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Michael Harris IU kokomo, Chancellor Holiday Message December 2010, IU Kokomo News Room

  1. 1. IU Kokomo Chancellor People Unit IUK News Home Schools Divisions Faculty Chancellor Around Campus News Campus Around Kokomo Athletics Athletics News IUK Contact Alumni Search Login Search RSS Feed search news... Chancellor News Education graduate establishes scholarship for Cougars honored for academic, athletic success Wayne James sworn in as IU Kokomo chief of Spring semester enrollment hits record high at IU Kokomo to add golf to athletics program IU Kokomo’s Enactus food drive receives boost Cougars honored for academic, athletic success IU Kokomo freshman balances basketball, National IU Kokomo faculty member chosen for Clinton IU Kokomo honors part-time students for academic IU Kokomo adds women’s basketball, hires Kokomo Joint simulation gives students chance to Cougar Cards open many campus resources for First Cougar athlete qualifies for national IU Kokomo students gain job experience, benefit Chancellor Holiday Message - December 2010 2 2 D E C E M BER 2 0 1 0 Colleagues, IU Kokomo is "On the Move!" I write during this festive holiday season to express my gratitude for the warm manner in which Tali and I were welcomed to the IU Kokomo community. As the year comes to a close, it is a fitting time to reflect, review our accomplishments as a campus, and thank you for your hard work and dedication. As soon as I arrived on campus, I set out to meet most everyone on campus, in the community, and throughout the region. I attended Rotary, Foundation, economic development and Chamber of Commerce meetings; spoke with the media and was interviewed on Inside Indiana Business; and met with local business leaders, legislators, not-for-profits and school superintendents. Throughout the region and on campus, we hosted receptions, meetings, breakfasts, holiday parties, dinners, and met many wonderful people. Also, I was fortunate enough to meet Governor Daniels, President Obama, Vice President Biden and the CEO of Chrysler and Fiat, Sergio Marchionne. In total, I had the opportunity to meet with hundreds of people and spent much time listening and learning. These fascinating experiences have allowed me great insight and a deeper understanding of the opportunities we have to become a world-class regional campus that will serve the needs of north central Indiana. Based on meeting people, listening, and learning, I developed three forward-looking themes to serve as a roadmap and to guide us toward our future. These themes are: Contact Marie Radel Director of Media and Marketing (765) 455-9468 meradel@iuk.edu Danielle Rush Communications Specialist (765) 455-9414 darush@iuk.edu Find us on Facebook Indiana University Kokomo Like Like You like this. - Enhancing Academic Excellence and Student Success - Transforming the Region - Building Relationships and Making Friends http://newsroom.iuk.edu/chancellor.html?start=54[1/25/2014 2:37:03 PM] You and 2,670 others like Indiana University Kokomo.2,670 people like Indiana University Kokomo.
  2. 2. IU Kokomo Chancellor The Campus – On the Move The "Big Move of 2010" will be remembered as a catalyst and as a launching pad. It was our first significant and symbolic step toward transforming the campus, the community, and the region. We strategically relocated departments and units in a manner that is conducive to student success and allows us to be more effective and efficient. Other significant activities on campus include: • The Campus Beautification project – a huge success, allowing us an increased sense of community and pride. • The Chancellor's installation/regional transformation event – a wonderful opportunity to unite and demonstrate our capacity, potential, and forward-looking vision to be intentional, relevant, and add much-needed value to ensure the region's future. • A Digital Media Center located in the Library. • 21 digital signs strategically placed around campus to enhance communications. • A new world-class Mac laboratory. • A renovated facility for our fine arts program. • A new state-of-the-art simulation lab for our nursing program which is in the final phase of completion. • The development of a new marketing and branding campaign. Taken together, these new facilities and programs represent an enhanced capacity and a commitment to be intentional, relevant, responsive, and current. www.flickr.com Academic Excellence – On the Move The Center for Teaching, Learning and Assessment has been renovated and they have sponsored several faculty development workshops. We have a new concentration in the Master of Public Administration in Health Administration, and the M.S.N. degree was approved by the IU Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees also approved a name change for the Division of Education to the School of Education, and we created a new psychology department. We are currently engaged in the development of several new academic and online programs. We completed a self-study for a 10-year re-accreditation through the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), of which I am very optimistic of this outcome. Student Recruitment – On the Move The campus has excelled in student recruitment and success. We achieved record numbers in: Credit hours @ 30,507 +3.9% Minority students; 10.5%, up from 9.4% last fall Fall-to-fall retention @ 61.8% 21st Century Scholars first-time beginners [72] Undergrads attending full-time @ 70%, previous high last fall = 66% We are developing an ambitious enrollment plan. We have established an Enrollment Management Council to ensure a comprehensive, systematic approach to enrollment campus wide. We hired a director of enrollment management to oversee these efforts. We moved to enhance our relationships with Ivy Tech and to increase the ease of transfer by creating a new position of Transfer Coordinator. We have deployed our advisors to Ivy Tech and will be offering a class on the Ivy Tech Logansport campus. Student Engagement – On the Move http://newsroom.iuk.edu/chancellor.html?start=54[1/25/2014 2:37:03 PM]
  3. 3. IU Kokomo Chancellor One activity after another provided countless opportunities for our students and emphasized the importance of campus and community engagement. • The Job, Internship & Volunteer Extravaganza (JIVE), attracted 21 prospective employers. • SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) coordinated and hosted "Let's Can Hunger/Can-struction." They collected 1,946 pounds of non-perishable food for local food pantries. • Project Linus made and donated just over 200 blankets to the local Project Linus Chapter for use in hospitals throughout Tipton and Howard counties. • 15 students served as volunteers at the United Way Day of Caring. • A campus-sponsored Domestic Violence Vigil drew 120 people attendees. • Constitution Day was coordinated with hundreds of student participants. • Students now have a radio station on campus at www.radiofreekokomo.org • Construction was completed on our first basketball and volleyball courts – with lights – which I am sure will be used as soon as the spring arrives. Student Success – On the Move We continued to enhance our commitment to help students during these challenging economic times and increased the financial aid we offer our students by 12%. In addition, an "On-Time Graduation Task Force" also has been created to examine a variety of factors that can improve graduation rates here. Information Technology – On the Move The campus network infrastructure was updated from 100M to 1G in anticipation of providing new and contemporary services such as a Voice over IP telephone system and virtualized delivery of applications and operating systems. Windows 7 and Microsoft Office 2010 were deployed to provide up to date technology tools, as well as a reliable, manageable platform for information technology resources and services delivery. Building Relationships – On the Move In order to maintain quality relationships with a variety of organizations in our region, I appointed a Community Relations Liaison. As a result, we have raised the profile of the university with regional civic and non-profit organizations. In addition, I assigned a Director of Regional Economic Engagement to coordinate economic development and regional transformation. We established an office for grants administration and an office for online education. New faculty members were hired, including a new dean of business and dean of education. We hired a new vice chancellor for advancement. Other promising signs that our hard work is acknowledged include the fact that giving to IU Kokomo is four times greater in the last half of 2010 compared to the average given in the past four previous years within the same time frame. We also experienced 34% more donors than last year. We conclude 2010 with great optimism and a deep belief in a future in abundance for IU Kokomo and the region. I wish you peace, health, and happiness for this season and throughout the New Year. IU Kokomo is "On the Move!" http://newsroom.iuk.edu/chancellor.html?start=54[1/25/2014 2:37:03 PM] Go to IU Kokomo's photostream
  4. 4. IU Kokomo Chancellor Cheers, Michael Harris, Ph.D. Chancellor On the Move News - December 2010 0 1 D E C E M BER 2 0 1 0 December Colleagues, IU Kokomo is “On the Move!” I write during this festive holiday season to express my gratitude for the warm manner in which Tali and I were welcomed to the IU Kokomo community. As the year comes to a close, it is a fitting time to reflect, review our accomplishments as a campus, and thank you for your hard work and dedication. As soon as I arrived on campus, I set out to meet most everyone on campus, in the community, and throughout the region. I attended Rotary, Foundation, economic development and Chamber of Commerce meetings; spoke with the media and was interviewed on Inside Indiana Business; and met with local business leaders, legislators, not-for-profits and school superintendents. Throughout the region and on campus, we hosted receptions, meetings, breakfasts, holiday parties, dinners, and met many wonderful people. Also, I was fortunate enough to meet Governor Daniels, President Obama, Vice President Biden and the CEO of Chrysler and Fiat, Sergio Marchionne. In total, I had the opportunity to meet with hundreds of people and spent much time listening and learning. These fascinating experiences have allowed me great insight and a deeper understanding of the opportunities we have to become a world-class regional campus that will serve the needs of north central Indiana. Read more... IU Kokomo names new vice chancellor for advancement 1 6 N O V E M BER 2 0 1 0 KOKOMO, Ind. – Indiana University Kokomo Chancellor Michael Harris announces the appointment of Penny Lee, a Tipton County resident, as the new vice chancellor for advancement. Lee began her position on Monday, November 15. "I am privileged to be part of the advancement team that will be an integral player in the efforts to transform the region through education," said Lee. "This is an exciting time to step in and provide leadership to a proactive and growing campus." Read more... http://newsroom.iuk.edu/chancellor.html?start=54[1/25/2014 2:37:03 PM]
  5. 5. IU Kokomo Chancellor Chancellor Michael Harris is guest on Inside INdiana Business 0 4 N O V E M BER 2 0 1 0 KOKOMO, Ind. – Indiana University Kokomo Chancellor Michael Harris appeared on 'Inside INdiana Business' with Gerry Dick on Friday, November 5, on WFYI. The full interview can be viewed by clicking here. Chancellor Harris and host Gerry Dick discussed the role of the campus for regional transformation in north central Indiana, and the importance of higher education to lead the way in innovation and entrepreneurship. In addition, Harris emphasized how universitywide, under IU President McRobbie's leadership, all the regional campuses will play significant roles in revitalizing the economy in their respective regions. Read more... Michael Harris installed as sixth chancellor of IU Kokomo 2 2 O C T O B ER 2 0 1 0 KOKOMO, Ind. – Indiana University Kokomo Chancellor Michael Harris was installed today as the sixth chancellor of the campus by IU President Michael McRobbie during a ceremony at Havens Auditorium. More than 500 guests attended the event, which also celebrated the growth and success of business, industry, and higher education in north central Indiana. Read more... Installation speech of Chancellor Michael Harris 2 2 O C T O B ER 2 0 1 0 October 22, 2010 Michael Harris, Installation Address – Indiana University Kokomo Catalyst for Change; Charting a Regional Transformation President McRobbie, trustees, family, guests, members of Indiana University and IU Kokomo community, thank you for being here today. Your presence is deeply appreciated. President McRobbie, I accept the chancellorship of Indiana University Kokomo with humility and enthusiasm. I am proud and deeply honored to serve as the sixth chancellor of this campus, and I am grateful for your trust and confidence. http://newsroom.iuk.edu/chancellor.html?start=54[1/25/2014 2:37:03 PM]
  6. 6. IU Kokomo Chancellor It is truly a delight to be back in Indiana after 17 years. Some of you may not know that my journey began 9000 miles from here in Johannesburg, South Africa where I was born. When I was 6, my family moved 4000 miles to Israel where I lived for 27 years. In the late 80’s, my family traveled yet another 6000 miles to a new home in, Indiana. So now you know from where I get the tag line “On the Move.” I come from a family of immigrants, and I may be the only person in the auditorium to have my four grandparents – two of whom were born in Europe -- buried on three different continents (Africa, Australia and Asia) and a grandson is living on a fourth. I grew up on an Israeli commune, which was founded on principles of equality and joint ownership of property and means of production. It was established in fulfillment of the Utopian idea “from each according to his/her ability, to each according to his/her needs.” It was a farming, as well as an industrial commune and it had its set of interesting characters. For example, there was one older member of the commune whom I would greet every day when we met for work at 6:30 a.m. by the tractor shed with a “good morning.” Every day, he would look at me with great surprise and confusion and say: “you’re telling me?” … During the years, I had a variety of responsibilities, ranging from working in the fields and the dairy (my favorite), to vice president of industry. I also served in the Israeli Defense Forces and rose to the rank of Major. I led men to combat while internalizing the deep values and ethics inherent in the commands “follow me” and “leave no one behind.” My early, intense and wide-ranging experiences shaped who I am. I learned to appreciate the value of: a civic society, friendship, loyalty, team work, self-discipline, community, integrity, lead by example; maximizing each person’s potential for success and living a meaningful life. I came to recognize that sustaining a democratic society depends on education and knowledge. I embraced John Dewey’s idea that: “Education is not a preparation for life; education is life itself” and decided myself to pursue an academic career. After Graduate School, I was gratified to become faculty. I immensely enjoy teaching, I relish research, and I pursued both One day while on the faculty at Eastern Michigan University, I received a surprising call from Provost Ron Collins asking me to serve in an administrative capacity. In retrospect, Ron allowed me the opportunity to contribute to public good through education, economic development and public policy. It also ultimately allowed us the opportunity to be here. This is a perfect time to introduce my wife Tali who I have known since 3rd grade. I thank her for the love, encouragement and support she has given me over the past 34 years. Without her I would not be here. She has been the most inspiring and supportive force in my life. In fact, Tali has always assured me that: behind every successful man there is a very surprised woman. I am very proud of her amazing professional accomplishments. Tali and I are very proud of our sons Ronen, Asaf, and Amit who are here. My brother Ariel has travelled 6,000 miles to join us. His presence means the world to me. Please join me in extending a warm Midwestern welcome to them. And finally, I would like to thank Dianne Roden and Kathleen Ligocki for sharing the podium with me. It’s a privilege to be here with them. Today we celebrate the rich heritage and promising future of IU Kokomo and North Central Indiana. I am proud to follow in the steps of our “founding father” Virgil Hunt, who also graduated from IU and years later came back to lead IU Kokomo. We are delighted to have with us today his son Mr. Bill Hunt. Virgil Hunt was followed by Smith Higgins, Victor Bogle, Hugh Thompson, Emita Hill, Ruth Person, and Stuart Green. I have spent the past 114 days on the move, meeting people, listening, and learning. I would like to share with you a few of my observations, and introduce to you three major themes, I intend to focus on in the coming months. I offer these preliminary thoughts with my assurance that I will never stop listening and learning while we as a community continue to refine our vision. First Theme: Enhance Academic Excellence and Student Success. http://newsroom.iuk.edu/chancellor.html?start=54[1/25/2014 2:37:03 PM]
  7. 7. IU Kokomo Chancellor It was Benjamin Disraeli, the British statesman who said: “Upon the education of the people of this country the fate of this country depends.” Truer words could not have been said about our region. Addressing this challenge will require commitment and hard work on behalf of our faculty and staff. I want to take this opportunity to thank you for the warm welcome you have extended to me. I have been impressed by your commitment to students and academic excellence. And to the students here today, I urge you to take advantage of all we have to offer, to engage with our faculty and staff and realize your dreams. Academic excellence and student success are at the heart of our enterprise. We will strive to create a learning environment that engages learners, that supports high standards and motivates independent learning. We will focus on transforming our students rather than merely transferring information. This world of daunting complexity requires graduates who are flexible, adaptable and creative. We will be responsive to the needs and preferences of those we serve while ensuring that we maintain a competitive edge and offer significant added value in our education. To that end we have begun several initiatives. Let me mention only a few: In his State of the University address, President McRobbie challenged IU regional campuses to improve graduation rates. In response, I am in the process of formulating an "On-Time Graduation Task Force" that will examine policies, process, space, technology, learning, advising, and structures. I ask for very creative & innovative analysis and bold recommendations. Let there be no mistake: more of our students must complete their degrees. We are working to ensure the seamless transfer of students to IU Kokomo. To that end we are deploying academic advisors to Ivy Tech campuses and we have created a joint position with Ivy Tech to coordinate transfer. We are developing 5 new academic programs and 30 online courses. These programs are all in areas of high demand in this region and build on our strengths. We are increasing professional development, research activity and opportunities to attract external funding. We are actively expanding opportunities for students to have an international and/or an internship and participate in undergraduate research. And finally, we are addressing the necessity to increase classroom utilization. We are on the move! Second Theme: Regional transformation. From the moment I learned that the university would hold an installation ceremony for me, I wanted to use the occasion as an opportunity to invite regional leaders to partner with us to bring about the transformation of North Central Indiana. I thank you for your overwhelming response. Among our partners is the Mayor of our host city and a student at IU Kokomo, Greg Goodnight. I would like to take a moment to recognize him. A recent article in CNN Money acknowledges the Mayor for being instrumental in bringing Kokomo back to life. We live in an era of accelerated economic change that at times can make us feel as if we are living through a “perfect storm.” We are swiftly departing from the "labor-material" paradigm of production to a new economic model based on knowledge and innovation. The pace of the emergence of the knowledge economy is further accelerated by increased globalization. Economist Carl Schramm, suggests that “for the U.S. to survive and continue its economic leadership in the world, we must see entrepreneurship as our central comparative advantage. Nothing else can give us the necessary leverage.” I believe that we in North Central Indiana are well situated to capitalize on this opportunity and that we must instill a sense of hope and optimism. In fact, we have several advantages. They include: educational and knowledge capacity, solid infrastructure, Hoosier values, a heritage of “firsts” and an exceptional location. I have witnessed and participated in successful transformations around the world, in far less favorable conditions. I do visualize it here. The task will require forward looking and optimism which Sir Earnest Shackleton referred to as “true moral courage.” We will need http://newsroom.iuk.edu/chancellor.html?start=54[1/25/2014 2:37:03 PM]
  8. 8. IU Kokomo Chancellor to exhibit endurance and belief that we can transform North Central Indiana. Together, we can create significant and meaningful regional networks and collaboration built upon principles of: an educated work force, innovation, and access to knowledge. We must constantly strive to attract companies and investments, enhance the local quality of life, and promote a global perspective. I am often asked about my vision for what will we be known for. Frankly, I do not know the answer to that question because it is grounded in an irrelevant paradigm that assumes today’s knowledge and technology. We must look forward and develop expertise to facilitate entrepreneurship rather than aim for a single product or process. I am calling upon you to join me, our faculty and staff on a journey to develop a committed and dedicated coalition for regional transformation through entrepreneurship and innovation. In the words of Ghandi, “We must be the change we want to see in the world.” The future is abundant. We are on the move! Third Theme: Building Relationships and Making Friends. I have met so far with over 200 alumni, community, business and government leaders. At each meeting, people told me that our campus fulfills a deep need in the region and that they were committed to supporting it. I pledge to each of you here today that I will continue to build relationships. We will earn your hearts and minds, passion and compassion. To that end, we are initiating a new campaign to engage and raise the level of external support and donor participation. I have recently heard from a former Kokomo native who has been working with me to organize a get- together of a group of regional ‘expatriates’ who want to support IU Kokomo. We will strive to be worthy of that dedication. Albert Camus, the great French philosopher observed that “Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.” We believe that our students and the wellbeing of IU Kokomo is a worthy cause. We assure those who support us that their contribution will be received with deep gratitude and have a significant impact. We are on the move! During the past 114 days we have built on our history, moved to reaffirm our values and set new strategic goals. Let me share with you just some of what we have already accomplished or have in the works: We are becoming more efficient and effective. Professor Roden has already told you about “The Big Move.” She’s absolutely right. It was hot. It was humid. But it was also exactly the right thing to do because it streamlined operations and brought together individuals who need to collaborate. The task also made us come together as a community and even have some fun. We are welcoming 5 new additions to our campus: The Digital Media Center; a New Mac lab; a renovated facility for our fine arts program; a new world class Simulation Lab for our nursing program; and our first basketball and volleyball courts. We are also assessing the feasibility of a Wellness Center. Taken together, these new facilities and programs represent an enhanced capacity and a commitment to be intentional, relevant, responsive and current. We are developing an ambitious enrollment plan and a new marketing and branding campaign. We want more high school graduates and other residents to be aware of the many opportunities available here “close to home.” Nida Zia, a senior majoring in Biology and our student body Vice President who is planning to go to medical school believes that many high school students are simply unaware of the opportunities we have available for them. These campaigns will attempt to address that challenge. We are on the move! As you can see, I am committed to leading the campus forward and ensuring academic excellence and student success, regional transformation, and building relationships and making friends. IU Kokomo is committed to making our region an even better place to live; a place where every individual has an equal opportunity to be educated, to raise a family, to earn a good living and to enjoy all the benefits of a welcoming and inclusive community. I am moved by the large regional presence here – it confirms for me that together we will achieve regional transformation. President McRobbie, I am grateful for the privilege of leading IU Kokomo, being part of your leadership team and following your vision. I will do so in the context of the principles of excellence you set forth. It is with that commitment that I accept the title and the http://newsroom.iuk.edu/chancellor.html?start=54[1/25/2014 2:37:03 PM]
  9. 9. IU Kokomo Chancellor responsibilities to serve you and Indiana University as the chancellor of Indiana University Kokomo. IU Kokomo is on the move and regional transformation will take place! We are bound by a common goal: to sustain here in North Central Indiana the American dream of a better tomorrow. We are on the move while remaining grounded in Hoosier values and dedicated to a global perspective and academic excellence. At the end of the day, the ultimate test of our success is the difference we make in the life of one individual. Together we will make a difference in the lives of many. We are on the move! Campus, region to celebrate Chancellor's installation 1 8 O C T O B ER 2 0 1 0 KOKOMO, Ind. – The north central Indiana region will come together this Friday, October 22, to celebrate the installation of Indiana University Kokomo Chancellor Michael Harris. Nearly 400 guests are expected to attend the ceremony, which will take place at 11 a.m. in Havens Auditorium. IU President Michael McRobbie will conduct the official installation, followed by speakers Kathleen Ligocki, B.A.'78, L.H.D. '02, Dianne Roden, professor of finance, and Harris, Ph.D. '93. Read more... Create a life-size scarecrow at annual event 0 8 O C T O B ER 2 0 1 0 KOKOMO, Ind. – Show off your craft skills while supporting student scholarships at the annual Build-A-Scarecrow Fall Festival sponsored by the Indiana University Kokomo Staff Council. Straw-stuffers will be able to create life-size scarecrows on Saturday, October 16, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the parking lot behind Hunt Hall. For only $10 per person, participants will receive clothing, accessories, and straw to fashion a scarecrow character of their choosing – from traditional to scary. These will make a fine festive fall decoration for anyone’s yard or front porch. Volunteers will be on hand to assist with the projects. All proceeds benefit the staff council, which raises money for student scholarships, campus improvements, and projects to benefit the surrounding communities. Last year, this event raised nearly $1,500. Other activities include a horse-drawn hayride, face painting, fall crafts, and a variety of food will be available for purchase, including chicken and noodles, Mexican fare, and kettle corn. Reservations are not necessary. In case of rain, the event will take place in the parking garage on the south side of Rebecca Lane. For more information, contact Bev Ringeisen at (765) 455-9203, or by e-mail at beanring@iuk.edu. http://newsroom.iuk.edu/chancellor.html?start=54[1/25/2014 2:37:03 PM]
  10. 10. IU Kokomo Chancellor Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana. Chancellor Message - September 2010 2 2 S E P T E MBER 2 0 1 0 Welcome to Indiana University Kokomo, where academic excellence and community engagement are of utmost priority. As Chancellor, my main objective is to balance learning, research, and service to provide the full baccalaureate and graduate experience for students. IU Kokomo offers an exciting academic environment, with more than 40 undergraduate and graduate programs taught by an awardwinning faculty. This campus is dedicated to enhancing research, creative work, and other scholarly activity, promoting diversity, and strengthening the economic and cultural vitality of the region and the state through a variety of partnerships and programs. Student engagement is also vital to a well-rounded higher education experience. There are numerous student organizations and activities that will enhance leadership skills, provide networking opportunities, and out-of-class practical learning experiences. At IU Kokomo, we are wireless and connected to I-Light, a high speed, fiber optic network. We offer state-of-the-art technology, a new Digital Media Center, the Indiana University library system and advanced science facilities. We are On the Move and want to maximize the potential and enrich the opportunities for all students at Indiana University Kokomo. By enrolling and graduating increasingly higher numbers of students, we can provide North Central Indiana with the workforce needed to make this region a leader in economic development and progress. Cheers, Michael Harris, Ph.D. Chancellor Indiana University Kokomo Chancellor Harris Meets Governor Mitch Daniels 12 AUGUST 2010 Kokomo, Ind.– Chancellor Michael Harris met Gov. Mitch Daniels Wednesday to discuss the importance of Indiana University, the regional campuses, and especially IU Kokomo's role in ensuring economic growth. "The regional campuses have probably never been so important, with so many people seeking to find a new place in the economy, and (who) seek a new education and training to get there," said Gov. Daniels. "I'm tremendously excited that Chancellor Harris could come here. I think he is going to bring great leadership and also a new dimension to Indiana higher education in general." Chancellor Harris emphasized IU's commitment, under President Michael McRobbie's leadership, to serve the educational needs of Indiana during this time of economic transformation. "We at IU Kokomo are going to work in a collaborative manner with government, nonprofit, and business leaders. Our goal is to bring a sense of relying on education to provide a mindset focused on innovation, entrepreneurship, knowledge, skills and http://newsroom.iuk.edu/chancellor.html?start=54[1/25/2014 2:37:03 PM]
  11. 11. IU Kokomo Chancellor citizenship," Harris said. Gov. Daniels agreed with Harris that higher education is essential for the well-being of the state. "We're working very hard to make certain our system operates rationally so that we now have a place for every kind of student. Now the goal is to make sure the students, as often as possible, find that right place," Daniels said. "I know in many cases it will be at IU Kokomo." Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana. Media Contact: Marie Radel Phone: (765) 455-9468 E-mail: meradel@iuk.edu The Big Move - August 2010 06 AUGUST 2010 Dear Campus Family, I am writing to thank you for the enormous amount of hard work, commitment and incredible outpouring of support during "the Big Move." Those who moved worked exceptionally hard to make it possible and adjusted to a new reality; for that I express deep gratitude. We are all located in a manner that is more functional and better meets our needs. The physical plant staff went above and beyond. The amazing work and dedication of Cheryl Small, Dave Hawkins, Lucien Madding, Rob Helms, Will Mills, and Anthony Northington along with the leadership and coordination by Charlie and Tara got those who moved into their new offices in a smooth, productive manner and in record time. It was very impressive. Our IT staff, Spencer Baker and Jessica Hawkins de-installed the computers, Weston Bridgewater and Mike Lynch installed the computers, and Greg Winn was always there when needed. Michael Morgan from UITS, Deb Burns and Shirley Sellers got all the phones reprogrammed. And a big thank you to Carl Pennington. Also thank you to Kim Biehunik-Justiss, Kat Stremiecki, Bev Ringeisen and Sarah Sarber for helping to serve up a great pizza lunch. Special gratitude to Tim Sehr and Beth Van Gordon for their leadership. A big thanks also to Guyer Moving and Storage for all their time and help. I also want to thank all those who did not move and helped others unpack and unload. A special thank you to Student Affairs staff that provided the wonderful baking. I appreciate and respect the commitment, hard work and dedication on our campus. I am extremely optimistic about the future as I believe we are entering an exceptional time where we will see growth and transformation. This move proves that working together we will ensure IU Kokomo's journey to an incredibly bright future for the benefit of North Central Indiana. Thanks to all for a job well done. View "the Big Move" at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJIe0t6aDEU To Our Future! Cheers! Michael Harris, Ph.D. Chancellor http://newsroom.iuk.edu/chancellor.html?start=54[1/25/2014 2:37:03 PM]
  12. 12. IU Kokomo Chancellor Thank you Welcome - July 2010 09 JULY 2010 Dear Faculty and Staff: I am writing to thank you for the warm welcome I have received since my arrival on July 1. I have spent my first few days meeting many of you and touring the campus facilities. For those of you away from campus, I look forward to meeting you when you return. As the new chancellor, I have quickly learned that IU Kokomo is a special place. We provide an Indiana University degree close to home, in a supportive, engaging campus environment. I am very proud to be a graduate of IU. I know you were especially proud as you celebrated the 10,000th graduate at commencement. My goals in the next several weeks are to learn as much as I can, to understand the campus' strengths and challenges, to help you get to know me, and to meet as many campus and community constituents as possible. I appreciate and respect the good work that has provided the foundation for academic excellence on this campus. I am extremely optimistic about the future as I believe we are entering an exceptional time where we will see tremendous growth. I ask you to partner with me as we begin this journey together. You will find that I am a forward looking leader who values faculty, staff, students and community partners. I know together we will continue to move the campus from Good to Great. Finally, I want to share a decision that I have made in consultation with the cabinet. I will be implementing some physical changes on campus. As you know, Hunt Hall is our premier, award-winning facility that provides a spectacular image of the campus. It mirrors academic excellence, with its state-of-the art science equipment and laboratories. Thus, I am moving my office to that building so that I can showcase our excellence as visitors come to campus. External Relations, Communication & Marketing, and Alumni Relations will move to the first floor of the main building into the current administrative offices so they are accessible to the public as they enter the main building. The Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs and the Chief Information Officer will move upstairs to the second floor of the main building (the former External Relations offices) so that everyone can be in close proximity as they work together. The Vice Chancellor for Administration & Finance will move into an office close to Human Resources. These physical changes I hope will signal our need to recognize that change is constant and that together we will move forward and respond to the rapidly changing local and global environment. As we look back over time, I know we will take pride in the physical growth and the growth and development of our programs that provide opportunities for student success and community enhancement. Cheers, Michael Harris, Ph.D. Chancellor and Professor of Public and Environmental Affairs, Business and Education Page 4 of 4 << Start < Prev 1 2 3 4 Next > End >> http://newsroom.iuk.edu/chancellor.html?start=54[1/25/2014 2:37:03 PM]
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