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KOKOMO, Ind. — Artists explore the complicated relationship between the United States and Mexico, especially along the border between the two countries, with LaFrontera, a contemporary jewelry show opening Wednesday, January 22, in the Indiana University Kokomo Art Gallery.

02_Moyer_NancyA necklace by Nancy Moyer

More than 100 pieces, made of both traditional materials and found objects, are included in the show, curated by San Francisco art gallery Velvet Da Vinci.

The show, which is part of a national tour, opens with a reception from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday in the Art Gallery, in Upper Alumni Hall. It is free and open to the public.

Cat Bolinger, interim gallery director, said it is interesting to see the perspectives of artists from around the world on the issues surrounding the border.

"It's not just our issue, between the U.S. and Mexico, but something the whole world is thinking about," she said. "It's interesting to see how jewelry can express those thoughts."

As a student in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program, she was amazed by the types of materials the artists used, including bottle caps, sticks, and pieces of wood.

"It shows you can take any material and make it into something beautiful," Bolinger said. "It reminds me that to be an artist, you don't have to buy expensive materials, you can use things that you find, and recycle them into something special."

The show continues through Saturday, March 1. Admission and parking are free. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, and noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays.

For more information, call the IU Kokomo Art Gallery at 765-455-9523.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Area astronomy aficionados view the stars and planets in an upgraded environment, as Indiana University Kokomo completes renovations to its Observatory.

The Observatory gets a new domeThe Observatory gets a new dome. Workers removed the dome on the nearly 30-year-old observatory in late December, and replaced it with a new one. It now turns more quietly and smoothly as it provides a window for the telescopes to point into the skies.

"The Observatory is truly a gem on our campus, and with these upgrades, it will continue to serve the community for a long time," said John Sarber, director of physical facilities. "We are one of the few IU regional campuses to have an Observatory, and we are proud of it."

The Observatory building, 105 E. Rebecca Lane, also includes a 60-seat classroom. It hosts free monthly open houses, available to the public, as well as special events.

In addition to the new dome, renovations included installation of a new ecofriendly roof, which is reflective to reduce energy costs. Addition of new downspouts and gutters will control water flow. These measures make the building watertight and more energy efficient.

Sarber said the upgrades also protect the Observatory's telescopes, installed about five years ago. The telescopes include a six-inch Takahashi refracting telescope and a 16-inch Meade reflecting telescope mounted together. The Takahashi provides exceptionally sharp images of planets, while the Meade allows viewers to see fainter objects in the sky, due to its larger light collecting area.

Work is underway to fit a new glass plate in the shutter, to keep heat in when it is open for viewing, rather than just opening the shutter to the outside and letting in cold air during winter.

The next open house is at 7 p.m. Sunday, February 9. Future open houses for the spring semester are at 8 p.m. March 9, April 13, and May 11.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. —Behind the scenes for the IU Kokomo commercialStudents on campus.  Five hundred thirty-eight full-time Indiana University Kokomo students earned dean's list honors for the fall 2013 semester. Dean's list students earned a minimum 3.5 grade point average (GPA) on a scale of 4.0, while carrying at least 12 credit hours throughout the grading period. Students are listed by hometown.


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KOKOMO, Ind. — Angelina Gurney and Josh Williams signed up for physics; instead, they found chemistry.

Angelina Gurney and Josh WilliamsAngelina Gurney and Josh WilliamsThe two Indiana University Kokomo students met two years ago, on the first day of class in the Hunt Hall physics lab. During finals week, Williams proposed forming a bond — getting married — in the lab where it all began.

She said yes, and they plan a May 10, 2014 wedding — just three days after she graduates with a degree in psychology.

"It's probably the most special place he could have proposed," Gurney said. "We spent a lot of time there after classes, and standing outside in the cold, almost freezing our feet off."

When they went to the lab, Gurney thought Williams was just going to look over his physics final. They wandered through the lab, checking out the perpetual motion devices and other items, until they came to a Lord of the Rings mirage box. It uses two curved mirrors to make an image of an object in a mirror at the bottom of the box. Usually, there is a Lord of the Rings ring in it.

This time, Gurney found a diamond ring instead.

Williams, Galveston, remembered looking at the mirage the first time they talked to each other, which is why he put the ring there.

The proposal is the first in Hunt Hall, as far as anyone knows.

They are truly a case of opposites attracting, according to Gurney.

"He's emotionally calm, which I am not, so that's a good thing," she said, adding with a smile, "He's very handsome, too."

Williams is equally smitten, calling his fiancée both "beautiful," and "the nicest person I've ever met.

"I feel comfortable being myself around her."

They've kept many mementos of their IU Kokomo romance, including an origami box she made in a speech class, and then gave to him, and the origami box he gave her in return, filled with poetry.

Both look forward to their lives together. Williams, 24, has another year left to finish his math degree, and then would like to earn a Ph.D., to teach at the college level. Gurney, 20, from Kokomo, plans to enroll in an online Christian college, to become a counselor.

Both agree IU Kokomo has played an important part in their relationship.

"We spent more time here together than anywhere else," Williams said. "It gives us a common denominator as we start our lives together."

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.