University News – December 19

North grad earns degree

Rachel Handt, a 2009 graduate of Columbus North High School, earned her doctorate degree in physical therapy from Indiana University’s School of Health and Rehabilitation.

Handt is the daughter of Barbara Handt and granddaughter of Norman Handt, both of Columbus. She is currently employed at Community Health Network in Indianapolis.

Leadership society inducts members

The local chapter of Ivy Tech’s National Society of Leadership and Success inducted 18 new members and honored students and faculty members Dec. 9.

The society, which is the nation’s largest leadership honor society, chooses lifelong members based on academic standing and leadership potential.

The following students were inducted into the society: Joshua Borowski, Gregory Johnson, Pierre Alexandre Mbaye, Donald Morris, Evan Mustard, Shanta Pittman, Savannah Spray and Clarence G. White, all of Columbus; Christina Lefler, Hope; Theresa Colina, Butlerville.

Colina, Johnson, Mbaye, Mustard and Spray also received the National Engaged Leader Award, as well as local members Catherine Robertson, of Hope, and Bethany Wendel, of Columbus. This award is given to members who complete orientation, leadership training day, attend multiple speaker broadcasts and success networking team meetings, and participate in at least five hours of community service.

Three faculty members received Excellence in Teaching Awards: Mary Garvey, Trunnis Goggins and Bonnie Nolting. Sara Dunlap was honored with the Excellence in Service Award.

Academic achievements honored

Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society’s Alpha Rho Tau chapter at Ivy Tech Community College in Columbus inducted 10 local students for their academic achievements in the fall semester, during a ceremony Dec. 6.

The students are: Bailey Branstetter, Leighton Cameron, Hannah Gregory, Emily Joyce, Angie Kramer, Elizabeth Vance and Lee-Anna Watson, all of Columbus; and Edrei Garcia, Ocklawaha Holt and Henry Schultz, of North Vernon.

Phi Theta Kappa is an honor society for two-year colleges that recognizes academic achievement. It provides opportunities for growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service and fellowship.

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Kaitlyn Evener is an editorial assistant for The Republic. She can be reached at or 812-379-5633.