Richmond receives National Endowment for the Arts funding for cultural trail

July 29th, 2014

The city of Richmond, Richmond Art Museum and Indiana University East have received an Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Richmond is one of two cities in the state of Indiana to receive an Our Town grant this year; Indianapolis also received a grant. NEAgrant

The $50,000 grant will help fund the $211,000 two-year project that will be used to strengthen the community through the arts by establishing a cultural trail throughout Wayne County, home to some of the oldest cultural institutions in Indiana. The cultural trail, a creative asset mapping project, will focus on the county’s deep arts and cultural heritage. Additional cash and in-kind support for the grant has been provided by program partners and collaborators including Reid Hospital & Health Care Services, Wayne County Foundation, Wayne County Convention and Tourism Bureau and the Economic Development Corporation.

The cultural trail will include opportunities for the public to provide its input and ideas. The finalized plan will be presented to the Richmond Common Council.

Richmond Mayor Sally Hutton said, “It’s exciting and quite an honor to be selected for an Our Town grant award. This opportunity will allow us to make significant progress in our efforts to strengthen our community through the arts. Our vision is that these cultural planning efforts will result in a stronger sense of place, pride in the community and improved economic vitality.”

Shaun Dingwerth, executive director of the Richmond Art Museum, said, “The Richmond Art Museum is pleased to be a part of this prestigious grant opportunity. Wayne County has a rich artistic legacy recognized nationally as the art center of the West. Our community can once again be a cultural destination as we continue to partner to bring quality arts to Wayne County. We are grateful to the NEA for recognizing our community efforts and their confidence in our ability to enhance the quality of life of for all Wayne  County citizens.”

IU East Chancellor Kathryn Cruz-Uribe recognizes the university’s tie to the community and its deep commitment to the economic and cultural development of the region, in particular serving as a “Steward of Place.”

“IU East is delighted to partner with the city of Richmond and the Richmond Art Museum to help plan and develop a Wayne County cultural trail, connecting the community through discussion, activity and involvement,” Cruz-Uribe said.

Fredricka Joyner, associate professor of business administration and organization behavior, will help to coordinate the grant and serve as the project director.

“This project will expand on several years of collaborative work undertaken by many organizations in the community. We are particularly excited about the opportunity this project presents for IU East to be actively involved in strengthening residents’ feeling of attachment to the community,” Joyner said. “Funding from the National Endowment for the Arts is difficult to obtain and represents a huge vote of confidence for the work that is taking place in Richmond.”

The cultural trail grew from four years of the community’s work through the city, the Mayor’s Council on Economic Vitality and the Positive Place Initiative (PPI).  Additionally, Richmond was designated by the state of Indiana as a “Stellar Community,” providing the city with eligibility for federal and state funding to complete projects in excess of $20 million that will help to continue and accelerate the revitalization and redevelopment of the downtown area, one of the potential key intersections for the cultural trail.

The NEA announced July 16 that it had awarded 66 grants to communities across 38 states. The NEA is funding $5.073 million in projects through the grant program. This year, there were 275 applications submitted to the funding program.

According to the NEA, this year’s Our Town projects demonstrate again that excellent art is as fundamental to a community’s success as land-use, transportation, education, housing, infrastructure, and public safety, helping build stronger communities that are diverse in geography and character. Our Town funds arts-based community development projects in a way that is authentic, equitable, and augments existing local assets.

#IUIBE Summer Celebration visit ‘a great thing’ for Red Wolves women’s basketball

July 24th, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS – The new Indiana University East women’s basketball team contributed to Indiana University’s presence at the 2014 Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration on July 18.IBEwomensbball

Red Wolves women’s basketball players and coaches led basketball activities in the “Family Fun Zone” in the Indiana Convention Center.

IU East’s players offered pointers to visitors showing off their jump shots on a full-size basketball goal in the heart of the Family Fun Zone. The Red Wolves also coordinated a “basket toss” game for younger visitors.

The Red Wolves later joined the IUPUI men’s basketball team to sign autographs for Family Fun Zone visitors.

“We were more than happy to bring the new IU East women’s basketball to be at the Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration and represent IU East,” said IU East head coach Tiffani Selhorst.

“It was a great thing for our players. They enjoyed it because they had a lot of fun working with the kids who visited the Family Fun Zone.”

Indiana University’s partnership with the Indiana Black Expo includes year-round initiatives aimed at helping more young African American students attend college, programs that offer information and incentives to prospective college students, and participation in IBE’s Summer Celebration. All eight IU campuses were represented at the 2014 Indiana Black Expo.

IU East’s women’s basketball program will play its first season of NAIA competition during the 2014-15 school year. The Red Wolves’ first game is scheduled for Nov. 1 at Taylor University. The first home game will be Nov. 11 against Wilberforce University.

IU East, IU EMC to conduct active shooter training exercise

July 14th, 2014

Indiana University East and Indiana University Office of Emergency Management and Continuity will conduct an active shooter training exercise on Friday, July 18, on the Richmond campus.

The full-scale training exercise will include participation from Richmond Police Department, Wayne County Sheriff’s Department, Indiana State Police, Richmond Fire Department, Wayne County Emergency Management and Reid Hospital & Health Care Services. There will be over 60 volunteers including the agencies, students, faculty and staff conducting the planned scenario throughout the day.

Chancellor Kathy Cruz-Uribe said the training exercise will provide the campus an opportunity to validate its emergency management response plan.

“The safety and well-being of our students, faculty, staff and visitors at IU East is a top priority. Our campus is a safe place, but this scenario will give IU East an opportunity to take a proactive approach to test the planning we have in place and to evaluate and review the response process so that we are prepared for any potential emergency situation on campus,” Cruz-Uribe said. “This is also a good opportunity for the university to develop communication and partnerships with local law enforcement and emergency management agencies.”

Visitors to campus the day of the training exercise may see tactical activity and should follow directions as provided by law enforcement or campus officials.

IU East’s Academy for Cultivating Talent calls for 2014-2015 applications

July 10th, 2014

The Academy for Cultivating Talent is seeking applications for the 2014-2015 program year. The focus for the year is on next generation leaders – individuals who are poised to have greater influence in their organizations, institutions, or communities. This program, limited to 30 participants, will emphasize the unique qualities of and opportunities for next generation leaders. Participants will expand knowledge and skills in order to:

•    develop a stronger connection to their own sense of purpose.
•    employ a variety of approaches to leadership and influence.
•    use their emotional and social intelligence to navigate differences and enhance collaborations.
•    become a more effective agent of change in their communities and organizations.
•    lead their organizations more effectively.

Applicants to the Academy for Cultivating Talent must have:

•    a deep desire to engage in an intensive personal development experience.
•    an interest in finding ways to influence issues about which they are personally passionate.
•    the ability to attend all sessions.
•    support of their organization.

Program Year Schedule:
One session per month from September 2014 through April 2015.

Program Fees:
This program year is being partially underwritten by the Indiana University East School of Business and Economics. Cost to participants is $300. Some partial scholarships are available.

The purpose of the Academy for Cultivating Talent (ACT) is to build the social capacity and economic strength of the region served by IU East. This will be accomplished through systematically cultivating the talents of specific populations that represent dimensions of diversity not yet fully engaged in the economic and community development of the region.

Applications are currently being accepted and will be reviewed through August 15. Visit to download the application form.

Return applications by email to Fredricka F. Joyner, Ph.D., director of the IU East Center for Leadership Development, at, or mail to:

IU East School of Business and Economics
2325 Chester Blvd.
Richmond, IN 47374

IU East welcomes new director of Human Resources

July 8th, 2014

Andrew Lenhardt is the new Indiana University East director of Human Resources. He began July 7.AndrewLenhardt

Lenhardt will oversee the planning, implementing, directing and administering of all aspects of human resources and payroll. IU East’s director of Human Resources is responsible for providing campus leadership, strategic direction and vision in all areas of human resources and payroll including overseeing staff, employee relations, policies, procedures, practices and programs.

“The position at Indiana University East was a golden opportunity to join a highly successful institution whose continued growth in online programming is envied by professionals throughout higher education. I am extremely excited to be a part of its continued excellence. The values expressed during my campus visit assured me that I would be joining a great team, and I am happy to call Indiana University East my new home,” Lenhardt said.

Chancellor Kathryn Cruz-Uribe said, “Andrew brings with him a diverse background and experience in dealing with human resource issues and the ability to provide outstanding customer service as well as to recruit top faculty and staff professionals to the university. We are delighted to welcome Andrew to IU East,” Cruz-Uribe said.

Previously, Lenhardt was the associate director of Human Resources at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, located in Edwardsville, Ill. He was also an adjunct lecturer within the Department of Public Administration and Policy Analysis where he taught graduate level courses. He worked for the university since 2006 and served as an assistant and as a specialist in the Human Resources office.

Lenhardt received his Master of Science in Public Administration and Policy Analysis and his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a Specialization in Management from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He also has an Associate in Arts Degree from Southwestern Illinois College, located in Belleville, Ill., and he earned his U.S. Department of Homeland Security Safety Certified For National Incident Command Certification for Crisis Management, Response Plans and Incident Management.

IU East’s Run with the Wolves 5K is July 26

June 23rd, 2014

Indiana University East’s Run with the Wolves 5K Run/Walk is Saturday, July 26. Registration is now open.5krun

Runners and walkers will join more than 400 other participants for this year’s event on the IU East campus and run the Red Wolves’ cross country course, located behind Hayes Hall. The event includes a free “Run with Rufus” 1K family run/walk.

All pre-registrants receive a Run with the Wolves tech shirt.

Day-of-race registration opens at 7 a.m. on July 26 on the Hayes Hall patio, located on the lower level of the building. The 5K run/walk starts at 8 a.m. followed by the “Run with Rufus” at 9:05 a.m. Awards will be presented at 9:25 a.m. at the Hayes Hall patio.

Run with the Wolves is part of the Wayne County Challenge series.

Register online at The pre-registration cost is $20, and day-of registration is $25. Students in grades K-12 and college can pre-register for $15 or register on race day for $20. Proceeds from the event will benefit student scholarship programs of the IU East Alumni Association and the IU East Red Wolves Athletic Department.

For more information, contact Terry Wiesehan, director of Alumni Relations and Campus Events, at (765) 973-8221 or email

IU East announces 2014 Summer Research Scholars

June 10th, 2014

Indiana University East awarded six scholarships for the 2014 Summer Research Scholar Program. Undergraduate students receive $2,000 to conduct a research project under the supervision of a faculty mentor.

Funding for the competitive program is provided by the Indiana University Office of the Vice Provost for Research and is matched by funds from IU East.  All recipients will present their research findings during the seventh annual Student Research Day in spring 2015.

Christopher Halberstadt, Cambridge City, Ind. “A Comparison Study for Wayne County and Peer-Counties: 2005-2013.” Business Administration/Accounting major working with Litao Zhong, assistant professor of economics and finance.

Halberstadt said the goal of his project is to compare Wayne County to 10 peer counties (five from Indiana, five nationwide) on different indicators involving employment, education, industries and other areas. He hopes that the research will help to show what areas Wayne County excels in or where it may lack in comparison to the other counties.

“I chose this project because we often hear about negative or positive trends for our county but really don’t know how good, or bad, we are until compared to similar counties. The comparison of data has always fascinated me, especially when it pertains to me,” Halberstadt said.

To complete the project, Halberstadt will collect the relevant data for the counties and analyze it to find trends and to find possible explanations for those trends. After the data is collected and analyzed, he plans to create a report explaining the data. He believes that working on this project will improve his research abilities while creating a report that will be useful to the IU East School of Business and Economics and the IU East Center for Business and Economic Research.

Emily O’Brien, of Richmond, Ind. “Thinking Back Through Our Mothers: Virginia Woolf as a Feminist Literary Icon.” English and history major working with Eleni Siatra, coordinator of the IU East Writing Center.

O’Brien said she chose this project after working as a research assistant with Joanne Passet, professor emerita of history, throughout her sophomore year at IU East, and since then, she has wanted to pursue her own research interests. Additionally, O’Brien’s research will be used to complete her Honors Senior Thesis Project, a requirement for students enrolled in IU East’s Honors Program.

She plans to travel to The Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature located at the New York Public Library and to the and the Woolf Archival Collections at the British Library to conduct archival research on the life and works of Virginia Woolf and to research the author’s personal correspondence. O’Brien is originally from Rochester, Kent, England and now lives in Richmond.

“This project allows me to take my initial idea a step further to go research in archival collections dedicated to Virginia Woolf’s life and work,” O’Brien said. “My project focuses on the role Virginia Woolf played as a female writer in the early 1900s; Woolf openly rejected and challenged her society’s gender expectations to produce a vast array of work that addressed gender issues in her time, and presented innovative ideas on the struggle of female writers that is still relevant today. Woolf argued that the best writers are androgynous, yet, paradoxically her work is revered by feminist scholars throughout the world. Woolf’s works blur the lines between genders yet also advocate for female autonomy, which serves as a testament to her feminist beliefs.”

Christina Coryell, New Castle, Ind. “The Effect of Cytoskeletal Protein in Gravity Responses in Arabidopsis Thaliana.” Biology/Biochemistry major working with Parul Khurana, assistant professor of biology.

Coryell said she is very interested in biology at the molecular level and this is the best option of observing molecules at the cellular level.

“We are attempting to connect the actin cytoskeleton in root cells to the gravity sensing organelles called amyloplasts, in Arabidopsis thaliana roots. If we are successful, we can shed more light on the gravity sensing mechanisms of plant roots.  This is the overall goal,” Coryell said.

Coryell will start her project by reviewing all research in the last five years published on actin and gravity in Arabidopsis roots.

“Once we have all relevant material we will begin growing Arabidopsis, and using the microscope observe amyloplasts in the roots in control and cytoskeleton-altered conditions,” Coryell said.

Coryell hopes to gain valuable research experience which will eventually help her in her goal to go to graduate school.

Anthony Breitenbach, Connersville, Ind. “Determination of Alteration in Gene Expression Patterns in Drosophilla Melanogaster Larvae upon Exposure to Environmental Toxins.” Biology major working with Hitesh Kathuria, assistant professor of chemistry.

Breitenbach said the critical lab experience with Kathuria will help to boost his status in the scientific community. As part of the research project, they will test the effects on gene expression levels on fly larvae exposed to environmental toxins.

“We will expose the larvae to the toxins and immediately freeze them in liquid Nitrogen to fend off RNA degradation. We will then centrifuge the RNA and perform gene chip analysis to compare to a control,” Breitenbach said. “This will reveal the alterations of gene expression brought forth by exposure to environmental toxins. We hope to learn the effects of toxins that have little known about them. The human genome is similar enough to the fly genome that the effects could shed light on the effects on humans.”

Chase Eversole, Connersville, Ind. “Genesis of the System: Tracing the Development of David Foster Wallace’s First Novel.” English major working with Steven Petersheim, assistant professor of English.

Eversole said he chose the project because it is the culmination of the skills he has honed as a student at IU East as well as encompassing his English major with a focus in American literature.

“My previous experience with being a research assistant for Jean Harper, associate professor of English, has aided me in developing my research skills, which will serve as a crux for this project. This project also ties with my professional goals of attending graduate school to earn a master’s degree and Ph.D. in English, as this sort of work is what is expected at this level,” Eversole said.

Eversole said the goal of his project is to better understand the relationship between 19th and 20th century literature, specifically the work of Frank Norris and David Foster Wallace, through analyzing the genesis of Wallace’s first novel, The Broom of the System, and the connections that exist between it and Norris’ novel, McTeague, from the 19th century. In a number of ways Wallace’s text mirrors Norris’, which is a topic that has yet to be explored in academia. He added, “given the fact that Norris’ McTeague is a naturalist text and Wallace’s Broom is a postmodern text, I’m also interested in better understanding the relationship between these two schools of writing, which is also a fairly unexplored area of literary study.”

For this project, Eversole will analyze the original manuscripts, typescripts, and notes pertaining to Wallace’s first novel, which are housed at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas in Austin. Eversole said the correspondence between Wallace and his agent, editors, and publishers are also housed at the HRC and these documents will be useful in the creation of his genetic sketch of the novel. “I will also be in contact with Viking Penguin, the original publisher of Wallace’s first novel, to request more notes and correspondence pertaining to the text which are housed in their archives in New York City,” Eversole said.

Neils Rikhof, La Junta, Colorado, and Adam Obringer, Lewisburg, Ohio. “Is Simpler Better?” Mathematics majors working with Young You, assistant professor of mathematics.

Obringer said by the end of the project, he and Rikhof hope to have an in depth comparative analysis of all forecasting techniques they will have tried on a data set to then build a model that draws from all attempted forecasters strengths to build their own model.

Rikhof is completing his mathematics degree through IU East’s online degree completion program. He said they will use application of various data fitting techniques to a given time series, with analysis of their predictive efficiency.

“I would hope to gain a more fundamental understanding of time series analysis,” Rikhof said.

To complete the research project, Obringer and Rikhof will study the futures market, forecasting techniques, modeling fundamentals, R programming language, statistics, and probability to fully comprehend what each forecasting model is best used for and then how they may apply it.

“I have wanted to begin a study outside of the normal classroom setting in order to see math from a different direction and in order to further my own educator goals I decided to study a field which would really challenge my usual mode of thought,” Obringer said. “As an education and mathematics major I hope to both push myself to understand a student’s mindset when they are placed in a field of study outside of their comfort zone and gain real insight into the way our current futures market system is fueled by mathematics.”

IU East announces 2014 spring Chancellor’s List

May 23rd, 2014

Indiana University East students who take 12 or more credit hours and complete the semester with a grade point average of 4.0 on a 4.0 scale are named to the Indiana University East Chancellor’s List. The following is the spring 2014 Chancellor’s List. The list is sorted by the student’s listed hometown.

Kim Eggert

Tsuen Wan

Pui Lam Po


Brittany Holm


Bryan Morgan


Mary Hart


Christina King

Ashley Preston

Alan Doyle

Lincoln Merchant

Lorrelle McNaught

Gina Pardue

Jordan Stallard

Amanda Godsey

Cambridge City
Jim Levi

Dillon Hilderbrand and Lori Stephens

Jennifer Hale

Patrick Hummer

Caleb Davis, Benjamin Jenkins, Kari Jenkins, Christopher Jordan, Adam Reisert and Mackenzie Weston

Fountain City
Cody Harris and Brittany Sheets

Brandi Masterson

Ashley Connelly and Laura DeArmond

Greens Fork
Lindsey Cordrey and Jeremy Eddy

Abby Brockman, Erin Hoodlebrink, Jayme Lakes, Monica Lee, Olivia Robinson and Brandi Smith

Hartford City
Haley Milholland

Chelsea Murray, Jessica Powell and Christina Wilson

Steve Oehmen

Hubert Branstetter and Kayleen Madden

Helen Potraffke and Meredith Scudder

Savannah Davis

Clarissa Breeding and Kathleen Kassens

Joshua Wert

Nikolas Natali

Lisa Mills

New Castle
Nilah Campbell, Laura Hill, Robert Hobbs and Amanda Mastin

Allison Hirschy

Elysia Gipson

Michelle Bettner, Lindsey Blanton, Anthony Breitenbach, Dylan Doner, Sarah Gambrall, Stephanie Gropp, Kyle Hall, Jessica Holland, Aaron Huth, Brandy Kinsey, Emily O’Brien, Kaly Reichter, Leland Service, Joshua Smith, Kasey Stolle, Timothy Tootle, David Turner, Brittany Ullery, Kali Wever, Heatherlynn Whitby, Zachary Williams and Brittany Williams

Daniel Flesher

James Overberg

Eli Hudnall

Tell City  
Sonja Bittner

Union City
Daniel Lamm

Jeremiah Hidlebaugh

Lynsie Harper


Sheila Coffin


Venita Barley


Lindsey Dirksen

James Lutz and Ethan Taulbee

Cleveland Heights
Rachel Thomson

Jacob Bronson, Michelle Brooks, Dakota Childers, Emily Floyd, Mariah Marshall, McKenna Marshall and Eva Thompson

Elizabeth Miller

Jenilee Braun and Michael Karns

Lyndsay Benson

Cassandra Hall, Joshua Lykins and Adam Obringer

Carmen Hawley

New Paris
Maria Alcorn, Tory Jackson and Shaye Thomas

Union City
Brandon Byers and Mallory Livingston

Kiersten Finlay


David Powell


Kathryn Cox

La Crosse

Derek Leiser

IU East announces 2014 spring Dean’s List

May 23rd, 2014

Indiana University East students who take 12 or more credit hours and complete the semester with a grade point average of 3.5 or above on a 4.0 scale are named to the Indiana University East Dean’s List. The following is the spring 2014 Dean’s List. The list is sorted by the student’s listed hometown.


Kathleen Cruz


Jennifer Sroka

Flowery Branch

Adriana Gonzalez


Ashley Derossett


Mary Francisco

Kristie Montgomery

Kristyn Elsner

Ali Roche


Heather Gold and Olivia Markley

Brittney Gideon and Bryan King

Larry Madison

Anita Deaton, Jessica Faller, Katelyn Huffman, Lindsay Huffman, Meghan Oatman and Danielle Strothman

Michael Eckstein, Douglas Eckstein, Kenneth Hampson and Kyle Rutter

Brittni George

Amanda Adkins, Sarah Childers, Katrina Detwiler, Mark Hardy and Justin Tabor

Coren Baudendistel, Ethan Burkhart, Lauren Lunsford, Brooke Morford, Mariah Peters, Roberta Roberts, Summer Ruf and Bethanyann Wagers

Sierra Bass and Taylor Phillips

Cambridge City
Christopher Halberstadt and Danielle Peckinpaugh

Megan Howard

Cedar Grove
Nicole Gregory

Lynn Baldwin, Erica Baldwin, Hillary Chaney, Mikenzie Drew, Morgan Godsey, Miranda Henry, Cheltsi Hinners, Robert Ludwig, Jennifer Phillips, Samantha Raatz, Nicholas Turner and Caleb Warner

Michael Beerwart

Tiffani Allen, Jennifer Arnold, Evan Barnes, Matthew Barrett, Coty Barrett, Jessica Bunyard, Emily Butsch, Erin Futrell, Tierra Harrison, Brianna Keener, Tamara Lakes, Anton Miles, Sarah Mitchell, Zachary Morgan, Chelsy Nichols, Sierra Nobbe, Zachary O’Neal, Kristina Precht, Meagan Ratliff, Jovetta Richardson, Jessica Schuck, Lydia Smith, Melissa Sparks, Landon Speers, Toni Stephen and Ronnie Swango

Adam Hutchison

Crown Point
Brian Sherwinski

Aaron Walaitis

Kara Cleeter and Sandra Muncy

Ashton Adams and Chelsea Gabbard

Lynda White

Jared Ward and John Wilson

Cassandra Arnold

Cameron Cox and Claudia Harvey

Jonathan Davidson

Fort Wayne
Christine Buchholz and Nathan Fleenor

Fountain City
Nina Filippini, Tyler Johnson, Sylvia Johnson and Trina McGuire

Kodi Smith

Kristie Gilb

Hannah Brown, Morgan Deane, Brittney Miller and Elizabeth Spears

Lyndsey Receveur

Tammy Manjarrez

Austin Barancin, Kasey Bruns, Allan Bullock, Jeffery Day, Nicole Drescher, Ashley Gearhardt and Brooke Matson

Brooke Able, Cody Banet, Brittany Eisenback, Amber Engledow, Anandita Jindal and Kimberly Swinney

Blaise Doubman

Tiffany Perkins

Summer Carlson and Gabrielle Davis

Anthony Moore

Abigail Blake and Richard Lewis

Jason Craig, Lissa Graber, Dennis Hibbard, Michelle King, Ashley Kirchgessner, Katie Lazarus, Michelle Lowe, Joseph Morton, Jacob Perry, Kenneth Rahm and Jonathan Wood

Sarah Jett

Brittany Marcelle

Ryan Byrd, Chante’ Coyle, Donnie Estes, Megan Hughes, Amber May, Desiree Powell, Sarah Tidrow and Lacey Zimmers

Liza Allen, Hannah Beckley, Daniel Fry, LouAnne Manning and Darla Williams

Joel Applegate, Phillip Brittain, Nakia King, Ethan Kiser and Sarah Marksberry

Leiara Eversole, Keith Miller and Adam Peters

Chelsie Allen, Logan Haney Hall, Autumn Roberts and Heather Sites

Abigail Cole

Moores Hill
Lori Kervin and Tami Spurgeon

Mount Summit
Mekesha Page

Alisha Horner, Elizabeth Keller, Christopher Logan, Shronda Logan, Carly Manis, Christopher Strickland and Mariah Wright

New Castle
Celeste Anderson, Jennifer Bennett, Christina Coryell, Sterling Cridge, Stephania Cross, Sandra Dillon, Paula Hibbard, Jessica Jacobi, Ryan Sidwell, Ethan Weesner and Chelsea Young

New Lisbon
Jamie Melton and Jessica Poore

Caleb Jackson and Timothy Witek

North Judson  
Kayla French

North Webster
David Danner

Allison Demaree

Parker City
Kayla Bogue

Zachary Peach

Kortney Garringer

Larry Davis

Miranda Denney, Alexis Doughty and Sarah Ninde

Erik Baker, Caitlin Barnes, Miranda Bertsch, Seth Bledsoe, Alexis Brasier, Thomas Brown, Otis Brown, Christa Brown, William Bullock, Justin Carter, Eleanor Casson, Eric Cecys, Lindsay Crawford, Hannah Creech, Charles Daugherty, Anna Davis, Erica Douthitt, Cory Driskill, Adam Duke, Chase Eversole, Kaylyn Flora, Cameron Gibbel, Logan Harter, Jeffery Jones, Stacy Kennedy, Connor Kramer, Lindsay Kurz, Jennifer Lahman, Falisha Lahmann, Kayla Lemar, Erika Lemar, Kendra Lester, Julie Liddell, Dana Mathews, Tristan May, Jeremy McFadden, Felicia Miller, Marshall Moberly, Lloyd Mullins, Cheryl Murray, Natalie Norris, Jessica Nuss, Magen Olson, Hope Peer, Trenton Pipes, Sarah Potter, Crystal Prescott, Annissia Qualls, Matthew Railsback, Jonathan Ratchford, Jason Ray, Kelsey Rubright, Matthew Schroeder, Rebecca Schuck, Carl Siders, Westley Smith, Misty Stroh, Cara Tegeler, Ann Tibbot-Rohe, Tasha Turner, Logan Ullery, Katie Waak, Brittney White, Damian White, Jessica Worl, Cassidy Zablocki and Daniel Zuckerman

Derek Jessup and Amanda Sarff

Anthony Cheek, Hannah Clifford, Ryan Edwards, Brooke Kirchoff, Samantha Sasher, Morgan Williams and Abbigayle Wood

Malinda Gullion

Ericka Brown

Alyassa Smith

South Bend
Victoria Burnett and Rebekah Haubold

Mariah Lafary

Nikki Ellis, Alexandra Feaster, Jacquelyn Janes and Kelsey Winkhart

Hannah McDonald and Lyndsie Trumbo

Sumava Resorts
Jessica Plotke

Marah Duncan

Switz City
Steven Cornelius

Terre Haute
Chelsea Burke

Union City
Summer Baker

Jason Gross and Daniel Ormos

Cynthia Brunner and Jessica Kieffer

Clista Alger

April Fitterling and Jenna Moore

West College Corner
Benjamin Bruns, Jennifer Burns and Angel Marcum

West Harrison
Rebecca Hammoor and Katelyn Moorehead

Megan Kirkman

Bryan Bergman, Mallory Chalfant, Bradley Clark, Megan Culy, Morgan Huddleston, Shelby Irelan, Taylor Mock, Bridgette Moystner, Cody Spillers, Joseph Thornburg, Emilee Thorne and Vyvyan Walker


Cassandra Krautsack

John Hutchinson

Jessica Byrd

Aaron Robinson


Nicholas Dugan


Natalie Geller

Trevor Boram, Shelby Carmean, Amanda Falknor, Samantha Fenstermaker, Daniel Printz and Cody Schellhaas

Jacob Bryant

April Gross, Sara Hankins Frazee, Micah Hickman, Elizabeth Huereca, Charity Huston, Dustin Nutt, Allison Osborn, Christina Perkins, Jordan Pugh, Taylor Shera, Gerald Volkenand and Megan Winn

Kelly McElroy

Samantha Powers

Martina Montgomery

Jordan Bevins, Christina Cost, Brittany Harter, Leah Lewis, Kacey Ritz, Ashlynn Roth, Tessah Schinke, Carrie Swiger, Shannon Wiest, Douglas Wise and Kelsey Wolfe

Victoria Garrett, Megan Gray and Chelsea Schroeder

Joyce Purcell

Shana Lewis

New Madison
Sara Bowman, Megan Brown, Caitlin Davis, Kaylee Eadler, Alexa Foreman and Kelly King

New Paris
Makayla Abner, Hayley Farabegoli, Ryan Maples, Jarett Warren and Andrew Willcox

Susan Egerton

Sharon Pennington

Gentry Glasscoe

Makinzi Marker

Alyssa Noes

West Alexandria
Stanton Garrett, Lesley Hamilton and Austin Schmidt

West Manchester
Paige Thompson

West Milton
Jennifer Hammond and Justin Judd


Teryn Pouder


Ariel Carrera


Heidi Plueger


Kimberly Vance


Jeffrey Hershberger

IU East School of Education graduates rank among most effective teachers in the state

May 21st, 2014

Indiana University East’s School of Education ranks as one of the top public universities producing the most effective teachers in Indiana. Teacers

The State Board of Education evaluated first, second, and third-year teachers based on four performance standards: highly effective, effective, improvement necessary, and ineffective. According to the State Board of Education, the 2012-2013 school year was the first year for statewide teacher evaluation and this is the first collection of baseline aggregate results.

The university had one of the highest percentages of educators who ranked highly effective or effective, although IU East had a smaller pool of graduates included in the study compared to other public and private institutions of higher education. Of the 14 IU East graduates evaluated, 50 percent of its graduates were ranked highly effective and 43 percent were ranked effective.

The IU East School of Education has far more graduates who are now teaching from these past years. About one quarter of IU East graduates teach in Ohio or in another state while the rest remain in the area. The School of Education has had a 90 percent and above employment rate for the past two years for both the elementary and secondary programs. In the coming years, the school anticipates a far larger number of IU East graduates being counted into this report.

Dean of the IU East School of Education Marilyn Watkins said, “The strong partnerships we have with area schools contributes significantly to the success of our program. Principals and teachers welcome our pre-service teachers into their schools and work closely with them as they learn the joys and rigors of teaching. Our success is tied to our school community.”

Watkins will retire this spring. Jerry Wilde, professor of education at IU East, will serve as the interim dean for the 2014-2015 academic year, beginning July 1.

“It’s an honor to assume the role of interim dean at the finest teacher education program in the state of Indiana. The faculty and staff are absolutely united by the single goal of working to prepare pre-service teachers in becoming highly effective teachers,” Wilde said.

Watkins said that preparing teachers involves numerous and integrated components including depth and breadth of content knowledge, being well versed in current research and strategies about how to teach, and having strong professional beliefs. She added that the schools intense field experiences, including pre-student teaching and student teaching, are integral to preparing teachers.

“Our focus for pre-service teachers is on their ability to positively impact student learning and on how to reflect on their teaching so that they are constantly improving,” Watkins said.

IU East’s School of Education offers a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education. The school also offers a Transition to Teaching program which supports qualified individuals who want to transition from a career outside of education into being a licensed teacher. At the graduate level, the school also offers a Master of Science in Education.

For more information, contact the IU East School of Education at (765) 973-8224.