Inside Scoop – Fall 2015

Homecoming & ribbon-cuttings


UIndy was the place to be the weekend of October 2 and 3. Friday marked the dedication of the new UIndy Health Pavilion, a state-of-the-art facility that’s home to our health sciences programs. Saturday started off with the annual Hounds Hustle 5K run/walk followed by two naming ceremonies: one for the Ron and Laura Strain Honors College and one for the Riad and Yvonne Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences.

After lunch in the renovated library and the celebration of Founders Day, it was on to Tailgate Town to start the pre-game celebration. This meant zooming down the zip line, climbing the rock wall, making spin art shirts, and enjoying great music. The annual parade stepped off later that afternoon, featuring the tradition of creative, student-decorated golf cart floats. Then it was on to the big game vs. Truman State. A Greyhound victory capped off the perfect day at UIndy!

World-famous humanitarian visits

Anthropologist, health activist, and physician Paul Farmer presented “Health Care as Social Justice: Overcoming Presumed Economic Barriers to Providing Health Care to the Poor” in an appearance October 6 at UIndy that chronicled his international humanitarian work. Farmer chairs the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School and is chief strategist and cofounder of the international health and social justice organization Partners in Health.

Carrying the torch


On Homecoming Weekend, we launched a new campaign to raise $50 million to accomplish Vision 2030, our strategic plan. Students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends, and members of the community joined the president, trustees, and city leaders at the Indianapolis Museum of Art for the festivities. The campaign will honor our past and create a future that ensures the best for our students—including scholarships, internships, research opportunities, and study abroad. It will support our faculty in their pursuit of academic excellence; develop our role as a community anchor; and much more. Meet five of our alumni who share their stories—at