IU East announces 2014 Summer Research Scholars

June 10th, 2014

Indiana University East awarded six scholarships for the 2014 Summer Research Scholar Program. Undergraduate students receive $2,000 to conduct a research project under the supervision of a faculty mentor.

Funding for the competitive program is provided by the Indiana University Office of the Vice Provost for Research and is matched by funds from IU East.  All recipients will present their research findings during the seventh annual Student Research Day in spring 2015.

Christopher Halberstadt, Cambridge City, Ind. “A Comparison Study for Wayne County and Peer-Counties: 2005-2013.” Business Administration/Accounting major working with Litao Zhong, assistant professor of economics and finance.

Halberstadt said the goal of his project is to compare Wayne County to 10 peer counties (five from Indiana, five nationwide) on different indicators involving employment, education, industries and other areas. He hopes that the research will help to show what areas Wayne County excels in or where it may lack in comparison to the other counties.

“I chose this project because we often hear about negative or positive trends for our county but really don’t know how good, or bad, we are until compared to similar counties. The comparison of data has always fascinated me, especially when it pertains to me,” Halberstadt said.

To complete the project, Halberstadt will collect the relevant data for the counties and analyze it to find trends and to find possible explanations for those trends. After the data is collected and analyzed, he plans to create a report explaining the data. He believes that working on this project will improve his research abilities while creating a report that will be useful to the IU East School of Business and Economics and the IU East Center for Business and Economic Research.

Emily O’Brien, of Richmond, Ind. “Thinking Back Through Our Mothers: Virginia Woolf as a Feminist Literary Icon.” English and history major working with Eleni Siatra, coordinator of the IU East Writing Center.

O’Brien said she chose this project after working as a research assistant with Joanne Passet, professor emerita of history, throughout her sophomore year at IU East, and since then, she has wanted to pursue her own research interests. Additionally, O’Brien’s research will be used to complete her Honors Senior Thesis Project, a requirement for students enrolled in IU East’s Honors Program.

She plans to travel to The Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature located at the New York Public Library and to the and the Woolf Archival Collections at the British Library to conduct archival research on the life and works of Virginia Woolf and to research the author’s personal correspondence. O’Brien is originally from Rochester, Kent, England and now lives in Richmond.

“This project allows me to take my initial idea a step further to go research in archival collections dedicated to Virginia Woolf’s life and work,” O’Brien said. “My project focuses on the role Virginia Woolf played as a female writer in the early 1900s; Woolf openly rejected and challenged her society’s gender expectations to produce a vast array of work that addressed gender issues in her time, and presented innovative ideas on the struggle of female writers that is still relevant today. Woolf argued that the best writers are androgynous, yet, paradoxically her work is revered by feminist scholars throughout the world. Woolf’s works blur the lines between genders yet also advocate for female autonomy, which serves as a testament to her feminist beliefs.”

Christina Coryell, New Castle, Ind. “The Effect of Cytoskeletal Protein in Gravity Responses in Arabidopsis Thaliana.” Biology/Biochemistry major working with Parul Khurana, assistant professor of biology.

Coryell said she is very interested in biology at the molecular level and this is the best option of observing molecules at the cellular level.

“We are attempting to connect the actin cytoskeleton in root cells to the gravity sensing organelles called amyloplasts, in Arabidopsis thaliana roots. If we are successful, we can shed more light on the gravity sensing mechanisms of plant roots.  This is the overall goal,” Coryell said.

Coryell will start her project by reviewing all research in the last five years published on actin and gravity in Arabidopsis roots.

“Once we have all relevant material we will begin growing Arabidopsis, and using the microscope observe amyloplasts in the roots in control and cytoskeleton-altered conditions,” Coryell said.

Coryell hopes to gain valuable research experience which will eventually help her in her goal to go to graduate school.

Anthony Breitenbach, Connersville, Ind. “Determination of Alteration in Gene Expression Patterns in Drosophilla Melanogaster Larvae upon Exposure to Environmental Toxins.” Biology major working with Hitesh Kathuria, assistant professor of chemistry.

Breitenbach said the critical lab experience with Kathuria will help to boost his status in the scientific community. As part of the research project, they will test the effects on gene expression levels on fly larvae exposed to environmental toxins.

“We will expose the larvae to the toxins and immediately freeze them in liquid Nitrogen to fend off RNA degradation. We will then centrifuge the RNA and perform gene chip analysis to compare to a control,” Breitenbach said. “This will reveal the alterations of gene expression brought forth by exposure to environmental toxins. We hope to learn the effects of toxins that have little known about them. The human genome is similar enough to the fly genome that the effects could shed light on the effects on humans.”

Chase Eversole, Connersville, Ind. “Genesis of the System: Tracing the Development of David Foster Wallace’s First Novel.” English major working with Steven Petersheim, assistant professor of English.

Eversole said he chose the project because it is the culmination of the skills he has honed as a student at IU East as well as encompassing his English major with a focus in American literature.

“My previous experience with being a research assistant for Jean Harper, associate professor of English, has aided me in developing my research skills, which will serve as a crux for this project. This project also ties with my professional goals of attending graduate school to earn a master’s degree and Ph.D. in English, as this sort of work is what is expected at this level,” Eversole said.

Eversole said the goal of his project is to better understand the relationship between 19th and 20th century literature, specifically the work of Frank Norris and David Foster Wallace, through analyzing the genesis of Wallace’s first novel, The Broom of the System, and the connections that exist between it and Norris’ novel, McTeague, from the 19th century. In a number of ways Wallace’s text mirrors Norris’, which is a topic that has yet to be explored in academia. He added, “given the fact that Norris’ McTeague is a naturalist text and Wallace’s Broom is a postmodern text, I’m also interested in better understanding the relationship between these two schools of writing, which is also a fairly unexplored area of literary study.”

For this project, Eversole will analyze the original manuscripts, typescripts, and notes pertaining to Wallace’s first novel, which are housed at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas in Austin. Eversole said the correspondence between Wallace and his agent, editors, and publishers are also housed at the HRC and these documents will be useful in the creation of his genetic sketch of the novel. “I will also be in contact with Viking Penguin, the original publisher of Wallace’s first novel, to request more notes and correspondence pertaining to the text which are housed in their archives in New York City,” Eversole said.

Neils Rikhof, La Junta, Colorado, and Adam Obringer, Lewisburg, Ohio. “Is Simpler Better?” Mathematics majors working with Young You, assistant professor of mathematics.

Obringer said by the end of the project, he and Rikhof hope to have an in depth comparative analysis of all forecasting techniques they will have tried on a data set to then build a model that draws from all attempted forecasters strengths to build their own model.

Rikhof is completing his mathematics degree through IU East’s online degree completion program. He said they will use application of various data fitting techniques to a given time series, with analysis of their predictive efficiency.

“I would hope to gain a more fundamental understanding of time series analysis,” Rikhof said.

To complete the research project, Obringer and Rikhof will study the futures market, forecasting techniques, modeling fundamentals, R programming language, statistics, and probability to fully comprehend what each forecasting model is best used for and then how they may apply it.

“I have wanted to begin a study outside of the normal classroom setting in order to see math from a different direction and in order to further my own educator goals I decided to study a field which would really challenge my usual mode of thought,” Obringer said. “As an education and mathematics major I hope to both push myself to understand a student’s mindset when they are placed in a field of study outside of their comfort zone and gain real insight into the way our current futures market system is fueled by mathematics.”

IU East announces 2014 spring Chancellor’s List

May 23rd, 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 spring 2014 Chancellor’s List. The list is sorted by the student’s listed hometown.
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Winlaw

Kim Eggert

HONG KONG
Tsuen Wan

Pui Lam Po

UNITED STATES
APO
AP

Brittany Holm

CALIFORNIA
Alameda

Bryan Morgan

ILLINOIS
Chicago

Mary Hart

INDIANA
Alexandria

Christina King

Aurora    
Ashley Preston

Batesville
Alan Doyle

Bedford
Lincoln Merchant

Bloomington
Lorrelle McNaught

Boonville
Gina Pardue

Bradford
Jordan Stallard

Brookville
Amanda Godsey

Cambridge City
Jim Levi

Carthage
Dillon Hilderbrand and Lori Stephens

Centerville
Jennifer Hale

Columbus
Patrick Hummer

Connersville
Caleb Davis, Benjamin Jenkins, Kari Jenkins, Christopher Jordan, Adam Reisert and Mackenzie Weston

Fountain City
Cody Harris and Brittany Sheets

Gosport
Brandi Masterson

Greenfield
Ashley Connelly and Laura DeArmond

Greens Fork
Lindsey Cordrey and Jeremy Eddy

Hagerstown
Abby Brockman, Erin Hoodlebrink, Jayme Lakes, Monica Lee, Olivia Robinson and Brandi Smith

Hartford City
Haley Milholland

Indianapolis
Chelsea Murray, Jessica Powell and Christina Wilson

Lafayette
Steve Oehmen

Laurel
Hubert Branstetter and Kayleen Madden

Lawrenceburg
Helen Potraffke and Meredith Scudder

Lewisville
Savannah Davis

Liberty
Clarissa Breeding and Kathleen Kassens

Lynn
Joshua Wert

Metamora
Nikolas Natali

Muncie
Lisa Mills

New Castle
Nilah Campbell, Laura Hill, Robert Hobbs and Amanda Mastin

Portland
Allison Hirschy

Redkey
Elysia Gipson

Richmond
Michelle Bettner, Lindsey Blanton, Anthony Breitenbach, Dylan Doner, Sarah Gambrall, Stephanie Gropp, Kyle Hall, Jessica Holland, Aaron Huth, Brandy Kinsey, Emily O’Brien, Kaly Reichter, Leland Service, Joshua Smith, Kasey Stolle, Timothy Tootle, David Turner, Brittany Ullery, Kali Wever, Heatherlynn Whitby, Zachary Williams and Brittany Williams

Ridgeville
Daniel Flesher

Sellersburg
James Overberg

Sunman
Eli Hudnall

Tell City  
Sonja Bittner

Union City
Daniel Lamm

Warsaw
Jeremiah Hidlebaugh

Zionsville
Lynsie Harper

KENTUCKY
Milton

Sheila Coffin

MAINE
Augusta

Venita Barley

OHIO
Arcanum

Lindsey Dirksen

Camden
James Lutz and Ethan Taulbee

Cleveland Heights
Rachel Thomson

Eaton
Jacob Bronson, Michelle Brooks, Dakota Childers, Emily Floyd, Mariah Marshall, McKenna Marshall and Eva Thompson

Eldorado
Elizabeth Miller

Greenville
Jenilee Braun and Michael Karns

Harrison
Lyndsay Benson

Lewisburg
Cassandra Hall, Joshua Lykins and Adam Obringer

Miamisburg
Carmen Hawley

New Paris
Maria Alcorn, Tory Jackson and Shaye Thomas

Union City
Brandon Byers and Mallory Livingston

Versailles
Kiersten Finlay

PENNSYLVANIA
Pittsburgh

David Powell

TENNESSEE
Nashville

Kathryn Cox

WISCONSIN
La Crosse

Derek Leiser

IU East announces 2014 spring Dean’s List

May 23rd, 2014

Indiana University East students who take 12 or more credit hours and complete the semester with a grade point average of 3.5 or above on a 4.0 scale are named to the Indiana University East Dean’s List. The following is the spring 2014 Dean’s List. The list is sorted by the student’s listed hometown.

CALIFORNIA
Vista

Kathleen Cruz

FLORIDA
Middleburg

Jennifer Sroka

GEORGIA
Flowery Branch

Adriana Gonzalez

HAWAII
Wahiawa

Ashley Derossett

ILLINOIS
Lemont

Mary Francisco

Monticello
Kristie Montgomery

Naperville
Kristyn Elsner

Palatine
Ali Roche

INDIANA
Albany

Heather Gold and Olivia Markley

Alexandria
Brittney Gideon and Bryan King

Anderson
Larry Madison

Aurora
Anita Deaton, Jessica Faller, Katelyn Huffman, Lindsay Huffman, Meghan Oatman and Danielle Strothman

Batesville
Michael Eckstein, Douglas Eckstein, Kenneth Hampson and Kyle Rutter

Bath
Brittni George

Bloomington
Amanda Adkins, Sarah Childers, Katrina Detwiler, Mark Hardy and Justin Tabor

Brookville
Coren Baudendistel, Ethan Burkhart, Lauren Lunsford, Brooke Morford, Mariah Peters, Roberta Roberts, Summer Ruf and Bethanyann Wagers

Brownsville
Sierra Bass and Taylor Phillips

Cambridge City
Christopher Halberstadt and Danielle Peckinpaugh

Canaan
Megan Howard

Cedar Grove
Nicole Gregory

Centerville
Lynn Baldwin, Erica Baldwin, Hillary Chaney, Mikenzie Drew, Morgan Godsey, Miranda Henry, Cheltsi Hinners, Robert Ludwig, Jennifer Phillips, Samantha Raatz, Nicholas Turner and Caleb Warner

Columbus
Michael Beerwart

Connersville
Tiffani Allen, Jennifer Arnold, Evan Barnes, Matthew Barrett, Coty Barrett, Jessica Bunyard, Emily Butsch, Erin Futrell, Tierra Harrison, Brianna Keener, Tamara Lakes, Anton Miles, Sarah Mitchell, Zachary Morgan, Chelsy Nichols, Sierra Nobbe, Zachary O’Neal, Kristina Precht, Meagan Ratliff, Jovetta Richardson, Jessica Schuck, Lydia Smith, Melissa Sparks, Landon Speers, Toni Stephen and Ronnie Swango

Crawfordsville
Adam Hutchison

Crown Point
Brian Sherwinski

Culver
Aaron Walaitis

Dillsboro
Kara Cleeter and Sandra Muncy

Dublin
Ashton Adams and Chelsea Gabbard

Dupont
Lynda White

Economy
Jared Ward and John Wilson

Evansville
Cassandra Arnold

Farmland
Cameron Cox and Claudia Harvey

Fishers
Jonathan Davidson

Fort Wayne
Christine Buchholz and Nathan Fleenor

Fountain City
Nina Filippini, Tyler Johnson, Sylvia Johnson and Trina McGuire

Glenwood
Kodi Smith

Greendale
Kristie Gilb

Greenfield
Hannah Brown, Morgan Deane, Brittney Miller and Elizabeth Spears

Greensburg
Lyndsey Receveur

Griffith
Tammy Manjarrez

Hagerstown
Austin Barancin, Kasey Bruns, Allan Bullock, Jeffery Day, Nicole Drescher, Ashley Gearhardt and Brooke Matson

Indianapolis
Brooke Able, Cody Banet, Brittany Eisenback, Amber Engledow, Anandita Jindal and Kimberly Swinney

Kennard  
Blaise Doubman

Knightstown
Tiffany Perkins

Kokomo
Summer Carlson and Gabrielle Davis

Lafayette
Anthony Moore

Laurel
Abigail Blake and Richard Lewis

Lawrenceburg
Jason Craig, Lissa Graber, Dennis Hibbard, Michelle King, Ashley Kirchgessner, Katie Lazarus, Michelle Lowe, Joseph Morton, Jacob Perry, Kenneth Rahm and Jonathan Wood

Lewisville
Sarah Jett

Lexington
Brittany Marcelle

Liberty
Ryan Byrd, Chante’ Coyle, Donnie Estes, Megan Hughes, Amber May, Desiree Powell, Sarah Tidrow and Lacey Zimmers

Lynn
Liza Allen, Hannah Beckley, Daniel Fry, LouAnne Manning and Darla Williams

Madison
Joel Applegate, Phillip Brittain, Nakia King, Ethan Kiser and Sarah Marksberry

Metamora
Leiara Eversole, Keith Miller and Adam Peters

Modoc
Chelsie Allen, Logan Haney Hall, Autumn Roberts and Heather Sites

Mooreland
Abigail Cole

Moores Hill
Lori Kervin and Tami Spurgeon

Mount Summit
Mekesha Page

Muncie
Alisha Horner, Elizabeth Keller, Christopher Logan, Shronda Logan, Carly Manis, Christopher Strickland and Mariah Wright

New Castle
Celeste Anderson, Jennifer Bennett, Christina Coryell, Sterling Cridge, Stephania Cross, Sandra Dillon, Paula Hibbard, Jessica Jacobi, Ryan Sidwell, Ethan Weesner and Chelsea Young

New Lisbon
Jamie Melton and Jessica Poore

Noblesville
Caleb Jackson and Timothy Witek

North Judson  
Kayla French

North Webster
David Danner

Osgood
Allison Demaree

Parker City
Kayla Bogue

Pendleton
Zachary Peach

Pennville
Kortney Garringer

Porter
Larry Davis

Portland
Miranda Denney, Alexis Doughty and Sarah Ninde

Richmond
Erik Baker, Caitlin Barnes, Miranda Bertsch, Seth Bledsoe, Alexis Brasier, Thomas Brown, Otis Brown, Christa Brown, William Bullock, Justin Carter, Eleanor Casson, Eric Cecys, Lindsay Crawford, Hannah Creech, Charles Daugherty, Anna Davis, Erica Douthitt, Cory Driskill, Adam Duke, Chase Eversole, Kaylyn Flora, Cameron Gibbel, Logan Harter, Jeffery Jones, Stacy Kennedy, Connor Kramer, Lindsay Kurz, Jennifer Lahman, Falisha Lahmann, Kayla Lemar, Erika Lemar, Kendra Lester, Julie Liddell, Dana Mathews, Tristan May, Jeremy McFadden, Felicia Miller, Marshall Moberly, Lloyd Mullins, Cheryl Murray, Natalie Norris, Jessica Nuss, Magen Olson, Hope Peer, Trenton Pipes, Sarah Potter, Crystal Prescott, Annissia Qualls, Matthew Railsback, Jonathan Ratchford, Jason Ray, Kelsey Rubright, Matthew Schroeder, Rebecca Schuck, Carl Siders, Westley Smith, Misty Stroh, Cara Tegeler, Ann Tibbot-Rohe, Tasha Turner, Logan Ullery, Katie Waak, Brittney White, Damian White, Jessica Worl, Cassidy Zablocki and Daniel Zuckerman

Ridgeville
Derek Jessup and Amanda Sarff

Rushville
Anthony Cheek, Hannah Clifford, Ryan Edwards, Brooke Kirchoff, Samantha Sasher, Morgan Williams and Abbigayle Wood

Scottsburg
Malinda Gullion

Shoals
Ericka Brown

Somerset
Alyassa Smith

South Bend
Victoria Burnett and Rebekah Haubold

Speedway
Mariah Lafary

Spiceland
Nikki Ellis, Alexandra Feaster, Jacquelyn Janes and Kelsey Winkhart

Straughn
Hannah McDonald and Lyndsie Trumbo

Sumava Resorts
Jessica Plotke

Sunman
Marah Duncan

Switz City
Steven Cornelius

Terre Haute
Chelsea Burke

Union City
Summer Baker

Valparaiso
Jason Gross and Daniel Ormos

Versailles
Cynthia Brunner and Jessica Kieffer

Wabash
Clista Alger

Warsaw
April Fitterling and Jenna Moore

West College Corner
Benjamin Bruns, Jennifer Burns and Angel Marcum

West Harrison
Rebecca Hammoor and Katelyn Moorehead

Williamsburg
Megan Kirkman

Winchester
Bryan Bergman, Mallory Chalfant, Bradley Clark, Megan Culy, Morgan Huddleston, Shelby Irelan, Taylor Mock, Bridgette Moystner, Cody Spillers, Joseph Thornburg, Emilee Thorne and Vyvyan Walker

KENTUCKY
Florence

Cassandra Krautsack

Louisville
John Hutchinson

Radcliff
Jessica Byrd

Shepherdsville
Aaron Robinson

MINNESOTA
Chanhassen

Nicholas Dugan

OHIO
Akron

Natalie Geller

Arcanum
Trevor Boram, Shelby Carmean, Amanda Falknor, Samantha Fenstermaker, Daniel Printz and Cody Schellhaas

Camden
Jacob Bryant

Eaton
April Gross, Sara Hankins Frazee, Micah Hickman, Elizabeth Huereca, Charity Huston, Dustin Nutt, Allison Osborn, Christina Perkins, Jordan Pugh, Taylor Shera, Gerald Volkenand and Megan Winn

Englewood
Kelly McElroy

Fairfield
Samantha Powers

Gratis
Martina Montgomery

Greenville
Jordan Bevins, Christina Cost, Brittany Harter, Leah Lewis, Kacey Ritz, Ashlynn Roth, Tessah Schinke, Carrie Swiger, Shannon Wiest, Douglas Wise and Kelsey Wolfe

Hamilton
Victoria Garrett, Megan Gray and Chelsea Schroeder

Kettering
Joyce Purcell

Lewisburg
Shana Lewis

New Madison
Sara Bowman, Megan Brown, Caitlin Davis, Kaylee Eadler, Alexa Foreman and Kelly King

New Paris
Makayla Abner, Hayley Farabegoli, Ryan Maples, Jarett Warren and Andrew Willcox

Oxford
Susan Egerton

Perrysburg
Sharon Pennington

Pitsburg
Gentry Glasscoe

Rossburg
Makinzi Marker

Somerville
Alyssa Noes

West Alexandria
Stanton Garrett, Lesley Hamilton and Austin Schmidt

West Manchester
Paige Thompson

West Milton
Jennifer Hammond and Justin Judd

TEXAS
Austin

Teryn Pouder

VIRGINIA
Fredericksburg

Ariel Carrera

WASHINGTON
Bremerton

Heidi Plueger

WEST VIRGINIA
Stollings

Kimberly Vance

WISCONSIN
Plover

Jeffrey Hershberger

IU East School of Education graduates rank among most effective teachers in the state

May 21st, 2014

Indiana University East’s School of Education ranks as one of the top public universities producing the most effective teachers in Indiana. Teacers

The State Board of Education evaluated first, second, and third-year teachers based on four performance standards: highly effective, effective, improvement necessary, and ineffective. According to the State Board of Education, the 2012-2013 school year was the first year for statewide teacher evaluation and this is the first collection of baseline aggregate results.

The university had one of the highest percentages of educators who ranked highly effective or effective, although IU East had a smaller pool of graduates included in the study compared to other public and private institutions of higher education. Of the 14 IU East graduates evaluated, 50 percent of its graduates were ranked highly effective and 43 percent were ranked effective.

The IU East School of Education has far more graduates who are now teaching from these past years. About one quarter of IU East graduates teach in Ohio or in another state while the rest remain in the area. The School of Education has had a 90 percent and above employment rate for the past two years for both the elementary and secondary programs. In the coming years, the school anticipates a far larger number of IU East graduates being counted into this report.

Dean of the IU East School of Education Marilyn Watkins said, “The strong partnerships we have with area schools contributes significantly to the success of our program. Principals and teachers welcome our pre-service teachers into their schools and work closely with them as they learn the joys and rigors of teaching. Our success is tied to our school community.”

Watkins will retire this spring. Jerry Wilde, professor of education at IU East, will serve as the interim dean for the 2014-2015 academic year, beginning July 1.

“It’s an honor to assume the role of interim dean at the finest teacher education program in the state of Indiana. The faculty and staff are absolutely united by the single goal of working to prepare pre-service teachers in becoming highly effective teachers,” Wilde said.

Watkins said that preparing teachers involves numerous and integrated components including depth and breadth of content knowledge, being well versed in current research and strategies about how to teach, and having strong professional beliefs. She added that the schools intense field experiences, including pre-student teaching and student teaching, are integral to preparing teachers.

“Our focus for pre-service teachers is on their ability to positively impact student learning and on how to reflect on their teaching so that they are constantly improving,” Watkins said.

IU East’s School of Education offers a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education. The school also offers a Transition to Teaching program which supports qualified individuals who want to transition from a career outside of education into being a licensed teacher. At the graduate level, the school also offers a Master of Science in Education.

For more information, contact the IU East School of Education at (765) 973-8224.

IU East School of Nursing pinning ceremony is May 16

May 14th, 2014

The pinning ceremony for Indiana University East nursing graduates on Friday, May 16, begins at 2 p.m. with a slide show followed by the ceremony at 2:30 p.m. The annual ceremony for nursing students will be held at the Ligthhouse Assembly of God, located at 2339 West Cart Road in Richmond.

Graduates will receive their pin to wear for the Commencement Ceremony which will be held that night at 6 p.m. at the Richmond High School Tiernan Center. Also at the pinning ceremony, nursing awards will be given to students. This year, 110 nursing students will graduate with Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees. The first Master of Science in Nursing students will graduate this May. The first hooding ceremony will be held during the pinning for the nursing graduates including four from December 2013 and four from May 2014.

School of Nursing Dean Karen Clark said, “As faculty and staff, we are proud of our graduates and enjoy the opportunity to share these time honored traditions with the graduates as well as their friends and family. As these graduates enter or continue in the nursing profession, our hope is that they impact health care and the clients for which they care in extraordinary ways. ”

Candra McCurdy, Richmond, Ind., is the RN to BSN nominee and Ashley Lacy, New Castle, Ind., is the BSN nominee for the Elizabeth Grossman Award. Each year Elizabeth Grossman, former dean of the Indiana University School of Nursing, recognizes a student from each program who has maintained the highest Nursing Grade Point Average (NGPA) on all IU campuses. These students will be placed in a pool with other IU students with the highest NGPA and the winner will receive a small cash award and an award certificate.  The overall winners will be announced later.

The School of Nursing will recognize the students who received outstanding awards during the Honors Convocation held April 24. Kathryn Wiford, Minster, Ohio, was the recipient of the Chancellor’s Scholar Award. Lacy received the Outstanding Bachelor of Science in Nursing Student Award and Jenifer Keith, Rising Sun, Ind., received the Outstanding RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing Student Award. Heather Wierzbinski-Cross, Richmond, Ind., was the Outstanding Graduate Student.

During the pinning ceremony, students inducted to the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, Alpha Chapter, will be recognized. Bachelor of Science in Nursing student inductees to the honor society are Amy Arndt, Connersville, Ind.; Lacie Burge, Winchester, Ind.; Jessica Cooper, Richmond, Ind.; Chelsea DuVall, Fountain City, Ind.; Kelly Griffith, Rushville, Ind.; Lisa Goodrich, Englewood, Ohio; Courtney Hochstrasser, Rising Sun, Ind.; Lori Jones, Moores Hill, Ind.; Kristyn Kessler, Richmond, Ind.; Lisa Kinney, Richmond, Ind.; Ashley Lacy, New Castle, Ind.; Melissa Laker, Dillsboro, Ind.; Ashley Maze, Connersville, Ind.; Sabrina Retherford, Hagerstown, Ind.;  Tiara Smith, Richmond, Ind.; Norma Stetter, Brookville, Ohio; Allison Swihart, West Manchester, Ohio; Jennifer Webb, New Castle, Ind.; Kristin Ward, Economy, Ind.; Tami Weston, Moores Hill, Ind.; and Kathyrn Wiford, Minster, Ohio.

The following IU East nursing students have been named to the “Who’s Who Among Students In American Universities & Colleges”:

Sophomores
Joseph Askins, Arcanum, Ohio
Sierra Bass, Brownsville, Ind.
Erika Lemar, Richmond, Ind.
Chad Lewis, Centerville, Ind.
Carly Manis, Muncie, Ind.
Johnny Myers, Lewisburg, Ohio
Danielle Peckinpaugh, Cambridge City, Ind.
Felicia Sweney, Connersville, Ind.
Sheila Wolf, Oxford, Ohio
Katherine Wooten, Brookville, Ind.

Juniors
Kristie Kiracofe, Eaton, Ohio
Susan Kiracofe, Eaton, Ohio
Zach Mogle, New Paris, Ohio
Christopher Mullens, Richmond, Ind.
Mara Sullivan, Connersville, Ind.

RN to BSN
Nicole Drescher, Hagerstown, Ind.
Brittney Gideon, Alexandria, Ind.
Elizabeth Keller, Muncie, Ind.
Jessica Kieffer, Versailles, Ind.
Natalie Norris, Richmond, Ind.

For more information, contact the School of Nursing at (765) 973-8213 or visit iue.edu/nursing. For more information on IU East’s Commencement Ceremony, visit iue.edu/commencement.

ATHENA Leadership Award Finalists Announced

May 13th, 2014

Wayne Bank and Trust Co. and Indiana University East Center for Leadership Development have partnered to bring the ATHENA Leadership Award to Wayne County. The ATHENA Leadership Award is presented to a woman – or man – who is honored for professional excellence, community service and for actively assisting women in their attainment of professional excellence and leadership skills.

“Two different communities I have worked in hosted the ATHENA Award as an annual event. When I came to Richmond and began meeting women in very powerful and influential positions, I saw an opportunity to bring the ATHENA Award to Wayne County as a way to celebrate and recognize these community leaders,” said Mark Soukup, president of Wayne Bank.

“As the first woman chancellor of IU East, I am delighted that our region is fortunate to have a large population of dedicated men and women working hard to empower women. Their leadership has been evident for many years and the ATHENA Award allows us the opportunity to celebrate their dedication and commitment to ensuring that girls and women have the tools needed to make a difference,” said IU East Chancellor Kathy Cruz-Uribe.

The request for nominations went out to the community in April. The response was tremendous. The seven finalists chosen are:
Mary Jo Clark
Rachel Hughes
Carolyn Scheiben
Valerie Shaffer
Tracie Upchurch
Kelly VanVleet
Jane Vincent

All the finalists are from Richmond, Ind.

The award recipient will be announced at the celebration dinner on June 12 at 6 p.m. at Forest Hills Country Club. The cost for the dinner is $75. Proceeds will benefit local organizations dedicated to serving leadership building for women and will be announced that evening.

For reservations, contact Norene Groth at ngroth@waynebnkcom or (765) 935-5222.

 

 

 

IU East appoints new vice chancellor for External Affairs

May 8th, 2014

Indiana University East Chancellor Kathryn Cruz-Uribe announced today that Jason Troutwine has been named IU East Vice Chancellor for External Affairs. Troutwine is currently foundation director at Reid Hospital & Health Care Services/Reid Foundation. He will begin his new duties at IU East on July 1, 2014.

“I am humbled to be selected for this position. As the region’s campus of choice for four-year and master’s education, IU East is an integral part of our academic and economic future. I look forward to being part of the continued growth and success of IU East,” Troutwine said.

The vice chancellor for External Affairs is responsible for the strategic leadership of all IU East development functions, alumni relations, external and community relations, major campus events, and articulation and promotion of the university mission through communications and marketing. External Affairs at IU East is recognized nationally as a leader for excellence in Alumni Relations and Campus Events, Communications and Marketing, and Gift Development.

Chancellor Cruz-Uribe said, “I am delighted that Jason Troutwine will be joining the senior leadership team at IU East.  He knows our region and the communities we serve, and brings a wide range of experience in gift development, communications, marketing and events.  The fact that Jason is an alum of IU East is an added bonus.”  She added: “I would like to thank the search committee, Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, for their timely and thoughtful work on this search.”

At Reid Foundation, Troutwine was responsible for directing Reid Hospital & Health Care Services’ philanthropic program, including fundraising, event planning, marketing, community relations, and donor recognition.

School of Nursing’s Master of Science in Nursing program receives accreditation

May 8th, 2014

The Indiana University East School of Nursing has received notice from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) Board of Commissioners that the Master of Science of Nursing program has received a five-year initial accreditation.

The ACEN visited the campus for its site review in November 2013. The ACEN identified strengths offered by the M.S.N. program at IU East including support by university administration to address growth and meet the region’s needs for master’s prepared nurse educators and administrators.

The Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) began courses in fall 2011. The program provides registered nurses with advanced practice knowledge in the areas of nursing education and nursing administration. Nurses with this advanced knowledge enhance the delivery of health care in the community and throughout the region.

The ACEN also noted that one of the program’s strengths is its proximity with Ivy Tech Community College, located on the IU East campus, and near Reid Hospital & Health Care Services to support partnerships and access for student interaction and clinical practice.

“I am extremely pleased at the receipt of a full five-year initial accreditation status for the M.S.N. program. While the process was intense, the result of this accreditation speaks to the high quality of our M.S.N. program and the hard work of our graduate nursing faculty,” said Karen Clark, dean of the School of Nursing.

For more information about the Master of Science in Nursing, contact the IU East School of Nursing at (765) 973-8213.

IU East’s Class of 2014 by the numbers

May 7th, 2014

The Class of 2014 will receive 621 diplomas during Indiana University East’s 43rd Commencement Ceremony at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 16, at the Richmond High School Tiernan Center.

Of the degrees being conferred, 560 are bachelor’s degrees and 61 master’s degrees. The awarding of the degrees this year marks the most awarded in IU East’s history.CommencementCelebration

The Commencement Ceremony will welcome friends and families of graduates from near and far.

IU East’s online degree completion programs are a popular option for students in the region as well as across the United States and beyond. The online degree completion programs offer the high quality of an Indiana University degree and the flexibility to fit studying around work and family schedules.

The attraction of the online degree completion programs brings a growing number of these students to Richmond, Ind., each year to visit the campus and to attend the Commencement Ceremony. Of the total number of graduates, there are 53 Indiana counties represented, 24 states and five countries. IU East will host a luncheon for the online students attending Commencement to welcome those traveling from a distance.

The Class of 2014 has many characteristics. A brief glance at the statistics and figures provides a look at the graduates joining over 6,000 IU East alumni.

•    Indiana Resident: 484
•    Non-Resident: 129
•    Male: 176
•    Female: 437
•    The oldest student graduating is 67, the youngest is 20.
•    The most numerous degree to be granted is the B.S. in Business Administration (150).
•    The second most frequent degree to be granted is the B.S. in Nursing (110).
•    First generation students: 44.9 percent.

If sorting graduates by age, those who are 23 and younger compose 11.9 percent. Graduates ages 23-29 represent 38.2 percent of the class while those 30 and over compose 49.9 percent. Within the Class of 2014, 17 undergraduate students earned a 4.0 GPA.

For more information, visit iue.edu/commencement.

IU East’s 43rd Commencement Ceremony is May 16

May 7th, 2014

Indiana University East will host its 43rd Commencement Ceremony at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 16, at the Richmond High School Tiernan Center, located at 380 Hub Etchison Parkway.

This year, the university will confer 560 baccalaureate degrees and 61 master’s degrees. The awarding of the degrees this year marks the most awarded in IU East’s history, surpassing last year’s milestone 532 baccalaureate degrees and 28 master’s degrees.CommencementNumbers

Indiana University Executive Vice President for University Academic Affairs John S. Applegate and IU East Chancellor Kathryn Cruz-Uribe will preside and address the 613 graduates eligible to receive IU degrees during the ceremony. The figures include degree recipients from December 2013 and candidates for May, June and August 2014.

“I am excited to experience my first IU East Commencement Ceremony. I am very proud of our students, and it has been a pleasure getting to know them during this past academic year. Congratulations to our largest graduating class,” Cruz-Uribe said.

During the ceremony, the first cohort of students in the Master of Science in Nursing and Master of Social Work will have degrees conferred. Also, the second cohort in the Master of Science in Management – graduate students completed this program in December 2013 – will receive their diplomas during the ceremony.

The ceremony will be broadcast via live stream video at iue.edu/live. The website also includes live commencement updates and commentary via Twitter and Facebook. Richmond residents can also watch the ceremony live on WCTV Channel 20.

Kelsey Meyer of Eaton, Ohio, will address fellow classmates during the ceremony as the student speaker. Meyer will receive a Bachelor of Science in Biology and was selected to address the 2014 class after auditioning for the honor. Meyer has been an ambassador with the Office of Admissions, in the Honors Program, and she has studied abroad at the University of Kent in Canterbury. She received this year’s Outstanding Student in Biology award. Meyer has been accepted to the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies at the University of Mount Union and she will begin there this May.

Kasey Stolle, as the recipient of the Naomi Osborne Award (an honor given to the graduate with the highest grade point average), will lead the graduating class during the alumni induction ceremony. Stolle will receive her Bachelor of Science in Biology. She has been accepted to the IU School of Optometry and she will begin there this fall.

For more information, visit iue.edu/commencement.