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KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University Kokomo will be well represented at the IU Medical School this fall, filling nearly half the class in one program.

Clinical sciences studentsClinical sciences studentsThe clinical laboratory science program draws nearly 50 applications from all over the country each year, with room to admit 12. The fall 2014 incoming class will include five students from IU Kokomo.

Pre-clinical laboratory science students Martin Alvarado, Courtney Cochran, Kayla Lawhead, and Patrick Russell, all from Kokomo, and Kelaerin Bax, Peru, were chosen for the Bachelor of Science program at IUPUI, after completing the first three years of the program on the Kokomo campus.

Christian Chauret, dean of the School of Sciences, said the campus has had students admitted to this program before, "but to have five students in one year is a new level of success that is extraordinary."

Russell credited faculty for setting high standards and making sure they were prepared, and his classmates, for working hard to achieve their goals.

Three semesters ago, he realized while his own grades were good, they might not be good enough to gain admission to the program. He asked for help when he needed it, and buckled down to study, earning 4.0 grades two of those three semesters.

"I wanted to do everything I could to be sure I was in the top 12," he said. "These last three semesters have been pretty intense, but it has prepared me for next year, with eight hours of classes, five days a week. The clinical laboratory science professional year has been compared to the first year of medical school."

Students who earn a Bachelor of Science degree in clinical laboratory sciences can become certified lab scientists, and work in hospital and diagnostic laboratories, in areas including blood banking, chemistry, hematology, immunology, and microbiology. This appeals to Russell, who wants to work in the medical field, but not directly with patients.

"I prefer behind-the-scenes medicine," he said.

For Alvarado, the program is a chance to use his scientific skills to help people.

"You analyze, interpret data, use high tech equipment, and apply the theories you learned in biology and chemistry," Alvarado said.

He appreciates the help he received from instructors, especially Chauret, Sara Deyo, Kasem Kasem, and John-Carl Olsen.

"Whenever I had questions, they were always available," he added.

Kayla Lawhead began college planning to be a dental hygienist, but decided two semesters into the program it was not for her. As she researched other health related careers, she found the clinical laboratory science program.

"As I learned more about it, I realized it was what I wanted to do all along, and it was available to me right near my home in Kokomo," she said. "The classes are difficult, but that's right down my alley. It's what I'm interested in doing."

The pre-clinical laboratory sciences program is part of the Division of Allied Health Sciences. Chairperson John Hughey said the degree is considered a "3+1+", meaning students take rigorous academic courses in science-oriented classes including biology, chemistry, immunology, and genetics, for three years. Then they apply for a fourth year in professional and clinical experience classes.

"The number of our students accepted into the professional portion of the program speaks volumes for the efforts of the students," said Hughey. "The faculty in Allied Health Science and the School of Sciences does a fantastic job of preparing students for careers. However, it is the students who ultimately demonstrate these efforts through achievements like this."

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — As a young man newly arrived in the United States, Erv Boschmann never could have imagined he would rise through the academic ranks at Indiana University, retire 40 years later, and share his good fortune with a $50,000 donation for scholarships.

Erv BoschmannErv BoschmannWhen he was 20 years old, his father bought him a one-way ticket to the United States, where he planned to study chemistry. He arrived in Kansas in 1959, with $50 in his pocket, speaking German and Spanish — no English.

Boschmann succeeded in the academic world, earning a doctorate in chemistry, and then embarked on a long and distinguished career at Indiana University. He began as a professor of chemistry at Indiana University — Purdue University Indianapolis in 1968, and retired March 1 as interim dean of the IU Kokomo School of Business.

Through those years, he and his wife, Priscilla, made a habit of giving, including numerous gifts to IU. Their most recent donation of $50,000 funds the David and Anna Global Scholarship. They previously established the Seltzer Student Scholarship for International Study at IU Kokomo, in addition to creating a scholarship for chemistry students at IUPUI and a faculty summer fellowship at IU East.

"To see what we can do is really amazing," Boschmann said. "This is a country of opportunity, for anyone who wants to work. I knew education was the road to success. I had no other options in mind."

Interim Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke stated. "Erv has been generous not only with money, but with his time, enhancing the success of faculty, staff, and students. We are grateful for his leadership at IU Kokomo, and for

establishing the overseas study scholarships. Many students will benefit from his gift, for many years into the future."

The Selzer Scholarships helps students participate in the short-term overseas opportunities available. The David and Anna Scholarship funds longer-term overseas opportunities.

IU President Michael A. McRobbie pledged to match the interest from that gift, to provide $5,000 per year in scholarships.

Leading the 2013 Innovation Symposium trip to England and Scotland inspired Boschmann, 75, to establish the scholarship, with the goal of helping students who want additional travel and study opportunities.

"Several students told me it was a life changing experience," he said. "I want to make sure that experience is available to them, by making funding available. I want them to go for a semester, at a school accredited by IU, and then come back to share their experiences with others. I believe students who have gone overseas on one of our shorter trips will want to do more."

Justin Clark, a senior, was one of the first recipients of the Seltzer Scholarship, which allowed him to participate in the Innovation Symposium in 2012.

"The scholarship was a game changer for me," he said. "I would never have been able to pay for this on my own. I was already working five days a week. Innovation Symposium changed my life. I appreciate Erv and Priscilla's kindness in establishing this scholarship."

IU honored Erv and Priscilla Boschmann's generosity, with induction into its most prestigious donor recognition society, the President's Circle, in October 2013. It recognizes those whose lifetime giving has reached $100,000.

The plaque with their name on it in the Indiana Memorial Union is likely the only place you will find their names in connection with their gifts, as they do not name any of the gifts after themselves. The two overseas study scholarships at IU Kokomo are named after their parents.

Before coming to IU Kokomo, Boschmann was a professor of chemistry, then associate dean of facilities at IUPUI. In 1998, he was named IU associate vice president for distributed education. He also served as provost at IU East.

The last five years of his career were at IU Kokomo, first as interim dean of the former School of Arts and Sciences, and then as interim dean of the School of Business.

Boschmann is most proud of leading the effort to split arts and sciences into two separate schools, the School of Sciences and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and of facilitating the organization of psychology into its own department. In the School of Business, he takes pride in increased enrollment in both the undergraduate and Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program.

"I never act like I'm an interim," he said. "I act like I'm the full dean, and move forward."

Boschmann's leadership in dividing arts and sciences into the School of Sciences and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences will impact students for decades to come, said Kathy Parkison, interim vice chancellor for academic affairs. His international experiences were key to helping globalize the campus.

"He's encouraged our students to broaden their horizons, and to understand the global interconnections of work," she said. "He's an excellent teacher, and a nationally recognized scholar. We have been very fortunate to have him here. I think Erv is the nicest gentleman I know."

Christian Chauret, dean of the School of Sciences, said Boschmann's greatest contribution was his willingness to be a mentor for faculty, deans, and staff.

"Erv likes to see people grow," he said. "He likes to invest in people, and has a strong belief in academic excellence."

Boschmann looks forward to woodworking, reading, and traveling in retirement. He also wants to learn to dance, take piano lessons, and improve his Spanish language skills. He and Priscilla plan a trip to Jamaica soon, "because we're tired of being cold."

Later in the year, he plans to travel with his brothers to Russia and Ukraine, where his parents' families lived before the Russian Revolution, when they fled to Paraguay. He also will attend a family reunion in Argentina.

"I feel like my body is telling me it's time to quit, but on the other hand, I'm healthy," he said. "I want to keep giving back."

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Kelly Brown leads efforts to train people who work with crime victims, while demonstrating to her students what they can do with a degree in criminal justice.

Kelly BrownKelly BrownBrown, associate professor of criminal justice at Indiana University Kokomo, studies people who work in victim advocacy, to find out who they are, what attracts them to that work, what they do, how the stress of the job impacts them personally, and what can be done to help them handle that stress.

"We want to see if we can identify ways to make their jobs easier, so we can help them do this work at a more effective level," she said.

She involves students in her research, connecting them with law enforcement officials, victim's advocates, and people who have been victims of sexual assault, giving them an inside look at potential careers in criminal justice.

"They meet the people working in the trenches, and see first hand how criminal justice works in the real world," she said. "These people do amazing things. They help people who have been victims of horrific crimes cope with what happened to them. This allows students to see how we in the academic world can use our research and our knowledge to make the world a better place."

Participating in research with Brown prepared recent criminal justice graduate Michelle Lynch for the emotional toll her new job, as a case manager for the Indiana Department of Child Services, may take on her.

Before her first day, Lynch, from Upland, called a meeting with her husband, children, and some friends, to tell them how they could support her in her new career.

"I knew because of the opportunity to research with Dr. Brown that I was going to need a few shoulders to cry on at home," she said. "I don't think I would have been in tune with those needs without that experience. She is just awesome."

Lynch and Brown presented their research at a criminology conference in Atlanta in November 2013, and having that on her resumé made her stand out from other candidates in her job search, Lynch said.

"When I had my interview with the Department of Child Services, that was one thing they wanted more information about," she said. "I seriously believe this experience made me more marketable."

Brown also works with the Indiana Coalition Against Sexual Assault to train agency leaders statewide to evaluate their programs for effectiveness. They must demonstrate having positive impact as a condition of receiving funding from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

"It's one thing to raise awareness of sexual assault," Brown said. "It's another to change behavior. I give them tools to demonstrate their value to people outside their programs, to show they are making inroads in reducing incidents of sexual assault."

She said many people think criminal justice majors all want to be police officers, but that is not the case.

"Most of them want to help in some way," she said. "This is one way I can show them how to do that in the real world. This helps them understand how what they can do can make a difference in the world."

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Learn more about a mission to catch a comet at a free Indiana University Kokomo Observatory Open House Sunday, March 9.

Campus in snowThe Observatory

Patrick Motl, assistant professor of physics, will begin the open house at 8 p.m. with a talk about the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission, which will land a robot on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko later this year.

NASA contributed instruments and science investigators for the 10-year mission, to learn more about comets. Rosetta will be the first spacecraft to land a robot on a spacecraft, and the first to accompany a comet as it enters our inner solar system.

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

"Jupiter will be near a first quarter moon, high in the evening sky for viewing," Motl said. "We continue to enjoy winter skies for this month, including the prominent constellations or Orion and Taurus in the winter hexagon."

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.

The open house is free and open to the public in the Observatory, 105 E. Rebecca Lane. Free parking is available on campus.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.