University News – April 17

Express enrollment set at Ivy Tech for summer, fall

The Columbus Ivy Tech Community College campus, 4475 Central Ave., will serve as the local host for a statewide Express Enrollment Day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday. It allows students wanting to enroll at Ivy Tech for summer or fall semesters to do so.

Students can get answers to financial aid questions, learn about assessments, meet with an adviser, register for the upcoming semester, find out about orientation and more.

Students should bring:

A government issued photo ID

2015 tax information


High school or college transcripts if available.

For additional information and to RSVP visit

IUPUC/IUCA+D panel discussion, lunch slated

Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus (IUPUC) and the Indiana University Center for Art and Design (IUCA+D) Columbus will conduct a panel discussion from noon to 1:15 p.m. Wednesday at IUCA+D, 310 Jackson St.

The panel, titled “Ingredients for Design and Innovation,” is part of the local celebration of IU Day A light lunch will be available.

Panelists will discuss the foundations of a designer’s mental construct, a cabled conversation between the arts, the sciences and humanities, and the educational opportunities to define the foundation for design, architecture and Columbus’ future.

Registration appreciated at

Register to participate in Run for the Ivy 5k/10k

Ivy Tech Foundation’s 13th annual Run for the Ivy 10k run and 5k run/walk is 9 a.m. Saturday at Ivy Tech Community College, 4475 Central Ave., Columbus.

Participants wishing to enter on race day may do so from 8 a.m. until race time outside the college. Entry fee: $25. Pre-registered participants may pick up their race packet from noon to 5 p.m. Friday at Ivy Tech. On race day, packet pick-up will start at 8 a.m.

The Kids Fun Run is free, however, every child must be entered to participate. This event will take place shortly after 5K/10K ends. Every child is a winner and will receive a ribbon for participating. The kids’ race sign up will be at the race.

All proceeds from the event go to support student scholarships, programs and outreach.

Information:, call 812-374-5342 or email

Great Decisions Series continues at Mill Race Center

The Great Decisions Series, designed to encourage and enhance citizen awareness and prompts group discussions on global affairs and foreign policies, continues at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Mill Race Center, 900 Lindsey St., Columbus.

The upcoming program is titled “A New Political Era,” and is the third topic in the eight-week series. The other program times are 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 27, and May 4, 11, 18 and 25.

The series is hosted by the Academy of Lifelong Learning at Pitman Institute, Mill Race Center and IUPUC.

A panel of experts are recruited to discuss each topic. In-depth articles on each subject are written by experts from across the world and compiled into a 100-page, softbound Great Decisions Briefing Book, made available to participants for purchase.

The cost for the series, including book, for members of the Mill Race Center is $35. The cost for non-members is $45.

For a brief description of each topic, visit &announcement_id=393.

MBA enrollment process changes at IUPUC

Indiana University — Purdue University Columbus has changed its admission process for its Master of Business Administration program.

IUPUC will no longer require the GRE or GMAT exams as part of the application. Instead, the application process will include a comprehensive interview with applicants, providing an opportunity for the applicant and the program to meet in person and yield multi-faceted assessments. The process will also evaluate amount of work experience and level of community involvement.

Two information sessions about the program are 6 to 7 p.m. April 25 in Room 170 and May 17 in Room 176 at IUPUC, 4601 Central Ave.

For more information on the sessions or the program, contact Kevin McCracken, associate director of graduate education, at or 812-348-7302.

Local student earns four-year, full-tuition scholarship

Columbus North High School senior Charlotte Verbanic recently received a Benjamin Templeton Scholarship to Hanover College.

The full tuition, four-year scholarship is awarded to students based on academic achievements, an interview, case study performance and commitment to social justice.

Verbanic, the daughter of Mark and Polly Verbanic, was also selected for enrollment in the Business Scholars Program and will complete a paid internship in an area of interest. She intends to major in mathematics and political science.

Student showcases singing with Wheaton College choir

Wheaton College student Abigail Beerwart, of Columbus, performed in the spring Women’s Chorale Concert. She sang soprano 1.

East grad to earn bachelor’s degree in health care

Kaylan Marie Fields, a 2004 Columbus East High School graduate, will earn her bachelor’s degree in health care administration April 27 from Indiana Wesleyan University.

Fields is the daughter of Cindy Henry and Rick Fields, and granddaughter of Richard and Peggy Dunlevy. She is also the mother of Jada Fields.

Ivy Tech offering accelerated business administration degree

Ivy Tech Community College students now can earn an associate of science in business administration degree in 11 months, instead of the traditional two years.

After completing the program, students may transfer to a public four-year institution in Indiana with junior status.

Students in the Associate Accelerated Program (ASAP) are encouraged to think of college as a job, attending school full time for almost 40 hours per week. The program partners with local businesses to give students experience and exposure in the business world.

If interested, contact Heather McDonald, ASAP Coordinator at or 812-374-5236. The next class begins in June.

Ivy Tech instructor honored with Award for Excellence

An Ivy Tech Community College instructor from the school’s Columbus campus was selected to receive the annual Adjunct Faculty Award for Excellence in Instruction.

Delbert Spears, a business instructor at Ivy Tech, earned the award locally.

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