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Volunteers help IUK rebound from tornado

August 30, 2016

Mother Nature gave IU Kokomo a major challenge last week when a tornado hit the city and the IUK campus, but in the storm's aftermath, faculty, staff and students were there to help pick up the pieces.

Storm damage affected numerous campus buildings, including Inventrek Technology Park, a business incubator established in 2004 through a $1 million grant that IUK Chancellor Emerita Ruth Person helped secure. Rebuilding efforts are expected to take at least four to five months.

More than two dozen companies were part of the facility, as well as Ivy Tech Kokomo's nursing and health science programs and The Shared Drive working space, which was made possible through a $25,000 grant from Innovate Indiana, IU's statewide economic development and engagement arm. Check out the new Crimson Catalyst blog to learn more.

To help with the ongoing recovery effort, you can make a donation to the Student in Crisis Fund by following these steps:

  • Go to the My IU website
  • Select "Make a Gift"
  • Enter "Student in Crisis Fund" in the search box for "Use My Gift to Support"

For more information about the Student in Crisis Fund, check out the IUK Professional Staff Council website supporting the initiative. Kim Evans, the president of Professional Staff Council, can assist with questions.

Limbs cluttered the grounds all around.

Downed limbs required a lot of lifting and decisions about how to discard them.

Several buildings lost their roofs to the storm.

Several buildings lost their roofs to the storm, and siding suffered significant damage.

Some items, like mattresses, could be saved for use.

Some items, such as mattresses, could be salvaged for future use.

Other items to salvage.

Other items that might have seemed salvageable instead had to be carried away.

Many trees were heavily damaged by the high winds.

Many trees were heavily damaged by the high winds.

Some damaged materials had to be stacked in order to be carried away.

Volunteers stacked items to be carried away efficiently as part of the cleanup effort.

Even in the midst of the clean-up, students managed to show IUK pride.

Even in the midst of the recovery process, students managed to show IUK pride.

Gloves were a wise investment for the work crew.

Gloves were a wise investment for the work crew.

Volunteers had plenty of ground to cover.

Volunteers had plenty of ground to cover, but the streets were devoid of most traffic.

Things that could help get the campus back to normal wound up inside until distribution.

Things that could help get the campus back to normal were gathered inside until distribution.

PHOTOS COURTESY OF IU KOKOMO

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