Fall 2017President's Forum

Exploration of Innovation and Impact

commencement_4107_The start of the new academic year represents a milestone in the lives of our new and returning students. We have much to be proud of at the University of Indianapolis as we welcome students; from the composition of our freshman class, to our students in the Ron & Laura Strain Honors College, to the achievements of our student athletes on and off the field, to the creativity, passion and accomplishments of each and every student. We also are proud of the impact our faculty have on these students, from service-learning opportunities to collaborative research to academic advisement.

The community we enjoy at the University of Indianapolis has impact near and far. Research partnerships and service-learning trips ensure our influence is felt across the globe. Nationally ranked programs in nursing and other health sciences fields continue to attract top talent from across the country. Faculty are sought after by the media to serve as experts in their field.

We also are investing in projects designed to carry our University forward for the next generation of students. Like the UIndy Health Pavilion, the newly created R.B. Annis School of Engineering will be an environment of innovation. We are deeply grateful to the R.B. Annis Educational Foundation for its gift to establish the R.B. Annis School of Engineering in the Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences. The School of Business launched new programs, a Master’s of Science in Management and Master’s in Real Estate Development, two distinguishing programs designed to advance the needs of local industry and help students emerge as leaders in these fields. Our music and arts programs serve as a foundation of excellence for the progressive cultural arts community across the region and support the Indianapolis Quartet, a world-class ensemble formed through a partnership with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

The community we enjoy at the University of Indianapolis has impact everywhere. 

In this edition of Portico, you are provided a snapshot of the difference our University is making and the value our graduates bring to everything they pursue. This is a deliberate approach our students (current and past) take to make the world a better place, by expanding their influence and expertise at every opportunity. We are serving students who want more than an education; they want to surpass expectations.

As you learn more about these University and alumni success stories, I encourage you to visit campus. Join us for Homecoming activities Sept. 29 – 30 and the annual Family Weekend celebration Oct. 6 – 8. The University really comes alive as we welcome back alumni, friends and our extended Greyhound family.

We look forward to celebrating our future together with you.

— Robert L. Manuel, PhD, University President