IU East welcomes new special assistant to the chancellor, chief diversity officer

May 21st, 2015

Latishea Varnesdeel

Indiana University East welcomed Latishea Varnesdeel as the special assistant to the chancellor and chief diversity officer. Varnesdeel began at IU East May 11 and will relocate to Richmond with her daughters.

“We are pleased to bring Latishea to Richmond and to IU East. Latishea will be responsible for many different areas and will be very involved in projects serving our campus and community. She brings with her a wide range of skills and expertise that will be of great benefit in this position. I look forward to working with her,” said Chancellor Kathy Cruz-Uribe.

As the special assistant to the chancellor and chief diversity officer, Varnesdeel will work concurrently in multiple areas of responsibility. She will manage a wide range of administrative, operational and executive support activities, including coordination and oversight of issues relating to the role of chief diversity officer.

“I am honored to have been appointed as the special assistant to the chancellor and chief diversity officer at IU East. My journey with Indiana University began as a non-traditional student on the IU South Bend campus many years ago. After moving to Indianapolis, I attended IUPUI and earned my bachelor’s and master’s degrees as well. From the very beginning I knew that I was meant to be here! I look forward to working with faculty, staff and students in my new roles at IU East, as well as continuous learning on campus,” Varnesdeel said.

Before joining IU East, Varnesdeel was the director of Indiana Black Legislative Caucus in the Indiana House of Representatives, a position she had held since December 2007. She also served a concurrent role as a legislative assistant with the Indiana House of Representatives from 2006 until her departure in May.

Varnesdeel received her Master of Public Affairs, Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Minor in Political Science, all from IUPUI. She also has a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management and a Certificate in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution from IUPUI. She received her Associate of Arts in General Studies from IU South Bend and an Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting from Davenport University in South Bend, Ind.

Currently, Varnesdeel is a member of the Emerging Leaders Program, Indiana Democrat African American Caucus, African American Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee and served as the secretary, IU Alumni Club, IU Neal-Marshall Alumni Club, National Cancer Action Network, and Hoosiers for Higher Education.


IU East announces Chancellor’s List for spring 2015

May 21st, 2015

Indiana University East students who take 12 or more credit hours and complete the semester with a grade point average of 4.0 on a 4.0 scale are named to the Indiana University East Chancellor’s List. The following is the spring 2015 Chancellor’s List. The list is sorted by the student’s listed hometown.


Gun Hur


Brittany Holm

Costa Mesa

Margaret Ohlhaver


Ayanna White


Austin Pflum

Bryan Schlatter

Grace Yeaton

Andrew Kinser

Kaitlyn James

Anna Cravens, Katrina Detwiler, Edwin Fallwell and Heather Utterback

Marisa Vanzant

Ethan Burkhart, Amanda Godsey and Mary Noble

Ryan Husted, Alexandra Kates, Danny Kates, Stephanie Pierson and Caleb Warner

Jennifer Arnold, Benjamin Jenkins, Rachel Johnson, Douglas Rader, Jessica Schuck, Brandon Scott, Adam Smith and Megan Templeton

Jody Frye

Danielle Flesch

Caroline Carter

Etna Green
Taylor Hatfield

Jonathan Davidson

Fountain City
Cody Harris and Stacey Scarrette

Brandi Masterson

Theodore Rectanus

Austin Barancin, Brooke Beckman, Brooke Matson and Olivia Robinson

Alex Schaefer

Brandi Haeft

Brittany Eisenback, Michael Lark, Robb Reed, Timothy Tootle and Christina Wilson

Mackenzie Boles

Tammy Hensley

Jerrica Govin and Jodie Marker

Jacob Beverly and Erik Bush

Jordan Drook

Keith Miller

Stephen Clark and Abigail Thome

Kyle Denton

New Castle
Austyn Bolander, Stephania Cross, Anthony Goodpaster and Robert Hobbs

Emily Guillow and Joshua Kempf

Parker City
Kayla Bogue

Amber Huelskamp and Katlin Petro

Hope Alexander, Sunnie Allen, Michelle Bettner, Alexis Brasier, Anthony Breitenbach, Berta Buckland, Kaylee Cox, Kyle Hall, Ahmad Hilal, Lucas Huffman, Brandy Kinsey, Connor Kramer, Joseph Moore, Lloyd Mullins, Emily O’Brien, Matthew Schroeder, Justin Thurston, Madeline-Elaine Truette and Tasha Turner

Mackenzie Campbell, Bree Huskins and George Wilson

Saint John
Danielle Barth

Linzie Bradley

Corbin Huffman

Karley Hannon and Hannah McDonald

Eli Hudnall

Jessica Keller

MacKenzie Sapp

Patricia Barnard

Skiveta Burns and Alexandra Wolfe


Trevor Boram, Lindsey Dirksen, Grady Garno, Kayle Oswalt and Lindsey Thayer

John Lay

Madison Keiser

Kelsey Buehner, Brooke Hartwig, McKenna Marshall, Kaitlyn Pugh, Stacy Webb and Daniel Wellman

Joshua Lykins

Savanah Anderson, Caleb Huntington, Leah Lewis and Ashlynn Roth

Victoria Garrett and Makailah Lang

Adam Obringer

New Madison
Rachel Ferris, Heather Ferris, Kyle King and Kelly King

New Paris
Makayla Abner, Katie Cail-Pierce, Tory Jackson and Blake Jackson

Kayla Stump

St. Marys
Scottey Luedeke

Union City
Brandon Byers and Mallory Livingston


Pamela Leisure-Svaranowic

Andrew Hornback

Amanda Glenn

Andrea Koblitz

Overland Park    

Mark Josey

Baton Rouge

Kiawnna Martinez


Breann Baird


Dawn Pembridge

David Powell

Port Royal

Jim Levi


Kathryn Marr

Newport News

Maria Alcorn

Bilal Husain

IU East announces Dean’s List for spring 2015

May 21st, 2015

Indiana University East students who take 12 or more credit hours and complete the semester with a grade point average of 3.5 or above on a 4.0 scale are named to the Indiana University East Dean’s List. The following is the spring 2015 Dean’s List. The list is sorted by the student’s listed hometown.
Makati City

Gabriel Jovencio Guerrero


Karl Sexton

Brett Hansen

San Diego
Nathan Fleenor


Kathlene Coleman

Ashley Derossett


Karlie Mathy

Great Lakes
Michael Alfonso


Olivia Markley

Amber LaNier

Lindsay Huffman, Brooklyn Meyer and Samantha Tibbs

Eugene Roush

Shawn Sublette

Douglas Eckstein, Michael Eckstein and Sarah Rosenberger

Brittni George

Nathan Bogan, Sarah Cervantes-Perez, Cassandra Hines and Hasan Sheikh

Reid Zellmer

Morgan Bennett, Danielle Burk, Kayla Campbell, Mahto-Wanji Fast Horse, Kari Ketchem, Sarah Monroe, Emily Newkirk, Roberta Roberts, Brian Weigel, and Brittany Winters

Daniel Lankford

Kylie Hottman

Cambridge City
Hannah Castor, Ashley Clayton, Christopher Halberstadt, Orville Upchurch, Victoria Vance, Alex Wampler and Katelyn Wilkinson

Logan Orr

Tanoah Alexander, Hannah Basford, Mikenzie Drew, Layne Husted, Sarah Lewellen and Robert Ludwig

Amanda Sloan

Coty Barrett, Taylor Counceller, Caleb Davis, Kenneth Fields, Andrew Fuller, Emily Greeson, Ashley A. Hall, Ashley L. Hall, Kelsey Kroger, Nicholas Lainhart, Kristin Lawson, Brooke Lee, Chelsy Nichols, Joseph Oliver, Adam Reisert, Craig Risch, Logan Seale, Lydia Smith, Landon Speers, Austin Steele, Cortney Todd, Holly Toler and Seth Winstead

Crown Point
Christina Flores

Brandy Leffert

Nicholas Bollenbacher and Cari Knip

Samuel Brown

Jessica Rayburn

Jason Farmer

Elizabeth Buchanan

Cindy Martin and Devynn Savage

Cory Gleyze

Zachary Stone

Tanya Croucher

Cameron Cox and Zachary Rowe

Melinda Kuchenbuch and Cindy Lattire

Fort Wayne
Kimberly Imel

Fountain City
Shannon Conant, Kylie King, John Lackey, Benjamin Williams and John Yandl

Katelyn Kelly

Kodi Smith

Casey Campbell

Kristie Gilb

Hannah Best, Morgan Deane, Daniel Hardy, Kenneth Inman and Kyle Westfall

Greens Fork
Makayla Crossley, Jeremy Eddy and Emily Schroeder

Kathleen Marcum

Megan Wells

Leigh Weber

Abby Brockman, Alexander Houck, Jayme Lakes, Chase Patton and Brandi Smith

Marcia LeVan and Jeremy Macon

Rebecca Phelps and Jason Smith

Jessamyn Allen

Ginger Sowders

Carolyn Healy and Suzanne O’Brien

Kagan Bachman, Zainab Coleman, Thomas Hostetler, Anandita Jindal, Auntia King, Haylee Knauer, Patricia Nguyen, Christina O’Sullivan, Austin Paschal, Kimberly Swinney, Chelsey Waltman and Madison Yoder

Jaleigh Engelbrecht and Hans Lagenour

Clayton Ratliff

La Porte
Shelby Zarobinski

Hannah Bahler and Cassandra MacDonald

Abigail Blake, Richard Lewis and Kayleen Madden

Andrew Carr, Daniel Davidson, Sovitia Oum, Melissa Segbers and Ashleigh Willoughby

Kylie Kuhn, Hannah Warner and Kelsey Winkhart

Teresa Scrogham

Clarissa Breeding, Ryan Byrd, Mallory Chambers, Jennifer Cook-Miller, Sandra Inscho, Codi Lowder, Hannah Robbins, Patrick Seals and Stephen Stout

Liza Allen, Rebecca Kemplen, LouAnne Manning, Ashlynn Melton, Brooke Nicole Mitchem, Melissa Stover and Joshua Wert

Samantha Banta, Chris Bass, Dylan Ferguson, Katelyn Hatton, Leslie Kirby, Hanna Lawson, Tristen Mathews and Clint Swanson

Theresa Sloan

Steven Hensley and Brian Wilson

Suzette Bean Mathes

Jeff Hicks

Courtney Sebring

Patrick Allred, Mianna Casto, Heather Masters, Gentry Patterson and Autumn Roberts

Jennifer Clouse and Cassie James

Kevin Amburgey

New Castle
Whitney Abbott, Kendra Brammer, Nilah Campbell, Zachary Catron, Cassidy Clouse, Chelsea Dugger, Kyle Garner, Brittany Hethcox, Macy Kissick, Mariah Logan, Uriah Owens, Ryan Sidwell, Danielle Thompson, Amanda Weesner and Alex York

Samantha Biggerstaff

Janice Booher, Kristen Hardy, Sara Huff, Caleb Jackson, Jessica Jones and Timothy Witek

North Vernon
Rachel Brewer

Allison Demaree

Parker City
Mariah Martin

Sarah Jett

Halie Fields and Kortney Garringer

Courtney Stuart

Christine Jaynes

Chaz Carroll, Renee Davis, Elysia Gipson, Allison Hirschy, Andrew Houck, Alexis Loy and Amanda Witt

Jessica Baker, Erik Baker, Jennifer Baldwin, Caitlin Barnes, Stephanie Beckner, Caleb Biser, Joseph Brown, Clarissa Buening, Rhealyn Butler, Mariah Cain, Christine Carrera, Eric Cecys, Kristen Cox, Lindsay Crawford, Kali Culbertson, Justin Daggy, Charles Daugherty, Vasha Davis, Kailey Day, Peyton DeLucio, Dylan Doner, Erica Douthitt, Cory Driskill, Hunter Duggan, Adam Duke, Lacole Fleagle, Karen Friend, Cameron Gibbel, Jennifer Hale, Emily Higgins, Lauren Jellison, Tyler Johnson, Briana Johnson, Jesse Kamps, Lindsay Kurz, Margaret Leffel, Kendra Lester, Christa Maitlen, Larry Mangus, Jennifer Mayo, Sherry McClain, Emily McClain, Jeanette McFarland, Elizabeth Miller, Felicia Miller, Cheryl Murray, Shyanna Pasay, Hope Peer, Jorge Perez-Orduno, Annissia Qualls, Matthew Railsback, Heather Rastbichler, Danielle Rastbichler, Jonathan Ratchford, Jason Ray, Megan Reifeis, Whitney Rivard, Lyndsey Rohrer, Carissa Ruble, Parker Salinas, Margaret Salyer, Brandon Searcy, Julie Stingley, Misty Stroh, Caroline Tegeler, Lyndsie Trumbo, Logan Ullery, Brittany Ullery, Kurt Walker, Mariah Waltz, Marissa Webb, Kali Wever, Rory Wise and Paula Woodlief

John Detweiler and Derek Jessup

Rising Sun
Ashley Jones and Kelly Roark

Anthony Cheek, Jenna Halterman, McKenzie Mohler, Isaac Sliger and Aubrey Stomberg

Sarah Sweis

Brittany Combs

Paige Williamson

Crystal Bitner

South Bend
Jason Fergerson

Neriah Edwards, Brittany Logan and Brittany Sloan

Sarah Cox and Johnathon Jackson

Union City
Summer Baker, Sarah Davison, Jasmine McCord, Kelsea Miller and Paige Spencer

Chelsea Meyers, Ryan Bell and Justin Montavon

West Harrison
Adrianna Price

West Lafayette
Monica Bacon

Richard Bruce, Connor Bartlett, Jenny Dole, Megan Kirkman and Elizabeth Shilts

Kelsey Abernathy, Brittany Albrecht, Bailey Gates, Nancy Geeting, Catherine Hoover, Taylor McClish-Bush, Miranda Moody, Morgan Reiber, Wylie Schweizer and Morgan Stanley

Cold Spring

Tyler Fangman

La Grange
Henry Green

Robin Rushing

Tiffany Blackwell and Sara Lewis-Thornton


Adam Klipstine

Cassidy Middlestetter and Daniel Printz

Shannon Wiest

Brandi Hayes, Kara Jennings and Kaela Mertz

Giorgio Webster

College Corner
Bethann Beers

Cuyahoga Falls
Amber Porter

Heeyun Jung

Kyle Bindewald, Casey Bindewald, Zachary Burgess, April Gross, Christina Perkins, Jordan Pugh, Taylor Shera, Lucas Smart, Samuel Stuart and Tia Weist

Elizabeth Miller

Eric Taylor

Jordan Bevins, Jenilee Braun, Morgan Carter, Christina Cost, Shore Crawford, Kelsey Davis, Lindsey Landis, Maggie Salem and Douglas Wise

Lewis Center
Steven Schneider

Kelly Heltsley, Shana Lewis and Matthew Werner

Liberty Township
Nathaniel Pendergraft

New Madison
Sarah Burns

New Paris
Gerrit Anderson, Hayley Farabegoli, Ryan Maples, Melissa Rubright-Irvin and Miranda Weatherly

Kristen Miller

Kenna Halter

Mackinnley Noes

Union City
Chanda Hunt, Shelby Rehmert and Michael Sanders

West Alexandria
Seth Baker, Leslie Collins and Kara Mackie

Anthony Wise


Amanda Adkins

Newtown Square

Karen Richards


Diana Hart


Stefania Cole


Nicholas Dugan

Tarawa Terrace

Karly Ilbrink

Center Moriches
Michael Rippe


Antonio Epps


Kaci Uphaus

Elizabeth Marquise


Adam Robertson


Kimberly Vance



Spotlight: IU East Commencement Student Speaker is first online student to address graduates

May 15th, 2015

Kathryn Marr

Kathryn Marr of Nashville Tenn., is the student speaker for the Indiana University East 44th Commencement Ceremony. The ceremony will be held tonight (May 15) at 6 p.m. at the Richmond High School Tiernan Center.

This year, the university will confer 749 baccalaureate degrees and master’s degrees, a significant increase for IU East and marks the university’s highest number of graduates in a given year. Of those receiving a degree, just over 350 will participate in the ceremony.

Marr, who completed her Bachelor of Science in Communications Studies online, was selected to address the Class of 2015 after auditioning for the honor. She is the first distance education student to address a graduating class.

IU East online degree programs offer the high quality of an Indiana University degree to students throughout Indiana, nationally and internationally. IU East offers 10 options for students to complete their bachelor’s degree and two graduate certificates online. Of the total number of graduates, there are 53 Indiana counties represented, 30 states and 11 countries.

“As an online student, there were times that I felt a bit disconnected from the physical campus and my fellow classmates, though IU East did a fantastic job of minimizing that. When I was given the opportunity to audition for student speaker, I saw it as one way to share my experiences and thoughts with the people that I’ve been interacting with 400 miles away over the past several years,” Marr said. “I’ve learned quite a bit through the unique experience of being an online student and running my digital marketing company while completing school. I look forward to sharing the invaluable lessons that I’ve learned with my fellow classmates.”

On Friday, Marr is visiting campus for the first time for the Distance Education Graduate Luncheon, an event that provides online graduates traveling to Richmond with an opportunity to meet fellow graduates, faculty and staff in person as well as to tour the campus.

Marr said she is excited to visit campus and the city of Richmond.

“I’m looking forward to meeting my professors, as well as my advisor, Rosalie Aldrich. They were all crucial to helping me navigate through my time as an online student, and, with their help, I always felt a connection to my classmates and professors throughout my time at IU East. I never felt as though I missed much of the ‘college experience’ not being at a physical location,” Marr said.

The possibility of completing her bachelor’s degree online attracted Marr to IU East. Marr found the online program to be an attractive option to complete her degree while working so she transferred to IU East.

“I co-founded a digital marketing company halfway through my college career and, at the time that I transferred to IU East, I was looking for a way to run my business and complete a degree program. Indiana provided that method for me. I was able to work completely from home, on my own schedule, and still graduate and grow my company,” Marr said. “I chose the communication’s degree program because it applies to the industry that I’m in. As an entrepreneur, I communicate with clients and on behalf of clients on a regular basis, especially in the marketing field. And the things that I learned throughout my time at IU East will be invaluable to my career.”

As an online student, Marr said she felt that everyone at IU East was extremely flexible and willing to help make her time as a student work for her lifestyle and career choices. She added that though she was an online student, she was able to get involved with her classmates through discussion boards.

When Marr travels to commencement this week, she will be joined by her husband, Luke, mother and her in-laws, who will be traveling from across the United States to attend the ceremony. She added that she will have more family and friends watching the ceremony from home on the live broadcast, available online at iue.edu/live.

“I’m just extremely grateful for my time at IU East and for the honor of speaking at commencement. My experiences here have helped shape my mindset, education and career and I am forever grateful,” Marr said.

IU East’s Class of 2015 by the numbers

May 15th, 2015

The Class of 2015 will receive 749 diplomas during Indiana University East’s 44th Commencement Ceremony at 6 p.m. today (May 15) at the Richmond High School Tiernan Center.

Of the degrees being conferred, 715 are bachelor’s degrees and 34 are master’s degrees. The awarding of the degrees this year marks the most awarded in IU East’s history.

The Commencement Ceremony will welcome friends and families of graduates from near and far. IU East’s online degree completion programs are a popular option for students in the region as well as across the United States and beyond. The online degree completion programs offer the high quality of an Indiana University degree and the flexibility to fit studying around work and family schedules.

The attraction of the online degree completion programs brings a growing number of these students to Richmond, Ind., each year to visit the campus and to attend the Commencement Ceremony. Of the total number of graduates, there are 53 Indiana counties represented, 30 states and 11 countries. IU East hosted a luncheon for the online students attending Commencement to welcome those traveling from a distance on Friday, May 15, in the Springwood Hall Graf Center.

The Class of 2015 has many characteristics. A brief glance at the statistics and figures provides a look at the graduates joining over 8,000 IU East alumni.

•    Indiana Resident: 561
•    Non-Resident: 181
•    Male: 252
•    Female: 490
•    The oldest student graduating is 67, the youngest is 20.
•    The most numerous degree to be granted is the B.S. in Business Administration (193).
•    The second most frequent degree to be granted is the B.S. in Nursing (142).
•    First generation students: 46.2 percent.

If sorting graduates by age, those who are 23 and younger compose 16.6 percent. Graduates ages 23-29 represent 39.7 percent of the class while those 30 and over compose 43.8 percent. Within the Class of 2015, 23 undergraduate students earned a 4.0 GPA.

For more information, visit iue.edu/commencement.

Spotlight: IU East departments merge for mariachi with fun, educational trip to Chicago

May 13th, 2015

IU East students attend the mariachi opera in Chicago. Photo by Jessica Raposo.What do you get when you put on a trip to Chicago that’s highlighted by a mariachi opera? You obviously get a lot of interest from departments at IU East.

What do you get when you put on a trip to Chicago that’s highlighted by a mariachi opera? You obviously get a lot of interest from departments at IU East.

Eighty students and 20 faculty were bused there for a weekend trip that took wings by good fortune when Jessica Raposo, lecturer of music, heard about the unusual and brand-new opera.

It all started with a simple brochure that Raposo received in the mail. She thought there would be interest from her music program, especially since the opera was so unique.

But she also thought it “had potential to appeal to a lot of different groups: history, fine arts, foreign language, philosophy.”

She was right. “I approached colleagues and asked: ‘What do you think of this idea?’”

The Spanish program has an immersion event each year, so “they said, count us in.”

Honors Program and history students had already wanted to go on the trip that included a stay in Chicago.

“It just grew,” Raposo said. “Then music and arts wanted to be part of it, too.”

In all, six departments joined in for a trip. Students and instructors from the various departments visited a special site for several hours, such as the Art Institute of Chicago, the Oriental Institute and the Field Museum of Natural History.

“I took music students to the Auditorium Theatre for a tour,” Raposo said.

Everyone had free time in the afternoon to enjoy the city. They ate dinner and then attended the opera.

“They saw an amazingly old beautiful theater,” Raposo said. “It was nice to get a good reaction to opera. A lot of people were very surprised.”

The opera certainly wasn’t what most expected. It featured a mariachi group on stage at all times in a storyline that took place before the Mexican Revolution. The singing had no amplification, she says.

“It was a blast,” Raposo says. “I randomly run into students who say: ‘thank you so much.’”

Jenilee Braun is certainly thankful that she went. “The Chicago trip opened my eyes culturally in many ways, from the opera, to the city, and to the many people there,” she said.

Braun admitted though that there were reservations and questions that could only be answered by going along to see her first opera. “How was I to enjoy something in a language I couldn’t understand?,” she remembers asking herself. “Luckily there were subtitles, but the actors did such a great job portraying the story through tone and emotion that I caught myself looking away from the screen and just enjoying the show.”

A major reason students had to be thankful was the cost of the trip, $25 per person. That included travel, dinner and admission to the sites and the opera.

“Ross Alexander and Larry Richards basically sponsored the trip out of their offices,” Raposo said. “Our administration is good at offering scholarships.”

Alexander is dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and Richards is executive vice chancellor of Academic Affairs.

“We really enjoyed the fact that we were able to show what more there is in the world,” Raposo said. “It wasn’t simply visiting another part of the United States. This was something new with so many different things to do.”

Braun is thankful that IU East supported the event.

“The School of Humanities and Social Sciences and all of the organizations involved did a great job organizing the trip and making it as enjoyable as possible,” she said.

Departments participating in the events and their leaders included:
Fine Arts: Ann Kim and Carrie Longley, assistant professors.
History: Eugene Cruz-Uribe, professor.
Honors Club: Daron Olson, assistant professor of history.
Humanities Club:  Rosalie Aldrich, assistant professor of Communication Studies.
Arts and Culture Department: Cathy Foos, associate professor of philosophy and chair of the Arts and Culture Department.
Music: Jessica Raposo, lecturer.
World Languages and Cultures: Dianne Moneypenny, assistant professor; Julien Simon, associate professor; and Christine Nemcik, lecturer.


James L. Steck, Chancellor Emeritus Ivy Tech Community College – Richmond

May 13th, 2015

James L. Steck was named Chancellor Emeritus of Ivy Tech Community College Richmond upon his retirement in 2012. Ivy Tech Richmond includes Wayne, Rush, Fayette, Union and Franklin counties. He previously held the positions of Executive Dean, Dean of Instructional Affairs, and Division Chair for Technology for the College.

Prior to joining Ivy Tech in 1985, Steck worked for TRW Inc., Aerospace and Defense Systems Division, in Dayton, Ohio, where he held the position of project manager and was responsible for the engineering and development of an electromagnetic simulation system utilized by the United States Air Force to test integrated communication, navigation, and identification avionics Systems for a variety of military platforms.

Before joining TRW, Steck worked for The Dayton Power & Light Company in Dayton, Ohio, where over a seven year period he managed the Production Fuels division, the IT/Data Processing Center, the Process Computer Systems department, and the Management Information Systems department. From 1976 through 1983, he also managed several real-time computer system projects in operations and production areas of the Company.

Steck holds an MS in Computer and Information Science and a BS in Computer Engineering, both from The Ohio State University. He taught undergraduate and graduate courses for the College of Engineering, the Mathematics department, and the Computer Science department at OSU.

Steck served on the Richmond/Wayne County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Richmond/Wayne County Chamber Center for Excellence Board of Directors, Richmond Council on Economic Vitality, IU East Board of Advisors, and Reid Hospital and Health Care Audit and Compliance Committee.

He also served on the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the Chamber’s Business Education Liaison Committee, the Indiana Campus Compact Board of Directors, Eastern Indiana Economic Growth Region 6 Strategic Skills Initiative Executive Team, the Wayne County Partnership for Youth Structure Team, and the Whitewater Valley Life Science Initiative.

He served on the Wayne County Vision Advisory Board, the Main Street Board of Directors, the Greater Richmond Progress Committee, the Workforce Development Committee, the Greater Connersville Progress Committee, the Palladium-Item Reader’s Advisory Board, and the Wayne County Emergency Management and Response Committee.

He served on the Fayette County Education Coalition, the Project 21 Education Committee, the Legislative Affairs Committee, the Edison Electric Institute Engineering and Technical Systems Computer Committee, the Certified Technology Park Advisory Board, the Learning Corporation Board of Directors.

Steck is the recipient of the National 1997 Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction for College Administrators (Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society), the 2005 NAACP President’s Award, the 2005 Wayne County Vision Economic Vitality Award, and the Richmond/Wayne County Chamber of Commerce 2005 Art Vivian Distinguished Community Leader Award.

Chancellor Emeritus Steck’s wife Dianne is a retired Speech Language Pathologist from the Brookville Local Schools in Brookville, Ohio.

He has two children: Erin and (Jeff) Johnson, Groton, Conn, and Jarrod and (Cassie) Steck, Charlotte, NC and two young grandchildren Devin and Madelyn Johnson.

IU East to award honorary degree to Jim Steck

May 13th, 2015

Jim Steck

Indiana University East will award an Indiana University honorary degree to James L. Steck, Chancellor Emeritus of Ivy Tech Community College Richmond during its Commencement Ceremony. The honorary degree will recognize Steck’s exceptional leadership and service to the campus and greater community.

Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie will confer an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree on Steck during the IU East Commencement Ceremony at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 15, at the Richmond High School Tiernan Center.

The honorary degree, the highest academic recognition Indiana University can bestow, is awarded to individuals who demonstrate the highest standards of personal integrity and sincere concern for the public good. In addition, candidates for the honorary degree generally have significant ties to the state of Indiana or to Indiana University. Through this high honor, IU seeks to recognize individuals who may serve as role models for students, faculty, alumni and the people of the state of Indiana.

Steck is chancellor emeritus of Ivy Tech Community College Richmond, a title he received upon his retirement in 2012. Steck joined Ivy Tech in 1985. Previously he held the positions of Executive Dean, Dean of Instructional Affairs, and Division Chair for Technology for the College.

IU East Chancellor Kathryn Cruz-Uribe said Steck exemplifies the highest standards of excellence that the honorary degree signifies, including for his contributions to the social, economic and cultural development of the greater Richmond region and to Indiana higher education.

“Jim transitioned the Richmond Ivy Tech campus from a technical and vocational school to a full-fledged community college. He was and continues to be one of Ivy Tech’s most highly-regarded leaders,” Cruz-Uribe said. “He is widely known for his expertise on some of the most complex issues that two-year colleges face, including student persistence and degree completion, learning outcomes assessment, community engagement, accessibility, and affordability.”

Steck is respected for the leadership role he took to address the missions of Ivy Tech, IU East and Purdue University College of Technology and how the institutions could mesh in order to create a superior educational presence for the entire eastern Indiana region through a collaborative partnership.

Ivy Tech Chancellor Steve Tincher said that Steck was instrumental in leading the transformation of Ivy Tech Richmond into a comprehensive community college and that he is well-respected in the college-wide system.

“Locally, Chancellor Emeritus Steck was a relentless advocate for improving Ivy Tech Richmond Region instructional facilities. After years of planning and an unwavering commitment to the cause, this was realized with a major capital project on the Richmond campus. Additionally a significant renovation at the Connersville Instructional site was completed,” Tincher said. “As Chancellor Emeritus Steck was my direct supervisor for over 20 years, I can personally attest to his leadership with consistent integrity, vision and accountability for excellence.

IU East Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Larry Richards said the IU East and Ivy Tech campuses are treated as a model for collaboration between two-year and four-year public institutions in the state is a testament to Steck’s insightfulness and willingness to advance their distinct missions.

“This allowed IU East to terminate its associate degrees and remedial courses well before any other four-year institution in the state did so, and in a way that benefitted both institutions,” Richards said.

As chancellor, Steck expanded programming as well as the Ivy Tech’s facilities. As Ivy Tech Richmond grew, he managed operations in leased spaces in Richmond and Connersville. With the opening of Johnson Hall in January of 2006, Steck was able to consolidate the Richmond operations onto the one campus. “I have heard it said often that this would likely not have happened if it were not for Chancellor Steck’s unwavering determination to realize his vision. The entire community, including IU East, has been the beneficiary,” Cruz-Uribe said.

While chancellor at Ivy Tech, Steck served on the IU East Board of Advisors. The board has played an integral role as IU East reached unprecedented levels of growth and success.

“Despite the many economic challenges that our region has faced, Chancellor Steck helped Richmond set higher expectations and understand the extraordinary new opportunities that exist for citizens of the region.  He did this by working in partnership with others and lifting the educational horizons of the communities in eastern Indiana and western Ohio,” Cruz-Uribe said. “Now, more than ever, our state and region need graduates of our institutions, ready to transform society. Chancellor Steck took Ivy Tech to new heights in order to achieve this.”

Ivy Tech Community College President Tom Snyder said, “Throughout his career Jim Steck has demonstrated a dedication to excellence and improving education opportunities for all our citizens, across the state, region and in his community.”

Chancellor Emeritus Steck’s wife Dianne is a retired Speech Language Pathologist from the Brookville Local Schools in Brookville, Ohio. He has two children: Erin and (Jeff) Johnson, Groton, Conn, and Jarrod and (Cassie) Steck, Charlotte, N.C. and two young grandchildren, Devin and Madelyn Johnson. Steck’s full biography is available online at iue.edu/mediarelations.

IU East, G101.3 name first High School Volunteer of the Month

May 13th, 2015

Leah Wogoman received the IU East High School Volunteer of the Month award, presented by G1013’s Rick Duncan.

Indiana University East, in partnership with G101.3 radio station, has established a new High School Volunteer of the Month program to honor area high school students for their service in the community.

The first nominee to receive the IU East/G101.3 High School Volunteer of the Month is Leah Wogoman of Northeastern High School. Wogoman, of Williamsburg, Ind., was nominated for her service at Fountain City Wesleyan Church (FCWC). The nomination noted Wogoman’s tireless efforts to give and to help make people’s lives better.

Wogoman has served at FCWC for the last four years. She has also performed as a vocalist at the church. She gives tirelessly to serving both adults and youth. Wogoman’s nomination attributed her with being a servant leader, there to do whatever she can to make other people’s experience the best possible. Her nomination letter shared that she is a blessing to everyone around her, her smile is infectious, and her spirit is vibrant. Wogoman finds it important to not be the center of attention, deflecting the spotlight onto those around her.

“I was very surprised to receive the award. I volunteer not to expect anything in return, but because it is a humbling experience,” Wogoman said.

Currently, Wogoman is a member of the tennis team at Northeastern High School and a member of the National Honors Society. Through the honors society, she also volunteers her time to various community organizations including Relay for Life and helps to tutor younger students. She is a member of the marching, jazz and symphonic bands. Wogoman has also been a member of the cross country and track and field teams while at Northeastern.

Outside of school and her involvement with FCWC, Wogoman works for Ullery’s Homemade Ice-Cream.

This fall, Wogoman will attend Lee University, located in Cleveland, Tenn., where she plans to pursue a Bachelor of Music in Church Music. As the May High School Volunteer of the Month, Wogoman will receive an IU East $250 scholarship.

IU East and G101.3 will recognize one student each month with the High School Volunteer of the Month award. Nominees should be high school students, ages 19 and under, who exemplify the spirit of community service and volunteerism. Each month a panel will select one of the nominated volunteers. Nominations are welcomed online at

IU East remembers Danielson for his visionary leadership, loyalty

May 8th, 2015

IU East Chancellor Kathryn Cruz-Uribe greets Danny Danielson during the IU East Danielson Learning Center 15th Anniversary held in August 2014.

The Indiana University East community is remembering a visionary community leader and close friend, Donald C. “Danny” Danielson. Danielson’s family announced May 7 that he passed away at his home in New Castle, Ind., following a brief illness.

Chancellor Kathryn Cruz-Uribe said Danielson was a loyal supporter of Indiana University and Indiana University East. She remembered Danielson as a compassionate family man with the best interests of the community at heart.

“There are few who match Danny Danielson’s vision and drive to see their community succeed.  The fervor with which Danny championed Henry County and the central Indiana region is unparalleled,” Cruz-Uribe said. “Because he was extremely loyal to his community and to Indiana University, he was driven to see each succeed, whether through his leadership and expertise or through his philanthropy. He was a strong supporter of higher education, and linked his passions for IU and with the community.”

Danielson had a longstanding history with Indiana University. The first in his family to attend college, Danielson attended IU on a baseball scholarship and earned his Bachelor of Science in Education degree in 1942. Danielson and his wife, Patty, volunteered their time for over 50 years for university endeavors, initiatives and leadership roles. Patty Danielson passed away in December 2013.

Danielson was a member of the IU East Board of Advisors and he is the longest serving member of the IU Board of Trustees (1959-1980). He also served on the IU Foundation Board of Directors.

Through his strong support of higher education for the residents of Henry County and the central Indiana region, Danielson was instrumental in the establishment of IU East’s Danielson Learning Center in New Castle, Ind. Danny and Patty Danielson challenged the community to raise money to build the center and the campaign raised $1 million for construction of the center. The first courses were held in fall 1999. The IU East Danielson Learning Center celebrated its 15th anniversary in August 2014.

Danielson received several university honors and awards, including the Distinguished Alumni Service Award, the President’s Medal of Excellence, the University Medal and the Chancellor’s Medallion. Danielson received an honorary doctor of laws degree from IU in 1994. In October 2007, Danielson received the Herman B Wells Visionaries Award. Named after Indiana University’s late president, the award was created to honor individuals with a lifetime commitment to Indiana University, revealing a deep understanding of the power of philanthropy to shape the future of the institution and the determination to see that future realized.

His philanthropy and leadership extended beyond IU and IU East including support to the Henry County YMCA, Basketball Hall of Fame, and the Henry County Foundation. In 2009 Danielson received the Sachem Award, the highest honor the State of Indiana can bestow on one of its citizens. In 2010, Danielson was inducted to the Junior Achievement of Central Indiana Business Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame honors prestigious business leaders who have made a lasting impression in their corporations and community.