Past Events


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June 2021IUPUI Senior Academy Walking Club

We have recently formed a Walking Club, based on responses recorded in the Member Center Interests area. Our first walk will be held this Thursday, June 10, weather permitting, after the Annual Board Meeting in Eagle Creek Park.
June 2021Annual Meeting hosted at Eagle Creek Park

This academic year’s concluding event of the Senior Academy took place outside at Eagle Creek Park, Shelter A, keeping a safe physical distance, and anyone not fully vaccinated was also asked to wear a mask.

The business meeting covered updates on board election results, slate of officers, announcement of student scholarship winners, and summary of annual report.

2021's annual meeting presentation was given by Chris Lamb on “The Art of Political Putdown”. Dr. Lamb is a professor of journalism in the Department of Journalism and Public Relations in the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI,

2020-2021 annual reports are accessible on this webpage.
June 2021IUPUI Senior Academy String Theory Group

The monthly gathering of Senior Academy members, spouses, partners, and friends to participate and create useful and beautiful items that can warm bodies and hearts.
June 2021Tour and Lunch with SA Members Prior to Tour of "Laughter & Resilience: Humor in Native American Art" at Eiteljorg Museum

Senior Academy members met for a tour of “Laughter & Resilience: Humor in Native American Art”, a new special exhibit at the Eiteljorg Museum and optional lunch at the museum cafe prior to the tour.
May 2021IUPUI Senior Academy Book Club

Beginning May 19, 2021, the book discussions occur every third Wednesday of the month from 11 a.m.–Noon (or longer if we don't want to leave a lively discussion) via Zoom (for now).
May 2021IUPUI Senior Academy String Theory Group

The monthly gathering of Senior Academy members, spouses, partners, and friends to participate and create useful and beautiful items that can warm bodies and hearts.
April 2021IUPUI Faculty & Staff: The Transition—Retirees’ Stories of Exploring and Taking Different Routes

As part of IU Human Resources' 2021 Road to Retirement Series, Senior Academt hosted a panel with discussion and stories from IUPUI retirees about their journey from employee to retiree, and answered questions about this important transition.

Presentation shared during this event is available via this link.
April 2021Tour of the Madam Walker Legacy Center

Members were invited for in-person tour of the Madam Walker Legacy Center (MWLC). The tour was provided by tour guides Laura Lucas, associate university architect at IU Capital Planning and Facilities, and Kim Raby, sales and planning manager at IUPUI Event and Conference Services.
April 2021Living Stories: An Evening with Elaine Pagels

Religious studies scholar and best-selling author Dr. Elaine Pagels has spent her career examining not only the origins of (Western) religious traditions and how they shape our understanding of ourselves, but also the necessity of re-interpreting these sacred stories so that they might continue to help us in challenging times.

Dr. Pagels shared insights about her research.

Presented by Spirit & Place; Community for Contemplation and Justice of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church; IUPUI Senior Academy; and Department of Religious Studies, School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI.

This event was made possible through the generous support of Lilly Endowment Inc.
April 2021IUPUI Senior Academy Social Hour

A monthly virtual gathering for Senior Academy members.
April 2021IUPUI Senior Academy String Theory Group

The monthly gathering of Senior Academy members, spouses, partners, and friends to participate and create useful and beautiful items that can warm bodies and hearts.
April 2021Pre-Event Community Conversation to April 16 Event on "Living Stories: An Evening with Elaine Pagels"

Spirit & Place, St. Luke's UMC, and the IUPUI Senior Academy organized a pre-event community conversation on April 8 from 6:30-7:45 p.m. where participants gathered in small groups to explore what 'living stories' mean to us personally.

This pre-event communication conversation was in advance of the April 16 event "Living Stories: An Evening with Elaine Pagels.
March 2021Digital Handmade: How Technology Is Impacting the Future of Art

Shelley Spicuzza, coordinator of the Digital Fabrication/Imaging Lab at the Herron School of Art + Design, shared some of the exciting art being created at the intersection of art and technology.

Shelley, an accomplished multi-media artist, directs the “Think-it, Make-it” lab at Herron, where students use computers and 3-D printers to create pieces of art. Two senior students, Katya Reinhard, specializing in ceramics, and Paul Williams, specializing in furniture design also displayed some of their work done in the lab.

Presentation shared during this event is available via this link (requires IU CAS-login).
March 2021IUPUI Senior Academy Social Hour

A monthly virtual gathering for Senior Academy members.
March 2021IUPUI Senior Academy String Theory Group

The monthly IUPUI Senior Academy String Theory Group invites Senior academy members, spouses, partners, and friends to participate and create useful and beautiful items that can warm bodies and hearts.

The purpose of the group is to perform a service and provide an opportunity to get together with others and chat while knitting, crocheting, or being otherwise creative. During the holiday season the creations of the group will be donated to IUPUI Paws' Closet whose students will direct them to where they are needed and enjoyed.A monthly virtual gathering for Senior Academy members.
February 2021IUPUI Senior Academy Social Hour

A monthly virtual gathering for Senior Academy members.
February 2021A three-part series: Where to Live in Retirement and What are my Options?

  • : Understanding the Emotional Impact of Downsizing and Planning Early
  • : Aging in Place vs. Continuing Care Retirement Communities
  • : Understanding and Managing the Financial Risks of Retirement Communities  
  • Supporting Documents
  • Additional information collected from the speakers can be forwarded to you upon request – email Mike Caldwell, Manager of Planned Giving, at gro[dot]icwu[at]llewdlac[dot]ekim for the following documents:
    • Consumer Guide to Understanding the Financial Performance and Reporting
    • Information about Hoosier Village and John Koontz’ contact information
    • For Carol Applegate’s PDF on “About Life Care Planning” which includes her contact information
January 2021IUPUI Senior Academy Social Hour

A monthly virtual gathering for Senior Academy members.
December, 2020IUPUI Senior Academy Virtual Hour

Senior Academy members were invited to bring a drink and a snack to where they have their computer or tablet, say hello to others on screen, and share with them your 2020 observations, thoughts, and experiences, and your hopes for the upcoming year.
November, 2020Ask the Geriatrician – Evidence Based Information for Aging Gracefully

A webinar featuring an informal conversation with Dr. Cathy C. Schubert, Mary Elizabeth Mitchell Professor of Geriatrics, in the School of Medicine.

Dr. Schubert answered questions pertinent to seniors on a variety of topics.

Conversation was moderated by Dr. Anne Belcher.
November, 2020IUPUI Last Lecture – pre-recorded lecture was released virtually on this webpage.

Presentation by Florence Wagman Roisman, William F. Harvey Professor of Law and Chancellor's Professor, in the Robert H. McKinney School of Law. This event is sponsored by IUPUI Senior Academy, IUPUI Office of Academic Affairs, and IU Foundation.

October, 2020Lunch and Learn: Tornado God: American Religion and Violent Weather

Dr. Peter Thuesen, professor of religious studies and director of Humanities Research in the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture, School of Liberal Arts, discussed his recently published book, Tornado God, before the fires in the West of the United States and the hurricanes in the Atlantic and the Gulf called all of our attention to the occurrence and effects of violent weather.

A video recording of this session is available via this link to the IU community.
October, 2020Coffee and Learn: Madam C.J Walker’s Gospel of Giving: Black Women’s Philanthropy during Jim Crow

Dr. Tyrone Freeman, assistant professor of philanthropic studies and director of undergraduate programs in the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, discussed about his biographical account of Madame C.J. Walker's life.
October, 2020Tea and Learn: The 2020 Elections in Times of Chaos

Featured a presentation by Dr. Aaron Dusso, associate professor and chair of the Department of Political Science, and Dr. Sheila S. Kennedy, professor of law and public policy and founding director of the IUPUI Center for Civic Literacy, on upcoming presidential elections.

October, 2020Lunch and Learn: Tips for Getting What You Want Out of Social Media and Streaming

A presentation by Sara Lowe, associate dean for educational services, IUPUI University Library.
September, 2020Socially Distanced Senior Academy Picnic: "Reflections During Self-Isolation"

Senior Academy friends and colleagues gathered for an old-fashioned picnic planned with the Coronavirus in mind at the Eagle Creek Park.
September, 2020The Economy and Personal Finances in Uncertain Times

A Virtual presentation via Zoom featuring Brian Nick, chief investment strategist at TIAA, on his latest perspective,“Economic and Market Outlook: 2020 and Beyond.”

Following the presentation, a panel of TIAA and Nuveen experts were available for a session of questions and answers:

Chip Robbins, vice president, US Wealth and Advisory Services
Mike Harris, CFP®, ChFC ®, director, Field Advisory Services
Jim Alverson, JD, CFP®, director, Wealth Planning Strategies
Joe Gianoli, CFP®, Wealth Management advisor

A recording of the presentation is available to Senior Academy members. You will be required to log in via CAS in order to view the presentation.

Archive – Past Events


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June, 2020Annual Meeting hosted virtually via Zoom.

Keynote provided by Elizabeth Kryder-Reid, Ph.D., on the topic of “Museums in the Time of Coronavirus”.

Dr. Kryder-Reid is a professor of Anthropology and Museum Studies in IUPUI School of Liberal Arts and director of the Cultural Heritage Research Center

2019-2020 annual reports are accessible on this webpage and keynote presentation is accessible via this link.
March, 2020Event was cancelled.

IUPUI Joseph E. Taylor Symposium - Table Sponsorship
March, 2020Voices from the IUPUI Senior Academy featuring brief presentation:

- Anne Belcher, "They Did It Themselves" - Outcomes of Community Based Participatory Research on the "Near West" Neighborhood and IUPUI
- Mervin Cohen, "Naked to the Bone": The History of Radiology and Its Truly Amazing Technology

February, 2020IUPUI Reading at the Table lecture and book signing feautring Nancy Chism, author of Pickin' Cotton on the Way to Church: The Life and Work of Father Boniface Hardin, OSB.
January, 2020Senior Academy - IUPUI Men's Basketball Game: Cram the Coliseum.

Members invited to attend in a section reserved for Senior Academy as Jaguars kick off the Horizon League with play against the University of Illinois/Chicago Flames.

December, 2019Holiday Luncheon at Ivy Tech Culinary Arts Courses Restaurant.

The entertainment is a short version of Vernon William's play, The Price of Progress: The Indiana Avenue and IUPUI Story, a fitting presentation at the end of 2019, IUPUI's 50th anniversary year.
November, 20192019 Spirit and Place Festival: R/EVOLUTION - presentation with community partners titled: Gods and Aliens:A Conversation on Faith, Science, and E.T.
November, 2019Last Lecture presentation by Professors Craig McDaniel and Jean Robertson, Herron School of Art+Design on "Our Journey So Far: Field Notes".
October, 2019Lunch and Learn: The Outlook of the 2019 Economy

Featuring presentation by Brian Nick, Chief Investment Strategist, TIAA, "Expect a Tougher Climb".
September, 2019Listen and Learn: Transition to Retirement

Featuring three brief presnetations by Senior Academy members:

- Hugh Hendrie: “Coping with Retirement: Results from 2 Physician Surveys.”
- Sherry Queener: “Some Retirees' Tales”
- Christy Tidwell: "Practical Thinking about Retirement"


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June, 2019Annual Meeting, Luncheon, and 25th Anniversary Celebration at the Capri Ristorante.
May, 2019Stark Neurosciences Research Institute Visit: an update on dementia research, optional tour of the research labs, and cocktail reception at the Neurosciences Research Building.
April, 2019Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s “Coffee Classical Concert Series” followed by a backstage tour for Senior Academy guests at the Hilbert Circle Theatre.
March, 201960 Minutes: Voices from IUPUI Senior Academy

Presentations by:
- Marianne Wokeck, Ph.D.: “Through the Lens of History: Immigration as a Foundation for American Expansion and Success.”
- Jan Froehlich, Ph.D.: “The Genetics of Alcoholism”

February, 2019Joseph Taylor Symposium, IUPUI Campus entitled: "Communicating to Equalize Health at the Crossroads of America."
December, 2018Holiday Luncheon at Ivy Tech Culinary Arts Courses Restaurant

David Mannell and Amy Eggleston, IUPUI Department of Music Technology provided entertainment. 
November, 2018Spirit and Place Festival presentation with community partners titled: Bridging the Divide: Finding Common Ground
October, 2018Charitable Giving and Estate Planning Strategies under the New Tax Law, a Lunch and Learn event. 
October, 2018Last Lecture presentation by Eugene Tempel, Founding Dean Emeritus, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. "Something There is That Doesn't Love a Wall".
September, 2018Oral History Gathering with the IUPUI Archivist at Sherry Queener's home.


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June, 2018Annual Meeting and Luncheon at the historic Athenaeum.
March, 2018Tour of Kokomo Opalescent Glass Factory and Lunch at Crystal Tea Room in Kokomo, IN
February, 2018President's Day tour of the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site in Indianapolis and lunch at the Propylaeum.
February, 2018Joseph Taylor Symposium, IUPUI Campus entitled: "Invisible Indianapolis: Race and Heritage in the Circle City"
January, 2018Reducing Depression and Suicide Among Children and Adolescents in Indiana: a Panel Discussion on What Works held in Campus Center (Click here to view handouts from the event)
January, 2018MLK Dinner; Senior Academy again sponsored four students to attend
November, 2017Holiday Luncheon at Ivy Tech Culinary Arts Courses Restaurant.  Darrell Bailey, IUPUI Music Technology Department provided entertainment
November, 2017Spirit and Place presentation with community partners and panel of community elites entitled: Revive Civility; the Power of my Words
October, 2017Defeating Cyber Security (Click here to view handouts from the event)
September, 2017Oral History gathering with the IUPUI Archivist at Sherry Queener's home. 
August, 2017Last Lecture presentation by Miriam Langsam, Emeritus Professor of History and Dean of Students, School of Liberal Arts. "From Brooklyn to Retirement and what I Learned On the Way"


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June, 2017Day trip to Fountain City, IN to the historic Levi Coffin House, site of an Underground Railroad in the mid 1800s. Visit to the Quaker Center nearby. Lunch followed at the Olde Richmond Inn in Richmond, IN
June, 2017Annual Meeting and Luncheon at the historic Athenaeum
April, 2017Tour of the Regenstrief Institute, presentations and reception
February, 2017Sponsored a table of ten to attend the Joseph Taylor Symposium titled: It's not foreign. Its U.S. 
January, 2017Sponsored four students to attend the MLK Dinner at the Indiana Roof Ballroom
November, 2016Spirit and Place Presentation by Senior Academy members: My Home, My Earth, My Reponsibility
October, 2016Classical Guitar Concert with Thibaut Garcia


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June, 2016Visit to Limestone Quarries in Bedford, IN, and attend exhibits and lectures on limestone industry in Indiana.
June, 2016Senior Academy luncheon and Annual Meeting at the Atheneaum. Speaker: Amy Warner, IUPUI Vice Chancellor of Community Engagement
April, 2016Kiss the Bricks tour of the Indianapolis Speedway and lunch at Dawsons in Speedway
April, 2016Last Lecture presentation by Richard Frankel, IU Medicine and Geriatrics on the IUPUI Campus, entitled, "Empathy can't cure, but it can alleviate suffering on both sides of the stethoscope"
March, 2016IMAX movie on Our National Parks and lunch at the Farmer's Market in the State Museum
February, 2016Sponsored 10 members at the Taylor Symposium on the IUPUI Campus
January, 2016Troy Riggs, newly appointed Indianapolis Police Chief, presentation on Urban Crime and his SPEA involvement
December, 2015Holiday Luncheon at Ivy Tech Culinary Arts Courses Restaurant.  Darrell Bailey, IUPUI Music Technology Department provided entertainment
November, 2015With the School of Science, presentation in University Library by the director of the Orangutan Exhibit from the Indianapolis Zoo, Rob Shumaker.  Also a tour of the exhibit at the zoo at a later date.
October, 2015Medicare presentation by John Cowan, a pharmacist from Lebanon, IN on changes in Part D.
October, 2015Tour of Lucas Oil Stadium and lunch at Shapiro's Deli
September, 2015Day trip to Hill Top Orchids near Cloverdale, IN and lunch. Bus transporation provided. 
August, 2015Lecture on IUPUI campus by Jon Eller on the Ray Bradbury exhibit and Bradbury's donations entitled, Miracles of Rare Device.
June, 2015Senior Academy luncheon and Annual Meeting at the Atheneaum. Speaker: Brandon Beale, Manager of the IU Global Network Operations Center
May 7-9, 2015Trip to Holland, Michigan for the Tulip Festival with Ambassadair Travel. Lunch in Saugatuck, MI; visit to Tulip Gardens, city tour, Delft art class, dinner show and much more
April, 2015Kurt Vonnegut Library Tour, Indianapolis, IN
March, 2015Last Lecture by Sheila Suess Kennedy, Director, IU Center for Civic Literacy, SPEA entitled, "Defending Reason in an Unreasonable Time"
February, 2015Presentation by Ken Bennett, JD, on considerations for staying in your current home or looking for a retirement community.
December, 2014Senior Academy Holiday Dinner at the Iron Skillet Restaurant
November, 2014JAGS Basketball Game on the IUPUI Campus
October, 2014Tour of IUPUI Campus and Ransom Place Cultural Trail with Professor Paul Mullins, IUPUI Chair of Anthropology. Lunch at the Eiteljorg Museum
September, 2014Presentation by JAGS basketball coach, Jason Gardner and lunch at Judges Restaurant
August, 2014Indianapolis Museum of Art Exhibit, "Face to Face: the Neo-impressionist Portrait, 1886-1904"
August, 2014IT Presentation by Denise Brown from UITS
June, 2014Senior Academy Annual Meeting and Campus Tour lead by Amy Conrad Warner
June, 2014Information about CICOA and Meal and More; speaker was Caitlin Oestreich
May, 2014Plan for the Future. How an Estate Plan Puts you in Control; Speaker was Joyce Foster of Foster, Pike and Associates
May 2014Overnight Trip to Pokagon State Park, Gene Stratton-Porter State Historical Site, Lavender Farm and Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum
March, 2014Last Lecture: Back to the Future: Recapturing the Value System of Public Higher Education; Speaker was Dean Emeritus David Stocum
February, 2014Attended a play called "Blue" and toured the Palladium in Carmel, IN
December, 2013Senior Academy Holiday Dinner at Hollyhock Hill Restaurant
November, 2013Financial Planning; Speaker, Klynt Brummett
November, 2013Program in conjunction with Spirit and Place
October, 2013Indianapolis Museum of Art for Matisse viewing "Life in Color"
October, 2013IUPUI Soccer Coach spoke to group  about the Soccer Program
October, 2013Speakers Dr. Eric Wright, Department of Health and John Cowan, Pharmacist, spoke on Affordable Healthcare Act and Medicare Part D
September, 2013Senior Academy 20th Anniversary Celebration held on campus; MC was Jeff Vessely
June, 2013Senior Academy Annual Meeting; Speaker Dr. Nassar Paydar
May, 2013Overnight trip and tour to New Harmony, IN
March, 2013Speaker, Dr. Richard Gunderman "The Great Harmonists Social Experiment"
March, 2013Last Lecture: "A Wandering Migrant or a Global Citizen?" speaker, Dr. H. Oner Yurtseven
February, 2013E-books and E-readers. Program presented by the Indianapolis Marion County Public Library
January, 2013Speaker, Dr. Nassar Paydar "IUPUI's New Strategic Planning Process"
December, 2012Senior Academy Holiday Dinner at Hollyhock Hill restaurant
November, 2012"Aging and Play" a program in conjuction with Spirit and Place
October, 2012Speaker, Dr. Susan Hickman, Associate Professor of Nursing, IUPUI, "Ensuring Treatment Preferences are Honored at the End of Life"
September, 2012Speaker, Rita Woll, Senior Move Manager and Lucy Khairy, Elder Law Attorney "Downsizing and Moving"
May, 2012Senior Academy Annual Meeting at the Athenaeum. Speaker, Indiana author, Rita Kohn
May, 2012Trip to Clifty Falls State Park
April, 2012Visit to Indiana History Center to see "The Indiana Experience, a New Way to Live History"
March, 2012The Last Lecture presented by Dr. James A. Lemons
February, 2012Hearing Loss and Hearing Aids presented by Dr. Donna Segal
January, 2012Health Care Costs presented by Douglas Leonard, Indiana Hospital Association and Alex Slabosky, IU Health, and Dr. Richard Gunderman
December, 2011Holiday Dinner at Hollyhock Hill
November, 2011Retirement Reception for Dottie Swinney, Senior Academy Administrative Assistant
November, 2011The Body and Aging, in conjunction with Spirit and Place
October, 2011New Technologies to Manage Your Life presented by Kindra Orr and IUPUI Library Staff
September, 2011Aging in Place - Naturally Occuring Retirement Communities presented by Ann Allen and Cindy Wides
May, 2011Annual Meeting at Athenaeum Speaker, Indiana Poet Laureate, Norbert Kropf
May, 2011Overnight trip to McCormicks Creek State Park
April, 2011Wildflower walk at Holiday Park
January, 2011Speaker, Sam Gurevitz, geriatic pharmacist on pharmacist's help
November, 2010Indianapolis Museum of Art exhibit by Andy Wharhol
October, 2010Speaker, Marilyn Schultz, former State Representative speaking on township government reform
September, 2010Tour of Indianapolis Museum of Art's newly opened 100 Acres
May, 2010Annual Meeting at the Athenaeum. Speakers, Valerie Chang, School of Social Work and Patrick McGeever, Political Science
May, 2010Overnight trip to Turkey Run State Park
March, 2010Ensemble Music Society featuring guitarists Sergio and Adair Assad
February, 2010Lunch at Charbono's featuring a pictorial history of the Senior Academy's 15 years by Ron Frank
December, 2009Holiday Dinner at Hollyhock Hill
November, 2009Indianapolis Museum of Art exhibit: Art of Sacred Spain
October, 2009Trip to Sampler Furniture Company in Homer, IN and lunch in Metamora
September, 2009Bus tour of the campus and talk by Roger Schmenner on the IUPUI Master Plan
June, 2009Annual Meeting at the Athenaeum, Speaker Chancellor Bantz
May, 2009Tour of Kokomo Opalescent Glass Factory
April, 2009Wildflower video and guided tour of Holliday Park
March, 2009IUPUI basketball game
December, 2008Holiday dinner
November, 2008Tour of Ming Dynasty exhibit at the Indianapolis Museum of Art
October, 2008Trip to the T.C. Steele historic home and studio
June, 2008Annual Meeting
April, 2008"Everything you wanted to know about hearing aids but were afraid to ask", presented by Donna Segal, Riley Hospital Audiologist
March, 2008"From Pioneer to Contemporary Mormonism: It's Difficult to Get Here from There" presented by Jan Shipps, Department of Religion, IUPUI
February, 2008"Are You Listening?" presented by Jim East
January, 2008"Teaching and Lecturing in Retirement" by Richard Fredland
November, 2007"Making Stained Glass" presented by Richard Patterson
October, 2007"A Travel Experience" presented by Ron Frank 
September, 2007"The World of Tournament Bridge" presented by Jordan Leibman