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  1. 1. IU Kokomo Campus People   Unit IUK News Home Schools Divisions Faculty Chancellor Around Campus News Campus Around Kokomo Athletics  IUK Contact Alumni Athletics News Search Login Search RSS Feed search news... Chancellor News School of Education donates books for area IU Kokomo adds women’s basketball, hires Kokomo Wayne James sworn in as IU Kokomo chief of Communications students create internship First Cougar athlete qualifies for national IU Kokomo’s Enactus food drive receives boost IU Kokomo to close for the holidays IU Kokomo volleyball earns tournament bid; players IU Kokomo faculty member chosen for Clinton IU Kokomo School of Nursing graduates first Students partner, share information at “Block Out Joint simulation gives students chance to Chemistry student's article published in scientific IU Kokomo cross country team sets high goals for IU Kokomo students gain job experience, benefit Spring job fair attendance sets record; students and alumni Contact Marie Radel Director of Media and Marketing 1 3 A P RI L 2 0 1 2 (765) 455-9468  meradel@iuk.edu KOKOMO, Ind. — A record number of nearly 1,500 job seekers attended the Kokomo Area Spring Job Fair, sponsored in part by Indiana University Kokomo's Office of Career Services. Students and alumni of the campus had the opportunity to meet first with the 65 potential employers. Chancellor Michael Harris said the job fair is a partnership between IU Kokomo and the community, to provide opportunities for future graduates to meet potential employers. Danielle Rush Communications Specialist (765) 455-9414  darush@iuk.edu Find us on Facebook "We are impacting our region's economy by providing our graduates a world-class education," Harris said. "We are transforming the region's economy." Indiana University Kokomo Like 2,642 people like Indiana University Kokomo. Other sponsors of the event included Ivy Tech Community College, WorkOne, Z92.5, Rock 98.5 and WIOU, which took place at the Kokomo Event and Conference Center. Hundreds gather for the job fair. Stephenie McGee, an IU Kokomo junior majoring in accounting, left the job fair with confidence in her ability to find a job. "I had some great interviews, and received so many compliments on my résumé. My IU Kokomo advisors really prepared me to succeed today," McGee said. "They gave me the courage to step forward today and do my best." Denny Camden, district sales coordinator for Aflac, said this was his third time attending the job fair. He noticed that not only were there more employers attending, but more seemed to be actively hiring, rather than making contacts in case jobs opened in the future. "This is the best I've seen the attendance. I hope this means the economy is improving," he said. Camden was impressed with the quality of student he met, and planned to call several for interviews. Aragorn Thacker, a recruiter at Nightingale Home Healthcare, said she was "swamped" all day with future nurses interested in jobs. Many qualified candidates applied, and she plans to contact several for more information. "I will get at least a dozen interviews out of this, so I am very happy," Thacker said. Tracy Springer, director the Office of Career Services at IU Kokomo, was delighted with this year's record attendance, following last year's numbers at about 300. Facebook social plugin file:///C|/...ichael%20Harris%20Chancellor%20IUK%20said%20the%20job%20fair%20is%20a%20partnership%20between%20IU%20Kokomo%20and%20the%20community.htm[12/23/2013 8:29:44 PM]
  2. 2. IU Kokomo Campus "The attendance has been beyond my wildest expectations. This is the most we've ever had, and it may be the biggest in Indiana," she said. www.flickr.com Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana. Indiana University Kokomo gives Welcome Center a makeover 1 2 A P RI L 2 0 1 2 KOKOMO, Ind. — "Indiana University Kokomo Welcome Center" proudly marks the spot where the newly constructed circular counter and home to student workers will greet visitors to campus. A large crowd of faculty, staff, and students gathered Wednesday (April 11) afternoon to witness the grand opening and ribbon cutting of the Welcome Center, located in Alumni Hall, which replaced a glass-enclosed "bunker". Chancellor Michael Harris made it a top priority to create a more welcoming atmosphere where students are responsible for ensuring guests are greeted with a smile and even take guests to their destination on campus. Go to IU Kokomo's photostream "The new center is a welcoming, engaging, and a friendly place for everyone, and shows a great sense of pride in our campus," Harris said. "We are proud our students will work here and make a positive first impression of Indiana University Kokomo." The ribbon cutting. View more on flickr! Student Jennifer Miller is excited to be a part of this welcoming team and to share her enthusiasm with those who visit campus. "It is a beautiful Welcome Center, and the students are going to do a great job as campus representatives," Miller said. "I'm proud we will be visitors' first contact at IU Kokomo." Kathy Ross, director of the Center for Teaching, Learning and Assessment, is glad the new center offers student jobs. She thinks having students working there shows confidence in their ability to represent IU Kokomo. "Working in the center will give students a sense of responsibility as they help others, and a sense of pride and ownership in the campus. This is a positive move not only for the students, but for IU Kokomo," she said. Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana. The New Welcome Center Annual student art exhibit opens Wednesday 1 0 A P RI L 2 0 1 2 KOKOMO, Ind. — Tarja Harney found her favorite art medium at Indiana University Kokomo. "I had never tried printmaking, but file:///C|/...ichael%20Harris%20Chancellor%20IUK%20said%20the%20job%20fair%20is%20a%20partnership%20between%20IU%20Kokomo%20and%20the%20community.htm[12/23/2013 8:29:44 PM]
  3. 3. IU Kokomo Campus I took a printmaking class, and slowly but surely, I fell in love with it," she said. Harney is one of several students whose work will be featured at the annual IU Kokomo Student Art Show. The exhibit opens in the Art Gallery on Wednesday, April 11, with a reception from 4 to 7 p.m., and will run through Saturday, May 12. Art Gallery Director Susan Skoczen said students have been excited to see what their classmates have accomplished during this academic year. Imagery from the 2012 Student Art Show. See more student art. "Our students are doing amazing things," Skoczen said. "The professors chose the 'best of the best' student work, including printmaking, sculpture, and ceramics. We also have student-made jewelry, which is a newer art form available at IU Kokomo." Seniors Harney and Wes Plantenga, both fine arts majors, will be featured artists in the show as part of their capstone requirement. "The core of the degree requirement is to display artwork created during their time as a student," Skoczen said. "This show prepares these seniors for when they graduate and go out into the real world to place their work in a gallery. Tarja and Wes are very talented, and this exhibit is a great way to see a cohesive body of their work." Harney's exhibit features prints and a ceramic piece, while Plantenga's artwork includes prints and mixed media paintings. "We created sample pieces, and our professors talked about them with us, about what they liked and what we could improve," Harney said. "I think we really developed some good work through this process, with their help." Both students are considering graduate school. Platenga, in particular, may pursue being an art professor after being inspired by Minda Douglas, assistant professor of fine arts. "All of our professors care that we are learning and developing as artists," he said. "Minda especially helps us a lot. She has opened a lot of doors of opportunity for me with graduate schools." Harney encouraged people to come see the exhibit, to support IU Kokomo's art students and see the creative work they do. "We are doing some awesome things in the fine arts building. I think people would be surprised by the amount of talent here," she said. The Art Gallery is located in Alumni Hall, and is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays; from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays; noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays; and is closed Sundays, Mondays and Fridays. Admission is free. Persons without campus parking permits should follow signs to free visitor parking. For more information call (765) 455-9523 or e-mail iukag@iuk.edu. Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana. Nursing student receives $3,500 scholarship for quick actions 0 5 A P RI L 2 0 1 2 KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University Kokomo student Alexis Martin did not have any kind of reward in mind when she helped a woman severely injured in a car accident January 26. As a result of her quick thinking that snowy morning, the Indianapolis Star awarded her its annual $3,500 "Salute to Nurses Student of the Year" scholarship, surprising her recently during clinicals at Wishard Hospital. "My instructor disappeared into another room, and she came back with about 10 people who were all there to see me get this scholarship. I just started crying, I was so happy," Martin said. Martin, 22, will be honored at the "Salute to Nurses" file:///C|/...ichael%20Harris%20Chancellor%20IUK%20said%20the%20job%20fair%20is%20a%20partnership%20between%20IU%20Kokomo%20and%20the%20community.htm[12/23/2013 8:29:44 PM]
  4. 4. IU Kokomo Campus awards luncheon Wednesday, April 25, at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in Indianapolis. Nursing faculty nominated Martin for the scholarship. The scholarship will pay for about half of her senior year tuition, and is a blessing to her and to her parents, Jerry and Chris Martin of Wabash. Nursing student Alexis Martin. "My parents are helping me pay for school, and I've had some student loans," she said. "This scholarship means I won't have to borrow as much for my last year. I really appreciate the School of Nursing faculty for nominating me for it, and I am honored to have been chosen." Carrie Bernhardt, events manager for StarMedia, said nursing programs statewide select top students to submit an essay entry each year. Representatives of the Indiana State Board of Nursing read the essays and select the student of the year. "It is our hope to encourage more individuals to enter this noble profession and help them along the way," she said. Linda Wallace, dean of the School of Nursing, said Martin is "very deserving" of the award. "Alexis' rapid, calm response in an emergency is an example of what we hope for from all of our students and graduates," Wallace said. "She did us all proud, serving our community in a meaningful manner in a time of need." The day of the accident, Martin called 911 on her cell phone, waited for emergency responders, meanwhile checking the passengers in both vehicles. One passenger was trapped and unconscious in her vehicle, and Martin's nursing training kicked in. Martin said she now knows she made the right decision to be a nurse. "That was confirmation I had it in me to have a positive impact on someone's life. That was the moment I knew I was meant to be here and to be a nurse." Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana. IU Kokomo, Ivy Tech team up to host job fair April 12 0 4 A P RI L 2 0 1 2 KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University Kokomo and Ivy Tech Community College will team up to host the annual Kokomo Area Spring Job Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 12, at the Kokomo Event & Conference Center. Tracy Springer, IU Kokomo's director of career services, said the job fair provides an opportunity for graduating students to seek out many job opportunities in north central Indiana. "It is important that we partner with companies and corporations in our region, and give them an opportunity to employ our students, who are earning world-class degrees," she said. "Our Career Services department works hard to provide our students and graduates as many employment options as we can." IU Kokomo and Ivy Tech students and alumni may attend one hour prior to the fair opening to the general public. The job fair is free and open to the public, and is a great way for those graduating soon and other job seekers to connect with employers. More than 40 employers have registered, and more are expected. Employers attending include American Red Cross of Central Indiana, Bona Vista Programs, Chrysler Group LLC, Edward Jones, Guardian Angel Hospice, IU Kokomo Admissions Office, Howard Regional Health System, Key Bank, Kokomo Police Department and Logansport Memorial Hospital. For more information about the Kokomo Area Spring Job Fair, or a complete list of employers attending, contract Springer at 800455-9301 or tracylb@iuk.edu; or Jen Nichols, director of career service at Ivy Tech, at 800-459-0561 ext. 222 or jnichols9@ivytech.edu. An updated list of companies and corporations attending is available online at http://www.iuk.edu/adminservices/career-services/jobs/job_fairs.shtml file:///C|/...ichael%20Harris%20Chancellor%20IUK%20said%20the%20job%20fair%20is%20a%20partnership%20between%20IU%20Kokomo%20and%20the%20community.htm[12/23/2013 8:29:44 PM]
  5. 5. IU Kokomo Campus IU Kokomo, Ivy Tech, WorkOne, Z92.5, Rock 98.5 and WIOU sponsor the event. To learn more about IU Kokomo or Ivy Tech, go to www.iuk.edu or www.ivytech.edu. Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana. Student Government Association enhances campus life 0 3 A P RI L 2 0 1 2 KOKOMO, Ind. - Twice per month, a group of students at Indiana University Kokomo sit down and discuss ways to improve the campus. They sponsor events, handle complaints, but most of all, they do their best to serve the student body and improve campus life. This group is the Student Government Association (SGA). Some may think, "What does the student government actually do?" Their work is endless. The student government's main priority is to be student leaders on campus. They are responsible for budgeting other student organizations year-round, they sponsor food giveaways during Welcome Week of each spring and fall semester, and they serve on various committees with the campus' best interest in mind. "I have been involved in SGA for almost three years, and I have Members of the Student Government Association loved every minute of it," said Jordan Ousley, student body vice president. "I truly enjoy working for this campus and making it the best it can be." In the past year, SGA has worked closely with the Food Service Committee to bring the new Coca-Cola machine to the cafeteria, the salad bar, the new sandwich options in the cooler, as well as other healthy options to the menu. The campus can also look forward to new vending machines in the main building in the fall. These machines will offer healthier meals, salads, sandwiches, and wraps. They have also worked closely with staff administration in funding and constructing the new outdoor basketball and volleyball courts on campus, along with playing a role in the addition of sports teams. "It's very important that SGA members have open communication and close relationships with faculty, staff, and administration," said Nida Zia, previous student body president and current graduate student. Lately, there has been much talk about the new Wellness and Fitness Center coming to campus, and SGA has helped move this process along as well. However, they have been working with the Vice Chancellor of Administration and Finance Roy Tamir to implement a cardio room in the Kelley Student Center. This room will include treadmills, elliptical machines, and stationary exercise bikes. The campus can look forward to utilizing them in the next few months. "The new cardio room in the Kelley Center will be a great addition, and I'm looking forward to using it," said Jon Underwood, current senator and student finance committee chairperson. "I hope the campus enjoys it as well." SGA's current project is establishing a Cougar Card, which will serve as an ID card and allow students to use it for food, books, and other campus needs. They are also working on ways to increase the hours that campus is open, as well as having the library and cafeteria open longer each day. "I am very proud of the work our student government continues to do," Dean of Students and SGA Faculty Advisor Sarah Sarber said. "I hope more students continue to get involved and be a part of the great things to come." The officers for the 2012-2013 school year have been chosen, and this new group will assume their roles starting in June 2012. New members include: Student Body President Jeremy Gibson, Student Body Vice President Jordan Ousley, Student Union Board Director Lorie Blunck, and Student Athletics and Wellness Board Director Brian Arwood. Gibson, Ousley, and Arwood will each serve their positions for the second year in a row, while Blunck is new to the executive branch. Senators include Hollie Boyles, Vanessa Dove, Mary Olk, Kristianna Upchurch, and Danika Smith. The senate seats 12 people per year so there is an opportunity for 7 new senators to be appointed. If you are interested in serving on SGA for the next school year, you may print a copy of the application form here http://www.iuk.edu/campuslife/assets/pdf/IUKSGA%20Application%202012.pdf, or you can pick one up in the Student Activities Office. For any questions or concerns regarding the Student Government Association, contact Student Body President Jeremy Gibson, gibsonje@iuk.edu or Student Body Vice President Jordan Ousley, jtousley@iuk.edu. file:///C|/...ichael%20Harris%20Chancellor%20IUK%20said%20the%20job%20fair%20is%20a%20partnership%20between%20IU%20Kokomo%20and%20the%20community.htm[12/23/2013 8:29:44 PM]
  6. 6. IU Kokomo Campus Story by Mary Olk. Mary is a student writer for the Office of Media & Marketing. See the planets at Observatory open house 0 3 A P RI L 2 0 1 2 KOKOMO, Ind. – Stargazers can get a closer look at four planets on Sunday, April 8, when the Indiana University Kokomo Observatory hosts its monthly open house, from 8 to 11 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Patrick Motl, assistant professor of physics, said Saturn, Mars, Jupiter and Venus are all up in the early evening sky, and the moon is not expected to rise until later. He said there should be plenty for stargazers to see during the open house, weather permitting. Motl will begin the evening at 8 p.m. with a brief talk on epsilon Aurigae, a multiple star system "where a binary pair orbits and interacts with a third, supergiant star." Amateur and professional astronomers observed epsilon Aurigae from 2009 to 2011, and he will summarize what they learned about the state system. The Observatory at IU Kokomo features two telescopes mounted together – a six-inch Takahashi refracting telescope and a 16inch Meade reflecting telescope. The Takahashi provides exceptionally sharp images of planets, while the Meade lets stargazers see fainter objects in the sky, due to its larger light collecting area. The Kokomo Astronomy Club will also be present on Sunday to set up their own personal telescopes, which will allow for a variety of views. The Observatory, 105 E. Rebecca Lane, opens its doors to the Kokomo community on the second Sunday of each month. The next open house is scheduled for May 13. Free parking is available. Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana. IU Kokomo offers two three-year degrees 3 0 M A RC H 2 0 1 2 KOKOMO, Ind. — Think you don't have time to earn a college degree? Think again. Indiana University Kokomo students will have an opportunity to earn bachelor's degrees in elementary education or business in three years, starting with the fall semester. The campus received a $30,000 grant from Complete College America, a national nonprofit organization that works with states to increase college completion. The grant will be used for student advising resources, course mapping software and development of accelerated degree programs. Chancellor Michael Harris said the three-year degree programs are part of the campus focus on enhancing Students walking through the quad. degree completion and degree attainment, while maintaining academic excellence. It also fits in with IU President Michael McRobbie's vision for the regional campuses, he said. "IU Kokomo is finding innovative ways to increase the number of students who graduate. We must have an educated workforce to grow our economy," Harris said. Sue Sciame Giesecke, executive vice chancellor for academic affairs, said campus officials are looking for students to enroll in the pilot programs for the fall semester. "This program is perfect for the student who is focused on earning a bachelor's degree in as short a time as possible," she said. Shirley Aamidor, associate dean of education, said students will enroll in 18 credit hours each semester and six credit hours during the summer session to graduate in three years. "Faculty and staff take pride in working with students to help them achieve their goals," she said. "While students are the ones who ultimately must complete the work and demonstrate excellence, they will find a supportive faculty and willing advisors to help them achieve." IU Kokomo's grant also will fund degree-mapping programs to help students and their advisors develop a detailed plan of classes file:///C|/...ichael%20Harris%20Chancellor%20IUK%20said%20the%20job%20fair%20is%20a%20partnership%20between%20IU%20Kokomo%20and%20the%20community.htm[12/23/2013 8:29:44 PM]
  7. 7. IU Kokomo Campus to take each semester to graduate in four years. Indiana was one of 10 states that received $1 million grants for innovative, high-impact college completion initiatives designed to enhance student success and close attainment gaps for traditionally underrepresented populations. Funding was provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Indiana's plan, "Smarter Choices, Faster Completion," focuses on creating highly structured strategies to improve degree completion at IU regional campuses and redesigning delivery of remedial classes at Ivy Tech. It includes $250,000 for IU regional campuses, which educate about one-third of IU students. Harris said IU Kokomo is a leader in developing innovative programs to enhance degree attainment opportunities. "This program allows residents of north central Indiana to earn a world-class degree on our campus in less time. We are grateful for the state's recognition of our efforts to raise educational attainment in our region and state." Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana. IU Kokomo students travel to Shakespeare festival 2 9 M A RC H 2 0 1 2 KOKOMO, Ind. — Imagine traveling back in time more than 400 years, and attending a new play written by William Shakespeare, in the Blackfriars Playhouse. Indiana University Kokomo students experienced two Shakespeare plays as they would have been performed in his time, on a class trip to the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Va. The group saw "Richard III" and "Much Ado About Nothing" at the center's Blackfriars Playhouse, designed to match its namesake in London. The playhouse was Shakespeare's second theater after The Globe. Sophomore Taylor Boike thought it was interesting to see how the actors perform Shakespeare plays as produced in the 1600s, with few sets, lights on in the audience, and actors portraying opposite gender characters. "I learned a lot about how actors worked in that time, and the ins and outs of professional acting today. I have so much respect for what they do there," she said. "This is an experience I will always remember at IU Kokomo." Joe Keener, assistant professor of English, said experiencing live performances of the plays, in addition to reading them, makes Shakespeare's work more than an academic subject. "They saw that Shakespeare and drama aren't just ideas you learn for a class or for your student production. It's alive and vibrant, out in the real world. I can try my best to convey this idea in a classroom, but these productions are worth thousands of my words." Keener teamed with Joann Kaiser, who teaches drama, to offer the trip as a one credit hour course, with 12 students and eight faculty and staff. Senior Evelyn Wilcox hadn't studied Shakespeare yet, but enjoyed the opportunity to see two of his plays onstage and to meet students and faculty she hadn't spent time with before the trip. "I hadn't managed to squeeze any extracurricular activities into my schedule yet, so this is really the first time I have branched out to meet new people and experience new things." Kaiser, lecturer in communication arts, said the first-time experiences for the students, such as first time riding an Amtrak train, were as meaningful as the academic benefits. "The trip opened up a whole new worldview for many of these students," she said. She said seeing Shakespeare performed live makes it more meaningful than reading it in class. "Students saw his language and drama has meaning today. This trip combined what they will learn in history, literature and drama courses they will take at IU Kokomo in the future. Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana. IU Kokomo student serves as town councilman 2 2 M A RC H 2 0 1 2 KOKOMO, Ind. – At age 21, Ryan Mix is the youngest Galveston Town Council member by nearly two decades. file:///C|/...ichael%20Harris%20Chancellor%20IUK%20said%20the%20job%20fair%20is%20a%20partnership%20between%20IU%20Kokomo%20and%20the%20community.htm[12/23/2013 8:29:44 PM]
  8. 8. IU Kokomo Campus A criminal justice major at Indiana University Kokomo, he says the skills he has learned and resources available to him on campus give him an advantage. "I had to make a campaign speech in front of 250 people, and I was able to do it well because of my speech class at IU Kokomo," Mix said, a junior. "I have used the campus library to do research for my council job, too. I definitely have more resources available to me than the other guys." He chose IU Kokomo as his college at a young age, after going to class with his mother, Kathy Phipps, as she earned her bachelor's degree. "I grew up around the campus, so I knew everything Ryan Mix continues his family's tradition of studying at IU Kokomo and public service. He is serving as a Galveston town councilman. I needed was here," he said. "I didn't need to go away to earn a well-respected degree." His mother also inspired his decision to study criminal justice. During his summer vacations from school, he often went to work with her at the Howard County Courthouse, where she worked as a court reporter. "Our family has a tradition of going to IU and of giving back to our community," Mix said. Faculty member Kelly Brown said she is proud of Mix's focus on public service. "Our goal is for our students and graduates to serve their communities," said Brown, associate professor of criminal justice. "We are as pleased and proud of him as we can be. He's made a huge commitment to the town of Galveston and will do a great job." Brown said as a town council member, Mix will bring a unique perspective to discussions in his criminal justice classes. "So much of what we learn and experience gives us a different viewpoint of the world, which he can add to class discussion. This kind of hands-on governing experience will be a tremendous asset to him," she said. She said Mix also will learn skills in his classes that he can bring to the council. "A criminal justice education will give him multiple perspectives on the issues that may come before the town council, and teach him problem-solving skills that will make him a valuable council member," she added. Mix isn't sure if he will run for another term on council, or another political office in four years. "At my age, four years feels like an eternity," he said. Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana. "Like" us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter for your chance to win! 2 1 M A RC H 2 0 1 2 To hype up the campus and add some fun competition to the final stretch of the spring semester, Indiana University Kokomo will be starting weekly contests through their social media sites. The first contest will begin on Thursday, March 22. The same contest will occur through Facebook and Twitter, with each site having a winner. Everyone who follows IU Kokomo on Facebook and Twitter are eligible to participate in the contests. The posts regarding the contests will give specific instructions on how to win and the deadline to participate. All winners will be chosen at random, using a random name picker, to ensure all contests are fair to all participants. Winners will be announced after the contest closes. If you are a winner, you must come to the Office of Media and Marketing to pick up your prize. Prizes will range from IU Kokomo Cougar spirit wear to coffee mugs, lanyards, or other promotional items from campus events. So, what are you waiting for? "Like" Indiana University Kokomo on Facebook, and follow on Twitter, @IUKokomo for your chance to participate and win! If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Facebook or Twitter contests, please contact Marie Radel, director of Media and Marketing, meradel@iuk.edu. Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana. file:///C|/...ichael%20Harris%20Chancellor%20IUK%20said%20the%20job%20fair%20is%20a%20partnership%20between%20IU%20Kokomo%20and%20the%20community.htm[12/23/2013 8:29:44 PM]
  9. 9. IU Kokomo Campus Young Authors coming to IU Kokomo 2 0 M A RC H 2 0 1 2 KOKOMO, Ind. — More than 1,000 budding writers and their fans will be on the Indiana University Kokomo campus for the Young Authors Conference Friday, March 23. IU Kokomo is home to the conference, which Marilyn Skinner, director of the Early Childhood Education Center, said is a perfect fit for the campus' focus on community partnerships, student success, and academic excellence. "We hope this turns kids on to reading and writing, so they are more likely to succeed in school and be better prepared to succeed in college," Skinner said. "We are proud the Kokomo Area Reading Council brings this event to our campus." The reading council sponsors the annual conference, which includes a book signing and discussion led by a children's author, literacy activities provided by IU Kokomo School of Education students and, the highlight of the evening, displays of books written by elementary school pupils from the Kokomo area. About 1,000 children write books for the conference. IU Kokomo graduate Beth Willis, a first grade teacher at Eastern Elementary in Greentown, said several of her students wrote and illustrated books. She encouraged children and their parents to work on their books together at home. "They (students) will have a real book, with a front cover and back cover, to make them feel like real authors," Willis said. "It's amazing what they come up with when they're allowed to create and write on their own." Children's author Denise Brennan-Nelson will talk about her writing process and books at 6 p.m. Copies of her books, which include "My Momma Likes to Say," "Someday," and "Buzzy the Bumblebee," will be available to purchase, and Brennan will sign books from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Young Author books will be on display from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Skinner said the Young Authors conference gives children opportunities to learn how books are written and published, and also to display their own finished work. "I think this conference is important because children learn how to write books, which will excite them about reading books," Skinner said. "The children really enjoy finding their books in the display, and they're so proud to show them off to their families. It's a real moment of pride and success." Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana. Campus to participate in statewide tornado drill 1 9 M A RC H 2 0 1 2 KOKOMO, Ind. — Spring weather, while welcomed after winter, also brings with it a threat of severe weather. Indiana University Kokomo will prepare for potential storms by participating in a statewide tornado drill this Wednesday, March 21, as part of Severe Weather Awareness Week, March 18 to 24. A tornado warning test drill using IU Notify, the campus' emergency notification system, will take place between 10 and 10:30 a.m. for the first test and then again between 7:30 and 8 p.m. for the second. Roy Tamir, vice chancellor for administration and finance, said the recent devastating tornados in southern Indiana show how important it is that everyone on campus is connected to warning systems and knows what to do in case of a weather emergency. "We have emergency preparedness plans, and it is important to practice them so if we have a real tornado everyone knows where to go," Tamir said. "The safety of our students, faculty, and staff is high priority. If we have a tornado, we want everyone on campus to be in the safest place possible." Because the tests are statewide, alerts also will be broadcast on National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather radio and local media. The outdoor warning sirens and public address systems also will be tested at both times. All members of the campus community should review severe weather communications and shelter plans for their respective buildings before the test on March 21. Faculty, staff, and students should review, verify, update and add contact information to IU Notify through OneStart, at onestart.iu.edu. For more information, contact David Selby, chief of police, at dselby@iuk.edu. Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana. Marilyn Skinner honored with Torchbearer Award file:///C|/...ichael%20Harris%20Chancellor%20IUK%20said%20the%20job%20fair%20is%20a%20partnership%20between%20IU%20Kokomo%20and%20the%20community.htm[12/23/2013 8:29:44 PM]
  10. 10. IU Kokomo Campus 1 0 M A RC H 2 0 1 2 KOKOMO, Ind. — Marilyn Skinner is doing her best to help children – just like she has for nearly 50 years.  It is this dedication and attitude that has earned her the Torchbearer Award from the Indiana Commission for Women, honoring her as a trailblazer for women. Skinner, director of the Indiana University Kokomo Early Childhood Education Center, was surprised, yet pleased, to be one of 12 honorees. “I think this is where I’ve had the most impact as an educator, helping parents become better at being their child’s first teacher,” she said. “If you succeed in kindergarten, you are more likely to graduate from high school. If you feel like a failure as a five year old, it’s going to scar you for the rest of your life. “The expectations for kindergartners are so much higher than they used to be, and we have to do our best to prepare them to succeed,” she added. Skinner has served as director of the early childhood center since it opened seven years ago, funded by a $1.5 million Lilly Endowment grant. She planned to work there a few months until a permanent director was hired, and has been there ever since. The Center’s mission is to prepare Howard County children to be ready to succeed in kindergarten. Skinner oversees programs such as Totes for Tots, which loans bags of age-appropriate toys and books to families of preschoolers each month, and an activity room, a free place parents may come play, do crafts or read with their child. She also works with preschool teachers and directors on their curriculum and leads Baby University, which teaches parenting skills to low-income parents and grandparents. Chancellor Michael Harris congratulated Skinner on her award, and said her efforts have made a tremendous impact on the community and the future education of many children. “Marilyn is certainly deserving of this award, and we are proud to have her as a leader at Indiana University Kokomo,” said Harris. “The Early Childhood Education Center is one key element of IU Kokomo’s mission to build relationships in our community and prepare children to be successful students through their college years.”  Betsy Corridan, chairwoman of the commission’s board, said Indiana Torchbearers are “those women who have been pioneers throughout their lives, and have stepped forward as leaders by breaking down barriers to women’s full participation.” “These women have become true beacons of light and their stories of courage, perseverance and compassion create a lasting legacy of inspiration for us all,” Corridan said. Before her work at IU Kokomo, Skinner had a longstanding, successful career with the Kokomo-Center School Corporation, first as a teacher, then as an administrator. She was the first woman to serve as an assistant principal, principal, and assistant superintendent in the corporation. After 15 years as assistant superintendent, Skinner decided to “ease into” retirement by working part time for Head Start. After retirement, she worked for three universities, supervising student teachers for five years, before deciding it was time to “really retire.”  Then, the opportunity at the early childhood education center came along, and “I flunked retirement again,” she said with a laugh. Skinner said the center is an important resource in Howard County, and she’s glad to be part of it. “This is a very important part of educating children in our community, and helping their parents teach them,” Skinner said. “I always felt like I was just doing my job. I’m honored that my work was appreciated and seen as important.” Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana. More Articles... Academic Advisor Cathy Barnes to lead state organization Science camp gets boost, grant from IU Women’s Philanthropy Council Spring break starts Sunday Indiana Chamber features IU Kokomo’s Student Success Tuition Discount program Page 16 of 21 << Start < Prev 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Next > End >> Copyright © 2011 The Trustees of Indiana University | Copyright Complaints file:///C|/...ichael%20Harris%20Chancellor%20IUK%20said%20the%20job%20fair%20is%20a%20partnership%20between%20IU%20Kokomo%20and%20the%20community.htm[12/23/2013 8:29:44 PM]