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KOKOMO, Ind. — The earth's moon is the focus of two free open houses in April at the Indiana University Kokomo Observatory.

Observatory open house for the "ring of fire"The Observatory.

The Observatory, 105 E. Rebecca Lane, will open at midnight Tuesday, April 15, for a special viewing of a lunar eclipse, as the full moon passes through the dark inner part of the earth's shadow, called the umbra. The total phase of the eclipse is expected to start at 3:07 a.m., and last 78 minutes.

Patrick Motl, assistant professor of physics, plans to keep the Observatory open until about 6 a.m.

"Lunar eclipses aren't very fast paced," he said. "The moon passes into earth's shadow, and will turn a pretty shade of red, as the moon reflects light that has passed through the earth's atmosphere."

During totality, a number of constellations will become brighter as the moon's light is blocked. The next total lunar eclipse for North America will be Wednesday, October 8.

The Observatory will host its regular monthly open house at 8 p.m. Sunday, April 13. Stargazers will be able to see Jupiter, Mars, and a nearly full moon in the sky.

"The prominent winter constellations are now setting after the sun, making way for the spring constellations of Leo, Virgo, Corona Borealis and Bootes, and the spring galaxies,"Motl said.

He will begin the evening with a talk about the LADEE mission, which is studying the exosphere of the earth's moon. It is the most recent craft from the United States to study the moon, and also the last scheduled lunar mission at this time.

After the talk, participants may view winter skies through the Observatory's telescopes, weather permitting, until 10 p.m.

The Observatory's telescopes include a six-inch Takahashi refracting telescope and a 16-inch Meade reflecting telescope mounted together. The Takahashi provides exceptionally sharp images of planets, while the Meade allows viewers to see fainter objects in the sky, due to its larger light collecting area.

Both events are free and open to the public. Free parking is available on campus.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. —Robert Dibie, Indiana University Kokomo professor of public policy, public management, and environmental affairs, has recently published two books.

Robert DibieRobert Dibie

Public Administration: Theory, Analysis, and Application emphasizes the relationship between theory and practice, and explores how public administrators should act professionally, and how understanding of public administration is shaped by changing values concerning the scope of governance, the meaning of democracy, and the meaning of management and organization.

Comparative Perspectives on Environmental Policies and Issues presents a broad survey of theory and research on environmental policies and issues in several countries, including the United States, Canada, Trinidad and Tobago, Nigeria, South Africa, and Brazil.

This is the first time Dibie has published two books simultaneously. He noted that he has been invited to give keynote addresses based on his research at several international conferences.

"IU Kokomo may be a small campus, but the professors here are doing a great job, and are being recognized," he said. "Our work and research is respected all over the world, and putting us on the global map."

Kathy Parkison, interim vice chancellor for academic affairs, commended Dibie on his books' publication.

"I am always thrilled when our faculty earn the acclaim they so richly deserve," she said. "Dr. Dibie has really excelled in publishing these two books, and we are very proud to have him as a member of our faculty."

Dibie has published several books and more than 80 journal articles in the areas of environmental policy, civil society, public management, sustainable development, public policy, non-governmental organizations, and empowerment of women.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University Kokomo honors its donors at the annual Chancellor's Guild Dinner.

Chancellor's Guild DinnerChancellor's Guild Dinner. See more pictures on flickr.

More than 60 guests attended the event, hosted by Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke, to thank donors who have given $1,000 or more in the last year.

Sixteen donors were honored as members of the Seiberling Society, for giving more than $5,000 during the year. Each received an award hand-made by Kokomo Opalescent Glass

First-year recipients were Duke Energy, Gene Kostrewa Ameriprise Financial, IU Kokomo Staff Council, Philip Kintzele, Danny and Donna Walden, and Marilyn Skinner.

"We cannot thank our donors and supporters enough for their generous gifts to our campus," she said. "They make a difference for our students, by providing scholarships, travel experiences, and special programs on campus. We are blessed to have so many philanthropists who believe in our mission."

Second-year honorees were, Milt and Jean Cole, Keith and Carmella Cole, Randy and Candy Cole, Dana Scruggs, Jeff and Linda Smeltzer, Judy Golitko, Kokomo Grain, and Solidarity Community Federal Credit Union.

Third-year recipients were the Community Foundation of Howard County, Kathleen Ligocki and Pete Rosenau, Lawrence Kam, and St.Joseph Hospital.

A highlight of the evening was stories from students and faculty, detailing how gifts from these patrons have made a difference on campus. Stephen Vas talked about his trip to Istanbul, Turkey, with the School of Business, made possible with a travel scholarship. Pamela Plain, who recently was honored as Indiana's Intern of the Year, spoke about the scholarships she received to complete her degree.

Minda Douglas, assistant professor of fine arts, also talked about the "steam roller" printmaking project taking place in April with fine arts students.

"The Chancellor's Guild dinner gives us an opportunity to share these stories with our donors, so they see the people they impact with their gifts," said Jan Halperin, vice chancellor for university advancement.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — It comes easy for Stephen Green to talk about his college success – something as a high school student he never imagined would happen. Now, he serves as a role model for his peers.

Stephen GreenStephen Green discusses student engagement with Maria Ahmad.

Green, a senior at Indiana University Kokomo, gives credit to his experiences here that ultimately gave him the confidence, motivation, and support he needed to make it to graduation this spring.

"Something just clicked in me, and I wasn't the same apathetic student I was before," Green said, referring to his high school days. "The supportive relationship I have with my academic advisor not only helped me academically, but improved my self image as well."

High school saw Green as a student who blew off homework, with no plans to attend college. After barely earning a general diploma, he figured minimum wage jobs were his future.

"Then, I decided I didn't want to work as a cashier forever," he said. "When you are removed from education, that's when you start to value it. So, I enrolled at IU Kokomo."

The new media major began his freshman year with big ambitions and hasn't slowed down since. Green has made Dean's List every semester and is recognized as a student leader.

Using his friendly, quirky personality to break the ice with incoming freshman, Green is a student orientation leader, mans the front desk in the student activities office, and assistant teaches HSS-S200, a motivation and self-management course.

"As an orientation leader, I lead campus tours for parents and new students and talk about the benefits of IU Kokomo. I also help students register for classes and educate them on resources at school that will help them achieve their goals," Green said.

"As an assistant teacher, I often lead class discussions and mentor students. When students are struggling in the class, I tell them that I have had trouble with school in the past but got through the challenge. It makes me more relatable," he added.

Green believes the sense of "togetherness" he gets at IU Kokomo has changed the way he encounters a challenge.

"The path to being successful involves staying positive whenever you encounter a problem," said Green. "Instead of focusing on problems or challenges, I internalize them and channel that energy into a productive goal. Classes are small, so I have often formed close relationships with my teachers. They help me keep a positive attitude."

Sarah Sarber, dean of students, believes that other college students can learn a lot from Green.

"Stephen is caring and has a very positive attitude," said Sarber. "He genuinely wants everyone to be successful."

New media majors like Kalie Davis also admire Green.

"He has changed IU Kokomo by demonstrating the power of involvement. Stephen reveals that you don't have to go to a huge campus to get the college experience," said Davis.

Green has been accepted to his top choice school, Colorado State University's master's program in Student Affairs and Higher Education. He wants to eventually become a Dean of Students.

Coordinator of Campus Diversity Maria Ahmad said Green would continue to be successful because of his work ethic and compassion for others.

"Stephen is such a friendly face on campus that is approachable," Ahmad said. "He will be great in student affairs because of his willingness to try different things. He understands that academic classes are not the only things in life that teach lessons."

Green is grateful for his experiences at IU Kokomo. As a result, he has become a more confident, hard working individual.

"IU Kokomo gave me the opportunity to achieve more than I ever thought I could. I have been awarded the dean's list, I'm a campus leader, I have supportive friends, and my future is bright," said Green.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.