AmeriCorps the beautiful
UIndy has been selected to host a 2010–11 Indiana Campus Compact Service Engagement Corps AmeriCorps program. The program will engage 150 Indiana college student volunteers in AmeriCorps service each year, increase the number of college students engaged in service throughout the state, and strengthen campus and community relationships while fostering campus and community collaboration.
UIndy student service-learning and volunteer hours combined in 2009–10 for a total of 41,762 hours. According to Indiana Independent Sector figures, these hours are equivalent to paid work time worth $870,737.
College Mentors for Kids raised $5,000 through the “Walk for Kids” annual event at UIndy in April. Lilly Scholars completed monthly service projects with such organizations as Keep Indianapolis Beautiful. Laurelwood Apartments has maintained a steady number of 12 student volunteers who spend every Tuesday evening mentoring the children at Laurelwood.
Hooray for Hauerwas
In July Dr. Michael Cartwright’s article “Learning about Providence from Hannah’s Child” (the memoir of theologian Stanley Hauerwas) was published in Faith & Leadership Now, along with his essay “Stanley Hauerwas and the University.”
Poems hit the trail
A poem by Dr. Elizabeth Weber has been selected for inclusion on the new Indianapolis Cultural Trail. The poem, “City Generation,” will be displayed at “Poet’s Place” on Alabama Street. Poet’s Place is dedicated to Jim Shackelford, a retired civil engineer and planner with the Department of Public Works and an early champion of the Cultural Trail who referred to the trail as “the canvas on which the community can contribute its character and creativity.”
Works by other poets will be featured on new public-art bus shelters downtown. The bus shelters and poems were commissioned as part of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail’s public art installation entitled “Moving Forward” by Indianapolis-based architect Donna Sink.
Dr. Mary McGann is teaching English Literature, Composition, and American Literature at Ningbo Institute of Technology, China. NIT, which offers a joint program with the University of Indianapolis, nominated her for the Camellia Award, a recognition given by the city of Ningbo to honor foreigners who make contributions to local development in terms of business, education, or social work.
In October Dr. Toni Morris will present a paper in Berlin, Germany, on the topic of film adaptation.
Dr. Udo Nattermann presented “Little Frontiers: Ecological Elements in Science Fiction” in June at the
annual conference of the Science Fiction Research Association in Arizona.
The 2009 issue of Etchings, a literary magazine produced by the department, won three awards in April at the Indiana Collegiate Press Association competition in the Literary Magazines division: third place for best overall design, first place for best photographic illustration, and second place for the best hand-drawn illustrations.
Hail to the chief
Heidi Carl was named president-elect of the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association, an association of college and university financial aid administrators, lenders, guarantors, and other associated organizations and individuals.