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KOKOMO, Ind. — Tony Wood graduates from Indiana University Kokomo with real-world marketing and project management experience, after he and his Enactus teammates helped the new campus food service providers learn more about its new market.

Enactus and Rozzi's CateringEnactus and Rozzi's Catering

The student organization, comprised mostly of business students, developed a 25-question survey about campus food service, and conducted more than 300 face-to-face interviews with students, faculty, and staff, asking questions about what kinds of foods they want available, pricing, and how often and what times of day they eat on campus.

Wood, a senior, said the business students gained hands-on experience in marketing, while serving not only the Cougar Country Café by Rozzi's Catering, but everyone who eats on campus.

"We learn about how to do these things in our classes, but this gave us a chance to try it on our own," he said. "This is a real business, and we are able to take what we've learned and use it to help."

In response to the survey, Enactus members successfully applied for a $1,500 Sam's Club Step Up for Small Business grant, to buy a panini press. The $500 left after the purchase will fund an advertising campaign, which may include improved signage, table menus, and digital signs, this semester.

Students were surprised to return to classes in the fall and find a different menu and prices than the previous school year, said Enactus member Vincent Knarr. Many did not know that a locally owned company replaced the previous food service provider, which had been subsidized to keep prices lower.

"We're helping them re-brand as a restaurant, rather than a fast food on campus," he said. "We want everyone to notice that the quality is better, and there are more healthy options than we had before."

People were very vocal about their likes and dislikes.

"I was surprised by how willing they were to talk about it, and how important it was to our campus," Knarr, a junior, said. "We found out that the traditional-age students really want healthy options, but they also want more fried options. They want the option to eat healthy, or not to eat healthy."

After compiling results, the students created a report with graphics, and presented it to Executive Chef JoAnn Rozzi, Robert Rozzi, the general manager, and Jennifer Rozzi, event director.

For JoAnn Rozzi, it was valuable insight into the market.

"It let us learn more about the students, what they want to eat, and what they think is a good price," she said. "We increased our healthy food offerings this semester, based on the survey results. The Enactus students gave us a good look into the community."

Chapter Advisor Adam Smith said the group would present their work in competition at the Enactus national conference, set for April 1-3 in Cincinnati.

"This project uses a lot of the business principals we teach in class," he said. "They learned project management, research, and grant writing skills. Conference presentation projects are supposed to have environmental, social and economic impact, and this project has all of those."

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Eva White looks forward to interviewing one of her most admired writers this summer, with help from two Indiana University grants.

Eva White leads her class in discussion.Eva White leads her class in discussion.

White, associate professor of English at IU Kokomo, will interview Roddy Doyle, and write the first chapter of her book, Who is Irish?: Roddy Doyle's Hyphenated Identities, supported by two New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities grants. Her project is one of 22 supported so far this year by the New Frontiers program.

She is grateful IU supports faculty research, and makes it possible for them to take a short time out of the classroom to do so.

"It's very encouraging and wonderful to have IU provide us with internal grants," White said. "There are not many grants out there to write books, at least not in humanities. These grants allow me to be mentally free to think about this project. There is not much research out there about Roddy Doyle. It will be incredibly exciting to meet him, and to ask him questions about the topics in my book."

Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke said White is a great example of IU Kokomo's faculty scholars, whose teaching and research attract students to the campus.

"Many of our students enjoy Eva's award-winning teaching, and benefit from her research," she said. "We have an international faculty who provide our students with a global perspective, as they prepare to live and work in a diverse world."

The grants allow White to research in Ireland this summer, studying how the culture and national identity has changed since the 1990s, when the country's rich economy began attracting many immigrants. Doyle's short story collection The Deportees documents that experience. White began including his literature in her classes in 2008.

She will present her work at a conference while she is there, in addition to her interview with the Irish author.

White plans to design a class at IU Kokomo based on her research for the first chapter in her book, which compares and contrasts the city of Dublin as documented in James Joyce's The Dubliners, published in 1914, and The Deportees, published in 2007.

"Both are chroniclers of their Dublin, and explorers of the Irish psyche," she said. "Joyce was disgusted with Ireland, and the paralysis that had enveloped the city. Doyle gives us a very different Dublin, multicultural, vibrant, wealthy, lots of optimism with race relations. Each of them produced work that can be considered historical documents of a sort."

In addition to her research honors, White has won numerous teaching awards, including IU's Herman Frederic Lieber Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence and the Kokomo campus' Trustees' Teaching Award.

"It is an honor for Eva to be chosen to receive these grants," said Scott Jones, dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. "The grants recognize her skill as a scholar, and the importance of her research."

The New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities program's objective is to support IU faculty members in the initial stages of path-breaking and transformative programs of scholarly investigation or creative activities.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — What is better than earning more credits towards your college degree? Saving money while earning those credits.

20130819-Welcome_week-AWJL4393.jpgWelcome Week

Indiana University Kokomo encourages students to Seize the Summer Savings, by taking advantage of the 25 percent summer tuition discounts for undergraduate courses. These savings are available not only to IU Kokomo students, but to those from other campuses and universities, as well as community members.

IU Kokomo is making it easy to attend, with two-week, four-week, six-week, and 13-week options, including the four-week Maymester program. There are also online and hybrid classes, which include online and classroom experiences.

Two-week classes are available in criminal justice, education, and allied health. Some of the four-week classes offered include land and environmental art, French literature and civilization, the Middle Ages in film and video games, storytelling, art, and music, and fitness appraisals. Six week and full term classes are available in all subject areas.

Summer school offers a chance to take prerequisite or introductory classes, or to explore a new area. It also is an opportunity to brush up on college math skills or acclimate to campus with one course.

Summer session registration is underway. Students currently enrolled should contact their academic advisor for more information. Anyone else interested should contact the Office of Student Success and Advising at 765-455-9309 or tmbass@iuk.edu

For the schedule of summer classes click here.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Nearly 30 years ago, a teenager's fight to attend public school, despite having AIDS, put Kokomo in the national spotlight.

Allen Safianow receives the Jacob Piatt Dunn Jr. award.Allen Safianow receives the Jacob Piatt Dunn Jr. award.

Allen Safianow, Indiana University Kokomo professor emeritus of history, and Judy Lausch, a retired Howard County public health nurse and faculty member, will talk about how this story continues to resonate in the community, in "The Ryan White Oral History Project and the Development of Universal Precautions." The free lecture is on Tuesday, March 25, at 7 p.m., in the Kelley Student Center, Room 130. A reception will take place before the lecture at 6:30 p.m.

Safianow and Lausch were part of a team that interviewed more than 20 people who played key roles during White's efforts to attend classes at Western Middle School, after he acquired the AIDS virus through an injection of Factor VIII, part of his treatment for hemophilia.

"We will be discussing the challenges and values of oral history as an important means of gaining a fuller understanding of complicated and controversial events," said Safianow. "An oral history is a way of providing voices from many different perspectives, perhaps to go a little deeper in some aspects than the media was able to do at that time."

Lausch will address Western School Corporation's efforts to develop and implement universal precautions, or ways to prevent people from coming in contact with bodily fluids, once courts determined it was safe for White to attend school.

"Western was forced to develop strategies to deal with this situation, and was one of the pioneers in the area of universal precautions," Safianow said. "This is one of the many nuances of this story."

White and his family later moved to Cicero, where he attended Hamilton Heights High School. He died April 8, 1990, at age 18.

Safianow was honored by the Indiana Historical Society for an article he wrote about the impact White's fight to go to school had on Kokomo. The Howard County Historical Society received the 2012 Indiana History Outstanding Project Award for the oral history project, which can be examined at the Seiberling Mansion, 1200 W. Sycamore St., Kokomo.

Lecture sponsors include the Department of Sociology, History, and Political Science, the History and Political Science Club, and the Office of University Advancement.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.