Choreographer Twyla Tharp to speak March 18

Choreographer Twyla Tharp to speak March 18

Award-winning choreographer and dancer Twyla Tharp will speak on campus March 18 as part of UIndy’s Sutphin Lecture Series. Tharp’s talk, “The Creative Habit,” will begin at 7 p.m. in the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center’s Ruth Lilly Performance Hall. Tickets for the general public are $10, available at 11 a.m. Feb. 23 through UIndy’s Event Ticketing Center, www.uindy.edu/etc. Seating is general admission, and doors will open at 6 p.m.

A native of Portland, Ind., and a graduate of Barnard College, Tharp has 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. By combining different forms of movement – such as jazz, ballet, boxing and her own inventions – her work has expanded the boundaries of ballet and modern dance. Tharp has received one Tony Award, two Emmy Awards, the 2004 National Medal of the Arts and a 2008 Kennedy Center Honor, among other awards.

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Boxing benefits for Parkinson's

PT research finds benefits of boxing for Parkinson's patients

Though participants have reported anecdotal success for years, new research by UIndy physical therapy professor Stephanie Combs-Miller and her students provides evidence for the first time that people with Parkinson’s disease who participate in boxing training maintain greater physical ability and quality of life than those who participate in other modes of exercise. Hear Combs-Miller talk about her research in this video.

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Student Stories

Recent grad Daventry Burroughs took advantage of the many opportunities UIndy offers—student organizations, service trips, and especially internships. These all helped him land a job upon graduation. His advice for new students? Get involved!

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Year-long Athletics Champions Challenge near 97 percent of goal

Athletics

Year-long Athletics Champions Challenge near 97 percent of goal

UIndy’s student athletes have had an outstanding year! The Greyhounds seek to flex their muscles even more and be counted among the elite in Division II athletics. To help us accomplish that goal, we’ll be raising funds to support our athletics programs through the Champions Challenge. A generous donor has pledged $250,000 in matching gifts. All new, unrestricted gifts to UIndy Athletics of $25 or more will qualify for a 2:1 match. The match also applies to any increase in unrestricted giving of $25 or more over last year’s gifts. Renewed gifts will be matched 1:1.

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Alumni Central Health Pavilion construction

Health Pavilion construction

Construction on UIndy’s new Health Pavilion is progressing quickly. The steel frame of the 160,000-square-foot building, which will house UIndy’s respected health sciences programs, is complete. Crews are now enclosing the building with brick panels, which weigh in at a whopping 16,500 pounds each. The Health Pavilion is scheduled to open in August.

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