KOKOMO, Ind. — Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke will represent Indiana University Kokomo as a torchbearer in the signature event of the state’s 200th birthday celebration.
Sciame-Giesecke is one of 2,000 Hoosiers selected to participate in the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay as it passes through Howard County, from 3:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 5.
“I am honored to carry the torch on behalf of IU Kokomo for Indiana’s Bicentennial celebration,” she said. “I look forward to carrying it through the IU Kokomo campus, where we can involve our students in such a historical event.”
The torch will be handed off from Miami County at the Nickel Plate Trailhead, near the State Road 931 and U.S. 35 interchange. Twenty-four torchbearers, including the chancellor, will carry it along a route that includes the Kokomo Automotive Museum, Kokomo Speedway, Northwest Park, Wallace Elementary, the Seiberling Mansion, the Kokomo Senior Center, UCT Park, Highland Park, the Elwood Haynes Museum, IU Kokomo, Kokomo Schools Administration Office, and Foster Park, ending in downtown Kokomo.
“We encourage everyone to watch along the route, or to join us downtown for our community celebration,” said Sherry Matlock, manager of the Greater Kokomo Convention & Visitors Bureau, adding that there will be music, food, and antique cars on display.
“This is a statewide celebration, but we plan to celebrate some of our local history as well,” she said.
A specialized mobile visitors center will accompany the torch on its journey, which begins September 9 in Corydon, the state’s first capital, and ends October 15 at the Indiana Statehouse.
Lt. Governor Eric Holcomb recently announced the names of the torchbearers, chosen from more than 4,000 nominations. Those selected are state residents who demonstrate exceptional public service, excellence in their profession, acts of heroism or volunteer service to their neighborhood, community, region, or state.
“The 2,000 plus Hoosiers selected embody the Indiana traditions of service, civic pride, community involvement, and volunteerism,” said Holcomb. “As we reflect on Indiana’s first 200 years, it is only fitting that we celebrate Hoosiers who serve as inspirations in their community.”
The Indiana Bicentennial Torch relay is a five-week, 3,200 mile journey through all 92 counties, designed to inspire and unify Hoosiers as one of the major commemorative events of the state’s 2016 Bicentennial celebration. In addition to the selected torchbearers, the relay will employ other methods of conveyance symbolic of the history and heritage of Indiana, including watercraft, farm equipment, racecars, horse and wagon, antique automobiles, and others.
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.