Inside Scoop
Campus News – Summer 2012

Hail to the chief

Dr. Robert Manuel won’t take the helm until July. But UIndy’s athletics mascot already has captured the imaginations of his three young daughters. “My children are enamored with the possibility of getting a greyhound as a pet,” he quipped to the students, faculty, and staff when he was formally introduced as the University’s ninth president. His remarks also had a serious side. “The most exciting part of this position is that I think UIndy is poised to lead the conversation about relevance” in the higher eduation field, said Manuel, 44, “and I think we can do so on the national stage.” He is currently a dean and associate provost at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

See ‘the Source’

It’s tall and shiny. It moves with the wind. Its wavy aluminum blades evoke flowing water and twirl atop three stainless steel poles, varying visually as light conditions shift. And it’s right at the intersection of Hanna and Otterbein, on Good Hall’s wide lawn. The new sculpture, “Source,” created by a pair of Wisconsin artists, is the new addition to UIndy’s Fifth Third Bank Campus Sculpture Walk, which includes more than 20 pieces.

Service starts early

In true Campus Camp-In tradition, admitted students visiting UIndy this spring got a taste of what the University’s “Education for Service” motto is all about: they built, painted, and sold three wooden playhouses to raise money for southern Indiana tornado relief. Each playhouse sold for $250, with proceeds donated to the American Red Cross.

Novices no more

UIndy’s novice speech team took first place in its division at the Novice National Individual Events tournament in Pennsylvania. The squad of Cameron Sabotin, Olivia Bohnhoff, and Ashley Stanford brought home 13 awards all together. The tournament attracted more than 150 students from 25 institutions.

Philosophizing on the Hunger Games

The Hunger Games’ popularity has meant a lot of phone calls for George Dunn of the Philosophy & Religion Department. He’s done both local and national interviews on the trilogy’s weighty themes. Dunn, who teaches on the home campus as well as at UIndy’s partnership site at Ningbo Institute of Technology in China, is co-editor of the book The Hunger Games and Philosophy.