Local Ivy Tech Donors Recognized at Benefactor Event Thursday

Tom Nelda HickeyEvansville, IN –Dr. Thomas and Nelda Hickey, long time Ivy Tech Community College Evansville Campus supporters, were one of 15 winners of the Ivy Tech Foundation’s ninth annual Benefactor Awards. The honor was presented Thursday, Sept. 26, at the French Lick Hotel.

During this event, the Foundation honored individuals, corporations and foundations from Indiana who have considerably impacted Ivy Tech communities and students. The award celebrates the gifts and volunteer service that has been contributed to the College.

“With our deepest appreciation, we celebrate each of our benefactors for their passion, unconditional commitment and enduring dedication to the success of our students,” said John M. Murphy, President of Ivy Tech Foundation.  “Our benefactors are incredibly generous community leaders who are creating future opportunities for our friends, families and neighbors and we are extremely grateful.”

The Hickeys established their scholarship in 1988 to assist Ivy Tech graduates who wish to make a career change or enhance their current career in some way. They said they established it because they realize that financial assistance is not always readily available for such circumstances.

Tom and Nelda have a long history with Ivy Tech. Nelda retired from Ivy Tech in 2000 as business office manager, after serving for 26 ½ years.  Tom retired from Bristol-Myers Squibb as director of Veterinary Sciences. He took classes at Ivy Tech for three years and graduated from the Commercial and Industrial Photography program in 1980. He also served as the first president of the Ivy Tech Alumni Association at Evansville and later was a member of the Regional Advisory Council.

Nelda used her skills learned in the Business Office to serve as treasurer of a number of church and civic organizations. Tom put his photography degree to good use in photographing wildlife in all seven continents and presenting programs to schools, senior groups, church groups, and various civic organizations.

Other recipients of this year’s Benefactor Awards are:

  • Anderson: Jim Ault
  • Bloomington: Kathy and Randy Vernon
  • Columbus: National Center for Complex Operations
  • Fort Wayne: Brooks Construction Company, Inc.
  • Indianapolis: Susannah Dillon
  • Kokomo: Kokomo Grain Co.
  • Lake County, Valparaiso, Michigan City: Duneland Health Council
  • Lawrenceburg: City of Lawrenceburg
  • Marion: Dr. Harry D. Brickley
  • Muncie: George and Frances Ball Foundation
  • Lafayette: Jim Shook
  • Richmond: First Bank Richmond
  • Sellersburg: Leo Braddock
  • Terre Haute: Lori and Steve Danielson

For more information, photos and biographies for each recipient, visit ivytech.edu/benefactors.

Local Ivy Tech Donors Recognized at Benefactor Event Thursday

Ivy Tech Evansville Census Day Enrollment Up

Ivy Tech Community College Evansville Campus total Fall 2019 unduplicated headcount is up 5.7%, at 4,198 as of census day, Sept. 11, as compared with 2018 Census Day’s headcount of 3,973. These numbers include traditional students in Evansville and the Princeton and Tell City Career & Technology Centers, as well as students enrolled through such initiatives as Achieve Your Degree, Early College High School, Senior Scholars, and Workforce Alignment courses.

In addition, the full-time equivalent revenue generating headcount was up 1.4% on Census Day.

“Our doors are open. We are enrolling students for classes beginning Oct. 28 and the spring semester,” said Ivy Tech Chancellor Jonathan Weinzapfel. “We are pleased to be able to serve our communities by providing affordable educational opportunities and by growing our workers’ skillsets to meet employer demands. Through the many partnerships with area school corporations, the work of the College Connection Coaches, and the Pathways Plus Initiative, we anticipate continued growth.”

Ivy Tech, unlike four-year colleges, has multiple enrollment periods every 8 weeks throughout the year. Enrollment is now taking place for Oct. 28, as well as spring classes which begin January 13. Also, Ivy Tech offers free dual credit classes in the high schools, where students earn high school and college credits concurrently.

Ivy Tech Evansville Census Day Enrollment Up