IU East Red Wolves competing at nationals, road games this weekend

November 22nd, 2013

IU East’s Red Wolves are traveling across the Midwest and to the East Coast to compete in two national tournaments and regular season road games. The three teams will travel to Iowa, Kansas, Pennsylvania and New York.redwolflogo

The volleyball team is at Grand View University, located in Des Moines, Iowa, for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Championship Opening Round. The Red Wolves begin tournament play at 8:30 p.m. (Eastern time) on Saturday, November 23.

This is the fifth consecutive trip to the championship tournament for the Red Wolves. IU East (23-15) will play Grand View (29-13), the 20th ranked team in the nation.

Fans can watch the match live online at iueredwolves.com. The link to the video will be posted under the “Upcoming” tab of the Scoreboard area. Live stats are also available during the match.

The 12 Opening Round winners, host Briar Cliff (Iowa), and the 11 schools that received byes, will advance to the NAIA National Championship final site in Sioux City, Iowa, Dec. 3–7.

Two IU East student-athletes will compete in the NAIA Cross Country National Championships on Saturday. Seth Prince and Collin Burris will be at the national tournament 8K race, held at Rim Rock Farm in Lawrence, Kan. The race starts at 11:30 a.m. (Eastern time).

Prince, a junior, and Burris, a freshman, qualified for the national meet at the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (KIAC) meet Nov. 9 at Midway College. Prince placed fourth at the KIAC meet and Burris was sixth.

IU East last sent competitors to the men’s cross country national meet in 2009. Race results will be available at iueredwolves.com.

The men’s basketball will travel to Pennsylvania and New York for games today (Nov. 22) and Sunday, November 24. Tonight at 7 p.m., the Red Wolves (2-7) will play Penn State University Hazleton (1-4), located in Hazelton, Pa.

Sunday, the Red Wolves travel to play College of Saint Joseph (2-3) at 4 p.m. College of Saint Joseph in Brooklyn, N.Y. Game starting times are Eastern time. Game results and stats will be available at iueredwolves.com.

IU East Honors Program Induction welcomes students to academic program

November 21st, 2013

The Indiana University East Honors Program inducted 46 students during the annual Honors Induction and Pinning Ceremony held November 21 in the Hayes Hall Campus Library. The Honors HonorsProgram2013Program is an academic program that provides an intellectually enriched curriculum for highly-motivated students.

Alisa Clapp-Itnyre, director of the Honors Program and professor of the Honors First-Year Seminar, officiated. She was helped by Honors Committee members Marcy Jance, Hitesh Kathuria, Daron Olson, Maureen Scane, Paula Baumann, and Aimee Prater.  Clapp-Itnyre indicated how proud she is of the students, who met higher criteria to be accepted into the Program this year.HonorsProgramgroup

This year’s Honors Program inductees are:
Liza Allen, Lynn, Ind.
Tiffani Allen, Connersville, Ind.
Trevor Boram, Arcanum, Ohio
Savannah Butcher, Lewisburg, Ohio
Ashley Dean, New Castle, Ind.
Katrina Detwiler,  Bloomington, Ind.
Lindsey Dirksen, Arcanum, Ohio
Ian Enriquez, Richmond, Ind.
Alexandra Estes, Carthage, Ind.
Hayley Farabegoli, New Paris, Ohio
Sarah Gambrall, Richmond, Ind.
Grady Garno, Arcanum, Ohio
Megan Helms, Richmond, Ind.
Brittany Hethcox, New Castle, Ind.
Erin Hoodlebrink, Hagerstown, Ind.
Joshua Lykins, Lewisburg, Ohio
Hannah McDonald, Straughn, Ind.
Elizabeth Miller, Eldorado, Ohio
Keith Miller, Metamora, Ind.
Logan Moody,  Ansonia, Ohio
Erika Parker, Richmond, Ind.
Jorge Perez-Orduno, Richmond, Ind.
Logan Puterbaugh, Hollansburg, Ohio
Matthew Railsback,  Richmond, Ind.
Jadelyn Reed,  Munice, Ind.
Adam Reisert, Connersville, Ind.
Olivia Robinson, Hagerstown, Ind.
Ashlyn Roth, Greenville, Ohio
Samantha Schultz, New Castle, Ind.
Kelli Shepherd,  Richmond, Ind.
Lydia Smith, Connersville, Ind.
Kelsey Stewart, Eaton, Ohio
Courtney Stuart, Pershing, Ind.
Seth Thomas, New Paris, Ohio
Shaye Thomas,  New Paris, Ohio
Kelsi Thompson, Richmond, Ind.
Timothy Tootle, Westfield, Ind.
Lyndsie Trumbo, Straughn, Ind.
Nicholas Turner, Centerville, Ind.
Logan Ullery, Richmond, Ind.
Vyvyan Walker, Winchester, Ind.
Mackenzie Weston,  Connersville, Ind.
Courtney Westover,  Centerville, Ind.
Shannon Wiest, Brookville, Ind.
Heather Lees, New Castle, Ind.
Danielle Rastbichler, Richmond, Ind.

IU East’s School of Education receives accreditation from NCATE

November 21st, 2013

Indiana University East’s School of Education received accreditation for seven years through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The undergraduate program received continuing accreditation.Marilyn-Watkins

Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Larry Richards said, “Accreditation of our professional degree programs is a sign of the quality upon which we insist, and that quality translates into successful graduates and communities. Our teacher education graduates are second to none.”

IU East School of Education offers undergraduate degrees in Elementary Education with minors in Mild Intervention, Reading, and Math at both the Richmond and Lawrenceburg campuses. At the secondary level pre-service teachers can attain certification in English, Math, Science, and Social Studies. The School of Education also has a Transition to Teaching Program at both the elementary and secondary levels. IU East’s Master of Science in Education program received initial accreditation. To date, 45 teachers have attained their master’s degree in education from IU East.

Primary program strength and one that supports a major element of the new standards, is the School of Education’s long-standing collaboration with area schools.

“The expertise and cooperation of our area superintendents, principals, and teachers is vital to the success of our graduates and continuing program improvement. The partnerships make it possible for pre-service teachers to spend significant quality time in field experiences and in student teaching,” said Dean of the School of Education Marilyn Watkins.

The school’s NCATE coordinator, Jerry Wilde, echoes that partnership praise by stating, “The accreditation process was a campus wide endeavor.  Every unit was involved and supportive as we prepared for the site review and during the actual visit. Our NCATE site team noted the overwhelming support it received from everyone involved – at the college and in the community.”

NCATE’s standards ensure that from the time pre-service teachers are admitted to the program, candidates are engaged in a rigorous process to prepare them for a career in teaching. In NCATE’s standards-based accreditation system, institutions must provide evidence that teacher education candidates know and understand the subject matter they plan to teach and are able to teach effectively so that all students learn.

Luann Spicer, the School of Education assistant director for Field Experiences and a former Richmond School Corporation Principal, said she has had the privilege of working with IU East student teachers both as the principal at Test Middle School and in her position at IU East.

“In each situation I have found that IU East students have a strong background in both pedagogy and content. The rigor and high expectations set forth in the IU East education program clearly prepares the pre-service teachers to become successful educators,” Spicer said.

Founded in 1954, NCATE is recognized by the U. S. Department of Education as a specialized accrediting body for schools, colleges, and departments of education. NCATE and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) have consolidated and are now transitioning into the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

More information about the IU East School of Education can be found at http://www.iue.edu/education/.

More information about CAEP (formerly NCATE) can be found at http://caepnet.org/.

IU East News and Notes

November 19th, 2013

Chair of Mathematics Department participates on online education panel discussionMarkusPomper1
Markus Pomper, chair of the Department of Mathematics, was invited to be a panelist at a podium discussion at the Indiana Section of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). The meeting was held on October 26 in Evansville, Ind. The panelists explored topics ranging from the challenges to teaching online classes in Mathematics, overcoming student problems, and instructional techniques.

Pomper was selected to participate in this discussion because IU East is in the unique position to offer an entire degree program in Mathematics online. During the past year, the enrollment in the online math program has grown dramatically and now enrolls 90 students, who reside in 34 states or U.S. territories. Some of the students reside in Canada, Germany, Israel, Korea and Japan. IU East is the only U.S. institution to offer a Bachelor of Science degree online.

“Our Mathematics program has grown tremendously since its inception in 2011,” Pomper said. “The mathematical community is taking note of our accomplishments and asking us to share our experiences.”

Business administration assistant professor publishes case studyMarcyJance
Assistant Professor of Business Administration Marcy Jance recently had two case studies published. “The Bakery” was published in the Journal of Business Case Studies Volume 9, No 6. November/December 2013. This case study can be used in a statistics course for student learning and assessment purposes.

The study focuses on three bakeries that are ideal for use in a statistics class to assess how well students have mastered descriptive statistics, probability distributions, and statistical inference.

“The Dean’s Dilemma” was published in the Journal of Business Cases and Applications Volume 10. The case study focuses on integer linear programming techniques and can be used in decision modeling and/or management science courses for student learning purposes.

History major receives scholarship to attend National conference
Indiana University East history major Vyvyan Walker received a scholarship to attend the National Trust for Historic Preservation Annual Conference, which met  in Indianapolis October 29-November 2.

The conference featured topical sessions led by nationally-known preservationists and field experiences in which participants toured sites associated with Indiana’s limestone heritage, historic churches, and places linked to the Underground Railroad. Walker took part in tours of historic Indianapolis theaters and restored homes in the Near North Side.

Walker is from Winchester, Ind., and a sophomore at IU East. She is in the Honors Program, an academic program that provides an intellectually enriched curriculum for highly-motivated students, and will present about her experience at the conference and historic preservation in her history course, The Nature of History, as part of the program.

“I enjoy all aspects of history, and I intend on becoming a historian. I enjoyed the opportunity of attending the conference and learning more about the restoration of historic structures and sites locally in Indianapolis,” Walker said.

In addition to students selected from Indiana University campuses, scholarship recipients came from such schools as the University of Southern California and the University of Texas.  Students were invited to submit an essay explaining their interest in historic preservation. A faculty panel chose up to two attendants from each Indiana University campus based on the essays.

Professor of History Joanne Passet, who is the IU East representative to the Indiana University Committee on Historic Preservation, also attended the conference. She said students benefit from the conference by learning historic preservation and it also provides an opportunity for college students to network with each other and public history professionals.

Nursing students travel to Chinle, New York, Washington, D.C. to gain hands-on experience
The School of Nursing recently took two different group trips to Chinle, Ariz. and Washington, D.C. and New York for students to gain experience in community nursing.

Karen Clark, dean of the School of Nursing, lead the annual trip to Chinle. This year, students on the trip included two Master of Science in Nursing students completing their student teaching and eight undergraduate students. Students either gave or assisted in giving nearly 600 flu shots, primarily to school age children and adolescents.chinle2

While in Chinle, students were able to hike and ride horse back through Canyon de Chelly, the second largest canyon in the country. While there, students saw ruins, cliff dwellings and learned of Navajo history from Navajo guides. Students spent four hours in a sweat with a Native healer learning about the Navajo way.

“These opportunities expand the experiences of our students, many of whom have never been outside of east central Indiana and west central Ohio,” Clark said. “The chance to experience different cultures enhances the students’ ability to understand and deliver culturally sensitive care. Their awareness of the impact of poverty on lives and their roles of nurses in meeting the needs of those experiencing poverty and homelessness is made real through first-hand experience. This year, in particular, students also had the opportunity to see how the government shutdown affected the “non-essential” personnel who provide health care in very real and essential ways.”

The Washington, D.C. and New York trip was October 19-16. This trip was led by Curtis Bow, lecturer in nursing, and Paula Baumann, assistant professor of nursing, and Jennifer Bow, adjunct faculty nursing.

While in New York, students volunteered at the Harlem Food Pantry to assist with Stock & Shop, a personal shopping experience where eligible families have the opportunity to shop the food bank in a grocery-like fashion, as well as assisted in preparing meals for seniors and families in Harlem. They volunteered with a men’s mission organization, Bowery Mission, to serve lunch to members as well as those in the neighborhood seeking meals.  Students also sorted donated items from hotels to help provide toiletries to the homeless population.

The students and faculty worked with the Food Bank for New York City and sorted, packed and prepared for delivery 5,035 pounds of fresh apples.  The volunteer man-hours provided by the IU East School of Nursing for the apple sorting allowed 4,000 additional meals to be served by the Food Bank.

While in New York, students had the opportunity to tour the World Trade Center Memorial.nursingstudents

Once in Washington, D.C., the students put their hands and education to work by volunteering with the Capitol Hill United Methodist Church by providing health screenings, answered health questions, and learned from the stories of those the students served. They volunteered with the Food and Friends, an organization that provides packaged ready-to-heat meals and groceries to 3,500 people in the metro area. The organization supports patients and their families who face life challenging medical conditions such as HIV and cancer.

The students volunteered at the DC Central Kitchen to prepare 10,000 daily meals for distribution throughout the homeless shelter system. IU East students worked beside culinary training participants who were recently released from incarceration or working through substance dependence.

To conclude the trip, students volunteered with the Christ House to help plan, purchase, prepare and serve lunch and dinner to residents of Christ House, a medically supportive housing program for homeless.  Students also helped to provide education to 30 men regarding foot care and smoking cessation.

Nursing major Tiara Smith said as nurses, students have a professional responsibility to assist the community by educating its members on methods to improve and maintain a healthy quality of life.

“This trip has allowed us nursing students an exciting opportunity to practice promoting healthy lifestyles outside of our small communities and safe zones and into a much larger and more culturally diverse group of individuals who are underprivileged, without homes, and terminally ill. Through our teaching, meal preparation, and meal packaging, we affected the lives of thousands of individuals and their appreciation was heartfelt and overwhelming,” Smith said. “Consciously or unconsciously, every one of us lends a helping hand to our friends and families. So why not extend our services to include those individuals who are less fortunate?”

IU East Spirit of Philanthropy honors two individuals for their support of campus, students

November 15th, 2013

Indiana University East presented two awards to Rob Tolley and Dr. Gregory Woods for their generous support of the campus and its students during the annual Spirit of Philanthropy Luncheon held November 14 at Forest Hills Country Club. Vice Chancellor for External Affairs Rob Zinkan presented the awards.RobTolley

Tolley is a senior lecturer in Anthropology and Sociology at IU East. The award recognizes his generous support of students and embodiment of the Spirit of Philanthropy including serving on the Campus Campaign committee, the annual fundraising campaign for faculty and staff. His support and encouragement of colleagues helped the campus achieve a remarkable giving rate of 92 percent in 2013. The national average is just 22 percent of faculty and staff who make a financial contribution to their university.

“Rob epitomizes the joy of giving and is always the first one to make a gift,” Zinkan said. “The focus of his teaching and the focus of his giving GregWoodshave always been about student success. We are grateful for his tremendous support, building a culture of philanthropy on campus and bringing out the best in others.”

Tolley has taught at IU East for 35 years and will retire at the end of this academic year.

Woods, an orthopedic surgeon at Reid Hospital & Health Care Services, was recognized for his partnership with IU East as a major supporter of the athletics program and the Student Events Center capital campaign.  The Spirit of Philanthropy award recognizes those who have a profound impact on the university’s growth and development through their gifts and voluntary service.

“Dr. Woods has been a supporter of IU East Red Wolves Athletics from the beginning. As a former student-athlete, he knows first-hand how athletics can build community and enhance the overall university experience for all students,” Zinkan said.

Through his work at Reid Orthopedic Center, he has been an integral part of the Red Wolves athletics program and its success, as Reid serves as the team physicians for IU East and provides an athletic trainer at no cost.

The annual Spirit of Philanthropy Luncheon raises funds for scholarships and other community involvement activities that provide important experiential learning opportunities for IU East students.

IU East celebrates Spirit of Philanthropy

November 11th, 2013

Indiana University East welcomes community supporters to the Spirit of Philanthropy Luncheon to thank these individuals for their contributions to scholarships, internships, leadership experiences and community service opportunities for students. The luncheon is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 14, at Forest Hills Country Club in Richmond.spirit

The event raises funds for scholarships and other community involvement activities that provide important experiential learning opportunities for students.

The keynote speaker is Doc Hendley, author of Wine to Water, and IU East’s “One Book, Many Voices” project featured book this year. Hendley is also speaking at IU East at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 13, in Vivian Auditorium.

Stephanie Hays-Mussoni, director of Gift Development, said community supporters are instrumental to the overall educational experience and success of IU East students.

“The Spirit of Philanthropy is an event that recognizes those who provide support for our much needed scholarship recipients, and it is a time to bring them together with IU East students to demonstrate the importance of serving the community and giving back in multiple ways to make this a great place to live, work and play,” Hays-Mussoni said. “It also serves as a catalyst for our students to see the importance of building a network in the community to improve themselves and the place they live.”

Hendley’s visit to Richmond is the featured event of the “One Book, Many Voices” project at IU East. The mission of the project is to foster a campus and community discussion about themes in and ideas inspired by the selected text, Wine to Water. The book is about “how one man saved himself while trying to save the world.” A bartender from North Carolina, Hendley became aware of the global water crisis and decided that he needed to and could do something about it.

Hendley mobilized his network of colleagues, family, and friends and began fundraising in order to contribute aid towards this cause, traveled to Darfur, entered some of the most dangerous areas in the region with little training or support, and started the work that led to the emergence of his non-profit organization, Wine to Water. The book tells the story of this journey and emphasizes how one individual, who possesses the willingness to act, can have a profound impact on the world.

All guests will receive a complimentary copy of Wine to Water.

Sponsors for the Spirit of Philanthropy Luncheon are West End Bank, Richmond Baking, First Bank Richmond, Milestone Contractors, Wayne Bank, Dot Foods, Reid Hospital & Health Care Services, and Raymond James.

The cost to attend the luncheon is $50 per ticket. To RSVP or for information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Stephanie Hays-Mussoni, director of Gift Development, at (765) 973-8331 or email shaysmus@iue.edu.

IU Business Outlook Tour visits Richmond Nov. 18

November 7th, 2013

Area business leaders and the community are invited to attend the IU Business Outlook Tour from 7:30-9 a.m. on Monday, November 18, at Reid Hospital & Health Care Services in the Lingle Grand Hall, located at 1100 Reid Parkway in Richmond. The IU Business Outlook Tour is presented by the IU East Alumni Association and the IU East School of Business and Economics and is sponsored by Reid Hospital & Health Care Services.

The IU Business Outlook Panel, featuring Indiana University faculty experts in economics and finance, will provide national, state, and local economic forecasts for 2014 for business, political, and community leaders in eastern Indiana. The panel is known for its ability to identify key economic trends. For over 40 years, the Kelley School of Business has presented its forecasts through a series of presentations in cities throughout Indiana.

The starting point for the forecast is an econometric model of the United States, developed by IU’s Center for Econometric Model Research, involving hundreds of statistical equations to develop a national forecast for the coming year. A similar econometric model of Indiana provides a corresponding forecast for the state’s economy, based on the national forecast and data specific to Indiana.

The Business Outlook panel then adjusts the forecasts to reflect additional insights the panelists have on the economic situation. The IBRC also produces the Leading Index for Indiana each month, providing a preview of potential change in the general direction of the Indiana economy.

At each presentation, the panel features faculty members from the Kelley School and IU, plus local panelists from other IU campuses and other universities, offering perspectives on the global, national, state and local economies and financial markets.

This year’s panel includes Kyle Anderson, assistant professor of economics at the IU Kelley School of Business; Ellie Mafi-Kreft, clinical assistant professor of Business Economics and Public Policy at the Kelley School of Business; and Timothy Slaper, director of Economic Analysis at the Kelley School of Business. Litao Zhong, assistant professor of finance and economics for the IU East School of Business and Economics, is the local panelist. David Frantz, dean of the IU East School of Business and Economics and associate professor of management, will moderate the discussion.

Reservations to attend the event are due by November 11. RSVP online at eventbrite.com/e/iu-business-outlook-panel. The cost is $15 per person and includes breakfast. Event proceeds benefit the IU East Alumni Association Scholarship Fund and will assist students in the School of Business and Economics.

For more information, contact Terry Wiesehan, director of Alumni Relations and Campus Events, at (765) 973-8221 or  twiesaha@iue.edu.

Comprehensive review concludes, volleyball head coach resigns

November 6th, 2013

Indiana University East Chancellor Kathryn Cruz-Uribe announced that the results of a review of volleyball head coach Adam Stevenson ended with no findings of sexual harassment. However, Stevenson decided yesterday (November 5) to resign his position by mutual agreement.

Stevenson had been on administrative leave since October 28.

The announcement comes at the conclusion of a comprehensive review regarding concerns made by former members of the IU East volleyball team. The review, conducted by the IU Office of Affirmative Action and the IU East Offices of Affirmative Action and Human Resources, provided an opportunity for all current members of the volleyball team, former members of the 2013 team, the head coach, assistant coaches, and contracted athletic trainer to speak individually with the review team.

“We pride ourselves on a student-centered culture at IU East, and any time there are concerns raised by students, we take them seriously and review them carefully,” said Cruz-Uribe. “This was and continues to be the case. Our students, their well-being, and their success are at the heart of our mission as a university.”

Abby Niekamp will continue to serve as interim coach for the remainder of the season. Following the end of the season, a search process will begin for a volleyball head coach for the 2014-15 academic year.

Public meeting announcement for Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan for IU East

November 4th, 2013

Indiana University Emergency Management and Continuity and The Polis Center will host a public information session regarding a multi-hazard mitigation plan for the IU East campus from 11 a.m. to noon on Wednesday (November 6) in the Whitewater Hall Community Room.

IUEMC staff has teamed with The Polis Center at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis to develop a Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan for IU East and other IU campuses as part of FEMA’s Disaster-Resistant University initiative. Once the plans are completed, they will be submitted to FEMA for approval.

IUEMC and The Polis Center are interested in receiving public input on the plan. Anyone who has questions or would like to provide input should contact Ken Long, Emergency Management and Continuity, at 812-855-8941 (office), 812-272-7895 (cell) or kelong@iu.edu.

IU East, Starr Gennett Foundation to present Warren Vaché Sextette in concert

November 1st, 2013

Indiana University East and Starr Gennett Foundation will present the well-known jazz group Warren Vaché Sextette in concert at 7 p.m. on Friday, November 8, in Vivian Auditorium, located in Whitewater Hall. The group features Warren Vaché, John Allred and Andy Brown.

Tickets for the public cost $15 and are available at the Starr Gennett Foundation, located at 33 South 7th Street in Richmond. Tickets for IU East faculty, staff and students are free and available in the Office of Campus Life, located in Springwood Hall room 103.

The event is sponsored by Mindful Explorations, courtesy of the William H. and Jean R. Reller Endowment.

Vaché plays the cornet but in his early years, started playing the piano in third grade before switching to the trumpet to play in his school’s fourth grade band.  He shared a passion for music with his father, bassist Warren Vaché, who played professionally, wrote about jazz and was one of the founders of the New Jersey Jazz Society. Vaché played events with his father’s bands while growing up. He continued to play professionally as a student in high school and while attending Montclair State College including with polka bands, Dixieland bands, big dance bands, Broadway pit bands, small jazz groups and large free- wheeling combos.

He earned his degree in music education from Montclair State College and studied with trumpeter Pee Wee Erwin, a well-known performer during the swing era, who soon became his mentor.

Vaché has played with professional musicians including Billy Maxted and the Benny Goodman band. He recorded with Concord Records and appeared in the 1984 film The Gig. He has composed and played on film soundtrack for The Luckiest Man in the World. He continues today to record and to play at worldwide festivals, Broadway shows and club dates.