Marian University (Indiana)
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|Motto in English||Seat of Wisdom|
|Type||private coeducational liberal arts|
|Religious affiliation||Catholic Church (Sisters of St. Francis|
|President||Daniel J. Elsener|
|Academic staff||81 full time
|Location||Indianapolis, IN, US
|Former names||Marian College|
|Colors||Blue and Gold|
|Athletics||17 NAIA teams and 1 NCCA team, called Knights|
|Mascot||Knightro, the Knight|
|Affiliations||Sisters of St. Francis Oldenburg|
Marian University is a Roman Catholic university in Indianapolis, in the U.S. state of Indiana. Marian University has more than 2,300 full- and part-time students from the United States and 12 other countries with a student-faculty ratio of 15.5:1.
Formed in 1851 in the liberal arts tradition as a teacher training school by the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg to serve the educational needs of the German-Catholic residents of southern Indiana. Under the direction of Father Francis Joseph Rudolph and Mother Theresa Hackelmeier, teachers were trained at Oldenburg for more than a decade before Indiana adopted its first tax-supported normal school.
Originally known as St. Francis Normal, the school became a four-year, state-approved institution which merged with Immaculate Conception Junior College to form Marian College. In November 1936, the Sisters of St. Francis purchased the former James Allison estate, “Riverdale,” located in Indianapolis, as a site for Marian College.
In 1937, the college moved to Indianapolis under the direction of Mother M. Clarissa Dillhoff, after securing a state charter and purchasing the Riverdale estate in 1936. Allison Mansion became the new location of Marian College. The building housed the library, administrative offices, classrooms, and sleeping quarters for the Sisters. Classes began September 15, 1937.
In 1948 the college began an expansion project that included the addition of Clare Hall, the Gymnasium, and Marian Hall. In 1954, as the new Marian Hall was completed, the school became the first co-educational Catholic college in Indiana. Two years later, the North Central Association accredited Marian College. In 1970, a new 58,000-square-foot (5,400 m2) library was completed. It was designed by Woollen, Molzan and Partners.
The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education formally accepted all teacher education programs of the college in 1976. The Indiana State Board of Nursing approved the associate level nursing curriculum in 1977 and the baccalaureate program in 1987. The National League of Nursing has accredited both programs—the associate in 1986 and the baccalaureate in 1992.
Marian's Adult Programs (MAP) began offering bachelor's and associate's degrees in business in 2000.
On July 1, 2009, Marian College became Marian University. Over the past several years, the college grew and progressed through expansions of the academic curriculum; enhancing the faith dimension on campus the addition of a football team and marching band; and adding and renovating buildings.
On January 15, 2010, Marian University announced plans to begin a college of osteopathic medicine; the second in the state of Indiana and the first Catholic osteopathic medical school due to the generosity of an anonymous donor’s $30 million pledge. On August 23, 2011 during the groundbreaking ceremony, the new school of osteopathic medicine was officially named after the erstwhile anonymous donor, AIT Labs CEO Michael A. Evans. Additionally, Margaret Mary Community Hospital pledged $150,000 to the College of Osteopathic Medicine dedicated to building a simulation lab and seminar room for the medical students.
On August 1, 2011 Greg Ballard, Mayor of the City of Indianapolis declared it "President Daniel J. Elsener Day" in the city. The proclamation came on the 10-year anniversary of President Elsener's service to Marian University.
Marian University is located about four miles northwest of downtown Indianapolis.
Organization and administration
On November 2, 2001, Daniel J. Elsener was inaugurated as Marian College's eighth president.
More than 2,200 full- and part-time students from the United States and 12 other countries attend Marian University with a student-faculty ratio of 15.5:1.
Marian University is organized into five schools with 36 majors and 37 minors:
- Clark H. Byrum School of Business
- College of Osteopathic Medicine
- School of Education
- School of Liberal Arts
- School of Mathematics and Sciences
- School of Nursing
In 2003, Marian University launched its green chemistry program. The program interlinks undergraduate student research with the first comprehensive, green organic chemistry laboratory curriculum in the state.
Marian University offers several routes to earning a teaching license via Teach for America, Indianapolis Teaching Fellows, traditional education program, Master’s Bridge to Teaching, Master of Arts in Teaching program, and the ACTION program. Marian University is one of the few universities to offer Nativity Miguel Network teacher training and the Leadership Academy for Principals.
Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine to open August 2013. First graduating class in 2017. The university also offers accelerated degree programs in business for adults through Marian's Adult Programs (MAP).
The Student Government of Marian University (SGMU) is actively involved with campus events such as homecoming and the fall festival. Intramural sports are popular, especially basketball, flag football, and ultimate frisbee. The campus recently renovated[when?] its dining hall and built a new music building. Students perform plays and other theatrical performances, marching band, and a speech team which won the state championship and placed 10th in Division I at the national forensics championship in 2010. The speech team travels to nearly 12 tournaments each year, plus a week-long trip to the National Forensic Association’s Individual Events Tournament in April. At tournaments, students compete in a variety of events such as impromptu speaking, persuasive speaking, and dramatic interpretation. On February 20, 2010, the speech team claimed first place over-all at the state tournament. From 2004 until 2011, Marian University was home to the Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre, a semi-professional community theatre located on campus.
There are nearly 30 student run clubs and organizations at Marian University, including College Mentors for Kids, Pax Christi (peace and justice), Society of Human Resource Management (business), Marian University Student Nurses’ Association (MUSNA) (nursing), Kappa Delta Pi, Japan and Anime Culture Club(JACC)(culture), and the Green Life club (general).
Marian University has the highest percentage (21.6) of minority students on campus of any college or university in Indiana, with the exception of Martin University, which is historically a black institution.
The university also has attached to it, though not on the campus property, a college seminary for Catholic seminarians, operated by the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. Approximately 20-30 young men, who are also Marian students, live at the seminary and receive formation there.
The Knights are the athletic teams of Marian University. The university competes in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) as a member of the Crossroads League, formerly known as the Mid-Central College Conference (MCCC), and the Mideast League of the Mid-States Football Association for football. Men's sports include baseball, basketball, bowling, cheerleading, cross country, cycling, dance, football, golf, soccer, tennis and track & field; while women's sports include basketball, bowling, cheerleading, cross country, cycling, dance, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field and volleyball.
Marian University is nationally known for its cycling team, which practices and competes at the Major Taylor Velodrome. The cycling team is a member of the National Collegiate Cycling Association (NCCA).
Marian University's cycling team has won 13 national track championships in Division I and is widely regarded as one of the most prestigious programs in the nation. In the 2009-10 seasons, Marian University won both USA Cycling’s Collegiate Track National Championships in 2009 and USA Cycling’s Collegiate Road Championship title in 2010. The cycling team has won a total of 14 national championship titles after winning the 2010 Track National Championships.
Marian University's golf and softball teams finished their 2010 seasons as 12th and 14th in the nation in Division II respectively. Marian University is also home to the MCCC champion women’s soccer team. Marian University also recently added a football team in 2008, as well as competitive cheerleading. Men’s and women’s bowling will start in fall of 2010. The school began a football program in 2007 under head coach Ted Karras Jr..
The Marian Knights have won one NAIA national championship. In 2012, the Knights football team won the championship game in only the 6th year of football play.
- 23 All-Conference selections
- 309 All MCC First Team Honors
- 162 Daktronics NAIA Scholar Athletes
- 25 NAIA All Americans
- 5 NAIA Champions of Character Award recipients
- 6 NAIA Region VIII Player of the Year
- 1 NAIA Region VIII Player of the Year
- 37 MCC championships
- 25 MCC Coach of the Year Honors
- 14 MCC Players of the Year
- 14 USA Cycling Collegiate National Championships
The Marian University mascot is Knightro, the Knight. A medieval knight’s education consisted of activities to educate the mind, body, and spirit.
- The Indiana College Mathematics Competition
- Indianapolis Art Center provides educational programming for MU
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