Imagination Emporium students bring haunted house to life

Piper Voge (Bindy Agency), and UIndy students Chelsea Marshall and Jillian Conrad

Piper Voge (Bindy Agency), and UIndy students Chelsea Marshall and Jillian Conrad

Students in the Imagination Emporium design agency are working hard to give people a fright this Halloween. Hotel Holmes is a new haunted house in Irvington —just east of downtown Indianapolis — organized by the Bindy Agency, and the Imagination Emporium is helping to bring it to life.

The Imagination Emporium is a full-service, student-run experience design agency who works with real-world, community clients. Each semester, the Imagination Emporium works with a community partner—either for-profit or nonprofit—to research, design and implement multisensory environments and experiences.

This semester, the agency is helping to create Hotel Holmes, a walk-thru style haunted house that is based on the life of H. H. Holmes. Holmes is thought to have murdered as many as 200 people between 1886 and 1894. Holmes evaded authorities and fled to Irvington, where he stayed for a brief while. Visitors to Hotel Holmes will feel like they are stepping into the lobby of a 1890s hotel.

“This has been a wonderful opportunity for the students, and we’ve thoroughly enjoyed working on the project,” says Experience Design Director Dr. Samantha Meigs.

Hotel HolmesThe haunted house is presented as part of the Historic Irvington Halloween Festival, the largest Halloween fest in the U.S.

More information about the Hotel Holmes and the students’ experience is available in an article published by the Indianapolis Star and this article published by Southside Times.

If you go:

When: 3 to 11 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, 3 p.m. to midnight Friday, Oct. 28, noon to midnight Saturday, 3 p.m. to midnight Oct. 30-31.

Where: 5529 Bonna Ave, #10. 

Tickets:$10 presale, $15 at the door, $20 for VIP timed tickets. Appropriate for ages 15 and older.

Info:  hotelholmesindy.com

UIndy Theatre presents musical comedy

Emery Lade as Olive Ostrovsky stars as an eager speller

Emery Lade as Olive Ostrovsky stars as an eager speller

A heartwarming comedy is this season’s opening production from the Department of Theatre at the University of Indianapolis. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a long one-act musical comedy conceived by Rebecca Feldman with music and lyrics by William Finn, a book by Rachel Sheinkin and additional material by Jay Reiss.

The 2005 Broadway production earned good reviews and box-office success and was nominated for six Tony Awards, winning two, including Best Book. It opens October 21 in UIndy’s Ransburg Auditorium, 1400 E. Hanna Ave.

Featuring a fast-paced, wildly funny, and touching book, and a truly fresh and vibrant score, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor. An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box. A riotous ride complete with audience participation, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a delightful den of comedic genius.

The run continues Oct. 21-22 & 27-29, with performances at 8 p.m., and on Oct. 23 with a 2 p.m. performance. Admission is $12 for the public, $10 for UIndy alumni, senior citizens, groups of eight or more, and non-UIndy students with ID. Tickets and more information are available at uindy.edu/etc or 317- 788-3251

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

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University of Indianapolis students to hold voter registration drive

photo-23A group of students at the University of Indianapolis is focused on increasing voter registration for students and neighbors in the next two weeks through the political science class “Campaigns and Elections.” The voter registration campaign and service-learning project “UIndy Votes!” was created, organized and implemented by the students with a grant from Indiana Campus Compact.

About 20 students are visiting nearly 500 homes in the University Heights neighborhood, according to Assistant Professor of History & Political Science Laura Albright. The juniors and seniors want to reach out to college students and community members and help them register to vote, confirm their voter registration and provide information about the voting process. The students will also analyze the effectiveness of the voter registration campaign to inform future registration strategies.

“Political participation, like democracy, is a group effort,” says Albright, “and these projects connect the students to the community and both benefit as a result.”

The campaign makes it easier for students and others to register to vote through a strategy spanning multiple days at varying hours in popular places near the University campus. The voter registration drive will also incorporate a door-to-door canvassing effort in the extended campus community of University Heights from September 26 through October 7.

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All clear after bomb threat, evacuation

In the wake of a bomb threat received today at the University of Indianapolis, the following statement was issued by Jeanette DeDiemar, vice president for communications and marketing:

The University of Indianapolis campus was evacuated this afternoon in response to an anonymous bomb threat.

Police conducted a complete search and found no evidence of a bomb or suspicious materials around campus. An all-clear message was issued within an hour, and students, faculty and staff were permitted to re-enter buildings. All evening classes remain canceled.

Campus police received the threat at approximately 4 p.m., and university leadership determined the concern was credible enough to merit ordering a complete evacuation. The safety of students, faculty, staff and visitors is the university’s top priority. The evacuation was executed quickly and smoothly.

Welcome Week helps new students settle in

PlayFairAfter a day of moving in and attending orientation sessions, the new class of Greyhounds enjoy mixer activities Wednesday night at the Athletics & Recreation Center. See more photos on the UIndy Facebook page.

Freshmen and transfer students are taking part in a full schedule of Welcome Week activities as they get acquainted with each other and the UIndy campus and staff following Wednesday’s Move-In Day. The full schedule of events is at this link.

On Wednesday, the Indianapolis Star caught some nice photos of students moving in and bidding farewell to their families. An online gallery is viewable here.

TV coverage of Move-In Day included reports from WRTVWTHR and WXIN.

Record freshman class to arrive Wednesday

Continuing a hallowed UIndy tradition, Movin’ Crew student volunteers lend some elbow grease to help new students get settled on Move-In Day 2015.

Martin Hall overhauled to house new Engineering programs

New programs and renovated facilities will greet the largest and most diverse incoming class in UIndy history when it arrives Wednesday.

This year’s freshmen could be the first to number 1,000 or more, contributing to a projected all-time high of more than 3,400 full-time undergraduate students. They hail from 28 states and 20 nations, with 25 percent multicultural representation.

Move-In Day for new students is Wednesday, with hundreds of faculty, staff, student and alumni volunteers on duty to assist incoming families from 8 to 11 a.m. The Movin’ Crew will direct the incoming vehicles, unload and catalog the new students’ personal and household items, then deposit the goods in the designated residence hall rooms. The day kicks off a series of Welcome Week events designed to help the newcomers make friends and get comfortable on campus. Read more

Greyhound football favored to win GLVC crown

Click above to watch UIndy football’s 2016 preview video.

Sept. 10 “Monumental Matchup” against Marian to feature special guests

The 2016 season is shaping up to be another great one for UIndy football, with the NCAA Division II Greyhounds picked unanimously in the preseason coaches poll — for the fifth-straight year — to win the Great Lakes Valley Conference title.

The Hounds, who finished last year at 10-2 overall and 8-0 in the GLVC, have 18 starters returning, along with reigning GLVC Coach of Year Bob Bartolomeo. They are 30-1 in conference play and the only conference team to make the D-II preseason rankings, coming in at No. 16.

After the Sept. 3 season opener at Michigan’s Hillsdale College, the first home game at Key Stadium is the Sept. 10 return of the “Monumental Matchup,” a grudge match against crosstown foes Marian University of the NAIA. Tailgating begins at 4 p.m.; the national anthem will be sung by UIndy alum Megan Meadors, former Miss Indiana and Indianapolis Colts cheerleader; former Colt Gary Brackett will handle the coin toss; and kickoff is at 6:05.

Rumor has it that halftime entertainment will be provided by the acclaimed winner of a nationally televised singing competition (click here for big hint). We’ll have more details on that later.

Follow all the Greyhound football news this season at the UIndy Athletics site.

Ceremony celebrates new UIndy apartments

GV_Dedication - ribbonCutting the ribbon at Greyhound Village on Thursday morning are (from left) Strategic Capital Partners CEO Gene Zink, UIndy student Erin Jackson, UIndy President Robert Manuel, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett, UIndy Board of Trustees Chair Yvonne Shaheen and University Chaplain Jeremiah Gibbs.

News coverage:
WTHR
WISH
Inside Indiana Business
More photos: UIndy Facebook

UIndy’s new Greyhound Village represents not just the cutting edge of student housing, but also the new potential of Indianapolis’ Shelby Street corridor, speakers agreed Thursday at the dedication ceremony for the four-story, 486-resident campus apartment building.

“Projects like this one have the power to be transformational, not just for this university — although I know it will be — it is transformational for our entire city,” said Mayor Joe Hogsett. “This expansion of UIndy housing can build on the momentum we’ve seen throughout Indianapolis by attracting new residents to the surrounding area, by encouraging small business to expand and to embolden future development.”

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Vote for UIndy facilities in Chamber contest

Two of UIndy’s freshest facilities – the Health Pavilion and the renovated Krannert Memorial Library – are nominated in multiple categories for the Indy Chamber’s annual Monumental Awards, which recognize great landscape architecture, interior design, neighborhood revitalization, architecture, design, engineering, construction and public art around the city.

For the first time, the chamber has added a People’s Choice Award category, which allows the public to vote via Facebook for the construction project they feel has had the greatest impact on the Indianapolis area. Voting continues through Friday, and the awards will be announced at the Monumental Awards Dinner on Oct. 20.

That means UIndy fans with Facebook accounts have just a few more days to secure a victory for the Greyhounds. All you have to do is visit each of the links below and “like” the photo that appears. And yes, you can vote in all six relevant categories.


pavilionUIndy Health Pavilion

Category: Architecture
http://bit.ly/uindyHPaward

Category: Real Estate Development
http://bit.ly/UIndyHPaward-2

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Dedication Thursday for Greyhound Village

Greyhound Village is on the east side of Shelby Street, adjacent to a planned station on the bus rapid transit Red Line that soon will connect the UIndy campus to Fountain Square, downtown, Broad Ripple and key points in between.

New apartments seen as catalyst for development; Mayor Hogsett to speak

The community is welcome and Mayor Joe Hogsett will be among the speakers Thursday, when the University of Indianapolis conducts a dedication ceremony for the new 486-bed Greyhound Village student apartments.

The project not only will set a new standard for campus housing, but it also is eyed by university and city officials as a key step in attracting economic development to the Shelby Street corridor and its intersection with Hanna Avenue, enhancing quality of life for the surrounding community. UIndy President Robert Manuel is expected to share further details of that vision during the ceremony.

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