Meet the December 2017 graduates!

About 150 students will walk in the first formal winter commencement ceremony on Saturday, December 16 in Ransburg Auditorium. Indiana Rep. Andre Carson will deliver the keynote speech and the program will be streamed online at uindy.edu/graduation.

Click on the photos below to learn about some of the December graduates, and what’s next for each of them.

Students advise Citizens Energy on steam plant efficiencies

Seven University of Indianapolis students partnered with Citizens Energy this semester to gain real-world work experience through the Partnership for Excellence in Research and Learning (PERL) initiative.

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The PERL project creates mutually beneficial connections in Indiana communities. Students gain professional development opportunities in a collaborative environment, while businesses receive fresh insight into industry challenges. The project helps foster critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, both key areas of focus to a University of Indianapolis education.

Kirk Bryans, assistant director of business, entrepreneurship, sports management and marketing, Professional Edge Center, said programs like PERL are important to the University on a couple different levels: Students get exposure to working with professionals in the community trying to solve real world problems and find ways of doing things better. Working within a cross functional team provides students real life team building scenarios which normally doesn’t happen until you are in the midst of your first job.  

Our employer partners are experiencing the power of a University of Indianapolis education,” Bryans said. “They recognize how incredible our students really are. Each interaction is a win-win as both parties exchange information.”

The University group includes students pursuing diverse areas of study: Carsen Alber (environmental sustainability/criminal justice), Liz Behrends (information systems), Grace Buck (human biology), Casey Brock (supply chain management), Xavier Ortiz (chemistry), Kyler Nichols (accounting) and Holly Cox (chemistry/biology).

The students were tasked with identifying ways to improve efficiencies at the Perry K Steam Plant in downtown Indianapolis. The goal was to find environmentally friendly solutions that also would minimize consumer costs moving forward.

The students toured the steam plant several times, analyzed data from Citizens Energy, met with employees from the steam plant and broke into smaller task groups to achieve their goals, spending about 45 hours on the project from September to November.

In December 2017, they presented findings and recommendations to about a dozen industry experts.

Highlights included streamlining a spreadsheet used for reporting water consumption at the plant, reducing time spent on the task from two hours to about two minutes. They also evaluated methods used in the water treatment process, investigated hydro-electric generation in plant systems to offset purchased power and identified technologies to measure the inlet flow into the plant water system.

“We were thrilled to have the UIndy students engaged with our steam business,” Ann McIver, director of environmental stewardship, said. “Their independent views of our plant water system allowed them to “Challenge the Process,” one of our core leadership practices. Their recommendations may allow us to offset our cost of electricity, and their advanced spreadsheet knowledge will bring time savings to steam personnel on a routine basis.”

The experience also provided valuable insight into how a cross-functional team operates and allowed the University students to directly impact their community.

“It’s not everyday that we get to work with people from different majors to help an organization so prevalent in central Indiana,” Nichols said. “This project really taught me how to work with people that think differently than I do and how to balance my time between classes and my other obligations.”

Levi Mielke, assistant chemistry professor, supported the PERL initiative with Bryans by generating the scope and description of the project, interviewing and selecting candidates and acting as liaisons between the University and Citizens Energy.

“We successfully brought together an interdisciplinary team of students to tackle a project bigger than themselves,” Mielke said. “We have the best students at UIndy. Not only have they become content experts, but can apply their knowledge and adapt to new learning situations while providing a valuable community service.”

Watch this short video to learn more about the Professional Edge Center.

Proposed Tax Plan Could Hurt Indiana Students

The proposed changes to our tax codes being considered by the U.S. Congress will negatively impact our regional economic competitiveness by limiting the ability for Hoosiers to earn a college degree. As for our tax code, clearly it is time to think about better ways to manage how and why we tax. But, in the case of the current tax changes under consideration, the sweeping impact to higher education will have a devastating effect to our communities in the long term.

Higher education serves as as catalyst for positive change in workforce development, economic revitalization and bolstering our quality of life. The more people earning a college degree or credential, the more competitive our region becomes in attracting businesses, creating new ones, filling workforce needs, and supporting an informed citizenry.

At a time when our country should be making higher education more accessible and affordable, these changes threaten many benefits that fundamentally impact the ability of students to attend college. The proposal, up for a vote by the U.S. Senate as early as Friday, will cost institutions, parents, and students an additional $65 billion over the next 10 years, according to the American Council on Education.

The impact of the proposed changes on higher education will make it more costly for universities to access debt to improve learning facilities, provide funding opportunities for students and create environments of innovation. More than 12 million people benefit from student loan interest deductions each year, which the proposed legislation would eliminate. This is money that not only helps students and families pay for college but also allows for more investment to support a strong economy. Students who receive tuition waivers now face the prospect of those funds being considered as taxable income. The proposal also would tax endowments at institutions across the country that support student success. In addition, tuition reimbursement programs–a valuable tool for attracting talent and helping university employees afford college for themselves and their children–also soon could be considered taxable income.

The proposed changes ultimately will have the effect of adding to the growing $1.4 trillion in student debt that continues to weigh heavily on college graduates today. They also will have a chilling effect on enrollments, which will create a long-term decline in our state’s talent base for the future.

The University of Indianapolis has a proud tradition of welcoming first-generation college students (about 40 percent of total enrollment each year). More than 86 percent of our alumni choose to live in Indiana, and our University offers more than $48 million dollars of its own money to help talented students earn a college degree. All of the other institutions of higher education in our state provide similar benefits to the region.

The proposal before Congress also will have consequences for our regional economic development well into the future. Indiana has a long-standing commitment to bolstering the intellectual capital in our state. We are recognized as a state that incubates technological innovations, attracts new business, and provides one of the most enviable standards of living in the country. These proposed changes will increase the chances that we will lose our economic momentum and slow the advances we have made in preparing a 21st Century workforce. These are the core engines of success in Indiana, and any future changes to the tax code should be mindful of the important role higher education plays in safeguarding them.

 

Robert L. Manuel
University of Indianapolis President

 

Contact
David Hosick
Director of Communication
317-410-5992

Faculty mentors inspire history grad to pursue Stanford doctorate

Lauren Judd, UIndy undergraduate and master's degree holder, is headed to Stanford to pursue her PhD in History. She poses for photos in the Krannert Memorial Library on Wednesday, May 24, 2017. (Photo: D. Todd Moore, University of Indianapolis)

Lauren Judd ’17 (Photo: D. Todd Moore, University of Indianapolis)

Lauren Judd ‘17 (M.A., history) was delighted to find one-on-one mentorship at the University of Indianapolis that allowed her to customize her field of study and pursue unique, hands-on work opportunities.

Lauren Judd first came to the University of Indianapolis knowing she’d have to get used to the academic spotlight. At Arizona State University, she had blended in with hundreds of students in larger classes.

“I’m not someone who likes to raise my hand and talk in class. I didn’t feel like I needed a lot of one-on-one attention,” she explained, adding that her UIndy instructors quickly put her at ease in the classroom.

“The professors wanted to challenge you, so it wasn’t easy, but they also wanted to create a comfortable enough environment that you felt safe stretching and growing. It was never intimidating. They’re just committed to helping you succeed,” she added.

Looking back to May 2017, Judd now credits that personal attention to her success in landing a full-ride scholarship as a doctoral student at Stanford University, ranked among the top five in the U.S. News & Report’s Best Colleges. Today, she’s excited to explore her future because of the encouragement of mentors such as UIndy faculty members Jim Williams and Ted Frantz. Rather than discouraging her from pursuing her interest in medieval history, Frantz and Williams fueled her passions and supported her interests with new opportunities.

“They were aware that my focus was a little bit different. They didn’t want to force me to research the same things the other students were interested in,” Judd said.

Judd’s thesis, “Crossing Boundaries: Female Saints, Heretics and Ecclesiastical Authority in Late Medieval Europe,” focuses on women’s spirituality in the Late Middle Ages and the factors that led to some women being labeled as heretics as the church sought to reinforce its authority.

“Dr. Williams [executive director of the Ron and Laura Strain Honors College] was very invested in helping me do what I wanted to do. When it came time to do my thesis, he coached me through the whole thing,” Judd said. “I had a lot of one-on-one attention from him that I wouldn’t have had if I had gone to a larger school.”

Williams, associate professor of history, added: “Like all our master’s students, Lauren was exposed to a broad curriculum that grew her appreciation of different periods of history, but she also had a particular interest for medieval history.” said Williams.  

Judd had the opportunity to attend the Midwest Medieval History Conference, which sparked her passion for the subject as she saw the diversity of interesting work available to medieval scholars.

“Several months later, after she completed her master’s thesis, she realized she could contribute to that work, too,” Williams said.

Frantz, professor of history and director of the Institute for Civic Leadership & Mayoral Archives, suggested Judd take a position working with the University archivist, Mark Vopelak. She also helped to organize the Richard M. Fairbanks Symposium on Civic Leadership at the University of Indianapolis, hosted by the Institute. Her work included curating an online exhibit on public art and producing podcasts.

The goal, Frantz said, is to provide students with a wide variety of experiences to help them discover their natural aptitudes. In the end, it was those transformative experiences that led her to continue her education at Stanford University.

“I’m simply thrilled that UIndy helped nurture this remarkable talent,” Frantz said. “Teaching and working with Lauren was a joy. She is a gifted writer, a tireless worker and someone who is willing to go the extra mile. Getting to work with her, and see her develop throughout her time here, was a treasure.”

As her time at UIndy neared its end, Judd said her mentors gently nudged her toward pursuing graduate school. She learned later those relationships (and letters of recommendation) played a significant role in her being accepted to Stanford, along with her academic success.

As she embarks on this next chapter in her journey, Judd says she always will appreciate those people and programs at UIndy that helped shape her future. The next generation of students should embrace similar opportunities, she said.

“My mentors will be building on things I love about this program. They are invested in your success,” she said.

 

 

 

New book by University of Indianapolis professor explores legacy of Oliver P. Morton

mortonJames Fuller, professor of history at the University of Indianapolis, offers a bold reinterpretation of Indiana’s Civil War governor, Oliver P. Morton, in a new book.

“Oliver P. Morton and the Politics of the Civil War and Reconstruction,” the first full biography of Morton to be published in over a century, provides new insight into Indiana’s most important political leader of the 19th century.

About a dozen people gathered at the Morton Monument on the east steps of the Indiana Statehouse in mid-November to launch the book. Stephen E. Towne of IUPUI introduced Fuller, who spoke briefly, then read a section from the book. Fuller then presented a copy of the biography to the office of current Indiana governor, Eric Holcomb. Daniel Miller, a University of Indianapolis student who worked on Governor’s campaign in 2016, accepted the book on behalf of the governor.

On Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, 1:30-3:00 p.m., Fuller will be at the Morton House in Centerville, Indiana, for a reading and book signing

“At a time when the Civil War is once again a political issue amid calls to remove Confederate monuments across the country, this book serves as a reminder of Indiana’s role in that pivotal era in the nation’s history and explains why Oliver P. Morton still stands as a fitting symbol of the part that the Hoosier state played in saving the nation from rebellion,” Fuller said.

Most readers know Morton as the state’s Civil War governor and for his efforts to recruit and supply the soldiers and help the Union win the war. “But not all of them are familiar with the high drama that his leadership involved,” Fuller said.

some-of-those-who-came-for-book-launchFuller explained that Morton virtually ran the state as a dictator for 22 months in the middle of the war after the Democrats tried to thwart the Union war effort in Indiana. Morton was the target of assassins and helped the military investigate traitors on the home front.

Following the Civil War, Morton became the U.S. senator from Indiana and a national leader of the Radical Republicans during Reconstruction. Fuller notes Morton came close to winning the Republican nomination for the presidency in 1876, then helped settle that disputed election in favor of his friend Rutherford B. Hayes.

Readers will find parallels and connections to modern politics in Fuller’s book, ranging from issues including the use of government power, economic policy, terrorism, the surveillance state and the violation of civil liberties.

Morton also called for abolishing or reforming the Electoral College.

“He was a political leader in a time of extreme polarization, when Americans were deeply divided and feared that the other side in politics was out to destroy the country. This led to fierce partisanship and dirty politics,” Fuller said.

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Access to women in leadership of sport is boon to UIndy sport management students

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From left: Audrey Becker, Stephanie Young, Linda Paul, Joni Comstock, Kathy Sparks

As the saying goes in the real estate industry, “location, location, location” is the key to a good property investment. That same message can be applied to selecting a college for its proximity to key players in a specific field or industry. 

Students in the undergraduate and graduate Sport Management programs at the University of Indianapolis benefit from the school’s proximity to and working relationships with powerhouses in the world of athletics. Recently, the sport management programs leveraged this advantage when it hosted a Women in Leadership event in the Health Pavilion.

The second annual event brought key women leaders from the sports world to UIndy to share professional insights and offer networking opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students. The speakers included:

  •   Joni Comstock, senior vice president of championships and alliances, NCAA
  •   Audrey Becker, event and program manager, NFL Combine
  •   Stephanie Young, certified strength and conditioning coach, St. Vincent Sports Performance
  •   Linda Paul, former president and CEO, USA Diving
  •   Kathy Sparks, LAC, ATC, team leader – Sports Medicine Outreach, IU Health

“These women have made – and continue to make – an impact on the world of collegiate and professional athletics,” said Jennifer VanSickle, director of the UIndy sports management programs and associate professor of kinesiology. “Bringing them to the University of Indianapolis to share their experience is a win for our students.”

Some of the messages students heard from women on the panel included “Don’t let the barrier to success be you,” (Stephanie Young); “Let your failures be your greatest learning experiences,” (Linda Paul); and “Surround yourself with all different types of people. People with a variety of backgrounds, gender, age, and race,” (Joni Comstock).


“This event was not just another lecture,” said senior sport management major Carolyn Holt, who attended Women in Leadership last year as well. “This is a way to build connections and opportunities in the field of sport management.”

Holt has completed an internship as a team logistics intern with Indiana Swimming and will serve as an Indianapolis 500 Festival intern in Spring 2018.

The networking opportunities provided by the panel discussions helped Jessie Benner, a graduate sport management student, arrange a job shadow at the NCAA headquarters in downtown Indianapolis.

“I attended because I wanted to hear from strong women in management positions in sports,” Benner said.


“(One speaker) talked about how she used to be timid and not confident. Throughout her career, she has been able to break out of her shell. I identified with that and felt good knowing that it’s okay to start small.”


Senior sport management major Brianna Harrison encouraged students to take advantage of the networking opportunities.


“I am very interested in the empowerment of women in both the sports and the non-profit spheres,” she said. “This event is a great chance to empower yourself by networking with women who are working in the field.”

Harrison, who has completed internships with the Indianapolis Alley Cats ultimate Frisbee team and Special Olympics of Indiana, will graduate with degrees in both sport management and business management.


The next Women in Leadership event is scheduled for October 2018.

University of Indianapolis announces Paul Washington-Lacey Emerging Leader Program

A new leadership program in the Office of Equity and Inclusion will continue the spirit of mentorship and community championed by the late UIndy employee Paul Washington-Lacey.

Alumni, donors, and members of the Washington-Lacey family joined together to fund the initiative as part of the successful Campaign for the University of Indianapolis, with the first student cohort in the program planned for spring 2018. Gifts to support this important work are encouraged today through November 18 by way of a new crowdfunding site, uindy.edu/emergingleader.

In partnership with leaders across campus, the program will continue Washington-Lacey’s work by helping students develop their personal and professional skills and encouraging them to embrace the idea of paying it forward.


The Paul Washington-Lacey Emerging Leader Program will inspire student growth in four key areas: academic excellence, career readiness, leadership development and personal growth. The future success of students will preserve his memory and influence for many years ahead.

“Paul cared deeply and worked intentionally, and upon his retirement, he was convinced that he had made an enhanced difference upon the University. The naming of this program serves as evidence of Paul’s commitment going forward,” said Bonita Washington-Lacey, Paul’s widow.

Sean Huddleston, vice president for the Office of Equity and Inclusion, will administer the program.

“Paul dedicated the majority of his career to ensuring that students succeed in and out of the classroom. He represented the values of true leadership, and it is a fitting tribute to his impact that we will establish the Paul Washington-Lacey Emerging Leader Program to continue his legacy,” said Huddleston.

A dedicated leader and friend to many, Washington-Lacey worked as an admissions counselor and senior associate for career development and employee relations. In 1999, he received special recognition when he was named as an Honorary Alumnus by the UIndy Alumni Association. Washington-Lacey retired after 35 dedicated years of service to the students at the University of Indianapolis.

“This honor recognizes years of commitment and sacrifice to his calling to serve, care, inform and improve the lives of students.  We are again heartened by the outpouring of respect and love shared by so many friends, alumni and colleagues at the University,” added Bonita Washington-Lacey.

Since his passing in 2015, his legacy has been one of respect, admiration and gratitude from the many people who were fortunate enough to know him.

“Because of Paul, generations of students were able to graduate and use his example to advocate in similar ways. Paul’s influence on my life is great and I am honored to be among a group of alumni who have come together to support this effort,” said Jeffrey Barnes ’00, alumnus and UIndy director of events.

242nd Marine birthday celebration honors 94-year-old veteran

marine5As the nation celebrates Veterans Day, a 94-year-old U.S. Marine Corps veteran is reminding Americans that they can honor veterans every day – just by saying thank-you.

Fred Wood is a former captain and fighter pilot who served in World War II and Korea. He was the guest of honor at the recent 242nd Marine Birthday celebration at the University of Indianapolis.

Wood, who first joined the Navy before becoming a U.S. Marine,  was stationed in the Pacific and fought at Okinawa. He flew F4U Corsairs airplanes in World War II and Medivac helicopters in Korea.

“I think the people today really respect veterans. They come up, and I get congratulations and thanks from just about anybody and everybody of all ages,” he said, adding that he appreciates the respect he receives from strangers who notice when he’s wearing his Marine Corps or World War II hat.

“It makes people remember and think,” he said.

242nd Birthday United States Marine Corps was celebrated with former Indianapolis Mayor and UIndy Visiting Fellow Greg Ballard in the Stierwalt multipurpose room  on Thursday, November 9, 2017. (Photo:  D. Todd Moore, University of Indianapolis)

(Photo: D. Todd Moore, University of Indianapolis)

The Marine Birthday ceremony at the Stierwalt Alumni House paid tribute to Wood and to all men and women who have served in the U.S. Marine Corps. Former Indianapolis Mayor and University of Indianapolis Visiting Fellow Greg Ballard, a 23-year Marine Corps veteran, conducted the ceremony every year as mayor and brought the tradition to the University of Indianapolis in 2016.

“The University has been tremendous in all of this,” Ballard said. He thanked University of Indianapolis President Rob Manuel, who attended the event as a guest of honor.

As the oldest Marine present at the ceremony, Wood participated in the passing of the first piece of cake to the youngest Marine in attendance. The gesture symbolizes the passing of knowledge from the experienced Marines to the new generation of Marines.

“I wish them well,” Wood said of the younger generation who are carrying on the tradition. “These young people sacrifice every day and not everybody even knows about it, nor do they give it a thought.”

Events such as the UIndy Marine birthday celebration and the Honor Flight, a national cause to escort veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit war memorials, help to remind veterans of the support they have from across the country.

“I stopped at the Arlington Cemetery, and that’s the most impressive place. To see all of those graves and just think of those people who made a sacrifice for other people. That’s special,” Wood said.

“A Marine is one of the greatest things you can be,” said Wood. “It’s great because you get your discipline. You can get an education. You have great friendships that you have forever. I have another pilot friend who’s also 94. We have memories that you can’t replace.”

UIndy Speech and Debate Team is tournament champion at Owensboro

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(L-R) India Graves, Craig Chigadza, Taylor Woods, Vanessa Hickman, Kaylee Blum, Ryan Wright-Jordan, Melanie Moore, Roci Contreras

The University of Indianapolis Speech and Debate Team turned in a strong performance recently at the 2017 24th Annual BBQ Capital of the World Speech and Debate Tournament hosted by Owensboro Community and Technical College. UIndy’s team placed fourth in the overall team award sweepstakes category, with individual students earning top three status in several categories.

The UIndy Speech and Debate Team is a nationally ranked community that competes in speech and debate events to enhance students’ communication, research and public speaking skills. Stephanie Wideman, assistant professor of communication, serves as team director.

“My primary goal is for students to cultivate their own voice through engagement in competition. The undergraduate experience is such an important time as students are not only learning about the world, but also about themselves,” Wideman said.

Shayla Cabalan ’20 (communication and English) earned top spots in After Dinner Speaking and Radio Broadcasting and second place in Persuasive Speaking.

“Public speaking remains one of America’s top fears to this day, so it’s pretty amazing that the speech team willingly faces that fear on a daily basis,” Cabalan noted.

Melanie Moore ’20 (computer engineering/computer science) won first place in Persuasive Speaking, fifth in Extemporaneous Speaking and seventh in Pentathlon. She is considering a career in web or app development.

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Top left to right: Ryan Wright-Jordan, Vanessa Hickman, India Graves, Shayla Cabalan, Roci Contreras, Kaylee Blum, Craig Chigadza, Melanie Moore, Sierra Roberts, Taylor Woods, Hilary Bauer

“I think these experiences will help me in my career because engineers are always working in groups to complete a project. Communication is key in this situation because everybody has a key piece of the puzzle to complete and they all have to fit together perfectly,” Moore said. 

Students said they gain confidence as they develop their skills in all types of public speaking, including how to speak with limited preparation time. Wideman said other goals include developing written and oral performance skills, critical thinking and leadership abilities. All build confidence and enhance the team dynamic, she said.

“I believe that involvement in the speech and debate community is a rich and exciting place for students to explore themselves through their communication practices. At the end of the day, I want to see students graduate with the knowledge they need and the voice to represent that knowledge to the communities they encounter after graduation,” Wideman said.


Results:

Overall Team Award:  4th Team Speech and Debate Sweepstakes

Name:  Craig Chigadza ’21 (psychology and pre-law)
Awards:  6th place Extemporaneous Speaking

Name:  Hilary Bauer ’21 (graphic design and political science)
Awards:  5th place Radio Broadcasting

Name:  India Graves ’18 (communication)
Awards: 3rd Prose, 5th After Dinner Speaking

Name:  Kaylee Blum ’20 (archaeology)
Awards:  2nd Informative Speaking, 3rd Impromptu Speaking

Name:  Melanie Moore ’20 (computer engineering/computer science)
Awards:  1st Persuasive Speaking, 5th Extemporaneous Speaking, 7th Pentathlon

Name:  Roci Contreras ’20 (academic & career exploration)
Awards:  6th Persuasive Speaking

Name:  Ryan Wright-Jordan ’18 (psychology  and communication)
Awards:  5th Informative Speaking, Top Novice Impromptu Counseling

Name:  Shayla Cabalan ’20 (communication and English)
Awards:  1st After Dinner Speaking, 2nd Persuasive Speaking, 1st Radio Broadcasting

Name:  Sierra Roberts ’21 (history)
Awards:  3rd Persuasive Speaking

Name:  Taylor Woods ’21 (communication)
Awards:  5th Impromptu Weathercasting

Name:  Vanessa Hickman ’19 (business administration & management)
Awards:  3rd Extemporaneous Speaking, 2nd Impromptu Counseling, 2nd After Dinner Speaking, 5th Pentathlon

Potential students explore the “UIndy Effect” at Discover UIndy Day

Hundreds of high school students from across the Midwest recently participated in Discover UIndy Day, a chance for them to better understand the diverse opportunities that await them at the University of Indianapolis.

Students toured campus, experienced a class setting and participated in interactive student life activities–all with a goal of determining if UIndy is the right fit for them.

“We don’t just tell them facts about campus while they are here.  We show them what it’s like to be a student and help them experience how we support their success,” said Ron Wilks, associate vice president for enrollment.

Families were invited to attend Saturday’s UIndy Hounds Football game or the Department of Theatre’s production of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Wilks said it was a chance for students to experience the vibrant atmosphere of UIndy’s campus.

UIndy student ambassadors are an important facet of Discover UIndy Day’s success. Students like Amy Ragle ’18/’20 (biology, chemistry and occupational therapy) offer their time to act as a resource and contributor to prospective students and help them through the college search and admissions process. 2017 marked Ragle’s fourth year volunteering at the event. She started her freshman year as a Greyhound ambassador and this year served as the visit team intern for the Office of Admissions.

“When I visited UIndy my senior year of high school, I really loved the hospitality and the welcoming family atmosphere I was greeted with and I wanted to be a part of the team that made a difference and positive impact in other students and families’ lives, just like the the impact they had on mine,” said Ragle.

On Discover UIndy Day, Wilks and Ragle see the results of that impact firsthand.

“I love the energy on Discover UIndy Day. Our office works hard at creating an unbeatable experience for our guests and love seeing it all come together,” Wilks said.

“The families asked a lot of great questions and really seemed to enjoy everything we had to offer,” Ragle said.

Dawson Harris ’19 (nursing) has worked Discover UIndy Day for the past three years as a Greyhound ambassador. He emphasized how faculty help prospective students find focus.

“There are also many great professors from different majors and programs that were present and love talking with the students. Even if a student is interested in a different major or program, they still give great advice and are focused on helping that student create a plan of study that is best suited for them,” Dawson said.

“I really enjoy talking to as many families as possible and getting to know their student so we can better understand what they are looking for, and show them how we can help them develop their passions. I also love the way all the academic units and different campus departments come together to show that student-focused culture we live on a daily basis,” Wilks added.

That commitment to the student experience makes an impression. Wilks said he often hears from families who say the annual event stands out from others they’ve attended.

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