Ivy Tech to welcome students during first week of classes

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus will welcome students back to campus with activities during the first week of fall classes starting on Monday, August 21. Chancellor Jennie Vaughan will be joined by Ivy Tech President Dr. Sue Ellspermann to greet students on the first day of classes.

“The first day of the fall semester is an exciting day for us on campus and for students,” said Chancellor Jennie Vaughan. “We enjoy getting to know our students and answering their questions, and this year, we are thrilled to be joined by Dr. Ellspermann.”

Students entering the building on Monday morning will be treated to free coffee, provided by Ivy Tech Student Life. Later in the morning a community resource fair will take place, where students can learn about the resources and organizations available to help them become engaged and successful students. There will also be supply bins throughout the month for students to give and take class materials as needed.

Also happening on the first day is Ivy Tech’s solar eclipse viewing event, The Great American Eclipse. Ivy Tech Student Life, the Center for Lifelong Learning, and astronomy faculty are hosting the viewing event outside the student commons starting at 1 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn the science behind eclipses as well as have access to solar viewers, solar telescopes, and other related activities. In the event of inclement weather, a live stream will be broadcast inside Shreve Hall.

Though 16-week classes begin Monday, it is still not too late to enroll in fall classes. Ivy Tech has multiple start dates throughout the semester and online degree options. Some newer degree programs and certifications aligned with employer needs in the community include therapeutic massage, optometric technology, supply chain management and logistics, and advanced automation and robotics. Visit ivytech.edu for more degree options or call (812) 330-6013 to get started.

Young entrepreneurs design products using patented technologies at summer camp

CRANE – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus partnered with the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane) to offer a STEM summer camp for teens focused on entrepreneurship.

The one-week camp started on June 12 at the WestGate Academy Conference and Training Center at Crane Technology Park in Daviess County, Ind. Campers in grades seven through 10 learned about patented technologies from NSWC Crane and designed new products incorporating them. In teams, they built prototypes and pitched their new product ideas to judges in a “Shark Tank” style competition.

Campers learned to use CAD drawing and 3D printing tools and also how to build electrical circuits using Arduino technologies.

Ivy Tech representatives from the Gayle and Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship worked with campers to craft business pitches and market their products. On the last day of camp, they pitched their ideas to a panel of judges including the NSWC Crane inventors of the patented technologies and a patent attorney.

The camp was hosted in partnership by the NSWC Crane STEM program, NSWC Crane Technology Transfer Office, and Ivy Tech’s Gayle and Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship.

NSWC Crane’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) program hosts summer camps each year to interest students in technology. The partnership with Ivy Tech fulfills the goals of both NSWC Crane and Ivy Tech by introducing students to future career paths and creating potential future economic growth.

About the Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship

The Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship (ivytech.edu/entrepreneurship) at Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus was established in 2010 to develop and implement practical tools and resources for students, individuals, and the community to foster entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech-Bloomington and in the broader economic development region it serves.

Ivy Tech alumna transfers to Pomona College in California

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College alumna Brynn Parkinson graduated with a Liberal Arts transfer degree in spring 2017 and will begin classes this fall at Pomona College in Claremont, Ca. to pursue a bachelor’s degree in international relations.

Parkinson started classes at Ivy Tech after completing a 10-month service term in America Corps.

“I chose Ivy Tech, number one, because it runs in the family,” said Parkinson. Her parents, Wayne and Carol, were both Ivy Tech employees while she was enrolled. Parkinson’s mother currently serves as the library director. “I also knew that Ivy Tech would be an affordable place for me to complete two years of college while working toward my long-term goal of attending school somewhere out West.”

Parkinson was vice president of Phi Theta Kappa honor society and was awarded for her published piece in the campus literary magazine Mê Tis. She was awarded the Jeannie Heuer Liberal Arts Completion Scholarship and the Edward M. Speiss scholarship through Phi Theta Kappa. She also participated in the college’s alternative spring break trip to San Miguel Escobar, Guatemala in spring 2016.

“All of these experiences allowed me to build an impressive résumé that I would not have had otherwise,” she said. “Most of my classes were small, which meant that I was able to form relationships with my instructors, making it easier to push through tough courses.”

She says her alternative spring break experience in Guatemala and work with a fair trade cooperative cemented her decision to pursue global and international studies at a four-year college.

Parkinson’s impressive student résumé earned her admission to Indiana University, Ball State University, Hawaii Pacific University, University of California – Los Angeles, University of California – Berkeley, and Pomona College.

“I chose Pomona College because the campus and town made me feel most at home,” said Parkinson. “It was small, community-oriented, bike-friendly, but had all the excitement that I longed for—nearby hiking in the San Gabriel Mountains and close proximity to downtown LA. I also respected that the college strives for a diverse student body and ensures that anyone—no matter race, background, geographical location, or financial ability—can attend.”

Parkinson offered encouraging words for anyone considering Ivy Tech.

“If you’re worried about being alone, you won’t be at Ivy Tech,” she said. “Whether you are struggling academically, financially, or mentally, there is a department to help.”

She says that Ivy Tech Bloomington offers student support services including the tutoring center, supplemental instructors to assist with classroom assignments, the center for online writing support for proofreading papers, academic and financial advisors, financial aid, and counseling services. Additionally, she says the library offers computers, books, quiet study rooms and labs, and has experienced librarians to assist students with research projects.


Ivy Tech vice chancellor elected chairman of Ball State University Alumni Council

BLOOMINGTON – Sam DeWeese, Ph.D., vice chancellor of student affairs at Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus was elected to serve as chairman of the Ball State University Alumni Council’s executive committee for academic year 2017/18.

Dr. DeWeese holds a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University, a master’s degree from Ball State University, and a doctorate degree from Indiana State University. His experience includes organizational leadership, fundraising, and workforce alignment.

In July, amid Ivy Tech’s statewide restructure, Dr. DeWeese was appointed vice chancellor for student success at Ivy Tech Bloomington, effective mid-September.

The BSU Alumni Council is the governing body of the Alumni Association and consists of the executive committee, at-large members, and a representative from each professional and constituent society. The group meets three times per year and duties range from passing the bylaws that govern the Alumni Association, selecting two members of the board of trustees, and adopting the association’s annual budget.

Ivy Tech Bloomington Dean appointments for “School” academic model

As part of the its organizational re-structure, Ivy Tech will reinstate a “School” model on the academic side versus the current Divisional structure, aligning more closely with Indiana’s key economic sectors. The Schools and Dean appointments for the Ivy Tech Bloomington campus are:

  • School of Business, Logistics & Supply Chain – Dr. Jim Smith
  • School of Public Affairs and Social Services – Dr. Jim Smith
  • School of Information Technology – Dr. Jim Smith
  • School of Arts, Sciences & Education – Martin Wolfger
  • School of Health Sciences – Dr. Larry Swafford
  • School of Nursing – Pam Thompson
  • School of Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering & Applied Technology – Kirk Barnes

Ivy Tech Student Productions announces 2017-18 theatre season

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Student Productions aims to stimulate thought and conversation with its 2017-18 theatre season. The season opens with a theatrical exploration of H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds in August, using the original radio script by Howard Koch, originally produced and performed by Orson Welles and the Mercury Theatre. The second production will be Spring Awakening, music by Duncan Sheik and book and lyrics by Steven Sater, taking stage October 20-28, 2017. Spring Awakening will be the second musical performed by Ivy Tech Student Productions. Anon(ymous), by Naomi Iizuka, will close the season with performances April 6-14, 2018.

“I am so proud of what we do at Ivy Tech, and what Ivy Tech Student Productions have become,” said Paul Daily, artistic director of the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center. “We use the shows to ask a question, and stimulate thought and conversation. We do it theatrically, and in exciting, fun ways. We do it because art is a safe place to dig into frightening thoughts, face the assumptions that we’ve made about life, and see if we need to re-evaluate where and who we are.”

The War of the Worlds will be directed by Jonathan Golembiecki and staged at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center Rose Firebay on August 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. Prior to the first full show, the cast will perform a free reading at The Bishop Bar on Sunday, August 13 at 8 p.m. On Sunday, October 29, WFHB will broadcast the performances from the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center Rose Firebay. Ivy Tech Student Productions will also stage performances at the Shawnee Theatre in Greene County September 9-10.

Ivy Tech students and alumni are involved as designers and actors in The War of the Worlds. Actors also include Paul Daily, artistic director of the Ivy Tech Waldron, and John Whikehart, Chancellor Emeritus of Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington.

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 and can be purchased online at bctboxoffice.com. Information about Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center performances, classes, and exhibits can be found at ivytech.edu/waldron.

Ivy Tech Bloomington graduates first class of therapeutic massage students

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington’s campus conferred certificates to nine therapeutic massage graduates on Friday, July 28. A graduation ceremony was held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in Lamkin Hall at Ivy Tech Bloomington’s main campus.

Graduates are now eligible to take the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx) and upon completion will be eligible for employment as massage therapists.

“Ivy Tech Bloomington began to offer the therapeutic massage certificate in Spring 2017 in response to workforce demand,” said Dr. Larry Swafford, dean of the school of health sciences. “Several local massage and spa businesses approached me during job fairs and open houses and asked if we thought about opening a program because there was such a need in the community.”

The therapeutic massage program is offered by five other Ivy Tech campuses: Evansville, Fort Wayne, Lafayette, Sellersburg, and Terre Haute.

Ivy Tech’s therapeutic massage certificate is financial-aid eligible and requires 26 credit hours in course work, which equates to 500 clock hours. Students participate in a student-run clinic that is open to the public by appointment. The certificate also counts toward the Healthcare Specialist Associate of Applied Science degree. More information about the program can be found online at ivytech.edu/therapeutic-massage.

To enroll at Ivy Tech, visit ivytech.edu/applynow, stop into Ivy Tech Bloomington located at 200 Daniels Way, or call (812) 330-6013. Ivy Tech is open Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.