University of Indianapolis celebrates International Education Month

30th annual Celebration of the Flags (file photo)

The fifth annual International Education Month gets underway from mid-October to mid-November, with a variety of performing arts, film, lectures, and interactive events designed to showcase international, indigenous, and migrant cultures at the University of Indianapolis and the rich benefits of intercultural exchange.

Highlights include the 33rd Annual Celebration of the Flags on Oct. 14, 2-3 p.m. Modeled after the Olympic-style opening ceremony, the event is held outdoors on Smith Mall (rain location: The Arc) with international students, faculty, and staff carrying the flags representing the many nations of the University of Indianapolis community. 

Immediately following the Celebration of the Flags, students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to visit the International Exposition in the Atrium, Engagement Area, and Lawn of Schwitzer Student Center from 3-5 p.m. The Expo will feature interactive displays hosted by campus offices, departments, and student groups, including Study Abroad; Global Languages and Cross-Cultural Studies; the Writing Lab; International Relations; and Burmese, Nepali, Indian, and LatinX students, among others.  The Expo also features interactive activities such as henna tattoos, calligraphy, traditional artifacts, clothing displays, and coupons for discounted U.S. passport photos. Participants receive a “UIndy Passport” to be stamped by interacting with cultural presenters and table hosts for L/P credit. 

International Education Month Events

Oct. 11, Dining Services International Night #1, Schwitzer Student Center Cafeteria, $

Tonight’s menu features Asian cuisine.

Oct. 11, 7:30-10:30 p.m., Faculty Artist Concert Series: “Music from The World”, Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center/Ruth Lilly Performance Hall, Free admission, L/P Credit

A concert featuring UIndy international faculty and works. 

Oct. 13, 7:30-10:30 p.m., University of Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra Concert, Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center/Ruth Lilly Performance Hall, Free admission, L/P Credit

A concert featuring UIndy students and international works. 

Oct. 14, 2-3 p.m.: 33rd Annual Celebration of the Flags, Smith Mall, Free admission, L/P Credit

Join in the University of Indianapolis tradition of the Celebration of the Flags, representing the many nationalities of our UIndy community. Modeled after the Olympic-style opening ceremony, flag bearers feature the national colors and dress of their country.

Oct. 14, 3-5 p.m.: International Expo, Schwitzer Atrium, Schwitzer Engagement Area, and Schwitzer Lawn, 3-5 p.m., Free admission, L/P Credit

Immediately following the Celebration of the Flags, visit the International Exposition in the Atrium of Schwitzer Student Center. The Expo offers opportunities to engage with cultures represented at UIndy.

Oct. 14, 7:30-10:30 p.m., Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center/Ruth Lilly Performance Hall, Free admission, L/P Credit

A concert featuring international works. 

Oct. 18, Dining Services International Night #2, Schwitzer Student Center Cafeteria, $

Tonight’s menu features Irish cuisine.

Oct. 22, 6:30-9 p.m., Film: “Missing in Brooks County,” Ruth Lilly Performance Hall, Christel De Haan Fine Arts Center, Free admission, L/P Credit 

Missing in Brooks County follows as “two families search for their loved ones who went missing in the fields of Brooks County,

Texas after crossing from Mexico and find a sobering truth: the deadliest part of the journey is far from the border.  It also features how law enforcement, volunteers and forensic scientists seek to search, recover and identify the bodies of the missing and the challenges they face. Co-Producers and Directors Jeff Bemiss and Lisa Molomot will introduce the film. After the film the audience will be introduced to a panel of four people who are either featured in the film or do work related to the film, and will be able to ask questions.  This includes members of the University of Indianapolis Beyond Borders Humanitarian Forensic Science Team, volunteers at the South Texas Human Rights Center and Co-Founder of the local advocacy group Indiana AID, which provides support to immigrants who have been detained by ICE here in Indiana.

Oct. 25, Dining Services International Night #3, Schwitzer Student Center Cafeteria, $

Tonight’s menu features Greek cuisine.

Oct. 25, 7:30-10:30 p.m., Ryan Behan, piano: Liszt’s Années de Pèlerinage: Suisse (“Years of Pilgrimage: Switzerland”), Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center/Ruth Lilly Performance Hall, Free admission, L/P Credit
Franz Liszt’s Années de Pèlerinage (“Years of Pilgrimage”), widely considered one of his greatest works, was composed and reworked over the course of his life, and combines the freshness of the young composer with the clarity and meticulous fine-tuning of his Weimar period, unfolding into the mysterious and fragmentary brevity of his late style.  Alfred Brendel writes of these suites that they “draw for their inspiration on a reservoir of diverse impressions—nature and musical folklore, art and religion, craving for freedom; above all, on poetry and literature…The First Year of Pilgrimage—Switzerland—deals with nature in a twofold sense: as nature around us, and as nature within.”  Join faculty pianist Ryan Behan in a complete performance of this first part of Années de Pèlerinage.

Oct. 27, 6-8 p.m.:  Global Languages and Cultural Studies International Film Night presents “The Lives of Others” (Das Leben der Anderen), German with English subtitles:  HEAL 138, Free admission, L/P Credit

Join us for a screening of this international film followed by discussion. 

Nov. 1, Dining Services International Night #4, Schwitzer Student Center Cafeteria, $

Tonight’s menu features Indian cuisine.

Nov. 1, 7:30-10:30 p.m., Faculty Artist Concert Series: Music and Poetry from Around the World, Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center/Ruth Lilly Performance Hall, Free admission, L/P Credit

Joana Genova, violin; Haruka Ostojic, piano.  Poetry and music from  Bulgaria, Japan, Russia, India, France, Germany, Holland, North America, and South America with UIndy faculty Jyotika Saksena, Gerburg Garmann, Aksana Waskosky, Joana Genova, Haruka Ostojic, Ana Maria Ferreira, and Eileen Mah.

Nov. 3, 4-5 p.m. International Scholarship and Fellowship Opportunities, Virtual event, L/P Credit pending

Dr. Karen Newman, UIndy English professor and Honors College Assistant Director for Fellowships, hosts an information session on international scholarship and fellowship opportunities available to ALL UIndy students for undergraduate and post-graduation work and/or study, with specific information and application tips for the federally-funded Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program, the Fulbright Program, and Marshall Scholarships. Join us to learn more about free money to make your international aspirations a reality! L/P Credit

Nov. 3, 6-9 p.m. Diwali Fest, Schwitzer Student Center, Free admission, L/P Credit

UIndy students host the Indian festival of Diwali, complete with a rangoli art competition, dance, and dinner, introducing Indian culture to our campus community and bringing people of all nationalities together.

Nov. 8, Dining Services International Night #5, Schwitzer Student Center Cafeteria, $

Tonight’s menu features Latin-themed cuisine.

November 8, 7-8:30 p.m.: Peace Corps Panel, virtual event, L/P Credit

Former Peace Corps volunteers, including UIndy alums and members of the local Indianapolis community, share stories about their assignments and experiences in a variety of countries via a synchronous Zoom presentation. Panelists will address each of the six sectors of work available to Peace Corps volunteers (Agriculture, Community Economic Development, Education, Environment, Health and Youth in Development), plus information for potential applicants and strategies for successful applications. 

Nov. 9, 4-5 p.m.: “Candyland: An Afternoon of International Candy and Culture, UIndy Hall A, Free admission, L/P Credit pending

Candylan features samples of free, pre-packaged, popular candy from around the world, plus information on the various countries represented by the candy. Participants at the event visit booths hosted by international student representatives and the event organizers and help themselves to candy goodie bags to sample some of the world’s most popular sweets. The event also features a written trivia contest in which students identify the culture, language, and history of countries represented by the candy at the event. Winners will receive a basket of globally unique candy. The objective is for students to be educated, immersed, and gain awareness for cultures, global issues, and languages, through representative sweets.

Nov. 10, 7:30-9 p.m., Kellogg Writers Series: Fiction Reading with Lysley Tenorio, UIndy Hall A, Schwitzer Student Center and via Zoom, L/P Credit

Lysley Tenorio is the author of the novel The Son of Good Fortune and the story collection Monstress, which was named a book of the year by the San Francisco Chronicle. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, a Whiting Award, a Stegner fellowship, the Edmund White Award, and the Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His stories have appeared in The Atlantic, Zoetrope: All-Story, and Ploughshares, and have been adapted for the stage by The American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and the Ma-Yi Theater in New York City.  Born in the Philippines, he lives in San Francisco, and is a professor at Saint Mary’s College of California.

Nov. 13, 7-8 p.m., Study Abroad in Asia/Pacific Region: APIEA, virtual event, L/P Credit

Hosted by the Center for Global Engagement, this event features study abroad information for students interested in studying in Asia.  

Nov. 13, 7:30-10:30 p.m., University of Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra Concert, Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center/Ruth Lilly Performance Hall,  Free admission, L/P Credit

A concert featuring UIndy students, faculty, and international works. 

Nov. 15, 7:30-10:30 p.m., Faculty Artist Concert Series: The Indianapolis Quartet Peforms Beethoven and Janáček, Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center/Ruth Lilly Performance Hall and live-streamed, Free admission, L/P Credit

Zach DePue, violin; Joana Genova, violin; Michael Strauss, viola; Austin Huntington, cello. The concert features two masterworks of the string quartet repertoire: Beethoven’s glorious Tenth Quartet, filled with vitality, heart, invention, and accessibility, which earned its nickname “The Harp” from the first movement’s elegant pizzicato sections, and Janáček’s Intimate Letters, referring to hundreds of letters that he wrote over many years, expressing his love to a young, married woman.  Janáček described his second string quartet as “beautiful, strange, unrestrained, inspired, a composition beyond all the usual conventions.”

Nov. 16, 2-3 p.m.: “A Taste of Home,” UIndy Hall A, Free admission, L/P Credit

This student-hosted event features a video screening of UIndy international students discussing foodways and favorite foods from their home countries, plus an interactive discussion following the video, where participants learn more about the relationship of food and culture.  Free food and prize giveaways round out this cross-cultural experience.  

Nov. 17, 6-8 p.m.: Global Languages and Cultural Studies International Film Night presents “The Painting” (Le Tableau), French with English subtitles:  HEAL 138, Free admission, L/P Credit

Join us for a screening of this international film followed by discussion. 

Upcoming Events (details to follow):

Fulbright Program for UIndy Faculty, Virtual event, Time and date TBA

Join a guest Fulbright faculty ambassador who will share information for UIndy faculty about applying to the Fulbright Program for scholars and educators.  

International Careers, Student Internships, and the U.S. Foreign Service Exam, Virtual event, Time and date TBA; L/P Credit

Join the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomat in Residence for the North Central Region, who will share detailed information about international career opportunities and student internships, as well as information and tips for taking the highly competitive U.S. Foreign Service Exam.  

UIndy welcomes hounds back to campus for Homecoming 2021

Alumni and friends are invited back to campus for the best week of the year! Relive your favorite UIndy memories and create some new ones at Homecoming 2021.

Homecoming is always a special time of year for the entire University community with traditions like the parade and football game. This year, Homecoming week will also mark the dedication of several new student engagement spaces in a culmination of years of hard work and the Campaign for the University of Indianapolis.

Beginning with the dedication of the new Art & Design Annex on the evening of October 7, UIndy will celebrate the boundless opportunities made possible by the Campaign for the University of Indianapolis. Highlights include the Friday, October 8, unveiling of several new spaces in the Schwitzer Student Center designed to enhance student engagement. On Saturday, October 9, the University celebrates the success of the Campaign for the University of Indianapolis and honors those who helped make it possible, including an announcement of a major campaign milestone. 

“This is a celebratory time, and after a limited 2020 Homecoming schedule we’re so excited to welcome back our alumni to campus,” said Interim Vice President for Advancement Andy Kocher. “This year’s slate of events showcases the changing landscape of our campus as we both honor the past and also adapt to serve the needs of our current students.”

See a complete listing of events here. Please be aware of the University’s COVID-19 safety policies before visiting campus. Masking is required at indoor events.

Thursday, October 7:

5:00 – 7:00 p.m. • Art & Design Annex

Celebrate the growth and expansion of the Department of Art & Design! This additional space, funded in part by alumni and friends, provides new opportunities for open studio time, exhibit and gallery experiences, and new technology for a growing program. Register here.

Friday, October 8:

2:00 – 3:30 p.m. • R.B. Annis Hall, 3250 S. Shelby St.

Explore the new home of the R.B. Annis School of Engineering—made possible through a transformational gift by the R.B. Annis Educational Foundation. The open house will include interactive activities and a dedication of the bust created in memory of Robert B. Annis. Register here.


5:00 – 7:00 p.m. • Schwitzer Student Center

Help us celebrate the success of the Campaign for the University of Indianapolis and dedicate several new student engagement spaces in the Schwitzer Student Center. Guests will have the opportunity to experience the many new ways students will engage with each other and our community as they interact with several new locations on the second floor.


7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. • Schwitzer Park

Join the Student Leadership & Activities Board (SLAB) for a fun-filled night at the UIndy Midway! Enjoy your favorite carnival-style treats, games, and even rides as we celebrate UIndy Homecoming!

Saturday, October 9:


8:00 a.m. Registration, 9:00 a.m. Start • Schwitzer Student Center

Start your Homecoming day with a fun run/walk through campus and the local neighborhood. Proceeds benefit UIndy scholarships. Register here.


12:00 – 1:30 p.m. • Good Hall Lawn

The University celebrates the success of the Campaign for the University of Indianapolis and acknowledges those who helped make it possible. We’ll announce a major campaign milestone and share the impact UIndy supporters have made on students and the community. Register here.


3:00 p.m. • Hanna Avenue

Join fellow Greyhounds and their families for our annual golf cart parade down Hanna Avenue featuring student organizations, UIndy faculty and staff, athletic teams, and more.


4:00 p.m. • In front of the South Residence Halls (Warren, Roberts, Cravens)

Don’t miss the fun at the annual Homecoming Block Party! Come hungry for a variety of food trucks, entertainment and so much more.


6:00 p.m. • Key Stadium

Don your favorite crimson and grey gear and help cheer the Greyhounds to victory over the McKendree Bearcats. For football tickets please visit To provide a safer environment for the public, and to expedite fan entry into Key Stadium for Greyhound football, UIndy is also implementing a clear bag policy to limit the style and size of bags that may be brought into the stadium. 

Kenny Broberg to open residency Week of oct. 11

INDIANAPOLIS—The University of Indianapolis continues a rich history of the performing arts in a unique partnership with the Indianapolis-based American Pianists Association. As part of the partnership, the 2021 American Pianists Award winner and Christel DeHaan Classical Fellow, Kenny Broberg, is serving as the Artist-in-Residence at the University of Indianapolis for a two-year term. 

Broberg will be welcomed to campus and open his residency the week of October 11th for an opening concert at the Ruth Lilly Performance Hall in the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center on October 12th, as well as conduct a masterclass for UIndy students on Friday, October 15th.

Broberg’s concert program includes selections from Beethoven, Scriabin, Medtner, and Rachmaninoff. The event is open to the public and free to attend. More information can be found at

“The partnership between UIndy and the American Pianists Association is simply extraordinary and has a profound impact on our students and the community. It is especially unique that a major competition has as part of its prize package that the winner gets to serve as Artist-in-Residence at our university—performing, teaching, giving lectures, and forging relationships over the period of two years that will last a lifetime,” said Ryan Behan, assistant professor and director of keyboard studies at the University of Indianapolis. 

He added, “Some of the most pivotal moments in the early years of any professional musician come when they hear a great concert artist, have lessons with them, and learn firsthand about what it took for them to find success. The student’s own dreams and vision for themselves become even more tangible and real. That an experience such as this has the power to act as an all-important catalyst in one’s musical development cannot be overstated. We are absolutely thrilled about the future of our partnership with the APA and are so excited to welcome Kenny Broberg to campus this fall.” 

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 Loudenitch 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 Peter Mraz.. 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 $200,000 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.

2021-22 Kellogg Writers Series at the University of Indianapolis announced

The Kellogg Writers Series at the University of Indianapolis announced the 2021-22 season with some extraordinary guests and first-time-ever inclusions. Margaret Kimball’s illustrated memoir is the first book of its type to be included in a Kellogg lineup and will kick off the season. 

“We’ll kick things off this fall with a graphic memoirist, followed by a New York Times bestselling author whose book made almost everyone’s best of the year list, and finish with the winner of the 2020 New American Voices Award. Then in the Spring, we have a poet coming who’s so damn good you’ll eat your hat,” series chair Barney Haney, assistant professor of English said.

There will be something for everyone this season. Mental illness, family secrets, being undocumented in America, a travel/survival guide through America’s racist landscape, love and wonder—you’ll be hard-pressed to find something not of interest. 

“I’m excited about everything: these incredible writers, being able to gather together on campus again, the electric atmosphere of the events, all of it,” said Haney. “Each Kellogg Writers Series event is a thing of genuine wonder. What happens when you give an artist free rein to do what they want? You’ll have to come out and see.”

Visit for Zoom links to each event.

Illustrated Memoir Reading with Margaret Kimball

Thurs. Sept. 30, 2021 


UIndy Hall A, Schwitzer Student Center 

And via Zoom 

Margaret Kimball’s illustrated memoir, And Now I Spill the Family Secrets, begins in the aftermath of a tragedy. In 1988, when Kimball is four years old, her mother attempts suicide on Mother’s Day—and this becomes one of many things Kimball’s family never speaks about. As she searches for answers nearly thirty years later, Kimball embarks on a thrilling visual journey into the secrets her family has kept for decades.

Her writing has appeared in The Believer, LitHub, Ecotone, Black Warrior Review, South Loop Review, and elsewhere. Her work has been listed as notable in Best American Comics

Her hand lettering and illustrations have been published around the world, and she’s worked with clients like Smithsonian Magazine, Macy’s, Marks & Spencer, Boston Globe, Little, Brown, Simon & Schuster, Diageo, Ogilvy, Random House, and many others.

Born in New England, Margaret studied illustration at the University of Connecticut. She has two MFA degrees from the University of Arizona, one in creative writing and one in illustration. She lives with her family in Indianapolis.

Memoir Reading with Terese Marie Mailhot 

Thurs. Oct. 14, 2021

7:30-8:30 p.m.

UIndy Hall A, Schwitzer Student Center 

And via Zoom 

New York Times Bestseller

NPR Best Book of the Year

Chicago Public Library Best Book of the Year

Terese Marie Mailhot is the New York Times bestselling author of “Heart Berries: A Memoir.” Her book was also the January 2020 pick for Now Read This, a book club from PBS Newshour and The New York Times. Heart Berries was also listed as an NPR Best Book of the Year, a Library Journal Best Book of the Year, a New York Public Library Best Book of the Year, a Chicago Public Library Best Book of the Year, and was one of Harper’s Bazaar‘s Best Books of 2018. She is the recipient of a 2019 Whiting Award, and she is also the recipient of the Spalding Prize for the Promotion of Peace and Justice in Literature. She is from Seabird Island Band and teaches creative writing at Purdue University and VCFA. 

Fiction Reading with Lysley Tenorio

Wed. Nov. 10, 2021 


UIndy Hall A, Schwitzer Student Center

And via Zoom 

2020 New American Voices Award

“With its cast of unforgettable characters and delightful prose, Tenorio has delivered a near-perfect novel.”

– Chika Unigwe, Judge’s Citation

Lysley Tenorio is the author of the novel The Son of Good Fortune and the story collection Monstress, which was named a book of the year by the San Francisco Chronicle. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, a Whiting Award, a Stegner fellowship, the Edmund White Award, and the Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His stories have appeared in The Atlantic, Zoetrope: All-Story, and Ploughshares, and have been adapted for the stage by The American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and the Ma-Yi Theater in New York City.  Born in the Philippines, he lives in San Francisco, and is a professor at Saint Mary’s College of California.  

2019 Whiting Awards winner Tyree Daye by Beowulf Sheehan

Poetry Reading with Tyree Daye

Wed. March 2, 2022 


UIndy Hall A, Schwitzer Student Center

And via Zoom 

Whiting Writers Award

APR/Honickman Frist Book Award

Tyree Daye is a poet from Youngsville, North Carolina, and a Teaching Assistant Professor at UNC-Chapel Hill. He is the author of two poetry collections River Hymns 2017 APR/Honickman First Book Prize winner and Cardinal from Copper Canyon Press 2020. Daye is a Cave Canem fellow. Daye won the 2019 Palm Beach Poetry Festival Langston Hughes Fellowship, 2019 Diana and Simon Raab Writer-In-Residence at UC Santa Barbara, and is a 2019 Kate Tufts Finalist. Daye most recently was awarded a 2019 Whiting Writers Award.

Hispanic Heritage Awareness Month at UIndy

Hispanic Heritage Awareness Month is Sept. 15-Oct. 15 every year. During this month, it’s important that we all reflect on the significant history, impacts, and contributions of people identifying as Hispanic or Latinx— and its repercussions at UIndy, Indianapolis, the U.S., and the world. 

Hispanic Heritage Awareness Month started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week and was expanded in 1988 to cover a 30-day period. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988. September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries such as Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Additionally, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively.

Hispanic and Latinx students have long been making an impact at UIndy. The first Hispanic student to enroll at UIndy was Carlota Bustos from New Mexico. She was both a senior in the Academy (preparatory school) and a college freshman in the 1922-23 school year. Fast forward to the present day, and UIndy’s faculty and alumni are connecting students with other cultures.

“For the past 12 years I’ve been teaching Spanish,” said Patricia Cabrera, an instructor in Global Languages and Cross-Cultural Studies at UIndy. “Over this period, I have seen an increase in the number of Hispanic students coming to UIndy due to the university’s efforts to increase the diversity of our student body. Our students are increasingly a true representation of the national population. Hispanic students that come to UIndy will have role models in faculty, staff and students, that make their experience here a true pathway to success. Without them being aware, they are also tearing down the divide between cultures and ethnicities, so that in the end, we are all Hounds.”

Alumni, like Isaias Guerrero Cabrera ’08 (sociology and international relations), son of Patricia, are taking what they learned during their time at UIndy and from their collective experience to uplift others, challenge the status quo, and to celebrate the beauty and traditions of Latin America and how these cultures have been part of the U.S since its inception.

“After (I graduated form UIndy), I co-founded the Latino Youth Collective, an organization that works with undocumented immigrant youth in Indiana.  I then worked with Faith in Indiana and the Archdiocese of Indianapolis as their Immigration Campaign Manager and then obtained my masters degree in Peace Studies and Policy from the Keough School from University of Notre Dame in 2016,” said Isaias. “Since then, I’ve been a Senior Immigration Organizer with the Center for Community Change based in Washington D.C.”

Isaias Guerrero Cabrera ’08 (sociology and international relations)

During Hispanic Heritage Awareness Month, there are a number of events happening around UIndy and Indianapolis: 

Latinx in Indiana (Virtual lecture by Nicole Martinez-LeGrand, Indiana Historical Society) 

Sept. 23, at 6:00 pm via Zoom. (LP credit approved)

Celebration of Hispanic and Latinx UIndy community (details to be announced)

Hispanic Heritage Exhibition [This event will showcase work done by SOL in partnership with students from SPAN 317 Hispanic Culture and Civilization to commemorate figures from the Latinx community here in the US and abroad.] (Sept. 30, 1-2:20 p.m. Pending LP approval)

For more information about the Student Organization of LatinX, check out the group’s  Instagram page

UIndy recognized by Wellness Council and ICC for 90% vaccination rate

The University of Indianapolis has been recognized as a gold COVID Stops Here workplace for achieving a 90-percent vaccination rate.

The COVID Stops Here campaign recognizes Indiana workplaces that have achieved widespread vaccination against COVID-19. Organizations that have achieved at least a 70% vaccination rate are eligible to receive a designation.

“Once again, Greyhounds have really come together to protect our pack by getting vaccinated,” said President Robert L. Manuel. “Vaccination is the best way to protect ourselves and our communities against COVID-19.”  The Indiana Chamber of Commerce and Wellness Council of Indiana are promoting the COVID Stops Here campaign as a way to celebrate workplaces that are leading the fight to stop COVID-19—and to encourage more organizations to join their ranks.

UIndy welcomes Class of 2025

The University of Indianapolis welcomed the Class of 2025 during Welcome Week for the Fall 2021 semester. This fall nearly all courses are back in the classroom. Also in the works are in-person events, including full-capacity athletic events and more than 250 lectures, student events, and more. Below you’ll find photos from Welcome Week and the first week of classes!

2021 UIndy Engineering 3D Printing Summer Camp: Developing the Next Generation of Makers

The R. B. Annis School of Engineering and the Center for Collaborative Innovation (CCI) successfully completed the 2021 STEM summer camp with the theme; Make the Maker: UIndy Engineering 3D Printing Summer Camp

The summer camp had nine high school student campers. The camp, which combined engineering and entrepreneurial mindset development, focused on the design, fabrication, and use of 3D printers. The pre-college participants were exposed to advanced design tools as well as digital manufacturing processes at the new Annis Hall facility. Though the camps was only scheduled to run two weeks, R.B. Annis School of Engineering faculty and staff Dr. Paul Talaga, James Emery, Dr. Megan Hammond, Dr. Joan Martinez, and Dr. David Olawale worked with the students for over three weeks because of the participants’ engagement and the organizers’ commitment for campers to go home with their operational 3D printers after the camp.

According to Dr. Paul Talaga (Camp Coordinator) the camp modeled the engineering process well.  “In the real world, the answers aren’t in the back of the book. Rather than run a camp where participants used 3D printers to print trinkets, we challenged the campers to imagine, design, and build a functional 3D printer on their own. Their creativity was astounding!  Each printer was unique and contained dozens of 3D printed and waterjeted parts, each having been designed by campers who went through many iterations to verify proper fit and functionality.  The creativity, problem solving, CAD, 3D printing, and fabrication skills acquired will allow these campers to continue their creativity.”

Some of the feedback from the campers on key lessons learned included:

“Learned how to manage my time, utilize CAD software, and learned to persevere through challenges.”
“Better CAD skills and thinking of how to assemble a product”
“I learned a lot about CAD and problem solving.”

Due to support from the Elevate Nexus Higher Education Grant, two high schoolers from Southport High School in Indianapolis, who would not have otherwise been able, were able to participate in the camp on full scholarships. “It is important to expose our high schoolers to advanced design and manufacturing tools as well as the entrepreneurial mindset,” said David Olawale, assistant professor of engineering, “So that we may attract them to the STEM disciplines and increase their ability to solve problems that matter to our nation, irrespective of economical and social status.” The CCI works on promoting innovation and entrepreneurship across UIndy and the surrounding communities.

Department of History and Political Science announces award recipients

The Department of History and Political Science recently announced award recipients for the 2021-22 academic year. Megan Young ’22, a political science major with minors in international relations, legal studies, and biology, received the Donald F. Carmony Award for Excellence in History and Politics. Kathryn Powell ’21 (history, pre-law concentration) received the Roland T. Nelson Scholarship.

“I was surprised, excited, and grateful to receive this reward and it means a lot for the Political Science department to choose me,” Young said.

Young talked about the support she’s received from faculty in the department.

Megan Young

“I really enjoy how close-knit the whole political science department is and how much they care about their students. One of the biggest things that will help me is the connections that I was able to make with the faculty. They are each a part of a much larger network and are always able and willing to open doors of opportunity for UIndy students,” she explained.

“Megan is easily one of the best students I have taught at UIndy. I had the pleasure of meeting her when she was a freshman. Like many excellent students, Megan was motivated, organized, and engaged. She arrived at UIndy eager to learn. She became proficient at reading for meaning. In her writing, she skillfully synthesized primary and secondary sources. I had the pleasure of presenting Megan for induction to Phi Alpha Epsilon. She is one of UIndy’s best,” said Mat Billings, associate faculty adjunct.

Kathryn Powell

Powell, whose goal is to become a lawyer, said UIndy’s professors have been the biggest factor in helping her prepare for her career.

“Dr. [Larry] Sondhaus and Dr. [Ted] Frantz have helped steer me in the right direction when preparing for law school and Dr. [Laura] Wilson has shown me several internship opportunities that have provided relevant experience for the field of law. I’ll certainly be grateful for them for many years to come,” she said. “I’m very grateful to be thought of by the faculty. It’s a good reminder of how much the faculty cares and actively encourages us to do our best.”

“Kathryn combines a fantastic work ethic with great insight, an analytical mind, and a knack for the written word.  She is a pleasure to have in the classroom,” said Ted Frantz, professor of history.

Earlier this year, the department also announced three Class of 2021 recipients for the Dwight L. Smith Award for Excellence in Research and Writing: Kelsey Green (history and psychology), Cameron Misner (political science and legal studies), and Karlye Vonderwell (political science and international relations).

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

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:

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