Flag celebration; Special Olympics tourney; new Digital Media Studies program


Flag celebration features nearly 80 nations of students, faculty


When no Jamaican student was available for the occasion, sophomore marketing major Sultan Salamh of Saudi Arabia stepped up, offering to carry that country’s flag. Student Daisy Wang performed traditional Chinese music.

It was cool, wet, and gray outside on October 9, but the atmosphere in UIndy’s Athletics & Recreation Center was warm and colorful. Once again, UIndy put its international flavor on display with its 26th Celebration of the Flags, a fun and moving fall favorite that recognizes the many home countries of current students, faculty, and staff. Nearly 80 nations were represented in the annual event, the first flags celebration staged inside the dome of the Athletics & Recreation Center. After the flag procession, the program featured remarks from junior Business major Roshanne Smith of the Bahamas, student government President Tyler Offutt, and University President Robert Manuel. Three students from UIndy’s joint degree program with the Ningbo Institute of Technology—Daisy Wang (pictured), Denny Lou, and Penwin Wang—performedtraditional Chinese music. Later the crowd enjoyed international snacks and activities at four tables representing China, Saudi Arabia, India, and the nations of Africa, which account for a large portion of the University’s international student body.


Students host Special Olympics tourney

More than 300 special athletes ages 8 to 21 came to campus in March for the 2015 Special Olympics Indiana State Youth Basketball Tournament. More than 30 teams competed, and more than 300 UIndy volunteers made sure the players had a great experience. It is the sixth consecutive year that UIndy Kinesiology students have partnered with Special Olympics Indiana to organize and host the statewide tournament. Running the operation were students from Associate Professor Jennifer VanSickle’s Applied Event Management course, who worked out logistics, scheduling, and recruitment and supervision of volunteers.
Students from the Exercise Science and Community Health Education programs offered fun and educational side activities for the athletes to enjoy during the day, including a skills competition and awards ceremony.

Collaboratively designed Digital Media Studies program debuts

Both traditional and adult students can prepare for careers in emerging communications fields through new digital media programs launched in the fall at UIndy. Digital Media Studies is a bachelor of science program, unique in Indiana, that includes courses in writing and content, design, software development, marketing, public relations, communication law, and analytics. Aimed at traditional college students, the curriculum prepares graduates for fields involving a range of digital skills and media knowledge, including web design, advertising, marketing, app development, game design, creative services, social media direction, interactive video editing, and multimedia production. The program was designed collaboratively by faculty in UIndy’s departments of Art & Design, Communication, English, and Math & Computer Science. Students may choose from concentrations in content, visual design, or computer programming, and the major includes a capstone course in which team members from all three tracks collaborate in developing digital projects. UIndy also offers an 18-credit-hour minor and a 12-credit-hour certificate in Digital Media Studies. For working adults, UIndy’s School for Adult Learning offers the Digital Media Management bachelor’s degree program, which likewise prepares graduates for a variety of careers in media and communication. All courses necessary
to complete the major are offered in a five-week accelerated format, meeting one night each week. Subject areas include social media networks and apps, content management, marketing, reputation management, online interpersonal communication, digital journalism, metrics and analytics, and copyright and legal issues. UIndy’s location near downtown offers students many opportunities for hands-on learning and internships as well as job opportunities. Both programs were created with input from local professionals in the field, who serve as guest speakers, adjunct instructors, and contacts for career opportunities.