University UpdatesWinter 2015

Winter 2015: Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Psychological Sciences, Sociology & Criminal Justice, Theatre, Woodrow Wilson, Writing Lab

School of Nursing: Sharing good health

Scholarly-Pursuits-NursingBecca Cartledge ’06 (right side of the photo) traveled to Ecuador in June and presented an all-day women’s health workshop in Saraguro. She also presented a class for women in the city of Loja.

School of Nursing faculty and students spent a week in October serving the women and children of the Dominican Republic by participating in a healthcare mission trip. Faculty included Barb Winningham, Jody Perez, Cartledge, Denise Ferrell ’93, and adjunct faculty Paula Stephens-Bibeau. The group of 23 consisted of OB/GYNs, a surgical tech, nurse-midwives, women’s health nurse practitioners, family nurse practitioners, nurses, and graduate and undergraduate nursing students. The group provided OB/GYN care, performed surgeries, and delivered babies and cared for the women at Good Samaritan Hospital in La Romana. The team also went out into the villages to conduct women’s health exams and provide education. They also gave a presentation on women’s health education to about 200 women from the villages.

Cartledge serves as immediate past president of the executive board of the Indiana Center for Parish Nursing. She successfully passed the Nurse Midwife Certification exam offered through the American Midwifery Certification Board and serves on the Ethics in Research Committee—Women’s Cycle of Life International Board.

Ferrell provided a podium presentation about the Indiana Center for Nursing’s Diversity Initiative and also presented at the National League for Nursing’s Annual Nursing Summit.

Anne Thomas (dean) was part of a team that developed and taught a six-week Dementia Care Training Series for the OPTIMISTIC Project, a long-term care quality initiative of the Indiana University Center for Aging Research. She was also on the planning team and served as a presenter for a national conference held by the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties in November. She also has been appointed as treasurer for the Spotlight on Nursing Board in Indiana.

Kathy Hetzler was a member of the team with Dynamic Women in Missions from One Mission Society and traveled to South Asia in September. The group provided medical care in two areas within South Asia. She also presented “Developing Leaders through Mentoring in the Mission Field” with Barbara Winningham, Janie Toon ’89, and Cartledge at the Innovation’s in Faith-Based Nursing Education Conference at Indiana Wesleyan University in June. Hetzler attended the Oncology Nursing Society Leadership Workshop for Central Indiana Oncology Nursing Society as the president-elect in July.

Stephanie Kemery ’14 passed her certified medical-surgical RN exam this summer and was profiled in their August bulletin for AACN Graduate Nursing Student Association as one of nine recently graduated GNSA members. She became a certified medical-surgical nurse this summer and will present at the Northwest Indiana Nursing Research Conference in November and the Indiana University Health Nursing Research conference in December.

Cindy Bowers was awarded a Spotlight On Nursing scholarship to complete her doctoral education.

School of Occupational Therapy: Recognizing knowledge & expertise

Becky Barton ’07 has been named to the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Roster of Fellows for Innovations in practice and fieldwork education. She will receive her award at the AOTA 2015 conference in April.

Brenda Howard ’04 published “Clinical Plagiarism and Copyright Violations” in the October 13 issue of OT Practice.

The December issue of Games for Health Journal will feature “The Acceptance and Use of Virtual Gaming as an Intervention Strategy for Older Adults in Occupational Therapy,” written by Beth Ann Walker ’01.

Victoria Wilburn ’12, Jessica Flannigan ’15, Beth Keehn ’15, Jessica Marquis ’15, and Erin Reagan ’15 presented “Community-Based Fieldwork: A Collaboration Between Occupational Therapy Students and a Foster Care Alternative Organization” at the Indiana Occupational Therapy Association spring meeting, and will present at the American Occupational Therapy Association 2015 conference. Wilburn, Kristen Bastin ’16, Callie Fehr ’16, Mallory Harber ’16, Brianna Hursey ’16, Katie Ross ’16, and Jessica Young ’16 had their paper “Effects of Classroom Design on Social Interaction” accepted to the AOTA 2015 conference as well.

School of Psychological Sciences: Meeting the needs of the elderly

In October faculty members and doctoral students traveled to Boston College for the Diversity Challenge hosted by the Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture. Mixalis Poulakis ’94, ’98, ’02, Renita Sengupta ’14, Nidaa Kazi ’14, and Alysia Siegel ’14 co-authored and presented “Challenges in the Utilization of End-of-Life Care Services Amongst South Asian Elderly in the U.S.: A Literature Review.” In addition to reviewing the literature on service utilization in this population, the poster provided recommendations on how service providers can better meet the needs of the South Asian elderly community within the U.S.

The School of Psychological Sciences also had a strong presence at the American Psychological Association convention in Washington, D.C., in August. Kyle Olesek ’13, Katie Plewa ’12, and Poulakis, Kazi, and Sengupta co-authored and presented “Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games and Their Effect on Relationships.”

Sociology & Criminal Justice: New department name, programs

With the creation of the Phylis Lan Lin Social Work program, the Social Sciences Department has changed its name to the Sociology and Criminal Justice Department. The department includes Sociology and Criminal Justice majors and minors as well as the master’s in Applied Sociology and minors in Child and Youth Programs and Social Research.

In October Tim Maher presented “Sociology Through the Senses” at the meeting of the Association for Humanist Sociology in Cleveland, Ohio. At the same meeting, Jim Pennell (chair) presented “Seeking the Celebratory: Finding Some Sociological Solace in a Screwed Up World.”

Amanda Miller published “We’re Very Careful: The Fertility Desires and Contraceptive Behaviors of Cohabiting Couples” in the journal Family Relations. Miller and co-author Sharon Sassler of Cornell University set out to discover why working-class couples more often become pregnant in their cohabiting unions than do middle-class couples.

Theatre: Shining a light on the stage

Laura Glover designed lights for the UIndy production of Urinetown, the Musical as well as the 20th anniversary of Dance Kaleidoscope’s Carmina Burana. She also designed lights at the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra for its Pops Series “Leading Men of Broadway.” At the Indianapolis City Ballet, Laura is lighting designer and stage manager.

Lou Harry’s short play Imagine Being Joyce Carol Oates’ Aunt Just for a Minute is included in Indy Writes Books: A Book Lover’s Anthology, published in November by adult literacy agency Indy Reads. Other participating writers include John Green, Cathy Day, and Susan Neville. His play Lightning and Jellyfish opened at Theatre on the Square October 17, directed by former UIndy student Sam Fain. The production was stage managed by Alexis Damron ’14 and the cast included former UIndy student Christopher Redmon and Kyrsten Lyster ’12.

Robert Neal acted in Two Gentlemen of Verona, A Christmas Carol, and The Hound of the Baskervilles at the Indiana Repertory Theatre, directed Waiting for Lefty at Franklin College, and in May wrote “The Actor’s Fear:
Why Is It Necessary?” for the theatre blog HowlRound.

Ryan O’Shea ’08 completed her Fitzmaurice Voicework program in London and is now a certified associate teacher. She offered a two-day Fitzmaurice workshop to UIndy students in early October. She will be performing in A Very Phoenix Christmas at the Phoenix Theatre.

Jim Ream designed the scenery for the Phoenix Theatre’s production of Clark Gable Slept Here, which opened in September 2014. He also did a theatre program review for Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania in late October.

Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellowship Program: A helping hand to new teachers

Jean Lee and Deb Sachs ’78 presented “Beyond Surviving to Thriving: University-Provided Mentoring for Novice STEM Teachers” at the 2014 Mentoring Conference, held in October at the University of New Mexico.

Writing Lab: More than just words

Dawn Hershberger ’92 presented “Making Something from (Nearly) Nothing: Creative Ways to Bolster Writing Center Outreach” at the International Writing Centers Association/National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing conference in Orlando, Fla.

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