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.”

IU East announces fall 2013 Chancellor’s List

January 30th, 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 fall 2013 Chancellor’s List. The list is sorted by the student’s listed hometown.

CANADA
Winlaw

Kim Eggert

FLORIDA
Middleburg       

Jennifer Sroka

GEORGIA
Flowery Branch

Adriana Gonzalez

INDIANA
Alexandria

Christina King and Bryan King

Batesville
Alan Doyle and Kenneth Hampson

Bedford
Lincoln Merchant

Boonville
Gina Pardue

Brookville
Lauren Lunsford, Denise Miles and Amanda Godsey

Cambridge City
Jim Levi

Carthage
Lori Stephens

Centerville
Lynn Baldwin, Hillary Chaney, Layne Husted and Rebecca Schuck

Connersville
Anthony Breitenbach, Erin Futrell, Benjamin Jenkins, Kari Jenkins and Brianna Keener

Culver
Aaron Walaitis

Economy
John Wilson

Evansville
Cassandra Arnold

Farmland
Cameron Cox

Fishers
Debra Murdock

Floyds Knobs
Laura Weaver

Fountain City
Cody Harris and Veronica Maghielse

Granger
Theodore Rectanus

Greenfield
Brittney Miller, Mariah Ginter, Elizabeth Spears and Kelsey Stewart

Greens Fork
Madison Chandler and Jeremy Eddy

Hagerstown
Monica Lee, Brooke Matson, Olivia Robinson and Brandi Smith

Indianapolis
Brittany Eisenback, Chelsea Murray and Christina Wilson

Jeffersonville
Angela Frazier

Lawrenceburg
Jason Craig, Michelle King, Kathryn Scharff, Meredith Scudder and Jennifer Wantuck

Liberty
Clarissa Breeding, Rodney Hoppes, Kathleen Kassens and Marci Reece

Lynn
Hannah Beckley and Joshua Wert

Metamora
Keith Miller

Milton
Jessica Price

Mishawaka
Annita Iseminger and Rodney Iseminger

Modoc
Logan Haney Hall and Autumn Roberts

New Castle
Amanda Mastin and Charles Walker

Richmond
Miranda Bertsch, Michelle Bettner, William Bullock, Danny Capps, Richard Carrera, Hannah Dalbey, Charles Daugherty, Dylan Doner, Cory Driskill, Kyle Hall, Melissa Horn, Alexis Hurd, Brandy Kinsey, Kayla Lemar, Lenka Medvin, Lloyd Mullins, Natalie Norris, Emily O’Brien, Sarah Phillips, Jason Ray, Kaly Reichter, Kelsey Rubright, Joshua Smith, Samantha Stevens, Kasey Stolle, Timothy Tootle, Kali Wever and Brittany Williams

Rushville
Jane Jones

Sunman
Eli Hudnall and Krista Hudnall

Tell City   
Sonja Bittner

Valparaiso
Jason Gross

Versailles
Jessica Kieffer

Warsaw
Jeremiah Hidlebaugh and Jenna Moore

West Harrison
Mark Baker

KENTUCKY
Florence

Cassandra Krautsack

Milton
Sheila Coffin

MAINE
Augusta

Venita Barley

MINNESOTA
Chanhassen

Nicholas Dugan

OHIO
Arcanum

Trevor Boram, Grady Garno and Cody Schellhaas

Bradford
Garrett Smith and Jordan Stallard

Camden
James Lutz

Eaton
Emily Floyd, Brooke Hartwig, Mariah Marshall, McKenna Marshall, Kelsey Meyer, Dustin Nutt and Taylor Shera

Eldorado
Elizabeth Miller

Gratis
Martina Montgomery

Greenville
Jenilee Braun, Shade Brubaker, Krystle Johnson and Kelsey Wolfe

Hollansburg
Nathaniel Riggs

Lewisburg
Shana Lewis and Adam Obringer

New Paris
Brian Stewart

New Weston
Elizabeth Livingston

Union City
Brandon Byers and Mallory Livingston

Versailles
Kiersten Finlay

West Alexandria
Stanton Garrett

TEXAS
Georgetown

Teryn Pouder

WASHINGTON
Bremerton

Heidi Plueger

IU East’s service-learning projects part of inaugural President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge

January 29th, 2014

Indiana University East shared its community-focused projects in the President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge Inaugural Report published by the U.S. Department of Education. The report highlights participating institutions’ activities as part of President Barack Obama’s national initiative that began in 2011 with the goal of providing or expanding opportunities for students to participate in community service with a component of interfaith engagement.InterfaithChallenge

IU East is one of 11 universities or colleges in the state of Indiana to participate in the inaugural program.

The university joined the program when it began in August 2011 as an initiative to build understanding among diverse communities and contribute to the common good.

IU East’s programs had the theme of “listening” to promote conversation and new experiences, providing students a variety of opportunities to actively participate in service-learning. This included “Seniors sharing stories,” focused on students visiting with elderly residents to learn about their life experiences and “I’m Listening,” during which volunteers listened to children read aloud to help improve their reading abilities as part of Richmond’s Third-Grade Academy.

There were 1,860 people, including 975 students, who were participants in service learning in the year reported.

“Service-learning continues to grow at IU East, with faculty and students committed to having a positive impact in our community,” said Frances Yates, faculty liaison to Indiana Campus Compact. “The Center for Service-Learning added 15 community partners in 2013, and IU East students provided a 30 percent increase in the number of hours of service.”

The Indiana Campus Compact (ICC) Service Engagement AmeriCorps program provides direct service and support to the host site institution, local community agencies and programs — making a difference in their communities. Additionally, students become a part of the AmeriCorps national service network of improving lives and strengthening communities and gain valuable civic and workforce skills.

Community organizations interested in developing service-learning opportunities with IU East can email iueastsl@iue.edu or call 765-973-8411.