Indiana University Kokomo

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University Kokomo will be closed Monday, January 20, for observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Classes will resume and offices will open at 8 a.m. Tuesday, January 21.

The Cole Fitness Center, the bookstore, the Cougar Country Café, and the IU Kokomo Library also will be closed Monday.

Online and electronic resources are available when the library is closed, at www.iuk.edu/library.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University Kokomo's athletic program expands to include spring sports, with the addition of men's and women's golf teams.

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Golfers will begin competing during the 2015-2016 school year, with Kokomo's Wildcat Creek Golf Course as its home course.

Athletic Director Brandon Podgorski hopes to have about 10 athletes on each team, and said they will be a positive addition to the athletic program.

"Honor and integrity and ethics play a big role in golf," he said. "Those are the types of values we want in our athletic programs. Golfers are student athletes who generally do well in the classroom, and stay here to earn degrees."

Adding golf to the program taps into a local interest, and gives those athletes an exceptional opportunity, according to Todd Gambill, vice chancellor for student services and enrollment management.

"We offer something unique in the region," he said. "Where else can you get an IU degree, which is recognized world wide, for the value? We anticipate great interest in these teams, not only from potential athletes, but from the community. It's going to get people involved with IU Kokomo who might not have been before."

Gambill expects to have at least one home match a year, and said the players also will be able to practice at the American Legion and Kokomo Country Club, which have also agreed to partner with the golf programs, to gain experience on a variety of courses.

He expects to begin the process to hire a coach during the Fall 2014 semester.

IU Kokomo plays in the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, and is a member of the NAIA. It fields teams in men's and women's cross country, women's volleyball, and men's basketball. Women's basketball will begin their first year of competition in 2014.

For more information about IU Kokomo athletics, or the golf programs, contact Podgorski at bpodgors@iuk.edu, or go to www.iukcougars.com.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Artists explore the complicated relationship between the United States and Mexico, especially along the border between the two countries, with LaFrontera, a contemporary jewelry show opening Wednesday, January 22, in the Indiana University Kokomo Art Gallery.

02_Moyer_NancyA necklace by Nancy Moyer

More than 100 pieces, made of both traditional materials and found objects, are included in the show, curated by San Francisco art gallery Velvet Da Vinci.

The show, which is part of a national tour, opens with a reception from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday in the Art Gallery, in Upper Alumni Hall. It is free and open to the public.

Cat Bolinger, interim gallery director, said it is interesting to see the perspectives of artists from around the world on the issues surrounding the border.

"It's not just our issue, between the U.S. and Mexico, but something the whole world is thinking about," she said. "It's interesting to see how jewelry can express those thoughts."

As a student in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program, she was amazed by the types of materials the artists used, including bottle caps, sticks, and pieces of wood.

"It shows you can take any material and make it into something beautiful," Bolinger said. "It reminds me that to be an artist, you don't have to buy expensive materials, you can use things that you find, and recycle them into something special."

The show continues through Saturday, March 1. Admission and parking are free. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, and noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays.

For more information, call the IU Kokomo Art Gallery at 765-455-9523.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Area astronomy aficionados view the stars and planets in an upgraded environment, as Indiana University Kokomo completes renovations to its Observatory.

The Observatory gets a new domeThe Observatory gets a new dome. Workers removed the dome on the nearly 30-year-old observatory in late December, and replaced it with a new one. It now turns more quietly and smoothly as it provides a window for the telescopes to point into the skies.

"The Observatory is truly a gem on our campus, and with these upgrades, it will continue to serve the community for a long time," said John Sarber, director of physical facilities. "We are one of the few IU regional campuses to have an Observatory, and we are proud of it."

The Observatory building, 105 E. Rebecca Lane, also includes a 60-seat classroom. It hosts free monthly open houses, available to the public, as well as special events.

In addition to the new dome, renovations included installation of a new ecofriendly roof, which is reflective to reduce energy costs. Addition of new downspouts and gutters will control water flow. These measures make the building watertight and more energy efficient.

Sarber said the upgrades also protect the Observatory's telescopes, installed about five years ago. The telescopes include a six-inch Takahashi refracting telescope and a 16-inch Meade reflecting telescope mounted together. The Takahashi provides exceptionally sharp images of planets, while the Meade allows viewers to see fainter objects in the sky, due to its larger light collecting area.

Work is underway to fit a new glass plate in the shutter, to keep heat in when it is open for viewing, rather than just opening the shutter to the outside and letting in cold air during winter.

The next open house is at 7 p.m. Sunday, February 9. Future open houses for the spring semester are at 8 p.m. March 9, April 13, and May 11.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.