Communication and Performing Arts

A Lifetime of Success

Senior caps college music career with recital

Faith Renken practicing

The first student to complete Indiana University Kokomo’s performing arts program will demonstrate how her vocal ability has grown, with a capstone recital. Faith Renken, who has studied voice with Wendy Grice for the last four years, was among the first to choose the degree in humanities with a concentration in performing arts, when it became available a year ago. "Just finding something I’m passionate about, and being able to earn the degree on the Kokomo campus, is an amazing opportunity."

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Passion for community theater spans 25 years

Joann Kaiser posing

It’s been 25 years since Joann Kaiser directed the first community play in Tipton, Indiana, which now boasts a thriving theater presence unexpected in a small town. “It’s an added nuance to our community. We have a good thing going here, and I hope it lasts,” said Kaiser, senior lecturer in communication arts at Indiana University Kokomo. The first show, Our Town, which was a great success, and led to a production of Fiddler on the Roof, also led by Kaiser. Buoyed by their success, planners formed the Tipton Community Theatre, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the performing arts.

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Student visits three continents during career

Madi Roswog poses at the Great Wall

As a college freshman, Madi Roswog didn’t have a passport. Not only did she obtain one while she was a student at Indiana University Kokomo — she put seven stamps in it, traveling with classes to countries in Europe, Asia, and Central America, before graduating in May 2018. She walked the beaches at Normandy, climbed the Great Wall of China, cared for malnourished children in Guatemala, stood in Anne Frank’s Secret Annex in the Netherlands, and viewed priceless masterpieces in Italy.

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Senior studies pop culture at San Diego Comic-Con

Braden posing at San Diego Comic Con

Most of the 130,000 people who attend Comic-Con International are there to cosplay a favorite character, attend presentations by favorite actors, artists, and authors, and to discuss storylines with fellow fans.

Scholarly research would likely not be among the activities that would first come to mind — but that’s just what one Indiana University Kokomo communication arts student did this summer.

Read about Braden's experience