University News – October 9

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IUPUC to host undergrad psychology conference

IUPUC will host an undergraduate research in psychology conference next month at the Columbus Learning Center.

The Nov. 15 conference, which will be conducted from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., will allow regional undergraduate psychology students to display their research projects involving oral and poster presentations. The presentations will be judged with the winners being announced at the conference.

Cheryl Warner, associate professor of psychology at IUPUC and president of the Indiana Counseling Association, will be the keynote speaker during the event.

Student researchers also will have an opportunity to network with professionals, exchange ideas with other students and faculty and learn about applying to graduate programs. Students interested in presenting their completed or in-progress research project have until Oct. 15 to submit a proposal.

For more information on registration or to submit a proposal, visit

Purdue Polytechnic to have 3D printing event

Purdue Polytechnic Columbus will have a tech talk discussion on 3D printing this month.

The tech talk will be at 6 p.m. Oct. 26 in the auditorium at the Columbus Learning Center, 4555 Central Ave. The event will focus on the basics of 3D printing technology. It also will include demonstrations and a technology review.

The discussion will be led by Matt Ferrell, laboratory manager for the metrology lab at Purdue Polytechnic Columbus. Free tickets for the event, which is open to the public, can be found at

Panelists to discuss Columbus history

Panelists will discuss Columbus’ history during an Oct. 19 event at the Columbus Learning Center.

The event, “Columbus Past,” will be conducted at 7 p.m. in the lecture hall at the Columbus Learning Center, 4555 Central Ave. It is part of a series looking at Columbus’ past, present and future.

Speakers during the forum will be Greg Lewis, chair of the social studies department at Columbus East High School, along with Adam Rediker, education manager at the Bartholomew County Historical Society; Dr. Tamara Iorio, a physician and local historian; and David Sechrest, a Columbus historian.

IUPUC accepts diversity award nominations

IUPUC is accepting nominations for its 2018 Excellence in Diversity award.

The award, which was created in 2010 by the IUPUC Diversity Council, will recognize and honor individuals that demonstrate a commitment and make outstanding efforts toward building a diverse and inclusive community.

Nominees must submit a detailed description of the initiative, the efforts made to promote diversity and an inclusive community and its impact. A committee will review nominations and make recommendations to the vice chancellor, with individuals or organizations announced Jan. 15.

Individuals or organizations may nominate or self-nominate using a form on IUPUC’s website at

Email nominations should be sent to the IUPUC office of the vice chancellor and dean at on or before Oct. 31.

Zarahakos owner to speak at Cook Institute

The owner of Zaharakos in Columbus will speak during a Oct. 18 luncheon at Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus.

Tony Moravec, who also serves as president and chief executive officer of Blairex Laboratories Inc. based in Columbus, will speak at the eighth annual Cook Institute for Entrepreneurship luncheon, which will be conducted from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. He also is a co-founder of Applied Laboratories Inc. that manufactures trade, store brand and over-the-counter pharmaceutical products and medical devices.

Individual tickets for the Cook Institute luncheon are $75 each, while a table of eight is $600. To purchase tickets, visit

Columbus students place 8th in competition

Three Purdue Polytechnic Columbus students placed eighth during a regional programming competition in September.

Bruce Priest, Isaiah Bowman and Aaron Jones were among 21 teams who competed Sept. 23 to 24 in the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges’ Midwest region student programming contest in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The students, who are juniors and major in computer information technology, are members of Purdue Polytechnic Columbus’ programming club.

Priest, Bowman and Jones plan to compete during the Association for Computer Machinery International Collegiate Programming contest regional challenge Oct. 27 to 28 in Cincinnati.

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Matt Kent is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at 812-379-5712 or