Ancilla Officials, Bishop Dedicate Residence Hall

Blessing 8The new residence hall at Ancilla College is ready for the rest of the student body to move in on Friday. The Most Reverend Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of the Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese blessed the building during a ceremony yesterday in Donaldson attended by about 200 people. He says the word “Ancilla” is Latin for “handmaid.” When Mary was asked by the angel Gabriel if she would say yes to being the mother of the son of God, she answered, “I am the handmaid of the Lord, let it be done to me according to your work.” Bishop Rhoades says that act of faith inspired the sisters of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ to found Ancilla College. Continue reading

New Ancilla College Dorm Filled to Capacity

Residence Hall 1Ancilla College officials will formally dedicate the first dormitory on the campus of the two-year private school during a ceremony tomorrow afternoon. President Dr. Ken Zirkle says 40 or so student-athletes have already moved in and are enjoying the amenities of the three-story building. They include a study lounge at the end of each floor and free laundry facilities on each level.  There are also dedicated areas for recycling. Continue reading

Ancilla College Schedules Dorm Blessing Ceremony

Ancilla College NEWAncilla College officials have scheduled a blessing ceremony for the first residence hall to be constructed on the campus of the private, two-year school. Director of Marketing and Social Media Amanda Petrucelli says a public open house will also take place on Aug. 18 from 4 until 6 p.m. After the blessing, several dignitaries will speak. Tours of the new, three-story facility will be offered, and refreshments will be served. Continue reading

Ancilla College Adds Certificate Programs

Ancilla College NEWSeveral new certificate offerings at Ancilla College are designed to help people quickly get into the workforce. Director of Marketing and Social Media Amanda Petrucelli says Ancilla is a two-year school, but officials there acknowledge some people don’t have that much time. The certificate programs are 30 credit hours each and can be done in two semesters. Offerings include criminal justice, business administration, exercise science, general studies, behavioral science, logistics and administrative medical assistant. Continue reading

Wednesday is Ancilla Gives Day


Ancilla is hosting a 24 hour fundraiser on June 24th that encourages supporters to donate to the local junior college and assist them in finishing out the fiscal year strong. On this day people are prompted to make a donation of at least $24 to the Ancilla fund which provides financial aid to students. Ninety-three percent of Ancilla College students receive financial aid and 43 percent of student families are in a category that can afford zero dollars toward tuition. Continue reading

Ancilla College Students Graduate

Ancilla Graduation editAncilla College graduated its 48th class in school history on Saturday, with 65 students awarded degrees. “This is an excellent graduating class,” said Ancilla College President Dr. Ken Zirkle. “I am very proud of the graduates; a number of whom are already accepted and enrolled in four-year programs or are already placed in jobs that came as a result of their education here at Ancilla.”

Of the graduates, 13 were recognized during a Friday honors convocation for graduating Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude and Cum Laude. Another 20 were honored for their affiliation with Ancilla’s Beta Beta Beta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the two-year college honor society in American higher education. 25 graduates were honored with being named among Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities. Continue reading

Ancilla President Reflects on First Year

Dr. Kenneth Zirkle was recently named interim president at Ancilla College
Dr. Kenneth Zirkle just completed his first year as president of Ancilla College.

Another academic year is in the books at Ancilla College. President Ken Zirkle took over leadership of the two-year, private, Catholic school last fall and has accomplished quite a bit in a short amount of time. During his tenure, school officials broke ground on Ancilla’s first residence hall. It’s on schedule to be finished Aug. 1 and will provide housing for about 100 first-year students. Continue reading

Ancilla College President Discusses Agriculture Program

Ancilla College NEWAncilla College is adding a new two-year degree program in agriculture. President Dr. Ken Zirkle says classes will be offered this fall. Students who complete the program can either transfer to Purdue and get a bachelor’s degree or enter the workforce.

Zirkle says the head of a regional agriculture-related corporation recently told him they need workers with training beyond high school but not a bachelor’s degree. He says that’s a perfect fit for what Ancilla has to offer. School officials will be working with local corporations to develop classes to meet their needs. Continue reading

Ancilla College Announces Summer CNA Course

Ancilla College NEWAncilla College is offering a Certified Nursing Assistant course this summer. Graduates who pass the Indiana State Department of Health CNA test are state-certified to work as nurse’s aides in long-term care facilities, home health and hospice groups and assisted living facilities.

Prospective enrollees must pass a physical, drug screen and background check. The program consists of 32 hours of classroom instruction and 75 hours of clinicals. Courses will meet Monday and Wednesday nights from 6 until 10 p.m. starting June 8th. Clinicals will take place on Saturdays from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. Students will take the state certification exam after they complete the course requirements. Continue reading