Lee H. Hamilton to headline O’Bannon Institute at Ivy Tech in April

BLOOMINGTON – Lee H. Hamilton, one of the nation’s foremost experts on Congress and representative democracy, will headline Ivy Tech Bloomington’s 13th annual O’Bannon Institute for Community Service fundraising dinner on Thursday, April 21. The dinner will take place on Ivy Tech’s main campus with ticket proceeds benefiting the Center for Civic Engagement.

“We are honored that Mr. Hamilton, recent Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, has agreed to headline the O’Bannon Institute and bring his expertise in public affairs to our dinner guests,” said Chancellor Jennie Vaughan. “This is an especially exciting time for Ivy Tech and the community, as we host both Mr. Hamilton and our annual signature event for the first time on campus, in our new Cook Pavilion.”

Hamilton founded the Center on Congress at Indiana University in 1999 and served as its Director until 2015 after serving in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he represented Indiana from 1965 to 1999. He also served as President and Director of the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. from 1999 to 2010. He is a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom (2015). He currently serves as a Distinguished Scholar in the School of Global and International Studies and as a Professor of Practice in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University.

A leading figure on foreign policy, intelligence, and national security, Hamilton served as Vice Chairman of the 9/11 Commission and Co-Chairman of the bipartisan Iraq Study Group. Until recently, he served as Co-Chair of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future with General Brent Scowcroft and as a member of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board.

The O’Bannon Institute for Community Service (www.ivytech.edu/obannon/) at Ivy Tech Bloomington was established in 2004 as an annual opportunity for the community to come together to discuss issues of importance. Previous speakers at the Institute include U.S. senators, Pulitzer Prize-winning authors, governors, political advisers and columnists, a presidential candidate, and former first lady of the United States Laura W. Bush.

The event has grown from one day to three and now includes a civic engagement awards celebration, Youth Leadership Academy presentations, fundraising dinner, and a kick-off speaker for a day of volunteering in the communities served by Ivy Tech Bloomington.

The fundraising dinner will take place on Ivy Tech’s main campus at 200 Daniels Way on the west side of Bloomington, in Shreve Hall, located in the Cook Pavilion. Individual tickets cost $100 and Platinum, Gold, and Silver sponsorships are available.

To purchase tickets or a sponsorship, visit www.ivytech.edu/obannon or contact Tina Phelps at (812) 330-6001 or tphelps@ivytech.edu for more information.

About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech Community College (www.ivytech.edu) is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system.  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 community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

Ivy Tech to provide Indiana students free FAFSA filing help at College Goal Sunday

INDIANAPOLIS Financial aid professionals will be volunteering at 17 Ivy Tech Community College campus locations and 25 other sites in Indiana to help college-bound students and their families open the door to financial aid during College Goal Sunday. The event is set for 2 p.m. (local time), February 21, 2016.

College Goal Sunday events will be hosted at the following Ivy Tech campuses: Anderson, Avon, Bloomington, Columbus, Crawfordsville, East Chicago, Evansville, Indianapolis, Lafayette, Lawrenceburg, Logansport, Madison, Muncie, Shelbyville, Terre Haute, Valparaiso and Warsaw.

Volunteers will walk through the online form line-by-line and answer families’ individual questions as needed. All sites offer FAFSA online capabilities and many have Spanish interpreters. A complete list of sites is available at CollegeGoalSunday.org.

The free program assists Indiana students in filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA form is required for students to be considered for federal and state grants, scholarships and student loans at most colleges, universities and vocational/technical schools nationwide. The FAFSA MUST be filed by March 10 to be eligible for Indiana financial aid. College Goal Sunday is so important since completing this required form correctly and by the deadline is sometimes perceived to be complicated and time consuming. In less than one afternoon at a College Goal Sunday event, students and their families can get free help and file the form online.

Now in its 27th year, College Goal Sunday has helped more than 90,000 Indiana students and families complete the FAFSA properly and on time. College Goal Sunday is a charitable program of the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association (ISFAA).

Program assists students

“Far too often families don’t know who to ask for help with their FAFSA,” said Bill Wozniak, co-chair of College Goal Sunday. “This event helps families across the state file the FAFSA, and brings students one step closer to fulfilling their educational goals.”

According to the Indiana Commission for Higher Education’s Division of Student Financial Aid (SFA), programs like College Goal Sunday are reaching first-generation college students. In recent years, according to SFA statistics, more single-parent Hoosier families have filed for financial aid, indicating programs like College Goal Sunday are reaching high-risk students and their families.

“There is significant disappointment for students who don’t complete their financial aid paperwork properly and on time,” said Wozniak. “That’s why the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association continues to provide College Goal Sunday. If our assistance gives students a better chance at higher education, we’re fulfilling our mission.”

What students should bring

Students should attend College Goal Sunday with their parent(s) or guardian(s), and parents’ should bring completed 2015 IRS 1040 tax returns, W-2 Forms and other 2015 income and benefits information. Students who worked last year should bring their income information as well. Students 24 years of age or older may attend alone and bring their own completed 2015 IRS 1040 tax return, W-2 Form or other 2015 income and benefits information. Students and parents are encouraged to apply for their U.S. Department of Education FSA IDs at fsaid.ed.gov before coming to the event.

Attendees may win educational prizes

Students may also win one of ten $1000 scholarships. Students who attend any of the College Goal Sunday sites and submit a completed evaluation form will automatically be entered in a drawing for a $1000 scholarship. The winners will be notified in March, and prizes will be sent directly to the higher education institution selected by the winning students. 

21st Century Scholars benefit

21st Century Scholars are income-eligible students who sign a contract in the seventh or eighth grade promising they will graduate from high school, meet grade point requirements, fulfill a pledge of good citizenship, and apply for college financial aid. Upon high school graduation, Scholars who have fulfilled the commitment receive state funds to help cover their college tuition and fees for eight semesters at eligible Indiana colleges. To fulfill their pledge, scholars must submit a completed FAFSA form on time. College Goal Sunday can help.

Program is a national model

College Goal Sunday originated right here in Indiana, and is now a national model. Following Indiana’s example, College Goal Sunday events organized by more than 34 states have opened doors to higher education for tens of thousands of students all over the country. Visit CollegeGoalSundayUSA.org to learn more.

For more information about College Goal Sunday visit CollegeGoalSunday.org.  

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College Goal Sunday is a cooperative, charitable effort of the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association (ISFAA). It is provided in cooperation with the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, and is funded by Lilly Endowment, Inc., NCAN, and Indiana Secondary Market for Education Loans, Inc.

Ivy Tech Community College Nursing Leader named to national nursing accrediting body

INDIANAPOLIS – Dr. Laurie Peters, Associate Vice President for Nursing Education at Ivy Tech Community College, has been appointed co-chair of the National League for Nursing (NLN) Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation Program Review Committee.  She will serve a two year term.

The NLN’s accreditation services, represented by the NLN Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (CNEA), promotes excellence and integrity in nursing education globally through an accreditation process that respects the diversity of program mission, curricula, students, and faculty; emphasizes a culture of continuous quality improvement; and influences the preparation of a caring and competent nursing workforce. CNEA carries out its accreditation activities guided by the National League for Nursing’s core values – caring, diversity, integrity, and excellence – as applied to the accreditation process.

Peters has worked in nursing education at Ivy Tech for more than 23 years and has served on numerous state and national committees including past President of the Indiana State Board of Nursing, co-chair of the Indiana Commission for Higher Education’s Transfer Single Articulation Pathway for Nursing committee, the Indiana Center for Nursing Board of Directors, and the NLN CNEA Standards committee.

As Associate Vice President for Nursing Education she is responsible for the overall administration and operation of the statewide associate of science and practical nursing programs, including more than 300 full- and part-time faculty and 2,500 nursing students annually.  She represents Academic Affairs on various College committees and taskforces, and represents the College to various external funding and regulatory agencies.

Ivy Tech continues to produce more nurses than any other college in the state of Indiana with more than 1,000 nurses graduating each year with Ivy Tech credentials.  Ivy Tech’s nursing programs are approved by the Indiana State Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing Inc.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system.  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 community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.