Spring 2012University Updates

Spring 2012: Archives, Art, AT, Biology, CAC, CELL, CPC, Ecumenical, Honors, Research

Archives: Preserving the past

Christine Guyonneau, Frederick D. Hill Archives, has been elected vice president of the Society of Indiana Archivists. UIndy will be the host of the organization’s annual spring conference, April 27–28, 2012.

Art & Design: Serving up the arts

In November Marilyn McElwain presented “Service Learning in the Arts: Reciprocity of Community Collaboration” at the Southeast College Art Association Conference in Savannah, Ga.

Christine Bentley received a Zerfas Travel Grant as well as an InQuery grant (the result of a Lilly grant to UIndy to fund new and expanded research and scholarship opportunities) for the translation and coding of primary source documents that she collected during a research grant in 2006. In 2011 she presented “Hans Thoma: The Construction of a National Identity” at the German Studies national conference at Columbia University in New York City.

Athletic Training: Faculty and students collaborate

In October Scott Lawrance ’03 ’10 presented the poster case study “Rehabilitation of a Humeroulnar Subluxation” with Meagan Shafer and Sarah Bevers and “Patella Dislocation with Stress Reaction Sequelea” with student Lisa Boester at the Indiana Athletic Trainers’ Association Fall Symposium. At the same conference, Christine Lauber and student Jennifer Ripperger presented the poster “The Effects of Pre-Exercise Cryotherapy on Functional Performance: A Systematic Review.”

Biology: Going to bat for bats

In January Douglas Stemke and Ben Loschky ’11 had their paper “Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, the Chytrid Fungus Frog Pathogen” accepted to the online journal MicrobeLibrary. Their research on this fungus from sites around Indianapolis was presented at the annual meeting of the Indiana Branch of the American Society for Microbiology. Stemke also published a second paper in MicrobeLibrary describing measures that the state of Indiana has taken to prevent the spread of White-Nose Syndrome in bats. By the end of January this article had already been accessed more than 2,000 times, primarily by educators and students. Stemke also began his term as president of the Indiana College Biology Teachers Association.

Center for Aging & Community: Celebrating 10 years

The Center for Aging & Community is continuing the celebration of its tenth anniversary this spring. On May 15, CAC will host “Helping Professionals Help Families Have Difficult Conversations,” a continuing education event designed to equip caregivers with the tools to facilitate family communication about sensitive issues. The daylong workshop will be facilitated by Wendy Lustbader, a nationally acclaimed speaker and author on caregiver issues.

During the same week, a partnership between CAC and the Indianapolis-based Phoenix Theatre will bring to the stage an original musical and theatrical presentation exploring the theme of aging. CAC Associate Professor Sharon Baggett is serving as producer for this special engagement. Performances will take place throughout the weekend of May 17–20. Visit http://cac.uindy.edu or www.facebook.com/UIndyAging for more information.

CAC’s work to improve the lives of older adults through research, consulting, and project management has made it an organization valued for its efforts and expertise on issues related to aging. The Indiana Health Associated Infection Initiative, managed by CAC on behalf of the Indiana State Department of Health, was recognized by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control with a Certificate of Excellence for “Creative Use of Multi-Media” for educational modules and consumer brochure, and an Honorable Mention for the scope and size of the prevention collaborative, one of the largest and most inclusive in the nation.

The Center for Aging & Community is working to support the Indiana Grantmaker’s Alliance to educate Hoosier funders about pertinent aging issues to better inform their funding decisions. The Center will work with IGA to prepare issue briefs on topics related to caregiving, preparing for an aging society, optimal physical and mental health, basic needs, maximizing independence, and promoting social and civic engagement. The IGA has a similar agreement with UIndy’s Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning to provide information about the changing educational landscape in Indiana and the U.S., giving both Centers another opportunity to extend the work and expertise of the University.

Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning: Expanding New Tech schools

This winter, CELL submitted a research study to the University Council for Educational Administration on teacher leadership in the New Tech school model. The study, “Teacher Leader Development Within the Context of High School Reform,” examines teacher leadership within the framework of a school reform model, focusing on an empowered school culture enriched with professional development. Findings of the report show that implementation affects teacher leadership work and can foster a positive culture leading to successful school reform.

CELL plans to support the implementation of five additional New Tech schools in Indiana for the 2012–13 school year. These openings include three middle schools, making Indiana one of the first states in the nation to employ the New Tech model at the middle school level. Bringing the total to 24 schools, Indiana will continue to have the largest concentration of New Techs in the country.

In January Trish Wlodarczyk was named the Indiana Alignment Director for the Core to College initiative. With support from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, Core to College aligns K–12 schools and higher education institutions in the implementation of the Common Core State Standards and assessments to drive higher levels of college readiness and completion.

Community Programs Center: Putting in the hours

The University was recognized by Big Brothers Big Sisters as a corporate partner for UIndy’s commitment to youth mentoring in 2011. UIndy was one of 25 corporate partners acknowledged for creating work environments that encourage employees to dedicate four to six hours a month for an entire year to mentor youth. UIndy had more than 10 employees and students as “Bigs” in 2011.

UIndy students reported 13,033 hours of volunteer work in the community during the first semester. According to Indiana’s Independent Sector value of volunteer time rate of $21.36 per hour, UIndy students have served approximately $278,385 worth of volunteer time.

The revitalization of the Wheeler Arts programming in historic Fountain Square continues with art and photography classes for community youth, music performances from UIndy faculty and students, stimulating First Fridays through the Indianapolis Downtown Artists and Dealers Association, and tertulia (a Spanish word denoting social gatherings with an arts flavor) events, providing opportunities for artistic and educational exchange as well as community building.

Ecumenical & Interfaith Programs: Bringing history to light

In November Lang Brownlee presented “Making Space for Mutuality: Toward a ‘Multifaith Model’ in Campus Ministry” at the Indiana Network for Higher Education Ministries Connections Conference: Visions, Resources, and Networking for Investing in Students’ Spiritual Lives.

Michael G. Cartwright is coeditor of a book published by the University of Indianapolis Press. Called to Unite Knowledge & Vital Piety is about the seven universities in Indiana that were founded by persons and groups associated with the Wesleyan and Holiness movements. In January Cartwright presented “Testing the National Covenant: Vexing Questions and Lingering Doubts” at the Society of Christian Ethics meeting in Washington, D.C.

Honors College: Publishing scholarship

Brent Lederle, who will graduate in May 2012, has had two articles accepted for publication in Aisthesis Honors Journal: “Why Have some areas of policy become more Europeanized than others?” and “How have American Groups Mobilized Politically in Bolivia, Peru, and Ecuador?” Matthew Grohovsky ’12, recipient of the Nolle Scholarship from Alpha Chi Honor Society, had his scholarship essay, “Modern Tibetan Buddhism and Bon-Folk Religion: Did One Influence the Other?” accepted for publication in Recorder, the Alpha Chi journal. Lindsey Allen Warner ’10 had a chapter from her Honors Project manuscript, “Teacher Teacher,” published in the recent issue of Indiana English.

Institutional Research: When soul meets body

Greg E. Manship co-presented the workshop “Spirit, Mind, and Body: Spirituality, Religion, Research, and Ethics” at the 2011 Public Responsibility in Medicine & Research Advancing Ethical Research conference. Manship’s service with PRIM&R includes reappointment to the organization’s membership committee for 2012.

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