Ancilla 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.
Ancilla College invites prospective students to visit the school. Access Ancilla Day will be held tomorrow for high school students to see what they offer. Continue reading
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.
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 www.ancilla.edu.
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.
Ancilla College recently honored two individuals by naming classrooms after them. Dr. Otis Bowen and Jim Hardesty each have a plaque hanging outside two rooms to commemorate them. Continue reading
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
Prospective college students do not have to wait until January to sign up for the next semester worth of classes at Ancilla College. Executive Director of Admissions Eric Wignall says enrollment is under way for the eight week mid-fall semester. Continue reading
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
The interim president at Ancilla College is set to meet the faculty tomorrow prior to the start of classes on the Donaldson campus next week. Dr. Ken Zirkle says students will continue to be the main focus and priority. Continue reading
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, INTERN.net 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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.”
A newly created scholarship at Ancilla College will give non-traditional students a chance to obtain a college degree.
The family of Jack and Peggy Lynch have created an endowed scholarship that will allow students who are 22 or older to enroll in at least six credit hours (two classes) and to receive financial assistance in doing so.
Students may apply for the scholarship for the fall semester by contacting Ancilla College at (574) 936-8898.