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History, Political Science, and Philosophy

A Lifetime of Success

Military mechanic earns history degree

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Julia Person describes herself as “a glorified gas station attendant.” However, that description would only be apt if your average gas station could fly at a speed of 530 miles per hour at 30,000 feet above the earth, and carry up to 322,000 pounds of fuel. As a crew chief for the U.S. Air Force Reserves, Julia is responsible for maintaining a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft.

World War II stories come to life in Europe

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The cost of freedom is starkly real at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial. The peaceful, pristine site contains the graves of 9,385 U.S. military members, most of whom lost their lives in the D-Day landings and ensuing operations — along with the Wall of the Missing, inscribed with the names of 1,557 lost and never found. It was a sight that moved Indiana University Kokomo student Sarah Gill to tears, especially as the granddaughter of a veteran.

Philosophy students teach thinking skills

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More than half of the children in Debbie Newby’s class think spiders are beautiful. The rest of the third-graders think spiders most definitely are not beautiful — not in the least. During a conversation led by students in an Indiana University Kokomo philosophy class, “Team Spider” talked about the colors, patterns, and function of the arachnids, all of which contribute to their beauty. “Team No Spider” shuddered as they brought up the sticky webs, the long legs, the potential to bite, and the general creepiness of spiders. Could both sides be right?

Future teaching gains experience

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Student teaching in a high school history class is less intimidating after presenting research at a national conference and answering questions from doctoral students. Brianne Poor, a double major in history and political science and education at Indiana University Kokomo, was among the presenters at the Pi Sigma Alpha political science conference in Washington D.C., contributing her scholarship on how to accommodate more nations seeking membership in the United Nations Security Council.