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Volleyball player attacks court, classroom


The transition from high school to college sports can be difficult, with talented players learning to play as part of a team, rather than as its star. But Mary Westover took advantage of these lessons and turned them into success – both on the court and in the classroom.

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Geysers, mountains, and wildlife highlight trip

Geysers, mountains, and wildlife highlight trip

Does just talking about learning give you goosebumps? Jenni Weideman is walking along a path at Yellowstone National Park. She has just hiked a trail alongside the park’s spectacular gorge and gazed down at the magnificent waterfall. She has loved geology since she was a child, but it was taking a class at IU Kokomo that made her want to study it formally. She has begun pursuing a minor in sustainability studies, and now she’s taking an immersive class that includes a field experience at America’s oldest national park.

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Senior finds purpose in state park internship


Early on a July morning, Tom Richter looks out over the Mississinewa Lake beach. Sitting on his Gator utility vehicle, the Indiana University Kokomo senior points to the dark line visible on the dam. Just across the lake there’s evidence of record-setting flooding in July 2015, when reservoir levels reached more than 40 feet above normal. He also notes the hundreds of dead trees and bare places along the shoreline.

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Research experiences leads to dental school

Research experiences leads to dental school

When your dental school application includes hands-on research with a professor, as well as publication credit, you stand out from the crowd. For Mary Elmasry, her experience studying photoelectric chemistry with Kasem Kasem, Indiana University Kokomo professor of chemistry, helped her achieve her dream of acceptance to the IU School of Dentistry.

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