Academic outreach connects expertise and opportunity

Academic outreach connects expertise and opportunity

The IU East Campus Library is an active place this summer! We hosted two Third Grade Academy (TGA) classes, coordinated the 2nd annual Crime Camp, produced two new educational television shows in collaboration with WCTV, and are the site for the Center for Service-Learning tutoring program.  Seventy-five IU East faculty, staff and students have impacted 70 youth with interactive educational programs that focus on a range of literacy skills in reading math, and science, as well as critical thinking and cultural arts. In this week’s blog we feature TGA and Crime Camp.

“I love to read now!” ~ TGA participant

third grade academy pics

During Third Grade Academy, 24 students joined us for 4 weeks, experiencing the many interesting activities IU East has available. Thanks to these IU East faculty and staff who made learning fun for students!
Reading activities by Lee Ann Adams, Denice Honaker, and Jerry Wilde
Special programs by Kara Bellew (money), Diane Baker (health care simulation), Dr. Simrin Banga (India), Amy Schrock (Spain), Tim Scales (rock painting), KT Lowe (Japanese calligraphy, poetry), Marisa Vanzant (squirrel feeders), Kyle Wright (trail clean up), Athletes (sports), Rufus & Amanda Vance (games), Carla Coombs and Martina Chomel (sundaes in The Den), and Mary Freeland (physical education)
Listeners Jack Hagenjos, Jaimie Rippey, Carla Bowen, Bailey Schroeder, Nancy Schlichte, Tracy Amyx, May Moore, Amber Hall, Marisa Vanzant, Danielle Nuss, Kim Ladd, Beth South, Matt Dilworth, Linda Melody-Cottongim, Vicki Bishop, Latishea Varnesdeel, and Vicki Chasteen
Celebration program – Chancellor Cruz-Uribe and Latishea Varnesdeel
Library facilities and services – Beth South, Marisa Vanzant, KT Lowe, Matt Dilworth

We’ve enjoyed being host site for this program since 2009 and this year collaboratively planned IU East activities with teachers Joani Sullivan, Derek Summan, Sara Frakes, Katie Strohm-Morales, and Teri Melo. We welcome them in future summers!

“It’s criminal how much fun Crime Camp is” ~ faculty participant

crime camp

The ten hour Crime Camp experience, generously sponsored by Premier Toyota Nissan of Richmond, brought together a select group of middle school students to examine, analyze and solve a crime. Thanks to the knowledge of IU East faculty, staff and students, 20 Crime Camp participants learned about evidence analysis, witness interrogation, and other skills needed to critically evaluate people and situations to solve crimes.

Special skills that were shared:
program coordination, script, crime scene, self-defense training – KT Lowe
gangs, interrogation, crime solving logic – Dr. Mengie Parker
handwriting analysis, fingerprinting, crime solving logic – Dr. Stephanie whitehead
blood grouping, dna analysis crime lab – Simran Banga, Anna Moser, Kelly Parker, Austin Barancin, Neil Sabine
criminal profiling – Shay Clamme
sketch artist – Ed Thornburg
wound analysis and care, program volunteer – Diane Baker, Dana Mathews, Whitney Ford, Cristina Berry, Ashley Patton
Completion celebration – Tim Metcalfe of Premier Toyota Nisssan
Certificate presentations – Dr. Ross Alexander
recruitment and registrations – Kierstan Barbre
tshirt design – Katie Kruth
food services – The Den
crime scene coroner role – Michelle King
Campus police officer Tim Swift
Library staff – Marisa Vanzant, Beth South
Wayne county prosecuting attorney – Mike Shipman

Fulfilling the mission…

This summer of service is reflective of the library mission “to provide resources and services that support the academic engagement and research of diverse participants in our teaching and learning community” and we look forward to continuing our tradition of service, in all its forms.
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