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KOKOMO, Ind. — Nurses take a patient's blood pressure the same way, no matter what country they call home.

South Korean Exchange Student Closing CeremonySouth Korean exchange student closing ceremony.

Nursing students from two South Korean universities, and from Indiana University Kokomo, learn from each other during exchanges between the two countries. Ten students and two faculty members from Sungshin Women's University and Jesus University arrived Sunday, February 4, for a two-week visit.

In the spring, a group of IU Kokomo students and faculty will return the visit, to learn about the culture and health care systems in South Korea.

During their time here, the South Korean students participated in nursing lab exercises with IU Kokomo students, sharing techniques they've learned for patient care.

Morgan McCall, Logansport, said it was interesting to see how many things they've learned the same way, and the small differences as well. The Korean students take temperatures with a thermometer that goes in the ear, rather than one used on the temples, which she uses.

"Medicine is universal, but there are some interesting differences," she said. "There are some cultural differences in medicine as well, and visiting with these students reminds us that not all of our patients will share our culture. It's a necessity to bring culture into the nursing field, so you can be sensitive to your patients' needs."

Students from both countries bonded over their shared experience of nursing school, Amanda Roberts, from Tipton, said.

"I asked if nursing school is stressful for them, and they said yes," she said. "We talked about what kind of nurses we want to be, and we have the same kind of goals. We found out we have a lot in common."

In addition to visiting nursing classes, the South Korean students joined Spanish and fine arts classes. They also toured Kokomo Opalescent Glass, visited the Logansport carousel, participated in nursing clinical rotations at area hospitals, attended a concert at The Palladium in Carmel, cheered at a Cougar basketball game, and exercised in the campus' Cole Fitness Center.

Woo Hee Sim, a student at Seoul's Sungshin University, encouraged the IU Kokomo students to take part in the upcoming trip to South Korea, to have the same kind of cultural experience she and her classmates have had in the United States.

"You really have to open your mind, and experience the differences in another country," Sim said. "This prepares you to meet people from other cultures, and to learn that despite our differences, we are the same in our hearts. So many people have been so welcoming to us, and I'm sure it will be the same when IU Kokomo students visit us."

Sim will return home with renewed commitment to her desire to be a nurse.

"I'm more engaged and inspired to be a nurse," she said. "I feel deeply its something you can do to help people, no matter where you are. I'm learning to do something not a lot of people can do."

It's a learning experience for both the Hoosier and Korean students, according to Linda Wallace, who initiated the program in 2000 with a faculty exchange.

"It is humbling and empowering to travel where you don't know the language well, or at all, and have to presume on the kindness of others," she said. "You come home with a better appreciation of the people from another country, and an understanding that not all of your patients share your background. When you treat people who are not of your culture, you need to be aware they may have cultural needs in addition to medical needs, and should know how to provide complete care for them."

Sohye Kim, visiting from Jesus University, in Jeonju, wanted to see how the U.S. health care system compares to that in her home country. She was impressed with many aspects of the hospitals she toured, and surprised by how much work goes into handling patient health insurance needs.

She did not find one country's health care system better than the other — just different. She looks forward to showing IU Kokomo students her country's system.

"It was interesting to get a different perspective on health care," she said.

IU Kokomo has a long relationship with the two universities, hosting about a dozen students and faculty each winter, and taking students to visit most summers. More than 30 students have traveled to South Korea since 2003.

Shirley Aamidor, associate dean of the School of Education, is teaching at Sungshin University this school year, and Sung Ja Whang, a retired professor from Jesus University, is a visiting lecturer in the School of Nursing.

Dr. Se-Ung Lee, a South Korean businessman and philanthropist, has supported the program for 14 years with grant funding.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Learn about college life, and get free help filing your financial aid forms, with two events Sunday, February 23, at Indiana University Kokomo.

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IU Kokomo admissions specialists will prepare future students and their parent to successfully navigate the college admissions process during the "Parents' Roadmap to College: Guide Your Student to Success" program.

The "Roadmap to College" program begins with a question and answer session at 1:30 p.m., followed by the program at 2 p.m., in the Kelley Student Center, Room 130.

Admissions Counselor Allison Foust said the college admissions process can be overwhelming to parents, especially those who did not experience it themselves.

"We will talk with parents about what they can do to help their student while he or she is still in high school, and what to expect through the admissions process and when your child starts college," she said. "We want to help make this process as easy as possible."

The event includes discussions with representatives from admissions, financial aid, career and accessibility services, athletics, academics and advising, campus life, and more. For more information about the "Roadmap to College" program, contact Foust at anfoust@iuk.edu. Parents should RSVP to attend by Thursday, February 20, at iuk.edu/parent-visit

Current college students, high school seniors, potential college students, and their parents, can file their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) during College Goal Sunday. The event is open to families considering or attending any college or university. No RSVP is required for College Goal Sunday.

Vinny Vincent, assistant director assistant director of financial aid, said even those not sure if they will go to college during the 2014-2015 school year should attend and file their financial aid application before the March 10 deadline.

"You get the most from your financial aid by filing on time or early," he said. "You don't want to pass up potential aid or scholarships by filing late, or not filing at all."

Financial aid experts will assist students and their parents, in several computer labs on campus. Volunteers will direct participants to a lab from the Kelley Student Center.

Vincent added that IU Kokomo gives priority for its scholarships to students who file their financial aid applications by March 1. Those who haven't filed their 2013 taxes may complete their application as an estimate, and then correct the form later, he added.

He said it is critical for students in the 21st Century Scholars program to meet the deadline. Changes in that program's administration means those who miss the deadline are no longer eligible for the program, for the rest of their college career.

Check in for College Goal Sunday begins at 2 p.m. in Alumni Hall, and volunteers will direct those attending to computers labs from there. Financial aid expects will walk through the form line-by-line and answer questions during the session. Students should attend with a parent or guardian, and bring their parents 2013 IRS 1040 tax returns, W-2 forms, and other 2013 income and benefits information. Students who worked in 2013 should bring their own income information. Those 24 and older may attend alone, and should bring their income information.

Students and parents may apply for a U.S. Department of Education Personal Identification Number (PIN) at www.pin.ed.gov. before attending College Goal Sunday.

Additional FAFSA help sessions are planned from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, February 24; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 26; 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, February 27; 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, and Thursday, March 6; and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, March 10.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Augustus Cooley shares his passion for international studies, planning a series of "Go Global" events for February at Indiana University Kokomo.

Men's Basketball vs. IU EastStudents visiting from South Korea.

For his international studies minor, and as part of an internship with the program, he's taken numerous international and cultural classes, which he says "have really opened my eyes and given me a better understanding of humanity, and how to relate to other people and cultures."

He urged students to visit with the speakers and learn about opportunities for travel or employment overseas.

"This will not only enlighten them to global issues, but help ready them for our globalized and competitive job market," he said.

"Go Global" kicked off Tuesday, February 4, with a visit from a Peace Corps representative, who talked to students about opportunities to work and volunteer overseas.

Ian C. Kelly, diplomat in residence for the Midwest, will speak to students about his experiences working for the State Department from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, February 11, in the Kelley Student Center, Room 130.

Donna McLean, associate professor of communication arts, has seen student interest in these kinds of programs grow in recent years, as there have been more opportunities for them to travel overseas as part of their college experience. As director of the international studies minor, she encourages all students to participate in at least one of the trips.

"Traveling overseas changes their perspectives on the world," she said. "Before this kind of experience, students tend to assume all people operate the same way we do. Traveling allows us to see the many ways people view the world. They find this new realization helpful in understanding our world."

In the last year, IU Kokomo classes have gone to Turkey, Scotland, England, Italy, Guatemala, and South Korea. Nursing students and faculty from South Korea arrived for an annual campus exchange Sunday, and will be in Kokomo for two weeks.

Cooley, from Peru, has not yet traveled, but hopes to go to China. He has taken classes in international studies, international relations, and diplomacy.

International programs will host "Go Global Days" with faculty members and students with international experiences, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, February 12, and Thursday, February 13, in the Kelley Student Center, Room 130.

Friday, February 21, students from Kokomo's International School at Central Middle School will participate in their annual International Festival, on campus.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University Kokomo senior Pamela Plain received the College/University Intern of the Year award from Indiana INTERNnet this week.

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Plain, a health sciences major, was one of two students who received this award, chosen from 41 nominees statewide. She earned the recognition for organizing a breast tissue donation event in Kenya, as an intern for the Komen Tissue Bank (KTB) at the IU Simon Cancer Center.

She was excited to be nominated, and thrilled to win.

"I just thought it was an honor to be nominated, because everyone there had done such amazing internships," said Plain, 50, from Tipton. "When I won, I couldn't believe it."

Plain learned about the KTB – the only repository for healthy breast tissue in the world – when she volunteered as part of a civic engagement and breast cancer class with Jessica Henderson, assistant professor of health sciences. Plain and six of her classmates donated healthy breast tissue, which researchers use as they seek a cure for breast cancer.

During her time at the center, she talked to Jill Henry, chief operating officer of the KTB, about the Kenya project, offering her skills in international shipping to facilitate getting the needed supplies to Africa. KTB's goal is to collect breast tissue from women all over the world. They targeted Kenya because a particularly aggressive type of breast cancer is common there.

"I was a customs expert before I went back to school," Plain said. "I realized they didn't have a grasp on the shipping process, and this was a way I could make a difference.

"I started at the very beginning of the process, and did everything from packing the boxes, loading the container, and doing all the customs paperwork to send the shipment to Kenya. Even after my internship was over, I followed through on a daily basis, and made sure our shipment cleared customs."

Those who supervised Plain's internship said the award was well deserved, and no surprise to them.

"In our eyes, Pam is a rock star," said Henry. "The truth is, we really do not know what we would have done without Pam Plain this past summer. She performed a superior job spearheading the planning and logistics of packing and shipping all the supplies for the tissue drive we were planning in Kenya, and was able to harvest information about the process we never would have had otherwise. Pam outlined what she would accomplish, and how she intended to accomplish it, then delivered everything she promised."

She is especially proud that the shipment of medical supplies cleared customs in a week, saying it usually takes a month. In addition to items needed to collect tissue samples, the Komen Center sent vitamins, incubators, and other biomedical supplies to the Riley Mother and Baby Hospital in Kenya.

Henderson called Plain's work "an extraordinary accomplishment," and noted she had never seen an intern given responsibility of such magnitude.

"This project involved tens of thousands of dollars, superb communication skills and organizational skills, and an understanding of different cultures," Henderson said. "Pam's passion lies in helping others. She is exactly the type of person who we want in our field, and who we want to stay in Indiana."

Interim Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke is proud of Plain's accomplishment.

"She is an excellent example of how a regional campus, like IU Kokomo, provides access to a college degree to a variety of students, in different stages of their lives," Sciame-Giesecke said. "I wish her the best in her next educational endeavor."

Tracy Springer, manager of IU Kokomo's Career and Accessibility Center, said Plain is a role model to other students, for understanding how important internships are for their future careers.

"Pam gained invaluable on-the-job experience from this internship, which will help her as she looks for employment and applies to graduate school," Springer said. "We encourage all of our students to seek out these opportunities, as Pam did."

Plain graduates in May, and hopes to find a job near Indianapolis, so she can begin working on her master's degree at the School of Public Health at IUPUI. Her goal is to earn her Ph.D. before she turns 60.

"I really feel passionate about breast cancer, so if there is a job I can do in breast cancer research, I would be thrilled with that," she said. "I also have a huge passion for cardiovascular health. I work at the Heart Center in Indianapolis, and I've learned that heart disease is the number one killer of women and of adults worldwide. I hope to funnel one of my passions into a job in the health realm, where I can make a difference."

Indiana INTERNnet, managed by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, is a statewide resource for internship opportunities that has helped connect students and employers across the state since 2001.

For more information about internship opportunities available through IU Kokomo, go to iuk.edu/career-services.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.