• Lori Montalbano-Phelps, communication,
is the author of Taking Narrative Risk: The Empowerment of Abuse
Survivors. The book recounts the process of a study that examines
personal narratives of abuse survivors by assessing the relationship
between narration and teller empowerment. The narratives, which
include survival stories of rape, incest and battery, were collected
in personal interviews, transcribed and coded for emergent themes.
The book discusses in detail the fundamental steps in acquiring
narrative research. Special attention is paid to the precautions
and implications of conducting research on sensitive material. Through
its examination of the data collection and analysis processes, Taking
Narrative Risk is beneficial for teachers in communication studies,
performance methodology and narrative analysis.
• Dian Packard has been named interim
director for the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships. Packard,
a long-time resident of northwest Indiana, assumed her new responsibilities
Dec. 6 and oversees the activities of the office, which awards
nearly $12 million in financial aid and scholarships each year
to IU Northwest students.
Packard comes to IU Northwest with more than 25 years of experience
in financial aid administration. Her experience includes working
at Northwestern Universityís Chicago campus and serving as director
of student services and assistant dean for student affairs at
the Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, Chicago. She was also
coordinator of admissions and financial aid and director of student
services at Ivy Tech State College, Gary.
• Joe Pellicciotti, SPEA, published his
300th column for the northwest Indiana newspaper, The Times, in
November. The column, which appears every two weeks in the paperís
business section, focuses on consumer law issues.