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KOKOMO, Ind. — Cody Dunham takes great pride in winning an intramural basketball championship during his undergraduate college days.

Intramural basketballIntramural basketball. See more pictures on Flickr.

Those are the kinds of memories he wants to build for Indiana University Kokomo, as he plans the campus' new intramural basketball program. Games begin Tuesday, February 25, in the Cougar Gym.

"An intramural program is an important part of many students' collegiate experience," said Dunham, who will manage the league as the graduate assistant for the Cole Fitness Center. "It is one of the more unifying and friendship building experiences on campus. It is a great way to add to the IU Kokomo experience, and get students more involved. I am glad to be part of building that identity."

Intramurals give more students a chance to participate in sports while in college than the intercollegiate athletic program can allow, and provide a social and fitness experience, according to Todd Gambill, vice chancellor for student affairs and enrollment management.

"We're excited about this plan to allow our students to play in our beautiful new Cougar Gym," Gambill said. "We're hoping to springboard from this program into a full blown intramural program, with several sports available to our students, faculty, and staff."

Teams will play once per week, with minimal practices, and in a less structured environment than a collegiate team. Students will serve as paid officials for the approximately one-hour games. Regular season play continues through March 14, which is the week before spring break. There will be a single elimination tournament the week of March 24.

The intramural program is open to both men and women, and Gambill hopes for good participation from both. Teams representing the campus fraternity colony, faculty and staff, and other student organizations signed up for the first season. Students not on a team can sign up individually, and Dunham will place them on teams.

"It's neat for students to see their professors in a completely different environment, and be able to build those relationships," Gambill said. "It's also a great way for them to meet and socialize with students outside of their major, or from other student activities groups."

If the basketball program is successful, Gambill hopes to add other intramural sports, possibly including flag football, indoor soccer, softball, or ultimate Frisbee.

For more information about the IU Kokomo intramural basketball program, contact Dunham at

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Dmitriy Chulkov's experiences during the breakup of the Soviet Union drive his interest in economics.

Dmitriy ChulkovDmitriy Chulkov

Chulkov, professor of economics at Indiana University Kokomo, remembers food shortages and waiting in long lines for basic necessities as a teenager in Moscow.

"I remember very vividly what it was like," said Chulkov, who was 15 when the Soviet Union fell in 1991. "Soviet money was abolished, and all the money people had disappeared overnight. You could maybe exchange $200 of it for the new money. I saw one economic system fall apart, and I saw another system being built, as I was going through my studies. It made me want to learn more, so this never happens again."

He continues to research in economics, and also macroeconomics and information systems, while teaching at IU Kokomo. He recently received the annual faculty research award, honoring his prolific work during the last five years.

"I strive to be a good teacher and a good researcher," Chulkov said. "Both aspects are important to me. Research helps me stay current in my field, and allows me to bring current topics into my classroom. My students find it interesting, and they appreciate being exposed to cutting edge research."

Erv Boschmann, interim dean of the School of Business, said Chulkov's work in research is excellent, and far exceeds the school's standards.

"What particularly pleases me is the breadth of Dmitriy's research interests," he said, adding that Chulkov has had numerous publications in both economics and management information systems.

"He had a great year in research, with a paper and four proceedings published," Boschmann said. "The European Academic Conference judged one of his papers to the best paper. He has also been successful in getting internal and external funding."

Chulkov received a nearly $17,000 grant from the Department of Homeland Security in 2011 for an economic analysis of investment in enhancing port and waterway security from underwater threats, and was part of a team awarded a nearly $800,000 grant from the National Institute for Hometown Security for development and commercialization of a compact neutron interrogation system for underwater threat detection and identification.

His interest in research led him to Purdue University, after he earned his bachelor's degree in Russia. He began teaching at IU Kokomo in 2002, after completing his Ph.D. in economics. He also teaches classes in management information systems and computers in business.

"We are different than the big research campuses," he said. "We are more free to pursue different interests. I've challenged myself to incorporate all the areas of my teaching in my research."

He uses the same scientific approach he takes in research to his teaching, and also applies economic principles to the topic of education. For example, his research in how students select new, used, or electronic textbooks led him to choose books available in all of those formats for his classes.

"Having a choice in and of itself is valuable for the students," he said. "I try to choose options to support both."

Chulkov became a U.S. citizen in 2013, after living in the country for 15 years.

"I wanted to be part of the nation, and have the rights citizens have," he said, adding that he travels to Russia to visit his parents. Advances in technology make it much easier than when he first emigrated, and phone calls to Moscow were $2 per minute. Now he can Skype for free.

Conditions in Russia have vastly improved since he left the country, he said.

"There are still a lot of challenges, but at least people have access to all the basic services and things they need," he said. "Overall, the market economy has been better for Russia."

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Nurses take a patient's blood pressure the same way, no matter what country they call home.

South Korean Exchange Student Closing CeremonySouth Korean exchange student closing ceremony.

Nursing students from two South Korean universities, and from Indiana University Kokomo, learn from each other during exchanges between the two countries. Ten students and two faculty members from Sungshin Women's University and Jesus University arrived Sunday, February 4, for a two-week visit.

In the spring, a group of IU Kokomo students and faculty will return the visit, to learn about the culture and health care systems in South Korea.

During their time here, the South Korean students participated in nursing lab exercises with IU Kokomo students, sharing techniques they've learned for patient care.

Morgan McCall, Logansport, said it was interesting to see how many things they've learned the same way, and the small differences as well. The Korean students take temperatures with a thermometer that goes in the ear, rather than one used on the temples, which she uses.

"Medicine is universal, but there are some interesting differences," she said. "There are some cultural differences in medicine as well, and visiting with these students reminds us that not all of our patients will share our culture. It's a necessity to bring culture into the nursing field, so you can be sensitive to your patients' needs."

Students from both countries bonded over their shared experience of nursing school, Amanda Roberts, from Tipton, said.

"I asked if nursing school is stressful for them, and they said yes," she said. "We talked about what kind of nurses we want to be, and we have the same kind of goals. We found out we have a lot in common."

In addition to visiting nursing classes, the South Korean students joined Spanish and fine arts classes. They also toured Kokomo Opalescent Glass, visited the Logansport carousel, participated in nursing clinical rotations at area hospitals, attended a concert at The Palladium in Carmel, cheered at a Cougar basketball game, and exercised in the campus' Cole Fitness Center.

Woo Hee Sim, a student at Seoul's Sungshin University, encouraged the IU Kokomo students to take part in the upcoming trip to South Korea, to have the same kind of cultural experience she and her classmates have had in the United States.

"You really have to open your mind, and experience the differences in another country," Sim said. "This prepares you to meet people from other cultures, and to learn that despite our differences, we are the same in our hearts. So many people have been so welcoming to us, and I'm sure it will be the same when IU Kokomo students visit us."

Sim will return home with renewed commitment to her desire to be a nurse.

"I'm more engaged and inspired to be a nurse," she said. "I feel deeply its something you can do to help people, no matter where you are. I'm learning to do something not a lot of people can do."

It's a learning experience for both the Hoosier and Korean students, according to Linda Wallace, who initiated the program in 2000 with a faculty exchange.

"It is humbling and empowering to travel where you don't know the language well, or at all, and have to presume on the kindness of others," she said. "You come home with a better appreciation of the people from another country, and an understanding that not all of your patients share your background. When you treat people who are not of your culture, you need to be aware they may have cultural needs in addition to medical needs, and should know how to provide complete care for them."

Sohye Kim, visiting from Jesus University, in Jeonju, wanted to see how the U.S. health care system compares to that in her home country. She was impressed with many aspects of the hospitals she toured, and surprised by how much work goes into handling patient health insurance needs.

She did not find one country's health care system better than the other — just different. She looks forward to showing IU Kokomo students her country's system.

"It was interesting to get a different perspective on health care," she said.

IU Kokomo has a long relationship with the two universities, hosting about a dozen students and faculty each winter, and taking students to visit most summers. More than 30 students have traveled to South Korea since 2003.

Shirley Aamidor, associate dean of the School of Education, is teaching at Sungshin University this school year, and Sung Ja Whang, a retired professor from Jesus University, is a visiting lecturer in the School of Nursing.

Dr. Se-Ung Lee, a South Korean businessman and philanthropist, has supported the program for 14 years with grant funding.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Learn about college life, and get free help filing your financial aid forms, with two events Sunday, February 23, at Indiana University Kokomo.

New Student Orientation January 10, 2014Student receiving assistance.

IU Kokomo admissions specialists will prepare future students and their parent to successfully navigate the college admissions process during the "Parents' Roadmap to College: Guide Your Student to Success" program.

The "Roadmap to College" program begins with a question and answer session at 1:30 p.m., followed by the program at 2 p.m., in the Kelley Student Center, Room 130.

Admissions Counselor Allison Foust said the college admissions process can be overwhelming to parents, especially those who did not experience it themselves.

"We will talk with parents about what they can do to help their student while he or she is still in high school, and what to expect through the admissions process and when your child starts college," she said. "We want to help make this process as easy as possible."

The event includes discussions with representatives from admissions, financial aid, career and accessibility services, athletics, academics and advising, campus life, and more. For more information about the "Roadmap to College" program, contact Foust at Parents should RSVP to attend by Thursday, February 20, at

Current college students, high school seniors, potential college students, and their parents, can file their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) during College Goal Sunday. The event is open to families considering or attending any college or university. No RSVP is required for College Goal Sunday.

Vinny Vincent, assistant director assistant director of financial aid, said even those not sure if they will go to college during the 2014-2015 school year should attend and file their financial aid application before the March 10 deadline.

"You get the most from your financial aid by filing on time or early," he said. "You don't want to pass up potential aid or scholarships by filing late, or not filing at all."

Financial aid experts will assist students and their parents, in several computer labs on campus. Volunteers will direct participants to a lab from the Kelley Student Center.

Vincent added that IU Kokomo gives priority for its scholarships to students who file their financial aid applications by March 1. Those who haven't filed their 2013 taxes may complete their application as an estimate, and then correct the form later, he added.

He said it is critical for students in the 21st Century Scholars program to meet the deadline. Changes in that program's administration means those who miss the deadline are no longer eligible for the program, for the rest of their college career.

Check in for College Goal Sunday begins at 2 p.m. in Alumni Hall, and volunteers will direct those attending to computers labs from there. Financial aid expects will walk through the form line-by-line and answer questions during the session. Students should attend with a parent or guardian, and bring their parents 2013 IRS 1040 tax returns, W-2 forms, and other 2013 income and benefits information. Students who worked in 2013 should bring their own income information. Those 24 and older may attend alone, and should bring their income information.

Students and parents may apply for a U.S. Department of Education Personal Identification Number (PIN) at before attending College Goal Sunday.

Additional FAFSA help sessions are planned from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, February 24; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 26; 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, February 27; 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, and Thursday, March 6; and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, March 10.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.