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:

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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, 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 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, 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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Graduates and Goals

On Saturday, May 4, 2013, the University of Indianapolis School for Adult Learning graduated 77 students. Each of these students began their college career wondering how this accelerated program would work for them. On graduation day, you could see the sense of accomplishment in their eyes. THEY DID IT! Their hard work and dedication paid off. 

Do you have a goal of earning a college degree? The School for Adult Learning at the University of Indianapolis can help you reach that goal. You need either a high school diploma or GED to begin. You will meet with our Admission Coordinator to learn about the program and be admitted to the University. Then, you will register for classes. A Financial Aid Representative is in the SAL office and ready to help you complete the financial aid paperwork. 

Your first class will be Return to Learning which will help you get started. As you move into the curriculum of your major, you will have help every step along the way. Before you know it, you will be graduating from college. Then, meet with our Career Advisor Robbin Sally to find the job you want.

Contact Chelsea Ward, Admission Coordinator, at or 317-781-5762. Read more about our 2013 graduation at





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College Degree? What is Stopping You?

Have you thought about completing a college degree, but don't know where or how to begin? The School for Adult Learning (SAL)  at the University of Indianapolis can help. SAL has created a one-stop-shop for adult learners.  Follow these helpful steps and you will have a college degree which will lead to opportunities:

Step 1:  Contact Chelsea Ward, Admissions and Academic Advisor,  at or 317-781-5762  to schedule an individual advising session. Chelsea will explain the accelerated degree program for students 24 years of age or older. And, she will go over the Admissions Application with you. Students must have a high school transcript or GED to be admitted.

Step 2:  Complete the Admission Application and provide official transcripts from your high school (GED if applicable), and any colleges you have attended. There is a $20 application fee.

Step 3:  Schedule an appointment to register for classes.

Going back to school is as easy as 1, 2, 3! The SAL advisors are available day or evening hours to assist you. Once you are registered for classes, the SAL Financial Aid Representative will meet with you as you apply for financial aid. Financial aid is available and can cover the cost of tuition and books.

So, don't delay. Classes begin May 6th, June 17th, or August 26th. More information available at



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Why you should consider studying Communication, Nursing, Occupational or Physical Therapy at UIndy


What do Nursing, Communication, Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy all have in common?

They are all among our strongest academic programs at the University of Indianapolis. But what makes these programs so great?

  • The School of Nursing’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) includes three years of clinical instruction, during which students receive hands-on experience in local health care facilities
  • Most faculty at the Krannert School of Physical Therapy continue to practice on a part-time basis, allowing students to gain exposure to real-world situations through presentations with live patients.
  • For undergraduate students who are interested in jumpstarting their graduate education, the schools of Physical and Occupational Therapy also offer special programs for early admission.

UIndy’s Department of Communication also fares well in preparing students for real-world jobs. Majors like Public Relations, Journalism, and Sports Information are each complemented by great opportunities for students to get hands-on training during their undergraduate careers. At UIndy, students have the chance to work for the campus newspaper The Reflector, the campus radio station WICR 88.7 FM, which reaches 22 counties in the state of Indiana, UIndy TV 5, or the student-run public relations agency, Top Dog Communication.


If you are a high school junior, and are interested in learning more about any of these programs, come check out our Spring Preview Days:

Health Professions Preview Day: Monday April 1st, 2013 8:00a.m.–1p.m. EST

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Nursing Preview Day:  Wednesday April 3rd, 2013 10:00a.m. EST

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Communication Preview Day:  Wednesday, April 3rd 2013 8:30a.m. EST

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Each of these events will include academic presentations, tours of the facilities, and opportunities to hear from faculty and current students. Come and learn how our excellent faculty, programs and opportunities can help prepare you to achieve your goals!!

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UIndy & Nursing: Education for Service

The University of Indianapolis (UIndy) motto is “Education for Service”, and that philosophy has long been integrated into nursing courses and the mission of the School of Nursing. In many ways, we “talk the talk and walk the walk”, as they say. It is heartwarming to see how this concept is carried out in the School of Nursing and the variety of ways we endeavor to “pay it forward” in both personal and group-driven projects.

For example, for the past nine years the second year associate degree nursing students have had a community service project that makes and donates baby blankets to a variety of organizations. Initially the project started with two students looking to perform a community service project as part of a course requirement. Five blankets were made that year.  The idea was so well received that it has been offered each year as a way to fulfill the community service project and provide fun and fellowship to the students after the demands of a very busy and stress-filled semester. In December 2012, over 40 students and a handful of faculty, with a wide range of skills, participated. One hundred thirteen blankets were made in just four short hours! All of the materials were donated by students and faculty. All totaled, it is estimated that over the course of the last nine years, 628 blankets have been gifted to the Julian Center, Angel Wings, Centering Pregnancy and the St. Elizabeth Coleman Center.

Another example is the project that nursing faculty member, Christie Flint, coordinates with the United Christmas Service. Each year for the past five years approximately 40-50 students, faculty, and staff from the School of Nursing, School of Occupational Therapy, and Krannert School of Physical Therapy help. During this time, we’ve raised over $2,500 in gift cards and money, provided over 800 gifts, donated several boxes of food and household items, and have helped over 75 people have a better Christmas.

On a personal level, two of our faculty members serve as great role models to students and staff. In addition to her full-time job as a nursing professor, Dr. Marjorie Porter serves as the Executive Director for the Good Shepherd Community Clinic located in the First Presbyterian Church in Martinsville, Indiana. The clinic was started in April 2006 by the health ministry at the church. Funded primarily by the Kendrick Foundation and donations from community groups and individuals, Dr. Porter and several others got the clinic up and running. The clinic is open every Saturday morning and serves uninsured Morgan County adults who are below federal poverty guidelines. Approximately 250 adults are seen each year. The clinic requires a staff of three MDs, one Nurse practitioner, one psychiatrist, one diabetes nurse educator, 12 Registered Nurses, four pharmacists, one social worker, and many lay volunteers to support its mission. 

Dr. Linda Rodebaugh finds time in her busy teaching and clinical schedule to serve on the Planning Board for Camp Healing Tree. She also serves as a group facilitator for the Camp that is held each August. Approximately 70 grieving children and teens attend and share their grief in a safe and nurturing environment. Dr. Rodebaugh also serves as a volunteer facilitator for Caterpillar Kids, a six-week support group for children ages 5-12. Caterpillar Kids is a grief and loss support group offered through St. Francis Hospice.

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I'm a Manager...Now What?

UIndy's Institute for Leadership and Professional Development

Presents:  Supervisory Institute March 13-14, 2013

For more than 60 years, the University of Indianapolis has provided training for businesses and individuals. Whether you are a new supervisor or experienced manager, the Supervisory Institute (SI) will develop and enhance your leadership skills. SI will be held in UIndy Hall C, Schwitzer Student Center, from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. For just $395, this two-day program includes networking, workbook, certificate of completion with CEU’s, a buffet lunch each day, and the following four modules of instruction. Register by March 4th and receive a 10% discount
                                            Registration closes March 6, 2013.


Sessions include:

  • Getting Outcomes: Using a Logic Model
  • Engaging Your Workforce to Maximize Results
  • Complexity in Organizations
  • Emotional Intelligence

Learn more about these four exciting instructional sessions by visiting

Can’t attend both days? Choose the sessions you can attend and pay just $99/session.

To Register:  Email Joyce Simmons at or call (317) 791-5716.

Additional information about the Supervisory Institute is available at


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UIndy Nursing Launches Online RN-to-BSN Program

The University of Indianapolis is taking one of its most popular nursing degree programs online, making it accessible to working nurses throughout the state who want to advance their careers.

UIndy’s School of Nursing first launched its RN-to-BSN program in the early 1990s to help registered nurses – licensed after two to three years of education – to complete their bachelor’s degrees, the level of preparation that is becoming the healthcare industry standard. The program is currently offered in an accelerated hybrid format of weekly class meetings and online content that can be completed in 12 months, and also in on-site formats designed for employees of the IU Health, Hendricks Regional and Franciscan St. Francis health systems.

Beginning this fall, the same UIndy curriculum will be available in an online format that also can be completed in 12 months. Now accepting applications, the online program is open to licensed nurses currently working in Indiana. Financial aid is available, and students will have the flexibility to move from the hybrid to online format, or vice versa, as their circumstances change.

“It opens the door for people who don’t have access to our campus or our partner locations,” said Professor Connie Wilson, director of UIndy’s RN-to-BSN program.

Evolving standards among healthcare providers and nursing professional associations are making the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree more important than ever, Wilson said.

The industry is bracing for a wave of nursing retirements. Enrollment in two-year associate’s degree programs is increasing, but those nurses typically will be expected to complete their bachelor’s degrees within five years of entering the field. And major hospital systems are now adopting the nursing associations’ recommendation that 80 percent of their nursing workforce should hold bachelor’s or advanced degrees by 2020.

“The thrust is coming now from the employers too,” Wilson said, noting that nurses who delay obtaining higher degrees may find their career options limited.

More information about the UIndy School of Nursing’s online RN-to-BSN program is available at or by emailing or calling (800) 232-8634.

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OTs, PTs, and UIndy Students Provide Service in Belize

2012 UIndy Service Group in BelizeHave you ever had one of those “dream trips” that combined a bit of work with experiencing the tastes, sights, and sounds of an international setting?  In my work as a faculty member in the College of Health Sciences at the University of Indianapolis, I have had multiple opportunities to travel to the beautiful, exotic Caribbean country of Belize, Central America, and to take both entry-level and postprofessional occupational and physical therapy students and faculty along for service-learning, level I clinical supervision, and research experiences. Last July, I taught the OTPP 620 Seminar in International Practice course, which was combined with the PT 658 PDE International (professional development experience requirement) for DPT students. During our 2-week stay, we (Krannert School of Physical Therapy faculty member Dr. Bill Staples, 5 UIndy postprofessional OT and PT students, 5 UIndy DPT students, a PT clinician, an entry-level OT student from another institution, and I) worked in teams to provide professional services to clients and staff in 8 community-based agencies in a variety of locations from inland Belize to the coast. Our partners included a karate club, adult day and retirement centers, a school, and agencies serving children with mulitple disabilites. Our services ranged from evaluation and direct intervention to lectures and presentations, in-service training, and opportunities for application of information. Because resources were scarce, team members made Ankle-Foot Orthotics (AFOs) with splint scraps and pans of hot water, molded palm protection splints around  bottles, and bent spoons over open flames. During the evenings and weekends, we enjoyed lectures by local experts on Belizean culture, history, social issues, and health care, explored Mayan ruins did some cave climbing and tubing, snorkeled around the 2nd largest barrier reef, and relaxed on the beach.

In October, Dr. Julie Gahimer, KSPT faculty member, and I will return to Belize to meet with the partners with whom we worked this summer to gather research data on their perceptions of our service-provision, and recommendations for improvement of the process. These entries from student journals suggest that the experience was truly beneficial for them:

UIndy Service in Belize“This trip has renewed my spirit and reminded me why I became an OT in the first place…there is so much I can do to make a positive impact on the world I live in both here in the US and around the world. I feel like this trip will be the spring board that launches me into the next phase of my career and life. I am still not sure exactly where I am headed, but I now have the courage to take that leap and find a way to use my skills as an OT to help those in need here and around the world in new and creative ways. I felt the experience only benefited my development…the trip strengthened my skills in creativity and greater confidence in my skills to provide intervention without many resources at my fingertips…I used my problem solving techniques during all interactions while using my knowledge of the body systems and OT to provide education and training to all involved.” 

“This experience will significantly benefit my professional development as I pursue becoming a physical therapist…This trip was great for exposing me to the rehabilitation scene in a developing country. It was almost non-existent in Belize, so I learned I may be one of the only therapists who ever work with these patients. This showed me how important therapy can be, especially to people who have no access to it. There are so many ways this trip helped me develop, and I know I will be a much better professional because of this. On this trip to Belize, I learned a lot about who I am.“

UIndy Service in Belize“I learned the importance of collaboration between physical and occupational therapists; we have a lot to offer one another! It was helpful and truly enjoyable to work with physical therapy students and discuss our reasoning and approach for each client and work together to achieve a similar goal! But most importantly, I learned more about myself; this opportunity sparked a passion for international services that I hope to continue in the future. I learned to be appreciative of the small things, thankful for the healthcare services that are provided, and the opportunity to…practice occupational therapy! I am so truly thankful for this experience and the wonderful people I met along the way, it was unforgettable!“

I am planning to teach the interdisciplinary postprofessional course in international practice in Belize in the summer of 2013 or 2014,  which could include postprofessional OT and PT students and  DPT students.  OTs and PTs who are not current students but interested in joining us on this trip, may apply as a non-degree postprofessional student, or apply to the OT or PT postprofessional  program.

-Candace Beitman, EdD, OTR

Associate Professor, University of Indianapolis


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How to Work with the Media

On June 7, 2012, The Institute for Leadership and Professional Development at the University of Indianapolis presents the third program in the 2012 Leadership Development Series: Working with the Media.

Leslie Olsen, former WISH-TV news reporter & President, Olsen Communications Consultants, LLC, will help you develop a strong media message and deliver it with confidence. Leslie will explain why the media comes knocking, as well as how to solicit the media to tell your side of the story. Olsen provides tips revealing reporter tricks to get desired comments. In this interactive session participants will put what they have learned to the test in front of the camera.

  • Develop a strong message
  • Deliver your message
  • Interactive program
  • On-camera customized scenarios
  • Learn to interact with the media

Leslie Olsen is President of Olsen Communications Consultants, LLC. She founded her own media communications company in 2009 after leaving a successful 31-year career in broadcast journalism where she received numerous awards for her work.

The cost for this hands-on training is just $99.  Join us on June 7th from 8:30-noon for this informative program.

To Register: Call 317-791-5716 or email




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CSM 2012, Chicago, IL: Faculty Perspective

CSM 2012 ChicagoAs I boarded the Megabus in downtown Indianapolis and headed to Chicago to attend the 2012 Combined Sections Meeting (CSM), I reminisced that this time last year, the Blizzard of 2011 hit Chicago and left many people and cars abandoned and stranded on Lake Shore Drive.  I was sure hoping the weather would be mild during CSM between the dates of Wednesday, Feb. 8 - Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012.  The ride was thoroughly delightful, napping a bit, browsing the internet, and taking in the sites of the wind farms in northern Indiana.  Upon arriving at Union Station, downtown Chicago, it was quite a walk in the brisk Chicago wind, to the Hard Rock Hotel.  The check-in was interesting, as it was a challenge to hear what the receptionist was saying over the loud rock and roll music playing in the lobby.  It was then time to take the hike down Michigan Ave to the Hilton where on-site registration was taking place.  The hotel lobby was all-a-buzz with many familiar faces and old friends to catch up with.  The shuttles were running full-force from the hotels on Michigan Ave to the McCormick Place Convention Center, several miles away.  The convention center was enormous, and the Chicago Automobile Show was going on at the same location as the APTA conference. 

There were more physical therapy professionals than I had ever seen at the numerous CSM meetings I have attended in the past.  I later found out that this was the largest Combined Sections Meeting in the history of the conference.  There were over 10,000 physical therapist professionals in attendance.  Wow!   There was, as there always is, a variety of programming including: educational sessions, poster presentations, platform presentations, and special lectureships.  The Exhibit Hall is always a fun place to visit, as well.  If you are lucky enough to be there at the right time, they serve snacks and drinks.  Krannert School of Physical Therapy always has a booth in the exhibit hall, and it not only serves to market our postprofessional program, but serves as a great meeting place to see current students, as well as alumni.   

I have always been inquisitive about how and why the APTA sponsors 2 large meetings per year.  It is my understanding that CSM is a meeting in which the programming is dedicated to the 18 special interest sections of the American Physical Therapy Association: Acute Care, Aquatics, Cardio/Pulmonary, Clinical Electrotherapy and Wounds Management, Education, Federal, Geriatrics, Hand Rehabilitation, Health Policy and Administration, Home Health, Neurology, Oncology, Orthopaedics, Pediatrics, Private Practice, Research, Sports, and Women’s Health.  The PT 2012 Annual Conference and Expo meeting will be held June 6 - 9, 2012, in Tampa.  The House of Delegates meets during this meeting and programming will consist of the following 14 tracks: Active Against Cancer Critical and Inpatient Care, Effective Teaching Strategies, Lower Quarter Biomechanics, Moving Forward in Wellness, NUSTEP, IIISTEP, and Beyond, Patients with Complex Medical Needs, Perspectives in Neurology and Pain, Preventing Falls, Professional Issues, Research Design and Implementation, Technically Speaking, Updates in Sports and Orthopedics and What’s New with Health Care Reform. 

I made it home safe and sound from CSM 2012 with lots of new-found knowledge, ideas and enthusiasm for the profession.  I was looking forward to boarding the Megabus next February to attend CSM 2013 in Nashville, TN; however, due to the extensive number of physical therapists attending CSM, the destination has recently been changed to San Diego.  Sunshine and warmth in February 2013? Hope to see you there!

-Julie Gahimer, PT, HSD

Krannert School of Physical Therapy

University of Indianapolis

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