Summer/Fall 2018University Updates

Summer 2018: General University Update

Institute for Civic Leadership & Mayoral Archives

The Richard M. Fairbanks Symposium on Civic Leadership explored the theme of “A City of Homes”  in March. The Institute was thrilled to welcome former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Juliàn Castro and University of Indianapolis Trustee and Executive Director of the League of California Cities Carolyn Coleman to the stage for an INconversation that covered affordable housing, homelessness and public/private partnerships. The University partnered with Indiana Humanities and INHP for the event.

Center for Service-Learning & Community Engagement

The Center for Service-Learning & Community Engagement hosted several events to celebrate the many collaborations that provide opportunities for students, faculty and community partners to engage with one another, including, the Community Partners Fairs, the Indiana Campus Panel Conversation on Carnegie Classification, the UIndy Faculty Service-Learning Academy, the Community Campus Forum and Service Expo that honored several students with awards, and supported the Perry Cultural Festival held at the Baxter YMCA, to celebrate the diversity of Perry Township, that UIndy calls home.

Service-Learning Graduate Student of the Year

Marlena Muszak ’18 (M.A. in applied sociology)

Service-Learning Undergraduate Student of the Year

Samantha Beckwith ’18 (marketing)
Justin Jones ’18 (supply chain and operations)
Nicholas Southwood ’18 (marketing)
Mallory Walker ’18 (marketing)

Community Partner of the Year

Tim Evans: Indianapolis Star
Alvie Lindsay: Indianapolis Star
Deborah Strickler: Southern Indiana Rehabilitation Hospital

Kamron Sanders was recently hired as the Center’s new program assistant. In this capacity she will manage existing programs or create new programming that engages students and faculty with the community through service-learning, promoting the university’s motto “Education for Service.” A native of Jeffersonville, Ind., Sanders obtained her bachelor of arts in journalism with a concentration in public relations from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis in 2017. She also earned a certificate in event management. Sanders has had experience managing content across multiple channels, event management  and marketing. She has worked with NUVO magazine, The Indiana Blood Center and the National Association of Women Business Owners.

Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning

The Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL) with the School of Education (SOE) hosted a series of four breakfast events during the 2017-18 academic year called “Partners in Excellence: Capacity Through Collaboration” for area school leaders. School administrators were invited to participate in these opportunities for dialogue and collaboration around school needs, challenges as well as successes. Read the story

Ecumenical & Interfaith Programs

Photo: Mission Guatemala
Photo: Mission Guatemala

The Jerry Israel Interfaith Service Award was presented to a student for just the second time in 2018. The inaugural class of Interfaith Scholars (Bethany Pollock, Thanthaphorn Rueangnopphasit,
Kiley Harmon, and Kaitlin Holton) were given the award jointly, citing their extraordinary commitment and success at increasing interfaith discussions across campus. They were critical partners in developing an annual 9/11 Interfaith Prayer Vigil, annual Interfaith Winter Holiday Festival, and dozens of events of religious literacy training and political activism.

Associate Chaplain Rev. Arionne Williams led nine students on mission to United Methodist-related Mission Guatemala. The trip marked the University’s first time sending students to the project. One of the participating students, Emily Sands, was selected as an intern for Mission Guatemala and stayed with the mission after Spring Term helping to lead other mission groups who serve there during summer.

Communications and Marketing

The University’s Integrated Marketing & Communications team received three HERMES Creative Awards for marketing and communications efforts launched in the past year.



Print media/publications/magazine: Portico (redesign)

Print media/publications/viewbook: Admissions viewbook


Microsite: New admissions microsite (

6,500 entries from across the United States and 21 countries and judged by industry professionals and AMCP members from marketing, public relations, digital media production and designers.

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