IU East receives 2015 Military Friendly® School designation

September 23rd, 2014

Indiana University East was named as a Military Friendly® School by Victory Media Inc., the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life. The list provides service members transparent, data-driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities.MilitaryFriendlySchoolLogo

The 2015 Military Friendly Schools® list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus. This is the sixth year Victory Media has released its list of Military Friendly® Schools. The list is available at militaryfriendlyschools.com.

“IU East has been named a Military Friendly® School for three years in a row. We are honored to be recognized as among the nation’s top universities, colleges and trade schools serving our military students,” Chancellor Kathryn Cruz-Uribe said. “We are committed to providing the support and services needed for our active and veteran military students to succeed.”

IU East has an estimated 190 veteran military students, of which 72 have applied to receive VA benefits.

Executive Vice Chancellor Larry Richards said, “As a military veteran myself, I am particularly proud to be able officially to call IU East a Military Friendly® School. With almost 200 veteran and military students and growing, this sector has become an increasingly significant portion of our student population.”

IU East provides bachelor’s and master’s degrees for military servicemembers and their adult dependent family members. As a military friendly institution, IU East’s flexible policies allow mobile servicemembers and their families to complete degrees rather than just accumulate course credit. Additionally, IU East helps its veteran students through the Student Veteran’s Organization which assists student service members in all areas of potential difficulty, particularly those related to academic success, the transition into civilian life and continuing military obligations.

The methodology used for making the Military Friendly® Schools list has changed the student veteran landscape to one much more transparent, and has played a significant role over the past six years in capturing and advancing best practices to support military students across the country. The survey captures over 50 leading practices in supporting military students and is available free of charge to the more than 8,000 schools approved for Post-9/11 GI Bill funding. As in past years, the 2015 Military Friendly® Schools results were independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology developed by Victory Media with input by its independent Academic Advisory Board.

About Military Friendly® Schools
The Military Friendly® Schools designation process includes extensive research and a data-driven survey of schools nationwide approved for Post-9/11 GI Bill funding. The school survey, methodology, criteria and weightings are developed with the assistance of an independent Academic Advisory Board comprised of educators from schools across the country, and are independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media. The survey is administered for free and open to all post-secondary schools who wish to participate. Criteria for consideration can be found on our website, militaryfriendly.com, and a complete list of schools can be found through our Schools Matchmaker tool on gijobs.com.

About Victory Media
Victory Media is a service-disabled, veteran-owned business serving the military community since 2001. Victory Media’s data-driven lists are published in G.I. Jobs®, Military Spouse, and Vetrepreneur® media channels, republished in periodicals such as USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Bloomberg BW, and frequently cited on national TV by NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and others.

IU East celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with campus, community events

September 18th, 2014

Indiana University East will present Alice Driver from 5-6 p.m. on Monday, September 22,  in the Whitewater Hall Community Room. Driver, a photojournalist in Mexico, will present on her upcoming book More or Less Dead. She will also talk about her work as a photographer and as a documentary filmmaker. Her documentary film is If Images Could Fill Our Empty Spaces.

The event is free and open to the public. The presentation is a part of Hispanic Heritage Month events at IU East. The event is sponsored by Mindful Explorations, courtesy of the William H. and Jean R. Reller Endowment, IU East Diversity grant, and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Driver will discuss issues related to border cities between Mexico and the United States including women’s issues, policing, violence, diversity, and culture. Driver researched these issues while a postdoctoral fellow at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in Mexico City where she worked with the Centro de Investigaciones sobre América del Norte.

Driver received her Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies from the University of Kentucky. Her writing has been featured in publications such as Al Jazeera, Ms. Magazine, Women’s Media Center, Salon, and Vela, and her photography has appeared in National Geographic. She is currently a consultant at the Inter-American Development Bank where she serves as a writer for the United Nations sponsored project Sustainable Energy for All.

She will visit classes and talk with faculty and staff while at IU East September 22-23.  She will also appear live on WETV Channel 20 at 11 a.m. on Monday, September 22.

IU East’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebration is September 13 to October 12 with several events and activities offered by the World Languages and Cultures department and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Throughout the month WCTV will air the “Let’s Talk” discussion on Hispanic Health. The discussion covers common health issues and obstacles experienced by Hispanics in Richmond as well as provides information about local resources available to help overcome health related barriers. The “Let’s Talk” series includes a comprehensive presentation by IU East faculty and leaders in the community.

IU East Spanish students are visiting Richmond elementary schools for Huevos verdes y jamon (Bilingual Storytelling) September 16-18 as part of a joint venture with the Campus Library and literacy movements. Students read books to the elementary students and speak about Hispanic Heritage Month.

The storytelling program is in its third year. The Campus Library purchases books and packets for IU East students to work with the elementary school students. The students also examine works by Xavier Garza, children’s author and illustrator. Garza will visit IU East to speak with students about his writing on Monday, October 13, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m., in the Whitewater Hall Community Room.

On Thursday, October 9, Spanish classes at IU East will create altars for Day of the Dead. Members of the campus are invited to contribute photos of loved ones. The classes will present their altars and speak about Day of the Dead via the Hispanicampus gallery project. The campus will vote for their favorite altar. The event begins at 1:30 p.m. in the Campus Library, located in Hayes Hall.

List of Hispanic Heritage Month Events at IU East

  • Room 912 Exhibit: IU East students who studied abroad in Argentina exhibit their artwork and research projects at IU East’s Room 912, located at 912 E. Main Street in Richmond, Ind., September 13-October 15
  • Hispanic Campus: Virtual Galleries feature Room 912 exhibit and Day of the Dead Altars, September 13-October 15
  • Huevos verdes y jamon (Bilingual Storytelling): IU East students visit Fairview Elementary School and Elizabeth Starr Academy, September 16-September 18
  • Alice Driver Visit: Alice Driver campus presentation, Whitewater Hall Community Room, Monday, 5-6 p.m., September 22
  • Day of the Dead Altar Building Competition: IU East Spanish classes create altars for Day of the Dead, Hayes Hall Campus Library Atrium, 1:30 p.m., Thursday, October 9
  • Xavier Garza Visit: Xavier Garza, children’s author and illustrator, will visit IU East to speak with students about his writing,  11:15-12:15 a.m., Whitewater Hall Community Room, Monday, October 13


IU East welcomes new faculty to the School of Humanities and Social Sciences

September 16th, 2014

Indiana University East is pleased to welcome its newest faculty in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Melissa Blankenship, visiting lecturer in English, received her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Non-Fiction from Murray State University and her Bachelor of Fine Arts in English with a Creative Writing minor from Indiana University East.MelissaBlankenship2

Previously, Blankenship was a teaching assistant and an adjunct instructor of English at IU East. She was also an instructor of English at Ivy Tech Community College. As an undergraduate, Blankenship was part of the IU East Honors Program and was named the 2008 IU East Naomi Osborne Scholar, awarded to the graduating senior with the highest grade point average, and she graduated with Highest Distinction. In 2007, she received a Summer Research Scholarship.

Blankenship has most recently published articles in Pressing News, Pressing Irons and Trivet Collectors of America, and The Trivet Collectors Network. She has presented at the Northeast Popular Culture Association Conference, and the 19th Undergraduate Intercampus Women’s/Gender Studies Conference.

ShayClammeShay Clamme, lecturer in criminal justice, received her Master of Public Administration with a Concentration in Criminal Justice and Criminology and her Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies with a Minor in Political Science and Criminal Justice from Ball State University.

Prior to joining IU East, Clamme was a program assistant at Indiana Wesleyan University. Formerly, she was a college program advisor and an instructor at Harrison College. She has also been an instructor at Ivy Tech Community College in Marion, Ind.GregDam

Gregory Dam, lecturer in psychology, received his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Northwestern University where he also completed his Master of Arts in Learning Sciences and a Graduate Specialization in Cognitive Science. He received his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Sacred Heart University, located in Fairfield, Conn.

Previoulsy, Dam was an adjunct instructor at Ohio Dominican University. Formerly, he worked at the University of Rio Grande as a psychology instructor, an NIH IRACDA Postdoctoral Fellow and a psychology instructor at Northeastern Illinois University.

He has published articles in PLoS One, Cognitive Science, Complexity, and Behavior Research Methods. He has presented at national conferences including the American Psychology Association Annual Convention most recently. His research interests are learning in biological and artificial systems.

AmandaKrahaAmanda Kraha, lecturer in psychology, received her Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of North Texas and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from Arkansas Tech University.

Previously, Kraha was a visiting lecturer at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. Formerly, she was a research consultant at the University of North Texas in the College of Information. She also worked as a research analyst for Elite Research, LLC, in Carrollton, Texas, and as a research participation pool coordinator for the University of North Texas Department of Psychology.

She has published articles in several publications including New School Psychology Bulletin, Memory, Stress and Health, Frontiers in Psychology, and a chapter in the book Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment. She has presented her papers at national and international conferences, including at the American Psychological Association.

In 2012, Kraha received an Academic Research Grant from Lafayette College and a Small Grant Program and Graduate Student Research Support and Fellowship Program awards in 2011 from the University of North Texas.

Eevett Loshek, lecturer in psychology, received her Master in Arts in Experimental Psychology from the University of North Dakota and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin LaCrosse. She received her Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of North Dakota.EevettLoshek

Previously, Loshek was an instructor and a lab instructor at the University of North Dakota while completing her doctorate degree.

Loshek’s research interests include women’s sexual assertiveness as it relates to gender and aging, attitudes on homophobia, and evolutionary psychology related to gender and feminism. She has published an article in Behavior Analyst Today and recently had an article accepted for publication in the Journal of Sex Research. She has had poster presentations at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Conference, Midwestern Psychological Association Conference, and the Northern Lights Conference.

She is a current member of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology and the American Psychology Association.

KatherineMillerKatherine Miller, assistant professor of anthropology, received her Master of Arts in Anthropology from Arizona State University and her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and a Minor in Religious Studies from Indiana University. She is a candidate for her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Arizona State University. Previously, Miller was a visiting lecturer at Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Honduras. Formerly, she was adjunct instructor at Kingsborough Community College, an instructor at Arizona State University, and an adjunct instructor at Mesa Community College.

Miller’s research interests include social organization, kinship, identity, household archaeology, human osteology, odontometry, biogeochemistry, cultural body modifications and Mesoamerican bioarchaeology.

Most recently, she received a Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant from the National Science Foundation for 2012-2014, among several other travel and research grants, honors and awards.

She has published an article in Yearbook Journal of Anthropological Archeology as well as manuscripts in American Anthropologist and the Journal of Anthropological Archeology.

Miller has presented at conferences nationally including the Annual American Anthropological Association Meeting and lectured nationally and internationally at universities and conferences. She is a current member of the American Association of Physical Anthropology, American Association of Anthropologists, American Chemical Society and the Society of America Archeology.

Tickets available for “One Book, Many Voices” featured author Peter Kageyama

September 12th, 2014

Indiana University East is celebrating its third year of the “One Book, Many Voices” project.  The project’s mission is 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.PeterKageyama

This year’s featured book is For the Love of Cities: The Love Affair Between People and Their Places by Peter Kageyama. Kageyama is the co-founder and producer of the Creative Cities Summit, an interdisciplinary event that brings together citizens and practitioners around the big idea of the city.  For the Love of Cities focuses on learning to “love,” contribute to, and talk about our cities in a new way.

According to Chera LaForge, assistant professor of political science and one of three co-chairs for this year’s event, the book was selected because of its theme of community engagement and celebration.

“In selecting Peter’s book, we continue to highlight IU East’s role as a ‘steward of place’ and our deep commitment to the community and the region we serve. In the past three years, we have seen tremendous positive change in Richmond and the surrounding area, including the Positive Place Initiative, the Stellar Community designation, and recently, the Our Town grant,” LaForge said.

“The book is, first and foremost, a celebration of what is already happening in our communities.  Our area already has a vibrant arts and culture scene and frequent special events and festivals, both things that Kageyama believe makes a city loveable. However, the book is also a call to action to encourage people to become more involved in their community. We think his visit will spur people to think about what they could do to make Richmond, Wayne County, and our surrounding areas more livable and loveable.”

The project will run from September through December 2014.  Kageyama will visit Richmond and speak at an event open to the public on Tuesday, October 21, as well as at the university’s annual Spirit of Philanthropy Luncheon on October 22.  Free tickets for the event on October 21 are now available at the Office of the Bursar, located in Whitewater Hall, at IU East.  In keeping with the community theme of this year’s selection, tickets are also available at the Innovation Center, located at 814 East Main Street, Richmond, and four local libraries (Union County, Hagerstown, Centerville, and Morrison-Reeves).

The “One Book, Many Voices” calendar features a diverse collection of events that intersect with major themes in Kageyama’s book. Some of these events have been designed with the “One Book, Many Voices” project in mind, and others simply connect thematically with the book.  Books are available for purchase at the IU East bookstore as well as available for borrowing at the Morrisson-Reeves Library.

“One of our biggest initiatives with the project is our Love Notes campaign through social media.” said Frances Yates, director of the Library and co-chair of the project. “We hope to start a conversation about what it is you love and cherish about your hometown.”

To participate, individuals can write a visual love note to their city by taking photographs of their favorite people, places, and things. Photographs can be posted to Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook with the #iueonebook hashtag.

“The love notes will be displayed at Kageyama’s talk and in a permanent collection at the IU East Library,” Yates said.

“We continue to see strong engagement from our community and campus partners with each year’s selection,” said Stephanie Hays-Mussoni, director of Gift Development and co-chair of the project.  “We hope that the book and Peter’s visit will resonate with community members.”

For more information about Peter Kageyama, visit fortheloveofcities.com.  For more information on the “One Book, Many Voices” project, contact Chera LaForge, assistant professor of political science,  at (765) 973-8304 or visit iue.edu/onebook.

IU East School of Nursing offers Family Nurse Practitioner program

September 12th, 2014

The Indiana University East School of Nursing will offer a third concentration for its Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) program. The Family Nurse Practitioner concentration will be available beginning the 2015 spring semester.

The graduate program began courses in fall 2011. The program provides registered nurses with advanced practice knowledge, through concentrations in nursing education, nursing administration and now family nurse practitioner.

The School of Nursing is accepting applications for students desiring a graduate degree.

This on-site program meets one Thursday per month from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. providing a consistent schedule to earn a graduate degree in six to seven consecutive semesters.
The deadline to apply is October 1, 2014. Classes begin January 12, 2015. More program information and the online application is available at iue.edu/nursing/msn.

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a special report in 2010 regarding the future of nursing. Several recommendations were made for registered nurses to engage in lifelong learning and advance their education.

“The M.S.N. program at IU East is centered on providing nurses with the education to effectively lead and advance health care within their communities,” said Associate Dean for Nursing Graduate Programs Tonya Breymier.

For more information, contact Tonya Breymier, associate dean for Nursing Graduate programs, at tbreymie@iue.edu or call (765) 973-8520.



IU East welcomes new faculty to the School of Natural Science and Mathematics

September 11th, 2014

Indiana University East is pleased to welcome its newest faculty in the School of Natural Science and Mathematics.JoshuaBeal

Joshua Beal, assistant professor of mathematics, received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Ohio University. He earned his Master of Science in Mathematics and his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Statistics from Miami University.

Before joining IU East, Beal was a mathematics instructor at Ohio University. Formerly, he taught mathematics at Columbus State Community College. His research interests include Stochastic processes, Stochastic calculus, probability theory, mathematical finance, and continuous and discrete optimization.

In 2010, Beal received an Outstanding Teacher Award from Ohio University in the College of Arts and Sciences. He received the Ying-Chien Chang Ohio University Mathematics Graduate Scholarship in 2008-2009 and the Zoltan Balogh Memorial Award from Miami University in 2005.

Ramesh Karki, visiting assistant professor of mathematics, received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Toledo. He earned his Master of Arts and his Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu, Nepal.RameshKarki

Previoulsy, Karki was an instructor in mathematics at the University of Toledo. Before attending and teaching at the University of Toledo, he was an instructor of mathematics at the Amrit Science Campus and at Kathmandu College, both affiliated with Tribhuvan University. His research interests include dynamical systems and partial differential equations.

Karki received the 2014 Academic Excellence Award, the 2013 Wayne Dancer Memorial Award, and the 2012 Charles Nicholas Memorial Award from the University of Toledo Department of Mathematics and Statistics. He has presented talks and seminars at conferences held nationally in the United States and in Nepal.

IU East presents Direct Contact Latin Jazz

September 9th, 2014

Indiana University East will bring Direct Contact Latin Jazz to the Richmond Music Festival, an event organized by the Starr-Gennett Foundation. The festival is Friday, September 12 through Sunday, September 14.DirectContact

Direct Contact will kick off Saturday’s Music on Main Street programming at 1 p.m. in front of IU East’s Room 912, on the E. Main Street stage between 9th and 10th streets. The Latin jazz band is brought to the festival by IU East’s Diversity Committee, Mindful Explorations, and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. The Mindful Explorations is courtesy of the William H. and Jean R. Reller Endowment.

Visitors may also visit the art gallery at Room 912 for a preview of a new exhibit featuring works inspired by Argentina, where a group of IU East students visited for a study abroad trip in May. Both the performance and the exhibit are a part of a series of Hispanic Heritage Month events at IU East.

Direct Contact includes 2013 Chicago Music Awards nominee Pavel Polanco-Safadit, who has teamed up with Henry Mancini’s bass player and 2013 Indianapolis Jazz Hall of Fame Inductee Steve Dokken, Tito Puente’s sax player Al Shikaly, Ball State University Director of Jazz Mark Buselli and Latin American music specialists Raul Padro and Andre Artist to form an incredible and super entertaining Latin jazz group.

Direct Contact Latin Jazz is known throughout the Midwest for its high-energy and challenging music, much in the vein of the modern pyrotechnicians of today’s Latin jazz. Featured as headliners in festivals, conventions, radio, television, and sharing the stage with major artists such as Dave Valentin, Direct Contact is a one of a kind group with a unique combination of flavors that will make your experience an unforgettable one.

The performance is a part of the annual weekend that celebrates the Starr-Gennett company’s Richmond history and Gennett Records impact on the music recording industry. This year the celebration has been expanded into the Richmond Music Festival, bringing together a variety of institutions and organizations including IU East, Earlham College, Richmond High School, the Richmond Art Museum, the Veteran’s Association, and the Downtown Business Group to celebrate Richmond’s musical and cultural heritage.

In addition to the Music on Main Street Fair, the festival features performances by the Jeff Hamilton Trio at 7:30 p.m. on September 12 at Earlham’s Goddard Auditorium; the Deacon Jones Blues Band at 7:30 p.m. September 14 at McGuire Hall; and September 15 is the Praise in the Park during the afternoon at Glen Miller Park, followed by the Tom Daughtery Band in Veteran’s Park that evening. For a calendar of events, visit Richmond Music Festival at visitrichmond.org.


 Photo Cutline: Pavel Polanco-Safadit of Direct Contact Latin Jazz band will play in Richmond September 13.

IU East welcomes new clinical assistant professor to the School of Education

September 9th, 2014

Indiana University East is pleased to welcome its newest faculty member in the School of Education. Denise Dallmer, clinical assistant professor in education, joined IU East at the start of the fall 2014 semester.
Dallmer received her Ph.D. and Master of Arts in Education Theory and Practice from The Ohio State University. She received her Bachelor of Art in International Studies and Spanish from Miami University.

Previously, she was an associate professor of education in the College of Education and Human Services at Northern Kentucky University. She was formerly a faculty member in the Department of Education at Wilmington College.

Dallmer has received a number of grants including most recently the 2013 Summer Fellowship Grant and the Faculty Senate Project Grant in 2012 from Northern Kentucky University. In 2007, she was the University Recipient of the Award for Sustained Excellence and Creative Activity.

She has presented papers at international, regional and national conferences as well as published articles in Information Age Publishers, Kentucky Middle School Journal, and The International Journal of Learning among many others.

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

Lingles, Vigran Family Foundation inducted to prestigious IU Presidents Circle

September 8th, 2014

Paul and Patricia Lingle and the Vigran Family Foundation have been recognized for their philanthropy, strong support and dedication to Indiana University East. Both were inducted to the IU Presidents Circle August 29 at a ceremony held in Bloomington, Ind.PresidentsCircle

Indiana University inducted 194 individuals into its most prestigious donor recognition society, the Presidents Circle, which honors individuals whose lifetime giving to IU has reached $100,000. IU President Michael A. McRobbie and IU Foundation President and CEO Dan Smith presided over the ceremony.

Established in 1992, the Presidents Circle honors Indiana University’s most generous donors. New Presidents Circle members were presented with a personalized medallion cast with a portion of the original carillon bells that once rang in the IU Bloomington Student Building. In addition, their names were added to the honor wall in the Indiana Memorial Union.

Paul and Patricia Lingle are dedicated to IU East and have given their time, counsel and financial support to further the campus and east central Indiana.

Paul Lingle is president of Lingle Real Estate, and is a well-known in business and community leader in Wayne County. In 2012, he received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from IU East, recognizing his three-part formula for a strong community: a good health system, a vibrant arts scene, and outstanding educational services.  He is also a member of the IU East Board of Advisors.

Paul and Patricia Lingle established the Lingle Scholars Program at IU East in 2005 to help keep the best and brightest students in Wayne County. The four-year scholarship is offered to incoming freshmen enrolled in the IU East Honor’s Program. Additionally, the Lingles have supported IU East through the Lingle Family Foundation, which is led by Paul, Pat and their two daughters, Julie Lingle Gardner and Laura Lingle Luth.

Stanley Vigran was a lifelong resident of Richmond, Ind. He was involved in many civic projects, and he was especially instrumental in establishing Indiana University East and is considered one of the founders of the institution. He believed strongly that the campus had a tremendous capacity to drive significant, long-term economic growth. He served as a member of the Wayne County Foundation Board.

Stanley Vigran created the Vigran Family Foundation to support causes in education, religion and the arts. The Vigran family continues to run the foundation today. Gary and Ross Vigran are active participants in choosing organizations and projects to fund through the foundation.

In 2011, the Vigran Family Foundation made a significant contribution to IU East and Reid Hospital & Health Care Services to create and support a medical education program. The partnership, in collaboration with the Indiana University School of Medicine, provides an opportunity for IU medical students to complete their third- and fourth-year clinical clerkships in Richmond.

About the IU Foundation
Founded in 1936, the IU Foundation maximizes private support for IU by fostering lifelong relationships with key stakeholders and providing advancement leadership and fundraising services for campuses and units across the university.

Today, the foundation oversees one of the largest public university endowments in the country with a market value of nearly $1.7 billion. In fiscal year 2013, IU received $305.9 million in support from the private sector. IU is consistently ranked among the top four of Big Ten universities in annual voluntary support.


Photo Cutline: (Left to Right) Rob Quigg, IU East Chancellor Kathryn Cruz-Uribe, Paul Lingle, Patricia Lingle, and Gary Vigran

IU East students to exhibit artwork, research from Argentina study abroad trip

September 8th, 2014

Indiana University East students who studied abroad in Argentina this past May as part of a civilization and culture online course will exhibit their projects at the university’s Room 912, located at 912 E. Main Street in Richmond, Ind. The exhibit will be on display from September 13 to October 15 as part of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Twelve students visited cities including metropolitan Buenos Aires and went horseback riding on a gaucho farm. The students toured the subtropical rain forest of Iguazú. All students completed a research project while there, May 17-24.


Dianne Moneypenny, assistant professor of World Languages and Cultures at IU East, said the students will present their artwork and research from the trip to the community. She said students chose an area of research and then visualized this research with a fine arts piece instead of a traditional paper. The exhibit includes pottery, installation pieces, paintings, sculpture, and more.

Moneypenny said study abroad opportunities are important for students.

“The student feedback on the trip was fantastic. The trip enhanced their classroom learning; in fact the experiences on the ground far surpassed anything I could have attempted in the classroom,” Moneypenny said.

She mentioned that some of the students had never flown, never left the country, and had never been in a taxi before the study abroad course.

“Many now feel confident traveling abroad on their own and, by the end of the trip, some even considered seeking employment internationally after graduation.  That simply would not have even been on their radar before having this experience.  It was so rewarding to witness as an educator,” Moneypenny said.

Jennifer Perkins, a student at IU East completing her communications degree online, said she wanted to go on this trip to help her understand another culture.  As a high school student, Perkins had traveled to England while studying British literature and found the experience beneficial to be immersed in the culture she learned about.

“The trip to Argentina allowed me to use knowledge I have gained from numerous classes while enrolled at IU East.  Not only was I able to see and respect the history and the land from the course connected to the trip, but I also practiced my Spanish from the two semesters I have taken, worked on my nonverbal communication skills when the Spanish failed me, and relied heavily on my cultural communication information,” Perkins said.

Perkins said as a communications major, she focused on nonverbal communication while in Argentina.

“I listened to the rate of speech, looked at how close or far individuals stood from one another in various settings, paid attention to the volume of speech, and noted various gestures,” Perkins said.

Teddy Criswell of New Castle, Ind., said he wanted to go on the trip to improve his Spanish. He has taken the foreign language course in high school and college, but wanted to experience speaking and hearing Spanish in everyday life. Also, he said he is a vivid outdoorsman and he wanted to visit the wingshooting capital of the world, Argentina.

While in Argentina, Criswell studied the country’s law enforcement.

“My project is about the presence of law enforcement in Argentina. I looked at the cops and how they are different and similar to ours here in the USA. The reason I chose this was because I am a criminal justice major and it fit in well with what I am studying,” Criswell said.

In Argentina, students toured Buenos Aires including the Plaza de Mayo, home to Casa Rosada, the Metropolitan Cathedral, where Pope Frances practiced as well as his modest apartment building located next door, toured Eva Peron’s grave and took a Tigre River delta cruise.  They attended a Tango show to learn the history of the dance and took Tango lessons.

In Iguazú the class group went to a rainforest animal rehabilitation center and to the point where Paraguay, Brazil, and Argentina meet.

“We hiked 10 miles through the rainforest to Iguazú falls, the widest waterfalls in the world.  We even did a boat ride that showered us with the falls’ water!  Ponchos were for naught,” Moneypenny said. “The students loved the food, particularly the steak.  At the gaucho meal, we received five different meats: sausage, blood sausage, chicken, thin steak, and an inch thick steak. We wondered when the meats would end.”

Moneypenny said the travel course was possible because of the support received from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, the International Studies Committee including Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs Larry Richards, Vice Chancellor of Administration and Finance Dan Dooley, Interim Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences Ross Alexander, Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships Sarah Soper, Star Johnson in the Office of Administration and Finance, and scholarships from Robert Starr Jordan and Eleanor Turk.