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On the Move News- May 2011

May 1, 2011


Just when we thought things couldn’t get any busier or more productive, they have! This past month has brought even more accomplishments, achievements, and milestones for Indiana University Kokomo, thanks to the dedication and commitment of faculty, staff, and our students. I am deeply grateful for all your hard work that continues to bring us one step closer to being the best regional campus in the world!

Before I highlight this past month’s happenings, I first would like to mention Commencement – which is now just one week away! I have asked to close all offices for the day so that those of you who wish to participate by volunteering or helping out in some way can do so. Everyone is expected to be on campus that day whether you choose to participate or continue to work. In addition to our graduates and their families, we will have many other guests on campus that day. I hope that each of you will find a way to welcome our guests, whether by helping someone find where they need to be, or a simple smile and, “Hello, welcome to IU Kokomo.”

Now let’s take a moment to celebrate our most recent accomplishments:

Campus Campaign Kickoff!

There was a great turn out for the Campus Campaign kickoff, which featured a fun and engaging video about why our campus needs a Health and Wellness Center. It’s not too late if you still would like to give back to the campus, whether it is for the wellness center or another program. Please contact Penny Lee, ext. 415, if you would like to make a one-time donation, or through payroll deduction.

Green Week

The first week of April brought “Green Week” to the campus, as students encouraged everyone to “think green”.  Sponsored by IMPACT - IU Kokomo’s first environmental organization on campus – Green Week focused on educating students, faculty, staff, and the community on how to improve and protect the environment.

SIFE Students Advance to Nationals

Competing against 48 other universities and colleges, the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) group won a regional competition in Chicago. The group will advance to the SIFE National Exposition, May 10-12, in Minneapolis.

Mental Health Summit

The campus hosted its first Mental Health Summit, which featured an open discussion with a panel of eight professionals representing faith-based and mental health specialists. The event was free and open to the public.

Students Display Art Work

The Art Gallery’s annual Student Art Show features original artwork created by our students until May 14. The exhibits range from paintings, drawings, sculptures, to mixed media and video. Please take a moment to stop and appreciate their hard work.

Trustees Approve 11 New Programs

The Indiana University Board of Trustees approved 11 new degree programs, which will provide more majors and educational options for students in the region. Brand new to our campus are three degree programs, which are chemical biology, biochemistry, and health sciences. The additional eight programs, currently offered as Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), give students the option of pursuing a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) as well. They include biological and physical sciences, chemistry, biology, psychology, mathematics, sociology, new media, and communication.

Trustees Approve Faculty Promotions and Tenure

The IU Trustees approved promotions and tenure for faculty members. The promotions are: Associate Professor to Professor: Christian Chauret, Science, Mathematics, and Informatics; and Ligaya McGovern, Social and Behavioral Sciences. Assistant Professor to Associate Professor and Tenure: Kevin Clark, Social and Behavioral Sciences; and Masato Ogawa, Education. Additional Recognition: For Chancellor Michael Harris and professor of Public and Environmental Affairs, the additional titles of Professor of Business and Professor of Education.

Dance Relay

With the theme of “Kick It Up A Notch,” the second annual, 12-hour dance relay was a great way for students to get engaged with music, dancing, fun, tournaments, refreshments and raising funds for a good cause. The money will go the Howard County Family Service Association domestic violence shelter.

Take Back the Night/Angel Walk

For the sixth consecutive year, students, faculty and staff, and community members gathered to draw attention and raise funds for domestic violence victims. Monies raised through the Take Back the Night (TBTN)/Angel Walk benefit the local domestic violence shelter. The event is sponsored by the American Democracy Project at IU Kokomo and the Family Service Association (FSA) of Howard County. Last year, about $17,000 was raised for the shelter.

Distinguished Alumni

Alumni Alan Biggs was named the recipient of the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award. Biggs, who earned a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) from IU Kokomo in 2001, will be recognized and presented the award during Commencement.

Roy Tamir

Indiana University Kokomo Chancellor Michael Harris announced the appointment of Roy Tamir as the new vice chancellor for administration and finance. Tamir began today, and he is responsible for providing leadership of the day-to-day operation and administration of the campus, including the physical plant, grounds, safety, human resources, budgeting, facilities, contractors and food services. He will oversee campus construction and improvement projects and will be leading, on behalf of IU Kokomo, the Master Planning process.

Budget Hearings

Thank you for excellent presentations, positive discussions, and very productive, energetic and interesting budget hearings. I appreciate the work you did! This process will allow us to make decisions based on the community input.

Jace Thompson named men’s basketball coach

Jace Thompson was named coach of the men’s basketball team. Thompson, who lives in Noblesville, most recently served as men’s basketball coach at Purdue North Central, and brings many years of playing and coaching along with him.

First Athlete Signs Intent to Play

Tri-Central High School senior Jake Robertson became the first student athlete to sign a letter of intent for the men’s basketball team. A point guard for the Tri-Central Trojans, Robertson will attend IU Kokomo this fall, majoring in business management. 

Campus Beautification

Three days in April brought opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to take part in beautifying the campus – just in time for Commencement. Many weeds were pulled, flowers planted, and landscaping mulched. There will be more to come once the rain gives us a little relief. Thank you to all those who volunteered their time!


During the month of April, IU Kokomo made headlines several times, including:

Dance Relay recap – Kokomo Tribune

Chancellor Harris discusses unemployment rates – Kokomo Tribune

New degree programs – Kokomo Tribune, Indiana Economic Digest, Indiana Daily Student

Roy Tamir joining IU Kokomo team – Inside Indiana Business

Indiana Humanities features IU Kokomo Humanities Department

In Closing

Although we are nearing the end of the academic year, I have full confidence that all of us will continue this momentum throughout the coming months with the same enthusiasm and passion. See you at Commencement!

IU Kokomo is On the Move!


Michael Harris

Last updated: 08/12/2014