IU East’s 44th Commencement Ceremony is May 15

May 4th, 2015

IU East graduates celebrate during the 2014 Commencement Ceremony, held at the Richmond High School Tiernan Center.

Indiana University East will host its 44th Commencement Ceremony at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 15, at the Richmond High School Tiernan Center.

This year, the university will confer 715 baccalaureate degrees and 34 master’s degrees. The number of degrees is a significant increase for IU East and marks the university’s highest number of graduates in a given year.

Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie and IU East Chancellor Kathryn Cruz-Uribe will preside and address the 749 graduates eligible to receive IU degrees during the ceremony. The figures include degree recipients from December 2014 and candidates for May, June and August 2015.

The ceremony will be broadcast via live stream video at iue.edu/live. The website also includes live commencement updates and commentary via Facebook and Twitter, with the hashtags #iueast and #iue2015. Richmond residents can also watch the ceremony live on WCTV Channel 20.

As part of the ceremony, Indiana University East will award an Indiana University Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree to Jim Steck, chancellor emeritus of Ivy Tech Community College Richmond, and member of the IU East Board of Advisors. 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.

Kathryn Elisabeth Marr, Nashville, Tenn., will address fellow classmates during the ceremony as the student speaker. Marr, who will receive a Bachelor of Science in Communications Studies, was selected to address the 2015 class after auditioning for the honor.

Lori Ann Stephens of Carthage, Ind., is the recipient of the Naomi Osborne Award, an honor given to the graduate with the highest grade point average, and will lead the graduating class during the alumni induction ceremony. Stephens will receive her Bachelor of Science in Psychology.

For more information, visit iue.edu/commencement.

IU East Students News and Notes

April 30th, 2015

(Back Row) Coty Barrett, Caleb Warner, Chase Eversole, Steven Petersheim (Front Row) Lindsey Dirksen, Emily O’Brien, Kathryn Yohey, Kaylyn Flora

Seven students from Indiana University East to the 2015 Sigma Tau Delta International Convention held March 21 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

IU East students attending the conference were Emily O’Brien, Richmond, Ind., chapter president; Chase Eversole, Connersville, Ind., past president; Kaylyn Flora, Richmond, Ind., vice president; Katie Yohey, Richmond, Ind., secretary; Caleb Warner, Centerville, Ind.; Lindsey Dirksen, Arcanum, Ohio; and Coty Barrett, Connersville, Ind.

During the convention, students participated in workshops focused on student leadership and creative writing and attended readings by famous Native American writers Simon Ortiz and Leslie Marmon Silko. Last fall, in anticipation of the theme and speakers of the 2015 convention, several students read and participated in a roundtable discussion and film viewing and discussion on Native Americans led by Assistant Professor of History Justin Carroll who teaches Native American history at IU East.

Dirksen said the convention was an “absolutely amazing experience for me, both as a student and as a person.” She added hearing the keynote speeches from some famous and prevalent Native American authors like Simon Ortiz, and the experience of getting to meet the authors, was something that she will never forget.

Students presented their own critical and creative writing at the convention. Eversole and Barrett were selected to give readings of their creative writing, and Yohey, Flora, and Warner also participated in open mic readings of their creative work. During the literary criticism sessions, O’Brien, Eversole, Yohey, and Dirksen delivered research papers on a diverse group of writers and texts.

“Something even more than that was actually getting to present one of my own papers at a national convention, as letting others hear my work was an experience that I am so happy that I now have. As a student who loves literature, it was really incredible to travel to another place full of other students from across with the same interests as me, and to get to hear these speakers and attend workshops with students to whom it meant so much,” Dirksen said.

Eversole’s poem, “Rustbelt I,” will be published in the Sigma Tau Delta Rectangle, a highly competitive journal published annually in April.

Assistant Professor of English Steven Petersheim is the faculty advisor for Sigma Tau Delta at IU East. He said the English Honors Society convention allows students to develop their professional skills and pursue their passions with others who inspire them and are interested in hearing from them.

“After observing the enthusiasm generated for English studies by last year’s trip to Savannah, I quickly realized that this trip contributed much more to the energy, productivity, and professional development of our students than I had anticipated.  It is now a priority for the IU East chapter of Sigma Tau Delta and the English department alike,” Petersheim said.

Aside from the convention, students had the opportunity to explore Albuquerque and to learn about its culture. Students visited local museums, dinned at restaurants and walked by the Rio Grande River.

“We also got to explore the ‘oldtown’ of the city and go to many of the different shops, and even explored a rattlesnake museum with dozens of real live rattlesnakes. My time spent outside of the convention was just as amazing as the time I spent participating in the events within the hotel, and overall it was a better trip than I could have ever imagined I know that I gained so much knowledge from this convention, and a new understanding of other cultures by spending time in Albuquerque. I am glad that I have participated in something bigger than myself, I would not have traded the experience for anything,” Dirksen said.

Warner said attending the conference provided an opportunity to meet other people from universities and colleges statewide who share his passion for reading and writing. He said his favorite part of the convention was participating in a creative writing workshop with Micah Hicks, and that working with a published author who writes in the same genre was fantastic.

“The lessons I learned at that workshop will continue to impact my writing for the rest of my life,” Warner said. “As for outside the convention, getting to explore the Old Town district in Albuquerque was a blast because I got to see a way of life unique to the southwestern portion of the United States. Before going to this convention, I had never been further west than Chicago. Getting to explore a new landscape, along with this fantastic convention, was an incredible event in my life that I won’t soon forget. Overall, going to this convention reinvigorated my desire to continue studying literature and write creatively.”

IU East students with an interest in English studies are invited to join Sigma Tau Delta, the student organization is open to qualifying minors or English Education students as well as majors. Students should contact Steven Petersheim at spetersh@iue.edu or stop by his office, located in Whitewater Hall room 277.

IU East Student News and Notes

April 29th, 2015

Spring Music Concerts
IU East students are hosting their spring music concerts this week. The concerts are free and open to the public.

Tonight (April 29) is the Senior Capstone Recital by Hannah Clawson, soprano. The recital is at 7:30 p.m. in Vivian Auditorium.

Earlier this week, the IU East Jazz Band performed on Monday night. The jazz band is directed by Robert Williams. The IU East Student Recital was held Tuesday.


Nursing students inducted to Sigma Theta Tau International
Senior B.S.N., R.N. to B.S.N., and M.S.N. students were inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing on April 10 at St. Luke’s Church in Indianapolis.

The group was inducted into the Alpha Chapter with other IU campuses. Alpha Chapter was the first chapter of Sigma, started by six Indiana University students. Students must have at least a 3.5 GPA to be eligible and must be invited to become a member.  This was the largest group of inductees from IU East.

Students received a certificate, signed the Sigma Theta Tau Alpha Chapter book, and received their purple and white chords.


Student Showcase in Meijer Artway
Indiana University East and Purdue University College of Technology in Richmond students now have their work on display in the Meijer Artway through May 15. Students exhibiting work were in fine arts classes at IU East during the fall 2014 and spring 2015 semesters.

Stagg Safety of Richmond sponsored the awards.

Best of Show
Megan Templeton, Richmond, Ind.

Donor’s Award
Patrick Allred, Modoc, Ind.

Two-Dimensional Art
First Place – Elizabeth Miller, Eldorado, Ohio
Second Place – Maya Waller, Connersville, Ind.
Third Place – Sarah Miller, Connersville, Ind.

Three-Dimensional Art
First Place – Chanda Hunt, Union City, Ohio
Second Place – Cody Bryant, West Alexandria, Ohio
Third Place – Brittany Myers, Arcanum, Ohio

Student Showcase Exhibitors

  •     Sheyenne Adams, Winchester, Ind. – “The Wolf’s Cry,” Colored Pencil on Poster Board
  •     Liza M. Allen, Lynn, Ind. – “Copper Cuff,” Forged Copper and Chrysocolla Stone and “My Re-creation of George Hurrell’s Clark Gable” Digital Photograph
  •     Patrick Allred, Modoc, Ind. – “Old Fish Heads,” Ceramic and “Acceptance,” Graphite on Paper
  •     Eli Beckley, Richmond, Ind. – “Coat of Arms,” Manipulated Copper, Cedar
  •     Cody Bryant, West Alexandria, Ohio – “Boxcar” and “Biplane,” Manipulated Copper
  •     Arianna Cook, Cambridge City, Ind. – “Jar” and “Teapot,” Ceramic
  •     Dan Estadilla, Richmond, Ind. – “Happy Family,” Oil, Sand, Molding Paste on Canvas
  •     Davis Himes, Connersville, Ind. – “Birth of Venus – Birth of Woman,” Graphite, Watercolor, Acrylic on Canvas (diptych)
  •     Chanda Hunt, Union City, Ohio – “This Is Not a Bowl,” Ceramic
  •     Danielle Johnson, Richmond, Ind. – “Ssssexy Lady,” Graphite on Paper
  •     Margaret Leffel, Richmond, Ind. – “Descended,” Oil on Canvas (triptych)
  •     Piedad Llerena, Richmond, Ind. – “Inca Sun” and “His & Hers” Ceramics
  •     Stephanie Llerena, Richmond, Ind. – “Magic Bottle” and “Hungry,” Ceramic
  •     Elizabeth Miller, Eldorado, Ohio – “Untitled,” Graphite, String, Acrylic, Watercolor
  •     Brittany Myers, Arcanum, Ohio – “Vulture Bear,” Ceramic, Acrylic, Ink
  •     Josh Pontius, West Alexandria, Ohio – “Cloudy Bowl,” Ceramic
  •     Hannah Robbins, Liberty, Ind. –“Out of Control,” Oil on Canvas
  •     Brandon Scott, Connersville, Ind. – “When Pigs Fly,” Mixed Media
  •     Jen Smith, Richmond, Ind. – “The Devil’s Toolbox,” Mixed Media and “Water Vessel,” Ceramic
  •     Megan Templeton, Richmond, Ind. – “Oversized Vase” and “Spearmint Jar,” Ceramic
  •     Maya Waller, Connersville, Ind. – “Projecting,” Oil, Molding Paste on Canvas

For more information, call Ed Thornburg, gallery curator, at (765) 973-8605 or visit iue.edu/gallery.



Nominations are being accepted for second annual ATHENA Leadership Award

April 24th, 2015

Wayne Bank and Trust Co. and Indiana University East are pleased to announce the second annual ATHENA Leadership Award® Dinner to be held at 6 p.m. on June 23, 2015, at Forest Hills Country Club, located at 2169 South 23rd St. in Richmond, Indiana.

The event will recognize women leaders who motivate, inspire and create positive change in the community. Mary Jo Clark, a long-time community builder and leader in Wayne County, won the prestigious award last year.

Nominations are now being accepted for this year’s ATHENA Leadership Award® which will be presented at the dinner to 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 keynote speaker will be Lin Dunn, former Indiana Fever basketball coach and a member of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.

Mark Soukup, president of Wayne Bank said, “There are so many women in this community who do amazing things every day. I am pleased to be part of an event that recognizes their continued leadership. We are very blessed in this community.”

Founded 30 years ago, ATHENA International is a women’s leadership organization that supports, develops and honors women leaders through the programs it administers. ATHENA’s flagship program, the ATHENA Leadership Award® Program, has honored over 6,250 women leaders from hundreds of cities and eight countries since its inception in 1982. The program is facilitated locally by Wayne Bank and Trust Co. and Indiana University East, licensed ATHENA host organizations. Nominations are sought throughout the community and recipients are selected by a diverse group of community leaders based on the criteria above.

IU East Chancellor Kathy Cruz-Uribe said, “IU East is very pleased to partner with Wayne Bank to bring this tradition of recognizing our female leaders to Wayne County. These women serve as shining examples of leadership and service to our students and our community. It is an honor to recognize their achievements in this manner.”

ATHENA Leadership Award® recipients hail from all professional sectors. The award’s rich history, international scope and emphasis on mentorship make this award unique and amongst the most prestigious leadership awards one can receive.

Wayne Bank and IU East are honored to, once again, bring this award to Wayne County. ATHENA Leadership Award® recipients are presented a hand-cast, bronzed and crystal sculpture that symbolizes the strength, courage and wisdom of ATHENA recipients. The Wayne County recipient will be invited to join ATHENA Leadership Award Recipients and other leaders at the annual ATHENA International Women’s Leadership Summit held each year.

Wayne Bank and IU East believe in the values underlying ATHENA International’s philosophy of incorporating the talent and expertise of women into the leadership of our businesses, our communities and our government. Reflective of a quote attributed to Plato, “What is honored in a country will be cultivated there,” the ATHENA Leadership Award® honors and illuminates the leaders and leadership styles of individuals others would emulate.

ATHENA International is nationally underwritten by KMPG. Local sponsorship is provided by Wayne Bank and Trust Co. and Indiana University East. Event proceeds will benefit a non-profit organization to be determined.

Nominations will be accepted until May 11, 2015. Nomination and sponsorship forms may be obtained at waynebankonline.com or by contacting Norene Groth, director of Marketing at Wayne Bank and Trust Co., at (765) 259-0208 ngroth@waynebnk.com or Terry Wiesehan, director of Alumni Relations at IU East, at (765) 973-8221 or twiesaha@iue.edu.






IU East celebrates academic excellence during Honors Convocation

April 24th, 2015

School of Natural Science and Mathematics Dean Neil Sabine, Chancellor Kathryn Cruz-Uribe and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Larry Richards present the Outstanding Student in Biology award to Hillary Chaney.

Indiana University East celebrated the accomplishments of its students during the annual Honors Convocation held April 23.

Chancellor’s Scholar Awards are campus-wide awards, presented to the highest achieving seniors, by academic school. Chancellor’s awards were presented to:

  • Chelsea Revard, Fishers, Ind., School of Business and Economics
  • Jordan Stallard, Bradford, Ohio, School of Education
  • Emily O’Brien, Richmond, Ind., School of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Elizabeth Sturwold, Brookville, Ind., School of Nursing
  • Hannah Klawa, Amissville, Va., School of Natural Science and Mathematics
  • Carmen Hawley, Eaton, Ohio, School of Social Work

Outstanding Student Awards were given to individuals in their degree programs who displayed outstanding academic achievement at IU East. Students receiving awards are the following:

School of Business and Economics

  • Amanda Godsey, Brookville, Ind., Outstanding Student in Accounting
  • Teryn Pouder, Roscoe, Ill., Outstanding Student in Business Administration
  • Patrick Hummer, Wausau, Wis. Outstanding Student in Finance
  • Lauren Lunsford, Brookville, Ind., Outstanding Student in Informatics
  • Edward Carlton, Brownsville, Ind., Outstanding Student in Management Information Systems
  • Daniel Printz, Arcanum, Ohio, Outstanding Student in Marketing
  • Chad Steen, Richmond, Ind., Outstanding Graduate Student in Management

School of Education

  • Erin Futrell, Connersville, Ind., Outstanding Student in Elementary Education
  • Kari Jenkins, Connersville, Ind., Outstanding Student in Secondary Education
  • Kathleen Kassens, Liberty, Ind., Outstanding Student Elementary Teacher Award
  • Jacob Stewart, Richmond, Ind., Outstanding Student Secondary Teacher Award
  • Zhenxing Wang, Ypsilanti, Mich., Outstanding Graduate Student in Education

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Kristin Leiz, Mishawaka, Ind., Outstanding Student in Communication Studies
  • David Danner, North Webster, Ind., Outstanding Student in Criminal Justice
  • Rachel El Sanadi, Cleveland Heights, Ohio, Outstanding Student in English
  • Brittany Williams, Richmond, Ind., Outstanding Student in Fine Arts
  • Lincoln Merchant, Bedford, Ind., Outstanding Student in Political Science
  • Ann Tibbot-Rohe, Richmond, Ind., Outstanding Student in Psychology
  • Kelsey Wolfe Davis, Greenfield, Ohio, Outstanding Student in Sociology
  • Mark Stenger, Morris, Ind., Outstanding Graduate Student in English

School of Natural Science and Mathematics

  • Dylan Doner, Richmond, Ind., Outstanding Student in Biochemistry
  • Hillary Chaney, Centerville, Ind., Outstanding Student in Biology
  • Veronica Maghielse, Fountain City, Ind., Outstanding Student in General Studies
  • Benjamin Jenkins, Connersville, Outstanding Student in Human Life Science
  • Bilal Husain, Sterling, Va., Outstanding Student in Mathematics

School of Nursing

  • Rachel Buckmeier, Connersville, Ind., Nursing’s Outstanding BSN student
  • Amy Marincovich, Indianapolis, Ind., RN to BSN Outstanding Student
  • Amanda Carmack, Liberty, Ind., Outstanding Graduate Student

School of Social Work

  • Monica Lee, Ingalls, Ind., Outstanding Social Work Student

Purdue University College of Technology at Richmond

  • Kyle Mestemaker, Lynn, Ind., Outstanding Student in Computer Graphics and Engineering Technology
  • Timothy Cox, Williamsburg, Ind., Outstanding Student in Organizational Leadership and Supervision

IU East Honors Program Graduates

  • Erik Baker, Richmond, Ind.
  • Christine Carrera, Centerville, Ind.
  • Kelsey Wolfe Davis, Greenville, Ohio
  • Chase Eversole, Richmond, Ind.
  • Kaylyn Flora, New Paris, Ohio
  • Brianna Keener, Connersville, Ind.
  • Ashley Hall, Connersville, Ind.
  • Drew Houck, Portland, Ind.
  • Alexis Hurd, Richmond, Ind.
  • Heather Proctor, Richmond, Ind.
  • Felicia Miller, Richmond, Ind.
  • Chelsy Nichols, Connersville, Ind.
  • Emily O’Brien, Richmond, Ind.
  • Kaly Reichter, Richmond, Ind.
  • Brooke Sahm, Indianapolis, Ind.
  • Lori Stephens, Carthage, Ind.
  • Michael Teufel, Richmond, Ind.

Lori Ann Stephens, Carthage, Ind., is the Naomi Osborne Scholar. The award is given to the baccalaureate candidate with the highest grade point average. Stephens will receive her Bachelor of Science in Psychology.

IU East Honors Convocation recognizes outstanding faculty, staff

April 24th, 2015

IU East Chancellor Kathryn Cruz-Uribe and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Larry Richards present Rosalie Aldrich, assistant professor of communication studies, with the Award for Excellence in Research.

Indiana University East recognized several faculty and staff during the Honors Convocation ceremony held April 23. Presented during the ceremony were the Trustee IU East Faculty Recognition awards and staff service recognition awards.

Paula Baumann, assistant professor of nursing, is this year’s recipients of the Helen Lees Award, established in 1991. Professor Emeritus Lees passed away in 1992, but her spirit continues in this annual award to honor a full-time faculty member who has taught at least 10 semesters at IU East. This award recognizes excellence in teaching by a full-time faculty member over a sustained period of time.

Carrie Longley, assistant professor of fine arts, is the recipient of the New Faculty Award for Teaching. This award recognizes excellence in teaching by an utenured faculty member throughout their first four years at IU East.

Stephanie Whitehead, assistant professor of criminal justice, is the recipient of the Progress Award for New Faculty. The Progress Award is a symbol of achievement for new faculty members as they are establishing their careers at IU East. This award recognizes exceptional progress in teaching, research and service.

Rosalie Aldrich, assistant professor of communication studies, received this year’s Award for Excellence in Research. This award recognizes excellence in research and/or creative work by a full-time faculty member over a sustained period of time.

Hitesh Kathuria, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, is the recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Service Award. This award recognizes distinguished service—campus, community or professional, either one-time or sustained, by a full-time faculty member above and beyond the standard expectations of any compensation or release time provided for the service.

Cathy Foos, associate professor of philosophy, received the Faculty Special Achievement Award. Foos will retire this summer. This award recognizes outstanding all-around achievement, either short-term or sustained, by an IU East faculty member, and can be awarded for any combination of teaching, research and service.

Awards were presented to an outstanding support staff member and professional staff member who have made significant contributions to IU East during the past year.

Liz Ferris, career and experiential learning coordinator for University College, received the Professional Council Service Award and Diana Fahl, administrative specialist for the School of Natural Science and Mathematics, received the Staff Council Service Award.

Erika Lemar is the recipient of the Student Employee Service recognition. The recognition honors a student employee who has demonstrated excellence in attitude, commitment, teamwork, contribution, and inspiration in their job at IU East. Lemar is a junior nursing major from Greenville, Ohio. She works in the Office of Admissions as a student ambassador and she also works for the Office of Academic Support Services.

IU East’s Honors Program celebrates 10th anniversary

April 22nd, 2015

This spring, the Indiana University East Honors Program is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The first Honors introductory course, H100, was taught in spring 2005 with 15 students.HonorsAnniversary

The Honors Program is an academic program that provides an intellectually enriched curriculum for highly motivated students, allowing them to demonstrate academic excellence through Honors coursework, independent research, creative work, and extracurricular opportunities. Members of the Honors Program are on-campus undergraduate students from all different majors and degrees.  In addition to taking Honors options in five of their courses, they complete a senior thesis of research, service-learning, or creative work.

This spring, the Honors Program enrolled its largest group of students to the program and will celebrate its biggest graduating class during the Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 15. There will be 17 Honors Program graduates this year. Over the past 10 years, 58 students have graduated from the Honors Program. The first student, Chrissy Kreig, graduated from the program in 2007.

Professor of English Alisa Clapp-Itnyre has been the director of the Honors Program since 2010. She was part of a six-member faculty committee that developed the program, 2004-2005, and then, along with two other faculty members, Emerita Professor Joanne Passet and former Dean of the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Kumara Jayasuriya, taught the first Honors class in 2005.

“The Honors Program has grown beyond any of our expectations.  It recruits between 50-60 students every year, and we maintain about 120 students at a time.  Through their enthusiasm and motivation, Honors students contribute in integral ways to the academics, leadership, and community outreach of the campus.  It is a pleasure to work with so many of them in classes, on projects, and through Program trips,” Clapp-Itnyre said.

Past directors include Joanne Passet and Margaret Thomas Evans.  Marcy Jance, associate professor business administration, is a past member of the Honors Program Committee and served as the club advisor for the program, 2012-14.  She said the Honors Program gives students the opportunity to go beyond their normal degree requirements.

“The Honors Program offers students the chance to engage in research and service-learning opportunities. In addition the Honors Club provides cultural and educational opportunities such as trips to Chicago and Indianapolis.   It is a wonderful program and I am grateful that I have had the opportunity to participate as both a committee member and club advisor.”

As part of the 10th anniversary celebration, two events will be held this week, the Honors Alumni Reunion Chew & Chat and the Honors Program Graduation and Recognition. Both events are free and open to the public.

The Honors Alumni Reunion Chew & Chat will be from 3-4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22, in Springwood Hall Room 202. Honors Program alumni will return to share their stories since graduating.

The Honors Program Graduation and Recognition Ceremony will be held from 4-5 p.m. on Thursday, April 23, in the Campus Library, located in Hayes Hall. City of Richmond Mayor Sally Hutton will be the keynote speaker.

Emily O’Brien of Richmond, Ind., is a senior English and history major at IU East. She joined the Honors Program in 2011. She has been an officer for the program each year, has helped to plan and attended cultural events and academic conferences, has established service-learning projects and has received scholarships. She has also worked as a research assistant for Professor Emerita Joanne Passet and Professor of Political Science Paul Kriese, sparking her own interest in research and pursuit of a career in academia.

“One of the best things about the Honors Program is the close community it provides for its students on campus—having friends who are as academically driven as you are is helpful beyond belief, and one of the best things about the program,” O’Brien said.

She added being a part of the Honors Program has led to other opportunities on campus. O’Brien has been a member of several committees including for the “One Book, Many Voices” project, and was the student speaker at the Student Activities and Events Center Groundbreaking Ceremony. She is the president of the Student Government Association (SGA), editor-in-chief of Tributaries, IU East’s journal of student creative writing and artwork, and she is president of Sigma Tau Delta at IU East. She also served a year as the student representative for the Faculty Senate.

“I have had countless cultural, academic, and professional experiences during my time at IU East, and I truly feel that without my participation in the Honors Program I would not have had half as many great experiences during my time as an undergraduate student,” O’Brien said. “Being an honors student is more than getting good grades—it is also about being a culturally well-rounded student, a strong researcher, a skilled leader and just an all-around good person. Most of my best memories from my undergraduate career are associated with my time in the Honors Program, and I would not trade them for the world.”

Honors Program Graduates 2015
Erik Baker, Richmond, Ind.
Christine Carrera, Richmond, Ind.
Kelsey Wolfe Davis, Greenville, Ohio
Chase Eversole, Richmond, Ind.
Kaylyn Flora, Richmond, Ind.
Brianna Keener, Connersville, Ind.
Ashley Hall, Connersville, Ind.
Drew Houck, Portland, Ind.
Alexis Hurd, Richmond, Ind.
Heather Proctor, Richmond, Ind.
Felicia Chagdes Miller, Richmond, Ind.
Chelsy Nichols, Connersville, Ind.
Emily O’Brien, Richmond, Ind.
Kaly Reichter, Richmond, Ind.
Brooke Sahm, Indianapolis, Ind.
Lori Stephens, Carthage, Ind.
Michael Teufel, Richmond, Ind.


Spotlight: Community outreach program pairs IU East, Hibberd Middle School students to learn about environmental justice

April 21st, 2015

Students from IU East and Hibberd Middle School are learning together about environmental justice, including visiting the wind farm in Lynn, Ind.

What do wind farms have to do with criminal justice?

Students from IU East and Hibberd Middle School in Richmond discovered some answers to that question in personal ways this spring.

They visited the new farm that has seen 100 of the new and massive turbines spread across the flatlands west and north of Lynn, Ind.

They had learned through working together that many legal issues have cropped up about sounds and the dangers to animals from the increasingly popular wind farms. Many people complain that the massive turbines ruin the skyline of the farm fields and have negatively affected the roads and the traffic during construction.

They also learned that the sites — which are on cement slabs surrounded by crop fields — can be muddy and tough to reach, said Stephanie Whitehead, assistant professor of criminal justice at IU East.

“It was interesting because it had rained,” she said.

It also was interesting because many of the students didn’t know the wind farm even existed.

“They enjoyed it (and) were shocked how big these turbines are. They were going full speed and you basically heard nothing,” Whitehead said. “They were expecting to see dead birds there. But there were none.”

Fifteen IU East students joined 20 eighth-graders from the early-college class at Hibberd. They rode together in a yellow school bus to the site in Randolph County. “Our students found that hilarious,” Whitehead said.

The IU East students are participating in service-learning as part of Whitehead’s senior capstone class in environmental justice. The students all started meeting Feb. 8 and have worked together on Tuesdays every two weeks. They met together on March 25 in the IU East Library about animal rights. This week, they will put together documentaries of 3-5 minutes that will be presented in the last meeting on April 28.


IU East and Hibberd Middle School students listened to a presentation on politics of food.

Whitehead has been impressed by the students in the eighth-grade community outreach project. “They are on it,” she said. “They ask interesting questions. You can tell they are motivated and want to learn this stuff.”

That goes for the IU East students, too: “I think they are consistently surprised at the young people’s (knowledge). They feel challenged by them.”

Whitehead had always wanted to teach a course in environmental justice, but wasn’t expecting to do so for several years. But, she was inspired to do so by IU East Library Director Frances Yates.

“Frances helped push it and make it happen,” Whitehead said. “She already had a working relationship with the eighth-grade class. They already had been on our campus a lot.”

Whitehead’s IU East class also focused on other themes, including politics of land use, politics of food and animal rights.

Students were forced to consider things such as how they would respond to animal-neglect calls. “It was interesting to watch them re-think that these are issues they will have to deal with, that there are jobs in them,” Whitehead said.

The Kentucky native has taught at IU East for five years. She earned her Ph.D. at IU Bloomington, but loves working on a smaller campus.

“I wouldn’t have been able to pull this project off at other places,” she said. Environmental justice, she continued, “is near and dear to my heart. I grew up in coal country.”

She also teaches introductory courses in criminal justice and is involved in many other projects. For example, she facilitated the recent IU Women and Gender Studies Undergraduate Conference.

“Getting to interact with the community is one big bonus on this campus,” she said. “I’ve worked with the sheriff’s department (in Wayne County). I’ve done lectures at the high school. It’s unique to get access to the community like that. This is a great place.”


IU East reflects on Tom Raper’s legacy

April 15th, 2015

Tom Raper, a longtime friend and devoted supporter of Indiana University East, passed away April 14, 2015, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

IU East Chancellor Kathryn Cruz-Uribe said that Tom believed in the importance of higher education to improve the lives of those living in Wayne County and throughout the region. He had a long-established history with the university including providing student scholarships, serving on the IU East Board of Advisors, and gifting IU East with the largest donation in its 44-year history.

“Tom was a devoted supporter of our students, the campus and the Wayne County community. He was mindful of our students needs and he strived to help them meet those challenges through his philanthropic support,” Cruz-Uribe said. “We are very saddened to hear of Tom’s passing. We are thinking of his wife Suzanne and his family.”

In 2009, Tom and Suzanne announced that they would continue to support the campus through a $2.17 million gift. IU East renamed Tom Raper Hall in honor of their unprecedented commitment to the campus. Through their exceptional generosity, Tom and Suzanne enabled IU East to provide an even higher level of knowledge, economic development, and culture for the residents in east central Indiana and west central Ohio.

For two decades, Tom supported the Tom Raper Scholarship to benefit hardworking, deserving students who are committed to building their success in east central Indiana. He has contributed to the endowment established in his name, providing over 90 scholarships in the past 15 years.

Tom has served on the IU East Board of Advisors since 1993.

Tom brought national recognition to Richmond, Ind., by building the nation’s largest recreational vehicle dealership, Tom Raper RVs.  From humble beginnings with a used car lot of fewer than ten cars in 1964, Raper grew the business into a 60-acre complex in Richmond with 275 employees and a worldwide customer base.  In 2002, he sold the business to Dave Bane. Today, it is now owned by Camping World.

IU East Student News and Notes

April 15th, 2015

Upcoming Crossroads Reading Series features students from IU East, Earlham College and Richmond High School
The Crossroads Reading Series will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 16, at IU East’s Room 912, located at 912 E. Main Street in Richmond. This event is free and open to the public.

The Crossroads Reading Series is an annual collaborative showcase, featuring creative writing from students at IU East and Earlham College. Students from each campus come together to present and share their fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction and to foster a spirit of collaboration and engagement between the two campuses.

This year, students from Richmond High School will join and participate in the Crossroads Reading Series.


Senior Fine Arts Capstone Exhibit opens April 17
The Senior Capstone Art Exhibition, which includes works by eight Indiana University East seniors, will be on display in the Room 912 Gallery, located at 912 E. Main Street in Richmond. An opening reception is scheduled from 5-7 p.m. Friday, April 17, at Room 912.

The exhibition is on display April 17–May 22. It is free and open to the public.

IU East’s Fine Arts Program requires students to complete a Senior Capstone Project to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts.  Each student must create an original body of work in their area of concentration during their senior year and display their creations in a final exhibition. This year’s exhibit includes paintings, photographs, drawings, ceramics and miniature figurines.

Ann Kim, assistant professor of fine arts, said, “As a part of the course, students were required to create a cohesive body of work and were in charge of not only planning and executing the production of the works, but also were responsible for promoting and installing the exhibition. They all also built an artist website to showcase their work online.”

Students exhibiting their artwork and the artists’ websites include:


Nursing students to present on trip to Belize
Indiana University East junior B.S.N. nursing students will deliver a presentation about their trip to Roaring Creek, Belize, at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 27, in Tom Raper Hall Room 124.

The nursing students traveled to Belize during spring break, March 16-20, to complete clinical hours for their practicum course on Alteration in Neuro-Psych.

During the presentations, students will discuss their travel, clinical work, and learning experiences.

The presentation is free and open to the public.



Lori Stephens receives an award for her poster from George Blakey, professor emeritus, during Student Research Day held April 3.

Student Research Day awards for oral and poster presentations
Nine Indiana University East students received awards during the Student Research Day held April 3. Student Research Day recognizes the research, scholarly and creative work of IU East student scholars. The day included poster and oral presentations, a three-minute thesis competition and an awards ceremony.

Poster Presentation Winners
Lou Ann Manning, First Place
Lori Stephens, Carthage, Ind., Second Place
Paige Spencer, Lynn, Ind., Third Place

Oral Presentations
Christina Coryell, New Castle, Ind., First Place
Trevor Boram, Arcanum, Ohio, Second Place
Rachel Laux, New Madison, Ohio, Third Place

Three-Minute Thesis
Danielle Standley, Connersville, Ind.

George Blakey Library Research Award Poster Presentation Winners
Lori Stephens, Carthage, Ind., First Place
Paige Spencer, Union City, Ind., Second Place
Lou Anne Manning, Lynn, Ind., Third Place

George Blakey Library Research Award Oral Presentation Winners
Christina Coryell, New Castle, Ind., First Place
Hannah Clawson, Modoc, Ind., Second Place
Brittany Williams, Richmond, Ind., Third Place