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 firstname.lastname@example.org.