University News – November 13

Columbus resident initiated into national honor society

A Columbus resident attending Texas A&M University-Kingsville was recently initiated into a national honor society.

Solomon Obawomiye was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Membership into the honor society is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter.

The top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors are eligible for membership.

‘Dueling Pianos’ fundrasier returns to Columbus

An event at The Commons in January will help raise funds for scholarships and other financial assistance for Ivy Tech Community College students.

Dueling Pianos: Take 2, will be at 7 p.m. Jan. 19 at The Commons, 300 Washington St. featuring Tony T and Wildman Joe.

The show, which is an age 21 and older event, will include a light dinner provided by Simmons Winery with a cash bar available. Tickets go on sale Thursday and are $50 per person or $90 per couple.

For more information, visit or contact Handley at 812-374-5342.

Rotary Foundation accepting scholarship applications

The Rotary Foundation is accepting applications for a competitive $40,000 scholarship.

The scholarship will help support an exceptional scholar who enrolls in a master’s or doctoral degree program for one to four years of study at an overseas university. Rotary Global scholars must pursue a course of study in one of Rotary’s six areas of humanitarian focus: peace and conflict prevention/resolution, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy or economic and community development.

Requirements include living in southern Indiana or have residency at a four-year college in the district; presenting a plan of study and a career plan aligning with one of Rotary’s six humanitarian areas of focus; providing a letter of acceptance from an overseas university and three letters of recommendation; and applying to one of the 34 southern Indiana District 6580 Rotary clubs.

Clubs will forward their endorsement forms and scholar applications to the district scholarship committee, who will then invite finalists for an interview in Bloomington Jan. 27. The committee will forward one application to the Rotary Foundation for final approval, with the nominee notified by July 1.

Applications are being accepted through Dec. 31. For more information, including the application and list of the Rotary clubs, visit or contact District 6580 scholarship chair Jim Bright at

INDOT offers scholarships to civil engineering students

The Indiana Department of Transportation is offering scholarships to civil engineering students studying in Indiana.

The state agency is providing up to $3,125 per semester to students, who must be accepted or enrolled full-time in one of Indiana’s certified civil engineering schools. Eligible programs include Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne, Purdue University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Trine University, University of Evansville, University of Notre Dame and Valparaiso University.

The scholarship funding can be used for educational expenses, fees and books. In return, recipients will work for INDOT in full-time, paid positions during their summer breaks and upon graduation.

Applications for the 2018-19 school year must be submitted by Dec. 31 and can be found at

IUPUC accepting nominations for Volger award

IUPUC is accepting nominations for the 2018 Edna V. Folger Oustanding Teacher award.

Any full-time elementary or secondary school teacher or educator working in a public, private or parochial school in Bartholomew County is eligible to receive the award. Classroom or special education teachers, in addition to certified educators, counselors, counselors and administrators are eligible.

Nominations, which can be made by an individual or a group, should include biographical information, reasons for nomination, letters of recommendation and support materials.

Nomination instructions can be found by visiting the IUPUC Center for Teaching or Learning, the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. administration office and in the main office of schools in Bartholomew County.

Nomination forms can be found at The deadline for nominations is 4 p.m. Jan. 15.

The award will be presented at the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting, which is planned for late February or early March. For more information, call Marsha VanNahmen at 812-375-7576 or e-mail

Columbus Learning Center to host speech tournament

IUPUC, Ivy Tech Community College and the Columbus East High School speech team will sponsor an invitational speech tournament this month at the Columbus Learning Center.

The Saturday event will include four straight rounds of competition in different areas. An estimated 150 to 200 students from 10 to 15 high school will participate.

Trophies will be awarded to the top 10 teams, while ribbons will be given to the top 10 contestants in each event in both novice and varsity divisions. An awards ceremony will be held around 2:30 p.m. in the lecture hall of the Columbus Learning Center .

For more information, contact tournament director and IUPUC sponsor Anna Carmon at

IUPUC group conducts Take Back the Night event

An IUPUC student-led organization conducted its Take Back the Night event in downtown Columbus last month as a way to support survivors of assault.

The Feminism Club at IUPUC, along with co-sponsors such as IUPUC Student Affairs, Take Back the Night Foundation and Turning Point Domestic Violence Services, hosted the Oct. 26 event that began at the Conversation Plinth exhibit in front of the Bartholomew County Public Library.

IUPUC students, staff, faculty and Columbus community members participated in a walk in downtown Columbus during the event, which featured speakers such as Reinhold Hill, IUPUC vice chancellor and dean; Sandra Miles, IUPUC dean of students and director of student affairs; Mahri Irvine, director of campus initiatives at the Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault; and Sarah Flores, a preventionist at Turning Point.

“The Take Back the Night event in its entirety was intended to demonstrate support of and solidarity with victims and survivors of gendered violence, as well as to generate conversations about what violence against women is,” said Julie Goodspeed-Chadwick, professor of English and women’s studies who also serves as faculty adviser of the Feminism Club.

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