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Greyhound Highlights

A lot can happen in a year. In the year just ended, UIndy’s Greyhounds have won awards, traveled the world, and worked hard on service projects. Our Greyhound athletes earned recognition on the state and national levels. The campus itself saw changes, too, including a new residence hall and the reconstruction and beautification of Hanna Avenue. And, as always, there are the annual UIndy tradi-tions. There were too many great moments to count, so here are just a few highlights.

Hoopster tours Europe

7-26-11 Senior Wilbur O’Neal, a standout on the men’s basketball team, enjoyed a jaunt through Europe courtesy of Global Sports Academy. O’Neal was selected for a 10-member team that played local squads in Holland, Belgium, and England during the tournament tour.

Tennis teams with brains

8-2-11 The UIndy men’s and women’s tennis squads were both named 2011 All-Academic Teams by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. The GPA-based honor marked the fourth year in a row for the men and the ninth straight for the women.

Volunteers greet newbies

8-24-11 The legendary UIndy Movin’ Crew—400 strong this year—got busy as hundreds of new students arrived on campus. The work crew directed traffic, greeted families, and hauled the newcomers’ belongings directly to their rooms in the residence halls.

Homecoming heroes

9-29-11 UIndy’s superhero-inspired Homecoming theme highlighted a pep rally, a Friday night dance, introduction of a king and queen during halftime of Saturday’s football game, and a tradition unique to UIndy: the Golf Cart Parade.

Dance with a purpose

10-19-11 Sophomore Bethany Rainbolt directed and choreographed a dance production featuring original artwork and a dozen dancers. The event illustrated various public issues ranging from local medical charities to animal rights and other global concerns. Bethany said the concept grew out of her studies in Experience Design.

Ghouls rule

10-28-11 Screams and laughs—but mostly laughs—echoed across campus as student organizations hosted their annual Halloween festivities for delighted kids and friends of faculty, staff, and students. The Residence Hall Association decorated dorms and dished out candy, Circle K built a hay maze on Smith Mall, the Biology Club and Sigma Zeta delivered scares in a Haunted Lab in Lilly Science Hall, and the Kinesiology Club and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee turned the Athletics & Recreation Center into a Haunted Dome.

“It Gets Better” concert

11-16-11 The Indianapolis Men’s Chorus and members of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra had a special performance as part of an international movement called the It Gets Better Project, founded to provide support to gay and lesbian teens facing harassment. It Gets Better has assembled a vast collection of videos in which people share their personal struggles with gender and sexuality issues.

Concert for Haiti orphans

1-25-12 UIndy’s chapter of the Mu Phi Epsilon music society presented a concert to benefit Music Heals, an Indianapolis-based effort to support an orphanage in Haiti—a nation still reeling from the destruction caused by a 2010 earthquake. Proceeds were used to buy musical instruments to enrich children’s lives.The concert included a wide variety of music, performed by UIndy students and faculty.

Giants stalk campus

2-3-12 The Super Bowl came to town, and UIndy hosted the NFC’s New York Giants for daily practice sessions. The dining hall was decked out in the Giants’ red, blue, and gray for a “tailgate lunch” and a game-themed dinner with entertainment in the form of Madonna karaoke. When word of the team’s practice schedule spread, folks turned out in droves to greet the police-escorted caravan. Some Giants signed autographs, and the team praised UIndy’s facilities and hospitality.

Nobel laureate speaks

2-16-12 Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee inspired her UIndy audience with the saga of how women in her native Liberia banded together across ethnic and religious lines to end a long civil war and depose a cruel dictator. Gbowee spoke, joked, and took questions during the event.

Swimmer stands out

2-21-12 It was another stellar season for Maura Donahue, twice named the Counsilman Hunsaker NCAA Division II National Swimmer of the Week by CollegeSwimming.com (and five times in her college career). And at the conference championships, she was named Swimmer of the Year for the second consecutive year.

Global gallivanting

3-14-12 Groups heading overseas on Spring Break included a faculty-led service trip (a health care mission to the Dominican Republic) and another trip that supplemented classroom work with real-life experience (part of a tour of India).

New president

4-8-12 After an extensive national search, Dr. Robert Manuel was named as the ninth president in UIndy’s 110 years. He takes the reins in July.

Graduation

5-5-12 Some 1,200 new graduates joined the ranks of UIndy alumni.

— Candi Witzigreuter ’12