Ivy Tech Kokomo Region to honor Dr. David Sturgeon as Lamkin Award nominee

 Dental Assisting instructor honored as top adjunct in Kokomo Region

Dr. David Sturgeon

KOKOMO, Ind. — During commencement ceremonies May 12, Dr. David Sturgeon, adjunct instructor in Dental Assisting, will be honored as the recipient of Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region’s 2016-17 Adjunct Faculty Award for Excellence in Instruction. As such, he is this year’s regional nominee for Ivy Tech’s statewide Gerald I. Lamkin Award for Excellence in Instruction.

The Adjunct Faculty Award for Excellence in Instruction is presented annually to an adjunct faculty member from each of the 14 regions of the College and is an effort to recognize adjunct faculty who typify excellence in instruction and in representing the mission of Ivy Tech. Nominations are presented from each of Ivy Tech Community College’s regions and a single recipient is chosen for the statewide system.

In honoring Sturgeon, Ivy Tech leaders called him a remarkable asset as an adjunct faculty member in Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region. In nomination materials, he was described as a generous, kind, caring instructor who puts his more than 40 years of experience in the practice of family dentistry to use in successfully preparing his students to meet the requirements of licensure and the challenges of their chosen profession.

“Dr. Sturgeon is an extraordinary example of an adjunct who goes well above and beyond,” said Connie Morgan, dean of the School of Health Sciences for Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region. “Students love his teaching methods, and they benefit from the extracurricular endeavors he encourages such as annual participation, for over 10 years, in the community volunteer activities Dentistry from the Heart and the Happy Teeth Sealant Clinic.”

From the very first course he taught, Sturgeon has created an environment that both inspires and motivates students, according to Ivy Tech administrators and faculty members. They said he emphasizes real-world application of dentistry so that students see a clear correlation of professional relevance between skills development and increased confidence that will aid in the success of their dental assisting career. He also serves as an eager and willing resource for other adjunct faculty within the dental assisting program.

A 1959 graduate of Kokomo High School, Sturgeon earned a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from Indiana University in 1964 and a Doctor of Dental Surgery from the IU College of Dentistry in 1971. He gained a wealth of life experience from service with the Army, both on active and reserve status. While on active duty from 1965 to 1967, he worked as a research assistant in a microbiology lab at Walter Reed Army Medical Center developing a malarial drug used in Vietnam.

Since 1971, Sturgeon has served the Kokomo area through Dr. Sturgeon Family Dentistry. He joined the faculty of Ivy Tech’s Dental Assisting Program as an adjunct instructor in 2012. He is past president of the Wabash Valley Dental Society and recognized for his distinguished service to the Metro Kokomo Kiwanis Club.

In recommending Sturgeon for the award, Ivy Tech Kokomo Campus President Michelle Simmons acknowledged his value to the program, college, and community.

“Dr. Sturgeon’s commitment to his students and their education was exemplified by his immediate contribution of time and resources following the devastating August tornado which destroyed the facility housing our health programs,” Simmons said. ”Without hesitation, he offered the use of his dental office so that students could continue in their program without interruption.  His beneficence and commitment to his students and our community has always been recognized, but his generosity at a time of greatest need cannot be overstated.”

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General Assembly approves $40 million for Ivy Tech Kokomo Campus transformation

Additional $3 million in private funding will support ‘new’ campus for region

KOKOMO, Ind. —Ivy Tech Community College’s Kokomo Campus will undergo a transformation over the next few years, thanks to the $40 million earmarked for the project in the 2017-2019 biennial state budget approved early today by the Indiana General Assembly. The total cost of the project, about $43 million, will include $3 million in private funding to be raised in a capital campaign.

The state budget now goes to Gov. Eric Holcomb for approval. The Ivy Tech capital project aims to create a “new” campus to better serve the educational and economic needs of the north central Indiana region that includes Howard, Cass, Miami, Tipton, and Fulton counties and impacts the surrounding area.

“We are very excited about the value this project will have for Ivy Tech students on the Kokomo Campus and all the communities the campus serves,” said David Bathe, chancellor of the Ivy Tech Kokomo and Lafayette Region.  “We thank our legislators – Sen. Jim Buck and Reps. Mike Karickhoff, Heath VanNatter and Tony Cook – for supporting this initiative that will have such a positive impact across the region.”

“The Indiana General Assembly worked diligently to dedicate funding for this project in the balanced state budget,” Karickhoff said. “Kokomo, along with surrounding communities, will benefit greatly from this total upgrade to our Ivy Tech campus. As a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means, it was vital to me to support Ivy Tech as they prepare Hoosiers for the workforce.”

Bathe noted the project will include substantial building renovations and about 50,000 square feet of new space to bring all Ivy Tech programs in Kokomo to Ivy Tech’s Morgan Street Campus.

“Ivy Tech Kokomo campus was our top capital request as access for students is at times difficult because classrooms are offered at various locations in Kokomo, and this campus has not had a significant upgrade in over 30 years. One of their leased buildings being utilized was uninhabitable after the Kokomo tornado last summer,” said Ivy Tech President Sue Ellspermann. “Our plan is to create an attractive, convenient, and safe college campus, which this appropriation – bolstered by some local dollars – will make that possible, providing an environment that will help students succeed.

“This is especially critical to the College’s mission as the state’s workforce engine responsible for providing the education and training Hoosier citizens need to fil the high-wage, high-demand jobs of today and tomorrow,” she continued. “Indiana projects that by 2025 the state will have one million job openings because of retirements and new positions and we are leading the charge to move Hoosiers up into these higher paying jobs, bettering lives while meeting workforce needs in our state.”

The majority of the new space will house the Health Sciences and Nursing programs, which include dental and medical assisting, health care support, paramedic science, respiratory care, and surgical technology, as well as practical nursing and nursing programs. Other additional space and building renovations will bring auto technology, agriculture, welding, advanced manufacturing, and informatics to the connected Kokomo Campus.

The importance of the project to the area was emphasized by Charlie Sparks, president of the Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance, which represents more than 600 area employers, organizations and institutions. Speaking on behalf of the Alliance, Sparks said, “Ivy Tech is integral to meeting our ongoing training needs and human resources development in this community. This effort to expand and modernize Ivy Tech facilities in Kokomo will be a major benefit to our economic development efforts.”

Kokomo Campus President Michelle Simmons said, “Bringing all our students together in one expanded, updated, and efficient campus has been the goal for some time. The Aug. 24 tornadoes that severely damaged the Inventrek building, where our growing Health Sciences and Nursing programs had been located in rented space since 2002, made the move even more urgent.”

Simmons said the needs of the Kokomo Campus have been under close review by Ivy Tech and state government representatives for some time as officials worked to determine how best to upgrade the College’s 40-year-old location in Kokomo. The state’s last capital investment in Ivy Tech Kokomo facilities came 30 years ago and requests for the funding have been made in the last three state budget cycles. The plan addresses the need to bring the facilities up to current College standards in terms of providing a safe, healthy, and up-to-date environment.

“The primary objective of our plan is to consolidate all student facilities into a more cohesive, pedestrian friendly, and organized campus on our East Morgan Street property,” Simmons said. “With our commitment to education, we want to create a ‘sense of place’ that supports learning and interaction and encourages community involvement inside and outside the classroom environment. The ‘new’ campus we are proposing will go far in achieving that vision.”

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Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region honors Gwenn Eldridge as President’s Award winner

Faculty member cited for excellence in instruction and dedication to students

Gwenn Eldridge

KOKOMO, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region is honoring Gwenn Eldridge, department chair of Liberal Arts and Sciences and associate professor of English, with the region’s President’s Award for Excellence in Instruction during commencement May 12.

This award is presented annually in each of the 14 regions of Ivy Tech Community College to a faculty member who demonstrates excellence in instruction and dedication to Ivy Tech’s mission. In a tradition that began in 1983, one full-time faculty member will then be selected to receive the Founder’s Award, previously the Glenn W. Sample Award for Excellence in Instruction, the College’s highest honor for faculty.

In presenting the award, Ivy Tech leaders noted Eldridge’s ongoing commitment to teaching and student advocacy in higher education and her many contributions to initiatives that have directly supported student success.

Eldridge’s career in higher education began as a marketing/publications professional with positions at Texas Southern University, Butler University, and Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region. While directing communications at these institutions, she saw students working toward their dreams and faculty and staff who were committed to providing opportunities for students – and her devotion to teaching and student advocacy deepened. In 2007, she became a full-time faculty member at Ivy Tech, teaching English.

In nominating Eldridge for this award, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Kim King noted the practical experience she brought to the classroom.

“By virtue of her professional experience, she compels her students to embrace the practical value of her English instruction,” King wrote. “Gwenn’s approach to teaching blends the theoretical with real-world examples, so that her students enter the job market with the communication and critical thinking skills that employers consistently rank among their top priorities.”

When she completed her master’s degree in English at Butler, Eldridge began teaching and assumed a hands-on role with students and their work. Since 2007, she has been very involved in initiatives at Ivy Tech that have directly benefitted students. She led the Kokomo Learning Resource Center in a transition that has resulted in a dramatic increase in students served and the creation of a professional development program for Kokomo and Logansport campus tutors that will lead to certification from the College Reading and Learning Association.

“Gwenn spends countless hours assisting students, motivating them to think outside the box, to learn new skills, and to become involved in College and community activities,” wrote Kokomo Campus President Michele Simmons in endorsing the nomination. “She realizes that valuable experience is gained when students are placed in a learning environment where they can display their skills and at the same time help the community.

“Gwenn is a great role model for our students,” Simmons continued, “because she walks the talk.”

Eldridge’s work for Ivy Tech at the state level has included efforts to redesign the college’s developmental math and English programs, resulting in new course structures and greater achievement and retention in those subject areas. That focus expanded to the state and then national level through Eldridge’s service as president of the Indiana Association for Developmental Education and the National Association for Developmental Education (NADE). She serves as a consultant to several organizations, speaking as an advocate for curriculum reform and student advocacy.

In describing her teaching philosophy, Eldridge said, “I believe in the ability of all students to succeed in reaching their goals. I also believe that the instructor/student relationship is one that goes beyond the text assignment. It is one in which each works to create a learning environment that is open to new ideas and to sharing those ideas in innovative ways.”

Her philosophy stems from her understanding of the varied backgrounds of college students – from those just out of high school to those holding down jobs and raising families – and the life responsibilities all face. Her goal is to welcome and reassure all students, even bringing snacks.

“As they munch and read and discuss, the room comes alive as they share not only food but ideas they have never considered exploring before,” she said. “For me, that’s part of the magic of the classroom and of teaching and learning.”

Eldridge has received various awards throughout her career, including the Academic Achievement Award (Multi-Disciplinary Student Magazine Project), Instructor of the Year, and the Ruth Kellar Professional Development Award from Ivy Tech as well as the Outstanding Educator Award through the Indiana Association for Developmental Education. She is living her commitment to lifelong education as a new student in the doctoral program in college leadership at Ferris State University.

Eldridge also has been active in the community, making important connections for her students and the college. She volunteers regularly in local initiatives and has served on the boards of the Literacy Coalition of Howard County, Altrusa International of Howard County, and Girl Scouts of Tribal Trails.

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Ivy Tech Kokomo Region students, faculty honored at Catalyst 2017

Awards presented at annual conference of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

Kokomo chapter advisor Amber Williams and Phi Theta Kappa International President Andrew Porter are flanked by chapter members James Montgomery and Moriah Mercer (Left) and Trisha Norfleet and Angela Bailiff (right).

Logansport chapter participants included (left-right) chapter advisor Leo Studach and members Rachel Iles, Iveelyn Rogers, Nikki Latourrette, Paige Johansen, Carrie Sherer, and Elizabeth Humphrey.

KOKOMO, Ind. – A group of Ivy Tech Community College students and faculty members from the Kokomo Region brought home a number of international awards from Catalyst 2017, the annual conference of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, the international academic honor society for community college students.

Ivy Tech students from the Kokomo and Logansport chapters were honored during the April 6-8 conference in Nashville, Tenn., which was attended by more than 4,000 members, officers, alumni, and advisors representing nearly 600 chapters from around the world, including 21 from Indiana.

Award recipients from Kokomo’s Alpha Phi Pi Chapter and Logansport’s Beta Gamma Zeta Chapter included:

  • Logansport’s Beta Gamma Zeta Chapter was named third finalist in the international competition for the 2017 Most Distinguished Chapter Award recognizing the chapter with the highest score in combined Honors in Action Project and College Project Award rankings. This made it the fourth-ranked chapter out of 1,285 chapters worldwide, up one spot from its ranking last year.
  • Both chapters earned the Distinguished Chapter Award based on scores in the two Hallmark Award competitions. The award is presented to the top 10 percent of chapters in the rankings.
  • Both chapters also earned inclusion in the Top 100 Chapters list and received the Distinguished Chapter Award, the Distinguished Honors in Action Project Award, and the Distinguished College Project Award. The Kokomo chapter also earned the Distinguished Honors in Action Theme Award for scoring highest in the “Peace and War” theme competition, one of eight themes in this year’s Honors in Action competition.
  • Moriah Mercer (president of the Kokomo chapter), Carrie Sherer (president of the Logansport chapter), and Elizabeth Humphrey (vice president of the Logansport chapter) were among the five-member leadership team for Phi Theta Kappa’s Indiana Region that received the Distinguished Regional Officer Team Award.  Three teams received this award recognizing their ability to work cohesively to identify and implement the region’s goals, to act as leaders for chapters and members within the region, and to support the mission of Phi Theta Kappa. Mercer served as Indiana regional president, Sherer as regional vice president north, and Humphrey as the regional public relations officer.
  • Sherer was one of 10 students internationally recognized with the Distinguished Regional Officer Award for outstanding leadership and contributions to their region’s success.
  • Trisha Norfleet, a member of the Kokomo chapter, participated in the conference’s Parade of Scholars in recognition of being named one of 20 members of the organization’s All-USA Community College Academic Team as well as one of 10 recipients nationwide of the Pearson Scholarship for Higher Education.

Leo Studach, associate professor and program chair of science for Ivy Tech Kokomo Region, was one of 18 Phi Theta Kappa advisors honored with the Continued Excellence Award for Advisors. This award honors advisors who have previously received the Distinguished Advisor Award and continue to excel. He is advisor for Logansport’s Beta Gamma Zeta Chapter and serves as Indiana regional coordinator, leading the advisors from the 24 chapters across the state.

Studach and Amber Williams, assistant professor of Psychology and advisor for Kokomo’s Alpha Phi Pi Chapter, accompanied the students at the conference. Participants included Angela Bailiff, Moriah Mercer, James Montgomery, and Trisha Norfleet from the Kokomo chapter, and Elizabeth Humphrey, Rachel Iles, Paige Johansen, Nikki Latourrette, Iveelyn Rogers, and Carrie Sherer from the Logansport chapter.

Phi Theta Kappa is the oldest, largest and most prestigious honor society recognizing students pursuing two-year degrees. Phi Theta Kappa is made up of more than 3 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in nine nations.

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Cass County College & Career Expo set with 18 colleges, 45+ employers

Free event April 25 is open to students, alumni, community

LOGANSPORT, Ind. – More than 45 central Indiana employers and 18 Indiana colleges and universities are planning to participate in the Cass County College & Career Expo set for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25, at the Logansport High School Berry Bowl.

Ivy Tech Community College, Trine University, the Logansport/Cass County Chamber of Commerce, and Logansport High School are sponsoring the expo, which is open to students, alumni and community members seeking part-time, full-time or internship positions or hoping to learn more about educational opportunities offered by colleges throughout the state of Indiana.

The event is open without charge and provides participants the chance to meet with employers and discuss potential job opportunities. Representatives from colleges throughout the state of Indiana also will be on hand to discuss options in higher education.

“Anyone interested in a full-time or part-time job, internship, or even volunteer opportunity is provided a greater advantage by networking with prospective employers while attending this career expo,” said Suzanne Dillman, associate vice chancellor of student affairs and career development advisor at Ivy Tech Community College Logansport.

“Many of the employers who are participating currently have job openings, so everyone attending should plan to bring their resume, dress in professional business attire and be prepared to talk with potential employers,” she continued. “The day is about networking and learning what technical skills and soft skills they are looking for in a qualified candidate.”

Logansport High School sophomores, juniors and seniors and Century Career Center students also will participate in the expo. Matt Jones, principal at Logansport High School stated, “Preparing our students to be college- and career-ready is at the heart of what we do here at LHS.

“This expo fits perfectly into our goals and allows students to learn about various fields and industries with real-life application,” he continued. “An experience like this builds that relationship with the post-high-school global world in which they live.”
The event also offers a great opportunity for career exploration.

“Even if you’re not looking for a job right now, this is a great place to find out what kind of jobs are out there and what kind of credentials you’d need to qualify,” said Marcia Worland, director of Marketing and Communication for Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region. “Admissions officers from Ivy Tech, Trine University and other colleges throughout the state will be on hand to talk about options for coming back to college to get the certificates or degrees that will open doors to new careers.”

For more information, contact Suzanne Dillman at 574-398-6090 or sdillman@ivytech.edu or Lori Lange, director of Trine’s Logansport Education Center for the College of Graduate and Professional Studies, at 754-516-1218 or langel@trine.edu.

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Ivy Tech Kokomo and Logansport campuses set Express Enrollment Day

Students can complete the enrollment process in statewide event April 19

KOKOMO – Ivy Tech Community College campuses in Kokomo and Logansport will be among sites participating in a Statewide Express Enrollment Day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 19. Statewide Express Enrollment Day provides 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 this summer or fall semesters.

“No matter where prospective students are in the enrollment process – from applying for admission to actually registering for classes – they will find additional staff on hand to help them get ready to start classes this year,” said Marcia Worland, executive director of Marketing & Communication for Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region.

At Statewide Express Enrollment Day, students can apply for admission, get financial aid questions answered so they can complete the FAFSA, learn about assessment to determine appropriate classes, meet with an advisor, register for the upcoming semester, and find out about orientation. Ivy Tech recommends that students come with a government-issued photo identification, 2015 tax information and SAT/ACT/PSAT scores, and high school or college transcripts. Advisors will be available to evaluate transcripts to determine what previous college credit can be transferred to Ivy Tech.

“For high school students with college visit days available, this is a good opportunity to get questions answered, tour the campus, and move through the enrollment process,” Worland added. “And, of course, parents are encouraged to attend so they can learn more too.”

For additional information and to RSVP, visit ivytech.edu/EEStatewide or contact Tammy Herschberger at therschberger1@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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Ivy Tech to offer Certified Professional Food Manager Course in Kokomo

Two-day course prepares students to take certification exam

 KOKOMO, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College is offering an instructor-led training course April 24 and 26 to prepare students to take the Certified Professional Food Manager (CPFM) certification exam. The two-day class will meet in Room 611 of the Ivy Tech Corporate College Building at 1701 Touby Pike.

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 $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, April 24, and Wednesday, April 26, 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 765-252-5497 or e-mail her at sturrill@ivytech.edu.

Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region’s workforce alignment staff, located at 1701 Touby Pike in Kokomo, provides high-quality, cost-effective, short-term, career-relevant training solutions aligned with the needs of today’s employers. Its academic programs and certifications improve its clients’ employability and earnings potential. To learn more about professional development programs available through Ivy Tech, call 765-252-5476.

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