University UpdatesWinter 2014

Winter 2014: Communication, English, History & Political Science, Krannert School of Physical Therapy, Mathematics & Computer Science, Modern Languages, Music

Communication: Top Dog is the top dog again

For the second time in three years, Top Dog Communication has won the Dr. F. H. Teahan Award for Outstanding Student-Run Firm. Judging criteria included the performances and results achieved for clients and the management and operation of the firm in providing strong business and professional experience for its staff. Though there are more than 100 student-run firms around the country operated by PRSSA chapters, only those among the upper echelons are PRSSA nationally affiliated. Of those affiliated firms, PRSSA chooses one per year for the outstanding firm. A firm is ineligible to apply if they won the previous year, making Top Dog Communication ineligible in 2012.

Jeanne Criswell organized, moderated, and presented the panel session “Hitting the Wall: Student Media Access Issues at Private Universities,” at the Associated Collegiate Press/College Media Association National College Media Convention in October in New Orleans, La. Criswell also was elected Professional Freedom and Responsibility Chair for the Cultural and Critical Studies Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication at the AEJMC National Conference in August in Washington, D.C.   She also served as peer reviewer for papers submitted to the Cultural and Critical Studies Division and as discussant for five other papers presented at that conference.

The Reflector and the Reflector Online won a national-level journalism award at the Society of Professional Journalists Excellence in Journalism 2013 National Conference in Southern California, August 24–26. Kaley Belakovich ’12 and Anna Wieseman earned runner-up in the Best Online News Reporting category for “Explosion Occurs on South Side of Indianapolis.”

English: At peace with being a scholar

Kyoko Amano was a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute Scholar and spent two weeks in Concord, Mass., to study transcendentalism. She was also selected to be the Nagasaki Peace Correspondent.

History & Political Science: Translating the Great War

Lawrence Sondhaus had his book World War I: The Global Revolution (Cambridge, 2011) published in a Portuguese edition by Editora Contexto of Sao Paulo, under the title A Primeira Guerra Mundial: Historia Completa.

Kinesiology: Keeping wellness in focus

Michael Diacin with Joy Desensi (University of Tennessee) published “Parents’ Value Assessments, Outcome Expectations and Support Towards their Child’s Recreational Sport Participation Experiences” in the Cyber Journal of Applied Leisure and Recreation Research.

Lisa Hicks, Heidi Hancher-Rauch, and Mindy Hartman-Mayol had their article “Saving Your Wellness Program” published in the Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. In October Hicks and Hartman-Mayol, along with students Royce Carlton, Trenton Vickrey, Caitlin Gomez, Braden Miller, and Terrence Johnson presented “Resistance Bands: A Safe and Economical Way to Increase Strength in Your Program” at the Indiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance State Conference in Indianapolis.

In November Hicks, K. Lee Everett, Hartman-Mayol, and Brianna Scott, along with students Kai Shin Chu, Patricia Miller ’13, and Melissa Oran ’12 presented “Comparison of College Athletes and Non-Athletes Enrolled in a Multi-Dimensional Wellness Course” at the American College of Sport Medicine Midwest Chapter in Merrillville, Ind. The same group plus student Chelsi Kitchen also presented “The Relationship Between Self-Esteem and Holistic Wellness in College Athletes.” Another group consisting of Scott, Hicks, Everett, and Hartman-Mayol, along with students Audra West, Shin Chu, Miller, and Oran presented “Pre/Post Comparison of College Athletes Taking a Multi-Dimensional Wellness Course.”

Jennifer VanSickle will spend the 2013–14 academic year as an Indiana Campus Compact Faculty Fellow. The award will support the project, “Service Learning Through Event Management.” VanSickle, in conjunction with a group of Kinesiology and Athletic Training majors, will work to destigmatize persons with intellectual disabilities by providing opportunities for students from all majors to volunteer for the one-day event held on UIndy’s campus.

Krannert School of Physical Therapy: It’s more than just the money

PT-366In October Anne Mejia-Downs co-presented “Resilience: Why Some Patients With CF Thrive While Others Struggle” at the North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. She also was invited to be part of a panel presentation at the first Indiana Governor’s Conference for Women. Moderated by Lisa Belkin, a columnist for the Huffington Post, the panel challenged audience members to think about “Redefining Success Beyond Money and Power.”

Stacie Fruth ’95 ’05 and several students published “Can Onsite Presentations led by PT Students Increase Clinicians’ Confidence in Aspects of Evidence-Based Practice? A Pilot Study” in the Journal of Physical Therapy Education.

Emily Slaven was a co-author of “The Relative Effectiveness of Segment Specific Level and Nonspecific Level Spinal Joint Mobilization on Pain and Range of Motion: Results of a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis,” published in the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy.

Stephanie Combs ’99 collaborated to write “Importance of Walking Farther vs. Faster to Persons with Chronic Stroke,” published in Disability and Rehabilitation. Combs also collaborated to publish other articles, including “Fatigue and Pain: Relationships with Physical Performance and Patient Beliefs after Stroke,” and “Post-Stroke Balance Is Associated with Quality of Life,” both in Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation; and “Bilateral Coordination and Gait Symmetry after Body-Weight Supported Treadmill Training for Persons with Chronic Stroke,” published in Clinical Biomechanics.

Combs and Margaret Finley published “User Perception of a Gaming Intervention for Improving Upper-Extremity Motor Function in Persons with Chronic Stroke” in Physiotherapy Theory & Practice. Combs was the lead author, along with Dyer Diehl and William Staples ’05 ’10 and several KSPT graduates, on “Community-Based Group Exercise Improves Balance, Mobility, and Health-Related Quality of Life in Persons with Parkinson’s Disease: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial,” which appeared in NeuroRehabilitation.

Combs and Diehl and several students authored “Enhanced Walking Function with Boxing Training for Persons with Parkinson’s Disease,” which was presented as a poster at the 3rd World Parkinson Congress in Montreal, Quebec. Staples was invited to present “Exercise and Aging: What Is the Evidence?” at the Pennsylvania State APTA in October. Staples was also the recipient of the 2013 Outstanding Service Award from the Federation of the State Boards of Physical Therapy.

Sam Keggereis was the featured speaker at the IU Health Rehabilitation Symposium “Multidisiciplinary Approach to the Patient with Pain” held at IU Health Methodist Hospital in August. The symposium was hosted by the IU Health Rehab Statewide Education Committee.

Mathematics & Computer Science: Paris and polynomials

In October Jeff Oaks traveled to France to serve on a PhD defense jury at the University of Paris. In addition, he gave three talks at three universities on the history and philosophy of premodern mathematics. He presented “A Second Pre-Modern Concept of Number in al-Khayyam” at the Institute d’Histoire et de Philosophie des Sciences et Technique on October 14; “Irrational Coefficients in Sixteenth-Century Algebra” at the SPHERE Seminar at the University of Paris on October 15; and “Polynomials and Equations in Premodern Algebra” at the University of Lille on October 17.

Modern Languages: Cinematográfico?

The Department of Modern Languages has added a new dimension to its second language acquisition pedagogy by presenting a foreign film every two weeks along with a discussion of the film. French, German, and Spanish films are being shown in order for students to experience as many languages and cultures as possible.

Music: Playing nicely together

Rebecca Sorley ’13 presented “Lessons in Cooperation and Conflict Management—the Piano Ensemble” for the State Convention of the Indiana Music Teachers Association in November at Butler University. She was assisted by Sharon Parr and piano students Bethany Hansen and Jessica Spiars. The lecture-recital included performances of duet and trio literature along with demonstrations of how pianists must work collaboratively in order to perform with each other.

The Community Music Center hosted five summer camps in 2013 and started “Music for Life,” a new program for adults. Minju Choi joins the administrative team for the CMC as associate director with Sorley as director.

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