impact quality of life in urban areas, including clean-energy solutions to public needs, new approaches to urban transportation and the value of global perspective and international collaboration.

Manuel

Manuel

“Former Mayor Ballard’s role continues a University of Indianapolis tradition of working closely with city leaders,” said University of Indianapolis President Robert L. Manuel. “He’s been a vital partner in UIndy’s efforts to enhance the quality of life in our own neighborhood and throughout Indianapolis. I’m looking forward to seeing firsthand his contributions to UIndy’s intellectual life and student learning opportunities, and I believe our partnership can make a national impact.”

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Learn about grad programs at April 20 fair

Current and prospective students alike are invited to learn about University of Indianapolis graduate programs during the Grad Fair on Wednesday, April 20.

The event provides an opportunity to visit campus, meet instructors, learn about the admissions process and ask questions about the university’s five doctoral programs and nearly 40 master’s programs.

The fair is open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4:30-6:30 p.m. April 20 in the atrium of Schwitzer Student Center.

UIndy’s doctoral programs include degrees in Health Science, Nursing Practice, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Clinical Psychology. Master’s degree offerings include programs in health sciences, public health, athletic training, social work, education and the humanities, as well as MBA programs in several formats, three new specialties in Psychology and new Master of Professional Studies programs in Real Estate Development & Construction Management and Human Resource Development & Administration.

To register or learn more, visit uindy.edu/gradfair.

Faculty, staff recognized for achievement

Winningham

Winningham

Assistant Professor Barbara Winningham of the School of Nursing has been selected to join the Fellowship of the American College of Nurse-Midwives, recognizing leadership, clinical excellence, scholarship and professional achievement within and beyond the midwifery profession.

Dr. Winningham, coordinator of UIndy’s Nurse-Midwifery and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner graduate programs, will be inducted May 23 during the organization’s annual meeting in Albuquerque, N.M. The fellowship has been awarded to fewer than 300 recipients nationwide, and Winningham will be the first from Indiana.

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Foulkrod

Foulkrod

Marianna Foulkrod, director of UIndy’s Center for Service-Learning and Community Engagement, recently received the 2016 Community Service Director Award from Indiana Campus Compact.

ICC is a partnership of higher education institutions focused on service engagement. The Director Award honors professional staff who build campus and community connections while supporting faculty development and student learning.

Foulkrod also is a UIndy alumna, having earned a master’s degree in Applied Sociology in 2003 and a bachelor’s degree in 2011. Read more about her and the award here.

New master’s degrees target HR, construction

Belcher IIB photo - webBusiness Dean Larry Belcher discusses the new Master of Professional Studies programs on Inside Indiana Business with Gerry Dick. Click the image to watch.

Accelerated evening courses designed for working professionals

New evening degree programs at the University of Indianapolis will help employers cultivate leaders within their organizations and tap the skills of military veterans and other career changers.

The UIndy School of Business is accepting applications for two Master of Professional Studies degrees that will launch in August: Human Resource Development & Administration and commercial Real Estate Development & Construction Management. Accelerated 7½-week courses offered in a hybrid online/on-site format will enable students to complete the requirements in five terms while still working full time at their current jobs.

Belcher

Belcher

The courses differ from standard master’s programs in their emphasis on practical skills and applied learning rather than theory and research, said Larry Belcher, professor and dean of the School of Business.

“The curriculum is really project-based, not the traditional learn-from-the-book, take-a-test approach,” Belcher said. “And because these are cohort-based programs that group together people with different backgrounds and career paths, students learn from one another as well as from the material presented.”

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Whirling Prize authors to speak March 23

Páramo

Páramo

Two fresh takes on coming-of-age literature have been awarded the 2015 Whirling Prize by the student staff of UIndy’s Etchings Press.

The memoir My Mother’s Funeral by Adriana Páramo and the poetry collection Sad Math by Sarah Freligh are winners of the latest contest, which invited writers across the nation to submit examples of the Bildungsroman, or coming-of-age, literary genre.

Freligh

Freligh

“We had a tough time choosing two winners out of the submissions we received,” said senior Creative Writing major Rachael Neawedde, one of the contest judges. “The discussions nearly lasted to the end of the semester.”

Each author will receive a $500 cash prize, and both will read and discuss their work at 7:30 p.m. March 23 in Room 210 of Lilly Science Hall. Admission is free to the Kellogg Writers Series event, presented by the Department of English.

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Combs-Miller

Combs-Miller

Dr. Stephanie Combs-Miller of the Krannert School of Physical Therapy continues to gain attention for her groundbreaking student-run research into the value of Rock Steady Boxing programs to counteract the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Most recently, she was interviewed by the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. for a national story. See the report here.

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DeGaris

DeGaris

Dr. Larry DeGaris of the School of Business was a key source for a front-page story in Tuesday’s Indianapolis Star about how living legend Peyton Manning’s legacy could be affected by allegations of banned substance use and a sexual harassment cover-up. DeGaris directs UIndy’s Sports Marketing program and is a nationally known consultant on sports marketing and sponsorships. Read the story here.

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Albright

Albright

Dr. Laura Albright of the Department of History & Political Science remains in high demand among journalists seeking analysis during this especially colorful presidential primary season. Recent examples include this 17-minute interview with WIBC-FM’s Ray Steele, which aired over the weekend to preview Super Tuesday, and this appearance on WXIN-Fox59’s weekly political talk show, IN Focus.

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Schmidt

Schmidt

Though he is not always mentioned by name, Anthropology Professor Dr. Christopher Schmidt‘s high-tech research on the diet of medieval children buried at Canterbury Cathedral is making news across the English-speaking world. See some examples here, here and here.

UIndy impresses at forensic science conference

Primary Transfer - webDNA researchers: Human Biology graduate students Kathleen Paschal (left), Helen Brandt and Amanda Khan won an award for their presentation at the American Academy of Forensic Sciences annual conference.

A contingent of about 30 UIndy students, alumni and prospective students have been making their mark this week at the American Academy of Forensic Sciences 68th Annual Scientific Meeting in Las Vegas.

Latham

Latham

Guiding the group is Dr. Krista Latham, associate professor of Biology and Anthropology and director of osteology for UIndy’s Archaeology & Forensics Laboratory, the go-to facility in the Midwest for public agencies seeking to identify human remains.

Among the conference highlights so far:

  • Latham received her certificate of Diplomate status from the American Board of Forensic Anthropology. This designation, the highest in the field, is shared by fewer than 80 active practitioners worldwide.
  • Human Biology graduate students Marisa Teal Ketchum and Erin Vollmer presented on tertiary DNA transfer in the Criminalistics Section and were nominated for the Emerging Forensic Scientists Award.
  • Fellow grad students Helen Brandt, Amanda Khan and Kathleen Paschal won an award for their presentation on primary DNA transfer at the Young Forensic Scientists Forum.
  • Latham and graduate student Justin Maiers moderated an afternoon of presentations under the theme “Remote Sensing, Archaeological Techniques for Vehicle Fires, and Burned Human Remains Analysis.”

Tertiary TransferGrad students Marisa Teal Ketchum and Erin Vollmer presented on tertiary DNA transfer and were nominated for the Emerging Forensic Scientists Award.

NPR’s Inskeep to speak at Commencement

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

Inskeep

Inskeep

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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Meeting Saturday on Southside community plan

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In a key step toward developing a Southside Quality of Life Plan, a community meeting Saturday will enable the public to hear about preliminary study results and voice concerns about issues facing neighborhoods around the UIndy campus.

The Quality of Life initiative is backed by Fifth Third Bank, UIndy, the Local Initiatives Support Corp., the Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership and other community partners. The intent is to prioritize needs and issues facing this pocket of the Southside so that residents, merchants and other stakeholders can work with the public and private sectors to spur economic development and build a more sustainable community.

The Visioning Summit from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Roch Catholic School on Meridian Street will include discussions on a broad range of issues, including the state of the housing market, infrastructure needs, development along the Madison Avenue and Shelby Street corridors, health and safety issues, education options and employment opportunities. Read more

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