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KOKOMO, Ind. — Lynda Narwold doesn't just tell nursing students how they can give back to the community – she shows them.

Lynda NarwoldLynda Narwold

"I have a passion for service, and by preparing nurses to serve, I can impact many, many, more people," she said. "I believe nurses must use our skills to give back to the community. That's the role model I want to be to my students, to walk the walk. We're all busy, but if it's something you want to do, you can make time for it."

Narwold, 62, assistant dean for the Indiana University Kokomo School of Nursing, has served as an example during her nearly 30 years teaching. Her greatest impact on the campus and community has been with Camp Eeze-the-Wheeze/KIDDsCamp/Fit Camp.

She, along with Assistant Dean Bridget Whitmore, founded the camps in 1997, after the son of a close friend died from an asthma attack. They started with Camp Eeze-the Wheeze, for children with asthma. The second year, they added KIDDs Camp, for children with diabetes. They began to address childhood obesity with Fit Camp, for children interested in healthy lifestyles, in 2011.

"We give the kids a chance to learn to manage their diseases, but in a fun environment," she said. "At the same time, our student nurse counselors are learning how to treat children with these chronic conditions, and how to teach them the skills they need."

Narwold realized the impact the camps have when approached by a mother of a former camper who called her by name and said her daughter attended the first camp.

"She said we saved her daughter's life, by offering the camp," Narwold said. "If we impacted just one child's life, and made it better, then we've done our job."

Dean Linda Wallace said Narwold is "absolutely essential to the School of Nursing," because of her desire to serve and her love of teaching.

"She is the go-to person for getting things done, whether I need an extra course taught, someone to chair a committee, or lead a student trip to Guatemala or South Korea, she is there and willing to take the challenge."

She noted that Narwold's service has been rewarded, as she's received IU Kokomo's Virgil Hunt Service Award, IU's Pinnel award, and the IU School of Nursing's Lillian Yeager Public Service Award.

Narwold, who leads the R.N. to B.S.N. program, has witnessed great change at IU Kokomo since joining the faculty in 1984. At the time the East Building, which houses the School of Nursing, was almost new, and was one of two buildings on campus. While it has grown in size, Narwold said the biggest changes are not physical.

"It's the student population that has changed the most," she said. "The average age in our Associate of Science in Nursing (A.S.N.) program was 30. Now we have a lot of our students coming here straight from high school. It's been fun to see the campus grow in that way."

That change has meant evolution in teaching, to incorporate more technology, and more focus on student learning, rather than faculty just lecturing.

"We've given a lot more responsibility for learning on the students," she said. "The licensing test is harder than it used to be, and you have to be a strong student in order to pass. We're developing their problem solving skills, along with nursing skills, so they know what to do in critical situations. Nursing is not an easy profession."

The School of Nursing has also changed, eliminating its associate degree programs and focusing on the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) degrees.

"More and more health care providers wanted B.S.N. trained nurses, and research showed better outcomes for patients with B.S.N. nurses," she said. "It was the right thing to do, both for our students and for our region."

Narwold led the associate degree program until its last class graduated, in 2008, before becoming assistant dean for the R.N. to B.S.N. program, which provides a way for registered nurses to earn a bachelor's degree.

The R.N. to B.S.N. program has grown from about 15 students in its first year, to more than 100 being accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.

"I really enjoy these students," she said. "They are practicing nurses, so they already have the basic skills. They need the leadership skills and concepts that will help them advance their careers beyond being a bedside nurse."

Narwold also serves on the Indiana State Board of Nursing, after being appointed by Gov. Mitch Daniels in 2007. The board oversees licensing of nurses, so she can share the latest requirements with her students. In addition, she is a member of the Board of Trustees at Community Howard Regional Health.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Stargazers can check out the crescent moon, as well as the planets Mercury, Venus, and Saturn, at a free Indiana University Kokomo Observatory open house on Sunday, September 8.

Observatory open house for the "ring of fire"IU Kokomo's Observatory.

Patrick Motl, assistant professor of physics, will begin the open house at 8 p.m. with a talk about a nova in Delphinus that was discovered August 14. It is now fading away, he said.

"In a nova, material from one star in a binary pair lands on the surface of a white dwarf companion, and the materials builds up until it erupts in a nuclear explosion," Motl said.

Visitors may then view the stars and planets until 10 p.m.; weather permitting, through the observatory's telescopes. In addition to the moon and planets, highlights in the evening sky include the Ring Nebula and color contrast double star Alberio.

The Observatory's telescopes are a six-inch Takahashi refracting telescope and a 16-inch Meade reflecting telescope mounted together. The Takahashi provides exceptionally sharp images of planets, while the Meade lets stargazers see fainter objects in the sky, due to its larger light collecting area.

The open house is free and open to the public in the Observatory, 105 E. Rebecca Lane. Free parking is available on campus.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University Kokomo will celebrate its first-ever international edition of From the Well House, with the launch of the annual live edition Wednesday, September 4.

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Writers and artists from the most recent print and online editions will perform or display their works during the opening reception, from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Art Gallery. The show continues through Sunday, October 6.

Faculty advisor Eva White said the 2013 Live Edition is unique because "it is our first truly international issue. It features contributions from India, Iran, United Kingdom, Italy, Canada, and the United States, including Indiana."

Student editor Mary Kennelly said the issue also has a new color insert with more art, and a collage of artwork on the inside back cover.

"We needed to add these features to accommodate the large number of submissions we received for this issue," she said.

From the Well House is IU Kokomo's student-run organization celebrating the arts and sciences. The group produces a print edition each spring, and an online edition each fall, including original writing, video, photography, multimedia, and other work from around the world. Submissions are accepted throughout the year.

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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.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Emily West's life changed because of a job shadowing experience through an Indiana University Kokomo criminal justice class.

Emily WestEmily West

"I always knew I wanted to help people in my career, but I wasn't sure how," she said. "As a police officer, I get to do that on a daily basis. They say when you finally realize what you want to do, and are meant to do, you know. I have never been so sure of anything in my life."

West, 20, Peru, has a jump-start on that career, as an IU Kokomo police cadet.

She works 12 to 20 hours each week, answering emergency calls, writing parking tickets, unlocking cars, and providing security at campus events, among other duties.

This is the second year IU Kokomo has had cadets. The first two, Andrew Doran and Eddy Chapa, recently graduated from the IU Police Academy, and will serve the campus as police officers this year. West, the campus's first female cadet, will earn 12 credit hours by completing the academy during summer 2014.

IU Kokomo Police Chief Jerry Williams said serving as a cadet gives the criminal justice students an advantage when they graduate, because they've already completed the police academy and will be ready to work immediately.

"This program is a home run, not only for the IU Police Department, but for cadets and other police departments across the country," Williams said. "They help the police department by being an extra set of eyes and ears on campus, while earning money for college, and learning the skills of the trade to succeed in law enforcement. They will graduate with a degree, two years of experience, and the academy behind them. The cadets will be sought after by police departments because they can begin work immediately, without that department having to pay to send them to the academy."

As a former member of the IU Kokomo volleyball team, West is prepared for the physical requirements of police work.

"I was a college athlete for two years," she said. "I'm physically active every day, and I train hard. I'm excited about the new wellness and fitness center, so I can work out on campus."

She said it was a hard decision to leave her team for this job, but was ultimately the right one for her future.

"I know being a cadet will prepare me to be the best police officer I can be in the future," she said. "What the cadet program offers to students is really unbeatable. This really is my future, starting here and now. "

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.