One on one with David Kurz

David Kurz, center. Photo by Cassie Reverman

David Kurz, center. Photo by Cassie Reverman

As part of International Education Month, we’re introducing several international students who bring a diverse perspective to campus. This week we’re profiling David Kurz ’18 (Major: sport management, minor: business and Franco/Germanic Studies).

Q. Where are you from? Tell us about your travel experience.

A. I’m from Rosenheim, Germany. I have never been to Indiana before but I participated in a three-week high school exchange program with a school near Milwaukee. I have traveled to many countries, including Greece, Italy, Spain and France. I’ve also visited Tunisia and Costa Rica.

Q. Why did you decide to attend UIndy?

I was recruited to play soccer for UIndy. The small class sizes, the school programs they offered, the successful soccer program and the close distance to downtown were some of my major deciding factors.

Q. What has your UIndy experience been like so far? How would you describe the international culture at UIndy?

A. I have had the best time of my life so far. My teachers are amazing and I’ve had only positive experiences since my freshman year. Being part of the soccer team threw me into a big group of international students with similar interests and backgrounds. What I love about UIndy is that everyone is welcome from every background. UIndy offers so many opportunities for international students to experience the full college and American lifestyle.

Q. What is your advice for domestic students who might not have much experience with other cultures?

A. I believe that there is nothing more important to get out of your comfort zone and see new things. Studying abroad is the best thing you can do to experience people, cultures and languages. It opens one’s eyes and makes you see the world in a more holistic way. In most university degrees in Germany it is even mandatory to study one semester abroad. I participated in two exchange programs and learned uncountable new things. It change my whole perspective on the world and I only can recommend it.

Q. What activities are you involved in outside the classroom?

A. I am part of the UIndy men’s soccer program but I have had multiple different experiences outside this time-consuming hobby. I had two internships, one with Indy Eleven and one with St. Francis Soccer Club. I was tutoring German for a semester and organized or participated in multiple panel talks. Even though playing soccer consumes a lot of my time, I still try to soak up as much of the American lifestyle as possible.

Rwandan Ambassador Mathilde Mukantabana brings hopeful message of peace

Reconciliation, justice and empowerment were common themes during a talk given by Her Excellency Mathilde Mukantabana, the Rwandan ambassador to the United States. The University of Indianapolis welcomed Ambassador Mukantabana on Oct. 27 for a group discussion with students and faculty.

“You can’t appreciate what Rwanda is today without going back,” said Mukantabana, who discussed the magnitude of the 1994 Rwandan genocide against the Tutsi people, which claimed more than 800,000 lives. Noting that the genocide left no family untouched, Mukantabana outlined how her country continues to recover from the tragedy and sets an example in its approach to development.

“It was an uphill battle because there was no road map,” said Mukantabana. She explained that Rwandans made the decision to focus on national unity and disavow the tribal politics that led to unimaginable violence 23 years ago.

Mukantabana, who was forced to flee her Rwandan home in 1973 to escape escalating violence, lost numerous family members in the genocide, including her parents and siblings. In response to that horror, Mukantabana launched a social work program at the National University of Rwanda to train students to work in local governments or non-governmental organizations and to help survivors deal with the trauma of genocide. She also co-founded and became president of the Friends of Rwanda Association and served as executive producer of “The Rwandan Night,” a documentary about the genocide.

Learn more about UIndy’s international relations program here.

Since the genocide, Rwanda has taken significant steps towards healing and reconciliation, including the creation of the National Unity & Reconciliation Commission in 1999. The country also has made use of traditional courts as part of the peacebuilding process.

You can’t talk about forgiveness or reconciliation when there is no sense of justice. How do you judge 3 million people?” the ambassador said.

The visit to the UIndy campus was coordinated by Jyotika Saksena, who directs the International Relations Graduate Program on campus. Provost Stephen H. Kolison, Jr., said the perspective and insight provided by Mukantabana aligns with the University’s vision of expanding its intellectual life by teaching students of the interconnectedness of the world around them.

Governance and sustainable development, including programs to improve the lives of Rwandans living in poverty, have played a significant role in Rwanda’s growth. The country’s system of inclusive ownership builds a sense of community through homegrown solutions and gives people agency, Mukantabana said.

Other notable developments include a larger role for women in positions of power. “The empowerment of the people is for all people,” she said, noting that 64 percent of Rwandan’s parliament is female.


University of Indianapolis Department of Theatre presents Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, adapted by Austin Tichenor

INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis is bringing Austin Tichenor’s adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein to life as part of a statewide initiative celebrating the classic novel and funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

With performances beginning Friday, Oct. 27-Nov. 11, the University’s Department of Theatre presents a fully staged production of this classic novel. This adaptation by Austin Tichenor closely follows the original novel and is performed as part of UIndy’s Communiversity: Frankenstein course, a one-credit online course designed to encourage students to think more deeply about the relationship between science and society.

The University of Indianapolis is one of 14 colleges and universities around Indiana participating in One State /One Story: Frankenstein, an Indiana Humanities program. Written by teenage Mary Shelley in 1818, Frankenstein tells the story of a young scientist who created a grotesque living creature through a scientific experiment and was horrified by what he had made.

Director Brad Wright, associate professor and chair of the Department of Theatre, said Tichenor’s adaptation stays true to Shelley’s novel while delivering the thrills that audiences have come to expect from the classic story. The play also explores themes that still resonate with current events.

“There’s this sense of the ‘other’ and the creature feeling discriminated against because he’s different. Another significant theme is the whole debate about scientists ‘playing God’,” Wright said.

“Although the book is 200 years old, Frankenstein is still relevant today. We still wrestle with limits of science, the consequences of technology and how we treat people who are different than we are,’’ said Keira Amstutz, president and CEO of Indiana Humanities.

Communiversity: Frankenstein is made possible in part through a Shaheen grant from the Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences.

See ticket information and schedule.

About the University of Indianapolis

The University of Indianapolis, founded in 1902, is a private, liberal arts university located just a few minutes from downtown Indianapolis. UIndy is ranked among the top Midwest Universities by the U.S. News and World Report, with a diverse enrollment of more than 5,200 undergraduates, 1,300 graduate students and 400 continuing education students. The University offers a wide variety of study areas, including 100 undergraduate degrees, more than 35 master’s degree programs and five doctoral programs. With strong programs in the health sciences, engineering, business and education, UIndy impacts its community by living its motto, “Education for Service.”

About One State / One Story: Frankenstein

One State / One Story: Frankenstein is an Indiana Humanities program and has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and in partnership with the Indiana State Library and Indiana Center for the Book. One State / One Story: Frankenstein is part of Indiana Humanities’ two-year Quantum Leap initiative, which encourages Hoosiers to celebrate what happens when we bridge the humanities with STEM.

About Indiana Humanities

Indiana Humanities connects people, opens minds and enriches lives by creating and facilitating programs that encourage Hoosiers to think, read and talk. Indiana Humanities is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities and Lilly Endowment, Inc. Learn more at

UIndy’s Rwandan connections make global impact

As the University of Indianapolis welcomes the Rwandan ambassador Her Excellency Mathilde Mukantabana this week, we’re exploring UIndy connections to Rwanda.

Charles Guthrie, professor emeritus, served as a Peace Corps volunteer teaching English in Rwanda from 2013-15 and organized the construction of a library during his time in the country. He also spent time teaching in Africa in the 1960s.

Chantal Uwizera

Chantal Uwizera

Chantal Uwizera ’06 (political science/international relations) was born in Rwanda and settled in the United States. She reflects on her time at UIndy and how the networked connections she created as an undergraduate paved the way for an impactful career improving educational opportunities for thousands of young people in Africa. She continues to live the Education for Service motto.

Q. What is your current role? How did your career develop after graduating from UIndy?

“I am currently the Director of Global Programs at the Africa America Institute. It is an international NGO based in New York with footprints all over Africa. The institute has been investing in building human capacity in Africa for the past 64 years by providing Africans with increasing access to advanced skills and knowledge to pursue higher education degrees. I design programs in partnership with institutions on the continent to increase the quality of education in Africa. We also work directly with governments in implementing their national priorities related to education.

After graduating from UIndy, I went on to graduate school at American University, where I received my master’s in international conflict resolution with a concentration in peace-building. Thereafter, I was appointed a diplomat for the Government of Rwanda as part of the team that represented the country on the Security Council (2013-2014), a great opportunity to engage in all political issues. I was in charge of all communications and also covered a number of specific issues especially those related to sanctions. I was also the chief of staff of the Mission. In 2015, I was promoted to second counsellor and covered a number of economic and sustainable issues. I led many negotiations, including the Global Goals on behalf of Rwanda at the UN. In 2016, I took on my current position.

I also took four years in between my undergrad and graduate education to gain experience. I worked for the Prosecutor’s Office in Elkhart, Indiana, as a child support specialist for two years then moved to Fort Wayne to work as an investigator in their Human Relations Commission for the City of Fort Wayne.”

Q. How did your UIndy degree prepare you for the work you are doing now?

“I double majored in political science and international relations and both programs gave me the foundation that I have to succeed. What I liked about the programs is that the professors were very well-versed in current issues and combined both theory and practice in the classroom.  During my last year, I took a semester to go to Washington D.C. as part of the Washington Program, where I interned for an Africa-based institution. For five months, I was exposed to domestic and foreign policies. My interest has always been to work on issues related to Africa. The fact that the school offered that program allowed me to gain some great experience in both aspects, but also helped to understand what exactly I wanted to study in graduate school.”

Learn more about UIndy’s international relations program here.

Q. Was there anyone at UIndy who helped you during your undergraduate career?

“I really was fortunate to have dedicated professors, such as Dr. Francis and Dr. (Jyotika) Saksena (head of the UIndy International Relations program). Dr. Saksena has been such a big part of my professional development. She was always there to listen to me, to guide me and to really offer any advice on what career path I can take. She has been one of the most influential professors I have had. I am still in touch with her! I remember always trying to take any classes she was offering, because I gained so much from it. She presented a really nuanced perspective on all our courses and often pushed us to think outside of the box.”

Q. Why did you choose UIndy?

“When I was looking for schools, UIndy was the first school I visited. I was immediately drawn to how warm and welcoming the staff were. I  was looking for a community that would allow me to excel but also to express myself and grow.

I would absolutely recommend both the political science and International Relations programs. The programs were very challenging but in a good way, where you get the most of what you should. They adequately prepared me to succeed in graduate school. Additionally, I left UIndy with confidence to either pursue a law degree or a degree in international affairs.”

Dr. Charles Guthrie with the headmistress of the school where he taught for two years in Rwanda.

Dr. Charles Guthrie with the headmistress of the school where he taught for two years in Rwanda.

Dr. Guthrie also offered his thoughts on how UIndy prepares students to confront complex global questions.

“UIndy does an excellent job of offering a range of academic as well as extra-curricular opportunities for students to learn about as well as experience and think critically about global situations, not only in political science and international relations.  In a small school such as ours, I actually think there are fewer hurdles to students taking advantage of such opportunities than in many larger institutions.  Ultimately, of course, it is the responsibility of students to take the initiative and seize them (even though some of them may not be required!).”

Greyhounds second in initial regional rankings, #6 in DII coaches poll

The UIndy football team (8-0, 5-0 GLVC) debuted at No. 2 in the season’s first set of NCAA Super Region Three regional rankings, released Monday. One of three unbeaten teams in the region, the Greyhounds trail only defending-national-champ Northwest Missouri State. The Hounds remained at No. 6 in this week’s AFCA Division II Coaches Poll. 

The top seven teams from the country’s four regions will earn berths in the NCAA Division II Playoffs. The No. 1 seed in each region will earn a bye, while seeds 2-4 will host seeds 5-7 in first-round action Nov. 18. The bracket plays out on consecutive Saturdays until a champion is crowned Dec. 16.

Undefeated Fort Hays State, who plays NMSU Nov. 4, comes in at No. 3, followed by GLIAC-schools Ashland and Ferris State at four and five, respectively. Central Missouri and Grand Valley State round out the top seven.

The NCAA shuffled the regions this year, with the Greyhounds moving out of Super Region Four and into Super Region Three. A total of 42 schools from the GLVC, GLIAC, MIAA and GAC comprise the third region.

UIndy is looking to earn its fourth-ever trip to the Division II playoffs. The Hounds qualified in 2012, ’13 and ’15, earning the program’s only postseason victory in 2012. UIndy also qualified for the postseason as a Division III institution in 1975.


1. Northwest Missouri St. 8-0 8-0
2. UIndy 8-0 8-0
3. Fort Hays St. 8-0 8-0
4. Ashland 7-1 7-1
5. Ferris St. 6-1 6-1
6. Central Mo. 6-2 6-2
7. Grand Valley St. 6-2 6-2
8. Ouachita Baptist 6-2 6-2
9. Arkansas Tech 6-2 6-2
10. Tiffin 5-3 5-3

Story by Ryan Thorpe, associate athletic director for communications, University of Indianapolis.

UIndy MPH grad making a difference in population health

When Payton Revolt graduated from the University of Indianapolis in 2013 with a degree in psychology, she knew she wanted to move into a career that would allow her to help people. But she also realized that she wanted to make an impact on whole populations, not just one person at a time. Enter the UIndy Master of Public Health (MPH) program, which Revolt began in 2015.

Fast forward two years when Revolt graduated from UIndy a second time with her MPH. She now has a job as a vaccine-preventable disease public health investigator at the Indiana State Department of Health.

“I loved my time as an MPH student,” Revolt said. “Dr. (Heidi) Rauch is a great program director; the professors are involved and look for ways to help students, most of whom are working while going to school.”

One of Revolt’s most significant experiences as an MPH student came in the form of an internship in Dodowa, Ghana on the continent of Africa. Revolt spent six weeks in Dodawa during the summer of 2017. Working with an organization called Projects Abroad, she was responsible for implementing a program that provides free, same-day testing and treatment for malaria to school-age children. The malaria test consists of a simple finger prick and 15 minute rapid screen.

“The idea of same-day testing and treatment is important,” Revolt explained, “because the children attend pay-as-you-go school. So if they couldn’t afford it, they might not be back the next day.”

Children who tested positive for malaria were given educational materials and antibiotics to take home with them.

“Students in Dodowa are very responsible and receptive,” said Revolt, who was confident the information made it home to parents.

In addition to testing for and treating malaria, Revolt and Projects Abroad provided Hepatitis B testing and education for teachers and ringworm and wound care education and treatment to students and teachers.

In order to avoid contracting malaria herself, Revolt took a daily pill called malarone, slept under a mosquito net, and used bug spray. She said that just living and working in a third world country was an education.

“It was 98 degrees with 100% humidity; I would wake up sweaty and go to bed sweaty,” Revolt said. “The host I stayed with lived in a home with no power and no running water. The day started around 4:30am when the roosters started crowing. The sun was up by 5:15am. I would get up and take a bucket bath. Then I would meet up with other Projects Abroad volunteers and we would visit three to four schools or orphanages a day.”

Learn more about the UIndy Master of Public Health Program

As a public health investigator for ISDH, Revolt’s day-to-day life in the United States is certainly different than her days in Ghana. Currently, she participates in and disseminates information about disease outbreak investigations across the state. She also conducts special studies, routine surveillance, and analyses of health outcomes data. Her job responsibilities include coordination with local health departments, hospitals, and other partners to ensure timely reporting of vaccine-preventable diseases and appropriate specimen collection for analysis. In the future, Revolt hopes to study whether there is any link between health disparities and vaccine-preventable infectious diseases.

While she is getting used to and enjoying to her new role at ISDH,  Revolt hopes to one day work again in a global health effort, even if only in a volunteer capacity.

“The MPH program at UIndy taught me a lot about health disparities. We read a lot about the brokenness and poverty in third world countries,” Revolt said. “My experience in Dodowa taught me this is not a story in a book. This is real life.”

Written by Amy Magan, Communications Manager, Center for Aging & Community, University of Indianapolis College of Health Sciences.

One on one with Cassie Ge

Cassie Ge

Cassie Ge

As the University celebrates International Education Month throughout October, we’re highlighting the international students who bring rich cultural perspectives to the campus community.

This week we introduce you to Cassie Ge ’18, a nursing student from China.

Q: Describe your travel experience.

A: Before coming to UIndy, I had only traveled within China. Indiana was my first experience being out of the country. I have visited most big cities such as Chicago, New York City and Boston. Other than China and the U.S., I have only been to Haiti. I traveled there as part of the medical mission team in May 2017.

Q: Why did you decide to attend UIndy?

After struggling with my studies in pharmaceutical engineering for a year in China, my mom recommended the nursing program at UIndy. I talked to the advisor and other representatives; they were very friendly and were always there to help me throughout my application process. I liked the small campus at UIndy because I thought it would facilitate with building career connections and making real friends. In addition, I have always wanted to experience a different culture!

Q: What has your UIndy experience been like?

A: My UIndy experience has been fantastic so far. At the beginning of college, I attended a lot of extracurricular activities, made a lot of friends and improved my English speaking. My academic life has been successful as well since I maintained my GPA above 3.5. As I am preparing for graduation, I have received a lot of advice from Professional Edge Center for my resume building and career researching, which helps me relieve some stress about graduating.

Q: How would you describe the international culture at UIndy?

A: The campus promotes cultural diversity and emphasizes the importance of respecting every culture, which makes me feel welcomed at UIndy. The faculty understands the language barrier and they are willing to help international students.

Q: What is your advice for domestic students who might not have much experience with other cultures?

A: Don’t be scared and just talk to them. In my opinion, most people who have not been in contact with other cultures are simply afraid of the differences. I was homesick and scared to talk to people after I came to the U.S. After a while, I told myself that I couldn’t go back to China anyway, so why not just talk to some people and try to enjoy my life at UIndy? It turns out that I love UIndy! Based on my personal experience, I would strongly recommend studying abroad to experience other cultures. Everything is unknown but you never know if it is going to surprise you! It will broaden your view of the world, and you may have a different opinion about your own culture, too.

Q: What activities are you involved in outside the classroom?

A: I have been involved in campus organizations such as College Mentors for Kids and UIndy Dance Marathon. In College Mentors for Kids, my little buddy and I won “buddy pair of the year” at the end of the year. I have also served as an International Student Ambassador since sophomore year at the Admissions Office. I am always compassionate about helping people, so these activities allowed me to contribute my enthusiasm to the people who need my help. These activities taught me about teamwork as well as how to interact with people from various age groups.

Q: Are there any professors, staff or students who have helped you?

A: There are so many people who have made my UIndy experience special. For instance, my advisor Becca Cartledge not only helped me academically, she also offered me the opportunity to go to Haiti with her team, which was a life-changing experience. Also, all of my friends were very patient with me when we first met even though they could not understand me at all! They took me to local restaurants, explored Indy with me, invited me to their family occasions and supported me when I needed help.

University of Indianapolis capital project targets growth, benefits neighborhoods

Housing and green space project to enhance undeveloped University property

(INDIANAPOLIS) – Responding to the success of a strategic vision to grow student enrollment and expand campus life, the University of Indianapolis today announced a plan to develop an area adjacent to campus for additional student housing, green space and parking.

The institution’s Board of Trustees approved a plan to develop nearly 2 acres of University-owned property between National and Standish Avenues and two lots east of Boyd Avenue (a portion of Boyd near National would be closed to vehicular traffic). The project was unanimously supported at a recent meeting of the Indianapolis Department of Metropolitan Development.

The residential development will add 300 beds (singles, doubles and quads) via a high-quality apartment building, similar to the Greyhound Village Apartments, which opened in 2015 as a joint venture with Strategic Capital Partners. The project is expected to be completed as early as January 2019.

“One of the defining pieces of our educational experience is that we connect with each other,” said University President Robert Manuel. “The investment in this new housing project will ensure that we can continue to learn and engage each other and continue to strengthen our campus community.”

“We are honored to partner again with UIndy on another student housing project. We are excited to be part of the many great things happening at the University, ”said Will Zink, vice president of construction and development for Strategic Capital Partners.

The University continues to work with Carson Heights and University Heights neighborhood groups to align the plan for campus growth with the goals of these neighborhoods. Several open houses are planned in the coming months to allow nearby residents and business owners to learn more about ongoing capital improvements in the area. Scheduled dates include noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 24, and Monday, Dec. 4, in UIndy Hall A in the Schwitzer Student Center on campus.

University of Indianapolis Vision 2030 Plan

The development is the latest effort as part of the Vision 2030 plan, which maps a path for university and community growth through four strategic focus areas: innovation, University relevance and placemaking, institutional competitiveness and continuing as a sustainable community anchor. Vision 2030 also sets a course for the future to strengthen facilities and programs for students and faculty while increasing community engagement both socially and academically.


UIndy celebrates record-breaking Homecoming Weekend

Thousands of University of Indianapolis alumni and friends joined students, faculty and staff for 2017 Homecoming Weekend. The University capped off a busy week of reunions, honors and events with a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDSTM title and the extension of UIndy football’s winning streak.

The University’s new WeatherSTEM station was dedicated to the memory of William Gommel, professor of mathematics & earth-space science (1965-1992). The WeatherSTEM station is the result of faculty and student collaborations to bring new technology to monitor and research weather patterns and atmospheric conditions. Carly Nicholson ’17 (earth-space science) hatched the idea of a weather station with associate professor Tim Duman nearly three years ago and authored a grant to secure financial support for the unit. Alumnus Bob Green ’70 made a donation to bring the project to fruition.

Hundreds gathered to recognize the 2017 Alumni Award recipients during the Honors & Recognition Dinner, including Larry Miller ’62 (Distinguished Alumni Award), Tamara Wolske ’05 (Distinguished Faculty/Staff Alumni Award), Daniel Del Real ’05 (Distinguished Young Alumni Award), Tom ’64 and Mary Kay ’65 Anthony (Gene and JoAnne Sease Award) and former Indianapolis Mayor and Visiting Fellow Greg Ballard (Honorary Alumni Award). Watch interviews with the honorees.

Homecoming Day started off with the 4th annual Hound Hustle 5K Run/Walk, with proceeds supporting student scholarships and programs. Alumni, faculty and students attended the President’s Lunch & Founders Day Celebration, hosted on the lawn of Good Hall, to hear the importance of this landmark building in the educational experience for more than 110 years. Get an update here.

The Department of Criminal Justice celebrated its 45th anniversary with the announcement of the Criminal Justice Education Lab, a University-owned training facility that will be opening soon near campus. The Marion County Forensics Services Agency hosted a mock crime scene for visitors in the president’s home as part of the celebration.

Building on the traditions of Homecoming, the University unveiled a new float during the Homecoming Parade. Dozens of students, faculty, staff and friends built the float, designed by Department of Art & Design faculty, in the weeks leading up to Homecoming Day, marking a new legacy of collaboration.

After the parade and Tailgate Town, the biggest excitement was yet to come. The University set a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDSTM title for the most high-fives with a university mascot in one minute during halftime at the Homecoming Game. Ace the Greyhound recorded 128 high-fives with students, faculty and staff to win the title for UIndy. Watch the video here.

Jasmine Coe ’19 (nursing) and Braylen Morgan ’18 (communication) were crowned Homecoming queen and king, with President Rob Manuel presiding.

UIndy football ended the night by recording the team’s best start since 1997 to go 5-0 with a 34-19 win over Truman State.

UIndy Family Weekend: Catching up with the Brunnemers

Brunnemer / Legacy Family (Jim '66, Lu '76, Kyle '92, Julia-current student). (Photo: D. Todd Moore, University of Indianapolis)

The Brunnemer Family: Jim ’66, Lu ’76, Kyle ’92, Julia ’19). (Photo: D. Todd Moore, University of Indianapolis)

UIndy Family Weekend is a time to celebrate the connections that the University of Indianapolis brings to life. Jim ’66 and Lou Brunnemer ’69 recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, and the couple reflected on the role of the University in their lives.

“She was a freshman and I was a senior. I saw her walking across the stage in this little skit, and I thought that was a girl I wanted to date!” Jim said.

Jim and Lou’s son Kyle Brunnemer ’92 was a two-year All-American in golf at UIndy before becoming a golf professional. His daughter, Julia Brunnemer ’19, is majoring in public health.

Jim served the University for 21 years with positions as director of alumni relations and vice president for development before retiring in 2000. As part of the fundraising team during a significant period of growth for the University, Jim noted the changes he helped to facilitate, along with University leadership.

“We took the parking lot out of the middle of campus, built the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center, and Martin Hall. It was satisfying to see that happen. It’s been amazing to see the changes on campus. I’m very proud of the staff here and the presidents who have led the way,” he said.

Both Kyle and his daughter were drawn to UIndy not just because of Jim’s involvement with the University, but for the culture.

“I knew I wanted something small and personal. I knew I wasn’t a big school kind of girl when I was looking,” Julia said.

“I think we have that in common,” Kyle added. “That’s one of the things that stood out to me along with knowing the university so well. We just felt like it was more of a big family here.”

Lou noted how the University motto of “education for service” came to define her 25-year career as a first grade teacher. “Service is a very important part of the UIndy legacy,” she said.

The Brunnemers also credit UIndy in playing a central role in the relationships they’ve developed over the years. Lou said her family still gets together monthly with friends they made at UIndy years ago – and she shared another UIndy connection.

“I was a Cincy girl and my pastor, Herman Emmert, graduated from here. I was in his youth group and he was the instrument that brought me here. My life has changed because of him,” said Lou.

Jim acknowledged the university presidents he worked for over the years: I. Lynd Esch, Gene Sease, Benjamin Lantz, Jr. and Jerry Israel.

“All of them made tremendous contributions. I’ve gotten to know [University President] Rob [Manuel] and he’s another in the fine line of leaders. I’d have to turn to the motto “education for service.” It was that way when I was here. It is still that way today.”

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