When Antonia Sawyer counsels families in crisis, she speaks from experience. Removed from an abusive home and placed in foster care, she rebelled, dropping out of school and earning a GED at age 16. She took the first in a series of low-paying jobs, frying onion rings at a Sonic Drive-In.
Many students enroll in college with the goal of leaving home. For Dr. Jordan Dutter, Indiana University Kokomo was part of his plan to return home to serve his community as a doctor. After graduating with a degree in biological and physical sciences, he completed medical school and then returned to Flora, in Carroll County.
“It’s an opportunity for our students to speak to someone from another country, and learn about that country, without having to travel,” says assistant professor Lucy Tormoehlen. “For both the American and Korean students, it expands their outlook on the world, and gives them global experiences.
Even a CEO has to do his homework. Anthony Rentz balances his final semester of Indiana University Kokomo classes, a full-time job at a local school, and owning a video production business. He looks forward to completing a B.S. in New Media Communication in May, so he can concentrate on his company.
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Music program expands to include voice lessons
Faith Renken prepares for her dream job, teaching voice lessons, in Indiana University Kokomo’s newly expanded music program. Renken, a sophomore humanities major, was one of five students participating in individual voice lessons, offered for the first time fall semester.
As Jenica Longfield changes her patient’s wound dressing, Sara VanLue stands close by, watching and offering instruction as needed. At the end of the shift, Longfield, a nursing student at Indiana University Kokomo, leaves satisfied she has grown in her clinical experience.
We uphold a culture rich in tradition and excellence - a culture that penetrates and inspires everything we do every day at IU Kokomo. It’s a state of mind that connects us and drives us forward.
A Vibrant Community
In the summer we listen to live music downtown after a stop at the city farmers' market and later we enjoy one of our favorite culinary hot spots. Kokomo's an exciting place to call home.
Arts and Culture
We’re a place with deep roots in innovation, creativity, and discovery. From artisan glassworks to the invention of the first gas-powered engine, Kokomo has a rich history of dreamers, doers, and artists.
Love of the Outdoors
We take recreation seriously, and with miles and miles of trails, canoeing and kayaking, golf courses, and cycling trails, Kokomo has everything you need for your next outdoor adventure.
The Heart of it All
Located just 50 short miles north of Indianapolis and less than 3 hours from Chicago, Kokomo has the soul of a small community in close proximity to some world-class Midwestern cities.