Lady Chargers Suffer First Loss

By Kara Gilley, Assistant Sports Information Director
MILWAUKEE, WI – The Ancilla College women’s basketball team suffered their first loss of the season Saturday against sixth seeded Milwaukee Area Technical College.
The Lady Chargers fell on the road to sixth seeded Milwaukee Area Technical College November 15th 96-87. Despite over twenty lead changes and ten ties, the Lady Stormers prevailed in the end by nine, which was the largest spread margin of the game.
Despite a late ankle injury, freshman Khadijah Moore led the team with an impressive performance of 29 points and 12 rebounds. Sophomore Taylor Kuhnle, who also fought through an ankle injury and was eventually sidelined, banked 15 points of her own, nine of which were at the free throw line. The freshman duo of Alexis Williams and Danije Sylvester each demonstrated remarkable play with Williams registering 14 points for the day and Sylvester grabbing 10 rebounds.
With a tough task at hand, head coach Tom Robbins was impressed with how his team handled the challenge, “The girls encountered a lot of adversity today between injuries, foul trouble, and the quality of our opponent, but they continually stepped up to meet those challenges. At different points in the game several players took the team on their back individually to get us through the tough stretches of the game. Alex Williams turned up her offense by attacking the basket continually between the ten and eight minute marks in the second half. Taylor Kuhnle held the team together with several runs during stretches when many of the starters were on the bench with foul trouble; which included going nine for nine from the free throw line. Khadijah Moore single handedly brought the team back from nine down at the six minute mark by knocking down the threes and attacking the basket until she had to sit down due to an ankle injury.”
The Lady Chargers face one more road opponent before returning home for their November 22nd match-up with Hope College; a road game with Bethel College JV set for November 20th kick starts their week. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:30 PM.
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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Dr. Richard Davies Speaks on Sufis at Lampen Lecture

DONALDSON – Maria Center resident Dr. Richard Davies delivered an enlightening talk entitled “Sufis- The Gentle Mystics of Islam” as a part of the college’s Lampen Lecture series.

Dr. Davies spoke on the mysteries that surround our search for God and for the search for God within us. Dr. Davies earned his bachelor’s degree from DePauw University before entering the Peace Corps and serving in Panama. He has two master’s degrees, one from University of Wales Aberystwyth and one from Columbia. He earned his doctorate from IU. He taught at Culver Military Academy from 1974 until his retirement in 2008.

“In sharing his knowledge of Sufis, those participating in the lecture came to find that many of the teachings of Sufi are not strange to those of Christian denominations.  We seek the divine; we seek union with our God; we awake the memory of the divine by grasping its revelation in the beauty of nature and discovering it in other human beings,” said Sister Jolise May, vice-president of mission integration at Ancilla College.

In thanking Dr. Davies for his presentation, Sister Jolise recalled “Dr. Davies left his audience with a great respect for youth as he stated ‘the Sufis take seriously the notion that humans are created in the image of God.  If so, they argue, then each human reflects that beauty—but especially in young and most particularly in the adolescent.  They believe that it is in the young that we glimpse the incandescent beauty of Gold, it is fleeting and transient, but it is real.’”

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Ancilla Soccer Splits Weekend Games

GRAND HAVEN, MI- The Ancilla men’s soccer team split the postseason weekend with a shutout Saturday against #16 Cincinnati State and an overtime loss Sunday against #9 Schoolcraft.

In semi-final postseason action Saturday November 1st, the Chargers defeated Cincinnati State 3-0 with two goals from freshman Dayle Robertson and a lone goal from freshman Antonio Luna. The victory against Cincinnati State advanced the team to the finals Sunday where they would face #9 Schoolcraft. Needing extra time to achieve their victory, Schoolcraft would go on to win the game 1-0 in the second period of overtime.

Ancilla’s head coach, Adam Hall comments, “We had a great day on Saturday. Sunday was the cruelest way to lose a game. Overall, I am very happy with the year we have had; disappointed that the small margins changed the outcome. We more than matched Schoolcraft and we just couldn’t get the breaks we needed on that day.”

With their postseason win and loss this past weekend, the Chargers complete their 2014 campaign at 16-4-1. With this record, the team records the best overall record the program has achieved since 2007, but also the highest Region XII tournament finish in that seven year span. In just two seasons as head coach, Hall improves his overall record to 26-12-1.

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Lady Chargers Wrap-up Season

TOLEDO, OH – Ancilla volleyball finished postseason action this weekend 1-2 with a Cincinnati State loss Friday and a win loss split against Jackson and Vincennes respectively.

On Friday October 31st, the Lady Chargers were defeated by Cincinnati State 13-25, 24-26, 25-22, 22-25. To redeem their Friday night loss, Ancilla matched-up against Jackson College, who had previously accounted for two of their regular season losses, beating the Lady Jets 25-17, 27-25, 24-26, 25-22. Ultimately, the team would end their postseason run with a three set loss to Vincennes University 16-25, 21-25, 23-25 later that day.

The Lady Chargers were led offensively by the sophomore duo of Mariah Kinney and Amber Redinger who had 27 and 26 kills respectively. Suzanne Grimm ran the offense with 40 assists, while Hannah Kistler followed behind with 28 of her own. Mackenzie White led the team with 60 digs in coordination with Grimm’s 38; Grimm would also add 6 aces to the cause.

Head Coach Lana Singleton reflects on the weekend, “I was very proud of the way the girls battled all weekend; we were missing some kids and some girls really stepped up. I was especially happy with the team effort against Jackson. We played some of our best volleyball of the season in the Jackson win to keep us alive in the tournament.” As for the completion of another season for Singleton she comments, “It is a great group of a girls and has been a fun season.”

Ancilla’s 2014 campaign would halt their overall record at 21-21; with this record, the Lady Chargers record their fourth twenty plus win season since 2004, but also, they add their fifth season with a .500 and over record in a ten year span.

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Lady Charger Basketball Holds on for the Victory

PLYMOUTH, IN – The Ancilla College women’s basketball team opened up their 2014-2015 season with a decisive 58-54 win over Indiana Tech JV.

The Lady Chargers jumped out quick against the Warriors, but found themselves clinging to a one point lead at halftime, up 26-25. Ancilla went on an offensive run led by the play of Danije Sylvester, who had six of her fifteen points during this stretch off of offensive rebounds and assists from teammate Khadijah Moore. The game continued to lend both teams a back and forth style game; where ultimately, Tech was never able to get within four points of the Charger lead, which ended up being the spread in the end of the 58-54 game for the crowd on fan appreciate day.

First year head coach, Tom Robbins, credits the win on the based on the team’s intensity inside the paint, “Our girls won the game based on our inside play. We won the rebounding battle and scored many of our points in the paint from the play of Danije Sylvester and Khadijah Moore. Danije had a really big game for us and helped ensure the victory. Both Khadijah Moore and Taylor Kuhnle struggled shooting the ball overall, but showed a lot of character by continuing to fight for the win despite the adversity. Two players that didn’t have big statistics but were vital to our victory were Alexis Williams and Michelle Detwiler. These two players provided a continual intensity at the defensive end which kept Tech off-balance and out of sync.”

Looking ahead, the Lady Chargers will remain at home for their Tuesday November 11th match-up against Edison CC. Tip-off will be at 6:00 PM.

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Charger Basketball Opens in Dominant Fashion

PLYMOUTH, IN –     The Ancilla Chargers men’s basketball team started their 2014-2015 season in dominant fashion Saturday, destroying Indiana Tech JV 103-40.

Coming off their most successful Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) conference season in school history last year, the Ancilla College basketball program showed continued promise Saturday November 1st as they wowed the crowd on fan appreciate day, posting triple digits in an offensive showcase over the Warriors of Indiana Tech JV.

Sophomore guard Juwan Johnson lead the Chargers’ offensive attack with eighteen points, six rebounds and seven steals; while freshman Travon Brackett followed close in Johnson’s steps with eighteen points of his own. Eric Waddell added in seventeen points of his own along with four rebounds on the night.

Head coach Aaron Butcher comments on his team’s assertive weekend performance, “It was a solid first game for our team. We had two key pieces who weren’t able to play tonight, but everyone picked up the slack and everyone gave solid contribution. We’ve got a big week this week with three games and two of those being against two of the top teams in the country.”

The Chargers will be back in action today, November 3rd, as they travel to Mishawaka, Indiana to play the Pilots of Bethel College. Tip-off for this game will be at 6:00 PM.

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Lady Chargers Prepare for Postseason

DONALDSON, IN – The Ancilla College volleyball team looks to create a lasting run in this weekend’s District F volleyball postseason tournament at Owens CC.

Ancilla will play Cincinnati State Technical and CC on Friday October 31st at 6:00 PM at Owens Community College in their first round of the Post Season Region Tournament. The Lady Chargers enter the tournament with a 20-19 overall record that includes a current two game winning streak.

ChargerLogoCincinnati State Technical and CC is a team the Lady Chargers have not faced this season, but with a similar record and comparable statistics, head coach Lana Singleton remains critical of all the preparations, yet optimistic with her team’s abilities, “Without seeing this team play in person, my biggest fear going off the stats from a Cincinnati Tech standpoint is the fact that they have the #1 blocker in the country in Faith Gerhardstein. She has 162 blocks solo and 90 block assists for a total of 252 blocks; that is one amazing number and hopefully we have good offensive coverage against that. A concern on our side is the fact that we have been averaging at least one player out ill almost every day for the last week or so. A bug is going around and taking my girls out one by one. Hopefully, our competitive schedule this season has prepared us for post season play.”

District F volleyball tournament action kicks off Friday October 31st and continues into November 1st at 12:00 PM at Owens CC in Toledo, OH.

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Lady Chargers Pink Out for Prevention

DONALDSON, IN – Ancilla College put on the pink to help fight for the cure in their first ever Ounce of Prevention game.

The Lady Chargers Volleyball team paired up with Jessica Oliver and Jennifer Houin to help spread awareness and raise funds for breast cancer during their October 9th   “Ancilla Goes Pink” game with Lansing CC. Through ticket sales, raffle baskets, a serving game and admission donations, the team contributed $1,240.00 for the Ounce of Prevention organization.

Ounce of Prevention is a local organization in Plymouth that coordinates involvement from the community and work toward creating support systems through fundraising and events to increase the overall awareness and prevention of breast cancer. Jennifer Houin and Jessica Oliver co-founded the organization back in 2003 when the terrible disease drastically impacted their own families. Since its formation eleven years ago, Ounce of Prevention has helped raise over $200,000 toward breast cancer awareness.

Head coach Lana Singleton expresses her personal gratitude but also the appreciation of the team for the involvement the community provided. The team plans to involve the gals from The Cottage and Plymouth’s big pink fire truck for some great photos, many laughs and yet another gracious movement to fighting for the cause.

The Lady Chargers will face Cincinnati State Technical and CC at 6:00 PM this Friday October 31st in their opening to the Region XII tournament at Owens CC in Ohio.

The Lady Chargers will face Cincinnati State Technical and CC at 6:00 PM this Friday October 31st in their opening to the Region XII tournament at Owens CC in Ohio.

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Ancilla Soccer Looks Ahead to Next Opponent

DONALDSON, IN – The Ancilla College soccer team awaits today’s NJCAA Region XII quarterfinal action to determine their upcoming opponent to be played Saturday at 2:00 p.m.

The Chargers, coming in with a 15-3-1 record overall, are set to play Saturday November 1st at 2:00 p.m. in the second of two semi-final matches at Grand Haven High School in Michigan. Tonight’s 7:00 p.m. quarterfinal match-up, Cuyahoga CC taking on Cincinnati State Technical CC, will finalize the semi-final bracket for Saturday’s schedule.

Cuyahoga CC enters tonight’s competition with a 6-10-3 overall record, which includes two previous loses to Ancilla earlier in the season and two losses to Cincinnati State. Cincinnati State, who has split the two game series of the 2014 season the Chargers, enters tonight at a 7-10-1 mark.

Head coach Adam Hall sees all the potential in his team making a run within the tournament, “We are having a fantastic season, the program has come very far in such a short space of time. We know going into the tournament that we have beaten any of the opponents we face, but we have also lost to some of them as well. Hopefully we have learned from these experiences during the regular season, as we cannot afford to make the same mistakes twice. We know if we can perform to our abilities, we can win this tournament; I hope we can hit our potential.”

Lake Michigan College takes on Owens CC today in the first Quarterfinal match; the winner of this will advance to play Schoolcraft Saturday at noon. The NJCAA Region XII Championship game is scheduled for Sunday November 2nd at noon.

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Ancilla College offering free class for adult learners

DONALDSON – Adults looking for a way to earn a college degree are getting help from Ancilla College. Ancilla is trying to make it easier for adult learners to come and try out college with a free college course for first-time students as part of the “We Believe in You” program.

“In order for people in Northern Indiana to remain economically competitive, they have to learn the skills employers are looking for. In the workforce today you have to learn more to earn more, and supporting adults who want to come back to school is one way Ancilla can help,” said Ancilla Admissions Director Eric Wignall.

Designed for adult learners 21-years and older who have never attended college, the “We Believe in You” course grant allows a student to take a class with up to three credit hours at no cost (free tuition and fees).

Every student in the program will have an academic adviser to assist with every aspect of attending college for the first time, including help with the registration process, filing a financial aid application, choosing education opportunities and more.

“If you get to college you can learn how to get through college and learn the skills needed to move ahead in a career. Ancilla College provides resources for prospective students and makes it easy for anyone who thought about college but didn’t start to go back to school and earn a degree,” Wignall said.

Indiana has projected that by 2020, more than 60 percent of jobs in the state will require a college certificate or degree. Presently, only 30 percent of the state’s adults have earned a college credential.

The “We Believe in You” course grant was originally created in 1988 by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, the religious order that sponsors Ancilla College.

“Over the past several years over 50 people took part in this program. Many of them have gone on to take more classes, taking advantage of the opportunity to restart their education,” Wignall said.

“Taking a college course in writing, communication, or computer technology can jump-start a college degree at any age. There really is no age limit on college. Every adult, no matter your educational background or career interest, can start a college degree with Ancilla. Our small classes and personal learning environment is a great way to ‘get back into school’ for people who think they can’t go back. We welcome any adult to take that first step toward college and receive up to three credits of coursework for free,” Wignall said.

There is no application fee at Ancilla College, and veterans and their families are welcome to take part in this program as well, Wignall said.

Ancilla classes begin January 12, 2015 at the school’s campus near Plymouth. For more information on ‘We Believe in You’, please contact the Ancilla College Admissions Office at (574) 936-8898 x. 330.

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Jim and Mary Neu Memorial Scholarship Established at Ancilla

DONALDSON – Plymouth High School graduates have another opportunity for financial help in order to attend Ancilla College by the generous scholarship created in memory of Jim and Mary Neu.

Jim and Mary’s daughters, Mary Neu-Stoppelman and Nancy (Neu) Swanson, originated an endowed scholarship to honor their parents and to create educational opportunities for local students.

Students with a high school GPA of 2.75 or higher are eligible for the scholarship and must maintain at least a 2.5 GPA during their freshman year at Ancilla to retain the scholarship another year.  In addition, students need a letter of recommendation from a high school teacher as well as an essay answering one of the following questions: “What obtaining a college education means to me and my family” or “How I plan to use my college education to help my family and my community.”

Mary Neu-Stoppelman explained, “Our parents understood that education could help pave the way to great opportunities.   They knew finances could be an obstacle to education.  We were fortunate that our parents encouraged us to get a good education and provided us with the opportunity to go to college.  In their honor, we would like to help Ancilla students by providing them with educational opportunities.”

Jim hailed from Bourbon and graduated from University of Illinois in 1939 and received his J.D. from Notre Dame in 1942.  He was a World War II veteran and married Mary Kathryn Ryder on January 16, 1954 in Bremen.  Mary was born in Bremen and graduated from Bremen High School in 1941.  After high school, she worked at Associates in South Bend and at Bremen Bank in Bremen.

The couple moved to Plymouth and considered Plymouth home for over 4o years.  During their time at Plymouth, Jim worked as an attorney at Wyland, Humphrey, and Clevenger. They were both active in the community. Jim was a member of the Plymouth American Legion, Bremen Veteran of Foreign Wars, past president of Plymouth Community School Board, and a founder of Plymouth Industrial Development Corporation (PIDCO). Mary was a volunteer with Lutheran Braille Workers group at Calvary Lutheran Church and also served on the Altar Guild with Calvary for many years.

Jim and Mary Neu were very connected to the Ancilla community as well. Jim served on Ancilla’s Board of Trustees from 1976-1982 and was Chairman of the Board from 1980-1982.

Nancy (Neu) Swanson added, “Our parents donated their time and talents to various community services.  We wanted to give back to the community by creating an education scholarship in their memory.”

Interested students can apply for the scholarship here.


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Ancilla College teams advancing to post-season play

Both the Ancilla College men’s soccer and women’s volleyball teams have qualified  for NJCAA tournament play.

Ancilla’s volleyball team finished 20 -19 overall and qualified to move on the the District ‘F’ qualifier at Owen’s Community College next Friday night in Toledo, Ohio.

The Chargers soccer team finished just half a game behind conference rivals Schoolcraft College. The Chargers qualified for the playoffs as one of the top two seeds in NJCAA Region 12. Based on their record the team received a bye, effectively skipping the first round and moving to the semi final on Nov 1st. 


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Jack Jordan Speaks on Romania at Lampen Lecture

DONALDSON – Ancilla Trustee Jack Jordan delivered an enlightening talk entitled “Romania: People in Significant Need” as a part of the college’s Lampen Lecture series.

Jordan discussed the plight of the people in Southeast Romania.  He has experienced first-hand the conditions that plague Romania including uncared-for orphans, impoverished small towns, lack of educational opportunities, and the plight of the Gypsies.  His personal encounters and stories enhanced the audience’s understanding of the significant needs of peoples affected by the two World Wars and the policies of one of Romania’s leaders, Nicolae Ceaușescu.

“Mr. Jordan spoke of the work that he and a group of 100 people have done over a 10 year period to make a difference.  He urged all to get involved wherever they find these same needs.  Most importantly he called those unable to do so to be a power house of prayer,” said Sister Jolise May, vice-president of mission integration at Ancilla College.

“He has a true servant leader heart for the underserved and is a great advocate for the mission of Ancilla College as a part of the Center at Donaldson,” John Gough, assistant professor of business added.

In thanking Mr. Jordan for his presentation, Sister Jolise recalled “the ‘Christopher Movement’ that had as its slogan: ‘One person can change the world.’  Certainly Jack and the group of fellow believers have proved this to be true.”

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Ancilla College offering full scholarships to Valedictorians

Ancilla College offering full scholarships to local Valedictorians

DONALDSON – Graduating at the top of your class often means being honored by your high school and giving a speech at graduation. This year Ancilla College will add one more way to honor these high achieving students—free tuition.

Beginning in 2015 Ancilla College will be offering full tuition scholarships to the top high school graduates from schools in 10 north-central Indiana counties.

“Ancilla wants to reward high achievement and help local graduates get started on their college journey with the Ancilla College Valedictorian-Salutatorian Scholarship,” said Ancilla president Ken Zirkle.

Ancilla’s ‘Val-Sal Scholarship’ represents free full-time tuition, as much as $13,500 each year to local graduates who attend the college. It will be offered to the top students from public and private high schools in Marshall, Fulton, Porter, Pulaski, Jasper, Starke, LaPorte, St. Joseph, Elkhart, and Kosciusko counties.

Local salutatorians, traditionally students who graduate second in their class, will be offered up to $10,000 in free tuition to attend the college.

“Valedictorian and salutatorians are chosen by many local high schools. These are academic titles used to honor the top two students who are then traditionally chosen to deliver the farewell speech at graduation. The valedictorian is the student with the highest rank among his or her graduating class, the salutatorian is usually second highest rank by grades,” said Zirkle.

Some regional schools have stopped naming valedictorians as part of graduation while other schools sometimes name three or four with high GPAs.

“We know there have been cases where there is more than one student chosen for these honors and we plan on offering the scholarship to each student chosen by their school based on class rank,” Zirkle said.

Offering scholarships to top graduates is just one more way Ancilla is supporting students in pursuit of higher learning, Zirkle said.

In 2013-14 the college provided over $900,000 in academic, need-based, and athletic scholarships to students alongside what they qualified for in federal and state education aid. Over 93 percent of students at Ancilla received financial aid of some kind.

“Many of our students come from families that don’t have very much set aside for education. We work with students and their families to make college affordable. We know that investing in them will pay off not just for them but for the communities in which they live and work,” said Mike Brown, Ancilla’s chief financial officer.

“As with other Ancilla scholarship programs, the award for each student is coordinated with the student’s eligibility for federal and Indiana grants. The Val-Sal is just one more way we are supporting students who want to earn a valuable college degree at a place based on solid values,” Brown said.

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Lady Chargers Squeeze Past Bruins

BATTLE CREEK, MI – The Ancilla College volleyball team managed to keep their streak alive by defeating Kalamazoo Valley Community College in a tight five set decision. In a battle of back and forth, the Lady Chargers were victorious by a score of 24-26, 28-26, 25-20, 19-25, 15-12.

Tuesday night’s victory earned Ancilla their sixth Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) conference win, bringing their record to 6-8 and 20-19 overall.

The sophomore class came in dominant, leading the team in the victorious offensive showcase. Mariah Kinney surpassed her previous personal kills record with 27 on the night; Amber Redinger followed behind with 15 kills in addition to her 3 solo blocks and 1 block assist. Suzanne Grimm ran the offensive attack dishing out 46 assists with 17 digs. Mackenzie White followed Grimm’s offensive trend with 29 digs of her own.

“[This win last night] ties the MCCAA Ancilla Conference Volleyball wins in a season record.  We were playing a couple players short last night and I was super excited how these girls pulled together and persevered to win.  Hopefully this momentum can carry over into post season play as the Lady Chargers qualify again for the Region Tournament for the 3rd straight year. The sophomores did a great job last night in all statistical categories.  I am proud of these girls’ efforts to finish the regular season on a strong note,”coach Lana Singleton said.

The Lady Chargers will start their postseason run October 31st at Toledo, Ohio in the Region XII tournament; they will find out their match time and opponent at a later date.

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Ancilla College Will Hold Second Annual Changing Lives Scholarship Dinner


DONALDSON – On Friday evening, November 7th   at 6:00pm EST, Ancilla College will hold its second annual Changing Lives Scholarship Dinner at Swan Lake Resort and Conference Center in Plymouth.

The event provides an opportunity for the College to raise money to help fund the scholarships, grants and awards that last year totaled nearly $1 million and were given to over 90% of its students.  The event will once again include a social hour followed by a meal of Apple Gouda Stuffed Chicken prepared by Swan Lake Head Chef Zach Lucchese.  Both a silent and live auction will take place during the evening, along with the entertaining keyboard music of Andrew Jennings, liturgist for the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ.   Anyone interested in helping to support Ancilla College student scholarships is welcome to attend.

Ancilla College is unique in that a large percentage of its student population is composed of first-generation college students.  As stated above, more than 90% of students are provided assistance in the form of scholarships, grants and awards.  However, those with the most financial need have had their grants from the State of Indiana reduced by nearly 40% over the past four years.  Funds raised at the event will be utilized for scholarships that will allow worthy students to attend Ancilla College, who otherwise may not be able. Current students will be sitting with the guests that evening to talk about their Ancilla experiences and how the College has impacted and empowered their lives.

In addition to the auction and entertainment, the evening will culminate in the presentation of two awards. The Ancilla Award, initiated in 1975, is the college’s highest award and honors an individual, couple or organization that has shown distinguished community service and who has been a loyal and dedicated supporter of Ancilla College.  This year’s winner is Richard E. and the late Suzanne J. Biddle Belcher.  Richard is the founder and president of First Federal Savings Bank that has now grown to six area locations and nearly 150 employees.  Dick was a nine year member of the Ancilla College Board of Trustees.  Suzanne passed away on August 8, 2014.  She was a speech pathologist and served both Fulton County schools and Argos schools for 25 years.  She and Dick were both life-long environmentalists as was evidenced by the establishment of the first and only LEED certified-Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design- bank branch in Mishawaka, Indiana.  The Belcher’s have been financial supporters for 12 years and Dick continues to be an advocate for the College in Rochester and the surrounding community.

The second award, initiated in 2010, is the Sister Mary Dolores Outstanding Alumni Award. This award is granted in memory of the founder of the Ancilla Alumni Association and an English teacher for more than 30 years at Ancilla, Sister Mary Dolores Greifer, PHJC. The award recognizes dedicated alumni that have demonstrated steadfast involvement with Ancilla College. The award this year will be given to Dale A. Adams.  Dale, a member of the class of 1978, currently serves as chairman and CEO of Diversified Agency Services, a division of Omnicom Group, Inc., a leading global marketing and corporate communications company.  Dale has been a financial supporter for 25 years and credits Ancilla College with giving him a solid foundation with which to build his very successful career on.  He plans to celebrate the receipt of the award that evening with a number of his siblings and in-laws from the Plymouth area.

“We look forward to the opportunity to tell our story about the impact of Ancilla College on the lives of students”, says Todd Zeltwanger, Vice-President of Development.  “As the amount of available financial aid continues to decline, our ability to offer the Ancilla experience to our students would be in serious jeopardy if not for the support of our benefactors, especially the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ.  I invite all interested persons to come out and support an event that will help to change the lives of students, many of which will be returning to live and work in our local communities.”

Individual registrations are $60 per person and a reserved table for 8 plus one Ancilla Student is $500. Reservations can be made online by clicking the Changing Lives link on the Ancilla College website homepage at:  Please make plans by October 31st to attend this evening of celebration.  Questions may be directed to Diana Caldwell in the President’s Office at Ancilla College, toll free, at 1-866-ANCILLA (262-4552), x385 or by e-mail at:

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Ancilla Soccer Splits Weekend Games

CICERO, IL & FINDLAY, OH- The Charger soccer team held a close game with Morton College on the road, eventually ending in a 3-3 tie; they would go on to achieve the shutout victory over Owens College 1-0 Sunday. This bring Ancilla’s Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) record to 6-2 and 15-3-1 overall.

On Saturday, the Chargers battled back from a 3-1 deficit against Morton College. Dayle Robertson earned his fourth hat trick of the year for Ancilla with assists coming from Zahir Martinez, Alex Engle and Andy Smith.

The Chargers bounced back Sunday for their road match-up with Owens Community College. Alex Engle posted the lone goal for the Chargers in concluding the 1-0 Ancilla victory.

Coach Hall commented, “We had a great game on Friday at Morton. We started the game with our bench players and found ourselves 3-1 down at halftime. We showed fantastic character to comeback, I believe Dayle Robertson notched his 4th hat trick of the year. Yesterday was a tough opponent at Owens. We really put in an excellent performance. Most notably Patrick Berg came up big in goal and Alex Engle with a great long shot to win the game. It’s been a great regular season. We have had great opportunities to prepare for playoffs. We will have to see how this week pans out for our final seeding.”

Ancilla will host their undisclosed opponents on Sunday, October 26, as they partake in the Region XII Quarterfinals. The Charger’s opponent and game time will be named at a later date.

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Lady Chargers Corral Cougars

PLYMOUTH, IN – For the second time this season, the Ancilla College volleyball team defeated Kalamazoo Valley Community College. In three hard fought sets, the Lady Chargers were victorious by a score of 25-23, 25-20, 25-18 and earned their fifth Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) conference win, bringing their record to 5-8 and 19-19 overall.

Ancilla had a trio on offense leading the way, as Amber Redinger, Mariah Kinney, and Sophia Smith all had ten kills each.

Perfect in serve, going 17 for 17, was Charger sophomore Suzanne Grimm. Grimm was also tops with assists, setting for nineteen, while teammate Hannah Kistler added twelve.

On the defensive side, Ancilla played solid at net. Smith had two block solos and block assists came from: Redinger (4), Grimm (2), Kinney (2), Samantha Albers (2), Kistler (1), and Gabby Castillo (1).  Mackenzie White continued to do her job in the libero position and dished out fourteen Charger digs. Kistler added fourteen digs of her own, followed by Smith’s twelve.

“I was very proud of how the Lady Chargers came together tonight and played as a team on Sophomore Night,” began Coach Singleton. “They worked hard by putting up tough serves, winning every long point, and kept attacking. Along the way they talked and had fun. Every single one of them played hard tonight.”

The Lady Chargers will finish regular season play on the road against MCCAA opponent Kellogg Community College. Ancilla looks to defeat KCC for the second time this season on Tuesday, October 21, at 6:30 p.m.

2 Hannah Kistler FR DS/L 5-8 Goshen, IN Northridge HS
3 Samantha Albers FR OH/RS 5-9 Westville, IN Westville HS
5 Sophia Smith FR OH 5-8 Zeeland, MI Zeeland East HS
6 Mackenzie White SO DS/L 5-5 Ladoga, IN Southmont HS
7 Mariah Kinney SO MB/OH 5-9 Paris Crossing, IN Jennings County HS
9 Suzanne Grimm SO OH/S/RS 5-10 Auburn, IN Lakewood Park Christian HS
10 Amber Redinger SO MB 6-0 Plymouth, IN Plymouth HS
11 Gabby Castillo FR MB 5-8 Kokomo, IN Eastern HS
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Ancilla Baseball Hosts Meaningful Game with JESSE

DONALDSON, IN – Friday, October 10th was a perfect day for baseball, as it marked the 9th annual Joint Educational Services in Special Education (JESSE) baseball game in conjunction with the Ancilla College baseball team.

During this time, the Charger baseball players helped the JESSE kids from surrounding schools, with every aspect of the game such as: batting, catching, throwing, and running the bases. Most of all, the baseball team assisted in upholding the mission set forth by JESSE. In their mission, it states that the organization provides children with opportunities to develop socially, intellectually, emotionally, and physically.

“Every year we have the same rule and that is for everyone to have a good time,” stated Ancilla baseball head coach Joe Yonto.  “It was a great feeling to see the interaction and camaraderie between JESSE and the Chargers. I would also like to express my appreciation to everyone involved for making this another memorable experience,” added Coach Yonto.

Kainin Lewis, Charger captain added, “I had a really great time playing with these kids. I feel it was a good learning experience for me and the rest of the team. Smiles and laughter from the JESSE kids were contagious, which made the game even more enjoyable.”

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Ancilla Hosted Financial Literacy Week for Students

DONALDSON –Ancilla College hosted its 4th annual Financial Literacy Week from for Monday, October 6 through Thursday, October 9.

The purpose of the event is to help students learn sound financial skills during their college years in order to build a foundation for lifelong financial well-being.

“We teach students many important skills to be successful in life, but unfortunately, money management isn’t usually one of them.  With more students graduating with higher levels of debt, it is essential they have this skill set to survive in the real world,” explained Connie Disbro, MBA. Disbro is the ADA coordinator at Ancilla College.

There were representatives from local banks and credit unions including Teachers Credit Union, Beacon Credit Union, and 1st Source Bank. Representatives had the opportunity to give presentations during Freshman Seminar classes and students had the chance to ask questions about financial literacy.

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Lady Charger Basketball Ready to Begin New Season

DONALDSON, IN – The Ancilla College women’s basketball team is returning two key players, as they gear up for a promising 2014-2015 season. They look to have a successful team and season, led by two new coaches.

This past March, Tom Robbins was named as head coach for the Lady Chargers. Robbins has spent the last thirteen years in various coaching positions in the North Miami School District and at Wabash High School. Most recently, Robbins was employed as the assistant coach for the Ancilla College men’s basketball team. Robbins brought in Vanessa Wiley as his assistant coach. Wiley has a long and successful history as a basketball player. While completing her education at Indiana Tech and Taylor of Fort Wayne, Wiley was a member of the women’s basketball team for each respective program. Wiley was also a State Champion at her high school, South Bend Washington, in 2007.

Returning Lady Chargers include Emily Gamblin and Taylor Kuhnle. “Emily [Gamblin] exhibits the drive and work ethic that we want to instill in our players as a whole. She will be asked to lead by example and show her positive attitude in hopes of pushing the younger players to succeed. Her attitude is one we want to build on for future teams,” commented Coach Robbins. Taylor Kuhnle also for her sophomore year and will be asked to changed positions this year. According to Coach Robbins, “As a freshman, Taylor [Kuhnle] was primarily a post player and we are looking for her to move to a perimeter position, where she can provide greater size for the position, as well as utilize her shooting and finishing abilities.”

Joining the sophomores are fifteen incoming freshmen. Three freshmen come from Elkhart and are led by standout Khadijah Moore. “Khadijah [Moore] is a player who can play and defend all five positions on the floor. She is a natural scorer and tremendously athletic defender,” stated Coach Robbins.  Alexis Williams and Michelle Detwiler also come from Elkhart. “Alexis [Williams] is a tenacious defender and someone we will rely on at the point guard position. She has really good size for the position with natural ball-handling skills and the ability to score,” Coach Robbins pointed out.  He also noted, “Michelle [Detwiler] may be the best defender on the team. She has really good length, speed, and athleticism. Michelle [Detwiler] combines all of those characteristics with a desire to stop the other team from scoring.

Coming from South Bend is Teshylia Peters and Danije Sylvester. Unfortunately, Peters will be out for this season, due to an injury. At 6’2’’, Coach Robbins is confident Sylvester will be a big asset to the team inside.  “Danije has great size paired with an eager to please attitude, which makes her easy to coach. This will allow us to fulfill her tremendous potential,” he said.

In response to his first season as head coach, Robbins expressed his thoughts, “I am very excited about my first season as head coach of the Ancilla College women’s program. This is also my first foray into college competition. Each year and level presents new challenges and I am thrilled to encounter the ones ahead for this season.” The Charger coach continued, “Despite only returning two players from last year, each will contribute to the success of the team. I also believe these players, as well as the freshmen will lead us to a successful season and create a legacy for future players from their region.”

Regarding the upcoming schedule, Robbins stated, “We have a number of challenges, as we look ahead. In the early part of the season we have Illinois Central coming to town. They were ranked in the top ten last year for NJCAA DII and are known to have a top program at that level. In the conference season, we have the task of playing the top two programs in the last number of years; Kalamazoo Valley and Lake Michigan. These two opponents account for four of our games and will be opportunities for us to get into the upper part of the conference.”

This year’s schedule will consist of 29 games, sixteen of which are Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) conference contests. The Lady Chargers will take on Ancilla Alumni at the Lifeplex, on Saturday, October 11 at 3:30 p.m. Their first game is scheduled for November 1, against Indiana Institute of Technology JV. The Chargers will host this event, a double-header for the women’s and men’s teams, as tipoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

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