Before many of you depart for a well-deserved Spring Break, I wanted to share with you some wonderful accomplishments of the past month.
I always like to start with enrollment. Our numbers are outstanding for the 2012 spring term. Enrollment records include an overall 9.6% increase in number of students and 8.4% increase in credit hours. In addition, we have had a 17% increase in new students.
This is testament to all of the hard work being done and the new and innovative ideas that have been moving us forward in so many ways as you will see, as you read all of the achievements of the last month.
It was truly an honor to be at the Indiana Commission for Higher Education meeting where we presented a strong and persuasive case for a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at IU Kokomo. As a result, the Commission took immediate action and gave their approval. IU Kokomo continues to provide new opportunities for our students that are strategic and relevant to the needs of our region.
Thanks to all who worked so hard to prepare this world-class BFA program. A special thank you to the art department faculty, Minda Douglas, Gregory Steel, and Susan Skoczen, as well as Scott Jones, Kathy Parkison, Sue Sciame-Giesecke, and the faculty senate, for a timely approval.
Another exciting approval came at the Indiana University Board of Trustees meeting. They approved the Bachelor of Applied Science degree for IU Kokomo and IU East. This is a "first of its kind for Indiana" and will allow thousands of Hoosiers with an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree to pursue a four-year degree without losing hard-earned credits. I believe this degree will have a significant impact on the economic well-being of the state of Indiana.
More great news was released in the economic impact study which was done for Indiana University by Tripp Umbach. According to the study, Indiana University Kokomo helps drive the state's economy to the tune of $52.1 million each year. The study measures direct impact through not only salaries and benefits, but spending by faculty, staff and students, as well as indirect impact, as those who sell goods and services to the university re-spend that revenue.
The campus's impact is much further reaching, not only in dollars spent, but also in the value of cultural experiences and volunteer services provided by IU Kokomo's employees and students.
I was honored to be the guest speaker at the Capital Warrior Battalion - Military Formal at the J.W. Marriot in Indianapolis. The Capital Warrior Battalion operates in six universities/campuses, including IUPUI and Butler. I am proud to share with you that we at IU Kokomo have been intentionally working to grow the program and have been very successful, from four students to 24, in less than two years. Our students are doing very well in the program, and this is just the beginning.
A special ceremony took place on Sunday, February 12, as I pledged my commitment and assumed duties as "Honorary Wing Commander" for the 434th Air Refueling Wing at Grissom Air Reserve Base. This is such a great honor and I look forward to learning more about the base, its mission and all those that serve at Grissom. To be able to collaborate and partner with different entities in our region is the key for our economic and social well-being.
I would like to acknowledge a dedicated employee that contributes to making IU Kokomo the best regional campus in the world. He has helped the marketing department tremendously with his knowledge and efforts. Chris Rivers in IT has worked with an IU resource to allow our photos and videos to be stored efficiently and at no charge to the campus. Chris will also work with Media and Marketing to prioritize, coordinate and organize our photo/video projects. Thank you to Chris for going the extra mile.
I would also like to recognize Dr. Kasem K. Kasem. He was presented a certificate of appreciation for his valuable contribution and dedicated service in the peer review of manuscripts submitted to American Chemical Society (ACS) Journals. Congratulations Kasem!
Congratulations to Christian Chauret! The Women's Philanthropy Council voted to fund his proposal for Science Camp for $8,505.
And congratulations go to Dr. Lucy Tormoehlen and Dr. Marlene Greskamp. They recently earned certifications as nurse educators.
Other noteworthy accomplishments include Linda Wallace and Lynda Narwold, et al had an article accepted for publication on comparing the effectiveness, practice opportunities, and satisfaction of the preceptored clinical and the small group clinical for nursing students. Angie Heckman was chosen as the 2011 recipient of the Karen Cobb Award for Creative Teaching from the IU School of Nursing statewide; April Mouser presented a poster presentation "Development and Usage of the Transtracheal Oxygen Therapy Referral Algorithm" at the 21st Annual Nursing Research Conference, Decision Making, which was held on Friday, March 2, 2012, at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota.
Professor Diana Mishler was named to the American Society of Radiologic Technologist (ASRT) national Ultrasound review board. She will evaluate and recommend curricular re-design. It is a four year appointment. The IU Kokomo Radiography Program received JRCERT reaccreditation for its remaining eight year period. The JRCERT is a national accrediting body recognized by the USDE.
Gregory Steel, assistant professor of fine arts at Indiana University Kokomo, is among the artists featured in an exhibit at the Palazzo Albritti in Venice, Italy. "Hidden & Forbidden Identities" is an international video art festival and photography exhibition, featuring 51 video artists and 28 photo artists from 30 countries. Steel is exhibiting a video about masks and masking in the festival, which runs through March 10.
Howard County's young scientists received more than $4,000 in cash prizes at the Howard County Science Fair that took place at Indiana University Kokomo. The Howard County Science Fair is the result of a long-time community partnership between IU Kokomo and Haynes International, and is just one example of how the university is building relationships and making friends in north central Indiana.
The Past Presidents Dinner that was held on campus to honor those that have served the IU Kokomo Alumni Association was a huge success. The Presidents over the past four decades were recognized for their commitment to IU Kokomo. They include Thelma Hamilton, Joyce Dahlquist, William Fike, Randy Hainlen, Barbara Angel, Linda Lotzgeselle, Melvin Hobbs III, Liz Douglas, Cheryl Currens, Deanna Crispen, Bob Hayes and Amanda Shoultz. Thank you for your service to the Alumni Association. The Distinguished Service Award was also presented at the dinner. Congratulations to Linda Wallace for receiving this honor. She has taught health assessment, management, critical care and cultural studies courses at all levels of the nursing program. She began the South Korean nursing exchange program in 2000, as a faculty exchange program, which then expanded to include students. She also led a service-learning trip to Guatemala with nursing students. She is most deserving of this award, due to her years of dedication to the campus and selfless giving to all that have the great fortune to know her.
The IU Kokomo Alumni Association sponsored a party for the IU vs. Purdue University basketball game on March 4 and will host the Old Ben 5K run/walk tomorrow, March 10, to raise scholarship funds. The association works hard to offer alumni opportunities to network with each other and give back.
We continue to build on and maintain key relationships, like a recent lunch with State Rep. Bill Friend, R-23. This is a continued effort to keep our legislative representatives informed of the progress and achievements on our campus. Three of our legislators, Mike Karickhofff, Jim Buck, and Heath VanNatter, attended the Third House Session that was held on campus on February 18. This is the second session to take place of this series. The first one was on January 21. The session are jointly hosted the IU Kokomo and the Greater Kokomo Chamber Legislative Policy Committee. The sessions have been well attended with many community members getting involved in the discussions.
Vice Chancellor Roy Tamir and I had an excellent meeting with Congressman "Bud" Hillis and his son Jeff. Congressman Hillis is very impressed with what we are doing and achieving at IU Kokomo. He is very interested in the Wellness Center and stated that "it was the right thing to do." He also asserted that "IUK has now become the jewel of Kokomo." The Congressman has assured us that his family will support the Wellness Center. These relationships are so important to the growth of the campus and we couldn't be more thrilled for the support of Congressman Hillis.
Another successful VIP Day took place on Feb. 22 and College Goal Sunday on February 12. We hosted our South Korean visitors on campus, sponsored many successful events during Black History Month and completed a successful men's basketball season.
The NAIA site-team visit on Feb. 20 went extremely well and puts us one step closer to being a member.
Work has started on the IUK pavilion, which will be used at this year's commencement. It will be located at the east side of Hunt Hall parking lot. It has many great advantages, among them is that we will be able to use it for other activities, such as concerts and shows, all year long. Bloomington has funded this project and we are deeply thankful and appreciative.
The Library installed the EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS), a state-of-the-art research tool that allows users to explore numerous databases at the click of a mouse. Instead of logging on to several different search engines, students can simply make one coherent search, starting on the Library's home page.
With this new comprehensive technology, interdisciplinary research is much easier. IU Kokomo is the only IU campus, other than Bloomington, to have the tool available. This EBSCO EDS service won the Silver award, in the 2011 Best in Biz Award, in the Best New Service of the Year category. See http://www.ebscohost.com/discovery/view-news/ebsco-publishing-wins-silver-in-best-in-biz-awards-2011. Many thanks to Rhonda Armstrong, Angie Thorpe and the library staff for their leadership on this project.
Our MSN program has been accepted by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission as a candidate for accreditation. This is the first official step in an accreditation process that will take approximately 2 years. Congratulations to Drs. Mary Bourke, Marlene Greskamp and Lucy Tormoehlen on writing the document leading to candidacy status. Thank you to all who have participated in any way in the creation of our MSN program.
CTLA, Academic Affairs, and Kokomo UITS have purchased Qualtrics as a survey tool for the campus community to use. CTLA has been working 1-on-1 with users who have had urgent needs for using Qualtrics for surveys. As soon as Kokomo UITS adds the CAS login for authentication, CTLA will roll out training for faculty and staff users.
They have also has been preparing faculty to develop online courses with spring workshops and training and provided faculty with Brown Bag sessions on service learning and student ratings. They have offered 2 training sessions for editing faculty and staff web pages in WCMS and have one more session scheduled for March.
Twenty-one grants have been submitted this academic year and 38 original 100% online courses have been created by our faculty since spring 2011.
A pilot class for students on probation has been offered, S200, Motivation and Self-Management, taught by Kelli Keener. Advisors offered the following workshops for Academic Coaching in the Student Success Center: Learning Styles, Exam Preparations, Test Preparation and Study Tips, General Study Guide workshop, Top 5 study tips for SPEA majors, Preparing for a math test, Social & Behavioral sciences top 5 study tips, SQ3R study technique, OnCourse, OneStart and the Academic Planner.
Four advisors went to Indiana Academic Advising Network (IAAN) conference in Bloomington.
They were elected officers in IAAN: Catherine Barnes-President; Kelli Keener- Secretary; Shantelle Estes- Central Indiana Representative and Carlos Zapata- Chair of Membership and Nominations. We applaud them all for taking on leadership roles in the state.
I would like to welcome Gloria Preece. She has accepted the position of Interim MBA Director.
Upcoming events on campus include the New Professionals Conference on March 21, in KC130. This conference is available for all students and is designed to help them gain knowledge about meeting and dining etiquette. On March 27, from 10:30 – 1:00 p.m. in KC130 and Alumni Hall, the Health Sciences Career Day will take place. It is a career fair for all students interested in working in the health field. A diverse population of healthcare facilities/graduate schools will be on campus to discuss current and/or future opportunities. A Career Fair for all students will be at the Kokomo Event Center on April 12.
We have had so many accomplishments and have worked so hard to make a positive difference. There has, however, been much news lately for Kokomo and the region that directly affects many of our citizens. The head of Delphi Electronics & Safety for more than 10 years has left Kokomo for a recently created position at the company's headquarters in Troy, Mich. Jeff Owens has moved up from his position as president of Delphi E&S to become chief technology officer for parent company Delphi Automotive. Jugal Vijayvargiya, who has been based in Wuppertal, Germany, has replaced Owens. Vijayvargiya previously served as Delphi's vice president of infotainment and driver interface, which are areas of development Kokomo operations have heavily focused on. He will continue to work in Europe, which is Delphi's largest region for revenue, as he runs the Kokomo operations. As we are becoming a global economy, these are the types of changes that will directly affect our region.
Along with the news for Delphi Electronics, the U.S. Postal Service officials stated that Kokomo will be among eight Indiana mail processing operations to close this year unless Congress intervenes. The consolidations, in which Kokomo operations would move to Indianapolis, will take effect unless Congress passes an alternative cost-cutting plan before May 15. Mail operations in Bloomington, Kokomo, Lafayette, Muncie and Columbus will be moved to Indianapolis.
Also note that production workers at Kokomo-based Haynes International Inc. rallied in Indianapolis to protest how the company treats its employees in Louisiana. United Steelworkers Local 2958 members and supporters picketed outside an annual shareholders meeting in Indianapolis. They feel negotiations have dragged and the company is dragging their feet.
These are significant issues taking place and we need to be mindful of them. Our contribution to the region is essential in order to allow more opportunities for the citizens of Kokomo and north central Indiana.
Thank you to each and every one of you for the impact you make on the lives of our students. As the world becomes smaller, our approach becomes more deliberate and mindful. As always, stay On the Move and continue on the road to abundance.
Michael Harris, Ph.D.
Chancellor and Professor of Public and
Environmental Affairs, Business and Education