12 August 2013
KOKOMO, Ind. — An Indiana University Kokomo graduate exemplifies what an excellent social studies teacher does, not only for her sixth-graders, but also for the next generation of teachers.
The Association of Teacher Educators-Indiana Unit chose Mary Page for its annual Outstanding Cooperating Teacher Award, a statewide honor recognizing her commitment to teacher education. She has hosted IU Kokomo education students in her classroom every semester for the last 10 years.
"I had great professors at IU Kokomo, who really cared about their students," Page said. "They provided opportunities for me to see what kind of teacher I wanted to be in my own classroom. Dr. Margo Sorgman was hard, but she showed me how to make students enjoy social studies, and see it as more than just history, that it's always part of their lives. Dr. Kathy Parkison helped me enjoy economics and teaching it to my students. I'm happy I've kept my relationships with IU Kokomo all these years. They've been invaluable to me and to my students, and that's priceless."
Page, a Peru native, earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education in 1991, and a master's in education in 2000. She teaches sixth grade social studies at the International School at Central Middle School, in Kokomo. She began teaching in Kokomo shortly after earning her degree, and has maintained a long relationship with the campus.
Page worked with the School of Education to have an International Day festival on campus. Her students create educational displays about countries, which are judged by faculty and education students. The campus provides cultural activities, such as piñata making and dance, during the day. She also brings students for college visitation opportunities.
She's considered a leader in economic education, winning the Teacher of the Year award from the Indiana Council for Economic Education in 2011.
IU Kokomo nominated her for her most recent award, for her dedication to working with its students.
Dean Paul Paese called Page "an integral part of the teacher education program" at IU Kokomo.
"Mary provides an excellent example of what teachers should do," he said. "She always gives our students productive comments regarding teaching and assessing students, and shows best practices in teaching social studies, geography, and economics."
Recent IU Kokomo graduate Kristopher Dill completed his student teaching in Page's classroom during the spring 2013 semester, and said she was invaluable to his success. He just started his first job, teaching social studies at Kokomo's Bon Air Middle School.
"Mary Page loves children and teaching more than anyone else I know," he said. "She promotes colleagues and students to be the best they can be. She made my student teaching a great learning experience."
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.
12 August 2013
KOKOMO, Ind. — When Joseph Logan applies to graduate programs, not only will he know what a high resolution melt analysis is, he will be among the few who have actually performed one.
Logan, a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (M.A.L.S.) student at Indiana University Kokomo, gained the experience as a research assistant to T.J. Sullivan, assistant professor of molecular ecology. Sullivan is studying certain grasses and the fungi that grow in them, potentially impacting cattle production, with a four-year National Science Foundation grant.
Hands-on research is a key element of earning a degree from the School of Sciences, both for graduate and undergraduate students. Those in the Bachelor of Science programs in biology, chemistry, and biochemistry, must earn at least three credits in research.
Dean Christian Chauret said both students and faculty benefit from working together.
"This kind of out-of-classroom learning looks good on a resumé for future jobs, graduate work, and professional schools," he said, "Students gain tremendous experience through this one-on-one collaboration with a faculty member. If the data is solid, the student can present at a conference, and many of them have also published in research journals with their faculty mentors."
Chauret added that students who participate in research are better prepared and are highly likely to graduate. Faculty can expand their research potential and scope by working with students.
Logan, who earned his bachelor's degree in biology from IU Kokomo in 2012, has worked with Sullivan for more than a year. His role is genotyping the variations of fungus living in the grasses, using the high resolution melt analysis, a relatively new technology. Sullivan said it is quicker and more cost-effective than previous technology, allowing him to study more samples.
"This puts us ahead of the curve in research," he said. "As Joe continues his education, his use of a newer technology will make him stand out. This is something a lot of people don't know about yet. Not only does he know what this technology is, he has experience using it."
Logan, from Logansport, appreciates the chance to gain this experience.
"I enjoy knowing I've contributed to something," he said. "It has helped me develop my ability to analyze what is happening, and to figure out a solution."
Three undergraduate students have joined Sullivan's research team, and he anticipates more interest as students work to meet their research requirements.
"You have a better chance of having these opportunities at a smaller school like IU Kokomo, where you aren't competing with as many students for research assistantships," he said.
Sullivan is studying the relationship between particular toxic and non-toxic grasses, trying to determine why fungus that lives in some grasses can be toxic to livestock, but not in others. This is an issue that impacts cattle in the United States, and sheep in New Zealand.
"There is a lot of interest in this," Logan said. "If we can come up with a solution for this problem, people can save hundreds of millions of dollars."
The losses are incurred in treating sick animals, or when livestock eats just enough to survive, and don't gain weight as they should. They sometimes must bring in other feed to replace the grass, which also results in lost revenue.
Logan plans to either attend dental school or begin a Ph.D. program in genetics after completing his master's degree.
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.
05 August 2013
KOKOMO, Ind. — Excellence in soccer is an Indiana University tradition.
IU Kokomo student Kyle Galloway is adding to that winning tradition, as part of a national championship power soccer team.
"We made it our goal to win the Champions Cup at the beginning of the season," Galloway, 25, said. "I am so happy we reached our goal. We worked hard all season, and our work paid off."
His team, RHI Sudden Impact, defeated DASA Dynamites, from Missouri, 1-0 to win the National Power Soccer Association championship in July.
Power soccer is an international team competitive sport for power wheelchair users. Any person who has a physical disability that requires them to use a power wheelchair may play. There are more than 60 teams in the United States.
Galloway, a general studies major from Kokomo, started playing a year ago, after his brother heard there was an open place on a team. He had played soccer and baseball growing up, before he suffered a spinal cord injury in a four-wheeler accident shortly after graduating from high school in 2006.
"This is something I can do independently, on my own," he said "I don't have many opportunities to do that. I was excited to get to play a sport again. It's been a while since I'd been able to play. Most wheelchair sports are played in a manual wheelchair, and I can't manipulate one."
Power soccer is played on a basketball court, with three offensive players and a goalie for each team. During the two 20-minute halves, players maneuver the 13-inch diameter soccer ball with a guard on the front of the wheelchair, attacking, defending, and spin kicking the ball in an attempt to score goals.
"The only motion skills are what you can do with the joystick on your wheelchair," Galloway said, adding that he purchased a special wheelchair built specifically for the sport.
"You can spin it really fast to kick the ball," he said. "It really makes the game move more quickly, and it's more exciting for the players and fans. It's revolutionized the game."
RHI Sudden Impact is based in central Indiana, with men and women from Carmel, Fishers, Indianapolis, Pendleton, and Kokomo on the team. Practices begin in October, and culminate in the national championships during the summer.
Teams must play at least 12 games during the year, with two in their conference, to qualify for the nationals. Galloway's team played a record-breaking 47 games during the season, to qualify for the Champions Cup, played at Indiana University—Purdue University Fort Wayne.
Teams play in conferences based on ability. At the end of each season, the top two teams in each conference move up, while the bottom two move down. Galloway's team will move into the top-level Premier Conference for the 2013-2014 season, after winning their championship.
He looks forward to the new challenge, and plans to play for several more years. There is no age limit in power soccer.
"This is a lifetime thing for me," he said. "I've fallen in love with this game, and I don't want to stop."
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.
02 August 2013
The basketball players, both juniors at Indiana University Kokomo, reunited on the court after four years at Blue River Valley High School, in New Castle, Ind.
The pair started their careers on the club team two years ago, and has since seen the Cougars join the NAIA and then become members of the KIAC (Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.) Together, they have helped IU Kokomo reach many firsts, including its first NAIA win against Judson University.
This season, they will lead the team in competition against conference members and vie for a conference championship.
"This year we have the one goal we have all been waiting for the chance to win a conference and make it to the NAIA tournament," said Lawrence. "We have been talking about being a part of a conference and working to win a championship since day one and now have that opportunity."
Off the court, Lawrence and Knupp are models of student athletes for IU Kokomo athletics. Both have set a high standard for what it means to be a Cougar student-athlete with their work on campus, attending campus and athletic events, participating in community events, and working hard in the classroom.
The impact of the character of these two students have on the team, school, and community since the beginning of the basketball program has Jace Thompson, head basketball coach, wondering how he will fill the void once they graduate.
"It's two years away and I've already started worrying about how I could replace these two leaders," said Thompson. "For a coach, these two make the job look easy and make me look good. Our program couldn't be any more proud to have two high school teammates come to us and lead this program.
"I'm looking forward to them finally being upper classmen but worry about the day they are gone."
Lawrence, a business marketing major, and Knupp, a health science major, are not only committed to being champions on the court, but also in the classroom.
"IUK has been great for me academically, and I am looking forward to a degree that says Indiana University," said Knupp. "Wanting to be in the health field, I could not have chosen a better campus known for its great health programs. It has been challenging, but with all the great professors, I have succeeded."
"They have been with us from the beginning of the sports programs, and that says a lot. They believed in the program and in their coach," said Dean of Students Sarah Sarber. "They saw the opportunity to be part of building a program and establishing a tradition and committed to it."
Now upperclassmen, Lawrence and Knupp still have two seasons to continue to impact and build a legacy for IU Kokomo and its athletic program.
"We are really excited about this season and looking forward to practicing and playing in our new gym," said Lawrence. "These last two years have been a great experience as part of the team and university, and we are looking forward to the next two years."
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana
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