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Ancilla College to Offer Valedictorian-Salutatorian Scholarship in 2015

Ancilla College NEWAncilla College is rewarding students who finish at the top of their class.

Beginning in 2015, Ancilla College will be offering free tuition scholarships to top graduates from Marshall, Fulton, Porter, Pulaski, Jasper, Starke, LaPorte, St. Joseph, Elkhart and Kosciusko Counties.

President Ken Zirkle said top students can get their college journey started with the Valedictorian-Salutatorian Scholarship. The college will offer as much as $13,500 each year to local graduates who graduated at the top of their high school class and commit to attend Ancilla College. Local salutatorians will be offered up to $10,000 in free tuition.

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Ancilla Officials Set to Rededicate Nursing Lab

Officials with the Ancilla College nursing program will rededicate their recently overhauled clinical lab this evening. St. Joseph Regional Medical Center donated funds for the lab 10 years ago. Director Ann Fitzgerald says the school got a grant from Lilly and used the money to spruce it up.

She says they replaced the existing beds and mannequins, added another one, restocked their supplies, bought new linens and repainted.

“Studies have shown that if we can make it as hospital-like as possible so everything looks, acts, works just like it does in the hospital, then the students treat it as if it was a hospital area,” Fitzgerald added. Students have to wear their scrubs to the lab and bring their blood pressure cuff, stethoscope and other medical supplies.

The open house will take place this evening from 5 until 6 p.m. at Ancilla. Fitzgerald encourages anyone with questions about the nursing program to stop by.

Next Ancilla College Basic Nurse Assistant Class Starts Monday

The next basic nurse aid class at Ancilla College starts Monday. Director of Nursing Ann Fitzgerald says students will learn to work with people and take care of their daily activities, including bathing, eating and dressing. She adds a high school diploma or GED is recommended but not required. Students should be at least 18. Even though there’s no state minimum age to work as a nurse aid, Fitzgerald says many employers will not hire anyone under 18. The ability to read and write in English and basic math skills are also required. The course wraps up Nov. 22. From there Fitzgerald says students can take their certified nurse aid test. Once they pass, they can work in home health, a long-term care facility or elsewhere. Find more information online at

Free Internship Program Set for Oct. 10

An internship-matching program to help easily connect employers with qualified interns is planned for Friday, Oct. 10 at the Lindenwood Retreat & Conference Center on the campus of Ancilla College in Donaldson.

Jennifer Fisher, a training and recruitment specialist with Group Dekko, will share experiences with interns and explain the return on investment of a quality internship. Indiana INTERNnet Executive Director Janet Boston will take program attendees through the process of using a free online searchable database that allows employers connect with an intern that can best fit the company’s workforce needs. Amanda Stanley, director of program relationships for the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, will outline a program that can help employers fund paid internships with qualifying students.

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Ancilla Offers Non-Traditional Students a Chance to Try College

Adults who are considering college can see what it’s all about at Ancilla. Executive Director of Admissions Eric Wignall says the We Believe in You program covers the cost of an entire course for students who qualify. They must be at least 21 and have a high school diploma or GED. The program is open to both students with no college experience and those with less than nine hours from any school in the country.  Continue reading

Ancilla Offers Two Year Online Degree

A new program at Ancilla College allows students to earn a degree without setting foot on campus. Behavioral science is the first two year degree offered online by Ancilla. They have had course offerings over the Internet before but have never offered a full degree solely online. Executive Director of Admissions Eric Wignall says instruction and assessment will be online with help from professors and other students to aid individuals in keeping up. Continue reading

Ancilla College and EARN Indiana Partner to Create Area Internships

Nonprofit organizations and some businesses in Starke and Marshall Counties who can’t afford to pay an intern’s salary may qualify for assistance through a partnership between Ancilla College, and EARN Indiana. EARN will pay half of the intern’s wages if the business meets their income guidelines or if the student is EARN eligible. The program is part of Indiana’s financial aid package. Continue reading

Ancilla College Names Interim President

Dr. Kenneth Zirkle was recently named interim president at Ancilla College

Dr. Kenneth Zirkle was recently named interim president at Ancilla College

A recently retired college administrator will serve as the interim president of Ancilla College for the next year. Dr. Kenneth Zirkle retired last fall from Mercyhurst University North East in Pennsylvania, where he served as chief academic officer. He takes over for Dr. Ron May, who retired in June after eight years at Ancilla. Continue reading

Ancilla College President Reflects on Tenure

Dr. Ron May

Dr. Ron May

Ancilla College will soon have a new president. This is Dr. Ron May’s last day. He’s retiring after eight years at the private, two-year school. He says Ancilla fills an important niche for students by giving them the foundation to either continue their education at a four-year institution like IU or Purdue or succeed in the workforce after they graduate.  Continue reading

Gifts to Ancilla Scholarship Funds Help Local Students

If you are thinking about ways to leave a legacy to the community, Ancilla College officials urge you to consider setting up a scholarship fund to help students further their education. Executive Director of Institutional Management Todd Zeltwanger says donors can establish a named scholarship with a minimum contribution of $25,000. The Jack and Peggy Lynch family recently set one up to help a nontraditional student attend Ancilla.  Continue reading

Support Ancilla College With a Tax-Deductible Contribution

Ancilla College officials are closing out the school’s fiscal year with a final push to boost the school’s general fund budget. Known as the Ancilla Fund, it is used for day-to-day operating expenses at the two-year private college. Executive Director of Institutional Management Todd Zeltwanger says contributions in any amount are welcome. Continue reading

Ancilla College Offers Discounted Summer Courses

If you’re looking to get a head start on the fall semester, consider going to Ancilla College to save yourself some money.

Any summer classes through Ancilla are discounted $115. For early bird high school students, rising juniors and seniors can take courses for $125 per credit hour. Some high school students earn their Associates degree before even graduating from high school by taking summer courses. This gives you the unique advantage to start out right after your senior year as a junior in college.

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Ancilla Nursing Teams up with WorkOne to Offer Affordable Training

A unique opportunity for aspiring nurses has surfaced at Ancilla.

WorkOne is collaborating with the university in order to help those who qualify receive assistance with paying for courses. Their nurse aid course begins June 30 and lasts until August 3. Nurse aids are the people who give direct patient care to individuals who cannot provide care for themselves. The course has a classroom portion, with instruction and a practicum portion, where skills are applied. It allows students to gain the sufficient certification required by potential health care employers.

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Starke County Community Foundation Gives Generously to Local Organizations

A number of charitable organizations are on the receiving end of more than $40,000 in grants from the Starke County Community Foundation. The gifts are made possible through the foundation’s endowment fund, which is supported by gifts to the SCCF. The money is invested. Each year some of the interest goes back into the fund to help it grow, while some is given locally in the form of scholarships and grants. Continue reading

Ancilla Nursing Students Celebrate With Symbolic Pinning Ceremony

Graduates of the Ancilla College ASN program after their recent pinning ceremony.

Graduates of the Ancilla College ASN program after their recent pinning ceremony.

The 17 most recent graduates of the Ancilla College nursing program were honored recently at a pinning ceremony on the Donaldson campus. Division of Nursing and Health Sciences Director Ann Fitzgerald says it’s a special and very symbolic celebration.

“You will receive as a student who is going to graduate a nursing pin that is exclusive to that nursing school. So Ancilla College Nursing has its own exclusive pin. Those are not given until the students graduate and complete all the requisites for their area of study. In this case it’s the Associate of Science in Nursing.”

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