Chancellor Michael Harris Vision leads Iu kokomo to historic first naia athletic game and tailgate


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Chancellor Michael Harris Vision leads Iu kokomo to historic first naia athletic game and tailgate

  1. 1. IU Kokomo celebrates historic first NAIA athletic event with tailgate People Unit IUK Search IUK News Home Schools Divisions Faculty Chancellor Around Campus News Campus Around Kokomo Athletics Athletics News Alumni Search Contact Login search news... Chancellor News IU Kokomo adds women’s basketball, hires IU Kokomo adds women’s basketball, hires Kokomo Joint simulation gives students chance to IU Kokomo to close for Thanksgiving First Cougar athlete qualifies for national IU Kokomo students gain job experience, benefit Cathy Barnes changes lives at IU Kokomo IU Kokomo volleyball earns tournament bid; players Indiana University Kokomo honors August IU Kokomo students join in tornado relief effort Students partner, share information at “Block Out IU Kokomo receives Misch Kohn painting from IU Kokomo hosts collection drive for city’s tornado IU Kokomo cross country team sets high goals for Campus benefactors honored at dedication of Milt IU Kokomo celebrates historic first NAIA athletic event with tailgate Contact Marie Radel Director of Media and Marketing 21 AUGUST 2012 (765) 455-9468 KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University Kokomo kicked off the volleyball season and celebrated its historic first game as a member of the NAIA with a campus tailgate Tuesday, August 21. Students, faculty, staff, athletes and fans mingled on the outdoor basketball court, enjoying hamburgers and hot dogs, music by the Kokomo Perspective's Kokomo 4U, and games, before cheering for the Cougar volleyball team's opening game against Purdue North Central. Chancellor Michael Harris introduced the volleyball, basketball, and cross country teams, and thanked supporters. Danielle Rush Communications Specialist (765) 455-9414 Find us on Facebook Indiana University Kokomo Like 2,625 people like Indiana University Kokomo. "Indiana University Kokomo has been around for 67 years, and we continue to make history," he file:///C|/Users/mharri48/Pictures/IU%20Kokomo%20celebrates%20historic%20first%20NAIA%20athletic%20event%20with%20tailgate.htm[11/25/2013 5:16:00 PM]
  2. 2. IU Kokomo celebrates historic first NAIA athletic event with tailgate said. "In our first season as NAIA members, our volleyball student athletes and coaches are making history playing our first-ever Students and staff enjoy some friendly volleyball before the game. See more pictures here. NAIA game. The sports programs are all part of our effort to enhance student success and academic excellence. This is only the beginning." Lael Burrus, a second-year volleyball player, was thankful so many fans came to the tailgate to show their support not only for her team, but for all the student athletes. "We're excited to start our season and to do a good job representing IU Kokomo in the NAIA," she said, "It's really cool to have so many people cheering for us." Volleyball Coach Kristin Snoddy said she'd been excited for the game all day. "I had some tears in my eyes this morning, and some chills, just thinking about it. We are making IU Kokomo history, and it's humbling to be part of that." Cross country team members Sandy Beech and Jeremy Gilman enjoyed their first event as student athletes. Beech transferred to IU Kokomo not only for cross country, but to study medical imaging. "I wanted to get a degree that matters," she said. "I'm also happy to be able to run on the college level. The athletics program really put the campus on the map." Facebook social plugin Freshmen Katharine Calabro, Alexandria Lawhead, Caleb Davis, Tyler Neher, and Doug Francis were excited to attend the tailgate, their first event as college students. They all agree the athletic programs are a positive addition to the student life experience. Lawhead wanted to go to the tailgate and game "because it makes me feel like I'm part of the campus. It's a good way to meet people." Davis plans to join the Cougar Crazies, the student section for the athletic events. "I think the tailgate and the sports bring a lot of energy to the campus. It gets everyone to know each other, and gives us something in common," he said. Calabro was impressed with how much the campus has grown. file:///C|/Users/mharri48/Pictures/IU%20Kokomo%20celebrates%20historic%20first%20NAIA%20athletic%20event%20with%20tailgate.htm[11/25/2013 5:16:00 PM]
  3. 3. IU Kokomo celebrates historic first NAIA athletic event with tailgate "The athletics are making people take note of IU Kokomo, and then they find out about all the other activities available for students," she said. "I like the attention I get as a student. I'm getting private school attention." Neher also took note of the growth and changes on campus. "Everything is so fast-paced, and it's on the move," he said. "I'm excited to be here for the first season of NAIA sports." Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana. Go to IU Kokomo's photostream file:///C|/Users/mharri48/Pictures/IU%20Kokomo%20celebrates%20historic%20first%20NAIA%20athletic%20event%20with%20tailgate.htm[11/25/2013 5:16:00 PM]
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