New facilities: Building for the future
President Michael A. McRobbie led groundbreaking for the $8.5 million Student Activities and Events Center in December 2018.
Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke called the center, which will be the campus’s 13th building “a sign of continued growth and a symbol of the possibilities to come,” and said the future is bright for IU Kokomo.
She noted that when the Main Building first opened, the campus had 11 faculty, 311 students, six two-year certificates, and courses that would transfer elsewhere for a degree. Today, it has 130 faculty and 3,100 students.
“The campus is now truly a mature baccalaureate university, offering a full complement of degrees to serve our 14-county region, “ she said. “This building is the result of tremendous support from the communities we serve, our donors, and our alumni.”
The 23,500 gross square foot center will serve students as a venue for meetings, campus events, and co-curricular activities, and also will be home to Cougar athletic teams. With a few minor adjustments — curtains, carpet squares, and lighting — it can be transformed into an elegant gathering space, for dinners, galas, and other events.
Completion is expected in fall 2020, to celebrate IU’s Bicentennial, and IU Kokomo’s 75th anniversary.