University of Indianapolis announces 2019-20 performing arts season

Photo: Jazz musician Rob Dixon plays with students and UIndy Jazz Faculty during Jazz Week 2019.

Photo: Jazz musician Rob Dixon plays with students and UIndy Jazz Faculty during Jazz Week 2019.

INDIANAPOLISThe University of Indianapolis brings a wide range of diverse cultural activities to the Indianapolis metropolitan area with the announcement of the 2019-20 performing arts season. The institution serves as a destination point for musical performances, theatre productions, art exhibitions, readings and lectures, and highlights a progressive arts and music scene in the region. Fall performances include the Indianapolis Quartet, guest artists from the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and 2019 American Pianists Awards winner and University of Indianapolis Artist-in-Residence Emmet Cohen with the UIndy Jazz Faculty. 
See for complete season listings and ticket information.

The Faculty Artist Concert Series is sponsored by Katz, Sapper & Miller. All performances are free of charge and held at 7:30 p.m. at the Ruth Lilly Performance Hall in the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center.

Experience these 19 Monday evenings at the Ruth Lilly Performance Hall, as the most comprehensive recital series in the area continues to feature compelling presentations of solo repertoire, dynamic readings of the great chamber literature, provocative presentations of new works, exhilarating period instrument performances, and distinctive approaches to both classic and contemporary jazz. 

Faculty Showcase
Monday, September 9, 7:30 p.m.

Kathleen Hacker, soprano; Mitzi Westra, mezzo-soprano; Daniel Narducci, baritone; Gregory Martin, piano; Joana Genova, violin; Michael Isaac Strauss, viola; Austin Huntington, cello. Nemanja Ostojić, guitar; Tamara Thweatt, flute; Jennifer Christen, oboe; David Bellman, clarinet; Mark O’Connor, tenor saxophone; Terence Mayhue, percussion; Rebecca Sorley, piano; Haruka Ostojić, piano.

Our distinguished faculty performers open the new season with an eclectic mix from the 20th and 21st centuries. The first half of the program features music from both sides of the Atlantic: Sir Malcolm Arnold’s Divertimento for wind trio, Op. 37, and Mexican composer Eduardo Angulo’s Quartet for guitar and strings. Voice faculty perform music of American composers Ben Moore, Stephen Mark Kohn, and UIndy’s John Berners (his popular Cabaret Songs). Mark O’Connor and Terence Mayhue team for an intriguing jazz sampler followed by Aaron Copland’s iconic El Salón México, transcribed for two pianos by Leonard Bernstein.

Artist-in-Residence Emmet Cohen with the UIndy Jazz Faculty
Monday, September 23, 7:30 p.m.

Emmet Cohen is the winner of the 2019 American Pianists Awards and recipient of the Cole Porter Fellowship in Jazz. He has been named artist-in-residence at the University of Indianapolis for two years. Downbeat has praised the “nimble touch, measured stride, and warm harmonic vocabulary” he employs to communicate with other musicians and audiences. Cohen has appeared at the Monterey, Newport, North Sea, and Edinburgh jazz festivals, and at legendary nightspots such as Birdland, the Blue Note, and Jazzhaus Montmartre. The first half of the evening will feature Cohen as soloist, with the second half devoted to collaborations with UIndy jazz faculty Mark O’Connor, Brandon Meeks, and Kenny Phelps. 

UIndy Jazz Faculty Celebrates Thelonious Monk
Monday, October 21, 7:30 p.m.

Mark O’Connor, alto & tenor saxophones; Steven Jones, piano; Brandon Meeks, bass; Kenny Phelps, drums. 

The UIndy Jazz Faculty celebrates the 102nd birthday of jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk. As the house pianist at Minton’s Playhouse in New York City during the 1940’s, Monk became one of the co-founders of bebop along with Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Christian, and Kenny Clarke. Monk is the second-most-recorded jazz composer after Duke Ellington, which is remarkable since Ellington composed more than a thousand pieces, whereas Monk wrote about 70.  

The Indianapolis Quartet
Monday, October 28, 7:30 p.m.

Zachary DePue and Joana Genova, violins; Michael Isaac Strauss, viola; Austin Huntington, cello; with guests Carrie Dennis, viola, and Nick Canellakis, cello.

The Indianapolis Quartet returns for an ambitious fourth season of “marvelously unified” and “especially expressive” performances (Jay Harvey Upstage). The Indianapolis Quartet showcases cellist Austin Huntington in the opening Mozart Quartet (D Major, K. 575) followed by the premiere of their first commissioned work – the Quartet No. 3 by award-winning composer Robert Paterson. The evening’s festivities conclude with Johannes Brahms’ warm and melodic Sextet No. 1 in B-flat, Op. 18, with guest artists Carrie Dennis and Nick Canellakis.

Other highlights include: The Flower of England, Sept. 16, featuring the music of English composers caught in youth during the Great War; Baroque and Beyond, Sept. 30; Ronen Collaborations, Nov. 4; UIndy Brass, Nov. 18; Mozart to Motown, Nov. 25, Echoing Air, Feb. 24; The Indianapolis Quartet, March 30; and Guitar Through the Centuries, April 6. 

See for complete season listings and ticket information.

MSW Program receives accreditation from Council on Social Work Education

The University of Indianapolis announces today that the Commission on Accreditation (COA), as part of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), has granted initial accreditation to the Master of Social Work (MSW) Program, through July 2023.

“Our faculty worked very hard to get this done,” said Wanda Watts, MSW Program director. “Now it really means we have the opportunity to focus more exclusively on the students. This accreditation decision has helped affirm to us that our program is on a positive trajectory.”

The accreditation process by the COA began in February 2017. Through an in-depth benchmarking process that ended in July 2019, the MSW program received full accreditation that is retroactive to 2016, when the first class matriculated into the program.

During that time period, the COA examined the curriculum, conducted site visits, interviewed students and faculty, reviewed student assessment data and ensured that the program was in strict compliance with competency standards, social work professional standards and specialized practice standards in order to make an accreditation determination.

“The accreditation being retroactive is extremely important for our graduates because it means that they can say the program they graduated from is accredited. Their licensing, which requires graduation from an accredited program, is no longer in wait but is now in full effect,” said Watts.

“For our current students, there will be no issues of requiring a provisional status with the licensing board or employers asking if their program was accredited,” she added.

This accreditation decision also serves to make University of Indianapolis students even more attractive to local employers.

“We have had a large number of community providers anxiously awaiting our accreditation because they are looking for our graduates and our interns,” said Watts. “We have a great reputation for providing good social work professionals into the community and adding this qualification to our program will only help to increase that status. 

This will also allow the University to produce more social workers in a time where there is an increasing unmet need in communities across the city, state and country as a whole. “We have more service providers seeking to fill internships than we have students to fill them,” said Watts.

About the program

The Master of Social Work Program is a one- to two-year program, depending on matriculating students’ bachelor’s degree credentials, with courses that cover theory, practice, research and policy and the ability to focus on one of two concentrations: Behavioral Health or Families & Children. The program builds off of the highly-regarded UIndy CSWE accredited BSW program and features small classes, engaged faculty, and significant opportunity for community outreach and collaboration with UIndy’s health sciences and psychology programs. Practicum experiences are part of the foundation curriculum and concentration curriculum of the program, ensuring that students have hands-on, immersive work with local at-risk populations. 

About the Council on Social Work Education
CSWE is a national association of social work education programs and individuals that ensures and enhances the quality of social work education for a professional practice that promotes individual, family, and community well-being, and social and economic justice. CSWE pursues this mission in higher education by setting and maintaining national accreditation standards for baccalaureate and master’s degree programs in social work, by promoting faculty development, by engaging in interprofessional and international collaborations, and by advocating for social work education and research.

About the University of Indianapolis

The University of Indianapolis, founded in 1902, is a private, liberal arts university located just a few minutes from downtown Indianapolis. The University is ranked among the top Midwest Universities by the U.S. News and World Report, with a diverse enrollment of more than 5,500 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 also in engineering, business, and education, the University of Indianapolis impacts its community by living its motto, “Education for Service.”

Social Practice Art cohort presents second retrospective at Tube Factory

SocialPracticeArt600INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis is celebrating student work from the Social Practice Art master’s program with a retrospective event beginning Friday, August 2, 2019, at the Efroymson Gallery at Tube Factory Artspace. 

The second cohort has initiated numerous socially engaged projects around Indianapolis while examining such issues as pollinators and sustainability, aging in place, and human trafficking. 

The retrospective will include creative work from throughout the program, and the show will include interactive elements like listening stations, participatory art, and other projects attendees can take home.

“This year, students have intensely focused on Indianapolis and its neighborhoods,” said Kevin McKelvey, program director and founder. “Beyond place, students have tackled bigger social issues in their creative work and found connections and inspiration across the state.”

What: Masters Retrospective: Social Practice and Placemaking
When: August 2-16
Opening Reception: August 2, 6-10 pm
Closing Reception: August 16, 5-7 pm
Where: Efroymson Gallery at Tube Factory Artspace (1125 Cruft St., Indianapolis, In 46203)
The event is free to attend & open during regular Tube Factory Artspace hours

Students will be available during the opening reception to guide visitors through the interactive parts of their installations, and those components will be available throughout the run of the show.  Another part of the retrospective is a short documentary on the movement practicum students completed with choreographer Rebecca Pappas. 

Eve Eggleston presents a series of social practice art projects to create community awareness of the plight of the pollinators. This recent body of work has involved artistic interventions with re-purposing refuse and upcycling at Rabble Coffee. Her thesis project is using beehives for education about urban agriculture, sustainability, and pollinator value at IPS 39 William McKinley and at Indy Urban Awareness Gardens. She is also creating pollinator hotels with the Green Team of Groundwork Indy.

Kindness AK has aligned her passions by exploring how placemaking can encourage healing-centered engagement through community building and self-reflection. Her creative work includes transformative discussions and affirmation mirrors, as well as research-based projects on human trafficking and a small town of black farmers in Indiana, Lyles Station. These projects all in one way or another narrate how to enhance or identify the already “existing power of resiliency” within self and/or community. 

Writer and memoirist Sarah J. Wilson has deepened her exploration of Indianapolis’ Eastside neighborhoods through her social practice and placemaking projects. She grew up in the area and continues to live there. This summer, she has worked on the Eastside to collect local history and artifacts, especially from youth and the aging population, to create interactive social practice projects to commemorate this history and to celebrate its future. 

During the closing reception on August 16, students will conduct their own graduation ceremony to celebrate the end of their exciting year of work. 

About the program
The Master of Arts in Social Practice Art is a one-year program with courses in social practice, placemaking, social entrepreneurship, and writing for nonprofits. The cohort brings together the talents of costume designers, photographers, painters, and other artists to create work of lasting impact that involves and engages the community. Many courses involve hands-on, immersive work in local places that have connected students to professional opportunities.  

About the University of Indianapolis
The University of Indianapolis, founded in 1902, is a private, liberal arts university located just a few minutes from downtown Indianapolis. The University is ranked among the top Midwest Universities by the U.S. News and World Report, with a diverse enrollment of more than 5,500 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 also in engineering, business, and education, the University of Indianapolis impacts its community by living its motto, “Education for Service.” 

University of Indianapolis to host Guitar Foundation of America’s 2020 International Convention and Competition

GFAlogo (1)INDIANAPOLIS—The University of Indianapolis will host the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America (GFA) International Convention and Competition in 2020. The six-day convention, scheduled for June 22-27, 2020, will gather hundreds of classical guitar masters and enthusiasts from all over the world, including the most elite performers of the genre.

The annual GFA Convention, which is the single largest classical guitar event in the world, includes three concerts per day, a wide array of lectures, hands-on workshops, masterclasses and private lessons, a comprehensive vendor exposition and luthier showcase, the famous International Concert Artist Competitions, a Hall of Fame awards ceremony, and two guitar orchestras, open to all attendees. Some performances will be open to the public.

The GFA Convention is also home to three divisions of classical guitar competitions. The winner of the GFA International Concert Artist Competition is awarded an extensive international tour, along with a cash prize, recording contract and publishing contract. The International Youth Competition (IYC) has both senior and junior divisions that offer young players the opportunity to perform for an elite panel of judges as well as the large GFA audience. Winners of the IYC receive cash awards and generous prizes from GFA sponsors.

Event organizer Nemanja Ostojić, associate adjunct professor of classical guitar, said the convention will make a positive impact throughout the Midwest.

“The festival will be packed with guitarists from all over the world. This is a great opportunity for students, faculty and the local community to get involved. Leading guitar magazines and international publications will cover the event, simultaneously placing the UIndy campus and our city on the world map of guitar,” Ostojić said.

“We are grateful for the energy of the entire team at the University of Indianapolis that has made it possible for the GFA to bring our annual classical guitar festival to Indianapolis. It is a great bonus for the implementation of our artistic vision that the strong guitar program at the University is led by an internationally renowned artist, Nemanja Ostojić, who has a deep understanding of and commitment to artistry at the highest level. We can’t wait to share great music with all of our guests in the beautiful facilities at UIndy,” said Martha Masters, Guitar Foundation of America president.

The GFA convention is a broader part of academic initiatives at the University of Indianapolis to connect students with expert musicians. Ostojić has organized trips for students to participate in the annual Guitar Art Festival in Belgrade, Serbia. He also has coordinated the University’s Classical Guitar Series, featuring musicians such as Martha Masters and Andrew Zohn, who gave performances and master classes on campus.

“Providing students with life-changing experiential learning opportunities is built into the curriculum at the University of Indianapolis,” said Robert L. Manuel, University of Indianapolis president. “We are proud to host the Guitar Foundation of America’s premier event, which continues our tradition of networking with world-renowned artists who contribute so much to a vibrant cultural life on campus and throughout the community.”

University of Indianapolis announces credit transfer agreement with Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College and the University of Indianapolis have signed a credit transfer agreement that will make it easier for students to earn a bachelor’s degree.

Under the new partnership, students can move seamlessly from the Associate of Science in Business Administration (TSAP) curriculum at Ivy Tech to the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration accelerated adult program at the University of Indianapolis. Designed for working adults, courses in UIndy’s accelerated programs meet face-to-face and online in eight-week sessions. Classes are offered in both the fall and spring semesters, as well as seven-week sessions during the summer.

Students from any Ivy Tech location are eligible to transfer and apply a minimum of 60 credit hours for admission with junior standing to the University of Indianapolis, provided they have a cumulative 2.0 or higher grade point average on a 4.0 scale and meet the definition of ‘adult learner’ per University policy.

“This is an excellent transfer opportunity for our students at Ivy Tech who want to complete their bachelor’s degree in business. Students will be assured that they won’t lose any credits after completing their associate degree. We are optimistic that we will soon have more 2+2 agreements with the University of Indianapolis,” said Russ Baker, vice president for academic affairs at Ivy Tech Community College.

“This is another example of how the University of Indianapolis is working with partner institutions to solve community needs by providing students with lasting, valuable academic experiences. We look forward to welcoming new Greyhounds to campus,” added Executive Vice President and Provost Stephen H. Kolison, Jr.

Interested students can schedule an appointment with a UIndy adult learning enrollment counselor at 317-788-3294 or

About the University of Indianapolis

The University of Indianapolis, founded in 1902, is a private, liberal arts university located just a few minutes from downtown Indianapolis. UIndy is ranked among the top Midwest Universities by the U.S. News and World Report, with a diverse enrollment of more than 4,300 undergraduates, 1,400 graduate students and 400 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 UIndy each year than any other state institution. With strong programs also in engineering, business and education, UIndy impacts its community by living its motto, “Education for Service.”

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College serves communities across Indiana, providing world-class education and driving economic transformation. It is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering high-value degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities, along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.


University of Indianapolis announces Dean of College of Applied Behavioral Sciences

Torrey Wilson, Ph.D.

Torrey Wilson, Ph.D.

INDIANAPOLIS—The University of Indianapolis announced today that Torrey Wilson, Ph.D., has been appointed as the next Dean of the College of Applied Behavioral Sciences (CABS) effective August 1, 2019. His announcement follows an extensive national search.

Dr. Wilson most recently served as associate professor of clinical psychology at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University. In his faculty role, he served as chair of the curriculum committee, taught graduate courses, advised doctoral students and served on program and university-wide committees. Prior to that, Dr. Wilson was the Department Chair of the Clinical Psychology Program at Adler University in Chicago. While there, he successfully led the unit through the American Psychological Association (APA) accreditation, facilitated recruitment and oversaw the department budget, while instituting its social justice curriculum.

“The University of Indianapolis College of Applied Behavioral Sciences has risen to prominence as a remarkable college in a relatively short time. The dynamic undergraduate and graduate programs that emphasize human behavioral learning are taught by supportive and experienced faculty. Dr. Wilson will continue to develop this supportive infrastructure as he grows the University’s strong relationships within Central Indiana. His appointment will further enhance our high standards and record of innovation in counseling, psychology and social work,” said Executive Vice President and Provost Stephen H. Kolison, Jr.

One such example Dr. Kolison cited is the University’s Clinical Psychology Program (Psy.D.), which has been nationally recognized by the APA and is a member of the National Council of Schools and Programs in Professional Psychology. The Psy.D. program attracts students from around the county and students in the program achieve exceptional pass rates on exams.

“Dr. Wilson’s appointment is consistent with the University’s Vision 2030 and Academic Master Plan goals to attract candidates of the highest caliber to lead the University to new standards of excellence,” added Dr. Kolison.

“I am incredibly grateful and excited about joining the University of Indianapolis College of Applied Behavioral Sciences. As dean, I will lead CABS into the future of applied psychology and work collaboratively with the Health Pavilion’s allied health programs. I look forward to leading the College and University to become the benchmark for integrative healthcare and addressing the behavioral health needs of an increasingly diverse and challenging society,” stated Dr. Wilson.

A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Dr. Wilson began his baccalaureate studies at Xavier University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master’s in Counseling. His doctoral work took him to Loyola University-Chicago, where he earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Counseling Psychology.

“The College of Applied Behavioral Sciences is thrilled to welcome Dr. Wilson to our community. He brings a breadth of knowledge and experience that will help to elevate our College and promote our mission of transforming lives through education, training and service in the fields of psychology, counseling and social work,” said Dr. Erin Fekete, interim dean of CABS.

“I am very appreciative to the search committee members for their outstanding work in helping us find Dr. Wilson. I would also like to express my gratitude to Dr. Anita Thomas for serving as the former dean of CABS. Dr. Thomas’ visionary leadership as dean has contributed to the quality and excellence that defines this institution. I am grateful for her accomplishments, and I wish her the very best as she continues her career as executive vice president and provost at St. Catherine University,” said Dr. Kolison.

University of Indianapolis announces Semester II Dean’s List, Honor Roll, 2018-19 Annual Honor Roll

The University of Indianapolis has announced Dean’s List and Honor Roll recipients for Semester II of the 2018-19 academic year, as well as the Annual Honor Roll for the 2018-19 Academic Year.

Searchable online listings of students named to the Dean’s List, Honor Roll and Annual Honor Roll are available at Visit this page to verify information or search for other students from your area, and feel free to bookmark the link for future reference. The site lists students alphabetically by last name and also offers the ability to search by hometown or zip code.

Students named to the Dean’s List have completed at least 12 hours during a regular semester and earned a grade point average of 3.7 or higher. Semester Honor Roll students have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours during Spring 2019 and earned a grade point average of at least 3.4 but less than 3.7. Annual Honor Roll students completed a minimum of 12 credit hours during the 2018-2019 academic year (Fall and Spring semesters) and earned a grade point average of at least 3.4 over those credits. Semester Honor Roll, Annual Honor Roll and Dean’s List encourage scholarship of high quality and give appropriate public acknowledgment to students whose work deserves recognition.

University of Indianapolis announces launch of The Sease Institute

SeaseInstituteThe University of Indianapolis is proud to announce the creation of The Gene and Joanne Sease Institute, an innovative model that meets the growing need to develop regionally-based high-skill talent. Opening in July 2019, The Sease Institute at the University of Indianapolis answers the call for institutions of higher education to be nimble and flexible by offering customized programs tied to relevant, workforce-related content.

Aligning with the expertise already in residence at the University of Indianapolis, The Sease Institute will focus on developing customized and specific content in business, technology, healthcare and nonprofit sectors. More areas will be offered as The Sease Institute grows. Participants will be equipped to learn new skills, advance existing ones, and either gain new employment or progress in their chosen field.

“The Sease Institute is an exciting opportunity for the University of Indianapolis to build on our long legacy as a connector between a problem and a solution in our society—in this case, workforce development. I look forward to The Sease Institute providing a role in continuing to contribute to the economic vitality of the region and helping Indianapolis become a competitive draw by providing talent for existing and new businesses looking to relocate here,” said University of Indianapolis President Robert L. Manuel.

Named in honor of Gene Sease, president and chancellor of the University from 1970 to 1989, The Sease Institute carries forward his commitment to innovation and boldly seizing opportunities. As a thought leader in workforce development solutions, The Sease Institute will focus on adding original research, public opinion data and economic analysis to the public space. Through national research, conferences and publications, The Sease Institute will help promote Indianapolis as a pioneer in understanding, evaluating and implementing workforce development strategies and programs.

“The University of Indianapolis has an impressive history of developing graduates who make vital contributions to society. I am honored and proud that The Sease Institute will dramatically expand the University’s innovative programs to nontraditional students and corporate partners—and meet the community’s economic needs in that process,” Sease said.

Building on the success of collaborative partnerships with Roche Diagnostics and Community Health Network to build custom solutions to workforce development needs, The Sease Institute will continue to grow these opportunities with organizations throughout Indiana.

“Community Health Network’s diverse array of partnerships with the University of Indianapolis allows Community to meet critical workforce needs specific to healthcare. This collaborative relationship creates opportunities for academic research, professional development and exceptional learning experiences for students. Community Health Network is looking forward to developing new solutions in collaboration with the University of Indianapolis through The Sease Institute,” said David Kiley, president of Community Health Network Indianapolis Region.

“As Roche’s customer base continues to grow, the demand for quality and properly trained biomedical equipment technicians continues to increase. These technicians are critical to Roche’s operations, as they maintain critical lab equipment and provide customer service across Roche’s geographic service regions. Through this unique partnership with the University of Indianapolis, we will be able to fulfill our employment needs for these positions that are critical to our business,” said Jack Phillips, president and CEO, Roche Diagnostics Corporation North America.

The Sease Institute will generate new certificate experiences in non-credit courses that develop the talent for existing workforce needs in central Indiana. In collaboration with school districts, law enforcement organizations and hospital systems in Indianapolis, The Sease Institute is already creating certificate programs in certified nursing assistant, qualified medication aide, loss prevention, classroom management and community health worker training.

The Sease Institute will work with corporate partners to customize educational experiences to meet their own talent development needs in areas such as health informatics, change management, data analytics and more. Faculty members within The Sease Institute will work with content experts to design and implement educational interventions specific to the stated need of the corporation.

Learn more about The Sease Institute.

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University of Indianapolis honors Class of 2019

INDIANAPOLIS—More than 1,350 graduates received degrees from the University of Indianapolis at Commencement ceremonies Friday and Saturday, which also served to highlight the impact of the institution’s students, alumni and faculty across the state and world.


The University of Indianapolis conferred honorary degrees on Lonnie Johnson and Bob Zellner, two visionaries who embody the mission of the University. Lonnie Johnson is a world-renowned inventor, as well as president and founder of Johnson Research and Development Co., Inc. He has earned numerous awards from NASA for his spacecraft control systems and is the inventor of Hasbro’s Super Soaker® Water Blaster.

“As my generation passes the torch to you, your generation will become the future leaders of the world who will address the challenges associated with the activity that comes with computers and all of those great, wonderful things that humans will continue to develop,” Johnson said.

Bob Zellner is a prominent civil rights activist and Freedom Rider who has dedicated his life’s work to the pursuit of equal rights for all.

“I learned one thing in my work with Dr. [Martin Luther] King and Mrs. Rosa Parks – that is that brotherhood and sisterhood is not so wild a dream as those who profit by postponing it pretend. You are the ones who will go forth and prove that we can come together and save our democracy,” Zellner told the graduates.

Three students were honored with the I. Lynd Esch Award, which is given each year to students with the highest scholarly achievement during their University of Indianapolis career. The award, named for a former president of the University, recognizes persistence, consistency and dedication to academic excellence. The 2019 recipients are Samantha Froh (pre-art therapy), Brittany Isaacs (elementary education) and Chloe Wahl (biology and chemistry).

Emily Slaven, associate professor and director of the orthopedic residency program in the Krannert School of Physical Therapy, was named 2019 University of Indianapolis Teacher of the Year, which honors a faculty member who has demonstrated a distinguished record of excellence and impact on student learning.

UIndy 2019 Commencement by the numbers:

  • 843 undergraduates
  • 468 master’s and doctoral candidates (136 doctoral, 332 masters)
  • 27 states and 22 nations represented
  • 1,311 graduates from home campus
  • 41 graduates at UIndy’s international partner sites
  • Total: 1,352 graduates

The Indianapolis Quartet Celebrates Music of Latin America in May 5 performance

The Indianapolis Quartet

The Indianapolis Quartet

INDIANAPOLIS—The University of Indianapolis’ ensemble-in-residence, The Indianapolis Quartet, will be presenting an afternoon of music in celebration of Latin America. Violinists Zachary DePue and Joana Genova, violist Michael Isaac Strauss, and cellist Austin Huntington will perform in concert with guest artist and guitarist Nemanja Ostojić on Sunday, May 5 at Fountain Square’s event space, Grove Haus. This will be an afternoon of music, drinks and food with festivities beginning at 2:30 p.m. The concert of music by Latin composers begins at 3:00 p.m. Grove Haus is located at 1001 Hosbrook Avenue in Indianapolis.

For this family-friendly event, the Quartet and guest guitarist will perform a program for various groupings of small ensemble music for string instruments and guitar, from trios through quintets. The music is a mix of classical compositions and charming arrangements of traditional music, tangos, and familiar songs like “The Girl from Ipanema.” Classical selections feature music by prominent Mexican and South American composers, as well as composers of Latin heritage, including Alberto Ginastera, Manuel Ponce, Silvestre Revueltas, Gabriela Lena Frank, and Eduardo Angulo.

Tickets for adults are $15; students with ID: $10. Free entry for children six and under. A cash bar will be available. Tickets can be purchased online at Brown Paper Tickets and at the door.

Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit a Central Indiana Latin community organization.

More information about the event is available at and by contacting Joana Genova.

About The Indianapolis Quartet

The Indianapolis Quartet (TIQ) is ensemble-in-residence at the University of Indianapolis. Now approaching the end of their third season, violinists Zach DePue and Joana Genova, violist Michael Isaac Strauss, and cellist Austin Huntington continue to reach audiences through their moving and well-defined performance style, and earn critical praise for their interpretive skill. Their performances before capacity crowds in the University of Indianapolis’ 500-seat Ruth Lilly Hall at the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center have earned the quartet accolades for their unshakeable musical rapport. TIQ’s Chicago debut was in March 2018 and is planning its New York debut for March 2020. The quartet regularly collaborates with premier chamber musicians including such artists as pianist Orli Shaham, cellist Mark Kosower, and clarinetist Todd Palmer. This spring they record works by composer Frank Felice and the coming season will see a new quartet written for them by award-winning composer Robert Paterson. This season, TIQ has been heard on stages in Cincinnati, at the Indiana Landmarks Center, Butler University, Illinois Wesleyan University, and the Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society in Lafayette, Indiana, as well as in live performances on WISH-TV 8 and the National Public Radio station, WBAA 101.3 FM. This summer they perform on the Taconic Music Festival in Vermont and live on Vermont Public Radio. The Indianapolis Quartet is grateful for support from the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation.

About Nemanja Ostojić

Serbian guitarist Nemanja Ostojić is a highly decorated performer with numerous international competition wins including top prizes at the Niccolo Paganini Competition (Parma, Italy), Sinaya Guitar Competition (Sinaya, Romania), Volos Guitar Festival (Greece), Guitar Competition Anna Amalia (Weimar, Germany), Texas Guitar Competition (Dallas, TX), Schadt String Competition (Allentown, PA), South West Guitar Festival & International Competition (San Antonio, TX), Boston Guitar Fest, and the JoAnn Falleta International Guitar Concerto Competition (Buffalo, NY). He has since performed on four continents and, as a soloist, he has performed with the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra (Ankara, Turkey), Buffalo Philharmonic, Athens (Greece) Chamber Orchestra, Belgrade Philharmonic, and the Allentown Symphony. Ostojić received his Bachelor’s Degree in music from the University of Belgrade where he studied with Professor Srdjan Tosic. Ostojić then completed a Master’s Degree, Artist Diploma, and Doctorate in Musical Arts at the Jacobs School of Music of Indiana University under the guidance of Ernesto Bitetti. He currently serves on the faculties of Franklin University and the University of Indianapolis.


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