Spotlight: IU East criminal justice majors network with area professionals

March 6th, 2015

Students put lessons to the test as they hone their career skills

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IU East criminal justice majors talk with Chief Probation Officer for Wayne County Kory George during a networking brunch held in the Whitewater Hall Community Room.

Indiana University East criminal justice majors recently had a networking breakfast with community and law enforcement leaders to practice the skills they have learned throughout this semester.

The course, Job Search Strategies for Liberal Arts Students, is instructed by Katie Chaney, School of Humanities and Social Sciences academic and career advising coordinator.

Chaney said the seven-week, one credit course is designed to help juniors and seniors in liberal arts programs create effective strategies for post-graduation success. Students go over topics including resume and cover letter writing, interviewing and impressing, networking and financial literacy.

“The culminating experience is a networking brunch with area professionals. The goal of this brunch is to bring students together with individuals who are currently working in their field of interest and to allow the opportunity for them to practice the skills gained during the course,” Chaney said. “This is the third time I have hosted a networking brunch for the course, but it was the first time I had exclusively criminal justice majors in the course.”

Eight students attended the breakfast and were divided among tables to talk with Wayne County Sheriff Jeff Cappa, Chief Probation Officer for Wayne County Kory George, Assistant Chief Probation Officer for Wayne County Adam McQueen, and Richmond Police Department Officer Chad Porfidio. Cappa and McQueen are both IU East alumni.

“I enjoyed speaking with the students and answering their questions. I feel it is beneficial for a student to have an opportunity to talk with someone who has experience in the profession they are considering.  I found all their questions to be extremely insightful and their eagerness to learn very satisfying,” Cappa said.

George said it was a pleasure to sit and visit with IU East students as they prepare for their next phase of life.

“The desire and ability to apply their IU East education was evident as was their genuine interest in doing good work in our communities. I’m hopeful they will continue to pursue their passion and put their education to good use for those in the community we serve,” George said.

McQueen completed the Master of Science in Management in 2013 at IU East. He is a member of the program’s first graduating cohort.

“We, as a community, should want to do anything that we can to keep our IU East students in Wayne County and the surrounding areas.  Events, such as today’s network brunch, aid that effort,” McQueen said.

Students also had the opportunity to talk with IU East’s Career and Experiential Learning Coordinator Liz Ferris and Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Stephanie Whitehead to gain more experience.

Tim Gard is a senior criminal justice major. He plans to graduate in May 2016. He said the brunch was a great idea and the event went well.

“It was definitely eye opening to see how different each job within the criminal justice field really is,” Gard said. “Overall, I’d say that this whole class was a success. I never really knew how to write a resume or cover letter, and I was never sure how to answer some of the more popular interview questions, but this class has definitely made me better prepared for those situations.”

Christina Perkins is also a member of the Class of 2016 and a criminal justice major. She said the combination of the course lessons and the networking brunch provided valuable information.

“I learned some of the common misconceptions in applying for jobs and simple steps that can be taken to stand out. The networking brunch is essential and offers so many opportunities that would otherwise not be available,” Perkins said.

 

Spotlight: IU East faculty lead program on Perspectives of Beauty at Girls Inc.

March 4th, 2015
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Katherine Miller, assistant professor of anthropology, helps a Girls Inc. member with an East African dress as part of “Perspectives of Beauty: What is normal is what you are.”

Indiana University East School of Humanities and Social Sciences Lecturer of Psychology Eevett Loshek and Assistant Professor of Anthropology Katherine Miller worked with a group at Girls Inc. of Wayne County through teaching a class on cross-cultural, historical, and psychological concepts of beauty and female development.

The course, “Perspectives of Beauty: What is normal is what you are,” brought girls ages 10-13 together for lectures on different aspects of beauty and hands-on activities during three sessions on February 6, February 13 and February 27.

Loshek and Miller are both in their second semester of teaching at IU East; they joined the university in fall 2014. They said the program began after attending the Girls Inc. fundraising gala in October 2014. They were at a table discussing their background and research interests with other guests, including Yates, who later contacted them about organizing a program to work with the girls.

“Katie and I had cohesive ideas on what we wanted to do with the girls. We talked to Laura Retherford and explained our areas of research and what our options might be to provide a program for the girls,” Loshek said. Retherford is co-executive director of Girls Inc.

They developed the course on three different perspectives of women and beauty:  historical, cross-cultural and psychological.  Historical demonstrates that beauty is relative, and that over time has changed how society regards women. Cross-Cultural relates to different world-wide cultures and what they consider beautiful.  Miller and Loshek presented on the cultures of Japan, Padaung/Kayan, Kazakhstan, Maya, Maasai (East Africa), and India.

Campus Library Director Frances Yates, KT Lowe, coordinator of library instruction and service-learning, and IU East students Alexandra Estes and Madelynn Murphy assisted with the program for the class.

Yates, who also serves as the faculty liaison for service-learning, noted the value of collaborations between IU East faculty and community partners.

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Katherine Miller, assistant professor of anthropology, and Eevett Loshek, lecturer of psychology, lead a program on historical, cross-cultural, and psychological beauty at Girls Inc.

“We have an abundance and variety of talent and expertise among our faculty and staff. Drs. Miller and Loshek shared their knowledge in a fun, interactive way that really engaged the Girls Inc. participants. They are positive role models that help the girls recognize the many careers that are possible with higher education,” Yates said.

Hands-on activities included applying make-up, to help the girls understand what women went through in the past, and cultural dress to demonstrate how women in different parts of the world dress. The girls were able to try on an outfit including a traditional special-occasion dress from Kazakhstan, a sari in India’s Maharashtra style, or a kimono from Japan. The girls put on an impromptu fashion show for the younger participants at Girls Inc., bringing a lot of fun and laughter as well as education to the afternoon as they modeled the cultural dress.

“I like how we talked about how beauty can be in anyone,” said Girls Inc. member and 8th grade student Olivia.

“They are basically teaching us that beauty is not what’s on the outside, it is what is on the inside,” said Payton, a 6th grader and member of Girls Inc.

Loshek said the girls are attentive and interested in the material, and have brought up several questions throughout the lectures and activities.

Miller said many of the dress and jewelry items were provided by the Library as well as faculty, staff and community members. She said the girls have been excited to learn throughout the program.

“They interact a lot. They’re really funny girls, they are smart and have a good sense of humor,” Miller said. “The biggest thing that I want them to take away from this program is that they are beautiful how they are and to see beauty in other women in a positive way.”

 

 

IU East welcomes new director of Gift Development

March 3rd, 2015

Indiana University East will soon have a new director of Gift Development. Paula Kay King of Centerville, Ind., will begin at IU East on Monday, March 23.PaulaKayKing

Vice Chancellor for External Affairs Jason Troutwine said, “As an IU East graduate, Paula Kay knows our campus and the important role we play in our region. She has been actively involved in our community for several years and brings a great deal of energy and professionalism to this position. I am confident she will do wonderful things for IU East.”

As the gift development director, King will lead IU East’s overall fundraising initiatives, foster relationships with alumni and friends of the campus and develop philanthropic support for campus initiatives, programs, and scholarships.

“I am honored to be given the opportunity to serve my alma mater in this role. Indiana University East has grown significantly over the past decade and continues to have an exciting future. I am eager to make a positive contribution in the ongoing success of IU East,” King said.

Currently, King is the director of Digital & Business Development at Brewer Broadcasting Corporation where she develops marketing strategies by helping local businesses increase their online presence with digital products and services. During her time there, she served as the director of sales and internet development, an account executive, general sales manager and general manager.

King received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a Concentration in Marketing in 2005. A native of Richmond, King has served several community organizations including Reid Hospital & Health Care Services’ Red Dress Ball and Reid Ride, Toys for Tots’ Kash for Kids, and she is a former member of the Wayne County American Red Cross and the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce Buy Local committee.

 

Wayne County’s roots in industry is focus of Art Collaborative exhibit

February 26th, 2015

The School of Business and Economics, School of Humanities and Social Sciences and Richmond Art Museum have partnered on a new exhibit on display now through June 2015.

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“Evening Light” by Oakley Richey

The exhibit “Industry and Art: Creation and Innovation for Communities” is on display in The Art Collaborative gallery space, in the School of Business and Economics, located on the second floor of Hayes Hall.

An opening reception and program for the exhibit will be held from 5-7 p.m. on February 26. A special introduction will be provided by Rob Quigg, treasurer of Richmond Baking Company, and Shaun Dingwerth, Richmond Art Museum executive director, will discuss the exhibit artwork.

This exhibit celebrates the rich heritage of the interplay between the arts and industry in Wayne County. The economic, geographical, religious and political environment made it possible for artists to find work in industries located in Wayne County, such as the Gaar-Scott Company, Wayne Agricultural Company and Hoosier Drill. This fostered an understanding and appreciation for fine art and had a profound effect on the growth of art and culture in this region, leading to Wayne County becoming an important art center in the Midwest.

The Art Collaborative is an interdisciplinary collaboration between the IU East Schools of Business and Economics and Humanities and Social Sciences.

The purpose of the Art Collaborative is to present and explore connections between creative processes in the arts and creation and innovation in business contexts.  Art Collaborative exhibits and events focus on issues important to business and society through the lens of the arts.  The Art Collaborative is a teaching gallery designed to be a learning resource for faculty, students, and the community at large. The Art Collaborative Digital Gallery provides global access to the Art Collaborative exhibits.

The community is welcome to view the exhibit from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

For more information about The Art Collaborative, contact Fredericka Joyner at (765) 973-8412 or email fjoyner@iue.edu.

 

IU East Alumni Association to host Legislative Forum February 27

February 24th, 2015

The Indiana University East Alumni Association will host its next Legislative Forum from 8-9 a.m. on Friday, February 27, in the Springwood Hall Graf Center.

The forums are free and open to the public.

The forums are an opportunity for the community to have an in-person discussion with Senator Jeff Raatz and Representative Tom Saunders.

Each elected official will give opening remarks on the 2015 session of the Indiana General Assembly and any legislation of interest. The forum will then be opened for a question-and-answer period with the audience, moderated by Ross Alexander, Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

IU East hosted its first Legislative Forum January 30. The last of the three forums will be held March 27.

For more information, contact Terry Wiesehan, IU East director of Alumni Relations and Campus Events, at (765) 973-8221 or email twiesaha@iue.edu.

 

 

IU East’s “Let’s Talk” series on Feb. 24 focuses on teenage pregnancy

February 19th, 2015

The next upcoming“Let’s Talk” series will focus on teenage pregnancy. “Let’s Talk” is broadcast live from 7-8 p.m. on WETV Channel 20.

The series is an interactive forum for students, faculty, and members of the community. The series is sponsored by the Indiana University East School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

In 2012, a total of 305,388 babies were born to women aged 15–19 years. Parenting at any age can be challenging, but it can be particularly difficult for adolescent parents. Teen pregnancy and childbearing bring substantial social and economic costs through immediate and long-term impacts on teen parents and their children. Additionally, teen pregnancies carry extra health risks to both the mother and the baby. Come join the discussion on how to prevent teenage pregnancies, the risks associated with teenage pregnancies, and resources available to teen moms.

The speakers are Amy Keene, director of Preventing Adolescent Pregnancy for Girls Inc. of Wayne County; Amber Hibberd, physician’s assistant for the Wayne County Health Department; and Roxann McFarland, director of Diplomas Day Care.

Audience members are encouraged to ask questions during the live broadcast by calling in at (765) 973-8587 or by posting questions on Facebook at facebook.com/iueletstalk.

The first discussion for this series of “Let’s Talk” series discussion on diabetes was held Feb. 10. The discussion is available online.

The final discussion for this spring’s “Let’s Talk” series is on addictions and will be from 7-8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10. The discussion will be broadcast live on WETV Channel 20. The speakers will be Jim Cohen from Birth to 5; Heather R. Buckland, MA, LMFT, LCAC, clinical supervisor for Meridian Health Services; and David Hill, counselor at Reid Hospital & Health Care Services.

IU East News and Notes

February 16th, 2015

IU East welcomes new professional staff
Indiana University East welcomes new professional staff to campus this spring.

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Kathryn T. Lowe is the coordinator of Library Instruction & Service Learning in the Library. As the coordinator, Lowe designs and delivers library instruction and facilitates service-learning experiences that improve student academic success. In addition, she works collaboratively with faculty to plan, teach and assess instruction that cultivates students’ critical thinking skills.

Lowe received her Master of Science in Information, Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies, and a Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

Previously, Lowe was a library technician at Oakland Community College and the gallery manager for The Loft Fine Art Gallery. Formerly, she was the librarian for the Oaks Correctional Facility. She served internships with the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House and Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, Mich.

Office of Communications and Marketing
James Hall is the web content manager for the Office of Communications and Marketing. In his role, Hall will oversee the design, implementation and maintenance of IU East’s digital presence on the Internet; contributing to the strategic plan to meet goals relating to the primary website

Hall is a graduate of Ivy Tech Community College in Richmond. He received his Associate of Applied Science in Computer Information Technology and his PC Support and Administration Certificate from Ivy Tech. Previously, Hall worked for Programming and Micros in Richmond.

Upcoming Legislative Forums
The IU East Alumni Association is hosting legislative forums with Wayne County state legislators, Senator Jeff Raatz and Representatives Tom Saunders and Dick Hamm. The forums are an opportunity for the community to have an in-person discussion.

The forums will be held from 8-9 a.m. in the Springwood Hall Graf Center. The two remaining forums will be held February 27 and March 27.

The forums are free and open to the public. Each elected official will give opening remarks on the 2015 session of the Indiana General Assembly and any legislation of interest. The forum will then be opened for a question-and-answer period with the audience, moderated by Ross Alexander, dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

For more information, contact Terry Wiesehan, director of Alumni Relations and Campus Events, at extension 8221 or email twiesaha@iue.edu.

Scales named Best of Region 4 Excellence Award
Tim Scales, senior lecturer in the School of Business and Economics and director for the Center for Entrepreneurship and the Center for Economic Education, presented and facilitated for the Randolph County Foundation Leadership Class on February 10 at the Beeson House. Scales presented his “Marketing Your Success” program designed for a team of working professionals.

Additionally, Scales was selected as the Best of the Region Excellence Award for ACBSP region 4. Scales was one of ten individuals invited to present at the annual regional meeting in South Bend, Ind. Having been awarded the Best of Region Award, Scales will now be one of eight individuals to present at the International Best of Regions Excellence Conference in June, held in Philadelphia, Pa.

The Great Lakes Council of Business Schools and Programs is a regional division of the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs representing colleges and universities in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, and the Canadian Province of Ontario. The mission of the ACBSP is to establish, promote and recognize educational standards that contribute to the continuous improvement of business education and, through the process of accreditation, to recognize business schools and programs that adhere to these standards.

Upcoming IU East Center for Leadership Development workshop focuses on Facilitating Meetings for Results

February 10th, 2015

The IU East Center for Leadership Development is hosting a Management Series workshop on Facilitating Meetings for Results from 1–4 p.m. on Thursday, February 19, in the Whitewater Hall Community Room.DanaHarrison

Registration is available online and required to attend.

Facilitating Meetings for Results is an experiential course that gives participants the tools they need to achieve intended meeting results.  Participants will leave with the tools necessary to achieve immediate, dramatic improvement in the meetings for which they are responsible.

Costs:
•    $75/workshop/person
•    $50/workshop/group of at least three people from the same organization/business

Visit iue.edu/leadership for more information on content, special pricing and certificate options, and to register for these sessions.

The workshop will be presented by Dana Harrison. She is the owner and principle of Synergy Consulting Services, which drives results through clarifying strategy, developing systems and building talent.

Before launching Synergy, Harrison was the director of Talent Acquisition & Leadership Services at ADVISA, a management consulting company based in Carmel, Ind. There, she was responsible for the standardization and development of more than 30 services ADVISA now offers, including launching their coaching practice and overseeing the development of a year-long leadership development program. Harrison’s clients have ranged from start-ups to multi-national companies in the Fortune 200 and included businesses in healthcare, technology, manufacturing, non-profit and professional services.

Prior to ADVISA, Harrison was the executive director of Dress for Success Indianapolis where she led a five-fold increase in the provision of services to women seeking self-sufficiency. She has also worked in financial services, manufacturing and education.

The Center for Leadership Development is sponsored by the IU East School of Business and Economics. The center focuses on enhancing the managerial and leadership capacities within the IU East service region.

 

 

IU East’s “Let’s Talk” series includes discussion on diabetes, teenage pregnancy and addictions

February 6th, 2015

The fourth “Let’s Talk” series is set to return this spring with discussions focused on current topics and concerns including diabetes, teenage pregnancy and addictions. “Let’s Talk” will be broadcast live on Comcast Channel 20.

“Let’s Talk” is an interactive forum for students, faculty, and members of the community. The series is sponsored by the Indiana University East School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

The first “Let’s Talk” discussion will broadcast from 7-8 p.m. on Tuesday, February 10. The speakers are from Reid Hospital & Health Care Services and include Matt Bailey, pharmacist; Christie Ferriell, manager of Diabetes & Nutrition Education & Clinical Nutrition; and Erica Kretchman, D.O., Endocrinology/Metabolism.

Diabetes is a serious, costly and growing public health problem in the United States and Indiana. This presentation will cover ways to prevent diabetes as well as ways to manage living with diabetes. Additionally, information about local resources available will be provided. This is a great opportunity to learn some tips, find resources, and discuss questions or concerns about your health.

Audience members are encouraged to ask questions during the live broadcast by calling in at (765) 973-8587 or by posting questions on Facebook at facebook.com/iueletstalk.

“Let’s Talk” Schedule:
Tuesday, February 10 – “Diabetes” from 7-8 p.m. Broadcast live on Comcast Channel 20. Speakers are Matt Bailey, pharmacist; Christie Ferriell, manager of Diabetes & Nutrition Education & Clinical Nutrition; and Erica Kretchman, D.O., Endocrinology/Metabolism, all are from Reid Hospital & Health Care Services.

Tuesday, February 24 – “Teenage Pregnancy” from 7-8 p.m. Broadcast live on Comcast Channel 20. Speakers are Amy Keene, director of Preventing Adolescent Pregnancy for Girls Inc. of Wayne County; Amber Hibberd, physician’s assistant for the Wayne County Health Department; and Roxann McFarland, director of Diplomas Day Care.

Tuesday, March 10 – “Addictions” from 7-8 p.m. Broadcast live on Comcast Channel 20. Speakers are Jim Cohen from Birth to 5; Heather R. Buckland, MA, LMFT, LCAC, clinical supervisor for Meridian Health Services; and David Hill, counselor at Reid Hospital & Health Care Services.

IU East welcomes new faculty member to the School of Humanities and Social Sciences

February 5th, 2015

Indiana University East is pleased to welcome its newest faculty member to the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Renee Kaufmann joined the school at the start of the spring 2015 semester.
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Kaufmann, assistant professor of communication studies, received her Ph.D. in Communication Studies, her Master of Arts in Communication Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Distance Learning Development and Implementation from the University of Kentucky. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Middle Childhood Education from Ohio University.

Previously, Kaufmann was an instructional designer in the Office of eLearning at the University of Kentucky. While at the university, she also was an assistant to the director of the Division of ICR and was a graduate teaching assistant in the College of Communication and Information. Before working at the University of Kentucky, Kaufmann was a language arts teacher for Morton Middle School in Lexington, Ky., and formerly held the same position at Glen Este Middle School in Cincinnati.

Kaufmann is presently a member of the National Communication Association, Central States Communication Association, and a Life Member Alpha Phi Omega.

She has received honors and awards including the Top Paper from the College of Communication and Information Graduate Symposium and the Graduate Student Research Spotlight from the Division of Instructional Communication and Research. Both were awarded in 2014 at the University of Kentucky. In 2013, Kaufmann also received a Research Fellowship from the College of Communication and Information and she was the Academic Excellence Graduate Student Award Recipient while at the University of Kentucky.