Preparation to Succeed


The University of Indianapolis has a proud tradition of preparing students to pursue medical, dental and other professional degrees in health fields. The Ron & Laura Strain Honors College provides students with the opportunity to delve into academic research that prepares them for a variety of careers. Casey Wendorff ’18 and Lauren Bryant ’18 will pursue medical degrees at the […]

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Dr. John McIlvried Retirement


In 1981, Dr. John McIlvried was just one of two psychologists in the Behavioral Sciences department. By the time of his retirement in 2018, he was responsible for the establishment of clinical psychology at the University, the development of the Psy.D. program, and growth of the School of Psychological Sciences. All of these initiatives contributed to the formation of the […]

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“Red Flag” Gun Laws


A new study by Aaron Kivisto, assistant professor of clinical psychology, provides evidence that risk-based gun seizure laws are saving lives. The study, “Effects of Risk-Based Firearm Seizure Laws in Connecticut and Indiana on Suicide Rates, 1981-2015,” appears in the June 2018 issue of Psychiatric Services. Peter Phalen ’18 (Psy.D. in clinical psychology) was co-author. Risk-based firearm seizure laws–also known […]

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Career Changers


The Teach (STEM)³ Noyce Initiative provides built-in mentorship, preparation and support for career changers in STEM fields wishing to pursue teaching opportunities. The one-year clinical residency program addresses the growing need for STEM teachers by providing a full tuition stipend for professionals in those fields to become high school teachers as they pursue a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT). […]

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Phylis Lan Lin Celebrates 45 Years of Service


Phylis Lan Lin, who is retiring after 45 years of service to the University of Indianapolis, is known by multiple titles: professor of sociology, executive director of University of Indianapolis Press, director of Asian programs and associate vice president for international partnerships. She was also the driving force behind the creation of the Phylis Lan Lin Department of Social Work. […]

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Sociology Chair Amanda Miller receives 2018 Goode Book Award


Amanda Miller, associate professor and chair of sociology, recently received the 2018 Goode Book Award for Cohabitation Nation: Gender, Class, and the Remaking of Relationships, a book she co-authored with Sharon Sassler of Cornell University. The William J. Goode Book Award is the most prestigious book award in the field of family sociology. The award will be formally given at […]

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John Kuykendall Named Dean of the School of Education


John Kuykendall, III, Ph.D., was appointed dean of the School of Education effective July 1, 2018. He most recently served as a tenured associate professor of education and as the director for the School of Education at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. In his administrative role at Little Rock, he oversaw 27 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in […]

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Ron Wilks Named Vice President of Enrollment Management


Ron Wilks was promoted to Vice President of Enrollment Management, effective July 1, 2018. He has worked at the University since the summer of 1991 under the leadership of Mark Weigand. He also completed an undergraduate degree in history and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Indianapolis. “As I thought about how to go about finding […]

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Executive Vice President Mark Weigand Retires


After more than 38 years of service to the University of Indianapolis, Mark Weigand, executive vice president for campus affairs and enrollment services, has retired. Weigand served as an architect of the University’s enrollment and financial aid programs that have produced records in each of the years he has been in office. His accomplishments significantly contributed to recruitment efforts during […]

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Debra Feakes Named Dean of The Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences


Following an extensive national search, Debra Feakes was appointed dean of the Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences. In her role, which began July 1, 2018, Feakes oversees nearly 150 faculty from undergraduate and graduate programs in 16 departments, as well as the R.B. Annis School of Engineering. Feakes, a tenured full professor, previously served as the associate chair of […]

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