Summer 2010University Updates

Blankets, Trustees, Nigeria, Upstart and more

Bunches of blankets for babies

As part of the “Blankets for Babies” program, the Theatre Department’s costume-design class last semester made baby blankets for newborns at the Southeast Community Health Center in Indianapolis.

Newscaster, entrepreneur join Board of Trustees

The University of Indianapolis Board of Trustees has voted to welcome a local newscaster and a construction entrepreneur to its ranks.

Amber Stearns ’95, an Indianapolis native, is an award-winning news anchor at WIBC-FM, where she also hosts First Day from 8 a.m. to noon Sundays. The North Central High School graduate holds a bachelor’s degree in electronic media from UIndy and has been serving as president of the University’s Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Ersal Ozdemir, a native of Turkey, is founder, president, and CEO of Indianapolis-based Keystone Construction Corp. He holds a civil engineering degree from Purdue University and was named to the Indianapolis Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” list in 2009. Keystone Construction, founded in 1997, has built or renovated more than 10 million square feet of office, retail, and multifamily space in the greater Indianapolis area and was listed among the Indiana Chamber of Commerce’s “Best Places to Work in Indiana” in 2008.

Nigerian student wins speech competition

University of Indianapolis student Konye Ori won first place in the third annual Robert and Dana Curtis Memorial Oratorical Contest.

The contest gives undergraduates an opportunity to explore the peaceful resolution of conflict by preparing and delivering scripted addresses. Ten institutions competed in the Feb. 6 event, including host IUPUI and Indiana, Butler, and Northwestern universities.

Ori, a native of Nigeria, claimed the $1,000 top prize with his remarks on internal conflict in the Republic of Congo. He is a senior majoring in communication, with minors in international relations and political science.

As a member of UIndy’s speech team, Ori has excelled in the prose, poetry, and persuasion categories and has won many awards at invitational tournaments, said communication instructor Audrey Cunningham, team coach.

Upstart UIndy team wins supply chain competition

A team of business students from the University of Indianapolis claimed first place in the 15th annual API CS:Association for Operations Management regional student case competition February 22.

The event in Chicago included teams from 23 universities across the Midwest, including Indiana University, University of Illinois, University of Wisconsin, and Western Michigan University.

The competition began at 9 p.m. Friday, when the teams received details of a scenario involving a failing business. By 10:30 a.m. Saturday, each team had to conduct research, analyze data, identify key issues, and produce a paper with recommendations to help management save the company. In the afternoon, each team made a formal presentation of its recommendations to a panel of business professionals.

Scoring included both the written and oral portions of the contest, which incorporated principles of supply chain management, the use of information technology to optimize workflow in the production and sale of manufactured goods.

APICS is a 44,000-member professional society that offers training and resources related to production, inventory, supply chain management, materials management, purchasing, and logistics.

UIndy’s champions—Brad Abel, Kenny Albee, Jasmine Beck, Stephanie Beron, Adam Cranfill, Charlotte Grant, Sam Kingdon, and Holly Werner—come from the University’s student chapter of APICS, one of three student chapters in Indiana and one of the largest in North America.

All eight students are majoring or minoring in supply chain management, and several will be among UIndy’s first graduates in that major, which debuted just three years ago.

“This demonstrates that University of Indianapolis students can compete with and excel against any of their peers in this field,” said Assistant Professor Karl Knapp, the UIndy team adviser.

“Our students clearly stood out alongside students from institutions of much larger size and longer-established supply chain management programs.”

Gold standard

The University of Indianapolis earned a 2009 Gold Award from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, District V, for Inside UIndy, a magazine created by the offices of Admissions and Publications for prospective students. To view the online edition, visit
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