IWU Graduate Is Indiana’s Teacher of the Year!

September 15, 2006

A ‘way cool’ teacher

3rd-graders in Fishers cheer Indiana‘s pick for Teacher of the Year

By Melanie D. Hayes melanie.d.hynes@ carmelstar.com

FISHERS, Ind. — Taking a test while lying on the floor is nothing unusual for students in Anna Shults’ third-grade class at Fall Creek Elementary School.

Sometimes they sit on a windowsill during exams, or rest on a pillow.

Indiana‘s 2007 Teacher of the Year believes a relaxed atmosphere eases students’ minds so they can do their best.

Shults’ creative ways — she also makes up rap songs to help students remember spelling words and organizes scavenger hunts for geometrical shapes — helped propel the 31-year-old educator to the status of Indiana’s top teacher Thursday.

Students and colleagues, however, also cited Shults’ caring ways.

“Sometimes she gives us extra recess when we are good,” said Haley Butler, 8. “She is pretty and the best teacher in the world!”

Shults is now Indiana‘s nominee for the National Teacher of the Year honor, to be presented in the spring in Washington.

Shults was chosen from 47 educators from public and private schools across Indiana. The award was presented during a surprise assembly in the school gym.

Shults went to the gymnasium with other teachers and students, thinking she’d hear a seminar by an education expert.

But the program quickly turned into big cheers for Shults as Suellen Reed, state superintendent of public instruction, presented $1,000 from Indiana Farm Bureau and scholarship offers from Ball State, Indiana and Indiana State universities.

“For this teacher, teaching is not just a career or a job — it’s a passion,” Reed said.

“At the end of the school year, she has her students write a letter to the students who will be in her class next year. Some of the letters said she is ‘way cool.’ They said she is flexible, caring, energetic, accepting of all students. Some said she was ‘goofy,’ ” Reed said, then chuckled.

Shults joined Fall Creek Elementary as a student teacher in 1996 and has been there ever since.

The Chicago native said she likes to be creative so children will make the most of their lessons and want more knowledge.

“Every student learns in his or her own little way, and it’s my job to tap into that,” she said. “I try to make each activity meaningful.”

Shults cannot recall a dull moment as a teacher.

“Every day is different. I feed off the enthusiasm and excitement of kids and just the ability to do what I love,” she said. “It’s an everyday passion that is extremely rewarding.”

Shults’ husband, Brian, teaches science at Fishers High School in the Hamilton Southeastern district. While he likes teaching teens, she prefers instructing third-graders.

“Their minds are like little sponges,” she said. “They are on fire to learn. And they are not into cliques and popularity.

“And, selfishly thinking, they still think their teacher is cool.”

Call Star reporter Melanie D. Hayes at (317) 444-2613.



Age: 31.

Job: Third-grade teacher at Fall Creek Elementary in Fishers. She’s been there since 1996, starting as a student teacher.

Education: Bachelor’s degree in 1997 from Anderson University; master’s degree in 2000 from Indiana Wesleyan University.

Family: Married husband, Brian, in 1997. He teaches science at Fishers High School.

Teaching tips

Three tips from Anna Shults, Indiana‘s 2007 Teacher of the Year, on teaching children:

• Know what makes students tick, their likes and dislikes.

• Convey to students that they are most important to you.

• Accept the fact that each student learns differently.


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Lakeview School Hires IWU ALUMNI

Lakeview Christian School – Hires New Employees – IWU ALUMNI

Lakeview Christian school has new faculty members for the 2006-07 school year.

Jennie Martin comes from Indiana Wesleyan University. She is a recent graduate and with a degree in physical education. Her colleagues speak very highly of her dedication and devotion to building exemplary relationships and life skills in her students. Martin is teaching physical education and health. She also will be coaching.

Rebecca Swartz is the new high school math teacher. Mrs. Swartz is a graduate of IWU with degrees and certification in high school math. She is a world traveler, having spent time in the Czech Republic, England, Mexico and Bolivia. Missions are a big part of her life. Swartz enjoys singing and academic pursuits.

Jim Vermilya comes from Colorado where he served with Kingdom Building Ministries. Vermilya is a graduate of IWU and holds a bachelor’s degree in christian ministries and a master’s in missions. He is a gifted speaker and writer. He will be teaching Bible 10 and 12 this fall and also will be working with the Praise Team and small group leadership training. Mr. Vermilya’s wife, Emily, is the new worship arts director at College Wesleyan Church. Their children, Silas and Aynsley, will be attending Lakeview Christian.

Our veteran teachers are to be commended for their commitment as well. They view teaching as a ministry and calling of God and continually seek to grow in knowledge and building relationships with their students. They are unified in keeping the vision and mission of serving the whole student as a priority. Each one volunteers time to sponsor academic clubs and participate in extra-curricular activities with the goal of standing together to provide the best opportunities for their students. More than half of our faculty has earned master’s degrees in education, and several are working toward graduate degrees. All faculty members maintain certification with not only the Indiana State Department of Education, but the Association of Christian Schools International.

Originally published September 9, 2006 – Chronicle Tribune

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IWU Alumni in the news today – September 10, 2006

Team Shoots 303 in Day 1 of Indiana Wesleyan Invite
Cornerstone University Athletics, MI – 8 Sep 2006
After shooting a 303 on day one of the Indiana Wesleyan Invitational the team finds themselves only 2 strokes off the leaders. Indiana …Hounds defeat Indiana Wesleyan, remain perfect University of Indianapolis Greyhounds, Indiana – 30 Aug 2006
MARION, Ind. – The Indianapolis volleyball squad continued its winning ways in ’06 as it went on the road to defeat Indiana Wesleyan in five games.

…Wildcats win own tourney.
Marion Chronicle Tribune, IN – BY ADAM WIRE. Indiana Wesleyan’s men’s golfers had plenty of excuses to be nervous Saturday at Meshingomesia Country Club. They were …

Wildcat golfers lead field in own invitational Marion Chronicle Tribune
Indiana Wesleyan goes 4-0 against Dominican Republic’s bestMarion Chronicle Tribune, IN – 19 Aug 2006
The Indiana Wesleyan University women’s basketball team recently returned from a weeklong trip to the Dominican Republic, where the Wildcats went 4-0 against…

Siena Heights splits opening matches
Adrian Daily Telegram, MI – 9 Sep 2006
College Results: The Siena Heights University volleyball team went 1-1 on the first day of the Indiana Wesleyan Tournament. FORT WAYNE, Ind.

Class Acts: Colleges/Universities
Marion Chronicle Tribune, IN – Seth Conley, a familiar face and voice on WIWU-TV at Indiana Wesleyan University, has accepted a job as morning news anchor and general assignment reporter at CBS TV…

Greg Smitley to become Markle Bank president, CEO
Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly (subscription), IN – He received his MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University and was an honors graduate at the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin.

…Gospel trio to perform in Bay City
Brazosport Facts (subscription), TX – McKain attended Indiana Wesleyan University and pastored churches in Indiana, Michigan and Texas for 16 years. McKain…

…Class Acts: Private Schools
Marion Chronicle Tribune, IN – 9 Sep 2006… Jennie Martin comes from Indiana Wesleyan University. She is a recent graduate and with a degree in physical education. Her colleagues …

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IWU student names in the National Dean’s List choice for Spring 2006

Sunday August 27, 2006

Student news

Heather Jones, a student at Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, Ind., was named to the National Dean’s List for the spring 2006 semester.

To be named on the list, a student must obtain a 3.5 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale and carry at least 12 credit hours for the semester.

The daughter of Roy and Anna Jones of Hagerstown, Jones is a 2003 graduate of Grace Academy. She plans to graduate in December with majors in computer information systems and business administration. She was named to the university’s Dean’s List for the fall 2005 and spring 2006 semesters.

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Scholarship awards help local IWU Students

AWARDS: Roundtable helps four

Marion Hispanic Roundtable awarded four scholarships last week, President Ray Vasquez said.

Three graduates of Marion High School and one Mississinewa High School graduate received scholarships. They are: Jillian Moreno, attending Indiana University, Ka-Lyn Perez, attending Indiana Wesleyan University, Gerardo Cruz, attending IPFW, and Josh Rodriguez, attending IWU.

Scholarship winners are required to attend a workshop on How to Succeed in College. The workshop was presented Thursday by Joe Lopez, admissions officer for Earlham College, Richmond.

Since 2004, Marion Hispanic Roundtable has awarded eight scholarships to college-bound high school graduates.

Originally published August 14, 2006 (SOURCE: Chronicle Tribune, Marion, Indiana)

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Indiana Wesleyan University doing what it can in the community!

Survey says: County pushes past trouble
‘C-T’ staff, Ball State team ask citizens what they think about the economy, future growth

If hope could be a product, manufacturing in Grant County would be strong this Labor Day.

More than half of the county – 53 percent – believe they will be financially better off by next spring, according to a survey by the Chronicle-Tribune and Ball State University.

Yet half of those surveyed were reluctant to predict how employment would change at their workplace in the next year.

“We’ve taken some hard hits, and we’ll take more, but I think the overall attitude of the county has shifted,” said Darren Reese, manager of corporate and community relations for Ivy Tech in Marion. “The idea of ‘Poor us, Grant County is dying.’ It is shifting to excitement.”

And maybe a little fear.

Community expectations were revealed in the communitywide survey conducted in the spring by the Chronicle-Tribuneand the Ball State University Business Fellows program, which provides real-world work experiences for students. The effort of the students and the newspaper’s editorial staff is contained in Section B inside today’s Chronicle-Tribune.

The survey, which carries a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percent, found that 14 percent thought employment at their workplace would fall this year.

Twenty-four percent thought employment would stay the same, while 12 percent thought employment would increase in their own place of work.

Unemployment for Grant County was 8.4 percent in July, the latest statistics available from Indiana Workforce development. That is the second highest rate in the state and slightly higher than the rate in July 2005 of 8.3 percent.

Key to recovery will be the continued education of the local workforce and high performing schools to make the community attractive to new employers, said Jeff Southworth, a local business owner and president of the Grant County Economic Growth Council.

The community has attracted two new retail distribution centers and an ethanol plant.

“We’ve had good success and we’ve shown people what we can do,” he said.

Without skilled jobs, the community faces an uphill battle for prosperity.

“The template is, you lose high-paying manufacturing jobs and you go to lower wage service sector jobs,” said Jeffrey Wenger, professor of public policy at the University of Georgia. “City renaissance is very difficult to achieve.”

Higher-paying jobs at the expanding area colleges likely will go to highly trained people recruited from outside the community, he said. The lower paying support staff jobs are just that – lower paying.

“It’s tough to replace high-paying manufacturing jobs,” Wenger said.

But while the campuses can’t make up for Thomson and Active Products and Ball-Foster Glass, all plants that have closed their doors in the past decade, their influence on the economy is nothing but positive, he said.

Alan Miller, director of university relations at Indiana Wesleyan University, said his campus is the fourth-largest employer in the community. About 800 people work there. Of those jobs, half are administrative/professional positions, and the other half is staff positions, which include clerical and housekeeping.

The number of employees the university hires grows by about 50 to 100 people each year.

“We’ve went from 300 to 800 employees in the past 10 years,” Miller said.

Professional positions at the university are somewhat difficult to fill, Miller said. In addition to seeking Christians who are in accord with the university’s mission, the university also looks for well-educated, experienced people, and it has to compete with other institutions, such as Taylor University.

Jim Garringer, public relations director at Taylor, said the Upland campus employs 380 full-time workers. Of these, 31 positions are executive, management or administrative positions; 128 are instructional, research or public service positions; 65 are clerical or secretarial positions; and 43 are skilled crafts or maintenance service positions, he said.

“They’re all a challenge to fill,” Garringer said.

There will be more of those jobs as the university has announced plans to invest more than $100 million in the Upland campus and increase student enrollment there by more than 1,000 in the next 10 years.

But there is no recipe for rebirth, Wenger said. Each community that has suffered similar job losses write their own story.

“I don’t think it takes any one thing,” he said. “Good management. Luck.”

Originally published September 4, 2006

(SOURCE: Chronicle Tribune, Marion, Indiana)

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Eric Greenwald – Indiana Wesleyan Graduate recognized by ICTNS

News Released: September 03, 2006


(PRLEAP.COM) Petoskey, Mich. – Sept. 3, 2006 – ICTNS is proud to announce its newest member of its team, Eric Greenwald, taking the position of Sales & Marketing Specialist.

His duties will include assisting local small businesses obtain an affordable presence on the Internet along with promoting ICTNS to northern Michigan.

Greenwald has over 11 years experience in Web site development and internet marketing including the last 3 as a project manager of a local Web development company. Greenwald graduated in 2004 from Indiana Wesleyan University with a bachelor of science in Marketing and is a life-long resident of Petoskey, MI.

ICTNS is an information technology (IT) company formed in 2004. They provide northern Michigan with Web design & development, software development, Web site hosting & email and networking support from an experienced Microsoft Certified staff.

For more information about Eric Greenwald or ICTNS call 231.526.4216 or visit them on the Internet at www.ictns.com

SOURCE: http://www.prleap.com/pr/46762/

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Jack Brady, Former Professor at IWU receives award

Community service earns man award

Jack Brady, director of Project Leadership, received the Tony Maidenberg Award for community service during Indiana Wesleyan University‘s annual back-to-school convocation Wednesday at Phillippe Performing Arts Center. About 800 IWU employees attended the convocation.

Brady, who came to Marion in 1983 to teach criminal justice at IWU, is a former Grant County coroner and jail chaplain. He also was instrumental in establishing a Kid’s Hope program in all county schools.

Five years ago, Brady made three trips to New York City to work as a chaplain at Ground Zero in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks. In addition, he led a goodwill mission of police officers to Russia and hosted a return visit of Russian officers to Marion.

Originally published September 1, 2006 (SOURCE: Chronicle Tribune)

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Article Related to the Growth of IWU

IWU: ‘We must not be an island’
While neighbors worry about construction, school’s president says plans must consider effects on area surrounding campus A blueprint for expansion Mixed emotions

Cranes and steel beams are competing for sky space amongst the spires, bell towers and roofs of Indiana Wesleyan University. The landscape on the ground is changing, too, as the school and adjacent College Wesleyan Church construct tens of millions of dollars worth of expansion.

Life on the ground also changed this summer for the university community, its neighbors and anyone who drives in south Marion. The city of Marion earlier this year gave over control of a portion of Nebraska Street to IWU, resulting in the road’s closure from 41st to 43rd streets.

While some neighbors are untroubled by the changes, others are concerned about disruptions from construction vehicles, changes in their driving patterns and how future growth will affect their homes.

“It just seems like since the college has been growing, they’ve become less of a community-friendly campus,” said Jim Heasley, precinct committeeman for Center Township 17 and president of the College Park Neighborhood Association.

Although many residents were upset by how the Nebraska Street proposal was communicated to the community, Henry Smith, who will be inaugurated this fall as part of his first year as university president, said the university wants to be a good neighbor as it looks to finish a flurry of construction next year and considers where – or if – future growth can be accommodated.

“We must not be an island,” he said. “We must not be an Ivory Tower. We really want to be good neighbors. To a certain degree, we just have to do our best and reach out and not let some arrows strike too hard at your heart.”

When university officials began to plan for future growth, they considered how large the main IWU campus should be and enlisted a master planner to create a blueprint for that expansion.

“At that time, the Marion campus had 2,300 or 2,400 students,” Smith said. “This fall we may break 3,000 on this campus. We’ll come close.”

The master plan delivered in February 2005 considers scenarios with enrollment increasing to 3,200, 4,200 and 6,200 students and emphasizes flexibility, gradual growth and the establishment of a symbolic identity that reflects IWU’s main missions and goals.

“You need experts to come and advise you; that’s why we turned to the master planner,” Smith said. “We talked about green space, where your parking will be, where your student life should be, and we’re following that plan … . We’re taking the plan and working on the plan, we’ve already made some slight modifications. But the heart of the plan, that’s pretty well defined.”

The plans included filling the housing, recreational, dining and other needs of additional students, Smith said. That’s why the initial growth focused on the newly reopened Student Center, which was expanded to include more food preparation and dining areas; a new residence hall and academic building expected to open in a year; and a new sports complex scheduled to be complete in December.

“We assessed the need,” Smith said. “And certainly the places where students sleep, eat, interact, recreate, these are all important.”

The university already owns most of the land it will need to grow the way it needs too, Smith said.

“I think there are still some pieces of property near the university that over the years we may want, but we’ve pretty much defined our borders for the most part,” he said. “It really depends on how we grow.”

“Who’s to say in 10 years if we grow to 6,000 students?” he continued. “It’s hard to be nailed down on that.”

Smith said the university is often accused of buying and tearing down homes in the area and taking the property tax money off the rolls. But he said what the university gives back, including investment in the community by new faculty and staff who move to the area and buy homes, is worth more than what is lost.

“If 200 more students come, think what that will do to Wal-Mart, to the fast food restaurants, and think about all the faculty that come here to buy homes,” he said. “There are lots of numbers that have shown we have an economic impact in the city, and we really do.”

Heasly, also an IWU graduate, lives on South Felton Street. One of his main concerns is wear and tear on the streets and homes as commercial and construction vehicles go back and forth through his neighborhood as they build IWU’s new additions.

“Our street itself was just put in, resurfaced, and they went down real deep, and now here in the last year and a half it’s starting to break down again,” he said. “All of the dust coated the sides of the homes, and on the windowsills, you see the corners are just laden with dirt. It’s not so bad when you put in one new building, that’s something you’re going to have to deal with. But this has been going on for four years because there’s just always something going in back there.”

Most evenings, James Cox and his wife sit on the side porch of their home on 41st Street and watch rabbits and birds. They also look out at one of the university’s construction projects.

“See were that trailer is sitting right there?” Cox said, pointing toward the site. “My home was right there. There were three houses there.”

The Coxes moved after their landlord sold the home to the university. Although he doesn’t like the dust that accumulates on his car, James Cox said IWU’s growth isn’t a big concern.

“Usually they don’t bother me,” he said. “I just go right about my business.”

Originally published September 5, 2006 (SOURCE: Chronicle Tribune, Marion, Indiana)

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Here is a summary of five current construction projects at Indiana Wesleyan University:


Student Center addition (66,000 square feet)

· Expands food preparation, dining areas in food court and Baldwin Dining Room

· Adds banquet room

· New home for Center for Life, Calling and Leadership

· Adds three student-operated businesses – a gift shop, a hair salon and an art gallery

Tennis Courts

· Located south of 45th Street as part of Athletic Complex

· 12 lighted tennis courts


Sports Complex (78,000 square feet)

· Adjacent to new tennis courts

· Indoor practice facility for tennis, softball, baseball and soccer

· 220-meter track

· Intramural/physical education facilities


Academic Building (66,000 square feet)

· Located near 40th and Washington streets

· Classrooms and offices for the division of behavioral sciences and division of modern languages, literature and communication.

· Will house campus TV and radio stations

· Will be connected to Burns Hall of Science and Nursing by covered walkway

Residence Hall

· Located east of Recreation and Wellness Center

· Three story, 310 beds total

· 180-bed wing for upperclass women

· 130-bed wing for freshmen women

Source: Indiana Wesleyan University

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