Ivy Tech Kokomo, Logansport campuses induct students into Phi Theta Kappa

Students honored with membership for their scholastic achievement

news_ptk_key_white croppedKOKOMO and LOGANSPORT, Ind. — Forty students in Ivy Tech Community College’s Kokomo Region were recently honored for their academic achievement with induction into the Alpha Pi Phi (Kokomo) and Beta Gamma Zeta (Logansport) chapters of Phi Theta Kappa international academic honor society.

New members inducted during the fall ceremonies, by hometown, include:

Bringhurst: Jessie Hall, Logansport Chapter

Elwood: James Borum, Kokomo Chapter

Fulton: Karla Viramontes, Logansport Chapter

Galveston: Christopher Burke, Jade Munsey, and Christy Robinson, all Logansport Chapter

Kokomo: Paul Butzin, Logansport Chapter; and Janelle Foster, Edson Fox, Andrea Fulton, Roseanna Grace, Jennifer Mula, Scott Myers, Amy Townsend, all Kokomo Chapter.

Logansport: David Boucher, Emma Click, Alexandria Corcoran, Bradley Grigsby, Rashawnda Jackson, Jessica James, Paige Johansen, Nicole Latourrette, Marissa Moralis. Erika Peltz, Iveelyn Rogers, April Savoie, all Logansport Chapter

Marion: Chealsea Renbarger, Kokomo Chapter

Peru: Ethan Gahs and Sheila Wade, Kokomo Chapter, and Aaron Wilson, Logansport Chapter

Rochester: Katie Farler, Rasma Melton, Alexa Olinger, and Jennifer Sales, all Logansport Chapter

Tipton: Eli McCormack, Kokomo Chapter

Twelve Mile: Emily Russell, Logansport Chapter

Wabash: Sarah Castle, Michael Wolford, Morgen Wood, and Kaitlyn Luttrell, all Logansport Chapter

As part of the Nov. 14 ceremony in Logansport, Kim King, associate vice chancellor of Academic Affairs for the Kokomo and Lafayette Region, was also honored with an honorary membership into Beta Gamma Zeta chapter for her steadfast support of Phi Theta Kappa and all students at Ivy Tech Community College.

Anita Smith, a student at Ivy Tech Richmond and vice president of Phi Theta Kappa’s Indiana Region South, was guest speaker. She spoke about her rich experience as a member of Phi Theta Kappa and her journey from a shy student to a statewide leader. She also commented that she still learns new things even as a two-year veteran and had no idea about the breadth of opportunities Phi Theta Kappa affords. Chapter advisors are Leo Studach, associate professor and program chair of science at Ivy Tech’s Kokomo region and regional coordinator for Phi Theta Kappa, and Starr McNally, department chair for nursing for the Logansport and Peru campuses.

Speakers at the Oct. 30 ceremony in Kokomo included the Alpha Phi Pi officer team: Moriah Mercer of Peru, president; Angela Bailiff of Greentown, general vice president; Cheryl Collins of Kokomo, vice president of communications; Nila Myers of Kokomo, vice president of operations; and Katherine Einstein of Galveston, vice president of finance. Advisors of the Kokomo Chapter are Amber Williams, assistant professor of psychology, and Carl Pennington, mathematics instructor.

Alpha Phi Pi chapter also hosted Phi Theta Kappa’s Indiana 2016 Fall Honors Conference in October. More than 100 chapter members and advisors from 18 Ivy Tech chapters around the state and the Vincennes University-Jasper campus chapter attended. The focus of the conference was on leadership development and the honorary’s Honors in Action program, which seeks to develop research projects that can lead to community service projects.

Guest speakers at the fall conference included Dr. Tammy Greene, assistant professor of life science at Ivy Tech Kokomo, who spoke about fair versus free trade, and Michael Kowalkowski, Rolls-Royce design engineer, who led conference attendees in a leadership development and team building exercise. Susan Edwards, dean of Academic Affairs & Honors Programs, served as the Phi Theta Kappa headquarters representative and participated in sessions that helped chapters learn and build their Honors in Action projects.

Currently enrolled students are invited to join the international academic honor society when they have completed at least 12 program-level or college-level credit hours with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5. Phi Theta Kappa has a two-fold mission – to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and to provide opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in scholarship, leadership, service and fellowship programming.

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, United Arab Emirates, 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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Ivy Tech offering new English literature course at Rochester site

Certified Nursing Assistant class also on spring schedule

ROCHESTER, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College is offering a new course, Introduction to Literature, at its Rochester Instructional Site during spring semester 2017, which starts Jan. 17.

ENGL 206, Introduction to Literature, will be offered from 9:30 to 10:45 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This three-credit course develops basic strategies for critically reading and interpreting poetry, fiction, and drama. This is a TransferIN course, part of the State of Indiana program that mandates credit transfer between all Indiana public college and university campuses, with ENGL 111, English Composition, as a prerequisite.

Also returning to the Rochester schedule after a year’s absence is HLHS 107, the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) preparation class. This course, which has no prerequisites and is only 12 weeks long, prepares students to take the state CNA examination.

With the certification earned by passing the examination, successful students are ready for employment as a CNA, working with doctors and nurses to provide patient care in a number of settings, from school districts to hospitals and nursing homes. Becoming a CNA is often the first step for people who are looking for a career in healthcare and, according to nursegroup.com, the CNA salary range in Indiana is around $19,000 to $24,000. The five-credit course will meet from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, from Feb. 13 through May 13.

Other courses that are available this spring at the Rochester site are:

TransferIN courses:

  • Intro to Psychology, PYSC 101, 6 to 8:50 p.m. Wednesdays
  • Interpersonal Communications, COMM 102, 6 to 8:50 p.m. Tuesdays
  • English Composition, ENGL 101, 6 to 8:50 p.m. Mondays
  • Speech, COMM 101, 8 to 9:15 a.m. Mondays and Tuesdays

Nursing prerequisite courses:

  • Anatomy and Physiology 1, APHY 101, 12:10 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, first eight weeks
  • Anatomy and Physiology 2, APHY 102, 12:10 to 3:00 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, second eight weeks
  • Quantitative Reasoning, MATH 123, 5:30 to 9:20 p.m. Tuesdays

“We encourage students to register now for these courses,” said site director Gloria Carvey. “An academic advisor is available at the Rochester site from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Admissions advising and Accuplacer testing is available by appointment throughout the week.”

To make an appointment, call 574-223-3228.

 

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‘A Night at the Museum: Sounds of the Seiberling’ coming courtesy of Ivy Tech

Festive Seiberling Mansion will be open without charge Dec. 9

The second-floor foyer features Ivy Tech's "Jolly Old St. Nicholas" decorations

The second-floor foyer features Ivy Tech’s “Jolly Old St. Nicholas” decorations

KOKOMO, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College will be welcoming visitors to “A Night at the Museum: Sounds of the Seiberling” from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, at the Seiberling Mansion, 1200 W. Sycamore St. The festively decorated mansion, home of the Howard County Museum, will be open to the public without charge, courtesy of Ivy Tech.

This year, the mansion decorations take their cue from the favorite hymns and holiday tunes that are woven through memories of Christmas. From “O Holy Night” to “Jingle Bells,” the rooms and halls are decked out to reflect their chosen musical themes.

“We are excited to serve as one of the sponsors for free community nights at the museum this year and hope people take advantage of this opportunity to share in this beautiful holiday tradition,” said Kelly Karickhoff, executive director of resource development for Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region.

“We want to be sure everyone takes a look at the Ivy Tech decoration of the second-floor foyer,” she continued. “With the theme of ‘Jolly Old St. Nicholas,’ our area is filled with hundreds of cards featuring a variety of vintage Santas.”

For more information about the Howard County Historical Society’s “Christmas at the Seiberling,” which runs through Dec. 31, contact the society at 765-452-4314 or check out its website at www.howardcountymuseum.org .

Ornaments depicting vintage Santa Clauses fill the trees

Ornaments depicting vintage Santa Clauses fill the trees

 

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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 Dec. 12 and 14 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, Dec. 12, and Wednesday, Dec. 14, 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 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 Dec. 12 and 14 to prepare students to take the Certified Professional Food Manager (CPFM) certification exam. The class will meet in Room 236 at the College’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 $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, Dec. 12, and Wednesday, Dec. 14, 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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Rita Jackson endows third scholarship for Ivy Tech students

Rita Jackson with Ivy Tech’s David Scheblo, left, and David Bathe, right, at the Blue Jean Ball

Rita Jackson with Ivy Tech’s David Scheblo, left, and David Bathe, right, at the Blue Jean Ball

Donation announced at ‘Blue Jean Ball’ fundraiser sponsored by Peru site

PERU, Ind. — A third scholarship fund for students at Ivy Tech Community College has been established by retired Ivy Tech administrator Rita Jackson.

Adding to a scholarship fund established in 2013 to honor her late mother and sister and a second established in 2014 in memory of her grandparents, Jackson presented a check for $10,500 to Ivy Tech Foundation Saturday night to endow a new scholarship fund for students enrolling in the College’s Associate Accelerated Program (ASAP).

The presentation was made at the Milestone Event Center on the Grissom Joint Air Reserve Base during the “Blue Jean Ball,” the 2016 edition of the biennial Fundraiser for Student Success sponsored by Ivy Tech Kokomo Region’s Peru Instructional Site. Including the endowment, about $27,000 was raised at the “Blue Jean Ball.”

The latest memorial scholarship fund is dedicated to Ross and Mary Jackson, Rita Jackson’s paternal grandparents, and Nell Smith, her paternal great aunt.

“I established this scholarship in honor of my father’s family,” Jackson said. “My father passed away in a tragic accident at a very young age and they played a significant role in my upbringing.”

From left-right, ASAP alumna Jennifer Santiago; ASAP coordinator Beth Chaney; Ivy Tech Peru site executive director David Scheblo; donor Rita Jackson; Ivy Tech Kokomo and Lafayette Region Chancellor David Bathe

From left-right, ASAP alumna Jennifer Santiago; ASAP coordinator Beth Chaney; Ivy Tech Peru site executive director David Scheblo; donor Rita Jackson; Ivy Tech Kokomo and Lafayette Region Chancellor David Bathe

The scholarship will be open to students who are enrolled in the ASAP program, which offers qualified recent high school graduates the opportunity to earn an associate degree in one year instead of following the traditional two-year track.

“I wanted to support the ASAP program because high-achieving students can complete in 11 months a two-year liberal arts degree and then transfer to a four-year university as juniors,” Jackson said. “This is a wonderful opportunity for students and their families to save thousands of dollars and get a jump on life.”

Students interested in applying for the ASAP Program should contact Tammy Herschberger at therschberger1@ivytech.edu or by calling her at 765-252-5487. Applications for the class that will begin in May 2017 are being accepted now.

Nearly 200 people attended the Blue Jean Ball, which included entertainment by Miami County’s own Swampwater Stompers, dinner, and an evening of competitive bidding on an array of unique items and experiences. Proceeds from the event support students at the Peru Instructional Site.

“Thanks to the generosity of the Miami County community, each year Ivy Tech is able to offer more scholarships to support Miami County students pursuing their college education in the Kokomo Region,” David Scheblo, executive director of Ivy Tech’s Peru Instructional Site, said.

Three other named scholarships for Miami County students also were announced. These include:

  • First Farmers Bank & Trust, Peru: A $2,000 donation to establish $1,000 annual scholarships for 2017 and 2018 for students who attend Ivy Tech in Peru and who live in Miami, Cass, Fulton or Howard County; demonstrate financial need; and have a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Miami County Economic Development Authority: A $2,000 donation to establish scholarships for Miami County students who are studying industrial technology at Ivy Tech and have a minimum GPA of 2.5.
  • Vohne Liche Kennels, Peru: A $2,000 gift to establish an annual scholarship for students for students from Miami County who attend Ivy Tech’s Peru site, show financial need, and have a minimum GPA of 2.5.

Previously, Jackson endowed the Louise Jackson and Karen Jackson-Blue Memorial Scholarship Fund in 2014 as a tribute to the memory of her mother and sister. It is designed to support students pursuing a degree in Liberal Arts or Business Administration. This was followed in 2014 with the endowment of the Grace and Oliver Brunson Memorial Scholarship Fund, in memory of her maternal grandparents. Applicants for this scholarship must be pursuing a degree in nursing.

All three scholarships are earmarked for students from Cass, Fulton, Howard, Miami or Tipton counties who are studying at Ivy Tech campuses in the Kokomo Region with preference given to Miami County residents.

In 2015, Jackson was honored as one of 14 statewide winners of the 2014 Benefactor of the Year Award by Ivy Tech Foundation. The award recognizes individual, corporations, and foundations that have significantly impacted Ivy Tech Community College students and communities.

Before her retirement in 2006, Rita Jackson spent 10 years with Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region, serving as a mathematics instructor, mathematics program chair, director of general education, academic dean and executive director of technology. She remains a strong supporter of Ivy Tech, citing its affordability, convenience and scheduling flexibility, especially for working students. Ivy Tech two-year degrees can provide lifelong job skills and/or pathways to four-year colleges, she noted.

Scheblo acknowledged the significance of Jackson’s contributions to the College. “Rita has chosen to honor her family by making these investments in their home community. She is establishing a legacy that will benefit Ivy Tech students for many years to come,” Scheblo said. “We are so grateful to Rita for her strong support of Ivy Tech, its mission and its students.”

Related story: https://ivytechcommunitycollegekokomo.wordpress.com/2016/11/08/ivy-tech-celebrates-10-years-of-community-partnership-in-peru/

Ivy Tech donors and College representatives celebrate at the Peru site’s Fundraiser for Student Success. (Left-right) Craig Langley of First Farmers Bank & Trust; Miami County Economic Development Authority Board members Polly Dobbs, Dave Van Baalen, Jim Yates, and Tom McKaig; ASAP alumna Jennifer Santiago, ASAP Coordinator Beth Chaney, and Rita Jackson; Ivy Tech Peru Executive Director David Scheblo, Ken Licklider of Vohne Liche Kennels, and Chancellor David Bathe.

Ivy Tech donors and College representatives celebrate at the Peru site’s Fundraiser for Student Success. (Left-right) Craig Langley of First Farmers Bank & Trust; Miami County Economic Development Authority Board members Polly Dobbs, Dave Van Baalen, Jim Yates, and Tom McKaig; ASAP alumna Jennifer Santiago, ASAP Coordinator Beth Chaney, and Rita Jackson; Ivy Tech Peru Executive Director David Scheblo, Ken Licklider of Vohne Liche Kennels, and Chancellor David Bathe.

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Ivy Tech celebrates 10 years of community partnership in Peru

Supporters recognized for their contributions to the site

PERU, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College leaders saluted the Miami County community recently as they celebrated the 10th anniversary of the College’s Peru Instructional Site during the 2016 edition of the Fundraiser for Student Success.

“It hardly seems possible that our Ivy Tech Peru site has been open now for 10 years,” said David Scheblo, executive director of the site. “On Aug. 21, 2006, the first classes were held at the Peru site. This endeavor would not have been possible without the support of this generous community.”

Recognized for contributing $50,000 or more over the last 10 years to bring the College “close to home” and eliminate barriers to higher education for Miami County residents were:

  • Peru Community Schools, for donating the Holman School building for use as the Ivy Tech site.
  • The City of Peru and the Peru Common Council, for providing $225,000 to renovation of the building.
  • The Miami County Commissioners and County Council, for matching the city’s contribution with an additional $225,000 for the project.
  • The Bakehorn Family, for their donation of $200,000.
  • Dukes Health Care Foundation of Miami County, for gifts totaling $775,547 through its grants program in support of laboratories, equipment and nursing faculty to provide the nursing program in Peru.
  • Psi Iota Xi, Beta Gamma Chapter, for supporting the renovation of the campus auditorium with $55,000 to fund retractable seating.
  • Ken Licklider, owner of Vohne Liche Kennels, for a donation of $75,000 to fund the culinary lab.

Nearly 200 people attended the fundraiser at the Milestone Event Center on the Grissom Joint Air Reserve Base, which included entertainment by Miami County’s own Swampwater Stompers, dinner, and an evening of competitive bidding on an array of unique items and experiences. Proceeds from the event support students at the Peru Instructional Site.

Sponsors of the evening included Schneider Electric, Milestone Event Center and Vohne Liche Kennels, Cindy Gillespie of Balloon Affairs, First Farmers Bank & Trust, Gilbert Jewelers, Webster Insurance Agency, Modern Graphics, Quality Plumbing and Heating, IMI of Peru, Dean Baldwin Painting, Miami County Economic Development Authority, City of Peru, Bill and Ann Friend and the Bill Friend for State Representative Committee.

Other sponsors are Mara Mart, Miami-Cass REMC, Blair Ridge Health Campus, Comerford & Co., Riverview Funeral Home and Event Center, Dukes Memorial Hospital, Guyer the Mover, J&J Electric, Peru Tribune, Pizza My Way and McClure Orchard.

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