University News – January 30

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iGrad program hosting appreciation lunch

The iGrad program will host a volunteer appreciation lunch at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 8 at the Columbus Learning Center, 4555 Central Ave.

The goal of the iGrad program is to increase Bartholomew County high school graduation rates by helping all students with academic barriers in Grades 8 through 12. More than 650 students are participating in the Bartholomew County program.

The event brings together iGrad mentors and tutors to thank for their time and efforts. Volunteers are encouraged to bring a friend or co-worker who is interested in volunteering with the program. Anyone who is interested in volunteering as a tutor or mentor is welcome to attend.

To attend the iGrad volunteer lunch, please RSVP to or call Jennifer Steadman Ryan at 812-374- 5265. For more information on the iGrad program, go online at

Local college student attends inauguration in Washington

Lyndsay Bare, of Columbus, was among the 30-plus Miami University students to travel to Washington, D.C., to attend Donald Trump’s inauguration as president of the United States on Jan. 20.

Bare is working to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in journalism.

Indiana State dean’s list

Twelve Bartholomew County residents made the Indiana State University dean’s list for the fall semester of 2016. They are:

Columbus: Kansas Bottomley, Emily Boxler, Dalton Edgecomb, Bethany McCarty, Ariel Petrie, Ian Pittman, Olivia Stewart and Olivia Teague.

Elizabethtown: Justine Corya.

Hope: Amber Compton, Andrew Kujawski and Leslie Sims.

To be eligible, students must maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

Miami president’s list

Grace Sonderman, of Columbus, was named to the Miami University president’s list for the fall 2016 semester.

Students who are ranked in the top 3 percent of undergraduate students within each division for the semester were named to the president’s list.

Sonderman is studying to earn a Bachelor of Science degree and is majoring in nutrition and public health.

Miami dean’s list

Columbus residents Lyndsay Bare and Anelisa Mariel Padilla were named to Miami University’s dean’s list for the 2016 fall semester.

Students who achieve a 3.5 or better grade-point average were named to the dean’s list.

Xavier dean’s list

Emily Kim, of Columbus, has earned inclusion on Xavier University’s dean’s list for the fall 2016 semester.

To qualify, a student must complete at least six credit hours for letter grades and have at least a 3.5 grade-point average.

Trine dean’s list

Grant Hensley, of Columbus, a junior majoring in design engineering technology at Trine University, was named to the school’s dean’s list for the fall 2016 semester.

To be eligible, a main campus student must maintain at least 15 credit hours and have a grade-point average between 3.5 and 3.749.

Trine president’s list

Danielle Kirchner, of North Vernon, a senior studying exercise science at Trine University, was named to the school’s president’s list for main campus students for the fall 2016 semester.

To be named to the president’s list, a main campus student must maintain at least 15 credit hours and have a minimum 3.75 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

Dayton dean’s list

Columbus residents Andrew Albers, Zachary Albers and Jonathan Alessi were named to the University of Dayton’s dean’s list for the fall 2016 semester.

Students achieve a minimum 3.5 grade-point average for the semester to be named to the dean’s list.

Student in theater performance

Wheaton College student Abigail Beerwart, of Columbus, performed in Opera Music Theater’s production of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute.” She performed as Pamina.

Local professor picked for institute

A professor at the Columbus campus of Purdue Polytechnic Institute is one of seven professors from the school chosen to be part of the national Advanced Robotics Manufacturing Institute, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.

Austin Creasy is an assistant professor at Purdue Polytechnic Columbus and is a member of the engineering technology faculty. His research interests include adaptive control, vibration/acoustic modeling and control and engineering technology education. He received a research grant in 2014 from The Vibration Institute to study data acquisition for monitoring chatter.

The institute is headquartered and led by Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. The institute is the latest public-private Manufacturing USA Institute created by the U.S. government, industry, academia and the nonprofit sector to assist the advanced manufacturing sector in the country.

The new organization will leverage artificial intelligence, autonomy, 3-D printing and other emerging technologies to make industrial robotics more affordable for businesses of all sizes, adaptable for many uses, and able to achieve more.

IUPUC director steps down

Denise Jennings stepped down as Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus executive director of enrollment management to become regional director of academic advising for Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana. Her last day at IUPUC will be Tuesday.

Jennings began working at IUPUC in 2006 as an academic adviser. She was later promoted to director of the Office of Registrar Services and, in 2013, she was named the executive director of enrollment management.

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