University News – May 22

Ivy Tech offering free summer camps for kids

Ivy Tech Community College is hosting free summer camps in June for middle school students from Bartholomew and Jennings counties that will introduce them to career opportunities in the fields of advanced manufacturing, health care and logistics.

The Fast Pass Summer Camps also will provide hands-on experience and workforce readiness skills to help the students prepare for the future.

Dates and times are as follows:

Bartholomew County: Noon to 5 p.m. June 26-28 at Ivy Tech Columbus Poling Hall, 4475 Central Ave., Columbus.

Jennings County: Noon to 5 p.m. June 5-7 at the Education and Training Center, 1200 W. O&M Ave., North Vernon.

Lunch will be provided daily.

Interested students should apply by contacting Erica Speer at or visiting the Fast Pass Summer Camps Facebook page.

Local graduates earn USI dean’s list honors

The following area students made the 2017 fall dean’s list at the University of Southern Indiana:

Columbus: Justin V. Abbott, Ariana Abraham, Rachel E. Davis, Dana K. Hovis, Isabel K. Hyer, Katherine C. Martin and Victoria L. West

Hope: Emily M. Tedder

Butlerville: Alivia M. Lovegrove

Commiskey: Margaret C. Baldwin

North Vernon: Hunter R. Euler

Undergraduate students must achieve a 3.5 or better grade-point average on a 4.0 scale to be named to the list.

University of Evansville releases spring dean’s list

Four area students earned a spot on the University of Evansville dean’s list for the spring semester:

Blair Bledsoe, Columbus, music therapy major

Megan Hashimoto, Columbus, health services administration major

Marisa Biehle, North Vernon, exercise science major

Anna McGriff, North Vernon, biochemistry major

Area scholars earn dean’s list honors

Four Columbus students were named to the Dean’s List at Belmont University for the spring semester:

Chase Ballard

Samantha Binnie

Sierra Lax

Alexandra Leddy

Eligibility is based on a minimum course load of 12 hours and a quality grade-point average of 3.5 with no grade below a C.

IUPUC partners with Turning Point services

To raise awareness about Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the Feminism Club at IUPUC partnered with Turning Point Domestic Violence Services to hold the university’s second Take Back the Night walk.

The April 27 event included a short program of speakers and the symbolic 1-mile walk around the perimeter of IUPUC and Ivy Tech Community College.

“It is important to raise awareness of sexual assault and support survivors of sexual violence,” said Courtney Watkins, incoming student president of the Feminism Club at IUPUC.

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