KOKOMO, Ind. – The Indiana University Kokomo community has a vibrant, new, and exciting way to travel. Make way for the IU Kokomo Bus!
Friday morning (September 23) the freshly decorated bus made its way through campus, stopping outside the Main Building for a celebration of faculty, staff, students, and – of course – the IU Kokomo Cougar.
Sports teams and other student organizations that need to travel will use the bus for their respective activities.
The bus will make its maiden voyage tonight with the volleyball team in tow.
“We’re traveling to Donaldson this evening for a tri-match against Ancilla College and Grace College,” said Coach Kristen Snoddy. “We were certainly hoping they would get the graphics on before the end of the season, so this is awesome.”
Being able to travel together is an important part of the team’s mentality, Snoddy said.
“We have taken separate vans before and it just wasn’t the same,” she said. “Hopefully the bus will spur us on for another win tonight!”
Roy Tamir, vice chancellor for administration and finance, is thrilled with the look of the bus and, more importantly, being able to provide safe transportation for students, faculty, and staff on university-related trips.
“The new bus looks fantastic, but the main reason for its purchase was to ensure the safety of all who travel representing IU Kokomo,” Tamir said. “Also, we are now able to share our campus pride in the communities we visit.”
Trent Murray, a freshman member of the basketball team, was also there to check out the new ride.
“The graphics are very detailed and I think it looks really nice,” he said. “I can’t wait to ride in it this season.”
Murray hopes the bus will bring some extra enthusiasm for the athletic programs.
“We’re going to be riding in style,” he added.
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.