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High school students explore careers in dental education, radiology and nursing during a camp last week at IPFW.
Education Notebook

High school students explore careers

A camp last week at IPFW aimed at helping high school students explore careers in dental education, radiology and nursing.

The Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs and the College of Health and Human Services collaborated to provide summer enrichment experiences for 40 high school students in the area.

The camp provided students with a look into the life and daily activities of a health care provider. It also provided an overview of the requirements for students to pursue these fields of study in college.

Students chose a field prior to the camp week, which ended Thursday, and each day focused on a different field. The last day of camp also included a recognition ceremony and CPR training from the American Red Cross.

Christopher Riley, assistant director of multicultural services, said the camp is an investment that will help to increase student interest in science-related fields.

The camp was funded by a $5,000 grant from the Northeast Indiana Area Health Education Center.

It was sponsored by IPFW Career Services, Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs and the College of Health and Human Services as well as community partners CANI and Jobs for America’s Graduates.


Danielle Castonzo, a 2013 graduate of Homestead Senior High School, is the recipient of the Indiana University School of Journalism’s Justin M. Druck Scholarship. The scholarship provides $10,000 a year for four years to an incoming freshman from Cass County or a surrounding county. It is named in honor of Justin M. Druck, the former owner of The Pharos-Tribune in Logansport and The Logansport Press.

•Homestead High School graduate Joseph Laughlin was among 10 Kelley Scholars from Indiana who have been selected by the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. The Kelley Scholars, all incoming freshmen this fall who intend to major in business at IU Bloomington, will receive standard tuition and fees, a stipend for living expenses and funding for academic activities such as overseas study.

•Bishop Dwenger High School graduate Dustin Shepler has received the 2013-2014 Civilian Marksmanship Program Youth Scholarship. He will receive a one-year, $1,000 scholarship based on marksmanship participation, grade-point average and merit, to be used toward a pursuit of higher education.

•The 2013 Phoebe Apperson Hearst Outstanding Family-School Partnership Award was given to the Northrop High School Parent Teacher Student Association on June 22 at the National PTA Convention in Cincinnati. The National PTA Phoebe Apperson Hearst Award for Innovation in Family Engagement, named after co-founder Phoebe Apperson Hearst, recognizes and celebrates achievement in building effective family-school partnerships. Each year, National PTA selects one local PTA to receive an Outstanding Family-School Partnership Award and four local PTAs to receive an Award of Merit.

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•Robert Beckett is the College of Pharmacy’s first Teacher of the Year, nominated by his peers and students at the Fort Wayne campus. He joined the faculty in August 2011 as an assistant professor of pharmacy practice and interim director of the Drug Information Center.

•The College of Pharmacy at Manchester University has tapped Dr. Mary Kiersma as its 2012-2013 Scholar of the Year. Kiersma is director of academic and operations assessment for the college and joined the Manchester faculty in August 2011 with more than seven years of commercial and clinical pharmacy experience.

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