President's ForumWinter/Spring 2020

The Power of Connection

Robert L. Manuel, University President
Robert L. Manuel, University President

Dear Colleagues,

As we welcome the Class of 2020 into the University of Indianapolis alumni family this May, we recognize that graduation is only the beginning of a career. The combination of making new connections while maintaining a firm foundation in tradition is part of a broader network that strengthens our lives and our communities in positive ways.

During Homecoming 2019, the University welcomed back alumni including Chantal Uwizera ’06 and Kermit Berg ’73, two remarkable individuals who have employed their considerable skills and talents to make an impact on the world stage. As you read about their career journeys in the following pages, I hope their stories will spark inspiration in your own lives.

Alumni who transform into key decision-makers and influencers in their respective fields are a testament to the foundation provided by University of Indianapolis faculty and staff. We aim to equip our students with the skills and confidence to take a seat at the table where decisions are made. Our connections to one another are vital in this process.

Throughout this edition of Portico, you’ll find other inspiring examples of how connections make large-scale ideas come to fruition. The River Fish sculpture project brought together Art & Design faculty James Viewegh, Nathan Foley, and student Maya Johnson ’20 (studio art) with the R.B. Annis School of Engineering, Strategic Capital Partners, and other groups to create a new public artwork in downtown Indianapolis. Their work will contribute to the quality of life for residents and visitors for years to come.

As we make new connections that explore innovative possibilities, we also celebrate the traditions that keep us grounded.

In that regard, I am thrilled to announce the return of the University’s live mascot program for the first time in nearly 40 years. The University welcomed Grady the Greyhound to the UIndy family in Fall 2019, and I look forward to the continuation of this great University tradition in the coming years.

I invite you to explore your own University of Indianapolis connections by visiting campus and keeping in touch. Whether you are connecting for the first time since graduating or renewing cherished relationships, the University of Indianapolis will always be a place that you can call home.

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