University UpdatesWinter/Spring 2020

Spring 2020: Staff & Administrative News

Kathy Bauchle, facilities management, starred in Go Be Joan by Nathaniel Adams and produced by Fat Turtle Theatre Company in July 2019. Visit for the full story.

Steve Herriford, vice president and chief technology officer, was named 2019 CTO of the Year by the Indianapolis Business Journal.

Francesca “Chessie” Zappia, technical support specialist, published a new young adult novel, Now Entering Addamsville, in October. Zappia ’15 (computer science), is also the author of the young adult novels Made You Up and Eliza and Her Monsters. She was chosen as the 2017 Emerging Author at the Indiana Authors Awards.

The University of Indianapolis has named Amber R. Smith as Vice President for Inclusion and Equity. Smith’s selection follows a nationwide search for the cabinet position dedicated to leading and enhancing a university-wide culture of diversity and inclusion. Smith began work on January 1, 2020, and will build upon existing initiatives of inclusivity and equity at the University of Indianapolis. She joins a leadership team committed to expanding the scope of the institution, both academically and through community impact.

A new classification by Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education puts the University of Indianapolis in the same U.S. News & World Report category as the country’s elite institutions. UIndy is now recognized as a national Doctoral/Professional University and is ranked nationally for the first time in the Social Mobility category, which recognizes institutions that are committed to enrolling economically disadvantaged students.

Dr. Lawrence Sondhaus, professor of history, was announced as the inaugural recipient of the Gerald and Marjorie Morgan Endowed Professorship of European History at a dedication ceremony during the 2019 Family Weekend. The generous gift, made possible through the estate of Gerald and Marjorie Morgan, will create exciting new academic opportunities at the University of Indianapolis.

Sondhaus has published 13 books, most of which focus on the history of Germany and Austria in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Four of his books have been translated into a total of eight editions in other languages, including German, Italian, Slovenian, Portuguese, Korean, and Chinese. Sondhaus also has authored twelve journal articles, thirteen published conference papers or book chapters, fifteen published commentaries or brief articles, and over fifty book reviews.

Gerald Morgan obtained bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from the University of Indianapolis in 1973 and 1983, respectively. Morgan was a career soldier who served in Army finance and logistics. His career took Morgan and his wife, Marjorie all over the world, eventually settling at the finance and accounting service at Fort Harrison in Indianapolis. Gerald and Marjorie Morgan both became postmasters in Indianapolis in their second careers.

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