President's ForumSummer/Fall 2019

Collaborate. Evolve. Thrive.


A rapidly changing environment requires dynamic responses. For individuals and organizations alike, adapting to change is an essential requirement to thrive. At the University of Indianapolis, a strong foundation rooted in community ensures our legacy of “Education for Service” and continues to guide us, even as we lead exciting new initiatives that contribute to a vibrant economy and culture.

We welcomed more than 1,350 new alumni to the Greyhound family in May, and this summer we’re marking the launch of new programs designed to fulfill critical workforce needs in Indiana. In this edition of Portico, you’ll gain insight into The Sease Institute, a customizable model in workforce education, and learn how it continues to build on the groundwork of Dr. Gene E. Sease, the Institute’s namesake and the fifth president of the University of Indianapolis.

Building a pipeline of qualified, job-ready candidates is also the idea behind the Community Behavioral Health Academy. An expansion of the partnership between the University of Indianapolis and Community Health Network, the Academy addresses the shortage of trained social workers needed to treat the growing number of clients with substance use disorders in our state. Through these initiatives, the University of Indianapolis demonstrates how institutions of higher education can help the economic vitality of our communities today while preparing for the evolving competitive spaces of tomorrow.

Fulfilling our ongoing commitment to the liberal arts is key to this approach. Partnerships with organizations like the American Pianists Association and the Guitar Foundation of America connect our students to life-changing professional experiences. World-class performances and events continue to support our campus as a cultural hub of the Midwest.

The remarkable individuals who make it all possible form an integral part of the UIndy family. As you read these fascinating stories of alumni, students, faculty and staff who are living the UIndy motto of “Education for Service,” bear in mind that your story is part of the thread that connects us.

I encourage you to stay actively engaged with your UIndy family, and I hope to see you on campus for Homecoming festivities the weekend of September 27. Always remember that no matter where life takes you, you are “Forever a Greyhound.”

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