28 June 2013
KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University Kokomo's Main Building will receive its first major renovations in nearly two decades, with $14 million in funding from the Indiana General Assembly.
Interim Chancellor Susan-Sciame Giesecke said the upgrades are critically needed on the building, which was the first on the Washington Street campus. It was built in 1965.
"These funds will ensure that our major classroom building is ready to support our continued growth," she said. "It will allow us not only to update windows and mechanical systems, but also to repurpose key academic areas to add a new mathematics lab, Mac lab, and new classrooms. I want to thank our local legislators, State Senators Jim Buck and Randy Head, as well as State Representatives Bill Friend, Mike Karickhoff, and Heath VanNatter, for their support of our campus during this past legislative session."
Faculty Senate President Chris Darr said faculty members are enthusiastic about the plans.
"We are excited about the renovations, and thrilled that the chancellor, the trustees, and the legislature have supported this project," he said. "These renovations will help create a better learning environment in our campus' original building."
Renovations will include upgrades to the heating and cooling systems and electrical systems for the entire building, along with installing more energy efficient windows and doors. It also will include asbestos removal and replacement of ceilings and fixtures where it is removed. The IU Board of Trustees approved the plans at its recent meeting.
John Sarber, director of physical facilities, anticipates that IU will assign architects and engineers to the project quickly.
"These are critically-needed renovations, and we are grateful for the support," he said.
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.
20 June 2013
KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University Kokomo students will benefit for many years to come from two generous donations from Solidarity Community Federal Credit Union.
The local credit union, a long-time campus supporter, gave $25,000 to the Milt and Jean Cole Family Fitness and Wellness Center, and also established a $3,000 scholarship, to be given to an incoming freshman each year.
Interim Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke accepted both gifts from Jeff McComas, president and CEO of Solidarity Community Federal Credit Union, and Diana Tenbrook, vice president of marketing.
"I can't thank Jeff and Diana enough for their support of the IU Kokomo campus," she said. "They are both great champions of education and student success. Solidarity's support of the Cole Fitness Center provides a much needed workout facility on campus, and the scholarship will make an IU Kokomo education affordable for new students for years to come. We also appreciate their ongoing support for our athletic programs. They came on board and believed in us from the beginning. They are one reason we were able to build a quality athletic program so quickly."
Solidarity has partnered with the campus on a wide variety of projects, including providing internships for students for the last three years, and mentoring members of the Enactus student organization. The credit union also has sponsored practice gear and printed schedules for Cougar Athletics, and supported the New Professionals Conference, the Dress for Success event, recycling projects, Microsoft Word training sessions, Homecoming and the Homecoming carnival, and kids' nights at volleyball and basketball games. Solidarity also provided $500 Escape Debt scholarships with Enactus.
"When I look at the long list of their contributions, it's hard to find a suitable way to say thank you," stated Sciame-Giesecke.
McComas is pleased to support the campus mission.
"Our philosophy is to be a viable partner to our community in every aspect — fiscally, socially, and emotionally," he said. "We truly want to commend IU Kokomo for offering an outstanding curriculum of degree programs. We look forward to a long and fulfilling partnership for many years to come."
The wellness and fitness center, scheduled to open in late summer, will be a 20,000 square-foot facility. Amenities include a jogging and walking track, cardio and strength training area, two multipurpose rooms, a health studies classroom, lockers rooms, and a reception area.
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.
10 December 2012
KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University Kokomo hosted the IU Board of Trustees in its December meetings.
Interim Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke told the trustees and President Michael McRobbie that IU Kokomo is moving forward with its central mission of teaching and learning.
"Our faculty and staff have continued the momentum," she said. "We are focused on President McRobbie's challenge of improving degree completion and student retention."
She highlighted the Complete in Four program, designed to push students to graduate in four years, and changes in summer school, including addition of a Maymester, in which students can take one class in one month, to earn three credits. She also presented the junior mentoring program, which pairs third-year students with faculty in their major area, to discuss their future plans.
In addition, she talked about the campus' math readiness initiative with Kokomo High School, giving the math placement test to all 700 seniors, and then assisting high school teachers to make sure the students are ready for college math before they enroll.
In facilities news, she told the trustees the Milt and Jean Cole Family Wellness and Fitness Center is on track to open before the 2013-2-14 school year, and is eagerly anticipated by students.
"This will change the atmosphere on campus," she said. "Our students have asked for this facility for a long time, and they can't wait for it to open." A new outdoor courtyard will also open in the spring, replacing the space formerly used by the campus childcare center.
The next need will be renovations to the Main Building.
"This will have to be the chief focus for our campus for the next three years," she said. "It was built in the early 1960s, and nothing has been done to it since then."
Jeremy Gibson, student body president, and Christopher Darr, president of the faculty senate, also addressed the trustees.
Darr spoke about faculty salaries, and the need for equity among the campuses.
Gibson has seen great changes on campus in his four years as a student, and said the addition of 16 new majors, an athletics program, and the upcoming wellness and fitness center, have created a much-needed sense of community.
He said the missing piece to complete the community is student housing.
"Having student housing would give us a place for our international students, and allow us to expand those opportunities," he said. "It would also allow many of our students who now commute long distances to live here and be more a part of our campus."
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.
05 December 2012
KOKOMO, Ind. — Economic development leaders in north central Indiana expect to combine efforts, as soon as March 2013, to attract business and industry to the area. This decision follows a series of meetings hosted by Indiana University Kokomo to work more closely as a region for economic progress.
Interim Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke recently facilitated the second meeting among county commissioners, county council members, mayors, and economic leaders in six counties, leading to agreement on a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy.
The next step is for the county commissioners in Cass, Clinton, Fulton, Howard, Miami, and Tipton counties to approve the plan. After that, local economic development leaders will present the regional planning organization's bylaws, funding formula, and other foundations for approval.
IU Kokomo's participation is part of its mission to lead and support regional economic development.
"We're being pioneers here, to build opportunities for our region," Sciame-Giesecke said. "IU Kokomo will continue to be available through this process."
Jim Tidd, executive director of the Miami County Economic Development Authority, said all the counties will benefit from regional economic marketing. They have more access to federal and state grant money as a region, and benefits of development in one county are shared across county lines.
"We believe a project in one county benefits all the counties in the region," he said. "A regional planning organization is needed to take this region to the next level."
Connie Neininger, president of the Logansport Cass County Economic Development Foundation, said having a strategy and regional planning organization helps developers think outside their own county.
"It helps the whole community look beyond just today. It gives you a focus for growth."
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.
16 November 2012
Teresa Lubbers, commissioner for higher education, said she was "very excited" about the collaboration she sees happening in Howard County, during a town hall meeting hosted by the local Coalition for College Success at IU Kokomo.
"It's clear there are active partnerships in place," she said. "We need K-12 schools, colleges, and business working together for our students to succeed."
Lubbers said it used to be a student could graduate from high school or not, and with a good work ethic and effort, live a secure, middle class lifestyle. Now, some kind of post-high school education is required.
Interim Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke said the Kokomo community is very interested in its students' success, and has participated actively in initiatives to prepare students for college.
"I really believe it is our mission to take a leadership role in these collaborations to help our students succeed in post-secondary education," she said.
She said IU Kokomo is already actively working to promote graduating in four years, another mission supported by the state commissioner. She cited the Complete in Four program, which kicked off this fall with a goal of helping students map out a plan to take the classes they need to graduate on time.
"We understand the importance of knowing when they're going to graduate," Sciame-Giesecke said, "How can you reach a goal if you haven't defined the goal?"
She also talked about revamping summer school, to make it more a part of the school year, and plans to offer a Maymester, a four-week immersive learning experience. The campus also has a mentoring program with juniors and faculty, promoting conversations about the students' future plans, both for their last two years and after graduation.
"We keep trying to think of innovative ways to help our students achieve success," she said.
Pennye Siefert, assistant superintendent of the Kokomo-Center Schools, said IU Kokomo partnered with Kokomo High School to prepare students for college-level math. Campus staff administered a math placement test to more than 700 seniors, and results are being used to offer remediation to those who need help.
"If they aren't ready for college math, they have to take remedial classes in college," Siefert said. "That often results in defeat, as the students drop out. We believe this is one way we can make sure our students are prepared for college. We would like to expand this program to other areas."
Steven Daily, chancellor of Ivy Tech Region 5, said the partnership between the community college and IU Kokomo is critical, making it easier for students to continue past an associate's degree.
"We are continually working together to communicate to our students not only that they can move on, but they must move on," he said.
Lubbers said financial education will be a critical part of the equation, helping parents and students understand what it will cost to go to school, that they need to start saving early, and what impact borrowing will have on their futures. They also need to be prepared for college, so they don't drop out with debt and nothing to show for it.
Lubbers said plans must be in place to address the needs of adult returning students and children who are the first in their families to attend college, including those in the 21st Century Scholars program.
The state program provides tuition at a state public university to students who sign up in middle school, graduate with a 2.0 grade point average, and meet other requirements. She said most of these are first-generation college students, and they need support all the way to college graduation.
Currently, 33 percent of Indiana residents have a post-secondary degree, ranking the state 41st of 50. Lubber said it is no coincidence that Indiana also ranks 41st in per capita income.
"There needs to be a sense of urgency if we want Indiana to be the kind of place we want it to be," she said. "We need people with more of every kind of post-secondary education."
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.
07 November 2012
Interim Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke recently facilitated a group of mayors, commissioners, and city and county council members to discuss the possibility of forming a Regional Planning Organization. The purpose of this group will be to "take this region to the next level", according to Jim Tidd, executive director of the Miami County Economic Development Authority.
"Indiana University Kokomo is committed to its regional campus mission to support the economic development of the region we serve," Sciame-Giesecke said. "Facilitating this initiative is a way for us to contribute to the creation of a regional organization. This meeting was a very good first step in this initiative. I look forward to our continued partnership."
Representatives from six counties – Howard, Cass, Clinton, Miami, Tipton, and Fulton – convened to share pros and cons of a regional effort, and plan to meet again on the IU Kokomo campus next month to consider setting a plan in motion.
David Terrell, executive director for the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs, said IU Kokomo as a convener of these meetings is incredibly important.
"More and more, we're relying on regional universities to step up. This helps move the community forward," Terrell said. "I'm thrilled this is happening, and that IU Kokomo is taking the lead."
County leaders expressed appreciation for campus administrators taking the initiative to encourage regional collaboration.
"I want to thank IU Kokomo for spear heading this effort," said Paul Wyman, Howard County Commissioner. "What happens in our region is very important for this community and for job creation. This is a big step forward in solving some of those issues."
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.
01 October 2012
KOKOMO, Ind. — It's all about momentum, and Interim Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke plans to keep Indiana University Kokomo moving full steam ahead.
Appointed to the position on September 19, Sciame-Giesecke's 35 years of drive, commitment, and dedication to the campus will only continue as she plans to focus on the most important mission – the students.
"We focus on the whole student; and providing outstanding educational programs and facilities, along with a memorable student life experience," she said. "I have a passion for the regional campus. Our graduates live and work in the region. Their lives are transformed by their educational opportunities at IU Kokomo."
Sciame-Giesecke began her career at IU Kokomo in 1977, as an assistant professor, and has advanced her career as a department chairwoman, dean, and vice chancellor. Most recently, she was executive vice chancellor for academic affairs and student affairs.
"Our accomplishments are the result of everyone's efforts on campus. I am blessed to work with such dedicated people."
One goal is to hire more faculty to address the recent enrollment growth of 12.1 percent for this fall semester.
"We've had so much growth; we need to add faculty," she said. "We will hire several brand-new positions, including history, health sciences, hospitality, tourism, biochemistry, and psychology. We are also leading the way in online education, with 11 faculty members currently developing new online courses."
Sciame-Giesecke anticipates adding more new degree programs, including the Bachelor of Applied Science.
Another important need on campus includes upgrades to the Main Building, built in 1965 and only minimally updated since then, which houses a large majority of classroom space. She also looks forward to the grand opening of the new wellness and fitness center next fall.
"This (Main Building) is a crisis-stage building," Sciame-Giesecke said. "The math labs, in particular, must be updated to current standards and to meet the needs of a much larger student population than we had when it was built. We are asking for support from the state Legislature to renovate and upgrade the Main Building."
In addition, she will continue providing economic leadership in the community.
"Transforming the region is a critical regional campus mission," she said. "We have been at this work, and that will not change."
Sciame-Giesecke helped facilitate the merger of nine economic development organizations in Kokomo into the Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance, and serves on that organization's board. She also led the Regional Leadership Institute initiative.
She will present her most recently published paper, on how to create a regional mindset, at the University Economic Development Association annual summit October 21-24 in Chattanooga, Tenn.
During her career, Sciame-Giesecke created the Center for Teaching and Learning, led the campus to a 10-year reaccreditation by the Higher Learning Commission, created a year-long freshman learning program, created an Office for Online Education, facilitated creation of a digital media lab in the library and a Mac lab in the main building, and implemented the Center for Research and Creative Activity to support an undergraduate research initiative. Currently, she is vice president of the Family Service Association of Howard County, a nonprofit that houses a domestic violence shelter and homeless veterans' housing complex.
With the high quality of faculty and staff committed to the mission of the campus, Sciame-Giesecke knows that IU Kokomo will continue to be a leader in higher education.
"We will continue to do remarkable things. The IU Kokomo community has been successful, and we will continue to be successful," she said. "When you put good people in place, good things happen."
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.
20 September 2012
KOKOMO, Ind. -- Indiana University has announced that Michael Harris has resigned as chancellor of the Kokomo campus, effective immediately. Harris has been chancellor at IU Kokomo since July 1, 2010. Before coming to IU, he served as provost and vice president of academic affairs at Kettering University in Flint, Mich.
Harris indicated to IU officials that he was proud of his accomplishments at IU Kokomo but felt that the time had come for him to seek new challenges at another institution.
"Having accomplished a variety of goals at IU Kokomo, I have made a personal decision to seek new opportunities," Harris said.
Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie stated in accepting Harris' resignation, "We are grateful for the energy and enthusiasm that Chancellor Harris brought to IU Kokomo, and we wish him well in his future endeavors."
Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Sue Sciame-Giesecke has been named to serve as interim chancellor until a permanent chancellor is appointed.
27 August 2012
KOKOMO, Ind - The City of Kokomo congratulates Indiana University Kokomo on its record breaking enrollment increase and the impact that it has on the community. Indiana University Kokomo released that their fall enrollment peaked at 3,719 which is up 12.1 percent from last year.
"We are grateful to Indiana University Kokomo and Chancellor Harris for what they mean to Kokomo," said Mayor Greg Goodnight. "The degrees and programs opportunities they offer will continue to grow their campus and positively impact our community."
Indiana University has had a campus in Kokomo for 67 years. They now offer nearly 70 undergraduate and graduate diverse programs in small class sizes, online classes and the big campus feel.
15 August 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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