Fall 2017: General University Update

isslUIndy leads at 7th International Symposium on Service Learning

The University had the largest faculty delegation at the 7th International Symposium on Service Learning (ISSL), held at the National University of Ireland in Galway. The University of Indianapolis co-hosted the event with NUI Galway and Stellenbosch University (South Africa). Several faculty members presented research on the impact of service learning and community engagement. Marianna Foulkrod, director of Service Learning & Community Engagement, served as co-chair.

Center for Service-Learning & Community Engagement Community Campus Forum & Service Expo

More than 150 University of Indianapolis students and faculty joined community partners in April for the Community Campus Forum & Service Expo, organized by the Center for Service-Learning & Community Engagement. Seniors Alexandria Bishop and Brian Bakemeyer, who are both art therapy majors, shared the Outstanding Service Learning Undergraduate Student Award for their contributions at the Indiana Center for Children and Families. Derek Thiems (physical therapy) won the Outstanding Service-Learning Graduate Student Award for his work at Camp PossAbility, which provides a safe space for young adults ages 18-35. Lauren Johnson, principal of IPS School 65, was honored as Community Partner of the Year.

creative_millions___0886-2Professional Edge Center hosts Facebook designer/expands services

The Professional Edge Center hosted Tanner Christensen, Facebook product designer and author of “The Creative Challenge,” as part of an initiative to encourage students to pursue creativity in their careers. Christensen spoke to more than 60 students at Fountain Square Theatre and was joined by local creative professionals for an evening discussion.

UIndy’s Professional Edge Center serves as the student career center by helping them to identify pathways, interact with business professionals and develop professional and interpersonal skills to establish a career path.

University Executive Vice President and Provost contributes to book

University of Indianapolis Executive Vice President and Provost Stephen H. Kolison, Jr. is a primary contributor to “A President’s Perspective,” a new digital textbook on higher education administration. Kollison provides video commentary for the textbook from Jay Gogue, president of Auburn University, which addresses the fundamental areas of university administration in a flexible digital format.

Kolison, who joined UIndy in April 2017, also carried the University’s new ceremonial mace, which debuted in the 109th Commencement Ceremony in May 2017. The mace is an ancient symbol of power and authority found in both royal and academic settings. Mark Waninger, an internationally recognized Hoosier artist and craftsman, created the mace in collaboration with art faculty and administrators at the University.

2017_fairbanks_symposium___0388Institute for Civic Leadership & Mayoral Archives hosts Fairbanks Symposium

Local and national community leaders gathered to discuss the value of urban parks and greenspaces in maintaining a world-class city at the Richard M. Fairbanks Symposium on Civic Leadership held in March 2017. “Building Vibrant Cities Through Greenspaces and Parks” was the topic of this year’s symposium, presented by the University’s Institute for Civic Leadership and Mayoral Archives, in partnership with Indiana Humanities, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful and Indy Parks. Supported by the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation, the Fairbanks Symposium brought together thought leaders and community members to discuss why parks and greenspaces are vital to attractive, innovative and vibrant cities.