Indiana University Kokomo

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Do you know what your Cougar Card can do for you?

getcougarcardAn Indiana University Kokomo Cougar card serves as a student identification card, and much more.

In addition to using the Cougar Card to check out library books, access the Cole Fitness Center, and purchase computer software or sell back books in the campus Barnes & Noble bookstore, students may also put money on the card, to use in the bookstore or the Cougar Country Café instead of cash.

Bursar Karen Shaw said by using EZ Deposit during registration, students who rely on financial aid to purchase textbooks will be able to buy their books earlier.

"They will be able to use their Cougar Card to buy books from the bookstore when they go on sale, rather than waiting for financial aid refunds," she said. "Students who do not receive financial aid can choose our payment plan, to split their book charges into payments, by using EZ deposit."

EZ Deposit is available during registration. Students may choose to put $250 or $500 on the Cougar Card. That amount is billed to the student's Bursar account, where it is paid with financial aid, scholarships, grants, or other methods of payment.

Money on the card can also be used to buy food at the Cougar Country Café. Campus officials are working to secure discounts at local businesses with the cards.

Cougar Cards are available without appointment in the Bursar's Office, Kelley Student Center Room 205, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, go to www.iuk.edu/cougarcard.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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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.