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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, 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

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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New Scholarship at Ancilla College Aimed at Non-Traditional Students

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.

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Services Scheduled for Starke County Philanthropist

James R. Hardesty

James R. Hardesty

Funeral services for James R. Hardesty, 92, Starke County philanthropist, historian, banker, supporter of higher education and of community programs and projects, as well as an active Davis Township farmer until his mid-80s, are scheduled Saturday, June 7 at the Hamlet United Methodist Church.

Much of his community work had been in the background, as he always preferred to go about it without fanfare.

Often recognized for his support of many community activities, he was honored with the Henry F. Schricker Award, given for “service before self,” and the Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Ancilla College at Donaldson, where he has been a member of the Board of Trustees and a major financial contributor.

A graduate of Purdue University and a World War II veteran, he was a local historian, authoring publications on the history of the Starke County Courthouse and the Town of Hamlet, as well as being active in the Starke County Historical Society.

Mr. Hardesty was an active member of the Hamlet United Methodist Church and many, many area community organizations.

TriAncilla Rescheduled Due to Weather

This weekend’s Sixth Annual TriAncilla race has been rescheduled due to weather concerns.

Saturday morning temperatures are supposed to be in the high 30s, and the water in Gilbert Lake is still a cool 62 degrees. The USAT Certified Sprint Distance Triathalon will take place on Saturday, Sept. 27 instead. It includes a 500 Yard Swim, 11.0 Mile Bike Ride, and 3.1 Mile Run through the grounds of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ Ministry Center.

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Retiring Ancilla President Reflects on School’s Role

The 47th class of graduates from Ancilla College in Donaldson will go through commencement exercises today. It’s the last ceremony for Dr. Ron May. He’s retiring June 30th after serving as Ancilla College president for the past eight years.

“Ancilla is probably in terms of my own personal philosophy and professional philosophy about what a two year college should be, what the first two years of college should be like, is almost a perfect fit for me. I just believe in the mission of the college and the values and philosophy that drives it, and what we do there in terms of trying to change the lives of students,” May said.

He added many of the students who attend Ancilla probably would not have an opportunity to go to college otherwise. Continue reading

Schricker Award Winner to Speak at Ancilla Commencement

Starke County’s most recent Henry F. Schricker Award winner will be the commencement speaker at Ancilla College on Saturday. Community Services of Starke County Executive Director Joan Haugh was honored earlier this year for her embodiment of the two-term governor’s philosophy of service before self. Ancilla College President Dr. Ron May attended the Schricker Awards dinner and knew when he heard Haugh speak that he had found this year’s commencement speaker. He adds commencement is a special time for faculty, staff and especially students. “You celebrate the achievements of the students who have completed their degree programs and are ready to move on to what’s next in life,” May says. Saturday’s ceremony marks Ancilla’s 47th graduating class.

Ancilla College Offers Early Bird Classes for High School Students

Area high school students can get a jump on their higher education at Ancilla College as early as this summer. The school is following the national trend of offering Early Bird Courses. Local high school students who will be juniors or seniors this fall can take college courses during the summer. Executive Director of Admissions Eric Wignall says students get a huge tuition discount and can take fully transferable introductory college courses. “If you’re going off to IU or you’re going off to Harvard, it doesn’t matter. The English writing and literature and the micro-and macro- economics courses are going to transfer,” Wignall says. He notes one Plymouth High School student started taking classes during her junior year of high school, continued taking one or two credits per semester at $125 per credit hour, took a full load of courses during the summer sessions and graduated from Ancilla with an associate’s degree at the end of the summer after her high school graduation. As a result, she was able to start college at IU that fall as a junior. Continue reading

Ancilla Offers Summer School Tuition Discounts

Students looking to get a jump on their college careers or maybe take a course during a less-stressful time of the year may want to see what Ancilla College has to offer. For starters, they offer a hefty discount on per-credit-hour tuition during the summer. Executive Director of Admissions Eric Wignall says a lot of students who struggled with a course during the regular school year use summer school as a do-over.

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Ancilla College LPN-to-RN Bridge Program Boasts 100 Percent Pass Rate

Ancilla College Campus

Ancilla College Campus

Ancilla College is continuing in its efforts to offer the best educational experience available, and in that quest, the college offers a program to help nursing students achieve the next level of certification, taking them from the role of licensed practical nurse to registered nurse. Ann Fitzgerald, director of the division of nursing and health sciences at the college, said the bridge program is intense, but it only takes one year.

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