Faculty and Staff Achievements
Joy Cook, clinical assistant professor of Radiologic and Imaging Sciences, has accepted a national appointment to the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) Practice Standards Magnetic Resonance Subcommittee. Her primary responsibilities will be to review and propose revisions to practice standards, review position statements for relevancy and inclusion in practice standards, review and comment on House of Delegates motions relating to the practice area, and provide research and recommendations on practice issues.
Dr. Michael Ndemanu, assistant professor of teacher education, recently traveled to Oklahoma to provide the Ira D. Hall and Rubye Hibler-Hall Heritage Endowed Lecture at Langston University. His presentation was titled “Community support for children’s education as a possibility for nurturing academic resilience and higher achievement among youths.”
Dr. Jill Raisor, assistant professor of education, was recently named president-elect of the Evansville Area Early Childhood Association. She will begin the position this summer.
Lori Saxby, reading specialist in Academic Skills, has been appointed to serve as president-elect for the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA). She is currently a board member serving as professional development coordinator for the national organization. In her new role, she will be responsible for overseeing the CRLA Annual Conference in Boston this fall. She will then serve one year as president and complete her board membership with a final year as immediate past-president.
Francisco Pliego Villanueva, instructor in accounting, has successfully defended his dissertation entitled “The Impact of the Proposed Format of Financial Statements by IASB and FASB on Investors’ Decisions.” This was the last step in completing his doctoral degree in the College of Business at the University of Texas at El Paso.
Doug Goeppner, ADA coordinator, has been selected to present "You Can Ask Your BFF Anything; but Not During a Job Interview!" at the 13th Annual Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion, and Disability Conference at the Ohio State University campus on April 16 and 17. His interactive presentation provides participants with the opportunity to test their knowledge and practice their skills at recognizing “ADA do’s and don’ts” in employment settings, with an emphasis on the application of ADA Title I to the recruitment and hiring process.
Dr. Joyce Gulley and Dr. Jeff Thomas, assistant professors of education, recently completed the 2013 Indiana Science Tradebook Annual Reading List (IN-STAR). The list is constructed through researching current children’s literature books using nine criteria for excellence and selecting the best for alignment to the Indiana science standards. The list is shared with teachers throughout the state in Hoosier Science Teacher and Indiana Reading Journal and is also found on the SwiSTEM website.
Dr. Kevin Allton, instructor in English, was recently recognized with the University of Southern Indiana Living Learning Community Excellence in Teaching Award. Allton was selected based on an outstanding ability to incorporate experiential learning strategies with cultural perspectives and to provide students with the opportunity to explore alternative forms of writing and communication.
Dr. Renee Frimming, assistant professor of education, is the recipient of the Health Educator Award from the Indiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance and the College/University Health Education Specialist Award from the American Association for Health Education. The IAHPERD Health Educator Award recognizes the work of an outstanding health education teacher. The AAHE College/University Health Education Specialist Award recognizes an individual who has made substantial contributions as a health educator in the college/university setting.
Dr. Glenna Bower, chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Sport, is the recipient of the Indiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance Leadership Award. The award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated significant leadership in terms of program development in health, physical education, recreation, dance, and/or allied areas, and whose contributions reflect prestige, honor, and dignity to the organization.
Ray Simmons, sports information director, has been named the 2013 recipient of the 25-Year Award by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Simmons will be recognized with the other 2013 CoSIDA Special Awards honorees at the organization’s annual convention in Orlando in June and will also be featured on the CoSIDA website and in the CoSIDA E-Digests the week of April 29.
Dr. Sudesh Mujumdar and Dr. Timothy Schibik prepared “I-69 Community Development Study”, which was sponsored by USI’s Center for Applied Research and published in February 2008. The study has now been extensively drawn upon in Interstate 69: The Unfinished History of the Last Great American Highway, a book published by Simon & Schuster.
Dr. Katie Ehlman, assistant professor of gerontology and director of the Center for Healthy Aging and Wellness, has been elected the next president of the National Board of Sigma Phi Omega, National Academic Honor and Professional Society in Gerontology.