Summer/Fall 2020University Updates

Summer/Fall 2020: School of Nursing

Assistant professors Dr. Alex Kemery and Dr. Briyana Morrell co-authored “Differences in Psychomotor Skills Teaching and Evaluation Practices in Undergraduate Nursing Programs” in the March/April 2020 issue of Nursing Education Perspectives.

Morrell co-authored “Escape the Generational Gap: A Cardiovascular Escape Room for Nursing Education” in the February 2020 issue of the Journal of Nursing Education.

Dr. Diane Smith, professor, was invited to host a podium presentation, “The Addictions Mystery,” at the UIndy Interprofessional Week in February.

Smith is participating in a national technical expert panel for Hospital-Based Medicine, examining the 2019 Merit-Based Incentive Payment System Improvement Activities for Sepsis. 

Dr. Aksana Waskosky, assistant professor, had an abstract accepted for a podium presentation at the 11th International Council of Nurses NP/APN Network Conference in Halifax, Canada. 

Lindsay Spurgeon ’20, along with Waskosky, had an abstract accepted for poster presentation at the National Advanced Practice Neonatal Nurses Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii. 

Center for Aging & Community (CAC)

CAC has completed the first of a two-year contract with the Tennessee Department of Health to develop and implement regional quality improvement collaboratives in 75 participating nursing homes. This effort is modeled after a similar initiative CAC implemented in Indiana.

In response to COVID-19 in nursing homes and other residential care environments, CAC is working with partners to develop infection prevention technique training in long-term care and assisted living facilities.  

CAC is working with the Minnesota Department of Human Services, through its Aging and Adult Services Division, to evaluate the patterns of Elderly Waiver enrollment for individuals who spend down their private resources in assisted living settings, or by privately purchasing home and community-based services within their own homes.  

Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL)

Through a $7.9 million federal grant, CELL has established a Rural Early College Network to help rural Indiana schools more quickly implement the Early College high school model. Five Mentor and Five Tier 1 high schools have completed the first year of the project, and five new Tier 2 schools will join for Year 2.

New staff include Christel Cater, coordinator of special projects, Kate Coffman, director of Education-Workforce Innovation Network, Jeremy Eltz, director of rural education, and Daisy Brown, administrative assistant.

Center for Service-Learning & Community Engagement (CSLCE)

Marianna Foulkrod, director of CSLCE, was named Program Partner of the Year by College Mentors for Kids.

Center for Global Engagement

The Center partnered with the City of Monza, Italy and the Sister Cities Committee to send Greyhounds overseas to study the motorsports industry, with plans to extend the exchange program to industries such as health sciences, business,
and more.

Gender Center

UIndy’s Gender Center held a grand opening in February. The community is committed to promoting gender equity by supporting research and education, serving as a connector for resources, and cultivating partnerships. 

Professional Edge Center

Pro Edge marked a major milestone with its 10,000th student appointment recorded in January. The Center was established in 2013 to assist students with career readiness. 

Writing Lab

The Writing Lab was well represented at the East Central Writing Center Association conference: 

Designated Tutor Coordinator Liz Whiteacre, with peer tutors Amelia Lasbury and Kylie Sabol, gave a presentation entitled “Meeting People Where They Are: Making Meaningful Connections When Appointments Are Mandatory.” 

Associate Director Dawn Hershberger and peer tutor Erin Dawson gave a presentation called “Language Is Power: How Conversation Circles Help Instill Confidence in International Students.”