Big Red Liquors to offer free wine tasting at Ivy Tech Waldron during February Gallery Walk

January 27, 2012

Big Red Liquors will pair wine with artwork and offer free tastings during the Gallery Walk at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center on Friday, February 3 from 5 to 8 p.m. The Big Red Liquors wine team, lead by corporate wine director Louis Calli, will pair four distinct wines with paintings, sculptures and photographs.

Calli has chosen wines that specifically match the mood, colors, and shapes in each of the works.  For metal sculptures by Jack Doskow, Calli says “I’m going with white on this one – one aged in stainless steel for that metallic muscle.”


Patrons of the Ivy Tech Waldron galleries will be offered a chance to taste each wine as they move from space to space, and Big Red will offer “tonight only” pricing on any of the four wines from the evening.


“Big Red is honored to be working with Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center and the community of artists it supports by making our own artistic contribution in the form of these pairings,” said Matt Colglazier, director of media and promotions for Big Red Liquors. “We find that people enjoy wine even more under elevated circumstances. Whether standing in a vineyard or in a gallery on a Friday, we believe each element contributes to making the whole better.”


Wine Pairings
Betsy Stirrat, painter
La Marca Prosecco

Erik Wallace, photographer
Chateau Puynormand

Jack Doskow, sculptor
Valley of the Moon Unoaked Chardonnay

Malcolm Fleming, photographer
Meiomi Pinot Noir

Project SEARCH Indiana teaches people with developmental disabilities job skills

Project SEARCH Indiana teaches people with developmental disabilities job skills

By Dann Denny 331-4350 |
January 27, 2012

Corey Gabbard, a 20-year-old man with a learning disability, has just arrived at Ivy Tech Community College, and he’s eager to get to work.

He promptly picks up some cardboard boxes, takes them outside and tosses them into a recycling dumpster. Then he wheels a blue cart loaded with cleaning supplies, a broom and toilet plunger into a men’s bathroom — where he slips on a pair of latex gloves and begins scrubbing the sinks and counters.

“I really like having a job,” said Gabbard, who lives with his parents and two brothers in Ellettsville. “It’s my first job since high school. I really like the people I work with.”

Gabbard is one of 17 young adults with disabilities who have completed Project SEARCH Indiana, a program in which adults age 18-24 with developmental disabilities spend seven months working in professional internships and learning job-preparation skills in a classroom to prepare them for long-term employment.

Since its inception three years ago, the program has helped eight young adults find full or part-time jobs at Cook Inc., Ivy Tech, Lennie’s, KRC Catering, Indiana Memorial Union, and McDonald’s — doing everything from custodial work to food service.

Gabbard works 20 hours a week at Ivy Tech, and likes having a regular paycheck, which he uses to buy such things as music CDs and gifts for his family.

“His work ethic is remarkable,” said Doug Mattick, who as Ivy Tech’s director of facilities is Gabbard’s boss. “He’s like a Boy Scout — very quiet and hard-working, and he follows instructions very well. He’s a pleasure to have around.”

Bitta DeWees, the program’s director, said that while the goal of the program is to help participants find employment, it often produces other dividends.

“One of the most powerful things I see is the change in their confidence level and self-esteem,” she said. “Many of them begin the program shy and lacking confidence, but by the end of the program they’re able to stand up and give a PowerPoint presentation about what they’ve learned.”

Christina Montiville, the program’s instructor, said she “has seen these young adults grow beyond the labels placed on their lives.”

Montiville said Gabbard told her that he had grown discouraged during his first year out of high school, as he watched his friends and two brothers get jobs. He said when he landed a job himself, it was “like a dream come true.”

Project SEARCH Indiana was initiated in 2009 with a grant received by Stone Belt Arc, a not-for-profit organization that offers education and support for individuals with disabilities. Stone Belt provides the educational and administrative components of the program, and Cook Inc. and Ivy Tech Community College provide the internships.

DeWees said the classroom sessions teach participants interview, job and social skills designed to prepare them to get and keep a job. “We do mock interviews and team-building skills in the class,” she said. “It’s all designed to give them a leg up when it comes to getting a job.”

DeWees said each participant completes three separate 8-week internships. She said the internships, whether paid or unpaid, help participants build their resume and self-confidence.

“We start actively seeking employment for them before they complete the program,” she said. “Participants leave the program with a detailed portfolio of their work experience and a support team to assist them in obtaining employment. Our goal is for all of them to have a job when they finish.”

She said upon completion of the program, each participant is also offered a free college course from Ivy Tech, which they can use to further their education in a particular area.

Project SEARCH Indiana is a collaborative initiative of Stone Belt Arc, Cook Inc., Ivy Tech, Indiana Family and Social Services Administrative Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, and Indiana Institute on Disability and Community. The next round of internships will begin in March, and those interested in learning more about the program can contact DeWees at 335-3507 (ext. 273) or

Open house and reception planned

There will be an open house and reception celebrating seven young adults with disabilities who have recently completed their Project SEARCH Indiana internships from 4-6 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Ivy Tech Center for Life Sciences, 501 North Profile Parkway in Bloomington.

At the event, which is free and open to the public, attendees will watch multimedia presentations prepared by each of the interns. The participants to be honored are Keagan Burk, Kyle Chapman, Corey Gabbard, Jacob Langham, Katie Lykins, Sarah Massey and Cayla Wrightsman.
Corey Gabbard recycles a cardboard box at Ivy Tech. He works part time at the college after completing the Project SEARCH Indiana program. Jeremy Hogan | Herald-Times
Corey Gabbard cleans a restroom at Ivy Tech. Jeremy Hogan | Herald-Times

Copyright: 2012

Herald-Times Out and About: Pathways to College Workshop

Out and AboutCompiled by Lynne Foster Shifriss

January 25, 2012


WHAT: Learn how real maple syrup is made

WHEN: 2 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Hinkle-Garton Farmstead, 2920 E. 10th St.

MORE: This is a People’s University class through Bloomington Parks and Recreation. Enjoy some maple syrup refreshments and learn the history of syrup production, tree identification and tapping, collecting and processing sap into syrup. Because the sap run is weather-dependent, participants will be contacted later to join in sap collection and boiling process if desired. Class fee includes a tap and bottle of real maple syrup. Go to to register.

WHAT: Citizens’ forum on the mission of the public schools in the 21st century

WHEN: 1-4 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Monroe County Public Library, Meeting Room 1C, 303 E. Kirkwood Ave.

MORE: Participants in the forum will share their thoughts and try to develop ideas to help policymakers in their decision-making. Because participation is limited to 25, advance registration is required. To register, call the Monroe County Public Library at 349-3228, or go online to and click on “Events.”

WHAT: Green Drinks

WHEN: 6 p.m. today

WHERE: Banquet facility, Upland Brewing Co., 350 W. 11th St.

MORE: Sheryl Woodhouse-Keese, founder and owner of Twisted Limb Paperworks, will do a presentation entitled “Eco Beer Paper for Green Drinks Fans: How Twisted Limb Paperworks Is Recycling Upland Barley Into a Fun New Product.” $5 suggested donation; some food will be provided. For more, see

WHAT: Pathways to College Workshop

WHEN: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center, Rose Firebay, 122 S. Walnut St.

MORE: Learn about higher education choices and alternatives for the middle and high school student and their parents/guardians. We will also address some of the skills necessary for success at the college level, including goal-setting, time management and planned decision-making. Learn about options and college accessibility in this free workshop.

Copyright: 2012

Help with federal student aid filing offered on Feb. 12

Help with federal student aid filing offered on Feb. 12
By April Toler 331-4353 |
January 25, 2012

Students and parents looking for help filing for federal student aid will have the opportunity to receive some free assistance next month.

College Goal Sunday — an annual event that pairs financial aid professionals with Indiana students — takes place at 2 p.m. Feb. 12 throughout the state, including the Bloomington campus of Ivy Tech Community College.

Financial aid professionals will be on hand to help students in the FAFSA application process.

The FAFSA is required for students to be considered for federal and state grants, loans and scholarships and must be filled out by March 10 to be eligible for state aid.

Ivy Tech will have six computer labs for students and parents to use during the event. Financial aid experts from Indiana University, Ivy Tech and the Twenty-first Century Scholar program will be available for assistance.

William Wozniak, of College Goal Sunday media relations, said the event is a great way to make sure a student’s financial aid application is done accurately and on time.

“You have somebody that will sit with the family and make sure FAFSA is done properly and gets filed,” he said.

Students younger than 24 should attend College Goal Sunday with a parent or guardian and must bring their parents’ completed 2011 IRS 1040 tax returns, W-2 forms and other 2011 income and benefits information. Students who worked last year should also bring their income information.

Students and parents may apply for their U.S. Department of Education personal identification numbers at pin.ed.wgov before coming to the event.

Wozniak encourages students and parents to bring every piece of information they would use when filing taxes.

“I always tell them bring a shoebox of all your financial documents,” he said.

Throughout the month of February, which is Financial Aid Awareness Month, students and their families can call the Learn More Resource Center at 800-992-2076 and have questions answered by financial aid professionals.

Copyright: 2012


Ivy Tech a finalist for national workforce training award

By Mike Leonard 331-4368 |
January 18, 2012

Ivy Tech Bloomington’s proton therapy training program has earned the campus finalist status for a national award for workforce training.

A Bloomington contingent will travel to Orlando Jan. 28-31 to give a presentation on its program to the annual Community College Futures Assembly, which presents the Bellwether Award for Workforce Development. The theme of the conference is “Leading Through Innovation,” and Ivy Tech’s entry is titled “Nation’s First Proton Therapy Specialist Certifications.”

“Being chosen as a finalist for the Futures Assembly Bellwether award is further recognition of the work we’re doing to ensure Ivy Tech graduates are nationally and globally competitive,” Chancellor John Whikehart said in a prepared statement. “This innovative, collaborative workforce training agreement that Ivy Tech Bloomington has in place with local industry, IU Health Proton Therapy Center and ProCure Training and Development Center affords Ivy Tech students educational opportunities that do not exist anywhere else.”

Larry Swafford, who heads up the radiation therapy program at Ivy Tech, said the proton therapy training is an additional component students can add to the school’s conventional radiation therapy program. “The associate degree program teaches radiation therapy in the traditional sense, using photons to treat patients, which is what most cancer treatment centers do,” he said.

“The proton therapy specialist gets additional training to learn the proton aspect of the profession,” Swafford said.

Bloomington was an early hot spot for proton training, with the IU facility and then the arrival of ProCure, which operates treatment centers in Chicago and Oklahoma City. With seven proton treatment centers now on line and close to 10 more under construction, the employment opportunities for Ivy Tech proton therapy graduates are strong.

Swafford said 43 students have earned their proton therapy certificates through Ivy Tech Bloomington and another 10-12 are being trained.

The Community College Futures Assembly convenes each year as an independent national policy think-tank to identify and recognize the role of community colleges in providing innovative solutions to the challenges of contemporary education. Summaries of finalist presentations will be published in the Community College Journal of Research & Practice. The award winner will be asked to write a full article for the journal.

Larry Swafford

Copyright: 2012

Ivy Tech Bloomington selected as finalist for national Community College Futures Assembly award

January 17, 2012

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus has been competitively selected as a finalist to present at the annual Community College Futures Assembly on the conference theme, “Leading through Innovation,” in Orlando, Fla. from January 28-31, 2012. Ivy Tech Bloomington’s program, “Nation’s First Proton Therapy Specialist Certifications” was selected among nine other community college finalists, nationwide, in contest for the prestigious Bellwether Award for Workforce Development.

This year, the Futures Assembly received more entries than it has ever received in the Workforce Development category, totaling 50 entries from community colleges nationwide.

“Being chosen as a finalist for the Futures Assembly Bellwether award is further recognition of the work we’re doing to ensure Ivy Tech graduates are nationally and globally competitive,” said Chancellor John Whikehart of Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus. “This innovative collaborative workforce training agreement that Ivy Tech Bloomington has in place with local industry, IU Health Proton Therapy Center and ProCure Training and Development Center, affords Ivy Tech students educational opportunities that do not exist anywhere else.”

Ivy Tech’s Proton Therapy Specialist Certification program operates as part of Ivy Tech Bloomington’s Radiation Therapy degree program.

Presenters at the conference include: John Whikehart, Chancellor of Ivy Tech’s Bloomington’s campus; Larry Swafford, Ph.D., Ivy Tech Dean of the School of Health Sciences and Professor & Program Chair of Radiation Therapy; Dan Peterson, Ivy Tech Bloomington Trustee and Vice President of Industry & Government Affairs for Cook Group Incorporated; Karlee Wyatt, Ivy Tech Assistant Professor & Clinical Director of Radiation Therapy; John Smith, Director of Operational Development at ProCure Treatment Centers, Inc.; and Jason Dixon, MA, RT(T), Radiation Therapy-Training & Proton Therapy Specialist at ProCure Treatment Centers, Inc. Dixon received his education in Ivy Tech’s Radiation Therapy program and is also one of the nation’s first graduates of the Proton Therapy Specialist Certification program.

Summaries of finalist presentations will be published in the Community College Journal of Research & Practice. The award winner will be asked to write a full article for the Journal.

Futures Assembly Bellwether Award applications were reviewed by a selection committee comprised of members of national organizations – the Council for Resource Development (CRD), the National Council for Instructional Administrators (NCIA), and the National Council for Continuing Education and Training (NCCET).

The Community College Futures Assembly convenes each year as an independent national policy think-tank to identify and recognize the role of Community Colleges in providing innovative solutions to the challenges of today.

City of Bloomington honors MLK birthday


Tuesday, January 17, 2012 | Last Update at 11:33 PM EDT

By Katie Mettler | IDS

POSTED AT 10:40 PM ON Jan. 16, 2012  (UPDATED AT 10:40 PM ON Jan. 16, 2012)

The diverse crowd that gathered at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater in downtown Bloomington Monday night represented a dream come true for the man who inspired the event.

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the City of Bloomington sponsored “Affirming the Legacy,” a program laced with messages of community service and colored with tones of soulful praise.

IU Professor Keith McCutchen accompanied the crowd on piano as they opened with the first and last verses of the song “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”

Lee Hamilton, keynote speaker and director of the Center on Congress at IU, spoke of his personal encounters with King in the early 1960s, recounting his memories of King’s modest appeal and charismatic personality.

“Because of him, this country is more free, more fair, more just,” Hamilton said. “He stirred our conscience as very few have ever done. He became the single most auspicious figure of protests and hope this country has ever produced.”

Hamilton then challenged the audience of students, community members and political representatives to delve deeper into what King’s legacy truly means.

“He was a far more complex person than I have at least understood,” he said. “There is a danger in remembering him that we lose the complexities of the man and his interdictions.”

Representing the Monroe County Board of Commissioners, MCBC Vice President Iris Kiesling asked those in attendance what legacies they were leaving and challenged all to start a new service legacy in the name of King.

Music was woven throughout the program with performances by A Men, a local all-male a capella group, which sang “Round Midnight” by Thelonious S. Monk and “Blackbird” by the Beatles. Fifteen members of the IU African American Choral Ensemble performed pieces they have been working on in class, including “I’ve Been Buked” by Hall Johnson.

“It’s really special because we don’t just have vocal performance majors, but all sorts of majors,” said doctoral student and ensemble member Johanna Moffitt.

Although Mayor Mark Kruzan could not attend due to illness, Beverly Calender-Anderson from the City of Bloomington Community and Family Resources Department presented the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Award to Chancellor John Whikehart from Ivy Tech Community College. Whikehart was honored for his efforts in civic engagement at Ivy Tech in Bloomington.

“John Whikehart does not only talk the talk, he walks the walk,” Calendar-Anderson said.

IU President Michael McRobbie offered remarks about the University’s continuing efforts to promote diversity on campus, but said “we must acknowledge there is still much to be done.”