Founding New Traditions
Good Hall, named after the University of Indianapolis’ third president, I.J. Good, has served as an iconic presence for generations of students, alumni, and community members who have passed through its columns.
Today, Good Hall represents the strength and history of the University’s liberal arts core education and is now home to the Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences. A historic renovation and restoration project in 2018 has inspired a new tradition around the building’s six pillars, which have stood tall for nearly 120 years.
The restoration was made possible by more than 500 supporters, including two who will be recognized in perpetuity on a Good Hall pillar for their generosity: F. A. Wilhelm and Phyllis Webster Doles in memory of her late husband, Virgil. Each year, the remaining pillars will honor four individuals, organizations, or groups connected to the University of Indianapolis, who represent the institutional core values of inquiry, innovation, leadership, and service. The first four honorees were recognized during the September 2019 Homecoming President’s Lunch and Founders Day Celebration, marking the start of a new annual Homecoming tradition.
David Manley ’23
Born to a family of war refugees in the British colony of Sierra Leone, David Manley and his brothers were given shelter by United Brethren missionaries. Manley enrolled at Indiana Central College in 1919, becoming the University’s first international student and the founding editor-in-chief of The Reflector newspaper. He was widely admired for his wit as a communicator. He returned to Sierra Leone to serve as vice principal at the Albert Academy, known for training the first generation of Sierra Leone’s leaders. His work paved the way for Sierra Leone’s independence in 1961.
The Hanni & Hiatt Families
The Hanni and Hiatt families are two of the largest legacy families in the University’s history, with almost 40 Greyhounds ranging from the Class of 1927 to the most recent Class of 2019. The families have provided decades of service to support education and health needs in the community. Both families have remained dedicated to the University over multiple generations with family members serving on the Board of Trustees, Alumni Board, Greyhound Club Board, faculty, and staff. Combined, the families have funded 13 endowed scholarships for UIndy students.
Dr. LeAlice Briggs
Dr. Briggs is a distinguished dean emerita and professor of nursing who offered significant leadership during a period of rapid growth and development at the University. She served as dean of the School of Nursing for 18 years and received the Honorary Alumni Award in 1992 upon her retirement. She later returned to campus to help with the School for Adult Learning, developing collaborations through outreach programs and coordinating the delivery of onsite educational programs. She was awarded an honorary doctor of science degree in 2003. Dr. Briggs set the standard for faculty-student engagement at a university where the faculty take pride in personal attention to student needs. Her legacy continues with the LeAlice Briggs Endowed Nursing Scholarship funded by Dr. Briggs, her husband Max, and more than 250 faculty, staff, alumni, and friends.
Dr. Randy Lee ’72
Dr. Lee’s service as an internal medicine physician has made a significant and positive impact on regional and international communities—including his alma mater—and his leadership in medical education has expanded access to needed health care. He has been in private practice for more than 44 years in Martinsville, Indiana. Since 2010, Dr. Lee has served as the director of medical education and vice president for medical affairs at Community Hospital South while serving as one of the hospitalists on staff. The Lee family—which includes his wife, Susie; son, Jim; daughter, Laura ’05; and son-in-law, Elijah Hammans ’04—have been strong supporters of UIndy, particularly through scholarships. Dr. Lee has served on the UIndy Alumni Board and enjoys a close relationship with current and former members of the University community. He is a member and former president of the Indiana Society of Internal Medicine and a fellow of the American College of Physicians.
See a complete list of Hanni and Hiatt alumni family members at portico.uindy.edu