News From Terre Haute, Indiana

May 16, 2013

Newsmakers: May 16, 2013

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---- — At its annual Representative Assembly, leaders of the Indiana State Teachers Association named the recipients of the organization’s awards. ISTA annually recognizes educators and friends of public education for their efforts to support and improve public education in Indiana.

Emily Astroski, a language arts teacher at Terre Haute North Vigo High School, received ISTA’s Phillip Carey award for human relations for her commitment to social justice issues inside and outside of her professional work.


In honor of Ivy Tech Community College’s 50th anniversary this year, the college awarded 57 honorary degrees at its 14 commencement ceremonies across the state.

Each of this year’s honorary degree recipients will receive an associate’s degree in college and community service in recognition of their commitment to education and Ivy Tech Community College.

This year also marks Ivy Tech’s largest graduating class, with an estimated 16,700 credentials to be awarded, up from 15,500 last year.

Over its 50-year history, the college has served more than 1 million Hoosiers. Nearly 97 percent of all Ivy Tech graduates stay in Indiana after graduation and directly and positively impact the state’s economy.

This year’s honorary degree recipients for the Wabash Valley Region are:

• F. Richard Nicoson

• Fred and Nancy Rubey

• Vern Tincher


Ivy Tech Community College has joined ASQ as an Enterprise Member, providing the college’s staff, faculty and students unprecedented access to ASQ’s global network of experts and resources.

Ivy Tech is the first and only higher education institution to join ASQ as an Enterprise Member, joining 51 global companies like Cummins, Xerox, Ford Motor Company, and The Coca-Cola Company. Enterprise Membership affords ASQ-member benefits to all employees at all company locations. Ivy Tech has 31 degree-granting locations with classes offered in more than 75 communities throughout Indiana.

“Our membership with ASQ is critical to creating a culture of quality in Indiana. We are proud to be aligned with ASQ and plan to develop more quality training and certification programs embedding ASQ certifications into our academic curriculum as appropriate,” Thomas Snyder, president, Ivy Tech Community College said.

Ivy Tech staff and faculty will receive full ASQ membership benefits, including access to ASQ’s Knowledge Center, consisting of thousands of articles, case studies and best practices; as well as access to ASQ’s networking opportunities and certification programs. Students will be eligible to join at the national level according to their interest and area of study. Additional membership benefits include access to quality tools that allow organizations to realize greater productivity and performance; apply process improvement techniques more widely; and use quality as a business management tool.

“We are excited about Ivy Tech’s membership — not only because it will provide quality resources to staff and faculty, but because it will provide quality resources to its students and the future of quality,” said ASQ CEO Paul Borawski.