IU East’s Spring Diversity event features Jane Collins on April 9

March 25th, 2015

Indiana University East Women and Gender Studies Unit and the Indiana University East Diversity Committee invites the community to the Spring Diversity lecture at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 9, in Vivian Auditorium. JaneCollins

This year’s featured speaker is Jane Collins, professor of Community & Environmental Sociology and Gender & Women’s Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She will present “Economic Citizenship in the Age of Inequality.”

This talk is free and open to the public.

Collins’ work focuses on the relationship between gender and labor in the Americas. Her research on gender and labor in the Americas has focused on family farms in Peru, the commercial agricultural sector in Brazil, the apparel industry in the U.S. and Mexico and the low wage service sector in the U.S. Her most recent work “Both Hands Tied” examines the working poor in the United States, focusing in particular on the relation between welfare and low-wage earnings among working mothers.

Wazir Mohamed, associate professor of sociology and member of the IU East Diversity Committee, said Collins is a specialist who is able to address the structural changes currently underway – wherein many young women can now only access part-time, 25-29 hour work per week.

“This do not only interfere with women’s ability to earn a living wage in order to participate equally with men and hence seize their equal place in society. Young women are being socialized into this new emergent structure to believe and hence accept part-time work as being normal. In her presentation Jane Collins is expected to address these concerns for young women, and women’s inequality in the workplace,” Mohamed said.

Collins is also providing the keynote address during the 27th Annual Indiana University Women’s and Gender Studies Undergraduate Conference being held on the IU East campus on Friday, April 10.

This conference offers students an opportunity to share research presentations, artwork, performances, and posters that reflect their work in Women’s, Sexuality and Gender Studies with students and faculty across the IU system. The theme for this year’s event is, “Women and the New Economy: Challenging Stereotypes of Work, Family, and Gender in the 21st Century.”

For more information about the conference, contact Stephanie Whitehead, assistant professor of criminal justice and political science, at snwhiteh@iue.edu.

IU East News and Notes

March 19th, 2015

Visiting Writer Bianca SpriggsRichmond, Ind. – Affrilachian Poet and Cave Canem Fellow Bianca Lynne Spriggs is an award-winning poet and multidisciplinary artist from Lexington, Ky. Spriggs will read from her work from 7-8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, in the Whitewater Hall art gallery. The event is free and open to the public.

During her visit to campus, Spriggs will lead a workshop with students from 2-3 p.m. in Whitewater Hall room 202.

She is the author of  Kaffir Lily, How Swallowtails Become Dragons and the forthcoming titles Call Her By Her Name (Northwestern University Press, 2016) and The Galaxy is a Dance Floor (Argos Books, 2016).

Spriggs is the co-editor of Circe’s Lament: An Anthology of Wild Women, managing editor for pluck! The Journal of Affrilachian Art & Culture, poetry editor for Apex Magazine and she serves as the Literary Arts Liaison for the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning.

Student Research Day is April 3
Indiana University East invites the community to Student Research Day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, April 3, in Whitewater Hall.

Student Research Day recognizes the research, scholarly and creative work of IU East student scholars. The day includes poster and oral presentations, a three-minute thesis competition and an awards ceremony.

IU East students may still submit proposals to participate in Student Research Day. The deadline is Friday, March 27. Students are encouraged to submit their research and creative projects online at iue.edu/researchday.

For more information, contact Ange Cooksey at mcooksey@iue.edu.

IU East Center for Leadership Development to host workshop on EQ and You April 2

March 18th, 2015

The Indiana University East Center for Leadership Development will host a workshop on “EQ and You: Creating a Personalized Emotional Intelligence Development Plan” from 1-4 p.m. on Thursday, April 2, in the Whitewater Hall Community Room. Participants must RSVP online.EQandYou

Emotional Intelligence is a term that has come into popular use to describe a set of personal competencies that are closely associated with effective functioning. Effective EQ has been tied to success in every aspect of life and the good news is that these competencies can be developed.

Participants in this session will have the opportunity to take the EQi instrument and to use their results as the starting point for charting a path to accomplishing their unique personal and professional goals.

The workshop will be presented by Fredricka Joyner, associate professor and director of the IU East Center for Leadership Development and the Master’s in Management program. Joyner has over three decades of business experience, providing leadership, organization, and community development consulting services to a diverse client list that  includes manufacturing and service organizations, professional practices, health and education coalitions, non-profits, government departments, and social service agencies.

Over the past five years, Joyner has provided training and consulting services related to managing across the generations. She has also designed and delivered a four-day leadership development curriculum to almost 2000 managers in a global Fortune 500 company. Most recently, she has been providing intensive executive coaching to high potential managers who have been tasked with expanding into international markets.

Registration is required; RSVP at iue.edu/leadership. The $100 fee for this workshop will cover the cost of the EQi instrument.

About the IU East Center for Leadership Development
The IU East Center for Leadership Development is sponsored by the IU East School of Business and Economics. The center is focused on enhancing the managerial and leadership capacities within the IU East service region. A primary purpose of the center is to link the academic resources of the IU East School of Business and Economics to the economic and leadership development needs of the region.

IU East named to 2014 President’s Honor Roll

March 9th, 2015

Indiana University East has been named to the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

This designation is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. The Honor Roll list is available online.

IU East has previously been named to the honor roll, most recently in 2013.HonorRollLogo2015

Chancellor Kathryn Cruz-Uribe said IU East is dedicated to serving the communities in the region.

“We are honored to receive this recognition acknowledging the service our students, faculty and staff provide to this region. IU East is deeply committed to the communities within east central Indiana and west central Ohio and is proud to participate in programs and initiatives that continue to help move us forward,” Cruz-Uribe said.

The Center for Service-Learning provides assistance for connecting community organizations with interested faculty and students. The Center for Service-Learning is housed in the Campus Library.

IU East was recognized for its community outreach through programs in nursing, literacy, and entrepreneurship. IU East completed the programs with community partners including Communities in School, Boys and Girls Club, public libraries, Girls Inc., Habitat for Humanity, YWCA, Amigos, Cope Environmental Center, and Reid Hospital & Health Care Services.

Frances Yates, director of the Campus Library and liaison for service-learning, said, “IU East faculty and staff continue to increase and enhance service engagement opportunities for our students. One in five students at IU East were involved in service-learning in fall 2014.”

Potential partners can find out more at iue.edu/servicelearning/ or contact the CSL at iueastsl@iue.edu.

During the 2012-2013 academic year, IU East’s service engagement increased by 30 percent due to expanded outreach to 40 local organizations in five counties, an increased number of programs and events, and a larger number of students with service-learning requirements or options in courses across disciplines.

Highlights of some of the community service partnerships IU East students are involved in:

  • The School of Nursing contributed significantly toward healthy living by community members. Service is built into nine courses. With 90 students in three cohorts, there are 270 nursing students engaged in service each semester, impacting more than 3,000 individuals.
  • More than 40 students participated in service projects through the campus entrepreneurship club and courses. These students dedicated over 1,200 hours to provide educational experiences for youth and adults that resulted in new product and business development in the region. As a result of these projects, thousands of community members developed their creativity, accomplished individual and team goals, and gained knowledge they can use in the future.
  • The Spanish language and culture academic program at IU East instituted a service-learning requirement for all students, ranging from 5-20 hours of service per course. A cornerstone of the service is a large Hispanic Heritage Month celebration. There were 280 individuals that attended the Hispanicampus Festival and the Virtual Galleries, 35 students wrote Hispanic-content articles for the local newspaper, 33 students and community members gathered for a Cine foreign film fest, and 355 elementary students at three schools enjoyed the Huevos verdes y jamón bilingual story telling by IU East students. IU East Spanish students completed a total of 550 hours of service during the academic year and served as ambassadors of Hispanic culture.

About the President’s Honor Roll
The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll is an initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). The President’s Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition an institution of higher education can receive for its community service work. CNCS is a federal agency that engages more than 5 million Americans in service through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, the Social Innovation Fund, and the Volunteer Generation Fund, and leads the President’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve.

IU East Mindful Explorations presents lecture by artist Steve Prescott

March 9th, 2015

Indiana University East will present a Mindful Explorations lecture by Steve Prescott from 3-5 p.m. on Friday, March 27, in Tom Raper Hall Room 124.StevePrescott1

The event is free and open to the public. The lecture is sponsored by Mindful Explorations, courtesy of the William H. and Jean R. Reller Endowment.

Steve Prescott has been freelancing in the fantasy and sci-fi gaming industry since the mid ’90s, working on products from such companies as White Wolf Games, FASA, Paizo, Blizzard, Animal Planet, and most notably for Wizards of the Coast where he has contributed heavily to both Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: the Gathering.

Currently, Prescott’s artwork is the feature and driving force behind the mobile app game “SoulSpark” set to be released in March 2015.

Prescott received his Bachelor in Fine Arts in Illustration from Columbus College of Art and Design.

Ann Kim, assistant professor of fine arts at IU East, said Prescott’s work appeals to a wide range of audiences as well as merges aspects of fine arts with that of commercial art.WizardsoftheCoast1

“Steve is an internationally renown freelance artist who supports his family solely through his art making, which will be beneficial for those students who want to learn more about the commercial aspect of art. He will be speaking not only about his work but also the business side of art, which will be an insightful talk for anyone who is interested in being self-employed in any creative field,” Kim said.

Prescott will be available to sign copies of his books and cards following the lecture.



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


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

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.


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.


“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.