Well-deserved recognition


 Kinesiology prof featured in New York Times

Berger-NY-TimesIn April, the New York Times Business Travel section carried a story that featured Dr. Christopher Berger of the Department of Kinesiology discussing a favorite topic: how to stay healthy while traveling by air. An exercise physiologist and assistant professor at UIndy, Berger chairs the American College of Sports Medicine’s Task Force on Healthy Air Travel. Among other initiatives, the task force is a clearinghouse for tips and information on fitness opportunities in and around the nation’s major airports. One option is simply to walk around, whenever there is time to kill. “You’re stuck in a terminal for three hours, boo hoo, but you have a climate-controlled place where you can walk literally for miles at some airports if you want,” Dr. Berger told the Times. Read the full story at http://tinyurl.com/n478rfc.

State honors CAC director for healthcare work

Ellen Miller, executive director of the University’s Center for Aging & Community, has received the state health commissioner’s Award for Excellence in Public Health. The award recognizes outstanding contributions in promoting, protecting, and providing for people’s health. Commissioner Gregory Larkin thanked Miller for helping ISDH in its “daily work to move forward the heavy ball of public health.” Under Miller, CAC has led two successful quality initiatives for ISDH—the Indiana Pressure Ulcer Initiative and the Indiana Healthcare Associated Infections Initiative—seeking to improve delivery of care, cost-effectiveness, and quality of life for patients. In addition to its research and consulting services, the CAC offers an online Master of Science in Gerontology degree as well as graduate and undergraduate certificates in related fields.

ATEP director tapped for state Hall of Fame

Connie Pumpelly, recently retired program director and department chair of UIndy’s Athletic Training Education Program, has been inducted into the Indiana Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame. Pumpelly joined UIndy in 1995. She has been instrumental in developing curriculum and served as head athletic trainer for women’s basketball and volleyball from 1995 to 2005. She was honored last fall and retired this spring. Pumpelly earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education and health from Cedarville College as well as a master’s degree in physical education, specializing in sports medicine, from Indiana University. Pumpelly wasn’t UIndy’s first such honoree, however: head athletic trainer Ned Shannon was inducted last year.

 Dean picked for national Nursing fellowship

ThomasAnne Thomas, dean of the University’s School of Nursing, has been selected for induction to the Fellows of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, recognizing outstanding contributions to national and global health. The fellows program honors nurse practitioner leaders who have distinguished themselves through clinical practice, research, education, or policy-making. Fellows conduct an annual think tank to strategize on the future of nurse practitioners and health care. The academy is the largest full-service national professional organization for nurse practitioners, representing the interests of 150,000 nurse practitioners nationwide. Thomas is being recognized for her work in establishing new health clinics and leading the development of national and international educational curriculum. She is helping to develop national standards for nurse practitioner education, among other projects.

Thomas began teaching in UIndy’s nursing programs in 1996 and joined the University full time in 2008 as director of nursing graduate programs. She was named dean of the nursing school in 2010 after serving as interim dean. Several new degree programs have been launched during her tenure, often in partnership with local hospitals and healthcare systems. Thomas has served as a research director at the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute of Nursing Research and more recently as coordinator of the Adult Nurse Practitioner Program at the University of Michigan School of Nursing. Thomas earned her doctoral degree from Texas Woman’s University College of Nursing and bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the School of Nursing at the University of Texas at Arlington.

VP earns Athletic Director of the Year honors

Willey,-SueThe National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics honored Sue Willey, UIndy vice president for Intercollegiate Athletics, as an Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year. Willey recently completed her 10th year as director of athletics and her 37th overall at UIndy after being promoted to vice president in September 2012. In her time at the helm, Willey has established UIndy as one of the top overall athletics programs in both NCAA Division II and the state of Indiana. In five of the last six seasons, UIndy has been the highest-ranked athletics program in Indiana across all divisions and the NAIA. (See pp. 40–41.)

The Greyhounds made more school history under Willey’s guidance this season by placing seventh in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup after a fifth-place finish in 2011–12 to give UIndy back-to-back top-10 finishes for the first time in school history. The University of Indianapolis has also claimed the Great Lakes Valley Conference All-Sports Trophy each of the last two seasons, including a conference record seven conference championships in 2011–12 and six more this season. Greyhound student-athletes have been successful in the classroom as well, with four student-athletes named GLVC Scholar-Athletes of the Year in their sports, giving UIndy the most honorees in the GLVC in 2011–12. The Greyhounds have also had 18 Capital One Academic All-Americans over the last two seasons, including a school-record 10 last season. Athletics facilities have seen major renovations under Willey’s watch as well. Willey has served on a variety of national committees and now serves on the NCAA Division II Membership Committee.

Prof honored as Nagasaki Peace Correspondent

Amano,-KyokoAssociate Professor of English Kyoko Amano was honored May 19 while leading a UIndy delegation on a Spring Term tour of Japan. In a presentation, the mayor of Nagasaki marked Amano’s induction as a Nagasaki Peace Correspondent, a select affiliation whose 15 current members include artist-activist-Beatle widow Yoko Ono. The designation recognizes people from various nations and disciplines who are involved in raising awareness about peace initiatives and the continuing nuclear threat. The Spring Term trip, with faculty colleague Greta Pennell and a dozen students, was Amano’s third travel course focusing on global peace efforts and the aftermath of the World War II atomic bombing of Japan. Funded by a grant from the Japan Foundation’s Japan-America Collegiate Exchange Travel Program, the group spent two weeks hearing stories from A-bomb survivors in Hiroshima and Nagasaki and lectures at the United Nations Institute for Training and Research, the Hiroshima Peace Institute, and the Radiation Effect Research Foundation, among other activities.