KOKOMO, Ind. -- At midnight and continuing throughout April 12, Indiana University will observe IU Day, its first-ever 24-hour worldwide celebration promoting engagement, university pride and giving.
At IU Kokomo, students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends will celebrate with free T-shirts and cookies from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for those wearing Hoosier or Cougar spirit wear.
“We have a lot to be proud of here at Indiana University Kokomo, and we encourage everyone to wear their IU gear with pride on this special day,” said Jan Halperin, vice chancellor for university advancement. “This inaugural event is also a great opportunity to support the campus you hold dear.”
All are encouraged to join in the fun by following along or adding to the IU Day story using the hashtag #IUday. More information also will be shared via social media through IU Kokomo and the IU Foundation's presence on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, @IUKokomo and @IUFoundation, as well as the official website iuday.iu.edu.
Those inspired to give on IU Day will have new choices for supporting IU Kokomo. Three campus programs are among 40 hosting IU Crowdfunding campaigns that directly support student success, including a campus greenhouse that will allow expansion of programs in the School of Sciences, the campus art gallery, and scholarships for overseas travel in the School of Business.
As an added incentive, all gifts made on IU Day will help unlock $200,000 in challenge funds. Each individual who makes a gift of any amount on IU Day will receive a one-time allotment of five votes to allocate toward his or her favorite IU cause -- scholarships, research, study abroad experiences, or any other IU program, school or campus – including IU Kokomo. When IU Day ends, the IU causes with the most votes will receive a percentage of the challenge funds. Votes can be tracked throughout the day on the IU Day Leaderboard
“We are committed to finding new ways to engage with Indiana University alumni and friends across the state and around the world,” IU Foundation President Dan Smith said. “Mark your calendars for IU Day on April 12, wear the colors that represent your IU campus community, and join us online or in person through your local IU Alumni Association chapter as we build camaraderie and share in lifelong learning.”
IU Day will feature a lineup of famous IU alumni; an IU-themed trivia game, personality quiz and crossword puzzle; entertaining videos covering topics as varied as cybersecurity tips and the likelihood of a zombie apocalypse; giving challenges; special announcements of gifts to IU; and more.
Learn more about IU Day and get in the spirit by watching this short IU Day video.
Contributions received on IU Day will count toward the $2.5 billion campaign, For All: The Indiana University Bicentennial Campaign. Taking place on all IU campuses, it will conclude in December 2019, to coincide with IU’s bicentennial year celebration in 2020. To learn more about For All, its impact, and how to participate, visit forall.iu.edu.
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.