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S U M M E R / FA L L 2 0 2 0 I S S U E ABOUT THE MAGAZINE Portico, the official magazine of the University of Indianapolis, is produced by the Office of University Communications and Marketing. This cornerstone publication shares stories, impact, and achievements of students, faculty, staff, and alumni as well as friends and supporters of the institution. Portico is published digitally twice a year and reaches more than 35,000 individuals including alumni, donors, friends, and community and business leaders. The magazine’s digital issue includes expanded content, interviews, and video at


PRESIDENT Robert L. Manuel, PhD

PROVOST Stephen H. Kolison Jr., PhD

BOARD OF TRUSTEES John C. Adams; Kevin R. Armstrong; Annetta C. Beauregard; Carolyn M. Coleman; Gregory Corsaro; Deborah J. Daniels; Linda M. Dillman; Christopher Doehring; Murvin S. Enders; Stephen F. Fry; Sue Anne Gilroy; Adolf Hansen; Emmanuel D. Harris; Polly Horton Hix; Kent Holaday; Barry S. Howard; Charles Edwin Johnston; William R. Kiesel; Dr. David Kiley; Kenneth Loyd; Robert L. Manuel; Thomas C. Martin; Michael McCarty; Ersal Ozdemir; Vicki F. Perry; Edwin O. Qualls; Pamela S. Qualls; Dennis J. Reinbold; David Resnick; David G. Sease; Yvonne H. Shaheen; Richard E. Stierwalt; Laura Strain; Phillip A. Terry; James G. Terwilliger; Larry G. Thompson; Bishop Julius C. Trimble; Michael J. Watkins; Gordon D. Wishard

CABINET Michael Cartwright, PhD; Jason Dudich; Kelly Hauflaire; Steven Herriford; Andrew Kocher; Lara Mann; Christopher Molloy; Andrea Newsom; Neil Perdue, PhD; Amber Smith, PhD; Kory Vitangeli; Suzanne Willey, PED; Ron Wilks



4 // A C A M P U S U N I T E D  UIndy reinforces role as vital community anchor during times of crisis

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INCLUSION AND EQUITY  How Greyhounds are taking action

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Tyshara Loynes ’21 finds her voice in the Black Lives Matter movement

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HOUND HEROES  Nursing alumni on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic

12 // R I S I N G T O T H E CHALLENGE  For Greyhound doctors, treating the virus is only half the battle

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U P DAT E S  The latest news from the campus community

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COMMITMENT TO OUR COMMUNITY Dear colleagues, There is so much happening in our world right now that rightly deserves our attention. During the past several months, we have focused the University’s resources and thought on the myriad of issues facing our community. While we have spent much time on our response to the coronavirus, we must also acknowledge the injustices that are occurring around the country that interfere with our Black population’s right to live free and fulfilling lives. At times of consequence, I often review how the University reacted to events in the past. In these extraordinary circumstances we have found ourselves in so far this year, the creativity, flexibility, and the extra work put in to keep our educational programs going can be compared to what the University had to manage through the World Wars and the Great Depression. In each of these difficult moments in the University’s history, the institution led by putting its mission first; by ensuring that hospitality for its members was provided, and those who could, served those in need. I am immensely proud of the University’s response in these tumultuous times. We have truly been at the forefront, honoring our commitment to our community and those inside it. As you will see in these pages, our graduates

are playing critical roles by caring and advocating for those who cannot care or advocate for themselves. From donating personal protective equipment to providing care on the front lines, members of our Greyhound community have been nimble and proactive in their response to the coronavirus. Greyhounds have also organized and attended events promoting equality and justice. Meanwhile, our faculty are adapting to ensure our next generation of UIndy graduates are ready for whatever uncertainty the world may bring. The story of what we accomplished during this challenging chapter of our history is still being written. History will remember these moments for how we persevered to fulfill our mission as an institution as well as serving as an inflection point for our role in pursuing equity, inclusion, and racial justice; and it will remember your care and actions as the reason we were able to emerge stronger. Thank you.

-R  obert L. Manuel University President






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A V I TA L CO MMUNI T Y A NCHO R University Heights residents were delighted to receive care packages from the University of Indianapolis in April. The initiative, organized by the Coronavirus Task Force, connected students with the opportunity to assemble and deliver 200 care packages to our neighbors. “The University of Indianapolis has long been recognized as a southside anchor, and we care deeply about the well-being of our community,” said Andy Kocher ’98 ’15, associate vice president of alumni engagement and Coronavirus Task Force chair. “With that responsibility in mind, we were looking for ways to support our neighbors and provide them with resources to help them cope during the crisis.” Social distancing measures were put in place for the student volunteers, who worked in shifts to assemble the masks and organize each package. The packages contained a mask, cookies donated by Books & Brews, flower seeds, snacks, and a resource care guide with 24/7 support numbers. An ongoing partnership between the University, Community Health Network, and the South Indy Quality of Life Plan addressed the issue of food insecurity in the South Indy area. Organic produce grown in the University’s community gardens was distributed to residents during the summer. University of Indianapolis students are working in the gardens as they learn about important health concepts such as food insecurity and community organizing.



TED “Our graduates will be entering the workforce at a critical time to alleviate staffing shortages that COVID-19 will cause within area hospitals.” -Norma Hall, School of Nursing dean

P R OT ECTI N G OUR FIRST RE S PO NDE RS As regional healthcare providers faced critical shortages of personal protective equipment, the School of Nursing was mobilizing to help. The School donated supplies to area hospital networks including 8,500 pairs of gloves, 30 surgical gowns, 450 surgical masks, 150 thermometer probe covers, and 10 stethoscopes. The School also notified their glove supplier that they would be forgoing their monthly shipment and requested that the company pass them on to those in greater need. James Emery, laboratory manager for mechanical systems in the R. B. Annis School of Engineering, used 3-D printers to manufacture 50 face shields for St. Vincent Indianapolis

emergency room healthcare workers. Paul Talaga, assistant professor of engineering, used 3-D printers to manufacture 100 “ear savers” for healthcare workers at four Indianapolis-area hospitals. The device attaches to the elastic straps of a face mask to alleviate discomfort.

ENS UR I NG O P P O R T UNI T I ES FO R ST U D E N TS When COVID-19 restrictions prevented nursing students from completing the required clinical hours in person, the School of Nursing worked to provide virtual simulations for the remainder of the semester. “Our graduates will be entering the workforce at a critical time to alleviate staffing shortages that COVID-19 will cause within area hospitals,” said Norma Hall, School of Nursing dean. “The knowledge and skills our nursing graduates gained at UIndy will be taken into the workforce to care for the sickest of the sick at a time of great need. I couldn’t be more proud of our faculty and students for remaining flexible and resilient during these trying times.” Flexibility and creativity were on full display as faculty crafted alternate delivery methods for typically hands-on learning experiences. WICR-FM, the University’s student-run radio » C ONT INUED ON PAG E 14 SUMMER/FALL 2020




WE ALL HAVE A ROLE TO PLAY. That’s what Dr. Amber R. Smith, vice president and chief inclusion & equity officer at the University of Indianapolis, wants the community to know right now.

and inclusion spanning hundreds of years, further amplifying the need to intentionally confront structural racism as individuals and as a collective.

“Everyone is at a different level in their cultural fluency, and everyone is unique,” Smith said. “Sometimes people struggle with inaction because they’re trying to be or do something that isn’t aligned with who they are. It’s important to be authentically who you are, and getting involved should still reflect who you are. Each of our roles is different and should be tailored to what we bring to the table.”

In June, Smith hosted a virtual town hall discussion that explored the experiences of Black Americans. The insights shared by faculty and staff inspired a series of workshops on women of color in the academy, white allyship, faith and justice, and healing space, as well as introductory reading and listening resources.

“Start where you are and grow to who you want to become.” - DR. AMBER R. SMITH

This year brings into stark focus the ongoing struggle for civil rights, racial equity, social justice,




“It starts with a conversation, but we can’t end there. We must have accountability built into these plans,” Smith said. The President’s Cabinet and Provost’s Council stand united in their commitment to celebrating diversity and breaking down barriers to success for Black students, staff, and faculty. Voices from the UIndy community recently contributed to a threeyear strategic vision related to inclusive excellence. The focus areas, which align with the Vision 2030

plan, are Climate, Access & Equity, Diversity in the Curriculum & Co-Curriculum, Intercultural Engagement, Intercultural Learning & Development, and Policies and Processes. Based on a person’s positional influence within the UIndy community, they might be a “Barrier Breaker,” a “Creative Connector” or a “Vocal Experiencer.” Each category aligns with tangible action items and educational opportunities. “When people begin to see themselves as active agents of change and gain a stronger knowledge of their role, progress can be achieved organizationally and also personally,” said Smith. “This is a crisis for humanity. We are all equals in this work, and we all have a role to play.” Dr. Terrence Harewood, associate professor of multicultural education, says he feels called to help people make sense of the complexities of cultural differences and change. As the faculty sponsor for Umoja Scholars, a new living-learning community designed for first-year students who identify as Black, AfricanAmerican, or within the African diaspora, Harewood will lead activities in the Indianapolis community, such as visiting the Madam C. J. Walker Building, Dr. Martin Luther King Memorial Park, and Crispus Attucks High School.

related to retention rates and academic achievement for our Black students, among others. This Fall, the newly formed Inclusive Excellence Strategic Leadership Coalition, made up of representatives from every area of campus, will be focused on “doing what we said we were going to do,” said Smith. “We’ve outlined a vision; now we have to bring it to life.”

“I believe our country is ripe for change and that with the support of well-meaning individuals, that change will come.” - DR. TERRENCE HAREWOOD

Members of the Coalition will lead conversations about inclusion in their areas, with a topic of focus DR. TERRENCE HAREWOOD, every month. The Office of Inclusion & Equity will ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF MULTICULTURAL EDUCATION host experiential education opportunities for faculty, staff, and students, such as book clubs, a speaker “My goal is to support Umoja Scholars in successfully navigating series, an expression wall, and a film series. Virtual development their transition to and through college with a focus on healthy racial opportunities, like #BelongSpace, will continue to allow members identity development,” he said. “I want to help students recognize of the UIndy community to engage in regular discussions about and utilize the assets they bring with them from their families and inclusion in a non-threatening way. communities to foster productive social and academic outcomes.” “These raw emotions have been brewing for a while now and to Institutional objectives also include creating a dedicated process to increase the representation of Black professionals on campus, establishing summer bridge experiences for students of color to transition to college successfully, and creating greater transparency through data

say that America has reached a tipping point might be an understatement,” said Harewood. THE UINDY DEPARTMENT OF ART & DESIGN CREATED THESE POSTERS FOR THE INDIANAPOLIS SIT-IN.









hen protesters turned out by the thousands at the Indiana Statehouse in early June, it was estimated to be the city’s largest demonstration against social injustice and police brutality in decades. For Tyshara Loynes ’21, it was an electrifying experience that is providing momentum for a career focused on bringing about positive change.


Loynes is a co-founder of Black Women in Charge, a group of young women ranging in age from 16 to 21 who organized the Indianapolis protest in a matter of weeks. “We’re all Black women who want to help the community and focus on social injustices. We care about the unity of all people,” said Loynes, a communication major at the University of Indianapolis. While Loynes and her colleagues never imagined the June protest would be as large as it turned out, she said, “we are grateful that it was and that we could bring the city together—people from all walks of life to sit in and agree that Black lives matter and that we need a change. What makes it so powerful is that it’s a movement supported by everyone, as it should be.”

than Indianapolis. We want change for generations to come. We felt like that could happen by organizing,” Loynes said. “Protesting is amazing,” she added. “It gets a lot of work done. That’s what a lot of people don’t recognize. They see it as a disruption—and yes, that’s why it works, because it’s a disruption of daily lives. We can’t go on as usual with our lives when we’re being killed simply for the color of our skin.” In the weeks following the sit-in, Loynes and her colleagues continued to participate in vigils and marches, with their sights set on long-term goals to create lasting change. Black Women in Charge is working with legislators including Congressman André Carson to advocate for a law requiring body cameras for officers, among other legislative goals.


Black Women in Charge came together in the wake of George Floyd’s death in police custody in Minneapolis, as well as in response to Dreasjon Reed’s death by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, and similar incidents throughout the country. Loynes met her fellow co-founders at protests around the city and the group quickly realized they shared the drive to take action. “We just felt like it’s time to do something. It’s time to say something. We need a change. It’s bigger than all of us. It’s bigger

–Tyshara Loynes ’21

Loynes, who has a concentration in public relations and a minor in political science, honed her leadership skills through various roles with the University of Indianapolis Black Student Association. She also serves as president for the Chi City-Wide Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated and the Circle City National Pan-Hellenic Council. She was recently inducted into the National Society of Leadership & Success, a national honor society, and she’s gained valuable experience as a Southside Young Life leader working with the refugee

community. Loynes’ combined passion for exercising leadership and providing a voice for the unheard helped to shape Black Women in Charge. Loynes said the name of the group was chosen with the specific intention of highlighting the oftenoverlooked contributions of Black women in the civil rights movement. “Working with this close group of women has shown me that we are disenfranchised,” she said. “There are so many Black women we don’t talk about who were essential to the civil rights movement.” Keeping this lesson from history in mind, Loynes said, “We’re just as important as anyone else, but we don’t get the same support. We want to be that voice.” Loynes has appreciated her studies at the University of Indianapolis, from a recent inspiring course about women in politics to an eye-opening lecture during her freshman year about revolutionary movements. Her academic experiences complemented her community engagement to create a framework for success. “UIndy has helped me feel even more powerful. I feel like I do have a voice. Being on executive boards every year of my college career has shown me that I can do this,” Loynes said. Along with ensuring the continuation of Black Women in Charge and advancing the group’s goals, Loynes is considering graduate school or law school among her next career moves. A future job is likely to be in the public relations area of politics, working with local, state or federal government. “I just want to service my community and service the disenfranchised,” she said. “That’s what I feel like I’m called to do.”





arolyn Scott ’14 (nursing) was working at Eskenazi Health in Indianapolis when officials in New York, one of the hardest-hit locations in the U.S., issued an emergency order and a plea for additional medical staff. After wrestling with the decision for several weeks, Scott, who is also licensed to practice in New York, decided to answer the call to help. She worked directly with COVID-19 patients at a hospital in Brooklyn for eight weeks while staying with an Airbnb host.

March, she moved to a house owned by a local church to protect her family from an increased risk of exposure. “Nursing is truly a vocation. I think a lot of us feel that we’re not really heroes. We’re going in every day and we’re doing our job, and our job is to take care of people.” Since St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis adopted a no-visitor policy in response to the pandemic, Tierra Nolan ’19 (nursing)

“I am so proud of all the wonderful people I had the privilege to work alongside in Indiana and New York, and all those who stepped up everywhere during the pandemic. I’m beyond grateful for all the people who encouraged me, supported me, prayed for me, and sent their love to me. It really was what got me through the dark times. I absolutely love my profession. I love being able to care for people, and trying to help them feel better. My education at UIndy prepared me for that.” Diane Berry ’12 ’20 (MSN, DNP) has worked at IU Health Methodist Hospital since 1985, and the majority of her career has been spent in the emergency department. In



has been going out of her way to update patients’ family members and help patients connect virtually with their loved ones. She’s also paying it forward through UIndy’s Pro Edge Summer 2020 Virtual Mentor Program. “In my line of work, I am often the liaison between the patient and doctors. My nursing professors at UIndy instilled in me the importance of always advocating for my patients and ensuring that their voices are heard.”

Justin Kieffer ’17 has worked in the emergency department at Franciscan Health for more than three years. Like fellow Greyhounds, he’s risen to meet new challenges during the pandemic. He has diligently adhered to CDC guidelines to reduce the possibility of cross-contamination and says he owes this preparedness to the education he received from UIndy. “The biggest motivator to me has been the incredible generosity of the public. The emergency department has received countless deliveries of greeting cards, meals, and personal protective equipment. These outward signs of appreciation are what motivate me to keep going.”











When the threat of the novel coronavirus first emerged, hospitals across the country held meetings to discuss the possibility of the virus attacking their communities and how they would react. Dr. Carla Schwalm ’00 (biology and chemistry), a pediatric oncologist and medical director for her department in the Bronson Medical Group in Kalamazoo, Michigan, kept up with the news and medical reports from other countries that were experiencing coronavirus outbreaks prior to the United States. She participated in a system-wide group of officials who were tasked with making policy for the hospital. “We really feared that our country would be ravaged like Italy was,” she said.

and what they would do when those resources became strained. “Many hospitals across the country had documents of what to do when we ran out of ventilators,” Dr. Schwalm said. “Thank goodness we didn’t have to use that document, but being a part of that planning was a very emotional time.” Dr. Smith became consumed with planning after that initial preparatory meeting. “It was at that point everything changed for me,” he said. “How would I find enough doctors to care for a surge of patients in the medical intensive care unit (MICU)? Will we have enough medical supplies, medical devices, monitors, and patient rooms?”


All of the “worst-case scenario” planning was beginning to take a toll on healthcare providers everywhere. “I went to school to save lives, not to determine which ones couldn’t be saved,” Dr. Schwalm said.


According to Dr. Smith, hospital leaders have had H E A LT H C A R E , T H AT W A S N O T A N to make difficult decisions regarding rationing and OP TION. THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC reuse of personal protective equipment, working with W O U L D P R E S E N T T H E S E H E A LT H C A R E less capable mechanical ventilators, unsustainable PROFESSIONALS WITH THE MOST nurse-to-patient ratios, medication shortages, and C H A L L E N G I N G C I R C U M S TA N C E S O F more. “We’ve been faced with repeated decisions THEIR CAREERS. between ‘bad option 1’ and ‘bad option 2,’” he Dr. Joseph Smith ’03 (biology and said. “Options that we would have never chemistry), section chief of Pulmonary considered reasonable pre-COVID-19.” and Critical Care at Eskenazi Health in By mid-March, northern states were seeing Indianapolis, shared a similar experience. an uptick in cases, and the doctors went “In late January, I attended a meeting from planning to action. The day-to-day roles regarding preparation for an ‘infectious of Schwalm and Smith changed dramatically surge,’” he said. “A major topic of this at that point. Schwalm had the difficult task meeting was ventilator allocation, and the of determining whether COVID-19 or prediscussion of how to distribute those in a existing cancer was the larger threat to her time of resource scarcity.” patients. She also had to find new ways to It was at these meetings that many communicate remotely and conduct her healthcare providers had to begin many meetings as a leader in her hospital. considering the allocation of their resources Smith was responsible for his MICU’s agile

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NEW GREYHOUNDS IN MEDICINE These University of Indianapolis alumni are pursuing careers in medicine. Sofia Gonzalez ’12 (biology and chemistry) received her medical degree from the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara in 2019 and begins her residency this year. Mikia Davis ’19 (M.S., anatomical sciences) will begin her studies at Marian University’s College of Medicine in Fall 2020. “I am beyond excited and anxious to start but also a little nervous, as anyone would be. I didn’t think this was how I would be starting residency. I am at a county hospital and know many people affected by COVID are of lower socioeconomic status and with so many uninsured or unable to receive adequate care, we GONZALEZ are failing as a health system. I know I will face many challenges in helping care for COVID patients, but I am ready to learn and to help care for my community.” - Sofia Gonzalez ’12 “I feel really prepared and excited to be starting medical school in the fall. UIndy gave me the confidence, a new skill set, and the resources I needed to prepare myself for the next steps. I’ve been reviewing some of the information I learned during my graduate program in order to prepare myself further and keep the information fresh. Being at UIndy DAV I S truly gave me the opportunity to prove to medical schools that I was ready when trying to boost my application.” - Mikia Davis ’19



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»A CAMPUS UNITED station, remained on the air throughout the pandemic thanks to some out-of-the-box thinking and a lot of collective hard work. General Manager Scott Uecker arranged for a limited crew of student staff and volunteers to coordinate voice tracks submitted remotely by 45 students from five states and three countries.

but so are news stations across the country. This shows how much technology has really prepared us all for crises,” said Taylor Woods ’21 (electronic media communication major, political science minor)

In the School of Education, Dr. John Somers, associate professor of teacher education, and Dr. Nancy Steffel, professor emerita of education, worked with partner school “There is a valuable lesson for districts to support their In the Department of Art students pursuing art therapy students and teachers & Design, Katherine Fries, assistant professor, migrated or art education: don’t dismiss as they transitioned to e-learning. In turn, they “This experience has prepared me her printmaking classes to materials that are accessible showed elementary professionally by letting me know that an online format during the and affordable.” education students how newscasts can be produced from home pandemic. The content of her to create lessons on instead of only being delivered at the station. classes stayed the same, but - Katherine Fries, assistant their respective learning professor of art & design Not only are we delivering remote newscasts the projects were adapted management systems. for functionality. Plans for a Dr. Angie Ridgway, professor of secondary complicated carving now involved scissors education, and her son Nate Ridgway ’14 and foam material, for example. Fries “This shows how much technology (history and special education), offered said there was a valuable lesson for has really prepared us all for crises.” students pursuing art therapy or art support for K-12 teachers from across the country related to their need to transition to education: don’t dismiss materials that -Taylor Woods ’21 remote learning and remote teaching. are accessible and affordable.

BE THERE FOR OUR HOUNDS AND MAKE AN IMPACT TODAY! The impact of COVID-19 has been devastating not only for communities around the world, but also financially debilitating for so many families. Many students are now reconsidering whether or not they will be able to attend UIndy, or continue their education. As a result, there is a significant increase in the number of students needing additional aid. The Impact Hounds Now Scholarship Fund was created to provide financial assistance for incoming and returning University of Indianapolis students who have been financially impacted by the pandemic. Gifts large and small can make a tremendous impact; for some, receiving an additional $500 to $1,000 in aid can be the key to changing their financial outlook enough to continue their education at UIndy. Please consider how you can impact the future of a Greyhound with a gift to this fund.



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»RISING response to treating COVID patients. “We had to have an accurate number of available mechanical ventilators, a plan to use them, and all of the necessary supplies,” he said. “Alongside our Infection Prevention and Control leaders, we determined the safest way to care for, transport, and even do procedures on patients with COVID-19.” In addition to well-publicized problems relating to resource scarcity, the doctors have also struggled with having a relatively minimal knowledge of an ever-changing virus. “We were caring for patients by day and scouring newly published data by night,” Smith said. Dr. Schwalm, who works in pediatrics, has also had to deal with adjusting to new information as it became available. At first it was thought that COVID-19 did not dramatically impact children, so her focus remained on the oncology treatments. “Now with more information emerging about multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children post-COVID, I feel like I’m back at the starting point,” she said. “We are all just doing the best we can with the information that we have.”

Doctors like Smith and Schwalm have also dealt with the mental stress of their own mortality, and the possibility of taking the virus home to their families. “I have cared for patients much younger and with fewer comorbid conditions than myself,” Smith reflected, thinking of his wife and two children at home. Fortunately, Smith and his family have remained healthy throughout the pandemic but the possibility is never far from his mind. Despite it all, the harrowing experience has reinvigorated the doctors and also provided them with new perspectives. “I’ve always known that ‘teams’ in hospitals is the only way to practice medicine,” Schwalm said, “but it has become even more important during this time. That includes all of the healthcare workers, not just doctors and nurses.” Dr. Smith echoed those sentiments, saying that the circumstances have forced his team to find inspiration in the dedication of all the people playing a critical role in the fight against COVID-19. “I work with the most amazing people, at the most amazing facility,” he said. “We’ve found ourselves having to choose the ‘least bad’ option but then still working as a multidisciplinary team to continue to ensure the highest quality of care for our patients.”

D R . C A R L A S C H W A L M ’ 0 0 ( B I O L O G Y A N D C H E M I S T R Y ) , A P E D I AT R I C The doctors find O N C O L O G I S T A N D M E D I C A L D I R E C T O R F O R H E R D E PA R T M E N T I N themselves struggling THE BRONSON MEDICAL GROUP IN KALAMAZOO, MICHIGAN. with the far-reaching emotional impact of the pandemic as well. Dr. Schwalm noted reduced hospital Dr. Schwalm hopes that going forward we will all extend one another visitation policies in an effort to reduce the spread of the virus. “The a bit of grace. “People you encounter are all concerned about devastation that it has caused families is immeasurable,” she said. “It different things right now,” she said. “Always in life, but especially is so, so hard telling a patient who is going to be in the hospital for a now, see past what you see.” long time that their friends or extended family cannot come to visit.” Even though it’s been an extraordinarily difficult time, Dr. Smith has

Dr. Smith has been deeply moved by the families and friends he has watched say goodbye to a dying loved one via video, and the fear in a patient’s eyes when he was informed he would have to be put on a ventilator. “He told me his wife was on a breathing machine at another hospital,” he said. “These heartbreaking scenarios are far too common today.”

found a positive that can help him get through even the darkest of days. “My confidence in our collective humanity has been heightened,” he said, “While fear and division may have continued to partially shape the headlines, my immediate experience in our local community has been one of unity and cooperation.”

“I’ve always known that ‘teams’ in hospitals is the only way to practice medicine, but it has become even more important during this time. That includes all of the healthcare workers, not just doctors and nurses.” - Dr. Carla Schwalm ‘00



UNIVERSITY UPDATES SCHOOL OF BUSINESS Dr. Kathy Bohley-Martin, professor of marketing and international business, copresented “Creating a Successful Organization Culture: A Case Study of an Interdisciplinary Graduate Program,” at the 2020 International Academy of Business and Public Administration Disciplines (IABPAD) Conference in Orlando, Florida. Bohley-Martin also presented “Teaching with TES Blendspace: Lessons Learned” and copresented “Reflection Via Evernote and TES Blendspace: A Case Study of A MBA Educational Leadership Seminar Course” at the 2020 IABPAD Conference. Dr. Chi (Cathy) Zhang, assistant professor of marketing, copresented “Trust Actions Not Words? How Consumers Make Decisions with Inconsistent Online Information” and “A Comparison of Marketing Research on Nonprofits in China and the United States: Review, Assessment and Future Research” at the American Marketing Association Winter Marketing Educators Conference in Chicago. Dr. Craig Seidelson, assistant professor of operations and supply chain management, authored a book, Operations Management in China, published by Business Expert Press. The book explores the relationship between U.S. supply chains and Chinese manufacturers. 16


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Seidelson spent almost 20 years as an engineer in China and is fluent in Mandarin. Seidelson also had an application accepted for a patent on a manufacturing process he coinvented with a colleague. Students in Seidelson’s Quantitative Methods course collaborated with UIndy Facilities Management and Ray’s Recycling for a sustainability project. Students calculated how much waste the University generates and how much recycling occurs on campus.

SCHOOL OF EDUCATION Dr. John Somers, associate professor and director of graduate programs, and Dr. Nancy Steffel, professor emerita, worked with partner school districts to support students and teachers transitioning to e-learning. Somers co-presented “Strategies for Supporting Technology in Mathematics Teacher Education” at the 2020 Annual Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Angelia J. Ridgway, professor and coordinator of the MAT program, was named UIndy’s 2020 Teacher of the Year.

Dr. Ridgway and her son Nate Ridgway ’14 (history and special education), co-authors of “Don’t Ditch That Tech,” have been offering support for K-12 teachers from across the country related to their need to transition to remote learning and remote teaching. Dr. John Kuykendall, dean, associate professor, and Indiana Association of Colleges for Teacher Education executive board member, hosted the IACTE Winter Meeting at UIndy. Kuykendall was featured in a video produced by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education titled, “The Importance of Equitable Disciplinary Actions in Schools.” Dr. Jean Lee, associate professor, and Deb Sachs, assistant professor, presented “Threading Project-Based Learning In Teacher Preparation Clinical Residency Program,” at the 2020 Annual Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. Lee, Sachs, and Cohort 3 ’20 Teach (STEM)³ Scholars Julianna Briere, Jennifer Gliessman, Kaylin Klosterman, and Mikalea Walther presented “Energize Your Students With PBL: Explore Sample Units” at the 2020 Hoosier Association of Science

Teachers, Inc. Conference in Indianapolis. Dr. Jennifer Grace, assistant professor, joined the Board of Directors of the Children’s Policy and Law Initiative of Indiana. Dr. Greta Pennell, professor, was featured in Stories in Agriculture and Life Sciences by Iowa State University for her research on gender, play, and toy design. Three photographs by Pennell were selected for a virtual exhibit, “Aging Well for All,” in conjunction with the National Council on Aging 2020 Age+Action Conference.

COLLEGE OF APPLIED BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES Two faculty members in the art therapy program have been elected to the Indiana Art Therapy Association board. Founding member and program director Dr. Rachel Feldwisch was elected president, and Michelle Itczak, assistant professor of counseling, was elected treasurer. Feldwisch appeared on local news and radio stations to discuss creative ways to manage stress and anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Feldwisch hosted a roundtable presentation, “Encouraging the ‘C’ in MPCAC: How do faculty encourage master’s students to embrace identities as professional counselors?” at the Council for Master’s in Counseling Training Programs Annual Conference in Miami, Florida. Samantha Froh ’19 (preart therapy) received the top scholarship available from Alpha Chi National Honors Society. Froh was a Strain Honors College student and Esch scholar at UIndy. “Internalized Weight Stigma, Psychological Well-being, and Sleep Quality in Women,” coauthored by Dr. Erin Fekete, interim associate dean for the School of Psychological Sciences, was accepted for presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Personal and Social Psychology in New Orleans. Dr. Melissa Loria, assistant professor, presented “The Effects of Racial Stereotypes on False Recall” at the 2020 Society for Personality and Social Psychology Convention in New Orleans. Dr. Katie Boucher, assistant professor, co-presented “Effects of a Social Belonging Intervention for STEM-interested Students with Disabilities” at the 2020 Society for Personality and Social Psychology Convention in New Orleans. Boucher also co-authored several articles for the College Transition Collaborative website to support students, faculty,

and staff through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gun Violence,” in the American Journal of Public Health.

The first class of engineering students graduated in May.

Dr. Lynn Shaw, assistant professor and director of field MSW, co-presented “Ready, Set, Dive into the Impact of Critical Self-Reflection in Social Work Practice” at the IU School of Social Work Alumni Association Conference.

Aaron Kivisto, along with Dr. Rhianna Beasley ’20 (PsyD) and Dr. Jordan Waldron, assistant professor, published an article, “Childhood maltreatment and psychosis: A comparative validity study of maltreatment indices,” in the journal Child Maltreatment.

RBASOE hosted the annual FIRST Robotics Competition Kickoff Event in January.

Shaw also appeared on radio station WIBC to discuss laughter therapy for stress resiliency. Dr. Jordan Waldron, assistant professor, presented “Active learning strategies for research methods” at the 27th Midwest Institute for Students and Teachers of Psychology. “Evaluation of PTSD symptoms and subjective distress tolerance: Impact on quality of life,” a poster by Emily Ahles ’23 (PsyD) and Dr. Lisa Elwood, associate professor and director of clinical traininginternship, was accepted for presentation at the annual conference of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Dr. Kendra Thomas, assistant professor, appeared on Indianapolis news station WTHR13 to discuss how to talk to children about COVID-19. Dr. Michael Poulakis, assistant professor of psychology, and Delmira Monteiro ’20 (doctorate of clinical psychology, PsyD diversity fellow) published an article in the Midwest Social Sciences Journal. Dr. Aaron Kivisto, associate professor of clinical psychology, collaborated with Dr. Peter Phalen ’18 (PsyD in clinical psychology) to publish “Baltimore Ceasefire 365: Estimated Impact of a Recurring Community-Led Ceasefire on

Dr. Debbie Warman, professor, published “Decision-making about intrusive thoughts: Relationships to attitudes towards them” in the Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry. Dr. Taniko King-Jordan, assistant professor and Phylis Lan Lin Department of Social Work program director, co-authored “Women and Power: Exploring the intersections of race, ethnicity, and culture” in Pathways in the political arena: The perspectives of global women leaders. Jeff Bryant, associate professor, co-presented “Hope and Help for Addiction: A Biblical Paradigm for Treatment” at the North American Association of Christians in Social Work Conference, Washington, DC. Dr. Emma Eckart, assistant professor, presented a webinar for the Indiana Counseling Association titled “Work-Family Conflict of Female Counselors.”


The School has been awarded the “FIRST Indiana Robotics President’s Award” by FIRST Indiana. It is given to organizations that have provided tremendous support for expanding the FIRST programs in Indiana and supporting students.

RBASOE successfully held its 2020 Engineering Business Pitch Competition virtually in April. As part of the DesignSpine curriculum, third-year students work in interdisciplinary teams to design and pitch a product, process, or service in collaboration with industry mentors. Dr. Md Munirul Haque, assistant professor, co-authored a paper, “We Need More Power to Stand Up: Designing to Combat Stigmatization of the Caregivers of Children with Autism in Urban Bangladesh” for the 11th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development. Haque also co-authored a poster, “Development of Computer Vision and Artificial Intelligence Algorithms for Analysis of Images Captured via Affordable Thermal Camera: A Potential Tool for NonInvasive Monitoring of Neonates,” at the 2nd African Neonatal Nursing Conference in Nairobi, Kenya. SUMMER/FALL 2020


Dr. Christopher Stanley, assistant professor, published a novel method of calculating the specific heat at constant pressure completely from first principles. The paper is titled “Specific heat at constant pressure from first principles: contributions from fully anharmonic vibrations.” Stanley also published work identifying the donor and acceptor levels of defects in semiconductors. The work is titled “Identification of the donor and acceptor states of the bondcentered Hydrogen-Carbon pair in Si and SiGe alloys.” Dr. David Olawale, assistant professor, published two peer-reviewed cards on titled, “Identifying viable product opportunities via customer discovery” and “Why should I invest in your proposed product?” Olawale presented a webinar at the Global Entrepreneurship Exchange, University of Massachusetts Lowell titled “Combining Engineering Design and Entrepreneurial Mindset Learning: Teaching Entrepreneurship to STEM Students.” Dr. Mohammad ShokrolahShirazi, assistant professor, co-authored “Learning and Reasoning for Robot Sequential Decision Making under Uncertainty.” The paper was accepted for presentation at the 34th AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence in New York. Shokrolah-Shirazi served as associate editor for the 2020 IEEE Intelligent Vehicles 18


Symposium, a conference sponsored by the IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society. Ant h ro p o lo g y & Arc h ae o lo g y Graduate student Ryan Pietras ’20 (archaeology) was featured in a trade publication for his work interning with the State of Indiana’s Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology. Ar t & De s ig n The department was invited to create a hanging sculpture for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s 2020 Beethoven Series. The piece was designed and installed by James Viewegh, associate professor and department chair, and assistant professors Nathaniel Foley and Katherine Fries. UIndy’s letterpress program, the Hullabaloo Press, celebrated its four-year anniversary with an exhibition of contemporary letterpress printers and bookmakers at the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center Gallery.

Barry Barnes and Randi Frye, assistant professors, organized Empty Bowls, a fundraiser to benefit Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana. Faculty and students made over 300 ceramic bowls and an illustrated cookbook, with all proceeds going to charity. The event was canceled due to COVID-19.

B iology Dr. Krista Latham, associate professor, director of the molecular anthropology laboratory, and co-director of the archaeology and forensics laboratory, along with 12 graduate students, attended the 72nd American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Scientific Meeting. They gave four presentations and Latham was elected as the Anthropology Section Scientific Program CoChair.

deliver posters at the American Society for Microbiology - Indiana Branch meeting. The event was canceled due to COVID-19. In his role as president of the Indiana Branch of the American Society of Microbiology, Stemke conducted outreach for the COVID-19 Research Registry and maintained the organization’s Facebook page to provide information on COVID-19. Dr. Kim Baker, assistant professor, was awarded the Brooker Teaching Award for the Division of Math and Sciences. Dr. Kevin Gribbins, associate professor, was a UIndy Teacher of the Year finalist.

Latham was invited to be an Advisory Committee Member of the Indianapolis Children’s Museum’s “Lilly Girls & Young Women in STEM.” Latham collaborated with two students and a human biology alum to publish “Multiple DNA Transfer Events in a Social Setting Complicates Interpretation of DNA Evidence” in the Journal of Forensic Identification. Dr. Marc Milne, assistant professor, was invited to speak at Butler University as part of their seminar series. He gave a lecture on spider biogeography, titled “A phylogeographic study of Liocranoides (Araneae: Zoropsidae).” Milne received the $2,500 Zerfas Grant through UIndy for foreign travel. Dr. Doug Stemke, associate professor, Shereen Almaroon, Brody Myers, and Arden Mower ’21 (MS in human biology) were scheduled to

The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care reviewed the 2019 Annual Report of Current Status and Resource Assessment Matrix submitted by the Indiana Respiratory Therapy Education Consortium, of which UIndy is a partnering institution, and determined the program has met or exceeded all thresholds for success. Chem is tr y Harleen Athwal ’15 (chemistry and biology) won an award from the American Association of Dental Research. Her research, which focused on the regeneration and repair of salivary glands, was recognized as the best Basic Sciences poster presentation in the PhD student, post-doc, and faculty category. Communi ca tion WICR News Director Taylor Woods ’21 (communication) and Thomas Gismondi ’22 (communication) were each awarded a $5,000 scholarship

by the Indiana Broadcasters Foundation. Woods also placed second in the Best Student Radio Newscast category, Indiana Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists competition, and will receive a $2,000 scholarship from SPJ. Shayla Cabalan ’20 (communication) placed first in the Best Student Radio Newscast category for the second consecutive year in the IndyPro SPJ competition. Eddie Garrison ’21 (communication) placed second in the Best Student Radio Sports Reporting category in the IndyPro SPJ competition. Dr. Steven Koehn, assistant professor, and seven students went to the National Broadcasting Society Convention in Hollywood, California. Koehn was elected to the Board of Directors of the National Broadcasting Society as the Alpha Epsilon Rho National Honor Society director. Madison Nolot ’21 (communication) won second place in the Indiana Association of School Broadcasters College Competition for Best News Package. WICR General Manager Scott Uecker attended the National Association of Broadcasters State Leadership Conference in Washington, DC, where he met with Indiana U.S. Senators and Representatives to discuss broadcasting industry regulatory issues. Under the direction of Dr. Stephanie Wideman, assistant professor and director of the UIndy Speech and Debate

Team, the team placed fourth at the state championship and 15 Greyhounds earned top individual marks in finals. At the Novice National Tournament, seven students earned top marks in finals and the team was ranked fifth overall. Chloe Tyson ’20 (communication) placed third in the Broadcast Education Association’s National Festival of Media Arts competition for “Best Air Personality.” Tyson also placed third in “Best Radio Air Personality” at the Indiana Association of School Broadcasters college competition. Isaia Jacob ’20, Charon Von Berg ’20, and Clarissa Cairns ’20 won Intercollegiate Broadcast System (IBS) national award for Best Radio Morning Show with “Hot Mess Express” on UIndy Radio. At the Indiana Association of School Broadcasters college competition: Aaron Duvall ’20 (communication) won awards in radio copywriting (1st place), radio imaging (2nd place), and radio spot production (2nd place); Ryan Soel ’22 (communication, electronic media concentration) placed third in “Best Radio Playby-Play;” Shayla Cabalan ’20 placed second in “Best Radio Newscast.” Under the guidance of Jeanne Criswell, associate professor, The Reflector staff won eight regional-level journalism awards in the Region 5 Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence competition. The Reflector staff also won 29 state-level awards from the Indiana Collegiate Press Association and the Society of Professional Journalists Best in

Indiana Journalism competitions. Crim ina l J us tice Doug Boxler, instructor and agent with the Marion County Forensic Services Agency, received the Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences Dynes Excellence in Teaching Award. Englis h A launch party was held in December to celebrate the students, alumni, faculty, and staff who are published in the latest Etchings Literary & Fine Arts Magazine, Issue 32.1.

Dr. Molly Martin, professor, published “John Benet’s Chronicle,” translation [Latin to English], in The Jack Cade Rebellion: A Sourcebook, ed. Alexander Kaufman (Rowman & Littlefield, 2020). Kevin McKelvey, associate professor, published a book, “Indiana Nocturnes,” with coauthor Curtis L. Crisler. An essay by McKelvey, “Renewal,” was published by Indiana Humanities. Dr. Leah Milne, assistant professor, published a pedagogy blog post on YA literature with MELUS, along with a blog post for Indiana Humanities. Savannah Harris ’21 (creative writing) published her first flash fiction piece titled “Ataraxy” in the December 2019 issue of Penultimate Peanut Magazine.

Etchings garnered five awards at the 2020 Indiana Collegiate Press Association meeting, including Best Cover Design. Dr. Jen Camden, Beverley J. Pitts Distinguished Professor of the Strain Honors College, presented “Ivanhoe and Ecology” at the Interdisciplinary NineteenthCentury Studies Conference in Los Angeles. “Bitten,” a story by Barney Haney, assistant professor, was a finalist for the Wilda Hearne Flash Fiction Contest by the journal Big Muddy. Haney moderated a panel, “On Grading the Creative Writing Workshop in the 21st Century,” at the 2020 Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference in San Antonio.

Tyrah Chery ’20 (English, creative writing) received the third-place Best Short Poem award from the Indiana Collegiate Press Association for “The child says nothing, but what it heard by the fire,” published in Butler University’s Manuscripts magazine. Ex p erience D esig n Dr. Samantha Meigs, professor, published an article, “Traveling Food: Using Peripatetic Food to Understand the Medieval Past,” in Volume 27, Issue 1 (Spring 2020) of Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching. A paper by Meigs and Austin Baker, associate adjunct professor, “A Cook’s Apprenticeship: Hands-on Workshop on Experiential Learning with Medieval FoodPractical Challenges and SUMMER/FALL 2020


Classroom Management,” was accepted for presentation at the International Congress on Medieval Studies (rescheduled for May 2021). Gl ob a l La n gu a ge s & C ro ss -

Research Association (HERA) 2020 Conference. Dr. Dan Briere, associate professor, presented “The Demise of the Traditional Don Juan” at the HERA 2020 Conference.

Cul tura l Stu di e s His to r y & Po lit ica l Science Dr. Ana María Ferreira, assistant professor, published several articles: “English Only: xenofobia disfrazada de preservación de la cultura,” “American Dirt”, o cómo vender el sufrimiento ajeno,” and “La lectura en tiempos de cuarentena” in Razón Pública. Ferreira presented a workshop for students, “How to Study for Modern Languages” at the University of Indianapolis. Dr. Eduard Arriaga, assistant professor, presented “Afro-Latin American and Afro-Latino Digital Decolonization” during a conference at the Afro-Latin American Research Institute at Hutchins Center, Harvard University. Arriaga also presented “Expanded Digital Infrastructures in Teaching Latin American and Hispanic Cultures” at the Modern Language Association Annual Convention in Seattle. Dr. Gerburg Garmann, professor, presented a workshop, “Whether the Muses Are Angry or Gentle–– The Humanist Reach of Feminism through Ekphrasis and Poetry” at the Humanities Education and 20


Instructor Emily Miller presented a poster, “Book Bentos: Using Historical Fiction to Increase Relevancy of Primary Source Materials,” at the National Council for History Education Conference. Dr. Laura Merrifield Wilson, assistant professor, was elected to the Executive Board for the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana. Wilson also graduated from the Leadership United Class of 2020, run by United Way, and was selected to participate in the Speakers Bureau for Indiana Humanities’ celebration of the women’s suffrage centennial in 2020. The Indiana Historical Bureau Marker on Harriette Bailey Conn that was researched and written by Wilson and her student research assistant and Shaheen Scholar Karlee Taylor ’20 (political science) will be unveiled in September 2020 (postponed from May 1). The 2014 Cambridge book The Great War At Sea, written by Dr. Lawrence Sondhaus, Gerald and Marjorie Morgan Endowed Professor of European History, is under contract for an Italian translation with Libreria Editrice Goriziana. Sondhaus also delivered the manuscript of the revised second edition of his 2011 book World War One: The Global Revolution to Cambridge.

Professor Dr. A. James Fuller published “Everything Wrong with the Grant Presidency,” in Anthony Comegna’s Everything Wrong with the Presidents. The seventh annual Fairbanks Symposium on Civic Leadership took place in early March with the theme “At the Crossroads: Women in Civic Leadership,” featuring Board of Trustees member Deborah Daniels and local civic leaders. Sarah King ’18 (political science) begins studies at Harvard Law School in Fall 2020. Internationa l Relations Dr. Jyotika Saksena, associate professor and graduate director, hosted an exhibit, “Through Their Eyes: Health and Social Integration of Congolese Refugee Women in Indianapolis,” on campus. The project was funded by a UIndy Interdisciplinary Grant and a grant from Indiana Minority Health Coalition. Several articles resulting from the study have been published in peerreviewed journals. Mathem atica l Sciences Professor Dr. Jeff Oaks coauthored the book Al-Hawārī’s Essential Commentary: Arabic Arithmetic in the Fourteenth Century. Berlin: Edition Open Sources. Dr. Lochana Siriwardena, assistant professor, co-authored an article, “Memory-Modulated CIR Process with Discrete Delay Coefficients” in the online issue

of Journal of Stochastic Analysis. Dr. Lauren Nelsen, assistant professor, published “A Gradient Estimate for PageRank” in the Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Complex Networks and Their Applications. Dr. Clay Roan, assistant professor, presented “An Analysis of Math Requirements for Early Childhood Education Majors at Indiana Colleges” at the 10th Annual Indiana Mathematics Education Research Symposium in Indianapolis. Mus ic Dr. Brett Leonard, assistant professor, hosted an Audio Engineering Society event on campus. Third Coast Percussion’s album Perpetulum, editing and postproduction by Leonard, was nominated for a 2020 Grammy for “Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance.” Dr. Elisabeth Honn Hoegberg, chair and associate professor, was elected Vice President of the College Music Society’s Great Lakes Chapter. Janice Schreibman, assistant professor, co-authored an article, “AMTA and Aspirational Ethics” in Music Therapy Perspectives. Professor Dr. John Berners was composer-in-residence at the University of Texas-El Paso in January, offering a composition masterclass. The visit also included a recital of his recent songs and a local TV appearance.

Dr. Jon Noworyta, assistant professor, was selected as the 2020 DCI INpact Band guest conductor, leading 500 middle school students in a performance at the opening ceremonies at the DCI World Championships in Lucas Oil Stadium. Due to the cancellation of this year’s event, the invitation has been extended to Noworyta again in 2021. Dr. Laurie Williams, assistant professor, presented a clinic, “Gaming the Classroom,” at the ASTA National Conference in Orlando, where she was also a co-facilitator for a K-12 roundtable session. The Indianapolis Quartet, UIndy’s resident ensemble, performed a recital at Carnegie Hall in March. The program of traditional and contemporary works was performed with former UIndy Artist-in-Residence and American Pianists Association Fellow Drew Petersen.

published “Suspension-toSuspension Justification Principles,” in Belgrade Philosophical Annual. Murphy also published a book review of Bryan Caplan, “The Case Against Education: Why the Education System Is a Waste of Time and Money,” in Metapsychology, and provided comments on “The ‘Theoretical Conception’ of Instrumental Reasoning,” at the American Philosophical Association, Central Division Meeting. Professor Dr. Greg Clapper published “An Introduction to John Wesley’s Abridgement of Jonathan Edwards’s Treatise Concerning Religious Affections” in The Wesley Works Editorial Project by Duke University. Dr. Kenny Shields, visiting assistant professor, published a co-authored article, “A Dilemma for Neurodiversity,” in Neuroethics.

of Matthew 28:1” at the regional conference of the Society of Biblical Studies (Notre Dame). Nader Shoaibi, visiting assistant professor, provided comments on “Epistemic Akrasia,” at the American Philosophical Association, Central Division Meeting. Connor Waddell ’18 (philosophy, psychology) received an internship through the Brazilian federal government to work on policy issues for 10 weeks in Brasilia during summer 2020. P hys ics & Ea rth- Sp a ce Science Dr. Timothy Duman, associate professor, presented “The software and hardware used to create video lectures” at the American Association of Physics Teachers Winter Meeting. Kevin Leineweber, adjunct, was named the 2020 Clyde Motts Memorial Innovative High School Science Teacher of the Year by the Hoosier Association of Science Teachers Inc.

The department was well represented at the 2020 Indiana Music Education Association’s Professional Development Conference. Faculty, undergraduate students, and alumni received awards, presented sessions, or performed. The reception was attended by six decades of Greyhound musicians. P hil os o phy & Re l i gi o n Dr. Peter Murphy, professor,

Dr. Nathan Johnson, assistant professor, presented “David on Daniel’s Throne of Fire: Survey of an Apocalyptic Trope from the Dead Sea Scrolls to the Hekhalot Rabbati,” at a national conference of the Society of Biblical Studies. Johnson also taught a day-long class for the United Methodist Church’s “Course of Study” and presented “When Did the Women Visit the Tomb? Retrieving Eusebius’ Forgotten Intertextual Proposal on the Crux Interpretum

An article co-authored by Stacy Hootman, instructor, and Cory Pickett ’20 (biology) on their magnetic field measurement study has been accepted for publication by The Physics Teacher. Sociology Research by Dr. Amanda Miller, chair and associate professor, was cited in two New York Times articles about relationships: “How to Make Your Marriage Gayer” and “5 Wedding Traditions You Can Skip.”

Miller also co-organized an internationally attended conference on Nonmarriage and the Law at the University of Arizona. Dr. Colleen Wynn, assistant professor, published two teaching resources, “Neighborhood Tour Project” and “Making Motherhood Work: Reading and Discussion Questions,” in the American Sociological Association’s peerreviewed teaching resources library. Wynn served as a Census Partner and the Committee Chair for the UIndy Complete Count Committee to encourage participation in the 2020 Census. Wynn also collaborated with graduate students and the South Indianapolis Quality of Life Plan on a research study examining faculty, staff, and students’ perceptions of the neighborhoods near campus. Dr. Elizabeth Ziff, assistant professor, attended the Eastern Sociological Society annual meeting and presented her work, “Examination of the Reproductive Landscape of Teenagers in Indiana,” at a panel in the affiliated mini-conference on the Sociology of Reproduction. Ziff also served as the faculty lead for student members of UIndy Pride at the annual Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Asexual College Conference. T heatre James Leagre, assistant professor, received the 2020 Faculty Service Award from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.



Faculty and several undergraduate students competed and/or were recognized at the 2020 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival – Region III in Madison, Wisconsin: Kielynn Tally ’22 was awarded a scholarship to the Summer Arts Institute at Cal State University for their Voice Acting Intensive. Emily Hart ’19 advanced to the finalists round for her realized Costume Design work for UIndy’s production of Cabaret. Rick Shaw ’70 won The Design Storm group competition for his unrealized Costume Design work for The Legend of Georgia McBride. Liesel Schmitz ’19 was hired to manage the festival’s Stage Management Intensive. I nterdi sci pl i n a r y Dr. David Olawale, assistant professor of engineering, and Rhonda Wolverton, assistant professor of art & design, presented a UMass Lowell Global Entrepreneurship Webinar: “Art-engineering Collaboration: Enhancing Entrepreneurial Opportunities.” Dr. Daniel Scholes, assistant professor of biology, published peer-reviewed teaching materials for a lab activity, titled “Mate choice from sociological and biological perspectives: Sexual selection meets mating markets,” with Dr. Amanda Miller, chair and associate professor of sociology, in Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology. Dr. Colleen Wynn, assistant professor of sociology, organized a Faculty Academy panel 22


with Dr. Joe Herzog, assistant professor of engineering, on “Engaging Students in Research” with faculty panelists Dr. Marc Milne, assistant professor of biology, Dr. Greta Pennell, professor of teacher education, Dr. Alli Snyder, assistant professor of business, and Dr. Briyana Morrell, assistant professor of nursing. School of Nursing Instructor Anthony Cory worked with Dr. Vijay Thukral, adjunct faculty in the R.B. Annis School of Engineering, and engineering students on a project regarding enteral feeding pumps. Faculty from the School of Occupational Therapy and the Department of Interprofessional Health and Aging Studies authored two articles that were published in the Open Journal of Occupational Therapy. Professor Emerita of English Alice Friman gave a reading and participated in the Art Song Events, which was organized by Dr. John Berners, professor of music. Under the guidance of Liz Whiteacre, assistant professor of English, poetry by students and alumni were included in the Art Song Event: Jessica Marvel ’20 (creative writing); Tyrah Chery ’20 (English, creative writing), Brooklyn Raines ’19 (English, creative writing); Shauna Sartoris ’19 (English, professional/creative writing); Tayah Eakle ’19 (English, creative writing). Whiteacre performed with Dr. Kathleen Hacker, professor of music, and Matthew Bridgham ’13 (music performance) for the Faculty Artist Concert Series in an event titled “Poetry and Song.”

Dr. Stephanie Miller, chair of Krannert School of Physical Therapy and professor of physical therapy, and Dr. Lisa Borrero, professor of interprofessional health & aging studies co-authored with Maryleen Jones ’20 (health science): “Community mobility perceptions of older adults who have experienced a stroke and their physical therapists.”

COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCES Kines iology, H ea lth & Sp ort Sciences (K H SS) KHSS received preliminary approval from the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics to pursue offering a dietetics program. The American College of Sports Medicine recognized UIndy with gold level status for the Exercise is Medicine on Campus credential. The UIndy Sport Management program completed a successful accreditation site visit. Public health faculty are serving as resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Heidi Hancher-Rauch, associate professor and public health program director, and Dr. Kara Cecil, assistant professor, appeared in stories in the Indianapolis Star, the Indianapolis Business Journal, WISH-TV, WRTV, CBS4, FOX 59, and Indiana Public Radio.

Hancher-Rauch presented “SOPHE Advocacy Update: Priorities, Successes, and Possibilities; and Perceptions and Practices of Local Health Officers/ Commissioners Regarding Tobacco 21 Policy Advocacy” at the virtual annual meeting of the Society of Public Health Education. Hancher-Rauch and Dr. Angelitta Britt-Spells, assistant professor, presented “Demystifying Health Advocacy Using a Layered Approach During Undergraduate Training for Public Health Education Majors.” The pair also published “Health information-seeking behavior and perceived source trustworthiness in public health students: A pilot study for improving the curriculum” in the Journal of Health Education Teaching. Dr. Trent Cayot, assistant professor, published “Acute neuromuscular and microvascular responses to concentric and eccentric exercises with blood flow restriction” in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. Cayot also published, in collaboration with KSPT professor Dr. Jim Bellew, “Changes in microvascular oxygenation and total hemoglobin concentration of the vastus lateralis during neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES)” in Physiotherapy Theory & Practice. Dr. Jennifer VanSickle, sport management program director, attended the IN Campus Compact Summit and the COSMA Board of Commissioners Meeting.

Dr. Mike Diacin, associate professor, attended the Applied Sport Management Conference. Dr. Brian Reagan, assistant professor, coordinated a Healthy Diploma New Student Activity, “Cookies and Canvas.” Chad Odaffer, instructor of exercise science, was named by Golf Digest magazine as one of the Top 50 golf fitness trainers in the United States. He is the only Indiana trainer ranked.

SCHOOL OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY (SOT) U.S. News and World ranked the School #29 out of 198 programs. The SOT successfully submitted the Master of Occupational Therapy self-study for reaccreditation in February and completed a re-accreditation site visit. Dr. Brenda Howard, assistant professor, was elected Chair of the Ethics Committee of the American Occupational Therapy Association. Paul Arthur ’11 (MS, occupational therapy and gerontology) has been named chair of the department of occupational therapy at the University of Southern Indiana. Dr. Beth Ann Walker, associate professor, published “Development of the Occupational Performance Inventory of Sexuality and Intimacy (OPISI): Phase

One” in the Open Journal of Occupational Therapy. Walker also presented a webinar, “Measuring Occupational Performance of Sexuality & Intimacy With Comfort, Competence, & Confidence: An Introduction to the Occupational Performance Inventory of Sexuality & Intimacy” for the American Association of Occupational Therapy. Prior to the cancellation of the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Annual Conference & Expo, several SOT faculty members were scheduled to present.

KRANNERT SCHOOL OF PHYSICAL THERAPY (KSPT) U.S. News and World Report ranked KSPT #42 out of 239 physical therapy programs. Dr. Bill Staples, associate professor, along with Adam Kays ’15 and Rachel Richman Menkedick ’13 ’15, published “Examination of the Correlation Between Physical and Psychological Measures in Community-Dwelling Older Adults” in the March 2020 issue of Clinical Interventions in Aging. Dr. Kathy Martin, professor, received the G.E. “Bud” Haven Service Award from the American Physical Therapy Association’s Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy for sustained and extraordinary service to the Academy. Martin also co-authored “The Effect of Supramalleolar Orthotic Use on Activity and Participation

Skills in Children with Down Syndrome” in the Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics.

collegiate soccer players compared to non-contact sport athletes.”

Assistant professors Dr. Paul Salamh and Dr. Ed Jones coauthored “Injuries and associated risk factors of the shoulder and elbow among adolescent baseball pitchers: A systematic review and meta-analysis” in Physical Therapy in Sport.

Jones and Dr. Jessica Jochum, professor, co-authored “High school athlete performance testing at return to play is lower compared to baseline.”

Several KSPT faculty presented at the Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association in Denver in February: Dr. Stephanie Kelly, professor and College of Health Sciences dean, conducted a panel discussion on academic careers, “Negotiating and advancing within the PT profession.” Dr. Jim Bellew, professor, published “Changes in microvascular oxygenation and total hemoglobin the vastus lateralis with neuromuscular electrical stimulation.” Dr. Stephanie Miller, chair of KSPT and professor of physical therapy, and Dr. Sharon Baggett, professor of interprofessional health and aging studies, presented “Long-term wellness services improve physical activity and quality of life in persons with neurologic disorders.” Miller and Dr. Elizabeth Moore, professor of interprofessional health and aging studies, authored “Factors associated with improved walking speed over the first six months post-stroke.” Jones, along with Moore and Dr. Emily Slaven, associate professor and director of the orthopedic residency program, co-authored with Michelle Schneider ’19 “Cervical proprioception in female

Dr. Connie Fiems, assistant professor, authored “Reliability of a recumbent stepper submaximal exercise test after traumatic brain injury.” Athletic Train in g Dr. Jessica Jochum, interim MSAT program director, oversaw all aspects of the Great Lakes Athletic Training Association Annual Meeting and Symposium as the GLATA education coordinator. UIndy faculty hosted eight presentations at the conference. Interp rofe ssion al Health & Aging Studies ( IHAS) The Master of Science in Healthcare Management program graduated its first students in May and was listed on as one of the most affordable programs offering a master’s degree in healthcare management. Dr. Heidi Ewen, associate professor, published an article in SAGE Research Methods Cases: Medicine and Health titled, “Assessing stress in relocation using biopsychosocial mixed methods.”



Elizabeth Horrall Stith ’19 (Doctor of Health Science), Dr. Lisa Borrero, associate professor, and Dr. Laura Santurri, assistant professor, along with Dr. Lori Breeden, associate professor, published “Patient Perceptions of Acute Phases of Rehabilitation Following Shoulder Arthroplasty” in The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy.

SCHOOL OF NURSING Assistant professors Dr. Alex Kemery and Dr. Briyana Morrell co-authored “Differences in Psychomotor Skills Teaching and Evaluation Practices in Undergraduate Nursing Programs” in the March/April 2020 issue of Nursing Education Perspectives. Morrell co-authored “Escape the Generational Gap: A Cardiovascular Escape Room for Nursing Education” in the February 2020 issue of the Journal of Nursing Education. Dr. Diane Smith, professor, was invited to host a podium presentation, “The Addictions Mystery,” at the UIndy Interprofessional Week in February. Smith is participating in a national technical expert panel for Hospital-Based Medicine, examining the 2019 Merit-Based Incentive Payment System Improvement Activities for Sepsis. Dr. Aksana Waskosky, assistant professor, had an abstract accepted for a podium presentation at the 11th International Council of Nurses NP/APN Network Conference in Halifax, Canada. Lindsay Spurgeon ’20, along with Waskosky, had an abstract



accepted for poster presentation at the National Advanced Practice Neonatal Nurses Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii. C e nte r fo r Ag in g & C o mmu n ity (CAC )

New staff include Christel Cater, coordinator of special projects, Kate Coffman, director of Education-Workforce Innovation Network, Jeremy Eltz, director of rural education, and Daisy Brown, administrative assistant.

The community is committed to promoting gender equity by supporting research and education, serving as a connector for resources, and cultivating partnerships. P rofess ion al Ed g e C enter

CAC has completed the first of a two-year contract with the Tennessee Department of Health to develop and implement regional quality improvement collaboratives in 75 participating nursing homes. This effort is modeled after a similar initiative CAC implemented in Indiana. In response to COVID-19 in nursing homes and other residential care environments, CAC is working with partners to develop infection prevention technique training in long-term care and assisted living facilities. CAC is working with the Minnesota Department of Human Services, through its Aging and Adult Services Division, to evaluate the patterns of Elderly Waiver enrollment for individuals who spend down their private resources in assisted living settings, or by privately purchasing home and community-based services within their own homes. C e nte r of Exc e lle nce in Le ad e rs h ip of Lea rning

Center for Ser v iceLea rning & Com m unity Enga gem ent (CSLCE) Marianna Foulkrod, director of CSLCE, was named Program Partner of the Year by College Mentors for Kids. Center for Glob a l Enga gem ent The Center partnered with the City of Monza, Italy and the Sister Cities Committee to send Greyhounds overseas to study the motorsports industry, with plans to extend the exchange program to industries such as health sciences, business, and more. Gender Center UIndy’s Gender Center held a grand opening in February.

Pro Edge marked a major milestone with its 10,000th student appointment recorded in January. The Center was established in 2013 to assist students with career readiness. Writing La b The Writing Lab was well represented at the East Central Writing Center Association conference: Designated Tutor Coordinator Liz Whiteacre, with peer tutors Amelia Lasbury and Kylie Sabol, gave a presentation entitled “Meeting People Where They Are: Making Meaningful Connections When Appointments Are Mandatory.” Associate Director Dawn Hershberger and peer tutor Erin Dawson gave a presentation called “Language Is Power: How Conversation Circles Help Instill Confidence in International Students.”

(C EL L ) Through a $7.9 million federal grant, CELL has established a Rural Early College Network to help rural Indiana schools more quickly implement the Early College high school model. Five Mentor and Five Tier 1 high schools have completed the first year of the project, and five new Tier 2 schools will join for Year 2.

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t’s a question that UIndy student-athletes, like thousands of their peers across the country, couldn’t help but grapple with in 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic upended all our lives starting in mid-March and forced a number of tough decisions, including the NCAA’s call to cancel its remaining winter championships and the balance of its spring schedules. Though the decision surely saved an untold number of lives, it left UIndy Greyhounds wondering what could have been. What if the men’s basketball team had been able to host the NCAA DII Midwest Regional, an honor it earned for the first time in more than 20 years? What if the swimming & diving teams had been able to build on their successful opening day at the NCAA DII Championships and see the national meet to fruition? What if UIndy’s five national qualifiers in wrestling and three in indoor track & field were able to showcase their talents on a national stage? Then there were the spring teams, not halfway through their respective seasons when the news hit home, many of whom were primed to make noise in the upcoming postseason. The softball team had an experienced and talented group riding a five-game winning streak at the time of the cancellation; women’s lacrosse was ranked sixth in the nation and gunning for a third straight NCAA Tournament appearance; women’s golf was looking to extend the country’s longest active streak of top-five finishes at Nationals; both tennis squads had deep rosters and postseason pedigrees to draw on. So many questions left unanswered for the Hounds. But we can take comfort in their sacrifice knowing the added health and safety from which we benefit today.



MEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING Kael Yorke ’22 (business administration and management)

“Definitely very shocked, as we were only on our second day of the NCAA Swimming Championships. I think it took a while for everyone to come to terms with the cancellation of the meet as it was our very last meet for the season and we were all riding high of having some solid performances on day one. Support from the team and the bond that we all have surely played a major part in not only me feeling better, but for each and every one of us who was not able to swim or achieve what they wanted to achieve.”


Lauren Honkomp ’20 (nursing) “At first, finding out that my senior season had been canceled was devastating. This was a very special team and I had high hopes that we would accomplish great things. With the help of my family, teammates, and coaches, I was able to shift my focus towards the classroom and look forward to a bigger purpose that I was meant to fulfill. Being a nursing student, it is scary to enter the medical field during a pandemic. Thankfully, I feel very prepared through my classes and mental growth as an athlete. I am extremely grateful for the support I have received.”

Jimmy King ’20 (biology)

“Once we received the news that the season was canceled and my college career was over, it hurt and I didn’t know what to really do next. All I could think about was ‘what if we got to play that weekend’ and what that outcome could have been. Since the cancellation, I have been able to look past the bad and reflect on the great year that we had and all the memories that were made along the way. For those memories and those friendships, I am forever grateful.“


Brody Conner ’19 (finance), ’20 (MBA) “People would say, ‘it’s not about winning or losing,’ and that just made me angry because those people at least had a chance of competing. But then I started to realize that I had done everything I set out to do from the beginning. I achieved the pinnacle of wrestling I was humanly capable of, and that’s what mattered. What gave me peace about the cancellation more than anything else was the fact that I knew I left everything out there on the table and never looked back.”

Destinie Katz ’20 (nursing)

“It was definitely very upsetting, but I know that this is just the beginning of my career as a nurse. With one semester left, being the first UIndy women’s lacrosse nursing major has given me the confidence to complete any goal I set for myself. Focusing on the positives and staying in contact with my teammates has helped me essentially bounce back after the cancellation. I am very grateful for the memories and lifelong friendships I have made and can’t wait to see what the future holds for the program.”



GREYHOUND Alumni take leadership roles in athletics


n April, the University of Indianapolis named Scott Young ’99 (athletic training) ’02 (MA, curriculum and instruction) to serve as the next vice president for intercollegiate athletics. Young will assume the role on September 1, 2020, following the retirement of Dr. Sue Willey, who served in the position for 17 of her 45 years of service to the University. Young’s selection for the cabinet position follows a nationwide search to fill the top leadership role for the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. During his 26-year career at the University of Indianapolis, Young has served in numerous roles within the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, most recently as senior associate athletic director for compliance. “Scott demonstrates an equal commitment to the University of Indianapolis and to the principles of excellence that define 28


our campus culture,” said President Robert L. Manuel. “Scott’s dedication to accountability and clear communication, combined with his innovative ideas for growing our athletics program both in terms of public awareness and in breadth, will be a vital asset in University initiatives including recruitment and retention.” “During the past two decades, Scott has excelled at each of his positions serving the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, and I’m sure that will continue in this important leadership role,” said Willey. “I would like to thank Dr. Manuel and the search committee for this tremendous opportunity to lead UIndy athletics, the place I have called home for the past 26 years. I also would like to thank Sue Willey for her incredible mentorship and support, which have helped foster me into the leader I am today,” Young said.

“The standards for UIndy athletics will continue to be for our student-athletes to win as students, win as people, and win as athletes.” President Manuel noted Sue Willey’s legacy that catapulted University of Indianapolis athletics to national recognition and countless accolades, including 90 Academic All-America honorees, a mark that is in the top ten in NCAA Division II. “I would like to express my gratitude to Sue Willey for her many years of service to the University of Indianapolis and for her remarkable accomplishments that have positioned the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics to continue to climb to new heights,” President Manuel said. “Scott is ideally suited to build on the high standards of success that Sue established.”


PAU L C ORSA RO RE TURNS The University welcomed back Paul Corsaro ’12 (communication) ’14 (MBA) as its next men’s basketball head coach. A UIndy alumnus, Corsaro previously served as an assistant coach for the Greyhounds for six seasons prior to spending the last two years in the same capacity at Purdue Fort Wayne. An Indianapolis native and graduate of local Roncalli High School, Corsaro’s time on the UIndy bench coincided with some of the most successful seasons in school history. He aided the Greyhounds during four 20win seasons as an assistant, including four consecutive NCAA tournament berths from 2013-16. Corsaro moved on to Purdue Fort Wayne as an assistant under head coach Jon Coffman in 2018. The Mastodons amassed

“I am truly honored to be named head men’s basketball coach at the University of Indianapolis.” PAUL CORSARO ’12, ’14 P H O T O : P U R D U E U N I V E R S I T Y F O R T W AY N E

32 wins in Corsaro’s two seasons, including a third-place finish in The Summit League in 2018-19. “I am truly honored to be named head men’s basketball coach at the University of Indianapolis,” Corsaro stated. “I want to thank President Manuel, Scott Young and Dr. Sue Willey for believing in me

and giving me this opportunity. Thank you to my parents and my entire family, both immediate and extended, for their unwavering love and support. I also would like to thank Stan Gouard. Stan was my coach and my boss while at UIndy, and he has continued to be a mentor and friend. It is a privilege to be his successor.”



2010-2019 Amanda G. Rubadue ’19 has been named vice president of economic development at Aspire in Johnson County, IN. 1 Evan ’19 and Carrie ’18 (Atkinson) Hawk welcomed their first son, Judah Thomas, on November 20, 2019. Judah’s Greyhound family also includes Grandma Jodi (Bellman) Atkinson ’91 and GreatGrandma Carolyn (Huff) Bellman ’64. Jacob Byrd ’18 and Sarah Cornelius ’18 were married on October 25, 2019.

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Baley Hunter Waltz ’18 is employed with Plymouth Regional Health in North Vernon, IN.

Felicia Manning ’18 is an RN with Community South Hospital.



Semona Gavin ’18 was promoted in September 2019 to an assistant unit manager for one of the inpatient medicine floors with the VA Medical Center.

Shelby Johnson ’18 married Vincent Aguirre on September 28, 2019. Lyndsy Eslinger ’18 and Molly White ’18 served as bridesmaids.


2 Nehal Gajjar ’18 completed her Master of Professional Studies in Higher Education/ Higher Education Administration degree from Georgetown University.

Kara Haymond ’18 works for WebMD Health Services.

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Meghan Fogus ’18 (experience design and communication) started her own wedding planning business, “Meghan Nicole Events.”

Brock Martin ’18 is working as a sports performance coach at Norton Sports Performance and will be graduating with an MS in Exercise Physiology from the University of Louisville in May. Baylee Messamore ’18 works in the pediatric cancer center with Riley Children’s Hospital. Kimberley Pawlecki ’18 is the surgical service director with Community Medical Services in Montana. Heather Reid ’18 works for Americorps Health Solutions.


Mary Tomblin ’18 married Brandon Johnson on December 8, 2018. Erin Whysong-Garner ’18 is the human resource manager for Rubber Products Distributors. Brian T. Wichman ’18 has been named to the All-Decade Baseball Team (2010-2019) by The Republic in Columbus, IN. Rebecca Wilson-Lusk ’18 is the social media manager for Folds of Honor, Indiana. 3 Emma Beauchamp ’17 works at Indiana Physical Therapy and was married in November 2018. Cara M. Carrion ’17 is the ticket services coordinator for the Indianapolis Indians. Brandi Heil ’17 welcomed a son, Colin, on February 5, 2020. He joins big brother, Patrick. Ashley Ronvik ’17 graduated from Northwestern University in March 2020. Blake Schneider ’17 is currently the VP of Sales and Operations for Legacy Fire Protection in Elkhart, IN. Sarah Shroyer ’17 is the assistant director of development for the school of science at IUPUI. Tori Zimmerman ’17 passed the CBMT (music therapy board certification exam) on November 20, 2019. She began her first music therapy position at Embracing Abilities in Avon, IN.




John R. Northcutt ’13 has been hired as a construction account manager at Tech Electronics of Indiana in Indianapolis.

Ryan J. Bojrab ’09 has been promoted to director of health strategy at FirstPerson in Indianapolis.

Andrew Armour ’12 launched Activate Fitness, an app that regulates children’s screen time based on daily activity levels.

Dr. Jennifer M. Tippmann ’09 ’12 is the owner of Tippmann Physical Therapy in Fort Wayne, IN.

4 Paul Arthur ’11 has been named chair of the department of occupational therapy at the University of Southern Indiana.

Heather E. Freeman ’09 has been reappointed by Gov. Eric Holcomb to serve on the Indiana Board of Physical Therapy. Her term will end on May 31, 2024.

Katie Gainey ’11 (English, theatre minor) and Jared Boomer ’15 (communication, electronic media concentration) launched the Silver Screen Podcast in 2019 to discuss movies and the media. Caitlin Church ’10, co-coordinator of the cleft and craniofacial anomalies program at Riley Children’s Health, has been named one of the “Healthcare Heroes” for 2020 in the non-physician category. Leanne Tokarcik Brooks ’10 was recognized as a finalist for Indy’s Best & Brightest Award in the Technology category. Each year Junior Achievement of Central Indiana recognizes 100 of the city’s most outstanding young professionals, age 40 and under. All 100 individuals are recognized for their professional success and philanthropic impact on our community. 2 0 0 0-2009 5 Isabell ’09 & Braxton Mills ’09 welcomed Bella Bea on May 28th. She joins big brother BamBam.

James G. Aldridge ’08 has been selected as chief information officer at Hoosier Hills Credit Union in Bedford, IN. Steven R. “Ryan” Cassell ’08 is the new vice president of enrollment and dean of admission at Hendrix College in Conway, AR, effective June 1, 2020. Kristen Rosenberger ’08 has recently opened her own mental health counseling private practice. Enlightened Pathways LLC works with adults with general mental health and addiction issues. Her office is located in Broad Ripple. Michael J. Solari ’07 has been promoted to president at Market Street Group in Indianapolis. Ross E. Alexander ’06 is a new partner at Flaster Greenberg in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Ryan A. Cotton ’06 serves as secretary of the Rock Steady Boxing board of directors.





Cara A. Veale ’05 ’06 ’10 has been named CEO of the Indiana Rural Health Association, effective July 6, 2020. She currently serves as vice president of provider services at Daviess Community Hospital in Washington, IN. Jennifer Fredrick ’04 is the archaeologist for the United States Air Force 49th Civil Engineer Squadron, Environmental Element, at Holloman AFB, New Mexico. 6 Austin Schultz ‘04 and wife, Julie celebrated the birth of their son Casen Cross Schultz on July 2, 2019. 7 Nathan Scott ’04 released an allinstrumental album titled “MasterPeace” in January. The project was created with the sole purpose of bringing awareness and solutions to the problems of racial profiling and discrimination. All proceeds from the sales of the project will be donated to nonprofit organizations that have programs in place to help solve this problem. Amber M. Fields ’03 has been elected to the Damar Charter Academy board of directors and has been hired as director of corporate sales at AIS, an information technology consulting, strategy, and security company in Indianapolis. 8 Basharat Saleem ’03 is the new executive director of the Islamic Society of North America in Plainfield, IN. Noel A. Watts ’02 has been named vice president of mortgage operations at Lake Michigan Credit Union (LMCU) in Grand Rapids, MI. 32



9 Ryan Scott ’01 founded PR Face Masks, a new brand that showcases Puerto Rican and Afro-Caribbean pride through unique face mask styles. The company’s goal is to create fashionable non-surgical/medical masks for people of the island of Puerto Rico, the Diaspora, and individuals looking for stylish face masks. Dr. Jayson M. Boyers ’00 has been hired as the new president of Rosemont College in Rosemont, PA, effective July 1. Lysandros Lysandrou ’00 published a book, Make a Mountain Out of a Molehill. Available on


Sondra J. “Sandy” Herre ’93 has been named to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. The women’s induction class of 2020 was honored on April 25. 11 John M. Duffy ’91 has been promoted to executive director at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management in Indianapolis. Sydney S. Loomis ’91 has been inducted into the “Forty Year Banker Club” of the Indiana Bankers Association. Kelli D. Tungate ’91 has been promoted to vice president of the central region at Seniorlink. 19 8 0-19 8 9

1 9 9 0 -19 9 9 Deana A. Labriola ’98 has joined Fox Rothschild LLP in Raleigh as a partner in the Corporate Department. Jerry P. Orem ’98 has been promoted to president of Hendricks County Bank and Trust Company. Richard E. “Rick” Kester ’97 is the new chief operating officer at Johnson Memorial Health in Franklin, IN. 10 Melissa ’96 ’17 and Jeff Roor ’96 have four children: Dillon 11, Olivia 6, Taylor 4, and Xander 2. Melissa started a second career in nursing and Jeff works in financial strategy and development.

Mark D. Fogg ’88 has been hired by Keystone Technologies as an account manager for the southeast region of the United States. Keystone is a lighting company based in Lansdale, PA. Donald C. Gillespie ’86 has been promoted to CEO of CrossRoads Financial Federal Credit Union in Portland, IN. 12 Emmanuel D. “Mann” Harris ’82, a member of the UIndy Board of Trustees, has been honored with the “Chancellor’s Legacy Award” by Elizabeth City State University in Elizabeth City, NC. Don Striegel ’81 celebrated 50 years of marriage on June 6th to Dorothy Butcher. He is very grateful to his wife for the family and home sacrifices she made while he attended night school from 1972-1981.

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13 Linda M. Dillman ’76, a member of the University of Indianapolis Board of Trustees, has been recognized by WomenInc. Magazine as one of the “Most Influential Corporate Board Directors” for 2019.

15 Marina (Chapman) Brown ’65 has been a professional ballet dancer with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, a hospice nurse, a deep water sailor, an award-winning painter, a cellist with the Tampa Bay Symphony, and is the author of six books including three novels—the latest of which, The Orphan of Pitigliano, was recently released. Her debut volume of poetry, The Leaf Does Not Believe It Will Fall, won a Silver Medal from the Florida Authors & Publishers Association, Inc. (FAPA) in 2019.

Deborah Van Peeren Bucholz ’75 ’82 ’99 retired from both of her careers in May 2020 after 33 years with Community Health Network and 13 years with MSD Decatur Township. She held licensure in both nursing (1975, 1982) and elementary education (1999) with degrees from UIndy under all three of the university’s names! Becke Major ’74 retired after 46 years as a hospital nurse. Her career covered many different areas and experiences from the ICU to the NICU to general surgery to the nursing supervisor for a 400-bed hospital, and finally to working in an oncology unit. She misses her patients and co-workers greatly but is also grateful to have spent last year traveling the country and seeing her children and grandchildren. 14 Susan (Graves) Thompson ’70 and Marti (Brown) Stigers ’70, college roommates living in Indiana, visited fellow college roommate Susan (Blubaugh) Hulse ’70 in Arizona in March.





Ginnvor E. “Ginny” Bullard ’65 has been honored with the 2019 “Abe Martin Award” for her service to the Brown County Historical Society. Charles R. “Dick” Nyers ’56 has been named to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame, Class of 2020. The induction ceremony took place on March 25, 2020.


The Clay Community Schools board of trustees has voted to name the auxiliary gymnasium at Clay City High School in honor and memory of the late Angus J. Nicoson ’42.





IN MEMORIAM Violet A. “Vi” Hauser ’42—January 10 Kathryn R. Koenig ’45—April 3 Rev. Richard R. “Dick” Smith ’45—February 23 Helen R. Spotts ’45—October 30, 2019 Wayne Wilson Hostetler ’46—March 19 Betty Jo Batty ’50—January 6 Fred E. Fisher ’50—February 27 Barbara E. Harner ’50—April 28 Joseph W. Russell ’50—May 20 David P. Elliott ’51—May 8 Eva Gertrude Fields ’51—July 28, 2019 Bradley D. “Brad” Warren ’51—May 6 Judith E. “Judy” Johnson ’52—March 6 Leroy R. Rapp ’53—March 7 Dr. John T. “Jay” Windell ’53—January 8 Rev​.​Elmer E. Bosworth ’55—January 28 Curtis L. Atteberry ’56—November 23, 2019 Sondra M. Oldham ’56—May 1 Phyllis A. Imel ’57—February 22 John Weston Engle ’59—March 4 Norman R. Chaney ’60—May 6 Marilyn R. Dixon ’60—April 14 Jack P. Miller ’60—May 29 Martha Woodley ’61—May 2 James C. Cummings, Jr. ’62—April 23 Beverly J. Wissler ’62—February 20 Paul A. Bangura ’64—April 29 Dale R. Bancroft ’66—April 15 Dixie L. Mills ’66—May 7 Frank R. Tom ’66—March 5 Charles D. “Chuck” Whiting, III ’67—November 28, 2019 Tom W. Corwin ’69—November 6, 2019 Dwight R. Grant ’70—November 23, 2019 Diane S. Jackson ’71—December 19, 2019 Barbara Hensley ’72—May 17 Vaino D. Grayam ’73—May 29

C. Bruce Haddix ’74—November 5, 2019 Paula J. Cooney ’75—April 8 Fred S. “Steve” Lawrenz ’75—November 4, 2019 Rev. Teresa G. “Terry” Emery ’76—January 1 Dale B. Stelting ’76—December 6, 2019 Billy D. Sandall ’76—May 5 Dale L. Watson ’76 —May 17 Ronald L. Chappell ’77—March 22 Loretta K. “Lori” Harting ’78—February 4 Debra Chastain Penrod ’78—on August 10, 2019 David F. Schortinghuis ’80—May 5 Marceline M. “Marcy” Pennington ’82—January 10 Joseph A. Gore, Sr. ’83—December 12, 2019 David W. Hughes ’83 ’86—November 19, 2019 Joanna M. Jaggar ’83—October 12, 2019 Don J. Holden ’85—April 20 Paul W. Loggan ’85—April 12 Erika E. Schultz ’85 ’89—April 21 Nora A. “Alice” Fyffe ’86—May 6 Gary A. Ellis ’87—December 7, 2019 Melissa A. Cowan ’88—February 11 Marsha L. Jabir ’88—January 14 Tony L. Trotter ’90—April 4 Frederic O. “Fred” Griffin ’91—March 11 Susan J. Cunningham-McNeal ’93 ’95—December 18, 2019 Robert W. “Bill” Lohman ’93—February 11 Mary J. Lutgring ’93—January 2 Donna J. Schelonka ’93—January 2 Phyllis J. Markovic ’97—April 12 Caroline S. Brackin ’98—January 27 Rita K. Quattrocchi ’98 ’99—May 2 Lynda M. Barton-Kirch ’05—February 16 Connie M. Mikuski-DeMory ’13—April 24 Paul D. Lucas (Past Faculty)—April 6 James A. Jones (Past Faculty)—May 15 Connie Wilson (Past Faculty)—May 21

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tenure, she also served as Board Chair and earned an honorary doctorate degree from the University in 1993. The University is grateful for her immeasurable impact on our institution and the broader community.


The University of Indianapolis community mourns the loss of Christel DeHaan, a pivotal civic and philanthropic leader and long-serving Board of Trustees member. Christel was a true friend to the University and was instrumental in leading UIndy to the status of a nationally-ranked institution. Christel served on the University Board of Trustees from 1990 to 2008. During her

Her love for music and the arts was manifested through her generous gift to establish the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center, which was the largest single contribution at that time in University history. The award-winning structure was built in 1994 and houses the two-tiered Ruth Lilly Performance Hall, an art gallery, practice rooms, art studios, classrooms, and a lecture hall with state-of-the-art learning technology. Her charitable contributions also established the DeHaan School of Education Quasi Endowment and the DeHaan Chair for the Center for Aging & Community at the University of Indianapolis. Christel’s influence on campus was widespread, ranging from the beautification of Smith Mall to support for the creation of the Indianapolis Quartet. Through all of these programs, experiences, and physical enhancements,

Christel has had a positive impact on the life chances of so many of our students, faculty, and staff. In 1998, she founded Christel House International, a charity that builds educational and social programs for children all over the world. The Christel House Academy, which opened in 2010, is located just two miles north of the UIndy campus. The University continues to partner with the school providing dual credit and scholarship opportunities for its students and graduates. Christel was a constant reminder of the importance of engaging with others and using our abilities to serve. Her inspirational legacy will continue to live on through the countless opportunities provided to students within the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center. She was one of the great connectors of our city, community, and society. We will long remember with gratitude Christel’s passionate advocacy for the arts, her visionary leadership, and her philanthropic work on behalf of her community, city, and the world.




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