Ivy Tech’s Wabash Campus completes successful United Fund campaign

Students, staff and faculty raise nearly $2,500 for local charities

Steve Johnson, executive director of Wabash County United Fund; Patsy Favorite, staff member at Ivy Tech Wabash; and Jon Troyer, Ivy Tech faculty member and United Fund committee chair, celebrate successful campaign

Steve Johnson, executive director of Wabash County United Fund; Patsy Favorite, staff member at Ivy Tech Wabash; and Jon Troyer, Ivy Tech faculty member and United Fund committee chair, celebrate successful campaign

WABASH, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College Wabash recently completed a successful campaign for the United Fund of Wabash County as site leadership announced that students, staff and faculty have raised $2,489.01 for this year’s effort.

“The great thing about United Fund is that it gives us a way to invest in programs that have a positive impact on the quality of life for residents of Wabash County,” said Jon Troyer, an English instructor at the Wabash Campus who served as its United Fund Committee chairman. “Many of us, and many of our students, have benefited from United Fund-sponsored programs. In turn, we can have a part in helping those right here in the community who need
a hand up.”

The campaign included a pie-in-the-face contest in which students voted with money for the faculty or staff member they felt “deserved” a pie in the face. Troyer said staff member Patsy Favorite won the contest “hands down”. “She is very popular,” he said.

Pam Guthrie, site director for Ivy Tech Wabash, extended thanks to all those who made the campaign success possible, including Troyer and fellow faculty member Jerry Perkins who served as the campus’ United Fund Committee.

Jon Troyer  awards Patsy Favorite her prize as the people's choice for pie in the face

Jon Troyer awards Patsy Favorite her prize as the people’s choice for pie in the face

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Tickets on sale for program featuring noted actor, literacy advocate LeVar Burton

Ivy Tech’s annual ‘Doing the Dream’ banquet set for Feb. 5

KOKOMO, Ind. — Tickets are on sale for the “Doing the Dream 2015” community banquet featuring LeVar Burton, noted actor and host of the original “Reading Rainbow” PBS series. The banquet, set for Thursday, Feb. 5, is part of Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region’s annual celebration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Burton, cofounder of the award-winning “Reading Rainbow” digital library and an actor known for his distinguished television roles, will share his passion for children’s literacy and living to one’s full potential as the banquet’s keynote speaker. Through his personal stories, he will share the incredible impact mentors, technology and storytelling have had on his life and how the community – adults, parents and mentors – help facilitate education through many different paths, opportunities and experiences.

“Reading has the power to fuel all aspects of our children’s development and learning potential,” Burton says of his 30-year commitment to encouraging the love of reading. “Its importance cannot be overstated.”

Community members, especially teachers, counselors, mentors, church leaders, government leaders and anyone interested in the future of young people, are invited to attend the “Doing the Dream Celebration with LeVar Burton.” Tickets for the 6:30 p.m. dinner and keynote speech are $50 each ($25 tax deductible). Sponsorship opportunities that include a reserved table for eight for the 6:30 p.m. dinner and eight tickets for the 5:30 p.m. VIP speaker’s reception are also available. Reservations for the evening event can be made online at ivytech.edu/kokomo/levarburton2015.html.

Burton, who at the age of 19 in 1977 burst into popular culture as Kunta Kinte on the TV series “ROOTS,” is best-known as the host and producer of the PBS children’s series “Reading Rainbow,” which was on the air from 1982 to 2009, and as Chief Engineer Geordi LaForge in “Star Trek: The Next Generation” TV series and feature films. Currently, he plays Paul Haley in the TNT series “Perception.” He has been the honored recipient of the Eliot-Pearson Award for Excellence in Children’s Media from Tufts University, 12 Emmy Awards, a Grammy and five NAACP awards, demonstrating in his career he can do it all, whether acting, directing, producing or educating.

Burton will have an opportunity to share his message with members of the Kokomo Region’s “next generation” on Feb. 6 as Ivy Tech continues its “Doing the Dream” celebration with a free convocation for area students. A capacity audience of 1,000 is expected at the Kokomo Event & Conference Center that morning.

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Here’s the perfect gift for the ‘foodie’ on your list

Ivy Tech offering discounts for non-credit cooking classes at Peru culinary arts lab

PERU, Ind. – So, got someone on your Christmas list who’s just too hard to buy for? That person who “has everything”? How about giving a gift that offers a little adventure, a lot of fun and a tasty result? How about giving a gift certificate for one or more of the non-credit culinary classes being offered next semester by Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region?

Seven classes are on the schedule for the continuing education program at the new culinary arts lab at the Peru Instructional Site. 425 W. Main St. Special holiday gift discounts are being offered for the purchase of a gift certificate for two or more classes.

To purchase a gift certificate by credit card, call Becky Burke at 765-459-0561, ext. 532. Purchasers will receive a gift certificate to present at Christmas along with a flyer detailing the class offerings and how to register. Those receiving the gift are asked to register for the class(es) they choose by Jan. 15.

Gift certificates are priced as follows:

• One class $95
• Two classes – 25% discount $143
• Four classes – 40% discount $228
• All seven classes – 50% discount $332

Here’s the complete list of culinary classes being offered during spring semester 2015:

Tuesday, February 3, 6 to 8 p.m.
Add Flare and Flavor with Wine and Spirits, featuring Chef Mike Dunivan

For this class, Chef Mike will take us on an adventure with alcohol. You will learn to add flavor and flare to your cooking repertoire. The drama of Cherries Jubilee or Café Diablo or the rich depth of the wine in a beef bourguignon are culinary classics that you can enjoy and share with family and friends. Expect to have the thrill of flaming a dish yourself, as Chef Mike demonstrates technique and shares great recipes. A fun evening will be the result.

Tuesday, February 17, 6 to 8 p.m.
Learn to Love Your Food Processor, featuring Alayne Cook
The Cuisinart that lives in Alayne’s kitchen is her faithful companion for many culinary creations. In this class, she will share her enthusiasm for food processors and give you the techniques to use for all the blades and options for your machine. You’ll have several recipes to take home to use with your new skills. At the end of the evening, you, too, will love your food processor.

Saturday, March 14, 9:30 a.m. to noon
Passover – The History, Symbols and Food, featuring Jackie Frank and Becky and Jessica Mulis

The Passover Meal is an ancient Jewish ritual that dates back to the Israelites’ escape from Egypt. For this class, Jackie, Becky and Becky’s daughter Jessica will teach us the traditions and symbolism of the Seder and share some of their families’ favorite Passover foods. Included will be recipes to take home to create the dishes for our own families.

Saturday, March 28, 9:30 a.m. to noon
Easter – A Bountiful Holiday Brunch Menu, featuring Amy Black

With Easter just a week away, Amy will help us plan an exciting menu for your family’s celebration of this most important day in the Christian calendar. Amy will have some very traditional items on the menu, but will also have some ideas for new traditions for your celebration. With good things to taste and excellent recipes to take home, this class is a must.

Saturday, April 11, 9:30 a.m. to noon
Hands-On Pastry Techniques from an Expert, featuring Elizabeth Kirk

Does the idea of making a pie crust from scratch send you into a panic? Super Pastry Chef Liz Kirk to the rescue! In this hands-on class, Liz will teach you the art and science of pastry making. At the end of the class, you will take home a pie and the skills to make many more in the future. Won’t your friends and family be impressed?

Saturday, April 25, 9:30 a.m. to noon
Shrimp on the Barbie and other Seafood, too, featuring Noah Peconga

Noah continues sharing his grilling techniques with a morning devoted to seafood on the grill. Of course, there will be “Shrimp on the Barbie,” but, oh, so much more, including the secrets of creating a Seafood Paella. Other seafood items will include grilled salmon. With summer just around the corner, you will have some wonderful ideas for family gatherings on the deck or at the lake.

Saturday, May 9, 9:30 a.m. to noon
Italian by Italians, featuring Tish and David Soldi

The Soldis are part of a big Italian family and everyone loves to cook. Come spend a morning exploring the joys of Italian food prepared by Italians. Learn the techniques of making fresh pasta and ravioli, along with other Italian standards including an “all day pasta sauce.” Tish has vast wine expertise and will talk about pairing Italian wines with the foods that David will be preparing. A morning of learning and laughter for all!

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Leadership Kokomo honors Class of 2014

15 graduate in 32nd group to complete leadership development program

Leadership Kokomo Class of 2014

Leadership Kokomo
Class of 2014

KOKOMO, Ind. —Fifteen community leaders in business, industry, higher education, city government, ministry and personal development were honored Tuesday as Leadership Kokomo celebrated the completion of its 32nd edition of the annual leadership development program. They were honored at a luncheon at the Kokomo Event & Conference Center attended by graduates, their sponsors and LK alumni.

In remarks to the graduates, Indiana Rep. Michael Karickhoff (R-Kokomo), a member of LK’s Class of 1985, called on them to build on their strengths and previous accomplishments in future service to the community. He credited his LK experience with putting him on a path that included volunteer service to such organizations at the United Way of Howard County, the Red Cross and the Kiwanis Club and eventually led him to the Indiana Statehouse as a member of the House of Representatives.

Noting the 2014 graduates join more than 650 LK alumni, he said told them they will get out of their volunteer experience what they put into it. “I encourage you to stay involved, to have fun, and to know in your heart that you are doing the right thing for your community,” Karickhoff said. “As I look at this group of people, I am very confident Kokomo will continue on a path to a very bright future.”

Members of Leadership Kokomo’s Class of 2014 and their sponsors include:
Susan Bickel, Haynes International
Dale T. Bliss, Maple Grove Community Church
Faith J. Brautigam, Kokomo Howard County Public Library
Tyler R. Corn, Ivy Tech Community College
Mark Deckinga, St.Joseph Hospital
Jan C. Halperin, Indiana University Kokomo
Jason D. Hoffer, Kokomo First Church of the Nazarene
Tiffany Massey, Haynes International
Karen McCoy, Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance
Danielle McQuaide, Ivy Tech Community College
Patty Pavey, Today’s the Day Coaching
Quiana Preston, Authentic Center
Sherry L. Rahl, Howard County Medical Society Project Access
Josh Shannonhouse, Sequel Motion
Alli Stipes, City of Kokomo

Leadership Kokomo is a cooperative effort of Ivy Tech Community College and the City of Kokomo. It aims to bring together a diverse group of existing and emerging community leaders to empower them to become resourceful stewards of the community. Each class is divided into teams to develop and complete group projects benefiting local organizations. At Tuesday’s luncheon, team leaders described the 2014 class projects that served four non-profit organizations: Jackson Street Commons veterans’ housing project, Bona Vista Programs, Little Free Libraries and Advantage Housing.

The “Common Grounds” team worked to realize a safe and relaxed outdoor space for United States military veterans living in the 27-apartment Jackson Street Commons project that opened in May. With the help of volunteers and financial and in-kind donations, the team acquired an outdoor fireplace, “senior”-friendly Adirondack chairs and wrought iron furniture, as well as a handmade customized cornhole game, to provide an outside retreat for the residents.

For the “Right Angles” team, the goal was to “foster independence and enhance joy and satisfaction” in the lives of the residents of Bona Vista Program’s Vista Home through the joys of gardening. Team members built seven 4 foot by 8 foot by 10 inch box gardens, six for fruits and vegetables and one for flowers, along with garden benches and signage. Through a season of planting, tending and harvesting the garden, team members built relationships with residents and taught them the fun and satisfaction of gardening. Ongoing support of the program has been pledged by the Howard County Master Gardeners organization.

The “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” team took its name from a best-selling children’s book, appropriate enough for a group whose goal was to place “Little Free Libraries” around the community. The group succeeded in creating and installing three of the community “mini-libraries” in underserved Kokomo neighborhoods – on the grounds of Studebaker Park, Cutler Park and Columbian School – to allow residents to have the additional learning opportunity of the “take a book, return a book” free book collection. The Crossing alternative school, Kokomo Housing Authority and First Church of the Nazarene have volunteered continuing support of the program. This project was supported by a $1500 grant from Duke Energy, one of the largest single donations in the history of Leadership Kokomo.

Advantage Housing, an outreach program of Maple Grove Church that buys homes and renovates them to rent or sell to people who would otherwise have trouble getting a home, received the benefit of the work of Leadership Kokomo’s “Team Flipsters.” The team’s “curb appeal project” tackled the exterior of a home under renovation by Advantage Housing to increase its aesthetic value, boost its interest to potential renters or buyers and improve the surrounding neighborhood. The volunteers gathered cash and in-kind donations and invested much “sweat equity” in scraping and painting the home’s façade, cleaning trash and debris from the yard, planting flowers and shrubbery and installing a porch rail, among other projects. Proceeds from the sale of the house will benefit job-training programs for students at The Crossing.

Applications for next Leadership Kokomo class, which begins Jan. 8, are being accepted through Dec. 8. For more information about LK and an application, visit http://www.leadershipkokomo.org or contact Program Director Sharon Reed-Corbett at 765-459-0561, ext. 286, or sreed9@ivytech.edu .

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Ivy Tech sets sessions for free assistance in enrolling in the Healthcare Marketplace

Health Navigators will be available in Kokomo, Logansport, Wabash

KOKOMO, Ind. — Individuals who are seeking healthcare insurance through the Healthcare Marketplace are invited to attend one of six free informational events scheduled at Ivy Tech Community College facilities in Kokomo, Logansport and Wabash. Healthcare navigators from Affiliated Service Providers of Indiana (ASPIN) who are experts in the field will be on hand to help guide people in assessing the new health insurance options made available under the Affordable Care Act. The current open enrollment period closes Feb. 15.

Plans that are offered through the health insurance marketplace are required to cover the basics – doctor visits, hospital stays, preventive care, prescriptions and more, and participants may be able to get help paying for the cost of new insurance or may qualify for low-cost options. The navigators will review programs and plans available and help individuals identify options that meet their needs and budget. Appointments are on a first-come, first-served basis and no advance registration is needed.

Sessions are scheduled as follows:

Logansport Campus:
Dec. 4 – 2 to 6 p.m., Student Entrance
Jan. 28 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Student Entrance

Kokomo Campus:
Dec. 8 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Main Lobby
Feb. 3 – 2 to 6 p.m., TBD

Wabash Campus:
Dec. 10 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Hallway near Main Office
Jan. 29 – 2 to 6 p.m., Hallway near Main Office

This opportunity is supported by funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which provides Hoosiers access to navigators who can help them understand their options in the marketplace. Ivy Tech Community College is among the partners supporting these outreach events. The navigators are unbiased and are not compensated by insurance companies. During the 2013-14 enrollment period, ASPIN health navigators helped thousands of Hoosier find health plans. They are also able to help individuals with their questions regarding Medicaid, CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) and HIP (Healthy Indiana Plan) enrollment.

ASPIN is a not-for-profit network whose mission is to provide innovative educational programs, resource management, program development and network management in collaboration with all healthcare entities to address healthcare disparities. ASPIN Health Navigators also provides a free help line, available at 877-313-7215.

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Latino students invited to DACA meetings at Ivy Tech Logansport

Federal immigration program may lead to help in paying for college

LOGANSPORT, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College’s Logansport Campus is sponsoring two meetings for Latino students interested in learning how participation in the federal government’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy may help in paying for college. The sessions are set for 11:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 3, in the Community Room on the campus at 1 Ivy Tech Way.

A representative from The Bridge Community Church in Logansport will be answering questions, explaining the process to become a DACA student and discussing how it can help students further their education. Under Pastor Zach Szmara, The Bridge was approved and recognized this year as a Bureau of Immigration Appeals site to offer low-cost immigration legal assistance to people in the Logansport area and help in preparing documents that can lead to legal status.

DACA is a policy of the United States Citizenship & Immigration Services that allows certain individuals, who meet specific guidelines, to request consideration for deferred action from the USCIS. It is not a pathway to citizenship or permanent residency. Individuals who receive deferred action will not be placed into deportation proceedings or deported from the United States for a specified period of time. Guidelines include being under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012; having come to the United States before reaching their 16th birthday; having continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007; being currently in school or having completed high school or being an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Services of the United States; and having no significant criminal conviction and not being considered a threat to national security or public safety.

For more information about the meetings in Logansport, contact Diana Kerrigan, Ivy Tech academic adviser for the Logansport Campus, at 574-753-5101, ext. 2174, or dkerrigan1@ivytech.edu.

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Noted actor, literacy advocate LeVar Burton coming to Kokomo

Burton will speak at student convocation, community banquet in February

LeVar Burton Coming to Kokomo in February

LeVar Burton
Coming to Kokomo in February

KOKOMO, Ind. — LeVar Burton, noted actor and host of the original “Reading Rainbow” PBS series, is coming to Kokomo in February as guest speaker in Ivy Tech Community College’s annual “Doing the Dream” celebration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Burton, cofounder of the award-winning “Reading Rainbow” digital library and an actor known for his distinguished television roles, will share his passion for children’s literacy and living to one’s full potential with community members at a banquet on Thursday, Feb. 5, and with area high school students at a free convocation on Friday, Feb. 6.

Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) and the Community Foundation of Howard County are serving as lead sponsors for the “Doing the Dream” celebration with $5,000 donations to support participation by a noted speaker. This is the third year for NIPSCO’s participation at this level and the second year for the Community Foundation grant. Additional support is being sought.

“We are so excited to have the opportunity to bring LeVar Burton to Kokomo,” said Michelle Simmons, president of Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Campus. “His accomplishments span several generations. Some of us remember him as Kunte Kinte in the amazing 1977 TV series ‘ROOTS.’ Many who were youngsters between 1983 and 2009 will know him best as the host and producer of the PBS children’s series ‘Reading Rainbow.’ And then there are the Trekkies who will think of him as Chief Engineer Geordi LaForge in ‘The Next Generation’ TV series and feature films.

“No matter what triggers the memories,” Simmons continued, “I think LeVar Burton will spark the interest of many people in reserving seats for the events we are planning.”

Kelly Karickhoff, executive director of Resource Development for Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region, said, “We extend our thanks to NIPSCO and the Community Foundation for again stepping up to help us bring such an important and powerful speaker to our community.” To further help underwrite the cost of the programming, Karickhoff is contacting individuals, organizations and businesses in the Kokomo region with information about other sponsorship opportunities, which include tickets to a VIP speaker’s reception with Burton before the Feb. 5 dinner.

“We have a number of ways the community can help cover the expenses of our ‘Doing the Dream’ activities, which includes support of the Feb. 6 convocation where we expect 1,000 students will have the chance to hear Mr. Burton’s message,” Karickhoff continued. “Area school superintendents have been invited to bring their high school students to the free convocation and reservations are being taken on a first come-first served basis up to the 1,000-student limit.”

In January, a number of schools reserved the 1,000 seats for the first such convocation planned when Ivy Tech brought best-selling author Wes Moore to Kokomo as the 2014 “Doing the Dream” speaker.

“Unfortunately,” Simmons noted, “Mother Nature had other ideas with snow and frigid temperatures forcing most schools to close for the day. We hope to again have reservations to fill the convocation … and hope we don’t have a repeat of that weather!”

Dr. Doug Arnold, superintendent of Maconaquah School Corporation, is one area school leader who is looking forward to bringing students to the event.

“We at Maconaquah were the first to register students for the Wes Moore convocation in January and we were very disappointed that weather got in the way of such an amazing opportunity,” Arnold said. “We are extremely pleased that Ivy Tech is trying again … and with a speaker so well-known by so many people.

“As any teacher knows, reading is the key to all education,” he continued. “LeVar Burton has spent most of his adult life sharing his love for this critical human skill – and has done it in a popular and entertaining way that connects with his audiences. How exciting to have him here to speak to our students.”

To get more information about sponsorship opportunities, contact Karickhoff at 765-459-0561, ext. 296, or kkarickhoff@ivytech.edu. To get more information about participating in the student convocation, contact Leo Studach, associate professor of science and a lead on the “Doing the Dream” activities, at 574-753-5101, ext. 2209, or lstudach@ivytech.edu . Information about banquet tickets and event sponsorships is available at ivytech.edu/kokomo/levarburton2015.html .

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