Indiana University Kokomo

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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.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University Kokomo athletes gain conference and national attention, earning awards for success in competition and in the classroom.

Men's Basketball vs. IU SoutheastCortney Hanson (Logansport), Coach Heather Hayes, and Micayla Speidel (Columbus).Volleyball players Micayla Speidel (Columbus) and Cortney Hanson (Logansport), and cross country athletes Javier Vasquez (Frankfort), Jeremy Gilman (Kokomo), Nathan Courter (Greentown), and Kasey High (Kokomo), all were honored for their achievements at the home basketball game Tuesday, January 14.

Speidel was the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Northeast Region Freshman of the Year, and earned first team all region honors. She also was Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Association (KIAC) freshman of the year, and first team all conference.

Hanson, a sophomore, was second team all conference.

Vasquez was the first Cougar athlete to earn a place at an NAIA national competition, and was first team all conference.

Gilman, Courter, and High won the 2013 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes. Gilman, who graduated in December, received the award for the second year in a row. Courter and High are seniors.

IU Kokomo and its students have seen many benefits in the three years since the athletic programs began, Interim Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke said.

"We are proud of our student athletes as they distinguish themselves among others," she said. "Our athletic programs enable students to enhance their leadership skills as they work toward their degrees, and it has brought recognition to both our students and the campus. I look forward to more success in the future."

Athletic Director Brandon Podgorski expects the accomplishments of these students to attract other outstanding athletes to campus.

Men's Basketball vs. IU SoutheastCoach Jason VanAlstine, Jeremy Gilman (Kokomo), and Javier Vasquez (Frankfort)."Javier's qualifying for the NAIA championships has given our cross country team good exposure, and we are already reaping the benefits in recruiting," he said. "Micayla has the same effect on our volleyball program, earning prestigious honors in what's going to be an amazing college career. She and Cortney are going to be the cornerstones of the volleyball program for the next few years."

He is especially proud to see student athletes recognized for academic success, noting that the scholar-athletes are students who are at least juniors, and have a minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.

"It's not easy to be a student athlete, and balance that with school, and Jeremy, Nathan, and Kasey have done a great job," Podgorski said.

In volleyball, only 12 players in the conference earned all conference honors, and Coach Heather Hayes was pleased to have two players among the 12, especially in their first year of conference play.

Both worked hard, she said, and were surrounded by teammates who pushed them and made their accomplishments possible.

"I am excited for these young ladies, and for our program," she said. "Cortney and Micayla are both dynamic athletes and make extremely difficult plays look easy. They are naturally gifted volleyball players, and filled vital roles on our team."

Vasquez's success is good for himself and for the team, Coach Jason VanAlstine said.

"It has put us on the map for potential recruits, who might not have known we had a program before," he said. "Now they know not only do we have a cross country team, but we have a team with runners that can compete at the highest level. We're on our way."

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.