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KOKOMO, Ind. — The Indiana University Kokomo Crescendos offer an evening of musical comedy, with its production of The Producers.

Crescendos perform "The Producers"Crescendos perform "The Producers."

Director Rick Alexander said the show represents a shift in gears for the group, which previously performed the dramas Les Miserables and Cats.

"We wanted something lighter, and something funny, for this year's production," he said.

The Producers tells the story of a down-on-his-luck Broadway producer and his accountant, who scheme to produce the worst musical ever, in order to steal the millions of dollars invested in the show by their backers. They only have one problem — their show is a smash hit.

"There is a little something to make everyone laugh, even if it is a guilty laugh," said Alexander, cautioning that the show is for an adult audience only.

Performances are at 7 p.m. Friday, May 2, and Saturday, May 3, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 4, in Havens Auditorium. An additional show is set for 7 p.m. Saturday, May 10, in the Peru High School auditorium.

Admission is free. No tickets are required, and seating is first-come-first-served.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. —The Indiana University Board of Trustees approved promotions and tenure for faculty members on the Kokomo campus.

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To achieve this honor, faculty are evaluated on their teaching, research and creative work, and service to the campus and community.

Those promoted include:

Karl Besel, promoted to professor, public administration and health management.

Promoted to associate professor and tenure include: Minda Douglas, fine arts; Sarah Heath, history; Joe Keener, English; J.Y. Kim, accounting; Patrick Motl, physics; Yusuf Nur, business; and Gregory Steel, fine arts.

Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke congratulated all of the faculty members who earned promotions.

"IU Kokomo has a talented and dedicated faculty, who work to excel in their teaching, research, and service," she said. "Our campus has become an institution of choice for students who want to work closely with faculty members who are committed to their success."

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Paintbrushes, watercolors, ink, and clay are the tools most people think of when they think of an artist.

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At Indiana University Kokomo, student artists are adding a new and more unusual tool to their repertoire — an industrial steamroller.

Eight students, one faculty member, one alumna, and visiting artist Bryan Tisdale are carving wood blocks as large as 4 feet by 8 feet, which they will coat in ink, cover in muslin, and run over with a steamroller. The pressure from the steamroller impresses the images onto the fabric. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, April 25, in the Fine Arts Building parking lot.

Senior Mark Thompson could not pass up the opportunity to participate in this advanced print making class.

"How often do you get to use a steam roller?" he said. "When I heard about this, I dropped another class for this opportunity."

Essentially, the students created very large stamps, said Minda Douglas, assistant professor of fine arts, who taught the class.

"You carve out what you don't want to print," she said. "We don't have a press large enough to print this size, so the industrial steam roller will put pressure on it, to press the ink into the fabric and print the image."

The public is invited to watch as students work in teams to place the blocks, created from three-fourths inch plywood or medium density fiberboard (MDF), in place for rolling.

The artists created their designs on Photoshop, printed them in sections, and then transferred them to the boards before carving the image into the board using either hand or power tools.

Thompson put in nearly 30 hours carving his design into an MDF block. He'd never worked with it before, and likes how easy it is to carve. He said some students used power tools, but MDF must be hand carved.

After printing, he hopes to sell some of the prints, and to find another use for his block.

"It would be a really awesome table," he said. "I don't want to get rid of it. It's more valuable to me than my prints."

Once dry, several of the pieces will be displayed in the campus Art Gallery as part of the senior thesis show, and in the Kelley Student Center. One of the woodblocks will hang in the Cole Room, in Upper Alumni Hall. Some students plan to cut theirs into smaller pieces, to make smaller prints.

"We definitely plan to recycle and use these after we've printed them," Douglas said. "We're all proud of what we've created. The students are feeling a great sense of accomplishment for taking on such a large project. For all of them, it's the largest they've tried to do."

Douglas and her students are grateful to Sunbelt Rentals for donating use of the steamroller.

The Fine Arts Building is at the corner of Lincoln Road and LaFountain Street, in Kokomo. There is no charge to attend. Other student artwork will be displayed inside, and there will be refreshments served.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — John Fantuzzo considers his career options, with his college graduation just a few months away. Raisa Hale wants to find a job to help her pay for her education, without a lot of debt. Stephanie Adair looks for an internship to bolster her resumé.

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All three were among the 275 job seekers at Tuesday's Kokomo Area Spring Job Fair, co-sponsored by Indiana University Kokomo and Ivy Tech Community College.

Adair, a sophomore business marketing and management major, had a successful day, learning about three internships she qualifies for, and scoring an interview for a part-time job.

"This helped me learn more about what opportunities are out there," she said. "Some of the employers have internships they don't advertise, but make available when they find someone qualified. Now I know about those, and can apply."

In addition to meeting representatives of more than 70 area businesses, those attending could participate in workshops about getting started with the LinkedIn business networking website, and have a professional picture taken for free.

Potential employers were pleased by the turnout, said Tracy Springer, manager of the Career and Accessibility Center.

"Though the numbers were smaller than in the past, it meant they could speak to more participants one on one, and take longer meet with each one, rather than hurrying to the next person," she said. "It also presented a great chance for the students to network with more people, because they weren't having to wait in long lines."

Preparing to graduate in December, Fantuzzo talked to several employers, "keeping my eye out for what opportunities there might be for me."

He felt good about his chances of finding a job after he completes his degree in business management.

"I'm open to anything, and there seem to be plenty of opportunities," he said. "I found some today that seem to be worth looking into some more."

Hale, a communication arts major, isn't sure what she wants to do after graduating in 2015. She attended the job fair for ideas, and to look for a job to help her pay her way through school.

"With all of these employers in one place, I thought it was a good chance to get some ideas," she said. "I'm trying to graduate without a lot of debt, so I thought this would be a good place to find a job to help me."

She said the job fair made her search much easier than it would be otherwise.

"If I just said, 'I'm going to go on a job hunt,' I wouldn't know where to start," she said. "This gave me the start I needed."

The fair is a great opportunity for area businesses to find new employees, said Lynn Taylor, a professional recruiter for Community Howard Regional Health.

"I've been impressed with the quality of the candidates," she said, adding that she was happy to find at least two good applicants for a systems analyst job, one she typically has a hard time filling.

She is almost always hiring nurses as well, and likes that this job fair is close to graduation.

"This is a good time of year because a whole pool of new nurses will graduate soon," she said. "That's why I like to come to this job fair in particular."

IU Kokomo alumna Amanda Shoultz participates in the job fair each year, hiring for Button Motors and McGonigal Buick GMC Cadillac, where she is commercial and outside sales manager.

"We've hired some very good candidates in the past at this fair," she said. "It's exciting to see the potential coming into our community. I've had some very good prospects today, and I'm excited about what the opportunities are."

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.