Indiana University Kokomo

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University Kokomo Interim Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke announces the appointment of Jan Halperin as Vice Chancellor for Advancement and Media and Marketing. She began her position Tuesday, August 26.

Jan C. HalperinJan C. Halperin

Halperin most recently served as director of development for the Evanston History Center, Evanston, Ill. She has previous IU experience, as director of development at IU South Bend.

As vice chancellor, she will lead development efforts on campus and oversee alumni relations and marketing.

"Jan brings a wealth of experience to IU Kokomo, in both marketing and media, and advancement," said Sciame-Giesecke. "We are excited to have someone with her background join our team. Her past experience working at IU South Bend is also a plus. She will help the campus continue to grow and seek external support to enhance our scholarship funds, athletic programs, and facilities."

Halperin said she's seen how an IU education impacted her own children's lives, and as vice chancellor, she can provide that opportunity to other students.

"The opportunity to give back to IU and to be a part of this community is a gift," she said. "My children received exemplary educations and launched their careers based on their IU degrees. I look forward to making a difference in students' lives, through creating scholarships and connecting with the community."

Halperin earned her bachelor's degree in history from University of Wisconsin, Madison.

She and her husband, Kent Kauffman, have three grown children, and plan to move from Chicago to Kokomo.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Is the idea of sending your child to college overwhelming?

Hunt HallIU Kokomo admissions specialists will prepare you to navigate the process successfully with its "Parents' Roadmap to College: Guide Your Student to Success" program, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, September 9, in the Kelley Student Center, Room 130.

Tracy Springer, manager of career services, encouraged all parents of high school students to attend the free program. She added it would be helpful to all parents, but particularly those whose children will be the first in their family to attend college.

"The transition from high school to college can be overwhelming, especially if you never experienced it yourself," she said. "We want to help make this process as easy as possible."

The event is open to all parents of potential college students, regardless of what schools they are considering. Those who want to attend should RSVP by Tuesday, September 3, at

Interim Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke will greet parents, and a panel of experts will discuss how to prepare your child for college, the application process, athletic recruiting, scholarships and financial aid, career services, campus life and clubs, and college majors and academics.

For more information, call 765-455-9217.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University Kokomo will expand its student life opportunities this fall, with the colonization of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity this semester.

FRATPhi Kappa Tau at IU Kokomo.

Men interested in learning more about joining the fraternity should attend a call out meeting, set for noon to 3 p.m. Friday, August 30, in the Kelley Student Center, Room 223.

Students Cody Phelps and Sam Williamson led the effort to bring the national group to campus, seeing a need for the benefits fraternity membership provides.

Phelps said the idea first came up after a cross country team practice, when they were talking about what they could do to get more people to attend games and participate in campus activities.

"We were thinking of what would make it feel more like a traditional campus, rather than a commuter college," he said. "A fraternity is a big part of the college experience for many young men."

Dean of Students Sarah Sarber encouraged them to research fraternities and choose one that best met with their goals and philosophy. They chose Oxford, Ohio-based Phi Kappa Tau, because of its emphasis on service. It also has chapters at IU Bloomington and at Purdue University.

Phelps, a nursing student from Anchorage, Alaska, serves as president, with Williamson, a communication arts major from Logansport, as vice president. Kory George, a business student from Peru, is treasurer.

They attended leadership training at fraternity headquarters, preparing for colonization, in September or October.

Michael Tulley, faculty advisor, anticipates membership of about 50 men at first, gradually expanding to 100. About 30 potential members attended a call out meeting during the spring semester, and he plans additional recruitment opportunities in the fall.

Sarber said the campus has a successful history starting strong Greek chapters, as Phi Sigma Sigma sorority recently celebrated its 10th anniversary.

"The women in our sorority are excited to work with the fraternity, and make it successful," she said. "They look forward to working together on projects and events. "

Williamson has been surprised by how much interest the fraternity has drawn.

"I have people ask me about it all the time, and want to join," he said. "It will add a social dimension that didn't exist before, and gives us an opportunity to network not only with our campus fraternity brothers, but with alumni nationwide. There's no disputing the networking you do in a fraternity can help you later in life."

He added that campuses with sororities and fraternities benefit, according to his research.

"When you bring in a Greek system, enrollment skyrockets," he said. "There are also philanthropic benefits, as the members perform community and campus service projects, and contribute to the campus community. It's not just about partying."

It also gives younger students a chance for mentoring from upperclassmen, George said, and provides incentives to do well in class. Members have to maintain academic standards to remain in the group.

"We want to have a good quantity of members, but quality members," he said. "There are academic standards, and we have to maintain a GPA that is significantly higher than the student body."

Tulley said a fraternity brings another social and service opportunity to campus.

"It brings a more collegiate feel to the campus," he said. "Being in a Greek chapter is a part of college life that our students want. It's another opportunity for students to find their smaller community, and to connect to the campus and other students."

Phelps is looking for Phi Kappa Tau alumni who would like to work with the chapter, and be included in events. The group also needs community volunteers to serve on the local Board of Governors.

For more information about membership or volunteer opportunities, contact Tulley at

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University Kokomo hits the highest-ever student enrollment in its 68-year history, boasting a remarkable 12.3 percent increase over last year. Of the nearly 4,200 students registered, 74 percent of undergraduates are attending full time – another campus record.

IMG_1732Students on campus.Also at an all-time high is the incoming class of recent high school graduates, making IU Kokomo a destination of choice.

"IU Kokomo has had five consecutive years of enrollment growth, as we become an institution of choice based on new programs, outstanding faculty and staff, and enhanced collegiate experiences," said Interim Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke. "Our international travel programs, direct admit programs, athletics, new gymnasium, and fitness center definitely have had an impact on our growth."

Other impressive growth includes:

  • Minority population, up nearly 30 percent
  • Credit hours are at 38,600, up 10 percent

The campus is growing to meet the needs of its larger population, with new facilities and new degree programs in areas including hospitality and tourism, as well as health sciences. Students have embraced the newly opened Milt and Jean Cole Family Fitness and Wellness Center, a state-of-the-art facility complete with a walking track, cardio training and weight lifting equipment, and group fitness classes.

The new gymnasium, home to the men's basketball and women's volleyball team, offers another crucial facet in the student life experience. The athletic program, which also includes cross country, will expand to add women's basketball next year.

Campus leaders are planning an extensive project to repurpose the Main Building to accommodate its rapid growth, thanks to $14 million in funding from the state legislature. Plans include adding new classrooms, a math lab, and a Mac lab, among other projects. The Main Building was the first campus building erected in 1965.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.