Summer/Fall 2018University Updates

Summer 2018: Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences Update


Faculty Publications

Dr. Christopher Moore ’04, chair and associate professor of anthropology, published two papers in edited volumes, both co-authored by Dr. Richard Jefferies of the University of Kentucky. The first is entitled “Maintaining Relations with Deer: A Day-in-the-Life in the Middle Archaic” and was published in the book “Investigating the Ordinary: Everyday Matters in Southeast Archaeology.” The second paper, entitled, “Mission San Joseph de Sapala: 17th Century Franciscan Mission Efforts on Sapelo Island, Georgia,” appears in the book “Franciscans and American Indians in Pan-Borderlands Perspective.”

Anthropology graduate student Jessica Droke and Dr. Christopher Schmidt, professor of anthropology, are co-authors on an article to be published in 2018 on Neandertal diet.  The paper, which is based heavily on Ms. Droke’s master’s thesis, includes co-authors from Georgia State University, as well as institutions in Spain and France. Ms. Droke is currently a doctoral student at the University of Wyoming, where she is continuing her study of Neandertals. The article, “Dental microwear texture analysis of Neandertals from Hortus cave, France,” will appear  in Comptes Rendus Palevol.

Dr. Schmidt was recently featured on the nationally syndicated radio program, “Academic Minute,” to discuss his research on the diets of ancient peoples. He is currently co-editing a volume entitled “Dental Wear in Evolutionary and Biocultural Perspectives” and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Paleopathology.

Student Scholarship Awards

Christa Kelly (MS ’17) was recently accepted into the anthropology Ph.D. program at the University of Arkansas with a full tuition fellowship.

Elizabeth Straub (BS ‘16, MS ‘17) was recently accepted into the anthropology Ph.D. program at the University of Kentucky with a full tuition assistantship.

Art & Design

Exhibitions on Illustration and Interactive Art

Photo: “Illustration: Women Making A Mark,” at the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center Gallery.
Photo: “Illustration: Women Making A Mark,” at the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center Gallery.

“Illustration: Women Making A Mark,” an exhibition held in January at the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center, celebrated the work of female artists from around the globe who make their living as illustrators. Dr. Randi Frye, assistant professor of art & design, curated the exhibition, which also highlighted the Department of Art & Design’s newest concentration within the studio art degree, animation/illustration. In addition, the gallery hosted the Art & Design Juried Student Exhibition and “Art of Persuasion: World War II Patriotic Posters” during the winter semester.

The University of Indianapolis and Big Car presented “Art: A Social Practice” during First Friday in May, featuring work by graduate students in the Social Practice Art Program: Lauren Ditchley, Linnea Gartin, Brittany Kugler, Emma Landwerlen and Danielle Wilborn. The students created an interactive show inviting visitors to explore the Garfield Park Neighborhood.

Printmaking Program is Making its Mark

The first three art & design students to do print concentrations graduated in May’s commencement. Kalia Daily, Auna Winters, and Emily Bradley all completed the concentration coursework for Printmaking as part of the BFA degree/program. All three alumni are going onto UIndy graduate programs.

Katherine Fries ’07, ‘11 (assistant professor of art & design) served as presenter and moderator: Letterpress: Charting the Un/Familiar, College Book Arts Association* Conference, Philadelphia, PA, and is now serving on the Membership & Nominations Committee for the College Book Arts Association. Fries was a Teacher of the Year finalist and was honored with the Faculty Achievement Award for Scholarship & Service. Her artwork was featured in the following exhibitions:

Katherine Fries: Painting & Printmaking, The Dunn Gallery, Oakland City University, Portland, IN (Solo Exhibition)

Why Letterpress?: Experimental Adventures Exhibition, Mainframe Studios Gallery, Des Moines, IA (Juried Invitational)

Upcoming May 31st– July:

The Young Collectors Show II Exhibition, Gallery 924, Indianapolis Arts Council
(Juried Exhibition)


Randi Frye (assistant professor of art & design) was selected as a regional winner in the 2017 PrintRegional Design Awards for her Hullabaloo Press logo. Her entry was featured in the RDA (Winter Issue) of Print magazine and was celebrated on the Regional Design Annual website.

Nicole Hopf’s ’18, 3D assemblage piece “Collection of Memories” was one of two UIndy pieces selected and displayed at the Indianapolis Arts Center as part of their 2018 College Invitational Exhibition.

Jenna Krall ‘18 (visual communication design) was honored with a Student Gold ADDY Award for packaging design.

Lauren Raker ’19 applied and was selected to the competitive Hatch Internship Program at the Historic Hatch Show Print in Nashville, TN. She will complete her internship this summer.

Auna Winters’ ’18 woodcut “Lemon Shake Up” was selected for the Fletcher Place Arts’ Juried Exhibition Fruit Salad. It has been selected to be the promotional piece for the exhibition.


Arachnid Discovery

Dr. Marc Milne (assistant professor of biology) and four undergraduate students presented research at the 2018 Indiana Academy of Science Conference in March 2018. The students and their presentations were: Emily Stern ’19 (environmental science): “The effect of cutting and burning on spider abundance, composition, and diversity in North Carolina,” Baothu Dinh ’18 (biology): “The effect of wildflower strips on spider abundance and diversity in Florida,” Brodrick Deno ’18 (environmental science): “Identifying an unknown Agyneta sp. via DNA sequencing,” and Lucas Frandsen ’19 (human biology): “An additional 100+ new spider distribution records in Indiana.”

In June, Dr. Milne presented research conducted with Baothu Dinh ’18 (biology) at the 2018 American Arachnological Society conference in Ypsilanti, Michigan. The research was done in collaboration with researchers from the University of Florida on the effect of wildflowers on increasing pollinator diversity and abundance in agricultural fields.

Grants & Research

Dr. Daniel Scholes (assistant professor of biology) started work as an external collaborator on a $91,800 grant funded by Agriculture and Agri-Foods Canada led by principal investigator Jillian Bainard (AAFC). The funded study seeks to measure the degree to which various forage crops (e.g. hay, grasses, beans, etc.) tolerate livestock grazing by inducing changes to their genome following damage.

Dr. Scholes also presented the results of a study conducted with Hannah Haller ’18 (biology) as her 2017 Summer Research Institute project supported by Health Career Opportunity Program.  The presentation took place in July 2018 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada at the Plant Biology 2018 annual meeting. Haller has previously presented the study as part of UIndy’s 2017 Summer Research Institute poster session and 2018 Scholars Day.

Dr. Douglas Stemke (associate professor of biology and president-elect of the Indiana Branch of the American Society for Microbiology) was the host for the 2018 IBASM branch meeting sponsored by the Department of Biology. In addition to microbiology undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral posters and research talks from researchers across Indiana and Western Illinois, two internationally-renowned microbiologists presented research talks.

Beyond Borders

Photo: The Beyond Borders Team installed water stations in the Texas Borderlands.
Photo: The Beyond Borders Team installed water stations in the Texas Borderlands.

Dr. Krista Latham (director of the University of Indianapolis Human Identification Center and associate professor of biology) returned to the Texas borderlands in January and May 2018 to continue her humanitarian work with graduate students who are part of the University of Indianapolis Beyond Borders Team. The group continued its collaboration with the South Texas Human Rights Center to install water stations in South Texas with the goal of preventing migrant deaths. Latham and her students also work to recover and identify the remains of migrants who died while crossing the harsh territory of the southern border.

Dr. Latham’s new book, co-edited with Alyson O’Daniel, assistant professor of anthropology, sheds light on the migrant death crisis in the Texas Borderlands by discussing the circumstances that force people to flee their home countries to seek refuge in the United States – despite the perilous journey. “The Sociopolitics of Migrant Death and Repatriation: Perspectives from Forensic Science” also explores the reasons why migrant deaths have reached mass disaster proportions and the techniques employed by forensic scientists to locate and identify the dead.

Dr. Latham also published “New Perspectives in Forensic Human Skeletal Identification,” revealing critical advances in human identification methods in forensic anthropology.

Raising Awareness of the Disappeared

Internationally-acclaimed journalist and author of “Drug War Capitalism” Dawn Paley spoke at an on-campus event about community-led efforts in Mexico to locate the bodies of disappeared citizens. Student members of FOUND (Forensics at UIndy), advised by Dr. Latham, organized the discussion. Paley contributed a chapter to “The Sociopolitics of Migrant Death and Repatriation.”

Presenting Research

More than a dozen University of Indianapolis students and faculty attended the 70th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) in Seattle, Washington in February. Ten alumni also attended. Dr. Latham and Dr. Stephen Nawrocki, professor of biology, participated in the conference, which is the largest forensic science meeting in the country. Current faculty and students gave a total of five presentations.


Faculty and Alumni Honored

Photo: Dr. Levi Mielke
Photo: Dr. Levi Mielke

Dr. Levi Mielke, assistant professor of chemistry, was honored as Teacher of the Year and carried the mace during May’s graduation ceremony.

Karly Bryans ’17 (chemistry) graduated from the Franciscan Health Clinical Laboratory Science Program in May 2018. The 10-month program – a division of the hospital’s clinical laboratory – was established in 1967 and is dedicated to preparing professional medical technologists with the theoretical and practical training to serve as active members of the health care team in clinical laboratory science.


Faculty Publications & Research

Dr. Rebecca Gilliland (professor of communication) published a textbook, “Writing Winning Proposals: Public Relations Cases.” She is using the textbook in her Public Relations Analysis and Applied Public Relations (Top Dog Communication) classes. Gilliland is director of the Public Relations Program and faculty advisor for the University’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) and Top Dog Communication, the University’s student-run public relations agency.

Dr. Steven Koehn (assistant professor of communication) presented “How to Design a Hero’s Journey Classroom for Heroic Transformation in Your Students” at the 18th International Conference on Knowledge, Culture and Change in Organizations at Konstanz, Germany in March.

Abby Land, ’19 (communication with journalism emphasis; international relations) was awarded a prestigious Eugene S. Pulliam Internship through the Hoosier State Press Association Foundation. University students statewide compete for the journalism internships, which are paid positions, 40 hours per week for ten weeks.  Land is serving her internship this summer at The Republic in Columbus, Indiana.

Speech and Debate Team

The UIndy Speech and Debate Team competed in several regional and state championships.  The Speech and Debate Team, led by Stephanie Wideman (assistant professor of communication) is a nationally ranked community that competes in events to enhance communication, research and public speaking skills.

The Greyhounds finished third in the overall team sweepstakes category at the Indiana Forensics Association State Championship in February. In March, several team members traveled to Suffolk University in Boston to compete in the Novice National Championship. The team earned fifth place (out of 24 competing schools), and individual participants were ranked among the top five in the nation. Varsity team members also traveled to Tennessee State University in Nashville to compete in the Pi Kappa Delta National Championship. Two members of the team earned the honor of being named national quarterfinalists. The regular season finished off with a team member being named a national quarterfinalist in two events at the National Speech Championship hosted by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Additionally, Shayla Cabalan (’20 Communication & English) and Vanessa Hickman (’19 Operations and Supply Chain Management) earned the honor of representing the state of Indiana at the Interstate Oratory Association’s (IOA) Persuasive Competition hosted by Monmouth College in Illinois. The competition is the oldest speech competition in the country and only the top two students in persuasion in each state are invited to attend. Cabalan’s speech, titled “Eleven and Engaged:  On America’s Unseen Child Marriage Crisis” and Hickman’s speech, titled “When Rehab Kills: Fraudulent Drug Treatment Centers,” will be published in IOA’s annual book.

Achieving Success in Journalism

Congratulations to the students of The Reflector and The Reflector Online, who won a total of 22 Indiana Collegiate Press Association state-level journalism awards in April.  Judges were out-of-state media professionals, and the awards were announced at the ICPA annual convention in Indianapolis. The Reflector and The Reflector Online were also recognized with three regional-level journalism awards in the Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence competition.  

Tim Evans and Alvie Lindsay of The Indianapolis Star were honored as Community Partners of the Year at the Community Campus Forum in April. Dr. Jeanne Criswell (director of the journalism program) nominated Evans and Lindsay for their collaboration and mentorship during the newly conceived Investigative Reporting course. They provided expert guidance and opinion to students who worked on an investigative story about the Mayor’s Action Center that was published by the newspaper under the students’ bylines.


Etchings Press

Etchings Press, the University of Indianapolis student-run publisher, announced the recipients of the 2018 Book Prizes. To choose the winners, students in the Department of English’s Etchings Press class (ENGL 479) reviewed 56 submissions and narrowed them down to one book in each of the three categories. The recipients are: Chad V. Broughman’s the forsaken…, the 2018 Chapbook Prize in Prose; Robert Campbell’s In the Herald of Improbable Misfortunes, the 2018 Chapbook Prize in Poetry; and James R. Gapinski’s Edge of the Known Bus Line, the 2018 Novella Prize. The books are available for purchase on Amazon.

Celebrating the 30th birthday of Etchings Literary and Fine Arts Magazine, students in ENGL 379 produced two magazines (including a retrospective, double issue in April), which highlight new and past talent. Student editors reached out to over 400 alumni and were pleased to print in Issue 30.2, which included many updated biographies of the writers, artists, and staff who’ve made Etchings an exceptional publication and community. In April, students, alumni, faculty and staff enjoyed the UIndy Day Celebration launch party. A digital archive of the magazine will be hosted by Krannert Memorial Library Fall 2018.

This year, Etchings Literary and Fine Arts Magazine was recognized by the Indiana Collegiate Press Association 2018 Awards. The magazine won second place for “Literary Magazine of the Year:”

  • The staff of 29.2 included Gabbie Brown ’17 (English), Kylie Seitz ’19 (English), Alexis Stella ’19 (English), & Zach Swaim ’19 (English). Advisor: Kevin McKelvey, associate professor of English. (Vol. 29.2) also received third place in the “Best Single Issue category.”
  • Staff of 30.1 included: Kylie Seitz ’19 (English), Spencer Martin ’18, Jimmy Nelligan ’18, Shauna Sartoris ’20 (English), Sara Perkins ’20 (English), Paige Stratton ’18, Jessica Marvel ’20 (English), Duncan Weir ’20 (English), Kate Watts ’18 (English, literary studies concentration). Advisor: Liz Whiteacre, assistant professor of English).
  • Mercadees Hempel ’17: first place, ICPA “Best Flash Fiction” for “A Million Epitaphs” and first place, ICPA “Best Short Story” for “Wake.”
  • Reagan Moorman ’18 (pre-art therapy): second place, ICPA “Best Hand-Drawn Illustration” for “Open Packages.”
  • Alexandra Myers (Psy.D): second place, ICPA “Best Artwork” for “Up & Away.”
  • Noel Wolfe ’21: first place, ICPA “Best Free Verse Poem” for “A Requiem to Family.”

Faculty and Students Study in Scotland

Photo: Students participated in the Scottish Literature course during spring break.
Photo: Students participated in the Scottish Literature course during spring break.

Dr. Jen Camden (associate chair and professor of English), Dr. Molly Martin (chair and associate professor of English), Prof. Kevin McKelvey (associate professor of English) and Prof. Barney Haney (assistant professor of English) led students enrolled in the Scottish Literature course on a trip to Scotland over spring break. The course covered Scottish literature from the medieval to the present day. The Ron & Laura Strain Honors College provided significant support to subsidize the travel of participating Honors College students.

Faculty Publications

Dr. Leah Milne, assistant professor of English, published a chapter in Growing up Asian American in Young Adult Fiction, from the University Press of Mississippi. The chapter is titled, “The Melting Pot Boiled Over: Hawaiian Identity and Self-Authorship in Lois-Ann Yamanaka’s Name Me Nobody and Blu’s Hanging.” The book is now available for purchase.

Prof. Rebecca McKanna (assistant professor of English), was honored with the 2018 Fiction Award from Third Coast Magazine for her work, “The Real Thing.”

Global Languages & Cross-Cultural Studies

Cultural Events and Humanitarian Studies

The department hosted for the second year the “Fiesta, Fête, Fest,” a two-day event celebrating languages and cultures around the world. More than 150 students attended the event, which included food, a calligraphy workshop, a talent show, awards and prizes, a short film festival, and an amazing panel on migration.

Dr. Eduard Arriaga (assistant professor of Spanish) hosted a humanitarian Map-athon on campus. This is a humanitarian digital activity focused on mapping to help relieve the post-hurricane crisis in Puerto Rico and the post-earthquake crisis in Mexico City.

Publishing Acclaim

Dr. Arriaga presented a scholarly paper on Post-Conflict and Visual Representation in Colombia at the Kentucky Foreign Language Conference (University of Kentucky). He acted as advisor for Aliyah McCorkle (Spanish), who presented “Mixing Colors: Race in Latin American Literature” at Butler University’s Undergraduate Research Conference.

Dr. Arriaga also published book chapters in three essay collections: “Trans-afrohispanismos: puentes culturales críticos entre África, Latinoamérica y España” (Brill Publishers House), “Urban Landscapes in 21st Century Latin American Fiction” (Palgrave McMillan) and “Latin American Digital Culture” (University of Florida Press). The chapters are devoted to diverse topics and fields such as Afro-Hispanic culture and cultural production, Latin American literature and digital humanities.

Dr. Ana Maria Ferreira (assistant professor of Spanish) presented at the American Comparative Literature Association annual meeting at UCLA a paper about the biblical idea of greed in several Latin American colonial texts.  She also published a scholarly paper on “Indigenous Feminism” (INOLAS Publishers LTD.) focused on how women of color are included in or excluded from mainstream feminism. Dr. Ferreira was invited to write about the relationship between Marxism and feminism by the Goethe Institute magazine (South America), and the article is being translated into Portuguese and German. Ferreira also continues to collaborate as a columnist for the Colombian magazine “Razon Pública,” and she was recently invited to be part of the magazine’s board. Dr. Ferreira invited two international writers to speak on campus: Maria José Navia (Chile), and Felipe Restrepo (Colombia/México). Both writers gave lectures opened to the entire school, and they were also invited to several classes/events.

German Faculty and Student Research

Dr. Paul Levesque (assistant professor of German) co-led a study abroad trip to India with Dr. Thakar (chair and associate professor of international relations) in March 2018. Patricia Cabrera (instructor of Spanish) and Dr. Eduard Arriaga (assistant professor of Spanish) led students on the “Urban Spaces: Madrid, Barcelona and Rome” to Spain and Italy, while Dr. Julie Kiefer (study abroad advisor) and Dr. Ana Maria Ferreira (assistant professor of Spanish) led a group of students on the “4 Countries, Many Adventures” spring term trip to Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria and Germany.  Mr. Cabrera also led a group of students to Costa Rica during the Spring Term session.

Dr. Levesque served as a board member of the Humanities Research & Education Association. Dr. Levesque hosted a six-hour “German Road Trip” through Indianapolis for UIndy’s German students in April.

Dr. Gerburg Garmann (Professor of German & French Language & Literature ) served as a board member of the Humanities Research & Education Association. Dr. Garmann presented at the Humanities Education & Research Association’s 2018 conference in Chicago: “When the Humanities Are Suffering from “Humanititis” — Professional Dis-Ease as Its Own Remedy.” Dr. Garmann coached UIndy’s first interdisciplinary undergraduate research team – Rachael Walter ’21 (exploratory) and David Kurz ’18 (sport management) to present “The Benefits of Multilingualism on ADHD” at the conference.

Dr. Garmann has been accepted to lead an interdisciplinary workshop on “Movement, Interaction, Play: Three Paintings as Embodiments of Empathy, Conversation, and Entrainment in Motion” for neuroscientists at Harvard in July 2018. Dr. Garmann’s two poems “Sequenzen” and “Zeitbares” are forthcoming in DIE GAZETTE, Politisches Kulturmagazin, München, Germany.

Dr. Garmann is currently working on five articles for publication in peer-reviewed journals:

  • “Between the Common Good, Goods in Common, and the Greater Good: Stephen Hartke’s Opera ‘The Greater Good’”
  • “Now What? Reconceptualizing Modern Language Programs as Integral Parts of  the Crisis in the Humanities and the Change in Interdisciplinary Practices”
  • “The Political Beauty of Design”
  • “Global Visions, Local Dance: From Dance Theater to Dancing Pixels. The Art of Pina Bausch and Adrien M. and Claire B.”
  • “Something Bold This Way Comes: The 21st Century Tempest of Curricular Place-making.”

Her work “Conversations about Dance” has been accepted for publication by the peer-reviewed journal Abstract: Contemporary Expressions.

Teacher of the Year Nominee

Maribel Campoy (assistant professor of Spanish) was nominated as Teacher of the Year.

Mathematical Sciences

Dozens of middle and high school students competed in the Indiana State Math Contest held on campus for the first time in April. The Department of Mathematical Sciences and the School of Education co-hosted the event.


Trumpet Conference Features Doc Severinsen

In March, the Department of Music hosted the University’s Second Annual Trumpet Conference in conjunction with the International Trumpet Guild. The University of Indianapolis is the state affiliate chapter of the international entity and serves to represent trumpet players of all ages and abilities throughout Indiana and beyond. Headliners included the legendary trumpeter from the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, Doc Severinsen. 

Doc, along with international soloist Rex Richardson, and several other clinicians, presented a day of clinics and finished the day with a concert in Christel Dehaan Fine Arts Center that blew the roof off! Larry Powell, adjunct faculty member, chaired the conference planning committee that included Department of Music Chair, Dr. Brenda Clark, and several other music faculty members. The Department of Music is already planning the 2019 and 2020 conferences and have lined up Jens Lindemann as the headliner for 2019. More information will be available on past and future conferences at

UIndy Jazz Week Brings in Top Talent

The University celebrated Jazz Appreciation Month with the 11th Annual Jazz Week in April, featuring prominent combos and big bands of local, regional and national renown. Guest artists included guitarist Dave Stryker, trumpeter Chad McCullough and saxophonist Dick Oatts.

Student Awards

Photo: Samantha Burkey ’18 and Maddie Kintner ’19 received the Outstanding Future Music Educator Award. (Brenda Clark, Department of Music Chair, center)
Photo: Samantha Burkey ’18 and Maddie Kintner ’19 received the Outstanding Future Music Educator Award. (Brenda Clark, Department of Music Chair, center)

Samantha Burkey ‘18 (choral/general music education) and Maddie Kintner ‘19 (instrumental/general music education) received the Outstanding Future Music Educator Award at the Indiana Music Education Association’s annual professional development conference in Ft. Wayne in January. Burkey and Kintner are among an elite group of 18 University students to receive the award over the past ten years.

Logan Fox ‘17 (music performance, percussion) was named the 2018 Aeolian Classics Emerging Artist in partnership with the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. The award will allow Fox to record a debut album for Aeolian Classics during the summer. He also performed at Chicago venues this spring, including the Chicago Cultural Center, the 19th Century Club and PianoForte Chicago. During his time at the University, Fox studied with retired professor Paul Berns from the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

Music Partnerships

Drew Petersen, 2017 American Pianists Awards winner, Christel DeHaan fellow and University of Indianapolis artist-in-residence, returned to campus in February for masterclasses and a solo repertoire and concerto collaboration with the University of Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra sponsored by Katz, Sapper & Miller. Petersen has held masterclasses, private coachings, lectures and performances as part of the partnership between the American Pianists Association and the University to bring unique learning experiences to students in the music program.

Alumni & Faculty Performance

Brandon Vos ’18 (music performance) was named the winner of the Indiana Music Teachers Association’s annual Hoosier Auditions, held at Indiana Wesleyan University in May. Brandon performed music of Haydn, Liszt, and Griffes in the final round of the collegiate division. In addition to a cash prize, he has been invited to perform at the IMTA conference in October.  Brandon is a student of Dr. Richard Ratliff (professor of music).

In April, Dr. Mitzi Westra (assistant professor of music) performed Ottorino Respighi’s “Il Tramonto” at the Indiana Historical Society with the Grammy Award-winning Pacifica Quartet as part of the Ensemble Music Series. Austin Hartman, former assistant professor in the Department of Music and creator of the Indianapolis Quartet, is now the second violinist in this internationally acclaimed string quartet, which recently completed its third tour of Australia.

Photo: Indianapolis Quartet
Photo: Indianapolis Quartet

The Indianapolis Quartet, an elite ensemble of widely acclaimed musicians based at the University, made their Chicago debut in March at Northwestern University’s Lutkin Concert Hall, and performed at the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center Ruth Lilly Performance Hall in April. Prior to the April performance, the Quartet performed live on Indy Style, a lifestyle program on WISH-TV. The Quartet, whose members also include Department of Music faculty, brings opportunities for students and the community alike to connect with a global professional network of musicians and to benefit from their expertise.

Philosophy & Religion

Dr. Perry Kea (associate professor of religion) published “Silencing Jesus with Theology: From Parable to Allegory” in The Fourth R, Jan/Feb, 2018 issue.


The American Association of Physics Teachers recognized Dr. Steve Spicklemire, associate professor of physics, with the association’s Homer L. Dodge Citation for Distinguished Service to AAPT. Established in 1953 and renamed in recognition of AAPT founder Homer L. Dodge in 2012, the Homer L. Dodge Citation for Distinguished Service to AAPT is presented to members in recognition of their exceptional contributions to the association at the national, sectional, or local level.

Political Science

Partnership with McKinney School of Law

The University of Indianapolis established a partnership with Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law during fall 2017, which includes the University of Indianapolis Law Scholar to be awarded each year to one UIndy student or alumni, beginning in the 2018-19 academic year.  The UIndy Law Scholar will receive a minimum half-tuition scholarship throughout law school as well as a guaranteed experiential learning opportunity. Efforts to establish the partnership and UIndy Law Scholar were initiated and carried through by Dr. David A. Root in his capacity as pre-law advisor and faculty advisor to the Pre-Law Student Association.  Dr. Root is also an assistant professor of political science.

Three history and political science students earned distinguished scholarships at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law for AY 2018-19.

Schuylar Casto ’18 (History, Political Science, Pre-Law Minor, Honors College) has been awarded the Kennedy Scholar.  Named for United States Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, this is the law school’s top scholarship. It consists of a full-tuition scholarship and living stipend throughout law school.  Schuylar is the first UIndy student to receive this prestigious award.

Jason Marshall ’17 (Political Science and Pre-Law Minor) has been awarded the Jump Scholarship.  Named for Howard County Circuit Court Judge Forrest E. Jump, this distinguished award consists of a two-thirds scholarship throughout law school and an experiential learning opportunity after completion of the first year of study.  Jason is the first UIndy student to receive this significant award. Jason was also named as a UIndy Law Scholar and he will retain this distinction in addition to being a Jump Scholar.

Jimmy Sedam ’17 (Political Science and Pre-Law Minor) has also been named as a UIndy Law Scholar. This eminent award consists of a minimum half-tuition scholarship throughout law school and an experiential learning opportunity after completion of the first year of study.  It will (normally) be given to one UIndy student or alumni matriculating to the law school each year. However, this year two outstanding candidates emerged and both have been named as a UIndy Law Scholar. Jason and Jimmy are the first UIndy Law Scholars.

Governor’s Fellowship Selects UIndy Grad

Daniel Miller ’18 (political science) has been named an Indiana Governor’s Fellow for 2018-19 by Gov. Eric Holcomb (R). The Governor’s Fellowship is a highly selective program, recruiting talented young men and women from across the state who have been out of college for less than a year and who will serve in various state agencies on a rotating basis over the course of a year.  Fellows, who are full-time and paid, participate in the daily activities of state government, complete special projects and experience firsthand how policies are made. The Fellowship will begin on July 1, 2018 and conclude on June 30, 2019.

Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Speaks on Campus

Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush delivered the keynote address at the inaugural Pre-Law Student Association Judicial Lecture Series on March 6. Organized by Dr. Root, the Chief Justice discussed why University of Indianapolis students should consider their role as future leaders to help meet the challenges facing our communities, including home foreclosures and the drug crisis.

Faculty Expertise in the News

Dr. Laura Wilson (assistant professor of political science) was featured on PBS NewsHour, a nationally syndicated program. Nearly 20 affiliates around the country aired the interview about women in the Republican party. Dr. Wilson also appeared on local television and radio outlets to offer expert analysis on the May primary, November election and other political news.


Research and Recognition

Faculty and staff presented research at the Southern Sociological Society in New Orleans, Louisiana, in April. Dr. Tim Maher (professor of sociology) and Megan Lalioff ’18 (masters in applied sociology) presented “Toxic Re-branding: Contaminated Communities in the Age of Gentrification.” Matthew Byrd ’18 (masters in applied sociology) was co-author. Angie Calvert ’18 (masters in applied sociology) presented “The Role of Marketing and Public Relations in Gentrification.” Dr. Jim Pennell (professor of sociology) presented “Selectively Local: Why Restaurants and Bars Sell Local Beers but Reject Local Wines.” This area of exploration goes beyond his book Local Vino: The Winery Boom in the Heartland (2017, Univ. of Illinois).

The Department recognized three students at its annual awards dinner in April. Esraa Bintalib ’18 (sociology, with concentration in community organizing), was honored with the Henricks Award, presented in memory of Marvin Henricks, sociology professor and chair of the Behavioral Sciences department form 1951-1982. It is presented to the student with the highest GPA in the department.

Marlena Muszak ’18 (M.A. in applied sociology) was recognized with the Youngblood Award, which is awarded in recognition of outstanding commitment and service to the community. The Center for Service-Learning & Community Engagement presented Muszak with the Service-Learning Graduate Student of the Year at the April 25 Community Campus Forum.

Matthew Byrd ’18 (M.A. in applied sociology) was honored with the Praxis Award. Initiated in the Spring of 2000, the objective of the Praxis Award is to promote action through leadership and initiative.



Department of Theatre students presented “Dinner Theatre: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) [Revised] at the Schwitzer Dining Hall, which featured 37 Shakespeare plays in 97 minutes.

Students also presented Lauren Gunderson’s “I and You” during the winter semester. Director James Leagre (assistant professor of theatre) contacted the playwright to request a gender change for one of the two main characters. Gunderson, who is regarded as the most-produced playwright in the U.S., granted the request, and as a result, the production was billed as “two casts, two stories, too good to miss.”

1,400 theatre students from around the Midwest visited campus for the 50th Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, which included a discussion with Golden Globe winner Regina Taylor. University Production Manager Christian McKinney received the festival’s Region III Faculty Service Award for her expertise in planning the event.

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