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KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University Kokomo students learn from working actors, as the campus hosts Artists in Residence Rob and Jen Johansen.

johannsensArtists in Residence Rob and Jen Johansen.

The actors will be on campus for three days, starting Tuesday, March 25, leading a stage combat workshop, meeting with a humanities class and a Freshman Learning Community, and discussing plays with the "Conversations with Shakespeare," class. Their residency concludes with a performance at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 27, in Kresge Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.

The Artists in Residence program gives students a chance to meet people working successfully in an artistic field, to ask questions and get an idea of what it takes to work in those professions, said Joann Kaiser, lecturer in communication arts.

"Rob and Jen are so approachable, and love being on our campus and working with students," she said. "This is a great opportunity for students to understand the discipline and training that goes into professional acting. Students benefit from the workshops and conversations about performance and literature."

The Johansens, who have appeared in many lead roles at the Indiana Repertory Theatre, previously were artists in residence at IU Kokomo in 2012. They've been friends of the campus since the 2011 Commencement, in which Jen Johansen's stepfather, Bill Hunt, received an honorary degree.

Rob Johansen has been a professional actor for 18 years, and a fight choreographer for 15 years. He has choreographed fights in more than 20 productions of Romeo and Juliet, and has played Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol 12 times. Jen Johansen has been a professional actor for 10 years, winning a leading actress award in Cincinnati for her performance in Time Stands Still. In 2011 she was awarded a Creative Renewal Fellowship, which allowed her to travel to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London for a month-long Shakespeare Intensive Training.

Together, they are co-artistic directors for ShadowApe Theatre Company, which prides itself on innovative theatrical work. This summer, they are producing a new piece for the IndyFringe Theatre Festival.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Tony Wood graduates from Indiana University Kokomo with real-world marketing and project management experience, after he and his Enactus teammates helped the new campus food service providers learn more about its new market.

Enactus and Rozzi's CateringEnactus and Rozzi's Catering

The student organization, comprised mostly of business students, developed a 25-question survey about campus food service, and conducted more than 300 face-to-face interviews with students, faculty, and staff, asking questions about what kinds of foods they want available, pricing, and how often and what times of day they eat on campus.

Wood, a senior, said the business students gained hands-on experience in marketing, while serving not only the Cougar Country Café by Rozzi's Catering, but everyone who eats on campus.

"We learn about how to do these things in our classes, but this gave us a chance to try it on our own," he said. "This is a real business, and we are able to take what we've learned and use it to help."

In response to the survey, Enactus members successfully applied for a $1,500 Sam's Club Step Up for Small Business grant, to buy a panini press. The $500 left after the purchase will fund an advertising campaign, which may include improved signage, table menus, and digital signs, this semester.

Students were surprised to return to classes in the fall and find a different menu and prices than the previous school year, said Enactus member Vincent Knarr. Many did not know that a locally owned company replaced the previous food service provider, which had been subsidized to keep prices lower.

"We're helping them re-brand as a restaurant, rather than a fast food on campus," he said. "We want everyone to notice that the quality is better, and there are more healthy options than we had before."

People were very vocal about their likes and dislikes.

"I was surprised by how willing they were to talk about it, and how important it was to our campus," Knarr, a junior, said. "We found out that the traditional-age students really want healthy options, but they also want more fried options. They want the option to eat healthy, or not to eat healthy."

After compiling results, the students created a report with graphics, and presented it to Executive Chef JoAnn Rozzi, Robert Rozzi, the general manager, and Jennifer Rozzi, event director.

For JoAnn Rozzi, it was valuable insight into the market.

"It let us learn more about the students, what they want to eat, and what they think is a good price," she said. "We increased our healthy food offerings this semester, based on the survey results. The Enactus students gave us a good look into the community."

Chapter Advisor Adam Smith said the group would present their work in competition at the Enactus national conference, set for April 1-3 in Cincinnati.

"This project uses a lot of the business principals we teach in class," he said. "They learned project management, research, and grant writing skills. Conference presentation projects are supposed to have environmental, social and economic impact, and this project has all of those."

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Eva White looks forward to interviewing one of her most admired writers this summer, with help from two Indiana University grants.

Eva White leads her class in discussion.Eva White leads her class in discussion.

White, associate professor of English at IU Kokomo, will interview Roddy Doyle, and write the first chapter of her book, Who is Irish?: Roddy Doyle's Hyphenated Identities, supported by two New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities grants. Her project is one of 22 supported so far this year by the New Frontiers program.

She is grateful IU supports faculty research, and makes it possible for them to take a short time out of the classroom to do so.

"It's very encouraging and wonderful to have IU provide us with internal grants," White said. "There are not many grants out there to write books, at least not in humanities. These grants allow me to be mentally free to think about this project. There is not much research out there about Roddy Doyle. It will be incredibly exciting to meet him, and to ask him questions about the topics in my book."

Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke said White is a great example of IU Kokomo's faculty scholars, whose teaching and research attract students to the campus.

"Many of our students enjoy Eva's award-winning teaching, and benefit from her research," she said. "We have an international faculty who provide our students with a global perspective, as they prepare to live and work in a diverse world."

The grants allow White to research in Ireland this summer, studying how the culture and national identity has changed since the 1990s, when the country's rich economy began attracting many immigrants. Doyle's short story collection The Deportees documents that experience. White began including his literature in her classes in 2008.

She will present her work at a conference while she is there, in addition to her interview with the Irish author.

White plans to design a class at IU Kokomo based on her research for the first chapter in her book, which compares and contrasts the city of Dublin as documented in James Joyce's The Dubliners, published in 1914, and The Deportees, published in 2007.

"Both are chroniclers of their Dublin, and explorers of the Irish psyche," she said. "Joyce was disgusted with Ireland, and the paralysis that had enveloped the city. Doyle gives us a very different Dublin, multicultural, vibrant, wealthy, lots of optimism with race relations. Each of them produced work that can be considered historical documents of a sort."

In addition to her research honors, White has won numerous teaching awards, including IU's Herman Frederic Lieber Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence and the Kokomo campus' Trustees' Teaching Award.

"It is an honor for Eva to be chosen to receive these grants," said Scott Jones, dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. "The grants recognize her skill as a scholar, and the importance of her research."

The New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities program's objective is to support IU faculty members in the initial stages of path-breaking and transformative programs of scholarly investigation or creative activities.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — What is better than earning more credits towards your college degree? Saving money while earning those credits.

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Indiana University Kokomo encourages students to Seize the Summer Savings, by taking advantage of the 25 percent summer tuition discounts for undergraduate courses. These savings are available not only to IU Kokomo students, but to those from other campuses and universities, as well as community members.

IU Kokomo is making it easy to attend, with two-week, four-week, six-week, and 13-week options, including the four-week Maymester program. There are also online and hybrid classes, which include online and classroom experiences.

Two-week classes are available in criminal justice, education, and allied health. Some of the four-week classes offered include land and environmental art, French literature and civilization, the Middle Ages in film and video games, storytelling, art, and music, and fitness appraisals. Six week and full term classes are available in all subject areas.

Summer school offers a chance to take prerequisite or introductory classes, or to explore a new area. It also is an opportunity to brush up on college math skills or acclimate to campus with one course.

Summer session registration is underway. Students currently enrolled should contact their academic advisor for more information. Anyone else interested should contact the Office of Student Success and Advising at 765-455-9309 or

For the schedule of summer classes click here.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Nearly 30 years ago, a teenager's fight to attend public school, despite having AIDS, put Kokomo in the national spotlight.

Allen Safianow receives the Jacob Piatt Dunn Jr. award.Allen Safianow receives the Jacob Piatt Dunn Jr. award.

Allen Safianow, Indiana University Kokomo professor emeritus of history, and Judy Lausch, a retired Howard County public health nurse and faculty member, will talk about how this story continues to resonate in the community, in "The Ryan White Oral History Project and the Development of Universal Precautions." The free lecture is on Tuesday, March 25, at 7 p.m., in the Kelley Student Center, Room 130. A reception will take place before the lecture at 6:30 p.m.

Safianow and Lausch were part of a team that interviewed more than 20 people who played key roles during White's efforts to attend classes at Western Middle School, after he acquired the AIDS virus through an injection of Factor VIII, part of his treatment for hemophilia.

"We will be discussing the challenges and values of oral history as an important means of gaining a fuller understanding of complicated and controversial events," said Safianow. "An oral history is a way of providing voices from many different perspectives, perhaps to go a little deeper in some aspects than the media was able to do at that time."

Lausch will address Western School Corporation's efforts to develop and implement universal precautions, or ways to prevent people from coming in contact with bodily fluids, once courts determined it was safe for White to attend school.

"Western was forced to develop strategies to deal with this situation, and was one of the pioneers in the area of universal precautions," Safianow said. "This is one of the many nuances of this story."

White and his family later moved to Cicero, where he attended Hamilton Heights High School. He died April 8, 1990, at age 18.

Safianow was honored by the Indiana Historical Society for an article he wrote about the impact White's fight to go to school had on Kokomo. The Howard County Historical Society received the 2012 Indiana History Outstanding Project Award for the oral history project, which can be examined at the Seiberling Mansion, 1200 W. Sycamore St., Kokomo.

Lecture sponsors include the Department of Sociology, History, and Political Science, the History and Political Science Club, and the Office of University Advancement.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Noah Cicalo enjoys a challenge.

Honors ProgramPaul Cook teaches his honors colloquium.

His desire to be pushed a little harder led him to enroll in Indiana University Kokomo's honors program, which he says will make him stand out when he looks for a job, and prepares him for whatever adversity he faces.

"It's brought a lot more challenges, but it's been worth it," Cicalo, who also in in ROTC, said. "It gave me an opportunity to go more in-depth in subjects that interest me, to branch out and learn more than I would normally. It's brought more challenges, but I overcame those challenges. It makes me feel more prepared to come up against other difficulties in life."

Cicalo, a psychology major from Galveston, will be among the dozen honors program students graduating in May. Nearly 60 students currently are enrolled in the program, which provides unique educational and cultural activities to high-achieving students, but also comes with more rigorous academic standards.

That kind of rigor is exactly what drew Danika Smith, a junior, to the program.

"I think college is about being pushed, and getting out of your comfort zone," she said. "Being in the honors program has provided me with those challenges. I wanted to take classes I could change, to better prepare me for my future. I was able to do that with my honors classes."

A hallmark of the program is the "H option," which allows participants to work with professors to make any class an honors class, by adding additional research or projects above what is required of the rest of the class.

Smith, a public policy major, completed one of her H options in a human resources management class, with a project similar to something she might do if she worked in that field. She updated the human resources handbook from her job, based on current employment law, and wrote a paper about the changes she suggested.

"That's something I could potentially be doing in the future, so it was beneficial to me," she said. "I feel like being in the honors program, I'm getting more out of my education. I'm gaining writing skills, communication skills, and research skills, and learning what a graduate class may be like, for when I continue my education."

The program is open to students with a grade point average of at least 3.3. In addition to the H option, honors students take two honors colloquium classes and present a research project at a conference.

"The honors students do individual work that really enhances the class, and makes it more challenging," said program Director Netty Provost. "It is a good way for students to work one-on-one with professors, and allows us to offer an honors program using the faculty we have."

The honors colloquiums also are an opportunity to take unique classes, such as Paul Cook's" Digital Culture and Its Discontents," talking about technology and digital culture. The class examines technology and digital culture "in a kind of foundational way," looking at how it has been a social and technological force, and its impact on the world.

Cook, assistant professor of English, jumped at the opportunity to teach the class, because of the freedom to develop a class on any topic he wanted.

"I want students to come out of this at the other end looking at the world a little differently," he said. "That is the goal of education. I try to make this class into a seminar, similar to a graduate level course. I want this to be a place where the students read beneath the surface of difficult literature, questioning ideas. Then, in our small class, with can go in-depth with the topic and share ideas, rather than just doing an overview, like in a survey class."

On this particular day, they talk about Martin Heidegger's "The Question Concerning Technology," which was written in the late 1940s to spread awareness about the steps people are taking towards modern technologies, and the dangers that come with it. Along with that text, they consider Joseph Schumpeter's concept of "creative destruction," or how one economic order rises from the destruction of another.

As part of the discussion, they talk about how the local automotive industry has been impacted by technology. Smith mentions how technology makes manufacturing easier, but fewer people are needed to do the jobs. She enjoys being able to apply what she reads during the discussions.

"He wants us to talk, rather than just being lectured at," she said. "That puts more responsibility on us. We have to learn the material to talk about it, not just come to class and take notes as he tells us about it."

Provost encourages all eligible students to take advantage of the program.

"In a world where a 4.0 G.P.A. might not get you noticed, having honors program on your resume or graduate school application gives you more credibility, and can make a difference."

The honors program is open to incoming students with a combined SAT score of 1100 or an ACT score of 24, GPA of 3.3 or higher, and ranked in the upper 20 percent of high school graduating class. Students who have completed 12 credit hours of regular course work at IU Kokomo with a GPA of 3.3 or higher also may apply.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Do you have a new computer? Need help learning to use technology required for one of your classes?

The IT Training CenterThe IT Training Center.

Help — and chocolate — is just a few steps away for Indiana University Kokomo students, faculty, and staff, in the UITS-Kokomo IT Training Center.

Gregory Ogle and Mike Lynch, certified Microsoft Office Specialists, are available to help in the newly expanded training center, located in the Library, Room KA 221. They used to share the space with the tech support center, which has moved to the first floor.

"This new training center allows us to expand our technology training services in a unique way," said Ogle, manager of IT training. "We provide one-on-one interactive, personalized sessions, in addition to directing students to online training or scheduled classes. Having a dedicated training center provides new and exciting opportunities to deliver tutoring and training to the campus community. We can do this with or without an appointment, and we'll give you chocolate when we're done."

The trainers traditionally hand out chocolate during their training sessions.

In addition to one-on-one assistance, the new flexible workspace allows them to train groups of as many as eight to 10 students together, which means those working on group projects can get their training all in one session.

Walk ins are always welcome, but Ogle recommend appointments for group training or for more detailed questions about using technology for research papers, posters, presentations, podcasts, and other uses.

He plans to offer group training sessions on topics such as using citation and bibliography tools, creating PowerPoint presentations, posters, and podcasts, as well as group laptop set ups.

Ogle added that he and Lynch offer support to faculty as well, including coming to classes at the request of the instructor, to teach students how to use a technology tool the instructor wants to incorporate into the class.

"We may not be well versed in statistics, but we know the technology tools that support learning statistics," he said. "Our mission is to remove technology roadblocks to enable student success."

For more information, or to make an appointment, contact the IT Training Center at 765-455-9589, by email at, on the Web at

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University Kokomo spring break begins on Sunday, March 16. Classes resume at 8 a.m. Monday, March 24.

Winter Storm Vulcan hits IU KokomoAll campus offices, including the Office of Admissions, will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily during spring break week.

The Library will be closed Sunday, March 16, Saturday, March 22, and Sunday, March 23. It will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. from March 17 to March 21. Online and electronic resources are available when the library is closed, at

The Cole Fitness Center will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 17, to Friday, March 21, and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 22.

The IU Kokomo bookstore will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 17 through March 19, and closed Thursday, March 20, and Friday, March 21.

The Cougar Country Café closes at 3 p.m. Friday, March 14, and will re-open at 8 a.m. Monday, March 24.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Kelly Brown leads efforts to train people who work with crime victims, while demonstrating to her students what they can do with a degree in criminal justice.

Kelly BrownKelly BrownBrown, associate professor of criminal justice at Indiana University Kokomo, studies people who work in victim advocacy, to find out who they are, what attracts them to that work, what they do, how the stress of the job impacts them personally, and what can be done to help them handle that stress.

"We want to see if we can identify ways to make their jobs easier, so we can help them do this work at a more effective level," she said.

She involves students in her research, connecting them with law enforcement officials, victim's advocates, and people who have been victims of sexual assault, giving them an inside look at potential careers in criminal justice.

"They meet the people working in the trenches, and see first hand how criminal justice works in the real world," she said. "These people do amazing things. They help people who have been victims of horrific crimes cope with what happened to them. This allows students to see how we in the academic world can use our research and our knowledge to make the world a better place."

Participating in research with Brown prepared recent criminal justice graduate Michelle Lynch for the emotional toll her new job, as a case manager for the Indiana Department of Child Services, may take on her.

Before her first day, Lynch, from Upland, called a meeting with her husband, children, and some friends, to tell them how they could support her in her new career.

"I knew because of the opportunity to research with Dr. Brown that I was going to need a few shoulders to cry on at home," she said. "I don't think I would have been in tune with those needs without that experience. She is just awesome."

Lynch and Brown presented their research at a criminology conference in Atlanta in November 2013, and having that on her resumé made her stand out from other candidates in her job search, Lynch said.

"When I had my interview with the Department of Child Services, that was one thing they wanted more information about," she said. "I seriously believe this experience made me more marketable."

Brown also works with the Indiana Coalition Against Sexual Assault to train agency leaders statewide to evaluate their programs for effectiveness. They must demonstrate having positive impact as a condition of receiving funding from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

"It's one thing to raise awareness of sexual assault," Brown said. "It's another to change behavior. I give them tools to demonstrate their value to people outside their programs, to show they are making inroads in reducing incidents of sexual assault."

She said many people think criminal justice majors all want to be police officers, but that is not the case.

"Most of them want to help in some way," she said. "This is one way I can show them how to do that in the real world. This helps them understand how what they can do can make a difference in the world."

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Learn more about a mission to catch a comet at a free Indiana University Kokomo Observatory Open House Sunday, March 9.

Campus in snowThe Observatory

Patrick Motl, assistant professor of physics, will begin the open house at 8 p.m. with a talk about the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission, which will land a robot on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko later this year.

NASA contributed instruments and science investigators for the 10-year mission, to learn more about comets. Rosetta will be the first spacecraft to land a robot on a spacecraft, and the first to accompany a comet as it enters our inner solar system.

After the talk, participants may view winter skies through the Observatory's telescopes, weather permitting, until 10 p.m.

"Jupiter will be near a first quarter moon, high in the evening sky for viewing," Motl said. "We continue to enjoy winter skies for this month, including the prominent constellations or Orion and Taurus in the winter hexagon."

The Observatory's telescopes include a six-inch Takahashi refracting telescope and a 16-inch Meade reflecting telescope mounted together. The Takahashi provides exceptionally sharp images of planets, while the Meade allows viewers to see fainter objects in the sky, due to its larger light collecting area.

The open house is free and open to the public in the Observatory, 105 E. Rebecca Lane. Free parking is available on campus.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University Kokomo selects Moake Park Group Inc. as the architects to renovate its oldest building into 21st century learning space.

CC0A0318The Main Building

Laura Lucas, assistant architect for research in the University Architect's Office, said the Fort Wayne-based firm was chosen from among five finalists for the job to upgrade the Main Building.

"They showed us what we could do for us, to transform underutilized spaces to the way higher education works today, and to prepare it for how it will work in the future," she said. "The classrooms will fit better for how we are teaching, and how we are going to teach, as opposed to how we used to teach."

Planners expect the project to be completed by fall 2015. Work should start this summer, Lucas said, adding that the biggest challenge is "keeping the building operational while transforming it."

While much of the $14 million project is upgrading infrastructure, such as the heating and cooling system, there will be visible changes to the Main Building, according to Interim Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke.

"From the outside, we want it to represent the new direction of IU Kokomo, becoming a 21st century campus," she said. "This project ensures that the Main Building will support our continued growth, and prepare us to meet the needs of our students well into the future. We are excited to move forward."

Students will benefit from new, modern classrooms, suitable for the technology being used, and for collaborative learning and teaching. They also will enjoy new places to study and meet with classmates.

The Indiana General Assembly approved $14 million for the project in 2013. "We are appreciative of the efforts of our local legislators who supported this project and who continue to be strong advocates of our campus," said Sciame-Giesecke.

The work will be the first major renovations in nearly two decades for the building, which was built in 1965. It was the first building on the South Washington Street campus when IU Kokomo moved from the Seiberling Mansion.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University Kokomo took on an international flavor Friday (February 21), hosting an annual educational festival for local sixth graders.

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Nearly 170 sixth graders from the International School at Central Middle School, Kokomo, set up displays representing 41 countries, for the annual International Festival. Faculty, staff, and students provided enrichment experiences for the students, including a piñata building workshop.

The festival exposes students to international culture, which is important as technology makes the world smaller, said Donna McLean, assistant professor of communication arts.

"We are pleased to partner with the Kokomo Schools to offer the International Festival," she said. "It is crucial to make students aware of global issues, diversity, geography, and culture, to prepare them to live and work as citizens of the world."

Andralise Blackshear watched the Winter Olympics with more interest than usual this year, as she and her group completed their project on host country Russia.

"Now that I've learned about Russia, I think it would be an interesting place to visit," she said. "I've been enjoying learning more about it on TV during the Olympics."

Her team's exhibit included several collections of matroyska dolls, also known as nesting dolls, in their exhibit featuring Russia. Her teammate David Anderson-Penn especially liked a set representing Russian leaders, from Lenin to Gorbachev.

Alex Bolinger's team chose Tanzania as their country, because his father went there to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. They had several souvenirs brought back from that trip, including several wooden giraffes.

He was amazed to find out that nearly half the population of Tanzania, which is in southeastern Africa, is 15 years or younger.

Ivory Bess, one of his teammates, said it is important to learn other cultures, so you are prepared to travel and interact with people from around the world. She was surprised to learn that in Tanzania, she should never give a thumbs up, because rather than being a sign of approval, it is considered to be an obscene gesture.

"You have to know and understand the culture, so you know how to behave appropriately and get along with people," she said.

She was saddened to read about people rolling poisoned pumpkins into the roads to kill Tanzania's elephants, to take their tusks to sell for the ivory.

During lunch, an international buffet provided by the Cougar Country Café by Rozzi's Catering, IU Kokomo students answered questions about campus life and international study opportunities.

Teacher Mary Page was pleased the students tried and enjoyed international cuisine; including egg drop soup, Rolla vacca, Cuban picadilla with rice, and Moroccan rice pudding.

This is the fifth year IU Kokomo and Central Middle School have partnered to host the event, and every year gets better, she said.

"The cooperation between our schools is great," she said. "Our kids are excited to learn about their countries, and they work hard to create an excellent display to bring to campus. They come here and meet the college students, and learn about all the opportunities available to them, including international travel. This is something we look forward to every year."

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University Kokomo was host to the 50th annual Howard County Science fair, with faculty members volunteering as judges, and also teaching enrichment workshops for more than 80 young scientists.

Howard County Science FairHoward County Science Fair, see more pictures on Flickr.

The fair has been an annual event on campus for more than 10 years. Marcia Gillette, senior lecturer in chemistry, recognized the benefits students gain from completing science fair project, and brought it to IU Kokomo, in partnership with Haynes International.

Interim Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke, a long-time supporter of the science fair, welcomed students and their parents to the event.

In addition to exhibiting projects, students attended sessions with School of Sciences faculty. Leda Casey, lecturer in geology, presented a geology workshop. Patrick Motl, assistant professor of physics, taught about astronomy, and Ashley Duffitt, biology lab supervisor, led a workshop on pond microbiology. All three also were judges.

Faculty judges included Denise Chauret, adjunct faculty; Sara Deyo, chemistry lab supervisor; Michael Finkler, professor of physiology; Marcia Gillette, senior lecturer in chemistry; Joshua Gottemoller, senior lecturer of mathematics; Diane Hampshire, lecturer of mathematics; Kasem Kasem, professor of chemistry; Carrie Kinsey, biology lab supervisor; Linda Krause, senior lecturer in mathematics; Diana Mishler, clinical assistant professor and coordinator of medical imaging technology; and T.J. Sullivan, assistant professor of biology and molecular energy.

Megan Hedges, from Eastern High School, earned the top senior division prize of $1,000 for her exhibit, "Manipulating flames with alternating current." Her teacher, Ben Cox, received the traveling trophy awarded to the teacher of the first place senior division exhibitor.

Twenty-nine high school students participated in the senior division. Other award winners were: Rachel Johns, Northwestern High School, second place, $700; Lauren Ward, Northwestern High School, third place, $500; Elizabeth Bolyard, Northwestern High School, fourth place, $400; Heather Wright, Eastern High School, fifth place, $300; Teng Lee, Kokomo High School, sixth place, $250; Sharlene Lossing, Northwestern High School, seventh place, $200; Aaron Stanley, Northwestern High School, eighth place, $150; Alexander Jones, Northwestern High School, ninth place, $100; and Michael Embry, Kokomo Area Schools at Home, 10th place, $50.

Fifty-five elementary and middle school students participated in the junior division competition. The top five, in alphabetical order, are Kayla Bevington, Northwestern; Delaney Poer, Eastern; Addison Ream, Eastern; Amanda Wilson, Northwestern, and Tyler Wilson, Northwestern. Each received $100.

The rest of the top 10 in the junior division, in alphabetical order, were Allison Fenske, Kokomo Area Schools at Home; David Hoshaw, Acacia Academy; Megan Johnson, Eastern; Lauren Longshore, Northwestern, and Erin Matheney, Eastern. Each received $50.

Additional science fair contributors include Mark and Janet Comerford, Bucheri McCarty & Metz LLP, Erik's Chevrolet, Newlon Metals Inc., Rotary Club of Kokomo, Stan and Jody Ortman, The Windmill Grill, The Wyman Group, Charles and Sandy Sponaugle, Emily Bargerhuff, Marcia and Bob Gillette, Interim Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke, the IU Kokomo School of Sciences faculty, staff, and students, and IU Kokomo Physical Plant staff.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Cody Dunham takes great pride in winning an intramural basketball championship during his undergraduate college days.

Intramural basketballIntramural basketball. See more pictures on Flickr.

Those are the kinds of memories he wants to build for Indiana University Kokomo, as he plans the campus' new intramural basketball program. Games begin Tuesday, February 25, in the Cougar Gym.

"An intramural program is an important part of many students' collegiate experience," said Dunham, who will manage the league as the graduate assistant for the Cole Fitness Center. "It is one of the more unifying and friendship building experiences on campus. It is a great way to add to the IU Kokomo experience, and get students more involved. I am glad to be part of building that identity."

Intramurals give more students a chance to participate in sports while in college than the intercollegiate athletic program can allow, and provide a social and fitness experience, according to Todd Gambill, vice chancellor for student affairs and enrollment management.

"We're excited about this plan to allow our students to play in our beautiful new Cougar Gym," Gambill said. "We're hoping to springboard from this program into a full blown intramural program, with several sports available to our students, faculty, and staff."

Teams will play once per week, with minimal practices, and in a less structured environment than a collegiate team. Students will serve as paid officials for the approximately one-hour games. Regular season play continues through March 14, which is the week before spring break. There will be a single elimination tournament the week of March 24.

The intramural program is open to both men and women, and Gambill hopes for good participation from both. Teams representing the campus fraternity colony, faculty and staff, and other student organizations signed up for the first season. Students not on a team can sign up individually, and Dunham will place them on teams.

"It's neat for students to see their professors in a completely different environment, and be able to build those relationships," Gambill said. "It's also a great way for them to meet and socialize with students outside of their major, or from other student activities groups."

If the basketball program is successful, Gambill hopes to add other intramural sports, possibly including flag football, indoor soccer, softball, or ultimate Frisbee.

For more information about the IU Kokomo intramural basketball program, contact Dunham at

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.