University UpdatesWinter 2014

Winter 2014: Philosophy & Religion, Professional Edge Center, School of Business, School of Education, School of Occupational Therapy

Philosophy & Religion: Clapper honored for years of service

Greg Clapper retired this summer at the rank of full colonel after 24 years as an Indiana Air National Guard chaplain. He served as a liaison between the U.S. military’s Africa Command and the 800 chaplains of the U.S. Army and Air National Guard. This summer he was awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal and the Indiana Distinguished Service Medal. He also had four entries in the 2013 edition of the Global Wesleyan Dictionary of Theology on the topics of virtues, religious pluralism, narrative theology, and theology of Scripture. In October Clapper and Randy Maddox of Duke University served as outsider examiners for a PhD written on John Wesley’s theology at the Auckland University of Technology of Auckland, New Zealand. In November Clapper presented “When Your Doctrines Are Experiences: Using Wesley’s Theology for Pastoral Care” at the national meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society in Baltimore.

Perry Kea’s article “The Story of Thecla, An Early Christian Heroine” was published in the July–August 2013 issue of The Fourth R. Kea’s article analyzes the story and locates its values against early Christian discussions about celibacy and the proper role of women in the church. Kea also accepted the offer to serve as a member of the Board of Directors of the Westar Institute in Salem, Ore. Westar’s mission is to foster collaborative, cumulative research in religious studies and to communicate the results of the scholarship to a broad, non-specialist public.

Peter Murphy published “Another Blow to Knowledge From Knowledge” in Logos & Episteme. He also presented comments on a paper at the fall meeting of the Indiana Philosophical Association.

Professional Edge Center: Reaching out to the community

Marianna Foulkrod ’01 ’04, director of Community Programs, was recognized as the Outstanding Partner of the Year by the Burmese American Community Institute for two years of partnership and dedicated service to the Burmese communities in Perry Township in Indianapolis. BACI was founded in 2011 to assist the refugee community from Burma with their integration and long-term sustained development.

School of Business: Shipping and shopping

In November Kathy Bohley ’91 ’93 ’94 presented “Stay Tuned to the Omni-Channel” and “Global Retailing: Next Step?” at the Academy of Business Disciplines Conference in Fort Myers, Fla. She also conducted a technology workshop for faculty titled “Web 2.0 Blooms!” In October at the Indiana Academy of the Social Sciences conference at Ball State University she presented “Packaged Plus” to discuss the history of the packaging industry as well as future consumption trends.

School of Education: Back in the winner’s circle

At its biennial conference in October in Dallas, Tex., Kappa Delta Pi presented the Dr. Florence B. Stratemeyer Award for Chapter Excellence to the UIndy School of Education’s Sigma Omicron chapter. The chapter provides leadership and professional development opportunities for UIndy juniors, seniors, and recent graduates ranking in the top 20 percent of their programs in elementary or secondary education. Sigma Omicron, with faculty advisor Nancy Steffel, has consistently received Kappa Delta Pi’s Achieving Chapter Excellence Award, which recognizes excellence in member-ship, leadership development, and programming in support of the society’s mission. This year the UIndy chapter claimed the Stratemeyer award by earning the highest ACE score among more than 640 collegiate and professional chapters of Kappa Delta Pi.

Addie Angelov hosted a free day-long conference for school leaders and special educators in the Indianapolis Mayor’s Charter School network, focused on best practices in special education. The event concluded with a special presentation by Angelov and Deidre Pettinga (School of Business) on their new research specific to best marketing practices for educational entities. Final evaluations of the conference were enthusiastic and a follow-up session is being scheduled for the spring.

In the late summer an academic team from Teacher Education and the School of Occupational Therapy had the results of their research published in the Open Journal of Occupational Therapy housed at Western Michigan University. “Therapists as Educators: the Importance of Client Education in Occupational Therapy” documents a project that explored the evidence in teaching and learning strategies and how these were introduced to OT students during their graduate program. Gina Gabriele Mosier from CELL, School of Education faculty Angelia Ridgway, Deb Sachs ’78, and Donna Stephenson, and School of Occupational Therapy faculty Kate DeCleene-Huber, Julie Bednarksi ’96, and Lori Breeden ’97 ’99 contributed to the project and publication. Following development and implementation of a module for entry-level OT students, data analysis revealed that students and their clients benefited from formal instruction on theories of teaching and learning.

In November Colleen Sheehy and Libby Turner presented continued research at the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention in Boston, Mass. “(Re)Inventing the Classroom Experience: Using Digital Literacy to Enhance Instruction” reinforced the importance of using technology with purpose for teaching and learning in the K–12 classroom to middle and high school English teachers from all over the country. At the same conference, Sheehy and students Abby Gross and Kori Martin presented their research “The Mash-Up: (Re)Designing the Text Set and Multi-Genre Approach,” which offers new approaches to the teaching of English in middle and high school that include attention to pop culture and media as text. Gross, Martin, and Sheehy shared their design and implementation of collections of resources from different genres, media, and levels of reading difficulty that are intended to be supportive of learners with a range of experiences and interests.

School of Occupational Therapy: Giving a helping hand to musicians

OT-149Rebecca Barton ’07 (pictured) made numerous presentations in 2013. She was a co-presenter for the Indiana Occupational Therapy Fall Conference where she presented “Occupational Engagement: Weaving Psychological and Social Factors into Everyday Practice.” She also created and presented an all-day workshop for UIndy fieldwork educators, titled, “Infusing Occupation-Based Concepts into Every Day Practice.” She also delivered a short-course presentation, “Rehabilitation, Prevention, and Wellness for Musicians: A Comprehensive, Occupation-Based Approach to Care,” at the American Occupational Therapy Association’s National Workshop and Conference. Working with a student-led research team, Barton was the principal investigator of a study that resulted in the publication of “Role Strain in Occupational Therapy Fieldwork Educators” in Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation. Barton and Julie Bednarski ’06 were interviewed in June 2013 on WIBC radio’s The Sandwiched Generation regarding the role of occupational therapy with caregivers dealing with elders who have dementia.

Lucinda Dale will receive the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Roster of Fellows Award at the AOTA Annual Conference in April 2014. The award recognizes AOTA members who have made a significant contribution to the continuing education and professional development of other AOTA members.

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