A whirlwind year

The 2012–13 year has come to an end, but only after a whirlwind of changes. The University inaugurated a new president, finished construction of a seventh residence hall, and announced the launch of a new educational opportunity in the political arena. Greyhounds have traveled to the London Paralympics, reached new athletic heights, and rolled up their sleeves for service projects. Here’s a glimpse at some of the highlights of 2012–13. Who knows what next year will bring?

Across the pond

Sophomore UIndy swimmer Dalton Herendeen has proven that hard work pays off. After being a four-year letter-winner in high school and setting records in distance freestyle and backstroke at UIndy, he competed at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

Movin’ on up

Robert L. Manuel, UIndy’s new president, helped with the annual freshman move-in day, helping the class of 2016 get settled into their new homes. He said that he was new and getting used to things, just as the freshmen were, “So we all are part of the class of 2016.”

Doors open

UIndy completed its seventh residence hall over the summer and celebrated with a ribbon-cutting on a sunny afternoon. The new hall boasts laundry facilities on every floor, fitness center, and mail room.

Homecoming memories

Homecoming at UIndy was hopping this year. In addition to Greyhound Village and the traditional golf cart parade, the family of alumni standouts George and Ray Crowe were present for the dedication of the newly named Crowe Hall. Plus, UIndy’s Greyhounds beat St. Joseph’s Pumas with a score of 56-0.

Novel debuts

English prof Salvatore Pane’s had his first novel published. Last Call in the City of Bridges concerns his generation’s love-hate relationship with social media such as Facebook and Twitter.

Bald is beautiful

Megan Meadors, ’09 UIndy graduate, occupational therapist, and Colts cheerleader, agreed to have her head shaved on TV during the Nov. 25 game to help raise funds for cancer research after Colts head coach Chuck Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia. Megan had promised to make the sacrifice if the cheerleaders raised at least $10,000.

Gridiron Greyhounds

UIndy football had a great season, clinching the conference and earning a berth in the Division II playoffs. The Greyhounds beat the Midwestern State Mustangs at Key Stadium before falling on the road to Colorado State.

Lugar Academy coup

Indiana’s legendary senator Richard G. Lugar returned to UIndy, where he served as both professor and long-time trustee. The new Lugar Academy will enable students to study and intern in Washington, D.C. Lugar also was named a Distinguished Professor and will lecture three times a year at UIndy and in the nation’s capital.


Martin Luther King Jr. Day was observed over two days this year. Sunday was dedicated to service projects and an “Embracing the Dream” reception. On Monday, a panel of faculty addressed civil rights issues, and UIndy’s Voices of Worship gospel choir performed.

Dance all night

UIndy for Riley is an annual dance marathon, raising thousands of dollars for the children’s hospital. Student-athletes also joined in the fun. UIndy students, who must remain on their feet during the entire six hours, danced and played games with the patients from Riley.

College-search blogger

Elkhart Memorial High School’s Kylee Crane made her choice of UIndy in a very public way. She detailed the selection process in her blog, announcing her pick in February. “What really impacted me was how accommodating the faculty and students were,” she said. “It was like they all truly cared about my decision and what I wanted to do, which really meant a lot to me.”

President inaugurated

UIndy inaugurated its ninth president, Robert L. Manuel, in an investiture ceremony preceded by a week of family-friendly activities: a trip to the Indianapolis Children’s Museum, a book fair, an Indiana Pacers game, volunteer projects, and a worship service.

Mayoral minds

A panel featuring William Hudnut, former Indianapolis mayor; Karl Dean, mayor of Nashville, Tenn.; and Michael Coleman, mayor of Columbus, Ohio, addressed some of the issues cities face: infrastructure, transportation, education, and more. The event fit neatly with UIndy’s new Institute for Civic Leadership & Mayoral Archives.


The residents of Roberts Hall created “Boxtropolis” to raise awareness of homelessness, with residents sleeping in a makeshift shanty town and eating meals from a simulated soup kitchen. The group also gathered donations to Wheeler Mission Ministries.


With a turn of the tassles in early May, the class of 2013 closed the book on college to open another in their lives. Supportive family and friends gathered to watch their loved ones graduate. UIndy bestowed more than 1,300 degrees in all: associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral.