Spring 2014University Updates

Spring 2014: Modern Languages, Music, Philosophy & Religion, Professional Edge Center, School for Adult Learning, Business, Education

Modern Languages: No need to pardon their French

Peter Vakunta has helped to create the new UIndy Francophone Club, which offers students opportunities to interact with Francophones and Francophiles on campus and in the local community. The club creates a forum where students can improve their French language proficiency and gain deeper insight into the cultures of France and Francophone countries.

Music: Standing in for Sandi

In July, with less than 24 hours’ notice, Kathleen Hacker stepped in for renowned singer Sandi Patty to perform in the showcase concert finals of the Michael Feinstein American Songbook Competition. In October she delivered the pre-concert Classics in Context lecture for the Palladium recital of Deborah Voigt at the Center for the Performing Arts. In November Hacker joined the Ronen Chamber Ensemble in a concert of music inspired by the journal of the 19th-century painter Eugène Delacroix. The concert was presented at Indiana State University in Terre Haute and was part of the UIndy Faculty Artist Concert Series. In January Hacker and pianist Sylvia Patterson Scott presented a full-length voice and piano recital, “A Toast to Italy,” in which they offered repertoire from European composers as the composers regarded Italy.

In January Brenda Clark attended the Indiana Music Education Conference in Ft. Wayne, Ind., with 30 UIndy music education majors. At the conference she presented “Maximizing the Student-Teaching Experience.” Panel members included Andrew Moran ’14, Abby Means ’13, and Jane Brewer, music education adjunct. In addition, Zachary Cardwell ’14, senior Music Education and Performance major and former president of UIndy’s National Association for Music Education chapter, was one of four students from Indiana selected to receive the prestigious Outstanding Future Music Educator award.

As a member of Ensemble Meme, Austin Hartman recently released “Compadrazgo” on the Albany Records label. The CD features four works by composer Gabriela Lena Frank. The recording was released in concert in December at the Dillon Gallery in New York City.

In December Harry Miedema received the Outstanding Jazz Educator award from the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation at its annual Showcase at the Jazz Kitchen. Junior jazz concentration student Michael Carnagua received a $1,000 scholarship from the Foundation.

Philosophy & Religion: Tackling the big issues

In January Gregory Clapper presented at the University Forum about HJR-3, the gay marriage amendment to the Indiana Constitution. He summarized the views of several religions and denominations on the nature of marriage and distributed his research to the audience. He has recently preached at Christ United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, was the invited keynote speaker on Veteran’s Day at Greenwood (Ind.) Village South, and gave a presentation about his Wesleyan spirituality book at Grace United Methodist Church in Franklin, Ind., on Wednesday evenings in January.

Peter Murphy published “The Defect in Effective Skeptical Scenarios” in International Journal for the Study of Skepticism and “Help the Patient, But Be Complicit with Homophobic Social Norms? Four Issues” in the American Journal of Bioethics—Neuroscience. He also presented two papers at the meetings of the American Philosophical Association in April: “Reliabilism and Suspended Judgment” and “Higher-Order Belief Views of Justified Suspended Judgment.”

Professional Edge Center: From Greece to South Africa

In November Marianna Foulkrod ’01 ’04 presented “A Journey Continues: Sustaining International Multidisciplinary Service-Learning Partnerships—The Case of Service in Cyprus” at the International Symposium on Service-Learning at Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa.

School for Adult Learning: Being prepared for anything

Beginning this fall, the School for Adult Learning will offer Emergency and Disaster Management as a bachelor of science degree program, associate degree program, or certificate program. Emergency and Disaster Management is a field of study focusing on the planning and directing of disaster/emergency response or crisis management activities; providing disaster and emergency preparedness training; and preparing emergency plans and procedures for natural, wartime, or technological disasters or hostage situations. The programs will prepare students for careers in emergency management and public safety and introduce students to the all-hazards approach, emergency management, disaster management phases, risk assessment, prevention and management, counter-terrorism, consequence management, mitigation, and recovery. For more information, visit sal.uindy.edu.

School of Business: Welcome to the real world

Mark Akers published Real-World Economics: Complex and Messy through the University of Indianapolis Press.

In October Kathy Bohley ’91 ’93 ’94 presented “TBT: Techy Bloom’s Taxonomy” at the Indiana Academy of Social Science in Muncie, Ind.

Chris Harris published his fifth book on the subject of lean manufacturing. Capitalizing on Lean Production Systems to Win New Business: Creating a Lean and Profitable New Product Portfolio was co-authored with his father, Rick, who is the owner of a consulting firm.

School of Education: Technology ups and downs

In February Greta Pennell and colleagues from Northwestern University and Loyola University, Chicago, presented “Wonderful When it Works, #%&$! When it Doesn’t: A Case Study of Electronically Mediated Guest Lectures” at the Midwest Regional Meeting of the Association for Humanist Sociology in Indianapolis. Pennell, Tim Maher (Sociology), and Sandra Maher ’02 were part of a mixed-media exhibit titled “Visual Arts Trio, 2014,” which opened February 7 at the Wheeler Arts Community in the Fountain Square neighborhood.

UIndy cohosts global conference in South Africa

Slincholars and professionals from eight countries met in Stellenbosch, South Africa, in November to discuss serving-learning across the globe. The fifth International Symposium on Service-Learning was organized and hosted by UIndy and Stellenbosch University. The conference has become a vehicle through which service-learning research can be shared among institutions of higher education. Phylis Lan Lin (left), associate vice president for international partnerships, served as symposium co-chair. An interdisciplinary cadre of faculty and staff presented at the symposium: Marianna Foulkrod (Social Sciences), Julie Gahimer (College of Health Science), Candace Beitman (College of Health Science), Sue Blackwell (School of Education), Jodie Ferise (School of Business), Lang Brownlee (Ecumenical and Interfaith Programs), Jennifer VanSickle (College of Health Science), and Marilyn McElwain (College of Arts and Science). Students Elizabeth Jarrett and Erin Gahimer also served as presenters. The UIndy delegates contributed research and poster presentations and participated in story-telling sessions. A follow-up service-learning book is scheduled to be published by the University of Indianapolis Press in early 2015.

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