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KOKOMO, Ind. — Paintbrushes, watercolors, ink, and clay are the tools most people think of when they think of an artist.

ImPressed with Art: Art Under Pressure.ImPressed with Art: Art Under Pressure.

At Indiana University Kokomo, student artists are adding a new and more unusual tool to their repertoire — an industrial steamroller.

Eight students, one faculty member, one alumna, and visiting artist Bryan Tisdale are carving wood blocks as large as 4 feet by 8 feet, which they will coat in ink, cover in muslin, and run over with a steamroller. The pressure from the steamroller impresses the images onto the fabric. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, April 25, in the Fine Arts Building parking lot.

Senior Mark Thompson could not pass up the opportunity to participate in this advanced print making class.

"How often do you get to use a steam roller?" he said. "When I heard about this, I dropped another class for this opportunity."

Essentially, the students created very large stamps, said Minda Douglas, assistant professor of fine arts, who taught the class.

"You carve out what you don't want to print," she said. "We don't have a press large enough to print this size, so the industrial steam roller will put pressure on it, to press the ink into the fabric and print the image."

The public is invited to watch as students work in teams to place the blocks, created from three-fourths inch plywood or medium density fiberboard (MDF), in place for rolling.

The artists created their designs on Photoshop, printed them in sections, and then transferred them to the boards before carving the image into the board using either hand or power tools.

Thompson put in nearly 30 hours carving his design into an MDF block. He'd never worked with it before, and likes how easy it is to carve. He said some students used power tools, but MDF must be hand carved.

After printing, he hopes to sell some of the prints, and to find another use for his block.

"It would be a really awesome table," he said. "I don't want to get rid of it. It's more valuable to me than my prints."

Once dry, several of the pieces will be displayed in the campus Art Gallery as part of the senior thesis show, and in the Kelley Student Center. One of the woodblocks will hang in the Cole Room, in Upper Alumni Hall. Some students plan to cut theirs into smaller pieces, to make smaller prints.

"We definitely plan to recycle and use these after we've printed them," Douglas said. "We're all proud of what we've created. The students are feeling a great sense of accomplishment for taking on such a large project. For all of them, it's the largest they've tried to do."

Douglas and her students are grateful to Sunbelt Rentals for donating use of the steamroller.

The Fine Arts Building is at the corner of Lincoln Road and LaFountain Street, in Kokomo. There is no charge to attend. Other student artwork will be displayed inside, and there will be refreshments served.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, IN – There's royalty walking around campus these days.

Indy 500 PrincessesIndy 500 Princesses, Danika Smith and Brittany Royer.

Danika Smith and Brittany Royer, both honors students at Indiana University Kokomo, are two of the 33 chosen to represent the state as 500 Festival princesses for the annual event. Nearly 300 collegiate women applied to be a festival princess.

The Indianapolis 500 is the world's most famous auto race, and the 500 Festival Princess Program is no less prestigious than the race itself. In fact, the Princess Program began in the late 1950's, and has always sought out the highest-caliber Hoosier women.

"The point is to find women who are motivated, unselfish, and personable," said Smith, a junior. "The Princess Program is a scholarship and ambassador program, not a beauty pageant."

Royer and Smith were chosen as princesses based on their academic performance, community service involvement, poise, and leadership skills. Smith is student body vice president and Royer is Psychology/Psi Chi club president and Student Alumni Association vice president. Both girls believe that the leadership opportunities available at IU Kokomo prepared them for this experience.

Through the Princess Program, Smith and Royer will not only advocate for the Indy 500, but IU Kokomo as well. Smith and Royer are direct examples of the quality students that IU Kokomo attracts and develops.

"I hope that participating in the Princess Program will encourage women to never hold back from their dreams because of ethnicity," said Smith, who is of Hispanic descent. "Criticism has always pushed me harder to succeed and prove people wrong."

As 500 Festival princesses, they will participate in community outreaches, ride a ceremonial lap around the track prior to the race, kiss the bricks, ride a float during the Festival Parade, and stand on the red carpet of the Key Bank 500 Festival Snakepit Ball. Not to mention, they are in the running for a $2,500 scholarship if one of them is selected as the 500 Festival Queen. However, Royer and Smith said that their focus is not on winning money or becoming queen, but participating in the events with fellow Indiana citizens.

The girls will use their Princess outreaches to spark hype for the Indy 500, and visit different locations in their hometown, such as their old elementary school to talk to young students. One of Royer's activities will take place at IU Kokomo, and she will encourage other girls to apply for the Princess Program the following year.

"To actually be a part of the events and race day activities is life changing. The Indy 500 is so important to the history of Indiana. I am especially anticipating the memorial service we have to attend because I come from a military family," said Royer, of Rossville.

Smith, 20, from Arcadia, is most excited to work shoulder-to-shoulder with her fellow princesses throughout the month of May.

Royer, a psychology major, and Smith, a public administration major, especially want their experience to inspire other Hoosier girls to move mountains.

Royer's father encouraged her to apply for the Princess Program. During Royer's sophomore year of college, her father was diagnosed with a rare, incurable illness that motivated Royer to live her life to the fullest.

"My dad and I love watching racing together. When I saw the Indy 500 princesses on TV as a kid, he told me, 'that could be you someday!' He has always been my biggest fan," said Royer, 23.

Smith and Royer believe that being ambassadors for the Indy 500 also means being ambassadors for the very core of Indiana heritage and tradition.

"We want to make Hoosier pride infectious through the Indy 500 Princess program. Through this program, I know that I have made 32 new lifelong friends," said Royer.

Story written by Alexis Nash. Alexis is an intern in the office of Media and Marketing.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Hundreds of students, faculty, staff, and community members will come together at Indiana University Kokomo to raise awareness of domestic violence, at the annual Take Back the Night and Angel Walk.

Take Back The Night 2012Take Back The Night/Angel Walk

The rally begins at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, in Alumni Hall, Kelley Student Center. The one-mile Angel Walk begins at 6 p.m., rain or shine.

This is the ninth year for the event, which is also a fundraiser for the Family Service Association of Howard County's domestic violence shelter.

"Take Back the Night is an opportunity for our campus to support the community, and to educate about domestic violence," said Candy Thompson, director of academic projects. "Domestic violence can happen to anyone, and it is important to know the signs, and where to go if you need help.

A domestic violence survivor will share her story, which makes the topic more personal, and reminds participants why they are walking and raising money.

The Angel Walk begins on campus and moves north on Washington Street towards the Kokomo Schools administration building, where walkers will circle back to campus for food and music, as well as to visit student project displays advocating against domestic violence.

IU Kokomo campus clubs and organizations are raising money leading up to the event, and the total collected will be announced at the rally. There is no cost to register, either individually or as a team. Students who want to participate may register in the Office of Academic Affairs by calling 765-455-9406, or by e-mailing Community members may register by calling 765-457-9313 ext. 9313, or by e-mailing

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KOKOMO, Ind. — For Ian Hougland, watching his movies with a crowd is both exhilarating and nerve-wracking.

Ian HouglandIan Hougland reviews a scene with two actors.

"It's one of the worst things ever, and one of the best things ever," he said. "It's cool to see how the audience reacts to the turns and twists in the plot."

He'll have another opportunity to gauge reactions to his second movie, at a free screening at his alma mater, Indiana University Kokomo, on Thursday, April 17.

Hougland, 23, who earned his degree in general studies in December, will be available for discussion after the showing of Drifting, which starts at 6 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium. Many of the cast and crew members also will answer questions.

This is the second screening for the horror film, which premiered at Kokomo-Con in October 2013. He released Iceberg Theory in 2011, also at Kokomo-Con, a comics and pop culture convention.

Drifting is the story of a young woman who moves into a new house with her sister, and her past begins to come back to haunt her. Hougland describes it as a horror thriller.

"It is heavily a drama," he said. "Horror elements move the plot, but they are not the plot. It leaves a lot of open questions. I heard audible gasps during our previous screening, and people told me it creeped them out."

He financed production — including renting a better quality camera than he owned, and paying his cast and crew a small salary — with his tax refund.

"The whole budget of my film wouldn't have purchased the camera we rented," he said. "One of the actors drove from Peru, and what I paid him just covered his gas money."

He spent more than two years on the project, while he was a student at IU Kokomo and working. He deliberately scheduled filming for summer 2013, to coincide with his summer vacation from school.

"Working and going to school at the same time is hard enough," he said. "We intentionally waited for summer, since most of the cast and crew were going to school too."

Those viewing the movie will see many familiar landmarks. While the majority was shot in the house Hougland lived in at the time, he also filmed scenes in the Kelley Student Center on campus, as well as the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library and the Original Treasure Mart.

Scott Blackwell, visiting lecturer in humanities, saw the film, and was impressed. He encourages people to come to the screening.

"This is a film Kokomo can be proud of," he said. "It's an opportunity to support the arts in Kokomo, and I think it's a film that will resonate with college students in particular."

Hougland hopes to show Drifting a few more times, and is preparing for some film festivals. He did a limited run of DVD copies, which are available to buy at Comics Cubed in Kokomo.

With two movies behind him, he is ready to move on to a new challenge, possibly a comedic web series.

"Ultimately, this is my creative outlet," he said. "For me, that's where it begins and ends."

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Before this semester, Darion Daugherty thought research was something scientists did — not elementary education majors like herself.

2014 Student Research Symposium2014 Student Research Symposium

She learned from experience, though, that research is part of all majors, and completed her own project, studying how different wavelengths of light impact plant growth.

Daugherty, a freshman from Peru, was among the 52 students presenting at the annual Indiana University Kokomo Student Research Symposium. The annual event showcases research conducted in the last year by graduate and undergraduate students from a variety of majors, including chemistry, psychology, fine arts, education, biology, English, and others.

She now has a better understanding of how to conduct research, a skill she can share with her own future students.

"This would be a great experiment in an elementary school classroom," she said. "I see how research allows you to dig deeper and get a richer understanding of a topic."

That is the purpose of the Student Research Symposium, said Netty Provost, event co-chairperson.

"The symposium is a wonderful event for our students to share their excellent academic research and creative work with a wider audience on campus," she said. "By participating in the event, students gain valuable experience with presenting their work to an audience, in both posters and presentation sessions, and develop skills to explain their research and creative work to an audience who might not be familiar with the discipline."

Chemistry majors William Bennett and Nicholas Daanen's project had a long, complicated title, that essentially translates to "shining a light on electrodes to make hydrogen," as they explained to the non-chemistry majors examining their poster.

They conducted their research with Kasem Kasem, professor of chemistry, studying potential ways to mass produce hydrogen, as an alternative to gas energy.

"Hydrogen is more efficient, and less harmful to the environment," Daanen said, adding that they've both researched with Kasem for three semesters. The work allows them to apply what they've learned in class, in a more meaningful way than class lab exercises.

They received one of two awards given for poster presentations at the symposium. Allison Morgan also was honored for her poster of her project, "The Allure of Virtuality."

Presentation award winners were Noah Cicalo for "Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Exposure Treatment for Soldiers," and Angelina Gurney for "Personality Traits, Perceived Stress, and Coping Styles."

Candy Thompson, co-chairperson, said these experiences are essential for students like Daanen and Bennett, who plan to attend graduate school.

"Part of academia is to research, and to present your research," she said. "It's exciting to see the level of engagement on our campus. It's a great opportunity for people to see the excellent research happening here."

For April Name, making a presentation is a way to educate the campus about what new media majors do. She displayed her graphic design portfolio, including notecards, a travel poster, and a literary journal she redesigned, and talked about her creative process and inspiration.

"For me, it's about creating awareness of the new media program," she said. "A lot of people don't understand what we do. Being able to get in front of people, and talk about what we do, and the process we do, is exciting, and it's fun to show off your hard work."

It also helps her prepare for her future, after she graduates in May.

"It's like a job interview," she said. "Employers will want me to be able to talk about what I've done, and what my creative process was for my work."

The IU Kokomo Student Research Symposium is sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs, the Center for Student Research, the Honors Program, and the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University Kokomo will host a career fair and law enforcement documentary screening in honor of Criminal Justice Week.

Emily WestCriminal Justice Association president, Emily West.

Campus police Chief Wayne James said 20 federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies will be on hand to meet with potential recruits during the career fair, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, April 17, in the Kelley Student Center, Room 130, and Alumni Hall. Officials from the Department of Child Services and the Indiana Department of Corrections will also accept resumes.

"This is an opportunity for us to showcase our criminal justice students, who will be qualified and prepared for many of the jobs these agencies have available," said James. "All of the agencies that will be there are currently recruiting. This event gives our students the chance to learn about these jobs, and to apply for them."

Career fair sponsors are the IU Police Department, the Criminal Justice Association (CJA), and the Department of Criminal Justice and Homeland Security. For more information call the IU Police Department at 765-455-9432.

Also as part of Criminal Justice Week, the CJA will host the state's first screening of a new documentary about law enforcement officers, at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 19, in Kresge Auditorium.

Tickets are $10 each for Heroes Behind the Badge: Sacrifice and Survival. The event is open to the public, and tickets are $10 each. Proceeds will benefit the National Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial and the CJA.

Emily West, Peru, association president, said the documentary tells personal stories of police officers caught in the line of fire.

"This film makes us have greater appreciation of what police officers do, by seeing it from an insider's point of view," she said. "You see them doing their daily jobs, and what happens when they make the ultimate sacrifice, and are killed in the line of duty. It truly tugged at my heartstrings, because I plan a career in law enforcement."

Representatives from the Peru Police Department will also be at the event, accepting donations for protective vests for its K-9 officers.

Tickets will be available at the door. Those attending should be seated by 6:30 p.m. for a short program, before the movie starts at 7 p.m.

For more information about the documentary, or to reserve a seat, e-mail Tim Fulk, visiting lecturer in criminal justice, at before Friday, April 18.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University Kokomo celebrates its student artists, in the annual Student Art Exhibition, opening Wednesday, April 9.

Student Art Exhibition PreviewStudent Art Exhibition Preview

The show includes more than 30 pieces of physical artwork, plus several digital and video works projected on gallery walls.

"This is our once-a-year opportunity to showcase what our students have been creating and researching for the past two semesters," said Susan Skoczen, gallery director. "Any student who has taken an art class has the opportunity to be chosen to exhibit, not just our art majors."

Faculty members review all submissions, selecting the best work for the exhibition. Artwork includes all types of media, from traditional drawing, painting, and design, to more conceptual printmaking and sculpture.

The show opens with a reception at 4 p.m. Wednesday, and continues through April 26 in the Art Gallery, in Upper Alumni Hall. Admission and parking are free. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, and noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays.

For more information, call the IU Kokomo Art Gallery at 765-455-9523.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — One hundred thirty-one Indiana University Kokomo students earned degrees in December 2013. The graduates represent 19 Indiana counties and five states, and include the first graduates in the Master of Science in Nursing program.

2013 CommencementCommencement.

Graduates are listed by hometown. Those receiving degrees include:


Megan LeeAnn Tuttle, Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences


Teresa Katherine Criswell, Master of Science in Nursing

Bunker Hill

Nicole Leann Ingram, Bachelor of Science in Nursing


Ryan Edward Gady, Bachelor of Science in Psychology


Ron Skinner, Master of Public Management

Leah Beth Wirkkala, Bachelor of Arts


Jessica Lee Martin, Bachelor of Science in History and Political Science


Whitney Nicole Cripe, Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences

Christopher J. Nabors, Master of Business Administration

Serina Lynn Perry, Bachelor of Science in Education


Evelyn Chiwalasile Kamoto, Master of Science in Nursing


Patricia Elaine Crim, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Amber Lynn Goll, Bachelor of Science in Nursing


Joshua Holda, Bachelor of Science in Chemical Biology

Christine Joanne Pinkard, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Taryn Ann Sisson, Bachelor of General Studies


Aaron Joseph Rogers, Bachelor of General Studies

Branden Taylor, Bachelor of Arts


Kurtis C. Emery, Bachelor of Science in Business

Ryan Mix, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Gas City

Clara Jo Sessoms, Master of Science in Nursing

Dea Jo Stanley, Master of Science in Nursing


Carly Nichole Haines, Bachelor of Arts

Daphney H. Ingle, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Beth Ann Robbins, Master of Science in Nursing

Dawn Renee Sladinski, Bachelor of General Studies

Leigh Erin Swartzendruber, Master of Science in Nursing


Andrea Nicole Wehr, Bachelor of Science in Nursing


Izzat A. Shehadeh, Bachelor of General Studies


Megan L. Arnold, Bachelor of Science in Nursing


Parvaneh Alipour, Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Kayla Anne Ashmore, Bachelor of Science in Business

Katryna Lorraine Bandy, Master of Public Management

Jessica Michele Campbell, Bachelor of Science in Education

William Craig Cannon, Master of Business Administration

Kasey M. Cowell, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Alexandra Marie Daniels, Master of Business Administration

Sarah Christine Dennis, Bachelor of Science in Education

Jayne K. Deno, Master of Public Management

Benjamin C. Dillon, Bachelor of General Studies

Andrew Julian Doran, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Amy Lynn Dotson, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Ralph Michael Dukes, Bachelor of Science in New Media Communication

Dee A. Emmons, Master of Arts in Liberal Studies

Adrienne Melissa Evilsizer, Bachelor of Arts

Stephanie Layne Fantuzzo, Master of Business Administration

April R. Fugle, Master of Science in Nursing

Grayce Lynn Gadson, Master of Public Management

Snezana Garic, Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Jeremy Daniel Gilman, Bachelor of Arts

Heidi Marie Goff, Bachelor of General Studies

Sadeta Hodzic, Bachelor of Arts

Luke Charles Hollingsworth, Bachelor of Science in Public Administration

Ian Charles Hougland, Bachelor of General Studies

Mark Daniel Hubenthal, Master of Business Administration

Lynn Ann LaCluyse, Master of Science in Nursing

Derek Lawhead, Bachelor of Science in Business

Mark Jordan Liechty, Bachelor of General Studies

Boyd Terry Marler, Bachelor of Science in Business

Michelle Elaine Martin, Master of Public Management

Sean Carlton Mayse, Bachelor of General Studies

Barbara Jane Miller, Master of Science in Nursing

David James Osborne, Bachelor of General Studies

Robert Michael Preuss, Bachelor of General Studies

Daniel Wayne Rasmussen, Bachelor of Science in Education

Nicholas Christian Rish, Bachelor of Science in Business

Shakti D. Scircle, Bachelor of Science in New Media Communication

Motolani Kaosarat Somotan, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Samantha Lindsey Thieke, Bachelor of General Studies

Aaron James True, Master of Business Administration

Barbara L. Tucker, Master of Public Management


Cynthia Lynn Coe, Bachelor of General Studies

Jovita Flores, Bachelor of Arts

Jamie L. Grandstaff, Bachelor of Science in Education

Wesley David Hull, Master of Public Management

Mark A. Miller, Bachelor of Science in Informatics

Eric Lee Rogers, Bachelor of Science in Education

Jena M. Timmons, Bachelor of Arts

Sheila D. Whistler, Bachelor of Science in Business

Brent Ashlen Woodruff, Master of Public Management


Marjorie Varnell Schaeffner, Master of Arts in Liberal Studies


Audra Marie Anderson, Bachelor of Arts

Elizabeth Ann Bigby, Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences

William Richard Decker, Bachelor of General Studies

Kimberly M. Easter, Master of Science in Nursing

Crystal Elaine Jones, Master of Science in Nursing

Jessica Marie Pearson, Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Ric Pennington, Bachelor of Science in Nursing


Jenni Nicole Hamric, Bachelor of Science in Biological and Physical Sciences


Brian Jones, Bachelor of General Studies

Nicholas Parks, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Kyle D. Wine, Bachelor of General Studies


William Donald Dixon, Bachelor of General Studies


Angela Smitherman, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice


Darren R. Brown, Bachelor of General Studies

Dana Marie Bryan, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Andrea Noelle Clark, Bachelor of Arts

Brandy Renee Devers, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Shanea Lillian Headrick, Bachelor of Arts

Amy S. Hudson, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Kimberly Grace Mettler, Bachelor of General Studies

Timothy David Potts, Bachelor of General Studies

Norman Joseph Scroggin, Bachelor of General Studies

Kathy L. Shumpert, Master of Science in Nursing

Jennifer Nicole Smith, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice


Cynthia Joy Oswalt, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Michael Edward Treon, Bachelor of Science in Informatics


Stacy Michelle Fackler, Master of Science in Nursing

Russell Harland Mueller, Bachelor of Science in Biological and Physical Sciences

Ronald T. Sanders, Bachelor of Arts

Ashley L. Zell, Bachelor of Science in Education


Arlen Perry Helterbrand, Bachelor of General Studies

South Bend

Cindy Marie Sommer, Bachelor of Science in Nursing


Zachary Shanen Henning, Bachelor of Science in Mathematics


Teresa Marie Cole, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Katelynn Elizabeth Weaver, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Amber Louise Younce, Bachelor of Science in Nursing


Shannon Dolan Copas, Bachelor of General Studies


Michelle Lynn Lynch, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice


Colin Michael Gray, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice


David Wayne Matthews, Bachelor of Science in Nursing


Matthew James Sopkowski, Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Nathan Travis Sopkowski, Bachelor of Science in Business


Lacy Christine Bair, Bachelor of Arts

Jessica Marie Beaupre, Master of Science in Nursing

Laura Renee Utes, Bachelor of Science in Education


Michelle Brianne Hewitt, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Decatur, Ala.

Jonathon M. Pemberton, Bachelor of General Studies

Junction City, Kan.

Amanda Smith, Bachelor of General Studies

Canfield, Ohio

April Christine Woosley, Bachelor of Arts

Lake Ridge, Va.

Angela Megan Faux, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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KOKOMO, Ind. — The earth's moon is the focus of two free open houses in April at the Indiana University Kokomo Observatory.

Observatory open house for the "ring of fire"The Observatory.

The Observatory, 105 E. Rebecca Lane, will open at midnight Tuesday, April 15, for a special viewing of a lunar eclipse, as the full moon passes through the dark inner part of the earth's shadow, called the umbra. The total phase of the eclipse is expected to start at 3:07 a.m., and last 78 minutes.

Patrick Motl, assistant professor of physics, plans to keep the Observatory open until about 6 a.m.

"Lunar eclipses aren't very fast paced," he said. "The moon passes into earth's shadow, and will turn a pretty shade of red, as the moon reflects light that has passed through the earth's atmosphere."

During totality, a number of constellations will become brighter as the moon's light is blocked. The next total lunar eclipse for North America will be Wednesday, October 8.

The Observatory will host its regular monthly open house at 8 p.m. Sunday, April 13. Stargazers will be able to see Jupiter, Mars, and a nearly full moon in the sky.

"The prominent winter constellations are now setting after the sun, making way for the spring constellations of Leo, Virgo, Corona Borealis and Bootes, and the spring galaxies,"Motl said.

He will begin the evening with a talk about the LADEE mission, which is studying the exosphere of the earth's moon. It is the most recent craft from the United States to study the moon, and also the last scheduled lunar mission at this time.

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

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.

Both events are free and open to the public. Free parking is available on campus.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — It comes easy for Stephen Green to talk about his college success – something as a high school student he never imagined would happen. Now, he serves as a role model for his peers.

Stephen GreenStephen Green discusses student engagement with Maria Ahmad.

Green, a senior at Indiana University Kokomo, gives credit to his experiences here that ultimately gave him the confidence, motivation, and support he needed to make it to graduation this spring.

"Something just clicked in me, and I wasn't the same apathetic student I was before," Green said, referring to his high school days. "The supportive relationship I have with my academic advisor not only helped me academically, but improved my self image as well."

High school saw Green as a student who blew off homework, with no plans to attend college. After barely earning a general diploma, he figured minimum wage jobs were his future.

"Then, I decided I didn't want to work as a cashier forever," he said. "When you are removed from education, that's when you start to value it. So, I enrolled at IU Kokomo."

The new media major began his freshman year with big ambitions and hasn't slowed down since. Green has made Dean's List every semester and is recognized as a student leader.

Using his friendly, quirky personality to break the ice with incoming freshman, Green is a student orientation leader, mans the front desk in the student activities office, and assistant teaches HSS-S200, a motivation and self-management course.

"As an orientation leader, I lead campus tours for parents and new students and talk about the benefits of IU Kokomo. I also help students register for classes and educate them on resources at school that will help them achieve their goals," Green said.

"As an assistant teacher, I often lead class discussions and mentor students. When students are struggling in the class, I tell them that I have had trouble with school in the past but got through the challenge. It makes me more relatable," he added.

Green believes the sense of "togetherness" he gets at IU Kokomo has changed the way he encounters a challenge.

"The path to being successful involves staying positive whenever you encounter a problem," said Green. "Instead of focusing on problems or challenges, I internalize them and channel that energy into a productive goal. Classes are small, so I have often formed close relationships with my teachers. They help me keep a positive attitude."

Sarah Sarber, dean of students, believes that other college students can learn a lot from Green.

"Stephen is caring and has a very positive attitude," said Sarber. "He genuinely wants everyone to be successful."

New media majors like Kalie Davis also admire Green.

"He has changed IU Kokomo by demonstrating the power of involvement. Stephen reveals that you don't have to go to a huge campus to get the college experience," said Davis.

Green has been accepted to his top choice school, Colorado State University's master's program in Student Affairs and Higher Education. He wants to eventually become a Dean of Students.

Coordinator of Campus Diversity Maria Ahmad said Green would continue to be successful because of his work ethic and compassion for others.

"Stephen is such a friendly face on campus that is approachable," Ahmad said. "He will be great in student affairs because of his willingness to try different things. He understands that academic classes are not the only things in life that teach lessons."

Green is grateful for his experiences at IU Kokomo. As a result, he has become a more confident, hard working individual.

"IU Kokomo gave me the opportunity to achieve more than I ever thought I could. I have been awarded the dean's list, I'm a campus leader, I have supportive friends, and my future is bright," said Green.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Come be amazed by the skill and agility of the Chinese Acrobats, and learn about their culture, as they perform at Indiana University Kokomo.

Acrobat3-500The Chinese Acrobats. (Photo provided by the Chinese Acrobats.)

The acrobats take the stage at 6 p.m. Monday, April 7, in Havens Auditorium, for a free performance.

The multicultural show includes contortions, foot juggling, plate spinning, Chinese yo-yo, and group acrobatics, along with a lesson about Chinese culture and customs.

"When you watch something like this on television, you don't get to ask questions," said Maria Ahmad, coordinator of student life and campus diversity. "This is a really fun performance, not just to see the acrobats, but to listen to them talk about their culture. You can ask questions about how they became acrobats, and learn about their training. It's entertaining, and educational at the same time."

The show, sponsored by Cougar Advocates for Diversity and the Office of Diversity, is open to the public. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

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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.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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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."

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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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.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.