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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Ancilla Lady Chargers have Volleyball Awards Banquet

PLYMOUTH, IN – The Ancilla College volleyball team took time away from practice and held their annual awards banquet at Ponderosa Steakhouse.

Six Lady Chargers received awards, recognizing their hard work both on the court and in the classroom. Amber Redinger received the Blue Gold and Offensive awards, while Mackenzie White took the Defensive award. A second Blue Gold award went to Suzanne Grimm.

Mieka Wagner and Mariah Kinney each received the Highest Grade Point Average award, in addition to the Mental Attitude and Most Improved awards, respectively. Hannah Kelly also received a Most Improved award.

The Lady Chargers will host their first spring scrimmage against Prairie State College on Friday, March 14 at 7:00 p.m.


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Ancilla Softball Prepared for Season Opener

DONALDSON, IN – With mounds of snow still covering the grounds of the Charger Complex, the Ancilla softball team prepares for their annual trip south to begin their spring season.
The Chargers open up their season at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports in Lake Buena Vista, Florida on Saturday, March 8. While in Florida Ancilla will play eight games before returning home for more non-conference games on March 18 & 20, weather permitting. Their Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) Western Conference season is scheduled to begin at home on March 21 against Jackson College.

Ancilla returns six sophomores to a squad that finished 19-25 last season, including their only five pitchers on the staff this season. “Our pitching staff returns with experience,” said Ancilla coach Scott Reese. “I have high expectations for them. A lot of our season will ride on their health and success.”

All-Conference returner Marissa Sullivan will be looked upon to lead the Charger offense after a stellar .341 batting average and a .507 slugging percentage last season. Sullivan will see action at shortstop, first base, and in the circle, where she compiled a 6-4 record, including two shutouts last season. Other returners for Ancilla include third baseman Courtney Henning (.327 BA/.429 SLG), pitcher Brianna McClellan (5-6, 3.42 ERA), pitcher Stephanie Lamm (3.93 ERA), third baseman/outfielder Hanna Moore, and pitcher Joelyn Flotow.

New faces on the Charger roster include players who will be looked upon to shine in multiple positions. Catcher and shortstop Kirsten Irvine (Seeger) and C/1B Madyson Price (Logansport), along with C/SS/OF Dakota Riddle (Franklin Community) will be expected to anchor the middle of the lineup for the young Ancilla team.

Other Charger freshman hoping to make their mark include second baseman Morgan Peoni (Franklin Community), third baseman Mariah Miller (Anderson), C/OF Ali Cobb (Washington Township), utility players Ali Charters (Lowell), Ashton Humphrey (Pendleton Heights), Kayla Smith (River Forest), and outfielder Taylor Upshaw (Southport).

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Habits Discussed at Ancilla College Coffee & a Book

DONALDSON – Amanda Petrucelli, Assistant to the Dean  at Ancilla College, discussed The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg Tuesday, March 4 at Earthworks Market.

In her presentation, Petrucelli discussed Duhigg’s ideas on how we form habits in our personal lives, our companies, and our societies. The discussion also highlighted how habits can be changed. Duhigg believes that the key to being more productive and successful lies in understanding our habits.

Petrucelli examined the power which changing habits can have on us.  Lively discussion included replacing poor habits by examining why we do them and finding another route to reach the same “reward” the habit offers. For example, one may quit smoking by discovering that the “reward” was actually taking a break and socializing which can be done in a new way without the nicotine.

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

The next Coffee and a Book will be held by Joel Thomas, Assistant Professor of English on April 1.  He will discuss the book Flannery O’Connor: Writing a Theology of Disabled Humanity by Timothy J. Basselin.

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Chargers close postseason play with tough loss

PLYMOUTH, IN – Despite losing to the Red Hawks of Lake Michigan College by a score of 76-71, the Ancilla College men’s basketball team had a successful season. Not only did they set a school record for Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) conference wins, ten victories with only six losses, but they hosted the NJCAA Region XII, District 9 Quarterfinals for the first time. 

The Chargers started out strong in their first home playoff game, as each team matched one another score for score. It was a back and forth battle for the lead, as the first half concluded, but Lake Michigan was on top by one point. The second half, however, was mostly controlled by the Red Hawks. Ancilla rallied and brought the score within three points, but could not gain the advantage and ended the game down five points.

Jay Feltson was a top performer for the Chargers, collecting fifteen total rebounds (5 offensive and 10 defensive) and scoring fourteen points. With 22 points, Juwan Johnson led the Ancilla offense, while Demetrius Adams and Xavier Ringo put up fifteen points apiece. Ringo also had six assists.

Charger coach Aaron Butcher reflected, “I was proud of our effort tonight. We were already shorthanded going into the game, but when Andrenos [Powell] went down just three minutes in with an injury, it really made things difficult. We continued to fight and did some things well. Lake Michigan is playing as well as any team in the league right now. While it is disappointing to end the season, this year’s group accomplished a lot of things that had never been done before. I am really proud of them and the direction our program is heading.”

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Lady Chargers Connect and Create for Charity

PLYMOUTH, IN – The Ancilla College volleyball team in conjunction with the Sisters from Catherine’s Cottage and the Delta Theta Tau sorority, came together and made blankets for the Plymouth Hospital Obstetrics unit.

Kelly Redinger, a Delta Theta Tau representative and mother of Lady Charger, Amber Redinger, has worked diligently on the blankets and bears projects over the last several months. The Ancilla volleyball team and the Sisters from Catherine’s Cottage have developed a partnership over the years, which is how this unique trio came about. The group continued their tradition of service as they engaged in an evening filled with fellowship, fun, and volunteering for a worthy cause.

Charger coach Lana Singleton reflected, “The volleyball team and the Sisters have formed a special relationship over the last three years and enjoy spending time together. This time, it was to benefit others as well. The ladies made 20 fleece blankets and had a spectacular time doing it!”

“It was a wonderful evening of getting together and making blankets. It gave us the opportunity to re-connect and continue our wonderful intergenerational friendship,” commented Sister Carleen Wrasman, Coordinator of Mission Integration at Ancilla College.

The Lady Chargers continue their good will, as they team up with the Sisters again on Saturday, April 5 for the Ancilla Alumni Volleyball game, where all donations will benefit Riley’s Children’s Hospital.

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Softball team to the rescue

WALKERTON, IN – No doubt this winter has taken a toll on northern Indiana, so in times like this, it is necessary to help out whenever possible, which is what the Ancilla College softball did last week.

As the rain pelted down and the snow began to melt, flood waters threatened the town of Walkerton. The Lady Chargers came to the rescue, as they took a day off from conditioning and practice, in order to lend a hand. The softball team was hard at work, filling sandbags and shoveling snow away from fire hydrants.

Ancilla coach Scott Reese commented, “This was a great experience for our team. Not only are we helping others, but this improves self-respect for the players. I am proud of them for their eagerness and willingness to help.”

“It was a rewarding experience to help the people of this town. I didn’t want or need recognition, it just felt like the right thing to do,” stated Lady Charger Hanna Moore.

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 Athletes Achieve Academically

PLYMOUTH, IN – Forty eight student-athletes were recognized at an academic achievement banquet yesterday, for obtaining at least a 3.0 grade point average for the fall semester.

Ancilla College acknowledged these individuals for their hard work and dedication which extended from the court or field into the classroom. Dr. May, Ancilla College President, Gene Reese, Athletic Director and Charger coaches attended the event in order to celebrate the accomplishments of the student-athletes.

Of those 48 student-athletes, 20 attained a 3.5 GPA or higher, while nineteen made the Dean’s list. In comparison to last fall, the athletic department reports these numbers are increase.

Charger athletic director Gene Reese commented, “Our Athletic Director’s Honor Roll Dinner reinforces the high position of academics in athletics. Dr. May spoke on the important role of academics in athletics. Each of head coaches and many assistants came to show their support for academics in their sport. Student-athletes received a free dinner and certificates to the Ancilla College Bookstore for their high grade point averages.”

First row (L to R): Emily Gamblin (women’s basketball), Morgan Peoni (softball), Hillary Lewis (cheerleading), Mieka Wagner (volleyball) Standing (L to R): Chase Smith (baseball), Zarek Finley (golf), Mariah Kinney (volleyball), Andrew Huff (soccer)

First row (L to R): Emily Gamblin (women’s basketball), Morgan Peoni (softball), Hillary Lewis (cheerleading), Mieka Wagner (volleyball)
Standing (L to R): Chase Smith (baseball), Zarek Finley (golf), Mariah Kinney (volleyball), Andrew Huff (soccer)

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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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