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Training sessions help decode dementia care

UIndy, IU experts collaborate on program for nursing home employees

The behavior of dementia patients can pose challenges for nursing home staffers, especially if those workers don’t realize that their own actions are often part of the problem.

Beginning today, however, a special six-week training course developed by University of Indianapolis and Indiana University experts will teach nearly 40 nurses and other employees from 19 central Indiana long-term care facilities how to avoid creating stressful situations and therefore rely less on medication to help patients manage their behavior.



“It’s not just memory that is affected with dementia; we need to recognize that their perception of the world is altered,” says Ellen Miller, executive director of UIndy’s Center for Aging & Community. “There are all sorts of things that we can do to prevent challenging behaviors before they start. This makes life better for both the resident and the staff.”

People with dementia have limited ability to understand and respond to conversation, TV programming and other everyday stimuli, says Anne Thomas, dean of UIndy’s School of Nursing and one of the developers and instructors for the training sessions. Some patients are troubled by seeing themselves in mirrors, she says. With others, facing simple choices about clothing or food can fuel frustrations and lead to aggressive behavior.



“They live literally in the moment, and there is no new learning,” Thomas says. “If you give choices, they get overstimulated, and you’ve created a problem that didn’t need to be.”

The training program will include interactive one-on-one exercises with actors posing as dementia patients exhibiting aggressive and nonaggressive negative behavior, both verbal and physical. The sessions will be videotaped for analysis and discussion, giving participants useful tips and concepts that they can put into practice where they work and share with colleagues and even their patients’ families. The weekly half-day sessions begin today and will continue through Nov. 5 at Fountain Square Center, a community health facility on Shelby Street.

“It’s a very experiential kind of training,” Thomas says. “The idea is to empower the staff to go back and treat these behaviors without medication.”

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Exhibition pays tribute to local arts figure

"Hajj" by Ed Funk, lithograph, 1998

“Hajj” by Ed Funk, lithograph, 1998

To many artists and students in central Indiana and across the nation, Ed Funk was best known as the owner of Dolphin Papers, an art supply company specializing in unique items and materials.

Funk was an artist in his own right, however, and a retrospective exhibition of his work opens Oct. 6 at the University of Indianapolis.

Ed Funk: Printmaker, Painter will be on display through Oct. 31 in UIndy’s Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center Gallery. The show features more than 30 works by the Navy veteran, including lithographs, monoprints, woodblock and letterpress prints, and oil and acrylic paintings. The pieces, many of them experiments in abstraction, date from the early 1990s up until Funk’s death in 2013.

An opening reception is scheduled 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6, at the gallery, which is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays. More information is available at (317) 788-3253 or

The Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center Gallery is overseen by UIndy’s Department of Art & Design and directed by faculty member Mark Ruschman, chief fine arts curator for the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites.

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Writer Michael Martone to speak Oct. 7



Indiana-born essayist and fiction writer Michael Martone will visit campus Oct. 7 through UIndy’s Kellogg Writers Series.

Martone will read and discuss his work at 7:30 p.m. in Room 010 of Schwitzer Student Center. Admission is free.

The Fort Wayne native’s most recent collections of short fiction include Four for a QuarterNot Normal, Illinois: Peculiar Fiction from the Flyover and Double-wide, his early stories. Previous books include Pensées: The Thoughts of Dan QuayleFort Wayne Is Seventh on Hitler’s List and Alive and Dead in Indiana.

Martone, director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Alabama, also has edited two collections of essays about the Midwest for University of Iowa Press: A Place of Sense: Essays in Search of the Midwest and Townships: Pieces of the Midwest. His own collection of essays about the Midwest, titled The Flatness and Other Landscapes, won the AWP Prize for Creative Nonfiction in 1998.

UIndy’s Allen & Helen Kellogg Writers Series brings writers of distinction to campus for public readings and discussions. All events are free of charge. More information is available at (317) 788-3373 or here.

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Faculty Forum: Catholic contributions to UIndy

Although the University of Indianapolis was founded by a Protestant denomination (the United Brethren in Christ, which became part of the United Methodist Church), Roman Catholic students, faculty and staff members have played important roles in its history.



Michael Cartwright, dean of Ecumenical & Interfaith Programs and associate professor of Philosophy & Religion, will explore those contributions Wednesday in the next installment of UIndy’s Faculty Forum lunchtime presentation series. His talk, ”Catholicity and the History of the University of Indianapolis,” is scheduled noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Trustees Dining Room of Schwitzer Student Center.

Dr. Cartwright, who also serves UIndy as special assistant to the president for mission, will focus in particular on how Christian unity and interfaith engagement have made the university a more inclusive community of learners.

As always for Faculty Forum, brown bag lunches are welcome, and cookies and drinks will be served.

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Greyhounds geared up for home opener

barthel wrtvThe UIndy football team faces Michigan’s Hillsdale College in its first home game of the season Saturday at Key Stadium.

The Hounds (2-1) are feeling good after trouncing Southwest Baptist 48-14 last week in their first GLVC contest of 2014.

“We’re starting to get on the same page,” junior quarterback Connor Barthel told WRTV. “Our entire team feels a lot closer going into this fourth game.”

Kickoff is at 6 p.m. Since 1997, the Hounds are 10-4 against the Chargers, 6-1 at home.

For those who can’t get out in person to enjoy Tailgate Town and the gridiron action, this season’s home games will be televised and streamed. The Hounds’ first three home dates will air on WRTV 6.2 HTSN, the RTV6 app and online at Replays of tomorrow’s game will air on HTSN at 10 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Click here to find HTSN on your cable system.

Better yet, the Greyhounds will get some national attention Oct. 30 when their matchup with in-state rival Saint Joseph’s is broadcast as the CBS Sports Network NCAA Division II Game of the Week.

As always, all you need to know about Greyhound football can be found at the Athletics website.

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New advisor touts study-abroad opportunities



Dr. Julie Kiefer’s life was changed by her three study-abroad experiences as a UIndy student, and now she wants to share the world with other Greyhounds.

Wielding a Ph.D. and a decade of experience as a public school teacher, the Esch Scholar and Honors College graduate (Class of 2000 and 2004) has returned to her alma mater as the new Study Abroad Advisor.

“I know from personal experience the incredible impact studying abroad can have,” she says.

Students have a great opportunity to learn more at next week’s Study Abroad Fair, taking place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday in the Schwitzer atrium.

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Meanwhile, Kiefer has teamed with the Communications & Marketing staff to launch a fun campaign to spread the word and provide small scholarships to help students undertake a semester abroad. “Where in the World is Ace?” is a weekly contest that invites students to complete a rhyming riddle about some international destination.

Answers can be submitted to the Study Abroad Office in Schwitzer 211 or at the table Kiefer staffs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday in the Schwitzer atrium. Each week, four students win prizes, and their names go into a drawing that will award $250 study-abroad scholarships to four students twice each year. Contest rules are here, and you can follow the contest on Twitter at #WhereIsAce.

Kiefer also plans to make classroom presentations about opportunities for students, and next semester will bring the launch of the Flat Ace Campaign, in which students traveling abroad will be encouraged to take along a cutout of the UIndy mascot for photos in exotic settings, with prizes awarded in various categories.

More information on study-abroad opportunities at UIndy is available at

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In the news: MBA alumni making their mark

Several graduates of UIndy’s Master of Business Administration programs are making their mark in the world of commerce, according to recent news reports.

Jody L. Anderson has been appointed president and chief operating officer of Regional Management Corp. (NYSE:RM), a consumer finance company that provides loan products primarily to customers with limited access to consumer credit from traditional lenders. More info here.

Chuck Mix has been named vice president of operations for CLARK Material Handling Co., which has more than 250,000 lift trucks operating in North America and 350,000 units operating worldwide. More info here.

Jeremy Hough, director of business operations for the Franciscan Physician Network, is opening a business this fall in Greenwood. Brew-By-U will offer space, equipment, recipes and expert guidance for folks who want to try brewing their own beer. More info here.

Elizabeth Glowinski, a graduate of UIndy’s Master of Science in Nursing/MBA program, has been appointed director of research services for Franciscan St. Francis Health and will oversee research efforts throughout the hospital. More info here.

More information on the UIndy School of Business‘ MBA options is available at More info on the School of Nursing‘s MSN programs is available at


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Kellogg Writers Series opens with noted poet


Todd Davis

Poet Todd Davis will appear at UIndy on Tuesday in the first event of the 2014-2015 Kellogg Writers Series.

Davis will read and discuss his work at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Schwitzer Student Center Room 010.

He is the author of four full-length collections of poetry and a limited-edition chapbook, Household of Water, Moon, and Snow: The Thoreau Poems. He edited the nonfiction collection Fast Break to Line Break: Poets on the Art of Basketball and co-edited Making Poems: 40 Poems with Commentary by the Poets. His poems have been featured on public radio’s The Writer’s Almanac and have won the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Prize, have been nominated several times for the Pushcart Prize, and have appeared in such journals and magazines as The American Poetry Review and The North American Review.

Presented by UIndy’s Department of English, the Allen & Helen Kellogg Writers Series brings writers of distinction to campus for public readings and discussions. All events are free of charge. For more information, contact series director Dr. Elizabeth Weber at (317) 788-3373 or

Up next in the series is Indiana-born fiction writer and essayist Michael Martone on Oct. 7.

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Concert to feature new Jazz Studies director

Jazz Studies Director Freddie Mendoza

Jazz Studies Director Freddie Mendoza

Monday night will mark the Faculty Artist Concert Series debut of UIndy’s new Jazz Studies director, Freddie Mendoza.

The trombonist will headline a program of standards by composers including Billy Strayhorn, Cole Porter, Antonio Carlos Jobim, J.J. Johnson and Miles Davis. Joining him will be acclaimed pianist Steve Allee, drummer Steve Houghton, bassist and UIndy alum Nick Tucker and trumpeter Mark Buselli.

Mendoza comes to UIndy from Texas State University-San Marcos, where he was a senior lecturer and director of jazz programs for more than a decade. He assumed leadership of UIndy’s Jazz Studies program this year upon the retirement of its founder, Harry Miedema.

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Nearly 1,000 serve city on Super Saturday

SSS 2014 St. V DepaulUIndy student volunteers prepare to perform interior maintenance Saturday morning at the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry on East 30th Street.

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More than 900 University of Indianapolis students, faculty and staff members donated their time and effort Saturday to benefit community groups, nonprofit organizations and public spaces and events throughout the city.

UIndy’s annual Super Saturday of Service was bigger than ever this year, encompassing more than 30 sites. The event is designed to introduce students, especially freshmen, to a key element of the university culture, as reflected in its longtime motto of “Education for Service.”

Worksites included the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, where 40-plus volunteers spruced up the area; Westminster Ministries on the near east side, where more than 40 volunteers cleaned and organized; the Fountain Square Art Fair, where about 50 volunteers helped to set up the event; the Indiana Youth Group on the east side, where 20 volunteers raked and planted; and University Heights Neighborhood Park, where more than 100 volunteers performed cleanup and landscaping chores.

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