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KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University Kokomo students learn from working actors, as the campus hosts Artists in Residence Rob and Jen Johansen.

johannsensArtists in Residence Rob and Jen Johansen.

The actors will be on campus for three days, starting Tuesday, March 25, leading a stage combat workshop, meeting with a humanities class and a Freshman Learning Community, and discussing plays with the "Conversations with Shakespeare," class. Their residency concludes with a performance at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 27, in Kresge Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.

The Artists in Residence program gives students a chance to meet people working successfully in an artistic field, to ask questions and get an idea of what it takes to work in those professions, said Joann Kaiser, lecturer in communication arts.

"Rob and Jen are so approachable, and love being on our campus and working with students," she said. "This is a great opportunity for students to understand the discipline and training that goes into professional acting. Students benefit from the workshops and conversations about performance and literature."

The Johansens, who have appeared in many lead roles at the Indiana Repertory Theatre, previously were artists in residence at IU Kokomo in 2012. They've been friends of the campus since the 2011 Commencement, in which Jen Johansen's stepfather, Bill Hunt, received an honorary degree.

Rob Johansen has been a professional actor for 18 years, and a fight choreographer for 15 years. He has choreographed fights in more than 20 productions of Romeo and Juliet, and has played Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol 12 times. Jen Johansen has been a professional actor for 10 years, winning a leading actress award in Cincinnati for her performance in Time Stands Still. In 2011 she was awarded a Creative Renewal Fellowship, which allowed her to travel to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London for a month-long Shakespeare Intensive Training.

Together, they are co-artistic directors for ShadowApe Theatre Company, which prides itself on innovative theatrical work. This summer, they are producing a new piece for the IndyFringe Theatre Festival.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Tony Wood graduates from Indiana University Kokomo with real-world marketing and project management experience, after he and his Enactus teammates helped the new campus food service providers learn more about its new market.

Enactus and Rozzi's CateringEnactus and Rozzi's Catering

The student organization, comprised mostly of business students, developed a 25-question survey about campus food service, and conducted more than 300 face-to-face interviews with students, faculty, and staff, asking questions about what kinds of foods they want available, pricing, and how often and what times of day they eat on campus.

Wood, a senior, said the business students gained hands-on experience in marketing, while serving not only the Cougar Country Café by Rozzi's Catering, but everyone who eats on campus.

"We learn about how to do these things in our classes, but this gave us a chance to try it on our own," he said. "This is a real business, and we are able to take what we've learned and use it to help."

In response to the survey, Enactus members successfully applied for a $1,500 Sam's Club Step Up for Small Business grant, to buy a panini press. The $500 left after the purchase will fund an advertising campaign, which may include improved signage, table menus, and digital signs, this semester.

Students were surprised to return to classes in the fall and find a different menu and prices than the previous school year, said Enactus member Vincent Knarr. Many did not know that a locally owned company replaced the previous food service provider, which had been subsidized to keep prices lower.

"We're helping them re-brand as a restaurant, rather than a fast food on campus," he said. "We want everyone to notice that the quality is better, and there are more healthy options than we had before."

People were very vocal about their likes and dislikes.

"I was surprised by how willing they were to talk about it, and how important it was to our campus," Knarr, a junior, said. "We found out that the traditional-age students really want healthy options, but they also want more fried options. They want the option to eat healthy, or not to eat healthy."

After compiling results, the students created a report with graphics, and presented it to Executive Chef JoAnn Rozzi, Robert Rozzi, the general manager, and Jennifer Rozzi, event director.

For JoAnn Rozzi, it was valuable insight into the market.

"It let us learn more about the students, what they want to eat, and what they think is a good price," she said. "We increased our healthy food offerings this semester, based on the survey results. The Enactus students gave us a good look into the community."

Chapter Advisor Adam Smith said the group would present their work in competition at the Enactus national conference, set for April 1-3 in Cincinnati.

"This project uses a lot of the business principals we teach in class," he said. "They learned project management, research, and grant writing skills. Conference presentation projects are supposed to have environmental, social and economic impact, and this project has all of those."

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Eva White looks forward to interviewing one of her most admired writers this summer, with help from two Indiana University grants.

Eva White leads her class in discussion.Eva White leads her class in discussion.

White, associate professor of English at IU Kokomo, will interview Roddy Doyle, and write the first chapter of her book, Who is Irish?: Roddy Doyle's Hyphenated Identities, supported by two New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities grants. Her project is one of 22 supported so far this year by the New Frontiers program.

She is grateful IU supports faculty research, and makes it possible for them to take a short time out of the classroom to do so.

"It's very encouraging and wonderful to have IU provide us with internal grants," White said. "There are not many grants out there to write books, at least not in humanities. These grants allow me to be mentally free to think about this project. There is not much research out there about Roddy Doyle. It will be incredibly exciting to meet him, and to ask him questions about the topics in my book."

Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke said White is a great example of IU Kokomo's faculty scholars, whose teaching and research attract students to the campus.

"Many of our students enjoy Eva's award-winning teaching, and benefit from her research," she said. "We have an international faculty who provide our students with a global perspective, as they prepare to live and work in a diverse world."

The grants allow White to research in Ireland this summer, studying how the culture and national identity has changed since the 1990s, when the country's rich economy began attracting many immigrants. Doyle's short story collection The Deportees documents that experience. White began including his literature in her classes in 2008.

She will present her work at a conference while she is there, in addition to her interview with the Irish author.

White plans to design a class at IU Kokomo based on her research for the first chapter in her book, which compares and contrasts the city of Dublin as documented in James Joyce's The Dubliners, published in 1914, and The Deportees, published in 2007.

"Both are chroniclers of their Dublin, and explorers of the Irish psyche," she said. "Joyce was disgusted with Ireland, and the paralysis that had enveloped the city. Doyle gives us a very different Dublin, multicultural, vibrant, wealthy, lots of optimism with race relations. Each of them produced work that can be considered historical documents of a sort."

In addition to her research honors, White has won numerous teaching awards, including IU's Herman Frederic Lieber Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence and the Kokomo campus' Trustees' Teaching Award.

"It is an honor for Eva to be chosen to receive these grants," said Scott Jones, dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. "The grants recognize her skill as a scholar, and the importance of her research."

The New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities program's objective is to support IU faculty members in the initial stages of path-breaking and transformative programs of scholarly investigation or creative activities.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — What is better than earning more credits towards your college degree? Saving money while earning those credits.

20130819-Welcome_week-AWJL4393.jpgWelcome Week

Indiana University Kokomo encourages students to Seize the Summer Savings, by taking advantage of the 25 percent summer tuition discounts for undergraduate courses. These savings are available not only to IU Kokomo students, but to those from other campuses and universities, as well as community members.

IU Kokomo is making it easy to attend, with two-week, four-week, six-week, and 13-week options, including the four-week Maymester program. There are also online and hybrid classes, which include online and classroom experiences.

Two-week classes are available in criminal justice, education, and allied health. Some of the four-week classes offered include land and environmental art, French literature and civilization, the Middle Ages in film and video games, storytelling, art, and music, and fitness appraisals. Six week and full term classes are available in all subject areas.

Summer school offers a chance to take prerequisite or introductory classes, or to explore a new area. It also is an opportunity to brush up on college math skills or acclimate to campus with one course.

Summer session registration is underway. Students currently enrolled should contact their academic advisor for more information. Anyone else interested should contact the Office of Student Success and Advising at 765-455-9309 or tmbass@iuk.edu

For the schedule of summer classes click here.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.