University News – February 19

Students named to university Dean’s lists

The following students have been named to the Dean’s list at their respective universities:

University of Kentucky

Columbus: Maelyn Rae Kiser, Jarren Tay

DePauw University

Columbus: Daniela Chaparro, Andrew Gold, Samuel Heichelbech, Austin Lewis, Brooke Richardson, Kira Singer

Indiana University

Columbus: Sidney Donovan

Anderson University

Columbus: Brittany Davis


Columbus: Aimy Henderson

Purdue Polytechnic hosts ‘Day in College’

Students considering engineering and technology careers are invited to attend a “Day in College” event at Purdue Polytechnic Columbus.

The event will be from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday at the school, 4444 Kelly St.

Students may attend classes, meet with faculty and staff and learn more about student life. Parents will learn about financial aid and tuition assistance for students. Technology-related internships and career opportunities will be discussed with input from local business and industry representatives.

To reserve a spot, visit

IUPUC schedules VIP Day

IUPUC has scheduled a VIP Day at its campus Feb. 28 to allow visitors to learn about the campus.

The visit from 9:15 a.m. to noon will allow prospective students to learn about IUPUC’s academic opportunities, along with financial aid and scholarships. Tours will be available.

For more information, visit or call 812-348-7390.

Business leader speaks at Purdue Polytechnic

An executive with LHP Engineering Solutions will speak at Purdue Polytechnic Columbus this month.

Michael King, president of data analytics and the Internet of Things, will speak at 6 p.m. Feb. 28 in the Columbus Learning Center auditorium for the third in a series of tech talks. He will be presenting “The Business Value of the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT).”

King will speak about IoT and how companies are leveraging new technologies to drive better business results, according to a news release.

Prior to joining LHP, King was the director of enterprise business analytics for Cummins. In addition to his work at Cummins, he spent nearly 18 years at Boeing, where he held leadership roles in finance, manufacturing and supply chain, the release said.

The event is free and open to the public. Free tickets for the Tech Talk are available on a first-come, first-served basis by visiting

IUPUC recognizes employee of the quarter

An IUPUC campus police officer has been recognized as the school’s employee of the quarter.

Mark Mowery was selected for the award, which recognizes contributions by staff members over the previous three months that go above and beyond regular work responsibilities. Mowery was nominated for assisting an IUPUC student who was in a car accident off campus.

He was hired by the IU Police Department at the Indianapolis Division of IUPUI and was sent to the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in 1989. Before he joined the IU Police Department, he earned his EMT license and worked for an ambulance service and hospital emergency room.

Mowery also spent two years with the Notre Dame University Security Police Department. He is a member of the IUPUI Local AFSCME Union and trustee on the board.

Mowery lives in Greenwood with his wife Sharon, and the couple has two adult children.

Ivy Tech receives National Test Center certification

Ivy Tech Community College’s Columbus is one of 13 campuses across the state earning National Test Center certification.

The designation from the National College Testing Association is a recognition that the test center operates under the highest accepted standards and procedures for all types of testing. The certification also means the testing centers adhere to best practices in the testing industry, provide additional validity to prospective distance learners, vendors and organizations and increased access to useful testing ideas, documentation and procedure.

With the certification, Ivy Tech joins more than 200 certified centers across the United States and Canada. In addition to Columbus, the designation also covers the Anderson, Evansville, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, Kokomo, Lawrence, Lawrenceburg, Lafayette, Madison, Marion, Muncie and Richmond campuses.

IUPUC Lecturer, director selected as a Forum Fellow

A lecturer and director of the sociology program and women’s studies at IUPUC has been named as a Forum Fellow.

Aimee Zoeller was selected to participate as an inaugural cohort of Forum Fellows. The inaugural cohort of Forum Fellows will focus on three areas: creating a sense of community, supporting professional development and encouraging innovation in teaching and scholarship.

The work will be used in bringing to life a newly created Faculty Forum space, which is currently in the design phase and should be open by the end of the spring semester. Other fellows include Andy Buchenot, an IUPUI associate professor in English and Darrell Nickolson, an IUPUI clinical assistant professor of architectural technology in the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology.

Ivy Tech students, programs win awards

Five students, three programs and one partnership at Ivy Tech Community College have received awards of excellence from the Indiana Department of Education.

The advanced automation and robotics technology program at Ivy Tech in Indianapolis, the supply chain management program at Ivy Tech Lafayette and the physical therapist assistance program at Ivy Tech Lake County each received an Indiana Career and Technical Education Program Award for Excellence during a Feb. 8 ceremony at the Indiana Government Center South in Indianapolis. Ivy Tech South Bend received a Partnership Award for Excellence for the Bowman Creek Educational Ecosystem, according to a news release.

Five Ivy Tech students also were honored with a Postsecondary Student Award for Excellence, including Jaelyn Matthews from Ivy Tech Columbus; Sanghee Han from Ivy Tech Muncie; Jacob Wicker from Ivy Tech Richmond; Caleb Pierson from Ivy Tech Batesville; and Luke Shepherd from Ivy Tech Kokomo.

The Indiana Career and Technical Education Awards for Excellence program is designed to identify and recognize career and technical education students, programs, active partnerships that contribute to high-quality career and technical education, guidance/career services displaying excellence in Indiana, and outstanding contributors to career in technical education in Indiana.

Columbus student participates in society

A Columbus resident attending Ashland University is a member of the Alexander Hamilton Society.

Katlin Meek, who is majoring in business administration, is a member of the group, which seeks to gather students and prominent members of foreign policy, national security and international affairs to foster debate and discussion and create a network of students and professionals to use to their advantages.

It is an independent, non-partisan, not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting constructive debate on basic principles and contemporary issues in foreign, economic and national security policy.

Meek is a 2017 graduate of Columbus North High School.

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