The Sease Institute, powered by the University of Indianapolis, launches Engineering Management certification

A new Engineering Management certification program offered by the Sease Institute, powered by the University of Indianapolis, will provide early-career engineers with a competitive edge in the marketplace.

Created by faculty in the University of Indianapolis School of Business and R.B. Annis School of Engineering, the online Engineering Management certification is available to any engineering student or engineer seeking to become a technical team lead, supervisor or manager.

Through a partnership with the American Society for Engineering Management, the program combines the technical aspects of engineering with the organizational and planning aspects of management. Participants will earn additional certifications in SAP, Lean Six Sigma Yellow and Green Belts, Occupational Health and Safety as well as ISO Auditing.

At a fraction of the time and cost required to complete a master’s degree, the certification requires four courses, which may be taken synchronously or asynchronously. Each course meets online for three hours per week over seven weeks. Systems Management is available from May 17 through July 1, 2021. Process Management is offered from July 5 through August 20, 2021. Facilities Management and Financial Management will be offered in the summer of 2022. Registration is available online at SeaseInstitute.com.

Craig Seidelson, assistant professor of operations and supply chain management, co-developed the program alongside engineering professors Christopher Stanley, David Olawale and Mohammad Shokrolah Shirazi.

“As a person who made the transition to project manager, team leader, engineering manager and then chief engineer, I understand how difficult it can be,” Seidelson said. “This program is designed to give today’s engineers as well as those presently pursuing engineering degrees, the skills and experience necessary to take on leadership roles in engineering.”

Learn more and apply today: seaseinstitute.com/emc

About the Sease Institute
The Sease Institute, powered by the University of Indianapolis, redefines the role of higher education in workforce development by generating custom corporate training solutions. With a solid track record of partnerships with Central Indiana industry and thought leaders, the Sease Institute focuses on being relevant, agile and responsive in order to design training programs that disrupt the status quo while creating positive and innovative outcomes for partners and the industry. Learn more: seaseinstitute.com.

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. The University was one of the first institutions in Indiana to develop the operations and supply chain major. With strong programs in engineering, business, and education, the University of Indianapolis impacts its community by living its motto, “Education for Service.”

Learn more about the UIndy School of Business and the R.B. Annis School of Engineering.

 

Phil Terry announced as new “Executive in Residence”

INDIANAPOLIS—The University of Indianapolis recently named Phil Terry, retired CEO of Indianapolis-based Monarch Beverage Company, as “Executive in Residence” in partnership with the Professional Edge Center. Terry also serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees for the University of Indianapolis.

The recently-established Executive in Residence program through the Professional Edge Center aims to help University of Indianapolis students and alumni in a variety of career stages by connecting them with regional and global leaders. The program focuses on career-building through the development of professional relationships and soft skills that are often learned in the professional world. The Executive in Residence will meet with students and alumni—individually and in groups—to mentor them, expand their professional networks and realize their career potential.

Terry has had a successful 45-year professional career in central Indiana. After graduating from Indiana University, and the Robert H. McKinney School of Law, he was a practicing attorney for 15 years. He then served for thirty years as the CEO of Indianapolis-based Monarch Beverage Company before retiring last fall. He has also served on a number of boards of directors for civic, professional, not-for-profit, and business organizations; including currently serving as the Chair of the University of Indianapolis Board of Trustees.

“What excites me most about this opportunity is the ability to meet and interact with students and alumni,” Terry said. “I hope that I can add value to their lives and help them lead successful careers—however they define that for themselves.”

At a time when career-readiness is at the forefront of higher education initiatives, the addition of the Executive in Residence program is a differentiator for the University of Indianapolis and helps its graduates use the early stages of their careers as a launching pad for future successes. 

“As a net-importer of talent into the city, state and region, it is important for us as an institution to help network our graduates with other professionals in the area,” said University of Indianapolis President Robert L. Manuel. “These connections allow them to jump-start their careers and ultimately contribute to our community in a more meaningful way, and more quickly, than if they had to make these connections on their own.”

“As our alumni community continues to grow, it is important for us to capitalize on existing professional connections as well as forge new ones,” added Manuel. “I’m excited for our graduates to learn from and utilize the network that Phil Terry has built and nurtured over the course of his successful 45-year career.”

 

About the Professional Edge Center

The Professional Edge Center works with local employers and professionals to develop internship, mentorship, entrepreneurship and employment opportunities for students and recent graduates. The Professional Edge Center sponsors essential skills training, speakers and career-related events throughout the year in order to give all students a competitive advantage and make each student confident, connected and career ready. More information on the Professional Edge Center is available at www.uindy.edu/professional-edge.

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.

University of Indianapolis announces honorary degree recipients for May 2021 commencement

The University of Indianapolis will present honorary degrees during May Commencement ceremonies to two changemakers in the fields of military service and business

Captain Diane Carlson Evans served as a combat nurse in the United States Army during the Vietnam War and founded the Vietnam Women’s Memorial Foundation. Daniel Pink is the author of six best-seller books about business and human behavior whose work challenges his readers to think differently about human motivation.

“Our honorary degrees are awarded to individuals who are innovators, community and industry leaders, and visionaries who embody the mission of our University. I am excited to continue this storied tradition by awarding degrees that honor two true leaders in our world who are committed to creating positive change in our society,” said President Robert L. Manuel.

Captain Diane Carlson Evans

Captain Diane Carlson Evans

Captain Carlson Evans was head nurse in the post-surgical unit when she served in the combat zone of the Vietnam War. She completed six years in the Army Nurse Corps. As founder of the Vietnam Women’s Memorial Foundation, Carlson Evans envisioned the idea for a memorial to honor over 265,000 women who served during the Vietnam war.  She led a ten-year struggle, including years of testimony before three federal commissions and two congressional bills, to complete the circle of healing with the placement of the Vietnam Women’s Memorial in Washington DC.  This was the first memorial in the history of the United States honoring military women on the National Mall.

Carlson Evans currently volunteers for the Eastern National and National Park Service efforts on behalf of the Vietnam Women’s Memorial Foundation. Her work today focuses on readjustment services for veterans. She is the author of a book, “Healing Wounds, A Vietnam War combat nurse’s 10-year fight to win women a place of honor in Washington, D.C.” Evans also served as former President and CEO of the Board of Directors for the Vietnam Women’s Memorial Foundation.

Carlson Evans holds honorary doctorate degrees from Haverford College, Sacred Heart University and Carroll College. She is also the recipient of numerous awards, medals and accolades, including the Patriot Award from the American Legion; “Woman of Distinction” by the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders; the Governor’s Excellence Award from the State of Minnesota; the Outstanding Civic Achievement Award from the USO; Woman Agent of Change by the American Association of University Women; the Gold Medal of Merit from the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Medal of Honor from the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Daniel Pink

Daniel Pink

Daniel Pink is the author of six provocative books about business and human behavior, including New York Times bestsellers “A Whole New Mind” and “To Sell is Human.” His books have won multiple awards, have sold millions of copies, and have been translated into more than 40 languages. Pink was host and co-executive producer of “Crowd Control,” a TV series about human behavior on the National Geographic Channel that aired in more than 100 countries. He has appeared frequently on NPR, PBS, ABC, CNN and other TV and radio networks in the US and abroad. 

He has been a contributing editor at Fast Company and Wired as well as a business columnist for The Sunday Telegraph. His articles and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, The New Republic, Slate, and other publications. In 2019, London-based Thinkers 50 named him the 6th most influential management thinker in the world. Pink received a BA from Northwestern University, where he was a Truman Scholar and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and a JD from Yale Law School. He has also received honorary doctorates from Georgetown University, the Pratt Institute, the Ringling College of Art and Design and Westfield State University.

Both honorary degree recipients will be recognized during the WICR (88.7 FM) special commencement program that will be broadcast during four Commencement parades to be held May 8-9, 2021.

 

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.

University of Indianapolis announces new Board of Trustees members

INDIANAPOLIS—The University of Indianapolis announced two new Board of Trustees members, Uche Unogu and Derek VanEmon, who were formally sworn in on October 9, 2020.

“Our newest Board members bring valuable perspectives from the areas of international relations and business,” said Board Chair Phillip Terry. “We are thankful to serve alongside them and benefit from their expertise as we continue to strengthen the University and plan for the future.”

“The University of Indianapolis is honored to have Uche Unogu and Derek VanEmon serve on our institution’s Board of Trustees. Our newest board members are uniquely qualified to contribute to the dynamic campus leadership that today’s higher education landscape requires,” said President Robert L. Manuel. 

Uche Unogu

Uche Unogu

Uche Unogu ’08 co-founded Onyx Evangelistic Association Inc, in Lagos Nigeria, shortly before emigrating to the United States in 2003 to study at the University of Indianapolis and pursue his calling in international evangelistic ministry. After graduating from the University of Indianapolis with a bachelor’s degree in information systems, Unogu earned a master’s degree in health informatics at IUPUI. He is the president and CEO of Onyx EA, which has offices in five countries, and has produced mass evangelistic campaigns that have touched hundreds of thousands of lives around the world.

Derek VanEmon

Derek VanEmon

Derek VanEmon ’04, ’05 is a second-generation University of Indianapolis alumnus and a partner of Ernst & Young, LLP (EY), with clients in the real estate industry, primarily serving publicly-traded real estate investment trusts (REITs) and private equity real estate funds. He has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s of business administration and finance from the University of Indianapolis School of Business. He was a member of the Greyhound varsity football team for five seasons, earning three varsity letters and three designations as Academic All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. VanEmon now oversees alumni relationship initiatives at the EY-Indianapolis office and is actively involved in campus recruiting and other employee mentoring and development initiatives.   

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.

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University of Indianapolis to lead coordination of $9.8M Lilly Endowment grant

INDIANAPOLIS—The University of Indianapolis has received a grant of $9.8 million from Lilly Endowment Inc. through the competitive Phase 3 of its initiative, Charting the Future of Indiana’s Colleges and Universities. The grant will support a collaborative effort coordinated by the University of Indianapolis to improve student retention through the use of data analytics at the partnering universities. The University of Indianapolis, Anderson University, Indiana Institute of Technology, Martin University, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and the University of Southern Indiana will jointly work to create unique models that increase graduation rates, and year to year retention rates at each of their institutions.

The University of Indianapolis is one of 16 Indiana colleges and universities that will be supported by funding in the final phase of Charting the Future, an initiative designed to help colleges and universities in Indiana assess and prioritize the most significant challenges and opportunities they face as higher education institutions and develop strategies to address them.

This grant will support the collaborative project led by the University of Indianapolis to use predictive analytics to improve student retention and graduation rates. The University of Indianapolis, Anderson University, Indiana Institute of Technology, Martin University, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and the University of Southern Indiana will develop customized predictive models to identify students who may leave their schools and their possible reasons for leaving. This grant will allow the schools to provide appropriate interventions which will enable the schools to more effectively utilize their resources to retain students.

“The University of Indianapolis is grateful to Lilly Endowment for its generous support of this project. Higher education’s new design challenge is to find ways to solve some of the most pressing issues at our institutions. By creating data-driven models that help us understand better why and when a student is likely to leave, we will be better able to design interventions and programs to increase and assist them in completing their degrees. By increasing these rates, we can ensure that our students are graduating and supplying the Indiana region with an educated and talented workforce,” said Robert L. Manuel, University of Indianapolis president.

“Indiana’s colleges and universities face myriad challenges as they work to fulfill their educational missions while adapting to growing financial pressures, rapid demographic and technological changes, and evolving needs and demands of students,” said Ted Maple, the Endowment’s vice president for education. “We are pleased with the creative and collaborative approaches the colleges and universities are taking to address these challenges and seize opportunities to better serve their students, institutions, communities and the state of Indiana.”

Lilly Endowment launched the three-phased Charting the Future initiative in 2019 to help leaders of the state’s 38 colleges and universities engage in thoughtful discernment about the future of their institutions and to advance strategic planning and implementation efforts to address key challenges and opportunities. Collaboration was encouraged, especially in the third phase of Charting the Future, and several schools proposed collaborative programs and strategies. Through three phases of grantmaking, Lilly Endowment awarded more than $138 million to the schools.

Through earlier rounds of the initiative, all 38 schools received planning grants, which were approved in December 2019, and implementation grants approved in June and September 2020. The implementation grants funded strategies to improve efforts to prepare students for successful futures and strengthen the schools’ long-term institutional vitality.

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.

About Lilly Endowment Inc.
Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based, private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by J.K. Lilly, Sr. and his sons Eli and J.K. Jr. through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly and Company. Although the gifts of stock remain a financial bedrock of the Endowment, it is a separate entity from the company, with a distinct governing board, staff and location. In keeping with the founders’ wishes, the Endowment supports the causes of community developmenteducation and religion. The Endowment funds significant programs throughout the United States, especially in the field of religion. However, it maintains a special commitment to its founders’ hometown, Indianapolis, and home state, Indiana.

 

University of Indianapolis R.B. Annis School of Engineering expands to innovative new space on Shelby St.

INDIANAPOLIS—The University of Indianapolis held a dedication ceremony Wednesday, March 24, 2021, to commemorate the state-of-the-art R.B. Annis Hall as the new home of the R.B. Annis School of Engineering. Located at 3750 South Shelby Street, R.B. Annis Hall will accommodate the University’s rapidly growing engineering program and allow the school’s DesignSpine component to expand beyond its original footprint and meet growing demand.

The R.B. Annis School of Engineering was established in 2017 through a transformative $5 million grant from the R.B. Annis Educational Foundation. Since its founding, the Annis School has set a regional standard as an innovative engineering school offering seven specialized areas of study in computer engineering, electrical engineering, software engineering, mechanical engineering, industrial & systems engineering, computer science, and general engineering. The R.B. Annis Hall expansion is the culmination of the University’s $25 million investment in its engineering programs.

“With the expansion of the R.B. Annis School of Engineering, the University of Indianapolis is further strengthening its impact on economic growth across the state, both as a net importer of talent to Indiana and as an institution that is creating engineers who can produce solutions to the most critical engineering questions of our time,” said University of Indianapolis President Robert L. Manuel.

With 19 full-time faculty and directors and an average class size of ten students, the Annis School offers students real-world industry experience through internships and collaborative projects with internal and external clients, as well as mentoring and soft skills development. The inaugural Class of 2020 had a job placement rate of 92% and an average starting salary of $65,000. The University has provided $1.6 million in engineering scholarships in the 2020-21 academic year alone.

Ken Reid, associate dean and director of the R.B. Annis School of Engineering, said in addition to providing the necessary space for programs, R.B. Annis Hall will support the school as it builds industry relationships in the community.

“We will be more visible to our engineering partners, which will lead to more projects and partnerships for our DesignSpine program. This means more real-world, hands-on experience for our students,” Reid said.

The larger space translates to more opportunities for creative and innovative designs from the Annis School’s student teams. Reid said students will have a greater opportunity to establish exceptional working relationships in larger maker spaces, shops and labs. Faculty will have the opportunity to more effectively work with and mentor teams, as well as to collaborate with each other and partners beyond campus.

Reid expects R.B. Annis Hall will pave the way for more innovative interdisciplinary projects which have been a hallmark of the Annis School. The recently launched Center for Collaborative Innovation, funded through an Elevate Nexus Higher Education Grant, will further promote the collaborative innovation framework. 

President Robert L. Manuel

President Robert L. Manuel

“In addition to providing our students with innovative, cutting-edge experiences, these developments ensure that UIndy continues to meet current and long-term accreditation requirements. They also play a vital role in helping us to accommodate the increasing enrollments in our programs,” said President Robert L. Manuel.

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.

University of Indianapolis welcomes Circle City Broadcasting owner, president and CEO DuJuan McCoy for University Speaker Series lecture

The University of Indianapolis announced honored guest DuJuan McCoy, owner, president and CEO of Circle City Broadcasting, as the featured speaker for a virtual lecture at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 8, 2021. Participation is free of charge and participants must register in advance. Register here.

Circle City Broadcasting is the parent company of WISH-TV/WNDY-TV in Indianapolis. Known as the standard-bearer for Black ownership in the television industry, Mr. McCoy will share his insights from the world of broadcast media. Pursuing the University Series theme of “Making Our Way Home,” Mr. McCoy also will share his perspective not only as a Hoosier returning to his roots but also as a changemaker in media ownership.

“I think things are syncing for change to come to America,” said Mr. McCoy, who describes his work ethic as “full-tilt boogie.” He added, “I’m like an ATM machine – never closed and easily accessible.”

Mr. McCoy has more than 30 years of experience in growing television stations into revenue winners while significantly improving the companies’ profitability and community engagement. He also is among the first African-Americans to own and operate a Fox affiliate and a major affiliate in the state of Texas, and the only African-American to own, operate and manage every aspect of a big four affiliate in the United States.

Mr. McCoy is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana. Growing up in the neighborhood of Haughville, Mr. McCoy attended IPS Schools #67 and #75, graduating from Ben Davis High School in 1985. He continued his studies in the city, graduating from Butler University in 1989 with a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and Sales.

This event is sponsored by the Professional Edge Center and the University Speaker Series.

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.

University of Indianapolis Department of Theatre announces regional world premiere of “Kill Move Paradise”

The University of Indianapolis announced a live-stream theatre production of James Ijames’ groundbreaking work, “Kill Move Paradise” at 8:00 p.m., February 26-28 and March 4-6, 2021. Produced in collaboration with the University of Indianapolis Black Student Association and the Office of Inclusion & Equity, this regional world premiere of “Kill Move Paradise” is guest directed by Indianapolis-based multidisciplinary artist Ben Rose. The live-stream is open to the general public and pre-registration is required.

"Kill Move Paradise" rehearsal

“Kill Move Paradise” rehearsal

“Kill Move Paradise” follows four young Black people who find themselves stuck in a purgatory-like waiting room for the afterlife. Isa (Joshua Short), Daz (Robert Gurley ’24, theatre and psychology major), Grif (Kelli Thomas ’23, theatre major) and Tiny (Sarah Cunningham ’24, pre-nursing) are forced to confront the reality of their past and how they arrived in this unearthly place. Inspired by the ever-growing list of slain Black men and women, “Kill Move Paradise” illustrates the potential for collective transformation and radical acts of joy. The play also uses humor to highlight the natural dynamics among the group. 

“That’s what I love about James Ijames,” director Ben Rose said. “He’s made this subtle piece in an abstract environment where you’re learning and resonating and laughing, but you’re also feeling the weight of it.”

The play, which was recognized as a New York Times Critic’s Pick when it debuted in 2017, was adapted for the University of Indianapolis performance. Originally written for four male protagonists, playwright James Ijames granted permission to make one of the characters female, which allowed for the expansion of gender diversity among the cast. Another female actor plays the role of a young boy. 

“The playwright has allowed us a lot of latitude,” said Rose. “It’s been easy to transform this play in the way we needed to.”

Rose cleverly combines pandemic restrictions with the play’s exploration of yearning for connection by creating a set of plexiglass cubicles on the stage, allowing the actors to interact while maintaining physical distance and resulting in an apropos setting for a timely discussion.

“The idea that we can create this space where we are talking about Black martyrdom and there’s this play that’s been written about it and we can broadcast out through our mass media—it all clicked together,” Rose said.

Dr. Grant Williams, associate adjunct professor of theatre, suggested the play after witnessing the Black Lives Matter protests around the country in 2020. “In light of the brutality, injustices and protests sweeping the country last year, we felt, as a department, that we wanted to contribute to that discussion and allow our theatre to add a voice of both protest and discussion,” Williams said.

The UIndy Department of Theatre collaborated with the Office of Inclusion & Equity to drive awareness and involvement in the production among students of color, an effort that Williams said is just the start. 

“Beginning with ‘Kill Move Paradise,’ as well as a continuing collaboration with both the Black Student Association and the Office of Inclusion & Equity, our department looks to produce more works in the coming years that give voice to Black students and promote more diverse theatrical work,” he added.

“Working in partnership with the Department of Theatre and through the programs established on campus by the Office of Inclusion & Equity, our goal is to encourage more students of color to explore the performing arts and to create more organic relationships between faculty and students of color,” said Dr. Amber Smith, Vice President & Chief Inclusion and Equity Officer. 

For University of Indianapolis students, “Kill Move Paradise” provides the opportunity to connect with an established professional artist while exploring powerful contemporary themes that resonate with their lives. Senaite Tekle ’21 (theatre), stage manager, noted the play’s parallels with Black Lives Matter goals.

“The idea of the Black Lives Matter movement brings light to the unlawful, racially motivated violence against Black people. ‘Kill Move Paradise’ sheds light on the slain Black men and women who were taken from their loved ones,” said Tekle. “This play also forces the audience to listen and take in the importance of how Black people have been treated throughout history in this country.”

Kelli Thomas '23

Kelli Thomas ’23

“This is my first show that is centered around the Black experience and involved an all-Black cast. It’s really beautiful seeing people like me being so highly represented in the art that I love,” said Kelli Thomas ’23 (theatre and sociology), who plays the role of Grif.

NOTE: Six virtual performances will be offered Feb. 26-28 and March 4-6, 2021. The March 4th performance will be followed by a discussion of the topics explored in the play. Pre-registration is required and virtual seats are limited.

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.

University of Indianapolis Music Department announces technology upgrades to broadcast equipment and multi-disciplinary learning opportunities for students

The University of Indianapolis Department of Music announced today extensive upgrades to video and broadcast production equipment, allowing for multi-disciplinary learning for music students as well as improving the concert-going experience, in the age of COVID and beyond.

UIndy music students get hands-on experience with the new technology.

UIndy music students get hands-on experience with the new technology.

“This expansion offers an incredible opportunity for our music technology students to both work on the audio side of live video broadcast productions and on the video side itself, on equipment found in many concert halls, churches, and venues,” said Brett Leonard, assistant professor and director of the Music Technology program at the University. “This cross-training puts our students in a great position to enter a variety of roles within our increasingly multi-medium industry.”

Upgrades to the production system at the University of Indianapolis, which hosts dozens of concerts, lectures and events every year, include:

Panasonic 4K cameras
Switching and recording equipment from Blackmagic Designs
Remote-operated PTZ (pan, tilt, zoom) cameras

Live streaming technology at the UIndy Department of MusicThe upgrades will work together to allow for 4K streaming to multiple websites and viewing platforms, which is especially important while audience attendance is limited or prohibited due to COVID restrictions. The new system will also allow for simultaneous multi-camera recording for large-scale recording projects like the annual Christmas from Campus concert.

Not only focused on the livestream experience, the upgrades will provide real-time feeds of multi-camera content to the lobby for patrons waiting to be seated—and offers the opportunity to provide an overflow area for oversold events.

Livestreamed concerts have a viewership that approaches that of typical concert attendance, according to Leonard, so it is important for the University to maintain high broadcast quality. Now, these entirely student-run 4K multi-camera broadcasts—complete with multi-track audio and isolated camera recordings—will provide concert streamers a performance experience as close to being “in the house” as possible. For students and performers with friends and family all across the country this is an important step for helping the Department of Music adapt to new COVID norms.

“The pandemic pushed us all into new roles within the industry,” Leonard added. “Giving our students more opportunities to learn new skills will leave them better prepared for entering an industry that has seen rapid change during the pandemic.”

About the University of Indianapolis Department of Music
Music students at the University of Indianapolis have the chance to engage with first-rate faculty, experience performances in a world-class concert venue, and connect in a close-knit educational environment, all within minutes of downtown Indianapolis. The music technology program provides hands-on experience within the recording and broadcast facilities in the Ruth Lilly Performance Hall, an exquisite, Viennese-style concert hall, as well as dedicated recording facilities in the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center to engage in learning across a wide variety of specialties within the field of music technology. Close proximity to the downtown area and the Fountain Square district provides a vibrant setting for internship possibilities as well as culturally engaging opportunities for Indianapolis residents and University students alike.

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.

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