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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.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Come be amazed by the skill and agility of the Chinese Acrobats, and learn about their culture, as they perform at Indiana University Kokomo.

Acrobat3-500The Chinese Acrobats. (Photo provided by the Chinese Acrobats.)

The acrobats take the stage at 6 p.m. Monday, April 7, in Havens Auditorium, for a free performance.

The multicultural show includes contortions, foot juggling, plate spinning, Chinese yo-yo, and group acrobatics, along with a lesson about Chinese culture and customs.

"When you watch something like this on television, you don't get to ask questions," said Maria Ahmad, coordinator of student life and campus diversity. "This is a really fun performance, not just to see the acrobats, but to listen to them talk about their culture. You can ask questions about how they became acrobats, and learn about their training. It's entertaining, and educational at the same time."

The show, sponsored by Cougar Advocates for Diversity and the Office of Diversity, is open to the public. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Stickers are the currency of pediatric medical treatment.

Kokomo Schools Head Start Health FairKokomo Schools Head Start Health Fair

That is just one of the lessons Indiana University Kokomo nursing student Staci Veverka learned as a volunteer at the Kokomo Schools Head Start Health Fair.

Veverka and 19 of her classmates in the community health nursing class took temperatures and blood pressures, measured heights and weights, assisted with dental exams, and listened to heart beats of hundreds of three, four- and five-year-olds, preparing them to attend the free preschool program at Darrough Chapel Early Learning Center in the fall. They also gave out lots of stickers, rewarding the children for participating in the examinations.

Not only did they gain practice with pediatric patients, but also they used their nursing skills to serve their community.

"Being part of the community, that's what nursing is all about," said Veverka, an Urbana resident.

Nursing goes beyond patient care in the hospital, and this class teaches that, said Joyce Hollingsworth, lecturer in nursing.

"We try to give them a 360-degree view of what a nurse does in a community setting, not just bedside," she said. "They don't get a lot of opportunities to work with pediatric patients in hospitals, so this is also a chance to learn about how working with children is different than adults."

Tiffany Ploughe speaks softly to one reluctant little girl, who sobs when it is time to have her temperature taken. The child buries her face in her mother's shoulder, and Ploughe gently places the thermometer in her ear and quickly reads her temperature, before rewarding her with a sticker.

"They're more apprehensive than an adult would be, so you just can't say you're going to stick the thermometer in their ears," she said. "You have to say you're going to touch their ears. The sticker helps. As long as I stay calm, that helps too."

Cari Cochran worked in childcare for 15 years, but providing medical care for children is a different experience.

"You have to communicate differently with them," she said, like telling a child you are going to hug his arm when taking his blood pressure.

Those techniques help keep the children calm for treatment, said Shane Vore, who helped with dental exams.

"Going to the dentist can be stressful for a kid," he said. "We wouldn't usually have a clinical rotation with a dentist, so this has been a good experience for us, too."

The Health Fair helps Head Start parents comply with health care requirements to be part of the program, so the student nurses' help is greatly appreciated, according to Director Julie Worland.

"We love partnering with IU Kokomo to have their nursing student help us, and they gain experience in the field," she said. "We couldn't do this, and offer it for free, without our community partners."

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.