Just before the holiday break, I shared with you the many outstanding achievements we accomplished together in six short months. Since that time, it has become very clear to me that faculty, staff, and students are not only On the Move, but doing so with much excitement and enthusiasm. Thanks to this positive spirit around campus, we continue to strengthen and enhance our image and relevance within the IU system and to the economic well-being of north central Indiana.
The momentum keeps building as we celebrate even more successes the first two months of 2011. As chancellor, I am proud of the work each and every one of you do on a daily basis to fulfill the three themes we are focusing on for our future success – academic excellence and student success, building relationships and making friends, and regional transformation.
Here’s a look at what YOU have been busy doing to bring us one step closer to becoming the best regional campus in the world.
New Online Courses
We have developed six new online courses which are available this semester. The following courses are now offered 100 percent online: Elementary Composition 2, Intro to New Media Communication, General Psychology, Intro to Emergency Management, Public Administration and Emergency Management, and Crime and Public Policy.
School of Business
High quality education and exceptional faculty have earned the School of Business reaccreditation for another five years through the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The AACSB accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education and has been earned by less than five percent of the world’s business schools.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
The campus and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority together hosted a celebration, “Service is Our Signature,” to honor the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., at the Kelley Student Center.
IU Singing Hoosiers
The alumni association hosted the ever-popular and talented Singing Hoosiers on Saturday, January 29. This was a great community event where more than 500 people came to Havens Auditorium to enjoy one of America’s most popular show choirs.
Hoosiers for Higher Education
IU regional campuses were on full display at the Indiana Statehouse, and we represented our region with an impressive information booth, as well as taking the initiative to engage with our legislators.
Master of Science in Nursing
The Indiana Commission for Higher Education unanimously approved the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) – bringing a much-needed graduate-level degree program to the region. Set to begin spring semester 2012, we will partner with IU East to offer the two-track master’s program – nurse education and nurse administration.
Academic Excellence and Student Success
We celebrated 419 full-time students who earned a spot on the fall 2010 Dean’s List, and 171 part-time students who were named to the list for 2010. We hosted our Korean exchange students for four weeks, who visited us from Sungshin Women’s University and Jesus University.
Much buzz was created when I announced we will add club sports to student activities this fall semester – offering competitive men’s basketball and women’s volleyball with an eye on joining the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) by fall 2012. Men’s basketball and women’s volleyball are the first of sports to be offered.
The Next Generation classroom
We developed the Next Generation classroom, housed in the Main Building, room 177. This high-technology learning space designed to immerse students in a technology-rich collaborative learning environment proven to stimulate engagement.
Ivy Tech Partnership
Advisors are now holding office hours at all four Ivy Tech campuses. In addition, we are in the process of hiring a Coordinator of Transfer for the new Transfer Center. Plus the “Complete Two at IU Program” offers IU Kokomo classes at the Logansport Ivy Tech campus and the Marion campus.
Master of Arts in Liberal Studies
We worked to enhance our graduate degree to Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Master of Liberal Studies to better reflect this program that meets needs of the region and beyond by producing critical thinkers with a global understanding. It offers three tracks: Individualized Studies, Academic Teaching, and Global Studies.
Executive Vice Chancellor
Dr. Susan Sciame-Giesecke accepted my offer to serve as Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. Since I have arrived on campus, Susan has taken the lead on many new initiatives. Her hard work and dedication has played a significant role in contributing to the many successes of the campus.
Many new programs are being rolled out for fall semester, including Applied Sociology/Human Services, Journalism, Health Sciences, Masters of Nursing, Environmental Science, Hospitality and Tourism, Gaming, Biochemistry and Chemical Biology, and the list goes on.
The IT department continues to be very diligent in their efforts in migrating new code in the WCMS system, which will ultimately enhance our Web presence and the way we communicate with prospective and current students. The faculty and staff pages are now live, providing more information about who we are. Maintaining fresh and current content is imperative to the success of our Web site. Be sure to check out the new “Why IU Kokomo” feature on the home page.
Enhance Retention and Graduation Rates
At the core of our mission is academic excellence and student success, and our Degree Completion Task Force is looking at ways to enhance retention and graduation rates. We are launching three experimental programs: case manager/coach, financial incentives, and co-op programs.
As we move forward, there are many maintenance issues that will be addressed, including renovations to the Main Building and the third floor of the East Building, plus better utilization of space in the commons area of the Kelley Student Center and Alumni Hall.
Currently, architects are looking at designs for the proposed Health and Wellness Center, to be located in the basement of the Library. This will include a walking track, two pilates/zumba/aerobics rooms, free weights, circuit training and aerobic exercise equipment areas, as well as men’s and women’s locker rooms and a health and wellness classroom.
We are preparing for the fall opening of the Clinical Simulation Center, a 3,250 square-foot state-of-the-art facility that will include four simulation suites, two control rooms, a nursing station, a faculty office and two classrooms.
Get involved in the coming weeks as we celebrate the opening of the basketball and volleyball courts with a ribbon cutting ceremony and lots of good food and fun. Soon after that, we will work together to spruce up campus with Spring Beautification days.
It’s been a long winter that resulted in us closing campus for a total of four days. We used that time, however, to connect with you and our students through social networking. If you haven’t done so yet, be sure to find me at www.facebook.com/IUKChancellorHarris and www.twitter.com/IUKChanHarris.
There is much work to be done as we move into spring and prepare for the reason we are here – Commencement!
I want to thank each and every one of you for embracing the three themes that are the foundation of all we do here at IU Kokomo. But don’t blink – it’s hard telling what you might miss! IU Kokomo is On the Move!