President's Update – March 26, 2018

Dear Bellarmine Students, Faculty and Staff,

Happy Spring (?). With luck, the snowy days are behind us at last and we can look forward to warmer days and the greening of our beautiful campus. I would like to thank everyone in the campus community who took the time to complete a Strategic Plan Survey. The Strategic Plan Steering Committee is now hard at work sifting through your responses and identifying major themes that will inform the planning process going forward. I encourage you to mark your calendar for 11 a.m. April 26, when the committee and I will share these initial results during a meeting in Frazier Hall and provide information about the next steps in the process, including the formation of university-wide work groups to evaluate each major theme. This is your university! There are plenty of ways to get involved in charting its course for the next five to seven years, and I hope you will take advantage of them.

Faculty and Staff News and Achievements

Dr. Helen-Grace Ryan, vice president for Student Affairs, was sworn in as the NASPA, Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, Region III director during the association’s annual conference. NASPA is the leading association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession. Their work provides high-quality professional development, advocacy, and research for 15,000 members in all 50 states, 25 countries, and eight U.S. territories. Dr. Ryan was elected by her peers from educational institutions from across the Southeastern United States.

Dr. Paul Pearson, director and archivist of the Thomas Merton Center, wrote the foreword for The Art of Thomas Merton: A Divine Passion in Word and Vision, compiled and edited by John Moses (Franciscan Media, 2018).

Bellarmine College of Arts and Sciences

Ms. Kathi E.B. Ellis, adjunct faculty in Theatre, has been accepted into the League of Professional Theatre Women. Her application was supported by two New York-based playwrights whose work she has directed for Juneteenth Legacy Theatre and Looking for Lilith Theatre Company (Louisville and off-Broadway).

Ms. Takayla Williams, adjunct faculty in Theatre, was featured in an episode of NBC series Chicago Fire on March 1.

Ms. Karole Spangler, adjunct faculty in Theatre and Equity actress, appeared in Looking for Lilith Theatre Company's production of Louisville native Diana Grisanti's The Patron Saint of Losing Sleep, March 15-24 at the MeX Theatre, Kentucky Center for the Arts. Also featured in the production was BU senior Ke'Leb Beauchamp, making his Lilith debut.

Professor Frederick Smock, Kentucky Poet Laureate and professor of English, was a guest speaker in Glasgow, Ky., in March. He and U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith were featured speakers at the South Central Kentucky Cultural Center.

Dr. William Becker, adjunct faculty in Philosophy and Theology, was recognized by the Worthington Fire Department in February for 25 years of service as the department’s volunteer chaplain.

Dr. Gregory Hillis, associate professor of Theology, is among the cardinals, bishops, journalists, and prominent theologians who contributed to A Pope Francis Lexicon, published in February. Dr. Hillis was asked to write an essay on the word “Satan.”

Dr. Elizabeth Hinson-Hasty, professor and chair of Theology, gave the Cunningham Lectures at Austin College in Sherman, Texas, on Feb. 20. She also received the prestigious Louisville Institute Sabbatical Grant for Researchers for her project entitled “Seeking More than Dutiful Love: God’s Healing in the Context of Families Affected by Mental Illness.”


College of Health Professions

Dr. Teena Darnell (assistant professor, Nursing) and Dr. Kathy Hager (associate professor, Nursing) presented “Stating the Case for Population Health: School Nurses” at the American Nurses Association Quality and Innovative Conference in Orlando on March 21.

Dr. Hager and colleagues had an article published in The Courier-Journal on March 20 entitled “Speak up for the kids and support funding for school nurses in Kentucky.”

Mr. Christopher Webb (instructor & FNP assistant, Nursing) just completed the University of Louisville LGBT Health Certification Program.

Dr. Chelsey Franz (assistant professor, Athletic Training), Dr. Heather Pruss (assistant professor, Sociology) and Dr. Annette Harris Powell (associate professor, English) were selected by the Faculty Development Center to be recognized via the new Innovative Faculty Spotlight, for work done collaboratively with the Louisville Rescue Mission.

Dr. Franz and Dr. Dawn Hall-Bibb (associate professor, Physical Therapy) took 14 EXSC students and a DPT student on the third annual EXSC/PT Experiential Learning Trip to the Dominican Republic over Spring Break. They worked with more than 100 athletes, coaches and community members regarding injury prevention and care.

Dr. Keith Knapp (associate professor and chair, Health Services & Senior Living Leadership) presented “Building Your Yellow-Brick Road: Your Path to Long Term Care Leadership Excellence” at the American College of Health Care Administrators’ District 3 Annual Conference on March 2.

Dr. Tony Brosky (professor and chair, Physical Therapy, and dean, School of Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences) was appointed to a three-year term (2018-21) at Nazareth Home.

The following Department of Physical Therapy presentations were made at the 2018 APTA CSM Conference, Feb. 21-24 in New Orleans:

Dr. Elizabeth Ulanowski (assistant professor), Dr. Megan Danzl (assistant professor and assistant chair) and DPT students Victoria Schwartz ’17 and Chelsea Reed ’17, “Physical Therapist Led Yoga for Individuals with Huntington’s Disease: A Qualitative Case Study” (poster), Neurologic Section.

Drs. Ulanowski and Danzl and DPT students Morgan Blake ’18 and Josie Little ’18, “Intense Bout of Physical Therapy to Address Freezing of Gait and Improve Quality of Life for an Individual with Parkinson’s Disease” (poster), Neurology Section, Neurodegenerative Diseases SIG.

Drs. Danzl and Ulanowski and DPT students Calli Paydo ’18 and Jacquelyn Brockman ’18, “Making the ‘MOST’ of a One Day Wellness Retreat for Individuals with Parkinson’s Disease: A Qualitative Case Study” (poster), Neurologic Section.

Drs. Ulanowski and Danzl and Ms. Paydo, “Investing in Present and Future Physical Therapist Educators and Researchers: a Novel Scholarship and Mentorship Program,” Education Section.

Drs. Danzl and Ulanowski, Ms. Paydo and a colleague, “Association of Physical Activity with Psychosocial Variables and Non-Motor Symptoms in Parkinson’s Disease: A Cross-Sectional Study” (poster), Neurologic Section.

Dr. Shelley Schroeder (adjunct faculty and neuro resident), Dr. Ulanowski and Dr. Danzl, “Mind Maps as a Tool for Physical Therapy Students to Conceptualize Complex Neurologic Patient Management” (poster), Education Section.

Drs. Ulanowski and Danzl and DPT students Jasmine Charpentier ’18 and Hayley Lawler ’18, “Self-Efficacy Towards Exercise in People with Parkinson’s Disease who Participate in a Wellness Retreat” (poster), Neurologic Section.

Dr. Sonja Bareiss (associate professor), Dr. Danzl, Dr. Schroeder, Dr. Ulanowski and colleagues, “Understanding and Managing Pain in Neurodegenerative Diseases,” Neurology Section, Neurodegenerative Diseases SIG.

Dr. Bareiss and colleagues, “Mechanisms and Targeting of Maladaptive Sensory Growth in the Development of Neuropathic Pain Following Spinal Cord Injury” (poster), Research Section.

Dr. Leann Kerr (assistant professor), Dr. Bareiss and DPT students Cathy Agapay ’18, Jacqueline Fackto ’18, Morgan Fife ’18 and Kelli House ’18, “Utilization of Animal Assisted Therapy to Improve Pediatric Response to Pain and Engagement During Outpatient Therapy Intervention: A Mixed Methods Complex Case Report” (poster), Pediatrics Section.

Dr. Katie McBee (adjunct), Dr. Bareiss and DPT students Patrick Yoder ’18, Brock Ford ’18, Lucas Nare ’18, Riley Sturzebecher ’18 and Jacqueline Neuman ’19, “Evaluation of Core Physical Therapy Curriculum and Elective Pain Neuroscience Education on Student Pain Neurophysiology Knowledge” (poster), Research Section.

Dr. David Boyce (associate professor), Ms. Mary Cecil (adjunct) and a colleague, “Physical Therapy Management of a Patient Following Collagenase Injection for Dupuytren’s Contracture” (platform presentation), Hand Section.

Dr. Boyce and Dr. Christopher Wingard (professor) and DPT students Courtney Campbell ’18, Spencer Fuehne ’18, Richard Jones ’18 and Hannah Wempe ’18, “Incidence of Adverse Effects with Trigger Point Dry Needling” (poster), Clinical Electrophysiology Section.

Dr. Sarah Beth Quinn (assistant professor), Dr. Wingard, Dr. Cate Crandell (associate professor), DPT students Morgan Blake ’18, Amy Bontrager ’18, Alex Dempsey ’18 and Derek Lewis ’18 and colleagues, “Comparison of an Objective Physical Assessment Tool with the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) Performance Status in a Mixed Cancer Population” (platform presentation), Oncology Section.

Dr. Crandell and colleagues, “Filling the Gap! Pro Bono Care with Student Physical Therapists: A Pilot Study” (poster), Health Policy and Administration Section.

Dr. Gina Pariser (professor), Dr. Kerr and DPT students Kyle Smith ’18, Ethan Adams ’18, Jacquelyn Brockman ’18 and Ashlee Erlandson ’18, “Physical Therapy for Medically Underserved Residents in Rural America: A Short-Term Service Learning Experience.”

Dr. Pariser, Dr. Kerr and DPT students Grita Apanaviciute ’18, Lydia Coots ’18, Jessica Hetzer ’18 and Amy Person ’18, “Benefits of Physical Therapist Involvement in a Community-based Program to Reduce the Negative Effects of Arthritis.”

Dr. Beth Ennis (associate professor and associate chair), “Are Pre-requisite GPA, Program GPA and Practice Board Scores predicative of Success on the NPTE?” (poster), Education Section.

Dr. Ennis and a colleague, “The Effect of Customized Ride-on Cars on Participation and Quality of Life in three Children with Disabilities: A Case Series,” Aquatics for Children on Autism Spectrum: An Update Section.

Dr. Ennis and DPT students Ellen Hosking ’18, J. Dylan James ’18, Erica Shelley ’18 and James Vardeman ’18, “The Effect of Customized Ride-on Cars on Participation and Quality of Life in Three Children with Disabilities: A Case Series” (poster), Pediatrics Section.

Dr. Tony Brosky (professor and chair, Physical Therapy, and dean of the School of Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences), DPT students Ashley Jefferson ’20, Gwen Casper ’19 and Jacki Neuman ’19 and colleagues, “Effects of Single Upright, Double Upright and Lace-up Ankle Braces on Vertical Jump Performance in Female College Volleyball Players” (poster), Sports Section/Foot and Ankle.

Dr. Brosky, DPT students Megan Kanter ’18 and Kaylynn Schwamb ’18 and colleagues, “Asymmetrical Movement Patterns in Female Collegiate Dancers Identified by the Functional Movement Screen (FMS)” (poster), Orthopaedics/Performing Arts SIG section.

Dr. Hall-Bibb and DPT student Aubrey Murphy, “Sentinel Events: A growing concern in physical therapy,” Acute Care Section.

Dr. Elaine Lonnemann (associate professor) and colleagues, “A Solution to Structuring and Enhancing Pain Science,” Education in DPT Curricula Section.

Dr. Craig Satterley (adjunct) and DPT students Ábigail Anderson ’18 and Kayla Limbert ’18, “International Immersion: An Elective Course in Guatemalan Culture, History and Language with an Emphasis on Service Learning for DPT Students” (poster), Education Section.

Annsley Frazier Thornton School of Education

Dr. Daniel Castner co-authored a book, Democratic Curriculum Leadership: Critical Awareness to Pragmatic Artistry.

Dr. Kristin Cook and colleague published “Design Thinking in Integrated STEAM Learning: Surveying the Landscape and Exploring Exemplars in Elementary Grades" in School Science and Mathematics. Dr. Cook and colleagues published “Design Thinking Framework: Shaping Powerful Mathematics” in Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School. She and colleagues also put together a video and three articles to comprise a myTeachSource packet for ASCD: “Establishing a STEAM Learning Environment,” “Partnering for Successful STEAM Teaching and Learning,” and “Administrator Checklist to Support STEAM.”

Dr. Christy McGee had an article, “Artful Teaching and Science Investigations: A Perfect Match,” published in the journal Gifted Child Today, Vol. 41, Issue 1.

Dr. Dottie Willis presented “Tell It to the Judge: Using People’s Court to Engage Students in Argument” at the Kentucky Council of the Teachers of English Conference in Lexington on Feb. 24. Dr. Willis also served as a writing portfolio judge for the 2018 National Scholastic Art and Writing Competition.

Drs. McGee and Willis presented “High Impact Learning: Improving Teacher Education Preparation Guided by the Reform of a University’s Liberal Arts Curriculum” at the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education Conference in Baltimore, Md., on March 1.

Dr. Kevin Thomas presented a research paper titled “Microaggressions: Impact on African American Candidates in a Teacher Preparation Program” at the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education Conference in Baltimore. This paper was co-authored by Dr. Elizabeth Dinkins, Interim Dean in the School of Education, and Imari Hazelwood, doctoral student in the School of Education. Dr. Thomas also presented a poster on “21st Century Literacies: Technologies for Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum” at the Kentucky Society for Technology in Education Conference in Louisville. Co-presenters included Mary Morgan, adjunct faculty in the School of Education, and graduate students Catie Smith and Sheryl Woods.

Dr. Todd Whitney and colleagues published a peer-reviewed article, “Using Immediate Feedback to Increase Opportunities to Respond in a General Education Classroom,” in Rural Special Education Quarterly.

Mr.?? Mike Vetter was elected to the College Personnel Association of Kentucky (CPAK) Executive Committee. He will serve as the Faculty Representative for this statewide organization that coordinates professional development opportunities for student affairs staff working at public universities, private colleges, and community colleges in Kentucky.

W. Fielding Rubel School of Business

Dr. Dan Bauer, professor of Finance, was reappointed in February to the Park Community Credit Union’s Supervisory Committee for another one-year term.

Drs. Alisha Harper and Patricia Selvy and Bellarmine alumnus Jonathan P. Smith had their paper “A Financial Advisor's Guide to Avoiding Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) Landmines” accepted for publication in the Journal of Financial Service Professionals.

Dr. Patrick Lach was quoted in a Feb. 28 article in Forbes titled “Americans Still Missing the Boat on Retirement.”

Dean Sharon Kerrick initiated a Financial Wellness peer network with a pilot project of 10 peer networks on campus. In these networks, students are discussing budgets, credit and the like. She was an invited presenter at Hanover College; was named by Business First as a “Woman of Influence” and participated in their Mentor Monday; and was elected nationally to serve as VP of Research for the Small Business Institute. She presented the Project of the Year Awards at the SBI annual conference held in Texas, where she also presented three peer reviewed papers. She was an invited judge for the National Association of Women Business Owners EPIC Awards. The mayor asked her to serve an additional term on the Louisville Water Company Board. She was also nominated by Today’s Woman as “Most Admired Woman in Education.”

Dr. Michael Mattei and a colleague had an article, “Exploring the Limits of Arbitrary Coherence,” published in the Journal of Accounting and Finance, Vol. 17, No. 8.

Dr. Frank Raymond supervised two students in the presentation of econometrics/analytics consulting projects. Joe Drabot presented his work to a team headed by Eric Bickel, lead Econometric analyst at Brown-Forman, and Nathan Runge presented to Bellarmine alumnus Stephen Heitz and Daniel Hutcherson, directors at Sortino Advisory Partners.

School of Communication

Dr. Michael Strawser published two chapters: “International Organizational ‘Culture’: Expanding an Intercultural Understanding of the Global Workplace,” in Intercultural Communication: Adapting to Emerging Global Realities: A Reader (2nd Edition); and “The Power of Reflection: The ‘Thought-piece’ in Capstone Courses,” in It Works for Me with High-Impact Practices published by New Forums Press.

Dr. Kyle Barnett attended the International Association for the Study of Popular Music’s United States conference at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, where he presented “Recording 'The Country People': Talent Scouts as Tastemakers and Mythmakers.”

Dr. Shawn Apostel was a guest judge for the CCO Invitational Speech & Debate Tournament, Highlands Latin School, March 10. He was also a reviewer for Speak Up, 4th Edition, at the request of Bedford/St. Martin’s, February 2018; and for a proposed book on technology in education, University Press of Colorado, February 2018.

Dr. Wuyu (Rain) Liu and colleagues have the following chapter publication in press: “Models for Environmental Communication for Unique Populations: Cases from the Field,” Environmental Communication among Minority Populations (New York, NY: Taylor and Francis). Dr. Liu directed master’s student Daeun Lee’s thesis project, “Active Parental Mediation in Children’s Online Lives,” which has been awarded Bellarmine Graduate Student Research Award from the Office of Sponsored Projects; and the graduate project “Communication Perspectives between Corporate Executives and Management Staff,” with Lee, Katie Tressel, Mary (Christina) Collis and Amanda Hortert, which was presented in both poster and panel sessions during the 11th Graduate Student Regional Research Conference (GSRRC) at University of Louisville, March 2-3. Dr. Liu also became the Graduate Social Chair for the School of Communication.