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June 30, 2013

Local credit union donates $25K to IUK

Solidarity credit untion gives money for fitness center.

The Indiana University Kokomo fitness center project – scheduled to wrap up yet this summer – received a substantial boost from longtime campus supporter Solidarity Community Federal Credit Union.

The local credit union gave $25,000 to the Milt and Jean Cole Family Fitness and Wellness Center. It also established a $3,000 scholarship to be given to an incoming freshman each year.

Interim Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke accepted both gifts from Jeff McComas, president and CEO of Solidarity Community Federal Credit Union, and Diana Tenbrook, vice president of marketing.

“I can’t thank Jeff and Diana enough for their support of the IU Kokomo campus,” she said. “They are both great champions of education and student success. Solidarity’s support of the Cole Fitness Center provides a much needed workout facility on campus, and the scholarship will make an IU Kokomo education affordable for new students for years to come. We also appreciate their ongoing support for our athletic programs. They came on board and believed in us from the beginning. They are one reason we were able to build a quality athletic program so quickly.”

Solidarity has partnered with the campus on a wide variety of projects, including providing internships for students for the last three years and mentoring members of the Enactus student organization. The credit union also has sponsored practice gear and printed schedules for Cougar Athletics and supported the New Professionals Conference, the Dress for Success event, recycling projects, Microsoft Word training sessions, Homecoming and the Homecoming carnival and kids’ nights at volleyball and basketball games. Solidarity also provided $500 Escape Debt scholarships with Enactus.

“When I look at the long list of their contributions, it’s hard to find a suitable way to say thank you,” Sciame-Giesecke said.

McComas is pleased to support the campus mission.

“Our philosophy is to be a viable partner to our community in every aspect ‘fiscally, socially and emotionally,’” he said. “We truly want to commend IU Kokomo for offering an outstanding curriculum of degree programs. We look forward to a long and fulfilling partnership for many years to come.”

The wellness and fitness center will be a 20,000 square-foot facility. Amenities include a jogging and walking track, cardio and strength training area, two multipurpose rooms, a health studies classroom, lockers rooms and a reception area.

Lindsey Ziliak, Tribune education reporter, can be reached at 765-454-8585 or at lindsey.ziliak@kokomotribune.com.

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