Fall 2014University Updates

Fall 2014: Anthropology & Archeology, Athletic Training, Art & Design, Biology, CAC, CELL, Service-Learning, Communication, Ecumenical & Interfaith, English, History & Political Science, Institutional Review Board

Anthropology & Archeology: No bones about it

Krista Latham ’03 (Biology & Anthropology) and seven Human Biology graduate students of the University of Indianapolis traveled to the Mountain, Desert, and Coastal Forensic Anthropologists meeting in Boulder City, Nev., in May. UIndy had a strong showing with five presentations: “Over the River and Through the Woods” by Justin Maiers and Latham; “A Case of Dismemberment in Northern Indiana” by Erica Christensen ’14 and Latham; “An Interesting Case Study from Indiana” by Jessica Campbell and Stephen Nawrocki (Biology & Anthropology); “No Bones About It: Projects at UIndy Outside of Forensic Anthropology” by Ryan Strand; and “An Update on the South Texas UBCs Analyzed at the University of Indianapolis Archeology & Forensics Laboratory” by Latham.

In addition to the presentations, Latham served as the program coordinator and moderator for the meeting. Megan Madonna ’14 handled fundraising efforts at the conference, which raises money for student travel and research grants. Maiers coordinated the annual bone quiz, which tests its attendees’ knowledge of skeletons.

In April Christopher Moore ’04 presented “Dwelling on Abundance in the Ohio Valley Archaic” as part of a symposium on the archaeology of abundance at the Society for American Archaeology meeting in Austin, Tex., and a paper on archaic bone tool types at the spring workshop of the Indiana Archaeology Council. He also co-presented “Mission San Joseph de Sapala” at a conference on Franciscan missionaries in the Americas held in St. Augustine in March. His co-authored paper “Who Were the Guale?”was published in New Perspectives on Spanish Missions in the Indigenous Landscape. He co-authored two papers presented by students Ethan Bean and Kylie Holmes at the Indiana Academy of Science meetings held in Indianapolis in March.

Christopher Schmidt was celebrated in an Indianapolis Star column headlined “Five overlooked yet influential Hoosiers.” Schmidt, director of the department’s Indiana Prehistory Laboratory, is cited for such accomplishments as a student archeological dig that uncovered a 10,000-year-old bone tool, the oldest ever documented in Indiana. He’s one of just two contemporary figures on the list, which also includes 1830s Indian leader Chief Menominee and Underground Railroad supporters Levi and Catharine Coffin.

Beckie-the-WateredAssistant Professor Christopher Moore ’04 and a former student-turned-colleague are organizing a substantial archaeological project in southern Indiana’s Floyd County. Moore and UIndy research associate Rebecca Van Sessen ’13 (left) are applying for a $50,000 state grant to conduct a countywide survey that will identify sites of interest, from the earliest prehistoric settlements along the Ohio River to 20th-century houses and buildings. The goal is to create an official record of potential archaeological resources before they are lost to construction projects or the passage of time. Van Sessen, who grew up in Floyd County, earned her master’s degree in anthropology from UIndy in 2013. To support their application for funding from the state’s Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology, Moore and Van Sessen are gathering letters of support from local residents and permission slips from Floyd County landowners who are willing to allow surveys of their property. If the funding is obtained, they will lead a student team in conducting the survey during the summer of 2015.

Athletic Training: NFL hopefuls get a leg up

In March Scott Lawrance ’03 ’10 started his two-year term as president-elect of the Great Lakes Athletic Training Association, which will be followed by a two-year term as president. At the GLATA meeting in March in Chicago, he co-authored the case study poster presentation “Effects of the Female Triad Leading to Femoral Neck Fracture” with athletic training graduate Kara Pratt ’14, and “Lateral Ankle Sprain with an Os Trigonum in a College Tennis Athlete” with athletic training graduate Jessica Lawson ’14. In May Lawrance was part of a multi-institutional team of researchers collaborating on a poster, “Effectiveness of a Multidisciplinary Training Program for Improving Elite Athlete Skills and Physical Attributes,” at the American College of Sports Medicine meeting in Orlando. The study is the first to present the effectiveness of a multidisciplinary approach for elite athletes training for the NFL Scouting Combine. He also assisted and co-authored with Damon Martin ’14 and Nick Voelker ’14 in presenting their capstone project, “Relationship Between Functional Movement Screen and Select Attributes of Physical Performance in Collegiate Wrestlers” at both the GLATA meeting and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association symposium in Indianapolis in June. Also at the NATA Symposium, Lawrance delivered a featured learning lab, “Honing Your Palpation Skills Through Stereognosis Drills,” and received a NATA National Service Award recognizing outstanding volunteer service to the profession at the state and district levels.

At the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association in March, Christine Lauber and Lawrance presented “A Bridge to Nowhere or Somewhere? How to Span the Gap from Student to Clinician” and “Do Pre-Admission and Athletic Training Program Standards Predict Student Academic Success and First-Time Pass Rate on the Board of Certification Exam?” In June Lauber and Lawrance received the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Athletic Trainer Service Award at the NATA Clinical Symposia and AT Expo in Indianapolis.

Art & Design: The friar & the squire at the airport

From August 4 until November 16, Dee Schaad (professor emeritus) will have a display of his clay works “Pilgrims on the Way to Canterbury” at the Indianapolis International Airport. His installation in the Concourse B exhibition case presents characters inspired by Chaucer’s pilgrimage stories in his 14th-century prose poem The Canterbury Tales, but casts them as contemporary travelers in modern “tourist” dress.

Biology:A weed by any other name

Sandy Davis published “Sexual Dimorphism of Staminate- and Pistillate-Phase Flowers of Saponaria officinalis (Bouncing Bet) Affects Pollinator Behavior and Seed Set” in the journal PLoS ONE with Jenna Nawrocki ’13 as co-author.

Center for Aging & Community: Home sweet home

The Center for Aging & Community will offer a workshop, “Home Sweet Home: Home Modification Assessment,” on November 7–8 in Indianapolis. The workshop is designed to provide human service and housing professionals with the knowledge and skills to conduct a performance-based assessment of a person’s health, capabilities, and home characteristics and to design recommendations and specifications for tailored home modification interventions to enhance independence, safety, and quality of life.

CAC, along with Sage-ing International and Memorial Brainworks, will host a 2014 Spirit & Place Festival event November 12 at the Wheeler Community Arts Building. The event, From Aging to Sage-ing, will tap into the wisdom gained as we age and give participants an opportunity to use journaling and wisdom circles as a way to capture and share that wisdom. English professor Elizabeth Weber and CAC Executive Director Ellen Miller will be among the presenters for this interactive event.

Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning: Early College model starts strong

Interest in the Early College model continues to grow; more than 50 school teams have participated in six introductory New Schools workshops over the past two-and-a-half years. For schools who have completed a New Schools workshop, CELL plans to offer continuing technical assistance and consultation as the schools implement Early College programs. This year, CELL has expanded the scope of its work to include targeted efforts to cultivate a relationship between the Early College model and innovations in the Career Technical Education field. A separate network has been formed for CTE centers interested in implementing Early College programs, and there are plans to offer a New Schools introductory workshop specifically for CTE centers, addressing the unique challenges and opportunities faced by the centers.

The Education Workforce Innovation Network co-hosted a conference in July with the Center for Education and Career Innovation. “Align, Engage, Advance: Transforming Indiana’s Workforce” featured multiple expert speakers in the morning, including a keynote address from Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann. The discussions centered on the Indiana Career Council’s Strategic Plan, which included recommendations for increasing educational attainment and strategies for regional implementation. As EWIN—a partnership between CELL and Indiana’s Education Roundtable—enters the second half of its grant period, it will continue to focus on convening and collaborating with partners and integrating the state’s various regional initiatives. Additionally, EWIN seeks to include Indiana’s industry leaders in meaningful, targeted conversations about their role in the future of education in the state.

College of Arts & Sciences Service-Learning Office: Three years and counting

The University has been recognized by the Burmese American Community Institute for an outstanding three-year partnership in engaging with and serving the Burmese communities of Central Indiana through service-learning and volunteer initiatives. Jen Drake, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and Marianna Foulkrod  ’01 ’04, director of Service-Learning, accepted the award at a ceremony in July on behalf of UIndy. Drake delivered the keynote for the event. The collaboration between UIndy and BACI started as an effort to generate educational opportunities for students at UIndy as well as the Burmese community. UIndy students and faculty have been serving at BACI through volunteerism and service-learning initiaves. UIndy hosts the Upward College Summer Scholar Programs for Burmese students in Perry Township, which gives UIndy students the opportunity to work with the Burmese youth in teaching standardized test prep, essay and technical writing, intensive research, study and life skills trainings, leadership development, college admissions and scholarship application assistance, and many other educational programs. UIndy students also have worked with BACI staff to develop a community resource guide for the new immigrants.

UIndy, in partnership with Stellenbosch University in South Africa, will host the Sixth International Symposium on Service-Learning May 28–30, 2015, on UIndy’s campus. The ISSL has become a vehicle through which service-learning research can be shared within the higher education arena. In addition it serves as a catalyst for new initiatives in countries interested in engaging in experiential learning and community engagement. Last year the symposium in Stellenbosch, South Africa, hosted 180 delegates representing eight countries and 40 institutions.

Communication: Impressive hardware

In April the Reflector and the Reflector Online won 15 state journalism awards in Division II of the Indiana Collegiate Press Association competition, including a second-place Newspaper of the Year award. The ICPA contest is a statewide competition judged by professional journalists at out-of-state newspapers. Jeanne Criswell, director of the journalism program and adviser to the Reflector and the Reflector Online, was elected to a 14th term on the ICPA board of directors.

In May the two papers won eight state-level Society of Professional Journalists awards in the Best in Indiana Journalism competition. Colleges and universities compete in this contest on an equal basis, regardless of the school’s size. Also in the spring, student Anna Wieseman, managing editor of the two papers, won a Eugene S. Pulliam Internship through the Hoosier State Press Association Foundation and spent her summer working at the Zionsville Times Sentinel in Zionsville, Ind.

Ecumenical & Interfaith Programs: Hard work pays off

Jeremiah Gibbs, one of the University’s two chaplains, completed and defended his dissertation, “Postconservative Apologetic Method: A Constructive Proposal.” In May, he completed his PhD in Theology and Ethics from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.

English: Teaching English as a Second Language

In July Kyoko Amano presented “Creative and Marketing Genius of Louisa May Alcott: From Jamie’s Wonder Book to Will’s Wonder Book” at Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House Summer Conversational Series and Teacher Institute in Concord, Mass.

The English Department will begin an undergraduate concentration and minor this fall in Teaching English as a Second or Other Language, along with its graduate-level TESOL Certificate Program, offering prospective and current teachers opportunities for coursework and training in teaching English as a Second Language in domestic contexts and English as a Foreign Language abroad. The need for teachers to receive high-quality professional development in ESL continues to expand, owing to the growth in the past 15 years of Indiana’s K–12 and college-level ESL populations, and overseas institutions’ increasing requirements for EFL teachers.
UIndy is well-positioned to address these training needs, given its experienced faculty, local partnerships, and international connections. English Department faculty members Toni Morris, Jessica Bannon, Karen Newman, Miriam Olver, and Fei Fei will offer coursework in the new program, which also will expand its offerings in the coming years to encompass a master’s degree in TESOL, and, in conjunction with colleagues in Modern Languages and the School of Education, initial teaching licensure in ESL. Morris is serving as the director of the program.

This past spring, Morris presented “Challenging the One-Shot Professional Development Workshop Model” at the LERN conference in Ft. Lauderdale, and “Assignments for History of the English Language Courses” at the International Congress of Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Mich. This fall, she will present “The Continuing Popularity of Sherlock Holmes: Sherlock and Elementary” at the Conference of
Adaptation Studies at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Fla.

History & Political Science: The Civil War in Indiana

Edward Frantz’s book A Companion to the Reconstruction Presidents 1865–1881 (Wiley-Blackwell) was published in June.

A. James Fuller published “Oliver P. Morton, Political Ideology, and Treason in Civil War Indiana” in Ohio Valley History. He presented “Becoming the Soldiers’ Friend: Organizing the Home Front in Civil War Indiana” at the Indiana Association of Historians meeting at Anderson University in March. He presented “Oliver P. Morton and the Northwest Conspiracy” at the 2014 Illinois History Symposium at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Ill., in March. He also published four book reviews in scholarly journals between January and June 2014.

Institutional Review Board: Humans protecting humans

Greg Manship, institutional review board coordinator and human protections administrator at UIndy, was reappointed to a second three-year term on the Membership Committee of Public Responsibility in Medicine & Research, an international professional organization for human research protections. He reviewed abstracts for presentation at 2014 annual conferences for the Association of Practical and Professional Ethics and the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities. Manship received the doctor of bioethics degree from Loyola University Chicago in May. Capstone projects were a narrative ethics case study of transitioning from curative to palliative treatment in advanced cancer, and analysis of a new needs assessment survey for strategic planning of ethics programming in health care organizations. Manship is one of approximately 20 recipients of the degree to date, and is the only recipient in Indiana.

International Relations: Prof is featured speaker for elite D.C. event

In early July Associate Professor of International Relations Douglas Woodwell traveled to Washington, D.C., to serve as a featured speaker for a special event hosted by the Truman National Security Project, an institute dedicated to developing the next generation of leaders in the realms of politics, policy, and the military.The program, “Ukraine and the Future of Nationalism in International Conflict,” is described as “an intimate conversation on Ukraine and what challenges the United States will face as we seek to find a policy approach that balances the protection of sovereign states’ territorial integrity with support for national self-determination.” It took place July 7–9 at the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition Headquarters. “It was a neat experience to be having a conversation about a lot of the most important issues of the day—from Ukraine to Kurdistan—with people that have been, or currently are, deeply involved in the decision-making processes at some pretty high levels of government,” he said. “There were people there who work with places like the State and Defense departments doing daily analysis and consulting in crisis management.” Woodwell, who holds a PhD from Yale University, specializes in the study of international conflict. He blogs about global issues at woodwellontheworld.net.

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