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KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University Kokomo selects David Hancock to lead its men’s and women’s golf teams in their inaugural season.

Dave Hancock named golf coachDave Hancock named golf coachHancock, 33, is also an assistant professor of allied health sciences and researcher in sports psychology, talent development, and skill acquisition.

“Golf is one of the most mentally challenging sports, and I bring some unique skills that can help build a solid golf team,” Hancock said. “This is an opportunity for student athletes to continue playing in college, but from an approach that engages and embraces the mental aspect of the sport. I think these principles of sports psychology and talent development will set our program apart from our competitors.”

Athletic Director Brandon Podgorski said he and Todd Gambill, vice chancellor for student affairs and enrollment management, were both impressed by Hancock’s experience, and his academic goals for the golf teams, which will begin play during the 2015-2016 school year.

“His experience in sports psychology brings a unique skill set that I feel will give our golfers a mental edge over their opponents,” he said. “It’s exciting to have someone with his background leading our teams. I’m very happy to have Dr. Hancock join the Cougar athletic family.”

With golf, IU Kokomo will add its first spring sport. Cougar athletics currently includes men’s and women’s cross country and women’s volleyball during the fall season, and men’s and women’s basketball during the winter. Golf teams play in the fall and spring.

Hancock anticipates beginning to recruit athletes in the near future, with the hope of having the nucleus of a team by summer. Its home course will be the Wildcat Creek Golf Course, and the Kokomo Country Club and American Legion courses have also agreed to partner with the teams, to give them experience on a variety of courses. The Cougars are part of the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

“This is a great time to join IU Kokomo,” Hancock said. “It is a small, yet energetic and growing campus, with new degree programs, athletic teams, intramural sports, and student clubs.”

Athletes interested in playing for the Cougar golf teams may contact Podgorski at 765-455-9463 or bpodgors@iuk.edu, or go to iuk.cougars.com to fill out a recruiting form.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University honors three faculty members from its Kokomo campus with Trustees Teaching Awards, given to those who demonstrate a commitment to excellence in the classroom.

Teaching Award Recipients Linda Ficht Teaching Award Recipients Sarah Heath Teaching Award Recipients Dmitriy Chulkov

Dmitriy Chulkov, professor of economics and management information systems; Linda Ficht, associate professor of business law, and Sarah Heath, associate professor of history, each received the awards, which recognize excellent teaching, particularly at the undergraduate level.

Kathy Parkison, interim vice chancellor for academic affairs, congratulated the three on the honor.

“Our students receive world-class education on our campus because our talented faculty members are committed to excellence in the classroom,” Parkison said. “We are proud to have these outstanding educators receive recognition for their teaching expertise and skills.”

Chulkov teaches economics, management information systems, and computers in business, in the School of Business. He received a grant of nearly $17,000 from the Department of Homeland Security in 2011 for an economic analysis of investment enhancing port and waterway security from underwater threats, and was part of a team awarded a nearly $800,000 grant from the National Institute for Hometown Security for development and commercialization of a compact neutron interrogation system for underwater threat detection and identification. He earned a Ph.D. in economics from Purdue.

Ficht teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in ethics and social responsibility, the level environment of business, cyber law, and commercial law. She created a teaching method called team based critical analysis, which she uses to effectively teach business law. She was a practicing attorney for nearly 10 years before becoming an educator. She earned a J.D. cum laude from Southern Illinois University School of Law, a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) from Bradley University, and a Bachelor of Arts in English from University of Southern Illinois, Carbondale.

Heath teaches history, and especially enjoys courses that focus on American social and cultural history, including Crime and Punishment in American History, the Sixties, American Cultural History, and the United States Since World War II. She has also collaborated with Eva White, associate professor of English, on courses about Irish history, literature, and culture, including a class in the spring that includes travel to Ireland. She also works in online education. Heath earned a bachelor’s degree from the College of Wooster, and a Master of Arts and Ph.D. in history from University of Cincinnati.


Tenured or tenure-track faculty, or full-time lecturers or clinical faculty whose primary duty is teaching, who have demonstrated that they are the best teachers, are eligible for this award of $2,500.

The IUB Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs is responsible for establishing and supervising the procedures for determining the award recipients.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Classes begin next month for a long-awaited program that allows two-year graduates the chance to earn a four-year degree without losing hard-earned credits.

First Day 2014Professor Bradley teaches classIndiana University Kokomo will launch the Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) on October 8, paving the way for more than 40,000 state residents who have earned an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree the opportunity to step in as an upperclassman.

“Without a B.A.S. program, many of those people would have to start all over again to earn a four-year degree,” said John Hughey, chairperson of the Division of Allied Health Sciences, who served on the committee to develop the new program. “The Associate of Applied Science degree was the minimum level to enter their career field, and now they need more to advance. This allows them a path to a bachelor’s degree that was previously unavailable to them, without giving up the credits they worked so hard to earn.”

Kathy Parkison, interim vice chancellor for academic affairs, said the first class, Ethics for Health Professionals, would be offered as an eight-week, online course. The Indiana Commission for Higher Education recently gave the green light for the degree program.

“As teachers, we know an educated citizen will earn a higher salary, will be better able to understand the complex issues facing voters today, and will be better equipped to deal with the challenges of life,” said Kathy Parkison, interim vice chancellor for academic affairs. “That is why the state of Indiana has been pushing for more citizens to have baccalaureate degrees, and we are happy to offer this degree to help in these efforts.”

This same class will be offered on campus during the spring 2015 semester, along with classes in organizational communication, and managing and behavior in organizations which both will be available on campus and online, and introduction to marketing, an online only class. Additional classes will be introduced later in 2015.

The B.A.S. will be available both online and at IU Kokomo, as well as IU’s four other regional campuses. Initially, IU Kokomo will offer two tracks; health management and an individualized track, and may later offer focuses on sustainability and new media communication. Other specializations will be added based on needs in each region.

Approximately 40,000 Indiana residents have earned A.A.S. degrees in programs such as construction technology, windmill repair, and other hands-on programs, and few of their credits would transfer to a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Sciences program.

Alan Krabbenhoft, dean of the School of Business, said students will come in as juniors, with 60 credits, and can complete the program in four semesters, taking 15 credit hours per semester.

“It is designed to meet the needs of people who have earned A.A.S. degrees, and have probably gone as far as they can in their career fields without more education,” he said. “With our B.A.S. program, they will learn leadership and supervision skills, and gain new job opportunities.”

For more information about the B.A.S. program, or to enroll,  contact IU Kokomo’s Office of Admissions at 765-455-9217 or iuadmis@iuk.edu, or iuk.edu/admissions. 

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — An Indiana University Kokomo sociology professor has received national recognition by her peers for her excellent work and contributions to teaching and learning.

Nancy GreenwoodNancy GreenwoodNancy Greenwood was honored with the inaugural Scholarly Contributions to Teaching and Learning award from the American Sociological Association’s section on teaching and learning, for “her path-breaking scholarship on the design and implementation of introductory courses in sociology.”

“What I enjoy most about teaching is watching students grow, watching them progress, and gaining the ability to think critically, and knowing you’ve made a difference in their lives,” she said.

Greenwood appreciates the support she’s had for her research in teaching and learning at IU Kokomo.

“We have many fine, great teachers here,” she said. “The support from my colleagues has allowed me to pursue this kind of research.”

The award is meaningful to her, because it comes from her colleagues in the ASA, a professional organization she has belonged to for more than 25 years.

“It’s tremendously gratifying, because there are the people who do research on teaching and learning,” said Greenwood. “They’re the people who do the same kind of work I do. Scholarship on teaching and learning doesn’t always get the attention that other work in this field receives. I’m grateful to others who share my passion for teaching, and recognize the importance of what we do.”

The award honors Greenwood for her critically acclaimed monograph “First Contact: Teaching and Learning in Introductory Sociology,” which she wrote with Jay R. Howard. Her nomination letter calls it “the first comprehensive consideration of the full range of issues relating to introductory sociology.” It also recognizes her many other articles and presentations at a variety of scholarly venues.

Greenwood discovered her interest for research in teaching and learning while a student of Dean Dorn at Cal State University in Sacramento.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.