Ancilla College Will Hold Second Annual Changing Lives Scholarship Dinner


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ancilla Soccer Splits Weekend Games

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

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

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

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

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

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Lady Chargers Corral Cougars

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ancilla Hosted Financial Literacy Week for Students

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

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

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

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

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Lady Charger Basketball Ready to Begin New Season

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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PLYMOUTH  – The .  The Chargers for Change effort is set to benefit Plymouth Ounce of Prevention, with $5 donations accepted at the door.

Beyond the competition on floor against Lansing Community College, the evening’s activities include a serving game between sets two and three, as well as raffles for various gift baskets donated by area merchants and businesses.

For nearly a decade the Chargers have supported the Ounce of Prevention organization, which was established in 2003 to raise awareness of and provide support for those whose lives are affected by breast cancer.  More information about the organization can be found online at

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Charger Basketball Ready for Tipoff

DONALDSON, IN – Coming off the most successful Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) conference season in school history, the Ancilla College men’s basketball team hopes to pick up where they left off last year.

The Chargers have been conditioning, practicing, and perfecting the fundamentals, all in preparation for the upcoming season. In an effort to maintain his success and create a winning culture throughout his third season, Ancilla coach Aaron Butcher has brought in some fresh faces from all over the world. Hailing from London, England are Josh Santos and Samson Oyediran. Mike Wickliff is from Tennessee, while Jason Johnson comes from Missouri.

Regarding his recruits from across the pond, Coach Butcher commented, “Josh [Santos] is very skilled and has good size; he will be a tough matchup for opposing teams. Samson [Oyediran] will also be a threat to opponents. He is a skilled forward, who does a lot of things right. I also look for him to do well in the classroom.”

Wickliff, a transfer from the University of Tennessee at Martin, came to Ancilla this past spring semester. “Mike [Wickliff] is a good student and great athlete; a well-rounded kid. He can guard any position on the court and is versatile on the offensive end of the court,” stated Butcher.

A 5’9’’ guard, Johnson was the Co-MVP of the St. Louis City league for the 2013-2014 season. Coach Butcher noted, “Jason [Johnson] is a quick point guard, who prides himself on his defensive efforts.”

Returning for Ancilla is South Bend native, Juwan Johnson. Last season, Johnson averaged: 18.6 points, 5 rebounds, and 3.6 assists per game. As a result of his hard work, he was named to the All-Region XII 1st team and All-Conference 1st team. In addition, Johnson earned the distinction of Freshman of the Year in the Western Conference. “Juwan [Johnson] will be captain this year and will be called upon to provide a lot of leadership,” remarked Coach Butcher.

In response to the 2014-2015 season, Coach Butcher indicated, “The conference will be very tough again, as it usually is. We will be tested frequently in the non-conference season, especially when we travel to Olney, Illinois on November 7 and 8. There we will take on Olney Central College and Vincennes University.

Looking ahead, the Chargers’ schedule consists of thirteen non-conference contests and sixteen MCCAA games. While Ancilla has played three scrimmages, they have three remaining this month. The Chargers first game is scheduled for November 1 at 5:30 p.m., when they will host Indiana Institute of Technology JV.

These student athletes were mentioned:

2 Mike Wickliff SO F 6-5 200 Cordova, TN University of Tennessee at Martin
3 Jason Johnson FR G 5-9 156 St. Louis, MO Gateway Tech
4 Josh Santos FR F 6-8 210 London, England Preston
13 Samson Oyediran FR F 6-7 220 London, England Preston
22 Juwan Johnson SO G 6-2 177 South Bend, IN Adams HS
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Charger Soccer Qualifies for Region 12 Tournament

DONALDSON, IN – After two home wins this weekend against Lakeland Community College 2-0 and Cuyahoga Community College 3-2, the Ancilla College soccer team qualified for the Region XII tournament.

After a cold and scoreless first half on Saturday against the Lakers, the first goal of the game came in the 63rd minute from Dayle Robertson for the Chargers off an assist from Nestor Herrera. Six minutes later Robertson headed the ball in, as Alex Engle provided the assist. Ancilla was able to maintain the advantage and won 2-0.

Cuyahoga Community College traveled to Donaldson on Sunday and provided a challenge for the Chargers. The Challengers struck first early in the game. Ancilla did not score until the 30th minute, when Zahir Martinez assisted a goal for David Diaz. Martinez provided a second assist, this time to teammate Alex Engle, as the Chargers took the lead in the 60th minute. However, nine minutes later, Cuyahoga scored the equalizer.

It remained a tie game until Ancilla’s Kevin Bonilla set up Dayle Robertson, with eight minutes remaining on the clock, allowing the Chargers to take and preserve the lead until the final buzzer.

“It seems like we are back on track, with these two wins,” commented Ancilla coach Adam Hall. “Cuyahoga was a tough team, but we showed a lot of character, being down and rallying to come back and fight for the win.”

In response to the Chargers qualifying for the Region XII tournament, Coach Hall remarked, “We still have a long way to go. There are a lot of games left to decide seedings.”

Jackson College is next on the schedule, as Ancilla hosts their second matchup of the season. The Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) conference opponents will play on Saturday, October 11, at 1 p.m.


Players named in this story:

4 Alex Engle FR M 6-3 170 Oshkosh, WI Oshkosh West HS
7 Dayle Robertson FR F 6-1 170 Perth, Scotland Perth Academy
11 Zahir Martinez FR F 5-11 160 Westfield, IN Westfield HS
16 David Diaz FR M/F 6-1 165 Elkhart, IN Concord HS
19 Kevin Bonilla FR M 5-8 135 Houston, TX Cypress Ridge HS
24 Nestor Herrera SO D/M 5-8 142 Elkhart, IN Memorial HS
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Split Tournament for Ancilla Volleyball

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – At the Dig Pink tournament hosted by South Suburban College, the Lady Chargers split the weekend, with two wins and two losses. This brings Ancilla’s overall record to 18-16.

Friday night, the Lady Chargers earned two wins by first defeating Prairie State 25-20, 25-14, 25-11 and then were victorious over College of Lake County, 25-10, 25-5, 28-26. The next day, Ancilla dropped a match against Black Hawk College-Moline 17-25, 20-25, 25-18, 19-25, and then lost to South Suburban College 25-23, 16-25, 14-25, 18-25.

The Lady Chargers were led at the net by sophomore Amber Redinger, who slammed down 43 kills. Adding to Ancilla’s offense was Mariah Kinney, contributing 27 kills, followed by Sophia Smith, who had 26. Samantha Albers put down 24 kills of her own, while Suzanne Grimm added 23. Grimm was tops in Charger assists, setting for 68. Smith had 41assists and Hannah Kistler added 27 more for Ancilla.

Currently ranked #11 in the country for digs, Mackenzie White led the Charger defensive effort with 83 digs. This brings White’s career dig total at Ancilla to 1,057. Smith dished out an additional 52 digs for the Chargers and served 56 for 58 on the weekend. Ancilla’s Albers provided thirteen blocks (8 solo and 5 assists).

“Amber [Redinger] had a great weekend. She really hustled, took great approaches, and was calling for the ball. She also did a good job for us serving and playing defense,” complimented Charger coach Lana Singleton. “Sophia [Smith] had another great weekend and I love the way this young lady has developed as a key player for us,” Coach Singleton praised. Singleton further commented, “We as a team struggled defensively at times with serve receive, defense, and blocking. We gave Blackhawk and SSC too many opportunities to put the ball down. We head into a couple weeks of conference games, which will ultimately determine the success of the season and if we make the post-season tournament.”

Ancilla will travel to Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) conference opponent, Jackson College on Tuesday, October 7. The Lady Chargers look for a win against the Jets, who have lost six consecutive games. The game is scheduled for 6:30 p.m


Mentioned players:

2 Hannah Kistler FR DS/L 5-8 Goshen, IN Northridge HS
3 Samantha Albers FR OH/RS 5-9 Westville, IN Westville HS
5 Sophia Smith FR OH 5-8 Zeeland, MI Zeeland East HS
6 Mackenzie White SO DS/L 5-5 Ladoga, IN Southmont HS
7 Mariah Kinney SO MB/OH 5-9 Paris Crossing, IN Jennings County HS
9 Suzanne Grimm SO OH/S/RS 5-10 Auburn, IN Lakewood Park Christian HS
10 Amber Redinger SO MB 6-0 Plymouth, IN Plymouth HS
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Ancilla Soccer slated for Region XII tournament

With back to back wins this weekend, the Ancilla College men’s soccer team has clinched a spot in the Region XII men’s soccer tournament. The Chargers, ranked fifth in the country, scored a victory Saturday over Lakeland Community College with a score of 2-0.

On Sunday the Chargers beat Cuyahoga Community College 3-2 in Michigan Community College Athletic Association action.

# Name Cl. Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown Previous School
00 Patrick Berg FR K 5-10 175 Valparaiso, IN Wheeler HS
1 Samuel Lopez FR K 5-11 155 Houston, TX  
2 Francisco Carbajal FR M 5-10 150 Chicago, IL Thornwood HS
3 Andrew Smith SO D/M 6-0 178 Aberdeen, Scotland Ellon Academy
4 Alex Engle FR M 6-3 170 Oshkosh, WI Oshkosh West HS
5 Paul Barrientos FR D 5-11 179 Ligonier, IN West Noble HS
6 Emanuel Johnson SO D 5-11 175 Indianapolis, IN Pike HS
7 Dayle Robertson FR F 6-1 170 Perth, Scotland Perth Academy
8 Antonio Luna FR M 6-1 170 Cordoba, Spain  
9 Denny Garcia FR D 5-10 165 Houston, TX Cypress Lake HS
10 Abel Zamarripa FR M/F 5-11 180 Ligonier, IN West Noble HS
11 Zahir Martinez FR F 5-11 160 Westfield, IN Westfield HS
12 Cody Thompson SO M/F 5-9 145 Valparaiso, IN Wheeler HS
13 Fredis Herrera-Bonilla FR F 5-8 170 Houston, TX Cypress Lake HS
14 Ranferi Vega FR D/M 6-0 170 Houston, TX  
15 Thomas Boulard SO D 6-0 190 Indianapolis, IN Pike HS
16 David Diaz FR M/F 6-1 165 Elkhart, IN Concord HS
17 Moustapha Gueye FR M 6-2 180 Indianapolis, IN Pike HS
18 Ryan Shanks FR M 5-11 170 Bo’ness, Scotland St. Mungo’s HS
19 Kevin Bonilla FR M 5-8 135 Houston, TX Cypress Ridge HS
20 Brandon Batson FR M 5-9 150 Indianapolis, IN Ben Davis HS
21 Darien Hayden SO D/M 5-7 170 Indianapolis, IN Pike HS
22 Brian Macias FR M 5-9 161 Ligonier, IN West Noble HS
24 Nestor Herrera SO D/M 5-8 142 Elkhart, IN Memorial HS
25 Valdo Garcia SO M/F 5-7 140 Elkhart, IN Memorial HS
26 Jose Acevedo FR D/M 5-6 125 Ligonier, IN West Noble HS
27 Alex Gomez FR M 5-8 145 Hammond, IN George Rogers Clark HS
28 Hector Martinez FR M 5-5 140 Westfield, IN Westfield HS
Adam Hall - Head Coach – 2nd season
Adam Calhoun - Assistant Coach – 2nd season
Charlie Latshaw - Assistant Coach – 1st season
Jordan Lewis - Assistant Coach – 1st season
Andrew Huff - Manager – 2nd season


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President Addresses Two Year Colleges at Ancilla’s Lampen Lecture

DONALDSON –Dr. Ken Zirkle, interim president of Ancilla College, was the featured presenter for the first Ancilla College Lampen Lecture of the fall semester, which took place Wednesday, September 24th.

The title of the lecture was “Two-Year Colleges:  Blessings, Opportunities, Challenges.” Sister Jolise May, coordinator of mission integration at Ancilla College explained,” Sr. Joel Lampen, for whom the lectures are named, said in the 1970 president’s report ‘a College must not be operated as a mass production factory, but as a custom shop in which each product is crafted with loving care’.”

She continued, “Dr. Zirkle reiterated these same thoughts as he shared his insights as to the ‘blessings, opportunities and challenges of two-year colleges.’  We have not lost sight of our mission ‘to transform and empower students.’  The task is daunting, but all things are possible when we work together to accomplish our goals.”

The Lampen Lecture Series is free lectures open to the public and is held in room C231(Hardesty Room) at Ancilla College. The series was named for Sr. Joel Lampen, the first president of Ancilla College, who opened the doors of Ancilla to the local community.

The Lampen Lecture Series was designed to combine the universality of the Catholic Church, the international character of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, who sponsor Ancilla College, and the Earth Charter to promote thinking beyond one’s own experiences and interests.

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Ancilla Soccer on top of conference

DONALDSON, IN – The Ancilla soccer team soared to the top of the Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) standings and put themselves in a first place tie in the NJCAA Region XII standings with a 3-2 victory over Owens Community College and 2-0 win over Muskegon Community College.

On Friday the Chargers faced Owens CC at 4 pm in a region 12 contest. The first half was even 0-0. Ancilla had created more chances but had failed to hit the net. The next 15 minutes decided the contest. The Chargers took the lead (50th minute) when Darien Hayden played through Dayle Robertson and he hit the shot with a left foot low finish across the keeper. A defensive lapse from a throw-in, led to a ball dropping in the 18 yard box and Owens capitalized to even the game. Then, Alex Engle scored with an assist from Robertson, and one minute later Valdo Garcia scored a deflected shot that looped over the keeper. Ancilla gave away a penalty kick and Owens scored to make it 3-2 to end the game.

Ancilla scored two early goals in the first half against MCCAA foe Muskegon Community College with Robertson and Engle both scoring low shots inside the box. The contest was a very physical one and there were numerous cards and fouls called on both teams. Neither team scored in the second half, with Ancilla prevailing 2-0.

Coach Hall reflected, “I am very happy that we got the job done this weekend with two difficult back to back games, we have used the depth and gave different players opportunities in the games and I am slowly learning who is ready at this level as we get through our season preparing for the playoffs.”

Ancilla is now 9-1 on the season, in the midst of a nine game winning streak.

The Chargers take on NJCAA #10 Schoolcraft on Friday at 1:00 and NJCAA #13 Cincinnati State on Saturday at 1:00. Schoolcraft currently trails Ancilla by three points in the conference and region standings, while Ancilla is tied with Cincinnati State atop the Region XII standings.


4 Alex Engle FR M 6-3 170 Oshkosh, WI Oshkosh West HS
7 Dayle Robertson FR F 6-1 170 Perth, Scotland Perth Academy
21 Darien Hayden SO D/M 5-7 170 Indianapolis, IN Pike HS
25 Valdo Garcia SO M/F 5-7 140 Elkhart, IN Memorial HS
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Volleyball Splits Weekend Matches

PLYMOUTH, IN – Ancilla split a pair of weekend matches, losing to NJCAA #12 Columbus State Community College 25-11, 25-14, 25-10 and beat Grace College’s JV 17-25, 27-25, 25-22, 25-23.

The Chargers were held to their third lowest kill total of the season in the opener against Columbus State, finishing with just 18 kills. Amber Redinger and Mariah Kinney compiled 11 of those kills, finishing with six and five respectively. Mackenzie White and Sophia Smith both picked up 13 digs each.

In the finale, Ancilla tied their third highest kill total with 41 against Grace’s JV. Redinger slammed home a double digit kill total of 15, while Kinney and Smith finished with eight and seven respectively. White, Hannah Kistler, and Suzanne Grimm all finished with double digit dig totals, with White compiling 19, Kistler picking up 17, and Grimm getting 12.

Redinger led the offensive stats with 21 kills on the day and she also led in blocking with 4 block solos and 3 block assists. Grimm had 22 assists while Kistler and Smith combined for 26 assists with 14 and 12 respectively. Kinney served up 5 aces going 14 for 14 serving and Samantha Albers added 4 aces. Both Grimm and Smith were also perfect on the day serving. Both young ladies served 23 for 23. White was 50 for 53 in serve receive while digging up 32 to lead that stat category. Smith added 22 digs and Grimm added 20.

“It was nice in the second match that we were able to come from behind and win,” said Ancilla coach Lana Singleton. “We figured it out the other day that we were 3-8 when the match went to 4 or 5 sets. I challenged the girls to turn that outcome around the rest of the stretch. I was especially happy to see Redinger playing at the level she is capable of. Against Grace she had 42% hitting percentage, which is really good. I was also happy with how we did serving as a team. On the day we missed 7 serves.  We had a match a few weeks ago that we missed 16 in one match.  Columbus State is a talented team. It’s not hard to recognize why they were undefeated coming in. Grace JV appears to be a much stronger team than they have been in the past too. We have played a lot of good competition this season, probably the toughest schedule Ancilla volleyball has ever played. Hopefully playing the great competition will make us better.”

Ancilla travels to Kalamazoo Valley Tuesday and will host Kellogg on Thursday, which will be the team’s Hunger Game.  Admission into the match will be two canned, non-perishable items.



2 Hannah Kistler FR DS/L 5-8 Goshen, IN Northridge HS
3 Samantha Albers FR OH/RS 5-9 Westville, IN Westville HS
5 Sophia Smith FR OH 5-8 Zeeland, MI Zeeland East HS
6 Mackenzie White SO DS/L 5-5 Ladoga, IN Southmont HS
7 Mariah Kinney SO MB/OH 5-9 Paris Crossing, IN Jennings County HS
9 Suzanne Grimm SO OH/S/RS 5-10 Auburn, IN Lakewood Park Christian HS
10 Amber Redinger SO MB 6-0 Plymouth, IN Plymouth HS
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Ancilla SGA Hosted Successful American Red Cross Blood Drive

DONALDSON – Ancilla College’s Student Government Association hosted a blood drive through the American Red Cross on Thursday, September 18th.

Students, faculty, and staff turned out to donate.  19 volunteers offered to donate and 17 had successful donations.  The event was held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in room C231(also known as the Hardesty Room) on the campus.

“We didn’t quite meet goal, but everyone was happy with what was given.  We saved lives!  Thank you again,” said Jill Neidlinger, assistant professor and student government faculty sponsor at Ancilla College.

SGA will host another drive on Thursday, November 13th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST in room C231 (Hardesty Room). A reminder that the public is welcome and appointments can be made online at  Walk-ins are also welcome. Those looking to donate are asked to present photo identification before giving blood.

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Ancilla Golf Opens Season with Third Place Finish

PLYMOUTH, IN – The Ancilla College golf team opened their season with a third place finish on their home course in the Ancilla College Fall Invitational.

Swan Lake’s black course is a par 72 that stretches to 7131 yards.

The Chargers finished with a team score of 330, 42 over par, just eight strokes back of second place Muskegon Community College. Grand Rapids Community College led the invitational with a 304.
Sophomore Spencer Mortola and freshman Michael Petrole led the way for Ancilla by shooting an 80 and finishing tied for seventh, seven shots back of medalist Zach Bialik of Grand Rapids. Rounding out the Ancilla scores, Zarek Finley shot an 84 (15th), Ben Eads took 18th with an 86, and Jack Leland was tied for 19th with his 87.

The Chargers hit the road this weekend to participate in the Illinois Valley Community College Classic. They will tee off at noon on Friday, playing at the Deer Park Country Club in Oglesby, IL. Saturday’s tee times will begin at 8:30 a.m. at Senica Oak Ridge Golf Club in LaSalle, IL.

Franklin, IN
Franklin Community HS
Wabash, IN
Wabash HS
Franklin, IN
Franklin Community HS
Howe, IN
Lakeland HS
Warsaw, IN
Lakeland Christian Academy


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Charger Soccer Claims Two Conference Wins

MUSKEGON & JACKSON, MI – With back to back wins over Muskegon Community College and Jackson College, the Ancilla College Chargers improve their Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) record to 3-0, 7-1 overall.

On Saturday, Ancilla faced the Jayhawks of Muskegon Community College. A hat-trick from Dayle Robertson allowed the Chargers to win by a score of 3-0. Denny Garcia, Alex Engle, and Andrew Smith provided assists, setting up Robertson for his three scores.

The next day, Ancilla traveled to take on the Jets of Jackson College. After a scoreless first half, it was Andrew Smith who scored first for the Chargers in the 60th minute. The Jets then tied the game in 86th minute. Just three minutes later, Dayle Robertson extended the lead for Ancilla, off an assist from Ranferi Vega. The Chargers were able to maintain the advantage and defeated Jackson College, 2-1.

Ancilla coach Adam Hall commented, “The weekend went very well for us; I was very happy to collect two wins.” “Both games were very physical and very testing for our guys. I’m a little disappointed with the lack of discipline that was displayed on Saturday, but I’ll accept the consequences of their decisions. Hopefully they will learn from their mistakes,” continued Coach Hall. Hall further stated, “As we host Owens Community College and Muskegon Community College this weekend, we hope to continue our success.”

As the Chargers look to improve their record, they will host Owens Community College on Friday and MCCAA opponent Muskegon Community College on Saturday. Both game times are scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

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Lady Chargers edged out by Jackson College

PLYMOUTH, IN – Despite winning the first set, 25-23, and a strong effort in the next three, the Ancilla College volleyball could not gain the advantage over the Jets of Jackson College. The Lady Chargers lost by a score of 13-25, 21-25, 16-25.

Perfect in serving, going fifteen for fifteen, with two aces was Ancilla freshman Kaitlyn Jackson. Suzanne Grimm set for seventeen Charger assists, leading in that category. Following Grimm was Hannah Kistler, who provided eleven assists of her own. Mariah Kinney put down nine kills for Ancilla’s offense, while an additional 21 came courtesy of Grimm (7), Sophia Smith (7), and Amber Redinger (7). At the net, Redinger provided three solo blocks and two block assists. Lady Charger Mackenzie White was tops in serve receive, with eighteen for eighteen. White also dished out 21 digs.

Post-game comments from Ancilla coach Lana Singleton included, “I really thought Jackson played some solid volleyball; they did not give up on defense and had attackers really going after it. We just did not have an answer for that. We competed with them in sets one and three, but did not play to their level in sets two and four.”

This weekend, the Lady Chargers will participate in the Kankakee Community College Invitational. Their first match is set for Saturday, September 13, at 5:00 p.m. against Robert Morris University-Springfield. Other opponents will include: Parkland College, Sauk Valley Community College, and host Kankakee Community College.

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Changing Lives Scholarship Dinner Nov 7

You can make a difference with scholarship funding

Ancilla College will host a fundraising dinner for scholarships on Friday, Nov. 7 at Swan Lake Resort. The second annual Changing Lives Scholarship Dinner will raise money and awareness for supporting student learning and helping the college to continue its mission of empowering students to achieve high academic goals.

Changing Lives will be held at Swan Lake Resort, November 7th from 6-9 p.m. EST.

Tickets are $60 per person or $500 for a table of eight. All table reservations will host an Ancilla College student plus the eight in your party. Please plan to join us for dinner as well as silent and live auctions.

RSVP/Donate – Click here to reserve your space at the dinner or to make a donation.

Please check the Special Events box and then type Changing Lives Dinner and the number of reservations desired in the Special Instructions box. Kindly include attendees names.

The Sr. Mary Dolores Outstanding Alumni Award recognizes dedicated alumni in the community who have demonstrated steadfast commitment to and ongoing involvement with Ancilla College and the Alumni Association.  This year’s recipient is Dale Adams.

The Ancilla Award, initiated in 1975, is Ancilla College’s highest award, and honors an individual or couple who have shown distinguished community service and have been a dedicated supporter of Ancilla College.
We are pleased to announce that Richard and the late Suzanne Belcher will receive the Ancilla Award.


We hope to see you there.



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Ancilla Volleyball Sweeps South Suburban

PLYMOUTH, IN – By a score of 25-16, 25-19, 25-14, the Lady Chargers defeated South Suburban College.

Sophomore Amber Redinger led in kills for Ancilla, with eleven. Redinger also had six blocks (1 solo and 5 assists). Adding to the Charger offense with twelve assists was Suzanne Grimm. Hannah Kistler and Sophia Smith combined for fourteen of Ancilla’s assists, setting for seven apiece. Serving two aces, Kaitlyn Jackson bolstered the Lady Charger offensive efforts. Mackenzie White was tops for Ancilla’s defense, dishing out twelve digs.

Charger coach Lana Singleton was pleased with the production and overall team effort that was displayed. “Everyone on the team contributed; it was a nice team win. The girls did a great job blocking at the net with contributions coming from Samantha [Albers], Mariah [Kinney], Amber [Redinger], Suzanne [Grimm], and Gabby [Castillo].

Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) conference action resumes tonight at the LifePlex, as Ancilla hosts Jackson College at 6:30 p.m.


Player stats for the match:

2 Hannah Kistler FR DS/L 5-8 Goshen, IN Northridge HS
3 Samantha Albers FR OH/RS 5-9 Westville, IN Westville HS
5 Sophia Smith FR OH 5-8 Zeeland, MI Zeeland East HS
6 Mackenzie White SO DS/L 5-5 Ladoga, IN Southmont HS
7 Mariah Kinney SO MB/OH 5-9 Paris Crossing, IN Jennings County HS
9 Suzanne Grimm SO OH/S/RS 5-10 Auburn, IN Lakewood Park Christian HS
10 Amber Redinger SO MB 6-0 Plymouth, IN Plymouth HS
11 Gabby Castillo FR MB 5-8 Kokomo, IN Eastern HS
13 Kaitlyn Jackson FR OH/DS 5-8 LaPorte, IN South Central HS
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New CNA course open

Want to get started in healthcare today?

Ancilla College is offering a Certified Nursing Assistant course this fall.

Registration for the program is open to anyone over the age of 18.

Ancilla College is offering a state approved course for CNA training that you can complete in just six weeks. After earning a Nursing Assistant Certificate you can launch a new career and open new opportunities in a fast growing, high employment field. You will learn nursing skills like taking and recording the patient’s blood pressure, temperature, pulse rate, and respiration. Nursing assistants work in a range of healthcare settings supporting other medical staff in patient care, safety and basic healthcare tasks.

The CNA program is designed for people who want an introduction to healthcare careers and the skills needed to provide safe, effective care in a variety of settings.  It can be a great way to get started in the field. With a CNA you can launch a career and work in clinics, hospitals and long-term care facilities.

You can also come back for more training and education at Ancilla and earn a degree in health science or nursing.

This is a great program. I wasn’t a college student and I was scared that the course was going to be overwhelming and too fast paced. It wasn’t like that. The teacher did such a great job with making sure the whole class understood what was being taught and that we understood what you would need in a hospital or home.  – 2013 student graduate.

Unemployed persons can register themselves in the WorkOne ‘Workforce Advantage Program’ provided by Indiana. The program provides funding for CNA training to the promising candidates.

CNA program costs:

Application for the CNA program is free.
$800 tuition fee — covers all classroom and clinical education
Books — $50
Supplies — $20
Miscellaneous — $230 (see below)
Total cost $1,100

You will need:

  • Clothing — Nursing scrubs (available in the Ancilla bookstore)
  • Age Requirement – You should be at least 18 years old. You should be able to present your certificate of birth and/or other sources of identification and verification of your date of birth.
  • GED or High School Diploma – A high school diploma or a GED is suggested, but not required for admission to Ancilla’s CNA program.
  • Medical Clearance – The CNA program requires exposure to patients in an actual medical facility
  • You need to be physically able to assist people and have validation of required immunizations/vaccines including a TB test.
  • Criminal background check. Ancilla College uses Certified Background for your background screen.
  • Pass a drug screening test.

To apply please complete and submit this form (PDF).

The course schedule:
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Oct 12 October 13
Oct 14 Oct 15
Class 6-10pm
Oct 16 Oct 17 Oct 18
Clinical 7am-5pm
Oct 19 Oct 20
Class 6-10pm
Oct 21 Oct 22
Class 6-10pm
Oct 23 Oct 24 Oct 25
Clinical 7am-5pm
Oct 26 Oct 27
Class 6-10pm
Oct 28 Oct 29
Class 6-10pm
Oct 30 Oct 31
Happy Halloween!
Nov 1No class
Nov 2 Nov 3
Class 6-10pm
Nov 4 Nov 5
Class 6-10pm
Nov 6 Nov 7 Nov 8
Clinical 7am-6pm
Nov 9 Nov 10
Clinical 5pm-10pm
Nov 11 Nov 12
Clinical 5pm-10pm
Nov 13 Nov 14 Nov 15
Clinical 6am-6pm
Nov 16 Nov 17
Clinical 5pm-10pm
Nov 18 Nov 19
Clinical 5pm-10pm
Nov 20 Nov 21 Nov 22
Clinical 6am-6pm
Class=32hrs Clinic=75hrs




























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Chargers Claim First Conference Victory

BENTON HARBOR, MI – The Ancilla College volleyball team defeated Lake Michigan College by a score of 25-13, 25-12, 25-19, giving them their first Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) conference win of the season.

Offensively, the Lady Chargers were led by Suzanne Grimm’s eleven kills, followed by Mariah Kinney’s ten. Ancilla’s Sophia Smith and Suzanne Grimm set for 34 assists, with nineteen and fifteen respectively. Smith also added to the defense, as she dished out nineteen digs. Eleven more digs came from Lady Charger Mackenzie White, who in addition was perfect in serve receive, going thirteen for thirteen.

“We played well against LMC and I was excited to have such a balanced scoring attack,” commented Ancilla coach Lana Singleton. “Samantha [Albers] had her best match to date and I was glad we finally got Suzanne [Grimm] more opportunities to hit,” continued Coach Singleton.

The Lady Chargers are back in action tonight against South Suburban at home. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m.

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