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KOKOMO, Ind. — An Indiana University Kokomo graduate exemplifies what an excellent social studies teacher does, not only for her sixth-graders, but also for the next generation of teachers.

Mary PageMary PageThe Association of Teacher Educators-Indiana Unit chose Mary Page for its annual Outstanding Cooperating Teacher Award, a statewide honor recognizing her commitment to teacher education. She has hosted IU Kokomo education students in her classroom every semester for the last 10 years.

"I had great professors at IU Kokomo, who really cared about their students," Page said. "They provided opportunities for me to see what kind of teacher I wanted to be in my own classroom. Dr. Margo Sorgman was hard, but she showed me how to make students enjoy social studies, and see it as more than just history, that it's always part of their lives. Dr. Kathy Parkison helped me enjoy economics and teaching it to my students. I'm happy I've kept my relationships with IU Kokomo all these years. They've been invaluable to me and to my students, and that's priceless."

Page, a Peru native, earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education in 1991, and a master's in education in 2000. She teaches sixth grade social studies at the International School at Central Middle School, in Kokomo. She began teaching in Kokomo shortly after earning her degree, and has maintained a long relationship with the campus.

Page worked with the School of Education to have an International Day festival on campus. Her students create educational displays about countries, which are judged by faculty and education students. The campus provides cultural activities, such as piñata making and dance, during the day. She also brings students for college visitation opportunities.

She's considered a leader in economic education, winning the Teacher of the Year award from the Indiana Council for Economic Education in 2011.

IU Kokomo nominated her for her most recent award, for her dedication to working with its students.

Dean Paul Paese called Page "an integral part of the teacher education program" at IU Kokomo.

"Mary provides an excellent example of what teachers should do," he said. "She always gives our students productive comments regarding teaching and assessing students, and shows best practices in teaching social studies, geography, and economics."

Recent IU Kokomo graduate Kristopher Dill completed his student teaching in Page's classroom during the spring 2013 semester, and said she was invaluable to his success. He just started his first job, teaching social studies at Kokomo's Bon Air Middle School.

"Mary Page loves children and teaching more than anyone else I know," he said. "She promotes colleagues and students to be the best they can be. She made my student teaching a great learning experience."

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.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Physical exercise is a traditional part of the summer camp experience. Hooking the camper up for an electrocardiogram test immediately afterwards is a bit more unusual.

Science Rocks camp 2013See more Science Rocks camp photos.But at Indiana University Kokomo's Science Rocks! summer camp, it's all part of the learning experience.

The camp, which includes 15 Kokomo-area middle school students, offers seven days of hands-on learning experiences, in geology, chemistry, microbiology, physiology, and health sciences.

During the physiology session, the students write down their heart rates in their lab manuals, and then do more than a dozen jumping jacks – measuring their heart rates again.

Michael Finkler, associate professor of physiology, talks about the human circulatory system, and what happens during exercise that makes the heart rate increase.

"I like working with this age group, and explaining the 'whys' behind what they see," he said. "We go beyond the simple answer of 'my heart rate increased because I exercised,' and explain in more detail why that happens."

Finkler said these students are just the right age to teach that science is fun, "so we can spark the interest now, and sow the seeds for careers in sciences."

Lucy Baker, a sixth-grader from Sts. Joan of Arc and Patrick School, already has the interest in science, and plans to be an engineer.

She enjoyed taking water samples during the geology and chemistry session, and testing the water quality.

"I was surprised at how many different chemicals were in the water," she said. "I like that this is hands-on. I don't have someone telling me how something works, I'm trying it myself."

Her classmate, Renee Creppy, liked looking at bacteria under the microscopes, and was amazed to learn how much bacteria is in the human body.

"This is a really fun way to learn about science," she said.

Cooper Reed, a sixth-grader from Central Middle School, hopes to learn more so he can use his science kits.

"I have tons of science kits, and I don't know how to use them," he said. "I want to learn more about science."

He liked testing water quality, and learning about pollution, and he's excited about the health sciences sessions later in the camp.

"I may be interested in working in health sciences, so I want to learn more," he said.

Ian Retz, also a Central Middle School sixth-grader, was interested in learning how the parts of a heart function.

Christian Chauret, Dean of the School of Sciences, said the camp's goal is to pique the interest of young people, especially women and minorities, in science-related fields.

"We have to nurture that interest when they are young, so they can take the appropriate classes in high school, and then hopefully return to us as students," he said.

This is the fifth year IU Kokomo has hosted the Science Rocks! summer camp. It is funded with grants from North Central Indiana Areas Health Education Center and Community Howard Regional Health.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Do you want to be a teacher, but think it will take too long?

Allyson Jewell teaching at Pettit Park ElementaryAllyson Jewell teaching at Pettit Park Elementary

Come see how you can become a math, science, English, or social studies teacher in less than two years, at Indiana University Kokomo's Change to Education open house.

School of Education leaders will be available to talk about the 24-credit hour program from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, May 23, in the Kelley Student Center, Room 130.

Shirley Aamidor, associate dean, said the program is for people who already have bachelor's degrees in these subject areas.

"They already have the knowledge about their subject areas, and our faculty will prepare them to teach it in the most effective manner possible," Aamidor said. "We can also place them as permanent substitute teachers in one of our 24 partner schools, to gain hands-on experience and allow potential employers to see them succeed on the job. That is a positive for all the people involved."

C2E includes two semesters of classroom work, one summer session, and a semester of student teaching, leading to licensure in grades 5-12 in math, science, social studies, and English/language arts.

Aamidor said there is a demand for teachers in these areas, particularly in math and sciences.

"Their previous degrees, combined with our educational preparation, will make these future teachers very attractive candidates when they apply for teaching jobs," she said. "We are giving our students marketable skills, while also providing quality teachers in high demand areas to the schools in our region."

For more information about the open house, or requirements to enroll contact Aamidor at or Nicole Gill at Those interested may also call 765-455-9441 for more information.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Three Indiana University Kokomo School of Nursing assistant deans will be honored for service to the university and community.

Lynda Narwold and Bridget WhitmoreLynda Narwold and Bridget WhitmoreThe IU School of Nursing chose Lynda Narwold and Bridget Whitmore as recipients of the Lillian Yeager Distinguished Public Service Award, in honor of their work with Camp Eeze-the-Wheeze/KIDDs Camp. The annual camp for children with asthma or diabetes has positively impacted the lives of nearly 400 Kokomo-area children during the last 17 years.

Mary Bourke will receive the Elizabeth Lion University Service Award, given for making significant contributions to the university. Bourke, led curriculum development for the Master of Science in Nursing program at IU Kokomo. She also was recently selected for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's Leadership for Academic Nursing fellowship.

All three will receive their awards at the IU Schools of Nursing Culbertson awards luncheon. They were chosen from nominees from all eight campuses.

Dean Linda Wallace said the recognition is well deserved.

Associate professor and tenure Mary BourkeMary Bourke

"Lynda Narwold and Bridget Whitmore have provided a wonderful service to the children of our community, as well as a valuable educational experience for our students. I cannot think of two individuals more worthy of this award," she said. "Mary Bourke has served as a mentor to other faculty, particularly in curriculum development, evaluation and research. She has benefitted students by improving learning and outcomes, helping with grant writing, and providing services by students to the community.

She also noted that Sylvia Mason, assistant to the dean, was re-elected secretary of Business Officers of Schools of Nursing, which is part of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

Bourke called the nomination "an honor and a privilege," because a committee of her peers made the selections.

"We have an incredible team in the School of Nursing, and I am so fortunate to be part of our culture of excellence."

Narwold, assistant dean for the R.N. to B.S.N. program, said her award is "a tremendous honor," because of her connection with the late Lillian Yeager, a former colleague who served as dean at IU Southeast.

"I was privileged to know Lillian when I first started teaching in the School of Nursing," she said. "Her commitment to the university and her community was inspiring. I can only hope to have half the impact she had in her lifetime."

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Vanetta Hatcher has read about caring for young children in her Indiana University Kokomo nursing classes.

Head Start enrollment screening fairNursing senior Maria Pineda focuses while she checks a young girl's blood pressure during the Head Start enrollment screening fair. See more photos.Recently, she put what she's learned into practice, as a volunteer for the Kokomo-Center Head Start enrollment screenings.

"I don't always know what to expect from children, because I don't have any," Hatcher, 54, said. "You learn about it in class, and you can read about it in a book, but it's better to experience it in person. You learn more about it from doing it, rather than just reading about it."

The health screenings are just one of the many ways IU Kokomo's nursing students not only practice their skills, but give back to the community. Students in the community health nursing class also have taught food preparation safety at the Open Arms shelter, provided health education at the Kokomo Rescue Mission, and taught first aid to Sts. Joan of Arc and Patrick School teachers.

"These activities open their eyes to they way they can serve their communities as nurses," said Joyce Hollingsworth, lecturer in nursing. "We hope that after they graduate, they will join the many professional nurses who volunteer."

Twenty seniors worked with 3, 4, and 5-year-old children, measuring their height and weight, taking their blood pressure, and checking their vision, as part of the process to enroll in the free preschool program.

Hollingsworth said this is the first time the campus has been invited to send nursing students, and they were happy to participate.

"It gives our students the opportunity to apply the skills they have learned, while also benefitting our community," she said. "Today, they are learning skills they will need to work with children, as well as their parents."

Hatcher, from Kokomo, and classmate Careena Smithly used a stadiometer to measure children's height during the screenings. Hatcher patiently helped a squirmy little boy stand in just the right place so she could measure him. She coaxed him to stand up straight, and gently scooted him back against the stadiometer. She slowly adjusted the arm on the measuring device down to the top of his head, and then read his height to Smithly, who wrote it down on his enrollment card.

Smithly, from Marion, said she's learned about the resources available to people in the community.

"As a nurse, this will help me guide people to where they can get help if they need it," she said. "By volunteering, we are becoming better nurses."

Amy Hudson, Peru, guided children and parents through the screenings, and helped convince some reluctant little ones to participate in vision screenings. She was glad the services were available to the children, so they can get a healthy start in school.

"I was also happy to finally put our skills to use out in the community, rather than just practicing on dummies in the simulation lab," she said.

Maria Pineda, Logansport, checked children's blood pressure, and said all of her small patients had been very good.

"Some of them were scared at first, but we worked through that," she said. "This is a great chance for their parents to have all of these services in one place, rather than making multiple appointments. I am happy we can be part of making that available to them."

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind.  — When Ashley Spraker was a little girl, she played school with her Barbie dolls, dreaming of the day she would be a teacher in her own classroom.

Tyler Keck teaching at Pettit Park ElementaryJunior Tyler Keck gets real life experience through the School of Education.She confirmed that decision her first semester as an elementary education student at Indiana University Kokomo, thanks to the program's focus on early field experiences.

"I worked in elementary classrooms my very first semester I was here," Spraker said. "That experience let me know I had made the right career choice, and gave me experience working with kids right away."

Tara Kingsley, assistant professor of education, said future teachers will have at least 200 hours in classrooms before student teaching.

"It's one of the unique aspects of our School of Education," she said. "We place our students in the field, and we place them in the field a lot. They learn to be outstanding teachers by teaching. Our program allows our students to experience the profession before they become teachers."

Kingsley teaches her reading methods class at Pettit Park Elementary School, a one-to-one technology elementary school in the Kokomo-Center Schools. Her class meets in the art room to discuss techniques of teaching reading, then immediately puts what they've learned into practice, working with children in their classrooms. They end the day with Kingsley, sharing their experiences and talking about what went well, and what they might need to study more.

Other School of Education classes partner with Kokomo's Elwood Haynes and Sycamore elementary schools.

"It's so helpful to be able to practice what we've just learned, so we can see what works for us, and what we need to study some more," said Spraker, a junior. "The Pettit Park teachers can also give us tips to help us improve our techniques."

Kingsley said the classroom experience helps the students grow as teachers.

"Teachers learn by doing," she said. "A technique can look good on paper, but until you take that plan and implement it with students, it's not real. They are able to try their ideas in a risk-free environment, so it's authentic. I'm able to serve as a mentor to them. I watch them in the classrooms, and get feedback from their host teachers, which I can use to improve their teaching. It's great to see the progress they make in skills and confidence through the year."

Allyson Jewell, a junior, said in addition to learning in her own class, she's benefited from working with the Pettit Park teachers.

"They teach you all of the new teaching strategies," she said. "It's really important for us to be in the field, starting early in college, so we can practice what our professors are teaching us, so we can grow in our skills. IU Kokomo does a good job getting us into schools right away."

Junior Tyler Keck recently helped fifth-graders improve their reading fluency using strategies he learned in his class.

"Having our class at the school helps us learn the book strategies, and then give them a real world context," he said. "It's a good balance of scholarship and the real world. Reading about teaching students is totally different from actually teaching them, and this gives us valuable experience."

The school and children also benefit from their efforts.

"We're helping the school, too, by being able to work one-on-one and in small groups, so the kids learn to be better readers," he said.

Pettit Park teacher Paul Dorisse, an IU Kokomo graduate, appreciates the extra assistance in his classroom, and said his students look forward to their weekly visits.

"They get so excited every week, and they all want one of the IU Kokomo students to work with them," he said. "I think we all benefit. I can help them learn some of the behind-the-scenes aspects of teaching, and they give me additional people who can work with my students. There is so much sitting in a college classroom can't teach you, you have to get out in a school, and get your feet wet."

Teacher Casey Hendricks is also an IU Kokomo graduates— in fact, seven of the 11 teachers at Pettit Park are alumni. Hendricks said all of her early experience was in Kokomo schools, starting with her first year.

"That helped me grow, from the beginning of my college career to graduation," she said. "I learned about how diverse students can be, and techniques to better teach them. It was great real world experience, and it made me a better teacher."

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — The first day Shane Martin played the stock market, he chose his stocks quickly, and lost $30,000.

Stock Market SimulationSenior Kayla Ashmore checks on the stocks using her tablet.It's not a mistake he's likely to repeat.

"I learned to do my research before I invest," Martin, a senior at Indiana University Kokomo, said. "If it's on a 52-week low or high, the odds are good it's going to go down."

Lucky for Martin, he didn't lose any real money — his purchase was part of a simulation for his investments class in the IU Kokomo School of Business.

Dianne Roden, professor of finance, includes the Stock Trak simulation in her class because it allows students to experiment with what they are learning in class without risking real money.

"It's about as realistic as you can imagine," she said. "It's real time, real prices, buying stocks, bonds, options, and futures. They can experience first-hand what we talk about in class."

Each team of students starts with a $500,000 account, to buy and sell throughout the semester. Roden awards a bonus to the team that ends with the most money, but encourages them to take risks.

"I tell them to have fun with it, " she said. "The more they do it, the more fun they have. Then I see them checking on it on their phones or iPads during class. They really get into it."

Senior Brandon Rose said he enjoys trying what he's learned in class, knowing he won't lose real money if his strategy doesn't work.

"You can be a little more courageous because it isn't real," he said. "It gives you a chance to apply what you've learned in class to a real-world situation. It's a lot different than reading about it in a book."

He appreciates that mistakes aren't hitting his real pocketbook, after one of his strategies backfired. He bought stock in Budweiser shortly before the Super Bowl, planning to sell quickly when it peaked. However, he forgot until the day after the game, when the value had dropped, so he lost money.

"That was a big mistake, and I won't forget and do that again," he said.

Kayla Ashmore, also a senior, said even though they aren't spending real money, it is still nerve-wracking to make choices and buy.

"I cringe spending that much money, even if it's fictitious money," she said. "I bought Apple when it was down, and then learned to be patient and wait for it to go up before I sold it, so I made money."

Martin said the losses feel real too.

"You have to learn to be patient and wait for a stock to go back up, and not panic and sell right away to get rid of it," he said. "It makes you furious to see a loss."

Contessa Lawson, a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) student, said she's built confidence in her ability to manage her own retirement portfolio from the simulation.

"When I opened my account, I didn't know what I was doing, so I just trusted my financial advisor," she said. "Now I can make a more informed decision."

Roden said that is why students benefit from the simulation, even if they don't become financial advisors.

"Someday they will have retirement accounts, and they will be informed consumers when they chose how to invest," she said. "I can talk about all these principals over and over, but it's a whole different level of learning when you experience it for yourself."

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — In just a few years, Miguel Tovar will have his own classroom as a secondary English teacher.

Sts. Joan of Arc & Patrick School Science FairIU Kokomo education student Miguel Tovar takes a closer look at a project while judging the Sts. Joan of Arc & Patrick School science fair. See more photos here.Even before he graduates from the Indiana University Kokomo School of Education, he will have valuable experience working with children, not only from student teaching, but also from community volunteer opportunities in area schools.

Tovar, along with classmates Megan Baer, Todd Clark, and Liz White, spent a morning judging the Sts. Joan of Arc and Patrick School science fair. They walked among exhibits, clipboards in hand, asking questions, examining display boards, and evaluating written reports, helping to determine the best projects.

Tovar said even though he's not going to teach science, the volunteer service will benefit him as a teacher.

"You can't just read a book about teaching and then teach kids," he said. "You have to learn to work with them. This gave me more experience working with kids. Even though it's not my specific area, I learned from it."

The four students are taking a scientific inquiry class, and Julie Saam, associate professor, said the hands-on experience would allow them to apply what they are learning.

"Judging a science fair is a valuable experience, because our education students can witness the results of a scientific inquiry project, and talk to students who have conducted the projects," she said. "This insight should help in their development of an understanding of how to conduct scientific inquiry, and how to teach it."

Baer said while she was helping the school, she also was gaining experiences that will make her a better teacher.

"It's a chance to work with kids and be in a school atmosphere," she said. "It's important for us because we're going to need this kind of volunteer help when we're teaching."

Liz White, who plans to be an elementary teacher, said she gained some ideas for inquiry projects she could do with her own students.

"It's interesting to see what the kids have done," she said. "It gives us a lot of ideas for experiments we never would have thought of, that we can teach later."

Todd Clark, a future English or special education teacher, said he also saw some good ideas for how to present a project.

The four IU Kokomo students were among 16 community volunteers judging the fair. Marcia Gillette, lecturer in chemistry, also was a science fair judge.

Sts. Joan of Arc and Patrick science teacher Stacey Hatfield said having a large panel of judges gives students the chance to have their projects evaluated multiple times. She was glad to have the students there to help, and said they will benefit from it as well, especially if they lead science fairs at their own schools later.

"They're seeing how the kids communicate at this age," she said. "As an education student, you're always looking for a chance to work with children."

Judging was also a chance to give back to the community, Saam said.

"We appreciate when the community asks for our students to serve," she said. "Our students are considered pre-service teachers, and they have skills in curriculum development, assessment, and instruction. They enjoy sharing their schools to enhance student learning in our community."

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. – Shawn Owings was one of the first women to be immersed in the front lines in Iraq.

Shawn OwingsShawn OwingsShe worked beside a platoon of men who were leery of her assistance. Her commander chose her to be a medic with his security detail to care for injured women. Iraqi's would rather their wounded women suffer injuries, or even death, than to break a cultural belief that women should not be touched by men other than their father. Therefore, Owings participated in raids and was present for battles that aren't always acceptable for women in the military.

"Most of the men had only trained with other men as combat arms," Owings said. "It was a struggle, but eventually, I became one of them and earned their trust and respect. Doing the work I did still remains a controversial issue for women in the military."

Owings, a senior majoring in nursing at Indiana University Kokomo, worked as an Army medic for seven years. In addition to working with the security team, she worked side-by-side other doctors and nurses. This experience helped guide her to pursue a career in nursing.

"My experience and what I learned in the military carried over into my education and helped me to better understand the concepts that I learned in nursing school," Owings said.

It taught her important life lessons and not to take things for granted. Owings has a different level of acceptance than before going to Iraq.

"Being in Iraq opened my eyes to seeing other's struggles firsthand," she said. "I am more compassionate, understanding, and accepting toward people now."

She also spent time working in Germany for a few years. At first, she experienced culture shock, but without a doubt, she would travel back to Germany.

"Learning about a different culture and their values was extremely interesting," Owings said. "Even going out to eat was a task at first, but you learn to love it. I greatly enjoyed the public transportation system."

Owings would enjoy traveling back to Europe to visit parts of England.

This past summer, she completed an internship through the VA Learning Opportunities Residency (VALOR) Program. This program gives students who have completed their junior year in a clinical program an opportunity to work at a VA-approved health care facility. The internship lasted 10 weeks at Minneapolis Veterans Hospital. Upon completion, they offered Owings a job once she graduates this May.

"I am excited to pursue an opportunity in the VA health system and be able to give back to veterans in that capacity," Owings said.

The internship focused on critical care nursing. The patients needed intense care and close monitoring. She enjoyed tending to her patients and giving them the support they needed.

Owings always knew she wanted to help people in the medical field. She grew up with a goal of going to medical school and being a doctor.

"There is something different about working as a nurse and really connecting with your patients," Owings said. "The one-on-one interaction is truly awesome."

Once she receives her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, she plans to move to Minnesota to work at Minneapolis Veterans Hospital. She hopes to begin a B.S.N. to Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and eventually work as a nurse practitioner.

She is thrilled to begin working, but will miss IU Kokomo's campus and community.

"I feel like I fit in at IU Kokomo, and I've always been treated with respect," Owings said. "I was treated like an equal among nursing faculty, and it was a humbling experience."

She tutors for the nursing program, and has done some minor work in the Student Nurses Association. Owings enjoys studying the heart, as "it is a fascinating organ." Owings loves to go fishing and relax in her cabin in Minnesota. One day, she would like to go skydiving if she can overcome her fear of heights.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.