Ivy Tech summer sessions offer opportunities for ‘guest students’

 Students can get jump on classes while home for the summer

KOKOMO, Ind. — Summer for many college students may mean coming back home for a couple of months for jobs and maybe relaxing, but it still can be a time to make progress on those higher education goals as a guest student at Ivy Tech Community College. Summer sessions at Ivy Tech can offer the opportunity to pick up a class you need and put you one step closer to graduation.

Registration for summer sessions at Ivy Tech opened Monday, March 20. Ivy Tech offers eight-week courses that begin June 5 and end July 29.

“Taking a class as a ‘guest student’ at Ivy Tech is the smart choice when you want to save time and money,” said Fran Hardin, director of Ivy Tech’s Express Enrollment Center on the Kokomo Campus. “In addition to classes that meet at the campuses and instructional sites, we also have many online classes that may fit your schedule better.”

Summer classes at Ivy Tech can be a great way to complete pre-requisites and electives, Hardin said. “What’s great about being a guest student is the ability to take classes with your friends, even if you go to different universities,” she continued. “You can encourage friends to enroll as guest students too – and share in your success.”

Ivy Tech’s tuition is the most affordable in the state, she noted, adding many Ivy Tech credits can easily transfer to the student’s home college or university. Advisors at the home school can help make sure what courses will transfer.

For more information on guest student opportunities at Ivy Tech this summer, call the Kokomo Campus at 765-459-0561 and the Logansport Campus at (574) 753-5101 or check out https://www.ivytech.edu/guest/. The Express Enrollment Center and Student Affairs office on the Kokomo Campus and the Student Affairs office at the Logansport Campus are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays. Prospective students may go through the admission process at any Ivy Tech site regardless of where they plan to attend classes.

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Ivy Tech students to benefit from Logansport Campus scholarship fundraiser

More than $30,000 raised by ‘For the Love of Education’ event

LOGANSPORT, Ind. — The scholarship fund for Ivy Tech Community College students from Cass, Fulton, and Pulaski counties was boosted by more than $30,000 recently, thanks to the seventh For the Love of Education Valentine’s Ball sponsored by the College’s Logansport Campus.

The 2017 edition of the fundraiser brought in $24,400 in sponsorships and donations for new scholarships as well as more than $6,000 in revenue from the event ticket sales and live and silent auctions.

“The support in this community is just amazing,” said Kelly Karickhoff, executive director of Resource Development for Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region. “Every dollar raised from this event goes toward student scholarships – and supporting Ivy Tech’s mission of changing the lives of local students.”

Special check presentations came from Security Federal Savings Bank, the endowed scholarship and event sponsor; and annual scholarships and gold sponsors Cole Hardwood, The Johnson Agency, Mike Anderson Auto Group; and Rita Jackson. All five contributed funds for scholarships that will cover some tuition costs and textbooks for selected students attending one of Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region campuses or instructional sites. They were joined for photographs by David Bathe, chancellor of Ivy Tech’s Kokomo and Lafayette Region, and Suzanne Dillman, associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs for Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region and chair of the event.

The evening featured entertainment by the Jhonny and Sallie Show; live and silent auctions with the support of Catherine and Brent Evans of CKE Charity Auctioneers; and a plated dinner and cash bar.

Entertainment, beverage and food sponsors included Grand Industrial LLC, Arnold’s Fine Jewelry and Gifts, Windmill Grill, and Tyson Foods. Gold sponsors were City of Logansport, Materials Processing Inc., Cris-Nik Sales Inc., Logansport Memorial Hospital, and Beacon Credit Union. Silver sponsors included Cass County Title, the Cass County Democratic Party, The Andersons, Gary and Chris Armstrong, John and Nancy Rhodes, Logansport Savings Bank, Warner’s Greenhouse, and Audio Inferno. Bronze sponsors included Trine University, Logansport/Cass County Chamber of Commerce, Carmichael Electric, and Cass County Economic Development.

For more information about supporting Ivy Tech or the scholarships funded by this event, contact Karickhoff at kkarickhoff@ivytech.edu or 765-252-5501.

Annette Russell (right), CEO of scholarship donor Security Federal Savings Bank, with Suzanne Dillman and David Bathe of Ivy Tech

Milt and Jean Cole (center), with Ivy Tech’s Suzanne Dillman and David Bathe, fund the Cole Family Scholarship

Brad Johnson (center), with David Bathe and Suzanne Dillman, represented the Johnson Agency and its scholarship fund

Bill Thompson (left) and Terry Osborn (second from right), with David Bathe and Suzanne Dillman, represented the scholarships funded by Mike Anderson Auto Group

Rita Jackson, with David Bathe and Suzanne Dillman, continued her support with scholarships in honor of family members





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Employers invited to register for Cass County College & Career Expo

Job seekers will fill the Berry Bowl April 25

LOGANSPORT, Ind.—The first Cass County College & Career Expo, designed to open doors to the future for area high school and college students as well as the general public, is set for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, at Logansport High School’s Berry Bowl.

Representatives of more than 50 employers and 10 colleges and universities will be there to discuss the career and educational opportunities they offer.  Event sponsors include the Logansport-Cass County Chamber of Commerce, Logansport High School, Trine University, and Ivy Tech Community College.

Employers interested in participating should contact Suzanne Dillman, associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs and career development advisor for Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region, by email at sdillman@ivytech.edu or by telephone at 574-398-6090.

The event replaces a Logansport career fair that has been sponsored annually for a number of years by Ivy Tech Community College and Trine University. This year, Lori Lange, who serves as director of Trine’s Logansport Education Center for the College of Graduate and Professional Studies, suggested expanding the event in conjunction with the Logansport-Cass County Chamber of Commerce, where she is currently president of the board.

“Expanding the annual career fair into something that will more broadly serve the community fit right in with one of the Chamber’s main goals,” Lange said. “We want to help area high school and college students understand what technical and soft skills are needed for future career success so we have a pipeline of qualified potential employees to meet area employer needs today and tomorrow.”

Working with Chamber Director Bill Cuppy, Lange enlisted the support of Logansport Schools Superintendent Michelle Starkey, Logansport High School Principal Matt Jones, and Century Career Center Director James Little in planning the College & Career Expo.

The event will be targeted at 10th to 12th grade students from Logansport High School and the Century Career Center and students and alumni from Ivy Tech and Trine as well as the general public. Chamber members have been invited to participate along with employers who work with Ivy Tech and Trine in recruiting new employees.

“Preparing our students to be ‘college and career ready’ is at the heart of what we do at Logansport High School,” LHS Principal Jones said. “This expo fits perfectly into our goals and allows students to learn about various fields and industries with real life application. An experience like this starts to build that relationship with the post high school global world in which they live.”

For more information and registration materials, contact Dillman by email at sdillman@ivytech.edu or by telephone at 574-398-6090 or Lange by email at langel@trine.edu or by telephone at 574-516-1218.

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Judges announced for North Central Indiana Regional Spelling Bee March 21

Public invited to watch 22 students compete for trip to national bee

KOKOMO, Ind. – The public is invited to the Kresge Auditorium at Indiana University Kokomo Tuesday, March 21, as 22 elementary and middle school students compete at the North Central Indiana Regional Spelling Bee sponsored by Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region and Indiana University Kokomo.

The contest will begin at 6:30 p.m. Winner of the regional competition will advance to the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee set for May 28 to June 3, with on-stage rounds of the competition May 31 and June 1 before an international audience in the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md.

Josh Rockey, associate professor of communication at Ivy Tech, will serve as emcee and pronouncer. Judges include Kevin Bostic, president of Ivy Tech’s Logansport Campus; Susan Sciame-Giesecke, chancellor of IU Kokomo; Tom McKaig, retired superintendent of Peru Community Schools and member of the Ivy Tech Kokomo Region Board of Trustees; and DeAndra Beard, founder of Beyond Borders Language Learning Center.

The winner of the regional bee will receive an expenses-paid trip to the nationals, along with The Samuel Louis Sugarman Award entitling the spelling to receive a 2017 United States Mint proof set and a $25 Amazon gift card.  The winner will also receive one-year subscriptions to Britannica Online Premium and to Merriam-Webster Unabridged Online.  The second-place finisher will receive a Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary 11th edition donated by Merriam-Webster and a $25 Amazon gift card.

Students qualified for the regional by winning their schools’ spelling bees. Participants are in grades 5 through 8 and come from schools in from Howard, Tipton, Miami, Cass, and Fulton counties. The competitors, their grade, and their schools include:

David Hoshaw, 8th, Acacia Academy, Kokomo

Bella Allee, 6th, Blair Pointe Upper Elementary, Peru

Madison Campbell, 6th, Caston Elementary, Fulton

Jasmine Johnson, 6th, Central Middle School, Kokomo

Kaiden Lucero, 6th, Columbia Middle School, Logansport

Betsy Rayl, 5th, Eastern Elementary, Greentown

Evan Mink, 8th, Eastern Junior-Senior High School, Greentown

A.J. Burkhalter, 6th, Howard Elementary, Kokomo

Abby Jordan, 5th, Maconaquah Elementary, Bunker Hill

Anastasia Spahr, 8th, Maconaquah Middle School, Bunker Hill

Lawrence Lewis, 7th, Maple Crest Middle School, Kokomo

Alayna Earle, 6th, North Miami Elementary, Denver

Caytlin Flood, 8th, North Miami Middle/High School, Denver

Kathryn Wong, 5th, Northwestern Elementary, Kokomo

Isabella Rogers, 8th, Northwestern Middle School, Kokomo

Rylee Bray, 8th, Peru Junior High School, Peru

Logan Colburn, 8th, Redeemer Lutheran School, Kokomo

Kenadi Waymire, 8th, Rochester Community Middle School, Rochester

Luke Mawbey, 6th, Sts. Joan of Arc & Patrick School, Kokomo

Krishi Patel, 5th, Taylor Elementary, Kokomo

Ashton Justice, 5th, Western Intermediate School, Russiaville

Dylan Collins, 7th, Western Middle School, Russiaville


Evan Mink, Anastasia Spahr, and Krishi Patel also participated in last year’s regional bee. Spahr was the 2014 champion and participated in the national bee.


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Registration opens March 20 for summer and fall sessions at Ivy Tech

Admissions, financial aid and advising staffs ready to help new students

KOKOMO, Ind. — Registration for summer session and fall semester classes at Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region opens Monday, March 20, and now is a great time to get ready to begin a journey in higher education.

“Students who register early can get a jump on planning – and have the best chances possible to can get the classes they want and need at the most convenient times,” said Fran Hardin, director of Ivy Tech’s Express Enrollment Center on the Kokomo Campus. “The staff in the Express Enrollment Center can assist prospective students in completing all the paperwork for admissions and financial aid and advisers will be available in the Student Affairs office to guide students in course selection.”

Hardin noted that while March 10 was the deadline for filing the FAFSA (Free Application for Student Aid) for state assistance, the FAFSA can still be filed for federal aid. Enrollment center staffers can help in filling out the FAFSA and making arrangements for any Accuplacer testing students may need to be sure they are in appropriate classes.

Ivy Tech’s eight-week session begins June 5. Fall semester begins Aug. 21.

The Express Enrollment Center and Student Affairs office on the Kokomo Campus and the Student Affairs office at the Logansport Campus are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays. Prospective students may go through the admission process at any Ivy Tech site regardless of where they plan to attend classes.

For more information, call the Kokomo Campus at 765-459-0561 and the Logansport Campus at (574) 753-5101.

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Ivy Tech, IU Kokomo inviting employers to register for upcoming spring job fair

Job seekers will fill Kokomo Event & Conference Center April 12

KOKOMO, Ind.—Ivy Tech Community College and Indiana University Kokomo are inviting area employers who may be hiring soon to register to participate in the annual spring Kokomo Area Job Fair. The job fair is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 12, at the Kokomo Event & Conference Center, 1500 N. Reed Road.

The job fair is open without charge to both area employers and people seeking new employment.

“This is a great way for employers to connect with potential employees,” said Chad Lewis, an advisor for Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Campus. “We look forward to a great turnout of employers and prospective employees, including well-qualified, soon-to-be Ivy Tech and Indiana University Kokomo graduates and alumni as well as other community members from throughout the region.”

For more information and registration materials, employers can go to www.iuk.edu/careerfair or contact IU Kokomo’s Career Center at 765-455-9301 or carserv@iuk.edu. March 31 is the last day for employers to register. The event is co-sponsored by Ivy Tech Community College, Indiana University Kokomo, WorkOne in Kokomo, and the Kokomo Event & Conference Center.

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Ivy Tech Kokomo Region’s Phi Theta Kappa chapters earn regional awards

Logansport and Kokomo chapters honored at Indiana Region Convention

KOKOMO, Ind. — The Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region Phi Theta Kappa chapters, Alpha Phi Pi (APP, Kokomo Campus) and Beta Gamma Zeta (BGZ, Logansport Campus), and their members earned several awards and honors at the honor society’s annual Indiana Region Convention held March 3 to 4 in Lafayette.

Chapter Awards

Alpha Phi Pi received five awards: Five-Star Level Chapter Award, Distinguished Chapter Award, Most Outstanding Honors in Action Award, Continued Excellence Award, and Distinguished College Project Award.

Beta Gamma Zeta was honored with five chapter awards: Five-Star Level Chapter Award, Most Distinguished Chapter Award, Continued Excellence Award, Most Distinguished College Project, and Most Distinguished Honors in Action project. BGZ also received the Most Distinguished Chapter Officer Team Award.

 Member Awards

Member awards went to Cassandra Proffitt of Logansport (BGZ), Most Distinguished Chapter Member Award; Elizabeth Humphrey of Logansport (BGZ), Outstanding Chapter Officer Award; Jessica Boucher of Logansport (BGZ), Most Outstanding Chapter Officer Award; and Moriah Mercer of Peru (APP), Distinguished Chapter Officer Award. Mercer also received the Indiana Flag Bearer Award.

At the conference, Carrie Sherer of Logansport and Elizabeth Humphrey of Logansport (BGZ) were elected regional president and regional secretary/treasurer, respectively, for the next year.

​Moriah Mercer serves as president of the Alpha Phi Pi chapter based in Kokomo, and through her leadership members were active in a variety of Phi Theta Kappa events over the past year, including hosting the Statewide Regional Fall Honors conference on the Kokomo Campus. The chapter’s community service projects included volunteering at the Kokomo Rescue Mission both for the Christmas toy give-away and at the clothing warehouse; serving at the Doing the Dream Martin Luther King Jr. celebration; and spending time with the residents of Wellbrooke of Kokomo making Valentine’s cards and helping the staff with decorations and staffing for their Valentine’s Sweetheart Ball. In addition, the students had a canned food drive for St. Patrick Catholic Church in Kokomo and assisted Student Life with a well-received campus Organization Fair. Through research completed for their Honors in Action project, chapter members were able to write a policy change proposal to improve the process of verifying accommodation needs for disabled military veterans desiring to attend Ivy Tech that they presented to Ivy Tech’s statewide Disability Support Services committee for consideration.

Under president Carrie Sherer, members of the Beta Gamma Zeta Chapter based in Logansport supported or carried out a wide range of activities on the campus and in the community. Community activities included presenting Super Science Day for the entire second-grade class at Thompson Elementary School, hosting at Ivy Tech Cass County Relay for Life, and hosting five American Red Cross blood drives. Additionally, they supported Mascot Night at Logansport High School, supported the Walk Into My Future Event at the Logansport campus, and participated in the Logansport Scholarship Fundraiser and Doing the Dream events. Through the chapter’s Honors in Action project, fifth-graders at all four Logansport elementary schools learned about domestication and genetic modification of agricultural crops and learned how to extract DNA from fruit.

“These chapters continue to maintain a high standard of excellence in their college and community service,” said Chancellor David Bathe of the Kokomo and Lafayette Region. “The members of both chapters, and their advisors, are exemplary ambassadors for our college to the community. Phi Theta Kappa continues to offer so much to our students, whether through its programming, leadership development and scholarship opportunities. It remains an integral part of Ivy Tech student life.”

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 three 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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