KOKOMO, Ind. —More parking spaces and outdoor art greet students on their first day of fall classes at Indiana University Kokomo.
A recently completed reconstruction of the parking lot east of the Kelley Student Center improved traffic flow and added 35 spaces, and a new lot east of the Hunt Hall driveway created 37 more, for a total of 72 new spaces. In addition, the beauty of the campus has been enhanced with the addition of seven new contemporary sculptures created by artists across the Midwest.
Dean of Students Sarah Sarber welcomes new and returning students to campus, and encourages them to get involved.
“The students are why we come to work each day,” Sarber said. “There are so many great opportunities for our students to get involved in a variety of activities and events, to meet new people, and to learn new concepts and ideas. The first day of class is always an exciting day.”
As classes begin, so do renovations on the IU Kokomo Library, transforming the first floor into a modern learning commons. When complete, it will have new carpet, furniture, technology, and power, and additional student collaboration spaces.
The Student Union Board and Student Government Association celebrate the start of the new semester with a week of free food and fun.
Welcome Week activities kicked off at 11 a.m. Monday, August 22, when caricature artists drew free creative portraits for students, faculty, and staff. There was also a DIY candle station, and a free coffee bar.
Be prepared to duck Tuesday, while as Chris Cakes brings his famous flying pancakes to campus. Students can enjoy filling up on the hotcakes while having a portrait etched in crystal, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Alumni Hall. Student Union Board is the event sponsor.
Spheres are the theme for Wednesday’s activities, featuring Central Park Bubbles and Zorb Balls. Those attending can make, and step inside, mammoth bubbles, and climb inside a human hamster ball for a race, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Campus Quad.
Also Wednesday, the campus hosts an American Red Cross blood drive, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Kelley Student Center, Room 130. Registration is available at redcrossblood.org, using sponsor code IUkokomo.
Thursday, beat the heat with free Kona Ice, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Quad. At 5 p.m., join in the fun of the annual campus barbecue, where you can enjoy delicious picnic food with other students, professors, and staff. If you are a rock star — or think you are — grab a mic for karaoke, backed up by a live band, until 7 p.m.
For more information about Welcome Week, or activities planned throughout the 2016-2017 year, go to iuklife.iuk.edu.
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.