All at IU Kokomo deserve recognition
This week, nearly 550 Indiana University Kokomo students will reach a milestone they will treasure for a lifetime when they become IU Kokomo’s newest graduates. Commencement is a joyous time for our students, their families and friends as well as the faculty and staff who work tirelessly to provide a first-rate educational experience for all our students.
It also is a good time to reflect on the academic year just completed, and it certainly has been an eventful year on the IU Kokomo campus. I want to take this opportunity to congratulate the entire IU Kokomo community for everything it has done to maintain the positive momentum on campus and to remain focused on its most important priority: the educational attainment of our students.
Interim Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke deserves specific praise for the remarkable job she has done of maintaining momentum through a time of transition on campus. I asked her to take the helm on extremely short notice last September and she has been steadfast in her commitment to the campus and community in this new role, as she has been throughout her long career on the campus.
Taking a leadership role on such short notice presents its challenges and Sue was equal to them. She quickly went to work — with the outstanding support of faculty colleagues and a strong leadership team — on the important business facing the campus and community, including curriculum reform, expansion of online offerings, and regional economic development. The new city-university partnership to repurpose the downtown gymnasium for Cougar basketball is just one example of IU Kokomo’s continued commitment to community engagement.
I also was extremely pleased to see that, in addition to her outstanding administrative work, Sue’s academic and research efforts were rewarded this year with a promotion to full professor. That promotion came after a rigorous review process that involved a thorough examination of her scholarship, teaching, and service by reviewers from both IU Kokomo and other IU campuses, and stands as a testament to Sue’s body of work as an academic.
At graduation time, we focus on the wonderful accomplishments of our students — and that is as it should be. However, this year we should also take a moment to recognize the accomplishments of faculty, staff, students, and campus leadership who seek excellence every day. Their commitment to the campus, the university and the Kokomo region is a source of pride for all of us at Indiana University.
Michael A. McRobbie
All at IU Kokomo deserve recognition
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