Ivy Tech and Centerstone to host workshop featuring keynote speaker Carl Pickhardt

September 28, 2011

Ivy Tech and Centerstone to host workshop featuring keynote speaker Carl Pickhardt

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus and Centerstone are presenting a workshop on parenting adolescents, featuring keynote speaker and author Carl Pickhardt, Ph.D. on Friday, October 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Ivy Tech Bloomington.

The workshop, “Understanding and Parenting Adolescents: Where do we grow from here?,” will be held in the Ivy Tech Bloomington student commons. Tickets for the workshop can be purchased for $35, and includes a lunch and six continuing education credits for social and behavioral sciences professionals.

“Participants will get great value out of this workshop,” said Mike James, Ivy Tech department chair of social and behavioral sciences. “Six continuing education credits for professionals can cost three to five times as much as the $35 fee we’re asking, and it includes lunch.”



·       Introduction: My approach as an educational Psychologist

·       The journey of adolescence: Four stages of adolescence and the changes each brings

·       How all parenting is not the same: Mothering, fathering, single parenting, step parenting

·       Adolescence and substance use: Signs to watch for, steps to take




·       Early adolescence and social cruelty: How adults can moderate the harm

·       Last stage adolescence when kids move back home: Making the reunion work

·       Strategies for parenting adolescence: Bridging differences and managing conflict

Carl Pickhardt, Ph.D., is writer of a weekly blog for Psychology Today, “Surviving (your child’s) adolescence,” and is author of Boomerang Kids – Why our children are failing on their own and Why Good Kids Act Cruel – The hidden truth about the pre-teen years.

Participants should register with Ivy Tech by Monday, Oct.17 at (812) 330-6041 or (812) 330-6044.

About Centerstone
Centerstone, a not-for-profit organization, has provided a wide range of mental health and addiction services to Indiana residents for more than 50 years. Through more than 60 facilities in 17 Indiana counties, Centerstone serves more than 24,000 children, adolescents, adults and seniors each year. The organization also operates the Foster Care Select program in 24 counties and is accredited by CARF International. For more information about Centerstone, please call 800-344-8802 or visit www.centerstone.org.

Cook Institute for Entrepreneurship luncheon to feature keynote speaker Mickey Maurer

September 23, 2011

The Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship is hosting its second annual Cook Institute for Entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus in the Connie and Steve Ferguson Academic Building on Wednesday, October 5. The luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  in the commons, and will feature keynote speaker and Chairman of the Board of the National Bank of Indianapolis, Mickey Maurer. Tickets and table sponsorships are still available.

“Ivy Tech is honored to host the second annual Gayle & Bill Cook Institute for Entrepreneurship with opening keynote speaker Mickey Maurer, who will talk about the importance of Mr. Cook’s ‘ready, fire, aim’ philosophy,” said Ivy Tech Bloomington Chancellor John Whikehart. “Part of the mission of the Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship is to engage the community and to foster entrepreneurship in the region, and the second annual Cook Institute is an example of how the Center connects with community through its programs.”

A workshop, “Social Media: Return on Inestment,” will be held following the luncheon from 2 to 3 p.m. in Lamkin Hall. Guests of the Cook Institute are welcome to stay and participate in this interactive workshop that will explore how social media strategy impacts business operations, productivity and ultimately the bottom line.

Individual tickets for the second annual Cook Institute luncheon at Ivy Tech are $50, tables of 8 can be purchased for $500, and event sponsorships for $1,000 are still available.

To purchase tickets, or for more information about the Cook Institute or the Cook Center for Entrepreneurship, contact (812) 330-6261, nniehaus@ivytech.edu or visit www.ivytech.edu/entrepreneurship.

The Gayle & Bill Cook Center for 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’s Bloomington campus to host Open House event on Wednesday

September 22, 2011

Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus is hosting an open house on Wednesday, Sept. 28 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Students and guest students at the event are encouraged to sign up for fall 8-week classes starting on Oct. 17 or sign up for spring 2012 semester.

Classes still available for fall 8-week semester include biotechnology, introduction to business, public speaking, communications, macroeconomics, English composition, history, professional presence, new student seminar, psychology and sociology. Many 8-week classes are also available online.

Guests at open house will also find out about how to apply to Ivy Tech, register for classes, financial aid options to help pay for school, transfer options, student life opportunities and more.

Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus is located at 200 Daniels Way on the west side of Bloomington, off of SR 48.

For more information about Open House and how to sign up for fall 8-week classes or spring 2012 semester, please call (812) 330-6013.

For information about Ivy Tech degree options, log on www.ivytech.edu/ or call 1(888) IVY-LINE.

Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus to serve as Indiana Arts Commission Partner

September 21, 2011

BLOOMINGTON –The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) and Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana announced today that Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus will begin serving as Regional Arts Partner for the IAC’s Region 8.

“We are very excited by the opportunity to have Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus represent the Commission and serve the cultural needs in Region Eight,” said IAC Executive Director Lewis C. Ricci. “Partnering with a community college provides unique educational outreach opportunities along with a proven track record of service to a regional audience.”

IAC Region 8 includes Brown, Greene, Lawrence, Monroe, Morgan and Owen counties.

“Ivy Tech Bloomington’s participation as IAC Region 8 Arts Partner is a natural fit, as the IAC Region 8 is the same as our regional service area with the addition of the Brown County arts community,” said Ivy Tech Bloomington Chancellor John Whikehart. “As a comprehensive community college, this partnership will permit us to foster a relationship with regional artists through our Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship, and to bring additional institutional resources to our local communities.”

Regional Arts Partner organizations must be nonprofit or public organizations that meet IAC criteria for providing services to multiple counties in their geographic region. Organizations are awarded a grant to meet key service delivery in their regions. These include community arts programming, regional services, and arts organizations and project re-granting. Funding for each region is based in part on population and geographic size of the region.

City of Bloomington Assistant Economic Development Director for the Arts Miah Michaelsen says that Ivy Tech, through the vision of Chancellor Whikehart, has once again positioned itself as a leader in regional arts and economic development efforts. “In their role as Regional Arts Partner for Region 8 Ivy Tech will bring their strengths in arts education and entrepreneurship development to a regional audience while keeping the re-granting of arts dollars local through an innovative partnership with the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County,” she said. “We were glad to have a temporary role in the transition of regional arts services and look forward to working with Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus as our new Regional Arts Partner.”

The selection of Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus was approved by the Commission during its September 16 Quarterly Business Meeting in Indianapolis. Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington will begin providing full Regional Arts Partner services in Region 8 effective January 1, 2012.

The IAC’s decentralized Regional Arts Partnership provides key core services such as arts planning, technical assistance and information referral, and arts organization and project re-granting. Regional Arts Partners annually provide grants to more than 300 community-based arts organizations and cultural programming providers statewide.

On behalf of the people of Indiana, the Indiana Arts Commission advocates engagement with the arts to enrich the quality of individual and community life.

Ivy Tech to be new arts partner for region Local community college to facilitate arts programming in area

By Mike Leonard 331-4368 | mleonard@heraldt.com
September 21, 2011

The Bloomington campus of Ivy Tech Community College will become the new regional arts partner for the Indiana Arts Commission’s Region 8, effective Jan. 1, 2012.

Regional arts partners facilitate community arts programming and various regional services, including support to other arts organizations and assistance in obtaining project grants.

“Actually, what we’re taking on is an arts service area that is very similar to the region we serve as a community college with the exception of adding the arts community in Brown County,” said Ivy Tech Chancellor John Whikehart. Region 8 also includes Greene, Lawrence, Monroe, Morgan and Owen counties.

“One nice aspect to this is that it will not require any additional staff on our part. We are going to partner with Tina Peterson and the Monroe County Community Foundation and they will handle the re-granting process for us,” he said. “That’s the lion’s share of the grant work involved in the IAC partnership, and I think the arrangement will help the community foundation get broader exposure.”

Ivy Tech will make use of its existing Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship to satisfy the technical assistance component of its state arts commission agreement. “We’ll work with individual artists on business planning, financial planning, financial assistance planning — we want to work with them very much from the standpoint that artists are local entrepreneurs,” Whikehart said. “I think the last survey I saw indicated that $44 million of economic activity was generated by the arts community.”

The Bloomington Area Arts Council was the state arts commission’s longtime partner before being stripped of that status in 2009. After a period with no formal affiliation with the state arts commission, the city of Bloomington agreed to take on the regional arts partner responsibilities for one year — a term that ended June 30.

The selection of Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus was approved by the state arts commission at its Sept. 16 quarterly business meeting in Indianapolis.

“We are very excited by the opportunity to have Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus represent the Commission and serve the cultural needs in Region Eight,” IAC Executive Director Lewis C. Ricci said in a prepared statement. “Partnering with a community college provides unique educational outreach opportunities along with a proven track record of service to a regional audience.”

The IAC has one other college-based partner. Hanover College serves as the commission’s partner for Region 12 in southeast Indiana.

Whikehart said his campus and the state arts commission began discussing a partnership more than a year ago. “It was very important to me at that time to define the college’s acquisition and use of the John Waldron Arts Center before we could be a regional partner with the IAC. We just weren’t ready then,” he said. “We really appreciate Miah Michaelsen and the city stepping up and taking on that job for a year, and now we are comfortable that we’ve been able to define our mission with the Waldron and move on into this agreement.”

The Waldron’s artistic director, Paul Daily, will serve as the campus liaison with the IAC.

The Ivy Tech Waldron building in downtown Bloomington. Jeremy Hogan | Herald-Times

WFIU Arts and Music: Woven Treasures at the Ivy Tech Waldron

A Mesmerizing Effect: ‘Woven Treasures’ At The Waldron

By Rachel Lyon

Posted September 20, 2011

“Each one of these carpets has the effect of calming me. I just love to look at them. I’m sort of mesmerized by them.”

This weekend at the Lotus World Music & Arts Festival, thousands of people will gather in Bloomington to listen to music from all over the world. But just off the beaten path, a quiet exhibition space at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center may provide a respite for those seeking a quieter space.

Treasures Of All Stripes

Woven Treasures is the name of a current exhibit at the Ivy Tech Waldron. It features a number of village, tribal, and nomadic textiles from the Middle East and Central Asia—but its treasures aren’t just woven.

The collection belongs to George Malacinski, a Professor Emeritus of Biology at Indiana University, and an avid collector. “We’ve got carpets on the floor, we’ve got out lute, we’ve got our crib with our baby, and some Turkemen decorations hanging inside the tent.”

“George has worked with our gallery director in bringing the rugs in. He has an extensive collection of international rugs that he keeps at his house.” Paul Daily is the Artistic Director at the Ivy Tech Waldron. Of Malacinski, he says, “He was excited to exhibit them at the Waldron, and to have that international tie with Lotus.”

Old Friends

Daily says Ivy Tech has had a long relationship with the Lotus Festival: Their chancellor was on the Festival advisory board from 2005-2010, and meanwhile the founding director of the Festival is on the advisory committee for the Ivy Tech Waldron. Under the auspices of the college, the Waldron is devoted to education.

“The building has transferred from being a community arts center that supported the arts to being a college building that allows the arts to happen here. However, we welcome the community in, so we do open our doors.”

A Colorful Tour

On a recent Thursday afternoon, George Malacinski showed a thoughtful group around the exhibit. His collection showcases treasures from Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekestan, and the Caucus Mountains. It’s a perfect fit for The Lotus Festival, which is dedicated to showcasing music from around the world.

On one wall hangs a sheep’s wool rug from Northern Iran.  Stripes constructed of diamonds set with upright and inverted triangles alternate with stripes of vibrant red and cerulean blue.

On another wall hangs a dark blue horse blanket from Persia, framed by stripes of yellow, red, green and black, and decorated with appliquéd red and yellow polka-dots.

By the window hangs a long, camel-colored rug from South Central Turkey— the only one in the collection that is in fact made of camel’s wool, and features delicate embroidery with complex, maze-like patterns on either edge.

This weekend, while the bustle of musicians and visitors fills the streets of Bloomington with energy and sound, in this gallery visitors in search of more contemplative spaces will find some quiet. “Each one of these carpets has the effect of calming me,” Malacinski tells the group. “They’re woven from the heart. I just love to look at them. I’m sort of mesmerized by them. To some people, music has this effect.”

Instruments For Visual, Not Aural, Appreciation

Sitting on the window sill are four silent instruments: two stringed instruments, a drum and a flute. The visitors gather around as Malacinski taps on the drum and plucks one of the stringed instruments.

“I acquired this as a cultural artifact, and believe it or not it never occurred to me to [strum it]. And my daughter, who was about ten years old at the time, she just picked it up and her first impulse was to do this, and she did it again.”

As an American viewer in the twenty-first century, it’s hard not to come to these artifacts with a sense of exploration, curiosity about other worlds. Encouraging that curiosity is what the Lotus Festival is all about. Here at the Ivy Tech Waldron, it can be indulged in just a little more quietly


Priority is to help local businesses begin, thrive

It’s Your Business

Priority is to help local businesses begin, thrive

By Steve Bryant An Ivy Tech voice
September 16, 2011

Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington’s service region includes six counties: Greene, Lawrence, Martin, Monroe, Morgan and Owen counties. There are approximately 315,000 people living in and more than 6,200 businesses operating in our region (source: StatsIndiana 2010). The decline in our economy over the past three years has taken a toll on the people and businesses in our region in many ways. Unemployment, lack of investment capital and general uneasiness about spending money have made things difficult for many of us. Yet, many small businesses continue to weather the storm and new ones are sprouting up across our region.

Politicians and economic development organizations across the U.S. have entertained more “grow your own” strategies where scarce resources are focused on starting and supporting locally based businesses, while less emphasis is being placed on recruitment of firms from outside the community. “Economic gardening” is one such model with the fundamental premise that entrepreneurs drive economies and resources should be allocated to “create” our own jobs.

What we have learned at the Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship since its inception in 2010 is that there is a lack of understanding about the fundamentals of starting a small business that hampers entrepreneurial activities. The basics of where to incorporate your business, knowledge of our tax system, the need for insurance, how to work with an accountant and how to market with little money are just a few areas that continually puzzle our entrepreneurs. There is an abundance of information available to entrepreneurs through local business support agencies, on the Internet, from existing businessmen and women and our Cook Center staff, which provides advice to small businesses.

The late Bill Cook’s business philosophy, “ready, fire, aim,” is something that many area entrepreneurs value because “speed to market” can make or break a business. Better coordination of information, mentoring from local business talent and a little hand holding can help more people begin to achieve their dreams of creating their own job. The Cook Center is ready to help. For more, go to www.ivytech.edu/bloomington/entrepreneurship/index.html.

Steve Bryant is executive director of the Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington. Next week’s column will be from business leaders from Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center.

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