Center named in honor of Haynes International for company’s support
KOKOMO, Ind. – Students beginning the spring semester at Ivy Tech Community College’s Kokomo Campus next week will be welcomed to a new library and Learning Resource Center (LRC) that was officially unveiled Thursday.
For 10 years, the library and LRC had been housed in a facility on Touby Pike, several blocks from Ivy Tech Kokomo’s Main Building at 1815 E. Morgan St. Over the past several months, 3,000 square feet of space in the Main Building was renovated to house these student resource and support functions within the College’s primary classroom building.
“This renovation kicks off a series of building improvements that will take place over the next year,” said Ivy Tech Kokomo and Lafayette Region Chancellor David Bathe. “Along with the creation of the Express Enrollment Center that opened last fall, these facility changes are designed to bring together all student resource and support services and improve the college experience for all our students on the Kokomo Campus.”
Bathe and other College officials were joined in the ribbon-cutting ceremony by representatives of Haynes International, who, Bathe said, has been a dedicated partner of the College. On hand from Haynes were Scott Pinkham, vice president of Manufacturing; Jeff Young, vice president and chief information officer; and Jean Neel, vice president of Corporate Affairs and a past president of Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region Board of Trustees.
“The renovation of this space and the move back from the Touby Pike building was made possible by a gift of $150,000 from Haynes International,” Bathe said. “In recognition of the company’s generous support, we are pleased to name this facility in honor of Haynes International.”
Along with the traditional “stacks,” the new Haynes International Learning Resource Center and Library will include a computer lab for student use, study rooms, space for tutoring and supplemental instruction, and support for students upgrading their math and English skills in “Ivy Prep” courses. Two faculty members, Gwenn Eldridge and Archie Thomas, will have offices in the LRC to help support students in their English and math education.
Students will have an opportunity to tour the new facility at an open house Monday, the first day of classes for the spring semester.