Ivy Tech sets Express Enrollment events in Peru, Wabash and Rochester

Opportunities for one-stop enrollment for fall semester

KOKOMO, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region is scheduling Express Enrollment events in Peru, Wabash and Rochester that allow prospective students a one-stop shop to complete the final steps to be ready to begin classes when fall semester starts Aug. 24.

“Early registration gives you the most options for scheduling classes that work for you,” said Marcia Worland, executive director of Marketing and Recruitment for Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region. “These Express Enrollment events let you get ready without long lines and waits.”

Ivy Tech staff will be available on-site to assist with all these steps:

  • Applying for admission
  • Completing new student orientation
  • Assessing placement for beginning classes
  • Filing for financial aid (optional)
  • Meeting with an academic advisor to select courses

“Regardless of where you are in the enrollment process, it’s time to complete those final enrollment steps,” Worland said. “And regardless of where you plan to take classes, you can attend Express Enrollment at any of these locations.”

The schedule includes:

Peru Instructional Site

Wednesday, June 10

9 a.m. – 6 p.m.


Wabash Campus

Thursday, June 11

9 a.m. – 6 p.m.


Rochester Instructional Site

Monday, June 15

9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Worland noted interested students can also visit the new Express Enrollment Center at the Kokomo Campus, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursdays, and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays. Application to the college, orientation, assessment and parking are free.

For more information on Express Enrollment and the assessment process, call 866-753-5102 or email questions to Diana Kerrigan, associate director of admissions, at dkerrigan@ivytech.edu .

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Ivy Tech sets summer ITEP opportunities

Leaders also recruiting students to start high school program in the fall

KOKOMO, Ind. – High school students from around Ivy Tech Community College’s Kokomo Region who are part of a federally funded manufacturing technology program sponsored by the college have a variety of opportunities this summer to gain experience, college credit and preparation to take recognized industry certification exams.

And while the 46 participants from the first year of the program funded by the Youth CareerConnect are busy expanding their skills, leaders of Ivy Tech’s Integrated Technology Education Program in the Kokomo Region are busy sharing the opportunity with upcoming high school juniors who are eligible to join the program this fall.

All the activity comes under the umbrella of a $3.2 million grant Ivy Tech Kokomo Region received last year through the federal Youth CareerConnect program of the United States Departments of Labor and Education. The program is designed to expand career education and job training programs for students in area schools, preparing them for good-paying high-demand jobs in the high-tech advanced manufacturing industry. The Youth CareerConnect grant covers the cost of the advanced technology education from the junior year in high school all the way through completion of an associate degree.

“This summer, the ITEP participants will be able to take for-credit classes in welding and basic electricity, along with non-credit courses in quality and maintenance awareness, two requirements to complete the Certified Production Technician program,” said Jennifer Hughes, ITEP adviser. “The CPT credential will certify students have the skills and knowledge needed to take advantage of the internships they will be offered with area manufacturing companies during their senior year in high school.”

The summer program will include field trips to the General Motors plant in Fort Wayne where Chevrolet Silverados and GMC Sierras are assembled as well as Grissom Air Reserve Base where students will visit the metal technology machine shop where parts needed to repair aging planes are custom-fabricated.

“The 46 students enrolled in the first year of the program come from the 13 area high schools and career centers participating in ITEP,” Hughes said. “As they go through the program, they earn college credit along with high school credit and are able to complete a number of certifications valued by prospective employers.

“The program covers the junior and senior years of high school and higher education through an Ivy Tech associate degree,” she continued. “We are talking with students who just finished their sophomore year in these schools and career centers to be sure they consider the opportunities the program offers as they choose their fall semester classes.”

Schools and career centers participating in the program include:

Carroll High School

Eastern High School

Elwood High School

Hamilton Heights High School

Maconaquah High School

Northwestern High School

Peru High School

Tipton High School

Tri Central High School

Western High School

Century Career Center, Logansport

John Hines Career Center, Elwood

Heartland Career Center, Wabash

Hughes noted that the grant covers tuition, fees and books for all the summer classes, as well as for the personal protective equipment (welding helmet and fire/flame resistant clothing) needed for the welding class. “We want them to be safe,” she said, “and we want them to have the equipment they need as they further their education and start their careers.”

The Shielded Metal Arc Welding II class, taught by Ivy Tech instructor Nellie Neal, will meet in the welding lab at Ivy Tech’s Logansport Campus from 6 to 10:50 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from June 9 to July 30. The Basic Electricity class, taught by Ivy Tech instructor Bob Sovacool, will meet in Ivy Tech’s Technology Building on Touby Pike in Kokomo, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:50 p.m., from June 9 to July 30, except for the week of June 20 to allow students to participate in Ivy Tech’s robotics camp for high school students.

For more information on Ivy Tech’s programming for high school students offered through the Youth CareerConnect grant, contact Hughes by phone at 765-459-0561, ext. 7283, or by email at jhughes32@ivytech.edu .

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Ivy Tech offering two free summer camps for high school students

Camps offer opportunities to explore manufacturing and robotics

KOKOMO, Ind. – High school students interested in exploring advanced manufacturing or trying their hands at creating a robot have the chance to pursue these areas at two week-long camps being offered this summer by Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region at no cost to participants.

Students entering ninth, 10th and 11th grades in any area high school are eligible to attend the camps. Both sessions will meet at Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Campus and include field trips to a local manufacturing facility to understand how the technologies they learn about are applied in the workplace.

Cost for the camps will be covered through a career and technical education grant provided to Ivy Tech by Indiana Works Council Region 4. Registration is limited to first 30 students who sign up by contacting Jennifer Hughes, adviser for Ivy Tech Kokomo Region’s Integrated Technology Education Program, by phone at 765-459-0561, ext. 7283, or by email at jhughes32@ivytech.edu .

The Explore Manufacturing Camp will meet from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 22 to 26 and will introduce the technologies used in today’s manufacturing processes. Students will participate in fun and interactive activities led by Ivy Tech instructors who have years of professional experience in various areas of industrial technology. These include Nellie Neal in welding, Nate McClain in Computer Numeric Control (CNC), Jonathan Combs in 3D printing, and Rodni Lytle, dean of Ivy Tech’s School of Technology in the Kokomo Region, in physics and engineering.

The Robotics Camp will meet from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 20 to 24 and will introduce the principles of automation and robotics. While learning how robots are used in different careers, the students will work in teams to design, built and program VEX robots. The camp will culminate in a robotics competition among the teams.

The Robotics Camp will be led by Kyle Love, middle school engineering technology education teacher at Jay School Corporation in Portland. As an instructor for Indiana Robotics Educators, Love advises and trains teachers throughout the Kokomo area on how to use the VEX robotics design system in K-12 programming.

“STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) is the wave of the future,” Love said. “Robotics programs, especially the competitions they include, help students and engineers have a practical application for theories and skills learned through the STEM education spectrum.”

Hughes said, “We are very happy to be able to offer these exciting opportunities to area high school students. The camps are also a great way to learn more about the range of technology education programs available at Ivy Tech – and the good-paying, high-demand careers that await their graduates.”

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Registration open for Ivy Tech Kids’ Culinary Camp

Youngsters can learn their way around the kitchen in three-day summer program

KOKOMO, Ind. – Area youngsters moving into grades 4, 5 and 6 can learn their way around the kitchen this summer with a Kids’ Culinary Camp offered from June 16 to18 by Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region.

Enrollment in the camp, which will meet each day from 9 a.m. to noon in the Ivy Tech Culinary Arts Lab at the Peru Instructional Site, 425 W. Main St., is limited to 12 youngsters.

Melanie Kiefer, who has taught Family and Consumer Sciences at Peru High School for more than 15 years, will be leading the students through fun sessions aimed at teaching basic kitchen skills while preparing kid-favorite dishes. The camp with be centered on MyPlate, the new nutrition guidelines from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that replaced its “Food Pyramid.”

“This is going to be an opportunity for kids to have some fun, meet some new friends and to learn that they can prepare food that tastes good and is good for them,” said Alayne Cook, coordinator of the program. “All the students will go home with new knowledge – and some great basic kitchen tools, like a food-prep knife and measuring cups and spoons – that they can put to use.”

The cost of the camp is $75 per student. Registration can be made by calling Becky Burke at 765-459-0561, ext. 7233, or bburke10@ivytech.edu.

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Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region celebrates 2015 commencement

More than 1,100 degrees and certificates conferred

Student speaker Krysten Moon offers the challenge to her fellow graduates

Student speaker Krysten Moon offers the challenge to her fellow graduates

KOKOMO, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region – which includes campuses and instructional sites in Kokomo, Logansport, Peru, Wabash, Rochester and Tipton – celebrated its 2015 commencement Saturday, May 9. Hundreds of family members and friends gathered as the College conferred a total of 1,126 degrees and certificates.

Michelle Simmons, president of Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Campus, said the annual commencement ceremony is an opportunity to recognize the graduates for their many accomplishments and to acknowledge the support of family and friends who helped make those accomplishments possible.

“These degrees and credentials represent years of study and sacrifice and effort,” Simmons said. “I speak for the Ivy Tech faculty and staff when I say we are incredibly proud of what these students have done to prepare themselves for the challenges of the future. This is a day for all of us to celebrate the power of education.”

Also honored during Saturday’s ceremonies were honorary degree recipients Stephen J. Daily, chancellor emeritus of Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region, and Greg Goodnight, mayor of the City of Kokomo; Josh Rockey of Peru, associate professor of Communication and department chair of the region’s University Transfer Division, recipient of the President’s Award for Excellence in Instruction; Chris Stepp of Kokomo, adjunct instructor in Communication, recipient of the Gerald I. Lamkin Award for Excellence in Instruction; Greg Aaron of Kokomo, a 1979 Ivy Tech graduate who now serves as Kokomo Region’s executive director of Finance, recipient of the Alumni Achievement Award; and graduating students Tyler Yeakley of Galveston, recipient of the Chancellor’s Award; and Alisha Boyd of Logansport, Mimi Ford of Kokomo and Parker McAdams of Peru, recipients of the Dr. Pam Lewis Award for Academic Excellence.

Ivy Tech Kokomo Region’s graduating class of 2015 includes:


Charlene Ranae GivensKayla M. HarrisonBrittany Renee Julian

Brooke Renáe Kindig

Joseph Navara

Autumn Lee Sander



Kyle William LewisAnjelica Martinez RochaRachel J. Sprong



Allen S. Henricks



Chantel Lee CalvinAndrew  MooreRosa Karina Resendiz Moreno


Blaine, Washington

Seth Whidden



Alyssa Lynn LytleKatie Amanda McMillian



Ericka Sue Unger



Holly L. CramChanc G. Mastain


Bunker Hill

Heidi K. BradfieldJennifer Fawn GuffeyAlan Eric Hunter



Nichole J. DieterRuth Ann Lewis



Cassandra N. RileyKaytlin Rose Snyder



Tanya R. Abramczyk


Danielle Marie CogswellThomas L. McKinney



Amanda Renee BonneyValeryia FeltrinelliSheila Reck

Meghan K. Sills



Christopher L. BallewSarah Maureen Cooley


Brandon K. MitchellWilliam Christopher OaksCharles Benjamin Renbarger Jr.

Doris Waters


Crestview, Florida

Alejandra Cubos Byrd



Mary Ruth Allman



Kelli René Davis



Rebecca J. Tocco



Stacey J. CrostonEphina A. Disinger



Myra Lee Ann BlackburnTaylor Lee Browning


Mary M. BeemanConlan J. T. FernungCody W. Grimme

Hannah E. Price

Angela Marie Rush



Tylana J. Byrd


Annalesa E. Adams



Michael Ray EadsAshley Kay FloraBriana L McKinney

Douglas J. Mikel

Cheryl L. Wise

Cathi Sue Woodward



Jessica N. SceggellDenise Lynn Snowden



Erica A. BeamTory N. BousumLeah Beth Kallner

Whitney D. Leach

Toyon Elkedre Powe



Shauntae Kylynn Burger



Jennifer Lynn MathewsBlair L. Zimmerman


Ashley Lauren BrettinJonathan BossomBailey Jane Burke

Danika D. Elliott

Joshua Johnson

Jerimiah A. Keiter

Megan Lorraine Krauss

Devin Marie McCarty

Lori A. Powell

Russell A. Riggle

Brittany Nichole Ringeisen

Cody Silas Rude

Tyler Wayne Yeakley


Gas City

Brian Curtis HoskinsJennifer K. Ray



Amanda JoAnn Jewell


Carrie D. BaileyRebecca Lynn BarendsKelly A. Branum

Danielle Elizabeth Coffman

Jennifer Gochenour

Heather M. Holliday

Angela K. Johnson

James A. Lanning

Bradley Eugene Miller

Joshua Allen Miller


Alfred Henry Stanley


Kyle R. FosterArianne D. HargroveJared D. Motz


Brenda L. Geisler


Howard Jermaine BaileyErin Renee BrandtBrandi K. Burnett

Whitny Denys Cooke

Tracie Kay Gambill

Chenelle D. Hamilton

Benjamin A. Holton

James Lloyd Jackson

Gary M. Stephenson

Ashley Anne Mote

Colette B. Tyler

Monica D. Walker


Cody E. Byrd


Frost Lillie Jewell ClementsVenus Lynn FishburnHeather D. Green

Levi A. Hibner

Jane L. Leach


Kriss L. AbneyLaura AbneyChristina Adcock

Kelly Akoko

Lacey Makenna Alberson

Taylor Michaela Anderson

Jennifer A. Bailey

Megan Rosanne Baity

Andrew Justin Baker

Anna D. Baker

Chassandra Lee Baker

Lisa M. Barnett-Carpenter

Mark Wayne Beatty Jr.

Rebecca Beem

Michelle M. Bentley

Carsten Joseph Beyer

Laura Lynn Biehle

Travis K. Bitner

Tiffany Adrianne Blackburn

Jessica Marie Boehm

Byron Booher

Deborah Diane Boruff

Matthew J. Bott

Christy Bousum

Jeffery Robert BowenCharles A. BradleyLoren M. Breedlove

Aaron L. Brown

Amanda Brown

Nicole Brown

Michael W. Burge

Andrew T. Burkett

Lynn Byrne

Alisha M. Camp

Amanda B. Campbell

Tamoura L. Cannon

Katelyn Capps

Abbigail Caroline Carpenter

Dawn D. Carpenter

Kimberly Ann Cary

Miguel Castorena

James M. Cesare

Scott A. Chambless

James Brian Cheek

Brikeeta Clark

Stephanie R. Clark

Sean Richard Coffey

Brent Cohee

Ebony Latoya Coleman

Larissa Collins

Carla Ann Conrad

Jennifer Copeland

Robert Tyrone Corn

Rachel H. Cox

Kelly Jo Crousore

Nathan J. Daanen

Ashley N. Derington

Brittany N. DeWitt

Stella Marie Doan

Tabitha M. Dodd

LaTanya Ann Eddington

Raynee Eileen Elmore

Carmen L. Eltringham

Erin L. Emrick

Nathaniel Richard Engel

Morgan Engerski

Julie Anne Fenn

Mimi Ford

Brittanie Leann Forsthoffer

Jonathon T. Freeman

Douglas Auston Fulk

Sherah L. Gancsos

Mitchell L. Garmon

Alexander Garza

Ashley Ann Gilvin

Kira Mae Ginda

Jade Elizabeth Goodnight

Mosheah Green

Andrea D. Griffin

Shawn E. Gunderson

Ashley N. Guynn

Trent HainlenAdriana  HallKourtney Breann Hammitt

David F. Hannum

Sara Jane Harris-Kropczynski

Jeffrey David Hart

Kimberly W. Hawkins

Stephanie R. Haynes

Brittney René Hembree

Megan M. Hembree

Danielle N. Hendricks

Darryl E. Hensley

KriSondra A. Hensley

Heather R. Herron

Michael Anthony Hicks

Michael L. Hinkle

Brian R. Hinshaw

Leah K. Hinton

Jacqueline M. Holloway

Donivan C. Hummel Jr.

Janelle Leigh Hunsucker

Amanda Nicole Inman

Elizabeth A. Irick

Raychael Erin Irving

Brandon A. Jewell

Courtney M. Jewell

Brittney K. Johnson

Jamie Hugh Johnson

Toni R. Johnson

Adam W. Jordan

Timothy A. Keenan

Marcas Kent King

Marilee Coy King

Taylor Renea Kopeshka

Nicholas A. Lambert

Karon E. Lancaster

Michelle Lawless

Chelsey M. Lee

Rhonda Lynne Lipinski

Marsha L. Little

Shanna Noel Lott

Curtis Loveless

Shanna M. Mannion

Jonathan E. Martin

Steven Arthur Martin Jr.

Katherine Ann Mason

Anthony Velar Mayfield

Melinda Sue McKee

Mercedes S. McKelvin

Nicole K. Miley

Pandora Sue Miller

Ashley S. MillsAustin M. MinghiniAndrea J. Minor

Darcee Carissa Minor

Kito Moore

April D. Morgan

Luke Morris

Melinda M. Morris

Shawna L. Moy-Forsythe

Ann Marie Najar

Amy Michelle Nay

Michelle Marie Nelson

Dale Edward Nicholson Sr.

Alexander Wesley Norfleet

Heather R. Nunnally

Jodeci Obannon

William A. Overton

Diona Maria Perkins

Juanita Pettiford

Breann Price

Tian L. Prostell

Jacob T. Ramsey

Steven Duane Reynolds

Erica J. Rickner

Stacy R. Riebe

Jeremy L. Roberts

Lauren Brooke Robinson

Tara Noel Rodriguez

Aaron L. Roe

Carla Renee Ruiz

John M. Salmon

Kabrina K. Scardino

Caitlin J. Scott

Theresa M. Sefton

Katelyn Rhiannon Shanks

Tiffany L. Shellnut

Adrienne Nicole Shepherd

Andrew Shinneman

Tabetha Skaggs

Ashley D. Skoczylas

Bryson L. Small

Dawn L. Smalley

Amber M. Smith

Lameka Laswan Smith

Patricia Smith

Richard Lee Snow III

Jennifer R. Spidell

Kristi L. Stevens

Melissa S. Stott

Matthew Wayne Szachnitowski

Marchele Mae Taylor

Adam Benjamin Titus

Michael Allan Toney

Ethel M. Tribune

Ayelech Tsegaye

Krista Van Hoose

Kristin L. Walker

Regina Walker

Kaitlynne Melissa Watanabe

Tamaja  Watson

Jeremy Dewey Wells

Ashleigh Ann Williams

Jimmy L. Williams

Russell D. Williams

Valerie D. Williams

Jonell M. Wilson

Michael B. Wilson Jr.

Alison D. Wisehart

Ryan W. Wolf

MaryAnn Woodruff

Kassie Marie Wright

Carrie Lynne York

Sandra L. Young

Johann Zimbron

Miranda M. Zorich

La Fontaine

Kaylee Marie CumminsKyleigh LaKay HinrichsenScott Allen Reed



Chelsea L. BirnellBrandon L. HuntZachary M. Kallenberger

Amanda Jo Malady

David Andrew Rose

Tina Marie Starrett


Darcie Rae Gillespie


Amelia I. Hedges

Liberty Township, Ohio

Tara Allyne Spurrier



Noel C. AzpeitiaDakota G. BaerKabrina K. Bell

Kristie M. Biehl

Stacey I. Black

William J Bohm

Alisha G. Boyd

Heather N. Brook

P. Eric Brown

Melissa B. Brumett

Erika M. Callaway

Mireya  Castillo

Terri Clem

Suleyma Cornejo Lopez

Helen Virginia Cogswell

Courtney Michelle Cotner

Peter Robert DeMaat

Carolyn N. Dillman

Montana Edwards

Samarea L. Edwards

Linda L. Eshelman

Shane M. Evers

Mariana Martins da Costa Freitas

Esther Garcia

Lindsay J. Gebhardt

Deborha L. Gust

Dane C. Hamilton

Jaime M. Heineman

Jennifer Maria Hernandez

Kelly Hoff

Susie Kay Hopkins

Andrea Islas

Stacey N. James

Jordan Alexander Johnson

Kayla Marie Johnson

Hillary Diane Kepner

Vanessa L. Kinder

Heidi S. Kitchel

Julie S. Kitchell

Terry C. Lamberson

Autumn N. Lawhead

Jaimie Nichole Leeper

Jacqueline Renee Levine

Robert Lewis

Ashley M. Maroney

Kimberly S. Maxwell

Toni E. McGrew

Andrea Leigh Melton

Trent Allen Miller

Rainy Dai Monahan

Ky Lonmel Morton

Cory M. Mucker

Dane A. Nicoll

Jessica Lynn Ogle

Tori Nicole Ott

Kimberly Ann Pearson

Amber Lyn Peterson

Rebecca D. Philpot

Cecilia Guadalupe Pineda Gonzalez

Brian Keith Powers

Melanie K. Rollins

Mayra Jesusita Romero

Diana Lynne Ross

Kayla Jean Salsbery

Michael Allen Sandefur

Miranda Lynn Schmicker

Jacquelynn Marie Schnepp

Faye Marie Scott

Shelby Nicole Scott

Gary Lee Smith

Maisie Jo Snay

Theresa L. Sortman

Kaitlyn A. Spear

David William Tincher

Zachary Allyn Trexler

Seleste Valencia

Ashley Marie Yard

Cristobal Eduardo Zarate-Hernandez


Loveland, Colorado

Katherine I. Halliburton



Joshua A. Clements

Bradley M. Wick



Melissa Ann BahneyJenny L. BrewerMatthew Joseph Gibson

Tia Heishman

Jason K. Kirkwood

Hailey Nicole Lesley

George Conrad Ruble



Bailey Elizabeth BlackmonJeffery S. BowlandMegan Lynn Armstrong

William Eric Barbour Sr.

Brittany N. Burnett

Rosemary  Jones

Trent A. Pritchett

Julie Marie See

Homer J. Uncapher



Scottie M. Gabbard



Breann Messer



Isaac Jacob Shewman



Victoria N. Paul



Cynthia M. LewisCrystal Nicole Rouse



Brittney Anne BiddleJenna Paige ForkAaron M. Goffe

Shonda Peters


Elizabeth J. NelsonAngelica D. Oaks

New Palestine

Amy Sue Hayes


Carol Lynne GumpJessica L. JohnsonKyle K. Lauter

Reid McMahon

North Manchester

Amber Nicole BlevinsLawrence M. CliftonIsaac Charles Davis

Elizabeth Ann Denton

Chelsay Good

Adam Michael Ian Lively

Katie Olsen


Toni E. Sullivan


Alyssa Binion


Melody Ann AndersonSamantha J. AntrimJennifer M. Astrup

Jocelyn Cherie Azbell

Christie M. Bakehorn

Rebecca Lynn Baldwin

Nichole L. Beemer

Kevin Michael Berger

Aaron S. Birnell

Trinity M. Bockover

Angel  Brown

Mindy Machelle Brown

Katherine Elaine Caldwell

Staci Dee Creager

Heather Anne Cullers

Anthony Wayne Dance

Deborah Marie Dorsam

Dylan Joseph Eckelbarger

Jennifer Elizabeth Emerson

David R. Fregoso

Patricia M. Hamm

Amanda Lynn Hattery

Jennifer L. Hendricks

Haley Marie Hewitt

Timothy G. Hopkins

Kimberly Ann Hults

Diane Humphrey

Jerome Howard Humphrey Jr.

Joshua David Hyrman

Stephanie Ann Iliff

Monica Marie Johnson

Shanna Marie Medley King

Laramie Marann Kitchel

Reece S. Kunkle

Kevin Daniel Lacey

Savannah M. Lancaster

Ashley L. Landis

Sandra L. Lewis

Sharon M. Lucas

Trista M. Martin

Sierra M. Martinez-Burnell

Parker D. McAdams

Shannon Lee McCord

Brenda K. Monetti

April C. Montgomery

Krysten Denise Moon

Jarod D. Morgan

Stacy L. Moser

Marisela Olguin

Jessica Lee Patrick

Wendy M. Perry

Patrick Petrowsky

Kyla Jean Rairigh

Nathan Ray

Renee L. Ray

Haley Jean Reffitt

Tracy Lynn Renfrow

Ashleigh Joan Roberts

Billie S. Rockey

James S. Seidle

Katlynd M. Shoffner

Mark A. Shuey

Elmer Sloan Jr.

Sheila J. Sloan

Zachary Spencer

Henry Spriggs

Jessica A. Sprouse

Daniel J. Stutzman

Robert Sucharski

Matthew Svantner

Trey L. Thorn

Ashley Renee Vincent

Caitlin Wahlig

Sara M. Walton

Abigail Joanne Ward

Cynthia Lee Williams

Shelly Christine Wilson

Patricia S. Woods


Pine Village

Joel Thomas Sietsma


Jason E. Lairson


Robert M. Ferguson Jr.


Tyler W. ByerlineAlexis Payton CarrKent E. Denny

Courtney R. Fry

Amanda Jo Glassburn

Lori D. Hoover

Terra R. Johnson

Shannon V. Kegarise

Mekayla Loy

Matthew Thomas Marrs

Kylie T. Molebash

Jacqueline J. Pawski

Abby Jo Shanklin

Heidi Renee Shull

Jayme Smiley

William J. Sullivan

Joshua James Cary Wilson



Paige Machele Pennington

Royal Center

Tina ByersJustin Roy HannaPetrina K. Hopkins

Thomas E. Lytle Jr.

Anthony M. Mann

Brenda D. Patty

Corey G. Patty

Christina M. Pifer

Paula N. Smith


Bryan K. AltmaierKelley Jo HaleJake Kirby Jr.

Caleb D. Mullins

Josie A. O’Neal

Betsy A. Phelps

Kolten J. Piel

Chloe Amanda Schwartz

Lisa Diane Shoffner



Lindsay M. DavidKimberly Lynn FernandesBrice Walker Sheets

Star City

Amanda S. Johnson

Allison Renae Taroli


Donald E. Lunsford Jr.Angela K. Martin


Karen M. Stringer


Terre Haute

Brandy Garretson



Melody Ann BarnettAnastasia R. DavisLindsay Ann Davison

Thanisha Nikko Fecher

Tiffany Noel Garrison

Dustin M. Hurt

Jennifer L. Hurt

Jacob Ryan Jeffries

Christofer Daltyn Louks

Craig Michael Owens

Kamie Lin Pearson

Jonathon Ray Sampson

Zachary J. Spitz

Hannah M. Tina

Daniel Vang

Bryce Whobrey


Twelve Mile

Michelle R. Skinner



Dawn M. HudsonJoshua James Jipping



Heather A. AmosAlison Lee AtkinsonDeanna Reneé Azbell

Philip R. Balay

Alesia D. Bartrum

Amy J. Bayliss

Heather Renee Boner

Suleah JoAnna Buga

Kristie Ann Butcher

Kaitlyn Joy Chittick

Taylor Christine Chittick

Randy D. Darnell

Nicholas Dunn

Laura L. Enix

Kendra L. Gidley

Josephine M. Grossnickle

Cameron Mitchel Harmon

Brittney D. Hernandez

Joseph G. Hidy

Alex Jeral Honeycutt

Kristina A. Howard

Elizabeth A. Kinzie

Zachary A. Kirtlan

Robin D. Klare

Amanda C. McCord

Ryan J. McCray

Candice M. McKnight

Andrew J. Miller

Angel Rachele Miller

Amanda R. Mills

Chase Matthew Moore

Brittany Nicole Poe

Dave W. Ripplinger

Samuel James Rowe

Kayla Renea Russell

Chelsie Lakota Salyers

Canyon Lee Shankle

Deborah Lynn Smith

Gregory L. Thompson

Darcy Sierra Vail

Rebecca Lin Watson

Timothy Ryan Weimer

Danielle R. Wells

Monica G. Wilson

Yvonna K. Winkler

Nita HerreraLilia PradoElizabeth Reynoso

Brandon M. Richey

Alysha J. Small

Christina Ann Sommers

Abby Jo Van Arsdell


Morgan Rose Hepler

West Lafayette

Jana Suzanne Doyle

West Middleton

Carol L. Harrison


Westfield Julie Anne AvellanaTrisha L. Baker

Maciah Jenee Kay Brandon

Traci L. Bubalo

Sarah N. Gray

Taylor Miller

Ann Marie Purciful

Zachary J. Spitz

Sarah Jeanette Von Drachenberg



Erica Leigh Sheets


Sue Ellen EbeltoftRyan Keith HurlburtRoseanna E. Kennedy

Brittney D. Voltz

Lindsey M. Winter


Wendy N. BolingerJayson A. Jones
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Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region to present top awards during commencement

Community leaders, alumnus, faculty, students to be honored

KOKOMO, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region will present its top awards Saturday during its annual commencement ceremony, which starts at 10 a.m. in the Kokomo Event & Conference Center. Two community leaders, a successful alumnus, two faculty members and four students will be recognized for their accomplishments.

The awards and their recipients include:

Steve Daily and              Greg Goodnight

Steve Daily and Greg Goodnight

Honorary Degrees:

Chancellor Emeritus Steve Daily and Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight will receive honorary Associate of Science in College and Community Service degrees in recognition of their contributions to the College, its students and the communities served by Kokomo Region.


Greg Aaron

Greg Aaron

Alumni Achievement Award

Greg Aaron will receive the region’s 2015 Alumni Achievement Award annually presented to a single alumnus who exemplifies a dedication to work, an appreciation of lifelong learning and a commitment to community.



Josh Rockey

Josh Rockey

President’s Award

Ivy Tech Kokomo Region will honor Josh Rockey, associate professor of Communication and department chair of Liberal Arts and Sciences for the region, with the region’s President’s Award for Excellence. This award is presented annually in each region of Ivy Tech Community College to a faculty member who demonstrates excellence in instruction and dedication to Ivy Tech’s mission.


Chris Stepp

Chris Stepp

Gerald I. Lamkin Award

Communication instructor Chris Stepp is being honored as this year’s regional nominee for Ivy Tech’s statewide Gerald I. Lamkin Award for Excellence in Instruction. This award is presented annually to an adjunct faculty member of the College who best typifies excellence in instruction and epitomizes the mission of Ivy Tech. Nominations are presented from each Ivy Tech region and a single recipient is chosen for the statewide system.

Tyler Yeakley

Tyler Yeakley

Chancellor’s Award

Ivy Tech Kokomo Region will honor Tyler Yeakley of Galveston as recipient of the 2015 Chancellor’s Award, the highest student recognition in region. The award is presented each year by the Kokomo Region chancellor to a high-achieving graduating student who has exemplified scholarship, leadership and service. Yeakley is receiving his Associate of Science degree in Nursing.


Dr. Pam Lewis Award for Academic Excellence

Each year, academically high-achieving graduating students are nominated to receive the Dr. Pam Lewis Award for Academic Excellence. From those students nominated as outstanding in their program, a recipient or recipients are selected based on earning the highest GPA in their class, as well as leadership, community service and school involvement. This year, three students were selected for the award — Alisha Boyd of Logansport, who is receiving her Associate of Science degree in Criminal Justice; Mimi Ford of Kokomo, who is receiving her Associate of Science degree in Paralegal Studies; and Parker McAdams of Peru, who is receiving his Associate of Science in General Studies.

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Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region presents Chancellor’s Award to Tyler Yeakley

 Nursing graduate will pursue further education

Tyler Yeakley

Tyler Yeakley

KOKOMO, Ind. — Tyler Yeakley of Galveston has been named recipient of the 2015 Chancellor’s Award, the highest student recognition within Ivy Tech Community College’s Kokomo Region. The award is presented each year by the Kokomo Region chancellor to a high-achieving graduating student who has exemplified scholarship, leadership and service.

The award was announced during the College’s annual Honors Night and Yeakley will be recognized during its commencement ceremony Saturday, May 9.

In presenting the award, Chancellor David Bathe said Yeakley, who is receiving his Associate of Science degree in Nursing, said Yeakley has been an exemplary student leader with a caring attitude who will make a great contribution in the nursing profession.

Yeakley came to the nursing classroom with the experience of having been a patient when, as a teen, he suffered a serious heart condition. His positive experiences with the nurses over several stays at Riley Hospital in Indianapolis gave him the desire to follow that vocation and to give to others the caring and friendly treatment he received. Yeakley is described as a natural for the job, consistently demonstrating he is a very caring person in and out of the classroom and clinical area.

While achieving an overall GPA of 3.59, Yeakley’s journey at Ivy Tech found him in many different roles that developed his potential as a leader. He was a peer tutor, peer mentor and initiator of a nursing cohort study group, and he excelled in service to the school and community through Phi Theta Kappa activities. As member, public relations officer, vice president and president of Logansport’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter, Yeakley launched several projects including an eight-week after-school science program at four elementary schools in the Logansport area, a creative writing and reading program focused on strengthening literacy, and a Super Science Day so elementary students could experience science hands-on with assistance from college students and faculty.

Ivy Tech instructors say Yeakley also has developed as a speaker, presenting at numerous Phi Theta Kappa conferences as well as the Student Engagement Conference for Ivy Tech faculty in October 2013. And he did all this while volunteering for the Salvation Army, the United Way and his church and working as a laboratory technician at Ivy Tech and as an optician at Walmart.

Among the many awards Yeakley has received are the 2014 Helping Hand Award for Ivy Tech Logansport; the prestigious 2014 Indiana Career and Technical Education Award for Excellence from the Indiana Department of Education; the 2014 Susan L. Jackson Award from Phi Theta Kappa; and the 2014 All-Indiana Community College Academic Team Award.

Yeakley completed his Ivy Tech studies in December and is working as a registered nurse at IU Health Arnett Hospital in Lafayette. He plans to transfer his Ivy Tech credits to a four-year institution to seek a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

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