Ivy Tech Community College – Kokomo Region

Notice is hereby given that at 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 10, 2018, at Ivy Tech Community College – Kokomo, Building 2 (former DuPont Building), Room D901, 1901 E. Morgan St., Kokomo, 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 2nd day of May 2018.

Ms. Jean Cole, Secretary

Regional Board of Trustees


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Ivy Tech Kokomo, Logansport students honored at PTK Catalyst 2018

Awards presented at annual conference of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

Ivy Tech Logansport’s Beta Gamma Zeta chapter was recognized with an international distinguished college project Hallmark Award. Left-right: Robb Haywood, chapter advisor; Kyaw Thu, Taylor Justice, Olivia Iles, Myat Su, India Frances, Rachel Iles, Carrie Sherer, Elizabeth Humphrey, Leo Studach, chapter advisor; Obinna Muoh, international vice president Division III.

KOKOMO, Ind. – A group of Ivy Tech Community College students and faculty members from Ivy Tech’s Kokomo and Logansport campuses brought home several international awards from Catalyst 2018, the annual conference of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, the international academic honor society for community college students.

The students were honored during the April 19-21 conference in Kansas City, Mo., which celebrated the honor society’s 100th anniversary. More than 5,000 members, officers, alumni, and advisors representing hundreds of chapters from around the world, including 21 from Indiana, participated in the convention.

During the gala awards celebration, Kokomo’s Alpha Phi Pi Chapter was recognized as a top 100 chapter internationally and Logansport’s Beta Gamma Zeta Chapter was honored with an International Award for Distinguished College Project. Beta Gamma Zeta engaged in a semester-long project of attending Ivy Tech hosted recruitment events helping to give the student perspective at Ivy Tech. They also assisted in three events in Fulton County, promoting the 529 college savings program.

The Kokomo and Logansport campus students were also honored as members of Phi Theta Kappa’s Indiana Region, which was recognized as a 5-star region, the pinnacle recognition in the society for a region. The Indiana Region also was honored with a Regional Award for Excellence for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and a Regional Award for Excellence in Service.

The Indiana Region’s officer team, which included Carrie Sherer and Elizabeth Humphrey of Ivy Tech Logansport, also was recognized during the opening ceremony as a distinguished regional officer team. Only three regional officer teams out of 29 received that honor recognizing their ability to work cohesively to identify and implement the region’s goals, to act as leaders for chapters and members within the region, and to support the mission of Phi Theta Kappa. Sherer served as Indiana regional president and Humphrey as the regional secretary/treasurer.

Professor Leo Studach, chair of the science program for Ivy Tech Kokomo and advisor to the Beta Gamma Zeta chapter, serves as Indiana regional coordinator for Phi Theta Kappa.

“I am amazingly proud of my region tonight because these awards recognize a devotion to social progress, thinking about the big picture and giving back,” Studach said after the awards presentation. “As Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai states, ‘When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.’”

Kim King, vice chancellor of Academic Affairs at Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo, was among 27 administrators who were honored with Phi Theta Kappa’s Distinguished College Administrator Award. The Distinguished College Administrator Awards are presented to college vice presidents, deans, or directors serving at postsecondary institutions who have demonstrated a strong level of support for the PTK chapters on their campuses.

Two Ivy Tech Kokomo Service Area students were among 35 students who sought international offices for 2018-19. Jim Montgomery, president of Kokomo’s Alpha Pi Phi Chapter, ran for the position of international president. Carrie Sherer, who has served as the president of Logansport’s Beta Gamma Zeta chapter as well as the Indiana Region president, was one of 11 nominees for the position of international vice president for PTK’s Division III, which has 308 chapters in nine regional organizations encompassing 15 states in the mid-section of the United States. While they were not among the five students elected as officers, the experience of running was interesting and valuable, they said.

Studach; Criminal Justice Professor Robb Haywood; and Dani McQuaide, director of Student Life for Ivy Tech Kokomo, accompanied the students at the conference. Participants included Jim Montgomery and Ally Olson from the Kokomo chapter, and India Frances, Elizabeth Humphrey, Olivia Iles, Rachel Iles, Taylor Justice, Carrie Sherer, Myat Su and Kyaw Thu from the Logansport chapter.

Phi Theta Kappa is the oldest, largest and most prestigious honor society recognizing students pursuing two-year degrees. Phi Theta Kappa is made up of more than 3 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in nine nations.

Indiana Region’s leadership team was one of just three teams honored for distinguished accomplishment. Left-right: Don Koch, international vice president Division I; Twila Yaste, associate regional coordinator; Leo Studach, regional coordinator; Nick Manolovits, regional vice president North (Ivy Tech South Bend); Jennifer Bilbrey, regional public relations officer (Ivy Tech Marion); Carrie Sherer, regional president (Ivy Tech Logansport), Elizabeth Humphrey, regional secretary/treasurer (Ivy Tech Logansport); Anita Smith, Indiana vice president South (Ivy Tech Richmond).

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Limited seats remain for 2018-19 ASAP program hosted at Ivy Tech Logansport

Accelerated degree program moved during Kokomo campus renovation

LOGANSPORT, Ind. – Fewer than 10 openings remain in the 2018-19 ASAP (Accelerated Associate Program) class for the Kokomo Service Area of Ivy Tech Community College. This year, the program will be based on Ivy Tech’s Logansport campus and interest in Cass, Miami, and northern Howard counties has been high.

This will be the Kokomo Service Area’s fourth ASAP class in the accelerated degree program that allows qualified and motivated students recently out of high school to complete a “two-year” associate degree in just 11 months. The program, now in its third year at the Kokomo campus, is being moved while the Kokomo Campus undergoes a $43 million transformation of its facilities and grounds.

Beth Chaney, ASAP coordinator for the Kokomo Service Area, said Cass County has really embraced the program, with a number of Logansport High School students participating. Members of the current ASAP class, who graduated from high school last June and will be graduating with associate degrees from Ivy Tech in May, are enthusiastic about the program.

“The ASAP program has been the smartest and most affordable decision I have ever made,” said Logansport High School graduate Daisy Ortiz. “In this program, I was not just able to achieve an associate degree in 11 months but I was also able to figure out my future career. When I transfer, I plan on majoring in Human Services to become a social worker and maybe one day help young adults like myself who do not receive any financial aid due to their legal status or family issues.”

Classmate Kely Rivera credits the support she received this year from Chaney, her ASAP mentor and advisor, for helping her complete the program. She considered ASAP “a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” but almost dropped out when she found out she was pregnant. With the support of Chaney and other faculty members, and options to study from home, Rivera will be graduating with honors in May.

“ASAP has helped me feel more confident and capable,” Rivera said. “It has helped me see that nothing is impossible in life. I am thankful for the ASAP and recommend it to everyone who is willing to further their education. It is faster and more affordable!”

Chaney said space has been designated for ASAP – a designated classroom and student lounge – in Ivy Tech’s facilities at 1 Ivy Tech Way.

“Everything is ready for classes to begin June 4. The students who have already made the decision to join the program are very excited and enthusiastic,” said Chaney, who maintains day-to-day connections with the ASAP students each year. “Being in Logansport for this school year, with students who have already built relationships with our College Connection coach and our Cass County recruiter, means students will have three Ivy Tech staff members who will mentor and advise them through the ASAP year.”

Chaney said applications for the 2018-19 cohort will close soon. The program is open to high school graduates 21 years old or younger who have a GPA of at least 2.5, a good school attendance record, nominations from two adults (counselors, teachers, ministers, coaches, etc.), and a pledge of room and board from parents or guardians.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for traditional-age, qualified, and motivated students to save a great deal of time and money and get a jump-start on their careers or further education,” Chaney said. “It’s intense; students are encouraged to think of school as a full-time job.”

But, she added, the students benefit from mentoring, guidance and support during the program and from the relationships they build with the other members of their class as they share their successes and overcome challenges together.

For more information on ASAP, students can contact their high school counselor or visit . To learn more about applying, Chaney can be reached at or 765-252-5525.

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Ivy Tech Kokomo, Logansport campuses induct 64 students into Phi Theta Kappa

Students honored with membership for their scholastic achievement

KOKOMO and LOGANSPORT, Ind. — Sixty-four students from Ivy Tech Community College’s Kokomo and Logansport campuses 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:

Arcadia: Michelle Roehrich, Kokomo Chapter

Bedford: Jessica Frazier, Kokomo Chapter

Brownsburg: Jamie Moore, Kokomo Chapter

Carmel: Alexandria Church, Kokomo Chapter

Denver: Denise Ostafin, Logansport Chapter

Elwood: Katelyn Hickman, Kokomo Chapter

Idaville: Matison Dewitt, Logansport Chapter

Indianapolis: Angelina Cremoni Phelps, Kokomo Chapter

Kewanna: Erin Frye, Logansport Chapter

Kokomo: Christian Beyer, Christina Brankle, Evan Brewer, Haley Delong, Deanna Durham, Elizabeth Golden, Pierce Hasadinton, Paige Herr, Kristin Ireland, Courtney Kendall, Amber Knight, Jaime Levine, Lani Lewis, Silvia McVay, Sarah Napier, Monica Slonaker, Sarah Wallace, Kori Wood, Alli Workman, and Jessica Young, Kokomo Chapter; India Francis and Braydan Johnson, Logansport Chapter

La Fontaine: Bailey Hobbs, Kokomo Chapter

Lafayette: David Eccles, Kokomo Chapter

Logansport: Nathan Allen, Richard Brewer, Peter Caballero, Rahela Dzambo, Olivia Iles, Hairo Ortega, Melissa Rogers, Joseph Sell, Jennifer True, and Kristin Wilson, Logansport Chapter.

Monticello: Allan Strange, Logansport Chapter

North Judson: Jonathan Kozak, Logansport Chapter

Peru: Dinah Wray, Kokomo Chapter; Mindy Brown, Rachel Campos, Brianna May, Rachel Richter, Amanda Risner, and Brady Turner, Logansport Chapter

Rochester: Melissa Eaton, Rachel Mow, and Jodee Perry, Logansport Chapter

Russiaville: Jennifer Taylor, Kokomo Chapter

Tipton: Jessica Burkett, Erica James, Luis Pedro Cortez, and Alexis Plass, Kokomo Chapter

Walton: Karley Arion, Jason Darland, and Lisa Rider, Logansport Chapter

Two enthusiastic Phi Theta Kappa members spoke at the Logansport induction ceremony April 4. Christina Pifer, an Ivy Tech alumna and past Indiana regional officer, continued her studies at St. Mary of the Woods College and earned a double degree in business administration and human resources. She spoke about the skills she learned through her experience as a Phi Theta Kappa member and regional officer, focusing on team building and effective communication and how she has taken these skills forward into her career in human resources

Jill Stewart, who serves as a 2018-19 Indiana regional vice president, traveled from Elkhart to speak with the chapter about what she called the incredible connections she has made in her short time as a Phi Theta Kappa member. In particular, she spoke about how active membership has led to an extended network of friends from across the state. She also spoke about her excitement for the year to come and what Beta Gamma Zeta and the state organization will accomplish together.

Professor Leo Studach, chair of the science program for Ivy Tech Kokomo who serves as advisor to the Beta Gamma Zeta chapter and as Indiana regional coordinator for Phi Theta Kappa. Studach spoke about his own college journey and the activities he was involved in and how they shaped him. He then discussed how Phi Theta Kappa can offer similar benefits for students who choose to dive in and get the most out of the experiences that are offered through PTK programming.

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 nearly 1,400 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 Kokomo alumna named to Kokomo Region Board of Trustees

Carlee Glassburn Cook will represent agriculture on the board

Carlee Glassburn Cook

KOKOMO, Ind. — Carlee Glassburn Cook, a Miami County native and 2013 graduate of Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo, has been named to the Ivy Tech Kokomo Region Board of Trustees.

Cook was appointed to a three-year term by Ivy Tech’s State Board of Trustees. A regional manager for Indiana Farm Bureau, Cook will represent agriculture on the seven-member regional board.

“We are very pleased Carlee is joining the Kokomo Region trustees and proud to have one of our own graduates step into this role,” said Dean McCurdy, chancellor of Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Service Area, which includes Cass, Fulton, Howard, Miami, and Tipton counties.

“Since earning her associate of science in agriculture in 2013, Carlee has been a strong proponent of the value of Ivy Tech,” he continued. “She credits Ivy Tech for providing a strong foundation for the bachelor’s degree in agriculture communication she earned at Purdue University two years later.”

Members of Ivy Tech’s 14 regional boards have four essential responsibilities. These include analyzing educational needs and opportunities in the region, approving regional programming and recommending to the state board a plan to provide education and workforce development programs for the region, approving the region’s budget, and recommending methods for acquiring facilities and equipment needed to deliver regional programs.

Cook has been the Farm Bureau’s regional manager for Tipton, Howard, Miami, Grant, Wabash, and Huntington counties since last September. She previously worked for two years at Kokomo Grain Co. as a customer service representative with an applied focus in grain merchandising.

Tom McKaig, president of the Kokomo Region Board of Trustees, welcomed Cook as a new member to the board. “As a recent graduate with some great experience in the world of Indiana farmers, she will be a great representative of both agriculture and youth,” he said.

As a student at Ivy Tech, Carlee excelled in the classroom, earning membership in Phi Theta Kappa international academic honor society; took advantage of on-campus activities; and was part of a 10-day faculty-student travel-abroad program in Italy. She served summer internships at the Howard County Purdue Extension Office and at Beck’s Hybrids.

A recipient of several Ivy Tech scholarships while a student, she now works to support those who are following her. As a member of Circle of Ivy, Ivy Tech’s women’s philanthropy group, she has often shared her story with alumni and student groups.

“It’s an incredible honor to be invited and accepted as a new board member for the Kokomo Service Area,” Cook said. “I’m proud to be an Ivy Tech alumna representing the agriculture industry.”

Cook and her husband Andrew, who works in the research department at Beck’s Hybrids, live in Tipton County.


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College 101 set for April 19 at Ivy Tech Kokomo and Logansport

Parents, students can learn more about options after high school

KOKOMO and LOGANSPORT, Ind. — The transition from high school to higher education can be challenging. FAFSA? Assessment tests? Picking a major? Parents and students can get answers to their questions April 19 when Ivy Tech Community College sponsors “College 101” from 6 to 8 p.m. at its Kokomo and Logansport campuses.

“College 101” is an evening dedicated to helping high school students and parents with all things related to college. “We’ve been communicating about this event directly with parents of high school juniors and seniors,” said Marcia Worland, vice chancellor for Enrollment Services for Ivy Tech Kokomo. “Parents of eighth-graders also can benefit as they consider the educational path their youngsters will take in high school, whether technical honors, Core 40, or honors.

At both campuses, the evening will begin with an overview session covering financial aid and the support services available to help students be successful during their academic career. The discussion will include the two pathways the college offers – short-term programs that prepare graduates to quickly enter the workforce and two-year degrees designed to transfer into bachelor degree programs at four-year schools.

Speakers also will cover the State of Indiana’s innovative Workforce Ready Grant, which can cover tuition and fees for eligible students in selected programs. As of July 1, the state is expanding the program to cover students with “dependent” status, meaning that recent high school graduates may be eligible for the funding.

Breakout sessions will follow and parents can choose those that interest them. Subjects include opportunities for students taking dual-credit classes that earn both high school and college credit, as well as transfer options for students seeking bachelor’s degrees, including Ivy Tech’s ASAP program, which allows motivated students to earn an associate degree in one year.

At both sites, the Express Enrollment Centers will be open and staff members will be on hand to answer additional questions relating to financial aid and college admission.

At Logansport, campus tours will be available for parents and students, who are also invited to attend the Cass County College & Career Fair April 24 at the Logansport High School Berry Bowl to learn more about specific programming. Participants at the Kokomo Campus will have a chance to meet Dean McCurdy, Ivy Tech Kokomo’s new chancellor, and see the future boards previewing the campus transformation that will occur over the next 18 to 24 months. Exhibits and demonstrations will be set up throughout the main building where parents can interact with Ivy Tech faculty members, many of whom bring years of employment experience in the field they teach.

“A college education is a huge investment – and not just in money,” Worland said. “It’s also an investment of the time and effort the students put into attending class and studying, transitioning from high school to college-level coursework and expectations, and for many, living away from home for the first time. Parents can help their children make good decisions by knowing all the options – including community college.”

Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Campus is located at 1815 E. Morgan St. and the Logansport campus at 1 Ivy Tech Way (Ind. 35 at 18th Street). For more information, contact Tammy Herschberger, assistant director of admissions based in Kokomo, by email at  or by calling 765-252-5487 or Jovita Flores, assistant director of admissions based in Logansport, by email at or by calling 574-398-6097.

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Cass County College & Career Expo set with 15 colleges, 35 employers

Free event April 24 is open to students, alumni, and public

LOGANSPORT, Ind. – More than 35 central Indiana employers and 15 Indiana colleges and universities are planning to participate in the Cass County College & Career Expo set for 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, at the Logansport High School Berry Bowl.

Ivy Tech Community College, Trine University Logansport, the Logansport/Cass County Chamber of Commerce, and Logansport High School are sponsoring the expo. The event is open to Ivy Tech and Trine University students and alumni, high school students and community members seeking part-time or full-time jobs or internship positions or interested in learning more about educational opportunities offered by colleges throughout the state of Indiana.

The event is open without charge and provides participants the chance to meet with employers and discuss potential job opportunities. Indiana college representatives also will be on hand to discuss options in higher education. In addition, Ivy Tech faculty will be showcasing the degree and certificate programs offered at both the Logansport and Kokomo campuses with hands-on activities and displays.

“Anyone in the community looking for a full-time or part-time job, internship or even volunteer opportunity is provided a greater advantage by networking with prospective employers while attending the career expo,” said Suzanne Dillman, associate vice chancellor of student affairs at Ivy Tech Community College Logansport.

“Many of the employers who are participating currently have job openings, so everyone attending should dress in professional attire, bring copies of their resume, and be prepared to talk with potential employers,”  she continued. “The day is about networking and learning what technical skills and soft skills employers are looking for in a qualified candidate.”

Dillman said Ivy Tech admission representatives will be available to answer questions about Indiana’s Workforce Ready Grant. The state program provides funding for qualified individuals to cover tuition and fees for short-term training in selected high-demand career fields, regardless of income level.

Logansport High School sophomores, juniors and seniors and Century Career Center students along with juniors from Pioneer High School will participate in the expo.

“Even if you’re not looking for a job right now, this is a great place to find out what kind of jobs are out there and what kind of credentials you’d need to qualify,” said Marcia Worland, vice chancellor of enrollment services for Ivy Tech’s Kokomo service area.  “Admissions officers from Ivy Tech, Trine University and other colleges throughout the state will be on hand to talk about options for coming to college to get the certificates or degrees that will open doors to new careers.”

For more information, contact Dillman at 574-398-6090 or or Lori Lange, director of Trine University’s Logansport Education Center for the College of Graduate and Professional Studies, at 574-516-1218 or Participating employers and colleges can be viewed at

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