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 This just in: student-journalists cover 2012 election live

Student-journalists from the University of Indianapolis Department of Communication provided multimedia coverage of the 2012 elections for audiences in Central Indiana. UIndy students reported on local and state elections, as well as the presidential election, with in-studio hosts and field reporters placed at the Republican, Democratic, and Libertarian state headquarters. The coverage could be heard on WICR 88.7 FM/HD and viewed on campus on UIndy TV5.  It was a new adventure for the UIndy TV5 staffers, as this was the first year they offered live election coverage. There were 16 student-journalists staffing WICR and 19 staffing UIndy TV5 on election night. In the months prior to the election, students prepared for election night by researching candidates and election-related issues. Scott Uecker, General Manager of WICR & UIndy TV5 and Instructor of Communication, says he was pleased with what the students accomplished.

“Election night seems to get people excited. Everything is breaking news. It gives students the opportunity to think on their feet, present without a script, and generally have a lot of fun,” he said. “And it’s interesting to see the students grow throughout the evening.”

‘Best in Indiana Journalism’: WICR-FM anchor wins first place

The Indiana Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists recently awarded UIndy student and WICR anchor Jason Newhouse with first place in the “Best in Indiana Journalism” contest for radio election night coverage. According to the SPJ judge, “WICR clearly puts a lot of effort into election reporting with reporters at campaign headquarters giving periodic updates from the field.

“There were election updates and then, just as we start wondering what all of it means, the host brings in an outside poll watcher to explain. Nicely done, with very timely updates, excellent pacing, and solid content.”

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Bertice-BerryThe University of Indianapolis teamed in 2012–13 with, the world’s largest online family history resource, in a first-of-its-kind initiative that encouraged students to explore and reflect on how their family history affects their identity. All UIndy students, faculty, and staff were granted access to the content. That content—11 billion searchable documents and images—includes census records, prison logs, ship manifests, historic newspapers, and yearbook photos in addition to 40 million online family trees. The company provided on-campus workshops and seminars to help the UIndy community make the most of the online product.

As a starting point for the students’ exploration of heritage, the University adopted a common reader for the campus community, the 2009 book The Ties That Bind: A Memoir of Race, Memory, and Redemption by Bertice Berry. An African-American sociologist and writer, Berry had explored her family history to find a story far more complex than the black-and-white tale of slavery and tragedy that she expected. Three-fourths of the University’s incoming freshmen voluntarily bought the book; hundreds then attended a campus lecture by Berry in September.

Access to the site was a key component in the annual University Series of programs and events. This year’s series featured guest speakers, discussions, and workshops built around a theme, “Who Do You Think You Are?” Coordinators of UIndy’s University Series hoped students would uncover life-changing revelations in their family histories. Assistant Professor Jamal Ratchford, however, took the opportunity a step further and incorporated into some of his History classes—another first—where students discovered family ties to World War II, segregation, John Dillinger, and the Boston Red Sox, among other things. Fifty students went on to present their findings in a poster session.

 Top UIndy degree programs lead to state’s Hot 50 jobs

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development released a new Hoosier Hot 50 Jobs ranking this spring, and once again, the future looks bright for graduates of UIndy’s top programs. Physician, registered nurse, and physical therapist top this year’s list, corresponding nicely to UIndy’s programs in pre-medicine, nursing, and physical therapy. Other UIndy-related disciplines in the Top 20 alone include post-secondary teacher, social worker, marketing specialist, graphic designer, K-12 teacher, and occupational therapist.
The DWD researchers weigh trends in salary, job availability, and other factors in compiling the annual list, projecting the state’s fastest-growing, high-wage occupations for the year 2020.

It’s no coincidence that some UIndy folks are featured in the photos and video profiles that represent each occupation on the state’s website, including business Professor Jerry Flatto and physical therapy alumna Nichole Wilson, director of Rehab and Sports Medicine, Community Health Network. The full list of the Top 50 jobs and profiles are available at

$1.35-million gift funds teacher education scholarship

A new scholarship at the University of Indianapolis helps promising teacher candidates complete their bachelor’s degrees, thanks to the generosity of a UIndy alumna and her husband. The Delbert and Virginia Stevens Education Scholarship is funded by a $1.35-million endowment from the deceased LaPorte couple’s estate. Virginia Stevens, a 1942 graduate of UIndy, retired from LaPorte Community Schools after a career as a teacher and principal. She died in 2011. Delbert Stevens, who died in 2010, taught for many years in the Hammond school system. Full-time students in good standing, and majoring in Elementary Education or Mathematics Education, are eligible to receive the tuition assistance for their junior year, renewable for the senior year.

“Once they get into that junior year, they’ve shown that they’re committed to education,” explained Kathy Moran, dean of UIndy’s School of Education. Also, she noted, the scholarships may help some students avoid the need to work for additional income as they enter the most rigorous portion of their undergraduate education. “The junior and senior years are so intense,” Moran said. “This helps us to reduce that financial pressure for our top students.” The school’s Department of Teacher Education identifies potential candidates during the sophomore year and gives preference to students with financial need who have demonstrated leadership and a commitment to community service. Multiple students can receive the scholarship each year.

Kinesiology, Athletic Training move to College of Health Sciences

kinesiology-054The departments of Athletic Training and Kinesiology will join the College of Health Sciences at the start of the 2013–14 academic year. The move makes both units more comprehensive, from undergraduate to graduate degrees, and brings exciting possibilities to students and faculty in the classroom and with applied activities. Stephanie Kelly, dean of the College of Health Sciences, says the realignment will offer cooperation in teaching, community engagement, and scholarship among the health, wellness, and rehabilitation areas at UIndy.As is the case with the other academic units within the College of Health Sciences, Athletic Training and Kinesiology promote wellness and prevention. With increasing health care reform and the growing focus on prevention and wellness, students will leave with a broad perspective and skill sets on how to work with real-world issues. Additional academic program opportunities may arise from the synergies created by the move, according to Kelly. “This will help UIndy and the College of Health Sciences increase its visibility,” she says, “as a leader preparing undergraduate and graduate students for health-related professions.”