Southwest Indiana AHEC presents award to Ivy Tech Southwest

May 24, 16

University of Southern Indiana

Southwest Indiana Area Health Education Center (AHEC) recently presented Ivy Tech Community College Southwest in Evansville, Indiana, with the 2016 Partnership Matters Award during the Indiana AHEC statewide meeting in Indianapolis.

“With good collaboration across the institutions for higher education in our 10-county region, Ivy Tech Community College Southwest stands out in its willingness to work with AHEC to ensure qualified health professionals in southern Indiana,” said Jane Friona, executive director of Southwest Indiana AHEC, when presenting the award to Cindy Moore, dean of the Frank L. Hilton M.D. School of Health Sciences at Ivy Tech Southwest. “The leadership and faculty at Ivy Tech are committed to helping people learn and improve the region. When barriers to effective learning have presented themselves, the staff look for ways to overcome the obstacles and reach out to promote collaboration and expand partnerships.”

In addition to being an active member of the SWI-AHEC advisory council, Friona said that Ivy Tech assists with youth programming, including faculty presentations, field trips, visits to schools for career days and engaging health care simulations. “SWI-AHEC youth participating in field trips to Ivy Tech’s Evansville campus are always impressed with, and excited about, the engaging activities in EMS, medical assisting, surgical technology, nursing, and other fields,” said Friona. “Faculty members are very giving of their time to create opportunities for youth to experience what is available at Ivy Tech.”

Friona said that in recent years, Ivy Tech has enhanced course offerings in rural counties, particularly anatomy & physiology, to allow for the availability of health career programs at their campuses in Princeton and Tell City, Indiana. She also recognized Ivy Tech for its commitment to interprofessional education among disciplines offering care and services to veterans in a transitional housing setting.

“Southwest Indiana AHEC values the involvement of Ivy Tech Community College Southwest in our successes and look forward to ongoing collaboration,” said Friona.

Annually, regional AHEC offices in Indiana choose recipients of the “Partnership Matters” awards to recognize organizations and programs that demonstrate a motivation to work collaboratively to transcend boundaries and leverage resources effectively to build the pipeline of the next generation of Hoosier health professionals.

Southwest Indiana Area Health Education Center began as a regional center in 2008, and it is hosted by the University of Southern Indiana in the College of Nursing and Health Professions. Southwest Indiana AHEC is part of a national network with a mission to improve health by leading the nation in the recruitment, training and retention of a diverse health workforce for underserved communities.

Jane Friona, 812-461-5446
Executive Director, Southwest Indiana AHEC
College of Nursing and Health Professions, HP 2090
8600 University Boulevard
Evansville, Indiana 47712

Southwest Indiana AHEC presents award to Ivy Tech Southwest

Ivy Tech Event Planner Class Set; Information Sessions Planned

Ivy Tech Community College’s Corporate College division will soon offer a class for individuals to become a certified corporate event planner. Information sessions for individuals to learn more about the program are planned at noon and 6 p.m., on Friday, June 3. RSVP’s can be sent to

The class, which begins this fall, will meet two days a week, for 10 weeks – between Sept. 12 and Nov. 17, from 7-9 p.m., at Ivy Tech Corporate College, 651 Fairway Drive, Evansville, IN. Total cost for the class, which includes workbook, instruction, online curriculum, event planning software, certification exam and online student networking center, is $995. Payment plans are available if arranged early.

Corporate event planners have become a major part of the special events industry. It is a demanding role and must be managed carefully, said Lyn Morehead, Corporate College executive. “Corporate events span all industries. The Wedding Planning Institute’s Corporate Event Planning Course provides detailed guidelines on how to design events, plan events, set budgets, execute events successfully, review performances, and charge for services.”

To register or to receive more information, call Lyn Morehead at 812-429-9813, or email

Ivy Tech Event Planner Class Set; Information Sessions Planned

Ivy Tech Community College celebrates May 2016 graduates

INDIANAPOLIS – Ivy Tech Community College will recognize this year’s graduating class at 14 different sites across Indiana. The Community College estimates that nearly 20,320 credentials will be awarded at commencement ceremonies throughout the state taking place from May 5 to May 14.

“This is a wonderful time of the year at Ivy Tech as we celebrate the hard work of all of the students graduating this month,” said Thomas J. Snyder, President of Ivy Tech.  “Our graduates impact nearly every industry in the state, bringing with them valuable skills and enhancing our state’s economy.  As Indiana’s community college, we continue to be inspired by the opportunity to help many other Hoosier students change their own lives while having a similar influence on the state of Indiana.”

In addition to earning credentials, Ivy Tech students have earned thousands of credits to transfer to four-year institutions throughout the state, saving those students more than $38 million dollars in tuition costs.

The college will also present honorary degrees to 25 individuals this year.  The recipients have played significant roles in their communities and in their contributions to Ivy Tech.  Each of this year’s honorary degree recipients will receive an Associate of Science in College and Community Service in recognition of their commitment to education and Ivy Tech Community College.

This year’s ceremonies will be scheduled as follows:

May 5 at 7 p.m., Hulman Center, Terre Haute.  Featured speaker is Lori Danielson.  Honorary degree recipients are Norman Lowery and Sally Lowery.

May 6 at 6 p.m., Joyce Center at the University of Notre Dame, South Bend.  Featured speaker is Sarah Lewis.  Honorary degree recipient is Larry Garatoni.

May 6 at 7 p.m. (CST), Ford Center, Evansville.  Featured speaker is Leah Curry.  Honorary degree recipients are Timothy A. Flesch and Robert L. Wathen II.

May 6 at 7 p.m., Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne. Featured speakers are Kevin Wall and Ivy Tech graduate Elizabeth Powers. Honorary degree recipients are Senator Dennis Kruse and Tim Borne.

May 7 at 10 a.m., Columbus North High School Gym, Columbus. Featured speaker is student Erin Rochwell.  Honorary degree recipient is Gary A. Meyer.

May 7 at 10 a.m., Kokomo Event and Conference Center, Kokomo.  Featured speaker is student Brandi McCann. Honorary degree recipient is Jean Neel.

May 7 at 11 a.m. (CST), Michigan City High School Auditorium, Michigan City.  Featured speaker is Stephen D. Garner.  Honorary degree recipients include Stewart McMillan and Dr. David Merrill.

May 7 at 1 p.m., Indiana Farmers Coliseum, Indianapolis.  Featured speaker is Ivy Tech President Thomas J. Snyder. Honorary degree recipients include J. Albert Smith, Jr., Maribeth Smith, Ural Smith, Jr., and David L. Johnson.

May 7 at 1:30 p.m., Tiernan Center at Richmond High School, Richmond.  Honorary degree recipient is David Stidham.

May 7 at 4 p.m., Lawrenceburg High School Gym, Lawrenceburg.  Featured speaker is Karl Galey.  Honorary degree recipients are Karl Galey and Roger Howard.

May 8 at 2 p.m., Elliott Hall at Purdue University, West Lafayette.  Featured speaker is Chief Justice Loretta Rush.  Honorary degree recipient is Chief Justice Loretta Rush.

May 10 at 6 p.m., Northside Christian Church, New Albany. Featured speaker is Bob Carr.  Honorary degree recipient is Bridgett Strickler.

May 12 at 7 p.m., Ball State University, Muncie. Honorary degree recipients include Bobbette Snyder and James Warner.

May 13 at 6 p.m., Indiana University Auditorium, Bloomington.  Featured speaker is graduate Ivy Tosti.  Honorary degree recipient is Joan LeBien Olcott.

May 14 at 2 p.m., Hanover College Horner Center, Hanover.  Featured speaker is Teresa Lubbers.  Honorary degree recipients are Teresa Lubbers and Margaret Seifert-Russell.

Ivy Tech Community College celebrates May 2016 graduates

Ivy Tech to Host Pet Therapy Events for Students

Evansville, Ind.- Ivy Tech Community College Southwest announces today that it will host Paws ‘N Relax events during finals week from May 2 – 4, 2016. During Paws ‘N Relax, students can enjoy the stress-reducing benefits of visiting with Certified Therapy Dogs. The events will be held in Ivy Tech’s Koch Student Center located at 3501 N. First Ave.

Monday, May 2: 10:00 a.m.– 2:00 p.m. and 4:00—6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, May 3: 10:00 a.m.– 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 4: 10:00 a.m.– 2:00 p.m.

The Welborn Foundation Wellness and Fitness Center developed Paws ‘N Relax to help students manage the stress of final examinations. Ivy Tech is the first college in this region to offer pet therapy.  “Studies have shown that pets (dogs) help lower anxiety and blood pressure,” says Amy Lutzel, Ivy Tech’s Wellness and Fitness Director, “We are always looking for ways to help our students de-stress as stress takes such a toll on the body and can cause numerous health issues. We hear a lot of positive feedback about this program from our students each semester.” Ivy Tech has been offering this program every semester since the Fall 2013.

Ivy Tech to Host Pet Therapy Events for Students

Ivy Tech Community College Dedicates 360⁰ Classroom

EVANSVILLE, INDIANA—A 360-degree multimedia classroom at Ivy Tech Community College was dedicated today, as the result of a generous donation made by Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana (TMMI).

TMMI made a $100,000 contribution as part of the Changing Lives major gifts campaign. $63,000 of these funds were used to purchase four high-definition flat screen television monitors with built-in Wi-Fi, a synching system which allows each monitor to be controlled by multiple devices (phone, tablet, computer), a projector and moveable desks and chairs, as well as 20 laptops for student use in the classroom.

This unique classroom is home to Ivy Tech’s communications classes. It offers television monitors around the entire perimeter of the room which allows for several modes of presentation for both the instructor and students. Faculty members are encouraged to limit lecture time, and introduce class participation learning activities. Seating is arranged in groups encouraging collaborative efforts, and increased communication. The room is designed also to prevent any seat in the room having poor access visually or auditorily. Students are able to seamlessly interact in new and exciting ways.

Karen Johnston, external manager of community affairs for Toyota Motor North America, said, “Because STEM-based programs are a key focus area for Toyota, we are pleased to make this contribution to Ivy Tech for the use of technology in its classrooms.  This will not only help advance students’ education, but it will prepare them for success in the workforce.”

Ivy Tech Chancellor Jonathan Weinzapfel said TMMI has been a continuing force in assisting the college to prepare tomorrow’s workforce. “The continued collaboration of Toyota with Ivy Tech makes a difference at Ivy Tech and in our community in so many ways,” he said. “In addition to this funding to enhance our technological learning environment, TMMI realizes the importance of job skill development for its employees, partnering with the college to provide certification classes; and has contributed to the College Connection Coach program, placing advisers in high schools to educate students about the benefits of a college education, and assist them with the application process.

“Ivy Tech has also been a part of a national conversation about how to make the practice of workforce training and traditional higher education richer, more dynamic, learner centered, and technology driven,” Weinzapfel continued.  “Under this initiative, faculty who are content experts in their respective fields will have access to a teaching center in which they will be able to merge their expertise with the best thinking in educational delivery and instructional design.”

Ivy Tech continues to make strategic investments in the technology that is necessary to equip its faculty and students and develop collaboration stations and labs where students and faculty can share data across multiple platforms in real time, he said.

“Ivy Tech is grateful for its partnership with TMMI and for its investment in this state-of-the-art teaching center, the first of its kind on our Evansville campus,” said Ayana Blair, Ivy Tech executive director of resource development.

Ivy Tech Community College Dedicates 360⁰ Classroom

Ivy Tech All Years Nursing Reunion April 30

(Evansville, IN) A reunion for nurses who received their degree from Ivy Tech Community College Southwest, as well as for faculty, retired faculty, the 2016 graduating class, and Ivy Tech staff has been planned for April 30, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Arts Council Art Gallery at Innovation Pointe, 318 Main Street, Evansville.

The free event is designed to honor those who make a difference for others – nurses educated at Ivy Tech Community College – and those who educated them, as well as give everyone an opportunity to re-connect, and learn about all of the good things that are happening at Ivy Tech.

Ivy Tech Community College Southwest offers a variety of nursing-related degrees including: an Associate of Science in Nursing, Practical Nurse (LPN) degree and a technical certificate of Practical Nursing. Thousands of open nursing positions are predicted in Indiana through 2020.

For additional information call Erica Schmidt at 812-429-1409.

Ivy Tech All Years Nursing Reunion April 30


EVANSVILLE, IN- Kathy Boyd, president and CEO of Boyd Electric, will be the featured presenter at Ivy Tech Community College Southwest’s 2016 School of Business and School of Computing and Informatics Speaker Series on Wednesday, April 20 at 6 p.m. Boyd will present “Leading from the Heart.” The annual event brings notable speakers to the College to present about various topics relating to business and leadership. This year’s speaker series is sponsored by Banterra Bank. The event is free and open to the public.

Boyd is a graduate of Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana with an Associate’s Degree in Graphic Design Technology and an Associate of Applied Science Electrician Apprenticeship. Boyd was selected as Outstanding Alumna for the Southwest Region in 2008 and the Outstanding Alumna for the State in 2010.

Also in 2010, she was the recipient of the Jefferson Award, a national program that recognizes outstanding community service and public service. The award was established by the American Institute for Public Service, an organization founded by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, U.S. Senator Robert Taft and Sam Beard in 1972.

Boyd was the recipient of her awards due to her work in a non-traditional career field, the fact that she is a respected small business owner, an active Labor Union member, and a community volunteer. She played a vital role in the successful construction of Holly’s House, a local advocacy center for victims of intimate crimes and domestic violence, donating her time and expertise to organize hundreds of volunteers that worked on the multimillion dollar project. She continues to donate her services to maintain Holly’s House, and currently serves as its board’s president.

Kathy Boyd, President and CEO of Boyd Electric
Presentation Title: Leading From the Heart
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Reception to be held at 5:00 p.m., presentation at 6 p.m. (CST)
Ivy Tech Community College Vectren Auditorium
3501 N First Avenue, Evansville, IN  47710
The event is free and open to the public.


Tell City High School and Heritage Hills High School Students Take Top Honors at Ivy Tech Automotive Skills Competition

(Evansville, IN)— Two Tell City students and one Heritage Hills student walked away with top honors following the first Ivy Tech Community College Automotive Competition on April 8.

Andy Froehlich of Tell City High School was the top winner in the contest. Froehlich received a $1000 scholarship to Ivy Tech. Second place went to Logan Nugent of Tell City High School. Nugent received a $750 scholarship. Third place went to Remington Parks of Heritage Hills High School. Parks received a $500 scholarship to Ivy Tech. Each winner also received tools donated by NAPA and Snap-on.

In total, twelve juniors and seniors from Tell City, Heritage Hills and Southridge High Schools participated in the competition. They participated in timed, hands-on stations including a car not starting, check engine light issue, alignment issue, faulty fuel gauge, looking up service information and a written knowledge test. Students also were able to hear industry knowledge in sessions held by NAPA and Snap-On representatives.

“I hope it will spark a little bit of competitive nature with these high school kids,” said Chris Kaufman, Ivy Tech automotive program chair and assistant professor, “Ultimately, professors want kids to continue their education at Ivy Tech and get excited about the auto industry.”

Tell City High School and Heritage Hills High School Students Take Top Honors at Ivy Tech Automotive Skills Competition

Ivy Tech Offers Opportunity to Earn 6 Free College Credits

Ivy Tech Community College-Princeton Instructional Center is now offering an opportunity for a total of 30 individuals to earn six free college credits through the Southwest Indiana Manufacturing Project.  Upon successful completion of the courses that will be offered this summer, students will earn the national recognized certification – Certified Production Technician. Current juniors and seniors in high school are eligible for this program.

Classes will be offered:

  • June 6-July 1: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • July 11-Aug. 5: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Location:  Ivy Tech Princeton Instructional Center, 2431 S. Crabtree Drive, Princeton

This program, which is a $2,600 value, is designed to help give individuals the beginning skills they need to have a successful career in manufacturing. Students will learn safety practices, quality practices and measurement, manufacturing process and production, maintenance awareness, and more. Credits earned are transferrable into a Technical Certificate or Associate degree program at Ivy Tech.

To enroll, or for additional information, contact Kyla Krieg, site manager at the Princeton Instructional Center, at 812-385-8565.

Ivy Tech Offers Opportunity to Earn 6 Free College Credits

Ivy Tech Community College & Gibson County Schools Announce College Connection Coach Initiative

Princeton, IN–Ivy Tech Community College and Gibson County Schools announced their College Connection Coach program for Gibson County today.

The College Connection Coach program is a partnership between Ivy Tech Community College and local high schools, and is the first of its kind in Indiana. It is designed to create and promote a culture of college attainment, by having Ivy Tech employees provide high school students with career coaching and academic advisement, said Ivy Tech Chancellor Jonathan Weinzapfel.  Coaches work with hundreds of high school students to explore their interests and career opportunities and map out academic plans. In particular, coaches work with students who have not expressed postsecondary goals and students who have completed dual credit courses (where a high school course counts for both high school credit and college credit). There is no charge to schools or students who use the College Connection Coach services.

Weinzapfel said the College Connection Coach program is unique to the Ivy Tech System in Indiana, and first started with a coach at Central High School in Evansville. “The program now partners with 18 school corporations in the Ivy Tech Southwest (Evansville) and Wabash Valley (Terre Haute) Regions. The program currently has 11 coaches placed in 29 high schools with a planned expansion to include a total of 34 high schools,” Weinzapfel said.

Cassie Scraper has been appointed as the College Connection Coach for Gibson County. She will serve the county’s three high schools. Scraper will work hand-in-hand with school guidance counselors, administrators, and teachers. In addition, she will provide career counseling and map out career and educational pathways to help students earn college credit while still in high school.

Scraper most recently served as director of financial aid for Oakland City University. She earned her bachelor’s degree in both Elementary and Secondary Education from Oakland City University.

Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Indiana has provided a grant of $25,000 to help underwrite the program. Karen Johnston, assistant manager of external affairs, said “We are very proud to work with Ivy Tech and collaborate on ways that advance educational opportunities in Gibson County.”

“The East Gibson School Corporation is excited about the Ivy Tech Community College and Gibson County Schools new initiative, College and Career Connection Coach, said Dr. Henry M. Brewster, superintendent of East Gibson School Corporation. “The hiring of Cassie Scraper as the College and Career Connection Coach will provide students one-on-one assistance and encouragement toward enrollment in college and persistence toward degree completion. Cassie brings expertise in the transition from high school and college that will bring added support to the students. Wood Memorial High School students will benefit greatly from this joint endeavor.”

“Princeton Community High School would like to express our sincere gratitude to Ivy Tech Community College for our newly appointed College Connection Coach. Cassie is currently helping our students with scholarship applications and financial aid edits. Future plans are that Cassie will work with all students on future graduation plans for success,” said Steve Hauger, principal at Princeton Community High School. “From the first day Cassie arrived she enthusiastically jumped right in and began working with our students.  We look forward to the success of this program and the tremendous benefits our students will realize from her expertise!”

Gibson Southern High School Principal Scott Reid said he is looking forward to how Cassie will assist students at the school. “Our South Gibson school community highly values education, as evidenced by the high percentage of Gibson Southern students who move on to post-secondary schools, and we fully embrace this opportunity to add a valuable resource for our students. I also want to make sure we thank Ivy Tech for their partnership and continued support of our area schools and students.”

Ivy Tech Community College has also launched the College Connection Coach initiative in Clay, Greene, Parke, Perry, Sullivan, Vanderburgh, Vermillion, Vigo and Warrick counties.

Ivy Tech Community College & Gibson County Schools Announce College Connection Coach Initiative