KOKOMO, Ind. — In athletics, Indiana University Kokomo and other IU regional campuses share a fierce rivalry.
But in the face of disaster, Cougars, Red Wolves, RedHawks, Titans, and Grenadiers stand together.
After learning that the late August tornadoes that swept through Howard County damaged homes of several IU Kokomo students, leaving some temporarily homeless, chancellors at IU East, IU Northwest, IU South Bend, and IU Southeast appealed to their communities, asking them to donate to the Kokomo campus’ Student in Crisis Fund.
Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke appreciates the support shown throughout IU, and by alumni nationwide. The Student in Crisis Fund received more than $5,000 in donations, arriving in increments ranging from $5 to $500.
“We at IU Kokomo take great pride in being a Community of Care,” she said. “We are grateful to our IU family for its care and concern for our students, at a very difficult moment in their lives. We appreciate the financial contributions, as well as the kind thoughts and prayers on their behalf since the tornado.”
She specifically thanked IU Southeast Chancellor Ray Wallace for starting the regional campus effort, and chancellors Kathryn Cruz-Uribe, IU East; William Lowe, IU Northwest; and Terry L. Allison, IU South Bend; for encouraging their communities to help.
Cruz-Uribe said the two campuses often partner on university initiatives, “including helping each other through troubled times.”
Campus leaders monitored the situation to see how they could best assist recovery in Kokomo, she said. In addition to individual financial contributions, IU East students and community members signed a banner of support for IU Kokomo, which is now displayed near the Kelley Student Center Commons.
“We hope our support has helped provide encouragement, aid, and further demonstrated how we are all part of the IU family,” Cruz-Uribe said. “Our thoughts continue to be with the students, faculty, and staff who were affected by the tornadoes and severe weather of August 24.”
Community members who want to help students are encouraged to donate to the Student in Crisis fund, which provides grants to students to help them overcome situations that pose a threat to the students’ health, safety, or well being. To donate, go to iuk.edu/psc/crisis-fund.php. The account number is 0320003956. Checks written to the IU Foundation, with Student Crisis Fund in the memo line, can be delivered to Cathy Clearwaters in the Office of University Advancement, Main Building Room 280.
Indana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.