New Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society inductees at Ancilla College .

DONALDSON – Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society of higher education, inducted 23 new members from Ancilla College for the spring semester in a formal ceremony Sunday, March 19 at Ancilla’s campus.

Those inducted to Ancilla’s Beta Beta Beta chapter include:

Jacob Albon (Knox), Nellie Alexander (Knox), Linsey Brewer (Culver), Ha Cao (Donaldson), Karissa Caverley (Plymouth), Liam Cleeton (Edinburgh ,Scotland), Amanda Cook (Logansport), Makayla Flora (Walkerton), Joshua Forth (Stalybridge, England), Olivia Green (Warsaw), Sydney Harmon (White Pigeon, MI), Casey Head (Knox), Emily Hopple (Plymouth), Chi Huynh (Donaldson), Patricia Johnson (Walkerton), Julianna Larson (Knox), Colleen Nine (Lakeville), Allyson Norby (Decatur), Kayleen Pinkham (Walkerton), Corgan Shepard (Kokomo), Klinton Stille (Bloomfield), Brittany Taylor (Schertz, TX), Lauren Taylor (Crown Point), Kelsie West (Peru), Karson Williams (Kingsbury), and Karen Zuniga Marquez (Ft. Wayne).

“These students have become an elite group, noted for academic success,” said Jodie Bowers who serves as the chapter’s co-advisor alongside Academic Advisor Kristin Rust.

“Students will be able to reap the benefits of becoming members of PTK when they transfer to four-year schools and find it easier and perhaps cheaper to continue their education,” Bowers said.

This year’s guest speaker was Debra Friar, local business owner of Small Wonders Daycare. Friar graduated from Ancilla College in 2008 and is also a member of PTK.

Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than 2 million members and 1,200 chapters located in all 50 of the United States, U.S. territories, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Germany, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, and Palau.

To be eligible for membership a student must complete a minimum of twelve hours of associate degree course work and generally earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Students must maintain a high academic standing throughout their enrollment in the two-year college, generally a 3.25 GPA.

Ancilla College, founded in 1937, offers 25 associate degree programs at their campus in Donaldson, Indiana, near Plymouth. With new on-campus housing, more intercollegiate athletic teams for men and women, and expanded program offerings in nursing, business and agriculture, the college has seen double-digit growth over the past two years.

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Contact: Todd Zeltwanger
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Ancilla College

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Indiana high school grads get a second chance.

Indiana announced today that the state’s March 10th FAFSA deadline would be extended to April 15th this year in response to the failure of a federal data retrieval tool that complicated the process for families attempting to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The state’s commissioner for higher education, Teresa Lubbers, made the announcement, which effects anyone seeking financial aid for college in Indiana.

“There were serious security issues found in the FAFSA system, but the federal government did not communicate many of these problems to the states. They simply turned off the data retrieval tool. This left thousands of Indiana families hanging,” said Eric Wignall, vice president for enrollment at Ancilla College.
“Today’s announcement means Hoosiers can go back into incomplete online FAFSA forms and complete them. This also means, if people just didn’t do it– that they didn’t bother or forgot– they can do it now and get in under the deadline,” Wignall said.
Anyone seeking financial aid to attend colleges or universities in Indiana can file the FAFSA, a free online form created to make the financial aid process faster and easier. Difficulties with the data retrieval tool– a tool meant to import previous tax data– surfaced early this year.

The extended deadline means that if the data import tool did not work, students and parents can go back and enter 2015 tax data by hand and still meet the deadline.

“There were several changes to the FAFSA this year. The date it opened was earlier and the use of the prior tax year were changed to make filing easier. I don’t think anyone, at any level, thought there would be such a significant problem with importing the tax data,” Wignall said.
This also means everyone gets another chance at financial aid in Indiana. 

Financial aid increased for Hoosiers this year.

The change in deadline coincides with the state’s announcement of new funding for Indiana financial aid. Lower income Hoosier students can now qualify for more state aid than last year.  

“The state’s Frank O’Bannon Grants, based on family income, were increased a great deal. For the poorest students, students who have an expected family contribution (EFC) of $0,  the grant increased $1,600. This is significant support for people who want to earn a college degree in Indiana. State aid increased to $9,000 a year for students going to private schools like Ancilla, and up to $4,500 for students going to state universities,” Wignall said. 

“The increases mean more financial aid for the students who need it the most,” he said.

O’Bannon Grants, named for a former governor, are designed for Indiana residents who will go to an Indiana college. Here’s the full chart:

The federal Pell Grant was also increased for the 12017-2018 school year.The maximum Pell Grant for the 2017–18 award year is $5,920. 

Ancilla College, like most schools, adds state aid and federal aid to a financial aid package that helps students pay for school.

“One difference for us, because we’ve kept our tuition and fees so low over the past few years these new grants cover nearly all our tuition costs. A 21st Century Scholar, another Indiana grant program for working families, will not pay a penny in tuition at Ancilla. If they have good grades and above average SAT or ACT scores, they also be eligible for scholarships,” Wignall said. “This combination of need-based aid, using a family’s income level, and incentive scholarships, based on grades and other criteria, can really pile up financial aid for students.”

Please note:
There is no public data on how many Hoosier families this deadline extension affects. It applies to all adult learners, veterans, soon-to-graduate high school students, and anyone who wants to attend college in Indiana this coming year. Please get this information out to people. It’s not just about a tiny Catholic college in northern Indiana. This is a big deal for people across the state.

Eric Wignall
Vice President
Enrollment Management
Ancilla College
phone:  (574)  936-8898   xt. 330

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Bishop Rhoades to Kick off Lampen Lecture Series

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Bishop Rhoades to Kick off Lampen Lecture Series

DONALDSON – Informational and inspiring lectures are not limited to the classroom at Ancilla College. For the last 12 years, the college has presented their Lampen Lecture series to the public. Named for Sr. Joel Lampen, Ancilla’s first president, the Lampen Lecture series was initiated by Sr. Carleen Wrasman in 2005.

The Lampen Lecture series was designed to combine the universality of the Catholic Church, the international character of the PHJC, and the Earth Charter, which is a declaration of fundamental principles for building a just, sustainable, and peaceful global society.

Now the college is kicking off the Spring Lampen Lecture series for 2017. The first lecture will definitely not be one to miss as they are hosting Bishop Kevin Rhoades, the ninth Bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend, and his lecture titled The Role of Young Adults in Church and Society. “Our young people carry within them the potential to change the world for the better,” said Sr. Jolise May, vice president of mission integration.

“Might I add, they are adventurers; they are risk-takers. They hold in their hands and hearts the potential and possibilities of healing a hurting world. We are pleased to have Bishop Rhoades here on the Ancilla campus to speak,” Sr. May said.

Bishop Rhoades, speaking at Ancilla College, picture attached below

The lecture will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the Evergreen Room of the Lindenwood Retreat and Conference Center.

This series is open to Ancilla students, staff, others in the PHJC ministries, as well as the general public at no charge. The Spring Lampen Schedule for 2017 is as follows:

January 25, 2017        “The Role of Young Adults in Church and Society”  Bishop Kevin Rhoades, Diocese of Fort Wayne/South Bend Evergreen Room of Lindenwood Retreat and Conference Center at 6:30 p.m.

February 22, 2017      Topic on Mysticism (Specific topic to be determined Richard Daves, PhD
Hardesty Room (C231)   at 2:10 p.m.

March 16, 2017          Part I.  The Plight of Central American Women and Unaccompanied Children, and   United States Immigration  Martha Villigas Miranda, MSSW
Cana Hall at 12:45 p.m.

April 19, 2017            Part II:  The Plight of Central American Women and Unaccompanied Children, and Access to the United States Educational System.   Br. Alan Parham, FSC
Cana Hall at 12:45 p.m.

Ancilla College and the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ are proud to offer these lectures to anyone who might have interest in attending. If you have any questions about the details, please contact Sr. Jolise May, Vice President of Mission Integration, at or (574) 936-8898 ext. 361. We look forward to seeing you at the Lampen Lectures.

Ancilla College, founded in 1937, is a small, private, liberal arts school offering associate degrees in over two dozen academic programs and intercollegiate athletics at their campus near Plymouth, Indiana. Ancilla is a sponsored ministry of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, part of the Center at Donaldson.