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KOKOMO, Ind. — An internship at Ronald McDonald House leads Kelli Martin to choose a career in non-profit event planning.

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Martin, from Carmel, worked with fellow communication arts students Carol Freeman, Kokomo, and Hannah Brewster, Burlington, to plan the internship, for their senior seminar capstone project.

"Through my internship, I discovered a passion for non profits, and for event planning," Martin said. "Hopefully with this internship, someone else will have that same opportunity."

They chose Exodus Refugee Immigration, based in Indianapolis, after helping collect donations for the group with their cross-cultural communications class. The non-profit welcomes refugees to Indiana, working with them to arrange housing, food and clothing, as well as education and employment opportunities.

"Once we saw what they do, we wanted to help," Freeman said. "They help so many people who are escaping their countries because they fear for their lives."

The organization has offered internships for students interested in refugee resettlement in the past, but a communications internship is something new, according to Jessica Kroymann, volunteer coordinator.

"It is a great opportunity, not only for Exodus, but for those who are passionate about human rights and non-profits," she said. "The opportunity offers hands on experience of being an advocate for refugees and human rights in central Indiana."

IU Kokomo interns will assist with event planning and fund raising, among other jobs, Freeman said, adding that she and her co-planners will not benefit from the internship they developed.

"This was never intended for us," she said. "We want to do something for other students, to gain the experience we have had."

Martin has kept in touch with mentors from her internship at Ronald McDonald House, and can use them as references when she applies for jobs after graduating. It was a valuable part of her IU Kokomo experience, she said.

"When you apply for a job, employers will likely choose the person with experience over the person with a degree, but no experience," she said. "Internships give us the experience that can lead to jobs later."

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Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University Kokomo will close for the holidays at 5 p.m. Tuesday, December 24.

Snow on campusSnow on campus All offices will remain closed until 8 a.m. Thursday, January 2, 2014.

First semester classes ended Friday, December 13. Second semester classes begin at 8 a.m. Monday, January 13.

The IU Kokomo Library will be closed beginning Wednesday, December 25. It will reopen from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, January 2, through Friday, January 3, and will be closed on January 4 and 5.

Online and electronic resources are available when the library is closed, at

The Cole Fitness Center will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. December 21, and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. December 23-24. It will be closed December 25 to January 1. The fitness center will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. January 2-3, and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. January 4. It will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. January 6-10, and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. January 11.

The campus bookstore will be open from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday, December 23, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, December 24. It will be closed from December 25 until 9 a.m. Thursday, January 2.

Students may order books from the bookstore's website,, at any time. Books can be shipped to the student's home or picked up at store on the first day of classes.

The Cougar Country Café is closed until Monday, January 13.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — The Indiana University Kokomo School of Nursing reaches a significant historic milestone in December, graduating its first Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) class.

nursingmastersInaugural MSN graduates.

The inaugural class of fourteen – nurses working in areas that include surgery, oncology, labor and delivery, cardiac intensive care, and maternal and child health – graduate from the two-year program prepared to be leaders in the health care industry and in nurse education.

"This is one of our proudest moments," said Assistant Dean Mary Bourke, calling the graduates "a very, very impressive first class," graduating with a mean grade point average of 3.954.

The program is just one way IU Kokomo meets the needs of its region, Interim Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke said.

"As a regional campus, we continue to add new degrees that enhance the communities we serve," she said. "Hospital administrators continue to call for more advanced nursing professionals, and we are pleased to provide that opportunity to nurses in our region."

The graduates include nurses from Kokomo and nearby communities, but also several who commuted long distances to earn the degree, including Evelyn Kamoto, who drove from Elkhart.

Stacy Fackler has already benefitted from enrolling in the nursing administrator track. A year after she began the program, she was promoted to her current job, as director of maternal and child health at Community Howard Regional Health.

"Administration knew I was earning this degree, and they trusted me with this promotion," she said. "The M.S.N. program allowed me to be with other managers, to pick their brains and learn from their life experiences. The actual assignments were so applicable to my job, it went well for me."

A desire for change in her career led Leigh Swartzendruber to the M.S.N. program, for the nurse educator track.

"Through my M.S.N. degree in nursing education, I can affect change in nursing students for years to come," she said. "There are so many changes in health care and nursing education. My advanced degree will allow me to make a positive contribution to both health care and nursing education."

Swartzendruber, a pre-admission nurse at St. Joseph Hospital, also participated in a School of Nursing trip to South Korea, and found the program has given her more confidence.

"I traveled around the world and experienced culturally diverse health care and education," she said. "That experience alone was a life changing experience, and one I will never forget. Also, I have shown my children that if you are determined and set your mind to something, you can accomplish anything."

Lynn Lacluyse wanted to earn the M.S.N. "to have more flexibility with my nursing degree, and to be able to grow in my current role," as manager of an intensive care unit, cardiovascular intensive care unit, and cardiac care progressive unit at Community Howard Regional Health. She chose the nurse administrator track.

While it was an intense learning process, the knowledge and skills she gained were invaluable, Lacluyse said.

"It helped with all aspects, financial knowledge, relationship knowledge, communication, being able to strategize, and research," she said.

Combining online and face-to-face classroom instruction sets IU Kokomo's M.S.N. program apart from others, along with its commitment to excellent student service. Faculty knows personal touch is a key part of student success.

"The bond the students have formed with one another through these two years has made the program more powerful," Bourke said.

Enrollment in the program has doubled since the first class began in January 2012. It has been reviewed and recommended for accreditation by the Commission for Education in Nursing.

Having earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at IU Kokomo, Fackler knew the M.S.N. program would be high quality. She is already recommending friends enroll as well.

"If your end goal is to have your M.S.N., do it here and do it now," she said. "This is the most accessible and workable program you will have. The faculty understand you have a job in addition to this, and they are so creative about being flexible and turning every experience into a learning opportunity."

Members of IU Kokomo's first M.S.N. class are: Jessica Marie Beaupre, Winamac; Teresa Katherine Criswell, Noblesville; Kimberly M. Easter, Marion; Stacy Michelle Fackler, Russiaville; April R. Fugle, Kokomo; Crystal Elaine Jones, Marion; Evelyn Chiwalasile Kamoto, Elkhart; Lynn Ann Lacluyse, Kokomo; Barbara Jane Miller, Kokomo; Beth A. Robbins, Greentown; Clara Jo Sessoms, Gas City; Kathy L. Shumpert, Peru; Dea Jo Stanley, Gas City; and Leigh Erin Swartzendruber, Greentown.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — There aren't too many undergraduate students who can call themselves published authors.

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Ramey, a chemistry major at Indiana University Kokomo, recently co-authored an article with Kasem Kasem, professor of chemistry, in The Journal of Material Sciences and Applications, detailing their research in harvesting solar energy.

She is grateful for the opportunity to research with a professor as an undergraduate.

"Research makes me feel like I'm exploring uncharted territory," she said. "I like the feel of, you put two and two together, and see how it reacts, rather than reading about it in a book or hearing about it in a classroom lecture. I get to see it for myself. I might not have had this opportunity at a bigger university."

Kasem has involved students in his research for more than 20 years, calling it a valuable teaching and learning tool.

"Research is part of education," he said. "Students who get trained as undergraduates gain experience in research and understand the expectations in the lab. It sets them up for success, both in research labs and in graduate school."

He noted that undergraduates in his lab do the same kinds of work graduate students perform.

"I don't call it 'undergraduate research,' Kasem said. "I call it 'bringing undergraduates to research.'"

Unsure if research was her career interest, Ramey asked Kasem to allow her to work in his lab more than a year ago. She has enjoyed using the state-of-the-art equipment in the lab, and said her professor trained her well to use it.

"This has given me confidence in myself, and it gives me something to look forward to each week," she said. "Dr. Kasem really invests time into his students, so we can get good results and contribute."

In addition to co-authoring the paper, she presented their research at the IUPUI Undergraduate Research Conference, and at the IU Kokomo Spring Research Symposium.

Eventually, Ramey plans to earn a Ph.D. in chemistry, but first will work for a while, preferably in a lab.

"I want to do some kind of research," she said. "I like forensics, so that is a possibility."

Ramey, from Noblesville, is proud not only of her research, but of the example she sets for her nine-year-old son. She returned to IU Kokomo in 2011, after an eight year hiatus when she married and started her family.

"I knew I would regret not finishing my degree," she said. "When I become a chemist, I am showing my son that you don't have to keep your life on hold, you can work hard, grab opportunities, and achieve your goals."

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.