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.

www.americanpianists.org.

University of Indianapolis announces Dean’s List and Honor Roll for 20-21 Semester II and Annual Honor Roll for 20-21 academic year

Dean's List and Honor Roll graphic

The University of Indianapolis has published a list of students who have been named to the Dean’s List or Honor Roll for Semester II and/or the Annual Honor Roll of the 2020-21 academic year.

The online database can be found here: http://news.uindy.edu/honors.

The database includes a listing of the student’s name along with hometown and honors earned. The list can also be sorted by zip code to generate results representing your community.

Students named to the Dean’s List have completed at least 12 hours during a semester and earned a grade point average of 3.7 or higher. Honor Roll students have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours and earned a grade point average of at least 3.4 but less than 3.7. Semester Honor Rolls and Dean’s List encourage scholarship of high quality and give appropriate public acknowledgment to students whose work deserves recognition.

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 Patrick Van Fleet as new dean of Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences

The University of Indianapolis announced today that Patrick Van Fleet, Ph.D., has been appointed as the next dean of the Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences effective July 26, 2021. His announcement follows an extensive national search.

Dr. Van Fleet most recently served as professor and chair for the Department of Mathematics at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. He also served as director of the endowed Center for Applied Mathematics (CAM) at St. Thomas. During that time, Dr. Van Fleet was funded by the National Science Foundation on four projects totaling $1.3 million, wrote three books on wavelet theory, published several papers on wavelet theory and spline functions, and led numerous undergraduate research projects. He was a 2016 recipient of the John Ireland Presidential Award for Outstanding Achievement as a Teacher-Scholar at the University of St. Thomas.

Patrick Van Fleet, dean of the Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences
Patrick Van Fleet, dean of the Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences

“Dr. Van Fleet comes to UIndy at a crucial time for our University, as we emerge from the pandemic and find new ways to thrive and fulfill our mission to both our students and the community,” said Dr. Mary Beth Bagg, interim provost and vice president. “I am confident that Dr. Van Fleet will continue the tradition of innovation in the Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences by not only supporting opportunities for students to develop essential skills in their areas of study, but also by fostering successful transitions to their careers or further study at the graduate level.”

“I am excited and grateful to join the University of Indianapolis and the Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences. The College’s emphasis on helping faculty combine research and classroom work through the Shaheen grants aligns closely with my teaching and learning philosophy,” said Dr. Van Fleet. “I am eager for the opportunity to lead the College and the University in reaching new goals in interdisciplinary collaboration, community engagement, and regional workforce needs.” 

Dr. Van Fleet earned his Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics (education emphasis) from Western Illinois University and his Master of Science and PhD in mathematics from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He worked at Sam Houston State University from 1992-1998, where he performed research in the emerging field of wavelet theory (funded in part by the National Science Foundation) and led a large project funded by a branch of the Department of Defense. In 1998, he became director of the endowed Center for Applied Mathematics at the University of St. Thomas and from 2011 served as chair of the Department of Mathematics. 

“The Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences is thrilled to welcome Dr. Van Fleet to our community,” said Dr. Mary Moore, interim dean of the Shaheen College. “His passion for undergraduate research and connecting students with industry mentors will enhance our robust programs and expand opportunities for students and faculty 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.

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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