Two Ivy Tech Kokomo Region students named Jack Kent Cooke semifinalists

Kokomo, Logansport students in running for prestigious scholarship

Trisha Norfleet

Trisha Norfleet

KOKOMO, Ind. — Two students from Ivy Tech Community College’s Kokomo Region have been named as semifinalists to compete for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. The highly competitive scholarship will provide up to 60 low-income students with as much as $40,000 per year for up to three years to complete bachelor’s degrees at selective four-year colleges and universities.

Trisha Norfleet of Kokomo and Matthew Nelson of Logansport are among the 597 top community college students from across the nation selected as semifinalists. Nearly 3,000 community college students applied for the program, which is the largest scholarship in the country solely aimed at community college students seeking to transfer to four-year institutions

Matthew Nelson

Matthew Nelson

that award bachelor’s degrees. The other two Indiana semifinalists are also from Ivy Tech – Alison Breeze of Indianapolis and John Schweitzer of Muncie.

Both Norfleet and Nelson also were among 200 students selected from across the country last fall as recipients of The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation’s “2016 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar” awards.

Norfleet, a United States Air Force Reserve veteran, is active in student veteran affairs, as well as the Phi Theta Kappa academic honor society for community college students, and serves as president of the Student Government Association at Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Campus. She is a student representative to the Ivy Tech State Board of Trustees and student representative for the State of Indiana in the Heads Up National College Promise Campaign. Norfleet also is one of just 10 students nationwide awarded the Pearson Scholarship for Higher Education through Phi Theta Kappa, which includes $5,000 to assist in the completion of an associate’s degree and to push students to begin a bachelor’s degree.

Nelson, also a member of Phi Theta Kappa, has participated in the Walk Into My Future event and voter registration drives during his career at Ivy Tech. He completed the Ivy Tech Student Leadership Academy and serves on the Student Life Budget Committee.  A 2004 graduate of Logansport High School, Nelson is set to complete his associate of applied science degree in Software Development in May 2017. After graduation, he hopes to attend Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) to pursue an accelerated bachelor’s and master’s degree program in Informatics and Human-Computer Interaction.

In 2016, Caleb Sedam of Logansport, a student in Ivy Tech Community College’s Kokomo Region, was one of 75 community college students from across the United States selected for the Cooke Scholarship. Sedam, who completed an Associate of Arts degree in General Studies at Ivy Tech last summer, is continuing his education at Purdue University where he is studying biology, with a concentration in genetics. Future plans include a doctorate – whether an M.D. or a Ph.D – to possibly go into medical research and teaching in gene therapy or therapeutic cloning.

Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholars will be selected from the semifinalists in April, based on their strong records of achievement as shown by grades, leadership skills, awards, service to others and perseverance in the face of adversity.

“Community colleges provide four-year colleges and universities with a great talent pool of students who have shown they can excel in college-level work,” Cooke Foundation Executive Director Harold O. Levy said. “When I was New York City Schools Chancellor, I didn’t realize that a large number of high achieving students from low-income backgrounds were beginning their college pathways in community college. The foundation is particularly interested in making sure a number of these top students succeed at the nation’s top colleges and universities.”

Cooke Scholarships fund the costs of attending college not covered by other financial aid, plus intensive academic advising, stipends for internships, study abroad opportunities, and the ability to network with other Cooke Scholars and alumni. After earning a bachelor’s degree, these Cooke Scholars will also be eligible to apply for a scholarship for graduate school worth up to $50,000 a year for up to four years.

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Parents invited to March 2 event in Logansport to learn more about Ivy Tech

Information can help families make better decisions for life after high school

LOGANSPORT, Ind. — Parents of area high school seniors are invited to a Parent Night at Ivy Tech Community College’s Logansport Campus to learn more about possibilities for their student’s life after high school. The session is planned for 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 2, at the campus at 1 Ivy Tech Way (Ind. 35 at 18th Street).

“A college education is a huge investment – and not just in money,” said Marcia Worland, executive director of Marketing & Communications for Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region. “It’s also an investment of the time and effort the students puts into attending class and studying, transitioning from high school to college-level coursework and expectations, and for many, living away from home for the first time. Parents can help their children make good decisions by knowing all the options – including community college.”

Parent Night will include these topics:

  • Welcome to Community College: An overview of what Ivy Tech offers
  • Paying for College 101: Tips, tricks, strategies to minimize student debt
  • Start Here. Go There: Transfer options for those pursuing bachelor’s degrees
  • Accelerated Associate Degree (ASAP): Complete a two-year Liberal Arts degree in 11 months
  • Dual Credit: Putting to use the Ivy Tech credit your student is already earning

Participants will be able to apply for admission and have an opportunity to tour the Logansport campus. Faculty and staff will be on hand to answer questions.

Those interested in attending should sign up with Jovita Flores, assistant director of admissions, by email at jflores26@ivytech.edu or by calling 574-398-6097.

Discussing the time and money needed for a college education, Worland noted, “Parents and their seniors have a lot of big decisions to make to be sure the investments they make pay off. It’s critical that they know and understand all their options.

“These Parent Night programs are designed to give parents the information they need to guide their children to choose options that are the right fit – financially, academically and socially.”

At Ivy Tech, available options range from short-term certificate programs that move grads right into the workforce, to degrees and credits that transfer to four-year colleges, to courses as a visiting student in the summer to stay on track for on-time completion and save money at another school. The Parent Night offers an opportunity to explore the options right here in local communities — at Indiana’s community college.

“And if your student is saying, ‘I’m taking a year off,’ it’s even more reason to attend!” Worland added, noting the importance of postsecondary education, at any level, to success in the workforce.

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Registration open for Certified Professional Food Manager Course in Peru

Ivy Tech offering two-day course that can lead to certification

 KOKOMO, Ind. — Registration is open for the Certified Professional Food Manager (CPFM) course being offered by Ivy Tech Community College March 14 and 16 at the Peru Instructional Site.

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, adding their name to the National Registry of Food Managers. The certification is valid for five years.

The course fee is $199 and includes the manual, all materials and the certification exam. The class will meet from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14, and Thursday, March 16, in Room 105 at the College’s Peru Instructional Site, 425 W. Main St., in Peru. To register for the CPFM certification preparatory course or for more information, please contact Susan Turrill at 765-252-5497 or e-mail her at sturrill@ivytech.edu.

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Leadership Kokomo Class of 2016 celebrates completion

Front Row (left to right): Wendy Layden; Kathleen Keppner, Reba Harris, Tracy Martino, Erin Miller, Karn Hall. Second Row (left to right): Tara Scott, Carman Toler, Lanell Thomas, Laura Lanning, Kwan Shim, Angela Heckman, Duane Carlisle, Brandi McClain, Anna Brown, Sharon Johnson, Andrew Durham, Alexandra Daniels Durham. Not pictured: Mandie Gould and Jon Hendricks

Front Row (left to right): Wendy Layden; Kathleen Keppner, Reba Harris, Tracy Martino, Erin Miller, Karn Hall. Second Row (left to right): Tara Scott, Carman Toler, Lanell Thomas, Laura Lanning, Kwan Shim, Angela Heckman, Duane Carlisle, Brandi McClain, Anna Brown, Sharon Johnson, Andrew Durham, Alexandra Daniels Durham. Not pictured: Mandie Gould and Jon Hendricks

In its 34th year, LK program honors 20 new graduates

KOKOMO, Ind. — Twenty community leaders in business, industry, health care, city government, and ministry were honored recently as Leadership Kokomo celebrated the completion of its 34th edition of the leadership development program. The graduates were honored at a luncheon at the Kokomo Country Club also attended by their sponsors, LK alumni and other community leaders.

Members of Leadership Kokomo’s Class of 2016 and their sponsors include:

Anna Brown, Kokomo Rescue Mission

Duane Carlisle, Main Street United Methodist Church

Alexandra Daniels Durham, Daniels, Alexander & Daniels/Freedom Financial Group

Andrew Durham, Center Township of Howard County Trustee’s Office

Mandie Gould, Sharpsville United Methodist Church

Karn Hall, In-Home Services

Reba Harris, Gilead House

Angela Heckman, Indiana University Kokomo

Jon R. Hendricks, Bucheri, McCarty & Metz LLP

Sharon Johnson, Community Howard Regional Health

Kathleen Keppner, First Farmers Bank & Trust

Laura Andrews Lanning, Ivy Tech Community College

Wendy Layden, The Excel Center

Tracy Martino, Family Service Association of Howard County, Inc.

Brandi McClain, Community Health Network

Erin Miller, City of Kokomo

Tara Scott, Indiana University Kokomo

Kwan Shim, Delphi Electronics & Safety

Lanell LeAnn Thomas, Haynes International, Inc.

Carman Toler, United Way of Howard County

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. Each class is divided into teams to develop and complete group projects benefiting local organizations. At the graduation luncheon, teams described the 2016 class projects that served four Kokomo non-profit organizations: The Crossing, Open Arms Women’s Shelter, CAM (Coordinated Assistance Ministries), and the Howard County Historical Society’s Seiberling Mansion.

Ivy Tech Kokomo Campus President Michelle Simmons, a member of the Leadership Kokomo Advisory Council, welcomed guests to the luncheon and 2016 LK class member Duane Carlisle, pastor of Main Street United Methodist Church, gave the invocation. Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight offered his congratulations to the class members and encouraged them to become active in their community and to work and advocate on behalf of the city. In her keynote speech to the class, Quiana Preston, an academic advisor at Indiana University Kokomo and founder and owner of the Authentic Center in Kokomo, inspired the LK graduates to continue to develop in their personal and professional lives.

Joining Simmons on the advisory council are Michelle Martin of Thistle Rock Farm; Sherry Rahl of Project Access; Sharon Reed-Corbett, LK alumna and former LK director; Kevin Summers of the City of Kokomo; and Tom Wise of IU Kokomo.

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

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Registration open for Certified Professional Food Manager Course in Logansport

Ivy Tech offering two-day course that can lead to certification

KOKOMO, Ind. — Registration is still open for the Certified Professional Food Manager (CPFM) course being offered by Ivy Tech Community College Feb. 6 and 8 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, adding their name to the National Registry of Food Managers. The certification is valid for five years.

The course fee is $199 and includes the manual, all materials and the certification exam. The class will meet from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 6, and Wednesday, Feb. 8, in Room 236 at the College’s Logansport Campus at 1 Ivy Tech Way. To register for the CPFM certification preparatory course or for more information, please contact Susan Turrill at 765-252-5497 or e-mail her at sturrill@ivytech.edu.

 

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Ivy Tech’s Logansport Campus to host College Goal Sunday on Feb. 12

Event offers free help for filing FAFSA for financial aid

2015-02 College Goal Sunday_LogoLOGANSPORT, Ind. — Financial aid professionals will be volunteering at Ivy Tech Community College’s Logansport Campus and 39 other sites in Indiana to help college-bound students and their families open the door to financial aid during College Goal Sunday. The event is set for 2 to 4 p.m. on Feb. 12 on the campus at 1 Ivy Tech Way in Logansport.

An interpreter will be available to provide translations for Spanish-speaking participants.

The free program assists Indiana students in filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA form is required for students to be considered for federal and state grants, scholarships and student loans at most colleges, universities and vocational/technical schools nationwide. The FAFSA must be filed by March 10 for the student to be eligible for Indiana financial aid.

For students in the Kokomo area, Indiana University Kokomo is also a College Goal Sunday site.

College Goal Sunday is valuable to families who may perceive completing this required form correctly and by the deadline as complicated and time consuming. In less than one afternoon at a College Goal Sunday event, students and their families can get free help and file the form online.

Students should attend College Goal Sunday with their parent(s) or guardian(s), and parents’ should bring completed 2015 IRS 1040 tax returns, W-2 Forms and other 2015 income and benefits information. Students who worked last year should bring their income information as well. Students 24 years of age or older may attend alone and bring their own completed 2015 IRS 1040 tax return, W-2 Form or other 2015 income and benefits information. Students and parents are encouraged to apply for their U.S. Department of Education FSA IDs at fsaid.ed.gov before coming to the event.

Volunteers will walk through the online form line-by-line and answer families’ individual questions as needed. All sites offer FAFSA online capabilities and many have Spanish interpreters. A complete list of sites is available at CollegeGoalSunday.org.

Students may also win one of 10 $1000 scholarships. Students who attend any of the College Goal Sunday sites and submit a completed evaluation form will automatically be entered in a drawing for a $1000 scholarship. The winners will be notified in March, and prizes will be sent directly to the higher education institution selected by the winning students.

Especially valuable to first-generation college students, College Goal Sunday can help 21st Century Scholars, income-eligible students who sign a contract in the seventh or eighth grade promising they will graduate from high school, meet grade point requirements, fulfill a pledge of good citizenship, and apply for college financial aid. To fulfill their pledge, scholars must submit a completed FAFSA form on time. Upon high school graduation, Scholars who have fulfilled the commitment receive state funds to help cover their college tuition and fees for eight semesters at eligible Indiana colleges.

Now in its 28th year, College Goal Sunday has helped more than 90,000 Indiana students and families complete the FAFSA properly and on time. College Goal Sunday is a charitable program of the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association (ISFAA). This is the first year organization has sponsored two College Goal Sundays, one in November and this one in February.

For more information about College Goal Sunday, visit CollegeGoalSunday.org.

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Ivy Tech Kokomo Region dedicates Indiana Bicentennial Legacy Project

Kokomo Region Trustees John Adler (far left) and Tom McKaig (far right) pose with donors Johnathan and Dani McQuaide, Jan Bailey, Theresa Murphy, Steve Daily, Michelle Simmons, Fran Hardin, and David Bathe

Kokomo Region Trustees John Adler (far left) and Tom McKaig (far right) pose with donors Johnathan and Dani McQuaide, Jan Bailey, Theresa Murphy, Steve Daily, Michelle Simmons, Fran Hardin, and David Bathe

Kokomo Opalescent Glass art installation honors state’s history of higher education

Kelly Karickhoff addresses dedication ceremony participants

Kelly Karickhoff addresses dedication ceremony participants

KOKOMO, Ind. — A group of Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region leaders and supporters gathered Monday to formally dedicate an installation of artwork featuring Kokomo Opalescent Glass as an official Indiana Bicentennial Legacy Project.

The project was approved by the Indiana Bicentennial Commission as an official “legacy project” late last year, part of the commission’s effort to “Celebrate history – Ignite the Future” as the state of Indiana observed its 200th anniversary.

Eight ornate art glass windows and a hanging “sculpture” of blown glass balls representing Ivy Tech’s 14 regions were created by the artists of Kokomo Opalescent Glass to decorate the main foyer of Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region main building on the campus at 1815 E. Morgan St. KOG, the oldest manufacturing concern in Kokomo, has been manufacturing colored glass for art and architecture with worldwide distribution for more than 125 years.

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Jan Bailey

At the dedication ceremony Monday, Ivy Tech Kokomo Campus President Michelle Simmons said the piece will stand as a reminder to everyone who enters the campus that the State of Indiana has a proud history of higher education and will continue to cherish education through art and entrepreneurship.

She was joined in the dedication by David Bathe, chancellor of Ivy Tech’s Kokomo and Lafayette Region, who talked about the historical ordinances that provided for public higher education when Indiana was designated as a state in 1816, and Kelly Karickhoff, executive director of Resource Development for the Kokomo Region.

Along with the dedication of the bicentennial panel, donors who supported the art project were recognized. These included long-time faculty members and administrators (and spouses, as noted) Kokomo Region Chancellor Emeritus Steve Daily; Kokomo and Lafayette Region Chancellor David and Rebecca Bathe; Kokomo Campus President Michelle Simmons; Fran Hardin, Jan and Darrell Bailey; and Dani and Johnathan McQuaide and Theresa and Brad Murphy.

More information on the Indiana Bicentennial Commission’s Bicentennial Legacy Project can be found at www.indiana2016.org .

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Fran Hardin

Michelle Simmons

Michelle Simmons

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Steve Daily

Theresa Murphy and Dani and Johnathan McQuaide

Theresa Murphy and Dani and Johnathan McQuaide

 

 

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