University UpdatesWinter/Spring 2020

Spring 2020: Centers

Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning

The Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL) at the University of Indianapolis received a $7.9-million grant as part of the federal Education Innovation and Research program administered by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education. CELL will establish a Rural Early College Network to help rural Indiana schools more quickly implement the Early College high school model.

Thanks to a $2.4-million award from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, CELL and Independent Colleges of Indiana are able to continue their successful STEM Teach initiative. This program aids high school teachers needing graduate-level courses in STEM discipline areas to meet the Higher Learning Commission requirement for teaching dual-credit courses by 2022.

Janet Boyle, executive director of CELL, published an op-ed in the South Bend Tribune about early college. Boyle also began serving on the Indiana Commission for Higher Education’s Dual Credit Advisory Council at the request of Commissioner Teresa Lubbers.

Center of Service-Learning & Community Engagement

The biannual Community Partners Fair, hosted in September, was attended by more than 500 students and faculty who networked with more than 50 local and national nonprofit agencies to explore service-learning and community engagement opportunities.

In November, Kiera White was welcomed as the new program assistant, a role focused on developing community partnership collaborations in service-learning. Her background includes a bachelor’s degree in political science from Valparaiso University and a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of South Dakota.

Center for Global Engagement

The third annual International Education Month was hosted in October with a variety of performing arts, film, lectures, and interactive events that showcased international cultures and the rich benefits of intercultural exchange.

Highlights included the 31st Annual Celebration of the Flags on Smith Mall, with students, faculty, and staff carrying nearly 90 flags that represent the many nations of the University of Indianapolis community.

Writing Lab

In October, the University of Indianapolis Writing Lab was well represented at the International Writing Center Association’s Annual Conference in Columbus, Ohio. Director Richard Marshall and Associate Director Dawn Hershberger conducted a special interest group entitled “Working with International Students.”

Hershberger also gave two individual presentations: “The Art of Outreach on a Shoestring” and “The Lagniappe Concept: How the ‘Art of Something Extra’ Can Aid Writing Center Assessment.”

Three of the Lab’s peer tutors, Rebeka Wilder ’20 (English teaching), Amelia Lasbury ’20 (biology), and Kylie Sabol ’22 (human biology), pictured left to right, gave a panel presentation entitled “Creating a Diverse Writing Center: Painting with Different Strokes.”

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