19 December 2011
Greetings! As 2011 comes to a close, I would like to share with you more of the incredible successes we have achieved and celebrate the many joys of this amazing year.
First and foremost, I want to thank each and every one of you for your dedication and commitment to making our three themes – Academic Excellence and Student Success, Making Friends and Building Relationships, and Transforming the Region – a reality. We will never stop moving ahead and pushing for more, but our accomplishments are many and there is no denying we are serving the needs of our region in a deliberate and thoughtful manner.
One of many recent events on campus was the Fine Arts Building Open House. Tours of the art facilities were given, along with viewing of student artwork and demonstrations. Another was the dedication of the Veterans Rock, located outside the Main Building. This dedication took place on Veterans Day, plus many people participated in the National Roll Call in Kresge Auditorium.
But it didn’t stop there. The campus community was busy with V.I.P. Day, Observatory open house, Hunger Banquet, Nearly Naked Mile, 20th Annual Arts and Crafts Show, Kokomo Civic Theater’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, “We Care” concert featuring the IUK Choir and Jazz Band, “Rockin’ 4 Riley” benefit concert, and don’t forget the IUK Choir and Jazz Band Holiday Concert!
Faculty members have been busy as well. Dr. Bernard O’Connor, the Chancellor’s Visiting Scholar in Law and Humanities, gave a research presentation titled, “The Vatican’s Role in Diplomacy;” Kasem Kasem gave the annual research award lecture as the Research Award winner, “Solar Energy;” Lucy Tormoehlen passed her certification exam to become a certified nurse educator; and Raul Mosley received a New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities Exploration Traveling Fellowship. The School of Education held a workshop for teachers on the 90-minute reading block – more than 100 teachers from the area attended. We now have 21 school corporations that are part of the CEP. Another workshop is scheduled for January 13 to address assessment and teacher performance concerns.
These accomplishments are what make IU Kokomo a campus of distinction and excellence. Congratulations and thank you for your dedication to education. Because of this dedication, we are one of the first campuses statewide to pledge its full support of general education CORE transfer credits from Ivy Tech Community College – an initiative that will place students on a faster track to completing their bachelor’s degree.
As we continue to be On the Move and spread the word that we are a campus of choice, I am proud to say many are taking notice. The Lumina Foundation visited our campus on November 11, taking note about all our efforts for student success.
Due in large part to this visit, we received national attention for our cutting-edge approach to saving students money while ensuring degree completion. We were named a leader in innovation during an education committee meeting on Capitol Hill on November 30.
James Merisotis, president and CEO of the Lumina Foundation, highlighted our “Student Success Tuition Discount” program as a frontrunner in blazing new trails for tuition cost-saving measures among colleges and institutions nationwide. Merisotis testified before the Higher Education and Workforce Training Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives Education and the Workforce Committee. The topic of discussion was “Keeping College Within Reach: Discussing Ways Institutions Can Streamline Costs and Reduce Tuition.” This kind of exposure is allowing the nation to see our innovative and forward-thinking approach.
During the 2011 Indiana Trustees Academy, where I was asked to participate in a panel discussion, I met Michael Poliakoff, vice president of Policy for ACTA (American Council of Trustees and Alumni). He was very impressed with the initiative we introduced at IUK.
We have been offered an opportunity to be featured in a book they are creating that will highlight 30-50 of the nation’s strongest core curricula. This is a huge honor and a true testimony to the work we do.
Lilly sponsored the University Partnerships and Reciprocity Conference at IUPUI where we were invited to participate in a Leadership Plenary Panel. The panel included Mayor Greg Goodnight, Chancellor Steve Daily of Ivy Tech, Diana TenBrook from Solidarity, Christina Downey and myself. This was a wonderful experience and brought community leaders together.
Because of the University Economic Development Association Summit I participated in October 11, I was asked to be a part of the TRE (Transforming Regional Engagement) Roundtable in Washington D.C just this month. These opportunities to promote regional development, leadership, and community involvement contribute to and strengthen our mission.
I was honored and humbled to be asked to say a few words at Victor Bogle’s Memorial Service on November 20. Many attended to pay their respect. Chancellor Bogle helped pave the way for what IU Kokomo has become and his legacy will forever live on.
Our basketball season is underway and the excitement is contagious. IU Kokomo Alumni sponsored a pre-game party at our first home basketball game on November 17. Nearly 400 fans cheered for the Cougars!
Our campus was represented at the Indiana Chamber of Commerce Dinner in Indianapolis, where Kokomo received the Community of the Year award. Our new initiatives and involvement in transforming the region no doubt contributed to this honor for the city.
We hosted the IU Undergraduate Research Conference this year, and it was an honor for me to give the keynote address. The presentations were outstanding – from the 115 students who attended from across all IU campuses, and 40 of those were IU Kokomo students.
We also presented the findings of a Regional Benchmarking Study that was commissioned to support the university’s work with leaders in north central Indiana aimed at understanding and enhancing the region’s economic competitiveness and broadly advancing its quality of life. This was combined with the Business Outlook Panel that informed all in attendance of the economic forecast we can anticipate.
Our annual Donor and Community Holiday Party was first-class and enjoyed by all in attendance. The food, entertainment, and company were outstanding. The faculty and staff holiday party was a success as well, full of great food, friends, and fellowship.
We continue to advance campus use of technology in a variety of ways. The web services team has worked to improve the layout and design of the campus homepage. The UITS team is currently developing the next generation of Digital Signage, which should be in place for the Spring Semester. The IT training team continues to contribute to student success with more than 525 student interactions this semester!
If you haven’t had a chance to attend an event in Havens Auditorium, you are really missing out. New seating and floors have transformed this venue into a comfortable and visually pleasing locale to watch the wonderful events taking place there.
We have received approval to engage consultants to design the Campus Health and Wellness Center. This is a huge step in seeing this much needed and welcomed initiative come to fruition.
We would like to welcome several new employees this month. Tonia Ray has joined the Advancement team as Executive Secretary; Jeni Kirkwood has joined the financial aid office as our new part-time Intake Specialist, along with Becky Lefler as our new Financial Aid Counselor. Mike Spaulding is the new Manager of Classroom Technology and AV Engineer and Paul Watkins was named Manager, System Administration for UITS. Also, congratulations go to Marie Radel, director of Media and Marketing, Philemon Yebei, director of Budget Administration, and Cathy Valcke, director of Human Resources.
If you aren’t looking at campus event photos on flickr, you should be! We have more than doubled our views, meaning people are interested in seeing what happens on campus! There have been nearly 90,000 views of our photos since mid-June. Wow!
We continue to be forward looking, optimistic, and passionate about the role of higher education in assuring that the future is in abundance. I wish everyone a very safe and happy holiday season, and look forward to working together to make 2012 an even more prosperous year.
Michael Harris, Ph.D.
Chancellor and Professor of Public and
Environmental Affairs, Business and Education
22 November 2011
Shortly we will celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, a tradition that traces its origins to a 1621 celebration at Plymouth MA which was prompted by a good harvest. As we all get into the spirit and the mood of the holiday, I write to express deep gratitude to each and every one of you for all that you do for IU Kokomo. In the past year we have accomplished so much and I hope you recognize how much I appreciate, value and thank you for your hard work and dedication. As I communicate gratitude, I am reminded that President Kennedy said: "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."
I wish each of you and your loved ones, a very Happy Thanksgiving and a wonderful and safe holiday weekend.
Michael Harris Ph.D., Chancellor and
Professor of Public and Environmental Affairs,
Education and Business
21 November 2011
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KOKOMO, IN – Nearly 100 business and community leaders gathered at Indiana University Kokomo on Monday, November 21, for a lively discussion on transforming the economy of north central Indiana, following the release of data from the Regional Benchmarking Study, commissioned by Chancellor Michael Harris.
“Early next year, IU Kokomo will follow up with the information presented – in conjunction with the release of the campus’ economic impact on the region – what the data means and what can be done in response,” said Harris. “This will help us gauge necessary steps needed to create a more regionally competitive economy based on knowledge, innovation, and entrepreneurship.
“North Central Indiana should brand itself in order to attract business and enhance quality of life. If we are able to unite, the future will be in abundance,” Harris added.
In the study, 13 peer communities were examined to better assess how Kokomo and its region has fared over the past decade, showing that the city has not fallen too far behind its peers in educational attainment, unemployment rate, and level of innovation. The peer communities include Anderson, S.C.; Decatur Ala.; Rocky Mount, N.C.; Morristown, Tenn.; Battle Creek, Mich.; Lebanon, Pa.; Sheboygan, Wis.; Cleveland, Tenn.; Danville, Va.; Jackson, Tenn.; Lima, Ohio; Fond du Lac, Wis.; and Rome, Ga.
In terms of innovation, none of the peer communities scored greater than the U.S. average of 100, and Kokomo and the region ranks as the second most innovative in the group. The productivity and employment and economic well-being categories were its two highest scoring sub-indexes. The fact that the second highest performing category was economic wellbeing indicates that Kokomo does well converting innovation inputs into performance outputs.
IU Kokomo commissioned this benchmarking study to support the university’s work with leaders in north central Indiana aimed at understanding and enhancing the region’s economic competitiveness and broadly advancing its quality of life. It is particularly timely to benchmark Kokomo now, considering the economic turmoil it has undergone due to the Great Recession.
Audience members who joined in discussion included Ivy Tech Community College Chancellor Steve Daily, State Rep. Mike Karickoff, and Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight.
The study was presented by Jerry Conover, director of the Indiana Business Research Center at the IU Kelley School of Business, and includes Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Fulton, Grant, Howard, Miami, Tipton, and Wabash counties.
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.
15 November 2011
KOKOMO, IN – “He blazed the path for those of us who have followed, and we are forever grateful for his legacy.”
Chancellor Michael Harris reflects on the impact of Dr. Victor Bogle at Indiana University Kokomo – the campus’ first chancellor who died October 16.
A memorial service will take place on Sunday, November 20, 2 p.m., at the Elliott House in Kokomo to honor the life of Dr. Bogle. The service is a public remembrance and open to all who wish to share in honoring and remembering his many contributions and remarkable life. Chancellor Harris will give brief remarks.
“Our campus would not be where it is today without the leadership and guidance he provided to Indiana University Kokomo during his more than 20 years of service,” Harris added.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations are made to the Chancellor and Mrs. Victor M. Bogle Scholarship, which funds a student of history or political science at IU Kokomo; the Indiana Historical Society, or the Alzheimer’s Association.
Following is Dr. Bogle’s full obituary:
Dr. Victor M. Bogle, Chancellor Emeritus of Indiana University Kokomo and professor of history, died Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011, in Atlanta, Ga., at the age of 90. He was born in New Albany on Sept. 24, 1921, the son of Elroy B. and Anna Mae (Black) Bogle.
In 1942, when he was 19, Bogle joined the United States Army Air Corps and was sent to fight in the South Pacific Theater during World War II. He stayed in the Air Corps until 1945 and afterward studied at Indiana Central College (now University of Indianapolis), graduating in 1947 with a B.A. in history. He then enrolled in Boston University, where he received his M.A. in American history in 1948 and his Ph.D. in American civilization in 1951.
In 1952, Bogle worked for the U.S. Air Force in intelligence as a research analyst for two years and then returned to academia as a professor. He taught American, European and English history at Tougaloo College in Tougaloo, Miss., a Historically Black College, until 1957. He became the academic advisor at Kokomo’s IU Extension Center in 1957 and the chief administrative officer in 1959.
Dr. Bogle was chief executive officer of the IU operations in Kokomo from 1959 to 1979. During that period, he led the conversion of the IU Extension Center program, which offered selected undergraduate courses, into a commuter campus granting associate and baccalaureate degrees to both IU and Purdue University students in a seven-county area. He oversaw the construction of the original campus buildings in the 1960s, and he helped bestow the first degrees in 1970.
In 2000, Indiana Gov. Frank O’Bannon awarded Dr. Bogle the Sagamore of the Wabash Award, Indiana’s highest service citation, for his dedication to higher education.
Dr. Bogle successfully guided the transition of Indiana University’s presence in Kokomo from a smattering of courses in a historic mansion on the west side of the city to its current site and regional mission. After leading the fundraising and overseeing the design and construction of the original campus buildings, Dr. Bogle worked with faculty and IU system officers to develop curricular offerings serving the higher education needs of students and employers in seven counties of north central Indiana.
He wrote the campus’ first long-range academic and physical facilities master plans and championed numerous educational innovations, particularly the development of the baccalaureate degree in liberal studies, and the implementation of Project Outreach, whereby IU Kokomo offered classes in Logansport, Tipton, Peru and other communities throughout the region. This effort mitigated enrollment declines by offering both undergraduate and graduate degree programs during the mid-1970s economic slowdown. In 1972, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education floated a proposal that would have eliminated four-year undergraduate degree programs at the local campus. Dr. Bogle orchestrated extensive community protest, and by the next year the proposal was dropped.
Throughout his administration, Dr. Bogle never lost touch with students. He taught at least one history class or seminar each year. He thoroughly enjoyed intellectual interchange, both in and out of the classroom. Faculty and students alike would frequently find themselves in impromptu discussions of events and issues with Chancellor Bogle over coffee.
Dr. Bogle taught history at the campus, wrote numerous articles about history and pursued his scholarly research on Indiana’s early railroads until his retirement in 1992. He donated his research findings and manuscripts to the Indiana Historical Society. His final major work was a comprehensive study, The History of Indiana Railroads (forthcoming).
Called a great humanitarian by many, Dr. Bogle was driven in life by his sense of fairness. It was the guiding force that led him to fight for higher education opportunities for all people, regardless of their financial means, and to protect civil rights for all people, regardless of their race or mental condition. He worked tirelessly in this regard, informally with other like-minded civic leaders, and formally as a board president or board member of several organizations, including the Mental Health Association and the Kokomo Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. Bogle is survived by the love of his life and wife of 58 years, Fern J. (Schenk) Bogle, Atlanta, Ga.; his two daughters, Heather Lea Bogle and April Lea Bogle, both of Atlanta, Ga.; two grandchildren, Kenneth Miles Wilkerson and Anna Taylor Booth, both of Atlanta, Ga.; his brother, James Bogle, Hemet, Calif.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Nelson Bogle, Houston, Texas; and his sister, Doris Cullen, Jeffersonville.
Dr. Bogle courageously battled Alzheimer’s disease for more than a decade. During the last three and a half years of his life, he was a resident at the Fountainview Center for Alzheimer’s Disease in Atlanta. The Bogle family is grateful for the loving care and gentle kindness shown to him by the Fountainview Center staff.
Memorial services are 3 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Fountainview Center in Atlanta, Ga., and 2 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Elliott House of the Howard County Historical Society in Kokomo.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Chancellor and Mrs. Victor M. Bogle Scholarship, which funds a student of history or political science at IUK; the Indiana Historical Society; or the Alzheimer’s Association. A.S. Turner and Sons Funeral Home, Decatur, Ga., assisted the family with arrangements.
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.
07 November 2011
Greetings! I hope this message finds you doing well. I ask you to take a moment to reflect and take pride in the many accomplishments we have achieved as a community of learners. I thank you for your hard work, enthusiasm and dedication. In this message I highlight a partial list of our accomplishments. These achievements are both intentional and relevant to the needs of our students and North Central Indiana. We continue to focus our energy around our three themes; Academic Excellence and Student Success, Making Friends and Establishing Relationships, and Transforming the Region. These themes allow us to continue to be strategic.
We are On the Move! This fall we had a 6.7 percent enrollment increase. In the past few months we implemented 12 new degree programs, Dr. TJ Sullivan received an NSF grant, and we celebrated a successful and historic first season for our women’s volleyball team. Just this past weekend, at the Model UN competition, one of our students, Rebecca Kasey won the best delegate and Rachel Kasey and Katie Morgan were part of a best delegation team. Our jazz band and student theater troupe recently gave outstanding performances.
04 November 2011
INDIANAPOLIS AND IU CAMPUSES ACROSS THE STATE -- The most effective university/community partnerships are a two-way street. How do we define best practices in building strong, reciprocal partnerships? What roles do such partnerships play in addressing the Hoosier Brain Drain? These questions will take center stage at the University Partnerships and Reciprocity Conference held in Indianapolis Monday, Nov. 14.
Faculty, staff, students and community partners may participate via videoconference from IU campuses across the state (for locations see http://www.iu.edu/~vpurapp/conferenceagenda.shtml).
The conference is made possible by the Lilly Endowment Inc. The endowment's 2008 Sustaining Grant to Promote Educational Opportunities through Collaborations supports entrepreneurship, internship, service learning, leadership development and job placement activities on all of IU's campuses. Many of IU's sister universities who are participating in the grant will be represented by conference panelists and/or attendees.
"We are very grateful for the endowment's foresight and creativity in providing the original grant in 2003 and for their continuing commitment with the five-year sustaining grant in 2008," said IU Executive Vice President John Applegate. "These grants have supported the development of such entities as IU Bloomington's Elmore Entrepreneurship Law Clinic, which provides entrepreneurship education to law students; they have financed the founding of IUPUI's Solution Center and IU Northwest's Center for Urban and Regional Excellence. Thanks to Lilly's transformative generosity, these and other valuable experiential learning and outreach programs are now part of the fabric of IU and the communities we serve."
The day will begin with a talk by Donald F. Kuratko, recently named the top entrepreneurship program director in the nation by Entrepreneurship magazine. Professor Kuratko leads the Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation and teaches in the IU Kelley School of Business. The Kelley School's entrepreneurship program is currently ranked first among public universities by U.S. News & World Report and Fortune magazine. Kuratko will discuss entrepreneurship as a critical skill for the 21st century, one that cuts across disciplines and professions.
IU Vice President for Engagement Bill Stephan will provide an overview of efforts to connect IU's statewide intellectual and creative resources with strategic opportunities that foster Indiana's economic growth and enhance quality of life for all Hoosiers.
IU Kokomo Chancellor Michael Harris will lead a panel discussion on the critical role leadership skills play in enhancing economic vitality. He will be joined by:
- Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight
- Ivy Tech Kokomo Chancellor Steve Daily
- Christina Downey, assistant professor of psychology, IU Kokomo
- Diana TenBrook, vice president of marketing, Solidarity Community Federal Credit Union.
Uday Sukhatme, executive vice chancellor of IUPUI, will bring greetings from the campus and introduce the luncheon keynote speaker, Elizabeth Tryon. Tryon is assistant director of the Morgridge Center for Public Service, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and co-author of The Unheard Voices: Community Organizations and Service Learning.
The afternoon will provide two breakout sessions. The following panel discussions will occur during Session One (1:30-2:30 p.m. EST):
INTERNSHIPS: Teresa Bennett, director of the IUPUI Solution Center, will convene a panel exploring how student internships in nonprofits impact both the students and the organizations who host them. The panel includes:
- Janet Boston, executive director of Indiana INTERNnet (moderator)
- Michael Butler, associate program director, Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention
- Laura Littlepage, clinical lecturer, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, IUPU and senior policy
- analyst, Public Policy Institute
- Nancy Stark, director of school and youth programs, Conner Prairie Interactive History Park
- Markie Rexroat, Master of Public Affairs candidate, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, IUPUI
- Isaac Arthur and Cody Fague, CODO Design Inc., Indianapolis
- Rosemary Arnold, Conner Prairie intern, graduate student in the Department of Museum Studies, IUPUI
SERVICE LEARNING: IU East Vice Chancellor Larry Richards will convene a panel discussing how experiential learning contributes to student success and the development of an engaged citizenry. The panel will include:
- Bob Bringle, Chancellor's Professor of Psychology and Philanthropic Studies, executive director of the Center for Service and Learning at IUPUI (moderator)
- Maggie Stevens, executive director, Indiana Campus Compact
- Ed De La Paz, AmeriCorps service-learning member, IU East; social media consultant, Starr-Gennett Foundation
- Megan Oldham, education site coordinator at Jeffers Unit, Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County
- Stacey Steele, director of education, Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County
- Frances Yates, library director, IU East and Campus Compact faculty representative.
JOB PLACEMENT: IU South Bend Chancellor Mae Reck will convene a panel exploring best practices for job placement and career development. The panel will include
- JT. Forbes, executive director of the Indiana University Alumni Association (moderator)
- Charles Ball, director of the Lilly Center for Discernment and Preparation at Holy Cross College
- Mike Sanders, director of the Purdue University College of Technology, South Bend
- Phil D'Amico, director of business growth, Chamber of Commerce of St. Joseph County.
Session Two (2:45-3:45 p.m. e.s.t.) will provide the following concurrent discussions:
ENTREPRENEURSHIP: IU Bloomington Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs Tom Gieryn will convene a panel exploring entrepreneurship not only as business creation, but as an essential skill set that extends into the realm of social entrepreneurship and innovative assessments. The panel will include:
- Kathleen Robbins, director of the Undergraduate Program, Kelley School of Business, IU (moderator)
- Leslie Lenkowsky, clinical professor of public affairs and philanthropic studies, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University;
- Nathalie Duval-Couetil, director, Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program; associate director, Burton Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship Liaison, Purdue Center for Regional Development, Purdue University Discovery Park
- Peter Thoresen, interim coordinator, Project Jumpstart.
COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS: IU Northwest Chancellor William Lowe will convene a panel discussing the components of successful campus-community collaboration. The panel will include:
- Ellen Szarleta, associate professor at IU Northwest in the Division of Public and Environmental Affairs (moderator)
- Erin Argyilan, department chair and associate professor, Department of Geosciences; director, Great Lakes Innovative Stewardship Through Education Networks (GLISTEN), IU Northwest
- Peter Avis, assistant professor, biology; director, Northwest Indiana Restoration Monitoring Inventory Project, IU Northwest
- Jennifer Birchfield, water program director for Save the Dunes Conservation Fund
- Paul Quinlan, stewardship director, Shirley Heinze Land Trust.
GRASSROOTS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: IU Southeast Chancellor Sandra Paterson-Randles will convene a panel addressing best practices for successful mentoring, professional development for business leaders, and entrepreneurship programs. The panel will include:
- Larry Mand, vice chancellor emeritus and professor emeritus, IU Southeast (moderator)
- Blayr Barnard, regional director, Southeast Indiana Small Business Development Center
- Uric Dufrene, Sanders Chair in Business, IU Southeast
- James Williams, equity director, Middleton Reutlinger.
The conference runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST with a reception to follow in Indianapolis and on some campuses around the state. Register at http://www.iu.edu/~vpurapp/MainUniversityPartnershipsandReciprocityConference.shtml to participate in Indianapolis or via videoconference at another IU campus. The registration deadline is Nov. 10.
01 September 2011
KOKOMO, Ind. – Governor Mitch Daniels appointed Indiana University Kokomo Chancellor Michael Harris to serve on the Indiana Automotive Council (IAC) – a newly formed group of automotive experts to enhance, grow, and promote the automotive industry in Indiana.
This group met for the first time on Wednesday, August 31, to begin discussions on specific action items including how to strengthen the competitiveness of the state in the global automotive marketplace. The ultimate goal is to stimulate long-term job creation and capital investment and to make Indiana known as the automotive state of tomorrow.
“Indiana University Kokomo is an essential partner in the success of Indiana’s economy,” Gov. Daniels said in a letter to Harris. “Hoosiers need an industry-led initiative, in partnership with government and universities like Indiana University.”
The IAC is a collaboration between industry, government, and higher education – a concept also know as the “Triple Helix”, which Harris introduced at a regional mayors summit held on campus on July 6 and during his testimony to the legislative study committee on higher education and economic development.
Other businesses and industries represented on the IAC include Allison Transmission Inc., Chrysler Group LLC, Cummins Inc., Indiana Economic Development Corporation, and Delphi Electronics and Safety.
The IAC plans to meet again within the next four to six weeks.
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.
30 August 2011
Many great things are happening at Indiana University Kokomo. Media outlets from across the state are reporting about our record-breaking student enrollment, the inaugural game of our Cougars Women’s Volleyball Team, and Chancellor Michael Harris’ presentation to a legislative study committee.
Click on the links below to get the full stories, as reported by local media and Indiana University communications departments.
30 August 2011
Good evening colleagues!
Indiana University Kokomo is off to an exciting new academic year, and I hope this finds everyone filled with much optimism and enthusiasm.
Our campus is a campus of destination. This is imminently clear by record-breaking enrollment numbers released today.
Overall enrollment and students who attend full time has reached an all-time high for fall semester for our campus. This record is based on IU Kokomo as primarily a baccalaureate and master’s granting institution.
Official university reports today (August 29) show a record-breaking number of students, an impressive 6.7 percent increase, nearly double last year’s growth of 3.9 percent. Current head count is at 3,318, compared to 3,109 this time last year. The increase in students reflects a significant rise in credit hours of 6.2 percent.
This is exciting news! More recent high school graduates WANT to come to IU Kokomo. We continue to make this a “cool” place to be where students can also earn a world class IU degree.
This was evident just yesterday as more than 300 people came to celebrate the first home women’s volleyball game. The tailgate party brought the campus community together in a way it has never been together before. You could feel the Cougar pride!
Cougar fans of all ages enjoyed great food, fun and music, including the t-shirt launcher and corn hole games, sponsored by the IU Kokomo Alumni Association. The Cougar Women’s Volleyball team played the Trailblazers of Vincennes University at Northwestern High School.
It was a wonderful, uplifting, and inspiring day. Together, we will experience many more.
It is with deep humility and immense gratitude that I wish to thank all of you who have worked diligently and tirelessly to make this a reality for our campus. It could never have happened without the dedication of our first-class faculty and staff.
We are planning a celebration for this Thursday… watch your inbox for more details.
Look for more campus news in our “On the Move News”, which also will be emailed to you on Thursday.
These are exciting times, and I have deep gratitude for each of you.
We are On the Move!
Chancellor Michael Harris
26 August 2011
KOKOMO, Ind. – Indiana University Kokomo is at the forefront of leading a cutting-edge, three-pronged approach to enhancing economic development through entrepreneurship and innovation in north central Indiana. Chancellor Michael Harris was invited to share this ideal with a legislative study committee seeking input on higher education and its role in boosting the economy.
The “Triple Helix” framework requires a paradigm shift – a complete re-envisioning to economic development. Harris explained it is imperative that regional campuses become leaders in initiating and developing the process, as he addressed the Interim Study Committee on Economic Development on Thursday (August 25) at the Statehouse.
“We are witnessing an economy that is being transformed from industrial manufacturing, in which natural resources and labor were the key ingredients – to an economy of knowledge, in which knowledge is the main resource that drives the economy through innovation,” Harris said. “At the same time, we are living in an era of globalization and enhanced world-wide competitiveness.”
Harris emphasized to the committee the importance of entrepreneurship.
“Entrepreneurship is not necessarily about teaching someone to start a new business, rather, it is a mindset,” Harris said. “It is about learning to think entrepreneurially as a way of life. It is being creative and innovative.”
In addition, Harris explained the Triple Helix approach allows for a free flow of ideas and entrepreneurial behavior among the organizations. For example, many IU Kokomo students work to finance their education rather than working as PART of their education. IU Kokomo is currently offering co-op and internship opportunities so that students can integrate their work into their educational experience and develop skills that are necessary for their career inspirations.
“I call upon you, the committee, as you develop new policies and programs to utilize the Triple Helix Model. By adopting this paradigm shift, I am confident that Indiana will be a leading role model for economic development,” he said.
The committee is chaired by State Rep. Mark Messmer, R-Jasper, and State Sen. Brandt Hershman, R-Buck Creek.
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.