Ivy Tech sets Dr. Tricia Rose as ‘Doing the Dream’ keynote speaker Feb. 10, 11

Noted author, educator and speaker will key note student, community events

Dr. Tricia Rose

KOKOMO, Ind. – Internationally recognized author, educator and researcher Dr. Tricia Rose will serve as the keynote speaker for Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo’s 18th annual “Doing the Dream” programs honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Rose will speak at the event’s virtual student convocation Feb. 10 and at a community banquet set for Feb. 11 on the Ivy Tech Kokomo campus.

“We are excited to welcome Dr. Rose to Kokomo and pleased to continue a tradition of bringing in speakers who challenge us to confront the difficult issues of race, privilege and the movement toward equality,” said Kelly Karickhoff, executive director of resource development for Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Service Area and a member of the “Doing the Dream” committee. “Both programs will offer a powerful message and honor Dr. King’s vision of peace, unity and service.”

Rose is a native New Yorker who now serves Brown University in Providence, R.I., as Chancellor’s Professor of Africana Studies, associate dean of the faculty for special initiatives and director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity. She is the author of three highly regarded books and the recipient of numerous awards for her teaching and scholarship, including recognition from the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the American Association of University Women.

“Doing the Dream 2022” will include a free statewide virtual student convocation open to high school and college students from 1 to 1:45 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, and the annual community banquet, to be held for the first time in Hingst Hall, Ivy Tech Kokomo’s new community room, starting at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11.

Tickets are now on sale for the evening banquet that annually brings leaders from throughout the community together with the distinguished speaker to address issues of national importance. Individual tickets are $50 each and are available through Feb.1, unless sold out earlier. More information is available at ivytech.edu/doingthedream or by contacting Miriam Thomas, Ivy Tech Kokomo resource development director, at mlthomas@ivytech.edu or 765-252-5500.

Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) is again serving as lead sponsor to support participation by a noted speaker for the “Doing the Dream” events. Other sponsors include Community Howard Regional Health, Security Federal, Ascension St. Vincent, the City of Kokomo, Duke Energy, Haynes International, Howard County government, Indiana American Water and Indiana University Kokomo.

At the community banquet, Rose will examine what’s happened in the 18 months since the death of George Floyd in a presentation titled “Systemic Racism: What it is and why it matters.” She says that while many people, communities and organizations have made strong commitments to tackling barriers to equitable opportunity for all people, a comprehensive understanding of those obstacles is required if we are to make significant change.

“One of these impediments is systemic racism,” she said. “Another is the will to fight for what is right, the kind of will and moral commitment to which Martin L. King Jr. dedicated his life.”

In her presentation, Rose will share her research on systemic racism in America. She will address key ideas and beliefs that can hide and fuel its devastating outcomes and how, by exposing these forces at work, we can develop the tools we need to propel us – once and for all – toward a more just society.

“Storytelling for Justice” will be Rose’s topic at the free student convocation that will be offered via Zoom from 1 to 1:45 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10. Noting that storytelling is a deeply human activity that shapes identities, reinforces values (good and bad) and provides hope, Rose said Dr. King was acutely aware of the power of stories to fuel real change. In her presentation, she will explore the role of popular culture in society today in telling our stories and consider how the stories about race, gender and justice shape us and our communities.

The convocation is geared toward college students and high school juniors and seniors and is open to school groups, home schoolers and individual students. For information, contact Allison Toren, General Studies program chair, at atoren@ivytech.edu or 765-252-5518 or Dani McQuaide, director of Student Life, at dmcquaide@ivytech.edu or 765-252-5493.

Karickhoff noted that since 2005, Ivy Tech Kokomo’s ‘Doing the Dream: A Cultural Celebration’ has been an annual event for the community and local students designed to embrace and celebrate cultural diversity as expressed by Dr. King. “Over the last 17 years, we estimate more than 27,000 people – school children, high school and college students, teachers and faculty members, religious and civic leaders, and community members – have participated in ‘Doing the Dream’ activities,” she said.

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Ivy Tech Kokomo receives more than $203,000 in energy efficiency incentives, rebates from Duke Energy

Duke Energy’s Smart $aver program aims at cutting emissions, saving money

Ivy Tech Kokomo Campus

PLAINFIELD, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College’s Kokomo campus is receiving more than $203,000 in custom incentives and rebates from Duke Energy as a result of several energy efficiency upgrades recently installed on campus. The cost savings come from Duke Energy’s Smart $aver program for businesses, which provides cash rebates and custom incentives to encourage the purchase and installation of energy-efficient equipment.

“Programs like this not only help our customers manage their costs, but they also help us reduce the demand for energy on our system and the need for new power generation,” said Kevin Johnston, government and community relations manager for Duke Energy. “Our programs have helped participating Indiana businesses save more than $253 million over the last decade.”

As part of the Ivy Tech Kokomo campus’ $43 million expansion project, the school leveraged Duke Energy’s Smart $aver business program to capitalize on custom incentives and rebates for energy-efficient HVAC systems, chillers, LED lighting, building envelopes, and lighting level and occupancy controls. Combined, these upgrades account for 875,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of saved energy per year. That energy savings equates to approximately 684 tons of carbon dioxide reduction from our air, or the equivalent of removing 135 passenger cars from the road each year.

“Ivy Tech is grateful to Duke Energy for this opportunity to advance two major goals of the college,” said Dean McCurdy, chancellor of Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Service Area. “By installing these energy efficiency upgrades in our facilities, we are demonstrating to our community, faculty and students that we are striving to be good stewards of our environment and exercising good fiscal responsibility in reducing our energy costs.”

Last year, Duke Energy paid approximately $6 million in custom incentives and rebates to participating Indiana business customers under its Smart $aver program, accounting for approximately 56.5 million kWh of energy reduction. To learn more about Duke Energy’s Smart $aver program, visit duke-energy.com/SaveMoney or call 866.380.9580.

Duke Energy Indiana

Duke Energy Indiana, a subsidiary of Duke Energy, provides about 6,300 megawatts of owned electric capacity to approximately 860,000 customers in a 23,000-square-mile service area, making it Indiana’s largest electric supplier.

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NOTICE OF REGULAR SESSION OF THE CAMPUS BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Ivy Tech Community College – Kokomo Service Area

Notice is hereby given that at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 13, 2022 the Campus Board of Trustees of Ivy Tech Community College – Kokomo Service Area will meet in regular session to conduct business in accordance with the published agenda.

This session will be conducted in person in Room M108, Main Building at the Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Campus. Participants and the public are invited to attend the meeting (Contact: Ms. Kim Fernandes, 765-252-5557, kfernandes@ivytech.edu).

Dated this 10th day of January 2022.

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Ivy Tech reschedules ‘Tuesday @ the Tech Evening Edition’ at Logansport site

Jan. 18 event a chance to learn about options for higher education in Cass County

LOGANSPORT, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College has rescheduled a “Tuesday @ the Tech” event to Tuesday, Jan. 18, at Ivy Tech’s Logansport campus at 1 Ivy Tech Way.

Originally scheduled for Jan. 11, the event has been rescheduled out of respect for the late James A. Little, director of the Century Career Center in Logansport and a long-time partner of Ivy Tech in advancing education in our area, whose funeral is set for that evening.

The “Tuesday @ the Tech” event, set for 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 18, is an opportunity for prospective students, and their families, to learn about higher education opportunities in Ivy Tech’s Cass County location. It will include tours of the facility and a chance to meet faculty members. Participants will learn about spring semester classes with Jan. 19 and March 23 starts in formats including online, virtual and face-to-face and about “stackable” credentials that allow students to move through certificate programs, technical certificates and associate degrees, depending on their interest.

Also on the agenda is a review of the many sources of funding to help cover tuition and the free textbooks available during the spring semester.

For more information about how to register, go to ivytech.edu/kokomo or email Kokomo-enrollment@ivytech.edu . Walk-ins are welcome.

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Ivy Tech sets ‘Tuesday @ the Tech Evening Edition’ at Logansport site

Jan. 11 event a chance to learn about options for higher education in Cass County

LOGANSPORT, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College is offering a “Tuesday @ the Tech” event Tuesday, Jan. 11, at Ivy Tech’s Logansport campus at 1 Ivy Tech Way.

The event, set for 6 to 8 p.m., is an opportunity for prospective students, and their families, to learn about higher education opportunities in Ivy Tech’s Cass County location. It will include tours of the facility and a chance to meet faculty members. Participants will learn about spring semester classes with Jan. 19 and March 23 starts in formats including online, virtual and face-to-face and about “stackable” credentials that allow students to move through certificate programs, technical certificates and associate degrees, depending on their interest.

Also on the agenda is a review of the many sources of funding to help cover tuition and the free textbooks available during the spring semester.

For more information about how to register, go to ivytech.edu/kokomo or email Kokomo-enrollment@ivytech.edu . Walk-ins are welcome.

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Prospective students invited to evening edition of ‘Tuesday @ the Tech’

Dec. 14 event is a chance to learn about options at Ivy Tech Kokomo

KOKOMO, Ind. – Anyone interested in learning more about opportunities at Ivy Tech Community College – and its “new” Kokomo Campus – is invited to a “Tuesday @ the Tech Evening Edition” set for 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14. The event will begin in the new Health Professions Center on the campus at 1815 E. Morgan St.

The evening will include tours of the new facilities. Participants will learn about classes that will start Jan. 19 in formats including online, virtual and face-to-face; about “stackable” credentials that allow students to move through certificate programs, technical certificates and associate degrees, depending on their interest; and about the many sources of funding available to help cover tuition and the free textbooks available during the spring semester.

For more information about how to register, go to ivytech.edu/kokomo or email Kokomo-enrollment@ivytech.edu . Walk-ins are welcome.

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Jennifer Hindman honored with Ivy Tech Distinguished Alumni Award

Representatives of Community Howard Regional Health and Ivy Tech Kokomo joined in honoring Jennifer Hindman, center, with the 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award.

1997 EMT graduate now chief operating officer of local hospital

Jennifer Hindman

KOKOMO, Ind. – Jennifer Hindman, a 1997 graduate of Ivy Tech Kokomo’s EMT program who now serves as vice president and chief operating officer of Community Howard Regional Health, has been honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award by Ivy Tech Community College.

Each year, the Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Service Area honors a single alumnus or alumna who exemplifies an appreciation of lifelong learning, a dedication to work, and a commitment to community. Hindman was honored Dec. 2 at a virtual statewide event that recognized award winners from Ivy Tech’s 19 campuses around the state and at a luncheon in Kokomo Monday, Dec. 6.

“These individuals are examples of how Ivy Tech can change lives,” said Ivy Tech President Sue Ellspermann during the statewide recognition. “Whether they went on to pursue additional education or went straight to the workforce, our distinguished alumni make a difference in our communities every day. We are proud and honored to be part of their stories.”

Asked to summarize in one word the impact Ivy Tech has had on her life, Hindman said, “For me, Ivy Tech was a catalyst. My degree was the accelerant that I needed to continue to further my education and complete my bachelor and master’s degrees.

“Without the completion of my degree,” she continued. “I simply would not have had the professional growth opportunities in my healthcare career. And what I found was that Ivy Tech can be fuel for your personal change. And that they will partner with you to help you find a path to success that works with and for your future goals.”

As vice president and chief operating officer, Hindman helps lead the hospital where she started as a paramedic in 1997. While working there, she returned to Ivy Tech Kokomo at the urging of her late aunt Peggy Hanes, who at the time was director of student success at the College, and completed an associate degree in Paramedic Science in 2006.

Hindman went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University Kokomo and then a dual-major master’s degree in Adult and Community Education and Executive Leadership for Public Service from Ball State University.

As she earned degrees and gained experience, she continued to move up at Community Howard, holding the positions of EMS coordinator and director of professional and organizational development, then business operations, and then human resources before taking the role of vice president and chief operating officer. She served as an adjunct faculty member for the College of Business at Manchester University and is a 2019 alumna of the prestigious Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series.

As chief operating officer, her main responsibilities have included providing for and supporting a unified culture and infrastructure; coordinating between personnel, structure, and the organization’s strategic plan; providing necessary support for all operations; providing guidance to deliver on the vision for Community Health Network; and ensuring organizational business outcomes and accountability.

The list of the community organizations Hindman serves includes the Howard County Chamber of Commerce Council, the Howard County Chamber of Commerce’s Women’s Business Council and Turning Point Systems of Care Board of Directors. Hindman has been connected to the Ivy Tech Kokomo Campus Transformation Project through her role at the hospital. In recognition of her contributions to the community and the hospital, she has been honored with the Kokomo Chamber Women’s Business Council Excellence in Leadership and the Community Howard Regional Health Leader of the Year awards.

In nominating her for this award, Ivy Tech Kokomo Trustee and 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award winner Karen McLean described Hindman as “a remarkable woman who is an excellent representative of Community Howard Regional Health and all organizations where she serves as a volunteer,” with many talents and skill sets that she willingly shares.

A native of Grant County, Hindman now lives in Tipton County with her husband, Cameron. They are the parents of Conner Hindman and the late Cale Hindman.

Distinguished Alumni Award winner Jennifer Hindman talk about her experiences at Ivy Tech Kokomo in the new Community Howard Regional Health Student Commons.
Jennifer Hindman credits her late aunt Peggy Hanes with helping her gain the education that served as the foundation of her healthcare career. Her uncle Carl Hanes joined in celebrating Hindman’s award.
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Ivy Tech sets Express Enrollment event in Kokomo, Logansport

It’s time to get ready for classes that start Jan. 19

KOKOMO, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College sites in Kokomo and Logansport are hosting an Express Enrollment Week Dec. 6 to 10 where prospective students can complete their enrollment steps and sign up for classes that start Jan. 19.

The event is set for 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Ivy Tech locations at 1815 E. Morgan St. in Kokomo and 1 Ivy Tech Way in Logansport. Prospective students will have the opportunity to apply for admission, file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), complete assessments, and register for classes.

In-person, phone and virtual appointments are available. Masks are required for in-person meetings. Anyone interested may get more information and schedule their appointment at www.ivytech.edu/Kokomo. Appointments are recommended but not required.

Derry Ebert, vice chancellor for enrollment services for the Ivy Tech Kokomo Service Area, said there’s never been a better time to get started at Ivy Tech.

“With the new Ivy+ approach, the cost of tuition has been frozen,” he said, adding that all required textbooks will be free for spring semester 2022.

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Ivy Tech Kokomo sets ‘Giving Tuesday’ goal of $2,500

Funds will be used to ‘bust barriers’ to student success

KOKOMO, Ind. – As part of “Giving Tuesday,’ a national opportunity to raise funds for worthwhile causes, Ivy Tech Community College’s Kokomo Service Area has announced a goal of raising at least $2,500 for “barrier-busting resources” to support student success.

“This Giving Tuesday, you can invest in the future of Hoosiers through a gift to Ivy Tech,” said Kelly Karickhoff, executive director of Resource Development for the area that includes Kokomo, Logansport, Peru, Rochester, Tipton and Winamac.

“For many of our students, a broken-down car, sudden illness, or lost childcare can derail their educational journey,” she continued. “Through ‘Barrier-busting Resources,’ we can provide the financial support, coaching and learning services our students need to stay in college and on track – a key to developing the good citizens and skilled workforce needed for our state.”

To learn more about the fund drive, go to impact.ivytech.edu/KokomoGivingTuesday  or contact Karickhoff at kkarickhoff@ivytech.edu or 765-252-5100.

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Ivy Tech Kokomo Circle of Ivy raises nearly $14,000 to support student success

Women’s philanthropic donations will fund five projects in service area

Members of Ivy Tech Kokomo’s Circle of Ivy gathered for a photograph last week after the organization’s sixth annual celebration in support of Ivy Tech students.

KOKOMO, Ind. – Members of Ivy Tech Community College’s Circle of Ivy from around the state gathered virtually last week to celebrate their work in support of students at the College’s 19 campuses. Organizers announced that, statewide, the more than 1,000 Circle of Ivy members raised $209,713 to fund 78 projects to diminish barriers to higher education and help Ivy Tech students to succeed.

The 103 members of the Kokomo, Logansport, Peru, Rochester, Pulaski and Tipton Circle of Ivy raised a total of $13,950 and chose five projects to support students in Cass, Fulton, Howard, Miami, Pulaski and Tipton counties.

“In the six years since the Circle of Ivy was founded, our group has grown from about three dozen women into more than 100, the largest ‘circle’ in the state,” said Kelly Karickhoff, executive director of resource development for Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Service Area, who noted the group statewide has grown from 249 members to its current total of more than 1,000.  “We are so proud of all the contributions our Circle of Ivy has made to support Ivy Tech students. Our students need us more than ever so the generosity of our donors is more important than ever as well.”

Karickhoff said the Circle of Ivy is open to all women who wish to become members of a powerful network of philanthropists who collectively give back to local Ivy Tech campuses and students.

“This is a dynamic and rewarding organization where members can join with other women within their local circle to pool their financial resources to make a really great impact,” she said. “We will be recruiting new members – staff, faculty, alumni, students, community friends – to join us in this exciting opportunity to help more students next year.”

To learn more about Circle of Ivy, visit ivytech.edu/circleofivy or contact Karickhoff at kkarickhoff@ivytech.edu or call 765-252-5501.

The following five proposals were selected by Kokomo area Circle of Ivy members to support students in the Kokomo, Logansport, Peru, Rochester, Tipton and Winamac areas.

  1. Cash for Completers: Cash for Completers assists students working towards the completion of a certificate, technical certificate, and/or associate degree while in high school. Many of these students face the obstacle of not having the financial means to cover the cost of tuition and fees since high school students are not eligible for financial aid awards.
  • The Hispanic/Latinx Education Coalition, made up of staff, faculty, students, and community members, strives to impact the Cass County community through educational opportunities at Ivy Tech Community College. Coalition members will aid in recruiting and retaining Hispanic/Latinx students. Funding will include testing fees for foreign language test-out, recruitment materials, snacks for student gathering sessions, swag, and experiences beyond the classroom.
  • The Kokomo Diversity Committee would like to offer activities and experiences that expose students to other cultures, real-life work opportunities and acknowledge their successes by offering them alternative ways to interact with other students who share the same experience. Activities may include visiting cultural museums, career exploration and a minority student graduation recognition ceremony.
  • Increase enrollment in the welding program at the Logansport Campus: The enrollment services department will partner with the industrial technology program chair to recruit students into the Logansport welding program. This initiative will provide marketing materials and recruitment scholarship funds.  Students will have the opportunity to complete a technical certificate in four 8-week terms.
  • CastleBranch Record Portal: Students in the Healthcare Specialist program are required to receive a background check and drug screen and demonstrate immunizations before being admitted into their program of study. This information must be submitted through a record keeping program called CastleBranch, costs $125 per student. Funds will support students who do not have resources to purchase the CastleBranch subscription.
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