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Tribute Bench at Indiana University Kokomo

Indiana University Kokomo is pleased to offer an opportunity to remember a loved one or honor someone special with a Tribute Bench. Your personalized bench will preserve the legacy of a family member or friend, while enhancing the aesthetic appeal of the campus and the surrounding community. Should you choose to donate, the Office of Development will work closely with you to identify a suitable location while complimenting the campus' landscape.

A donation of $5,000 reserves a cement bench to be located on the IU Kokomo campus. This includes the procurement, installation, and engraving, which can be placed on front or top of the bench.

How to Make a Donation:

Complete the form listed below and return as directed in the brochure. Please include your check for $5,000, made payable to the IU Foundation.

A proof will be sent to you to verify the engraving via mail or email. You will be notified of your bench installation date. To celebrate the installation of the bench, a small reception can be coordinated at your request.

For questions, contact Jake Medlen in the Office of Development at (765) 455-9205

IU Kokomo's First Chancellor Honored: Dr. Victor Bogle


Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke pictured with Fern Bogle, Heather Bogle, and April Bogle, after dedicating a tribute bench in honor of Dr. Victor Bogle.

Bogle's family, friends, and colleagues gathered at Indiana University Kokomo to remember the campus's first chancellor, dedicating a granite tribute bench in his honor. 

Daughter April Bogle sees his legacy as the regional campus he built, and his gifts of kindness, wisdom and inspiration. 

"He created IU Kokomo with his heart and soul, and because he did so, thousands of people in north central Indiana have been able to expand their minds, aspire to be and do more, and to make a better life for themselves, their families, and their communities," she said. 

Interim Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke said Bogle is her example of servant leadership, as she follows in his footsteps. He was chancellor from 1959 to 1979, and retired from the faculty in 1992. "There was nothing here, and he built this campus, and made it what it is today," she said. Bogle's leadership guided the campus from an IU Extension Center into a degree-granting institution, bringing greater educational opportunity to north central Indiana. 

He oversaw construction of the campus in 1965, and added beauty to it, commissioning Bob Hamilton to create "The Phoenix" sculpture that still sits in front of the Main Building. He led its first Commencement ceremonies in 1970, helping bestow its first four-year degrees. Bogle was a champion of educational innovation, implementing Project Outreach to provide classes in Logansport, Tipton, Peru, and other communities. He and his wife established the Chancellor and Mrs. Victor Bogle Scholarship for students studying history or political science. 

In 2000, Bogle received Indiana's highest service citation, the Sagamore of the Wabash, from Gov. Frank O'Bannon. His friends remembered him not only for his outstanding achievements, but because he was a scholar-teacher, kind, compassionate, modest, and inquisitive. 

Sciame-Giesecke shared her own personal memories of Bogle, from her days as a young assistant professor. During the 1977-1978 blizzard, she was snowed in for a week in her one-bedroom apartment. "Every day I received a phone call from Chancellor Bogle, asking if I was OK, and if I had enough food," she said. "It meant a lot to me that he cared." 

April Bogle said when her father passed away on October 16, 2011, he left no instructions for how he wanted to be memorialized. "We had to make some decisions without him, and one was to find a respectful way to memorialize him and to honor the contributions he made to this university, this community, this life on earth," she said. She and her mother, Fern Bogle, and sister, Heather Bogle, chose the bench, placed outside the Main Building. "Victor Bogle's name won't be found in any cemetery or mausoleum, but it will be right here, where it should be, at IU Kokomo. We're pretty sure he's happy about that," she said.

Last updated: 10/25/2016