University of Indianapolis announces the Gerald and Marjorie Morgan Endowed Professorship of European History

Lawrence Sondhaus

Lawrence Sondhaus

A new endowed professorship will create exciting academic opportunities at the University of Indianapolis.

Lawrence Sondhaus, professor of history, was announced as the recipient of the Gerald and Marjorie Morgan Endowed Professorship of European History at a dedication ceremony during the 2019 Family Weekend. 

“I am honored to receive the Morgan Endowed Professorship. The endowment will bring valuable scholarly opportunities to students as well as faculty in the history program. This support will enable me to reconnect with Germany on a regular basis, which in turn enhances the classroom experience for students, especially in my Modern Germany course,” Sondhaus said.

Sondhaus has published 13 books, most of which focus on the history of Germany and Austria in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Four of his books have been translated into a total of eight editions in other languages, including German, Italian, Slovenian, Portuguese, Korean and Chinese. Sondhaus also has authored twelve journal articles, thirteen published conference papers or book chapters, fifteen published commentaries or brief articles, and over fifty book reviews. 

His most recent book, “German Submarine Warfare in World War I: The Onset of Total War at Sea “(2017), sparked his interest in the lives of two U-boat officers from the First World War, Karl Donitz and Martin Niernoller, who went on to play prominent roles on opposite sides in Hitler’s Germany, then survived into the 1980s. They will be the subject of Sondhaus’ next book project.

Gerald Morgan obtained bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from the University of Indianapolis in 1973 and 1983, respectively. Morgan was a career soldier who served in Army finance and logistics. His career took Morgan and his wife Marjorie all over the world, eventually settling at the finance and accounting service at Fort Harrison in Indianapolis. Gerald and Marjorie Morgan both became postmasters in Indianapolis in their second careers.

“Gerald and Marjorie Morgan lived a quiet life of kindness, dedication to hard work and a passion for Education for Service. Now, generations of students will benefit from their generosity,” said Robert L. Manuel, University of Indianapolis president.

Learn more about the Department of History and Political Science.


Honoring Longtime Greyhound Bill Bright

bill brightWilliam “Bill” Bright ’54, former University of Indianapolis student-athlete and longtime coach and Athletics Director, is being honored Sunday, April 14. The baseball field at Greyhound Park will be dedicated in his name as Bill Bright Field, commemorating a lifetime of contributions and service to UIndy.

One of Greyhound baseball’s greatest players as a student-athlete, Bright went on to commit more than two decades as a teacher and coach at UIndy, and then nearly that long as the Athletics Director. All told, Bright devoted 37 years of his life to the University.

“The Bright family is in awe, and so grateful to those who made this tremendous honor possible,” the family expressed in a recent statement. “Bill would be so humbled, as he absolutely loved this University and all that it stood for! Baseball was Bill’s life and Indiana Central was his home.”

“We appreciate the leadership of alumni, and specifically Manny McGuire ’73, in keeping our alumni baseball players and friends of that era such a close-knit group throughout the years.”

Added McGuire: “Bill was a man of integrity who helped shape so many lives over a 37-year career at the University. While he was a coach, an educator and a mentor, he was also a friend, a pillar in the community, a husband, a father and a leader who dedicated himself to helping others without seeking reward for himself.  It was never about Bill, it was about you.”

In 1950, Bright enrolled at the University – then Indiana Central College – where he pitched for the baseball team and played basketball. He lettered each year in baseball and basketball before signing a baseball contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. He was part of the 1952 ICC baseball team that went undefeated and he set nine school baseball records before graduating in 1954.

Bill Bright was the University’s head baseball coach for 20 years where his teams earned several conference championships. He was also the cross country coach for 21 years and assistant basketball coach for 21 years before assuming the head basketball coaching position for five years. He served two 3-year terms on the NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Committee.

He concluded his 37 years at the University by serving as its athletics director for 17 years before retiring in 1994. He was second-team All-Hoosier College Conference in 1953, a two-time team MVP, an amateur baseball all-American, and the 1954 Walter Brennemen Award winner. Bill Bright was inducted into the University’s Hall of Fame in 1988 and the Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame in 2002.

“Bill Bright devoted his life to this institution, and it is fitting that the baseball field be named in his honor,” said Dr. Sue Willey ’75, Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics.

Bill and his wife, Pat Hunt Bright ’57, were married in 1956 and have one daughter, Pam ’84, and one son, Steve ’90. A man of impeccable character, Bill Bright was a role model for his student-athletes, family, and community. Bill passed away on February 1, 2011.

Campaign for the University of Indianapolis enters second phase

A new portrait of Yvonne Shaheen was unveiled at the campaign celebration in September. The portrait is now on display in Good Hall.

A new portrait of Yvonne Shaheen, campaign chair and former board chair, was unveiled at the campaign celebration in September. The portrait is now on display in Good Hall.

The Campaign for the University of Indianapolis celebrated the phenomenal success of its first phase and launched an exciting second phase with a celebration at the Deer Zink Pavilion at Newfields — the site of the public launch of the campaign in late 2015. The five-year comprehensive campaign exceeded its original goal of $40 million and a revised goal of $50 million within the first three years. The second phase of the campaign has been extended to and will conclude in 2022, which marks the 120th anniversary of the University of Indianapolis.

The first phase of the campaign raised an unprecedented $59 million from 32,500 gifts, President Robert L. Manuel announced, making it the largest fundraising initiative in University history. Principal early gifts set a strong momentum for the campaign, starting with Campaign Chair and former Board Chair Yvonne Shaheen’s $5 million naming gift for the Shaheen College of Arts and Sciences, which represents the largest single one-time gift in University history. The earliest transformational gift to name the Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences will impact every undergraduate at the University of Indianapolis.  

Other significant gifts provided the University with a variety of new programs and spaces, including the Ron & Laura Strain Honors College, the Gene & Mary Ann Zink Poverty Institute and the Ray Skillman Auto Group Court.

The R.B. Annis School of Engineering represents another major campaign accomplishment. Established through a transformational, $5-million gift from the R.B. Annis Educational Foundation, the program is advancing the University’s strategy to address Indiana’s demand for skilled engineers and STEM-related professions.

“The University of Indianapolis has a tradition of seeing opportunity, creating partnerships and finding a way to connect with our community to create real impact. Together we have accomplished so much,” President Manuel said.

The campaign focused on four areas: students, faculty, the community and the University’s future. Through $26 million in student support, including 40 endowed scholarships, the campaign has made it possible for students to achieve a private university education, travel abroad for study, participate in undergraduate research and access cutting-edge technology crucial to their careers. More than 90 percent of University of Indianapolis students receive some form of financial aid. With 74 new faculty teaching new programs, students can continue to engage one-on-one with professors to create the foundation for lifelong learning.

The Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences gift set the stage for several transformative projects, including the renovation of Good Hall, which was made possible by gifts from more than 500 supporters. The project included restoration of the iconic portico and pillars of Good Hall, the University’s most historic building, and renovation of the interior.

The generosity of more than 150 alumni and special friends supported the creation of a new Martin Family Finance Lab for the School of Business, which represents another key achievement of the campaign. The Finance Lab is named in honor of former Board of Trustees chair Tom Martin ’72 and his family, who are major supporters of the project.

The Finance Lab brings students access to state-of-the-art technology which provides them with a competitive edge as they enter the workforce. Students will be trained using Bloomberg Market Concepts software on Bloomberg terminals, the premier tool of its kind in the financial industry. Finance Lab tools will be used to research data for the UIndy Student Investment Fund, a hands-on learning experience that allows students to manage $100,000 in a student investment fund.

Key naming gifts in addition to the above include the Sutphin Center for Clinical Care, Shreve Atrium, the Community Health Network Engagement Fund, the Gerald & Marjorie Morgan Endowed Chair in European History and the R.B. Annis Auditorium.

The second phase of the Campaign for the University of Indianapolis will seek to raise a cumulative total of $75 million by 2022 — the year that the University will celebrate its 120th anniversary.

“While lead transformational gifts have been incredibly important to our campaign’s success, the cumulative effect of thousands of gifts from alumni and friends have also pushed us to new heights,” said Christopher Molloy, vice president of university advancement. “As we enter the campaign’s second phase, we look forward to building on the momentum of our accomplishments in phase one.”

The second phase of the Campaign will continue to focus on creating opportunities within the four core areas, with initiatives originating with faculty, staff and students.

Yvonne Shaheen portrait unveiled

The University honored Yvonne Shaheen for her outstanding campaign leadership, which has reverberated throughout the City of Indianapolis. A university trustee for the past 20 years and immediate past chair, serving as the chair of the campaign since its founding, and providing the single largest pledged gift from an individual in the University’s history, Mrs. Shaheen has helped the University engage with the most pressing issues in higher education.

At the campaign celebration, Mayor Joe Hogsett led a toast to Mrs. Shaheen, and the University unveiled a portrait of Yvonne Shaheen and her late husband, Riad, which will be displayed in Good Hall.

“We have accomplished great things together, but this is just the beginning. We have a responsibility to continue forward in the university’s vision. I believe in what UIndy can do for students now and in the future. Sharing that belief with others is our next step in giving back,” Mrs. Shaheen said.

Learn more about the Campaign for the University of Indianapolis

The University of Indianapolis is deeply appreciative for the leadership of Yvonne Shaheen, Campaign Chair and immediate past chair of the University Board of Trustees, and the Campaign Leadership Cabinet and University Board of Trustees members, Stephen Fry, Thomas Martin, Phillip Terry and Kenneth Loyd.

Good Hall rededicated following transformative renovation project

The President’s Lunch and Founders Day celebration during Homecoming Week marked a milestone in the restoration of Good Hall. The most historic building on the campus of the University of Indianapolis, Good Hall was rededicated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in front of the newly renovated portico and pillars, which was one of several projects funded by the Campaign for the University of Indianapolis.

More than 500 supporters made gifts to the Good Hall campaign, led by Campaign Chair and former Board of Trustees Chair Yvonne Shaheen’s historic naming gift for the Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences, which helped support the project. A portrait of Yvonne Shaheen and her late husband, Riad, will be displayed in Good Hall in honor of her philanthropic work throughout the City of Indianapolis and for being the driving force in creating the University’s path forward in the campaign.

Alumni and families viewed historic campus maps designed by UIndy faculty and students and toured the renovated first floor of the building. The second and third floors are slated for renovation during the 2018-19 academic year.

Built in 1904, Good Hall was the University’s first structure on campus. It was named after the University’s third president, I.J. Good, and was home to the first University president, Rev. John Roberts. Good Hall has served as an administrative and academic building, library and chapel over the years. It is now home to the Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences, which ensures that nearly all students will spend time in Good Hall and cements the building’s legacy as a fixture in academic life at the University.

“The pillars and portico of Good Hall are the most well-known representation of the University for all students who have attended UIndy. Replacing them to ensure the original facade view remained intact was important to thousands of alumni,” said Stephanie Hays-Mussoni, associate vice president of development.

President Robert L. Manuel noted the significance of the four ribbons that were cut during the ceremony, with each ribbon representing pillars that form the core of the University’s past and the foundation for its future: inquiry, innovation, leadership and service. Two major gifts were naming gifts of two of the pillars in memory of Virgil Webster ’54, made by his widow Phyllis Webster Doles, and a gift from F.A. Wilhelm Construction.

“We have truly restored our past under these historic pillars and porticos, while at the same time built our future with a space that will meet the needs of today’s scholars,” President Manuel said.

Starting in 2019, during each future Homecoming celebration, the University will honor four individuals 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. Nominate an individual whose legacy or actions exemplify a Good Hall pillar core value.

Michael Cartwright, vice president for University mission, worked with Randi Frye, assistant professor of art & design, and her students to create heritage campus maps detailing the evolution of campus over the years. The maps, which show the University of Indianapolis campus in 1937, 1964, 1986 and 2018, were provided in the event program.

“The Campus Heritage Maps Project was conceived two years ago with a very simple goal in mind: to provide the kind of connective information to enable alumni, faculty, students and friends of the University to be able to tell stories about their experiences,” Cartwright said.

Good Hall holds a special place in the hearts of University alumni, students and faculty, and it has become a landmark on the Indianapolis south side whose continuing presence reinforces the University’s reputation as an important community anchor. The renovations ensure that it will continue to serve that role for years to come.

Learn more about the Good Hall project and find out how you can get involved.


2018 Homecoming festivities mark milestones in the Campaign for the University of Indianapolis

littell-6875Homecoming Week rings in a major milestone for Good Hall, a historic campus icon, and an exciting new development for the School of Business as it unveils a new Finance Lab. 2018 Homecoming also offers more ways to reconnect than ever, with the addition of affinity reunions like the Black Student Association Alumni Tailgate, the 20th anniversary of Lantz Center for Christian Vocations, the Cheerleading Alumni Tailgate and many more.

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At 1:15 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28, the new School of Business Finance Lab will be dedicated. This transformational addition to the School of Business brings students access to state-of-the-art technology that reflects the Wall Street environment. The Finance Lab is an important component of the School of Business’ project-oriented applied curriculum, and offers students training on professional-caliber tools including Bloomberg Market Concepts.

“The Finance Lab is another testament to the University’s goal of providing hands-on learning opportunities to prepare students for their careers. Offering this experience during Homecoming Week allows us to share that moment with alumni, board members, donors and the entire UIndy family,” said Stephanie Hays-Mussoni, associate vice president of development.

goodhall500The exterior restoration of the Good Hall pillars and portico will be showcased during Homecoming events on Saturday, Sept. 29. Inside, guests will be able to see the first floor renovations and the new home of the Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences.

Built in 1904, Good Hall was the University’s first and only structure for about 18 years. It was named after the University’s third president, I.J. Good, and was home to the first University president, Rev. John Roberts. Good Hall has served as an administrative and academic building, library and chapel over the years.

The structural renovations, which will continue on the second and third floors throughout the academic year, are transforming Good Hall into a learning environment aligned with the needs of today’s students. Andrew Kocher, associate vice president of alumni engagement, said the restoration symbolizes the University’s commitment to liberal arts education as it acknowledges the building’s historic role.

“It’s going to be a place where just about every student will visit,” Kocher explained. “This project helps students understand how the University is rooted in tradition even as we look to the future.”

Both projects are generously funded through the Campaign for the University of Indianapolis, which continues in its second phase to conclude in 2022. The campaign received support from more than 32,500 friends, alumni, faculty, staff, parents and organizations.

Homecoming schedule

The fun starts Friday, Sept. 28 at the Alumni Welcome Center at the Stierwalt Alumni House. Alumni are encouraged to drop by from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Finance Lab dedication takes place at 1:15 p.m. at Esch Hall. on Friday.

At 4:30 p.m., the 50-year Club Reception will be held in the Trustees Dining Room for alumni who graduated in 1968 or earlier.  

Starting at 5:30 p.m., alumni, friends, students, faculty and staff will celebrate remarkable alumni at the Alumni Honors & Recognition Dinner.

At 8 p.m., alumni baseball players and friends will honor Coach Gary Vaught with a roast ceremony on the fourth floor of the Health Pavilion.

Game Day is Saturday, Sept. 29. Start the day bright and early at 7:30 a.m. with the Hound Hustle 5K Run/Walk starting at the Schwitzer Student Center.

At 9 a.m., the UIndy Men’s Basketball Program hosts a golf outing at the Sarah Shank Golf Course.

At 10:30 a.m., the Class of 1968 holds a reunion gathering at the Stierwalt Alumni House. Historical facts from 1968 will be highlighted and the class will share memories from their time on campus.

At noon, get campus updates from President Rob Manuel and visit the newly restored Good Hall for the Founders Day lunch and celebration. You’ll also get the chance to view historic campus maps designed by UIndy faculty and students. Good Hall rededication takes place at 1:00 p.m. At 2 p.m., head over to the Stierwalt Alumni House for a Campus Heritage Tour.

At 3:00 p.m., hear the musical talents of UIndy alumni at the Alumni Recital & Reception at the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center. Or head over to the Ruth Lilly Center to cheer on the women’s volleyball team as they host the Lewis University Flyers.

Tailgate Town begins at 4 p.m. in the Nicoson parking lot with paw-print face painting and inflatable games. The Homecoming Parade takes place from 4 to 5 p.m. through campus and along Hanna Ave. Don’t miss the golf carts!

At 6 p.m., UIndy Football hosts Lincoln University of Missouri at Key Stadium.

The following groups will be holding special reunions to reminisce and create new memories at Homecoming. For more information contact the Alumni Office at or 317-788-3295.

  • Lantz Center 20th Anniversary
  • Class of 1968 Golden Anniversary Reunion
  • Class of 1960 Brunch
  • Cheerleading Alumni Reunion
  • Mid 80’s Alumni Tailgate
  • Athletic Training Alumni Tailgate
  • Black Student Association Alumni Tailgate
  • Baseball Team Alumni Reunion and Coach Vaught Roast
  • Men’s Basketball Golf Outing
  • 1963-64 Men’s Basketball Team
  • History and Political Science Alumni Tailgate
  • 50-Year Club



Incoming freshmen pay it forward with service project

During the Threshold Retreat, incoming freshmen transformed old t-shirts into about 80 tote bags for the homeless.

tshirt bags

Throughout the month of September, the chapel is collecting toiletry and non-perishable food items to fill the bags with. An event is being planned to distribute the filled bags before fall break.

“Indianapolis has a large homeless population, and we are grateful for the opportunity to provide them with every day necessities to help them,” said student Raegan Cox, chapel steward of compassion. “I hope to continue to organize events and drives to serve the homeless around us, in our Chapel community and through other groups on campus.”

Suggested items for donation:

Bottled Water – Granola bars – Individually wrapped snacks – Juice pouches – Canned drinks – Peanut butter – Crackers – Cereal – Mixed nuts/trail mix – Dried fruit – Paper towel – Napkins – Wet wipes – Deodorant – Body wash – Shampoo/conditioner – Feminine products – toothpaste/toothbrush – Mouthwash

Monetary donations will be accepted to buy items at the end of the drive. The drive will run until September 27th at the end of the chapel service. The collection box is located in SC203, Ecumenical & Interfaith Programs Office.

Show your Greyhound pride with the new UIndy license plate

houndproudThe new University of Indianapolis license plate design is now available for Indiana residents through the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. The license plate may be used on cars, motorcycles, RVs or trucks.

The UIndy license plate costs $40, with $25 of the specialty fee going towards University of Indianapolis student scholarships for Indiana students. The UIndy community chose the new design via an online poll.

“As we launch our new design, this is a great time to thank the thousands of Greyhounds each year who support our student scholarship programs and share their UIndy pride through the Indiana license plate program,” said Andy Kocher, Associate Vice President of Alumni Engagement.

“We also want the thank the many Greyhounds who voted and helped us select the new design. We hope everyone enjoys the new look and will ‘Ride with Pride’ by selecting a Greyhound plate to support scholarships for UIndy students,” Kocher added.

Tips and FAQ

As you are signing up, please be sure to select the consent box on your registration form to allow the BMV to share your information with the University. This lets the University know that you are a UIndy license plate supporter.

The new design will print for all license plate transactions processed on or after July 1, 2018, that result in the issuance of a NEW metal license plate.

If your vehicle is currently registered with a University of Indianapolis license plate, you will not receive the newly designed license plate until a new metal license plate is scheduled to be issued. A new plate is issued by the BMV after seven years.

You may switch plate types during your current registration year by visiting any BMV license branch and paying a plate change fee of $9.50. If you don’t currently have a UIndy plate, you will also be asked to pay the special group fee of $40, $25 of which is given to the University to support Indiana student scholarships.

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Paul Washington-Lacey Emerging Leaders program urges students to pay it forward with newfound skills

Anita Thomas, dean of the College of Applied Behavioral Sciences (right), led one of the Emerging Leaders workshops in spring 2018.

Anita Thomas, dean of the College of Applied Behavioral Sciences (right), led one of the Emerging Leaders workshops in spring 2018.

A new program at the University of Indianapolis provides students with the opportunity to recognize and grow their leadership qualities as they develop professional skills. Through a series of workshops, students participating in the Paul Washington-Lacey Emerging Leaders Program focus on career readiness, academic excellence, personal growth and leadership development. Launched in Fall 2017 by the Office of Inclusion & Equity (OIE), the program continues the spirit of mentorship and community championed by the late UIndy employee Paul Washington-Lacey.

Larry Haynes ’18 (M.A., mental health counseling), OIE programming intern and coordinator for the OIE Ambassador Program, coordinated the skills workshops, which were conducted by faculty and staff. Students in the program, who are nominated by the campus community and invited to join by Sean Huddleston, vice president for inclusion & equity, were paired with faculty, staff and alumni mentors.

“Research has consistently shown how valuable mentoring relationships are for students’ development, so this is an integral part of the program,” Haynes explained.

Huddleston said it was encouraging to see so many faculty and staff stepping up to become mentors.

“They do it because of the legacy of Paul Washington-Lacey and to honor his memory. They also do it because they know what it represents. Their commitment to student success and willingness to give up their time to spend with students one on one to coach them, outside their job responsibilities – they’re doing it because they’re committed to these students. That makes UIndy a very special place,” Huddleston said.

Armanii Hartfield ’20 (human biology) said she’s developed communication and other useful skills through the program.

“I’ve discovered that I am very open to a lot of things,” Hartfield said. “This program has helped me tremendously in personal growth, mainly because it has made me wiser. It has helped me see things in a whole new light.”

The workshops focused on developing students’ self-awareness about their own leadership qualities as well as how others perceive them, and how to implement specific professional skills. During one workshop, Anita Thomas, dean of the College of Applied Behavioral Sciences, advised the group, “I want you to figure out what your passions are, because your personal growth is really all about understanding your passion areas, and keeping those aligned with your professional development.”

“I really liked our workshop with Dr. Thomas because it showed the significance of being able to say no to a person when you don’t have time to do something. That’s something that’s really helped me a lot because I’m starting to say no to things that are not on my priority list,” said Jaskirat Kaur ’21 (biology and psychology, pre-med concentration).

In another workshop, Huddleston asked students to identify someone in their lives they would define as a leader.

“Everybody pointed to someone in their family who didn’t necessarily hold a title as a leader, but they talked about the attributes these people demonstrated,” Huddleston said.

Recognizing leadership qualities in themselves and others is an important part of the program. For Kaur, the idea of paying it forward – starting with her own family – is already part of her philosophy. She mentors her younger cousins and is eager to impart the knowledge she gained through the program.

“Being a role model, I feel like I should share my experiences,” she explained.

Haynes said the program is a testament to Paul Washington-Lacey’s legacy of going above and beyond the call of duty to mentor students.

“As a community, we have to support each other’s development. Students need mentors and this program seeks to deliver that while teaching students skills that will serve them long after they leave this university,” Haynes said.

Written by Sara Galer, Senior Communications Specialist, University of Indianapolis. Contact with your campus news.

Sociology video project highlights alumni network, career opportunities

A sociology capstone project is reinforcing alumni connections and helping students envision future careers as they put valuable professional skills into action. Under the guidance of Jim Pennell, professor of sociology, the SOC 440 class produced a video to provide information about career options for prospective students, current sociology majors and students with an undeclared major.

Working with faculty, the Office of Alumni Engagement and the Communications & Marketing Department, students contacted more than two dozen University of Indianapolis sociology graduates, conducted interviews and compiled data to create the video, which explored the various career paths young alumni are pursuing with their sociology degrees.

The project connected students with UIndy sociology alumni like Mercedes Stephens ’16 (sociology and Spanish), a program manager at Teen Works, a summer employment and college readiness program for Indianapolis-area teenagers. As a UIndy student, Stephens took sociology as an elective and quickly realized she had found her calling.

Mercedes Stephens ’16

Mercedes Stephens ’16

“I just fell in love with the class. I ended up asking faculty, ‘Where can I go with a sociology degree?’ Then I learned how versatile it was and how it could help me join a master’s program and further my career,” Stephens said.

Also featured in the video is Hannah Johnson ’16 (sociology and criminal justice double major, with minors in corrections, psychology and communication), who is now a student at Indiana University McKinney School of Law.

“Being able to talk to the faculty and bounce ideas off of them and hear their input – given that all of them have gone to grad school – ended up really helping me figure out what I wanted to do,” Johnson explained.

Coran Sigman '14

Coran Sigman ’14

Coran Sigman ’14 (sociology), another alumna featured in the video, said the basics she learned in sociology formed the foundation for her career. She serves as assistant director of alumni engagement for the University.

“Culture and society are concepts I deal with on a daily basis,” said Sigman. “I can’t talk to a 1954 alum the same way I talk to an alum from my class of 2014. There’s a big cultural difference there.”

Role models
Making connections and getting to the heart of alumni stories was an integral part of the video project. Naeemah White ’18 (sociology) contacted alumni and made content recommendations for the video.

“It was really helpful hearing all the different perspectives from alumni, especially with regards to graduate school,” said White, who is considering a master’s degree. She mentioned the examples of Derek Zhao ‘17, an international alumnus from China, and Zak Mitchie ’16, both of whom pursued graduate studies in sociology.

Derek Zhao '17

Derek Zhao ’17

Zhao, who is pursuing a doctorate in sociology at the University of Illinois (Chicago), is grateful for the help of faculty members Amanda Miller, sociology chair, and professors Jim Pennell and Tim Maher.

“Dr. Miller and Dr. Pennell both read my senior thesis which I used to apply for graduate school,” Zhao explained. “They not only helped me figure out a plan of study and where I wanted to pursue that, but also they helped shape my sociological thinking.”

Project management
Allison Beechboard ’18 (sociology) said she learned some valuable time management lessons.

“Everybody’s schedules are busy. One of the biggest challenges was to accommodate their schedules and ours,” Beechboard said.

Beechboard noted that geographical location was another hurdle. Some of the interviews had to be conducted via Skype, while other out-of-state alumni who couldn’t be interviewed on campus sent in video clips.

Pennell provided guidance as students navigated project and timeline management. “I try not to have a heavy hand on this. It’s an opportunity for them to collect the information and figure out how to produce it themselves,” said Pennell.

Destiny Trevino ’18 (sociology) edited the video using iMovie, exercising a skill that proved essential to the project. “I learned about how we worked as a group, and people’s strengths and weaknesses,” Trevino said.

Beechboard said she was encouraged by the success of UIndy’s sociology graduates.

“It was nice to know that there is a takeaway from the classes. There are so many different avenues that we can take with sociology,” Beechboard said.

2018 UIndy Day breaks University record

UIndyDayGreyhounds alumni, friends, faculty, staff and students joined together to break a record for the most UIndy gifts in 24 hours for the 2018 UIndy Day! We surpassed our goal of 500 donors with 566 gifts, $36,523 raised for 36 programs and more than 1,100 social media posts.

The third annual 24-hour fundraising event is a celebration of the University of Indianapolis that encourages everyone in the Greyhounds family to show your UIndy spirit and support our students.

The projects include the restoration of Good Hall, student scholarships, the funding of Athletic Training Board of Certification fees for students, the creation of the School of Business Finance Lab, and enhancements for the new Criminal Justice Education Lab. Some projects have a matching gift opportunity. Supporters of the University can become advocates on the UIndy Day Giving Page and earn prizes for generating gifts on UIndy Day.

Several events celebrated UIndy Day. Andy Kocher, Associate Vice President of Alumni Engagement, said the goal is to generate 500 gifts to benefit University of Indianapolis students.

“Our entire University community is proud of what is being accomplished on our campus and UIndy Day is our annual opportunity to show that Greyhound pride to the world,” Kocher said.

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