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KOKOMO, Ind. — The 22nd annual Indiana University Kokomo Arts and Craft show will take place on this Saturday, November 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Kelley Student Center and Alumni Hall.

IMG_4933Indiana University Kokomo Arts and Craft showShoppers may choose from a variety of handcrafted products, sold by 91 vendors. A Staff Council committee reviews submissions and chooses the highest quality artisans. The event is free and open to the public. There is no cost to park on campus.

Proceeds from booth rentals go to the Staff Council scholarship fund.

"Scholarships help our students have the opportunity to better their futures," said Susan Wilson, Staff Council president. "This is a chance for us to give them that chance."

This year's event is special to members of the staff council because they are dedicating it to the memory of their friend and coworker Cathy Archer, who passed away last year. Archer served as coordinator of the craft show and was Staff Council president.

"Cathy loved the arts and crafts show, and did an excellent job organizing it," said Gail Daggett, who is coordinating this year's show. "It is important to all of us to keep it going as a tribute to her dedication to IU Kokomo students. She was proud of the scholarship money we raised with this event."

Staff Council members will also sell cookbooks in memory of Archer, who was known for her culinary skills.

The Cougar Country Café will be open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, contact Daggett at

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

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — The student University Theatre group at Indiana University Kokomo presents the much-loved romance classic, Pride and Prejudice.

IUKL0139Pride and Prejudice performed by University Theatre.

The production is a two-act play which Shelby Wagoner, the assistant director, describes as a classic romantic comedy about love and misunderstandings.

"It's just like a period piece version of Gossip Girl," said Wagoner. "The story is actually funny and easy to follow along."

Pride and Prejudice show dates and times are at 7 p.m. on Friday, November 1, and Saturday, November 2, and a matinee showing at 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 3, in Havens Auditorium.

Admission is $5 for students and $7 for the public. Tickets will be available at the door. The show is suitable for people age 13 and older

"It is a fast-paced adaptation of the novel. It looks more like the BBC version rather than the 2005 movie," said Director Joann Kaiser.

"The students have worked really hard in understanding the language, let alone understand the structure of this adaptation. It's been a difficult journey but well worth it. The final product should be something they can be proud of," said Kaiser.

For more information contact Kaiser at 765-455-9558 or

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

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind.— As part of a nationwide humanities program aimed at bridging cultural differences, Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo and Indiana University Kokomo will be hosting "Muslim Journeys Bookshelf" events on their campuses Wednesday, Oct. 30. The Ivy Tech event will begin at 11 a.m. in the Student Life Building on the Kokomo campus at 1815 E. Morgan St.; the IU Kokomo event will begin at 2 p.m. in Room 223 in the Kelley Center on the IU Kokomo campus.

Ivy Tech Library Director Julie Diesman said the free interactive program is open to the public as well as the campus communities. Sponsored by the Ivy Tech Library and IU Kokomo Student Life, the program will feature one speaker from each of the schools who will share their experiences of being of the Muslim faith and answer questions to help those of other beliefs to learn, reflect and appreciate their differences.

"This program will be an opportunity to increase understanding between people of religious and non-religious beliefs," Diesman said. "It's designed to increase awareness of the different and distinct faith communities in our region and to strengthen good interfaith relations at all levels."

The Ivy Tech Community College Library in the Kokomo Region is one of 840 libraries and state humanities councils nationwide receiving the "Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys" collection of books and videos and hosting programs for public audiences featuring the materials. The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf program, a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities in cooperation with the American Library Association, aims to familiarize public audiences in the United States with the people, places, history, faith and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world.

At Ivy Tech, audience members will also have an opportunity to participate in "Inter Faithing," an experience much like Speed Networking or Speed Dating. In timed two-minute sessions, individuals will meet and share information about their religious or non-religious beliefs. "Audience members will have the chance to share where they are on their faith journey," Diesman said, "with the goal of understanding that we all have similar stories, hurdles and triumphs – no matter our faith or beliefs."

Major support for the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf was provided by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. Additional support for the arts and media components was provided by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art. More information about the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf is available at

For additional details on the Kokomo events, contact Julie Diesman at 765-459-0561, ext. 515, or

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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.