UIndy CMFK Wins “Biggest Heart Award”

The University of Indianapolis chapter of College Mentors for Kids has succeeded and surpassed their goals this year. They currently serve fourteen youth, “little buddies” who attend either IPS 114 or IPS 65. Weekly activities are either conducted through a pen pal program, Mentor Mail or through our virtual mentoring program, College Mentors Connect.  Chapter President, Nathan Tuft and the executive leadership team have been resilient, hardworking, and passionate despite a challenging year.

Tuft said, “My three years with UIndy College Mentors for Kids has been a very enriching experience. From my start as a mentor, it was very wholesome to see how the kids learned and enjoyed being on campus. I believe it gives them an opportunity to understand college life and to not be afraid of it, while also giving them someone to look up to. I enjoyed every minute of the program, but mostly watching how the students and mentors changed each other throughout the year. The connections I made are invaluable and will always be cherished.”

To honor and celebrate their wonderful work, College Mentors has awarded them with the “Biggest heart award”.  This is fitting for the UIndy chapter because it highlights how much love they have for their partners and the “little buddies” that they serve. All of the mentors and exec leaders are incredibly caring, passionate leaders who always have sight of what is most important, the “little buddies”! We are so lucky that these leaders participate in College Mentors for Kids and give their many skills and talents to the organization. Thank you, UIndy mentors, staff, and partners.  Special shoutout to our beloved site manager, Marianna Foulkrod for all of her support, time, and dedication! We appreciate you!


Special thanks to those who participated in College Mentors this year:

Bryonna Bell

Claire Anderson

Grace’Lyn Preshon

Hannah Hardin

Jocelyn Alvarez

Joseph Gonsiorowski

Kariden Jones

Kathryn Leigh

Kelsie Vogleman

LaHarren Saulsberry

Maya Howard

Nathan Tuft

Nichole Reatherford

Paul Ellery

Shelby Sipes

UIndy sets new university record for Giving Tuesday

Shining Through Because of You
Thanks to the generous support of our UIndy community, this year’s #GivingTuesday was a record-breaking success.

  • A record-breaking $80,572 was raised for UIndy students from 580 alumni, parents, students, friends, faculty and staff.
  • Greyhounds across the country participated from 27 states.
  • 13 matches and challenges were created by alumni, faculty, staff, and friends, inspiring their own social networks to give.

This was the eighth consecutive year that the University of Indianapolis joined the global movement of generosity for #GivingTuesday. 2020’s theme was “Shining Through Because of You.” 

“This year’s theme is a tribute to our students who have overcome obstacles to continue their education during the pandemic,” said Stephanie Hays-Mussoni, associate vice president for development. “Gifts of any size can make a huge difference in their ability to see their goals to fruition.”

Even if you missed Giving Tuesday, your support is always appreciated. Visit uindy.edu/giving/ to make a gift anytime.

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University of Indianapolis receives $100,000 grant from Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation to expand Art & Design facilities

A $100,000 grant from the Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation will expand opportunities for University of Indianapolis students, faculty, staff and art lovers throughout the Midwest to connect with the fine arts. The grant will support a significant facility upgrade and expansion that meets the Department of Art & Design’s growing needs to accommodate more students and to continue to meet the accrediting standards set by the National Association for Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). 

Through the expansion, the Department’s space will increase by 73 percent from 15,000 square feet to 26,000. The project includes the renovation of an existing building on campus and a reorganization of space within the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center. The additional, repurposed building will include spaces for a sculpture studio (both wood and metal), ceramics, art therapy space, a new student gallery, studio classroom, two offices and storage space. Reorganization and updating of the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center will allow expansion of the printmaking studio, digital photography studio, animation/illustration digital studio and a studio classroom. 

“This initiative plays a critical role in helping the University of Indianapolis expand our facilities to accommodate the increasing enrollments in our Art & Design programs,” said President Robert L. Manuel. “We are grateful to the Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation for their support of this project, which allows the University to grow its impact and build innovative connections between students, faculty, staff and the community.”

The University of Indianapolis Art & Design program is one of only 300+ schools in the nation to be accredited by the National Association for Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). The expansion will fulfill the Department of Art & Design’s growing program demands and continued accreditation requirements of the NASAD.

With programs in studio art, visual communication design, pre-art therapy and art education, the University of Indianapolis Department of Art & Design also offers concentrations in drawing, painting, ceramics, digital photography, printmaking, sculpture and animation/illustration. The expansion will provide the additional space required to facilitate the department’s expanding programs and to grow the department’s interdisciplinary collaborations both inside and outside of the University. During the last five years, innovative programs have connected students with regional and national networks of artists and community organizations. Faculty-led projects such as the “River Fish” sculpture along the White River and a hanging sculpture for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s 2020 Beethoven Series have created hands-on learning experiences for students while further reinforcing the department’s reputation for artistic excellence.

“Students have shared that they choose UIndy’s Art & Design program due to its outstanding reputation for quality and supportive faculty. This expansion shows prospective and current students that the University highly values our Art & Design program and our students. This project also demonstrates the priority the University gives to providing access to art and cultural events on the southside of Indianapolis and growing our role as a vital community anchor,” said Mary Moore, interim dean of the Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences.

About the University of Indianapolis Department of Art & Design
The University of Indianapolis Art & Design program is the largest Art & Design program at a private university in central Indiana. It is one of only 300+ schools in the nation to be accredited by the National Association for Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). The department, which will celebrate its centennial anniversary in 2023, has been educating students with the vision to teach them proficiency in the fundamentals of art, improve their understanding of artistic heritage and culture, enhance their critical thinking abilities, endow them with artistic skills, stimulate their imaginations and improve their knowledge base to further enhance the art community in Indiana and beyond. 

About the University of Indianapolis
The University of Indianapolis, founded in 1902, is a private university located just a few minutes from downtown Indianapolis. The University is ranked among the top National Universities by U.S. News and World Report, with a diverse enrollment of nearly 5,600 undergraduate, graduate and continuing education students. The University offers a wide variety of study areas, including 100+ undergraduate degrees, more than 40 master’s degree programs and five doctoral programs. More occupational therapists, physical therapists and clinical psychologists graduate from the University each year than any other state institution. With strong programs in engineering, business, and education, the University of Indianapolis impacts its community by living its motto, “Education for Service.” Learn more: uindy.edu.


One Step at a Time: UIndy professor to run 160 miles across Indiana

Laura running during 40-mile race April 2019Ultrarunning is a microcosm of life, according to Laura Santurri. “You have these absolutely atrocious moments and these incredibly wonderful moments,” she said. “They’re all kind of fleeting, and you learn to just enjoy them for what they are.”

Next week Santurri, assistant professor and chair of the Department of Interprofessional Health & Aging Studies and director of the Doctor of Health Science program, will undertake the longest challenge of her running career as she attempts to run 160 miles over four days across the state of Indiana to raise money for a new scholarship for the Department of Interprofessional Health and Aging Studies.

The scholarship is meant for students in the Doctor of Health Science, Master of Science in Healthcare Management, or the Master of Science in Gerontology programs at UIndy. The students in these programs have already begun their careers and often have many responsibilities outside of their academics, according to Santurri. “These are our future healthcare leaders,” she said. “And right now, we really don’t have many scholarship opportunities for them.”

When the pandemic began, leadership in the Interprofessional Health and Aging Studies department reached out individually to students and learned about the challenges they had been experiencing, and discovered just how many of them had ended up on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“People don’t necessarily think of healthcare workers like physical therapists or occupational therapists as being on the front lines, but they have been,” Santurri said. “I just remember thinking ‘Gosh, despite all this, they’re still committed to their coursework and dedicated to finishing that terminal degree.’”

With all that was going on in the healthcare world, Santurri knew she wanted to give back to her students. “If we can help even one person pay for one three-credit hour course, anything to help alleviate some of the burden, I thought it was a good thing to do,” she said. 

Santurri, an experienced runner, always tries to do some sort of fundraising with her running events to make them a more meaningful experience. In the past she has raised money for organizations like the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Victory Lap Greyhound Transport; a non-profit that transports retired racing greyhounds from Florida, and the Interstitial Cystitis Association.

After talking with her students after the onset of the pandemic, Santurri felt it was time to raise money for something that directly impacted UIndy. “I’ve been a student, faculty and staff at a variety of institutions of higher education, but UIndy is the first place that I really feel at home,” she said.

“This is the biggest challenge I’ve undertaken, and with the biggest challenge I wanted to fundraise for something that’s very meaningful and really close to my heart. That’s UIndy, and that’s my students.”

How does one find themselves in the position to run 160 miles over four days? For Santurri, the beginnings of her running career were more inauspicious than you might think.

“Years ago I found myself obese and smoking half a pack of cigarettes a day, and I had just started a master’s program in public health,” she said. “There was a fair amount of cognitive dissonance there.”

Santurri also lives with a chronic pain condition from which she found some relief after receiving a spinal implant. “I used to say if I ever started to feel better I was going to take my life back, and that’s what I did,” she said.

Santurri used to run with her father when she was younger so that’s the route she chose to take her life back little by little. Though she had some running experience, she did not consider herself an athlete. She never ran cross country or participated on the track team. In fact, when she began, she could barely walk around the block.

One step at a time she slowly increased her endurance and running ability. “I got to the place where I could run a mile, then I wanted to do 5Ks, then I did some 10Ks with my dad. Then I did a 10 miler, which at the time just seemed crazy,” she said. “But I had lost some weight and I felt good. I eventually got to the point of doing a half marathon and then a marathon.”

Laura running during 100-mile race Oct 2019Very few people end up running the marathon distance of 26.2 miles and even fewer venture beyond that into what is considered “ultramarathon” territory. Santurri’s first ultra was the Chicago Lakefront 50K (31 miles) in 2017. “I thought if I can do 26, then of course I can do 31,” she said. “Those last five miles were just brutal.”

But she hadn’t trained appropriately for the race. Sensing an opportunity for improvement, and not wanting the sour taste of the last five miles of the Chicago race to linger, Santurri got a coach and prepared for a 40-mile race, which is where ultrarunning sunk its claws into Santurri for good.

“It was kind of gradual, then all of a sudden I met the ultra community and it just changed my life,” she said. “Those people changed my life.” 

One day Santurri ventured to Chain O’ Lakes State Park to do a training run with an ultra-running group she connected with on Facebook. She was running by herself and came to a place where she couldn’t tell where the trail picked up. Suddenly a woman came bounding out of the woods and told her someone had passed along that Santurri was running alone and she offered to run the rest of the 20 miles with her.

“Now we run together all the time, that’s a perfect example of who the ultra community is,” Santurri said. “Even if you’re vastly different in your ability, there’s a sense of camaraderie and you’re not out there alone—ever.”

She did her first 100-mile race last October, the Indiana Trail 100 at Chain O’ Lakes State Park in Albion, Indiana. She crossed the finish line in just over 29 hours and 14 minutes, which she called a life-changing experience.

She isn’t breaking any records or competing for awards, but that’s not why she loves ultrarunning. “I’ve never been fast, but it’s not about speed,” she said. “It’s about endurance and perseverance and digging deep.”

Santurri frequently finds herself reflecting on that 100 mile race from last October. “It’s the middle of the night, 2 o’clock in the morning, you’re at mile 70 or 80 or whatever… it’s the most challenging and painful thing you’ve ever done,” she said, reflecting on a tweaked knee 30 miles into the run and a “complete breakdown” at mile 52, “but simultaneously it’s just the most beautiful thing you’ve ever done.”

Along with those trials and tribulations also come moments of extreme Zen. Santurri recalls her pacer stopping her at one point at night as they were running along a lake and instructing her to turn off her headlamp for a moment and just take it all in.

“There are moments when I wish I could be back at mile 72 in the middle of the woods, in the middle of the night,” she said. “Because there’s just something magical about it.” 

Santurri had hoped to repeat her Indiana Trail 100 experience this October but the event was cancelled due to COVID-19. After some discussion with her coach, that’s how the idea to run across the state of Indiana came about.

Santurri will begin her odyssey in Terre Haute and run approximately 40 miles per day heading east with UIndy at the halfway point. On day three she will begin in Richmond and work her way back so that she finishes the run on UIndy’s campus.

Even though Santurri’s past ultra experiences have come on the trails, she is comfortable running on the road as that’s where she’s done most of her training for this run. “The road is tougher on your joints,” she said. “So that’s the benefit of ‘only’ doing 40 miles a day, I get a little time to let my body recover before I get back out.”

Santurri’s husband, who has become her de facto crew chief for her ultra races, has taken the week off to help her, and she has a friend coming in from Ohio who crewed her during the 100 miler last year. She’s also recruited several friends and colleagues to help pace her along the way. She estimates that the total time spent running will be 8-10 hours a day so she’ll need all the distraction she can get.

But there will be many times across the run that there won’t be much of anything being said. Santurri appreciates the quiet reflection that a nice long run brings her. Her runs are the only time that she unplugs fully, not checking texts or emails. “It’s a form of meditation for me,” she said. “Sometimes I use it to work out something I’ve been struggling with, or solve an issue or brainstorm. But sometimes I just let stuff slow into and out of my brain freely.” 

Santurri will need all that focus and more as she endeavors on her journey across Indiana. It will be a beautifully painful experience that will require her to dig as deep as she ever has before. She embraces the beauty of the solitude of running, just as she does the mental and physical challenges. She knows there will be hard times along her 160 mile route. But as many runners have found, she also knows: Though pain is inevitable; suffering is optional.



Homecoming 2020 goes virtual with Hounds at Home

Homecoming is officially going virtual this year from October 7-10 and we can’t wait to see your Crimson and Grey spirit at home! Please join us for a series of virtual events listed below. Visit our website for the full Homecoming 2020 schedule. Below are several highlights:

The competition between the Truman State University Bulldogs and UIndy Greyhounds has been a GLVC throwdown for years but now it’s time to determine who is the Top Dog! Join the UIndy community as we compete against Truman State University to see which school has the largest impact in our communities. From Monday, October 5 through Saturday, October 24 we will be raising funds for three organizations: Make-A-Wish Foundation, Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, and Indianapolis Animal Care Services. Help us help our community and show Truman that Greyhounds are the Top Dog. More information regarding this unique, philanthropic challenge will be available soon!

Hound Hustle graphicHound Hustle
Complete any time in October
UIndy’s Hound Hustle is officially going virtual! Registration is now open for the 7th annual 5k run/walk event. Register now and complete the 5k wherever you may be and whenever you are available in the month of October! Please note that no physical event will take place on UIndy’s campus. Learn more and register.

Pete the Planner

Pete the Planner


Pete the Planner
October 7  7 p.m.
Join Peter Dunn, Chief Executive Officer – Your Money Line® & Hey Money® for an hour-long webinar where you will learn what’s going on in our economy and how to put together a practical plan to make necessary changes which will have you ready to go when the economy gets back on its feet.  Learn more and register


Florabelle Wilson

Florabelle Wilson ’49


“Let’s Tell the Whole Story” Hound Chat
October 8  Noon
Join Dr. Michael Cartwright, vice president for university mission, for a conversation to remember Mrs. Florabelle Wilson ’49 – an advocate for diversity and inclusion on and off-campus. Mrs. Wilson worked at the university from 1957 to 1982 as the KML Head Librarian. She was the first African-American woman to serve as director of an academic library in the state of Indiana. Learn More & Register



Top Dog Challenge T-shirtBuy a Top Dog Challenge T-shirt and Wear Jeans!
October 5 -24
If you support the Top Dog Challenge between UIndy and Truman State University, by purchasing a T-shirt for $10 you can wear jeans to work with your supervisor’s permission. Join your pack to support our local community by purchasing a T-shirt, picking out your favorite jeans, and showing off your Greyhound Pride! Purchase a T-shirt

Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning receives $4.8 million in grants from Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund

The Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL) at the University of Indianapolis received $4.8 million in two grants from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief  (GEER) Fund. One grant worth $3.3 million will fund devices and broadband in nine service centers and 23 school districts in rural areas across the State of Indiana. The second grant allots $1.5 million for professional development to improve educators’ capacity to provide engaging and effective online instruction. 

CELL will partner with the Central Indiana Education Service Center during the next two years to disburse the funds and arrange for training. In addition to providing broadband for rural areas that frequently lack high-speed internet access, the $3.3 million grant will be used to connect families to wi-fi hotspots as well as to buy equipment such as laptops for students and teachers. 

The $4.8 million awarded to CELL is one of the larger amounts distributed by the State of Indiana from the $61.6 million in GEER funding that the State received from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The funds allow the Governor’s Office to provide support to local educational agencies and institutions of higher education with an application focus on developing and improving the availability of remote learning techniques and technologies. 

“These grants will allow us to meet the unique needs of rural school districts and ensure that students and teachers have access to the technology they require to succeed. We are grateful to the Governor’s Office for this valuable opportunity to address the immediate concerns of the pandemic and to prepare educators in these school districts for the technological demands of the future,” said Janet Boyle, CELL executive director.

The Indiana Department of Education, the Commission for Higher Education, the Indiana State Board of Education, and the Governor’s Office established the needs-based, competitive grant program to support the unique challenges associated with remote learning including device access, internet connectivity and educator training/development.

The following school districts and education centers will receive funding:

Crothersville Community Schools
Delaware Community Schools
Franklin County Community Schools
Frontier School Corporation
Jay County School Corporation
Lake Station Community Schools
Logansport Community School Corporation
Middlebury Community Schools
Monroe Gregg School District
MSD of Wabash County
Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation (Fortville)
North Central Parke School Corporation
North Lawrence Community Schools
Northeast School Corporation (Sullivan County)
Perry Central Community Schools
Randolph Central School Corporation
Rising Sun School Corporation
South Newton School Corporation
Southern Hancock School Corporation
Spencer-Owen School Corporation
Union County School College Corner Joint School District
Vincennes City School Corporation
Wabash City Schools

About CELL
Created in 2001, the Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL) at the University of Indianapolis has served as the leading convener, catalyst and collaborator for innovative education change. CELL’s mission is for all people in Indiana to experience meaningful and high-quality education. CELL partners with schools and communities to improve outcomes for students of all ages by leading sustainable educational innovation and transformation across Indiana. Providing leadership that is both cutting-edge and action-oriented, CELL unites districts, schools, communities, universities and businesses to build a sense of urgency and form innovative collaborations for statewide educational and economic improvement. Learn more: cell.uindy.edu.

About the University of Indianapolis
The University of Indianapolis, founded in 1902, is a private university located just a few minutes from downtown Indianapolis. The University is ranked among the top National Universities by U.S. News and World Report, with a diverse enrollment of nearly 6,000 undergraduate, graduate and continuing education students. The University offers a wide variety of study areas, including 100+ undergraduate degrees, more than 40 master’s degree programs and five doctoral programs. More occupational therapists, physical therapists and clinical psychologists graduate from the University each year than any other state institution. With strong programs in engineering, business, and education, the University of Indianapolis impacts its community by living its motto, “Education for Service.” Learn more: uindy.edu.

University awarded grant from Lilly Endowment Inc.

The University of Indianapolis was awarded a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to support the continuation of the Student Leadership Academy for high school students. The grant provides five years of sustainability funding for the initiative, which will cover lodging, meals and advertising for the summer camp and support for student projects at their home churches.

For ten years, the Student Leadership Academy at the University of Indianapolis has provided vocational exploration programs for United Methodist high school students by utilizing the vocational curriculum of theological exploration that is used by the Lantz Center in weekend retreat format.

The Student Leadership Academy is part of Lilly Endowment’s High School Youth Theology Institutes initiative, a national effort to help colleges and theological schools develop and strengthen programs that encourage high school students to explore God’s call in their lives.

The week-long summer institute at the University of Indianapolis is designed to engage students in vocational discernment as well as theological exploration of mission and ethics. Each summer the academy focuses on a distinct theological theme that also addresses social issues within our culture. According to Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Gibbs, University Chaplain and Director of the Lantz Center for Christian Vocations & Formation, the program began in 2011 as a way to strengthen relationships between the University and the Indiana United Methodist Church.

The Student Leadership Academy seeks to inspire youth as they begin to explore their future education and career path. “SLA seeks to help students in their vocational discernment process,” said Dr. David Boyd, associate director of the Lantz Center. “Students learn about themselves, and about the opportunities to work around them. Our desire is that SLA will successfully launch them on the lifelong process of vocational discernment.”

Dr. Boyd went on to say that many students who attend SLA apply and eventually attend UIndy. “These students become leaders on our campus, and within Ecumenical and Interfaith Programs,” he said. According to Rev. Dr. Gibbs, a large percentage of Religion majors at the University have been either participants in the program or their youth directors who returned to finish a degree.

Mya Taylor ‘23 (religion and psychology) is one of the many students who attended the Student Leadership Academy who now calls UIndy home. “SLA helped me discover my passions and link them to the needs of the world. At SLA, I discovered I have a purpose,” she said. “Student Leadership Academy will always hold a special place in my heart and I am forever grateful for all the opportunities it provided and the lessons I learned during my time as a participant.”

While the University motto “Education for Service” isn’t expressly religious, it goes hand-in-hand with the goal of the Student Leadership Academy. “We desire to see students educated so that they are able to serve the world — education is a part of their vocational journey,” said Dr. Boyd. “At SLA, we launch students on that journey to help them consider what God is calling them to do in this world that uses their gifts to serve others.”

University of Indianapolis holds dedication for Jordan Loyd Film & Study Suite

Jordan Loyd UIndy basketball

The University of Indianapolis will celebrate its newest athletic space with a dedication at 1:15 p.m., Friday, February 21 at Nicoson Hall.

The Jordan Loyd Film & Study Suite, funded by Board of Trustees member Kenny Loyd and son Jordan Loyd ’16, along with gifts from other generous alumni and friends, provides the men’s basketball team with a top-notch film study and academic study space.

With theater seating for twenty, this space will enhance the recruiting and retention of talented student-athletes. The suite includes a recognition space to celebrate the team’s athletic and academic achievements. The addition of the Jordan Loyd Film & Study Suite will help men’s basketball continue its long history of successes on the court and in the classroom.

“This milestone event is another example of how alumni and Greyhound families can help further the capabilities of the programs that shaped them. This great testimony to giving back serves as confirmation that we are impactful in the lives of our students,” said Robert L. Manuel, University of Indianapolis president.

Kenny Loyd, president and co-founder of South Coast Paper from Atlanta, Georgia, whose early enthusiasm and advocacy for the project helped see it to fruition. 

Jordan Loyd is a 2016 graduate and 1,200-point scorer who helped the Greyhounds men’s basketball team reach three NCAA tournament appearances including a Sweet 16 berth. During his senior season, Loyd was named to the All-GLVC First Team and GLVC All-Defensive team. In 2019 Loyd became the first Greyhound to play in the NBA with the Toronto Raptors. When the Raptors won the NBA Finals, Jordan became the first Greyhound alumnus to be a member of a National Basketball Association professional championship team. Loyd is currently playing in the Euroleague in Valencia, Spain. His team is also concurrently a member of the top tier Spanish basketball league.

The Jordan Loyd Film & Study Suite pays homage to Dai-Jon Parker, Jordan Loyd’s close friend and fellow Greyhound basketball student-athlete who passed away in 2015.

Shaheen Grants expand opportunities for experiential learning

Brenda Nunez ’20 (biology) arrived on UIndy’s campus knowing she wanted to study abroad, but she did not know if it would be possible. This year, Nunez achieved that ambitious goal by studying in Scotland. While overseas, she was able to learn about different cultures, how to travel independently and how to adapt to different environments. 

“I was also able to focus on another love of mine that biology majors, sadly, don’t get to experience as often: literature,” she said. “These lessons while I was abroad will help me appreciate the world around me, and I hope to appreciate as much of the world as I can.”

Brenda Nunez

Brenda Nunez ’20

Being named a Shaheen Global Fellow opened up a world of opportunities for Nunez that she may not have otherwise had access to. “Traveling abroad was a pipe dream to me and my family,” Nunez said. “But because of the generosity of [immediate past Board of Trustees chair] Yvonne Shaheen, it was made possible.”

On October 4, the University hosted the inaugural Riad & Yvonne Shaheen Colloquium to highlight student and faculty impact on the community and honor recipients of the Shaheen Grants over the last year. Yvonne Shaheen addressed the grant recipients at a luncheon prior to the Colloquium and individually recognized each grant recipient.

Mrs. Yvonne Shaheen, immediate past Board of Trustees chair for the University of Indianapolis

Mrs. Yvonne Shaheen, immediate past Board of Trustees chair for the University of Indianapolis

When the University of Indianapolis received a $5 million naming gift for the College of Arts and Sciences from Mrs. Shaheen in 2015, that set the stage for several transformative projects and initiatives, including the Shaheen Grants. These grants are designed to connect students with unique learning environments that help them build professional networks and skills. Faculty members may also apply for community engagement grants.

Four types of grants are available to University of Indianapolis students and faculty within the Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences: 

  • Undergraduate Scholarly/Creative Activity grants are designed for a student to engage in a scholarly project with a faculty member. These students are known as Shaheen Scholars.
  • Student Career Readiness and Leadership Development grants are designed for a student to travel to a conference to engage opportunities for leadership development or career readiness. These students are known as Shaheen Leadership Fellows.  
  • Shaheen Global Fellows have received Study Abroad/Study Away grants designed to provide supplemental funding for an educational travel experience.
  • The Service Learning/Community Engagement grant is designed for faculty within the Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences to develop curricular experiences that focus on service-learning and/or community engagement.  
Students present their research at the Shaheen Colloquium.

Students present their research at the Shaheen Colloquium.

“Shaheen Grants helped support nearly two-dozen student and faculty projects during the past year,” said Debra Feakes, dean of the Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences. “We express our gratitude to Yvonne Shaheen for her generosity, but also extend it to our faculty who facilitated research and travel opportunities, allowing students to maximize the advantages of their grants.”

Yvonne Shaheen has demonstrated leadership and commitment to the University of Indianapolis over the years and her service to the community is just as exemplary. Shaheen was the first female chair of the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce and of the Board of the National Electrical Contractors Association. In addition to her current Board leadership position at the University, she also serves as the Board Chair of the Indianapolis Symphony, as well as on the board of Gleaners Food Bank and Community Health Network. She previously served as the Chair of the Board of Trustees for The Indianapolis Children’s Museum, WFYI, The Indianapolis Art Council, and The Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee.

This commitment to the community and exploration of the world at large is emblematic of what the Shaheen Grants represent. Katherine Fries, assistant professor of art & design, and four of her students were named Shaheen Community Engagement Scholars this past year. This funding allowed the group to accept an invitation to be specialized volunteers for the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum in Two Rivers, Wisconsin. There the group was able to assist the museum in cleaning, cataloging, and organizing their massive and important wood type and woodcut collection.

Shaheen grant recipients at the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum.

Shaheen grant recipients at the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum.

This provided the students the opportunity to engage a rare collection, learn about and participate with its preservation and directly apply skills learned in class to the service of their chosen professional field.

“This trip challenged us in new ways while engaging in what we loved,” said Kyle Agnew ’19 (studio art major, psychology minor). “And gave us a chance to give back to those who make it all possible.”

Added Kalia Daily ’20 (M.A., printmaking and painting) ’18 (studio art major, art history minor): “Without funding, this fun, enriching and lasting experience is something we would not have been able to take part in. So we would all like to thank Mrs. Shaheen and those who made this trip possible.”

Full List of Shaheen Grant recipients for 2018-19:

  • Kyle Agnew, Shaheen Community Engagement Scholar
  • Justin Blakey, Shaheen Scholar
  • Bryan Comer, Shaheen Global Fellow
  • Kody Conaway, Shaheen Scholar
  • Emma Croxford, Shaheen Global Fellow
  • Kalia Daily, Shaheen Community Engagement Scholar
  • Aaron Drake, Shaheen Scholar
  • Katherine Fries, Shaheen Community Engagement Fellow
  • Claire Green, Shaheen Global Fellow
  • Kate Hamori, Shaheen Leadership Fellow
  • Kiley Harmon, Shaheen Global Fellow
  • Lindsey Henderson Shaheen Global Fellow 
  • Rachel Hurrell, Shaheen Scholar
  • Reagan Kurtz, Shaheen Global Fellow
  • Abby Land, Shaheen Scholar
  • Corrie Lykins, Shaheen Global Fellow
  • Brenda Nunez, Shaheen Global Fellow
  • Savannah Phipps, Shaheen Leadership Fellow
  • Lucy Shirley, Shaheen Leadership Fellow
  • Karlee Taylor, Shaheen Scholar
  • Amanda Thompson, Shaheen Community Engagement Scholar
  • Bailey Thompson,  Shaheen Leadership Fellow
  • Nick Tibbs, Shaheen Scholar
  • Mackenzie Vermillion, Shaheen Scholar
  • Kylie Vonderwell, Shaheen Global Fellow
  • Rachel West, Shaheen Community Engagement Scholar

Currently enrolled Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences students and faculty may apply for a grant via this internal link.

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University names Good Hall Pillar Honorees

2018 homecoming weekend: President's Founder's Day Celebration and Good Hall Rededication around west lawn and porch area of renovated Good Hall on Saturday, September 29, 2018. (Photo: D. Todd Moore, University of Indianapolis)

Since its construction in 1904, Good Hall has served as an iconic presence and cornerstone of knowledge for generations of students, alumni and community members who have passed through its columns. It was named after the University’s third president, I.J. Good, and was home to the first University president, Rev. John Roberts.

Today, Good Hall represents the strength and history of the University’s liberal-arts core education and is now home to the Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences. Improvements completed last year include the exterior restorations of the Good Hall pillars and portico, as well as the first floor renovations and Dean’s Suite. More recent renovations were completed on the second and third floors which transformed Good Hall into a learning environment aligned with the needs of today’s students.


In 2018 Good Hall went through a historic renovation and restoration. The project has inspired a new tradition that aligns our institutional values with the historic significance of Good Hall, whose six pillars have stood tall for nearly 120 years.  The restoration was supported by over 500 donors, including two supporters who will be recognized in perpetuity on a Good Hall pillar for their generosity.

The remaining pillars will honor four individuals, organizations, or groups connected to the University of Indianapolis, who represent the institutional core values of inquiry, innovation, leadership and service. Their names will be placed prominently on four of the six pillars for one year and, together, we will celebrate how they exemplify these values at our annual Homecoming President’s Lunch and Founders Day Celebration.

  • Value of Inquiry – Inquiry is inspired by faculty and the foundations of critical thinking, problem-solving and creativity to actively pursue understanding and seek truth through learning and engagement.
  • Value of Innovation – Innovation is pursued through discovery and intention that seeks action to advance, invent and solve.
  • Value of Leadership – Leadership is created through an inspiring vision for the future while motivating individuals, groups and communities to work towards that vision.
  • Value of Service – Service is the unselfish, authentic acts that inspire, guide and help others.

David Manley ’23 (1894-1951)


Born to a family of war refugees in the British colony of Sierra Leone, after surviving years of upheaval and starvation, he and his brothers were given shelter by United Brethren missionaries in the town of Shenge. Ernest Emery and Lota Snyder Emery, recent graduates Indiana Central University (‘15), admired David’s dedicated work ethic, They urged President Good to accept him to train to be a teacher. David Manley enrolled at ICC in 1919, becoming our first international student and the founding editor-in-chief of The Reflector newspaper.  He was widely admired for his wit as a communicator.

After graduation, he completed a Master’s degree at the University of Pennsylvania before returned to Sierra Leone where he served (1926-1946) as vice-principal of the Albert Academy, the first secondary school for boys, which is known for training the first generation of Sierra Leone’s leaders at the time of independence in 1961. David Manley spent the last five years of his life teaching at the London School of Oriental and African Studies, where he taught British officials preparing for service in Sierra Leone to speak Mende. David Manley’s life-work prepared the way for independence of Sierra Leone in 1961, and a hundred years this fall he started the internationalization of our university.


Dr. LeAlice Briggs


As we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Nursing program (1959), we also recognize the accomplishments of a distinguished emeritus dean and Professor of Nursing who offered significant leadership during a period of rapid growth and development at UIndy. During more than five decades of professional engagement as a nurse, Dr. LeAlice Briggs worked in medical-surgical and psychiatric contexts. After initially teaching nurses Springfield, IL (1956-1959) she began teaching at Indiana Central College while she completed graduate studies at IU (MSN 1970) and Ball State (EdD 1980).

LeAlice served as dean of the School of Nursing for 18 years. Building on the UIndy tradition of engaging students with personal concern, Dr. Briggs did focused research about student performance on licensing exam for the Associate’s Degree of nursing. Dr. Briggs received the Honorary Alumni Award in 1992 on the occasion of her retirement. Seven years later she returned to campus to help with the School for Adult Learning, developing collaborations through outreach programs and coordinating delivery of onsite educational programs. She retired a second time in 2005. She was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science degree in 2003. LeAlice Briggs has set the standard for faculty-student engagement at a university where the faculty takes pride in personal attention to student needs. Her legacy continues with the LeAlice Briggs Endowed Nursing Scholarship funded by Dr. Briggs, her husband Max, and more than 250 faculty, staff, alumni and friends.


Dr. Randy Lee ’72

RandyLee_LRC_008Dr. Randy Lee is a graduate of the Class of 1972 who has gone on to be a successful leader in his profession and the wider community where he practices medicine. After three years at Indiana Central, he completed medical school at Indiana University (1975) before beginning his medical practice in Martinsville. Since 2010, he has served as the Director of Medical Education and Vice President for Medical Affairs at Community Hospital South while serving as one of the hospitalists on staff. He was the first doctor who oversaw the Community Clinic here on campus. The Lee family, which includes his wife Susie, his son Jim, his daughter Laura ’05, and son-in-law, Elijah Hammans ’04 have been strong supporters of UIndy, particularly supporting scholarships for UIndy students.

Dr. Lee has served on the UIndy Alumni Board and enjoys a close relationship with many current and former members of the University community. As a physician of internal medicine, he  has been in private practice for more than 44 years. He is a member and former President of Indiana Society of Internal Medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. He has traveled to El Salvador multiple times with other medical practitioners to provide free health care to people in rural villages.  He also is very involved in his church community, the First United Methodist Church in Martinsville. In his free time, he enjoys attending his grandkids’ various sporting activities and hiking throughout Indiana. Dr. Lee’s service as an internal medicine physician has impacted the communities of central Indiana – including his alma mater – and his leadership in medical education has expanded access to needed health care.


The Hanni and Hiatt Families

The Hanni and Hiatt families are two of the largest legacy families in our university’s history with almost 40 Greyhounds ranging from the class of 1927 to the most recent class of 2019. The families have provided decades of service to support education and health needs in our community. Both families have remained dedicated to the University over multiple generations with family members serving on the Board of Trustees, alumni board, Greyhound Club board, faculty, and staff. Combined, the families have funded 13 endowed scholarships for UIndy students. The families are being recognized this year, in part, to celebrate the 50-year class reunion for Sarah (Hiatt) Maple and Dr. Cary Hanni, both graduates of the class of 1969.

Bob Hanni
Larry Hanni ’58
Cary Hanni ’69
Karen Hanni ’71
Vicki Hanni
Kevin Hanni ’74
Don Hanni
Jeff Hanni ’79
Kristine (Hanni) Dozier ’01
Kenna (Hanni) Broomall ’07
Steven Cassell ’08
Blair Hanni ’10 ’11
Lynzi Hanni ’13
Lesley (Hanni) Austin ’13
Chelsea Hanni ’14
Joshua Baker ’15
Ashleigh Davids ’19


Russell Hiatt ’27
Mary (Hiatt) Carmony ’29
Don Carmony ’29 ’66
Ruth Hummer ’29
Ralph Hiatt ’32
Irene (Hiatt) Struble ’33
Herb Biatt ’34
Lisabeth (Hiatt) Taylor ’35
Lloyd Hiatt ’40
Treva (Shoemaker) Hiatt ’42
Elnora (Freshley) Hiatt ’61 ’73
Elena Sue Hiatt-Houlihan ’65
Steve Maple ’66
Dan Hiatt ’67
Pam (Jones) Hiatt ’68
Sara (Hiatt) Maple ’69
Johanna (Philhower) Maple ’94
Ted Maple ’96
Ethan Maple ’02
Ashley (Carson) Maple ’05
Zach Maple ’06
Heath (Hiatt) Miller ’12 ’14

Join us during the Homecoming festivities this weekend as we celebrate these honorees.

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