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KOKOMO, Ind. — Cougar fans packed the tailgate party and grand opening of Indiana University Kokomo's new gymnasium on Wednesday (August 21), with more than 350 people gathered to celebrate the campus' historic milestone.

IU Kokomo Gymnasium Opening, Tailgate, and GameThe "Cougar Crazies" cheer on the volleyball team. See more pictures on Flickr.

Students, athletes, fans, community supporters, faculty, and staff showed their Cougar pride as the official cutting of the ribbon took place at the Cougar Gym, located at Apperson Way and Superior Street in downtown Kokomo. The first women's volleyball game of the season followed the festivities.

"Now we have a home," said Brian Arwood, student body president. "The location is perfect because it's close to campus, and there are other things to do downtown before and after the games. That's great for us, and it's great for the city."

Interim Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke cut the ribbon alongside Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight and Kokomo Schools Superintendent Jeff Hauswald, whose partnership made the gym a reality.

"We couldn't be more happy and more proud," Sciame-Giesecke said. "Tonight is about saying thank you for all the support we've received from our community."

The opening of the gym was a homecoming for the athletes, who are excited to practice and play on their own home court.

Junior Lael Burrus joined the volleyball team in its first year, and was thrilled to open her third season in the new gym.

"It's awesome," she said. "I didn't think we would get our own gym while I was still here, so I am grateful and thankful."

Many of the basketball team members cheered in the Cougar Crazies student section, and look forward to their turn playing in front of the home crowd.

Jerome Campbell, a sophomore, said he is proud to call it his home court.

"This is better than anything I could have imagined," he said. "It's going to be a great place for all our athletes. We're just so glad to have someplace to call our own."

The gym is part of Kokomo's historic Memorial Gym, a legend among Indiana athletic facilities. Sciame-Giesecke partnered with Goodnight and the city council members and Hauswald and his school board members to convert the former swimming pool into a college regulation basketball court.

She recognized both men, and their boards, for their vision and dedication to the campus.

"This partnership model, between IU Kokomo, the City of Kokomo, and Kokomo Schools, is being talked about all over the state," she said. "They knew we had a great start to our athletic program, but we needed a home. We wouldn't have a gym without these people. We have one because they believe in us."

Hauswald said school officials had talked about using the former swimming pool as a storage area, or about demolishing it, so he and the school board were happy to find a way to repurpose it to benefit the community. He likes the idea of Kokomo's student athletes practicing right next door in Memorial Gym.

"I'd like to see our students build relationships with IU Kokomo, and maybe become Cougars after they've been Wildkats."

Goodnight was pleased to partner with the campus and school to provide a benefit to the entire community, and commended his city council.

"It is an honor to partner with such innovators," he said. "We are very fortunate to have people who work together to do what is best for the community."

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University Kokomo invites all Howard County women for a morning of networking, inspiration, and discussion of the issues they face.

Interim Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke will host the inaugural Howard County Women's Summit, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 14, in Alumni Hall. The theme is Thrive, Empower, Advance (TEA), Not Your Average Cup.

T.E.A. LogoT.E.A."I initiated this project because I believe IU Kokomo needs to play a leadership role in facilitating community conversation around important issues," she said. "I look forward to meeting women from all walks of life, who are invested in making Howard County a better place to live, work, and play."

The event begins with breakfast and a vendor fair, followed by a presentation from motivational speaker and humorist Suzie Humphreys. Attendees will meet in small groups and talk about issues challenging women and families in the area.

"Our goal is to identify one or two of these issues we can tackle in the next year," Sciame-Giesecke said. "We also want to provide a chance to network with and support one another."

She thanked the Community Foundation of Howard County for supporting the summit.

Admission is $15, and each person who registers may bring a friend for free. To register, go to

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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Dear IU Kokomo Students:

New Student Convocation 2013Interim Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke welcomes incoming students at the New Student Convocation.

On behalf of all the faculty and staff at Indiana University Kokomo, I want to welcome you to campus. If you are a returning student, welcome back!

IU is more than an institution; we are a commitment. We know that a world-class degree from IU will help you realize your career goals and enhance your quality of life. We are committed to your success, and pledge to be there with you as you begin, continue, and complete your journey.

This semester you will experience some of the most exciting times in the campus' history. We are welcoming nearly 50 new faculty and staff from around the country and the world, and also what we expect to be a record freshman class. We continue to grow our many new degree programs, as well as look forward to the grand opening of the new courtyard, gymnasium, and wellness and fitness center!

During the first week of welcome activities, faculty and staff will be in Alumni Hall acknowledging all students who have completed 30, 60 and 90 credit hours. We want to celebrate each step in your journey toward completing your degree. Please stop by and join the celebration and receive our congratulations.

On Wednesday, August 21, we will welcome our athletes in women's volleyball, men's basketball, men's and women's cross country, and cheerleading, at the grand opening of our new gym on Superior Street in downtown Kokomo (adjacent to Memorial Gym). This facility is absolutely stunning and a great testament to IU Kokomo and the Cougars. I encourage you to attend this historic event starting with a tailgate party at 5:30 p.m. and then join us to watch the first women's volleyball game of the season at 7 p.m.

As you have time between classes, please take a moment to enjoy the new courtyard behind the Kelley Student Center – a beautiful place to make new friends and study. Finally, we look forward to seeing you at the Cole Fitness Center – a 20,000 square-foot exercise facility with state-of-the art equipment, beautiful locker rooms, and classrooms for health science majors. We are pleased to provide low-cost memberships to students, faculty, and staff. The grand opening and naming ceremony will take place on Wednesday, September 18, at 11:30 a.m. in Alumni Hall. I hope you will attend.

Welcome! I look forward to meeting you on campus.

Wishing you great success,

Interim Chancellor


Dr. Susan Sciame-Giesecke

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KOKOMO, Ind. – Indiana University Kokomo awarded scholarships, laptops, and other benefits worth more than $230,000 to its top incoming students, demonstrating its commitment to academic excellence.

New Student Convocation 2013Interim Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke stands with a group of scholarship recipients.

Eighteen students received the merit awards, as winners of the Early Scholars Program scholarships, Direct Admit Program scholarship, Pre-Professional Program scholarships, and the Adam W. Herbert Presidential Scholar program.

Interim Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke urged the award winners to find a way to lead on campus.

"IU Kokomo is a great place to develop your leadership skills. You are bright and talented, and when you add that leadership component to your college education, it will enhance your career opportunities. I know we will see many of you in leadership positions in the future." she said.

Todd Gambill, vice chancellor for student affairs and enrollment management, congratulated the recipients on their academic success.

"I get excited meeting students of this caliber," he said "There could be a scientist who will find a cure for cancer, a future Nobel Prize winner, a president of the United States, or a governor of Indiana in this group. That's what happens with the cream of the crop at a top-notch university, and that is what you are."

Winners of the Direct Admit Program scholarships included Alison Ashbaugh, Elwood; Tiera Callis, Marion; Darion Daugherty, Peru; Gage Gilbert, Westfield; Liana Gurney, Kokomo; Christopher Osborne, Gas City; Tyler Powell, Rochester; and Kaylee Ridgeway, Kokomo.

Early Scholars Program recipients included Courtney Boike, Kokomo; Erin Eldridge, Forest; Breanna Kinder, Kokomo; Caroline Landis, Kokomo; Zach Meyer, Valparaiso; and Brandon Wysong, Kokomo.

Jenna Crowder, Westfield; Madison Heflin, Kokomo; and Katherine Leach, Walton; earned pre-professional scholarships. Christopher Santucci, Kokomo, is the campus's Adam W. Herbert Presidential Scholar.

This was the first year for Direct Admit Program scholarships, for incoming students in business, education, and nursing. To qualify, students must graduate in the top 10 percent of their class, and earn a minimum math and critical reading SAT combined score of 1150. Qualifying students are guaranteed admission to their academic program, and also receive a $2,500 per year scholarship, laptop and software, $1,000 stipend for overseas travel, a faculty mentor, and a textbook credit.

The Early Scholars Program scholarships, which are $2,500 per year plus a laptop, are for students in the top 10 percent of their class who are admitted to IU Kokomo by November 15. They must also earn an academic honors diploma and have a combined writing and critical thinking SAT score of 1150 or higher. It is renewable for those who maintain a 3.3 GPA and earn enough credits to progress to the next class level.

The pre-professional scholarships reward excellent academic performance for students who plan to continue to a graduate or professional program, like medical or dental school. It is worth $2,500 per year, and also includes a stipend for overseas travel, and research and mentoring opportunities with faculty.

The Adam W. Herbert Presidential Scholar program includes full tuition, a stipend for overseas travel, and other benefits.

For more information about scholarship opportunities, contact the Office of Admissions, 765-455-9217, or go to

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.