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Physical Therapy prof receives national award



Dr. Emily J. Slaven of UIndy’s Krannert School of Physical Therapy has received the American Physical Therapy Association’s Margaret L. Moore Award, which honors early-career academicians who have demonstrated excellence in research and teaching.

Slaven is an assistant professor and academic director of KSPT’s orthopaedic residency program, specializing in musculoskeletal physical therapy with an emphasis on manual therapy. Since joining the UIndy faculty in 2010, she has published 10 peer-reviewed papers, serving as the lead author on five of them, and has presented eight peer-reviewed national presentations, four of which included doctoral students whom she had mentored. She serves on four doctoral committees and has advised five entry-level student projects.

The award was presented last week at APTA’s annual NEXT Conference & Exposition in National Harbor, Md. Slaven, who currently serves as vice president of APTA’s Indiana chapter, thanked several UIndy colleagues for their mentoring and support, including Dr. Kathy Martin, who nominated her for the award.

“Dr. Slaven has an innate ability to create an effective learning environment, meaning one that is safe for students to try new things and learn from their mistakes without judgment,” Martin said. “She is approachable, available, and committed to helping students get it right.”

Learn more about the Krannert School of Physical Therapy here and on the UIndy Health Sciences blog.

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Alumni on the rise: Physical Therapy, Business

UIndy alumna Ellen Lowe has been named chair of the Institute of Physical Therapy at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in San Marcos, Calif. Lowe, who earned her Master of Health Science from the Krannert School of Physical Therapy in 1995, now coordinates all physical therapy programs at the institute. Read more here.

John “Jeff” J. Whorley Jr. has been appointed group president for asset management and servicing at Navient, the nation’s leading loan management, servicing and asset recovery company. He earned his Master of Business Administration from UIndy’s School of Business in 2001. Read more here.

Another MBA grad, Bryan Allen, has been named vice president of Greencastle-based ETA International, a not-for-profit trade association for professionals in the electronics industry. He earned his degree in 2008. Read more here.

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Campus co-chaplain earns statewide honor

Jeremiah Gibbs - Asbury award - web

Dr. Jeremiah Gibbs joined UIndy in 2009.

UIndy co-chaplain the Rev. Jeremiah Gibbs has received this year’s Francis Asbury Award from the Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church.

The award from the UMC’s General Board of Higher Education recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to higher education and campus ministries. It was presented during the church’s recent 2015 Indiana Annual Conference in Indianapolis by Dr. Aleze M. Fulbright, the conference’s director of leadership development.

“I believe the work that Dr. Gibbs provides at the University of Indianapolis will yield the United Methodist Church with greater leaders, young and diverse, that will accomplish the mission of making disciples and transforming the world,” she said.

Gibbs joined UIndy in 2009 and serves as co-chaplain and as director of the Lantz Center for Christian Vocations & Formation, which provides classes, retreats, spiritual mentoring and other opportunities for students to explore their potential as faith leaders. He is a U.S. Marine Corps Reserve veteran and holds a Ph.D. in Theology and Ethics from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary.

In May, Gibbs led a UIndy student and staff group on a 21-day, 165-mile walk along Spain’s renowned Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route. Notes and photos from the adventure are posted on the group’s Facebook page.

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Loss Prevention track targets fast-growing field

Industry partnership includes professional accreditation, job interviews

A new bachelor’s degree specialty at the University of Indianapolis is among the first in the nation to prepare graduates for one of the hottest fields in criminal justice: retail loss prevention.



Developed in cooperation with The Loss Prevention Foundation, the program launches this fall as a Loss Prevention concentration in UIndy’s Criminal Justice major and as a minor to supplement other disciplines.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs in retail loss prevention and security are projected to grow by 12 percent through 2022, more than twice the rate of other criminal justice specialties such as law enforcement and corrections.

“There is high demand for graduates with these specific skills,” said Kevin Whiteacre, associate professor and chair of UIndy’s Department of Sociology & Criminal Justice. “Loss prevention is a great option for students who are interested in criminal justice but not necessarily in standard police or corrections work.”

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Grant funds southern Indiana archaeology work

Moore-Floyd County surveySenior archaeology and anthropology major Kristopher Aguirre, left, works the wilds of Floyd County with UIndy research associate Rebecca Van Sessen and Assistant Professor Christopher Moore. (Photo by Elizabeth Straub)

A $50,000 federal grant is supporting UIndy faculty and students in a major archaeological survey of southern Indiana’s Floyd County.

After months of preparation, Assistant Professor Christopher Moore and research associate Rebecca Van Sessen – both UIndy alumni — hit the field with 11 students in May to begin cataloging historical sites that range from prehistoric Ohio River settlements to 20th century structures. The goal is to create an official record of potential archaeological resources that are vulnerable to erosion and development, before they are lost to construction projects or the passage of time.

The funding from the National Park Service, which comes through the Indiana Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology, will enable students to learn from hands-on field experiences while also creating a valuable resource for the Floyd County community. They began their summer work in residential areas and parks in New Albany as well as rural and wooded areas near Lanesville and Floyds Knobs.

Moore and the students expect a fruitful search, he said.

“While nearby counties like Clark and Harrison have over 1,000 known archaeological sites each, Floyd County has just over 100 known sites,” he said. “We expect to increase this number considerably and greatly expand our understanding of archaeological resources in the Falls of the Ohio region overall.”

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In the news: women’s golf, Criminal Justice

The UIndy women’s golf team had a chance to relive its first NCAA National Championship earlier this week when WISH-TV aired a warm, two-minute profile of the squad.

golf on TV“We just stuck to our game plan, took each hole one at a time, and got it done,” said rising sophomore Paxton DeHaven, one of several top players returning to the team next year.

“Everybody keeps asking me if it’s worn off, and it hasn’t worn off at all,” coach Brent Nicoson said. “We’re very proud of it.”

The report noted that the Greyhounds are the first non-Florida team to win the D-II golf national title in its 16 years of existence. Watch or read the story here.

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Dr. Kevin Whiteacre, the new chair of the Department of Sociology & Criminal Justice, has earned an international reputation with the research he and his students have conducted on the costly, destructive crime of scrap metal theft.

Popular Science asked for insights after last week’s heist of 500 feet of copper wire from the New York City subway system, which ruined the day for countless commuters and forced emergency repairs.

“Metal theft does so much more damage than the amount of profit for the copper thieves,” explained Whiteacre, who has called for law enforcement to track the category more closely in order to better understand and battle it.

Read the PopSci story here, and click here to read about local findings from UIndy’s Community Research Center.

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UIndy, Community Health launch partnership

Health Pavilion exteriorThe UIndy Health Pavilion will open in August at Hanna and State avenues.

Clinic in new UIndy Health Pavilion will serve campus and network patients
while creating new opportunities for education, internships and research

VIDEO: Watch President Manuel and Community Health Network CEO Bryan Mills on Inside Indiana Business

Community Health Network and the University of Indianapolis are joining forces to establish a clinical facility on campus where students and faculty will work alongside health and wellness professionals to serve patients and clients, transforming the educational experience and bringing important resources to an underserved part of the city.



The partnership is central to the philosophy behind UIndy’s four-story, $30 million Health Pavilion on Hanna Avenue, which will open in August as the new home for nationally respected academic programs in nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, psychology, gerontology, kinesiology, athletic training and social work.

“Our vision is to close the gap between education and practice in a way that benefits our students, our partners and the broader community,” UIndy President Robert Manuel said. “With our friends at Community Health Network sharing that vision, we have an amazing opportunity for innovation in the preparation of new health professionals and the delivery of health and wellness services in our city and beyond.”

Under a renewable five-year lease, more than 10,000 square feet of the UIndy Health Pavilion’s first floor will operate as a department of Community Hospital South. The space will include a 7,000-square-foot physical therapy and rehab center with private treatment rooms and a therapy gym that includes a walking track and therapy equipment.

Adjacent will be a 3,700-square-foot primary care clinic that will provide health and wellness services to UIndy employees, Community Health Network clients and other patients, with examination rooms where students can gain hands-on experience in their chosen fields under the supervision of professionals and faculty. Also on the first floor will be UIndy’s own Psychological Services Center, a training and research facility where faculty and graduate students from the School of Psychological Sciences provide evaluation and therapy services to the public.

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Science magazine features UIndy forensic work

Forensics in Texas - webUIndy’s forensic anthropology team exhumes a body last year in southern Texas.

As the field team from UIndy’s Archeology & Forensics Laboratory prepares for its third trip to Texas to help identify the remains of missing migrants, its work is featured in this month’s issue of Scientific American magazine.

A package headlined “The Mystery of Case 0425” explores the story of Maria Albertina Iraheta Guardado of Honduras, a 37-year-old mother of six who is the first person to be identified after being exhumed from a pauper grave in Falfurrias, Texas. Her remains were among hundreds that the UIndy team has exhumed during its past two summer trips to rural Brooks County, where a consortium of universities is assisting local authorities in identifying and repatriating people from many nations who die in the arid ranchlands after crossing the U.S. border.

Quoted extensively in the piece is team leader Dr. Krista Latham, associate professor of Biology and Anthropology, director of osteology for the Archeology & Forensics Lab and director of the Molecular Anthropology Laboratory. The magazine is available for purchase at newsstands and at this link. Latham reflects on Case 0425 in a new entry on the forensics team’s blog.

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Campus community mourns student’s passing

Dai-Jon Parker

Dai-Jon Parker

The entire University of Indianapolis community mourns the loss of Dai-Jon Parker, a senior student-athlete with a vibrant personality who had a great future ahead. This is a tragic situation for everyone involved, and UIndy is offering counseling and support to the people closest to him.

Dai-Jon passed away Thursday after a water accident on Morse Reservoir. Originally from Baton Rouge, La., he transferred to UIndy last year from Vanderbilt University and played basketball for the Greyhounds.

Please keep Dai-Jon’s family, friends and teammates in your thoughts and prayers.

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City officials look to UIndy: ‘This is the future’

Greyhound Village groundbreakingJoining in today’s groundbreaking ceremony were (from left) Kory Vitangeli, Vice President and Dean of Students; Adam Thies, director of the Department of Metropolitan Development; Mike Watkins of the UIndy Board of Trustees; UIndy President Robert Manuel; Gene Zink, chairman and CEO of Strategic Capital Partners; and Jason Dudich, chief of staff for Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard.

Greyhound Village project hailed as model for urban development

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City officials and construction and development executives joined the UIndy community Thursday to celebrate the start of the Greyhound Village apartments project, which not only will house 480 upperclassmen and graduate students but also is intended to fuel the revitalization of the surrounding neighborhood.

The four-story, 196-unit building will boost the university’s residential capacity by 30 percent when it opens in Summer 2016, replacing the 1950s-era Campus Apartments at Shelby Street and National Avenue.

But the project represents much more, as noted during the groundbreaking ceremony by Jason Dudich, chief of staff for Mayor Greg Ballard, and Adam Theis, director of the city-county Department of Metropolitan Development. They praised UIndy’s role as a community anchor, collaborating with city government and private developers to bring attractive new housing to the Shelby Street corridor.

Shelby Street connects the campus to the nearby Garfield Park and Fountain Square neighborhoods and also is the anticipated route of the city’s first bus rapid transit line, which could be operating as soon as 2018. By increasing UIndy’s residential capacity more than 30 percent, the apartments will help build the density needed to attract new merchants and development to the area.

“People come up and ask me all the time: ‘What’s the future hold for this city?’” Thies said. “The future is anchor institutions (and) dense development, connected by transportation options that don’t exist today. … So this is the future. I could go through all the wonderful things about what President Manuel and his team have done here. They are the model of what anchor institutions mean. They are the model of what the future will hold for our city.”

Read more about Greyhound Village here.

campus apartments wallThe campus community and former residents were invited to write their farewells on the walls of the 1950s-era Campus Apartments, soon to be demolished to make way for the new Greyhound Village at Shelby Street and National Avenue.

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