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KOKOMO, Ind. — Do you want to be a teacher, but think it will take too long?

Allyson Jewell teaching at Pettit Park ElementaryAllyson Jewell teaching at Pettit Park Elementary

Come see how you can become a math, science, English, or social studies teacher in less than two years, at Indiana University Kokomo's Change to Education open house.

School of Education leaders will be available to talk about the 24-credit hour program from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, May 23, in the Kelley Student Center, Room 130.

Shirley Aamidor, associate dean, said the program is for people who already have bachelor's degrees in these subject areas.

"They already have the knowledge about their subject areas, and our faculty will prepare them to teach it in the most effective manner possible," Aamidor said. "We can also place them as permanent substitute teachers in one of our 24 partner schools, to gain hands-on experience and allow potential employers to see them succeed on the job. That is a positive for all the people involved."

C2E includes two semesters of classroom work, one summer session, and a semester of student teaching, leading to licensure in grades 5-12 in math, science, social studies, and English/language arts.

Aamidor said there is a demand for teachers in these areas, particularly in math and sciences.

"Their previous degrees, combined with our educational preparation, will make these future teachers very attractive candidates when they apply for teaching jobs," she said. "We are giving our students marketable skills, while also providing quality teachers in high demand areas to the schools in our region."

For more information about the open house, or requirements to enroll contact Aamidor at or Nicole Gill at Those interested may also call 765-455-9441 for more information.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — It is Monday morning, early, but Mary Olk is already on the job.

Mary OlkMary OlkShe perches on a chair in the middle of Starbucks, iced tea in hand, describing her newest idea for marketing the Indiana University Kokomo campus on social media, as part of the weekly Office of Media and Marketing planning meeting.

Later in the day, she walks through the campus quad, trailed by videographer Mike Glassburn. She's poised in front of the camera, as narrator of the "My Campus" videos, using her charm and dry, slightly sarcastic, sense of humor to draw stories from the featured students.

Olk also works on her computer, searching for just the right words for the latest installment in her popular Senior Spotlight series, featuring the most compelling stories about her classmates, both on the campus website and in IU publications.

Mary, a member of the graduating class of 2013, is a respected member of the marketing team.

"Being able to work in the campus marketing department was a dream come true," Olk, 21, said. "I have loved telling the story of IU Kokomo, meeting great people, and learning everything I did. I learned that I want to continue working in higher education, and it helped guide me to my decision to pursue my master's degree."

Marie Radel, director of the media and marketing department, said Mary's contributions are invaluable.

"Mary brings the student perspective. She knows how her peers interact on social media and what they want to see on the web," Radel said. "Marketing is about understanding your target audience, and Mary is our front row seat to what students are thinking."

Olk, who is from Peru, appreciated the chance to apply what she was learning in her communication arts classes to a real-world job.

"I developed and improved my writing skills, but I also was able to explore other areas in more depth, such as social media and photography," she said. "It taught me the true inner workings of a marketing and public relations organization, and how a professional environment works."

Her leadership and excellence in and out of the classroom landed her an assistantship at Ball State University, which will pay for her to earn a master's degree in student affairs administration and higher education programming. She wants to help other students have the same kind of successful college experience she had at IU Kokomo.

"College isn't just your classes, it's getting practical real world experience," Olk said. "I want to give students resources to set goals and achieve them. That's what higher education is all about. I want to be part of that."

Dean of Students Sarah Sarber said Olk will excel in this field.

"Mary will be a tremendous asset to the student affairs profession," she said. "She has an understanding of current issues in higher education and appreciation for working with students, and truly wants to make a difference in their lives."

Olk "jumped into student life with both feet" when she arrived on campus, determined to have a big college experience.

"It doesn't matter where you go to college, you get to choose the type of experience you have," she said. "If you get involved, you will feel a connection to any campus."

She joined The Correspondent newspaper staff, and was instrumental in updating and improving it as editor-in-chief. She also was involved in student government, first as a senator, and then as student body vice president in spring 2013.

Her involvement helped her make friends, and feel like she was part of the campus.

"College isn't just about having a degree anymore," she said. "It's everything on top of that. It was important to me to educate myself in every way possible."

In May, she earned the outstanding student in leadership award, as well as the outstanding student in communication arts award.

One of her most important experiences was participating in the Innovation Symposium, a class that focuses on philanthropy, environment, and technology, and includes three weeks of travel in England.

"That was a life-changing experience," Olk said. "Overseas travel teaches you a lot about yourself. The culture there is similar to ours, but still different. There's so much history over there, it's just fantastic. The trip is work, too. We're having a good time, but we're working, too."

All students must complete a final project, creating an innovation that helps people.

Olk developed an IU Kokomo leadership guide, intended to help students become more effective campus leaders.

She hopes her own experiences will make her a better student advocate when she begins her career.

"I know the first couple of years can be hard," she said. "It's made me more aware of the real things college students go through. I hope to create a positive experience for students, and impact them in a positive way so they finish school."

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. – Four hundred seventy-six full-time Indiana University Kokomo students earned dean's list honors for the spring 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.

Hunt HallHunt HallAlexandria: Charles Henry Whaley

Amboy: Amy Diane Eberle, Colten Scott Lorenz, Trevor Martin

Anderson: Kelly Sue Counceller, Chris Richard Hatzell, Calani Rae Hitchell, Shauna Michelle Smith

Arcadia: Heather M. Tittle

Atlanta: Peyton Bristol, Marshall Lee Ewing

Batesville: Toni Nicole Perdue

Bringhurst: Megan LeeAnn Ayres, Heather Rae Kauffman, Nathan Paul Martin, Brock Andrew Richardson

Bunker Hill: Britany Ross, Julia Mae Walters

Burlington: Hannah Elizabeth Brewster

Burnettsville: Kyle T. McAninch

Camby: Katrina Jo Cook

Camden: Cassie Marie Aldridge, Megan Dawn McGrew

Carmel: Robert Bonecutter, Nicole Colleen Fettig, Joseph Clinton Haskett, Jayesh Laila, Walter Andrew Mandery, Thomas M. Paulson, Laurel Elizabeth Reed, Kenlee Rose Reinking, Cynthia Dawn Smith, Kimberly Ann Ware, Alison Louise Young

Cicero: Colton Thomas Hooper, Whitney Nicole Orr

Converse: Jessica Lee Martin, Mellanee Jean Neeley

Cutler: William Bradley Bennett

Delphi: Justine Nicole Alderman, Ashley Brooke Brown, Whitney Nicole Cripe, Matthew J. Etter, Patricia Gray, Serina Lynn Perry

Denver: Tristan Michelle Hippensteel, Samantha Leigh Hord, Sara J. Musselman, Justin Paul Thiry

Elwood: Samantha Kay Boothroyd, Kylie Jo Groover, Korsen Ray Stiner, Whitney Whetsel, Mariah Shanea Williams

Fairmount: Hannah Nicole Keene, Christine Kay Myers, John Patrick Williams

Fishers: Esther S. Chikkala, Patricia Elaine Crim, Alicia Renee Dellen, Thembelani Dube, Janette Chan Garcia, Alice W. Muigai, Lindsey Ann Sherck, Lisa M. Thompson

Flora: Emily Janell Barnard, Nicole Lynn Brubaker, Harley Rene Davis, Kyra Nicole Edging, Elizabeth Pearl Rowen

Forest: Steven Alexander Amos, Haylee Joyce Robertson, Emily Katherine Ross, Kaitlin Diane Townsend

Fort Wayne: Kelsey Elizabeth Gentile

Frankfort: Judith Alanis Guijosa, Troy Brooks, Kara Katherine Byrd, William Andrew Byrd, Melissa D. Clendenning, Amanda Lynne Gaunt, Tiffany L. Goodwin, Victoria B. Klippel, Allison Wren Ostler, Karen L. Ponder, Tiffany Renee Roberts-Herrera, Aaron Joseph Rogers, Kayla Michelle Scott, Erin Smith, Ashley Renee Spraker, Cara Marie Wilson

Galveston: Angela Lynne Bird, Gabrielle Ennis, Kara Marie Keppel, Mark A. Miller, Adam Ramer, April Lynn Walker, Betsy Lynne Worden, Steven Eli Wright

Gas City: Carolyn Diane Burbank, Brandon Jeffrey Scott

Goldsmith: Jack H. Mattingly, Douglas Edward Shook

Greenfield: Shawn Remick

Greentown: Karen L. Bowlin, PrinceKristian Dionisio Bravo, Nathan Lee Courter, Morgan Dunkle, Carly Nichole Haines, Eric Len Hainlen, Amber Joy Howell, Christopher Wayne Johnson, Lisa Rae Millspaugh, Michelle Marie Padgett, Daniel Wayne Rasmussen, Cheri Lynn Sparks, Shannon R. Stockdale, Kyra Danielle Stockton, Brendan White

Indianapolis: Adebisi Rashidat Adeyeri, Kaylee Ariel Ezzo, Christopher Furrey, Oluwole David Ojelekan, Agnes Asamoah Opoku, Melanie Jo Parks, April Sebree, Don Wesley Sedberry Jr., Sherese Rena Williams, Herbert Tafadzwa Zinzombe

Jonesboro: Lyndsay Ann Christensen, Jennifer Lynn Ropp

Kempton: Caili Renee Thomas

Kewanna: Megan L. Arnold, Kelly Cunningham

Kirklin: Kaylea Eli

Kokomo: Lindsey Nicole Abell, Kara Beth Abresch, Alyse Adkins, Benjamin Michael Akers, Kelsey L. Alexander, Matthew Robert Allison, Angela Marie Anderson, Alexius Q. Babb, Chad Michael Barlow, Amanda Barton, Anna Elizabeth Baxter, Erin N. Beane, Alisha Pearl Begley, Krystyn Marie Bell, Erica Jane Bennett, Aaron Michael Bird, Michelle Lynn Bird, Zachary Keith Bolin, Tracie L. Bolinger, Stephanie Nichole Bonner, Ashton Kensi Bray, David Alan Brinkley, Alexcia Deniece Brown, Ian Nathaniel Buchanan, Jeremy William Burnett, Brittany Nicole Burney, Amber F. Capps, Lydia Anne Capps, Deanna Kay Chesshir, Richard Lee Christensen, Courtney Ann Cochran, Ashley Marie Cole, Haylee Marie Cullison, Giada Dalla Pozza, Nicholas Norman Daanen, Kenzie Lynn Daniel, Gabrielle Davis, Kalie Ann Davis, Nicholas Andrew Davis, Abbigail Deck, Kristopher R. Dill, Amy Lynn Dotson, Bethann Duly, Julia Lynne Eads, Lakye Lenee' Edwards, Shayla B. Elmore, Donald K. Erickson, Sarah Nicole Ferenc, Shaun Harvey Fewell, Nathaniel George Fishback, Nicholas Lee Flynn, Tony Eugene Forsythe, Sarah Elizabeth Frey, Snezana Garic, Erin Lee Geiselman, Jeremy Daniel Gilman, Brandon Kyle Goodman, Emily Joelle Grammer, Stephen Adrian Green, Stephanie Lee Griggs, Angelina Chantelle Gurney, Brandon H. Hargraves, Jaina Leigh Hattabaugh, Jennifer Diane Hecht, Barbara E. Hedrick, Daniel J. Henning, Kasey Sierra High, Michael Allen Hiland, Rebekah J. Hochstedler, Gina Marie Holguin, Carl Blaine Holsinger, Elizabeth Ann Hubenthal, Cyndie Eileen Hughes, Brady Garret James, Rex James, Jami Elizabeth Jensen, Allyson Jewell, Charlene Elizabeth Johnson, Crystal Dawn Johnson, Lauren Christine Jones, Steven Jones, Tyler Keck, Hannah Jane Kovaleski, Jennifer Ann Kubly, Derek Lawhead, Kayla Rene Lawhead, Ashley Shay Lay, Katy Elizabeth Lewis, Katherine Alise Lindley, Emily Michaele Lytle, Andrea I. Mamaril, Joelynn Nicole Marconi, Boyd Terry Marler, Nickolas Cole Maynard, Sarah Inez McClurg, Erica S. Melcher, Krista Leigh Melcher, Dawn Renee Miller-Wilson, Kristina Marie Miller, Rebecca Marie Miller, Allison M. Morgan, Cameron Morris, Carly Renee Moore, Jamie Lynn Moore, Allison Nicole Mose, Victoria Moss, April Rena Name, Mary Ellen Olk, Jordan Thomas Ousley, Colin F. Overman, Rachel Nicole Pace, Lacy Roselyn Parish, Keith Andrew Pearson, Marcus J. Pemberton, Courtney Kaye Perez, Yvonne E. Petty, Eva Larissa Pier, Jenna Ann Powell, Troy Allen Pryor, William Austin Pyke, Caleb Michael Querry, Jillian Nicole Redmond, Patricia Elaine Reeves, Karissa Lynn Roberts, Kelsey Brianne Robinson, Miltona Shaye Robinson, Jonathan Adam Rogers, Brandon Kenneth Rose, Amanda Michelle Rudd, Ashlei Nikole Russell, Patrick Michael Russell Sr., Rachel Nicole Sanks, Jennifer Marie Santos, Breanna Jean Santucci, Jacqueline Ann Schick, Jennifer Schoolcraft, Keith Mitchell Scircle, Janette J. Scott, Laura Anne Scott, Brittnea L. Shaw, Rachel A. Smith, Motolani Kaosarat Somotan, Rickey Lee Southwell Jr., Sabrina Lynn Stahl, Mary Stidham, Caitlin Michele Stokes, Ron Tamir, Cody Adam Taylor, Cynthia J. Taylor, Samantha Lindsey Thieke, Brittany M. Turner, Jonathan Thomas Underwood, Ryan Michael VanHaecke, Ashley Michele VanSkyock, Stephen R. Vas, Elizabeth Ellen Vautaw, Toni Sue Vollmer, Shelby Maria Waggoner, Alan Lee Weimer, Tyler Russel Wilhite, Jeremiah Lee Williams, Whitley Paige Wilson, Lesly R. Winburn, Megan Lyn Wolford, Darcie J. York, Alireza Zeinalpour

Lafayette: Shanon Denise Croell, Lori Francis Green, Brittany Rachelle Smith

Logansport: Khiya Leigh Armstrong, Kristen Berry, Tiffany Botsford, Bryanna Leigh Bowman, Danielle Jessica Carrier, Mathew L. Cogswell, Jonathan R. Flory, Laura Lea Funk, Amy Ann Glasson, LeAnn Marie Hileman, Corinna Sue Houston, Katie L. Hutsell, Michael Allen Johanning, Haleigh Janae Johnson, Dylan Corey Lines-LaPeer, Drake Michael Morris, Dustin Jay Reeser, Eric Lee Rogers, Mark Vore, Samuel Cody Williamson

Macy: Holly M. Manns, Jacqueline Anna Paul

Marion: Jennie R. Camblin, Arielle Castanon, Andrew Edward Coleman, Sergio Compean, Jordan Lee Drook, Eric Emery, Shauncee Elizabeth Johnson, Tracy Todd Livingston, Bonnie Rosa Miltenberger, Amber Sue Patterson, Michael Wayne Reynolds, Pamela S. Weesner

Miami: Rachel Aurelia Dodd, Brittany L. Harp

Michigantown: Caitlin Marie Kuhns

Monterey: Danielle Marie Race

Monticello: Jennifer Lynn Martin

Muncie: Mandee Dawn Motsenbocker

New Haven: Amanda Marie Smith

Noblesville: Sandra Lee Beech, Nevin Hunter Bowden, Le'Anna Le'Kaye Brown, Michelle Christine Costa, Toni Nicole Hubert, Marie Ann LaFever, Musavengana Mafara, Evan J. O'Connor, Tiffany Ann Pennoyer Whitaker, John Richard Robertson, Natalie Rene Valmore, Joshua Alan Weaver, Sierra Katelynn Yeary

Peru: Brian Ashley Arwood, Andrea Cherie Batdorf, Kaylan Marie Burkhart, Romona Nadinae Butzin, Kimberly Sue Byrum, Robert Clark, Jared Hugh Clemons, Bryce A. Comp, Augustus John Cooley, Rebekah Dehner, Sydney Justine Diskey, Tia Brianne Dossett, Jacob Tanner Feasel, Kory T. George, Nickolas Allen George, Jeremy Lee Gunter, Emilie Margaret Hubbard, Andrew Dale Jones, Chelsey Louise Jones, Jennifer Lynne Lane, David Lapan, Diane La Mast, Garrett Jameson Meives, Stephanie Rochelle Murphy, Jacqueline Rose Myers, Sandra Anne Nye, Brooklynn Elizabeth Payne, Timothy David Potts, Abbey Robison, Anyssa Marie Ryan, Norman Joseph Scroggin, Jerica Strayer, Cody James Summers, Bethany Charlene Thomas, Mark Anthony Thompson, Alaynah Darlene Weisend

Rochester: Kasi Balanow, Jayson Alexander Cloud, Cynthia Joy Oswalt, Michael Edward Treon

Rossville: Sarah Alese McIlrath, Brittany Ann Royer

Royal Center: Hope LeAnn Benesh, Eli J. Frame, Holly Colette Weaver

Russiaville: Summer Nichole Cottrell, Corenn Duke, Ashley Rachelle Hurst, Emma Magers, Allison K. Richardson, Ronald D. Smith, Jean A. Snyder, Erin E. Soutar, Zachary Taylor Stout, Danielle Marie Williams, Ashley L. Zell

Sharpsville: Jessica Marie Beck, Jacob Lee Cook, Mary Katheryn Dudley, Taylor L. Farris, Ashley Marie Miller, Stephanie Parton, Gabrielle M. Perkins, Emily Brooke Ragan, Susan Lynette Ragan, Breanna Sheetz

Shelbyville: Rebecca R. Smith

Star City: Jeffrey Scott Attinger, Hannah Hendryx

Swayzee: Zachary Shanen Henning, Vicky Joleen Pickering

Sweetser: Jacklyn Marie Meyer, Guillermo J. Trejo

Thorntown: Ila Scott

Tipton: Andrew T. Boehner, Alyssa Mae Bohuk, Drew Anthony Frawley, Cody Hayden Griffith, Madison Nicole Knight, Shelby Lynnette Markins, Kara B. Moulder, Pamela L. Plain, Amanda Jean Roberts, Bryan Randall Robertson, Sarah Marie Parr, Natalie Suzanne Smith, Justin Paul Summers, Logan Alexander Tina, Lisa D. Tragesser, Courtney Lynn Waymire, Andrew Thomas Wilson

Twelve Mile: Ashley N. Lowe, Meghan Elizabeth Schroder

Upland: Stephan Nicholas Snyder

Wabash: Joshua Ryan Holley, Cassandra Kathleen Knowles

Walton: Kelsey Danelle Clark, Mendy Hadley, Kristopher Bryan Johns, Matteson Kae Keisling, Brooke E. Robertson, Matthew Thomas

Westfield: Annette Mary Davis, Kyle G. Guenther, Timothy Ryan Harding, Rebekah Rae Herron, Alyssa D. Lorenz, Michael Aaron Marciniec, Linda Louise Neff, Matthew James Sopkowski, Nathan Travis Sopkowski

West Lafayette: Lori Ann Blair, Harmony L. Newman

West Middleton: Adrienne T. Larrison

Winamac: Jocelyn Conner,Laura Renee Utes

Windfall: Shane Thomas Simmons

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — There's a new set of red and blue lights on campus.

Campus Police VehicleCampus Police VehicleThe Indiana University Kokomo police department proudly patrols campus in its new 2013 Ford Interceptor, complete with the latest technology to access criminal justice data.

"It is awesome," said Jerry Williams, interim police chief. "I've driven police vehicles for years, and usually one is about the same as another. This one is the best I've ever driven. It looks really cool, too."

The new vehicle also has the latest in LED light bars, strobe lights, and showcases the new IUPD logo. It replaces the 2009 Impala that was the department's first vehicle when it was created five years ago. Before that, the campus had a safety and security office, mainly staffed by off-duty officers from area police departments.

Williams is especially happy to have computer access to the Indiana Data and Communication System (IDACS), the criminal justice communications system that allows officers to look up license plate numbers and warrants.

"All modern police departments have this system," he said. "This allows our officers to check license plates when we have an unfamiliar car without a permit on campus. It increases safety for our officers, too, because it may let us know if the person in the car is someone we need to be cautious approaching. It will help us do our job of keeping people safe here. We have wanted and needed this for a long time.

In addition, the new vehicle's equipment allows officers to enforce traffic laws in its jurisdiction around the campus, and gives the department mobility to assist city police officers and county deputies if their help is needed.

"If there is an emergency in our area, we are now more prepared to respond and assist," Williams said.

Williams said having the new vehicle also familiarizes the police department cadets, who are criminal justice students, for what they will drive when they graduate and accept jobs with other departments.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.