Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Service Area celebrates 2018 commencement

Nearly 900 degrees and certificates conferred on 578 graduates

Michelle Roehrich
Student commencement speaker

KOKOMO, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Service Area – which includes campuses and instructional sites in Kokomo, Logansport, Peru, and Rochester – celebrated its 2018 commencement Friday, May 11. Hundreds of family members and friends gathered in the Kokomo Event & Conference Center as the College conferred 886 degrees and certificates on 578 recipients.

Dean McCurdy, chancellor of Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Service Area, congratulated the graduates for perseverance in achieving their credentials despite the challenges and sacrifices they faced.

“Your hard work and the personal sacrifices you have made in reaching this important accomplishment are a true reflection of both your abilities and your commitment,” McCurdy said. “Congratulations to each of you.  You are now in a position to make a significant difference in the world, and I wish you continued success and prosperity.”

McCurdy also acknowledged “the many parents, children, wives, husbands, relatives, and friends who have helped the graduates succeed.”

Professor Sheryl Azbell, program chair for Social and Behavioral Sciences, picked up the theme of perseverance as she addressed the graduating class on behalf of the faculty. She congratulated the graduates on the many ways they have had to persevere to reach graduation day despite the challenges that faced them.

Michelle Roehrich of Arcadia, who received her Associate of Applied Science degree in Surgical Technology with honors, also echoed that theme as student speaker. Over the last 10 years, Roehrich had a couple of false starts in higher education, but she found success with the right program for her future at Ivy Tech Community College.

Along with academic honors that included being named the Dean’s Award winner as the outstanding 2018 graduate in the Surgical Technology program, Roehrich is a wife and mother of five children ranging in age from 16 to 3.  She said her children are inspirations for her perseverance, including the eldest daughter, a high school sophomore looking forward to her own future.

“I want her to know things can change, plans can change. Life may not go the way you thought it would … but you can still finish,” said Roehrich, whose plans now include a pre-med bachelor’s degree from Indiana University Kokomo and then medical school, ultimately to realize her dream of becoming a surgeon.

Those honored during Friday’s ceremonies included Rita Jackson of Peru, a retired Ivy Tech instructor and administrator, and Joe Reed of Logansport, retired businessman and Cass County leader, both long-time supporters of Ivy Tech who were recipients of honorary Associate of Science in College and Community Service degrees in recognition of their contributions to the College, the state, and the nation; Laura Lanning, department chair of Public Affairs & Social Services and program chair and associate professor of Human Services, recipient of the President’s Award for Excellence in Instruction; Timothy Newell, adjunct instructor in the Software Development Program, recipient of the Adjunct Faculty Award for Excellence in Instruction; and graduating student Emily Brandon of Bourbon, recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Academic Excellence.

Members of Ivy Tech Kokomo Service Area’s graduating class of 2018, listed by hometown, include:

 

Advance
Carrie L. Barker
Akron
Melissa A. Seitner
Alexandria
William M. Idlewine
Adrianne J. Sutton
Amboy
Hannah Bahrenburg
Robynn L. Burnett
Jerry S. Vawter
Arcadia
Amy Michelle Roehrich
Argos
Nicole L. Ranstead
Atlanta
Jacob Grosswiler
Bloomington
Alix M. Leach
Bourbon
Alyssa Brandon
Emily R. Brandon
Bringhurst
Jessie R. Hall
Kody L. Morris
Amanda J. Whallon
Bunker Hill
Chelsea N. Hawkins
Lacey A. Hinkle
Timothy R. Meadows
Mallory N. Schrock
Burlington
Hayden M. Crume
Savannah C. Wilson
Camby
Lindsey N. Gary
Carmel
Lauren E. Badua
Tahamina Chowdhury
Aviv R. Levy
Eric D. Quinn
Nikki Y. Stevenson
Andrielle K. Vanet
Cicero
Krisha L. Adams
Tyler S. Brewer
Stefanie K. Remsen
Converse
Alicia N. Cecil
Jason A. Harvey
David A. Yoder
Deedsville
Garrett M. Donaldson
Delphi
Heather J. Starkus
Dawn M. Tague
Denver
Amy M. Chilcutt
Jonathon R. Mann
Kevin A. Moore
Elwood
Kimberley M. Hibst
Katelyn M. Hickman
Sara Phillips
Lisa R. Pope
Marsha A. Sheets
Ryan B. Sizemore
Evansville
Joshua R. Lobeck
Fairmount
Jacob D. Yeater
Fishers
Abed S. Albadri
Kathy A. Bohanan
Ebonee Hawkins
Cara L. Weathers
Flora
Laraine H. MacLauchlan
Tony Roddel
Francesville
Amanda L. Sutton
Frankfort
Matthew J. Bott
Christian M. Sellers
Marissa O. Smith
Frankton
Jennifer M. Borum
Galveston
Sydney F. Aleshire
Brooke N. Chase
Jade A. Munsey
Jodi L. Osenbaugh
Eric W. Shear
Gas City
Alexandra R. Cunningham
Cory Markley
Greenfield
Carrie E. Gilbert
Greentown
Eric A. Brough
Carlie M. Campbell
Justin L. Coomer
Jonathan Cordell
Brooklyn C. Haley
Traci A. Hulse
Matthew D. Keisling
Kimberly S. Kellar
Jacquelin M. Lamberson
Jonathan A. Lowden
Robin D. Miller
Heather R. Nunnally
Faye H. Puller
Stacy G. Walter
Hammond
Yvette A. Clark
Huntington
Spencer E. Kryder
Idaville
Matison T. DeWitt
Indianapolis
Lisette M. Aguirre
Geovia N. Balaba
Laura C. Boneham
Sharon R. Carson
Jackie K. Chavez
Kelly E. Circle
Sherelle Clark
Mamadou B. Diallo
Omotola Y. Fasanya
Tamara K. Shropshire
Austin J. Strange
Ebrie C. Wilkins
Jonesboro
David L. Elbert
Jordan L. Harris
Angel L. Robinson
Jared M. Walker
Kempton
Michael Drury
Kennerdell
William Jones
Kewanna
Courtney R. Thomas
Kirklin
Rosa K. Barker
Kokomo
Nichole J. Adair
Kaela J. Adams
Ryan W. Aeschliman
Camry M. Archer
Charlet D. Ayala
Tonita R. Bailey
Christopher M. Barbour
Albina D. Barker
Theresa L. Bates
Holly Bennett
William Bennett
David A. Berkshire
Kent R. Bickel
Tiffany A. Blackburn
Diana Bohn
Kara K. Boruff
Derek Braden
Christina R. Brankle
Kristina L. Broerman
Amber N. Broman
Brooke M. Bronson
Tracy A. Brown
Kyle R. Burdette
Leigh A. Burton
Madison C. Butts
Maia R. Calvert
Rheticia A. Cannon
Donovan E. Cerbone
Amanda M. Cicalo
Emmalee J. Cohagan
Cheryl L. Collins
Jessica M. Conwell
Melissa R. Darlin
Nickolaus L. Davidson
Corey L. Dea
Haley E. Delong
Regina L. Dillman
Sistine O. Dishon
April D. Duncan
Rileigh E. Eller
Livinus A. Enci
Matthew S. Ennis
Myra Grace L. Evangelista
Cierra L. Fisher
Allissa B. Flick
Kayla M. Foor
Anthony M. Fowler
Edson G. Fox
Vanessa Frazier
Bradley R. Geary
John K. Gentry
Raymond Golder
Darian Golightly
Roseanna E. Grace
Caleb A. Graham
Monica R. Graves
Ja’Lishia L. Green
Mason A. Groves
Isaac T. Guyer
Trenton J. Haley
James I. Hampton
David F. Hannum
Cory A. Hanson
Sarah M. Harris
Dakota Harts
Paige Herr
Dawn L. Herrell
Jetney B. Hollonquest
Haley R. Honkomp
Kaley Hopper
Tyler Howe
Benjamin D. Hutto
Paul E. Inglis
Kristin Ireland
Zachary A. Jackson
Drew M. Jameson
Wayne C. Janner
Dennis A. Johnson
Cori D. Johnston
Michelle L. Jones
Shikita Jones
Krystal R. Kanable
Sherry L. Kappus
Taylor R. Kennedy
Corbin B. King
Kathleen G. King
Sara E. King
Julie A. Kirton
Mikell D. Kling
Jadon N. Kosberg
Adrean R. Lamberg
Cash A. Lamberg
Kimberley A. Lambert
Ian T. Logan
Toyce J. Luckie-Spires
Bailey J. McCrumb
Kelsi R. McDorman
Nicholas L. McKay
Jesse McMillan
Courtney M. Meer
Aundrea E. Mendoza
Natalie N. Mercer
Rachel N. Miller
Jshanien U. Minor
Jaycee M. Mitchell
James E. Montgomery
Jennifer A. Mula
Sydney B. Murphy
Jena L. Myers
Nila Y. Myers
Melissa A. Nelson
Christi L. Newlin
Ashley Newton
Kristen D. Nicholson
Jesse N. Nieto
Mahwish Nisar
Randy M. Obenchain
Elizabethe O’Donnell
Ely Page
Henly E. Page
Chandrea Patterson
Wendell D. Patton
Katie L. Paulus
Jeffrey A. Philapy
Sheila M. Post
Jordan M. Probst
Stephanie S. Purvis
Shelby L. Ramsey
Lucie L. Rance
Alyssa E. Rittenhouse
Aubrey L. Roadruck
James W. Robins
Jo M. Rocchio
Gina M. Roe
Cody Rude
Zachary L. Rudolph
Jennifer M. Rush
Brittney K. Santiago
Alexandra Schaaf
Nathaniel T. Scott
Ashley A. Sell
Tamara Shannon
Nina R. Sharp
Adrienne N. Shepherd
Tyler E. Shirey
Dennis R. Shoaf
Susan L. Shockney
Brittany B. Small
Adam J. Smith
Roland L. Smith
LaTrey C. Smoot
Zachary S. Spencer
Jennifer R. Spidell
Matthew A. Stalter
Sierra C. Starkey
Andrea N. Stout
Logan Stout
Natasha L. Thieke
Kylie E. Thomison
Ashley A. Thompson
Kaleb E. Tocco
Ashley N. Tooley
Bethany M. Vandiver
Madison T. VanNatter
William P. Walker
Sarah A. Wallace
Kebrina K. Walser
Kaden P. Walton
Madisun D. Ward
Lola O. Washington
Adam L. Weaver
Jonathan M. Weiss
Nicolette R. White
Morgan Wiles
Eric M. Willhite
Sameera F. Williams
Nathaniel L. Winn
Anthony Winston
Maryann Woodruff
Breanna D. Wright
Jessica L. Young
Shannon L. Young
Heather R. Zeis-Forrey
La Fontaine
Luke A. Elliott
Bailey E. Hobbs
Braden R. Hobbs
Ryan J. McCray
Lafayette
Carrie M. Adams
John D. Berkshire
Crystal M. Biczo
Robert Crowder
Ashley J. Plue
Lagro
Alyssa N. Lambert
Debra E. Shepherd
Lebanon
Kasey Reynolds

 

 

Logansport
MaKenna L. Achey
Nathan I. Allen
Catalina Arriaga-Fortuno
Douglas J. Babcock
Megan R. Benn
Carrie N. Berendt
Jose R. Bermudez Saldana
Elijah D. Bowen
Kristi R. Brenner
Jerrad M. Buzbee
Kaylynn R. Cataldo
Danielle M. Chester
Olivia A. Click
Alvin E. Cody
Amy R. Conrad
Francisco Contreras
Natasha M. Corcoran
Rachael L. Coroa
Isabelle J. Crain
Carlie A. Deardorff
Miya K. DeWitt
Madeline N. Dexter
Stefanie Diaz
Akielah M. DiDomenico
Noe D. Dominguez
Krista L. Frye
Yovani Garcia
Adam B. Goodman
Pamela J. Graves
Christopher M. Gunter
Carly R. Hall
Bryce J. Hallam
Alix M. Hayden
Taylor N. Hellyer
Javier A. Hernandez Venegas
Kristi Hoff
Marjorie L. Howell
Gretchen E. Hunt
Rachel E. Iles
Mitchell D. Jensen
Paige J. Johansen-Schrum
Makinsey E. Long
Daniel Lopez
Jose Lopez Reyes
Adam W. Lowry
Guadalupe Madrigal
Juan M. Madrigal
Cordell J. Marks
Blake T. Martin
Jose M. Martinez
Brandon S. McKinney
Jaiden M. McMinn
Terrence T. Miller
Natalie D. Minks
Sierra C. Mughmaw
Erika D. Mullins
Leonardo Olridge
Daisy J. Ortiz
Veronica M. Osborn
Ashley Packard
Peyton J. Pasquarosa
Courtney Pauley
Olivia G. Pearson
Kathy O. Phommakhot
Bethany L. Poyser
Christabel Reeser
Chloe J. Reynolds
Jose F. Rivera
Kely Y. Rivera Hernandez
Rose A. Rohtha
Kelly S. Russell
Skylar N. Russell
Jennifer L. Sales
Alicia G. Sandoval Nunez
Jaelyn C. Scherer
Amanda K. Shively
Trystan K. Smith
Katie L. Spitler
Courtney E. Srotyr
Alex J. Starkey
Olivia L. Torres
Derian E. Villota
Sarabia L. Williams
Kristin R. Wilson
Ashley M. Yard
Lucerne
Austin M. Beach
Macy
Michele M. Clemons
Brady Conley
Dawn M. Piotter
Anjanette K. Wallace
Jennifer L. Wilhelm
Marion
Reginald D. Banks
Douglas W. Blackburn
Wade A. Brodt
Curtis E. Keesee
Lauren M. Liechty
Hunter O. Shreves
Gabriel M. Svetlovics
Rae A. Taylor
Derek C. Timmons
Mentone
Ashley K. Derf
Miami
Hope M. Hoffman
Monticello
Richard W. Bokodi
Amber R. Lockridge
Shannon C. Ray
Allan R. Strange
Chelsea K. Tighe
Muncie
Danielle R. Cassity
Noblesville
Alexia M. Bravo-Pliego
Jessica L. Carter
Michell L. Dankwa
Alexus N. Ferron
Kyle Huemann
Nichole Lewandowski
Susan A. Muhl
Vanessa N. Rabb
Cody C. Shuler
Rebecca C. Shuler
Karen S. Stackhouse
North Manchester
Kathryn M. Thomas
Peru
Melody A. Anderson
Jessica E. Ansari
Ricardo G. Bautista
Lori A. Beattie
Tina L. Birner
Margarita R. Botello
Nathan Bowman
BreAnne J. Bowyer
Trevon J. Crowe
Emilee A. Cyphers
Hope Depaoli
Jessica D. Drake
Ariel J. Edwards
Lisa M. Ford
Seth L. Foresman
Danielle A. Graber
Rebecca R. Gulley
Tamera L. Hall
Alexus N. Head
Sam J. Hershberger
Christopher A. Johnson
Jessica F. Johnson
Jeron A. Laycock
Drew Lees
James R. Massie
Cathy R. May
Kenneth McCrary
Amber M. McCullough
Marianne Mock
Haven N. Moreno
Barbara A. Oaks
Benal K. Ortman
Christina E. Paxton
Sarah E. Pressey
Jered L. Raber
Denella M. Rader
Amanda J. Risner
Christy L. Robertson
Janice M. Rockey
Lisa Rummel
Rosanna M. Rushing
Bo Sadler
Rhya A. Shuler
Brittney C. Sopher
Logan P. Sparks
Mattie Springer
Abigail R. Sutton
Trey L. Thorn
Megan Thrall
Lawrence J. Turner
Morgan L. Wade
Sheila M. Wade
Alexis N. Williams
Brandon S. Williams
Sierra A. Williams
Maggie E. Winans
Amber N. Wolfe
Brittany R. Wyatt
Pierceton
Zachary J. Lee
Pittsboro
Emily A. Wilhoite
Plymouth
Logan S. Funk
Roann
Jessika K. Krom
Rochester
Alexis P. Carr
Kristie D. Culp
Zachary W. Dishon
Joshua C. Godby
Amber B. Hinderlider
Kyle S. Johnson
Madalyn N. Lewis
Zachary M. Miller
Han T. Nguyen
Jacob Nigh
Alexa J. Olinger
Tracy Overmyer
Ashley L. Schmitt
Brittney J. Schroder
Heidi R. Shull
Brittany E. Voorhees
Rockfield
Stacy L. Wilcox
Rossville
Kayla J. Horoho
Rebecca C. Sietsma
Royal Center
Desiree D. Coe
Alysha S. Cox
Ashley C. Miller
Rushville
Cierra M. Rogers
Russiaville
Chad E. Cook
Kayla R. Hardy
Janelle L. Hunsucker
Brittani K. Kiermaier
Elizabeth K. Netherton
Sarah E. Thieke
Sacramento
Larry D. Burkes
Sharpsville
Quincy D. Henderson
Sheridan
Clayton Anderson
Linda L. Bollhoefer
Michael Wallace
Star City
Tanya L. Conner
Brenda J. Warner
Stockwell
Zachariah T. Dalton
Swayzee
Kylie N. Robey
Sweetser
Jose L. Garcia
Johnathon N. Shaw
Tipton
Nick R. Barnard
Benjamin I. Cain
Brock R. Calvin
Mallory P. Jacobs
Brittney Johnson
Cassy D. Malson
Eli C. McCormack
Jacob M. Overdorf
Alexis J. Plass
Jake D. Scheffler
Daniel E. Tate
Spencer J. Walsh
Lane D. Williams
Twelve Mile
Brian Beaman
Kimberly A. Cress
Emily M. Russell
Valparaiso
Christopher M. Covington
Wabash
Allen M. Aynes
Amber C. Ballard
Angel K. Barlow
Joshua D. Clark
Samuel G. England
Tanya M. Gatchel
Brittney Hattabaugh
Leslie A. Henthorn
Jessica A. Hipskind
Shawn D. Mollett
Dana D. Nelson
Derek A. Palmer
Heather N. Richardson
Sherry A. Wehrly
Walton
Karley L. Arion
Stephanie M. Donabedian
Alyia M. Hilgeman
Mandy J. Holiday
Kaylee M. Perkins
Vivian A. Reynoso
David J. Roberts
Veronica R. Wiles
Warsaw
Ashlee Marshall
West Lafayette
Bret T. Coleman
Gregory J. Phebus
Westfield
King N. Dauya
Nathaniel G. Stone
Winamac
Maddison D. Dempsey
Kayla J. Fox
Dylan C. Gilbert
SaDonna M. Mayer
Marissa J. Moralis
Nathan Nava
Amanda L. Paradis

 

Windfall
Laura K. Huettl
Zionsville
Melody Bonongwe

 

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NIPSCO kicks off Ivy Tech Kokomo capital campaign with $25,000 donation

Ivy Tech will also benefit from NIPSCO Energy Efficiency Program

Left-right: Kelly Karickhoff, executive director of resource development for Ivy Tech Kokomo; Michelle Simmons, Ivy Tech vice president of operations for northern Indiana; Karen McCoy, public affairs manager at NIPSCO; and Ivy Tech Kokomo Chancellor Dean McCurdy.

KOKOMO Ind. – Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) has kicked off the community effort to support the transformation of Ivy Tech Community College’s Kokomo Campus with a $25,000 donation. The company’s donation to the “The Time is Now” capital campaign also includes future energy efficiency incentives and upgrades.

The gift was announced Thursday, May 10, at the May meeting of the Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region Board of Trustees.

“We are very grateful to NIPSCO for stepping up as the first donor in our campaign to gather community support to complete Ivy Tech’s ambitious make-over of the Kokomo Campus,” said Dean McCurdy, chancellor of Ivy Tech Kokomo. “The gift illustrates the value NIPSCO places in its partnership with Ivy Tech to create a better future for our communities.”

Larry Graham, executive director of communications and public affairs for NIPSCO, said the utility company understands the importance of Ivy Tech’s plan to transform its aging facilities into a modern, state-of-the-art campus.

“As Indiana’s community college, Ivy Tech is a major driver of economic improvement in Indiana,” Graham said. “With up-to-date facilities, classrooms, and laboratories conveniently arranged on a comfortable, pedestrian-friendly campus, the new Kokomo Campus will become a magnet for Hoosiers who want to improve their lives and their families’ lives.”

The goal of “The Time is Now” campaign is to gather $3 million in community philanthropic support that will be added to a $40 million appropriation in state funding approved by the Indiana General Assembly to complete the $43 million project.

The project will benefit through NIPSCO’s Energy Efficiency Program. Under the program, business customers can utilize incentives to help offset the cost of implementing energy-efficient technologies. In addition to reduced energy consumption, the company says further benefits of participation include enhanced equipment performance, extended life expectancy of equipment, and reduced maintenance and cost of ownership.

Energy efficiency upgrades also can have a positive effect on the environment by decreasing air pollution and environmental damage. Under the program, Ivy Tech will replace current boilers with high-efficiency boilers to use less natural gas resulting in significant cost savings and reducing the carbon footprint. In addition, demand control ventilation will be added to control air quality throughout the buildings.

Further illustrating the company’s commitment to the Ivy Tech project, Karen McCoy, public affairs manager at NIPSCO and a 1989 graduate of Ivy Tech Kokomo, is serving as chair of the “Kokomo Campus Transformation: The Time Is Now” leadership team.

“With this project, we have an incredible opportunity to redefine Ivy Tech as an educational leader, an economic development power, and an innovator in meeting workforce needs in north central Indiana,” McCoy said when the leadership team was announced.

Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Campus has been serving the community for more than 40 years, with a history of providing educational programming to prepare a skilled workforce for the community. During this time, the Kokomo Campus expanded beyond its 1976 “Main Building,” acquired new and repurposed buildings around the city, and renovated space – all to accommodate changing needs and growth – without a major facilities investment for more than 25 years. The transformation project will result in a centralized, cohesive campus where students can walk to classes, participate in student life, and get any service they need in one location.For information about the capital campaign and the campus transformation plans, contact Kelly Karickhoff, executive director of resource development for Ivy Tech Kokomo, at kkarickhoff@ivytech.edu or 765-252-5501.

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Girls STEM summer camp set at Ivy Tech Kokomo

Gearing Up Girls for STEM planned by FCA US women’s group

KOKOMO, Ind. – Gearing Up Girls for STEM, a new program to be offered this summer at Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo, is aimed at middle school girls interested in expanding their scientific knowledge – and having fun while they do it.

Presented by Ivy Tech, in partnership with the FCA US Transmission & Casting Women’s Group, the two-day camp sessions will offer hands-on experiences in physics, biochemistry, engineering, biology, aerodynamics, advanced manufacturing, and virtual reality. Students will participate in activities ranging from hardness testing to polymers, density and emulsification to velocity and trajectory, sound and sound waves to batteries and circuits.

The camp is open to girls going into the sixth to eighth grades. Two sessions of the two-day camp are being offered: June 4 and 5 or June 7 and 8, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. both sessions, in Ivy Tech’s Automotive Technology building at 1942 E. North St. Cost is $20 per student and registration is open by contacting Susan Turrill at sturrill@ivytech.edu or 765-252-5497.

Members of the Transmission & Casting Women’s Group designed the camp’s curriculum and will join Ivy Tech faculty for the two-day sessions. The Women’s Group includes FCA US employees at all levels and specialties including executives, engineers, managers, human resources representatives, and hourly workers, all of whom are committed to expanding opportunities for women in the manufacturing industry. Representatives of the UAW Women’s Group also are supporting the project.

“Our desire is to offer middle school girls exposure to opportunities in STEM,” said Tanya Foutch, Quality Engineering Group Lead for Assembly at FCA US. “We need to bring more women to the STEM table.  We do this by starting at an early age through hands-on activities to gain experience to these career options. In terms of the future of technology, the door is wide open and women have a different perspective that adds value and insight.”

This effort comes at a time when the issue of workforce development is at the forefront of economic development discussions in Indiana.

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Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Service Area honors top instructors

Laura Lanning, Tim Newell cited for excellence in instruction

KOKOMO, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College’s Kokomo Service Area is honoring two instructors with the region’s top awards for excellence in instruction during commencement May 11.

Laura Lanning, department chair of Public Affairs and Social Services and program chair and associate professor of Human Services, is being honored as Ivy Tech Kokomo Service Area’s 2017-18 President’s Award recipient and regional nominee for the Glenn W. Sample Award for Excellence in Instruction, the College’s highest honor for faculty. Timothy A. Newell, adjunct instructor in the Software Development Program, is the recipient of the region’s 2017-18 Adjunct Faculty Award and regional nominee for the statewide Gerald I. Lamkin Award for Excellence in Instruction.

“Laura and Tim are outstanding representatives of our full-time and adjunct faculty at Ivy Tech Community College. Both bring years of valuable professional experience from their fields to the classroom,” said Chancellor Dean McCurdy.

“These are our top awards presented to Ivy Tech instructors each year,” he continued, “and recognize the winners’ excellence in instruction and dedication to Ivy Tech’s mission of providing world-class educational opportunities in support of our communities.”

 

Laura Lanning
President’s Award for
Excellence in Instruction

Laura Lanning:

In presenting the award to Lanning, Ivy Tech leaders noted that in her teaching she has connected the passion she had for her clients during more than 20 years as a therapist and clinician to a passion for preparing her students to also make a positive impact in their communities.

Lanning has been with the College for 10 years, beginning as a part-time instructor in 2007. Since then, she has advanced to full-time instructor, then program chair, and now department chair, taking on additional administrative duties and oversight of certificate programs with the School of Public and Social Services.  An alumna of Master Teacher, Leadership Kokomo, Leadership Academy, and Leadership Institute, Lanning has also demonstrated her devotion to life-long learning and professional development.

Along with offering rigorous, up-to-date classroom instruction, Lanning is an excellent role model to her students and involves them in several community service endeavors for the United Way of Howard County and family Services Association. Additionally, Lanning is the founding faculty advisor for the Human Services Student Organization, which provides services and advocacy for a variety of under-resourced local populations. Through her work at the College and in the community, Laura exemplifies education for service and instills this value in future human services providers, her students.

Lanning earned a bachelor’s degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences from Indiana University and a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Ball State University.

 

Timothy Newell
Adjunct Faculty Award
for Excellence in Instruction

Timothy Newell:

In recognizing Newell, administrators recognized that in his 10 years on the adjunct faculty at Ivy Tech, Newell has become an outstanding instructor by combining his professional and military experience with genuine respect for his students and a commitment to fostering open communication in the classroom.

Newell is recognized as one who excels at all he does. He earned a bachelor’s degree with distinction in Electrical Engineering Technology from Purdue University and later earned a certificate in microprocessor and embedded controllers from Purdue. He served the United States for 20 years in military reserve positions, earning many medals and awards, including the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal. In his 25-year technology career, he has served in positions such as senior firmware engineer and senior software engineer for companies such as Delphi Electronics & Safety and Aptiv.

In his information technology courses at Ivy Tech, students say they enjoy Newell’s classroom style of engagement and instruction and are able to learn effectively from him and apply their learning appropriately. Many have moved into high-wage, high-demand careers in computer technology.

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Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Service Area to present honorary two degrees

Rita Jackson and Joe Reed will be honored for their many contributions

KOKOMO, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Service Area will present honorary degrees two north central Indiana leaders – Rita Jackson of Peru and Joe Reed of Logansport – in recognition of their many contributions to the College and their communities. The honorary Associate of Science in College and Community Service degrees will be presented at the Ivy Tech Kokomo commencement set for 6:30 p.m. May 11 at the Kokomo Event & Conference Center.

“We are proud to honor these two outstanding citizens who embody the mission of Ivy Tech Community College,” said Chancellor Dean McCurdy. “Rita and Joe have helped expand the College’s impact throughout our Ivy Tech service area by leading efforts to improve facilities and provide valuable scholarship opportunities for students. They contribute directly to the success of their communities.

 

Rita Jackson of Peru
Honorary degree recipient

Rita Jackson:

After a successful career in management with ADP (Automatic Data Processing) in Indianapolis, New Jersey, and Miami, Jackson joined Ivy Tech as a math instructor. Over the next eight years, she served the College in several administrative roles in Kokomo and Wabash, including academic dean and executive director of technology, retiring in 2006. During that time, she gained an appreciation for the many contributions Ivy Tech makes to the community and saw first-hand the students who need and deserve financial support to further their education.

From this, her interest in giving to the Ivy Tech Foundation began and grew. McCurdy noted that since 2011, Rita has established three endowed scholarships in memory of beloved family members, helped raise funds to support Ivy Tech’s Peru instructional site, and funded a computer lab at the Kokomo Campus. She has served on the scholarship fundraiser committee in Miami County, attends all events and fundraisers throughout the Kokomo Service Area, and regularly speaks at Ivy Tech events about her scholarships and why she gives. Rita is serves on the leadership committee for the “Kokomo Campus Transformation: The Time is Now” campaign.

For her many contributions, Rita has previously been honored with the College’s “Changing Lives Award” and was named the Kokomo region’s “2014 Benefactor of Year” by the Ivy Tech Foundation. She is a member of Ivy Tech Women in Philanthropy Circle of Ivy, a state-wide women’s giving society.

Rita also is active in art and book clubs, the Women’s Democratic Group, and the Miami Community Foundation Boomerang Sisterhood. She has served as secretary of the Miami County Community Foundation and vice president of the Northern Indiana Community Foundation.

The first in her family to attend college, Rita earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Purdue University and her CPA (Certified Public Accountant) certification through Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

Joe Reed of Logansport
Honorary degree recipient

Joe Reed:

Throughout their three-decade association with Ivy Tech, Reed and his wife, Barbara, have assisted the College and the Ivy Tech Foundation in many ways.

Reed has been a volunteer leader of Ivy Tech since 1981, serving as a member of the Kokomo Region Board of Trustees from 1981 to 1989, serving on an Ivy Tech presidential selection committee, and serving for 15 years as a member of the Ivy Tech Foundation Board of Directors.

His work gathering support for the College has been critical to Ivy Tech’s success in Cass County, McCurdy said. Reed was instrumental in the development of Ivy Tech’s Logansport site. He helped coordinate the gift of the 59 acres of land and, while serving as a Cass County councilman, led the effort for a $250,000 contribution from the Cass County Council.

The Reeds have also established the Reed Family Scholarship which benefits Ivy Tech students every year. They were awarded the Ivy Tech Benefactor of the Year in 2007 and received the Changing Lives Award in 2015.

Reed earned a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University and his post-graduate education included many courses in land appraisal and management. He retired as vice president of Farmcraft Service Inc. He also has served as a member of the Cass County Plan Commission, the Logansport Economic Development Foundation Board of Directors, the Logansport/Cass Industrial Park Board of Directors, and the Boy Scouts of America Board of Directors and has been an active member of Onward Christian Church.

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Leadership Kokomo sets second annual ‘Party on the Patio’

Alumni of leadership program to gather in Kokomo Depot District

KOKOMO, Ind. – Alumni for the long-running Leadership Kokomo program are invited to join in LK’s second annual “Party on the Patio” Thursday, May 10, at the Tin Man Brewing Co. in Kokomo’s Depot District on Buckeye Street between Jackson and Jefferson streets. The party is set for 5 to 7 p.m. in the patio area adjacent to Depot Park.

Leadership Kokomo Director Carrie Giannakos said alumni from the 35 previous LK classes are encouraged to come to reconnect with fellow alumni, meet the current Leadership Kokomo class, and enjoy light appetizers with drinks available from the Tin Man. Depot Park also offers foosball, corn hole, checkers and ping pong, for those looking for some competitive fun.

“This is a perfect area to meet with friends, make some new friends, and to relax and enjoy a spring evening,” Giannakos said. Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP by May 7 to cgiannakos@ivytech.edu .

The LK Alumni Advisory Council, spearheaded by former LK director Sharon Reed, is working to build an active alumni group to continue the Leadership Kokomo experience for graduates. As part of that effort, Giannakos also is asking alumni to create or update their listing in the alumni section of the LK website at www.leadershipkokomo.org and to send her an email with name, employer, mailing address, cellphone number, and email address.

Leadership Kokomo is a cooperative effort of Ivy Tech Community College, the Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance, and the City of Kokomo. In a year-long program, it aims to bring together a diverse group of existing and emerging community leaders to empower them to become resourceful stewards of the community.

For more information about LK, visit www.leadershipkokomo.org or contact Giannakos at 765-252-5498, or cgiannakos@ivytech.edu .

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Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region recognizes student achievement

Outstanding academics to be honored at 2018 commencement

Emily Brandon
Outstanding student for 2018

KOKOMO, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region will recognize students who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and leadership during its commencement ceremony May 11.

Emily Brandon of Bourbon, who is graduating with an Associate of Applied Science degree and Technical Certificate in Dental Assisting, will be honored with the Chancellor’s Award for Academic Excellence, named in honor of the longest-serving academic officer for the Kokomo Service Area, Dr. Pam Lewis.

Brandon was selected from those students nominated for the Dean’s Award in each program who have a 3.75 GPA or higher. Other considerations for this award include leadership, community service, and school involvement. In nominating Brandon for the honor, her department chair described her “as an exceptional leader, always willing to help others, with a positive attitude, brilliant talents and outstanding skills.”

Dean’s Award recipients are chosen by the faculty chair for each program who selects one graduate as the outstanding student. Recipients of the Dean’s Award for 2018, and hometowns, are:

Accounting

Kyle Huemann, Noblesville

 

Advanced Automation and Robotics Technology

Isaac Guyer, Kokomo

 

Agriculture

Spencer Walsh, Tipton

 

Automotive Technology

James Robins, Kokomo

 

Business Administration

Tyler Shirey, Kokomo

 

Business Operations, Applications and Technology

Rachel Miller, Kokomo

 

Criminal Justice

Charlet Ayala, Kokomo

 

Cybersecurity/Information Assurance

Eric Quinn, Carmel

 

Database Management and Administration

Debra Shepherd, Lagro

 

Dental Assisting

Emily Brandon, Bourbon

 

Early Childhood Education

Christina Brankle, Kokomo

 

Education

Rebecca Shuler, Noblesville

 

General Studies

Carlie Deardorff, Logansport

 

Healthcare Specialist

Anjanette Wallace, Macy

 

Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Technology

Susan Shockney, Kokomo

 

Human Services

Amber Broman, Kokomo

 

Industrial Technology

Nina Sharp, Kokomo

 

Informatics

Seth Foresman, Peru

 

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Morgan Wade, Peru

 

Medical Assisting

Amanda Risner, Peru

 

Nursing

Michele Clemons, Macy

 

Paralegal Studies

Bethany Vandiver, Kokomo

 

Practical Nursing

Stacy Walter, Greentown

 

Professional Communication

Edson Fox, Kokomo

 

Software Development

Jeffrey Philapy, Kokomo

 

Surgical Technology

Amy Michelle Roehrich, Arcadia

 

Visual Communications

Bailey Hobbs, La Fontaine


 

 

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