DIMENSIONS PUBLIC HEALTH
Celebrating 100 years of wellness. Making an impact on the future. 2016â€“2017 ISSUE
Dimensions 2016-2017 IU School of Public Health–Bloomington Dimensions Magazine is published annually by the Indiana University School of Public Health–Bloomington Office of Marketing & Communications, and the Office of Development & Alumni Relations. Managing Editor Charles ‘Chip’ Rondot Director of Marketing & Communication
Editor Amanda Roach, APR Assistant Director of Marketing & Communications
Contributors Allison Bower Lynn Jamieson Brian Kearney Natalie Kubat Graphic Designer Jim Woods School of Public Health–Bloomington Leadership Dr. Mohammad R. Torabi Founding Dean Dr. David Lohrmann Chair, Dept. of Applied Health Science Dr. Ka He Chair, Dept. of Epidemiology and Biostatistics Dr. Alan Ewert Chair, Dept. of Environmental Health Dr. David Koceja Chair, Dept. of Kinesiology Dr. Lynn Jamieson Interim Chair, Dept. of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies Kathryn G. Bayless Assistant Dean, Campus Recreational Sports Dr. David M. Skirvin Assistant Dean for Management Online at: issuu.com/iusph/docs/2016_iusph_dimensions IU School of Public Health–Bloomington 1025 E. Seventh Street Bloomington, IN 47405 812-855-1561 publichealth.indiana.edu email@example.com © The Trustees of Indiana University This publication is available in alternative media upon request.
INSIDE MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN
ALUMNI CLASS NOTES
IN MEMORIAM 44
NEWS DEAN’S ALLIANCE UPDATE ALUMNI BOARD UPDATE
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT ESSENTIAL TO PUBLIC HEALTH
SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH STUDENTS AND ALUMNI REPRESENT #IUINRIO 10 NEW BOOK DETAILS THE HISTORY OF THE IU SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH–BLOOMINGTON 11 CELEBRATING IU WITH IU DAY 12 BUILDING A COMMUNITY BY GIVING BACK 13 TAKING THE LEAD IN PARKS AND RECREATION 14 PUBLIC HEALTH LECTURE SERIES BRINGS NATIONALLY-KNOWN SPEAKERS TO CAMPUS
PEOPLE PROFESSOR’S RESEARCH AIMS TO IMPACT KIDS’ HEALTH ACROSS THE GLOBE 16 MASTERS STUDENT FINDS HER PASSION IN PUBLIC HEALTH 18 WELCOMING NEW LEADERS TO THE SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH 19 COUPLE ADVANCES PUBLIC HEALTH THROUGH PHILANTHROPY
FEATURES CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF WELLNESS 22 FACULTY RESEARCH IMPACTING PUBLIC HEALTH LOCALLY AND GLOBALLY
ALUMNUS TAKES IU EDUCATION AND MEMORIES WITH HIM TO THE MAJORS 30 STRATEGIC PLANNING PROCESS TO GUIDE SCHOOL’S FUTURE 32
HONORS PUBLIC HEALTH LEADERS HONORED WITH FOUNDING DEAN’S MEDALLION 34 IU SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH–BLOOMINGTON HONORS DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI 35 CELEBRATING THE PAST AND LOOKING TO THE FUTURE 37 SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH RECOGNIZES ITS BEST AND BRIGHTEST 39
Message from the Dean Dear Friends, Our School of Public Health–Bloomington is built on a solid foundation with a strong history in public health yet is focused on the future and forward thinking. In this issue of Dimensions, you’ll read about significant milestones in our school’s history, and our new book entitled A Legacy Transformed published by IU Press, which I co-authored with Professor Barbara Hawkins and Assistant Dean David Skirvin. You’ll also learn that we’re in the midst of a considerable strategic planning process that will set the direction for our future, and read about research happenings within our school today that will impact public health in the years to come. As you may be aware, I intend to step down in July 2017 from my role as Founding Dean of the School of Public Health– Bloomington, and will return to my faculty position to reengage with my research, teaching, and leadership roles in professional organizations. It has been an honor for me to have had the opportunity to lead our school’s successful transformation to one of the 62 accredited and prestigious schools of public health in the world. I am very thankful to former Provost Karen Hanson, who appointed me as Interim Dean of the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, and Provost Lauren Robel who appointed me to my current position. Our successful transformation would not have been possible without the support of President Michael McRobbie, Provost Robel, former Vice President Ed Marshall, and other IU senior administrators, former Deans of our school, our world-class faculty, hardworking staff, dedicated leadership team, over 25,000 loyal alums, and our excellent students. During the last five years, I’m proud to have led the school through creating the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, expanding our master’s degree programs, increasing credit hours and undergraduate enrollment, adding bachelor’s degrees in environmental health and epidemiology, and launching a living learning center for students focused on public health. We have also been able to recruit some of the most gifted research faculty to our school. Our school’s centers and institutes are thriving like never before. The Office of Career Services was created and fully staffed, our Student Academic Advising was centralized and expanded, our school’s marketing and communications unit has been reenergized, and our externally funded research and service are at record highs. The Dean’s Alliance, consisting of world renowned members, was created with the mission of development. The Office of Online Education was created and our number of online education credit hours has increased dramatically. Further, we have made deliberate attempts in diversifying our faculty and students. Consequently, I believe our school has become one of the most diversified schools on the Bloomington campus. As Albert Einstein said, “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” Over the years to come, I will keep moving in my career as a faculty member, and our beloved institution will continue moving on its path toward becoming one of the most prestigious schools of public health in the world. I hope you will continue to stay engaged, involved, and be supportive of our school. 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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Dean’s Alliance update By Brian Kearney Executive Director of Development
Dean’s Alliance member Curt Simic became acutely aware of these issues when he struck up a conversation with a former protégé, Ed Kominowski. Kominowski recently returned to his hometown of Martinsville to head up the Morgan County Community Foundation while concurrently serving as ex-officio director of the Kendrick Foundation, a group dedicated to improving the physical and mental health of Morgan County. Kominowski was interested to learn about a promising project by the School: the establishment of a Pediatric Health Institute. During its testing phase over the next year, the Institute will partner with Bradford Woods, and work with school-age kids in Morgan County with the goal of improving physical health and decreasing childhood obesity.
In 2015-16, the Dean’s Alliance had a productive year. A theme that emerged at the November 2015 meeting was the need for greater collaboration and partnerships. One such emerging partnership is between the School of Public Health, the Morgan County Community Foundation, and the Kendrick Foundation of Morgan County. For many years, the directors of the two foundations have made efforts to improve the health measures of Morgan County citizens. Like many places throughout Indiana, Morgan County citizens struggle with obesity, diabetes, proper nutrition, and physical activity.
On a broader scale, the Dean’s Alliance is helping the school chart its future course. Now that the
school has achieved accreditation, it must embark on strategic planning grounded on the basic premise that the school needs to identify the opportunities that exist and correlate best with its existing and emerging strengths. Two members of the Dean’s Alliance board, Steve Moore and Scott Chakan, are serving on the school’s Strategy Planning Steering Committee. They coordinate with other Dean’s Alliance members to gain everyone’s insights and critiques. The presence of an “outside” perspective is helping yield the best possible plan for moving the school ahead. With a growing and energetic group of advisors and philanthropists who comprise the Dean’s Alliance, the school is excited about the coming year and grateful to all its members for their engagement and support.
IU School of Public Health–Bloomington Dean’s Alliance Since 2005, the School of Public Health has engaged with the Dean’s Alliance, the school’s highly prestigious national board, to enhance the quality, reputation, and financial strength of the school. Members of the Dean’s Alliance board assist the Dean by serving as ongoing consultants as strategies are revised and created; undertaking committee assignments; helping to advance the presence of the school in the state, the nation, and around the world; assisting with student recruiting and placement; and by enhancing fundraising, and development efforts. Alliance members come from across the state and nation, and have a wide-range of occupations and professional/ personal backgrounds. The diverse expertise and capabilities of our Alliance members ensure that many perspectives are represented as we address the challenges and opportunities for the School of Public Health–Bloomington.
Dean’s Alliance Members Scott Chakan, B.S. Recreation Amy Chappell, M.D. Chuck Dietzen, M.D. Barbara Filippell, B.S. Physical Education Annahita Ghassemi, Ph.D.
Shawna Girgis, M.S.W. Jim Laughlin, M.D. Ellen Lucey, B.S. Kinesiology Stephen G. Moore, M.D. Anthony Pantaleoni, Ph.D.
Mick Renneisen, M.S. Recreation John Seffrin, Ph.D. Curt Simic, B.S. Physical Education Julie Warren, B.S. Recreation
Alumni Board update By Natalie Kubat Former Director of Donor and Alumni Relations During the 2015-2016 academic year, the School of Public Health– Bloomington Alumni Association Board continued to provide leadership for alumni and student engagement through a variety of activities and programs. Funding for these events and activities are provided by the IU Alumni Association based on the number of School of Public Health– Bloomington alumni who pay annual and lifetime dues. Over the last year with these funds, the board supported a number of activities, including:
• Alumni/Student tailgate • Scholarship Honors Banquet • Networking night at Hotel Tango • Distinguished Alumni Awards Banquet • Winter and spring graduation recognition events • T-shirts for new graduates • Funding for student leadership initiatives As the voice of the more than 25,000 School of Public Health alumni, board members also spent the year increasing outreach and engagement efforts through the work of a number of committees.
• The Membership Committee worked on an end-of-the-year impact report that demonstrated the value of IU Alumni Association membership and the use of alumni board funds. • The Advocacy Committee created and designed an alumni survey to seek feedback and gauge ideas regarding alumni engagement opportunities and connections. • The Campus Committee worked to identify opportunities for alumni to become involved with career services, student engagement, and professional development activities. In the coming year, board members plan to further their work in supporting the mission of the school by engaging, connecting, and celebrating alumni and friends of the IU School of Public Health–Bloomington. They serve as formal and informal representatives of the school, and share their expertise to further the school’s mission, values and goals.
School of Public Health alumni gather for a social event at Hotel Tango in Indianapolis in early 2016.
Get Involved Support from our alumni and friends is helping the School of Public Health–Bloomington continue to grow and thrive as a unique and truly innovative school of public health. We’re dedicated to cultivating an ongoing relationship with more than 25,000 alumni living worldwide. Our network of School of Public Health–Bloomington alumni spans across 50 states, includes Washington DC, Puerto Rico, Guam, and an impressive 41 countries. Many alumni and friends give back by attending events, assisting with alumni engagement activities, financially supporting the school, or connecting with current students who are seeking mentors or assistance with finding internships or employment. Such involvement by alumni and friends help ensure the school’s continued growth and success.
How do you want to get involved? Learn more at publichealth.indiana.edu/alumni.
About the Alumni Board The School of Public Health–Bloomington Alumni Association is dedicated to enriching the lives of School of Public Health–Bloomington alumni by offering tangible services, meaningful relationships, continuing education opportunities, and active engagement with Indiana University. The group is a branch of the IU Alumni Association and is governed by its own Board of Directors, a diverse group of loyal and dedicated alumni volunteers who represent various graduation years, professions, and School of Public Health–Bloomington majors. For information about the School of Public Health–Bloomington Alumni Board or to get involved, visit publichealth.indiana.edu/alumni.
Julie Warren, B.S.’05
William Knox, B.S.’00
Timber Tucker, M.S.’06
Alyssa Dunn, B.S.’10
Mildred Ball, B.S.’60 David Gallahue, B.S.’64 Hugh Jessop, H.S.D.’85 Tony Mobley, M.S.’62, Re.D.’65
Courtney Anderson, B.S.’12 Kathleen Cordes, B.S.’72 Anne Cornett, B.S.’09, M.S.’11 Patricia Crouch, M.S.’04 Alaina Cutler, B.S.’11
EX-OFFICIO Ashley Fluger, B.S.’08 Teal Strabbing, B.S.’10 Cameron Troxell, B.S.’07, M.S.’09 Monica Wight, B.S.’99 Kelli Zimmerman, B.S.’09, M.P.H.’12
Mohammad Torabi, M.P.H.’84
Community Engagement Essential to Public Health It’s inherent in the phrase “public health” that the goal is to improve the health of those around us in the community. For a school of public health that’s focused on research, academics, and educating the next generation of public health workers, scholars, and researchers, the line may be blurred as to how public health in academia translates into the “real world.” Making this transition is a priority for those at the IU School of Public Health–Bloomington. “We work to take the great research being done at our school and put it into action whether that’s here in Bloomington, across Indiana or elsewhere in the world,” says Carrie Docherty, interim associate dean for Community and Global Engagement. “It’s important to apply our research outcomes to those in the local, national and global community to improve health. That’s why so many of our students choose careers in public health – they want to research issues and provide solutions.” The IU School of Public Health provides these solutions through a number of programs and initiatives, including providing education, hosting scholars from across the world, and developing tools for health education. “Research is just research if the results aren’t taken and applied to the real life problem,” Docherty says. “Connecting our faculty with
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communities so they can see their research findings have a meaningful impact in someone’s health and wellness is the ultimate reward.”
Engaging our local community Webinar Series Starting in February of this year, the School of Public Health– Bloomington, through its Public Health & YOU initiative, has hosted a monthly webinar featuring experts from the school. Each webinar focuses on a specific dimension of public health in an effort to enhance understanding of the breadth and depth of public health, to enhance connections with community members, and provide important, relevant and useful information to local, regional, state, and national communities. National Public Health Week conference The IU School of Public Health– Bloomington was this year’s host for the Indiana Public Health Association’s National Public Health Week conference in April. The conference featured Stephanie Zaza, M.D., M.P.H., medical officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other experts who shared information on policy resolutions,
Indiana’s chronic disease plan, health equity and water safety to public health workers from across Indiana. Bullying and interpersonal violence prevention curriculum Professors Jonathon Beckmeyer and Catherine Sherwood-Laughlin, along with Linda Henderson from the school’s Office of Global and Community Health Partnerships, and graduate students in the school, have developed bullying and interpersonal violence prevention curriculum for fourth graders as well as a bullying prevention toolbox for parents. The School of Public Health provides the curriculum as well as training on implementing the lessons at no cost to school corporations throughout south central Indiana. The seven lessons focus on anger management, decision making skills, conflict resolution, and the power of words, among other topics.
Engaging our global community Peace Corps fellowship Starting with the fall semester, the School of Public Health is proud to be a part of the Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program, which supports and encourages Returned Peace Corps Volunteers to continue to follow their
passion for community service while working toward a Master of Public Health degree at the school. These Coverdell Fellows will work several hours per week throughout the course of their studies at a local nonprofit organization to assist the group with their public health initiatives. Siyazama semester Taking cues from the exhibit Siyazama: Traditional Arts, Education, and AIDS in South Africa, on display at the Mathers Museum through December 19, 2016, the school is in the midst of a semester of discussion, action, and creation to reflect the theme of “Art and Public Health: Expression, Vocation, Education.” The school has hosted a number of events, which will culminate with a celebration at the end of November marking World AIDS Day, and selecting the winner of a semester-long video contest to develop a public service announcement focused on HIV/AIDS awareness. Egyptian Fulbright Scholars For 10 weeks this summer, the IU School of Public Health–Bloomington and City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy hosted a cohort of Egyptian public health
scholars through the Fulbright Junior Faculty Development Program. As the only public health group selected for the program in 2016, IU and CUNY developed a curriculum focused on teaching methodology, pedagogy, resources, and technology in order to facilitate faculty development and collaboration among the junior scholars. Mandela Washington Fellows In June, IU hosted 25 scholars from Sub-Saharan Africa through the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders program. Several of these scholars were interested in public health and met with leaders and professors from the School of Public Health to learn about programs and opportunities, as well as workforce development and collaboration opportunities. The visit allowed the fellows to not only leave with information that can help enhance public health in their home communities but with resources for future research, education, and collaborations.
Scholars from Egypt visit the School of Public Health during summer 2016.
Young leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa visit IU in 2016 . James Brosher/IU Communications
Engage with Us We are driven to improve global and community health by fostering partnerships that promote student and faculty engagement, workforce development, continuing education, community service, and collaborative and community-based research. Do you have ideas for connecting your business or organization with the School of Public Health? Learn more at publichealth.indiana.edu/community.
BY THE NUMBERS:
IN THE OLYMPICS
Olympic berths, including athletes, coaches and judges
countries represented by Hoosier athletes, including Egypt and Slovenia for the first time in 2016
School of Public Health Students Represent #IUinRIO As more than 11,000 athletes from around the world took to the field, track, court, and pool during the 2016 Olympic games, 15 Hoosier athletes were among the competitors. Even more exciting, five of these athletes are current or former IU School of Public Health–Bloomington students. Kelsie Ahbe Representing: Sport: SPH connection: Results in Rio:
Canada Track & Field Class of 2014 – Public Health 12th in pole vault; 4.50m
Derek Drouin Representing: Sport: SPH connection: Results in Rio:
USA Track & Field Class of 2013 – Exercise Science Gold in high jump; 2.38m
Lilly King Representing: USA Sport: Swimming SPH connection: Sophomore – Physical Education Results in Rio: Gold in 4x100 relay and 100 breast, 12th in 200 breast
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Olu Olamigoke Representing: Sport: SPH connection: Results in Rio:
Nigeria Track & Field Class of 2012 – Health Fitness Specialist 32nd in triple jump; 16.10m
Orianica Velasquez Representing: Sport: SPH connection: Results in Rio:
Colombia Women’s Soccer Class of 2013 – Health Administration Draw with USA
New Book Details the History of the IU School of Public Health–Bloomington As Indiana University celebrates a milestone 70 years of having a school dedicated to health and wellbeing, the IU School of Public Health–Bloomington has published a book detailing the school’s history and how health came to be a major focus on the Bloomington campus. The book, A Legacy Transformed, takes readers through an illustrated history of the development of the predecessor to the School of Public Health–Bloomington, the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (HPER), as well as its transition into the School of Public Health. “As early as the 1920’s, IU leaders, including then President William Lowe Bryan, saw that occupations associated with health and safety, physical fitness and education, and recreation and parks would be in high demand in the coming years,” says Barbara Hawkins, coauthor, along with David Skirvin and Mohammad Torabi, of A Legacy Transformed and professor emerita at the IU School of Public Health–Bloomington.
“Since its inception, the school’s overall mission has been the prevention of disease, promotion of health, and enhancement of quality of life,” says Torabi, founding dean and Chancellor’s professor at the IU School of Public Health–Bloomington. “The school has always been ahead of its time in recognizing that the prevention of suffering and premature death, and the enhancement of health and quality of life are very much related to lifestyle. Our school is educating the next generation of public health workers and researching new and innovative ways to combat the chronic conditions that affect our society.” A Legacy Transformed is now available through IU Press (iupress.indiana.edu) and Amazon.com.
Over the next seven decades, the School of HPER continued on this forward-thinking path, growing and changing to meet the public health needs and trends of not only the local community but the state and nation. It took the next major step in its history in 2012 when it became the School of Public Health–Bloomington, continuing to move the school and its educational programs into the future and charged with addressing the health needs of a new century.
An excerpt from A Legacy Transformed… Looking for models for the proposed school, President Wells pointed out that Stanford University had organized a school of health that also included public health and medicine. He also noted that the University of Illinois had a school of physical education, but that it did not include all that was proposed for the new school at IU. Wells was concerned about possible confusion with public health, a discipline that was typically situated in medical schools. He noted that “physical welfare” was nomenclature that did not fully embrace all the fields proposed for the new school, including the mental and social areas. …Dr. Ben Miller (IU alumnus and former IU faculty member, and at the time Executive Director of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation) provided the most extensive and compelling argument for a School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation. The essence of his argument was that the title was consistent with the national association and many state associations that represented the professional fields that were to form the new school. What ensued is history, as they say. At the meeting of the Board of Trustees on September 20, 1945, President Wells recommended the establishment of a School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation at Indiana University and the board so approved.
Celebrating IU with IU Day
On April 12, 2016, Indiana University celebrated the first ever IU Day, a celebration of the university and Hoosiers all over the world, and a worldwide opportunity to donate to IU’s bicentennial campaign. Through social media, over nine million people heard about IU Day all over the world. On campus, there was a scavenger hunt that several hundred students participated in, and left “Words of Wisdom” along the way to future IU students. Off campus and around the world, people attended events on four different continents, and posted on social media to raise awareness. Though IU Day was about more than financial donations, together, 5,500 IU alumni, faculty, staff, and students raised $11.2 million to support the bicentennial
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campaign and student scholarships. Through online gifts, matching donor dollars and prize money from the IU Foundation, the School of Public Health-Bloomington had a total of $42,088 donated in support of the school and its programs. The school was excited to see all of the support from its alumni, current students, faculty, and staff on IU Day. Donations and votes came in all day, and numbers for the school climbed and climbed throughout the event. The School of Public Health is already nearly halfway to its bicentennial campaign goal of raising $30 million, with more than $7 million cash donations and $7.5 million in non-governmental grants, and the donations received on IU Day will help raise the total and get the school closer to its goal.
Building a Community by Giving Back Communities don’t just happen; they are created. Nearly half of all faculty and staff at the IU School of
Big things happen when IU comes together
Public Health–Bloomington can be counted among donors to the school working together to create a community focused on education, research, and advancing public health. Each person has their own reasons for giving, but together, their contributions help support scholarships and programs at the school,
and build a community.
donated to the School of Public Health–Bloomington
“I was brought up by my parents to give back and overall I just want to empower others to have the same experience and opportunity
that I enjoyed. I have a deep
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me to accomplish in my life
appreciation for everything the school and my education resulting from it has provided and career. It’s just simply the right thing to do and feels great.”
5,500 IU alumni, faculty, staff, and students contributed
“I firmly believe in giving back. When I was a graduate student at Indiana University, I was fortunate to have received a scholarship that was funded through the school. Receiving that
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lasting impact on me. Now of the school who works with students daily to help them
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discover their career paths, I
recognize the continued need for financial support that goes directly to students or
information about plans for the next IU Day.
student programs. I hope that my contributions can
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have a lasting impact on current and future students.” Director, Career Services
Taking the Lead in Parks and Recreation
This year, the IU School of Public Health is taking a leading role in the country on the connection between parks, recreation and tourism, and the community’s health. Through the hosting of an on-campus national conference to the introduction of the first ever professional journal on parks, recreation and tourism in public health, the school is solidifying its position as an expert in the delivery of preventive health services through parks and recreation.
National symposium In February 2016, the IU School of Public Health–Bloomington hosted the first National Symposium on Parks and Recreation in Public Health. Attendees learned from nationally-known keynote speakers Jayne Miller, superintendent of the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board, and Allen Heinemann, professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. “We have assembled leaders from across the country who will share research and community models that epitomize the positive relation between parks and recreation and
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its impact on healthier lifestyles,” Doug Knapp, associate professor at the School of Public Health, says. “We are proud to be at the forefront, as a school of public health, in the discussion of how current public health problems can be tackled through innovative and bold approaches that involve parks, recreation, and tourism. We are equally proud to be the first in the nation to offer an event that pulls together the research and innovative programs that use parks and recreation to promote public health.” The school plans to host the next symposium in 2018.
“I am delighted and honored to have the opportunity to serve as the founding editor-in-chief of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism in Public Health,” Knapp says. “The critical role that outdoor spaces and recreation can play in disease prevention, the promotion of health, and enhancement of quality of life has never been more important.” Journal articles will focus on parks, recreation and tourism’s impact on public health and will share research and community models that focus on the relationship between these three disciplines and their impact on healthier lifestyles.
Professional journal Set to publish its first issue in September 2017, Recreation, Parks, and Tourism in Public Health is a new multidisciplinary journal developed by the IU School of Public Health–Bloomington in partnership with Indiana University Press. The peer-reviewed journal is dedicated to publishing leading edge research on the impact public spaces, recreational activities and the tourism industry have on individual health and wellbeing.
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Public Health Lecture Series Brings Nationally-Known Speakers to Campus The IU School of Public Health– Bloomington’s Public Health Lecture Series goes beyond traditional conversations on public health by featuring topics that reflect the school’s foundational and multidisciplinary strengths, new and emerging areas of research, and innovative practice. Thanks to the support of generous donors to the school, annual lectures bring nationally-known speakers to campus to enhance students’ learning as well as faculty and staff’s professional development. During the 2015-2016 academic year, the school was proud to host Martin Philbert, Ph.D., dean of the University
of Michigan School of Public Health, for on the latest speakers in the lecture the Ruth Clifford Engs Lecture; Adam series, follow Indiana University School Robinson Jr., M.D., former Surgeon of Public Health–Bloomington on General of the U.S. Navy, for the Marian Facebook. Godeke Miller Lecture; and Olympic Diving Champion Ruth Clifford Engs Lecture Greg Louganis for the Ryan White and William L. Yarber Lecture. Through this annual series of lectures, those at IU and in the Bloomington community have the opportunity to learn about new and emerging areas of interest in the field of public health. To keep up-to-date Ruth Clifford Engs
Ryan White and William L. Yarber Lecture
William Yarber and Greg Louganis
Marian Godeke Miller Lecture
William & Marian Godeke Miller Adam Robinson Jr.
Spring 2017 Lectures: Planning for Population Health How can we better design our environment to support movement, exercise, and leisure? How does our built environment influence other dimensions of our wellness such as financial, occupational, and spiritual? Anchored by two featured guests, the purpose of these ongoing conversations is to provide an opportunity to reimagine the field of public health in new and exciting ways.
March 1 & 2, 2017: Gil Penalosa, director of 8 80 Cities April 7, 2017: Frances Kuo, founder of the Landscape and Human Health Laboratory To stay up-to-date on all School of Public Health–Bloomington events, bookmark publichealth.indiana.edu/events.
Professor’s Research Aims to Impact Kids’ Health across the Globe Conducting research isn’t just something Associate Professor Rodrigo Armijos finds interesting. It’s something he sees as vitally important to improve global health, especially in rural and underserved populations.
Armijos’ career in research started with infectious diseases and shifted to vector-borne parasitic diseases when he began working on his doctoral degree and the lab was researching leishmaniasis, a parasitic disease which can cause unsightly and stigmatizing skin sores. He worked to study the disease in rural populations, and developed and tested a vaccine to help control the disease.
Following the completion of his doctoral degree, Armijos began work on a postdoctoral Rodrigo Armijos fellowship and started “It’s important to do research teaching at the University of Texas because it’s the only way to change at El Paso during which time his policy. You’re not saying ‘I think;’ research focused on environmental you’re showing health issues, numbers and specifically how It’s important to do research results,” he says. the environment because it’s the only way to “It’s our duty as can contribute a university to to asthma. Here, change policy. You’re not saying conduct research he completed ‘I think;’ you’re showing numbers that is relevant to studies on and results. communities, and to asthma and show our students respiratory that there’s work to do.” health in Latino children before
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earning grant funding from the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) to study cardiovascular health as it relates to air pollution. Armijos and his colleagues began looking at the effect of air pollution on the cardiovascular systems of low-income children in high traffic areas in Ecuador. Through this study, they found that urban children living in high traffic areas had a thickening of the arterial wall. This was the first study of its kind of children worldwide and resulted in a clear association between the environment and arteriosclerosis in these children. Now, Armijos and his team are working to complete a study later this year investigating the relationship between air pollution in high traffic areas and the thickening of kids’ arterial walls. They’re following 300 low-income kids living in high, medium and low pollution Quito neighborhoods for three years and tracking their cardiorespiratory health. Although cardiovascular diseases are prevalent in adulthood, they typically start during childhood, so early prevention is crucial. “The hypothesis is that we’ll see the kids in high pollution neighborhoods have faster progression of arteriosclerosis than kids in the low pollution areas,” he explains. “We’re also completing a similar study among Hispanic children in El
Paso, Texas to see if we find a similar correlation.”
his early research roots studying leishmaniasis.
Armijos is quick to comment that his research is a team effort, and collaboration among fellow professors as well as students is essential to completing studies that will better the lives of people across the globe. He’s passionate about finding ways to improve the health of the most vulnerable populations.
“We just completed a study in El Paso in which we found leishmaniasis in stray dogs and cats, “Bloomington is a very nice city. I and wild love it here especially mammals. with a family. I’m There are good facilities, This is very happy,” he interdisciplinary work, and a important says. “There are because good facilities, lot of different research and there’s the interdisciplinary colleagues working together. potential work, and a lot of Working together is the best for human different research and way to confront a problem. infection,” colleagues working he explains. together. Working IU is a good place to do that. together is the best And, of way to confront a getting back to the study of vectorproblem. IU is a good place to do borne parasites, Armijos simply that.” says, “I love parasites.”
“When we talk about the environment, low income people are the ones who suffer most. They often live in polluted, crowded areas,” says Armijos, who is director of the Global Environmental Health Research Laboratory at the School of Public Health. “They have to live wherever they can afford and usually that’s in crowded, polluted neighborhoods.” Today, Armijos is circling back to
pleased with the collaboration and facilities for teaching and research, and is enjoying getting to know Bloomington.
In the year Armijos has been at the School of Public Health, he’s been
Dr. Armijos and Professor Margaret Weigel discuss a study in the School’s Global Environmental Health Research Laboratory
Master’s Student Finds her Passion in Public Health With the goal of eventually becoming a public representative in the government, Olivia Western is taking her undergraduate degree to the next level in the Master of Public Health (MPH) program at the IU School of Public Health–Bloomington. She’s starting her sixth year on campus having earned a degree in Psychology in 2015.
and she was a graduate assistant with School of Public Health Clinical Professor Noy Kay in International Health, and Death and Dying courses in her first year. She’s also president of IU’s Masters of Public Health Assembly (MPHA) and, this academic year, working to better connect the group with the community through a variety of outreach activities.
“I love campus and love all the opportunities for coursework and activities. I considered going to a smaller school, but the variety at IU really drew me in,” Western says.
All of these activities are helping her gain skills she’ll need after graduation this spring and enhancing her graduate school experience.
And Western is taking full advantage of all those opportunities. This semester, she’s taking a number of elective courses like Occupational Health and Public Health Economics,
“The teachers really care about the students. They really believe in us,” Western says of the faculty teaching in the MPH program. “The coursework seems really applicable and I’ll use it in the real world.”
MPH faculty member Catherine Sherwood-Laughlin talks with MPH student Olivia Western (right) at the Indiana Public Health conference in Indianapolis
After Western graduates in spring 2017, she’ll get to test out all of the skills she’s learning during her time in the MPH program. For her first job, she’s looking into becoming an administrative fellow with Indiana University Health or possibly a position with Purdue Extension. With whatever organization she chooses to start her career, Western is looking forward to working with others and collaborating to improve the health of the community. “I love that public health is so diverse. You can come from any background and grasp the concepts. It’s a really interdisciplinary field,” she says. “Public health has been my saving grace. My largest goal in life is to give back.”
Welcoming New Leaders to the School of Public Health Public health is one of the fastest growing fields in the U.S., and with more and more students seeking undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees in the field, the IU School of Public Health– Bloomington continues to grow. Twenty new faculty joined the school for the 2016-2017 academic year, and, over the last year, the school welcomed several new members to its leadership team.
Carrie Docherty, Ph.D., A.T.C., F.N.A.T.A. Interim Associate Dean for Community and Global Engagement Carrie Docherty was recently promoted from Associate Professor to Interim Associate Dean Carrie Docherty for Community and Global Engagement, a role in which she’s responsible for working with experts within the school to develop new and innovative ways to train the public health workforce. In addition, she oversees the school’s community outreach efforts locally, within Indiana, and across the globe. Docherty has been a member of the school’s faculty in the Department of Kinesiology since 2003 where she has been a program administrator and researcher in the Post Professional Athletic Training Program. Her research focuses on rehabilitation sciences, specifically how chronic ankle instability impacts a variety of physical and neuromuscular measures, as well as health related quality of life. She is an internationally-recognized scholar and educator in athletic training, and has been awarded the distinction of Fellow of the National Athletic Trainers Association. Docherty currently serves on the executive board of the International Ankle Consortium, and the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.
Docherty earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology at Indiana University, and a Master of Education degree and a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.
Nicole Anderson, M.P.H. Director of Student Immersion and Global Health Experiences Joining the school’s Office of Global and Community Health Partnerships, Nicole Anderson provides leadership to the strategic Nicole Anderson development, expansion and implementation of study abroad, student exchange, and faculty-led study tours for public health students. Anderson brings a number of years of global education experience having previously worked in Beijing helping to implement and reform instruction procedures. She has also worked to improve public health in Indiana serving as the director of Public Health Preparedness at the Hamilton County Health Department, and working on programs such as the Lead-Safe Homes Project and the Chronic Disease Self-Management Project in Indiana. Anderson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health, and a Master of Public Health degree from the IU School of Medicine in Indianapolis.
Brian Richardson Jr., M.S. Assistant Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion As the newest member of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Brian Richardson Jr. works with the team to recruit students to and retain students in the school, provide culturallyrelevant programs that showcase underrepresented populations, and support community outreach. Prior to joining the IU School of Public Health–Bloomington, Richardson worked as the assistant director for Multicultural Affairs at Wittenberg University in Ohio. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Management from Culver-Stockton College and a Master of Science degree in Kinesiology from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Brian Richardson Jr.
Learn more about the faculty and staff at the School of Public Health–Bloomington online at publichealth.indiana.edu.
Global engagement advances public health throughout the world Scholarly exchanges are an important means of establishing and maintaining a community of scholarship throughout the world. The IU School of Public Health– Bloomington visiting scholar program supports international, collaborative
Recently, Chinese and South Korean visiting scholars met with School of Public Health leadership during their visit to Bloomington. From left: Fangjian Li, Chaohui Lin, School of Public Health leaders Carrie Docherty, Justin Otten and Dean Mohammad Torabi, Youqing Shen, Hui Chang, and Dae-Gum Kang.
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Couple Advances Public Health through Philanthropy When John and Carole Seffrin met as freshmen at Ball State University, they didn’t know where their paths would lead. They both shared a passion for helping others and giving back, and over their 50 years of marriage have turned this passion into a legacy of philanthropy. John has volunteered and worked in various non-profit organizations, and Carole had a long career in education. Over the years, they looked for ways to give back to others with a specific focus on helping make the world a healthier place. “John has worked endlessly throughout his career to make a difference in public health,” Carole says. “Both of us truly believe it’s our goal to help people who would be underserved. Early in my career, I taught kids with special needs and it taught me about the need to reach out to other people.” The Seffrins view philanthropy as a unique way they can make a difference and impact the future. Through a gift to the IU School of Public Health,
the Seffrins have created the first philanthropically-funded faculty position at the school. “The John & Carole Seffrin Professor of Population Health is a fully-funded faculty position,” says Mohammad Torabi, dean of the School of Public Health. “We are so appreciative of this generous gift to create a professorship in our school.” The gift funding the professorship provides for salary, and support for research, manuscript preparation and graduate research assistance, among other things. “We’ve benefited so much that we feel the need to give back,” John says. “With this professorship, we know it’ll be there in perpetuity, and continue to be there long after we’re gone.” The couple sees this as both a gift and an investment that will help the field of public health and improve the health of those locally, nationally and across the globe.
Carole and John Seffrin
help public health become the preeminent healthcare specialty of the century. Unless we can elevate public health, we’ll never become the healthiest country,” John explains. “This is our small way to increase the prospects of that coming to fruition.” As the Seffrins continue on their path together, they’re traveling, spending time with their one-yearold grandson, and simply enjoying life. And, through philanthropy, are helping others and the field of public health. John says, “It’s a special feeling, a privilege to be able to give back.”
“We want to do anything we can to
Giving back The School of Public Health depends on the generosity of alumni and friends to help us fully realize our mission of preventing disease, promoting wellness, and improving quality of life. Often, recipients of School of Public Health degrees reach back to us with gifts of their own. Those gifts help us to maintain our world-class reputation, ensuring that our programs stay as impressive as they were when you graduated. Help us support the next generation of public health leaders and scholars. Give now at myiu.org/one-time-gift.
Celebrating 100 Years of Wellness
Itâ€™s 1917. Woodrow Wilson is President, and the U.S. entered World War I. Hoosiers are listening to the new hit song Back Home Again in Indiana, statewide prohibition just passed, and citizens in New Albany are cleaning up from a devastating tornado that ravaged the city.
In Bloomington, the population is growing significantly and construction is booming with many new buildings being completed,
Since 1892, students have had access to on-campus gymnasium space starting with the Men’s Gymnasium (women were provided an exercise room in Wylie Hall) located just south of the current Indiana Memorial Union. Opened in January of 1892, the structure cost $1,000 (almost $27,000 today) and was 40 feet by 60 feet. A few years later in 1897, a larger gym and multiuse facility was constructed next to Owen Hall replacing the original
including a new courthouse, city hall, two theaters, two railroad stations, and a new library. And, on campus, IU’s students attend classes in what’s now called The Old Crescent – Owen Hall, Wylie Hall, Lindley Hall, Kirkwood Hall – and student athletes compete in baseball, basketball and football, among other sports. It was also during this time that the university saw the need for a larger gymnasium space not The 1923-1924 men’s basketball team competes in the Men’s Gymnasium only for its basketball program but for intramural sports and IU Archives recreation.
men’s gym. The new facility, called Assembly Hall, could seat up to 1,600, served as the home court for the IU Men’s Basketball team, and hosted Commencement and other university events. As construction wrapped up on the original Assembly Hall, female students pushed for their own facility citing that an exercise room didn’t provide “equal opportunity or equal facilities.” Allowing women to utilize the current men’s facility was out of the question because as Edna Munro, the first director of the Department of Physical Education for Women at IU, noted, “distractions abounded for men who were passing by and were captivated by women in sporting attire and performing physical acts
This year, the School of Public Health–Bloomington celebrates 70 years of academic programs focused on health and wellness. The school’s core departments of Applied Health Science, Kinesiology, and Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Studies continue to be an integral part of the school’s academic and research mission, and teaching the next generation of public health leaders, teachers, and researchers.
Spotlight on Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies
By Lynn Jamieson Interim Chair, Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Studies When the newly created Indiana University Department of Recreation opened its doors for the fall semester of the 1946-47 academic year, an entirely new profession was born. Started initially through the help of Lebert Weir, then working as a state legislator, this department began with a Master of Science Degree in Recreation, formed partly due to the demand for services to improve the lives of children and the overall health of the community. This enabled those who worked in community service positions in city parks, schools, and non-profit groups to gain a degree that would allow them to get hired and promoted in the rapidly growing profession of parks and recreation. What began as an effort to improve the workforce in these areas continued to expand into broader areas and degrees, and the Bachelor of Science degree followed as well as an expansion of educational opportunities to further develop the growing professional opportunities for graduates of the department. Faculty in this department held many national posts such as
three Presidents of the National Recreation and Park Association, eight Presidents of the Society of Park and Recreation Educators, two Presidents of the American Therapeutic Recreation Association, three National Recreation and Park Association Board of Trustees, and many more leadership roles. In addition, faculty were responsible for organizing much of the initial accreditation process for park and recreation curriculums initiated in 1977. This department has been accredited by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, recognized by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions since 1979, and received its most recent continuing accreditation in 2014. Adding to the growth of the department were the formation of centers, institutes, and auxiliary programs. The department has stewarded Bradford Woods Outdoor Education Center since 1955, developed the National Center on
Accessibility in 1992, developed the Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands in 1993, and is celebrating the anniversary of the Executive Development Program’s 50th year as well as the 70th anniversary of the Great Lakes Park Training Institute. Today’s department has over 600 students majoring in one of four undergraduate specializations— Public, Nonprofit and Community Recreation; Recreation Therapy; Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Human Ecology; and Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management. In addition, graduate degrees are offered in Recreation Administration; Outdoor Recreation; Recreational Therapy; Parks and Public Lands Management; and Tourism Management. The celebration of the 70th year of the department commenced in August 2016 and will continue with a speaker series and a series of recognition events ending with the Weir Banquet in April 2017.
Be part of the RPTS 70th anniversary celebration. Funds are currently being raised to support student projects in research and teaching, and to design a park proposal for the green space surrounding the school. Pledge your support today at https:// iuschoolofpublichealth.fundly.com/ rptscelebrating70years.
100 years later by students, faculty and staff for recreational sports and wellness activities.
The former Men’s Gymnasium, located just south of the current Indiana Memorial Union.
associated with sport and training.” In response to the need for bigger and better athletic facilities for women, the university approved the construction of the Student Building. The building was to include two swimming pools, a women’s gymnasium and social parlors in addition to a chimes tower and 500-seat auditorium. At a cost of $100,000 ($2.6 million today), the Student Building was completed in 1908 and not only improved athletic facilities for women on campus, but also housed the school’s Department of Physical Education for Women for more than 50 years. Over the next decade, enrollment at IU continued to grow and the
need for further expansion of its men’s gymnasium became clear. In 1914, students formed a new interest group and began talking with the university’s administration about building a facility dedicated to recreational sports. The following year, the site of the new men’s gymnasium was cleared and construction began in early 1916. Built on what was then the far east side of campus, the new gym opened in 1917 and included a swimming pool, a gymnasium, locker and shower facilities, classrooms for physical education classes, and offices for faculty. Unbeknownst to those who built this facility, it would become the cornerstone of the IU School of Public Health–Bloomington, live in the heart of campus, and continue to be used
As the foundation of the School of Public Health, the original men’s gym has been incorporated into what we see today as the school facility. In 1928, the fieldhouse was added to the east side of the gym with the original purpose of giving the football team an indoor practice facility. In 1962, a $3.6 million addition to the north side of the men’s gym included space for classes and offices, and the Royer pool. Over the last 100 years, the original men’s gymnasium has been home to the IU Men’s Basketball team, hosted Indiana High School Athletic Association state championship basketball games, was the first gym to have glass backboards, and provided space for hundreds of thousands of students to participate in health and wellness activities. Today, as the school marks the centennial birthday of this original facility, it celebrates what was the start of a focus and dedication to health and wellness programming—academic and athletic —on the Bloomington campus.
Faculty Research Impacting Public Health Locally and Globally Academic research has long had an impact on public health. Research and studies started decades ago continue to impact health and have made the world what it is today. Similarly, research being done now will influence the health of communities locally and globally in the decades to come. At the School of Public Health–Bloomington, our faculty is engaged in important research that will impact the future of public health.
Predicting risk of concussion to make future athletes safer. As an athletic trainer, Assistant Professor Keisuke Kawata, Ph.D. is dedicated to keeping athletes healthy and safe on the field. Today, his research is focused on concussion, but unlike most studies,
vulnerable to concussion or more susceptible to symptoms?” Kawata is currently looking at two ways to test for brain injury and impact in order to learn if it’s
Keisuke Kawata teaches masters level athletic training students.
and tested football players before and after practice over the course of several practice sessions. During the screening, Kawata tested each athlete’s near point of convergence, which shows how far from the bridge of the nose the athlete can see a single object before the eyes begin to see double. As the players participated in practice sessions, he found that the athletes’ near point of convergence became larger indicating injury or trauma in the brain. In a few athletes, Kawata found an abnormally high near point of convergence value before practice, and in the practice that followed, these athletes sustained a concussion. “This increase may be able to be used to predict concussion in the future,”
his approach is to understand the effects of small head hits over time with the ultimate goal of predicting concussion and possibly preventing the injury. “We know the main problem is the concussion, but athletes suffer smaller impacts repeatedly before the concussion,” he explains. “What we don’t know is, are these small impacts making the athlete more
possible to predict and prevent concussion. He’s completed a study looking at eye movement in athletes in which he monitored the magnitude of each head impact using a sensor-installed mouth guard
Children in the Agincourt Health and Socio-Demographic Surveillance System Photo courtesy of Lisa Albert
he explains. “In the future, we’ll need to research what would happen if players who have an increase like this sit out for practice. Will the near point of convergence go back down to its previous level? We don’t know the answer to this yet.” Kawata is also in the midst of researching the possibility of using blood biomarkers to predict susceptibility to concussion. Because
of the objective nature of these two testing methods, he hopes that, in the future, there will be specific testing methods, and thresholds and reference numbers for safe play.
install an impact sensor and there will be constant monitoring of each head impact. I hope that in 10 years we will have some objective measurement.”
“How much head impact is okay and still safe to play? We need something quantifiable. Right now, concussion is mostly subjective – we ask ‘how do you feel?’” Kawata says. “I hope many helmet-based contact sports will
As Kawata researches ways to keep youth athletes in the U.S. safe during their sport, Assistant Professor Molly Rosenberg is working to find ways to keep young South African women safe from HIV.
Mafemani Village | Photo courtesy of Lisa Albert
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Finding a healthy future for the young women of South Africa. In rural, northeastern South Africa is the Agincourt Health and SocioDemographic Surveillance System; a collection of more than 30 villages and 110,000 people who take part in an annual survey that includes not only demographics, but also researches information on health behaviors. Through this survey, it’s clear this community is hard hit by HIV. “These young women have an incredibly high rate of new HIV infections. Nearly one third of women test HIV positive by the age of 20,” Rosenberg explains. To address this alarming trend in HIV infections among these young women, Rosenberg is involved in several projects looking to find new interventions to help slow the spread of the virus in this community. One recently completed study she contributed to tested whether offering the young women a cash incentive to stay in school could prevent HIV.
“The cash transfer study ended last year and the results were surprising. There were very few new HIV cases and over 90 percent of the girls in the study stayed in school. And this was across both arms of the study – those who received the cash incentive and those who did not,” she says. “We know that education is extremely protective against HIV, but we didn’t understand why nearly everyone in the study remained in school in a community with otherwise high drop-out rates.” Rosenberg’s research suggests that elements of the study itself – a safe group environment, routine HIV testing, and adults showing interest in and monitoring school attendance – might be enough to keep young women in school and safe from HIV. She will continue to contribute to the research team following this group in a longitudinal study while she expands her research to looking at cognition and how education helps prevent HIV infections. She’s testing cognitive domains like executive
Keisuke Kawata, Ph.D., A.T.C. Assistant Professor, Kinesiology • Temple University, Ph.D. in Kinesiology with concentration in Neuroscience and Athletic Training (2016)
function and short term memory using a tool developed specifically for a non-U.S. audience to determine how engaging in risky behavior is linked to cognition. Through this research, Rosenberg hopes to reach girls at a young enough age to have a long-lasting effect on their sexual health, and health and well-being more broadly. “I’d like to see structural changes with lifetime impact. This research is important because we need more evidence to push for interventions that broaden educational and economic access for children and adolescents,” she explains. “We need to do this now so they thrive throughout their lives. I want to set these girls up for a healthy future.” With goals like making the future healthier for the next generation, researchers at the School of Public Health–Bloomington are doing the work today that will make an impact tomorrow.
Molly Rosenberg, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Epidemiology and Biostatistics • University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Ph.D. in Epidemiology (2014)
• Temple University, M.S. in Kinesiology with concentration in Athletic Training and Exercise Physiology (2013)
• Yale University, M.P.H. with concentration in Epidemiology and Microbial Diseases (2010)
• Henderson State University, B.S. in Athletic Training (2010)
• University of Virginia, B.A. in Biology (2004)
Alumnus Takes IU Education and Memories with him to the Majors He learned to be a team player, a leader and how to work with others. And, he remembers having to take some classes that he didn’t think would help him in his career at the time. “I had to take classes like aquatics, and arts and crafts senior year, and didn’t know why,” Monahan says. “But, they taught me how to adapt and innovate. How to come up with original ideas. When you graduate, you put all these things together.”
The start of a career Even though Gene Monahan (B.S., ’69) doesn’t get to visit IU Bloomington as often as he might like, the memories of his four years on campus are never far from his mind. “I have absolutely tremendous memories. Thousands of memories,” he says. “It was the greatest four years of my life. My IU experience was phenomenal.” And his best memory? “Beating Purdue 19-14 in 1967 and going to the Rose Bowl. It was a tremendous group of people,” he says.
Finding his way to IU Growing up in south Florida, a teenage Monahan had a love of baseball and
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decided on a career in athletic training so he could stay connected to the sport. He started working in minor league baseball after graduating from high school, and realized he would need a formal education in order to make a career out of athletic training. His mentor at the time suggested IU and its athletic training program, one of just a few in the country in the 1960’s. Monahan arrived on campus in the fall of 1965 and chose a major in Physical Education with an emphasis in Athletic Training. “I loved every minute of it. It provided me the opportunity to learn a lot about myself, how to contribute, and responsibility,” he says.
Throughout his time at IU, Monahan worked with the New York Yankees every summer. When he graduated in January 1969, he moved to Syracuse, NY and began working in Triple-A
baseball. In 1973, he started a 39-year career with the Yankees serving as the team’s athletic trainer. Following a successful fight with cancer, Monahan decided to retire from the Yankees in 2011. Even in retirement, however, Monahan is putting his athletic training expertise to work. He now
lives in North Carolina where he works with Hendrick Motorsports. “I’ve always loved racing,” he says. “This is the perfect job for me in retirement. I’m still doing athletic training, still keeping my credentials up. I’m really enjoying life here. Life is full, life is good.”
Remembering Gene Monahan’s Distinguished Alumni Award In 2014, Gene Monahan was selected to receive the school’s W.W. Patty Distinguished Alumni Award. This award is the oldest and most prestigious alumni recognition bestowed by the school upon a graduate who has demonstrated outstanding personal and professional achievement in his or her career. Monahan, like all recipients of this award, characterize the ideals set forth by the school’s first dean, Willard W. Patty. Under his leadership, the school rose to national stature and produced some of the finest professionals in the fields of health, physical education, and recreation.
Memories of the university that helped Monahan get to where is today always have a special place in his heart, however. “I carry my university experience with me. I look back, look across the nation, read about all who went to IU, like Dick Enberg, and think ‘gosh, they went to school where I went to school.’ It’s really an honor,” Monahan says. “I picked a tremendous university. I picked a university that cared about students. I’m proud to wear my IU hat and sweatshirt down here in the fall. Someone will ask, ‘are you from IU?’ and I say, ‘yeah!’”
Strategic Planning Process to Guide School’s Future “Strategy is about making choices, trade-offs; it’s about deliberately choosing to be different.”
Michael Porter Founder of the modern strategy field
With its expertise and faculty in a variety of areas of public health, the IU School of Public Health– Bloomington is unique in its field. This uniqueness and differentiation shone through during the school’s recent accreditation journey with the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). As part of achieving accreditation, the school took on a comprehensive self-study process in which it reviewed and analyzed all aspects of the school. “Our self-study really highlighted all facets of our school and helped show us, in one document, the great
The primary goal of the process, according to Gibbs, who is co-leading the process with Associate Professor Jon Macy and Clinical Assistant Professor Jo Anna Shimek, is to establish a central curricular identity and direction for the school in order to align resources for research around curricular strength and help further establish the school’s national reputation. As part of the Strategy Planning Steering Committee, the school’s Academic Council and the chairs of each department are driving the process of developing the plan and working to ensure the voice of the faculty is present throughout the
self-study really highlighted all facets of our school and helped show “Our us, in one document, the great variety in research, curriculum, and faculty expertise we have here. It’s this variety that differentiates us among schools of public health and is part of what makes us great.
variety in research, curriculum, and faculty expertise we have here. It’s this variety that differentiates us among schools of public health and is part of what makes us great,” says Shawn Gibbs, executive associate dean. “Having said that, however, we also need to focus and prioritize, which is why we’re currently working through a school-wide strategic planning process.”
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planning and in the final strategy document. “It’s important to us that faculty, staff, and students in the school have the opportunity to provide input during the process. This isn’t my strategic plan or the Dean’s strategic plan, it’s our plan and it’s about how we’re all going to move our school forward in the future,” Macy says.
Throughout the spring semester, each department, center, and institute worked to complete an assessment of their area and determine their unit’s three to five points of distinctiveness for the next five to 10 years. Included in the discussion Shawn Gibbs among each unit was how their work aligns with the goals of the School of Public Health–Bloomington, the “big bold ideas” outlined by the school’s Vision Committee, and the university’s priorities included in the Bicentennial Strategic Plan. Following the work done by the individual units, the Strategy Planning Steering Committee, led by Shimek, reviewed and merged all the documents into one draft, and highlighted emerging themes for the school. This document was then sent to an external advisory committee for their comments and recommendations.
“The opportunity to have external advisors review our draft document and offer their comments is an enormously beneficial piece of this process,” Shimek explains. “The group we’ve worked with includes five experts in public health from outside of our school as well as members of our Dean’s Alliance. Their thoughtful comments and suggestions were well received by our steering committee and incorporated, as appropriate, into our draft document.” Adds Macy, “We are grateful to the external advisors for taking time to review our draft plan. Also, faculty members Aurelian Bidulescu, Brandon Howell, Carol Kennedy-
Armbruster, Margaret Lion, Jo Anna Shimek, and Dean Gibbs deserve a ton of credit for all their hard work over the summer developing the next version of the plan.” After the external review, school faculty, staff, students, and the various units received the Strategy Planning Document draft for their review and to begin developing a five-year implementation plan for the goals outlined for their specific unit. This step will be completed by early November at which time the final draft document will be reviewed by the external advisors, the entire Dean’s Alliance, and the Provost’s Office. When this final review is
complete, likely in early December, the Strategy Planning Steering Committee will finalize the document and send the final plan to the school’s faculty and staff as well as the Dean’s Alliance and Provost. “As a member of the school’s faculty, as well as co-leader of this process, I’m very excited to see the final plan and be a part of its implementation beginning in 2017,” Macy says. “This plan will help us continue to grow and move forward as a school in a focused and cohesive way. I know we’ll continue to do great research and prepare the next generation of public health leaders.
Associate Professor Jon Macy helped lead the school’s strategic planning process.
Public Health Leaders Honored with Founding Dean’s Medallion To recognize those who have made extraordinary contributions to public health, IU School of Public Health–Bloomington Dean Mohammad Torabi commissioned the Founding Dean’s Medallion. Given to public health leaders at the Dean’s discretion, the medallion honors those who have made a significant impact in the field of public health. Medallion recipients are those whose careers and personal efforts have been dedicated to rigorous public health research, education, and practice by preventing disease, promoting health, and enhancing quality of life. Recently, Dean Torabi presented Dr. Ruth Westheimer with the Founding Dean’s Medallion when she visited Bloomington to take part in the 10th anniversary celebration of the
school’s Center for Sexual Health Promotion.
medallion over the last couple of years for their impact on public health and public health outcomes.
In addition to Dr. Ruth, many other public health leaders, researchers, and innovators have received the
Dean’s Medallion Recipients Edwin C. Marshall Former Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs, Indiana University John R. Seffrin Former CEO, American Cancer Society Professor of Practice, IU School of Public Health–Bloomington Catherine Sherwood-Laughlin Clinical Professor, IU School of Public Health–Bloomington Mark E. Moore Former President, IU Health South Central Region
Nancy T. Ellis Associate Professor, IU School of Public Health–Bloomington Michael Reece Professor, IU School of Public Health–Bloomington Dennis M. Murphy President & CEO, IU Health Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer Psychosexual Therapist Mark Hertling Lieutenant General, U.S. Army (retired)
IU School of Public Health–Bloomington Honors Distinguished Alumni
The Indiana University School of Public Health–Bloomington honored six alumni at its Distinguished Alumni Awards banquet in spring 2016, with honorees including current university professors, teachers, and individuals who have been instrumental in government and private sectors both domestically and abroad. “All of our alumni are lifelong ambassadors for our school and work tirelessly in a variety of areas of public health,” says Mohammad Torabi, dean and Chancellor’s Professor at the School of Public Health–Bloomington. “The alumni we honored this year with our Distinguished Alumni Awards are going above and beyond in moving the field of public health into the future, or have had exceptional careers in public health teaching the next generation of public health workers.” The 2016 event marks the 40th annual awards ceremony recognizing esteemed graduates from the School of Public Health–Bloomington.
The 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award winners include Bobby “Slick” Leonard, Robin Vealey, Kristen Jozkowski, Digby Whyte, and Brian Shepherd. Not pictured: Janet MacLean.
This year’s recipients include:A Anita Aldrich Distinguished Alumni Award Robin Vealey, M.S. ’77, professor at Miami University, 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 relative to the advancement of girls and women.
Tony Mobley International Distinguished Alumni Award Digby Whyte, M.S. ’88, Re.Dir. ’90, Re.D. ’92, chief executive officer of World Urban Parks, received the Tony Mobley International Distinguished Alumni Award, which recognizes outstanding professional achievement outside the U.S.
Early Career Outstanding Alumni Award Kristen Jozkowski, M.S. ’07, Ph.D. ’11, assistant professor at the University of Arkansas, 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 Brian Shepherd, B.S. ’99, physical education teacher at Binford Elementary School in Bloomington, received the John R. Endwright Alumni Service Award, which recognizes alumni for outstanding service and contributions.
W.W. Patty Distinguished Alumni Award Bobby (Slick) Leonard, B.S. ’57, former athlete, NBA coach and broadcaster for the Indiana Pacers, and Janet MacLean, M.S. ’53, Re.Dir. ’56, Re.D. ’59, professor emerita from Indiana University, 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.
Student Ambassadors are the link between the School of Public Health, alumni, donors, employers and prospective students, and serve as peer mentors for current students. Student Ambassadors are represented by a cross section of students from all academic departments of the School of Public Health, and are front line representatives of the school.
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Celebrating the Past and Looking to the Future
Graduation often marks the close of one chapter and the opening of another for students. It’s a celebration of the hard work done over the last several years toward earning a degree, whether undergraduate, graduate or doctoral, and the anticipation of what’s to come in the future. “Our time at IU was not only valuable because of the degrees we now possess, but also because of the lessons we learned along the way,” says December 2015 graduate and recipient of the Dean’s Recognition Award Alyssa MacDonald. “I hope we all remember the experiences we had, the lessons we learned, and the people who made us who we are today.” The IU School of Public Health–Bloomington was proud to celebrate 182 graduates in December 2015 and another 578 in May 2016, and send them on to their professional careers in athletic training, dietetics, recreational therapy, research, education, public policy, and a number of other public health fields. “Each major has an underlying theme of helping others and making the world a better place. That is the nature of the School of Public Health,” says Allison Rosen, a May 2016 graduate and recipient of the Dean’s Recognition Award. “I believe that the greatest value of life can be found in helping others. At least in my life, there is nothing more motivating and fulfilling than watching others feel accomplished and successful, and knowing that in some small part it is because of my work.”
Congratulations to Our Newest Alumni
School of Public Health Recognizes its Best and Brightest
Ensuring that the best and brightest students can afford to attend college is a critical priority for the IU School of Public Healthâ€“Bloomington. While the school actively partners with students to manage costs and minimize debt, donor-funded scholarship support is the key element that bridges the gap that can remain in higher education affordability. Thanks to the generous support of alumni, friends, and industry partners, the school awarded more than $110,000 in privately funded scholarships to more than 70 students for the 2016-2017 academic year. During a special dinner and awards ceremony in September, scholarship recipients were recognized and had the opportunity to connect with the donor who made their scholarship possible. Thank you to our scholarship donors and congratulations to the students who have earned these awards.
2016-2017 SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH
SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS Adrienne Luegers Memorial Scholarship Pooja Chandelkar
Dale W. Evans Scholarship Hannah Dollinger Brie Roller
Archie and Eleanor Williamson Koon Scholarship Melanie Eix
Davies, Jones and Mosely Scholarship Yang Liu
Bruce and Sylvia Hronek Family Scholarship in Recreation and Park Administration Olivia Ritter
Donald Ludwig Scholarship Karly Beavers
Carter Littell Memorial Scholarship Kareem Harris Abby Lovely Jennifer Taylor Cooper Scholarship Hunter Paris Crane Fund for Widows and Children Scholarship Sam Armbruster Alexis Burr Lauren Harding Jovanna Johnson Curtis R. Simic Scholarship Jordan Oâ€™Haver
Dr. Anita Aldrich Research Fellowship Award Cheng Chen Edna F. Munro Physical Education Scholarship Katie Thien Frank Family Scholarship for Sports Medicine Quentin Tingle Stanford Williams Gallahue-Morris Graduate Research Scholarship Yang Liu Garrett G. Eppley Scholarship Dohyun Lee Shinichi Nagata Ashley Williams
Hal Morris Research Scholarship Timothy Fulton Wesley Manz Harry Dippold Scholarship Kaelie Irish Hinton, Stager, and Tanner Women’s Health Research Scholarship Keren Constantini James W. Crowe Award Karly Beavers Jordann Cress JK Rash Scholarship Melissa Boguslawski Joan Weinburg Wolf Scholarship for Dietetics Shannon Salas John Andrew Jarboe Memorial Scholarship Kelsey Campbell John R. Endwright Scholarship Chad Wiggins Kate C Remley Memorial Scholarship Jamie Harris Kathryn Mack McDonald Public Health Scholarship Molly Liss Leroy “Bud” Getchell Scholarship Alyssa Fowler Lohrmann Family Fellowship Rachel Brown Emmalee Fishburn Lucille M. Swift – Mona M. Russell Scholarship Adam Whisler Lyle and Evelyn Beaver General Recreation Trust Taylor Brockmiller Margaret Gary Sutter Scholarship Sarah Ellingson
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Margaret Seberger Scholarship Bhagyashree More
Ryan White Legacy Scholarship Karly Beavers
Marjorie Phillips Scholarship Jenna Neumann
School of Public Health Annual Scholarship Shaina Johnson – Coleman Miranda Sanders
Martilu Puthoff Scholarship Lawrence Hanks Nancy Friedman Memorial Scholarship Jamie Harris Opal G. Conrad Nutrition Scholarship Sydney Alexander Austen Gumpp Amy Janda Holly Kingery Jacqueline Kowal Richard D. Spear Memorial Scholarship Becca Merritt Roderick Paige Fellowship Iyana Esters Edgardo Ortiz-Sanchez Ron Hall Scholarship Robert Hollins Ruth Mary Griswold Scholarship Hannah Bilotta Nikole Bruno McKayla Bull Molly Gorgol Shae Jansen Tiffany Johnson Michaela Stemle Claire Woods Ruth V. Russell Humanitarian Scholarship Greer Brown
Schrader Family Fellowship Jonathan Wise School of Public Health Alumni Board Scholarship Jordan Huntoon Spike Dixon Athletic Training Award Emily Lahne Summer Camp Leadership Award Shae Jansen Updyke/President’s Challenge Fellowship Rachael Atz – Environmental Health Cherise Mishler – Kinesiology Mary Yoke – Applied Health Science Vaught Family Undergraduate Scholarship Lucas Letner Walter Jamieson Memorial Scholarship Xinwei Wu William D. Ramos LLC Scholarship Cate Schleckman W.W. Patty Scholarship Sean Buehler – Applied Health Science Reid Wilson – Kinesiology
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 www.alumni.indiana.edu.
1970s Robert D. Ward, P.E.D.’71, is co-author of Building the Perfect Star: Changing the Trajectory of Sports and the People, published in November 2015 by Ascend Books. The book details Ward’s tenure as the NFL’s first full-time strength and conditioning coach. Over his 13-plus years with the Dallas Cowboys, Ward was a behind-the-scenes innovator in a franchise that prided itself in being innovative. Although his title was strength and conditioning coach, “sports scientist” is a better description of Ward’s responsibilities. Ward studied sports science with the U.S. Olympic Committee and was a successful head track coach at Fullerton Community College in California before he joined the Cowboys. In Building the Perfect Star, Ward credits IU for his success in life. In February, David E. Polovina, M.S.’72, received the 2016 Honorary Alumni Award from the University of North Florida. After leaving IU, he and his wife, Linda, moved to Jacksonville Beach, Fla., where he coached football and baseball, and taught science and physical education. He entered the insurance profession in 1981. In Florida, Polovina has served as a consultant to the cities of Jacksonville Beach and Atlantic Beach, and is currently a benefits consultant to the city of Neptune Beach, helping in the selection and administration of health insurance benefits for city employees. After graduating from IU with a master’s degree in recreation and parks administration, Richard H. Carlsen, M.S.’73, took a position with the U.S. Department of the Navy in 1973. During a 42-year career as a civilian employee, he has managed and overseen many quality-of-life programs for sailors, Marines, and their families in the Navy. He is presently deputy fleet readiness director, helping oversee a regional Morale, Welfare, and Recreation operation with 20 Navy bases from Maine to North Carolina. Carlsen is a recipient of numerous awards for his service, including the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award and the Navy Superior Civilian Service Award, the second highest award recognizing Navy civilian employees. He and his wife live in Virginia Beach, Va. “I was the captain of the IU women’s basketball team that played in the 1973 Final Four,” writes I-Woman Debra L. Powers, B.S.’73. She adds, “A banner in Assembly Hall documents the success of the team. I was also the first female athlete at IU to be awarded the prestigious Elvis J. Stahr Senior Award.” Powers’ career in sports and physical education spanned 33 years, and included stints as a high school volleyball, basketball, and tennis coach; head women’s basketball coach at Ball State University; a collegiate volleyball and basketball referee; and radio sports commentator. She is coauthor of 10 editions of the McGraw-Hill textbook A Wellness Way of Life, and recently completed her memoir, Meeting Her Match, in which she recounts her journey in the world of sports. Powers lives in St. Augustine, Fla.
1980s Alan McPherson, M.S.’81, M.S.’83, M.L.S.’85, is the author of Nature Walks in the Indiana Dunes. McPherson is a naturalist, author, and outdoor enthusiast and is the author of Nature Hikes in Northern Indiana, Nature Hikes in Southern Indiana, Indiana Best Hikes, and several natural history books. He spends most of his time traveling the Hoosier state doing research, lecturing, and enjoying the great Indiana outdoors. McPherson lives in Kewanna, Ind. George F. Holland Jr., B.S.’85, M.P.H.’87, was named chairman of the Barnes Jewish College–Goldfarb School of Nursing Alumni Advisory Council at Washington University in St. Louis. Holland is also a member of the board of trustees of Barnes Jewish College–Goldfarb School of Nursing at WU. He holds a degree in nursing from Barnes Jewish College and is a registered nurse. He lives in St. Louis. Indiana State University recently created a new division of university engagement and promoted Nancy J. Brattain Rogers, M.S.’87, Ph.D.’95, to vice president of the division effective in May 2016. Brattain Rogers was previously associate vice president for community engagement and experiential learning. The new division will include areas that previously reported to Brattain Rogers, such as the Career Center, Student Employment, Hulman Center, and Conference and Event Services. She lives in Terre Haute, Ind.
1990s Blake J. Burgan, B.S.’90, a partner in Taft Stettinius & Hollister’s litigation practice group, has been selected for inclusion in Indiana Super Lawyers 2016 in the category of employment and labor law. Burgan focuses his practice on employment law and litigation for business and governmental clients. He litigates a wide variety of employment issues in federal and state courts, including employment discrimination, harassment, and wrongful discharge. He represents clients in all stages of the process, including pre-litigation counseling and avoidance, alternative dispute resolution, discovery and investigation, trial, and appeal. Burgan has been regularly involved in national litigation and has represented clients before courts and agencies nationwide. He lives in Westfield, Ind. In October 2015, the Hon. Angela G. Sims, B.S.’96, J.D.’99, was elected to the board of governors of the Indiana State Bar Association at the association’s annual meeting in French Lick. She is judge of the Madison Circuit Court, first appointed by Gov. Mitch Daniels. Previously, Judge Sims practiced law at the firm Hulse Lacey Hardacre & Austin from 1999 to 2012, becoming a partner at the firm in 2005. She lives in Pendleton, Ind. Gerald R. Tinner, B.S.’97, has been named deputy director of bulk petroleum products at Defense Logistics Agency Energy in Fort Belvoir, Va. Bulk petroleum products is the largest buying unit at DLA Energy with over $8 billion in contract sales. Tinner and his team played a pivotal role after a devastating earthquake hit in Haiti in 2010, ensuring that fuel was provided throughout the Operation Unified Response in the country. Tinner lives in Woodbridge, Va. Patrick J. Sly, B.S.’99, writes that he and his wife, Jana (Black) Sly, B.S.’99, and their four children are moving to Bangkok, where he will be vice president and general manager for Mead Johnson Nutrition, a manufacturer of infant formula. Erik K. Teter, B.S.’99, writes, “Class of 1999. M.A. in [Exercise Physiology] from the University of New Orleans. Wellness coordinator for an offshore oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico (the one that later fixed the spill from the Horizon). Left New Orleans just weeks before Hurricane Katrina to take the wellness coordinator position with a national freight carrier company (working with semi drivers). From there moved to New England to be the wellness coordinator for General Dynamics Electric Boat (the place that makes nuclear submarines for the Navy). Spent a career, to date, bringing wellness to blue collar heavy construction workers.” Teter lives in New London, Conn.
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2000s Troy D. Ogden, B.A.’00, M.S.’04, was recently recognized among Building Design + Construction’s ‘40 Under 40’ Class of 2015. Ogden serves as corporate safety director at Birmingham, Ala.-based Brasfield & Gorrie, one of the nation’s largest privately held construction firms. Ogden oversees a team of 60 safety professionals working across 21 states and 11 offices. During his tenure, the company has experienced significant strides in building a safety culture. Ogden lives in Vestavia, Ala. Alisha L. Greenberg, B.S.’01, a recognized industry leader in the field of sports philanthropy, has worked for over a decade with professional sports teams, athletes, leagues, and national organizations, developing and executing impactful strategies, partnerships, and programs. She established Rounding Third in 2009 to apply her extensive knowledge of sports philanthropy to prominent clients, including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; MLB All-Star Justin Verlander; the President’s Council on Fitness, Sport, and Nutrition; three-time Olympian Tracy Evans; and George Washington University. IUPUI Alumni Council President and former IU Alumni Association Executive Council Member-at-Large David H.K. Nguyen, B.S.’03, J.D./M.B.A.’06, Ph.D.’15, married Zelideh R. Martinez Hoy, B.S.’04, M.S.’06, Ph.D.’14, on the IU Bloomington campus in May at the DeVault Alumni Center in a ceremony that incorporated the IUAA’s red Homecoming door. The IUAA let the couple keep the door, which they plan to turn into a table. The couple recently moved to Grand Forks, N.D., where both took up teaching positions at the University of North Dakota, Nguyen as assistant professor of educational leadership, and Martinez Hoy as assistant professor of educational leadership, kinesiology, and public health education. Lauren E. Boyle-Estheimer, M.S.’04, Ph.D.’12, of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is the recipient of the 2016 Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) Horizon Award. The Horizon Award recognizes early-career health educators (less than five years) who have distinguished themselves as promising health educators through leadership, creativity, involvement in the profession, and health education practice in their setting. The award was presented at the Awards Ceremony and Gala during SOPHE’s Annual Meeting in Charlotte, N.C., in March. BoyleEstheimer lives in Decatur, Ga. Ryan Schulz, B.S.’05, J.D.’08, an attorney with the Evansville, Ind., law firm, Kahn, Dees, Donovan & Kahn, has been selected for inclusion in the 2016 edition of Indiana Super Lawyers. He was named a ‘Rising Star’ in business/contracts law. Schulz’s practice focuses on business, manufacturing, real estate, construction, and estate-planning law. Licensed to practice law in Indiana and Kentucky, Schulz counsels clients through complicated transactions; drafts, negotiates, and reviews contracts; and handles litigation. He was honored as an ‘Up and Coming Lawyer’ by The Indiana Lawyer, received the Donald R. Lundberg Writing Award from the Indiana State Bar Association, was selected to ‘20 Under 40’ by the Evansville Business Journal, and named an ‘Up & Comer’ by the EBJ/Evansville Courier & Press. He lives in Evansville. Samantha B. Wenig, B.S.’09, is vice president of New York City-based publicity and marketing firm London Misher Public Relations. She oversees an array of corporate lifestyle accounts including fashion and beauty, health and wellness, entertainment, real estate, not-for-profit, and hospitality clients, as well as numerous high-profile events. She lives in New York City. The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Office of the Provost has presented Dayna S. Henry, Ph.D.’10, with the Teaching Excellence Award, the most prestigious teaching award that a tenure-line faculty member can receive at the university. Henry is an assistant professor in the community health education program in the Department of Applied Health in SIUE’s School of Education, Health, and Human Behavior. She received a $2,000 prize as part of the award, was recognized during SIUE’s May commencement ceremony, and will speak at the December commencement ceremony. Henry lives in St. Louis.
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. E.M. Abshire Billy G. Austin Barbara A. Baas Michele R. Bair Louis W. Baker Robert C. Baptista, Sr. Michael V. Bartos G.S. Bell Lucille J. Bertuccio B. Burdeen Biggs William P. Bless Jeffrey S. Blue Deborah Bolcar Stephen R. Bolden Byron O. Boyer William E. Brattain, Re.D. Evan D. Clendening Charlene A. Coady Jan Arvin Combs, M.D. William S. Coonan Nancy L. Cory Rita M. David James W. Duckworth Rodney L. Eagleson Mark K. Endris Virden Evans William E. Faison Marjorie E. Fandrei Brandon E. Federer Pasquale J. Fiumano Jane M. Fletchall James A. Freeman Charles R. Fultz Gretchen K. Gaunt Anthony F. Gilberti, III Glenn A. Goerke, Ph.D. William A. Guthrie Donald L. Hall Walter J. Hamann Edward J. Hamilton, Ph.D. Ronald J. Havard, Ed.D.
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Terry L. Heck Jane E. Hedges Arnold J. Heimler Howard F. Helfrich Sandra L. Hertling Helen A. Hobbs Thomas E. Hosier Frank N. Hrisomalos, M.D. Monte L. Huffman Melvin A. Humphreys, Re.D. Betty L. Inskeep Robert E. Jenkins Sarah J. Jessee Mable G. Johnson Andrew Gates, Jr. William Sumlin, Jr. Ted G. Karras James W. Kennerson Aravella V. Kirk Charles E. Kirlin Walter O. Koch Louis Kollias Norman Kratz Ray Lanum Willie Lewis Jack R. Longgrear Doris I. Lotz Adrienne M. Luegers Anita H. Magafas, Ph.D. Jeanette Calkins Marchant Barbara Kays McCarty Jane S. McIlroy, P.E.D. M. E. McLelland, M.D. Matthew J. McNeile Patrice N. Merkerson Edward H. Meyer, Jr. Gloria G. Miles David I. Miller, M.D. William J. Miller, M.D. Mary N. Mitchell Jack C. Moore, M.D.
Thomas W. Morrell Mary M. Newton Thomas B. Nowlin Rex L. Orr Virginia T. Parmelee Barbara E. Patterson Kathleen M. Pearson Richard L. Persinger Jean C. Pett Marc S. Prizant Sarah M. Puckett Mary L. Quince Raymond E. Robinson, D.M.E. Mary K. Ruddell Pauline Sallwasser Edward H. Sato, Re.D. Marshall O. Schoeff Robert C. Scholink, Sr. Myrtle M. Scott, Ph.D. Lucille T. Severance Catherine A. Seymoure Reva P. Shiner Kenneth L. Shoup Arnold A. Shuster, Ph.D. Richard E. Slocum, Ed.D. Georgia E. Smiley Albert E. Smith Philip V. Smith Donal M. Snyder, Sr. Jesse E. Spencer, Jr. Margaret McCall Spilker Sandra A. Spuzich Robert J. Stebbins Edna I. Stites Gwendolyn L. Storms Charles M. Tabor Lois L. Thorup Robert F. Toalson Jeffery S. Vessely, Ed.D. Marvin H. Weasner Eleanore M. Weg
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