University UpdatesWinter 2012

Winter 2012: Athletic Training, CAC, Polk Food Service

Athletic Training: New Hall-of-Famer

UIndy’s Ned Shannon was inducted into the Indiana Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame during its Annual Symposium (see Sports Update). Individuals inducted into the IATA Hall of Fame are well-respected members of their communities and have demonstrated contributions and support to the IATA as well as advancement of the profession. Induction into the Hall of Fame is the association’s highest honor. Shannon is a former president of the IATA.

Dr. Christine Lauber and colleague Christopher Brown from Sterling College and Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions published “Evidence-Based Guidelines for Utilization of Dexamethasone Iontophoresis” in the International Journal of Athletic Therapy & Training.

In October Scott Lawrance ’03 ’10, along with Clyde Killian, Peter Rundquist (Krannert School of Physical Therapy), and a colleague from East Carolina, presented the poster “Development and Reliability of the Knee Symmetry Evaluation” at the annual Indiana Physical Therapy Association meeting. Lawrance also was presented with the University of Indianapolis Distinguished Young Alumni Award honoring outstanding contributions to the community.

Center for Aging & Community: Ten reasons to celebrate

The Center for Aging & Community is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Celebratory activities have included sponsorsing a series of aging-focused programs on WFYI Television in Indianapolis; partnership in several Indianapolis Spirit & Place Festival events; an outreach to students, alumni, and community members who have been part of the Center’s success; and participation in the birthday celebrations for 10 Hoosier centenarians. Plans for anniversary activities in the spring include educational workshops for aging-services professionals and a special musical production that will put a unique twist on how we think about aging. Visit the CAC website ( or Facebook page ( for more information.

CAC continues to see growth in its online undergraduate and graduate programs in aging studies. The Center’s new graduate certificate, Project Management for Human Services Professionals, is expected to continue to fuel that growth. The certificate program will begin in January and is a nine-credit-hour certificate designed for human services professionals who have a bachelor’s degree or higher and want to be able to apply knowledge, skills, and techniques to meet project requirements. Information can be found on the CAC website.

Work to improve the lives of older adults also remains a focus at CAC. The Center recently wrapped up the Indiana Health Associated Infections Initiatives, a collaborative effort on behalf of the Indiana State Department of Health to reduce the occurrence of infections patients acquire in health care settings. CAC Executive Director Ellen Miller was invited to present preliminary results from this initiative to the 2011 Indiana Healthcare Leadership Conference in October. Miller also addressed at the 63rd Annual Meeting of the National Hemophilia Foundation in Chicago.

Best practices and innovation were the focus of a publication CAC prepared for the Central Indiana Senior Fund’s “Elders at the Table” initiative. The Center researched creative, effective senior meal and nutrition programs around the country. The publication was distributed to attendees of an Indiana Senior Hunger Summit in early November.

Also in November, Associate Professor Sharon Baggett and Senior Projects Director Kristin Huff made presentations at the American Evaluation Association’s national conference. Baggett was also a co-presenter on the topic of livable communities at the conference of the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities.

Academic Program Director Tamara Wolske ’05 was honored by UIndy Provost Deborah Balogh as a Faculty Achievement award winner for her dedication to the University’s Aging Studies programs.

Polk Food Service: Beast says ‘Feast!’ UIndy food among nation’s best

Honorary alumnus Ted Polk (wearing the tie and holding the pie) has been feeding the UIndy community for decades. Now the world is taking notice. The University of Indianapolis is listed among the nation’s Top 25 colleges in a “Best Food” ranking published online by Newsweek / The Daily Beast. The ranking is based in part on a previous ranking by, which listed Greyhound grub as the best in Indiana and among the best in the nation, based on student ratings. Polk’s company, PFS Inc., handles all dining options and event catering for the UIndy campus. If you haven’t been to campus lately, you might not realize the variety of dining options now available. The Market Place (traditional dining hall) offers a slew of choices, from traditional home cooked meals to international cuisine to a full salad bar. For quick meal options, the Street’s Corner grill features traditional grill, Chinese, Mexican, and deli-style options, and the Perk offers fresh coffee, frozen and fountain drinks, baked goods, and daily lunch specials.

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