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Inside Scoop – Spring 2015

A living legend

2003_tt_avedonAmerican dancer and choreographer Twyla Tharp will speak March 18 on campus as part of UIndy’s Sutphin Lecture Series. She’s choreographed more than 164 works: 129 dances, 12 television specials, six Hollywood movies, four full-length ballets, four Broadway shows, and two figure skating routines. She has earned a Tony award, two Emmy awards, and many other honors. UIndy students competed to win a chance to be part of a small-group session with her by submitting photography, essays, or any other project that demonstrated their own creativity.

A way with words

Edwidge Danticat, an award-winning writer and MacArthur Fellowship winner, will be the featured speaker and honorary degree recipient for this year’s commencement on May 2. Danticat is a novelist and short-fiction writer as well as an essayist, editor of story collections, and collaborator on film projects. Her work has focused on the history of Haiti, the Haitian-American immigrant experience, and issues of gender, sexuality, and family dynamics.

A healthy sign

No longer just an imposing steel framework at the corner of Hanna and State avenues, the UIndy Health Pavilion is starting to look more like that building we’ve seen in the drawings. The four-story Health Pavilion will open in August 2015 as the new home for the allied health programs including the School of Nursing, Krannert School of Physical Therapy, School of Occupational Therapy, School of Psychological Sciences, Athletic Training Program, the departments of Kinesiology and Social Work, and the Center for Aging & Community.

Standing tall

Among the standouts of UIndy’s Greyhound athletics program is the men’s basketball team, which started its season with 17 straight wins, garnering a #1 national ranking (National Association of Basketball Coaches, Division II). At press time the Hounds are still ranked in the top ten. In November, UIndy tested its mettle vs. Division I powerhouse Indiana University (above), eventually falling to the Hoosiers 76-63.