Fall 2010University Updates

History, Kinesiology, Physical Therapy, Math, Music, Philosophy & Religion

Baptists, way back when

In August Dr. A. James Fuller presented a paper, “19th-Century Baptists and the Cross” in a plenary session at a symposium at the Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Athletes’ perceptions of coaches

Dr. Jennifer VanSickle and Dr. Heidi Hancher-Rauch were coauthors of “Athletes’ Perceptions of Coaches’ Emotional Intelligence,” published in the Journal of Coaching Education. In January VanSickle coauthored a paper for the International Academy of Business and Public Administration national conference, “Effect of Stadium Signage on Sponsor Recall in the NBA.” At the AHPERD National Convention in March 2010, VanSickle presented a poster, “Game Attendees’ Intent to Purchase NBA Sponsors’ Products,” which was coauthored with UIndy Sport Management students Jessica Threats ’10 and Cassandra Zeider.

At that same conference, VanSickle, Hancher-Rauch, and department chair Dr. Lisa Hicks  gave an oral presentation, “Seven Secrets to Securing Resources in Times of Diminishing Funds.” Hicks also presented “Best of the Best of Midwest in Health and Physical Education,” of which she was a coauthor. Hicks and Hancher-Rauch presented a poster, “Wellness Course Walking Program: Impact on Academic and Health Performance.” Hicks, Hancher-Rauch, and VanSickle published “Impact of a University Walking Program on Faculty and Staff VO2, One-Mile Walk Time, Weight and BP” in the Indiana AHPERD Journal this year.

Dr. Michael Diacin had a paper, “Mother’s Perspectives of their Daughter’s Specialization in Volleyball: Appraisals of Activity Settings and Readiness for Participation,” published in the spring 2010 edition of the Indiana AHPERD Journal. In June, he presented “Economic Uncertainty and Family Sport Participation: Implications for Practitioners in Community Sport Organizations” at the North American Society for Sport Management Conference in Tampa.

In January Lisa Hicks gave two oral presentations in Scottsdale, Ariz., at the National Association for Kinesiology and Physical Education in Higher Education: “Facing the Brutal Facts: Where Are You in Promoting Your Programs for Sustainability in Higher Education?” and “Kinesiology Advisory Board: One Avenue to Determine the Brutal Facts for the Results You Desire.”

Dr. Richard Robinson presented “The Effects of Practice and Chronic Ankle Instability on Movement Economy and Intralimb Coordination” at the 2010 American College of Sports Medicine conference in Baltimore in June.

Hancher-Rauch was coauthor of two articles with Hicks and VanSickle. “Designing a University-Wide Fitness Program to Promote Campus Health and Department Image” appeared in the Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. The second article appeared in the Indiana AHPERD Journal with the title “A 14-week team-based faculty and staff walking program.” Hancher-Rauch and Hicks were coauthors of an article in Wellness Management, “Link Between Physical Activity and Academic Achievement in Higher Education.”

Summer camp for faculty

In June Dr. Julie Gahimer ’85 was a counselor at the UIndy Technology Camp, designed to introduce more faculty to Web 2.0 tools. (For more on the use of Web 2.0 in teaching at UIndy, see “Features.”) In July she presented three posters at the Exercise and Physical Activity and Aging Conference hosted by UIndy and attended the Distance Learning Conference at the University of Wisconsin in August.

In May Dr. Kathy Martin held an invited workshop for school therapists with the New York City Department of Education on the topic “Current Concepts in Lower Extremity Orthoses for Children.”

Language barrier? Apparently not

In May Dr. Jeff Oaks presented “Geometry and Proof in Abu Kamil’s Algebra” at the 10ème Colloque Maghrébin sur l’Histoire des Mathématiques Arabes in Tunis, Tunisia. His paper will be published in the proceedings of the meeting in 2011. His paper “Polynomials and Equations in Medieval Italian Algebra” was published in the July issue of Bollettino di Storia delle Scienze Matematiche, and his paper “Equating and Equations in Arabic Mathematics” was published in Archives Internationales d’Histoire des Sciences.

Hitting the road

Dr. Ariana Kim performed in Berlin, Munich, Bolzano, and other major cities of central Europe in the spring with the internationally acclaimed Arcos Ensemble. Throughout the year, the violinist traveled to New York for concerts with the contemporary improv group, Ne(x)tworks, and to Minneapolis for subscription performances with the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota. At UIndy, Kim performed music of Mozart, Shostako-vich, and Elliott Carter as part of the Faculty Artist Concert Series and spent time working with local junior and senior high school orchestras. This summer, she recorded a second album with the Knights, a New York-based flux ensemble, taught at summer music festivals at Minnesota’s Boundary Waters and in California, and performed at the Yellow Barn Festival in Vermont.

This spring, then-senior music major Joanna Nunley won the Ruth Dean Morris Mu Phi Epsilon National Music Theory Award for 2010. Joanna was chosen through evidence of strong theoretical work, letters of recommendation, and leadership as president of the Beta Psi chapter of the Mu Phi Epsilon fraternity.

Spiritual (in)formation

Dr. Greg Clapper was commissioned by HiRho Y. Park, the director of Continuing Formation for Ministry at the United Methodist Global Board of Higher Education and Ministry, to write a website article for the National United Methodist Church on the topic of Wesleyan Spiritual Formation.

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