BDU News and Events
Kemi Olaniyi Selected for Herff Jones - Pay it Forward Award
Kemi Olaniyi a senior BDU scholar was selected this week to receive the Herff Jones Pay It Forward award for her dedication to helping others and strong community involvement. Kemi was fitted by our Herff Jones representative Joel Stacey for a free class ring to recognize her kind and generous spirit.
BOAC Club Sponsored by Mr. Al Coleman
Also, did you know that BDU has it's own chapter of Brother's of Another Color that started this year? They are discussing their participation in the upcoming Laser Tag Tournament!
Dare to Dream Awards!
Congratulations to our dedicated staff and amazing BDU Scholars nominated for their efforts and recognized in the Dare to Dream Awards!
Pictured here are seniors Kyle Law & Nick Bloomer, staff members Lisa Stephens, Katie Smith and Brianne Winston, and staff member and BDU parent Al Coleman.
Nabil Bensalah Selected as 2015 Young Male Referee of the Year!
Nabil Bensalah a junior liberal arts major at BDU was recently recognized for his selection as the 2015 Young Male Referee of the Year!
Nabil is very active in community soccer and received this award due to paid and volunteer commitments this past year refereeing youth soccer all over Indianapolis.
This award was something that Nabil will cherish as he aspires to pursue a career in International Refereeing for professional sporting events after receiving his undergraduate degree in Sports Fitness and International Studies from Purdue University. Nabil is also a very active student in the BDU Student Ambassadors leadership group and recently participated in the NCEBC Youth Speak Out Summit which is televised by WFYI and also speaks frequently at school visitations and Early College conferences as a representative of BDU.
NCEBC Youth "Speak Out" Summit
Five of our BDU Scholars had an opportunity this past week to travel to Pike Township representing Wayne Township at a NCEBC Youth "Speak Out" Summit in Pike Township that was recorded by WFYI for future televising of the event. These students were chaperoned by our internship coordinator Al Coleman who also attended the event and the group received great feedback from everyone for their leadership skills and knowledge.
Ericka Davis, Stephanie Luangraj, Rosa Ramos, Savannah Scoggins, and Nabil Bensalah all participated in the event.
Ben Davis University High School is a small, focused high school program where students can earn a Core 40 high school diploma while also earning college credits toward an Associate Degree from Vincennes University through dual credit opportunities. The program will include internships with business partners, project based learning, and inquiry learning. The program design is sometimes referred to as an early college high school.
What Makes BDU So Special? Amos Brown, radio talk show host visited BDU and interviewed administration, parents, staff, current and alumni students on what makes BDU so special. View photos taken from his interviews.
Whats New at Ben Davis University?
Ben Davis University students speak with oral hygiene educator Kristen Kliechty about the process to make an appointment with Mobile Dentists.
February You Make
A Difference Winner
Mr. Jah Blamo
Significant Components of BDU
- Small, personalized school environment promoting the inclusion and belonging of all students
- Advisory program designed to promote strong student-teacher relationships as well as provide academic, social, and behavioral support for students as they are enrolled in rigorous courses
- Dual credit courses for all students in one of four majors
- Frequent, detailed communication with students and their parents
- Teachers/instructors who meet Vincennes University’s faculty criteria
- Free college tuition for students, provided by the school district at a reduced rate as negotiated with Vincennes University
- Daily schedule which includes additional study and resource time for all students
- Daily schedule which includes collaboration time for staff
- Utilization of technology, 21st century skills, and project based learning
- Student internships in grades 11 and 12
- Peer tutoring and study tables available after school Monday through Thursday
- Student application process which requires attainment of 11 or more credits in grade 9, minimum grade point average of 2.2, and demonstrated motivation and commitment; many students are also first generation college
Degree Program Options
- Associates of General Studies Degree - Liberal Arts
- Associates of General Studies Degree - Business Management
- Associates of General Studies Degree - Information Technology
- Associates of General Studies Degree - Health Careers