Scholarships available for 5th annual ASAP class at Ivy Tech Lafayette

LAFAYETTE, IN. — (April 9, 2015) Ivy Tech Community College Lafayette is accepting applications for the fifth group of students to enroll in the Associate Accelerated Program (ASAP). ASAP provides select Ivy Tech students with the opportunity to earn an associate degree, traditionally a two-year program, in just eleven months.

ASAP is open to students not older than 21 years of age, who have a family member or guardian providing room and board for one year, and who have earned a minimum 2.5 grade point average in high school with a good attendance record. The challenging program requires a full-time commitment with full days of class work Mondays through Thursdays and a day for special enrichment activities on Fridays.

The 2015-16 program will launch on June 8 with a maximum of 48 participating students. Priority deadline for enrollment is April 22, but students will be considered on an individual basis after that date if openings remain.

Thanks to the Smith Family Scholar Program established by Mike and Sue Smith, select students are capable of receiving up to $4,800 per year to assist with living expenses while enrolled in ASAP. Other students may be eligible for $2,500 fellowships made possible by the Lumina Foundation. Students with financial need will be given preference for these funds.

“The ASAP program is a unique opportunity for traditional-age, qualified, and motivated students to accelerate their college degree,” said Sean McCan, director of the program for the Lafayette and Kokomo campuses. “This is a transfer-focused program emphasizing individual mentoring, a cohort learning community, and out-of-class experiences.” ASAP graduates have successfully transferred to Purdue, Indiana, Ball State, IUPUI, IPFW, among other colleges.

Applications for the ASAP program are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. The process begins by filling out an Interest Form at ivytech.edu/ASAP. Students and parents may also contact McCan directly at smccan@ivytech.edu or 765-269-5256.

“I was a first-generation college student,” McCan said. “I remember feeling so confused about the college application process. In the ASAP program not only will you earn a high quality degree from Ivy Tech, we’ll help you understand what it means to be a college student before you transfer to a four-year school.”

Ivy Tech Community College Lafayette’s regional foundation officer Pat Corey announces retirement

Ivy Tech Community College Lafayette has announced the retirement of Pat Corey, Executive Director of Resource Development. Corey has led the regional Ivy Tech Foundation office and fundraising efforts for the Lafayette region since 2005. She will step down at the end of April.

During Corey’s tenure, the Lafayette region raised $24.8 million for scholarships, capital projects and special programs. The region has the largest scholarship endowment within the Ivy Tech system. The Smith Scholars Associated Accelerated Program (ASAP) was established to allow students to complete an associate degree in less than one year. The recently completed Frankfort campus was built with the support of Clinton County businesses, industry and residents. Other programs developed through the generosity of benefactors include the McAllister Excellence in Teaching Awards and McAllister Merit Awards, as well as the Arts in Education programs that allows Ivy Tech students to attend Purdue Convocations performances.

Corey has also been highly involved in The Intersection Connection, a multi-organization collaboration which is currently raising funds to build a new YMCA adjacent to the Ivy Tech Lafayette campus. The new facility will also house health services and Junior Achievement hands-on learning labs. To date the project has secured $12 million.

“Pat Corey’s energy and enthusiasm is contagious,” said Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski. “Her love for Ivy Tech and this community is both special and remarkable. She will certainly be missed, and her efforts are truly appreciated.”

Under Corey’s direction, the Lafayette region built a robust alumni program, including an Alumni Legacy Fund administered by alumni to support student experience grants. Corey developed Ivy Tech Lafayette’s first engagement function, coordinating efforts to recognize lifelong learning, serving on the original planning team for the area’s child abuse summits and Our Kids Committee, and helping Greater Lafayette earn recognition as one of the 100 Best Communities for Youth.

Corey was part of the executive team for the Western Indiana Sustainable Energy Resource (WISER) and served on the United Way Community Investment Committee, the boards of Historic Prophetstown and the Indiana Fiddler’s Gathering, Greater Lafayette Commerce’s Quality of Life Committee, the Regional Leadership Institute, and the League of Women Voters.

Corey continues to lead development of Hometown2Hometown, a Greater Lafayette Commerce website designed as a portal for friends and relatives of Purdue’s international students and scholars and the international business community in Greater Lafayette. She has also helped Greater Lafayette become a U.S. Ignite community. In 2012, she traveled to Japan and China with the community’s trade delegation.

“It has been a privilege to work with such an incredibly generous and visionary community,” says Corey. “I am so grateful to Ivy Tech to have had the opportunity to serve both the college and the communities in our region in so many ways.”

“Pat has taken Ivy Tech’s fundraising and community partnerships to new levels,” said Dr. David Bathe, Chancellor for Ivy Tech’s Lafayette and Kokomo regions. “Her tireless efforts and commitment to not only the college, but also to the communities that it serves, have set a standard of excellence and integrity that is unmatched.”

“Pat has been an incredible senior development officer,” said John Murphy, President of Ivy Tech Foundation. “She is a ‘go to’ resource and her generosity in sharing knowledge is highly acclaimed. I will be forever grateful for the endless hours Pat has put forth on Ivy Tech’s behalf. She is the epitome of a selfless servant leader.”

Corey was born in Cleveland, Ohio and lived briefly in Indianapolis before moving to Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan. She earned her bachelor’s degree in mathematics with distinction from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in communication from Purdue University. She completed coursework for a Ph.D. in communication from Purdue before taking the post at Ivy Tech. Her research interests included rhetoric and philosophy of technology, and she taught public speaking, journalism, and society and technology. Corey co-developed and taught an undergraduate course in computing and ethics. Her prior professional experience included business management for a newspaper in Michigan, human resources management and information technology.

Corey and her husband, John, make their home in downtown Lafayette.

ABOUT IVY TECH
Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities. In addition, its courses and programs transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.

Ivy Tech Community College Lafayette serves Benton, Carroll, Clinton, Fountain, Montgomery, Tippecanoe, Warren and White counties with campuses in Lafayette, Crawfordsville, Monticello and Frankfort. Ivy Tech Lafayette touches the lives of over 12,000 students each academic year and offers associate degrees and certificates in 42 programs in the areas of business, health sciences, computing, technology, nursing, public services, education, applied science, engineering technology, and liberal arts.

LeVar Burton brings MLK’s dreams to life in Kokomo

More than 1,500 attend student convocation, community banquet

KOKOMO, Ind. — LeVar Burton, noted actor and literacy advocate, shared the stories of his dreams, the dreams of others – and the dreams everyone can work to make come true – in February at the guest speaker in Ivy Tech Community College’s annual “Doing the Dream” celebration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

More than 350 community leaders, educational leaders, students and citizens attended the Feb. 5 banquet and more than 1,100 middle school, high school and college students and faculty members filled the room at the Kokomo Event & Conference Center for the free student convocation on Feb. 6. Burton captured both audiences with his dramatic oratory about the power of dreams – and his conviction that we all were born with a gift, a gift we are obligated to share that gift with the world.

At both sessions, Burton talked about history and our nation’s evolution – from his portrayal of Kunta Kinte, an African abducted into slavery in the early American South, in “ROOTS,” to Martin Luther King Jr.’s unwavering leadership of a nonviolent effort to end discrimination, to the election of Barack Obama as president of the United States. His dramatic reading from King’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” brought members of the evening audience to tears. His recounting of Kunta Kinte’s intense quest for freedom brought the student audience to complete silence. And his recollections of his work as host of “Reading Rainbow” and Chief Engineer Geordi LaForge on “Star Trek: The Next Generation” brought smiles from fans.

“Mr. Burton brought a dramatic message that put the history of America – and the future of America – into a context designed to inspire both audiences,” said Amber Williams, a co-chair of the Doing the Dream Committee that brought the actor to Kokomo. “We were thrilled to be part of bringing a speaker who was so effective and so well-received.”

Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) and the Community Foundation of Howard County again served as lead sponsors for the “Doing the Dream” celebration with $5,000 donations to support participation by a noted speaker.

In emphasizing the importance of dreams, Burton challenged the students to really discover their gifts and their dreams to accomplish what they were placed on Earth to do. He cited the impact on his life of three mentors – Alex Haley, the author of “ROOTS,” the book that became the basis of the television miniseries that changed America; Gene Roddenberry, creator of “Star Trek,” a great visionary who inspired generations of engineers and researchers; and Fred Rogers, whose Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood persona of kindness, compassion and love was authentic and life-changing.

What we dream can become reality, Burton said. Roddenberry’s dreams of new technologies in the science fiction of the 1960s and 1970s (think Captain Kirk’s “communicator,” Sulu’s control panel, Lt. Uhura’s earpiece) soon became reality (think flip phones, tablets, Bluetooth headsets and even developing hologram technology).

“The two most important words in the English language – ‘What if?’” Burton said, musing about what will those dreaming today will come up with in the future. “What if we could cure cancer? What if we could feed the world? What if we could stop war?” he asked. “What if we could convince everyone there is enough for everyone and build a world based on cooperation instead of competition? What if we could all discover what our gift is and be committed to delivering that gift to the world? The world be a different place!”

“Never be afraid to claim that which you dream for yourself,” he told the students. “It is our dreams and our ability to commit to them and carry them out that are the stuff of legends.”

Dr. David Bathe, chancellor of the Kokomo and Lafayette regions, thanked Burton for his poignant and effective message at the evening dinner and presented him with an artwork from Kokomo Opalescent Glass Company as a memento of his visit to Kokomo.

Co-chairs of the Doing the Dream Committee include Amber Williams, Emily Getty, Robb Haywood and Leo Studach, all faculty members at Ivy Tech Kokomo Region. Work is already beginning on the 2016 edition.

Susie Trees will be honored at a public retirement reception

The public is invited to celebrate Susie Trees’ contributions to Ivy Tech Community College and Clinton County at a retirement reception that will be held on Friday, February 20, from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. in the community room in Kaspar Hall on the college’s Davidson Campus located at 251 E. Clinton Street, Frankfort.

Trees is a long-time resident of Clinton County and has been an educator throughout her professional career. Most recently she was Site Director of Ivy Tech Community College Frankfort. She has a long history of community service to Frankfort and Clinton County.

ABOUT IVY TECH COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities. In addition, its courses and programs transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.

Ivy Tech Community College Lafayette serves Benton, Carroll, Clinton, Fountain, Montgomery, Tippecanoe, Warren and White counties with campuses in Lafayette, Crawfordsville, Monticello and Frankfort. Ivy Tech Lafayette touches the lives of over 12,000 students each academic year and offers associate degrees and certificates in 42 programs in the areas of business, health sciences, computing, technology, nursing, public services, education, applied science, engineering technology, and liberal arts.

Ivy Tech Community College is accepting nominations for the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award

Ivy Tech Community College-Lafayette is accepting nominations for the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award.

The nominee must be a graduate of Ivy Tech Community College and earned an associate of arts degree, associate of science degree, associate of applied science degree or a technical certificate. The nominee must have notable professional or personal achievements since graduation, and has made a positive impact on the community or Ivy Tech Community College through leadership or active volunteering. The award is presented at the college’s Commencement Ceremony.

Nomination forms are available at connect.ivytech.edu/lafayette-legacy or by calling Ivy Tech’s Alumni Affairs office at (765) 269-5116. Deadline for submissions is February 10.

Dustin McCormick was the 2014 Distinguished Alumnus. McCormick graduated in 2004 with an associate degree in computer information systems. He is a software engineer at ExactTarget and is continuing his studies at Ball State pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

ABOUT IVY TECH
Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities. In addition, its courses and programs transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.

Ivy Tech Community College Lafayette serves Benton, Carroll, Clinton, Fountain, Montgomery, Tippecanoe, Warren and White counties with campuses in Lafayette, Crawfordsville, Monticello and Frankfort. Ivy Tech Lafayette touches the lives of over 12,000 students each academic year and offers associate degrees and certificates in 42 programs in the areas of business, health sciences, computing, technology, nursing, public services, education, applied science, engineering technology, and liberal arts

Ivy Tech Appoints Andrew Muffett to lead Ivy Tech Frankfort

Andrew Muffett has been appointed site director for Ivy Tech Community College Frankfort. He will assume his duties at the beginning of March.

Muffett has been site director for the Renaissance Instructional Center in Lafayette since April 2011 when the center opened. He joined the college in 2008 as the assistant director of administration. At the Renaissance Instructional Center, Muffett was responsible for enrollment management, outreach to Benton, Newton and Jasper counties, and development of key relationships with downtown Lafayette businesses. During his tenure at Ivy Tech, he has taken the lead on key initiatives that included public relations collaborations with community leaders, politicians and local business owners.

Muffett earned his bachelor’s degree from Purdue University, and achieved a master of science degree in higher education administration from the University of Wisconsin. He serves on the boards of Historic Prophetstown and Long Center for the Performing Arts, is a member of the Downtown Development Council of Greater Lafayette Commerce, and was appointed by Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski to the City of Lafayette Parking Commission.

“I am excited to work alongside the Frankfort community through my new capacity at Ivy Tech,” Muffett said. “I will be committed to growing the campus and continuing to provide quality educational experiences that contribute to student academic and career success and help meet the community’s needs. I look forward to continuing the partnerships with the community and building on the early successes that are the result of those partnerships.”

Muffett’s wife Cindy served Clinton County as a resource conservation specialist for the Clinton County Soil & Water Conservation District from 2006 to 2011. She worked closely with landowners and producers to improve and protect the natural resources of the county, and partnered with city and county departments. She developed strong relationships with county and city government offices, as well as area farm producers, on a variety of soil and water projects.

ABOUT IVY TECH
Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities. In addition, its courses and programs transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.

Ivy Tech Community College Lafayette serves Benton, Carroll, Clinton, Fountain, Montgomery, Tippecanoe, Warren and White counties with campuses in Lafayette, Crawfordsville, Monticello and Frankfort. Ivy Tech Lafayette touches the lives of over 12,000 students each academic year and offers associate degrees and certificates in 42 programs in the areas of business, health sciences, computing, technology, nursing, public services, education, applied science, engineering technology, and liberal arts.

Susie Trees to retire as Site Director of Frankfort’s Ivy Tech campus

Ivy Tech Community College has announced the retirement of Susie Trees, Site Director of Ivy Tech Frankfort. Trees joined the college in 2007 as a dual credit advisor, and was appointed to oversee the Frankfort location in November, 2012. She will step down at the end of February.

Trees is a life-long resident of Clinton County and has served in education during her entire professional career. For 21 years she was a secondary teacher in the Community Schools of Frankfort. Prior to Ivy Tech, she coordinated Clinton County’s first community learning center in partnership with Purdue University Extension. The learning center became a national model, resulting in eight similar learning centers established in Indiana alone. Trees developed relationships with Clinton County business and industry, expanding educational opportunities to the community’s workforce.

Trees also served as Coordinator of the Latino Community Learning Center of Frankfort, one of four centers statewide that provides access to basic education and computer literacy to the local Latino community.

Trees graduated from Clinton Prairie High School. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in home economics from Butler University, a master of science in education from Indiana University, and a lifetime Vocational Home Economics License from Purdue University.

Trees is active in the Frankfort community. She serves as a 20 year member of the Community Schools of Frankfort Building Trades Advisory Board for the Community Schools of Frankfort, and currently serves as vice president of Zonta International-Advancing the Status of Women Worldwide. She is a past-president of Tri Kappa Philanthropic organization, and is a charter member and the first president of the Clinton County Alumnae Chapter of Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for women. She is a member of the Frankfort Rotary Club and is a lifelong member of Frankfort First Christian Church. She also serves on the Frankfort Adult Learning Center Advisory Board for the Community Schools of Frankfort, and the Clinton County Advisory Board for Indiana University- Kokomo Region.

Trees resides in rural Clinton County with her husband Ronald. They have two adult children, Tami Sulit and Rhett Trees, and five grandchildren.

“Retirement will allow me to- enjoy spending more time with all of our grandchildren, but especially longer trips to Colorado to hug two Denver grandchildren there,” Trees said. “As Ron and I continue to enjoy good health, I look forward to spending quality time with my husband of 46 years.”

“My favorite quote is: “Every day brings a chance to live free of regret, and with as much joy, fun, and laughter as you can stand.” My New Year’s resolution is to live a year of Zen; a year filled with love, and a year to scatter sunshine,” Trees said.

“Ivy Tech Frankfort as well as the entire City of Frankfort is a better place because of Susie Trees,” said Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes. “Through her caring commitment, vision, leadership, hard work, love of education and dedication to all those she has taught and nurtured, Susie serves as a shining example of a true community leader. Her passion and compassion for making education affordable and attainable for everyone interested in bettering themselves is what has made our Frankfort Ivy Tech campus the outstanding success it is.

“Susie is a pure joy to work with as she inspires everyone around her with her infectious kindness and generous spirit. We will miss her leadership on our campus and wish her and her family much happiness and many blessings as she embarks on the next exciting chapter of her life. Frankfort is truly grateful for all Susie has done for our Ivy Tech campus and the entire community,” McBarnes said.

“When the college began searching for just the right person to lead Ivy Tech Frankfort, Susie was the first and obvious choice,” said Dr. David Bathe, Chancellor of the Ivy Tech Lafayette and Kokomo regions. “Her tireless efforts in assisting with fundraising for Kaspar Hall and in preparing the building for opening were key to the overall success of Frankfort’s Davidson Campus. Ivy Tech Frankfort would not be what it is today without Susie Trees. I thank her for her contribution and wish her the best as she takes a well-deserved rest.”

ABOUT IVY TECH
Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities. In addition, its courses and programs transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.

Ivy Tech Community College Lafayette serves Benton, Carroll, Clinton, Fountain, Montgomery, Tippecanoe, Warren and White counties with campuses in Lafayette, Crawfordsville, Monticello and Frankfort. Ivy Tech Lafayette touches the lives of over 12,000 students each academic year and offers associate degrees and certificates in 42 programs in the areas of business, health sciences, computing, technology, nursing, public services, education, applied science, engineering technology, and liberal arts.