Ivy Tech Community College Awarded 2014-2015 Military Friendly Schools Designation

INDIANAPOLIS—Ivy Tech Community College has been named to the 2015 Military Friendly Schools list by Victory Media. The Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that best support America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students.

“Ivy Tech is honored to be on the Military Friendly Schools list for another year,” Ivy Tech President Thomas J. Snyder said. “We truly appreciate the service and dedication of our nation’s veterans; the best way we can give back to them as a thank you for their years of service is to provide them with a great education, which prepares them for a great career, through Ivy Tech’s veteran services.”

Ivy Tech is committed to assisting military students. The college froze tuition for the past three years for all Hoosier veterans eligible for the GI Bill, members of the Indiana National Guard, Hoosier veterans and Indiana members of the federal military reserve. For the 2014-2015 school year the college froze in-state tuition at $111.15 per hour for veteran and military residents. Ivy Tech will also give course credit for certain military training.

Ivy Tech has served more veterans than any other college in the state of Indiana.  Currently, there are more than 6,300 veterans attending the college.

Ivy Tech has placed support staff throughout the state and appointed a statewide director to expand opportunities for veterans. The Veterans Affairs Office works with students who are veterans, their dependents and the Department of Veteran Affairs. The office assists students with veteran status and dependents of service members disabled or deceased. The team also oversees educational benefits and financial aid for veterans from 14 statewide offices.

The Military Friendly Schools website, at http://www.militaryfriendlyschools.com, features the list of this year’s best schools for military students as well as interactive tools and search functionality. More than 1,500 colleges, universities and trade schools made this year’s list, and they exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience.  These schools have world-class programs and policies for student support on campus, academic accreditation, credit policies, flexibility and other services to those who served.

Now in its sixth year, the 2015 list of Military Friendly Schools was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 10,000 schools nationwide approved for VA tuition funding. The survey results that comprise the 2015 list were independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media. Each year, schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators from schools across the country.  A full list of board members can be found at http://militaryfriendlyschools.com/board.

A full story and detailed list of 2015 Military Friendly Schools will be highlighted in the annual Guide to Military Friendly Schools, distributed in print and digital format to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel in early October.

ABOUT Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students 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.

ABOUT Victory Media Inc
Victory Media is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business that has been serving the military community since 2001. Our data-driven Military Friendly® lists are published in G.I. Jobs, Military Spouse, Vetrepreneur media channels, republished in periodicals like USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Bloomberg BW and are frequently cited on national TV by NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and others.

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Ivy Tech Community College names Dr. Steven Combs as Columbus campus president

Columbus, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College has selected Steven Combs, Ph.D., as Columbus campus president. Combs most recently served as interim chancellor and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs for the community college’s Columbus region.

Combs will report to the regional chancellor, Chris R. Lowery. The focus of the local campus president will be outreach to the local community. In addition, campus presidents will manage the day-to-day operations while fostering a campus climate that is consistent with the College’s core values. The campus president consults with regional administrators to achieve policy objectives and goals for building new and varied community outreach and partnerships, as well as expanding the availability of the College’s instructional and student support services to the community.
“I am honored to have been asked to serve in this leadership role,” Combs said. “I have come to appreciate the collaborative spirit in which Columbus and surrounding communities work. I am excited to continue our efforts in helping students achieve their educational goals.”
In 1993, Combs began his Ivy Tech career in 1993 as a professor at the Evansville campus. In 2010, he was hired as dean and professor in the School of Applied Science and Engineering Technology at Ivy Tech’s Lafayette campus. He then came to Columbus in 2012 to serve as the region’s vice chancellor of Academic Affairs.
Combs holds Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in industrial education and a doctorate in higher education administration and leadership. His field of expertise is technology, including advanced manufacturing, industrial technology, mechanical design technology, robotics, web programming, computer-aided design, and technical graphics.

From 1987 until 2011, he served with the United States Army Reserve and retired as a Major in the Adjutant General Corps. He served as Chief of Command and Control for the United States Transportation Command and Chief of Policy and Plans for Joint Task Force Alaska.

During his academic career, he has been the recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Award, given by the National Association of Industrial Technology, and the President’s Award for Excellence in Instruction, given by Ivy Tech Community College.  He is an honorary inductee of Phi Theta Kappa, the largest honor society in higher education serving two-year colleges offering associate degree programs, and an inductee into Epsilon Pi Tau National Honorary for Science and Technology.

Dr. Combs has written 14 textbooks and workbooks and has given numerous presentations for international associations, conferences, and college and university symposia.

“Steven has the skills necessary to lead our operations in Columbus and the surrounding communities of Greensburg, Seymour, Nashville, North Vernon, and Scottsburg.” Lowery said. “He is a proven leader and has a strong track record of pulling people together to move organizations forward.”

A graduate of Leadership Lafayette, Combs is a member of Columbus Sunrise Rotary, Columbus Economic Development Board, Columbus Education Coalition, Reserve Officer’s Association, and Association of the Century.

Combs resides in Columbus with his wife Nikki A. Combs, who is an adjunct psychology faculty member at Ivy Tech Community College and IUPUC.

About Ivy Tech Community College
About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students 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 communities. In addition, its courses and programs transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.

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Ivy Tech Madison receives $20,000 award from GENEX Services, Inc.

Funds to be used for nursing student scholarships

Ivy Tech Community College Madison will receive $20,000 from GENEX Services, Inc. for the college’s nursing program. The company’s gift will be given during a luncheon on Sept. 29 at Ivy Tech’s  Lawrenceburg campus.

GENEX Services, Inc. is the leading provider of case management services to the workers’ compensation, disability, and auto markets. The GENEX Scholarship Program allows case managers an opportunity to nominate their alma mater (or local college/university) for a monetary donation from GENEX to be used to support the educational endeavors of their student population via scholarships.

Angela Houston, a GENEX case manager and graduate of the practical nursing and associate of science in nursing programs at Ivy Tech Madison, nominated the campus for the scholarship award. Houston was among those in the first graduating class of the LPN to ASN program.

“[Ivy Tech] deserves this award because of their flexibility and commitment to non-traditional students,” Houston wrote in her nomination. “The opportunity given to me to transfer from a certificate, hospital-based RN program into Ivy Tech’s LPN program and then continuing immediately (while working) into the LPN to ASN program set my career on the path that I desired. I could not have finished RN school as easily without their willingness to pursue this option with me.”

“We are sincerely grateful for this generous gift that will help countless nursing students fulfill their dream of having a career in the nursing field,” said Laurie Peters, Associate Vice President for Nursing Education. “We are also thankful to Angela for her nomination. It is wonderful witnessing how an Ivy Tech education has helped changed the lives of our graduates.”

About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students 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 communities.  In addition, its courses and programs transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.

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Ivy Tech students and administrators will participate in Washington DC gathering to discuss interfaith community service

LAFAYETTE – (September 17, 2014) Representatives from Ivy Tech Community College Lafayette have been invited to participate in the President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge Gathering in Washington DC on September 22 and 23. The event will be held at George Washington University. The event offers an opportunity students, staff, and administrators from higher education institutions to share experiences, learn from experts, and meet administration officials who share a commitment to community service with an interfaith engagement component.

The invitation comes on the heels of being named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Ivy Tech Lafayette was recognized for its role in solving community problems and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement.

Conference participants from Ivy Tech Lafayette are: Chancellor Dr. David Bathe; Executive Director of Diversity, Engagement, and International Programs Andrew Antonio; Director of Student Life and Leadership Kat Stremiecki; and Ivy Tech students John Bullock and Jake Retherford.

Dr. Bathe will join college presidents and chancellors from participating institutions in a White House Forum on September 22. The forum will include presentations from foundations and other organizations that support interfaith/community service on college campuses. College leaders will have the opportunity to engage funders and program supporters.

“It is a privilege to be invited to the White House Forum as a representative for the region,” Dr. Bathe said. “However, it is the work of the students, college staff and Greater Lafayette community that is being recognized. It is significant that the administration recognizes the tie between faith and the desire and responsibility to serve that is deeply rooted in American history and culture.”

Antonio, Stremiecki and Bullock will present Intersection Connection Helps Define the “C” in YMCA during the conference. Their presentation will highlight Intersection Connection, a collaboration among the College, the Lafayette Family YMCA and Junior Achievement. They will illustrate how a state college, a Christian organization, and a non-profit can create space and programming to enliven and enrich lives in the community.

“As a community college, it’s important for us to not only have quality academic programs, but also for students and college staff to volunteer in faith-based initiatives,” Antonio said. “Giving our students avenues of success in the classroom and the community, and providing ways that our staff and faculty can give back to the community, is a goal that we all can share.”

The group will arrive in Washington DC on Sunday, September 21, to participate in the 9/11 Unity Walk. The walk is a display of unity among all houses of worship on Embassy Row that open their doors to each other in a striking display of hospitality. Christians, Muslims, Jews, Sikhs, Hindus, other faiths, and those of no faith tradition, come together to learn about each other, enjoy great food, and create friendships. The walk includes moving speeches, thought provoking dialogue, and service projects.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students 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 communities.  In addition, its courses and programs transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.

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Ivy Tech Community College names Mark Graver as Lawrenceburg and Batesville campus president

Lawrenceburg, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College has selected Mark Graver as campus president of its Lawrenceburg and Batesville campuses. Graver most recently served as interim chancellor for the community college’s Southeast region.

Reporting to Chancellor Chris R. Lowery, Graver will focus on local community outreach. He will manage daily campus operations, while fostering a campus climate consistent with the college’s core values. He will consult with regional administrators to achieve policy objectives and goals for building new and varied community outreach and partnerships, as well as expanding the availability of the college’s instructional and student support services to the community.

Graver will direct the assessment, development and delivery of degree programs, certifications and training consistent with the needs of the community; develop, update and communicate short- and long-term goals for the Lawrenceburg and Batesville campuses; and provide direction for campus managers and directors.

“I am sincerely honored to be selected to serve the college in this new role,” Graver said. “Ivy Tech Community College is critical to the success of the communities in Southeastern Indiana. I am eager to help promote positive economic development in Southeastern Indiana by focusing on student success.

Graver joined Ivy Tech in 1992 as a computer faculty member at the Madison campus. He moved to the Batesville campus in 2000, assuming the responsibilities of program chair for the Business and Computer programs. In 2003, he was named associate vice chancellor of Academic Affairs at the Lawrenceburg and Batesville campuses.

In 2003, Graver received the regional President’s Award for Excellence in Instruction and has maintained a 16-year membership with the American Technical Education Association. He was recognized in 1998 as the Outstanding Technical Teacher of the organization’s Great Lakes Region.

“Mark is deeply connected to communities throughout southeastern Indiana,” Lowery said. “His professional relationships and commitment to our vision will be invaluable as he leads Ivy Tech’s efforts to meet the needs of our communities and increase the levels of educational attainment in the region.”

Graver has served on numerous Ivy Tech’s statewide committees, including the President’s Executive Council, Regional Academic Officers’ Committee, Safety and Security Committee, Green Team Committee, Strategy subcommittee of the College’s Accelerating Greatness 2013 strategic plan, and Engagement and Service Committee in preparation for a 2009 Higher Learning Commission accreditation visit.

Graver serves as a member the Region 9 Adult Education Consortium and is a member of the Dearborn County EcO15 Advisory Task Force. He is a member of the Dearborn Community Foundation Board, having served as a chairperson, vice president, and president. He is a member of the Dearborn County Community Mental Health Center Board, the Lawrenceburg Main Street Program, and the Lawrenceburg Kiwanis Club.

Graver, who holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Indiana University and a master’s in administration from Central Michigan University, has worked as an adjunct faculty member for Northwood University and Indiana University/Purdue University. He is an eight-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, earning the rank of captain while serving in the Strategic Air Command (SAC) as a navigator, radar navigator, and offensive systems officer on B-52 and B1B Bombers.

He is a member of Northcutt-Laaker Post 292 of the American Legion and Trinity Lutheran Church in Dillsboro, where he resides with his wife Debra. The couple has two children.

About Ivy Tech Community College
About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students 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 communities. In addition, its courses and programs transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.

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Ivy Tech Community College Awarded 2014-2015 Military Friendly Schools Designation

INDIANAPOLIS — Ivy Tech Community College has been named to the 2015 Military Friendly Schools list by Victory Media. The Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that best support America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students.

“Ivy Tech is honored to be on the Military Friendly Schools list for another year,” Ivy Tech President Thomas J. Snyder said. “We truly appreciate the service and dedication of our nation’s veterans; the best way we can give back to them as a thank you for their years of service is to provide them with a great education, which prepares them for a great career, through Ivy Tech’s veteran services.”

Ivy Tech is committed to assisting military students. The college froze tuition for the past three years for all Hoosier veterans eligible for the GI Bill, members of the Indiana National Guard, Hoosier veterans and Indiana members of the federal military reserve. For the 2014-2015 school year the college froze in-state tuition at $111.15 per hour for veteran and military residents. Ivy Tech will also give course credit for certain military training.

Ivy Tech has served more veterans than any other college in the state of Indiana.  Currently, there are more than 6,300 veterans attending the college.

Ivy Tech has placed support staff throughout the state and appointed a statewide director to expand opportunities for veterans. The Veterans Affairs Office works with students who are veterans, their dependents and the Department of Veteran Affairs. The office assists students with veteran status and dependents of service members disabled or deceased. The team also oversees educational benefits and financial aid for veterans from 14 statewide offices.

The Military Friendly Schools website, at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com, features the list of this year’s best schools for military students as well as interactive tools and search functionality. More than 1,500 colleges, universities and trade schools made this year’s list, and they exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience.  These schools have world-class programs and policies for student support on campus, academic accreditation, credit policies, flexibility and other services to those who served.

Now in its sixth year, the 2015 list of Military Friendly Schools was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 10,000 schools nationwide approved for VA tuition funding. The survey results that comprise the 2015 list were independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media. Each year, schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators from schools across the country.  A full list of board members can be found at http://militaryfriendlyschools.com/board.

A full story and detailed list of 2015 Military Friendly Schools will be highlighted in the annual Guide to Military Friendly Schools, distributed in print and digital format to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel in early October.

ABOUT Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students 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.

ABOUT Victory Media Inc
Victory Media is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business that has been serving the military community since 2001. Our data-driven Military Friendly® lists are published in G.I. Jobs, Military Spouse, Vetrepreneur media channels, republished in periodicals like USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Bloomberg BW and are frequently cited on national TV by NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and others.

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Ivy Tech Community College names Dr. Steven Combs as Columbus campus president

COLUMBUS – Ivy Tech Community College has selected Steven Combs, Ph.D., as Columbus campus president. Combs most recently served as interim chancellor and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs for the community college’s Columbus region.

Combs will report to the regional chancellor, Chris R. Lowery. The focus of the local campus president will be outreach to the local community. In addition, campus presidents will manage the day-to-day operations while fostering a campus climate that is consistent with the College’s core values. The campus president consults with regional administrators to achieve policy objectives and goals for building new and varied community outreach and partnerships, as well as expanding the availability of the College’s instructional and student support services to the community.

“I am honored to have been asked to serve in this leadership role,” Combs said. “I have come to appreciate the collaborative spirit in which Columbus and surrounding communities work. I am excited to continue our efforts in helping students achieve their educational goals.”

In 1993, Combs began his Ivy Tech career in 1993 as a professor at the Evansville campus. In 2010, he was hired as dean and professor in the School of Applied Science and Engineering Technology at Ivy Tech’s Lafayette campus. He then came to Columbus in 2012 to serve as the region’s vice chancellor of Academic Affairs.

Combs holds Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in industrial education and a doctorate in higher education administration and leadership. His field of expertise is technology, including advanced manufacturing, industrial technology, mechanical design technology, robotics, web programming, computer-aided design, and technical graphics.

From 1987 until 2011, he served with the United States Army Reserve and retired as a Major in the Adjutant General Corps. He served as Chief of Command and Control for the United States Transportation Command and Chief of Policy and Plans for Joint Task Force Alaska.

During his academic career, he has been the recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Award, given by the National Association of Industrial Technology, and the President’s Award for Excellence in Instruction, given by Ivy Tech Community College.  He is an honorary inductee of Phi Theta Kappa, the largest honor society in higher education serving two-year colleges offering associate degree programs, and an inductee into Epsilon Pi Tau National Honorary for Science and Technology.

Dr. Combs has written 14 textbooks and workbooks and has given numerous presentations for international associations, conferences, and college and university symposia.

“Steven has the skills necessary to lead our operations in Columbus and the surrounding communities of Greensburg, Seymour, Nashville, North Vernon, and Scottsburg.” Lowery said. “He is a proven leader and has a strong track record of pulling people together to move organizations forward.”

A graduate of Leadership Lafayette, Combs is a member of Columbus Sunrise Rotary, Columbus Economic Development Board, Columbus Education Coalition, Reserve Officer’s Association, and Association of the Century.

Combs resides in Columbus with his wife Nikki A. Combs, who is an adjunct psychology faculty member at Ivy Tech Community College and IUPUC.

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students 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 communities. In addition, its courses and programs transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.

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