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Diplomacy in a Dangerous World’

The campus community had a rare opportunity in February: the two men most responsible for reducing the world’s nuclear weapons stockpiles—credited with deactivating more than 7,600 nuclear warheads that were once aimed at the U.S.—discussed global security in a special event at UIndy. “Diplomacy in a Dangerous World: A Conversation with Senators Richard G. Lugar and Sam Nunn” was moderated by NPR’s Steve Inskeep. Senator Lugar is a distinguished professor at UIndy, home to the Lugar Academy and its leadership programs for college and high school students.

Healthy rankings

UIndy’s Health Sciences programs continue to shine. Its School of Occupational Therapy ranks third nationally in new student survey results from Graduateprograms.com. UIndy’s OT degree programs earned Top 10 ratings in four key categories: Career Support (#5), Financial Aid (#2), Educational Quality (#7), and Quality of Network (#6). UIndy’s Krannert School of Physical Therapy also ranks in the Top 10 nationally. UIndy produces more occupational and physical therapists than any other institution in Indiana.

Dancing for kids

The UIndy for Riley student group raised $13,301—more than twice last year’s total—for Riley Hospital for Children at the group’s annual dance marathon. “Our original total was $13,295,” said co-president Aubrey Strati, “but after we revealed the total, a little boy at the marathon came up to one of my execs and gave her $6. We changed it to $13,301 because it was such a precious moment.” Joining the fun were several UIndy athletic teams, some Indiana Pacemates who helped judge the talent show, and Indianapolis Colts long snapper Matt Overton.

Greyhounds rule

UIndy basketball player making a lay up

UIndy’s Greyhounds have long been a Division II power, and this season is no exception. Men’s basketball, for example, is ranked in the nation’s top 10, and the women’s team is in the top 20. The Indianapolis Star noted that the men’s team is enjoying one of the best seasons in program history, with a record at press time of 21-2 overall and 13-2 in the tough Great Lakes Valley Conference. Visit uindy.edu/athletics for the latest.