Faculty and Staff Achievements
Joy A. Cook, MS, RT (R)(CT)(MR) ARRT, Clinical Assistant Professor and Clinical Coordinator for the Radiologic and Imaging Sciences Program in the CNHP was selected as one of two speakers for the International Speakers Exchange Award for 2014 by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT).
This is a competitive selection process and one award recipient presents in England and one award recipient presents in Canada. Joy will be presenting her work on MRI safety and burns in England this coming June 2014. As Joy is the state President of the ASRT Indiana chapter, this is a wonderful opportunity for her to network and to be recognized on a national and international level.
Dr. Darrel Bigham, professor emeritus of history, delivered a public address at the October 13 meeting of the Woodstock (VT) Historical Society. His topic was "Where Did They Go? Vermonters and the Development of the Old Northwest." He has also recently reviewed books for the Journal of Urban History, Louisiana History, Iowa History, and Public History.
Jill Baker, adjunct professor in art, won an award and entry into the Manhattan Arts gallery for her painting entitled "Grand Canal." It won an Award of Excellence and can be seen on the Manhattan Arts website.
Dr. Glenna Bower, assistant dean of the University of Southern Indiana’s Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education, and interim chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Sport, is the recipient of the 2013 Midwest Association for College and University Physical Education (MACUPE) Scholar/Lecture Award. The award signifies that Dr. Bower has enhanced the personal and professional development of physical educators in the Midwest through distinguished service to health, physical education, recreation, dance, and/or sport. She will provide a presentation in the upcoming year as part of the award.
Rob Millard-Mendez's "Juggernaut Table" is on exhibit in the highly-competitive "Fearless Furniture" exhibition at the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis. The exhibition which features the work of furniture artists with Indiana connections runs through May 24, 2014. Millard-Mendez, assistant professor of art, has work that has appeared in more than 325 shows in museums and galleries in 45 states and abroad, and in more than 50 private and public collections.
Lori Saxby, reading specialist in Academic Skills at USI, who serves as President-Elect for the national organization (College Reading and Learning Association), will be in charge of their 46th annual conference in Boston in early November. CRLA (formerly WCRLA) is a group of student-oriented professionals active in the fields of reading, learning assistance, developmental education, tutoring, and mentoring at the college/adult level.
Dr. Roberta Hoebeke, professor of nursing, was recently honored by the Evansville Hospitality and Outreach for Latin Americans (HOLA) with this year’s HOLA Leadership Award.
Founded in 2002, HOLA’s mission and goals are to facilitate outreach efforts to improve the health, education, and welfare of Hispanics in the community. Dr. Hoebeke has written grants and partnered with the non-profit organization for the past four years to promote health in our community by participating with her students in offering health screenings and physical examinations during the Saturday health fairs at Nativity Church.
“As a result of these partnership efforts, 1,200 participants from the Hispanic community have received these services since the inception of the health fairs,” said Hoebeke. “During this time, more than 250 USI students from multiple health disciplines -- including nursing, occupational therapy, social work, and respiratory therapy -- have engaged in providing these community health screening services.”
In addition to her full-time teaching duties, Dr. Hoebeke practices part-time as a family nurse practitioner in Evansville. She said she ”looks forward to continuing the partnership with HOLA while helping our students achieve cultural competence, especially within the Hispanic community.”
Dr. Kelly Sparks, assistant professor of teacher education in the Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education, has been selected as one of 30 Early Career Scholars in Geography Education by the Gilbert M. Grosvenor Center for Geographic Education. A ceremony and working conference is scheduled in October at the National Geography Society in Washington, D.C. for her and the other Scholars to operationalize and develop a research agenda for geography education.
Andrea Gentry, Assistant Director of Development, Major Gifts with the University of Southern Indiana Foundation, obtained the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation on September 10, 2013 from CFRE International. Gentry met a series of standards set by CFRE International which include tenure in the profession, education, professional achievements, and successful completion of a written examination.
CFRE International is an independent organization which supports and encourages fundraising professionals to aspire to the highest standards of professional competence and ethical practice in serving the philanthropic sector. CFRE sponsors this prestigious credential. Of the 30,000 development professionals internationally who are members of the Association of Fundraising Professionals only 5, 322 have earned CFRE status.
USI was recognized by the Vanderburgh County Human Relations Commission with several Mayor's Celebration of Diversity Awards. USI Safe Zone Project, which provides education on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues to the campus community, received the Willie Effie Thomas development award. Safe Zone Workshop leaders are Dr. Amie McKibban, assistant professor of psychology, and Dr. Stephanie Young, assistant professor of communication studies. The Evansville-Vanderburgh County Advisory Board on Disability Services recognized John Hassebrock, Loft manager of Sodexo, with the Employer of Distinction award for his work providing people with disabilities employment opportunities.
Dr. Glenna Bower, assistant dean of the University of Southern Indiana’s Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education, and interim chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Sport, is the recipient of the 2013 Indiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Sport Management Leadership Award. The award recognizes the work of an individual who exhibits excellence in sport management education at the college/university level.
Associate Professor of Communication Studies Leigh Anne Howard and Assistant Professor of Advertising Yoon-Joo Lee brought home top award from the 2013 biennial conference of the World Communication Association in Seoul, Korea. Dr. Lee was awarded the prize for Best Conference Presentation by a Non-Native Speaker of English, and Dr. Howard’s paper, entitled “Lines, Border, and Boundaries, Oh My!: Empathetic Reciprocity in Ethnographic Interactions, was awarded Family of Myung-Seok Park Award for Best Theoretical paper.