Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Service Area recognizes student achievement at 2022 commencement ceremonies

KOKOMO, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo honored students who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and leadership during its commencement ceremonies May 13.

Allison Salkie, Greentown, who graduated with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Business Operations, Applications, and Technology, was honored with the Chancellor’s Award for Academic Excellence.

Salkie was selected from those students honored with the Dean’s Award in each program who have a 3.5 GPA or higher. Other considerations for this award include leadership, community service, and school involvement.

In nominating Salkie for the top student academic honor, Barbara McFarland, chair of the Business Operations and Applications Technology program for the Ivy Tech Kokomo Service area, cited her accomplishments in and out of the classroom.

“Allison is completing her degree with a perfect 4.0 GPA,” McFarland said. “While in the program, she has earned a lengthy list of certifications topped by ‘Microsoft Office Specialist-Expert.’ Even better, she has willingly shared her knowledge and expertise with her fellow students, offering support as a BOAT tutor in our Learning Resource Center.”

While at Ivy Tech, Salkie has served as Campus Activity Board assistant to the director of Student Life and was active in the Coalition for Christian Outreach and Human Services Student Organization. She also graduated from Ivy Tech’s Student Leadership Academy.

Salkie came to Ivy Tech Kokomo after earning a bachelor’s degree in Film/Video & Theatre Production from Purdue University to pursue another interest – business. She sees a job in the business field in her near future but her interest in theater remains; she recently played the part of Beth in Kokomo Civic Theater’s production of the “Little Women” musical.

Dean’s Awards honor students who are selected by the faculty chair for each program as the program’s outstanding graduate. Recipients of the Dean’s Award for 2022, and hometowns, are:


Tracy Herr of Greentown

Automotive Technology       

William Bornhorst of Kokomo

Building Construction Management Specialist

Evan Ulery of Logansport

Business Administration

Aaron Offenberger of Peru

Business Operations, Applications, and Technology          

Allison Salkie of Greentown

Criminal Justice

A’mya Sparger-Withers of Kokomo


Rebecca Braun of Peru

Dental Assisting

Aylin Ruiz of South Bend

Early Childhood Education

Jennifer Corcoran of Logansport

Electrical Specialist

Will Sayers of Kempton

Elementary Education          

Brandi Schlabach of Logansport

Engineering Technology

John Willett of Andrews

General Studies         

Elizabeth Garber of Goshen

Shea Hankins of Kokomo

Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning

David Sunday of Denver

Human Services         

Elizabeth Ennis of Kokomo

Industrial Technology

Ethan Walls of Alexandria

Information Technology Support

Cheyenne Crider of Winamac

Liberal Arts

Marcus McGee of Indianapolis

Machine Tool Technology

Garrett Jameson of Royal Center

Mechanical Engineering Technology

Zachary Smith of Wabash

Medical Assisting

Alison Cregar of Russiaville


Bailly McGrew of Atlanta

Professional Communication

Brianna Perrine of Noblesville


Amylia Binkerd of Fairmount

Software Development

Wesley Yoars of Bunker Hill

Surgical Technology

Timothy Yancy of Peru

Jared Boone of Wabash and Rachel Braun of Peru (transfer degree) and Makayla Felda of Star City (workforce certification) were honored as members of the All USA Academic Team for academic performance, leadership, and service to the College and the community. The All-USA Academic Team competition is sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa, USA Today, Coca Cola, and the American Association of Community Colleges.

Students honored as graduates of the Ivy Tech Community College Student Leadership Academy include Allison Salkie of Greentown and Tunisia Douglas, Shea Hileman, Tiffani Husband, Michael Modesitt, and Nghi Vo, all of Kokomo.

Those recognized with Military Veterans Honors include Izriel Bingaman of Fishers; Joel Contreras, Ransom Cornwall, Shelley Shook, David V. Stewart and Sabrina Walmsley, all of Kokomo; Jacob Curtsinger of Pendleton; Lindsay Flanery, Robert Kieninger, Jacob Morris, Jenifer Rae Paxton, Eric Smith and Timothy Yancy, all of Peru; Hilary Schreyer Rine of Royal Center; and Taylor Cline-Wallen of Tipton.

SOURCE: News release from Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Service Area