KOKOMO – In his six years as a member of the board of trustees of Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region, John Adler became a regular in the Executive Board Room in the Main Building at 1815 E. Morgan St. When he learned the room would be included in the transformation of the Kokomo Campus, he and wife Jan knew what they wanted to do.

So, thanks to the generosity of the Tipton County couple, by the end of this semester, the room, redecorated and fitted with up-to-date meeting technology and joined by a sparkling new kitchenette, will be known as the John and Jan Adler Executive Board Room.

The Adlers have been loyal supporters of the College for many years. John joined the board of trustees in 2011 and was serving as its vice chairman when he retired from the position in 2017. As a trustee, John participated in many College events and students in the Ivy Tech Agriculture program have benefitted from the support of scholarships funded by his business, Adler Feed Express.

In May 2017, John received an honorary Associate of Science in College and Community Service degree from Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region in recognition of his many contributions to the College, the state, and the nation.

“I believe everyone should be given the opportunity to succeed in life,” John said recently. “After serving as an Ivy Tech trustee and becoming acquainted with the many excellent educational programs Ivy Tech has to offer and learning of the accomplishments of many graduates, I became convinced that the opportunity for success is offered within the classrooms and laboratories of Ivy Tech.

“It is extremely rewarding for Jan and me to be a small part of supporting the opportunity to succeed for those willing to come forward and take advantage of this opportunity that will last a lifetime.”

The campaign to raise $3 million in community support for the transformation project continues. These donations from north central Indiana individuals, businesses, and organizations will supplement the $40 million appropriated for the project by the state of Indiana. For more information, contact Kelly Karickhoff, executive director of resource development, at or 765-252-5501.


First area of transformed campus opens to serve students better

When faculty and students returned to Ivy Tech’s Kokomo campus March 18 after a week of spring-breaking, they found a new world awaiting. The all-new faculty and administrative offices opened in the main building’s 200 Hallway, which, over the last eight months was gutted and rebuilt.

“This is the unveiling of the first area of our transformed campus and a testament to the efforts of our Information Technology and Facilities staffs,” said Ivy Tech Kokomo Chancellor Dean McCurdy. “We still have a long way until the entire campus transformation project is completed, but it’s exciting to see this area open and occupied.”

The new offices house administrative, academic and workforce development leadership, human resources; and the marketing and resource development staffs, along with a number of Ivy Tech faculty. Students will be welcomed in new office space and conference rooms for meetings with deans, program chairs, and faculty members from a variety of disciplines who have offices in the 200 Hallway. Faculty located in the main building include those from liberal arts, sciences, education, business, information technology, and public and social affairs.

Here’s a run-down of what IT did during Ivy Tech’s spring break:

· Overall, five IT technicians completed 41 office moves in four days.

· Those five technicians certainly “got in their steps.” They averaged 12,000 steps – a little more than five miles per person – each day.

· The average weight for the technology for each move (system box, monitor, keyboard, mouse, phone, power strip, and cabling) is 20 pounds. That means they moved a total of 820 pounds.

· And for the real “wow” statistic . . . the average cable run for Ethernet (the network cabling) is 200 feet. With about 175 data ports in the 200 Hallway, that means 34,000 feet of Ethernet was installed.

The five members of the Facilities staff were also hard at work to complete the move of the 41 offices and associated support space. Their work included:

· Loading and unloading four box truck-loads of boxes, supplies, and the fire-rated file cabinets used by Human Resources, moved from temporary quarters throughout existing Ivy Tech facilities.

· Installing new core locks into administrative wing doors and providing staff with keys to their respective offices and furniture.

· Placing temporary signage on all offices, conference rooms, and common spaces like the mailroom and faculty workroom and breakroom.

· Purchasing and installing new appliances in the faculty breakroom and catering kitchen.

· Working with Hagerman Construction representatives on addressing “punch list items.”

While accomplishing all this, staff members also maintained their usual duties, like delivering mail and packages, responding to maintenance and repair issues, and completing the numerous work orders received on a daily basis.