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

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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.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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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 timfulk@iuk.edu before Friday, April 18.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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

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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.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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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.

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Graduates are listed by hometown. Those receiving degrees include:

Bringhurst

Megan LeeAnn Tuttle, Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences

Brownsburg

Teresa Katherine Criswell, Master of Science in Nursing

Bunker Hill

Nicole Leann Ingram, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Burnettsville

Ryan Edward Gady, Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Carmel

Ron Skinner, Master of Public Management

Leah Beth Wirkkala, Bachelor of Arts

Converse

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

Delphi

Whitney Nicole Cripe, Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences

Christopher J. Nabors, Master of Business Administration

Serina Lynn Perry, Bachelor of Science in Education

Elkhart

Evelyn Chiwalasile Kamoto, Master of Science in Nursing

Fishers

Patricia Elaine Crim, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Amber Lynn Goll, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Flora

Joshua Holda, Bachelor of Science in Chemical Biology

Christine Joanne Pinkard, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Taryn Ann Sisson, Bachelor of General Studies

Frankfort

Aaron Joseph Rogers, Bachelor of General Studies

Branden Taylor, Bachelor of Arts

Galveston

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

Greentown

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

Huntington

Andrea Nicole Wehr, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Indianapolis

Izzat A. Shehadeh, Bachelor of General Studies

Kewanna

Megan L. Arnold, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Kokomo

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

Logansport

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

Macy

Marjorie Varnell Schaeffner, Master of Arts in Liberal Studies

Marion

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

Milton

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

Noblesville

Brian Jones, Bachelor of General Studies

Nicholas Parks, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Kyle D. Wine, Bachelor of General Studies

Oakford

William Donald Dixon, Bachelor of General Studies

Pendleton

Angela Smitherman, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Peru

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

Rochester

Cynthia Joy Oswalt, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Michael Edward Treon, Bachelor of Science in Informatics

Russiaville

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

Sheridan

Arlen Perry Helterbrand, Bachelor of General Studies

South Bend

Cindy Marie Sommer, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Swayzee

Zachary Shanen Henning, Bachelor of Science in Mathematics

Sweetser

Teresa Marie Cole, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Katelynn Elizabeth Weaver, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Amber Louise Younce, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Tipton

Shannon Dolan Copas, Bachelor of General Studies

Upland

Michelle Lynn Lynch, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Wabash

Colin Michael Gray, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Walton

David Wayne Matthews, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Westfield

Matthew James Sopkowski, Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Nathan Travis Sopkowski, Bachelor of Science in Business

Winamac

Lacy Christine Bair, Bachelor of Arts

Jessica Marie Beaupre, Master of Science in Nursing

Laura Renee Utes, Bachelor of Science in Education

Windfall

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

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.