Inaugural lacrosse season officially underway

IMG_8766The UIndy men’s lacrosse team hosted DePauw University for a scrimmage Feb. 6.

Men’s season preview
Women’s season preview

Arcane rules may confuse new fans; athletics department offers help

A new era in Greyhound Athletics began Saturday when a team of female student-athletes played UIndy’s very first intercollegiate game in a sport that is still unfamiliar to many Hoosiers and may pose a challenge for fans and even officials and scorekeepers learning the rules.

Yes, the inaugural season is underway for the state’s only NCAA Division II men’s and women’s lacrosse program. This coming Saturday, the men travel to Mars Hill University in North Carolina for their first game, and the women host Ohio’s Urbana University for their first home game in Key Stadium.

Both teams play March 5 in a home doubleheader. If you need to bone up on your lacrosse knowledge before then, the Department of Athletics has scheduled two lunch-and-learn sessions with head coaches Greg Stocks and Jillian Howley from noon to 1  p.m. Feb. 25 and Feb. 29 in the Trustees Dining Room of Schwitzer Student Center.

indian_lacrosse_592x433Historians say lacrosse — “lax” in current shorthand — evolved from American Indian stickball games that were first noted by European explorers in the 17th century. It remains a primarily North American game, with some activity in the U.K. and Australia.

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Lacrosse coaches get introduction to campus

lacrosse coaches - webGreg Stocks and Jillian Howley are off to a strong start in recruiting UIndy’s first lacrosse teams, they say, with promising prospects from coast to coast.

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The husband-wife coaching duo for UIndy’s new men’s and women’s lacrosse program were introduced to campus Thursday at a meet-and-greet arranged by the Department of Athletics.

Greg Stocks and Jillian Howley come from similar head coaching positions at Division II Lake Erie College in Ohio. They got married just before landing the UIndy jobs this spring, and they’ve spent most of their time since then on nationwide recruiting trips. The men’s game requires 12 players, the women’s game 10, and each coach expects to carry a roster roughly double that size.

Both noted UIndy’s reputation as a D-II powerhouse and expressed gratitude for the warm welcome they’ve received so far in Indianapolis. They still seemed pleasantly surprised to be sharing new career opportunities as a sort of wedding gift.

“I couldn’t have written it any better,” Howley said.

Dr. Sue Willey, vice president for Intercollegiate Athletics, noted their records of success and the fact that Stocks has experience with building new teams, having launched Lake Erie’s program in 2007 and molded it into a nationally ranked championship contender.

Calling the new coaches “a great fit for the University of Indianapolis,” Willey acknowledged that UIndy’s gain was someone else’s loss.

“Probably my newest enemy is the AD at Lake Erie,” she joked.

The Eastern College Athletic Conference announced last week that it has accepted UIndy men’s lacrosse as a full member. The women’s team is expected to join the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. UIndy’s first lacrosse season will come in Spring 2016.

Learn more about the coaches and Indiana’s first D-II lacrosse program at UIndy Athletics.

In the news: lacrosse, first family, forensics



The first season is more than a year away, but the UIndy men’s and women’s lacrosse program leads a story in this week’s Indianapolis Business Journal. Sports business reporter Anthony Schoettle talks with Sue Willey, our VP for Intercollegiate Athletics, about why adding the sport is a strategic move for Midwestern universities. Subscribers can read the story here.

Leading lacrosse website also picked up the news about the coaching team hired to launch the sport at UIndy. Learn more about coaches Greg Stocks and Jillian Howley at the Athletics website.

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Rob and Wilmara Manuel

Rob and Wilmara Manuel

UIndy’s first couple, Rob and Wilmara Manuel, are featured in a NUVO Newsweekly story about last week’s naturalization ceremony in Indianapolis, where 101 local residents became U.S. citizens just in time for the Fourth of July. The Manuels were guest speakers for the event.

See NUVO’s story and photo gallery here. More photos are on President Manuel’s Facebook page.

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The UIndy forensics team led by Dr. Krista Latham continues to gain attention for its humanitarian work in southern Texas, where the group seeks to identify the remains of migrants who have died while pursuing new lives in the United States.

Foreign Affairs magazine covers the project in a piece headlined “Northbound: What happens after crossing the border,” which can be read here (free registration required). The story also is available at the website of writer Ananda Rose, who is exploring the technical aspects of the work for a separate upcoming piece in Scientific American magazine.

The Corpus Christi Caller-Times — following up on a story that spread worldwide last month — just published another piece on the project, this time focusing on the science involved. The online version is available only to subscribers, but the text is below.

Coaches selected for new lacrosse program

UIndy took another step toward establishing Indiana’s first NCAA Division II lacrosse program today, announcing the hiring of two coaches to lead the men’s and women’s teams.



Married just a few weeks ago, Greg Stocks and Jillian Howley will be UIndy’s very first lacrosse head coaches, Stocks for the men and Howley for the women. They hail from Lake Erie College in suburban Cleveland, where they have served as head coaches.

The pair will have a year to recruit and build a staff before beginning NCAA Division II competition in Spring 2016.

“We are extremely excited to welcome Jillian and Greg as our head lacrosse coaches, not only because of their successful coaching backgrounds, but also because they are a great fit for the University of Indianapolis,” said Sue Willey, UIndy’s vice president for intercollegiate athletics. “Their passion for their sport, team-player attitude and desire to establish a positive experience for our student-athletes makes them a perfect fit for UIndy.”



A native of Long Island, N.Y., Howley became a first-time head coach in August 2011, guiding Lake Erie to a 30-23 record in three seasons. She led LEC to back-to-back runner-up finishes in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference regular-season standings, as well as consecutive GLIAC Tournament semifinal appearances.

“I feel like the stars are aligning for us, actually,” she said. “UIndy has such a strong athletics department from top to bottom, and I’m thrilled to be a part of it. Also, starting an NCAA lacrosse program has been a goal of mine since helping build a new program as a student-athlete.”

After being a four-year starter on both the women’s lacrosse and field hockey teams at Division I Robert Morris University in Pennsylvania, Howley had stints as an assistant on D-II staffs at Bloomburg and Mercyhurst universities, as well as a number of club teams.

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Reflector staff receive 25 ICPA state-level journalism awards

reflector600Congratulations to the students of The Reflector (both print and online), who won a total of 25 Indiana Collegiate Press Association state-level journalism awards in March 2019.  Judges were out-of-state media professionals, and the awards were announced at the ICPA annual convention in Indianapolis.

Eight students and Prof. Jeanne Criswell attended the ICPA convention. Prof. Criswell is a member of the ICPA board of directors and served as program chair for the state convention.

The following students won awards:

Abby Land, Best Non-Deadline News Story, First Place, “Future Greyhound Victim of Florida School Shooting”
Abby Land, Best Feature Page, Third Place, Faith Spread
Maia Gibson, Best Entertainment Story, Second Place, “Center for Aging and Community Program Inspires Other Facilities”
Shayla Cabalan, Best Entertainment Column, First Place, “Marvel Comics Legend Stan Lee Championed a Diverse and Compelling Cast of Superheroes”
Shayla Cabalan, Best Opinion Column, First Place, “LGBT Media: Vital to Youth”
Ethan Gerling, Best Editorial Cartoon, Third Place, “Police Need New Glasses”
Zoë Berg, Best Sports Feature Story, Second Place, “Alumnus Signs to Play Professional Baseball”
Erik Cliburn, Best Sports Feature Story, Third Place, “From Backyard Hoops to Pro Player: Coach Gouard’s Lifetime of Basketball”
Zoë Berg, Best Sports Page, Third Place, “Fall Senior Athlete Highlights”
Cassandra Reverman, Best Sports Photo, First Place, “Women’s Lacrosse”
Ki Tally, Best Feature Photo, Third Place, “Student Engagement Series”
Zoë Berg, Best News Photo, Third Place, “Bench in Flooded Park”
Jayden Kennett and Kyle McGinnis, Best Photo Essay/Picture Story, Third Place, “UIndy Drag Show”
Zoë Berg, Best Informational Graphic, Second Place, “Roche Academy Pathway to a Career”
Zoë Berg, Best Front Page, Third Place, Welcome Week Front Page
Staff of The Reflector, Best Overall Design, Third Place
Staff of The Reflector, Best Single Issue, First Place, November 20 Issue
Staff of The Reflector, Newspaper of the Year, Third Place
Noah Crenshaw, Best Animation/Interactive Graphic, First Place, “The Cost of Tuition at UIndy”
Noah Crenshaw, Best Use of Twitter, Third Place
Staff of The Reflector, Best Overall Website, Third Place
Tate Jones, Best Full Color Display Ad, First Place, College Crossing Fall Ad
Tate Jones, Best Full Color Display Ad, Second Place, College Crossing Summer Ad
Johana Rosendo, Best Electronic House Ad, Third Place, Reflector Electronic House Ad
Staff of The Reflector, Advertising Publication of the Year, Third Place

Photo: [from left, back row in the photo:]  Prof. Jeanne Criswell, adviser; Zoë Berg, editor-in-chief; Tate Jones, business manager; Ethan Gerling, art director; Abby Land, entertainment editor; Noah Crenshaw, online editor; [from left, front row] Shayla Cabalan, opinion editor; Maia Gibson, previous managing editor; Jayden Kennett, current managing editor.)

Fresh facilities, opportunities await students

The downtown skyline is clearly visible from the fourth floor of the new UIndy Health Pavilion, highlighting the university’s connection to the city.

Incoming freshman class sets records for size, academic success

Students returning to the University of Indianapolis for the Aug. 31 start of fall classes will find a campus – and a neighborhood – in transformation.



New facilities are just one sign of progress on a multifaceted development plan designed to boost quality of life in the University Heights area while keeping UIndy on the leading edge of innovation in higher education, President Robert Manuel said.

“The strategy developed by our university community already is proving successful in bringing new energy to this part of Indianapolis,” Manuel said. “Given the synergy between our work, related community development efforts and the planned bus rapid transit line that will connect us to other key sites in the city, we expect to see tremendous advancements over the next few years.”

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New court and field will greet student-athletes

Skillman Court videoIt’s hard to keep track of all the construction projects and improvements underway on the UIndy campus this summer — the Health Pavilion, Krannert Memorial Library and Greyhound Village apartments, to name a few — but let’s not forget our athletic venues.

Both Key Stadium and Nicoson Hall arena have new and quite sharp-looking playing surfaces, among other updates. And construction has begun on the practice field for the new Greyhound men’s and women’s lacrosse teams.

Inside Nicoson, thanks to a generous gift from Ray Skillman Auto Group, UIndy’s basketball and volleyball players will have new wood under their shoes, dubbed “Skillman Court” and emblazoned with bold lines and logos. If you’ve ever wondered how basketball court graphics are applied, UIndy staff photographer D. Todd Moore has assembled an amazing time-lapse video of the installation process that you can watch here.

At Key Stadium’s Kiesel Field, football, soccer and lacrosse players will appreciate the new turf, a freshly installed state-of-the-art Crossflex HP synthetic surface. Its official competition debut will be the men’s soccer opener on Sept. 3. UIndy Athletics has a very cool drone’s-eye video tour of the new field here.

Kiesel Field

‘Challenge’ supports Greyhound athletics

Already known for athletic and academic excellence, the UIndy Greyhounds are seeking support to cement their status among the elite of NCAA Division II.

fundraiser_full_ChampionsChallenge_with_flying_ILaunched this summer, the one-year Champions Challenge campaign aims to generate funding for programs and capital improvements in the Department of Athletics.

An anonymous donor has pledged $250,000 toward a matching gift program, with all new unrestricted gifts of at least $25 to UIndy Athletics qualifying for a 2-to-1 match. For those who provided support last year, the 2-to-1 match also applies to any increase in unrestricted giving of at least $25. Renewed unrestricted gifts to the Greyhound Club booster organization will qualify for a 1-to-1 match. The funds will address a variety of needs.

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Health Pavilion groundbreaking set for June 19

UIndy Health Pavilion, view from northwest, courtesy CSO Architects

UIndy Health Pavilion, view from northwest, courtesy CSO Architects

Four-story center will transform academic programs, spark economic activity

The University of Indianapolis will break ground June 19 on a four-story, $28 million Health Pavilion that will house UIndy’s healthcare- and wellness-related academic programs as well as industry partners and clinical facilities to serve the community.

With indoor and outdoor amenities open to the public, the building will be a new gateway to the UIndy campus, a landmark for the University Heights neighborhood and an integrated hub where faculty, students and healthcare professionals can collaborate on education and research.

Local developer Strategic Capital Partners will construct the 156,000-square-foot building and lease space to the university for its School of Nursing, Krannert School of Physical Therapy, School of Occupational Therapy, School of Psychological Sciences, Athletic Training Program and departments of Kinesiology and Social Work – programs that account for more than half of UIndy’s 5,400-student enrollment. Designed by local firm CSO Architects, with construction to be overseen by Pepper Construction Group, the building is scheduled to open in August 2015.

President Manuel

President Manuel

UIndy is in talks with potential partners in the healthcare and mental health fields to establish operations in the building that in turn will provide clinical opportunities for students. The building also will house the university’s Psychological Services Center, in which psychology faculty and graduate students serve the community on a sliding-fee scale.

Deans and faculty members are working with the architects on interior features that will include classrooms, offices, meeting spaces, state-of-the-art simulation and research labs and informal gathering areas to promote multidisciplinary collaboration. The design will facilitate the development of new graduate programs in the vein of the Master of Public Health degree, focusing on health disparities, that UIndy is launching this fall.

The main entrance will open into a two-story atrium lobby, designed for public access with a café and adjacent outdoor plaza, social areas and a 140-seat auditorium. Near the entrance on the second floor will be interactive space for students and faculty with access to a rooftop terrace.

Ongoing development plan
The UIndy Health Pavilion is a key component of the five-year, $50 million development plan the university announced earlier this year to lay the foundation for future growth. Other elements of the plan include renovating and enhancing technology in Krannert Memorial Library, replacing the aging student apartments on Shelby Street, expanding science laboratories, launching new academic programs, hiring additional faculty, restructuring career development and advising services, forming a marching band and establishing Indiana’s first NCAA Division II men’s and women’s lacrosse teams.

“The Health Pavilion will create space to expand some of our strongest programs and strengthen our ties with the healthcare industry, which benefits students and faculty in multiple ways and makes our educational product relevant to the real world,” UIndy President Robert Manuel said. “Just as important, our overall development plan is designed to attract new economic activity that will make our part of the city a more vibrant place to live and work, not only for the campus community but also for neighboring residents and businesses.”

A groundbreaking ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. June 19 on the building site at the southwest corner of Hanna and State avenues. Expected guests include Mayor Greg Ballard, Department of Metropolitan Development Director Adam Thies, City-County Councilor Jefferson Shreve, State Rep. Justin Moed and representatives of U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly and U.S. Rep. Andre Carson.


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TV: President details 5-year development plan

Manuel on IIB 5-2014University President Robert Manuel discussed the new UIndy Health Pavilion and other aspects of the five-year, $50 million campus development plan during an appearance this weekend on Inside Indiana Business with Gerry Dick.

UIndy will break ground June 19 on the four-story Health Pavilion, which will open in Fall 2015 to house industry partners and clinical facilities as well as the university’s in-demand programs in nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, psychology, kinesiology, athletic training, gerontology and social work.

The 156,000-square-foot structure will provide space for growing programs and opportunities for learning, research and collaboration among students, faculty and the healthcare industry. Dick asked Dr. Manuel just how important industry connections are to the university.

“I think it’s critical for everybody,” Manuel said, “for the students who need to understand what they’re going to be getting into when they graduate, to the faculty who need to bridge the theoretical and the practical, and to the industries that can help us understand better how to train and educate the students who are going to take those jobs when they leave.”

The conversation also covered the other elements of the five-year plan, which include renovating Krannert Memorial Library; replacing Campus Apartments on Shelby Street with new student housing; expanding and upgrading biology, chemistry and physics labs; starting a marching band; and launching the state’s first NCAA Division II lacrosse program for men and women.

Watch Dr. Manuel’s four-minute interview at

Read more about UIndy’s strategic plan here.

The UIndy Health Pavilion will be built at the southwest corner of Hanna and State avenues.

The UIndy Health Pavilion will open next year at Hanna and State avenues.