A year of highlights


As I look at the cover of this publication and reflect on the events leading up to the taking of that photo in March, I can’t help but believe that the past academic year will be remembered as a series of high points for UIndy.

It started last August with another record-breaking enrollment: 5,240, which included more than 850 freshmen—our largest incoming class ever. The upbeat continued in September with the Classical Finals of the International Violin Competition, held in our acoustically exquisite Ruth Lilly Performance Hall in the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center. We received word in October that our Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning will manage Indiana’s $48-million, multiyear initiative to develop and reward teachers.

When the general election rolled around, we beamed with pride that one of our students, Tim Coxey, had been instrumental in developing a highly touted, slick new online voter aid during his summer internship with the Indiana Secretary of State’s office. The service gives Indiana voters the names of all of their elected officials, from the White House on down to the local school board.

Then the Greyhounds men’s basketball team stunned the nation by defeating Division I Tennessee in an exhibition game. In January, we celebrated the long-awaited inflation of the dome for our new student Athletics & Recreation Center—which will elevate UIndy’s profile even further when it serves as the practice facility for the NFC champions during the 2012 Super Bowl.

On the heels of that joyous Skybreaking, we announced the new Institute for Civic Leadership & Mayoral Archives in conjunction with a truly historic event on our campus—Five Mayors: An Evening of Insight & Vision—that brought together the current and former leaders of this city for a lively conversation about its future. Their spontaneous raising of joined hands at the end was a fitting finale to an inspiring evening and a wonderful cap to a remarkable year.

—Beverley Pitts, University President

PHOTO: President Pitts received an honorary doctoral degree in May from her alma mater, Anderson University.