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KOKOMO, Ind. – Come learn the traditional dance of Spain – flamenco dancing – this Thursday on the Indiana University Kokomo campus.

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to celebrate Spanish Heritage month by participating in the class at 2 p.m. in the Cole Fitness Center.

"Celebrating and recognizing different heritages, like Spanish Heritage month, is a gateway for students and the IU Kokomo community at large to begin learning, teaching, and having conversations about the particular identities," said Maria Ahmad, coordinator of student life and campus diversity.

Ahmad, advisor for Cougar Advocates for Diversity (CAD), strives to educate students about different people, diverse issues, and about themselves and how they relate to others.

"No way is having a couple events about a specific culture or group enough to understand and think about diversity, but it is a safe place to start," she added.

Spanish Heritage month spans September 15 to October 15. Throughout the month, CAD will host other events and seminars to teach and celebrate the Spanish culture.

"The end goal is that when students graduate from IU Kokomo and enter their professional field, they are equipped with skills on working with people who are different than them in terms of culture, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, and any other identity," said Ahmad.

For more information, contact Ahmad at

Written by Sofia Stout, intern for Office of Media and Marketing.

Indiana University serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University Kokomo announces the addition of 22 new faculty members.

New Faculty Workshop 2013IU Kokomo welcomes new faculty.

Kathy Parkison, vice chancellor for academic affairs, said of the new faculty hired, 12 are for newly created positions, needed because of student enrollment growth and addition of new programs.

"We have an extremely talented class of new faculty, from a variety of great institutions," she said. "This brings a lot of new ideas and new thoughts into every academic unit, and that's exciting. They will help lead this campus into the future."

The new additions bring total faculty count to 119.

New faculty members, listed by school, include:

Division of Allied Health

David Hancock, assistant professor, health sciences. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in sports psychology and a Master of Arts in human development from Laurentian University, Ontario; and a Ph.D. in human kinetics from University of Ottawa. He previously was an adjunct assistant professor and postdoctoral fellow at Queen's University School of Kinesiology and Health Studies, Ontario.


Polly Boruff-Jones, dean. She has a bachelor's degree in political science and environmental science, a Master of Library Science, and a Master of Public Affairs in nonprofit management, all from IU. She previously was director of library and information services at F.W. Olin Library, Drury University.

School of Business

Olga Korne, visiting lecturer in accounting. She has a bachelor's degree in education from Kolomna University, and a Master's degree in accounting from the IU Kelley School of Business. She was on faculty at DeVry University, an accounting analyst for Chase Student Loans, and an investment accountant for Conseco Services.

Gloria Preece, Master of Business Administration director, lecturer in business. She has a bachelor's degree in marketing and an M.B.A., both from IU Kokomo. She previously was interim director, and was CEO of Prism Property Management.

School of Education

Lance Mason, assistant professor of social studies education. He has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction, with a minor in social thought, from Penn State University. He was a graduate assistant at Penn State.

Kelli Servizzi, assistant professor of special education. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Butler University, master's degrees in education from Butler and Ball State, and a Ph.D. in elementary education from Ball State. She was previously an instructor at Ball State and a developmental therapist at First Steps Network.

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Jeffery Batis, assistant professor of psychology. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Utah State University, and a Master of Arts and Ph.D. in psychology from Wayne State University. He previously was a visiting assistant professor at Wesleyan University, and associate director of image processing for Molecular NeuroImaging.

Scott Blackwell, visiting lecturer in humanities. He earned his bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. in English and philosophy from Purdue University. He has been an adjunct instructor at IU Kokomo, and a lecturer at Butler University.

Rosalyn Davis, clinical assistant professor of psychology. She received a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Ball State University. She previously was an instructor at University of Phoenix.

Meredith Neville-Shepard, visiting assistant professor of communication arts. She earned a Ph.D. from University of Kansas. She previously was an adjunct lecturer at IUPUI.

Peter Sposato, acting assistant professor of history. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He has been an adjunct instructor at Hobart & William Smith Colleges and Rochester Institute of Technology.

Kathy Steinberg, visiting lecturer of psychology. She earned her bachelor's, master's and Ph.D. in educational psychology from Purdue University. She previously was director of student assessment at ITT Technical Institute and an academic assessment specialist and assistant director of research at IUPUI.

Guin Thompson, visiting assistant professor of new media. She has a Bachelor of General Studies degree from IUPUI and a Master of Fine Arts from University of Hartford. She was an adjunct professor at Emily Carr University, Canada.

Michelle Westervelt, visiting assistant professor in English. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Illinois College and a Master of Arts degree in English from Indiana State University. She previously taught English as a second language in Japan and was an adjunct English instructor at IU Kokomo.

School of Nursing

Sylvia Jones, visiting lecturer in nursing. She has a master's degree from IUPUI. She has been a staff nurse at Community Howard Regional Health and an adjunct faculty member at Ivy Tech Community College.

Amanda Leffler, visiting lecturer in nursing. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from IU Kokomo, and a Master of Science in Nursing from Indiana Wesleyan University. She previously was an adjunct clinical instructor at Indiana Wesleyan University.

Carolyn Townsend, visiting lecturer of nursing. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from IU Kokomo, a Master of Science in Nursing from IUPUI and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from University of Southern Indiana. She has been a registered nurse at Clarian Health, chief quality coordinator at IU Health, and a lecturer in the IU School of Nursing.

School of Sciences

Mohammad Almalag, assistant professor of informatics. He received a bachelor's degree in computer science from King Saud University, a Master of Science in computer science from Ball State University, and a Ph.D. in computer science from Old Dominion University. He was an instructor, course developer and lab instructor at Old Dominion University.

Megan Dailey, lecturer in math. She has a Master of Arts degree from University of Kentucky. She was an instructor at Centre College, and a teaching assistant at University of Kentucky.

Ashley Duffitt, lecturer in biology. She has a bachelor's degree in biological and physical science from IU Kokomo, and a master's degree in environmental science from Taylor University. She previously was a visiting lecturer at IU Kokomo, and was a research lab tech at IUPUI and a teaching assistant at Taylor University.

Diane Hampshire, lecturer in math. She has a bachelor's degree in biological and physical sciences from IU, and a master's in mathematics from Oakland University. She previously had been a visiting lecturer at IU Kokomo, and also was an instructor at University of Dayton, a special lecturer at Oakland University, and an adjunct faculty member at Oakland Community College.

Hisako Masuda, assistant professor of biochemistry. She has bachelor's degrees in chemistry and biochemistry from Hiram College, and a Ph.D. in molecular genetics and biochemistry from Rutgers University. She was a postdoctoral fellow at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and an instructor at Middlesex County College.

The campus has two IU Future Faculty Teaching Fellows. This program gives doctoral students an opportunity to spend one or two semesters as half-time faculty members at an IU campus. The fellows experience what it is like to teach and be a faculty member, preparing them for successful academic careers.

IU Kokomo's Future Faculty Teaching Fellows are Joo Hyung Kim, history and political science; and Cecil Sayre, humanities.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Once a lab chemist, now a student teacher. Stacie O'Flaherty is trading in her lab coat for a chalkboard instead.

IUKL9813Stacie O'Flaherty is student teaching as part of the Change to Education program.

O'Flaherty, 52, is taking advantage of the Change to Education program at Indiana University Kokomo that allows her to earn a teaching license in a short period of time.

"I did not want to go four years and earn another bachelor's degree," said O'Flaherty, a Sheridan resident. "Change to Education gets rid of all the fluff. It's all meat. It's all substance. I appreciate that we are treated like professionals, and they assume we can do the work."

Change to Education provides a way for people who have bachelor's degrees in math, science, English, or social studies, or a related field, to earn a teaching certification in fewer than two years. Students take two full semesters of classes and a summer session, followed by a semester of student teaching.

O'Flaherty has a bachelor's degree in environmental studies from University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, and appreciates being able to add teaching skills to what she already knew about chemistry for students at Northwestern High School.

"Teaching something is different than doing something," she said. "As long as I can remember, I've understood these things. As a teacher, I have to reconnect with not knowing any of it. That's the challenge for people coming from an industry background. You're a doer, not a teacher. You've built a foundation of knowledge, and you don't have to think about it. Your students don't have that foundation, and you have to learn how to help them build it.

"As a mother of teenagers, I didn't like to hear my kids' friends says that science was hard," she said. "I don't want kids to feel like they can't do science. I want to be part of touching lives for the future, and helping someone realize they can do science, and understand things, and maybe even find a fulfilling career in science."

Randy Teachout, another Change to Education student, speaks French fluently, and has a passion for teaching the language and culture to his high school students.

"This program allowed me to earn the credential I needed to continue a job I love, in a short time period," said Teachout, 47, a Kokomo resident. "You have no idea how huge this opportunity was."

Teachout began teaching the language at Kokomo's Northwestern High School in 2010 on an emergency teaching license, which permits him to stay in the classroom as long as he is making progress to earn a license.

Having earned a bachelor's degree in theology from Northland International University, in Wisconsin, he found that other programs required him to earn a second bachelor's degree in education. He already had some experience, from teaching at private Christian schools and a Bible institute in West Africa. He lived in France when he was young, and speaks the language fluently.

"It was just the formal teaching methods classes I needed, not the language classes and other prerequisites," he said. "IU Kokomo gave me the information I need. These classes are very interesting and appropriate for people going into teaching. The French language itself did not represent any kind of mystery to me.

Dean Paul Paese said Change to Education is one way the School of Education fulfills its mission of recruiting and preparing talented, responsible, effective teachers for north central Indiana schools.

"Our region has a critical shortage of teachers in areas including science, math and special education," he said. "Change to Education helps us fill that void more quickly, because it combines online and classroom experiences. The fast pace is important to potential teachers who have degrees and want to make a career change. We help them combine their knowledge with the best education practices, to prepare them to be excellent teachers."

The School of Education enrolls new students in the program each semester. For more information, contact Paese at or call 765-455-9441.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University Kokomo dedicates the new Milt and Jean Cole Family Wellness and Fitness Center in a ceremony at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 18, in Kresge Auditorium.

IUKL0133Jaclyn Kreps tests out the new Cole Fitness Center.

IU President Michael A. McRobbie will preside over the ceremony, honoring Milt and Jean Cole and their family, for their $1.25 million gift to the campus. There will be a reception and tours of the facility immediately following the ceremony.

Interim Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke said the Cole Fitness Center has transformed the campus, providing a place to build a community and to enhance the health of students, faculty, and staff.

"We are so appreciative of the Cole family, whose generosity allowed this center to be built," she said. "The Coles have dedicated their lives to enhancing the quality of life in north central Indiana. They embody the true essence of philanthropy, which is supporting projects that will have a long-term impact on people's lives.

"This center allows us to provide a complete educational experience that is focused on the whole student, both mind and body. The impact of this facility will be felt for many years to come."

The 21,000 square-foot facility opened in August, and has been a popular addition to the campus. Fitness Center Director Brandon Podgorski said people are coming in regularly to use the jogging and walking track, weights, and cardio equipment, while the student athletes are glad to be able to train on campus.

"I hope the center is a catalyst in making the IU Kokomo community, as a whole, more fit," he said. "In my mind, that's the most important reason why it is here. I've been pleased with the participation so far, and it will only continue to grow. "

The gift from the Cole family, which also includes Keith and Carmella Cole, and Randy and Candy Cole, is the largest cash gift in IU Kokomo history. The family owns Cole Hardwood, Inc., in Logansport.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.