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Challenges and Opportunities for Indiana Schools: Lessons from Field Experiences

As field experience coordinator for the University of Indianapolis educational leadership program (iLEAD), I visit our students and their mentors in their schools as they begin their graduate studies. Our enrollment comes from a diverse mix of educational institutions, and observing K-12 schools authentically is always an eye-opening experience. My “takeaways” from these visits in

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What’s happening in iLEAD? Individual leadership projects for student success

University of Indianapolis educational leadership (iLEAD) Cohort XVI students are completing individual projects in their schools during their final semester in our program.  Objectives for this activity are: To implement a project to support a school’s vision/mission for student achievement and success. What is chosen must be outside the scope of the candidate’s current job.

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Educational leadership students practice data skills

February in Indiana schools signals planning schedules for the administration of multiple state-mandated tests, including ISTEP+, iREAD, and ECAs.  As the conversations continue regarding how much testing is too much testing, Indiana school leaders, both present and future, are taking steps to address the new testing parameters and meet student needs. Our University of Indianapolis

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Community volunteers teach DPT students about life after amputation

Today the second-year DPT class had the opportunity to meet with six individuals from UIndy’s Community Patient Resource Group (CPRG)  to learn about their personal experiences with amputation, resulting prosthetics, and overall impact on their daily lives. The class was split into groups, and each individual group met with 3 of the 6 CPRG patients.

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Unforgettable experience

UIndy graduate, Chase Stouder finished his internship for the Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA), and accepted a full-time position with the IHSAA. The Administration of Athletics course taught by Michael Sipe led Stouder to the realization that he wanted to work in high school athletics. Sipe is a former High School Athletic Director, and

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UIndy Offering Entry-Level Master’s & Doctoral Degrees in OT

In 2015, the University of Indianapolis School of Occupational Therapy will offer two entry-level OT degrees. Each degree, the Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) and the Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) will prepare students to successfully enter the workforce as practicing occupational therapists. There are two differences in the degree levels: 1.) format (1 day/week

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CHS Welcomes New Admissions Counselor for PT Programs

When prospective students inquire about UIndy's Doctor of Physical Therapy and Physical Therapist Assistant Programs, the person on the other end of the e-mail or phone is Amber Clarke, the newest Admissions Counselor in the university's College of Health Sciences. Clarke is an Indianapolis native and a graduate of Marian University. She came to UIndy

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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

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Program Evaulation Is Key to Demonstrate Success of Health & Human Service Efforts

Over the past two decades, the terms program “performance and accountability” and “program evaluation” have become the focus of vigorous debate within the social, health and education services. Calls for increased scrutiny of public funding have increased the competition for scarce resources and federal, state and local emphasis on measurement of program and policy effectiveness

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Two UIndy OT professors earn doctoral degrees

The University of Indianapolis School of Occupational Therapy is pleased to announce that assistant professors Lori Breeden, EdD, OTR and Alison Nichols, OTD, OTR recently successfully defended their dissertations and earned their doctoral degrees. Dr. Nichols defended her doctoral capstone in May and graduated from Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA with a Doctor of Occupational

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Comstock inducted into Athletic Hall of Fame

Eastern Illinois University (EIU) will induct Dr. Joni Comstock into its Athletic Hall of Fame on September 6 in Charleston, Ill. Dr. Comstock will be entering the Athletic Hall of Fame as a friend of athletics based on the impact she has had on Eastern Illinois Athletics and national collegiate athletics. Dr. Comstock was a

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Staples receives Lucy Blair Service Award from APTA

Krannert School of Physical Therapy Associate Professor William H. “Bill” Staples, PT, DPT, DHSc, GCS, recently received the Lucy Blair Service Award from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). In addition to his work as a professor, Staples also serves as a lead reviewer for APTA clinical residency and fellowship programs, including the evaluation of

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Top 5 Reasons to study Engineering at UIndy

UIndy has recently revamped the structure of its Engineering program, creating more benefits for students and providing more options for majors. The Engineering Dual Degree Program at UIndy is a cooperative partnership between the University of Indianapolis and the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at Indianapolis (IUPUI). The program is designed to be 5

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Hands-on disability awareness activity drives home lesson for PT students

The commotion could be heard from down the hall. An entire class of first-year physical therapy students stood in line waiting to become disabled — for an hour or so at least. It was the annual "Disability Awareness Luncheon," an activity that aims to help students in the UIndy Krannert School of Physical Therapy step

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Professor finds public health gives broader perspective

UIndy physical therapy professor Anne Meija-Downs, PT, MPH has focused her physical therapy practice on health promotion and wellness. After working for several years with cardiac and pulmonary patients in a PT setting, Anne decided she wanted to bring a public health perspective to her world of physical therapy. “Public health allows us to look

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Making Your Summer Count: College Visits

Although most of their students are gone for the summer break, several college campuses remain open to visitors during this season. If you haven't added college visits to your summer plans yet, be sure to pencil those in, especially one to UIndy! When you visit the University of Indianapolis, we make every effort to build

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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

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“Research in the Real World:” CHS professor at UIndy Research Institute

University of Indianapolis College of Health Sciences (CHS) professor Elizabeth Moore, PhD teaches graduate courses in both the College of Health Sciences and the School of Nursing, but earlier this week her students were UIndy undergraduates who are participating in the university's first Summer Research Institute. Moore, an anthropologist, spoke to the students about "Research

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  Dr. Michael Diacin is the "Featured Professor on, 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 areas of expertise include sport facility operations and management, sociocultural foundations

Read the full article… Features Dr. Diacin — Part 2

  Dr. Michael Diacin was recently chosen to be the "Featured Professor" on, 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

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