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On The Move News - June and July 2012

August 15, 2012

June/July On the Move News

As we prepare for the upcoming Fall Semester and the start of a new academic year, I am writing to wish us all, faculty, staff and students yet another year of exceptional personal success grounded in and unified with the IU Kokomo experience, growth, and success. As I look back, it is hard not to be immensely appreciative and thankful for the great achievements we have experienced. We all have worked very hard and the results speak for themselves. In this edition of On the Move News, I have the wonderful opportunity to highlight the great success we as scholars have achieved. The nation and region continue to face financial turmoil, yet I am delighted to share that IU Kokomo is making a significant contribution to the region and the state, as we continue to strive towards our three themes of Academic Excellence and Student Success, Building Relationships and Making Friends and Transforming the Region. Today’s convocation was a world-class experience, a record 200 faculty and staff attended in what was a very informative and uplifting experience. As the summer comes to an end, I wish you all a phenomenal year. Together, the future is in abundance.

Enrollment Update

IU Kokomo is On the Move! Significant tuition discounts, together with efforts to encourage timely degree completion and a wide variety of classes offered, led to record-breaking Summer Enrollment! With President McRobbie's 25% summer initiative tuition discount, IU Kokomo students who took a full academic load during the summer sessions saved about $700! We experienced a record enrollment growth of 8 percent from the 2011 summer session, and an increase in credit hours of 15 percent! Thank you to all of the faculty, staff and advisors who have worked hard to emphasize the value of year-round college attendance and continue to encourage students to earn their degrees in four years or less. In an effort to further benefit our students and continue academic success, we plan to enhance next year's summer program by adding a four-week "Maymester" which will allow students the opportunity to learn through engaging projects, community service and both national and international travel.

I am delighted to share that we have achieved an all time student record in enrollment, breaking the previous record of 3523 students’ in 1992! Congratulations to everyone for making the invisible a reality!

New Program and Structural Changes

We are responding to rapid increases in the number of degree programs and student enrollment with changes designed to manage growth and provide world-class education. To better facilitate academic excellence and student success, some of the majors within the School of Public and Environmental Affairs have been reorganized. The new School of Humanities and Social Sciences now includes the criminal justice and homeland securities programs. Former SMI department transitioned into the School of Sciences. In addition, the public affairs program, renamed the Department of Public Administration and Health Management, is now part of the Division of Allied Health. With the upcoming Wellness and Fitness center we are committed to growing our programs in the Allied Health fields now more than ever.

IU Kokomo soon will add another degree option for history and political science – boosting careers in secondary education and enhancing preparation for graduate school. On June 22, the IU Board of Trustees approved the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in History/Political Science! It is estimated about one-third of secondary education majors focusing on social studies will enroll in the new program. In addition to graduate school or teaching careers, graduates can work in criminal justice, public service and other fields.

The travel and tourism industry has the greatest potential for growth of any industry in the world, accounting for 8 percent of all jobs, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council. I am delighted to share that Indiana University Kokomo will break into this emerging market with our new Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Tourism, following final approval from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. This degree option continues our commitment of transforming the region by assessing need and demand as well as offering relevant new programs. Graduates of this degree program will be the future leaders and planners for convention centers, hotels, restaurants, and travel agencies.

As members of the newly-formed Howard County College Success Coalition, we are building community partnerships to educate area families about the need to attend college. With a goal of educating high school students and their parents about the necessity and affordability of post-secondary education, the Coalition hosted a breakfast meeting on Wednesday, June 13, at Inventrek for interested community members to join the effort and learn more. The Coalition seeks community support to reach families, asking schools, faith-based organizations, youth service groups, service clubs, business owners, government agencies and libraries to participate. Thank you Tyana and the entire admissions team for your great efforts!

It's not too late to be an Indiana University Kokomo student for the fall semester! Potential students may apply for admission for the fall semester which begins Monday, Aug. 20. We will waive the application fee and offer a free gift for 2012 Ivy Tech Community College graduates who apply in person in the Office of Admissions. Our relationship with Ivy Tech is now stronger than ever before, helping students create a plan for seamless transfer after earning a two-year degree. For more information, go to http://www.iuk.edu/admissions, or call 765-455-9217.

A new year and a new Bulletin! We have drastically changed the look of the Bulletin and the new face-lift allows for easier navigation of the Bulletin along with adding quicker and easier access to IU Kokomo’s main web pages. The catalog has also become an annual publication, allowing changes to programs and courses to occur more quickly.

The Change to Education program (C2E) at Indiana University Kokomo provides an opportunity to anyone with a bachelor's degree to earn a teaching license in less than two years. This fall semester, the School of Education will launch the C2E, a 24-credit hour plan that leads to teaching licensure in grades 5 through 12, in one of four content areas – math, science, social studies, and english/language arts. The program consists of two semesters, plus a summer session, of education-related coursework, which will be delivered in seminar format and online. This is followed by one semester of student teaching.

Campus Development

Campus beautification efforts continues with amazing flowers, renovations to the stairways in the main building, replaced cracked sidewalks, and the cleaning of the exterior walls of the Kelley Center. Thank you to everyone for your efforts in making this a beautiful campus.

The former Daycare rooms have been renovated to now be used for working out, ping pong and other games, student meetings and studying, a student lounge and athletics laundry room and storage. Phase 2 of this project will be to construct a new patio complete with tables and other seating where the old playground used to be. We will also landscape this area to mirror the current park-like atmosphere of the quad. This will be a beautiful space for our students, and further enhance the beautification of the campus.

Media and Marketing

With the ongoing shift towards social media, our Media and Marketing department recently released a social media and web statistics report for June. I am delighted to share that the IU Kokomo webpage was viewed more than 46,000 times! Our Flickr account was viewed 33,000 times, and we received 1,151 likes on Facebook. As a result of the hard work of everyone on campus, we received 51 Google Alerts. Thank you Media and Marketing for collecting this valuable data!


Cougar sports fans won't have to miss one second of the action this season, with the launch of our new athletics website. The upgrades allow for more interaction with students and, include schedules for women's volleyball, men's and women's cross country, and men's basketball, as well as stats for players and teams. It also includes interactive features, such as an opt-in texting service for breaking news alerts and links to social media sites. When teams play away games, there will be links to radio and/or television broadcasts. In addition, the site features videos and pictures from games and community service projects. Visit www.iukcougars.com today. Go Cougars!

Nursing and athletics joined forces on June 30, when physicals for our student athletes were provided by Dr. Ryan Trauring, three members of our nursing faculty, and three staff members of Replay. Following the physicals was the Athletic Orientation in which many new cross country athletes were signed.

On Saturday, June 16, members of the Cougar men’s basketball team volunteered their time to assist Kokomo’s Habitat for Humanity in building the chapter’s 50th home in Kokomo. The team assisted in this milestone build by preparing the ground for trenching for the electrical lines, hanging drywall and moving over 40 bundles of shingles to the roof … all in over 90 degree heat! The team represented IU Kokomo with enthusiasm and integrity, and the Kokomo Habitat for Humanity was very grateful for their help. Thank you Cougars!

Inspire Power Campaign

The Indiana University Board of Trustees approved the official name for the IU Kokomo wellness and fitness center, set to open next summer. The "Milt and Jean Cole Family Wellness and Fitness Center", will house a jogging and walking track, cardio and strength training area, two multipurpose rooms, a health studies classroom, locker rooms, and a reception area. The name honors the $1.25 million gift the Cole family donated for the center, to be constructed in the lower level of the library. This is the largest cash gift in campus history. In addition to Milt and Jean Cole, the family includes Keith and Carmella Cole, and Randy and Candy Cole. They are owners of Cole Hardwood in Logansport. Construction on the 20,500-square-foot facility will begin later this year, with a grand opening in July or August of 2013. The new center will allow opportunities to offer additional allied health majors – such as sports medicine and athletic training – and provide year-round training space for athletes.

We have been recognized for making significant contributions to the well-being and prosperity of north central Indiana. Continuing this movement, we now focus on launching the public phase of the “Inspire Power” campaign to raise $2.5 million for the Milt and Jean Cole Family Wellness and Fitness Center. So far our efforts have raised more than $1.5 million! Thank you to everyone who has already provided your support!

We believe the future of north central Indiana depends on the quality of education we provide to our students, since 80 percent of our graduates remain in the region. The “Inspire Power” campaign is about inspiring everyone to find the power within them to maintain a healthy lifestyle, not only while they are on campus, but throughout their lives. This can only bring positive and healthy results to the people we serve in our region for generations to come. We are grateful and proud that Bill Hunt, chairman of IU Health and son of IU Kokomo’s founding director Virgil Hunt, and Kathleen Ligocki, one of the campus’ most successful alumni, have agreed to serve as honorary campaign co-chairpersons. Diana Tenbrook serves as the Committee Chair; we are immensely appreciative of their support and passion for this campaign. Community support will contribute to more than just the wellness and fitness center; it is a direct contribution to the lives of many who in turn will inspire the economic well-being and prosperity of Kokomo and north central Indiana. With Indiana’s tax credit for giving, a pledge made up to $200 per year over 5 years actually costs nothing out of pocket! For more information about the Milt and Jean Cole Family Wellness and Fitness Center and the fundraising campaign, go to http://www.iuk.edu/wellnessfitnesscenter.

Campus Picnic

June 14 was the annual campus picnic. More than 100 faculty and staff gathered together to enjoy a beautiful day in the meadow. This fun day included lunch, karaoke, and a silent auction. I am delighted to share that there were more than 20 baskets donated for the auction which raised $1,100 for our upcoming Holiday party! We also presented our Employees of the Year awards. Congratulations to Dave Selby, Brenda DeMaggio, and Dawn Davis! Thank you everyone for your participation in making this a first-class event.

Civic Activities

Indiana University Kokomo Alumni Association trained an entry for the annual Samaritan Caregivers' Duck Derby, "Quackston," allegedly the younger half-brother of campus mascot Kingston Cougar. The Duck Derby took place July 19, at the Kokomo Beach Family Aquatic Center. The event raises money for the Samaritan Caregivers work, providing free, non-medical help to Howard County residents 65 and older, to allow them to remain in their homes. Quackston did not disappoint, placing third and awarding the IU Alumni Association with a pizza party! Congratulations!

IU Kokomo faculty and staff volunteered their time at theCarver Community Center. Guest readers visited the center two days per week, for an hour each time, sharing a story with children, ages 5-12, followed by discussion. Instilling a passion for reading as well as sharing the benefits that reading can have on your future is vital to children. Thank you to everyone who participated!

IU Kokomo hosted the fourth annual Science Rocks! summer camp taught by IUK faculty. Approximately 20 middle school students from populations underrepresented in science and math fields attended the two week camp. This year's program started with a field trip to the Kokomo Wastewater Treatment Plant, followed by fieldwork on campus, pumping water from campus monitoring wells. The camp was funded with grants from the IU Women's Philanthropy Council and the North Central Indiana Area Health Education Center.

Our School of Nursing summer camps, began Monday, June 11. Nursing students served as counselors, educating the campers, ages 6 to 13, on living with various health conditions, and how to live a healthy lifestyle. The camps included Kidds Kamp, for children with diabetes; Camp-Eeze-the-Wheeze, for children with asthma; and Fit Camp, for children who want to learn about physical fitness and healthy living. A highlight of the camp was a day with IU Kokomo's sports teams, in which the cross country team led the campers in running, followed by the men's basketball team and women's volleyball team who taught various sports skills.

The IU Kokomo Crescendos show choir performed as part of the Kokomo Symphony's Summer Fun Concert. The event began with an arts and music festival followed by the concert. The family-friendly event showcased the community's artists and musicians, including those at IU Kokomo. Musical selections ranged from Tchaikovsky, songs from animated children's movies, classic rock, big band and a salute to American service members.

I had the great opportunity to participate in various live radio interviews as well as speak at many local Rotary and Kiwanis Club meetings. It is such an honor to spread the word of our campus within the region. We are On the Move! Thank you to everyone for making this a world-class campus.


The Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) at Indiana University Kokomo keeps students on track. Our ROTC program has experienced phenomenal growth since its inception in 2008 – from two students, four in 2012, to nearly 30 expected to be enrolled this fall semester. Students in the first two years of ROTC focus on leadership development, and have no military service obligation unless they receive ROTC scholarships. Cadets who want to complete the entire four-year program agree to service in the Army, Reserves or National Guard after graduation. Junior year cadets begin leading platoon-level operations, including evaluating other cadets and providing feedback to corps leadership. Seniors learn battalion-level operations, paired with a mentor currently serving in that position. Cadets graduate as commissioned second lieutenants, and may compete for an active duty appointment or serve in the National Guard or Army Reserves.

Student Activities

Jennifer Rozzi enlisted the help of IU Kokomo's Master of Business Administration students to analyze her future business operations. She used the students’ analysis to build a business plan, which helped her get approval from her bank to buy the Continental Ballroom in Kokomo. She now recommends the free program to other area entrepreneurs. The M.B.A. program is accepting applications from established businesses and startups, entrepreneurs, and governmental and non-profit agencies, to provide teams of students to help transform the region's economy.

Art students recently put their talent to work to support the local "Day of Change", a fund raiser for community organizations that provide a variety of services including housing for domestic violence victims, and school supplies to low income children. Five students and two faculty members created decorative boat paddles, which were among 40 auctioned to raise more than $2,000. The money will help 10 Howard County not-for-profit organizations fulfill their missions. Paddles made by the IU Kokomo artists brought in nearly $200.

Lyndsay Christensen was chosen as the campus' Adam W. Herbert Presidential Scholar, with a scholarship valued at $30,000. The Herbert Presidential Scholars Program offers four-year renewable scholarships and other benefits to exceptional Indiana students. The program also includes $1,000 for study abroad her junior or senior year. She will major in biochemistry, with plans to attend medical school or graduate school after she earns her undergraduate degree. Congratulations Lyndsay!

Faculty and Staff News

IU Board of Trustees approved the Salary Policy. Therefore, the FY2012-13 IU Salary Policy authorizes a 1.50% salary increase for faculty, and an additional 0.7% pool to address merit-based, equity, and salary compression. In 2010-2011, we addressed 60% of the CUPA gap and this year we reduced it by another 20%. In less than 2 years and during these challenging economic times, we have made significant strides in closing the historical compression gaps.  We will continue to work toward that end. We are now exceptionally competitive in compensations we offer.

The School of Education received a $2,250 Scholarship of Engagement faculty grant from the Indiana Campus Compact to fund its science inquiry fellows project. The project includes a one-day workshop to prepare teachers in grades 5-12 to lead scientific inquiry projects. For more information or to register, contact Julie Saam at 765-455-9302 or e-mail jsaam@iuk.edu.

Gregory Steel will teach the philosophy of art class this fall semester in a virtual classroom on the Indiana University "Second Life Island." Rather than meeting on the IU Kokomo campus, students create avatars, or virtual representatives, and log in to move their avatars to the virtual classroom. Steel is the first and only IU professor to teach in Second Life. He combines the virtual classroom with Skype, e-mail, Oncourse and Facebook, which makes him better able to meet his students' academic needs.

Janet Oatess uses the skills she learned in her 40-year teaching career to prepare the next generation of teachers, at Indiana University Kokomo. Tavis Smiley, her most famous former student, chose her as his most influential teacher for the Teachers Count poster campaign. Celebrities chose a teacher to pose with them for posters, emphasizing the importance of the teaching profession, with the slogan, "Behind every famous person is a fabulous teacher." Congratulations Janet!

IU Kokomo Clinical Assistant Professor Diana Mishler will have a voice for patient care as a council member on the American Society of Radiologic Technologists ( ASRT ). Mishler recently began her four-year term on the ASRT – a professional organization that provides research, education, and advocacy for medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals. Congratulations Diana!

Congratulations to all faculty and staff members for your exceptional achievements. I am delighted to also share that Erik Deerly had two pieces selected in the Annual Juried Exhibit at The Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center in Frederick, Maryland; Scott Jones published “A Census of State Portal and Agency Homepage Design in the United States” in the International Journal of Electronic Government Research; Karla Stouse took students on the annual Innovation Symposium trip to England; and Minda Douglas received a $2,000 grant from the Indiana Arts Commission for Premise of Place. As part of the project, she also received an artist-in-residency at the Porcupine Mountains in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in July/August; Linda Wallace was interviewed by Elle Moxley from State Impact Indiana. Thank you to everyone for your hard work. It is because of you that IU Kokomo is On the Move!

Jack Tharp, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs has accepted a position as the Director of the Indiana University Financial Literacy Program, which is designed to address student debt. He will assume this new role as of August 15, 2012, and will be reporting to the Treasurer of Indiana University. Jack has served our campus for 31 years and we are thankful to him for his service. This is an exceptional opportunity for him, and we are very supportive, but saddened to see him go. Serving as Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs will be EVC Sue Sciame-Giesecke. Congratulations Jack!

The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) is a Washington-based higher education association of nearly 420 public colleges, universities and systems whose members share a learning-and-teaching-centered culture, a historic commitment to underserved student populations and a dedication to research and creativity that advances their regions’ economic progress and cultural development. As a member of AASCU, I received the immense honor to write an article to be published in their quarterly magazine. I am delighted to share "Higher Education as a Catalyst for Regional Transformation ." It is my hope that you find it interesting and invigorating as we strive for regional transformation.

It is with deep humility that I attended a symposium for University Presidents and Chancellors at Harris Manchester College in the University of Oxford, Oxford, England. The conference was sponsored by the Forum on Public Policy in collaboration with the Oxford Round Table. The meeting was organized to provide a venue for open and frank discourse regarding issues that face today’s leaders in higher education. Participants in the symposium had access to an array of academic, cultural and social resources, including the Oxford Union Debating Society, colleges and halls of Oxford University. This was an exceptional opportunity, and I am honored to have been included.

Thank You

This On the Move News summarizes the summer and serves to recognize the continued success of faculty, staff and students. By continuing to be forward-looking and optimistic, we are making significant progress. IU Kokomo is being recognized as one of the best regional campuses in the world as a result of your hard work and effort. I wish us all a very successful academic year and express deep appreciation for all that you do.


Michael Harris, Ph.D.

Chancellor and Professor of Public and Environmental Affairs, Business and Education

Last updated: 08/26/2014