University News – January 9

IUPUC retiree honored

An Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus credentials analyst was honored with the 2016 Community Service Award for years of dedication and service to the campus.

Geneva Foster, who is retiring from IUPUC after 22 years, was awarded a plaque and monetary award to recognize her dedication, commitment and service to the campus, and for engaging employees to make a greater impact in the community, Reinhold Hill, IUPUC vice chancellor and dean, said during the presentation of the award.

Foster has led the Staff Council Outreach Committee for more than a decade in coordinating donation efforts during the holiday season. One of these efforts was Love Chapel’s Jeans Day, when faculty and staff paid $5 and wore jeans on one Friday. It later expanded to include students and a second Friday was added. The money raised went to purchase hams for baskets distributed by Love Chapel during the holidays.

Overseas study experience

Ryan Seim, a student at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and a Hope resident, spent the summer 2016 semester in Germany as part of a study abroad group.

Seim is majoring in university studies.

At Miami, 49 percent of undergraduate students study abroad for credit by the time they graduate, the university said.

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Kaitlyn Evener is an editorial assistant for The Republic. She can be reached at or 812-379-5633.