Ivy Tech Community College Appoints Stephanie Weber as Vice President for Ivy+ Career Link

INDIANPOLIS, IN – Ivy Tech Community College named Stephanie Weber as its Vice President for Ivy+ Career Link, a strategic approach to providing students with comprehensive career readiness competencies in alignment with academic preparation throughout their college experience. In addition, Career Link is responsible for the fulfillment of training, education, work-and-learn, and placement needs of employers.

As Vice President for Career Link, Weber will lead the statewide operations and strategy for Career Link.

“Career Link is a win-win for our students and Indiana’s employers,” Ivy Tech President Sue Ellspermann said. “Stephanie’s leadership will be critical to driving the expansion and impact of this program by providing more Hoosiers with the skills they need to be successful not just on graduation day, but every day after.”   

“I am thrilled to be joining the Ivy Tech team, and I look forward to rolling up my sleeves and building off of the great momentum that Career Link has already generated for the College,” said Weber, who has spent over 15 years leading and transforming talent functions to develop people with the critical skills required for business success.

“Stephanie is passionate about the development of talent to benefit Hoosier employers and communities,” said Molly Dodge, Senior Vice President of Workforce and Careers for Ivy Tech. “She has a proven track record of engaging K-12, community-based organizations, and employers in the development of workforce pipelines that will be a key component to the ongoing success of Career Link and other workforce efforts.”

Through Ivy+ Career Link support, students have access to:

  • Individual coaching to develop their interests, strengths, and career objectives.
  • Tools to explore today’s careers that provide meaningful insight into the labor market.
  • Resources to develop employability skills needed to become career ready in today’s global workforce.

Students who participated in Career Link are retained at a rate that is 16 percentage points higher than those who haven’t participated in these activities.

Career Link was made possible by an $8 million grant from the Lilly Endowment and additional support from the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation, Central Indiana Community Foundation, Glick Fund, Indiana Commission for Higher Education, Garatoni-Smith Family Foundation, JP Morgan Chase Foundation and Salesforce.

Learn more about Career Link here.  

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering associate degrees, short-term certificate programs, industry certifications, and training that aligns to the needs of the community. The College provides seamless transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a Bachelor’s degree. Follow Ivy Tech on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn for the most up-to-date information.

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Ivy Tech Foundation’s Women in Philanthropy – Circle of Ivy awards more than $260,000 to Campuses

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Ivy Tech Foundation’s Women in Philanthropy Circle of Ivy awarded $263,649 to 84 projects at its seventh annual Circle of Ivy Gathering last Friday. The initiative raises funds to diminish barriers to higher education for Ivy Tech Community College students. Circle of Ivy has a statewide reach, with a focus specifically on campus needs and projects that positively impact students. 

Since its inception in 2015, Circle of Ivy has grown to more than 1,000 members. In seven years, the members have raised more than $1 million to assist with 384 projects.

“This organization has done so much over the years and continues to provide transformative experiences for Ivy Tech students. When women join together, we are a force for good. We are so proud of all the projects that have been funded by the Circle of Ivy,” said Courtney Roberts, President of the Ivy Tech Foundation.

Each campus voted on submitted proposals and the following projects will be funded:

  • Anderson Campus – IvyCares (Student Emergency Aid Assistance), Give and Take Food Pantry, General Scholarship Fund
  • Bloomington Campus – Alternative Spring Break Professional Development, Stone Carving Tools for Students, Accelerated Program Trip to Chicago, Oculus Quest Virtual Reality and Learning Headset for Olcott Library, Bloomington E-sports Computer Upgrades, Expansion of Outdoor Learning
  • Columbus Campus – “Corner of Community” Project, Literacy Library, Workbench for Machine Tools, TV in Aviation Courses, Welding Ergonomics, Precision and Layout Tools, Summer Camp Supplies, Mirrorless Camera for Still Photography and Video, Science Education and Health Care, Precision Ag Drone, Hub Programs, Arduino Kits for IoT (Internet of Things)
  • Evansville Campus – Study Abroad Funding, Technology for Advising, Adult Education and Literacy Programs, Ivy Success: Look GOOD! Feel GOOD! Do GOOD!
  • Fort Wayne Campus – Helping Hands Emergency and Rent/Utility Funds, DSS Sensory Positive Study Room, Coffee with a Professor
  • Hamilton County Campus – The New Tutoring Center at Ivy Tech Hamilton County, Building Community One Slice at a Time, CliftonStrengths Champions, Metacognition: The Key to Acing Courses (and Life) By Dr. Saundra McGuire
  • Indianapolis Campus – Teaching Equipment for Medical Assisting, Integration of the Writing Center in the LRC Library, Teach-2-Grow English 111 Servicing Learning Course, Writing in Harmony: Summer Writing Retreat, Active Learning Classroom Resources for the School of Nursing, Elevate: “Change Starts Here”- Justice Involved Program, IvyCARES (Caring Assistance Resources for Every Student), Heat Engine Lab Equipment for the Physics Department, Re-establishing the Visual Communication Collaboration Lab, Entrepreneurship Multi-Cohort Network Building
  • Kokomo Campus – Cash for Completers, Hispanic/Latinx Education Coalition, CastleBranch Record Portal for Nursing and Health Science Students, ASAP Enrichment Fund-A-Friday, New Beginnings
  • Lafayette Campus – Mother’s Room, Dual Credit Student Recognition, Medical Evaluations for Students Needing Disability Services, Single Mom Student Success Tuition for IVYT111, Veteran and Homeless Community Project
  • Lake County, Valparaiso, Michigan City Campuses – Road to Graduation!
  • Lawrenceburg Campus – Nursing Student Refrigerator, From Garbage to Garden: The Ivy Tech Service-Learning Compost Trail, MST Trainers, Placed-Based Junior Ranger Program, ASAP Goodwill Hunting
  • Madison Campus – Career Development Etiquette Dinner
  • Marion Campus – Student Emergency Funds
  • Muncie Campus – Rudi’s Success Net, Student Emergency Fund
  • Richmond Campus – Amnesty Scholarships, NCLEX Fee Scholarship
  • Sellersburg Campus – Reducing Road Risk for Commuters, Food Pantry Supplies, IvyCares Holiday Programming, Active Learning Programming, Breakthrough Ambassador Program including Mind & Body Workshops, Hot Stone Massage Equipment, Funding to Prepare Students for the Next Generation NCLEX
  • South Bend/Elkhart Campus – Style Ivy; Dress for Success Initiative, Fine Dining Service Evaluation for Hospitability’s Customer Service Class, Ivy Academy & ASAP Activity Supplies, Respiratory Therapy Student Lab Bags, Employee Engagement & Recognition Committee Events Fund, The Ivy Quill Publication, Career Awareness Program at the Charles Black Center
  • Terre Haute Campus – Dual Enrolled Scholarships
  • Warsaw Site – Thanksgiving Meal-in-a-box, Emergency Transportation Funds, Helping Hands Emergency Funds, Basics Bank Supply Pantry

To learn more about Circle of Ivy visit ivytech.edu/circleofivy.

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. Invest IN Ivy Tech, a $285 million statewide fundraising campaign, provides greater opportunity for each of the College’s 19 campuses to educate, train, and support all 92 of Indiana’s counties. Learn more at www.ivytech.edu/InvestINIvyTech.

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Ivy Tech Community College Celebrates Top Faculty Members at Annual President’s Awards Dinner

INDIANPOLIS, IN – Ivy Tech Community College honored39faculty and adjunct faculty at the annual President’s Award dinner on Thursday, November 3. Now in its 42nd year, the President’s Awards Program recognizes faculty and adjunct faculty members from Ivy Tech locations throughout the state.

The College honored each one of the winners for their exemplary work with students and the College community during the past year. A selection committee made up of alumni, past winners, State Trustees, faculty representatives, and college administration selected the honorees based on nominations from students, fellow faculty members, and Ivy Tech staff.

“The impact our faculty members have on our students extends far beyond the classroom,” said Ivy Tech President, Dr. Sue Ellspermann. “In addition to excellence in teaching, faculty members are often advisors, mentors, and role models for our students. Today, we are proud to recognize their excellence, passion, and dedication to Ivy Tech and the communities in which they live and serve.”

The College also announced its first recipient of the Provost Award for Excellence in Honors and Teaching Service. The award is presented to a faculty member who has made significant contributions to the Ivy Tech Honors College in the areas of curriculum development, honors instruction, advisement and mentorship, assessment of student learning, multicultural experiences, and student research.

Along with being recognized with the President’s Award, each full-time faculty member is eligible for the Glenn W. Sample Award Founder’s Award for Excellence in Instruction, while each Adjunct Faculty member is eligible for the Gerald I. Lamkin Award. Sample and Lamkin are two former Ivy Tech presidents. Sample helped found the College when it was still the Indiana Vocational Technical College, while Lamkin oversaw the growth of the College from a vocational school to the state’s community college.

For more information on the President’s Awards program click here.

The winners of this year’s awards are:

Glenn W. Sample Award

Marquis E. Songer – Assistant Professor and Program Chair, Machine Tool Technology (Terre Haute)

Gerald I. Lamkin Award

Cynthia Carlson – Associate Adjunct Faculty, Life Sciences (Anderson)

Provost Award for Excellence in Honors Teaching and Service

Milan Andrejevich – Professor, History (South Bend-Elkhart)

Faculty Honorees (by Ivy Tech location):

  • Anderson: Mark Robbins – Assistant Professor and Assistant Department Chair, Natural Sciences
  • Bloomington: Daniel James O’Neill – Assistant Professor and Program Chair of Anatomy and Physiology
  • Columbus: Amanda Burkman – Faculty, School of Nursing
  • Evansville: Andrea Jefferson – Associate Professor, Elementary and Secondary Education Program Chair
  • Fort Wayne: John Lynch – Program Chair, Accounting
  • Hamilton County: Nicol Bradberry – ProgramChair, Business
  • Indianapolis: Terri Fleming – Department Chair, Healthcare Specialist Programs
  • Kokomo: Tara Kaser – Assistant Professor of Education, Dean and Program Chair Education
  • Lafayette: Tami Andrade – Assistant Professor and Assistant Program Chair, School of Nursing
  • Lake County: Louis Fadel – Assistant Professor, Science Department
  • Lawrenceburg: Bradley Fentress – Associate Professor, Mathematics
  • Madison: George Tackett – Assistant Professor, Program Chair, School of Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering, and Applied Sciences
  • Marion: Satyavathi Dronamraju – Faculty, Mathematics
  • Muncie: Holly Hudson – Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, School of Public Affairs and Social Services
  • Richmond: Gretchen Baumle – Associate Professor, Life Sciences
  • Sellersburg: Amanda Boley – Associate Professor, Psychology, Department Chair, Psychology, Psychology Outcomes Assessment Lead
  • South Bend-Elkhart: Linda R. Taylor, MSW, ICSW – Professor of Education, Department Chair for Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education
  • Terre Haute: Marquis E. Songer – Assistant Professor and Program Chair, Machine Tool Technology
  • Valparaiso: Jennifer Furmanek – Dean of Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering, and Applied Sciences

Adjunct Faculty Honorees (by Ivy Tech location):

  • Anderson: Cynthia Carlson – Associate Adjunct Faculty, Life Sciences
  • Columbus: Rebecca Morse – Adjunct Faculty, Math
  • Evansville: William Douglas Sprick – Adjunct Faculty, School of Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering, and Applied Sciences
  • Fort Wayne: Timothy Spear – Adjunct Faculty, Nursing
  • Hamilton County: Kevin Jowitt – Adjunct Faculty, Criminal Justice
  • Indianapolis: Virginia Taylor Rosner – Adjunct Faculty, Fine Arts
  • Kokomo: Dennis Brunk – Adjunct Faculty, Life Science
  • Lafayette: Shannon Sullivan Hudson – Associate Adjunct Professor, Education
  • Lawrenceburg: Emily Johnston – Adjunct Instructor, Medical Assisting
  • Madison: Roger Ward – Adjust Instructor, Technology
  • Marion: Lakisha A’Shownda Fisher – Adjunct Faculty, Criminal Justice
  • Muncie: Steve Knote – Adjunct Faculty, Business
  • Richmond: Matthew Fulton – Adjunct Faculty, Engineering Services – HVAC/R
  • Sellersburg: Casey Okong’o – Adjunct Clinical Instructor, Nursing
  • South Bend-Elkhart: Mary Morgan – Adjunct Instructor, Human Services
  • Terre Haute: Linda Pearson PhD – Adjunct Faculty, Behavioral Sciences
  • Valparaiso: John Lohrentz – Adjunct Professor Cyber Security and CWCT Grant Program

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering associate degrees, short-term certificate programs, industry certifications, and training that aligns with the needs of the community. The College provides a seamless transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a Bachelor’s degree. Follow Ivy Tech on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn for the most up-to-date information.

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