University News – January 18

Students learn robot programming

Seven Ivy Tech Community College students have earned certification in basic robot programming, which may be used in careers in aerospace, automotive and medical fields.The following students, enrolled in the Advanced Automation and Robotics Technology program at the Ivy Tech Columbus campus, earned the certification using FANUC robots.

•Jordan Lacefield of Columbus

•Wally Langford of Seymour

•Evan Mustard of Columbus

•Joshua Parker of Shelbyville

•Jamie Roark of Columbus

•Phillip Smith of Columbus

•Nathan Wilson of Edinburgh

Basic robot programming certification can lead to careers ranging from electro-mechanical technician, with an estimated annual salary of $46,000, to controls engineer, with an estimated annual salary of $79,000. Southeastern Indiana is expected to have more than 500 jobs open by 2022 in just these two career areas.

USI announces dean’s list

EVANSVILLE — University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, has announced its fall 2015 dean’s list.Included were:Columbus: Alexis K. Brinson, Rachel E. Davis, Regan L. Grieger, Hugh Hamill, Alexa K. Husmann-Miller, Isabel K. Hyer, Bailey E. Jewett, Katherine C. Martin, Haley E. Piatkowski, Andrew T. Richardson

Commiskey: Margaret C. Baldwin and Bailee K. Chilman

Hope: Emily M. Tedder

North Vernon: Hannah Monroe

Seymour: Henry F. Jenkins, Melissa S. Maxie, Morgan E. Murphy, Savannah I. Smith

Resident earns zoology degree

Columbus resident Caitlin Wilson has earned a Master of Arts degree in Zoology from Miami University through Project Dragonfly’s Global Field Program (GFP).Since being accepted to the master’s degree program in 2013, Wilson has explored conservation and education in Baja, Thailand and Borneo, while also conducting projects that have made a difference in the Columbus area. Wilson works as a photographer at Wilson Photography Studio.The global courses, which count toward the GFP master’s or can be taken for stand-alone graduate credit, are designed for educators and other professionals from all disciplines and settings interested in making a difference in human and ecological communities. Because the degree occurs overseas and in web-based learning communities, applicants can be located anywhere in the United States or abroad.

Since 2004, Dragonfly and its U.S. and international partner institutions have engaged more than 1,850 people in firsthand education and conservation research in communities, and zoos throughout the country and at critical field sites in Africa, Australia, Asia and the Americas.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at or (812) 379-5631.