Ivy Tech Foundation recognizes Distinguished Alumni Award recipients

INDIANAPOLIS – Ivy Tech Foundation recently hosted its annual Distinguished Alumni Awards ceremony recognizing 19 honorees.

Since 1998, The Distinguished Alumni Award has celebrated the success of Ivy Tech Community College alumni by recognizing a group of graduates who have made a lasting, positive contribution to the community, state or College since completing their education. As the highest honor alumni can receive, the Award is designated for individuals with outstanding professional, philanthropic or volunteer accomplishments.

“Ivy Tech has seen tremendous success throughout the past 56 years, this is due in great part to the successes of our alumni,” said John M. Murphy, Ivy Tech Foundation president.  “We have honored over 250 Distinguished Alumni who have made valuable contributions in their communities and have been exceptional in their professional careers.  They are excellent examples of what can happen when desire and opportunity intersect.”

The following alumni received the Distinguished Alumni Award for 2019-2020:

Wendy Bailey (Anderson Campus): Bailey teaches, encourages, and mentors students, both as an educator in the Anderson Community School system and community volunteer. Wendy is also currently collaborating on a book with other fellow mentors.

Debra Morrow (Bloomington Campus): Morrow’s journey with Ivy Tech began more than 15 years ago as a student in the criminal justice program. When she started her career she was a client of Middle Way House, a facility that supports survivors of domestic violence. She continued her education in criminal justice, graduating magna cum laude from Indiana State University and now directs the very agency that had provided her safety and shelter in a time of need.

Kathy Covert (Columbus Campus): Covert is the vice president of workforce and organizational development for Schneck Medical Center. Her many volunteer roles include serving on Ivy Tech Columbus’ Regional Campus Board of Trustees. Kathy credits her success to her Ivy Tech education and never hesitates to provide her testimony and encouragement to current and future Ivy Tech students.

Lynda Gamroth (Evansville Campus): With her degree from the Evansville campus, Gamroth turned a lifelong hobby into a lucrative grassroots business bringing joy to couples and families across the Midwest with stunning photography of their special days. Gamroth never wavered from her goals. She now instills that persistence and optimism in others.

Erick and Trenton Ehinger (Fort Wayne Campus): Trent and Erick Ehinger, along with their father, Ed, lead 3E Industries, LLC, one of the premier lawn, landscaping, and outdoor design companies in the Fort Wayne region.  Despite their many accomplishments, Trent and Erick remain dedicated to giving back to their community and Ivy Tech.

Karen Mangia (Indianapolis Campus): Mangia truly seeks to make the world a better place. This commitment is evident in all she does, from her role as vice president at Salesforce to her civic leadership with numerous local arts organizations. Mangia’s achievements are unusual for her age and a testament to her commitment to excellence and personal growth.

Ryan Wolf (Kokomo Campus): Before Wolf earned his degree from Ivy Tech Kokomo, he served in the military, completing three tours in Iraq, and worked as an independent contractor in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He remains actively committed to the students of Ivy Tech as a mentor and member of the criminal justice program advisory group.

Tracey Campbell (Lafayette Campus): Campbell’s many achievements in the field of nursing are notable. A flight nurse with St. Vincent Hospital, Tracey also serves as a guest lecturer in forensic nursing at Franciscan St. Elizabeth Hospital. Campbell launched the Center for Hope at Home Hospital in Lafayette, providing care for survivors of sexual assault.

Jose Peralta (Lake County Campus): Peralta was determined to complete his degree at Ivy Tech in Lake County despite the challenges of working a full-time job as a bus driver in Chicago and caring for his family. He now owns a successful catering company and food truck, providing employment to family members.

Alyssa Lay (Lawrenceburg Campus): Lay is the director of K-14 initiatives and recruitment for the Ivy Tech Lawrenceburg Campus and she is passionate about helping others rise to overcome new challenges. Alyssa is also a member of Circle of Ivy, a powerful and dynamic network of women philanthropists who collectively give back to local Ivy Tech campuses and students.

Stacy Crawley (Madison Campus): As a certified fitness coach, speaker, and trainer, Stacy Crawley not only excels at setting and achieving her own goals but also motivates others to do the same. She is actively engaged in numerous leadership roles within the community, including the Madison Area Chamber of Commerce, Women’s Giving Circle, and Madison Area Bicycle Club.

Kevin Grider (Marion Campus): Grider inspires others with his spirit of entrepreneurship. His company, Midwest Fresh, only utilizes products produced in the Midwest, primarily from local small entrepreneurs. He is also a voice for Ivy Tech. Whenever called upon, he readily shares his journey to success with Ivy Tech as the springboard that launched him.

Tracy Jackson (Michigan City): Tracy completed her degree from Ivy Tech Michigan City, then continued her education and obtained certifications within surgical services while she pursued a career as a surgical technician. Jackson currently is a sterile processing department manager.

Dr. Mia Johnson (Muncie Campus): After failing out of the first four-year college she attended, Dr. Johnson found her purpose thanks to an Ivy Tech instructor. She continued her education and rose from a clerk in the Ivy Tech testing center to vice-chancellor of academic affairs.

Patrick Ripberger (Richmond Campus): Ripberger has worked selflessly to enhance the health and wellness of his community, both in his professional role with Reid Health and volunteer service with numerous organizations.

Chris Furlow (Sellersburg Campus): Furlow is a credit to Ivy Tech and its mission. He’s a British ex-pat with a serious desire to help others lead healthier lives. Chris regularly communicates with the School of Business program chair and promotes Ivy Tech within his community.

Radharani Buenrostro Magallon (South Bend/Elkhart Campus): Magallon has proven time and again an unparalleled commitment to the students of Ivy Tech. She remains active in Phi Theta Kappa- Beta Beta Alpha, helping the chapter earn a five-star rating again this year. Most recently, she joined the South Bend/Elkhart Campus staff as the Hispanic Outreach Coordinator.

Jordan H. Brown (Terre Haute Campus): Brown has applied his Ivy Tech education in all business endeavors he and his family own and operate. Both J & N Metal Products and Hoosier Aviation were founded on the family’s love of aviation and a continued focus on improving quality jobs in the Wabash Valley.

Christine Hildebrand (Valparaiso Campus): Hildebrand is a dedicated mentor, educator, and health care professional. She serves as a surgical educator for Porter Regional Hospital in Valparaiso and on the campus’ Surgical Technology Advisory Board.

 

For more information, visit www.ivytech.edu/alumniawards.

 

About Ivy Tech Community College

 

Ivy Tech Community College serves communities across Indiana, providing world-class education and driving economic transformation. It is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering high-value degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities, 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.

 

About the Ivy Tech Foundation

 

The Foundation’s most important function is to provide support for Ivy Tech Community College beyond state appropriations and student fees. Its overall program of work focuses on meeting student needs. The Foundation’s work is made possible by donations from friends of Ivy Tech. The Foundation distributes these donations as designated by the donor to support students and the College’s strategic initiatives.

 

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Notice of Data Security Incident

The privacy and security of the personal information we maintain is of the utmost importance to Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana (“Ivy Tech”). We recently learned that an unauthorized individual obtained access to a limited number of Ivy Tech email accounts between May 31, 2019 and July 11, 2019. We immediately launched an investigation in consultation with outside cybersecurity professionals who regularly investigate and analyze these types of situations to analyze the extent of any compromise of the email accounts and the security of the emails and attachments contained within them.

We devoted considerable time and effort to determine what information was contained in the affected email accounts. Based on our comprehensive investigation and document review, which concluded on November 19, 2019, we discovered that the compromised email accounts contained the personal information of some of our current and former students, faculty and staff.  We have provided written notice via First Class mail to affected individuals for whom we have been able to identify sufficient contact information.  Unfortunately, we do not have sufficient contact information to reach certain affected individuals through the mail.  These individuals’ financial account numbers were contained within the compromised accounts.  Their Social Security numbers were not involved.

To date, we are not aware of any reports of identity fraud or improper use of compromised information as a direct result of this incident. We nevertheless wanted to provide notice of the incident and provide some precautionary steps individuals can take to protect their personal information, including placing a Fraud Alert and/or Security Freeze on their credit files, and/or obtaining a free credit report. Additionally, we encourage everyone to always remain vigilant in reviewing their financial account statements and credit reports for fraudulent or irregular activity on a regular basis.

Please accept our apologies that this incident occurred. We are committed to maintaining the privacy of personal information in our possession and have taken many precautions to safeguard it. We continually evaluate and modify our practices and internal controls to enhance the security and privacy of our current and former students, faculty and staff’s personal information.

If you have any further questions regarding this incident, including whether you were potentially among the population of affected individuals, please call our dedicated and confidential toll-free response line that we have set up to respond to questions at 855-657-2227. This response line is staffed with professionals familiar with this incident and knowledgeable on what you can do to protect against misuse of your information. The response line is available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time.


– OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION –

  1. Placing a Fraud Alert on Your Credit File.

 You may place an initial one-year “Fraud Alert” on your credit files, at no charge. A fraud alert tells creditors to contact you personally before they open any new accounts. To place a fraud alert, call any one of the three major credit bureaus at the numbers listed below. As soon as one credit bureau confirms your fraud alert, they will notify the others.

 

Equifax

P.O. Box 105069

Atlanta, GA 30348

www.equifax.com

1-800-525-6285

Experian

P.O. Box 2002

Allen, TX 75013

www.experian.com

1-888-397-3742

TransUnion LLC

P.O. Box 2000

Chester, PA 19016

www.transunion.com

1-800-680-7289

  1. Consider Placing a Security Freeze on Your Credit File.

 If you are very concerned about becoming a victim of fraud or identity theft, you may request a “Security Freeze” be placed on your credit file, at no charge. A security freeze prohibits, with certain specific exceptions, the consumer reporting agencies from releasing your credit report or any information from it without your express authorization. You may place a security freeze on your credit report by contacting all three nationwide credit reporting companies at the numbers below and following the stated directions or by sending a request in writing, by mail, to all three credit reporting companies:

Equifax
Security Freeze

P.O. Box 105788
Atlanta, GA 30348

freeze.equifax.com

1-800-349-9960

Experian
Security Freeze

P.O. Box 9554
Allen, TX 75013

experian.com/freeze

1-888-397-3742

TransUnion
Security Freeze

P.O. Box 2000
Chester, PA 19016

transunion.com/securityfreeze

1-888-909-8872

In order to place the security freeze, you’ll need to supply your name, address, date of birth, Social Security number and other personal information. After receiving your freeze request, each credit reporting company will send you a confirmation letter containing a unique PIN (personal identification number) or password. Keep the PIN or password in a safe place. You will need it if you choose to lift the freeze.

If your personal information has been used to file a false tax return, to open an account or to attempt to open an account in your name or to commit fraud or other crimes against you, you may file a police report in the City in which you currently reside.

  1. Obtaining a Free Credit Report.

 Under federal law, you are entitled to one free credit report every 12 months from each of the above three major nationwide credit reporting companies. Call 1-877-322-8228 or request your free credit reports online at www.annualcreditreport.com.  Once you receive your credit reports, review them for discrepancies. Identify any accounts you did not open or inquiries from creditors that you did not authorize. Verify all information is correct. If you have questions or notice incorrect information, contact the credit reporting company.

  1. Additional Helpful Resources.

Even if you do not find any suspicious activity on your initial credit reports, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recommends that you check your credit reports periodically. Checking your credit report periodically can help you spot problems and address them quickly.

If you find suspicious activity on your credit reports or have reason to believe your information is being misused, call your local law enforcement agency and file a police report. Be sure to obtain a copy of the police report, as many creditors will want the information it contains to absolve you of the fraudulent debts. You may also file a complaint with the FTC by contacting them on the web at www.ftc.gov/idtheft, by phone at 1-877-IDTHEFT (1-877-438-4338), or by mail at Federal Trade Commission, Consumer Response Center, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20580. Your complaint will be added to the FTC’s Identity Theft Data Clearinghouse, where it will be accessible to law enforcement for their investigations. In addition, you may obtain information from the FTC about fraud alerts and security freezes.

Ivy Tech Community College Names Executive Director of Employee Diversity, Equity and Belonging

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College named Doneisha Posey as executive director of Employee Diversity, Equity and Belonging. This newly created position will serve as the College’s diversity and equity compliance officer and will be responsible for working with teams across campuses and Systems Office to establish a workplace culture that promotes success and belonging for every Ivy Tech employee. Posey will be responsible for designing creative ideas to increase employee engagement and will measure Ivy Tech’s effectiveness in serving the needs of faculty and staff.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to serve in the inaugural role as the executive director of Employee Diversity, Equity and Belonging,” Posey said. “Ivy Tech is a diverse and vibrant community, and I look forward to building upon – and contributing to – Ivy Tech’s commitment to diversity, equity and belonging by working collaboratively across all campuses to foster an inclusive climate for all employees.”

Prior to Ivy Tech, Posey served as deputy director and general counsel of the Indiana Civil Rights Commission. She also serves as an adjunct law professor at Indiana University McKinney School of Law where she teaches Housing Discrimination and Segregation as well as Race and the Law.

Posey’s career includes serving as legal advisor for the Governor’s Commission on Minority and Women Business Enterprises, administrative law judge at the Indiana Civil Rights Commission, and immigration litigation attorney in private practice.

“As we continue building a culture of connectedness with students and employees at Ivy Tech, Doneisha will put her civil rights and legal backgrounds to great use,” said Doran Moreland, Interim vice president for Diversity, Equity and Belonging. “The experience of feeling cared about, accepted, respected and valued is vitally important. We aim for excellence at Ivy Tech, both as an educational institution and as a place of work.”

As a native of Indianapolis, Posey holds her Juris Doctorate from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. Additionally, she has a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish with a minor in Political Science and Global Studies from Marian University.

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College serves communities across Indiana, providing world-class education and driving economic transformation. It is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering high-value degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities, 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.

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