Ace. Student honored. Others published.


Ace on base—

Thanks to a gift from Orvall McCleary ’49, Homecoming Day on October 24 included the dedication of a six-foot-long statue

of a greyhound, the University mascot. The statue, named “Ace” by students, rests on a marble base inside the new rotunda entrance of Schwitzer Student Center, welcoming visitors, serving as a source of pride for the campus community—and maybe even bringing a bit of luck to student supplicants needing help with an exam or a boost on the playing field.

No Sigma stigma

UIndy’s Rho Chapter of Sigma Zeta, the national science and math honor society, took home the 2010 Founders Cup at Sigma Zeta’s national meeting.

The chapter was cited for its out-standing charity work as well as for its national activity, including three research presentations at the convention, held at Campbellsville University.

It is the third time the University of Indianapolis chapter has been selected for the Founders Cup since 2003.

The award committee noted the chapter’s many activities, citing its Haunted Laboratory as an idea that could be copied at other schools.

The committee was impressed that all of the chapter’s fund-raising activities were devoted to charity.

Huck’s in luck as state’s top student employee

University of Indianapolis nursing major Sarah Huck has been named Student Employee of the Year for the state of Indiana.

Huck has worked since August 2007 as a peer tutor in UIndy’s Writing Lab. Huck also has served for two years as student assistant to the Writing Lab directors, an advanced role that involves leading and acting as liaison to the lab’s other peer tutors.

In that role, she has reorganized the lab, helped plan and lead writing workshops, revised workshop materials, and made classroom presentations about the lab’s services.

Huck developed and led a related service project at the Altenheim, a retirement community close to campus, recruiting fellow tutors and other students to help residents document key events in their lives.

Huck was selected by the Midwest Association of Student Employment Administrators.

These offers not a dime a dozen

Call it a golden opportunity: two graduate students will have work based on their research considered for publication in a unique academic journal.

The students, Jody Rose and Sara Wright, attended the Popular Culture Association conference with Kyoko Amano, associate professor of English, presenting research written for Amano’s Gilded Age Literature graduate class.

Both received offers from Dime Novel Round-up to publish their work. The journal is devoted to the collection, preservation, and study of the dime
and nickel novels and similar reading materials popular in the mid-1800s.

Rose’s paper, “Oliver Optic: An Author for the Ages,” focused on children’s novels by William Taylor Adams, better known as Oliver Optic, whose work was especially popular among boys in the late 1800s.

Rose posits that Optic’s themes of Christian character, bravery, and compassion, along with his encouragement of not only strong nationalism
but also world travel, had significant influence on the children who read the stories and grew up to lead the country during its transition from an isolationist country to a world power.

Wright’s work, “The Elsie Dinsmore Series: Reinventing the Roles of Young Womanhood and Wifehood,” discussed the Martha Finley series,
a popular read for girls of the era.

Wright examines how Finley’s novels rewrote the role of a wife in America, from submissive domestic figure to equal marriage partner.

The students are working with Dime Novel Round-up to touch up their articles for publication.


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