Indiana University Kokomo

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KOKOMO, Ind. —Indiana University Kokomo set a campus record for United Way giving for 2012, pledging $12,280 for programs and services that benefit Howard County residents.

Interim Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke is proud of the leadership of United Way campaign chairperson Marilyn Skinner, who is also executive director of the campus' Center for Early Childhood Education.

"I am pleased our faculty and staff support the vital programs funded by the United Way of Howard County," she said. "We always promote contributing to the United Way, and it is especially important this year, when one of our own is leading the campaign."

IU Kokomo was recognized for its record-setting employee contribution, up from $10,729 in 2011.

In addition to providing monetary pledges, campus employees volunteered as servers at Applebee's, along with the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library staff, to raise $1,450 in one evening.

Skinner said IU Kokomo's contributions helped the United Way reach 71 percent of the campaign goal of nearly $1.9 million, and is optimistic about reaching 100 percent by the end of the year.

She thanked faculty and staff for their generosity, and also commended Christine Taff and Candy Thompson, who chaired the campus campaign.

"I am very proud to have that increase while I'm the campaign chairman," she said. "It was important to me to have IU Kokomo's support in this effort."

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.