Sycamore Shout-Outs

This month's featured Sycamore Shout-Outs highlight two great recent students and three of our distinguished faculty members.

Aaron Morales

Aaron Morales

“Drowning Tucson” by Aaron Morales, ISU assistant English professor, has been named one of the summer’s five best debut novels from independent publishers.

The July/August issue of Poets and Writers singles out Morales' work, which chronicles the lives of the Nunez family in some of the toughest neighborhoods of 1980s Tucson, for its innovative quality. Editors of the magazine use the word "unconventional" in describing the table of contents that offers "six ways of navigating the interconnected tales that compose the novel."

Morales, an assistant professor at ISU since 2005, is also a 2000 graduate of the English department's creative writing program. He also regularly contributes articles to the Terre Haute Living magazine.

Timothy Demchak

Timothy Demchak

ISU’s Associate Professor of athletic training Timothy Demchak leads his students to St. Ann Clinic to give back to the Terre Haute community. In return, his students get hands-on experience in providing rehabilitation care for some local residents who need it most.

Clinic Administrator Sister Lawrence Ann Liston said the need for ISU's assistance was abundantly clear.

“The folks we see here are really the working poor,” she said. “They have no insurance, no Medicare or Medicaid, no family physician. Many of them are working for very low wages or not working at all.”

During the first four months of operation, Demchak and his students provided rehabilitative care to 73 patients, a majority of whom suffer from chronic shoulder or back injuries. Now, Demchak is trying to find grant money to help expand the services ISU students can offer.

Brian Kilp

Brian Kilp

Brian Kilp, professor of music at Indiana State University and principal horn for the Terre Haute Symphony, has received an honorary doctorate degree from Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University in Bangkok, Thailand.

The Thai university recognized Kilp for his past seven years of work in the Asian country. He led several music groups to Thailand to host music workshops in schools and perform in concert halls.

"Working there has taught me that it is not resources, money or talent, but rather the desire to work and to learn that is the key for success in music," he said. "Music is everywhere and there are people everywhere that want to play and sing."

High Fliers

High Fliers

Two Indiana State University women flew in the 2010 Air Race Classic, bringing home a second place finish in the collegiate competition and landing in the eighth spot among 51 teams.

Kay Brown, of Avon, was the youngest pilot in the competition at being just 18 at the time. Her co-pilot Jessica Campbell, who graduated from ISU in May, competed in the 2009 race where she placed second overall and won the collegiate division.

"The race went really smoothly," Campbell said of the 2010 race. "We didn't make any mistakes in the competition and there were no penalties. We flew what we thought was an excellent race and there's nothing to be disappointed about in that. We are really happy with what we did."