Ivy Tech sets seminar series on relevant topics in agriculture

Kokomo Grain partnering on five free seminars to be offered at Peru site

KOKOMO, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College is again partnering with Kokomo Grain to present five free seminars on relevant topics in agriculture. All sessions will be held in the auditorium at Ivy Tech’s Peru Instructional Site, 425 W. Main St., in Peru. The first session is set for Jan. 30.

“This year marks the 10th anniversary of Ivy Tech’s Agriculture Seminar series, which began when Ivy Tech Kokomo received approval to offer agriculture degrees,” said Lisa Paxton, chair of the Agriculture program for Ivy Tech Kokomo. “Today, students can earn associate degrees in agriculture in the Kokomo service area, with courses at both the Kokomo and Logansport campuses. Graduates with Associate of Science degrees may then transfer to institutions offering bachelor degrees in agriculture, including Huntington, Purdue, and Vincennes universities, to continue their educations.”

Topics to be covered in the Agriculture Seminar series range from trends in farmland values and lease terms to succession planning for family farms and other business issues to trucking rules and harvesting hardwoods. Light refreshments will be served

For more information or to register for any or all of the free sessions, contact Ivy Tech’s Susan Turrill at 765-252-5497 or sturrill@ivytech.edu.

The schedule of sessions includes:


Trends in Farmland Values and Lease Terms in 2018

Jan. 30, 6-8 p.m.

Instructor:  Howard Halderman, president of Halderman Farm Management Service and Halderman Real Estate Services


Succession Planning for the Family Farm

Feb. 6, 6-8 p.m.

Instructors:  Andy Perkins from Peterson, Waggoner, and Perkins, LLC, and Matt Folz from Dobbs Legal Group, LLC


Harvesting Hardwoods

Feb. 13, 6-8 p.m.

Instructor: Tim Eizinger, district forester, Indiana Division of Forestry, Department of Natural Resources


Risk Management with Crop Insurance

Feb. 20, 6-8 p.m.

Instructor:  Mike Silver, senior grain merchandiser, Kokomo Grain


Trucking Rules and Regulations for Farmers

Feb. 27, 6-8 p.m.

Instructor:  Master Trooper Aaron Schaal, Indiana State Police

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Ivy Tech raising funds for scholarship in memory of Will Stonestreet

Tribute will benefit students in Ivy Tech’s Industrial Technology program

KOKOMO – In November, William P. “Will” Stonestreet II, a Northwestern High School senior, died in a tragic car accident. Will also was enrolled in the Integrated Technology Education Program (ITEP) at Ivy Tech Community College in Kokomo, studying Advanced Manufacturing, and had plans to attend Ivy Tech to become an electrician next year.

Now his parents, William and Andrea Stonestreet, are working with the Ivy Tech Foundation to establish the Will Stonestreet Technology Scholarship in Will’s memory to help other students who want to study Industrial Technology at Ivy Tech. Funds are being raised now, with a goal of $10,000 by the end of January. As of Jan. 1, the fund stood at $3,120 given by 25 donors.

Kelly Karickhoff, executive director of Resource Development for Ivy Tech Kokomo, said the Ivy Tech effort seemed fitting to his family, given the value Will saw in the ITEP program and the accomplishments he had made. Will’s mother, Andrea, also is an Ivy Tech alumna, having earned a nursing degree in 1996. She now works as a nurse at the Howard County Jail.

As part of his ITEP experience, Will was an intern with FCA, where his work had attracted the praise of employees. FCA already has conducted an in-plant fish fry to raise funds for the scholarship and is offering employees a chance to add their donations. Martino’s Italian Villa, where Will worked, and Northwestern School Corporation also are encouraging support of the fund drive.

Kurt Koetter, Northwestern High School Industrial Technology teacher, is a supporter.

“It isn’t very often that I am able to share in my students’ successes as they are happening. It is usually years after they graduate from Northwestern that I am able to see the successes of my students. Will was the exception,” Koetter said. “To see how much he grew as a person and student over the past few years is something that I will cherish forever.”

Rocky Lamb of FCA Personnel Development noted Will’s successes at the transmission manufacturer.

“Will’s Ivy Tech internship took him inside the FCA Transmission Plant where he was given opportunities to give input related to process improvements. The hands-on projects we tasked him with really brought him out of his shell and showed us how valuable a (machine equipment improvement) project like this could be,” Lamb said. “Going forward, this process improvement project will now be known as the Will Stonestreet Memorial Project with each final product having an emblem etched in Will’s memory.”

Will’s parents have worked with Ivy Tech to establish criteria for receiving the Will Stonestreet Technology Scholarship.

The scholarship eligibility criteria is as follows:

  • Industrial Technology Major
  • Resident of Cass, Fulton, Howard, Miami or Tipton Counties, however preference will be given to students living in Howard County
  • Must have completed 12 credit hours
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0

The scholarship will help students with tuition, fees and books.

Anyone interested in helping celebrate Will’s life may make a memorial contribution to the Will Stonestreet Technology Scholarship at https://impact.ivytech.edu/willstonestreet .

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Kokomo Region Board of Trustees to meet Jan. 11


Ivy Tech Community College – Kokomo Region

Notice is hereby given that at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at Ivy Tech Community College –Kokomo, Main Building, Room M406, 1815 E Morgan Street, Kokomo, Indiana, the Board of Trustees of Ivy Tech Community College – Kokomo Region will meet in regular session to conduct business in accordance with the published agenda.

Dated this 4th day of January 2018.

Ms. Jean Cole, Secretary

Regional Board of Trustees


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Ivy Tech Logansport to host 2018-19 ASAP program

Accelerated degree program moved during Kokomo campus renovation

KOKOMO, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College’s Logansport campus will serve as host for the 2018-19 cohort of the Accelerated Associate Program (ASAP) in the College’s Kokomo Service Area.

This will be the Kokomo Service Area’s fourth class in the accelerated degree program that allows qualified and motivated students recently out of high school to complete a “two-year” associate degree in just 11 months. The program, now in its third year at the Kokomo campus, is being moved while the Kokomo Campus undergoes a $43 million transformation of its facilities and grounds.

“We are very excited to have an opportunity to offer ASAP in Logansport this coming year,” said Beth Chaney, ASAP coordinator for Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Service Area. “We are signing up students for the new class that begins in June and, of the 13 students who have already been accepted, eight are from Logansport High School, one is from Northwestern, one is from Kokomo, one is from Peru, one is from North Miami, and one is from Maconaquah.”

Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Service Area includes Cass, Fulton, Howard, Miami and Tipton counties and schools in the northern counties have been very supportive of the ASAP program, Chaney said, encouraging their students to explore the time- and cost-saving option. The current cohort of 12 students, recently completing the third of five modules needed to earn their associate degrees, includes nine students who commute from Rochester, Logansport, and Peru.

Under the ASAP program, students at each participating campus have their own “space,” a classroom, computer lab, and lounge dedicated for their use since they are on campus full-time. To complete the 60 credit hours required for an associate degree, coursework is spread over five eight-week terms and classes are held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

While work goes on around the designated ASAP classroom in the main building in Kokomo, new space is being set aside on the Logansport campus for the 2018-19 cohort and Chaney noted the faculty and staff are looking forward to sharing the ASAP experience there. The move may also be a test of the feasibility of offering ASAP cohorts at both locations in the future.

Chaney said applications for the 2018-19 cohort will be taken through spring and a variety of scholarship support is available to qualifying students. The program is open to high school graduates 21 years old or younger who have a GPA of at least 2.5, a good school attendance record, nominations from two adults (counselors, teachers, ministers, coaches, etc.), and a pledge of room and board from parents or guardians.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for traditional-age, qualified, and motivated students to save a great deal of time and money and get a jump-start on their careers or further education,” Chaney said. “It’s intense; students are encouraged to think of school as a full-time job.”

But, she added, the students benefit from mentoring, guidance and support during the program and from the relationships they build with the other members of their class as they share their successes and overcome challenges together.

“Students leave having not only earned a degree, but with skills that are critical to their future success, like time management and teamwork,” Chaney continued. “Graduates can take their associate degree right into the workforce or transfer their credits to a four-year school. With ASAP, that traditional four-year degree can be completed in three years.”

The ASAP program has a great track record, Chaney noted, with 88 percent of ASAP students in Kokomo earning a degree in one year. ASAP grads from the first two cohorts (classes of 2016 and 2017) are now pursuing bachelor degrees at universities that include Manchester, Ball State, Indiana (in Kokomo and Indianapolis), Purdue Polytechnic, and IPFW (Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne).

For more information on ASAP, students can contact their high school counselor or visit ivytech.edu/ASAP . To learn more about applying, Chaney can be reached at bchaney1@ivytech.edu or 765-252-5525.

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Ivy Tech sets Express Enrollment Week at Kokomo, Logansport campuses

Extended hours offer chance to complete enrollment for spring semester

KOKOMO – If your New Year’s resolutions include improving your mind, your skills, and your future earning opportunities, consider starting at Ivy Tech Community College when spring semester classes begin Jan. 16. To get you on your way, Ivy Tech Community College campuses in Kokomo and Logansport are offering Express Enrollment Days today through Saturday.

Express Enrollment Days provide an opportunity for students from across Indiana to visit one of the participating locations and complete the enrollment steps to become a student at Ivy Tech for spring semester. The Kokomo and Logansport sites will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today through Friday, Jan. 2 through Jan. 5, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6. No appointments are necessary.

“With these extended hours, you have an opportunity to walk in and get all the steps completed so you’re ready for spring semester,” said Marcia Worland, vice chancellor for Enrollment Services for Ivy Tech Kokomo. “We will have additional staff available at both locations to help prospective students wherever they are in the enrollment process,” she added, “from applying for admission to actually registering for classes.”

Joshua Morrison, director of academic advising, noted that academic advisors will be available to help students understand how their prior college courses could apply to a degree or certificate program. “This can potentially save them time and tuition dollars,” Morrison said. “Our staff members are always happy to review official or unofficial transcripts for prior college credit, whether they are from Ivy Tech or another institution, and many students are surprised at how close they are to completing their academic program with us.”

At Statewide Express Enrollment Days, students can apply for admission, get financial aid questions answered so they can complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), learn about assessment to determine appropriate classes, meet with an advisor, and register for the upcoming semester. Ivy Tech recommends that students come with a government-issued photo identification, 2016 tax information, and SAT/ACT/PSAT scores and high school or college transcripts

Members of the admissions team are available to ask questions in advance. Contact Tammy Herschberger at therschberger@ivytech.edu or 765-252-5487 for the Kokomo Campus event at 1815 E. Morgan St., Kokomo, or Jovita Flores at jflores26@ivytech.edu or 574-398-6097 for the Logansport Campus event at 1 Ivy Tech Way, Logansport.

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Civil Rights icon Peggy Trotter Dammond Preacely coming to Kokomo

Social justice activist will be keynote speaker for ‘Doing the Dream 2018’

Peggy Trotter
Dammond Preacely

KOKOMO, Ind. – An acclaimed activist-artist, whose work on the front lines of the civil rights movement in the 1960s followed the nonviolent teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., will serve as keynote speaker for the 14th annual “Doing the Dream” celebration presented by Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo.

Peggy Trotter Dammond Preacely, who worked in the freedom movement in rural southwest Georgia with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, will speak at student convocations and a public banquet in Kokomo Jan. 31 and Feb. 1.

“In 2018, as we mark 50 years since Dr. King’s assassination and find ourselves still confronted with the painful realities of racism around the nation, Ms. Preacely is a significant choice to serve as keynote speaker for our annual Doing the Dream activities,” said Kim King, acting chancellor of Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Campus.

“As a passionate proponent of nonviolent activism in the civil rights movement of the Sixties, her path often crossed Dr. King’s,” the acting chancellor continued. “Dr. King visited Peggy and other students when they were being held in the Albany, Ga., jail, for their voter registration activities and community organizing, and she was on hand for his ‘I Have a Dream’ speech in Washington, D.C. She can bring an important – and inspiring – personal perspective to our view of those historic times and their relevance today.”

On Wednesday, Jan. 31, Preacely will speak to juniors and seniors at student convocations at Kokomo and Logansport high schools. On Thursday, Feb. 1, she will speak at a free convocation open to college and other high school students at 11 a.m. in the Kokomo Event & Conference Center, 1500 N. Reed Road (Ind. 931). She will also be keynote speaker for the annual community banquet set to begin at 6 p.m. that evening at Bel Air Events, 3014 S. Webster St. Interested area residents and representatives of government, non-profit, educational, and religious organizations are invited to attend the banquet.

Raised in Harlem, where she knew activists Malcolm X, Stokely Carmichael, and Bob Moses, Preacely became an adherent of nonviolent change as a teenager. She has devoted her life to putting that philosophy to work in improving the lives of her fellow citizens, from working as a Freedom Rider and member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in the South to working against de facto segregated schools in Boston and protesting the Vietnam War when she returned to the North.

Retired after 30 years as an advocate and administrator in the public health sector, Preacely now works with domestic violence and suicide prevention in the Los Angeles metro area, where she has lived since 1982.

As a public speaker and performer, she continues to share her commitment to nonviolent change by sharing her experiences as an early Freedom Rider and civil rights activist, who was arrested, shot at and jailed for her efforts, and the story of her historic and multifaceted family whose activism goes back to 1848. It was then her great-great-grandparents escaped from slavery; traveling to England to avoid recapture under the Fugitive Slave Act, they became well-known abolitionists.

In 2015 Preacely was honored with the Rosa Parks Humanitarian award from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Southern California. The SCLC is the only national organization founded by Dr. King.

Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO), the Community Foundation of Howard County, and Cass County Community Foundation are serving as lead sponsors to support participation by a noted speaker for the “Doing the Dream” celebration.

“This includes support of the student convocations where we expect more than 1,500 students will have the chance to hear Ms. Preacely’s message,” said Kelly Karickhoff, executive director of Resource Development for Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region. “Along with the presentations at Kokomo and Logansport high schools, school superintendents from around north central Indiana have been invited to bring their students to the free convocation Feb. 1 and reservations are now being taken.”

To reserve tickets for the community banquet, go to http://connect.ivytech.edu/doing-the-dream or call 765-252-5500. To get more information about participating in the Feb. 1 student convocation, contact Allison Toren, program chair of General Studies and a lead on the “Doing the Dream” activities, at 765-252-5518 or atoren@ivytech.edu.


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Community Garden volunteers, donors, beneficiaries celebrate 2017 harvest

Nearly 11,000 pounds of food distributed to area organizations to help needy

KOKOMO, Ind. — Undaunted by the heavy rains that poured on Indiana this spring and summer, volunteers for the Kokomo Community Garden brought in nearly 11,000 pounds of produce for the area’s hungry in 2017.

Volunteers, donors and beneficiaries celebrated the effort recently at the garden’s annual Harvest Celebration on the Kokomo campus of Ivy Tech Community College.

Larry Bills, Community Garden coordinator, said the garden produced a total of 10,737 pounds of fresh vegetables for 14 local organizations that serve the hungry, bringing the total yield for the garden’s 15 years of raising produce to more than 114 tons.

The garden produced 19 different edibles – everything from acorn squash to zucchini – with totals that ranged from 3.75 pounds of tomatillos and 8.75 pounds of herbs and garlic to 1,904 pounds of potatoes, 2,168 pounds of corn, and 2,447.5 pounds of tomatoes

The 2017 harvest was made possible by volunteers who gave more than 1,300 hours of their time to make the Community Garden a success.  Records kept since the garden’s first season in 2003 show that volunteers have donated more than 20,900 hours over the 15 years.

Long-time volunteer and former garden coordinator Becky Swails emceed the celebration.

“We’ve had better seasons; the rains did have an impact,” Swails said, “but we are so grateful to the donors and volunteers who worked so hard to benefit our neighbors who would not otherwise have access to fresh produce.”

Swails noted 15 people each gave more than 25 hours in volunteer service to the garden this year. The top five were Larry Bills (147), Jeannie Gale (110 hours), Doug Eglen (100 hours), Bob Parks (94 hours), and Pat Renshaw (86 hours).

Organizations that receive produce from the garden for distribution to the community’s hungry include Bethel Church Pantry. Coordinating Assistance Ministries Inc. (CAM), Family Services Association Domestic Violence Shelter, The Gilead House, Hands of Grace, Howard Haven, Main Street United Methodist Church Pantry, Open Arms Women’s Shelter, Kokomo Rescue Mission, Salvation Army, Samaritan Love Center, St. Luke’s Food Pantry, St. Vincent DePaul Society, and Urban Outreach.

The Community Garden also serves as an educational classroom for students, master gardeners and anyone interested in helping tend the garden. It is the result of a partnership between Ivy Tech Community College, the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service of Howard County and the Howard County Master Gardener Association. It is operated entirely on donations and the work of volunteers.

The idea for the garden came from Ivy Tech Chancellor Steve Daily and Purdue University Howard County Extension Educator Rollin Machtmes. It became a reality through a donation of land made by Ivy Tech supporters Don and Louise Thomas at the corner of Touby Pike and North Street. Garden volunteers have transformed the donated grassland into two acres of rich soil that produce thousands of pounds of fresh produce each year.

For additional information or an opportunity to support the Community Garden, contact Jeannie Vondersaar of the Purdue Extension office at jvonders@purdue.edu.

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