Phil Goode named Ivy Tech Community College Lafayette’s 2018 Distinguished Alumnus

Goode_P                                                                           Phil Goode, general manager for Crawfordsville Electric Light & Power, was named a Distinguished Alumnus of Ivy Tech Community College Lafayette during the college’s commencement ceremony held May 6. The college presents the annual award to a graduate who has demonstrated excellence in career and community service.

Goode started his career at CEL&P 39 years ago as an apprentice lineman. After concluding his first ten years at CEL&P and receiving a promotion to foreman, he felt it was important to continue his education to help further his career. He applied to a traditional four year school but it was difficult to juggle his full-time job, an expensive and non-flexible college schedule, and his family.

Ivy Tech Community College was the perfect place for Goode. He discovered that the education at Ivy Tech is well rounded and the instructors are dedicated and competent. The education which he received provided a lifetime of skills and knowledge which he continues to use today. After earning his associate degree in business management at Ivy Tech, he continued his education and earned a bachelor degree and MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University.

“Ivy Tech Community College is the perfect place for people of all ages and backgrounds to get started on their educational journey. Without Ivy Tech, I would not have acquired the knowledge or confidence to continue my education,” Goode said. “My opportunities in life and career would not have been possible, without the decision I made years ago – getting started with my first two classes at Ivy Tech.”

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Ivy Tech Lafayette students design new website for the White County Food Pantry

Thanks to a group of students at Ivy Tech Community College Lafayette, The White County Food Pantry will have a new website. Three groups of students in a web design class each created templates that could be used to create a potential website.

“We really appreciated the students helping us with this project,” said Don Koleszar, a volunteer for the food pantry. “The students did a nice job of explaining what they created and why they created things in a certain way. We really like the clean and simple look of the websites.”

The White County Food Pantry is a completely volunteer-led organization established to provide food to the needy and hungry in White County. The final website design will include contact information for anyone who wants to volunteer at the food pantry, an on-line monetary donation function, and information on how to make food donations.

“The website is the kind of real-world classroom project that provides our students with the experience of working with a client and developing a solution tailored to their needs,” said Andrew Gibbs, Department Chair in the School of Information Technology at Ivy Tech. “We hope to provide more opportunities for our students to help not-for-profit groups with their internet presence.”

This semester, Ivy Tech students will tackle a website to help support fundraising for the Libby and Abby Softball Park Fund. Initial plans for the sports complex include batting cages, amphitheater, playground, and three playing fields.

The White County Instructional Center will offer a web site development class this summer. The class will be offered in a “lunch and learn” format that will meet Monday through Thursday with an instructor and include online learning. For more information, call (574) 583-4891.

 

 

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PHOTO: One of the proposed web site designs submitted by Ivy Tech Lafayette students to the White County Food Pantry.

 

 

Judy Doppelfeld and Patty Plantenga to assume new roles at Ivy Tech Community College Lafayette.

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Judy Doppelfeld

After nearly 10 years as Site Director of Ivy Tech Community College’s Monticello site, Judy Doppelfeld is transferring to the position of Registrar for the Ivy Tech Lafayette service area that includes the Monticello site. Other locations in the service area include the Lafayette campus and sites in Frankfort and Crawfordsville.

Doppelfeld was the first director for the Monticello site when it opened in 2008. She helped launch many new classes and services at the site, and developed partnerships with local schools and the community.

“I have been very pleased to help open the Monticello site and serve the Ivy Tech students here,” Doppelfeld said. “I’m excited to begin the next phase of my 41 year career at Ivy Tech by serving all the students within the service area, including Monticello.”

Doppelfeld began her Ivy Tech career in 1976 as a math instructor. She taught architectural drafting and was promoted to supervise the Drafting Program (now Design Technology Program). She was an advisor in the Applied Science and Technologies Division and interim Program Chair for Industrial Maintenance and Building Construction Programs, and later served as Division Chair for five years, while continuing to supervise the Drafting Program. In 1991 she was named Manager of Continuing Education before accepting the position of Director of Admissions in 1993. In 2007 she was named Director of Academic Affairs and Student Affairs Support, and in 2008 was promoted to Site Director in Monticello. She earned both her bachelor of science degree in residential design and master of science in education degree in higher education administration from Purdue University.

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Patty Plantenga

Patty Plantenga has been named Acting Site Director for Monticello. Plantenga has been with Ivy Tech for nearly 15 and has been a faculty member and advisor at sites as well as the main campus. She brings a wide range of experience in instruction, and academic, career and transfer advising.

“I am looking forward to drawing on my total professional experience at Ivy Tech to bring to Monticello,” Plantenga said. “I am passionate about serving students and helping them to succeed whether in a career or transferring to a four-year college. I’m excited to participate in the tenth anniversary of the opening of the Monticello site.”

Plantenga joined the college as adjunct faculty in January 2003, teaching ASA Math in Frankfort and Lafayette. In 2008 she taught Math as adjunct faculty in Crawfordsville. In 2013 she accepted the full-time position of transfer advocate and academic advisor in the McAllister Advising Center. In 2015 she took on additional duties as a career development advisor. She earned her bachelor of science degree in criminal justice from Ball State University, and is currently pursuing a master of science degree in academic advising from Kansas State University with an expected completion in May 2018.

Doppelfeld and Plantenga will assume their new roles on February 1, 2018.

Ivy Tech Lafayette Dean receives honorary degree from Indiana FFA

 

The Indiana FFA has recognized Andrea Schwartz with an Honorary Hoosier Degree. Schwartz is the Dean of the School of Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering & Applied Science and Associate Professor of Agriculture at Ivy Tech Community College-Lafayette. She will receive the honor at the Indiana FFA State Convention to be held June 18-21 on the Purdue University campus. The Honorary Hoosier Degree recognizes individuals who have demonstrated distinction in supporting FFA and the field of agriculture.

Schwartz holds a Master of Science in Agriculture and Extension Education and a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Education, both from Purdue University. Before being named Dean, she served Ivy Tech as Chair and Assistant Professor of the Agriculture Program. As Program Chair, she fostered relationships for over 150 internship experiences across the country, increased participation in the Pathway to Purdue Agriculture Program by approximately 250%, and implemented and coached a livestock judging team. She has further enhanced the College’s ties to the Indiana FFA Association, co-hosting the Annual State Convention with Purdue. Ivy Tech hosts one day of Career Development Events and Leadership Development Events, as well as Chapter Fun Night.

“I am certainly surprised and humbled by this honor,” Schwartz said. “My high school did not have an active agriculture program, so I didn’t have the opportunity to be an FFA member growing up. As an agriculture educator, I strongly support the mission of the organization and am truly grateful for this recognition.”

Lafayette Rotary Club issues scholarships for community college

Each year the Rotary Club of Lafayette awards scholarships to students attending community college. Eight students from the Ivy Tech Lafayette campus have been chosen to receive $1000 toward their educational endeavors. Andrea Schwartz, Dean, for the  School of Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering and Applied Science,  represented the Lafayette campus leadership during the luncheon hosted by the club. The scholarship recipients from Ivy Tech Lafayette were: Brian Arias, Kristy Blair, Brianda Cardwell, Heather Hensler, Sarah Neideffer, Melia Peterson, Iveelyn Rogers and Kaitlyn Young.

 

 

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Judy Doppelfeld receives Honorary Ivy Tech Degree

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Judy Doppelfeld

Judy Doppelfeld has served Ivy Tech for 41 years. She began her career in 1976 as a math instructor. She was the first female full-time drafting instructor and was later promoted as the first female drafting program supervisor. She was an advisor in the Applied Science and Technologies Division and interim Program Chair for Industrial Maintenance and Building Construction Programs, and later served as the first female Technology Division Chair for five years, while continuing to supervise the Drafting Technology Program. In 1991 she was named the first Manager of Continuing Education before accepting the position of Director of Admissions in 1993. In 2007 she was named the first Director of Academic Affairs and Student Affairs Support, and in 2008 was promoted to help open the Monticello site as its first Director where she helped launch many new classes, and develop partnerships with local schools and the community.

Mrs. Doppelfeld earned both her bachelor of science degree in residential design and master of science in education degree in higher education administration from Purdue University. She and her husband Joe have been married for 35 years and have a daughter Jeryl and son Joseph.

 

 

 

Ivy Tech Lafayette announces faculty award winners Dr. Andrew Irrgang and Dr. Kenneth Moder

Ivy Tech Community College Lafayette presented the 2018 McAllister Excellence in Teaching Awards to two faculty members at the college’s annual commencement ceremony held May 6. Dr. Andrew Irrgang, assistant professor of math and physics, was named the full-time faculty winner. Dr. Kenneth Moder, adjunct professor of chemistry, was named the part-time faculty winner.

Each year, the McAllister award is presented to one full-time and one adjunct (part-time) faculty member. Students nominate faculty and a peer committee chooses the award winners. The award symbolizes demonstrated competency, hard work, and determination. Adjunct faculty winners receive a commemorative plaque. Both adjunct and full-time faculty winners receive a $1,000 monetary award presented by the McAllister Foundation.

Dr. Moder also received the 2018 Gerald I. Lamkin Award for Excellence in Instruction. The award recognizes one adjunct (part-time) faculty member from among 19 adjunct faculty members from the Ivy Tech statewide system who best typifies excellence in instruction and epitomizes the mission of Ivy Tech. Moder received a commemorative medallion, a cash award, and a professional development grant at a special ceremony held in Indianapolis on April 16.

Dr. Andrew Irrgang, full-time faculty award winner

Dr. Irrgang has been an assistant professor of math and physics at Ivy Tech Community College since the fall 2013 semester. While at Ivy Tech, he has developed new physics and math courses in support of the introduction of the engineering program at the college. He has also directed undergraduate research projects and an advanced topics independent study class.

He received his bachelor of science in physics (honors degree) and mathematics, and his master of science degree in physics from Purdue University. He also received his Ph.D. in physics from Purdue, where he is currently a visiting scholar. While a graduate student at Purdue, he was named AAPT Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant. He has published research articles in the Journal of High Energy Physics.

Dr. Irrgang strives to create an environment where learning is student driven and not instructor dominated. The goal is to create opportunity for students to interactively work with ideas instead of passively scribing notes. His students note his clearly understood explanations of course concepts, readiness to answer questions, and fostering class discussion.

His community service includes serving as a judge for the annual Science Olympiad, a national STEM competition for K-12 students, held on the Ivy Tech campus. He has also served as Indiana Space Grant Consortium Student Success Coordinator, supporting students who apply for grants and internships.

Dr. Kenneth Moder, adjunct faculty award winner

Dr. Moder has been an adjunct professor of chemistry at Ivy Tech Community College since September 2011. He also serves the college as a chemistry tutor for students with disabilities. He was a senior organic chemist, research scientist, and senior research chemist for Eli Lilly and Company from 1981 until his retirement in 2008.

Dr. Moder earned his bachelor of science degree in chemistry (Outstanding Senior) from Depaul University and his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Illinois. He has published several research articles in organic chemistry journals and holds several U.S. patents.

His students describe Dr. Moder’s teaching style as fun, interactive and relatable. He connects chemistry concepts to real-world applications, for example, relating different units of pressure to television weather reports of barometric pressure. Humor is an important component of his teaching style as he strives to reduce his students’ anxiety over learning chemistry and to dismiss the stereotype of “an old stuffy professor.”

His community service activities include food collection, recycling programs, and fund raising that have supported Food Finders of Lafayette, Knights of Pythias, the Ronald McDonald House, Miller Elementary School, Cystic Fibrosis, and Kids First.

Congratulations to both winners!

Crawfordsville Fire Department Lieutenant Mullett appoint to Ivy Tech Lafayette Regional Board of Trustees

 

Ivy TechMullett_C Community College’s State Board of Trustees has appointed Crawfordsville Fire Department
Lieutenant Charles “CJ” Mullett to the Lafayette Regional Board of Trustees. The Regional Board represents constituencies within the Ivy Tech Lafayette service area that includes the Crawfordsville campus and oversee the operation of the college and support its initiatives.

Mullett has served the Crawfordsville fire department since August 2010. He also provides all state fire and OSHA classes as well as team building workshops for fire, commercial and industrial clients as owner and lead instructor of Rescue 1 LLC in Crawfordsville. He is a graduate of Southmont High School and attended Indiana State University. He is also a graduate of the Montgomery County Leadership Academy.

“I am honored to be nominated to serve on Ivy Tech’s Regional Board of Trustees,” Mullett said. “I look forward to representing Montgomery County and support the Ivy Tech Crawfordsville site.”

The Ivy Tech site in Crawfordsville offers an associate degree in business administration at the campus. The facility at 2325 Phil Ward Blvd. is celebrating its fifth year at the location. The building was constructed with support from the City of Crawfordsville and Montgomery County.

 

Ivy Tech Community College Lafayette professor Dr. Kenneth Moder receives statewide excellence in teaching award

Dr. Kenneth Moder, an adjunct professor of chemistry at Ivy Tech Community College Lafayette, has received the 2018 Gerald I. Lamkin Award for Excellence in Instruction. The award recognizes one adjunct (part-time) faculty member who best typifies excellence in instruction and epitomizes the mission of Ivy Tech. Moder received a commemorative medallion, a cash award, and a professional development grant at a special ceremony held in Indianapolis on April 16.

Dr. Moder was chosen from among 19 adjunct faculty members who received an adjunct faculty award from their respective Ivy Tech campuses. In Lafayette, the award is named the McAllister Adjunct Faculty Award for Excellence in Instruction. The 19 award winners are automatically nominated for the statewide Lamkin Award.

Dr. Moder has been an adjunct professor of chemistry at Ivy Tech since September 2011. He also serves the college as a chemistry tutor for students with disabilities. He was a senior organic chemist, research scientist, and senior research chemist for Eli Lilly and Company from 1981 until his retirement in 2008.

He earned his bachelor of science degree in chemistry (Outstanding Senior) from Depaul University and his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Illinois. He has published several research articles in organic chemistry journals and holds several U.S. patents.

His students describe Dr. Moder’s teaching style as fun, interactive and relatable. He connects chemistry concepts to real-world applications, for example, relating different units of pressure to television weather reports of barometric pressure. Humor is an important component of his teaching style as he strives to reduce his students’ anxiety over learning chemistry and to dismiss the stereotype of “an old stuffy professor.”

His community service activities include food collection, recycling programs, and fund raising that have supported Food Finders of Lafayette, Knights of Pythias, the Ronald McDonald House, Miller Elementary School, Cystic Fibrosis, and Kids First.