Academic Excellence Celebrated at IU East’s Honors Convocation

April 28th, 2014

Indiana University East celebrated the accomplishments of its students during the annual Honors Convocation held April 24.

Chancellor’s Scholar Awards are campus-wide awards, presented to the highest achieving seniors, by academic school. Chancellor’s awards were presented to:

Jeremiah Hidlebaugh, Warsaw, Ind., School of Business and EconomicsHonorsConvocation2014C

Melissa Horn, Richmond, Ind., School of Education

Thomisa Tudor, Richmond, Ind., School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Mariah Marshall, Eaton, Ohio, School of Natural Science and Mathematics

Kathryn Wiford, Minster, Ohio, School of Nursing

Heidi Kuntz, Connersville, Ind., School of Social WorkHonorsConvocation2014B

Outstanding Student Awards were given to individuals in their degree programs who displayed outstanding academic achievement at IU East. Students receiving awards are the following:

School of Business and Economics
Michael King, Outstanding Student in Accounting

Susan Kiefer, Connersville, Ind., Outstanding Student in Business Administration

Annita Iseminger, Mishawaka, Ind., Outstanding Student in Finance

William Juday, Richmond, Ind., Outstanding Student in Management Information Systems

Garrett Smith, Richmond, Ind., Outstanding Student in Informatics

Judith Willet, Richmond, Ind., Outstanding Graduate Student in Business

School of Education
Chaz Loehrig, Brookville, Ind., Outstanding Student in Elementary Education

Jeramie Horn, Richmond, Ind., Outstanding Student in Secondary Education

Jason Metz, Indianapolis, Ind., Outstanding Graduate Student in Education

Kylee Redford, Albany, Ind., Outstanding Student Elementary Teacher Award

Andrea Newman, Winchester, Ind., Outstanding Student Secondary Teacher Award

School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Mitch Clayton, Beaverton, Ohio, Outstanding Student in Communication Studies

Sergio Santiago, Richmond, Ind., Outstanding Student in Criminal Justice

Kelsey Rubright, Outstanding Student in Fine Arts

Dan Capps, Richmond, Ind., Outstanding Student in History

Rachel Phenis, Outstanding Student in Humanities/Music

Josh Smith, Richmond, Ind., Outstanding Student in Psychology

Gina Pardue, Boonville, Ind., Outstanding Student in General Studies

School of Natural Science and Mathematics
Jesse Keller, Eaton, Ohio, Outstanding Student in Biochemistry

Cara Tegeler, Richmond, Ind., Outstanding Student in Biotechnology

Kelsey Meyer, Eaton, Ohio, Outstanding Student in Biology

School of Nursing
Ashley Lacy, New Castle, Ind., Nursing’s Outstanding BSN student

Jenifer Keith, Rising Sun, Ind., RN to BSN Outstanding Student

Heather Wierzbinski-Cross, Richmond, Ind., Outstanding Graduate Student

School of Social Work
Rhonda Fields, New Castle, Ind., Outstanding Social Work Student

Karen Poling, Richmond, Ind., Outstanding Graduate Student

Purdue University College of Technology at Richmond
Ashley Bates, Straughn, Ind., Outstanding Student in Computer Graphics and Engineering Technology

Clinton Allen, Connersville, Ind., Outstanding Student in Organizational Leadership and Supervision

IU East Honors Program Graduates
Thomas (Toby) Bonwell, Dublin, Ind.
Mellissa Elmore, New Castle, Ind.
Cheltsi Hinners, Centerville, Ind.
Layne Husted, Centerville, Ind.
Mariah Marshall, Eaton, Ohio
Kelsey Meyer, Eaton, Ohio
Rachel Phenis, Lynn, Ind.
Samantha Powers, Fairfield, Ohio
Marci Reece, Liberty, Ind.
Megan Winn, Eaton, Ohio

Kasey Stolle, Richmond, Ind., is the Naomi Osborne Scholar. The award is given to the baccalaureate candidate with the highest grade point average. Stolle will receive her Bachelor of Science in Biology. She has been accepted to the IU School of Optometry.

Enactus team at IU East won league regional competition

April 17th, 2014

The IU East Enactus team won a regional championship in its league during the 2014 Enactus United States National Exposition held March 31-April 3 in Cincinnati. The team advanced to the national competition held the same week in Cincinnati and placed in the top 100 schools.Enactus2014

The team includes Tyler Fangman, Cold Spring, Ky., Alex Houck, Hagerstown, Ind., Drew Houck, Portland, Ind., Dan Printz, Arcanum, Ohio, Nick Miller, Lynn, Ind., Derrick Batta, Brookville, Ind., Hannah Clawson, Hagerstown, Ind., Clint Sheppard, Eaton, Ohio, Megan Winn, Eaton, Ohio, Bryan Schlatter, Indianapolis, Ind., and Mitchell Cain, Rushville, Ind. Tim Scales, senior lecturer and director of the Centers for Entrepreneurship and Economic Education, is the advisor.

The team has been working throughout the year on various projects related to teaching financial literacy concepts and entrepreneurship. Enactus members featured a variety of projects at the competition including “Stock Market,” “Shark-Bait,” “Sam’s Step Up for Small Business,” and “Build a Bank.”

Students also worked on a book project to develop a series of books to teach entrepreneurship, economics, mathematics and financial literacy and to help assist individuals with business plans. The team also worked on a YouTube project with local small business owners to create a video and social media plan to reach potential customers.

Enactus is a community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better more sustainable world.

IU East News and Notes

April 16th, 2014

Visiting artist to provide lecture
The Fine Arts Program at Indiana University East will host visiting artist Erin Holscher Almazan for a lecture at 12:45 p.m. on Friday, April 18. The lecture will be held at IU East’s Room 912, located at at 912 E. Main Street, in Richmond, Ind.

Almazan will lecture about her evolution as an artist and her creative process. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Almazan is an associate professor of printmaking and drawing at the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio.  She is a native of North Dakota. Almazan received her B.F.A. in Fine Arts from Minnesota State University Moorhead and her M.F.A. in Printmaking from Rochester Institute of Technology, in Rochester, New York.

Business senior lecturer receives Best Paper awards
Tim Scales, senior lecturer and director of the Centers for Entrepreneurship and Economic Education, recently presented a paper titled “Build A Rock” to the International Society of Social Science and Behavioral Research Academic Conference. The paper received the Best Paper Award.

Additionally, Scales presented a paper, “Coaching, Athletics and Academics” to the Clute Institute International Academic Conference. This paper also received the Best Paper Award.

Scales also received a Best Paper Award for “Marketing Your Success,” which he recently presented at the Academy of Business Research Academic Conference.

Also during the conference, Scales and Honors Program students Timothy Ryan Tootle, Alexandra Estes, Spencer Milligan, Logan Ullery, Ashlynn Roth and Jorge Perez-Orduno received a Best Paper Student-ABR-groupAward for “World Class.”

The group presented the paper at the conference. The paper will be published in the International Academic Journal. The IU East Undergraduate Student Research Fund provided the funds for attendance to the conference for the students.

Students present at conferences
Six IU East students presented their research or creative work at the 26th Annual Indiana University Women’s and Gender Studies Undergraduate Conference, which was held at IU South Bend April 4. IU East faculty members Denise Bullock, Ann Kim, Laverne Nishihara, and Stephanie Whitehead served as faculty advisors and chaired sessions at the conference.

The students presenting and their topics were:
Jonathan Ratchford, Richmond, Ind.:”Feminism and Patriarchal Symbolism in Wuthering Heights”

Kaylyn Flora, Richmond, Ind.: “Eugenicism and Birth Control: The Modern Discussion on Coercion and Free-Will”

Davis Himes, Connersville, Ind.: “Body Form”

Dani Standley, Connersville, Ind.: “Gender Collision”

Sarah Miller, Connersville, Ind.: “The Female Nude”

Chanda Hunt, Union City, Ohio: “Exploration of the Shock Value and Pressures in Art”

Three IU East graduate students presented their scholarly projects at the Ohio League for Nursing Education Summit 2014 in Columbus, Ohio, on April 4.

Jessica Cooper, Richmond, Ind., BSN, RN, and Sabrina Retherford, Hagerstown, Ind., BSN, RN presented “Administration and Education Joining Forces to Improve Preceptor Experiences: Innovative Use of MSN Scholarly Project.” This innovative MSN scholarly project emphasized and encompassed the importance of education and practice collaborating and joining forces to enhance a better clinical education experience from pre-licensure through the first year as a new graduate nurse. The resultant preceptor development program can be utilized in all levels of education within schools of nursing and multiple areas of practice including hospitals, extended care facilities, homecare and community based practice arenas.

Annette Schuerman, Lawrenceburg, Ind., BSN, RN presented “Turn Fantasy Into Reality: Work the Magic of Graduate Students and Their Scholarly Projects for Your Simulation Program.” The IOM report elicited a movement in nursing education that prompted attention toward nursing education reform. Additionally, nursing education is influenced by movements such as the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN), the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for Health Information Technology and the meaningful use for Electronic Health Records (EHRs), as well as increasing awareness of the benefits of simulation for nursing clinical education. Simulation has been used as a vehicle for the integration of QSEN standards as well as application, practice, and implementation of EHRs. This presentation demonstrated how one simulation program was resourceful and utilized a graduate student’s scholarly project to advance the goals of the simulation program by integrating EHRs into simulation that included faculty development.

IU East Assistant Professor and Associate Dean for the School of Nursing graduate program Tonya Breymier served as the student’s scholarly project mentor.

IU East Center for Leadership Development, Wayne Bank to host first ATHENA Leadership Award Dinner

April 10th, 2014

Wayne Bank and Trust Co. and the Indiana University East Center for Leadership Development are pleased to announce the first annual ATHENA Leadership Award® Dinner will be held at 6 p.m. on June 12, 2014, at Forest Hills Country Club, located at 2169 South 23rd St. in Richmond, Ind.

Both organizations felt that bringing the ATHENA Award to Wayne County was a perfect fit.  Wayne Bank is owned by Bonnie Boyd Kruckenberg, Wendy Boyd Semba and Kristen Boyd Scrougham and IU East just inducted its first female chancellor, Kathryn Cruz-Uribe.

Nominations are now being accepted for the ATHENA Leadership Award® which will be presented at the dinner to an exemplary leader who has achieved excellence in their business or profession, served the community in a meaningful way and, most importantly, actively assisted women to achieve their full leadership potential. The keynote speaker will be Sherrie Bossung, RN, M.B.A., director of Community Outreach and Employee Engagement of Eli Lilly and Company and vice president of Eli Lilly and Company Foundation.

Founded 30 years ago, ATHENA International is a women’s leadership organization that supports, develops and honors women leaders through the programs it administers. ATHENA’s flagship program, the ATHENA Leadership Award® Program, has honored over 6,250 women leaders from hundreds of cities and eight countries since its inception in 1982. The program is facilitated locally by Wayne Bank and Trust Co., a licensed ATHENA host organization. Nominations are sought throughout the community and recipients are selected by a diverse group of community leaders based on the criteria above.

ATHENA Leadership Award® recipients hail from all professional sectors. The award’s rich history, international scope and emphasis on mentorship make this award unique and amongst the most prestigious leadership awards one can receive.

Wayne Bank and the IU East Center for Leadership Development are honored to bring this award to Wayne County. ATHENA Leadership Award® Recipients are presented a hand-cast, bronzed and crystal sculpture that symbolizes the strength, courage and wisdom of ATHENA recipients.

Wayne Bank and the IU East Center for Leadership Development believe in the values underlying ATHENA International’s philosophy of incorporating the talent and expertise of women into the leadership of our businesses, our communities and our government. Reflective of a quote attributed to Plato, “What is honored in a country will be cultivated there,” the ATHENA Leadership Award® honors and illuminates the leaders and leadership styles of individuals others would emulate.

The Wayne County recipient will be invited to join ATHENA Leadership Award Recipients and other leaders at the annual ATHENA International Women’s Leadership Summit held each spring in Chicago.

ATHENA International is nationally underwritten by KMPG. Local sponsorship is provided by Wayne Bank and Trust Co. and Indiana University East Center for Leadership Development.

Nominations will be accepted until May 5, 2014. Nomination and sponsorship forms may be obtained at or by contacting Norene Groth, director of Marketing at Wayne Bank and Trust Co., at (765) 935-5222 or or Stephanie Hays-Mussoni, director of Gift Development at IU East, at (765) 973-8331 or


Student Art Sale is going on now at IU East’s Room 912

April 8th, 2014

The Art Club at Indiana University East is holding its first Student Art Sale now through April 24. The sale includes paintings of various media and scale, drawings, and glazed functional ceramic ware.

All current students at IU East were eligible to bring in art work to sell. The student sale is unique in that unlike other art shows and exhibitions on campus, the students are in charge of making the sale happen from recruiting, pricing, installing and displaying the work. IU East Art Club co-presidents, Eric Hall and Sarah Miller, organized the Student Art Sale.

“A student run art sale can be very beneficial to students who are interested in how to sell their art work. It helps people on how to price their work. As for the Art Club, it really helps us bring in some extra funding for future events, and we get to experience how to set up a sale by ourselves,” Miller said.

Hall said, “The student art sale also gives the community a sense of what art is being created locally. Richmond is known for its roots in music, so bringing the arts into the community is exciting.”

The public is welcome to visit the Student Art Sale at IU East Room 912, located at 912 E. Main Street, in Richmond, Ind., from 9 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 11 1 p.m. on Saturday. Payments are by arrangement with the student-artist.

Ann Kim, assistant professor of fine arts, said the inaugural Student Art Sale is a great opportunity for the community to see what the students are making and creating on and off campus.

“We have some incredibly talented students, and there is bound to be something for everyone at the sale. It is also an invaluable experience for the students as they are learning entrepreneurial skills through organizing and promoting the sale, skills that are essential to be successful in any creative field,” Kim said.

IU East School of Humanities and Social Sciences Dean resigns for position at NKU

April 3rd, 2014

Indiana University East Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences Katherine Frank has been named as the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Northern Kentucky University. She will begin her duties at NKU July 1, 2014.KatherineFrank

Frank joined IU East as dean and professor of English in July 2011. Prior to joining IU East, she was the chairperson of English and Foreign Languages at Colorado State University – Pueblo and an associate professor of English.

Chancellor Kathryn Cruz-Uribe said an interim dean for the School of Humanities and Social Sciences will be appointed while IU East conducts a national search for a new dean.

“In the short time I have been at IU East, it has been a pleasure to get to know Katherine Frank. She has made significant contributions to our campus and community, and while we will miss her here, I wish her the very best in her new position,” Cruz-Uribe said.

While at IU East, Frank was the administrator for all aspects of the school and she instructed undergraduate and graduate courses. She led the school to expand its portfolio of academic degrees including online degree completion programs with the  Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science, and the Master of Arts in English in December 2013. She helped to expand the academic programs offered at the university’s off campus locations in Lawrenceburg, New Castle and Connersville.

In 2012, Frank established the “One Book, Many Voices” project to foster a campus and community discussion about themes and ideas inspired by a common text in an effort to develop camaraderie, inform knowledge, and inspire action towards positive civic engagement and improvement. The project brought nationally recognized authors Dave Isay and Doc Hendley to campus.

Frank also expanded the arts program at IU East with the recent opening of Room 912, the university’s newest art gallery, classroom, and studio space located in Downtown Richmond.

Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Larry Richards said, “I am very happy for her; this is a great opportunity and an important step in her career. However, I will greatly miss her leadership, insight and advice.”

As dean at NKU, Frank will oversee the largest college at Northern Kentucky University, which includes 13 academic departments and five centers. According to NKU, the college enrolls approximately 4,800 undergraduates and 300 graduate students in the college, and offers degrees in fine arts, humanities, mathematics, natural sciences, behavioral and social sciences, and organizational leadership.

IU East Spring Leadership Forum is BOOST 2.0: From Vision to Vitality Building on Our Strengths Together

March 27th, 2014

The Indiana University East School of Business and Economics Center for Leadership Development will host its Spring Leadership Forum beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 22, in Whitewater Hall, Vivian Auditorium. The presentation is “BOOST 2.0: From Vision to Vitality Building on Our Strengths Together.”
“This region is rich with what I call points of positive potential. The Spring Leadership Forum provides a great opportunity for individuals from all facets of the community to come together and share in a conversation about how we can give the community a BOOST by building on our strengths together,” said Fredricka Joyner, associate professor of business administration and organization behavior at IU East.

The community is welcome to attend and a reservation is required. Reservations may be made online at There is no charge, the program is underwritten by the IU East School of Business and Economics.JeremyEfroymson

The invited speakers are Jim Walker and Jeremy Efroymson, president of Efroymson Family Fund.

Walker is back by popular demand after being the featured speaker at BOOST 2013. He is the founder and executive director of Big Car, a nonprofit community creativity organization based in Indianapolis.

Efroymson is president of Efroymson Family Fund. He advises, supports and advocates for organizations that contribute to the arts, cultural vibrancy and enrichment in Indianapolis and beyond.

The presenters will share specific examples of projects and initiatives with proven economic and cultural impact. They will explore key principles – such as bringing together diverse partners and building on unique points of positive potential – that have taken these projects from vision to vitality.

The 2014 Spring Leadership Forum is presented by the IU East Center for Leadership Development. The annual Spring Leadership Forum brings accomplished, diverse leaders from throughout the state of Indiana to IU East to address contemporary leadership issues.

About the IU East Center for Leadership Development
The Center for Leadership Development is a campus and community resource focused on creating and offering leadership development initiatives to enhance the managerial and leadership capacities of the region.

The center provides leadership seminars, informational briefings, institutes and conferences to further advance the managerial and leadership capacities of individuals and companies in both business and community organizations. A primary purpose of the center is to link the academic resources of the School of Business and Economics to the economic development needs of the region. More information is available online at

IU East Alumni Association hosting Legislative Forum April 4

March 26th, 2014

The Indiana University East Alumni Association Legislative Forum will be held from 8-9 a.m. on Friday, April 4, in the Springwood Hall Graf Center. The forum is an opportunity for the community to have an in-person discussion with Senator Allen Paul and Representatives Tom Saunders and Dick Hamm.

The forum is free and open to the public.

Each elected official will give opening remarks on the 2014 session of the Indiana General Assembly and any legislation of interest. The forum will then be opened for a question-and-answer period with the audience, moderated by Dale McConnaughay, former Viewpoints/Community Conversation Editor at the Palladium-Item.

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

IU East, RAM to host first Cork and Canvas April 18

March 25th, 2014

Indiana University East and the Richmond Art Museum invites the community to participate in “Cork and Canvas” from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, April 18, 2014. The inaugural “Cork and Canvas” will be held at IU East’s Room 912, located at 912 E. Main Street, Richmond, Ind.

The cost is $35 and includes art supplies. Wine may be purchased at the event. Participants must be age 21 and over.

Dean of the IU East School of Humanities and Social Sciences Katherine Frank said, “Programming at IU East’s Room 912 continues to grow, and we are excited to expand our partnership with the Richmond Art Museum as we bring a series to Richmond that has long been suggested by the community.  There is much excitement about the Cork and Canvas series, and we are delighted to be able to help the community enjoy this opportunity led by exceptional artists.”

Well-known Indiana artists, Mary Ann Davis and Carol Strock Wasson, will provide step-by-step instruction to create your own masterpiece while sipping a favorite drink!  Gather your friends for a colorful group experience. All painting supplies are provided including an apron to keep you looking your best.

“Unlike similar events in surrounding communities, Cork and Canvas at IU East’s Room 912, will feature two exceptional Indiana artisans who will conduct the class. RAM’s relationship with professional Indiana artists, will enhance the students understanding of the painting process. The event will foster an atmosphere of enjoyment, learning and creativity,” said Shaun Dingwerth, executive director of the Richmond Art Museum.

Mary Ann Davis enjoys the challenge of painting on location and has a reputation as one of Indiana’s premier outdoor painters. Her paintings celebrate nature, emphasizing color and atmosphere. Her works have been included in American Art Review, Pastel Journal and Southwest Art and two Painting Indiana books. She exhibits widely, winning top awards. Her willingness to share her knowledge has earned her a reputation as an outstanding artist and instructor. She is a signature member of the American Impressionist Society and the Chicago Pastel.

Carol Strock Wasson is devoted to plein air painting and is always venturing forth into new areas with pastel or oil. She is focused on painting with spontaneity and freshness. Her dedication is evident in awards and entry into prestigious shows across the country. Most recently she received the Silver Medal Award at Indiana Heritage Arts in 2007. Other shows include Hoosier Salon, Arts for Parks, Pastel Society of America, and Pastels USA. Wasson was one on 10 artists to participate in Painting Indiana II, the second in a series of books produced by Indiana Plein Air Painters Association (IPAPA). She is a supporting member of numerous organizations locally and nationally. She is represented by Gordy Fine Art, Muncie, and Editions Limited, Indianapolis.

Spots may be reserved by contacting by contacting the Richmond Art Museum via email at or by calling (765) 966-0256.





IU East nursing student chosen as one of this year’s 500 Princesses

March 21st, 2014

Brooke Sahm, a junior nursing major at Indiana University East, has been named as one of this year’s 500 Festival Princesses. Sahm is from Indianapolis and a 2011 graduate of Roncalli High School.BrookeSahm

Sahm joins 33 women from across the state selected as ambassadors for the 2014 500 Festival Princess Program. Among the ambassadors are women representing nine colleges and universities from 24 cities and towns.

“My excitement for the Indianapolis 500 and the 500 Festival is why I wanted to be a part of this program,” Sahm said. “I look forward to this time every May. I’m especially excited to represent Indianapolis and the 500 Festival this year as an ambassador.”

Since she was 6 years old, Sahm has been a regular attendee to the 500 Festival Parade. Her mother, Karen Sahm, is a seamstress for Expo Design, one of the companies that design the parade floats for the annual 500 Festival Parade. The past two years, she has worked for Expo in building the floats and has driven a float in the parade.

In January 2014, Sahm submitted her application. There were 230 women who applied to the program and 33 were chosen based on communication skills, poise, academic performance and community and volunteer involvement.

At IU East, Sahm is one of the Office of Admissions Student Ambassadors, a group of students that shares their IU East experience and pride with potential students. She is a member of the Honors Program and has previously been a peer mentor for First-Year Seminar and former member of the volleyball team. Her community volunteer service includes mission trips through her high school to West Virginia and Appalachia, and to New Mexico Navajo reservation through her church, St. Barnabas Parish.

As a 500 Princess, Sahm will talk with primary school children about the 500 Festival and its kids programs including Kid’s Day, Rookie Run and mini-marathon, parade, Community Day, Memorial Day service and Carb Day. She also plans on doing outreaches at Girls Inc., the Richmond Boys and Girls Club, and surrounding Nursing Homes.