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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.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Erv and Priscilla Boschmann lead by example, modeling the spirit of giving they encourage others to follow.

iuf_Boschmann2013_001IU President Michael McRobbie (left), and IU Foundation President Dan Smith (right), present Erv and Priscilla Boschmann (center) with the Presidents Circle Award.

Their generosity to Indiana University was recently recognized with induction into its most prestigious donor recognition society, the Presidents Circle, which honors those whose lifetime giving has reached $100,000.

IU President Michael A. McRobbie and IU Foundation President Dan Smith presided over the ceremony, honoring 183 individuals.

Erv Boschmann, who is interim dean of the IU Kokomo School of Business, said he and his wife both grew up with parents who were role models for giving. Now, they try to share that lesson with those who receive the scholarships they've established.

"When talking with the recipients, it gives us a wonderful feeling that the future is in good hands, and we can continue to believe in the future of the world," he said. "Not only are they open to the idea of they themselves also giving, but we find many already do that in some form or another. We ask them to consider becoming givers themselves, whether it is in the form of volunteering or donating items, but we encourage them to eventually consider giving money, even in small amounts."

At IU Kokomo, the Boschmanns established the Selzer Student Scholarship for International Study, for students who want to study overseas. They named the scholarship for Priscilla Boschmann's parents, in keeping with their wish that their own names not be on any of their scholarships.

Interim Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke called Boschmann "a true servant leader" for his generosity.

"He has dedicated his career to enhancing the success of faculty, staff, and students," she said. "We are so grateful to Erv and Priscilla for establishing the Selzer Student Scholarship for International Travel. In the years to come, many students will benefit from this life changing experience, because of their generosity."

They also established a scholarship for chemistry students at Indiana University — Purdue University Indianapolis, and created a faculty summer fellowship at IU East.

Erv Boschmann has had a distinguished career with IU since joining the faculty at IUPUI in 1968. He was a professor of chemistry, then associate dean of facilities. In 1998, he was named IU associate vice president for distributed education. He has also served as provost at IU East.

As Presidents Circle members, the Boschmanns received a personalized medallion cast with a portion of the original carillon bells that once rang in the IU Bloomington Student Building. Their names were also added to the honor wall in the Indiana Memorial Union.

Established in 1992, the Presidents Circle is named for Indiana University presidents, from first president Andrew Wylie to current president Michael A. McRobbie.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. – Cougar fans displayed a sea of pink during the third annual "Block Out Breast Cancer" volleyball game to raise awareness of the second leading cause of cancer death in women.

Women's Volleyball Block Out Breast Cancer match vs IU NorthwestWomen's Volleyball Block Out Breast Cancer match vs IU Northwest

Members of the Medical Imaging Club, Ribbon Warriors, and the Student Athletic Wellness Board (S.A.W.B.) partnered to bring education and awareness about breast cancer by handing out t-shirts and gift bags with educational pamphlets about early detection. More than 200 people attended the game.

"It is important to spread awareness to college students, because they are also at risk," said Jaina Hattabaugh, a member of Ribbon Warriors.

Heidi Sebastian, faculty advisor for the Medical Imaging Club, said everyone knows someone who has been affected by breast cancer.

"Anything that brings people together in an excited environment, while donning pink, helps people feel the passion that we have for the breast cancer cause," Sebastian said.

Involving students is important, which is why Kory George, student director of S.A.W.B., helped organize the event during Breast Cancer Awareness month.

"Wellness is not just about eating right and working out, but being strong for yourself and others. By having a 'pink out' game we can show our support for those fighting and survivors," said George.

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

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

 

STRAIGHT SET WIN FOR NETTERS OVER HAWKS

IU Kokomo sweeps regular season series with IU Northwest

KOKOMO, Ind.On a cold, drizzly late October evening, the IU Kokomo women's volleyball team not only had to battle the weather, but an even colder Indiana University Northwest squad that entered with an 11 match losing streak. Sometimes, those are the hardest to win. But after a sluggish start, the Cougars showed why they are a ranked in several national categories, downing the RedHawks in straight sets – 25-12, 25-12, 25-16.

"I think it is difficult to play to your level the whole time. It is hard to stay focused, so I was not unhappy," said Cougars coach Heather Hayes. "After we beat them the first time (25-9, 25-21, 25-16 on Oct. 1 in Gary, Ind.), I was worried about our focus level. I think we played as well as we could under the conditions."

IU Kokomo jumped on the scoreboard with the first point off an IU Northwest error, but the Cougars returned the favor and gave the RedHawks (2-31) a 2-1 lead on two errors of their own. After a pair of ties and a lead change, the Cougars regained the lead 5-4 on service ace from Kaleigh Ensley (Fort Wayne, Ind./Snider) and increased its lead to 9-5 on a kill from Shelby Spall (Kokomo, Ind./Western). The RedHawks closed to within three at 10-7, only to see Micayla Speidel (Columbus, Ind./East) and Cortney Hanson (Logansport, Ind./Pioneer) each score on two blocks and two kills, increasing the lead to 15-7 and the easy win.

The second set was much like the first, with the two IU programs battling to a 9-9 draw. An ace from Hanson followed by two consecutive blocks and a kill from Keeana Walton (Peru, Ind./Maconaquah) gave the Cougars a 14-9 lead. The Hawks cut the lead to 14-10, but Ensley served up six straight service points, including a pair of aces, to put the set out of hand. The Cougars closed the match with a kill from Walton, two from Kaley Harness (LaFontaine, Ind./Southwood) and a set-winner from Spall.

The Cougars jumped to a quick 10-4 and 11-5 lead in the third set, but according to Hayes, they lost focus on the task at hand. IUNW scored five straight points – all on Kokomo miscues – to cut the lead to 11-10. Clutching to a 13-11 lead, Hayes called a timeout after another Kokomo error. But whatever she said in the huddle refocused the Cougars. Megan Riley (New Palestine, Ind./New Palestine) started a rally with a pair of kills, and when the third set dust settled, IUK scored 12 of the next 16 points to close the match in straight sets.

"That was absolutely a lack of focus," said Hayes. "We just weren't there. We had a lot of unforced errors; all on us. So we called a timeout and refocused them and we came back out to play."

Speidel led the Cougars attack with eight kills and three blocks. Walton and Harness added six kills each and Spall had seven kills and three blocks. Hanson had 22 assists and 10 digs while Lael Burrus (Denver, Ind./North Miami) led IUK with 11 digs.

Entering the match, Speidel was second in the NAIA with 463 kills and the Cougars were third with 245 service aces. Hanson had 972 assists and Burrus had 491 digs – both players were ranked 20th in the nation.

The Cougars (27-8, 8-2 in the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) return to action on Halloween night with a 6 p.m. match against KIAC foe Asbury College (27-7, 7-1) at Cougar Gym. Asbury is currently second in the KIAC and the Cougars are third. IU East (23-10) leads the conference with a record of 9-1. The final home match of the season is Nov. 1 against Marian College at 7 p.m.

Story written by Dean Hockney. 

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana