Indiana University Kokomo

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Don Price uses the skills developed as an informatics student at Indiana University Kokomo to help local economic development efforts.

GKEDA InternsDon Price and Shanea HeadrickPrice, 31, is one of two interns at the Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance, an opportunity gained through the campus' Career and Accessibility Center. He adds local commercial properties for sale to a state database, which is available to business owners looking for new locations.

"This has been a great opportunity to apply what I'm learning in class to a real product, that will be used by real people," he said. "I'm so happy to have this opportunity.

For English major Shanea Headrick, the internship is a chance to write for an audience other than her professors. She produces a newsletter for the alliance, and writes content for its website.

"I've learned to evaluate my writing, to be sure it is appropriate for the audience we want to reach," she said. "I would enjoy doing this as a full time job. It allows me to be creative and professional at the same time."

Internships are a crucial part of the college experience, according to Tracy Springer, manager of career and accessibility services.

"Students who complete internships have a competitive edge in the job market," she said. "Experiential learning is the best way to gain the experience employers are looking for when hiring. Internships also allow students to build relationships with people who can be professional references for them as they seek jobs after graduation, and sometimes lead to jobs within the companies where they were interns."

While the students gain work experience, the economic development alliance also benefits from having them, said Chris Hamm, president and CEO.

"We enjoy hosting the talented students from IU Kokomo as interns, to accomplish many creative economic and community development projects with our multi-dimensional organization," he said. "Their fresh approach, positive attitudes, and critical thinking skills add up to successful projects for their resumés, our organization, and the community."

Headrick, 26, from Peru, appreciates the work experience and contacts she's made as an intern.

"That's key for me, because I'm preparing to graduate and look for a job," she said, adding that for some students, an internship would be a way to see if they like the career they are considering.

"You can learn early if you don't like it, so you can make other plans if necessary," she said.

For Price, the internship confirmed he's chosen the right career path. He wants to work in web design, computer programming, and with databases after earning his degree. His ultimate goal is to start a company that develops applications and websites.

"I have really enjoyed this opportunity to try out my future career," he said. "I was intimidated to work on a government database at first, but it hasn't been a big deal. This internship will enhance my resumé when I'm ready to look for a job, too."

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University Kokomo students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members potentially saved more than 200 lives this week, rolling up their sleeves to donate 73 units of blood.

Blood DriveMatthew Roller donates blood.As a health sciences student, sophomore Ashley Miller knows the critical need for those donations, which is why she volunteered to plan and work at the annual IU Kokomo Alumni Association blood drive this week.

"I learned from the Red Cross that every unit donated can save three lives," she said. "Every one of our donors made a difference today, and we are thankful for them."

Ryan Bowman, director of alumni relations, was pleased the drive surpassed his goal of 66 units.

"We appreciate all of our donors, and their willingness to help the Red Cross," Bowman said. "I am also proud of our Student Alumni Association members, who planned and directed today's successful blood drive."

The thought of saving someone else's life is what made freshman Michalea Angle decide to donate for the first time. She admitted to being a little afraid at first, but "it wasn't as scary as I thought it would be."

Angle, from Logansport, plans to give blood again in the future.

Sophomore Lauren Kayser makes a habit of donating.

"It makes me proud when I get the little pin that says, 'I gave blood,'" she said. "It reminds me why I want to be a nurse, because giving blood saves lives."

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University Kokomo installed a colony of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity, in a ceremony last month.

Fraternity Colonization of Phi Kappa TauFraternity Colonization of Phi Kappa Tau

Seventeen young men joined the colony, which will now go through approximately 12 months of activities to establish the colony as a chapter.

Kory George, Peru, said they are proud to be an official part of the national organization, after months of working towards that goal.

"We're brothers to each other," he said. "We all feel an increased sense of community. It's exciting knowing we're part of something bigger than we are."

Colony advisor Michael Tulley said they were excited to finally be able to wear their Greek letters on campus, and to start recruiting additional members.

"The addition of a men's fraternity to the campus enhances student life, and also provides another significant collegiate experience for our undergraduates," he said.

The colony plans to organize recruitment activities in conjunction with Phi Sigma Sigma, IU Kokomo's sorority.

Representatives of Phi Kappa Tau national headquarters, Oxford, Ohio, recently led leadership and organization building workshops on campus. The men learned about fraternity history, how to recruit, and worked on a specific month-by-month timeline to establish the tasks to qualify to become a fully chartered chapter.

Colony members include Cody Phelps, president, Anchorage, Alaska; Sam Williamson, vice president, Logansport; Kory George, treasurer, Peru; Javier Vasquez, alumni chairman, Frankfort; Justin Clark, communication and media chairman, Peru; Shaun Fewell, community service chairman, Kokomo; Augustus Cooley, chaplain, Peru; Deray Boyd, social chairman, Marion; Mac Decker, membership and recruitment chairman, Frankfort; Zachary Garpow, risk management chairman, Winamac; Nick Daanen, scholarship chairman, Kokomo; Jeremy Gilman, Kokomo; Ron Tamir, Coppell, Texas; Devin Huffer, Kokomo; Jose Cervantez, Frankfort; Rick Rhine, Kokomo; and Brian Arwood, Peru.

The colony's home on campus is Main Building Room 101, by Havens Auditorium.

For more information about membership, contact Decker at mcdecker@iuk.edu

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — One hundred fifty-four Indiana University Kokomo students earned degrees in August 2013. The graduates represent 17 Indiana counties, and two states. Graduates are listed by hometown. Those receiving degrees include:

2013 CommencementMembers of the graduating class of 2013.

Amboy

Amy Diane Eberle, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Anderson

Kelly Sue Counceller, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Shauna Michelle Odle, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Atlanta

Kristen Leigh Kerr, associate of arts in general studies

Bringhurst

Lindsay Christine Brewer, Bachelor of Arts

Nathan Paul Martin, Bachelor of General Studies

Bunker Hill

Mary Elizabeth Harlan, Bachelor of Science in Business

Burlington

Amanda Ellen Robertson, Bachelor of Science in Education

Carmel

Nicole Colleen Fettig, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Walter A.J. Mandery, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Thomas M. Paulson, Bachelor of General Studies

Cynthia Dawn Smith, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Alison L. Young, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Cicero

Colton Thomas Hooper, Bachelor of General Studies

Converse

Lesa Lynn Hostetler, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Delphi

Patricia Gray, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Elwood

Whitney Elise Whetsel, Bachelor of Science in Sociology

Fairmount

Hannah Nicole Keene, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Fishers

Esther Sunita Chikkala, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Thembelani Dube, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Janette Chan Garcia, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Michelle Nicole Harrison, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Alice Watiri Muigai, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Lisa Marie Thompson, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Flora

Crystal Amanda Adawn Beaty, Bachelor of Science in Public Administration

Shelley Lynn Scott, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Frankfort

Melissa Denise Clendenning, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Alejandro Mata, Bachelor of General Studies

Galveston

Courtney Noelle Shively, Bachelor of General Studies

Isaac Francis Sprague, certificate in public safety

Betsy Lynne Worden, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Gas City

Carolyn Diane Burbank, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Brandon Jeffrey Scott, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Goldsmith

Laurel E. Reed, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Greenfield

Shawn M. Remick, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Greentown

Jessica Marie Davies, Bachelor of General Studies

Shane Matthew Miller, Bachelor of Arts

Cheri Lynn Sparks, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Nancy Marie York, Bachelor of General Studies

Indianapolis

Lydia Denise Ellis, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Christopher D. Furrey, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Angela Denise Gholston, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Erin Christine Lawrence, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Agnes Asamoah Opoku, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Melanie Jo Parks, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

April Michelle Sebree, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Sherese Rena Williams, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Herbert Tafadzwa Zinzombe, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Jonesboro

Jennifer Lynn Ropp, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Kokomo

Alisha Pearl Begley, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Emilee E.E. Benge, Bachelor of Arts

Rachel Alison Brantley, post-baccalaureate certificate in new media communication

Tyler Jacob Burke, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, certificate in public safety

Deanna K. Chesshir, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Tsarai Runyararo Chimhanda, Master of Business Administration

Ashley Marie Cole, Bachelor of General Studies

Walter R. Dalton, Bachelor of Science in History and Political Science

Rickey Lee Daugherty, graduate certificate in public management

Ashlee Lynn Douglass, Bachelor of Arts

Lakye Lenee' Edwards, Bachelor of Science in Biological and Physical Sciences

Hilary Annetta Farmer, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, certificate in public safety, certificate in homeland security/emergency management

Sarah Nicole Ferenc, Bachelor of Arts

Nathaniel G. Fishback, Bachelor of Arts

Caitlin Sue Foland, Bachelor of Science in Business

Tony Eugene Forsythe, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Amber Tennille Garrett, Bachelor of General Studies

Erin Lee Geiselman, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Barbara E. Hedrick, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Michael Allen Hiland, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Brady Garret James, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Crystal D. Johnson, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Kimberly Shea Jones, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Andrea I. Mamaril, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Anne Marlene Meriwether, Master of Public Management

Shanita LeTashion Merriweather, Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences

Jamie Lynn Moore, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Mary Ellen Olk, Bachelor of Science in Communication Arts

Yvonne E. Petty, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Giada Dalla Pozza, Bachelor of Arts

Audrey M. Ridlen, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Lindsay Brooke Russell, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Janette J. Scott, Bachelor of General Studies

Shane Thomas Simmons, Bachelor of Science in Communication Arts

Diana Michelle Smith, Bachelor of General Studies

Karen Simonson Smith, Master of Public Management

Kristianna Monteau Upchurch, Bachelor of Science in Public Administration

Toni S. Vollmer, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Korey Michael West, Bachelor of Science in New Media Communication

Mariah Nichol Wieske-Ormsby, Bachelor of Arts

Alison Wolf, Bachelor of Science in Biological and Physical Sciences

Lafayette

Nathan James Runda, Bachelor of Science in History and Political Science

Logansport

Abigail Elizabeth Barger, certificate in coding technology

Stacy L. Cox, Master of Business Administration

Laura Lea Funk, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Clinton Bradley Glasson, Bachelor of General Studies

Elizabeth Lopez, Bachelor of Science in Business

Stephanie Servin, Bachelor of Science in Business

Samuel Cody Williamson, Bachelor of Science in Communication Arts

Marion

Addessa Lee Baity, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Jennie Renee Camblin, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Andrew Edward Coleman, Bachelor of Science in Mathematics

Shauncee Elizabeth Johnson, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Tracy Todd Livingston, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Bonnie Rosa Miltenberger, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Michigantown

Caitlin M. Kuhns, Bachelor of Arts

Noblesville

Robert Pasquinel Bonecutter, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Musavengana Mafara, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Sabrina Dawn Zachary, Bachelor of Science in Education

Peru

Kimberly Ann Black, Bachelor of General Studies

Dana Marie Bryan, certificate in public safety

Romona N. Butzin, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Kimberly Sue Byrum, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Rebekah A. Dehner, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Janice E. Drake, Bachelor of General Studies

Kayla Marie George, Bachelor of Science in Business

Jeremy Lee Gunter, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Robert Andrew Lancaster, Bachelor of General Studies

Christopher Lee McKinney, Bachelor of General Studies

Sandra Anne Nye, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Allison Faye Worden, Bachelor of Arts

Plainfield

Theresa M. Braun, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Poland

Adam Carl Blazak, Bachelor of Arts

Rochester

Gary Robert Clevenger Jr., Bachelor of Science in Business

Lisa Shannon Donahue, Bachelor of Arts

Lori Lynn Huffman, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Rebecca Lynn Showley, Bachelor of General Studies

Royal Center

Hope LeAnn Benesh, Bachelor of Arts

Russiaville

Lynsie N. Carter, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Jesse Aaron Crow, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, certificate in public safety, certificate in homeland security/emergency management

Jean A. Snyder, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Danielle Marie Williams, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Sharpsville

Jessica Marie Beck, Bachelor of Science in Education

Virginia M. Keller, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Susan Lynette Ragan, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Star City

Jeffrey Scott Attinger, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Andrea Renee Bailey, Bachelor of General Studies

Swayzee

Stacey Lynn Bettegnies, Bachelor of Science in Medical Imaging Technology

Kelly Mae Gosnell, certificate in coding technology

Sweetser

Jacklyn Marie Meyer, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Tipton

Kayla Jo Cottingham, Bachelor of Science in Education

Jarryd M. Jeffries, Bachelor of Arts

Bryan Randall Robertson, Bachelor of Science in Medical Imaging Technology

Hanna Rae Schmitt, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Wabash

Joshua Ryan Holley, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Alisha Marie Referda, Bachelor of Science in New Media Communication

Walton

Kristopher B. Johns, Bachelor of Science in New Media Communication

Westfield

Annette M. Davis, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Rebekah Rae Herron, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Michael Aaron Marciniec, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Linda L. Neff, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

West Lafayette

Lori Ann Blair, Bachelor of General Studies

Harmony L. Newman, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Winamac

Jocelyn L. Conner, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

La Junta, Colo.

Omer Tamir, Master of Public Management

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.