Indiana University Kokomo

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KOKOMO, Ind. — In a world where people are surrounded by sources of information, the ability to find information, evaluate it, and use it correctly is crucial.

Yan HeYan He, IU Kokomo associate librarian.

Indiana University Kokomo will have new ways to educate students, faculty, and staff in information literacy, as one of its librarians recently attended a prestigious immersion program.

Yan He, information literacy librarian, was one of 100 participants in the Association of College and Research Libraries information literacy immersion program, at Champlain College, Burlington, Vt.

Polly Boruff-Jones, dean of the Library, said the immersion program only accepts about 10 percent of applicants.

"This is a very competitive program, and I am proud of Yan for being accepted," she said. "This program allows her to take our existing activities and build a framework for a full-fledged information literacy program."

Boruff-Jones is an alumna of the immersion program.

He was thankful to receive IU's Herbert and Virginia White Professional Development Award to fund her attendance. The award is given annually to fund professional development for IU library staff. She was one of two recipients.

He defined information literacy as ability to identify an information need, know where to find the information, be able to evaluate a source's credibility, and be able to use it ethically, without plagiarizing.

"It takes some thought to articulate what you need, and to dig deeper into the resources available," she said. "It can be hard to identify reliable, high quality scholarly publications. It is our goal to educate our campus to have these vital skills."

The immersion program includes a teaching track and a program track. He was selected for the program track, which focuses on developing, integrating, and managing information literacy programs.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University Kokomo showcases the area's industrial heritage, with a children's art show.

The Industrial Art Vignettes TourThe Industrial Art Vignettes Tour

The Industrial Art Vignettes tour, created by students at the Wallace Elementary School of Integrated Arts, features three pieces representing Kokomo Opalescent Glass, General Motors, and Syndicate Sales.

Ashlee Shoaff, IU Kokomo's accessibility center coordinator and the parent of three Wallace School students, planned the project as a way to combine local history with art.

"I wanted to inspire people to look at the wealth of industry we've had, and envision what we can do next," she said. "What can our community do to inspire innovation? Being the City of Firsts, we can and should lead the way."

Each grade at the fine arts elementary school participated, researching one of the three companies, learning about each one's services and products, value in the local community, and global impact.

"I envisioned helping the children understand the rich industrial heritage in Kokomo, and how it has been important not only to us, but to people worldwide," Shoaff said.

The companies involved provided supplies, and have displayed the finished projects in their facilities. It also received grant funding from the Tippecanoe Arts Federation and the Indiana Arts Commission.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — With blood donations reaching a critical low, one Indiana University Kokomo student makes a difference — with help from her campus community.

Summer Blood DriveJenny Ritter helps student Ashley Miller sign up for the blood drive.

A blood drive organized by American Red Cross intern Jenny Ritter brought in 18 units of blood, at a time of year donations typically decrease because of vacations and summer activities.

"I was pleased we were able to get such a good response," said Ritter, a senior from Tipton. "It exceeded our expectations. We are thankful to everyone on campus who rolled up a sleeve and gave."

She planned the drive with Toni Fox, donor recruitment representative, who said every unit collected is important and needed.

"Our patients don't take a vacation from needing blood, but during the summer months, about two fewer donors give at each drive than what we need to provide for our patients," Fox said. "Jenny's leadership helps the Red Cross fulfill its responsibility to ensure blood is available to patients, whenever and wherever it is needed."

In addition to learning professional skills from her internship, Ritter also gained a new respect for the American Red Cross, and the services it provides.

"Willingly donating blood is something only humans can do, and it saves lives," she said. "That's a pretty awesome thing we can do for one another. I had volunteered with blood drives in high school, but this was a whole other level of responsibility. I learned how much work goes into planning and hosting a blood drive, and more about specifically what it is like to be in a helping profession."

Ritter also may earn scholarship money, through the Love. Give. Life. Summer Youth Program. It awards scholarship money to students ages 17 to 24, based on blood units collected at blood drives they organize.

Ritter said her internship, which she gained through the Office of Career Services, is good preparation for her future career working with veterans.

"It's broadened my view of the Red Cross, and the services they provide," she said. "I've learned in psychology classes that you don't offer therapy immediately after a traumatic event or disaster, because people have other, immediate needs to consider, like shelter and medical care. The Red Cross is huge in stepping in that middle area between disaster and therapy, and I have a greater appreciation for what they can do."

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Show your Cougar pride, by trying out for the Indiana University Kokomo cheerleading squad.

2013 IU Kokomo Cougars Cheerleaders2013 IU Kokomo Cougars Cheerleaders

Tryouts for the 2014-2015 school year are from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, August 2, at the Cougar Gym.

Coach Emilee Benge anticipates an exciting year for the cheerleaders, especially with the debut of the new women's basketball team.

"I am expecting great things from this year," she said. "We have had a huge amount of interest from girls and guys all over the region who want to come be part of our squad. With this new interest, it is pushing the current cheerleaders to work harder and improve their own skills. I think the fans at the basketball games this year will be pleased with the level of talent they see."

The squad is open to all full-time IU Kokomo students. Those trying out should come with a cheer and chant to demonstrate, and should be prepared to stunt, and showcase jumps and tumbling.

For more information contact Benge at 765-455-9377 or

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.