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Calvin & Hobbes: A gift from her husband, Ben. Judi says the cartoon represents them.

Judi painted this flamingo herself. Her undergraduate degree is in graphic design from Ball State University.

It’s normal to find bras in Judi’s office. She’s one of the founders of BRAvo!, a program by Reid Health’s Foundation to provide mammography screenings. BRAvo! is special to Judi. A breast cancer survivor herself, she voices the importance of mammograms.

Master of Science in Management, 2013. Judi is an IU East alumna and a member of the second cohort of the M.S.M. program.

The Wellness Zone project is a partnership with IU East. The project honors Reid’s support of IU East’s Student Events and Activities Center, which opened in fall 2016. Reid Health contributed $100,000 to the building project. The Springwood Hall fitness area will be named the Reid Health Wellness Center in honor of their contribution.

Brazinga!: Designed for BRAvo! by media partner WHIO.


Judi works with a staff of seven. Marketing specialist Dan Printz (left) is an IU East alumnus, ’15, and graphic designer, Rich Murray, (IU alumnus) brighten Judi’s day. Printz is a member of the School of Business and Economics Advisory Council.

Judi can’t get through a day without her Post-it Notes. The color-themed tasks are project coordinated. Note the Post-it with the word “Breathe,” Judi’s 2017 word of the year.


Director of Marketing for Reid Health

Judi oversees all of the strategic planning and marketing initiatives for Reid Health services and the 44 physicians’ offices in its network. She is a member of the WCTV Board and Hayes Arboretum Local Advisory Board and also serves on a number of committees throughout the hospital.

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20 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 SPORTS INFORMATION: Kyle Wright DIRECTOR OF GIFT DEVELOPMENT: Paula Kay King, BS’05 WRITER/EDITOR: Hali Cartee WRITERS: Mike Bennett and Millicent Martin Emery GRAPHIC DESIGNERS: Liz Johnson, MS’13 and Katie Kruth PHOTOGRAPHY: Greg Pyle and Josh Smith


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 Jason Clark, BS’14 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  Cynthia Vaughn, BS’00 Blake Watson, AS’05, BSW’07

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In This Edition 04 Fulfilling the Promise Criminal Justice major interns with several city departments 06 The Endowment of Education Cruz-Uribes endow $100,000 scholarship for IU East students


IU East alumni find success in law enforcement careers

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30 16 Red Wolves Wear the Blue IU East athletes a strong presence in cadet program

20 Reynolds hurdles his 32 10 IU East professor receives a way into Red Wolves 34 Fulbright Scholarship to history 35 teach at Belarusian State 38 University

IU East alumna receives Young Investigators Award in recognition of her research Donor Recognition Campus Notes School Notes Class Notes

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Intern Leo Cordova celebrates IU Day with IU East alumnae Sarah Mitchell (‘13) and Beth Fields (‘95, ‘00) at the Richmond City Building.

Criminal Justice major interns with several city departments Internships offer students a chance to get a good sampling of a prospec-

tive work environment. The real-world experiences can lead to real-world employment. Internships help weed out what students want and don’t want in their unfolding careers.

Leo Cordova, a junior criminal justice major, didn’t just dip his feet into the pool of public-service employment prospects with the City of Richmond this past semester; he dove in head first. He immersed himself for several days each with various departments. He worked with Mayor Dave Snow and his executive assistant, Dakota Collins, who supervised the internship. Additionally, he worked in the Wayne County Probation office with leader Kory George, Richmond Police Department with Capt. Bill Shake and with City Planner Sarah Mitchell. He interacted with numerous others who work for and lead the city. “They were all very knowledgeable and great people,” Cordova said. “All of them were really welcoming and helpful with everything.” Sally M. Saydshoev, Career and Internship coordinator, echoed that assessment. “The staff at the City Building were very accommodating and we have been very appreciative for them providing a great learning opportunity.” She notes the collaboration allowed Cordova “to network with professionals that can guide him through the field as well as provide years of knowledge he would not have been able to get anywhere else.” Cordova was “really inspired (by IU East alumna Mitchell) when she talked to me about her journey and how she got to the position she is in today.” Mitchell said she was impressed, too, by Cordova’s interest and enthusiasm. “It was great visiting with him,” Mitchell said. “He has a bright future.”

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“Working somewhere in the government would be one of the ultimate goals for me,” Cordova said. “But, I am still thinking.” It doesn’t surprise Mengie Parker that Cordova was open to gaining great experience, even though an internship isn’t required in his major. “He is very motivated and very resilient,” Parker said, the associate dean in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. “He doesn’t shrink from challenges. That’s going to be helpful moving forward in his career.” Cordova spent time interacting with many department leaders and “was able to see how those key members worked together in order to keep the city running.” His experiences ranged from witnessing dealings with ordinary issues to controversial ones. “Being exposed to the things they do on a daily basis really gave me insight on how to deal with these real world-issues. It also helped me be more aware.” Cordova spent time at another college before transferring to IU East. He quickly gained connections here that are a benefit of being on a smaller campus that values and encourages inclusiveness. “I developed a better rapport with the professors than I have had in the past,” Cordova says. “Dr. Parker is really a solid role model to look up to with his experience and extensive knowledge in the field of criminal justice and statistics.” He credits several others for inspiring him through their classes and their ideas, including Bob Ramsey, associate professor of criminal justice, and E. Scott Lee, assistant professor of political science. “IU East is growing, and I think it is growing in a positive direction. Because many of the staff are from the surrounding area, they have been very approachable and I can relate to many of them as well,” Cordova says. He worked with Saydshoev and Parker to set-up the experience. “Internships are an extremely important part of the immersive learning process for students as they work toward developing themselves professionally,” Saydshoev said. “They can help introduce students to the field, provide networking opportunities, and often times help confirm students’ interest in their field of study.”

Internships are an extremely important part of the immersive learning process for students as they work toward developing themselves professionally. - Sally Saydshoev, IU East Career & Internship Coordinator

IU EAST students

The criminal justice major was particularly interested in working in the probation office. That could be an area he pursues after graduation.


Endowment of the

valuable and worth investment with our time and treasure. The Cruz-Uribes are doing their part to allow future leaders to achieve their dreams, and we all thank them for their generosity and vision.”


By Hali Cartee

Cruz-Uribes endow $100,000 scholarship for IU East students


ndiana University East Chancellor Kathryn Cruz-Uribe and Professor of History Eugene Cruz-Uribe want to honor the support and heritage of their families by establishing an endowed $100,000 scholarship.

The scholarship will be named in honor of their parents, Gloria and Joseph Allwarden and Lillian and Antonio Cruz-Uribe, who firmly believe that higher education is the key to a better life. Executive Vice President for University Academic Affairs John Applegate said, “This is a remarkable gift in so many ways: it reflects generosity, leadership, commitment to IU East, appreciation for those who have helped along the way, and a passion for education. IU is deeply grateful to Gene and Kathy.” The gift will be matched by IU President Michael McRobbie’s matching gift program that encourages endowed gifts to, For All: The Indiana University Bicentennial Campaign. The program matches endowed scholarship gifts of $25,000 or more given by current or former IU faculty and staff or $50,000 or more for friends of the University. Angie Dickman, IU East Board of Advisors chair, said the gift will benefit the community by supporting students for years to come.


“This gift shows one thing that the Cruz-Uribes do best – lead by example,” Dickman said. “Their gift sets the example for our entire community that higher education is

“This is more than a job for us; it’s a calling. If you believe in the


it’s a really good way to give back to the

community.” - Kathy Cruz-Uribe

The Cruz-Uribes said both sets of parents valued education for all of their children and encouraged each to attend college; Kathy has five siblings while Gene has six. Kathy’s father and siblings all earned a baccalaureate degree, and then one went on to earn a J.D., two earned master’s degrees and one earned a master’s and a Ph.D. On Gene’s side of the family, his siblings also all earned undergraduate degrees as well as postgraduate degrees including four master’s degrees, one M.D., and three Ph.Ds.

“This is more than a job for us; it’s a calling. If you believe in the mission it’s a really good way to give back to the community,” Kathy Cruz-Uribe said. “IU East has so many first generation students. We’re very interested in supporting those students. We’re committed to IU East and to the mission.”

Gene Cruz-Uribe, who recently retired, is a first-generation college student. For his family, he said, there was never a question that he or his siblings would attend college.

Lizzi Miller, last year’s president of the Student Government Association and a 2017 graduate, said students appreciate those who give toward scholarships.

“Growing up, we were poor but it was just assumed that we were going to college,” Gene Cruz-Uribe said. “It was just something everybody was going to do.”


“As a student at IU East who relied on scholarships, I am elated to hear about the generous gift from the Chancellor and Professor Gene Cruz-Uribe,” Miller said. “I always pride our university on having that wholesome family feel with the most supportive administrators, faculty, and staff around. It’s truly wonderful to attend a university with so much campus and community support—both literal and financial. Without scholarships like this, the college experience would not be possible for a lot of deserving individuals.”


n addition to recognizing the encouragement they received from family, the Cruz-Uribes also want to honor their heritage by supporting the spirit of immigration that is so central to American values. They believe this can be achieved through higher education because it leads to a stronger future for individuals and their communities.

In Kathy’s case her ancestors originally came from Italy, Germany and Ireland, while Gene’s came from Norway, Germany and most recently, Mexico. All of them benefitted from the American experience and Kathy and Gene wish to extend that possibility for others new to the American way of life. “Our families came from many different countries,” Kathy Cruz-Uribe said. “We know that people have also come to this community from all over. We really wanted to provide this opportunity for IU East students. They may have the will to get a degree, but they may not have the means,” she said.

n August 2016, the Cruz-Uribe’s announced a $50,000 gift in support of the Student Events and Activities Center. The center is the fifth building on campus. The center promotes student success through a comprehensive offering of programming in health and wellness, physical education, athletics, student activities and special events.

To recognize their generosity, the campus named a classroom, located in Springwood Hall the Chancellor Kathryn Cruz-Uribe and Eugene Cruz-Uribe Collaborative Classroom. The dedication was held September 21.

“We were happy to support the Student Events and Activities Center but now we want to support student scholarships,” Kathy Cruz-Uribe said.

Gene Cruz-Uribe added that the Hispanic population is growing in the Wayne County area and they want to be able to help those students earn a college degree. The Cruz-Uribes first moved to Richmond, Ind., in July 2013 when Kathy was named the fifth chancellor at IU East. They are now in their fourth year at IU East. The Cruz-Uribes say that they give because they believe in the campus’ mission to challenge students to grow intellectually and personally in a supportive and scholarly environment.


“Prior to the establishment of the IUEAA I worked closely with what is now the Whitewater Valley Chapter of the IUAA,” Davenport said. “Because of that chapter’s commitment to student scholarships on the IU East campus they established an endowment which now exceeds more than $123,000.” The fund, which was created in 1989, will provide over $5,000 in awards to IU East students this year. The chapter also has an endowment for students studying on other IU campuses, such as IU Bloomington or IUPUI, Davenport said.

der, sexualities, and poverty. Her contagious enthusiasm inspired students and faculty alike. Inside and outside class, with peer faculty and student learners, she had a way of intensely listening that was a hallmark of her teaching style. Her students and colleagues recall and celebrate her social conscience, integrity, and humor.” The Tolleys have long supported IU East students and programs. In July 2016, the Tolleys gave to the School of Humanities and Social Sciences to help fund an Archaeology Lab at IU East that will allow students to have hands-on training in archaeological methodology. Tolley also chaired or was a member of the Campus Campaign for many years. The Campus Campaign is a time of gift giving for faculty and staff to provide scholarships, make international travel possible, create internship opportunities, grow campus through capital investment and launch new programs and projects.

Davenport said the IUEAA has established a similar pattern of awarding scholarships to students on the IU East campus. During the 2016-17 academic year, the IUEAA awarded $9,000 in scholarships for IU East students. Jason Troutwine, vice chancellor for External Affairs, said Davenport is a tremendous ambassador for IU and IU East. “Bette cares deeply about our students and our mission as a regional campus of IU. She has dedicated over four decades to helping IU students graduate and, then, keeping them engaged as alumni. If you know Bette…you know she loves this campus. We are very grateful for her past support and for what this new scholarship will mean to future students.”


Originally from Indianapolis, Davenport moved to Richmond because her husband, David Davenport, was a native of the city. A composer and conductor, David Davenport was also an alumnus of IU and received his bachelor’s and master’s degree in Music Education from the Jacobs School of Music on the Bloomington campus. He was the president of Richmond Music Press and choral director at Richmond High School. He was also the director of the IU East Community Chorus and IU East Singers from 1979-1986. In 1992, he received the Singing Hoosiers Alumni Award. He passed away in January 2012. ette Davenport, of Richmond, Indiana, knows firsthand the impact scholarships can have for students completing a degree. In recognition of Indiana University East’s mission and to encourage others to give, she is making a $25,000 gift to establish the Bette G. Davenport Alumni Scholarship.

As an alumna of IU East and the former alumni director for the campus, Davenport said scholarships have always been her way to enable students to complete their education without the financial stress. “Those who know me will tell you that scholarships have always been my passion,” Davenport said. “It is my hope that a scholarship, regardless of the amount, will make life somewhat easier for the student. Whether it means a smaller loan amount, funds for a babysitter and extra monies for gasoline or groceries, the journey to their dream of higher education has been eased.” Davenport received her Bachelor of General Studies degree in 1992, a time when many bachelor degrees were unavailable at the regional campus, she notes.


As a 27-year employee of IU East, Davenport worked in various positions for offices in alumni relations, development, ceremonies and special events, and volunteered for local alumni chapters. Davenport served as the first alumni director at IU East, retiring from the position after 19 years in 2004. As director, she helped guide the organization of the IU East Alumni Association (IUEAA), which was chartered in 1989.

“The presence of Indiana University East in this community, first and foremost, offered me the opportunity to complete my higher education and to receive a Big Ten degree,” Davenport said. “Like many others, I began my college career at another institution of higher learning. Again, like many other students, life intervened. I am surrounded by family members who are IU alumni.” In 2006, Bette and David Davenport watched as their granddaughter, Kiera Davenport Landess, received her degree from IU Bloomington at the IU East Commencement. “At the time her grandfather was ill and not able to travel to Bloomington,” Davenport said. “It was the same year that I was honored with the IU East Distinguished Alumni Award. Kiera was able to receive her degree here at the IU East campus as her grandfather and I proudly watched. I was on stage and able to welcome her into the IUAA with a special IU hug.” In recognition of her service to the university, Davenport was honored with a School of Continuing Studies Distinguished Alumni Award and an IU East scholarship in her name when she retired. She received the IU East Distinguished Alumni Award in 2006. She continues to serve as a liaison between the IUAA and the Whitewater Valley and Henry County chapters. In June 2016, the IUAA honored Davenport by presenting her with the President’s Award for her service and leadership to the alumni association. She said the honor was the highlight of her career, noting that IU and the IUAA provided her with a Big Ten degree, an incredible career and a plethora of wonderful friends and memories. “Indiana University and the IU Alumni Association provide a life time of friendships and connections,” Davenport said. “It is the perfect opportunity to network and find a group who share your love for your University, no matter where you are located. You might be traveling or working in another state or country, yet finding that individual with an IU degree offers instant connection. IU is a family.” Through her gift, Davenport hopes to provide others with an opportunity to join and benefit from the IU family.


nne Szopa was instrumental in developing the Women and Gender Studies and Sociology programs at Indiana University East. In recognition of her contributions and to encourage others to expand opportunities for students to study in this field, Rob and Nancy Tolley have endowed $30,000 to establish the Anne Szopa Scholarship.

Szopa, who passed away in November 2013, was an associate professor of sociology at IU East. Szopa and Rob Tolley were both faculty members in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences. Now retired, Tolley was a lecturer of Sociology and Anthropology. He started working part-time at IU East in 1979 and became a full-time faculty member in 1991. He retired in 2014. Nancy Tolley was a school psychologist at Cincinnati Public Schools and retired in 2012. They now live in Wyoming. “Nancy and I, along with our children Kathryn and Robert, have endowed the Anne Szopa Scholarship in recognition of her many contributions to IU East,” Tolley said. “We hope this scholarship will expand opportunities for students to pursue work in the many areas encompassed by the subject of Women and Gender Studies.” Szopa was part of the IU East faculty from 1981 to 2006. She was instrumental in the development of Sociology, Behavioral and Social Sciences, and the Women and Gender Studies Program at IU East. She served as chair of the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and co-coordinator of the Women and Gender Studies Program. Szopa also helped to develop the B.S. in Behavioral and Social Sciences degree. A lifelong resident of nearby Muncie, Indiana, Szopa earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from Ball State University. Prior to joining IU East, she was a member of the faculty at Ball State, where she also helped to add women’s studies to the program. Colleagues remember Szopa for her contributions to education and to the department. IU East faculty members Joan Lafuze, Laverne Nishihara and Edwina Helton share in the Tolley’s recognition of Szopa’s efforts to enhance academic programs on campus, saying she had a passion for social justice, and women’s and gender studies. “She was the ultimate teacher-learner. She shared through thoughtful conversation, not dictating opinions,” Helton said. “Anne had a gift for expanding understanding of the social aspects of gen-

“Scholarships are critical for student success. Not just for the financial benefit, which is important. Students need to feel they are supported in all phases of their pursuits. As faculty we are called upon to place demands and challenges to our students. Scholarships supported by the IU East faculty show our students that we are with them through the whole process. With a scholarship in hand, the students know we’re behind them!” Director of Gift Development Paula Kay King said Rob and Nancy Tolley have continued to remain supportive of student success and connected to the campus. “Rob and Nancy remain as exemplary leaders in giving and support of higher education through their contributions toward scholarships and academic programs,” King said. “We thank Rob and Nancy for their generous contributions to IU East.” The Tolleys have seen first-hand the value that student scholarships can provide not just professionally, but also personally. Both of their children received scholarships in their academic pursuits. “Nancy and I are thrilled that we are able to support IU East students by endowing a scholarship in Anne Szopa’s name,” Tolley said. “Our children Robert and Kathryn received significant scholarship and fellowship support in their academic careers. Our family has a significant ‘student debt’ to repay. It’s the debt we owe as a result of the scholarships our children received in pursuit of their degrees. We don’t have any student loans to repay, so why not help IU East students with scholarships! We have a responsibility to see that IU East students have support in the pursuit of their dreams and degrees.” Tolley added that the Indiana University Bicentennial Match offered through the For All: The Indiana University Bicentennial Campaign provides an excellent opportunity for the gift to be magnified in its impact. “Nancy and I have endowed the Anne Szopa Scholarship not just because we can, but because we should,” Tolley said.


IU East professor receives a Fulbright Scholarship to teach at Belarusian State University By Millicent Martin Emery

Prestigious Program Petersheim is one of more than 800 Fulbright Scholars conducting research, teaching or providing expertise abroad during the 2017-18 school year. The scholars are considered unofficial ambassadors for their nations. He is IU East’s first Fulbright Scholar since Joanne Passet, a history professor, went to Hue University in Vietnam during 2008-09. Legislation by U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright (D-Ark.) led to the creation of an international educational exchange program in 1946 for non-political idea sharing. Petersheim went through two U.S. reviews and two foreign reviews after applying for the Fulbright award. He’s submitted syllabi for classes about the U.S. Civil War, 19th century American Renaissance writers and contemporary U.S. literature, and is waiting to hear what the university wants him to teach. When Petersheim applied for the Fulbright, he requested to go to Austria, thinking he’d be a good match because of his fluency in German since childhood. Instead, the Russian-speaking Belarus selected Petersheim for the Fulbright program.

“I’ll definitely be in learning mode,” Petersheim said. “I will be learning from them and hope they can learn from me.” During the spring semester, he’ll share what he’s learned with the IU East community. Petersheim, a Maryland native, came to IU East five years ago to teach American literature after earning his doctorate at Baylor University.

Those who watched the popular TV show “Friends” might remember Phoebe’s boyfriend, David,

who left America to spend years in Minsk on a research grant.

Although an IU East professor also has received a grant to travel to the capital of Belarus, his experience will differ in several ways from the TV show plot. Steven Petersheim’s family is staying with him as he teaches classes, and they’ll all return in four months.


Petersheim, an assistant professor of English, has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award that allows him to teach at Belarusian State University and soak up the culture into December.

He said he’s excited and thrilled about the “huge honor” of receiving the Fulbright grant. During his trip to Belarus, Petersheim aims to see how other higher-education systems work and how U.S. literature is received and discussed abroad, especially in eastern European countries that are building democracies. In exchange, he’ll help Belarus students learn about American culture through literature and film. Belarus is an eastern European country bordered by Russia to the east, Poland to the west, Ukraine to the south and Latvia and Lithuania to the north. It was formerly was part of the Soviet Union. Petersheim, wife Beth and their four young children left in late August for the Western-influenced city of Minsk. “It’s the perfect time for them to soak up another culture and get immersed in it,” Petersheim said of his children.

However, Petersheim won’t have to present his lessons in Russian. Students have to know English for the program he’s teaching. Petersheim does have a little Russian-language experience because he taught English to Ukrainian immigrants years ago in New York. His family learned the Cyrillic alphabet and language to prepare for their trip. He said he believes he’s the first literature professor to go to Belarus as a Fulbright Scholar. The nation is working to improve its higher education in recent years, joining other European nations in 2015 in the Bologna Process to ensure comparable standards and quality. Fulbright Scholars are often asked to give presentations at the universities where they teach as well as for community groups and other regional universities, so he’s looking forward to those opportunities to share American culture. He might have help from a translator for public talks.

Transition for Family, Nation Petersheim has been learning as much about Belarus as possible before his family’s trip. Belarus deeply felt the impact of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster because winds sent much of the nuclear fallout north, just over the nearby border with the Ukraine. The incident remains part of Belarus residents’ psyche and influences the way people see themselves, he said.

Residents are also working through how their freedoms were impacted while part of the former Soviet Union, and they still face some challenges today, Petersheim said. He said he believes those at the university are interested in 19th century American literature because it reflects the development of democracy in the young nation. Much of the literature from that era shows Americans’ anxiety as the country’s identity is being shaped, he noted. Petersheim said he’s learned he’ll be able to speak as a private citizen in Belarus and can discuss America’s current political climate and compare it with other nations. “One thing I’ll love to bring back is how America looks to people who have not grown up with democracy as a foregone conclusion,” Petersheim said. After his trip, he hopes to be able to take a more international approach to discussing what it means to be an American. As more citizens question the accuracy of today’s news reports, Petersheim said he believes students will see the information he presents about his first-hand overseas experience as authentic. He hopes to share how Belarus students respond to literature that IU East students read and compare their perspectives. Petersheim expects his Belarus students to have some of the same questions and some different ones from American students based on their life experiences. He wants to see the books he’s repeatedly read through the eyes of Belarus students and believes those discussions will prompt him to think differently. “I think that will deepen the study of literature for me and my future students,” Petersheim said. “It will make me a better teacher. I already think outside of the box, but this added experience will help me do even more than I do now, from lived experience rather than philosophical speculation.” He said Minsk is the nation’s most Westernized city, and through pictures and reports, he’s learned it’s very clean, well-kept and pleasant. It has an opera company as well as hiking and biking trails, old cathedrals and a new shopping mall. To help his children get excited about their trip, he showed them a photo of Minsk’s Ferris wheel, which is one of the world’s tallest. The Petersheims plan to spend plenty of time in the city’s parks and hope to meet families there. Petersheim’s oldest child, daughter Mikayla, recently completed third grade at Hibberd Elementary in Richmond, and son Ethan finished kindergarten at Charles. Mikayla expressed some initial concern about leaving her friends for the fall semester, but she and Ethan are now more enthused about their trip after seeing photos of palaces and castles. She’s been collecting addresses to



Petersheim is excited to share Belarus’ culture with his wife and children. One destination on his list is the National Library of Belarus, which opened its 22-story building about 10 years ago. The main structure is a glass rhombicuboctahedron, which means it has 18 square faces and eight triangular faces that shine from natural light in daytime and LED lights at night. He’s reading as much as possible to prepare for his visit. One book he’s studying is the autobiography of artist Marc Chagall, who Petersheim has long admired. Chagall, who grew up in nearby Vitebsk and died in 1985, became known as a French painter, printmaker, and designer. His childhood home is now the Chagall Art Center. The family has even researched recipes for some foods they’ll find in Minsk, such as potato pancakes, and made them at home.

Choosing Richmond As he completed graduate school and began searching for work, one reason Petersheim was attracted to IU East was the opportunity to teach many types of courses. Another incentive was a good place for a growing family. He said his children love Richmond’s parks and he’s intrigued by the city’s jazz heritage. When they first came to Richmond, the couple attended “Les Miserables” at Richmond Civic Theatre. “We were blown away - it was more than we expected,” Petersheim said of the community theater. Coincidentally, Petersheim recently played the role of the Constable in Richmond Civic Theatre’s August performances of “Fiddler on the Roof” featuring Russian and Jewish culture.


It will make me a better teacher. I already think outside of the box, but this added experience will help me do even more than I do now, from lived experience rather than philosophical speculation.

send postcards to her friends at home. The Petersheims are deciding whether Mikayla and Ethan will attend an English-speaking international school or be guided by Beth and online lessons. Younger sisters, Abigail, 4, and Johanna, born last October, are less aware of the family’s plans.


-Steven Petersheim

FAKENEWS By Mike Bennett


here are no alternative facts about it, KT Lowe has quickly become an expert on “fake news.”

from real sources, not a meme or a site you’ve never heard of before,” she wrote recently in a blog post that offered advice for followers at IU East.

Explaining it. Researching it. Teaching how to spot it.

She suggests using source tools such as LinkedIn, and academic databases to check out writers, their associations and to verify the accuracy of a story’s claims.

The IU East librarian became a major informational resource in the past year as the term increasingly grew in attention.

She also cautioned about using search engines such as Google because “its built-in personalization can limit your searches to information it thinks you want based on previous searches for the same topic and your own browsing history.”

Her popular blog posts have focused on the topic and her expertise has drawn lots of attention. She even led a web seminar about the subject for the Indiana State Library. “It was exhausting there for a while – I was fielding up to 20 emails a day for about three months,” says Lowe, who serves as library instruction coordinator and also coordinates service learning at IU East. “Exciting, sure, to be part of the larger conversation and to receive plenty of recognition, but now that the ‘fake news basics’ have died down, it’s time to dig into the root causes and see how the tools at hand help or hurt our ability to sort out real from fake information.” First, it helps to understand that “fake news” isn’t new. That concept and its communication cousins -- such as misinformation, falsehoods, false flags and propaganda -- have “been around forever,” Lowe said. “It’s only today that, with the immediacy of the Internet, the general open platform that the Internet provides and the ability of individuals to sequester themselves among like minded friends, that fake news has really gained a different kind of foothold.” Lowe admits she became fascinated with the concept after looking deeper into a story that ran on She thought at first that the site was connected to the famed newspaper. “I clicked on the link, which looked like a legitimate New York Times page, and believed it, then reposted it on my Facebook page,” Lowe reports. “It was only about a half hour later, when I didn’t see any other news stories corroborating it, that I learned it was fake. I got in

Lowe and others at the Campus Library are available to help. She suggests making contact via email at She pointed out many traits that help identify fake news in her blog post for the Indiana State Library:

late in the game, in July 2016, and it was already getting out of hand by then.” Researching the subject fit well into her job at IU East. “I’m an instruction librarian, which means I provide insight and guidance with regard to library and informational tools such as databases, electronic catalogs, WorldCat and other library resources, but this year I’ve been asked to do as much fake news sessions as standard instruction.” Librarians serve a valuable role by teaching information literacy skills and serving “as part of a larger community of information providers and, dare I say it, truth seekers. We don’t tell you the answers, but we show you how to find them yourself. Empowerment takes longer, but the payoff is much larger.” Lowe’s research has shown that checking out sources is the first critical step in identifying real news. “Real news comes

• It makes you angry, scared or, for some political stories, overly reassured • It seems too good (or bad!) to be true • It is not from a generally reputable source • It does not cite its sources, or uses poor sources to back its claims “You’ll see fake news on the Facebook pages of many of your friends, but just because they believe it doesn’t mean it’s true,” she wrote in that post. “Even the smartest, mosteducated people will make mistakes and post fake news sometimes. It’s up to you to sniff it out.”

To read more from Lowe about fake news visit




IU East alumni find success in law enforcement careers By Mike Bennett


eff Cappa knows from personal experiences that IU East is a great place to look for future law-enforcement officers. The Wayne County sheriff is a graduate, as are numerous others in his department.

He volunteers on campus, mentors students, and has stayed connected in many other ways since receiving his associate’s degree in 1998 -- including serving on the alumni board for more than a decade. Cappa also actively recruits on campus and hires interns from IU East. He and his deputies speak regularly to classes on campus. And he foresees an expanding partnership in the law-enforcement program that has been a part of IU East since its beginning in 1971. “We have been partnering with Mengie (Parker) in several ways,” Cappa said about the chair of IU East’s criminal justice program. “We want to accelerate it, work even further together.” Cross-disciplinary teaching and experiential learning are among the IU East Criminal Justice program’s greatest strengths when it comes to preparing students for their careers and helping them to leverage skills gained outside their field of study. “Faculty and staff have a great deal of respect for the field,” Parker said about criminal justice. “That’s why it’s easier for positive things to grow.” He noted the work of professors such as Stephanie Whitehead and Bob Ramsey, “who laid the foundation” for the growing interconnection among disciplines on campus. For example, the program partnered with the School of Nursing and Health Sciences to teach forensic science, the School of Business and Economics for forensic accounting and the English department to teach public information and grant writing for future officers.


The expanding relationships included Parker and students working with Cappa to help analyze data

He carries at least four radios: one for his main job with the DNR, another with the state patrol and the others for the Randolph County and Wayne County sheriff’s departments.

to aid in reaccreditation for the sheriff’s department and the jail.


Parker also notes that IU East’s cadet program is open to all majors. That program through the campus police has been very successful at placing students in good jobs after graduation.

One shining example is Matt Garringer of Lynn, Ind. The 2012 graduate majored in biology and minored in chemistry and started a full-time job during his senior year as an officer for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. He worked in Wayne County for a while, but now is based in Randolph County.

“You never know what will happen each day,” he said. But, the best reason is being able to connect with people in positive ways. “Very few other jobs can you directly affect people’s lives,” he said. “I’ve changed lives. There’s nothing like it. I’ve been called to love thy neighbor.” His biology studies come into good use, he said, when there are fish kills. He has to respond, investigate, count fish (by estimation), know their species and try to find out what killed them. Garringer believes the experiences he gained through IU East and working with law enforcement agencies gave him a step up on getting hired quickly. “It definitely helped. Several hundred people had applied for jobs (as conservation officers),” he recalls. “Out of my group, only 11 were hired.” He enjoys working with young people and always keeps his eyes on possible recruits for his field.

“I can show up to help,” he said. “Sometimes I happen to be close.” Those jobs could include directing traffic at an accident scene. Garringer remembers the time that he and Cappa both responded to a call where one person was threatening another.

“We’ve had a long history (of success), whether criminal justice majors or not,” Parker said.

Garringer recently gained acclaim by finding and saving a woman from dying of a drug overdose by administering Narcan. He discovered where she was hidden while interviewing two men that he’d arrested. He also saved a man from drowning who had fallen upside down from a boat accident. Garringer loves his job in part because of its variety, being able to apply many disciplines.

“I’ve talked to several kids in the area,” he said. “It’s a really Cline led the biggest investigation in the history of Richcool job.” mond: the downtown explosion that killed 41 people in 1968. Garringer spends about 90 percent of his time alone as he primarily focuses on protecting fish, game, parks and Among other jobs after leaving the ISP, Cline served as waterways. He works mainly on a boat during the summer, police chief at Hanover College in his adopted hometown but he always is ready to answer a call from local lawof Madison, Ind. Today, he remains active, writing a blog enforcement agencies. that extolls the virtues of Madison.

“That was neat working together,” Garringer said. Cappa enjoys seeing students become leaders in the field of law enforcement.


“Very few other jobs can you directly affect people’s lives,” he said. “I’ve changed lives. There’s nothing like it. I’ve been called to love thy neighbor.” - Matt Garringer

The successful uniform and university connection actually started during IU East’s infancy in the early 1970s, when classes were held in Carpenter Hall at Earlham College.


ob Cline earned an associates degree in IU East’s first graduating class of 1972 as he progressed toward a 34-year career with the Indiana State Police (ISP). He rose from state trooper to colonel, and at his retirement was one of only two people to ever hold every job level for the ISP. His roles included guarding governors, presidents and other dignitaries who visited Indiana.

Cappa recalls that IU East’s program helped him originally for two major reasons: smaller class sizes made everything more personal and many of the adjunct professors were judges and attorneys. “They actually worked in areas that I was working in,” he said. “That enhanced the experience. I have great pride in being an alumnus.” Cappa had his eyes on a law enforcement career early. He started working with the sheriff’s department’s Explorer program in the mid-1970s and was employed “right out of high school in 1980.” The tradition continues at IU East with many recent graduates of the cadet program getting hired before graduation or right out of college. IU East’s first cadet Sergio Santiago is an officer with the Richmond Police Department. Niko Natali was on the IUPD at IUPUI. Kyle Hall, ’16, is an officer at the North Vernon Police Department and Clint Swanson, ’17, is an officer at the Bedford Police Department. At Swanson’s swearing in ceremony in August, he was presented with a Lifesaving Award from the American Police Hall of Fame for his efforts in saving the life of another. Read more about Hall and Swanson on page 16. Cappa and Parker praise the virtues of immersion in their fields, getting tastes through internships. “We are looking for opportunities to get students involved, to use direct applications that jump-start and build stronger careers,” Parker said.

“I think IU East historically has been positioned to help build careers. Now, we are trying to be much more intenHe also earned a bachelor’s degree in general studies from tional. That hard work before has enabled us to see so IU East in 1982. many possibilities.” “Thank you for the base you gave me,” he told the Class of 1999 in the commencement speech. Where he was named that year’s Distinguished Alumni Award recipient.

The “possibilities” are exciting to Cappa on a personal level. He will finish his two terms as sheriff at the end of 2018. “I am taking a look at several options,” he said about what he’ll do afterward. “I will always maintain a relationship with law enforcement.”

He had followed the advice given to him just after World War II from the state police personnel director to study law enforcement at Indiana University. And with IU East. He was one of the first four hired ny the ISP based on college studies rather than just finishing the state police academy.

“My education base -- the IU East base … was like ‘Old Man River’ -- that base just kept rolling along,” he said in the 1999 commencement speech.


Wayne County Sheriff Jeff Cappa networks with students at IU East.


Bob Cline talks with Herman B. Wells during IU East’s first Commencement Ceremony held in May 1972. Cline received his associate degree and later returned to complete a bachelor’s degree in 1982.


Bob Cline with his family during IU East’s first Commencement Ceremony.


Matthew Garringer is an officer with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.


Red Wolves IU East athletes a strong presence in cadet program

By Kyle Wright

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hey patrolled the passing lanes on the basketball court and secured big victories on the track. They also patrolled the lanes in the parking lots and secured big events on the Indiana University East campus.

A trio of Red Wolf student-athletes have provided a strong presence in the Indiana University police cadet program over the past three years. Kyle Hall, a standout cross country and track and field runner, started the tradition of Red Wolf athletes in the cadet program in in the fall of 2014. Clint Swanson, Hall’s teammate in the track and field program, came aboard one year later. Kristen Miller, an all-conference athlete in basketball and track and

IU East Police Sergeant Brad Smoker and Officer Kyle Hall ride across campus through the bike patrol program.


field, made it three athletes in three years when she started in the program in the fall of 2016. “I was very fortunate to have been able to go through the cadet program,” said Hall, who graduated from IU East in 2016 and joined the North Vernon (Ind.) Police Department, where he is now a patrol officer.

“I certainly felt as though having that experience made me more marketable when I was in the job market. I credit the cadet program with being a primary reason why I was able to have a job directly after graduating.” “I have also seen the cadet program’s effect while in the job. Going through the cadet program provided me with a lot of diverse experiences that I have been able to use while collaborating with other officers. I have taken many great attributes from officers at IUPD. Those, in combination with the great things I have learned from officers at NVPD, have made me a very well-rounded officer.” Two IU East students, typically juniors, are selected for the elite IU cadet program each school year. The application process includes interviews, background checks and fitness assessments. The cadets spend the first year of the twoyear experience training alongside Indiana University Police Department-East officers. They then have the opportunity to attend law enforcement academy at the Indiana University campus in Bloomington during the summer before their senior year. They then work about 25 hours a week with fulltime campus law enforcement staff during their final year at IU East. “My favorite experience (of the cadet program) was the experience of going through the academy,” said Swanson, who joined the Bedford (Ind.)


Women’s head basketball coach receives RSC Coach of Character Award

IU East women’s basketball head coach Tiffani Selhorst earned the 2016-17 River States Conference Coach of Character Award in August 2017.

Police Department after graduating from IU East in 2017. “I got to be with a lot of people who are in my shoes, all the people on other IU campuses coming for police academy. It wasn’t always fun, but it was good to get to know people, and we were all going through the same stuff.

“Getting pepper-sprayed was the most memorable thing. It wasn’t the best memory,” Swanson continued with a laugh, “but we all knew we had to do it. We went, we got it done. It was not fun at all, but we went through it together.”

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Hall, Swanson and Miller truly represent some of IU East’s finest. All three excelled in athletic competition and in the classroom. Hall, a Dillsboro, Ind., native, was a two-time recipient of the IU East athletic department’s Academic Athlete of the Year award. He won a track and field conference championship in the 800 meter run as a sophomore and was a part of four conference champion relay teams. He capped his career by earning CoSIDA College Division Academic AllAmerica second team honors. Swanson grew up not far from Hall in Vevay, Ind. He was the conference track and field athlete of the year as a sophomore after winning the league newcomer of the year honor as a freshman. He won two individual conference titles and anchored two conference champion 4x400 meter relay teams. His name appears eight times in the IU East track and field record book. Miller, who just started her senior year at IU East, is the first Red Wolf NAIA athlete from Ottawa, Ohio. She is a big reason why the IU East women’s basketball team won 70 games and made two national tournament appearances in the program’s first three seasons. She joined the track and field program in the spring of her sophomore year, and she

promptly won the triple jump at the conference meet to claim the conference newcomer of the year award.

Selhorst, the Red Wolves’ coach the last three years, was chosen after voting from the conference’s athletic directors.

“There are times I need to sit back and take a breather,” Miller said during a rare free moment. “But everything I’m doing is something I love, and it’s easy for me to work really hard for that. I know whatever I go through now is going to pay off, no matter how stressful it is. I try to keep that in back of my mind and stay motivated in that way.

The RSC Coach of Character Award is patterned after the NAIA award of the same name and is given annually to a head coach who has been outstanding in embracing the five core values of the NAIA’s Champions of Character initiative, using methods of teaching character through sport and in community leadership through volunteerism or service.

“When I came to college, my long-term goal was to be in the FBI,” continued Miller, who is a double major in accounting and psychology with minors in financial forensic investigations and criminal justice. “The fact that I will be an IUPD officer my senior year of college, that’s incredible. It’s too hard to pass that up.”

The five core values of Champions of Character are respect, responsibility, integrity, servant leadership and sportsmanship. It is the second year that the conference has named a winner of this award, with former Asbury softball head coach Samantha DeMartine winning in 2015-16. A native of Ottawa, Ohio, Selhorst has brought IU East women’s basketball to the top of the conference and into a national contender in NAIA Division II. The Red Wolves were 29-6 as RSC Tournament champions and NAIA Division II National Championship Sweet 16 qualifiers last season. IU East ended the year ranked No. 15 in the final NAIA DII Top 25 Poll. It was the second straight year in the national tourney for the Red Wolves. Off the court, Selhorst has upheld a high standard of academics for her team. Red Wolves women’s basketball had the highest team grade-point average of any team in the conference for any sport in 2015-16. The team had five of its members earn NAIA Scholar-Athlete status as juniors or seniors with 3.50+ GPAs.


Selhorst is the Senior Women’s Administrator at IU East and the advisor for the Red Wolves’ Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, a program she created in 2015-16. IU East women’s basketball had its first-ever year of competition in 2014-15. Selhorst was named in 2017 a Wayne County Young Professionals “Top 10 Honoree.”

Kristen Miller describes her experiences in the IU East cadet program:

Sports Information Director receives conference award for outstanding work

Clint Swanson describes his experiences in the IU East cadet program:

Kyle Wright, sports information director and assistant athletic director, has been named the River States Conference Sports Information Director of the Year 2016-17. Wright was selected after a vote of the conference’s athletic directors and sports information directors for his outstanding work to promote IU East men’s and women’s athletics. The RSC Sports Information Director of the Year award was established in 2014-15. It recognizes a yearly winner for their dedication to sports information efforts in promotion of their campus, conference and the NAIA. According to the announcement, highlights for IU East’s sports information in 2016-17 included coverage of nationally ranked teams in men’s and women’s basketball that both won RSC Tournament championships and made runs in the NAIA Division II national tournaments. Wright directed sports information coverage at the RSC Volleyball Tournament in Cincinnati, providing live stats and statistical coverage of all tournament matches. Additionally, Rufus the Red Wolf advanced to the NAIA Mascot Challenge with sports information promotion. IU East ended up third overall in the RSC Commissioner’s Cup race after the spring season. Other highlights included affiliating the Red Wolves Sports Network with Stretch Internet, the official video streaming provider of the NAIA and the RSC, and bringing multiple cameras and local TV coverage broadcasts to local events.


Wright has also served on the conference’s Administrative Council as an at-large member. He serves as the conference’s scheduling committee chair with responsibility of creating conference schedules for every sport years in advance. Wright’s work in this area has guided the conference through figuring out complex schedules as the conference has grown in membership and divisions.


Home matches are in BOLD and * denotes conference matches. WCTV Broadcast on WCTV Channel 20 and online at All times Eastern.


AUGUST Huntington Forester Invite 18 vs. Huntington 9 a.m L-0-3 W-3-0 vs. Robert Morris (Ill.) 1 p.m. 19 vs. Missouri Valley 1 p.m. L-1-3 vs. Grace 3 p.m. L-0-3 Life Tournament 25 vs. Mobile 11 a.m. L-0-3 vs. Life 7 p.m. L-0-3 26 vs. Martin Methodist 11 a.m. W-3-0 vs. William Carey 3 p.m. L-1-3 WCTV (Tailgate) 7 p.m. L-0-3 30 vs. Marian SEPTEMBER Indiana Wesleyan Tournament 1 vs. IU Southeast Noon W-3-1 vs. Indiana Tech 4 p.m. L-0-3 2 vs. IU Kokomo Noon L-0-3 vs. Taylor 2 p.m. L-1-3 (Superhero Night) 7 p.m. L-2-3 6 vs. Bluffton Earlham College Tournament 9 vs. Pikeville 3 p.m. W-3-0 vs. Earlham 5 p.m. L-2-3 10 vs. Capital 11 a.m. W-3-0 Home volleyball matches played at the IU East Student Events and Activities Center.


AUGUST 23 @ Huntington 4 p.m. L-0-6 26 @ Concordia-Ann Arbor 4 p.m. L-0-3 28 @ Lourdes 5 p.m. T-1-1 (OT) SEPTEMBER 2 @ Lincoln Christian 5 p.m. W-4-1 7 @ UC-Clermont 7 p.m. W-3-0 9 @ Earlham 3:30 p.m. W-3-0 16 vs. Saint Francis (Ind.) (Tailgate)4:30 p.m.W-2-0 20 @ Georgetown 7 p.m. W-3-2 23 vs. Goshen 4 p.m. L-0-3 30 vs. Ohio Christian * 3:30 p.m.

SEPTEMBER cont. WCTV (Blackout) 12 vs. Anderson 7 p.m. W-3-1 15 vs. Point Park * 6 p.m. W-3-1 WCTV 16 vs. Carlow * Noon W-3-0 20 @ Taylor 7 p.m. L-0-3 23 vs. WVU Tech Noon W-3-2 26 @ Ohio Christian * 7 p.m. RSC Quad @ IU East WCTV 30 vs. IU Kokomo 10 a.m. vs. Cincinnati Christian 4 p.m. OCTOBER RSC Quad @ OCU 7 vs. Brescia * Noon vs. IU Southeast * 2 p.m. 13 @ WVU Tech * 6 p.m. 14 @ Rio Grande * 11 a.m. RSC Quad @ Asbury 21 @ Asbury * Noon vs. Midway 2 p.m. WCTV (Pink Out) 7 p.m. 24 vs. Rio Grande * 27 @ Point Park * 7 p.m. 28 @ Carlow * Noon 31 vs. Ohio Christian * (Senior Night) 7 p.m. WCTV NOVEMBER 10-11 RSC Tournament TBD

OCTOBER 5 @ WVU Tech * 7 @ Rio Grande * 12 vs. Point Park * 14 vs. Carlow * 19 @ Asbury * 21 @ Cincinnati Christian * 26 vs. Brescia * 28 vs. Midway * 31 RSC Make-Up Date NOVEMBER 4-11 RSC Tournament

7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 8 p.m. Noon 7:30 p.m. (White Out) 3:30 p.m. TBD TBD

Home soccer matches played at Centerville High School.

Women’s SOCCER

AUGUST 26 vs. Indiana Wesleyan (Tailgate) 7 p.m. SEPTEMBER 2 @ Indiana Tech 7 p.m. 7 vs. UC-Clermont 5 p.m. 9 @ Goshen 4 p.m. 13 @ Lourdes 3 p.m. 16 vs. Saint Francis (Ind.) 2 p.m. 22 @ Marian 7 p.m. 23 @ Oakland City 2 p.m. 30 vs. Ohio Christian * 1 p.m. Home soccer matches played at Centerville High School.

L-1-2 L-1-2 (OT) W-3-0 W-3-1 L-1-2 W-2-1 L-0-5 W-4-1

OCTOBER 5 @ WVU Tech * 7 @ Rio Grande * 12 vs. Point Park * (Neon Night) 14 vs. Carlow * 19 @ Asbury * 21 @ Cincinnati Christian * 26 vs. Brescia * 28 vs. Midway 31 RSC Make-Up Date NOVEMBER 4-11 RSC Tournament

5 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 1 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 1 p.m. TBD TBD


Reynolds hurdles his way into

RED WOLVES history Eaton native is IU East’s first track and field All-American By Kyle Wright Seth Reynolds needed just a little more than .16 seconds to make Indiana University East track and field history. Reynolds became the first Red Wolf track and field athlete to earn All-America honors on the strength of his finish at the NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championships held March 3 and 4 in Johnson City, Tenn. Reynolds placed sixth in the 60 meter hurdles. The top eight finishers in each event earn All-America status. “This weekend was an amazing time,” Reynolds said after the meet. “I thought I had a chance to make finals coming into the meet. Winning my heat and qualifying for the finals was the most exciting moment. After that, I knew I would be an All-American.” Reynolds clinched his spot on the All-America team by winning his preliminary heat in a school-record time of 8.21. He lowered his own prior school record by .16 seconds - a huge margin in a 60-meter track race. “I knew I had to be one of the first out of the blocks to have a chance to win,” Reynolds said. “When the gun sounded, I was one of the first to be out of the blocks. After that, I just tried to stay as close to the hurdles as I could. I ended up not touching a single hurdle. As I went over the last hurdle, I saw that I was going to win my heat, and could hear my parents and girlfriend screaming.


“Crossing the finish line, I couldn’t hold back my smile.” Reynolds finished sixth in the event finals one day later, matching the best hurdlers in the nation stride for stride. “Thirteen hours in the car for 16.49 seconds (Reynolds’ total time in his two races at the indoor national meet), but it was worth every second,” said David Sanders, ‘13, former IU East’s track and field coach during the 2016-17 season. Reynolds later qualified for the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships in the 110 meter hurdles. The outdoor national meet took place in Gulf Shores, Ala., in late May. Reynolds became the first IU East track and field athlete to qualify for the indoor and outdoor national meets in the same season. Reynolds’ sophomore season also included a River States Conference championship in the 110 meter hurdles, six individual school records, plus a role on two school-record relay teams. He even took part in a decathlon in mid-May – where he very nearly hit the national meet qualifying standard in the grueling two-day, 10-event competition. “Seth Reynolds is a name you will always hear about at IU East track and field,” Sanders said. “When you are the first to do something in program history, that is very special. To go from not qualifying for nationals the year before to being an All-American requires ton of work, and he worked really hard. He is going to continue to work, and I expect more great things from Seth.”

Team of character

nets national recognition

IU East men’s tennis receives NAIA Champions of Character honor

By Kyle Wright Indiana University East’s tennis players stepped up to serve at a variety of local youth events and at a Hoosier community in need during the 2016-17 school year. Their efforts were recognized during the 2017 NAIA Tennis National Championships, when IU East was named the recipient of the 2016-17 Buffalo Funds Five-Star Champions of Character Team Award for men’s tennis. The honor is the equivalent of an NAIA men’s tennis Champions of Character “national championship.” The NAIA presents Five-Star Champions of Character Team Awards for each of the NAIA’s 23 championship sports. Teams that receive this prestigious award demonstrate in every day decisions integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership. These institutions and athletic programs strive for excellence in and out of competition and are part of communities throughout the country dedicated to character-driven intercollegiate athletics.

provide support for each other, both on and off of the court.” IU East’s tennis athletes helped others in a variety of ways during the 2016-17 school year. • IU East players staffed the game and activity booths at a Junior Red Wolves spring fun night in 2016. • The Red Wolves served as volunteer coaches during the opening week of a spring youth tennis clinic offered by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County and the Amigos Latino Center. • IU East student assistant Ty Butler gathered a group of Red Wolves to assist with cleanup efforts after a tornado damaged homes near his hometown in southwest Indiana in late February. It is the first Champions of Character Team Award for the IU East men’s tennis program and the eighth for the school’s athletic department. IU East has been a Champions of Character institution every year since joining the NAIA in 2007.

“Character plays a huge role in the success of our IU East men’s tennis team,” said Red Wolves junior Keaton Akers. “Character builds the relationship for our team and helps us create the trust needed for success. We have a very close bond, and this translates into performing at a high level in matches. The traits that are important to me and to our team include fairness, honesty, reliability, cooperation and a sense of humor. We provide support for each other in all situations, on and off of the court. Like all teams, we have our ups and downs, physically, mentally and emotionally. But, by demonstrating these traits of character, we




Roundball Recap IU East basketball teams racked up milestones during 2016-17 season Indiana University East’s basketball programs enjoyed successful seasons during the 2016-17 school year. Both Red Wolf squads capped

their years with trips to the NAIA Division II national tournament!



• IU East finished 29-6, the most wins in the program’s three NAIA seasons • IU East went 17-0 at home during its first season on Lingle Court in the new

• IU East finished 28-8, the most wins in the program’s NAIA history • IU East went 15-0 at home during its first season on Lingle Court in the new

• IU East repeated as River States Conference East Division champion • IU East won the River States Conference tournament for the first time, beating

• IU East three-peated as River States Conference East Division champion • IU East won the River States Conference tournament for the second time in

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Indiana University Kokomo 71-59 in an all-IU regional campus championship game

• IU East won a game at the NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship for the first time, rallying in the fourth quarter for an 85-80 victory against Purdue University Northwest

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three years, beating Indiana University Southeast 78-69 in an all-IU regional campus championship game. It was IU East’s first NAIA win on IU Southeast’s home floor

• IU East reached the Elite Eight at the NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball National

Championship. The Red Wolves are one of just two teams in the nation to reach at least the Elite Eight at the national tournament in each of the past two seasons

• IU East finished 15th in the NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball postseason poll • Tia King was the River States Conference Player of the Year and earned second-

• IU East’s first-round win against Reinhardt University at the national tournament

• Tia King, Kristen Miller, Mackenzie Campbell and Bailey Dreiman all made the

• IU East finished sixth in the NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball postseason poll • Jacoby Claypool earned third-team All-America honors, becoming the sixth IU


• Jacoby Claypool, Jordan Furlow and Kyle Pipenger made the All-River States


team All-America honors

All-River States Conference team

• Kristen Miller and Suzy Wollenhaupt both reached 1,000 career college points during the season

• Tia King, Kristen Miller, Mackenzie Campbell, Bailey Dreiman, Keragan Niehoff

was the 200th victory in the program’s NAIA history

East men’s basketball player to receive All-America accolades Conference team

and Libby Springmier represented IU East on the River States Conference AllConference Scholar-Athlete team

• Kyle Pipenger was one of four players nationwide invited to the NABC-NAIA

County’s Outstanding Young Professionals luncheon in April

• Lucas Huffman, Brad Hunt and Nate Niehoff represented IU East on the River

• IU East coach Tiffani Selhorst was one of 10 finalists honored at the Wayne



Shoot & Slam contest held March 18 in Kansas City, Mo

States Conference All-Conference Scholar-Athlete team

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 (Nursing Education, Nursing Administration & Family Nurse Practitioner) Master of SOCIAL WORK Transition to TEACHING Graduate Certificate in COMPOSITION STUDIES (online) Graduate Certificate in MATHEMATICS (online)


Photos by: Anna Fitzgerald


As soon as the plane landed, I was already hooked on the scenery and that feeling of wonderment never really faded. -Erin Hoodlebrink



Australian Adventure By Hali Cartee


Australian Adventure

After months of anticipation and a 20-hour flight, Erin Hoodlebrink was ready to start her next adventure. A senior, Hoodlebrink decided to use her last semester as an undergraduate to study abroad at the University of Wollongong in Australia. “As soon as the plane landed, I was already hooked on the scenery and that feeling of wonderment never really faded,” Hoodlebrink said. “I tried to take everything in at all times so I wouldn’t miss anything. But it’s really the people who made the experience worthwhile. Whether it was climbing a mountain or just driving to get food down the street, there was almost always a story that would come out of it.”


he desire to travel abroad started as a high school student in her hometown of Hagerstown, Indiana. As a student there, she traveled with her Spanish class to Costa Rica.

“During that trip, it made me realize how much I loved traveling as well as learning about a different culture,” Hoodlebrink said. “Australia had also always been one place I wanted to go at some point in my life so studying there for a whole semester was perfect!”


“ IU East, as part of Indiana University Office of Overseas Study, can offer students opportunities to travel abroad and receive credit toward their degree program.


Hoodlebrink arrived in Australia on February 8, 2017 before the start of the semester, giving her time to move in and to get acquainted with the city. “The thing I looked forward to the most at the time was the warm weather and the beach,” Hoodlebrink said. The dorms where I stayed were just a short five-minute walk to the beach. Everyone else had the same idea as me as well which made making friends at the beginning very easy and relaxing.”


er dorm was located at the university’s Campus East, located near Fairy Meadow, Australia, and a 10-minute drive to the main campus. In close proximity to the beach, Hoodlebrink was able to meet many students before the start of classes.

“As a student, you are able to stay at the residence halls and that is where I met most of my friends,” Hoodlebrink said. “The place I stayed, Campus East, would put on various events similar to some we have at IU East to try to get people involved and to meet their neighbors. If I wasn’t a student or lived off campus, I wouldn’t have been able to do any of that, and I honestly think it would have been hard for me to meet other people.” Registering for courses was a new experience for Hoodlebrink. While students at IU East can enroll in all of their semester’s courses online, at Wollongong students must know when classes are available for enrollment and sign up quickly or miss out. “Different classes open on different days and fill up very quickly. I missed an enrollment by a few minutes and there was only one section left to sign up for out of the five they offered. So it is a very competitive process,” Hoodlebrink said.

During that trip, it made me realize how much I loved traveling as well as learning about a different culture. -Erin Hoodlebrink

Her courses for the semester included creative writing, Happiness, Introduction to Indigenous Australia, and Introduction to Photography.


he students were all incredibly nice and very open to helping you if you needed it. The professors were the same way. The classes there are set up differently though. Instead of just the lecture class like here, they also have something called a tutorial. The tutorial is where you might actually do worksheets and the homework is assigned whereas the lecture is just that, a lecture. The only thing assigned at a lecture may be reading.”


While in Australia, Hoodlebrink took time away from class to explore the local area and cities close by. She visited Cairns, a city in Tropical North Queensland, Australia, to explore the rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. She visited Melbourne in southeastern Australia. Hoodlebrink visited one of country’s largest cities, Sydney, to tour the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. “I did take some day trips as well to the Blue Mountains and Port Stephens where I did various activities,” Hoodlebrink said. “I also went home with a few of my friends and explored their hometown, Wodonga. On the last week there, I visited Manly where I was able to swim with sharks!”


Now that she’s back in the U.S., Hoodlebrink said the experience is one she will not forget.

“The experience is so rewarding and you learn so many new things. I was able to grow as a person and make so many new friends,” Hoodlebrink said. “I miss all the friends I made so much but we still keep in touch through our group chat and on social media accounts so it makes it easier. But if it wasn’t the people I missed, it’s definitely the nice weather.” IU EAST EXPERIENCE AND GRADUATION

Hoodlebrink’s semester lasted through June 29. Though she was unable to attend IU East’s Commencement Ceremony in person, she was still very much a part of the celebration. IU East’s Alumni Relations sent a cap, sash and diploma cover to Hoodlebrink who in turn posted photos on social media and her blog to share in the experience. Her brother, Tyler Hoodlebrink, also graduated in May. Tyler Hoodlebrink graduated with a degree in Human Life Science with a minor in chemistry. He was named as a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete in 2017 and the


Photos by: Anna Fitzgerald & Erin Hoodlebrink

River States Conference Field Athlete of the Year. He will attend the University of Indianapolis in the physical therapy graduate program. He transferred to IU East following two years at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana. A member of the track and field team, Tyler Hoodlebrink took a heavy course load – 17 hours per semester – while working two to three jobs. Both the Hoodlebrinks earned bachelor’s degrees from the School of Natural Science and Mathematics. Erin Hoodlebrink first enrolled at IU East as a freshman in 2013. She is a Presidential Scholar, a scholarship given to in-state applicants from every IU campus with the best academic success out of high school. One IU East student is awarded the honor annually. Hoodlebrink was also a four-year member of the Honors Program, an academic program that provides an intellectually enriched curriculum for highly motivated students, allowing them to demonstrate academic excellence through Honors coursework, independent research, creative work, and extracurricular opportunities. Additionally, she was a member of the Student Activity Advisory Team (SAAT), a student organization that works with the Office of Campus Life to advise and assist with planning and presenting entertainment and programs primarily for the student body of IU East. Hoodlebrink was also a mentor for the Math and Science Center. This summer, Hoodlebrink is completing her program requirements and will finish her degree in Biochemistry. Once she has her degree in hand, she plans to take a year off before pursuing her master’s degree in biochemistry at IUPUI or the anesthesiology assistant program at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio.

IU East as part of Indiana University Office of Overseas Study offers students opportunities to travel abroad and receive credit toward their degree. Three students – Kelsey Meyer, Mara Pennycuff and Hoodlebrink – have completed semester or year-long study abroad programs. In 2015-2016, the latest figures available, 43 students studied overseas as part of a class. That’s the third highest number of students among IU’s regional campuses. While the number of study abroad programs and students participating each year varies, more students are taking advantage of the opportunities to go abroad to study, complete research projects or internships. In 2017-2018, IU East faculty members will lead 10 international trips, the highest number offered in an academic year ever. Students from all academic programs will travel to the Austria, Belize, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, England, Germany and Italy. For more information, go to

Erin Hoodlebrink shared her experience at Wollongong with others through her IU East student blog and by hosting one of IU East’s Snapchat Takeovers, an opportunity for students to share a day in their life or events on campus through the social media network. If you would like to read more about Hoodlebrink’s study abroad experience in Australia, visit her blog at or the Snapchat Takeover at


The Graf Center during Homecoming 2016.




IU East remembers Dorothy Thorman for her contributions to enhance students’ campus experience, education

By Hali Cartee

IU East alumna receives

YOUNG INVESTIGATORS AWARD in recognition of her research


ennifer Gaddy, ’03, received a 2017 Young Investigators Award from the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) in July. Gaddy was one of three recipients of the Young Investigators award, which recognizes and rewards early career scientists for research excellence and potential in microbiology and infectious disease.

Currently, Gaddy is an assistant professor for the Division of Infectious Diseases at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. The IU East alumna completed an associate degree in chemistry and a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Following her undergraduate, Gaddy went on to pursue her Ph.D. at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. While there, her main focus of research – a bacterium that causes stomach cancer and ulcers – received funding from the Department of Veterans Affairs and the National Institute of Health. Gaddy joined Vanderbilt University Medical Center in September 2010 as a doctoral research fellow. She was then promoted to research instructor before her current role as an assistant professor. She continues the research today in her own research lab at Vanderbilt. Vanderbilt’s Division of Infectious Diseases’ mission is to enhance prevention and treatment of infectious diseases through discovery and application of new knowledge that is seamlessly integrated with mentoring trainees to become the next generation of national leaders in the field. “Now I have my own students, doctoral fellows and my own research program,” Gaddy said. “We study how bacterium causes diseases include stomach cancer or stomach ulcers. We also work on bacterium ascending infections during pregnancy that leads to pre-term birth. We’re trying to understand how these infections cause diseases so we can come up with treatments to help human health.” Gaddy said she uses the skills and education she learned while an undergraduate student every day in the lab.


This fall, Indiana University East remembered a longtime supporter of Wayne County youth and higher education. Dorothy Thorman passed away at the age of 98 on August 24, 2017, at Friends Fellowship Community.

Jennifer Gady poses with her doctoral fellow trainees Ryan Doster, Kathryn Haley and Vishesh Kothary.

A typical work day for Gaddy is much like she would have experienced as an undergraduate in the lab at IU East.

Thorman established the Graf Recreation Center in Springwood Hall in remembrance of her parents, John and Corinne Graf, and the John and Corrine Graf Professorship at IU East. Thorman established this honorary position at IU East because of her parent’s active support of local youth and she felt that education was the best memorial. John Graf was the president of IRC&D Motor Freight. Graf started his own business in the trucking industry as a pick-up and delivery service, and grew it into a company of over 300 employees and eight terminals. In 1979, John Graf received an American Truck Historical Society award, designating him as the “founder of the trucking industry.” Thorman worked for IRC&D Motor Freight for 30 years, and eventually became president of the family company. IU East Chancellor Kathryn Cruz-Uribe said Thorman continued to be supportive of IU East since making the gift in September 1998.

“I come into work and set up experiments and I collaborate with other scientists. A big chunk of my day is spent writing manuscripts. So far this year, I’ve published six. College really prepares you for that.”

“The legacy that she has left in memory of her parents will continue to benefit IU East students for years to come,” Cruz-Uribe said. “The Graf Center continues to be a gathering place for students to study and to socialize and for campus events. We also just recently announced that Rosalie Aldrich has been appointed to the John and Corrine Graf Professorship, in a recognition of professional excellence and scholarly accomplishments at IU East. We are grateful to Dorothy for her contributions to the campus. and extend our condolences to her family for their loss.

While at IU East, Gaddy was mentored by Mike Foos, professor emeritus of biology. What really drew her interest was Foos’ research on Pilobolus and his study of how it grew in the lab and the enzymes it produced.

Thorman and her parents lived in Richmond, Indiana. She was a graduate of Morton High School in Richmond. She attended Earlham College and Indiana University, where she was a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, an avid athletics fan and IU booster. She is survived by her daughter, Karen Chock of Kailua, Hawaii, and her son, Harry Thorman of Richardson, Texas, and their families.

“He’s the reason why I’m a microbiologist,” Gaddy said. “While I was in his lab, he taught me how to use a microscope, how to culture microbes, A-Septic technique or how to do media sterilization and glass preparation. I still use those skill every single day.” Neil Sabine, dean of the School of Natural Science and Mathematics, said the academic programs offered through the school help to prepare students for graduate work and professional careers in science or mathematics fields. He added he remembered Gaddy well from her time as an undergraduate student and is glad that she has kept in touch to let him know that she is doing well. “Jennifer was an exceptional student and she cared about learning” Sabine said. “She was always willing to share what she knew with students that were having difficulties. In addition to her academic talent, she is a good and caring person. I am glad to hear she has been so successful.”

IU East professor appointed to Graf Professorship Rosalie Aldrich, a faculty member in the School of Humanities Aldrich joined IU East as an assistant professor of communication studand Social Sciences, has been appointed to the John and Corrine ies in fall 2011. Graf Professorship at IU East. She began the three-year, renewable professorship August 1, 2017. Aldrich’s research interests include Health communication, suicide prevention and intervention, willingness to intervene with a suicidal indiMichelle Malott, executive vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, vidual, message design, teaching and learning online and in-person. She said the professorship recognizes Aldrich’s excellence in scholhas published her research in academic journals including the Journal arly achievement and teaching. of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention and Communication Teacher. “The John and Corrine Graf Professorship allows IU East to recognize the professional excellence and scholarly accomplish- Aldrich received her Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Kenments of our faculty, and we are grateful to Dorothy Thorman tucky. She received her Master of Art in Communication from Michigan for establishing this honor,” Malott said. “Dr. Aldrich’s important State University and a Bachelor in Business Administration (B.B.A.) in and ongoing scholarly contributions to her discipline, along with Marketing and Management from Grand Valley State University in Allenher dedication to learning, truly embodies the spirit of academic dale, Mich. Previously, Aldrich was an adjunct instructor at Indiana State excellence of this professorship. Her efforts inspire her students University and Ivy Tech Community College in Terre Haute. and faculty colleagues alike and help ensure the strength of our academic programs.”


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campus Notes Renovations to Whitewater Hall bring new technology, additional space to campus Indiana University East began renovation of Whitewater Hall Lobby. Work on the project began May 30 and is expected to be completed this fall. Local company Whisenhunt Construction, Inc., is the project’s general contractor. The renovation will enhance the space and improve the lobby’s energy efficiency and technology. Since 2007, IU East has doubled its enrollment to over 4,500 students. The renovated lobby will provide new opportunities to engage these students as well as the community. Whitewater Hall is the oldest building on campus, it was the first built on the 182-acres that now houses Tom Raper Hall, Hayes Hall, Springwood Hall, and the newest building, the Student Events and Activities Center. To improve the lobby, vestibules are being added to the main entrances to help maintain the temperature. The glass windows and doors lining the lobby will be replaced

with double-pane insulated glass, said Gail Smoker, director of operations. Lighting will also be upgraded to LED lights to help cut costs and improve energy efficiency, he added. One of the new additions, and a main visible focus point, of the new lobby will be the installation of an IQ-Wall, a large display of tiled flat screen monitors. IU East University Information Technology Services (UITS) will install the IQ-Wall. The IQ-Wall, located in an area of the lobby called the First Bank Richmond Tech Zone, will be the first one installed on an IU regional campus. It is an open concept visualization system designed by IU’s Advanced Visualization Lab which is part of the Research Technologies division of UITS and the Pervasive Technology Institute. The IQ-Wall measures approximately 13 ½ feet wide and 7 ½ feet tall and contains 33 million pixels.

Arts Annex

This fall, students in metalsmithing and sculpture courses will have a new space to work on their projects. The School of Humanities and Social Sciences recently completed construction on the Arts Annex, located behind Tom Raper Hall near the patio and arts classrooms. Students will have access to gas reduction firings for ceramics and outdoor traditional Japanese Raku firings. The annex will house all gas kilns and fire forming equipment for metalsmithing and contain equipment for “hot metal” crafts such as blacksmithing, steel-cutting and welding.

New Faculty

IU East welcomed one of its largest incoming groups of new full-time faculty members to the campus this fall. At the start of the semester, 18 faculty members joined IU East following a national search for positions in each of the university’s schools. The faculty will support the campus’ mission as a comprehensive bachelor’s and master’s degree institution. IU East is pleased to welcome its newest faculty including: Mohamad Abdel-Rahman, assistant professor of informatics and computer information systems; Macy Bennett, lecturer in nursing; Feler Bose, associate professor of economics and finance; Robin Brunk, convertible lecturer in nursing; Linsay Cramer, assistant professor of communication studies; Amber Hall, visiting lecturer in reading and language arts education; Julie Horn, lecturer in nursing; Carolyn Judd, visiting lecturer in nursing; David Kim, lecturer in criminal justice; Carrie Mier, assistant professor of criminal justice; Arkadiusz Mironko, assistant professor of management; Andrea Quenette, assistant professor of communication studies; Tommy Renfro, visiting lecturer in science education; Jaynne Rivas, assistant professor of management; Travis Rountree, assistant professor of English/Writing Program Director; Jill Russell, visiting lecturer in biology; Sondra Smith, assistant professor of accounting; Marc Wolf, visiting lecturer in anthropology and archaeology field site coordinator; and Joseph Kameen, visiting lecturer in fine arts.


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school Notes IU East receives 2016 Tree Campus USA® designation The Arbor Day Foundation designated IU East as a 2016 Tree Campus USA® for its commitment to effective urban forest management. Tree Campus USA is a national program created in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation and to honor colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals. IU East achieved the title by meeting Tree Campus USA’s five standards, which include maintaining a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance and student service-learning project. Currently there are 296 campuses across the United States with this recognition.

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360° and Virtual Tours

A couple of new tools on IU East’s website can help visitors explore campus. IU East now has a 360° Virtual Tour and Walking Tour available for potential students and guests to learn more about campus. Explore buildings, parking, emergency and safety locations, and accessibility with 360° images and video tours led by students. Tours are available of each of the five buildings and the quad. The Virtual Tours are available on the Maps & Directions page at

Amanda Vance (left), Linda Melody-Cottongim (middle) and Sheila Armstead (right) plant one of the new trees on the IU East campus. IU East was designated as a Tree Campus USA® during the Arbor Day Celebration held in April 2017.

The Tree Campus USA tree inventory project provided volunteer in-kind hours for the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) from IU East faculty, staff and students and community members. With the help of Darci Pellom, landscape architect at Indiana University Bloomington, and the IU East Staff Council, an Arbor Day Celebration was organized in 2016 to plant trees in an area hit hard by the EAB insect. Trees were planted as a tribute to IU East’s first director, Fred Groshmeyer, and the graduating class of 2016, Linda Melody-Cottongim, administrative secretary for the School of Social Work and chair of the committee and organizer of the Tree Campus USA project, said. A Tree Plan was created as a guide for sound practices to protect trees already on campus as well those to be planted in years to come. The Tree Campus USA Advisory committee includes MelodyCottongim; Neil Sabine, dean of the School of Science and Mathematics; Gail Smoker, director of Operations for the Office of Physical Facilities at IU East; and Stephanie McCurdy, naturalist at Hayes Arboretum. This designation for the IU East campus is the first Indiana University regional campus to be honored. IUPUI and IU

IU East faculty collaborate to publish book on best practices in online teaching For the past decade, Indiana University East has been regarded as an innovative leader in online education. A new book has been released that shares the wealth of experience and knowledge IU East faculty have gained in designing and instructing online courses. The book, “Best Practices in Online Teaching and Learning across Academic Disciplines,” published by George Mason University Press, was edited by former IU East Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences Ross Alexander. The book targets faculty members, course developers, instructional designers, and administrators invested and interested in online teaching and learning in colleges and universities of all types. The book includes chapters from 42 IU East faculty members across 25 disciplines, including social sciences,

humanities, natural sciences, mathematics, nursing, education and business administration. The 302-page book is centered on three themes on discussion and analysis of best-practices and strategies in pedagogical approaches, instructional design and delivery, and an analysis and overview of teaching techniques and engagement tools to be integrated and used by faculty and course designers. The best-practices book came to fruition under the direction of Alexander. He said many faculty within HSS were publishing their research and expertise on online teaching in academic journals, such as the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, when he had the idea to bring the faculty together to collaborate on the book. The 42 faculty members who contributed to the book are former or current IU East full-time professors, deans and administrators, lecturers, and adjunct faculty members.

Bloomington are Tree Campus USA members. IU East celebrated its Tree Campus USA designation during its Arbor Day Celebration on April 28. The celebration was hosted by the IU East Sustainability Council. As part of the event, 75 trees were given away to guests and another 25 trees were planted around campus. One tree was planted on campus in celebration of Peggy Branstrator, retired professor and avid campus beautification advocate.

Each of the contributors have earned Quality Matters Online Teaching Level 1 certification, while many others have additionally earned Level 2 or higher certifications. The collaborative effort to include faculty contributions from across disciplines allows for the inclusion of different perspectives in online teaching, Alexander said. IU East’s nationally-ranked online degree programs offers the high quality of an Indiana University degree. IU East offers 17 online degree completion programs and certificates for undergraduate and graduate students. In 2017, over 50 percent of the credit hours taught at IU East were online with students enrolled from across Indiana plus 47 states, the District of Columbia and 15 foreign countries. Faculty delved into designing and teaching online courses in 2007 to offer a wider variety and options for students who live and work throughout the east central Indiana and west central Ohio region.


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school Notes Math Counts! program continues to grow with Stamm Koechlein grant

a broader IU plan to mentor students in grades six through 12. Indiana Kids is an initiative of the IU Board of Trustees that is organized by the IUPUI Office of Community Engagement at all seven regional campuses. Tobin said the partnership is benefitting both programs as well as the students.

Fractions, algebra and geometry can be challenging for kids. But free year-round help is available for youth in eastern Indiana and western Ohio, thanks to IU East. Several IU East students and alumni are helping children improve their grades and study skills through the Math Counts! Program.

Math Counts! has provided the existing structure and organization, funding for the majority of tutors/mentors, as well as the students and potential participants for Indiana Kids, Tobin said. She’s pleased that Indiana Kids has allowed IU East to provide more mentors/tutors, more mentoring, more resources, free online math tutoring, and a college and career workshop.

“Even if they’re resistant at first, we’ve seen them turn around,” said Ann Tobin, IU East’s Campus/Community Service Learning Liaison, about the youth. “They end up liking to work with the college students because they make it fun for them.”

A few more alumni returned this summer to help tutor/ mentor students, including Trevor Boram, Savannah Davis and Hope Alexander, all from the Class of 2017.

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Tobin said Boram is pursuing a doctorate in biochemistry and his tutoring experience helped him discover he likes teaching. Alexander has been accepted into a doctoral program for political science. Kurtis Bonner has been accepted into a doctoral program for physical therapy. Umer Khan, a senior, is planning to go to medical school.

Through regular sessions, students in grades K-12 meet with positive role models, inspiring them to consider college. They discuss what careers the youth might want to pursue in the future and what they need to start doing to get to that point.

Tutors/mentors met youth in June and July for 45 hourlong sessions each week on campus and also helped at Girls Inc., Hibberd Building and Richmond, Connersville, Union County and Tri Jr.-Sr. high schools.

Interacting with children helps IU East students in multiple ways. It helps them put their academic knowledge to use. “For me, this is a great reminder of the impact that we can have on our own communities,” said Katelyn Brown, ‘16, who returned to help with the program this year during her summer break from IU School of Dentistry. “It’s easy to get caught up in classes and forget why we’re going to school to study, but it’s opportunities like this that keep you on your path and remind you that you’re able to make a big difference in people’s lives if only you put in the time.” Tutors also gain experience for their future careers in fields ranging from teaching and counseling to health care. Brown said she’s gained communication, interpersonal and management skills that will be useful in her future dental practice. Student initiative grows Math Counts! began as a free summer tutoring program on campus as part of Brown’s senior honors thesis project. She brainstormed with Tobin as to how she could incorporate community service into her work. Brown already had been tutoring Spanish-speaking students or working with them in the classroom.


IU East students Cassidy Clouse (top) and Umer Khan (bottom) help K-12 students with their math.

The program has grown more than Brown said she could have expected. “When we finished that summer, we didn’t even know if we’d be doing it again, but that was really the best I could hope for,” Brown said. “We had no way to predict how great the need was in our community but I’m so glad that we’re able to make an impact. I’m even more excited that we’re able to keep the program running throughout the year.” After parents and school personnel heard about the free summer tutoring, IU East received requests for tutors during the 2015-2016 school year. Financial support came quickly from the Chancellor’s Innovation Grant to help tutors earn money for their education. Tutors began traveling to several area schools in addition to continuing the on-campus program. Expanded role IU East’s role in helping area children is growing. This spring, Math Counts! began merging with Indiana Kids,

Community support has made Math Counts! expansion possible. Stamm Koechlein Family Foundation has joined the Chancellor’s Innovation Grant in paying for tutoring, and Dot Foods continues to provide snacks. “We recognize the need for students to have assistance outside of the school day,” said Monica Koechlein, foundation president. “IU East is presenting a very viable solution to this. We’re pleased with the results and the response from the community.” Alumni help, more tutees welcome Tobin says alumni can make an impact by mentoring and sharing their experiences regarding college, careers and possibilities. Possibilities include a one-time visit to a classroom, mentor monthly at school, or speak with students at a career fair at IU East. Those who know youth who could benefit from tutoring/ mentoring, or alumni who have a job they love and would like to talk about it, are invited to email IU East Center for Service-Learning at

New degree programs available in International Studies, Informatics and Applied Health Sciences

IU East students studied humanities and communications studies at Disney World this summer.

IU East is also currently developing its seventh master’s degree program

IU East has established new academic programs with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, Bachelor of Science in Informatics and a Bachelor of Science in Applied Health Science degrees. The campus is also working through the approval process to potentially establish an Executive Masters in Public Administration (EMPA) degree. The master’s program has been developed to meet a regional need and is currently pending final approvals. The School of Humanities and Social Sciences offers the B.A. in International Studies. Students will examine the diverse relationships among political, economic, cultural, environmental and other factors around the globe. The International Studies Program at IU East educates students to be global citizens in the 21st century. The interdisciplinary program emphasizes critical thinking skills and creative problem solving within a global context. The B.A. in International Studies provides background for students entering graduate programs in public affairs, public management, international relations, community development and area studies. This fall, IU East enrolled its first students in two new collaborative online degree completion programs – the B.S. in Informatics degree and the B.S. in Applied Health Science degree. The degree programs are in collaboration with Indiana University Online, and jointly include IU Kokomo, IU Northwest, IU South Bend and IU Southeast. The campuses will collaborate to offer coursework to increase student flexibility and convenience and to increase degree completion. The informatics program is designed to enhance potential for careers in web development, supply chain management, medical records, systems analysis, biotechnology and public relations. It is designed for working students, including those with prior credits or an associate degree. Students learn how information is collected, cultivated and organized digitally. They also learn how to use informatics to solve complex problems involving privacy, security and education as they relate to large societal issues such as poverty, the environment and health care. The B.S. in Applied Health Science degree is designed to enhance potential for career advancement in entry and midlevel positions in health-related organizations. Two tracks will be offered: community health education and health administration. The degree program is designed to provide a convenient, high-quality option for Indiana health workers with prior college credit or an associate degree. Students learn about the economics of health care and receive foundational knowledge in legal matters.


This August, eight students traveled to Disney World as part of two courses developed especially for a study on the theme park. Students registered for the overlapping courses, Disney: Pop Culture and Communication and World Cultures through Disney. The courses and trip were led by Rosalie Aldrich, John and Corinne Graf Professor for the Department of Communication Studies, and Dianne Moneypenny, assistant professor of World Languages and Cultures. Before leaving for the trip, students completed coursework online during the first four weeks. The first week, students selected a Disney animated film to focus on throughout the summer semester for both classes and during travel to the park. Students analyzed the films with two critical lenses: humanities and communications studies. Once at Disney, students participated in behind the scenes tours at the Magic Kingdom and at Epcot to further analyze how multiculturalism and gender were merchandised. Students evaluated the merchandise available at Disney as well as interviewed employees in Epcot who worked in the World Showcase Pavilion and were mostly members of the culture depicted. Students professionally presented on their analysis, reflection, and what they learned in the parks related to their specific film. Students also had a social media component to their assignment. They were to find specific attractions or shows that were assigned by professors for their value to the course material. After finding the attraction, students were assigned to take photos in front of the location and hashtag #IUeastDisney. “This was my first experience traveling with a class and these students changed my world,” Aldrich said. “How awesome it was to see them grow in six short days even just at the airport - they were much more confident flyers when we were departing Orlando than when we met on day one in Indianapolis. I believe these classes and this trip will leave a lasting impression on all of them, as I know it will leave one on me.” Moneypenny, who has previously led course trips to Spain, said this was a different kind of course trip for her as students were not examining a foreign culture but what Americans see every day. “Pop culture is a plentiful source of information on what a society values and how it depicts minorities, diversity, and gender,” Moneypenny said. “In the parks, many students would stop us to show us their findings and excitedly tell us their observations. They connected the narratives of the parks, characters, and even individual rides to their research findings. Students described the intellectual change of the courses are high. They walked away shocked by what they found when they started to pay attention to these popular culture narratives and will be paying more attention in the future.”


Scholarships for the course trip were provided by the School of Humanities and Social Sciences which helped to alleviate expenses.

school Notes Study abroad trip to Spain gives students complete cultural experience A small group of IU East students had the opportunity to travel to Spain this summer to experience the country’s past as well as its culture. Students enrolled in two courses, Contemporary Reinterpretations of Spain’s Medieval Past and Spain: The Cultural Context, before studying abroad in Spain this June. Following the seven-day trip to Spain, students then lived two weeks with host families in Barcelona and attended language school. The trip was led by World Languages and Cultures faculty, Julien Simon, associate professor, and Dianne Moneypenny, assistant professor and program coordinator. Both classes stressed the strong regionalism of Spain. Students visited cities including Madrid,

Barcelona, Granada, Toledo and Seville. While there, they toured mosques, cathedrals, synagogues, art museums and palaces. Moneypenny has taken several study abroad trips with students through IU East courses. She shared that many are deeply impacted by the experience. “Students expressed fascination with the history of Spain and the ‘who has walked where I just walked’ feeling of being in the historic streets,” she said. “Going to Spain allowed them to see so much of what they have read in the history books come alive. Living in Barcelona allowed them to learn to use mass transportation and navigate ‘big city life.’ These students are now more confident that they can live and succeed anywhere. This broadens their horizons for job prospects post-graduation.”

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Don Day just accepted a positon at Fayette Regional as VP of Nursing Pam Rodgers in now a Nurse Practitioner for Reid Family Health

Lennox Lee Edmondson was born August 10 to Jacobe Edmondson Gracie Lee Ary was born to Nick Ary

Kimberly Whipple Walton was named Wayne County, IN Auditor

Devon Niehoff is now a Financial Planner at Edward Jones



Brent Ross was named PalladiumItem’s All-Area Boys Basketball Coach 2017


James A. Strong Jr., an accomplished bassist and musical director and producer, is now the director of IU Soul Revue

Ron Martin, ASN ’06, BSN ’10, MSN ’16 will be Rehab coordinator at Bethel Pointe Health and Rehabilitation Center, Muncie Ind. Alonzo O’Shae Ross is assistant Director of Financial Aid for IVY Tech Community College in Indianapolis Angie Smibert has had three historical middle-grade novels accepted for publication and is currently teaching as an online adjunct instructor in the IU East writing department


Brad Catey was named Pal-Item’s all area Coach of the Year 2017

Heather Wierzbinski-Cross, BSN ’07, MSN ’13, was appointed to Dean for the School of Nursing at Ivy Tech Community College, Richmond Campus



James Lopez was admitted to the Johns Hopkins University’s M.A. in Government program


Lyndsie Trumbo has accepted a position with Department of Children Services Indianapolis

Aria Violette Alan Cappa was born June 24 to Adam Cappa

Jerry Richwine will be a Visiting Lecturer of Biology, IU East School of Natural Science and Mathematics


Venus Williams competed in the finals at Wimbledon 2017 Vasha Davis has been promoted to an Assistant Director at Enterprise Indianapolis

William Gossett was promoted to Director of Emergency Medical Services at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital

Alumni Update

Kim Schwartzel, BS ’94, MS ’17, has accepted a position as a Visiting Lecturer of MathematicsIU East School of Natural Science and Mathematics IU East alumni were recognized as Wayne County Chamber Young Professionals, presented by HYPE and the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce. Young professionals are nominated based on their professionalism, professional accomplishments, and commitment to the Wayne County community. Congratulations to IU East’s Director of Gift Development Paula Kay King, ‘05, and alumni Jason Clark, ‘14, Ryan Lathery, ‘11, Jessica Nuss, ‘14, and Tarah Richardson, ‘03, ‘07 and ‘14, nominated this year.

Alumni do you have an exciting event in your life? Update your alumni information by emailing Terry Wiesehan, Director of Alumni Relations at

Parting Shot IU East hosted its first formal ceremony welcoming many of the incoming freshman to campus. The First-Year Convocation was held August 18 in the Student Events Center. The event was organized by the Office of Academic Affairs and University College.


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Introducing the Indiana University East Alumni Legacy Circle. The IU East Alumni Legacy Circle recognizes families for making an Indiana University East education part of their family tradition. The program is offered to encourage pride in students who are children and/or grandchildren, of IU East graduates. Generations of families have passed on the tradition, and we celebrate this special relationship. Members will be acknowledged at an annual pinning ceremony recognizing their multi-generational commitment to IU East. The IU East Office of Alumni Relations wishes to steward this special relationship and strengthen the bond between the university, alumni and students.

Are you part of an IU East legacy family?


To be added to this exclusive program, please fill out an IU East Alumni Legacy Circle Profile Form at If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at or 765-973-8221.

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