22 May 2013
KOKOMO, Ind. — In the shade of three tall trees, the students sit at picnic tables, backpacks on the benches or the ground next to them, books or e-readers open.
As they talk about their reading, a gaggle of geese land in the nearby grass, briefly interrupting the discussion with their honking. A light breeze carries dandelion fluff and the scent of nearby honeysuckle past them, along with the splashing noise of a fountain in the Wildcat Creek behind them.
For these eight students, Foster Park is their classroom, as part of Indiana University Kokomo's first-ever Maymester program.
Andrea Bard appreciates the chance to see more of Kokomo than what she sees on the drive from her home in Logansport.
"I'm getting to experience and do something, not just read about it," she said. "This is a breath of fresh air, and very different from any class I've taken before."
Eva White, associate professor of English, developed her creative nonfiction writing class, "Writing the Land: My Foster Park," to build on the connection between physical activity, nature, and creativity.
"We're always indoors," she said. "Being able to just be, and watch yourself be, and writing about it, is useful. I walk here all the time. It helps me recharge my batteries and get rid of stress."
Class begins with discussion of Haruki Murakami's book, "What I Talk About When I Talk About Running," a memoir of the author's training for the New York Marathon, and how it impacted his writing. Then, White leads them on the Wildcat Creek Walk of Excellence, taking about an hour to walk from Foster Park through UCT Park, up the hill, around through the nearby neighborhood, and back, where they talk about their observations and write in their journals.
Along the way, each student takes notes, writing down who they see, descriptions of any animals they find, and changes in the environment.
They've followed a family of ducks, and on this particular day are delighted to find a new mother duck urging five tiny, fluffy, new ducklings into Wildcat Creek. Sofia Stout exclaims in dismay when a snake approaches the waterfowl, and sighs with relief when the reptile swims around the babies.
Stout, a communications art major from Lafayette, likes the break from more traditional academic writing, along with being in the outdoors.
"You're more focused on your thoughts, and on being descriptive," she said. "I've probably done more thinking in this class than any other I've taken. It's refreshing to get out of the academic style."
White said, though, that while they are having fun, they are also learning to be better writers. Each student produces a long essay inspired by his or her experiences each week, and will turn in a portfolio, a final polished essay, and a written reflection on his or her growth during the three-week class.
Kayla Scott, an elementary education major from Mulberry, didn't realize she had signed up for an outdoor class when she enrolled, but is enjoying the experience.
"I get tired of sitting in the classroom," she said. "This class lets me use all my senses, every time. You walk the same trail, but everyone comes back with different ideas and thoughts from what we see. I like that."
Brock Richardson, Bringhurst, who also plans to be an elementary teacher, said in addition to improving his writing, he's learning how taking students out of the classroom benefits them.
"There is a different learning environment than inside," he said. "You don't have to be sitting at a desk to learn."
IU Kokomo's new Maymester program offers student a chance to earn three credits in a short time period, in an immersive class. A few other offerings include a creative performance class, in which students will write, act in, and direct a play; urban geology, complete with fieldwork; and a public relations campaign class that involves working with a local business or nonprofit organization. Maymester continues through Thursday, June 6.
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.
17 May 2013
Come see how you can become a math, science, English, or social studies teacher in less than two years, at Indiana University Kokomo's Change to Education open house.
School of Education leaders will be available to talk about the 24-credit hour program from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, May 23, in the Kelley Student Center, Room 130.
Shirley Aamidor, associate dean, said the program is for people who already have bachelor's degrees in these subject areas.
"They already have the knowledge about their subject areas, and our faculty will prepare them to teach it in the most effective manner possible," Aamidor said. "We can also place them as permanent substitute teachers in one of our 24 partner schools, to gain hands-on experience and allow potential employers to see them succeed on the job. That is a positive for all the people involved."
C2E includes two semesters of classroom work, one summer session, and a semester of student teaching, leading to licensure in grades 5-12 in math, science, social studies, and English/language arts.
Aamidor said there is a demand for teachers in these areas, particularly in math and sciences.
"Their previous degrees, combined with our educational preparation, will make these future teachers very attractive candidates when they apply for teaching jobs," she said. "We are giving our students marketable skills, while also providing quality teachers in high demand areas to the schools in our region."
For more information about the open house, or requirements to enroll contact Aamidor at email@example.com or Nicole Gill at firstname.lastname@example.org. Those interested may also call 765-455-9441 for more information.
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.
16 May 2013
KOKOMO, Ind. — It is Monday morning, early, but Mary Olk is already on the job.
She perches on a chair in the middle of Starbucks, iced tea in hand, describing her newest idea for marketing the Indiana University Kokomo campus on social media, as part of the weekly Office of Media and Marketing planning meeting.
Later in the day, she walks through the campus quad, trailed by videographer Mike Glassburn. She's poised in front of the camera, as narrator of the "My Campus" videos, using her charm and dry, slightly sarcastic, sense of humor to draw stories from the featured students.
Olk also works on her computer, searching for just the right words for the latest installment in her popular Senior Spotlight series, featuring the most compelling stories about her classmates, both on the campus website and in IU publications.
Mary, a member of the graduating class of 2013, is a respected member of the marketing team.
"Being able to work in the campus marketing department was a dream come true," Olk, 21, said. "I have loved telling the story of IU Kokomo, meeting great people, and learning everything I did. I learned that I want to continue working in higher education, and it helped guide me to my decision to pursue my master's degree."
Marie Radel, director of the media and marketing department, said Mary's contributions are invaluable.
"Mary brings the student perspective. She knows how her peers interact on social media and what they want to see on the web," Radel said. "Marketing is about understanding your target audience, and Mary is our front row seat to what students are thinking."
Olk, who is from Peru, appreciated the chance to apply what she was learning in her communication arts classes to a real-world job.
"I developed and improved my writing skills, but I also was able to explore other areas in more depth, such as social media and photography," she said. "It taught me the true inner workings of a marketing and public relations organization, and how a professional environment works."
Her leadership and excellence in and out of the classroom landed her an assistantship at Ball State University, which will pay for her to earn a master's degree in student affairs administration and higher education programming. She wants to help other students have the same kind of successful college experience she had at IU Kokomo.
"College isn't just your classes, it's getting practical real world experience," Olk said. "I want to give students resources to set goals and achieve them. That's what higher education is all about. I want to be part of that."
Dean of Students Sarah Sarber said Olk will excel in this field.
"Mary will be a tremendous asset to the student affairs profession," she said. "She has an understanding of current issues in higher education and appreciation for working with students, and truly wants to make a difference in their lives."
Olk "jumped into student life with both feet" when she arrived on campus, determined to have a big college experience.
"It doesn't matter where you go to college, you get to choose the type of experience you have," she said. "If you get involved, you will feel a connection to any campus."
She joined The Correspondent newspaper staff, and was instrumental in updating and improving it as editor-in-chief. She also was involved in student government, first as a senator, and then as student body vice president in spring 2013.
Her involvement helped her make friends, and feel like she was part of the campus.
"College isn't just about having a degree anymore," she said. "It's everything on top of that. It was important to me to educate myself in every way possible."
In May, she earned the outstanding student in leadership award, as well as the outstanding student in communication arts award.
One of her most important experiences was participating in the Innovation Symposium, a class that focuses on philanthropy, environment, and technology, and includes three weeks of travel in England.
"That was a life-changing experience," Olk said. "Overseas travel teaches you a lot about yourself. The culture there is similar to ours, but still different. There's so much history over there, it's just fantastic. The trip is work, too. We're having a good time, but we're working, too."
All students must complete a final project, creating an innovation that helps people.
Olk developed an IU Kokomo leadership guide, intended to help students become more effective campus leaders.
She hopes her own experiences will make her a better student advocate when she begins her career.
"I know the first couple of years can be hard," she said. "It's made me more aware of the real things college students go through. I hope to create a positive experience for students, and impact them in a positive way so they finish school."
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.
16 May 2013
KOKOMO, Ind. – Four hundred seventy-six full-time Indiana University Kokomo students earned dean's list honors for the spring 2013 semester. Dean's list students earned a minimum 3.5 grade point average (GPA) on a scale of 4.0, while carrying at least 12 credit hours throughout the grading period. Students are listed by hometown.
Alexandria: Charles Henry Whaley
Amboy: Amy Diane Eberle, Colten Scott Lorenz, Trevor Martin
Anderson: Kelly Sue Counceller, Chris Richard Hatzell, Calani Rae Hitchell, Shauna Michelle Smith
Arcadia: Heather M. Tittle
Atlanta: Peyton Bristol, Marshall Lee Ewing
Batesville: Toni Nicole Perdue
Bringhurst: Megan LeeAnn Ayres, Heather Rae Kauffman, Nathan Paul Martin, Brock Andrew Richardson
Bunker Hill: Britany Ross, Julia Mae Walters
Burlington: Hannah Elizabeth Brewster
Burnettsville: Kyle T. McAninch
Camby: Katrina Jo Cook
Camden: Cassie Marie Aldridge, Megan Dawn McGrew
Carmel: Robert Bonecutter, Nicole Colleen Fettig, Joseph Clinton Haskett, Jayesh Laila, Walter Andrew Mandery, Thomas M. Paulson, Laurel Elizabeth Reed, Kenlee Rose Reinking, Cynthia Dawn Smith, Kimberly Ann Ware, Alison Louise Young
Cicero: Colton Thomas Hooper, Whitney Nicole Orr
Converse: Jessica Lee Martin, Mellanee Jean Neeley
Cutler: William Bradley Bennett
Delphi: Justine Nicole Alderman, Ashley Brooke Brown, Whitney Nicole Cripe, Matthew J. Etter, Patricia Gray, Serina Lynn Perry
Denver: Tristan Michelle Hippensteel, Samantha Leigh Hord, Sara J. Musselman, Justin Paul Thiry
Elwood: Samantha Kay Boothroyd, Kylie Jo Groover, Korsen Ray Stiner, Whitney Whetsel, Mariah Shanea Williams
Fairmount: Hannah Nicole Keene, Christine Kay Myers, John Patrick Williams
Fishers: Esther S. Chikkala, Patricia Elaine Crim, Alicia Renee Dellen, Thembelani Dube, Janette Chan Garcia, Alice W. Muigai, Lindsey Ann Sherck, Lisa M. Thompson
Flora: Emily Janell Barnard, Nicole Lynn Brubaker, Harley Rene Davis, Kyra Nicole Edging, Elizabeth Pearl Rowen
Forest: Steven Alexander Amos, Haylee Joyce Robertson, Emily Katherine Ross, Kaitlin Diane Townsend
Fort Wayne: Kelsey Elizabeth Gentile
Frankfort: Judith Alanis Guijosa, Troy Brooks, Kara Katherine Byrd, William Andrew Byrd, Melissa D. Clendenning, Amanda Lynne Gaunt, Tiffany L. Goodwin, Victoria B. Klippel, Allison Wren Ostler, Karen L. Ponder, Tiffany Renee Roberts-Herrera, Aaron Joseph Rogers, Kayla Michelle Scott, Erin Smith, Ashley Renee Spraker, Cara Marie Wilson
Galveston: Angela Lynne Bird, Gabrielle Ennis, Kara Marie Keppel, Mark A. Miller, Adam Ramer, April Lynn Walker, Betsy Lynne Worden, Steven Eli Wright
Gas City: Carolyn Diane Burbank, Brandon Jeffrey Scott
Goldsmith: Jack H. Mattingly, Douglas Edward Shook
Greenfield: Shawn Remick
Greentown: Karen L. Bowlin, PrinceKristian Dionisio Bravo, Nathan Lee Courter, Morgan Dunkle, Carly Nichole Haines, Eric Len Hainlen, Amber Joy Howell, Christopher Wayne Johnson, Lisa Rae Millspaugh, Michelle Marie Padgett, Daniel Wayne Rasmussen, Cheri Lynn Sparks, Shannon R. Stockdale, Kyra Danielle Stockton, Brendan White
Indianapolis: Adebisi Rashidat Adeyeri, Kaylee Ariel Ezzo, Christopher Furrey, Oluwole David Ojelekan, Agnes Asamoah Opoku, Melanie Jo Parks, April Sebree, Don Wesley Sedberry Jr., Sherese Rena Williams, Herbert Tafadzwa Zinzombe
Jonesboro: Lyndsay Ann Christensen, Jennifer Lynn Ropp
Kempton: Caili Renee Thomas
Kewanna: Megan L. Arnold, Kelly Cunningham
Kirklin: Kaylea Eli
Kokomo: Lindsey Nicole Abell, Kara Beth Abresch, Alyse Adkins, Benjamin Michael Akers, Kelsey L. Alexander, Matthew Robert Allison, Angela Marie Anderson, Alexius Q. Babb, Chad Michael Barlow, Amanda Barton, Anna Elizabeth Baxter, Erin N. Beane, Alisha Pearl Begley, Krystyn Marie Bell, Erica Jane Bennett, Aaron Michael Bird, Michelle Lynn Bird, Zachary Keith Bolin, Tracie L. Bolinger, Stephanie Nichole Bonner, Ashton Kensi Bray, David Alan Brinkley, Alexcia Deniece Brown, Ian Nathaniel Buchanan, Jeremy William Burnett, Brittany Nicole Burney, Amber F. Capps, Lydia Anne Capps, Deanna Kay Chesshir, Richard Lee Christensen, Courtney Ann Cochran, Ashley Marie Cole, Haylee Marie Cullison, Giada Dalla Pozza, Nicholas Norman Daanen, Kenzie Lynn Daniel, Gabrielle Davis, Kalie Ann Davis, Nicholas Andrew Davis, Abbigail Deck, Kristopher R. Dill, Amy Lynn Dotson, Bethann Duly, Julia Lynne Eads, Lakye Lenee' Edwards, Shayla B. Elmore, Donald K. Erickson, Sarah Nicole Ferenc, Shaun Harvey Fewell, Nathaniel George Fishback, Nicholas Lee Flynn, Tony Eugene Forsythe, Sarah Elizabeth Frey, Snezana Garic, Erin Lee Geiselman, Jeremy Daniel Gilman, Brandon Kyle Goodman, Emily Joelle Grammer, Stephen Adrian Green, Stephanie Lee Griggs, Angelina Chantelle Gurney, Brandon H. Hargraves, Jaina Leigh Hattabaugh, Jennifer Diane Hecht, Barbara E. Hedrick, Daniel J. Henning, Kasey Sierra High, Michael Allen Hiland, Rebekah J. Hochstedler, Gina Marie Holguin, Carl Blaine Holsinger, Elizabeth Ann Hubenthal, Cyndie Eileen Hughes, Brady Garret James, Rex James, Jami Elizabeth Jensen, Allyson Jewell, Charlene Elizabeth Johnson, Crystal Dawn Johnson, Lauren Christine Jones, Steven Jones, Tyler Keck, Hannah Jane Kovaleski, Jennifer Ann Kubly, Derek Lawhead, Kayla Rene Lawhead, Ashley Shay Lay, Katy Elizabeth Lewis, Katherine Alise Lindley, Emily Michaele Lytle, Andrea I. Mamaril, Joelynn Nicole Marconi, Boyd Terry Marler, Nickolas Cole Maynard, Sarah Inez McClurg, Erica S. Melcher, Krista Leigh Melcher, Dawn Renee Miller-Wilson, Kristina Marie Miller, Rebecca Marie Miller, Allison M. Morgan, Cameron Morris, Carly Renee Moore, Jamie Lynn Moore, Allison Nicole Mose, Victoria Moss, April Rena Name, Mary Ellen Olk, Jordan Thomas Ousley, Colin F. Overman, Rachel Nicole Pace, Lacy Roselyn Parish, Keith Andrew Pearson, Marcus J. Pemberton, Courtney Kaye Perez, Yvonne E. Petty, Eva Larissa Pier, Jenna Ann Powell, Troy Allen Pryor, William Austin Pyke, Caleb Michael Querry, Jillian Nicole Redmond, Patricia Elaine Reeves, Karissa Lynn Roberts, Kelsey Brianne Robinson, Miltona Shaye Robinson, Jonathan Adam Rogers, Brandon Kenneth Rose, Amanda Michelle Rudd, Ashlei Nikole Russell, Patrick Michael Russell Sr., Rachel Nicole Sanks, Jennifer Marie Santos, Breanna Jean Santucci, Jacqueline Ann Schick, Jennifer Schoolcraft, Keith Mitchell Scircle, Janette J. Scott, Laura Anne Scott, Brittnea L. Shaw, Rachel A. Smith, Motolani Kaosarat Somotan, Rickey Lee Southwell Jr., Sabrina Lynn Stahl, Mary Stidham, Caitlin Michele Stokes, Ron Tamir, Cody Adam Taylor, Cynthia J. Taylor, Samantha Lindsey Thieke, Brittany M. Turner, Jonathan Thomas Underwood, Ryan Michael VanHaecke, Ashley Michele VanSkyock, Stephen R. Vas, Elizabeth Ellen Vautaw, Toni Sue Vollmer, Shelby Maria Waggoner, Alan Lee Weimer, Tyler Russel Wilhite, Jeremiah Lee Williams, Whitley Paige Wilson, Lesly R. Winburn, Megan Lyn Wolford, Darcie J. York, Alireza Zeinalpour
Lafayette: Shanon Denise Croell, Lori Francis Green, Brittany Rachelle Smith
Logansport: Khiya Leigh Armstrong, Kristen Berry, Tiffany Botsford, Bryanna Leigh Bowman, Danielle Jessica Carrier, Mathew L. Cogswell, Jonathan R. Flory, Laura Lea Funk, Amy Ann Glasson, LeAnn Marie Hileman, Corinna Sue Houston, Katie L. Hutsell, Michael Allen Johanning, Haleigh Janae Johnson, Dylan Corey Lines-LaPeer, Drake Michael Morris, Dustin Jay Reeser, Eric Lee Rogers, Mark Vore, Samuel Cody Williamson
Macy: Holly M. Manns, Jacqueline Anna Paul
Marion: Jennie R. Camblin, Arielle Castanon, Andrew Edward Coleman, Sergio Compean, Jordan Lee Drook, Eric Emery, Shauncee Elizabeth Johnson, Tracy Todd Livingston, Bonnie Rosa Miltenberger, Amber Sue Patterson, Michael Wayne Reynolds, Pamela S. Weesner
Miami: Rachel Aurelia Dodd, Brittany L. Harp
Michigantown: Caitlin Marie Kuhns
Monterey: Danielle Marie Race
Monticello: Jennifer Lynn Martin
Muncie: Mandee Dawn Motsenbocker
New Haven: Amanda Marie Smith
Noblesville: Sandra Lee Beech, Nevin Hunter Bowden, Le'Anna Le'Kaye Brown, Michelle Christine Costa, Toni Nicole Hubert, Marie Ann LaFever, Musavengana Mafara, Evan J. O'Connor, Tiffany Ann Pennoyer Whitaker, John Richard Robertson, Natalie Rene Valmore, Joshua Alan Weaver, Sierra Katelynn Yeary
Peru: Brian Ashley Arwood, Andrea Cherie Batdorf, Kaylan Marie Burkhart, Romona Nadinae Butzin, Kimberly Sue Byrum, Robert Clark, Jared Hugh Clemons, Bryce A. Comp, Augustus John Cooley, Rebekah Dehner, Sydney Justine Diskey, Tia Brianne Dossett, Jacob Tanner Feasel, Kory T. George, Nickolas Allen George, Jeremy Lee Gunter, Emilie Margaret Hubbard, Andrew Dale Jones, Chelsey Louise Jones, Jennifer Lynne Lane, David Lapan, Diane La Mast, Garrett Jameson Meives, Stephanie Rochelle Murphy, Jacqueline Rose Myers, Sandra Anne Nye, Brooklynn Elizabeth Payne, Timothy David Potts, Abbey Robison, Anyssa Marie Ryan, Norman Joseph Scroggin, Jerica Strayer, Cody James Summers, Bethany Charlene Thomas, Mark Anthony Thompson, Alaynah Darlene Weisend
Rochester: Kasi Balanow, Jayson Alexander Cloud, Cynthia Joy Oswalt, Michael Edward Treon
Rossville: Sarah Alese McIlrath, Brittany Ann Royer
Royal Center: Hope LeAnn Benesh, Eli J. Frame, Holly Colette Weaver
Russiaville: Summer Nichole Cottrell, Corenn Duke, Ashley Rachelle Hurst, Emma Magers, Allison K. Richardson, Ronald D. Smith, Jean A. Snyder, Erin E. Soutar, Zachary Taylor Stout, Danielle Marie Williams, Ashley L. Zell
Sharpsville: Jessica Marie Beck, Jacob Lee Cook, Mary Katheryn Dudley, Taylor L. Farris, Ashley Marie Miller, Stephanie Parton, Gabrielle M. Perkins, Emily Brooke Ragan, Susan Lynette Ragan, Breanna Sheetz
Shelbyville: Rebecca R. Smith
Star City: Jeffrey Scott Attinger, Hannah Hendryx
Swayzee: Zachary Shanen Henning, Vicky Joleen Pickering
Sweetser: Jacklyn Marie Meyer, Guillermo J. Trejo
Thorntown: Ila Scott
Tipton: Andrew T. Boehner, Alyssa Mae Bohuk, Drew Anthony Frawley, Cody Hayden Griffith, Madison Nicole Knight, Shelby Lynnette Markins, Kara B. Moulder, Pamela L. Plain, Amanda Jean Roberts, Bryan Randall Robertson, Sarah Marie Parr, Natalie Suzanne Smith, Justin Paul Summers, Logan Alexander Tina, Lisa D. Tragesser, Courtney Lynn Waymire, Andrew Thomas Wilson
Twelve Mile: Ashley N. Lowe, Meghan Elizabeth Schroder
Upland: Stephan Nicholas Snyder
Wabash: Joshua Ryan Holley, Cassandra Kathleen Knowles
Walton: Kelsey Danelle Clark, Mendy Hadley, Kristopher Bryan Johns, Matteson Kae Keisling, Brooke E. Robertson, Matthew Thomas
Westfield: Annette Mary Davis, Kyle G. Guenther, Timothy Ryan Harding, Rebekah Rae Herron, Alyssa D. Lorenz, Michael Aaron Marciniec, Linda Louise Neff, Matthew James Sopkowski, Nathan Travis Sopkowski
West Lafayette: Lori Ann Blair, Harmony L. Newman
West Middleton: Adrienne T. Larrison
Winamac: Jocelyn Conner,Laura Renee Utes
Windfall: Shane Thomas Simmons
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.
- IU Police patrol campus in new vehicle
- Jupiter, Saturn to be visible during Observatory Open House
- Goodnight, Hauswald receive inaugural Chancellor’s Medallions
- Accomplishments of graduates highlighted at IU Kokomo Commencement
- Graduates celebrate accomplishments with families – near and far
- IU Kokomo celebrates student accomplishments at honors convocation, master’s hooding ceremonies
- IU Kokomo athletics program joins KIAC
- Nursing, allied health graduates celebrate accomplishments
- Nursing, business students honored for academic excellence
- Megan Mathews balances work, mentoring with earning her M.B.A.