Fall 2013University Updates

Spring 2013: CAC, CELL, Communication, Communications & Marketing, Community Programs Center, Ecumenical & Interfaith Programs, English

Center for Aging & Community: Advocating livable communities

In February Sharon Baggett received a grant, “Leadership for Planning Advocacy” from the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities in conjunction with the Center on Aging and Community at Indiana University. The grant funded development of a five-day training course with a companion workbook for older people and persons with disabilities to enable them to become effective advocates for concepts of livable communities. Training will be offered in September and October for 20 trainees in each of two pilot communities in Shelbyville and Crawfordsville, Ind. Baggett also presented a related paper in August, “Building Advocates for Livable Communities: Across Ages, Across Abilities” at the 17th World Congress of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences in Manchester, U.K. The paper was one of 10 included in the panel “Age-Friendly Communities: From Research to Practice.” Her paper reviewed the history of advocacy in addressing urban and community issues, as well as the growth of urban planning as a tool for social change and the livable communities/communities-for-a-lifetime movement in the context of urban movements, and described the “Leadership for Planning Advocacy” training curriculum.

CAC’s popular “Helping Professionals” series of workshops for aging services providers continued in May with a focus on helping older adults embrace a new purpose through spirituality and social engagement. The next workshop, “Helping Professionals Help Older Adults Embrace a New Purpose: Recreation and Volunteerism” will take place in UIndy Hall on Tuesday, October 15, 2013. The workshops were conducted with the generous support of an anonymous donor in honor of long-time aging advocate Nelle Worthington.

In June CAC worked with the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority to provide home modification training to housing and owner-occupied rehabilitation professionals eligible for Aging in Place funding through IHCDA. The two-day workshop, “Home Sweet Home: Modifications for Aging in Place,” was developed and managed by CAC Executive Director Ellen Miller, with faculty expertise provided by adjuncts Morgan Crone and John Kelly ’91 ’98. The purpose of the workshop was to provide intensive training on how to conduct a home assessment for aging in place. “Home Sweet Home: Modifications for Aging in Place” will be offered again in September.

Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning: Aiming to increase achievement

“Indiana’s Future,” CELL’s annual conference, will take place November 12–13 at the Wyndham Indianapolis West with the theme “Turning Challenges into Opportunities.” Hundreds of leaders in education and business will come together with the aim of providing Indiana communities more opportunities to increase student achievement. Dr. Robyn Jackson will present concepts from her latest book, Never Underestimate Your Teachers, and will help educators navigate the challenges of teacher/administrator evaluation.  Dr. Michael Wesch’s lectures, TEDx Talks, and videos for YouTube have won him a national following: his presentation, “The End of Wonder in the Age of Whatever,” will focus on inspiring creativity and wonder in students.

The Indiana Education Workforce Innovation Network (a partnership between CELL and Indiana Education Roundtable) has awarded eight regional partnership grants totaling more than $450,000 in a drive to align high school, college, and career and technical education programs with specific employment opportunities around the state.

CELL recently awarded official endorsements to four Early College High Schools. Center Grove High School, Connersville Senior High School, East Chicago Central High School, and Lawrenceburg High School all received three-year endorsements. The Early College model allows students to earn up to two years of college credit while earning a high school diploma. This brings the total to seven endorsed Early College High Schools in Indiana.

Communication: Raking in the recognition

The staff of the Reflector and the Reflector Online had eight regional winners in the Region 5 Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence competition. They also won six state-level journalism awards in the Indiana Collegiate Press Association competition in April. Jeanne Criswell, adviser to the Reflector and the Reflector Online, was selected to serve a thirteenth term on the ICPA Board of Directors.

Communications & Marketing: A worthwhile renewal

Jeannine Allen ’10, art director in the Publications Office, was selected for a Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship by the Arts Council of Indianapolis. The Arts Council describes these fellowships as a “nationally recognized and ground-breaking initiative” offering artists and arts administrators the opportunity to renew and refresh creativity through a two-year fellowship with a cash award of $10,000 each. A painter as well as a graphic designer, Allen spent a week in her native Maine this summer as part of her fellowship, studying painting on Monhegan Island.

Community Programs Center: Service-learning abroad

Comm-Prog-2The Community Programs Center led an interdisciplinary trip in collaboration with the Social Sciences/Social Work Program and the School of Business during Spring Term of May 2013. Ten UIndy students traveled to Cyprus to participate in several international service-learning experiences. The students worked at a school with elementary students to plant a garden and later trained the teachers on innovative science teaching methods. UIndy also collaborated with the University of Nicosia to observe, clean, and evaluate a newly developed beach in the Famagusta area and presented their recommendations to the city’s mayor and his council. The student recommendations will be a part of a grant proposal to the European Union to be submitted to support the developments of an all-accessible beach by the city.

Congratulations to Stephanie Sachs ’07 ’12 for earning the 2012–13 College Mentors for Kids Site Manager of the Year award. The UIndy chapter serves about 80 children in first through eighth grades.

Ecumenical & Interfaith Programs: Blending faith and study

Michael G. Cartwright (dean) is directing the Chaplaincy Initiative for the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education, a program of the Council of Independent Colleges. Cartwright will work with the 173 member institutions (including UIndy) of NetVUE to design a pair of conferences that will bring together university presidents, chaplains, and supervisors of chaplains to explore the challenges and opportunities of campus chaplaincy at church-related and independent colleges in the 21st century.

English: International partnership

Michael Milam and Pang Jixian of Zhejiang University published Business Writing for the Global Market with Higher Education Press, Beijing.

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