University News – March 19

IUPUC plans VIP Day for prospective students

IUPUC has scheduled a VIP Day at its campus.

The event is from 9:15 a.m. to noon March 30. It 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. Campus visits can also be arranged by e-mailing

Run for the Ivy event planned at Ivy Tech

Ivy Tech Community College in Columbus will host its 14th annual Run for the Ivy 5K/10K run/walk next month.

The 9 a.m. April 28 event, will begin outside Poling Hall, 4475 Central Ave. Proceeds from the run, which is open to the public, will be used for Ivy Tech emergency scholarships and programs.

Interested individuals may pre-register online at or by calling 812-374-5342. Participants who are pre-registered can pick up race packets at Ivy Tech from noon to 5 p.m. April 27, while packet pick-up on race day will begin at 8 a.m.

A free kids fun run will begin at 10:30 a.m. with sign-ups available at the race. Childcare and activities for children ages 2 and older will begin at 8:30 a.m. on race day for children whose parents or caregivers are participating in the race. Cost is $5 per child.

For more information, contact Geri Handley by e-mailing or calling 812-374-5342.

Local student named university to dean’s lists

The following student was named to the dean’s list at their university:

Simmons College

Columbus: Lauren Marie Wagner

Ball State students receive awards at championship

MUNCIE — Two Ball State University students from Bartholomew County received awards during the Indiana Forensic Association State Championship in February.

Annie Ashbrook, Hope, a freshman studying secondary education, and Mariann Fant, Columbus, a senior studying public communication studies, were among the Ball State speech team members who participated in the Feb. 17 competition in Muncie.

Ashbrook placed fourth in novice extemporaneous speaking and fifth in novice informative speaking. Fant won first place in duo interpretation, second in rhetorical criticism, second in after dinner speaking and fourth in persuasive speaking.

Patterson completes statehouse internship

A Columbus East High School graduate served as an intern at the Indiana Statehouse.

Michael Brock Patterson, who graduated in December with a bachelor’s degree in political science from Indiana University, served as an intern for the Indiana Senate Majority Caucus during the 2018 legislative session.

As an intern, Patterson was responsible for tracking and analyzing bill data, providing constituent services, staffing Senate committee hearings and meetings and conducting legislative policy research. Senate Majority interns work through the duration of the legislative session.

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