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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Lay Leaders Learn about Marian University's Commitment to Catholic Identity, Franciscan Values

by Dan Conway | Jul 25, 2014

On Tuesday, July 22, 2014, more than 75 leaders in the Catholic community gathered at Marian University to hear the results of the university’s year-long “visioning process” and to offer suggestions and support for Marian University’s efforts to strengthen its mission as a Catholic university in the Franciscan and liberal arts traditions.

 The gathering began with Mass celebrated by Monsignor Joseph F. Schaedel ’70, pastor of St. Luke the Evangelist Parish, who is a Marian University alumnus and member of the university’s Board of Trustees. “It’s been said that great cities have Catholic universities,” Msgr. Schaedel said. “I’m excited about the role that Indianapolis’ Catholic university is playing in our community. Thank you for your willingness to join me in praying for the students, faculty, and staff here at Marian and for your willingness to learn more about how you can help us carry out the university’s mission to educate leaders who will transform lives, society and the world!”

 Marian University President Daniel J. Elsener shared with the group the results of a thorough visioning process begun a year earlier that asked the entire Marian family (board members, students, alumni, faculty, staff, donors, civic leaders and friends of the university in diverse regions of the Unites States and beyond) questions such as: “What does it mean to be a great Catholic university?” and “What role do our Franciscan values play in distinguishing us from other colleges and universities?”

 As outlined by President Elsener, the visioning process demonstrated strong consensus, and broad, enthusiastic support, for strengthening the university’s mission and identity as a Catholic university in the Franciscan and liberal arts traditions. “Marian University is committed to carrying out this directive, which we have received from the Church, but which has now been affirmed by civic and business leaders, alumni and friends, and all who value the unique role that a faith-based institution of higher education can play in educating transformational leaders in healthcare, education, business and in all areas of life—including the family and the Church.”

The president went on to explain that real leaders do not necessarily have titles such as CEO, principal, or chief of staff. Great teachers are leaders in their classrooms. Faithful, productive employees who inspire and motivate their colleagues are recognized as genuine leaders. Active members of parish communities and women and men who volunteer their time and talent for worthwhile nonprofit organizations, can all be seen as great leaders. What’s needed is integrity, a strong sense of mission and values, and the willingness to give-of-self in order to serve the greater good.

 “This is what Marian University is called to do,” President Elsener said. “Our mission is to educate women and men of integrity who can be transformational leaders wherever they happen to be and however they are called to serve our Church and our society.”

 To fulfill this mission, Marian University is determined to foster a vibrant community of faith on campus. Mass and the sacraments, ecumenical and interfaith prayer services, Catholic and Franciscan studies and faith sharing, opportunities to participate in ministry on campus, and in a broad range of services off-campus in the surrounding communities are all vital to the development of leaders who can serve the Church and the world.

Senior Vice President Dan Conway reviewed the three pillars of Marian University's strategic plan for its “Rebuild My Church” program. Funding for Marian University’s efforts to educate leaders for Church ministry and to foster a vibrant community of faith on campus will require a minimum of $3.5 million over the next two years ($2 million for academic scholarships for seminarians who attend Bishop Simon Brute and for students participating in the university’s San Damiano Scholars Program for Church Leadership. An additional $1.5 million will be needed to support campus ministry projects such as student retreats, peer ministry, and “alternative spring break” service projects as well as efforts to enhance the religious art on campus and provide faith development opportunities for faculty and staff.  During his remarks, Conway announced that the university has received two anonymous gifts of $250,000 each—one as a challenge to encourage others to help fund scholarships and the other as a challenge to individual and groups who can help fund campus ministry and outreach programs.

 “Advancing Marian University’s commitment to become distinctly effective in educating transformative leaders is an aggressively aspirational challenge,” President Elsener said. “But our Franciscan heritage and rich Catholic tradition have prepared us well for the increasingly important work of preparing leaders for service to the Church and the world!”

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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