University UpdatesWinter 2013

Scholarly Pursuits: Winter 2013

PT prof leads international conference

Associate Professor James Bellew of the Krannert School of Physical Therapy returned from Brazil in October, having presided over a three-day international conference on physical rehabilitation. Dr. Bellew delivered a keynote speech and lined up expert colleagues from around the world to present at the Ibramed International Scientific Meeting in Amparo, São Paulo. The annual event focuses on the use of electrophysical equipment and techniques—such as laser therapy, ultrasound, and electrical stimulation—to complement standard approaches to physical rehabilitation. Such methods are widely used in many parts of the world, and they hold particular interest for Bellew, co-author of the fifth edition of the textbook Modalities for Therapeutic Intervention. But in the United States, Bellew said, electrophysical agents remain outside the mainstream because of regulatory issues, poor research, and gaps in insurance coverage, among other factors.
“In some ways, we’re handcuffed,” said Bellew, who also presented at last year’s Ibramed conference. “You would not see this kind of conference in the United States, but South America has an incredible thirst for knowledge on this issue.”

President adds communications to Cabinet

UIndy staffer and alumna Mary Wade Atteberry ’07 has been promoted to vice president for Communications & Marketing, officially centralizing those functions under the University’s top administration. Atteberry joined UIndy in 2002 and has served since 2007 as executive director of the Office of Communications & Marketing. In her new capacity, which was effective Sept. 1, she reports directly to University President Robert Manuel and serves on his Cabinet. The Westfield resident worked previously as community relations director for Westfield Washington Schools and as a reporter, copy editor, and assistant city editor at the Indianapolis Star. Atteberry holds an MBA from UIndy and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from The Ohio State University. She is accredited in public relations by the Public Relations Society of America and serves
as vice president and board member of the Indianapolis Public Relations Society.

Athletic director promoted to vice president

Dr. Sue Willey has been named vice president for Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of Indianapolis. Willey is a 1975 graduate of UIndy and has spent her career at the University as a coach, faculty member, and administrator. She has served as director of athletics since 2003 and has earned national and regional honors, including 2010 Under Armour Division II Central Region Athletic Director of the Year and 2005 National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators Division II Administrator of the Year. UIndy President Robert Manuel announced Willey’s new title in August in recognition of her dedication to the University and her local and national work in intercollegiate sports.

“I’m very appreciative of this recognition, not just for myself, but for our entire department,” Willey said. “This is a promotion that I feel recognizes UIndy Athletics as a whole for everything we’ve been able to accomplish on the playing field, in the classroom, and in the community.”

During Willey’s tenure, the Greyhounds have emerged as one of the top overall athletic programs in NCAA Division II, with teams regularly qualifying for postseason play and contending for regional championships. In four of the past five seasons, UIndy has been the highest-ranked athletic program in Indiana across all divisions and the National Association of Inter-collegiate Athletics in the Directors’ Cup standings. As a student-athlete, Willey earned 19 varsity letters and 11 MVP awards and was named Female Athlete of the Year from 1972 through 1975. She coached for 23 years in five sports and was inducted into the UIndy Athletics Hall of Fame in 1993. She holds a master’s degree and a doctorate from Indiana University.

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