IU East’s Political Science program listed as a 20 Best Online Bachelor in Political Science Degree Program

September 15th, 2015

Indiana University East has been named to the 20 Best Online Bachelor in Political Science Degree Program by TheBestSchools.org.

TheBestSchools.org selected colleges and universities for the top 20 list based on several weighted factors, including academic excellence, course offerings, faculty strengths, and reputation, including reputation for online degree programs.

The list is available online here.

The IU East School of Humanities and Social Sciences offers a Bachelor of Science in Political Science. Students who complete the political science program are prepared for careers in politics, law, comparative politics, American cultures, social issues, and policy making. The program serves undergraduates in other majors, including social work, criminal justice, education, and history. The program provides knowledge and skills that are transferable across disciplines and careers that are essential for developing citizens prepared to make a difference.

TheBestSchools.org is a leading resource for prospective students seeking a college or university degree. Many schools in the United States reference our rankings including Auburn University, Boston University, Texas A&M University, Fordham University, and many more.

For more information about IU East’s political science program, contact the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at (765) 973-8643 or visit iue.edu/hss/polisci/.

IU East’s Community Engagement Series begins with lecture on Mummies and Vikings

September 11th, 2015

IU East’s Community Engagement Series begins with lecture on Mummies and Vikings


Indiana University East School of Humanities and Social Sciences will begin a new Community Engagement Series this fall. The series begins this September and will feature a wide variety of topics presented by faculty.

Gene Cruz-Uribe

Presentations will be held in various locations throughout the community. All presentations begin with a reception at 5:15 p.m. followed by the lecture at 6 p.m. The presentations are free and open to the public.

The Community Engagement Series kicks off on Wednesday, September 23, at the Wayne County Historical Museum, 1150 N. A St., Richmond, Ind.

Daron Olson, assistant professor of history, and Gene Cruz-Uribe, professor of history, will present “Mummies and Vikings: A Journey through World History.” Cruz-Uribe will discuss his research focusing on Egypt, specifically Demotic graffiti found at the temple of Isis. Olson will discuss several topics related to Norwegian and Norwegian-American history.

Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences Ross Alexander said, “HSS is proud to launch this community engagement series as a way to engage a wider, non-academic audience through the important, innovative, and intriguing research performed by our talented faculty members. Hopefully, community members will choose to attend all six presentations throughout the 2015-16 academic year, which will occur on campus and across several venues in Richmond/Wayne County, co-sponsored by various community partners.”

Cruz-Uribe received his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. in Egyptology from the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago. He is the author of six books, over 60 articles and 40 book reviews dealing with all periods of Egyptian history and culture with an emphasis on the Demotic stage of the ancient Egyptian language and the history and religion of the Late Period in Egypt. He has conducted a number of field research projects in Egypt, working mainly in Kharga Oasis in the western desert, but throughout the Nile Valley including a long term project to record graffiti in the royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings. His most recent field work project is the recording of unpublished Demotic graffiti found at the temple of Isis at Philae Island (Aswan).

Daron Olson

For the last 15 years he has been recording and translating ancient Egyptian graffiti for what they reveal about personal piety, late period religious practices and pilgrimage. He was the recipient of a Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship in 2007 to continue his studies in Egypt. In July 2008, he became the editor of the Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt, the principal journal for Egyptology research in the U.S.

Olson obtained an M.A. in History from the University of North Dakota and graduated with his Ph.D. in Historical Studies from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Olson’s research interests include Modern Norway and Norwegian emigration to the U.S. His theoretical focus includes transnationalism, nationalism, and identity. His book, Vikings across the Atlantic: Emigration and the Building of a Greater Norway, 1860-1945, was published by the University of Minnesota Press in 2013. He has traveled to Norway the past two years researching his next book on Norway’s nationalism while in exile during World War II.

For more information on the Community Engagement Series, contact the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at (765) 973-8484 or visit iue.edu/facultypresents.

Community Engagement Series Event Calendar
Receptions at 5:15 p.m.
Presentations at 6 p.m.

Mummies and Vikings: A Journey through World History
Wednesday, September 23
Wayne County Historical Museum, 1150 N. A St., Richmond
Presented by Professor of History Eugene Cruz-Uribe and Assistant Professor of History Daron Olson

Making Sense of Madness: Campaigns & Elections in the Modern Era
Thursday, October 8
IU East, Whitewater Hall Community Room
Presented by School of Humanities and Social Sciences Dean Ross Alexander and Assistant Professor of Political Science Chera LaForge

English & American Literature: Connecting Important Authors and Their Works
Thursday, November 19
Morrisson-Reeves Library, Bard Room, 80 N. 6th St, Richmond
Presented by Professor of English Alisa Clapp-Itnyre and Assistant Professor of English Steven Petersheim

A Brave Conversation: Addressing End-of-Life Issues
Thursday, February 4
Reid Health, Lingle Auditorium, 1100 Reid Parkway, Richmond
Presented by Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Rosalie Aldrich and Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, Humanities and Religious Studies Ange Cooksey

Contemporary Gangs: Culture, Crime, and Community
Thursday, March 24
Wayne County Council Chambers, 50 N. 5th St., Richmond
Presented by Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Mengie Parker and Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Stephanie Whitehead

International Service and Student Engagement
Thursday, April 14
IU East’s Room 912, 912 E. Main St., Richmond
Presented by Assistant Professor of World Languages and Cultures Dianne Moneypenny and Assistant Professor of Political Science Kristopher Rees

Elizabeth Berg to visit IU East for Regional Writers Series September 22

September 9th, 2015

The Indiana University East School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) will present the Regional Writers Series: An Evening with Elizabeth Berg, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 22, in Vivian Auditorium, located in Whitewater Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

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Jean Harper, creative writing coordinator at IU East, said, “Elizabeth Berg will be speaking about her newest book, The Dream Lover, during the evening presentation. She’ll also be available for questions and answers about this book, and her other works, including the very popular Talk Before Sleep, a book treasured by many women who have endured breast cancer.” DreamLover-hq

The Dream Lover and other books by Berg are available for purchase in the Campus Bookstore. A reception and book-signing will follow the evening lecture.

Berg based The Dream Lover on the life of French writer George Sand. On her website, Berg said she was inspired to write about Aurore Dudevant (George Sand is her pen name) after reading about her in The Writer’s Almanac and being intrigued by her. Finding that a novel had not been written about Dudevant, she decided to share the story “about this most extraordinary woman, who was a study in contradiction.”

Author of more than 20 works of fiction and nonfiction, Berg has won numerous awards, including the American Library Association’s Best Books of the Year for Durable Goods and Joy School and an Oprah’s Book Club Selection for Open House. She is the founder of Writing Matters, a reading series designed to serve author, audience, and community. Berg lives part-time in Chicago and San Francisco.

While at IU East, Berg will also work directly with students during a one-hour workshop.

Margaret Evans, chair of the English Department, said, “To have Elizabeth Berg, a New York Times bestselling author, come to campus is very exciting. Our creative writing students will have the opportunity to engage with a very successful writer, find out more about her work, and her writing process.”

Tanya Perkins, faculty advisor for the student literary magazine Tributaries, said the Regional Writers Series highlights the remarkable diversity of writers in the Midwest: from rural bards to Affrilachian poets, Rust Belt essayists to post-apocalyptic novelists, slam poets to short story writers, and more. This series will shine a light on the wealth of excellent writing and writers in the Midwest, she added.

HSS will host one author a semester as part of the Regional Writers Series. In the spring, Amy Pickworth, award-winning poet and artist, will visit the campus April 6-7, 2016. David Baker, award-winning poet, recipient of Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships and poetry editor of the Kenyon Review, is scheduled for fall 2016. Katy Didden, poet, and assistant professor of English at Ball State, will visit in spring 2017.

Ross Alexander, dean of HSS, said the school is proud to host the Regional Writers Series.

“This series will provide IU East students and the surrounding community with accessible opportunities to meet, work with, and learn from established and published writers active in this region,” Alexander said.

IU East’s Criminal Justice Program Named to Best Value Criminal Justice Degree for 2015

September 3rd, 2015

Indiana University East’s Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program has been listed in the top five of the Best Value Criminal Justice Degree for 2015 by Best Value Schools.

To determine the top 50 Best Value Criminal Justice Degree programs, Best Value Schools used College Navigator, a data website and subset of the National Center for Education Statistics. Schools in the top 50 offer degrees in criminal justice or law enforcement administration. The enrollment for the schools is selective, admitting 60 percent or fewer of applicants to their degree programs in criminal justice. The list takes into account the net price for the degree, including costs and available scholarships, loans, tuition payments and fees.

The criminal justice program at IU East is distinctive in that it teaches students management skills which prepares them to be more competitive in the job market and enhances their prospects for advancement. The degree program prepares students for professional careers in law, policing, criminal investigation, juvenile justice, public affairs, crisis management, risk analysis, or graduate school.

Also, IU East’s criminal justice program is one of 11 online degree completion programs available to students. Students who have taken the first two years of a criminal justice program at another college or university can finish the online program within two years to receive a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. For more information about IU East’s online degree programs, visit iue.edu/online.

For more information about IU East’s Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, contact the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at (765) 973-8484.

HSS Summer Research Scholars

July 27th, 2015

HSS English majors, Caleb Warner and Ryan Wyson each received The IU East 2015 Summer Research scholarships. A total of six $2000 scholarships were given to undergraduate students to conduct research under supervision of a faculty member. Funding for the competitive program is provided by the Indiana University Office of the Vice Provost for Research and is matched by funds from IU East. All recipients will present their research findings during the eighth annual Student Research Day in spring 2016.

Caleb Warner, Centerville, Ind. “Thoreau’s Individualism: Looking for the American Relevance of Walden Throughout the Centuries.” English major working with Steven Petersheim, assistant professor of English.

Warner said his research project is to discern the prevalence of Henry David Thoreau’s work, Walden in American Culture, and how this piece is used in today’s high school classrooms and college curricula.

“What interested me about this project was the dualism between the piece’s prevalence and the ideas in it that seemingly goes against the core beliefs of the ‘American’ identity as it stands today. I find this contrast interesting because the work is still taught as a way of forming an American identity of literature,” Warner said.

As part of his project, Warner will travel to Concord, Mass., and Walden Pond to conduct research. He will review Thoreau’s papers and talk with locals and tourists about Thoreau and his work in the Concord area.

“The biggest thing I want to get out of this summer project is some more hands on experience with research itself. Whatever conclusions I reach through the research are secondary, though still important, to learning how to properly research, absorb all the information, process it, and respond to it, sending it out into the world to help inform others,” Warner said.

Ryan Wysong, Williamsburg, Ind. “Rebuilding What I Destroyed: A Personal Look at The Warrior Culture and The PTSD Epidemic.” English major working with Jean Harper, associate professor of English.

Wysong said the goal of his research project is to find out what the mental health care process is for returning soldiers, in relation to evaluation for symptoms of PTSD. An Army veteran, Wysong said he returned home from Iraq in 2005 and found the evaluation of returning soldiers needing more, including following up months after and a need for more open discussion on the issue from supervisors and fellow soldiers. He said he began showing symptoms of PTSD two months after he returned and feels that the suicide rate could improve with enhanced evaluations.

“Right now the statistic is 22 veterans a day are committing suicide. I think this is directly related to how the Army treats soldiers who have PTSD,” Wysong said. “The overall goal of my project is to discover the actual process the Army is using today in order to allow those in the civilian world that are treating veterans with some insight, and hopefully assist them in the planning of care for veterans. I think knowing the process, which is shrouded from the public eye, would assist in continuity of care, and also would help counselors understand where these veterans are coming from.”

Wysong said he is using a journalistic approach to his research project. Wysong was stationed at Fort Stewart Georgia and deployed to Iraq from there.

After completing his research, Wysong would like to share the data and information with various national and community organizations that assist veterans in the hope that his work will assist with the treatment of those returning with PTSD, Wysong said.