Every brick is a metaphor


around-campus-2415The theme of the 2014–15 academic year now coming to a close at UIndy could be construed simply as momentum.

As you’ll find in this issue of our annual review magazine, it was a year packed with activity, including academic and research achievements by students and faculty, service projects, milestone athletic accomplishments, community partnerships, internationally known speakers, and significant investments—philosophical, emotional, and financial—in the work of the University. And this summer, the transition between academic years, is a thrilling one, because the hard work we’ve been doing behind the scenes is now playing out in very visible ways. That activity is an outgrowth of the Vision 2030 strategic planning process begun in 2013. Vision 2030 plots a future that, building on our enduring traditions, values, and strengths, best serves the University and the broader community it helps to anchor. The construction on campus this summer reminds us of the important work we are doing. As each new brick is carefully set in place, it becomes an apt metaphor for the painstaking efforts each of us is making as we labor to ensure a bright future for the University. A few examples:

—We’re completing the 160,000-square-foot UIndy Health Pavilion.

—We’re renovating Krannert Memorial Library, built in 1977.

—We’re building the Greyhound Village, which will improve student housing options and the Shelby streetscape.

—We’re creating a new turf competition field with multisport markings (including lacrosse, which is being introduced on campus for men and women), updating Key Stadium’s artificial turf, and installing a new Nicoson Hall arena floor.

I hope you’ll enjoy this look at the past academic year at UIndy. If the past is indeed prologue, we’re very much eager for the curtain to rise on 2015–16.

—Robert L. Manuel, University President