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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.

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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.

20130819-Welcome_week-AWJL4393.jpgWelcome Week

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

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.