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Office of Alumni Relations and Campus Ceremonies

Welcome to the Indiana University Kokomo Office of Alumni Relations and Campus Ceremonies. If you're an alumnus, welcome home! If you're a community member, current or potential student, or just plain curious, welcome and thank you for visiting our site. We hope to keep you abreast of what is happening with the IU Kokomo Alumni Association, the IU Kokomo campus, and the university as a whole.

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As IU Kokomo alumni we're all part of the same happy family. Like family, we want to know when something big happens in your life, so don't hesitate to share!

Tell us about all the achievements and milestones in your life. We want to know when you get married, when a future IU alum joins your family, when you win an award, when you publish a book, or when you get a great new job. If it's good news for you, it's good news to us.

Class Notes will appear in an upcoming issue of the IU Kokomo Alumni Magazine.

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  • 643

    New IU Kokomo Graduates

  • 10,142

    Living IU Kokomo Grads residing in Indiana

  • 12,780

    Living IU Kokomo Grads worldwide

  • 15,000

    Amount of scholarship dollars given from the IUKAA since 2010

At Indiana University Kokomo, we believe in honoring our own. As our network of alumni continues to grow each year, we like to stop every now and then and appreciate those who have gone out and achieved extraordinary things. The Indiana University Alumni Association Kokomo Region (IUAAK) is always accepting nominations for our next class of inductees for the Alumni Hall of Fame. 

Before submitting an alum for this prestigious award, consider the following criteria: 

  • Professional Accomplishments 
  • Community Service Involvement with IU Kokomo, past or present 

Alumni can be nominated by filling out the nomination form. A review committee will be created to go through each nomination and determine the recipients of this award. Our hope is to recognize an alum from each school and division. For more information about Alumni Hall of Fame, please contact Benjamin Liechty, Director of Alumni Relations & Campus Ceremonies, at baliecht@iuk.edu.

Alumni Spotlight!

Sharmaine Ellison finds ‘home’ at IU Kokomo
From the time she was six years old, Sharmaine Ellison knew she wanted to be a nurse. Growing up in Kokomo as the daughter of a single mother, she appreciated the chance to earn her degree. “I knew my mom could barely afford to send me to college, but she was determined someone in her family was going to get a degree,” said Ellison. Though her mother passed away from breast cancer in 1997, Ellison knows she would be proud of her accomplishments. “One thing she pushed was that she always wanted me to earn a bachelor’s degree,” she said. “She would say, ‘I knew you could do it.’ She believed in all of us, she was just that type of person.”
Veteran Spotlights
Read the stories of four IU Kokomo alumni including Noah Cicalo, B.S. ’14, U.S. Army, Gloyd Johnson, B.S. ’06, U.S. Navy, Julia Person, B.S. ’17, U.S. Air Force, and Jake Adams, B.S. ’15, U.S. Marine Corps.
Scholarship provides overseas experience
Making a difference in people’s lives is Abby Lefler’s goal. And a chance-of-a-lifetime opportunity is going to help make that possible. Lefler will finish out her education degree as a student teacher overseas, leaving in February for Ireland to teach middle school science or high school biology. A $1,000 scholarship from the IU Kokomo Alumni Association eases the financial burden of this experience. “The IUAA scholarship has taken a huge weight off my chest by providing additional funding,” she said. “I still have a ways to go fundraising, but I’m so grateful to have received this award.” This learning experience will place her in Ireland for seven weeks, living with a local family.
Jerry Paul plans to leave lasting memorial
Jerry Paul is a man on a mission. “I’m a firm believer that veterans should serve their communities like they served their country,” said Paul, a U.S. Army specialist 5th class in Vietnam from 1970 to 1971. The recipient of an air medal for meritorious achievement during aerial flight, he served as crew chief on a medivac helicopter, evacuating wounded soldiers from combat zones for treatment. Now, his enemy is time. Pushed by a terminal diagnosis of non-alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver, Paul, A.S. ’92, works feverishly to bring a personal vision to life – to complete funding and construction of a Women’s Legacy Memorial on the northeast corner of the courthouse square in downtown Kokomo.
Last updated: 01/15/2019