UIndy Grad Student Forum Hosted Family of Henrietta Lacks

The University of Indianapolis Graduate Programs hosted the first-ever Interprofessional Graduate Student Forum  on Thursday, September 4, 2014. Students and faculty from several of the university’s three  dozen graduate programs -- including physical therapy, occupational therapy, psychology, public health, applied sociology and gerontology -- attended the event to learn about the legacy of Henrietta Lacks, a woman who has been critically important to modern medicine since the 1950s, yet who was virtually unknown until 20 years after her death in 1951.  The event gave students an opportunity to  discuss in small groups topics such as informed consent, scientific research, privacy and ethics.

Henrietta Lacks, was a poor, black woman from Baltimore, Maryland whose cells were harvested in 1951 during surgery for cervical cancer. Unbeknownst to Henrietta or her family, the cells were sent to a laboratory where they became the first human cells to be successfully cultured and reproduced. Since then, the HeLa cells, as they are called, have been proliferated millions of times over and were integral in the development of the polio vaccine, chemotherapy, the understanding of how human cells behave in space, and many other scientific advances.  The story of the HeLa cells is told in the 2010 book “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,”  by author Rebecca Skloot.

At the Interprofessional Graduate Student Forum, Henrietta’s granddaughter, Kim Lacks, and her great-granddaughter, Veronica Spencer, took grad students and faculty on a virtual tour through the Lacks family album. They wanted to, they said, “help the students see Henrietta as both a woman and a medical contributor.”

The presentation included photos of the first time family members were able to view the HeLa cells under a microscope.  “It felt like Henrietta was with us,” said Veronica Spencer, of the day they viewed the living cells of their deceased matriarch.

During their visit to UIndy, the two women wove a story that painted Henrietta as a person – a wife and a mother – not just a collection of cells in a petri dish. It was evident in their presentation that the Lacks family, who has never been compensated for the use of HeLa cells, is extremely proud of Henrietta’s contribution to medicine and science.

In a question-and-answer session following the presentation, Kim Lacks said Henrietta’s story has led several family members to pursue careers in medicine, including Veronica who is studying to be a registered nurse.

Veronica left the students, many of whom will be working in the medical field, with this admonition:

“You go to school and pay a lot of tuition to learn big fancy words, like ‘supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.’ Then you get out and you want to use those big fancy words in your job, because you paid a lot for them. But you have to talk to people like you are talking to your family. If you talk to them with ‘supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’ and they don’t understand, you are robbing them of an opportunity for knowledge.”

Based on student feedback after the forum, Veronica’s words hit home. The University of Indianapolis Graduate Programs will continue to look for ways to bring graduate students together with opportunities for interdisciplinary learning.

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CAC to coordinate Advanced QI Training for Long Term Care Professionals

CIAW picThe Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) has made funds available for education of long term care health professionals in four topic areas: wound care, infection prevention, quality improvement and Alzheimer's and dementia care. The education provided by this project will be suitable for participants to pursue certification in these disciplines at their own cost if they so choose. The Project Manager is the University of Indianapolis Center for Aging & Community.


At this time, Quality Improvement Trainings have been scheduled in regions throughout the state.


Who should attend? Long Term Care Nurse Leaders, Quality Improvement Directors, Executive Directors. Note: There is a limit of one participant per long term care facility unless unfilled slots become available. Trainings are limited to 25 participants.

Trainer:  Evelyn Catt, MHA, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, TTAC Consulting, LLC

Delivery Mode:   Four-day, face-to-face, Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Quality Improvement training course. Class is 8 am - 4:30 pm each of the four days. Participants must attend all 4 days to complete the course and be eligible to sit for the Yellow Belt Certification Exam.

Content: Evidence-based principles that facilitate improvement; QAPI Principles and key concepts of Lean; organizing the workplace; Kaizen and PDSA cycles; Six Sigma principles; root cause analysis; using quality improvement techniques to optimize care

Credential: Pre- and post-testing will be conducted to validate that effective learning has occurred. Participants completing the four-day course will be prepared to implement QAPI and eligible to sit for the Yellow Belt Certification Exam. Information will be provided to the students regarding their options for becoming yellow belt certified. Options include certification through the International Association for Six Sigma Certification or through Purdue Healthcare Advisors. Certification of participants will be at their own cost.


Cost: $60 for the 4-day workshop plus a $2.49 registration fee.

Identical Quality Improvement Trainings will be held regionally. To register, click on the location you wish to attend.

Fort Wayne, IN - Sept 8-11, 2014

Merrillville, IN - Sept 29-Oct 2, 2014

Columbus, IN - Oct 27-30, 2014

Evansville, IN -  Nov 10-13, 2014


Indianapolis, IN - Jan 12-15, 2015



For more information: Contact Lidia DubickiProject Coordinator, University of Indianapolis Center for Aging & Community or (317) 791-5926.


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PT-OT-PTA Open House at UIndy on September 13

If you are looking for a career that is fun and rewarding, look no further than the worlds of physical and occupational therapy.

Physical therapists, occupational therapists, and physical therapist assistants enjoy rewarding careers while making a positive difference in the quality of life for their patients.  PTs, OTs, and PTAs take a personal approach to meeting individual needs. The career opportunities in these fields are plentiful and the need for well-educated therapists is great.

The University of Indianapolis Krannert School of Physical Therapy and the School of Occupational Therapy will host an open house in Martin Hall on the UIndy campus, 1400 E. Hanna Avenue, on Saturday, September 13 from 9am to 12pm.

Learn about  the Associate in Science, Physical Therapist Assistant; Master of Occupational Therapy; Doctor of Occupational Therapy; and Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees that UIndy offers. You will also hear about the application and financial aid processes and have the opportunity to meet faculty and current students.

High school students, current college students, graduates with entry-level PT and OT degrees, and career changers are all welcome to attend.

Pre-register here today!

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End of Life Issues Is Topic for 1.5 Credit Online Course

Elderly hands on afghanThe University of Indianapolis Center for Aging & Community will offer an online graduate course in end of life issues during the Fall 2014 semester. Students not enrolled in a degree program through CAC may take this course as a guest student (fees still apply). UIndy undergraduate students who are at Junior or Senior level with a GPA of 3.5 or better may enroll in these courses with permission from their advisor.

GERO 580: Special Topics in End of Life Issues will engage students in exploring the complex issues of end of life care from the perspectives of both the individual person at end of life and the social systems that influence end of life care. Students will discover how legal, ethical, economic, and competing personal considerations within families all shape end of life decisions.

This course addresses critical issues that people experience at end of life. These include everything from the process of completing an Advance Directive for Healthcare Decisions long before one enters the dying process to the experience of living through the dying process itself. Students will explore the following topics and examine the issues within them:

  • Quality of life for the person at the end of life. This includes having the conversations about advance directives for healthcare decisions, managing pain and other disease-related symptoms, and meeting a person’s emotional, spiritual and psychological needs at the end of life.
  • Health and support services at end of life, including hospice and palliative care services for people at the end of life and their families.
  • Ethical considerations in making end of life decisions such as examining the role of competing values and interests, both in the family and in the healthcare/medical systems.
  • Legal considerations in making end of life decisions: society’s role in end of life decisions.
  • Issues in end of life care for people with special needs including people who are homeless, people with dementia, and ethnic minority elders.
  • The public health impact of end of life issues.


The goal of this course is for students to examine the complexity of issues within these topics and understand how differing perspectives inform decisions at the individual, societal, and healthcare system levels.

GERO 580: Special Topics in End of Life Issues will be conducted online from August 25 through October 19. The instructor is Rev. Alice Scannell, PhD.

For more information or to register, please contact Stephanie Fritz at fritzs@uindy.edu or (317) 791-5929.

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CAC to offer course in home modification assessment

During the Fall 2014 semester, the University of Indianapolis Center for Aging & Community will offer "Home Sweet Home: Home Modification Assessment," a course designed to provide human service and housing professionals with the knowledge and skills to conduct a performance-based assessment of a person's health, capabilities and home characteristics.

Based on the results of the assessment, students will practice designing recommendations and specifications for tailored home modification interventions to enhance independence, safety, and quality of life.

The course will be offered in two formats:

Option 1 - Academic Credit
Guest Student Registration through UIndy
Cost: $703.50

Course registration includes:

  • Graduate credit (1.5 credits) and grade which will be documented on official UIndy transcript
  • Access to online learning management system with instructor-directed course work and resources. Course will run October 20 - December 13, 2014.
  • Face-to-face onsite workshop on November 7 & 8, 2014
  • Passing score on final examination will lead to a Certificate of Completion, which is required by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority for select funding.


Option 2 - Non-credit
Registration will be through Eventbrite
Cost: $600

Course registration includes:

  • Suggested pre-course reading list and review materials
  • Face-to-face onsite workshop on November 7 & 8, 2014
  • Passing score on final examination will lead to a Certificate of Completion, which is required by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority for select funding.


Reserve your space today.
To register or for more information, contact Stephanie Fritz, CAC Academic Coordinator, at (317) 791-5929.

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UIndy Nursing: Education for Service through a recent trip to Ecuador

A group of faculty and students from the University of Indianapolis (UIndy) School of Nursing recently returned from a 13 day Service-Learning Healthcare Trip to Ecuador.  The team consisted of  Dr. Kathy Hetzler, Denise Ferrell and Mrs. Carolyn Kirkendall, faulty from the school of nursing plus twelve students. The students included nine nursing students, a Pre-Med student, Pre-PT student, and a newly graduated nursing student.  The healthcare team grew once the UIndy team arrived at Quito, Ecuador and included two physicians, a pediatric nurse practitioner, a former UIndy nursing graduate who is a missionary, and six One Mission Society missionaries.
The team traveled to Loja for a week to set-up and conduct healthcare clinics in three different locations in the Loja region. They saw 504 people over a five day period.  In addition to the healthcare clinics, they conducted two "Friends and Family" CPR sessions for local residents and a youth group.
The students also had several cultural experiences, which included visiting the equator and open markets in the area.  
It was a wonderful service learning experience for all and helped the students understand the concept of inter-professional practice.
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McMorrow named interim director of UIndy's new MPH program

Dr. Shannon McMorrow, assistant professor in the University of Indianapolis department of kinesiology, has been tapped to be the interim leader of the university's new, online Master of Public Health (MPH) program.

McMorrow joined the UIndy faculty in August 2013. Prior to coming to the University of Indianapolis, she earned her MPH from San Jose State University and was a community health education practitioner for more than 10 years in diverse and multidisciplinary settings across multiple U.S. states, Belize and Uganda. After beginning her academic career as a lecturer at a small private school in Uganda for three years, she returned to her hometown of Kalamazoo, Mich. to complete doctoral studies centered on understanding the implications of media coverage of HIV/AIDS in Kenya for community health education practice.

McMorrow has presented at national and international conferences such as the Society for Public Health Education, International Union for Health Promotion and Education, and Qualitative Health Research annual conferences and has published work focused on improving community health education globally.

"Shannon's global experience in public health make her a terrific choice to lead UIndy's MPH program," said College of Health Sciences Dean Stephanie P. Kelly, PhD, PT. "In addition to her depth of experience, we think students will be well served by Shannon's passion for highlighting and addressing health disparities between groups of people around the world."

The Master of Public Health offered by the University of Indianapolis is unique in that it is one of few MPH programs to offer a concentration in health disparities.

"In addition to being unique for its focus on health disparities, our program is one of the only MPH programs in Indiana offered in a flexible, predominantly online format," McMorrow said. "This format will help us attract a diverse range of students -- from recent grads to experienced professionals -- who want to advance their knowledge and skills in public health."

The UIndy MPH program is currently admitting students and will begin offering classes in August 2014. Interested students should apply by July 1.

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DegreesInSports.com Features Dr. Diacin — Part 2


Dr. Michael Diacin was recently chosen to be the "Featured Professor" on DegreesInSports.com, an online database of sports degree programs. Dr. Diacin is an Assistant Professor of Kinesiology and the Program Coordinator for the Master of Science in Sport Management degree at the University of Indianapolis. His research interests include parental involvement in youth sports; experiential learning and internship development in sport management; and constraints upon family sport and recreation consumption. The following is more of the content from the interview with DegreesInSports.com. The first part of the interview is included in an earlier blog post and you may access the full interview at http://www.degreesinsports.com/professor.asp.

When trying to select a post-graduate program, what advice would you give a prospective student?

Determine the path you want to take and then find a program that specializes in that path. At the graduate level, the focus should be specific as opposed to general. If you don’t know what you want to do, don’t go to grad school simply to buy more time because the experience won’t be productive. Have an end goal in sight and then use that program’s resources to help you reach that goal.

What are the main selection criteria you consider when selecting students to be admitted into your program?

The undergraduate performance and standardized test scores matter a great deal. Someone who has turned in four years of mediocre performance doesn’t indicate they were particularly determined to do better. That attitude of apathy could continue in a graduate program so when those elements are poor, it is a red flag with regard to whether or not this person would be truly serious about graduate study. Another element is the personal essay. It is very important to clearly articulate what you want to get out of the program. If a program has a particular focus and that person does not indicate that in their interests, it could result in a mismatch between student and program.

How important is it for students to do an internship before they graduate? What advice would you give a student looking to select a sports internship?

It is critical. Those without some field experience really don’t stand a chance. When seeking an internship, ask the site supervisor what this experience will prepare you to do and also ask what can you market to future employers from this experience. If the experience doesn’t allow you an opportunity to accumulate evidence that indicates what you can do then it is an internship worth staying away from.

What are the main challenges that sports specific academic programs face over the next 3-5 years?

The biggest challenge, especially with brick and mortar universities is to embrace evolving technologies and still offer a program that allows for students to get the face-to-face time they need with faculty and practitioners that will serve as resources to them. Online learning offers many advantages but it needs to be delivered in a manner that enhances the program while keeping the personal element intact.

For more information about the sport management programs at the University of Indianapolis, visit our website or contact us at Kinesiology-grad@uindy.edu or (317) 788-4907.

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Indians College Night Recap

Written by Josh Baker, University of Indianapolis Sport Management major - See more at: http://blog.uindy.edu/blog/sport-management#sthash.7Iyc2V50.dpuf

Written by Niki Lobo, University of Indianapolis Sport Management major

Students in the University of Indianapolis Administration of Athletics class (KINS 340) were able to catch a first-hand look of what it was like to work with the Indianapolis Indians. The class partnered with the Indians to assist the organization with their marketing mechanisms for their scheduled Monday, April 14 game versus the Columbus Clippers. Fittingly, this game was dubbed as “College Night” as a way to attract as many college students in the area as possible to the game so that they could be involved with the fun atmosphere that Victory Field provides. Unfortunately, the game was cancelled by the Indians due to weather. Even though we were unable to see the results of our efforts, this project still proved to be a very valuable opportunity for the students to be involved with a sports team in the area. As a class, we were still able to work together to determine the best way to tackle the project and how to successfully implement our plans.

The original goal of this hands-on project was to have 1,000 college students from UIndy, Butler, Marion, and IUPUI combined at the game (400 students from UIndy, 200 from Butler, 200 from Marion, and 200 from IUPUI). One of the biggest roles we played in this night was determining a marketing strategy to best communicate the discounted ticket price to each school. To make this easier, the class split up into four groups: one for UIndy, one for Butler, one for Marion, and one for IUPUI. I was assigned to the UIndy group. Each group then took it upon themselves to make contacts at the school they were assigned to in order to promote the game to each school’s student body. It was also the responsibility of each group to post the flyer around each campus community. The marketing mechanisms used to promote the “College Night” game and discounted tickets at each school included posting flyers, using social media, personal interactions, word of mouth, and communication through e-mail. In order to keep track of how many students attended from each school, there were registration tables that were going to be set up at the main entrance where students would sign-in by their school’s sign.

The Indians provided the class with 25 door prizes to hand out to students from the four schools who attended the game as an incentive to come to the game and check-in. Each group then had to determine a way to fairly distribute the prizes to their respective school during the game. As a class, we decided that six prizes would be distributed to Butler, Marion, and IUPUI, and seven prizes would be available for UIndy students due to the expected larger attendance numbers from UIndy students. Each group then decided exactly how the prizes would be distributed the day of the game to their school. Even though we were unable to go through with this part of the project, my group decided to use raffle tickets and draw out names to fairly pick a winner. Students would enter in the raffle by registering at the table upon entering the stadium. Once they entered their contact information, we would give instructions on how to collect their prize if they were chosen.

Other initiatives my class was in charge of for College Night included picking a representative from each school to throw the first pitch, finding participants for the three games that take place in between select innings, and also finding the National Anthem singer. The National Anthem singer was chosen from a pool of UIndy students through auditions that my class organized.  It was the responsibility of the groups representing each school to pick a student representative for the first pitch and find participants for the three different games. Each group had different methods in doing this. For my group, the first pitch thrower was picked from a class vote and we chose our participants for the games ahead of time by promoting it to students in the student center.

Our class performed adequately in planning and marketing this event to the surrounding colleges for the Indians organization. It was disappointing that we were not able to adequately measure the success of our efforts due to cancellation of the game. If we were to measure our success, ticket sales by school would have played a major role. Students had the option to buy tickets ahead of time, which could be tracked by school through the Indians software, but any ticket purchased at the gate was unable to be tracked. The goal of having the registration tables by the entrance with the raffle prizes was also a way for us to keep track of the number of students who came from each school for College Night.

To improve upon this project, I would add more features to the College Night game, which would make it more special, draw in more students, and increase ticket sales. The Indians had their normal “dollar menu night” for the Monday night game, but other than this, there wasn’t much that made College Night different than attending other Indians game. One idea to add to the night and increase ticket sales is to hold a contest between the participating schools, and then award the school that has the largest amount of students present at the game. Scheduling this game for a Monday added to the difficulty in bringing out a significant crowd. Picking a different day of the week, such as a Thursday, would help draw a bigger crowd.

Another way to improve the project is for each group to hold a contest with their assigned school as a way to choose the first pitch winner and participants for the games in between the innings. This could be done by having students purchase tickets ahead of time if they want to have the chance to throw the first pitch, and then the name of the contestant for the first pitch/games would come from that pool of students who prepaid for their ticket. Instead of hand picking a random person, this will ensure fairness and also increase ticket sales through creating more excitement for the game by the chance to be involved. Having more prepaid tickets purchased would also help in tracking the total number of tickets for each school.

This project was a challenge compared to other projects in how hands-on it was with the way that the groups had to contact and go out to the schools in order to market the game to them. But, this also helped us learn more about marketing and restrictions to marketing such as where you can and can’t hang flyers, if the flyers had to be approved or not, and how certain things can’t be communicated over social media depending upon the school. Personally, this project helped me learn and realize a lot about sporting events and marketing. I was able to catch a glimpse of marketing towards a targeted market (college students) with a specific product (College Night) as opposed to marketing a general event to the entire community.

Despite the fact that we could not completely follow-through with this project, it was still a learning experience that I will never forget. My class was able to get first-hand experience on promoting an actual sporting event, and the Indians received some free help in marketing in return. As a result, I feel that this project has prepared the students from the class well for future employment in the sports management field.

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Master of Public Health program begins Fall 2014

A new UIndy master’s degree program from the College of Health Sciences will prepare professionals to identify health disparities and develop community-based approaches to close the gaps.

Debuting this fall, the two-year Master of Public Health program will be the only one in Indiana, and one of few in the nation, with a concentration in health disparities, the preventable differences in health among populations that can occur along lines of age, sex, ethnicity, geography, socioeconomic status and other factors. The program will emphasize hands-on experience while offering courses in a primarily online format.

The Master of Public Health degree is relevant to a range of career settings including hospitals, nonprofit service agencies and corporate wellness. Candidates for the program could be recent bachelor’s degree graduates in fields such as social work or exercise science who want to expand their options, as well as doctors, nurses, physical and occupational therapists and other licensed professionals seeking to enhance their skills and broaden the scope of their work.

The core curriculum includes courses in epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, social and behavioral sciences, health systems and policy, cultural competency and health disparities.  The program develops the skills public health practitioners need to be effective, such as advocacy, leadership, grant writing, and program planning and evaluation.

UIndy’s hybrid MPH program combines online coursework and community-based projects with two weekend meetings on campus, a one-week summer intensive and a 400-hour professional practice internship.

(A longer version of this article was originally posted here.)

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Take a step toward your future: OT/PT/PTA Open House

Occupational therapists, physical therapists, and physical therapist assistants enjoy rewarding careers while making a positive difference in the lives of their patients.  OTs, PTs, and PTAs take a personal approach to meeting individual needs. The University of Indianapolis takes a personal approach to meeting the needs of our students.

The career opportunities in these therapy fields are plenty and the need for well-educated therapists is great. Now is the time to envision yourself in one of these roles.

The University of Indianapolis School of Occupational Therapy and the Krannert School of Physical Therapy will host an open house in Martin Hall on the UIndy campus, 1400 E. Hanna Avenue, on Saturday, March 22 from 9am to 12pm.

Learn about the Master of Occupational Therapy, Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy,  and Associate in Science, Physical Therapist Assistant degrees that UIndy offers. You'll also hear about the application and financial aid processes and have the opportunity to meet faculty and current students.

High school students, current college students, graduates with entry-level OT and PT degrees, and career changers are all welcome to attend.

Pre-register here today! 

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Unique collaboration could lead to OTs as better teachers

Entry-level occupational therapists (OTs) are required by accreditation standards to demonstrate the ability to teach clients, family, caregivers and others to navigate the skills required every day in the client’s roles at work, school and home. However, OT teaching programs are not required to educate their students on the teaching methodologies that have been proven to lead to success in learning. The University of Indianapolis School of Occupational Therapy (SOT) teamed up with the Department of Teacher Education within the School of Education (SOE) to explore what benefit students might experience if exposed to teaching methodologies as part of their OT curriculum. The goal of this marriage of educational theory and OT training was to increase the success of students in their abilities to provide client education in the clinical setting as well as in emerging practice settings with OT.

Kate DeCleene Huber, OTD, OTR“Because our teaching faculty in the School of Occupational Therapy are active clinicians as well, we were very aware of the daily client education needs OTs encounter,” said Kate DeCleene Huber, OTD, MS, OTR. “Working with our colleagues across campus to enhance our students’ preparation for client interaction was a great opportunity.”

The students involved in this study were 53 second-year Master’s of Occupational Therapy students enrolled in the “Lifestyle for Wellness” course.  At the beginning of the course, the students were given the “Future Therapists Survey” to determine their level of experience with client education before the course began. Then SOE faculty led a classroom session called “Designing Engaging Lessons for Clients,” which taught students the information processing model of cognitive development. Specifically, students were taught to gather client background information, teach and repeat new knowledge for the client and assess how well the client understood the new information. In addition, the SOE faculty introduced the MOT students to a variety of engagement strategies to help the students meet their clients’ learning needs.

“My colleagues, Deb Sachs, Donna Stephenson and I have really been excited to work with the School of Occupational Therapy in not only improving teaching methods within the UIndy programs, but also within the community,” said Dr. Angelia Ridway, Associate Professor & Director of Secondary Education.  “The opportunity to design workshops, teach and publish with such knowledgeable and ambitious colleagues in SOT has prompted us to consider how many of our teaching approaches can impact quality health care.”

After the learning session, MOT students worked one-on-one with individuals in the community, designing client-centered wellness programs using the strategies taught by SOE faculty. One month later, at the end of the Lifestyle for Wellness course, the students completed a follow-up “Future Therapists Survey.”

The students’ responses to the post-survey indicated that they felt they had benefitted from the program, especially in the area of explaining information, engaging clients in educational concepts related to their own therapy, and prompting the clients to rehearse and elaborate on the concepts being taught during the therapy session. The students were also able to discuss ways that anticipating how a client might best learn, teaching and reviewing concepts with clients, and assessing the learning could be used to help clients achieve better functional performance related to the occupational therapy at home and work.

The research and results were published by the collaborative UIndy faculty in The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy in Summer 2013. See below for the article’s citation. The faculty anticipate additional research publications from this effort.

DeCleene, Kate E. OTD, MS, OTR; Ridgway, Angelia J. Ph.D.; Bednarski, Julie OTD, MHS, OTR; Breeden, Lori MS, OTR; Mosier, Gina Gabriele MA; Sachs, Deborah MS; and Stephenson, Donna MA (2013) "Therapists as Educators: the Importance of Client Education in Occupational Therapy," The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy: Vol. 1: Iss. 4, Article 5. Available at: http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/ojot/vol1/iss4/5

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Apply for Your UIndy Masters in Sport Management Now!

Consider the number of people it takes to make a college game, match or tournament happen? YOU can be one of those people... get your Master of Science in Sport Management Degree at the University of Indianapolis. Our program is dedicated to educating people who are passionate about excellence in intercollegiate athletics.

We provide our students with the curriculum, experiential learning, and networking opportunities needed to increase their marketability for eventual employment in intercollegiate athletics administration. We match our students with a personal mentor to help them learn, grow and jump-start their career. These Indianapolis leaders are from the NCAA, various conference offices, and university athletics departments, who serve as valuable sources of advice and professional development for our students. Indianapolis offers a wide variety of networking opportunities. It is home to the NCAA, universities and conference offices from all 3 NCAA division levels and various sport governing bodies. Students in this program have the opportunity to meet and work with practitioners who possess a wide variety of experiences and contacts.

The University of Indianapolis Master of Science in Sport Management program is currently accepting applications for its August 2014 cohort.

Learn more about our program, admisison requirements and how to apply by visiting our website.

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Envision Your Future in Physical Therapy or Occupational Therapy at the UINDY CHS Open House

You want a career that will make a difference. You want to work with children. Or older adults. Or athletes. Or people recovering from surgery.

Physical therapists, occupational therapists, and physical therapist assistants enjoy rewarding careers while making a positive difference in the quality of life for their patients.  PTs, OTs, and PTAs take a personal approach to meeting individual needs. The career opportunities in these fields are plenty and the need for well-educated therapists is great.

Now is the time to envision yourself as a physical therapist, occupational therapist or physical therapist assistant.

The University of Indianapolis School of Occupational Therapy and the Krannert School of Physical Therapy will host an open house in Martin Hall on the UIndy campus, 1400 E. Hanna Avenue, on Saturday, September 14 from 9am to 12pm.

Learn about  the Associate in Science, Physical Therapist Assistant; Master of Occupational Therapy; and Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees that UIndy offers. You'll also  hear about the application and financial aid processes and have the opportunity to meet faculty and current students.

High school students, current college students, graduates with entry-level PT and OT degrees, and career changers are all welcome to attend.

Pre-register here today! 

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Work with older adults? Don't miss this great workshop on recreation & volunteerism!

The University of Indianapolis Center for Aging & Community will host a workshop for aging services providers on Tuesday, October 15 from 9am to 3pm on the UIndy campus.  Helping Professionals Help Older Adults Embrace a New Purpose: Recreation & Volunteerism is designed to give people who work with older adults a better understanding of how to help their clients develop and pursue a full life through the pursuit of various leisure and volunteer activities.

As we age, our purpose in life changes. This may be a result of retirement, changing relationships with adult children, and a realization that we are moving into a new phase of life. Whatever the impetus for that change, professionals who work with older adults can help their clients navigate the changes and identify a new, fulfilling purpose for themselves.
The morning session of this workshop will focus on recreation. Jeff Gilbert, Manager of the Denton Senior Center in Denton, TX, will join us to explore the broad definitions of "recreation," how to encourage older adults to find recreational activities they love and to embrace new experiences. Jeff will also discuss trends in older adult recreation -- just what DO the Baby Boomers want, as well as addressing the topic of developing recreational opportunities for different cultural groups of older adults.
The afternoon session will be conducted by Pat Gilbert, Network and Civic Engagement Director for The Oasis Institute. As part of the senior management team at the national headquarters, Pat provides leadership for volunteer engagement throughout the OASIS network, which encompasses 43 cities in 28 states.  Pat has been a frequent presenter at the Aging in America Conference on volunteer engagement as a key strategy to increase organizational sustainability and social impact.
*CEUs will not be offered for this event, however each participant will receive a certificate of completion.
The cost of the workshop, which includes materials, continental breakfast and lunch is only $20. To register, click here.

These workshops were made possible by a generous contribution in memory of Nelle Worthington, long-time aging advocate and Indiana State Health Insurance Assistance Program employee.

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Add a Leadership Certificate Program to Your Resume

The University of Indianapolis will offer an Organizational Leadership Certificate Program beginning October 1, 2013,  in Hendricks County. This 24 hour certificate program will serve you well as you pursue your life and career goals.  The classes will give you a solid foundation in leadership. If you are an experienced leader or moving up in your career, this certificate will prepare you. The classes are relevant and taught by specialized practitioner/instructors.

Join us on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 6:00p.m. to learn more about this program. The Information Night program will be in the Hendricks College Network Office, 5250 East US36, Suite 1103, Avon, IN 46123. 

Each class meets one night per week for five weeks from 6:00-9:45 p.m. To apply for this certificate program, you will need a high school diploma or GED. Our Admission Counselor will help you through the process. 

For  more information, Contact Laurie Daeger in the School for Adult Learning, ldaeger@uindy.edu or 317-788-3442.


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July 31 Is Deadline for Online Aging Studies Course Registration

You can tell by the commercials on TV: it's back to school time. Get yourself back to the books by enrolling in an online course in Aging Studies through the University of Indianapolis Center for Aging & Community. The deadline to register for Fall 2013 courses is July 31, 2013.

Undergraduates interested in enhancing their degree program may pursue the Undergraduate Certificate in Aging Studies, which can be earned by taking four online, 3-credit courses. 

People who have already earned a bachelor's degree can pursue a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology (18 credit hours), a Master's degree in Gerontology (36 credit hours) or a Graduate Certificate in Project Management for Human Services Professionals (9 credit hours). Click here for more information on all of our online programs.

A new cohort for the Project Management Certificate will begin in Fall 2013. Students who begin the Project Management Certificate program in Fall 2013 can have the certificate completed, taking one course per semester, by Fall 2014. 

Courses available in Fall 2013 include:

Undergraduate courses:

  • GERO 301: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Aging
  • GERO 305: Physical Dimensions of Aging

Graduate courses:

  • GERO 501: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Aging
  • GERO 505: Physical Dimensions of Aging
  • GERO 555: Applied Public Policy
  • GERO 585: Grant Writing
  • GERO 587: Project Management for Human Services Professionals I


To learn more about CAC's online courses in aging studies, visit our website at www.uindy.edu/cac or call (317) 791-5930.

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Women in Leadership... Professional Development Series

LInda Rendleman, CEO/Co-Founder of Women Like Us Foundation, and the Institute for Leadership and Professional Development (IPLD) at the University of Indianapolis announce a five-week series, Women in Leadership...Professional Development Series, which will begin Friday, September 20th through Friday October 18, 2013. This dynamic program will be held in the Trustees Dining Room, Schwitzer Student Center, on the campus of the University of Indianapolis from 8:30 a.m.- 12:00 noon for five consecutive Fridays: September 20th, 27th, October 4th, 11th, and 18th.

Each participant will discover and develop her own personal brand, understand her unique leadership skills and how to implement them in her career, networking and social media in today's world and speaking and presentation skills to put her at the top of her game. The program includes in-class interactive discussions, follow-up exercises and an interactive component to extend the weekly sessions. Guest speakers from the community will share their experiences throughout the series.

Linda Rendleman is an award winning speaker, author and recipient of the Torchbearer Award by the Indiana Commission for Women. She is the previous President of Business Women Connect and CEO/Co-founder of the Women LIke Us Foundation. 

The Insitute for Leadership and Professional Development at the University of Indianapolis offers professional training on campus and at local businesses. ILPD facilitators have presented courses throughout the United States. This is ILPD'S inaugural offering of the Women in Leadership Series. This program is limited to 25 participants. The cost is just $495, and each participant will receive Linda's book, CEUs, and a certificate of completion.

For more information or to register, contact Laurie Daeger, ldaeger@uindy.edu or 317-788-3442. The class is limited to the first 25, so don't delay!  Registration ends September 4, 2013.

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Earn a Masters in Sport Management and Be a Sports Information Director

A UIndy Master of Science in Sport Management degree can set the course for a graduate student to become a sports information director. Sports information directors fulfill several public relations functions within the athletics department. They work mainly behind the scenes, attending games, writing press releases, keeping statistics for all of the university’s sports teams, arranging interviews for athletes and coaches, marketing, and organizing promotional events such as autograph parties and press conferences. They may also participate in constructing public relations and crisis communication plans.

The Master of Science in Sport Management program has three components — course work, internships and a mentor program. In order to prepare its graduate students to become sports information directors, the program provides opportunities for students to work at events, assemble press kits, and write press releases. Those areas and courses include:


In addition to coursework, if a graduate student’s goal is to become a sports information director, then he/she would want to find a mentor who works in the sports information or communications area of an athletics department or conference office. The mentor provides advice, accountability, inspiration, and assistance in planning short- and long-term goals. UIndy mentors are current practitioners in intercollegiate athletics, working at the institutional, conference or national level.

The Master of Science in Sport Management graduate student would also be encouraged to take an internship within an athletics department’s media relations office or a conference office. This type of internship would provide real-world experience and allow the student to not only gain experience, but also cultivate contacts within the field. In addition to internships, coursework and mentors, the program offers many opportunities to volunteer at sporting events. It is through these opportunities additional experience and contacts can be gained. Graduate students are encouraged to take full advantage of the opportunities available within the UIndy program, as well as the Indianapolis area. The program offers convenient and unparalleled access to national governing agencies, conference offices, and intercollegiate athletics programs. In addition, the contacts made at the NCAA and other sport organizations will be a valuable asset in a student’s ascension the position of sports information director.

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Earn a Masters in Sport Management and Be an Athletic Director

With a Master of Science in Sport Management degree from the University of Indianapolis, you could be a University Athletics Director. According to the Tennessee Research and Creative Exchange (TRACE) study of 99 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Athletics Directors, 70 percent possess a master’s degree. The largest portion of Athletics Directors holding a master’s degree majored in sport management. Along with a master’s degree, the TRACE study indicated the path to becoming an Athletics Director includes a background in fundraising, development and marketing, and past work experience in an athletics department. Candidates who possess a master’s degree in Sport Management are attractive candidates to fill Athletics Director Position vacancies, because the curriculum they complete prepares them to effectively fulfill the responsibilities of the position.

Athletics Directors are required to be comfortable and capable within all areas of operations of a university athletics department. The UIndy Master of Science in Sport Management degree program provides a curriculum that develops the necessary skills for those areas.


Along with an exceptional curriculum, the UIndy program offers experiential learning with required internships and many opportunities to volunteer at local events hosted by the NCAA, the University of Indianapolis, the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, and many more sport organizations within the Indianapolis area. Our current cohort of graduate students gained opportunities to work at several notable intercollegiate athletics events. They assisted at the 2013 Great Lakes Valley Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships. In addition, they contributed to the 2013 NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships. They participated in crowd control, volunteer coordination, information processing, record keeping, and more. The opportunity to gain hands-on experience within the courses offered by the program is a key element that assists students in reaching their career goals. Not only does the curriculum include experiential opportunities, but the University of Indianapolis and the local community also offer many chances to volunteer at sporting events. Looking to the future, Indianapolis will be hosting (not a complete list):

  • 2014 Big Ten Football Championship Game
  • 2014 Big Ten Men's and Women's Basketball Tournaments
  • 2014 Division III Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships
  • 2014 Division I Men’s Basketball Championship – Midwest Regional
  • 2015 Big Ten Football Championship Game
  • 2015 Division II Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships
  • 2015 Division I Men’s Basketball Championship – Final Four
  • 2016 Division II Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships
  • 2016 Division I Women’s Basketball Championship – Final Four
  • 2017 Division I Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships


Additional events near Indianapolis

  • Terre Haute Convention & Visitors Bureau will host the 2013 Division I Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships
  • Evansville will host the 2014 Division II Men’s Basketball Elite Eight
  • Hamilton County Sports Authority will host the 2015 Division I Men’s Golf Regional


Besides the curriculum and experiential opportunities, each graduate student is paired with a mentor who will share his/her professional insights and further enhance the student’s development as they move through this critical stage in their professional lives. The mentor provides advice, accountability, aid in planning long-term and short-term goals, inspiration, and improved quality of work. UIndy mentors are current practitioners in intercollegiate athletics, working at the institutional, conference and national level. The contacts made with the NCAA and other sport organizations will be invaluable in our graduate students’ future careers.

Graduate students, who take advantage of the opportunities that living in Indianapolis provides, their internships, and the opportunities provided by the UIndy MS in Sport Management professors, co-instructors and mentors, will be prepared for a future career as an Athletics Director. Through the curriculum, experiential learning and networking opportunities, the UIndy Master of Science in Sport Management degree program provides students with the foundation to begin a rewarding and productive career in intercollegiate athletics administration.

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