Alumni in action
Essential workers persevere during uncertain times.
Alumni Jerome Campbell, dressed in his firefighter gear stands cross armed in front of an Indianapolis Fire Department truck.
Words from your chancellor
“Lead from where you are.”
This is a familiar phrase to Indiana University Kokomo’s faculty and staff. I often ask our campus members to be bold and take the initiative to make our campus culture and our students’ experience the best it can be…everyone on our campus is a leader. Never has that been more apparent than it has been during the past few months.
Little did we know when the Spring 2020 semester began in January that by the end of March, we would be closing campus and delivering class content remotely. Not only were students finishing the semester at home, faculty and staff were also working from home. I do not think the campus has ever been so quiet. I once again asked everyone to “lead from where you are”.
Faculty and students left campus for spring break and did not return to campus to finish the semester. Faculty had two weeks to figure out how to deliver course content on-line for classes that were designed to be taught face-to-face. Students had to be flexible and open to alternative methods of course delivery, and staff had to figure out how to get their jobs done from home. This issue of Legacy features some of our alumni, faculty and staff who were instrumental in their roles in dealing with the pandemic. I am proud of our alumni who are doing incredible work in service to our community during this global crisis. And I cannot say enough about our faculty and staff, who stepped up and met the challenges a pandemic brings.
While we negotiate the challenges posed by COVID-19, we cannot ignore the civil unrest and protests demanding social justice for victims of recent shootings. We believe that it is important for our campus community to re-affirm our commitment to diversity in all its forms, and to foster a climate of respect and inclusiveness; a climate that welcomes diverse backgrounds, thoughts, perspectives, and life experiences. In this issue you will read about the new Multicultural Center on campus. The center supports our minority students and promotes the value of diversity and an inclusive environment to all of our students.
Because our campus community answered the call to “Lead from where you are”, I am proud to say that when the fall 2020 semester started in August, we were ready! Leadership during a pandemic and civil discontent is not easy, and it is not something that one person can accomplish alone. I am proud to be the Chancellor at Indiana University Kokomo, and I hope you take pride in how your alma mater is rising to meet challenges that we could have never envisioned.
Susan Sciame-Giesecke, Ph.D.
Indiana University Kokomo
Stay home, stay safe.
As the COVID-19 pandemic began in March, that was the advice given — stay at home if you can to avoid exposure to the coronavirus.
But for those on the front lines — doctors, nurses, pharmacists, ambulance drivers, police and firefighters, grocery store workers, and many more — staying home was never an option.
And then there were the teachers, who may have been home, but continued their vital work of educating children, but through a computer or tablet screen, rather than in the classroom — often while also helping their own children with school work.
Many of these essential workers were Indiana University Kokomo alumni, serving their communities when they were needed most. They include Jerome Campbell, an Indianapolis firefighter, made medical runs to help the sick; David Barrett, supported teachers and checked into the welfare of students at home as principal of a Lafayette junior high school; Amy Lennon Kinder, took a leave from her ER nurse job for a short-term deployment to the hard-hit hospitals in New York City, and Nikki Brown, helped people handle the mental health issues that come with sudden, even traumatic changes of a pandemic.
See their stories on page 16.
Table of Contents
Alumni Scholarships 5
2020 Senior Spotlights 6
News Briefs 10
In a World on Fire 12
Alumni in Action 16
Athletics Update 26
Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke wears a mask as she interacts with 2 female students choosing a shirt that is being handed out.
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Greetings fellow alumni,
First and foremost, I hope this finds you and your loved ones healthy and safe as this most unusual year comes to an end. The past several months has certainly created a whirlwind of emotions from the global COVID-19 pandemic and the unrest in our country. Myself, along with campus leadership, have thought of all of you during this time.
To the Class of 2020 graduates: You pivoted. You persevered. You were determined to complete your Indiana University degree during a pandemic…something none of us could have predicted. We are more than proud of you.
Despite the curveballs, IU Kokomo continues to move forward with many great initiatives. The Greenhouse was completed this summer, as well as the Student Activities and Events Center. We look forward to hosting you on campus so you can see these new additions once we are able to do so.
Thanks to generous alumni and donors, the IUAA Kokomo Region was able to award seven alumni scholarships to current students. You’ll find more about the recipients on the next page.
One of my priorities is to keep you, our alumni, engaged in our campus and connected to each other. We are offering some fun, informative virtual events, including cooking classes, alumni podcasts, and lifelong learning opportunities. Stay up-to-date on future events by following us on social media at Facebook, Twitter or Instagram (IUAA Kokomo Region).
If you are interested in participating in a podcast interview, learn how you can get more involved with your local alumni chapter, recruit prospective students for IU Kokomo, or catch up with your alumni director, please send me an email at email@example.com. I WANT to hear from YOU!
As we move forward and continue to travel unknown paths, it is important for all of us to be kind to each other and lift each other up when we can. We are all a part of the IU family, and never daunted, we are tried and true.
Benjamin Liechty, B.A. ‘06
Director of Alumni Relations and Campus Ceremonies
Your generosity supports students
The Indiana University Alumni Association Kokomo Region awarded $10,500 in scholarships to seven students for the 2020-2021 academic year. Each received $1,500.
All new and continuing students enrolled in at least six credit hours per semester are eligible.
Benjamin Liechty, director of alumni relations and campus ceremonies, said the selection committee received many strong applications for the IU Kokomo Alumni Association Scholarships and Kokomo Region Alumni Scholarships.
“We have many outstanding students on our campus and are proud to be able to help them achieve their educational goals with these scholarships,” he said. “I was very pleased with the recipients chosen, and it is my hope they will one day pay it forward to future students, by giving to alumni scholarships.”
Recipients of the IU Kokomo Alumni Association Scholarships include:
Carter Adkins, a secondary education major from Kokomo.
Logan Cox, a biological and physical sciences major from Lawrenceburg.
Laina Fields, a criminal justice major from Connorsville.
Morgan Wymer, a medical imaging technology student from Union City.
Those receiving the Kokomo Regional Alumni Scholarships are:
Kelsey Burnham, a nursing major from Kokomo.
Fernando Alonzo Chavez, a business student from Kokomo.
Kara Funk, a communication major from Lebanon.
Applications are now being accepted for the 2021-2022 academic year at iuk.edu/alumni/scholarship. If you know a current or prospective IU Kokomo student, encourage him or her to apply by April 16, 2021.
photo of alumni director standing in a staggered line with scholarship recipients. Left to right: Ben Liechty, Carter Adkins, Kelsey Burnham, Laina Fields, Kara Funk, Logan Cox, Morgan Wymer, Fernando Alonzo Chavez.
2020 Grad Senior Spotlight
The Class of 2020 doesn’t go unnoticed, even though spring Commencement was postponed. The 651 graduates represent 41 Indiana counties, 12 states, and 16 countries.
“I commend them for their perseverance as they finished their degrees under circumstances none of us could have anticipated,” said Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke.
A few of our graduates reflect on their experiences at IU Kokomo.
For updated information on Commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2020, go to
Frannie Ruedin New Media, Art and Technology
“It was something I needed to do, going back to school in such an early stage of grief,” said Ruedin, whose 13-year-old brother passed away just before her senior year. “I dedicated all of my time to this art project. Once I set it up, it was so emotional, not only to see my vision come to life, but to know it was dedicated to my little brother.”
Kellin Hardin Psychology, Active Duty –United States Air Force
“It’s exciting for me because not very many in our family have even completed an undergraduate degree,” Hardin said. “My mom graduated from college in her 40s. So, the fact I could graduate and start a master’s program and have that before I’m 40, that’s an achievement.”
Khoi Nguyen Nursing
“I enjoy taking care of people,” said Ngyuen. “Getting to know my patients and taking care of them gives me a sense of responsibility and purpose. It’s always good to see them getting better.”
Esmerelda Perez Biochemistry
“Not many people from my background get these kinds of chances,” said Perez, from Mexico, who plans to go to medical school. “You have to grab these opportunities and run with them.”
Ely & Henly Page History and Political Science
“We’re brothers, and we work and get along,” said Henly. “It makes things fun. It will be weird going into the workforce without him, and missing that bond of working together.”
Carlos Enci Biochemistry
“We come from a humble background,” Enci said, from Africa. “Education is a power in my family. If you aren’t educated, nobody will listen to you. Education is the foundation for our family coming to this country.”
Alison Carwright Business
“The people there are more focused on who you are as a person, and how you’re doing, and building genuine connections,” Cartwright said of her internship in Spain. “That’s one of the biggest things I’ve taken away, to take time to build relationships, as opposed to just getting done what needs to be done.”
Frannie Reudin wears her cap and gown while holding a painting of her late brother that she created
Kellin Hardin in her U.S. Air Force camo uniform in front of a background featuring the American Flag.
Khoi Nguyen smiles in front of a white board
Esmerelda Perez smiles in the classroom wearing a white lab coat
Brothers Ely and Henly Page pose with arms around each other wearing suits.
Carlos Enci wears a white lab coat and protective goggles while working in a science lab.
Alison Carwright smiles with a sunset in the background
Making a return to campus
Masks and hand sanitizer became backpack staples for students returning to campus this fall. Crimson-colored dots mark the spot for desks and campus furniture to ensure proper physical distancing. #IUKSTRONG
How to thrive
Have you found yourself working from home during the pandemic? Needless to say, it is a big adjustment that can be challenging. Along the way, the media and marketing team learned some tricks and tips that may be helpful:
It can be easy to get distracted at home, even when you have a dedicated workspace. At the end of each day I plan my tasks for the next day. It keeps me from getting distracted when I walk past those dirty dishes or that pile of laundry. Even though I have a plan, I always keep in mind that changes are likely. Having that mindset keeps me from getting mentally distracted and I’m better able to pivot projects as I go through the day.
—April Name, creative services manager
Keeping active while working from home is important. It keeps the blood flowing and gets you away from your desk long enough to think about other things and spurs creativity. If you have a second floor or basement, take a 10-minute break every hour to run the flight of stairs. My personal goal is to climb 20 flights, but there are days where I push myself towards 75 flights, it’s a great cardio workout.
—Michael Glassburn, videographer
Try to find a space at home that you can dedicate to work. It’ll help you stay better organized and focused. I found a desk for $25 on Facebook Marketplace and it makes working from home feel a little more “normal.”
— Marie Lindskoog, director of media and marketing
Brush your teeth. The first couple of days working from home, after showering and getting dressed, I would go downstairs and get busy working. About midday I realized I missed the step of brushing my teeth. I started making sure I did that before I went downstairs to start work for the day. Good thing I was the only one working from home at the time.
—Terri Hellmann, graphic specialist
It’s tempting to get out of bed and go straight to your workspace in pajamas, but resist that temptation. I heard a quote somewhere that “flannel starts to feel like failure after five days,” and I do find I’m more productive when I’ve gone through the morning ritual of showering and changing into real clothes.
—Danielle Rush, communications specialist
Female student watches a class on her laptop in the library.
Male and female students wearing masks as they walk through campus
Male African American student wearing mask working at a computer in the library
Faculty member Karla Stouse smiles while wearing a mask with a see through section.
Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke wears a mask as she walks through campus with students behind her.
masked students working together on their laptops in a classroom with a faculty member
Three white female students wearing masks give thumbs up.
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Portrait of Michael Glassburn
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Illustration of an African American female working on a laptop at a table with a coffee cup next to her and a plant behind her.
Events Center opens for classroom,
The IU Kokomo volleyball team made history September 25, playing the first game in the new Student Activities and Events Center.
The center was pressed into service nearly as soon as it opened, to fill a need for additional classroom space due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nearly 30 fall semester classes meet there because of the available room for physical distancing.
Volleyball Head Coach Heather Hayes was especially excited for her senior athletes, who committed to play for the Cougars before the SAEC was approved.
“Having a gym and events center on our campus does so much for the culture of our campus, and changes how we are able to recruit future students as well,” she said. “We are grateful to the university, administration, and all the donors who worked tirelessly to make this a reality. The SAEC definitely enhances the student, and student-athlete, experience at IU Kokomo.”
The SAEC includes a 10,918-square-foot, two-story gymnasium, expected to seat about 1,000 people for sporting events. With addition of carpet squares, curtains, and change in lighting, it can be transformed into event space that can seat up to 350 for special events and dinners.
slated to paint Bicentennial mural
An Indiana University Kokomo professor will tell the campus’ story in artwork, with a mural in the Student Activities and Events Center.
Michael Koerner, associate professor of New Media, Art, and Technology, was chosen from among 25 Indiana artists to create the work, which will commemorate IU’s bicentennial and IU Kokomo’s 75th anniversary.
The mural, titled Our Story, includes 12 panels, each 6-foot by 4-foot showcasing themes of Then, Now, and Future.
“I’m very honored to have the opportunity to be involved in this project,” he said. “It’s my story as well when I call it Our Story. It’s a very inclusive title. I’ve always felt this is my family here. To be able to leave a lasting impression and interpretation of that is a real honor.”
Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke congratulated Koerner, noting the selection committee reviewed all submissions without names on them before narrowing it down to five finalists.
“I’m very proud to showcase the talents of one of our faculty members in such a prominent project,” she said. “I know Michael will create a work of art that will represent us well and serve as a focal point in our new Student Activities and Events Center.”
The artwork, which will be the first regional campus history mural, was commissioned by IU’s Office of the Bicentennial. It is expected to be completed for installation by early May.
Greenhouse benefits science, nutrition classes
Something new has bloomed on campus — a 1,500 square-foot greenhouse.
Located between Hunt Hall and the Kelley House, it provides teaching and lab space for current and anticipated initiatives in sciences and other programs in areas including biology, nutrition, hospitality and tourism, earth science, and sustainability.
Christian Chauret, dean of the School of Sciences, noted that plants are used as models in many biology classes, especially at the introductory level. It provides opportunities for students to look at science-related careers in fields that include agriculture, biotechnology, environmental science, the pharmaceutical industry, medicine and health, and teaching.
It will also be used for academic research by faculty and students. In addition, it could be used to grow food for the campus food pantry, and for use by Hospitality and Tourism Management and nutrition classes.
The greenhouse was funded by donations from two anonymous donors, along with Barb and Steve Conner and the Indiana American Water Company.
Alumnus leads diversity efforts at High Point University
As the United States grappled with racial tension during the spring and summer, Doug Hall wrestled with his own feelings about victims of racial injustice.
“I had a mix of emotions, ranging from frustration, shock, elevated concern, and a sense of heaviness for the heart of individuals around all that had transpired,” said Hall, B.A. ’01.
Having worked for High Point University, North Carolina, for eight years, he was moved by a statement the university president released, and emailed him a thank you. That led to Hall’s new job, as assistant vice president for diversity and inclusion.
“We’re starting to see our world change in such a way, that we would do our students a disservice if we did not educate them for it,” he said. “We have to equip them for where they go next, so they can avoid microaggressions, bias, and aspects of racism.”
His career in higher education was influenced by IU Kokomo mentors.
“I cut my teeth in student affairs working for Sarah Sarber and Cathy Barnes,” he said, adding that a career session with Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke convinced him to major in communications.
“Seeing myself in this job, and thinking of all of their mentorship along the way, it’s really phenomenal to describe, as far as where I am today,” Hall said.
Doug Hall, B.A. ‘01
Assistant vice president for diversity and inclusion,
High Point University
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Faculty member Michael Koerner talks to vice chancellor Jan Halperin in front of artwork on the wall.
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In a World on Fire
By: Kate Aguilar
I moved into my college dorm the second week of August 2001.
A wide-eyed freshman, I knew very little of myself and the world. A month later, a tall, brown-haired girl yelled down the hall that a plane had hit the Twin Towers. We were still new enough to the college experience that I did not know her name. Yet, within minutes, almost the entire floor was huddled in her two-person dorm room watching our world burn.
I write this on the eve of another anniversary of September 11th. Nineteen years later, the world looks different. There is social media and the iPhone; information is at our fingertips. My world is also different. I am a wife and a mother. I work as a coordinator of Student Life and Campus Diversity at Indiana University Kokomo. I am now welcoming wide-eyed freshmen to the college experience. And, still, I sit here watching our world burn.
When I started a major in Black Studies at 18 years old, I did not know much about the term Black. Today, Black Lives Matter is painted boldly and beautifully across buildings and streets, it is on my Netflix account, and in my social media feed. To some, what they see on television – the protests against police brutality, the struggle for LGBTQ+ rights, the call for culturally rich curricula, and brave spaces in the workplace and at home where people can and are authentically engaging with issues surrounding identity, oppression, power, and privilege – feels new. For scholars of Black Studies, Ethnic Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Women’s Studies, Queer Studies, Latinx Studies, we know that communities of color, which include queer communities, have been metaphorically and physically on fire for hundreds of years. In fact, the legendary cultural critic and writer James Baldwin said to a German newspaper in July of 1964 that if the U.S. did not solve its racial crisis it was headed to a civil war. He argued the turning point may be “disaster, social and moral chaos.”
Yes, the world is on fire. The brutal death of George Floyd caused another (not a new) eruption. Between May 26 and August 22, the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED) reports that over 7,750 protests occurred in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. Protests took place around the world. English Premier League (soccer) players, for example, wore Black Lives Matter badges on their jerseys and took a knee before games.
The portrayal of these protests, of course, differs according to many factors. Some paint the protestors as troublemakers. Others paint us as change agents. Time recently released a report from ACLED that more than 93 percent of national protests were peaceful. Even those that were not brought attention to the rage and helplessness many Black communities feel. As Martin Luther King, Jr., said, “A riot is the language of the unheard.”
Yes, the U.S. is on fire, and, yet, the world is listening. If you read the above paragraph again, you may see the cause for hope: there were thousands of protests in 2020 to assert that Black lives matter. Multiracial protests. Global protests. People took to the streets to shout that Black lives are worthy of protection. That they must be fought for by those within and beyond the community in all 50 states. In July of 2020, Civis Analytics suggested that between 15 million to 26 million people in the United States demonstrated for and on behalf of Black lives. Yes, we are in a world on fire…for change.
I remember a moment in 2001, when the buildings were falling, that I felt afraid. The unknown was overwhelming. I wondered, “What happens now?” But I also remember feeling hope. I felt hope watching first responders and community members running to the rubble not from it. I felt hope watching people who did not know each other quite literally holding one another up. This moment predated social media and the iPhone. It predated platforms that, in some respects, have contributed to and amplified today’s chaos. We have keyboard warriors slinging words like spears, and our spirits are wounded.
portrait of Kate Aguilar
Photo through a logoed window showing Kate Aguilar, (right), talking with colleagues J.C. Barnett (left) and Colie Shelwick (middle) who are co-directors for the newly-formed Black Student Center located in the Multicultural Center.
But the power of this moment is that we also have keyboard warriors putting up shields through the form of book clubs and podcasts. Scholars are sharing information. Artists are creating art. We see people of every walk using social media to amplify experiences, lives, and voices that often go unheard. At our fingertips is the information we never had to create culturally rich bookshelves for our children and ourselves and curricula for our classrooms and culturally responsive churches and public spaces. At our fingertips are ways to have new and more productive conversations.
Many communities are thinking about what it means to be an ally. All, we hope, are deconstructing power and privilege, like scholar of discriminatory policy Ibram X. Kendi challenges us to do through the word “antiracist.” Colleges across the nation are having discussions about hiring more faculty and staff to teach and discuss identity.
Professional athletes are kneeling down and standing up: creating schools, funding community-based organizations, volunteering, and refusing to play. They are reminding a new generation that there are more important things than a game and reigniting a long history of Black athletic revolt.
I have been a student and scholar of Black Studies for almost 20 years. I have been a diversity and inclusion practitioner for five, and I have never personally seen this kind of global hunger: the desire to embrace who we are, to celebrate cultural differences, and to move forward deeply rooted in love for self and others.
I know it feels easier in this moment to see hate, but if you look around, you may see a world on fire…for good. If you look at the sheer volume of protestors. If you look at changes happening within higher education and corporate America. If you look at the recent Supreme Court Cases on DACA and LGBTQ+ employees’ rights. If you look at the conversation expanding to include the issues American Indians face and the Latinx community confronts, as well as the Asian American community. From the legalization of gay marriage in 2015 to the recent decision of Brazil to pay their men’s and women’s national soccer team players equally, change is happening locally, nationally, and globally. The amplification of marginalized voices, stories, and experiences reminds us all that we are in this together.
In 2001, I was wide-eyed and unsteady, but I was a college student. I realized, even then, what a gift it was to be surrounded by books, by ideas, by faculty, staff, and students with a desire to have tough conversations and learn during such political and social upheaval. I immersed myself in learning about another culture. I read. I asked questions. I listened to others’ experiences, and I believed them. I submitted humbly, as I still do today, that I have much to discover. American professor, lecturer, and author Brené Brown recently said in a conversation with social justice warrior Austin Channing Brown, “I am not here to be right. I am here to get it right.” That statement exemplifies my personal approach to social justice.
The world is on fire, physically and metaphorically. We are living during another time of great political and social upheaval with the possibility for tremendous change. To me, social justice is not only giving everyone a seat at the table but being comfortable with everyone having a voice. My family is multiracial. My daughters are Latina. My son is Black. I get up and go to work – challenging college students to think about race and ethnicity, to deconstruct terms like “systemic racism,” and to analyze connections between race, ethnicity, policy, and power – so that they and my own kids will create more seats at the table. So that when any person sits down and speaks up, it will not feel unexpected or unusual or, worst of all, wrong. After all, it is their table, too. And it’s long enough and wide enough and strong enough for us all to have a place.
Kate Aguilar is the coordinator of student life and campus diversity at IU Kokomo.
To me, social justice is not only giving everyone a seat at the table, but being comfortable with everyone having a voice.
IU Kokomo Multicultural Center
A safe, welcoming home away from home
Learning from people with different backgrounds, values, and perspectives enriches the student experience and benefits everyone involved.
Indiana University Kokomo has created the multicultural center, located in the Kelley Student Center, Room 265, to promote a welcoming and positive campus climate, and to cultivate a diverse, inclusive environment that supports equal access, participation, and representation on our campus.
The Center serves as an advocate to replace obstacles with opportunities, so minority and underrepresented students, faculty, and staff find a sense of belonging at IU Kokomo. Learn more at iuk.edu/diversity.
Offices and Centers located here:
Black Student Center · International Student Services · Latinos Unidos: Hispanic Center LGBTQ+ Center · Student Life and Campus Diversity
Things to read
So You Want to Talk about Race
Ijeoma Oluo — 2019
I would recommend this book because I think it’s more accessible at an entry level than “How To Be An Anti-Racist” or “White Fragility”. It does delve into why we struggle to discuss race and how we have to prepare to do so if we want to have open and honest conversations.
Beyond Your Bubble: How to Connect Across the Political Divide, Skills and Strategies for Conversations that Work
Tania Israel – 2020
I would recommend this book because part of the struggle we have in not viewing the world as an “us versus them” situation is we usually have limited personal interactions with people who are not like us. That allows us to believe the way the world sees and treats us is how it sees and treats everyone else when we know that’s not true. Taking a step outside of your own worldview is always a good thing.
Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents
Isabel Wilkerson — 2020
Wilkerson is just a phenomenal writer who can take meaty subjects and make them accessible to every reader. “Caste” discusses the embedded ways in which race and economics have been used to create a system in which some people will always struggle to achieve the American dream and why it is so difficult for us to see these things in our daily lives.
Compiled by: Rosalyn Davis, Ph.D.
Clinical Associate Professor
Faculty Diversity Liaison
Director of Mental Health Counseling Program
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Portrait of Rosalyn Davis
Alumni in Action
When life as we knew it took an unexpected turn in the spring, many alumni continued business as usual. Firefighter Jerome Campbell is just one of the four whose stories are shared here.
Jerome Campbell sits on the tailgate of the fire truck with hands link together in his lap wearing his uniform
Jerome Campbell cannot remember the last time he hugged his grandma.
His job as a firefighter puts him on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, and, as a result, has caused him to switch visits with phone calls to older loved ones.
“That’s probably the hardest part,” said Campbell, B.S. ’16, who joined the Indianapolis Fire Department one year ago. “I’m really close with my grandparents. Knowing they aren’t as young as I am, or as healthy as I am, I could be putting them in jeopardy because I want to see them. Talking over the phone, that only does so much, but that’s the route I’m going to have to take.
“It definitely takes a toll on you,” he added. “You miss being around these people you love. Sometimes all you want to do is go hug them, it would make your day so much better. But it’s a sacrifice that comes with the job.”
While his title is firefighter, 85 to 90 percent of the job is medical runs — including caring for potential COVID-19 patients. Knowing the potential danger, however, he wouldn’t change his career.
“If anything, it’s given me a greater sense of respect for the people we’re working with,” he said. “This is part of our job. We serve the community. Giving back to people and knowing you can go out there and make a difference for someone is worth the risk. They are counting on me to give 100 percent every day, even on my worst day.”
He also feels a stronger sense of responsibility to his co-workers, to be mindful and make sure he’s taking all necessary precautions to avoid bringing the virus into their station.
As a firefighter, he’s used to putting on full gear for a run— a fire helmet, turnout pants and a jacket made of heavy-duty fire and moisture-resistant fabric, gloves, boots, and a self-contained breathing apparatus.
Now, medical runs also require a new normal of protective gear, including a jumpsuit over his uniform, along with an N-95 mask. A respirator can also be worn for additional protection. When arriving at a home, one crew member goes to the door to ask questions, to screen for potential COVID-19 exposure, and reduce the number of people going inside if someone possibly has the virus.
When the crew returns to the station, they sanitize all their equipment and leave the jumpsuit and any other exposed clothing in the bay with the trucks. This prevents accidental spread of the virus.
“It’s our job to show up for any situation, but we’re aware that we have to protect ourselves,” he said.
Having been an athlete most of his life, including playing basketball at IU Kokomo, he likes the team atmosphere of being a firefighter.
“You have to trust the people you’re working with, that they have your back. I’m trusting these guys with my life, and vice versa,” Campbell said. “We see things most of the public won’t see, and we understand the pressures and stress each of us face. Building that camaraderie with each other, the brotherhood and sisterhood, is one of the beneficial parts of this job.”
So far, he’s not encountered a COVID-19 patient in any of his runs but was tested when one of his colleagues had the virus. Thankfully, his test was negative.
He’s noticed extra public support for firefighters and other front-line workers during the pandemic — support that he appreciates.
“The community has been behind us even before COVID-19, they’ve always supported the fire department. But with everything going on, they’re getting behind us even more than before,” he said. “They understand we are putting ourselves on the line.”
Campbell is grateful to the health care workers, nursing home caregivers, teachers, and other essential workers also doing their part during the pandemic.
“We realize we’re not the only ones out there doing this work,” he said.
Having seen the effects of the virus, he urges people to take precautions to avoid it if at all possible.
“It affects people in different ways,” he said. “You might get a light case but expose someone else who gets it and becomes seriously ill. It’s not like any other sickness. You have to take the proper precautions and protect yourself and think about what’s important in life. You don’t have to be scared and you should continue to live your life, but protect yourself, and be aware of the situations you put yourself in.”
Giving back to people and knowing you can go out there and make a difference for someone is worth the risk.
Jerome Campbell standing with arms crossed wearing a full face mask that protects during a fire fight
During the pandemic, focus has been on physical health — but mental health has taken a hit as well.
CDC researchers reported in the New York Times that more than 40 percent of people surveyed in late June said they experienced a mental or behavioral health condition related to the pandemic. They found that reports of anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts were up significantly in 2020 compared with previous years.
Nikki Brown was among the mental health care professionals supporting those affected, first as a student in IU Kokomo’s Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling, and, since graduating in August, as a full-time counselor.
From a phone in her living room, she walked her Integrity Counseling clients through depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues exacerbated by fear of the virus, the effects of suddenly having to stay at home, too much family togetherness, working from home while helping children with remote schoolwork, and other impacts.
“Everything else was unstable, but I worked hard to be stable for them and be someone they could rely and count on to be there,” said Brown, B.S. ’17, M.A. ‘20. “I showed them that every week I am here to support you the best that I can. I was someone reliable in a time that many other things were uncertain. They knew that every week, I was going to be there.”
She found people who already suffered anxiety and depression were hit harder by the sudden changes.
“Anxiety and depression were heightened, and a lot of people felt isolated and confused,” Brown said. “People who already had anxiety, it made it worse for them with depression. Many of them felt isolated, hopeless, and uncertain.”
She found that techniques such as using technology to connect with others and stay in touch with loved ones, engaging in hobbies to relieve stress, and offering more grace to yourself and others helped her clients.
“Quarantining with family means we don’t get the alone time we’re used to,” she said. “Offer more forgiveness to yourself and the ones you love during times of ‘excessive togetherness.’”
She and her colleagues learned how to counsel by phone as they went, their jobs made a little more difficult by not being able to meet in person.
“It’s hard to judge someone’s stability over the phone, especially if it’s a high suicide risk patient,” she said. “It’s a lot easier when you are in the same space and can assess body language. Even experienced counselors were confused sometimes, so for us newer counselors, it was really challenging.”
Brown said her team met weekly to support one another, sharing techniques that worked for their clients, and talking over challenges to brainstorm ideas. Because she was also completing her mental health counseling degree, she also shared ideas and successes on regular Zoom meetings with her classmates and faculty.
Her work team returned to in-person appointments in June, after rearranging their offices to have at least six feet between counselor and client. Brown continues to serve some clients remotely, if that is their preference.
She also graduated in August, and transitioned from her clinical internship into full-time employment at Integrity Counseling.
She anticipates assisting clients with ongoing pandemic-related issues into the future.
“Depending on what was going on in their homes, many people didn’t have the supports in place that they needed,” she said. “For people who weren’t in healthy homes, they could see long-term impacts. Or for people with OCD, all the germ prevention we were doing reinforces the idea that the world is dangerous, and germs are everywhere.”
Two weeks before David Barrett planned to bring more than 1,000 seventh and eighth graders safely back to school, disaster struck.
Barrett, assistant principal at Lafayette’s Tecumseh Junior High, tested positive for the virus. So did his pregnant wife, and all five of their children. None of them had felt sick, but he decided to get everyone tested after coming in contact with another person who contracted the virus.
Within days of finding out, Barrett was as sick as he could ever remember being — and feeling guilty on top of it for being home so close to the start of school.
“It was rough being at home and being stuck, and knowing my co-workers were busting their tails to get us back in school,” he said. “Two weeks before school starts, that’s when the pressure is on. I missed orientation, when I typically would do a lot with student services and clubs. It really made it hard to come back that first day.”
Barrett, B.S. ’09, and his family all recovered, and he was cleared to return to work the day before classes started. Even then, though, he wasn’t at 100 percent.
“I felt like I could barely breathe when I was walking up the stairs,” he said. “It took me a week to get back into the swing of things.”
Coming down with the virus brought home the seriousness of the illness that closed his school in mid-March, a week before spring break. Even knowing it was the right thing to do, it was challenging to move such a large number of students and teachers to virtual learning.
His job was supporting teachers as they pivoted to virtual instruction. Plus, it was important to check the well-being of students not showing up in virtual classes or completing work so they could be counted as present.
“It was hard for our students to adjust during that time,” Barrett said. “While our teachers did a great job making adjustments on the fly, our students really struggled without having the constant presence of a teacher. It was hard on the teachers, trying to figure out the best way to manage the pandemic and do the best they could for their students.”
Once the spring semester ended, the work began to prepare for the next school year. While they considered many options, including all virtual, all in-person, and a combination, everyone agreed that in-person was the best option. The biggest challenge was waiting for guidance from the state, so plans could be solidified, and the last-minute mask mandate that supported their plans.
“We got a lot of pushback on wanting to require masks,” said Barrett. “Once the governor made that mandate, it helped with what we were doing.”
About 300 students chose virtual school. The rest returned in person with new rules, including physical distancing, extra space in the cafeteria and rooms available for dining outside the cafeteria, and staircases and hallways designated to go one way only.
It’s been hard to manage those changes, given the age group of his students.
“Our teachers have had a lot of extra patience this year,” he said. “Junior high is a tough environment. They come in really immature, you add all these rules, and not being able to go outside to run off some of their energy because of contact tracing, it makes it harder on everyone.”
Barrett appreciates the support he and the teachers have felt from the community for themselves, and for their students.
“There was a huge outpouring from our community, recognizing what we were doing to try to help the kids,” he said. “We appreciated the shout outs and recognition. We’re not the doctors, but we’re still out here trying to do what’s best for our kids.”
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portrait of David Barrett
When Amy Lennon Kinder heard about a shortage of medical care providers in New York, she felt called to offer her service.
Kinder spent 12 weeks in New York City during the spring, working 12- to 16-hour shifts, without a day off, for 21 days, at the Coney Island Hospital, which was only treating COVID-19 patients.
She described her experience as “a whirlwind of emotions,” with tears flowing every day after returning to her hotel room following each shift.
The dire needs of her patients broke her heart, and she saw more death during her time in New York than she had during her previous six years as an emergency room nurse in Kokomo. Kinder described an ER packed with more than double its capacity of patients, all desperately ill, and little she could do to help.
Her co-workers were mostly health care professionals from outside New York because the local nurses were either sick or burned out from the relentless work.
“I knew I was there for a reason,” said Kinder, B.S.N. ’14, M.S.N. ’16. “We’re all in health care and have a shared goal of taking care of patients, and making sure they are loved while they are here.”
The impact of the coronavirus is unlike anything she had ever seen.
“COVID-19 literally attacks your entire body. People think it’s just like the flu, but the flu doesn’t affect the coagulation of your blood, and your kidneys, and your liver,” she said. “The disease progression is so fast.”
Kinder did this overwhelming work in heavy, hot PPE. A typical day’s attire included a protective suit zipped over her scrubs, an N95 mask, eye protection, hair covering, and two sets of gloves, with one pair worn for the whole shift and a second pair over them that are changed between patients.
The patients kept her going, though, with many from the nearby neighborhood, home to many Russian immigrants who spoke little or no English. She knew many of them were frightened, being urgently sick, alone, and treated by doctors and nurses in unusual garb.
“We utilized whatever resources we had to help them, like other staff who spoke their language, or video calls with family members, to get past those barriers,” Kinder said. “If that didn’t work, we just did our best to be present and give them the utmost respect and care.”
Once her contracted time was up, Kinder returned home to Kokomo, where she had to isolate herself for 14 days before she could see her family or return to work. Worn down in body and spirit, she coped by teaming up with either other health care professionals to write a book about their experience, “Covid-19 Frontliners: Against All Odds”.
Published June 30, the book is available on Amazon. Writing her part helped her process what she had seen.
“It was a very calming experience to get all of those emotions out, and get them on paper, and easier than talking about it,” she said.
While it’s not always easy to discuss, she has found that people at home want to hear her first-hand experience, having read about it in media.
And, yes, she would do it again.
“It was so humbling. It made me a better person, and a better nurse. It taught me a lot as a nurse, and I will never regret my experience in New York City.”
It made me a better person, and a better nurse.
Leadership through times of crisis
“Sometimes you find yourself in the middle of a pandemic, and sometimes in the middle of a pandemic, you find yourself leading.”
Eight months ago, Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke had no way of knowing she would soon face the biggest leadership challenge of her 40-plus year career in higher education.
Once the coronavirus pandemic forced a campus closure in mid-March, the virtual meetings began, non-stop, to determine the best – and safest – next steps for students, faculty, and staff.
Through it all, she remained deep-rooted in two core values that continue to successfully guide the campus through this pandemic and move it toward. Simply stated, people matter and culture matters.
lead from where you are
“People do matter. It is clear, without the excellent team at IU Kokomo, we would not have grown our enrollment this fall and launched in-person instruction on campus. It was important that everyone find a way in their sphere of influence to move the campus forward,” she stated.
Sciame-Giesecke found that as the campus pivoted from in-person to remote learning, decisions were being made very quickly. And sometimes those decisions were changed yet again.
“Something would be said in the morning and then by the evening it had changed,” she said. “I had to trust that people would step up and move to action.”
Communication and flexibility were key. “I had to mobilize people’s strengths rather than look at position descriptions. I had to reorient some people to action in ways that maybe they hadn’t before,” she said. “I believe everyone can lead from where they are.”
Daily communication emails and videos helped the campus faculty, staff, and students stay connected during this remote period.
It was impossible for one person to multi-manage all aspects of the crisis. Each faculty and staff member had to determine how they could help the campus be successful. They had to lead from their role on the campus.
For example, the Physical Facilities team had to design and learn new cleaning protocols to keep everyone safe, the Admissions staff had to find a way to enroll new students virtually, and the faculty had to redesign their courses to meet the new reality of hyflex courses.
“We began by defining a clear vision, return to in-person instruction as much as possible while keeping everyone safe. Then, we all went about our work to make that happen. It was challenging as we supported each other through the fear and anxiety of the unknown.”
Prior to the pandemic, the IU Kokomo campus community had worked hard to define and create its culture – a caring community that encourages innovation and big bold ideas.
A culture that focused on a caring community was important with all the unknowns that everyone was experiencing both at work and at home. We encouraged everyone to reach out to others and to contact their fellow employees to see how they were doing. The Chancellor met virtually with each department to listen and to find ways to keep people connected and to answer questions. Yet, the culture was challenged, building a caring community virtually was something no one had done before.
In addition, the culture of innovation was also needed. The campus needed quick, creative solutions to the “new normal.” For example, the Registrar’s office staff found ways to increase the number of classrooms that could be used to offer in-person classes. The information technology team jumped in find and then order new technology that would be needed to offer courses in the hyflex model, half the students on zoom and the other half in the classroom.
As the fall semester comes to a close the Chancellor has had time to reflect. She shared, “Now we need to examine all that we have done and outline our lessons learned from this crisis. I know we will keep some practices and processes and we will change others. I know I and everyone at IU Kokomo have learned so much about leading in the midst of a pandemic. I am so proud of how we rose to the challenge.”
Amy Lennon Kinder wearing full PPE in the hospital
Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke wearing a red pantsuit while standing in front of Kelley House.
Unsung campus heroes
Want to know the square footage of any classroom
at IU Kokomo?
Ask Rick Phelps.
Phelps, team leader in physical facilities, led efforts to sanitize all classrooms and gathering spaces, plus, set up classrooms for physical distancing when the fall semester began.
“I had zero worries and zero doubts that we would be as prepared as we could be to handle whatever was thrown at us,” said Phelps about faculty, staff, and students’ return in August.
The plan of action began just as soon as classes transitioned to remote instruction because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Facilities staff immediately pivoted from their regular duties to determine campus needs for protective equipment, cleaning supplies, and hand sanitizer, not knowing when students would return to campus.
Once the university announced that fall semester would include some face-to-face learning, Phelps and others faced their biggest challenge yet – setting up classrooms for physical distancing.
“Everything was measured for a six-foot distance,” he said. “In every classroom, every desk, and every chair. We created six-foot-long poles to create a right angle and marked red dots on the floor to show where the rear left wheel goes for each chair. That way, we can easily put all furniture on that dot to be where it needs to be.”
On July 1, all facilities staff returned for what he called “spring cleaning on steroids,” to sanitize the entire campus.
“We cleaned the air vents, the blinds, the lightings, every nook and cranny of this place got touched one way or another,” he said. “We tried to clean every piece of carpet, and every piece of furniture. As long as we were doing that, we also buffed the floors, so it would look nice when we put everything back.”
He’s proud of the effort of his team.
“They did a fantastic job and worked really hard to prepare for everyone’s return,” Phelps said. “I’m really happy with their dedication.”
When faced with a pandemic, the teaching doesn’t stop.
Faculty members quickly learned Zoom and other technology to allow for interactive learning — and with very little time to prepare.
But Chérie Dodd and her team had their back.
“The very first thing we had to do was, we knew many of them did not have enough experience with Zoom,” she said. “We had to develop a brand-new course rather quickly,” said Chérie Dodd, instructional strategies specialist for the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment (CTLA). For the two weeks between the start of spring break and when students returned, we did a lot of hands-on training.”
Dodd and her CTLA colleagues taught multiple sessions on using online tools like Zoom, a video conferencing program. In addition, the team assisted in new challenges faced by faculty — like students who could no longer attend during the regular class time for various reasons. Faculty created videos in advance of class for students who had technical difficulties, needed information repeated, or weren’t available during class time.
CTLA helped to create discussion boards, where professors share resources and ideas that work for them as they navigate a new way of teaching.
All in all, the common goal was to ensure students would continue to learn, have the resources they needed to succeed, and be engaged and supported through the unusual semester.
Once classes resumed, Dodd and the CTLA staff were on call to support faculty, troubleshoot issues, and also provide additional instruction.
“Spring was pretty hectic,” she said. “I don’t think any of us breathed in the spring and there was no way we took a day off because our schedules were so tight.”
During the summer, the work continued, preparing faculty to teach in hybrid formula, with part of the class in person and the rest joining virtually. Dodd said they taught four days a week, with full classes of faculty learning how to keep their classes interactive, create collaborative exercises, and consider accessibility for all students.
“We prepared faculty to help them be more confident about teaching this way,” Dodd said. “We knew there would be challenges, and moving forward, we are here to jump in and help whenever necessary.”
The folks in information technology become your new best friend when a college campus goes to remote learning.
From needing a laptop to work from home, to WiFi needs, to just overall support – the University Information Technology Services team was just a phone call – or Zoom meeting – away.
“We had to press technology into service that wasn’t necessarily what we would ordinarily loan out,” said Garrett Harper, associate director of IT support. “We prepared a lot of laptops for faculty and staff to be able to do what they needed to do. We had people available in the library so students could check out Chromebooks and hotspots, if they didn’t have those.”
The library stayed open, so they and other IT staff took turns working there, providing tech support and checking out devices to students, with two stations set up for in-person or remote assistance.
Once the spring semester ended, the race was on to update classroom technology for classes being taught in hybrid formula – with part of the students in the classroom, and the others participating remotely. That included setting up seven new classrooms vacated when Purdue programs moved off campus, and classrooms in the Student Activities and Events Center.
Backorders of products and shipping delays made that work challenging.
“There was a lot of hurry up and wait this summer, with availability of items,” he said.
Michelle Trueblood, systems administrator, supported faculty and staff while they worked from home, helping them set up secure connections to access files on their work desktops.
“I worked with a lot of people remotely. We trained on programs and tools we are used to working with, and helped other people get up to speed on how to use it,” she said, adding that some of the challenges were more home-related. “Working from home during the pandemic was interesting in the fact that we have 5 dogs. Plus, my 4-year-old granddaughter, Layla, wanted to sit on my lap during every Zoom meeting and wave ‘hi’.”
Trueblood, who found a love for IT unexpectedly through a previous job, enjoys helping to solve technology problems, but admits she prefers being on campus than working from home.
“Each day is a little different, and that keeps it interesting and fun,” she said.
Joe Little and Rick Phelps use a measuring tool to make sure there are 6 feet between red dots that mark where desks and chairs can be in classrooms
Cherie Dodd working with a female staff member on her laptop
Michelle Trueblood wearing a black IU mask while working on computers with a male staff member
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Partners in Giving
Students from Wabash Highschool attending classes at IU Kokomo
Building strong and vibrant communities starts when community members, institutions and organizations are able to come together. Through the gifts of our generous donors, Indiana University Kokomo continues to educate and partner with the communities in our region. We are so thankful for our donors past, present and future.
“I am so excited about the innovative people we have here at IU Kokomo,and what the grants allow the students to do.” Lynette Hazelbaker
Lynette Hazelbaker, Kokomo
When many people share their resources, they can make a bigger difference.
That’s what Lynette Hazelbaker likes about being part of IU Kokomo’s Women of the Well House, a women’s philanthropy circle that combines its contributions to support campus and community impact projects.
Each member commits to giving $1,000 per year, and then the group meets to review grant applications and hear from those requesting funds and recommend recipients each year. The group has funded a robotics tournament for high school students, technology at a domestic violence shelter, class service projects, a sustainability camp, and many other initiatives.
A retired physician, when Hazelbaker heard about the circle, she wanted to be part of it.
“I am so excited about the innovative people we have at IU Kokomo, and what the grants allow the students to do. As the Women of the Well House, we enhance their education. It’s a way to fund programs that might not be available otherwise, like participating in sustainability projects and getting students involved in community service.”
She enjoys working with the other women to make a difference, on campus and in the community.
“You get women from so many different backgrounds, but we’re all working together, pooling our resources to help people,” she said. “I enjoy the camaraderie.”
Rev. Franklin and Cora Smith Breckenridge, Elkhart
While serving as leaders — Franklin Breckenridge was president of Indiana’s NAACP State Conference of 21 Branches for 23 years, and Cora Smith Breckenridge completed three terms as the first African-American member of the IU Board of Trustees — they also gave financially. Friends began the IU Kokomo scholarship in honor of Cora’s trustee election, and they endowed it – to be given each year – with preference to minority students.
Cora said scholarships made it possible for her to go to IU.
“All of those people impacted our lives, and now we have a duty and an obligation to impact the lives of the young people who come behind us,” she said. “It means a lot to us. Not only did we take, but we have given.”
They are proud that they, their children, and granddaughter all have IU degrees.
“IU allowed us to be educated, to become the type of people we are, and has enabled us to participate and grow and be helpful, and work to erase the racism, discrimination, and inequality that has been the burden and the situation in which we have been as African Americans in this country since our ancestors were brought here as slaves,” Franklin said.
Solidarity Community Federal Credit Union, Kokomo
As an early supporter of IU Kokomo’s athletic program, it was a natural fit for Solidarity Community Federal Credit Union to make a Cornerstone gift to the Student Activities and Events Center.
“We’re so excited that IU Kokomo has expanded and grown at the level it has,” said Diana TenBrook, vice president for marketing. “When I go to events there, or attend a game, and I see our name there, it’s going to make me very proud.”
The credit union began its partnership with campus with a five-year pledge to the athletic program and placed a no-fees ATM in the Kelley Student Center Commons. It also started the Cougar Checking Account for students, faculty, staff, and alumni, and contributes $10 to a scholarship fund for each of those accounts opened.
Melissa Domingues, president/CEO, values the relationship between the credit union and campus.
“We’ve been a long-time supporter of IU Kokomo, and we’re proud of our continuing partnership,” she said. “We love working with and helping the students and the amazing faculty and staff there.”
TenBrook appreciates receiving information about the recipients, and especially getting to meet them.
“It’s amazing how gracious and thankful they are,” she said. “That just fills your heart up with good feelings.”
She added that Solidarity has hosted 14 marketing interns over eight years, and regularly brings its Surprise Squad over to pay for meals in the Cougar Country Café.
“We feel like this is part of our responsibility to our community, to volunteer, and to give monetarily,” she said. “We give with our money, our talents, and our hearts.
Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke points and smiles along with Lynette Hazelbaker
IU President Michael McRobbie poses with Cora and Franklin Breckenridge
Melissa Domingues and Diana Tenbrook pose in front of a decorative IU wall in the Student Activities and Events Center
Students receive help during tough times
When IU Kokomo students began feeling the economic impact of the pandemic in early spring, alumni and friends opened their hearts — and their wallets — to provide emergency aid.
In total, more than $12,000 was donated to support students in need in April and May alone. This was the largest amount donated to students in crisis at any of IU’s regional campuses this spring.
The Student in Crisis Fund has helped students pay for utility bills, textbooks, gas, and home internet, so they could complete the semester remotely.
One student recipient, a single working father of two, said, “The same day I applied for unemployment, I also applied to the IUK Student in Crisis Fund. I was pleased to get an almost instant response asking about my financial worries. While I was hesitant to ask for assistance, the fund graciously sent me enough money to pay for two months of WiFi. This kept me from worrying about how I would complete my studies, how my daughter would do her e-learning, and how I would keep the baby monitor hooked up in my youngest’s room. I am grateful for this resource.”
Another single parent, a nursing student and mother of two who temporarily lost her job, also received aid through the fund. In addition to Student in Crisis Fund aid, she and her family received food from the IU Kokomo Cougar Cupboard and were connected by IU Kokomo staff with other community resources to assist them. Whenever students are awarded Student in Crisis Fund aid, the campus’s resource navigator works with them to help them find longer term solutions to their needs.
The fund was established in 2008 by the Professional Staff Council, with the goal of providing financial assistance to help solve problems that might lead a student to drop out without graduating.
The need is ongoing, and anyone interested in giving can find out more at iuk.edu/give.
Believe. Build. Belong.
Our mission is vital to our community now more than ever! And our future relies on a welcoming place for us all to come together, hear dynamic speakers and exciting music, enjoy athletic events, meet with prospective employers, attend dinners, galas and more! That place is the IU Kokomo Student Activities and Events Center! Please partner with us in our mission by going to crowdfunding.iu.edu and be a part of the Believe. Build. Belong. Campaign.
Naming opportunities are also available. Contact the Office for University Advancement at 765-455-9485.
As always, thank you for your support.
Fundraising Disclosures: go.iu.edu/89n
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outside of Student Activities and Events Center
new gymnasium floor in Student Activities and Events Center
Students working at desks inside the Student Activities and events center
The Indiana University Bicentennial Campaign set the bar higher than any fundraising effort in the university’s history. Your extraordinary generosity not only met but exceeded the campaign goal—twice! The people and programs funded will improve and transform our community for the better. You can learn more about the overall campaign at forall.iu.edu.
$16,850,842 Raised for IU Kokomo from JAN 1, 2012, to SEP 30, 2020
118 percent of our campus goal
$700,074 non-government grant support
3,090 donors to the campaign
4 capital projects
142 new scholarships
$6,484,307 was contributed by 598 faculty/staff/retirees
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IU Kokomo partners with communities
for a stronger, more vital region.
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Words from your chancellor
“We’re doing big, bold things on campus every day and it’s a wonderful time for you to get involved in your own way.”
This academic year, we are celebrating a big milestone at Indiana University Kokomo: 75 years as the choice for higher education in our region. As I look back on where it all began in 1945, I think of all the determined, dynamic, and unique students who have walked through our doors – whether at the Seiberling Mansion or our campus on Washington Street – and then gone out to change their corner of the world. Including you!
For decades, we’ve seen our alumni become our teachers, doctors, nurses, artists, writers, businesspeople, leaders, lawyers, and legacy leavers. And we don’t take that lightly. We’ve been celebrating our 75th Anniversary and all that those years mean to us, our alumni, and our community.
A huge part of the success of IU Kokomo is the important partnerships we’ve developed since the very start. From healthcare to economic development to K-12 initiatives, we have relationships with people with the ability to create change across our region. Donors partner with us and trust our vision for all this institution can be. And, you, our alumni, partner with us to voice your thoughts, attend events, and stay connected with your alma mater. All of these relationships contribute to the success of this campus and to the communities we serve.
We’re doing big, bold things on campus every day and it’s a wonderful time for you to get involved in your own way. Whether you attend a celebratory event, visit campus to hear a dynamic world-class speaker, cheer on the Cougars at a sporting event, or swing by for a cup of coffee in our new coffeehouse, the Ground Up Café, we’d love to see you around.
Please follow us on the social media platform of your choice to stay up-to-date as we move forward into the next 75 years! We hope to see you at an event or hear from you!
Susan Sciame-Giesecke, Ph.D.
Indiana University Kokomo
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Group of people making 75
Chancellor at ribbon cutting
Chancellor speaking at event
As you’re reading this magazine, know that we consider you a valued partner to Indiana University Kokomo.
Whether you’re a proud alumnus, a supportive friend of the university, or a generous donor, it is your partnership that makes what we do possible. As the name of our alumni magazine indicates, our goal is to leave a legacy – for our students, our community, and the world. In this issue, we take a moment to reflect on the partnerships between our beloved institution and the community. From health care to K-12 initiatives to economic development, it is our honor to partner with you – wherever you are – to truly make a difference.
As you’re reading this edition and learning about the ways the community has allowed us to play a role in growth and advancement of our region, maybe an idea will spark for you. A way to connect with our campus. A partnership in a new area we hadn’t thought of yet. That’s the goal. As we reflect on our longstanding relationships and new, budding partnerships across the 14-county region in which we serve, we’re always striving to find more ways to impact people and places around us. But, we can’t do it without you. Wherever you are in the community, we value your ideas and connections. Partner with us and help us continue to improve the lives and development of our communities.
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Annual Golf Outing
75 years of IU Kokomo History
Partners in Giving
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Happy Holidays fellow my Alumni
Campus has been abuzz with students and all things 75th Anniversary for the fall semester, and we are continuing this through the spring.
The major 75th anniversary celebration honors many of you, our alumni. In our last issue, we identified several Legacy Families of IU Kokomo. We defined Legacy Families as families who have two or more graduates within an immediate family, spouses who met and graduated from IU Kokomo, multiple siblings within a family, and parents who have graduated and have students currently attending IU Kokomo. Since that issue hit your mailboxes and was put on our alumni social media channels, we identified even more Legacy Families. Thank you!
We want to honor you by hosting a Legacy Family Dinner to take place on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 in the Kelley Student Center, room 130. We hope you’ll join us as we recognize you for being an intricate piece of the fabric that makes up IU Kokomo. It’s not too late to be included as a Legacy Family. If you feel your family meets the criteria listed above, email me at email@example.com by February 10, 2020 so we can add your family to the list and invite you to the dinner. If you’ve gotten married, moved, changed emails, please send me those updates so you can receive your special invitation to the dinner.
I’m looking forward to seeing many of you at the Legacy Dinner and honoring you through a new tradition at IU Kokomo.
For the Glory of IU,
Benjamin Liechty, B.A. ‘06
Director of Alumni Relations and Campus Ceremonies
Benjamin Liechty and Senior Hannah Bourne, winner of Indiana University Distinguished Alumni Service Award scholarship
Ben Lietchy and Hannah Borune winner of Indiana University Distinguished Alumni Service Award Scholarship
It was a beautiful day for the annual golf outing on Wednesday, September 11. Nearly 100 golfers teed off the 75th Anniversary of Indiana University Kokomo at this annual event.
Coaches and players from the men’s basketball, and women’s tennis, soccer, and volleyball teams attended the outing to greet golfers and share updates about their teams.
A special congratulations goes out to the winning team of Jason Banach, Charles Northrop, Jeffrey Kaden, and John Perszyk, representing the IU Bloomington Real Estate Office and the Jackrabbits. Second place finishers were the team of Mike Morgan, Linda Morgan, Tom Lane, and Brandi Jones.
First Farmers Bank & Trust was the presenting sponsor, and Rozzi’s Catering donated lunch. Brad Howell Ford was the hole-in-one sponsor.
A special thanks goes out to all of our sponsors, including:
Four County Counseling
Kokomo New Car Dealers Association
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
Button Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram
Man in Hoosier hat posed with backswing
Four people standing and posing at the golf outing
Man golfing with IU in background
Man excited after hitting a good golf shot
Two men walking with their golf bags, celebrating 75 years sign
From the beginning as the Kokomo Junior College, with only three students in the first graduating class, to the bustling campus and staple institution of higher education, Indiana University Kokomo has always believed in dreaming big and taking bold steps to support the limitless future of its students.
Explore this timeline to learn more about significant people, places, and events that have shaped IU Kokomo from the very start.
View the entire timeline at 75years.iuk.edu/our-history
SOARING ENROLLMENT AND
Due to climbing enrollment at the Taylor Street location, the university purchases the Seiberling Kingston mansion at 1200 West Sycamore Street to expand its facilities.
Dr. Smith Higgins is appointed IU Kokomo Director. A Navy veteran who taught mathematics, Dr. Higgins was a champion for IU regional campuses.
Kokomo Junior College begins offering a two-year collegiate program, laying the foundation for Indiana University's presence in Kokomo.
In 1945, Indiana University establishes an extension center in the former Kokomo Junior College building at 508 W. Taylor Street. Dr. Virgil Hunt serves as the Center’s first director.
FREEING UP SPACE
With increasing enrollment, IU buys the neighboring Elliott House. Moving the library and some offices to this new space allows for more classrooms in the Seiberling building.
A celebration 75 years in the making
1930, 1940, 1950, 1960
Ted Miltenberger, junior at Indiana University Center at Kokomo, studies in front of the West Sycamore Street campus, circa 1950.
Dr. Smith Higgins (left) poses with his predecessor, Dr. Virgil Hunt
Kokomo Junior College, 1932
Dr. Hunt (center) tours the chemistry lab in 1950 with IU President Herman B Wells and chemistry instructor Jack Holloway.
The Elliot House, Moving the library and some offices to this new space allows for more classrooms in the Seiberling building
A student reports on the campaign stop in an issue of The Center Scope, May 1960.
75 Years Anniversary Logo
IU Kokomo moves to the new 57-acre South Washington Street campus. A number of summer courses are offered despite continuing construction, and the fall semester marks the official opening of the new campus.
Dr. Victor M. Bogle is appointed chancellor. His fundraising and strategic vision shaped the future of the IU Kokomo campus.
Associate degrees in nursing and radiological technology, as well as bachelor’s degrees in education, are awarded at IU Kokomo’s first commencement.
This building now houses the Nursing Simulation Lab and Division of Allied Health Sciences.
Dr. Hugh L. Thompson is appointed chancellor. He helped lay the groundwork for expansion at IU Kokomo, doubling the amount of land in Kokomo owned by the university and constructing new buildings to meet the needs of present and future students.
Dr. Emita B. Hill is appointed chancellor. In addition to her investment in the IU Kokomo campus as chancellor, Dr. Hill also founded the Emita B. Hill Scholarship to aid students in their international studies.
Then-Senator John F. Kennedy stops by the Kokomo campus while campaigning, greeting students and signing autographs.
THE WELL HOUSE
COMES TO CAMPUS
The Well House is moved to the new campus and becomes a favorite gathering place for students. Today it lends its name to the Women of the Well House, an organization that supports the philanthropic goals of IU Kokomo students, staff, and faculty.
The Observatory opens with a 96-seat lecture hall. Today, in addition to providing space for research and classes, the Observatory hosts special events and free open houses for the campus and community.
We’re commemorating our campus’ 75th anniversary in a big way! Join us as we celebrate you and the legacy of our wonderful campus.
We hope you’ll join us as we recognize you for being an intricate piece of the fabric that makes up IU Kokomo.
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1970, 1980, 1990
Dr. Victor Bogle speaks during Nursing Alumni Day event, 1977
IU Kokomo moves to the new 57-acre South Washington Street campus
Graduates participate in a tree dedication ceremony during IU Kokomo's first commencement, 1970
IUK East Building Opens
Chancellor Thompson proposes expanding recruitment area
Chancellor Emita Hill speaks with Julian Bond, 1992
The Well House is moved to the new campus and becomes a favorite gathering place for students
Students observe the eclipse in front of the Observatory, 2017
Students line up outside of the offices above the IU Kokomo Commons in the new Kelley Student Center
NEW LIBRARY OPENS
The new building includes the 200-seat Kresge Auditorium and the Art Gallery. The Library Building is connected to the Kelley Student Center by Alumni Hall, a hub of campus activity.
Dr. Ruth J. Person is installed as Chancellor. She later received an honorary degree from IU in recognition of her significant accomplishments.
LET’S GO COUGARS!
IU Kokomo selects the Cougar as its new mascot in a campuswide election. Later, in 2011, students would name the fixture at campus and athletic events Kingston Cougar.
IU KOKOMO JOINS NAIA
IU Kokomo is approved for full membership in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) conference, paving the way for more robust athletic teams and activities on campus.
The 21,0000-square-foot Milt and Jean Cole Family Wellness and Fitness Center opens thanks to a $1.25 million grant from the Cole family.
After 37 years on campus, Dr. Susan Sciame-Giesecke becomes chancellor of IU Kokomo. Dr. Sciame-Giesecke holds a Ph.D. in Speech Communication from Indiana University.
The building and attached classroom wing provide offices, classrooms, student lounges, a cafeteria, a child-care center, and a campus bookstore.
IUK ON THE WORLD
In a news release, IU Kokomo announces its first website “for those who like to cruise the information superhighway.”
HUNT HALL OPENS
A state-of-the-art science facility opens, offering classrooms, laboratories, and offices for faculty and administration.
Michael Harris is installed as Chancellor of IU Kokomo.
The IU Kokomo community celebrates the ceremonial groundbreaking for the new Student Activities and Events Center. The Center will serve as a venue for campus events and activities, as well as the home for Cougar athletic teams.
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2000, 2010, 2020
Richard Ardrey, Emita Hill, and E.W. Kelley attend the dedication of the new library, April 7, 1995
Chancellor Person receives check from Delphi representative
Members of the women's basketball team pose with Kingston Cougar, 2018
Cougars celebrate victory over regional campus rival IU East, 2018
The Cole Family visits the cardio training area of the completed Cole Fitness Center
The installation ceremony for Dr. Sciame-Giesecke
IU Kokomo student works on the computer, 1996
Hunt Hall opens
Michael Harris is installed as Chancellor of IU Kokomo
Groundbreaking for new Student Activities & Events Center IU Kokomo staff and students participate in the ceremonial groundbreaking for the new Student Activities and Events Center, 2018
Save the date
Legacy Family Dinner
Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Keep an eye out for the Bicentennial Bus!
Formal invitation coming early 2020. Identify your family legacy by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now through August 2020, Indiana University’s traveling exhibit, All for You, will be touring Indiana, bringing the IU Bicentennial to all of the state’s 92 counties. Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke will be on board to visit every community in our 14-county region.
This interactive exhibit explores IU’s impact on the state. The exhibit features content from each campus in various mediums, including virtual reality, 3D prints, physical objects from IU’s collections, videos, and historic images. Don’t miss this big red bus when it visits your community!
IU Bicentennial traveling exhibit
is a police officer for the Frankfort Police Department.
has been accepted into a Ph.D. program for nursing.
is an administrative specialist for the Shura Council, which is the parliament of Saudi Arabia.
is an entrepreneur selection and growth manager at Endeavor.
is a corporate workforce planning advisor for Saudi Aramco.
is general supervisor of ATMATA Training Institute, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
recently joined IU Kokomo as creative services manager. Previously she was design director and guest relations for Solutions Salon and Spa.
recently accepted a new position as a communications specialist and content strategist at IUPUI. Previously, she was assistant director of student life and development at Ivy Tech Community College. Indianapolis.
is the chief operating officer at IU Health Bloomington Hospital. Previously he was vice president of EMCARE/EMVISION Physicians Services.
Master Trooper Ron Huff,
recently was honored for 25 years as an Indiana State Trooper. He serves in the Pendleton district.
M.S.N. ’19, B.S.N. ‘05,
recently joined the physicians and nurse practitioners with the Marion General Hospital Hospitalist program. She’s worked at the hospital since 2005, as a registered nurse in telemetry and the critical care department, and later as a unit shift manager.
Ashley (Miller) Leicht,
is graduate program coordinator for the IU Kokomo School of Business.
is a financial analyst for FirstPerson, a benefits and compensation advisory firm in Indianapolis.
is education reporter at the Kokomo Tribune.
is an assistant coach for the Xavier University of Louisiana volleyball team.
is project coordinator for the Pulaski County Community Development Commission.
B.S. N. ‘09
was recently promoted to chief nursing officer at IU Health Tipton Hospital. She previously was interim CNO, while also serving as director of nursing operations.
was appointed chief nursing officer at Tulane Health Systems, New Orleans. She previously was vice president and associate chief nurse executive at IU Health in Indianapolis.
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As a regional campus of Indiana University, a core part of IU Kokomo’s mission is to serve as a steward of place, enhancing the quality of life for the people of north central Indiana.
It achieves that mission by partnering with others in its 14-county region — not-for-profits, health care organizations, K-12 school corporations, businesses and others — with similar goals.
Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke said partnerships go back to IU Kokomo’s beginnings 75 years ago, when area business leaders petitioned IU to adopt Kokomo Junior College as an IU extension center. As the IU campus began, Kokomo Schools offered its assistance, allowing the fledgling campus to use Kokomo High School classrooms before the purchase of the Seiberling Mansion.
The commitment to partnership continues to this day.
“We are committed to being active partners in enhancing the economic development, quality of life, and the educational attainment in our service area,” Sciame-Giesecke said. “As a regional campus of Indiana University it is our responsibility to partner with the communities in our region, in an effort to create opportunities for everyone.”
The campus has not only collaborated with area schools, but leaders have worked with organizations such as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), the Indiana Small Business Development Center, local government units and elected officials, hospitals, and many more.
Each entity benefits from the cooperation, she said, using the example of the long-term work with FCA.
“They employ several of our students as interns each year, and hire many of them when they complete those internships,” she said. “We assist FCA in growing its leaders from within, by providing an on-site Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program. This partnership continues to grow, and we are excited about future possibilities.”
Partnering with the City of Kokomo and Kokomo Schools allowed the campus to grow its athletic program, with an agreement to allow IU Kokomo to turn the former Memorial Gym pool into Cougar Gym. That gave sports teams a home gym of their own, rather than borrowing space from other area schools. The city also permits the campus to use Kokomo Municipal Stadium, allowing for the addition of baseball and women’s soccer teams.
One of the most important partnerships, however, has been with K-12 schools, working together to increase the number of north central Indiana residents with bachelor’s degrees.
“We want every K-12 student to have the opportunity to have a conversation about going to college,” Sciame-Giesecke said. “ We collaborate with our area school leaders on how we can introduce the idea of going to college at many grade levels.”
The campus has opened the doors to schools for visits by children in elementary, middle, and high school, with more than 2,200 touring in spring 2019. A partnership with the United Way Serving Howard and Tipton Counties, and the Kokomo Family YMCA,
“We’re committed to being active partners in enhancing the economic development, quality of life, and the educational attainment in our service area.”
Joe Hooper and Chancellor Susan Sciame-Gieseck
Joe Hooper and The Chancellor
brings about 1,600 kindergartners to visit each September, for the annual Walk into My Future event.
A new pilot collaboration is underway this school year, the Passport to College Program, with 10 school districts in the region. Students complete activities that encourage and support college-going behaviors in middle and high school, with a scholarship offered to students who complete the program and enroll at IU Kokomo.
“We believe we are having a positive impact on students who may not have had the opportunity to have that college conversation otherwise,” Sciame-Giesecke said.
The following stories highlight a variety of current partnerships between IU Kokomo and others in our region. These are the relationships that not only impact learning opportunities for our students, but strengthen economic growth and quality of life for the communities in which the campus serves.
Abby Vinopal began earning a degree from Indiana University Kokomo during her senior year at Wabash High School, because of a partnership between the two schools.
Twice a week for the first semester of her senior year, she and several classmates boarded a bus at their high school, which brought them to campus for two classes, before returning to school. Second semester, she took an online class, completing it before she graduated.
When it came time to choose her college, the decision was easy.
“I felt comfortable here, and I knew my way around,” she said. “I had credits here, and I knew all the credits I earned in high school would transfer. It made for an easy transition.”
She’s among a growing number of Wabash High School students choosing IU Kokomo since the program began five years ago.
Angie Siders, director of admissions, worked with guidance counselors from the high school to get it started.
“These students experience what I would consider to be the most real form of dual credit there is,” she said.“Being immersed in a college class is giving them a real taste of what it would be like, allowing them to get their feet wet with the expectations, all while surrounded by the support system they have in high school and at home.”
IU Kokomo provided scholarships for part of the cost, with Wabash Schools paying part of the tuition, and students and their families funding a small portion.
Vinopal is among the one-third of participating students who chose IU Kokomo after graduating. With the credits she earned in high school, she could complete a bachelor’s degree in three years.
Jason Callahan, superintendent of the Wabash City Schools, said this 70 percent of the Class of 2019 went to college, the largest percentage since they began documenting that statistic.
“This past year, the number one school of choice for our students was IU Kokomo,” he said. “Not only do I think it plays a role in recruiting kids because their experience is positive, but it’s recruiting them to a four-year institution. For the first time in the history of us tracking it, the majority went to a four-year, not a two-year school.”
Students from Wabash High School attending classes on the IU Kokomo Campus.
Students from Wabash Highschool attending classes at IU Kokomo
The partnership helps both schools in their shared mission of increasing the number of people in north central Indiana with college degrees. Giving students a positive first experience makes it more likely they will succeed in graduating, Callahan said, noting they had seen students flounder because while they were academically prepared, they didn’t know how to be a college student.
“Getting these students, especially those who are first-generation college students, a college campus experience before they go is vitally important,” he said, “Becoming an IU Kokomo student while also a Wabash High School student, and learning how to navigate, shows them they can succeed. If you climb one mountaintop, you can climb one more. I see this as that initial summit of a mountaintop.”
The program is growing in popularity as well — this year’s group of participants is the largest ever, at 18, and Wabash Schools had to increase to a full-sized bus. Many of those students have taken the dual-credit classes offered at the high school, and are ready for the challenge.
Lexi Westendorf and Trenton Daughtry are among those students, and they share a goal of earning all the credits to complete their freshman year while still in high school.
Daughtry said, “It’s good to get on campus and feel what college will be like. It’s a good experience to have.” Westendorf said it allows them to move toward the future.
“This is preparing us at a whole different level for college,” she said, “They’re really giving everyone a step forward in what they’re going to do.”
Heidi Wright fled an abusive marriage with her purse on her arm, and nothing more.
Because the Family Service Association of Howard County had a domestic violence shelter — that receives part of its funding from an annual IU Kokomo fundraiser — she had a safe place to find her footing, and begin the work to support herself and her children on her own.
Ten years later, Wright gives back as the FSA’s sexual assault advocate, accompanying victims through the criminal justice system and recovery, and teaching about prevention.
These programs rely on donations like those raised through IU Kokomo’s Angel Walk, which has raised more than $212,000 for the shelter since 2004.
“From a personal standpoint, the money donated made all the difference in the world to me,” Wright said. “It meant I could get into a safe place and get out of an unsafe relationship. Being able to stay in a safe place meant I could succeed, and go on to do the work I do. It means I can go to the hospital and be with a victim hours after he or she has been sexually assaulted, and comfort them and help them. I can continue to work with stakeholders in the community to have coordinated efforts to help victims.”
The cause is important to Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke, who serves as president of its board of directors. She joined after hearing the shelter was in danger of closing, due to lack of funding.
“I wanted to be part of the solution,” she said. “The backbone of successful communities are healthy, strong families. We, as a community, are only as strong as our most vulnerable. I am proud to live in a community that looks out for one another, and FSA’s mission is supporting families to be healthy and strong.”
Hundreds of people — students, faculty, staff, and community members — have attended the Angel
Heidi Wright (far right) leads IU Kokomo students as they set out on the annual Angel Walk
Heidi Wright (far right) leads IU Kokomo students as they set out on the annual Angel Walk.
Heidi Wright (far right) leads Iu Kokomo students as they set out on the annual Angel Walk
Walk each April, raising money for the shelter and awareness of domestic violence.
Wright noted that the shelter’s annual operating budget is more than $850,000 and it all comes from grants and donations. That makes the money raised through the Angel Walk critically important.
The partnership is about far more than raising money, however. It’s also about education.
Faculty and students have partnered on several projects, including painting rooms in the shelter, teaching digital storytelling, résumé writing and basic computer skills to shelter
Students learn through these service opportunities, Sciame-Giesecke said. “Hopefully, after learning what constitutes unacceptable behavior, and that there is help available, victims of domestic or sexual violence will seek assistance, and help stop the cycle of violence.”
These programs, as well as the Angel Walk, are an opportunity for the FSA to reach college students with a critical message, Wright said.
“It’s helps us get the word out to one of the most vulnerable demographics to sexual assault and domestic or dating violence,” she said. “The partnership gives us an excellent opportunity to educate students about domestic violence. It’s good to know not only yourself, but so you can be supportive and help a friend through that situation.”
With a looming shortage of primary health care providers, IU Kokomo’s School of Nursing and Community Howard Regional Health partnered to address the problem, with the creation of a family nurse practitioner degree.
They announced the start of the program in May 2016, with the hospital providing $500,000 over five years, to get it started.
Dean Susan Hendricks commended leadership at Community Howard Regional Health for its proactive decision.
“This was a really important gift for us,” she said. “In Indiana, many of our rural communities are underserved by primary health care providers. It’s a serious issue.”
Joe Hooper, president of Community Howard Regional Health, said a recent assessment showed the area is about 17 primary health care providers short of what the population requires. It’s unlikely hospital leadership could recruit 17 physicians in a short time, so partnering to start a family nurse practitioner program is an alternate way to address the need.
He added that in starting the program, preference was to be given to local applicants who want to stay in the area.
“We weren’t interested in training people to then leave the community,” he said. “We wanted to create our own pipeline, for providers to stay in the community.”
It’s beginning to pay off.
Mary Steinke, nurse practitioner track director, said classes are taught in person and in hybrid formula, which combines online and classroom experiences. Students take seven semesters of classes, including summer sessions, to complete in two and one-half years.
Allison Cardwell, F.N.P. ‘19
Allison Cardwell, F.N.P '19
The first class of 13 family nurse practitioners graduated in May 2019 — and most had jobs lined up when they completed. Three of them now work for Community Physician practices.
Allison Cardwell is among those new nurse practitioners.
A Kokomo native, her career goal had always been to serve as a nurse practitioner. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from IU Kokomo in 2010, and kept in touch with Mary Bourke, associate dean of graduate programs and associate professor, knowing there was potential for a program to start.
As a working nurse and mother of two young children, going out of town to earn her advanced practice degree wasn’t an option. She applied shortly after the school began taking applications.
A partnership effort led by Indiana University Kokomo has garnered more than $6 million in grant funding for north central Indiana in five years — money that has paid for community center construction, storm water planning projects, local street initiatives, workforce development, broadband planning, and other quality of place initiatives in six counties.
Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke facilitated planning for the North Central Indiana Regional Planning Council (NCIRPC), with the goal of assisting with community development in Cass, Clinton, Fulton, Howard, Miami, and Tipton counties.
Steven Ray, NCIRPC executive director, said the organization is separate from the counties’ economic development corporations.
“Our role is to support our local units of government, by being a resource in increasing the capacity in community development projects and initiatives,” he said “That can be everything from infrastructure improvement projects to quality of life projects, or workforce development.”
The six counties involved have a long history of working together, Ray said, having worked together since the early 2000s to promote and market the region and to collaborate on workforce, education and transportation issues.
NCIRPC has brought in grant funding from a variety of local, state, and federal resources, including the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs, U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development, U.S. Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment, Indiana Department of Transportation, Indiana Department of Workforce Development, Wabash Heartland Innovation Network, and county community foundations.
Members of the North Central Indiana Regional Planning Council (NCIRPC)
Members of the North Central Indiana Regional Planning Council
Campus leadership has stayed involved with the council after helping found it, Ray said.
“IU Kokomo is very engaged, very much an active partner in activities that the regional planning council either drives or is part of,” he said.
Sciame-Giesecke serves on the organization’s board of directors, and Cathy Valcke, director of external relations and public affairs, also is involved. As a regional campus, Valcke said, IU Kokomo serves as a “steward of place,” and its leadership in this organization fulfills that mission.
“As a university, we could convene meetings with a neutral facilitator to help form the organization,” she said. “Then, we were able to bring the campus’s resources, including personnel and experts in the field, to the table to help with projects as needed.”
For example, Alan Krabbenhoft, dean of the School of Business, and his students have assisted with projects in Fulton County. In addition, Leah Nellis, dean of the School of Education, is working with the school corporations in Miami County to bring the Tomorrow’s Teachers programs to those schools, allowing their students to take education classes for credit while still in high school.
Ray said the plan is to start Tomorrow’s Teachers in Miami County for the 2020-2021 school year.
“As the regional planning council, our role is to connect networks and people, outside of pursuing grants for communities,” he said. “These school districts are looking for career pathways. Because of IU Kokomo’s engagement with the regional planning council, we already know about this program that’s up and running. We can bring both sides together, and they can decide if they want to move forward together.”
Sciame-Giesecke and Valcke are both involved in NCIRPC’s effort to pursue designation as an Indiana 21st Century Talent Region, showing commitment to increase educational attainment, raise household income, and grow population.
Both IU Kokomo and the communities it serves benefit from the partnership, Valcke said.
“When we help raise the educational attainment level, it’s good for everybody,” she said. “Economic development benefits everybody. We want our graduates to have jobs to go to, so they don’t leave the area and the state. Anything we can do to help that along is beneficial to everyone, including IU Kokomo.”
Cultivating the future
As the campus looks toward the future, continued partnerships will be vital not only to the success of the campus, but to the citizens of north central Indiana as well.
“We are committed to providing the region with degree programs to fulfill changing needs in the years to come,” Sciame-Giesece said. “We hope to grow our partnerships throughout all the communities we serve, and continue to enhance and foster the relationships that have brought us this far.”
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Partners in giving
Building strong and vibrant communities starts when community members, institutions and organizations are able to come together. Through the gifts of our generous donors, Indiana University Kokomo continues to educate and partner with the communities in our region. We are so thankful for our donors past, present and future.
“As much as possible,
we should extend a
hand of giving
to other people we meet.
That’s the best way to live.”
Giving is the only way to live.
That’s the philosophy Grace Ebikwo grew up with in Nigeria. She continues to live out that philosophy while earning her Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) at IU Kokomo.
“We were brought up to know that it is a privilege to have what we have,” she said, “As much as possible, we should extend a hand of giving to other people we meet. That’s the best way to live.”
That, and her first-hand view of how students are impacted by IU Kokomo, is why her family gives to the IU Kokomo fund through the IU Foundation.
Grace Ebikwo, Kokomo
Grace Ebikwo, Kokomo
“We see the possibilities that can happen for students here,” she said. “Every time I personally see the trips and opportunities that are here, I wish I could do something. I can’t do much, but with my small contribution, and other people giving theirs, we all make a difference. That’s more motivation for us to give as a family.”
Opportunity is what brought Ebikwo and her five children to the United States. With a previous degree in pharmacy in their home country, she wanted to earn a Master of Public Management. She completed that degree in 2016 at IU Kokomo, and will finish her M.B.A. in December. She’s currently deciding on her next steps, and may enroll in a Ph.D. program. Her goal is to be a teacher or administrator with programs for young people.
“Ultimately, I hope I am able to impact the lives of younger people from the experiences I’ve had so far, and what I’ve learned from being back in school as a non-traditional student,” she said.
Ebikwo has worked on campus as a student, currently as an admissions ambassador. She’s also been an orientation leader, and a student assistant in human resources, career services, and university advancement.
“I love what I see happening for students here, and the commitment IU Kokomo has to student success,” she said. “I can attest to the ease of communication with faculty, and the resources that are poured into students. I want to see more students impacted, and more have the chance to do what they ordinarily would not be able to do, because of my giving.”
As Dr. Robert Christensen worked his way through Indiana University Kokomo, the example of his mother, Doris Alcorn Korba, inspired him.
In her early 40s, with three children at home, his mother enrolled in the Kokomo School of Practical Nursing, which led to a nursing career of more than 20 years at Dukes Memorial Hospital in Peru.
“She worked very hard. She didn’t have it easy due to her circumstances,” he said. “I feel like earning her degree was a great accomplishment.”
After he graduated from IU Kokomo in 1976, he was admitted to the IU School of Medicine, leading him to a successful career as a family physician, first in Michigan, then in Cicero. He completed his career in the Ball State Student Health Center two years ago.
He’s now teaching a physiology lab in the IU Kokomo School of Sciences.
The Christensens established the Doris Alcorn Nursing Scholarship this year, in honor of his mother, as well as the influence IU Kokomo had on his life. They’ve also made a planned gift from their estate.
“I was very happy I attended IU Kokomo,” he said. “It was probably the best college I could have attended, because of the smaller class size and the excellent professors who really cared about the students. I felt it was a more personal relationship with the faculty. It’s grown and improved since I was here, but I think it’s an outstanding college, and prepared me well.”
Christensen believes his mother would be proud to have a scholarship in her name. He’s pleased to help future nurses.
“I just think nurses are angels, and want to contribute to a scholarship to help students financially, to ease their way through college,” he said.
Dr. Robert and Debbie Christensen, Fishers
Dr. Robert and Debbie Christensen, Fisher IN
City of Kokomo, Mayor Greg Goodnight
The Kokomo City Council recently approved a gift of $250,000 for IU Kokomo’s Student Activities and Events Center, currently under construction on the campus’s east side.
Mayor Greg Goodnight hopes the contribution will encourage others in the community to support the center.
“The council members and I believe this is an important addition to the campus, and we want to make sure it’s completed,” said Goodnight, noting that when the campus thrives, so does the city.
“The Student Activities and Events Center will be an asset not only for IU Kokomo, but for the city,” he said.
He sees it as an investment in the city and campus’s development.
“If you look at what happened in the great recession in 2008, and you look at the population shifts taking place around the country, cities and regions that have a university are actually doing much better than those that don’t have one,” he said. “Having IU Kokomo here is important for our city.”
The campus can provide its resources in the community, including faculty sharing expertise, and students, faculty, and staff serving as volunteers in the area. It also brings potential residents and entrepreneurs to the city.
“You want people to come to your community, whether it be to visit or go to school,” he said. “Our goal is that they fall in love with Kokomo, and want to make their home here.”
Goodnight was pleased the city could be part of growing the campus, because of its importance to the area.
“I’ve talked to mayors in other cities who are jealous, because they don’t have an IU regional campus in their cities. They recognize the importance of this asset.”
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Don and Gail Beaton
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Dr. Robert and Deborah Christenson
Dr. and Mrs. Amal K. Das
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- William and Nancy Hunt
Richard and Shirley Lee
Members of our Elwood Haynes Society have made planned & estate gifts to IU Kokomo.
Elwood Haynes Society
New state-of-the-art buildings and learning spaces. Hundreds of student scholarships. Experiential, life-changing learning opportunities. The generosity of our donors makes the big things we do at IU Kokomo possible. In addition to supporting our region, these gifts contribute to the $3 billion For All: The Indiana University Bicentennial Campaign goal. We thank our 2018 donors for believing in our mission and providing opportunities for our students, our campus, and our community.
Your gifts. Our Progress.
Mayor Greg Goodnight
Members of our Phoenix Society have made gifts of $400-$999 to IU Kokomo.
Susan and Dick Ardey
Eric and Laura Bain-Selbo
Don and Gail Beaton
David and Donna Brownfield
Brenda and Dan Catron
Michael and Sharon Calhoon
Milt and Jean Cole
Lori and Thomas Collins
Joseph and Elizabeth Douglass
Chad and Christina Downey
Jim and Janetta Duffy
Debra and David Edwards
Margot and William Fox
Todd and Jeannie Gambill
Karen and Kenneth Gardner
Nancy and Glenn Grundmann
Joe and Susan Hendricks
Loren and Nancy Henry
John and Karen Holman
John and Karen Hughey
Rebecca and Bart Lefler
Neil and Cynthia Lipken
Mark and Diane Malson
Rick and Heidi Martin
Tracy and Joseph Martino
Ron and Linda Maus
Greg and Peggy McCarty
Nancy and Gene McGarvey
Phil and Ruth Pate
Tom Poppas and Betty Hegenbart-Poppas
Victoria and Ralph Rhees
Allan and Dianne Roden
Matthew and Juli Spielman
Tracy and Chad Springer
Melinda and Gregory Stanley
William and Rita Stoller
Art and Carol Stonebraker
William and Carolyn Stifle
Tom and Nancy Sugar
Terry and Mary Unger
Sharon and Marvin Wheeler
Chancellor’s Guild Society
Members of our Chancellor’s Guild Society have made gifts of $1000-$4,999 to IU Kokomo.
American Water Works
Andy and Mary Baker
Willie and Cathy Barnes
Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, LLC
Bucheri McCarty & Metz LLP
Mark and Lisa Canada
Karl and Cathy Clearwaters
Coca-Cola Bottling Kokomo
Steven and Barbara Conner
Timothy and Dana Davis
Frank and Margaret Faulkner
James and Jan Fayle
Randall and Esther Fishman
Marc and Tonya Goodier
Geoffrey and Florence Goodyear
Mary Ellen Harnish
Jack and Charlotte Higgins
Indiana University Kokomo Staff Council
Ivy Tech Foundation
Jan Halperin and Kent Kauffman
Alan Krabbenhoft and Kathleen Klute
Richard and Betty Lasbury
Scott and Cheryl Maple
Steve Daily and Michelle Martin
Patrick and Judith McNarny
Norman and Catherine Mendenhall
Clyde and Claudia Muse
Rodney and Nella Padfield
Douglas and Gloria Preece
Pressman Family Foundation
Robert and Annette Rush
Stephen and Julie Saam
John and Sarah Sarber
Security Federal Savings Bank
Dan and Catherine Valcke
Paul and Julie Wagner
Don and Deborah Zent
Members of our Seiberling Society have made gifts of $5000 or more to IU Kokomo.
Sita C. Amba-Rao
William and Marilyn Bersbach
Benjamin Chiu and Melissa Hall
Robert and Deborah Christensen
Community First Bank of Indiana
Community Foundation of Howard County, Inc.
Community Howard Regional Health Hospital
Duke Energy Foundation
First Farmers Bank & Trust
Four County Counseling Center
Julie Paris and Daniel Grundmann
- William and Nancy Hunt
Howard County Government
Harold and Sherry King
Philip L. Kintzele
Kokomo Grain Company, Inc.
Herbert C. Miller
Robert Mullen and Dianna Delgado
Susan Sciame-Giesecke and Dan Giesecke
Brian and Angela Shockney
Charles and Alice Simons
Jeffrey and Lisa Smeltzer
Solidarity Community Federal Credit Union
Paul Stanley, Jr.
Jack and Pam Tharp
Thrush-Thompson Foundation, Inc.
Fired Up and Making Moves
Have you been keeping up with Cougar Athletics? Here’s some highlights so far from this semester:
In women’s cross country, Lexi Jackson is a contender for first place at the RSC Championship. She recorded a time of 18:50.90 at the NAIA Great Lakes Challenge, which is the ninth fastest time in school history. She also won “River States Conference Runner of the Week” twice this season. Jordan Fivecoate is the top runner for men’s cross country, coming in first in three out of the six regular season races.
The first season of women’s soccer brought an overall record of 7-7-3 and 3-4-3 RSC and earned a bid to the River States Conference Tournament for post-season play, a huge achievement for a first-year program.
IU Kokomo volleyball, in the West Division of the River States Conference, is currently ranked third out of six teams. Lizzie Sokeland is the top hitter, and ranked No. 1 in hitting percentage out of the entire conference, and Erinn Adams is ranked No. 1 for blocks/set.
For more details on Cougar Athletics, go to iukcougars.com.
Womens Volleyball team celebrates
IUK Golf Team Photo
Two Womens Cross Country Runners
Womens tennis player laughing
Womens golfer swinging
Women soccer player running with the ball
Mens Cross Country team taking off
Building a Legacy, block by block
At IU Kokomo, excitement is building as the Student Activities and Events Center continues to become more of a reality each and every day. We're raising the bar and changing the dynamic of our campus and our community with this brand new space which will host sporting events, dynamic speakers, and a learning environment. Now, all we need is you.
Play a role in our momentum by donating to the Student Activities and Events Center. Contact Jan Halperin, vice chancellor for University Advancement at
Donate and see weekly updates at iuk.edu/eventscenter.
As always, thank you for your support.
Fundraising Disclosures: go.iu.edu/89n
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Exciting campus updates. Career tips and development opportunities. Interesting stories and news. Information about upcoming alumni events. And so. much. more. It all happens on our social media!
Keep in touch with your Indiana University Alumni Association Kokomo Region by following along on your favorite platform.
A magazine for Alumni and Friends of Indiana University Kokomo
Building an IU Kokomo Legacy
Celebrating 75 years
looking forward what’s in store
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“You have played a role and made an important mark on the success of IU Kokomo.”
The start of IU Kokomo’s 75th Anniversary celebration is just around the corner, this fall to be exact, and I’m excited as I look at all that we have accomplished as well as where our campus is headed in the future.
You have played a role and made an important mark on the success of IU Kokomo. Thank you for choosing us as the place where you would learn, grow, and earn your IU degree. During my travel around the region, I have met so many alumni in our hospitals, banks, schools, and the list goes on. The accomplishments of our alumni are impressive and speak to the quality of our degree programs. In this issue you will meet some of our legacy alumni, families that have earned their degrees together.
I invite you to join in this year-long celebration, as we host a variety of activities that I hope will inspire you to engage with the campus, and reconnect with old friends. You’ll find in this issue a list of events happening during the fall semester. More information will be coming for spring semester, so be sure to stay up to date by visiting 75years.iuk.edu.
This is a wonderful time to be involved with IU Kokomo as we grow with the needs of our students in mind. Construction is underway for the new Student Activities and Events Center, our first building in 20 years; a coffee house will open in the Kelley Student Center this fall; and a state-of-the-art simulation lab is being built for our popular nurse practitioner program.
Please check the list of upcoming events and mark your calendars! It would be great to have you back on campus. I hope to see you soon!
Susan Sciame-Giesecke, Ph.D.
Indiana University Kokomo
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What’s in a name?
At Indiana University Kokomo, we’re all about leaving a lasting mark. On our students, on our alumni, on our community. And on our campus, it’s a valiant joint effort.
Our Alumni Magazine is a small representation of what binds us all together: students, alumni, donors, and friends of our beloved alma mater. But, as we near our 75th anniversary, we felt the need for a stronger tie, a name that represents who we are and what we do.
This magazine is a small sampling of the big work we’re doing to leave a lasting impact.
As such, welcome to the first issue of: Legacy: A magazine for alumni and friends of Indiana University Kokomo
Table of contents summer 2019
75th Celebration Calendar 5
IU Kokomo’s 50th Commencement 6
Honorary Degree Recipient 8
Building an IU Kokomo Legacy 10
Athletics Updates 19
Dreaming of the Future 22
IUAA Kokomo region
President: Melinda Knudson-Stanley, M.P.M. ‘12
Brad Bagwell, B.S. ‘77, M.B.A. ‘88
Brianne Boles B.G.S. ‘03, M.P.M. ‘09
Sharmaine Ellison, B.S.N. ’00
Robert Hayes, B.G.S. ’95
Amanda Hedrick, B.S. ’12
Cameron Huffman B.A. ‘11, J.D. ‘14
Clifford Hunt B.S. ‘54
Gloyd Johnson B.G.S. ‘06
Genie Lalonde B.S. ‘70
Jonatan Lopez Bracamontes B.S. ‘18
Lucien Madding, A.A. ’10, A.S. ’11, B.S. ’13, B.S. ’14
Ann Millikan, B.S. ’59
Amber Moore, B.A. ’17
Mary Olk B.S. ‘13
Sarah Polk B.S. ‘13, M.B.A. ‘17
Marilyn Skinner, Ed.D. ’71
Martha Warner, B.A. ’06, M.A. ’12
Indiana University Kokomo Office for University Advancement
Vice Chancellor for University Advancement: Jan C. Halperin, CFRE
Director of Alumni Relations and Campus Ceremonies: Benjamin A. Liechty
Media and Marketing
Director of Marketing: Marie Lindskoog
Creative Services Manager: April Name
Graphic Specialist: Terri Hellmann
Communications Specialist: Danielle Rush
Videographer: Mike Glassburn
Web Content Writer: Emily Smith
For Media Inquiries contact:
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Connecting the Past to Our Future
As IU Kokomo prepares to celebrate its 75th anniversary and IU’s Bicentennial, we invite you to join us in commemorating the past, connecting with the present, and dreaming of the future.
Taking pride in our alma mater is something we all can get behind and support together, as one IU. Our beloved alma mater has touched thousands of lives. I do hope you will join us on campus and at upcoming events and help us celebrate 75 transformative years.
Benjamin A. Liechty, B.A. ‘06
Director of Alumni Relations & Campus Ceremonies
Now is the perfect time to join the Alumni Association.
Attend an event
Enjoy the music of the Rolling Stones at Symphony on the Prairie at Conner Prairie in Noblesville on June 28th
Celebrate 75 years
IU Kokomo is celebrating its 75th Anniversary and we can’t do it without you! Attend any one of our events and connect with alumni and students.
Celebrations kick off September 16th
We love recognizing the accomplishments of our esteemed alumni! Nominations will open soon for our Nurses of Distinction event. March 2020
For more information on these events and how you can engage with other alumni in our region, contact Benjamin Liechty at email@example.com.
Update your information at firstname.lastname@example.org The IU Alumni Association Kokomo Region serves ALL IU Kokomo alumni worldwide, and ALL IU alumni residing in Howard and Tipton counties.
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A celebration 75 years in the making
We’re commemorating our campus’ 75th anniversary in a big way! Join us as we celebrate you and the legacy of our wonderful campus.
September 6: First Friday Downtown Kokomo
We’re joining in the First Friday fun with a celebration you’ll love!
5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
September 11: Annual Golf Outing at Wildcat Creek Golf Course
Enjoy an afternoon on beautiful Wildcat Creek Golf Course in support of IU Kokomo students
and campus. Contact Cathy Clearwaters for more information at email@example.com.
September 11: 75 Years in Pictures at IU Kokomo Art Gallery
Enjoy a journey through IU Kokomo history.
4 p.m. to 7 p.m. opening reception
September 16: Student Celebration on the Quad
Our student leaders are putting together a very special event that you won’t want to miss!
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
September 16: Bicentennial Historical Marker Ceremony
Join us as we commemorate the Seiberling Mansion for its importance
in the history of IU Kokomo at the Seiberling.
1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
September 17: Community Walk and Picnic
Join IU Kokomo students and community members for a walk to
Foster Park and picnic.
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
September 18: Culture Fest at IU Kokomo
Take a virtual trip around the world through food, music, and dance, all while
honoring the rich cultural, ethnic, and geographic diversity on our campus.
4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
September 19: Faculty and Staff Scholarship Reception
at IU Kokomo Art Gallery
Join us in celebrating the accomplishments of our faculty and staff.
4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
September 20: Tailgate and Women’s Volleyball vs. St. Xavier
Cheer on our Volleyball team and spend some time with friends old and new!
6 p.m. tailgate 7 p.m. game start
We’ve got more celebrations to come throughout the year! Visit us at 75years.iuk.edu for all the latest info.
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Indiana University Kokomo celebrated the achievements of the Class of 2019 at its 50th Commencement on Tuesday,
May 7, 2019.
A record-breaking 686 degrees conferred
Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke congratulated the graduating class, noting that IU Kokomo has been the main source for higher education in north central Indiana for nearly 75 years.
“In that time, we have conferred the degrees of 14,000 graduates who have gone out into our region, state, and world, to make a difference,” she said.
50th Commencement Indiana University Kokomo
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Deserving of honor
Chancellor Emerita Emita Hill recives honoary degree.
Indiana University Kokomo’s first female chancellor received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from IU during Commencement.
Chancellor Emerita Emita Hill, received the degree from President Michael A. McRobbie, in recognition of her accomplishments supporting higher education, and making it accessible to everyone, and for her trailblazing effort for women in leadership positions.
“IU Kokomo was such an important part of my life,” Hill said. “I’m already so grateful to IU, and for the university to grant this honor is extraordinary. It is like coming home.”
Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke said she personally benefitted from her encouragement, as a faculty member while Hill was chancellor, from April 1991 to August 1999.
“While at IU Kokomo, she not only supported women to develop their leadership skills, she was an advisor to many, including myself,” Sciame-Giesecke said. “I, along with other female faculty and staff, had the benefit of her mentorship and her willingness to support our aspirations for growth in our careers.”
Hill, who lives in New Rochelle, New York, led a period of significant growth at IU Kokomo. She led the fund-raising effort to build the Library Building, and also championed the building of Virgil and Elizabeth Hunt Hall, the campus science building, which was constructed after her departure. She also established partnerships with several international universities, including Jesus University in South Korea, which continues today.
Since leaving IU Kokomo, she has worked in international university development, including serving as executive director and was a board member of the American University Central Asia Foundation, and has served as chair of the Education Awards Committee for the New York Women’s Forum since 2010.
Hill describes herself as an author, grandmother, ballroom dancer, pianist, and scuba diver. She’s proud of the accomplishments of her three children. Julie is a nurse practitioner in oncology; Christopher is a professor of biology at Coastal Carolina University; and Madeleine is a linguist, writer, chef, and entrepreneur.
Hill is the youngest of five sisters, all of whom earned graduate degrees. She grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, and earned a Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University, a Master of Arts from Middlebury College, and a Ph.D. from Harvard University, in romance languages and literatures.
Alan Krabbenhoft, dean of the School of Business, poses with the award winners from the Business Persons of Distinction event along with Chancellor Sue Sciame-Giesecke.
Indiana University Kokomo’s School of Business
recently honored three of its alumni at its inaugural Business Persons of Distinction
Nathan Kring, M.B.A. ’16; Annette Russell, B.S. ’14, and Scott Voorhis, B.S. ’05, M.B.A. ’07, earned the recognition for their professional achievements and community service.
Dean Alan Krabbenhoft said the honorees are “exemplary ambassadors of the School of Business,” for excelling in their professions and being active in their communities.
Keynote speaker was Robert E. Knowling Jr., a Kokomo native and IU honorary degree recipient. Knowling overcame poverty and racism to become a successful businessman, and promotes equity and social justice, as well as an agenda for inclusion and diversity for women and persons of color in the workplace.
Knowling shared his story of overcoming obstacles, from a childhood in poverty, attending college as a student-athlete, and the humble beginnings of his career at Indiana Bell. He’s currently chairman of Eagles Landing Partners, a strategic management consulting company. He also met with students in the School of Business to share what he’s learned along his career path, including the importance of surrounding yourself with a community of support.
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Building a Legacy
They say a tiny drop leads to far-reaching, long-lasting ripples. The same could be said about Indiana University Kokomo.
As the first classes met in the Seiberling Mansion in 1945, maybe they knew they were the start of a tradition of excellence and high quality, life-changing education for north central Indiana for decades to come. As we prepare to celebrate our 75th Anniversary, let’s take some time and celebrate all that our University means to us.
Whether it’s a young adult with big dreams of their own following in the footsteps of his parents and grandparents, a group of siblings who can now also call each other fellow students, or a parent inspired by the brave decision of their own child to reach for more, IU Kokomo is a place where families create a new legacy for themselves and generations to come.
In this new issue – aptly renamed Legacy:
A Magazine for Alumni and Friends – you’ll read about the West family, from Peru, beginning with grandmother Sheryl, her daughter Alyson, and granddaughter Emily; the Jakes family, with parents Angela and Brian, and sons Bradley, Shadrach, and Jeremy; and Stephen Green, whose mother, Mimi Ford, was inspired by his success to return to college for her own degree.
Take a look through the pages of Legacy and see the difference our University has made in the lives of the people featured on these pages. And know that you played a role in this in some way.
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In her footsteps
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For three generations of West women, Indiana University Kokomo represents opportunity.
For Sheryl West, IU Kokomo meant she could go to college in her mid-20s, even though she had young children at home.
IU Kokomo allowed her daughter, Alyson West, to transition from a factory job to a career she loves as a middle school teacher. For her granddaughter, Emily (West) Doran, IU Kokomo is where she found her calling in law enforcement, began a fulfilling career, and met her husband, Andrew.
“The best things in my life have happened here, because of IU Kokomo,” said Emily, B.S. ‘14. “I played volleyball. I got a degree, I met my husband, and I found a career. I’m so glad I came here.”
“This has been a wonderful place for our family,” said Sheryl West, B.S. ’86, M.S. ’90, who retired from Peru Community Schools as a principal, after a 25-year career. “Without IU Kokomo, I would never have had the career I had. At my age, and with a family, I could never have earned a degree anywhere else.”
Sheryl West is proud of the opportunities her daughter and granddaughter have also had, because of IU Kokomo. Even when Alyson planned to be a manager in a factory, Sheryl knew she had a gift for teaching, and is happy she could earn the degree to make that possible.
“I’ve had an opportunity to go into her classroom many times,” she said. “She fits where she is very well. She’s loved by her students. I can’t go anywhere in town without her students running up and giving her hugs, and she is just beaming. I don’t think she would have had that kind of satisfaction in a factory job.”
Emily agreed, adding that going to the grocery store with her mother is like accompanying a local celebrity.
“We really can’t go anywhere in public without meeting people she’s taught,” Emily said. “Every trip to the store gets extended because we stop and we talk, and we chat, and she runs into so many people she knows.”
IU Kokomo has been part of Emily’s life for as long as she can remember — she attended the campus daycare as a toddler and preschooler, while her mother was a student, and even attended class occasionally.
“I remember bringing her in on my first day,” said Alyson, now a social studies teacher at Maconaquah Middle School. “It was the first time she had been anywhere other than with family members. I told her I had to go to class, and I would be back later. She was just like, ‘Bye, Mom,’ and she was ready for me to leave.”
Emily noted that her office in the campus police department is where the daycare used to be.
She blazed trails at IU Kokomo as a student, as the campus’ first signed athlete, the volleyball team’s first libero, as the first female cadet in the IU Police Department at Kokomo, and later as its first female officer.
She also met her husband, Andrew Doran, B.S. ’13, who was a year ahead of her in the cadet program, and now is a Peru Police Department officer.
Doran found her purpose on campus, after initially enrolling only because of the chance to play volleyball. She’d considered teaching, like her mother and grandmother, but a teaching internship in high school convinced her it wasn’t for her. When she took her first criminal justice class, she knew that was what she wanted to do.
After her sophomore year, she gave up volleyball for the opportunity to be a cadet. Later, she completed the IU Police Academy, then served as a part-time officer in the campus police department, while finishing her degree — a full semester early, she is proud to note.
A full-time job opened shortly before she graduated, allowing her to begin her career on campus.
“I really have spent my whole life here,” Emily said.
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All in the family
With at least one member of their family graduating from IU Kokomo every year since 2016, Brian and Angela Jakes are pros at Commencement.
And while they joke about asking for a volume discount on tuition, or having a window or bench named after them, they are proud of their tradition and accomplishments.
“It’s pretty special that we’ve all not only gone to the same school, but have done so in a relatively short period of time,” said Brian Jakes, who graduated in May with a degree in elementary education.
“I’m so proud of all of them,” added Angela Jakes, especially that they and their children have all graduated in four years, and that all graduates have jobs in their fields.
She teaches fifth graders at Kokomo’s Wallace Elementary School of Integrated Arts, while oldest son Bradley is a fifth grade teacher at North White... (text trails off and continues on the next page)
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...Elementary in Monon. Next son Shadrach is an e-commerce developer for Purdue Federal Credit Union.
Angela began their family tradition by graduating from IU Kokomo in 2016. Bradley followed in 2017, Shadrach graduated in 2018, and husband Brian recently graduated.
They’ll get a break in 2020 — Angela calls it their bye year — before youngest son Jeremy completes a biology degree in 2021. By the time he graduates, the youngest family member, Molly Kate, will be a seventh grader, so they will have a few years before another Jakes goes to college.
Angela Jakes was first to enroll, waiting until Molly Kate was in kindergarten to begin her degree.
She heard about the cross country program just getting started, and thought it would be a good opportunity for her sons. Without their permission, she contacted Coach Jason VanAlstine for more information, and was impressed with what she heard.
“We’re an academics first family, and he let us know straight away our kids were going to be safe, and grades would be priority,” she said. “I felt his leadership would be essential to getting our kids through college.”
The team played a crucial role in the boys’ success and experience, providing a family experience on campus with values similar to those at home. Study tables were required, and team members were expected to maintain excellent grades.
“I don’t believe for a second I would have done as well academically if I hadn’t been on the team,” he said. “There was very definite peer pressure to perform in the classroom.”
Brian had started an education degree several years ago, and, inspired by his wife’s example, decided to finish it after she graduated. For now, their home routine is that he studies while Angela creates lesson plans, and Molly Kate completes her fifth grade homework.
This year is the first that only two Jakeses are enrolled at IU Kokomo, rather than three. Even with three of them in the same major, they’ve never been in a class together, though Angela and Shadrach were in different sections of the same math class one semester.
“It was my last math class, and his entry level,” Angela said. “I struggled, and he got straight A’s. He helped me a lot.”
They appreciate the opportunity for their family to earn college degrees close to home.
“It’s meant everything to me,” Angela said, not only as a student, but as a parent.
“I knew my kids were in an instructive and educational environment, where they were able to enjoy their abilities to the fullest extent. I never felt like they were so far away. We never lost that connection.”
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A Driving Force
Photo by Matthew Baltimore, Lake Forest College
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Two days rank as among the most memorable of Stephen Green’s life.
One was the day he graduated from Indiana University Kokomo, in 2014. The other was in 2017, when his mother, Mimi Ford, crossed the stage to receive her own degree.
“Being able to see that was an incredibly proud moment for me,” said Green, who is now the Chicago Program coordinator for Lake Forest College. “I was glad I was able to be there in that moment, which was 26 years in the making.”
Those graduation days are now cherished memories, as Ford passed away just eight months after graduating, at age 51. She was in the process of applying to Ph.D. programs in English.
“She still had a lot left to do and accomplish in the world,” he said. “We were on the cusp of something new and exciting.”
It was a hard loss for Green, because for years, he and his mother only had each other.
“I think anyone who loses a parent knows it never gets easier,” he said. “For the majority of my life, it was just me and my mom navigating the world together. We had a parent and child relationship, but I also would consider her a friend and confidant.”
Graduation from college wasn’t a given for either of them. Just a few years earlier, Green was blowing off high school classes, and barely earned a general diploma, while Ford had briefly attended college in the 1980s before dropping out.
“For both of us, IU Kokomo was a fresh start,” he said. “It was our opportunity to make our lives better, in a way we never thought was possible. IU Kokomo allowed us to flourish and thrive in an academic environment, and to reach our goals.”
Neither of them would have had the chance to improve their lives without the opportunities and support they both received on campus, he said.
“Mom would never have dreamed about applying to Ph.D. programs if it hadn’t been for IU Kokomo,” he said. “I would never have imagined I would go to graduate school, or I would be dedicating my career to working in higher education. The fact we had access to it close to home, in an environment that allowed us to stay afloat financially, was a testament to what IU Kokomo meant to us and our journey.”
She was one of the first to encourage him to go to college, even after his less-than-stellar high school performance. Green figured he would go for a semester or two, and anticipated dropping out when it got too hard.
His first academic advisor, Catherine Barnes, set him straight.
“She told me, ‘You are going to graduate, you are going to graduate school, and you are going to study abroad,’” he said, and having someone who believed in him made a difference.
“There was someone on my side supporting me, and who was going to hold me accountable, and believed I could achieve all these things,” he said. “Something clicked inside me, and I thought, ‘Maybe I can do this.’”
Buoyed by his newfound confidence, he excelled, making the dean’s list every semester, serving as a student orientation leader, working the front desk in the student activities office, and also was an assistant teacher in a motivation and self-management course.
As a senior, he earned admission to his top choice school, Colorado State University’s master’s program in Student Affairs and Higher Education. His career aspiration is to be a dean of students.
Along the way, Ford was his biggest cheerleader — and his success provided the push she needed to restart her own degree.
“She was the driving force for me to stay with it,” he said, adding that they had some hard times, including Ford losing her job.
“I wasn’t sure that staying in school was the right decision for us, financially,” he said. “She encouraged me to stay and keep with it and to graduate. When she saw me excelling and thriving in that environment, it relit the passion and fire she had for learning before she had to stop out.”
Ford began working on her degree during Green’s senior year at IU Kokomo.
“I remember how proud I was of her and honored that she would confide in me and ask me for advice,” he said. “She had been such a mentor for me in a number of ways, and it was a way I could give back to her.”
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Legacy Families of IU Kokomo
The legacy we are building here at IU Kokomo wouldn’t be as rich without our alumni and their families. As we dive into our 75th year, we are eager to identify and celebrate families sharing a tradition of graduating from IU Kokomo. While there are many ways to create and define a legacy, the families we are listing share the following unique qualities: 2 or more graduates within an immediate family, spouses who met and graduated from IU Kokomo, multiple siblings within a family, and parents who have graduated and have students currently attending IU Kokomo. We’re excited to be hosting our very first Legacy Luncheon in late spring/early summer of 2020, so stay tuned for more information!
Joe & Liz Douglass
Amy (Schlotterbeck) Lucas
Jonathan & Breanna Guse
Katherine (Alexander) Washburn
Vicki (Kanouse) Boles
Mark Renken & Faith Renken
Ashlin (Garber) Hadden
Jeff & Joni Sedberry
Don & Angie Whetro
Brian & Angela Shockney
Brandon & Emily (Ross) Smith
Alyson (West) McMillen
Emily (West) Doran
Amanda Gould-Leffler & Dan Gould
Alannah (Coles) Scott
Alexius Babb & Leon Babb
Gloria & Doug Preece
Tara Nicole Lees
Jeremy & Micheale (VanWinkle) Gibson
Kathryn (Widman) Stremiecki
Jennifer (Widman) Korous
Lori (Widman) Wiley
Eric & Kambren (Stanley) Eramo
Mike & Holly (Hill) Glassburn
Joseph & Carly Meck
Brian & Angela Jakes
Nick & Lacy (Behny) Capozzoli
Usman, Rabia Ummad
Nida, & Maheen Zia
Brandon & Lael (Burrus) Larrick
Micah & Micayla (Speidel) Pier
Alisha (Willett) Referda
Andrew & Emily (West) Doran
Kim (Barnes) LaFollette
Dr. Marley Griffin
Dave Van Baalen
Ben Van Baalen
Joe & Tracy Martino
Starr & Dennis McNally
Josh & Tiffani Barnes
Karly (Sprouse) Lucas
Pamela (McGuire) Maurer
April (Maurer) Name
Mike and Amanda Dunn
We are always updating our alumni information! Don’t see your name or have something to add or adjust? Email Ben Liechty at alumni @iuk.edu.
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Women’s soccer begins this fall at IU Kokomo
The IU Kokomo women’s soccer program kicks off its inaugural season in August at Kokomo Municipal Stadium. Coach Terry Stewart talks about the first team, and what Cougar fans can expect from this first season.
- What’s your vision for the first season of IU Kokomo women’s soccer?
Our goals are to develop some team chemistry, and get everybody on the same page as far as what we expect on the field, off the field, in the classroom, and in the community. We want to win some games and qualify for the conference tournament. That would be a good measuring stick for the first year, and put us in a good spot moving forward.
- What are your expectations for the team in the community?
We’ve set a goal of 300 hours of community service the first year, which is about 15 hours per athlete, balanced with going to class, studying, playing, and traveling. We’re going to get into some elementary schools. Talking with some of the principals, they’ve said many of these kids are potential first-generation college students, and they need someone to look up to. A college athlete might be a good start. We want to do what we can to make Kokomo better.
- Why is community service part of your coaching philosophy?
I think it’s an important part of creating a well-rounded student, so when they graduate, they know there are people in need, and they can help. Growing up in England, our teams would go into hospitals at Christmas time and spend time with the kids. When we came back, that’s all the players talked about for weeks. You could see the kids’ faces light up when we walked in.
- What is exciting about the first season of women’s soccer?
Whatever happens is a positive. The first win is the first win ever, the first goal is the first goal ever. When that happens all season, there’s a buzz about it. The girls are buying into it, and the parents are buying into it. The campus is excited, and I think the community will be too. Everything is a first, and a lot of excitement comes with that.
- Why is soccer a good fit as IU Kokomo’s next sport?
Everybody plays soccer. It’s the world’s game. In America, everybody plays soccer at some point in their life. Whether they are 3 or 30, at some point, everybody will have played. Kokomo has had soccer, and has some very good school teams and leagues. We’ve had everything else, and soccer was the missing piece.
For more information about all IU Kokomo athletic teams,
go to iukcougars.com.
West Division Champions
River States Conference
Program record 112 points
in a single game
2 team event wins
River States Conference
Undefeated in regular season
4th Place Regular Season Finish
1st Post-Season victory
Track & Cross Country
4th Place finish in
River States Conference
2 qualifiers for
NAIA National Championship
West Division Champions
River States Conference
Sweet 16 round in
NAIA National Tournament
2nd Place finish in
River States Conference
2nd straight 30-win season
Fall Tournament Champions
River States Conference
Track & Cross Country
8th Place finish in the
River States Conference
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Legacy of Giving
Indiana University Kokomo is transformed by the generous gifts we receive from our donors, both alumni and friends. Your gifts enable us to continue to build a legacy for our campus, our students, our faculty and staff, and the communities we serve. We are so thankful for our donors past, present and future. Thank you for creating an opportunity for education on our campus!
Dr. Benjamin Chiu, Kokomo
Dr. Benjamin Chiu, B.S. ‘88, honors his parents’ legacy with the Dr. Liang-Hwang Chiu and Fusiang Chiu Scholarship.
His father had a distinguished career in the School of Education, and both parents played a role in preparing their son to succeed in his career.
“The scholarship is a way I can thank him for helping with my success,” said Chiu, a general surgeon in Kokomo. “I wanted to give back to show my parents how much I appreciated what they did. It was a team effort.”
Income from his gift provides two scholarships for incoming freshmen each year, to students from underrepresented minority groups, and those from the School of Education.
“I hope it helps students who don’t have the opportunity or means to succeed despite having all the other criteria for success in place,” Dr. Chiu said.
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Brian and Angela Shockney,
While working their way through IU Kokomo, Brian and Angela Shockney could never have imagined that one day, they would be able to endow a scholarship.
“We’ve been very much blessed,” said Brian Shockney, B.S. ’90, M.H.A. ‘94, president of IU Health South Central Region. “It’s a joy to be able to give. We would never have thought as students we would have the resources to endow a scholarship. That’s why IU Kokomo is special to us. We wouldn’t be here without it.”
The couple established the Shockney Family Scholarship, which will be given to students with financial need, from one of the 14 counties in IU Kokomo’s service region. Preference will be given to first-generation college students, and to those from Tipton County.
Angela, B.S.N. ‘91, said they both had scholarships, and it is important to them to help first-generation college students have the opportunities they had.
“It’s just about helping out,” she said
Greg Aaron, Community Foundation
of Howard County
Greg Aaron, A.G.S. ‘90, graduate certificate in public management ‘03, is CEO of the Community Foundation of Howard County, which has granted a $100,000 dollar-for-dollar match to support the Student Activities and Event Center.
“Our board members considered all that IU Kokomo provides for this community, and they were excited to provide the grant,” he said. “They wanted to draw attention to the campus and the promise an IU Kokomo education offers.”
The grant is especially meaningful to him as an alumnus.
“It’s rewarding to watch how the campus has grown over the years from the time I went there. It’s awesome to see this kind of growth, and I’m proud to be part of it.”
If you’d like more information about giving to IU Kokomo, please contact Jan C. Halperin, CFRE
Vice Chancellor, Office for University Advancement 765-455-9415 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are so grateful for the lead donors to the new Student Activities and Events Center!
Community Foundation of Howard County
Randy and Esther Fishman
Howard County Government
Indiana University Kokomo Staff Council
Scott and Cheryl Maple
Dan and Cathy Valcke
Because of the generous $100,000 dollar-for-dollar match given by the Community Foundation of Howard County, there is still opportunity to match $34,800!
Coming in Fall 2020! For weekly updates, visit iuk.edu/eventscenter.
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Dreaming of the future
Current students share their hopes for the next 75 years of IU Kokomo
“I am seeing a future where IU Kokomo would expand into a college where master’s degrees are offered in more departments. Students would be able to enjoy campus and its activities even more with the new activities and events center being built.
Khoi Nguyen, nursing, senior
“I see more sports programs and campus activity. We have a beautiful campus already with room to grow, so the future is looking bright!”
Tavon Lindsay, exercise science, senior
“I think that as we grow in student numbers and our campus grows in size, there will be more student life and excitement to stick around after class and hang out with friends at events. I also already see a change in attitude surrounding university pride on our campus. I believe that now, and even more so in the future, IU Kokomo will be seen with an equal respect and admiration that people have for Bloomington.”
Emily Harsh, hospitality and tourism management, senior
“I see IU Kokomo continuing to be a close-knit environment, where students and faculty know one another, even as the campus expands and grows.”
Chelsea Howard, nursing, junior
“I think the next 75 years for IU Kokomo look bright! I imagine expansion of learning space and that it will continue to grow as a well-respected campus in the IU system and will draw students from all over the world.”
Liam Ireland, sports and recreation management, sophomore
What do you think the future holds for IU Kokomo?
Tell us at email@example.com and you may be featured in our next issue!
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Now is the time to define your legacy
One way to create a legacy is a planned gift. One option is a Charitable Gift Annuity. It is a contract that provides you and/or your spouse or other beneficiary a fixed income stream for life, and payments that are partially tax free.
Here’s how it works: You agree to transfer assets as a gift to us and, in return, we promise to pay a fixed amount to one or two annuitants for life. This will allow you to plan for your future, and to define a lasting legacy for the benefit of Indiana University Kokomo.
For your personalized illustration, please contact :
Jan C. Halperin, CFRE
Vice Chancellor, Office for University Advancement
765-455-9415 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kathleen Ligocki, B.A. ‘78
Indiana University Kokomo Donor
For All: The Indiana University Bicentennial Campaign
Fulfilling the Promise
Fundraising Disclosures: go.iu.edu/89n
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Take your next step
With graduate programs at Indiana University Kokomo
Whatever your story or motivation, we offer several graduate programs at Indiana University Kokomo to help you succeed. Spanning several departments, our graduate program offerings include master’s degrees, graduate certificates, and postbaccalaureate work. It’s our goal and our mission to help you gain the theoretical foundation, experience, and skills you need for your career and professional growth.