Ancilla College Names Dean’s List, Honors List Recipients for Fall

Ancilla-College-SealDONALDSON – Ancilla College has announced its fall 2013 Dean’s List and Honor’s List recipients.

To be eligible for the Dean’s List, students must earn a 3.5 GPA or above and carry at least 12 credit hours during the semester.  Those eligible for the Academic Honors List must have a 3.5 GPA for the semester and have completed between six to 11 credits towards graduation during the semester.

Dean’s List recipients include:

Mariah Adams (Plymouth), Jessica Alexander-Holland (Plymouth), Amanda Amstutz (Fort Wayne), Cody Bennett (Plymouth), Rashell Beron (Knox), Heather Boyle (Plymouth), Amanda Budde (Grovertown), Jacob Burgo (Walkerton), Matthew Busart (Culver), Stephanie Cannon (Knox), Katelyn Castle (Culver), Alexandra Cobb (Valparaiso), Jacob Cross (Rochester), Shelly Day (North Judson), Zarek Finley (Warsaw), Aileen Fleck (LaPaz), Versie Ford (North Judson), Emily Gamblin (Rossville), Autumn Ganser (Plymouth), Felicia Goodsell (Knox), Suzanne Grimm (Auburn), Rachel Hansen (Walkerton), Shay Hepler (Warsaw), Andrew Huff (Bremen), Crystal Jackson (Hamlet), Jenifer Justice (Plymouth), Elizabeth Karas (Argos), Hannah Kelly (Peru), Mariah Kinney (Paris Crossing), Stephanie Lamm (Indianapolis), Jalon Linville (Louisville, KY), Andrew McCarty (Knox), Lynndie Mitchell (Plymouth), Hanna Moore (Franklin), Samantha Palmer (Plymouth), Morgan Peoni (Franklin), Madyson Price (Logansport), Angela Redman (Plymouth), Alyssa Reese (Plymouth), Drew Roser (Wabash), Anthony Smith (Plymouth), Chase Smith (Frankton), Andrew Stycker (Walkerton), Adam Stull (Walkerton), Adan VanMeter (Culver), Katherine Venckus (Culver), Mieka Wagner (Evansville), and River Wilding (Knox).

Academic Honors List recipients include:

Racquel Anderson (Knox), Renee Baker (Etna Green), Stephen Benko (Knox), Mewsette Cartwright (Plymouth), Alison Charters (Lowell), James Coiner (Rochester), Makayla DePoy (Plymouth), Kia Derflinger (Medaryville), Desiree Felke (Plymouth), Carrie Fiedler (Plymouth), Ramona Gavlick (Culver), Elizabeth Harley (Rochester), Stefanie Hundt (Culver), Danielle Jones (Rochester), Margaret Kean (Plymouth), Marsha Kratzchmar (Mentone), Robert Landis (Argos), Lisa Landrie (Plymouth), Patricia McLemore (LaPorte), Cassie Minix (Rochester), Jessica Payne (Plymouth), Ashley Pena (Rochester), Paige Pike (Bremen), Brittany Pilarski (Culver), Alisha Prato (North Judson), Eric Radar (Plymouth), Emma Reese (Walkerton), Elya Schmidt (Knox), Daniel Seago (North Judson), Marlene Shively (Leiters Ford), Edward Soike (Plymouth), and Jennifer Strickland (Plymouth).

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Chargers Best Bruins on the Road


BATTLE CREEK, MI – Outscoring the Bruins of Kellogg Community College, 87-63, the Ancilla College men’s basketball team improved their Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) record to 4-2 and 7-10 overall.

After the first twenty minutes, the Chargers and Bruins were tied at 42. Throughout the second half, Ancilla took charge and maintained the advantage until the end.

Freshman guard Andrenos Powell was the top scoring Charger with 29 points. Demetrius Adams put up twelve points and Juwan Johnson added eleven points of his own for Ancilla. Charger sophomores Jay Feltson and Jakyah Qaiyim combined for twenty points, with ten apiece.

“It was balanced effort from our guys, despite Kellogg playing harder than us the first twenty minutes. We played the way we are supposed to play in the second half and we were able to create some separation. We have a big game on Wednesday as we host conference leader Glen Oaks at the Life Plex,” stated Ancilla coach Aaron Butcher.

The Vikings of Glen Oaks Community College will travel to Plymouth, Indiana where the Chargers will host them on Wednesday, January, 22, at 7:30 p.m.

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Ancilla College Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day

DONALDSON – Students, faculty, and staff gathered Monday to recognize and celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Dr-Tom-BuchananJanuary 20th marked this year’s holiday celebrating the achievements and messages of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The event was organized by the Student Development & Diversity Committee which consists of various faculty, administration, and staff members. Professor of History, Dr. Tom Buchanan, and Professor of Religion, Philosophy, & Ethics, Rev. Dr. Sam Boys both spoke during the celebration.

“This is a great time to come together as a community to honor such an important part of our American past,” said Jill Neidlinger, Assistant Professor of Mathematics & Developmental Studies and Student Development & Diversity committee member.

“MLK was a national voice for freedom and justice. He encouraged living to our potential especially through equal education opportunities so this is a great chance to pass on that message,” Neidlinger added.

Following the program students were able to enjoy a meal provided by Student Development and faculty donations.

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Chargers claim another basketball victory

PLYMOUTH, IN – The Ancilla College men’s basketball team continued their winning streak, as they defeated the Stars of Lansing Community College by a score of 83-72, bringing their Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) record to 3-0 and 6-8 overall.

NJCAAbasketballCombining for 42 points, freshmen Andrenos Powell (21) and Juwan Johnson (21) accounted for over 50 percent of the Chargers scoring.

Xavier Ringo added to Ancilla’s offense, putting up fourteen points. Leading the Charger defensive efforts was Powell with nine rebounds (10 total) and Jay Feltson who collected seven of his own (10 total).

“I was very proud of our effort tonight. Lansing is a very good basketball team. Our defense did a great job of covering up Lansing’s three point shooters, which was a big key in our success. We had some foul trouble, but our bench was very big. The guys are playing as a team right now and are really competing. We hope to keep this up as we travel on Wednesday to take on a very good Kalamazoo Valley team,” Ancilla head coach Aaron Butcher said.

The Chargers head to Kalamazoo, Michigan, where they will face Kalamazoo Valley Community College on Wednesday, January 15, at 7:30 p.m.

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Ancilla’s Men’s Basketball Opens 2014 with a Win

JACKSON, MI — The Ancilla College men’s basketball team snapped a three game slide and opened 2014 with an 81-69 win over Jackson College on Saturday.

Juwan Johnson led the Chargers with 21 points, while newcomer, Xavier Ringo added eighteen. Ringo hit ten of fourteen free throws in the contest and Johnson added five rebounds. Charger Demetrius Adams finished with fourteen points, eight rebounds and four blocks. Sophomore Jakyah Qaiyim collected seven rebounds in the win for Ancilla.

Charger head coach Aaron Butcher commented, “It was nice to have some key pieces back today. It was a total team win as everyone contributed. Conference wins are always tough to get, especially on the road.”

The men’s Charger team will be on the road Friday, January 10 as they travel to Benton Harbor, Michigan to face Lake Michigan College in men’s and women’s double-header. Game time is scheduled for 7:30p.m.


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Lady Chargers Win on the Road

JACKSON, MI–The Ancilla College women’s basketball team placed four players in double figures on the way to the team’s first win of the season, Saturday. The lady Chargers defeated Jackson College 62-54 in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) opener for both teams. 

 Hope Wagner led Ancilla in scoring with 23 points. Taylor Kuhnle added fourteen, Sydney Beaune netted twelve, and Brittany Himes had eleven. Ancilla trailed by eight points at the half and needed some steady free throw shooting in the second half to secure the win. 

“I’m really proud of our team effort against Jackson,” said Ancilla head coach Stephanie Beason. “We played a very smart game and were able to hit clutch free throws the last few minutes to seal the deal,” she said. She estimated her team shot nothing but free throws the final three and a half minutes of the game.
The Chargers will travel to Benton Harbor, Michigan where they will face Lake Michigan College in search of a second conference win. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30p.m. on Friday, January 10.
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Lilly Endowment gives $1 million to Ancilla College

Lilly Endowment gives $1 million to Ancilla College as part of statewide effort to improve employment opportunities for college grads

indiana lilly grant INDIANAPOLIS – Ancilla College, Indiana’s only private, Associate’s Degree granting college, has been awarded a $1 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. The grant is one of 39 provided by the Endowment to the state’s accredited colleges and universities as part of its Initiative to Expand Opportunities Through Educational Collaborations. The grants, totaling $62.7 million, will provide a significant boost to the schools’ efforts to enhance and expand opportunities for college graduates to find meaningful employment in Indiana.

“We are very excited to receive this grant and appreciate the Endowment’s long support of education in Indiana,” Dr. Joanna F. Blount, dean of academic and student services at Ancilla, explained.

Ancilla will implement a three-pronged approach to enhancing educational opportunities for its students: “Pathways for high school students that decrease the time it takes them to complete degrees, internships that enhance skill development and lead to paid positions, and seamless transitions for students who transfer to senior institutions,” Blount said.

“We plan to do this by enhancing dual credit and early bird opportunities with local high schools and implementing two computer information systems degrees that lead to certifications in networking and web development,” she said.

The college will also work with regional employers to develop internship opportunities. “Our ultimate goal is to increase college completion, provide internships for students and employers, and keep local talent in Indiana,” she said.

Also, as part of the grant, Ancilla is developing a northern Indiana regional Healthcare Training Center that will offer healthcare-related certificates like Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and Qualified Medication Aide (QMA) programs.

“In talking with the Nursing Advisory Committee and other healthcare providers in Marshall and Starke counties, we heard that it costs a great deal for employers to train an individual who often leaves after a short time on the job,” Blount said.

“This is problematic for small employers who are dedicated to providing quality service.  Offering certificates is one way to increase employment opportunities while expanding the workforce for healthcare providers. We plan to provide cost effective training for facilities who utilize CNA and QMA trained staff,” Blount said.

For more than a decade through its Initiative to Promote Opportunities Through Educational Collaborations, the Endowment has awarded grants to Indiana colleges and universities to pursue activities that improve the job prospects of college graduates in the state. While progress has been made, particularly through expanded internship opportunities and more robust career placement offices, Indiana college graduates continue to have difficulty finding jobs within the state that are suitable to individuals holding a bachelor’s degree.

“Despite a steady supply of four-year college graduates, Indiana ranks very low among the states in the percentage of its adult working-age population that has a bachelor’s degree, and the state’s average per capita income ranking also is unacceptable,” said Sara B. Cobb, vice president for education at the Endowment.

“The Endowment has become increasingly concerned about the implications of these statistics and their potential impact on the state’s future prosperity,” she said.

All 39 colleges and universities, including Ancilla, submitted promising proposals to help improve the job prospects of college graduates in Indiana. These grant funds will enable the schools to pursue a broad range of activities that span all points on the college to career spectrum.

“We are encouraged by the variety of thoughtful programs that colleges and universities proposed,” Cobb said. “These activities have the potential to increase significantly the number of Indiana college graduates who find satisfying job opportunities in the state.”


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Ancilla College announces major gift and matching opportunity

good things start at ancillaDonaldson – In the same month that Ancilla College received a $1 million grant from the Lilly Foundation for developing new programs, the college received a major gift commitment from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous.

The gift creates an opportunity for Ancilla and its supporters to match this commitment and double the impact of the anonymous $875,000 gift through increased funds for student scholarships and other forms of student financial aid.

Beginning now and continuing through the end of 2014, the College will seek contributions to the Ancilla Fund for operations of $612,500 or more. Additionally, gifts made to the Ancilla College Endowment Fund of $262,500 or more, will double the permanent impact of the gift.

“We are thrilled to be able to share the news of this giving challenge with the surrounding community and with our alumni. It is our hope that current and new donors will take advantage of this opportunity to help us double the impact of this major contribution,” states Todd Zeltwanger, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement.

“We are grateful for the amazing generosity of the donor who has given us this challenge. Fully realizing the challenge will enable the college to receive more than $1.2 million for current operations and add $525,000 to the college’s permanent endowment,” said Dr. Ron May, President of the college.

Whether a donor’s interest is in helping to fund current operations or to create a sustainable future for the college through endowment growth, this challenge provides the opportunity. Please contact Dr. May(574-936-8898, x385) or Todd Zeltwanger(574-936-8898, x345) should you wish to discuss how you might help meet the challenge.

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College for adult learners workshop

On Wednesday, December 18th, Ancilla is holding a free workshop for adults who are interested in returning to school. “College for Adult Learners” is set for 6 to 7:30 pm (EST) on Ancilla’s campus in room 231. Workshop materials, food and parking are free.

Sign up below to reserve your spot. The workshop will feature information on Ancilla programs, classes and degree options plus offer insights into financial aid options for adult students returning to school after several years’ absence.

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Coffee & A Book Dec 2

Ancilla Offers Third Coffee & A Book for 2013-2014 School Year

DONALDSON – The public is invited to join Chelsea Chalk, Assistant Professor of Communication at Ancilla College, as she discusses I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t): Making the Journey from “What Will People Think?” to “I am Enough” by Brené Brown.  This event will take place on Tuesday, December 2, from 7-8 p.m. at Earthworks Market located at 900 W. Jefferson St. in Plymouth.

iThoughtitWasMeIn her presentation, Chalk will facilitate a discussion about the author’s ideas on shame and guilt. In the book, Brown explores the time we spend managing perception rather than feeling free to be our “real” selves.  Brown states “our imperfections are what connect us to one another and to our humanity. Our vulnerabilities are not weaknesses; they are powerful reminders to keep our hearts and minds open to the reality that we’re all in this together.”

Brown asks that readers have the “courage to be real” and compassion to “love ourselves and others.”

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

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Ancilla College Offers a Free Preview of College to Adult Learners

A life overflowing with work, children, and filled schedules can make
going back to school seem too difficult. News of tuition increases at
regional universities can make it seem too expensive. For some it may
be the thought of going back to school after years away from classrooms
and homework. But Ancilla College is trying to make it easier for adult
learners to come and try out college – for free.

Ancilla is offering a free college course to first-time students as part of
the “We Believe in You” program. “We Believe in You” allows any adult,
21-years and older, who has not yet earned any college credits, to take a
class with up to three credit hours at no cost (free tuition and fees).

In addition, all students in the program will have an academic advisor
to assist them with every aspect of attending college for the first time,
including help with the registration process, completing a financial aid
application, choosing education opportunities, and more.

Spring classes begin Jan. 6, 2014 at Ancilla’s campus near Plymouth. “We
Believe in You” was created in 1988 by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus
Christ, the religious order that sponsors Ancilla College. “Over 50 people
have taken part in this program,” said Ancilla Admissions Director Eric

“Many of them have gone on to take more classes and several have
completed college degrees. They started with one course to test the waters
and took advantage of the opportunity to restart their education. Adult
students can use the ‘We Believe in You’ grant on top of other financial aid
from federal and state programs to launch a college degree,” Wignall said.

“Taking a college course in writing or computer technology can jump-start
a college degree at any age. Faced with a difficult jobs outlook today I
expect to see more students across Northern Indiana to take that first step
in college and receive up to three credits of coursework for free,” Wignall

For more information on “We Believe in You,” please contact the Ancilla
College Admissions Office at (574) 936-8898.

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Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Inducts New Members

DONALDSON – The Beta Beta Beta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the international two-year college honor society, inducted 4 new members in a small ceremony Thursday, November 14th.

Those inducted included Matthew Busart of Culver, Lisa Dunfee of Knox, Carrie Fiedler of Plymouth, Felicia Goodsell of Knox, Elizabeth Karas of Argos, Hanna Moore of Franklin, Alisha Prato of North Judson, and David Ritchie of Knox.

Matthew Busart, Lisa Dunfee, Carrie Fiedler, Felicia Goodsell, Elizabeth Karas, Hanna Moore, Alisha Prato, and David Ritchie

Back row: David Ritchie, Matthew Busart and Felicia Goodsell.
Front row: Elizabeth Karas, Alisha Prato and Hanna Moore

“We are honored to recognize these new members in the Beta Beta Beta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa this fall,” said Cynthia Cawthon, PTK co-advisor alongside fellow faculty member Chelsea Chalk.

“These students have demanding schedules and are commended for their exemplary academic achievements and commitment to service and leadership,” Cawthon said.

Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than two 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 12 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.

Current officers for the Ancilla College chapter are Joe McCrammer (President), Jennifer Strickland (Vice President), Mariah Adams (Secretary), and Mieka Wagner (Treasurer).

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Handel’s Messiah is Sunday free concert

Handel’s “Messiah” will be performed this Sunday, Nov. 17 in the Ancilla Domini Chapel on the campus of Ancilla College at 7 pm ET.

“Messiah” is considered one of the greatest pieces of Christian music ever written. Embedded in the famous piece is the “Hallelujah Chorus” which is the most familiar movement.

Seven members of the Culver Academies Choir will perform this piece along with the Ancilla Community Chorus, the South Bend Chamber Symphony and soloists from the Chicago Lyric Opera Chorus.

The Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ received a grant from the Marshall County Community Foundation to bring this musical masterpiece to the residents of this community.

There is no admission cost.

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Ancilla Student Honored with Realizing the Dream Award

DONALDSON – Ancilla student Shelly Day of Knox was honored with the 24th annual “Realizing the Dream” scholarship.

Day, a sophomore, is the first in her family to attend college and was selected because of her outstanding achievement during her freshman year.  Day chose Kristin Korcha, chair of the science, math, & technology division at Ancilla College as her most influential teacher.

“Shelly Day’s drive, persistence, and optimism make her a perfect award recipient, and I am honored to teach her as she excels at Ancilla College. Ancilla offers first-generation college students unsurpassed opportunities, one-on-one attention, and dedication to individualized learning unlike any other,” said Korcha.

“Realizing the Dream” is a $2000 scholarship to help with college costs, made possible by a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc.  First-generation students who attend an Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) school are eligible.  The student’s most influential teacher or mentor also receives a $1000 check.

ICI is a nonprofit corporation that represents the state’s 31 nonprofit accredited colleges and universities. ICI member institutions enroll some 87,000 students (approximately 22 percent of all students statewide) and annually produce 35 percent of all bachelor’s degrees in Indiana.

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Ancilla College holds inaugural Changing Lives scholarship dinner


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Tony Ross accepts the Ancilla College Alumni Award.

DONALDSON – Ancilla College hosted its inaugural Changing Lives Scholarship Dinner Friday, November 8th.

The new event provided an opportunity for the College to raise money to help fund the scholarships, grants and awards that last year totaled $1 million and were given to 90% of its students.

“We are deeply grateful for the outpouring of support experienced at the Inaugural Changing Lives Dinner. The event permitted the college to provide tangible evidence to donors of the impact their gifts make on the lives of Ancilla College students. The individuals honored further exemplify the impact Ancilla College has on the larger community.  We thank all in attendance for their continued support of the Mission and Values of the College,” stated Dr. Ron May, president of Ancilla College.

The evening included a live auction, silent auction, dinner, awards ceremony, and entertainment by The Lincoln Legends. Each table was hosted by a current Ancilla College student so guests had a chance to interact with one of many recipients to benefit from the generous donations made each year.

Two awards were presented including 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 in the community that have demonstrated steadfast involvement with Ancilla College. The award this year will be given to Tony Ross.

The other was the Ancilla Award.  Initiated in 1975, the Ancilla Award 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 Dr. Jim and Betty Rimel.

“Overall, we were very pleased with the results of the inaugural Changing Lives Scholarship Dinner. Thanks to the generosity of our guests and other donors, approximately $20,000 was raised for scholarships that will assist our students. The message of the importance of Ancilla College to this area came through loud and clear and we look forward to building on the success of this event in years to come,” said Todd Zeltwanger, executive director of institutional advancement at Ancilla College.

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Ancilla hosts health career fair

Ancilla College will host a healthcare career fair at its campus near Plymouth on Monday, December 2nd from 4 to 7 pm (EDT).

LPNs, RNs, QMAs can meet with representatives from regional healthcare firms, hospitals and clinics. Current nursing and health sciences students from any regional college or university are welcome to attend.

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Four Chargers and coach collect awards

After winning their first MCCAA conference, the Ancilla soccer team had four players as well as the head coach receive All-Region and MCCAA recognition.

Charger sophomores Rene Mejia, Nakilee Weni, and Dominic Harris were named to the 2nd Team All-Region, while Andrew Smith also earned that distinction in addition to earning Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) Freshman of the Year, as well as First Team-All MCCAA recognition. In his first season as head coach at Ancilla, Adam Hall claimed the MCCAA Coach of the Year award.

As the keeper, Mejia had a save percentage of 68.5% and five shut out games for the Chargers, placing him second in the MCCAA and 32nd in the nation. Midfielder Weni provided two game winning goals in the conference and tied for the team lead in assists with forward Harris at five each. Harris started all sixteen games and was also a top scorer for Ancilla, producing six goals on the season. Starting fifteen of sixteen games and adding three goals of his own, Smith has already proven his merit as a freshman.

“I am very happy that my athletes have been recognized for their outstanding performances this year. They all deserve this recognition from the other coaches who have voted for them. As for Andy [Smith] winning Freshman of the Year, it is an outstanding achievement for him. He has been a very integral part of our success with his competitiveness and work ethic anytime he is on the field,” Hall said.

“To win an award in my first year as head coach is phenomenal. I take great pride in the work that we have done this season and I hope we can build on this success,” Hall said.

 More in the South Bend Tribune.

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Fall Bash fun

Face PaintingFriday, October 25th saw students, faculty, staff, PHJC sisters, PHJC residents and more gathering by the lake to enjoy the fall weather and each other’s company.  Ancilla’s Student Government Association hosted its first Fall Bash.

“This is one of the best attended SGA events I’ve gone to,” said Sam Soliman, Instructor of psychology and sociology at Ancilla College, “There was a lot going on and SGA did a great job putting it together.”

Activities included cornhole, pumpkin carving, pumpkin putting, face-painting, music, a bonfire, and a costume contest.  Guests could roast hotdogs and marshmallows over the fire and enjoy hot chocolate.

There were also raffles and door prizes for those who attended.  Prizes were donated by Bourbon St. Pizza, Papa John’s, and Dairy Queen.  A student and a staff member each won a gas card and another staff member won a free pedicure.


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Ancilla wins conference in soccer

In a vital, one-sided conference matchup, Ancilla soccer defeated Jackson College 7-0, allowing them to clinch the school’s first ever Michigan Community College Athletic Association conference championship in conjunction with Muskegon Community College.

It was a slow start, as the first goal did not come until the 32nd minute from Valdo Garcia. However, the first half concluded with the Chargers leading 3-0, courtesy of a pair of goals from Isaias Morales, which were assisted by Nestor Herrera and Garcia. Ancilla quickly added to their lead in the second half when Ignacio Avilles set up Nick Bennett for a goal in the 47th minute. Ten minutes later, Morales converted a penalty kick bringing the Charger lead to 5-0. Garcia scored his second goal just two minutes later, assisted by Jose Herrera who later went on to score a goal of his own in the 70th minute.

The championship is the highpoint of Ancilla’s seven year soccer history which can be attributed to team-oriented play and the coaching of first year head coach, Adam Hall and his staff. “I am so proud of the way we played today. We knew what we had to do and accomplished just that. It feels great to earn our school’s first championship,” exclaimed coach Hall.

The Chargers now move on to face the Ocelots of Schoolcraft College in the NJCAA Region XII Tournament Quarterfinal on Wednesday, October 30 at 4:00 p.m.

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Pitching in at Sojourner Truth House

Oct. 22, 2013

GARY – In response to their mission’s call to serve, Ancilla College faculty, staff and students visited the Sojourner Truth House in Gary on Monday, October 21st volunteering their services for the day.

19 representatives of Ancilla College, including 15 students and 4 staff members worked on several separate projects.  Volunteers left Ancilla’s campus around 9 a.m. and returned by 4 p.m.

“Our trip to Sojourner Truth was a great opportunity for Ancilla students to experience in a small way the plight of homeless women and children in Gary,” said Sr. Carleen Wrasman, PHJC and Coordinator of Mission Integration.

The main outside work consisted of emptying two truckloads of commodities from the Northwest Indiana Food Bank.  The students working inside the building helped arrange commodities on the shelves for easy distribution on Tuesdays and Thursdays when the food pantry is open to the residents of Gary.  Other students inside matched gloves and hats from a large donation; created folders for volunteers, organized a storage area, and filed papers.

Sr. Carleen Wrasman continued, “It was a special privilege for me to experience the willingness of Ancilla students to be of service to those in need.  Their readiness to tackle the jobs given to us was an example of living the values of dignity and respect for all.”

Students were very receptive to the trip making such comments as: “Sojourner Truth House has a beautiful program and I am so happy and glad I was part of it and able to help,” and “I learned more about my classmates.  I really want to set up collections around Ancilla for children’s clothing because that is what they need.  I would appreciate another trip.”

The Sojourner Truth House is a community resource and day shelter for homeless and at-risk women and was founded in 1997 by members of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, the same religious order that founded Ancilla.  It was created to help serve the needs of the underserved in the Gary area, providing food, shelter, clothing, and services to the poor and needy.

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The Sojourner Truth House is a community resource and day shelter for homeless and at-risk women and was founded in 1997 by members of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, the same religious order that founded Ancilla.

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Changing Lives scholarship dinner Nov 8

November 8, 2013 at Swan Lake Resort
5203 Plymouth Laporte Trail Plymouth, IN 46563
Reception/Silent Auction 6 PM
Dinner 7 PM
Awards/Live Auction 8 PM   (All times are EST)
Please RSVP by October 25, 2013.

Ancilla College is unique in that a large percentage of our student population is composed of first-generation college students. More than 90% of our students are provided assistance in the form of grants, scholarships, and work-study opportunities, but those with the most financial need have had their grants from the State of Indiana decreased by 40% over the past four years.

This year Tony Ross will receive the Sr. Mary Dolores Outstanding Alumni Award which recognizes dedicated alumni in the community who have demonstrated ongoing involvement with Ancilla College and the Alumni Association.

Also being honored that evening with the Ancilla Award will be Dr. Jim and Betty Rimel. The Ancilla Award, initiated in 1975, is Ancilla College’s highest award, and honors dedicated supporters of Ancilla College who have shown distinguished community service.

Funds raised at the event will be utilized for scholarships that allow worthy students to attend Ancilla College, who otherwise may not be able. Please, won’t you join us?

Click here to download the RSVP Form

Click here for a special discount from Swan Lake.

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Ancilla Student Government attends national conference

DONALDSON – Ancilla’s Student Government Association President, Vice-President, and Faculty advisor attended the 35th annual National Leadership Conference on Student Government in St. Louis, MO from October 3-6.

Amanda Amstutz, Desiree Narkawicz, Jill NeidlingerAmanda Amstutz, Student Body President, Desiree Narkawicz, Student Body Vice-President, and Jill Neidlinger, Faculty advisor spent four days interacting with students and Faculty from around the country.

“This was an amazing experience for the Ancilla College SGA board members. I am so proud of how enthusiastically they approached this conference and ‘soaked up’ all of the energy from the other devoted Student Government members. I received many compliments on how professional Amanda and Desiree were as well as how their questions were both challenging and thought-provoking. They definitely contributed in a positive way to the event,“ said Jill Neidlinger, Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Developmental Studies and SGA advisor at Ancilla College.

The students attended a number of presentations and workshops relating to the conference theme “Ingredients for an Effective Student Government” as organized by Dr. Pat Bosco, Director of the Center for Leadership Development Inc.

Their favorite speakers included Dr. Bernard Franklin, Associate Vice Chancellor of the Metropolitan Community College System, and Ms. Terri Houston, Interim Chief Diversity Officer at University of North Carolina.

Amstutz commented, “I learned a lot from the conference overall, and was inspired to be around so many student leaders as well as such qualified speakers. Overall, it was a great experience.”

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