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KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University Kokomo recently recognized faculty and staff members for research and service, at the annual spring convocation.

2014 Faculty-Staff Spring ConvocationFaculty and staff recognized at Spring Convocation, 2014.

Dmitriy Chulkov, professor of economics and information management services, received the annual faculty research award, for his research in the economics of investment of new technology, economics of education, and turnover patterns of top management teams.

Interim Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke also presented service awards to several faculty and staff members.

Diane Bever, reference and information services librarian, was honored for 35 years of service. Lynda Narwold, assistant dean in the School of Nursing, was recognized for 30 years.

Sara Deyo, Cheryl Little, Joyce Webb, Sharon Calhoon, and Bridget Whitmore were honored for 25 years of service. Robert Helms, Nicole Houston, and John Sarber received recognition for serving 20 years.

Those commended for 15 years at IU Kokomo were Deb Carlson and Cathy Valcke. Ten-year service award recipients were Zane Barber, Cheryl Currens, Mike Lynch, and Heidi Sebastian. Those receiving five-year service awards were Keith Lindley, Vinny Vincent, and Carlos Zapata.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, IN – At first glance, senior basketball player Spencer Krhin may seem all about sports. But after peeling back the layers, people will see that Krhin's ambitions reach far beyond the court.

IU Kokomo Cougars vs Indiana Dabney UniversitySpencer Krhin soars for a score.

"I want incoming students to see they can achieve anything they put their mind to, as long as they are willing to dedicate themselves to the cause and work hard for it," said Krhin, 22, of La Fontaine. "I have made the best of my situation and have prospered. I can't think of anything more rewarding than to be an inspiration to somebody."

If not in class, he is studying, playing basketball, or working one of his two jobs. With goals to attend graduate school and open his own private practice for psychology, he does not plan on slowing down.

To prepare himself for his future, Krhin is a member of a psychology research team on campus. In addition, he plans to pursue a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) at IU Kokomo, and then further his education by earning a doctorate.

Rosalyn Davis, clinical assistant professor of psychology, knows that Krhin has all the right qualities to reach his dreams.

"Spencer is successful because he genuinely cares about what he is learning," said Davis. "He is open to being wrong. Even when he was traveling with the team, he went above and beyond to stay on top of his work."

As graduation draws near, Krhin said he would miss IU Kokomo for the communal atmosphere, the small class sizes, and his teammates, who have been like brothers.

Teammate Aaron Knupp appreciates Krhin for his guidance and determination.

"Spencer brings great leadership both on and off the court," Knupp said. "He is ready for any challenge that comes his way."

Krhin acknowledges, however, that he didn't reach this point in life on his own.

"I feel like I owe all of my achievements to my grandmother," he said. "She taught me to work hard for everything and make the best of every situation."

Story written by Alexis Nash. Alexis is an intern in the Office of Media and Marketing.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Donna Walden thinks teachers are "pretty special people."

Alumni Hall of Fame Brunch 2013Donna WaldenThat's why, when she decided to endow a scholarship at Indiana University Kokomo, she designated it for a future educator.

Walden, 72, together with her husband Dan, established the Integrity Scholarship, which will be given to a junior in the School of Education each year.

"I like the idea of giving a scholarship to a student who has studied a few years, and now is definitely earning a degree in education," she said.

Donna Walden was part of the IU Kokomo School of Education's first graduating class, in 1970. She started her degree on the Bloomington campus, then married Dan and returned home to Russiaville. She appreciates the opportunity to finish her degree close to home.

"When I first started, the campus was still on West Sycamore Street, in the Seiberling Mansion," she said. "Then we moved to the current campus, with just one building. I think we inaugurated it pretty well, with that first class from the School of Education."

Donna taught in the Western School Corp. in Howard County for 20 years, and then was an administrator for 13 years, serving as Western's first curriculum director, and then as its first assistant superintendent, before retiring. She continues to teach at her church.

Donna Walden received IU Kokomo's Distinguished Alumni Award in 2004, and is a member of the Alumni Hall of Fame.

The couple named the scholarship to reflect their concern that education be about more than just what is in the textbook — that students also learn how to invest their own energies in learning how to listen to and evaluate the ideas of others, and how to develop and incorporate their own values into their education.

"Integrity represents what I believe is so important in education," she said. "A teacher should model integrity, and pass it on to the students, so they can learn to be honest and true to what they believe, and always demonstrate that to other people."

If you are interested in creating a scholarship in your name, or in honor of or in memory of someone, please contact Vice Chancellor for University Advancement Jan Halperin at 765-455-9415.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Spring semester enrollment at Indiana University Kokomo hits an all-time high with an 11.9 percent increase that includes growth at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Leda Casey teaches geology.Leda Casey teaches geology.

Minority students now represent 12.1 percent of the student population, and the number of credit hours is up 8.4 percent.

"The campus continues to meet the needs of the students in our service region, as they choose to earn an Indiana University degree on the Kokomo campus," said Interim Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke.

Many students are attracted to the new degree programs added during the past two years, including health sciences, hospitality and tourism, and the graduate degree in nursing.

As the campus grows, the Main Building is set for renovations to begin this year, with $14 million in funding from the state legislature. Plans include adding new classrooms, a math lab, and a Mac lab, among other projects.

The Milt and Jean Cole Family Wellness and Fitness Center, which opened in August, offers a place for students to exercise between classes. The fitness center includes a walking track, cardio training, group fitness classes, and weight lifting. In addition, the Cougar Gym in downtown Kokomo enhances student engagement with women's volleyball and men's basketball. Athletics will add women's basketball in 2014 and men's and women's golf in 2015-16.

For information on how to apply to IU Kokomo, please visit our website at, or contact the Office of Admissions at (765) 455-9217.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.