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September 2012
It is my pleasure to serve you and Indiana University Kokomo as the President of
the IU Kokomo Alumni Assoc...
From the desk of Chancellor Harris
2-Year Achievements at Indiana University Kokomo
•	15 new degree programs	 •	Average 8-...
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Michael Harris IU kokomo, 2012 Fall Alumni Newsletter IU Kokomo

  1. 1. September 2012 It is my pleasure to serve you and Indiana University Kokomo as the President of the IU Kokomo Alumni Association Board of Directors. I am proud to represent the interests of the more than 10,000 alumni of our great university. I am thrilled that our campus is becoming a more traditional campus, as I have personally learned that it is education that opens doors to allow one to reach one’s full potential professionally. It is exciting to see all the young adults making IU Kokomo their university! The campus is alive, and as IU Kokomo experiences record growth, the look of the student body is changing. As an alumni network, we are striving to quickly adapt to these changes. Our newest alumni have earned their IU degree and now must compete in one of the most difficult job markets this country has seen. It is the goal of IUKAA, as established alumni, to assist these younger and well-trained alumni in establishing themselves as professionals. Assisting begins with reaching out to the IUKAA and becoming a member. Email us at or call 765-455-9457. We want to give each of you an opportunity to become engaged with your alma mater. Watch for more informa- tion on opportunities to do so. IU Kokomo is a campus on the move and we want you to be a part of the success! Go IU! Judy Golitko, President IUKAA The Pavilion This 40-foot-wide and 30-foot-deep struc- ture stands on the east side of the Hunt Hall parking lot. On May 8 of this year, the Pavilion hosted the 2012 IU Kokomo Commencement exercise. It will be host to future concerts and community events. The Welcome Center The new welcome center opened in April and serves as the first impression for guests of our campus. It is located in lower Alumni Hall and replaces what was affectionately known as the “bunker”. Campus Beautification An initiative that began shortly after Chancellor Michael Harris arrived, campus beautification has transformed the environment into an inviting and vibrant campus. Welcome! The Indiana University Board of Trustees approved the official name for the IU Kokomo wellness and fitness center, set to open next summer. It will be known as the “Milt and Jean Cole Family Wellness and Fitness Center”, and will house a jogging and walking track, cardio and strength training area, two multipurpose rooms, a health studies classroom, locker rooms, and a reception area. The name honors the $1.25 million gift the Cole family donated for the center, to be constructed in the ground floor of the Library. This is the largest cash gift in campus history. “I am extremely grateful and appreciative of the Cole family, whose shared vision for this campus makes a facility like this possible,” said Chancellor Michael Harris. “This wellness and fitness center is essential to the future growth of this campus. It will impact thousands of people for years to come with health and educational opportunities as a result of this center,” he added. In addition to Milt and Jean Cole, the family includes Keith and Carmella Cole, and Randy and Candy Cole. They are owners of Cole Hardwood in Logansport. Construction on the 20,500-square-foot facility will begin later this year, and Harris expects a grand opening in July or August of 2013. The new center allows opportunities to offer additional allied health majors – such as sports medicine and athletic training – and provides year-round training space for athletes. For more information about the Milt and Jean Cole Family Wellness and Fitness Center, the Inspire Power campaign, and to make a gift, go to Trustees approve naming, ‘Milt and Jean Cole Family Wellness and Fitness Center’ IU Kokomo Alumni Association board members attend Indiana Black Expo Luncheon on August 1. From left to right: Judy Golitko, ASN, ‘01 BSN, ‘03, Kelly Goad, BA, ‘05, MPM, ‘09, Amanda Shoultz, BS, ‘02, Bob Hayes Sr., BGS, ‘95. 2300 S. Washington St. P.O. Box 9003 Kokomo, IN 46904-9003 IU Kokomo begins a new tradition with its inaugural Homecoming, set for De- cember 8. The week-long Homecoming kicks off on Monday, December 3, and commences with the men’s basketball game vs. Purdue North Central at 3 p.m. Saturday, December 8. The Homecoming steering committee, which includes alumni, students, faculty, and staff, is currently planning activities. A complete list of event details will be released at a later date. Tickets for the December 8 game can be purchased through the athletics department. For more information on Cougar athletics, please visit
  2. 2. From the desk of Chancellor Harris 2-Year Achievements at Indiana University Kokomo • 15 new degree programs • Average 8-10% enrollment growth in past 8 semesters • Athletics accepted into NAIA • Opening of Nursing Simulation Center • Renovated Student Success Center • Creation of New Generation Classroom & Digital Media Center • Havens Auditorium renovation • Construction of Pavilion • Received largest donation in campus history from Cole Family • Financial aid increase of 28% in ’11-‘12 and 30% in ’12-‘13 Ryan Bowman joins IU Kokomo Indiana University Kokomo welcomes Ryan Bowman as the new Director of Alumni Relations and Campus Ceremonies. Bowman, who began his duties on April 9, plans to reach out to the 10,000-plus graduates and get them involved and engaged with the campus and current students. “We gain so much from our college experiences, beyond earning our degrees,” Bowman said, who will also work with the IU Kokomo Alumni Association. “Being in- volved with the alumni association is a great way to network with other graduates and to give back to the campus that gave us so much.” Chancellor Michael Harris said reaching out to alumni is essential to continued growth and success at IU Kokomo. “Our alumni are important to us, and Ryan will remind them that graduation is not an ending, but the beginning of a new relationship with IU Kokomo,” Harris said. “He will help us build those friendships and the support we need to continue our tradition of academic excellence and student success.” Bowman, 30, previously was community relations and promotions manager for the Indianapolis Indians. Ryan can be reach at or at (765) 455-9413. Chancellor Michael Harris Since I have arrived at Indiana University Kokomo, I have had the great opportunity to meet so many of our exceptional alumni. Hearing your stories, successes, and the impact that IU Kokomo has had on your lives is truly inspiring. We take immense pride in all that you have accomplished since obtaining your IU degree. Now is the time to re-engage with your campus and the region we serve. It is my sincere goal to get to know each of you, and learn about the journey that led you to IU Kokomo. IU Kokomo is a world-class regional campus; a college of choice. Our campus is a place where students work toward a first-class education and enjoy studying and spending time in a friendly and invigorating environment. During my two-year tenure at IU Kokomo, we have created an environment of innovation and empow- erment that has renewed an entrepreneurial spirit; the pride felt by our campus family is contagious. As a result of the hard work of our faculty, staff, and students, the campus is experiencing phenomenal growth and evolution. With an ever-changing and growing campus, it is my privilege to share with you our many successes and accomplishments in the months to come. We are a communi- ty of faculty, students, staff and alumni who all care deeply about IU Kokomo and we will continue to work together toward that end. We are an “Engaged Campus- On the Move,” and we look forward to enhancing our relationships with our graduates. I hope to see you at our future alumni events. Each of you matters immensely to our continued success. Cheers, Amber Cargile ‘90 Amber (Gailey) Cargile witnessed death and destruction “on a biblical scale,” as one of the first humanitarian workers in Haiti after the devastating 2010 earthquake. She was part of a multinational response team letting the world know what the Hai- tian people needed and how to help, and said it was one of the most meaningful deployments in her 20-year United States Air Force career. Indiana University Kokomo honored Cargile, 43, for her humanitarian service and military career with its Distinguished Alumni Award at Commencement, on Tuesday, May 8, 2012. “It was a humbling experience. You come out of it thankful for what you have, where you come from, and the opportunities you’ve had, “ said Cargile, a 1990 graduate with a bachelor’s degree in social and behavioral science. “I don’t know that I’ve worked as hard anywhere else, but the rewards were immense. To know I was part of that initial group that came down and was helping steer the ship in the right direction was very rewarding.” Chancellor Michael Harris congratulated Cargile on the award. “Amber Cargile represents the excellence we can expect of IU Kokomo graduates who receive a world-class education,” Harris said. “I am grateful for her service to our country. This award is well-deserved.” Cargile worked in radio after graduating from IU Kokomo, and then enrolled in the U.S. Air Force Officer Training School. Her military career included serving as head of the communications team in Guam doing humanitarian relief after the Asian tsunami in 2005, and as deputy spokeswoman for U.S. forces in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. Criteria: • Graduate of IU Kokomo campus • Professional Accomplishments • Community Service • Involvement with IU Kokomo To nominate an individual(s), please email name, address, occupation, accomplishments, and a statement explaining why you feel the nominee should be given this special recognition to For more information contact: Ryan Bowman at or (765) 455-9413. Julia Dunn, BA, ’92, was promoted from assistant director to director of the Noblesville 911 dispatch center. Kelly Goad, BA, ’05 and MPM, ’09, is director of development at Indiana University Kokomo. Tiffani Bonifant, BS, ‘12, is teaching social studies at Taylor High School, Kokomo. Kourtney (Cox) Hainlen, BS, ’12, is a second grade teacher at Tri-Central Elementary School, Sharpsville. She married Brandon Hainlen on June 23, 2012. Vincente Lorenz, BS, ’12, is teaching science at Kokomo High School. Share your news with fellow alumni by emailing the details to Heather Cohee Student Alumni Association President Resides: Peru, Indiana, Miami County High School: Maconaquah High School Major: Psychology Graduation Date: May 2013 Campus Activities: I am an Orientation Leader, I work in the registrar’s office, and am the presi- dent of Student Alumni Association. What do you hope to accomplish as SAA President? I hope to make SAA more recognized around campus, engage IUK students with not only alumni, but with the com- munity, and have a successful year with the events we have planned. Why did you choose IUK? I chose Indiana University Kokomo because my sister attended IUK out of high school. She always had good things to say about the campus, and I liked the fact that I could stay at home and attend college. I also like the small class sizes, therefore I am not a number. The faculty and staff actually get to know me as a person, unlike larger universities. Post-graduation plans: I am planning on going for my mas- ter’s in social work and becoming a licensed clinical social worker to work in the field of relationship and marital counseling. InspirePower Campaign Kicks Off Supporters of Indiana University Kokomo gathered on August 9 to kick off the public phase of the “Inspire Power” campaign, to raise philanthropic support for the newly-named Milt and Jean Cole Family Wellness and Fitness Center. IU Kokomo alumni, students, and staff talked about the future impact of the center, and attendees toured the future home of the wellness and fitness center, on the ground floor of the library. To lend your support to the campaign visit Help save lives by participating in the IU Kokomo Alumni Association blood drive. Join us on Wednesday, October 3, from Noon to 6 p.m. in room 130 of the Kelley Student Center to donate blood. The blood drive is run by the Howard-Tip- ton chapter of the American Red Cross. To donate, one must be 17 years of age or older, weigh at least 110 lbs., and be in good health. For a full list of donor eligibility requirements, please visit the Red Cross website at In 2011, as part of the IU Blood Donor Challenge, IU Kokomo donated more than 3,000 units of blood. IUKAA to host blood drive with American Red Cross