University News – May 29

Reverse transfer program grows

Ivy Tech Community College and Indiana Tech have partnered to create a new statewide reverse transfer initiative. The program is for students who have transferred to Indiana Tech prior to completing an associate degree at Ivy Tech.

Through transcript review, Ivy Tech will determine which Indiana Tech courses satisfy associate degree requirements, allowing for degrees to be awarded to students. This will take place in the upcoming fall and spring semesters.

Once a student has completed 75 or more total credit hours, including the minimum 15 from Ivy Tech, they will be notified each semester of potential eligibility for an Ivy Tech associate degree through reverse transfer until they opt-in or opt-out.

To be eligible, students must:

Have completed a minimum of 15 credit hours from Ivy Tech

Be currently enrolled at Indiana Tech as an undergraduate

Have no prior associate degree from Ivy Tech

Meet all admission requirements for Indiana Tech, including holding a minimum 2.0 GPA from Ivy Tech

Ivy Tech has also partnered with institutions such as Indiana State University, Purdue University and the University of Southern Indiana to offer reverse transfer degrees. To date, Ivy Tech has awarded 226 associate degrees through reverse transfer, and has 31 degrees pending for the spring of 2017.

IUPUC graduates 294 in East auditorium

Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus (IUPUC) hosted its 47th annual commencement May 13 in the Columbus East High School auditorium. The Class of 2017 had 294 graduates.

Jordon A. Jones, of Seymour, a graduating senior from the Division of Business and president of the student government association, welcomed the Class of 2017 and attendees to the commencement celebration. Jones graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business.

Mikala Greenlee, of Hope, addressed the Class of 2017 as the student speaker. Greenlee was named Chancellor’s Scholar for academic excellence and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business with concentrations in finance and management.

The commencement address was given by Tony Moravec, the president and chief executive officer of Blairex Laboratories in Columbus; president and co-founder of Applied Laboratories; owner of Zaharako’s Ice Cream Parlor and Museum; and a principal in the Upland Brewing Company of Bloomington.

Montgomery participates in symposium

Columbus resident Joni Montgomery recently participated in the annual Symposium for Scholarship and Creativity at the University of Findlay (Ohio).

Conducted on campus, undergraduate and graduate students shared their research, creativity and professional learning experiences with the university and community.

Montgomery presented “Relationships Among the Vertical Force and Pressure on a Horse’s Hooves and the Risk of Injury During a Walk, Trot and Canter.”

England earns scholarship from local hospital

Zenethia England, a student at Harrison College, was recently awarded the $1,000 Auxiliary Scholarship from Columbus Regional Hospital.

England, who is working on her medical assisting degree, will have a banquet in her honor Thursday at the hospital.

Howard appointed to West Point

Baker Howard, Westport, was nominated by U.S. Rep. Luke Messer, R-Ind., to enter the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Howard is the son of Tom and Sharon Howard of Westport. He is a 2016 graduate of South Decatur High School and a 2017 graduate of Greystone Preparatory School in Kerrville, Texas. Howard will enter the United States Military Academy Preparatory School in June.

Local students earn degrees from Evansville

Four Columbus students graduated from the University of Evansville on May 6:

Kellie Garrison, physical therapy major, received a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.

Kacie Garrison, public health major, received a Bachelor of Science degree.

Forrest Plumlee, Columbus, civil engineering major, received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree.

Lauren Wirth, Columbus, marketing major, received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree.

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