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KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University Kokomo education students teach area children literacy skills, while gaining valuable job experience, at the annual Education Express.

Activities SaturdayEducation ExpressMembers of the Education Student Advising Committee (EDSAC) will host the free event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, October 5, at Sycamore Elementary School, 1600 E. Sycamore St., Kokomo.

In addition to gaining experience writing and teaching lessons, EDSAC President Tiffany Herrera said education students also are learning about the importance of giving back to the community through this activity.

"You want the community to see that you value their children, not only those in your classroom, but all of them," she said. "People want to trust and respect the people who are teaching their children."

Future teachers will lead activities at more than 20 educational booths.

"We developed and will teach activities the children can do at home, with resources they likely already have, to grow their reading skills," Herrera said. "We want to use the teaching skills we've learned at IU Kokomo to help with literacy, which is a big issue in education right now."

Activities are geared to children pre-kindergarten through fifth grade, and siblings of children in that age range are also welcome. Each child who completes at least 12 stations will receive a prize.

"Our goal is that every child who attends will leave with a book," Herrera said.

Each child must be accompanied by an adult. In addition to the educational activities, there will be police and fire trucks for the children to see, face painting, science experiments, and free pizza.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University Kokomo supports science education in area schools, providing opportunities for area teachers to exchange ideas with scientists and to network with one another.

Bite of ScienceBite of ScienceThe School of Sciences and School of Education co-hosted "A Bite of Science," in conjunction with the Center for Excellence in Education, for 18 north central Indiana high school science teachers.

"It's important for IU Kokomo to be a presence in the community, and to support and nurture science teachers," said Christian Chauret, dean of the School of Sciences. "This event brought the teachers and scientists together to exchange ideas and talk about education and careers in the sciences. It was an excellent opportunity to network with the teachers and to talk about IU Kokomo's programs."

Teachers attended from Kokomo, Logansport, Maconaquah, Mississenewa, Noblesville, Northwestern, Rochester, Taylor, Tipton, and Western school corporations.

The evening included presentations by T.J. Sullivan, assistant professor of molecular ecology, and Pat Carter, engineering manager, prismatic machining, Chrysler Kokomo Transmission Plant.

Sullivan discussed his research in molecular ecology, emphasizing the role undergraduate students play in research on campus. Carter talked about manufacturing challenges, and the need that industry has for people with excellent math and computer skills.

The Center for Excellence in Education, based in Virginia, provides its Teacher Enrichment Programs, including "A Bite of Science," to assure a future talented and diverse U.S. workforce in sciences, technology, engineering, and math. It challenges students to become the creators, inventors, scientists, and leaders of the 21st century.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Once a lab chemist, now a student teacher. Stacie O'Flaherty is trading in her lab coat for a chalkboard instead.

IUKL9813Stacie O'Flaherty is student teaching as part of the Change to Education program.

O'Flaherty, 52, is taking advantage of the Change to Education program at Indiana University Kokomo that allows her to earn a teaching license in a short period of time.

"I did not want to go four years and earn another bachelor's degree," said O'Flaherty, a Sheridan resident. "Change to Education gets rid of all the fluff. It's all meat. It's all substance. I appreciate that we are treated like professionals, and they assume we can do the work."

Change to Education provides a way for people who have bachelor's degrees in math, science, English, or social studies, or a related field, to earn a teaching certification in fewer than two years. Students take two full semesters of classes and a summer session, followed by a semester of student teaching.

O'Flaherty has a bachelor's degree in environmental studies from University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, and appreciates being able to add teaching skills to what she already knew about chemistry for students at Northwestern High School.

"Teaching something is different than doing something," she said. "As long as I can remember, I've understood these things. As a teacher, I have to reconnect with not knowing any of it. That's the challenge for people coming from an industry background. You're a doer, not a teacher. You've built a foundation of knowledge, and you don't have to think about it. Your students don't have that foundation, and you have to learn how to help them build it.

"As a mother of teenagers, I didn't like to hear my kids' friends says that science was hard," she said. "I don't want kids to feel like they can't do science. I want to be part of touching lives for the future, and helping someone realize they can do science, and understand things, and maybe even find a fulfilling career in science."

Randy Teachout, another Change to Education student, speaks French fluently, and has a passion for teaching the language and culture to his high school students.

"This program allowed me to earn the credential I needed to continue a job I love, in a short time period," said Teachout, 47, a Kokomo resident. "You have no idea how huge this opportunity was."

Teachout began teaching the language at Kokomo's Northwestern High School in 2010 on an emergency teaching license, which permits him to stay in the classroom as long as he is making progress to earn a license.

Having earned a bachelor's degree in theology from Northland International University, in Wisconsin, he found that other programs required him to earn a second bachelor's degree in education. He already had some experience, from teaching at private Christian schools and a Bible institute in West Africa. He lived in France when he was young, and speaks the language fluently.

"It was just the formal teaching methods classes I needed, not the language classes and other prerequisites," he said. "IU Kokomo gave me the information I need. These classes are very interesting and appropriate for people going into teaching. The French language itself did not represent any kind of mystery to me.

Dean Paul Paese said Change to Education is one way the School of Education fulfills its mission of recruiting and preparing talented, responsible, effective teachers for north central Indiana schools.

"Our region has a critical shortage of teachers in areas including science, math and special education," he said. "Change to Education helps us fill that void more quickly, because it combines online and classroom experiences. The fast pace is important to potential teachers who have degrees and want to make a career change. We help them combine their knowledge with the best education practices, to prepare them to be excellent teachers."

The School of Education enrolls new students in the program each semester. For more information, contact Paese at or call 765-455-9441.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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20130819-Welcome_week-AWJL4393.jpgStudents in the QuadKOKOMO, Ind. — Thirty full-time Indiana University Kokomo students earned dean's list honors for the 2013 summer session. Dean's list students earned a minimum 3.5 grade point average (GPA) on a scale of 4.0, while carrying at least 12 credit hours throughout the grading period. Students are listed by hometown.



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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.