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INSIDE MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN
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SCHOOL ACCREDITATION GAME CHANGER 4
COMPREHENSIVE PUBLIC HEALTH THE EIGHT DIMENSIONS OF WELLNESS 7
FOUNDING DEAN’S MEDALLIONS RECOGNIZING EXCELLENCE 9
FOR ALL. THE INDIANA UNIVERSITY BICENTENNIAL CAMPAIGN 12
SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH–BLOOMINGTON THE HEART OF CAMPUS 10 BRIAN KEARNEY WELLS-NESS & WELLNESS 11
DONOR PROFILE BEN AND SUSAN FRANK 13
STUDENT STUDENT NEWS NEWS
AN EXTRAORDINARY PARTNERSHIP BRADFORD WOODS AND THE RILEY CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION 14 UNLIKE ANY OTHER SPH LIVING-LEARNING CENTER 16 STUDENT PROFILE ELISE GAHAN 18 MERIT AND DEDICATION SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS 20
FACULTY PROFILE HANNAH BLOCK 27
CELEBRATING STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT GRADUATION CELEBRATION 22 RESEARCH ACROSS THE SPECTRUM TAKING PUBLIC HEALTH RESEARCH TO NEW LEVELS ACROSS DISCIPLINES 24
NEW LEADERSHIP IN 2015-2016 28 JOHN SEFFRIN. FORMER CEO OF THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY HAS JOINED THE FACULTY AS A PROFESSOR OF PRACTICE 30
ALUMNI BOARD UPDATE
ALUMNI ALUMNI NEWS NEWS
IN THE SPOTLIGHT SAGE STEELE 31 32
ALUMNI BOARD 34 ALUMNI PROFILE PATTY WHITTEN HOLLINGSWORTH 35 IU SPH ALUMNI AWARDS RECOGNIZING OUTSTANDING ALUMNI 36 OLDEST LIVING ALUMNA JANET MACLEAN 38 ALUMNI CLASS NOTES 39 IN MEMORIAM 44
MESSAGE from the DEAN Dear Friends: It is with tremendous pride and gratitude for our school community that I share our good news: the School of Public Health–Bloomington has earned accreditation from the Council on Education for Public Health. This distinction, which only 56 schools in the country can claim, recognizes academically excellent programs that prepare students to become public health leaders. Measuring multiple dimensions including research, teaching facilities, community engagement, career services, and workforce development, the accreditation process was a rigorous multi-year effort in which more than 230 people took part. These supporters and stakeholders included faculty and staff members, students, alumni, and community partners, who generously gave their time to reflect on our school’s strengths and chart new directions forward. As you will read in this issue’s feature, accreditation was not a sure thing. We are, in many ways, different from other schools of public health. Our proud history as the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation brings with it unique programs that did not precisely match the accreditation team’s expectations. In the end, we exceeded those expectations by demonstrating how effectively our traditional and non-traditional public health areas work together in a comprehensive approach to today’s most pressing public health issues. One of our most remarkable features that stands out in the accreditation report is our high level of engagement with the community. Extensive and sustained involvement in local, state, and global health programs is integrated into every aspect of our school. From student internships to faculty service to collaborative research that directly informs public health programs, the School of Public Health–Bloomington lives out its commitment to promoting health among individuals and communities in Indiana, the nation, and the world. The accreditation process also inspired some exciting changes within the school that have strengthened our foundation and positioned us for even greater success. I am particularly proud of two developments: our Student Government, which provides the student body with a clear voice in school governance, and our Office of Diversity and Inclusion, which focuses on recruiting and supporting students from all types of backgrounds. Both of these advances support an engaged and empowered student body with access to the tools and channels for leadership. I hope you will enjoy reading about the accreditation process and what it means for our school. I believe you will come away with a new appreciation for all we have accomplished together, and all that we may now achieve on the national and global stage. All the best and please stay in touch.
Mohammad R. Torabi, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.S.P.H., F.A.A.H.B. Founding Dean and Chancellor’s Professor
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At its most basic level, accreditation from the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) affirms that the School of Public Health–Bloomington meets standards of academic excellence assuring that its graduates are well prepared to tackle complex and diverse public health challenges. The CEPH seal of approval qualifies the school’s students for new fellowships, its research for new funding, and its alumni for credentials and positions that are only available to graduates of CEPH-accredited schools. This increased access is transformative in itself, but it’s only part of the picture. By becoming one of just 56 accredited schools of public health across the nation, the School of Public Health–Bloomington has the opportunity to influence public health education, research, and practice on an unprecedented scale. The school is unlike any other that CEPH has accredited, which means that attaining this level of recognition is a game changer not only for the School of Public Health–Bloomington but also for the public health field. In addition to its highly regarded traditional public health programs, the school’s unique strengths in non-traditional public health areas offer a holistic, lifestyle-oriented perspective that is highly relevant to public policy and programming today.
WHY WE PURSUED ACCREDITATION Accreditation provides a recognized seal of quality from an independent body authorized through the U.S. Department of Education. In conferring accreditation, CEPH affirms that a school of public health provides an effective and sustainable learning environment that prepares a diverse body of students to excel in public health careers. Accreditation also recognizes a high quality and quantity of research and a deep commitment to collaborating with public health agencies and organizations. The U.S. federal government relies on CEPH accreditation to designate which schools merit access to certain types of research funding and student financial aid. It also limits employment eligibility for the U.S. Public Health Service to graduates of CEPH-accredited schools. Certain public health positions in the U.S. Military and in some state and local government agencies are also restricted to those holding CEPH-recognized degrees. For the School of Public Health–Bloomington, there was an additional layer of incentive to pursue accreditation. Because of its unique history as the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, the school had the opportunity to champion a larger vision integrating aspects of health and wellness that haven’t always appeared on the public health radar.
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“To date, most schools of public health have been built on very traditional models,” says Associate Dean Michael Reece. “I think some people weren’t really sure we could do this. There were some skeptics challenging us, asking, ‘How do sports fit into public health? What role do parks play in public health?’” By the end of the process, says Reece, “We ended up at a place where we educated not only some of those reviewing us for accreditation, but also some of our own faculty and others on the campus and in the community. It became clear that we are on the cutting edge of public health in ways that some weren’t able to foresee.”
SELF-STUDY INSPIRES MAJOR CHANGES There are two main components in the CEPH accreditation process: a self-study and a subsequent site visit by independent evaluators. Both components assess school performance on 29 measures ranging from governance to degree offerings to workforce development and career advising. The School of Public Health–Bloomington formally initiated the self-study in January of 2012 and submitted the completed study to CEPH in June of 2014. Throughout those two and a half years, more than 230 faculty members, staff members, students, alumni, and community partners discussed and reviewed the self-study elements, resulting not only in increased selfknowledge but also major new developments and attention to strengthening the academic infrastructure of the school. One of the most significant changes to the school’s infrastructure was the establishment of the SPH Student Government. Now in its third year, the student government comprises representatives from all five academic departments. Student Government President Ren-Jay Shei, a Ph.D. candidate in Human Performance, says the most meaningful contribution the council has made so far is appointing students to faculty governance committees, including the graduate and undergraduate studies committees, the Committee on Budget on Planning, the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, and the Committee on Student Affairs. “We now have student representatives on all the major faculty committees,” says Shei. “All the student representatives have reported very positive experiences. They feel valued, and in some cases are even voting members, so their influence is equal to the other committee members. It really is a win-win. The faculty get a fresh perspective and hear what’s really going on in students’ heads, and the students’ eyes are opened to all the work that goes into running the school.” Staff members have also been added to all governance committees. Other developments stemming from the self-study include clearly defined competencies for every major that are publicly available via “What will I learn in this major?” links on the website; revised tenure and promotion guidelines that give additional weight to community-engagement and translational research, with a focus on outcomes that directly benefit public health initiatives; and the new Office of Diversity and Inclusion, which is dedicated to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body. “These were things that we had known needed attention over the past decade or so, but we were so focused on our ongoing teaching, research, and service activities that it never seemed like there was time to address them,” Reece says. “The self-study gave us the momentum to tackle these tough infrastructural issues, and the result is a much firmer foundation that supports students, faculty, and staff to do the progressive work for which we are known.”
EDUCATING THE EVALUATORS In December 2014, a team of CEPH evaluators spent three days at the school, touring the facilities, talking with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community partners, and reviewing documents ranging from student posters to faculty CVs. Their subsequent report, adopted in June of 2015, captures the high level of engagement among school stakeholders, particularly with respect to the school’s transition to becoming a school of public health.
“In the course of the on-site visit, the review team repeatedly observed the energy and enthusiasm expressed by faculty, staff, students, and community partners about this transition. Meeting attendees discussed how the transition has created greater opportunities for creativity and collaborations,” the report reads. The reviewers also remarked in the report, “Faculty and administrators from the non-traditional disciplines told site visitors that the transition created an opportunity to develop a shared platform and contribute to a bigger mission, and they could easily articulate how they contribute to public health and how public health contributes to their disciplines.” Reece describes a process of gradually dawning awareness among the evaluators that the school’s expansive approach to public health was both thoroughly considered and urgently relevant. “I think it’s fair to say that in the beginning of the process there was a sense that we had to justify ourselves in response to some perceptions of, ‘You look different and you’ve got some different components from what we’re used to,’” he says. “When they came for the site visit, they said, ‘Help me understand how kinesiology and recreation, park, and tourism studies fit into public health.” “So we showed them the kinds of community programs we study and support, and how interventions around trails and parks can be connected to exercise and eating and relationships and other aspects of health behavior. We demonstrated that the graduates who leave this school are running health programs and recreation departments and building a healthy society every day. And I think at some point there was a light bulb that went on. They left with a full understanding that everything we do is about the public’s health.” This expanded perspective is evident in the review team’s comments regarding the school’s engagement with public health practitioners. “The school’s vision for workforce development is somewhat unusual but appropriate for the setting,” the report reads. “In addition to a goal of expanding the knowledge of the traditional public health workforce, the school defines its audience to include those individuals impacting community health outcomes through their vocations.”
END GAME: IMPACT THE FIELD
Going through this process together, with all departments and constituencies working collaboratively, Reece says the school gained not only accreditation but also new confidence in its ability and responsibility to influence the broader public health field. “We see accreditation as a monumental achievement, but we don’t see it as the end game,” he says. “We see it as a license to have even more profound and more visible impacts on public health. It’s a license to be bolder in encouraging the rest of the public health world to pay attention to what we’re doing. The legitimacy and opportunity that comes with being an accredited school allows us to have a voice in shaping public health’s future.”
BEING A CEPH-ACCREDITED SCHOOL OFFERS THE FOLLOWING KEY BENEFITS TO STUDENTS COMPREHENSIVENESS: THE INDIANA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH-
QUALIFICATION: THANKS TO OUR CEPH-ACCREDITATION, OUR STUDENTS ARE
BLOOMINGTON PROVIDES A VARIETY OF DEGREES IN PUBLIC HEALTH, INCLUDING
ELIGIBLE TO SIT FOR THE CERTIFIED IN PUBLIC HEALTH (CEPH) EXAM, ADMINISTERED
UNDERGRADUATE, MASTERS’ AND DOCTORAL DEGREES IN A NUMBER OF AREA OF STUDY.
BY THE NATIONAL BOARD OF PUBLIC HEALTH EXAMINERS (NBPHE).
RIGOR: OUR SCHOOL GOES THROUGH A RIGOROUS ACCREDITATION PROCESS ON A
OPPORTUNITY: ELIGIBILITY FOR PUBLIC HEALTH INTERNSHIPS AND FELLOWSHIPS
REGULAR BASIS TO ASSURE STUDENTS OF A QUALITY EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE.
SPONSORED BY VARIOUS FEDERAL AGENCIES, AS WELL AS STUDENT ASSISTANCE
RECOGNITION: BECAUSE OUR SCHOOL IS PEER-REVIEWED, STUDENTS CAN BE SURE THAT THE INDIANA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH-BLOOMINGTON HAS MET THE STANDARDS ESTABLISHED BY CEPH.
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RESOURCES THAT ARE AVAILABLE ONLY THANKS TO OUR ACCREDITATION.
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COMPREHENSIVE PUBLIC HEALTH
THE EIGHT DIMENSIONS OF WELLNESS
If there’s one word to describe the approach to wellness at the School of Public Health–Bloomington, it’s “comprehensive.” Every aspect of wellbeing, from physical to financial health, fits into the school’s activities and mission. Inspired by our community’s well-balanced approach to wellness, we offer a “cheat sheet” to getting top marks in every wellness category.
PHYSICAL HEALTH Often the first dimension to come to mind when considering one’s personal health, this realm is strongly influenced by dietary choices, physical activity, and sleep. Small changes like drinking more water, adding a daily walk, and waking up at the same time every day can make a big difference in physical health, but don’t be afraid to get a bit more ambitious (with your doctor’s approval). Have you ever wondered what would happen if you stopped drinking soda? Or turned off all electronics at night so you could truly unwind? When it comes to exercise habits, changes require caution to avoid injury, so be sure to get guidance from a fitness professional. Unless your doctor recommends against it, however, replacing processed foods with whole foods and shifting your schedule to ensure sound sleep are major changes worth making.
SOCIAL HEALTH This dimension emphasizes the importance of feeling connected to other people, maintaining meaningful relationships, and communicating your feelings. As the film reveals, studies have demonstrated that the happiest people on earth, without exception, maintain close personal relationships with friends and family. Whether you find that connection through family, colleagues, volunteer work, a religious community, or purely recreational events, making time to enjoy the company of others can have a profound effect on your overall wellbeing.
SPIRITUAL HEALTH It’s a basic human need to experience a sense of purpose and meaning. For some, this is best fulfilled through connection to a religious tradition, while others find spiritual satisfaction in volunteer work, meditation, or exploration of different faiths. Devoting time to your spiritual health, whether by attending services or performing a service, is a key component of wellness that can mitigate stress, anxiety, and depression.
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH How do your surroundings support or detract from your wellbeing? Do you feel uplifted by your home and workspace? How is your air quality and your access to green space and local produce? While you may not be able to subsidize sidewalks in your neighborhood or persuade your employer to provide fresh fruit in the break room, a quick audit of the ways in which your environment affects your health may inspire proactive measures like packing your lunch, installing air filters, or decluttering your home to provide a more conducive setting for relaxation.
FINANCIAL HEALTH Financial wellbeing comes not only from feeling stable in the present but also secure with respect to the future. This dimension of wellness can only be achieved through comprehensive knowledge of your own financial circumstances. If you haven’t already done so, it’s time to take a thorough inventory of your assets, debt, income, and expenses. Even if you don’t like what you see, you’ll have taken the first step toward putting yourself on better footing. A financial advisor can provide a great deal of insight and guidance for those seeking to improve their financial health. “Fiduciaries” are advisors who commit to act in your best interest, rather than those of the investment firm, so be sure to look into whether your advisor makes a fiduciary commitment.
OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH When your work supports the other dimensions of wellness, you are occupationally healthy. Consider not only the ergonomics of your workstation but also whether the social and emotional aspects of the job contribute to your wellbeing. Do you feel connected to your work’s purpose? Does the work environment support healthy behavior like taking breaks, getting up to stretch, and working reasonable hours? Are your responsibilities challenging without feeling insurmountable? Do you enjoy (or at least tolerate) your commute? If you are in between jobs or considering a move, be sure to give weight to these types of questions in addition to evaluating the compensation package. While a high salary can support your financial health, an unhealthy work environment will often cost more in wellness than money can buy.
PSYCHOLOGICAL/EMOTIONAL HEALTH Feeling at peace with one’s self and one’s circumstances are the hallmarks of emotional health. This dimension has many facets, from stress to self-image to the ability to accept change. Activities associated with improved emotional health include walking, meditating, writing in a journal, and cultivating feelings of gratitude. As with all other dimensions of wellness, other people can be a terrific resource for improving emotional health. Reaching out to friends, loved ones, or a counselor is often the first step toward emotional healing.
INTELLECTUAL HEALTH This dimension relates to your mental stimulation and engagement. The intellect thrives on novelty, so keep it healthy with new experiences and challenges. These can come in the form of recipes, hobbies, travel, or work projects outside your usual realm. Spark new thoughts by checking out the immense array of podcasts available, or browse your local library for a smorgasbord for your intellect. Finally, consider continuing education courses to tap into intellectual nirvana: studenthood.
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FOUNDING DEAN’S MEDALLIONS
Edwin Marshall and John Seffrin awarded Founding Dean’s Medallion for Meritorious Contributions to Public Health Edwin C. Marshall, former Indiana University Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs, and John Seffrin, former CEO of the American Cancer Society, were recently awarded with the newly cast Founding Dean’s Medallion, bestowed by Mohammad Torabi, Chancellor’s Professor and Founding Dean of the Indiana University School of Public HealthBloomington. Marshall, Professor Emeritus of Public Health and of Optometry, was appointed by Indiana University President Michael McRobbie to chair the IU Public Health Edwin Marshall Coordinating Council. The council oversaw planning for the creation of the schools of public health at Bloomington and at Indianapolis, both of which are now accredited schools of public health.
Seffrin served as a Professor of Health Education and Chair of the Department of Applied Health Science before serving as CEO of the American Cancer Society and has plans to return to the school as a Professor of Practice in the school. Of the recipients, Torabi stated, “Public health is vital to our future as a state, nation, and planet. Both Dr. Marshall and Dr. Seffrin epitomize character, passion, and dedication to the vast and dynamic field of John Seffrin public health. Their outstanding contributions to public health would be too lengthy to enumerate. But their contributions have not only provided inspiration, they have made concrete differences in the world. For this, we should all be deeply appreciative.”
SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH–BLOOMINGTON
THE HEART OF CAMPUS
Courtesty of Digital Wells
When the first building that is now part of the School of Public Health complex was built in 1917, that area was at the very edge of campus. Today, thanks to the growth and evolution of the campus, the School of Public Health finds itself squarely in the heart of campus. The physical location of the school is a concrete metaphor for the role the school plays on campus and in the wider community. Through events such as the IU World Heart Day walk and the Campus and Community Fall Celebration, the vital role the school plays “at the heart of campus” is apparent.
IU WORLD HEART DAY WALK
CAMPUS AND COMMUNITY FALL CELEBRATION
Despite a rainy day, over 200 IU faculty, staff, and students as well as community members came together to underscore the importance of heart health by participating in the second annual IU World Heart Day Walk, sponsored by the School of Public Health-Bloomington, and Healthy IU (the university health and wellness initiative for faculty and staff).
Friends from across campus and in the community came together to celebrate a milestone year for the school. Indiana University Provost and Executive Vice President Robel and Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan jointly proclaimed the day of the celebration, September 25, as “Indiana University School of Public Health Day.”
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BRIAN KEARNEY WELLS-NESS & WELLNESS
Like many who have forged careers in fundraising and development, mine was a circuitous path. After receiving my Bachelor’s degree from the Kelley School of Business, I got involved with a grass-roots effort to establish a communitybased radio station. I had no prior experience with building an organization, networking, and fundraising. The turning point was landing a part-time position with Chancellor Herman B Wells. I worked for Dr. Wells for nearly 14 years and absorbed every bit of wisdom I could from the legendary leader. In 1993, WFHB Community Radio went on the air and I served as the first General Manager. I have often told people that “if not for Dr. Wells, WFHB would probably not have come into existence.” As I learned more of the history of Indiana University, I became cognizant that the “if not for Herman Wells...” phrase could be applied to many schools, departments, and programs at IU. Our newly accredited School of Public Health–Bloomington also has historical roots with Herman B Wells. It first came into being in the late 1940s, when Wells was IU’s President.
If I had to choose one word to describe the school, I would say “wellness.” Our school is dedicated to health maintenance and disease prevention through active lifestyles, sound nutrition, fitness, and social interactions. These values and practices were embedded in the nation’s first school organized around Health, Physical Education, and Recreation. With the school recently rechristened and newly accredited as a School of Public Health, I would like to add a complementary descriptive term to acknowledge our past: “Wells-ness.” As we embark on the Bicentennial Campaign for the School of Public Health, I look forward to building on the legacy of Herman B Wells and countless others who foresaw the immense need for, and potential of, a school dedicated to wellness. As we come together to increase support for scholarships, fellowships, professorships, and chairs, we can bring their visionary contributions into a 21st-century school that embodies “Wells-ness.”
Until we meet... Brian Kearney BS‘83, MA ‘96 Executive Director of Development at Indiana University School of Public Health
When I first arrived in Bloomington as an undergrad many years ago, it was love at first sight. Indiana University had everything I was looking for and needed: an opportunity to pursue an excellent education, a vibrant arts community, and a beautiful campus, as well as facilities and programs to pursue health and fitness. Little did I know upon my initial arrival that I would decide to settle here. As surprised as I am to find myself still in Bloomington three decades later, I am grateful for how things worked out.
Indiana University launched the public phase of its first-ever university-wide philanthropic campaign, kicking off with a donor event Sept. 26 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. For All: The Indiana University Bicentennial Campaign sets a record goal of $2.5 billion to be raised by 2020.
The For All campaign will support four broad university priorities that reflect the central goals of The Bicentennial Strategic Plan for Indiana University, approved by the IU trustees last year. The priorities are: enabling student success and support; creating the next generation of global leaders; recruiting and retaining the best and most creative faculty who will lead the discoveries and innovations that transform how we live; and creating a healthier state, nation, and world.
“The bold goals of the bicentennial campaign, which are the most ambitious in Indiana University’s history and among the largest ever by a public university, will set Indiana University on the course for Support for greatness in its third century,” said IU the campaign President Michael A. will help McRobbie. “Built on provide our strategic priorities, scholarships this unprecedented that keep an undertaking will fulfill IU education affordable IU’s promise to change for greater the way we live through numbers of path-breaking research, Michael A. McRobbie innovative academic students and programs, unparalleled international enable them to graduate with as little engagement, and an accessible and debt as possible. It will also enable overseas study and global academic exceptionally valuable education.” programs, career development, diversity and community service To date, the campaign has raised initiatives, faculty professorships and nearly $1.2 billion with the chairs, research infrastructure, patient participation of almost 204,000 care innovations, and – drawing donors, McRobbie said. 12 DIMENSIONS 2015–2016
particularly on the strengths within the School of Public Health–Bloomington – public health advancements on all IU campuses. “With this campaign, we are building on a proud and long legacy of philanthropic giving and alumni engagement,” McRobbie said. “Our exceptionally generous supporters have consistently shown that they value the world-class education IU provides and the enormous impact the university has on the economic development of our state, nation, and world, and we are enthusiastic about launching this ambitious campaign.” McRobbie noted that the For All campaign, which involves all of IU’s campuses across the state, represents IU’s first true “universitywide” campaign. He added that the contributions made by members of the IU community, including alumni, faculty and staff, will ensure IU continues its growth and further cements its position as one of the great public research universities of the world.
Donor Profile Ben and Susan Frank
In 2012, Ben and Susan Frank endowed a gift to the School of Public Health-Bloomington to fund the Frank Family Scholarship for Sports Medicine. Ben Frank of Danbury, Connecticut recently sold his dental practice after many years of practice. He received his D.D.S. in Dentistry from the IU School of Dentistry in Indianapolis in 1969. As a student, Ben was a member of the Psi Omega dental fraternity and Omicron Kappa Upsilon, a dental honor society. Ben’s wife, Susan, received her A.S. in Dental Hygiene and her B.S. in Public Health-Dental Hygiene from IUPUI in 1969 and 1970, respectively. The husband-and-wife team enjoyed working together at Ben’s dental office. In the past, Susan has held a number of roles in Jewish organizations. Ben and Susan also hold a lifetime family membership in the Connecticut chapter of the IU Alumni Association. They volunteer their time for IU by working with the Office of Admissions in recruiting outstanding high school students to the Bloomington campus.
Ben, Barnett and Susan Frank
The couple’s son, Barnett S. Frank, is also an IU graduate, having received his B.S. in Kinesiology with a focus on Athletic Training from the School of Public Health– Bloomington in 2008.
“Indiana University provided more than just a
professional education for our family members. IU provided us with unforgettable memories, relationships, and laid the foundation for us to build our family. We give, because we want to leave a legacy of the same opportunity IUB gave us when we were students.
AN EXTRAORDINARY PARTNERSHIP
BRADFORD WOODS AND THE RILEY CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION
Covering more than 2,500 acres and hosting 20,000 visitors per year, Bradford Woods, a unit of the School of Public Health–Bloomington, is an international model of universal accessibility whose 10 miles of trails, 140-acre lake, climbing tower, zipline, sports pavilion, swimming pool, equine center, amphitheater, and archery range are all part of its signature summer camp for youth with disabilities, Camp Riley. The camp was the original vision of John Bradford, who donated his land in Martinsville for use as a therapeutic and recreation center in 1938. He didn’t approach Indiana University at first, however – he brought his idea
Children’s Foundation recently “Riley affirmed their commitment to helping refurbish key infrastructure including a new health center.
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“Their idea was that the Riley Children’s Foundation would raise the funds to build and grow the facility, and IU would take the land and run the programs,” says Shay Dawson, Bradford Woods’s Director. “The hospital was very much invested in giving Riley kids a place for retreat and respite, and at the time IU was starting up its department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism studies.” It was a perfect match, and one of the first and largest gifts to the university during Wells’ presidency. Declaring Bradford Woods “a jewel in the crown of Indiana University,” Wells charged Department Chair Dr. Rey Carlson with developing a plan to turn the site into an outdoor recreation and teaching facility to serve all Indiana youth. The Riley Children’s Foundation (then called the Riley Memorial Association), through its fundraising commitment, made the plan a reality. The facilities have grown tremendously in the ensuing years, now comprising 56 buildings that include lodges, cabins, conference halls, meeting rooms, and an interpretive center. With each expansion, the Riley
Children’s Foundation has brought together the resources to achieve the partnership’s goals. “The Riley Children’s Foundation has literally built Bradford Woods,” says Dawson. “Its work has benefitted not only Camp Riley and the 800 youth with disabilities and chronic conditions who come to camp every summer, but also the 5,000 school-age kids who visit Bradford Woods each year, the IU students who intern and work here, and the research that is helping to guide programs and services around the world.” Dawson notes that in addition to serving as a research site for the School of Public Health–Bloomington and other IU schools and departments (see sidebar for an example), the site also hosts the American Camp Association and was the original home of the school’s National Center on Accessibility (now headquartered in downtown Bloomington). Altogether, more than 400 events and programs take place at Bradford Woods each year, involving IU groups, community members, and youth from every county in Indiana.
Although Bradford Woods is busy year-round with programs ranging from environmental education to therapeutic recreation, Camp Riley
“When a kid comes to Camp Riley, they don’t have any barriers,” says Dawson. “They look around and everyone has the same disability, so you see the person and not the disability. Absolutely everything is accessible, from the pontoon boats
This year marks Camp Riley’s 60th anniversary, and after decades of activity, many of the facilities require maintenance and upgrades. Riley Children’s Foundation recently affirmed their commitment to helping refurbish Doug Knapp key infrastructure including a new health center. Dawson notes that these maintenance needs also represent a meaningful opportunity for alumni and other supporters. “Riley Children’s Foundation has kept our momentum going for more than 75 years,” he says. “It’s an extraordinary partnership, and we hope more people who support the mission of Bradford Woods and Camp Riley will help the school and Riley Children’s Foundation to keep us going strong.”
BEYOND THE WOODS Attending Camp Riley provides meaningful benefits to youth with disabilities and chronic health conditions, but most of these effects vanish at home. That’s the finding of research led by School of Public Health– Bloomington Associate Professor Doug Knapp, who surveyed campers and their families before and immediately after their camp experience, following up three to seven months later. Campers reported gains in quality of life and social support during camp, but expressed frustration that their day-to-day lives remained isolating. “I didn’t expect the intensity of the peer aspect,” says Knapp. “The social interaction of the kids with other kids with the same disabilities provides enormous support. They don’t have this when they return home.” In response to the research findings, which the team replicated the following year and with other camps, Riley Children’s Foundation worked with Bradford Woods and the FranklinCovey leadership training organization to develop a pilot program integrating elements of the camp experience into a year-round initiative. Beyond the Woods matches teen campers with adult mentors who have the same disability or condition, with the goal of helping teens recognize their potential and work through challenges related to their disabilities. “The mentors come to camp for a day and commit to staying involved with their mentees for a year,” says Shay Dawson, Bradford Woods’ Director and a member of the research team along with School of Public Health-Bloomington Assistant Professor Jennifer Piatt and Kent State Associate Professor Mary Ann Devine. “Our preliminary research indicates the mentors are becoming part of kids’ social networks.” By tracking outcomes from the pilot program, the Beyond the Woods team hopes to create an evidence-based model that can be replicated across Indiana and in other states. In addition to measuring changes in social and emotional health, the project is also aimed at helping participants achieve major life goals such as going to college, having careers, and contributing to their communities. 15
remains the core of the facility’s mission. More than a dozen disabilityspecific camps are offered, some with camper-to-staff ratios as low as 1-to-1. By grouping children and young adults with others who share their disability, from blood disorders to craniofacial abnormalities, the camp provides a stigma-free environment where individual personalities can shine.
to the climbing tower, and miles and miles of trails. It’s such a unique and supportive environment.”
UNLIKE ANY OTHER
SPH LIVING-LEARNING CENTER
Gabe Nolley volunteers at the Hoosiers Hills Food Bank as part of the School of Public Health – Bloomington’s Living Learning Center.
When we talk about how the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington is unique and how it is reimagining public health for the 21st century, we often discuss how our approach to research, practice, and community engagement is shaped by our drive and desire to integrate a spectrum of disciplines into our mission to prevent disease, promote health, and enhance quality of life. One distinct way we also approach the discipline of public health includes our expansive and growing undergraduate education. With nearly 2,400 undergraduate students, our school has, by far the largest undergraduate student body of any school of public health. But we take undergraduate education one step further. Not only does every student learn the basics of public health, regardless of their major concentration, our school has created a livinglearning center in cooperation with Indiana University Residential Programs and Services. With the motto “living well,” the School of Public Health Living Learning Community is a residential environment where students engage in learning outside of the classroom in a professionally focused community centered on health and wellness. The LLC fosters an atmosphere that encourages and promotes the development and maintenance of a healthy body, mind, and community through a holistic approach to health. All student participants in the community are required to enroll in and successfully complete a three-credit School of Public Health (SPH) course, R142 “Living Well,” in the fall semester. Students with a common interest in exploring the numerous health-oriented academic programs offered through the school have the opportunity to participate in programs, activities, and experiences that support their goals of becoming health leaders, fitness experts, and public health professionals. Located in Briscoe Residence Center, the School of Public Health Living Learning Center is an opportunity for students who are interested in incorporating the eight dimensions of wellness into their college experience to develop a balanced lifestyle and to pursue a career that will do a lifetime of good.
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the motto “living well,” the School of Public “ With Health Living Learning Community is a residential environment where students engage in learning outside of the classroom in a professionally focused community centered on health and wellness.
WHAT ARE THE GOALS OF THE SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH LLC? • Provide specific and current information on wellness, health, and quality of life. Embrace and live the eight dimensions of wellness. • Integrate Indiana University services within the Briscoe community to enhance quality of life among residents • Increase camaraderie among residents through guidance from graduate students, resident assistants and board of directors.
WHAT TYPE OF ACTIVITIES DO STUDENTS ENGAGE IN?
• Influence health behavior in an attempt to impact lifetime health choices.
Students from the LLC pose with their T-shirts.
• Teambuilding retreat at the beginning of the year • Social events • Colts/Pacers games • Exploring different areas of wellness • 5K Runs • Community service
WHO LIVES IN THE SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH LLC? First-year, transfer, sophomore, junior, and senior students interested in majors in the School of Public Health are welcomed into the School of Public Health Living Learning Center.
HOW DO STUDENTS APPLY? When a student completes his or her housing application, he or she may select “School of Public Health LLC” on the Learning Community selection page. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elise Gahan may be from Omaha, Nebraska, but she’s proved you don’t need to be born in Indiana to be a great Hoosier. Gahan certainly has made Indiana University her second home, and has been a great addition to the School of Public Health. She’s involved in the Student Government here at the School, and serves as a student ambassador. She helps recruit high school students who are interested in studying public health at IU. Outside of the School of Public Health, she’s involved with the IU Office of Sustainability Food Working Group, and volunteers at Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard. She’s certainly a good role model for high school students. This is her third year at Indiana, but she’s graduating in May with a degree in Community Health. Said Gahan about her major, “I was drawn to major in community health because of its holistic view of the body and the efforts it puts into creating an environment whose sum of parts works together to create well-being by increasing the quality of life and preventing disease.” She’s also getting a minor in Nutrition, because she’s interested in the connection between 18 DIMENSIONS 2015–2016
food and health. Her thesis explores the connection between low-income mother’s food choices and the health of their children. After she graduates, Gahan has grand, international plans. She hopes to travel to the United Kingdom with the Fulbright Scholars Program. It’s a yearlong program that engages students both in the classroom and out of it. She says, “I plan to study and quantitatively compare the Elise Gahan United Kingdom’s food assistance programs with the United States’ to gain data that would plan to study and quantitatively compare the support changes to United Kingdom’s food assistance programs with improve the outcomes the United States’ to gain data that would support of the Supplemental changes to improve the outcomes of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Nutrition Assistance Program. Program.” After getting more experience in her chosen field, Gahan hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in Public Health, and help impact policy to lead to a more sustainable food environment.
2015-2016 STUDENT ENROLLMENT
HELP MAKE A DIFFERENCE The School of Public Health– Bloomington relies on scholarships to help attract and retain diverse, qualified, accomplished, and ambitious students.
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UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS BY DEPARTMENT undergraduate degrees currently only available from three academic departments
APPLIED HEALTH SCIENCE
RECREATION, PARK, and TOURISM STUDIES
GRADUATE STUDENTS BY DEPARTMENT APPLIED HEALTH SCIENCE
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For information on how you can make a difference through scholarship initiatives, please contact Natalie Kubat, Director of Donor & Alumni Relations, Office of Development, at 812.855.7891 or email@example.com.
MERIT AND DEDICATION
The IU School of Public Health-Bloomington relies on donor-funded scholarships to reward students for outstanding accomplishments as well as provide resources for future achievement. Thanks to the generous support of alumni, friends, and industry partners, we were able to award over 70 students privately funded scholarships for 2015-2016. Scholarship recipients were honored at the annual Scholarship Awards Dinner on October 2. Ensuring that the best and brightest students can afford to attend college is a critical priority for the school. The School of Public HealthBloomington is actively partnering with students to manage their costs and minimize their debt by increasing school-level scholarships, helping students reduce their loan amounts, and providing guidance to help students graduate in four years. Privately funded scholarship support is the vital key element that bridges the gaps that still remain in higher education affordability.
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SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS Bruce and Sylvia Hronek Family Scholarship Carly Connor Kimberly Drabek Carter Littell Memorial Scholarship Samantha Wolfe Cooper Fellowship Shane Murphy Crane Fund for Widows and Children Scholarship Sherika Facey Melina Rivera Courtney Storer Mary Yoke Dale W. Evans Scholarship Colleen Grady Bradley Moorhead Davies, Jones, and Mosely Scholarship Dohyun Lee Donald Ludwig Scholarship Emily Taylor
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Dr. Anita Aldrich Research Fellowship Award Yi-Chun Lin Yang Liu Edna Munro Physical Education Scholarship Abigail Rogers Frank Family Scholarship for Sports Medicine Raya Booth James Volz Gallahue-Morris Graduate Research Scholarship Micah Enyart
Harry Dippold Scholarship Siobhan McCulloch Hinton, Stager, and Tanner Women’s Health Research Kelsey Barrick IMPACT Scholarship Katie Lahmann J. K. Rash Scholarship Erin Fogarty James W. Crowe Award Chelsea Burris Joan Weinberg Wolf Scholarship for Dietetics Molly Liss
Leroy “Bud” Getchell Scholarship Alyssa Fowler Lohrmann Family Scholarship Alexander Maverick Margaret Sullivan Lyle and Evelyn Beaver Scholarship Curtis Hall
Ruth V. Russell Humanitarian Scholarship Adam Wheeler
Margaret Gary Sutter Sarah Ellingson
Ryan White Legacy Scholarship Israel Rodriguez
Margaret Seberger Scholarship Meiting Huang Kuangda Shan
Schrader Family Fellowship Annemarie Guest
Marjorie P. Phillips Scholarship Susannah Windell Mohammad R. Torabi Scholarship Godfred Antwi Namaste Health Behavior Doctoral Fellowship Jessamyn Bowling Nancy Friedman Memorial Scholarship Jamie Harris Opal G. Conrad Nutrition Scholarship Hannah Bilotta Shae Jansen Rachel Savage Samantha St. Clair Pay It Forward Elise Gahan
John Andrew Jarboe Memorial Scholarship Michael Egge
Richard D. Spear Memorial Scholarship Elise Gahan
John R. Endwright Fellowship Ren-Jay Shei
Ron Hall Scholarship Willie Sease
Kate C. Remley Memorial Scholarship Marissa Taylor
Ruth Mary Griswold Scholarship Connor Blake Danielle Bolling Taylor Claxton Samantha Ford Kendall Harshberger Kristin Hullett Lavanya Narayanan Madison DeGoey
Spike Dixon Athletic Training Scholarship John Pauer
Garrett G. Eppley Scholarship Susan Barnett Taylor Brockmiller Julie Grimes James Powell Adam Wheeler
Kathryn Mack McDonald Public Health Scholarship Brendan Martin
Summer Camp Leadership Scholarship Kimberly Drabek School of Public Health Alumni Board Scholarship Ren-Jay Shei Updyke/President’s Challenge Fellowship Ashamsa Aryal Kelsey Barrick Daniel Dibaba Julie Grimes Mary Yoke Vaught Family Undergraduate Scholarship Jordan Huntoon W.W. Patty Scholarship Taylor Brockmiller Devin Jones Kevin Pasciak Walter Jamieson Memorial Fellowship Xinwei Wu
CELEBRATING STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT
Celebrating the beginning of life after graduation is an important ritual for the School of Public Health-Bloomington. A spring and winter commencement reception and celebration event is held each to recognize the hundreds of students graduating with a degree from one of the school’s five academic departments. These events are meaningful for the graduates and their family and friends. Just over 1,300 students attained a School of Public Health-Bloomington degree in December, 2014 and May, 2015. This was the largest class ever and
nearly a 30% increase from the previous year. With diverse backgrounds and ambitions, these young professionals will go on to pursue careers as athletic trainers, dietitians, recreation therapists, researchers, educators, public health practitioners, policymakers, and more. Speaking at the Winter Commencement, Dean’s Recognition Award winner Emma Neukam said to her fellow graduates, “Maybe your future path is set in stone or maybe everything is uncertain. No matter which category you fall in to, my hope for our graduating class is that we, as students,
professionals, and people, will look past our disappointments and failures, seek growth – even when it is uncomfortable – and continue to take care of ourselves and motivate others to be healthy in all facets of life.” Due to the increase in student graduating in the spring and overwhelming popularity of the commencement event, two ceremonies were held in May. Christine Cichon, graduate and recipient of the spring Dean’s Recognition Award for the first ceremony, noted in her speech, “The reason that there will always be change, specifically in public health, is because there is always something we can be working on to enhance the lives of others. The School of Public Health has engraved the strong values of helping others, working toward the improvement of the human condition, and being passionate about your work in to all of its students.” During the second ceremony held later that day, Monica Weiss shared the following advice, “It’s okay that we don’t know the answers just yet.
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It’s okay to have no idea who we want to be and what impact we want to make on the world. We should embrace this feeling and the excitement and challenges that come with it. This is our opportunity to shape and reinvent ourselves, to discover who we are and who we want to be.”
RESEARCH ACROSS THE SPECTRUM
TAKING PUBLIC HEALTH RESEARCH TO NEW LEVELS ACROSS DISCIPLINES
With more than 130 full-time faculty members working in five departments and contributing to 20 centers, institutes, laboratories, and working groups, the School of Public Health–Bloomington generates a wide range of research vital to advancing the health of Indiana, the United States, and the world. School of Public Health–Bloomington students – undergraduate and graduate – also contribute to the school’s research portfolio. In the 2014-2015 academic year, nearly half of faculty publications included student co-authors, and $20,000 was made available to support student research and creative activity. Faculty and students in the departments of Applied Health Science, Environmental Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Kinesiology, and Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies investigate many of the most pressing public health issues facing the nation and globe, including obesity and healthy eating; alcohol, tobacco and drug use; sexual and reproductive health; the impact of the environment on health; and rural and other health disparities.
Kinesiology “The human body was made to move,” says Professor Donetta Cothran, Associate Chair of the Department of Kinesiology. “When we move, we accrue physical, mental, and social benefits important for quality of life and vital to who we are as people.” Ranked among the best in the country, the Department of Kinesiology boasts unique breadth, Cothran says. Incorporating traditional physiological studies, sports psychology, school-based wellness interventions, and the medical and business aspects of health and sport, the faculty’s diverse areas of interest result in a wide range of projects and initiatives. For example, the Wynn F. Updyke Center for Physical Activity pairs undergraduate and graduate students with children and young adults with special needs who have challenges getting enough daily exercise. School of Public Health– Bloomington students help participants – many of whom have autism – with basic skills, such as listening and following directions. Students also organize recreational activities including line dancing and basketball for the participants. “It’s a great opportunity for our students to gain experience working one-on-one with kids who really benefit from the program,” Cothran says. Among the many noteworthy research projects in this department, Assistant Professor Rob Chapman’s work on the effects of high altitude training on Olympic-level track and field athletes stands out. Focusing on pulmonary gas exchange limitations in elite distance runners, Chapman has found that up to half of all world-class endurance athletes experience 24 DIMENSIONS 2015–2016
exercise-induced hypoxemia—a condition in which blood does not get enough fresh oxygen at sea level – resulting in “significant declines in performance” even at relatively mild altitudes, he says. Chapman’s research can help coaches determine which athletes will most benefit from training at high altitude. Whereas Chapman’s research can support high-level athletic performance, Professor and Department Chair David Koceja spotlights activities of daily living in his balance research. His goal is to help older adults reduce their risk of falling. Investigating the role of the spinal reflex system in controlling normal postural sway (the horizontal movement of the body’s center of gravity when standing still) and recovering from temporary loss of balance, Koceja’s work aims at developing “short and long-term intervention programs to improve quality of life for elderly individuals,” he says. As the field of kinesiology continues to evolve, the Department of Kinesiology at the School of Public Health–Bloomington leads the way by encouraging new and provocative research, such as investigating the benefits of exercise as preventive medicine. As Cothran notes, “What we know and continue to learn about human movement directly applies to the health risks facing our nation.”
Environmental Health Traditionally, research in environmental health has focused on how pollution, soil quality, air quality, and other chemical and biological factors affect human health. Today, says Professor Alan Ewert, Chair of the Department of Environmental Health, research also encompasses the health ramifications of factors like population density and community presence. In addition to continuing to explore how environmental factors may harm human health, many School of Public Health– Bloomington researchers are blazing new paths by looking at the positive health effects of our surroundings. “There’s a growing body of evidence that being around plants helps reduce stress, improves attention span, and lowers blood pressure,” Ewert says. Other lines of research have found strong scientific evidence for the beneficial effect of pet therapy, while still others have shed light on how different landscapes may impact our health. Still, some of the department’s most notable research hews closely to the more traditional focus on environmental dangers. Associate Professor Barbara Hocevar, for example, working with colleagues Professor James Klaunig and Associate Professor Lisa Kamendulis, secured a grant to study how environmental factors may moderate the effect of alcohol and tobacco use on the risk of developing pancreatic cancer. Hocevar has also investigated links between alterations in the pancreas and exposure to perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), a compound widely used in stain- and water-resistant fabrics. FACULTY/STAFF NEWS
“The vast majority of Americans – around 98 percent – have measurable levels of PFOA in their blood,” Hocevar says. “Because the compound can remain active for nearly four years, it can accumulate steadily and cause serious health problems.” Environmental health research is critical, Ewert says, because we all live in environments that affect our health in positive and negative ways. “We have an intuitive sense, based on personal experience, that natural environments affect our health,” he says. “Now we need to do more empirical analysis to find out if those experiences can stand the test of scientific inquiry.”
Applied Health Science Traditionally, research in applied health science has focused on individual lifestyle choices. Recently, says Professor David Lohrmann, Chair of the Department of Applied Health Science, the field has broadened to adopt a more “ecological” approach, highlighting multiple layers of influence on behavior. “You have the home, the family, the neighborhood, cities and towns, the broader culture … all have to be considered in order to change and improve health-related behavior,” Lohrmann says. For example, applied health science research at the School of Public Health–Bloomington ranges from investigating how to influence policy makers to support smoking bans to studying how workplaces can encourage employees to take the stairs instead of the elevator. 25
Understanding what influences health behavior among individuals and communities is key to fostering the healthpromoting choices and environments that are crucial for human happiness, Lohrmann says. “It’s fundamental for quality of life,” he says. “People who behave in healthy ways and live in healthier environments are happier.”
Epidemiology and Biostatistics Unique among School of Public Health–Bloomington departments, Epidemiology and Biostatistics has two distinct divisions. Long a staple of public health research, epidemiology explores the lineage and roots of disease, while biostatistics is primarily a research tool useful for many types of inquiry. “We’re one of the few departments that focuses on providing services for other departments,” says the Chair of the department, Professor Ka He. “Biostatistics can be involved in any sort of data collection and analysis, so our faculty often function as collaborators.” For example, researchers at School of Public Health–Bloomington and elsewhere at IU turn to biostatistics researchers to help determine the number of subjects needed to achieve a research goal. “If a pediatrician wants to study child obesity, she can come to us to help design the study,” He says. On the epidemiological side of the department, researchers like Assistant Professor Juhua Luo explore how diseases spread through populations. Luo’s interests are varied: studying how bisphenol A (BPA, a chemical used in plastics, food and drink packaging, and many other products) is linked to breast cancer in women; connections between smoking and breast cancer; and how diabetes may be related to cancers affecting the esophagus, stomach, pancreas, and intestines. Epidemiological and biostatistical research lays the foundation for pubic health policy, Luo explains. “Data is key for evidence-based science,” he says. “Without vetted evidence, policy makers have a harder time making decisions that ultimately are meant to improve public health.”
Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies The connection between public health and public parks, recreational activities, and tourism might not yet be widely recognized, but according to Lynn Jamieson, Interim Chair of the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies, the link has long been established. “There’s always been a connection,” she says. “It’s well known that social activity is key to good health, and most friendships are built around shared leisure activities.” Departmental research ranges broadly, including outdoor recreation, recreational sports on college campuses, public parks, tourism, recreational therapy, and food. For example, Assistant Professor James Farmer has studied the degree to which farmers’ markets provide access to fresh food and found that, generally speaking, these markets do not reach many rural, low-income citizens most in need of greater food security. Several researchers, including Associate Professor Sarah Young and Professor Bill Ramos, are leading Youth Enrichment Through Sport (YES) - Ghana, a program designed to provide after-school recreational sports activities for high school students in Ghana. This past year, School of Public Health–Bloomington faculty worked with a cohort of Ghanaian educators who spent two weeks in Bloomington, and also saw several visits to Ghana by faculty from the school to assist in developing programing. Assistant Professor Bill Ramos also recently launched the School of Public Health–Bloomington Aquatic Institute to facilitate research exploring the impact of aquatic environments on public health. Ramos’s research has found that chemicalsaturated air in indoor pools is linked to asthma in young people. He is also working with the American Red Cross to identify cities with the highest drowning rates. “We want to find out if courses on water safety can help by changing attitudes towards behavior in and around pools,” he says. 26 DIMENSIONS 2015–2016
How does the brain use sensory information to control movement? That’s the question that drives the research agenda of Hannah Block, an assistant professor of kinesiology at the IU School of Public Health– Bloomington. It’s an especially important query for people with impaired movement, such as stroke patients, who often struggle to control their movement or lose the ability to move parts of their body entirely.
Block, with a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, is currently working on a grant to study the brains of stroke patients. The research will involve using transcranial direct current stimulation (TDCS)-a technology that uses sponge electrodes to send mild electrical pulses through the skull to specific brain areas. Although small, the pulses can significantly boost brain activity. Block is especially interested in exploring how stroke can affect the brain’s ability to facilitate movement.
stroke patients, using TDCS to explore Using TDCS to stimulate the brains how stimulation parts of the brain of stroke victims, Block hopes, will may improve movement could lead to help her better understand how stroke important new treatments for autism disrupts the brain’s ability to translate patients. signals from nerves and muscle fibers into a coherent picture of the body in Bottom line, Block says, it’s important space. Based on past research, Block to understand how the brain uses suspects that the parietal lobe--a part sensory information. “In cases of of the brain that integrates sensory impaired movement we usually assume information, including spatial sense, that the body’s motor systems are to navigation, touch, and vision--may play blame, but that’s almost never the case,” a significant role. she says. “The more we know about how Block is also interested in using the brain regulates movement and how TDCS to improve manual dexterity diseases like stroke hinder this process, in people with autism. She suspects the better able we’ll be to help patients that autism-related movement issues regain control over their bodies.” may be related to the brain’s balance ehabbing a stroke typically focuses on trying to between excitation repair the body’s motor systems, but it’s equally and inhibition. important to understand the role the brain plays in In healthy brains, movement. neural networks alternately excite or
“We don’t really understand how or why that happens,” Block says. “Rehabbing a stroke typically focuses on trying to repair the body’s motor systems, but it’s equally important to understand the role the brain plays in movement.”
In a healthy person, the brain collects and organizes information sent to it from various parts of the body in motion, providing a sense of Hannah Block where the body is in space, known as position sense, inhibit various regions and processes. or proprioception. As Block notes, There’s evidence that stroke affects the brain’s ability to assimilate this movement by throwing the brain’s information is how we can do things excitation/inhibition system out of like walk, reach for, and grasp things whack, and Block thinks that autism without having to see our feet or hands. might have a similar effect. As with
NEW LEADERSHIP IN
Shawn Gibbs named Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Environmental Health Professor Shawn Gibbs has been appointed Executive Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for the School of Public Health– Bloomington. He joins the school from the College of Public Health at the University of Nebraska-Medical Center in Omaha, where he served as the College’s Associate Dean for Student Affairs. Shawn Gibbs In his new role at IU, Gibbs hopes to help the school continue to establish itself as a partner to the IU system, which includes the Bloomington campus, the community, the state, and the nation as a whole. He also hopes to continue the school’s focus on undergraduate education. 28 DIMENSIONS 2015–2016
“I believe that undergraduate public health education, which is a new option for the field, is going to be at the forefront of public health workforce development,” he said. “IU’s School of Public Health–Bloomington has been doing it very well for a number of years, and I am looking forward to helping the school further develop these capabilities so that we produce highly sought after and employable graduates that are capable of immediately contributing to any organizations that hire them.” While at University of Nebraska-Medical Center, Gibbs’ research emphasis was on environmental bioaerosols (bacterial, antibiotic resistant bacteria, fungal, and viral) in both indoor and ambient environments. His studies included source evaluation, source tracking, and methods to reduce exposure. He continues to have extensive involvement with
ongoing projects in a wide range of environmental health topics, from decontamination and pesticide exposure to pregnancy outcomes and health disparities. “As dean, one of my goals has been to recruit the best and brightest faculty and administrators to the School of Public Health–Bloomington,” says Mohammad R. Torabi, Dean and Chancellor’s Professor. “With the selection of Shawn Gibbs as our Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, we have done just that.”
Rory James to serve as School of Public Health Director of Diversity Rory James began his appointment as Director of Diversity for the School of Public Health–Bloomington in August. James served the University of Illinois-Champaign for the past five years as the Director of the Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center, which served the entire campus.
James possesses a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from Tulane University and was a Cum Laude Biology graduate from Tuskegee University. In addition, he served as Director of Intercultural and Multicultural Programs at The University of North Carolina-Ashville Asheville and as the Assistant Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs at West Carolina University. His background encompasses undergraduate and graduate student engagement and professional staff development in cross-cultural competency.
James hopes to add a broad perspective to his School of Public Health–Bloomington position by creating and implementing diversity trainings for faculty and staff. With his background in epidemiology and community health, he hopes to impress upon students the critical contributions they can make as public health practitioners and researchers.
Dean Torabi expressed his enthusiasm in gaining a staff member of James’s esteem and caliber, stating, “We are very excited to welcome Rory as part of our school and to continue our commitment to make IU Bloomington’s School of Public Health a model that emulates the true spirit of diversity and inclusion.”
Lynn Jamieson named Interim Chair of RPTS Professor Lynn Jamieson has been appointed Interim Chair of the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies. This appointment took place on July 1 and will continue through the 2015-16 academic year. She succeeds Professor Bryan McCormick, who is stepping down to devote more time to research and teaching after serving many years as Chair of the department. Jamieson has previously served the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism at IU as Full and Associate Professor, Assistant Chair for Academic Affairs, and Chair of the department for seven years. Since 1986, she has also been the president and owner of Leisure Visions, a recreation and tourism planning firm. Lynn Jamieson
Justin Otten appointed Director of Global Health Affairs Justin Otten has been appointed as the Director of Global Health Affairs. With an extensive background in international collaborations, he will form a core part of the Office of Global and Community Health Partnerships within the school. He received his B.A. in Anthropology and his M.A. in Russian and East European Studies from Indiana University. Last year he completed his Ph.D. from University of Kent in Canterbury, in the United Kingdom. He has a rich history of cross-cultural competency, foreign language fluency, and project management. He has worked for the United States Department of State and American Councils and has previous experiences with the Indiana University Office of International Services. Most recently, he has been an academic advisor in the College of Arts & Sciences and is an adjunct faculty member in the Russian and East European Institute. Justin Otten
“Lynn first joined our school’s faculty in 1993, and has been a dedicated and loyal colleague in a variety of ways,” says Torabi. “The department and school are indeed fortunate to have someone of Lynn’s qualifications to serve in this interim role.”
John Seffrin, former CEO of the American Cancer Society, has joined the faculty as a professor of practice
“I am both excited and delighted to join the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington and its
amazing faculty,” Seffrin said. “The breadth and scope of research, teaching and community involvement within the school is stellar. The school is now positioned to not only take on the challenges we face collectively in public health but to lead the way in creating new approaches and new solutions.” Seffrin will work within the Department of Applied Health Science as a professor in collaboration with the dean in assisting in networking, development and fundraising for tobacco use prevention and control. Recent American Lung Association data indicates that the economic cost from smoking in Indiana is about $4.8 million. The smoking rate for adults in the state is about 22 percent, while deaths attributed to smoking are nearly 10,000 per year.
“As we continue to recruit the best of the best, I couldn’t be more excited to bring Dr. Seffrin on board,” said Mohammad Torabi, dean and Chancellor’s Professor at the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington. “Dr. Seffrin is one of this nation’s foremost public health advocates, a dedicated public servant, and a longtime champion of research, practice and community engagement in public health. He will bring extensive experience and a keen mind for innovation to his new role as professor of practice and distinguished scholar at the School of Public Health-Bloomington.” Seffrin served as a professor of health education and chair of the Department of Applied Health Science from 1979 to 1992. Under John Seffrin his leadership, a number of programs within the department were recognized nationally for their excellence. While at IU, he was also the director of the Center for Health and Safety and chair of the Hazard Control Program Advisory Board. In 1992, Seffrin left IU to become the CEO of the American Cancer Society. While there, he revolutionized the organization, transforming it into one of the world’s leading progressive public health organizations. He is also politically involved in the promotion of public health. He serves on the White House Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health and formerly served on the Advisory Committee to the Director of U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He also helped create the National Center for Tobacco-Free Kids (now called the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids), which fights to reduce tobacco use in the U.S. and around the world. He is a contributing author to more than a dozen books and over 100 articles and other publications. Earlier this year, Torabi awarded Seffrin the Founding Dean’s Medallion, an award given to those whose careers have been dedicated to rigorous public health research, education and practice by preventing disease, promoting health and enhancing quality of life. Seffrin has a B.S. degree from Ball State University, an M.S. degree from the University of Illinois and a Ph.D. from Purdue University, as well as honorary doctorates from the Medical University of South Carolina, Mercer University, the State University New York, Ball State University, Purdue University, Thomas Jefferson University and Indiana University. 30 DIMENSIONS 2015–2016
In The Spotlight Sage Steele, School of Public Health-Bloomington alumna honored with IU Distinguished Alumni Service Award During homecoming weekend, IU President Michael A. McRobbie, presented IU School of Public Health-Bloomington alumna, Sage Steele, with the Distinguished Alumni Service Award, the university’s highest award given only to an alumna or alumnus. One of IU’s most high-profile alumni, Sage Steele, a co-host on the iconic ESPN flagship show “SportsCenter,” has distinguished herself as one of America’s most popular sports broadcasters. Working on SportsCenter since 2007, Steele has more recently served as the host of the Friday and Sunday editions of ABC’s and ESPN’s “NBA Countdown” pregame shows. She also continues to perform as an update host during various live daytime “SportsCenter” editions, including feature programs and segments, and as a guest co-host of ESPN2’s “SportsNation.” She has also hosted the Scripps National Spelling Bee since 2010. Before joining ESPN, Steele began her career at WSBT in South Bend, Indiana. She later worked at WISH in Indianapolis and then in Tampa, Florida. She continued her career at Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic in Maryland, where she was an anchor and reporter, also serving as the beat reporter for the Baltimore Ravens.
She regularly visits the Bloomington campus to talk to classes and student groups, and she was the commencement speaker in May 2015. In recent years, Steele has also served as host of IU’s Hoosier Hysteria event in October to tip off the basketball season. In addition, Steele volunteers for Alzheimer’s Association events. She is a recipient of the School of Public Health’s Anita Aldrich Distinguished Alumni Award, presented annually to a graduate who has demonstrated outstanding achievement and loyalty to the university, with particular emphasis on the advancement of girls and women.
The Distinguished Alumni Service Award recipients were chosen for service and achievement in their fields of endeavor and significant contributions to community, state or nation. With the addition of these recipients, IU has honored 325 alumni since the award’s inception in 1953.
ALUMNI BOARD UPDATE
Many of us may remember words spoken at our commencement ceremonies that encouraged us to be ambassadors of Indiana University, wherever our life journeys take us. I am fortunate to play the role of IU ambassador in my position as Director of Donor and Alumni Relations for the School of Public Health–Bloomington. I have served in this capacity for nearly six years and I am often reminded of how fortunate I am to be working for my alma mater in a role that allows me to interact with the some of the most dedicated and loyal alumni. One of my responsibilities involves serving as the liaison between the School of Public Health–Bloomington Alumni Association Board of Directors and the Indiana University Alumni Association. Our alumni board is made up of a group of 23 alumni from a cross section of majors, cities, and professions. The alumni board facilitates opportunities for our alumni to remain active within the Hoosier family: to be ambassadors. Our members are a group of highly involved and motivated alumni who encourage others to give back their time to the university and the School of Public Health–Bloomington. The alumni board’s focus this year is to identify better and additional opportunities for alumni to become involved. As a result, the board has expanded the number of committees and intends to open committee membership to a wider group of alumni. Here is a brief overview of the committees: • Our Membership Committee promotes membership to the IU Alumni Association, an important role because the alumni board receives a portion of dues that are paid to the IU Alumni Association by School of Public Health–Bloomington alumni. These funds are used for alumni board programming and events.
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• The Campus Committee identifies and coordinates opportunities for alumni to be involved with programs, initiatives, and activities on campus, such as serving as guest speakers to classes, volunteering at events, and providing mentoring and career services assistance to students. • Our Events Committee partners with the school to plan and execute events targeted toward School of Public Health– Bloomington alumni such as the Distinguished Alumni Awards Banquet, Homecoming, alumni socials, and IU Game Watches. • The Advocacy Committee identifies and coordinates opportunities for alumni that advance the mission and goals of the school, such as serving as an online ambassador, organizing and/or attending events in communities beyond campus, and assisting with the alumni survey. The board is interested in better ways to serve you. You can send your comments or suggestions – or request more information on how to get involved – by contacting me at (812)-855-7891 or firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to hearing from you!
Natalie Kubat Director of Donor and Alumni Relations
Alumni Board PRESIDENT
Julie Warren, BS’05 email@example.com
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Courtney Anderson, BS’12 email@example.com
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Kathleen Cordes, BS’72 email@example.com
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William Knox, BS’00 firstname.lastname@example.org
Tony Mobley, MS’62, ReD’65 email@example.com
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Alaina Cutler, BS’11 email@example.com
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Ashley Fluger, BS’08 email@example.com
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PAST PRESIDENT Timber Tucker, MS’06 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mindy Mayes, MPH’09 email@example.com Teal Strabbing, BS’10 firstname.lastname@example.org Cameron Troxell, BS’07, MS’09 email@example.com
TREASURER Alyssa Hinnefeld, BS’10 firstname.lastname@example.org
Monica Wight, BS’99 email@example.com Kelli Zimmerman, BS’09, MPH’12 firstname.lastname@example.org
EXECUTIVE COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVE Terese McAninch, BS’03, MS’05 email@example.com Graduating from the Indiana University School of Public Health– Bloomington means that you always are part of a great school within a great university! The IU School of Public Health–Bloomington Alumni Board represents the voice of the school’s 23,000 alumni. Your voice! Board members support the mission of the school by engaging, connecting, and celebrating alumni and friends of the IU School of Public Health– Bloomington. Members serve as formal and informal representatives of the school, and share their expertise to further the school’s mission, values, and goals. Board members provide leadership for alumni and student engagement and enrichment activities and oversee volunteer committees that plan events, recruit members, and mentor students. If you are interested in volunteering for a committee, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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PATTY WHITTEN HOLLINGSWORTH
Before Patty Hollingsworth, BS’80, came on the IU faculty and staff wellness scene in 2011, the university had no cohesive way to encourage its employees to think proactively about their health and wellness. Fast-forward a few years, and a robust and innovative program called “Healthy IU” is now in place across the eight campuses of Indiana University.
The university-wide program started small, Hollingsworth notes. “Healthy IU started with just one departmental employee – me,” she says.
Patty Whitten Hollingsworth Prior to coming to IU, Hollingsworth served as Director of the Health Enhancement Program Hollingsworth has now been in the at Ball State University. During her health and wellness field for more tenure at Ball State, she established a than 25 years. She has held a number new health and wellness program for of positions related to health and employees, spouses, and retirees. “It wellness and has served as a presenter, was the first time in my professional guest speaker, and author on a range career that we truly addressed the of wellness topics. Her work has full continuum of health, and it was been recognized with the Governor’s great,” she says. Worksite Wellness Innovation Award in 2007 and the Healthiest Employers Now, through Healthy IU, of Indiana Award in 2009. Hollingsworth says she loves to find the “win, win, win” in programs that serve employees, students, and research, such as the “Ready to Move IU” student coaching Make the healthy choice program. She also seeks to make the easy choice. environmental changes on campuses that “make the healthy choice the easy choice,” she says.
“We built Healthy IU from the bottom up with top-down support,” says Hollingsworth, who is Healthy IU’s Director. “First, we listened to what staff and faculty wanted to support their personal health goals. Using that information and our knowledge of best practices, we developed Healthy IU. We could not have made the progress to date without the support of Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer MaryFrances McCourt, as she raised awareness and support of our program at the administrative and trustee level.”
“As employees’ interests in wellness programming has grown, so has our team. I can honestly say that the solid educational foundation I received from the School of Public HealthBloomington, and the great mentors I’ve had, including many within the school, have helped me lead this dynamic and proactive program.”
IU SPH ALUMNI AWARDS
RECOGNIZING OUTSTANDING ALUMNI
The Indiana University School of Public Health–Bloomington honored seven distinguished alumni at its Distinguished Alumni Awards banquet, with honorees including current university leaders, frontrunners in sports management, and individuals who have been instrumental in leading government and private-sector initiatives both domestically and abroad. “Our alumni continue to amaze us with their impressive accomplishments,” says Chancellor’s Professor and Dean Mohammad Torabi. “I’m so very proud to honor them. They are lifelong ambassadors for the school and enrich the lives of alumni, students and friends worldwide. We are thrilled to have them as part of our family. They are and will remain a true inspiration to all of us.” The school has been presenting awards since 1976 to its most esteemed graduates are:
Anita Aldrich Distinguished Alumni Award Mary Schutten, PED’94, Associate Dean and Professor of Movement Science, Grand Valley State University. Schutten
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received the Anita Aldrich Distinguished Alumni Award, which honors graduates who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in professional excellence, service to the community, and loyalty to Indiana University, and focusing within these activities on promoting the advancement of girls and women.
Mobley International Distinguished Alumni Award Robin Milhausen, PhD’04, Associate Professor at the University of Guelph. Milhausen received the Mobley International Distinguished Alumni Award, which recognizes outstanding professional achievement outside the U.S.
Early Career Outstanding Alumni Award Sarah Beth Goldman, PhD’08, Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army. Goldman received the Early Career Outstanding Alumni Award, which recognizes alumni who through exceptional achievement have distinguished themselves by their professional accomplishment, community service, or service to the university.
John R. Endwright Alumni Service Award Robert Nickovich, BS’72, MPA’86, CEO for Lake County, Indiana, Parks and Recreation. Nickovich received the John R. Endwright Alumni Service Award, which recognizes alumni for outstanding service and contributions.
John R. Endwright Alumni Service Award Mary Boutain, MPH’09, Director of Strategic Initiatives at Area 10 Agency on Aging. Boutain also received the John R. Endwright Alumni Service Award.
W.W. Patty Distinguished Alumni Award Richard Killingsworth, MPH’88, Chief of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Delaware Division of Public Health. Killingsworth received the W.W. Patty Distinguished Alumni Award, which is the oldest and most prestigious alumni recognition award bestowed by the school to a graduate who has demonstrated outstanding personal and professional achievement in his or her career.
W.W. Patty Distinguished Alumni Award Michael Lysko, MS’88, Director and Professor of sport management programs at Southern Methodist University. Lysko also received the W.W. Patty Distinguished Alumni Award.
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IU Foundation Partners in Philanthropy Recipients of the Cornerstone Award: Patti and Joel Meier
When Janet MacLean came to Indiana University in the early 1950s, it was a very different place. What is now the School of Public Health-Bloomington didn’t have it’s own academic building and the ratio of women to men on campus was dramatically skewed in favor of men. Nevertheless, Dr. MacLean didn’t let that inequality stop her from succeeding at the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation. She was appointed as an Instructor in Recreation and a Campus Recreation Consultant in 1951. In 1953 she earned an M.S. while working full time for the School. By 1966, she was promoted to Professor of Recreation, and in 1979 was named the Director of the Center on Aging and Aged. In addition to her contributions to IU, she also distinguished herself in the fields of gerontology (the science of aging) and recreations and parks. She served as Vice President of Recreation for the district and state units of the American Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. She also served five years on the President’s Council on Fitness and Janet MacLean Sports, and participated in three White House Conferences on Aging. She has received numerous awards for her work, including the Service Recognition Award from the Indiana Commission on Aging and Aged and the Vitae Bonae Award from Senator Richard Lugar for her work promoting health awareness in older Americans. One doesn’t have to search far to find the reason behind Dr. MacLean’s longevity. She has a passion for promoting health and wellness, and has made it her mission to educate the older generations about healthy lifestyles, which lead to vitality and prevention of premature death. She herself is the best example of her work, as she is 99 years old. The School of Public Health is honored and proud to call one with such a successful career our oldest living alumna. Women’s Physical Education Faculty 1944
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ALUMNI CLASS NOTES
The editors gratefully acknowledge the assistance of the Indiana University Alumni Association in compiling class notes. To submit information, write to the Alumni Association at 1000 E. 17th St., Bloomington, IN, 47408, or visit the IUAA on the web at alumni.indiana.edu.
Before 1960 The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration named James A. Peterson, MS’51, of Bloomington, Ind., a 2014 recipient of the Honorable Cornelius Amory Pugsley Medal. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to the promotion and development of public parks, recreation, and conservation in the United States. Peterson is Professor Emeritus of Parks and Recreation at IU Bloomington. In September 2014, at age 84, Phyllis Wood Walker, ’51, stepped down as Chief Umpire of the U.S. Tennis Association, ending a 46-year career in-line judging, chair umpiring, and managing court officials. Walker, widely known by her nickname, “Woodie,” was responsible for assigning chair umpires for more than 90 U.S.T.A. pro-circuit tournaments across the country. She first joined the U.S.T.A. in 1968 as a 38-year-old amateur player and tennis teacher who had already garnered a reputation officiating at professional events in Chicago and the Midwest. Walker, who presided over her last U.S. Open tournament in September 2014, was the subject of a recent in-depth article in The New York Times. Legendary basketball coach W. Robert “Slick” Leonard, BS’57, was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in August 2014. The former NBA player and longtime Indianapolis Pacers color commentator also received the Indiana Sports Corp 2014 Pathfinder Award in August. The award is given for commitment to improving the lives of America’s youth. An I-Man and member of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame, Leonard was a member of the first class inducted into the IU Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame. ALUMNI NEWS
In 2014, Richard A. Enberg, MS’59, HSD’62, LHD’02, was nominated for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown for excellence in baseball broadcasting. He was one of 10 finalists. Had he been inducted, he would have made history, as the Baseball Hall of Fame is the lone major sports hall of fame in which he has not yet been recognized.
1960s Western Illinois University recently honored William E. Brattain, BS’60, MS’62, ReDir’64, ReD’67, by renaming the Prairie Lounge in the University Union Building the William E. Brattain Lounge. Brattain served on the student services staff at WIU from 1971 until 1997. He retired as Associate Vice President Emeritus for Student Services and Professor Emeritus of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration. Brattain, who lives in Colchester, Ill., is a past President of the IU School of Public Health Alumni Association. He also served as a member-at-large of the IU Alumni Association’s Executive Council. Richard E. Campi, BS’62, MS’74, of Indianapolis, is a 76-year-old competitive sprint duathlete. Sprint duathlon is an athletic event that consists of a short run, followed by a cycling leg, and a final running leg. In October 2013, Campi competed in USA Triathlon’s Duathlon National Championships in Tucson, Ariz. In June 2014, Campi took the silver medal in the 75–79 age division of the International Triathlon Union World Duathlon Championships in Spain. An I-Man in diving who trained under Hobie Billingsley at IU, Campi continues to compete despite having undergone partial-knee replacement surgery on both knees. In April, the Iowa State University Alumni Association presented J. Elaine Hieber, BS’69, MS’71, with its Honorary Alumni Award, the highest honor given by the ISU Alumni Association to individuals who are not graduates of Iowa State. The award was bestowed for her significant contributions to the university during a 35-year career at ISU. Hieber joined the Iowa State staff as an Associate Director of Athletics in 1979 and rose to Interim Athletics Director in 2000. She has been inducted into the Iowa State Athletics Hall of Fame and the Miami (Ohio) University Cradle of Coaches. She lives in Ames, Iowa.
1970s In September 2014, Detroit Lions head athletic trainer Dean L. Kleinschmidt, BS’71, brought a 41-year NFL career to a close. After his sophomore year at IU, Kleinschmidt served as a training camp Assistant Trainer with the Green Bay Packers. Following graduation, he worked for the New Orleans Saints for 31 years, had two seasons with the Washington Redskins, and served with the Lions since 2007. As Kleinschmidt was winding up his NFL career, his son, Rhett L. Kleinschmidt, BS’05, MS’07, a former IU football receiver, went on the air as co-host of the NFL Network’s daily morning show, NFL AM. He uses the name Rhett Lewis on camera. The Indiana University School of Public Health–Bloomington honored Robert J. Nickovich, BS’72, MPA’86, CEO of Lake County (Ind.) Parks and Recreation, at its Distinguished Alumni Awards banquet in April. He received the John R. Endwright Distinguished Alumni Service Award, which recognizes alumni for outstanding service and contributions. Nickovich lives in Crown Point, Ind. Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Chief of Parks and Recreation Ronald A. Olson, MS’72, recently received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of State Park Directors. The award recognizes a state park director who has demonstrated professional accomplishment in the field of parks and recreation management. Olson lives in Ann Arbor, Mich. In October 2014, Joel F. Meier, ReD’73, and his wife, Patricia, were honored by Indiana University and the IU Foundation as Partners in Philanthropy. They were recognized for the integral role they have played in furthering the university’s philanthropic goals as volunteers and supporters. The Meiers received the Cornerstone Award for their efforts on behalf of the School of Public Health–Bloomington and the IU Art Museum. Meier is a Professor Emeritus in Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies in the School of Public Health–Bloomington. Robert M. Johnson, MS’75, of Springfield, Mo., retired in the spring after 39 years in outdoor education, recreation, and state environmental offices in Indiana and Missouri. Shortly after retiring, he was recognized with a 2014 environmental excellence award by the Community Partnership of the Ozarks (Mo.).
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In June, during its annual Alumni Leaders Conference, the IU Alumni Association honored Kimberly J. Davis, MS’78, with its President’s Award for service and volunteer leadership to the IUAA. An educator, writer, presenter, and video producer, Davis has served on the IUAA Executive Council and has a long affiliation with the IU GLBT Alumni Association, serving on the organization’s board twice and as President from 2001 to 2005. She has mentored countless young people and has participated on numerous panels regarding a wide range of GLBT topics. Davis, of Bloomington, Ind., received the GLBTAA Distinguished Alumni Award in 2014 and the GLBT Spirit Award in 2004.
1980s Steven L. Gilbert, MS’80, of Jacksonville, Fla., was recently named CEO of Communities in Schools of Jacksonville—a school based dropout-prevention program. Gilbert spent the previous seven years as COO of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Northeast Florida. He began his professional career as a college football coach in 1980. During his 27 years college coaching, he was a head football coach for 19 years – 10 years at Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pa., and nine years at Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Fla. – where he started the football program from scratch. Richard E. Killingsworth, MPH’88, of Middletown, Del., received the W.W. Patty Distinguished Alumni Award at the IU School of Public Health–Bloomington annual awards banquet in April. The award is the oldest and most prestigious alumni recognition award bestowed by the school to a graduate who has demonstrated outstanding personal and professional achievement in his or her career. Killingsworth is Chief of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at the Delaware Division of Public Health. Michael R. Lysko, MS’88, Director and Professor of Sport Management Programs at Southern Methodist University, also received the W.W. Patty Distinguished Alumni Award at the IU School of Public Health–Bloomington Distinguished Alumni Awards banquet in April. Lysko lives in Allen, Texas.
1990s Track and field I-Man Duane A. Brodt, BS’91, BS’92, has been named Director of Public Relations at Conner Prairie Interactive History Park in Fishers, Ind. After 12 years as a journalist in central Indiana, Brodt transitioned to the public relations field and has worked for the Salvation Army Indiana Division, Indiana State University, two central Indiana public relations firms, and the National FFA Organization since 1998. He lives in Fishers with his wife, Mimi, and sons Ben and Sam. The IU School of Public Health–Bloomington presented Mary C. Schutten, PED’94, with the Anita Aldrich Distinguished Alumni Award at its annual awards banquet in April. The award honors graduates who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in professional excellence, service to the community, and loyalty to Indiana University relative to the advancement of girls and women. Schutten, who is Associate Dean and Professor of Movement Science at Grand Valley State University, lives in Holland, Mich.
In January, Evansville, Ind.-based law firm Kahn, Dees, Donovan & Kahn announced that attorney Caroline “Carrie” Mount Roelle, BS’95, has been made a partner in the firm. Roelle is an experienced labor and employment law attorney and litigator who defends employers – particularly in manufacturing and education – before state and federal courts, as well as various administrative agencies, in matters involving allegations of discrimination, harassment, interference, and retaliation. In addition to litigation, she participates in counseling employers on employment issues they face each day, including wage and hour compliance, disability issues, workplace policies, and litigation avoidance. Roelle lives in Newburgh, Ind.
2000s David I. Rubin, BS’97, JD’00, is a senior attorney in the Indianapolis office of Michigan law firm Plunkett Cooney. He practices in the areas of insurance coverage, appellate law, automotive retail law, commercial litigation, tax controversies, and corporate formation and governance. Rubin’s diverse practice ranges from insurance coverage litigation to providing litigation and business services for auto dealers to representing closely held businesses. He also represents clients in administrative proceedings before the Internal Revenue Service and the Indiana Department of Revenue, as well as tax litigation before Indiana’s state and federal courts. “After two years at Ball State,” writes Matthew H. Zimmerman, BAJ’00, PhD’14, “I escaped the wintry climes of Indiana and am now an assistant professor of public relations at Auburn University in Alabama. Thanks to the Big Ten Network, I can still keep up with the Hoosiers’ fortunes, such as they are.” In May, Temple University named Patrick M. Kraft, BS’01, MS’05, PhD’08, the school’s Athletics Director. He previously served as Temple’s deputy director of athletics. Kraft replaced Kevin Clark, who was appointed to the newly created position of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Kraft and Clark served together at Indiana University where Kraft oversaw marketing and ticketing efforts for all of the Hoosiers’ programs. Kraft’s efforts at IU helped increase home football attendance to its highest mark in two decades. As Deputy Director of athletics at Temple, Kraft oversaw the day-to-day operations of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics while working closely with the Vice President and Director of Athletics on strategic planning, including facility development, Title IX compliance, and student welfare issues. Kraft also played football for IU. Patrick C. Pierce, BS’01, has joined Etihad Airways as Vice President of Marketing. Based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Pierce leads the company’s sports and entertainment marketing efforts. He previously served as director of global marketing and communications at Aeon. Jessica Aycock Lawson, MS’04, is the author of The Actual and Truthful Adventures of Becky Thatcher, published by Simon and Schuster in 2014. The novel is written for middle-grade children in the vein of classics like Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. Lawson lives in Colorado with her husband and two children. In April, Robin R. Milhausen, PhD’04, Associate Professor at the University of Guelph, was presented with the Mobley International Distinguished Alumni Award at the IU School of Public Health–Bloomington’s annual Distinguished Alumni Awards banquet. The award recognizes outstanding professional achievement outside the United States. Milhausen lives in Guelph, Canada. Indiana Lawyer has recognized Ryan M. Schulz, BS’05, JD’08, a business attorney with the Evansville, Ind.-law firm Kahn, Dees, Donovan & Kahn, as an Up and Coming Lawyer in the Indiana Lawyer 2015 Leadership in Law Awards. Schulz focuses his law practice on business, real estate, and construction law, as well as estate planning and trial and litigation services. In addition to his IU degrees, Schulz earned a Chinese law certification from Renmin University of the China School of Law, Beijing, in 2008. He was the 2014 recipient of the Donald R. Lundberg Award for Most Substantive Law Article from the Indiana Bar Association, was selected to “20 Under 40” by Evansville Business Journal, and was named an “Up & Comer” by the Evansville Business Journal/Evansville Courier and Press. Schulz lives in Evansville. Christopher B. Taylor, BS’05, writes that he created the website sosportz.com to help high school athletes connect with college athletics programs. Taylor lives in Richmond, Texas.
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In August 2014, Kevin P. Robson, BS’07, was promoted to Assistant Coach of the IU men’s soccer program. Robson had previously served as a volunteer assistant soccer coach in the program. He was responsible for on-field warm ups and cool downs before and after training sessions, preparing video clips of upcoming opponents, and preparing all post-match reports. Prior to coming to Indiana in July 2013, Robson was an account manager at Anheuser-Busch in Denver, Colorado, while also serving as head coach of the U-18 and U-14 boys for Real Colorado. A 2007 graduate of IU, Robson played at Indiana from 2003-06 and was a member of the 2003 and 2004 National Championship teams. He was also a member of three Big Ten title teams in 2003, 2004 and 2006. In 2007 Robson served as an undergraduate coach with the Hoosiers. After working for New York City’s Madison Square Garden, Jared Schoenfeld, BS’07, is now managing director of new stadium partnerships and strategy for the NFL’s Miami Dolphins. He leads the team responsible for finding sponsorship partners for Sun Life Stadium, the home of the Miami Dolphins and Miami Hurricanes, as the facility undergoes a $400 million modernization project. The IU School of Public Health–Bloomington honored U.S. Army Lt. Col. Sarah Beth Goldman, PhD’08, with the Early Career Alumni Award at its Distinguished Alumni Awards banquet in April. The award recognizes alumni who through exceptional achievement have distinguished themselves by their professional accomplishment, community service, or service to the university. Goldman lives in Nashville, Tenn. At its annual Distinguished Alumni Awards banquet in April, the IU School of Public Health–Bloomington honored Mary B. Boutain, MPH’09, with the John R. Endwright Distinguished Alumni Service Award. The award recognizes alumni for outstanding service and contributions. Boutain, who is Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Area 10 Agency on Aging, lives in Bloomington, Ind. Sara M. Dvorsky, MS’09, writes that she was hired in September 2014 as a health education teacher at Union-Endicott High School in Endicott, N.Y. She lives in Johnson City, N.Y. Ryan M. Walsh, BS’09, has been Sports Director at radio station WJOB in Hammond, Ind., since November 2009. He was also named Morning Show Producer at the station in March 2010 and has held both positions since then. In April, he reported on the NCAA Final Four in Indianapolis. Walsh lives in Griffith, Ind.
In Memoriam We honor the amazing lives of our alumni and celebrate their accomplishments and service. We will always cherish those whom weâ€™ve lost this past year. Charles C. Adamson Paul K. Anness Charlotte M. Bell Robert W. Bissell Charles A. Blake Mathilde T. Blust Marilyn M. Bowie Thomas J. Bridges Marcia A. Broyles Dale J. Bruce Patricia J. Bruce, P.E.D. Richard Brunoehler Herman M. Buechel William R. Carlson Edwin M. Chestovich Edward Cohen Thomas W. Couch Marilyn J. Cox Carl S. Creech Jane A. Daugherty Wilma L. Davidson John L. Davis Thomas L. Dezelsky, H.S.D. Karen W. Eakins Herman O. Edwards, Jr. Robert L. Fesler Lowell C. Foote James C. Fultz Antonio M. Gallo Joseph H. Gawrys John V. Glinski, P.E.D. Russell D. Gorman, P.E.D. M. Jane Gramelspacher Ariel M. Green Carol S. Gross Terry H. Gumz Phillip Keith Hardwick Ronald L. Heflin, Sr. Elisabeth J. Heininger, Re.D. Charles G. Henderson Jane E. Henson Timothy M. Hewitt Evelyn G. Hilbert Frank C. Hostetler, H.S.D.
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Ruth D. Houdeshel Irene W. Hubbard Paul W. Hutinger, P.E.D. Grete L. Johnson Evelyn M. Jones Brian V. Kelly Russell P. Kemmerer Phyllis R. Klotman, Ph.D. Hiawatha G. Knight Edward Kristoff Betty A. Kuntz Ruth L. Lester Thomas J. Manning Dorothy R. Mather William D. Mathis Carolee A. Mehlinger Karl F. Merritt Robert E. Miller Daniel W. Miller, Ph.D. Lexie H. Mills Bradley B. Mitchell John A. Molodet Gretchen G. Moore Julius C. Moore Robert W. Moore Lonnie L. Morrison, P.E.D. Haydn H. Murray, Ph.D., D.Sc. Eric A. Myers Roberson S. Nail, Jr. John E. Nichols Rita Niman Lawrence J. Olliges Vincent J. Palerino Linda Patterson Franklin D. Pierson Anthony Pizzo, M.D. Suzanne Quigg Donald F. Rabeor Bryan F. Rathke Albert W. Ruesink, Ph.D. Charles M. Sallwasser Helen K. Schlegel Grace L. Schoonveld Larry E. Scott
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Each year the Indiana Unviersity School of Public Health-Bloomington publishes its feature magazine, Public Health Dimensions. With a long h...
Published on Dec 21, 2015
Each year the Indiana Unviersity School of Public Health-Bloomington publishes its feature magazine, Public Health Dimensions. With a long h...