‘Cosmos’ host Tyson to speak Oct. 22 at UIndy



Internationally known astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, host of the updated Cosmos science television series, will deliver a public presentation Oct. 22 at the University of Indianapolis.

Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, will speak at 7 p.m. in Nicoson Hall. The appearance is part of UIndy’s Blanche E. Penrod Lecture Series. Details on seating will be released as available.

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, which premiered March 9 as a weekly feature on the Fox and National Geographic networks, is a high-tech reboot of the groundbreaking 1980 PBS series that demystified deep science for general audiences and made host Carl Sagan a pop icon. Sagan’s widow and collaborator Ann Druyan and writer-director-actor Seth McFarlane are executive producers of the new series.

Graduates to deliver commencement remarks

As UIndy’s 2014 graduates anticipate hearing their names during Saturday’s commencement ceremony, they’ll hear words of reflection and inspiration from two of their own.

To mark the new approach to commencement this year – the first joint undergrad/graduate ceremony since 2002, and the first outdoor ceremony since the 1960s – UIndy decided to skip the guest speakers and award the opportunity to two of the graduates themselves, who were nominated and selected by their peers.



The undergraduates will be represented by senior Will Schnabel, 22, a Perry Meridian High School graduate who is earning his bachelor’s degree in Communication. His student years have been marked by his involvement in Theatre, summer internships with The Conan O’Brien Show and The Onion, and his receipt of the prestigious Honors College scholarship for a semester at Oxford University, where he studied British politics – really studied.

“It was fun, but a lot of work,” says Schnabel, who plans to pursue a career as a screenwriter.



Graduate students will be represented by Peter Brown, 36, a North Central High School grad who will receive his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Originally a landscape architect, he decided to change course and was drawn to UIndy by its “Education for Service” philosophy.

“I got tired of chasing the almighty dollar and wanted to help people,” says Brown, who is married to a UIndy alumna. As a student in the Krannert School of Physical Therapy, he has spent time assisting an elderly ALS patient, working at a camp for stroke survivors in Colorado, and most recently interning at the IU Health Neuroscience Center.

The commencement ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday in Key Stadium will be webcast live and archived for later viewing at www.uindy.edu/graduation. Social media fans also can follow this week’s graduation hoopla on Storify and add their own perspective via Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, using #UIndyGrad.

Hounds down conference rivals in first round

UPDATE: The men’s basketball season ended Sunday night with an 82-76 loss to Michigan Tech in the second round of the NCAA D-II Midwest Regional. More details here.

Photo: UIndy Athletics/Kyle Piercy

UIndy senior Reece Cheatham hit five three-pointers in Saturday’s victory over conference rivals Bellarmine. Photo: Kyle Piercy for UIndy Athletics

UIndy sent Bellarmine packing Saturday with an 80-75 win in the first round of the NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Midwest Regional.

The showdown against the archrivals from Louisville was a big win for the Greyhounds, who defeated the Knights in January but lost to them twice in the past month. The tournament meeting was their third in four years.

“They’ve been a thorn in my side the past few years, and it’s time for us to do what we’ve been trying to do these past few years and knock these guys off,” Head Coach Stan Gouard said in a pregame interview with WIBC radio.

And so they did. Senior Reece Cheatham led the Hounds with 18 points, 15 of them coming in the second half.

Second-seeded UIndy now advances to the second round Sunday, facing sixth-seeded Michigan Tech (23-7) at 7 p.m.

Read the Indianapolis Star’s pregame story

Hear WIBC’s seven-minute interview with Coach Stan Gouard

See a photo gallery from Saturday’s game

Learn more about the team and the win

The UIndy women’s basketball team enjoyed a 23-9 season but lost Friday to Detroit’s Wayne State in the first round of the Midwest Regional. Read more on the team here.

Women’s golf takes third-straight GLVC title

UIndy Athletics photo

UIndy Athletics photo

The UIndy women’s golf team claimed its third consecutive Great Lakes Valley Conference title this weekend in Waterloo, Ill., a feat achieved only once before in league history.



Senior Jenny Konop, a Biology/Pre-Med major from Green Bay, Wis., was named GLVC Player of the Year for the second-straight season. Coach Brent Nicoson claimed his third-straight Coach of the Year award, an honor he also received at last week’s men’s conference tournament.

Ranked No. 1 in the region, the Greyhounds proceed next to the NCAA Division II Regional, scheduled May 4-6 at Purgatory Golf Club in Noblesville.

Watch a post-tourney interview and learn more about the team at the Athletics website.

Psychology prof named Teacher of the Year

Within the School of Psychological Sciences, students say Associate Professor Debbie Warman is the best to have for morning classes, bringing “more energy than a gallon of coffee.”



Dr. Warman’s enthusiasm and ability to engage students are key reasons why she was selected UIndy’s 2014 Teacher of the Year. The honor was presented this week at a campuswide faculty meeting.

Warman joined UIndy in 2003 and teaches a variety of graduate courses including the Professional Practice Seminar and the Cognitive and Cognitive-Behavioral Approaches to Treatment lecture and lab. She is known for her ability to combine theory and practice in her instruction and for citing actual clinical cases rather than fictitious scenarios as classroom examples.

As one of her students put it: “She is widely respected as an excellent instructor with a high level of expertise and the ability to translate her expertise into a cohesive syllabus that is enthusiastically taught. In her classes, I felt respected as a learner—a graduate student who was serious about mastering the material in order to be a more effective future psychologist.”

The doctoral program in the School of Psychological Sciences, by the way, produces more clinical psychologists each year than any other institution in Indiana.

UIndy’s other Teacher of the Year nominees for 2014 were Amanda Miller of Social Sciences, Travis Miller of Mathematics & Computer Science, David Styers-Barnett of Chemistry, Jessica Bannon of English, Karen Elsea of Nursing, Tom Parker of Business, Emily Slaven of Physical Therapy and Angelia Ridgway of Teacher Education.

Key Stadium to host May 3 commencement

Outdoor ceremony will recognize both undergraduate and graduate students

Faculty members applaud graduates after the 2013 undergrad ceremony.

UIndy faculty members applaud graduates after the 2013 undergraduate ceremony.

UIndy is supersizing graduation day this year with a May 3 ceremony that will be the university’s first outdoor commencement in decades and the first since 2002 to combine undergraduate and graduate programs.

Commencement exercises have been conducted indoors since the 1960s, most recently in Nicoson Hall basketball arena. Growing enrollment led to a decision in 2003 to separate the spring celebration into two separate ceremonies, one for undergraduate programs and the other for graduate students receiving master’s and doctoral degrees. Each event offered only limited seating for family and friends.

This year, a single commencement ceremony at 11 a.m. May 3 in Key Stadium will be open to all 1,343 of this year’s eligible graduates, with no tickets required for guests. The football facility will be configured to seat up to 10,000 people for the occasion.

“Commencement is a milestone that the entire UIndy community should celebrate together,” university President Robert Manuel said. “Moving outdoors to Key Stadium also opens our celebration to the broader community and signifies the university’s role as an anchor for our southside neighborhood.”

A live webcast of the ceremony will be viewable at www.uindy.edu/graduation, where more details on commencement also are available.

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Student to attempt world record for charity

Sterling White stillThis still image from a video shows Sterling White training to break the world record for the fireman’s carry and raise $10,000 for Little Red Door Cancer Agency.

Watch Fox59 interview

There’s no question Sterling White is in good shape, but can he carry someone his own weight for an entire mile in less than 11 minutes and 29.13 seconds?

That will be the big question at 10 a.m. Saturday when the UIndy student and former wrestler attempts to enter the Guinness Book of World Records for his performance in the fireman’s carry.



The carry-ee for the attempt at IUPUI’s Carroll Stadium will be UIndy junior and wrestler Dylan Kavanaugh.

White, 23, began planning the project about a year ago, when a friend of similar age passed away from cancer and he felt and saw the grief that followed.

“It showed me how precious life is,” says the Decatur Central High School graduate, who is using the occasion to raise money for Little Red Door Cancer Agency’s services for local cancer patients. His personal goal is $10,000, and donations may be made at www.littlereddoor.org/sterling-white.

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Men’s golf takes 15th GLVC championship

UIndy Athletics photo

UIndy Athletics photo

The UIndy men’s golf team won its second consecutive Great Lakes Valley Conference title Tuesday at Otter Creek Golf Course in Columbus.



The Greyhounds downed Missouri-St. Louis 3-2 in the match play final. The conference championship is the 15th overall for the UIndy program.

“I couldn’t be more proud of our group,” head coach Brent Nicoson ’94 said in an interview with GLVC Sports. Watch it here.

For full coverage and a photo gallery from the tournament, visit the Athletics website.

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