Ivy Tech Waldron to host Day of the Dead holiday celebration and art opening

October 28, 2011

Ivy Tech Waldron is hosting a “Transitions of Life: Day of the Dead” holiday celebration and art exhibit opening on Wednesday, November 2 from 6 to 9 p.m. The public is invited to attend and explore Latino culture and family ties through the exhibit and celebration. The event is free.

The exhibition opening will feature contemporary art focused on Day of the Dead traditions, created by artists from L.A., Mexico and Bloomington. The art explores profound themes of mortality, love of family and gratitude for life.

The Day of the Dead holiday celebration at Ivy Tech Waldron will include traditional music, family craft activities and interactive “ofrendas” to honor loved ones. Mexican holiday songs will be performed by Yuriria Rodriguez, IU Opera soprano.

Ivy Tech’s Culinary program will serve free tapas to the first 100 guests. Tapas include red chile and pork tamale filling in corn tortilla cups and handmade sopapillas with white chocolate dipping sauces.

This activity made possible, in part, with support from the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. In partnership with IU Latino Culture Center: La Casa, and The City of Bloomington Latino Outreach Division.


Artemio Rodriguez, “Reunion”                      


Artemio Rodriguez, “War is Money”        


Gabriela Martinez, “Happy Birthday to Me”


Ivy Tech Bloomington marketing awarded three gold medallions at regional conference

October 27, 2011

Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus marketing department won several regional medallion awards this week for its marketing efforts in 2010-2011. Ivy Tech Bloomington was represented once again at the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations Professionals (NCMPR) annual conference held this year on October 25, 2011, in Detroit, Mich.

Out of 379 entries from community colleges in regional NCMPR District 3, which includes Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Ontario, Ivy Tech Bloomington won six awards:

  • Gold: Media Success Story, Ivy Tech Waldron Dedication
  • Gold: Government/Community Relations Communications, Cook Center for Entrepreneurship
  • Gold: Academic Catalog, “Discover” The Center for Lifelong Learning
  • Silver: Print Ad Series: Your Education Doesn’t Have to Cost a Fortune (alumni series)
  • Bronze: Foundation Annual Report, Ivy Tech Growth
  • Bronze: Written Article, 40 Years of Service (Celinda Kay Leach retires)

Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus marketing department has earned 29 national and regional NCMPR awards over the last four years – 16 regional and 13 national – for marketing campaigns, publications and communications. The next NCMPR national conference and awards ceremony will be held in San Francisco, CA in March 2012.

NCMPR (www.ncmpr.org) is a professional organization for individuals involved in marketing, communications, public relations and enrollment management at community, junior and technical colleges. NCMPR provides professional development opportunities, advocates on behalf of the profession and the institutions it serves, and recognizes professional excellence.

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

Ivy Tech hosts depression screening day

October 17, 2011

In an effort to raise awareness of the mental health services that are available to students, Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington is hosting a Depression Screening Day today, Monday, October 17.  Depression screening will take place on the main campus in the Connie and Steve Ferguson Academic building from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the first floor rotunda.

Therapists, faculty and student volunteers will be handing out information related to depression, and offer a brief screening for students to determine if they are experiencing any form of depression. Referrals for students to help combat depression will be available.

Ivy Tech Bloomington’s Office of Student Support and Development has partnered with IUs Center for Human Growth to offer free counseling services to students through the Counseling and Outreach program. The program provides service to Ivy Tech students in the form of individual counseling and personal growth groups to help with a variety of problems including depression, stress management and relationship troubles. All counseling is confidential.

If you are an Ivy Tech student and would like to make an appointment with the counseling and outreach center, contact (812) 330-6287 or email counseling-r14@lists.ivytech.edu.

Orleans farmhouse is venue for Ivy Tech culinary courses

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Orleans farmhouse is venue for Ivy Tech culinary courses

By Lynn Schwartzberg
October 12, 2011

I received a call this summer from Susie Graham, director at the Center for Lifelong Learning at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center. She asked me to join her in Orleans at a historic farmhouse for a cooking class.

How could I resist? It was a beautiful summer day just begging to be enjoyed in rural southern Indiana.

During our drive to Orleans, Susie filled me in on how a lovely Orleans farmhouse became the site for a series of classes as a part of the Center for Lifelong Learning. The classes cover all sorts of topics: cooking, painting, crafting and entertaining.

A few years ago, Susie received a phone call from Judith Burton, who owns the Burton-Kimble Farms. A charming woman with knowledge and life experience that boggles the mind, Judith wondered if hosting some classes at her home might be a fun idea. Susie met with Burton and immediately saw the potential for the site for hosting a wide range of classes, as well as becoming quick friends with Judith.

The Ivy Tech continuing education program in Bloomington is quite unique. Developed originally for Senior Learning in 2006, the programming now includes learners of all ages and encompasses topics in the arts, business, history, cooking and personal development.

The class I attended was all about cooking from the farmers’ market. Orleans has a popular farmers’ market on Saturdays from 8 a.m. until noon. More than 50 vendors sell a wide range of produce, as well as prepared foods.

Teaching the cooking classes at the Burton-Kimble Farms are Debbie Unger and Jackie Easterday. Unger is known for her creative talents with food, especially her beautiful petit fours. She is also a costume designer and loves old homes.

Jackie Easterday earned a bachelor’s degree in home economics from Purdue University. She has been a nutrition educator through the Purdue Extension Service and teaches as well. Jackie loves to entertain and designs inventive and creative menus.

The class members formed in the large kitchen of the restored farmhouse. Judith Burton warmly welcomed the attendees to her home and introduced the cooking instructors. Debbie and Jackie took right off, making several dishes from a large packet of recipes that each class member received.

We were served a refreshing chilled cucumber soup and some pico de gallo right away, while the pair continued to demonstrate recipes, just in case we were hungry. Debbie shared lots of helpful cooking tips and hints. Her cooking style is very pure, using in seasonal ingredients whenever possible.

Classes at the Burton-Kimble are very casual with lots of chatter from the class attendees. Debbie and Jackie were able to answer everyone’s questions, and we all came away from the class with a little more culinary knowledge.

One of the most interesting dishes the team made was a green tomato cobbler. The dish was served for dessert and reminded many of us of a rhubarb cobbler. We thoroughly enjoyed a zucchini and yellow squash tart and some fresh corn cakes as well. I have included the recipes for you to try at home.

This fall, the Burton-Kimble Farms will host a classes on cupcakes, cookies and cobblers, one on holiday cooking and a Warm and Hearty Country Dinner. Classes are in the evening and include hearty tastes of all dishes prepared in class. Several other classes are scheduled at the farm as well, from knitting to costume making.

The drive to Orleans is lovely this time of year, with the beautiful hills of southern Indiana showing off their colors. Even if you just stop at the farmers’ market or grab a bite at the Maple Street Restaurant, enjoy a taste of a community that embraces the seasons.

About the classes

Information about classes can be found at www.ivytech.edu/cll.

Registration can be made online, by phone at 812-330-6041 or at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center, 122 S. Walnut St., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, or at the main Ivy Tech Community College campus at 200 Daniels Way.

Cool as Cucumber Soup

1 pound cucumbers, peeled, seeded and sliced

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cup fat free yogurt

1 green onion, coarsely chopped

1 garlic clove, minced

4 1/2 teaspoons snipped fresh dill

Chopped green onion and snipped dill for garnish

In a colander set over a bowl, toss cucumbers with salt. Let stand 30 minutes. Squeeze and pat dry. Place cucumbers, yogurt, onion and garlic in a food processor; cover and process until smooth. Stir in dill. Serve immediately in chilled bowls garnished with chopped green onion and dill.

Serves seven.

Fresh Corn Cakes

4 ears fresh corn

1/2 cup cornmeal

1/2 cup flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon cayenne

1 large egg, beaten

3/4 cup buttermilk

3 tablespoons butter, melted

2 scallions, finely chopped

1 cup sour cream with chives

Cook corn in boiling water for one minute and drain. Cut kernels off cobs. In a bowl, combine cornmeal, flour, salt, baking powder and cayenne. In a separate, bowl whisk egg, buttermilk and butter. Add egg mixture to flour mixture. Stir in scallions and corn. In a heated, well seasoned iron skillet lightly coated with oil, place heaping tablespoons of batter. Brown a flip as you would pancakes. Serve with sour cream.

Green Tomato Cobbler

1/2 cup butter

1 cup flour

2 cups sugar, divided

1 tablespoon baking powder

Pinch of salt

1 cup milk

4 cups chopped green tomatoes

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Ice cream (optional)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place butter in a 11-by-7-inch baking dish; place in oven until butter melts. Remove dish from oven and set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine flour, 1 cup sugar, baking powder and salt. Add milk, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened. Pour batter over butter in baking dish. Do not stir.

In a medium saucepan, bring 3/4 cup sugar, green tomatoes and lemon juice to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Pour mixture over batter. Do not stir.

In a small bowl, combine cinnamon and remaining 1/4 cup sugar. Sprinkle over green tomato mixture. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown. Serve cobbler with ice cream.

All recipes from Debbie Unger and Jackie Easterday.

Debbie Unger, left, and Jackie Easterday work on creating a dish during an Ivy Tech Center for Lifelong Learning class at Burton-Kimble Farm in Orleans. Susie Graham | Courtesy photo

The farmhouse at Burton-Kimble Farm in Orleans is the site for various classes.

Copyright: HeraldTimesOnline.com 2011

Waldron’s hopeful future includes roof garden

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Waldron’s hopeful future includes roof garden

By Nicole Brooks H-T Arts Editor
October 9, 2011

File attachment: PowerPoint file shows proposed future plans for the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center

More big, positive changes are coming to downtown Bloomington’s Waldron, if the building’s new owners have anything to say about it.

One of the more striking features in Ivy Tech’s proposed changes to the Waldron is the second-floor roof garden, which would face west and be an outdoor gallery and gathering space. Courtesy image

This image from Schmidt Associates shows the proposed look of the Waldron’s third-floor lobby. The space is much more open that the building’s current configuration. Courtesy image

Ivy Tech Community College and its preferred architecture firm, Schmidt Associates of Indianapolis, recently unveiled their plans for the future of the John Waldron Arts Center at Fourth and Walnut streets. Those plans include a roof garden where now stand an old shed and unused radio station satellites, internal renovations that really open up the space, reworked dressing rooms for performers, a kiln and much more.

All told, the new work will cost about $2 million, Ivy Tech Chancellor John Whikehart said last week.

Several changes Ivy Tech wants — or needs — to make to the Waldron are already finished or under way, Whikehart said. The building’s main roof is being replaced. Modifications needed to adhere to the Americans with Disabilities Act have been made. The Waldron now has six art galleries, and its Auditorium has new chairs and lighting.

But more is called for, and the plans are about as grand as you can get without radically changing the exterior of the historic structure.

The only changes to be made to the outside of the building include the addition of bright banners, some signage, that new roof, and the roof garden off the second floor, facing west to the skywalk.

When Ivy Tech bought the building from the city of Bloomington in May 2010 for $1, that second-floor outdoor space boasted only an old fire department shed and some large WFHB satellites. Ivy Tech wants to make that area an outdoor gallery for sculpture and a place for fresh air during show intermissions and art openings.

These ideas, of course, cost money.

“It’s all based on the financial support to carry out the work,” Whikehart said of the timetable for renovations. “We’re going to have to depend on private support.”

Ivy Tech plans to launch a campaign for that private support that will lump together the Waldron upgrades, expansion of the main Ivy Tech campus on Daniels Way, and an endowed faculty position and scholarships at the community college’s Cook Center for Entrepreneurship.

Whikehart is optimistic about the whole endeavor, and his love for the Waldron is evident.

“I think our acquisition of the John Waldron Arts Center is one of the most exciting developments in my tenure.”

And while Ivy Tech has created a 10-year master plan for “fundraising efforts and phased renovation projects,” Whikehart hopes to have the current proposed Waldron changes made within the next three years.

Copyright: HeraldTimesOnline.com 2011

Ivy Tech Faculty Heading to China

updated: 10/6/2011 9:21:48 AM

Ivy Tech Faculty Heading to China

InsideINdianaBusiness.com Report

Two faculty members from Ivy Tech Community College will travel to China Friday to teach electronics, compare curricula and programs and discuss business practices. They will visit Wuxi, Columbus’ sister city, to meet with executives at Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) and faculty at the Professional College of Science and Technology. The pair will tour Cummins’ factory to review Chinese business practices and to clarify any work force concerns.

October 6, 2011
News Release

COLUMBUS — Kim Haza, program chair of industrial technology and advanced manufacturing at Ivy Tech Community College’s Columbus campus, and Jim Silberstein, assistant professor in the Gayle and Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship in the School of Business at Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus, will travel to Wuxi, China, Columbus’ sister city, to teach electronics, compare curricula and programs, and discuss business practices with faculty in the Professional College of Science and Technology in Wuxi.

The trip, to occur from October 7 to 30, is an outgrowth of the agreement signed in November of 2010 by officials of Ivy Tech Community College and the Wuxi Professional College of Science and Technology to become sister colleges. The trip furthers one of Ivy Tech’s primary strategic plan goals – to ensure that Indiana’s citizens, workforce, and businesses are globally competitive. Benefits of the agreement to both colleges include faculty and student exchanges and study abroad opportunities. Following the visit this fall to Wuxi, a return visit during the upcoming spring semester by a Wuxi faculty member to Ivy Tech-Columbus/Franklin will occur, and this faculty member will teach Ivy Tech’s students and discuss curricular matters with faculty.

Haza will teach electronics and participate in several panel discussions, focusing on the differences between the United States and China in a college education, especially in the field of electronics; the professional electronics course in the U.S.; and American electronics laboratories. Silberstein will lecture on entrepreneurship as well as marketing and finance for small business.

Wuxi, China, is 80 miles from Shanghai on Tai Lake and has a population of over four million; it is one of China’s top 50 cities, nicknamed “Little Shanghai” for its growing economy. Cummins Inc. has key production bases in Wuxi. In addition to their other responsibilities at the college, Haza and Silberstein will tour the Cummins factory to review Chinese business practices and to clarify any workforce concerns.

Sue Smith, Corporate Executive for Advanced Manufacturing in the Office of the President of Ivy Tech Community College, commented: “This trip has as its primary goal to build upon existing relationships in Wuxi and to establish trust and understanding in order to facilitate future workforce training and faculty and student exchanges.”

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public post-secondary institution and the nation’s largest singly-accredited statewide community college system with more than 200,000 students enrolled annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

Source: Ivy Tech Community College

Business leader Mickey Maurer offers 10 tips for entrepreneurs

Business leader Mickey Maurer offers 10 tips for entrepreneurs

By Rebecca Troyer 331-4243 | rtroyer@heraldt.com
October 6, 2011

We printed a mistake in this story. This article listed the incorrect name of the publisher of Mickey Maurer’s book, “19 Stars of Indiana: Exceptional Hoosier Women.” The book was published by Indiana University Press. The H-T regrets the error.

Addressing a packed commons area at Ivy Tech Community College’s second annual Cook Institute for Entrepreneurship, keynote speaker Mickey Maurer offered his advice for succeeding in business based on his own mistakes and triumphs.

Maurer described his decades of experience with entrepreneurial ventures, including those that did well, such as his bank, and at least one that didn’t: a chain of racquetball clubs that eventually closed because the market became saturated. While still involved in multiple businesses, Maurer has also become a major philanthropist in his native state of Indiana.

“Entrepreneurship is a game, a great game, and they keep score with money,” Maurer said. “Now I give most of it away.”

He donated $35 million to Indiana University’s Bloomington law school, which now bears his name. He is chairman of the board of The National Bank of Indianapolis, a bank he started himself. Maurer is also a shareholder in IBJ Corp., which owns Indianapolis Business Journal.

Maurer offered 10 tips for would-be entrepreneurs taken from his soon-to-be-published book, “The 10 Essential Principles of Entrepreneurship You Didn’t Learn in School. They are:

• People: Hire good employees and keep them.

• Barriers to entry: Invest in a high-barrier business — a business that is difficult to get into — because prices are higher and competition is lower.

• Mentorship: Find people who can share what they’ve learned and offer feedback on ideas and strategies.

• Rely on your gut: Get advice from lawyers, accountants and mentors, but make the decisions yourself.

• Mind your manners: Return phone calls and treat people with civility.

• Control: Make sure you have a majority interest in the venture. “If you have a minority interest in a closely held corporation, you are lower than a snake’s belly,” Maurer said.

• Quality of life: When making a decision about going into business, ask how it will affect the quality of your life.

• Pace, discipline and focus: When it comes to business, timing and staging of actions are important.

• Giving back: Offer your time and talents to the communities in which you work. Maurer described his “Mickey’s Camp,” a summer program where prospective donors pool their funds — this past summer $250,000 was raised — and select recipient charities.

• Know when to fold: It’s important to learn when to invest, but it’s also important to learn when to sell out.

Maurer has written two books about Hoosiers who have made significant contributions to our state, “19 Stars of Indiana,” published by the Indiana Historical Society. One volume features 19 men; the other, 19 women. Among those profiled are Bloomington’s David Baker, William Cook, Angelo Pizzo and Sylvia McNair, along with Helmsburg’s Sharon Rivenbark, owner of For Bare Feet.

Entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech

The Gayle and Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship, founded last year through a birthday gift from Steve and Connie Ferguson to the late Bill Cook, serves Ivy Tech students, individuals who seek business advice, and the overall community.

So far this year, the center has assisted 75 people who have come in for assistance with business ideas and start-ups, according to center director Steve Bryant.

Ivy Tech has also created five new courses in entrepreneurship that cover marketing, venture growth, financial management, taxes and finance and business development.

For more information, visit ivytech.edu/entrepreneurship or call 330-6261.

Michael “Mickey” Maurer, IU donor and law school alumnus. Courtesy photo

Copyright: HeraldTimesOnline.com 2011

Seeing Is Rediscovering What’s Hiding In Plain Sight

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Seeing Is Rediscovering What’s Hiding In Plain Sight

By Yaël Ksander
Posted October 4, 2011

Here, delight is camouflaged in the cloak of the everyday, whether you’re waiting for the elevator, trudging down the hall, or scanning a bulletin board.

In Plain Sight

Event Information

In Plain Sight: A City-Wide Art Installation

Visit all six works of art installed at five different Ivy Tech locations by October 14 and fill out a puzzle card to win a $100 downtown date night package.

Ivy Tech locations: Main Campus, ICLS, Liberty Dr., Waldron

September 14 through October 14, 2011, during business

Since Ivy Tech Community College acquired the John Waldron Art Center last year, there has been a concerted effort to raise awareness about the new relationship.

Ivy Tech Waldron Gallery Director Julie Roberts knows that it’s taking some time for locals to get the connection between the state-wide community college system, and the art center, which for many years was managed by the Bloomington Area Arts Council.

Flying Under The Radar

“Ivy Tech does such amazing things that fly under the radar for most of the people in the city limits,” Roberts explained,”and at the same time we’re doing wonderful artistic things at the Waldron that fly under the radar for students on the west side.”

So Roberts brainstormed artistic solutions for bridging the gap. Ironically, the way she proposed to connect the campuses was with a multi-site installation of art that could, itself, fly under the radar.

“There is no frame anywhere around anything!” joked Roberts, about the results.

The artworks commissioned for the city-wide exhibition were made by Dylan DeWitt, an artist new to Bloomington whose work Julie encountered during the 2010 call for entries. Although Dylan holds a BFA in illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Yale, the works he created for this installation are neither paintings nor prints, and definitely not illustrations. Dubbed In Plain Sight, the installation’s full title might be “An Artwork Is Hiding Right Here In Plain Sight”.

Re-engaging With The Visible World

Walking down a fairly mundane corridor in the B-wing of Ivy Tech’s main campus building, for example, you might or might not notice the randomly spaced turquoise floor tiles—which were part of the existing interior design scheme—until they start creeping off the floor to the surrounding walls and windows.

“When you start to paint,” muses DeWitt, “you see how the light, for example, is making a color on the wall, and you learn to see a lot of things you hadn’t seen before, or at least hadn’t endowed with legitimacy as something to be paid attention to.  Perfunctory things begin to be potentially  interesting experiences because you’re looking for them now.”

DeWitt hopes to heighten awareness even for the student trudging down the hallway to class. “In a painting anything that happens with the rectangle is part of it; anything else is not. When you know you’re going to see art you turn on your art-like ways of seeing, and when you leave, you’re done; so you turn them off again. So you miss a lot of potentially incredible experiences because you’ve turned off that part of your perception.”

From the mischievous blue squares in Ivy Tech’s main campus building, you may proceed to five other sites–on the west side and at the Waldron–where your consciousness will get a jog in the most banal places and situations.

Post No Bills

Here, delight is camouflaged in the cloak of the everyday, whether you’re waiting for the elevator, trudging down the hall to class, or passing a bulletin board crammed with multi-colored flyers, that read as so much visual chaos.

“If you really want someone to see  something,” noted DeWitt, “don’t put it on a bulletin board!”

It should come as no surprise then, that DeWitt has chosen the bulletin board, a place meant to attract attention but normally failing to do so, as the site to re-engage attention. I won’t spoil the surprise, but be forewarned that the way he’s done it is so subtle it easily escapes notice. Which is the whole point.


A multi-site art installation by Dylan DeWitt spans the city from Ivy Tech’s west-side hub to the downtown Waldron Art Center.

Photo: Dylan DeWitt

An installation in the B-wing of Ivy Tech’s Main Campus building riffs on the existing interior design.

In an installation at the Life Sciences building at 501 North Profiles Parkway a grey stripe coursing through the hallway approximates a value on the grey scale for each hue it encounters.

Photo: Dylan DeWitt

Dylan DeWitt’s installation in the central atrium of Ivy Tech’s Main Campus building takes advantage of the space’s symmetry to create the illusion that the suspended mirrors do not reflect, but allow a view beyond.