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Campus Community-Based Engagements and Outreach Programs

The campus is engaged throughout north-central through a variety of channels, including academic schools and departmental initiatives, student life and organizations, and staff and faculty volunteerism.  

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Artists Alley

Artists from Indiana University Kokomo contribute to the city’s growing cultural scene, via the Artists Alley exhibition space in downtown Kokomo. Debuting during Kokomo’s First Friday activities in October 2014, IU Kokomo art students and alumni have been featured exhibitors.  Benefiting both the students and the community, artwork remains displayed in Artist Alley for 90 days to six months, and is available for purchase.  

Allied Health Sciences (Division of) Advisory Board

The Division of Allied Health Sciences Advisory Board includes health professionals from throughout north-central Indiana.  Members provide input on curriculum, standards of practice and student clinical sites and experiences to help ensure the program retains its excellence in providing state-of-the-art education for our students. 

Angel Walk/Not on our Campus, Not in our Community

Beginning in 2005, Indiana University Kokomo has partnered with Family Service Association of Howard County to host this annual event to educate our community about and bring awareness of domestic violence and violence against women.  Held in April, the event is also a fundraiser for the local domestic violence shelter. Student organizations raise money for the shelter. During the evening, a survivor of domestic violence shares her story, and is followed by a one-mile walk beginning and ending in IU Kokomo’s Alumni Hall. Upon returning, participants enjoy food and music, as well as visit student project displays advocating against domestic violence.

Art Gallery

Indiana University Kokomo’s Art Gallery is located in the Library Building.  The 2,400 square-foot exhibition space opened in 1995, and is free and open to the public.  IU Kokomo student art work is routinely exhibited, and each year the Gallery highlights local 9-12 grade student work in the annual High School Exhibition.  Past exhibits have included: Metamorphosis - works inspired by metamorphosis, ranging from photography to sculpture, in the artists' own unique interpretation; Wanderlust – works inspired by travel; and LaFontera: An International Jewelry Exhibition. For information regarding current and upcoming exhibitions, please contact the Gallery at 765-455-9523.

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Blood Drives

Each year, IU Kokomo student organizations partner with the American Red Cross to organize and host blood drives on campus. Students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to participate.  

Board of Advisors

The Indiana University Kokomo Board of Advisors is an integral part of developing and maintaining a vibrant campus that meets the needs of our students and north-central Indiana. As indicated by a resolution passed by the Indiana University Board of Trustees on January 21, 1972, the general purpose of the Board of Advisors is to assist the President and the Board of Trustees in responding most effectively to the educational needs of the state’s various regions. The primary responsibility of the Indiana University Kokomo Board of Advisors is to provide counsel to the Indiana University Kokomo Chancellor on issues related to higher education in the north-central Indiana region. 

Business (School of) Advisory Board

The School of Business Advisory Board includes business professionals from throughout north-central Indiana.  Members provide input on curriculum, standards of practice and student projects, internships and experiences to help ensure the program retains its excellence in providing state-of-the-art education for our students while meeting AACSB accreditation criteria. Members also provide feedback on student presentations and new program proposals.

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Camp Eeze the Wheeze

For the past 18 years, IU Kokomo’s School of Nursing has hosted Camp Eeze-the-Wheeze for children with asthma (along with Kidds Kamp for children with diabetes and Fit Camp).  Traditional camp activities are combined with health lessons provided by nursing students, who serve as camp counselors. Campers also learn athletic skills from IU Kokomo’s basketball, volleyball, cheerleading and golf teams.

Center for Educational Partnerships (CEP)

The Center for Educational Partnerships is an organization hosted by the IU Kokomo School of Education.  Its mission is to enhance and support quality K-12 education via partnerships among Indiana University Kokomo, K-12 schools and communities in north-central Indiana. Among the functions of the CEP are promoting improved teaching and instructional practices through training, including school-based teachers, paraprofessionals, administrators, teaching interns and student teachers; promote and provide training programs and activities that impact teacher preparation; alternative certification programs; and the recruitment and retention of highly skilled educators and support staff. The Center also assists participating districts and schools in obtaining external grant funding, and members advise the campus regarding the development and evaluation of programs for educator preparation and certification.

Career Fairs (see also JIVE, Health Sciences Career Day, Kokomo Area Spring Job Fair)

The IU Kokomo Career and Accessibility Center provides multiple venues for students and community members to seek employment, employees, internships, interns and volunteer opportunities. 

Craft Show

The Arts and Craft Show held on campus annually is sponsored by the IU Kokomo Staff Council.  Each year, vendors complete an application process, and a committee from the Staff Council juries the submissions.  Over 90 vendors typically are invited to participate. The event is free and open to the public.  Proceeds from the booth rental benefit the Council’s scholarship fund.

County Advisory Boards

Indiana University Kokomo is committed to being a good partner with communities throughout our region.  To that end, the campus has established advisory boards in the following counties:  Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Fulton, Grant, Hamilton, Miami, Tipton and Wabash. These Boards meet once a semester and members provide advice and counsel to growing enrollment, expanding our degree offerings, and maintaining a leadership role in north-central Indiana. 

Community Care Clinic

The first annual Community Care Clinic was held in 2014.  Sponsored by the athletics department, over 50 local youth in grades 4-9 participated in two sessions where they received instructions on basketball skills including shooting, passing and footwork. Members of the Cougar men’s and women’s basketball teams serve as the instructors. All proceeds from the Clinic were donated to Riley Hospital for Children.  

Cheerleading Camp

The Cougar Cheerleaders host a camp for K-12 students to assist them with building on their cheerleading skills.  Held in the Cougar Gym, this event is held annually in the summer months.

Collegiate Management Program

IU Kokomo, along with Innovate Indiana, are sponsors of the Hoosier Heartland Indiana Small Business Development Center. Through this partnership, IU Kokomo students in the School of Business have worked with over 110 businesses throughout north-central Indiana since 2002.  Students have consulted on a myriad of projects, including developing business plans, marketing tools, strategy, and retail layout. Both undergraduate and graduate students present their projects at the end of the semester and invite the businesses and the general business community to attend.

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Enactus

Enactus (formerly Students in Free Enterprise or simply SIFE) is a not-for-profit campus group comprised of two components: club and class (for credit). IU Kokomo undergraduate and graduate students assist businesses throughout north-central Indiana via class projects.  Some examples include M.B.A. students assisting with business plans for local companies and helping the new campus food service providers learn more about its new market. The student organization, comprised mostly of business students, developed a 25-question survey about campus food service, and conducted more than 300 face-to-face interviews with students, faculty, and staff, asking questions about what kinds of foods they want available, pricing, and how often and what times of day they eat on campus.  These are but two examples of IU Kokomo students gaining real-world experience while assisting local businesses in a variety of ways.  

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FIT Camp

For the past four years, IU Kokomo’s School of Nursing has hosted Fit Camp for children who wish to learn about health and wellness (along with Kidds Kamp for children with diabetes and Camp Eeze-the-Wheeze for children with diabetes).  Traditional camp activities are combined with health lessons provided by nursing students, who serve as camp counselors. Campers also learn athletic skills from IU Kokomo’s basketball, volleyball, cheerleading and golf teams.

Food Drives

Enactus, a business student organization, collects nonperishable food items throughout the school year, and hosts a competition during Homecoming – “Let’s Can Hunger”. Student groups use canned and boxed food items to build structures, and then all the food goes to the local nonprofit, which distributes it through its food pantries.

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Gallery Chats

Community members are invited to learn about current exhibitions in the IU Kokomo Art Gallery via Gallery Chats.  Speak with an IU Kokomo faculty member and/or student, ask questions and learn about techniques used, meanings and background of displayed art. 

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Halloween Open House

Since 1990, children in the community, ages 10 and under, are invited to spend the evening trick-or-treating and participating in activities from 6 to 8 p.m. in Alumni Hall. The cost is one dollar per child; parents are free. Many campus organizations take part in the Halloween Open House by creating themed booths for the event. Each booth passes out candy, some will have a planned game or activity, and there will also be face painting. A popular children's movie is shown in Kresge Auditorium at 5:30 p.m. and then again at 7:30 p.m.  Halloween Open House is an award-winning event, named Best Program by the National Association for Campus Activities.

Health Sciences Career Day

The Health Sciences Career Day provides an opportunity for students interested in working in the health field to meet and talk with potential employers. We engage a diverse population of healthcare facilities and organizations to partner with IU Kokomo on this annual event. For further information contact the Career and Accessibility Center at: www.iuk.edu/career-services.

High School Art Exhibition

The IU Kokomo Art Gallery is proud to partner with high schools in the region to host its annual High School Art Exhibition. Area high school art teachers choose the outstanding works by juniors and seniors that are included in this show. This annual event provides an opportunity for high school students to showcase their work, while having it displayed to the community in a collegiate-level venue. All area high schools are welcome to participate.

Howard County Health Fair

The Howard County Health Fair is a one day event that provides flu shots and health screenings to the residents that live in Kokomo, Indiana.    Indiana University Kokomo nursing students have provided free preventative health care services and have gained practical job experience as volunteers at this annual event since 1999. Students and faculty member give flu shots, perform vision screenings, take blood pressure, and check body mass index for hundreds of people attending the fair, which takes place at the Kokomo Event Center.

Howard County Promise

Howard County has been selected as a pilot community for the “Promise Indiana” project, which is geared toward enrolling kindergarten students living in Howard County in a College Choice 529 direct savings plan. The program is underway through a partnership between United Way of Howard County, Duke Energy, and the Community Foundation of Howard County and assists families with setting up a CollegeChoice529 Savings Plan and earning up to $125 this school year for college.  It is proposed that having a college savings plan will help children build a college-bound identity. There are several components to the Howard County Promise project and IU Kokomo is the host for one of those components: the Walk into Your Future event.  In the fall of 2015 approximately 1200 kindergarten students will visit IU Kokomo to experience a college campus through hands-on activities. Stations are set up across campus for the children to visit in the morning and afternoon. Currently, only about 50% of adults over 25 in Howard County possess any education beyond high school. Now, the Howard County Promise initiative is looking to change that by helping area kindergartners and their families make saving for college a reality. 

Howard County Science Fair

Indiana University Kokomo serves as host for the annual Howard County Science fair, with faculty members volunteering as judges, and also teaching enrichment workshops for more than 80 young scientists.  The fair has been an annual event on campus for more than 10 years in partnership with Haynes International.  In addition to exhibiting projects, students attend sessions with School of Sciences faculty. 

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ISBDC/Collegiate Management Program

IU Kokomo, along with Innovate Indiana, are sponsors of the Hoosier Heartland Indiana Small Business Development Center. Through this partnership, IU Kokomo students in the School of Business have worked with over 110 businesses throughout north-central Indiana since 2002 via the Collegiate Management Program.  Students have consulted on a myriad of projects, including developing business plans, marketing tools, strategy, and retail layout. Both undergraduate and graduate students present their projects at the end of the semester and invite the businesses and the general business community to attend.

Innovation Symposium

Indiana University Kokomo's Innovation Symposium is an invitation-only class intended to encourage students to think about global issues, and how they can solve the world's problems. Participants are selected through a nomination process, and spend a semester reading and researching about technology, the environment, and philanthropy. At the end of the semester, the group travels for three weeks in England and Scotland. While overseas, they meet innovators, visit museums and ecological sites, and research for a final project that addresses a global issue. The ultimate goal is to empower students to create positive change in their communities. The program requires students to go beyond just visiting an international destination. They have to apply what they have seen and learned, so they can develop ways to make the world better.

International Festival

Campus faculty, staff and students lend their expertise to Kokomo-Center magnet middle school’s annual International Festival assisting in building pinatas, creating origami projects and learning about Korean folklore. Sixth-grade students display their projects representing over 40 countries in IU Kokomo’s Alumni Hall. School of Education students review the projects which include posters, native dress and artifacts, and select award winners. 

Internships

Indiana University Kokomo has a robust career services program, including student internships, which can be very beneficial and rewarding for businesses in north-central Indiana.  Internships allow employers to temporarily hire quality, motivated pre-professional students who can assist with special projects and give the employer the opportunity to gain new information and ideas.  It also enables employers to recruit and evaluate potential employees in a cost-effective way, while increasing the awareness of your organization on a college campus.  For information on the IU Kokomo internship program, please visit: http://www.iuk.edu/career-services/employers/index.php

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J.I.V.E.

Job, Internship, Volunteer Extravaganza (J.I.V.E.) offers opportunities for prospective employers to meet and network with IU Kokomo students and alumni. Businesses and organizations who are looking for a full-time, part-time, internship, or volunteer position are encouraged to take part in J.I.V.E. For further information contact the Career and Accessibility Center at: www.iuk.edu/career-services.

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KIDDS Kamp

For the past 18 years, IU Kokomo’s School of Nursing has hosted Kidds Kamp for children with diabetes (along with Camp Eeze-the-Wheeze for children with asthma and Fit Camp).  Traditional camp activities are combined with health lessons provided by nursing students, who serve as camp counselors. Campers also learn athletic skills from IU Kokomo’s basketball, volleyball, cheerleading and golf teams.

Kokomo Area Spring Job Fair

IU Kokomo’s Career and Accessibility Center partners with Ivy Tech Community College on this annual job fair, which is open to all students, alumni and community members. This event provides an excellent opportunity to meet and network with prospective employers regarding full-time, part-time, internship or volunteer opportunities. For further information contact the Career and Accessibility Center at: www.iuk.edu/career-services.

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Merit Badge University

Indiana University Kokomo faculty help north-central Indiana boy and girl scouts earn badges at the annual Merit Badge University, hosted on the IU Kokomo campus. Merit Badge University gives scouts a chance to earn the merit badges needed to advance in rank, and to see what is available to them at IU Kokomo. Each scout can earn two merit badges, one during the morning session, and one during the evening. 

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North Central Indiana Economic Development Partnership (NCIEDP)

The NCIEDP is a partnership between Cass, Clinton, Fulton, Howard, Miami, and Tipton Counties to promote economic development in the north-central Indiana region.  Indiana University Kokomo actively participates with the Partnership, and supports economic development initiatives throughout the region.   

North Central Indiana Regional Planning Council (NCIRPC)

The NCIRPC is charged with promoting and supporting economic and community development and growth throughout the region, and with promoting and coordinating cooperation and partnerships among the member counties for the overall success of the region.  Indiana University Kokomo is an active participant and convener of this organization, with the Chancellor serving on the Executive Board.

Not on our Campus, Not in our Community/Angel Walk

Beginning in 2005, Indiana University Kokomo has partnered with Family Service Association of Howard County to host this annual event to educate our community about and bring awareness of domestic violence and violence against women.  Held in April, the event is also a fundraiser for the local domestic violence shelter. Student organizations raise money for the shelter. During the evening, a survivor of domestic violence shares her story, and is followed by a one-mile walk beginning and ending in IU Kokomo’s Alumni Hall. Upon returning, participants enjoy food and music, as well as visit student project displays advocating against domestic violence.

Nursing (School of) Advisory Board

The School of Nursing Advisory Board is an active and integral part of the School that includes nursing and other health professionals from throughout north-central Indiana.  Members provide input on curriculum, standards of practice and student clinical sites and experiences to help ensure the program retains its excellence in providing state-of-the-art education for our students. 

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Observatory

Community members throughout north-central Indiana may enjoy viewing the night skies at the IU Kokomo Observatory.  The Observatory houses state-of-the-art telescopes that allow patrons to see exceptionally sharp images of planets, as well as fainter objects in the sky.  IU Kokomo School of Sciences faculty member, Dr. Patrick Motl, hosts open houses at the Observatory monthly, as well as other special events, which are open to the public. 

Old Ben 5K Run/Walk

The Old Ben 5K Run/Walk is an event that is coordinated through the IU Kokomo Alumni Association.  This event occurs annually in March, and draws over 200 participants from throughout north-center Indiana. The IUKAA partners with community sponsors, and proceeds from this event benefit the IU Kokomo Alumni Association’s Student Scholarship Fund.  

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Ribbon Warriors

The Ribbon Warriors is a student organization that provides a variety of educational experiences to encourage embers to broaden their knowledge of and increase enthusiasm for advocacy and civic engagement in health.  Some of the community-based programs include partnering with the Breathe Easy Advocacy Group for Smoke-Free Air; participation in the “Make Strides for Breast Cancer” walk for the American Cancer Society; and participation as a team in the “Central Indiana Race for the Cure” benefitting breast cancer research.

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Science Rocks Summer Camp

Science Rocks is a summer science camp for middle school-aged students.  Now in its 7th year, the camp provides students the opportunity to work on exciting projects in biology, health science, chemistry, geology and energy.  All are taught by IU Kokomo School of Sciences faculty and student teaching assistants.  The camp is free of charge, and is funded through a grant from the Area Health Education Centers of North Central Indiana.  Enrollment is restricted to a maximum of 20 students. For more information, please visit: http://www.iuk.edu/sciences/resources/science-rocks-summer-camp.php.

Sciences (School of) Advisory Board

The School of Sciences Advisory Board is comprised of professionals serving in a variety of science-based professions throughout north-central Indiana.  Members provide advice about outreach activities and student recruitment efforts as well as how the School, through those outreach efforts, may contribute to our constituent communities throughout the region.  Members also advise on curriculum assessment and development, and serve as ambassadors for the School of Sciences throughout north-central Indiana encouraging friends, family and students to consider Indiana University Kokomo as a school of first choice.

School Visits

Every year IU Kokomo hosts campus visits for K-12 students from the north-central Indiana region.  The purpose behind these visits is to introduce the idea of going to college to all students in our service region.  Faculty create age-appropriate activities for the students, and all students go on a campus tour.  During the 2014-15 academic year the IU Kokomo Admissions Office coordinated campus visits for nearly 1800 K-12 students.

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United Way

Indiana University Kokomo values its partnership with the United Way. In 2014, IU Kokomo faculty, staff and students raised over $10,000 toward the United Way of Howard County’s annual campaign, helping to provide services to those in need.  IU Kokomo will continue with our support for the United Way in 2015, with the campus campaign kicking-off on September 14!

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Volleyball camp

The Cougar Volleyball Camp began in 2015 and in its inaugural year was attended by approximately 50 athletes from first graders through high school, with instruction provided by current players and Coach Heather Hayes.  The camp offers participants a chance to learn important techniques, footwork, strategies, and the essential habits that volleyball players need to be successful. Three out of the four clinic sessions are for students from seventh grade through high school, with the beginner’s clinic for students in grades one through six. This wide age range helps campers at all different skill levels find something that fits their specific needs.

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Welcome to the Real World

The campus serves as host to Partners in Education’s annual event for 7th graders: Welcome to the Real World.  “Real World” is a program designed to help Howard county youth get a better idea of what they want to do in life.  Professionals from a wide-variety of careers throughout north-central Indiana volunteer their time to speak with the students about their particular line of work including physicians, veterinarians, EMTs, firefighters, actors, musicians, sales people, accountants, and entrepreneurs.   A goal of the program is to show students what they will need to accomplish in middle and high school to prepare for the future they want. 

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Young Authors Conference

IU Kokomo is home to the Young Authors Conference, sponsored annually by the Kokomo Area Reading Council. The Conference is perfect fit for the campus' focus on community partnerships, student success, and academic excellence. The goal of the conference is to turn youth on to reading and writing so they are more likely to succeed in school. The conference includes a book signing and discussion led by a children's author, literacy activities provided by IU Kokomo School of Education students and, the highlight of the evening, displays of books written by elementary school pupils from the Kokomo area. About 1,000 children write books for the conference. 

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Last updated: 10/05/2015