Charger Basketball Participates in PLAY 60

PLYMOUTH, IN – In an effort to promote healthy living and physical activity to local families, the LifePlex paired up with the Ancilla College men’s basketball team to implement the NFL PLAY 60 program.

This campaign was launched by the NFL with intentions of encouraging children to participate in 60 minutes of daily physical activity. Through education and the importance of fitness, the mission of the program is to decrease childhood obesity.

According to owner/General Manager of the LifePlex, Mary Holm, “A long range goal is to spark an interest in living a fun, quality-filled, healthy life, and pursuing higher education. The program will serve two purposes. The first is to promote activities that will foster healthy kids. The second will provide instruction to parents on pertinent family life topics.”

While parents were educated, the Charger basketball team became role models, as they played various games with the children in attendance. Ancilla coach Aaron Butcher remarked, “We had a great time working with the kids that came out this evening. Our guys did a great job of mentoring the kids during the event and the kids had a great time hanging out with our team. I want to thank Mary Holm for inviting us out to help out with this event; hopefully we gained a few more Charger fans tonight.”

One parent who brought his daughter to the event had nothing but positive comments regarding it and the basketball team. “When I stopped by toward the end, I saw she was having a good time and didn’t want to leave yet, even though the organized part was over.The players were shooting around or playing other games with the kids and I could see all of them loved the chance to play with these college players. As we were leaving, my daughter asked when the next one would be and if any of the women’s basketball players would be there; we’ve definitely got a new Ancilla Chargers fan on board!,” stated the father.

Athletic Director, Gene Reese, added these comments, “This event that our men’s basketball team cooperated in is an example of the Ancilla College Athletic Department’s commitment to the serving in the local community. Coach Butcher and his staff understand how important it is for their players to realize the impact of helping others.”

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Participants in the #PLAY 60 program, 2014-2015 Ancilla College men’s basketball team, and coaching staff

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Ancilla Volleyball Sets up for Successful Season


ancilla volleyballDONALDSON, IN – The Ancilla College volleyball team is returning four key players, as they gear up for a promising 2014-2015 season. They look to continue and build upon the success of last season, where the team qualified for the post season Region Tournament with a 15-20 record.

Returning Lady Chargers include: Amber Redinger (Plymouth High School), Suzanne Grimm (Lakewood Park Christian School), Mackenzie White (Southmont High School), and Mariah Kinney (Jennings County High School). Redinger was selected to the All-Conference 3rd Team and posted 320 kills, along with105 blocks throughout the season. Grimm was selected as an Honorable Mention All-Conference. She was a solid contributor; leading the team in both assists and aces. With 479 digs, White was the Lady Charger’s top serve receiver. Selected as an Academic All-Conference and an Academic All-Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) player, in addition to receiving the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Academic Achievement Award, Kinney was second on the team in blocks and kills with 60 and 224 respectively. Not only did each of these players achieve athletic success, but they all earned Dean’s list honors for the spring semester.

Joining the sophomores are seven incoming freshmen. Sophia Smith (Zeeland East) and Hannah Kistler (Northridge) are athletic and push themselves to get better, which are qualities of a work ethic Ancilla coach Lana Singleton enjoys coaching. Homeschooled student Maddie Korra has been working hard and has improved her passing skills.

According to Coach Singleton, “She is quick and always goes hard.” Gabby Castillo (Eastern) has a lot of court awareness and quickness at the net; “she has been a very pleasant surprise,” commented Singleton.

Westville graduate, Samantha Albers has also been working hard with a positive attitude, as she vies for a position on the team.  South Central graduate, Kaitlyn Jackson and Madison “Grace” Ashcraft (Liberty Christian School) have also signed with the Lady Chargers.

This year’s schedule will consist of 23 games, fourteen of which are MCCAA conference contests, and five tournaments. The Lady Chargers will travel for the first time of the new season, as they participate in the College of DuPage Tournament on August 22-23. The first match is set for 6:30 p.m. against the College of Lake County.


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Charger Golf Brings in Petrole and Eads

FRANKLIN, IN – Michael Petrole and Ben Eads, graduates of Franklin Community High School, recently signed their NJCAA Letters of Intent to play golf for Ancilla College in the 2014-2015 season.

Petrole earned two varsity letters in golf and was a member of the 2012 Sectional Championship team at FCHS.

Teammate Ben Eads was also a member of 2012 Championship team. That same season, he qualified for regionals. In 2014, Eads earned his fourth varsity letter in golf and was named to the All-Conference team.

When asked why Ancilla was the right choice for him, Petrole responded, “Ancilla is a great academic school and I will get the chance to continue playing golf. After two years, I will graduate with my Associate’s degree.”

In regards to the same question, Eads replied, “I saw an opportunity to play golf at the collegiate level. Also, while I am at Ancilla, I will be able to improve my grades in order to move onto a four year institution.”

FCHS coach had these comments about his former athletes: Michael [Petrole] is a hard-working and dedicated student-athlete. He has a personal drive, which will allow him to achieve his goals both on and off the course. Ben [Eads] is a talented golfer. He has a great ability to play the game and accomplish quite a bit with his potential. Ben should have a great college career.”

Charger coach Marc Green was excited about his new recruits as he stated, “I love the passion that Michael [Petrole] brings. He has a lot of potential and I am eager to work with him on his golf game. Ben [Eads] comes in as an accomplished golfer. Our goal for him at Ancilla is to improve his academics, while continuing to progress his golf game.”

Michael is the son of Israel and Lori Ramirez and will major in Criminal Justice. Ben is the son of Phil and Stacey Eads and will be enrolled in the General Studies program at Ancilla.

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Indiana Counselor’s Luncheon

High school guidance counselors, guidance office directors and career advisors!

You are invited to the 2014 Ancilla College Counselor’s Luncheon, Wednesday, September 10th.

Where:  Lindenwood Conference Center near Plymouth

Time:   9:30 am EST

This year’s program will provide you with up-to-date information on changes to Indiana’s college and workforce readiness programs and plans, an update on Indiana’s statewide education initiatives and a brief overview of financial aid news that students and parents will need to know.


Dr. Glenda Ritz, State Superintendent of Instruction

Amy Marsh, Director of College and Career Readiness Initiatives, Indiana Chamber of Commerce

There will be gifts, materials and a catered lunch will be served.

Dr. Glenda Ritz, State Superintendent of Instruction

Amy Marsh, Director of College and Career Readiness Initiatives, Indiana Chamber of Commerce


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Charger Soccer 2014 ready for kickoff

DONALDSON, IN – As a new school year approaches Ancilla College is set to launch its eighth soccer season.

The Chargers, reigning Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) conference champions, have been hard at work since the beginning of August. Returning and new team members are conditioning, practicing, and perfecting the fundamentals, all in preparation for the upcoming season.

In an effort to maintain his success and create a winning culture throughout his second season, Ancilla coach Adam Hall, who was the 2013-2014 MCCAA Coach of the Year, has brought in some fresh faces from all over the world. Hailing from Scotland are Dayle Robertson and Ryan Shanks.

Antonio Luna comes from Spain, while Denny Garcia is from Texas. “They are all tremendous soccer players and with their previous experiences’; they have a lot to offer our team,” Coach Hall said.

Andy Smith and Valdo Garcia are returning members of the Charger team, who according to Coach Hall are, “very competitive and hard-working young men.” He further added, “Their skillsets and leadership will rub off on others, paving the way for another successful season.”

Looking ahead at this season’s schedule, Coach Hall has added games against four-year institutions. This allows the Chargers to test themselves, plus showcase players, who wish continue their education and collegiate playing careers upon leaving Ancilla.

This year’s schedule will consist of twenty games, eight of which are MCCAA conference contests. The Chargers will host their first scrimmage this Wednesday, August 13, at 5 p.m. against the Saints of Holy Cross College.

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Castillo joins Ancilla Volleyball

Gabby Castillo joining the Lady Chargers volleyball team this season!


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Khadijah Moore joins Lady Chargers

Khadijah Moore joins Lady Chargers basketball team.

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Zirkle takes over as Ancilla College president

DONALDSON – Retirement didn’t last very long for Dr. Kenneth Zirkle. This week he takes over as the interim president of Ancilla College.

“I had to break it to my family carefully. My wife and daughters all thought I would take some time off, but the opportunity at Ancilla was one I couldn’t pass up,” Zirkle said.

The retirement this summer of Ron May left a gap at the college that was filled when the board of trustees sought an interim president to step in as the college’s ninth president. Zirkle, who retired as the chief academic officer at Mercyhurst University North East last fall, was approached to step in at Ancilla.

The one year appointment is an interesting assignment for the Pennsylvania native. “Ancilla is a remarkable school serving a diverse set of communities here in northern Indiana. This is the best kind of challenge. This year I will work with the faculty, staff and trustees to move the institution forward while they search for a permanent president. Even in one year we can continue to do great things,” he said.

Zirkle brings decades of executive experience to his term at Ancilla. His career spanned several universities in different states including the State University of New York , University of Findley (Ohio), Becker College (Massachusetts), Post University (Connecticut), and Mercyhurst University (Pennsylvania).

“I’ve had success building programs at institutions serving the same types of students that Ancilla does. The beauty of a small college in your community is the strength of it as a resource for everyone. Adult students looking to change their careers, high school students looking to start early and build a college transcript, and traditional high school grads all have real options at Ancilla,” Zirkle said.

Zirkle’s educational background is just as deep. His own college journey began in Pennsylvania at Edinboro State College, and graduate work continued at Syracuse, Rutgers, Harvard, and Penn State where he earned his doctorate.

“I grew up and still live on a farm in northwest Pennsylvania. My wife Chris is there and this year will be a little stretch as I visit her and she visits me here,” he said.

“Ancilla College has a strong mission to provide higher education and support for learning to everyone in the region. That has been a lifetime goal of mine and part of what I have done at every place I’ve been honored to work at,” Zirkle said.

Dr. Kenneth Zirkle

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Green named Ancilla’s new golf coach

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Coach Green

Marc Green is the new Director of Field Maintenance and Charger Golf coach at Ancilla College.

Green is a 2003 graduate from Goshen College, where he was a member of the Maple Leaf golf team. Over the last ten years, Green has given both group and individual instruction at Juday Creek Golf Course, located in Granger, Indiana. Previously, he spent two years assisting the Lady Charger softball team. In his free time, Green enjoys playing golf and helping at his parish, St. John the Evangelist in Goshen.

“Ancilla College is a very special place; the peace and serenity of the campus, the special attention each student receives, and the fact that it is a Catholic institution, makes Ancilla a dream destination for me,” expressed Green. He further stated, “It is an incredible opportunity to receive this position.”

Charger athletic director Gene Reese commented, “Marc is a great fit at Ancilla College because he is a practicing Catholic, who believes in the concept of student-athletes and strong community service. Marc was a golfer throughout his collegiate career and has experience coaching and recruiting at the junior college level. Marc also worked field maintenance at his previous junior college. Currently, he is recruiting for the 2014-2015 golf team.

Green currently resides in Goshen with his wife and two children.

Ancilla College, part of The Center at Donaldson, offers 18 Associate’s Degree and eight athletic programs. Since 1937, the College has been a sponsored ministry of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ and is located two miles south of US 30 on Union Road near Plymouth, Indiana.

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Ancilla College Golf Outing a Success

DONALDSON – A beautiful day greeted golfers participating in the Ancilla College Golf Classic at the Plymouth Country Club on Monday, June 9th.

The annual event was the scene of several different fundraising events like putting contests, a golf ball drop and closest to the pin contests sponsored by businesses throughout northern Indiana and raised over $24,000 for the college. The golfers played a scramble with a winning score of 53 posted by First National Bank of Monterey.

“Our event was sold out for the sixth year in a row and I want to thank everyone who took part in making that possible.  I especially want to thank our area businesses that donate prizes or play with us.  The overwhelming community support makes the Ancilla College Golf Classic the special event that it is plus the funds raised have a huge impact on the lives of our students,” stated Tom Sibal, institutional advancement associate and alumni coordinator at Ancilla College.

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May to Retire After 46 Years, Celebrated at Ancilla College

DONALDSON – After nearly a 46 year career in education, with the past 8 years spent as president of Ancilla College, Dr. Ron May, was celebrated Saturday, June 7th as he prepares to enter retirement.

Dr. May, a native Hoosier from southern Indiana, began his education at Vincennes University and eventually earned a doctoral degree from IU in Bloomington. He has had a long career in education including teaching K-12 and higher education and serving in higher ed. administration.

Saturday’s celebration took place at the Center at Donaldson where over 100 family, friends, colleagues, and community members showed up to wish May well. The event was hosted by the Ancilla College Board of Trustees. May was presented with several honors and departing gifts including a resolution from Tusculum College in TN honoring him as an alumnus and former Dean of Faculty, a plaque featuring the Ancilla Domini Chapel from the sponsoring sisters of Ancilla (PHJC), and a Captain’s Chair engraved with Dr. May’s name, years of service and Ancilla College seal from the Board of Trustees.

May reflected after the event: “It has been a great honor to have served as President of Ancilla College these last eight years. The mission and values of the college are close to my heart and that made it easy to serve and hard to step down. My entire career has been a blessing.  It has led me and our family to many colleges and communities. That diversity has enabled us to enjoy a broad range of experiences over the course of my career. But this is not an end. It is a new beginning and we look forward to what the next phase of our lives together may bring.”

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Ferch wins golf ball drop

The weather was perfect for yesterday’s annual Ancilla College Golf Outing.  The popular fundraiser was held Monday, June 9th, at the Plymouth Country Club. A sold-out field of 144 golfers took part and supported the college with greens fees, sponsorships and donations of all types.

Close to 200 golf balls were purchased as part of the Golf Ball Drop and the winner was Dave Ferch, with ball # 66.

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Academic Excellence for Ancilla Athletes

DONALDSON, IN – Ancilla College recently announced 54 recipients of Dean’s List honors, 24 of which were student-athletes. A GPA of a 3.5 or better and a course load of at least twelve credits must be completed in order to be eligible for the Dean’s List.

Student-athlete recipients include: Alexandra Cobb (softball), Jaquavius Feltson (men’s basketball), Zarek Finley (golf), Luke Gaboury (baseball), Autumn Ganser (cheer), Valdo Garcia-Esparza (soccer), Anthony Giles (soccer), Suzanne Grimm (volleyball), Andrew Huff (soccer), Hannah Kelly (volleyball), Mariah Kinney (volleyball), Stephanie Lamm (softball), Isaias Membreno (soccer), Morgan Peoni (softball), Madyson Price (softball), Amber Redinger (volleyball), Andrew Smith (soccer), Chase Smith (baseball), Cody Thompson (soccer), Evan VanGordon (baseball), Mieka Wagner (volleyball), Nakilee Weni (soccer), Mackenzie White (volleyball), and Michael Wickliff (men’s basketball).

The President’s Cup, an awarded given to the team with the highest average GPA throughout the academic year, goes to the Lady Charger softball team who earned the distinction with a 3.0142 grade point average. The Lady Charger volleyball team came in a very close second with a 3.0109 GPA.

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Student notice- Library update in progress

This is a heads-up message to alert all students, faculty, and staff that those resources requiring the barcode/1st 5 letters of your last name will be unavailable for 2-3 days while the system that verifies our community is being updated.  EBSCO, Gale, and NewsBank’s American Historical Newspapers will be unavailable off-campus at that time, and I am uncertain yet as to whether it will effect on-campus access as well.  Please plan your research accordingly, and I apologize in advance for any inconvenience this will cause.

We will also be transitioning to a new overall library system and online catalog and discovery system.  (A discovery system lets you search for our physical items—books, DVDs, etc.—as well as articles and books from our databases and open access sites, all in one search.)  We will be adding tutorials and, of course, you’re more than welcome to come in for one-on-one help.

You will be able to track and renew items you have checked out online.  This new system also has a course reserves feature that allows you to see what resources instructors are recommending in their respective classes; a web page with the listings of classes with course reserves can be found through the library’s home page, or from this direct link:  (Feel free to bookmark or add to favorites!)

Again, I apologize for any inconvenience this transition will cause.

Cassaundra Bash, Director of Library Services

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Tri Ancilla Sprint Triathlon Rescheduled

DONALDSON – The 6th annual Tri Ancilla event was to be held on Saturday, May 17th, on the beautiful campus grounds of Ancilla College and The Center at Donaldson.  However, due to the cool weather forecast for Saturday, the event has been rescheduled for Saturday, September 27th.

Last year, a field of 123 participants from five different states and ranging in age from 16 to 78, participated in a 500 yard lake swim, 11 mile bike ride, and a 3.1 mile run that toured the Donaldson-based campus and surrounding areas.  Individuals and teams interested in participating in Tri Ancilla may go to to register online.

“The Tri Ancilla event continues to bring in new participants each year, introducing them for the first time to the scenic environment that those of us that work here get to see every day.  The primary goal of this event is to introduce more and more people to all that we have to offer on this campus.  In addition, the proceeds generated from the participant entry fees and corporate sponsorships will all go into our tuition assistance funds to help our students with their education expenses.  The planning committee and multiple volunteers all work together to put on a well-organized and enjoyable event,” said Todd Zeltwanger, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement at Ancilla College.


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Ancilla graduates 78

DONALDSON – Ancilla College graduated its 47th class in school history on Saturday, May 3, at the Ancilla Domini Chapel. The College awarded 78 students their degrees.

“Commencement is a special moment in the life of any college or university,” said Ancilla College President Dr. Ron May. “It is a time of recognizing the great efforts of the graduates in the completion of degrees. It also is a new beginning for each of those graduates whether they plan to transfer on to a senior college to complete a bachelor’s degree or go directly into the world of work. It is a time of joy for the graduates and their families. It is, similarly, a moment of joy for the faculty and staff who assisted the graduates on the way to earning a degree.”

Joan Haugh, Executive Director of Community Services of Starke County, was on hand to deliver the commencement address.

“We are especially grateful to Mrs. Joan Haugh for delivering the commencement address this year. Mrs. Haugh is the quintessential example of how to live one’s life in service to others,” said May.

A reception organized by the Ancilla Alumni Association followed, as Ancilla faculty, staff, students, and their families gathered in Cana Hall for fellowship and refreshments.

“Commencement at Ancilla College is such an exciting time,” said Dr. Joanna Blount, Dean of Academic and Student Services.  “It is a celebration and culmination of hard work by students and faculty. Marching across the stage, changing the tassel from right to left – these are signs of achievement and, for some, the fulfillment of a dream that students did not expect to accomplish. We see the ways in which our students grew and flourished with the individual attention they receive from faculty and staff and know that we have shaped the lives of our students, that we have started them on a journey that will last a lifetime.”

An Honors Convocation was also held on Friday, May 2, at the Ancilla Domini Chapel, as outstanding students were honored for their achievements.

Of the 78 graduates, 17 received recognition for graduating Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, and Cum Laude.

Another 22 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. 23 were honored with being named among Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities.

Receiving special honors were: Amanda Amstutz, Fort Wayne, (Scholar of Distinction), Jalon Linville, Louisville, KY, (Outstanding Male Scholar-Athlete), Mieka Wagner, Evansville, (Outstanding Female Scholar-Athlete), Mariah Adams, Plymouth and Ramon Blancovargas, Plymouth, (Outstanding Portfolio Award), Amanda Amstutz and Joe McCrammer, Plymouth, (All-Indiana Academic Team), Mariah Adams and Lynndie Mitchell, Plymouth, (Behavioral Sciences Award), Rachel Hansen, Dorset, OH, (Liberal Studies Award), Mieka Wagner (Science, Mathematics, and IT Award), Rashell Beron, Knox, (English Award), Ashley Cooke, Grovertown, (Nursing Award), Daniel Seago, North Judson and Desiree Narkawicz, North Liberty (Business Administration Award) and Jill Gavlick, Culver, (Religion and Philosophy Award).

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Six reasons to choose Ancilla

A college education may seem too difficult, too expensive, or just too much hassle to pursue.  What do you get out of an experience that requires this kind of effort, money and time?

1. You’ll make more money. State and national studies show a college degree means higher pay. It’s really that simple. Over the long run of any jobs and promotions you get, you will earn several hundred thousand to a million dollars or more over your lifetime that you cannot earn with little or no education beyond high school.

Why an Ancilla degree?

Even today, in this time of high unemployment, the number of jobs requiring a college education exceeds the number of qualified candidates needed to fill those jobs.

2. You’ll have a lifetime of increased opportunities. A college degree means you will qualify for more jobs, and they will be higher paying jobs. You will have more chances at promotions, and more flexibility with which jobs you take (and keep).

Why an Ancilla degree? 

We offer 18 different degree programs in fields of study that offer real-world value. You will build useful skills and valuable knowledge in small, personal classes not giant lecture halls. You can also finish an Associate’s Degree from Ancilla in two years; depending on how many courses you take each semester. That’s less time than pursing a degree at a ‘big box’ university that may take four, or five, or six years to finish. That means you are out earning a living faster, and still able to go back to school later (sometimes paid by your employer) if you need more education.

3. You’ll learn more. Every day in class, book you read, and course you take will help you be better educated about the things that have an impact on your day-to-day existence. That English paper you struggle with will help you read a lease agreement and write a memo. Your Economics class will give you the background to see how the markets will influence your retirement accounts. Your Math class will build the same skills you need to handle finances for your family. A college education can empower you in all kinds of ways to be more in control of your own life.

Why an Ancilla degree?

We have tutoring, peer coaching, and instructional support available from the first day you start class. Staff and faculty are available to help and the average class size is less that 20 student, so you can count on instructors to provide feedback and answer your questions.

4. You’ll be more ‘fire’ proof. You are better able to weather adversity with a college degree. College degree holders earn more money, have the knowledge and skills to save and invest more of it, and have marketable skills that can’t be taken away. Your education becomes even more valuable during an economic downturn because skilled, educated workers are retained longer.

Why an Ancilla degree?

We are right here in your backyard, just outside Plymouth, two miles south of US 30. You’ll spend less money going to school here, less time travelling, less money on expensive dorm rooms and fees, and you can link up with area resources.

5. You’ll create a foundation to build on. A college education is an investment that will continue to gain value. Having a college degree is becoming increasingly important in the job market because having a degree now will open doors to better jobs in the near future. Having a good job lets you learn more skills and build earning power, which will in turn open more doors and make you more marketable later … and the cycle continues.

Why an Ancilla degree?

You’ll also have future opportunities in ways you may not be considering now. When you graduate from Ancilla, you may not be thinking about a Bachelor’s Degree or even graduate school. But as you get older, you may unexpectedly develop a strong interest in medicine, law, or education. Having a degree that transfers already under your belt will allow you to pursue a future you don’t see yet.

6. You’ll always have an education. A college degree is an accomplishment. You may be the first person in your family to go to college or you may come from a long line of graduates. Either way, your degree stands for something. Knowing you earned your degree will undoubtedly provide you and your family with a tangible sense of pride and accomplishment.

Why an Ancilla degree?

We’re the right school with the best programs, right here where you live.

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Blueberry bike cruise 2014

blueberry festival The Ancilla Alumni Association, in association with the annual Marshall County Blueberry Festival, will host a bicycle tour on Saturday, August 30, 2014 in Plymouth, Indiana.

Routes will be available covering 31, 41, or 62 miles, and a special “family” tour of 16 miles to the Menominee Monument. The tour has won wide acclaim for being well organized and scenic with outstanding SAGs.

Wearing of an approved helmet is mandatory!

Starting Location
Menominee Elementary School


Click here for more details and costs: PDF document.

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World Book Night @ Ancilla

Ancilla Employee World Book Night Giver

DONALDSON – Amanda Petrucelli, Assistant to the Dean of Academic and Student Services at Ancilla College is a 2014 World Book Night Giver.

World Book Night (WBN) takes place April 23, 2014 which happens to be Shakespeare’s birthday.  It is in its third year here in the U.S.; it started in the U.K. in 2011.  WBN is a campaign to give away thousands of free, specially-printed paperbaks to light or non-readers.  Volunteers, such as Petrucelli, help promote reading in their communities by offering books to those who lacks the means or access to printed books.

In her third year as a giver, this is Petrucelli’s first year at Ancilla College. “Part of Ancilla’s mission is to attract learners who might have trouble at larger institutions or are nontraditional students. I love that the book I’m giving away this year is about armed conflict in the Middle East since we also attract many veterans.”

As a part of World Book Night, 2300 bookstores and libraries serve as community organizers for the book distribution to the volunteer givers.  The WBN picks are by a wide array of award-winning and bestselling adult and YA authors, as well as classics, books in Spanish, and books in Large Print.  The assortment of titles (39 in total) covers a wide variety of topics and interests.

“The book is a real page-turner, which is intentional. The World Book Night organization believes all it takes is one great book to transform someone into a reader. Sunrise Over Fallujah might be that one book!” Petrucelli said.


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Honor society inducts new Ancilla members

Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society of two-year colleges, inducted 16 new members from Ancilla College for the spring semester in a formal ceremony Sunday, March 16th at Ancilla’s campus.

Those inducted to Ancilla’s Beta Beta Beta chapter on March 16 include: Jacob Burgo (Walkerton), Zarek Finley (Warsaw), Aileen Fleck (Lapaz), Emily Gamblin (Rossville), Autumn Ganser (Plymouth), Suzanne Grimm (Auburn), Crystal Jackson (Hamlet), Jenifer Justice (Plymouth), Mariah Kinney (Paris Crossing), Andrew McCarty (Knox), Samantha Palmer (Plymouth), Morgan Peoni (Franklin), Madyson Price (Logansport), Amber Redinger (Plymouth), Elya Schmidt (Knox), Chase Smith (Frankton), River Wilding (Knox).

“These students are to be commended for their exemplary academic accomplishments,” said Cynthia Cawthon, who serves as the chapter’s co-advisor alongside fellow faculty member Chelsea Chalk.  “They must attain a cumulative 3.5 grade point average to be invited to join Phi Theta Kappa. As commuter students maintaining hectic schedules, this is not a simple feat.”

Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than 2 million members and 1,200 chapters located in all 50 of the United States, U.S. territories, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Germany, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, and Palau.

To be eligible for membership a student must complete a minimum of twelve hours of associate degree course work and generally earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Students must maintain a high academic standing throughout their enrollment in the two-year college, generally a 3.25 GPA.

PTK 2014

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Ancilla College Annual Arts & Culture Fair a Success

DONALDSON – Ancilla College Student Government hosted the Ancilla College Arts & Culture Week during the week of April 7-10, 2014.

The highlight of the week was the events of Wednesday, April 9th. During the day students were able to hear the stories of sisters who have spent time overseas and in other cultures.  A lively discussion surrounded the experiences these sisters’ have had.  From 4-7 many events were held on Ancilla’s campus. Ancilla students, faculty, staff, PHJC center staff, sisters, and the community attended.

The night kicked off with a dedication ceremony to former Ancilla Art Instructor Gordon Ligocki, who passed away unexpectedly this spring. This was followed by poetry/prose readings at 4:30, music performances at 5:15, and dance demonstrations by the LifePlex Dance Academy and Ancilla College Dance Club at 6 p.m. Artwork was on prominent display in the library all week.

SGA Faculty Advisor Jill Neidlinger praised the help from the community, “We are so appreciative of the support in the community.  We had donations from Ace Fitness and Wings, Etc. for the event; both businesses were very gracious with their donation.  The Coffee Lodge had their coffee cart here for the second year; it was very popular. Earthworks also had a table and, as predicted, sold-out of their delicious cookies.”

Earthworks and Ancilla Admissions team also had information in the front hall. Moontree Studios had a display in the library over the course of the entire week with biographies of the artists displayed in both the main hallway and in the library with their artwork.

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Ancilla Offers Second Coffee & A Book for Spring Semester

DONALDSON – The public is invited to join Joel Thomas, Assistant Professor of English as he discusses Timothy J. Basselin’s book, Flannery O’Connor: Writing a Theology of Disabled Humanity. This event will take place on Tuesday, April 1, from 7-8 p.m. at Earthworks Market located at 900 W. Jefferson St. in Plymouth.

Flannery O’Connor authored more than two dozen short stories and two novels despite suffering from lupus. Her Southern Gothic stories often involve grotesque characters whose physical and spiritual limitations have proven memorable to generations of readers.

Thomas, who teaches English, literature, and creative writing at Ancilla College, will focus on the intersection of O’Connor’s stories, disability theory, and theology. He will include ideas from a recent book by literature critic and theologian Timothy J. Basselin, who combines disability studies, literary critique, and theological reflection to discover a new vision for approaching the disabled, the grotesque, and the other in society. The book itself is not required reading (as is the case with our other discussions), and all attending are invited to join the conversation.

“Coffee and a Book” is a cultural series co-sponsored by the Ancilla College Humanities Division and Earthworks.

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