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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Tickets on sale for Ivy Tech’s annual celebration of MLK legacy

Deadline Jan. 20 to buy tickets to hear Emmy winner Iyanla Vanzant

Iyanla Vanzant

Iyanla Vanzant

KOKOMO, Ind. – Tickets are on sale now for Ivy Tech Community College’s annual community banquet in celebration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This year’s edition will feature Emmy Award-winning television personality, best-selling author, and inspirational life coach Iyanla Vanzant. The event is set for Thursday, Jan. 26, in the Bel Air Events Center, 3014 S. Webster St.

This is the 13th year for “Doing the Dream” events at Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Campus. Previous guest speakers have included best-selling authors and award-winning television personalities Henry Louis Gates Jr., LeVar Burton, and John Quiñones. These events are presented by Ivy Tech’s Kokomo and Lafayette Region.

Individual tickets for the community banquet, which will begin at 6 p.m. Jan. 26, are $50 and can be purchased online at https://ivytech.edu/kokomo/dream.html by the Jan. 20 deadline. Seating is limited to the first 380 people who register and more than 250 tickets have already been sold.

 

Vanzant, host and executive producer of “Iyanla: Fix My Life,” the No. 1 reality show on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, also will speak to an expected audience of hundreds of high school and college students at a free convocation the next morning.

Major sponsors include Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO), which is underwriting the banquet for the fifth year, and the Community Foundation of Howard County, whose grant supports the student convocation.

“In her life, Iyanla Vanzant has moved from an abused child and a young, divorced welfare mother to become a lawyer, ordained minister, New York Times best-selling author, and Emmy Award-winning television host,” said David Bathe, chancellor of Ivy Tech’s Kokomo and Lafayette Region.

“In her books and in her appearances, she draws from her life experiences, her education, and her work with people all over the world to offer guidance and insight to attain a better, more peaceful, more constructive life,” Bathe continued. “We look forward to the inspiration she can bring to our community and to the young people who will join us at the convocation.”

Vanzant has published 17 books, including six New York Times best sellers, which have been translated into 23 languages and have sold more than eight million copies. She earned an Emmy Award in 2005 for the television series “Starting Over” and also was nominated in 2006 and 2007 for her work as a co-host of the series.

Known as a dynamic speaker, spiritual teacher, and life coach, she is founder of Inner visions Institute for Spiritual Development, offering personal development courses and on-going training programs for spiritual life coaches and ordained ministers.

Vanzant is a proponent of education. After a traumatic childhood, an early and abusive marriage, and with three children she was raising as a single mother on public assistance, Vanzant said she was inspired by a sign on the bus to change her life by attending Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, N.Y. Three years later she graduated summa cum laude and entered the City University of New York Law School at Queens College, becoming a lawyer who worked for three years with the Philadelphia Public Defender’s office. Learning that was not the right choice for her life, she began her journey to a life dedicated to empowering others.

Her first published work, “Tapping the Power Within: A Path to Self-Empowerment for Black Women,” came out in 1988. Her radio work has included appearances on “The Tom Joyner Morning Show” (Radio One); “The Michael Baisden Show” (ABC); and “The Tavis Smiley Show” and “Tell Me More with Michel Martin” (both on NPR). Her TV work includes the daytime drama “Starting Over” on NBC (2004-2006); her own daytime talk show, “Iyanla,” produced by Barbara Walters and Billy Getty (2001-2002); and numerous appearances on “Oprah” (1998-1999). Her series, “Iyanla: Fix My Life,” premiered in September 2012.

Among awards she has received, she lists being named one of the country’s most influential African Americans (Ebony Magazine 2004), one of the country’s 100 most influential women (Women’s Day Magazine 2003); and one of the “most dynamic speakers in the United States” (Emerge Magazine 2000).

To reserve tickets for the community banquet, go to https://ivytech.edu/kokomo/dream.html . To get more information about participating in the student convocation, contact Allison Toren, program chair of Professional Communication and a lead on the “Doing the Dream” activities, at 765-252-5518 or atoren@ivytech.edu.

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Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region Board of Trustees to meet Jan. 12

NOTICE OF EXECUTIVE SESSION OF THE REGIONAL BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Ivy Tech Community College ‑ Kokomo

Notice is hereby given that at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 12, 2017 the Regional Trustees will meet in Room 205 of Ivy Tech Community College – Logansport Campus, located at 1 Ivy Tech Way, Logansport, Indiana. The Board of Trustees of Ivy Tech Community College-Kokomo will meet in an Executive Session to discuss the subjects listed below. For each subject, a reference to the applicable subdivision of IC 5-14-1.5-6.1 (b) and a description of that subject are included.

(9)      Job performance evaluation of individual employees

Dated this 3rd day of January 2017.

Ms. Jean Cole, Secretary

Regional Board of Trustees

 

NOTICE OF REGULAR SESSION OF THE REGIONAL BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Ivy Tech Community College – Kokomo Region

Notice is hereby given that at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at Ivy Tech Community College – Logansport Campus, Room 150, 1 Ivy Tech Way, Logansport, Indiana, the Board of Trustees of Ivy Tech Community College – Kokomo Region will meet in regular session to conduct business in accordance with the published agenda.

Dated this 3rd day of January 2017.

Ms. Jean Cole, Secretary

Regional Board of Trustees

 

 

 

 

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Ivy Tech Kokomo Region sets seminar series on relevant topics in agriculture

Kokomo Grain partnering on five free seminars to be offered at Peru site

KOKOMO, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College is again partnering with Kokomo Grain to present five free seminars on relevant topics in agriculture. All sessions will be held at Ivy Tech’s Peru Instructional Site, 425 W. Main St., in Peru. The first session is set for Jan. 31.

Topics to be covered range from succession planning for family farms and other business issues to trucking rules and alternative energy for farms. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information or to register for any or all of the free sessions, contact Ivy Tech’s Susan Turrill at 765-252-5497 or sturrill@ivytech.edu.

The schedule of sessions includes:

Succession Planning: Preserving the Family Farm

Jan. 31, 6 to 8 p.m.

Instructors: Ted Waggoner from Peterson, Waggoner and Perkins Law Firm, and Matt Foltz from Dobbs Legal Group, LLC

 

Trends in Farmland Values and Lease Terms

Feb 7, 6 to 8 p.m.

Instructor: F. Howard Halderman, president of Halderman Farm Management Service and Halderman Real Estate Services

 

Risk Management and Crop Insurance

Feb 14, 6 to 8 p.m.

Instructor: Mike Silver, senior grain merchandiser for Kokomo Grain Company

 

Trucking Rules and Regulations for Farmers

Feb 21, 6 to 8 p.m.

Instructor: Master Trooper Aaron Schaal, Indiana State Police, Commercial Vehicle Division

 

Alternative Energy on the Farm/Solar Panels

March 7, 6 to 8 p.m.

Instructor: Jim Straeter, Owner of Rochester New Holland Equipment

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Ivy Tech’s Logansport campus preparing for seventh annual scholarship fundraiser

‘For the Love of Education Valentine’s Ball’ set for Feb. 11

2015-01 Logansport fundraiser logoLOGANSPORT, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region’s Logansport campus will host its seventh annual scholarship fundraiser Feb. 11. The For the Love of Education Valentine’s Ball will feature the Jhonny and Sallie Show; live and silent auctions featuring an array of unique items and experiences; and a plated dinner and cash bar. The black tie optional event starts at 6 p.m. at the campus, 1 Ivy Tech Way.

Money raised from the event goes toward scholarships for students who live in Cass, Fulton and Pulaski counties. More than $19,000 in scholarship funds was raised at the campus’ last event in 2015. Every dollar raised from the event goes toward student scholarships – and supporting Ivy Tech’s mission of changing the lives of local students.

Reservations – limited at 220 this year – are now on sale on a first-come, first-served basis. The event has sold out every year since its inception in 2010. Tickets are $30 each and can be purchased online at connect.ivytech.edu/events/Logansport or by calling 866-753-5102.   Reservations should be made by Feb. 3.

Organizers are continuing to accept donations for the event’s live and silent auctions. Contact Suzanne Dillman, associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs, at 574-398-6090, for more information.

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Ivy Tech Logansport sets welding certification course for spring

Training program prepares students for skilled jobs

KOKOMO, Ind. — Registration is open for a spring session of Ivy Tech Community College’s 12-week training program in welding in Logansport. The hands-on training begins Feb. 20.

The American Welding Society (AWS) Gas Metal Arc (MIG) Welding course prepares students for testing to earn certifications required for gainful employment as a welder. The class will meet from 5 to 9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays from Feb. 20 to May 9 in the welding lab at Ivy Tech’s Logansport Campus, 1 Ivy Tech Way.

The 96-hour program prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills in various gas metal welding (GMAW) processes including micro wire, flux-core, inner shield, and submerged arc with emphasis on metal inert gas welding. The course is designed for beginning to intermediate welders and fabricators and those seeking welder certification. It will cover techniques of welding in all positions on various thicknesses of metal with emphasis on safe practices in gas metal arc welding.

In addition, this course will prepare students to take nationally recognized AWS certification exam(s), depending on each student’s skill level, with early certification possible. Certification exams will be conducted by a certified welding inspector and successful students will receive a Qualified Welding Certification Card. Cost of the course is $2,600.

 

For more details on the course, as well as potential financial support through WorkOne, contact Stephanie Reitan at 765-252-5476 or sreitan@ivytech.edu.

 

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Ivy Tech to offer Microsoft Office training series in Kokomo

Series of introductory courses starts in February

KOKOMO, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College is offering a Microsoft Office training series starting in February that will offer introductory classes in four popular Microsoft Office 2013 programs, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook.

“Many jobs require at least a basic skill level in these Microsoft Office programs,” said Stephanie Reitan of Ivy Tech’s Workforce Alignment staff. “If you want to learn how to use certain programs or are looking to brush up on your skills, our MS Office training series is for you.”

Instructor for the series will be Stefani Butler, founder and managing partner at the plat4m group, a global IT, communications, and change management firm based in Kokomo. She has more than 17 years of experience in human resources and corporate communications, change management, technology, and marketing communications. Before leading the plat4m group, she was a customer success manager for Office 365 and Yammer at Microsoft.

The series includes:

Excel 2013, from 8 a.m. to noon Feb. 2 and 3. Cost $160

Word 2013, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 2 and 3. Cost $165

PowerPoint 2013, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 6 and 7. Cost $165

Outlook 2013, from 8 a.m. to noon May 5. Cost $100

Classes will meet at Ivy Tech Kokomo’s Workforce Alignment building at 1701 Touby Pike.

For more information, contact Reitan at 765-252-5476 or sreitan@ivytech.edu. To register for any or all of the classes, contact Susan Turrill at 765-252-5497 or sturrill@ivytech.edu.

 

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