Acclaimed author Michelle Alexander to address IU campuses Jan. 27

January 15th, 2015

Her book, The New Jim Crow, focuses on status of African-American males since the Civil Rights Movement

Indiana University East invites the campus and community to a lecture by Michelle Alexander, a highly acclaimed civil rights lawyer, advocate and legal scholar, and author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, at 3:30 p.m. (EST), Tuesday, January 27, 2015.

Alexander’s talk will be streamed to all IU campuses live from IU Northwest, where she will be appearing in person — the pinnacle of the Northwest campus’s One Book…One Campus…One Community reading initiative, which encourages the campus and greater community to collectively examine issues explored in the chosen book.

Thanks to support from IU Bloomington’s Office of the Vice-President for Diversity, Equity and Multicultural Affairs, the streamed lecture will be viewed at 3:30 p.m. in Springwood Hall Room 202C. Following the lecture, Alexander will invite questions and answers from the audience at IU Northwest until 5 p.m. (EST).

Alexander’s book, The New Jim Crow, is a stunning account of the rebirth of a caste-like system in the United States, one that has resulted in millions of African-Americans locked behind bars and then relegated to a permanent second-class status — denied the very rights supposedly won in the Civil Rights Movement. Since its publication in 2010, the book has appeared on the New York Times bestseller list for more than a year; been dubbed the “secular bible of a new social movement” by numerous commentators, including Cornel West; and has led to consciousness-raising efforts in universities, churches, community centers, re-entry centers and prisons nationwide.

Alexander currently holds a joint appointment at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity and the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University.  Prior to joining the Kirwan Institute, Alexander was an associate professor of law at Stanford Law School, where she directed the Civil Rights Clinics, designed to be an introduction to civil rights litigation and advocacy for students.

In 2005, she won a Soros Justice Fellowship, which supported the writing of The New Jim Crow. The book has received rave reviews and has been featured in national radio and television media outlets, including NPR, The Bill Moyers Journal, the Tavis Smiley Show, C-Span Washington Journal, among others.

For several years, Alexander served as the Director of the Racial Justice Project for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Northern California, where she helped to lead a national campaign against racial profiling by law enforcement. While an associate at Saperstein, Goldstein, Demchak & Baller, she specialized in plaintiff-side class action lawsuits alleging race and gender discrimination.

Alexander is a graduate of Stanford Law School and Vanderbilt University.

To learn more about the IU Northwest One Book…One Campus…One Community reading initiative, visit

For more information about the lecture, or to reserve your seat, contact Wazir Mohamed, associate professor of sociology at IU East, at (765) 973-8250 or email

IU East MLK Jr. Celebration, Women in Leadership featured speaker is Gloria Burgess

January 14th, 2015

Indiana University East will feature Gloria J. Burgess as this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration speaker at 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 22, in Vivian Auditorium, located in Whitewater Hall. Burgess will present “Martin Luther King Jr.: Legacy for Life in the 21st Century.”GloriaBurgess

The presentation is free and open to the public. For ticket information, visit

The Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration is sponsored by the IU East Diversity Committee and the IU East Center for Leadership Development.

Burgess is an inspirational speaker who has presented key note addresses and tributes for more than 30 years. She presents forums, master classes, and business consultations on leadership development, coaching and mentorship.

Sheila Armstead, clinical assistant professor of social work, is a member of the IU East Diversity Committee. She said Burgess’ message will provide a message for young people, and others, to work for their goals no matter what obstacles may lay in the way.

“In times of uneasiness, we find ourselves once again fighting for equality on women’s issues, race, and education,” Armstead said. “Gloria had excellent role models, including her parents, who showed her that if there is something you want, keep working toward that goal and don’t let anyone stop you. Gloria broke through many barriers based on their example. I hope people will come to the presentation and leave inspired to work toward their dream.”

Burgess is the President and CEO of Jazz, Inc., a company she operates with her husband and co-CEO, John Burgess. In addition to her background in technology, business and inspirational leadership, she is a poet. Her work appears in numerous anthologies, including The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South.  Her most recent work includes two books on leadership in the Building Leadership Bridges series and Dare to Wear Your Soul on the Outside. Burgess is also a Distinguished Scholar in Theater Performance and Direction. She holds graduate degrees in leadership and communication, and an M.B.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Southern California.

Burgess is also the featured speaker of this year’s Women in Leadership workshop hosted by the IU East Center for Leadership Development.  The workshop is 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, January 23, 2015. The workshop will be held in the Whitewater Hall Community Room.

For this event, Burgess will present “Flawless Leadership: Connecting Your Voice and Touch.” The workshop is sponsored by the Center for Leadership, part of the IU East School of Business and Economics.

There is a $75 fee for this event. Registration is required; RSVP at

Fredricka Joyner, associate professor of business administration and organization behavior at IU East, is the director of the Center for Leadership Development.

“The Women in Leadership workshop provides a unique opportunity to attend a workshop facilitated by someone with the depth and breadth that Burgess brings – an artist who is well-grounded in both the business context and in the work of leadership and leadership development,” Joyner said. “The workshop will bring together women from many facets of the community to spend the morning exploring how to more fully bring their diverse and unique gifts to the work of leadership, in all areas of their lives. It promises to be a profound and moving experience and a great way to kick off 2015.”



IU East Alumni Association to host Legislative Forums beginning January 30

January 12th, 2015

The Indiana University East Alumni Association will host Legislative Forums with Wayne County state legislators. The forums are an opportunity for the community to have an in-person discussion with Senator Jeff Raatz and Representatives Tom Saunders and Dick Hamm.

The Legislative Forums will be held from 8-9 a.m. on January 30, February 27, and March 27 in the Springwood Hall Graf Center.

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, IU East director of Alumni Relations and Campus Events, at (765) 973-8221 or email

IU East announces fall 2014 Chancellor’s List

January 6th, 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 fall 2014 Chancellor’s List. The list is sorted by the student’s listed hometown.


Gun Hur

Armed Forces

Brittany Holm and Benjamin Koloff

La Junta
Niels Rikhof


Ayanna White

Teryn Pouder


Bailey Troutman

Anita Deaton, Lindsay Huffman, and Danielle Strothman

Shauna Collins, Alan Doyle and Kenneth Hampson

Brittni George

Andrew Kinser

Lincoln Merchant

David Crater and Justin Tabor

Ethan Burkhart, Lauren Lunsford and Katherine Wooten

Cambridge City
Hannah Castor and Jim Levi

Hillary Chaney, Mikenzie Drew, Danny Kates, Alexandra Kates and Madeline-Elaine Truette

Caleb Davis, Benjamin Jenkins, Rachel Johnson, Olivia Miracle, Christin Mitchem, Adam Reisert, Jessica Schuck and Seth Winstead

Sandra Muncy

Lynda White

Amanda Gulbranson

Cameron Cox

Jonathan Davidson

Fountain City
Cody Harris and Cole Spencer

Brandi Masterson

Theodore Rectanus

Greens Fork
Ashley Metcalf

Shannon Williams

Austin Barancin and Brooke Matson

Jessamyn Allen

Timothy Tootle and Christina Wilson

Anna Landseadel

Mackenzie Boles

Jason Craig, Michelle King, Sovitia Oum, Meredith Scudder and Ashleigh Willoughby

Ryan Byrd, Codi Lowder and Kara Mackie

Liza Allen

LouAnne Manning

Cory Stephens

Logan Haney Hall

Jenna Knepp

New Castle
Whitney Abbott, Nilah Campbell, Christina Delph, Dustin Gray, Robert Hobbs and Ryan Sidwell

Emily Guillow and Caleb Jackson

Allison Demaree

Parker City
Carrie Freeman

Allison Hirschy, Andrew Houck and Amber Huelskamp

Michelle Bettner, Kaylee Cox, Dylan Doner, Lacole Fleagle, Seth Gard, Kyle Hall, Taylor Hatfield, Ahmad Hilal, Lucas Huffman, Brandy Kinsey, Emily McClain, Emily O’Brien, Matthew Railsback, Jason Ray, Rebecca Shields, Julie Stingley and Paula Woodlief

Derek Jessup

Bree Huskins

Kimberly Kelley

Hannah McDonald

Sarah Cox, Philip Hess and Eli Hudnall

West Harrison
Katelyn Moorehead

Connor Bartlett and Elizabeth Shilts

Alexandra Wolfe


Cassandra Krautsack

Robin Rushing

Andrew Hornback


Venita Barley


Diana Hart


Pamela Leisure-Svaranowic


Trevor Boram, Lindsey Dirksen, Kayle Oswalt and Daniel Printz

Natalie Geller and Rebecca Stern

Cleveland Heights
Rachel El Sanadi

Michelle Brooks, Micah Hickman, McKenna Marshall, Courtney Mobley and Stacy Webb

Jenilee Braun, Morgan Carter, Kelsey Davis and Caleb Huntington

Lyndsay Benson

Nathaniel Riggs

Adam Obringer

New Madison
Heather Ferris, Rachel Ferris and Rachel Laux

New Paris
Makayla Abner, Tory Jackson and Blake Jackson

Gentry Glasscoe

Union City
Brandon Byers and Mallory Livingston


Kathryn Marr


Bilal Husain


Heidi Plueger

IU East announces fall 2014 Dean’s List

January 6th, 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 fall 2014 Dean’s List. The list is sorted by the student’s listed hometown.

Makati City

Gabriel Jovencio Guerrero

Armed Forces

Karl Sexton


Brett Hansen


Luke Van Osdol


Ashley Derossett

Great Lakes    

Michael Alfonso

Ali Roche


Olivia Markley

Kaitlin Dobbins and Amber LaNier

Stephanie Baer, Julie Colen, Kristina Durham, Jessica Faller, Kayla Grehl, Katelyn Huffman, Matthew Kennedy, Cassie Kirkpatrick, Brooklyn Meyer, Clayton Moerlein, Meghan Oatman, Austin Pflum, Lisa Kammerer-Pilot, Ashley Preston and Shawnee Williams

Shawn Sublette

Brendon Coghill

Douglas Eckstein, Michael Eckstein, Kimberly Miller, Heather Ryan and Grace Yeaton

Timmi Elbright

Amanda Adkins, Anna Cravens, Katrina Detwiler and Samantha Mershad

Marisa Vanzant

Reid Zellmer

Morgan Bennett, Danielle Burk, Kayla Campbell, Amanda Godsey, Teresa Huelseman, Kari Ketchem, Evan Leffingwell, Mary Noble and Brittany Winters

Daniel Lankford

Kylie Hottman

Cambridge City  
Christopher Halberstadt, Garrett Deaton, Timothy Gard, Kendra Mina, Victoria Vance and Alex Wampler

Megan Howard

Logan Orr

Dillon Hilderbrand

Ashley Foster, Layne Husted, Ryan Husted, Cherlyn Lambert, Sarah Lewellen, Erika Parker, Tiffany Smith, Amanda Thackrey and Caleb Warner

Amanda Sloan

Michael Beerwart, Patrick Hummer and Regina Lucas

Holly Altimus, Jennifer Arnold, Coty Barrett, Olivia Bean, Heather Case, Andrew Fuller, Corey Gough, Emily Greeson, Tierra Harrison, Darrell Johnson, Brianna Keener, Jonathan King, Kelsey Kroger, Tamara Lakes, Kristin Lawson, Brooke Lee, Christian McIntosh, Chelsy Nichols, Sierra Nobbe, Douglas Rader, Jessica Raham, Elizabeth Reed, Brandon Scott, Logan Seale, Avery Seibert, Lydia Smith, Landon Speers, Austin Steele and Mackenzie Weston

Madalyn Vonderheit-Hauser

Crown Point
Christina Flores

Brandy Leffert

Danielle Flesch

Nicholas Bollenbacher and Cari Knip

Samuel Brown

Kara Cleeter and Jessica Rayburn

Shannon Savage

Caroline Carter

Troi Meyer

Hannah Small

Rachel Benson

Cindy Lattire

Fort Wayne
Christine Buchholz and Jacoby Claypool

Fountain City
Tyler Johnson, Kylie King, John Lackey, Brittany McFadden, Stacey Scarrette, Mercedes Vaughn and Erika Wesley

Katelyn Kelly

Jillian Goldstein

James Liddle and Sophie Maddox

Ashley Connelly, Laura DeArmond, Morgan Deane, Daniel Hardy, Alexis Thiery and Kyle Westfall

Greens Fork
Makayla Crossley, Jeremy Eddy and Lyndsey Receveur

Desiree Brackett and Leigh Weber

Brooke Beckman, Abby Brockman, Justin Farr, Ashley Gearhardt, Erin Hoodlebrink, Chase Patton and Olivia Robinson

Hanna Lawson, Rebecca Phelps and Alex Schaefer

Hartford City
Shelby Strine

Carolyn Healy

Amber Engledow and Kagan McCloud

Jaleigh Engelbrecht, Hannah Kinman and Hans Lagenour

Birgitta Lindsey

Megan Adams, Ethan Cook, Clayton Ratliff and Garrett Jones

La Porte
Shelby Zarobinski

Hannah Bahler

Abigail Blake and Richard Lewis

Amanda Barry, Spenser Brunner, Tammy Hensley, Tyler Kennedy, Ashley Kirchgessner, Katie Lazarus, Rebecca Metzger, Helen Potraffke and Mary Richards

Sarah Jett and Kylie Kuhn

Teresa Scrogham

Matthew Baker, Jennifer Cook-Miller, Megan Hughes, Stephen Stout and Lacey Tipton

Jordan Fox, Kenneth Kouns, Ashlynn Melton and Joshua Wert

Samantha Banta, Chris Bass, Erik Bush, Katelyn Hatton, Nakia King and Leslie Kirby

Keith Miller

Jeff Hicks and Courtney Sebring

Patrick Allred and Autumn Roberts

Jennifer Clouse and Cassie James

Moores Hill
Morgan Tedesco

Susan Alexander, Leonna Cross, Kyle Denton, Baylea Holdcroft and Lisa Mills

New Castle
Austyn Bolander, Kendra Brammer, Zachary Catron, Cassidy Clouse, Stephania Cross, Amanda DeLoughery, Robin Duffy, Rachel Enos, Katelin Hall, Nicholas Horseman, Jessica Jacobi, Mariah Logan, Danielle Lyall, Uriah Owens, Alexander Stigall, Rachel Spurgin, Austin Talavera, Amanda Weesner and Alex York

Janice Booher

North Vernon
Rachel Brewer and Anthony Mills

North Webster
David Danner

Parker City
Kayla Bogue and Mariah Martin

Kortney Garringer and Kimberly Nibarger

Kailyn Burelison, Renee Davis, Alexis Loy and Katlin Petro

Elysia Gipson

Hope Alexander, Heatherlynn Barrett, Margaret Barth, Susan Brabaw, Anthony Breitenbach, Thomas Brown, Carl Capps, Tiffany Cohee, Caleb Cook, Cory Cox, Lindsay Crawford, Rebekah Dargie, Charles Daugherty, Kailey Day, Adam Duke, Denzel Durham, Pedro Feliciano, Joshua Ferrara, Jessica Foster, Alyssa Franks, Joshua Gard, Morgan Godsey, Jennifer Hale, Lillian Harrist, Logan Harter, Emily Higgins, Bradley Hunt, Alexis Hurd, Briana Johnson, Jeffery Jones, Connor Kramer, Devyn Lakes, Christa Maitlen, Rachel Martinez, Silus Massoff, Tristan May, Jeanette McFarland, Joseph Moore, Jennifer Morgan, Lloyd Mullins, Ashlyn Murray, Shyanna Pasay, Hope Peer , Sarah Phillips, Trenton Pipes, Heather Rastbichler, Jonathan Ratchford, Nathan Ray, Kaly Reichter, Megan Reifeis, Brandon Searcy, Westley Smith, Jacob Stewart, Meagan Stoker, Natalie Strunk, Justin Thurston, Tasha Turner, Lyndsie Trumbo, Brittany Ullery, Logan Ullery, Kurt Walker, Mariah Waltz, Marissa Webb, Kali Wever, Brittney White, Damian White, Benjamin Williams, Zachary Williams, Rory Wise, Jessica Worl and Kathryn Yohey

Rising Sun
Ashley Jones

Kelsey Bridges, Robert Brown, Mackenzie Campbell, Anthony Cheek, Ryan Edwards, Jenna Halterman, Brooke Kirchoff, Jane Jones, McKenzie Mohler, Keragan Niehoff, Aubrey Stomberg and Morgan Williams

Saint John
Adam McMenamy

Jessica Zigler

Brittany Combs and Robert Hickman

Alyassa Smith

South Bend
Jason Fergerson, Daniel Lucy and Patricia Watreas

Karley Hannon

Marah Duncan and Johnathon Jackson

Switz City
Steven Cornelius

Union City
Sarah Davison, Daniel Lamm and Kelsea Miller

Jessica Keller

Bailey Dreiman

Jenna Moore

West College Corner
Ryan Bell and Benjamin Bruns

West Harrison
Stacey Schmidt and Grace Senefeld

MacKenzie Sapp

Jenny Dole, Megan Kirkman and Ashley Russell

Brittany Albrecht, Bryan Bergman, Skiveta Burns, Christina Casperson, Kyle Deboy, Myranda Gideon, Sanne Goltstein, Catherine Hoover, Morgan Huddleston, Ashley Meinerding, Miranda Moody, Anthony Pruett, Morgan Stanley and Heather Weiss


Andrea Koblitz

Amanda Glenn

Jessica Byrd

Cassandra Arnold


Stefania Sims


Breann Baird

Tarawa Terrace

Karly Ilbrink

Carson City

Laurel Brock


Adam Klipstine

Alyssa Askins, Tysen Burgess, Samantha Fenstermaker and Cody Schellhaas

Zachary Burgess, Brandi Hayes, Kaela Mertz and Ethan Taulbee

Casey Bindewald, Kelsey Buehner, Kristina Daum, Martha Eales-Kilby, Mary Hake, Brooke Hartwig, Lindsey Herzog, Dustin Nutt, Christina Perkins, Jordan Pugh, Kaitlyn Pugh, Taylor Shera, Lucas Smart and Tia Weist

Elizabeth Miller and Miranda Weatherly

Kelly McElroy

Savanah Anderson, Jordan Bevins, Christina Cost, Kimberlee Galloway, Adam Hinshaw, Jessica Kerg, Leah Lewis, Jennifer Mayo, Ashlynn Roth and Carrie Swiger

Lewis Center
Steven Schneider

Cori Burnside, Katie Gingry, Shana Lewis, Joshua Lykins, Kindra Mullins and Richard Salisbury

Kristen Miller

Liberty Township
Nathaniel Pendergraft

New Madison
Sara Bowman, Sarah Burns, Kelly King and Kyle King

New Paris
Silas Cobb, Hayley Farabegoli, Katie Hollingsworth and Ryan Maples

Elizabeth Davis

Kayla Stump

Union City
Michael Sanders

Mackinnley Noes

Union City
Leslie Breymier and Shelby Rehmert

Kiersten Finlay and Kayla Young

West Alexandria
Leslie Collins and Allison Osborn


David Powell

East Ridge

Jordan Marez


Elizabeth Marquise


Audrey Smart


Adam Robertson


Kimberly Vance


Jeffrey Hershberger

Fifth building groundbreaking, service to community top IU East’s highlights from 2014

December 29th, 2014

For Indiana University East the past year has brought many celebrations and accomplishments including breaking ground for a new building, record-breaking enrollment, opening Room 912, and adding new academic programs.  Here’s a look at the most memorable moments from 2014 for IU East.

Most recently, IU East congratulated its director of the Campus Library Frances Yates. Yates was one of 10 librarians to receive the prestigious Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award in recognition of outstanding community service. The award recognizes those who demonstrate the critical role librarians play in transforming lives and communities through education and lifelong learning. Yates was selected from a pool of 1,000 nominees. The award is administered through the American Library Association.FrancesYates1

The month of November was host to several campus events including the 2014 Homecoming week, November 10-15. Throughout the week IU East welcomed the campus, community and alumni to participate in Homecoming traditions and activities,  including the Student Events and Activities Center Groundbreaking Ceremony, celebrating the addition of the campus’ fifth building. The facility will promote student success through a comprehensive offering of programming in health and wellness, physical education, athletics, student activities and special events. The center is scheduled for completion in 2016.

GroundbreakingDuring Homecoming week, IU East also celebrated the completion of the renovation to its central outdoors space area with a Quad Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. The renovation was designed to provide a more amiable space for campus gatherings and events. This includes improved drainage in the center of campus; added landscaping with a rain garden and new perimeter trees, lit pergola, and replacement of inner sidewalks. Several sculpture pads were installed for future artwork.

IU East honored three individuals for their service to the university and within the community during the Chancellor’s Medallion Dinner, one of the many events held as a part of Homecoming week. The Chancellor’s Medallion honors individuals who have rendered distinguished service to IU East. Honorees included IU East Professor Emeritus Ashton Veramallay, Ph.D., IU East Professor Emerita Jane Vincent, Ed.D. R.N., and James Helms, Chancellor Emeritus of Ivy Tech Community College Southeast.

This year IU East established an Alumni Hall of Fame in recognition and celebration of outstanding alumni of IU East. Jeff Cappa and Kate Hogg were inducted to the Alumni Hall of Fame during the Chancellor’s Medallion Dinner. Inductees into the Alumni Hall of Fame are alumni who have typified the IU East tradition of excellence and brought credit to the campus through their personal accomplishments, professional achievement and leadership and humanitarian service and citizenship.

For the third September in a row, IU East was named as a Military Friendly® School by Victory Media Inc., the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life. The list provides service members transparent, data-driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities. The 2015 Military Friendly Schools® list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

At the start of the fall semester, IU East once again announced a record-breaking enrollment with 4,573 students enrolled for classes. This was the seventh consecutive fall the campus has experienced historic enrollment growth. Since fall 2007, IU East’s headcount enrollment has doubled.

The IU East School of Nursing received approval to offer a third concentration for its Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) program in September 2014. The Family Nurse Practitioner concentration will be available beginning the 2015 spring semester. The program provides registered nurses with advanced practice knowledge, through concentrations in nursing education, nursing administration and now family nurse practitioner.

IU East and the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) celebrated a successful first-year partnership in August 2014. The WTA and IU East partnership is an exclusive educational agreement for players. IU East’s online degree completion 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 online.WTA2014

The IU East Danielson Learning Center celebrated its 15th anniversary in August 2014. The Danielson Center has been a part of the Henry County community since it opened in 1999 in New Castle. Through collaboration, IU East helps to maintain and broaden the scope and quality of Henry County’s employment opportunities and improve the quality of life in the region.

This past summer, the City of Richmond, Richmond Art Museum and IU East received an Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Awards were announced in July. Richmond was one of two cities in the state of Indiana to receive an Our Town grant in 2014. The $50,000 grant will help fund a two-year project that will be used to strengthen the community through the arts by establishing a cultural trail throughout Wayne County, home to some of the oldest cultural institutions in Indiana, and will focus on the county’s deep arts and cultural heritage.

In June 12, 2014, Wayne Bank and Trust Co. and the IU East Center for Leadership Development hosted the first annual ATHENA Leadership Award® Dinner. Mary Jo Clark was the recipient of the award, which honors an exemplary leader who has achieved excellence in their business or profession, served the community in a meaningful way and, most importantly, actively assisted women to achieve their full leadership potential.

The university welcomed its largest graduating class to the Alumni Association in May 2014. During the 43rd Commencement Ceremony, IU East conferred 621 baccalaureate and master’s degrees, the most awarded in the campus’ history.

Commencement2014In May, the IU East School of Education was ranked as one of the top public universities producing the most effective teachers in Indiana.  The State Board of Education evaluated first, second, and third-year teachers based on four performance standards: highly effective, effective, improvement necessary, and ineffective. The 2012-2013 school year was the first year for statewide teacher evaluation and this was the first collection of baseline aggregate results. The university had one of the highest percentages of educators who ranked highly effective or effective, although IU East had a smaller pool of graduates included in the study compared to other public and private institutions of higher education. Of the 14 IU East graduates evaluated, 50 percent of its graduates were ranked highly effective and 43 percent were ranked effective.

IU East received final approval from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools for a Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics (M.A.T.) in February 2014, is IU East’s sixth graduate program to be added to its academic portfolio since June 2007. IU East’s graduate programs include the Master of Science in Education, Master of Science in Management, Master of Social Work, Master of Science in Nursing, and most recently, the Master of Arts in English.

In January 2014, IU East and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences opened Room 912, located in the center of uptown Richmond at 912 E. Main Street. Room 912 is comprised of an art gallery, classroom, and studio space. IU East classes and events have been hosted there, as well as Richmond Art Museum classes.InterfaithChallenge

IU East’s community-focused projects were shared in the President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge Inaugural Report published by the U.S. Department of Education. The report highlighted participating institutions’ activities as part of President Barack Obama’s national initiative that began in 2011 with the goal of providing or expanding opportunities for students to participate in community service with a component of interfaith engagement. IU East is one of 11 universities or colleges in the state of Indiana to participate in the inaugural program. The university joined the program when it began in August 2011 as an initiative to build understanding among diverse communities and contribute to the common good.

IU East received the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce Achievement of Excellence, Non Profit, Growth and Expansion award in January 2014. The award recognized IU East’s continuous enrollment growth since fall 2007; the campus’ development of a Master of Science in Management program; and the campus’ plan for a new Student Events and Activities Center and its successful fundraising campaign.

In Red Wolves athletics, Tyler Fangman and Mallory Livingston were named to NAIA All-America teams.

Fangman was named to the NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball All-America honorable mention list, announced in March 2014. Fangman was one of 68 players on the All-America teams. Fangman is IU East’s fourth men’s basketball All-American in the program’s seven NAIA seasons.

Livingston was named to the Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball All-America third team. Selections were announced in December 2014. Livingston was one of 94 players on the All-America list. The top 42 players made the first, second and third teams. Livingston is the fourth IU East volleyball player to earn All-America honors.

The men’s track and field team received the 2013-14 NAIA Buffalo Funds Five Star Champions of Character Team Award in May and announced during the NAIA Track and Field Hall of Fame Luncheon in Gulf Shores, Ala. The NAIA presents Five Star Champions of Character Team Awards for each of the NAIA’s 23 championship sports.

Seth Prince and Dylan Cope advanced to the NAIA Cross Country National Championships, held in November 2014 at Rim Rock Farm in Lawrence, Kan. Prince finished 210th and Cope finished 224th. Prince, a senior, ran the 10th-fastest time in school history in his final IU East cross country race. He holds five of the top 10 times in school history. This year’s championship was Prince’s second consecutive trip to the national meet. He is the only IU East men’s cross country runner to qualify twice. This was Cope’s first year to advance to the national meet. Cope, a sophomore, is also a record holder; he has two of the top 10 times in school history. IU East has sent runners to the national meet in five of the program’s seven seasons. Prince, Cope and freshman Adam Klipstine made the men’s all-conference team. Freshman Grace Yeaton made the women’s all-KIAC team to cap a season in which she ran the two fastest women’s 5K cross country times in IU East history.

IU East is one of 168 colleges and universities recognized with an NAIA Champions of Character Five Star Award for the 2013-14 school year. IU East earned a “Silver” designation on the NAIA’s new three-tiered Champions of Character recognition system, receiving the maximum possible scores in student-athlete outreach, servant leadership opportunities and academic performance. IU East also received the maximum possible score for Champions of Character participation by Chancellor Kathryn Cruz-Uribe. The Champions of Character Scorecard measures each institution’s commitment to the NAIA Champions of Character program. Institutions earned points in character training, conduct in competition, academic focus, character recognition and character promotion. Institutions also earned points based on exceptional student-athlete grade point averages and by having minimal to no ejections during competition throughout the course of the academic year. IU East has been named a Champions of Character institution after each of its seven years of NAIA membership.

The women’s basketball program began its inaugural NAIA season (Read Season Preview). The women’s first game was November 1 at Taylor University. The Red Wolves opened the season with a loss, but the special day of firsts far outweighs the score board. (Read Day of Firsts). The women’s basketball team currently owns an 8-6 record.



IU East announces new dean of School of Humanities and Social Sciences

December 22nd, 2014

Ross Alexander is the new dean of the Indiana University East School of Humanities and Social Sciences, beginning January 1, 2015.RossAlexander

“Ross brings with him a wealth of knowledge, leadership and a solution oriented approach to the position of dean. As interim dean and associate vice chancellor, Ross has established a familiarity with the campus, faculty, students, and the community and he is a strong advocate for the school.  I am delighted to welcome him in his new role,” said Chancellor Kathryn Cruz-Uribe.

Alexander has been the interim dean since July 2014. He joined IU East in January 2012 as the associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs. He also served as the dean of Graduate and Extended Education.

The dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences has the administrative responsibility for all aspects of the school, including faculty recruitment, development and evaluation; program development, assessment and improvement; student recruitment, retention and success; budget management and fundraising; and other matters related to the continuing well-being of the school and its faculty, staff and students.

Alexander received his Ph.D. in Political Science with majors in Public Administration and American Politics and a minor in Political Theory from Northern Illinois University. He received his Master of Public Administration from Arizona State University and his B.A. from Beloit College where he majored in Political Science and History.

Before joining IU East, Alexander was the department head of Political Science and Criminal Justice from 2010-2011 and the assistant department head from 2009-2010 for the North Georgia College & State University in Dahlonega, Ga.

Alexander formerly held positions at the university as an associate professor of political science and the co-director of the Quality Enhancement Plan.  Previously, he was a visiting assistant professor of political science at the Dominican University in River Forest, Ill., and an instructor of political science at Northern Illinois University in De Kalb, Ill., where he began as a teaching assistant with the department.



IU East Student News and Notes

December 4th, 2014

IU East students to perform with Choral Concert, Student Recital
Richmond, Ind. — The public is invited to attend the annual Indiana University East Chorale Concert at 7 p.m. on Monday December 8, at Central United Methodist Church, located at 1425 E. Main Street.

The Chorale Concert will feature IU East students and faculty performing favorite holiday songs in both traditional and modern arrangements. The choir is conducted by Robert Williams. Free and open to the public.

The community is also invited to the Student Recital on Tuesday, December 9. Student vocalists, pianists, and other instrumentalists will perform a variety of works including pieces by Chopin, Mozart, Schubert, Debussy, and Rogers and Hammerstein. The recital begins at 7 p.m. and will be in Vivian Auditorium, located in Whitewater Hall. Free and open to the public.

IU East students’ work featured by Sigma Tau Delta International Honor Society
Two Indiana University East student’s creative writing work was chosen to be featured on the Sigma Tau Delta International Honor Society website following the 2014 Convention. Emily O’Brien, of Richmond, Ind., and Chase Eversole, of Connersville, are members of Sigma Tau Delta at IU East and have been active student leaders with the student organization since it was revived on campus in 2012.

O’Brien’s poem, “Saved by Savannah: A Sestina for the Sigma Tau Delta Convention,” was selected as a winning entry for the 2014 Convention Stories Contest. She is an English and history major.

Eversole has been invited to read his poem, “Rustbelt,” which focuses on the Midwestern region, at the upcoming convention. The poem has been accepted to be published online in the Sigma Tau Rectangle. The 2015 International Convention will be held March 18-21 in Albuquerque, N.M. Eversole is an English major. Members of IU East’s Sigma Tau Delta chapter and faculty advisor, Assistant Professor of English Steven Petersheim, will attend the conference.

IU East student receives Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities Midwest Regional Award
Kaleigh Miller, of Richmond, received the Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities Institutional Regional Award for demonstrating leadership at IU East. Miller is junior communications major. She is a member of the Student Activity Advisory Team (SAAT), a student organization that advises and assists with planning and presenting entertainment and programs primarily for the student body of IU East.

Miller was nominated for the award by Rebeckah Hester, director of Campus Life. Hester said Miller was nominated because of her dedication to SAAT and having a passion about seeing events be successful; she has attended three student activities conferences; and she has chaired several student events held on campus such as PJs & DJs, hypnotist Chris Jones, and Six Appeal.

The regional award honors students who are part of a programming organization at APCA member institutions are eligible for the Student of the Year. One student from each of the APCA regions is selected. Those selected from the individual regions are then a finalist for the National Student of the Year. The National Conference will be held March 18-22.

IU East’s Library director receives prestigious national award for outstanding public service

December 3rd, 2014

Indiana University East Director of the Campus Library Frances Yates was one of 10 librarians to receive the prestigious Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award. The award was presented December 2 in New York City.FrancesYates1

Yates was selected from a pool of 1,000 nominees. Each year, 10 individuals are selected to receive the award, which recognizes those who demonstrate the critical role librarians play in transforming lives and communities through education and lifelong learning. Award honorees receive $5,000, a plaque and a travel stipend to attend the awards ceremony and reception in New York City, hosted by The New York Times.

The award is administered through the American Library Association, through its Campaign for America’s Libraries to promote the value of libraries and librarians.

IU East Chancellor Kathryn Cruz-Uribe said she is pleased to see Yates recognized for her efforts to provide an environment of learning and service to the community.

“Frances brings experience, creativity and enthusiasm to her profession and to the IU East Library. She strives to make the Library an inviting space for our students, faculty and staff while working tirelessly to improve the services and opportunities needed to enhance every student’s educational experience,” Cruz-Uribe said. “I thank Frances for the many initiatives that she oversees or develops for the betterment and improvement of everyone in the community.”

Yates said her love of libraries began at the preschool storytime at the Highland, Ind., branch of the Lake County Public Library. The branch is where Yates held her first library job; she worked as a shelver.

“Growing up, I lived in a world of books, and it seems natural that I work in a world of reading and learning,” Yates said. “I really want to express my sincere appreciation for all the people who use libraries, who read, and who know how cool it is to be a librarian. Because most librarians I know love doing what they do, in part, because the people they serve love libraries. And it’s certainly an added bonus when someone takes the time to express that love,” Yates said.

Yates joined IU East in July 2009 as the director of the Campus Library. Previously, Yates was a librarian at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Education, specializing in communications, from Purdue University. She received her master’s and specialist degrees in Library and Information Science from Indiana University.

Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Larry Richards said, “I regard Frances to be a leader in mapping out the future of university libraries. While insistent on the role of library as a place, she also recognizes the ubiquity of information and knowledge in the era of the Internet. As a place, a Library needs to provide a friendly, welcoming and helpful environment for all users, a place where they can get the personal attention that they cannot get online, and Frances has done that at IU East. I greatly appreciate her efforts and congratulate her on this award.”

The nomination letter submitted to ALA recognizes several of the initiatives and activities Yates has spearheaded while at IU East, many involving improving the library space and collection and research materials available for students and faculty as well as service-learning programs and projects, leadership and customer service. In recognition of Yates’ contributions to service-learning, she was the recipient of this year’s Campus Spirit of Philanthropy Award during the 2014 Spirit of Philanthropy Luncheon held October 22.

Among Yates’ many noted accomplishments in the award nomination are:

  • Playing an active role in promoting the Library and positioning the department as an integral component to the campus’ strategic plan.
  • Fully committing to the Library mission for providing resources and services that support the academic engagement and research of diverse participants in IU East’s teaching and learning community.
  • Encouraging Library staff to continue professional development and education as well as to serve as mentors by providing students with internships, which has lead to several literacy programs for students grades K-12, and the creation of student-friendly learning spaces including a Library Living Room, providing a comfortable, dorm-room like space for students to study and remain on campus and engaged in between classes.
  • Developing and updating campus collection of learning materials and added numerous e-book collections, streaming videos, and digitization of archival materials and the active “Ask Us!” campaign to promote the diverse and reliable academic resources available for students and faculty.
  • Providing space for and initiating partnerships with the Early College Program, Third Grade Reading Academy, and most recently, Birth to Five to mentor college students working with parent educators to have monthly family literacy events in the Campus Library.
  • Serving as IU East’s representative to Indiana Campus Compact, a role that provides important state-wide awareness of the campus’ service-learning accomplishments.

Associate Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs Ross Alexander said the I Love My Librarian award is well-deserved and exemplifies the innovative efforts and initiatives that Yates has instituted as an academic librarian at IU East.

“Her commitment to providing cutting-edge programs in the library that enrich the learning experiences of our students, faculty, and stakeholders is an inspiration and a model for others in her field and across the academy,” Alexander said. “She cares deeply about our students and the institution. No one works harder than Frances!”

Spotlight: IU East School of Nursing students travel nationally, abroad to gain community nursing skills

December 1st, 2014

Nursing students from IU East stepped outside the campus and into different cultures during three recent real-world journeys.

They immersed themselves into poverty, cultural diversity and community medicine in different areas of the United States.

They presented papers, visited hospital and met with at-risk teenagers in England.

They made eye-opening and life-changing discoveries that aren’t possible without seeing other cultures.

Karen Clark, dean of the School of Nursing, led a trip to Chinle, Ariz., where IU East students administered 1,300 shots and visited historical landmarks. “Students provided the manpower for flu clinics during their time with the Navajo,” Clark said. Cindy Farris, lecturer for the School of Nursing, also facilitated the trip.nursingchinle

The students dealt mainly with children, but they served patients from ages 2 to about 70, some with special needs. “It was a great experience,” Clark said. “A lot of it is very internal … growth as a professional.”

Senior Ashley Hall from Connersville echoed that observation. “The trip not only taught me about other cultures, but about myself as well,” Hall said.

“I can truly say that no clinical experience has ever impacted me the way that Chinle did,” she said.

Other students, traveling with nursing instructor Curtis Bow, made meals for the homeless in Washington, D.C., and interacted with people at the Bowery Soup Kitchen and Shelter of Harlem in New York City. The shelter has 10,000 more clients than there are residents in Wayne County (about 58,000).

Bow also led a visit early this month to England, where 11 students saw how differently medical services are delivered and learned that their studies here can carry international significance.

That trip had significance for the university: It was the first one outside of the United States.

The second is coming this spring, when a group of juniors will head to Belize to receive some real-world experiences in mental-health issues.

“It always is a life-changing experience,” Clark said about the trips.

That was a fact even before her students ever stepped onto the Navajo Reservation: “Four of the eight hadn’t even been on an airplane,” she said.

While in Arizona, the students took time to explore. Students were immersed in the Navajo culture through interaction with native healers, participation in a sweat ceremony, and time in Canyon de Chelly exploring ruins with a native guide.

It’s vital for students — especially those who haven’t ventured very far from the area — to have “opportunities to experience a culture different than their own,” Clark said, one in which they are in the minority. “They can deliver culturally sensitive care and show what community nursing is all about.”

Bow agrees. “They were exposed to so much diversity they can’t see locally,” he said about guiding students on the eight-day trip to Washington, D.C., and New York City.

The students were able to observe that the needy in large metropolitan areas don’t have the access to medical care and the quality of life that is commonplace in east-central Indiana and west-central Ohio.

Students helped pack food and make meal preparations for a central kitchen for the homeless in D.C. They made home visits through Capitol Hill Village, a nonprofit agency that helps senior citizens in a variety of ways — with meals, with rides, with healthcare information and a lot more.nursingstudentsengland

Bow said the experience with the soup kitchen helped disprove stereotypes about some marginalized people. “They are trying their hardest. Many of them are employed. Many have two jobs,” he said. “Yet, they still can’t afford health care and clothes.”

Whatever those people don’t spend on meals, they can spend on other necessities.

The students saw that positive gestures and environments can help build self-confidence.

“Even the smallest amount of kindness can help turn things around,” Bow pointed out.

IU East students have been making trips to Chinle since the late 1990s and the Washington-New York experience was added about five years ago, Clark said.

Bow and his wife, Jennifer Bow, an adjunct instructor for the School of Nursing, accompanied the students to the East Coast and to Great Britain. “I don’t ever get tired of the trips, but they are exhausting,” he said.

The students pay their own way, but financial help is available if needed.

Each trip is different, but they do have commonalities. The overall goal is simply to provide experiences that serve people, provide education, teach about community health and create more well-rounded nurses.

“Part of that is exposure to different cultures and global health,” Clark said. “Some have been landlocked (never traveled that far) … therefore, that focuses their way of thinking.”

One student from past trip was so touched by the experience that she went to work for the Indian Health Service in Alaska after graduating, Clark said.

The trips “give students a sense of social responsibility,” she said, that they can make an impact wherever they work.

The trip to Great Britain showed how health services are handled differently there than in the United States.

For example, Bow said: “Customer service doesn’t resonate as much. The rules and regulations are a lot more dictated by the law,” he said.

Five students discussed their original research project titled “Bringing Sexy Back: sexual activity and the older adult,” on November 7 at the Second Annual Conference on Aging & Society in Manchester. The project data was collected in fall of 2013 in Richmond, when the students were juniors.

The hypotheses, Bow said, is that people are sexually active in their later years. “There were people in the audience who had done similar studies,” he said.

The students were amazed that the 200 attendees represented more than 60 countries. “It wasn’t just nursing; there were economists, lawyers, psychologists and clergymen,” he said.

“A geriatric psychologist from Canada wanted to know what (the students’) thoughts were,” Bow said. “They were enthralled they were talking to a professional who valued their opinions.”

Students also provided health information to groups about hepatitis, hypertension and nutrition and visited a HIV hospital.
They also visited the Florence Nightingale Museum and the Gordon Museum of Pathology.

The students met high-level health-industry workers. They included the president of the nursing trade union, hospital directors and specialists from around the world.

At one meal provided to the students, they were given gifts of watches and items to help them in their nursing careers.
The students discovered new things about transportation as well in England. Bow estimated the students walked 54 miles and they had to figure out how to use mass transit.

Each student brings back something different, Bow said.

“They always have something to say when they come back. They are required to do a reflection on the experience and how they can put in practice what they’ve learned,” he said. “There never are students who say they didn’t learn anything.”

Students who traveled to the Navajo reservation will share their experience at an event scheduled for 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, December 2, in Vivian Auditorium.


 Top Photo: Nursing students tour Canyon de Chelly while in Chinle, Ariz.

Bottom Photo: Nursing students support the 100th anniversary of World War I while in England by wearing poppies.