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KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University Kokomo will be closed for the July 4 holiday this Thursday.

Classes resume on their regular schedule on Friday, July 5. Offices open at 8 a.m.

The bookstore, the Cougar Country Café, and the IU Kokomo Library also will be closed Thursday.

Online and electronic resources are available when the library is closed, at www.iuk.edu/library.

Fireworks shows will be available July 4 in many communities in north central Indiana, including: Carmel, Cicero, Fishers, Flora, Frankfort, Gas City, Greentown, Logansport, Marion, Noblesville, North Manchester, Sheridan, Walton, and Westfield, and West Lafayette. The Kokomo Haynes Apperson Festival fireworks are Saturday, July 6. See www.fireworksinindiana.com for the latest updates on fireworks shows.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University Kokomo's Main Building is temporarily closed for electrical renovations.

Main BuildingMain BuildingAll offices and classes housed there have moved to other locations on campus. A directory is available at the Welcome Center, in Alumni Hall.

Renovations are expected to last approximately three weeks.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University Kokomo is bringing a hometown flavor to its Cougar Country Café.

Rozzi’sJennifer & Jo Ann RozziKokomo-based Rozzi's Catering will be the campus food service provider starting July 1, offering daily service in the Kelley Student Center Commons, in addition to catering campus events.

Interim Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke is happy to partner with Rozzi's, a local family-owned business, to bring their popular food to campus.

"We are pleased to bring this local business to our campus," she said. "This will enhance our food service and our students' experience here. Not only will Rozzi's offer great food, but they want to make the Cougar Country Café a cool place where students will want to spend time."

Jennifer Rozzi, co-owner and vice president, plans to bring the company's famous lasagna, signature sandwiches, and other favorites to campus, along with more hot foods, and vegetarian and vegan options.

"We are going to reflect the campus community and what they've been asking for," she said. "We want the Cougar Country Café to be that mom and pop store, the local hometown restaurant everyone gathers at. We are all about being part of the family, and feeding people, and gathering around food."

She anticipates offering pasta, omelet, or waffle stations from time to time, and using locally produced foods.

Rozzi's ties to campus go back many years. She and her sister, JoAnn Rozzi, who is co-owner and the executive chef, decided to purchase the Continental Ballroom with assistance from IU Kokomo Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) students. The students analyzed all the opportunities they were considering, and advised that purchasing the ballroom was the best choice. The students performed a marketing and promotion analysis, reviewed finances, and analyzed what the competition was doing. The Rozzis took their final report to the bank, where it helped gain approval for the purchase.

"It seems like we are coming full circle," Jennifer Rozzi said. "IU Kokomo partnered with us to expand our business before, and now we are part of the campus family, growing with them."

Rozzi's will continue to operate the Continental Ballroom and its catering business.

The Cougar Country Café will close from July 1 until its grand re-opening Tuesday, July 9.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — When Nida Zia enters medical school, she'll be more than prepared.

Nida ZiaNida ZiaZia, who earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from Indiana University Kokomo, has combined her academics and extensive volunteer service to help her gain experience working in the medical field.

She begins work next month as a scribe in Kokomo's St. Joseph Hospital Emergency Room. Zia learned about the opportunity from a nurse she met while volunteering there.

"This is a great experience for me to learn by watching and helping the doctors through patient treatment," she said. "I'm also learning technology skills I can use in medical school and in my career."

Sandra Herman, hospital marketing director, said Zia's degree gave her an advantage in the hiring process.

"Her wonderful education at IU Kokomo prepared her for this job," Herman said. "She understands medical terminology and patient assessment because of the excellent coursework there."

As a scribe, she will accompany emergency room doctors into the exam rooms, and enter the patients' medical history into their electronic medical records. She also will take notes during examinations, and update the doctors as test results come back, allows for a smoother treatment process for both patient and doctor.

Zia plans to learn as much as she can from her job, before enrolling in a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine program in 2014.

Zia's parents hoped for these kinds of opportunities for their four children when they left their native Pakistan when Nida was nine years old.

"My parents immigrated here to give us a better life, and these kinds of choices," she said. "Everyone knows this is the land of opportunity."

She has made the most of the chances offered to her in her new home, particularly in education. She earned a bachelor's degree in biology from IU Kokomo in 2011, and her Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (M.A.L.S.) degree in May.

She chose that program for its higher education teaching track, so she can teach at the college level after she completes her medical degree. Her original plan was to complete her biology degree in three years and then go straight to medical school, but an English class with Associate Professor Eva White led her down another path.

"Dr. White made such an impression on me, and made me want to explore outside my chosen science field," Zia said. "I thought this would be a different experience than being in a lab, and I wanted to try it.

White said the M.A.L.S. program would give Zia a unique perspective on medicine.

"Nida's intellectual curiosity, enthusiasm, and openness allow her to transcend the traditional divisions between the sciences and the humanities," she said. "She will be one of those rare physicians who will look at her patients holistically, and who will be open to use all sorts of therapies to heal them, thanks to her multidisciplinary background."

IU Kokomo has become a Zia family tradition. Her brother, Usman, and sister, Rabia, both graduated in 2010. Younger sister Maheen currently is a student in the informatics program.

While earning her degrees, Zia also volunteered in the community, not only at the hospital, but also at Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation, and with the Coyote Kids summer running program. She also served on a humanitarian mission at a school in Colombia. Zia hopes to return there to work again in the future.

"I want to give back to the people there, through teaching or a medical mission," she said. "I grew up in an underserved country, so I know the difference I could make there."

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.