2021 Chancellor’s Award for Academic Excellence: Shannon Fuller

Each year, academically high-achieving graduating students are nominated to receive the Chancellor’s Award for Academic Excellence. A recipient is selected from those students selected 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. This year’s recipient is Shannon Fuller of Peru.

Shannon Fuller

Shannon Fuller comes from a family with a legacy of military service to their country. Father, mother, grandparents, aunts, uncles, sisters, brother … all veterans. So military service was a natural step when Shannon graduated from Maconaquah High School in 2003. Now, after five years of active duty with the Air Force, and as she continues in her 14th year with the Reserves, Shannon is pursuing another dream from her childhood – becoming a school teacher.

And she’s doing it with the same excellence that has earned her the rank of Senior Master Sergeant in the Air Force. Shannon, the Dean’s Award winner as the top graduate in Education for 2021 at Ivy Tech Kokomo, has been inducted into Phi Theta Kappa international academic honor society and has been named recipient of the campus’s top student honor, the Chancellor’s Award.

According to Tara Kaser, program chair of Education, Shannon is a perfect choice. “While she was a student, besides serving in the Reserves as a resource officer for her fellow squadron members, Shannon organized a bone marrow drive and two blood drives at Grissom Reserve Base, orchestrated a fundraiser to help provide high school students with college funds, served as caregiver for her grandparents and, with her husband, Michael, as foster parent for an at-risk youngster, and helped two suicidal individuals receive necessary care,” Kaser said.

“Shannon did all of this while maintaining a 4.0 GPA and being a wonderful mother to two young children,” she continued. “I cannot imagine a better candidate for the Chancellor’s Award.”

Shannon says she has always wanted to be a teacher. With her two daughters enrolled in Maconaquah Elementary, she could carve out the time for her own education.

“What draws me to teaching is the ability to develop relationships with the kids, helping to get them on the right path,” Shannon said. “Helping others is what motivates me and teaching just falls in line with what I’m passionate about.”

She credits the faculty and staff at Ivy Tech with helping her along the way. “I feel like they genuinely want the best for you,” she said. “They want to help you get to the next level.”

The next level for Shannon is a bachelor’s degree in Education; she’ll begin those studies this fall at Indiana University Kokomo.

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2021 President’s Award for Excellence in Instruction: Jia Hardimon-Eddington

This award is presented annually in each service area of Ivy Tech Community College to a faculty member who demonstrates excellence in instruction and dedication to Ivy Tech’s mission. Jia Hardimon-Eddington, department chair of Surgical Technology and an assistant professor of Surgical Technology, has been recognized as Ivy Tech Kokomo Service Area’s 2020-21 President’s Award recipient and Kokomo Service Areal nominee for the Glenn W. Sample Award for Excellence in Instruction, the College’s highest honor for faculty.

Jia Hardimon-Eddington

When Jia Hardimon-Eddington graduated from Ivy Tech Kokomo with a degree in surgical technology in 2007, she had no plans to return to her alma mater as a faculty member. However, after several years working at Howard Community Hospital, she was recruited to come back to Ivy Tech as a part-time instructor. She quickly discovered something that has guided her ever since: Teaching is her calling.

In the classroom, Jia’s philosophy is that there is no substitute for hands-on learning experiences. She begins with a discussion of the technique being taught and physically demonstrates the process. Questions and answers follow, along with role-playing activities and real-life surgical scenarios. Finally, the students work with Jia, each other, or independently to complete the skill, competency, or exercise. Applied knowledge is the best way to teach students in surgical technology, and Jia’s students are steeped in this applied knowledge every day.

Throughout multiple location changes during her time at Ivy Tech, Jia has adapted, modified, and creatively simulated classrooms, teaching tools, and lab space. The new Surgical Technology space she helped design in Ivy Tech Kokomo’s Health Professions Center, with its four, fully equipped surgical suites and high-tech classroom, is now a highlight of Ivy Tech Kokomo’s campus transformation and a springboard for even greater student success.

Jia uses humor and humanity to create a sense of community and an atmosphere of belonging inside her classroom that sparks in her students a desire to come to class and learn. She works to extend that approach outside her classroom as well. As a group, Jia and her students participate in local community public service twice each year as she teaches them that getting an education means giving back to those who are in need.

In her 13 years at Ivy Tech, the Kokomo native has developed a reputation for being an excellent teacher and mentor as she prepares surgical technologists to respond to medical needs throughout the Ivy Tech Kokomo Service Area. Thanks to Jia’s efforts, more than 90 percent of her students have jobs before they leave the program; the other 10 percent have job interviews lined up.

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2021 Adjunct Faculty Award for Excellence in Education: David Lingle

This award is presented annually to an adjunct faculty member from each of the 19 campuses of the College to recognize adjunct faculty who typify excellence in instruction and in representing the mission of Ivy Tech. David Lingle, adjunct/dual credit instructor in the Automotive Technology program, is the recipient of Ivy Tech Kokomo’s 2020-21 Adjunct Faculty Award and regional nominee for the statewide Gerald I. Lamkin Award for Excellence in Instruction, the highest recognition provided by the College for adjunct faculty.

David Lingle

David Lingle worked hands-on as an automotive technician for auto dealerships and his own repair shop for more than 30 years. Now that extensive background fuels his ability to prepare high school and college students with what they need to have their own successful careers in this high-demand, high-wage field.

David has been working with students in grades 8 through 12 at the Kokomo Area Career Center for 23 years and, since 2018 has been an adjunct automotive/dual credit instructor with Ivy Tech Kokomo. As a dual credit instructor, David played a crucial role in establishing Ivy Tech Kokomo’s first State Earn and Learn (SEAL) pathway, developed in partnership with Chariot Automotive Group, which includes a number of area auto dealerships, and is still highly involved in each of the program’s stages. The SEAL certification is significant because it gives students the opportunity to graduate from high school with industry credentials, college credits, and valuable work experience from local employers.

With his work at the KACC and his involvement in the SEAL automotive program, David has a unique opportunity to grow lasting relationships with students. He is able to teach students at both the high school and college level as they pursue the Youth Apprenticeship experience at Ivy Tech through dual credit, enabling him to support students every step of the way as they pursue their Associate of Applied Science degrees.

In addition to his hands-on experience, David has continued learning through industry training courses and maintains his ASE (The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence) certifications as a master automobile technician. His willingness to continue to learn about his field emphasizes his passion and ensures his students are receiving the most accurate and updated information in his classroom.

David is recognized as a determined educator driven to put in the work with his students to ensure they understand the material they are learning beyond the classroom setting. He has shown great patience, kindness, and persistence throughout his years of teaching that impacts students beyond the four walls of Ivy Tech Kokomo.

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Ivy Tech sets enrollment events for June 7 class start

Express Enrollment offers opportunity to complete necessary steps

KOKOMO, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo will offer virtual and in-person enrollment opportunities throughout the month of May. During the events, prospective students will have the opportunity to complete their enrollment steps virtually and sign up for classes that start June 7.

Next week is an Express Enrollment event for the Kokomo Service Area, which includes Cass, Fulton, Howard, Miami, and Tipton counties. Interested participants should visit IvyTech.edu/EEDay for their campus’s event dates and information along with a link to RSVP for appointments being scheduled between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. During the appointment, participants will receive assistance with assessment, meeting with an advisor, and registering for classes.

“Along with the virtual Express Enrollment events, our office in the Main Building of the Kokomo Campus is open to complete enrollment in person as well,” said Derry Ebert, vice chancellor for enrollment services. “And if you can’t register for the May 3 to 6 openings, individual appointments can be scheduled throughout the month of May by emailing Kokomo-enrollment@ivytech.edu .”

This June, Ivy Tech will offer a wide range of programs including healthcare, IT, manufacturing, and more. There are also short-term certificate options that are entirely online and available for free through the Workforce Ready Grant, thanks to the State of Indiana’s Next Level Jobs program.

Ivy Tech offers a high-value education for the most affordable tuition in Indiana. Partnering with employers and colleges throughout the state, Ivy Tech serves prospective students whether they are working toward a certificate to join the workforce quickly, credits that easily transfer to four-year universities, or an associate degree that guarantees their admission to schools throughout Indiana. Hundreds of classes start June 7 and are available in multiple formats, including through IvyOnline.

For more information or to RSVP for next week’s virtual Express Enrollment, visit ivytech.edu/eeday. To set up an individual in-person appointment, email Kokomo-enrollment@ivytech.edu .”

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Maple Farms Agriculture Classroom part of new Ivy Tech Kokomo Campus

Scott and Cheryl Maple and Marcia and Mark Maple recently visited the new Maple Farms Agriculture Classroom on Ivy Tech Kokomo’s transformed campus.

Local family’s support of community college runs deep

KOKOMO, Ind. — For the Maple family of Howard County’s Maple Farms, Ivy Tech Community College is a critical component of a successful Kokomo and the surrounding communities – and they’ve put their time, talent, and treasure into supporting the College and its students.

Two of the Maple brothers, Mark and Scott, joined by wives Marcia and Cheryl, were on Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Campus recently to look at the results of its $43 million transformation and the classroom funded by Maple Farms to support students in the Agriculture program.

“Although there are several Purdue University degrees on our farm, we are also passionate about the mission of Ivy Tech,” Mark said. “Because of its low tuition cost and its proximity, Ivy Tech provides opportunities for many students who, for a variety of reasons, may not be able to go to a four-year university.”

Mark understands the value of a two-year degree; he helped Purdue develop its associate degree in agriculture in the 1970s and was one of its first graduates. “It’s a way to get into an occupation you really love without having to invest in a four-year degree,” he said.

Since 2019, Mark has represented agriculture as a member of the Ivy Tech Kokomo Campus Board of Trustees, one of nine trustees charged with guiding the chancellor and his administration in best meeting the needs of the five counties served by the region – Cass, Fulton, Howard, Miami, and Tipton.

“As a board member, I see Ivy Tech working to support students and help them complete their educations,” Mark said. “They work to make sure students come back and finish their degrees. It’s a credit to the talent we have here on staff.”

The family’s involvement in education here is deep and lengthy. Mark and Scott’s sister, Jane Horner, taught Early Childhood Education at Ivy Tech before going on to her current position with Cass County Purdue Extension. Cheryl was a nurse educator at Ivy Tech for 10 years before she retired and Marcia retired after working 30 years for the Kokomo School Corporation. Both Marcia and Cheryl are members of Circle of Ivy, a women’s philanthropic organization that supports Ivy Tech students, and Mark and Marcia participate in Ivy Tech’s Florida Friends group.

“I loved teaching here,” Cheryl said. “Affordability is important for sure and our students were wonderful to work with. Our nursing department has staffed so many of the local hospitals with top-notch nurses, an important contribution to our community.”

Scott said he’s always been a big believer in Ivy Tech. “I was asked to be on the committee when Ivy Tech was first setting up the Ag program here,” he said. Mark and Marcia’s son Ryan was in the first Ag class at Ivy Tech Kokomo and was able to transfer all the credits he earned here to Purdue where he completed his bachelor’s degree.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Education from Purdue, Scott spent 12 years teaching ag classes in area high schools before joining the family farm, earning a master’s degree in education from Purdue along the way. He is a former member of the board at Taylor Community School Corp., where Mark, Scott, Marcia, and the Maple children attended, and regularly serves as an adjunct instructor in Ivy Tech’s Ag program. He says he can’t wait to teach in the Maple Farms classroom.

“Most ag students are from rural settings. They grew up on farms. At Ivy Tech, they can get their feet wet in the world of higher education,” Scott said of Ivy Tech’s Ag program. “And they are so varied. Out of eight students in my class last semester, one graduated from high school in 2019 and another in 1977 with everything in between. You don’t see that on a four-year campus. Everyone of all ages and backgrounds is comfortable here.”

Along with the Maple Farms family contribution, Scott has served on the steering committee for Ivy Tech Kokomo’s #THETIMEISNOW campaign, encouraging others to donate to the effort to raise $3 million in community contributions to complete the campus transformation.

 “The Maple family is such an integral part of Ivy Tech Kokomo’s success,” said Dean McCurdy, chancellor of Ivy Tech Kokomo. “Through their many efforts, we are strengthening our connections to our communities and working to better serve our students.”

For more information on the $43 million Kokomo Campus transformation and the campaign to raise $3 million in local support, contact Kelly Karickhoff, executive director of resource development for Ivy Tech Kokomo, at kkarickhoff@ivytech.edu or 765-252-5501 or go to the campaign website at ivytech.edu/kokomotransformation . For information on Ivy Tech Kokomo’s Agriculture program, contact Lisa Paxton at lpaxton2@ivytech.edu or 574-398-6096.

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Ivy Tech to offer Certified Professional Food Manager Course in Logansport

Two-day course prepares students to take certification exam

KOKOMO, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College is offering an instructor-led training course May 3 and 5 to prepare students to take the Certified Professional Food Manager (CPFM) certification exam. The two-day class will meet in Room 223 of Ivy Tech’s Logansport campus at 1 Ivy Tech Way in Logansport.

Indiana Code 410-IAC7-22 requires mandatory certification of at least one person who oversees the food safety operation within each food establishment. This course will prepare individuals to take and pass the 85-question, multiple-choice certification exam. Participants in this course will study sanitation management, food safety hazards, factors that affect food borne illness, personal hygiene, the use and calibration of temperature measuring instruments, and many more topics.

Upon successful completion of the exam, students will receive a certification and their name will be added to the National Registry of Food Managers. The certification is valid for five years. The course fee is $210 and includes the manual, all study materials and the certification exam. The class will meet from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, May 3, and Wednesday, May 5, and will be led by instructor Ed Norris of the Indiana Environmental Health Association and retired inspector and trainer with the Indiana State Department of Health Food Protection Program.

To register for the Certified Professional Food Manager Certification preparatory course or for more information, please contact Susan Turrill at sturrill@ivytech.edu.

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Ivy Tech Kokomo Nursing faculty support equipment to boost instruction

Nursing faculty members Lacy Kiel, Brian Arwood, and Katie Douglass (left photo, in the Nursing classroom and lab) and Lisa Price and Starr McNally (right photo, in the Nursing simulation lab) pose beside ospital beds they funded to enhance instruction at Ivy Tech Kokomo

Hospital beds in the Health Professions Center offer real-world experience

KOKOMO, Ind. — Between them, these five members of Ivy Tech Kokomo’s nursing faculty have accumulated 84 years of experience in the nursing profession. Their years of service in the field range from six to 33. They’ve provided patient care from nursing home rooms to emergency rooms, in jobs ranging from nurse’s aide to psychiatric mental health nurse to supervising a hospital’s nursing staff. They’ve earned everything from certificates in Practical Nursing to master’s degrees in nursing specialties.

And they have each funded a hospital bed in Ivy Tech Kokomo’s new Health Professions Center to help provide high-tech, hands-on, real-life experience for the nursing students they all teach and mentor.

Three of the faculty members – Brian Arwood, Katie Douglass, and Lacy Kiel – have funded beds for mannequins in the Nursing classroom and lab where beginning students can practice skills like making physical assessments and taking vital signs, providing wound care, administering medication and injections, and caring for tracheostomies and nasogastric feeding tubes. Here, students learn the basics – how to raise and lower the bed, how to extend footboards, how to weigh patients. These new beds, complete with bedside tables, mimic the patient environment students will find in modern hospitals.

Two of the “senior” faculty members – Lisa Price and Starr McNally – have underwritten two of the three beds in the Nursing program’s “sim lab.” Here, higher-level nursing students will have the opportunity to work with very high-fidelity mannequins whose blood pressure, heart rates, and oxygen levels can fluctuate at the flick of an instructor’s fingers on the controls. Based on commands coming from the control room, these mannequins can cough, cry, moan, bleed, and open and close their eyes. Students can set them up for IVs, take blood samples, hook them up to monitors, administer oxygen – all simulating an actual patient care experience.

The new facilities and up-to-date equipment are especially appreciated by the Ivy Tech faculty members after all the challenges they’ve faced in the last four years. The College’s healthcare education facilities, then located at Inventrek, were destroyed by the August 2016 tornado that tore through south Kokomo. The Nursing program was housed in temporary facilities around the campus until the new Health Professions Center was completed last year.

“Our faculty really stepped up as we quickly put together temporary facilities after the tornado,” said Dean McCurdy, chancellor of Ivy Tech Kokomo. “Because of the faculty’s dedication then, our students continued to receive quality education. Now, with our new Health Professions Center – and equipment these faculty members have supported with their donations, our students will benefit for years to come.”

The chancellor also noted that hospital beds in the Nursing labs have also been funded by Nancy Heckard Rhodes, a retired Logansport nurse who has been a long-time supporter of Ivy Tech and is a member of the Ivy Tech Foundation Board of Directors, and Marian Henry, a retired dean of Nursing at Ivy Tech Kokomo. Donors are being sought to underwrite six additional beds.

For more information on the $43 million Kokomo Campus transformation and the campaign to raise $3 million in local support, contact Kelly Karickhoff, executive director of resource development for Ivy Tech Kokomo, at kkarickhoff@ivytech.edu or 765-252-5501 or go to the campaign website at ivytech.edu/kokomotransformation .

Why they give

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Students Kelly Wilson, Steven Ziolkowski, Shianne Wyatt, and Katie Prater practice dressing a wound in the Nursing lab

For Lisa Price, an associate professor in Ivy Tech Kokomo’s Nursing Program, the choice to make a gift to #THETIMEISNOW campaign came from her belief in Ivy Tech’s mission of expanding opportunities for individuals and serving our communities. She said it was a way to honor her parents, Linzie and Faye Price, who helped make the donation possible.

“My mother was so proud when she found out I was ‘adjunct’ teaching. She died before I became a full-time professor,” said Price, who has been a nurse for 33 years and has been with the College for more than 20 years. “The impact of this new sim lab on our students’ learning opportunities is going to be huge and I am so happy to be able to help that along.”

Starr McNally’s career in nursing began 26 years ago when she earned a certificate from Ivy Tech’s Practical Nursing program, a member of the Kokomo program’s second graduating class in 1995. For eight years, she served as a licensed practical nurse, gradually concluding that, because of her certification, she was doing much of the work of a registered nurse at much lower pay. Her love of education kicked in – first associate and bachelor’s degrees at Indiana University Kokomo and, when the idea of teaching was planted by the head of Ivy Tech’s Nursing program, going on to earn her master’s degree in nursing at IUPUI. Starr returned to her Ivy Tech alma mater as an adjunct instructor in 2005, moving into a full-time professorship in 2007 and now serving as chair of the Department of Nursing.

McNally is honoring nursing students with the naming of a bed in the program’s “sim lab.”

“I want future nurses to be as successful as they can be,” she said. “Providing simulation labs will do that.”

Brian Arwood, Katie Douglass, and Lacy Kiel are all honoring their children with their donations.

Arwood said he came to Kokomo two years ago with a desire to put down roots and invest in the community – and his donation to the Ivy Tech Kokomo Campus Transformation project is one way to meet that goal.  Along with his position as an instructor in the Ivy Tech nursing program, he works as a psychiatric nurse at Community Howard Regional Health’s inpatient behavioral health unit, oversees volunteers and the mobile care unit, and volunteers for the Red Cross. He’s also a student at Purdue University, working on his doctorate in Nursing Practice to become a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.

The bed he funded is being named in honor of Arwood and wife Meredith Wagner’s four children: Molly, Mina, Illy, Rue, and their fifth child – due this August. “I always try to put my kids first,” Arwood said. “I want them to have a reference point, a connection. I know this will mean more to them in the future but it’s one way to share my commitment to teaching and philanthropy.”

Nursing professor Lacy Kiel (center) instructs students Andrea Taylor and Kimberly Ware on the placement of a nasogastric feeding tube.

For Lacy Kiel, who also works in the Riverview Hospital intensive care unit and previously worked for the St. Vincent Heart Center and taught for Marian University’s accelerated bachelor’s degree in nursing program, donating to support the new Nursing lab as important. “This Nursing lab is where students get their first experiences in nursing school. Often, it’s their first contact with a nursing instructor,” Lacy said. “It’s wonderful to have this great new facility to help students build a strong foundation.”

Kiel, who joined the Ivy Tech faculty in 2017, is dedicating her donation to daughter Isabelle.

Starting her third year at Ivy Tech, faculty member Katie Douglass brings a range of experiences to her job as a nursing faculty member. Katie came later to nursing; she earned a degree in English, aiming to be a lawyer, before she realized what she really wanted to do. Before coming to Ivy Tech, Douglass was a clinical educator at IU Health in Lafayette and served as a clinical instructor at the St. Elizabeth School of Nursing. She currently also works as needed as a house supervisor, supervising the nursing staffs throughout all areas of Parkview Hospital in Wabash.

“I was finishing up my bachelor’s degree at IUK when they were finishing their sim lab,” Douglass said. “I remember thinking ‘I wish I’d had this from the beginning.’ Being able to help provide our students with that experience really means a lot to me.”

Douglass is honoring her daughter Wren and son Will, expected in June, in naming the bed she funded.

Nursing student Kaitlin Shaffer practices patient care in the “sim lab.”
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Ivy Tech Kokomo Phi Theta Kappa chapter earns regional, international awards

Alpha Phi Pi members and adviser honored at virtual ceremonies

KOKOMO, Ind. — The Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Phi Theta Kappa chapter, Alpha Phi Pi, was honored with the Distinguished College Project Award at the academic honor society’s virtual international convention earlier this month. The Kokomo group was one of just 50 chapters out of a total of 1,300 Phi Theta Kappa chapters worldwide to be recognized with this award.

Several weeks earlier, the chapter, its members, and adviser earned several awards and honors at PTK’s annual Indiana Region Spring Conference, held virtually for the second year. There, the chapter received the Distinguished College Project Award, recognizing members’ efforts in developing and publishing Ivy Tech Kokomo’s December 2020 Diversity Digest as the top project in the Indiana Region this year and nominating it for the international award. The award, designed to establish or strengthen a supportive relationship between the chapter and their college administration, was presented by Ivy Tech Kokomo Chancellor Dean McCurdy.

Additional honors announced at Indiana’s 2021 Hallmark Awards event included:

Individual awards:

Eugene M. Speiss Scholarship awarded to Alpha Phi Pi Chapter President Chloe Prince.

Susan Jackson Award presented by Dr. Gauri Pitale, chapter advisor, to Chloe Prince in recognition of exceptional contributions to the chapter by students who are passionate about PTK and are friendly and helpful.

Horizon Award presented to Dr. Gauri Pitale. This award, presented by the Phi Theta Kappa headquarters, recognizes new advisers “who move mountains to serve their students and acclimate themselves to Phi Theta Kappa programming.”

Alpha Phi Pi Chapter awards:

Five Star Chapter Progress, given to those chapters that fulfill all necessary requirements for the recognition.

Fifth Runner Up of Indiana Region’s Most Distinguished Chapter Award recognizing chapters based on their entries for both the Honors in Action Project Award and the College Project Award. Entries are judged by reviewers at PTK international headquarters. 

Power of Progress Award, given to chapters that have shown incredible growth over the previous year in membership and/or engagement with society programming. The Ivy Tech Kokomo chapter was recognized for jumping to five-star status while acclimating to two new advisors.

Current chapter officers include Chloe Prince, president; Desmon Williams, general vice president; and Eliza Barkley, vice president of communications. Pierre Malone, Jocelyn Reyes, and Kayla Viramontes were recognized as distinguished chapter members.

New chapter officers who will take over in May  are Jared Boone, president; Erica Mummert, general vice president; and Darneda Wise, vice president of communications.

Chapter adviser Dr. Gauri Pitale thanked several members of the Ivy Tech Kokomo administration and faculty for their support. These included former advisers Amber Williams, Dr. Tammy Greene, and Cynthia Lees; Dr. Dean McCurdy, chancellor; Theresa Murphy, vice chancellor for Student Success; Ethan Heicher, vice chancellor for Academic Affairs; Dani McQuaide, director of Student Life; Sally Vyain, dean of the School of Liberal Arts, Sciences, and Education; and Tara Kaser, program chair of the Education department.

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society has been recognizing and encouraging excellence among community colleges since it was founded in 1918. Today, Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in higher education with more than 3 million members and 1,275 chapters located in 50 states, U.S. territories, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Germany, UAE and the Republic of Palau. The recognition and scholarship opportunities that Phi Theta Kappa brings to an institution, its faculty advisors, and most importantly to its student members are unparalleled by any other student organization.

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Virtual Ivy Tech and IU Kokomo Career Fair set for April 16

Free fair open online to students, alumni, and community members

KOKOMO, Ind. — Several dozen north central Indiana employers are planning to participate in the Kokomo Career Fair set for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, April 16. This year’s fair, presented by Ivy Tech Community College and Indiana University Kokomo, is being offered virtually and is open to students, alumni, and community members seeking part-time, full-time or internship positions.

The list of participating employers is available prior to the event at www.IUK.edu/kokomojobfair2021 . On April 16, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., participants can return to the same website to sign into the event. The website will feature the list of employers with links to each employer’s personal virtual room where attendees can click to meet with representatives from each company. When finished, attendees can return to the webpage to connect with the virtual room of another employer.

Additional employer registrations will be accepted through Tuesday, April 12.

“Although COVID-19 restrictions have limited the amount of in-person interaction we can have, this virtual job fair is a great way for students, alumni, and community members to meet with employers, make an introduction, and find out more about the job opportunities available in our area,” said Mimi Davis, career experiences specialist in Ivy Tech Kokomo’s Career Coaching and Employer Connections office.

And, while the event may be virtual, participants are encouraged to dress as they would for a face-to-face career fair.

“This is an opportunity to impress prospective employers,” Davis said. “Looking the part, and having a great pitch to introduce yourself, are important factors when meeting people in this virtual environment.”

Tracy Springer, director of IU Kokomo’s Career & Accessibility Center, said, “Anyone interested in a full-time, part-time, internship, or even volunteer opportunity is provided a greater advantage by networking with prospective employers while attending this job fair. It’s a way to build relationships and get your name out there for a job that may open up tomorrow.”  For more information or to register an employer for the fair, contact Davis at 765-252-5541 or mdavis341@ivytech.edu or Springer at 765-455-9301 or carserv@iuk.edu

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Ivy Tech Kokomo sets Virtual College 101 event for prospective students

Program offers good look at options for beginning college

KOKOMO, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo will host a Virtual College 101 event Tuesday, April 13, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. During the event, participants will learn more about what Ivy Tech offers, including numerous associate degree and short-term certificate programs, as well as transfer options.

Interested participants must RSVP. During the session, participants will learn about programs in areas where employers are hiring such as Healthcare, IT, Supply Chain, Business and Advanced Manufacturing as well as transfer options such as Transfer as a Junior and Guaranteed Admissions.

For more information or to RSVP, visit www.ivytech.edu/college101 . Choose “Kokomo” as your location if you’re interested in attending Ivy Tech’s Kokomo, Logansport, and Peru locations.

“If you’re wondering what the current college experience looks like, Virtual College 101 will offer some answers,” said Derry Ebert, vice chancellor for enrollment services for Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Service Area. He noted that Ivy Tech offers a high value education at the lowest cost in Indiana, with scholarships and financial aid available.

“Whether you’re interested in learning more about a certificate to join the workforce quickly, an associate degree or credits that easily transfer to four-year universities, education is within your reach,” Ebert said. “Ivy Tech students can find support through tutoring, advising, and additional support services.

The Virtual College 101 for Ivy Tech Kokomo will include details on how to become an Ivy Tech student as well as an introduction to student life at Ivy Tech Kokomo, including how to get involved in student activities, academic advising, and disability services. Breakout sessions are scheduled with tracks for students and parents to get answers to questions each group may have. Faculty will be on hand to share information about various academic programs and parents can learn more about financial aid, job futures, and transfer opportunities. A virtual tour of Ivy Tech Kokomo’s new campus is planned as well as a session on the ASAP program that allows students to earn an associate degree in just 11 months. The full agenda is available on the website.

More information also is available by contacting the Express Enrollment Center at 765-459-0561 or Kokomo-Enrollment@ivytech.edu .

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