Ivy Tech Community College–Northeast graduates record 1,161 students; awards outstanding faculty and student awards at Memorial Coliseum

Ivy Tech Community College–Northeast celebrated its 42nd Annual Commencement Ceremony tonight at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum at 7:30 p.m. The College graduated a record 1,161 students in Fort Wayne with respective associate of science degrees, associate of arts degrees, associate of applied science degrees, certificates and technical certificates. The total number of awards, degrees and certificates awarded was 1,372.

Kari Overmyer, a graduating student from the Department of Hospitality Administration, was the ceremony’s keynote speaker. In continuing a tradition we began last year, the administration chose to select a keynote directly from this year’s graduating class. Being able to share success stories of our students and alumni of Ivy Tech Community College is what holds us accountable to our mission and reminds us of the difference we at Ivy Tech can make each and every day. Overmyer is originally from Antwerp, Ohio, and has been living in Fort Wayne off and on for more than 10 years. She has worked at Parkview Hospital for the last 12 years, and returned to school in 2009 with the goal of changing her life and finding her future at Ivy Tech. She completed an internship at the college last summer and has also been a valuable student employee at Ivy Tech since the fall.

Melvin L. Curtis Award for Academic Excellence

Each year, the academic schools are given the opportunity to select one student to receive an Outstanding Student Award.

For 2012, these outstanding students are:

  • Bridgette Deyo, representing the School of Business
  • Teresa  Johnson, representing the School of Education
  • Pakao Mon, representing the School of Health Sciences
  • Brenda Perkey, representing the School of Nursing
  • Matthew Swick, representing the School of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Bill Swygart, representing the School of Technology
  • Zoheth Torres, representing the School of Public and Social Services

The Melvin L. Curtis Award for Academic Excellence is presented annually to a graduate in recognition of outstanding scholarship and personal qualities, and the recipient is selected by a vote of the academic leadership of Ivy Tech Community College. The 2012 Melvin L. Curtis Award for Academic Excellence was presented to Pakao Mon, representing the School of Health Sciences. Mon is graduating Cum Laude with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Medical Assisting. Originally from Burma, she has served as a translator and interpreter for the Red Cross MIX program. She has attended Immigration Training Program, Medical Interpreter Training Program, Community Interpreter Training Program and serves as an assistant trainer of Community Interpreter Training Program. Mon’s goal is to use her knowledge in healthcare and language skills to help others as a Medical Assistant and medical interpreter at medical offices. She has been offered a job at the Neighbor Health Clinic and will continue her commitment to the success of the Mon community’s acclimation to the American culture and community.

Honorary Degree

Don Wood, president, CEO and founder of 80/20 Inc., was awarded an Honorary Associate Degree. Wood has been an advocate for Ivy Tech Community College–Northeast for many years, served as the Commencement speaker in May 2008, and was appointed to the Regional Board of Trustees in 2010 representing the manufacturing industry. Wood supports the college’s vision, mission and goals, and embraces the college strategic plan and values. He created the Donald F. Wood Endowed Scholarship for students in the Advanced Manufacturing program. Wood is also a satisfied customer of the Ivy Tech end product—our graduates. He now employs more than 400 individuals, with 67 of those workers being Ivy Tech graduates.

2012 President’s Award for Excellence in Instruction
and Glenn W. and Mary Catherine Sample Award for Excellence nominee

The Glenn W. and Mary Catherine Sample Award for Excellence in Instruction was established by Ivy Tech Community College in honor of the College’s former president for the purpose of recognizing an outstanding instructor. Each of the 14 regions selects a nominee, and the award is presented to the statewide winner. The finalists receive the President’s Award for Excellence in Instruction. The recipient of the 2012 President’s Award for Excellence in Instruction for Ivy Tech Community College–Northeast is Rose Boneff, assistant professor of respiratory care in the School of Health Sciences. Boneff is the Director of Clinical Education for the Respiratory Care program and has been with Ivy Tech Community College since August 2000. She has been a Registered Respiratory Therapist since 1982 and worked clinically, specializing in Neonatal/Pediatric Respiratory Care for 33 years. She currently serves on the Northeast region Safety Committee and the Statewide Inter-relater Reliability Committee for the Respiratory Care program. Boneff was integral in the placement of Automated External Defibrillators in every building on campus at Ivy Tech–Northeast. She has presented at numerous conferences, including the Indiana Society for Respiratory Care Chapter II meeting, Area Dean’s Conference, and the STEM Conference.

Adjunct Faculty Award for Excellence in Instruction
and Gerald I. Lamkin Award for Excellence nominee

For a second year, the college is pleased to present the Gerald I. Lamkin Award. It was established by Ivy Tech Community College in recognition of the College’s former president for the purpose of recognizing top adjunct faculty members. Each of the 14 regions selects a nominee, and the award is presented to the statewide winner. The finalists receive the Adjunct Faculty Award for Excellence in Instruction. The recipient of the 2012 Adjunct Faculty Award for Excellence in Instruction for Ivy Tech Community College–Northeast is Nicole Procise, instructor in the Medical Assisting program.

Procise has been an adjunct instructor in the School of Health Sciences for three years. She teaches both Medical Assisting and Health Care Support classes and is the externship coordinator of the Health Care Support program. She is a valuable asset to both Ivy Tech and our community. Her commitment to students and to the field of phlebotomy is inspiring to our faculty and students. Not only does she bring an impressive level of dedication in the classroom, she is consistently and actively adding to her knowledge base in this area of expertise. Procise also stands out in her research of what is new in the field of hematology in order to bring the most current information to her classes. She hosts the American Society for Clinical Pathology study group, which helps prepare phlebotomy students for their national certification exam upon graduation. She is also involved in Ivy Tech’s Metaphysical Exploration Club.

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