ATHENA Leadership Award Finalists Announced

May 13th, 2014

Wayne Bank and Trust Co. and Indiana University East Center for Leadership Development have partnered to bring the ATHENA Leadership Award to Wayne County. The ATHENA Leadership Award is presented to a woman – or man – who is honored for professional excellence, community service and for actively assisting women in their attainment of professional excellence and leadership skills.

“Two different communities I have worked in hosted the ATHENA Award as an annual event. When I came to Richmond and began meeting women in very powerful and influential positions, I saw an opportunity to bring the ATHENA Award to Wayne County as a way to celebrate and recognize these community leaders,” said Mark Soukup, president of Wayne Bank.

“As the first woman chancellor of IU East, I am delighted that our region is fortunate to have a large population of dedicated men and women working hard to empower women. Their leadership has been evident for many years and the ATHENA Award allows us the opportunity to celebrate their dedication and commitment to ensuring that girls and women have the tools needed to make a difference,” said IU East Chancellor Kathy Cruz-Uribe.

The request for nominations went out to the community in April. The response was tremendous. The seven finalists chosen are:
Mary Jo Clark
Rachel Hughes
Carolyn Scheiben
Valerie Shaffer
Tracie Upchurch
Kelly VanVleet
Jane Vincent

All the finalists are from Richmond, Ind.

The award recipient will be announced at the celebration dinner on June 12 at 6 p.m. at Forest Hills Country Club. The cost for the dinner is $75. Proceeds will benefit local organizations dedicated to serving leadership building for women and will be announced that evening.

For reservations, contact Norene Groth at ngroth@waynebnkcom or (765) 935-5222.




IU East appoints new vice chancellor for External Affairs

May 8th, 2014

Indiana University East Chancellor Kathryn Cruz-Uribe announced today that Jason Troutwine has been named IU East Vice Chancellor for External Affairs. Troutwine is currently foundation director at Reid Hospital & Health Care Services/Reid Foundation. He will begin his new duties at IU East on July 1, 2014.

“I am humbled to be selected for this position. As the region’s campus of choice for four-year and master’s education, IU East is an integral part of our academic and economic future. I look forward to being part of the continued growth and success of IU East,” Troutwine said.

The vice chancellor for External Affairs is responsible for the strategic leadership of all IU East development functions, alumni relations, external and community relations, major campus events, and articulation and promotion of the university mission through communications and marketing. External Affairs at IU East is recognized nationally as a leader for excellence in Alumni Relations and Campus Events, Communications and Marketing, and Gift Development.

Chancellor Cruz-Uribe said, “I am delighted that Jason Troutwine will be joining the senior leadership team at IU East.  He knows our region and the communities we serve, and brings a wide range of experience in gift development, communications, marketing and events.  The fact that Jason is an alum of IU East is an added bonus.”  She added: “I would like to thank the search committee, Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, for their timely and thoughtful work on this search.”

At Reid Foundation, Troutwine was responsible for directing Reid Hospital & Health Care Services’ philanthropic program, including fundraising, event planning, marketing, community relations, and donor recognition.

School of Nursing’s Master of Science in Nursing program receives accreditation

May 8th, 2014

The Indiana University East School of Nursing has received notice from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) Board of Commissioners that the Master of Science of Nursing program has received a five-year initial accreditation.

The ACEN visited the campus for its site review in November 2013. The ACEN identified strengths offered by the M.S.N. program at IU East including support by university administration to address growth and meet the region’s needs for master’s prepared nurse educators and administrators.

The Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) began courses in fall 2011. The program provides registered nurses with advanced practice knowledge in the areas of nursing education and nursing administration. Nurses with this advanced knowledge enhance the delivery of health care in the community and throughout the region.

The ACEN also noted that one of the program’s strengths is its proximity with Ivy Tech Community College, located on the IU East campus, and near Reid Hospital & Health Care Services to support partnerships and access for student interaction and clinical practice.

“I am extremely pleased at the receipt of a full five-year initial accreditation status for the M.S.N. program. While the process was intense, the result of this accreditation speaks to the high quality of our M.S.N. program and the hard work of our graduate nursing faculty,” said Karen Clark, dean of the School of Nursing.

For more information about the Master of Science in Nursing, contact the IU East School of Nursing at (765) 973-8213.

IU East’s Class of 2014 by the numbers

May 7th, 2014

The Class of 2014 will receive 621 diplomas during Indiana University East’s 43rd Commencement Ceremony at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 16, at the Richmond High School Tiernan Center.

Of the degrees being conferred, 560 are bachelor’s degrees and 61 master’s degrees. The awarding of the degrees this year marks the most awarded in IU East’s history.CommencementCelebration

The Commencement Ceremony will welcome friends and families of graduates from near and far.

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

The attraction of the online degree completion programs brings a growing number of these students to Richmond, Ind., each year to visit the campus and to attend the Commencement Ceremony. Of the total number of graduates, there are 53 Indiana counties represented, 24 states and five countries. IU East will host a luncheon for the online students attending Commencement to welcome those traveling from a distance.

The Class of 2014 has many characteristics. A brief glance at the statistics and figures provides a look at the graduates joining over 6,000 IU East alumni.

•    Indiana Resident: 484
•    Non-Resident: 129
•    Male: 176
•    Female: 437
•    The oldest student graduating is 67, the youngest is 20.
•    The most numerous degree to be granted is the B.S. in Business Administration (150).
•    The second most frequent degree to be granted is the B.S. in Nursing (110).
•    First generation students: 44.9 percent.

If sorting graduates by age, those who are 23 and younger compose 11.9 percent. Graduates ages 23-29 represent 38.2 percent of the class while those 30 and over compose 49.9 percent. Within the Class of 2014, 17 undergraduate students earned a 4.0 GPA.

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IU East’s 43rd Commencement Ceremony is May 16

May 7th, 2014

Indiana University East will host its 43rd Commencement Ceremony at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 16, at the Richmond High School Tiernan Center, located at 380 Hub Etchison Parkway.

This year, the university will confer 560 baccalaureate degrees and 61 master’s degrees. The awarding of the degrees this year marks the most awarded in IU East’s history, surpassing last year’s milestone 532 baccalaureate degrees and 28 master’s degrees.CommencementNumbers

Indiana University Executive Vice President for University Academic Affairs John S. Applegate and IU East Chancellor Kathryn Cruz-Uribe will preside and address the 613 graduates eligible to receive IU degrees during the ceremony. The figures include degree recipients from December 2013 and candidates for May, June and August 2014.

“I am excited to experience my first IU East Commencement Ceremony. I am very proud of our students, and it has been a pleasure getting to know them during this past academic year. Congratulations to our largest graduating class,” Cruz-Uribe said.

During the ceremony, the first cohort of students in the Master of Science in Nursing and Master of Social Work will have degrees conferred. Also, the second cohort in the Master of Science in Management – graduate students completed this program in December 2013 – will receive their diplomas during the ceremony.

The ceremony will be broadcast via live stream video at The website also includes live commencement updates and commentary via Twitter and Facebook. Richmond residents can also watch the ceremony live on WCTV Channel 20.

Kelsey Meyer of Eaton, Ohio, will address fellow classmates during the ceremony as the student speaker. Meyer will receive a Bachelor of Science in Biology and was selected to address the 2014 class after auditioning for the honor. Meyer has been an ambassador with the Office of Admissions, in the Honors Program, and she has studied abroad at the University of Kent in Canterbury. She received this year’s Outstanding Student in Biology award. Meyer has been accepted to the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies at the University of Mount Union and she will begin there this May.

Kasey Stolle, as the recipient of the Naomi Osborne Award (an honor given to the graduate with the highest grade point average), will lead the graduating class during the alumni induction ceremony. Stolle will receive her Bachelor of Science in Biology. She has been accepted to the IU School of Optometry and she will begin there this fall.

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IU East to offer Graduate Certificate in Mathematics online

May 5th, 2014

Indiana University East has received final approval for a new online Graduate Certificate in Mathematics program from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. The certificate program will begin fall 2014.

“The Graduate Certificate is an exciting new program for Indiana University East,” said Markus Pomper, chair of the Department of Mathematics. “It allows students who have a graduate degree in education or some other discipline to earn sufficient graduate credits in mathematics to meet the qualifications for teaching at the community college level.”

In conjunction with a master’s degree in any discipline, the Graduate Certificate in Mathematics provides the qualification for teaching introductory mathematics courses at the community college level. Additionally, the certificate provides current high school teachers who wish to teach dual credit or AP courses in mathematics with the necessary qualifications. Undergraduate students completing a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics may use the certificate to help meet admission requirements to graduate school.

Students completing the certificate will earn 18 credit hours in mathematics at the graduate level. This program is available only in an online setting.

For more information about the Graduate Certificate in Mathematics or the application process, contact Markus Pomper, Mathematics Department chair, at (765) 973-8281 or email

IU East Student News and Notes

May 2nd, 2014

Senior Capstone Art Exhibition opens at Room 912
Richmond, Ind. – The Senior Capstone Art Exhibition, which includes works by nine 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. May 2 at Room 912.SeniorArtExhibit

The exhibition is on display May 2-May 30. 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.

Students exhibiting their artwork include Joe Clapp from Eaton, Ohio; Arianna Cook from Cambridge City, Ind.; Jami Dingess from Lynn, Ind.; Kaylyn Flora from Eldorado, Ohio; Kelsey Rubright from Cambellstown, Ohio; and Melissa Whicker, Christin Hampton, Kaly Reichter, and Brittany Williams, all from Richmond, Ind.

Williams said she never thought that she would be in a position where she could make her thoughts and opinions about the world visible to the people around her. She added that the Capstone project has opened her eyes to the limitless materials and subjects that the art world encompasses.

“My view on what art is and what it can be has totally changed. When I first started my capstone I had such a closed mind as to what would be considered art and this really hindered my artistic ability for the body of work I was creating,” Williams said. “I have learned through my capstone process that art is what you make it, and when you create art it is bound to go through changes and evolutions. As an artist it is the changes and evolutions that I have come to cherish because they have made me a better artist. Before capstone, I never referred to myself as an artist, but capstone is definitely letting me accept the title. I have a long way to go but I am ready for the ride.”

Room 912 gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 1-4 p.m. Saturday.

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 Friday, May 2. Students exhibiting work were in fine arts classes at IU East during the fall 2013 and spring 2014 semesters.

Instructors selected pieces for monetary awards during the artists’ reception March 26. Stagg Safety of Richmond sponsored the awards.

Two-Dimensional Art
First Place – Niko Natali, Somerville, Ohio
Second Place – Kelsey Rubright, Campbellstown, Ohio
Third Place – Patrick O’Neal, Richmond, Ind.
Honorable Mentions –Patrick Allred, Modoc, Ind.; Sheyenne Adams, Winchester, Ind.; and Davis Himes, Connersville, Ind.

Three-Dimensional Art
First Place – Richard Spence, Eaton, Ohio, and Megan Templeton, Richmond, Ind.
Second Place – Amber Brown, Oxford, Ohio
Third Place – Sarah Miller, Connersville, Ind.
Honorable Mention – Arianna Cook, Richmond, Ind.

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

Students release journal of creative works, writing
The Tributaries Release Party was held May 1 at the Whitewater Art Gallery in Whitewater Hall. Students read selections from their published works and gave away copies of the books to attendants. Tributaries is the annual student-produced journal of creative works, featuring fiction, nonfiction, poetry and visual art by IU East students.

Senior History Capstone Project displays museum’s historic objects
The Senior History Capstone Project is now on display on the second floor of Tom Raper Hall. The students have worked throughout the spring semester on a series of projects at the Wayne County Historical Museum and some of the museum’s objects are on display. The grand opening was held April 29.HistoryCapstone

Jim Harlan, executive director of the Wayne County Historical Museum, has worked with students on the project including loaning the items to display at IU East. Students completed lesson plans using objects from the museum collection. The plans will soon be available on the museum’s website as a resource for teachers to use.

Additionally, students printed photographic plates from the Palladium-Item. The museum has several thousand photographic plates from Richmond’s newspaper and IU East students have been making prints of these in order for the museum to document what the image shows and to catalog the information. This will eventually lead to a museum project to publish a book on historic photographs of the Richmond area.

Students perform during Music Recitals
IU East students performed in several music concerts this week in Vivian Auditorium, located in Whitewater Hall. The IU East Chorale and Jazz Band concert, directed by Robert Williams, was held April 28.

The Student Recital on April 29 featured 17 student musicians. It included the final IU East performances of pianist Joshua Mathews, of Richmond, Ind., and guitarist Gideon Adkins, of Union City, Ohio, and a new piano composition by pianist Tyler Johnson of Fountain City, Ind.

The Junior/Senior Capstone Recital, featuring pianist Rachel Phenis of Lynn, Ind., and soprano Hannah Clawson of Hagerstown, Ind., took place on April 30. Their performance included works by Beethoven, Debussy, Wolf, Faure and Granados. Phenis is a student of Christine Rogan, and Clawson is a student of Lynnell Lewis.

Indiana resident undergraduates can save 25 percent on tuition at IU East this summer

April 29th, 2014

Indiana University East students can save money and accelerate their progress toward earning a degree by taking advantage of a summer 2014 tuition discount.summertuition2014

Indiana resident undergraduates enrolled at IU East will receive a 25 percent discount in tuition for courses taken in the summer this year. Nonresident undergraduate students will receive an equivalent dollar reduction in their tuition.

The IU Board of Trustees approved the tuition discount program in October 2011 in an effort to provide financial relief for students, promote year-round college attendance, shorten the time it takes for students to graduate and make more effective use of university facilities.

The tuition discount allows current IU East students and students from other IU campuses who live or spend the summer in the eastern Indiana and western Ohio region to save money and earn extra credits toward graduation in summer school at IU East. Students who attend a college or university other than Indiana University may choose to enroll in IU East summer classes, assuming they ensure the credits will transfer to their home institution. IU East’s vast array of online courses provides additional opportunities for students to take advantage of the summer savings.

For students who take a full academic course load at IU East in the summer, the tuition reduction will result in savings of more than $700.

IU East registration for summer classes is going on now. Summer classes begin May 19.

For information on registering for summer classes, call (765) 973-8270, or go online to For information on enrolling to attend IU East, contact the Office of Admissions toll free at 800-959-3278 or (765) 973-8208 or visit

Faculty and staff excellence awards presented at IU East’s Honors Convocation

April 28th, 2014

Indiana University East recognized several faculty and staff with awards for their service to the university during the Honors Convocation ceremony held April 24.

Tonya Breymier, associate dean for Nursing Graduate Programs and lecturer of nursing, and Brenda Buckner, assistant professor of education, are this year’s recipients of the Helen Lees Award, established in 1991.TonyaBreymier2

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.

Breymier received the award for integrating high impact practices into her courses, tying together her philosophy of teaching with service to the community. Her students praise her focus on deep learning, critical thinking and career preparedness. She also passed the Certified Nurse Educator exam, placing her among an elite group of nursing faculty nationally.

Buckner has taught a wide range and variety of courses; her teaching specializes in instructing her students on how to teach reading. The impact of her teaching is seen in the strong outcomes that she carefully documents, a practice she passes on to her students.BrendaBuckner2

Students praise Buckner for the organization of her courses and for the detail with which she evaluates their work.ParulKhurana1

Parul Khurana, assistant professor of biology, is the recipient of the New Faculty Award for Teaching. Parul documents in a reflective journey that she takes risks and then revises courses based on student learning outcomes. Student success is clearly Khurana’s top priority in her teaching. She seeks out colleagues for peer reviews to improving her teaching. Khurana is learns as she teaches, and her students show their appreciation.

Steven Petersheim, assistant professor of English, 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.StevenPetersheim1

Petersheim has made a significant contribution to IU East. He has taught both American Literature and composition courses, completed the Certificate in Online Teaching, and he has published four articles in refereed journals and five encyclopedia articles. He has held readings on campus and in the community. He is working with Richmond Civic Theatre as a committee member for the Richmond Shakespeare Festival.

Suzi Shapiro, associate professor of psychology, will receive this year’s Distinguished Faculty Service Award. Shapiro is retiring this year. She achieved many accomplishments including the introduction of online courses to the IU East curriculum. As the previous director of the IU East Teaching and Learning Center, Shapiro shared her knowledge and experience with technology with other faculty. This past year, she served as chair of the Department of Social Sciences.SuziShapiro2

Marilyn Watkins, dean of the School of Education, received the Faculty Special Achievement Award. She is retiring this year. While at IU East she has served as a division chair or dean twice, including most recently since 2007. She successfully led the accreditation of IU East Education programs multiple times.MarilynWatkins3

Watkins served on the executive committee of the Indiana Association of College Teacher Educators, including a term as its president, and on the Teacher Education Council of the Indiana Professional Standards Board. She received Indiana University’s Distinguished Teaching Award 2000, and has served on the IU Committee that selects awardees since 2005.

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 Johnson, graphic designer in the Office of Communications and Marketing, received the Professional Council Service Award and Pamela Marcum, administrative specialist at the IU East Connersville Center, received the Staff Council Service Award.LizJohnson2

Johnson was recognized for her positive attitude, professionalism, and for the talent, creativity and knowledge she displays in her area of expertise.PamelaMarcumHonors2

Marcum was recognized for the support and guidance that she provides to students, her dedication to student success, and her exemplary work ethic.

Hubie Branstrator 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/or inspiration in his/her job at IU East.HubieBranstrator2

Branstrator has been a valuable Admissions Ambassador and Pack Leader in the Office of Admissions over the past four years. He is kind and hardworking and he is always willing to go above and beyond. Branstrator will receive his Bachelor of Science in Biology.

Academic Excellence Celebrated at IU East’s Honors Convocation

April 28th, 2014

Indiana University East celebrated the accomplishments of its students during the annual Honors Convocation held April 24.

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

Jeremiah Hidlebaugh, Warsaw, Ind., School of Business and EconomicsHonorsConvocation2014C

Melissa Horn, Richmond, Ind., School of Education

Thomisa Tudor, Richmond, Ind., School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Mariah Marshall, Eaton, Ohio, School of Natural Science and Mathematics

Kathryn Wiford, Minster, Ohio, School of Nursing

Heidi Kuntz, Connersville, Ind., School of Social WorkHonorsConvocation2014B

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
Michael King, Outstanding Student in Accounting

Susan Kiefer, Connersville, Ind., Outstanding Student in Business Administration

Annita Iseminger, Mishawaka, Ind., Outstanding Student in Finance

William Juday, Richmond, Ind., Outstanding Student in Management Information Systems

Garrett Smith, Richmond, Ind., Outstanding Student in Informatics

Judith Willet, Richmond, Ind., Outstanding Graduate Student in Business

School of Education
Chaz Loehrig, Brookville, Ind., Outstanding Student in Elementary Education

Jeramie Horn, Richmond, Ind., Outstanding Student in Secondary Education

Jason Metz, Indianapolis, Ind., Outstanding Graduate Student in Education

Kylee Redford, Albany, Ind., Outstanding Student Elementary Teacher Award

Andrea Newman, Winchester, Ind., Outstanding Student Secondary Teacher Award

School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Mitch Clayton, Beaverton, Ohio, Outstanding Student in Communication Studies

Sergio Santiago, Richmond, Ind., Outstanding Student in Criminal Justice

Kelsey Rubright, Outstanding Student in Fine Arts

Dan Capps, Richmond, Ind., Outstanding Student in History

Rachel Phenis, Outstanding Student in Humanities/Music

Josh Smith, Richmond, Ind., Outstanding Student in Psychology

Gina Pardue, Boonville, Ind., Outstanding Student in General Studies

School of Natural Science and Mathematics
Jesse Keller, Eaton, Ohio, Outstanding Student in Biochemistry

Cara Tegeler, Richmond, Ind., Outstanding Student in Biotechnology

Kelsey Meyer, Eaton, Ohio, Outstanding Student in Biology

School of Nursing
Ashley Lacy, New Castle, Ind., Nursing’s Outstanding BSN student

Jenifer Keith, Rising Sun, Ind., RN to BSN Outstanding Student

Heather Wierzbinski-Cross, Richmond, Ind., Outstanding Graduate Student

School of Social Work
Rhonda Fields, New Castle, Ind., Outstanding Social Work Student

Karen Poling, Richmond, Ind., Outstanding Graduate Student

Purdue University College of Technology at Richmond
Ashley Bates, Straughn, Ind., Outstanding Student in Computer Graphics and Engineering Technology

Clinton Allen, Connersville, Ind., Outstanding Student in Organizational Leadership and Supervision

IU East Honors Program Graduates
Thomas (Toby) Bonwell, Dublin, Ind.
Mellissa Elmore, New Castle, Ind.
Cheltsi Hinners, Centerville, Ind.
Layne Husted, Centerville, Ind.
Mariah Marshall, Eaton, Ohio
Kelsey Meyer, Eaton, Ohio
Rachel Phenis, Lynn, Ind.
Samantha Powers, Fairfield, Ohio
Marci Reece, Liberty, Ind.
Megan Winn, Eaton, Ohio

Kasey Stolle, Richmond, Ind., is the Naomi Osborne Scholar. The award is given to the baccalaureate candidate with the highest grade point average. Stolle will receive her Bachelor of Science in Biology. She has been accepted to the IU School of Optometry.