Events Center

Student Activities and Events Center: Opening Fall of 2020

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We have a vision of a Student Activities and Events Center, the first new building on campus since 2002. The cost of the building is $8.4 million and our goal is to raise $3 million. We respectfully invite you to partner with us by giving a tax-deductible contribution to make this vision a reality, and to launch IU Kokomo into the next chapter.

The project is to construct a multi-purpose student activities and events center on the IU Kokomo campus. It will be located on the green space behind the Pavilion off Rebecca Lane in Kokomo. There will be ample parking. It is a 24,000 square foot facility, with a 10,918 two story gymnasium which can seat 1000 people for athletic events, and up to 350 people for special events and seated diners. Construction is estimated to be complete by Fall, 2020.

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A First Tour of the Student Activities and Events Center

A camera pans left to show the outside of the Student Activities and Events Center currently under construction. You can hear construction noises. A rousing pep-rally styled hip-hop beat is playing. The text “A First Tour of the Student Activities and Events Center” is placed on screen.

Throughout the video text is superimposed on walls that look like signage, but they are all composites and not meant to be final.

Another pan left reveals the inside of the main entrance to the building and you can see the construction workers.

The concession stand is highlighted.

A 360-degree pan of the main gym and events center room is shown.

An empty changing room is shown.

An empty shower room is shown.

A classroom full of construction material is shown.

The camera moves through the coaches hallway where all offices are located.

A final look at the main gym and events center room is shown full of construction material and the words “Coming Soon Fall 2020.”

A final view outside of the front of the building is shown with the words – 75 years, Indiana University Kokomo, 1945-2020, Honoring the IU Bicentennial, iuk.edu appearing on screen.

Picture of Kate Aguilar

The new Student Activities and Events Center will transform the way we approach student life at IU Kokomo. This space allows us to provide bigger and more innovative and collaborative events as we are no longer limited by space. We hope to include even more students into the events that we plan. Our activities are student-driven and, often, student-led; we look forward to students accessing this space and making it their own.

Kate Aguilar, coordinator of student life and campus diversity
Picture of Trequan Spivey

With a gym and activity center on campus, it will be easier for students to come to our games. A larger crowd, especially of our fellow students, will energize our teams, and motivate us to win in front of our home crowd. It will also help student athletes like me more easily balance academics and athletics. 

Trequan Spivey, sophomore, men's basketball player and sports management major

A campus events center and gymnasium allows for a more vibrant student life experience. It provides a place for dances, concerts, exhibitions, intramural competition, speakers, convocations, and other activities that engage students, and gives them a place to belong on campus. Engaged students are more likely to stay in school to graduate, creating a more educated community and alumni base in the region.

A 23,000 square foot events center and gym on campus creates opportunities for our students to easily support their athletic teams, building school spirit and growing attendance at games. It also attracts high-quality student athletes —those who excel both on the court and in the classroom — to enroll on our campus.

A campus events center and gym provides learning space outside the classrooms, where students can participate in conferences, presentations, and team building. It also offers an exciting venue for new student orientation, and hands-on learning activities.

This isn’t just any activities center. With a few minor adjustments – carpet squares, curtains, and lights – it can be transformed into an elegant and inviting event space for the campus and community. We want this to be a place where people will come together for celebrations, collaboration, and inspiration!

Together, we can create a space where students feel at home. We will build camaraderie and school spirit and bring more and more people to athletic events on our campus. We can provide a place for events, concerts, lectures, and other learning experiences for students and the community alike. We will build an even more effective community gathering place for all.

There is a cost to providing this kind of space. Estimated costs for the events center are approximately $8.4 million. Our campus’ goal is to raise $3 million.

Please join us by becoming a part of the next chapter and leave your legacy. The time is now. Learn more about naming opportunities and how to contribute by calling the development office at 765-455-9485.

Whether it's volleyball games, the activities fair, Chancellor's Guild dinners, classes, or a basketball tournament, the Student Activities and Events Center will act as a hub of activity for our students, athletes, alumni, and the community

Faculty laughing at event
Students listening to lecture in class
Students listening in class
Picture of women's volleyball game
Students at activity fair
Students at science fair