Senior Megan Davish seeks to impact health policy

Megan DavishThe University of Indianapolis is the place senior Megan Davish credits with igniting her passion for public health policy. Davish, who will graduate on May 4 with a degree in public health promotion and education, plans to go to graduate school to study health policy.

“Before coming to UIndy, I was a biology major at the University of Louisville,” she said. “When I discovered that was not the right path for me, I transferred to UIndy, where I majored in public health with the intention to eventually pursue occupational therapy.”

Davish’s public health courses and the support of two public health faculty, Dr. Amie Wojtyna and Dr. Heidi Rauch, changed that.

“Dr. W. helped me stay on track to graduate on time, even though I had transferred, and Dr. Rauch inspired my love and excitement for health policy and law, especially those that affect our daily lives,” she explained.

Davish, who will study health policy at either George Washington University or the Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI, took advantage of opportunities to co-author research and present it at national conferences including the Society of Public Health Education conference in Washington, D.C.

“UIndy has given me the chance to conduct research and work for and with my community,” said the Hamilton, Ohio native. “The public health program allowed me to take my knowledge and apply it outside of the classroom as part of the Capstone implementation project.”

Davish’s Capstone project, which she did with classmates Lauren Ravesloot and Crystal Rains, was to develop and implement a social interaction and physical activity program for children served by Down Syndrome Indiana.

In addition to her public health studies, Davish participated in professional honor societies Phi Kappa Epsilon and The National Society for Leadership and Success and was involved in College Mentors for Kids.

Related: May 2019 graduates share what’s next & how the University of Indianapolis helped them along the way

2019 Leadership Recognition Banquet honors outstanding students

The 2019 Leadership Recognition Banquet took place on Friday, April 26 and honored more than 50 students in categories including Outstanding Student Leader, Athletic Commitment to Service and Inclusion & Equity Trailblazer.

Leadership Banquet 2019

Congratulations, Greyhounds! Here’s the complete list of winners:

Harvey M. Showalter Future Alumni Award – Taylor Carpenter

Resident Student Organization Advisor of the Year – D’ana Downing (advisor for the Black Student Association)

Student Organization of the Year – Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)

Inclusion & Equity Trailblazer Award – UIndy Votes!

Athletic Commitment to Service Award – Women’s Basketball

Outstanding Student Volunteer – Kiya Aldridge

Bridge Scholar Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement – Kourtney Christensen, Lauren Jones, Katelyn Lutzmann, Zachari Lynch, Meaghan Owens

Apartment Community Assistant of the Year – Jasmine Coe

Resident Assistant of the Year – Adam Lutgring (click to read his senior spotlight story)

Residential Community of the Year – Cravens Hall

Emerging Leader – Craig Chigadza, Ally Nickerson

Outstanding Student Leader of the Year – Erin Pool

Mindy Owens Outstanding Junior Leader – Brianna Aragon, Jailah Blakely, Brittany Lake, Deah Long, Brad Moon, Deshon Riley, Neicey Ross, Karlee Taylor, Jamarcus Walker, Hannah White

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Strain Outstanding Senior – Natalie Benson, Zoe Berg, Taylor Carpenter, Kacie Johnson, Adam Lutgring, Corey Nack, Erin Pool, Johana Rosendo Guerrero, Yolanda Vidal, Kara Wagoner

Outstanding seniors 2019

Physical therapy professor Emily Slaven named Teacher of the Year

“It’s important to teach students how to think as much as learning the content,” said Emily Slaven, PT, PhD, who has been named the 2019 University of Indianapolis Teacher of the Year.

Slaven, an associate professor and director of the orthopedic residency program in the Krannert School of Physical Therapy, has been a faculty member since 2010. Her students frequently cite her willingness to get to know them as people and not just students.

“Since my first class with her, Emily treated me both as a student and a future colleague,” said a former student.

Known as a professor who teaches beyond the textbook, Slaven said “seeing others give back to the profession as excellent clinicians, to impact lives for the better, is what teaching is all about.”

She not only talks about the importance of giving back, but she teaches by example. Slaven regularly volunteers as a supervising physical therapist at a student-run pro bono clinic that provides care to underserved clients and is the president of the Indiana chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association.

In letters of support, former students pointed to Slaven’s clear passion for teaching and her dynamic classroom presence as key assets.

College of Health Sciences Dean Stephanie Kelly said: “Emily consistently demonstrates excellence in teaching through her commitment to preparing excellent physical therapy clinicians.” Kelly noted that Slaven often extends her teaching beyond the classroom, working with small groups of students outside regular class time, mentoring students in volunteer efforts, and providing continuing education and clinical in-services to practicing clinicians.

UIndy Day: 24 hours to celebrate our Greyhound pride!

ADV_19_UIndyDay_resultsinfographic_horizUPDATE: We did it, Greyhounds! You helped make this year’s #UIndyDay the most generous to date with more than $47,000 raised for our programs from 564 donors in 24 hours.

The entire University of Indianapolis community is invited to celebrate and support what makes the institution special this Thursday, April 25!

There are four ways to get involved:

WEAR your favorite UIndy gear to work, the gym – wherever you go!

SHARE what you love about UIndy on social media using hashtag #UIndyDay. Follow the hashtag to see inspiring stories and memories from fellow Greyhounds!

GIVE back by supporting a UIndy Day special project or any program or department on campus. Learn about the 2019 special projects

GO to one of the special events on UIndy Day: an employee breakfast, the Inspire UIndy lunch and the UIndy Day Celebration at Books & Brews South Indy. View event details

 

2019 Scholars Showcase results

The first annual Scholars Showcase featured 179 presentations and performances, highlighting the academic research of students and faculty from the University of Indianapolis.

“We noticed a few years ago that faculty and students across campus are engaged in all types of scholarship that are not only enhancing learning opportunities for our students but are advancing the science of our professions and impacting our communities,” said Professor & Director of Research in the College of Health Sciences Stephanie Combs-Miller, one of the event organizers. “While these scholarly achievements are typically shared within departments, we wanted to create an opportunity to showcase these achievements to the broader campus and community.”

Research projects and collaborations were featured at multiple locations across campus, and 300 people registered to attend the daylong event.

“Scholars Showcase also provided an opportunity for students and faculty to network and build interdisciplinary relationships. This event serves to prepare students to think critically and share their work with others,” said Combs-Miller.

See a complete list of winners below.

A campus-wide event highlighting the research accomplishments of undergraduate and graduate students, plus faculty from all colleges, units and departments! uindy.edu/scholars-day

Posted by University of Indianapolis on Friday, April 12, 2019

Scholars Showcase 2019 Awards

Poster Awards

Best Faculty Poster –

  • Robert L. Karlinsey:  Mining, Raiding, and Writing: The Untold Interplay that Transformed England in the 16th Century 

Best Graduate Student Poster –

  • Jazmin Atzhorn: School Relationships and Victimization Impact on Just World Beliefs: A Study Among Brazilian Students

Runner-up Graduate Student Poster –

  • Jeanette Hoeksema and Erin Fekete: Grit is Related to Less Internalized Weight Stigma and Better Health Outcomes

Best Student Poster –

  • Maranda Fitzpatrick, Rachel Abraham, Channing Bearhope: Does College Students Mental Health Status Affect Academic Performance?

2nd Place Student Poster –

  • Vanessa Bump and Leah Courtland: Investigating Scoria Cone Morphology via GPR Imaging in Crater Flat Volcanic Field

3rd Place Student Poster –

  • Maria McCune: What are the Key Elements and Strategies to Promote a Growth Mindset Classroom?: What I have learned from my field project in an elementary classroom

4th Place Student Poster –

  • Tyler Cole, Jevis Tizie Muluh, Tyler Cook, Kyla Christmas, and Ryan Veazie: Lost Media

Student Choice Poster (Highest ranked poster from student judges)

  • Megan Davish, Abi Bushman, Dylan Faulkenbergh: Risky Business? Is Oral Cancer Risk Knowledge Associated with Subsequent Behaviors in College Students?

Presentation Awards

Best Faculty Presentation –

  • Elizabeth S. Moore, Jennifer N. Carmack, Kara Cecil, Kathleen E. Hetzler, Jessica E. Jochum, Briyana Morrell, Alison Nichols, Jane Toon: Impact of Interprofessional Week on Student Perceptions of Interprofessional Education

Best Undergraduate Presentation –

  • Katelyn Lutzmann, Christopher R. Moore: A Study in Pottery Decoration and Socio-Economic Status of the Baum Family

Runner-up Undergraduate Presentation –

  • Miles Furr, Stephen J. Bauman, Dennis Doyle, Meredith Magee, Jake Fontana, and Joseph B. Herzog: Surface-enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) with Subnanometer-Gap Metasurfaces. Midwest Journal of Undergraduate Research at Monmouth College in Monmouth Illinois

Student Choice Presentation (Highest ranked poster from student judges)

  • Zhe Zhang: Examining Gendered Spaces in Fountain Square, Indianapolis

Roundtable Discussion

Excellent Roundtable Discussion –

  • Dr. Nelson Kraus: STOP Memorizing; START Understanding!
  • Beth Ann Walker, Kelsey Lemond, Tori Faulkner, Kasey Otte, Pamela Hess: Occupational Performance Inventory of Sexuality and Intimacy (OPISI)
  • Rebekah Raab: Representing Disability Studies in the High School English Classroom

Honors Awards

Best Honors Poster –

  • Kacie Johnson:  Practice What You Preach: An Analysis of How the Perception of the Physical Health of Nurses Affects Patient Outcomes

Best Honors Presentation –

  • Nicole Scott: Comparative Analysis of Resistance to Ampicillin, Streptomycin, and Oxytetracycline at Sites near Beef Cattle Pasture in Rural Decatur County, Indiana

Excellent Performance –

  • Rochelle Bauer: Performance Type: Poetry Reading – Turn to Page 210: A Poetry Chapbook
  • Taylor Jacob Kleyn: Performance Type: Short FilmLetters: A Creative Short

Senior spotlight: Megan Davish (public health promotion & education)

The University of Indianapolis was the second college for senior Megan Davish, but it’s the institution she credits with igniting her passion for public health policy. Davish, who will graduate on May 4, 2019 with a degree in public health promotion and education, plans to head to graduate school to study health policy.

“Before coming to UIndy, I was a biology major at the University of Louisville,” Davish said. “When I discovered that was not the right path for me, I transferred to UIndy, where I majored in public health with the intention to eventually pursue occupational therapy.”

Davish’s public health courses and the support of two public health faculty, Dr. Amie Wojtyna and Dr. Heidi Rauch, changed that.

“Dr. W. helped me stay on track to graduate on time, even though I had transferred,” Davish said. “Dr. Rauch inspired my love and excitement for health policy and law, especially those that affect our daily lives.”

Davish, who will study health policy at either George Washington University or the Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI, took advantage of opportunities to co-author research and present it at national conferences including the Society of Public Health Education conference in Washington, D.C.

“UIndy has given me the chance to conduct research and work both for and with my community,” said the Hamilton, Ohio native. “The public health program allowed me to take my knowledge and apply it outside of the classroom as part of the capstone implementation project.”

Davish’s capstone project, which she did with classmates Lauren Ravesloot and Crystal Rains, was to develop and implement a social interaction and physical activity program for children served by Down Syndrome Indiana.

In addition to her public health studies, Davish participated in professional honor societies Phi Kappa Epsilon and The National Society for Leadership and Success and was involved in College Mentors for Kids.

Meet the Class of 2019!

May 2019 graduates share what’s next & how the University of Indianapolis helped them along the way.

Formal commencement ceremonies will take place Friday, May 3 (graduates) and Saturday, May 4 (undergraduates). Find additional details at uindy.edu/graduation.

Senior spotlight: Anthony Richardson (athletic training)

Richardson_SpotlightImageThough Anthony Richardson has spent his entire undergraduate career at UIndy, it wasn’t until he changed his major to athletic training that UIndy became “home” to him. He will graduate in May 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in athletic training and head toward his new home – Campbell University in North Carolina, where he has accepted a graduate assistant athletic training position and will pursue a masters degree in education with a focus in kinesiology.

Richardson said leaving UIndy won’t be easy.

“Some of the most important people in my life I have met here. I am proud to be a Hound and will truly miss this school.”

During his undergraduate education, Richardson participated in the Athletic Training Student Association (ATSA) and in intramural sports. Playing intramurals allowed him to make friends and connections with people he would not have encountered within his major.

“I was able to expand my network by meeting people who have a desire to work in different positions in athletics,” said the Greenwood, Indiana native.

Richardson said UIndy’s athletic training faculty and an extensive list of clinical training sites have set him up for success. His training sites included Indy Eleven, Indy Fuel, Butler University, Marian University, Lawrence Central High School, and Lawrence North High School.

“Dr. (Jessica) Jochum has been very instrumental in my education,” Richardson said. “She has taught me so much in the classroom and has put me at great clinical sites that helped me apply the classroom knowledge and gain confidence, both of which are crucial in this field.”

Learn more about programs in the College of Health Sciences

Senior spotlight: Sydney Reynolds (chemistry & biology)

Sydney_ReynoldsSydney Reynolds will graduate in May 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry. Learn about her experiences at UIndy over the last four years:

Q: What are your plans following graduation?

A: I will be going to Ohio State University in the fall for pharmacy school. It is a four-year doctorate program.

Q: How did your program prepare you for the next steps in your professional life? 

A: The chemistry department at UIndy has prepared me for the next steps in my professional life not only in my coursework but also with research opportunities and making connections.

Q: What activities were you involved with during your time at UIndy? 

A: I am the president of Sigma Zeta, an honors society for science and math. For two years, I was on the executive board of the Honors Student Association. I am also a resident assistant in Greyhound Village apartments. I am in the Honors College and have been involved in research for the chemistry department since my freshman year. I just finished my honors manuscript and presented my research at Scholars Showcase on April 12th. I have been a lab assistant for the chemistry department as well. These experiences have helped me build so many great connections, especially with the chemistry faculty. The chemistry department at UIndy is amazing, and I am so grateful to have them in my life.

Q: Did you have any faculty mentors? 

A: Yes! The two main faculty mentors that I have had throughout my time at UIndy are Dr. Ann Cutler and Dr. Katherine Stickney. They have helped me immensely with not only chemistry but also with letters of recommendation and professional development. I do not know what I would have done without their support and encouragement.

Q: Final thoughts about UIndy as you prepare for graduation?

A: UIndy was the best decision I have ever made. I am sad to leave, but I know I am moving on to bigger things.

Senior spotlight: Brooklyn Raines (creative writing)

Brooklyn Raines ‘19 (creative writing) has not had the easiest journey to get where she is today. The death of two close friends, the birth of her son, and the post-partum depression that followed could have stopped her in her tracks. But Raines persevered. After graduation, she will pursue a Master of Arts in English with a creative writing concentration.

Raines credits many with contributing to her success: Assistant Professor Barney Haney, Associate Professor Kevin McKelvey, and fellow students Shauna Sartoris, Tyrah Cherry, Kylie Seitz, and Natalie McCann, to name a few. Someone who stands out even more is Assistant Professor of English Leah Milne.

“Dr. Milne is amazing in the classroom and is a great example of a woman of color taking charge and following her dreams. She has also helped me during some tough times in my personal life.”

During her time at UIndy Raines honed her skills in areas such as event planning and promotions, magazine design, publishing, reviewing, and writing.  Much of this has been through classes, clubs, conferences and extracurricular involvement with the Kellogg’s Writers Series and Etchings Press Literary Magazine.

“From these amazing experiences I learned how to trust the creative process and work hard through it even when times got tough because the finished product would be something I could truly feel proud of,” Raines said. “I also learned how valuable the skill of teamwork is and how important it is to pick peers up and have them pick me up when I need extra motivation or when my home life gets tough.”

Raines speaks highly of the entire Department of English and loves bringing her son Landon to campus events.  

“UIndy is the perfect place to grow, but in order to grow, you must take risks. Work hard and do the best you can during your time at UIndy, and opportunities will arise from that.”

Learn about the creative writing major at the University of Indianapolis

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