University UpdatesWinter 2013

Winter 2013: Art & Design; Athletic Training; Biology; CELL; CAC; Communication; Community Programs Center;

Art & Design: Hands across the water

In June Marilyn McElwain presented “Service Learning in the Arts: Reciprocity of Community Collaboration” at the International Conference of Visual and Performing Arts in Athens, Greece.

Athletic Training: Top honors

Connie Pumpelly was inducted into the Indiana Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame on October 28. She joins head athletic trainer Ned Shannon, who was inducted in 2011.

Biology: Prof testifies in half-century-old murder case

Dr. Krista Latham, assistant professor of Biology and Anthropology, lent her expertise this fall to a disturbing but interesting murder case in northern Illinois. Jack McCullough, 72, of Seattle was arrested just last year in the 1957 abduction and death of 7-year-old Maria Ridulph in the town of Sycamore, west of Chicago. The case is said to be one of the oldest homicides in the nation to be brought to trial. Latham’s examination of the victim’s exhumed body at UIndy’s Archeology & Forensics Laboratory showed evidence of stabbing, a previously unknown fact that apparently conflicted with some witness statements. Her testimony was covered by the Chicago Sun-Times and the Dekalb Daily Chronicle, among many other outlets. The Chicago Tribune has more background on the historic case, which can be found at

Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning: Education not tapped out

CELL hosted its eighth annual Indiana Education Trans-formation conference November 13–14 at the Indiana Convention Center. “Indiana’s Future: Advancing Change Through Action & Accountability” brought together leading experts to Indiana in order to promote education transformation aimed at increasing student achievement. Hundreds of educators, business and community leaders, and policy-makers engaged in discussion on how Indiana can improve educational opportunities throughout the state.

After the first full-year of implementation of TAP: The System for Teacher & Student Advancement, a year-one evaluation report indicated strong results. The 44 Indiana TAP schools outperformed comparison schools in several areas including English/language arts and math. The report mentioned that the progress observed in Indiana schools was remarkable in just the first year with the system. CELL administers TAP as a partnership with the Indiana Department of Education. The system aims to increase student performance through teacher evaluation and advancement, professional development, and performance-based compensation.

In September CELL was awarded $800,000 from Lilly Endowment Inc. to partner with the Indiana Education Roundtable in order to align educational opportunity with economic and workforce development across Indiana. The work involves the establishment of the Indiana Education and Workforce Innovation Network.

CELL continues to expand the Early College High School model across Indiana. CELL hosted representatives from seven high schools around the state at a new schools workshop and has been in contact with more than 12 additional schools interested in pursuing CELL’s endorsement for the model. The Early College model offers first-generation college-goers, minorities, and socioeconomically disadvantaged students the opportunity to earn college credit con-currently with their high school diploma, thus bridging the gap between secondary and postsecondary education.

Center for Aging & Community: Nursing home initiative shaping up

UIndy’s Center for Aging & Community, known for its work on nursing-home healthcare initiatives, has a key role in an Indiana University-led project that just received a multi-million-dollar federal grant. CAC Executive Director Ellen Miller serves on the project team for OPTIMISTIC, which stands for Optimizing Patient Transfers, Impacting Medical Quality and Improving Symptoms: Transforming Institutional Care. In a four-year effort, IU and Regenstrief Institute clinician-researchers will work with 19 central Indiana nursing facilities to improve care, reduce hospitalizations, and increase access to palliative care for long-term nursing facility residents. CAC will coordinate all training for participating nurses and nursing home personnel. Also, Anne Thomas, dean of UIndy’s School of Nursing, will co-chair the OPTIMISTIC advisory board. Indiana is one of seven states where such pilot projects are being funded by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. According to the project announcement, 45 percent of hospitalizations of people receiving Medicare or Medicaid nursing facility services could be avoided. The cost of these unnecessary transfers and hospitalizations was estimated between $7 billion and $8 billion in 2011.

Communication: International accolades

In April Jeanne Criswell served as a peer reviewer for scholarly papers submitted to the Cultural and Critical Studies Division of Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. In August she served as the discussant for four papers at the AEJMC national conference in Chicago. In November Criswell served as organizer, moderator, and presenter for the “Hitting the Wall: Student Media Access Issues at Private Universities” panel at the Associated Collegiate Press/College Media Advisers National College Media Convention in Chicago. Three editors for the Reflector and the Reflector Online—Kaley Belakovich, editor-in-chief; Anna Wieseman, managing editor; and James Figy, news editor—also attended the conference. In July Wieseman participated in the Management Seminar for College Newspaper Editors in Athens, Ga., and Figy participated in the Watchdog Journalism seminar at the Indianapolis Star in May.

Rebecca Deemer ’97 presented a research paper and a pedagogical poster at the Public Relations Society of America’s International Conference in October. The paper, “An Evaluative Measure for Outputs in Student-Run Public Relations Courses and Applied Firms,” was one of only ten accepted internationally by PRSA’s Educators Academy. The poster, which shares a professional development assignment created for the Applied Public Relations Course at UIndy, was one of only 16 accepted and was co-presented by student Christi Larimer.

Community Programs Center: Growing thanks to grants

Through Indiana Campus Compact, Marianna Foulkrod ’01 ’04 has been awarded the Community Service Director Engagement grant for “A Journey Continues: Service-Learning in Cyprus.” The grant will support an international service-learning trip to Cyprus, a partnership with Community Programs Center, Social Work, and School of Business. UIndy’s Community Programs Center will be able expand its programming at the Wheeler Arts Community (photo) thanks to a $50,000 grant from the Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation. CPC, which supports UIndy’s service-learning courses and volunteer activities, also directs community outreach efforts at the Wheeler building, a former factory in the city’s Fountain Square neighborhood that was rehabilitated in partnership with Southeast Neighborhood Development Inc. The site includes artist studios, a theater, an art gallery, and a painting studio, as well as office and classroom space. The ongoing programming at Wheeler includes free art classes for local children and a range of events and activities in partnership with community groups and arts organizations. Under Foulkrod, CPC has added a full-time community outreach coordinator at the Wheeler, Matthew Williams, whose efforts have included organizing film screenings and regular monthly arts and entertainment events in conjunction with the city’s First Friday gallery walk. The new funding will help the center broaden its impact through more art classes and new community collaborations.

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