University UpdatesWinter/Spring 2021

Winter/Spring 2021: Centers

Center for Aging & Community (CAC)

2021 marks the 20th anniversary of the creation of the Center for Aging & Community. Planning has begun for 20th anniversary activities. 

CAC has been selected by the Indiana University School of Medicine as a partner in a 36-month venture to expand support for people with Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias in 34 Indiana counties. The initiative is supported by a $1.3 million grant from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services.

CAC worked with Probari, Inc. to provide training to members of the Indiana National Guard before they were deployed to nursing homes in response to COVID-19. CAC is also hosting two cohorts of the National Nursing Home COVID-19 Action Network ECHO, coordinating and delivering weekly education sessions on preventing and responding to COVID-19 to more than 50 nursing homes in Indiana.

Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL)

CELL is partnering with the Indiana Higher Education Commission and INvestEd to meet the need for qualified teachers to deliver dual credit coursework in Indiana’s K-12 schools.

CELL is spearheading the University of Indianapolis Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund Project. UIndy received the $4.8 million award to address new needs associated with extended periods away from classroom instruction in 30 rural Hoosier school districts.

CELL will be celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2021. Details will be shared as plans are confirmed.

Carey Dahncke joined the University of Indianapolis as the next executive director of the Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL) in August 2020. Since 2001, CELL has engaged in education transformation efforts to make Indiana a national model for educational excellence.

Dahncke brings 28 years of experience as an educator, having taught in secondary and elementary classrooms including a year in England as part of the Fulbright program. He was recruited to help Christel DeHaan’s fledgling charter school and under his leadership, the single school grew into an award-winning network serving impoverished children and adults He has been named one of 10 national Breakthrough Principals for dramatically improving the academic outcomes of students living in poverty. As executive director of CELL, Dahncke will oversee strategic planning, staffing, budgeting, advocacy, school and government relations and other statewide initiatives, including the Education Workforce Innovation Network, STEM Teach, the Lilly Endowment Comprehensive Counseling Initiative and Early College High School.

Center for Service-Learning & Community Engagement (CSLCE)

Marianna Foulkrod, director of CSLCE, received a Multiplying Good One in a Million Award, recognizing the creative ways she helps young servant leaders continue to engage with their communities, even during a pandemic. 

The University of Indianapolis was also a recipient of the “One in a Million” Award for serving as a vital community anchor during the pandemic.

Center for Global Engagement

Kay Gunyon, director of international admission & recruitment, has been named to the American International Recruitment Council (AIRC) Certification Commission. 

Ghina Sadek, director of global education, has been named to the College Consortium for International Studies 2020-21 Board of Directors. CCIS is a non-profit partnership of colleges and universities across the globe providing access to quality educational experiences.

With leadership from associate professor Dr. Karen Newman, events were held during UIndy’s International Education Month to promote multiculturalism and diversity. 

This year’s virtual Celebration of the Flags brought together more than 3,000 Greyhounds from around the world. 

Office of Ecumenical and Interfaith Programs

Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Gibbs, chaplain and director of the Lantz Center Christian Vocations & Formation, was appointed pastor of St. Andrew United Methodist Church. Gibbs will continue in his roles at the University of Indianapolis, which include assistant professor of philosophy & religion, while he serves St. Andrew UMC on a part-time basis.
Gibbs published his second book, Find Your Place in God’s Mission, which emphasizes the discernment curriculum of the Lantz Center for a wider audience of young adults. It is available to purchase at Amazon.