Getting old. Wheeler Center. The church’s blessing.


When Did I Get Old?

UIndy’s Center for Aging & Community, known for its advocacy and research on issues affecting older adults (see pages 11 and 34), took a fresh approach to its mission this year by partnering with WFYI to produce a documentary for broadcast and DVD distribution.

When did I get old? Reflections on Aging Today is designed to spark discussion on the opportunities and challenges facing older adults and the communities where they live.

“This is a tool to guide conversations about the changing demographics,” says CAC Executive Director Ellen Miller, “and the important role older residents play in our communities.”

Hosted by veteran broadcaster Diane Willis and directed by Emmy winner Gary Harrison, the one-hour film has aired on public television stations throughout Indiana.

It combines expert panel discussions with profiles of active seniors to examine perceptions about aging, the universal desire for a sense of purpose, the importance of place on quality of life, and the need for individuals and communities to prepare for the changes under way in our aging society.

For information and a downloadable discussion guide, visit or call (317) 791-5930.

Wheeler dealer: arts center to gain from CPC grant

UIndy’s Community Programs Center has been awarded a $200,000 grant from the Kresge Foundation to support the center’s work in Fountain Square.

According to director Marianna Foulkrod, the two-year grant will provide for the creation and expansion of community arts and educational opportunities through Wheeler Arts.

Wheeler was created through a partnership between the University of Indianapolis and Southeast Neighborhood Development.

Formerly a vacant factory, the 60,000-square-foot building was renovated to include living and working studio lofts for more than 30 artists, classrooms, office space, and a theater.

The two-year Kresge grant will enable Community Programs to hire a full-time Wheeler Arts programs coordinator to work closely with UIndy faculty and students, Wheeler Arts tenants, and community partners to grow existing arts-related partnerships and generate new ones.

Church’s blessing: UIndy reaffirmed as church-related

The United Methodist Church has reaffirmed its relationship with the University of Indianapolis by approving UIndy in February for “continued listing, without qualification, as a United Methodist-related academic institution.”

Every 10 years, the church conducts a peer review and site visit to ensure that an institution meets its four criteria for affiliation: institutional integrity, well-structured programs, sound financial management, and clearly defined church relationships.

Academic accreditation is not the focus of these reviews; regional accrediting bodies handle that function. UIndy is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

As a United Methodist institution, UIndy emphasizes the Christian tradition, encourages students to worship and explore their faith, admits students without regard to religion, and hosts a diverse population in terms of religious practice.