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KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University Kokomo celebrated it best and brightest Monday, with the undergraduate honors convocation and master's recognition and hooding ceremony.

Honors ConvocationSee more Honors Convocation photos here.Interim Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke congratulated the students on their achievements, and for their hard work.

"We want you to know, you exemplify excellence," she said. "We encourage you to continue to excel in all that you do."

Kathy Parkison, interim vice chancellor for academic affairs, said faculty and staff enjoy watching students succeed.

"It's events like these that remind those of us who have dedicated our lives to higher education why we have made that choice," she said.

For Lucien Madding, receiving his academic honors program medal at the convocation was the culmination of a long journey. He's worked at IU Kokomo for 25 years, and enrolled as a student more than seven years ago.

Madding, from Kokomo, works in shipping and receiving in physical plant, and earned his bachelor's degree in labor studies with honors. He plans to complete the last few credits he needs for a bachelor's degree in general studies, and is also considering graduate school options.

"I decided if I'm ever going to do anything in life, I had to get my bachelor's degree," Madding said. "I was 43 when I started, and I thought, Lord willing, I was going to be 53 in 10 years, and I wanted to be 53 with a college degree. That was seven and a half years ago, so I got it in."

Mary Olk, who received the Outstanding Student Leader Award, said it meant a lot to her to have her service recognized.

"It's nice to be appreciated," she said. "I really wanted to be involved like I was, and I'm passionate about it. To be recognized for it is a true privilege."

Olk, from Peru, has served as student body vice president, editor of the campus newspaper, and as an orientation leader. She was a member of the SumAntics improvisation group and worked as the student writer in the Office of Media and Marketing. She also received the outstanding student award in communication arts.

Jordan Ousley, from Kokomo, was honored to receive the outstanding education student award.

"All of my colleagues in education are just as deserving of this award," he said. "I appreciate the education faculty, Dean [Paul] Paese, and everyone who helped make me a better teacher."

Twenty-two graduate students in the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (M.A.L.S.), Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), and Master of Public Management (M.P.M.) programs received honors at the annual master's recognition and hooding ceremony.

Each student received the hood that marks him or her as earning a master's degree from a mentor faculty member.

Earning an M.B.A. has already impacted Joe Cameron's career. He starts work soon as an assistant tour manager for the Broadway musical "Sister Act."

"I got the exact job I wanted," he said, adding that he stood out among applicants because few people in the entertainment industry have master's degrees.

"It's definitely going to help me with upward mobility in the company," he said. "The people I interviewed with were happy I have that credential and skill set."

Master's Hooding CeremonySee more Master's Hooding Ceremony photos.Marjorie Schaeffner, Macy, plans to teach English overseas, after completing her M.A.L.S. degree. She earned the award for the outstanding student in her program.

She said her teaching assistantship with Kristen Snoddy, senior lecturer in English, was a life-changing experience.

"If I was ever on the fence before about teaching, there's no doubt now that I am a teacher," she said. "She gave me a little taste of what it's like, and I know it's what I was meant to do."

Schaeffner has started looking for jobs teaching English in Japan or China.

Jayne Deno, Kokomo, returned to earn her M.P.M. degree after her twin sons graduated from college.

"It was my turn," she said, "It was the right time to go to school. I really enjoyed the program. It was very intense, but worthwhile."

Deno completed her program while working in admissions at Ivy Tech Community College. She previously worked nearly 30 years at Delphi, in human resources and communications.

"It's a great deal of personal satisfaction for me to finish," she said. "I've gained so much. The professors are excellent. We are so fortunate to have people with so much insight and knowledge at this university."

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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Kokomo, Ind. - Indiana University Kokomo has been accepted to the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (KIAC) beginning with the 2013-2014 academic year. All Cougar athletic teams immediately will be eligible for conference championships, as well as automatic bids to the NAIA Championships.

cougar_logo_trans"The campus is honored to join the KIAC," said Interim Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke. "It complements our entry into the NAIA and it was the next step in our campus plan to create a competitive athletic program. I know our athletes will excel and compete in this new arena."

The KIAC is an NAIA conference, founded in 1916. With the addition of IU Kokomo, the league's membership increases to 12 institutions this fall. The Cougars will be joining Alice Lloyd College (Pippa Passes, Ky.), Ashbury University (Wilmore, Ky.), Berea College (Berea, Ky.), Brescia University (Owensboro, Ky.), Carlow University (Pittsburg, Pa.), Cincinnati Christian University (Cincinnati, Ohio), IU East (Richmond, Ind.), IU Southeast (New Albany, Ind.), Midway College (Midway, Ky.), Point Park University (Pittsburg, Pa.), and St. Louis College of Pharmacy (St. Louis, Mo.).

"The KIAC is a great fit for us considering the quality of the member schools and the stability of the conference," said Todd Gambill, vice chancellor for student affairs and enrollment management. "We are excited about the platform that the NAIA and the KIAC provides for us to showcase our institution and our students. We look forward to developing partnerships and rivalries with our member schools."

The KIAC sponsors championships in 14 sports, including, baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's golf, men's and women's soccer, softball, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's track and field and volleyball.

In addition, the KIAC sponsors competition in baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis, track and field, and volleyball. IU Kokomo competes in men's and women's cross country, women's volleyball, and men's basketball.

"By joining the KIAC, now we will have an opportunity to compare ourselves to conference competition at the end of the season when we are in peak shape," said Jason VanAlstine, head men's and women's cross country coach. "It will be very exciting next year with many new faces, new facilities, and a new conference."

IU Kokomo makes the move to the KIAC after having been a member of the Association of Independent Institutions for the 2012-2013 season. Visit for more information.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Charles Whaley returned to college to gain career opportunities.

Nursing Recognition Ceremony Spring 2013Nursing Recognition Ceremony Spring 2013

Along the way, he also gained confidence in his own abilities.

"I wasn't sure I could do everything I needed to do to be a nurse," he said. "Now that I've accomplished it, I feel like I can do anything."

Whaley, from Alexandria, was among the 39 Bachelor of Science in Nursing and 59 R.N. to B.S.N. graduates honored at the Indiana University Kokomo School of Nursing's annual recognition and pinning ceremony, celebrating entrance into their professional field.

The Division of Allied Health Sciences recognized 15 Bachelor of Science in Medical Imaging Technology and nine Associate of Science in Radiography graduates at its recognition and pinning ceremony.

Interim Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke congratulated the graduates in both programs, and wished them the best in their careers.

"We couldn't be more proud of you. We know you will carry our name and exemplify what you have learned at IU Kokomo," she said.

At the nursing recognition the graduates, all color coordinated in black and white, celebrated the end of long days and nights of studying, participating in clinicals, and preparing for exams.

Addessa Baity, Marion, was thrilled to finally graduate, but is already planning ahead for more education.

"You don't know how much relief I feel right now," she said with a laugh. "Now I plan to work a year or two before I go back to become a nurse practitioner."

Radiography Pinning CeremonyRadiography Pinning Ceremony Spring 2013

Guest speaker Mary Zody, clinical associate professor, urged the nursing graduates to take risks in their careers.

"Always be willing to take a chance," she said. "Keep one eye on the floor, to keep you grounded, but keep one eye looking ahead. With your degree, you can take any road you want."

Hollie Boyles, Galveston, who earned an Associate of Science in Radiography degree, said it feels "amazing" to complete her degree.

"I've been working towards this for a long time, and it is great to be done," she said, adding that she will start working on her bachelor's degree in medical imaging technology in July.

Her classmate Kenzie Daniel, from Yorktown, also plans to continue in the bachelor's degree program.

Daniel, who won the Mallinckrodt outstanding student award, praised the faculty and staff for their excellence and dedication to students.

"This has been such a positive experience for me," she said. "I've realized this is what I was meant to do."

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University Kokomo students in the Schools of Nursing and Business were recently inducted into honor societies, rewarding academic excellence.

School of Business awards luncheonSchool of Business Beta Gamma Sigma inductees.

The School of Nursing inducted 25 students, its largest class ever, into Sigma Theta Tau Alpha Chapter. Six IU students founded the honorary in 1922, "so our new members are carrying on a very proud tradition," Dean Linda Wallace said.

"Those chosen are graduates who have demonstrated superior scholastic achievement and leadership potential," Wallace said. "This is a wonderful accomplishment."

Alpha Chapter has a long and distinguished history of providing leadership to the profession of nursing, including supporting nursing education, nursing scholarship, and nursing service.

IU Kokomo's new members include undergraduates Daniele Hoffman and Jacqueline Vaughn, Carmel; Cristy Mullinix, Converse; Alicia Dellen and Michelle Harrison, Fishers; Mary Shelby, Gas City; Mary Peterson, Greentown; Tricia Hatfield, Victoria Johnson, Ashley Lay, Shawn Owings, Kristen Radford, Lauren Thurston and Kristin Tucker, Kokomo; Eric Emery, Marion; Tammy Staley, Markleville; Tracy Burdine, Peru; Lynsie Carter, Russiaville; Guillermo Trejo, Sweetser; Kara Moulder, Tipton; Alexis Martin and Karyn Wilcox, Wabash; and Laurie Walsh, Westfield.

Graduate students inducted were Leigh Swartzendruber and Beth Robbins, Greentown.

The School of Business inducted nine new members into Beta Gamma Sigma honorary. Undergraduates must be in the top 10 percent of their class to be inducted, while graduate students must be in the top 20 percent.

David Rink, professor of marketing, noted that Master of Business Administration student Megan Mathews received the honor for the second time. She was previously inducted as an undergraduate.

He said the organization's mission is to encourage and reward academic achievement, and to promote high standards for business leaders.

"These students are the best and brightest future business leaders," he said.

IU Kokomo's new members include undergraduates Cynthia Ballard and Emily Barnard, Flora; Derek Lawhead, Boyd Marler, Lisa Ortega, and Anthony Wood, Kokomo; and Debra Smith, Kempton Graduate students selected were Jordan Lee and Michael Vas, Kokomo, and Megan Mathews, Converse.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.