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Sept. 14, 2016

IU Kokomo adds baseball, tennis to athletics programs


IU Kokomo will add baseball and tennis to its athletics programs. | IMAGE COURTESY OF IU COMMUNICATIONS

IU Kokomo will expand its spring sports programs with the addition of a men’s baseball team and a women’s tennis team.

Both teams will begin competition during the 2017-18 season with Kokomo Municipal Stadium as the home field for the baseball team. The tennis team’s home court will be at Foster Park. 

Both teams will compete in a short fall program with their championship seasons in the spring. They join men’s and women’s golf as the campus’ spring sports.

IURTC issued record 53 U.S. patents in 2015-16

The United States Patent and Trademark Office issued a record 53 patents in the 2015-16 fiscal year to the IU Research and Technology Corp., which protects, markets and licenses intellectual property developed at IU so it can be commercialized by industry.

The 53 issued U.S. patents in 2015-16 represent a 29 percent increase over the previous year's 41. In the previous four years, IURTC was issued 13, 18, 36 and 41 U.S. patents.

IURTC was also issued 112 global patents in 2015-16, for a final total of 165.

A full list of IU researchers named on the domestic or global patents is available online.

IU Bloomington, IUPUI and Kelley School of Business ranked among nation's best by U.S. News

IU's campuses in Bloomington and Indianapolis again were recognized in rankings issued by U.S. News and World Report.

For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News ranked the undergraduate program at IU’s Kelley School of Business in the top 10. This year, it is tied for ninth.

Ten specialties in the Kelley School are ranked in the top 20. They are programs in entrepreneurship, accounting, finance, marketing, management, management information systems, quantitative analysis, production/operations management, real estate and international business.

IUPUI and IU Bloomington were recognized for offering programs that help both incoming freshmen and undergraduates to succeed. Both campuses were cited for their first-year experiences, which help freshmen feel more connected to the campus, while IUPUI was recognized for its learning communities and service-learning programs.

Study abroad programs at IU Bloomington were cited as a “stellar example” nationally.

IU initiatives pay off in reduced student borrowing

Borrowing by IU students has been reduced by nearly $100 million in the four years since the university began a multi-faceted financial literacy program and started adopting policies to increase student financial assistance and promote on-time graduation.

The University Student Services and Systems office, part of the Office of the Executive Vice President for University Academic Affairs, reviewed and revised its financial aid processes and procedures with the campuses to make them more transparent and effective. In 2012-13, IU began sending annual student debt letters providing student borrowers with information about their loans and estimated repayment expectations.

IU also created initiatives aimed at controlling the cost of education, including incentives for full-time enrollment and on-time graduation and a “banded tuition” approach in which students pay the same tuition if enrolled in between 12 and 18 credit hours. Tuition for Indiana resident students at IU Bloomington was frozen in 2015-16 and 2016-17.

Total student borrowing and federal loans have decreased every year since the initiatives began in 2012-13. Loan reductions have been steady and consistent for both undergraduates and graduate students.

IUPUI diversity researcher to co-edit special journal issue focusing on Black Lives Matter

An IUPUI diversity researcher will co-edit a special edition of a journal that will examine through multiple disciplines the Black Lives Matter movement.

The journal will collect a volume of interdisciplinary manuscripts to understand the reasons for the Black Lives Matter Movement.

Ashburn-Nardo will edit the special issue of Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion: An International Journal with Kecia Thomas, a psychology professor and founding director of the Center for Research and Engagement in Diversity at the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Georgia.

IU East mourns the passing of Chancellor Emeritus David Fulton

The IU East community mourns the loss of Chancellor Emeritus David Fulton. He passed away Sept. 11. Fulton was IU East’s fourth chancellor and led the campus from 1995 to 2007.

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn, and their children, Benjamin, Alison, Kate and Alex, as well as grandchildren and friends. Fulton was a resident of Centerville, Ind. 

As chancellor, Fulton signed over 2,000 IU degrees conferred at IU East.

More information about a public memorial celebration for Fulton is available on the IU East website.

School of Global and International Studies to offer Peace Corps Prep

The Peace Corps has added IU Bloomington to its list of more than 25 partner institutions for Peace Corps Prep, a program designed to provide students with the skills needed for service and careers in international development.

Starting this fall, the IU School of Global and International Studies is offering the Peace Corps Prep program as part of the existing Global Service and Peace Corps Prep Certificate, housed in the Department of International Studies. 

The new program’s curriculum consists of 25 credit hours that include service-learning, cultural competency and global affairs courses, foreign language expertise, and a global service capstone project that showcases the community service experience of the graduates. The program emphasizes leadership development and international engagement and promotes meaningful internship opportunities, domestically and abroad.

IU Southeast innovations boost success, graduation rates 

persistence mindset program in psychology at IU East has strengthened the program and increased the number of students receiving psychology degrees.

The B.S. in psychology program has gone from zero to 54 students in just five years, driving the total number of psychology degrees awarded from 44 in 2010-11 to 84 in 2015-16. In that same time period, the number of majors has risen almost seven percent, from 368 to 450, outpacing other departments and the university as a whole.

The program included adding a bachelor of science program, developing a first year seminar, encouraging students to think about careers and data analysis.

The success of the psychology department’s model has attracted interest across campus and other schools and departments are working to build similar programs.

IU Bloomington, IUPUI receive 2016 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award

IU Bloomington and IUPUI have again been honored with the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from Insight Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. 

This is the second year IU Bloomington has been recognized as a HEED Award recipient and the fifth consecutive year IUPUI has been recognized. The award recognizes schools that have demonstrated a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion through their innovative programs, hiring practices, training, curricula and on-campus support systems.

Both campuses will be featured, along with the other recipients, in the November 2016 issue of Insight Into Diversity magazine.

IU East announces new director of human resources 

IU East has welcomed a new director of Human Resources this week. 

Evelyn Gordon


The new director, Evelyn Gordon, will oversee the planning, implementing, directing and administering of all aspects of human resources. IU East’s director of Human Resources is responsible for providing campus leadership, strategic direction and vision in all areas of human resources including overseeing staff, employee relations, policies, procedures, practices and programs.

Before joining IU East, Gordon was an interim director of Human Resources and Deputy Title IX coordinator at Central State University, located in Wilberforce, Ohio.

IPFW language program receives national recognition 

The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education recently awarded the Teaching English as a New Language program at IPFW with national recognition accreditation status.

IPFW’s program is the only one in northeast Indiana to receive this accreditation status.

The accreditation process involved visiting with area teachers, establishing learning outcomes and assessment strategies to document student success, and modifying course content to meet the highest standards expected by Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and the council.

IU South Bend School of Education programs receive accreditation

Two programs in the School of Education at IU South Bend have received full accreditation until 2021. The Master of Science in Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program and the Master of Science in School Counseling program received full accreditation from the board of directors of the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs.  The programs received conditional approval in 2014. 

The M.S. in Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling consists of 60 credit hours of graduate study. This program leads to licensure as a mental health counselor in the state of Indiana and prepares candidates to work in multiple human serve settings.

The M.S. in Education in School Counseling consists of 48 credit hours of graduate study. It leads to licensure as a school counselor in the state of Indiana and prepares candidates to work in the school setting with preschool-12 students, parents, administrators, and other stakeholders.

Both programs follow a cohort model where students are admitted and take courses with their peers. The programs can be completed in a minimum of three years of full-time study, which includes summer classes.

IUPUI School of Science alumnus endowed $500,000 scholarship to provide graduation boost 

A recent alumnus of the School of Science at IUPUI has given $500,000 to establish a scholarship to help students finish their degrees. 

Kent Hawryluk earned a master's degree in biology from the school in 2013. The Hawryluk Family Scholarship will provide funding for junior or senior science students to take essential coursework required for graduation. This scholarship will be awarded to students with a strong academic record and who work while attending the School of Science. Juniors and seniors will apply directly for these essential funds to help them complete their degree.

Hawryluk established the scholarship to help students who work to fund their studies and, in some cases, support their families. His hope is that these scholarships will give students the support they need to go the last mile in their academic career and achieve timely graduation.

IU Northwest’s accreditation is reaffirmed

Starting the new academic year with welcome news, IU Northwest’s regional accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission via the AQIP Pathway was reaffirmed through 2025-26.

The Academic Quality Improvement Program is a pathway through which an already-accredited institution can maintain accreditation through ongoing planning, action and assessment. IU Northwest entered the AQIP program in 2002.

Like other Higher Learning Commission pathways to accreditation, the program is focused on quality assurance and institutional improvement, but with an added emphasis on helping institutions achieve continuous quality improvement.

 Participating in the program has helped IU Northwest keep innovation top of mind and created a culture that encourages new ways of thinking, learning and doing.

IU Kokomo retired professor, alumna, inducted into Howard County Hall of Legends

Two IU Kokomo trailblazers recently were honored for their leadership, ingenuity and entrepreneurship as inductees to the Howard County Hall of Legends. 

Herbert Miller prepared thousands of IU Kokomo students to live and work in a global society, during his more than 40 years on campus. 

Kathleen Ligocki has climbed the CEO ladder, first in the automotive industry, then helping others succeed in business, after earning a liberal arts degree at IU Kokomo.

Both recently were recognized for their achievements, with induction into the Howard County Hall of Legends. They were among six former or current residents, all educators, entertainers, or entrepreneurs, selected as having had a lasting impact in the county and elsewhere.

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