Express Enrollment Day April 19 at Ivy Tech Southwest

express-enrollment-dayEvansville, IN- Ivy Tech Community College Southwest will host Express Enrollment Day for individuals interested in enrolling in classes for summer or fall 2017, on April 19. The free event is  designed to assist interested individuals in completing the enrollment process, potentially, all in one day!

The event is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Ivy Tech 3501 N. First Avenue, Evansville, IN.

At the event students will have the opportunity to:

  • Complete the FAFSA or have their financial aid questions answered.  Also, students can learn more about aid such as grants, scholarships and loans.
  • Create their MyIvy account, complete their FYIvy and schedule a face-to-face orientation session.
  • Determine what assessments may be needed to enroll.
  • Meet with an academic advisor.
  • Register for classes.

Here is what students should bring to Express Enrollment:

  • Government issued ID
  • Tax information for 2015 (if filing a FAFSA-Ivy Tech code 009917)
  • High School and/or College Transcripts – whichever applies
  • An idea of what he/she would like to study

For more information and to RSVP, visit

Express Enrollment Day April 19 at Ivy Tech Southwest

“Leading by Example” Topic of Ivy Tech/Banterra Annual Speaker Series at Ivy Tech Community College

The 2017 Schools of Business and Computing and Informatics Speaker Series at Ivy Tech
Community College Southwest culminates April 19 with Guest Speaker Bo Drake, workforce alignment executive at Ivy Tech Southwest presenting the keynote address, “Leading by ExBo Drake2ample.” It is free and open to the public and will take place at 6 p.m. in Room 344 at Ivy Tech, 3501 N. First Avenue. The event, which features three different events, is sponsored by Banterra Bank.

Drake came to Southwest Indiana in 2013 to serve as executive director of Corporate College, (now Workforce Alignment) for Ivy Tech. Charged with serving employers throughout the region, he and his team have brought about significant growth. He has helped the college secure more than $2 million in grants and donations and has begun several programs to serve the workforce development needs in the community.

Previously, Drake was employed by Nationwide Insurance in Columbus, Ohio, where he served as a consultant in Mergers and Acquisitions. At Nationwide, he was responsible for training, coaching, and consulting with agency owners and sales managers in multiple states. He consulted on projects totaling more than $50 million and performed extensive financial analysis and forecasting.  Drake also worked with the Ohio State Bar Association Insurance Agency in Columbus, Ohio, as the director of Insurance, serving the insurance needs of lawyers throughout the state.

He is a board member for the Southwest Indiana Chamber of Commerce, and serves as chair of the Education Committee. He has served as a volunteer for Junior Achievement and as a committee member for cMOE’s fundraiser, Ignite It!

Drake is an Ivy Tech alumnus with an Associate of Arts degree in business administration. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech communication from Northern Kentucky University and a Master’s in human services from Liberty University.

A public reception is planned prior to this presentation at 5 p.m. in the foyer area of Vectren Auditorium, on the first floor of Ivy Tech.

“Leading by Example” Topic of Ivy Tech/Banterra Annual Speaker Series at Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College Dedicates Barbara J. Hilton, RN School of Nursing


Evansville, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College Southwest honored the memory of Barbara J. Hilton, as the Ivy Tech Barbara J. Hilton School of Nursing was dedicated today (4/7/17).

Made possible through the generosity of Dr. Frank L. Hilton, the School of Nursing this spring has approximately 140 nursing majors in its Associate of Science in Nursing and Licensed Practical Nursing Programs; and another 300 students taking coursework in hope of being accepted into the programs. The School of Nursing was recently ranked 2nd in the state for its students’ high pass rates on the NCLEX exam.

This gift from the Hilton family will allow for new and evolving equipment to be purchased and used in the years to come, keeping Ivy Tech’s nursing students on the cutting edge of the industry. The funding will help to provide scholarships for students in the programs, as well.

“Donors like Dr. Hilton are the lifeblood of our college, providing funding that help our college and its programs – but most importantly — help our students to realize their dreams and become contributing members of this community,” said Ivy Tech Chancellor Jonathan Weinzapfel.

Dr. Hilton is providing this gift – in honor of his late wife, Barbara J. Hilton. Barbara was a dedicated mother, wife, friend and nurse. According to Dr. Hilton, his wife empathized with many Ivy Tech students because her education path toward nursing was a journey not without hurdles. She attended a large university for one year, but then moved back home and got married. After marriage, and then having two children, Barbara realized the value of a college education and the impact it had on a profession, Dr. Hilton said. She enrolled in a two-year institution, where she earned her nursing degree and graduated at the top of her class. Barbara was a registered nurse at St. Mary’s Medical Center for nine and a half years, and later worked at Bristol-Myers as a registered nurse. She was the owner of Home Health Care Agency (OBI), from which she retired.

John Murphy, president of the Ivy Tech Foundation, said “We are honored to dedicate the Barbara J. Hilton School of Nursing in recognition of a transformational gift from Dr. Frank Hilton.  This gift will enable us to continue providing stellar nursing education opportunities in southwest Indiana and help students reach their career goals.”

Barbara and Dr. Hilton were married for 20 years. Together, they had four children: Jennifer Riley, Ryan Hilton, Doug Eisele, and Nathan Eisele. In 2008, at the age of 53, Barbara passed away after experiencing a traumatic fall.

Dr. Hilton said, “An anonymous person once wrote three simple rules of life. 1. If you do not go after what you want, you will never have it.  2. If you do not ask, the answer will always be no.  3. If you do not step forward, you will always be in the same place,” he said. “Barbara probably never read these simple rules but they certainly pertained to her. She went after what she wanted, applied and asked for a scholarship, and stepped forward more than once.”

In recognition of Barbara’s achievements in nursing and Frank’s work with the nurses of the Women’s Hospital, many of whom were Ivy Tech graduates, the Barbara J. Hilton Nursing Scholarship has been established to provide support to students in Ivy Tech’s Nursing Program.

Ivy Tech Community College Dedicates Barbara J. Hilton, RN School of Nursing