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KOKOMO, Ind. — Eva White looks forward to interviewing one of her most admired writers this summer, with help from two Indiana University grants.

Eva White leads her class in discussion.Eva White leads her class in discussion.

White, associate professor of English at IU Kokomo, will interview Roddy Doyle, and write the first chapter of her book, Who is Irish?: Roddy Doyle's Hyphenated Identities, supported by two New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities grants. Her project is one of 22 supported so far this year by the New Frontiers program.

She is grateful IU supports faculty research, and makes it possible for them to take a short time out of the classroom to do so.

"It's very encouraging and wonderful to have IU provide us with internal grants," White said. "There are not many grants out there to write books, at least not in humanities. These grants allow me to be mentally free to think about this project. There is not much research out there about Roddy Doyle. It will be incredibly exciting to meet him, and to ask him questions about the topics in my book."

Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke said White is a great example of IU Kokomo's faculty scholars, whose teaching and research attract students to the campus.

"Many of our students enjoy Eva's award-winning teaching, and benefit from her research," she said. "We have an international faculty who provide our students with a global perspective, as they prepare to live and work in a diverse world."

The grants allow White to research in Ireland this summer, studying how the culture and national identity has changed since the 1990s, when the country's rich economy began attracting many immigrants. Doyle's short story collection The Deportees documents that experience. White began including his literature in her classes in 2008.

She will present her work at a conference while she is there, in addition to her interview with the Irish author.

White plans to design a class at IU Kokomo based on her research for the first chapter in her book, which compares and contrasts the city of Dublin as documented in James Joyce's The Dubliners, published in 1914, and The Deportees, published in 2007.

"Both are chroniclers of their Dublin, and explorers of the Irish psyche," she said. "Joyce was disgusted with Ireland, and the paralysis that had enveloped the city. Doyle gives us a very different Dublin, multicultural, vibrant, wealthy, lots of optimism with race relations. Each of them produced work that can be considered historical documents of a sort."

In addition to her research honors, White has won numerous teaching awards, including IU's Herman Frederic Lieber Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence and the Kokomo campus' Trustees' Teaching Award.

"It is an honor for Eva to be chosen to receive these grants," said Scott Jones, dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. "The grants recognize her skill as a scholar, and the importance of her research."

The New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities program's objective is to support IU faculty members in the initial stages of path-breaking and transformative programs of scholarly investigation or creative activities.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — What is better than earning more credits towards your college degree? Saving money while earning those credits.

20130819-Welcome_week-AWJL4393.jpgWelcome Week

Indiana University Kokomo encourages students to Seize the Summer Savings, by taking advantage of the 25 percent summer tuition discounts for undergraduate courses. These savings are available not only to IU Kokomo students, but to those from other campuses and universities, as well as community members.

IU Kokomo is making it easy to attend, with two-week, four-week, six-week, and 13-week options, including the four-week Maymester program. There are also online and hybrid classes, which include online and classroom experiences.

Two-week classes are available in criminal justice, education, and allied health. Some of the four-week classes offered include land and environmental art, French literature and civilization, the Middle Ages in film and video games, storytelling, art, and music, and fitness appraisals. Six week and full term classes are available in all subject areas.

Summer school offers a chance to take prerequisite or introductory classes, or to explore a new area. It also is an opportunity to brush up on college math skills or acclimate to campus with one course.

Summer session registration is underway. Students currently enrolled should contact their academic advisor for more information. Anyone else interested should contact the Office of Student Success and Advising at 765-455-9309 or

For the schedule of summer classes click here.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Nearly 30 years ago, a teenager's fight to attend public school, despite having AIDS, put Kokomo in the national spotlight.

Allen Safianow receives the Jacob Piatt Dunn Jr. award.Allen Safianow receives the Jacob Piatt Dunn Jr. award.

Allen Safianow, Indiana University Kokomo professor emeritus of history, and Judy Lausch, a retired Howard County public health nurse and faculty member, will talk about how this story continues to resonate in the community, in "The Ryan White Oral History Project and the Development of Universal Precautions." The free lecture is on Tuesday, March 25, at 7 p.m., in the Kelley Student Center, Room 130. A reception will take place before the lecture at 6:30 p.m.

Safianow and Lausch were part of a team that interviewed more than 20 people who played key roles during White's efforts to attend classes at Western Middle School, after he acquired the AIDS virus through an injection of Factor VIII, part of his treatment for hemophilia.

"We will be discussing the challenges and values of oral history as an important means of gaining a fuller understanding of complicated and controversial events," said Safianow. "An oral history is a way of providing voices from many different perspectives, perhaps to go a little deeper in some aspects than the media was able to do at that time."

Lausch will address Western School Corporation's efforts to develop and implement universal precautions, or ways to prevent people from coming in contact with bodily fluids, once courts determined it was safe for White to attend school.

"Western was forced to develop strategies to deal with this situation, and was one of the pioneers in the area of universal precautions," Safianow said. "This is one of the many nuances of this story."

White and his family later moved to Cicero, where he attended Hamilton Heights High School. He died April 8, 1990, at age 18.

Safianow was honored by the Indiana Historical Society for an article he wrote about the impact White's fight to go to school had on Kokomo. The Howard County Historical Society received the 2012 Indiana History Outstanding Project Award for the oral history project, which can be examined at the Seiberling Mansion, 1200 W. Sycamore St., Kokomo.

Lecture sponsors include the Department of Sociology, History, and Political Science, the History and Political Science Club, and the Office of University Advancement.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Noah Cicalo enjoys a challenge.

Honors ProgramPaul Cook teaches his honors colloquium.

His desire to be pushed a little harder led him to enroll in Indiana University Kokomo's honors program, which he says will make him stand out when he looks for a job, and prepares him for whatever adversity he faces.

"It's brought a lot more challenges, but it's been worth it," Cicalo, who also in in ROTC, said. "It gave me an opportunity to go more in-depth in subjects that interest me, to branch out and learn more than I would normally. It's brought more challenges, but I overcame those challenges. It makes me feel more prepared to come up against other difficulties in life."

Cicalo, a psychology major from Galveston, will be among the dozen honors program students graduating in May. Nearly 60 students currently are enrolled in the program, which provides unique educational and cultural activities to high-achieving students, but also comes with more rigorous academic standards.

That kind of rigor is exactly what drew Danika Smith, a junior, to the program.

"I think college is about being pushed, and getting out of your comfort zone," she said. "Being in the honors program has provided me with those challenges. I wanted to take classes I could change, to better prepare me for my future. I was able to do that with my honors classes."

A hallmark of the program is the "H option," which allows participants to work with professors to make any class an honors class, by adding additional research or projects above what is required of the rest of the class.

Smith, a public policy major, completed one of her H options in a human resources management class, with a project similar to something she might do if she worked in that field. She updated the human resources handbook from her job, based on current employment law, and wrote a paper about the changes she suggested.

"That's something I could potentially be doing in the future, so it was beneficial to me," she said. "I feel like being in the honors program, I'm getting more out of my education. I'm gaining writing skills, communication skills, and research skills, and learning what a graduate class may be like, for when I continue my education."

The program is open to students with a grade point average of at least 3.3. In addition to the H option, honors students take two honors colloquium classes and present a research project at a conference.

"The honors students do individual work that really enhances the class, and makes it more challenging," said program Director Netty Provost. "It is a good way for students to work one-on-one with professors, and allows us to offer an honors program using the faculty we have."

The honors colloquiums also are an opportunity to take unique classes, such as Paul Cook's" Digital Culture and Its Discontents," talking about technology and digital culture. The class examines technology and digital culture "in a kind of foundational way," looking at how it has been a social and technological force, and its impact on the world.

Cook, assistant professor of English, jumped at the opportunity to teach the class, because of the freedom to develop a class on any topic he wanted.

"I want students to come out of this at the other end looking at the world a little differently," he said. "That is the goal of education. I try to make this class into a seminar, similar to a graduate level course. I want this to be a place where the students read beneath the surface of difficult literature, questioning ideas. Then, in our small class, with can go in-depth with the topic and share ideas, rather than just doing an overview, like in a survey class."

On this particular day, they talk about Martin Heidegger's "The Question Concerning Technology," which was written in the late 1940s to spread awareness about the steps people are taking towards modern technologies, and the dangers that come with it. Along with that text, they consider Joseph Schumpeter's concept of "creative destruction," or how one economic order rises from the destruction of another.

As part of the discussion, they talk about how the local automotive industry has been impacted by technology. Smith mentions how technology makes manufacturing easier, but fewer people are needed to do the jobs. She enjoys being able to apply what she reads during the discussions.

"He wants us to talk, rather than just being lectured at," she said. "That puts more responsibility on us. We have to learn the material to talk about it, not just come to class and take notes as he tells us about it."

Provost encourages all eligible students to take advantage of the program.

"In a world where a 4.0 G.P.A. might not get you noticed, having honors program on your resume or graduate school application gives you more credibility, and can make a difference."

The honors program is open to incoming students with a combined SAT score of 1100 or an ACT score of 24, GPA of 3.3 or higher, and ranked in the upper 20 percent of high school graduating class. Students who have completed 12 credit hours of regular course work at IU Kokomo with a GPA of 3.3 or higher also may apply.

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Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.