Campus connection


UIndy hosts national Lilly Fellows conference

Lilly-Fellows-conferenceHigher-education representatives from across the country traveled to campus last fall as UIndy hosted the national conference of the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts. LFP’s National Network is the largest ecumenical consortium of church-related colleges in the United States, and UIndy has been a member since 1997. Michael Cartwright, dean of Ecumenical & Interfaith Programs, is UIndy’s administrative representative in the network. Jim Ream, chair of the Department of Theatre, is the faculty representative; he also wrote and directed a one-act play that faculty, students, and staff presented to the conference attendees. The conference theme was “Incorporating Service: The Body at Work,” which resonates with UIndy’s long history of “Education for Service.”

United Methodist News follows UIndy newcomers

The United Methodist News Service has published several installments of its series about two people who joined the University of Indianapolis community just last year: freshman student Andy Wegg and “freshman” University President Robert L. Manuel. Joey Butler, editor of young adult content for United Methodist Communications, followed both men through the academic year in stories published at and made available to United Methodist-related publications around the country. One piece covered a busy first semester for the pair. Wegg took 18 hours of classes, plunged into campus activities, and played the lead in the Department of Theatre’s production of Little Shop of Horrors. Dr. Manuel, among other initiatives, launched the Vision 2030 strategic planning process and made national news by working with Senator Richard Lugar to create UIndy’s new Lugar Academy—all the while attending campus events and striving to connect with students. Toward that end, he also caught a pie in the face on UIndy TV5’s “After the Update.” The University of Indianapolis, founded in 1902 by the United Brethren Church, is today affiliated with the United Methodist Church. For more on the UMNS series, visit

A site for sore eyes: website wins international award

websiteThe University of Indianapolis website,, has won another major award for its new look and structure. Local marketing and design firm Rare Bird, which created the site in collaboration with UIndy’s departments of Communications & Marketing and Information Systems, received an Outstanding Website designation in the international Web Marketing Association’s WebAward competition in 2012. This is not the first recognition for the website, which was further refined and updated in March with a vibrant new home page. The site,, claimed Best Overall Website and Best Home Page honors in the 2011 EduStyle Higher-Ed web awards. To read more about the honors, visit