Spring 2011University Updates

Chemistry, College of Health Sciences, Community Programs Center, Ecumenical & Interfaith

Chemistry: Organic chemistry for dummies

Joe Burnell ’83 served as a technical editor for the book Organic Chemistry II for Dummies, published by Wiley Publishing during the summer of 2010.

College of Health Sciences: Dean & student team up

In February, Dean Stephanie Piper Kelly ’91 and student Heidi King presented “Bringing the Clinic to the Classroom: A Description of a Novel Program for Educating Physical Therapists” as a poster presentation at the Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association in New Orleans. King is a first-year Doctor of Physical Therapy student who completed this project as a part of her Honors College requirements as an undergraduate biology major. Kelly has been named to the advisory board for the Indiana Chapter of the Albert Schweitzer U.S. Fellows program, a program dedicated to addressing health disparities and the social determinants of health within Indiana through development of leaders in service.

Kelly earns nod as dean of Health Sciences
The University of Indianapolis has selected an experienced clinician, educator, and administrator as dean of its widely respected College of Health Sciences. Stephanie Piper Kelly, PhD, joined the faculty in 1996 and recently served as acting dean of the college, which includes the School of Occupational Therapy and the Krannert School of Physical Therapy.

She also is an alumna of the University, having earned her master’s and bachelor’s degrees from UIndy. Kelly holds a doctorate in physical therapy from Nova Southeastern University. After a national search to fill the position, Kelly was the overwhelming choice of the University’s search committee, said Deborah Balogh, UIndy’s provost and vice president for academic affairs.

“Dr. Kelly has provided excellent leadership during her term as acting dean, and her combination of experience in teaching, scholarship, service, and administration made her the ideal candidate,” Balogh said. “She has forged excellent collaborative relationships between the Krannert School of Physical Therapy and School of Occupational Therapy, and she has positioned the college well to continue as a leader in these two allied health fields.”

A native of Swayzee, Ind., Kelly has been a licensed, practicing physical therapist since 1993 and is a longtime member of the American Physical Therapy Association. UIndy produces more physical and occupational therapists than any other institution in Indiana, with respected master’s and doctoral degree programs that attract students from around the world.

Community Programs Center: Carnegie kudos

The University of Indianapolis has been selected for the 2010 Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The classification confirms UIndy’s alignment of mission, culture, leadership, resources, and practices in support of community service and engagement.

Marianna K. Foulkrod ’01 ’04 coauthored an article, “Factors Contributing to Success in Community Service and Service-Learning,” that was published in the book Service-Learning in Higher Education: National and International Connection, edited by Phylis Lan Lin (Social Sciences).

Stephanie Sachs ’07 was promoted to the position of Outreach and Student Activities Coordinator.

The total number of student volunteers hours reported for the first semester totaled 6,662 hours. According to the rate assigned to volunteer work from Independent Sector, UIndy’s volunteer hours is equivalent to approximately $138,902.

Ecumenical & Interfaith Programs: On practical divinity

In January, Dean Michael G. Cartwright presented “Practical Divinity in the Wesleyan Tradition” to the Residents-in-Ministry gathering of the Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church. He also made a presentation in November as part of a panel discussion on the use of Scripture in Christian Ethics at a joint session of the Society of Biblical Literature and the Society of Christian Ethics.

Jeremiah Gibbs made a presentation, “The Possibilities of Measurable Spiritual and Vocational Formation Assess-ment: Enabling Individual Growth and Institutional Transparency,” at the inaugural Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education conference in March. Gibbs has a forthcoming article in the fall edition of the journal Liturgy on the possibility and limits of interfaith prayer in the university context.

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