Run for the Ivy slated

The 13th annual Run for the Ivy 10-kilometer run and 5K run/walk is April 22 at Ivy Tech Community College, 4475 Central Ave., Columbus.

Cost for participants who register by March 31 is $20, and they are guaranteed a T-shirt. Register online at: People may register the day of the race for $25, beginning at 8 a.m. The Kids Fun Run is free.

All proceeds benefit Ivy Tech Community College students, programs and outreach.

Information: 812-374-5342 or email

IUPUC adds more online courses

Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus will begin offering this spring eight new online courses.

Full-time faculty members submitted proposals to develop new online courses or convert existing classes to either online or hybrid formats. A total of 10 stipends were awarded to the faculty to develop two new classes and six converted existing classes.

These courses will provide additional opportunities for students to complete degree requirements. Most of the courses have no prerequisites, said Gary Felsten, associate dean for academic affairs.

IUPUC faculty members who received grants and the online courses they have started are:

  • Anna Carmon and Kristen Cole, G201: Communication Theory
  • Scott Desmond, J101: American Criminal Justice System
  • Lewis Dibble, L214: Literary Masterpieces II
  • Aimee Zoeller, W105: Introduction to Women’s Studies
  • J.D. Mendez, C105: Principles of Chemistry 1
  • Cheryl Warner, G563: Foundations of Mental Health Counseling
  • Julie Mendez, ME 20000: Thermodynamics
  • Cheryl Crisp and Kathy Auberry, Disability and Advocacy Across the Lifespan

Jennings natives legislative interns 

Two Jennings County residents are gaining experience as an interns with state Rep. Jim Lucas, R-Seymour, and members of the House of Representatives during the 2017 legislative session.

Laura Hauersperger, Hayden, is an intern in the House Majority Communications Office, where she helps write press releases, create legislative handouts and set up press conferences.

Hauersperger, the daughter of Bernard and Cari Hauersperger, is an IUPUI senior majoring in journalism, with a concentration in public relations, and minoring in political science.

Ashlee Morris, North Vernon, is a legislative intern and will be corresponding with constituents via phone, email and letters. She will also help staff committee hearings and floor proceedings.

Morris, the daughter of Billy and Kristi Morris, earned a bachelor’s degree from IUPUC and majored in psychology. She is pursuing a master’s degree at IUPUI.

The House of Representatives offers paid internship opportunities to college students, law-school students, graduate students and recent college graduates for the duration of each legislative session. For more information go online at

Professor presenting at conference in Spain

Jon Padfield, assistant professor at Purdue Polytechnic Columbus, will present a paper at the International Academy of Technology, Education and Development (IATED) Conference in Valencia, Spain.

Padfield will present his paper, “Final Exams vs. Final Assessments — Innovative Approaches to Measure a Student’s Ability to Apply Concepts and Techniques to Real World Situations,” during the early March conference. The paper describes scenario-based final assessments he has created in graduate and undergraduate classes. He will also serve as the session chair for the conference session “Assessment of Student Learning.”

“Padfield’s work in how we better evaluate our students to face real world situations, versus the traditional testing methods we have used in the past, will allow Purdue Polytechnic Columbus to train our students to better enter the workforce ready to tackle the challenges presented by today’s industry,” said Joe Fuehne, director of Purdue Polytechnic Columbus.

Padfield teaches classes in industrial engineering technology and supply chain management. He is a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt and has more than 20 years of experience in the automotive, security products and medical device industries.

Recently, he was awarded a $51,000 grant from the Indiana Department of Transporation for to teach its employees to apply entrepreneurial practices to INDOT processes to increase productivity and reduce costs.

Columbus native performs recital

Abigail Beerwart, Columbus, recently performed a voice recital for Wheaton College’s campus. Beerwart is a student at the liberal arts college.

The Wheaton College Conservatory of Music provides students with instruction to cultivate creativity, proficiency and achievement in a Christ-centered environment.

Powell graduates from GVSU

David J. Powell, Columbus, graduated in December from Grand Valley State University in Michigan. Powell earned a Bachelor of Science degree.

Patel graduates from UIndy

Darshan Patel, Columbus, earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Indianapolis during the December commencement. Patel graduated summa cum laude.

UIndy dean’s list

The following area students were named to the University of Indianapolis dean’s list for the fall 2016 semester:

  • Columbus: Andrew Carr, Rikki Johnson, Erin Mack, Meredith Ondrejack, Darshan Patel, Margaret Sanders, Cassidy Smith and Samantha Watters.
  • North Vernon: Alyssha Cloud, Matthew Cornett, Ariel Galliher, Taylor Hauersperger, Kyleigh Nelson, Brooke Short, Hunter Sporleder and Baley Waltz.

Students named to the list have completed at least 12 hours during a semester and earned a grade-point average of 3.7 or higher.

UIndy honor roll

The following students made the fall 2016 semester honor roll for the University of Indianapolis:

  • Columbus: Alex Algee, Magale Avitia, Bethany Harper, Dylan Maschino, Mallory Myers and Jerrett Stark.
  • North Vernon: Blake Cardinal, Kerigan Ertel, Lyndsay Miller, Tanner Steele and Thomas Taylor.

Honor roll students have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours and earned a grade point average between 3.4 and 3.7.

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