Vision becoming a reality

UIndy Starts With You: The Campaign for the University of Indianapolis UIndy has always been a community that strives to prepare students to make a difference in the world and reach their potential. That’s why we worked hard together to identify needs and opportunities under the umbrella of the Vision 2030 plan. The result? On October 2, we unveiled the […]

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A step ahead in science

Alumnus assists in homo naledi breakthrough When a scientific discovery made headlines around the world in September, a University of Indianapolis alumnus had a hand in it—or, perhaps more accurately, a foot. Dr. Zachary Throckmorton ’07, who teaches anatomy at Tennessee’s Lincoln Memorial University, was among the select international group of researchers who published the first analyses of Homo naledi, […]

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Making her mark on her city

Strength, resilience, passion, commitment. Yvonne Shaheen loves a good underdog. Sharing her story while seated high atop Indianapolis in one of its most exclusive clubs, she gazes over a city she has both conquered and helped to lead. She’s dressed for the boardroom but with the added flair of a pink jacket. She is both intimidating and inviting. Bitingly honest, […]

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Indians sales exec triggers winning streak

Joel Zawacki turned down his first two job offers from the Indianapolis Indians in 2007, one as an intern and one on a temporary basis. “I may have been a little overconfident at the time,” said the 30-year-old Michigan City native. “But I got my start in negotiating upfront.” At 22 and with a weeks-old University of Indianapolis diploma in […]

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Working to lessen the impact of incarceration

The thing about a crisis is that it usually happens when least expected. It’s just before 7 p.m. on a Tuesday and Rachel Halleck ’10 is working the phone, trying to find a hospital bed and treatment for a desperately troubled client. Between calls, the director of behavioral services at Volunteers of America Indiana recalled what called her to clinical […]

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Art for the heart

It’s not always easy to find the right words. In fact, when dealing with a traumatic event such as an illness or a death, many people—especially kids—find that they just can’t talk about it. That’s where Lisa Durst ’06 steps in with a paint brush and a blank canvas. As an art teacher at the Clark-Pleasant Intermediate School in Johnson […]

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Library slated for 21st-century summer makeover

The University of Indianapolis will fundamentally overhaul its Krannert Memorial Library this summer to create a more versatile study and work facility for students and faculty, and a more inviting destination for the campus and surrounding neighborhood. Based on extensive input from the UIndy community, as well as the latest research on the learning styles of today’s students, the building’s […]

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For the greater good

New Master of Public Health program brings world-class educators to UIndy In 2014, the Ebola virus was front page news. And 2015 had barely begun when a measles outbreak in California spread to more than a dozen states—along with a renewed national debate about immunization. Closer to home, the U.S. surgeon general took a national tour, visiting Indianapolis in February […]

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A true team

Nearly 60 years ago, Ron Strain stopped by his college president’s office to visit his friend, Dr. I. Lynd Esch. Manning the switchboard there—one of her many campus jobs back then—was Laura Russell. Ron was quick with a quip even then, but Laura also thought he was cute. Ron heard about it and soon asked Laura on a date. Six […]

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Stratospheric success

Meteorologically speaking, the Midwest can be an exciting place, hosting everything from tornadoes to snow storms. As a child growing up in Indiana, Dr. Jim Hurrell ’84 developed an interest in the weather, thanks to his father, Wilson, an adjunct professor in the School of Business at the University of Indianapolis. Jim describes his father as “an absolute nut for […]

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