Fall 2013University Updates

Fall 2013: Kinesiology, Krannert School of Physical Therapy, Math & Computer Science,

Kinesiology: Helping others and yourself

Christopher Berger was interviewed in February by Melanie Cole of RadioMD on the topics of healthy air travel and the emerging “fat rights” movement. He also recently published “Fat Rights and the Fitness Professional” in the ACSM’s Certified News. In addition, Berger spoke on the subject of body composition in college during the University of Indianapolis’s Residence Hall Association Body Image Week in February 2013.

Michael Diacin and Jennifer Vansickle presented “Service Learning Through Special Olympics: Examining Impacts Upon Student Volunteers” at the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance Annual Convention, April 23–27, 2013, in Charlotte, NC. They also presented “Volunteer Motivations at a Mega Sporting Event.” Lisa Hicks, Heidi Hancher-Rauch, and Mindy Hartman-Mayol presented “Applying the Coordinated School Health Program to a University Setting” at the convention. Hicks, Hancher-Rauch, and Hartman-Mayol, along with Brianna Scott (Psychology), presented “Pre/Post Comparison of Nine Constructs within a Multidimensional Wellness Course.” Their research abstract was also published in Research Quarterly for Exercise & Sport in April. In addition, Hartman-Mayol presented “A Multi-dimensional Wellness Curriculum.”

In May Hartman-Mayol, Matthew Beekley, and Scott presented “Assessing a Multidimensional Wellness Curriculum by use of an Existing Inventory: Program Outcomes” at the American College of Sports Medicine meeting in Indianapolis. The trio also published the report in the May issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.

In May Richard Robinson and exercise science student Valorie Parker ’13 presented “Submaximal Test to Monitor the Training Response of Endurance Runners” at the 60th annual meeting and 4th World Congress on Exercise is Medicine of the American College of Sports Medicine in Indianapolis.

VanSickle and Terry Elliott of Morehead State University presented “Online Versus Face-to-Face Delivery Methods in Accounting: An Investigation of Student Performance, Instructor Behaviors, and Learner Characteristics” at the International Academy of Business and Public Administration national conference in January. VanSickle had her editorial “Leave a Legacy: Follow the Example of Title IX” published in the March issue of the Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance.

Krannert School of Physical Therapy: Presenting and promoting

In February Emily Slaven’s paper “The Relative Effectiveness of Segment-Specific Level and Nonspecific Level Spinal Joint Mobilization on Pain and Range of Motion: Results of a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis” was published in the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy. At the American Physical Therapy Association’s Combined Sections Meeting in in San Diego, she presented her research on partial knee replacement and contributed to three other research presentations at the meeting.

In May Kathy Martin ’90 ’03 presented a two-day continuing education workshop on “Current Concepts in Pediatric Gait and Orthoses” in New York City.

In January Anne Mejia-Downs presented “Death to PowerPoint! High-Tech to Low-Tech Teaching Strategies for Cardiovascular/Pulmonary Education” and “Physical Therapy and Cystic Fibrosis: A Successful Team from Birth to Healthy Aging!” at the national conference of the American Physical Therapy Association in San Diego, Calif.

Stacie Fruth ’95 ’05 and Lainey Havertape ’10, Jessica Jones ’10, Candi Newbury ’10, and Lindsay Conn ’10 published their study “Can Onsite Presentations led by PT Students Increase Clinicians’ Confidence in Aspects of Evidence-Based Practice? A Pilot Study” in the fall issue of the Journal of Physical Therapy Education.

Mathematics & Computer Science: Chevy Exponents, Ford Logarithms

“Teaching Exponents and Logarithms in the Context of Buying a Car” by Woodrow Wilson Fellow Crystal Collier ’13 and Leslie Gardner appeared in the spring 2013 edition of the Indiana Mathematics Teacher, the journal of the Indiana Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Travis K. Miller ’99 was elected to a three-year term as a board member and newsletter editor for the Hoosier Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators. Miller was also selected to serve a one-year term as chair of the national Membership Committee for the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators.

Music: A saxophone in the symphony

In May Harry Miedema performed “Rhapsody in Blue” and “An American in Paris” with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra for five concerts.

In May Richard Ratliff and Dennis McCafferty traveled to St. Paul, Minn., to join former UIndy colleague Ariana Kim and faculty from the universities of Wisconsin and Minnesota for a performance with the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota. The concert featured music by Haydn, Kodály, and Shostakovich, as well as a piece, called “Twinkle Toes,” by UIndy’s own John Berners.

Senior music education students Katie Dunlap ’13 and Lanea Bonney ’13 were among a group of 30 students from across the nation to to be selected to receive the Professional Achievement Recognition award from the Collegiate Chapters of the National Association for Music Education. The award recognizes members for their commitment and dedication to NAfME and music education.

School for Adult Learning: Online classes available this fall

The School for Adult Learning has several exciting offerings for the 2013–14 academic year. Since its beginning in 1998, SAL has offered classes in the traditional on-campus format. This fall SAL will begin offering online classes. The first ten courses offered in this format are Art Appreciation, Intro to Diversity of Life, Intro to Creative Writing, World Regional Geography, U.S. History to 1865, Intro to Philosophy, Intro to International Relations, Social Psychology, Physical Geology, and Intro to Sociology. SAL also is collaborating with the Center for Aging & Community to offer an online Graduate Certificate in Project Management for Human Services Professionals. Students completing this certificate will be equipped to effectively plan, monitor, and execute projects and manage complex projects while assessing the strengths of others, balancing needs of various stakeholders, and completing projects on time and on budget. This certificate can be completed in three semesters online.

SAL is taking its for-credit courses off campus. SAL will begin offering a Certificate in Organizational Leadership in Hendricks County this September. Students can complete this certificate in less than one year by attending class one night per week. Students earn University credit for these courses and can transfer these credits toward a bachelor of science degree in Organizational Leadership.

Kathy Hancher ’98 ’01 is a Master Certified Prior Learning Assessment Coordinator. This certification allows SAL to offer a two-part PLA course that will help students earn credit for prior learning. The course provides a structured series of activities designed to provide students with a systematic approach to identify learning obtained outside a traditional classroom. Students can earn up to 30 credit hours through the portfolio process.

For more information contact the School for Adult Learning at (317) 788-3393 or sal@uindy.edu.

School of Education: Using technology with a purpose

An article by Deb Sachs ’78, Colleen Sheehy, and John Somers, “Eating the Technology Elephant One Bite at a Time,” appeared in the March 14 issue of ASCD Express. The article highlights how they used the Technology Integration Matrix as a way to help pre-service teachers integrate technology into their teaching.

In August Sheehy and Libby Turner presented “Digital Literacy ALIVE! Creative and Innovative Approaches to Integrating Technology and Enhancing Instruction” at the 18th European Conference on Reading, at Jonkoping University in Jonkoping, Sweden. The presentation focused on their experiences of teaching future teachers to use technology in the classroom with two critical considerations: questioning the fundamental purpose of the technology used and its role in teaching and learning.

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