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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.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University Kokomo selects Moake Park Group Inc. as the architects to renovate its oldest building into 21st century learning space.

CC0A0318The Main Building

Laura Lucas, assistant architect for research in the University Architect's Office, said the Fort Wayne-based firm was chosen from among five finalists for the job to upgrade the Main Building.

"They showed us what we could do for us, to transform underutilized spaces to the way higher education works today, and to prepare it for how it will work in the future," she said. "The classrooms will fit better for how we are teaching, and how we are going to teach, as opposed to how we used to teach."

Planners expect the project to be completed by fall 2015. Work should start this summer, Lucas said, adding that the biggest challenge is "keeping the building operational while transforming it."

While much of the $14 million project is upgrading infrastructure, such as the heating and cooling system, there will be visible changes to the Main Building, according to Interim Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke.

"From the outside, we want it to represent the new direction of IU Kokomo, becoming a 21st century campus," she said. "This project ensures that the Main Building will support our continued growth, and prepare us to meet the needs of our students well into the future. We are excited to move forward."

Students will benefit from new, modern classrooms, suitable for the technology being used, and for collaborative learning and teaching. They also will enjoy new places to study and meet with classmates.

The Indiana General Assembly approved $14 million for the project in 2013. "We are appreciative of the efforts of our local legislators who supported this project and who continue to be strong advocates of our campus," said Sciame-Giesecke.

The work will be the first major renovations in nearly two decades for the building, which was built in 1965. It was the first building on the South Washington Street campus when IU Kokomo moved from the Seiberling Mansion.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.