Spring 2014University Updates

Spring 2014: Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Psychological Sciences, Social Sciences, Theatre, Woodrow Wilson

School of Nursing: Making women’s health a priority

For a week in October, a team of 22 community members, UIndy students, adjunct faculty, and faculty traveled to the Dominican Republic to provide women’s health services through the Good Samaritan Hospital program to the residents of the city of La Romana. Faculty included Barb Winningham, Jody Perez, Paula Stephens-Bibeau, and Cheryl Newbold-Thompson, along with five graduate nursing students and eight Accelerated Master’s Program students. Teams visited the hospital each day and traveled to nearby villages to provide medical care and educate the women regarding health care and human trafficking. The team will return in the fall of 2014 and present at an annual women’s conference in the Dominican Republic.

Denise K. Ferrell ’93 ’06 was nominated to be vice president for the Black Nurses Association of Indianapolis.

Connie Wilson was appointed to the Higher Learning Commission’s Systems Portfolio Design Team in September 2013. She and seven regional colleagues are redesigning the categories used for university accreditation for Academic Quality Improvement Program pathway institutions.

Winningham has been asked to serve on the American Midwifery Certification Board Discipline Committee.

School of Occupational Therapy: Ready to go back to school?

The School of Occupational Therapy and the School of Education are partnering to host a workshop in August 2014 for healthcare clinicians (OTs, PTs, RNs) who are interested in transitioning into an academic setting. If you would like more information as the workshop develops, please contact Kate DeCleene Huber at decleenek@uindy.edu.

In 2013 Lucinda Dale and Sara-Ruth Strain-Riggs ’09 ’10 published the article “Comparing Responsiveness of the Quick Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder, and Hand (QuickDASH) and the Upper Limb Functional Index (ULFI)” in volume 46 of Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation. Huber and Paul Arthur ’11 coauthored “Behavioral Health Competence: An Exploration of Army Reserve Occupational Therapists” for the March 2014 issue of Occupational Therapy in Mental Health. Jennifer Radloff ’04 and Patricia Donaghey ’13, Lindsay Emery ’13, Alivia Luck ’13, Tyra Schantz ’13, Kristy Ulm ’13, and Shandra Walker ’13 presented “Survey of Assessment Tools Used in Practice by U.S. Occupational Therapy Practitioners” at the 2014 AOTA Conference in Baltimore, Md., in April. Several SOT faculty, students, and alumni made presentations at the conference. Huber, Alison Nichols ’08 ’09, Kaila Bowman ’14, Jessica Marquis ’14, Taylor Murphy ’14, Chanlar Pierce ’14, Chelsea Sanders ’14, and Jessica Ward ’14 presented “Enhancing Evidence-Based Practice Through the Assessment of Confidence and Knowledge.” Huber, along with students Shelby Gruner ’14, Patricia Holmes ’14, Kari Holsapple ’14, Elise Leung ’14, Valerie Ray ’14, and Abby Wilmes ’13 presented “Social Media Use in Allied Health Education: Enhancement or Distraction?” Beth Ann Walker ’01 presented “Utilization of Virtual Game-Based Rehabilitation in Occupational Therapy: A Pilot Study” with Sara Larson ’12, Natalie Taylor ’12, Shay Persohn ’11 ’12, Melissa Walner ’12, Mark Bower ’09 ’12, and Sara Walker ’12. Lori Breeden ’97 ’99 presented “Understanding the Experience of Stroke and the Client- Identified Factors of a Successful Recovery.” Becky Barton ’07 presented “Enhancing Your Advocacy Skills:  Disability Awareness and Occupational Therapy.” She also presented “Discover and Develop Your Role as an OT consultant: Promote Health and Wellness in your Community” with Julie Bednarski ’96 and colleagues from Chatham University. At the same conference, Lucinda Dale received the Roster of Fellows award, which is given to members who have made a significant contribution to the continuing education and professional development of other AOTA members.

School of Psychological Sciences: International flavor

In November David L. Downing helped to organize an international conference on Psychoanalytical Education and Training at the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, Mass., and delivered the plenary address. In January Downing began his term as president of the American Board and Academy of Psychoanalysis.

Michael Poulakis ’94 ’98 ’02 and Kristen Cole ’11, Jeff Vergo ’10, Shruti Kankaria ’12, Emily Dubosh ’12, Kat Rivero ’12, and Lori Nabors ’11 ’14 presented “The Effect of Formal Clinical Training on Stigma Towards Transgender Individuals,” “The Impact of Culture on Mexican Americans’ Experience of Divorce,” and “South Asian Parenting in Canada: Process of Understanding a Child’s Autism Diagnosis” during the American Psychological Association conference in Hawaii last August. Poulakis also chaired the symposium “The South Asian LGBT Community: Overview, Needs, and Community Inter-ventions” at the conference, with Ekta Kumar ’10 ’13 serving as the main presenter of the session.

In April Jacqueline Wall, Jackie Hess, and graduate students Kendra Corning ’13, Trevor Langston, Lauren Myers ’13, and Amanda Wakefield ’10 will present “Utilizing Individual Strengths to Face the Challenges of Caregiving” and “Building Resilience: Keeping Your Loved One Safe While Living Comfortably” at the Indiana Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association spring education meeting.

Social Sciences: Transforming sociology

The Social Sciences Department and senior sociology students hosted the Association for Humanist Sociology 2014 Midwest Regional Meeting on Saturday, February 8, at Wheeler Arts Community. More than 60 sociologists and students from seven states participated in the event, which was organized by Jim Pennell, Tim Maher, and Greta Pennell (Teacher Education). The theme of the meeting was “Whom Will Sociology Serve? Transforming the Discipline through Community-Focused Teaching, Service, and Scholarship.” The plenary panel, “Connecting Communities and Campuses,” moderated by Maher, featured UIndy alumni working in the community: Isaias Guerrero Cabrera, Lindsay Leonhard ’11, and Johannon Tate ’11, as well as Marianna Foulkrod ’01 ’04. Katrina Reinhardt (Teacher Education) and Amanda Miller presented “From Practicum to Proposal: Integrating Service Learning and Social Capital in a Refugee Resettlement Agency,” and Jim Wolfe presented “Voter Registration Project.”

Phylis Lan Lin co-chaired the International Symposium on Service-Learning, which was held in South Africa in November 2013. (See page 13.) Lin presided over the plenary session and also presented “University of Indianapolis Press & Service-Learning: Innovative and Cutting-Edge Practice” with a colleague from Bellarmine University. The paper was published in Service-Learning across the Globe: from Local to Transnational, published by Stellenbosch University.

Theatre: Treading the boards

Director of Theatre Brad Wright directed the Dinner Theatre production of The Fox on the Fairway by Ken Ludwig in February. In January the department hosted the State Festival of the Indiana Thespians, attended by more than 600 high school theatre students and their sponsors and parents. Fritz Bennett, production manager/technical director, and numerous theatre students organized and hosted the event. The Department of Theatre’s October 2013 production of Private Lives by Noël Coward received several honors from the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival. The production, directed by Wright, earned certificates of merit for the entire production team, as well as for the costume designs by Penny A. Sornberger, assistant professor of Theatre. In addition to the certificate of merit, two of the costumes were presented in the costume parade on the opening night of the 2014 Region III Regional Festival held in Saginaw, Mich.

In January Sornberger presented “Fun & Fabulous Eco Creations” at the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival 2014 Region III Festival in Saginaw, Mich., and “Upcycle Costumes & Décor” at the Indiana Thespian State Festival.

In October at Anderson University James Leagre directed Little Women, The Musical. He will be directing Love Song at UIndy this spring with a unique staging concept where the audience will be onstage with the actors.

Bennett was associate lighting designer for a number of productions with the Indianapolis Opera, including The Flying Dutchman in May 2013, Threepenny Opera in October, and Amahl and the Night Visitors in December, all at the Basile Opera Center. Student Anna Wieseman ’15 worked as assistant stage manager for Amahl and the Night Visitors. In June 2013 Bennett was the lighting designer for the Wagon Wheel Theatre (Warsaw, Ind.) production of Hello, Dolly. In July he attended Electronic Theatre Controls biennial program ETC CUE (Create, Understand, Experience), an educational and networking event intended to provide learning opportunities about the lighting industry and new technologies.

Laura Glover, adjunct professor of Theatre, recently designed lights for Dance Kaleidoscope, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Time for Three, the Phoenix Theatre, Indy Fringe, North Central High School, Wabash College, the Indianapolis Men’s Chorus, and Heartland Actors Repertory Theatre. Laura is in her 23rd season with Dance Kaleidoscope as resident lighting designer and production manager. She recently lighted her 43rd production for the Phoenix Theatre. Laura helped produce Spotlight, a fundraiser for the Indiana AIDS Fund. She also designed lights for Workshop Theatre Group in Norfolk, Va., for a production of Romeo and Juliet. She also worked with violinist Nicolas Kendall and the Illinois Symphony Orchestra on a world premier by Steve Hackman, whom she also worked with to light Brahms v. Radiohead, an orchestral mash-up.

Tom Horan, adjunct professor of Theatre, will have a reading of his play Typhoid Mary at Stage West Theatre in Texas and will continue to work at the Lark Play Development Center in New York in May. He will also be sound designing for Tribes, I and You, and Bless Me, Ultima at the Phoenix Theatre and The Mountaintop at the Indiana Repertory Theatre. This season he is serving as playwright- in-residence at the Phoenix Theatre, where he is co-creating a musical about the eccentric scientist John C. Lilly.

Robert Neal, adjunct professor of Theatre, is rehearsing Who Am I This Time? at the Indiana Repertory Theatre. Within the last six months, he has performed in The Crucible, A Christmas Carol (both at IRT), and Welcome to the MonkeyHouse at the Indianapolis Fringe Festival with ShadowApe Theatre, where he is a company member.

Ryan O’Shea ’08, adjunct professor of Theatre, has recently performed in two productions at the Phoenix Theatre, including A Very Phoenix Xmas 8 in December 2013 and Tribes in January and February 2014.

Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellowship Program: What was the question?

In February Deb Sachs ’78 presented “Encouraging Student Thinking and Engagement through Effective Questioning,” at the Hoosier Association of Science Teachers, Inc. conference. She also co-presented “Attention, Meaning, and Primacy-Recency: Making the Connection” with Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellows Kelly Crider, Corbin Feldhaus, Nikki Holladay, and Ashley Owen.


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