Graduate Real Estate Development students present inaugural capstones

From left to right: Mike Patarino, instructor and advisory board member, Justin Williams, Anne McKinley, Logan Brougher, and Eric Harvey, program director.

From left to right: Mike Patarino, instructor and advisory board member, Justin Williams, Anne McKinley, Logan Brougher, and Eric Harvey, program director.

The first cohort of students in the Master of Professional Studies in Real Estate Development program presented their capstone projects in April, just a week after students in the program won the NAIOP Urban Land Institute University Challenge for the second consecutive year.

Anne McKinley, Logan Brougher and Justin Williams showcased the final efforts of their degree in front of peers, family, and industry professionals. Each was tasked with selecting one of four options for their project:

    • A real estate development project proposal
    • Solving a critical problem with an industry partner
    • Creating a white paper that contributes to industry practice
    • A 7.5-week field experience

“This is an opportunity to showcase the skills they’ve learned and built upon in each course. It’s a culmination of their experience and backgrounds and what they want to do in the future,” said Eric Harvey, program director. “It’s an opportunity to propel them in the career of their choosing.”

Each of the students’ presentations showcased a different opportunity to innovate real estate development in the state of Indiana. For Justin Williams and Anne McKinley, that meant creating real development proposals from the ground up. Williams focused on tax credit-eligible low-income housing in the city square of Lebanon, Indiana. “Lebanon Lux” would support the influx of labor projected to join the city by 2022.

McKinley proposed Oak Ridge Springs, an amenity-rich neighborhood in the fast growing city of Westfield in Hamilton County. McKinley didn’t have to look far for inspiration when envisioning Oak Ridge Springs.

“I was really developing a neighborhood for myself,” McKinley says. “Driving around Carmel, I didn’t really find anything that fit my needs. Then I stumbled across this plot of land and the deal was made for me.”

The site plan for McKinley’s Oak Ridge Springs

The site plan for McKinley’s Oak Ridge Springs

During his first year in the program, Logan Brougher found an internship at Greenstreet Ltd., an Indianapolis-based real estate development firm. He has since progressed to full-time associate, and presented his project experience with Fort Wayne Electric Works, a reimagining of the General Electric campus in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The project, a joint venture with Greenstreet and Cross Street Partners, will transform the abandoned 39-acre space into a mixed-use district of “innovation, culture and community.”

Jeff Kingsbury, managing principal of Greenstreet Ltd., spoke highly of what the MPS has done for Logan.

“As [Logan] progressed in the program, he was able to immediately bring his learning from the classroom into the office,” Kingsbury said. “It was great for us an employer, and I think it was good for the program to have engaged working professionals in the classroom.”

Harvey reflected on the growth he has seen in the first cohort of graduates.

“They are brilliant people—that’s obvious. They’ve picked up technical real estate knowledge and are running with it. That was evident in their presentations, because if you ask any of the board members here, they would say these are real life projects that could be completed today. And that’s the goal of the program.”

Applications are currently being accepted for the fall 2018 Real Estate Development cohort. Eric Harvey can be reached at Apply here.

Written by Logan McGrady, Communications Specialist for Graduate and Adult Learning Enrollment.

Institute for Postindustrial Leadership forges ties with local business

postindustrial750A new approach to leadership training is generating buzz at the University of Indianapolis. The Institute for Postindustrial Leadership presents a new paradigm for leadership in the 21st century, and local businesses are already reaping the benefits.

The Institute, led by School of Business faculty Terry Schindler, assistant professor of management, and Matthew Chodkowski, adjunct professor, conducts research, and offers training and consulting. On May 14th, the Institute will host the Leadership in the Twenty-First Century Breakfast Seminar designed for human resources professionals. Held at the Schwitzer Student Center on the University of Indianapolis campus, this event introduces HR professionals to basic concepts and research findings. (Contact Terry Schindler for more information.)

The seminar is just one example of how the Institute is engaging with the central Indiana business community. The Institute for Postindustrial Leadership supports a new paradigm of leadership principles – separating leadership from management by debunking traditional myths of leadership that have remained virtually unchallenged since the 1920s.

“Leadership is being redefined, reconceptualized, indeed revolutionized – and most people are not even aware of it,” said Chodkowski, who designed the Institute’s LEAD Program – The Journey of Discovery, a series of leader education and development workshops.

Today’s business world is complex, and in order to be effective, organizations need to look beyond the traditional model of management training. According to research conducted by the Institute for Postindustrial Leadership, it turns out that a leader’s style, which is highly regarded in the traditional leadership research approach, is not all that important. The leadership paradigm has a more direct effect on leader behavior, subordinates’ perceptions of leadership behavior and organizational culture.

“When you ask people about leadership, they’re really thinking about the leader’s traits and characteristics, not the process of leadership. This is a leader-centric view of leadership. We say the leader doesn’t equal leadership,” Schindler said.

“Our approach doesn’t focus on trying to change the leader’s behavior. It focuses on cognition and mental models and neuroscience. We want to change underlying assumptions about the way people think,” Chodkowski explained.

The Institute sets out to challenge those assumptions through its research and training programs. Their first research project was conducted at Caterpillar Remanufacturing Division in Franklin. Other clients include the Japanese firm Nidec in Shelbyville and Endress & Hauser in Greenwood.

At Caterpillar, the Institute worked with facility manager Don Kinsey and human resource manager Kevin Poad, who saw the partnership as an opportunity to engage their organization in an exciting research project and involve their managers in a unique personal growth and professional development experience. What followed was a nine-month project which included survey feedback, leader education, one-on-one leader coaching, and a master class customized specifically for Caterpillar to address the application of postindustrial principles, the integration of functions and departments, and the alignment of business strategy with organizational culture.

“The LEAD Program was certainly a journey of discovery for me and my team in Franklin,” Kinsey said. “This workshop introduced our organization to contemporary principles and practices that we have internalized as a daily practice.”

Related: New UIndy institute promoting a radically different approach to leadership (Indy Star)

The Institute, which was formed in 2017, is seeking to grow its partnership opportunities.

“We’re looking for more research partners and organizations who might want to investigate exposing their leaders to the postindustrial paradigm through a workshop methodology,” Schindler said.

In addition to building relationships with new community business partners, the Institute also welcomes nonprofits as well as University faculty and students who are interested in learning about the paradigm.

“We’re looking at all sectors for potential research partnerships. We’d love to form learning alliances in the service, finance, and health sectors, for example,” Chodkowski said.

Learn more here.

University of Indianapolis meets growing national need with Addictions Counseling masters and certificate programs

Featured speakers at the press conference included (from left) President Robert L. Manuel; Paul Babcock, Director of Indianapolis Office of Public Health and Safety; Rachel Halleck, Senior Director of Behavioral Health Services at Volunteers of America; State Senator James Merritt; Anita Thomas, Dean of the College of Applied Behavioral Sciences, and Norma Hall, dean of the School of Nursing. Photo:  D. Todd Moore.

Featured speakers at the press conference included (from left) President Robert L. Manuel; Paul Babcock, Director of Indianapolis Office of Public Health and Safety; Rachel Halleck, Senior Director of Behavioral Health Services at Volunteers of America; State Senator James Merritt; Anita Thomas, Dean of the College of Applied Behavioral Sciences, and Norma Hall, dean of the School of Nursing. Photo: D. Todd Moore.

INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis is supporting the nationwide fight against addiction with the introduction of two new graduate programs in Addictions Counseling.

The Master of Arts in Addictions Counseling and the Interprofessional Certificate in Addictions fill a growing need locally and nationally to combat the addiction crisis. According to data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, abuse of tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs adds up to more than $740 billion annually in costs related to crime, lost work productivity and healthcare.*

“The University of Indianapolis recognizes the urgent need to address addiction and the toll it takes on communities in Indiana and throughout the nation. These programs offer students the opportunity to develop the professional skills necessary to reverse the effects of addictions and to help patients lead healthy, fulfilling lives,” said University of Indianapolis President Rob L. Manuel.

The Master of Arts in Addictions Counseling at the University of Indianapolis provides an interdisciplinary focus that blends psychology, social work, and counseling into a complete behavioral healthcare curriculum. The Interprofessional Certificate in Addictions provides unique training in addictions and highlights a holistic approach that emphasizes interprofessionalism.

“Medical providers have the opportunity to learn about counseling, and social workers and counselors can learn about medical and drug management. The curriculum is designed to help all students view their work with patients holistically,” said Norma Hall, School of Nursing dean.

“The curriculum for the certificate was built following research from the National Institute on Drug Abuse which shows greater improvement when health and behavioral health approaches are combined with employment and family components,” said Anita Thomas, College of Applied Behavioral Sciences dean.

The University of Indianapolis Master of Arts in Addictions Counseling will prepare individuals interested in working with clients diagnosed with substance abuse. No specific prerequisites are needed, and graduates become eligible for an addictions counselor license.

Learn more about the program.

*NIDA Trends & Statistics, 2018

About the University of Indianapolis

The University of Indianapolis, founded in 1902, is a private, liberal arts university located just a few minutes from downtown Indianapolis. UIndy is ranked among the top Midwest Universities by the U.S. News and World Report, with a diverse enrollment of more than 5,500 undergraduates, 1,300 graduate students and 400 continuing education students. The University offers a wide variety of study areas, including 100 undergraduate degrees, more than 35 master’s degree programs and five doctoral programs. With strong programs in the health sciences, engineering, business and education, UIndy impacts its community by living its motto, “Education for Service.”


Enhanced summer class offerings accelerate student growth

canalsummer500The University of Indianapolis has a variety of summer classes on offer for 2018, and it’s not just UIndy students who can benefit. Students can choose from more than 200 classes in a variety of subjects, including general education courses eligible for transferable credit.

Summer term runs from May 15 to August 18, with options for face-to-face, online or hybrid classes. Most classes run for seven weeks over the Summer I and II sessions and cover a wide variety of disciplines, including English, history, biology, mathematical sciences and many more. The cost is $325 per credit hour.

Browse summer course offerings here.

Summer classes are an excellent opportunity for University of Indianapolis students who are looking to balance out their schedule or get caught up, or for visiting students home for the summer, said Mary Beth Bagg, Associate Provost for Academic Systems.

Bagg pointed out the advantages for student-athletes with tight in-season schedules or students who are anticipating a particularly challenging semester. Students participating in crossover programs, which combine the first year of graduate coursework with the student’s final year as an undergraduate, can accelerate their time frame by enrolling in summer classes.

“Students can budget time and credit hours in a way that considers the ebb and flow of their studies,” Bagg said.

Ellen Miller, Associate Provost for Research & Graduate Programs, explained that more students are taking advantage of summer classes to create the opportunity for double majors or an extra minor. She said academic departments examine summer enrollment data to make informed decisions about which classes to offer, including upper level as well as introductory courses.

“We’ve been looking at our constellation of offerings to identify key courses we should add. If a department knows there’s always a course with a waitlist, we might offer a section of that in the summer,” Miller said.

Miller noted that an increasing number of external students are enrolling in University of Indianapolis summer classes, providing UIndy students with the chance to gain perspective from new classmates. With a streamlined process for external students to apply for admission, those students should also check with their university’s registrar to determine which credits are transferable. (See details here.) Current UIndy students do not need to apply for admission and may register for classes via MyUIndy.

With more course sections available in an online format, there is even more flexibility. Whether a student is from Indiana or out of state, online classes are an option that can be accessed from any location. Miller observed that students from all over the country are participating in UIndy’s online programs during the summer.

“For UIndy students who are going home for the summer, wherever home may be, they can live at home and work, and still take an online class,” Miller said. She noted that online classes tend to fill up quickly, as do on-the-ground science labs.

Miller urged students to start thinking about their summer coursework and apply now before classes fill up.

“It’s a great way to catch up or get ahead,” she said.

Schedule and deadlines (for most classes):

Summer I start date:  Monday, 5/14
Summer I end date:  Friday, 6/29
Deadline to add a 7-week Summer I course:  Friday, 5/18
Deadline to withdraw from a 7-week Summer I with a grade of W: Friday, 6/8

Summer II start date:  Monday, 7/2
Summer II end date:  Friday, 8/17
Deadline to add a 7-week Summer II course:  Friday, 7/6
Deadline to withdraw from a 7-week Summer II with a grade of W:  Friday, 7/27

Browse summer course offerings here.

Music therapy program forges community connections through hands-on learning

Student Tori Zimmerman dances during a therapy session. Prof. Jan Schreibman is on the right. At Still Waters Adult Day Care facility in Indianapolis.

Student Tori Zimmerman dances during a therapy session at Still Waters Adult Day Center in Indianapolis. Prof. Jan Schreibman is on the right.

From preschoolers to senior adults, the field of music therapy offers an increasing number of opportunities to help patients achieve goals. A new music therapy program at the University of Indianapolis provides students with hands-on opportunities to apply innovative techniques, grow their skill sets and connect with the community all at the same time.

“It’s amazing to see how we can all be brought together by music,” said Connor Furgason ’20 (music therapy), who has worked with children at the University Heights Children’s Center preschool.

Furgason is part of the University’s first cohort in the music therapy degree program. Graduates in the program will earn a Bachelor of Science in music therapy. Janice Schreibman, assistant professor in the Department of Music, developed the program and serves as director.

Music therapists use techniques such as composition, improvisation, performing and listening to achieve non-musical goals that include the patient’s physical, emotional, cognitive and social well-being. The use of music to enhance developmental care in the NICU supports premature infant weight gain and develops mother-infant bonding.

Music therapists also work with children on the autism spectrum to improve social and communication skills; people who have mental health disorders or drug addictions to develop coping skills and improve overall quality of health; individuals with traumatic brain injury or neurological disorders to promote functional use of voice, mobility, and use of upper extremities; veterans or others who have experienced traumatic events to help reduce stress and anxiety; and older adults diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease to improve reminiscence and support self-expression.

Individuals who possess a Bachelor of Science in music degree may qualify to pursue a equivalency certificate in music therapy by completing all music therapy courses and the capstone of an internship. Students receiving either a degree or certificate must pass a Board Certification exam offered by CBMT before they can practice.

Learn more about the program here.

Schreibman said one of the unique aspects of the University of Indianapolis’ music therapy program is the perspective she brings from her extensive clinical experience. She founded Creative Pathways, a nonprofit that focuses on “Sibshops®” (workshops designed for siblings of children with special needs) and providing music therapy at adult day centers. Individual music therapy is also provided in a limited capacity. Hands-on experiences are an important aspect of services.

“I emphasize applying skills immediately while you’re learning them and not waiting,” Schreibman explained.

Still Waters Adult Care Center in Indianapolis (photos by Todd Moore)

Still Waters Adult Care Center in Indianapolis (photos by Todd Moore)

Music therapy students are paired with community partners as part of the program’s emphasis on practical experiences, including Accessibilities Inc. in Greenwood, Noble of Indiana , Opportunities for Positive Growth, Meaningful Day Services, Still Waters Adult Day Center in Indianapolis and Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health.

“Just in my first semester of the program, I was out in the field once a week at two different places working alongside my colleagues,” said Morgan Knight ’19, a 2017 music graduate who is enrolled in the music therapy equivalency program.

Gabriella Ratliff  ’16 (music), who is pursuing a music therapy equivalency degree, plans to use her love of music to work with children facing physical, social or developmental challenges.

“Professor Schreibman is great and willing to work with you to figure out the best path for you to achieve your goals of becoming a music therapist,” Ratliff said.

Music therapists must be proficient in guitar, piano and voice, and candidates for the program are required to have those working skills. However, Schreibman emphasized that clients do not need to have any musical skills to benefit from music therapy.

“The idea for the person receiving services is that they are active in the treatment. It’s not about being perfect in making music when you’re receiving music therapy. It’s all about the process and the relationship that’s built,” Schreibman said.

Growing field
Schreibman noted that there are currently not enough practicing music therapists to meet the need of all of those waiting for services. More hospitals are investing in music therapy services, including Riley Hospital for Children and Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital. School districts are also beginning to see the advantages of music therapy, particularly in support of the developmental disability population.

Furgason noted the advantages of the University’s location, which is close to hospitals and other large employers.

“With the ability to be in a community that encourages development in music, and to be so close to Indianapolis, the opportunities are going to be endless,” Furgason said.

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

R. B. Annis School of Engineering Scholarship Competition sparks big ideas

ENG_scholarship600The Ideation Room was buzzing with innovation as high school students participated in the R.B. Annis School of Engineering Scholarship Competition – a process that required teamwork, presentation skills, and some old-fashioned creativity.

David Olawale, an assistant professor of engineering who hails from Florida and dislikes Indianapolis winters, recently challenged students to come up with a device to melt the ice and snow off his car in ten minutes or less. The students were given a few hours to come up with plans for a prototype device to accomplish the task.

With names like the “Ice-A-Peel-Inator,” “wobbler” and “chemical scraper,” the teams were not short on ideas. One group came up with plans for a device similar to an iPhone that could be plugged in to charge lithium-ion batteries.

The Ice-A-Peel-Innator has wires similar to a toaster. They heat up as soon you unplug it because it’s constantly storing energy,” explained Isaac Johnson, Martinsville High School.

Johnson’s teammates, Hruday Achanti of Neuqua Valley High School (Naperville, IL) and Chris Laymon, Batesville High School, relied a lot on trial and error. They presented their ideas in a 15-page PowerPoint, during which all candidates had a speaking role.

Eleven students chosen from the various teams earned full-ride scholarships. Engineering faculty were impressed with all of the candidates.

“They worked well in teams, were articulate, and they have tremendous leadership qualities. In addition, they all were creative and were thinking critically. These are all qualities desired of all students that enter the R.B. Annis School of Engineering,” said Jose Sanchez, engineering program director.

David Olawale, who issued the challenge to students, noted that the R. B. Annis School of Engineering is increasingly attracting high-quality students.

“Within a few hours, teams of three to four students successfully collaborated on a design project. Given the short project duration and the fact that the team members were meeting one another for the first time, the applicants demonstrated very good ability to work with others in a team,” Olawale said.

Learn more about the R. B. Annis School of Engineering

The synergy noted in the competition reflects the interdisciplinary teams at the R. B. Annis School of Engineering that solve real-life problems for external clients. University of Indianapolis engineering students are trained on Design for Six Sigma methodology, project management, research, entrepreneurship, leadership, and communication.

“The DesignSpine curriculum of the R.B. Annis School of Engineering trains students to become modern engineering leaders who create and deploy outstanding solutions to make our world a safer and better place,” Olawale added.

Starting as early as sophomore year, engineering students collaborate with central Indiana businesses to apply these skills and grow their network. Students have partnered with regional companies such as Easterseals Crossroads Industrial Services and Citizens Energy Group to create and present prototypes of new products.

Visiting Fellow Greg Ballard launches student leadership development program with call to embrace change

Visiting Fellow and former Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard

Visiting Fellow and former Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard

INDIANAPOLIS – Hundreds of high school sophomores from around the region recently attended “Embracing the Future,” a program designed by Visiting Fellow and former Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard to grow leadership skills by teaching students to perceive change in a positive way.

The students, who were nominated by their high schools from around the region, have interests in technology, business, environment and sports – all issues that Mayor Ballard cited as catalysts for change throughout the years. Students participated in workshops focusing on influential leaders in local industries, including topics such as the “Future of Sports,” “Innovation,” “Fail Fest: Celebrating Failure’s Role in Innovation” and “Oil and National Security.”

Citing tech visionaries like Bill Gates, who foresaw the concept of the smartphone in his 1999 book, “Business @ the Speed of Thought,” Ballard talked about change not only as a constant in history but also something that can have unforeseen effects on the world. From the early days of television and telephone communication to microprocessors and Snapchat, Ballard traced the evolution of technology and challenged students to understand the implications of new inventions.

“You must not only study history, but also understand the moral and ethical values that are needed in a world where the pace of both technological and social change is so much faster than in past decades,” Ballard said.

In a question and answer session following Ballard’s talk, students were ready to meet the challenge. Their questions ranged from preventing gun violence to bridging the digital divide to make technology accessible to underserved communities.

One student asked if his generation was prepared for the foreseeable – and unforeseeable – future. Ballard answered in the affirmative, and urged students not to get discouraged by failure.

“You are more aware and want to take action. Don’t think the world is falling apart. People do come to the forefront and do try to change things,” he said.

Another student asked about the impact of social media on public discourse. Ballard encouraged students to pursue wisdom and compassion when they encounter opposing viewpoints – both online and in person.

Ballard praised the students’ generation for developing the savvy to navigate new technologies, which prepares them to handle inevitable changes.

“With technology, you can learn so much more about the world, and about history. Why did this happen? What can we do to prevent that sort of thing in the future? Use technology to become wiser,” he said.

Lugar Academy
In addition to “Embracing the Future,” University initiatives such as the Lugar Academy encourage high school students to pursue skills in leadership and service. Retired Sen. Richard Lugar, who has hosted the Richard G. Lugar Symposium for Tomorrow’s Leaders on campus for more than 40 years, works with students to identify the most pressing current events and political issues of our time.

Institute for Civic Leadership and Mayoral Archives
Ballard, the former two-term Republican mayor of Indianapolis,  now serves as a Visiting Fellow for the Institute for Civic Leadership and Mayoral Archives at the University of Indianapolis. He mentors students and creates programming to help them develop leadership and civic management skills.

The goal of the Institute is to connect the community with Indianapolis’ civic history by working closely with previous mayors and their staffs to collect and preserve photos, documents and other resources that were critical in establishing Indianapolis as a world-class city. The Mayoral Archives are available digitally at The Institute hosts the annual Richard M. Fairbanks Symposium on Civic Leadership each year at the University, at which civic leaders and community builders examine a topic important to the future growth of the city.

University of Indianapolis partners with IU McKinney School of Law for new scholar program

IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law's Inlow Hall

IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law’s Inlow Hall

INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis has partnered with the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law to create the University of Indianapolis Law Scholar. Each year, one student or alumnus will be nominated for the award and will receive: (1) a minimum half-tuition scholarship throughout their studies at IU McKinney; and (2) a guaranteed experiential learning opportunity of either an externship in the Indianapolis Bar or a research assistantship at IU McKinney.  Candidates who meet established minimum eligibility requirements will be considered for the award, which will be selected by the University of Indianapolis Law Scholar Committee. The first Law Scholar will be awarded for Academic Year 2018-19.

“The University of Indianapolis is proud to partner with the IU McKinney School of Law to provide another pathway for our students to achieve their personal and professional goals,” said President Robert Manuel. “Many of these graduates will go on to leadership roles across Indiana, which continues our tradition of impact on our local and regional economy.”

“I am delighted by our partnership with the University of Indianapolis,” said IU McKinney Dean Andrew R. Klein. “I’m confident the graduates who attend IU McKinney through this partnership will go on to do wonderful things that will make both schools incredibly proud.”

Dr. David Root, assistant professor of political science and pre-law advisor, initiated and established the partnership, which was formed in 2017.

“The University of Indianapolis Law Scholar offers our students a significant opportunity for success when they become law students at IU McKinney and, later, lawyers, community leaders, and professionals in a wide range of fields,” said Dr. Root, an alumni of IU McKinney (2006). “It provides them with a first step towards launching a successful and rewarding career in the law or wherever their legal education might take them.”

About the program

Starting in Academic Year 2018-19, one University of Indianapolis student or alumnus will be selected each year as the University of Indianapolis Law Scholar and will receive at least a half-tuition scholarship throughout law school as well as a guaranteed experiential learning opportunity. The experiential learning opportunity consists of either an externship in the Indianapolis Bar for academic credit or a paid research assistantship at IU McKinney, either of which begin after completion of the first year of studies.

Additionally, the University of Indianapolis Law Scholar is expected to serve as a visible and active liaison between IU McKinney and the University of Indianapolis, demonstrating strong leadership during campus visits, recruiting efforts, and other joint measures undertaken by the two schools. The program is  designed to assist students financially and experientially when they matriculate to IU McKinney and to encourage students to consider IU McKinney for their legal studies.

Eligible candidates must have completed an application to IU McKinney by March 1 of the year in which they are applying to law school as well as complete their award application by the same date.  The University of Indianapolis Law Scholar Committee will then select and submit its nomination to IU McKinney by April 1.  The awardee will be notified shortly thereafter.

For more information about the University of Indianapolis Law Scholar, please contact Dr. Root at


Master’s in Gerontology earns Program of Merit honor

Gerontology students

Gerontology students

The University of Indianapolis Master of Science in Gerontology program has been named a Program of Merit by the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE). This is the second time the program has been awarded the distinction. The University’s online M.S. in Gerontology degree is the only program of its kind to hold the honor.

AGHE identified several factors that make the gerontology master’s program stand out. Those include the program’s close connection with the University’s Center for Aging & Community, which provides institutional support for the program; interdisciplinary partnerships across campus that give students  exposure to a wide variety of educational experiences; and online course delivery that is executed in an intentional manner while provided a high level of versatility for students. AGHE also noted that the program responds to student comments in an effort to constantly improve the learning experience.

Tamara Wolske, academic program director, Aging Studies

Tamara Wolske, academic program director, Aging Studies

“With the aging of the world population, more and more people are interested in studying gerontology, whether they want to serve older adults in some capacity or simply to better understand their own aging or the aging process of family members,” said Tamara Wolske, director of the University’s Aging Studies program. “The Program of Merit designation tells prospective students that this is a program worthy of their investment of time and money. And it is a badge of honor our alumni can share proudly.”

“I’m proud to be a graduate of the UIndy gerontology program. The Program of Merit adds distinction and credibility to my master’s degree,” said gerontology alumna Kayleigh Adrian.

In addition to the online master’s of gerontology program, the University of Indianapolis also offers online undergraduate and graduate certificates in gerontology. Learn more about those programs here.


University of Indianapolis students to present ADHD research at HERA Conference

Two University of Indianapolis students will present research at the 2018 Humanities Education and Research Association (HERA) Conference in Chicago in March. Rachael Walter ’21 (exploratory) and David Kurz ’18 (sport management) will deliver the first interdisciplinary student presentation by University undergraduates at the conference.

Rachael Walter

Rachael Walter

“Multilingualism and ADHD – A Humanistic Approach of Investigation” explores the question of whether or not bilingualism or multilingualism offers any benefit for people diagnosed with ADHD.

Gerburg Garmann, dean of the University’s interdisciplinary studies program, noted the significance of the achievement as the University cultivates undergraduate research opportunities.  


David Kurz

“After having UIndy faculty at the HERA conference in the past, it’s a great step forward to have UIndy undergraduates present there for the first time,” said Garmann, who also will attend the conference.

“It was obviously a great honor for Rachael, Dr. Garmann and me to represent UIndy. In addition, it puts us into a pressure position to perform at our best,” Kurz said. 

Walter said she is excited for the opportunity to participate in the conference and to study research that can potentially change people’s lives. She also credits Garmann with encouraging her and providing opportunities to explore research interests.

“Interdisciplinary studies are really important because you learn to make connections and everything that you do in life can be done more efficiently,” Walter said.

Both Walter and Kurz are enrolled in Garmann’s multilingual class, where they became interested in the cognitive benefits of multilingualism.

It not only works against symptoms of Alzheimer’s, but also improves memory performance and attentional control. Individuals who grow up speaking or learn two or more languages have a longer attention span, better focus and different ways on approaching problems,” Kurz said.

Both Kurz and Walter appreciate the perspective that interdisciplinary studies offers.

“It is important to see things in a holistic way and to be able to combine subjects. It not only gives more information but also different perspectives about a topic. This can be used in everyday life situations and in the workplace, because it makes it easier to determine decisions and helps with judgment,” Kurz said.

Learn more about interdisciplinary studies at the University of Indianapolis here.

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

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