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KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University Kokomo awarded scholarships, laptops, and other benefits worth more than $180,000 to its top incoming students, demonstrating its commitment to academic excellence.

Laptop Recipients 2014Students receive laptops as part of scholarshipFourteen students received the merit awards, as winners of the Early Scholars Program scholarships, Direct Admit Program scholarship, Pre-Professional Program scholarships, and the Adam W. Herbert Presidential Scholar program.

The students received their laptops from Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke, who congratulated them for earning the merit awards.

“These scholarships affirm what you did in high school, and how hard you worked,” she said. “Now, I challenge you to see how you can lead on our campus. You can be anything you want to be here. We encourage you to step outside the box and try something new.”

Winners of the Direct Admit Program scholarships included Joshua Dugdale and Michaela Walters, Kokomo; and Hannah Robbins, Greentown.

Early Scholars Program recipients included Erica Abbott, Rochester; David Boone, Denver; Alan Dixon, Whitney Hicks, Nicholas Moody, Craig Simon, and Taryn Thor, Kokomo; and Jessica Monnot, Peru.

Mary Elmasry earned a pre-professional scholarship.  

Lillian Badger, Tipton; and Whitley Lehr, Delphi; are the campus's Adam W. Herbert Presidential Scholars.

Direct admit scholarships are offered to incoming students in business, education, and nursing. To qualify, students must graduate in the top 10 percent of their class, and earn a minimum math and critical reading SAT combined score of 1150. Qualifying students are guaranteed admission to their academic program, and also receive a $2,500 per year scholarship, laptop and software, $1,000 stipend for overseas travel, a faculty mentor, and a textbook credit.

The Early Scholars Program scholarships, which are $2,500 per year plus a laptop, are for students in the top 10 percent of their class who are admitted to IU Kokomo by November 15. They must also earn an academic honors diploma and have a combined writing and critical thinking SAT score of 1150 or higher. It is renewable for those who maintain a 3.3 GPA and earn enough credits to progress to the next class level.

The pre-professional scholarships reward excellent academic performance for students who plan to continue to a graduate or professional program, like medical or dental school. It is worth $2,500 per year, and also includes a stipend for overseas travel, and research and mentoring opportunities with faculty.

The Adam W. Herbert Presidential Scholar program includes full tuition, a stipend for overseas travel, and other benefits.

For more information about scholarship opportunities, contact the Office of Admissions, 765-455-9217, or go to

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University Kokomo Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke received the state's highest recognition Saturday, July 19, as she was honored with the prestigious Sagamore of the Wabash, presented by State Senator Jim Buck.

Chancellor Susan Sciame-GieseckeChancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke

The presentation, on behalf of Gov. Michael Pence, took place during an event at the home of Sen. Buck, along with U.S. Sen. Dan Coats, U.S. Representatives Susan Brooks and Todd Rokita, and State Auditor Suzanne Crouch.

"Seeing how she interacts with faculty, students and the surrounding community, it is truly an example of outstanding leadership skills and characteristics that all should strive to achieve," said Senator Buck, who submitted the nomination to the Governor. "She has demonstrated a passion for excellence within her area of responsibility and for those around her.

"I believe Dr. Giesecke is deserving of this prestigious award due to her vast community and academic experience in service to this university. This county and this state are greatly appreciative of her service."

Sciame-Giesecke was deeply touched to receive this honor.

"I am humbled to receive this great honor. I want to thank Senator Jim Buck and his wife Judy for their personal support of me and the IU Kokomo campus," Sciame-Giesecke said. "This award belongs to the faculty and staff at IU Kokomo who are committed to the success of every student. As a regional campus, we are dedicated to helping students achieve their goal of a college degree."

The Sagamore of the Wabash award honors those who have made a significant contribution to life in the Hoosier state. The designation was created in the late 1940s during the administration of Gov. Ralph Gates.

Indiana University Kokomo serves a 14-county region in north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University Kokomo honors its donors at the annual Chancellor's Guild Dinner.

Chancellor's Guild DinnerChancellor's Guild Dinner. See more pictures on flickr.

More than 60 guests attended the event, hosted by Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke, to thank donors who have given $1,000 or more in the last year.

Sixteen donors were honored as members of the Seiberling Society, for giving more than $5,000 during the year. Each received an award hand-made by Kokomo Opalescent Glass

First-year recipients were Duke Energy, Gene Kostrewa Ameriprise Financial, IU Kokomo Staff Council, Philip Kintzele, Danny and Donna Walden, and Marilyn Skinner.

"We cannot thank our donors and supporters enough for their generous gifts to our campus," she said. "They make a difference for our students, by providing scholarships, travel experiences, and special programs on campus. We are blessed to have so many philanthropists who believe in our mission."

Second-year honorees were, Milt and Jean Cole, Keith and Carmella Cole, Randy and Candy Cole, Dana Scruggs, Jeff and Linda Smeltzer, Judy Golitko, Kokomo Grain, and Solidarity Community Federal Credit Union.

Third-year recipients were the Community Foundation of Howard County, Kathleen Ligocki and Pete Rosenau, Lawrence Kam, and St.Joseph Hospital.

A highlight of the evening was stories from students and faculty, detailing how gifts from these patrons have made a difference on campus. Stephen Vas talked about his trip to Istanbul, Turkey, with the School of Business, made possible with a travel scholarship. Pamela Plain, who recently was honored as Indiana's Intern of the Year, spoke about the scholarships she received to complete her degree.

Minda Douglas, assistant professor of fine arts, also talked about the "steam roller" printmaking project taking place in April with fine arts students.

"The Chancellor's Guild dinner gives us an opportunity to share these stories with our donors, so they see the people they impact with their gifts," said Jan Halperin, vice chancellor for university advancement.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Wayne James takes his oath of office as Indiana University Kokomo's chief of police, in a ceremony Friday, November 22.

Swearing in of IU Kokomo Chief of Police Wayne JamesWayne James takes the oath of office. See more photos.James, 33, said the ceremony, in Kresge Auditorium, was a special occasion for him, because so many people who are important in his life and career attended.

"To be sworn in in front of so many people who have supported me throughout my career makes it even more special," he said. "I always wanted to be a police officer, and to be a chief is an added bonus."

Interim Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke congratulated James, and said the campus benefits from his leadership.

"What has impressed me most about Wayne is his proactive approach to campus safety," she said. "He has met with faculty, staff, and students to make sure they see the campus police as resources. I am confident he will continue to guide us as we continue to grow, and meet the challenges that come with growth."

James was especially proud to have his long-time mentor, Lieutenant Jerry Williams, pin on his badge during the ceremony. Williams is district commander for the Indiana State Police Lowell Post.

Williams met the new chief nearly 20 years ago, when James worked at an Ace Hardware Store in Lake County, Indiana. Williams visited the store several times each week, and encouraged him to pursue a law enforcement career.

"This is a proud time, to see this young man sworn in," Williams said. "He has never missed an opportunity to learn and advance himself. He has worked in one of the most challenging environments in Indiana, and he will bring that experience to IU Kokomo. This campus has the right man for the job."

James began his job October 1. Prior to that, he was operations lieutenant for the IU Police Department Northwest, in Gary. He began as a patrol officer there in 2009. He received a medal of valor in 2011, for actions during an off-campus incident that helped save a man's life and secure a suspected shooter.

As police chief at IU Kokomo, he will provide leadership, direction, and oversight for all campus law enforcement functions.

Law enforcement officials from around the state attended Friday's ceremony. Those attending include Chief Laury Flint, IU Bloomington Police Department; Deputy Chief Bob True, IUPUI Police Department; Chief Patricia Nowak, IU Northwest Police Department; Chief Rob Baker and Major Brian Seldon, Kokomo Police Department; Sheriff Steven Rogers and Lieutenant Kurt Goerges, Howard County Sheriff Department; Kokomo-Howard County Consolidated Communications Director Nicholas Capozzoli, Deputy Chief Cliff Sessoms, Marion Police Department; Corporal Nina Evans, Gary Police Department; Officer Morris Smooth, Cedar Lake Police Department; Lieutenant Jeremy Kelly, Indiana State Police; and Lieutenant Jerry Williams, Indiana State Police Lowell District Commander.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Cougars and Jaguars work together to double the amount of food donated to Kokomo Urban Outreach (KUO) from the annual Enactus Can-struction food drive.

Students donate food for tornado reliefStudents donate food for tornado relief.Enactus, a business student organization, collects nonperishable food items throughout the school year, and hosts a competition during Homecoming. Student groups use canned and boxed food items to build structures, and then all the food goes to the local nonprofit, which distributes it through its food pantries.

The need is greater than ever, because of a tornado that hit Kokomo on November 17. Naturally, Leann Cook, Enactus president, was thrilled when an Indiana University — Purdue University Indianapolis group offered to give items from its recent drive.

"I thought it was just awesome that they reached out to help another IU group when our community is in need," Cook said. "It reminds us that while we are IU Kokomo Cougars, and they are IUPUI Jaguars – we are all IU."

IUPUI students delivered three truckloads on Saturday (November 23), containing about 1,200 food items. Enactus volunteers took that donation, together with the 1,300 items they collected to Kokomo Urban Outreach.

Adam Smith, an Enactus co-sponsor, said the urban outreach workers who unloaded the first was truckload were stunned to hear there was yet another truckload, plus an SUV filled with food. It won't last long, as the neighborhood around KUO was among the hardest hit by the tornado.

"The food drive hit home a little more this year because of the devastation," Cook said. "We're not just stocking the pantries because it's not just going to sit there. There are people who need it right now, immediately."

Joe Spaulding is one of two student coordinators for Paw's Pantry, IUPUI's campus food pantry. He said their annual Jam the Jaguars Food Pantry event November 21 brought in 2.1 tons of nonperishable foods.

After filling the campus pantry, organizers planned to send the extra to other Indianapolis food banks.

"With such an abundance of food, it just made sense to reach out a helping hand to IU Kokomo and the surrounding community, to help with tornado relief efforts," he said. "On behalf of Paw's Pantry, the IUPUI Division of Student Affairs, and IUPUI as a whole, I want to say that positive thoughts and prayers are with IU Kokomo and its community."

The donation brings Enactus halfway to its goal of collecting 5,000 food items during the school year. The group received a Campbell's "Let's Can Hunger" award to assist its efforts.

The student group's next canned food drive, "Can Your Professor," is Monday, December 2, through Thursday, December 4. Students vote with nonperishable food items to determine which of three business faculty members will go to "jail," choosing among Dmitry Chulkov, Linda Ficht, and David Rink.

Cook said the need for food is ongoing. She wants to be sure students don't forget about this need as the community recovers from the tornado.

"Hunger was a persistent problem before, and is heightened by the disaster," she said. "We're amazed at how deep the need is on our community. We want students to know they can contribute and make a difference."

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — An Indiana University Kokomo faculty member joins an illustrious group, including former presidents, Noble laureates, artists, and business leaders, as a William J. Clinton Distinguished Lecturer.

Karl BeselKarl Besel

Karl Besel, director of the Master of Public Administration program, will talk about new urbanism and the impact of traditionally planned communities, the subject of his recent book, at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service.

He was honored to accept the invitation, and will speak in April 2014.

"The Clinton School has a really strong public speaker series," he said. "They have had some high-profile speakers in the past, and it is humbling to be chosen. They are focused on what they can do to revitalize communities."

In addition to former President Bill Clinton, the speaker series has included former secretaries of state Henry Kissinger and Madeleine Albright, journalists George Stephanopoulos and Bob Woodward, actor and philanthropist Michael J. Fox, and Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus.

Interim Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke said the campus is proud of its outstanding faculty scholars.

"Dr. Besel is an excellent example of the faculty who interact with our students every day in the classroom," she said. "The mission of the IU regional campuses is to enhance the regions they serve, by conducting research related to our communities. Karl's research on urban planning does just that, by expanding our knowledge on urban revitalization efforts."

Besel and co-author Viviana Andreescu, an associate professor at the University of Louisville, began writing Back to the Future: New Urbanism and the Rise of Neotraditionalism in Urban Planning, during his 2009 sabbatical. It reviews recent urban planning trends, and connects them to their roots in historical preservation communities.

"The timing was good for a book like this," he said. "There has been steady growth in the number of planned communities. People like these high density developments, where they can walk where they want to go, and don't need to own a car."

This trend is not just prevalent in suburbs, but in downtown neighborhoods, as part of revitalization efforts. That is what drew attention from the Clinton School, he said.

"They are interested in what they can do to be part of revitalization efforts," he said. "A lot of these are minority communities that have gone by the wayside."

The book includes a case study of one of the first communities to receive federal revitalization money, in Louisville. When it received that money, it prompted area banks to be involved, which led to clean up of these areas, he said.

"Within 10 years, the crime rate went down significantly," he said. "If you're going to address crime and make areas more livable, you have to provide decent housing and decent neighborhoods."

The Clinton School was created under the vision of former president Clinton, who wanted to create a global institution that legitimized the practice of public service within the academic system. Students combine classroom instruction with public service projects. It is located at the William J. Clinton Library, Little Rock, Ark.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — The sounds of a beeping monitor and hissing respirator fill the room as nursing students assess their patient to determine what is causing breathing difficulties.

Joint simulation with nursing and radiographyNursing and radiography student work together in the joint simulation.A radiography student then knocks on the door, with doctor's orders in hand to conduct an X-ray.

They adjust the hospital bed, move the patient into the right position, and then slide a metal plate behind her back, apologizing for the cold. They all step out of the room for the radiography student to take the X-ray, and then return to their assessment.

Behind a one-way glass window, Bridget Whitmore, assistant dean of the School of Nursing, stops the students to review their exercise in the St.Joseph Hospital Clinical Simulation Center located at Indiana University Kokomo.

The nursing school uses the simulation center regularly to develop its students' patient care skills, but this week's exercise was the first including radiography students. It included second-year students in both programs.

The simulation gives radiography student Justin Miller a better appreciation for how nurses and medical imaging professionals work together.

"Our professional responsibility is the same, to care for the patient, but in different ways," he said. "Our end goal is always the same. We want what is best for the patient."

Both nurses and medical imaging professionals have a role in patient care, said nursing student Kyle Wyant said, adding that the simulation reminded him of that.

"With a patient who is experiencing difficulty breathing, it's hard to make a nursing diagnosis without the X-ray," he said.

Center Director April Mouser said the joint simulation is part of an effort to teach better communication skills for medical professionals, to prevent errors and provide better patient care.

"That's what it's all about, our patients," she said. "The majority of medical errors come from lack of communication. Prevention starts at the undergraduate level, with all of us knowing what our role is, and what role other health providers play. We all need to have an appreciation for what our colleagues do, and not just focus on our own jobs, to give the best care possible to our patients."

Treating a virtual patient allows students to practice their skills safely, Heidi Sebastian, assistant clinical professor of radiographic sciences, said.

"You learn from your mistakes, and nobody gets hurt," she said. "We hope to have more opportunities for our students to learn together. As health care workers, we are here to educate each other. We have to be able to work together."

Nursing student Krista Armstrong gained insight about how other professionals may help her care for her patients in the future.

"Nurses aren't the only people helping our patients," she said. "We all need to learn more about each other's roles, for the best outcome for our patients."

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Don Price uses the skills developed as an informatics student at Indiana University Kokomo to help local economic development efforts.

GKEDA InternsDon Price and Shanea HeadrickPrice, 31, is one of two interns at the Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance, an opportunity gained through the campus' Career and Accessibility Center. He adds local commercial properties for sale to a state database, which is available to business owners looking for new locations.

"This has been a great opportunity to apply what I'm learning in class to a real product, that will be used by real people," he said. "I'm so happy to have this opportunity.

For English major Shanea Headrick, the internship is a chance to write for an audience other than her professors. She produces a newsletter for the alliance, and writes content for its website.

"I've learned to evaluate my writing, to be sure it is appropriate for the audience we want to reach," she said. "I would enjoy doing this as a full time job. It allows me to be creative and professional at the same time."

Internships are a crucial part of the college experience, according to Tracy Springer, manager of career and accessibility services.

"Students who complete internships have a competitive edge in the job market," she said. "Experiential learning is the best way to gain the experience employers are looking for when hiring. Internships also allow students to build relationships with people who can be professional references for them as they seek jobs after graduation, and sometimes lead to jobs within the companies where they were interns."

While the students gain work experience, the economic development alliance also benefits from having them, said Chris Hamm, president and CEO.

"We enjoy hosting the talented students from IU Kokomo as interns, to accomplish many creative economic and community development projects with our multi-dimensional organization," he said. "Their fresh approach, positive attitudes, and critical thinking skills add up to successful projects for their resumés, our organization, and the community."

Headrick, 26, from Peru, appreciates the work experience and contacts she's made as an intern.

"That's key for me, because I'm preparing to graduate and look for a job," she said, adding that for some students, an internship would be a way to see if they like the career they are considering.

"You can learn early if you don't like it, so you can make other plans if necessary," she said.

For Price, the internship confirmed he's chosen the right career path. He wants to work in web design, computer programming, and with databases after earning his degree. His ultimate goal is to start a company that develops applications and websites.

"I have really enjoyed this opportunity to try out my future career," he said. "I was intimidated to work on a government database at first, but it hasn't been a big deal. This internship will enhance my resumé when I'm ready to look for a job, too."

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — One hundred fifty-four Indiana University Kokomo students earned degrees in August 2013. The graduates represent 17 Indiana counties, and two states. Graduates are listed by hometown. Those receiving degrees include:

2013 CommencementMembers of the graduating class of 2013.


Amy Diane Eberle, Bachelor of Science in Nursing


Kelly Sue Counceller, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Shauna Michelle Odle, Bachelor of Science in Nursing


Kristen Leigh Kerr, associate of arts in general studies


Lindsay Christine Brewer, Bachelor of Arts

Nathan Paul Martin, Bachelor of General Studies

Bunker Hill

Mary Elizabeth Harlan, Bachelor of Science in Business


Amanda Ellen Robertson, Bachelor of Science in Education


Nicole Colleen Fettig, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Walter A.J. Mandery, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Thomas M. Paulson, Bachelor of General Studies

Cynthia Dawn Smith, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Alison L. Young, Bachelor of Science in Nursing


Colton Thomas Hooper, Bachelor of General Studies


Lesa Lynn Hostetler, Bachelor of Science in Nursing


Patricia Gray, Bachelor of Science in Nursing


Whitney Elise Whetsel, Bachelor of Science in Sociology


Hannah Nicole Keene, Bachelor of Science in Nursing


Esther Sunita Chikkala, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Thembelani Dube, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Janette Chan Garcia, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Michelle Nicole Harrison, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Alice Watiri Muigai, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Lisa Marie Thompson, Bachelor of Science in Nursing


Crystal Amanda Adawn Beaty, Bachelor of Science in Public Administration

Shelley Lynn Scott, Bachelor of Science in Nursing


Melissa Denise Clendenning, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Alejandro Mata, Bachelor of General Studies


Courtney Noelle Shively, Bachelor of General Studies

Isaac Francis Sprague, certificate in public safety

Betsy Lynne Worden, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Gas City

Carolyn Diane Burbank, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Brandon Jeffrey Scott, Bachelor of Science in Nursing


Laurel E. Reed, Bachelor of Science in Nursing


Shawn M. Remick, Bachelor of Science in Nursing


Jessica Marie Davies, Bachelor of General Studies

Shane Matthew Miller, Bachelor of Arts

Cheri Lynn Sparks, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Nancy Marie York, Bachelor of General Studies


Lydia Denise Ellis, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Christopher D. Furrey, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Angela Denise Gholston, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Erin Christine Lawrence, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Agnes Asamoah Opoku, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Melanie Jo Parks, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

April Michelle Sebree, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Sherese Rena Williams, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Herbert Tafadzwa Zinzombe, Bachelor of Science in Nursing


Jennifer Lynn Ropp, Bachelor of Science in Nursing


Alisha Pearl Begley, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Emilee E.E. Benge, Bachelor of Arts

Rachel Alison Brantley, post-baccalaureate certificate in new media communication

Tyler Jacob Burke, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, certificate in public safety

Deanna K. Chesshir, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Tsarai Runyararo Chimhanda, Master of Business Administration

Ashley Marie Cole, Bachelor of General Studies

Walter R. Dalton, Bachelor of Science in History and Political Science

Rickey Lee Daugherty, graduate certificate in public management

Ashlee Lynn Douglass, Bachelor of Arts

Lakye Lenee' Edwards, Bachelor of Science in Biological and Physical Sciences

Hilary Annetta Farmer, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, certificate in public safety, certificate in homeland security/emergency management

Sarah Nicole Ferenc, Bachelor of Arts

Nathaniel G. Fishback, Bachelor of Arts

Caitlin Sue Foland, Bachelor of Science in Business

Tony Eugene Forsythe, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Amber Tennille Garrett, Bachelor of General Studies

Erin Lee Geiselman, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Barbara E. Hedrick, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Michael Allen Hiland, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Brady Garret James, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Crystal D. Johnson, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Kimberly Shea Jones, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Andrea I. Mamaril, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Anne Marlene Meriwether, Master of Public Management

Shanita LeTashion Merriweather, Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences

Jamie Lynn Moore, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Mary Ellen Olk, Bachelor of Science in Communication Arts

Yvonne E. Petty, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Giada Dalla Pozza, Bachelor of Arts

Audrey M. Ridlen, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Lindsay Brooke Russell, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Janette J. Scott, Bachelor of General Studies

Shane Thomas Simmons, Bachelor of Science in Communication Arts

Diana Michelle Smith, Bachelor of General Studies

Karen Simonson Smith, Master of Public Management

Kristianna Monteau Upchurch, Bachelor of Science in Public Administration

Toni S. Vollmer, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Korey Michael West, Bachelor of Science in New Media Communication

Mariah Nichol Wieske-Ormsby, Bachelor of Arts

Alison Wolf, Bachelor of Science in Biological and Physical Sciences


Nathan James Runda, Bachelor of Science in History and Political Science


Abigail Elizabeth Barger, certificate in coding technology

Stacy L. Cox, Master of Business Administration

Laura Lea Funk, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Clinton Bradley Glasson, Bachelor of General Studies

Elizabeth Lopez, Bachelor of Science in Business

Stephanie Servin, Bachelor of Science in Business

Samuel Cody Williamson, Bachelor of Science in Communication Arts


Addessa Lee Baity, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Jennie Renee Camblin, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Andrew Edward Coleman, Bachelor of Science in Mathematics

Shauncee Elizabeth Johnson, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Tracy Todd Livingston, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Bonnie Rosa Miltenberger, Bachelor of Science in Nursing


Caitlin M. Kuhns, Bachelor of Arts


Robert Pasquinel Bonecutter, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Musavengana Mafara, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Sabrina Dawn Zachary, Bachelor of Science in Education


Kimberly Ann Black, Bachelor of General Studies

Dana Marie Bryan, certificate in public safety

Romona N. Butzin, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Kimberly Sue Byrum, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Rebekah A. Dehner, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Janice E. Drake, Bachelor of General Studies

Kayla Marie George, Bachelor of Science in Business

Jeremy Lee Gunter, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Robert Andrew Lancaster, Bachelor of General Studies

Christopher Lee McKinney, Bachelor of General Studies

Sandra Anne Nye, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Allison Faye Worden, Bachelor of Arts


Theresa M. Braun, Bachelor of Science in Nursing


Adam Carl Blazak, Bachelor of Arts


Gary Robert Clevenger Jr., Bachelor of Science in Business

Lisa Shannon Donahue, Bachelor of Arts

Lori Lynn Huffman, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Rebecca Lynn Showley, Bachelor of General Studies

Royal Center

Hope LeAnn Benesh, Bachelor of Arts


Lynsie N. Carter, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Jesse Aaron Crow, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, certificate in public safety, certificate in homeland security/emergency management

Jean A. Snyder, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Danielle Marie Williams, Bachelor of Science in Nursing


Jessica Marie Beck, Bachelor of Science in Education

Virginia M. Keller, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Susan Lynette Ragan, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Star City

Jeffrey Scott Attinger, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Andrea Renee Bailey, Bachelor of General Studies


Stacey Lynn Bettegnies, Bachelor of Science in Medical Imaging Technology

Kelly Mae Gosnell, certificate in coding technology


Jacklyn Marie Meyer, Bachelor of Science in Nursing


Kayla Jo Cottingham, Bachelor of Science in Education

Jarryd M. Jeffries, Bachelor of Arts

Bryan Randall Robertson, Bachelor of Science in Medical Imaging Technology

Hanna Rae Schmitt, Bachelor of Science in Nursing


Joshua Ryan Holley, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Alisha Marie Referda, Bachelor of Science in New Media Communication


Kristopher B. Johns, Bachelor of Science in New Media Communication


Annette M. Davis, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Rebekah Rae Herron, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Michael Aaron Marciniec, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Linda L. Neff, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

West Lafayette

Lori Ann Blair, Bachelor of General Studies

Harmony L. Newman, Bachelor of Science in Nursing


Jocelyn L. Conner, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

La Junta, Colo.

Omer Tamir, Master of Public Management

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Kokomo's Temple B'Nai Israel inspires Indiana University Kokomo students, with its donation of artwork by Kokomo native Misch Kohn.

Art DonationIU Kokomo Interim Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke, center, accepts a donation of a Misch Kohn painting from Frank Stein and Karen Mervis, from Kokomo’s Temple B’Nai Israel.Interim Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke noted that more than 100 of the world's most prestigious museums and galleries, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Musée d'Art Moderne in Paris and the Smithsonian Institution, have Kohn's prints in their collections.

"We are grateful to the members of the Kokomo Temple B'Nai Israel for the painting," she said. "I appreciated Karen Mervis and Frank Stein bringing the painting to campus. Since Misch Kohn is a Kokomo native, a graduate of the IU Herron School of Art, and received an honorary degree from IU Kokomo in 1991, it is most fitting that his work be displayed on our campus. I look forward to an exhibition of his work in our gallery in 2016."

Temple B'Nai Israel President Mervis said Kohn's family belonged to the temple, and they believe Kohn's mother gave the painting to the congregation.

"We have had it for many, many years," she said. "We thought with IU Kokomo's art gallery, and with Misch's background with IU, that would be a nice home for it. More people can enjoy it there, and it will get the respect it deserves."

IU Kokomo has another of Kohn's prints in its library. He was born in Kokomo in 1916, the son of Russian emigrants. He was an acclaimed painter and printmaker, sharing studio space with Pablo Picasso and Marc Chagall while studying in France as a Guggenheim Fellow.

Locally, the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library also has a work by Kohn in its collection.

Kohn died in 2003. He was posthumously inducted into the Howard County Hall of Legends in 2010.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — A long-desired dream comes true for Indiana University Kokomo students, with the opening of the Milt and Jean Cole Family Fitness and Wellness Center.

Milt and Jean Cole Family Wellness and Fitness Center Dedication and Naming CeremonyIU President Michael McRobbie, First Lady Laurie Burns McRobbie, Cole family - Milt, Jean, Carmella, Brittany, Keith, Candy, Tori, Randy - and Interim Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke. See more pictures on Flickr.For years, students asked for a place to exercise on campus, to be with their friends, to build their community. They said a fitness center is an essential part of the college life experience, the key missing piece on campus.

Wednesday (September 18), IU President Michael A. McRobbie officially dedicated and named the Cole Fitness Center, celebrating its opening with the campus community and honoring the generosity of the Cole family.

Milt and Jean Cole and their family, owners of Cole Hardwood Inc., Logansport, gave $1.25 million for the fitness center, the largest cash gift in campus history.

Milt and Jean each spoke during the ceremony about their dedication to philanthropy, urging those attending to get involved.

"I do believe this center has created excitement here in Kokomo," Milt said. "It has elevated the positive energy. The iron is hot; it's time to strike. I encourage everyone to get behind the movement. It's a golden opportunity to get something done in Kokomo."

Jean thanked friends and family who came for the dedication, saying it touched her to see so many attending. She hoped students did not just see them as people who could give a donation, but would learn from and follow their example. She pointed out her sons and daughters-in-law, Randy and Candy Cole, and Keith and Carmella Cole, and their grandchildren, seated in the front row, saying they all learned to work and to be generous.

"What mother could dream of a better life lesson of giving, that Milt and I can pass on to our children, and they can pass on to their children," she said. "Life is nothing but choices, and saying yes, and walking through doors."

As an exercise science and nutrition student, Tara Lees is grateful for the chance not only to work out in the fitness center, but also to take classes in it and to have a job there.

"I thank the Cole family for being so generous and giving us this opportunity to expand our college experience," she said. "It's nice to have hands-on learning experiences, rather than just watching a video or reading a book. Having a fitness center here makes so much more possible for our program, and it gives students a chance to live a healthier lifestyle."

Kelley Baer, a radiography student from Kokomo, said it means a lot to students to have a high quality, attractive, convenient, place to exercise on campus.

"We are so grateful to the Coles," she said. "This is a gift that is going to keep on giving for many years."

Most excited about having a nice place to shower and change after running, Joanna Davis, Westfield, a student in the radiography program, looks forward to running on the fitness center track during the winter.

"I hope the Coles know how much this means to all of us," she said. "You feel better when you exercise before or after your classes. We're so happy to finally have this center."

Since the Cole Fitness Center opened in August, it has been a hub of activity. Students, along with faculty and staff, flocked to join and started walking on the track and treadmills, lifting weights in the strength training area, and performing reps on the machines. The athletes exercise there as well, doing yoga and participating in core training.

The Cole Fitness Center is in the lower level of the library, in space formerly used for storage. When architect Rick Dalhstrom Jr., from MSKTD & Associates, first saw what was called the "rock room," it was essentially concrete walls and a gravel floor, with no light.

"I had a hard time imagining it as a fitness center initially," he said. He worked with interior designer Amber Kolkman to choose the right lighting, colors, and ceilings to create a vibrant, inviting space.

Kolkman designed the Cole Fitness Center with an industrial feel, as a nod to Kokomo's long manufacturing history. Varying ceiling heights and bright blue and green walls provide an energetic vibe, achieving her goal of making you forget you are in a basement.

"It's inviting and energetic, and encourages people to come work out," Kolkman said.

Myles Hattabaugh, a junior computer information technology student from Kokomo, thinks the center will bring more students to IU Kokomo. He exercises there four or more times weekly.

"It's really nice," he said. "They have a lot of equipment for a lot of people. The quantity and quality of everything is really good. I like being able to work out around my class schedule."

Hannah Gray, a junior computer information technology major, likes being able to exercise at school, rather than having to drive home to Noblesville.

"I like that the center has a lot for girls and guys both, not just a lot of weights," she said. "I like the variety of the equipment here, and that it is for all students, not just the athletes."

Nursing student Taylor Backes, Carmel, exercises in the fitness center every time she is on campus and understands the importance of maintaining good physical health.

"Health and healthy living is an integral part of nursing," she said. "Having the center here supports that. It is a great addition to our campus. It's a great way to relieve a little stress and take a break between classes."

Interim Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke said the Coles are long-term benefactors to the campus, starting with a leadership gift for the library in 1992. They also provided the wood for the stage floor in Kresge Auditorium, where the dedication ceremony took place, and supported an endowment for science equipment.

"To know them is to know generosity, coupled with humility," she said.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University Kokomo announces the addition of 22 new faculty members.

New Faculty Workshop 2013IU Kokomo welcomes new faculty.

Kathy Parkison, vice chancellor for academic affairs, said of the new faculty hired, 12 are for newly created positions, needed because of student enrollment growth and addition of new programs.

"We have an extremely talented class of new faculty, from a variety of great institutions," she said. "This brings a lot of new ideas and new thoughts into every academic unit, and that's exciting. They will help lead this campus into the future."

The new additions bring total faculty count to 119.

New faculty members, listed by school, include:

Division of Allied Health

David Hancock, assistant professor, health sciences. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in sports psychology and a Master of Arts in human development from Laurentian University, Ontario; and a Ph.D. in human kinetics from University of Ottawa. He previously was an adjunct assistant professor and postdoctoral fellow at Queen's University School of Kinesiology and Health Studies, Ontario.


Polly Boruff-Jones, dean. She has a bachelor's degree in political science and environmental science, a Master of Library Science, and a Master of Public Affairs in nonprofit management, all from IU. She previously was director of library and information services at F.W. Olin Library, Drury University.

School of Business

Olga Korne, visiting lecturer in accounting. She has a bachelor's degree in education from Kolomna University, and a Master's degree in accounting from the IU Kelley School of Business. She was on faculty at DeVry University, an accounting analyst for Chase Student Loans, and an investment accountant for Conseco Services.

Gloria Preece, Master of Business Administration director, lecturer in business. She has a bachelor's degree in marketing and an M.B.A., both from IU Kokomo. She previously was interim director, and was CEO of Prism Property Management.

School of Education

Lance Mason, assistant professor of social studies education. He has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction, with a minor in social thought, from Penn State University. He was a graduate assistant at Penn State.

Kelli Servizzi, assistant professor of special education. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Butler University, master's degrees in education from Butler and Ball State, and a Ph.D. in elementary education from Ball State. She was previously an instructor at Ball State and a developmental therapist at First Steps Network.

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Jeffery Batis, assistant professor of psychology. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Utah State University, and a Master of Arts and Ph.D. in psychology from Wayne State University. He previously was a visiting assistant professor at Wesleyan University, and associate director of image processing for Molecular NeuroImaging.

Scott Blackwell, visiting lecturer in humanities. He earned his bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. in English and philosophy from Purdue University. He has been an adjunct instructor at IU Kokomo, and a lecturer at Butler University.

Rosalyn Davis, clinical assistant professor of psychology. She received a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Ball State University. She previously was an instructor at University of Phoenix.

Meredith Neville-Shepard, visiting assistant professor of communication arts. She earned a Ph.D. from University of Kansas. She previously was an adjunct lecturer at IUPUI.

Peter Sposato, acting assistant professor of history. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He has been an adjunct instructor at Hobart & William Smith Colleges and Rochester Institute of Technology.

Kathy Steinberg, visiting lecturer of psychology. She earned her bachelor's, master's and Ph.D. in educational psychology from Purdue University. She previously was director of student assessment at ITT Technical Institute and an academic assessment specialist and assistant director of research at IUPUI.

Guin Thompson, visiting assistant professor of new media. She has a Bachelor of General Studies degree from IUPUI and a Master of Fine Arts from University of Hartford. She was an adjunct professor at Emily Carr University, Canada.

Michelle Westervelt, visiting assistant professor in English. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Illinois College and a Master of Arts degree in English from Indiana State University. She previously taught English as a second language in Japan and was an adjunct English instructor at IU Kokomo.

School of Nursing

Sylvia Jones, visiting lecturer in nursing. She has a master's degree from IUPUI. She has been a staff nurse at Community Howard Regional Health and an adjunct faculty member at Ivy Tech Community College.

Amanda Leffler, visiting lecturer in nursing. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from IU Kokomo, and a Master of Science in Nursing from Indiana Wesleyan University. She previously was an adjunct clinical instructor at Indiana Wesleyan University.

Carolyn Townsend, visiting lecturer of nursing. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from IU Kokomo, a Master of Science in Nursing from IUPUI and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from University of Southern Indiana. She has been a registered nurse at Clarian Health, chief quality coordinator at IU Health, and a lecturer in the IU School of Nursing.

School of Sciences

Mohammad Almalag, assistant professor of informatics. He received a bachelor's degree in computer science from King Saud University, a Master of Science in computer science from Ball State University, and a Ph.D. in computer science from Old Dominion University. He was an instructor, course developer and lab instructor at Old Dominion University.

Megan Dailey, lecturer in math. She has a Master of Arts degree from University of Kentucky. She was an instructor at Centre College, and a teaching assistant at University of Kentucky.

Ashley Duffitt, lecturer in biology. She has a bachelor's degree in biological and physical science from IU Kokomo, and a master's degree in environmental science from Taylor University. She previously was a visiting lecturer at IU Kokomo, and was a research lab tech at IUPUI and a teaching assistant at Taylor University.

Diane Hampshire, lecturer in math. She has a bachelor's degree in biological and physical sciences from IU, and a master's in mathematics from Oakland University. She previously had been a visiting lecturer at IU Kokomo, and also was an instructor at University of Dayton, a special lecturer at Oakland University, and an adjunct faculty member at Oakland Community College.

Hisako Masuda, assistant professor of biochemistry. She has bachelor's degrees in chemistry and biochemistry from Hiram College, and a Ph.D. in molecular genetics and biochemistry from Rutgers University. She was a postdoctoral fellow at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and an instructor at Middlesex County College.

The campus has two IU Future Faculty Teaching Fellows. This program gives doctoral students an opportunity to spend one or two semesters as half-time faculty members at an IU campus. The fellows experience what it is like to teach and be a faculty member, preparing them for successful academic careers.

IU Kokomo's Future Faculty Teaching Fellows are Joo Hyung Kim, history and political science; and Cecil Sayre, humanities.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University Kokomo invites all Howard County women for a morning of networking, inspiration, and discussion of the issues they face.

Interim Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke will host the inaugural Howard County Women's Summit, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 14, in Alumni Hall. The theme is Thrive, Empower, Advance (TEA), Not Your Average Cup.

T.E.A. LogoT.E.A."I initiated this project because I believe IU Kokomo needs to play a leadership role in facilitating community conversation around important issues," she said. "I look forward to meeting women from all walks of life, who are invested in making Howard County a better place to live, work, and play."

The event begins with breakfast and a vendor fair, followed by a presentation from motivational speaker and humorist Suzie Humphreys. Attendees will meet in small groups and talk about issues challenging women and families in the area.

"Our goal is to identify one or two of these issues we can tackle in the next year," Sciame-Giesecke said. "We also want to provide a chance to network with and support one another."

She thanked the Community Foundation of Howard County for supporting the summit.

Admission is $15, and each person who registers may bring a friend for free. To register, go to

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Dear IU Kokomo Students:

New Student Convocation 2013Interim Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke welcomes incoming students at the New Student Convocation.

On behalf of all the faculty and staff at Indiana University Kokomo, I want to welcome you to campus. If you are a returning student, welcome back!

IU is more than an institution; we are a commitment. We know that a world-class degree from IU will help you realize your career goals and enhance your quality of life. We are committed to your success, and pledge to be there with you as you begin, continue, and complete your journey.

This semester you will experience some of the most exciting times in the campus' history. We are welcoming nearly 50 new faculty and staff from around the country and the world, and also what we expect to be a record freshman class. We continue to grow our many new degree programs, as well as look forward to the grand opening of the new courtyard, gymnasium, and wellness and fitness center!

During the first week of welcome activities, faculty and staff will be in Alumni Hall acknowledging all students who have completed 30, 60 and 90 credit hours. We want to celebrate each step in your journey toward completing your degree. Please stop by and join the celebration and receive our congratulations.

On Wednesday, August 21, we will welcome our athletes in women's volleyball, men's basketball, men's and women's cross country, and cheerleading, at the grand opening of our new gym on Superior Street in downtown Kokomo (adjacent to Memorial Gym). This facility is absolutely stunning and a great testament to IU Kokomo and the Cougars. I encourage you to attend this historic event starting with a tailgate party at 5:30 p.m. and then join us to watch the first women's volleyball game of the season at 7 p.m.

As you have time between classes, please take a moment to enjoy the new courtyard behind the Kelley Student Center – a beautiful place to make new friends and study. Finally, we look forward to seeing you at the Cole Fitness Center – a 20,000 square-foot exercise facility with state-of-the art equipment, beautiful locker rooms, and classrooms for health science majors. We are pleased to provide low-cost memberships to students, faculty, and staff. The grand opening and naming ceremony will take place on Wednesday, September 18, at 11:30 a.m. in Alumni Hall. I hope you will attend.

Welcome! I look forward to meeting you on campus.

Wishing you great success,

Interim Chancellor


Dr. Susan Sciame-Giesecke