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Office of Alumni and Parent Engagement

An Evening with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

Jim LarnerJoin the Marian University community on Friday, January 20, 2017, at the Hilbert Circle Theater for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s mid-winter festival of musical masterworks inspired by the majesty of our planet: Mahler’s “The Song of the Earth” and Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” at 8 p.m.
 
This event is especially significant to Marian University as our own chair of the Department of Music, Jim Larner, Ph.D. ’79, will present the pre-concert “Words on Music” program.  Dr. Larner’s “Words on Music” begins at 7 p.m and is free to all ticket holders.
  
Discounted tickets are $16.50 each and can be purchased online. Tickets will be emailed to you upon payment.
 
If you have questions, please contact Cathy Siler, director of alumni and parent engagement, at csiler@marian.edu or 317.955.6241

Marian University Night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Indiana Pacers vs. Sacramento Kings

indiana pacersFriday, January 27, 2017 at 7 p.m.

Join your Marian University community as the Pacers honor the 1965 and 1969 Washington High School teams, including Marian University's own Steve Downing.

By purchasing tickets through this offer, you will also receive a Pacers hat, a voucher for a hot dog, chips, and Pepsi product, and have an opportunity to shoot a free throw on the court after the game.

To order tickets, visit www.pacersgroups.com/tickets/1120. Use the Passcode: pacers

Mother Clarissa Dillhoff Award for Distinguished Achievement in Mentoring Presented to Doris Garland Downing '73

Doris Garland Downing 1973This award reflects the most important meaning of the word "mentor"--a person who is trusted to educate another. Mother Clarissa was a counselor and guide, and it was under her leadership that Marian University moved from Oldenburg to Indianapolis in 1937. Award recipients must be alumni of the university; demonstrate the spirit of mentoring by providing guidance, support, encouragement, and leadership to the university community, or to individual in the broader community; and contribute, through personal leadership, to the development and growth of the individual mentored. 

At the 2016 Gala, Doris Garland Downing '73 was awarded this honor. Since graduating from Marian University with a bachelor of science degree in elementary education in 1973, Doris Garland Downing has spent her career as a leader in education and it currently an adjunct faculty member and university supervisor for the Graduate Programs in Education at Marian University. For 35 years, she worked in the Indianapolis-area school systems as a teacher in the Indianapolis Public School system, assistant principal in Washington Township, and principal in Lawrence Township, where she was awarded the Indiana Four Star School award, State Blue Ribbon award, and the Principal's Lilly Grant. As a lifelong learner, Downing continued her education, receiving a master of science in elementary education from Indiana University, and is currently earning a doctor of education in education leadership from Indiana University. Additionally, she has been constantly giving back to Marian University by lending her talents in supporting student-athletes at study-tables and her time by managing the ticket office at football and basketball games. Her love for Marian University is evident in her continued commitment to the Knights.  

Save the Date 

The 2017 Gala will be hosted on Friday, November 10, 2017, at the JW Marriott in Downtown Indianapolis. Save the date, and plan to join us for an incredible evening!

All Call for Volunteers :: Networking Knights

On Wednesday, March 22, 2017, there will be a Networking Knights hosted at The Exchange.

Contact Cathy Siler, Director of Alumni and Parent Engagement, at csiler@marian.edu if you are interested in participating as a volunteer.

Collegiate Career Expo

NEW Collegiate_Career_Expo_Logo_FinalThe College Career Center Consortium of Indiana will host a Collegiate Career Expo on Thursday, February 23, 2017. The event will take place in Downtown Indianapolis at the JW Marriott from 10am to 3pm.

If you're a student, alumni, or a recruiter, visit http://www.cccc-in.org/ for more information.

If you have questions, contact Jenny Morris, Director of Career Development, at jmorris@marian.edu.

Homecoming 2016 Photos

Thanks to all who participated in Homecoming/Reunion Weekend 2016!  Information regarding Homecoming/Reunion Weekend 2017 will be coming soon, so stay tuned!

View homecoming pictures on Flickr

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The Mind Trust Awards Academy Graduate Innovation School Fellowship

by Katie Bradley | Jun 27, 2014

Marlon Llewellyn

The Mind Trust awarded one of its first three Innovation School Fellowships to Marlon Llewellyn, a graduate of the Marian University Academy for Teaching and Learning Leadership’s inaugural cohort. Llewellyn is dean of scholars at Arlington High School in Indianapolis and has nearly a decade of experience working in a variety of school districts.

Llewellyn will collaborate with Earl Martin Phalen to launch Indianapolis Public Schools’ (IPS) first "blended learning" school, combining cutting-edge technology with excellent classroom instruction to tailor to kindergarten through sixth grade students' individual needs. This proposed traditional neighborhood school will be based on the same model as the George and Veronica Phalen Leadership Academy, a public charter school Phalen launched in 2013. In just a year, this Indianapolis school has increased the percentage of students on track in math by six-fold and nearly doubled the percentage of students who are on track in reading.

The team will begin work in July and will receive a one-year fellowship to launch their school in 2015.

Through the fellowship, The Mind Trust selects education leaders to start Innovation Network Schools, awards them a full salary and benefits, and provides expert support, empowering them to design and launch excellent schools. The Mind Trust announced the fellowship in April in partnership with the IPS Board of School Commissioners, IPS Superintendent Dr. Lewis D. Ferebee and the Indianapolis Mayor's Office. Lilly Endowment Inc. recently awarded a grant of $1.5 million to The Mind Trust to fund the fellowships, as well as expenses The Mind Trust will incur supporting fellows' work. The Mind Trust will award up to nine fellowships over the next three years.

"The Innovation School Fellowship is another great tool to improve schools in our neighborhoods and further cement Indianapolis' position as a national leader in education reform and improvement," Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard said. "These innovative new school concepts, when implemented, will help prepare our children for future success in life and make Indianapolis an even more attractive place to live."

For More Information

Contact Cathy Siler in the Office of Alumni and Parent Engagement at alumni@marian.edu or 317.955.6241.

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