Convention 2024 Series: Exploring the Food Scene in Indianapolis

As you prepare to head to Indianapolis for the 2024 Convention, you may be trying to figure out where you can grab a bite to eat near the hotel. Whether you’re looking for a quick snack, a hearty meal, or a fine dining experience, downtown Indianapolis has a variety of options to suit every palate and budget. Here’s a curated list of local restaurants, categorized by price range, to help you navigate the food scene around The Westin.

Budget-Friendly Bites (Under $15 per person)

  1. Chipotle Mexican Grill
    – Cuisine: Tex-Mex
    – Average Spend: $
    – Highlights: Enjoy tacos, burritos, salads, bowls and more.
  2. HotBox Pizza
    – Cuisine: Pizza
    – Average Spend: $
    – Highlights: A local favorite for its unique toppings and late-night hours. Grab a slice or a whole pizza to share with friends.
  3. The Tap
    – Cuisine: American Pub
    – Average Spend: $
    – Highlights: With a wide selection of craft beers and tasty pub fare like burgers, wings, and nachos, The Tap is great for a relaxed meal.

Mid-Range Munchies ($15-$30 per person)

  1. Café Patachou
    – Cuisine: American
    – Average Spend: $$
    – Highlights: Known for its “adult kindergarten” vibe, this café offers healthy, made-from-scratch breakfast and lunch options. Try the omelets and fresh salads.
  2. Nada
    – Cuisine: Mexican
    – Average Spend: $$
    – Highlights: A vibrant spot for modern Mexican cuisine. Enjoy their creative tacos, guacamole, and signature margaritas.
  3. Bru Burger Bar
    – Cuisine: American
    – Average Spend: $$
    – Highlights: This stylish burger joint serves gourmet burgers with a variety of toppings, along with craft beers and cocktails.

Splurge-Worthy Spots ($30+ per person)

  1. St. Elmo Steak House
    – Cuisine: Steakhouse
    – Average Spend: $$$
    – Highlights: An Indianapolis institution since 1902, St. Elmo is famous for its shrimp cocktail and perfectly cooked steaks. A must-visit for a special night out.
  2. Bluebeard
    – Cuisine: American
    – Average Spend: $$$
    – Highlights: Located in a renovated 1924 warehouse, Bluebeard offers a farm-to-table dining experience with a menu that changes daily. Great for foodies looking to try something unique.
  3. Livery
    – Cuisine: Latin American
    – Average Spend: $$$
    – Highlights: Enjoy flavorful dishes inspired by Latin American cuisine in a trendy, bi-level space. Don’t miss the empanadas and the ceviche.

Sweet Treats and Coffee Stops

  1. The Garden Table
    – Cuisine: Juice Bar & Café
    – Average Spend: $
    – Highlights: A great place for fresh juices, smoothies, and healthy breakfast options. Ideal for a refreshing break during your busy day.
  2. Coat Check Coffee
    – Cuisine: Coffee Shop
    – Average Spend: $
    – Highlights: Located in the historic Athenaeum, this coffee shop serves expertly crafted espresso drinks and pastries. Perfect for a quick caffeine fix.
  3. Sub Zero Nitrogen Ice Cream
    – Cuisine: Ice Cream
    – Average Spend: $
    – Highlights: Watch your ice cream being made to order using liquid nitrogen. A fun and delicious way to cool off.

Final Tips

  • Walking Distance: All these spots are within walking distance of The Westin, making it easy to explore and enjoy the local food scene without needing transportation.
  • Reservations: For popular spots like St. Elmo Steak House and Bluebeard, it’s a good idea to make reservations in advance.
  • Dietary Options: Many of these restaurants offer vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options, ensuring that everyone can find something to enjoy.
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Build Your Team with the Birkman Method Assessment

Either you love group projects, or you don’t. But inevitably, you will find yourself involved in a group project in your coursework, your job, or another role in your life. Therefore, effective teamwork should be important to you. 

Asana shared eleven benefits of teamwork in the workplace. Most notably, teamwork cultivates effective communication, improves decision-making and problem-solving skills, improves culture, helps build trust, and develops individual strengths.

Teams: Classes, work, sports, volunteering, family

Alpha Kappa Psi saw the importance of teamwork in its chapters and members as an opportunity to offer all student members access to an assessment that would help them work better together to achieve operational and professional goals. In 2019, AKPsi introduced the Birkman Method Assessment to chapter presidents and chapter advisors at the former joint event, Presidents Academy and Fraternity Advisor Conference (PAFAC). 

The Birkman Method is a scientifically developed assessment that provides insights into your personality, motivations, and behaviors. This comprehensive understanding of your and your team members’ strengths, interests, and communication styles can transform how you collaborate and support one another.

 

Why should you take the Birkman Method Assessment?

 

Understand Team Dynamics

Every team is a unique blend of personalities, and understanding these dynamics is critical to effective teamwork. The Birkman Method helps you learn your team members’ motivations and stress behaviors. This insight lets you anticipate and manage potential conflicts, ensuring a more cooperative and productive environment.

Improve communication

Effective communication is crucial for any team’s success. The Birkman Method identifies how you and your teammates prefer to communicate, highlighting differences and similarities. By understanding these preferences, you can adapt your communication style to better connect with others, leading to more straightforward and valuable interactions.

Leverage Individual Strengths

Every team member brings unique strengths to the table. The Birkman Method helps identify these strengths, allowing you to assign roles and responsibilities aligning with each member’s abilities. This alignment boosts individual satisfaction and enhances overall team performance by ensuring everyone is working in their areas of strength.

Foster Inclusivity and Collaboration

A team thrives when every member feels valued and understood. The Birkman Method promotes inclusivity by helping team members appreciate the diverse perspectives and contributions of others. This understanding fosters a collaborative spirit, where members feel empowered to share ideas and work together towards common goals.

Develop Leadership Skills

Effectual leaders understand and address the needs of their team. The Birkman Method gives aspiring leaders insights into their leadership style and how it impacts their team. This self-awareness enables leaders to adapt their approach, motivate their team, and create a supportive environment that encourages collaboration and growth.

 

How to take the Birkman Method Assessment

Taking the Birkman Method Assessment is simple, and its benefits for teamwork are substantial. Here’s how you can get started:

  1. Log into MyAKPsi: The Birkman Method Assessment is accessible through the MyLearning tab of MyAKPsi. It is included in your student member dues, so no additional payment is required to complete it. Alumni who wish to complete the assessment may contact education@akpsi.org to request access to the assessment for a small fee.
  2. Complete the Assessment: The assessment is user-friendly, and you can complete it online at your convenience.
  3. Review Your Results: Once you complete the survey, you’ll receive a detailed report. Please review it to understand your strengths and how you interact with others.
  4. Share and Apply Your Insights: Discuss your results with your peers and encourage others to complete the assessment. Use these insights to improve your chapter’s team dynamics, culture, and communication. Once everyone in your chapter completes the assessment, you can request a Birkman Assessment Facilitator to lead your chapter through several discussions to assist members with understanding their results and the various reports available to members 

 

The Birkman Method Assessment is more than just a personality test—it’s a powerful tool for enhancing teamwork. It provides deep insights into individual and team dynamics, helping Alpha Kappa Psi members communicate better, leverage each other’s strengths, and work together more effectively. Take the Birkman Method Assessment today and start building your team.

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Alpha Kappa Psi Introduces New Organizational Structure

[Noblesville, Indiana] – [April 9, 2024] Alpha Kappa Psi introduced a new organizational structure for chapter-operations to better align with the programmatic improvements implemented over the past five years. Further, the changes to the volunteer structure (the “Management Team”) will improve coordination with the Professional Staff to deliver more consistent support of student chapter officers and chapter advisors. The implementation of this new structure went live on April 1, 2024.

Over the last several years, the Fraternity implemented several new programs and resources for chapter officers and leaders, including the launch of MyAKPsi, which includes several new resources and online tools. The goal of the new organizational structure is to assist in the delivery of these programs and resources:

  • to provide the best support for student chapter officers and chapter advisors,
  • to improve the implementation of the Chapter Achievement Pathway,
  • to focus on function rather than geography, and
  • to focus on individual chapter needs.

This transformation is the first significant change to roles and responsibilities within the organizational structure in 30 years, other than the periodic adjustments to our geographic regions.

Alpha Kappa Psi Unveils New Mission Statement, Forging a Path for Future Leaders

[Noblesville, Indiana] – [March 20, 2024] – Alpha Kappa Psi (AKPsi) is pleased to announce a new mission statement: “To develop a diverse global community of courageous, principled business leaders with the capability to drive positive impact throughout their lifelong journey.” 

This revised statement reflects AKPsi’s commitment to evolving alongside the ever-changing landscape of business. It emphasizes the Fraternity’s core values while positioning it as a preeminent organization for fostering the current and future generations of impactful business leaders. 

“The new mission statement expresses AKPsi’s commitment to being an important part of how our members grow as leaders, with the expectation that we, the collective we, will have the motivation and means to make our communities better, on the small scale and beyond,” said Michael G. Dickerson, Chair of the AKPsi Board of Directors. “The world of business is more dynamic than ever before. Our new mission statement acknowledges this reality and reaffirms our commitment to equipping our members with the skills and character they need to navigate complex challenges and achieve success.”

Dr. William "Bill" Callarman

William “Bill” Callarman (1946 – 2024)

Professor, Mentor, Devoted Brother 

William “Bill” Callarman, beloved professor, cherished friend, and dedicated member of the Alpha Kappa Psi (AKPsi) fraternity, passed away peacefully on March 2, 2024, at the age of 80. Bill will be deeply missed by his family, friends, students, fellow church members, and brothers. 

Bill was passionate about working with people, establishing as his personal mission statement, “The greatest investment you can make is the one spent on others.1”  

He studied business at West Texas A&M University (now West Texas State University), where his father was the dean of the business school, where he was initiated into Alpha Kappa Psi in 1962. He continued his education at Arizona State University, earning a Ph.D. in Business Management. He eventually moved his family to Florida for a faculty role in 1972 at Florida Technological University (later renamed the University of Central Florida).   

Bill’s career flourished at the University of Central Florida (UCF), where he served as a professor in marketing and management2 and was eventually named faculty emeritus for his many leadership roles in and out of the classroom. A pillar of the UCF community, he was known for his engaging teaching style, unwavering dedication to his students, and unwavering commitment to fostering a love for learning.  

Beyond the classroom walls, Bill was actively involved in the Alpha Kappa Psi Fraternity. His dedication to the organization’s values of brotherhood, unity, integrity, service, and knowledge was exemplified by serving on the Board of Directors and by serving as the faculty advisor of the Nu Chi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi at UCF for 30 years. For his service and for the guidance he provided hundreds of AKPsi members over the years, AKPsi recognized Bill with the Gold Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor for a volunteer given by the organization.  

Bill was also an active church member and a long-time youth soccer coach. He played pivotal roles in NCAA athletics, chairing the UCF athletic committee in the 1990s. He utilized this post to further advocate for gender equity and women’s athletics. Bill was also the chief designer of the business curriculum at UCF, providing critical leadership to the fledgling university.  

Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Helen Ayres Callarman, and is survived by his son, Michael, and daughter, Julia, and granddaughters, Kate and Mary Quinn.3

He will be remembered for his warmth, humor, intellect, and steadfast dedication to his family, students, fraternity brothers, church family, and loved ones. 

 

Sources

1 Mangual, A. (2011, March 29). The Resume of a Man Who Got All He Dreamed. ALEXIAMANGUAL. March 22, 2024, https://alexiamangual.wordpress.com/2011/03/29/the-resume-of-a-man-who-got-all-he-dreamed/

2 University of Central Florida, “The UCF Report, Vol. 05 No. 03, August 11, 1982” (1982). The UCF Report. 133. https://stars.library.ucf.edu/ucfreport/133

3 Newcomer. (n.d.). Newcomer family obituaries – dr. William Glen “bill” callarman 1943 – 2024. Orlando. https://www.newcomerorlando.com/Obituary/275190/Dr-William-Callarman/Orlando-FL