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By Amanda Petrucelli

DONALDSON – 1st Source Bank donated $65,000 to Ancilla College as an early-bird gift during the quiet phase of the college’s upcoming comprehensive campaign. The funds will benefit the new student life center and residence hall.

“Because 1st Source Bank took a chance on us, this college is turning around,” Zirkle said. “Residence halls and a dining facility were all it took to pull in students from farther afield. We know students want a low-cost, private school option, but they needed a place to live while working on that degree. Since the hall was completed, we’ve seen a 21 percent enrollment growth.”

Jan. 26, Jim Seitz, 1st Source President, and Connie Lemler, 1st Source Regional President, presented the donation to Ancilla President Ken Zirkle along with CFO Mike Brown and Todd Zeltwanger, Vice President of Development.

“At 1st Source, we are enthusiastic about Ancilla’s strategic growth initiative and their plans to improve the student experience,” said Lemler. “We are pleased to contribute early to the campaign to demonstrate our support for the project and our commitment to being a part of the Ancilla community.”

Ancilla College’s new 100-bed residence hall and 150-capacity student life center/dining hall were completed in 2015 thanks in part to financing provided by 1st Source Bank.

Ancilla College’s construction project is the brainchild of President Dr. Ken Zirkle who joined the junior college team in the summer of 2014. Just over a year after he came on board, students were moving into a new residence hall, with higher-than-expected occupancy because demand was so great. The 100-bed residence hall and 150-person capacity student life center/dining hall came about so quickly thanks to the financing arrangement provided by 1st Source Bank, the construction team from Michael Kinder and Sons and support from the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ.

The dining hall is now fully operational with plans to open catering services to the public in coming months.

Anyone interested in learning more about the upcoming comprehensive campaign to support Ancilla College’s growth is asked to please contact Vice President of Development Todd Zeltwanger at (574) 936-8898 x. 345 or

Ancilla College (, part of The Center at Donaldson, offers  22 associate degrees, eight one-year certificates and has 20 athletic teams. Since 1937, the college has been a sponsored ministry of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ. It is a small, private, liberal arts school located two miles south of U.S. 30 on Union Road near Plymouth, Indiana.
1st Source Corporation, parent company of 1st Source Bank, has assets of $5.19 billion and is the largest locally controlled financial institution headquartered in the northern Indiana-southwestern Michigan area. The Corporation includes 81 banking centers, 22 1st Source Bank Specialty Finance Group locations nationwide, eight Trust and Wealth Management locations and ten 1st Source Insurance offices. For more than 150 years, 1st Source has been committed to the success of the communities it serves. For more information, visit


Ancilla College is a liberal arts institution of higher learning sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ and is part of The Center at Donaldson. The college’s religious tradition is Roman Catholic; its climate, ecumenical. In a caring environment, Ancilla serves a diverse population, as we transform and empower students to achieve high academic goals, lifelong learning, successful careers and values-centered lives.


Ancilla College, founded in 1937, is a private, Catholic, not-for-profit, two-year college offering over two dozen associate degree programs. Students from 12 states and 15 countries live and learn at Ancilla.

P.O. Box 1, 9601 Union Road, Donaldson, IN, 46513.

Call toll-free: 1.866.ANCILLA (866) 262-4552 or (574) 936-8898.


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