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Spring 2014 Volume 4 Issue 1

p.15 In 1993, Jenny Longnecker overcame obstacles and her fear of heights to find clarity atop a peak overlooking Zion National Park. Today, the peak carries her name.



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Chancellor: Kathryn Cruz-Uribe Director OF Alumni Relations: Terry Hawkins Wiesehan, BA’96 Director OF Communications & Marketing: John Oak Dalton WRITER/Editor: Hali Cartee GRAPHIC DESIGNERS: Liz Johnson and Katie Kruth PHOTOGRAPHY: Greg Pyle and Lindsey Rush DIRECTOR OF SPORTS INFORMATION: Kyle Wright IU East Alumni Association: Officers 2013-2015     


President: Trisha Renner, BS’08 Vice President: Trevor Jones-Grimes, BSW’08 Secretary: Amber Hall, BA’06 Immediate Past President: Abby Clapp BA’08

BOARD MEMBERS Carolyn Britt, BSN’01, MSN’04  Jeff Cappa, AS’98  Kelly Coffman, BS’13  Angela Fairchild, BS’97  Pam Haager, BS’92  Rena Holcomb, BA’06  Ron Martin, ASN’06, BSN’10  Sommer Martin, BSN’10  Kraig Rose, BS’13, BA’13  Rachel Selby, BS’12  Jaime Shuler, BSN’13 Rick St. John, BS’13  Alyssa Tegeler, BS’11  Kate Vu, BS’08  Blake Watson, AS’05, BSW’07

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WTA Dubai Winners share IU East ties


Steward of Place Installation Ceremony


Red Wolves on the Trail Athletes cross the country to represent IU East


From the First Tee To First in Ten


500 Princess Brooke Sahm


Jenny’s Peak


School Notes


Outside the Radius Courtney Crozier


Room 912 Celebrates Opening


Straight from the classroom Seth Strait

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WTA Dubai

winners share IU East ties


red Wolves ruled the desert at the Women’s Tennis Association’s (WTA) Dubai destination.

Indiana University East online students swept the women’s singles and doubles championships at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in late February. Venus Williams won the singles title at the WTA Dubai event. Alla Kudryavtseva and Anastasia Rodionova won the doubles championship. Williams, Kudryavtseva and Rodionova all are enrolled in baccalaureate online degree completion programs at IU East. “I love the IU East sweep. We took it all in Dubai. I can’t wait until more members of the WTA join the Red Wolf team,” Williams said, referring to the IU East mascot. “Soon there will be a Red Wolf winning every week!” Williams won 6-3, 6-0 against Alize Cornet in the singles championship match. Williams, who resides in Florida, now has won 45 career singles championships, including seven Grand Slam titles. She is enrolled in the business administration program at IU East.


Kudryavtseva and Rodionova won 6-2, 5-7, 10-8 against Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears in the doubles championship match for their second tournament win as a pair in 2014. Rodionova, who resides in Melbourne, Australia, is 21st in the WTA doubles world rankings (as of March 3) and is enrolled in the business administration program. Kudryavtseva, who resides in Moscow, Russia, is 22nd in the WTA doubles world rankings and is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. IU East and the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) agreed this past August that the university is the primary provider for baccalaureate online degree completion programs for WTA players. WTA players have been enrolled at IU East since the spring 2013 term. IU East online degree programs offer the high quality of an Indiana University degree to students throughout Indiana, nationally and internationally.

seva said. “I (didn’t) think I would ever be adventurous enough to join an online program. But with help of advisers from both organizations, it was easy, and now I am one of the students at IU East and the Red Wolves family. “It is very hard balancing the two occupations, but it gives a fantastic opportunity for personal growth. Managing my time wisely was never easy for me, but my classes have been so interesting that I found new organizational skills within. So far it is going great, and I really hope to be able to get my B.A. while still on the tour to have better job opportunities after tennis.”

“Together with WTA, Indiana University East created this great opportunity for our education, and I am very grateful for it.”

“Together with WTA, IU East created this great opportunity for our education, and I am very grateful for it,” Kudryavt-

IU East’s online programs offer 10 options for students who wish to complete their bachelor’s degree online. IU East currently offers bachelor’s degrees online in English, Technical and Professional Writing, Natural Science and Mathematics, a Mathematics Concentration, Communication Studies, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Political Science, Psychology,

-Alla Kudryavtseva

(Left to right) Anastasia Rodionova and Alla Kudryavtseva won the doubles championship match at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in late February. The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) players are enrolled in baccalaureate online degree completion programs at IU East.

General Studies and an RN to BSN Mobility Option. IU East also offers a Graduate Certificate in Composition Studies.


“I have been able to have the flexibility to study while still maintaining a successful career and planning for my life after tennis at the same time,” Williams said. “Being a student and a professional athlete takes focus. I use all the lessons I have learned in sport and apply this same discipline and drive to my education.”

Founded in 1973, the WTA is the global leader in women’s professional sport with more than 2,500 players representing 92 nations.


WTA players are currently enrolled at IU East.

A competitive


for your


IU East now offers graduate programs in: Master of Arts in ENGLISH Master of Arts in TEACHING MATHEMATICS Master of Science in Education Master of Science in Management Master of Science in Nursing Master of Social Work Transition to Teaching Graduate Certificate in COMPOSITION STUDIES (online) Graduate Certificate in MATHEMATICS (online) 5

Steward of Place: The Installation Ceremony of IU East’s sixth chancellor focuses on commitment to community, vision for the university. (Top) Valerie Shaffer, ’05, was a guest speaker at the Installation Ceremony of Chancellor Kathryn Cruz-Uribe. (Bottom) Guests applaud during the Installation Ceremony of Chancellor Kathryn Cruz-Uribe held October 25, 2013, in the Historic Pennsylvania Railroad Depot. The railroad depot was chosen because it is symbolic of the institution’s roots in the region and the university’s commitment to research and service that advance the economic and cultural development of the region.



It was only fitting for the Installation Ceremony of Indiana University East Chancellor Kathryn Cruz-Uribe to be held in one of Richmond’s most historic landmarks, a building that had once been the hub of travel and community yet today stands renovated and ready for the next phase. The Installation Ceremony was held as one of the culminating events of IU East’s 2013 Homecoming Week. In addition to the traditional campus events and activities, IU East took its Homecoming to the community by hosting events in the Depot District including the university’s first parade, the installation ceremony and a Block Party that included a zip line over Fort Wayne Avenue. The university also built a new public park area during its “Make a Difference Day.” The park, located by Fire House

BBQ and Blues at 400 N. 8th St., was built by faculty, staff and students who volunteered for a Day of Service. The move to have Homecoming activities and the Installation Ceremony in the Depot District symbolized the university’s deep commitment to the community and the region it serves. The installation ceremony – themed “A Steward of Place” – served as the formal charging of a new chancellor by the president of Indiana University and the Board of Trustees. An installation ceremony is a significant moment in the life of the university, connecting longstanding traditions and symbols to the promises of a bright and inspiring future. The railroad depot was chosen because it is symbolic of the institution’s roots in the region and the university’s commitment to research and service that advance the economic and cultural development of the region. “Daniel Burnham, as a pioneer in city and urban planning, understood that physical structures were a means of community connectedness, and he exemplified the importance of fostering a deep sense

“Many people, including faculty, staff and most importantly, students, have told me that IU East is like a family and we are rightly very proud of that. The personal attention and support we give our students is one of our greatest assets,” CruzUribe said. “As we have grown, we have continued to foster student success, and the evidence of our success is clear. In 2013, we conferred almost 550 bachelor’s degrees, compared to 150 in 2005. And I challenge us to continue to improve student persistence and completion rates in the future.” IU East was established in July 1971 out of the request of the community to provide higher education opportunities for the residents of the region. Cruz-Uribe said that connection to the community will continue. “As stewards of place, our faculty, staff and students are committed to furthering community initiatives, programs, and growth,” Cruz-Uribe said.“ IU East works with communities all over our service region. Campus and community learn from each other, to the benefit of everyone.”

of community through his work,” Cruz-Uribe said. Burnham was the Depot architect. During the ceremony Chancellor Cruz-Uribe outlined three main themes the campus will focus on to plan for its future. The themes encompass change that is grounded in values, including academic excellence and innovation; dedication to student success; and serving as a steward of place. “Contrary to popular belief, higher education does change, and IU East is an example of the capabilities of an institution to change. But no matter how we have changed at IU East, we have remained grounded in our core mission to ‘challenge students to grow intellectually and personally in a supportive and scholarly environment.’ Intellectual growth is what excites me about education. As educators, our ultimate goal is to instill a love and passion for learning that lasts a lifetime,” Cruz-Uribe said.


While IU East embraces change through innovation – including serving students through online education, campus traditions, and a thriving and vibrant campus life – the university will remain dedicated to student success.

In the time since the installation ceremony, Cruz-Uribe has continued moving forward to establish a shared vision for IU East. In fall 2013, faculty and staff met in various groups to discuss the vision and values for IU East. The “Campus Portrait Survey” was a preliminary exercise related to strategic planning that began at the start of the spring semester in January.

As stewards of place, our faculty, staff and students are committed to furthering community initiatives, programs and growth. Chancellor Kathryn Cruz-Uribe

Cruz-Uribe has formed a campus Strategic Planning Team that will develop and monitor an integrated and continuous strategy process. The team is an institution-wide body, incorporating individuals across different offices and includes a member of the community, a student and an alumnus. President Michael McRobbie, in fall 2013, asked all university vice presidents, chancellors, deans and all other units of the university to begin planning and development for the Indiana University’s Strategic Plan for the Bicentenary. IU East and the regional campuses are preparing their individual strategic plans to be completed by 2014-2015, which will then be integrated into a university-wide plan. “I am excited about engaging in a fresh and dynamic process, and look forward to developing a plan that captures the very best thinking of our community and translates our vision and values into actions. We have a wonderful story to tell and many more chapters to write,” Cruz-Uribe said.


Steward of Place: Chancellor Kathryn Cruz-Uribe is the university’s sixth chancellor and will have completed her first year July 1, 2014. The chancellor’s first year at IU East has been filled with memorable


moments including the first day of the fall semester and handing out her first Red Wolf t-shirt to students at the Welcome Back to Homecoming. Here is a look back at the highlights.

1. IU East’s sixth Chancellor Kathryn Cruz-Uribe has her first formal portrait. 2. Chancellor Cruz-Uribe welcomes community supporters, faculty, staff and students to the Spirit of Philanthropy Luncheon. 3. During Homecoming, the chancellor hosted students at different Depot District restaurants for lunch.


4. The chancellor talked with guests following her Installation Ceremony held in the Historic Pennsylvania Railroad Depot. 5. Ed Thornburg, art lecturer, and the chancellor discuss one of the pieces at the opening of IU East’s newest gallery, classroom and studio space, Room 912. 6. Chancellor Cruz-Uribe talks with a nursing student during a Homecoming lunch at Roscoe’s Coffee Bar and Tap Room.


7. The chancellor’s first Homecoming included dancing and lighting of the traditional lanterns. 8. Chancellor Cruz-Uribe celebrates as she is announced as IU East’s sixth chancellor at the Installation Ceremony. 9. Chancellor Cruz-Uribe is welcomed to Red Wolf Nation by IU East’s top wolf, Rufus the Red Wolf. 10. The chancellor officially opens the new Hayes Hall parking lot during a ribbon cutting ceremony with the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce, faculty and staff. 11. Chancellor Cruz-Uribe hands out her first IU East Red Wolves t-shirt to a student at the Welcome Back. 12. Driven by her husband, Gene Cruz-Uribe, the chancellor is in IU East’s first Homecoming Parade held in the Depot District. 13. Chancellor Cruz-Uribe talks with Doc Hendley, author of Wine to Water and this year’s “One Book, Many Voices” featured book, during the Spirit of Philanthropy Luncheon. 14. Chancellor Cruz-Uribe, Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs Larry Richards, and former IU East Chancellors Nasser Paydar, David Fulton and Charlie Nelms at the Installation Ceremony. 15. Gene Cruz-Uribe, an Egyptologist and professor of History at IU East, kicked off the day of the Installation Ceremony at the faculty and staff breakfast. They are wearing the official plaid of IU.









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Vancouver, Wash.

Crater Lake, Ore. November 2010: Carlie Rider warmed up for the NAIA Cross Country National Championship in Vancouver, Wash., with a chilly walk on the beach along the Pacific Ocean near the OregonWashington border.


October 2009: Snowy conditions atop Mount Mazama prevented the men’s basketball team from getting a glimpse of the actual Crater Lake, but there were breathtaking views on the ride up the mountain.

November 2013: Collin Burris (pictured) and Seth Prince made a whirlwind trip to Kansas for the NAIA Cross Country National Championship.

Lawrence, Kan.

WOLVES on the


Athletes cross the country to represent IU East

Red Wolf Nation truly stretches from sea to shining sea. The athletic teams have represented Indiana University East in 17 states since joining the NAIA in 2007. IU East athletes have trekked to the Atlantic and Pacific coasts and numerous notable points in between.


“It happens on almost every road trip. People see our athletes in their Red Wolves gear and ask us to tell them more about IU East,” said men’s basketball coach Mark Hester. “There is a saying that ‘athletics are the front porch to a university,’ and through our athletes’ travels, people get a very positive ‘front porch’ impression of IU East.”

September 2013: Two Pittsburgh-area schools joined IU East in the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in 2012, resulting in frequent trips to the Steel City for Red Wolf teams. The volleyball team enjoyed this view from above after a ride on the Duquesne Incline.

New York, N.Y. Pittsburgh, Pa.

November 2013: The men’s basketball team traveled to The Big Apple and took in all the sights, including Times Square.

St. Louis, Miss.

January 2012: Many a Red Wolf team, including men’s basketball, passed by the Gateway Arch en route to contests against fellow Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference member Saint Louis College of Pharmacy.

Daytona Beach, Fla. April 2012: The cheer and dance squad hit the beach in between performances at the NCA/NDA NAIA Invitational.



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Mark Bevins was a champion golfer at IU East. Now he coaches football for a champion team.

However, IU East is an unlikely cradle of football coaches. Simple reason: No football program. Undefeated - but unattempted - since the school’s founding in 1971.

Mark Bevins’ football experience when he strode to the first tee for a round of golf with Northeastern High School football coach Mike Roeder in the summer of 2012 consisted of years playing armchair quarterback for his beloved Cleveland Browns - and not much else.

“I laughed a little bit when he talked about the position at first because I have not had much experience with football before this,” Bevins said. “No football at Tri-Village and no football at IU East.

The initial reaction when Roeder suggested that Bevins join the football coaching staff at Northeastern? A chuckle.

“The game is different when you are attempting to coach 12-to 15-year-olds than it is sitting at home watching the world champion Cleveland Browns destroy the NFL.”

Bevins does possess an athletics resume worthy of a coaching career. He played golf for four years at Indiana University East while earning his Bachelor of Science in Education with a concentration in Social Studies. He already had experience coaching high school golf teams.


Yet by the time Bevins and Roeder walked off the 18th green, the groundwork was in place for Bevins to take a spot on the Northeastern football coaching staff.

Bevins was one of many IU East graduates involved in coaching at the high school and college level during the 2013-14 school year (see page 14). Because of the learning curve with a new sport, he faced perhaps the biggest adjustment making the transition from athlete to coach.

Bevins went into the summer of 2012 with, in his words, “no teaching position, no football coaching notions,” and plans to coach the National Trail High School (Ohio) boys varsity golf team, as he had done the previous fall. By the end of the summer, he had a position lined up as a history and geography teacher at Northeastern, resulting in that round of golf that led to a spot on the football coaching staff. Bevins joined the Northeastern football coaching staff for the fall of 2013. He served as head coach for the junior high program and an assistant coach for the varsity. He had a sideline view as Northeastern won a share of a conference championship for the first time since the school began playing football in the mid-1970s. “(Roeder) was very interested in having teachers to coach the junior high football team,” Bevins recalled. “He had had coaches in the past help, but there hadn’t been any teachers on staff to help. It is nice to have the ability for a teacher to coach because they are already in the building and have the ability to get to know the students even better

than someone who doesn’t spend the rest of day with them. “I really enjoyed getting to know a sport I love and little more in-depth than I had in the past. I really enjoyed the new experience with the students and intend on coaching next season as well.” Bevins also coaches the sport in which he made his mark at IU East – golf. His first Northeastern boys varsity team went 10-1 in head-to-head matches, shared the conference championship and defeated 31 of 41 opponents in tournament play. “I have a passion for teaching young minds as well as passion for the game of golf,” Bevins said. “Teaching has afforded me the ability to work with students that are full of energy and potential. As a coach I wanted to help mold and harness this energy on the golf course. Golf is much more than simply a sport. Golf teaches a lot of life lessons such as honesty, respect and hard work. If you are devoid of those three characteristics then you will need math skills to attempt to calculate your strokes on the golf course because you won’t be successful on the golf course or in life.” Bevins is still the only Red Wolf golfer to win medal honors at the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tourna-

ment. He finished atop the leaderboard at the 2008 league meet, helping the Red Wolves capture IU East’s first KIAC championship in any sport. Bevins was the athletic department’s Men’s Academic-Athlete of the Year, given to the upperclassman with the highest grade point average, as a junior and senior. “I thoroughly enjoyed my time that I spent at IU East,” Bevins recalled. “I was attracted to IU East for many reasons. It was not going to break the bank, I could stay at or close to home, I could continue my golf experience, and I could get a world-class education from world-class educators so that I could become a world-class educator myself.

around me, both family and faculty, to persevere,” Bevins said. “I was able to graduate from IU East with minimal college loans, a world class education, and the molded mental fortitude to survive in the ‘real’ world. “I had terrific experiences learning new ideas and ways to look at golf when I was in school. It afforded the opportunity to travel with the team around the country and play the best game in the world. It gave me experiences and stories that I still use today to help coach those students on the golf course and on the football field. It may not be

“It gave me experiences and stories that I still use today to help coach those students on the golf course and on the football field.”

Bevins juggled a daily commute, a 40-houra-week job, a regular class load and four years of golf during his time at IU East.

“There were many times throughout my college career that I could have dropped some classes, dropped my job, or dropped golf, but I was continually encouraged by those

-Mark Bevins

considered sage advice from a 26-year-old, but when I have ‘been there and done that,’ it helps illustrate to the student-athletes just what they can accomplish in life and on the field of play.”



Coach Beaman recently completed his first season as the boys basketball coach at Randolph Southern High School in Lynn, Ind., a 20-minute shot up U.S. 27 from IU East.


Beaman (General Studies, 1996) jumped back into coaching at the varsity level this past winter after a prior five-year stint as the boys varsity head coach at Seton Catholic High School in Richmond.


Scott Beaman

Mark Bevins was one of many IU East graduates actively involved in coaching this past school year. Here is a look at some of the IU East alumni now in coaching positions nationwide.

Victoria (Hicks) Bevins Coach Bevins got an offer she couldn’t refuse when she interviewed for what she thought was an opening for a fourth-grade teacher at Centerville Elementary, just west of Richmond. “The day I went in for my interview, they asked me if I would be willing to coach varsity volleyball,” Bevins recalls. “I said yes but that I wasn’t sure I was ready to jump right in since it would be my first year of marriage and my first year of teaching. However, I found out that the job and coaching were a bit of a package deal. There was no way I was walking away from my dream teaching job so I said yes! It turned out to be one of the best decisions. Teaching and coaching a varsity sport is hard work but it was very worthwhile.” Bevins (Elementary Education, 2013), who played two seasons of volleyball at IU East, directed Centerville to a 19-9 season. Her debut year included sectional and county runner-up finishes and the Cowan Invitational championship. Cowan was the reigning state champion.

David Sanders Coach Sanders pulls triple duty for IU East, serving as an assistant coach for the track and field, cross country and men’s basketball teams - all on top of his day job with Richmond Community Schools as a corporate paraprofessional.

Beaman led Seton’s transition to IHSAA-level varsity play during his time with the Cardinals.

Lauren Crump Coach Crump still knows nothing but 30-win seasons. Crump spent her first year after her graduation from IU East on the volleyball coaching staff at Clarkson University, an NCAA Division III program in Potsdam, N.Y. Crump helped the Golden Knights to a 36-7 season that included a trip to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Division III national tournament. “I found it easy to transition from a player to a coach,” said Crump (Communications, 2013), who was the setter for four 30-win teams at IU East between 2009 and 2012. “Being a four-year captain of the volleyball team, I found that the roles were similar. The obvious difference is playing time; as a coach, you get zero time on the court. A coach’s playing time, or time to shine, is at practice behind the scenes. That is where my true passion for the sport comes alive. As an assistant coach, my job was to learn my head coach’s philosophy and sell it to the players while secretly taking notes of my own. I enjoyed this part of coaching. I enjoyed learning a new philosophy, seeing it in the works, and being a part of its success. The thing I like most about the art of coaching is that there is no one formula or absolute way to do it. My philosophy and coaching style is completely unique to me. It is a direct representation of my experiences as a player and vision as a coach.”

“I’ve known ever since middle school that I wanted to coach in some capacity,” said Sanders (General Studies, 2013), who holds multiple IU East school records in basketball and track and field. “I wanted to coach here because I have so much invested in IU East. I’ve been here for five years in the athletic department, and I took a lot of pride in playing here, so I want to be here and give back and help out with the athletes here.”

Tyler Rigby Coach Rigby recently completed his second season as IU East’s men’s basketball assistant coach. Rigby (Secondary Education, 2012) also serves as an assistant coach for the Red Wolf cross country and track and field teams and as the coordinator for the Graf Center fitness and recreation area.


“It made sense (to coach at IU East) because I’ve dedicated so much time here and have an emotional commitment to IU East,” said Rigby, who still holds the school record for NAIA career points. “The opportunity to coach here gives me another way to give back to the university because it has given me a lot over my years here.”

Brent Ross Coach Ross directed the most successful boys basketball season in school history at Northeastern High School, a short drive up U.S. 27 north from IU East. Ross (General Studies, 2004) led the 2013-14 Knights to the school’s first boys basketball sectional championship. Ross’ team finished 22-3, setting a school record for victories. Ross played and coached at IU East prior to starting his high school coaching career. He previously coached the National Trail boys and the Northeastern girls.




The timing was perfect.

Standing at the top of a peak located in the remote northwest portion of Zion National Park in Utah, Jenny (Barnes) Longnecker had a life-changing moment. It was a moment that brought some clarity and options to her future. It was her “ah-hah” moment. The Trip In May 1993, Jenny (Barnes) Longnecker, BSN ’97, traveled with then visiting lecturer of anthropology Rob Tolley to Utah as part of an archaeology course to study Southwestern prehistory and to experience the outdoors through camping and hiking. Tolley, now a senior lecturer in anthropology and sociology, has led 18 trips to Utah over the course of his tenure at IU East, taking an estimated 200 students into the field.

In the early 1990s, an Indiana University East student named Jenny, who was considering quitting school, came out with her professor and some other students to hike/climb this peak. Despite being frightened at times because of a fear of heights, she made it to the summit and was so moved by the whole experience that it changed her life. Now she is happy and successful. –

A student in her third year in college, Longnecker had just transferred to IU East from Ball State University. She had attended BSU for two years, majoring in fine arts before changing to nursing. At the time she decided to transfer, her parents were going through a divorce and her own relationship was not ideal. Born and raised in Richmond, Longnecker had returned to her hometown to attend Indiana University East.


She enrolled in Tolley’s archeology class which included traveling to Utah for a 12-day trip exploring Mule Canyon, Cedar Mesa and Zion National Park. Longnecker and her family enjoyed camping so she was interested in taking the trip to Utah when Tolley offered it to the class. It was a perfect time in her life to go, so she packed her backpack and went. “I remember it was a great time to go because there were tumbling satellites that time of year,” Longnecker said. “We were so far out of the city and its lights that you could see all of the stars. If you looked, you could see little lights just kind of tumble in the sky, and those were actually satellites that had fallen. It was neat because we were sleeping outside, we never stayed inside. We carried everything we needed on our backs.”


During their archaeological explorations, the students saw middens of broken pottery and chippings from broken tools. They visited mesa-top village sites, and explored cliff dwellings. On this particular trip, the students discovered a whole, intact pot, which still remains undisturbed in that isolated site today. On Tolley’s class trips to Utah, there’s a lot of hiking. During this trip in 1993, the group of students headed to Zion National Park for a few days of hiking and exploring. Tolley said that the class was joined by fellow mountaineer, Steve “Ram” Ramras, who would lead students on hikes and canyon explorations in some of the more isolated areas of the park. Ramras is well-known in the canyoneering and desert hiking community. He has contributed to guidebooks for the area and he has many documented first ascents and descents in canyons throughout the American West, Tolley said.

The “Ah-Hah” Moment Ramras is a long-time friend and fellow adventurer with Tolley. As a full-time adventurer, leader and skilled expert of the area, Ramras accompanies Tolley and his students on the trips out west to help with the mountaineering and canyoneering. He and Tolley met in 1973 when they worked as guides at a summer camp in the Adirondacks in New York. “I would come in basically as the wild man of Borneo,” Ramras said. “Rob and I have a lot of fun interplay.” The day Tolley’s group headed out to climb the peaks in Zion National Park, half of the group went with Ramras. Longnecker was in this group. The steep peak they were set to climb was unnamed. The peak is located in an isolated area not often visited, Tolley said.

Longnecker has a fear of heights and today she still marvels at making it up the peak. As the two groups split, she joined Ramras’ group to hit the trails, not knowing they were about to ascend this particular peak. “The peak has a real steep part relatively early,” Ramras said. As part of his job, he makes sure to evaluate the climbers as they ascend the peak. Some are natural climbers, others need more assistance.

her future. Ramras said she willing opened up about her life and expressed her nervousness about the climb. “I was concerned that she was going to quit school. It seemed she wasn’t giving herself enough credit,” Ramras said. “At the time I wasn’t shy about projecting my own values at people. I took it as a part of the job to challenge the students on Rob’s trips.” So, he kept her talking.

Picking up that Longnecker was showing signs of nervousness and fear (she was tense), Ramras went to offer assistance by spotting her (a technique used in climbing for accident prevention) and talking her through. He carried on a conversation with Longnecker about her doubts of staying in college, her current relationship and

They talked about her options and different possibilities for her future. “I think he knew my fear of heights. We talked about some intense things, about things that were just really at the time were difficult. I was living a life that I wouldn’t live today

after learning and maturing,” Longnecker said. “I had low self-esteem and I was going to quit school. It was just a really intense conversation and I figured he was doing that to keep my mind off of looking down.” Longnecker described climbing the peak as a labyrinth. It was a struggle. They climbed the peak without gear, relying on their balance, footing and grip to make it to the summit. On one portion of the climb there is a slickrock, a part of the rock that forms a ledge, that gave Longnecker a particularly hard time in keeping the right balance. If she leaned forward, she would slide but if she were to lean back, she’d fall down the peak, losing the progress she had made. “You just have to have this perfect balance. I started to fall back and Ramras caught me and pushed me up against the



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rock. I was scared but we got to the top of the mountain,” Longnecker said. “The thrill of fear, you know you have that adrenaline going, does not hold a candle to the thrill of the accomplishment. You have all of these fears and if you look straight ahead and just go for it.” Longnecker made it to the summit after that push – both physical and mental – where she stood at the edge overlooking a beautiful, scenic view of Zion National Park. “When you get to the top, it’s just so refreshing. I just thought, ‘I can do this.’ All you see is this beautiful scene,” Longnecker said. “When I got to the top, I just had this ‘ah hah’ moment. I made some choices. I trusted in myself. I was able to focus after this trip. I knew I could do it.” From his viewpoint, Ramras could see the transition of a hesitant college student transform into a confident individual, ready for the next challenge. “When she reached the peak, I remember seeing the look on her face. She looked like she was considering possibilities. She faced and overcame her fear on the steep part of the mountain,” Ramras said. “This defined the day for me. This was just somebody who considered the world a little differently.” It was a moment that would become a part of the peak’s story. The juxtaposition of accomplishing the climb up to the plateau despite setbacks and fears to that of life and its many obstacles, was an experience that could be shared with future adventurers to the peak. “When we got down, I decided to name it Jenny Peak in honor of overcoming her fears and entertaining the idea of pursuing a different avenue of life,” Ramras said. The Designation The designation of Jenny Peak took some time. In the beginning, the peak went by its new designation through word of mouth. Other visitors and climbers to the peak started calling it Jenny Peak. Gaining notoriety, the designation was first published online at, a communitydriven and produced website to collaborate on climbing, mountaineering, hiking and outdoor activities. The designation was then included in a guide book, Zion National Park: Summit Route, by Courtney Purcell. As a consultant for Purcell’s book, Ramras shared the designation and story behind Jenny Peak. The designation of the peak is now rooted in the community, name place and guide books, and in 2013 Zion National Park designated the mountain Jenny Peak. “Ramras, who talked in depth with all the students whom he led, was particularly impressed with Jennifer. I kept him updated in subsequent years, mentioning how she had continued on through her degree programs with the same energy and fortitude that she had used in the ascent of those peaks,” Tolley said.


The Search Twenty years later, Tolley received word from Ramras that the mountain had been designated Jenny Peak. He set about a fact-finding mission to find Longnecker and to let her know that the experience she had as a young student, had inspired others and became a part of the community. “Steve had mentioned that summit was being referred to as ‘Jenny Peak,’ but I didn’t know that the name had come into such wide usage,” Tolley said. “I was thrilled, and hoped I could locate Jennifer and share the news.” So, Tolley started digging.


After losing touch over the years, he needed to first find out her last name. Tolley contacted a former student who also went on the trip and found that she no longer went by Barnes but had married and changed her last name to Longnecker. Tolley then visited the IU East Office of Alumni Relations to get her contact information and discovered that she was a nurse at Reid Hospital & Health Care Services, located just next door to campus. Following the trip in 1993, Longnecker finished her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and started working at Reid Hospital in 1998. Today, she is a charge nurse in Wound Care. She continues to live in Richmond with her husband, Larry Longnecker, and their daughters, Kendall and Ella. This January, Tolley and Longnecker met again at Reid Hospital. They shared memories and looked through Longnecker’s photo album of the trip. They also conversed over a map of Zion National Park, looking at the areas they had once hiked including Jenny Peak. “How often does a professor get the chance to tell a student that a mountain had been named after her? It’s unique, and I’m not sure it will ever happen again,” Tolley said. “I’ve had the privilege to see many students go on to fulfill their goals and accomplish wonderful things. Jennifer has clearly taken all the experiences we gave her at IU East and gone forward to contribute and succeed. Jennifer used the same resolve to get her degree and succeed that she showed on that mountain 20 years ago … upwards and forward!” Tolley has taught at IU East for 35 years and will retire at the end of this academic year. For Longnecker, hearing from Tolley was an unexpected surprise. “At the time it was definitely an experience. It was just an absolute thrill,” Longnecker said. “Wow, is what I can say (about the designation). It was just totally unexpected.”

When you get to the top, it’s just so refreshing. I just thought, ‘I can do this.’ All you see is this beautiful scene,” Longnecker said. “When I got to the top, I just had this ‘ah hah’ moment. I made some choices. I trusted in myself. I was able to focus after this trip. I knew I could do it. -Jenny Longnecker



Courtney Crozier has always wanted to be her own BOSS. It was a dream that became reality when she opened her own frozen yogurt, YoAmazing Yogurt Shoppe, in 2012 in her hometown of Valparaiso, Ind. Crozier completed her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration through IU East’s online degree completion program in December 2013. She also earned a minor in entrepreneurship and a minor in psychology. The entrepreneurial spirit runs in the Crozier family. “Business has always been something I have been passionate about, as my grandparents owned businesses their whole lives and my dad (Kevin Crozier) also owns a Dairy Queen. I have learned a lot from them,” Crozier said. “I thought that having a degree in business administration would help me so much with continuing to run a thriving business. I am so glad that I chose this path. The online program was the most realistic way for me to finish school with my busy schedule.” Crozier had a unique road to opening her business and completing her degree. The 2007 Valparaiso High School graduate attended IUPUI fresh out of high school. She attended IU’s regional campus in Indianapolis for two-and-half years before she tried out for NBC’s The Biggest Loser. Crozier along with her mother, Marci Crozier, were competitors on the show during Season 11, which began airing in January 2011. Due to Crozier’s commitment to her health and participating on the show, she decided to put college on hold. “As soon as I got back, I knew I wanted to go back to school but didn’t think going back to Indianapolis was what I needed to stay on track with my healthy lifestyle,” Crozier said. “I started researching online programs through IU and I was SO excited to come across IU East and the amazing online programs offered. It was exactly what I was looking for in my life and I am truly blessed to have found this school.”


IU East offers 10 online degree completion program options. Students enrolled in online courses include those who also attend classes at the Richmond campus or regional branches, state and nationwide as well as internationally. The campus continues to see an increase in the number of students taking courses online. This spring, IU East enrolled students from 41 states plus the District of Columbia and 14 foreign countries, the most ever in both categories.


As an online student, Crozier met and interacted with students through class projects and discussion forums. During the fall 2013 semester, Crozier had the opportunity to interact with students and faculty in person for an Enactus program, “Shark Bait.” Enactus is a student organization through the School of Business and Economics at IU East. The organization is known nationally and as 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.

Tim Scales, lecturer of business and director of the Center for Entrepreneurship, is the team’s advisor, and created Shark Bait to work with students and assist community members to share their ideas to the market. “This is the first time I have experienced students from campus working aside an online student face-to-face. I enjoy creating a relationship with both online and face to face students and it was refreshing as well as exciting to work with both delivery methods at the same time,” Scales said. “It seems this opportunity has shown distance to not be an obstacle in education.” Scales connected IU East students Dan Printz and Drew Houck, both juniors majoring in business administration, and Crozier to organize a “Shark Bait” workshop for female entrepreneurs. The workshop was based on the television show, Shark Tank, in which participants present their business ideas to business tycoons in order to potentially earn their partnership. Printz said he loves to fish and the workshop with Houck and Crozier connected his passion for the hobby and business. He had also previously talked with Scales about his idea on “Shark Bait.” “Courtney was an online student in another course. She was required to complete a project for that course and this just fit right into that,” Printz said. Printz said Crozier offered to host the workshop at YoAmazing Yogurt in Valparaiso. Twelve women from various professional backgrounds attended

Courtney Crozier chose to return to college at IU East to complete her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration online. The alumna is co-owner of Yo-Amazing, a frozen yogurt shop, and has aspirations for a clothing line.

the workshop to brainstorm their original entrepreneurial ideas and to present the ideas to the sharks, Crozier, Printz and Houch. Houck said he and Printz were able to present to the workshop participants about the Enactus team at IU East and the business program, they helped to develop a curriculum for the day, and they assisted participants with developing business ideas. Working with the group provided a learning experience for the students as well. “If you’re ambitious enough to follow through with an idea, there’s potential out there for you to be successful,” Houck said. Participants from “Shark Bait” continue to talk with Crozier, Printz and Houck about their business ideas and plans. Printz is helping the winner from “Shark Bait” write a business plan for Band-Aids that contain antihistamines. Crozier said, “I still have some of the women who were part of the workshop email and call me to this day asking business questions. The goal was to get these ladies thinking outside of the box, and I can truly say I think we succeeded.

It’s awesome to know that young, business minded students can make a difference in the world.” As a new alumna, Crozier is looking forward to visiting Richmond this May when she attends the Commencement Ceremony to cross the stage at the Richmond High School Tiernan Center. This will be her second visit to the campus and area. In May 2013, Crozier visited IU East along with her parents and boyfriend Alex Respess, who is also completing his degree online through IU East. Respess is the manager for YoAmazing Yogurt and a former cast member of Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition, which is how the two met.


The Croziers and Respess traveled to Richmond for IU East’s Family Fun Night, an event organized by a nursing student and the Center for Health Promotion to provide a family focused event to assist families in thinking about ways to integrate healthy behaviors into their routines. Courtney and Marci Crozier were the key speakers at the event.

“I think the most memorable experience from IU East for me is when I was invited to visit campus with my mom to share my story of weight loss and life with some faculty and

students,” Crozier said. “Having mentors like Tim, Marcy Jance, and Anita Morgan also really stick out to me as well! This was a reward I wasn’t expecting out of my college experience, but I am fortunate to have received amazing professors and now friends. “I truly have nothing but wonderful things to say about my time at IU East! I feel as though this is a school that you can really focus on YOU and focus on the things that you love to do. I can first hand say that the professors are willing to help you learn and grow and just overall be the very best student and person that you can be,” Crozier added. “I became who I wanted to be at IU East and I will hold my college experience in my heart for the rest of my life and in all that I do.” Crozier plans to expand YoAmazing Yogurt with a few more stores of her own, and she doesn’t rule out the possibility of creating a franchise in the future. “I would also love to open my own online active wear store, and I am in the works with it right now,” Crozier said. “I have no idea where life is going to take me, but all I know is that I am really excited to see where it goes from here!”

Are you an IU/IU East graduate who owns or manages a business? The IU East Alumni Association is compiling a directory of businesses owned or managed by alumni. Please contact the Office of Alumni Relations with your information. 765-973-8221 or


(Right) Seth Strait talks with area community members during the Spirit of Philanthropy Luncheon held November 14 at Forest Hills Country Club, an annual event to raise funds for scholarships and other community involvement activities that provide important experiential learning opportunities for IU East students.


traight from the classroom:

Recent graduate Seth Strait finds that an internship provides more than real world knowledge. Following graduation, Seth Strait was convinced he would have to leave the Wayne County area in order to get a professional job that would put his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree to use. Following a year-long internship with the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce and several information gathering interviews with area employers, Strait found that he could stay here and use his degree in the profession of his choice. Now the recent graduate – he completed his degree along with a minor in Entrepreneurship in December 2013 – is employed at West End Bank as a deposit operations representative. He started the position December 16, 2013, which also happened to be the last day of his final semester at IU East. During his junior year, Strait decided he needed to do more than classroom preparation for his future.


“I knew that in order to best prepare myself for the workforce I needed to expand my network, apply what

I was learning in school to real life, and gain real world knowledge of business. I could not have done any of this in a classroom,” Strait said. Strait decided to visit IU East’s University College to find an internship through Experiential Learning Coordinator Liz Ferris. Both Lincoln High School graduates, Ferris and Strait developed a good connection from the start. Ferris worked with Strait to start his resume and to look for an internship that would aspire to his career goals in business. “I was impressed with his initiative. He sought me out for help on his resume and he knew an internship would be good for him to gain real-world experience,” Ferris said. As chance would have it, Ferris was contacted by a member of the chamber’s board to find out about the possibility of working with IU East to establish an internship and to find a student that could work with the non-profit for a full year. Internships generally last a semester. Ferris said Strait worked with her to prepare for the

interview and went over fine details including what to wear. She said it took some convincing, but he took her up on her recommendation to wear the “power suit.” “Only he took it up a notch,” Ferris said. “He went with a three-piece suit, including the vest. They were just very impressed with him.” Amy Oler Holthouse, president/CEO of the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce, said hosting an IU East intern was beneficial to the chamber and to the community as a whole. “Having a student’s input and perspective is an asset on many occasions and it is a pleasure to see the exposure of a young person leading the way in both achievement and attitude. There are many young people with a whole lot to offer in all of our schools. We are foolish if we don’t combine that asset with our businesses while giving the students much needed experience,” Holthouse said. Gaining recognition as “The IU East Intern at the Chamber,” Strait worked on several projects including helping the chamber to move to its new location at 33 South 7th Street, and he worked every major event throughout the year. He answered the phone and designed marketing pieces

for events, chamber publications and flyers. He gained experience planning events and helping to run them, attended the monthly chamber meetings and assisted customers as needed.

I knew that in order to best prepare myself for the workforce I needed to expand my network, apply what I was learning in school to real life,...

“I played a role in everything the chamber did, from inviting guests to setting up,” Strait said. “It was a very well-rounded experience. I was fortunate to work with a lot of great people that shared their experiences and knowledge with me whenever I asked, and sometimes when I didn’t, which was a good thing.” Known by many as a shy individual, Strait was quiet and had a hard time making small talk with customers and potential employers. He was encouraged by Holthouse to talk with at least five different people that he did not know at the chamber’s annual dinner, an event that hosts 600 of the most prominent business men and women in Wayne County. He thought it was terrible, but now he sees it as one of the best experiences he had. “The thing I was most proud of myself was becoming more outgoing. I knew that if I wanted the internship to be as successful as it could be, I needed to change,” Strait said. “The most surprising experience was figuring out all of the things I had to offer to a company. It never really clicked until I started applying what I was learning in school to real life.” Another rewarding experience for Strait was to meet with 19 business leaders located across Wayne County to conduct informational interviews. “I asked questions about their industry, their jobs, and personal advice. It was amazing how helpful everyone was, and how willing they were to give me advice. It was great help when I started interviewing for jobs, plus it led to a couple job opportunities,” Strait said. Not only did the experience of talking with business leaders help him to leave his comfort zone, he was more comfortable speaking in front of groups. He visited a First-Year Seminar class and a basic career development class at IU East to share about his internship and the experience he gained. He also appeared in two commercials for the chamber and on “Experience IU East” with Stephanie HaysMussoni, director of Gift Development at IU East, a program that appears on local television.

-Seth Strait

Before his internship ended with the chamber and he completed his courses at IU East, Strait had job offers from local employers, including from West End Bank. Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for West End Bank Tim Frame said he met Strait during his internship. Frame, a member of the chamber’s board of directors, said he had an opportunity to observe his interaction with chamber staff.

“Seth showed tremendous professional growth during his tenure and was well liked by all,” Frame said. “The IU East internship program is an excellent way for students to learn needed skills while also interacting with potential employers.”


Ferris said Strait’s example has prompted business leaders to contact her about possible internships for their organizations; two new internships have been established in the community as well as the placement of a second intern at the chamber.

“It comes out of the reputation of Seth and the good work he has done,” Ferris said. “Seth is a good representative of the majority of our students. He went to high school in Wayne County, he has a wonderful family support system, he wanted to attend IU East and he wanted to stay in the region. His internship showed him there were several opportunities for him and businesses here which would be a good fit and to which he could make a strong contribution.” In his position at the bank, Strait assists customers with online accounts and debit/ATM card problems. It is a position, he said, that lets him learn nearly every part of the bank. Strait continues to live in his hometown, Cambridge City. His parents, Denver and Amanda Strait, will attend the Commencement Ceremony on May 16 to watch him cross the stage at the Richmond High School Tiernan Center when he concludes his undergraduate experience at IU East. “If I had it all to do over again I wouldn’t change a thing. The opportunities made available to me at IU East were amazing,” Strait said. “Everyone there was so willing to help. I was able to complete a four-year degree in three and a half years, and I had a job a month before graduation. Through all of this I was getting advice, encouragement, and an education that will last my lifetime from a group of people that actually cared about my aspirations and goals.”

IU East nursing student chosen as one of this year’s 500 Princesses 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. 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 six 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 to 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 an Office of Admissions Student Ambassador, 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.


school Notes IU East adds two new graduate programs with Master of Arts in English, Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics Indiana University East has two new graduate degree programs, a Master of Arts in English and the Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics, following approval from the Indiana University Board of Trustees and the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The M.A. in English is the fifth graduate program and the M.A.T. is the sixth to be added to IU East’s academic portfolio since June 2007. IU East’s other graduate programs include the Master of Science in Education, Master of Science in Business Administration, Master of Science in Social Work and the Master of Science in Nursing.

Master of Arts in English

Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics

The M.A. in English will provide students with a background suitable for a wide range of careers in areas such as professional writing, editing, administration, technology, and management. Graduates interested in post-secondary teaching options will be qualified to teach full- or part-time in community colleges and in four-year colleges and universities and to teach dual-credit courses in high schools.

Graduates from the M.A.T. program will be qualified to teach at the secondary level or broaden his or her qualifications at the high school level to include teaching dual credit courses, and also to teach at the community college level.

Retiring Faculty

Joanne Passet

“My time at IU East flew by. One of the high points during my 12 1/2 years there was watching the campus grow, blossom, and develop a vibrant identity.” Memorable Moment: “Working with students always tops the list of memorable moments. Most recently, I had the great pleasure of working with Honors student Emily O’Brien, who served as a grant-funded research assistant while I was doing research for and writing my latest book, The Indomitable Barbara Grier: Her Life and Times (forthcoming later this year). I appreciated the fresh perspective she brought to the topic and very much enjoyed watching her develop research skills. In addition to working with Emily O’Brien I would like to acknowledge how privileged I was to work with students in IU East’s outstanding Supplemental Instruction program. What a pleasure it was to watch tentative, first-time SI leaders develop into confident, enthusiastic, peer teachers. For the past several semesters, social work major Shelia Martin served as SI leader for my HIST H106 classes. Her unflagging optimism, encouragement, occasional ‘tough love,’ and passion for all aspects of American history helped bring history to life for students in the class. On a personal note, I was deeply touched by the surprise retirement party Shelia planned for my last day of class.”


For more information about the M.A. in English, contact Margaret Thomas Evans, at (765) 973-8614 or email For more information about the Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics (M.A.T.), contact Markus Pomper, at (765) 973-8281 or email

Rob Tolley “It’s been great to be involved at IU East ‘long enough’ to really be able to see long-term student success. Recently I was able to visit with Keith Fargo, who is a very successful IU East grad. He participated in one of the Utah archaeology trips. We’ve got students all through the community – and the world for that matter – who we hear about in any number of success stories. They have done much more than any of us could do as individuals. When you’re a university professor, you have a rare opportunity for ‘pay forward’. Every student that goes forward expands on the efforts we made!” (Editor’s Note: Keith Fargo, Ph.D., is director of Scientific Programs and Outreach at Alzheimer’s Association in Chicago.) Memorable Moment: “I was particularly thrilled when Shelia Armstead joined the faculty. I remember her taking my introductory anthropology class in 132 Whitewater. Having a student ‘rejoin’ us as a valued colleague was particularly rewarding.” (Editor’s Note: Shelia Armstead is a clinical assistant professor in Social Work at IU East.)

Susan Shapiro “Working with students at IU East has been a great learning experience for me, and I hope this is also true for my students. I have learned more about people from my students than from the textbooks and I appreciate their presence in my world.”

Memorable Moment: “The small events are what I will remember most. The student who was confused and suddenly understands. The amazing integration of classwork and personal experience to a project. The recognition of what was taught in class and its application as critical knowledge in daily life. The self-confidence of a student presenting to her peers. The small acts of kindness, supporting a classmate. This campus has been an important part of my life for almost 24 years, and I will miss much of the daily life here.”

Marilyn Watkins “I first came to IU East 25 years ago because I wanted a university that put teaching first and where working with schools and the community would be encouraged. I also had a sense that it was a place where change and innovation would be supported. Twenty five years later I am leaving having had the opportunity to grow as a teacher, to be involved with schools in a variety of exciting ways, and to have had multiple opportunities to work with others on innovative programming.” Memorable Moment: “Identifying one memorable moment in this length of time is daunting. In truth, anytime spent teaching and working with students represents a culmination of many memorable moments.”

alumni Notes

Connect with IU East and IU Alumni at New Boswell Nights The IU East Alumni Association and the Whitewater Valley Chapter of the IU Alumni Association are sponsoring a new alumni event. All IU East and IU alumni are welcome to connect at New Boswell Brewery, located at 410 N 10th St. in Richmond, from 6:30-8 p.m. the second Thursday of every month.

@ Welcome all IU and IU East alumni to

Room 912 is comprised of an art gallery, classroom, and studio space. IU East classes began in Room 912 in January 2014 and the Richmond Art Museum is also offering classes there. “Room 912 was created in order to provide additional space for gallery exhibitions and our growing fine arts RAM program,” said Katherine Frank, dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at IU East. “We chose downtown

Richmond due to its rich history, expanding business community, and future potential. As a regional institution with a mission focused on contributing to the cultural and economic development of the communities we serve, this was the perfect opportunity to position IU East as a true steward of place and to promote the partnerships so important to strengthening our community.” One such partnership is with the Richmond Art Museum that has been in need of space for daytime art classes. Kaylyn Flora, of Richmond, Ind., is a fine arts major at IU East. She said the expansion of IU East’s Fine Arts department into downtown Richmond is as significant to students as it is for the community.

Day 71


THURSDAY 6:30-8p.m. appetizers + beer tasting

of each month


Indiana University East’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences now has a gallery space officially open in Downtown Richmond. Room 912, located at 912 E. Main Street, opened January 31, 2014, with a ribbon cutting ceremony by the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce, with its first exhibition on display, “Regional Impact: Faculty Work from the IU Regional Campuses.”

alumni night at New Boswell Brewery


IU East celebrates opening of Room 912 in Downtown Richmond

The event includes free appetizers and beer tasting, games and prizes, and plenty of IU East and IU swag giveaways. For more information, contact the IU East Office of Alumni Relations at (765) 973-8221 or email Terry Wiesehan, director of Alumni Relations and Campus Events, at

games, prizes + IU swag

Connect or reconnect with fellow alumni. For more information, contact IU East Office of Alumni Relations

765-973-8221 or

sponsored by

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Members of the Class of 2014, as well as IU East alumni and community members, gathered to toast countdown to commencement with commemorative Class of 2014 champagne glasses. The inaugural “Day 71-countdown to commencement” was held March 6 in the Graf Center. Day 71 represents the year IU East was founded and is the beginning of a new tradition for the graduating class.

Strategic Plan The IU East Alumni Association is completing an updated three-year strategic plan with a new vision and mission statement. The board of directors created the following statement to reflect their efforts to serve the IU East alumni and students, as well as the community. • The Vision of the IU East Alumni Association, with concerted ambition, aspires to provide innovative and meaningful engagement, with a robust alumni leadership that progressively expands an essential sense of Red Wolves’ pride on our campus and in our community.


• The Mission of the IU East Alumni Association is to support and serve the current and future alumni of IU East as well as its campus community. The completed strategic plan, along with specific initiatives, will be sent to all IU East alumni this summer.

class Notes 2014

Kelsey Meyer has been accepted to the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies at the University of Mount Union. Hubie Branstetter has received a merit scholarship to the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. Megan Winn has been accepted to graduate school at Regent University in Virginia Beach.


Rebeckah Hester, 2006 Corinne Jorgenson, 2010 Angela Locke, 1995 Gena Maras El Raey, 2012 Valerie Miller, 2006 Judi Willett is now the director of Marketing at Reid Hospital & Health Care Services. Formerly, she was a community relations marketing specialist at Reid. Willett received her Master of Science in Management from IU East in 2013. Katie Johnston has been promoted to Legal Clerk at Finance System of Richmond, Inc. She has been employed with the company since September 2013 and was promoted in October.

Congratulations to IU East alumni who received their Master of Science in Management as part of the programs’ second Jody Jones has cohort. The cohort been accepted into completed course SUBMIT the Master of Fine requirements in We WANT to hear what Arts in Ceramics at you’re up to! To make a December 2013. the Herron submission, go to Graduates of this School of Art in program will receive Indianapolis. their diplomas during IU East’s 43th Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 16. The M.S.M. program is a part of the School of Business and Economics. IU East Bradley Frank is pursuing a alumni receiving the M.S.M. are: Master of Dispute Resolution


Rhonda Burnett, 2003 Charlee Butler, 2010 Ricardo Studebaker, 2004 Kelly Clark, 1998


from Pepperdine University, School of Law.

Roger Crane received his M.B.A. with a Finance Concentration and a Master of Science in Accounting from Ball State in July 2013. He is now a lecturer in accounting at IU East.



Pamela Rodgers is now a nurse practitioner at Reid Hospital & Health Care Services. She earned her Master of Science in Nursing from Wright State University College of Nursing Health.

Teri Grossman received a Friend of Conservation Award from the Indiana Association UPDATE of Soil and Water your alumni contact information by emailing Conservation District. Terry Wiesehan at She assists the Wayne County SWCD with many conservation projects and she also owns 322 acres where she has incorporated grass waterways, tile drainage, crop rotation and no-till practices. IU East alumni Jeff Cappa (1998) and Jason Moore (1994) worked on the accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agency Inc. for the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, recently received in March 2014. Cappa is the Wayne County Sheriff and Moore, a patrolman for the department, served as the accreditation manager. The sheriff’s accreditation process took three years to complete and will continue through 2017.

(Above) Alumni helping future alumni as part of IU Cares Month. The IU East Alumni Association and the Whitewater Valley Chapter of the IU Alumni Association assembled Easter Dinner bags for the IU East Food Pantry.

Parting Shot The Graf Center is the campus hangout where students meet to study, grab a bite to eat from Brewfus, or to play ping pong or Xbox 360 in between classes. This summer, the Graf was renovated – including new flooring, colorful paint, and furniture – to update the space for students.


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