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May 3, 2016

Mini-Marathon closing IUPUI streets

The OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon will take place this Saturday, May 7, and is expected to involve approximately 35,000 participants. It will begin at 7:30 a.m. near the corner of West and Washington streets.

The annual event will affect traffic and parking on major streets around the campus and the city Friday evening as well as on race day:

  • New York Street east of University Boulevard will be closed beginning Friday at 6 p.m. through Saturday at 4 p.m.
  • Both Blackford and California streets south of Vermont Street will be closed during this time as well. 
  • West Street will be closed from Washington Street to Michigan Street on Saturday from 1 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Washington Street will be closed on Saturday from 3 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. from Illinois Street to west of West Street.

For those needing to get to campus on Mini-Marathon day, the easiest access before and during the race will be from the West Street exits of I-65 (exit 114) to Michigan Street, and on Michigan Street from the east.

More information and maps can be found on the 500 Festival website.

Chancellor helps plant 20 trees on campus as part of Arbor Day project

One of the volunteer teams plants another tree for Arbor Day.

Numerous volunteers from among faculty, staff and students participated in an Arbor Day tree-planting project near the old Wishard Hospital site by University Boulevard. The project is one of many campus efforts underway to help make the IUPUI campus more tree-friendly. | LIZ KAYE / IU COMMUNICATIONS

Chancellor at the tree planting

Chancellor Nasser Paydar was one of many participants in the Arbor Day tree-planting effort on the north side of campus. Here, the chancellor prepares one of the trees for its place along University Boulevard.

Chancellor Nasser Paydar lent a hand last Friday, April 29, taking part in a campuswide Arbor Day celebration to plant 20 new trees along University Boulevard near Lockefield Village, just north of University Tower.

He joined other faculty, staff and students in the project, part of IUPUI's Earth Month celebration.

The project featured scores of volunteers planting native trees to replace the ash trees that had to be cut down after being infested by the emerald ash borer. It was a joint effort by the IUPUI Office of Sustainability, the School of Public and Environmental Affairs Ambassadors, the Sigma Alpha chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, the SPEA Student Council, and the Campus Facility Services grounds team.

Music Academy planning a 'Performathon' at the Artsgarden

The IUPUI Music Academy will host its 13th annual Performathon on Saturday, May 14, at the Indianapolis Artsgarden in downtown Indianapolis to raise funds for the community music school, which operates in the music and arts technology department in the School of Engineering and Technology.

The free event will run from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Artsgarden -- the glass-enclosed dome attached to Circle Centre mall that stretches over the intersection of Washington and Illinois streets -- and feature performances by students and faculty from the Music Academy.

The annual Performathon provides the public with an opportunity to experience a "musical marathon" showcasing the talent of local students of all ages, as well as a wide variety of solo and ensemble music from faculty of the academy. Funds raised at the event go directly to support student scholarships. Donations will be accepted onsite at the event, and interested parties may also make contributions to the Music Academy directly.

The event is the academy's major fundraising effort each year, according to E.J. Choe, the academy director and a faculty member in the school.

"Every year, the success of the Performathon increases, both in the outcome of student performance as well as scholarship funds raised," Choe said. "I am thrilled to present this event and would like to recognize the hard work of our performers, the dedication of our teachers, and the endless support of parents and families."

The Music Academy is a nonprofit education organization that provides high-quality professional music instruction to Indianapolis-area residents of all ages and levels of ability. Students receive personal attention, and classes are provided in both private and group formats.

"The academy's ability to operate is due in part to the generous support of individuals and local businesses," said Elizabeth Brandes, chair of the academy's board of advisors.

IUPUI and the month of May

The 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 is less than a month away, and IUPUI students are playing key roles in the festivities leading up to the May 29 race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Students from the career and leadership development class in the School of Physical Education and Tourism, Conventions and Event Management have helped young Central Indiana students learn about the Indy 500 and its history by volunteering to take fourth-grade students on guided tours of the Speedway and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.

The volunteers did one-day shifts to expose the youngsters to the history of auto racing and to developments in motor vehicles that have been spawned or advanced through "the greatest spectacle in racing."

Seven IUPUI students are part of the social swirl surrounding the month of May in the city. They were chosen as 500 Festival princesses and will serve as ambassadors for the event. They will participate in the 500 Festival Parade; visit area hospitals, schools and youth programs; participate in a variety of outreach programs; and be part of IMS functions, including pre-race ceremonies and the Victory Circle celebration.

The 500 Festival Princess program was launched in 1959; more than 1,800 young women have been selected over the years. This year's princesses from IUPUI are:

  • Shelby Bradford of Warren, a senior majoring in nursing
  • Nina DeWitt of Stilesville, a junior majoring in biology and Spanish
  • Kayla Keith of Carmel, a senior majoring in tourism, conventions and event management
  • Amber Kriech of Carmel, a junior majoring in organizational leadership and supervision
  • Macy Nikirk of Bedford, a sophomore majoring in marketing and supply-chain management
  • Kylee Stewart of Greenfield, a junior majoring in journalism
  • Kayla Wilson of Fishers, a freshman majoring in civic leadership

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