<h2>A History of Indiana University Kokomo</h2>




<img src=“https://www.flickr.com/photos/145186649@N02/28057779519/in/dateposted-public/alt=Hunt Hall”>


<p>Courtesy of the Kokomo Tribune</p>




<h4>IU is founded</h4>


<p>Indiana University is founded in Bloomington. The first two buildings were constructed in 1822.</p>


<img src=“https://www.flickr.com/photos/145186649@N02/34641948436/in/dateposted-public/”alt=”Floor plan of the first building”>


<p>Courtesy of IU Archives P0022514 </p>




<h4>New Beginnings</h4>


<p>Kokomo Junior College begins offering a basic, two-year collegiate program. The college building would go on to become the hub for IU's extension center in Kokomo.</p>


<img src=“https://www.flickr.com/photos/145186649@N02/33497124453/in/dateposted-public/”alt=”Class of Kokomo Junior College 1940”>


<p>Courtesy of IU Kokomo</p>


<p>Kokomo Junior College 1940</p>




<h4>IU Establishes Extension Center</h4>


<p>In 1945, Indiana University establishes an extension center in the former Kokomo Junior College building at 508 W. Taylor Street. Dr. Virgil Hunt serves as its first director. This photos shows Dr. Hunt exploring the chemistry lab in 1950 with IU President Herman B Wells and chemistry instructor Jack Holloway (left to right).</p>


<img src=https://www.flickr.com/photos/145186649@N02/39752435842/in/album-72157683132484395/alt=”photo of Wells, Hunt, and Holloway”>




<h4>Soaring Enrollment and Expanding Facilities</h4>


<p>Due to climbing enrollment at the Taylor Street location, the university purchased the Seiberling Kingston mansion at 1200 West Sycamore Street to expand their facilities.</p>


<img src=”https://www.flickr.com/photos/145186649@N02/34177097831/in/album-72157683132484395/”alt=”Seiberling Kingston mansion”>


<p>Courtesy of IU Kokomo</p>




<h4>Freeing Up Space</h4>


<p>With increasing enrollment, IU buys the neighboring Elliott House. Moving the library and some offices to this new spaces allows for more classrooms in the Seiberling building.</p>


<img src=”https://www.flickr.com/photos/145186649@N02/34177098331/in/album-72157683132484395/”alt=”Seiberling carriage house”>


<p>Courtesy of IU Kokomo</p>


<p>IUK Archives Seiberling carriage house</p>




<h4>New Leadership</h4>


<p>Dr. Smith Higgins is appointed IU Kokomo Director. A Navy veteran who taught mathematics, Dr. Higgins was a champion for IU regional campuses.</p>


<img src=”https://www.flickr.com/photos/145186649@N02/34176124451/in/album-72157683132484395/” alt=”Portrait of Dr. Smith Higgins”>


<p>Courtesy of IU Kokomo</p>




<h4>New Leadership</h4>


<p>Dr. Victor M. Bogle is appointed chancellor. His fundraising and strategic vision shaped the future of the IU Kokomo campus.</p>


<img src=”https://www.flickr.com/photos/iukokomo/8816252156/in/photolist-aciAhu-er4ABw-eq8drU-qktR28-68dBjE-dsn1Li” alt=”Portrait of Dr. Victor M. Bogle”>


<p>Courtesy of IU Kokomo</p>




<h4>Ground is Broken for the Main Building</h4>


<p>Construction on the Main Building begins.</p>


<img src=”https://www.flickr.com/photos/145186649@N02/34177098501/in/photolist-U57yEZ-ouBc17-GcmFrR-FYycZ9-vHz4Dt-vtLwn3-eXD7Fd-fwLKq4-GfUK79-GfUKSC-fgenBw-FnKAHh-Gcmwmg-GcmuJD-FnKwSS-Gcmyj4-GicEDV-Ga3v8o-GcmxFR-GicDzv-GfUMQA-GfUL8C-FnKAqJ-FT6jBm-Ga3ukb-Gcmwpc-GicADk-GfUPbG-GicEfZ-Gcmxqk-FnKzm9-Ga3uj9-FnW1AB-GcmuBp-GicBhz-GcmuoZ-Ga3rwL-Ga3vWh-FnW2bV-Ga3tGY-GfUMcb-Ga3t67-GcmuGe-Ga3rwf-GfUPs3-Gcmx7z-FnW27M-Ga3ubU-FT6h1Q-FT6iAo”alt=”Construction with a sign that says Future Site Indiana University Kokomo Campus”>


<p>Courtesy of IU Kokomo</p>




<h4>IUK Moves to the New Site</h4>


<p>IU Kokomo moves to the new 57-acre South Washington Street campus.</p>


<img src=”https://www.flickr.com/photos/145186649@N02/34049733364/in/dateposted-public/”alt=”Architectural rendering of the proposed Main Building, IU Kokomo campus”>


<p>Indiana University Archives Photograph Collection P0054974.</p>




<h4>The Well House Comes to Campus</h4>


<p>The Well House is moved to the new campus and becomes a favorite gathering place for students. Today it lends its name to the Women of the Well House, an organization that supports the philanthropic goals of IU Kokomo students, staff, and faculty.</p>


<img src=”https://www.flickr.com/photos/145186649@N02/28006059459/in/dateposted-public/”alt=”Well House in the fall”>


<p>Courtesy of IU Kokomo Campus Archives KP0000622</p>






<p>In 1969, the Library becomes a selective participant in the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), providing access to government documents to the campus and community.</p>


<img src=”https://www.flickr.com/photos/145186649@N02/39806017712/in/album-72157683132484395/”alt=”library interior”>


<p>Courtesy of IU Kokomo Campus Archives KP0000899</p>




<h4>IUK’s First Commencement</h4>


<p>Associate degrees in nursing and radiological technology, as well as bachelor's degrees in education, are awarded at IU Kokomo's first commencement.</p>


<img src=”https://www.flickr.com/photos/145186649@N02/34150496962/in/dateposted-public/” alt=”Program from first commencement”>


<p>Courtesy of IU Kokomo</p>


<p>Program from the first IU Kokomo commencement</p>




<h4>New Leadership</h4>


<p>Dr. Hugh L. Thompson is appointed chancellor. He helped lay the groundwork for expansion at IU Kokomo, doubling the amount of land owned by the university and constructing new buildings to meet the needs of present and future students.</p>


<img src=”https://www.flickr.com/photos/145186649@N02/34176124161/in/album-72157683132484395/” alt=”Portrait of Dr. Hugh L. Thompson”>


<p>Courtesy of IU Kokomo</p>




<h4>East Building Opens</h4>


<p>This building now houses the Nursing Simulation Lab and Division of Applied Health Sciences.</p>


<img src=”https://www.flickr.com/photos/145186649@N02/34149512762/in/album-72157683132484395/” alt=”East Building”>


<p>Courtesy of IU Kokomo</p>




<h4>Observatory Opens</h4>


<p>The Observatory opens with a 96-seat lecture hall. Today, in addition to providing space for research and classes, the Observatory hosts special events and free monthly open houses for the campus and community.</p>


<img src=”https://www.flickr.com/photos/145186649@N02/34656049836/in/dateposted-public/” alt=”Observatory building”>


<p>Courtesy of IU Kokomo</p>




<h4>Kelley Student Center Opens</h4>


<p>The building and the attached classroom wing provide offices, classrooms, student lounges, a cafeteria, a child-care center, and a campus bookstore.</p>


<img src=”https://www.flickr.com/photos/145186649@N02/24966637537/in/dateposted-public/” alt=”Students line up outside of the offices above the IU Kokomo Commons in the new Kelley Student Center.”>


<p>Courtesy of IU Kokomo Campus Archives KP0000638</p>




<h4>New Leadership</h4>


<p>Dr. Emita B. Hill is appointed chancellor. In addition to her investment in the IU Kokomo campus as chancellor, Dr. Hill also founded the Emita B. Hill Scholarship to aid students in their international studies.</p>


<img src=”https://www.flickr.com/photos/145186649@N02/34176123241/in/album-72157683132484395/” alt=”Portrait of Dr. Emita B. Hill”>


<p>Courtesy of IU Kokomo</p>




<h4>Kelley House Opens</h4>


<p>Built by Dr. Durward Paris, a 1935 graduate of the Indiana University School of Medicine, the property adjacent to the IU Kokomo campus was acquired in 1985. Following extensive renovations, Dr. Emita B. Hill names the residence after philanthropist, business leader, and entrepreneur E.W. "Ed" Kelley.</p>


<img src=”https://www.flickr.com/photos/145186649@N02/33497121503/in/album-72157683132484395/” alt=”Kelley House”>


<p>Courtesy of IU Kokomo</p>




<h4>Ground is Broken for the Library Building</h4>


<p>Construction begins on the new Library building and Alumni Hall.</p>


<img src=”https://www.flickr.com/photos/145186649@N02/39805366702/in/dateposted-public/” alt=”library during construction”>


<p>Courtesy of IU Kokomo</p>


<h3>January 1995</h3>


<h4>New Library Opens</h4>


<p>The new building includes the 200-seat Kresge Auditorium and the Art Gallery. The Library Building is connected to the Kelley Student Center by Alumni Hall, a hub of campus activity.</p>


<img src=”https://www.flickr.com/photos/145186649@N02/34176201631/in/album-72157683132484395/” alt=”Exterior of new library building”>


<p>Courtesy of IU Kokomo</p>


<h3>1999 – 2008</h3>


<h4>New Leadership</h4>


<p>Dr. Ruth J. Person is installed as Chancellor. She later received an honorary degree from Indiana University in recognition of her significant campus and lifetime accomplishments.</p>


<img src=”https://www.flickr.com/photos/145186649@N02/33465455224/in/album-72157683132484395/” alt=”Portrait of Dr. Ruth J. Person”>


<p>Courtesy of IU Kokomo</p>




<h4>Hunt Hall Opens</h4>


<p>A state-of-the-art science facility opens, offering classrooms, laboratories, and offices for faculty and administration.</p>


<img src=”https://www.flickr.com/photos/iukokomo/21784742850/in/photolist-zc3v5E-zc4LMs-Nr9xEA-eekH9P-ej8Qpn-onGNJS-fu54ys-frugrA-og2Zx7-ovv3j7-nZLjNW-ej8QWc-iphCim-okV8du-nXQAG7-onw7to-oEasyH-nZzZVV-nHoHTG-onw7do-o6eHaT-nZMqgQ-og1set-onJivv-bnuKbz-okUHgo-ejeAq7-nZzZ6D-nZzZ2v-onJhLz-nZT9CV-oEav6r-nHoHZJ-oEatCg-nZLjSo-okGrYE-nZzZqB-o2EAQB-onJiVD-oCc1q9-onJiCz-nZMqnw-nXQASh-o6eJzL-nZLkp5-onrXYn-ejezkS-ognxwG-ejeAc5-ejez6q” alt=”Hunt Hall building”>


<p>Courtesy of IU Kokomo</p>




<h4>New Interim Chancellor</h4>


<p>Stuart Green becomes interim chancellor. His career at IU Kokomo began as an assistant professor of fine arts. In 2017, his career was celebrated in the exhibit, "Stuart Green: A Retrospective," at the campus Art Gallery.</p>


<img src=”https://www.flickr.com/photos/145186649@N02/25964465548/in/dateposted-public/” alt=”Former interim chancellor Stuart Greene and current chancellor Sue Sciame-Giesecke pose for a photograph in the campus Art Gallery to celebrate Greene's retrospective exhibit.”>


<p>Courtesy of IU Kokomo</p>




<h4>New Leadership</h4>


<p>Dr. Michael Harris is installed as the sixth Chancellor of Indiana University Kokomo. Dr. Harris holds a Ph.D. in public policy from Indiana University.</p>


<img src=https://www.flickr.com/photos/145186649@N02/25913320298/in/dateposted-public/alt=photo of Dr. Harris”>


<p>Courtesy of IU Kokomo</p>




<h4>New Degrees</h4>


<p>Eleven new degree programs launch in 2011, including new degrees in biology, biochemistry, and health sciences, as well as Bachelor of Science offerings in eight additional disciplines.</p>


<img src=”https://www.flickr.com/photos/145186649@N02/39752580692/in/dateposted-public/alt=Professor Michael Finkler takes his biology class to Mississinewa Lake to research the local wildlife.”>


<p>Courtesy of IU Kokomo</p>




<h4>Nursing Simulation Lab Opens</h4>


<p>The state-of-the-art, million-dollar St. Joseph Hospital Clinical Simulation Center opens in the East Building at IU Kokomo. The lab allows students to gain hands-on experience while practicing real-life medical situations and patient care through simulations.</p>


<img src=”https://www.flickr.com/photos/iukokomo/8273431554/”alt=”Nursing students learning in the Simulation Lab”>


<p>Courtesy of IU Kokomo</p>


<h3>2012 </h3>


<h4> IU Kokomo joins NAIA</h4>


<p>IU Kokomo is approved for full membership in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) conference, paving the way for more robust athletic teams and activities on campus.</p>


<img src=” https://www.flickr.com/photos/145186649@N02/28006602749/in/album-72157683132484395/”alt= The IU Kokomo Cougars huddle up before the game.”>

<p>Courtesy of IU Kokomo</p>


<h3>2013 </h3>


<h4>Commitment to Wellness and Fitness</h4>


<p>The 21,0000-square-foot Milt and Jean Cole Family Wellness and Fitness Center opens thanks to a $1.25 million grant from the Cole family. The Cole Fitness Center provides space, equipment, and resources for the IU Kokomo campus community, including its athletics teams.</p>


<img src=”https://www.flickr.com/photos/145186649@N02/38885721875/in/dateposted-public/alt=The Cole Family visits the cardio training area of the completed Cole Fitness Center.”>


<p>Courtesy of IU Kokomo</p>


<h3>September 12, 2014</h3>


<h4>New Leadership</h4>


<p>After 37 years on campus, Dr. Susan Sciame-Giesecke becomes chancellor of IU Kokomo. Dr. Sciame-Giesecke holds a Ph.D. in Speech Communication from Indiana University.</p>


<img src=”https://www.flickr.com/photos/iukokomo/15032598938” alt=” The installation ceremony for Dr. Sciame-Giesecke.”>


<p>Courtesy of IU Kokomo</p>


<h3>April 15, 2016</h3>


<h4>Rededication of Renovated Main Building</h4>


<p>Following a $14 million renovation, the Main Building is rededicated by President Michael McRobbie. The renovations transform the building into a 21st-century learning environment.</p>


<img src=”https://www.flickr.com/photos/iukokomo/26382702491/in/album-72157666644372280/” alt=”Michael McRobbie at rededication ceremony”>


<p>Courtesy of IU Kokomo</p>


<h3>April 16, 2016</h3>


<h4>Union Street Art Gallery opens</h4>


<p>IU Kokomo's second Art Gallery, the Union Street Gallery, opens in downtown Kokomo to provide even more opportunities for New Media, Art, and Technology students and faculty to apply their knowledge.</p>


<img src=”https://www.flickr.com/photos/145186649@N02/24914836537/in/dateposted-public/” alt=”The Union Street Art Gallery opens a new exhibit during Kokomo's First Friday and Strawberry Festival in the summer of 2016.”>


<p>Courtesy of IU Kokomo</p>




<h4>The "KEY" to Success</h4>


<p>In 2016, IU Kokomo launches KEY, the Kokomo Experience and You, to promote career success after college with innovative approaches to experiential learning.</p>


<img src=”https://www.flickr.com/photos/145186649@N02/24914451837/in/dateposted-public/” alt=”Students and faculty tour Wrigley Field during the communications trip to Chicago.”>


<p>Courtesy of IU Kokomo</p>




<h4>A 21st century library</h4>


<p>Library renovations create improved spaces for collaboration and engagement. In addition to providing access to library resources and services, the Library is now also home to the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment, the Writing Center, and the UITS Help Desk and Training Center.</p>


<img src=”https://www.flickr.com/photos/145186649@N02/38939343345/in/dateposted-public/”alt=”Students and faculty participate in poetry readings at the Open House for the newly renovated Library.”>


<p>Courtesy of IU Kokomo</p>