University UpdatesWinter 2013

Winter 2013: Business; Education: Nursing; Occupational Therapy; Psychological Sciences; Social Sciences

School of Business: One-year MBA program debuts

The area’s only one-year MBA offers a new option for students seeking a Master of Business Administration degree. UIndy’s School of Business—which already offers evening, Saturday, and off-campus MBA options—is rolling out the only full-time, daytime, one-year MBA program in the Indianapolis area, aimed at undergraduates seeking to boost their job prospects and starting salaries with just one additional year of study; international students seeking an efficient route to a U.S. business credential; and graduates with degrees in non-business fields, such as arts or health care, who plan to start their own businesses. Students will take four to five courses per term over three terms, from August to August each year, for a total of 42 credit hours. The classes, led by faculty with industry experi-ence, will meet on campus from 8 to 11 a.m. Monday through Thursday. The tuition includes the cost of a laptop and required software, as well as the cost of international travel for an independent study course on global business issues. The program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. More information on UIndy’s one-year MBA is available at (317) 788-6206 or

Darrell Bowman received the Presentation Excellence Award for his presentation of “A Comparison of Electronic Data Interchange and Web-Based Extranets” at the Academic Business World International Conference in Nashville, Tenn.

In November Deidre Pettinga, Rachel Smith, and Sheela Yadav presented “Assessing Students’ Impressions of the Effectiveness of Business Program Curriculum Components on Their Career Preparedness” at the 2012 Lilly International Conference on College Teaching—Evidence-Based Learning and Teaching. Pettinga is on sabbatical completing applied projects at Willow Marketing, an Indianapolis-based strategic marketing firm, which will enhance UIndy’s marketing curriculum. Based on Pettinga’s recently completed doctoral dissertation in August, Lambert Academic Publishing in Saarbrücken, Germany, has pub-lished her manuscript “Media, Vengeance and Litigation: Exploring the Relationship Between Plaintiff Attorney Adver-tising and Attitudes Toward Personal Injury Lawsuits.” She also consulted with the Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church on a research project to analyze the results of the implementation of the Imagine Indiana Campaign
and presented the results at the Church’s 2012 Conference in Indianapolis in June.

School of Education: More than a game

In November John Somers and Lynn Wheeler presented “Digital Window: An Alternate Reality Game for Leadership Preparation Programs” and “vLeader: A Simulation for Leadership Preparation Programs.” John Somers chaired the session “Theoretical and Methodological Lens for the Study of Educational Leadership” at the national University Council for Educational Administration conference in Denver, Colo.

School of Nursing: Not just for dummies

In June Kathy Hetzler and Becca Cartledge ’06 presented “How the Sim Lab Was Won!” at the International Nursing Simulation/Learning Resources Centers Conference in San Antonio. They shared the School of Nursing’s process of designing and coordinating the new Simulation Learning Center, which employs sophisticated mannequins as teaching tools. In September Hetzler presented “Developing Nurse Leaders through Mentoring in the Mission Field” at the Honor Society of Nursing Sigma Theta Tau International Leadership Forum, detailing experiences Cartledge, Hetzler, and 16 others had on a service-learning mission trip to the Dominican Republic in 2011. Cartledge and Hetzler led another service-learning mission to Ecuador in May. The 12 students and nursing alumni cared for more than 500 people in health care clinics, provided assessments in an inner-city day care, toured area hospitals, and visited a nursing school.

Connie Wilson has been named the RN-BSN Program Director in the School of Nursing and was elected to the Board of Governors for the National League of Nursing.

On October 3, the Promoting Healthy Communities Course at Hendricks Regional Hospital concluded with presentations of five group projects. The nurses enrolled in the course were asked to conduct a Health Promotion Intervention with their population of choice. In addition to the intervention, the nurses were asked to write a scholarly paper related to the need for health promotion in this area including levels of prevention. The groups included research on West Nile virus prevention; teaching good hand hygiene to preschool children at Hendricks County Head Start Program; providing flu vaccinations in Brownsburg; teaching hand hygiene and cough etiquette to children in Greencastle; and working on fall prevention with the elderly at the Hendricks County Senior Center.

School of Occupational Therapy: Not crying over cursive

Kristi Hape is partnering with the Southeast Neighborhood School of Excellence charter school in Fountain Square in coordination with a University Summer Research Grant. The first graders are working with her student research group to participate in writing activities. One classroom is continuing with the standard handwriting curriculum; a second is implementing the Handwriting Without Tears® classroom curriculum. The research group, composed of second-year Master of Occupational Therapy students, is supporting the implementation of the curriculum with once-a-week review sessions using the multisensory strategies designed by the curriculum author. Pre-testing has been completed; post-testing will occur in early June. This project is also supporting the building of a connection between the Fountain Square Community and the Sutphin Center for Clinical Care at Fountain Square where children and families who are under-insured or uninsured can access occupational therapy services.

Beth Ann Walker ’01 was the primary author of the paper “Development of a Fall Prevention Protocol for Replication in a Virtual Environment,” published in Advances in Aging Research in August. Walker was co-author of the paper “How In-Home Technologies Mediate Caregiving Relationships in Later Life,” which was accepted for publication by the International Journal of Human Computer Interaction. She received the People’s Choice Award at the Maddak Awards and was recognized at the American Occupational Therapy Association Conference for her design of a piece of adaptive equipment to assist with lower body dressing.

School of Psychological Sciences: Thinking it through

David L. Downing, student Aimee Dershowitz ’10, and Bryn Higgins ’11 had “Inclusion of Psychoanalytical Thought in Doctoral Programs of Psychology” published in the summer 2012 Division Review: A Quarterly Psychoanalytic Forum. Doctoral candidate Jay Hamm was honored at the recent American Psychological Association Annual Convention in Florida as the Outstanding Student of APA’s Psychologists in Public Service Division. The award includes a cash prize and is given to those who have made outstanding contributions to public service through research, teaching, program development, and/or clinical practice. Hamm was nominated for activities including research on correctional employees’ attitudes toward inmates and on intervention options for veterans with mental health issues. Hamm also received the convention’s Outstanding Student Research award in the Criminal Justice Section for research into the effectiveness of correctional diversion programs for offenders whose crimes were related to mental illness or other special circumstances.

Social Sciences: Cohabiting preferences

Amanda Miller had her article “Cohabiting Men’s Preferences for and Perceived Roles in Determining the Outcomes of Unexpected Pregnancies” published in the September 2012 issue of Sociological Forum. Her coauthored paper “We’re Very Careful: The Fertility Desires and Behaviors of Cohabiting Couples” was presented by her coauthor, Sharon Sassler of Cornell University, at this summer’s American Sociological Association annual meeting.

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