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KOKOMO, Ind. — Do you have a new computer? Need help learning to use technology required for one of your classes?

The IT Training CenterThe IT Training Center.

Help — and chocolate — is just a few steps away for Indiana University Kokomo students, faculty, and staff, in the UITS-Kokomo IT Training Center.

Gregory Ogle and Mike Lynch, certified Microsoft Office Specialists, are available to help in the newly expanded training center, located in the Library, Room KA 221. They used to share the space with the tech support center, which has moved to the first floor.

"This new training center allows us to expand our technology training services in a unique way," said Ogle, manager of IT training. "We provide one-on-one interactive, personalized sessions, in addition to directing students to online training or scheduled classes. Having a dedicated training center provides new and exciting opportunities to deliver tutoring and training to the campus community. We can do this with or without an appointment, and we'll give you chocolate when we're done."

The trainers traditionally hand out chocolate during their training sessions.

In addition to one-on-one assistance, the new flexible workspace allows them to train groups of as many as eight to 10 students together, which means those working on group projects can get their training all in one session.

Walk ins are always welcome, but Ogle recommend appointments for group training or for more detailed questions about using technology for research papers, posters, presentations, podcasts, and other uses.

He plans to offer group training sessions on topics such as using citation and bibliography tools, creating PowerPoint presentations, posters, and podcasts, as well as group laptop set ups.

Ogle added that he and Lynch offer support to faculty as well, including coming to classes at the request of the instructor, to teach students how to use a technology tool the instructor wants to incorporate into the class.

"We may not be well versed in statistics, but we know the technology tools that support learning statistics," he said. "Our mission is to remove technology roadblocks to enable student success."

For more information, or to make an appointment, contact the IT Training Center at 765-455-9589, by email at, on the Web at

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University Kokomo spring break begins on Sunday, March 16. Classes resume at 8 a.m. Monday, March 24.

Winter Storm Vulcan hits IU KokomoAll campus offices, including the Office of Admissions, will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily during spring break week.

The Library will be closed Sunday, March 16, Saturday, March 22, and Sunday, March 23. It will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. from March 17 to March 21. Online and electronic resources are available when the library is closed, at

The Cole Fitness Center will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 17, to Friday, March 21, and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 22.

The IU Kokomo bookstore will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 17 through March 19, and closed Thursday, March 20, and Friday, March 21.

The Cougar Country Café closes at 3 p.m. Friday, March 14, and will re-open at 8 a.m. Monday, March 24.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University Kokomo will be well represented at the IU Medical School this fall, filling nearly half the class in one program.

Clinical sciences studentsClinical sciences studentsThe clinical laboratory science program draws nearly 50 applications from all over the country each year, with room to admit 12. The fall 2014 incoming class will include five students from IU Kokomo.

Pre-clinical laboratory science students Martin Alvarado, Courtney Cochran, Kayla Lawhead, and Patrick Russell, all from Kokomo, and Kelaerin Bax, Peru, were chosen for the Bachelor of Science program at IUPUI, after completing the first three years of the program on the Kokomo campus.

Christian Chauret, dean of the School of Sciences, said the campus has had students admitted to this program before, "but to have five students in one year is a new level of success that is extraordinary."

Russell credited faculty for setting high standards and making sure they were prepared, and his classmates, for working hard to achieve their goals.

Three semesters ago, he realized while his own grades were good, they might not be good enough to gain admission to the program. He asked for help when he needed it, and buckled down to study, earning 4.0 grades two of those three semesters.

"I wanted to do everything I could to be sure I was in the top 12," he said. "These last three semesters have been pretty intense, but it has prepared me for next year, with eight hours of classes, five days a week. The clinical laboratory science professional year has been compared to the first year of medical school."

Students who earn a Bachelor of Science degree in clinical laboratory sciences can become certified lab scientists, and work in hospital and diagnostic laboratories, in areas including blood banking, chemistry, hematology, immunology, and microbiology. This appeals to Russell, who wants to work in the medical field, but not directly with patients.

"I prefer behind-the-scenes medicine," he said.

For Alvarado, the program is a chance to use his scientific skills to help people.

"You analyze, interpret data, use high tech equipment, and apply the theories you learned in biology and chemistry," Alvarado said.

He appreciates the help he received from instructors, especially Chauret, Sara Deyo, Kasem Kasem, and John-Carl Olsen.

"Whenever I had questions, they were always available," he added.

Kayla Lawhead began college planning to be a dental hygienist, but decided two semesters into the program it was not for her. As she researched other health related careers, she found the clinical laboratory science program.

"As I learned more about it, I realized it was what I wanted to do all along, and it was available to me right near my home in Kokomo," she said. "The classes are difficult, but that's right down my alley. It's what I'm interested in doing."

The pre-clinical laboratory sciences program is part of the Division of Allied Health Sciences. Chairperson John Hughey said the degree is considered a "3+1+", meaning students take rigorous academic courses in science-oriented classes including biology, chemistry, immunology, and genetics, for three years. Then they apply for a fourth year in professional and clinical experience classes.

"The number of our students accepted into the professional portion of the program speaks volumes for the efforts of the students," said Hughey. "The faculty in Allied Health Science and the School of Sciences does a fantastic job of preparing students for careers. However, it is the students who ultimately demonstrate these efforts through achievements like this."

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — As a young man newly arrived in the United States, Erv Boschmann never could have imagined he would rise through the academic ranks at Indiana University, retire 40 years later, and share his good fortune with a $50,000 donation for scholarships.

Erv BoschmannErv BoschmannWhen he was 20 years old, his father bought him a one-way ticket to the United States, where he planned to study chemistry. He arrived in Kansas in 1959, with $50 in his pocket, speaking German and Spanish — no English.

Boschmann succeeded in the academic world, earning a doctorate in chemistry, and then embarked on a long and distinguished career at Indiana University. He began as a professor of chemistry at Indiana University — Purdue University Indianapolis in 1968, and retired March 1 as interim dean of the IU Kokomo School of Business.

Through those years, he and his wife, Priscilla, made a habit of giving, including numerous gifts to IU. Their most recent donation of $50,000 funds the David and Anna Global Scholarship. They previously established the Seltzer Student Scholarship for International Study at IU Kokomo, in addition to creating a scholarship for chemistry students at IUPUI and a faculty summer fellowship at IU East.

"To see what we can do is really amazing," Boschmann said. "This is a country of opportunity, for anyone who wants to work. I knew education was the road to success. I had no other options in mind."

Interim Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke stated. "Erv has been generous not only with money, but with his time, enhancing the success of faculty, staff, and students. We are grateful for his leadership at IU Kokomo, and for

establishing the overseas study scholarships. Many students will benefit from his gift, for many years into the future."

The Selzer Scholarships helps students participate in the short-term overseas opportunities available. The David and Anna Scholarship funds longer-term overseas opportunities.

IU President Michael A. McRobbie pledged to match the interest from that gift, to provide $5,000 per year in scholarships.

Leading the 2013 Innovation Symposium trip to England and Scotland inspired Boschmann, 75, to establish the scholarship, with the goal of helping students who want additional travel and study opportunities.

"Several students told me it was a life changing experience," he said. "I want to make sure that experience is available to them, by making funding available. I want them to go for a semester, at a school accredited by IU, and then come back to share their experiences with others. I believe students who have gone overseas on one of our shorter trips will want to do more."

Justin Clark, a senior, was one of the first recipients of the Seltzer Scholarship, which allowed him to participate in the Innovation Symposium in 2012.

"The scholarship was a game changer for me," he said. "I would never have been able to pay for this on my own. I was already working five days a week. Innovation Symposium changed my life. I appreciate Erv and Priscilla's kindness in establishing this scholarship."

IU honored Erv and Priscilla Boschmann's generosity, with induction into its most prestigious donor recognition society, the President's Circle, in October 2013. It recognizes those whose lifetime giving has reached $100,000.

The plaque with their name on it in the Indiana Memorial Union is likely the only place you will find their names in connection with their gifts, as they do not name any of the gifts after themselves. The two overseas study scholarships at IU Kokomo are named after their parents.

Before coming to IU Kokomo, Boschmann was a professor of chemistry, then associate dean of facilities at IUPUI. In 1998, he was named IU associate vice president for distributed education. He also served as provost at IU East.

The last five years of his career were at IU Kokomo, first as interim dean of the former School of Arts and Sciences, and then as interim dean of the School of Business.

Boschmann is most proud of leading the effort to split arts and sciences into two separate schools, the School of Sciences and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and of facilitating the organization of psychology into its own department. In the School of Business, he takes pride in increased enrollment in both the undergraduate and Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program.

"I never act like I'm an interim," he said. "I act like I'm the full dean, and move forward."

Boschmann's leadership in dividing arts and sciences into the School of Sciences and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences will impact students for decades to come, said Kathy Parkison, interim vice chancellor for academic affairs. His international experiences were key to helping globalize the campus.

"He's encouraged our students to broaden their horizons, and to understand the global interconnections of work," she said. "He's an excellent teacher, and a nationally recognized scholar. We have been very fortunate to have him here. I think Erv is the nicest gentleman I know."

Christian Chauret, dean of the School of Sciences, said Boschmann's greatest contribution was his willingness to be a mentor for faculty, deans, and staff.

"Erv likes to see people grow," he said. "He likes to invest in people, and has a strong belief in academic excellence."

Boschmann looks forward to woodworking, reading, and traveling in retirement. He also wants to learn to dance, take piano lessons, and improve his Spanish language skills. He and Priscilla plan a trip to Jamaica soon, "because we're tired of being cold."

Later in the year, he plans to travel with his brothers to Russia and Ukraine, where his parents' families lived before the Russian Revolution, when they fled to Paraguay. He also will attend a family reunion in Argentina.

"I feel like my body is telling me it's time to quit, but on the other hand, I'm healthy," he said. "I want to keep giving back."

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.