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KOKOMO, Ind. — Anthony Willman creates the next generation of energy production, with what appears to be a pane of glass.

Solar energy- outdoor classKasem Kasem, professor of chemistry, instructs students on the use of a Fresnel lens. See more pictures on Flickr.

On a slightly overcast day, Willman and his classmates in an energy and green chemistry class set up a Fresnel lens in front of Hunt Hall on the Indiana University Kokomo campus, experimenting with the ability of the solar heat concentrator to produce energy.

Willman, a senior from Peru, is excited about the possibilities.

"This is the next generation of energy production," he said. "We're trying to figure out better ways to create energy with less pollution. This is a great class."

Their experiment demonstrates just one use for solar power, he said, and added that in one South American country, low-income people receive a similar solar cell to use to heat water and cook food.

His class demonstrates that use, using the Fresnel lens to heat some chicken strips for a student passing by their experiment.

Energy and green chemistry, taught by Kasem Kasem, professor of chemistry, introduces topics in existing and potential renewable energy sources, including hydroelectric, geothermal, tidal, wind, and solar energy.

"Energy is one of the most important subject nowadays," said Kasem, who conducts extensive research in green energy. "There are a lot of jobs available in the field of energy production and distribution. Students from many majors can benefit from having working knowledge in this area."

With his dual major in chemistry and earth and sustainability sciences, Nick Daanen has enjoyed learning about alternative energy sources.

"We're so focused on fossil fuels, so it's interesting to learn about the alternatives," he said. "Some of these are very powerful energy sources. It helps you understand the current and future possibilities of energy sources."

Daanen, from Kokomo, encourages more students to take this class and others in the earth and sustainability sciences program.

"Energy and the environment are issues that impact everyone," he said. "Information like this is going to be important. We don't think about where the energy comes from when we turn on an appliance. As we become more knowledgeable, we can be qualified to make policy changes in the future."

As chemistry major, with the interest in green energy sources, Jayesh Lalla, Kokomo, said the class provides viable career options.

"We're identifying the emerging technology of the contemporary world, learning about different forms of energy."

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University Kokomo nursing students serve those who have served their country, providing free health screenings to veterans.

Students provide health screens to veteransStudents provide health screens to veteransFifteen seniors in the community nursing class participated in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1152 Stand Down, an event that links veterans with resources they need, including food, housing, medical or employment assistance.

The student nurses helped the veterans complete detailed health histories, checked blood pressure and vision, and checked body mass index. They could then provide referrals for medical services if they identified potential health problems.

It was more than just a chance to practice nursing skills, however.

“We can serve them, in appreciation for their service to our country,” said Ashleigh Ledford, from Kokomo. “Because we are here at the post, rather than in a hospital, we can help the veterans in a setting comfortable and familiar to them.”

Nursing student Kara Fike, Bunker Hill, said because Howard County has a large number of homeless veterans, these services are of critical importance.

“Veterans, especially in Howard County, are a vulnerable population,” she said. “This is care many of them are not getting, and we are making it accessible.”

That is exactly what Joyce Hollingsworth, clinical assistant professor of nursing, wants the students to gain from their experience in her class.

“This is the community nursing class in action, applying what we teach in the classroom to real-world circumstances,” Hollingsworth said. “We are teaching our future nurses how they can use their skills to make the world a better place, and help those in need.”

Ken Fisher, Post #1152 commander, contacted Hollingsworth to invite her class to participate. He anticipated more than 130 veterans would participate, and appreciated IU Kokomo’s assistance.

“The nursing students give our veterans access to basic medical care, without having to schedule an appointment, or spend a day at a VA medical center,” he said. “If they identify potential health issues, the veterans can then seek help at a medical center, or with their own doctor.”

In addition to volunteering at Stand Down, students also assisted at Jackson Street Commons, an apartment complex opened by the Family Service Association of Howard County to provide housing for chronically homeless veterans.

With an IU Applied Learning Grant, they purchased first aid kids for each resident, and taught them how to use the supplies. They also provided instruction about health directives, which allow patients to make their health care wishes known, and about disaster preparedness.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Need to teach your fifth graders vocabulary words?

There’s an app for that.

Education curriculum labStudents use iPads in the education curriculum lab.Future teachers in the Indiana University Kokomo School of Education prepare to use the latest educational websites, apps, and devices in their classrooms, in the school’s new high tech classroom, which opened this semester.

“So many local school districts are using one-to-one technology now, and having this available to our students mean they will be prepared to teach using technology from their first day in the classroom,” said Tara Kingsley, assistant professor of education, who teaches her methods of teaching reading in elementary school class in the lab.

“Most college students are well-versed in using technology for social media, but we are showing them how to use it as a tool, to promote higher level thinking,” she said. “When our students interview for teaching jobs, they will have a good answer, and experience to discuss, when asked how they will use technology in their classrooms.”

The first tool included in the classroom is a cart of iPads, loaded with educational applications. On this day, Kingsley demonstrates how to use the Aurusma app, which uses the tablets camera to recognize real world images, and overlays media on top of them to add hidden digital content.

One way teachers can use this is to take pictures of pages in books used in the classroom. When a child scans the page with a tablet, it can give him or her questions about that particular page, or provide extra information.

Students in her class use the app to create interactive flashcards for vocabulary words. Emily Watkins’ group takes a picture of the flashcard for “opposite,” and then they film two classmates — one saying she is sad because she earned a bad grade, the other saying she is happy because it’s her birthday — and upload the video to the app.

Moments later, Kingsley uses the app to scan the flashcard, and the video plays on her screen, demonstrating the meaning of the word.

“I am amazed by all the tools children can learn in our classrooms,” said Watkins, from Galveston. “I’m doing an early teaching experience in a fourth grade class, and they are using iPads to teach in a lot of their subjects. At IU Kokomo, I am learning tools to use as a teacher.”

She thinks having hands-on experience with educational technology will help her when she looks for her first teaching job.

“A lot of superintendents are looking for people who can integrate technology into their classrooms,” she said. “What I am learning here will put me ahead of the game.”

Abby Zipperian, Bunker Hill, is glad to learn to try the technology she sees teachers using when she is in their classrooms.

“Technology is a big influence in education right now, and it’s important that we know how to use it,” she said. “The kids love it, and they are more engaged in learning because of it.”

The high tech classroom replaces the curriculum lab, which Dean Paul Paese said was being used as a student lounge, with curriculum resources and “books that were totally outdated and not used much at all.” It meets a need for local school districts, for educators ready to teach using technology.

“Teachers and administrators from our Center for Educational Partnerships suggested that we give our students as much experience as possible with different kinds of technology during their preparation,” he said. “With all the one-to-one technology schools in north central Indiana, we will provide teachers experienced and ready to teach in those schools.”

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Get a look at the economic forecast for the local, state, and national economy, as the Indiana University Kelley School of Business brings its annual Business Outlook Tour to IU Kokomo on Thursday, November 13.

Alan KrabbenhoftAlan KrabbenhoftKathy Parkison, interim vice chancellor for academic affairs and professor of economics, joins economists from IU Bloomington to offer perspective on what lies ahead in 2015 for north central Indiana, the state, and nation. The tour includes stops in nine other Indiana cities.

“This event should not be missed,” said Alan Krabbenhoft, dean of the IU Kokomo School of Business. “The speakers will offer a wealth of information regarding many aspects of the national, state, and local economy that are relevant to the well-being of their businesses and their communities, as well as their own personal financial well-being.”

The event is from 7:30 to 9 a.m. in the Kelley Student Center, Room 130. Cost is $20 per person, and sponsorships are available. To register, go to For information about being a sponsor, contact Terri Butler, 765-455-9275 or

Jerry Conover, director of the Indiana Business Research Center at the Kelley School of Business, said that although both the state and national economies have recouped much of the loss sustained during the Great Recession, “we’re still not on reliably firm footing.”

“The slow economic recovery continues with respectable job growth tempered by slow growth in wages,” Conover said. “Recent volatility in financial markets underscores investor uncertainty. Though the U.S. economy has made notable progress, nervousness about foreign economies could easily rock our boat.”

Since 1972, the Kelley School of Business has presented its national, state and local forecasts through a series of presentations in cities throughout Indiana.

The starting point for the forecast is an econometric model of the United States, developed by IU's Center for Econometric Model Research, involving hundreds of statistical equations to develop a national forecast for the coming year. A similar econometric model of Indiana provides a corresponding forecast for the state and metro-area economies, based on the national forecast and data specific to Indiana. The Business Outlook panel then adjusts the forecasts to reflect additional insights the panelists have on the economic situation.

At each presentation, the panel features faculty members from the Kelley School and IU, plus local panelists from other IU campuses and other universities, offering perspectives on the global, national, state and local economies and financial markets.

The tour is sponsored by IU's Kelley School of Business, the IU Alumni Association, IU campuses, and numerous community organizations.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University Kokomo nursing students provide free preventative health care services, and gain practical job experience, as volunteers at the annual Howard County Health Fair.

Nursing students at Howard Co. health fairChinese nursing student with IU Kokomo faculty member at health fairSixty-five students and seven faculty members gave flu shots, performed vision screenings, took blood pressure, and checked body mass index for hundreds of people attending the fair, at the Ivy Tech Event Center.

For sophomores like Katie Hislope, who performed blood pressure screenings, it was a first opportunity to check vitals on people other than classmates.

“This is my first hands-on experience as a nurse,” said Hislope, from Tipton. “It’s nice to use the skills I am learning in my nursing classes to help people. It’s completely different from practicing on another student.”

While the 49 sophomores performed basic health screenings, 16 seniors in the community health nursing class gave flu shots. They stayed busy most of the day, each giving dozens of vaccinations. Taylor Balog, Kokomo, was happy to participate, and to get a flu shot from one of his classmates, too.

“This is a great opportunity for us to help people avoid a preventable disease, get some practice as nurses, and be active in the community,” he said.

At the next table over, Shelby Markins donned purple gloves, opened an alcohol wipe and rubbed it on her patient’s arm. She gently pinched the skin on her upper arm together, and inserted the needle, performing the vaccination efficiently. She learned to give immunizations several semesters ago, but said it was good to have the chance to practice.

“I’m glad to see so many people come out to get immunized,” Markins, from Tipton, said. “It’s good to be able to do something to benefit others while we learn.” She said in addition to giving the shots, each nursing student had to review the patient questionnaire; to be sure the shot was appropriate for each person receiving it.

“I enjoyed getting to interact with real patients,” she said.

IU Kokomo has partnered with the Howard County Health Department to provide volunteers for the health fair for at least 15 years, according to Assistant Dean Bridget Whitmore, who serves on the planning committee.

“We are glad to provide these services to our community, while our students apply what they are learning in their classes to real life patients,” she said. The community health nursing students have learned about mass vaccinations, and how to help prevent influenza. At the health fair, they get hands-on experience providing immunizations, and see how to organize an event of this magnitude.”

Joyce Hollingsworth, who teaches the community nursing class, said her students were excited to participate in a health outreach project.

“We study how to make your community healthy, and how to teach people to be healthy, and this puts what we’ve learned into action,” she said. “I told them today is their chance to shine, and use the skills they’ve learned.”

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — In the competitive job market for teachers, Tyler Keck stands out from the crowd.

Student Teachers in New ZealandJohn Williams navigates through a cave while in New Zealand.

The recent Indiana University Kokomo graduate will teach fifth graders at Kokomo's Lafayette Park Elementary International School this fall, and said his experience student teaching in New Zealand gave him something unique to add to his résumé.

"This experience in New Zealand helped me immensely when I started applying for teaching jobs," he said. "I want to educate on a global level in my classroom, so to have the opportunity to travel around the world and bring back my experiences to the international school is something I find very exciting."

Keck, from Kokomo, is one of the first three School of Education students in an overseas student teaching program started by Dean Paul Paese, and offered in collaboration with IU's Global Gateway for Teachers. Ashley Spraker and John Williams also completed their student teaching in Auckland, New Zealand.

Spraker, from Cutler, also has a job for the fall, teaching fifth graders in Brownsburg. She said school officials were very interested in her overseas experience.

"It definitely piqued my interviewer's interest, and I was asked questions about it during my interview," she said. "It was certainly a good conversation point in this process, and showed my willingness to go the extra mile for my profession."

Fairmount resident Williams has just started his job search, and said he grew as a teacher from his experience in New Zealand.

"I had four wonderful cooperating teachers, who taught me a ton about what to do and, more importantly, what not to do in the classroom," he said. "They were extremely informative, and even more supportive."

Paese said the three gained more than just classroom teaching experience.

"Not only did they come home with new ideas for their classrooms, but they have a better understanding of the world and themselves," he said. "When you step out of things you are familiar with and learn new things, you get a better understanding and appreciation of what you are used to."

He anticipates placing three or four more IU Kokomo student teachers overseas next spring, possibly near Dublin, Ireland.

Spraker had a multicultural experience at an elementary school, with a supervising teacher who is Maori, the first settlers in New Zealand, and a student body that represented 39 countries.

"Going there allowed me to see how other cultures view education," she said. "I gathered ideas I hadn't seen in the U.S. that I believe will be beneficial. It also helped me see many wonderful aspects of America's education system that I hadn't previously noticed."

Williams enjoyed the relaxed environment at his placement, teaching secondary English.

"I loved the way the school day was set up, with classes rotating from day to day, and two tea breaks instead of a lunch," he said. "Many students walked around campus between classes playing a ukulele, a guitar, or some other form of instrument. Everything was much more laid back and relaxed, which created a great learning environment."

All three student teachers lived with host families, building personal connections, Keck said. He also enjoyed visiting several public and private schools.

He noted that New Zealand is the outdoor sports capitol of the world, and they enjoyed visiting the beach, attending rugby matches, and two weeks of backpacking the country's south island.

Williams said the scenery was awe-inspiring.

"We went from town to town, staying at hostels, and meeting people from all over the world," he said. "We saw the most amazing landscaping in the world. I have no idea how many times we were driving around, and I caught myself saying, 'Wow.'"

He recommends the overseas teaching experience to other future teachers.

"There are not many things you can do that will give you the chance to grow as a person than living for an extended period of time in a foreign country," he said. "Studying overseas is such a valuable experience, and not just for the credits you earn, or what you learn. It's much more about what you get from the trip on a personal level. It can truly be a life-changing experience."

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Alan Krabbenhoft joins Indiana University Kokomo as Dean of the School of Business, leading undergraduate and graduate programs in business, hospitality and tourism, and public administration and health management.

Alan KrabbenhoftAlan Krabbenhoft

Krabbenhoft, 50, most recently was professor of finance and economics at Purdue University North Central, in Westville, where he was the founding dean.

"Alan brings a wealth of administrative experience, a strong teaching and research record, and great enthusiasm for the job of dean. He is well acquainted with public higher education in Indiana and the Midwest," said Kathy Parkison, interim vice chancellor for academic affairs. "His specialization areas are economics, finance and international education. He has led numerous graduate level student-consulting trips overseas."

Krabbenhoft sees great opportunity for growth in the School of Business, with the addition of the major in hospitality and tourism, and the move of the public administration and health management program into the school.

"I look forward to working with the great faculty, in an excellent School of Business at an Indiana University campus, which has a great reputation," he said. "I was especially attracted to this job because of the strong desire expressed by the leadership to expand international opportunities for students. I have a passion for these programs, and built international programs at all my previous campuses."

Krabbenhoft earned a Bachelor of Science in economics from Moorhead State University, Minnesota; and a Master of Arts and Ph.D. in economics from Wayne State University, Detroit.

He and his wife, Kathleen, look forward to moving to the Kokomo area.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University Kokomo will be well represented at the IU Medical School this fall, filling nearly half the class in one program.

Clinical sciences studentsClinical sciences studentsThe clinical laboratory science program draws nearly 50 applications from all over the country each year, with room to admit 12. The fall 2014 incoming class will include five students from IU Kokomo.

Pre-clinical laboratory science students Martin Alvarado, Courtney Cochran, Kayla Lawhead, and Patrick Russell, all from Kokomo, and Kelaerin Bax, Peru, were chosen for the Bachelor of Science program at IUPUI, after completing the first three years of the program on the Kokomo campus.

Christian Chauret, dean of the School of Sciences, said the campus has had students admitted to this program before, "but to have five students in one year is a new level of success that is extraordinary."

Russell credited faculty for setting high standards and making sure they were prepared, and his classmates, for working hard to achieve their goals.

Three semesters ago, he realized while his own grades were good, they might not be good enough to gain admission to the program. He asked for help when he needed it, and buckled down to study, earning 4.0 grades two of those three semesters.

"I wanted to do everything I could to be sure I was in the top 12," he said. "These last three semesters have been pretty intense, but it has prepared me for next year, with eight hours of classes, five days a week. The clinical laboratory science professional year has been compared to the first year of medical school."

Students who earn a Bachelor of Science degree in clinical laboratory sciences can become certified lab scientists, and work in hospital and diagnostic laboratories, in areas including blood banking, chemistry, hematology, immunology, and microbiology. This appeals to Russell, who wants to work in the medical field, but not directly with patients.

"I prefer behind-the-scenes medicine," he said.

For Alvarado, the program is a chance to use his scientific skills to help people.

"You analyze, interpret data, use high tech equipment, and apply the theories you learned in biology and chemistry," Alvarado said.

He appreciates the help he received from instructors, especially Chauret, Sara Deyo, Kasem Kasem, and John-Carl Olsen.

"Whenever I had questions, they were always available," he added.

Kayla Lawhead began college planning to be a dental hygienist, but decided two semesters into the program it was not for her. As she researched other health related careers, she found the clinical laboratory science program.

"As I learned more about it, I realized it was what I wanted to do all along, and it was available to me right near my home in Kokomo," she said. "The classes are difficult, but that's right down my alley. It's what I'm interested in doing."

The pre-clinical laboratory sciences program is part of the Division of Allied Health Sciences. Chairperson John Hughey said the degree is considered a "3+1+", meaning students take rigorous academic courses in science-oriented classes including biology, chemistry, immunology, and genetics, for three years. Then they apply for a fourth year in professional and clinical experience classes.

"The number of our students accepted into the professional portion of the program speaks volumes for the efforts of the students," said Hughey. "The faculty in Allied Health Science and the School of Sciences does a fantastic job of preparing students for careers. However, it is the students who ultimately demonstrate these efforts through achievements like this."

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — What is the best part of Tyler Keck's upcoming student teaching assignment? He'll be teaching at an elementary school on the beach, where surfing is part of the physical education curriculum.

Student Teachers travel to New ZealandStudent teachers to travel to New Zealand. Standing from left to right, Tyler Keck, John Williams, and Ashley Spraker.

Keck, along with fellow seniors Ashley Spraker and John Williams, are the first Indiana University Kokomo students in a program started by Dean Paul Paese, and offered in collaboration in IU’s Global Gateway for Teachers. They leave for Auckland, New Zealand, this month and will return in early May.

Keck, from Kokomo, noted that it is summer in New Zealand, and they will be there for the start of the school year.

"Usually you student teach in winter, leading up to the end of the school year," he said. "We get to experience what it is like to start a school year as a teacher. I want to learn just as much from my students and they want to learn from me. It's an exchange of culture."

They had a choice of student teaching in Costa Rica, Ecuador, or New Zealand. They selected New Zealand because the people speak English, and the fact that it would be the most difficult country of the three to get to when not part of a program.

"We also thought of the awesomeness level of New Zealand," Williams, who is from Fairmount, said. "It's the action sports capital of the world. They have snorkeling, lots of caves and mountains, and great places to visit."

They are among 20 American student teachers going to New Zealand, and as the first from IU Kokomo, they want to perform well so others can have the same experience, Spraker said.

"We are well aware of how lucky we are," she said. "We are grateful to Dean Paese and the faculty for organizing this and giving us the opportunity to have this experience."

Paese wants them to be the first of many IU Kokomo's future teachers who student teach overseas.

He will accompany them to New Zealand, and stay for the first several days, to visit them at school and perform their first classroom visits.

"I think this will be a good experience for them, and will be beneficial to them as they begin their teaching careers," he said. "A school administrator is going to see this on their resume, and think, 'That is the kind of teacher I want, who is going to take a leap and step out of the box.'"

All three also had student teaching experiences in north central Indiana. Keck taught sixth graders at Northwestern Elementary School. Spraker, from Cutler, was a special education student teacher at Blue Ridge Elementary in Frankfort. Williams was a student teacher in English at Western High School.

They will student teach in areas around Auckland, and live with faculty or staff from their schools.

All three hope this experience will make them stand out in the competitive job search.

Keck said the experience could be an advantage finding a job in one of the local international schools.

"If nothing else, you show that you are willing to go out of your comfort zone," said Williams. "You're on the other side of the world. The flexibility you learn is going to be huge. Everything you will experience will be new. I'm interested to see what they're reading in English classes, what they focus on in grammar. It gives you a broader experience."

Spraker said it also demonstrates an ability to adapt and learn. She is excited to be in New Zealand, which is a leader in children's literacy.

"They focus more on whole language, while we focus more on phonics," she said. "I am curious to see how they teach beginning readers, so I can gain new ideas for my own classroom."

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Dmitriy Chulkov's experiences during the breakup of the Soviet Union drive his interest in economics.

Dmitriy ChulkovDmitriy Chulkov

Chulkov, professor of economics at Indiana University Kokomo, remembers food shortages and waiting in long lines for basic necessities as a teenager in Moscow.

"I remember very vividly what it was like," said Chulkov, who was 15 when the Soviet Union fell in 1991. "Soviet money was abolished, and all the money people had disappeared overnight. You could maybe exchange $200 of it for the new money. I saw one economic system fall apart, and I saw another system being built, as I was going through my studies. It made me want to learn more, so this never happens again."

He continues to research in economics, and also macroeconomics and information systems, while teaching at IU Kokomo. He recently received the annual faculty research award, honoring his prolific work during the last five years.

"I strive to be a good teacher and a good researcher," Chulkov said. "Both aspects are important to me. Research helps me stay current in my field, and allows me to bring current topics into my classroom. My students find it interesting, and they appreciate being exposed to cutting edge research."

Erv Boschmann, interim dean of the School of Business, said Chulkov's work in research is excellent, and far exceeds the school's standards.

"What particularly pleases me is the breadth of Dmitriy's research interests," he said, adding that Chulkov has had numerous publications in both economics and management information systems.

"He had a great year in research, with a paper and four proceedings published," Boschmann said. "The European Academic Conference judged one of his papers to the best paper. He has also been successful in getting internal and external funding."

Chulkov received a nearly $17,000 grant from the Department of Homeland Security in 2011 for an economic analysis of investment in enhancing port and waterway security from underwater threats, and was part of a team awarded a nearly $800,000 grant from the National Institute for Hometown Security for development and commercialization of a compact neutron interrogation system for underwater threat detection and identification.

His interest in research led him to Purdue University, after he earned his bachelor's degree in Russia. He began teaching at IU Kokomo in 2002, after completing his Ph.D. in economics. He also teaches classes in management information systems and computers in business.

"We are different than the big research campuses," he said. "We are more free to pursue different interests. I've challenged myself to incorporate all the areas of my teaching in my research."

He uses the same scientific approach he takes in research to his teaching, and also applies economic principles to the topic of education. For example, his research in how students select new, used, or electronic textbooks led him to choose books available in all of those formats for his classes.

"Having a choice in and of itself is valuable for the students," he said. "I try to choose options to support both."

Chulkov became a U.S. citizen in 2013, after living in the country for 15 years.

"I wanted to be part of the nation, and have the rights citizens have," he said, adding that he travels to Russia to visit his parents. Advances in technology make it much easier than when he first emigrated, and phone calls to Moscow were $2 per minute. Now he can Skype for free.

Conditions in Russia have vastly improved since he left the country, he said.

"There are still a lot of challenges, but at least people have access to all the basic services and things they need," he said. "Overall, the market economy has been better for Russia."

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.