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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University issues call for public comment

UIndy logo (with dog)-201&blkThe University of Indianapolis is seeking comments from the public in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. The university will host a visit April 4-6, 2016, with a team representing the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

The University of Indianapolis has been accredited by the commission since 1947. The team will review the institution’s ongoing ability to meet the commission’s Criteria for Accreditation.

The public is invited to submit comments regarding the university to:
Public Comment on University of Indianapolis
The Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604-1411

The public may also submit comments on the commission’s website at this link.

Comments must be in writing and must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. All comments must be received by March 4, 2016.

UIndy to launch engineering program

First phase focuses on industrial and software engineering degrees

Amid rising workforce demand, the University of Indianapolis will begin offering bachelor’s degrees in engineering for Fall 2016.

The first phase of the program is focused on Industrial Engineering and Software Engineering, two specialties not widely available in central Indiana. Until now, UIndy has offered engineering only in partnership with other institutions.



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“This program continues the momentum of the University of Indianapolis as we develop curricula aligned with industry and global needs,” said Robert Manuel, President. “We have a history of creating programs that connect the academy to the world around it, just as we established schools of education, nursing, adult learning, psychology, and physical and occupational therapy and built them into respected national models.”

The Software Engineering curriculum will prepare graduates to design, develop and evaluate large-scale software systems in terms of cost-effectiveness, efficiency and reliability throughout the software life cycle. Industrial Engineering will prepare graduates to design, develop and evaluate the complex systems involved in the processing and delivery of an endless range of products and services. Each program will involve design projects throughout the coursework and will culminate in a senior capstone course that enables students to complete a significant engineering project in collaboration with an external industry partner.

The University of Indianapolis program, while providing the STEM preparation vital to careers of the future, will be rooted in the foundational skill development that enables graduates to be leaders as well as technical experts, said Deborah Balogh, Executive Vice President and Provost.

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Ceremonies celebrate new beginnings

Homecoming 2015 truly has been a milestone weekend in the history of the University of Indianapolis, which will mark the 113th anniversary of its founding on Tuesday.

After Friday’s dedication of the UIndy Health Pavilion and the public launch of the Campaign for the University of Indianapolis, Saturday’s schedule included ceremonies to celebrate the extensive redesign of Krannert Memorial Library, the naming of the Ron and Laura Strain Honors College and the naming of the Riad and Yvonne Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences.

KML library rededicationUIndy President Emeritus Gene Sease, who led the funding and creation of Krannert Memorial Library in 1977, speaks Saturday during the Founders Day and Library Reopening Ceremony. The $5.5 million makeover of the library, enhancing its technology and flexibility, took place over the summer.

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Strain Honors College namingDeanna Tillisch and Bret Strain, children of UIndy alumni and trustees Ron and Laura Strain, embrace during Saturday’s naming ceremony in Esch Hall for the Ron and Laura Strain Honors College. Watching, from left, are President Robert Manuel; Assistant Professor James Williams, interim director of the honors college; and music major and honors college member Jessica Spiars, who performed on piano at the event. The Strains have provided $1 million to support honors college activities.

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Shaheen CAS namingSaturday under the Good Hall portico, President Robert Manuel and longtime university trustee Yvonne Shaheen unveil a banner to officially name the Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences. Shaheen’s $5 million gift to support the liberal arts at UIndy is the single largest personal donation ever received by the university. The philanthropist and civic leader also is chairing the Campaign for the University of Indianapolis.

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Campaign video: ‘UIndy Starts with You’

How well do you really know the University of Indianapolis — its guiding principles, the opportunities available to its students, the accomplishments of its alumni, its vision for the future? What you see in this clip may surprise you.

UIndy announces $50M fundraising campaign

Campaign launch alumniFriday’s campaign launch event included appearances by accomplished alumni, including (from left) Francesca Zappia ’15, published author of young-adult novel Made You Up; Linda Dillman ’76, chief information officer for QVC; Jim Hurrell ’84, director of the National Center for Atmospheric Research; and Faustin and Euphrasie N’Tala, who lead education initiatives in their home country, the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Gift from local developer and wife will fund creation of poverty institute

The University of Indianapolis launched the public phase of a $50 million comprehensive campaign Friday night with an event at the Indianapolis Museum of Art that brought together more than a thousand members of the UIndy community and included the announcement of a major gift to establish a new interdisciplinary institute for the study of poverty.

The Gene and Mary Ann Zink Poverty Institute will be active in addressing the pressing public and social issues surrounding poverty while creating formative experiential learning opportunities for students. The funding will endow scholarships, faculty-guided undergraduate and graduate research opportunities, interdisciplinary study, special events, visiting speakers and faculty development activities.

“The Zinks have been vital partners with the university since the earliest conversations about our strategic plan, and their gift is an especially fitting way to introduce the Campaign for the University of Indianapolis,” said Robert Manuel, university president. “This interdisciplinary center will convene talent from across the country to study and create interventions that counter the effects of poverty in our communities. In many ways, this is the future model that connects problems in the world with the education and research taking place inside universities.”

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$5M gift will transform liberal arts at UIndy

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At Commencement, President Robert Manuel (left) applauds as UIndy Board of Trustees Chairman Tom Martin and College of Arts & Sciences Dean Jennifer Drake (far right) honor donor and Trustee Yvonne Shaheen.

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College of Arts & Sciences to be named for philanthropist, late husband



A $5 million endowment from local civic leader and philanthropist Yvonne Shaheen will fuel innovation in the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Indianapolis, creating a pivotal opportunity to cultivate the liberal arts as the foundation for students’ professional and personal development.

Shaheen is vice chair of the university’s Board of Trustees, which she joined in 1992. In recognition of her generosity as well as her ongoing leadership and advocacy, the college is being named the Riad and Yvonne Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences, honoring both her and her late husband.

UIndy President Robert Manuel announced the extraordinary gift today during the annual Commencement ceremony in Key Stadium, drawing applause from the crowd of thousands.



“Yvonne Shaheen is a true pillar of this city and state, providing her personal energy, financial support and wise counsel to many efforts that enrich our community, and the university is grateful to be included among her priorities,” Manuel said. “Thanks to Yvonne, at a time when some question the value of liberal arts education, we can make an unparalleled investment in people and programs that prepare graduates not merely for a job, but for continuing growth and fulfillment in their lives as working professionals and engaged citizens.”

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Innovative education MBA program to expand

Woodrow-Lilly-Ed MBA presserFrom left at today’s announcement are Margaret Hoernemann, superintendent of Avon Community Schools; Arthur Levine, president of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation; N. Clay Robbins, president and CEO of Lilly Endowment Inc.; and UIndy President Robert Manuel.

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Lilly Endowment pledges $14.48 million toward Woodrow Wilson fellowships

The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation has announced that its initiative to improve the preparation of district, traditional public, and charter school leaders will expand from one Indiana higher education institution to three, thanks to a major new grant from Lilly Endowment Inc.

WW logoThe Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation will receive $14,482,405 from Lilly Endowment in support of its MBA Fellowship in Education Leadership program, first established in Indiana at the University of Indianapolis in November 2013. The news was announced today at UIndy, where 15 educators from throughout Indiana began the program this summer.

The funds will be used both to extend the program at the University of Indianapolis and to create similar programs at two more Indiana institutions. The overarching goal of the WW MBA Fellowship in Education Leadership program is to increase the quality and relevance of principal and superintendent education.

“We are deeply grateful for Lilly Endowment’s support of this Fellowship program,” said Arthur Levine, president of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. “Our country has shifted from a national, analog, industrial economy to a global, digital, knowledge-based economy. This has profound implications for our education system and for the things leaders of schools, school districts, and charter organizations need to know and do. In this environment, a degree that applies the curriculum and content of an MBA to education promises to prepare a new generation of principals and superintendents to lead our schools and school districts in an era of dramatic change.”

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Health Pavilion groundbreaking set for June 19

UIndy Health Pavilion, view from northwest, courtesy CSO Architects

UIndy Health Pavilion, view from northwest, courtesy CSO Architects

Four-story center will transform academic programs, spark economic activity

The University of Indianapolis will break ground June 19 on a four-story, $28 million Health Pavilion that will house UIndy’s healthcare- and wellness-related academic programs as well as industry partners and clinical facilities to serve the community.

With indoor and outdoor amenities open to the public, the building will be a new gateway to the UIndy campus, a landmark for the University Heights neighborhood and an integrated hub where faculty, students and healthcare professionals can collaborate on education and research.

Local developer Strategic Capital Partners will construct the 156,000-square-foot building and lease space to the university for its School of Nursing, Krannert School of Physical Therapy, School of Occupational Therapy, School of Psychological Sciences, Athletic Training Program and departments of Kinesiology and Social Work – programs that account for more than half of UIndy’s 5,400-student enrollment. Designed by local firm CSO Architects, with construction to be overseen by Pepper Construction Group, the building is scheduled to open in August 2015.

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UIndy is in talks with potential partners in the healthcare and mental health fields to establish operations in the building that in turn will provide clinical opportunities for students. The building also will house the university’s Psychological Services Center, in which psychology faculty and graduate students serve the community on a sliding-fee scale.

Deans and faculty members are working with the architects on interior features that will include classrooms, offices, meeting spaces, state-of-the-art simulation and research labs and informal gathering areas to promote multidisciplinary collaboration. The design will facilitate the development of new graduate programs in the vein of the Master of Public Health degree, focusing on health disparities, that UIndy is launching this fall.

The main entrance will open into a two-story atrium lobby, designed for public access with a café and adjacent outdoor plaza, social areas and a 140-seat auditorium. Near the entrance on the second floor will be interactive space for students and faculty with access to a rooftop terrace.

Ongoing development plan
The UIndy Health Pavilion is a key component of the five-year, $50 million development plan the university announced earlier this year to lay the foundation for future growth. Other elements of the plan include renovating and enhancing technology in Krannert Memorial Library, replacing the aging student apartments on Shelby Street, expanding science laboratories, launching new academic programs, hiring additional faculty, restructuring career development and advising services, forming a marching band and establishing Indiana’s first NCAA Division II men’s and women’s lacrosse teams.

“The Health Pavilion will create space to expand some of our strongest programs and strengthen our ties with the healthcare industry, which benefits students and faculty in multiple ways and makes our educational product relevant to the real world,” UIndy President Robert Manuel said. “Just as important, our overall development plan is designed to attract new economic activity that will make our part of the city a more vibrant place to live and work, not only for the campus community but also for neighboring residents and businesses.”

A groundbreaking ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. June 19 on the building site at the southwest corner of Hanna and State avenues. Expected guests include Mayor Greg Ballard, Department of Metropolitan Development Director Adam Thies, City-County Councilor Jefferson Shreve, State Rep. Justin Moed and representatives of U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly and U.S. Rep. Andre Carson.


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