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Giant opportunity

UIndy became international news during Super Bowl week when the New York Giants held pre-game practices on campus, players and head coach Tom Coughlin praised its facilities, and students were interviewed by various media visitors. Sophomore Kasey Land was interviewed by NBC affiliate WTHR-TV. “I think it’s awesome because we’re a growing campus,” she says, “and the fact that we have more of the spotlight now too—it’s pretty cool.” Above, quarterback Eli Manning is welcomed by students
as he heads into UIndy’s domed Athletics & Recreation Center, which opened last fall. (The Giants went on to win after practicing at UIndy. We’re just sayin’.)

ME celebrates MLK

Murvin Enders, UIndy alumnus and executive director of 100 Black Men of Indianapolis, was the keynote speaker during UIndy’s annual MLK Jr. Day Celebration and encouraged students to discover their dreams and take the necessary actions to pursue them. A reception after the ceremony gave students an opportunity to talk with him about his community service and his efforts during the civil rights movement.

Good Morning (from UIndy), America

Schola, UIndy’s vocal chamber ensemble, sang for “Good Morning America” in a clip that aired during the nationally recognized show to represent how Indiana says “good morning.” Schola consists of 16 of the best individual chorus members at UIndy. The clip can be seen at http://tiny.cc/wzx3i.

35 & counting

UIndy’s Richard G. Lugar Center for Tomorrow’s Leaders hosted the 35th annual Lugar Symposium in December with 400-plus promising high school juniors attending. As always, U.S. Senator Richard Lugar of Indiana delivered the keynote address. The so-called “Arab Spring” democracy movement in the Middle East shows how young people are driving new political trends across the globe, the senator said, adding, “It is a spirit that has infected the world.” Also, ten $10,000 scholarships to UIndy were awarded to graduating high school seniors who attended the symposium in 2010.