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Notes of Distinction: January 2014

IU Northwest faculty/staff achievements

Tuesday Jan 14, 2014


Whether it’s a published article or book, a prestigious award, or speaking engagement, members of Indiana University Northwest’s faculty and staff continue to show their wealth of expertise. Here are the most recent top achievers that have made a name for themselves, and IU Northwest.

Anna Rominger, J.D, Dean of the School of Business and Economics, was recently awarded an Athena Award by Crossroads Regional Chamber of Commerce and First Midwest Bank at an event in November. The award is presented to “an exceptional woman who has achieved excellence in her business or profession, has served the community in a meaningful way and has assisted women in reaching their full potential.”

The award, named for the mythological Greek goddess known for her strength, courage, wisdom and enlightenment, is presented to a woman -- or man -- who is revered for professional excellence, community service and for actively assisting women in attaining professional excellence and leadership skills.

Rominger was singled out for the award because of the prestige the School of Business has garnered under her leadership, her extensive engagement with the community through various positions, and the role she has played in helping women advance their careers while serving as an outstanding example for other women. She is the recipient of numerous teaching and leadership awards and has published 14 articles and 10 papers in the areas of business ethics and employee relations.

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Instructional Media Services and the Office of Marketing and Communications recently received notification that their co-created television advertisement, ‘Degree Completion - Painting’ was selected by The International Academy of Visual Arts to receive a 2013 Davey Award. The Davey Awards are the largest and most prestigious awards competition for small organizations. Watch the ad, which is currently airing on Lakeshore TV (channel 17 or 56):

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William Buckley, Ph.D., Professor of English, founder and editor of Plath Profiles, the first journal of studies on the famous American poet, served as editor of two additional books recently published on the author.

The first book, Critical Insights: Sylvia Plath, published by Salem Press, Massachusetts, is the first of its kind about the poet, since it provides discussions for both high school and college classrooms. The book details an introduction to Plath’s life and works, a chronology and bibliography, as well as teacher responses. With essays from Plath scholars in England and the U.S., the book provides an alternative introduction to Plath for students and teachers, offering a fresh look at Plath’s influence on American and British poetry.

Buckley also served as a consulting editor for How to Analyze the Works of Sylvia Plath, published by ABDO Publishing Co.

Buckley was also invited to write a book review for the University of Toronto Review. In the review, Buckley examines Lisa Narbeshuber’s book, Confessing Cultures: Politics and the Self in the Poetry of Sylvia Plath.

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Bharat Barai, Ph.D., Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine – Northwest, and a member of the IU Northwest Business Advisory Board, was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in May. The National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations sponsors the awards, which are presented annually to "American citizens who have distinguished themselves within their own ethnic groups while exemplifying the values of the American way of life," according to the coalition.

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Byron Bell, Adjunct Professor of Mathematical Science, recently delivered a lecture at the 59th World Statistics Congress (WSC) in Hong Kong. He spoke during the Astrostatistics Special Topic Sessions on “Cosine directions using Rao-Blackwell theorem and Hausdoff’s metric in Quasars.” The talk was Professor Bell’s second at the WSC. In 2011, he addressed the WSC in Ireland.

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Subir Bandyopadhyay, Ph.D., Professor of Marketing, and Latrice Booker, Coordinator of Library Instruction, recently co-authored a paper, "How Academic Libraries can Leverage Social Networking to Popularize their Services: An Empirical Study." Their work was accepted for publication at the Journal of the Indiana Association of Social Sciences.

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Rochelle Brock, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Education and Executive Director of the Urban Teacher Education Program, recently served on a panel discussion focused on the importance of education at the Gary Business Climate Seminar, presented by the Gary Chamber of Commerce. The seminar, directed to high school students, presented information about mentorship programs and offered advice about education and employment challenges.

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Joseph Ferrandino, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Public and Environmental Affairs, was recently honored as one of The Times Media Company’s “20 under 40” honorees. Each year, the company selects 20 unique Northwest Indiana community members under 40 years of age to receive this prestigious recognition presented to the most energetic business leaders in the region.  According to The Times, the winners are lauded as being “dedicated to improving life in our area by participating in philanthropic organizations and spearheading charitable initiatives that help thousands of people in Northwest Indiana each year.”

Ferrandino uses computer statistical analysis through the Center for Urban and Regional Excellence to help area police and emergency responders better allocate their services.

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Jennifer Greenburg, Assistant Professor of Fine Arts, recently displayed her exhibit, “Revising History,” at the Schneider Gallery in Chicago. The collection of photographs are a series of manufactured images created by replacing the individuals in vintage negatives with images of herself.

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Cathy Hall, Director of Academic Success and Achievement Programs (ASAP) recently addressed the Indiana Commission on Higher Education (ICHE) about IU Northwest’s Supplemental Instruction (SI) program. IU Northwest’s program was used as an example of successful support practices in the state. Jayson Goodman, an IU Northwest English and anthropology student, also presented, providing the Commission with insight from a student’s perspective.

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Wayne James, formerly of the IU Police Department – Northwest, has been appointed as the campus police chief at IU Kokomo. He began serving in his new role October 1. James joined the Northwest campus in 2009 as a patrol officer. In 2011, while serving as sergeant for the IUPD-NW, James received a medal of valor for his actions during an off-campus incident that helped save a man’s life and secure a suspected shooter. James graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy and is currently earning a bachelor’s degree in public safety management.

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Ian Nicollini, Adjunct Faculty Member in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, was recently honored as one of The Times Media Company’s “20 under 40” honorees. Each year, the company selects 20 unique Northwest Indiana community members under 40 years of age to receive this prestigious recognition presented to the most energetic business leaders in the region.  According to The Times, the winners are lauded as being “dedicated to improving life in our area by participating in philanthropic organizations and spearheading charitable initiatives that help thousands of people in Northwest Indiana each year.”

Nicollini, an IU alumnus, is the Town Manager of Cedar Lake.

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Ellen Szarleta, JD., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Public and Environmental Affairs and Director of the Center for Urban and Regional Excellence, was recently chosen as a Faculty Fellow for the 2013 - 14 Faculty Fellows program by Indiana Campus Compact.  As a member of the 18th class of Fellows for the state of Indiana, Szarleta will assist with the concepts that proving service-learning and community engagement can effectively integrate faculty teaching, research, and professional service. To assist her research, the Faculty Fellows program provided Szarleta with the Fostering Effective Partnerships to Further Service in Indiana Higher Education—Phase II grant provided by the Lilly Endowment Inc. to Indiana Campus Compact.

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