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Physical Facilities

The Office of Physical Facilities’ mission is to plan, execute, and maintain an engaging and sustainable campus.  In doing so, we seek to foster a welcoming and safe environment that is inviting to students, staff, faculty, administration, and the community. With over 43 dedicated full-time staff, the Physical Facilities team works hard to ensure the overall successful operation of the IU Kokomo campus, contributing to the overall quality of teaching, learning, research, and community involvement on our grounds. Our office strives to promote a culture of excellence and inclusivity, not only for its staff but for the campus as a whole. We value each and every employee and encourage them to share their input and ideas.

Our services include:

  • Custodial and grounds services
  • Maintenance and operations of buildings, equipment, and infrastructure
  • Duplicating, shipping, and receiving
  • Event support
  • Havens Auditorium
  • Vehicle fleet management  

Campus sets ambitious goal for recycling efforts
Buying new waste bins may not seem like a big deal. But the new containers going in at Indiana University Kokomo represent the first steps towards a bold goal — to have 75 percent of campus waste recycled. Each one contains two options: recycle, or landfill. Additional bins will be placed in the remaining campus buildings within the next year, with the aim of increasing recycling from the current 25 percent, according to John Sarber, director of physical facilities. “When you walk up to it, you make a conscious decision. ‘Do I want to send that to recycling, or do I want to send it to a landfill?’,” Sarber said. “The designations make you think about what you’re doing when you dispose of waste.” Currently, the containers are available in the Kelley Student Center and the Library, with plans to have them campuswide within a year to 18 months.
IU Kokomo honored as top public institution at Chamber awards
Indiana University Kokomo was honored as the Public Institution of the Year Thursday (November 2) by the Greater Kokomo Chamber of Commerce. Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke accepted the award on behalf of the campus at the 103rd Celebration of Commerce and Community, hosted by the Greater Kokomo Chamber of Commerce. She commended the faculty and staff who are dedicated to the mission of helping students achieve their goals. “Every day I’m honored to go to work with an amazing team of people, who lead from where they are,” she said. “They know that college education is fulfilling someone’s dream.” Charlie Sparks, Chancellor Sciame-Giesecke, and Mike Ward. View more photos from the event. The award recognizes a public firm that is “creating an impact through leadership and successful achievements in their chosen field, and community initiatives that others strive to replicate,” according to Chamber officials.
IU Kokomo welcomes largest, most diverse freshman class
The incoming freshman class at Indiana University Kokomo is the largest, most ethnically diverse, and academically talented in its 72-year history. One week into the fall semester, 605 first-year students are enrolled, for a nearly 20 percent increase over fall 2016. About 94 percent are aged 19 or younger, up about 5 percent. In addition to the 605 first-time students, the campus also gained 275 transfer students, for a total new student count of 880, up 10.7 percent and a campus record. The campus also set overall enrollment records, with a 2.3 percent increase in numbers of students, and a 3 percent increase in credit hours overall. “Student success is at the core of our focus. These incoming freshmen know they will receive the support they need not only to complete their degrees but to gain real-world experiences that will give them the leading edge upon graduation,” said Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke. “IU Kokomo’s dedicated faculty and staff are committed to helping students achieve their highest goals. Every student matters here.”
IU Kokomo employee teaches life lessons by example
Not all of life's lessons are learned in a classroom. At Indiana University Kokomo, David Hawkins teaches perseverance, work ethic, community service, and determination to overcome obstacles by example, as he goes about his work as coordinator of special projects for physical plant. For many years, he was the singing voice of IU Kokomo, performing at Commencement and other campus events. But in 2010, he lost his singing voice during cancer treatment and did not know if it would return, even after he was cancer free. "I couldn't sing through my radiation, and then after treatment, I didn't have my singing voice, which worried me," he said. "It took a while, but it finally came back, just a little lower than it used to be. It was definitely something I was glad to get back. Singing is my comfort zone. I could never imagine my life without it."
Last updated: 05/09/2018