Ivy Tech to be Honored at Indiana Society of Chicago 105th Anniversary Dinner

Lumina Foundation for Education and Ivy Tech Community College to be Honored

– Special guest – Hoosier Statesman, John Mutz

– Headliner – Gifted comic Paula Poundstone (Wait, Wait…. Don’t Tell Me)

CHICAGO – The Indiana Society of Chicago Foundation, Inc., this year will honor Lumina Foundation for Education and salute Ivy Tech Community College at its 105th Anniversary Dinner beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 4, 2010 in the Imperial Ballroom of the Fairmont Hotel Chicago.

The Society was founded in 1905 by transplanted Hoosier notables, George Ade and John T. McCutcheon, who with other such Indiana-nurtured exiles in the big city, put on a lavish dinner to show their respect for the State. Each December since, the Society, still rooted in Chicago, has carried on the proud tradition by recognizing outstanding Indiana institutions and leaders in a high-spirited celebration.

While members span business, government, education and other professions – all share enduring ties to the State – be it work, education and/or birthplace. An important additional mission of the Society, through its Educational Foundation, is to provide scholarship assistance to greater-Chicago area students attending colleges and universities in the State of Indiana. This year, the Society will proudly award three scholarships to deserving students from Ivy Tech Community College that are planning to continue their education after completing their two year program at Ivy Tech.

How fitting to feature Emmy Award winning author and comedienne Paula Poundstone. She is known to many as a regular panelist on NPR’s popular radio show, “Wait Wait…. Don’t Tell Me”. But she is also well known to educators as an ardent national spokesperson for the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations. ALTAFF is a network of enthusiastic library supporters in communities and on campuses. Famous for her razor sharp wit and improvisation, Ms. Poundstone has made numerous appearances on Late Night with David Letterman, Saturday Night Live and has hosted many specials on HBO. In addition, the program will highlight Gabrielle Reed, Miss Indiana for 2010, with her beautiful voice.

“Lumina Foundation is proud to participate in the Indiana Society of Chicago Anniversary dinner, and we welcome the opportunity to honor our Chairman Emeritus John Mutz and our colleagues at Ivy Tech,” said Jamie Merisotis, president and CEO of Lumina Foundation for Education. “At Lumina, we’re committed to increasing college-attainment rates because we believe higher education is key to ensuring individual opportunity, economic vitality and social stability. We appreciate the opportunity to share our mission with Indiana Society of Chicago members and guests.”

Lumina Foundation for Education, and Indianapolis-based private foundation, strives to help people achieve their potential by expanding access to and success in education beyond high school. Through grants for research, innovation, communication and evaluation, as well as policy education and leadership development, Lumina Foundation addresses issues that affect access and educational attainment among all students, especially underserved student groups such as minorities, students from low-income families, first-time college-goers and working adults. The individuals can make in themselves and that a society can make in its people.

“We are truly honored that the Indiana Society of Chicago has recognized all of Ivy Tech’s achievements and our continued efforts to change lives in Indiana,” said Thomas J. Snyder, President of Ivy Tech Community College. “We are striving to enhance the development of our local communities and strengthen the state’s economy though affordable and accessible education. We appreciate the acknowledgment of our efforts by such an extraordinary organization.”

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public post-secondary institution and the nation’s largest singly-accredited statewide community college system serving more than 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech provides the residents of Indiana with professional, technical, transfer and lifelong education for successful careers, personal development, and citizenship. There are 29 campuses throughout the state and is within a 30 minute drive of most Hoosiers’ homes. The average class size at Ivy Tech is just 22 students. Students can transfer their Ivy Tech degree to other colleges or universities around the state to pursue a bachelor’s degree, which allows them to complete their degree at approximately half the cost of tuition at a four year college or university. Ninety three percent of Ivy Tech graduates remain in Indiana after graduation and directly contribute to the state’s economic viability.

Media are welcome to attend the Indiana Society of Chicago Annual Reception and Dinner. For tickets, please contact one of the following representatives:

Madeleine Lebedow
(847) 673-2013
IndianaSociety@aol.com

Robert Heyde
(847) 989-2696
r.h.heyde@gmail.com

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