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KOKOMO, Ind. — The student University Theatre group at Indiana University Kokomo presents the much-loved romance classic, Pride and Prejudice.

IUKL0139Pride and Prejudice performed by University Theatre.

The production is a two-act play which Shelby Wagoner, the assistant director, describes as a classic romantic comedy about love and misunderstandings.

"It's just like a period piece version of Gossip Girl," said Wagoner. "The story is actually funny and easy to follow along."

Pride and Prejudice show dates and times are at 7 p.m. on Friday, November 1, and Saturday, November 2, and a matinee showing at 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 3, in Havens Auditorium.

Admission is $5 for students and $7 for the public. Tickets will be available at the door. The show is suitable for people age 13 and older

"It is a fast-paced adaptation of the novel. It looks more like the BBC version rather than the 2005 movie," said Director Joann Kaiser.

"The students have worked really hard in understanding the language, let alone understand the structure of this adaptation. It's been a difficult journey but well worth it. The final product should be something they can be proud of," said Kaiser.

For more information contact Kaiser at 765-455-9558 or

Story written by Sofia Stout. Sofia is an intern for the Office of Media and Marketing.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind.— As part of a nationwide humanities program aimed at bridging cultural differences, Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo and Indiana University Kokomo will be hosting "Muslim Journeys Bookshelf" events on their campuses Wednesday, Oct. 30. The Ivy Tech event will begin at 11 a.m. in the Student Life Building on the Kokomo campus at 1815 E. Morgan St.; the IU Kokomo event will begin at 2 p.m. in Room 223 in the Kelley Center on the IU Kokomo campus.

Ivy Tech Library Director Julie Diesman said the free interactive program is open to the public as well as the campus communities. Sponsored by the Ivy Tech Library and IU Kokomo Student Life, the program will feature one speaker from each of the schools who will share their experiences of being of the Muslim faith and answer questions to help those of other beliefs to learn, reflect and appreciate their differences.

"This program will be an opportunity to increase understanding between people of religious and non-religious beliefs," Diesman said. "It's designed to increase awareness of the different and distinct faith communities in our region and to strengthen good interfaith relations at all levels."

The Ivy Tech Community College Library in the Kokomo Region is one of 840 libraries and state humanities councils nationwide receiving the "Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys" collection of books and videos and hosting programs for public audiences featuring the materials. The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf program, a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities in cooperation with the American Library Association, aims to familiarize public audiences in the United States with the people, places, history, faith and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world.

At Ivy Tech, audience members will also have an opportunity to participate in "Inter Faithing," an experience much like Speed Networking or Speed Dating. In timed two-minute sessions, individuals will meet and share information about their religious or non-religious beliefs. "Audience members will have the chance to share where they are on their faith journey," Diesman said, "with the goal of understanding that we all have similar stories, hurdles and triumphs – no matter our faith or beliefs."

Major support for the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf was provided by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. Additional support for the arts and media components was provided by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art. More information about the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf is available at

For additional details on the Kokomo events, contact Julie Diesman at 765-459-0561, ext. 515, or

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Kaitlynd Lear has a "Whopper" of an excuse for missing a few days of class at Indiana University Kokomo this semester.

Kaitlynd LearKaitlynd LearThe fast-fingered freshman competed for a national title, not in a sporting event, but for her skills and agility creating Burger King's signature sandwich. She and 23 of her fellow employees nationwide earned a trip to Miami, for the first-ever Whopper Challenge.

"My math professor told me it was the best excuse he's ever heard," Lear said.

She assembled a perfect Whopper in a blazing-fast 17 seconds, to finish in 19th place in Miami. Not bad, considering 200,000 Burger King employees tried out in store level competition around the country.

Lear's personal best is 14 seconds. The national winner built his sandwich in 12 seconds, and received a $10,000 prize. Lear earned $550 for winning her district and qualifying for the national competition, and her franchise gave her $300.

"That really helps, since I go to school full time and work full time," she said. "I want to graduate with a degree and no debt. I'm not big on paying interest."

The trips gave her an opportunity to meet Burger King CEO Daniel S. Schwartz, who talked with her about her classes, and her majors in business management, finance, and economics.

"He said there are a lot of job opportunities in the corporate side of Burger King for people with experience and a degree," she said.

Lear, 19, appreciated the support given by her classmates and professors, who helped her catch up on missed classes.

"I was surprised at how willing everyone was to work with me and allow me to make up what I missed," she said.

While she's back at work at the Burger King just south of campus, her competition days are likely behind her — she earned a promotion to shift manager after returning from Miami, and managers are barred from competition. She expects she'll still make a Whopper from time to time, though, just to keep in practice.

"We get a lot of people who come in and want me to make their Whopper," she said.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — When Brandon Smith graduates with a degree focusing on graphic design, he will have the necessary digital media skills to help him land the job of his dreams.

Students expand digital skillsStudents expand digital skillsThe School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Indiana University Kokomo introduced the Wacom Bamboo Create tablets this semester, and Smith learned to use them in a digital illustration class.

"Having this technology available to us expands what we are doing, and gives us new experiences," said Smith, a Greentown resident. "This is one more professional skill I have available when I look for a job."

Digital artists use the tablets with programs such as Photoshop and Illustrator, in place of a mouse. The tablet lays flat on the table, and artists use a stylus pen to draw, paint, mix colors, erase, and perform other functions on its screen, with their work displayed on the computer monitor.

In this particular class, students explore ways they can use it in Photoshop, coloring in a line drawing displayed by Guin Thompson, visiting assistant professor of new media.

Smith uses the stylus pen to click and drag the color palette he wants onto his workspace, where he mixes colors to create just the right shade. Then he can use the pen to color in the drawing, or click on a paintbrush tool to use it to create a brushstroke effect. If he makes a mistake, he clicks the eraser tool and then cleans it up with the pen.

"This is the best part," he said. "Your work is not as set in stone as it is with paint. You can make corrections or changes quickly and easily, and then go on with your project."

That kind of efficiency is critical to people such as graphic artists or illustrators, who usually create their work on deadline, Thompson said.

"These tablets are the industry standard," she said. "A lot of graphic artists and illustrators are using this tool. You can do more with the tablet and stylus than you can with the mouse, and it's better ergonomically, too."

She is pleased with the work her students have created since they started using the tablets.

"They are doing some advanced work very quickly," she said. "A lot of the students have used similar tools with their phones, so this is not technology that is foreign to them, and it's pretty intuitive."

Bethany Hemrick enjoys exploring Photoshop with the tablet, and likes it better than using pen and paper. As a graphic arts major, she expects to use those skills in her future employment.

"This class introduced me to some new techniques that will help me in the future," the Peru resident said.

Fine arts and new media major Theresa Stewart, Russiaville, has wanted to try a pen tablet for a long time, so she was happy for the opportunity to use it in class.

"It's so much more controlled than using a mouse," she said. "You can put a lot more detail into your work. I'm really enjoying learning all the techniques in this class, to create better work."

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.