Indiana University Kokomo

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Not all of life's lessons are learned in a classroom.

Physical Plant staff member, Dave Hawkins.Physical Plant staff member, Dave Hawkins.

At Indiana University Kokomo, David Hawkins teaches perseverance, work ethic, community service, and determination to overcome obstacles by example, as he goes about his work as coordinator of special projects for physical plant.

For many years, he was the singing voice of IU Kokomo, performing at Commencement and other campus events. But in 2010, he lost his singing voice during cancer treatment, and did not know if it would return, even after he was cancer free.

"I couldn't sing through my radiation, and then after treatment, I didn't have my singing voice, which worried me," he said. "It took a while, but it finally came back, just a little lower than it used to be. It was definitely something I was glad to get back. Singing is my comfort zone. I could never imagine my life without it."

Hawkins continued to work during treatment for Hodgkin's lymphoma, demonstrating courage and perseverance to those around him. He was grateful for understanding supervisors and colleagues, who let him rest when he needed to, and supported him through treatment. He plans to give back by starting an IU Kokomo Relay for Life team for the 2014 event.

"Sometimes things are hard, and you don't like what's ahead of you, but you do what you have to do, and do it the best you can," he said. "With the student workers, I try to teach them to take responsibility for their jobs, do them to the best of their ability, and take initiative to solve problems."

Jacob Faust, a student employee who graduated in May, appreciates the opportunity to have worked with Hawkins.

"Dave may not be a professor who taught me important concepts in accounting, but he showed me a work ethic I plan to take with me to future jobs," he said.

John Sarber, director of physical facilities, said Hawkins is a hard worker with a long history on campus.

"Dave is very conscientious about his work," he said. "He communicates with the departments he is working with well, and helps find solutions to any issues and problems. He knows and remembers so much about the campus, the people, and its history. He has also been a great inspiration to our student workers and athletes."

Hawkins began his career at IU Kokomo in August 1989, when the Kelley Student Center was built.

"If you like a job, you end up sticking with it," he said. "This has been a good fit for me and for my skills. My supervisors know they can depend on me, and they trust me to do my job right. I appreciate that trust."

He continues to improve his vocal abilities by singing at church and training with the Kokomo Men of Note barbershop harmony organization. One of his favorite activities is performing singing Valentines each year with his quartet.

"When you get to share that with someone, it's almost like you got the gift too," he said. "It's rewarding to do that kind of singing and touch people in that way."

Family also keeps him busy, with four children at home. He coaches softball, provides care for his mother, and volunteers to help others in his community with home repairs.

"I enjoy home maintenance and fixing things, and I'm glad to give a hand to someone else," he said. "It's one way I can return the gifts God gave me."

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Not every college class lets you get your hands dirty – literally.

Geology fieldworkStudents participating in geology fieldwork.

Indiana University Kokomo students are playing urban geologists, digging soil sample pits, testing water quality, and participating in ecosystem restoration. They're also learning how people have impacted the environment, and what they can do to help.

Ashley Douglass, Kokomo, admits she was hesitant to take a class with required fieldwork. As it turns out, she likes it.

"I'm not an outdoors person, so it kind of freaks me out to play in the soil," she said. "I have been surprised by how much I enjoy this class, and how much I've learned. I didn't realized how much of an impact people have had on the world, and on our environment."

She also appreciates this class is part of IU Kokomo's new Maymester program, allowing her to earn the last three credits she needed to earn her sociology degree in only four weeks.

Leda Casey, lecturer in geology, said it is the same kind of work she did as a geologist for the Indiana Department of Enviromental Managment.

"They are seeing a real-world application for what they are learning," she said. "I think the students like getting out of the classroom and getting their hands dirty. Kokomo has a perfect environment to study urbanization and geology."

The class studied local geology and the value of green space in an urban environment by visiting Foster Park. By the end of the class, each student will participate in an individual project at a local ecosystem restoration site. They will also complete a mock groundwater contamination investigation and assess the quality of one of the campus streams.

On this particular day, the 10 students are studying the soil in the southeastern part of the campus, between the creek and the parking garage.

Casey instructs each group of five as they dig pits, one in the tall grass a few feet from the creek, the other about 130 feet further west, to examine the differences between the two areas.

"As urban geologists, we're looking for good places to see the variation in soil types," Casey said. "We have lots of great places for fieldwork on our campus."

Each group marks off a two-foot square in their zone with stakes, before using shovels to cut around the square, going deep enough to remove whole sections of sod with the root base intact. This allows them to put it back in place when they are done, as good stewards of the environment. Then, they shovel out a pit deep enough to see layering in the soil.

Near the creek, Kyle Galloway, Kokomo, says the fieldwork is his favorite part of the class.

"I like to learn hands on, rather than sitting in a classroom," he said. "I've been interested in learning about the effects of run off on the floodplains near streams."

Kelly McKinney, Kokomo, said he could apply what he is learning to his current job working on a farm, and can teach it when he is a high school science teacher. It also helps him with his gardening.

"This class fills a natural interest of mine," he said. "This is all stuff I put into practice in everyday life."

He appreciates the Maymester program, which made it possible for him to earn three credits in only four weeks.

"It's nice to get it done, and then have the rest of the summer for farming," he said.

Once they've finished digging, the students lean into the pit, examining the exposed dirt to complete a soil profile, examine layers, and mark any organisms they find. The group near the creek finds river deposits in their soil.

The second group dug their pit closer to the parking garage, and had a tough time shoveling through a layer of gravel and clay tile. Casey said that layer was likely fill material placed there when the parking garage was built. They dig down about 90 centimeters to find clean soil to examine.

"It's amazing how much you can learn about our campus' natural history, all from a pile of dirt," Casey said.

IU Kokomo's new Maymester program offers students a chance to earn three credits in a short time period, in an immersive class. A few other offerings include a summer blockbuster class, in which students study cinematography and editing through viewing and discussing current movies; an art class that will culminate in building a class sculpture, and a creative performance class that includes creating and producing a play. Maymester continues through Thursday, June 6.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Dr. Victor Bogle changed the lives of thousands of Indiana residents.

Bogle Bench CeremonyFern Bogle, Heather Bogle, and April Bogle dedicated a tribute bench to Dr. Victor M. Bogle.This week, Bogle's family, friends, and colleagues gathered at Indiana University Kokomo to remember the campus's first chancellor, dedicating a granite tribute bench in his honor.

Daughter April Bogle sees his legacy as the regional campus he built, and his gifts of kindness, wisdom and inspiration.

"He created IU Kokomo with his heart and soul, and because he did so, thousands of people in north central Indiana have been able to expand their minds, aspire to be and do more, and to make a better life for themselves, their families, and their communities," she said.

Interim Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke said Bogle is her example of servant leadership, as she follows in his footsteps. He was chancellor from 1959 to 1979, and retired from the faculty in 1992.

"There was nothing here, and he built this campus, and made it what it is today," she said.

Bogle's leadership guided the campus from an IU Extension Center into a degree-granting institution, bringing greater educational opportunity to north central Indiana.

He oversaw construction of the campus in 1965, and added beauty to it, commissioning Bob Hamilton to create "The Phoenix" sculpture that still sits in front of the Main Building. He led its first Commencement ceremonies in 1970, helping bestow its first four-year degrees.

Bogle was a champion of educational innovation, implementing Project Outreach to provide classes in Logansport, Tipton, Peru, and other communities. He and his wife established the Chancellor and Mrs. Victor Bogle Scholarship for students studying history or political science.

Victor M. BogleDr. Victor M. BogleIn 2000, Bogle received Indiana's highest service citation, the Sagamore of the Wabash, from Gov. Frank O'Bannon.

His friends remembered him not only for his outstanding achievements, but because he was a scholar-teacher, kind, compassionate, modest, and inquisitive.

Sciame-Giesecke shared her own personal memories of Bogle, from her days as a young assistant professor. During the 1977-1978 blizzard, she was snowed in for a week in her one-bedroom apartment.

"Every day I received a phone call from Chancellor Bogle, asking if I was OK, and if I had enough food," she said. "It meant a lot to me that he cared."

April Bogle said when her father passed away on October 16, 2011, he left no instructions for how he wanted to be memorialized.

"We had to make some decisions without him, and one was to find a respectful way to memorialize him and to honor the contributions he made to this university, this community, this life on earth," she said.

She and her mother, Fern Bogle, and sister, Heather Bogle, chose the bench, placed outside the Main Building.

"Victor Bogle's name won't be found in any cemetery or mausoleum, but it will be right here, where it should be, at IU Kokomo. We're pretty sure he's happy about that," she said.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — The best artwork created by Kokomo area high school seniors will be featured in the Indiana University Kokomo Art Gallery.

The 18th annual High School Art Show opens with a reception and awards ceremony from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, in the Art Gallery, in Upper Alumni Hall. Awards will be presented at 5 p.m.

Susan Skoczen, gallery director, said student artists from north central Indiana are invited to submit their work for display during the show. It includes artwork from seniors at Taylor, Peru, Kokomo, and Tri-Central high schools.

"This show gives area high schools the opportunity to come together and showcase their students' work," Skoczen said, "It's more of a public venue for the work to be seen by many, not just other students at their own schools. It is also a chance for the student artists to see what their peers are creating at other schools."

The show continues through June 15. The Art Gallery is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. It is closed Sunday, Monday, and Friday. Free parking is available on campus.

For more information, call 765-455-9523, e-mail, or go to

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.