Career Pathways

February 3rd, 2014

career pathways

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) produces a program for Whitewater Community Television (WCTV) titled “Career Pathways.” The show, which airs at 9pm on WETV Channel 20, is an introduction to professionals in the Wayne County area and the paths they took from their degrees in the liberal arts and social sciences to their current careers. Hosts for the show are Dr. Katherine Frank – Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Katie Chaney – Lead Academic Advisor and Assistant to the Dean of HSS, and Chris Rogan – Part-time Music Instructor, HSS. Past guests include Bill Engle, Becky Jewison, Jodie Scheiben, Alison Zajdel, Abby Clapp, Terry Wiesehan, Brian and Ashley Derrer, Rachel Hughes, Avis Stewart, Bridget Hazelbaker, Jason Troutwine, Pat Heiny, Mary Jo Clark, Molly Vanderpool, Amy Noe, Mandy Ford and Rodrick Landess.


The upcoming schedule is as follows:


Month             Air Date          Host                            Guests

January           1/13/2013        Chris Rogan                Cheryl Gibbs and Mickey White

February         2/10/2014        Katherine Frank          Lance Crow and Olivia Miller

March              3/10/2014        Katie Chaney              Sarah Soper and Liz Ferris

April                 4/14/2014        Katie Chaney              Katie Strohm, Amy Shrock

IU East to celebrate opening of Room 912 in Downtown Richmond

January 17th, 2014

Indiana University East’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences is excited to announce the public opening of Room 912, located at 912 E. Main Street, in Richmond, Ind. on January 31, 2014.
The public is invited to join the celebration that begins with a ribbon cutting ceremony by the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce at 6 p.m. The 900 block of East Main Street will be closed to traffic and guests may enjoy the first exhibition on display in the Room 912 Art Gallery, “Regional Impact:  Faculty Work from the IU Regional Campuses,” tour the facility, listen to live music performed by IU East faculty and students, and visit our neighbor Ply Fiber Arts at 921 East Main Street, which will remain open and participate in the festivities. Visitors will also be able to watch the live carving of an ice-wolf sculpture outside of Room 912 at 6:30 p.m. that will help launch the Meltdown Ice Festival that will take place January 31 through February 1.

Room 912 is comprised of an art gallery, classroom, and studio space. IU East classes began in Room 912 on January 13, 2014 and the Richmond Art Museum will begin offering a few classes later this month.

RAM Room912Image“Room 912 was created in order to provide additional space for gallery exhibitions and our growing fine arts program,” said Katherine Frank, dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at IU East. “We chose downtown Richmond due to its rich history, expanding business community, and future potential. As a regional institution with a mission focused on contributing to the cultural and economic development of the communities we serve, this was the perfect opportunity to position IU East as a true steward of place and to promote the partnerships so important to strengthening our community.”

One such partnership is with the Richmond Art Museum that has been in need of space for daytime art classes.

“The opportunity for RAM to offer daytime programming at Room 912 is significant in that it gives us the ability to do something we have not yet done,” said Lance Crowe, education director at RAM. “Currently classes at RAM are offered in the evenings. This new partnership with IU East offers a new flexibility to our art education programs that will allow a wider audience of individuals to experience the enrichment that comes from engaging creatively in artistic endeavor.”

Kaylyn Flora, of Richmond, Ind., is a Fine Arts major at IU East. She said the expansion of IU East’s Fine Arts department into downtown Richmond is as significant to students as it is for the community.

“The studio offers a space dedicated solely to the creation of artwork while teaching us the importance of working in a studio environment both now and after graduation. My peers and I will have the space we need to explore new mediums and techniques for art making. Sharing a space with other talented capstone students will foster a potent creative energy that will inspire each of us to create our best work yet,” Flora said. “Just as important, we are at the heart of the city, and therefore, at the heart of the community. In our downtime, we have the opportunity to explore local shops and meet local business owners. Thus, we are provided with a sense of local history that will influence and will be translated in our artwork. In doing so, we can take part in the culture that has become integral to Richmond, Ind.”

RAM classes begin on January 23 with an Adult Art Education class taught by Tom Butters. People may read more about this class as well of Taste of the Arts Tuesdays and Mommy or Daddy and Me: Child and Parent Art Classes at or by calling RAM at (765) 966-0256.

“We urge businesses and organizations to think about interesting possibilities for collaboration involving Room 912 and to consider the many ways that art can inform, enhance, and guide our personal and professional endeavors,” Frank said.  “We welcome new ideas and new partnerships and look forward to the ways that we can all work together in the downtown area and throughout our community to feature and leverage the positive points of potential throughout Richmond and Wayne County.”

IU East to add Master of Arts in English

December 20th, 2013

Indiana University East has received approval for a new graduate degree program, a Master of Arts in English, from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Applications for the program are now being accepted through April 15, 2014, for admission to the fall 2014 semester.

The M.A. in English is IU East’s fifth graduate program to be added to its academic portfolio since June 2007. IU East’s graduate programs include the Master of Science in Education, Master of Science in Management, Master of Social Work and the Master of Science in Nursing.

The graduate program will provide students with a background suitable for a wide range of careers in areas such as professional writing, editing, administration, technology, and management. Graduates interested in post-secondary teaching options will be qualified to teach full- or part-time in community colleges and in four-year colleges and universities and to teach dual-credit courses in high schools.

“In the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, we strive to transform the lives of our students and improve the world they inhabit. Consequently, we are thrilled to see this program, designed to do both, approved and ready to launch fall semester 2014,” said Katherine Frank, dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Providing opportunities for advancing graduate-level work in English is crucial to the IU East mission, expands career options for graduates, and contributes to economic development throughout the eastern Indiana and western Ohio region. Programs like the M.A. in English at IU East offer a broad range of course offerings in literature and writing and prepare students for many career options and advancement opportunities by emphasizing how the study of English applies to real world contexts, situations, and issues.

“After a complete needs assessment and interest survey were conducted by the school several years ago, it was determined that an M.A. in English was the degree most appropriate to respond to community and alumni feedback regarding employability and academic interest. We are delighted to be able to respond to this feedback with a quality academic program to be delivered by a strong department that includes active scholars and award-winning writers,” Frank said.

Margaret Thomas Evans is the chairperson for the English Department. She said the department is excited to offer an M.A. in English starting in fall 2014 and to provide students in the region with a new graduate opportunity. She added students will be able to take literature, composition studies, and creative writing courses at the graduate level at IU East.

“We are confident that this will serve both former students and others in the area with a desire to earn an M.A. We look forward to those students coming to campus and studying with us,” Thomas Evans said. “This is a prime opportunity for faculty, staff, students, and community members to partner together as the School of Humanities and Social Sciences takes this important step into the arena of graduate studies.”

Students completing the M.A. in English will earn a minimum of 36 credit hours. The curriculum is developed to be completed in two years if graduate students attend full-time.

For more information about the M.A. in English and application process, contact Margaret Thomas Evans, English Department chairperson, at (765) 973-8614 or email

Choir Concert & Music Recital

November 19th, 2013

Join us for upcoming events in Music.

Choir Concert
December 2, 7 p.m.
Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church
1004 North A Street
students and faculty from IU East
Robert Williams, conductor
Free and open to public

Music Recital
December 3, 7 p.m.
Vivian Auditorium
Featuring music students at IU East
Free and open to the public

History Major Receives Scholarship to Attend National Conference

November 19th, 2013

Indiana University East history major Vyvyan Walker received a scholarship to attend the National Trust for Historic Preservation Annual Conference, which met  in Indianapolis October 29-November 2.

The conference featured topical sessions led by nationally-known preservationists and field experiences in which participants toured sites associated with Indiana’s limestone heritage, historic churches, and places linked to the Underground Railroad. Walker took part in tours of historic Indianapolis theaters and restored homes in the Near North Side.

Walker is from Winchester, Ind., and a sophomore at IU East. She is in the Honors Program, an academic program that provides an intellectually enriched curriculum for highly-motivated students, and will present about her experience at the conference and historic preservation in her history course, The Nature of History, as part of the program.

“I enjoy all aspects of history, and I intend on becoming a historian. I enjoyed the opportunity of attending the conference and learning more about the restoration of historic structures and sites locally in Indianapolis,” Walker said.

In addition to students selected from Indiana University campuses, scholarship recipients came from such schools as the University of Southern California and the University of Texas.  Students were invited to submit an essay explaining their interest in historic preservation. A faculty panel chose up to two attendants from each Indiana University campus based on the essays.

Professor of History Joanne Passet, who is the IU East representative to the Indiana University Committee on Historic Preservation, also attended the conference. She said students benefit from the conference by learning historic preservation and it also provides an opportunity for college students to network with each other and public history professionals.