Spring 2011University Updates

Music, School of Business, Physics & Earth-Space Science, School of Education,

Music: Best of 2010

Richard Ratliff earned a “Best of 2010” citation from the Indianapolis Star for his Chopin Celebration concert at the Ruth Lilly Performance Hall of the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center. Ratliff performed waltzes, mazurkas, and polonaises of the Polish master and also featured Chopin tributes by American composers, including UIndy’s own John Berners and former student Richard Pressley.

Rebecca Sorley performed the Claude Bolling “Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano” with a Clarion University colleague and faculty members of the University of Missouri/Kansas City for a featured presentation at the National  Collegiate Honors Conference in Kansas City in October. Music students Allison Lemasters, Karen Evans, and Bethany Walters also were featured in masterclass and showcase settings.

At the Indiana Music Educator’s Association/National Association for Music Education conference in January, student Amanda Vidal was one of two students from the state to receive the prestigious Outstanding Future Music Educator Award. Amanda, who is currently student teaching, is a former officer of UIndy’s Collegiate National Association for Music Education (MENC) Chapter. In addition, student Andrew Moran was elected collegiate representative for the IMEA Board of Directors by the collective statewide collegiate body and will serve a two-year term with voting privileges.

School of Business: Threading her course

At the Academy of Business Discipline in Fort Myers, Fla., Kathy Bohley ’91 ’92 ’94 taught “Threading My Course!” The workshop covered the Web 2.0 tool VoiceThreads, which integrates video into online lectures and discussion boards. She also presented a session at the Academy about Animoto, a new Web 2.0 tool for creating video. She served as a session chair at the same conference. At the Marketing Management Association meeting, Bohley presented “Best Practices as a Classroom Companion,” which discussed course management systems at universities. She also conducted two workshops covering VoiceThreads and Netvibes (a social bookmarking Web 2.0 tool) at the Instructional Technology Summit conference.

Darrell Bowman, Deidre Pettinga, and Rachel Smith have published “Measuring the Effectiveness of a New Career Development Plan Curriculum for Freshmen Business School College Students” in the Journal of the Academy of Business Education.

In November Leslie Gardner presented “Using a Spreadsheet for Active Learning Projects in Operations Management” at the INFORMS Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas. She also served as a panelist for the Miniconference on Successful Grantsmanship at the Decision Sciences Annual Meeting in San Diego and presented “Learning from Experience: Developing Concepts, Building Partnerships, Promotion and Tenure Issues, and Managing Grants.” At the same meeting, she presented “Recruiting the Supply Chain Professionals of the Future: A Supply Chain Summer Camp for Middle School Students.”

Michael S. Wilson’s case study “The Broadway School: An Application of a Cost-Benefit Model in the Public Sector” will be published in the March/April issue of Cost Management. In addition, Wilson published a pedagogical manuscript, “A Redemption Strategy for Students Caught Cheating,” with Michael Krause and Vivian Xiang in the December 2010 Business Education Innovation journal. He presented a poster on the same topic at the American Accounting Association’s national meeting.

Physics & Earth-Space Science: Quantum leap to Colorado Springs

During the 2010–11 school year, Steve Spicklemire is teaching quantum mechanics and developing interactive computational activities at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs as part of a one-year visiting  professorship position.

School of Education: Advocate of the year

The Indiana Council for Exceptional Children has named Azure Dee Smiley their 2010 Advocate of the Year based on her national and state-level policy work. She was honored at the February statewide ICASE conference for her efforts on behalf of Indiana schools, families, and children with exceptionalities.

Sue Blackwell, Jen Drake, Angie Ridgway, and Lynn Wheeler published their essay “Preparing Secondary Mainstream Teachers for English Language Learners: A Work in Progress” in the fall 2010 issue of the INTESOL journal.

Smiley, Drake, and Colleen Sheehy published their study of the collaboration between the University’s School of Education and its College of Arts and Sciences. “Blazing a New Path: Collaborating Toward Best Practice in Urban Teacher Education” was published in the 2010 Yearbook of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research.

In November, Blackwell, Drake, Keith Manring (2010 Fellow) and Sheehy presented “Reading and Writing in STEM Classrooms: Content Literacy in the Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellowship Program” at the National Council of Teachers of English meeting in Orlando, Fla. The STEM acronym refers to the subjects of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Drake was invited to speak to Teacher Quality Partnership program directors in October about building on-campus and clinical partnerships in UIndy’s Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellowship Program.

Jean Lee was accepted into the Service, Teaching, and Research Summer Institute Program for July 2011. The program, funded by the National Science Foundation, is a 12-month experience that networks early career mathematics educators. She also published the chapter “Considerations for Review and Adoption of Mathematics Textbooks” in K-12 Mathematics Curriculum: Issues, Trends, and Future Directions.

Gordon Mendenhall presented “Learning Styles and Science Instruction” in Nairobi, Kenya, at the educator’s conference of the Association of International Schools in Africa. During his visit, he conducted professional development for teachers at the Bright Star School in the Mukuru slum. He recently coauthored “School of Dreams” in the Hoosier Association of Science Teachers Inc. journal, documenting science education at the Bright Star School.

John Somers (Portico, Fall 2010) and Lynn Wheeler presented two sessions on using technology tools and simulations to prepare school principals at the ICI Instructional Technology Summit at Butler University and at CELL’s Indiana’s Future conference. Somers also presented a session on Formative Assessment: Research and Practice at the Indiana State Reading Association.

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