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

February 19th, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

IU East News and Notes

February 16th, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

February 10th, 2015

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

Registration is available online and required to attend.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

February 6th, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

February 5th, 2015

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

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

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

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


IU East enrollment surpasses 4,000 students, the first time for a spring semester in its history

February 2nd, 2015

Student enrollment at Indiana University East for the 2015 spring semester exceeded the 4,000 level for the first time ever.enrollment2015

As of the last day of registration on January 18, there were 4,016 students enrolled for the spring, exceeding last spring’s enrollment by 160 students. The increase represents a growth of 4.1 percent. Credit hours also reached a record level at 36,668, up 2.5 percent from last spring.

Growth in online enrollment continues to be a major driver for the campus, with almost 50 percent of all credit hours coming from online courses, up 4 percent from last spring. Sixty-five percent of all IU East students are taking at least one online course, and 41 percent are taking all online courses, up 3 percent and 5 percent respectively from last spring.

Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs Larry Richards said, “While our student body continues to consist primarily of Indiana and Ohio residents (78 percent of the students enrolled), our online programs continue to attract students from out of state and out of the country. This spring, we have students from 41 states plus the District of Columbia, and from 21 countries. There are also seven military students overseas enrolled in online courses.”

IU East’s primary mission is to provide bachelor’s and graduate education to students in eastern Indiana and western Ohio. Many of those students take online courses, in addition to on campus courses. The campus offers 11 bachelor’s degree online completion program options, as well as Graduate Certificates in Composition Studies and Mathematics.

“Online delivery of degree programs makes it possible for students who cannot regularly travel the long-distances to the campus from where they might live, or who are working or otherwise committed throughout the week at times when on-campus courses are being offered, to be able to continue their education and achieve the dream of an advanced degree or certificate. By meeting the need of these students in our region with these online courses, we can also accommodate students outside our region who find our programs attractive. This has been a win-win for all,” Richards said.

IU School of Nursing Online RN to BSN program nationally ranked in top 50 by College Choice

January 28th, 2015

Indiana University came in seventh on a list of the top 50 online Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) programs in the U.S. The 2015 rankings were compiled by College Choice, an independent college search and rankings website.nursingsignature

IU East School of Nursing Dean Karen Clark said, “The Institute of Medicine has determined that 80 percent of the nursing workforce should be prepared at the baccalaureate (BSN) level or higher in order to best meet patient needs in our ever-changing healthcare environment. Indiana University is playing a key role in helping the state of Indiana reach this goal by offering a collaborative online program. Perhaps the most important part is that nurses can earn a quality education where they work and live. College Choice’s ranking is a wonderful endorsement of our program, especially since it verifies what we hear from our students and their employers.”

The IU East School of Nursing offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a RN to BSN Mobility option is offered to students at IU East’s Richmond campus and off-campus sites in New Castle, Madison and Lawrenceburg, and Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. IU East also offers a Master of Science in Nursing with three track options in family nurse practitioner, nursing education and nursing administration.

IU East joined the nursing consortium in September 2010 to provide an online option for registered nurses who are interested in earning a bachelor’s degree.

According to College Choice, the rankings were based upon a variety of factors, including faculty, technology, student support, accreditation and cost, as well as the national and regional reputations of each school.

“Our aim is to offer students a ranking of the top online nursing programs they can trust to deliver excellent quality, flexibility, affordability, and results,” said Sara Garbers, a website editor.

Available on eight campuses across Indiana where the school has nursing programs, the RN to BSN degree completion program offers a flexible choice for professional nurses who want to complete their bachelor’s degree while continuing to work. Many employers are taking advantage of the program to ensure that they will be able to meet the Institute of Medicine’s recommendation for their nursing staff.

“The curriculum prepares graduates to function as practitioners in acute and long-term care, community settings, home care, and other nontraditional settings, and also provides a foundation for leadership positions and graduate study,” said Janet Phillips, PhD, RN, director for the RN to BSN Degree Completion Program. “The graduate of the BSN program possesses a broad knowledge of nursing, the humanities, the biological and social sciences. The graduate applies well-developed problem-solving skills in caring for individuals, families, communities and populations.”

Classes are all online with options to graduate in 12, 18 or 24 months, after general education requirements are completed. Nursing courses are delivered in condensed eight-week learning modules, designed to allow students to continue working while taking classes. Students do not have to travel to campus for class.

The program builds on courses that students have already completed, so that previous general education may be counted towards credit.

For more information on the RN to BSN degree completion program, please visit iu-rnbsn.iu.edu.

Affordable Colleges Online 2015’s Best Online Criminal Justice Degrees ranks IU East in top 10 nationally

January 21st, 2015

The Affordable Colleges Online (ACO) recently ranked Indiana University East’s criminal justice online degree completion program as one of 2015’s ten Best Online Criminal Justice Degrees in the country. ACO is a leading resource for online learning and college affordability information.

Schools included offer students affordable, high-quality criminal justice programs combined with the flexibility of distance learning. Flexibility is one of the top reasons students are attracted to online criminal justice degrees. More colleges today are offering a number of criminal justice specializations online, from corrections and case management to homeland security, forensics, public administration and more.

IU East online degree programs offer the high quality of an Indiana University degree to students throughout Indiana, nationally and internationally. IU East’s online programs offer 10 options for students who wish to complete their bachelor’s degree online. IU East currently offers bachelor’s degrees online in English, Technical and Professional Writing; Natural Science and Mathematics, with a Mathematics Concentration; Communication Studies; Business Administration; Criminal Justice; Political Science; Psychology; Mathematics; General Studies; an RN to BSN Mobility Option; and, a Bachelor of Applied Science for students who have completed an Associate of Applied Science or the equivalent. IU East also offers a Graduate Certificate in Composition Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Mathematics.

The criminal justice program at IU East is distinctive in that it also teaches students management skills which prepares them to be more competitive in the job market and enhances their prospects for advancement. The degree program prepares students for professional careers in law, policing, criminal investigation, juvenile justice, public affairs, crisis management, risk analysis, or graduate school. Students who have taken the first two years of a criminal justice program at another college or university can finish the online program within two years to receive a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice.

For more information about IU East’s online degree programs, visit iue.edu/online.

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 iun.edu/onebook.

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 wmohamed@iue.edu.

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 IUEast-MLK.eventbrite.com.

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 iue.edu/leadership.

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.”