Fall 2011University Updates

Fall 2011: CELL, Community Programs Center, English, History & Political Science

Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning: CELL on TAP

Partnering with the Indiana Department of Education, CELL has launched TAP: The System for Teacher & Student Advancement in 44 Indiana schools across the state. CELL’s TAP team, led by state director Jen Oliver, hosted a summer training series for teachers and administrators to prepare for the launch of this professional development system. She will work in schools weekly to support educators.

In partnership with the Indiana Department of Education and Commission for Higher Education, CELL hosted the first Indiana IB Experience conference on campus in September. The student-led conference brought K-12 students participating in the International Baccalaureate program from around the state to share experiences and make presentations. The event is part of CELL’s International Education Network, designed to promote global readiness and learning among Indiana schools.

CELL will host its annual Indiana Education Transformation conference November 14–15 at the Indiana Convention Center. The event brings in the nation’s best education experts to promote education transformation and increase student achievement. To learn more about CELL’s conference, visit cell.uindy.edu/2011educationconference.

CELL endorsed Indiana’s fourth Early College High School over the summer. Bellmont High School in Adams County is the first school outside of Indianapolis to achieve this elite status. Early College schools allow students to earn both a high school diploma and credit toward a college degree concurrently. In total, Indiana is home to 17 high schools across the state adopting the Early College model.

Community Programs Center: Making the honor roll—for service

UIndy students participated in 49,516 hours of service during the 2010–11 academic year. This data represents hours completed during service-learning courses as well as individual volunteer hours. According to Indiana’s Independent Sector’s rate of volunteer time, UIndy students’ service is worth an estimated $1,057,661.

The University of Indianapolis was selected for the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service. The Honor Roll recognizes universities that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities. UIndy was recognized for engaging its students, faculty, and staff in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community.

The University has been awarded 12 AmeriCorps positions for 2011–12. Nine of the positions will be for the Service Engagement Corps, coordinated through the Community Programs Center Office. The remaining three positions will be for the Interfaith Service Corps, coordinated through the Ecumenical and Interfaith Programs Office. These AmeriCorps members will provide service and support to UIndy and local community agencies and programs.

English: A Ningbo hero

Michael Milam has been awarded the Camellia Award by the Ningbo Metropolitan Government, Ningbo, People’s Republic of China. The prize gives credit to those foreigners in Ningbo who have made great contributions to local education, economy, or city image. For the past three years, Milam has been teaching in the Sino-U.S. Program at the Ningbo Institute of Technology. UIndy has enjoyed a partnership with NIT since 2004.

Kyoko Amano presented “Louisa May Alcott and Social Reform: A Utopian Life at Plumfield” at the 2011 Summer Conversational Series and Teacher Institute’s Centennial Celebration of Alcott’s Orchard House in Concord, Mass. (See page 26 for more on Dr. Amano.)

Kevin McKelvey has won a grant through the Indiana Arts Commission’s 2012 Individual Artist Program. The support will help McKelvey continue his cycle of poems inspired by Indiana’s Wabash River, and also to offer readings and creative writing workshops in 10 cities along the river.

In April Elizabeth Weber read her poems at Black Dog Books in Zionsville as part of the Poetry on Brick series. In May she moderated a poetry panel and presented poems from her collection called “A Scattering of Fields” at the Society for the Study of Midwest Literature’s Annual Symposium at Michigan State University.

Honors College: Showing off scholarship

More than 20 Honors College students were accepted to present at the 2011 National Collegiate Honors Council conference in Phoenix. The students’ scholarship runs the gamut from creative works to empirical research, featuring interdisciplinary collaborations and service learning. Honors College faculty presenting at the conference include Kyoko Amano (English), Greta Pennell (Teacher Education), and President Beverley Pitts. In October Pennell will present “There’s Nowhere for These Kids to Go” at the 2011 Association for Humanist Sociology conference in Chicago.

History & Political Science: The long road to freedom

In February A. James Fuller delivered a paper, “‘I Whipped Him a Second Time, Very Severely’: Basil Manly, Honor, and Slavery at the University of Alabama,” at the Slavery and the University Conference at Emory University in Atlanta. He also presented “Opportunist or a Man Standing on Principle? Oliver P. Morton, Slavery, and Party Identity in the 1850s” at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Indiana Association of Historians at the Indiana Historical Society in Indianapolis.

In April senior history major Krista Kinslow ’11 presented a paper at the 2011 state conference of Phi Alpha Theta, the history honor society, at Indiana State University. Her paper, “The Road to Freedom is Long and Windy: Jewish Involvement in Indiana’s Civil Rights Movement,” won the best paper prize.

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