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Nursing professor Fine, economist Guell receive Faculty Distinguished Service Award

April 28, 2011

Indiana State University faculty members Julia Fine, associate professor of advanced practice nursing, and Robert Guell, professor of economics, were recognized Thursday (April 28) with the university's Faculty Distinguished Service Award. The award recognizes distinguished service outside the classroom.

Fine has served on numerous college and university committees during her 16 years at Indiana State. She has served on the task force for the formation of the new College of Nursing, Health, and Human Services, chaired the structure committee and has served on the Faculty Senate executive committee. Serving on the board of the Council for Domestic Abuse (CODA) for eight years, she also participated with CODA to initiate the Vigo County Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) and a SART protocol for the county. She also serves on the board of the Atsina Charity Medical Clinic, which provides care for the poor in Accra, Ghana.

In the Wabash Valley, she worked with others to initiate the Maple Center for Integrative Health and serves on its board. This innovative center brought midwifery care to the Maternal Health Clinic. The Maple Center also started the Wabash Valley Coronary Health Improvement Project (CHIP), a class series that teaches participants how to reverse coronary heart disease, diabetes, and obesity with diet and exercise. Fine teaches in the CHIP program. She has volunteered at St. Ann Clinic in Terre Haute, worked at the Johnson Nichols Health Clinic in Greencastle, and served as a health care provider on short term missions to Nicaragua, Guatemala, Haiti and Mexico. This summer she will be part of a team from Nurses for the Nations to India to assess the health needs of the poor.

"This honor humbles me, and it also belongs to all the people with whom I have served, a wonderful and varied group of gifted and giving individuals," Fine said. "For me, the call to service springs from my profession of faith as a Christian, and each adventure has taught me more about reaching out to the world with compassion."

Guell earned a Bachelor of Arts in economics and statistics and a Master of Science in economics at the University of Missouri and a Ph.D. in economics from Syracuse University. He came to Terre Haute and Indiana State in 1991. He has just completed work on the sixth edition of "Issues in Economics Today," McGraw Hill's leading economic issues textbook, and is finishing the first edition of a "Principles of Economics" textbook, also for McGraw-Hill, which will represent the first book designed from the ground up as an e-book. Guell services the university as a member of the Faculty Senate executive committee, as chair of the university's foundational studies council, and in several other roles. He is most visible in the Wabash Valley as a frequent on camera source for television stations WTHI and WTWO, helping the broadcasters explain complex economic phenomena to their viewers.

"It is always gratifying to be recognized for your week, but it is even more gratifying that it is a group of peers who both nominated me and selected me for this award," Guell said.

Photos: - Julie Fine - Robert Guell

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