Physical Therapy alumni receive honors



UIndy alumna Nichole Wilson, executive director of Sports Medicine, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation for Community Health Network, is named among the Indianapolis Business Journal’s 2015 Women of Influence, recognizing 20 women from diverse fields who are shaping the state’s business, educational, artistic and philanthropic landscape. The honorees were recognized at a breakfast this week featuring an address by Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann.

Dr. Wilson earned her master’s and doctoral degrees from the Krannert School of Physical Therapy in 2002 and 2006, respectively. Among other honors, she was named among IBJ’s Forty Under 40 in 2011 and received UIndy’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2012. She serves on several community organization boards and also has been part of the joint team leading the partnership between the university and Community Health Network at the new UIndy Health Pavilion.

“In a remarkably short time, she helped put Community Health Network on the sports medicine map,” IBJ says. Read more here.

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Nat Grubbs, who earned his Master of Health Science from the Krannert School of Physical Therapy in 1992, recently received the 2015 Outstanding Physical Therapist Award from the Arkansas Physical Therapy Association.

Grubbs is a native of Monticello, Ark., and owner of South Arkansas Rehabilitation. which provides physical therapy, speech therapy, senior wellness, aquatics and sports health services.

Read more here.

Social work master’s degree meets demand

New UIndy program to offer unique interdisciplinary environment

The growing Department of Social Work at the University of Indianapolis will take a leap forward soon with the addition of a master’s degree program that will prepare graduates for a broad range of high-demand careers.

Master’s-level preparation is becoming the standard for social workers in settings that include health care, education, the legal system, child welfare services, and mental health and addictions. UIndy’s Master of Social Work program will be one of few in the state.



Nationwide job growth in the field is projected at 19 percent from 2012 to 2022, with more than 100,000 new positions created. Demographic trends are driving the demand, department chair and Associate Professor Jeff Bryant said.

“Baby boomers are beginning to retire, and they will live longer and have more needs,” said Bryant, who has 25 years’ experience in social work. “This degree really is a great ticket to many different careers and opportunities.”

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Rally kicks off historic Homecoming week

pep rally cheerleadersCheerleaders stir up some Greyhound spirit earlier today during the Homecoming 2015 pep rally in the Schwitzer Student Center dining room.

Events to include football, fun, campaign launch, dedication ceremonies

Homecoming Week 2015 launched in full force today, kicking off a historic series of events that will include the public launch of the university’s comprehensive fundraising campaign, the dedication and ribbon cutting for the new UIndy Health Pavilion, the re-dedication of the renovated Krannert Memorial Library and naming ceremonies for the Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences and the Strain Honors College.

There’s also a football game Saturday night, by the way, the focal point of a full day of fun and family-friendly events around campus.

The activity got underway today with a lunchtime pep rally featuring the Greyhound cheerleaders, the Crimsonettes dance team and introductions of this year’s Homecoming Court: Nicole Geoffrion, a senior Communication and Experience Design major from Acton, Mass.; Roshanne Smith, a senior Business Education major from Nassau, Bahamas; Tyler Smith, a senior Nursing major from Morgantown; Steven Freck, a senior Social Work major from Huntington; Michael Lea, a senior Exercise Science major from Elkhart; and Jason Marshall, a sophomore Political Science major from Spiceland.

The fun continues with a ComedySportz improv performance at 9 p.m. tonight, the Homecoming Carnival for UIndy families from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, and much more throughout the week. More information is here.

On a more serious note, two major events take place Friday: Read more

Fresh facilities, opportunities await students

The downtown skyline is clearly visible from the fourth floor of the new UIndy Health Pavilion, highlighting the university’s connection to the city.

Incoming freshman class sets records for size, academic success

Students returning to the University of Indianapolis for the Aug. 31 start of fall classes will find a campus – and a neighborhood – in transformation.



New facilities are just one sign of progress on a multifaceted development plan designed to boost quality of life in the University Heights area while keeping UIndy on the leading edge of innovation in higher education, President Robert Manuel said.

“The strategy developed by our university community already is proving successful in bringing new energy to this part of Indianapolis,” Manuel said. “Given the synergy between our work, related community development efforts and the planned bus rapid transit line that will connect us to other key sites in the city, we expect to see tremendous advancements over the next few years.”

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Losses fuel alum’s drive to run the Mini

Carl Palma (still image courtesy WTHR)

Carl Palma (still image courtesy WTHR)

UIndy alum Carl Palma made the WTHR news last night for the inspirational story of why he competes in the annual 500 Festival Mini Marathon.

Palma graduated in 2008 with majors in both Athletic Training and Exercise Science. Now married with three kids, he is a licensed athletic trainer with Community Health Network and has worked the past several years as Beech Grove High School’s athletic trainer.

A few years ago, he was tipping the scales at 265 when he began running at the suggestion of his mother, who later passed away from breast cancer. Down to 165 pounds now, he will run his fourth Mini on May 2, as always, in honor of his mother. Last year’s marathon took place on his mother’s birthday, and that’s when WTHR’s camera first caught him, in an emotional moment at the finish line.

“To be in the spotlight and do it for my mom was incredible,” he said.

Read or watch the story here.

UIndy hosts Chamber leadership session

A hundred businesspeople will pick up valuable leadership advice from prominent local executives Wednesday during a sold-out lunchtime event at the University of Indianapolis.

chamber logoAsk the Experts: Leadership is presented by the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by UIndy and Aon risk management services.

The panelists are:
Charlie Morgan, VP and Market Manager, Emmis Communications
Lisa Schlehuber, CEO, Eli Lilly Federal Credit Union
Bill Corley, CEO (retired), Community Health Networks

WISH-TV personality and certified image consultant Sola A. Adelowo will moderate.

Learn more about Indy Chamber events here.

UIndy degrees lead to state’s Hot 50 Jobs

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development has released a new Hoosier Hot 50 Jobs ranking, and once again, the future looks bright for graduates of UIndy’s top programs.

Physician, registered nurse and physical therapist top this year’s list, corresponding nicely to UIndy’s programs in pre-medicine, nursing and physical therapy. Other UIndy-related disciplines in the Top 20 alone include post-secondary teacher, social worker, marketing specialist, graphic designer, K-12 teacher and occupational therapist.

The DWD researchers weigh trends in salary, job availability and other factors in compiling the annual list, which projects the state’s fastest-growing, high-wage occupations for the year 2020.

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In the news: Alumni on the move

UIndy graduate Dan Neufelder, president and CEO of Wisconsin-based Affinity Health System, has been named chairman-elect of the Wisconsin Health Association for 2012. He will serve as chairman in 2013.

Neufelder, who earned his master’s degree in business administration from UIndy in 1989, joined Affinity in 2006. He previously served in executive roles at Memorial Hospital in South Bend and Community Health Network of Indianapolis. Read more here.

In other news, UIndy alumna Shawn Hany has been promoted to regional rehabilitation manager for American Senior Communities. She will be the consultant for rehabilitation care for eight ASC facilities in Indiana and West Virginia.

Hany, who earned her master’s degree in occupational therapy from UIndy, lives in Bloomington.

Alums listed in IBJ’s ‘Forty Under 40’

The Indianapolis Business Journal has named two UIndy alumni to its 2011 edition of Forty Under 40, the newspaper’s popular annual listing of top young professionals who are emerging as community leaders.

Nichole Wilson is director of Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine for Community Health Network, responsible for the operation and growth of 11 outpatient therapy clinics in the Indianapolis metro area. She obtained her master’s (’02) and doctoral (’06) degrees from UIndy’s Krannert School of Physical Therapy and now sits on the school’s curriculum advisory council. She also founded a mentoring program for minority students interested in allied health professions.

Kelly Campbell, who received her UIndy master’s in international relations in 2006, is founder and co-owner of The Village Experience, a fair-trade retail store and socially responsible tourism company based in Broad Ripple. Partnering with her sister, Anne Campbell, Kelly works to create revenue streams for people and small businesses in developing nations. The two also operate the not-for-profit Village Cooperative, which raises money for sustainable projects in Kenya.

In addition to the print version published this week, the Forty Under 40 stories and video interviews are available at IBJ’s website.

UIndy Real Estate Development program hosts the Urban Land Institute

Event strengthens relationship between industry, graduate program

The Master of Professional Studies in Real Estate Development program at the University of Indianapolis hosted the Urban Land Institute for a cocktail and conversation hour on July 27. Strategic Capital Partners, who helped develop the UIndy Health Pavilion in which the event took place, spoke on public and private partnerships in community development.

Jennifer Milliken, Director ULI Indiana, left, with Carla Johnson, associate with Faegre Baker Daniels

Jennifer Milliken, Director ULI Indiana, left, with Carla Johnson, associate with Faegre Baker Daniels

In addition to industry professionals, members of the UIndy real estate master’s program took part in the discussion. Mike Patarino of Keystone Realty Group is an instructor in the program and believes the event complemented the material presented in class.

“Kris Farrar (of SCP) discussed the nuances of working with local governments and local communities and how to achieve success not only for the developer but also the surrounding neighborhood. In class, we discuss real-world situations and apply what we have learned. This ULI event was perfect timing and strengthened the concepts that the students are learning,” Patarino said.

Logan Brougher is a current UIndy student and full-time intern with Greenstreet Limited.

“[The event] gave the students the opportunity to strengthen our professional network. It is this network that will serve as the foundation for our professional career, both during our tenure in the program and post graduation.”

The MPS in Real Estate Development program continues to bring industry leaders to campus, with the next taking place Aug. 18. The Curriculum Council, which consists of 15 real estate professionals, will convene to discuss the content presented in the graduate program.

About the MPS in Real Estate Development: As the only program of its kind in the Midwest, the MPS in Real Estate Development is designed for entrepreneurs and working professionals that seek to advance their careers with a master’s education rooted in industry best practices.  Courses are always one evening per week from 6-9:45. Applications for the August 31st cohort start are still being accepted.


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