Ivy Tech’s Steve Daily honored by Phi Theta Kappa for lifetime achievement

Kevin Bostic, Pam Guthrie receive awards of distinction at international convention

Steve Daily

Steve Daily

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Steve Daily, chancellor emeritus of Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region, was honored Friday with the Michael Bennett Lifetime Achievement Award during NerdNation 2015, Phi Theta Kappa’s annual international convention held last week in San Antonio, Texas.

In a rare honor for a single community college region, two other campus leaders from Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region received high recognition from the international honor society. Logansport Campus President Kevin Bostic and Wabash Campus Executive Director Pam Guthrie were among 23 campus leaders honored with Phi Theta Kappa’s Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction.

Kevin Bostic and Pam Guthrie

Kevin Bostic and Pam Guthrie

The honored administrators were nominated by members of Ivy Tech Kokomo Region’s two Phi Theta Kappa chapters – Alpha Phi Pi on the Kokomo Campus and Beta Sigma Zeta on the Logansport Campus.

Daily was one of 16 college leaders who received the Michael Bennett Lifetime Achievement Award, which is presented to college presidents or campus CEOs at two-year or senior institutions and state community college system directors who are retiring and who provided consistently outstanding support to Phi Theta Kappa chapters and advisors during their careers. The award is named in honor of the late Dr. Michael Bennett, longtime president of St. Petersburg College in Florida.

Daily retired as chancellor of Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region in January after serving Ivy Tech in leadership roles for 20 years. He was recognized as a strong advocate of Phi Theta Kappa and the recognition and support it offers its members. His many contributions to Phi Theta Kappa during his tenure include serving as the Phi Theta Kappa Indiana regional ambassador, attending several regional and international conventions, allowing local chapters to host regional conferences, supporting advisors in their work, and offering a $100 book credit for students joining Phi Theta Kappa.

Daily previously had been honored with the Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction, named in honor of Phi Theta Kappa’s longest serving board chair and a founder and long-time president of Highline Community College in Washington. College presidents and campus chief executive officers, nominated by their Phi Theta Kappa chapter, are selected for this award based on their outstanding support of Phi Theta Kappa.

In winning the 2015 Gordon Award, Bostic and Guthrie were described in nomination materials as exceptional leaders committed to helping their students succeed.

Bostic was cited as an incredible supporter and ally of the Beta Gamma Zeta chapter at the Logansport Campus, providing office space and equipment for the organization, purchasing a display case to showcase chapter awards, and working hard to connect the chapter and its members with the Logansport community. Of special note was his outreach to local schools, paving the way for the chapter’s award-winning programming for elementary, middle and high school students.

As executive director of Ivy Tech’s Wabash Campus, Guthrie works to promote the Alpha Phi Pi chapter there, recruiting active members and empowering students to create new lives for themselves through scholarship opportunities and her extensive commitment to diversity and acceptance. Her support of Phi Theta Kappa includes office space and equipment, release time for advisors and a variety of recognition opportunities for its members.

Nearly 4,000 members of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for students in community colleges, gathered from around the world for NerdNation 2015, Phi Theta Kappa’s 97th annual convention. Beta Gamma Zeta Chapter Advisor and Indiana Phi Theta Kappa Regional Coordinator Leo Studach, a faculty member at Ivy Tech’s Logansport Campus, and 25 Ivy Tech students from around the state were among the participants at the convention. Along with educational sessions to foster personal and chapter development, training to cultivate leaders and networking opportunities to share ideas, the conference included as keynote speakers Grammy Award-winning musician John Legend and theoretical physicist Michio Kaku.

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, UAE 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 Wabash earns $20,000 matching grant from Pauline Barker Trust

Campaign meets goal of $60,000 for scholarships; fundraising continues

WABASH, Ind. — By raising $41,500 so far in a major scholarship fund drive, Ivy Tech Community College’s Wabash Campus leaders are happy to announce they have earned the $20,000 match offered by representatives of the Pauline Barker Educational Trust and exceeded the $60,000 goal set last year.

“We are so excited that members of the Wabash community have come together in support of our overall effort to raise $60,000 for scholarships for Wabash County residents attending Ivy Tech Community College in the Kokomo Region,” said Pam Guthrie, executive director of the Wabash Campus.

“With money raised at our recent Monopoly Night and a wide range of prior donations, we exceeded the $20,000 needed to receive the Pauline Barker Trust match,” Guthrie continued. “It is gratifying to know we have such great community support and we are keeping the campaign open until June 30 so people who still want to participate can be part of this great effort.”

Chuck Huffman of the Trust Division at First Merchants Bank, representative of the Pauline Barker Educational Trust, announced the challenge grant last December to serve as an incentive for others to support the scholarship fund drive.

“Thanks to the generosity of the people of Wabash County, we are glad that our challenge has been met and that we were able to help take the campaign over its $60,000 goal,” Huffman said. “We believe strongly in Ivy Tech’s importance to Wabash County and the value that scholarships provided by this fund will provide to students from our area.”

Kelly Karickhoff, executive director of Resource Development for Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region, said the $20,000 matching grant from the trust will be used to create the Pauline Barker Scholarship and recipients will be referred to as “Pauline Barker Scholars.” Criteria to be considered includes living in Wabash County and attending a Kokomo Region campus or instructional site with preference given to students attending the Wabash Campus and who submit a general essay along with the Ivy Tech scholarship application.

“We are pleased to recognize Miss Barker through the naming of this scholarship opportunity,” Karickhoff said. The Pauline Barker Education Trust, honored in 2012 as Ivy Tech Benefactor of the Year, gave its first gift to Ivy Tech in 1991. Since that time, income from the now-$1.7 million fund has provided more than half a million dollars to benefit the Ivy Tech Wabash Campus and help Wabash County adults attain the education and skills they need to succeed in the workplace.

The trust was established by the late Pauline J. Barker, a life-long resident of Wabash County who, for 45 years, managed the Rock City Café in Wabash. Seeing the need for adult education in the Wabash community, she decided to form a trust to support “basic literacy education, adult education, vocational training and retraining of youth, adults … and for the granting of scholarships to qualified applicants for education beyond high school level who would not otherwise have the capability of obtaining vocational or academic training in occupations useful to society.”

The campaign is headed up by a committee of Wabash County leaders that includes Annalee Benedict, Dr. John (Hap) and Jane Dragoo, Howard Halderman and Jay Vandeburg. Along with Guthrie, Karickhoff and Wabash Campus faculty member Jerry Perkins, committee members are out in the community soliciting contributions as they share the importance of supporting higher education in Wabash County.

Contributions to the fund drive are made through the Ivy Tech Foundation, which covers administrative costs so the full donation goes to student scholarships. For more information on the fund drive or to arrange a tour of the Wabash Campus, contact Pam Guthrie at 260-563-8828, ext. 302, or pguthrie@ivytech.edu or Kelly Karickhoff at 765-459-0561, ext. 382, or kkarickhoff@ivytech.edu .

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Ivy Tech Kokomo sets Certified Production Technician course

Training program prepares students for advanced manufacturing jobs

KOKOMO, Ind. — Registration is open for a 10-week training program offered by Ivy Tech Community College that prepares students for certification in the advanced manufacturing skills needed to succeed in the high-growth, technical jobs of the 21st Century. The program will run four days a week from April 27 to June 30.

The Certified Production Technician (CPT) course, offered under the auspices of the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC), will meet in Kokomo. Students who pass the following four manufacturing-related modules achieve CPT certification:

  • Manufacturing process and production
  • Quality and continuous improvement
  • Maintenance awareness
  • Safety

The MSSC program is an industry-led training, assessment and certification system focused on the core skills and knowledge needed by the nation’s production workers. Based on federally endorsed national standards, it offers current and potential production workers the opportunity to demonstrate that they have mastered the skills needed for advanced manufacturing jobs.

“This training is applicable to all sectors of manufacturing,” said Brent Marley of Ivy Tech’s Corporate College. “More and more, employers are looking for employees whose skills have been tested and certified through the MSSC program. The Certified Production Technician certification is an industry-recognized credential that can open doors to good-paying, high-tech jobs.”

Employers also can benefit by allowing current employees to upgrade and certify their skills through this program, Marley added.

For more details on the schedule, cost, and potential financial support through WorkOne, contact Marley at 765-459-0561, ext. 281 or bmarley6@ivytech.edu.

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Allison Toren joins Ivy Tech Kokomo in Professional Communication program

New program chair emphasizes value of communications in job success

Allison Toren

Allison Toren

KOKOMO, Ind. — Alison Toren has joined Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region as chair of the region’s Professional Communication program.

Toren, a native of Solon, Ohio, has more than 10 years of experience in adult higher education and brings a strong educational background to the job.

“My goal as chair of the Professional Communication program is to connect students with life skills they can put to use right away in a wide variety of career opportunities,” Toren said. “Whether the goal is a job in the corporate world or nonprofit segment, in education or retail sales, in a service industry or, well, just about anywhere, a solid foundation of Professional Communication will help you get on your way. Where there are people, having effective communications skills is required!”

Toren first worked with Ivy Tech as an adjunct professor at the Kokomo and Marion campuses from 2005 to 2009. She came to Ivy Tech from Indiana Wesleyan University’s Kokomo center, where she had served as an academic advisor since 2006 and as an adjunct professor since 2010. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications Arts from Malone College in Canton, Ohio, and a Master of Arts in Communication from Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas.

Ivy Tech’s Professional Communication program, as part of the School of Liberal Arts, provides students with a rich background in the arts and sciences. Through its coursework, students gain problem-solving skills, communication and writing abilities and experience in communicating and designing texts using information technologies. An interdisciplinary program, it includes coursework in the fields of communication arts, English, and electronic media.

The Professional Communication program leads to an Associate of Science degree and opens the door to further education. Articulation transfer opportunities are available with the public four-year universities in Indiana and additional opportunities for courses and program transfer may be available at a wide range of other four-year institutions.

“I am committed to helping students achieve their dreams,” Toren said, “and I look forward to helping more students navigate the systems of higher education with an eye on the ultimate goal of graduation.”

For more information on Ivy Tech’s Professional Communication program, contact Toren at 765-459-0561, ext. 389.

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Ivy Tech Kokomo Region’s Phi Theta Kappa chapters induct new members

Students in Logansport and Kokomo honored for academic achievement

KOKOMO, Ind. — Students at Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region were recently honored for their academic achievement with induction into the region’s Phi Theta Kappa chapters, Alpha Phi Pi (APP, Kokomo Campus) and Beta Gamma Zeta (BGZ, Logansport Campus).

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.

Kokomo’s chapter held an induction in February in the auditorium at Ivy Tech’s Peru Instructional Site. Ethan Heicher, dean of the Kokomo Region’s Liberal Arts and Sciences/University and Transfer Division, spoke about the importance of recognizing and using opportunities that arise. He spoke about how his future wife, Dr. Cecelia Powless, an obstetrician/gynecologist in Kokomo took advantage of the opportunities Phi Theta Kappa had to offer, while he passed on the invitation to be a member.

New members inducted into the Kokomo chapter include Kriss Abney, Laura Abney, Angel Bailiff, Savasia Bryant, Daniel Burns, Stephanie Cosley, Kristie Culp, Sarrah Devine, Dustin Dewitt, Sheere Enser, Yvonne Hudson, Kimberly Hults, Wayne Janner, Nick Lambert, Nichole Lewandowski, Sharon Lucas, Micholeen Lynch, Moriah Mercer, Nila Myers, Eliza Simpson, and Aubrie Voiles. New officers welcomed at the ceremony included Moriah Mercer, president; Savasia Bryant, vice president; Kristie Culp, treasurer; and Cheryl Collins, public relations officer.

Logansport’s chapter inducted new members in April in the community room at Ivy Tech Logansport. Pam Guthrie, executive director of Ivy Tech’s Wabash site, was the chapter’s induction speaker. Her message focused on the accomplishments of the new chapter members and the great opportunities in life an education affords them. Guthrie is a recipient of the 2015 Shirley B. Gordon Distinguished College Administrator Award, an international honor presented to college administrators with a distinguished record of supporting Phi Theta Kappa.

New members inducted into the Logansport chapter include Deanna Azbell, Courtney Barber, Stephanie Beachler, Anthony Botsford, Amy Brannick, Bailey Burke, Michell Chanley, Kaitlyn Chittick, Tanya Conner, Isaac Davis, Kent Denny, Michelle Donaldson, Hector Enriquez, Hydi Fair, Ashley Galbreath, Candice Vatchel, Aaron Goffe, Nicole Heckard, Bret Hisey, Lori Hoover, Elizabeth Humphrey, Amy Hunt, Mincy Hunt, Jordan Johnson, Rachel Kollmar, Jennavive Mangum, Bryan Martinez, Shannon McCord, Gisell Montiel, Chaleah Morens, Karla Osorio, David Peankhamhor, Kimberly Pearson, Cecilia Pineda, Amanda Price, Kyla Rairigh, Taylor Raisor, Mickayla Rans, Jennifer Reutebuch, Cody Rude, Jared Schinglof, Brittanie Seals, Julie See, Heidi Shull, Halle Steinberger, Addie Sweet, Pamela Unger, Sarah Von Drachenberg, Shannon Walker, Justin Ward, Christain Wells, Katarina Williamson and Brooke Winters. New officers sworn in at ceremony included George Ruble, president; Jenna Yeakley, vice president; Amanda Paradis, secretary; Debbie Powers, treasurer; and Bryan Martinez, public relations.

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, UAE 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 and IU Kokomo Job Fair will feature dozens of employers

Free fair open to students, alumni and community members

KOKOMO, Ind. —Dozens of north central Indiana employers are planning to participate in the spring Kokomo Area Job Fair set for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, at the Kokomo Event & Conference Center. Indiana University Kokomo and Ivy Tech Community College are sponsoring the fair, which is open to students, alumni and community members seeking part-time, full-time or internship positions.

The fair is open without charge and provides participants the opportunity to meet with employers and discuss potential job opportunities. A professional photographer will also be on site to take a free professional picture for participants’ social media sites, such as Linked-In.

“Anyone interested in a full-time, part-time, internship, or even volunteer opportunity is provided a greater advantage by networking with prospective employers while attending this job fair,” said Tracy Springer, manager of IUK’s Career and Accessibility Center.

“While we have had attendees get job offers at the job fair, job fairs aren’t necessarily about finding a job that day,” she continued. “The day is about building relationships and getting your name out there for a job that may open up tomorrow.”

Springer noted participants should be sure to dress in professional business attire. “Bring your résumé in case an employer asks for one,” she encouraged, “and be prepared to talk with every employer!”

For more information, contact Springer at 765-455-9301 or carserv@iuk.edu.

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Two culinary arts workshops still open for registration

Learn about pastry, seafood in non-credit adventures

PERU, Ind. – A few seats remain in culinary arts workshops focusing on pastry techniques and grilled seafood as part of Ivy Tech Community College’s spring series of non-credit classes.

Registrations are being accepted for “Hands-On Pastry Techniques from an Expert,” featuring Elizabeth Kirk on April 11, and “Shrimp on the Barbie and other Seafood, too,” featuring Noah Peconga on April 25. Both sessions are set from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the new culinary arts lab at Ivy Tech’s Peru Instructional Site. 425 W. Main St.

The fee for one class is $95, with a 25 percent discount for purchasing both classes at $143. For information or to register, call Becky Burke at 765-459-0561, ext. 532.

Here’s more information on the two classes:

Saturday, April 11, 9:30 a.m. to noon

Hands-On Pastry Techniques from an Expert, featuring Elizabeth Kirk

Does the idea of making a pie crust from scratch send you into a panic? Super Pastry Chef Liz Kirk to the rescue! In this hands-on class, Liz will teach you the art and science of pastry making. At the end of the class, you will take home a pie and the skills to make many more in the future. Won’t your friends and family be impressed?

Saturday, April 25, 9:30 a.m. to noon

Shrimp on the Barbie and other Seafood, too, featuring Noah Peconga

Noah continues sharing his grilling techniques with a morning devoted to seafood on the grill. Of course, there will be “Shrimp on the Barbie,” but, oh, so much more, including the secrets of creating a Seafood Paella. Other seafood items will include grilled salmon. With summer just around the corner, you will have some wonderful ideas for family gatherings on the deck or at the lake.

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