Fall 2014
Inside Scoop – UIndy welcomes Neil deGrasse Tyson

The hot ticket

Neil deGrasse Tyson, American astrophysicist and director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York City, will visit UIndy on October 22. More than 4,000 tickets for his lecture were snapped up within minutes. Before his presentation, this science celebrity will meet with a group of students selected as winners of a contest based on their answers to why they should meet Dr. Tyson. Known for his playful knack for making space and science accessible to everyone, Tyson has written 10 books, served on presidential space commissions, and received 18 honorary degrees. In March 2014, Tyson launched the acclaimed television series “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey.”

Got digital skills?

Love visual design or computer programming? UIndy’s new Digital Media Studies major may be for you! Launched this fall, the new major prepares students for jobs in Web design, advertising, marketing, app development, game design, creative services, social media direction, interactive video editing, or multimedia production. You’ll find more information at

Rocking it out at Homecoming

PWT-promoShotPop-punk band Plain White T’s will appear October 23 at UIndy in a special Homecoming Week concert with special guests This Wild Life. Formed in Chicago in the late 1990s, Plain White T’s scored two Grammy nominations and topped the Billboard Hot 100 in 2007 with the acoustic ballad “Hey There Delilah.” Other hit singles have included “1, 2, 3, 4” and “Rhythm of Love.” The upcoming album American Nights is their fourth on Hollywood Records.

Record breakers

This fall UIndy welcomed its largest freshman class ever—a record 955 freshmen, from many states and more than 20 countries—topping last year’s freshman class by nearly 150 students. The new freshmen, including some 40 students who transferred from UIndy’s sister university, Ningbo Institute of Technology in eastern China, represent one of the most qualified new classes in University history. The average GPA is 3.5 on a 4-point scale, and includes 21 valedictorians and salutatorians. And most have leadership or volunteer experience, making them a nice fit with the traditions that UIndy holds dear.