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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.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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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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Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.