UIndy standouts


Thomas-AnneUIndy nursing dean named to national post

Anne Thomas, dean of the School of Nursing at the University of Indianapolis, has begun a two-year term as president-elect of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties. UIndy nursing dean named to national postNONPF is a global network of educators devoted to promoting quality nurse practitioner education, setting standards, and guiding curriculum development nationally and internationally. Thomas has been an active member since 1995 and will serve two years as president after her current term ends. As an adult/gerontological nurse practitioner for 27 years, Thomas has worked in rural primary care as well as occupational and mental health care settings, and she has received several awards for her work in developing and implementing nurse-managed clinics. She has held academic leadership positions at the University of Texas at Arlington, Indiana State University, and the University of Michigan. She also served as a research director at the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute for Nursing Research. In 2012, she was inducted to the Fellows of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Thomas joined the UIndy faculty full-time in 2008, was named dean in 2010, and has overseen the launch of several new degree programs, often in partnership with local hospitals and healthcare systems. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from the University of Texas at Arlington and a PhD from Texas Women’s University. UIndy has educated nurses since 1959 and offers a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree as well as several innovative Master of Science in Nursing specialties, including Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Nurse-Midwifery, Nursing Education and Nursing & Health Systems Leadership. More information is available at www.uindy.edu/nursing.

Communication instructor director earns national accolades

Cunningham-AudreyThe National Forensic Association has honored Audrey Cunningham, instructor of communication and director of forensics in UIndy’s Department of Communication, with the Eddie Myers NFA Distinguished Service Award. This award is presented to members of the NFA community who have demonstrated exceptional dedication to the mission, goals, and events of the organization. The NFA is a national intercollegiate organization designed to promote excellence in individual events and debate. The NFA Nationals is the oldest national collegiate tournament dedicated to a full range of literature interpretation, public address, limited preparation, and debate events. Cunningham is being recognized for her contribution and dedication to the NFA while serving on committees for nearly 30 years. She served on the Ethics and Elections committees for several years and was appointed to work the ballot table in 1997 where she remained for 17 years. Cunningham began teaching in the Department of Communication in 1986, became the Director of Forensics a few years later after working with the speech team, and then joined the University full time in 1997. During her tenure, the UIndy speech team has won two national championships, NFA Division III in 1990, and Division II Novice national champions in 2012.

Energetic psychology professor is Teacher of the Year

Warman-DebbieWithin the School of Psychological Sciences, students say Associate Professor Debbie Warman is the best to have for morning classes, bringing “more energy than a gallon of coffee.” Dr. Warman’s enthusiasm and ability to engage students are key reasons why she was selected as the University of Indianapolis 2014 Teacher of the Year. Warman joined the University in 2003 and teaches a variety of graduate courses, including the Professional Practice Seminar and the Cognitive and Cognitive-Behavioral Approaches to Treatment lecture and lab. She is known for her ability to combine theory and practice in her instruction and for citing actual clinical cases rather than fictitious scenarios as classroom examples. As one of her students put it: “In her classes, I felt respected as a learner—a graduate student who was serious about mastering the material in order to be a more effective future psychologist.” The doctoral program in the School of Psychological Sciences produces more clinical psychologists each year than any other institution in Indiana.

OT, PT faculty members honored by national peers

Dale-LucindaProfessor Lucinda Dale of the UIndy School of Occupational Therapy has been named to the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Roster of Fellows in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the education and professional development of others in the field.Dale teaches courses in biomechanics and research applications, maintains a clinical practice at Hendricks Regional Health (in the occupational therapy department she started 20 years ago), and conducts research on outcome measurements for people with upper extremity musculoskeletal disorders and those with joint replacement. She is also a regular presenter at regional and national conferences and is co-author of the second edition of The Guide to Occupational Therapy Practice, a required text in many OT programs across the country.

Professor Sam Kegerreis of UIndy’s Krannert School of Physical Therapy was honored in February at the American Physical Therapy Association’s annual Combined Sections Meeting in Las Vegas. A UIndy faculty member for more than 30 years, Kegerreis is the 2014 recipient of the James A. Gould Excellence in Teaching Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Award. Previous honors have included the Educator of the Year award from APTA’s Sports Medicine section and the UIndy Teacher of the Year award.

Health Sciences dean is ‘Leader in Physical Therapy’

Kelly-StephanieStephanie Kelly, PT, PhD, dean of the University of Indianapolis College of Health Sciences, was the 2014 Leader in Physical Therapy presenter at Ohio State University in late April. Kelly was invited to address OSU’s School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Division of Physical Therapy, because of her roles as the Director of the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy and a fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association Educational Leadership Institute. Her remarks centered on ACAPT’s shared visioning process for clinical education in physical therapy, designed to reach agreement on best practices for clinical education in entry-level physical therapist education and to strengthen the relationship between academic and clinical faculty. Kelly’s scholarly interests primarily relate to clinical education and learning as it relates to the University motto of “Education for Service.” She has clinical experience in rehabilitation of individuals with stroke, brain injury, and amputations. She earned a degree in physical therapy from the University of Indianapolis and a PhD from Nova Southeastern University. She was named dean of the UIndy College of Health Sciences in 2009.

Greyhound scholar-athletes lead the pack in academics

University of Indianapolis student-athletes again have proven themselves top performers in competition as well as in the classroom. For the third year in a row, the Greyhounds lead the Great Lakes Valley Conference with 223 Academic All-GLVC selections, 15 more than the nearest program on the list. Three UIndy teams topped their sports in the conference: men’s soccer with 16 honorees, women’s swimming and diving with 16, and men’s swimming and diving with 19. Also this year, the Greyhounds earned their highest-ever finish in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, which award points based on each institution’s finish in up to 14 sports: seven women’s and seven men’s. UIndy placed fourth out of 312 Division II institutions, becoming one of only five Division II schools to post three consecutive Top 10 finishes. In May came news that UIndy had captured its first GLVC Commissioner’s Cup, a traveling trophy awarded for success in the seven core conference championship sports: baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, softball and women’s volleyball. The Hounds also claimed the GLVC All-Sports Trophy, awarded for best all-around performance in the league’s 20 sponsored sports—another third-straight award for UIndy and its sixth All-Sports Trophy overall. Depending on the outcome of the Division I Directors’ Cup standings, to be announced after press time, UIndy is on track to be the highest-ranked athletic program in Indiana for the sixth time in the past seven years.

A link to love? First-meeting circumstances matter

millerajAmanda Miller, assistant professor of sociology (whose work was featured in last year’s issue of 1400), has coauthored another intriguing study, this time on the vagaries of the human heart. “The Ecology of Relationships” was published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. Miller’s work with colleague Sharon Sassler of Cornell University shows that the location and means by which the typical romantic couple meets can vary widely by socioeconomic class and be an important determinant of the relationship’s ultimate success. As an article on Canada.com (http://o.canada.com/news/national/meeting-places) notes, it’s all about “location, location, location.” Writer Misty Harris notes, “Not only did means of first meeting affect a cohabiting couple’s perceived social support—a proven factor in longevity—researchers uncovered important class differences that may help explain long-term variation in togetherness.” The research, she continues, suggests that “couples who meet through stronger social ties—for instance, on a date arranged by a mutual best friend, or at a family wedding—‘end up getting more social support from those people, which helps strengthen the relationship,’” according to Sassler. An earlier study, which appeared in a September 2012 Sociological Forum, asked unmarried couples how they would respond to an unexpected pregnancy. Many of the men said their positions would be based not on religious or political beliefs but on personal circumstances that might shift over time. In another study, published in the December 2012 Qualitative Sociology, Miller and Sassler of Cornell University interviewed working-class cohabiting couples about the division of household responsibilities in their relationships. They found that couples who moved in together without a wedding often held surprisingly traditional views on gender roles and household chores.