University News – October 23

Honor society welcomes new IUPUC members

Eighteen IUPUC students and two administrators have been initiated as the newest members of Alpha Lambda Delta, a national honor society.

Alpha Lambda Delta, which was established in 1924, is a national honor society for students in their first year at a higher education institution. The IUPUC chapter was established in 2013.

Student membership is based on a minimum cumulative 3.5 grade point average during a student’s first year in college, while honorary members are recognized for their support of the chapter and of first-year students in general.

Students who were inducted include Mackenzie A. Bowers of Columbus; Carrie Caldwell of North Vernon; Isabel Victoria D’Allura of North Vernon; Olivia R. Fahey of Columbus; Victoria Rose Ewing of Seymour; Payten Lynne Ewing of Greensburg; Michaela Brooke Fuller of Columbus; Hannah Kae Michelle Graham of Columbus; Wesley Keith Jewell of Elizabethtown; Ariana Jones of Greenwood; Hannah Kelley of Columbus; Brooke Nicole King of Bloomington; Elizabeth Marie Lynch of North Vernon; Natalie E. Miller of Columbus; Sara Jo Noel of Shelbyville; Brooke Rush of Columbus; Seth Sharpe of Columbus; and Avery Daniel Tallent of Hope.

Reinhold Hill, vice chancellor and dean at IUPUC, and George Towers, head of IUPUC’s division of liberal arts and professor of geography, were named as honorary members.

Professor presents at Cash Heritage Festival

An Ivy Tech Community College professor was among several presenters at the Johnny Cash Heritage Festival in Dyess, Arkansas, last week.

Aaron Miller, associate professor of history at Ivy Tech’s Columbus campus, presented at the festival, which was held Oct. 19 to 21 in Cash’s boyhood hometown. Miller’s presentation, “Cultivating the Fabulous Johnny Cash: The Environment and the American Artist” examined how a life growing cotton and living in Dyess along the Mississippi Delta influenced Cash’s music.

IUPUC holds Safe Zone training

IUPUC faculty, staff and students recently participated in a workshop that teaches individuals to how to address the specific needs of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Ally community on its campus.

The Oct. 10 workshop was part of the school’s Safe Zone training, which was facilitated by Meghan Kahn, an associate professor of psychology and program coordinator of psychology at the School of Social Sciences at IU Southeast. As part of the workshop, participants gained a greater understanding of others, while individually increasing awareness of discriminatory behavior and language in self and others. Skill tactics also were introduced to teach individuals how to feel at greater ease when intervening in bias situations.

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