WTA Dubai winners share IU East ties

March 13th, 2014

Red Wolves ruled the desert at the Women’s Tennis Association’s (WTA) Dubai destination.WTARedWolves

Indiana University East online students swept the women’s singles and doubles championships at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in late February. Venus Williams won the singles title at the WTA Dubai event. Alla Kudryavtseva and Anastasia Rodionova won the doubles championship. Williams, Kudryavtseva and Rodionova all are enrolled in baccalaureate online degree completion programs at IU East.

“I love the IU East sweep. We took it all in Dubai. Can’t wait until more members of the WTA join the Red Wolf team,” Williams said, referring to the IU East mascot. “Soon there will be a Red Wolf winning every week!”

Williams won 6-3, 6-0 against Alize Cornet in the singles championship match. Williams, who resides in Florida, now has won 45 career singles championships, including seven Grand Slam titles. She is enrolled in the Business Administration program at IU East.

Kudryavtseva and Rodionova won 6-2, 5-7, 10-8 against Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears in the doubles championship match for their second tournament win as a pair in 2014. Rodionova, who resides in Melbourne, Australia, is 21st in the WTA doubles world rankings (as of March 3) and is enrolled in the Business Administration program. Kudryavtseva, who resides in Moscow, Russia, is 22nd in the WTA doubles world rankings and is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Communications.

Indiana University East and the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) agreed this past August that the university is the primary provider for baccalaureate online degree completion programs for WTA players. WTA players have been enrolled at IU East since the spring 2013 term. IU East online degree programs offer the high quality of an Indiana University degree to students throughout Indiana, nationally and internationally.

“Together with WTA, Indiana University East created this great opportunity for our education, and I am very grateful for it,” Kudryavtseva said. “I (didn’t) think I would ever be adventurous enough to join an online program. But with help of advisers from both organizations, it was easy, and now I am one of the students at Indiana University East and the Red Wolves family.

“It is very hard balancing the two occupations, but it gives a fantastic opportunity for personal growth. Managing my time wisely was never easy for me, but my classes have been so interesting that I found new organizational skills within. So far it is going great, and I really hope to be able to get my B.A. while still on the tour to have better job opportunities after tennis.”

IU East’s online programs offer 10 options for students who wish to complete their bachelor’s degree online. IU East currently offers bachelor’s degrees online in English, Technical and Professional Writing, Natural Science and Mathematics, a Mathematics Concentration, Communication Studies; Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Political Science, Psychology, General Studies and an RN to BSN Mobility Option. IU East also offers a Graduate Certificate in Composition Studies.

“I have been able to have the flexibility to study while still maintaining a successful career and planinng for my life after tennis at the same time,” Williams said. “Being a student and a professional athlete takes focus. I use all the lessons I have learned in sport and apply this same discipline and drive to my education.”

Founded in 1973, the WTA is the global leader in women’s professional sport with more than 2,500 players representing 92 nations.

IU East offers sixth graduate program: M.A.T. provides secondary, college instructors with master degree option

March 12th, 2014

Indiana University East has received final approval for a new graduate degree program, a Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics (M.A.T.), from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Applications for the program are now being accepted for admission to the summer or fall 2014 semesters.

The M.A.T. is IU East’s sixth graduate program to be added to its academic portfolio since June 2007. IU East’s graduate programs include the Master of Science in Education, Master of Science in Management, Master of Social Work, Master of Science in Nursing, and most recently, the Master of Arts in English.

“Our graduate program offerings have been expanding rapidly to meet the needs of eastern Indiana and western Ohio,” said Larry Richards, executive vice chancellor for Academic Affairs. “We have received an excellent response to our first master’s degree programs, and I have no doubt that we will experience the same with these newer programs.”

“The M.A.T. in Mathematics is a great opportunity for teachers and prospective teachers in our region. It provides a path to certification as a mathematics teacher for those who want to become teachers, but it also contains 18 graduate hours of Mathematics, which enables our graduates to teach also at the community college,” said Markus Pomper, Mathematics Department chair and associate professor of Mathematics.

The M.A.T. is primarily for licensed secondary math teachers who have a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education. An M.A.T. will broaden a teacher’s qualification, and allow him or her to teach dual credit courses at the high school, or introductory college courses in mathematics.

The M.A.T also offers a route to teacher certification for those who hold a bachelor’s degree in mathematics or a closely related field. These students have the option of completing the Transition to Teaching (T2T) program through the School of Education in order to obtain a teaching license.

Students completing the M.A.T. will earn a minimum of 18 credit hours in mathematics. The courses are scheduled so that a student can complete the program in two years if they take the required courses for their chosen track in a prescribed sequence. Also, many of the classes for this program are offered online.

For more information about the Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics (M.A.T.) and application process, contact Markus Pomper, Mathematics Department chair, at (765) 973-8281 or email mpomper@iue.edu or contact Jay Barbre, director of Graduate Programs for the School of Education at IU East, (765) 973-8344 or email jbarbre@iue.edu.

New scholarships offered at IU East to enhance service-learning, science research

February 28th, 2014

The generosity of three donors has made it possible to offer new scholarships for students at Indiana University East.  Paul Kriese, professor of political science at IU East, and Rod and Chris Weiss will support the two new scholarships.

The Paul Kriese Graduate Scholarship for Service Engagement at IU East was developed to create an experiential learning program that promotes active citizenship and allows students to develop a deeper understanding of community issues. It will foster connections between IU East students and members of the communities served by the university, both regionally and online, and will create mutually beneficial opportunities for service-learners to engage in meaningful community service activities with local organizations.

Kriese’s gift will be used to support graduate scholarships for students who are preparing for professional careers in which they will engage in service to their communities. Each year a student will be chosen and will also serve as a student coordinator in the Center for Service-Learning at IU East.  The development of this scholarship will allow the Center for Service-Learning to accommodate more service-learning requests from the community and the additional students needed to provide these services.

The Weiss Family Scholarship was created by Rod and Chris Weiss to support two $1,500 undergraduate scholarships each academic year for students in the School of Natural Science and Mathematics degree program. Rod Weiss is a local business owner and Chris Weiss is a teacher for Richmond Community Schools. These scholarships are incredibly relevant with the national push to encourage students to consider the STEM disciplines (studies in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) when enrolling in higher education programs.

“We believe in higher education and understand that it can be hard for some students to have the means to finance it, so that they can achieve their degree in the field that they are studying,” Rod Weiss said. “Also, this is an example for our two sons that we should give back in some form so that we all can achieve our dreams in life. By making these kinds of gifts, we better ourselves, our community, our state and our country.”

“The School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics is thrilled by the establishment of the Weiss Family Scholarship,” said Dean of the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Neil Sabine. “The recipients will receive valuable research experience that provides a sound foundation for future employment. The scholarship also reduces the financial stresses encountered when obtaining a college degree. This assists the student to graduate on time with excellent grades.”

Scholarships are a critical piece in the puzzle of college accessibility for students. IU East is dedicated to providing high quality higher education at an affordable cost. Gifts such as these further the ability for the students in the region to have access to a college degree and improve their future potential for employment and earnings.

For more information about establishing a scholarship, contact Stephanie Hays-Mussoni, director of Gift Development at IU East, at (765) 973-8331 or email shaysmus@iue.edu.

IU East’s Center for Leadership Development offers Management Series workshop on Engaging Employees

February 27th, 2014

The Indiana University East Center for Leadership Development will host a Management Series workshop on Engaging Employees from 1-4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 12, in the Whitewater Hall Community Room. Registration for the workshop is available online.

Recent studies, such as the one described in “First, Break All the Rules,” have highlighted the critical importance of the frontline manager in creating an effective work environment.  These studies have also drawn a direct link between the effectiveness of frontline management and the financial success of the organization.

Engaging Employees explores the unique role requirements of frontline management. Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to:

  •     Describe the value added role of frontline managers in creating an effective work environment.
  •     Understand the role of frontline managers in aligning resources around business objectives and work processes.
  •     Understand the role of frontline managers in helping employees “connect the dots” and make sense out of their work environment.
  •     Participants will leave this course with the tools necessary to achieve immediate, dramatic improvement in the meetings for which they are responsible.

Costs:

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

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

Each three-hour course in this series focuses on key concepts, theories, models, tools, and their applications for effective workplace management. These sessions offer local, affordable, in-depth development of critical management and leadership skills.

The workshop will be presented by Fredricka Joyner, associate professor and director of the IU East Center for Leadership Development and the Master’s in Management program. Joyner has over FredrickaJoyner1three decades of business experience, providing leadership, organization, and community development consulting services to a diverse client list that  includes manufacturing and service organizations, professional practices, health and education coalitions, non-profits, government departments, and social service agencies.

Over the past five years, Joyner has provided training and consulting services related to managing across the generations. She has also designed and delivered a four-day leadership development curriculum to almost 2000 managers in a global Fortune 500 company. Most recently, she has been providing intensive executive coaching to high potential managers who have been tasked with expanding into international markets.

Joyner has been with Indiana University for the past 10 years. In addition to the center, Joyner directs the IU East Master’s in Management program. She has won a number of awards for her teaching and is an active researcher with numerous publications. She is the lead author of Engineering as a Social Activity: Preparing Engineers to Thrive in the Changing World of Work, which was published in the American Journal of Engineering Education – Spring 2012 edition.

Joyner earned her Master’s in Organization Management from Antioch University and her Ph.D. in Community Formation from the Union Institute.

 

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Jennifer Finney Boylan to speak at IU East’s Spring Diversity Event

February 26th, 2014

Jennifer Finney Boylan, a professor of English at Colby College and board member of the Indiana University Kinsey Institute, will visit Indiana University East at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26, to discuss “Transgendered Identity and the American Ideal of Equality Under the Law.” The discussion will be held in Vivian Auditorium, located in Whitewater Hall.

Tickets for the event are available in the Office of the Bursar, located in Whitewater Hall. The event is free and open to the public.JenniferBoylan

Boylan is the author of She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders and Stuck in the Middle with You as well as a collection of short stories, three memoirs, and young adult books. She is an activist for LGBT people in general and trans men and women in particular. She is also a director of GLAAD, and supports PEN American Center. The New York Times bestselling author is a regular contributor to the opinion/editorial page of the New York Times. She has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show, Larry King Live, the TODAY Show, All My Children, and was featured in a CBS News’ 48 Hours documentary.

Wazir Mohamed, assistant professor of sociology at IU East, and member of IU East’s Commission on Diversity and Equity, said Boylan is a supporter of rights for all peoples.

“Jennifer uses her personal life journey to shine light on the role that discrimination plays to do harm to people who are not dangerous, but just different. She is well known, not just because of her advocacy on transgendered identity, but also for her writings and contributions as a distinguished professor of English,” Mohamed said.

While visiting Richmond, Boylan will meet with students from the Student Government Association (SGA), members of the campus’ LGBT Alliance, the sociology club, and select classes as well as faculty.

“These events, discourses, visit, and exposure on the issue of sexual identity and diversity are intended to serve as a conduit for our students, our faculty, our staff, our campus, and the Richmond Community to access information and engage in open dialogue on one of the issues of our time that is not well understood. IU East encourages you to be a part of this challenging discussion,” Mohamed said.

Denise Bullock, associate professor of sociology, said Boylan’s visit highlights transgender issues and gives IU East students the opportunity to question taken for granted assumptions regarding modern conceptions of gender and sex.

“Modern conceptions socially construct sex and gender as binary essential qualities of the individual,” Bullock said. “We order our lives and relationships within this modern structure—placing sex and gender in tidy little boxes. Jennifer Boylan, through the story of her life, challenges us to look outside the box and, in the process, examine our own lives.”

Kaylyn Flora, president of the LGBTQS Alliance student organization at IU East said, “I speak for all members of the LGBTQS Alliance when I say that the most gratifying aspect of Jennifer Finney Boylan’s presence is that this is the first internationally recognized person to speak on behalf of what our organization stands for. Boylan’s experience has the ability to reach a broader audience than we can hope for at this moment in our lives. Most importantly, she serves as an inspiration to promote diversity so that we too can be the light for others.”

FAFSA deadline is March 10

February 14th, 2014

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application priority deadline is Monday, March 10. By completing the FAFSA, applicants will automatically be considered for most federal and state grants, federal loans, and federal work-study, for the 2014-2015 academic year.

“I would like to stress to our students that during this economic time it is important they pursue every dollar available to them. As such, in addition to the IU and IU Foundation scholarship application available online, we encourage every student to file the FAFSA to see what they might be eligible for,” said Sarah Soper, director of Financial Aid and Scholarships.

Soper added that students and parents are also encouraged to transfer their financial data directly from the IRS. IU East will hold a special FAFSA session to help with this process from noon to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 4, in Whitewater Hall room 208.

FAFSA applications may be completed online at fafsa.gov. Students may request a paper copy from the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID.  Paper applications must be received by the federal processor by March 10, 2014, to be considered on-time for the IU East priority deadline. Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete the FAFSA online if possible.

The IU East school code for the application is 001811. The 2014-15 FAFSA is used to award aid for fall 2014, spring 2015 and summer 2015.

The FAFSA is required of all financial aid students and must be completed each year by the deadline. Assistance in the form of counseling is available throughout the academic year and summer sessions from the Office of Financial Aid.

Freshman students will receive Financial Aid Award Notification by mail. Undergraduate and graduate students will receive award notification by e-mail. Changes to the submitted application must be made to the processor and cleared by May 15.

For more information, contact the Office of Financial Aid at (765) 973-8206 or go online to iue.edu/finaid.

IU East Center for Leadership Development offers Creating Innovation Series workshop March 6

February 13th, 2014

The Creating Innovation Series includes diverse sessions that explore the role of art, design, and creativity in fostering innovation. The Indiana University East Center for Leadership Development will host an upcoming workshop on Decoding Creativity from 8:30a.m. to noon Thursday, March 6, in the Whitewater Hall Community Room. Registration is available online.

Every day challenges from the simple to the complex are faced, bringing a need to think flexibly, strategically and often collaboratively, and to be innovative. FourSight is an assessment tool that measures preference for each one of the four thinking styles that are essential to innovation. The workshop will provide participants with their thinking style and how to interact better with other creative styles to enhance creative output personally, and as part of a team.JuliaRoberts

There is a fee of $100 for this workshop to be paid at registration. A light breakfast is included.

The presenter for this workshop is Julia Roberts, president and founder of Lemony Fresh Ideas, a consultancy devoted to helping clients squeeze the most out of their innovation efforts. Roberts works as a facilitator, trainer, and certified creativity coach to juice up meetings and bring about fresh thinking.

Roberts has a master’s certificate from Buffalo State College’s International Center for Creative Studies and has worked in ideation, concepting and strategic branding for over 25 years, with clients such as American Express, Western Union, Kraft Food Services, Gevalia Kaffe, KitchenAid, and Warner Bros Video. She is on the faculty of the Creative Education Foundation. She can be found at lemonyfreshideas.com.

IU East receives non-profit award from Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce

February 7th, 2014

Indiana University East received the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce Achievement of Excellence, Non Profit, Growth and Expansion award at its annual dinner held Jan. 24, 2014.

“I am both delighted and honored that IU East was selected for this award,” said Chancellor Kathryn Cruz-Uribe. “We are proud that we are graduating record numbers of students at both the bachelor’s and master’s levels. With more than 80 percent of IU East graduates remaining in our service region, we have a tremendous impact, and it is an honor to receive recognition for our efforts.”

The award recognized IU East’s continuous enrollment growth since fall 2007. IU East has increased enrollment by 96.6 percent, bringing the campus to an historic enrollment of 4,456 students this past fall.

The award also recognized IU East’s development of a Master of Science in Management program. Two cohorts have graduated since the program was established, providing graduate degrees to 37 M.S.M. professionals throughout the region. The campus now have five graduate programs including the M.S.M., Master of Science in Education, Master of Social Work, Master of Science in Nursing, and the recently added Master of Arts in English.

In 2013, IU East graduated a record 550 IU bachelor’s degree graduates, compared to 150 bachelor’s degree graduates in 2005.  More than 80 percent of IU East graduates remain here in eastern Indiana and western Ohio to live and work.

The award also acknowledged the campus’ plan for a new Student Events Center addition to Springwood Hall and its successful fundraising campaign.  The facility will promote student success through a comprehensive offering of co-curricular opportunities and be the home of Red Wolves athletics, and it will host a variety of events and programs throughout the year, including academic offerings, recreation, student life, and cultural programs.

In 2013, the Chancellor Installation Ceremony of Kathy Cruz-Uribe, the sixth chancellor of IU East, took place in Richmond’s Historic Pennsylvania Railroad Depot building. The event, themed “A Steward of Place” to symbolize the university’s deep commitment to the community and region it serves, was the first time in the nearly 200-year history of Indiana University that the installation of a chancellor was held off campus in the community.

IU East is an economic engine for eastern Indiana as a 2012 report conducted by Tripp Umbach, a leading economic development impact analysis firm, showed. According to the annual economic report, IU East’s impact on the region is $52.9 million through employment, contributions and volunteer service within the community.

Part of IU East’s mission is to contribute to the cultural and economic development of the communities it serves. IU East recently opened its new downtown art center, Room 912, which includes an art gallery, classroom, and studio space. The center, located at 912 East Main Street, opened to the public on January 31, 2014, with a ribbon cutting ceremony and a live carving of an ice wolf sculpture as part of Richmond’s “Meltdown Winter Ice Festival.”

IU East Center for Leadership Development offers Management Series workshop Feb. 11

February 7th, 2014

The Indiana University East Center for Leadership Development will host a Management Series workshop on Facilitating Meetings for Results from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, February 11, in the Whitewater Hall Community Room. Registration for the workshop is available online at iue.edu/leadership.

More than 25 million meetings are held every day in the United States with middle managers spending up to 50 percent of their work week in meetings. Yet, up to half of the time spent in meetings is viewed as unproductive. This course offers easy-to-implement tools and techniques to increase the effectiveness of time spent in meetings.

Facilitating Meetings for Results is an experiential course that gives participants the tools they need to achieve intended meeting results. Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Determine when not to have a meeting
  • Distinguish between different types of meeting activities
  • Describe the ingredients of an effective meeting
  • Apply meeting management tools to meetings for which they are responsible

Participants will leave this course with the tools necessary to achieve immediate, dramatic improvement in the meetings for which they are responsible.

The cost for the workshop is $75/ per person or $50 per group of at least three people from the same organization or business.

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

Each three-hour course in the Management Series focuses on key concepts, theories, models, tools, and their applications for effective workplace management. These sessions offer local, affordable, in-depth development of critical management and leadership skills.

The IU East Center for Leadership Development, sponsored by the School of Business and Economics, is focused on enhancing the managerial and leadership capacities within the IU East service region and links academic resources to the economic and leadership development needs of the region.FredrickaJoyner

The workshop will be presented by Fredricka Joyner, associate professor and director of the IU East Center for Leadership Development and the Master of Science in Management program. Joyner has over three decades of business experience, providing leadership, organization, and community development consulting services to a diverse client list that  includes manufacturing and service organizations, professional practices, health and education coalitions, non-profits, government departments, and social service agencies.

Over the past five years, Joyner has provided training and consulting services related to managing across the generations. She has also designed and delivered a four-day leadership development curriculum to almost 2000 managers in a global Fortune 500 company.  Most recently, she has been providing intensive executive coaching to high potential managers who have been tasked with expanding into international markets.

Joyner has been with Indiana University for the past 10 years. In addition to the center, Joyner directs the IU East Master’s in Management program. She has won a number of awards for her teaching and is an active researcher with numerous publications. She is the lead author of Engineering as a Social Activity: Preparing Engineers to Thrive in the Changing World of Work, which was recently published in the American Journal of Engineering Education – Spring 2012 edition.

Joyner earned her Master’s in Organization Management from Antioch University and her Ph.D. in Community Formation from the Union Institute.

IU East again shows growth in credit hours for spring 2014

February 7th, 2014

This spring, Indiana University East is continuing to see enrollment increases over last spring across key areas including credit hours taken, new transfer students, transfers from Ivy Tech Community College in Richmond, new first-year students, and online courses enrollments. This represents the 18th consecutive term (including summers) with growth in campus credit hours over the previous year.

Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Larry Richards explained, “credit hours are our bread and butter when it comes to financial stability, with about two-thirds of our operating budget now coming from tuition revenue.”LarryRichards1

While official student headcount (3,856) dipped by 16 students relative to last spring, the number of credit hours IU East students are taking this spring has increased by 1 percent (35,768.5). The lower headcount is attributable largely to changes made in local high schools that affected the availability of dual credit courses offered through Indiana University’s Advanced College Project.

The number of new transfer students at IU East increased this spring by 32 percent compared to spring 2012, new transfers from Ivy Tech Community College in Richmond by 44 percent, and new first-year students by 11 percent.

Richards said, “one challenge we have had in maintaining our growth is that we are graduating so many more students in recent years. In order to show growth, we have to add new students to replace those graduating, on top of increases beyond what we did in past years. This is a good problem to have and why I am so glad to see the significant increases in new first-year and transfer students.”

IU East continues to expand its online degree programs and course offerings. The campus now offers 11 bachelor’s degree options that can be earned all or in part online, as well as a graduate certificate in Composition Studies, with more programs and courses on the way. As a result, IU East enrolled students from 41 states plus the District of Columbia and 14 foreign countries this spring, the most ever in both categories.

“IU East has been and continues to be a leader in the delivery of online education”, said Richards. “This form of education is constantly evolving, and we are staying on top of it. As a side benefit, it has allowed us to widen considerably our exposure and begin to internationalize our student body. I like to think that we are playing at least a small role in helping put Richmond, Indiana, on the national and even international map.”