Indiana University Kokomo

AddThis Social Bookmark Button
KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University Kokomo will celebrate two historic events for its athletic programs Wednesday (August 21), opening its new gymnasium, and hosting the first competition as a member of the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (KIAC).

Indiana University Kokomo GymnasiumIndiana University Kokomo Gymnasium

Festivities begin with a tailgate at 5:30 p.m. at the gym, at the corner of Apperson Way and Superior Street in downtown Kokomo. The Cougar women's volleyball team takes on Rochester College at 7 p.m., in the first of two games.

"We are proud to invite our friends, supporters, and the community to come see our beautiful new gym," said Interim Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke. "This is a way to showcase our new athletic facilities, and show that IU Kokomo is growing and moving into the future. We appreciate the community support and partnerships that have made this facility a reality."

The tailgate and games are free and open to the public.

Brandon Podgorski, athletic director, said the athletes are happy to have their own gym, and excited to compete in their conference in their second year in the NAIA.

"It's great to have a home of our own," he said. "It's going to help us in recruiting and branding IU Kokomo. We're as much a part of IU as any other campus, and I hope we can use athletics to show this is a great place to earn a degree," Podgorski said. "I'm eager to get our athletes into this gym and to start playing."

The gym is part of Kokomo's historic Memorial Gym, a legend among Indiana athletic facilities. Sciame-Giesecke partnered with Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight and the city council members and Kokomo Schools Superintendent Jeff Hauswald and his school board members to convert the former swimming pool into a college regulation basketball court.

It will be home to the women's volleyball team and men's basketball team, and in the future will host a women's basketball team. The campus also has men's and women's cross country teams.

IU Kokomo began team sports three years ago, and joined the NAIA in 2012. It was admitted to the KIAC in May 2013.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

KOKOMO, Ind. — An Indiana University Kokomo graduate exemplifies what an excellent social studies teacher does, not only for her sixth-graders, but also for the next generation of teachers.

Mary PageMary PageThe Association of Teacher Educators-Indiana Unit chose Mary Page for its annual Outstanding Cooperating Teacher Award, a statewide honor recognizing her commitment to teacher education. She has hosted IU Kokomo education students in her classroom every semester for the last 10 years.

"I had great professors at IU Kokomo, who really cared about their students," Page said. "They provided opportunities for me to see what kind of teacher I wanted to be in my own classroom. Dr. Margo Sorgman was hard, but she showed me how to make students enjoy social studies, and see it as more than just history, that it's always part of their lives. Dr. Kathy Parkison helped me enjoy economics and teaching it to my students. I'm happy I've kept my relationships with IU Kokomo all these years. They've been invaluable to me and to my students, and that's priceless."

Page, a Peru native, earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education in 1991, and a master's in education in 2000. She teaches sixth grade social studies at the International School at Central Middle School, in Kokomo. She began teaching in Kokomo shortly after earning her degree, and has maintained a long relationship with the campus.

Page worked with the School of Education to have an International Day festival on campus. Her students create educational displays about countries, which are judged by faculty and education students. The campus provides cultural activities, such as piñata making and dance, during the day. She also brings students for college visitation opportunities.

She's considered a leader in economic education, winning the Teacher of the Year award from the Indiana Council for Economic Education in 2011.

IU Kokomo nominated her for her most recent award, for her dedication to working with its students.

Dean Paul Paese called Page "an integral part of the teacher education program" at IU Kokomo.

"Mary provides an excellent example of what teachers should do," he said. "She always gives our students productive comments regarding teaching and assessing students, and shows best practices in teaching social studies, geography, and economics."

Recent IU Kokomo graduate Kristopher Dill completed his student teaching in Page's classroom during the spring 2013 semester, and said she was invaluable to his success. He just started his first job, teaching social studies at Kokomo's Bon Air Middle School.

"Mary Page loves children and teaching more than anyone else I know," he said. "She promotes colleagues and students to be the best they can be. She made my student teaching a great learning experience."

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

KOKOMO, Ind. — When Joseph Logan applies to graduate programs, not only will he know what a high resolution melt analysis is, he will be among the few who have actually performed one.

Sciences students contribute to NSF grant researchJoseph Logan holds a tray of grasses.Logan, a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (M.A.L.S.) student at Indiana University Kokomo, gained the experience as a research assistant to T.J. Sullivan, assistant professor of molecular ecology. Sullivan is studying certain grasses and the fungi that grow in them, potentially impacting cattle production, with a four-year National Science Foundation grant.

Hands-on research is a key element of earning a degree from the School of Sciences, both for graduate and undergraduate students. Those in the Bachelor of Science programs in biology, chemistry, and biochemistry, must earn at least three credits in research.

Dean Christian Chauret said both students and faculty benefit from working together.

"This kind of out-of-classroom learning looks good on a resumé for future jobs, graduate work, and professional schools," he said, "Students gain tremendous experience through this one-on-one collaboration with a faculty member. If the data is solid, the student can present at a conference, and many of them have also published in research journals with their faculty mentors."

Chauret added that students who participate in research are better prepared and are highly likely to graduate. Faculty can expand their research potential and scope by working with students.

Logan, who earned his bachelor's degree in biology from IU Kokomo in 2012, has worked with Sullivan for more than a year. His role is genotyping the variations of fungus living in the grasses, using the high resolution melt analysis, a relatively new technology. Sullivan said it is quicker and more cost-effective than previous technology, allowing him to study more samples.

"This puts us ahead of the curve in research," he said. "As Joe continues his education, his use of a newer technology will make him stand out. This is something a lot of people don't know about yet. Not only does he know what this technology is, he has experience using it."

Logan, from Logansport, appreciates the chance to gain this experience.

"I enjoy knowing I've contributed to something," he said. "It has helped me develop my ability to analyze what is happening, and to figure out a solution."

Three undergraduate students have joined Sullivan's research team, and he anticipates more interest as students work to meet their research requirements.

"You have a better chance of having these opportunities at a smaller school like IU Kokomo, where you aren't competing with as many students for research assistantships," he said.

Sullivan is studying the relationship between particular toxic and non-toxic grasses, trying to determine why fungus that lives in some grasses can be toxic to livestock, but not in others. This is an issue that impacts cattle in the United States, and sheep in New Zealand.

"There is a lot of interest in this," Logan said. "If we can come up with a solution for this problem, people can save hundreds of millions of dollars."

The losses are incurred in treating sick animals, or when livestock eats just enough to survive, and don't gain weight as they should. They sometimes must bring in other feed to replace the grass, which also results in lost revenue.

Logan plans to either attend dental school or begin a Ph.D. program in genetics after completing his master's degree.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

KOKOMO, Ind. — Excellence in soccer is an Indiana University tradition.

Kyle GallowayKyle GallowayIU Kokomo student Kyle Galloway is adding to that winning tradition, as part of a national championship power soccer team.

"We made it our goal to win the Champions Cup at the beginning of the season," Galloway, 25, said. "I am so happy we reached our goal. We worked hard all season, and our work paid off."

His team, RHI Sudden Impact, defeated DASA Dynamites, from Missouri, 1-0 to win the National Power Soccer Association championship in July.

Power soccer is an international team competitive sport for power wheelchair users. Any person who has a physical disability that requires them to use a power wheelchair may play. There are more than 60 teams in the United States.

Galloway, a general studies major from Kokomo, started playing a year ago, after his brother heard there was an open place on a team. He had played soccer and baseball growing up, before he suffered a spinal cord injury in a four-wheeler accident shortly after graduating from high school in 2006.

"This is something I can do independently, on my own," he said "I don't have many opportunities to do that. I was excited to get to play a sport again. It's been a while since I'd been able to play. Most wheelchair sports are played in a manual wheelchair, and I can't manipulate one."

Power soccer is played on a basketball court, with three offensive players and a goalie for each team. During the two 20-minute halves, players maneuver the 13-inch diameter soccer ball with a guard on the front of the wheelchair, attacking, defending, and spin kicking the ball in an attempt to score goals.

"The only motion skills are what you can do with the joystick on your wheelchair," Galloway said, adding that he purchased a special wheelchair built specifically for the sport.

"You can spin it really fast to kick the ball," he said. "It really makes the game move more quickly, and it's more exciting for the players and fans. It's revolutionized the game."

RHI Sudden Impact is based in central Indiana, with men and women from Carmel, Fishers, Indianapolis, Pendleton, and Kokomo on the team. Practices begin in October, and culminate in the national championships during the summer.

Teams must play at least 12 games during the year, with two in their conference, to qualify for the nationals. Galloway's team played a record-breaking 47 games during the season, to qualify for the Champions Cup, played at Indiana University—Purdue University Fort Wayne.

Teams play in conferences based on ability. At the end of each season, the top two teams in each conference move up, while the bottom two move down. Galloway's team will move into the top-level Premier Conference for the 2013-2014 season, after winning their championship.

He looks forward to the new challenge, and plans to play for several more years. There is no age limit in power soccer.

"This is a lifetime thing for me," he said. "I've fallen in love with this game, and I don't want to stop."

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.