2019 IASB High School Broadcasting Competition Awards announced

Porter County Career and Technical Center: IASB 2019 Television School of the Year

Porter County Career and Technical Center: IASB 2019 Television School of the Year

Porter County Career and Technical Center won Television School of the Year and Homestead High School won Radio School of the Year at the 2019 Indiana Association of School Broadcasters (IASB) Awards at the University of Indianapolis on March 11, 2019. Homestead earned the honor for the third consecutive year, while Porter County Career and Technical Center scored the top spot for the second year in a row.

Porter County Career and Technical Center students earned several individual honors, including Sarah Huth (first place, television copywriting); Cheyanne Montozzi (first place, music video); Video Production II students (first place, video magazine); Lauren Drang (first place, television package and photojournalism competitions) and Everett Mitchell (first place, sound design). Homestead High School students also earned individual recognition, including Cory Balkenbusch (first place, radio sportscast and second place, radio news anchor); Christina Kruger (first place, radio spot production and second place, radio interview) and Matt Saalfrank (first place, radio play-by-play).

Homestead High School: IASB 2019 Radio School of the Year

Homestead High School: IASB 2019 Radio School of the Year

More than 900 students and instructors from 35 Indiana high schools and career centers attended the 16th annual IASB conference. Students participated in the IASB High School Broadcasting Competition and attended nearly 20 workshops that addressed topics including multimedia journalism, editing techniques, social media and sports broadcasting.

The top six radio air personalities and news anchors competed live on WICR-FM, and their television counterparts competed in the UIndy TV studio.

“Every year it becomes more difficult to judge this competition, not just because we continue to have a record number of entries from an increasing number of schools and career centers, but because the quality of the student work is incredible. There’s no doubt that the future of broadcasting is very bright when you see what the next generation of broadcast professionals is already doing. Congratulations to the students and their instructors for their amazing work,” said Scott Uecker, IASB Executive Director and University of Indianapolis Communication instructor.

Complete list of 2019 IASB High School Broadcasting Competition Award winners:

Radio News Anchor

  1. Payton Stewart, Southern Indiana Career and Technical Center
  2. Cory Balkenbusch, Homestead High School
  3. Owen Cowsert, Chesterton High School 

Finalists:
Carson Clymer, Homestead High School
Daniella Gioconda, Ben Davis High School
Madison Goodnight, Pendleton Heights High School 

Radio Air Personality

  1. Connor Inskeep, Carmel High School
  2. Dylan Rolfsen, Franklin Central High School
  3. Cesar Fernandez, Ben Davis High School       

Finalists:
Cory Dunivan, Wawasee High School
Daniella Gioconda, Ben Davis High School
Jenna Milosh, Crown Point High School  

Radio In-Depth

  1. Thea Nikolaou, Carmel High School
  2. Morgan Hackler, Franklin Central High School
  3. Noah Burke, Franklin Central High School

Honorable Mention:
Cesar Fernandez, Ben Davis High School
Abigail Boylan, Homestead High School

Radio Interview

  1. Jaishna Varanka, Carmel High School
  2. Christina Kruger, Homestead High School
  3. Connor Inskeep and Caitlin Varanka, Carmel High School 

Honorable Mention:
Jonathon Lieber, Crown Point High School
Donnie Harmon, Homestead High School

Radio Talk Show

  1. Blake Pysh, Ramsey Harkness, Jonathon Lieber, Gene Kolarik, Crown Point High School
  2. Jessica Walter and Ellie Davis, Homestead High School
  3. Trevor Martin and Draven Wiseman, Pendleton Heights High School

Honorable Mention:
Noah Lichtenberg, Jack Edwards, Spencer Fleischer, Luke Donovan, Carmel High School
Caspian Lind, South Bend Community School Corporation 

Radio Sportscast

  1. Cory Balkenbusch, Homestead High School
  2. Justin Cerbone, Franklin Central High School
  3. Christian Rigg, Southern Indiana Career and Technical Center

Honorable Mention:
Jace Dery, Carmel High School
Justin Tusing, Franklin Central High School 

Radio Play-by-Play

  1. Matt Saalfrank, Homestead High School
  2. Sam Weixler, Carmel High School
  3. Donnie Harmon, Homestead High School

Honorable Mention: Grant Covey, Ben Davis High School
Mason Klain, Carmel High School 

Radio Sporting Event Broadcast

  1. Sam Weixler, Ethan D’Eramo, Charlie Maurer, Reagan Hune, Carmel High School
  2. Kaleb Alumbaugh and Trevor Martin, Pendleton Heights High School
  3. Grant Covey and Tierra Williams, Ben Davis High School

Honorable Mention:
Austin Phillips and Lexi Eblen, Charlestown High School
Donnie Harmon, Carson Clymer, Matt Saalfrank, Homestead High School 

Radio Copywriting

  1. Vanessa Hintz, Carmel High School
  2. Noah Lichtenberg, Carmel High School
  3. Katherine Davis, Porter County Career and Technical Center

Honorable Mention:
Justin Cerbone, Franklin Central High School
Morgan Hackler, Franklin Central High School 

Radio Spot Production

  1. Christina Kruger, Homestead High School
  2. John Lane, Homestead High School
  3. Riley Merder, Jasper High School

Honorable Mention:
Jessica Sutton, J. Everett Light Career Center
Carson Ulmer and Miriam Sheikh, J. Everett Light Career Center 

Radio Imaging

  1. Kenzie Cooley and Radio/TV 2 Class, Jasper High School
  2. Drew Persinger, Homestead High School
  3. MacKenzie Gunther, Southern Indiana Career and Technical Center

Honorable Mention:
Jordan Mallory, Walker Career Center
Wawasee High School 

Radio Drama

  1. Jeremy Crumbo, Franklin Central High School
  2. Emma Knaack, Franklin Central High School
  3. Sam Corber, Mason Badman, Lukas Magnuson, Darrian Weaver, Impact Institute

Honorable Mention: Griffin Gust, Dylan Krause, Aubrey Welsh, Joey Zarate, Impact Institute
Anna Hensel, Shyam Das, Jaylen Crumedy, J. Everett Light Career Center 

Radio Show

  1. Grant Covey, Brandon Reed, Daniella Gioconda, Ben Davis High School
  2. Gunnar Johnson, Gabe Bickel, Jeremy Crumbo, Franklin Central High School
  3. Easton Hensley and Tyler Veit, Homestead High School

Honorable Mention:
Matt Hustel and Connor Inskeep, Carmel High School
Christina Kruger and Catherine Kruger, Homestead High School 

Television News Anchor

  1. Jacob Einstein, Ben Davis High School
  2. James Woolner, Whiteland Community High School
  3. Zach Collins, Porter County Career and Technical Center

Finalists:
Owen Cowsert, Chesterton High School
Neil Manship, Franklin Central High School
Jamiyah Thomas, Brownsburg High School 

Television Copywriting

  1. Sarah Huth, Porter County Career and Technical Center
  2. Olivia Ostler, Martinsville High School
  3. Hailey Marvel, Southern Indiana Career and Technical Center

Honorable Mention:
Drew Wiltberger, Carroll High School
Peyton Burks, Kokomo Area Career Center 

Television Spot Production

  1. Jacob Einstein, Ben Davis High School
  2. Nicole Key, Porter County Career and Technical Center
  3. Taylor Schneider, Michelle Stanker, Ben Santos, Lowell High School

Honorable Mention:
Ruth Anne Hundley, Jasper High School
Samaria Patrick, Merrillville High School 

Music Video

  1. Cheyanne Montozzi, Porter County Career and Technical Center
  2. Derek Hockemeyer, Homestead High School
  3. Jonas Wald, Porter County Career and Technical Center

Honorable Mention:
Nick Morgan, Crown Point High School
Blake White, Kokomo Area Career Center 

Video Magazine

  1. Video Production II Students, Porter County Career and Technical Center
  2. BDTV Staff, Ben Davis High School
  3. RTV 2 Class, Martinsville High School

Honorable Mention:
Terry Clayton and Keegan Jones, Arsenal Tech High School
Richmond High School 

Television Package

  1. Lauren Drang, Porter County Career and Technical Center
  2. Sierra Bowman, Martinsville High School
  3. Ryleigh Dalton, Martinsville High School

Honorable Mention:
Evan Holland, Crown Point High School
Sarah Frey and Kayla Dill, Crown Point High School 

Video In-Depth

  1. Tyler Young, Carmel High School
  2. Eliza Vandewalle, Ben Davis High School
  3. Cole St. Aubin, Porter County Career and Technical Center

Honorable Mention:
Alaura Schuble and Prestin Butcher, A K Smith Area Career Center
Adele Reich and Hope Stauffer, Carmel High School  

Television School Newscast

  1. CPTV Staff, Crown Point High School
  2. RTV 2 Class, Martinsville High School
  3. RTV2 Class, Carroll High School

Honorable Mention:
CHS Today Crew; Connersville Senior High School
HHS In Depth, Homestead High School 

Live Event Broadcast

  1. BHS-TV and Extended Play Studios, Brownsburg High School
  2. PCTV Production Crew, Porter County Career and Technical Center
  3. PCTV Production Crew, Porter County Career and Technical Center

Honorable Mention:
CPTV Staff, Crown Point High School
Brendy Mendoza, Richmond High School 

Cinematography

  1. Jimmy Gruss, Whiteland Community High School
  2. Nick Morgan, Crown Point High School
  3. Henry Wicker, Ben Davis High School

Honorable Mention:
Bryson Foxen, Brownsburg High School
Gage Torres, Lowell High School 

Photojournalism

  1. Lauren Drang, Porter County Career and Technical Center
  2. Sierra Bowman, Martinsville High School
  3. Preslee Boyd, Martinsville High School

Honorable Mention:
Kieran Simmer, Ben Davis High School
Drew Wiltberger, Carroll High School 

Corporate Video

  1. Evan Holland, Kirsten Robinson, Aidan Siavelis, Allison Fernandez, Crown Point High School
  2. Blake White, Sawyer Bolding, Elijah Lawson, Peyton Burks, Kokomo Area Career Center
  3. Suniah Parsons, Richmond High School

Honorable Mention:
Olivia Carter, Richmond High School
Alyssa Dardeen, Southern Indiana Career and Technical Center 

Short Film

  1. Nick Morgan, Crown Point High School
  2. Jimmy Gruss, Whiteland Community High School
  3. Preslee Boyd, Martinsville High School

Honorable Mention:
Colin Bell, Anthis Career Center
Morgen Ludwig, Ted Piha, Sam Burkhard, Savion Bias, Carmel High School 

Video Show Open/Close

  1. CPTV Staff, Crown Point High School
  2. Nick Morgan, Crown Point High School
  3. Ben Santos, Ian Smith, Ryan Siedentopf, Lowell High School

Honorable Mention:
Makiyah Kirksy, Aaryanna Lucente, D’Jesenia Torres, Hammond Area Career Center
Nathaniel Finch, Western Boone Junior-Senior High School 

Sound Design

  1. Everett Mitchell, Porter County Career and Technical Center
  2. Cory Dunivan and Dane Morris, Wawasee High School
  3. Jimmy Gruss and James Woolner, Whiteland Community High School

Honorable Mention:
Alex Johnston, Jamie Cause, Hannah Smith, J. Everett Light Career Center
Lauren Ritter, Lowell High School 

Animation

  1. Lorien Donovan, J. Everett Light Career Center
  2. Eliza Vandewalle, Ben Davis High School
  3. Jaylee Copeland, Kokomo Area Career Center

Honorable Mention:
Brook Doss, J. Everett Light Career Center
Deakon Booher, Whiteland Community High School 

Student Multimedia Website 

  1. Caroline Prechtel, Jessica Cruz, Sarah Obermeier, Interactive Media Class, Jasper High School
  2. Noah Lichtenberg, Carmel High School
  3. Alex Almanza, South Bend Community School Corporation

Honorable Mention:
Evan Holland, Crown Point High School
Madison Harmon, Pendleton Heights High School 

Radio School of the Year
Homestead High School
Carmel High School (First Runner-Up)
Franklin Central High School (Second Runner-Up) 

Television School of the Year
Porter County Career and Technical Center
Crown Point High School (First Runner-Up)
Ben Davis High School (Second Runner-Up) 

IASB School of the Year History

  Radio Television
2004 Franklin Central High School Ben Davis High School
2005 Ben Davis High School   Merrillville High School
2006 Eder Career Center Merrillville High School
2007 Franklin Central High School Martinsville High School
2008 Carmel High School   Martinsville High School
2009 Carmel High School   Martinsville High School
2010 Franklin Central High School Martinsville High School
2011 Franklin Central High School Martinsville High School
Porter County Career and Technical Center
2012 Pendleton Heights High School
New Castle Area Career Center 
Martinsville High School
2014 Carmel High School Carmel High School
2015 Franklin Central High School Porter County Career and Technical Center
2016 Carmel High School  Porter County Career and Technical Center
2017 Homestead High School  Martinsville High School
2018 Homestead High School  Porter County Career and Technical Center
2019 Homestead High School  Porter County Career and Technical Center

Jason Dudich appointed CFO of the University of Indianapolis

Jason Dudich

Jason Dudich

The University of Indianapolis announced today the appointment of Jason D. Dudich as vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer. Dudich, who currently serves as the budget director for the State of Indiana, will join the University’s executive leadership team in June following the 2019 legislative session. Dudich’s appointment follows a search that attracted top candidates from across the country.

Dudich will provide leadership and oversight for all aspects of the University’s financial administration including development and administration of financial policies and procedures; accounting; external auditing; accounts payable and receivable; insurance programs; benefits plans; operating and capital budgets; capital projects financing; management over the University’s relationships with credit rating agencies and lenders; management of the University’s real estate portfolio, and various third-party relationships with outsourced investment managers for endowed assets.

“Jason’s reputation for collaboration and innovation complements his deep understanding of the complexities of financial management. His expertise is particularly relevant to the University’s focus on further aligning strategies with institutional vision while addressing the challenges facing higher education,” said Robert L. Manuel, president of the University of Indianapolis.

In his current role, Dudich oversees the state’s $34 billion annual operating and capital budget, collaborating with Gov. Eric Holcomb and staff, the Indiana General Assembly and state agency directors on fiscal policy, overall budget management and state policy issues. His prior experience includes overseeing the finances and administrations of the State of Illinois, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, the City of Indianapolis and the Office of the Mayor, where he served as controller and then chief of staff for former Mayor Greg Ballard. Dudich earned a bachelor of science in public financial management from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University, Bloomington.

“The University of Indianapolis plays a major role within central Indiana, building our community through education and creating leaders of tomorrow,” said Dudich. “I look forward to working with the faculty, staff, students, administration and the community to build upon the financial foundation and successes already achieved and contribute to the institution’s role in impacting our region through innovation and partnerships. I want to thank Gov. Holcomb for the opportunity to have served as his state budget director during the past two years.  It has been a pleasure and honor to serve in his administration.”

The University of Indianapolis, which has experienced unprecedented growth in recent years, recently completed its five-year financial plan aligned with the institution’s Vision 2030, created in 2012. During this time, the institution launched 13 new programs aligned with sector and workforce development needs including engineering, addictions counseling and nursing, and established the R.B. Annis School of Engineering. In addition, the opening of the University’s Health Pavilion brought an interdisciplinary approach to health sciences and healthcare graduate and undergraduate programs including nursing, psychology, social work, physical therapy and occupational therapy and the Community Health Network Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Clinics.

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Tibetan Buddhist monks visit University of Indianapolis March 20–25, 2019

mandalaThe University of Indianapolis Office of Ecumenical & Interfaith Programs welcomes Tibetan Buddhist monks from the Labrang Tashikyil Monastery in Dehra Dun, India, for five days of cultural and religious engagement on campus.

From March 20–25, 2019, the monks will host a series of workshops including “A Course in Happiness” and classes in yoga, art and cooking. They will also build a sand mandala on the first floor of Krannert Memorial Library, devoting nine hours each day during their visit to this sacred ritual.

The group is touring the United States and the University of Indianapolis is their only stop in central Indiana.

“This is the perfect place to be able to exchange ideas, listen to and learn from people with different religious and cultural traditions,” said event organizer Rev. Arionne Williams, associate chaplain in the Office of Ecumenical & Interfaith Programs. “We hope to promote peace, education, cooperation and understanding through this unique opportunity.”

All events are free and open to the public with advance registration. Visit uindy.edu/buddhistmonksvisit for more details. 

Drew Petersen performs with The Indianapolis Quartet March 22 at the University of Indianapolis

Drew Petersen

Drew Petersen

Returning to the University of Indianapolis for his fourth semester as artist-in-residence, acclaimed pianist Drew Petersen collaborates with The Indianapolis Quartet for an unforgettable performance at 7:30 p.m., March 22, 2019, at the Ruth Lilly Performance Hall in the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center.

As part of the University of Indianapolis Faculty Artist Concert Series presented by Katz, Sapper & Miller, Mr. Petersen and the Quartet will perform Robert Schumann’s 1842 masterpiece, the Quintet for piano and strings, Op. 44. The first half of the program will feature Mr. Petersen in 19th-century works for solo piano: the Valses Poéticos by Enrique Granados and Franz Schubert’s iconic “Wanderer” Fantasy, D. 760. The event is open to the public and admission is free. Call 317-788-3255 for more information.

Featuring: Drew Petersen, piano; The Indianapolis Quartet: Zachary DePue and Joana Genova, violins; Michael Isaac Strauss, viola; Austin Huntington, cello

About Drew Petersen
As the 2017 American Pianists Awards and Christel DeHaan Fellowship winner, Drew Petersen is serving as artist-in-residence at the University of Indianapolis for two years. Petersen hosts masterclasses for students as part of this unique partnership between the University of Indianapolis and the American Pianists Association. A cum laude graduate of Harvard University in social sciences, Petersen pursued undergraduate and graduate studies in music at the Juilliard School. He also has been a prizewinner in major international competitions (Leeds, Hilton Head, Kosciuszko Foundation) and has been profiled in the New York Times, New York Magazine and the documentary Just Normal. His international engagements include recitals at the Musica e Arte Festival in Tolentino, Italy, Verbier Festival in Verbier, Switzerland and Euro Arts Music Festival in Leipzig, Germany.

The Indianapolis Quartet

The Indianapolis Quartet

About The Indianapolis Quartet
Founded in 2016, The Indianapolis Quartet (Zachary DePue and Joana Genova, violins; Michael Isaac Strauss, viola and Austin Huntington, cello) is the ensemble-in-residence at the University of Indianapolis, reaching audiences through its unique musical language and emotional performance style. In addition to concerts, masterclasses and open rehearsals at the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center, The Indianapolis Quartet performs frequently throughout central Indiana, the Midwest and Vermont, exercising its mission to gradually expand its reach not only regionally, but also nationally and internationally, as it continues to build its repertoire of world-class music.

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Southside Business Summit launches conversation to build economic capacity

Leaders from five south-central Indiana cities will discuss ways to forge the future through economic development at the inaugural Southside Business Summit on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at the University of Indianapolis. The first-of-its-kind summit brings together municipal leaders and business owners to explore possibilities for economic growth within the geographical area from south of Washington St. in Indianapolis to Franklin, Ind.

University of Indianapolis President Robert L. Manuel and Independent Colleges of Indiana President and CEO David W. Wantz will provide remarks, followed by a panel discussion.

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett, Franklin Mayor Steve Barnett, Beech Grove Mayor Dennis Buckley, Southport Mayor Russell McClure and Kevin Steinmetz, capital projects manager for the Office of the Mayor of Greenwood, will participate in the discussion moderated by Angela Smith-Jones, deputy mayor for economic development for the City of Indianapolis. The event, hosted by the University of Indianapolis, is open to the public for a $5 registration fee, with proceeds donated to Gleaners Food Bank.

With more than 25,000 vehicles traveling on Madison Ave. and nearly 15,000 using Shelby St. through South Indy each weekday, Michelle Strahl Salinas, director for South Indy Quality of Life Plan, said the time is right to advocate for improvements in business corridors.

“Through the Southside Business Summit, we hope to network with other like-minded communities and have a stronger voice in bringing infrastructure and business opportunities to the Southside. By bringing together business and property owners, SoIndy has begun the process of sharing resources for small business development and improvements,” Salinas said.

“It’s an exciting time. As construction of the IndyGo Red Line creates opportunities for economic development and connectivity, the Southside Business Summit provides a forum for thoughtful discussion,” said Corey Wilson, special advisor to the president for external affairs at the University of Indianapolis.

Robin Heldman, president of Direct Connect Printing, said the discussion is critical to addressing issues facing Southside businesses.

One of the struggles for this business sector is the decision to continue operations as they are or expand the goods and services to build more capacity.  My hope is this event will lend insight to business owners as to the direction the city leaders are taking in this area,” Heldman said.

The Southside Business Summit is presented by the University of Indianapolis, South Indy Quality of Life, Direct Connect Printing & Digital Services, the Greater Southside Business Alliance, the Greater Beech Grove Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Greenwood Chamber, the Fountain Square Cultural District and the West Side Chamber of Commerce of Indianapolis.

Register here for the Southside Business Summit.

 

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Randall Horton to read at University of Indianapolis Kellogg Writers Series

Horton 1Award-winning memoirist and poet Randall Horton will read from his work as part of the University of Indianapolis’s Kellogg Writers Series. The free event is open to the public and will be held at the University of Indianapolis campus on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Schwitzer Student Center in UIndy Hall A.

Horton is the recipient of the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award, the Bea Gonzalez Poetry Award, a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship in Literature, and is a Washington DC slam poetry champion. An associate professor of English at the University of New Haven, Horton is also a fellow of Cave Canem and a member of both the Affrilachian Poets and the experimental performance group, “Heroes are Gang Leaders.”

“One of the things that I find satisfying when performing on college campuses is the engagement with the student body,” Horton said. “I also love the question-and-answer portion of the programming which allows for an equal exchange in terms of dialogue.”

Horton, a past reader at the Indianapolis Etheridge Knight Festival, also has a personal connection to the city.

“I am excited about coming to Indianapolis,” Horton said. “I came to Indy in 2011 for my fraternity’s (Kappa Alpha Psi) 100-year celebration, and loved it.”

Plans for the event started over a year ago when Kellogg Writers Series co-chair Barney Haney and University of Indianapolis Black Student Association co-advisor D’ana Downing began collaborating. BSA was asked to choose an author to visit campus and Horton was their top choice.

“Members were asked to research his unique background—how he overcame systemic challenges and seized multiple opportunities for growth and success,” Downing said. “The Executive Board believed that his story was one that the student body needed to hear. This is the first BSA/KWS collaboration, and we are hopeful that there will be more opportunities in the future to work together.”

Haney said the BSA partnership has been very rewarding.

“Art unites us in deep and meaningful ways,” Haney said. “The Black Student Association’s choice of Randall Horton is so exciting. The Kellogg Writers Series is reaching out and listening carefully to create amazing opportunities that connect students and the broader Indianapolis community.”

Written by Zoe Berg ’19 (communication major, English minor).

New program will increase number of licensed clinical social workers to meet growing need for treatment as Indiana’s opioid epidemic persists

As the Indiana opioid crisis continues, there is a shortage of trained behavioral health professionals to ensure those suffering from substance use disorders (SUD) receive treatment. To help address this gap, Community Health Network is launching a program that will prepare more licensed clinical social workers to provide treatment in central Indiana, while also improving the quality of the training they receive to better serve patients. The program provides a model that can be replicated in communities across the state.

The Community Behavioral Health Academy – a partnership between Community Behavioral Health at Community Health Network, the Indiana University School of Social Work-IUPUI Campus (IUSSW), the University of Indianapolis (UIndy) and Ascend Indiana – prepares students for dual licensure as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Licensed Clinical Addiction Counselor (LCAC). This will grow the supply of behavioral health professionals, while enhancing the quality of treatment for those experiencing SUD.

The Academy, made possible through a grant from the Indianapolis-based Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation, will yield 15 to 30 dually licensed clinical social workers annually who will treat thousands of additional people in Indiana each year.

“The Behavioral Health Academy aligns with our commitment to our patients and the communities we serve, “said George Hurd, vice president of Community Behavioral Health.  “By creating a pipeline of qualified, specially-trained therapists, we will strengthen our fight against the opioid epidemic and change the lives of those with addiction.”

Indiana ranks among the top five states in its rate of opioid use or dependency, but is 44th in its capacity to meet the medication-assisted treatment needs of the state’s population. Contributing to that is the growing gap between employer demand for behavioral health professionals and talent supply, with Indiana falling about 7,000 workers short of the need.

This comes at a time of increased urgency around access to treatment. A recent study from Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation found that more than 1,700 Hoosiers died from a drug overdose in 2017, an all-time high and a 75 percent increase since 2011. And, while some states reported a drop in the number of overdose deaths from 2016 to 2017, Indiana continued its upward trajectory.

“In the community mental health center setting, talent supply is only meeting 68% of projected demand for mental health positions,” said Jason Kloth, president and CEO of Ascend Indiana. “This partnership between Community Health Network, IUSSW, and UIndy will create a pipeline of highly trained behavioral health professionals to provide timely recovery services. Additionally, by sharing what we’ve learned through this process, we hope to enable employers and educational institutions to replicate this model.”

A wide range of factors contribute to the lack of trained behavioral health professionals, including relatively low pay, stressful working conditions, and the need for more relevant curricula around evidence-based treatments for SUDs. The Academy aims to address these obstacles by offering students financial incentives, licensure support and employment pathways following graduation. However, to fully meet the need for workers, both state and federal process and policy changes are needed. These include providing tuition assistance for prospective students; expediting the licensure process; increasing Medicaid reimbursement rates at the state level; changing federal policy so that more behavioral health professionals can bill Medicare; and creating a more nimble, relevant curriculum for the field.

“The Community Behavioral Health Academy is one step in what should be a comprehensive approach to meeting the significant need for treatment among those suffering from substance use disorder and mental illness in Indiana,” said Claire Fiddian-Green, president and CEO of the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation. “To help save lives and stem the growing toll of the opioid epidemic, making other substantive changes and replicating this model around the state will be key.”

As part of its grant, Ascend will help health system leaders and higher education institutions across the state learn from Community Health Network’s program so they can create similar approaches to be piloted in other communities.

Academy participants will complete a specialized curriculum and internship over two semesters, and graduates will receive financial incentives and educational opportunities, including a priority job interview at Community Health Network upon graduation. “We are pleased that our curriculum now prepares graduates to become dually licensed to help combat Indiana’s opioid epidemic as well as complex mental health and substance use disorders experienced by people in our communities,” said Tamara Davis, dean of the Indiana University School of Social Work at IUPUI.

“Such collaborations provide students with innovative experiential learning, professional development, and networking opportunities to maximize career outcomes and to meet the demand for skilled workers in these fields,” said Stephen Kolison, Jr., vice president and provost at the University of Indianapolis.

Recruitment for the Community Behavioral Health Academy will begin in February 2019 at IUPUI and UIndy, with program coursework beginning in Fall 2019. Eligible candidates for the Community Behavioral Health Academy include current students seeking their Master of Social Work degree and in their first year of coursework. BSW undergraduates and current social workers with a bachelor’s degree in social work should apply to one of the participating MSW programs to be considered for the Academy.

 

 

Roche Academy at the University of Indianapolis announces first cohort

Roche_Mobile500The University of Indianapolis and Roche Diagnostics, the world leader in in vitro diagnostics, are partnering to solve the talent pipeline for biomedical equipment technicians. The first Roche Academy cohort brings together eight students from Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky who will begin the program in the 2019-20 academic year. Established in 2018, the program is an innovative partnership that provides real-world training for biology and chemistry majors to create industry-ready graduates for high-demand positions with Roche Diagnostics.

The Roche Academy offers a customized curriculum and summer internship experience focused on the hands-on life science and engineering skills necessary to succeed in a career with Roche. Students will receive training and skill-building opportunities, professional development, an internship and a full-time position at Roche upon successful completion of the program. Graduates will serve a critical need to Roche’s operations as they maintain lab equipment and provide customer service across the United States.

“The Roche Academy is critical to our business. These career-ready graduates will not only bring fresh ideas to our organization but will also be mentored by tenured Roche employees to supplement our workforce with highly-skilled talent,” explained Russ Fellows, Roche Academy project leader.

Debra Feakes, dean of the Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences, said the model sets a new standard for university partnerships with industry leaders to onboard fully trained employees.

“Roche has been a fantastic collaborative partner as University of Indianapolis faculty identified a curriculum that will position students to excel in the classroom and in the field. The University is thrilled to offer students this unique opportunity to develop a career path and apply new skills in a professional setting with built-in mentorship,” said Debra Feakes, dean of the Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences.

The first cohort of students will complete a paid internship at Roche the summer of 2019 before gaining full employment at Roche in 2020. The Academy is expected to produce up top 20 biomedical equipment technicians for Roche annually.

The first cohort includes:

Brad Moon ’20 (biology major, chemistry minor); East Moline, Ill.
Megan Briley ’20 (chemistry); Martinsville, Ind.
Will Durchholz ’20 (chemistry); Evansville, Ind.
Michaela Heil ’20 (chemistry major, criminal justice minor); Indianapolis, Ind.
Kiley Kenekham ’20 (chemistry major, biology minor); Brownsville, Ind.
Michael “Blake” Chitwood ’20 (chemistry); Greenwood, Ind.
Jeffrey “Jack” Kuerzi ’20 (chemistry); Louisville, Kentucky
Victor Inglima ’20 (biology and chemistry dual major); Brownsburg, Ind.

UIndy Visiting Fellow Greg Ballard hosts leadership program for high school sophomores

The University of Indianapolis continues its leadership development program for Indiana high school sophomores with a statewide discussion February 16, 2019, bringing together more than 100 high school sophomores from around the region with interests in business, innovation and entrepreneurship.

The event, “Embracing the Future,” hosted by University of Indianapolis Visiting Fellow and former Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, promotes leadership skills by encouraging students to embrace change in a positive way; and is one of a series of initiatives throughout the year designed to prepare the next generation of Indiana’s leaders. Attendees are nominated by their high schools.

Ballard will deliver a keynote address followed by afternoon sessions that touch on topics important to attendees’ personal and professional futures. The speech will explore the theme of democracy and how young people can become engaged citizens by educating themselves not just about the issues of the day but also about history. Ballard also encourages students to expand their network to learn different perspectives.

“Learn from everyone around you, including those with whom you might have the least in common. We all bring our life experiences, our upbringing, our education to how we currently think and act. That is a strength of America, not a weakness,” Ballard said.

Afternoon sessions include topics such as “Fail Fest” and “1 Million Cups,” a free, nationwide program designed to educate, engage and accelerate early-stage startups across all industries.

The following high schools will be represented at the 2019 “Embracing the Future” event:

Greenwood Community, Riverside, North White, Bremen, Ben Davis, Triton Central, Anderson Preparatory, Herron, Washington Township, Princeton Community, Mooresville, Western Boone, Tipton, Avon, Benjamin Bosse, Cascade, Jennings County, Crown Point, Frankfort, Signature School, West Washington, RoncalliCoumbusEast, Brownsburg, North Putnam, North White, Burris Laboratory, Waldron, Covenant Christian, BrebeufJeffersonville, South Knox, New Washington, University HS, Cardinal RitterGreencastleZionsville, Seymour, Crawford County, Seymour, Crown Point and White River Valley.

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.

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 uindy.historyit.com. 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.

The Indianapolis Quartet brings unique musical language to Indiana Landmarks Center Feb. 2

The Indianapolis Quartet, the ensemble-in-residence at the University of Indianapolis, brings their unique musical style to the Indiana Landmarks Center at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019. The Center’s Grand Hall provides an ideal setting for the Quartet’s program, which includes works by Beethoven, Frank Felice and Debussy.

Founded in 2016, The Indianapolis Quartet (Zachary DePue and Joana Genova, violins; Michael Isaac Strauss, viola and Austin Huntington, cello) is the ensemble-in-residence at the University of Indianapolis, reaching audiences through its unique musical language and emotional performance style. In addition to concerts, masterclasses and open rehearsals at the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center, The Indianapolis Quartet performs frequently throughout central Indiana, the Midwest and Vermont, exercising its mission to gradually expand its reach not only regionally, but also nationally and internationally, as it continues to build its repertoire of world-class music.

Beethoven’s String Quartet in B flat major opens the concert with an energetic first movement, followed by a beautiful adagio and a playful scherzo, ending with “La Malinconia” – the famous dark introduction of the otherwise joyful finale.

Frank Felice’s “Five Whimsies for Non-Grownups,” composed in 2010, is based on five of his favorite children’s books by Maurice Sendak, Dr. Seuss, Chris Van Allsburg and J.R.R. Tolkien. The music is fresh and fun, witty and whimsical.

Debussy’s only string quartet filled with stunning melodies, exotic harmonies, drama and vigor will be featured after intermission.

In Debussy words, “I am more and more convinced that music, by its very nature, is something that cannot be cast into a traditional and fixed form. It is made up of colors and rhythms. The rest is a lot of humbug invented by frigid imbeciles riding on the backs of the Masters – who, for the most part, wrote almost nothing but period music. Bach alone had an idea of the truth.”

Suggested donation is $10, students are free. For more information, please contact Grace Labens at labensg@uindy.edu or 317-788-3255. Click here to learn more about The Indianapolis Quartet.

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