Higher education briefs

The Herald Times
Posted: Saturday, June 6, 2015 12:00 am
Compiled by Kat Carlton

Higher education briefs

Ivy Tech touts workforce certifications awarded

Through Ivy Tech Community College, a manufacturing training organization has awarded nearly 14 thousand workforce certifications from 2007-2015.

The Manufacturing Skill Standards Council nonprofit group announced it made the certifications in a news release this week.

Since 2007, MSSC has awarded the following through Ivy Tech:

• 3,113 Maintenance Awareness certificates

• 2,883 Process and Production certificates

• 2,822 Safety certificates

• 2,651 Quality certificates

• 1,904 Certified Production Technician (CPT) certificates

• 294 Certified Logistics Associate (CLA) certificates

• 224 Certified Logistics Technician (CLT) certificates

• 57 Green certificates.

Ivy Tech president named to council

Ivy Tech Community College President Thomas J. Snyder has been named one of 10 members of the Council for Resource Development Council of Presidents.

“I am excited and honored to be a member of the CRD Council of Presidents,” said Snyder. “We can’t continue to change the lives of Indiana students without the help of generous contributions made by community members and Ivy Tech alumni.”

The resource development council consists of CEOs of leading community colleges around the nation who are recognized for their leadership in private fundraising and resource development; success in fostering institutional missions of open access, student success and workforce development transfer education; and the ability to think forward and anticipate the economic and social needs of their communities.

Council members advise the CRD board on national, state and regional trends and their effect on the strategic responses and directions for the organization. Members also counsel the board on programming priorities such as changes in the federal and state environment, and the changing role of community college presidents and staff. Other duties include promoting the value of the council as the premier fundraising resource for community college CEOs.

Ivy Tech faculty receive excellence award

Jennifer Daily-Mantha, assistant professor of political science and department chairwoman of social sciences and languages at Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington, was among 14 Ivy Tech faculty to receive the annual President’s Award for Excellence in Instruction.

In a tradition that began in 1983, one faculty member from each of the college’s 14 regions is chosen to receive the President’s Award. From the 14 recipients, one is then selected to receive the Glenn W. Sample Award for Excellence in Instruction, the college’s highest honor for faculty.

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Ivy Tech Waldron celebrates building centennial in new plaza

Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus is hosting a dedication of the new Ivy Tech Waldron Plaza and celebration of 122 South Walnut Street’s building centennial. The event will be held on Friday, June 5 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center. Brief remarks will be made at 5:15 p.m. In honor of the building’s centennial, Mayor Mark Kruzan, has declared the day “Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington John Waldron Building Day.”

“100 years after it was constructed, the Waldron Building still plays a significant role in our community,” said Chancellor Jennie Vaughan, Ivy Tech-Bloomington. “The purpose of our centennial celebration in the new plaza is to honor the Waldron building’s history, and celebrate its present and future role in our community as the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center.”

The Ivy Tech Waldron plaza is located along Fourth Street, which features inviting and pedestrian-friendly entries, a custom walkway, green space, and spaces suited for public art and performance.

The plaza makes the area safer now that it separates pedestrians from parallel automobile parking spaces, and accommodates new bicycle lanes. Street lighting was also added to make the Ivy Tech Waldron more inviting for the public during dark hours.

“We are thrilled to have the Ivy Tech Waldron Plaza, and I want to thank The City of Bloomington for requesting the funding support of the Bloomington Redevelopment Commission to make this project a reality,” said Ivy Tech-Bloomington Chancellor Jennie Vaughan. “Without the support of the Bloomington Redevelopment Commission, and grants from the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County, and the Indiana Arts Commission, this project would not have been possible.”

The centennial celebration in the Ivy Tech Waldron plaza will feature Bea’s Soda Bar, La Poblana Taco Truck, Libations by One World Catering, and music provided by building tenet and community partner WFHB. Following the public plaza celebration, guests are invited to browse Ivy Tech Waldron galleries during First Friday.

Landscaping for the plaza celebration was donated by Sowders Landscaping.

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Ivy Tech student delivering commencement address

The Herald-Times
Posted: Friday, May 15, 2015 12:00 am
By Michael Reschke 812-331-4370 | mreschke@heraldt.com 

The commencement address for Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus will be given by one of the college’s own.

Jeffery “L.J.” Gearhart II was named Student of the Year by the American Council on Education. The Student of the Year Award is presented annually by the council on education to an individual who has benefited academically or professionally from the use of ACE credit recommendations for workforce training.

The thought of continuing his education after high school had never crossed Gearhart’s mind until he met with an Ivy Tech adviser and learned about the partnership between Ivy Tech and McDonald’s Management Development Program, also known as Hamburger University.

Gearhart transferred credits he obtained going through the Management Development Program to Ivy Tech-Bloomington, where he earned his technical certificate in business administration in December 2014. He also received a certificate in human resource management in May, and is on track to earn an associate’s degree in applied science in business administration in August.

Gearhart was able to reach those academic accomplishments while working between 45 and 50 hours per week as the general manager of the McDonald’s restaurant on West Third Street, where he also teaches shift management excellence courses for Bloomington McDonald’s restaurants.

In addition to the award, Gearhart was given a $500 scholarship during a ceremony in March in Washington, D.C.

Commencement is set to begin at 6 p.m. Friday in the Indiana University Auditorium, 1211 E. Seventh St. More than 1,200 associate’s degrees and certificates will be conferred to graduates, according to a news release from Ivy Tech.

During the ceremony, an honorary degree will be presented to Lee J. Marchant, Ivy Tech Community College state trustee and state foundation director, for his support of Ivy Tech students over the past 25 years.

Marchant, along with his wife, Annie, established two endowed nursing scholarships, both awarding nearly 55 financial awards to nursing students. He was named Ivy Tech-Bloomington’s Benefactor of the Year in 2013. The campus has named its School of Nursing building after him to honor his support of the regional campus.

Thirty students will also be recognized for outstanding academic achievements. They were chosen by Ivy Tech’s academic program chairs.

Those attending the event can park at the Poplar or Atwater garages and take a free shuttle provided by Ivy Tech that will loop back and forth to the IU Auditorium. The ceremony is expected to last about an hour.

Ivy Tech-Bloomington graduation:by the numbers

134: Number of students graduating with honors

10: Number of students graduating Summa Cum Laude for maintaining a perfect 4.0 grade-point average

23: Degrees that will be conferred to military veterans

15: Number of international students graduating


Commencement will begin at 6 p.m. Friday in the Indiana University Auditorium.

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Chamber to honor community leadership with Women Excel Awards

The Herald Times
Posted: Thursday, May 14, 2015
By Kurt Christian 812-331-4350 | kchristian@heraldt.com 

For the first time in the Women Excel Bloomington award ceremony’s six-year history, the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce will present a posthumous award celebrating community spirit and leadership.

The award luncheon will honor Linda Simon of Stampfli Associates CPA and seven other local women for leadership, business acumen, entrepreneurship and community involvement. Simon, who was a board member on organizations ranging from Girls Inc. to the Chamber of Commerce, died in September 2014 following a battle with cancer.

“We had an outpouring of requests from individuals who knew and respected Linda’s passionate leadership, asking if such an honor could be considered,” said Jeb Conrad, chamber president and CEO, in a news release. “It was an easy decision. Linda was a remarkable businesswoman, leader, mentor and community volunteer who truly exemplified what the WEB Awards are all about.”

The luncheon will be 11:30-1 p.m. Wednesday at Indiana University’s Henke Hall of Champions. Advance registration is required, and space is limited. The cost is $37 per person, and $450 for a table sponsorship. Doors open at 11 a.m.

Simon moved to Bloomington in 1967 after attending Brooklyn College and procuring a master’s degree in mathematics from NYU. She later became a certified public accountant and earned an MBA from the Indiana University School of Business while raising three children. After becoming an accountant, Simon founded Stampfli Associates CPA, where she served as president for many years. Simon’s involvement as a mentor and volunteer in the community won her a lifetime achievement award from the city of Bloomington in 2013 for her service and leadership on behalf of women.

Conrad had a special connection with Simon in the two years that he’s been with the chamber. Simon was a part of the search committee that hired Conrad, and according to the chamber president, she was “a tough interviewer who was knowledgeable and intuitive.”

“She embodied exactly what these awards are for: women in the community and in our membership that really take the bull by the horns, mentor others, give time and money, and commit themselves to the community to make Bloomington a better place,” Conrad said in a telephone interview. “It just seems perfect to honor such a person with this award, because she’s missed by the chamber, her family and her friends as well. We wanted to honor her passion for the community, and we felt it was important that we enshrined everything she’s done for the community and Chamber.”

Others being honored at the 2015 Women Excel Bloomington Awards Luncheon include: Kelly Frank, owner of Social Legends; Carol Weiss-Kennedy, director of community health of IU Health Bloomington; Cindy Kinnarney, market president of First Financial Bank; MaryFrances McCourt, senior vice president and CFO of Indiana University; Tina Peterson, president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County; Jennie Vaughan, chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington; and Suzy Yeagley, owner of Bloomington Body Bar.

Sponsors for the event include Cook Group, Smithville Communications, Solution Tree, IU Health Bloomington, Markey’s Rental & Staging, Wal-Mart and Cassady Electrical Contractors. Supporting sponsors include French Lick Resort, GE Appliances and German American Bank.

To reserve a seat or to learn more about the 2015 Women Excel Bloomington Awards, visit the chamber’s website at www.chamberbloomington.org, or call the Chamber at 812-336-6381.


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Ivy Tech readies grads for next stage

The Herald-Times
Posted: Thursday, May 14, 2015 6:48 am
Editorial Staff

Clarence and Elizabeth Stratton have the same dream: to open a bed and breakfast together.

But first, the husband and wife will go through commencement together at Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus.

The two are among the Ivy Tech students who will receive 1,254 associate degrees and certificates Friday at 6 p.m. in the Indiana University Auditorium. Their stories are two of precisely 1,254 success stories the college can claim. Each one is a little different, but all resulted in someone reaching a goal.

Clarence Stratton, 36, dropped out of high school but decided he should seek his GED, which he did at the Broadview Adult Education Center. He then attended Ivy Tech and will receive his associate degree and a technical certificate in hospitality administration in culinary arts, a certificate as a Certified Pastry Culinarian and a certificate in hospitality management.

Elizabeth Stratton, 28, made the dean’s list nearly every semester since she enrolled in Ivy Tech in 2012. She will receive an associate degree and technical certificate in business administration, and a certificate in human resource management. She’s not finished with her Ivy Tech education, though. She says in a news release from the college that she’ll be back in the fall to pursue a degree in accounting.

As the Strattons illustrate, Ivy Tech caters to nontraditional college students as well as students who jump straight from high school to the community college. Twenty-three military veterans will go through commencement, for example. Many graduates are parents. Some wanted to change careers. One of the graduates, Mary Baker, is a 59-year-old night custodian who was encouraged by a faculty member to take some classes. She’ll be taking home an associate degree in general studies.

The college also will present an honorary degree to Lee J. Marchant, who has a long list of voluntary and development credits with the community college — enough to have an Ivy Tech building named after him. He’s a long-time member of the Ivy Tech state board of trustees and along with his wife, Annie, has established two endowed nursing scholarships that have provided 55 financial awards to students in nursing. He’s also made large donations to the campus.

He certainly has been a part of Ivy Tech’s success in Bloomington, as have many administrators and members of the faculty and staff.

But the center of attention Friday should be the students who have enrolled on the Ivy Tech Bloomington campus from different places in their lives and a wide array of circumstances. Their efforts will be recognized through their commencement as they embark on the next phase of their lives, better equipped from their experience.

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Ivy Tech-Bloomington to award more than 1,250 degrees and certifications to graduates next week

Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus will hold its annual spring commencement ceremony on Friday, May 15 at 6 p.m. in the Indiana University Auditorium, where it will confer 1,254 Associate degrees and certifications to graduates. Conferrals of credentials are up seven percent over last year.

“Commencement is the culminating event for our graduates and their families, and I look forward to celebrating their accomplishments at the ceremony on Friday,” said Chancellor Jennie Vaughan. “Just last week, students were on campus in their caps and gowns taking photographs outside of the building, and I’m just so proud of them. It was a reminder of why we do what we do at Ivy Tech.”

The commencement address will be given by graduate, Jeffery “L.J.” Gearhart II, Associate of Science in Business Administration. Gearhart was named Student of the Year by the American Council on Education (ACE), and accepted his award and $500 scholarship in a ceremony held in Washington, D.C. in March. Like many Ivy Tech Community College students, Gearhart worked full time while completing his degree and certifications.

An honorary degree will be presented to Lee J. Marchant, Ivy Tech Community College State Trustee and State Foundation Director, for his steadfast support of Ivy Tech students over the past 25 years. Marchant, along with his wife Annie, established two endowed nursing scholarships, both awarding nearly 55 financial awards to nursing students, to-date. He was named Ivy Tech-Bloomington’s Benefactor of the Year in 2013. The campus has named its School of Nursing building after him to honor his support of the regional campus. Most recently, the Marchants made a significant contribution to Ivy Tech-Bloomington’s Here We Grow Again! $4 million capital campaign to help fund its current expansion.

Some of the graduates who will be celebrated at commencement are a husband and wife, honors students, international students, military veterans, transfer students, employees, and those who have found employment because of their education and training at Ivy Tech.

The number of students graduating with honors is 134, with 10 graduating Summa Cum Laude for maintaining a perfect 4.0 grade point average.

The campus will confer degrees to 23 military veterans this year, and is graduating 15 international students representing the countries of China, France, Indonesia, Japan, Papua New Guinea, South Korea, Spain, and United Kingdom.

This May, Ivy Tech-Bloomington is conferring credentials to two students from the newly established School of Computing and Informatics, and the first student to receive credentialing in Entrepreneurship from the School of Business.

Approximately 71 Associate of Science in Nursing degrees and 27 Practical Nursing degrees will be awarded.

There are 63 graduates who are members of Phi Theta Kappa international honor society. Phi Theta Kappa honor society recognizes and encourages scholarship through leadership and academic excellence among two-year college students.

Each year, Ivy Tech-Bloomington recognizes students for outstanding academic achievements. Academic program chairs have chosen 30 students to receive this award. Outstanding Student award recipients include:

Web Application Development – Victoria Laudeman

Computer Information Systems – Grace Ng

Computer Information Technology – Josh Frank

Information Security – William Fletcher

Electrical Engineering Technology – Daniel Ortman

Engineering Technology – Chad Heacox

Radiation Therapy – Bethany Ickes

Biotechnology – Ashley Reed

Fine Arts – Elizabeth Austin

Design Technology – David Shultz

Respiratory Care – Cari Edmonson

Heating and Ventilation Air Conditioning – Jason Rinehart

Homeland Security Public Safety – Mallory Kiel

Paramedic Science – Matthew Luecke

Practical Nursing – Jennifer Grise

Nursing (2) – Heather Varga, Suzanne Wright

Kinesiology – Clay Coppinger

Liberal Arts – Jennifer Musgrave

General Studies – Gregory Lovig

Human Services – Melissa Graham

Health Care Support – Carmen May

Education – Victoria Williams

Early Childhood Education – Heather Honeycutt

Hospitality Administration – Karen Pennington

Criminal Justice – Eric Stevens

Business Administration – Claudia Vieira

Accounting – Barbara Johnson

Office Administration – Anneke Wilson

Paralegal – Michael Schafer

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Institute’s message clear call to action

The Herald-Times
Posted: Saturday, May 2, 2015

Ivy Tech’s O’Bannon Institute for Community Service wrapped up its third and final day of this year’s event with a conversation Friday with Shiza Shahid, who with Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, co-founded the Malala Fund, with the mission to champion education and the right to education for girls around the world, especially in developing countries around the world.

The night before, Sir Bob Geldof, Irish philanthropist, musician, world traveler and passionate champion of the world’s most downtrodden, delivered the Institute’s keynote address to a packed house at a hundred-dollar-a-plate fundraising dinner at the Bloomington convention center, with proceeds destined to benefit students at Ivy Tech Bloomington.

Earlier Thursday. voluntters from among Ivy Tech’s students, faculty and staff, spread out across the community to put into practice the ideals the instititute is designed to instill or reinforce.

One group helped preschoolers plant seeds for their spring gardens. Another walked the road that leads to Ivy Tech’s campus, picking up trash, tidying the landscape.

Others volunteered at the animal shelter or in the parks.

These chores are a small start to the kind of commitment that Geldof so elequently articulated as he described the desolaton and hopelessness of the hundreds of thousands of refugees in the north African deserts in the 1980s. It was that desolation that prompted him to launch the first international charity concert Band Aid that led to a series of such concerts that helped wake up the world to the plight of the least fortunated.

His message — one that warns of the dangers facing the world today and of the urgent need for grass roots commitment to build a better path away from calamity — also is a founding ideal of the institute.

Shiza Shahid is the embodiment of that ideal. A Stanford graduate who was a business analyst at McKinsey & Company in the Middle East, now leads the Malala Fund in its work to empower girls through education. Recently named TIME magazine’s “30 Under 30 World Changers,” Shahid is a perfect role model for those many students who want to give more than they take from today’s world.

The institute does its job extremely well, allowing young people the opportunity to consider — to really consider — how they choose to proceed in the wider world.

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