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 CollegesofDistinction.com.

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: uindy.edu.

UIndy Center for Aging & Community celebrates 20 years of impact

When the University of Indianapolis Center for Aging & Community (CAC) was first launched as a university-based center of excellence 20 years ago in 2001, it did so with expectations that it would have a transformative effect on older adults in Indianapolis, the state, the region and beyond, as well as on the university. Twenty years later, those expectations have been fulfilled, and the Center is continuing to find new ways to positively impact lives. 

Impact on the university

“The idea was that the Centers (CAC & Center for Excellence in Leadership of Learning) would provide a way for the university to reach outside of itself, not only in terms of being known and recognized, but also in terms of attracting grants and consulting projects to the university,” said Dr. Ellen W. Miller, CAC’s executive director, who has been a part of the Center since its inception.

UIndy Joy’s House

“When we started,” recalled Miller, “UIndy didn’t have the infrastructure for doing large-scale grant and contract work. There was no IRB (institutional review board), no grants office, no accounting experience or framework to manage this kind of work.”

Then-university President Jerry Israel said the Centers “were going to pull the university along” to move the institution to a place where receiving grant dollars and revenue from consulting contracts would be a normal part of university business.   

Read more: CELL-ebrating 20 years of excellence!

“CAC helped pull UIndy along,” Miller said. “Now we have many of the processes and policies in place, making it easier for everyone on campus to do the same kind of work. The university stepped up to make the necessary changes, with the Centers leading the way. That’s important because every grant or contract we bring in extends the university’s reputation and diversifies the university’s revenue streams.”

Impact on the community, state, and region

There have been plenty of contracts secured by CAC in the past 20 years, though that was not the initial focus of its work. When CAC was launched, an advisory group worked to narrow the Center’s focus to a few key issues, including meaningful work for older adults and aging in place. After several years of focusing on its own interest areas, CAC leadership realized that its strength came from the ability to partner with aging network organizations around their interest areas. What organizations needed was a University partner that could help accomplish real work as well as bring subject matter expertise. CAC flipped its business model to one that brought the expertise and capability of UIndy to organizations that work with or on behalf of older adults. The interprofessional team at CAC has become known for its ability to work collaboratively and is a sought after partner for solving real-world challenges faced by aging network organizations.  

CAC is a financially self-supporting unit, as well as generating revenue to support university functions.That revenue has come from contracts with state agencies such as the Indiana Department of Health, the Indiana Division of Aging, the Tennessee Department of Health, and the Minnesota Department of Human Services – Aging & Adult Services Division. In addition, CAC has also partnered with funders, nursing home corporations, and health care organizations to conduct needs assessments, develop and deliver training, manage complex projects, and design and implement program evaluation. CAC also partners with other universities when the expertise and capabilities of both organizations are necessary to achieve project goals. When possible, CAC brings in the expertise of UIndy faculty to work on its contracts and projects and has provided applied experience in aging for many graduate students. 

Indiana National Guard training
The CAC assisted with training for the Indiana National Guard who were deployed to nursing homes to assist during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“All of the work of our team is done with the intent of improving quality of life for all people as they age,” Miller said. “We’ve made an impact in the areas of better health for nursing home residents, more efficient and effective spending on aging services by government agencies, and education and training of people who work with older adults. We even helped train the National Guard troops deployed to Indiana nursing homes during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.” 

CAC has also been deliberate about being a good partner to the rest of the university, providing service to the campus through efforts such as Memory Cafes, the Caregiver Resource Group, and presentations like Dementia Friends and the Virtual Dementia Tour. 

“Aging is a common thread that ties us all together,” Miller said. “We try to help others make sure that thread is brightly colored and vibrant.”

Anniversary Show

In recognition of its 20th anniversary, the Center for Aging & Community has partnered with the UIndy Theatre Department and the Fonseca Theatre to reprise performances of “Forever Sung: A Celebration of Age in Song,” an original work created for the Center’s 10th anniversary. The performances will take place at the Fonseca Theatre on November 13 and 14 and at the UIndy black box theatre on November 20 and 21. More details and tickets will be available this fall.

CELL-ebrating 20 years of Excellence!

The Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL) at the University of Indianapolis is celebrating 20 years of education transformation across the state of Indiana.

A lot has changed since CELL launched in 2001. Think about technology advances alone: The first iPod hit shelves within days of the Center’s launch, and the smartphone came into existence six years later! Gmail and Facebook didn’t exist until 2004, a year before Merriam-Webster English Dictionary added the term “WiFi” and YouTube made video streaming a reality. The act of “scheduling a Zoom” was not even possible until 2011. Today, these tools are critical for effective virtual schooling. 

Another thing that’s changed since 2001: students in Indiana have more choices for their future. College hasn’t always been an option for all Hoosiers, but CELL is working to change that reality while also breaking down barriers for educators in the state. CELL is focused on helping all students graduate from high school fully prepared for success in postsecondary education and in the 21st-century workforce.

Teresa Lubbers, Commissioner for the Indiana Commission of Higher Education, speaks at a CELL event celebrating Early College High School

Highlights from the last two decades include hosting the inaugural “Indiana’s Future” Conference in 2005 and receiving $11.3 million in grant funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2003. Current strategic initiatives include Early College High School, which helps first-generation and minority students, Rural Early College Network, Education Workforce Innovation Network, which develops regional business collaborations, the Lilly Endowment Comprehensive Counseling Initiative, STEM Teach, and more

The Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning is a leading convener, catalyst and collaborator for dynamic, innovative education change in Indiana. CELL is committed to all Indiana students, regardless of background, graduating from high school equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary for success in postsecondary education, training and the 21st -century global economy. Through partnerships with international, national and local education leaders and organizations, CELL unites schools, communities, businesses, universities and policy-makers to create substantial, sustainable statewide education change to improve academic success for Hoosier students and to promote economic advancement in Indiana. Over the last twenty years, the Center has generated $57 million in funding to support its work as the leader for innovative education change in Indiana.

In 2019, CELL received a $7.9 million grant as part of the federal Education Innovation and Research (EIR) program administered by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education. This allowed CELL to establish a Rural Early College Network (RECN) to help rural Indiana schools more quickly implement the Early College (EC) high school model. Early College targets underserved students and allows them to earn both high school diplomas and up to two years of credits toward bachelor’s or associate degrees through rigorous dual credit classes supported by wrap-around services.

Recently, to address challenges exacerbated by the global coronavirus pandemic, CELL began a collaborative project with the CIESC (Central Education Service Center) to support 30 school districts in implementing effective digital learning, with a focus on developing and improving the availability of remote learning technologies. One grant worth $3.3 million will fund devices and broadband in nine service centers and 23 school districts in rural areas across the State of Indiana. The second grant allotted $1.5 million for professional development to improve educators’ capacity to provide engaging and effective online instruction. In addition to providing broadband for rural areas that frequently lack high-speed internet access, the $3.3 million grant will be used to connect families to wi-fi hotspots as well as to buy equipment such as laptops for students and teachers.

Carey Dahncke, CELL executive director

“Over the last 20 years, CELL has been a force for positive change in the Indiana educational landscape,” said Carey Dahncke, Executive Director of CELL. “We have impacted hundreds of thousands of students along the way to ensuring that every student in Indiana has access to a meaningful and high-quality education. In the next 20 years, even as the world continues to change, we will keep working to advance that mission.”

Related: Read CELL success stories

Exploring Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month with Leah Milne

The momentum generated by Commencement continues throughout the month of May with the University’s observance of Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. The observance pays tribute to the generations of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans who have enriched our country’s history and who play a critical role in its future success. The University of Indianapolis Office of Inclusion & Equity is organizing the observance of AAPI Heritage Month at the University.

The observance was officially legislated first as Pacific/Asian American Heritage Week (taking place during the first ten days in May) in 1978 by President Jimmy Carter and extended to a month in the 1990s by President George H.W. Bush. The term “Asian American” itself came into use in the 1960’s, explains Leah Milne, assistant professor of English.

Leah Milne, associate professor of English

Leah Milne, assistant professor of English

“The term is meant to be a pan-ethnic term that encompasses many nationalities. At that time in the 1960’s, this was very strategic,” she said, pointing out the civil rights movements that were happening around that time. “It began with the impulse to drive attention to Americans who have been previously marginalized or historically underrepresented.”

The Asian American & Pacific Islander term encompasses Americans who hail from vast geographical areas, along with their diverse peoples, languages and cultures, including dozens of countries in Eastern Asia, South Central Asia, Southeastern Asia, Western Asia, and some 30,000 islands in the Pacific Ocean. Milne notes that the Pacific Islander aspect of AAPI, which includes native Hawaiians, “often gets marginalized within that group, and that some Asian groups also get marginalized among Asian Americans, so it’s important to recognize every part of that designation.” 

The contributions of immigrants from these diverse backgrounds have historically been overlooked or unacknowledged in the United States. Milne observed the example of Chinese immigrants, who were largely responsible for the construction of the first Transcontinental Railroad, nearly being written out of that history. The movement around the heritage month sought to rectify these intentional omissions, and also focused on the need to secure their rights as American citizens.

“They recognized that this was a way they would gain rights and recognition,” Milne said. “There’s this narrative of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders as being invisible and part of the goal of the month is to highlight their contributions and achievements.”

Milne is a first-generation American and first-generation college student whose parents immigrated from the Philippines to the U.S. in the early 1970s. Filipino-Americans are the third-largest subgroup in the U.S. AAPI population, according to the U.S. Census.

“I’m very proud of what my mom and dad did to be successful here. My father served in the Coast Guard for decades. He served his country and he’s very proud of that,” Milne said, noting that Filipino-Americans have been an influence in North America since the late 1500s.

She also pointed out the long and complex relationship between the United States and the Philippines.

“The United States colonized the Philippines. When we’re talking about the disparate stories of Asian Americans, one of the distinctions with Filipino-Americans is that they are living in the country that colonized their country of origin,” she said, adding that Filipinos were initially allowed to work in the United States – with many serving in the U.S. military in various capacities – without access to citizenship. That policy changed in the mid-1940s, and the legacy and culture of Filipino-Americans remain an influential force in the United States.

UIndy launches Race and Ethnic Studies Minor
AAPI Heritage Month and the University’s observance of Juneteenth the following month provide an opportune moment to explore the University of Indianapolis’s new Race and Ethnic Studies minor, which will be offered for the first time in Fall 2021. Organized by Leah Milne, the Race and Ethnic Studies minor equips students to address the impact of race and culture in shaping institutions, social relations, and identities. Students will examine the historical foundations of the social construction of race and how this construction continues to impact society today, and learn how to understand the implications of race and ethnicity in order to critique, better navigate, and help improve institutional and societal approaches to difference. 

“The pandemic has made it painfully clear how important it is to know the history of marginalized groups in this country,” Milne said. “It’s part of everything we do, whether we realize it or not. If we’re looking at any particular field, whether it’s nursing, law, sociology or history, there’s a way in which that story is different if we look at it through the lens of any one ethnic group. All students benefit from learning about this history, but especially students who have never seen themselves in a textbook before.”

About Leah Milne
Milne teaches courses on multiethnic literature in the Department of English. She recently received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for a summer institute entitled Hurston on the Horizon. In addition to the financial support, the grant gives Milne the opportunity to participate in a summer institute in July on author Zora Neale Hurston. Her new book, “Novel Subjects: Authorship as Radical Self-Care in Multiethnic American Narratives” will be published in July 2021. The book, based on Milne’s dissertation, offers a new way to look at multicultural literature by focusing on scenes of writing in contemporary works by authors with marginalized identities. 

Learn more:
Census.gov: AAPI population in the United States

PBS documentary series: Asian Americans

Recommended reading:
“The Making of Asian America: A History” by Erika Lee

“Unfamiliar Fishes” by Sarah Vowell

“We Hereby Refuse: Japanese American Resistance to Wartime Incarceration” by Frank Abe and Tamiko Nimura

“Echoes of History: Chinese Poetry at the Angel Island Immigration Station” by Ying Diao (Smithsonian article)

“Welcome To Chindianapolis: One of the largest populations of Burmese Chin refugees in the world lives on the south side of Indianapolis” by Susan Salaz and Steve Raymer (Indianapolis Monthly article)


Get to know UIndy’s new Executive in Residence: Phil Terry

“The theme of my life may be serendipity,” said Phil Terry, who was recently announced as the new Executive in Residence at The Professional Edge Center at the University of Indianapolis. Terry, who also serves as the Chair of the Board of Trustees, recently retired after a 30-year career as the CEO of Monarch Beverage, Inc., the state’s largest distributor of beer and wine.

The serendipity Terry mentioned, the good fortune of “right place, right time,” was the necessary ingredient to take him from a lifelong southsider, to a career in law, a transition to business, and ultimately to serving on the Board of a school he previously had no personal connection to.

The Executive in Residence Program at UIndy builds relationships between students and alumni by connecting them with regional and global leaders. The program focuses on career-building through the development of professional relationships and soft skills that are often learned in the professional world. In his new role, Terry meets with students and alumni to mentor them, expand their professional networks and help them realize their career potential.

“I think what I can do is primarily in the connection piece,” said Terry, who has worked in the Indianapolis area for the last 45 years. “I think my value, that of someone who has been in the community for a long time, is a big contribution to students and alumni.”

Phil Terry, left, mentors a student in the Executive in Residence program

Phil Terry, left, mentors a student in the Executive in Residence program

Joining the Executive in Residence program after a distinguished career in the community gives Terry a unique perspective to mentor students and alumni who are only just in the beginning stages of their careers. “I can help them sort through what works in this community, who the decision-makers are in this community, and how to make connections in this community,” he said.

How did Terry become so entrenched in the community? “I’m a southsider from birth,” he’ll tell you with pride. “I can’t think of a place I’d rather live or raise a family than Indianapolis.” Calling Indianapolis the “biggest little town in the country,” Terry is well aware of all the opportunities to which he can connect UIndy students and alumni. 

Terry grew up in Perry Township and attended undergrad at Indiana University before attending law school at IU’s Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis and beginning his legal career. “I didn’t really know what I wanted to do long-term,” he said. “It wasn’t necessarily that I had a passion for the law or it was the family business or anything; it just sounded like law was something that might work.”

That lack of plan during those formative years makes Terry uniquely suited to his role as a mentor to UIndy students and alumni as Executive in Residence. He remembers quite well what it was like to make his way through his educational career and not have it all “figured out” just yet, a feeling that is almost universal among college students at one point or another in their journey. “I just thought my life was going to be spent practicing law,” Terry said. “But that’s when the twist came.”

When Terry was hired at McHale Cook & Welch following graduation from law school, he began to represent companies in the alcoholic beverage industry. “That’s kind of a specialized field,” he said. “There’s all sorts of laws that companies have to be sure to not run afoul of.”

One of Terry’s longtime clients was Monarch Beverage Co., a family-owned beer and wine distributor based in Indianapolis. Because of significant business and regulatory issues, in 1991, that company asked him to join it as its chief executive officer.

1517255199200One of the reasons Terry so enjoyed his new role as CEO, which he held for thirty years before the company was sold in December 2020, was because it provided him a new, more fulfilling, way to look at how he conducted business. “In addition to alcohol law, I also did a lot of litigation, which is a classic zero-sum game,” he said. “Whoever I’m dealing with I’m working to take something from them, and they’re working to take something from me.

“But with business, it doesn’t have to be that way,” he said. “My business philosophy was that success comes from making sure that everyone you’re doing business with succeeds as well. I liked that way of life a lot better.”

As Terry grew in his career so too did his connections in the business community. In 2012 he joined the University of Indianapolis Board of Trustees. “At the time, I had no close personal connection to UIndy,” he said. “But I did have a special connection with some people who were connected with UIndy.”

Through the business community and serving on Boards of other organizations, Terry had developed a friendship with past University of Indianapolis Board member Robert Palmer, vice president and general manager of FedEx, and then-President Beverley J. Pitts. When there was an opening on the UIndy Board, Palmer and Pitts suggested Terry would be a good candidate. “It was a special affinity for Bob and Beverley that brought me on board initially,” Terry said. 

“This was also at the time when President Manuel was taking over and all this creative and exciting stuff was happening and that made me want to take a bigger role in it.”

Even after being involved with the University for nearly 10 years, Terry, who now serves as the Chair of the Board of Trustees, is just as energized as ever and excited about what UIndy can provide for the community. “We want to be an anchor for development in our community that will help Indianapolis generally, but more specifically, our neighbors,” Terry said. “The prospect for the future is what I’m most excited about. We’re creating greater opportunities for our students, and that will also create growth and prosperity for Indianapolis and Indiana.”

These serendipitous connections, and the result of networking, are the backbone of what Terry believes he can provide in his role as Executive in Residence. If he can utilize his business network that he has cultivated over the last 45 years to help UIndy students and alumni, they will have an advantage as they begin their careers. “I’m hoping to help teach these soft-skills that too often aren’t developed until someone is well into their career,” Terry said. “If we can teach students how to network in a meaningful way and start them off with some built-in connections, it can really jumpstart their careers.”

Another way Terry hopes to help students is to let them know it’s okay to not feel like their “plan” is on track or perfectly curated to what their end goals are. “Early on, I wish I knew about the beneficial role that luck plays in life,” he said. “I thought it was incumbent upon me to know exactly what I was going to do with the next step, every step of the way.”

“I wish I had been a little more relaxed with that,” he said. “You’ve got to spend time getting yourself prepared for whatever might come your way, but you’ve got to be open to what life presents.”

When Terry reflects on his career he can’t help but recognize the big role that “luck” played in it. From going to law school and specializing in alcoholic beverage work; working with Monarch Beverage and then transitioning to the world of business; meeting Robert Palmer and Beverley Pitts, leading to his current role at UIndy. It’s not all luck, however. Terry uses a quote attributed to Dwight D. Eisenhower to exemplify the importance of preparing for whatever life may throw your way: “Plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” 

“If you’re prepared, life gives you opportunities and you can take advantage of them,” he said. “I’ve greatly enjoyed my life—and it didn’t play out anything like I thought it would.”

The Sease Institute, powered by the University of Indianapolis, launches Engineering Management certification

A new Engineering Management certification program offered by the Sease Institute, powered by the University of Indianapolis, will provide early-career engineers with a competitive edge in the marketplace.

Created by faculty in the University of Indianapolis School of Business and R.B. Annis School of Engineering, the online Engineering Management certification is available to any engineering student or engineer seeking to become a technical team lead, supervisor or manager.

Through a partnership with the American Society for Engineering Management, the program combines the technical aspects of engineering with the organizational and planning aspects of management. Participants will earn additional certifications in SAP, Lean Six Sigma Yellow and Green Belts, Occupational Health and Safety as well as ISO Auditing.

At a fraction of the time and cost required to complete a master’s degree, the certification requires four courses, which may be taken synchronously or asynchronously. Each course meets online for three hours per week over seven weeks. Systems Management is available from May 17 through July 1, 2021. Process Management is offered from July 5 through August 20, 2021. Facilities Management and Financial Management will be offered in the summer of 2022. Registration is available online at SeaseInstitute.com.

Craig Seidelson, assistant professor of operations and supply chain management, co-developed the program alongside engineering professors Christopher Stanley, David Olawale and Mohammad Shokrolah Shirazi.

“As a person who made the transition to project manager, team leader, engineering manager and then chief engineer, I understand how difficult it can be,” Seidelson said. “This program is designed to give today’s engineers as well as those presently pursuing engineering degrees, the skills and experience necessary to take on leadership roles in engineering.”

Learn more and apply today: seaseinstitute.com/emc

About the Sease Institute
The Sease Institute, powered by the University of Indianapolis, redefines the role of higher education in workforce development by generating custom corporate training solutions. With a solid track record of partnerships with Central Indiana industry and thought leaders, the Sease Institute focuses on being relevant, agile and responsive in order to design training programs that disrupt the status quo while creating positive and innovative outcomes for partners and the industry. Learn more: seaseinstitute.com.

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. The University was one of the first institutions in Indiana to develop the operations and supply chain major. With strong programs in engineering, business, and education, the University of Indianapolis impacts its community by living its motto, “Education for Service.”

Learn more about the UIndy School of Business and the R.B. Annis School of Engineering.


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