Ivy Tech Bloomington awarded highest federal recognition for community service

Ivy Tech Bloomington awarded highest federal recognition for community service

Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus has been named to the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This is the seventh year Ivy Tech-Bloomington has been awarded. The Honor Roll’s Presidential Award is the highest federal recognition an institution can receive for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement. Ivy Tech-Bloomington was among 766 schools to be selected nationwide.

“Ivy Tech-Bloomington is thrilled to once again be recognized for our dedication to giving back to the communities we serve,” said Chelsea Rood-Emmick, Executive Director of Civic Engagement. “Every year, service-learning and volunteer activities are tracked through our Center for Civic Engagement. We’re sure there are more projects and volunteer hours that go unreported, but our efforts are energized by the data that shows we’ve contributed more than $1.25M in service to our local communities.”

Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus reported 16,991 volunteer hours in 2013 and 2014. This year, Ivy Tech offered 99 service-learning courses for students through 167 sections. 2,532 students enrolled in service-learning courses logged 43,400 hours of service in the Bloomington community.

In a dollar figure based on national volunteer averages from Independent Sector (www.independentsector.org), the total economic contribution of Ivy Tech’s 60,391 combined service learning and volunteer hours is $1,337,056.74

The Center for Civic Engagement (http://www.ivytech.edu/bloomington/civicengagement) was established at Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus in 2004 to bring focus to individual volunteerism, service-learning in the classroom, and community involvement. The Center for Civic Engagement is also the host of community engagement programs like Ivy Tech-Bloomington’s O’Bannon Institute for Community Service held each spring.

Ivy Tech-Bloomington was the only Ivy Tech campus named to the 2014 Honor Roll. For a complete list of institutions on the Honor Roll, visit http://www.nationalservice.gov/sites/default/files/documents/CNCS_HonorRollProgram_GeneralCommunityService_508.pdf.

About the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and the U.S. Department of Education. The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll recognizes institutions of higher education that support exemplary community service programs and raise the visibility of best practices in campus-community partnerships. The Honor Roll’s Presidential Award is the highest federal recognition an institution can receive for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement.

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Lynn Coyne appointed to Ivy Tech-Bloomington Board of Trustees

Lynn Coyne appointed to Ivy Tech-Bloomington Board of Trustees Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus welcomes President of the Bloomington Economic Development Corporation, Lynn H. Coyne, to its Regional Board of Trustees. The Ivy Tech State Board of Trustees passed … Continue reading

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Ivy Tech drive at $2.7 million of $4 million goal

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Ivy Tech drive at $2.7 million of $4 million goal

Posted: Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Ivy Tech Community College in Bloomington is a step closer to its fundraising goal of $4 million.

 

The “Here We Grow Again!” fundraising campaign has raised $2.7 million, Chancellor Jennie Vaughan said at the community college’s annual showcase of chefs and wine, an appreciation event for donors to the community college. That’s $700,000 more since the kickoff event in September.

 

“It’s been fantastic,” Vaughan said of the response from donors.

 

The fundraising campaign is for a $24 million expansion of the Connie and Steve Ferguson Academic Building, with $20 million given to Ivy Tech from the state. Vaughan said construction is almost 40 percent done, and she hopes to have the roof on soon, before more winter weather hits.

 

The community part of the campaign — which focuses on new donors, especially those who’ve expressed interest in the past — will start in January, Vaughan said.

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Ivy Tech to host Super Science Saturday this weekend

Ivy Tech to host Super Science Saturday this weekend

Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus is hosting Super Science Saturday this weekend, on November 15, at the Indiana Center for the Life Sciences. Families are invited to drop in from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for fun, free, hands-on science activities for grades K-12.

Amongst the 25 booths of hands-on science fun, families and students can learn how centrifuges work, build a clock, make ice cream, make snow, examine animal tracks, make “elephant toothpaste,” study genetic engineering, and enjoy many other science-based activities.

Last year, more than 200 children attended the event with their families.

The Indiana Center for the Life Sciences is located at 501 N. Profile Parkway in Bloomington. Additional parking will be available at 200 Daniels Way, at Ivy Tech’s Ferguson Academic Building. A shuttle to transport attendees will run between the two buildings.

For questions, call the Indiana Center for the Life Sciences at 812-330-6245 or contact Sarah Cote at scote@ivytech.edu.

About the Indiana Center for the Life Sciences

The Indiana Center for the Life Sciences (ICLS) is the direct result of a partnership between Monroe County Government, Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington, and regional life science companies. This state-of-the-art facility houses education and training programs to prepare individuals for careers in the life sciences. Ivy Tech partners with area businesses to use the ICLS facility space for industry-specific training and certification. Ivy Tech holds its biotechnology and chemistry degree program courses at the ICLS.

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Spring 2015 registration open at Ivy Tech- Bloomington

Spring 2015 registration open at Ivy Tech- Bloomington

Ivy Tech course registration for Spring Semester 2015 is currently open, and classes begin on January 12. November 10-14 is Express Enrollment Week on campus, in which new and current students are encouraged to apply and/or register for Spring Semester 2015 classes. Students may also walk-in Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday 9a.m. to 5 p.m.

Ivy Tech- Bloomington is offering eight new degree programs in Computing and Informatics. Students can earn degrees in Computer Science, Cyber Security-Information Assurance, Database Management and Administration, Informatics, Information Technology Support, Network Infrastructure, Server Administration, and Software Development.

Other newer degree programs include Fine Arts and Design and the Business Administration Entrepreneurship certification, which is a financial aid eligible program. The Entrepreneurship certificate can also be applied toward an associate degree program.

Spring scholarships are available for a wide variety of qualified applicants, including an all new scholarship sponsored by the Campus Pride student organization. On average, the Ivy Tech-Bloomington Foundation awards more than $50,000 in spring and fall scholarships.

Students have opportunities to become involved in student life at Ivy Tech-Bloomington, including applying for positions in student government, student leadership academy, student ambassadors, campus activities board and many more clubs or organizations such as campus pride, creative writing club, international club, and Kappa Beta Delta for Business Administration majors.

To learn more about academic options at Ivy Tech Community College, log on www.ivytech.edu/academics or come visit the campus at 200 Daniels Way on the west side.

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Ivy Tech offers youth programs in robotics and art

Ivy Tech offers youth programs in robotics and art

Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington offers a free robotics workshop every other Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Ivy Tech-Bloomington’s Connie and Steve Ferguson Academic Building, 200 Daniels Way, until December 9. Additionally, youth art classes are now open for registration and some classes began on Tuesday, October 28.

Each robotics workshop draws around 35 kids ranging from grades four through 12 who are interested in the programming aspect of robots. Kirk Barnes, Dean of Technology and Applied Sciences, is the director of the workshop. Each class is taught by Ivy Tech students who earn service learning credit for their involvement. The student-teachers come from a variety of different academic disciplines, not just those interested in robotics and technology.

Each class teaches kids how to program a different part of their self-built “Lego Mindstorm” robot.

Every once in a while the robots compete against each other in various tasks but Barnes says that the main goal of the workshop is for the kids to “just have fun and learn a little bit about programming.”

For children more interested in art than robotics there are several different arts and crafts classes taught at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center. Children in grades six through nine can participate in Intro to Hand Building where they will learn how to construct clay sculptures using a variety of hand-building techniques. In Ceramics for Kids, children in grades two through five will create mythology themed ceramic sculptures and pottery using the wheel and basic hand-building skills. The young artists will also get to use texture and glaze to finish their projects. Finally, children in grades two through five can participate in Drawing and Painting for Kids. In this class, children will learn how to combine drawing, painting, collaging, printmaking and assemblage to create unique works of art.

For more information and to sign up for Ivy Tech’s youth programs, visit http://www.ivytech.edu//cll/youth/.

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Ivy Tech-Bloomington earns three gold regional marketing awards, wins six total

Ivy Tech-Bloomington earns three gold regional marketing awards, wins six total

Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus marketing and communications department won three gold medals, six total, for its marketing efforts at the regional National Council of Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) professionals conference held October 22-24 in Green Bay, WI.

The department, Amanda J. Billings, executive director and Sarah DeWeese, director, won three gold medals, one silver medal, and two bronze medals for various marketing projects and initiatives ranging from communications success story to logo design.

In the past six years the region’s marketing department alone has earned 46 awards from NCMPR, of the more than 100 that Ivy Tech has earned statewide. Of the 46 awards, Ivy Tech-Bloomington earned 17 national medals and 29 regional medals.

Ivy Tech-Bloomington’s 2014 regional conference awards are as follows:

  • Brochure (1151 Days of Arts, Ivy Tech Waldron) – Gold
  • Logo Design (Chancellor’s Service Scholars) – Gold
  • Successful Recruitment or Marketing Campaign (Center for Lifelong Learning “I’ve Always Wanted to Learn ____.”) – Gold
  • Print Advertisement Series (Ivy Tech Waldron) – Silver
  • Communications Success Story (student Jessica Troxel, Coca-Cola Scholar) – Bronze
  • Special Event Promotion (O’Bannon Institute Workshops) – Bronze

NCMPR is an affiliate council of the American Association of Community Colleges. It is dedicated to fostering the professional development of college communications staff in public relations, public information, marketing, enrollment management, community relations and development. It is the only organization of its kind that exclusively represents marketing and public relations professionals at community and technical colleges. NCMPR has more than 1,550 members from more than 650 colleges across the United States, Canada and other countries.

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