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

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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 | ddenny@heraldt.com
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 bdewees@stonebelt.org.


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.

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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

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Corey Gabbard cleans a restroom at Ivy Tech. Jeremy Hogan | Herald-Times

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Herald-Times Out and About: Pathways to College Workshop

Out and AboutCompiled by Lynne Foster Shifriss

January 25, 2012

FYI

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 www.bloomington.in.gov 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 http://mcpl.info 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 www.greendrinks.org.

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: HeraldTimesOnline.com 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 | atoler@heraldt.com
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: HeraldTimesOnline.com 2012

 

Ivy Tech a finalist for national workforce training award


By Mike Leonard 331-4368 | mleonard@heraldt.com
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: HeraldTimesOnline.com 2012

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

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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

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

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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.”

King Day message: ‘Everyone is connected in one way or another’

Chancellor Whikehart was recognized as the 2012 Legacy Award recipient for civic engagement from the City of Bloomington Community and Family Resources Department!

King Day message: ‘Everyone is connected in one way or another’

Bloomington honors civil rights leader with day of community service, remembrance, celebration

By Kasey Husk and Christy Mullins 331-4243 | khusk@heraldt.com; 331-4266 | cmullins@heraldt.com
January 17, 2012

When Lee Hamilton introduced himself to Martin Luther King Jr. at an international airport one spring day in the 1960s, they talked for an hour about their families and the challenges of their jobs.

Hamilton, who is director of the Center on Congress at Indiana University, remembered the civil rights leader Monday as “unfailingly gracious,” but “profoundly weary.”

MORE: Photo gallery from King Day activities in Bloomington

In his keynote address for Bloomington’s annual King birthday celebration at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater, Hamilton called the revolutionary King a man who saw the energy and life of language, who knew that the right word could reach the right person and change relationships and the world.

And with all of King’s contradictions and self-doubts, Hamilton said, “he maintained a certain composure that made him part of another universe.”

Hamilton remembered King as a Baptist preacher wholly dedicated to the Christian gospel, who spoke in a marvelous baritone voice and was uncompromising in his opposition to the Vietnam War but militant in his support for poor people.

“I’ve struggled to understand the legacy of this man,” Hamilton said. “He is the only American honored with a national holiday by his name alone. … Everybody seems to be on his side now, but they weren’t when he lived.”

Monroe County leaders who also spoke at the MLK celebration included the Rev. Dennis Laffoon, Monroe County Commissioner Iris Kiesling, Indiana University President Michael McRobbie and Ivy Tech Chancellor John Whikehart, who won this year’s Legacy Award.

The IU African American Choral Ensemble performed, as did A Men, an all-male a cappella group.

Earlier in the day, thousands of volunteers were celebrating King’s legacy by volunteering for one of more than 50 organizations participating in the citywide “A Day On! Not a Day Off” initiative.

Monroe County Girl Scouts

Hundreds of hands knotted and knitted Monday as Monroe County Girl Scouts marked the day through crafting efforts to benefit the community.

Scouts set out to create 100 fleece blankets in celebration of the Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary this year, but within a few hours had achieved their goal and had to send people out to purchase even more fleece. The blankets will be sent to various local organizations, including the local Red Cross, Hannah’s House, Monroe County United Ministries and the Shalom Community Center “to use for families who have babies and young children that they need blankets for,” according to longtime volunteer Alice Oestreich.

Other volunteers also knitted hats to be given to the Shalom Center, used old T-shirts to create knotted dog and cat toys for the humane society and painted lunch bags for the Meals on Wheels program.

Participants in the event, held at the St. Paul Catholic Center, numbered more than 220 by midway through the event and included everyone from the youngest kindergarten-age Scouts to their teenaged counterparts, as well as plenty of adult leaders.

Among the youngest were cousins Mady Harden, 7, and Bryana Walls, 6. The girls’ brows were often furrowed in concentration as they knotted together brown and pink pieces of fleece to make a double-sided blanket.

Volunteering is nothing new for Edgewood High School students Samantha Sparks, 15, Cassie Leffel, 16, and Sarah McIntosh, 15, all of whom were working Monday to accumulate service hours to obtain the Girl Scout Gold Award.

As the three worked together to make a blanket, Sparks said the event gave her “a sense (that) I’ve been able to help someone through just doing something simple and giving up a couple hours of a day that I was going to sit in front of the TV and watch reruns, anyway.”

Bloomington Community Orchard

Participants catered to some of a garden’s most important helpers at the Bloomington Community Orchard’s “Birds and the Bees” day of service Monday.

Some attendees painted dried gourds to create colorful birdhouses for birds, while others assembled homes for two different types of bees at the event, held at the Banneker Community Center. The items are expected to help lure birds, which eat harmful bugs, and bees, which pollinate the fruit trees, to the 1-acre orchard located in Winslow Woods Park.

More birds and more bees mean more fruit for the volunteer-run orchard, which gives its organically grown produce away for free.

“It goes along with the spirit of Martin Luther King Day, and his commitment to service and building stronger communities,” said Toni Kessler, volunteer coordinator for the event. “The orchard is part of the community, so it helps bring the community together and make it stronger … as well as providing fruit to the community for free.”

Brothers Adrian and Nathaniel Cox-Thurmond worked diligently Monday afternoon to slide parchment paper into many small holes dug into a solid block of wood — the future home of mason bees, which live independently in small burrows, rather than in a hive as honeybees do.

Adrian, 13, said he got a “sense of community” from his volunteering experience.

“I know MLK Day is about the civil rights movement, but I think the bigger message is community and everyone is connected in one way or another,” he said.

District 10 Pro Bono Project

A volunteer attorney may have helped one woman save her home after she sought free legal advice Monday.

The District 10 Pro Bono Project partnered with about 20 local attorneys to provide free legal counsel to people, either in person or over the phone, all day Monday.

After talking to one of the attorneys, a woman who is facing foreclosure learned both that she has a defense to the foreclosure and that she is eligible for a program that may help her make her mortgage payments, District 10 manager Diane Walker said.

Other questions asked by the roughly 30 people who had sought legal advice by midday Monday included small claims, guardianship, housing, family law and immigration issues, Walker said.

Volunteer attorney Jennifer Prusak, who works for Indiana Legal Services, a nonprofit organization that provides legal representation to low-income people and families, said the event helps people who might otherwise fall through the cracks.

“There’s a … group of folks who probably earn a little too much to qualify for Indiana Legal Services services, but don’t have the means to hire a private attorney,” she said. “So I do think (Monday’s event) serves a real need in the community.”

Habitat ReStore

Ivy Tech Community College students put their skills to use for the Habitat ReStore Monday.

About 10 Ivy Tech students, plus about four other volunteers from the community, helped reorganize and spruce up the 11th Street store, including creating a safer door display, repairing and replacing light fixtures and faucets and building shelves. It’s a job that might not have gotten done without the technical expertise of the students — who are studying energy or industrial technologies — store manager Norma Maier said.

The store sells donated items such as furniture, light fixtures and other home goods and uses the proceeds to help fund Habitat for Humanity homes. Having a more attractive and functional store “improves conditions for staff and shoppers,” Maier said.

It was the seventh year Ivy Tech students have volunteered at the ReStore on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, chancellor Whikehart said. He said the school tries to create an environment that fosters civic engagement.

“We do this every year on this day, but our campus is committed to doing this kind of work every day of the year,” he said.


Audience members clasp hands and sing “We Shall Overcome” Monday night during the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater. See a photo gallery from the celebration and King Day volunteer activities at HeraldTimesOnline.com/gallery. Jeremy Hogan | Herald-Times


From left, Susan Johnson, David Johnson, 10, and Rafi Hasan of Phi Beta Sigma prepare paper bags for a community food drive Monday at the Hoosier Hills Food Bank. Susan Johnson, president of the Zeta Phi Beta graduate chapter, volunteered to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as well as her sorority’s founder’s day, which was Jan. 16, 1920. Ryan Dorgan | Herald-Times


Elizabeth Davis helps Kiara Erickson, 6, mount an outline of her hand on a tree Monday at the Monroe County Public Library as part of a Martin Luther King Jr. Day art project. David Snodgress | Herald-Times


Keith McCutchen directs the IU African American Chorale Ensemble during the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration Monday night at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater. Jeremy Hogan | Herald-Times

Copyright: HeraldTimesOnline.com 2012

Education gets boost in Valley

TMNews.com
Times-Mail Editorial Board
January 16, 2012

Orange County workers, from the front-line staff to key executives, can benefit from a significant development that will boost education in the community.

The county’s leaders, last week, celebrated the announcement that Ivy Tech of Bloomington would begin offering classes next month at Ivy Tech’s new campus at the Springs Valley Learning Center building in French Lick. The plan to enhance educational opportunities for the community’s residents is one that will benefit students across the spectrum. Students as young as high school age will enjoy new opportunities and even seasoned professionals, through Ivy Tech’s corporate college short-term training, can add or sharpen skills that will make them better employees.

The Ivy Tech of Bloomington website calls its corporate college offerings an investment in a company’s greatest asset — its people: “Your company can only succeed when they (employees) have the knowledge and skills to perform at their best.”

In a community that has enjoyed a reawakening because of a tourism-based economy, it’s important that educational opportunities are consistent with what it takes to keep that economy moving forward.

Students can take classes in French Lick that could apply toward earning an associate degree, or students have the option to transfer their credits to a four-year institution in Indiana.

Space is provided to Ivy Tech without charge by the Springs Valley School Corp. Todd Pritchett, school superintendent, as reported in Orange County Publishing newspapers, noted the campus can help make education more attainable for many of the county’s high school students as well as for older students.

A number of partners, including the Orange County Community Foundation, have cooperated to bring Ivy Tech to French Lick and, in so doing, are helping the community to strengthen its rebounding economy.

Copyright: TMNews.com 2012

Ivy Tech Bloomington to volunteer in the community on Dr. MLK Jr. Day

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January 13, 2012

BLOOMINGTON – In the tradition of the City of Bloomington’s “A Day On, Not a Day Off,” Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus will volunteer in the community on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day., Monday, January 16, 2012.

Approximately 25 students, faculty and staff will volunteer in the community, giving their time to four non-profit organizations. Those organizations include, Nur Festival for Children, Girls Inc., Pages to Prisoners and Habitat ReStore.

At Nur Festival for Children, Ivy Tech will work with children through arts, games and activities that promote the ideals of Dr. King. Volunteers at Girls Inc. will paint the interior gymnasium walls, spackle, and affix hardware in the gym. The Midwest Pages to Prisoners project sends reading materials to incarcerated men, women and juveniles, and Ivy Tech volunteers will run letter writing and book packing sessions. At Habitat ReStore, volunteers will sort donations, perform minor repairs and organize. Workers skilled in mechanical and electrical work will help with the more skilled projects.

Dr. MLK Jr. Day volunteer project coordination is hosted by Ivy Tech Bloomington’s Center for Civic Engagement (www.ivytech.edu/civicengagement).

New Director Named For Life Sciences Center

InsideINdianaBusiness.com Report

Ivy Tech Community College in Bloomington has hired a new director for its Indiana Center for the Life Sciences. Clint Merkel comes from Eli Lilly and Co. (NYSE: LLY), where he served as a global marketing consultant. Ivy Tech says Merkel also worked as a community development director for the Monroe County Commissioners and helped coordinated the building of the Indiana Center for the Life Sciences.

January 11, 2012

News Release

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus has named a new director for the Indiana Center for the Life Sciences (ICLS). Clint Merkel took the position of director beginning January 9, 2012. Merkel comes to Ivy Tech as former Global Marketing Consultant – Effient Brand Team at Eli Lilly and Company in Indianapolis. Merkel earned his MBA at Indiana University Kelley School of Business.

“Clint is a valuable addition to Ivy Tech Bloomington’s efforts in responding to the workforce needs of our regional life science industry partners,” said John Whikehart, Chancellor of Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus. “Clint served as community development director for the Monroe County Commissioners, and coordinated the building of the Indiana Center for the Life Sciences through the county funding process. In that role, he also assisted BioConvergence to secure a 10-year tax abatement, a $140,000 Industrial Development Grant Fund award, and $230,000 in Tax Increment Finances to start up their operation.”

“One of the goals at Ivy Tech Community College is to ensure that Indiana’s citizens, workforce and businesses are globally competitive,” Merkel said. “I look forward to leading Ivy Tech Bloomington’s efforts to ensure our regional life sciences companies have the skilled staff needed to build and maintain a global competitive advantage. It was an honor to be involved in the creation of the ICLS, and a pleasure to be involved in developing its future.”

The ICLS, a state-of-the-art, 20,000 sq. ft. educational facility, was created to train and prepare individuals for careers in the life sciences industry. The facility was made possible through a partnership between Monroe County Government and Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington, and was designed in collaboration with the Bloomington Life Sciences Partnership.

The facility is available to local industry for all training and meetings needs.

At 501 N. Profile Parkway, the ICLS is located on Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus at the intersection of Zenith Drive and Profile Parkway, on the west side of Bloomington. For more information, log on www.ivytech.edu/bloomington and click on Indiana Center for the Life Sciences.

Ivy Tech Bloomington names new director of Indiana Center for the Life Sciences

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January 11, 2012

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus has named a new director for the Indiana Center for the Life Sciences (ICLS). Clint Merkel took the position of director beginning January 9, 2012. Merkel comes to Ivy Tech as former Global Marketing Consultant – Effient Brand Team at Eli Lilly and Company in Indianapolis. Merkel earned his MBA at Indiana University Kelley School of Business.

“Clint is a valuable addition to Ivy Tech Bloomington’s efforts in responding to the workforce needs of our regional life science industry partners,” said John Whikehart, Chancellor of Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus. “Clint served as community development director for the Monroe County Commissioners, and coordinated the building of the Indiana Center for the Life Sciences through the county funding process. In that role, he also assisted BioConvergence to secure a 10-year tax abatement, a $140,000 Industrial Development Grant Fund award, and $230,000 in Tax Increment Finances to start up their operation.”

“One of the goals at Ivy Tech Community College is to ensure that Indiana’s citizens, workforce and businesses are globally competitive,” Merkel said. “I look forward to leading Ivy Tech Bloomington’s efforts to ensure our regional life sciences companies have the skilled staff needed to build and maintain a global competitive advantage. It was an honor to be involved in the creation of the ICLS, and a pleasure to be involved in developing its future.”

The ICLS, a state-of-the-art, 20,000 sq. ft. educational facility, was created to train and prepare individuals for careers in the life sciences industry. The facility was made possible through a partnership between Monroe County Government and Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington, and was designed in collaboration with the Bloomington Life Sciences Partnership.

The facility is available to local industry for all training and meetings needs.

At 501 N. Profile Parkway, the ICLS is located on Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus at the intersection of Zenith Drive and Profile Parkway, on the west side of Bloomington. For more information, log on www.ivytech.edu/bloomington and click on Indiana Center for the Life Sciences.

Ivy Tech to Offer Classes in French Lick

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Ivy Tech to Offer Classes in French Lick

Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus will begin offering courses and Corporate College short-term training opportunities in French Lick. Classes will be taught at the Springs Valley Learning Center. An open house will be held Thursday at the center for interested students.

January 9, 2011

News Release

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus is offering college courses and Corporate College short-term training opportunities beginning at the end of January 2012 in French Lick, Ind. An Ivy Tech Open House will be held at the Springs Valley Learning Center on Thursday, January 12 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., where classes will be held. The Springs Valley Learning Center is located at 479 S. Larry Bird Blvd.

“We already enjoyed a strong training relationship with the French Lick Resort, and now we are pleased that we can expand offerings to benefit local students interested in hospitality or culinary careers, and offer college courses and Corporate College short-term training certification opportunities at the Springs Valley Learning Center,” said Chancellor John Whikehart of Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus. “Ivy Tech Community College’s presence in Orange County is possible because of the facilitation efforts of Springs Valley Schools Superintendent Todd Pritchett and Orange County Community Foundation Director Imojean Dedrick, among other regional partners.”

Ivy Tech will offer college classes in Math, Reading, Writing, Business, Computers, English, Psychology, and Student Success at the Springs Valley Community Learning Center. Corporate College short-term training options include Food Safety, First Aid/CPR, Computers, Customer Service, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, and others.

Students can take Ivy Tech classes at Springs Valley Learning Center that could apply toward earning an Associate degree, or students have the option to transfer their credits or entire degrees to a four-year institution in Indiana to earn a Bachelor’s degree. Ivy Tech Corporate College short-term training certifications prepare individuals for the workplace through retraining and/or gaining new skills.

A site coordinator has been named for the Learning Center, Carol Hudelson. Hudelson comes to Ivy Tech with past experience as an educator in the area and served on the Board of Directors for Lost River Community Cooperative and on the Orange County Lilly Scholarship Committee.
Regional funding partners that made this cooperative possible include: the towns of French Lick, Orleans, Paoli and West Baden; the Orange County Economic Development Partnership, RADIUS Indiana, the Orange County Community Foundation, the Orange County Development Commission, and the Orange County Community Foundation’s Orange County Commissioner’s Supporting Organization.

To learn about Ivy Tech’s admissions process and for more information, contact Vonda Clay at (812) 330-6040, or vclay@ivytech.edu.

Ivy Tech Bloomington to offer classes in French Lick, hosting Open House this week

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 9, 2012

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus is offering college courses and Corporate College short-term training opportunities beginning at the end of January 2012 in French Lick, Ind. An Ivy Tech Open House will be held at the Springs Valley Learning Center on Thursday, January 12 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., where classes will be held. The Springs Valley Learning Center is located at 479 S. Larry Bird Blvd.

“We already enjoyed a strong training relationship with the French Lick Resort, and now we are pleased that we can expand offerings to benefit local students interested in hospitality or culinary careers, and offer college courses and Corporate College short-term training certification opportunities at the Springs Valley Learning Center,” said Chancellor John Whikehart of Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus. “Ivy Tech Community College’s presence in Orange County is possible because of the facilitation efforts of Springs Valley Schools Superintendent Todd Pritchett and Orange County Community Foundation Director Imojean Dedrick, among other regional partners.”

Ivy Tech will offer college classes in Math, Reading, Writing, Business, Computers, English, Psychology, and Student Success at the Springs Valley Community Learning Center. Corporate College short-term training options include Food Safety, First Aid/CPR, Computers, Customer Service, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, and others.

Students can take Ivy Tech classes at Springs Valley Learning Center that could apply toward earning an Associate degree, or students have the option to transfer their credits or entire degrees to a four-year institution in Indiana to earn a Bachelor’s degree. Ivy Tech Corporate College short-term training certifications prepare individuals for the workplace through retraining and/or gaining new skills.

A site coordinator has been named for the Learning Center, Carol Hudelson. Hudelson comes to Ivy Tech with past experience as an educator in the area and serves on the Board of Directors for Lost River Community Cooperative and on the Orange County Lilly Scholarship Committee.

Regional funding partners that made this cooperative possible include:  the towns of French Lick, Orleans, Paoli and West Baden; the Orange County Economic Development Partnership, RADIUS Indiana, the Orange County Community Foundation, the Orange County Development Commission, and the Orange County Community Foundation’s Orange County Commissioner’s Supporting Organization.

To learn about Ivy Tech’s admissions process and for more information, contact Vonda Clay at (812) 330-6040, or vclay@ivytech.edu.