Ivy Tech Logansport inviting employers to register for upcoming fall career fair

Fair offers opportunity to connect with potential new hires

LOGANSPORT, Ind.—The Ivy Tech Community College Logansport Campus has scheduled its 2014 Job Fair and is inviting employers who may be hiring soon to register for the event. The job fair is a great way for employers to connect with well-qualified, soon-to-be Ivy Tech graduates as well as prospective employees from the general public. Registration is free for all participating employers.

The Logansport Job Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 29, in the Community Room on the Ivy Tech Logansport Campus, 1 Ivy Tech Way. It is open to the public without charge.

To register for the Logansport 2014 Job Fair as an employer or for more information, contact Shannon Niedzwicki, director of the Office of Career Services, at 765-459-0561, ext. 222, or sniedzwicki@ivytech.edu. The event is co-sponsored by Trine University.

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Ivy Tech Logansport Campus to host Hispanic Heritage Celebration

Theme for 2014 is “Celebrating the Diversity of Hispanic Identity”

LOGANSPORT, Ind. — As part of National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 through Oct. 15), Ivy Tech Community College will host a Hispanic Heritage Celebration at its Logansport Campus on Thursday, Oct. 2. Area schools have been invited to attend this free event, which is open to the public.

The event will feature an array of authentic food and drink, cultural displays, dance lessons and traditional crafts from Mexico, Central and South America; books in Spanish; music; and activities for kids and adults of all ages

“With the theme ‘Celebrating the Diversity of Hispanic Identity,’ this celebration gives our communities the opportunity to experience the richness of Hispanic culture,” said Leo Studach, associate professor of Science at Ivy Tech Logansport and a member of the committee planning the event. “We want to involve as many students and community members as possible in making this a great event.”

The Hispanic Heritage Celebration will run from noon to 7 p.m. Campus tours will be offered and members of the Ivy Tech admissions staff will be available to answer questions about the College. For more information about the event, call Studach at 574-753-5101, ext. 2209. The Ivy Tech Logansport campus is located at 1 Ivy Tech Way.


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Ivy Tech’s Logansport Campus sets open house for Sept. 25

‘Go Ivy Day’ will offer campus tour during ‘College GO! Week’

Ivy Tech's Logansport Campus

Ivy Tech’s Logansport Campus

LOGANSPORT, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College’s Logansport Campus will open its doors Sept. 25 to give prospective students and interested area residents a chance to see the many opportunities it offers for personal and career advancement.

The “Go Ivy Day” event is set for 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 25, at the campus at 1 Ivy Tech Way. The event will include campus tours; an opportunity to meet faculty, staff and students; and a look at the programs and courses offered at the Logansport Campus. Visitors will be able to learn about free services offered to support student success as well as transfer options with Ivy Tech’s four-year partners. Refreshments and Ivy Tech giveaways will be available.

“Faculty members, students and alumni will be on hand to greet visitors and share their Ivy Tech experiences,” said Suzanne Dillman, associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs. “We’re excited that this is part of Indiana’s ‘College GO! Week’ when high school students around the state have the opportunity to take time out of their class day to make college visits. For high school seniors, the time is right to start gathering the information you need to make timely college decisions.” Advisers also will be on hand to provide assistance for filing for financial aid.

To add your name to the visitor list, call 574-753-5101. Parents are welcome to attend.

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Ivy Tech Kokomo Region wellness committee sets Lunch and Learn event

Trainers from Cass County Family Y to motivate for healthier lifestyles

LOGANSPORT, Ind. — Staff members from the Cass County Family YMCA will be at Ivy Tech Community College’s Logansport campus Sept. 24 to share their commitment to physical fitness and personal wellness as part of a Lunch and Learn series sponsored by the wellness committee of Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region. The public is invited to attend.

YMCA Wellness Director Derreck Parkevich and Carlos Marroquin, a certified personal trainer, will offer a program designed to motivate participants to seek healthier lifestyles with a focus on nutrition and exercise. Stacy Lods, membership/marketing/special events director for the Cass County Family YMCA, will be on hand for any membership questions. The program is set from noon to 12:30 p.m. in Room 162 of the Logansport campus.

Attendees may bring their own lunch or purchase a healthy bistro lunch for $3 to support the Logansport chapter of Phi Theta Kappa international academic honor society. For more information, contact Robin Rudd in the Logansport campus president’s office at 574-753-5101, ext. 2180, or rrudd4@ivytech.edu.

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Ivy Tech Peru sets ‘Blue Jean Ball’ as annual ‘Fundraiser for Student Success’

Auction items needed for Oct. 25 event at Milestone Event Center

2014-09 Ivy Tech Peru Blue Jean Ball graphicPERU, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region’s Peru Instructional Site will host its annual Fundraiser for Student Success on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. The annual event is being moved this year to Milestone Event Center on the Grissom Joint Air Reserve Base to respond to the continued and growing support of the Miami County community.

The theme of the 2014 edition is “Blue Jean Ball,” with blue jeans and “bling” the appropriate attire. The event will feature live entertainment by Miami County’s own Swampwater Stompers, dinner, and an evening of competitive bidding. Live and silent auctions with an array of unique items and experiences will raise funds for scholarships and other support for student success in Miami County.2014-09 Ivy Tech Peru Blue Jean Ball graphic

Past auctions have included items that vary widely, from a Vera Bradley Metropolitan design laptop carrier and a pair of Coach sunglasses to sporting event and theatre tickets. In addition to physical items, the college is accepting donated “experiences” — for example, a ride in a classic bi-plane or a ride in a supercar. Vacation packages are also a possible donation.

“The various ‘experiences’ that we typically include in the auction really add to the excitement,” said Theresa Murphy, executive director of Ivy Tech’s Peru Instructional Site. “We’d love to go above and beyond last year in terms of the items that we have available for bidding, so we encourage community members to consider donating an item or experience to this year’s auction.”

For more information on how to donate to the Peru Fundraiser for Student Success or for geeral information, call the Peru Instructional Site at 765-473-7281.

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Ivy Tech’s Clarence Kapraun starts 51st year in education

Clarence Kapraun in front of a classroom for 51st year

Clarence Kapraun in front of a classroom for 51st year

Math instructor spent 37 years in Logansport public schools

LOGANSPORT, Ind. – Think back to the days of Sputnik, the “space race” with Russia, the Cold War in orbit. On Sept. 12, 1962, President John F. Kennedy gave his famous “moon speech,” calling on Americans to come together to be the first nation to put astronauts on Earth’s nearest neighbor in space. Americans in education, industry and government came together in a patriotic quest that required more and better math and science education.

Clarence Kapraun, now an adjunct instructor at Ivy Tech Community College’s Logansport campus, was one young Indiana man who answered the call – and this semester he’s starting his 51st year at the front of a classroom as a teacher of mathematics and physics.

Kapraun remembers that interest in the subjects was really high throughout the country by the time he was completing his undergraduate work at St. Joseph College in Rensselaer. While graduation didn’t come until January 1964, his teaching career began in November 1963 when Kentland High School (now South Newton) found itself in need of a teacher. At the time, he was barely older than the high school seniors he was teaching. Kapraun went on to earn a double master’s degree in math and physics from Indiana State University.

From Kentland he moved to Logansport, hired as a science teacher at Columbia Middle School where, for 37 years, he served mainly as a math teacher. Generations of eighth-graders learned their algebra and geometry from Mr. Kapraun before his retirement from the public schools at the end of the 1996-97 school year.

Kapraun has taught at Ivy Tech sites since 1997

Kapraun has taught at Ivy Tech sites since 1996

He didn’t stay retired for long. By the next fall semester, at the behest of current Ivy Tech Kokomo Region Chancellor Steve Daily, who then served as director of Ivy Tech’s Logansport instructional site, he was back in the classroom. His service as an adjunct math instructor for Ivy Tech continues today.

Having tired of the “rampant hormones on feet” that are middle schoolers, the irreverent and irascible Kapraun says he still enjoys teaching the variety of students who attend Ivy Tech. And he’s earned a cadre of fans.

Take Mary Pruitt, an Ivy Tech graduate employed at Ivy Tech’s Learning Resource Center (LRC) on the Kokomo campus where Kapraun has also taught.

“When I first started at Ivy Tech, I hated math and knew I would never graduate because I did not understand it. I worked in the LRC and would get any math instructor to help me when I was stuck (which was 98 percent of the time),” Pruitt said. “Kap was one of the instructors who always helped me and if it had not been for him I would not be where I am today. Kap never, never made me feel stupid. He would explain the most complex thing (which was pretty much everything for me) in a way that the light bulb would come on and I could continue my work.”

Mike Federspill, now director of Ivy Tech’s K-12 initiative in Kokomo Region, worked with Kapraun on several Ivy Tech Corporate College classes. “He was always willing to help and do his best to make each project succeed,” Federspill said. “He speaks from the heart and tells it as he sees it! He’s always a pleasure to work with.”

Alan Kunkle served as chair of the Ivy Tech math program and said he always appreciated how reliable and flexible Kapraun is as an instructor, committed to doing a good job for whatever the schedule calls for.

“One of his greatest strengths is his ability to relate to students in applied math,” Kunkle said. “When teaching apprenticeship programs, he can teach geometry and trigonometry in a way that connects with the students. He sees how these students can use this education out in their jobs … and helps them understand it.”

Kunkle joined others in noting Kapraun’s “reluctance to be dragged into the future” when it comes to using technology for instruction and grade-keeping – and Kapraun, fondly known as “cantankerous” and “curmudgeonly,” agreed. “The changes Clarence has seen in 50 years are just incredible,” Kunkle said. “Clarence would say, ‘I’ve always put my grades on a piece of paper. Now you want me to put them on that danged machine?’ It’s not that it’s something he couldn’t learn. He just doesn’t want to do it!”

For Kapraun, even if he shuns cell phones, computers and email, the challenges and rewards of teaching remain worthwhile. “I still enjoy it or I wouldn’t do it,” he says. “I’ll keep on doing it as long as I enjoy it.”

Kapraun and wife Barbara now live in Logansport and spend time keeping up with their three children and four grandsons. Eldest daughter Deborah Kapraun followed in his educational footsteps and is in her tenth year as a social studies and English teacher at an international middle school in Beijing. Son Gregory lives in Rochester, Minn., where he works as an electrical engineer for Mayo Clinic, while younger daughter Michelle Marsh owns and operates a business based in Fort Wayne.

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Mary Applegate joins Ivy Tech faculty as Human Services instructor

Mary Applegate

Mary Applegate

Former North Miami counselor to teach at Logansport Campus

LOGANSPORT, Ind. — Mary Applegate of Peru has joined Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region as a fulltime instructor of Human Services at the College’s Logansport Campus. She comes to Ivy Tech after three years as a guidance counselor at North Miami Elementary School.

In this role, Applegate will instruct and advise students in academic study that leads to Associate of Science and Associate of Applied Science degrees, technical certificates and short-term certificates in Human Services. The Human Services program emphasizes the personal attitudes, technical knowledge and practical skills necessary to obtain entry-level employment in a wide variety of social service settings, including careers in counseling, case management, community corrections, and victim advocacy. Associate degree graduates take the national Human Services Board Certified Practitioner exam as part of the coursework and have the opportunity to continue their education by transferring their Ivy Tech credits to public four-year universities in Indiana.

“In almost all areas of human services, there is a focus on helping others find safety, health or success within their own lives. For those who enjoy working closely with people, careers in this field are ideal, because job duties revolve around the development of personal and professional relationships with others, whether children, adults or seniors.” Applegate said. “I joined Ivy Tech as an adjunct instructor on the Kokomo Campus last year and decided to make the leap to full-time instructor this year because I feel it is important to create change for my community and helping others break into this rewarding career is a wonderful way to make that happen.”

Applegate said Human Services is a great field that’s often a lot of fun.

“The work is vital and valid and the possibilities for advancement are endless. The skills are very marketable and are needed in every region of the country,” she continued. “And it’s more than a job; it can truly become a career for those who are dedicated and interested in helping others. More importantly, we need more people in this field. Today, in every community, residents need the help of talented individuals to improve the quality of their lives. Students who accept the challenge to make a difference will be glad they did.”

Applegate brings both educational and professional experience to her new position. She earned bachelor’s degrees in both Legal Administration and Psychology from Ball State University and a master’s degree in Counseling and Human Services from Indiana University South Bend. Before joining North Miami Community Schools in 2011, she had also worked in human services roles with the Peru Community School Corporation and Logansport Juvenile Correctional Facility. She serves as a volunteer for the Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program and is a member of the Miami County Community of Character Committee, a United Way-supported program aimed at strengthening positive character traits in Miami County schoolchildren, and the Wraparound Services Committee of the Four County Counseling Center, which provides assistance to families with children and adolescents with behavior issues. She also is a member of Phi Lambda Theta international honor society and professional association in education.

“Students have many reasons why they attend Ivy Tech, but the underlying theme is to turn their dreams into reality,” Applegate said. “My goal is to help students attain these dreams by sharing my training and experience in the field of Human Services.”

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