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UIndy is an exciting place to be!

Big changes are happening this year. UIndy welcomed its largest freshman class ever in August. The UIndy Health Pavilion will open this fall and a major renovation of the library is set to begin.

There are more activities than ever. And in the meantime, some campus traditions are growing, from Welcome Week to Homecoming. Here are some highlights.

Welcome to campus!

Move-In Day is special at UIndy because Greyhound athletes, upperclassmen, faculty, and staff volunteer to help, greeting the freshmen and their families, unloading the packed vans and cars, often even carrying boxes up five flights of stairs! On Move-In Day, newcomers are warmly welcomed to the Hound Pound Nation. It’s the first day of Welcome Week, the perfect opportunity for freshmen to get comfortable on campus and meet fellow Greyhounds. The activities go on for days. Last year, for example, included picnics, movies, a game show, a Monte Carlo night, a foam party, and even a midnight shopping trip.

Scavenger Hunt

During Welcome Week 2014, the freshmen participated in a scavenger hunt that found them swarming downtown Indianapolis. They explored in groups, visiting such landmarks as the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, the Central Library, the Indiana State Capitol, and White River State Park. The day ended with a picnic and baseball game at Victory Field, where hundreds of UIndy alumni joined
the new students in the festivities.

Homecoming Week

Homecoming is one of the most exciting and fun weeks on campus. The 2014 Homecoming Week included a Plain White T’s concert and a fun, standing-room-only presentation by internationally known astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. Homecoming day kicked off with the inaugural Hound Hustle 5K to raise money for scholarships. Outside Key Stadium, lots of UIndy Greyhounds flew along Hanna Avenue on a zipline, while golf carts decorated in the theme of “Cirque du UIndy” chugged along the street in the annual parade—followed by bands, floats, and classic cars. All the activities led to Tailgate Town, where students and alumni gathered to enjoy live music and food—even a free caricature. Of course, the football game in Key Stadium, complete with a Greyhound victory, capped off the day.

All these were just a few of the exciting events happening on and around the UIndy campus. Students have much to look forward to in the next few years as renovations continue and the events we look forward to every year get even better. It is definitely an exciting time to be at the University of Indianapolis!

—Kylee Crane ’17