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A publication for alumni and friends of Indiana University East

Fall 2018 Volume 9 Issue 2

Full-time mother aspires to be a professional scientist while inspiring her children to reach for more.




He moved back in 2017 from Arizona to take on the leadership position at Fayette Regional.

Head of Patient Care Services at Fayette Regional Hospital accepts a position at St. Jude as the senior director of clinical operations.

Inducted to the IU East Alumni Hall of Fame in October 2017.

The photo is a gift from a cancer patient while he worked at HonorHealth in Scottsdale, Arizona. Don finds inspiration in the photo every day.

Before enrolling at IU East as a non-traditional student, Don worked at Belden. He had a passion to help others and made the transition to healthcare.

Received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1998.

Don has helped to develop the hospital’s detox unit by building a culture of caring at Fayette Regional.

Inductees to the Hall of Fame typify the IU East tradition of excellence and have brought credit to the campus through their personal accomplishments, professional achievement, leadership, humanitarian service and citizenship.

CHANCELLOR: Kathryn Cruz-Uribe VICE CHANCELLOR FOR EXTERNAL AFFAIRS: Jason Troutwine, BS’01 DIRECTOR OF ALUMNI RELATIONS: Terry Hawkins Wiesehan, BA’96 DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS & MARKETING: John Oak Dalton DIRECTOR OF GIFT DEVELOPMENT: Paula Kay King, BS’05 WRITER/EDITOR: Hali Cartee WRITER: Mike Bennett GRAPHIC DESIGNERS: Liz Johnson, MS’13, Kaly Reichter, BA’15, Sarah Miller, BA’17 and Katie Kruth PHOTOGRAPHY: Greg Pyle and Josh Smith DIRECTOR OF SPORTS INFORMATION: Kyle Wright


IU EAST ALUMNI ASSOCIATION: Officers 2017-2019 President: Angela Fairchild, BS’97 Vice President: Andrew Britt, BA’13 Secretary: Amber Hall, BA’06, MA’16 Immediate Past President: Trevor Jones, BSW’08 BOARD MEMBERS: Ashlee Brown, BS’16 Travis Cornett, BS’07 Courtney Evans, MS’15 Jennifer Feaster, BS’03 Abby Hora, BA’08, MS’15 Rod Landess, BA’07 Kraig Rose, BS’13, BA’13 Rachel Rose, BSN’11, MSN’16 Chad Steen, AS’90, BS’92, MS’15 Alyssa Tegeler, BS’11 Blake Watson, AS’05, BSW’07

Radius: A campus magazine for Indiana University East alumni and friends, is published by the Office of External Affairs at IU East. Copyright ©2017 Indiana University East. CONTACT US: Send correspondence, address corrections, and mailing updates to: IU East Alumni Relations, 2325 Chester Boulevard, Richmond, IN 47374. Phone: 765-973-8221 Email: Opinions expressed by individuals in this publication do not necessarily reflect the views of Indiana University East. Radius is published twice a year. The magazine serves its readers by providing information about the activities of IU East alumni, students, faculty and staff through the publication of accurate and balanced content that informs and stimulates intellectual discussion. Text, photographs, and artwork may not be reprinted without written permission of the Director of Alumni Relations.

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In This Edition 04 Lingles provide gift to endow scholarship program in their name 06 Larry and Jane Richards create the Venus Williams Tennis Scholarship at IU East



20 Cover Story


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08 Alumni Legacy Circle

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14 Travel abroad programs lead to life-changing experiences IU East provides more trips, experiences for students to travel


20 Fulfilling the Promise


24 Family Ties How one family helped set the course for IU East’s athletics history


28 Thank You Donors


31 Men’s & Women’s Basketball Schedule 33 Remembered F. Wayne Stidham

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34 Campus Notes 37 Class Notes





By Hali Cartee

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o help encourage the brightest and best students in Wayne County to continue their education at IU East, Paul and Pat Lingle announced their plan to endow the Paul and Pat Lingle Scholars Program which provides a four-year scholarship to high-achieving area students pursuing a four-year degree at Indiana University East.

The Lingles endowed gift will provide permanent annual funding for the program that was established in 2005. Since that time, the program has helped 14 students achieve their goal of earning a bachelor’s degree, including May 2018 Lingle Scholar graduating seniors, Madeline Truette of Centerville, Indiana, and Logan Ullery of Richmond, Indiana. IU East Chancellor Kathy Cruz-Uribe announced the Lingle's gift during IU East’s Honors Convocation held April 19. With their gift, the Lingles total commitment to IU East is now nearly $1 million. This year’s Lingle Scholars are Noah Fox of Richmond and Natalie Peer of Fountain City. Cruz-Uribe said she shares in the Lingles love for the community and interest in helping young people become an integral part of the future. “The Lingle Scholars program plays an important role in this effort,” Cruz-Uribe said. “I am excited that Paul and Pat have decided to make the Lingle Scholars program a permanent opportunity for Wayne County’s best and brightest by endowing the Paul & Pat Lingle Scholars Award.” The four-year scholarship – provided by the Lingles – is given to two incoming freshmen students who have been accepted to the IU East Honors Program, an academic program that provides an intellectually enriching curriculum for highly motivated students.

“We have watched our previous recipients of the Lingle Scholars grow all the way through their bachelor’s, master’s, and in some cases, doctorate programs,” Lingle said. “It is good to see how this makes a difference in their lives and how it will help move each of these individuals to continue to move forward in their future.”


ince IU East was established in 1971, the Lingles have supported the campus. He is a member of the IU East Board of Advisors, where he has advised the campus and its administration at each phase of development.

The couple has supported other projects, including the Palette to Palate event, the School of Nursing and Health Sciences program, and various capital projects including the Student Events and Activities Center where you will find Lingle Court, the home of the Red Wolves.

In 2005-2006, Paul Lingle was a committee member for the IU East Campaign for Community, helping the university to raise money for the arts, nursing and science laboratories, and scholarships. He was also the co-chair for the IU East Campaign for Indiana in 1990, which raised funds for the construction of Hayes Hall. Lingle was also a Chancellor’s Medallion recipient in November 2017 and received an honorary doctorate in May 2012. Lingle is president of Coldwell Banker Lingle. He and Pat are involved in community initiatives and projects. With a focus on improving the quality of life for area residents, Lingle has been a leading voice in the areas of economic development, healthcare, and higher education. Pat Lingle previously owned a business in childcare, and she has a large interest in watching youth develop and seeing them through their goals in higher education. Paul Lingle said Pat is a big supporter of the Lingle Scholars program, taking the students under her wing and remaining in touch with them throughout their experience.

Lingles provide gift to endow scholarship program in their name “There are a lot of things that are impressive about this scholarship,” Paul Lingle said. “This scholarship is forever. This is something for education and to develop the workforce, and hopefully encourage people to stay in the area. IU East has 85 percent of its graduates who stay in the region. If we’re going to compete now and in the future, it’s all about the education our residents receive.” More importantly, Lingle added, the scholarship program is one way they hope to be able to make a difference for the people living in the community.

“We have watched our previous recipients of the Lingle Scholars grow all the way through their bachelor’s, master’s, and in some cases, doctorate programs. It is good to see how this makes a difference in their lives and how it will help move each of these individuals to continue to move forward in their future.” - Paul Lingle


Community By Hali Cartee

Larry and Jane Richards create the Venus Williams Tennis Scholarship at IU East


arry and Jane Richards have donated $25,000 to endow a scholarship for an Indiana University East tennis player, the proceeds of which will be matched annually by Indiana University to create a $2,250 annual scholarship. The scholarships named after distinguished IU East alumna and accomplished professional tennis player, Venus Williams, and will help support a participant in IU East’s intercollegiate tennis program for up to four years. The first recipient of the scholarship is Thais Mendez. Mendez is from Viña del Mar, Chile. She is a business administration major. Mendez played at NCAA Division II West Liberty University before she transferred to play tennis at IU East this year. Larry Richards states that “we hope the Venus Williams Tennis Scholarship will help recruit and retain accomplished students who wish also to play tennis for IU East, especially for the women’s team. We also hope that this endowment will inspire others to donate additional funds for this purpose.” Jane Richards adds that “Venus Williams was one of my mathematics students when she was working on her degree in business administration. We are honored that she has agreed to let this scholarship be named for her. She has been a role model for many students and tennis players.” Williams was the first student to graduate under the agreement that IU East has with the Women’s Tennis Benefits Association (WTBA). The WTBA agreement supports WTA players who wish to complete their bachelor’s degrees while continuing to play professionally. The agreement makes IU East the sole provider of online bachelor degree level education for WTA players.


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Lisa Grattan, chairperson of the Women’s Tennis Benefits Association, thanked the Richards for their gift in recognition of Williams. “We congratulate Jane and Larry Richards for establishing the Venus Williams Tennis Scholarship at IU East,” Grattan said. “It was Venus who inspired the partnership between the WTBA and IU East, and this endowment celebrates that legacy. The WTBA is proud of our educational partnership with IU East and its accomplishments.”


U East’s men’s and women’s tennis teams were added to the athletics program in 2009-2010 academic year. At the time, the addition of the programs brought IU East’s intercollegiate teams to eight; now there are 15 programs for student-athletes.

Both programs have earned notable accomplishments. The IU East women’s tennis team qualified for the River States Conference championship match in 2011 and 2017. The IU East men’s tennis program received the 2017 Buffalo Funds Five-Star Champions of Character Team Award, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’s (NAIA) “national championship” for Champions of Character efforts. The IU East tennis program has earned numerous NAIA Scholar-Team awards for team GPAs of 3.00 or better since its inception. Larry Richards served as executive vice chancellor for Academic Affairs at IU East during the period 2004-15, with a one year appointment as interim chancellor (2012-13). Jane Richards was an adjunct lecturer in mathematics over this period of time. They are now both retired.


hais Mendez is the first recipient of the Venus Williams Tennis Scholarship.

The scholarship, named after distinguished IU East alumna and accomplished professional tennis player Venus Williams, was endowed by Larry and Jane Richards. Mendez is from Viña del Mar, Chile. She is a junior business administration major. “This scholarship certainly means a lot to me as a tennis player and as a student,” Mendez said. “First, to receive a scholarship that has the name of a great tennis player is incredible, and at the same time to know that she studied here at this university, makes it even better. This scholarship helps me to finance extra things for the university so it is a great support since everything here tends to be more expensive than in my country. I am very grateful to IU East for granting me this scholarship.” Mendez signed with IU East as a transfer in July 2018. She has played tennis since 2002. Mendez played at NCAA Division II West Liberty University before she transferred to play tennis at IU East this year. Erskine Ratchford, head coach for women’s tennis, said Mendez personifies what it means to be a student-athlete. He noted she makes an effort to improve as a player, but also helps her fellow teammates as well to be better. For this reason, she serves as the team captain.

First recipient of Venus Williams Tennis Scholarship is a first-year Red Wolf

“I’m really excited to have Thais on our team,” Ratchford said. “She’s not only an outstading player, but also an outstanding person. She continues to get better. She is going to be a real force in our conference.” While at West Liberty, Mendez was the No. 1 singles player for most of the 2017-18 season. She finished the year with a 13-6 overall singles record and also a 13-6 record at No. 1 doubles. West Liberty reached the NCAA Division II regional tournament. She was No. 20 in the ITA NCAA Division II Atlantic Region singles rankings and No. 3 in the region doubles rankings. She made the all-conference team during the fall season.

Assistant women’s tennis coach Ty Butler said, “Thais has been a positive influence on the team since the day she arrived on campus. We are thrilled to have her join the Red Wolf family and contribute to IU East on and off the tennis court. With her athletic capabilities, the opportunities are endless this season. Thais is the perfect student athlete to be given this scholarship.” At IU East, Mendez won the top singles and doubles divisions at the River States Conference Individual Tournament held the first weekend of September in Lexington, Kentucky. Mendez was runner-up at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Midwest Regional on September 15, with wins against two of the top five NAIA players in the Midwest. The weekend tournament was IU East’s first visit at an ITA regional competition. IU East is an NAIA program. The Red Wolf women’s tennis program posted IU East’s highest team GPA this past school year. The IU East women’s tennis team qualified for the River States Conference championship match in 2017. “I played national and international tournaments, where I did well but then I decided to start my university studies in Chile,” Mendez said. “I feel it (transferring to IU East) has been the best decision I could make. I am very happy with my teammates and my coaches. I think I will improve a lot here, as an athlete and student.” “We are excited to see this scholarship go to someone of the caliber and potential of Thais. We wish her well with her tennis and studies,” Richards said.


oe Griffin, IU East athletic director, said the scholarship provided by the Richards is a useful tool in recruiting.

“We are very grateful to the Richards for supporting IU East tennis. Scholarships are so important to the student-athlete and to the program. It helps us recruit talented student-athletes. I know Thais is excited to be here and to be the first to receive the Venus Williams Scholarship,” Griffin said. For more information on the tennis program at IU East, visit


By Hali Cartee

Indiana University East will soon celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2021. Though considered young as far as a university campus may go, IU East is welcoming more second- and third-generation members of families to campus. In fall 2017, the IU East Alumni Association created the Legacy Circle to recognize and celebrate the generational families within the campus community. Any student who has at least one parent, grandparent, or step-parent/grandparent who is an alumnus or alumnae of IU East are considered a Legacy Family. The IU East Alumni Legacy Circle recognizes families for making an Indiana University education part of their family tradition. The program encourages pride in students who are children and/or grandchildren of IU East graduates. Generations of families have passed on the tradition, and the alumni association celebrates this special relationship. Terry Wiesehan, director of Alumni Relations, said 13 families were initiated into the Legacy Circle in its first year during a special reception held during Homecoming 2017. Members are acknowledged at an annual pinning ceremony recognizing their multi-generational commitment to IU East.


“We have several families who have joined the Legacy Circle to celebrate the tradition and pride they share in IU East but we know there are many more out there,” Wiesehan said. “We welcome anyone who has a family history of graduating from IU East to join the Legacy Circle.” Being a part of a Legacy Family is one of the factors that helped Alex Hakes choose IU East. For as long as Hakes, from Yorktown, Indiana, can remember, Indiana University East and Indiana University has been a part of his family. A freshman at IU East this fall, Hakes is carrying on the family tradition of attending IU East to earn a degree. While IU has always been in his family’s blood, IU East was his campus of choice because of the connection to faculty and the opportunities available. Hakes will apply to the School of Nursing and Health Sciences in January 2019. He hopes to earn a degree in nursing before going on to graduate school to continue in a physician assistant track. Hakes said the connection students have with professors drew him to IU East. “All my professors know my name and I have their total support. IU East is a warm, welcoming campus,” Hakes said. “You’re not going to feel out of place when you visit here.

Photo by Greg Pyle

Alex Hakes

Freshman School of Nursing and Health Sciences Applicant


Ultimately, Hakes would like to work for Doctors Without Borders so that he can travel to sites that have experienced mass casualties – due to weather or other catastrophes – to help identify victims. It’s a profession Hakes feels he has been lead to pursue because of his faith and his dream to be a missionary. “This is something I’ve always wanted to do,” Hakes said. “It’s something I can do to help and to give families’ relief and the victims their identity back.” Hakes is the most recent member of his family to attend IU East. His parents, Jeannie and Brad Hakes, are IU East alumni. His father, who passed away recently, attended IU East before graduating from Purdue University. Jeannie Hakes graduated with her degree in social work. Today, she works as a guardian in the state for Indiana. His grandparents, who are also deceased, started the IU legacy for the family after they graduated from IU Bloomington. Richard “Dick” Hakes received his nursing degree and became one of the first male nurses in the state of Indiana. His grandmother, Margaret Hakes, received her doctorate in speech pathology. His sister, Molly Hakes, attended IU East and his younger sister, Madelyn, plans on attending here after she graduates from Yorktown High School in May.


ammy Hazelbaker is also the third generation of her family to attend IU East. Hazelbaker is from Richmond, Indiana, and pursuing her degree in elementary education. She hopes to one day teach kindergarten.

Her mother, Bridget Hazelbaker, received her general studies degree from IU East in 2006. Bridget’s husband, Cliff, is a 2008 graduate and her mother, Colleen Walter, graduated in 1980. Their daughter, Paige, is a student at IU Bloomington. Sammy chose IU East because it was close to home while still offering many opportunities. “IU East is a smaller campus. I can have more hands-on activities here and there’s more that I can be involved with on campus. Here you can work with professors one-on-one. They all know who I am, unlike a bigger campus where they may not know all of their students.” In addition to taking a full course load, she has joined Pack Attack, the cheer and dance team at IU East. She has participated in Extreme Summer JUMPSTART, a weeklong program that gives students the opportunity to get a head start for college before classes and to experience academic success. She also participated in the “Walk A Mile In Her Shoes” event in September. Both Hazelbaker and Hakes work for the Office of External Affairs on campus. Hakes is also finding other ways to get involved on campus. He is an Admissions Ambassador and plans on joining the student organization, Campus Christian Fellowship. Off campus, he works enhanced security at Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center in Noblesville, Indiana. Hakes and Hazelbaker are part of the growing number of families in IU East’s Legacy Circle. If you would like to become a part of the Legacy Circle, visit


The first time I was here, I already felt like part of a family.”



Bridget Hazelbaker was featured in the Winter 2017 issue of RADIUS. Graduating from IU East is a family affair. Her husband, Cliff, is a 2008 graduate and her mother, Colleen Walter, graduated in 1980.

A Richmond native, Bridget is involved in organizations throughout the community including the Natco Empowerment Center, Communities in Schools and the mentoring programs for RCS.

Bridget received her General Studies degree from IU East in 2006.

Bridget is a 1992 graduate of Richmond High School. Her daughters, Paige and Samantha, are now at RHS. Her son, Cliff, is a middle school student at Test.

In her alumni director role, Bridget also notifies Richmond High School alumni of the scholarships they will receive through the Richmond Incentive Plan (a scholarship for Richmond graduates who attend college, live and work in Wayne County).

As the RHSAA director, her focus is on scholarships, planning class reunions and communications, including the newsletter to alumni.

10 CHANCELLOR: Kathryn Cruz-Uribe VICE CHANCELLOR FOR EXTERNAL AFFAIRS: Jason Troutwine, BS’01 DIRECTOR OF ALUMNI RELATIONS: Terry Hawkins Wiesehan, BA’96 DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS & MARKETING: John Oak Dalton WRITER/EDITOR: Hali Cartee WRITER: Mike Bennett GRAPHIC DESIGNERS: Liz Johnson, MS’13 and Katie Kruth PHOTOGRAPHY: Greg Pyle and Josh Smith

BOARD MEMBERS Heather Ballin, BA’13 Andrew Britt, BA’13  Ashlee Brown, BS’16 Abby Clapp, BA’08 Jason Clark, BS’14 Travis Cornett, BS’07 Michael Coyle, BS’15  Courtney Evans, MS’15

Bridget Hazelbaker

Bridget also continues in her role as the Communications Coordinator for Richmond Community Schools. She’s been in that role for seven years.

Bridget Hazelbaker is the new director of the Richmond High School Alumni Association. She started the position October 2016.

Radius: A campus magazine for Indiana University East alumni and friends, is published by the Office of External Affairs at IU East. Copyright ©2017 Indiana University East. CONTACT US: Send correspondence, address corrections, and mailing updates to: IU East Alumni Relations, 2325 Chester Boulevard, Richmond, IN 47374. Phone: 765-973-8221 Email:

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Unforgettable, that’s what they are. Like Nat King Cole’s classic song, IU East students and instructors are making unforgettable memories and singing the praises of study abroad programs that are increasingly taking them around the world.

Belize and even viewed – and photographed – a Stygian Owl that is so elusive that most visitors never see them in the lush rainforest. Belize also was the site of a spring trip through the School of Nursing and Health Sciences that was led by nursing faculty member Jennifer Bow.

They learn lifelong lessons, tour historical places, interact with foreign students and even snap rare photographs when they travel in study abroad programs.

Another class visited Beijing and Shanghai for 12 days to finish a semester of study on how globalization has changed China’s relationships with the west. That was the first IU East-led trip to China.

Those certainly were the cases during 10 record-setting trips in the 2017-18 school year.

Students also traversed from Puerto Rico to Costa Rica to Canada.

“They can be life-changing,” said Jessica Raposo, assistant professor of music, who led five students on a trip to Italy at the end of the spring semester.

Deborah Miller, assistant professor of psychology, and Beth Trammell, associate professor of psychology, also led a visit to Europe to study the history of psychology. The trip included Germany, England and Austria.

“This entire study abroad trip has been a once-in-a-lifetime experience.” – Laura German “The students are so used to electronic everything in art and music,” Raposo said. “But to go and actually walk through a cathedral … to actually be there: It’s a shock and awe experience.” Student Laura German was certainly awed by the three-week experience that included taking a class at Florence University of the Arts. “This entire study abroad trip has been a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” German said in a blog report during the trip. “Not only do I get to see all the arts that I have studied over the years in person, I can also say I have attended college in another country. Priceless.” IU East students and instructors also had other worldly experiences. One class studied ecosystems for 10 days this summer in


The Spanish program sponsored the trip to Costa Rica that was directed by Christine Nemcik and Dianne Moneypenny. They both are assistant professors of world languages and cultures. “It was a historic year for study abroad at IU East,” reports Julien J. Simon, associate professor of Spanish and French and Study Abroad committee chair. “There were nine overseas experiences offered and that’s the highest number … offered on this campus since it was created 40-something years ago.” The number includes seven for-credit trips, one non-credit trip and one sponsored trip. “If we include Puerto Rico (a territory of the United States), that would be 10 study abroad programs last year,” reports Simon.

Photo by Jessica Raposo Italy

Travel abroad programs lead to life-changing experiences IU East provides more trips, experiences for students to travel By Mike Bennett



Programs include class study, while trips are offered just for the experiences. There were 95 students who traveled abroad; the highest number ever for the campus. The figure does not include students who may have traveled on non-IU East programs or on longer term programs such as 2017 alumna Erin Hoodlebrink, who went abroad for a spring semester to study at the University of Wollongong in Australia. Simon believes the 2014-15 record of 44 student participants was easily eclipsed as IU East expanded its offerings. More opportunities are coming. Historically, most studyaway programs took IU East students to Central America and Europe, but “we are trying to expand to other regions of the world,” Simon said. He is expected to lead a trip next spring to Spain and there also are plans to visit Senegal in Africa, Guyana in South America and India. “And we’ve been talking about possibly going to Germany, Portugal, Finland, Scotland, among others (in Europe),” he said.

“It was interesting to learn their perspective,” Scott Lawton reported afterward. He is a general studies major from Richmond. Paige Gray, a managerial accounting major from Hagerstown, also recounted how much their experience paralleled what was studied in the class: “It was interesting to see first-hand how globalization has been installed into their day-to-day lives.” The trip cost about $4,000 per person and included flights and other transportation, 11 nights of lodging and 12 days of breakfasts and dinners. The total also included medical insurance and the China visa fee. Participants visited museums and multinational companies and toured Shanghai and famous attractions such as the Great Wall and the Peking Opera. IU East offers many ways to defray costs for students.

“It was a historic year for study abroad at IU East.” – Julien Simon Some of the trips combine disciplines at IU East and also connect with classroom and online courses. For example, the online “Globalization in Context: China” class was a collaborative offering from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and the School of Business and Economics. The class met weekly online from January 8 to April 30 before seven students traveled to China from May 15-27, along with Kristoffer Rees, assistant professor of political science, and Litao “Lee” Zhong, associate professor of economics. Students described the trip as eye-opening and the experience of a lifetime. They participated in a symposium with compatriots from Beihang University.

Photos by Kristoffer Rees, China, Jessica Raposo, Italy, and Jerry Richwine, Costa Rica

Each participant was given a $1,500 scholarship from their respective departments and also could apply for other funds from the university. The trips may seem expensive, but they really are not, Raposo believes, thanks to the support provided by campus and donors. “The beautiful thing is (IU East) provides enough scholarships that it’s usually less than the cost of the plane ticket,” Raposo said. She estimated students paid about $1,000 out of pocket for the three-week excursion, that included miles and miles of walking on some days. They watched an opera and viewed famed works of art. They visited a huge cathedral – seeing the dome above and the crypt below. They participated in field learning and activities in nearby towns that connected to their coursework.


Photo by Jerry Richwine, Costa Rica


The students took a weekday course of their choice at Florence University of the Arts. “They all had different experiences with different professors and students from other universities,” Raposo said.

“He explained that this was a lifer; people (who visit the rain forests) have gone their whole lives and never seen one,” Richwine said.

The students were able to take photos of the rare find. “There were tears of joy,” Richwine Each student posted about their experiences at said. “I had never heard of this owl.” during their visit. And there is a good reason why: According to Participant Grace Rusche said this on the blog, “the Stygian Owl is a sedentary site about the amazing experience. (non-migratory) specialist feeding on flying prey. It is a ghost of the night that is rarely “I am loving the company of the people here seen with scant research and a barely known both in my class and the IU East group ... here biology.” in Florence there is always something for you to do. I have enjoyed just walking around and At first, Richwine thought the photos might people watching.” be a first for anyone. But, further Internet research proved photos had been taken Raposo hopes to bring more students back before in Belize. every two to three years. “It turns out it is just a very rare animal,” Ten students took part in a once-in-a-lifetime Richwine said. “But to know that the owl is experience in the rainforests of Belize along there is fairly important and a sign of good with Jerry Richwine, visiting lecturer for the things.” School of Natural Science and Mathematics. He is a 2010 graduate of IU East. The trip was his third to Belize with IU East students. Every visit has its surprises. The group was traveling one day through the Rio Bravo Conservation and Management Area “Once, I had a nurse shark swim directly un– which encompasses 260,000 acres of rainfor- der me … the biggest I’ve seen in the water,” est – with a goal of checking out a rehabilitation Richwine said. “I saw five jungle cats and program for yellow-headed parrots. The endan- once saw an ocelot in the wild.” gered parrots are popular as pets, leading to His groups have seen a crocodile and large heavy poaching by illegal traffickers. stingrays swim under their boat. “There is always a surprise,” Richwine said. The students observed more than parrots, though. His next class foray promises to be a bit less Their guide had told them about a rare Stygian surprising. Next May, he’ll lead a ecologyfocused camping and hiking trip to the Owl perching in the same tree where a feedSmoky Mountains. ing box had been placed for parrots. “He was excited to show us,” Richwine said. And for good reason.

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Full-time mother aspires to be a professional scientist while inspiring her children to reach for more.


enior biology major Alicia Thompson is proud of just how far she has come as a student and a researcher. The Richmond, Indiana, native chose to pursue her baccalaureate degree from Indiana University East because of its reputation and its local presence.

“I am intrigued with life and the study of it,” Thompson said. “Science has always been fascinating to me. I felt an undergraduate degree in biology would be both challenging and fulfilling.” The ability to attend classes full time in her hometown allows her to also work as a research assistant on campus. More importantly, she can arrange her schedule around what matters to her most. Thompson has set out to earn her degree for herself and for her three children: Leilea VanMeter (10), Liraya VanMeter (7) and Robert VanMeter (3). “They’re why I’m doing this. Everything is for them,” Thompson said. Thompson is a member of the Honors Program, an intellectually enriched curriculum for highly motivated students allowing them to demonstrate academic excellence. She is president of Tri-Beta Biological Society, Beta Beta Beta (an honor society for students, particularly undergraduates, dedicated to improving the understanding and appreciation of biological study and extending boundaries of human knowledge through scientific research),and she is a member of Student Support Services.

This year, Thompson’s schedule is packed. Thompson is one of nine students named as a Summer Research Scholar for 2018. Her research, “The Impact of Nuclear Quantum Effects on Thymine Dinucleotides,” is a project she is working closely on with faculty mentor Yu Kay Law, associate professor of chemistry. In spring 2019, Thompson will present on her project during the Student Research Day. Thompson is a research assistant to Law. Additionally, he has taught her in three different courses as well as being her research supervisor, both experiences providing him with a unique opportunity to get to know her academically and outside the classroom. “She’s a student who seeks out guidance and works to try and understand and complete her tasks to the best of her ability,” Law said. “She works well with her classmates and tries her best to do her best, with the caveat that she will always put her children first (and we understand that). She also takes care to make sure she understands what she is expected to do and will not hesitate to contact me if she has questions.” Thompson’s research project examines how nuclear quantum effects impact the conformational distribution of stacked thymine bases using computer simulations. Genetic material for most organisms contains DNA. While the double helix structure of DNA is well known, understanding the dynamics of the DNA molecule is important in discerning the complexity of organisms, Thompson explained. “The goal of the project is to use computer simulations to analyze how nuclear quantum effects impact the conformational distribution of stacked thymine bases,” Thompson said. “Photo damage to DNA happens so fast, that researchers must use computer simulations to understand this phenomenon. We are working to investigate different methods used during the simulation process.”


Jamie Rippey worked with Thompson through the Student Support Services office.

hompson said that when DNA is exposed to ultraviolet light, photoproducts are produced, and repair mechanisms are triggered. If damage is left unrepaired, aptopic response and skin cancer may be caused. Thompson is concerned with the photoexcitation that occurs to join the molecular subunits, thymine, to bind to one another. This dimer formation occurs within one trillionth of a second (picosecond) of UV exposure. The 3D shape of the molecule must be aligned appropriately for damage to occur. The molecules switch in and out of these shapes rapidly, making it impossible to identify experimentally.

“Alicia is a first-generation college student and a single parent who is a very talented and outstanding student,” Rippey said. “After being out of school for 10

To overcome these boundaries, Thompson is using computer simulations to fully grasp the impact ultraviolet radiation has on DNA.

She’s involved in the community as well. Thompson’s part of the local National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) organization in Richmond.

The best experiences I have had at IU East are centered around the faculty and staff. Learning is important, but cultivating meaningful relationships extends beyond graduation and has helped prepare me for ‘The real world’.

years, Alicia returned back to IU East after making a promise to her children that she would give them a better life in spite of adversity. Alicia has lived up to that promise.”


In order for these simulations to be successful, DNA has to be correctly modelled. Researchers often fix the bond lengths to be constant within DNA to speed up simulations, and typically do not consider the possibility of quantum-mechanical effects of nuclei on the distribution of molecular shapes, she said. These tend to broaden the distribution of bond lengths. Through her research, Thompson is exploring how distribution of molecular shapes and possible conformation distribution associated with DNA photodamage depends on the quantum mechanics of nuclei.

Alicia Thompson works with Associate Professor of Chemistry Yu Kay Law.

“Working with IU’s super computer, Big Red II, is fascinating,” Thompson said. “Learning how to code has been a highlight of my research experience and undergraduate career. Above all else, being able to work alongside of one of the most intelligent, disciplined and hardworking professors, Dr. Law, has been the most rewarding. He is devoted to teaching and I have a passion for learning. He goes above and beyond to see that I absorb as much from this experience as possible. “He motivates me and challenges me to learn past my comfort zone OFTEN,” Thompson said. “I believe that’s what all students need, to have an instructor who invests their time, believes in them, but pushes them to do more than they ever thought possible.” Before becoming a research assistant working directly with Law, Thompson was a lab assistant. She would set up the labs for students. Now as an assistant, she works closely with Law on her own research as well as his. Law, who joined IU East six years ago, received tenure in spring 2018. “That’s a big deal for me, working with a tenured professor,” Thompson said. The equipment available to students in the science lab is all new –within the last two years –including the newest technology, the High Power Liquid Chromatography (HPLC). “The courses build on themselves, allowing a smooth transition from one semester to the next,” Thompson said. “This has helped me retain and apply what I have learned, successfully. I have noticed we’ve become more hands on in lab. They make time for us to use equipment we will likely be using in the industry. This experience helps to prepare us for careers after graduation.” Mary Blakefield, associate professor of biology, said she met Thompson in spring 2017 when she was assigned to prepare and set up the lab materials for a course that she was teaching. Blakefield and Thompson worked together in the lab through the next spring. “As a non-traditional student, Alicia is balancing the requirements of being a full-time student with being a full-time mom, and she is handling this spectacularly,” Blakefield said. “She is strong in her faith and devoted to her family. She will be a wonderful role model for her children as they grow up. Alicia has an excellent work ethic which will make her successful in any career that she chooses.” When not on campus or with her children, Thompson attends the NAACP meetings in Richmond. She also attended this fall’s Unity Banquet as an IU East student.


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Tom Williams, president of NAACP Local Chapter #3066, said the Williams’ and Thompson’s families have been friends for over 50 years. He knew her grandparents, Cornelius and Catherine Thompson, and he attended school and church with their children. His children were classmates with Thompson at Richmond High School (RHS), and his daughter, Brittany, was mentored by her while a cheerleader there. Thompson continues to mentor students at RHS, including a new program this fall to help guide students to excel in academics. Last May the local chapter in partnership with IU East and Ivy Tech Community College sponsored a college information session at RHS, Williams said.“The event targeted students who had the grades and talent to do well in the college environment, but maybe not the support and push from home. We are meeting on a monthly basis with those students who fall into this category in hopes of encouraging and supporting them toward their quest for success in high school and the college level.” Thompson will continue to mentor the students in addition to her coursework and research, and spending time with her family.

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“I wish the best for her and her family and feel that she soon will be a game changer in our community or wherever life takes her. As a proud member of the IU alumni family, (IU, '84), I am looking forward to her continuing our proud Hoosier tradition as she approaches graduation and beyond,” Williams said. Thompson said following graduation from IU East, she would like to establish her career and to continue her education in graduate school. More importantly, she wants to provide for her children and to be a role model to them. Rippey said whatever path Thompson pursues, she has the support and backing of her community, faculty and staff.

“Alicia has continually shown courage and strength being a parent of three beautiful children,” Williams said. “She has led by example through her strong work ethic and her value of education. I have always admired her steadfastness even in difficult times of managing a rigorous academic schedule, work and most of all managing a household as a single parent.” Williams said Thompson faces challenges of life with vigor, that she is constant, and sustainable. “Her success as a student, without question, has been driven by her keen intellect and her strong faith,” Williams said. “She is very attentive to detail, thus her aspirations in research will be a career endeavor that will garner great success. Alicia’s sense of humor is somewhat quirky but is characteristic of someone who challenges basic thinking. I think she is the sweetest nerd I’ve ever met.

“Alicia’s ultimate goal is to become a scientist at Eli Lilly. She reminds me of the three African American women portrayed in the movie, Hidden Figures: Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson, who succeed against all odds,” Rippey said. “Alicia is a future trailblazer and I believe her returning to school was the first-step. I believe Alicia now knows what is possible for her future because of the help and support of the faculty and staff at IU East.” As a student at IU East, Thompson has a few role models of her own. In addition to Law and Blakefield, she is inspired by faculty Young You, associate professor of mathematics; Parul Khurana, associate professor of biology; Christina Coryell, former laboratory coordinator; Ron Itnyre, lecturer of biology; Alisa Clapp-Itnyre, professor of English; and Josh Beal, assistant professor of mathematics; and former staff members Jamie Rippey, Student Support Services and Teresa Price, NSM academic advisor. “The best experiences I have had at IU East are centered around the faculty and staff. Learning is important, but cultivating meaningful relationships extends beyond graduation and has helped prepare me for “The real world’,” Thompson said. “I am far from a typical student, and these people truly enhanced my experience with patience, understanding and encouragement. I am surrounded by these people every day and I am not sure they realize how much I value the time they have given me.”


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How one family helped set the course for IU East’s athletics history 24

By Kyle Wright


t happened more than 30 years before Indiana University East even existed, but the marriage of August Niehoff and Clara Bedell on February 22, 1938, would prove a key moment in the school’s athletics history.

Fast forward to the 2000s. August and Clara’s family tree would provide some key roots to the early years of IU East’s NAIA athletics history. Four of August and Clara’s great-grandchildren competed for Red Wolf teams. Brothers Devon and Nate Niehoff and their cousin Keragan (Niehoff) Brown - played key roles in establishing IU East’s NAIA basketball programs.

“The opportunity to come to IU East, be part of the first recruiting class (after the school joined the NAIA), seeing it fit well with my background of being a family person and having the opportunity to come to a campus with a passion for basketball and for its students, I knew it would be a great fit,” said Devon, who made his college choice in 2008.


There was no grand master plan for so many family members to attend IU East. All were aware that their relatives attended IU East. All eventually chose IU East for reasons that were similar, yet their own. Frank originally planned to attend IU East for a semester after graduating from Franklin County High School in 2009 and then transfer to Indiana University in Bloomington. The addition of an NAIA varsity tennis program at IU East at about that time changed those plans. “That’s what led me to stay,” Frank says. “I got to fulfill a dream of mine to play a college sport and getting a Big Ten degree.”



eragan was not the first person in her household to attend IU East. He mother, Julie, earned her nursing degree from IU East.

“I love the school and the environment,” Keragan said on her signing day in 2014. “Plus, I’m excited to be a part of the very first IU East women’s basketball program in history.”

Nate was part of big brother Devon’s recruiting visits to IU East when he was in middle school. Those early impressions made a positive impact when he made his college choice in 2015.

Another cousin, Nick Frank, played on IU East’s first NAIA men’s tennis teams. “Not too many people play college sports at all,” says Nate Niehoff, currently a senior in the IU East men’s basketball program. “So between my cousins and brother, for four of us to play at a pretty high level at the same school, it honestly is kind of crazy to think about.” THE PIPELINE TO IU EAST Devon Niehoff started the pipeline of Niehoffs into the IU East athletics program. Devon, like Keragan and Nate in future years, was a standout basketball player at Rushville Consolidated High School, about an hour west of Richmond.

“I kept other options open,” Nate says, “But the family aspect ... Devon did want me to come here because of his deep ties with the coaches and other memories. That helped me make my decision to come here. I had a good grasp on what we were going to be doing.” A PRODUCTIVE FAMILY TREE Devon, Nick and Keragan arrived at IU East at a time when the foundation for their respective programs were set. Devon came aboard for the school’s second NAIA basketball season - which turned out to be IU East’s first winning NAIA basketball season. The Red Wolves improved by 14 victories to a 23-9 record. Devon and Class of 2012 teammate David Sanders would take part in 84 victories and the

program’s first two national tournament appearances over their four-year careers. Nick was part of the first three IU East tennis seasons. He contributed a 6-0 singles and doubles record during the spring of 2013, helping the team post a winning record for the first time. Keragan was part of the 14-player recruiting class that started IU East’s NAIA women’s basketball program during the 2014-15 season. IU East coach Tiffani Selhorst counted on Keragan to score, defend and rebound in the area close to the basket for the early Red Wolf teams. Her efforts were rewarded with all-conference recognition during her sophomore year. She helped IU East reach the national tournament in the program’s second season. She also played a key role as the Red Wolves won River States Conference regular season and tournament titles and advanced to the round of 16 at the NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship in 2016-17 - the program’s third season. “One thing I definitely never had to worry about with Keragan was her work ethic, both on and off of the court,” Selhorst said on Keragan’s Senior Day. “I could always count on Keragan to give us everything she had, every moment of every practice and every game. Keragan was a team captain for all three of her years here, and I couldn’t have asked for better leadership to help build this program.” Nate is still writing his IU East story. He arrived in time for the IU East men’s basketball program’s breakthrough to the upper echelon of the national rankings. The Red Wolves reached the Round of 4 at the NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball National Championship during Nate’s freshman season. Nate made the handoff to Lucas Huffman for the basket on the play that gave IU East an 83-81 national quarterfinal win against Briar Cliff and a spot in the Round of 4. Nate and the Red Wolves reached the Round of 8 at the national tournament in 2017 and then returned to the Round of 4 in 2018 after finishing the regular season ranked No. 1 in the nation.


ven if Devon, Nick, Keragan or Nate never shot a basketball or hit a tennis ball, they still would have made significant impacts on the IU East campus.

Devon served as Student Government Association (SGA) president in 2011-12 and was IU East Homecoming King in 2010. Nick also was part of SGA and succeeded Devon as IU East Homecoming King in 2011. Keragan was the IU East School of Education Outstanding Secondary Student Teacher as a senior. Nate is a regular on the IU East honor roll and was part of the IU East men’s basketball team that won a national Champions of Character Award in 2016.


" We love to celebrate our legacy families, and it's especially exciting to celebrate this family," said Terry Wiesehan, director of Alumni Relations. "Each of these alums have contributed immensely to IU East as both students and athletes. They have left an indelible mark on campus as individuals and as a family."

“You could look back and say what we accomplished in four years as Red Wolves WAS the greatest memory,” Devon says. A SPIRIT OF SERVICE Anyone who knew Devon, Nick, Keragan or Nate during their time at IU East would agree they had another notable similarity besides playing on Red Wolf athletics teams.


ll demonstrated an unselfish spirit of service on and off of the basketball and tennis courts. If a campus organization needed a helping hand, they could count on any of the family members.

“That’s the way our family is taught,” Nick says. “If someone needs help, don’t let them do it themselves. Lend them a helping hand. See if you can help. They always said something good in return would happen.” All four served as ambassadors for the IU East Office of Admissions. The ambassadors give campus tours and assist at events like student visit days and new student orientations


Kara Newman, the associate director for the IU East Office of Admissions who oversees the ambassadors program, speaks glowingly of the impact the family members made.

“The ambassador program has grown tremendously during the last 10 years. We have welcomed more than one set of siblings to our group, but no other family legacy quite like the Niehoff and Frank group,” Newman said. “Devon Niehoff was the first to join our group. Due to being SGA president and his involvement on campus, he had a natural ability to share his experiences with prospective students and their families. Our visitors, especially our elementaryaged guests, were in awe of his height and that they were able to talk to a REAL member of the men’s basketball team. “Nick Frank joined our group next. His outgoing personality and charismatic demeanor were a great asset to our growing group. His love for IU, IU East, and playing tennis was always a part of his conversation. When Keragan became a student, we were thrilled to have her join us. Partially because we knew the family connection and enjoyed Devon and Nick, but her hard-working, kind and positive attitude made her a great asset to our group. Nate joined our group as the youngest Niehoff (at least so far). Nate’s love for our campus, involvement with the men’s basketball team and ability to give students a very real perspective of college life made him an ideal ambassador.

“I can’t say enough about these four individuals. Their willingness to take on tasks, positive attitude, love for IU East and the natural leadership they provide is unmatched. Not only did I love having them in our group, I was blessed to get to know them each personally and they all made a lasting impression on my life.” -Kara Newman A GROWING TREE Graduation from IU East isn’t where this story ends. Commencement simply represented new beginnings for the three that have completed their time at IU East. Keragan is now Keragan Brown and is in her first year as a math teacher at Rushville Consolidated High School. Nick works for Hoeing Supply in Rushville. He and his wife, Mary (another IU East graduate, '15, from the School of Nursing and Health Sciences), celebrated the birth of a daughter in early 2018.


evon currently is a financial adviser for Edward Jones. He and his wife, Kylie (yet another IU East nursing graduate, '16), also welcomed a daughter in 2018. “Uncle Nate” started his senior year at IU East in August. He is on course to graduate in May with a degree in business administration.

The connections they all share do provide a topic of conversation at what Nick describes as “loud and proud” family reunions. “We do have a lot of conversations, the memories we had, playing basketball and the aspect that Keragan played and Nick helped start tennis,” Devon says. “Nick and I lived together my last three years so we have that memory, too. Occasionally Nate talks about how he thinks how much better his teams were than my teams.

“I say, ‘You’re welcome for laying the

groundwork.’” -Devon Niehoff


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MEN’S BASKETBALL OCTOBER 30 @ Indiana Wesleyan 8 p.m.

NOVEMBER Madonna Classic 2 vs. Lourdes 5:30 p.m. 3 @ Madonna 5 p.m. First Bank Richmond Classic 9 Michigan-Dearborn 5 p.m. WCTV 10 Ozarks 3 p.m. 13 Taylor 7:30 p.m. Saint Francis Classic 16 @ Saint Francis (Ind.) 6 p.m. 17 vs. Bethel (Ind.) 1 p.m. Kingsport (Tenn.) Showcase 24 vs. Reinhardt 1 p.m. 25 vs. Warner (Fla.) 1 p.m. 28 Rio Grande * 7:30 p.m.

DECEMBER 2 @ WVU Tech * 10 Union (Ky.) -Corbin 15 Ohio Christian * 18 @ Huntington 21 Holy Cross (Ind.)

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JANUARY 2 @ Asbury * 3 p.m. 5 @ Alice Lloyd * 3 p.m. 8 Point Park * 7:30 p.m. 12 @ Carlow * 3 p.m. 15 IU Kokomo * 7:30 p.m. 19 Cincinnati Christian* 3 p.m. 22 @ Midway * 7:30 p.m. 24 Brescia * 7:30 p.m. 26 @ IU Southeast * 3 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 29 @ Rio Grande *

FEBRUARY 2 WVU Tech * 9 @ Ohio Christian * 12 @ Point Park * 16 Carlow * Senior Day

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Home games played at the IU East Student Events and Activities Center on Lingle Court.


RedWolveS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL NOVEMBER First Bank Richmond Classic 2 Southeastern (Fla.) 4 p.m. WCTV 3 Lindsey Wilson 2 p.m. WCTV 7 @ Olivet Nazarene 6:30 p.m. 10 Saint Francis (Ind.) 5 p.m. WCTV 13 Marian 5:30 p.m. Taylor Classic 16 vs. Indiana Wesleyan 5 p.m. 17 @ Taylor 3 p.m. 21 Lincoln (Ill.) 7 p.m. Kingsport (Tenn.) Showcase 24 vs. Union (Ky.) 7 p.m. 25 vs. Robert Morris (Ill.) 5 p.m. 28 Rio Grande * 5:30 p.m.

DECEMBER 2 @ WVU Tech * 1 p.m. 15 Ohio Christian * 1 p.m. WCTV 19 @ Kentucky Wesleyan 8 p.m. 29 Saint Francis (Ill.) 1 p.m. JANUARY 3 @ Asbury * 5:30 p.m. 5 @ Alice Lloyd * 1 p.m. 8 Point Park * 5:30 p.m. 12 @ Carlow * 5 p.m. 15 IU Kokomo * 5:30 p.m. 19 Cincinnati Christian* 1 p.m. 22 @ Midway * 5:30 p.m. 24 Brescia * 5:30 p.m. 26 @ IU Southeast * 1 p.m. 29 @ Rio Grande * 5:30 p.m.


FEBRUARY 2 WVU Tech * Think Pink 1 p.m. WCTV 9 @ Ohio Christian * 1 p.m. 12 @ Point Park * 5:30 p.m. 16 Carlow * Senior Day 1 p.m. WCTV WCTV Broadcast on WCTV Channel 20 and at All times Eastern.


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Remembered F. Wayne Stidham F. Wayne Stidham is remembered for his role in establishing the Indiana University East campus, as a philanthropist and avid supporter of the city of Richmond. He passed away on April 24, 2018 at Friends Fellowship Community. He was 101. In 1969, Stidham was the chair of the Eastern Indiana Community College, Inc. The group of 65 business leaders had the purpose to raise funds for a community college. The group raised over $1 million in nine months. By 1970, Indiana University became involved in the development of what was to become the IU East campus. The IU Board of Trustees established IU East as one of seven regional campuses in July 1971. By then, the group had raised funds to purchase the 225 acres that would become the future site of IU East. Stidham Drive on the IU East campus is named in his honor. A native of Richmond, he spent most of his life in the area. He was a graduate of Morton High School and Richmond Business College. He was in the U.S. Army and served during WWII, drafted in 1945 and was stationed at Fort McClellan and Fort Benjamin Harrison where he attended the Army Finance School. Wayne served at Fort Knox as paymaster, being discharged in 1947. He graduated from Earlham’s Institute for Executives in 1957 and from the University of Wisconsin School of Banking in 1959. For 50 years, Stidham worked at Second National Bank. He was president from 1962-1974. He then served as chairman for 13 years before retiring in 1987. Aside from his role to establish IU East, Stidham was instrumental in rebuilding downtown Richmond after the 1968 explosion. He was an active member of The Committee of 100. He helped retain Wayne Works by securing land for the plant on Williamsburg Pike. Additionally, he was instrumental in the development of the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce and Reid Hospital Foundation, serving as its first president. In 2015, Wayne was inducted into the Junior Achievement Hall of Fame. He was preceded in death by his wife of 71 years, Frances J. Loschiavo Stidham, who died June 1, 2009. Survivors include his three children, John E. Stidham of San Francisco, California, and David (Carla) Stidham and Susan J. (Bob) Stidham Ferrell, both of Richmond; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.


campus Notes First-Year Convocation welcomes Class of 2022 IU East welcomed incoming members of the Class of 2022 during the First-Year Convocation held August 17 in Vivian Auditorium. This year marked the second convocation ceremony for the freshman class. The First-Year Convocation is the ceremonial kickoff to a new student’s academic experience at IU East. Students meet fellow students, the dean of their academic school, and faculty. Students learn about the IU Promise and receive their IU pin. The Class of 2022 is IU East’s largest and most diverse incoming class. This fall’s freshman class has 455 degreeseeking students enrolled for classes. On average, the members of the Class of 2022 are 18.8 years old. However, there is a range in the ages among freshman students. The youngest is 16 while the oldest is 45. Additionally, the num-

ber of domestic minority students increased 8.3 percent over last year. As a class, the average incoming G.P.A. is 3.22. 121 students received academic honors Members of the Class of 2022 attended the First-Year Convocation held August 17. diplomas from their high schools. Nine students are ranked at the top of their Of the incoming class, 110 students reported being 21st high school graduating class academically representing Century Scholars. the highest number of salutatorians and valedictorians choosing to attend IU East in a single year.

IU East transfers ownership of Danielson Center to NCCSC The Danielsons were the driving force in the creation of IU East’s Danielson Center. Through their leadership and philanthropic support, the couple led the way to build the center to support education, the county’s economic vitality and quality of life - a mission that will continue for a long time to come as part of the school corporation.

IU East and the New Castle Community School Corporation developed a plan for the future use of the Danielson Learning Center that will continue serving the educational needs of Henry County residents. After months of careful consideration and collaboration, IU East transferred the Danielson Center to the New Castle Community School Corporation (NCCSC), a decision that was made final July 16. The IU Board of Trustees gave its approval in June. The NCCSC officially owns and operates the center, which retains its name. The center, named for Donald C. “Danny” and Patty Danielson, opened in 1999.


While IU East has continually enrolled students from New Castle and Henry County through the years, enrollment in courses held at the Danielson Center has dropped, resulting in campus administration to look for new opportunities for the center. Students are choosing to live closer to campus and attend classes in person or are taking more classes through IU East’s online degree completion programs. The collaboration came at a time when the high school needed additional space. Nearly 20 years ago, the construction of the Danielson Center was funded entirely by Henry County residents. The Danielsons were actively involved in projects that supported the Henry County community and Indiana University. The Danielson Center was made possible after a group of residents saw the need for higher education housed within their community. Danny and Patty Danielson challenged the community to raise money to build the center and the

campaign raised $1 million for construction of the center. The first classes were held at the center by IU East in 1999. Danny Danielson passed away in May 2015. Patty Danielson passed away in December 2013. The Danielsons’ daughter, Susie Danielson Anderson, said on behalf of her sisters, Mary Johnson and Amy Thompson, the family is supportive of the transfer of the Danielson Center from IU East to the NCCSC. “My sisters and I are grateful for the collaborative effort by all parties, and especially the leadership of Greg Crider, in working to continue our parents’ desire to provide and encourage educational opportunities to the New Castle Community through the use of the Danielson Center.”

campus Notes Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, Crosstown Battle benefits Genesis of Richmond IU East and Earlham College hosted “Walk A Mile In Her Shoes” in an effort to raise awareness of sexual violence against women.

The number of participants increased this year. Also that day, the IU East volleyball team hosted Earlham College for the Crosstown Battle. IU East won this year’s battle, 3-0.

The second annual event was held September 18 on the IU East campus. The event was sponsored by G101-3, KICKS 96, 101.7 The Point, and The Leland Legacy.

The events brought in over $2,000 in donations to Genesis of Richmond.

Leadership changes for Academic Affairs and University College Carrie Reisner was named as the assistant vice chancellor for Student Engagement in the Office of Academic Affairs at Indiana University East. She took on her new role in July 2018. Reisner started at IU East in June 2009 as the executive director of University College, which had been newly established on campus to provide first-year students with the academic and personal support they need to be successful. Cherie Dolehanty replaced Reisner as director of University College, effective August 2018. She has been at IU East since January 2012 as an academic advisor for the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. As director of University College, Dolehanty oversees programming and services for first-year students, online students, student-athletes, and international students with the goal of increasing the retention and success of these student populations.

(Top) IU East faculty, staff and students along with members of Earlham College and the community “Walk A Mile in Her Shoes” held September 18. (Left) Shirts designed by IU East students for the “Clothesline Project” hang in the Quad during the event. The Clothesline Project is a visual display of shirts with messages and illustrations that have been designed by students in support of a survivor or by a survivor of violence. (Right) IU East staff members Blake Gooch, Pete Davis and Marcus Bingham crossed the finish line first.

In the Office of Academic Affairs, Amy Jarecki was named as the dean of students, effective July 2018. As the dean of students, Jarecki assists students in all aspects of their college careers, ensuring access to needed resources, and facilitating the resolution of challenges students may encounter, both academic and non-academic. Jarecki began her career at IU East in January 2010 as the disability services coordinator. She has also been the associate director of Financial Aid and Scholarships.


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IU East officer receives

inaugural Randy Williamson Scholarship


Indiana University Police Department-East Cadet Officers Mitch Burelison and Rikki Foust graduated from the IU Police Academy and were sworn in after graduating from the 45th class of the IU Police Academy on August 11. The ceremony was held at the Indiana Memorial Union in Bloomington.

IUPD-East has had 10 cadet officers graduate since the program was established on the IU East campus in fall 2012. Burelison and Foust joined the IUPD-East as cadets during the 2017-2018 academic year. The officers return to campus as certified police officers sworn in the state of Indiana. While completing their degree, Burelison and Foust will continue to work part-time for the IUPD-East. Both are senior criminal justice majors.

Burelison received the inaugural Randy Williamson Scholarship for Excellence as well as high marks in academics, physical fitness and firearms proficiency. He is a member of the IU East track and field team. In addition to majoring in criminal justice, he is also pursuing a minor in entrepreneurship. He is a Centerville High School graduate. The scholarship is endowed by Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie and Laurie McRobbie in honor of Randy Williamson. Williamson served as McRobbie’s driver and security officer for 10 years before he retired in 2017. Foust was one of eight women to graduate from the academy this summer. She is a graduate of National Trail High School, located in New Paris, Ohio. A transfer student and former softball player from Emmanuel College, Foust applied to the cadet program at IU East her first year on campus. Cadets complete 14 weeks of training from May to August at the IU Police Academy.


Through the program, cadets complete 600 hours of training. To become cadets, students must successfully Officer Mitch Burelison and Randy Williamson. complete the application process including interviews, background checks and fitness assessments.

IU East students inspired by NCORE® conference

The academy provides a comprehen- (Left to Right) IUPD-East Sgt. Brad sive and unique law Smoker, Officer Mitch Burelison, enforcement training Officer Rikki Foust and Chief Scott Dunning at the IU Police Academy program which, graduation on August 11. when coupled with the university’s educational programs, produces a highly qualified, experienced, and educated law enforcement professional.

Latishea Varnesdeel, former special assistant to the chancellor and chief diversity officer; Sheila Armstead, director of field/clinical assistant professor for the School of Social Work; and Cal Simpson, lecturer for the School of Business and Economics and advisor to the Multicultural Affairs Club, also attended the conference.

Cadets in the academy receive complete law enforcement training required by the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. Once the program is successfully completed, the cadets become certified law enforcement officers with full police authority in the state of Indiana. This fall, two new cadets joined the IUPD-East. Sarah Mallory, Winchester, Indiana, and Logan Moistner, Richmond, Indiana, have been selected as cadet officers for the 2018-2019 academic year.

IU East students Taylor Webster and Mary Webster, sisters from Richmond, Indiana, attended the 31st Annual National Conference for Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE®) held in New Orleans, May 28 to June 2, to learn more about diversity, social activism and how they could enhance opportunities at Indiana University East for students.

NCORE was established in 1988 to address the resurgence of racist incidents in higher education. The organization is a national resource for higher education institutions, providing an annual multicultural forum to improve racial and ethnic relations on campus and to expand opportunities for educational access and success by culturally diverse, traditionally underrepresented populations. Taylor Webster is a political science major. She is the president of the Student Government Association. Taylor attended the conference last year, and formed the Multicultural Affairs Club at IU East as a result of her experience. Mary Webster is a social work major.

class Notes Recent Education Alumni in New Teaching Positions

Marcy Jance receives ACBSP Teaching Excellence Award Marcy Jance, associate professor of business administration, was named a regional recipient of the 2018 ACBSP Teaching Excellence Award. The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) recognizes individuals each year who exemplify teaching excellence in the classroom. Jance was recognized during the ACBSP annual conference held June 8-11 in Kansas City, Missouri. She received a crystal medallion and a $250 check. Two International Teaching Excellence Award recipients were announced at a special Salute to Regions luncheon, one from a baccalaureate/graduate degree-granting institution and one from an associate degree-granting institution.

Quality Matters: Online teaching certificate for gold standard instruction The Office of Academic Affairs and the Center for Teaching and Learning congratulates Jamie BuffingtonAdams, associate dean for the School of Education and assistant professor, for earning a Quality Matters Certification for her online course, Education of the Socially and Emotionally Disturbed (EDUC-K343). Her course is the first at Indiana University East to earn official Quality Matters certification. Quality Matters (QM) is a nonprofit organization that provides the gold standard for certifying the quality of online courses and programs.

During the QM process, courses are reviewed by a team of three faculty members with current experience in teaching online. The review team uses the QM Rubric for Higher Education, which includes 43 specific review standards. In addition to her role in online course development, Buffington-Adams serves as a QM peer reviewer for online courses on and off campus.

Gloria Dixon and LaDonna Dulemba,

both assistant professors for IU East’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences, presented at the Sigma Theta Tau’s 29th annual International Nursing Research Congress in Melbourne, Australia, held July 19-23. The international nursing conference welcomed 550 participants. Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing is the second-largest nursing organization in the world, with approximately 135,000 active members. The goal of the conference is for participants to explore innovative research and evidence-based practice strategies that improve global health outcomes. During a 90-minute symposium, Dixon and Dulemba presented ways they incorporate evidencebased practice into graduate nursing curriculum and how they assess/evaluate student learning of that practice. Their goal was to present what they do at IU East in the Master of Science in Nursing program and emphasize the importance of helping students translate evidence-based practices they learn into their nursing practice.

Brittany Albrecht-Cash, Randolph Southern Junior/Senior High, Lynn, Indiana Ariel Allen, Dennis Intermediate School, Richmond, Indiana Tori Angel, Lincoln Elementary School, Brownsburg, Indiana Brooke Bissell, Union City Junior/Senior High School, Union City, Indiana Randel Blake, Batesville Middle School, Batesville, Indiana Andrew Cambron, Batesville High School, Batesville, Indiana Danny Capps, Richmond High School, Richmond, Indiana Ryan Chiddister, Union School, Modoc, Indiana Emily Clouse, Driver Middle School, Winchester, Indiana Madison Davis, Western Wayne Elementary Cambridge City, Indiana JoEllen Flansaas, Fayette Central Elementary, Connersville, Indiana Abigail Fuller-Corbin, Maplewood Elementary Connersville, Indiana Daniel Houck, Adams High School, South Bend, Indiana Adam Klipstine, Willard Elementary School, Winchester, Indiana Paige LeCount, Washington Primary Elementary, Piqua, Ohio Emily McClain, Vaile Elementary School, Richmond, Indiana

Marisa McPherson, Union City Junior/Senior High School, Union City, Indiana Courtney Mettert-Stonerock, Centerville Elementary School, Centerville, Indiana James W Nelson, Northeastern High School, Fountain City, Indiana Keragan Niehoff-Brown, Rushville High School, Rushville, Indiana Phillip Orschell, Franklin County High School, Brookville, Indiana Alyshia Parks, Twin Valley South High School, West Alexandria, Ohio Jewell Poe, Fayette Central Elementary, Connersville, Indiana Zachary Rea, Connersville High School, Connersville, Indiana Payton Rummel, Maplewood Elementary, Connersville, Indiana Jeffrey Schmidt, Milton-Union High School, West Milton, Ohio Janice Shores-Coomer, Fordsville Elementary School, Fordville, Kentucky Eva Sidell-Klein, Benjamin Rush Middle School, Rushville, Indiana Mikayla Smith, Eastview Elementary, Connersville, Indiana Cody Spillers, Randolph Southern Junior/Senior High School, Lynn, Indiana Daniel Taylor, Union County Middle School, Liberty, Indiana Tia Weist, Richmond High School, Richmond, Indiana Sarah Wells, Dennis Intermediate School, Richmond, Indiana


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Trevor Jones has taken a position with Aacres Human Services in Tony Foster is assistant general manager for Richmond Power & Light. Las Vegas as a program coordinator. He joined RP&L in July 2018. Foster previously was the director of compli2009 ance and special projects at IU East. Aaron Hill is a senior consultant for Sevatec, Inc, Faifax, assigned to a 1999 government contract with U.S. CitiDavid Wilhite is currently the zenship and Immigration Services, director of Inpatient Services, a division the United States DepartRiverview Health Noblesville. ment of Homeland Security.


Mandy Ford who has served as Earlham School of Religion’s director of External Relations since 2007, will now have the title of director of Community Engagement.


Sabrina Benner is the Richmond Community Schools Teacher of the Year. She is a teacher at Crestdale Elementary School in Richmond, Indiana. The award was presented in May 2018.


Alfredo Diamond has begun as a real estate broker for Better Homes and Gardens.


Amanda Watson Jones has been named the senior services coordinator for the City of Richmond.

Adam Oda serves as the site controller at Klockner Pentaplast, an international company located in Greenville, Ohio.


Brooke Hartwig is employed as a family case manager with the Indiana Department of Child Services.




Hubie Branstetter is employed at Hill-Rom in Batesville in Medical Device Sales. Jason Clark serves in Veterans Affairs with The Salvation Army Kansas and Western Missouri as a homeless veteran navigator.

Karin Price, LCSW, is the executive director of Dillon International, Inc. based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Previously, she was the SunBridge clinical coordinator of Mental Health Association in Oklahoma.

Tiara Smith is a registered nurse and clinical nurse educator at Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton, Ohio

Sara Sanders is now the catalog and diploma coordinator at Indiana Wesleyan University.

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Sarah Duke is now an assistant director of Admissions at Indiana University East.

Cheryl Rutherford Rigby is now the Alexandra Estes joined the Cope banking manager for First Merchants Environmental Center as a naturalCorporation. ist in January 2018.

Justin W. Jones graduated as the #1 ranked student from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in May 2018. He also completed his M.B.A. from Ball State University. He has joined the Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP as an associate in their Indianapolis office.

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Bridget Woolum passed the Ohio State Bar Examination in February 2018. She was sworn in on May 7 in Columbus, Ohio, and is currently a member of the Preble County Bar Association. Woolum is employed at Hubler and Woolum Law Office in Eaton, Ohio, her hometown.

Blaise Doubman has released his second cookbook, Blaise the Baker Celebrates!. It follows his 2016 debut book, Blaise the Baker Dessert First.

Thomisa Tudor now serves as assistant human resource manager at Holland Colours Americas, Inc.


Katelyn Brown is now a third-year student (and is seeing patients) at the Indiana University School of Dentistry. Kyle Hall has been promoted to the rank of sergeant with the North Vernon, Indiana Police Department.

Kaleb Gillock has accepted a new position as multi-media journalist for TV station KIMT-3, a CBS affiliate, in Mason City, Iowa. Rachel Johnson currently serves as an assistant director of Admissions at Indiana University East Alyssa Wysong has taken the position of counselor at Richmond High School. Congratulations to Heather Wierzbinski-Cross, ‘07 and ’13, and Andy Frame, ’09, named in the top 10 Finalists for Wayne County’s Outstanding Young Professionals.


Homecoming 2018

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Business Outlook Forum Area business

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Parting Shot Future Red Wolves: Class of 2027. IU East hosted the Randolph County Promise kickoff event, “Walk Into My Future,� on September 14. Every eligible thirdgrader in Randolph County will receive a $25 contribution to their CollegeChoice 529 savings account and a $1,000 IU East Scholarship.




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Join us for a special night to celebrate Pioneers, IU East grads from 1971 to 2007. Saturday, November 10, at 3 p.m. in the Student Events and Activities Center. In attendance will be several basketball players from the Pioneers and Red Wolves teams. IU East Athletics will present NAIA All American jerseys to 2018 graduates Tia King, Lucas Huffman and Jacoby Claypool. RSVP to Ashlee Brown, gift development associate, at

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