Spring 2015University Updates

Spring 2015: Social Work, Business, Education, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Sociology & Criminal Justice, Theatre, Advancement, Woodrow Wilson

Phylis Lan Lin Department of Social Work: Help around the world

Dr. Phylis Lan Lin co-edited Service-Learning in Higher Education: Building Community Across the Globe with Bellarmine University’s Dr. Mark R. Weigand and IUPUI’s Dr. Antoinette R. Smith-Tolken. The book was published by the University of Indianapolis Press in January 2015 and included contributors from five countries.

In January Dr. Lin spoke at the Shanghai Jiguang Polytechnic College (Shanghai) on “Innovation and the Future of Work” and at Shenzhen University (Shenzhen, Guangdong, China) on “Leadership and Megatrends.”

School of Business: Going green

Dr. Kathy Bohley ’91 ’93 ’94 received the Best Paper award at the Academic and Business Research Institute conference in Orlando, Fla., for her paper “End of Life: Does Green Really Matter?” The article investigated the millennium consumers’ views of e-waste and its effect on their behavior when purchasing mobile phones. The winner of this award is invited to publish in one of the AABRI journals. She and Chris Harris published “An Analysis of e-Waste: When do Electronics Die?” in the Journal of the Indiana Academy of the Social Sciences. She presented “Small Business Organizational Hierarchy: The View from Maslow’s Lens” at the Indiana Academy of Social Sciences in October. She and Harris published “The Reverse Logistics of Online Retailing, Its Evolution and Future Directions” in the Journal of System and Management Sciences last June. Her article “Maslow’s Hierarchy and the Intertwined Relationship Between Community and Small Business,” co-authored with Harris and Timothy Zimmer, appeared in the September issue.

School of Education: Selling a school

Dr. Azure Angelov and Deidre Pettinga’s book Educational Marketing: More Than Just Telling Your Story is being published by Kendall Hunt in April (see Portico, Fall 2014). The two faculty members have given a presentation about marketing to school leaders in Wayne Township and spoken with the city of Sheridan’s Chamber of Commerce on how businesses and schools can work together.

In March Angelia Ridgway and Gaoming Zhang presented “Infusing 1:1 Technology in an MAT Program: Experiences, Perceptions, and Challenges” at the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference in Las Vegas and “FYI: Implications of Infusing 1:1 Technology in an MAT Program” at the National Association for Alternative Certification Conference in Chicago. Their presentations reported findings of a study conducted in a pilot 1:1 computer initiative in a graduate-level initial teacher preparation program, and preliminary data suggests that teacher candidates find 1:1 programs helpful in improving their technological knowledge.

In January the Student Education Association hosted the Power of Education Conference on campus. Nearly 50 participants attended, which also helped raise money for the Indiana Student Education Association’s Outreach to Teach, an annual project that helps an Indiana public school with repairs and updates. UIndy SEA develops an understanding of the education profession that stimulates the highest ideals of professional ethics, standards, and attitudes and was named Most Improved Registered Student Organization in 2014.

School of Nursing: Reviewing the research

Dr. Janice Surina Cise was a 2015 abstract reviewer for the American Holistic Nurses Association national conference and the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback international conference.

School of Occupational Therapy: Here’s to your health

In April Dr. Julie Bednarski ’96, Ashlee Fishburn ’14, Emily Rogers ’14, and Gabrielle Shipman ’14 will present “Application of Health Literacy Principles in Community Practice” at the National American Occupational Therapy Conference in Nashville, Tenn. Their poster discusses the process and outcomes of applying principles of health literacy in order to educate and improve usage of a telehealth kiosk at a low-income senior housing complex. Bednarski, Emily Augustyniak ’14, Jessie Bohlander ’14, Valerie Ray ’14, and Chelsea Sanders ’14 will present “A Community Partnership with a Hospice Home for the Homeless Population,” which discusses the experience of OT students taking on the role of consultants in the community with the homeless population requiring end-of-life care.

Dr. Brenda Howard ’14 received her Doctor of Health Sciences degree from UIndy in December. Her juried project, “Brief Educational Intervention and Fall Risk Awareness in Belize: A Pilot Study,” has been accepted for poster presentations at the American Occupational Therapy Association conference in April and at the International Symposium on Service-Learning conference in May.

Dr. Kate DeCleene Huber and Dr. Alison Nichols ’08 ’09, along with graduates Kaila Bowman ’14, Jessica Hershberger ’14, Jessica Marquis ’14, Taylor Murphy ’14, Chanlar Pierce ’14, and Chelsea Sanders ’14 wrote “The Correlation Between Knowledge of Evidence-Based Practice among Occupational Therapy Students.” It was published in the winter 2015 edition of the Open Journal of Occupational Therapy.

In January Dr. Beth Ann Walker ’01 joined the editorial review board for the Open Journal of Occupational Therapy.

Sociology & Criminal Justice: High school highs and lows

In March Dr. Jim Pennell and Sociology and Criminal Justice double major Hannah Greig presented “Exploring Neglected Terrain: Student Perspectives and Experiences of High School Sociology” at the Southern Sociological Society meeting in New Orleans. The paper was co-authored with Dr. Amanda Miller. At the same conference, Dr. Pennell and Dr. Greta Pennell (Teacher Education) presented “Tuning in to People, Product, and Place: The Context Attunement of Local Winery Owners.” Tim Maher, graduate student Patrick Moore, and Mark Taxter of the Marion County Criminal Justice Center presented “Making Justice Local: The Community Impact Panel Experience.” Jim Pennell and Tim Maher published “Whom Will Sociology Serve? Transforming the Discipline By Engaging Communities” in the February issue of Humanity and Society.

Theatre: Turning trash into treasure

In January, James Leagre, Christian McKinney, James Ream, Penny Sornberger, and Dr. Brad Wright accompanied 20 theatre students to the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival Region III Conference in Milwaukee. Three of Sornberger’s costumes from Urinetown, directed by Leagre, were featured in the opening night costume parade with an audience of approximately 1,800. Ream was a technical respondent and Sornberger was a regional design projects faculty respondent. She also exhibited her costume design for Urinetown in the faculty design exhibit and presented “Selective Seconds; Putting it Together with Upcycling.”

Ryan O’Shea ’08, Leagre, and Wright coached the UIndy Irene Ryan Acting competition student competitors. Elise Campagna ’15 and her partner, Paeton Chavis ’18, advanced to the semifinal round of 48 out of the preliminary round of more than 300 actors. O’Shea performed in the Phoenix Theatre’s A Very Phoenix Xmas IX in December and The Cripple of Inishman in February. She also was the dialect coach, assisted by Cassie Cutshaw ’15. Over 20 UIndy Theatre students along with faculty and staff attended one of the performances as a group.

Leagre was recently cast and completed filming a regional commercial and voice-over for Carrier Heating & Cooling. He was hired as a consultant by local marketing firm JMI, Inc. to develop a six-week presentation training module. He will train 18 individuals over six individual sessions in the area of authentic communication. The module was developed from acting exercises and techniques that allow individuals to tap into truthful  communication, thereby achieving their directive in a more successful manner. JMI, Inc. is considering expanding this training module to its employees in London, Dubai, and Hong Kong.

Ream was the designer for UIndy’s new outdoor commencement. He designed scenery for I and You at the Phoenix theatre, and was invited to participate in their “pitch night” when plays being considered for the 2014–15 season are pitched. This fall Jim designed Clark Gable Slept Here for the Phoenix Theatre Mainstage.

Sornberger participated in the Faculty Learning Design Studio student-engagement series and presented “How to Design Your Own Project-Based Learning Unit.”

Angela Farrand owns the company Act-Out Academics, established in 2010, that provides workshops to educators introducing the skills to incorporate drama techniques in the academic classroom setting. She is chairperson (since 1999 of the board of directors of Interactive Drama for Education and Awareness in Schools based in Brooklyn, N.Y. In October and November, Angela conducted two story dramatizations, Number the Stars by Lois Lowry and Indian Legend, for fourth graders at the Thorpe Creek Elementary School in Fishers, Ind. She attended a National American Sign Language Standards workshop at Vincennes University in November.

Laura Glover has continuing lighting design work with Dance Kaleidoscope (two world premieres in March), worked on lighting design on the rolling world premiere of River City at the Phoenix Theatre, as well as lighting The Cripple of Inishman at the Danger Theatre. She also did lighting design on the world premiere orchestral mash-up of Beethoven vs. Coldplay at the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Happy Hour series.

A performance of Lou Harry’s Going . . . Going . . . Gone and a reading of his play Lightning and Jellyfish will be held in South Jersey in March to benefit the restoration of the Gateway Playhouse. Going . . . Going . . . Gone also continues monthly at Theatre on the Square. Christian McKinney designed scenery for Distracted for Wisdom Tooth Theatre Project in September. She’s designing scenery for Jason and Medea for Wisdom Tooth in May. At Anderson University, she designed scenery for Grand Night for Singing and lighting for It’s a Wonderful Life.

University Advancement: Raising funds and friends

Patti Tehan, development officer and gift planner, was granted the Certified Fund Raising Executive credential by meeting a series of standards set by CFRE International, which includes tenure in the profession, education, demonstrated fundraising achievement, and a commitment to service. In addition, the certification includes a written examination testing the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of a fundraising executive and the agreement to uphold Accountability Standards and the Donor Bill of Rights.

Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellowship Program: Succeeding at science

Deb Sachs ’78 and Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship science Fellows Jessica Carlson ’15, Jordan Gibson ’14 ’15, Amanda Jackson ’14 ’15, Mark Jedele ’15, and Mofoluwake Laleye ’15 presented “Using Literacy Strategies to Promote Student Success in Secondary Science” at the Hoosier Association of Science Teachers conference in February.

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