Fall 2015University Updates

Fall 2015: Music, Social Work, Professional Edge Center, Business, Education, Nursing

Music: Military honors

Freddie-MendozaIn January jazz studies director Freddie Mendoza was a featured guest artist at the U.S. Army Band’s Annual Tuba-Euphonium Conference at Ft. Meyers, Arlington, where he had the distinguished and rare honor of soloing with Pershing’s Own “Army Blues.” He is currently putting the final touches on a new recording with his band “Los Jazz Vatos,” to be released in the fall on the independent label Strange Brew Records. In addition, he was recently awarded a University of Indianapolis InQuery Grant to present a concert of the Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn Nutcracker at Ransburg Auditorium on December 7. The concert will feature UIndy students, faculty, and local professionals.

Phylis Lan Lin Department of Social Work: International relations

Dr. Phylis Lan Lin was invited by the Asia and Pacific Islander council at Indiana State University to present “Breaking the Glass Ceiling” on April 17 at the API Forum. She was the keynote speaker at the People to People Association National Conference in Chicago in June and presented “How to Decrease Islamophobia on U.S. Campuses? Implications for the Future of U.S.-Saudi Educational Exchanges.” She also was interviewed in April for the Bicentennial Legacy Book Project, which will be part of the Indiana bicentennial celebration in 2016.

Professional Edge Center: Connecting students to work

In May, Betsy Knott was selected as chair-elect for the College Career Center Consortium and also will fill the role of secretary. In existence since 1978, the Consortium comprises 14 institutions in Indiana and works to connect liberal arts-minded students to employers seeking high-quality candidates.

School of Business: International research

Darrell Bowman was awarded a Presentation Excellence Award for his presentation of “The Use of Debate as a Method for Learning in an MBA Program” at the International Conference on Learning and Administration in Higher Education 2015 in Nashville, Tenn., and received a Best Paper Award for “The Use of Debate as a Method for Learning in an MBA Program.” The article will be published in an upcoming issue of Journal of Learning in Higher Education.

In April Drs. Jodie Ferise and Terry Schindler ’84 presented “HR Management and Ethics: People, Situations, and Environments” at the Indiana Chamber HR Conference and Expo in Indianapolis. In May, Schindler presented “The Emotionally Intelligent Leader” for EmployIndy’s Leadership Development Series in Indianapolis.

School of Education: Making math fun

Rachael Aming-Attai and Dr. John W. Somers presented a week-long summer workshop, “Using Animation and Apps to Explore Children’s Mathematical Thinking,” to elementary education teachers as part of the Independent Colleges of Indiana initiative to increase the number of highly qualified teachers of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in Indiana.

In April Dr. Azure Angelov served as a panelist for the National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools equity coalition in Washington, D.C., and presented on the state of special education in charter schools and the charter school authorization process in the Midwest.

Donna Stephenson, Deb Sachs, and Dr. Angelia Ridgway will present “Engagement, Connections, and Motivation: Designing Effective Lessons for All Content Areas” at the Association for Middle Level Education National Conference in Columbus, Ohio, in October. Their presentation aims to prepare middle school educators to better design daily lessons for motivating and engaging learners.

Ridgway and Gaoming Zhang’s article “Infusing 1:1 Technology in an MAT Program: Experiences, Perceptions, and Challenges” has been published in the proceedings of the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2015 by the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education. Ridgway and Zhang studied the master of arts students’ perceptions of the integration of 1:1 technology in their graduate program and these experiences’ impact on their future teaching of secondary students.

School of Nursing: Leadership in nursing

In April Dr. Anne Thomas (dean) presented “Building Blocks for New Program Directors” at the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties Conference in Baltimore, Md. She is chairing the NONPF task force to revise the Nurse Practitioner Competencies for the Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Primary Care and Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Acute Care population focused groups. She is
a consultant to Louisiana State University’s Health Science Center, School of Nursing for development of adult/gerontological nurse practitioner BSN-DNP program. Thomas also has been accepted to the 2015 Cohort of Fellows for the AACN/Wharton Executive Leadership Program. The program is designed to provide advanced academic administrators with the expertise that will assist in elevating them to a higher level of leadership.

Dr. Denise Ferrell’s manuscript “Minority Undergraduate Nursing Student Success” has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Cultural Diversity: An Interdisciplinary Journal. She was the keynote speaker for the Indiana Association of Health Care Recruiters on December 12, 2014, and the topic was on diversity in the nursing work force. She also was elected recently as president of the Black Nurses Association of Indianapolis, Inc., Chapter 46.

Dr. Rita Holl’s article “The Complexity of Pain, Nurses’ Knowledge, and Treatment Options” has been accepted for publication in the November/December issue of Holistic Nursing Practice.

Drs. Karen Iseminger and Kathy Hetzler participated in the Integrating Palliative Oncology Care into Doctor of Nursing Practice Education and Clinical Practice course in June in St. Louis, Mo.

Stephanie Kemery ’14 has completed work to become a trainer for the End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium, a national initiative to improve end-of-life and palliative care. She will present a poster along with several colleagues from the School of Nursing at the Professional Nurse Educators Group conference in October on novel approaches to teaching cardiovascular nursing skills. Additionally, she will speak in December on improving cardiopulmonary resuscitation skills at the Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update Conference in San Diego, Calif., with the related manuscript “Utilizing Brief Bedside Refresher Training to Practice CPR Skills in the Ambulatory Surgery Center Setting,” which is slated to be published in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing.

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