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Ivy Tech to recognize outstanding students at Honors Day ceremony, to name distinguished alumnus

May 13, 2010

Bloomington, Ind.Ivy Tech will recognize students for outstanding academic achievements on Friday, May 14 at 10 a.m. in the Ivy Tech student commons. Academic program chairs will present awards to students who excelled in their programs of study. Ivy Tech will graduate 148 honors students tonight at the Commencement ceremony at IU Auditorium at 6 p.m.

John Whikehart, Chancellor of Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus, offers many congratulations to the families of honors graduates. “Family is the backbone of support for many of our honors students, and no one is happier to see them graduate.” he said. “It is up to these fine students, who are now Ivy Tech alumni, to carry the torch and help Ivy Tech continue its reputation of academic achievement and commitment to community.”

Jason King, RN ’04, BSN, ’08 is Ivy Tech’s Distinguished Alumnus of the year, and will be announced during the honors day ceremony. King began his professional journey when he graduated from Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus in 2002 with a technical certificate in practical nursing. Since then he has made notable career moves and spends his time as a volunteer for our communities. He has been employed at Bloomington Hospital since 2001, and has transitioned from a charge nurse to a simulation specialist, and now to his current role as the manager of the Community Training Center. King recently took a leadership role in ensuring that an Advanced Cardiac Life Support certification course was offered to area nursing students. King spends some of his time teaching cancer education in high schools, serving on multiple committees at Bloomington Hospital, and volunteering at the Owen Valley Sports Complex and for La Campagne Ministries in Spencer. King completed his bachelor’s degree in nursing from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2008, and is on course to complete his master’s degree in nursing from Ball State University in 2012.

Larry Strain, Ivy Tech associate professor of computer information technology, will be recognized for winning the 2009 President’s Award for Excellence in Instruction, and for his nomination for the 2009 Glenn W. Sample Award. Strain began teaching at Ivy Tech in 1987 and provides a rigorous course of instruction in each of his classes. He uses the latest technologies to demonstrate coding practices instead of traditional methods. Strain’s teaching style is to focus on the material and not the person teaching it. He says it would be his greatest accomplishment if twenty years from now one of his students says, “one of the best classes I ever took was a programming course at Ivy Tech, but I can’t remember the name of the professor!” Strain is a humble teacher and an advocate of student success.

The following graduates will be awarded outstanding honors in their programs of study during the honors day ceremony:
Lisa Williams

William Munson         
Business Administration
Monique Dallas

Computer Information Systems
Craig Burris

Computer Information Technology
Herbert (Dale) Phillips

Criminal Justice
Steven Dobson

Design Technology
Christopher Reinhart
Early Childhood Education
Rebecca Phero

Elementary Education
Sarah Taylor
Electronics and Computer Technology
Mark Wisley
General Studies
Sarah Melissa Freeman
Health Information Technology
Kimberly A. Lambert
Daniel E. Pottorff
Industrial Technology
Patrick Crouch

Kayla Nicole Cloud
Liberal Arts
Kelly Ann Carmichael

Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN)
Nancy Beth Coffey    
Office Administration
Cynthia Sciscoe

Paralegal Studies
Joy Elyse Terrill

Paramedic Science
Gwenna Polley

Practical Nursing (LPN)
Anna Weigand
Radiation Therapy
Amy D'Ann Pence

Respiratory Care
Jenna Baxter

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public post-secondary institution and the nation’s largest singly-accredited statewide community college system with more than 150,000 students enrolled annually.  Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana.  It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana.  It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.