Ancilla College Names Interim President

Dr. Kenneth Zirkle was recently named interim president at Ancilla College
Dr. Kenneth Zirkle was recently named interim president at Ancilla College

A recently retired college administrator will serve as the interim president of Ancilla College for the next year. Dr. Kenneth Zirkle retired last fall from Mercyhurst University North East in Pennsylvania, where he served as chief academic officer. He takes over for Dr. Ron May, who retired in June after eight years at Ancilla. Continue reading

SCILL Center Graduation Program Set for May 16

SCILL Center
A graduation celebration is set for Thursday, May 16 for the 2013 graduates of the SCILL Center auto tech and welding programs.

Dr. Ron May, President of Ancilla College, will be the featured speaker during the event scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. CT. Scholarships will be awarded to the students as well as special awards for attendance, performance skills and highest test score average.

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Gas Prices One Reason Why Ancilla College Froze Tuition

The Ancilla Board of Trustees recently approved a decision to freeze tuition for the coming fall semester. Ancilla President, Dr. Ron May, was asked if part of the decision had to do with gasoline prices. He said that it was.

“Its a major challenge for our students,” stated Dr. May. “One of the things we have is an emergency fund and occasionally we have our students who need help with gas. Through a mechanism that we have put in place, we sometimes give them gas cards.”

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Ancilla College Recognition Banquet Scheduled for October 6th

The annual Ancilla College Recognition Banquet will be held Thursday, October 6th, on the campus.

During the evening, two important awards will be conferred on a pair of important people to the college. The first award is the Sister Mary D. award given to a person who has shown outstanding leadership in promoting Ancilla College. The recipient of the award is Betty Chesak, of North Judson, who has for many years worked tirelessly to raise money for scholarships through the Alumni Association.

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Summer School Underway at Ancilla College

Monday we told you about the Triathlon on the campus of Ancilla College. While on the campus, Ted Hayes had a chance to talk with Dr. Ron May, the President of Ancilla, and asked him about graduation and summer school.

“We had more than one hundred graduates that participated and had a great ceremony and a great speaker,” said Dr. May. “One of our graduates, Mary Szymusiak, Class of 1995, did a great job. We’re into summer school already. It’s up and running and we’ll do our first session here and end it toward the end of June and then start up with a second summer term and keep right on moving.”

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Mary Szymusiak to Deliver Graduation Address at Ancilla College

As many as 120 students are expected to receive diplomas at the Ancilla College 2011 Commencement, Saturday, May 7th. College President, Dr. Ron May, says an Ancilla alum will deliver the address.

“Mary Szymusiak is an Ancilla College graduate, Class of 1995,” said Dr. May. “Her degree from us is in Liberal Studies. She went on to complete her Bachelor’s Degree. She taught Junior High and High School in North Judson. She has remained very much involved since that time with the whole Ministry Center community here at the college, along with her husband, Jim. She is now the owner and operator of Tefft Bridge and Iron in Wheatfield and we think she’s a very good example for our graduates of how you can take a degree at Ancilla and build it into something substantial.”

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