Report Card

 

Doctoral students earn Schweitzer fellowships
Two UIndy graduate students are among the first Indiana recipients of the prestigious Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, a statewide fellowship program designed to address community healthcare needs and develop tomorrow’s public health leaders. Darby Chodakowski and Chelsea Kane, doctoral candidates in the School of Psychological Sciences, will receive stipends to partner with community-based organizations in designing and implementing year-long, 200-hour service projects. Chodakowski will work with Forest Manor Health Center on Indianapolis’s near-northeast side to educate and assist youth who are at risk for developing Type II diabetes as a result of obesity. Kane will develop a program of afterschool outings, based at a site to be determined, with the goal of promoting outdoor physical activity. They are among just 16 students in Indiana and 256 nationwide named to the 2011–12 class of Fellows.

Making history
An article about Jewish involvement in Indiana’s civil rights movement earned UIndy senior Krista Kinslow a Best Paper prize in the state and publication of a longer version of her piece in the Indiana Magazine of History. Kinslow is the second UIndy student to present a paper at the state conference of Phi Alpha Theta, the history honor society, and also the second to win the top prize. A dual major in marketing and history, she has been accepted with full funding into the history doctoral program at Boston University, where she will begin her studies in August. UIndy’s previous recipient of the Best Paper Prize, Caryn Nieman, just completed law school and joined an Indianapolis firm in May.

Tracing roots of Tibetan Buddhism
Tracing the knotted roots of Tibetan Buddhism is not an easy process, but UIndy junior Matthew Grohovsky has discovered that doing meticulous scholarly research has its rewards. An Honors College student from Paducah, Kentucky, Grohovsky has been selected as one of 10 Alfred H. Nolle scholars nationwide by the Alpha Chi academic honor society for his research and analysis of the subject.

English students present at major convention
Four English majors from UIndy were invited to Pittsburgh in March to present papers at the Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society’s international convention. They earned the invitation when their critical and creative works were selected from more than 1,000 entries submitted for presentation. The students are Kara Lamb of Lowell, Indiana (“The Social Mask Dividing Egoism and Altruism in Tartuffe”); Meagan McCann of Indianapolis ( “A Stifling Society”); Melanie Orr of Winchester, Indiana (“The Cruelty of Comedy”); and Casey Pennington of Indianapolis (“Parallel Lives”).

Grad named state Intern of the Year
Recent UIndy graduate Fangfang Li has been named Outstanding Intern of the Year (college division) by Indiana INTERNnet, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce’s statewide resource for student internships. A native of China, Li interned at the International Center of Indianapolis, where her cultural knowledge and proficiency in Mandarin proved useful. After graduating in December with a degree in communication, she was hired as the center’s communications and marketing specialist.

Top Dog in Communication
The student-run public relations firm in the Department of Communication, Top Dog Communication, won Best of Show for the student projects division at the Hoosier Public Relations Society of America Pinnacle Awards, the top honor for student projects.

The winning group developed an exhaustive event plan for Crossroads of America to increase awareness of Boy Scout programs among Latinos. Earlier, Top Dog Communication was one of only 18 firms to become affiliated with the national board of the Public Relations Student Society of America. PRSA is the industry’s premier professional organization. This recognition puts special emphasis on the outstanding work of its student contributors and the level of professionalism displayed to the nonprofit clients they serve in Indiana. UIndy’s speech and debate fraternity, Pi Kappa Delta, recently jetted to Portland, Oregon, and claimed 10 individual awards in interpretive events and public address. The team scored 13th in the nation out of 82 schools—its best placing ever.

The University’s student newspaper, the Reflector, won 19 state journalism awards in Division II of the Indiana Collegiate Press Association competition. The awards include second place in Newspaper of the Year competition. The ICPA contest is a statewide competition judged by professional journalists at out-of-state newspapers.

APICS of the litter
UIndy’s chapter of Advancing Productivity, Innovation, and Competitive Success: the Association for Operations Management (APICS) competed in a student case competition in Chicago in February, placing 8th from a pool of colleges in the Midwest. The high placement came fresh on the heels of attaining first place in a regional competition in January, beating many other student competitors around the state.

Graduating on a good note
Amanda Vidal was one of two students from the state to receive the prestigious Outstanding Future Music Educator Award from the Indiana Music Educators Association. After being nominated by UIndy’s director of Music Education, the graduating senior’s application was judged by a panel from another state based on her growth as a music educator throughout her four years of college. The statewide collegiate body of the Indiana Music Educators Association also named student Andrew Moran as its representative to the Board of Directors for a two-year term.

Tradition!
Two videos submitted by Communication major Joanna Huff were among the top three selected by the National Association for Campus Activities showcasing campus traditions. The videos documented UIndy’s Midnight Breakfast and Homecoming events, traditions that attract some of the strongest involvement from students. UIndy’s Circle K chapter earned top honors and recognition at its District Convention as the 2010–11 Distinguished Club for Indiana. UIndy’s Circle K received 14 of the 31 awards presented, including the Circle K Governor’s Project Award.

Enterprising intern has our vote
Can you name all the elected officials who represent you? Many of us can’t. But thanks in large part to efforts of UIndy’s Tim Coxey, an Election Division intern last year in the Indiana Secretary of State’s office, a new web-based service for voters has been launched. Simply type your address for a list covering everyone from the White House to your local school board.

“There’s no other state that has a comprehensive list like we do,” Coxey says.His Election Division duties centered on requirements of the Help America Vote Act.

Coxey also set up a social networking site for Indiana’s county clerks and developed an information packet to help college administrators explain absentee voting procedures to students. Coxey, who graduated in May with a public relations major and a political science minor, says he found the project energizing. The experience confirmed his thoughts of pursuing a career in government or public affairs.

“You feel good because you know it’s a big part of our democratic process,” he says. “Serving our state—that’s what was really enjoyable about it.”