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

December 3rd, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

December 1st, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Each student brings back something different, Bow said.

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

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


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

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

Herbert Scholar and math student loves personal attention at IU East

November 28th, 2014

Indiana University East was in pretty heady company when Tyler Kennedy considered coming to Richmond to earn a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. TylerKennedy

He applied to only two other places—MIT and Rose-Hulman—for studies in his eventual quest to become an actuarial.

He loved the smaller campus here, the talented staff and the fact that he could get more individualized attention.

He also loved the fact that he was named a Herbert Presidential Scholar.

So did his parents, Samantha Kennedy and Tim Kennedy.

“It is an amazing honor,” Samantha Kennedy said.

Kennedy also feels honored and humbled: “I really didn’t know it was coming. It’s very nice.”

The scholarship pays for more than a university education for Kennedy and the 69 other awardees in the Indiana University system. They all receive a new laptop computer and a stipend to study overseas during their junior or senior years.

Kennedy is looking forward to visiting Germany with his stipend and possibly more places around the world after he earns his bachelor’s degree – and then a master’s degree.

“Mathematics has pulled me,” he said. “Working as an actuary offers good security and pay. It would allow me to do things I want to do.”

He believes he gets the best of the extensive Indiana University world by coming to IU East. “A college education is pretty similar across the board. It’s nice at a small institution (such as IU East) that the quality is high,” he said. “It can get you here, there and everywhere else.”

Kennedy was nominated by guidance counselors at Lawrenceburg High School, where he was an honors student and heavily involved in musical endeavors. He served as band captain for three years, played piano for the show choir and also played in the orchestra.

He also found the time to earn an associates degree through Vincennes University, mainly by taking online courses while in high school.

Kennedy makes the 80-minute drive to campus three times a week, but is planning to get an apartment soon near the campus in Richmond. He hopes to work at Whitewater Broadcasting while attending IU East.

He has found IU East to be friendly and inviting. “It’s pretty easy to meet people,” he said.

He’s already developed a connection with Young You, assistant professor in the Natural Science and Mathematics Department. “I am going to work with him on being an actuary,” Kennedy said. “It’s so great to get that personal attention.”

Herbert Scholars are selected for their talents, diversity, interests, academics and leadership. Many also have overcome personal challenges.

Kennedy’s father is a disabled veteran. Being a scholar and taking college-level classes in high school means a financial burden is lifted on his parents.

Samantha Kennedy said she was shocked and amazingly proud when she read the letter announcing Kennedy’s award and discovered what it covered.

“Because he had always done so well academically, we thought it would help. I had no idea it would be a full-blown scholarship,” she said.

Five Stars: IU East earns NAIA “Champions of Character” Distinction

November 26th, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Indiana University East is one of 168 colleges and universities that will be recognized with an NAIA Champions of Character Five Star Award for the 2013-14 school year, the NAIA announced this fall.Championslogo1-hq

To receive the award, members scored 60 or more points on the NAIA Champions of Character Scorecard.

IU East earned a “Silver” designation on the NAIA’s new three-tiered Champions of Character recognition system. Seventy-two institutions earned “Silver” status.

IU East received the maximum possible scores in student-athlete outreach, servant leadership opportunities and academic performance.

IU East also received the maximum possible score for Champions of Character participation by Chancellor Kathryn Cruz-Uribe.

The Champions of Character Scorecard measures each institution’s commitment to the NAIA Champions of Character program. Institutions earned points in character training, conduct in competition, academic focus, character recognition and character promotion. Institutions also earned points based on exceptional student-athlete grade point averages and by having minimal to no ejections during competition throughout the course of the academic year.

IU East has been named a Champions of Character institution after each of its seven years of NAIA membership.

“I am very proud of our athletics program and our student-athletes,” Cruz-Uribe said. “IU East is committed to integrity, and this award reflects this commitment to the ideals of this outstanding NAIA program.”

To learn more about the NAIA Champions of Character Scorecard and Five Star Award visit ChampionsofCharacter.org.

IU East presents scholarships for high school students during Counselors’ Breakfast

November 20th, 2014

Indiana University East distributed scholarships to area high school guidance counselors from Indiana and Ohio during its annual Counselors’ Breakfast held November 20 in Whitewater Hall.counselorsbreakfast2014

This is the eighth consecutive year that IU East has hosted the Counselors’ Breakfast. Over 60 guidance counselors attended. This year’s theme centered on Rockefeller Center and New York City.

“We have a great partnership with these counselors,” said Molly Vanderpool, director of Admissions. “These scholarships enable them to reward their high school students for outstanding academic achievements with a significant scholarship.”

Counselors present received scholarship certificates to give to students in their high schools that meet the academic and admission requirements at IU East. Every guidance counselor received vouchers for eight, four-year scholarships ranging from $6,000 to $20,000 to distribute to qualified high school seniors.

This fall semester, IU East continued a record-setting trend in enrollment with 4,573 students enrolled for fall 2014, a 2.6percent increase compared to the same time last year. Since 2007, IU East has doubled its enrollment.

Spotlight: IU East student Piedad Llerena inspires others through her talents

November 19th, 2014

Piedad Llerena moves through life like a perpetual Christmas present: If you take off one wrapping, you’ll find another gift.PiedadLlerena

Take off another wrapping, you’ll find another gift. And then another. And another.

Her gifts are her passion, her perseverance and her positiveness.

“She gives me such a lift,” says IU East Assistant Professor of Fine Arts Carrie Longley.

Llerena’s gifts are teaching and reaching others.

Her gifts are parenting and time-management skills. “My mom is always going, doing something, being a part of different organizations,” says daughter Stephanie Llerena. “For us, it’s normal to see her do everything.”

Everything included holding down two jobs, taking business classes at IU East and tirelessly doing community service. “Other people point out how extraordinary she is,” says Stephanie Llerena. “She always has had time for us and maintained her drive for bettering herself.”

That drive meant there were countless times that Llerena, Stephanie Llerena, and her brother, Anthony Llerena, would all be doing homework together and chatting about their futures at the kitchen table.

They talked about going to college and getting scholarships. They talked about finding the right answers in life. They talked about Llerena’s journey to the United States 31 years ago from Ecuador and her burning quest to help others – and to follow her dreams. “When I moved, I didn’t speak English. But, it always was in my head to get a degree,” Llerena says.

She started on that quest 10 years ago at age 32. She will finish it with a business degree this December.

Stephanie and Anthony would often ride along as their mom sold houses for Lingle Real Estate. Many of her clients are Hispanic.

“I love to work in real estate, to teach people how to buy a home,” Llerena says. “In the future, they will be an investment.”

Piedad would bring them to IU East events because it was important to be supportive of others and to be immersed in an educational environment.

Along with their father, Gustavo, they’d all do volunteer work together. “I have to teach my kids how to be successful in life,” Llerena says. “I have to be an example.”

She is: Stephanie and Anthony watched as their mother worked toward the business degree that she will earn at the end of this semester. “She wanted us to know first-hand how to get there,” Stephanie says.

“She would always have the answers for us when we came looking.”

Now, they are all going to college at the same time. Stephanie is a pursuing her nursing degree at IU East and Anthony is attending Ivy Tech Community College.

Stephanie and Llerena have even taken classes together. “Not many people have that,” jokes Stephanie, who is a junior.

Not many people have the chance to teach a university chancellor how to do something, either.
There’s a back story to that, one that includes passion and dreams and making beautiful things with your hands. It includes finding a new gift inside the box.

Simply put, Llerena has fallen in love with pottery. She reluctantly took a ceramics class to finish her degree, not knowing anything about making pottery. But, it’s become a life’s revelation.

“She is our most dedicated student,” Longley says. “She’s always encouraging, so appreciative and so thankful.”

Llerena created 43 bowls for the sell-out Empty Bowls fundraising event, held Nov. 15.

On the Friday morning before, Llerena helped IU East Chancellor Kathryn Cruz-Uribe prepare four bowls for the event that raised around $4,000 for Open Arms Ministries.

“Carrie Longley showed me what to do, then left me in the hands of the students,” Cruz-Uribe said.

Llerena stepped up to help. “She did beautiful bowls and told me I was a good teacher … and I think she is a good student.”

Llerena made a strong impression for more than glazing. “She was very good,” Cruz-Uribe says about Llerena’s calm style and colorful flair for painting the bowls. “The thing that excited me is she went back to school to be a role model for her kids. Now, she’s finding a passion for pottery.”

And for Empty Bowls. “It hit me in a way that touches me,” she says. “It is a way I can use my labor and use my hands to give back.”

IU East sponsored the worldwide program for the first time this year after a recommendation from Longley, who had worked with the program at another college.

Empty Bowls is designed to fight world hunger by making people think about it every time they fill their bowls for a meal. It is an event that touched Llerena. She knows about poverty and hunger in her home country. She goes back to Ecuador periodically to see family.

She desires to help show the women there that they can follow their dreams and succeed. “I am blessed, but I see a lot of people (hurting),” she said. “That makes me think I need to make more bowls. I need to help more people.”

Llerena hoped to buy back a couple of the bowls that she produced, but hers sold out before she could do that. In fact, all of the 250 or so bowls were gone within 45 minutes of the 11 a.m. opening at First Friends Meeting in Richmond.

“I couldn’t believe it,” Llerena said. “I was really happy. Everybody was buying and enjoying themselves. It was exciting to see so many people coming through.”

Llerena is excited about a major event in her life. She will proudly walk in IU East’s annual commencement next May. “That has been my goal,” she says. “But, it’s not an accomplishment just for me.”

It’s for her husband and two children.

It’s for her teachers and and her countries.

It’s for her fellow students and fellow volunteers.

It’s for those who follow their dreams and find their passions.



IU East News and Notes

November 19th, 2014

IU East welcomes new professional staff

Richmond, Ind. — The Indiana University East welcomes new professional staff to campus this fall.

Office of Admissions
Hubie Branstetter, assistant director of admissions, primarily recruits and works with prospective students who are applying for admission to IU East, as well as assists parents and high school guidance counselors with the admissions process.

Branstetter is a 2014 graduate of IU East. He received his Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Minor in Chemistry. He gained experience working in the Office of Admissions while working for admissions as a student worker and as a Student Ambassador and New Student Orientation leader. While at IU East, Branstetter was a member of the Red Wolves men’s golf team and a teaching assistant in the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

School of Natural Science and Mathematics
Logan Halley, advisor, provides provides academic advising and counseling for students as well as assistance to find information on courses, programs and services for students in and coming into the School of Natural Science and Mathematics.

Halley received his Master of Science in College Counseling and Student Development from Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, Calif. and his Bachelor of Arts in Youth Ministry and Adolescent Studies from Bethel College in Mishawaka, Ind. Previously, Halley was an academic specialist at Azusa Pacific University. He also gained experience working with students as a First-Year Experience Programs coordinator at Concordia University-Irvine, Irvine, Calif. and as a coordinator for Student Development and Program Support at Azusa Pacific.

University College
Michael Scott, student coach counselor, assists first-year students with the transition to college in order to foster student success and retention. He also works with the Career and Experiential Learning Coordinator to assist students with career services related concerns.

Scott received his Master of Arts in Student Development Counseling and Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University in Marian, Ind. and his Bachelor of Arts in Family Science from Anderson University in Anderson, Ind.

Before joining IU East, Scott was the Campus Career Outreach coordinator at Anderson University.

Faculty conference presentations, publications, and board appointments
Trudi Weyermann, dean of Distance Education and associate vice chancellor for Teaching and Learning, was invited to present a breakout session with John Gosney, Faculty Liaison UITS, at IUPUI’s Plater Institute on the Future of Learning conference “Excellence in Higher Education: The Role of Online Learning.” The conference was October 23. Her presentation, “How to Get Started,” will discuss getting started and lessons learned in online teaching.

The William M. Plater Institute on the Future of Learning is IUPUI’s annual opportunity to focus on topics important to the future of higher education.

Tim Scales, senior lecturer in the school of business and economics, director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and the Center for Economic Education has received the 10 Years of Service Award from Delta Mu Delta, the International Honor Society in Business. Scales became a member of the society in 2000 and has served as an advisor from 2004-2014.

The IU East chapter has seen significant growth in membership and community involvement and received the awarded top recognition as a Star Chapter on two occasions. Delta Mu Delta is a business honor society that recognizes and encourages academic excellence of students at qualifying colleges and universities to create a DMD community that fosters the well-being of its individual members and the business community through life-time membership.

Scales has joined two boards. He will serve on the local board of directors for Lemonade Day, which is scheduled for May 3, 2015. Lemonade Day is empowering today’s youth to become tomorrow’s entrepreneurs.

Also, he will begin a three-year term as a member of the board of directors for the Academy of Business Research (ABR) in January 2015. The ABR is an international society of scholars and practitioners who exchange ideas and collaborate in a conference setting. In the last decade, ABR has had participants from all 50 states and 49 different countries. The ABR publishes four academic journals. Each journal is listed in Cabells and articles are double blind, peer reviewed.

Additionally, Scales served as the keynote speaker October 16 for the ABR fall conference. His presentation was “Technology, Innovation and Money” and he demonstrated the use of the 3D printer. The printer was housed in Hayes Hall Room 127 and demonstrated on a large screen with a projector from 2,000 miles away via a cell phone app. Scales could control the 3D printer with the app, monitoring, pausing and restarting the machine to make a 10-hour print job.

Carla R. Messer, lecturer in the School of Business and Economics, presented “Six Factors to Consider Before Selecting an Assessment” at the Miami Valley Human Resources Association held November 13 at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio. Messer discussed various forms of validity in behavioral assessments for hiring and promotion and highlighted the importance of a correlation between assessment results and specific job performance.

IU East students traveling to Dominican Republic to construct, distribute ceramic water filters

November 17th, 2014

Indiana University East students are preparing to leave for the Dominican Republic this week to construct and distribute ceramic water filters for families in need of clean drinking water. Eight students will travel to the Dominican Republic November 20-25 as part of an online service-learning course at IU East.

The service-learning course is the first offered through the Richmond campus that will take students abroad to fulfill its mission. Service-Learning is an active method of learning in which students engage in structured community service and reflect on the meaning of that service.

Dianne Moneypenny, assistant professor of Spanish, is leading the study abroad trip. She said the project was inspired by FilterPure Filters CEO and Director Lisa Ballantine. Ballantine visited IU East as part of the Hispanic Heritage Month festival and in conjunction with the campus’ “One Book, Many Voices” project in 2013, which focused on the book Wine to Water by Doc Hendley.

“IU East is making diversity and internationalization a strategic priority. Lisa inspired the campus to do more, to be a citizen of this world, and to work with the tools we have. The students have wanted to do service with her organization in the Dominican Republic since this visit. However, IU East at the time did not offer courses in international service. This course and trip mark the first of such ventures.”

The purpose of this course is to allow students to engage in international service in the Dominican Republic with the organization FilterPure Filters. FilterPure is dedicated to the development of a sustainable business and management plan that involves manufacturing and distributing high quality and best-in-class Ceramic Water Filters (CWFs).

Ballantine, a Chicago area native, moved with her family to the Dominican Republic in 2000 to do mission work. The experience was transforming for her and enhanced her interest in providing clean water throughout the world. She had learned about ceramic water filtration and was interested in learning the technology. Ballantine continues to work in the Dominican Republic and Haiti to help update the ceramic water filter and manufacturing processes for increased effectiveness and sustainability.

While in the Dominican Republic, students will complete various tasks including producing filters and in-home education of filter users. Students of Spanish language will experience linguistic and cultural immersion during the semester of study and while abroad.

Moneypenny said students in the course have studied cultural and historical texts and watched films to better understand the broad Dominican experience.

“We have also engaged in self-reflection and debated the concept of service and service-learning and how this travel will be different than other types. We even did a workshop on the Dominican accent, which is notoriously difficult to understand,” Moneypenny said.

Katie Yohey, of Richmond, Ind., is one of the students traveling to the Dominican Republic. She is a secondary education and English major minoring in Spanish. “What a better way to give thanks on Thanksgiving break than to provide clean drinking water,” Yohey said. Students at IU East are on fall break the week of November 24.

Shyla Mahlerwein is a humanities major minoring in Spanish. She said she is excited about the trip and to be a part of the experience.

“I am so blessed to be a part of this group as a student here at IU East. Thank you for making it possible for us to make a difference in lives. Not only will we be impacting the lives of the families in the Dominican Republic but, no doubt, our own lives will be changed by this experience,” Mahlerwein said.



IU East honors Chancellor’s Medallion Recipients, Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees

November 14th, 2014

Indiana University East honored five individuals for their service to the university and within the community during the Chancellor’s Medallion Dinner held November 14 at Forest Hills Country Club. The Chancellor’s Medallion Dinner is one of many events scheduled during IU East’s 2014 Homecoming Week, November 10-15.

The Chancellor’s Medallion honors individuals who have rendered distinguished service to IU East. Honorees include IU East Professor Emeritus Ashton Veramallay, Ph.D., IU East Professor Emerita Jane Vincent, Ed.D. R.N., and James Helms, Chancellor Emeritus of Ivy Tech Community College Southeast.

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

Previously, IU East recognized the special achievements of alumni through its Distinguished Alumni Award. All past Distinguished Alumni will be automatically inducted into the Hall of Fame as charter members. For a list of previous Distinguished Alumni, visit iue.edu/alumni/awards/dist_alumni.php.

Chancellor’s Medallion Honorees
Ashton Veramallay, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, joined IU East in 1977. During Veramallay’s 27 years at IU East, he was an integral part of the School of Business and Economics. He served as an expert in local and worldwide economics, he was a member of several community organizations, a consultant, public speaker and published author.AshtonVeramallay1

In 1998, he established the Center for Economic Education, a teaching, research and development resource center. Under his direction, the center received the 2002 Peter V. Harrington University Center Award for Excellence by the Indiana Council for Economic Education.

Additionally, he served as the chair of the Division of Business, Economics, Systems and Technology. He led the division through a successful accreditation process by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs. Veramally established and advised IU East’s Delta Mu Delta Honors Society, a national honor society for students in the field of business administration.

Within the community, he has served on the boards and committees of the American Red Cross Wayne/Union County Chapter, the United Way of Whitewater Valley, Junior Achievement of Eastern Indiana and the Small Business Development Center. He is a previous member of the Reid Hospital Foundation Board of Directors and Wayne Area Chamber of Commerce.  He is a founding member of the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Richmond.

In recognition for his service, community involvement and teaching, Veramallay has received prestigious honors including the Sagamore of the Wabash Award for excellence in economics education and the Indiana University Distinguished Service Award, the W. George Pinnell Award for Outstanding Service.

Today, he continues to support IU East and its students through the Ashton Veramallay Economics/Economics Education Scholarship, awarded to a current student for demonstrated academic potential in an economics related field.

Jane Vincent, Ed.D., R.N., Professor Emerita, is known as a quiet leader throughout the community, is recognized locally and throughout the state for her leadership in nursing education. She was the first woman to serve on the Reid Hospital Foundation Board of Directors, which she did ably for three terms, one of those as president. Vincent’s passion has been to encourage quality of life for families and caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients. She organized and facilitated the first Alzheimer’s support group in the state, (two years prior to the inception of the Indiana Alzheimer’s Association), a commitment she maintained for over 20 years, impacting countless lives in the region and beyond.JaneVincent1

As a teacher, she has educated and mentored thousands of nurses through their profession to become the best nurses possible. Now she is “teaching the teachers.” She continues to teach graduate level courses online. Jane has worked hard with many nursing students as they have overcome various obstacles during their nursing education. She is a mentor who loves what she does and cares about the future of her students.

In recognition of her leadership and teaching, Vincent has received the 1992 Educator of the year Award from the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, the 2000 Distinguished Service Award from the Indiana University School of Nursing Alumni Association, a Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching (FACET), IU East Helen Lees Award and a Teaching Excellence Recognition Award.

James Helms, Chancellor Emeritus, is well-known for the forward-thinking, service and leadership he brought to the table as Chancellor at Ivy Tech Community College Southeast, which serves Dearborn, Ripley, Jefferson, Ohio, and Switzerland Counties. Among his many achievements, Helms is attributed with increasing enrollment at the community campus from 500 students in 2000 to approximately 5,000 upon his retirement in January 2014. While at Ivy Tech, he was instrumental in the establishment of three new facilities in Batesville, New Madison and Lawrenceburg and creating associate degree programs.JamesHelms1

He is highly recognized and noted for his partnership with IU East to develop a degree completion program that would allow associate degree graduates to complete a four-year degree at their local campus. Students could stay in Lawrenceburg, eliminating the need to drive long distances, and save costs on higher tuition and transportation, while completing a bachelor’s degree through IU East.

Helms put together the degree completion program in 2002-2003. Following a trial run with the successful partnership becoming a reality in 2004, the partnership continues to be just as successful today. Through the Ivy Tech and IU East partnership, students can complete credits with both institutions at the Ivy Tech Lawrenceburg campus to earn a bachelor’s degree including a RN to BSN, elementary education, psychology, communication studies, and business administration as well as a Master of Science in Education. Additionally, the program has expanded to Madison and Batesville.

Helms served in primary and secondary education for 51 years before he retired from Ivy Tech in January 2014. Before joining Ivy Tech as executive dean in 1998, Helms served as a member of the Ivy Tech regional board, appointed in 1976.

He is currently a member of the Ivy Tech Community College State Foundation Board and continues as a liaison with special initiatives in the Southeast Region in coordination with the President’s Office in Indianapolis.

Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees
Jeff Cappa completed his Associate Degree in Criminal Justice in 1996. Cappa has worked with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department since 1980, when he was a new graduate from Richmond High School. Four years later, Cappa graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy.jeffcappa2

Serving as Sheriff of Wayne County since January 2011, Cappa worked for more than a decade before heeding the advice of his father, Dan Cappa, the IU East alumnus completed his Bachelor of Science in Business in 1988, and two veterans of the sheriff’s department. Cappa completed his degree – while continuing to work full-time and raise his three children with his wife, Susan. All three of their children attended IU East; Brandon and Adam graduated from IU East with a Bachelor of Science in Continuing Studies and his daughter, Courtney, completed her Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Indiana University Bloomington in 2010.

Cappa has served Wayne County as a dispatcher, jail officer, merit patrolman, youth service officer, investigator, merit sergeant, Chief Deputy before he was elected to office in November 2010.  As Sheriff, Cappa has developed a strategic plan for the Sheriff’s Office. He led the agency to successfully achieve Accreditation Status from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., in November 2013. The accreditation – a three-year process to complete – is the primary method for an agency to voluntarily demonstrate their commitment to excellence in law enforcement.

Cappa is an elected member of the Indiana Sheriff’s Association Board of Directors and serves as the second vice president.

Among his honors and awards, he was named the Indiana Sheriff Association 2013 Sheriff of the Year. In 2010, Cappa received the Indiana University Alumni President Award for his volunteer service and dedication to the university.

After completing his degree, Cappa continued to be supportive and involved at IU East. He is a past president of the IU East Alumni Association Board. Cappa is now a member of the Indiana University Alumni Executive Council in Bloomington.

Kate Hogg graduated from IU East in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts in English. Today, she is an English teacher at Richmond High School.KateHogg1

In her nomination letter, the author recognized Hogg as a mentor and beloved teacher of many Richmond youth, saying her students have participated in the many projects and activities she has created or organized. They share their love for her and usually tell a story about how she has made a difference in their lives.

As a teacher, she provides leadership among her colleagues and has sought opportunities to not only maker herself a better teacher, but to provide experiences that will help other teachers as well. For example, in 2005 Hogg met Erin Gruwell, a teacher in California who turned 150 “throw away kids” into college graduates and the author of the Freedom Writers Diary. Influenced by her message, Hogg encouraged her fellow teachers to participate in the summer institute offered by the Freedom Fighters and then change the way they engage students in the classroom.

In 2006, she helped bring the Freedom Writers movie to a Richmond theater and coordinated all 9th grade students in one group to see the movie.
In addition, she started an after school club, “My Will,” that welcomes at risk girls to participate. Currently, she is working with students through a travel club with the purpose of to expose young people to the issues of the world and do work projects in these very poor communities. The group is raising money to go to Costa Rica in summer 2015. Previously, the club traveled to Puerto Viejo.

She has organized several events to bring diversity and cultural opportunities for her students including “Changeapolozza,” worked with students on “Multigenre Project: The Impact of Ignorance on Intolerance” to present at the National Council of Teachers of English National Conference in New York City, and she brought Holocaust survivor Eva Kor to visit Richmond and meet with her students. She has arranged a panel of community members who had overcome adversity to speak to her students; encouraged and helped her students do a service project for Gabriel Bol Deng (Lost Boy of Sudan) after he spoke to 9th graders.

For her education and community leadership, Hogg has been honored by Girls, Inc., and she was named the 2011 Teacher of the Year by the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce.  Hogg was selected as the 2007-2008 Richmond High School Teacher of the Year. In 2011, Hogg completed her Master of Arts in Teaching from Earlham College.

IU East students create over 200 ceramic bowls for Empty Bowls Luncheon Nov. 15

November 12th, 2014

Call them messages in a soup bowl.EmptyBowls

Students have been creating unique ceramic bowls by the dozens in the studio at Indiana University East.

Hour by hour, over 200 pottery pieces have been thrown on the pottery wheel, fired, glazed and fired again.

The last kiln was unloaded today (November 12) and now, the colorful finished products sit on shelves, awaiting a special IU East-sponsored luncheon event that will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 15. The luncheon will be held at First Friends Meeting in Boruk Hall, located at 2010 Chester Blvd. in Richmond.

“I threw 30 bowls,” says Arianna Cook, a senior fine arts major from Cambridge City. “A lot of work goes into it.”

A lot of caring is going into them, too. That’s because the handmade works will serve as the centerpieces and dinnerware for the Empty Bowls luncheon that is designed to bring attention to world and local hunger. “It’s nice to use art to give back, to help others,” Cook says. “I’ll be there.”

So will Piedad Llerena. In fact, the native of Ecuador wouldn’t miss it for the world.

The message isn’t the meal, she said. “The bowl will go into homes and be a reminder that many people have nothing to eat.”

Llerena has produced 43 reminders in a variety of colors and stripes.

“It’s something I can build with my hands to help others,” Llerena said, a real-estate agent and soon-to-be graduate in business from IU East.

For a $10 donation, luncheon guests can choose their bowl and have it filled with soup. The meal also includes bread, a drink and a dessert. When guests are finished eating, their bowls are washed and returned to them to take home as a reminder that someone’s bowl is always empty.

“At the entrance to the event, tables will be filled with a beautiful display of handmade bowls. It’s fun to watch guests select a bowl that best suits their tastes,” Assistant Professor of Fine Arts Carrie Longley said. Longley has dreamed of putting on the event here for several years. “They make a personal connection.”

That’s the point. Empty Bowls is an international effort.

She became familiar with the program effort through ceramics professor Scott Dooley at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. “It was such a meaningful event at Wittenberg,” Longley said. “This definitely will be the first of an annual event.”

She believes there will be about 250 bowls available this year. Most have been produced by students, but some have been donated by local potters, including Brian Haviland, Ann Tobin, and Elisha Frazier of Elm Tree Pottery.

Event proceeds will go to Open Arms Ministries, a coalition of 14 churches and social ministries that serves as a clearinghouse of services for low-income families in Richmond and the immediate area. “We take care of needs of people on the edge,” said Lincoln Blake, vice president of Open Arms.

The coalition had been seeking a major fund-raiser. “Nothing seemed to fit,” Blake said. “But, this is the right connect. We’re delighted.”

He and Longley hope the program continues. Early indications are that it will.

Members from the 14 congregations are making the soups, breads, pies and cakes. Three restaurants – Arby’s, Chipotle and Taco Bell – have provided cups, plates and plastic ware, Blake said.

The effort has drawn attention from social media. That resulted Friday in the delivery of four boxes of Square Donuts as students gathered along with Longley to finish up some of their works during the Glaze-A-Thon, which also brought faculty, staff and students to the art studio to help glaze the ceramic bowls.

“We have had an amazing response from campus,” said Ann Tobin, community liaison for the IU East Service-Learning Campus. “We are so thankful.”

Student Government Association members and 21st-Century Scholars have offered help, along with the service-learning club. All of the student artists are donating their time.

“It’s been a lot of fun, but there’s also been a lot of hard work by those making the bowls and those making all the food,” says Tobin, who was familiar with an Empty Bowls program that’s run at Miami University (Ohio), where her husband is a ceramics professor. “It’s a grassroots movement that’s exploded all over.”

Tobin and Longley echo that belief the event has taken wings because it’s such a good cause and the bowls offer a message that can live on.

Hopefully, the bowls will outlive world hunger, too.

For more information about the Empty Bowls Luncheon, contact IU East Assistant Professor of Fine Arts Carrie Longley, at (765) 973-8296 or clongley@iue.edu.

Photo: IU East student Tristan May, a general studies major, creates a ceramic bowl for the upcoming Empty Bowls Luncheon Nov. 15.