Chargers Struggle at Home

NJCAAbasketballPLYMOUTH, IN – The Ancilla women’s basketball team spent most of their evening on the defensive, struggling to find their flow against visiting Ivy Tech-Indianapolis, eventually losing 67-59.

Ancilla (6-5) led in most statistical categories for the game, but the visiting Bears took advantage of 29 Charger fouls, turning them into 44 free throw attempts. On the other side, Ivy Tech’s 20 fouls only netted 16 free throw attempts for the Chargers.

Khadijah Moore led Ancilla with 18 points and nine rebounds despite being in foul trouble most of the game. Michelle Detwiler netted 13 points and pulled down nine rebounds of her own, while La’Fabian Coleman led the team with three steals and added eight points to the mix.

“Tonight was another up and down game for us,” began Ancilla coach Tom Robbins. “Khadijah Moore carried us through most of the first half including bringing us back from being down double digits. However, her foul trouble in the second half kept her out of most of the rest of the game which really hurt. Taylor Kuhnle was able to play a very limited amount of minutes coming back off of her knee injury, but was able to play enough to show me that her absence has had more of an impact on our team’s poor performance here lately than I realized. Michelle Detwiler continues to see improvement as she gave us a big lift at different points in the game.”

Ancilla finishes off their non-conference season on the road, beginning with a 2:00 p.m. tipoff at Prairie State College in Chicago Heights, Illinois on Saturday, December 13. Their final game before the new year will be Thursday, December 18 at Harper College in Palatine, Illinois.

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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Residence Hall to Open Fall 2015

DONALDSON – With beds for approximately 100 students, Ancilla College is delighted to announce a state-of –the art residence hall will be ready for students beginning the 2015-16 school year.

“This project will help us reach students from a wider area, previously unavailable for a commuter campus,” said Dr. Ken Zirkle, president. “We are proud to bring our mission of empowering lifelong learners to our new programs, expanded athletic teams and safe campus.”

Preliminary plans for the building include housing for 100 new students and a live-in dean and student services director, Zirkle said. Floor plans are being drawn now to possibly include a teaching kitchen for a new hospitality/culinary program.

“From parent and student feedback we know that Ancilla College’s mission-driven environment is exactly what many students and parents want,” said Vice President of Enrollment Management Eric Wignall. “Ancilla’s student-teacher ratio of 10-to-1 is the best in Indiana. We don’t have impersonal lecture halls or teaching assistants. At Ancilla instructors lead small, personal classes where you get face-to-face feedback and help,” he said.

Ancilla is Indiana’s only two-year private college. It is dedicated to hands-on assistance to help each student graduate, Zirkle said. The safe, rural campus provides just the environment to really learn and graduate with an associate’s degree that will transfer students to a four-year institution with ease or ready them for the workplace, giving them an edge over their coworkers.

“These dorms are not only going to help more students find Ancilla as a home, they will also bring jobs to the area,” said Mike Brown, chief financial officer. “It’s a win-win for the college and surrounding communities.”

The Ancilla College campus is part of the Center at Donaldson. The Center includes: MoonTree Studios, the Catherine Kasper Life Center, Lindenwood Retreat and Conference Center, the Ancilla Beef and Grain Farm and Earthworks Environmental Education – all ministries are sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ.

“We pride ourselves on hiring top notch instructors who want to work here because they believe every person can be educated,” said Dr. Joanna F. Blount, vice president of academic and student affairs. “Our faculty and staff go the extra step to help a student learn.”

Zirkle said he is particularly proud of the school’s nursing program with a 90 percent NCLEX pass rate and is encouraged by the addition in 2015 of women’s golf and soccer teams.

Francis Ellert, chairman of the Ancilla Board of Trustees said, “I believe this is a history day for Ancilla College to allow us to move forward in higher education. This is a huge decision and a really exciting one for our little world in Donaldson.”

Look for more information on groundbreaking in March with artist’s renderings to come as early as the end of December.

Ancilla College (www.ancilla.edu) is a Catholic, liberal arts, Associate’s Degree college in Donaldson, Indiana, sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ.zirkel2

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Ancilla Announces Certified Nursing Assistant Class

12.8.14 CNA logo GOOD.fwBy Chelsea Chalk

DONALDSON – Ancilla College is offering an additional class in health sciences starting this spring. Students can now enroll in a Certified Nursing Assistant course.

After passing the Indiana State Health Department CNA test, Certified Nursing Assistants are state certified to become a nurse’s aid in long-term care facilities, home health and hospice groups, and assisted living facilities. To qualify, all you need is to pass a physical, a drug screen and a background check. A high school diploma is not required. The program consists of thirty-two hours of classroom work and seventy-five hours of clinical work.

The course will meet Monday and Wednesday nights from 6-10 p.m. starting February 2nd. Clinical hours take place on Saturdays from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. After completing the required coursework and clinical hours, students will take the state certification exam.

Beth Bailey, Instructor of Nursing, will teach the class. She explains, “Good CNA’s are in high demand. This is a quick way to start a new career in healthcare. CNA careers offer a wide variety of shifts and full time hours with benefits are often available.”

According to Nursegroups.com, in 2008, CNA positions in Indiana averaged $11.34/hour with higher pay for nights and weekends. The market has a steady demand for these positions so employment outlook is strong for CNA’s.

Those interested should contact Rhonda Arvesen, Secretary for the Department of Nursing & Health Sciences, at 574-936-8898 Ext. 327. Applications are due Monday, January 26, 2015.

The class costs $800 and payment arrangements can be made with the business office at Ancilla. Students looking for financial assistance can contact Deb at WorkOne in Plymouth. She can be reached at 574-936-8919. The state certification exam costs $75 after completion of the program.

Click here to download an application to our nursing program.

Ancilla College (www.ancilla.edu) is a Catholic, liberal arts, Associate’s Degree college in Donaldson, Indiana, sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ.

 

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Ancilla’s Home Win Streak Snapped

NJCAAbasketballPLYMOUTH, IN – The Ancilla men’s basketball team (6-4) saw their eight game home winning streak snapped as NJCAA #8 Cincinnati State upended the Chargers 81-68.

Coming into the game, Ancilla was 5-0 at home this season and had won their last three games at home last season, but a strong second half from the visiting Surge led to the first home loss for the Chargers since February 8, 2014.

Ancilla led 37-33 at intermission, but were outscored by seventeen in the second half behind 18-32 shooting from the field by Cincinnati State. Ancilla ended the game an impressing 14-16 at the free throw line.

“We played a strong first half, which allowed us to go to the break up four,” started Ancilla coach Aaron Butcher. “We gave up too many offensive rebounds in the second half and gave them too many second chance points. With the makeup of this team, we can’t shoot 6-23 from three and expect to win games.”

Juwan Johnson added to his team high 17.7 points per game by dropping in 25 points. Johnson also led the team in rebounds, with eight. Mike Wickliff finished in double digits with twelve points.

Ancilla returns to action to host Ivy Tech of Indianapolis on Thursday night, December 11 at the LifePlex. Tipoff is slated for 7:00 p.m., following the 5:30 p.m. women’s game.

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 Baseball Team Helps End Hunger with Blessings in a Backpack

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAPLYMOUTH – When the school bell rings at the end of the day on Friday, many Plymouth children know there is a long weekend of hunger ahead. 20 members of Ancilla College’s baseball team hoped to help end that hunger by volunteering at Blessings in a Backpack.

Blessings in a Backpack is a program that provides food for 200 students each week from Plymouth’s four elementary schools, as well as Riverside Intermediate and Lincoln Junior High School. On the first Thursday of each month during the school year, volunteers gather at Memories Reception Hall at 401 E. Jefferson to assemble a month’s worth of food bags. The bags contain canned soup, Ramen noodles, cereal and a variety of other food items. Baseball team members gave of their time to help assemble the bags. They finished packing bags in a record 30 minutes. The bags are then loaded into tubs and distributed to the schools. School officials pass them out to the students before they head home on Friday.

Ellen Stillson and Chris Garner organize the program locally. Stillson says it costs just $80 per year to sponsor a student. Stillson added that the demand is greater than the group can currently provide.

“Our last count showed around 600 kids eligible for this program. We would love to be able to feed them all! In order to do that, we would need a large space to be able to store the food. We have been given a space at the Memories Banquet Hall for our monthly packing location and they have been more than generous with us. However, if we want to expand the program any more, we will need a much larger space to not only sort the food, but also to store food.”

Joe Yonto, head baseball coach at Ancilla, added “It was a great cause to support; what they do for the kids and community is tremendous. I’m glad we could be a part of it and the baseball team was happy to represent what Ancilla stands for.”

All of the money donated to the program stays local. Donations of non-perishable food items, such as macaroni and cheese, granola bars and juice boxes, are also welcome. Volunteers to help bag the food each month are also welcome. Checks can be mailed to Blessings in Backpack, 12954 6th Road, Plymouth, IN 46563. Ellen Stillson can be contacted at stillsone@embarqmail.com for more information.

Ancilla College (www.ancilla.edu) is a Catholic, liberal arts, Associate’s Degree college in Donaldson, Indiana, sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ.

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Ancilla’s First All-American Soccer Player

Congratulations to Dale Robertson named to the N.J.C.A.A. Division I First –Team All-American in Men’s Soccer. Ancilla College’s first soccer player named to the National Junior College Athletic Association First Team All American.

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Two Students Nominated for All-USA/Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team

DONALDSON – Morgan Peoni (Franklin), Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) member, and Madyson Price (Logansport), PTK Vice-President are Ancilla College’s 2014-2015 nominees to the All-USA/Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team. Phi Theta Kappa is a two-year college national honor society.

They were chosen acokemong Ancilla College students by PTK Advisors Cynthia Cawthon, Instructor of English, and Chelsea Chalk, Assistant Professor of Communication. Peoni and Price will be placed in competition for almost $350,000 available in national scholarship opportunities.

“We are very proud of Morgan and Mady’s accomplishments at Ancilla. They are excellent students and are extremely active on campus. Only two students are nominated on each campus for this award, so this is a great honor for them to be chosen,” said advisor Cynthia Cawthon.

In addition, other scholarship opportunities and chances for recognition are available through the All-State Academic Team program. Nominees will attend a state-wide banquet this spring.

Price and Peoni commented, “We are so thankful for our nomination for the PTK All-USA Academic Team. It means a lot that we can represent Ancilla at the spring banquet.”

Ancilla College (www.ancilla.edu) is a Catholic, liberal arts, Associate’s Degree college in Donaldson, Indiana, sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ.

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Ancilla College Offering Accelerated Winter Term

DONALDSON – College students looking to earn extra college credit over the holiday break can enroll in a pilot program at Ancilla College. Ancilla is offering an online psychology course in a four-week winter term this year from Dec. 15 – Jan. 9.

 

“This so-called ‘mini-mester’ between our fall and spring terms was designed for students who need 30 credits annually for full state-grant funding or for athletes who need it for eligibility,” said Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs, Dr. Joanna F. Blount. “But any student on winter break can take advantage of our low-cost online class and get ahead on their college career.”

 

The class, Introduction to Psychology, is a three-credit online course offered at a reduced price during a four-week term. Students can apply at no cost online at www.ancilla.edu.

 

The online course is just $1,065 and requires only one textbook, Blount said. Students will have access to their instructor’s notes, class presentations, tests and discussions 24 hours a day on Ancilla’s online course system.

 

Apply for free online at www.ancilla.eduand select “Winter Term” in the application. Current students can apply through their adviser. Work will be due three times a week. Class size is limited to 30 students.

 

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Ancilla Grabs Another Home Victory

NJCAAbasketballPLYMOUTH, IN – The Ancilla men’s basketball team won their fourth straight game with a 96-72 victory over visiting Edison Community College.

Ancilla is now 6-2 overall and 5-0 at home.

“The guys gave a very focused effort today,” began Ancilla coach Aaron Butcher. It was a solid win over a quality opponent. We have a big week coming up as we travel to take on a very good Don Bosco Prep team Wednesday and host #4 Cincinnati State on Saturday.”

Ancilla was led by Juwan Johnson’s 23 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 assists, as well as Tque Smith’s 22 points and 10 rebounds. Mike Wickliff added 14 points, while Travon Brackett and Eric Waddell added eight and seven points respectively. Both Brackett and Waddell pulled down six rebounds also.

Ancilla will hit the road on December 3 for a 7:00 p.m. tipoff against Don Bosco Prep in Merrillville.

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 Uses Loss to #5 ICC as Learning Experience

PLYMOUTH, IN – The Ancilla women’s basketball team hosted NJCAA #5 Illinois Central College and dropped a 90-44 decision.
The visiting Cougars (8-1) held the Chargers (4-3), who came into the game shooting 35.8% from the field, to 18.9% shooting and outrebounded the hosts 55-26.
“This was a very valuable game for our development as a team and ultimately as a program,” mentioned Ancilla coach Tom Robbins. “I think we learned more about what we need to improve on in this game than all the others combined. Ultimately our goal is to be prepared for conference play and this game is going to help us do that.”
Kuhnle led Ancilla with 11 points and five steals in the game and added three rebounds. Detwiler added nine points and four rebounds. Khadijah Moore, who came into the game ranked 8th in the nation in scoring at 23.8 points per game, was held to five points, but led the team in rebounds with six.
“I was very proud of the play of Taylor Kuhnle and Michelle Detwiler,” continued Robbins. “Both girls fought hard from start to finish and never stopped competing. I also saw some really good things from Irena James. There were times in the second half when she really stepped up and took control of the offense with her ball-handling and drives to the basket.”
Ancilla, who is in the midst of six straight home games, hosts Trine University’s JV on Tuesday, December 2. Tip off at the LifePlex in Plymouth, Indiana is at 6:00 p.m.
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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Chargers Still Dominant at Home

By Kara Gilley, assistant sports information director

PLYMOUTH, IN – Ancilla’s men’s basketball team asserted yet another home court victory Monday night over Bethel College JV.

The Chargers moved to 5-2 overall, while still remaining at a spotless 4-0 at home, with their win Monday November 25th against the Pilots of Bethel College 104-62. Leading Ancilla was sophomore Mike Wickliff, recording 24 points. Sophomore teammates Juwan Johnson, posting 18 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists, and Eric Waddell, registering 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists of his own, each demonstrated strong offensive play. Freshman Travon Brackett followed close behind Waddell with 14 points in the victory.

Head coach Aaron Butcher comments, “We got off to a slow start and the first 25 minutes we did not play the way we wanted to play. To the guys’ credit, we responded and played with a lot of energy in the last 15 minutes; holding them to just 36% from the field in the second half, while shooting 70% ourselves really opened the game up for us.”

The Chargers will continue their home stretch as they host Edison Community College Saturday November 29th at 3:00 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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Ancilla Men Dominate St. Francis JV

By Scott Reese, sports information director

PLYMOUTH, IN – The Ancilla College men’s basketball team beat St. Francis JV 95-76, getting contributions from multiple players in the outcome.

Shooting just under 50% in the first half (20-41), the host Chargers (4-2) took a 48-33 into the second half, outscoring the Cougars 47-43 in the last twenty minutes to come away with the victory.

Leading Ancilla, Eric Waddell dropped in 20 points while dishing out six assists and Juwan Johnson scored 19 points and pulled down nine rebounds. Other double digit contributors included Travon Brackett (15 points), Mike Wickliff (14 points), and Everett Norman (11 points). Norman and Wickliff also had big rebounding nights, coming up with eight and seven respectively. Tque Smith pulled down six rebounds and finished with four assists in the game.

“We didn’t shoot well from the perimeter tonight and our defense wasn’t as sharp as it needs to be, but we were able to get the win,” mentioned Ancilla coach Aaron Butcher.

Ancilla hosts Bethel College’s JV tonight at the LifePlex in Plymouth, with game time set for 7:00 p.m.

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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Hope Overcomes Ancilla

By Scott Reese, sports information director

PLYMOUTH, IN –Hope College JV overcame an eleven point halftime deficit to defeat Ancilla College 66-54 in women’s basketball.

It was a tale of two halves. The host Chargers (4-2) shot 44% in the first half, taking a 29-18 lead into the locker room at the half, but the Flying Dutchmen warmed up in the second half, shooting over 48% in the second half and outscoring Ancilla by 23 to come away with the victory.

Khadijah Moore picked up a double-double, scoring 17 points and pulling down 13 rebounds to lead Ancilla. Taylor Kuhnle and Danije Sylvester finished in double digits, as well, scoring 14 and 10 respectively. Sylvester cleaned seven rebounds off the glass, while Kuhnle grabbed six.

The loss was Ancilla’s first at home all season and just their second overall.

“This game was a good learning experience for our young team,” commented Ancilla coach Tom Robbins. “Hope did a nice job of shutting down our penetration while at the same time covering our three-point shooters. It was a good measure for what our team needs to do to compete in our conference, as Hope College has played a few of our future conference opponents.”

Ancilla’s next game is at home on Tuesday, as they host NJCAA #5 Illinois Central College at 5:30 p.m.

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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Lady Chargers Pick Up Road Victory

NJCAAbasketballBy Kara Gilley, assistant sports information director

MISHAWAKA, IN – Ancilla’s Lady Chargers basketball team picked up a big road victory last night against Bethel College JV 66-52.

Ancilla traveled up to Mishawaka to play the hosts, the Pilots of Bethel College JV, Thursday November 20th. The Lady Chargers came out victorious posting a 66-52 ending mark with freshman Khadijah Moore leading the team with 19 points and 12 rebounds on the night. Following close behind Moore, teammates freshman Alexis Williams recorded 18 points of her own and sophomore Taylor Kuhnle registered 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Head coach Tom Robbins comments, “We had our struggles Thursday night, but was able to come out on top against a very hard-working and scrappy Bethel group. Alexis Williams and Taylor Kuhnle were big reasons we were able to. Alexis was pressured hard all night handling the ball and was able to get out of the game with only two turnovers while pouring in 18 points. Taylor Kuhnle held down the effort with a double double in points and rebounds.”

To kick off their six game home stretch, the Lady Chargers begin this Saturday, November 22nd, against Hope College JV at 3:30 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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Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Inducts New Members

PTK induction fall 2014By Chelsea Chalk

DONALDSON – The Beta Beta Beta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the international two-year college honor society, inducted 6 new members in a small ceremony Monday, November 17th.

Those inducted included Mewsette Cartwright (Plymouth), Desiree Felke (Plymouth), Shay Hepler (Warsaw), Patricia McLemore (Michigan City), Eric Rader (Plymouth), and Kathy Venckus (Culver) .

“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.”

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 Jennifer Strickland (President), Madyson Price (Vice President), and Autumn Ganser (Secretary/Treasurer).

Ancilla College (www.ancilla.edu) is a Catholic, liberal arts, Associate’s Degree college in Donaldson, Indiana, sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ.

Photo by: Sarah Cawthon

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Chargers to Host Free Youth Clinic

Men's Basketball Play 60 event

Men's Basketball Play 60 event

By Kara L. Gilley

PLYMOUTH, IN – The Ancilla Chargers men’s basketball program will host a free youth basketball clinic Saturday, November 29th from 9:00 AM until 11:00 AM.

The free youth clinic will be held at the LifePlex in Plymouth (2855 Miller Dr.) starting at 9:00 AM and will last until 11:00 AM for children in the first grade up to eighth grade. All attendees of the clinic will be invited to play on the court at halftime of the Charger’s home game with Edison Community College that afternoon at 3:00 PM.

Head coach Aaron Butcher comments on the upcoming clinic, “We are looking forward to working with the youth around Marshall County on this day. It will be a good morning of fun and basketball instruction. It will also be a positive experience for the attendees to play at half time of our game with Edison Community College.”

The Chargers will first host opponents University of St. Francis JV, November 21st, and Bethel College JV, November 24th, before hosting Edison Community College that Saturday November 29th at 3:00 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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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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Donate to Ancilla

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 December 31 is coming up quickly. This is a great time to make a donation to Ancilla College. Any amount accepted. All amounts help.

Please contact the Institutional Advancement Office at 574-936-8898, Tom Sibal (ext. 355) or Todd Zeltwanger (ext. 345) or send an e-mail to: advancement@ancilla.edu.

Thank you for your generous support.

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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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