Pro Edge fair to link students and community

UIndy’s new Professional Edge Center is expanding on the traditional job-expo concept this week with a three-day extravaganza that will bring business and community organizations to campus to tout their opportunities for students and identify candidates for jobs, internships and volunteer opportunities.



The Professional Edge Center Career & Community Engagement Fair will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday in Stierwalt Alumni House. Students are encouraged to wear business attire and bring their resumes.

“The fair was expanded to three days in an effort to maximize the opportunity for our students to network with our volunteer and business community partners,” said Corey Wilson, associate vice president overseeing the Professional Edge Center.

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UIndy joins in launch of health fellowship program

Application deadline March 1

The University of Indianapolis is a sponsor of a new statewide fellowship program designed to address community healthcare needs and develop tomorrow’s public health leaders.

This month, Indiana became the 13th state to host the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, which supports top graduate and professional-school students in providing health-related services to people in need. Stephanie Kelly, dean of UIndy’s College of Health Sciences, serves on the advisory board for the new Indiana Schweitzer Fellows Program.

“Supporting this program is a natural fit for UIndy, given the strength of our graduate programs in nursing, psychology, gerontology, and physical and occupational therapy,” Kelly said. “And the Schweitzer organization’s goals are certainly in keeping with UIndy’s philosophy of ‘Education for Service.’”

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Center for Aging & Community state project making senior neighborhoods more livable

In an aging section of Gary, Indiana, older residents are banding together to make their neighborhood safer – partnering with local police, establishing a 24-hour crisis hotline, organizing cleanup projects, and building networks of friends and family to monitor their health and well-being.

The project is one of five in Indiana coordinated by UIndy’s Center for Aging & Community through a state-funded program called Communities for Life.

Communities for Life builds on the concept of neighborhood naturally occurring retirement communities, or NNORCs, a term applied to small geographic areas where people age 60 and older happen to live in high concentrations. NNORCs provide opportunities to create community-based programs that help older adults live independently in their own homes and manage their own affairs, typically seen as a more satisfying and less expensive alternative to institutional settings and bureaucratic programs.
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School of Nursing to host statewide convention

The University of Indianapolis School of Nursing will host the Indiana Association of Nursing Students (IANS) 2018 Convention on campus January 26 – 27, 2018.

About 400 nursing students from across the state are expected to attend. The theme for the event will be “Nursing School Survival Guide.” Workshops will prepare students for a successful career and provide valuable networking opportunities with peers and with representatives from various community partners in the healthcare field.


Jane Toon, associate professor of nursing, helped organize the event. She said it’s exciting to host this conference because it’s the first time the University will host an event of this type and magnitude.

“We are honored to be asked to host this event since it means that UIndy is well-respected in the community at large, as well is within the healthcare field,” Toon said. “UIndy has had its own Student Nurse Association for many years, but this brings the University’s involvement in a student-led nursing association to a whole new level.”

The graduate program in the School of Nursing at the University of Indianapolis is ranked among the best graduate nursing programs in the country, according to U.S. News and World Report. Nursing graduates work at many of the regional hospitals and contribute to Indiana’s role as a national leader in healthcare and medicine. The School of Nursing also partners closely with Community Health Network for learning opportunities and community treatment options, some available at the UIndy Health Pavilion.

UIndy Student Nurse Association board members put in many hours outside of the classroom to help with planning and facilitation of this conference. One board member, Kasandra Strunk, was elected to the Indiana Association of Student Nurses board and has been instrumental in planning the conference and promoting it among her peers.

“Opportunities like this help our students develop into future nursing leaders,” Toon said.

The conference will have large and small group opportunities for learning. Some sessions will relate directly to nursing school, such as a review for the national nursing licensure exam, general test taking tips, and stress management techniques. Other sessions will assist students in planning their future nursing careers, such as panel discussions with nurses in a variety of specialties and how to plan for graduate school.  

Learn more about the convention.

Simulation exercise helps students focus on interprofessional teamwork

A man suddenly slips and falls in the stands at a basketball game at Nicoson Hall. He groans in pain as concerned onlookers jump to action. Athletic trainers quickly take their places around the patient and begin calling out instructions to protect his spine and head.

The sequence of events that follows–from the ambulance ride to the emergency room to post-trauma care and communication between medical professionals–plays out in a tightly choreographed event as trained health sciences students at the University of Indianapolis participate in a simulated emergency response scenario. The exercise allows the students a “real-life” opportunity to implement the interprofessional and collaborative training that is integral to today’s trending model of healthcare.

There’s a big push in all of our professions to work more interprofessionally. By giving students the opportunity to do that, that helps them to be more prepared for fieldwork, clinicals or internships,” said Alison Nichols, assistant professor of occupational therapy, one of several faculty members who helped to organize the simulation.

The carefully designed simulation provided students of several disciplines–nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, athletic training, psychology and social work–a chance to collaborate at all levels of an emergency scenario. In this case, the patient simulated a serious injury at a campus event and was transported from Nicoson Hall to the UIndy Health Pavilion before being treated in the UIndy Simulation Center. Students coordinated the entire emergency response and treatment plan.

“I was amazed at how important it was for us to speak with each other and to know what each other was doing at all times. By communicating with each other, we could avoid repetition and streamline things for the patient,” said Mimi Chase ’19, a graduate student in social work.

That collaboration is an integral part of the unique and innovative partnership between Community Health Network and the University. Through an interprofessional and team-based approach to learning, students enter the workforce with beneficial experience of collaborating with a variety of healthcare specialities to best meet the patient’s needs amid an increasingly complex healthcare system.

“You are teaching students to look outside the boxes of their professions and look at the other members of the team so that they understand each other’s roles,” said Gurinder Hohl, director, UIndy-Community Health Network partnership.

Hohl explained how that philosophy can impact patient outcomes in a medical setting. Both from the patient and provider perspectives, it’s in everyone’s best interest to reduce hospital readmissions, she said. Effective communication across disciplines helps to improve that workflow.

“When a team is patient-centered, the added impact is that the patients manage their health better because they have resources that have been arranged for them,” Hohl said. If you don’t have that team-based handover, there are lost opportunities for patient care.”

Paige Buddenhagen ’19 and Jamal Edwards ’19, athletic training, worked on the patient in Nicoson before the ambulance arrived. Edwards was responsible for the patient’s head, which involved calling out instructions to his colleagues as they loaded the patient onto a spine board to avoid further injury, while Buddenhagen coordinated an ambulance.

“I definitely liked seeing the transition from EMS to nursing and how that all works,” Buddenhagen said. “Recognizing and responding in an efficient manner is critical to the patient’s health.”

Once the patient was admitted to the hospital, occupational and physical therapy students had the opportunity to collaborate and evaluate the patient’s abilities and needs.  Social work and psychology students had new roles to play when alcohol turned up as a factor in the case. Carrie Dettmer ’18, a student in the accelerated nursing program, explained that the team setting gave her confidence.

“When I came upon a situation with substance abuse with this particular simulation patient, I knew that I had the backup of social work and psych coming in behind me,” Dettmer said.

Nurses collaborated with psychologists and social workers to determine the resources available to help the patient with addiction issues.

Michael Craven ’20, clinical psychology doctoral candidate, played the role of staff psychologist at the hospital during the simulation.

“It’s the direction healthcare is going. Being able to have practice, learning what it’s like to work side by side with physical therapists, occupational therapists, social workers, prepares us incredibly to be able to function in that environment,” Craven said.

Written by Sara Galer, Senior Communications Specialist, University of Indianapolis. Contact with your campus news.

Summer activities double on campus as UIndy expands outreach

The University of Indianapolis is buzzing with activity as summer camps, classes and conferences are in full swing this June. It’s part of the University’s broader goal to engage with the local community year-round by offering valuable campus resources for families, businesses and professional organizations.

Campers in the Radical Robotics Summer Camp made aerodynamic airplanes and rockets and heard from UIndy Director of Engineering Programs Jose Sanchez . The camp was offered in conjunction with the robotics team at Center Grove High School. (Photo: D. Todd Moore)

(Photo: D. Todd Moore)

Between June and August, the University will host dozens of events on campus. Conferences include Teach for America’s annual academy, Indiana Choral Directors Association Summer Conference, 4-H Leadership, National Association of Black Accountants Accounting Career Awareness Program (NABA ACAP), Melody Makers of Indiana and Nitro Circus. Summer camps focus on a variety of sports, including football, swimming, basketball and volleyball and subjects like math, writing workshops, robotics, art and multimedia game development. UIndy summer camps offer opportunities for second graders to grandparents.
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Poverty Simulation provides eye-opening perspective for students

Students from a variety of health disciplines learned firsthand recently the challenges faced by low-income families in a Poverty Simulation held on the University of Indianapolis campus.

Public Health students, in conjunction with the physical therapy program, participate in a Poverty Simulation on May 23, 2017. (Photo: D. Todd Moore, University of Indianapolis)

Photo: D. Todd Moore, University of Indianapolis

The Poverty Simulation, organized by Anne Mejia-Downs, associate professor, and Julie Gahimer, professor, Krannert School of Physical Therapy, serves as an introductory activity to the Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) Service Learning Course. DPT students were joined by PT assistant, nursing and public health graduate and undergraduate students for the event. 

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Joy’s House day service opens UIndy location

Joy's House - webThe new Southside location of Joy’s House adult day service will open Monday in a renovated Castle Avenue house just steps from the UIndy Health Pavilion.

Joy’s House, an Indianapolis not-for-profit adult day service, will host a Community Open House on March 14 to celebrate the grand opening of the organization’s second location, Joy’s House at UIndy.

The event from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. is a free opportunity for the public to tour the house at 1615 E. Castle Ave. and learn about Joy’s House activities and services for the elderly, the disabled and their families and caregivers. The organization’s mission is to help families stay together for as long as possible in their own homes, despite aging issues and life-altering diagnoses. Monday, March 7, will be the first day of business at the UIndy location.

The new site is adjacent to the campus of the University of Indianapolis and its Health Pavilion, a four-story facility that houses a Community Health Network physical therapy and rehab clinic along with UIndy’s academic programs in nursing, gerontology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, kinesiology, psychology and social work.



“We are grateful for the opportunity to expand our services and grow our partnership with UIndy at this newly renovated location just steps from the Health Pavilion,” Joy’s House founder and President Tina McIntosh said. “The proximity gives our Guests easy access to health and wellness services and creates robust volunteer and internship opportunities for UIndy students. We thank UIndy for believing in the Joy’s House mission, and we thank the University Heights community for embracing our presence.”

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Men’s team marks a century of basketball

1915 ICU basketball team - webThe 1915-1916 men’s basketball team was the first to represent UIndy (then known as Indiana Central University) in intercollegiate play. According to the university archives, pictured here from left are (front row) Ernest W. Emery, Fred Dennis, Allen Good, Merril Cummings, Will Morgan, (back row) Elmer Clyde Reidenbach, Coach Warren G. Bailey and Wilbur Montgomery.

Wednesday’s Pack-the-House Night will be a celebration of UIndy basketball and the university’s partnership with Community Health Network

Wednesday night is no ordinary occasion for the Greyhound basketball teams as they play their final games of the regular season.

A supersized crowd of alumni and other fans is expected for the annual Pack-the-House Night observance in Nicoson Hall, with dinner, kids’ games, facility tours, an iPad prize drawing and other attractions available across Hanna Avenue in the UIndy Health Pavilion.

MBB 100 logoIt will be Senior Night for the women’s team (8-19, 6-11 GLVC), which seems to be hitting its stride after winning two of its past three games. And for the men’s team (19-6, 13-4 GLVC), which has earned a first-round bye in the upcoming GLVC tournament, the game will cap the program’s 100th anniversary season.

That’s right: Although intramural hoops appeared earlier on campus, the 1915-1916 men’s squad played the first intercollegiate basketball schedule for the young institution then known as Indiana Central University.

There’s not a wealth of information about the team, but apparently they made an impression. According to author Frederick D. Hill’s university history Downright Devotion to the Cause, they were the first team to qualify for varsity letters (“C” for “Central”), although that decision was made retroactively in 1924. The coach, Warren G. Bailey, was a 1914 graduate and a history instructor. In addition to the players in the above photo, the book includes the names R. E. Kyman, Ralph Waldo Jr. and J.B. Good.

Click here for more information on Pack-the-House Night, which includes an open house at Community Health Network’s new physical therapy and rehab clinic in the Health Pavilion. Fans can register for dinner, the basketball games and other festivities at this link.

Special thanks to University Archivist Christine Guyonneau for her research.

Feb. 24: Greyhound hoops, tours of new clinic

UIndy Health PavilionThe UIndy Health Pavilion, which opened last fall at Hanna and State avenues, houses the university’s health- and wellness-related academic programs alongside the student and staff wellness clinic, the Psychological Services Center and Community Health Network’s newest physical therapy and rehabilitation clinic.

Annual Pack-the-House Night is an unofficial homecoming for alumni
and a joint celebration for UIndy and Community Health Network

The UIndy community and the general public are invited to join in a big night Wednesday, Feb. 24, featuring NCAA basketball action, a buffet dinner and tours of the UIndy Health Pavilion and its key tenant: Community Health Network’s new physical therapy and rehabilitation clinic.

There’s also a chance to win an iPad.

The occasion is UIndy’s annual Pack-the-House Night at Nicoson Hall arena, as the Greyhound basketball teams face rival Saint Joseph’s College in their final home games of the season. The women’s game at 5:30 p.m. will be preceded by a Senior Night ceremony. The men’s team, now celebrating its 100th anniversary, will play at 7:45 p.m., with halftime proceedings that include giveaways and special recognition of alumni and faculty accomplishments.

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