High school graduate earns 36 college credits, starts Ivy Tech this fall


BLOOMINGTON – Julihannah Cruz graduated from the Academy of Science and Entrepreneurship in May 2018 having earned 36 college credits through Ivy Tech’s dual credit program. Cruz will apply her credits toward her associate degree at Ivy Tech Community College this fall, before transferring to a four-year institution. Cruz applied for and was admitted into Ivy Tech’s respiratory therapy program, and will begin classes in fall 2018. Cruz is the first student to be admitted to the program straight from high school.

“The respiratory therapy program is highly selective and only accepts 12 students per semester, typically receiving twice the number of applications than spaces available,” said Jennie Vaughan, Ivy Tech Bloomington Chancellor. “I congratulate students like Julihannah who take advantage of early college options to jump start their college careers.”

“Taking dual credit classes through Ivy Tech allowed me to save on college costs and get a feel for what college would be like,” said Cruz. “I met a lot of people with common interests at Ivy Tech, and everyone was so nice. It is a friendly environment and I made lots of friends here.”

Cruz is familiar with Ivy Tech’s respiratory therapy program because her mother is a respiratory therapist and her sister graduated from the program in 2015.

“I’ve always been interested in healthcare,” said Cruz. “Before I applied to the respiratory therapy program, I shadowed my sister who is working as a respiratory therapist in Ohio. Seeing how my sister reacted to families was inspiring.”

While enrolled in Ivy Tech’s dual credit program, Cruz talked to Ivy Tech advisors about her goal to transfer her associate degree to a bachelor’s degree program and eventually become a PA (physician’s assistant) with a specialization in cardiology.

“I told them this is what I wanted to do, and they are helping me get there,” she said. “I want to transfer my associate degree to a bachelor’s degree program in respiratory therapy, which leads to a PA program, which is my career goal. If everything goes as planned, I will graduate in five years.”

Cruz is taking the summer off before starting college this fall. She worked part-time while in high school at a local restaurant, in addition to taking college classes, being involved in high school activities, and job shadowing a local cardiologist. Despite her busy schedule, Cruz is glad that she started college early.

“I was able to get the rough patch of college done early,” said Cruz. “I had a really good support system and Ivy Tech professors were always willing to help as long as I was willing to put in the effort.”

Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus offers early college options for high school students who intend to earn bachelor’s degrees and save on college costs. High School students can earn college credits by enrolling in dual credit classes at their high school or on Ivy Tech’s campus. For general information about earning college credits in high school, visit ivytech.edu/dual-credit/.


Cyber security graduate works locally at Hanapin Marketing


BLOOMINGTON – Basil Houston graduated from Ivy Tech in May 2018 with associate degrees in cyber security and network infrastructure, and found employment immediately at Hanapin Marketing as IT coordinator. Houston did not always have a clear career path, but developed his interests and discovered his computing skillset while studying at Ivy Tech Community College.

“After high school, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do,” said Houston. “I enrolled at Ivy Tech for a semester, then Vincennes, and then Indiana University, but nothing kept my interest at first.”

When Houston re-enrolled at Ivy Tech in spring 2016, he discovered an interest in computer networking and information technology support, which led to interest in other computing areas.

“I was a little scared of cyber security at first, but I found that is where my passion is – to help people be more safe and secure in their daily lives and for their employers too,” said Houston.

He accepted a work-study position at Ivy Tech’s information technology helpdesk, which led to more opportunities.

“I was put in charge of Ivy Tech’s Bedford and French Lick locations for system administration and network administration, which was an eye-opening experience,” said Houston. “The work-study position was life-changing for me. It helped me make so many connections.”

As an Ivy Tech employee, Houston’s responsibilities expanded beyond Bedford and French Lick. He implemented the deployment of Windows 10 at several Ivy Tech locations in both Bloomington and Indianapolis.

“I started realizing that the task-oriented nature of helpdesk work was really gratifying to me, and I was good at it,” said Houston. “I could help people and check things off the list. My confidence was growing. If any opportunity came up, I would say yes. I worked a lot of hours and tried to go after big projects and tackle everything.”

Houston completed two internships at Hanapin Marketing before being offered his current position as IT coordinator.

“I do a lot of everything at Hanapin, including user training for information security,” said Houston. “I provide system and network administration, technical support for employees, and educate employees on basic information security including phishing education and password protection.”

In addition to his position at Hanapin Marketing, Houston now teaches CISCO certification courses at Ivy Tech Community College as an adjunct instructor.

“Certifications show employers that you have hands-on experience in the specific areas that they need,” said Houston.

Houston has earned various workforce certifications at Ivy Tech, including Apple Certified Mac Technician (ACMT), Certified Ethical Hacker, CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+, CompTIA Project+, CompTIA Linux+, and Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA).

“I really believe in Ivy Tech’s framework for getting people into jobs and high-paying careers,” said Houston. “The network infrastructure program in particular is really good for that. If you can get a CISCO certification, you can go get a job.”

Houston was able to transfer his Ivy Tech credits to Western Governor’s University and is now working toward a bachelor’s degree in information technology with an emphasis in security.

Ivy Tech Community College offers eight associate degrees in information technology, and many short-term certifications. Information can be found at ivytech.edu/computers.

Ivy Tech seeks youth leadership applications

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus seeks seventh and eighth grade applicants for the Judy O’Bannon Youth Leadership Academy, a program designed to foster civic engagement among youth. Participants will develop leadership skills, create a community service project, build communication skills, and meet community leaders. There is no fee to participate.

Participants will engage in leadership development activities on three Saturdays, including Oct. 27, Nov. 3, and Nov. 10, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. These meetings will take place at Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus. Beginning in January 2019, students will meet twice a month with an Ivy Tech mentor to complete a project that meets the needs of youth or solves a problem faced by youth in their community or school. Students will complete their projects and make a presentation to the community at a public event in the spring of 2019.

The deadline to apply for Ivy Tech’s Judy O’Bannon Youth Leadership Academy is Friday, Sept. 7. To apply, visit ivytech.edu/youth and click “Youth Leadership Academy.” Participants will be notified on Sept. 12. For more information, contact Jennifer Daily-Mantha at jdailymantha@ivytech.edu or 812-330-6006.

Charlotte Zietlow donates 500 cookbooks to Ivy Tech Bloomington’s library


Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington received a donation of 500 cookbooks from Charlotte Zietlow in 2018. Ivy Tech held a dedication event on Friday, Aug. 3 in the Joan Olcott Library. The collection will be used by Ivy Tech culinary and hospitality students and is available to the community.

Ivy Tech students in the library technical assistant program helped label and catalog the books, which are now available for reading and checking out.

“We are thrilled to accept Charlotte’s offer to house the collection,” said Susie Graham, executive director of development at Ivy Tech Bloomington. “Charlotte’s generous, 500-volume gift represents a lifetime of travel, cooking adventures, and enjoying good food with friends and family.”

Ivy Tech Bloomington’s Joan Olcott Library is located on the main campus at 200 Daniels Way, in the Cook Pavilion.



Orange County Community Foundation director appointed to Ivy Tech Campus Board of Trustees

Imojean Dedrick.jpgBLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus welcomes Orange County Community Foundation’s executive director, Imojean Dedrick, to its Campus Board of Trustees. The Ivy Tech State Board of Trustees approved Dedrick’s nomination effective August 2, 2018 through June 30, 2021.

“Ivy Tech Bloomington began serving Orange County in 2006, and officially in 2017 through the College’s restructure project, focused on better serving students and the state’s workforce needs by aligning with communities at the campus level,” said Chancellor Jennie Vaughan. “With that change, it became important for us to add a representative of Orange County to the Board, and we couldn’t be more pleased to welcome Imojean.”

Dedrick has served the Orange County Community Foundation since 2004. Before that, she was owner and general operator of local radio stations, WUME-FM and WSEZ-AM, since 1993. Some of her past and present affiliations and memberships include the Paoli Public Library, Orange County Youth Council, Orange County Good Samaritan Committee, Orange County Women’s Giving Circle, Orange County Indiana State Bicentennial, and Paoli Chamber of Commerce. In 2017, she was a recipient of the Indiana Distinguished Hoosier Award.

Dedrick will join the Campus Board of Trustees for her first meeting at Ivy Tech Bloomington on Tuesday, September 25 at 4 p.m. in the Executive Board Room.


Ivy Tech Student Productions to perform play written by alumna Brennen Edwards


BLOOMINGTON – The Ivy Tech Student Productions 2018-19 theatre season opens with Coffee Break, a new play written by Ivy Tech alumna, Brennen Edwards. Edwards will also serve as assistant director. Edwards has been involved in Ivy Tech Student Productions since 2014 as lighting designer.

“For me, Ivy Tech served as a stepping stone between high school and a four-year university,” said Edwards. “Even if I had been admitted into IU straight out of high school, I think I would have been a subpar student. I needed the extra time at Ivy Tech in order figure out how to be passionate about learning. Ivy Tech helped me to mature.”

Edwards is now a student at Indiana University, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in media and theatre. She started the Coffee Break script as a class project.

“During production the script has gone through seven drafts, and I’m so thankful to my cast and all involved for being so open to my growth,” said Edwards.

Paul Daily, Ivy Tech Waldron artistic director, helped Edwards continue to refine her play.

“When I started Coffee Break, I wanted to explore work relationships,” said Edwards. “As I continued to write, a second theme of waiting became clear. The majority of
characters in Coffee Break are waiting for their lives to begin. They are waiting for happiness, essentially. I think that when we look around ourselves, and inward, it’s not unusual to find plans we intend to accomplish, but are taking no steps toward. My favorite quote at the time of writing came from Chris Goffard in a lecture: ‘our comfort zones become our coffins.'”

Edwards credited Ivy Tech Student Productions with encouraging her creativity and growth as a student and artist.

“The Ivy Tech Waldron is a space that encourages curiosity. It is also a safe space to admit that you don’t know something,” said Edwards. “In 2014 when I started working with Ivy Tech Student Productions, the idea of showing up to a production and not knowing how to do something terrified me, but now I enjoy a trial by fire.”

“My work and growth in Ivy Tech Student Productions has helped shape me as a person,” she continued. “I am now a happy collaborator, and am delighted at the opportunity to fix breakdowns in communication, which often happen in the arts. Before I started working at the Waldron, I would not have known how to handle someone describing a play as ‘being the color blue.’  Now I just say, ‘What shade of blue?’ ”

Coffee Break performances are August 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are on sale at bctboxoffice.com.

Ivy Tech Student Productions take place at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center, located at 122 S. Walnut St. Tickets are $15 for general admission or $5 for students and seniors. Information about Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center performances, classes, and exhibits can be found at ivytech.edu/waldron.

St. Elmo Steakhouse owner to speak at Cook Institute in September

Stephen M HuseBLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus is hosting its ninth annual Cook Institute for Entrepreneurship luncheon on Tuesday, September 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Shreve Hall. Entrepreneur and historic St. Elmo Steakhouse owner, Stephen Huse, will give the keynote address at the luncheon. The Cook Institute for Entrepreneurship is hosted by Ivy Tech Bloomington’s Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship (ivytech.edu/cookcenter).

“Part of the mission of the Cook Center is to foster entrepreneurship in the region,” said Steve Bryant, executive director of the Cook Center for Entrepreneurship and regional director of the South Central Small Business Development Center. “Hosting Mr. Huse as the keynote speaker for this annual business event is yet another example of how the Cook Center engages and inspires the public, local businesses, and others who might be interested in moving their own ideas forward.”

Huse is an entrepreneur whose first restaurant investment was as an operating partner in an Arby’s located in Bloomington, Ind. in 1967. He ventured into the pizza business in 1969, which became known as Noble Roman’s Pizza. It grew from a single unit to more than 120 restaurants in 10 states. He took the business public in 1986 and sold his shares in 1987. Before selling Noble Roman’s, Huse bought the historic St. Elmo Steakhouse in downtown Indianapolis, which currently seats about 500 guests. St. Elmo’s volume of nearly $20,000,000 puts it in the top 20 independent restaurants in the Unites States.

His other ventures included becoming the “turn around” president of Steak ‘N Shake, where he accomplished the turn-around in less than three years and sold his interests at a substantial gain in 1992. In 2006, Huse and his son started a successful upscale restaurant called Harry & Izzy’s. In 2016, St. Elmo went into the business of selling spices and sauces on Amazon and at other suppliers. In 2017, Huse and his associates owned 34 Arby’s outlets. He sold the shops and retired from Arby’s after 50 years in the business. His company, Huse Culinary Incorporated, most recently opened the upscale Burger Study in downtown Indianapolis.

Huse graduated from Indiana University’s School of Business in 1965 and began his MBA there in 1968.

“In my remarks, I’ll talk about what it takes to be in business for yourself and the many pitfalls and traps to look for,” said Stephen Huse, entrepreneur and CEO. “Being an entrepreneur is for the risk-taker and the tough-minded!”

Individual tickets are $75 and a table of eight is $600. Sponsorships are available at $1,000 for event sponsors and $2,000 for presenting sponsors. Proceeds support programs and scholarships at the Cook Center, and portions of tickets and sponsorships are tax deductible.

To purchase seats, log on ivytech.edu/cookinstitute.