Student standouts


Business students place first in case competition

A team from UIndy’s student chapter of APICS: Association for Operations Management topped competitors from Purdue, Indiana, and Ball State universities in early February to claim first place in a business case competition. The event at IUPUI was a warmup for the 16th annual APICS Great Lakes District Student Case Competition in Chicago. Last year at the competition, which requires students to analyze and propose solutions to a supply chain management challenge, UIndy placed first in the field of 23 Midwest colleges.
Assistant Professor Karl Knapp advises this year’s team: Oksana Svyryd, Chauncy McLeod, Gregory Wehmiller, and, from last year’s winning squad, Kenny Albee and Charlotte Grant. All are either majoring or minoring in Supply Chain Management, the use of information systems to optimize workflow in the production and sale of manufactured goods. UIndy’s bachelor’s degree program saw its first seven graduates just last year, and all of them had found jobs in the field within a few weeks of graduation. UIndy also offers an MBA concentration in Global Supply Chain Management. APICS is a 44,000-member professional society that offers training and resources related to production, inventory, supply chain management, materials management, purchasing, and logistics.

Sophomores named to Indy Food Fellows program

UIndy sophomores Lauren Joyal and Allie Kast are among those awarded fellowships for the coming year to work with community groups on issues of food, nutrition, and sustainability. The Indy Food Fellows program is a joint venture of the Indy Food Council and four local universities—UIndy, Butler, Marian, and IUPUI—with support from the Efroymson Family Fund. Fellows are placed with a sponsoring organization that seeks to strengthen the Indianapolis food system in one or more of the Indy Food Council’s priority areas: health and nutrition; hunger, food access and/or social justice; ecological sustainability; and community and economic development. Joyal will work with Big Car, a nonprofit arts/community-development organization that maintains a garden at its westside headquarters, on educational programming, helping to develop the garden, and creating outreach strategies for a neighborhood grocery. Kast will work with Global Peace Initiatives as project/outreach manager for its Peaceful Grounds community farm, café, and farmer’s market in Southport and will build the group’s volunteer base.

London, then Rio? Swimmer earns Paralympics slot

Dalton-015UIndy sophomore Dalton Herendeen (above) earned a trip to the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. The Games took place last summer in the wake of the London 2012 Olympic Games; he competed in five events. The freestyle/backstroke swimmer, whose lower left leg was amputated for medical reasons when he was an infant, secured a spot on the U.S. men’s team during trials in North Dakota. Dalton was a four-year letterwinner at his Elkhart high school before coming to UIndy to study exercise science. Swimming with the Greyhounds this year, he earned his first college letter, won the team’s mental attitude award, and finished eighth in the 1,650 freestyle to help UIndy take third place at the conference championships. Because of the success he had enjoyed in mainstream competition, Herendeen initially resisted the idea of competing in events for disabled swimmers. But he reported finding the experience amazing and is now looking forward to competing in the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. “Just being there was awesome. Olympic Village and all the noise, meeting people from all over the world and building relationships with them—it was a great experience. “Walking out to a crowd of 18,000 people gave me chills. Being there was definitely an unreal experience,” said Herendeen, who graced the winter cover of the NCAA Champion magazine. Herendeen and the rest of the USA Olympic and Paralympic athletes traveled to Washington, D.C., on September 13 to visit the White House and meet President Barack Obama.

Student agency is truly Top Dog

Top-Dog-awardsUIndy’s student-run public relations agency, Top Dog Communication, claimed the two top student honors this spring at the annual Pinnacle Awards, presented by the Hoosier Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. In the programs category, which covers all the strategy and elements of an entire PR campaign, the honors went to a team led by senior Hannah Klare of Wabash, Indiana. The students developed a campaign to promote volunteer opportunities available through their client, Girl Scouts of Central Indiana. The projects award, for a particular element of a campaign, went to a team led by Katy Watson of Bargersville, Indiana, for its website work on a national campaign for Samaritan’s Feet, which provides shoes to the needy around the world. Top Dog gives students hands-on experience in public relations while providing a service to local nonprofit organizations. The agency’s faculty adviser is Dr. Rebecca Deemer, Distinguished Professor of Service Learning and director of the public relations program in UIndy’s Department of Communication.

‘Peel of the day’ video wins national scholarship prize

photo-(5)UIndy junior Addie Ratcliff claimed first prize, a $2,500 scholarship, in a national video contest sponsored by academic publisher Cengage Learning. The MindTap Slice of Your Life contest invited college students across the U.S. to submit videos using the process of peeling an orange to illustrate a point about learning. The setup was ideal for Ratcliff, a music major from Wabash, Indiana, who—oddly enough—last year had begun crafting whimsical and inspirational folk-art pieces from orange peels and placing them around campus, creating a minor sensation among fellow students. Her “Peel of the Day” project, which must be seen to be believed, has a fan page on Facebook with hundreds of likes. photo-(7)“It’s definitely a temporary sort of art form,” she says, laughing. Ratcliff’s charming and deftly produced two-minute video on the project—she narrates but appears only as a pair of high-speed hands—was among 300 entries nationwide. As Ratcliff explains in the video, shot with her iPhone, the project originated when UIndy staffer-instructor Peter Nichols jokingly challenged her to peel an orange while keeping the peel intact. She began creating images and messages with peels and placing them at random locations on campus. light-bulb-peelSoon, students were buzzing about the “mysterious orange peel artist.” She started a Facebook page in March 2012; the rest is “Peel of the Day” history. The fact that Cengage happened to choose orange peels as a contest theme was a stranger-than-fiction coincidence, says Ratcliff. “It was crazy,” she says. ”I actually had no idea about it until I started receiving the link from people who were fans of my peels, begging me to enter. It was kind of perfect.” The project has taught her about creativity, overcoming challenges, and adapting to change, she explains. “I’ve learned that to truly learn means not giving up when the learning gets difficult,” she says in the video. “And that is probably the most important thing we all should learn.” View the video at