Ivy Tech Community College Celebrates Distinguished Alumni

September 29, 2022

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College honored Ashley Gurvitz of Indianapolis as one of 18 individuals across the state selected to receive the 2022 Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest honor given to recognize Ivy Tech Alumni. Selected through a highly competitive process, each recipient has made a lasting impact on their community and on Ivy Tech through outstanding professional, philanthropic, or volunteer accomplishments.

 “These individuals exemplify service and leadership in extraordinary ways,” said Ivy Tech President Dr. Sue Ellspermann. “Our distinguished alumni prove that an Ivy Tech education equates to career fulfillment and economic prosperity, and I am honored to witness how the College has played a role in their continued lifelong success.” 

Amanda Bonilla, Ivy Tech Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, Belonging, and Community Engagement, nominated Ashley Gurvitz for all that she does to improve the quality of life for Indianapolis’ Eastside community members. “Ashley exemplifies Ivy Tech Indianapolis’ vision of being the ‘campus without walls.’ We are #IvyIndyProud to have Ashley represent our campus with such a significant honor of Distinguished Alumni,” wrote Bonilla.

Alumni, faculty, staff, and friends are all encouraged to make nominations. Awardees must be graduates of Ivy Tech, having received an Associate Degree, Technical Certificate, or Certificate. The College has been honoring Distinguished Alumni since 1998. 

For more information or to view a full list of the Distinguished Alumni honorees, visit www.ivytech.edu/alumniawards

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering associate degrees, short-term certificate programs, industry certifications, and training that aligns with the needs of the community. The College provides a seamless transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a bachelor’s degree. Follow Ivy Tech on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram for the most up-to-date information. 

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Student Spotlight – Ahmadzia Momand

Ahmadzia Momand is an exchange student from Afghanistan, and he has education on his mind. He is also our current Ivy Tech Indianapolis Student Government Association President.

“I want to serve in education,” He said, “I want to work with a crew to design and implement educational opportunities for high schoolers and college freshmen that will improve their critical thinking skills and assist them in becoming informed citizens who are helpful to society.”

Ahmadzia, who is anticipating graduating from Ivy Tech Indianapolis in the Fall of 2023 with a degree in Business Administration, has an impressive history in educational activism. Before arriving at Ivy Tech, he served as a Peace Fellow at several institutions, including UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development, the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, the United Network of Young Peace Builders, and the United States Institute of Peace.

Additionally, Ahmadzia is the co-founder of the Youth Design Lab for Peace in Afghanistan, a project that aims to foster the prevention of violent extremism through education and youth engagement. In the past, Ahmadzia also worked with Afghans for Progressive Thinking, where he worked closely in the debate and civic activism department to aid in deterring social intolerance and violent extremism through the power of debate and civic education.

More recently, Ahmadzia has been engaged in the traditional community college experience, spending time working on class assignments, making friends with other students, and getting involved in activities on campus at Ivy Tech Indianapolis. Recently, he was elected as the Ivy Tech Student Government Association Student Body President.

“I am extremely honored to be learning and to have the ability to serve at Ivy Tech Indianapolis.” He said, “Ivy Tech has greatly contributed to my journey over the last seven months through its diverse community, supportive staff, and quality education.”

Ahmadzia stated that some of his goals as the current president of the student body include keeping a higher education standard, elevating student voices when they express concerns, and providing resources to students.
One of Ahmadzia’s primary aspirations as student body president is to increase student engagement with various programs and resources offered through Ivy Tech that can greatly impact the student, to improve the individual student’s college experiences.

For example, he shared the story of a student he helped that needed mental health counseling. “They did not know where or how to connect to the resources they needed,” he said, “We helped facilitate that.” He helped the student get set up in the free counseling services offered to all students through Ivy Tech.

On another occasion, Ahmadzia noticed a new student sitting by himself, looking unhappy. He went to the student and asked him how he was doing. The student said they felt directionless and a little lost. Ahmadzia made good on his campaign promises and helped connect the new student to resources that would benefit him, a career coach and an assessment test, both free tools available to all Ivy Tech students.

“I am a strong believer in human connection.” Ahmadzia said, “I advocate for peace, tolerance, and acceptance through empathy, compassion, and education.”

“The quality of the education at Ivy Tech is powerful!” He said, “Diversity, belonging, connection, affordability, and support. That’s what we all need.”


Ivy Tech connects with next generation of College Grads at IPS Express Enrollment Events

Ivy Tech representatives visited IPS High Schools last week to promote an April Express Enrollment event aimed specifically to high school students who were yet to create a college plan.

These future graduates enjoyed an open house on campus as well as at there own IPS Schools. At the events, students were able to ask questions about preparing for college, financial aid and scholarships, as well as exploratory questions about specific programs offered through Ivy Tech.

Ivy Tech Indianapolis Phi Theta Kappa Chapter places in the International Top 3 for Honora in Action Project

Phi Theta Kappa is a prestigious organization that recognizes academic achievement in college students and provides its members with opportunities for scholarly growth, scholarships, and career building resources. 

The Indianapolis Phi Theta Kappa chapter’s Honors in Action research project has just placed in the International Top 3! The hardworking team of students will be honored on the stage of the Hallmark Awards, and their Honors in Action piece will be published in the Phi Theta Kappa Journal.

Honors in Action combines academic research with action-oriented service to address real-world challenges in our communities. For more information about Phi Theta Kappa or about the Honors in Action program, click here

Carving a path to helping others

For as long as she can remember, Elisa Pride has been an empathetic person, and she’s made it her mission to do whatever she can to help others in their time of need. So when deciding what to do with her career, she realized what better way to help others than to join a community dedicated to service workers?

“My goal is to be a LCSW (licensed clinical social worker) and work with populations of all types, but especially women and children who are victims of human trafficking,” said Elisa.

To help her achieve this goal, she chose to major in Human Services at Ivy Tech Indianapolis.

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