UIndy Hosts 45th Annual Lugar Symposium

The 45th annual Richard G. Lugar Symposium for Tomorrow’s Leaders featuring NPR’s Steve Inskeep, hosted by The Richard G. Lugar Academy at the University of Indianapolis, will bring together hundreds of top high school juniors from Indiana for a day of discussion on public issues and world events on Saturday, December 4, 2021. Journalist, author and host of National Public Radio’s Morning Edition Steve Inskeep will be the keynote speaker. Mr. Inskeep will be available for media interviews from 9:30 to 10:00 a.m.

Part of the expansive legacy former Indiana Senator Richard G. Lugar created in his lifetime, more than 20,000 students have benefited from the symposium in over four decades. The 2021 event marks a return to in-person activities for the Symposium.

“The University of Indianapolis is grateful to honor Senator Lugar’s impressive legacy of service and his mission to cultivate future leaders,” said University of Indianapolis President Robert L. Manuel. “We are thrilled to welcome back Steve Inskeep for his participation in this exciting event that engages young people with the most pressing issues of our time.”

Students will select from a variety of breakout sessions on current topical issues, including global leadership in athletics, systemic racism, American politics, the future of policing, and more. In keeping with Senator Lugar’s tradition of evaluating issues based on merit, the Symposium ensures students are presented with a balanced view of the issues, rather than a partisan viewpoint.

About the Lugar Academy

More than 20,000 promising students have participated in the Lugar Symposium during the past 40 years, gaining wisdom, insight and access to some of the finest minds available. Principals from every high school in Indiana are asked to select three outstanding student leaders from their junior class to attend the Symposium. Sen. Richard G. Lugar (April 4, 1932 – April 28, 2019) served as a Distinguished Trustee, a former professor of political science and received an honorary degree from the University of Indianapolis, among 46 colleges and universities which bestowed Lugar with the honor during his lifetime. Lugar was a fifth-generation Hoosier who left the United States Senate as the longest-serving member of Congress in Indiana history. The symposium that bears his name was launched in 1977 as an opportunity to discuss with students topics of local and global importance.

Future Engineers to compete at UIndy

Future Engineers compete at University of Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS—On Saturday, December 11th, 2021, hundreds of students from across the state of Indiana will be participating in the FIRST LEGO League state championship at the R.B. Annis School of Engineering on the campus of the University of Indianapolis.

Thirty-six teams made up of students in grades 4-8 will get three matches during which their robot has to solve a series of missions autonomously on a 4 X 8-foot table in two and a half minutes. Teams will be competing for an invitation to the FIRST World Festival to be held in April 2022 in Detroit, Michigan where they will compete against teams from over 100 countries. There is also a spot available for a team to be nominated for the Global Innovation Award powered by Star Wars Force for Change.

In addition to creating robots, students will also give a research-based presentation to a panel of judges. This competitive component is known as the Innovation Project. FLL’s Cargo Connect participants have learned how cargo is transported, sorted and delivered to its destinations. Using this information, students have identified real-world problems and completed the Innovation Project by developing innovative solutions to those problems.

Through the 2021-2022 season, FIRST® FORWARD presented by Qualcomm, teams have the power to reimagine a path forward and invent the future of transportation. Each FIRST program centers around the theme of transportation and explores the variety of ways technology and engineering have improved transportation throughout history. Transportation drives progress, impacting economies around the world and advancing globalization.

For information about starting an FLL team at your school, community group, or other organization please email info@indianafirst.org. You can also visit the FIRST website www.firstinspires.org/robotics/fll/start-a-team to learn how you can start a team today.


FIRST® is a robotics community that prepares young people for the future through a suite of inclusive, team-based robotics programs for ages 4-18 (PreK-12) that can be facilitated in school or in structured afterschool programs. An international not-for-profit organization founded by accomplished inventor Dean Kamen in 1989, FIRST has a proven impact on STEM learning, interest, and skill-building well beyond high school. Boosted by a global support system of mentors, coaches, volunteers, alumni, and sponsors that include over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies, teams operate under a signature set of FIRST Core Values to conduct research, fundraise, design, and build robots, then compete and celebrate at local, regional, and international events. High school students are eligible for more than $80 million in college scholarships. Learn more at firstinspires.org

About FIRST Indiana Robotics 

FIRST Indiana Robotics is an organization dedicated to growing FIRST robotics programs in the state of Indiana. Founded in the fall of 2001 as the Indiana-based affiliate of FIRST, FIRST Indiana Robotics brings FIRST programming to students in grades K-12, teaching them hands-on skills in engineering, science and technology that they can relate back to their class work.

About the R.B. Annis School of Engineering

The R.B. Annis School of Engineering at the University of Indianapolis 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. In March 2021, the University dedicated the state-of-the-art R.B. Annis Hall as the new home of the Annis School. The expansion, which translates to more opportunities for innovative designs for student teams as well as industry and community connections, is the culmination of the University’s $25 million investment in its engineering programs. 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. 

Exhibition Featuring Late Indiana Artist Terry Copen (1950-2021) visits UIndy

A new exhibition featuring the works of late artist Terry Copen will open on November 15th 4pm-6pm at Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center located in the University of Indianapolis at 1400 E Hanna Ave. and adjacent to the Ruth Lilly Performance Hall. This exhibition features major works from the artist’s career spanning nearly forty year.

‘A Life in Art’ follows the talented artist’s progression from a young emerging artist in the 1980s through his challenging last days in 2021. The themes addressed by Copen centered around his concern for the moral direction of society. Work both early and late in his career expresses his ruminations on morality.

Copen exhibited mainly early in his career. He was a founding member of the 431 Gallery on Massachusetts Ave in the 1980s and later displayed work at the InVivo Gallery also on Mass Ave. He won Best in Show at the 70th annual juried Artist Show at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (now Newfields) with his oil painting on coffin Lids titled “ Son Hero,” a work included in the present show. Copen participated in the group exhibition curated by Bill Adkins at the Hindsman Gallery. In the 90s Copen had a solo show at the ROY G BIV Gallery in Columbus, Ohio, and displayed work at the Richmond Art Museum in Richmond, Indiana.

After moving to Texas in 2003 Copen worked solely in the studio. He left behind a cohesive strong body of work.

Copen was a respected part of a group of young artists in Indianapolis in the 1980s that had an exciting cohesive Midwestern sensibility expressed in a variety of ways. Terry Copen’s work has returned to his artistic roots in Indianapolis with this exhibit at UIndy.

About Terry Copen

Terry Copen was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1950. He grew up during the Jim Crow era in the South making a lasting impression and formulating a deep sense of morality versus immorality, right vs wrong. He was eligible for the Vietnam draft but was excluded due to poor eyesight. In the mid-1970’s, he left the South, driving North with the intention of reaching Canada. His car broke down in Indianapolis where he remained until 1991.

Copen was a self-taught artist, studying Rembrandt and Caravaggio. In 1981, he enrolled at Herron School of Art in Indianapolis and studied painting. His early work was heavily influenced by the Neo-Expressionist painters of the day, and it was at Herron where his work expanded into wall reliefs, sculpture, and printmaking.

In 1984, Copen was a founding member of the 431 Gallery, a nonprofit, artist-run cooperative, on Massachusetts Avenue in downtown Indianapolis. He also exhibited regularly in Indiana and Ohio, before moving to Texas in 2003 where he focused solely on his work as a studio artist. He lived with cancer for many years before succumbing 2/23/2021. The work left behind speaks to a life dedicated to expressing his unique vision through sickness and health.

CELL launches Indiana Special Education Assisted Licensure (I-SEAL) to list of education initiatives

A new licensing assistance program will meet the significant need for special education teachers in Indiana. In partnership with the Indiana Department of Education, CELL is managing a funded licensing assistance program for post-baccalaureate programs of study that enables teachers to become fully licensed to teach special education in Indiana. I-SEAL utilizes streamlined programming eliminating excess requirements to ensure rapid completion of licensing requirements for teachers.

In a statement shared by Carey Dahncke, Executive Director of CELL, he describes the background of the creation of I-SEAL. “As Indiana works to recover from the academic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, some of our most vulnerable students in K-12 special education programs find themselves without a qualified teacher. In response to this rapidly growing shortage of special education teachers in schools, we’ve created a program that offers direct assistance to teachers, schools and principals. This program helps to train and license teachers who work with our state’s students with special needs. And, what makes this program unique, is that there is no cost to the schools or the teachers. We’ve streamlined the processes, so prospective special education teachers can accelerate their entry into the workplace, while working directly with the students who are most in need.”

I-SEAL will offer three programming tracks.  

  1. Currently licensed teachers who wish to add special education to their existing license will have an opportunity to participate in a fully-funded 18 credit hour graduate program.  Upon completion, they will be eligible for a special education license, pending a passing score on the state licensing exam.  
  2. A limited number of unlicensed teachers who wish to earn a special education teacher license and currently hold a bachelor’s degree will be eligible to enroll in a fully-funded Transition to Teaching program (T2T).  
  3. Individuals who have completed a special education preparation program but have been unable to pass the state licensing exam will have the opportunity to participate in special test-prep workshops to assist in obtaining the licensure cut score on the exam.    

The programs will pay for the coursework as well as the textbooks associated with each course.  Continued enrollment will be based upon continuous successful course completion. 

Visit IndianaSEAL.org for more details and how to apply for each higher education partner.

I-SEAL will also provide a scholarship assistance program for teachers currently enrolled in a special education licensure program other than that offered by I-SEAL. Awarded scholarships will subsidize the cost of completion. Prospective special education teachers who have completed necessary coursework for licensure but have failed to pass the licensing test once can apply for workshops designed to aid in understanding test-taking.

This program is funded in partnership with the Indiana Department of Education, which is using federal Elementary and Secondary School Relief Fund II dollars and Part B of Indiana’s Individuals with Disabilities Act funding to help special education teachers earn full licensure.

In a statement from Katie Jenner, Indiana Secretary of Education, “Indiana’s educators are difference-makers for our students, and we need more of these difference-makers in our classrooms. That’s especially the case in high-need areas like special education,” said Dr. Katie Jenner, Indiana Secretary of Education. “Through this initiative, statewide partners are coming together to provide Indiana’s current and future special education educators with access to convenient, accelerated options and key financial support, so that they, in turn, can continue supporting our Hoosier students daily.”

CELL’s multi-pronged approach to changing the education landscape of Indiana is producing results. The University of Indianapolis through CELL and its partners continually work to be a resource for awareness, exploration, and in-depth, innovative school transformation by remaining focused on educational excellence and achievement for all students.

CELL has significant experience facilitating successful education initiatives within areas of need across Indiana.  Based upon prior experiences providing teachers with programs to accelerate and support teacher credentialing, CELL has a reputable reputation.  CELL is recognized with dual credit credentialing strides with STEM teach and Teach Dual Credit Indiana. The organization’s newest initiative, I-SEAL will mirror many of the successful elements that have been developed across the thriving dual credit credentialing programs. 


About the Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning

Created in 2001, the Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL) at the University of Indianapolis is focused on all children graduating from high school fully prepared for success in postsecondary education and the 21st-century workforce. The Center has generated $57 million in funding to support its work as the leader for innovative education change in Indiana. CELL provides leadership that is both cutting-edge and action-oriented. Via partnerships with international, national, and local education leaders and organizations, CELL unites districts, schools, communities, universities, and businesses to build a sense of urgency and form innovative collaborations for statewide educational and economic improvement.

UIndy celebrates campaign milestone and homecoming 2021

INDIANAPOLIS— The University of Indianapolis announced a significant milestone as the Campaign for the University of Indianapolis surpassed the $100 million mark. Coinciding with 2021 Homecoming festivities, the campaign celebration was held in front of the recently-restored four pillars of Good Hall, which represent the four pillars of the Campaign: Students, Faculty, Community, and Future. The celebration, which provided a current total for the Campaign of $103,503,843, featured speakers representative of each pillar as well as President Robert L. Manuel.

In total, the Campaign has raised $37.4 for students, $10.3 million for faculty, $15.1 million for community initiatives, and $40.7 million for the University’s future. 

“We have been extraordinarily fortunate to have the support of more than 20,000 donors on our way to this milestone,” University of Indianapolis President Robert L. Manuel said. “That far-reaching support is evidence of the impact we are having on our students and the community. The generosity of our UIndy family, including the leadership of our Board of Trustees, especially our Campaign chair, Yvonne Shaheen, is what allows us to continue our mission to provide transformational educational opportunities for our students.”

The Campaign is supporting scholarships for our students, new academic initiatives like the Strain Honors College and R.B. Annis School of Engineering, investments in our liberal arts tradition through the Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences, along with physical improvements to almost every building on campus and more.

This past weekend, several programs and spaces to support UIndy students were opened or dedicated thanks to the generosity of the supporters of the Campaign.

The Murvin S. Enders, Jr. Student Engagement Space

The Murvin S. Enders, Jr. Student Engagement Space and the programming provided within it will exist to support the inclusion and feeling of belonging of students on campus. The space, which is on the second floor of the Schwitzer Student Center, will be utilized by offices all across campus, including Student Affairs, Ecumenical & Interfaith, Inclusion & Equity, the Success Center, and Professional Edge. It will be a multi-use space that spans the entire student population and actively engages them in the UIndy experience.

The Center for Applied Health and Performance

This new space, on the second floor of Schwitzer Student Center, will allow students, faculty, and staff to identify their health and wellness goals, and then tap into University resources to achieve them. The Center will have state-of-the-art fitness equipment for anyone in the UIndy community, along with classes, hands-on learning experiences, and research opportunities.

The Phil and Janet Terry Center for Campus Connections

This “one-stop-shop” will act as a concierge service for any student who needs access to resources at the University. Multiple offices from across campus will have a presence in the Center and will ensure ease of access for students seeking financial, academic, and social support as they work to complete their degree at UIndy. Our Campus Connectors will place a high priority on understanding the aspirations of our UIndy students and make sure that no concern goes unaddressed. 

The Stephen F. Fry Professional Edge Center

The Stephen F. Fry Professional Edge Center empowers students to become confident, competitive, career-ready, and connected. The Stephen F. Fry Professional Edge Center team proactively and strategically equips, exposes, and encourages students to define and achieve their first destination goals.

University of Indianapolis announces launch of fall ad campaign

INDIANAPOLIS—The University of Indianapolis announced today the launch of a new ad campaign, highlighted by a television spot debuting this week in primetime during local broadcasts of the World Series between the Braves and Astros, along with regular daytime and evening programming. The spot is part of a campaign produced by Caldwell VanRiper.

The spot highlights UIndy’s vibrant campus and student life options, with an emphasis on state-of-the-art learning spaces, inclusive atmosphere and hands-on learning opportunities. Also showcased is the University’s affordability, with UIndy recognized as the most affordable private institution in central Indiana by the Indy Star. Beloved UIndy mascot Grady the Greyhound also makes a lightning fast appearance!

The ad highlights many of the numerous campus enhancements created as part of the University’s Vision 2030 strategic plan, including the Health Pavilion, R.B. Annis Hall, the renovation of the historic Good Hall and Krannert Memorial Library, Greyhound Village and University Lofts, among other significant campus investments.

As part of the University’s Homecoming celebration earlier this month, UIndy celebrated more than $103 million raised during the Campaign for the University of Indianapolis. The University also recently dedicated new spaces on campus thanks to the generosity of Campaign supporters, including the Murvin S. Enders, Jr. Student Engagement Space, the Center for Applied Health and Performance, the Phil and Janet Terry Center for Campus Connections and the Stephen F. Fry Professional Edge Center, all located on the second floor of the Schwitzer Student Center.

The Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL) “CELLebrates” 20 years of monumental successes

INDIANAPOLIS—Over the last 20 years, the Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL) at the University of Indianapolis has led, advocated, and partnered with educators to bring about dramatic and dynamic change to benefit Hoosier children. In celebration of its 20th anniversary, CELL is hosting a public and complimentary, thought-provoking presentation from New York Times bestselling author Dan Heath. We will bring together our partners, supporters, and regional influencers, including local and state public officials, philanthropic organizations, business leaders, and educators from across the state to explore big ideas to reshape our work and transform how we look at the future of education.

Join us:

Wednesday, November 3, 2021
University of Indianapolis
Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center
4:00 – 5:30 P.M.

Register on Eventbrite to attend either in person or virtually.  Registration closes November 2nd at 5:00 P.M. EST. For those who attend in person, the first 250 participants will receive a complimentary copy of Upstream: The Quest to Solve Problems Before They Happen.

Dan Heath

“We hope the state’s educators will join us in reflecting on 20 years of educational impact across Indiana. By looking back, we move forward with our mission of ensuring every student graduates and is prepared for postsecondary readiness, training, and work in the 21st-century global economy,” said Carey Dahncke, executive director, CELL. 

Join us on November 3rd!  We look forward to CELLebrating at Dan Heath’s presentation on his book Upstream: The Quest to Solve Problems Before They Happen with our partners, supporters, and educators across Indiana.

About the Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning

Created in 2001, the Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL) at the University of Indianapolis is focused on all children graduating from high school fully prepared for success in postsecondary education and the 21st-century workforce. The Center has generated $57 million in funding to support its work as the leader for innovative education change in Indiana. CELL provides leadership that is both cutting-edge and action-oriented. Via partnerships with international, national, and local education leaders and organizations, CELL unites districts, schools, communities, universities, and businesses to build a sense of urgency and form innovative collaborations for statewide educational and economic improvement.

ICHE awards $2.4 million to ICI and CELL for STEM teacher courses

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education (ICHE) has awarded $2.4 million to Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) and the Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL) to continue their successful STEM Teach initiative that aids high school teachers needing graduate-level courses in STEM discipline areas to meet the Higher Learning Commission requirement for teaching dual-credit courses by 2022.

“STEM Teach V comes at an important juncture, as the demand for highly trained teachers in our K-12 schools is at an all-time high and as schools and students look to rebound from the challenges of the pandemic. At CELL, we know how important it is to help develop teachers who can cultivate interest and passion across the sciences, mathematics and technology fields in education, and we look forward to partnering with educators across the state and the Independent Colleges of Indiana to advance STEM education for Hoosier students.” said Carey Dahncke, executive director of CELL.

The General Assembly created the fund in 2013 to increase the number and quality of teachers in key subject areas where many school districts experience shortages. This is the fifth time STEM Teach received the grant.

“We look forward to continuing to serve high school teachers so that schools can provide ample dual credit opportunities in STEM fields to their high school students. This round of funding will not only provide the needed graduate courses in a specific content area for credentialing, but also the opportunity to complete a master’s degree if needed.” said Trish Wlodarczyk, director of strategic initiatives, STEM Teach and Teach Dual Credit Indiana, CELL.

In-service teachers will begin applying for acceptance into the program through an online application in October 2021. Teachers who successfully completed courses in previous iterations of STEM Teach will not need to reapply for this opportunity. Registration for courses for teachers accepted into the program are available based on each teacher’s priority status and will occur several months before each semester begins.

“We are grateful for ICHE’s continuing support of this important program because it provides key resources to Indiana teachers so that their students can take advantage of dual-credit opportunities in the growing STEM field,” said Dr. David W. Wantz, president and CEO of ICI.

About STEM Teach V

STEM Teach was designed to offer ICI members and public higher education institutions the opportunity to work together to increase the number of qualified dual-credit teachers of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in Indiana. Tuition, books, and materials for these courses will be offered at no cost to teachers employed in Indiana schools by utilizing funds available through the STEM Teacher Recruitment Fund to pay participating colleges and universities for these expenses.

About Independent Colleges of Indiana

Independent Colleges of Indiana serves as the collective voice for the state’s 29 private, non-profit colleges and universities. ICI institutions employ over 22,000 Hoosiers and generate a total local economic impact of over $5 billion annually. Students at ICI colleges have Indiana’s highest four-year, on-time graduation rates, and ICI institutions produce 30 percent of Indiana’s bachelor’s degrees while enrolling 20 percent of its undergraduates. 

About CELL

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

University of Indianapolis named a College of Distinction for fifth consecutive year

University of Indianapolis campus

The University of Indianapolis has been recognized for its honorable commitment to engaged, hands-on education by Colleges of Distinction for the fifth consecutive year. As an institution whose primary goals are based on student success and satisfaction, the University of Indianapolis claims its honor as one of the renowned Colleges of Distinction. 

Colleges of Distinction’s longstanding support for student-centered schools highlight those that traditional rankings often overlook. Founder Wes Creel created Colleges of Distinction to draw more attention to schools like the University of Indianapolis, whose student-centered education prevails in applying theory to practice while fostering a dynamic learning community and creating active examples of the University’s motto, “education for service.” 

Colleges of Distinction’s selection process comprises a sequence of in-depth research and detailed interviews with the schools about each institution’s freshman experience and retention efforts alongside its general education programs, career development, strategic plan, student satisfaction, and more—and accepting only those that adhere to the Four Distinctions: Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Community, and Successful Outcomes. These principles are all informed by the High-Impact Practices to prioritize how institutions enable students to have a fulfilling, individualized college experience.

Along with being honored as a College of Distinction for its high-impact approach to education, the University of Indianapolis has received specialized recognition for its Business, Education, Nursing, and Engineering programs. These additional accolades were borne out of a need for college curricula that are comprehensive not only in course material, but also in practical and soft-skills development. 

The University of Indianapolis has also received special recognition for its Career Development program. Schools awarded the Career Development badge have shown that they are well equipped to help their students graduate with confidence. The badge recognizes schools with comprehensive four-year plans, advising, and more. The University of Indianapolis offers numerous resources through its Professional Edge Center, providing unparalleled support throughout every stage of career exploration, development, and application.

Creel and his colleagues found that the most popular college rankings systems rely on metrics like peer reputation, size of endowment, and alumni salaries. They knew instead that the effective strategies for student satisfaction and outcomes were the kinds of engaging experiences found at the University of Indianapolis: living-learning communities, capstone projects including the Strain Honors College, study abroad programs with the Center for Global Engagement, Center for Service-Learning & Community Engagement programs, Office of Inclusion & Equity initiatives, undergraduate research, and interdisciplinary academic experiences.

About Colleges of Distinction
Since 2000, Colleges of Distinction has been committed to honoring schools throughout the U.S. for true excellence in higher education. The member schools within the Colleges of Distinction consortium distinguish themselves through their dedicated focus on the undergraduate experience. Its website provides dynamic college profiles, customized tools, and resources for students, parents, and high school counselors. For more information, and to learn how to become a College of Distinction, visit CollegesofDistinction.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. 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.

Kenny Broberg Announced as Artist-in-Residence

The University of Indianapolis continues a rich history of the performing arts in a unique partnership with the Indianapolis-based American Pianists Association. 

Kenny Broberg, the 2021 American Pianists Awards winner and Christel DeHaan Classical Fellow, will serve as the Artist-in-Residence at the University of Indianapolis for the next two years. Broberg succeeds Emmet Cohen, the 2019 American Pianists Awards winner and recipient of the Cole Porter Fellowship in Jazz.

“The Artist-in-Residence program continues to provide unique opportunities that connect our students with the expertise and talent of the American Pianists Association to help them navigate from the classroom to the concert hall. I am deeply proud of this partnership that creates a space for musical exploration for the entire community,” said University of Indianapolis President Robert L. Manuel. “We are grateful for the invaluable contributions of the previous artists-in-residence, Drew Petersen and Emmet Cohen. We extend our congratulations to Kenny Broberg on his tremendous achievement and we look forward to welcoming him to campus in the fall.”

The Christel DeHaan Classical Fellowship provides Broberg with a prize valued at $200,000 designed to assist him as he builds his musical career. It includes $50,000 in cash, a recording contract with Steinway & Sons, two years of professional development and assistance and performance opportunities worldwide.

Broberg will provide lessons to multiple students, present a two-hour master class and host performances during his time on campus as the Artist-in-Residence.

President Robert L. Manuel at the American Pianists Awards competition finale, with Dr. Joel Harrison pictured right

Dr. Joel Harrison, President/CEO and Artistic Director of the American Pianists Association, added, “We have greatly appreciated the support of the University of Indianapolis and most especially that of its president, Dr. Robert Manuel. The residency offers a superb opportunity for our winner to be in a strong academic setting, working with students not too different in age from our winner. And it gives the University of Indianapolis an excellent example to put forth of how valuable an educational and artistic experience can be in developing young artists. Everyone wins through this unique collaboration.”

About Kenny Broberg
Kenny Broberg, 26, is a Minneapolis native who won the silver medal at the 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and the 2019 bronze medal winner at the International Tchaikovsky Competition, as well as winning prizes at the Hastings, Sydney, Seattle and New Orleans International Piano Competitions. He has appeared with the Royal Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestras, among others. Recent and upcoming highlights include his debut with the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra, residencies at the Montreal Symphony’s Festival Virée Classique, Rye Arts, Methow Chamber, Strings and Sunriver Music Festivals, recitals in Houston, Denver, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles and Minneapolis, and in tours of Japan, Australia and Italy. He has been featured on NPR, WQXR, APM’s Performance Today, MPR and ABC (Australia) radio. His solo debut album was released in August 2017 on the Decca Gold label. Broberg studied for nine years with Dr. Joseph Zins before entering the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music, where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree with Nancy Weems in 2016. He currently resides in Parkville, Missouri, where he studies with Stanislav Ioudenitch at Park University.

About the American Pianists Association
The American Pianists Association has been supporting aspiring young artists for over 40 years and has been based in Indianapolis since 1982. It has a professional staff of seven, headed by Dr. Joel M. Harrison. The American Pianists Awards, held for both classical and jazz artists, offer significant opportunities for American pianists, ages 18-30, to advance their careers. Each winner receives a two-year fellowship, valued at over $100,000 including cash awards, fees, publicity and recording opportunities. All American Pianists Awards events are produced as public recitals and feature the finalists in a variety of settings. The organization greatly values the individual artistic sensibilities of each pianist, nurtures such individuality and does not impose any repertoire requirements during the competitions other than those necessary for the different genres. It is the intent of the American Pianists Awards to focus on artistic expression and not on competitive prowess. Further, the organization makes an effort to tailor its career assistance to suit the particular needs of the winner, offering an array of opportunities appropriate to the winner’s current career development and status. American Pianists Association strives to be the bridge between professional training and a full-fledged professional career.


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