Annual Kendrick Foundation dinner honors 40 scholars

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Annual Kendrick Foundation dinner honors 40 scholars

By Julie Crothers
June 3, 2012, last update: 6/3 @ 7:23 am

MOORESVILLE — For nursing student Nikki Helton, being named a 2012 Kendrick Foundation Scholar is a chance for a fresh start.

The 42-year-old mother of four is currently enrolled at Ivy Tech Community College in Bloomington and is seeking her associate’s degree in nursing.

Helton, along with the 39 other scholars, was honored during Thursday’s Kendrick Foundation Scholarship Recognition Dinner.

“I want to thank my husband and my children for their support and the Kendrick Foundation for providing me with this opportunity,” Helton said.

This year, the Kendrick Foundation honored 40 students — the largest number of scholars in the program’s history — with scholarships and celebrated their achievements during the annual dinner. The combined scholarships are worth a potential $600,000, but the amount allocated will depend on the student’s school of choice.

Ryan Schneck, a pharmacy student at Butler University and 2011 Martinsville High School graduate, has received the Kendrick Foundation scholarship for the past two years.

“Butler was my dream school. It was always my first choice, and without this scholarship, I wouldn’t be able to be there,” Schneck said.

Once he has completed his education, Schneck said he plans to return to Morgan County to use his talents to benefit the local community.

“Morgan County is such a wonderful place, and I really like it here. It’s a great community, and I wouldn’t want to work anywhere else,” he said. “This community has given me so much.”

Fellow scholar Megan Harrison echoed Schneck’s thanks to the Kendrick board for its generosity.

“It’s such a huge blessing for all of us (scholars),” Harrison said, “… to know that we can get an education and not be forced to deal with such a financial burden. To come out of school not loaded down with debt.”

Harrison, who is studying public health at the University of Minnesota, said she decided on her career when she attended a summer camp as part of the Morgan County 4-H program.

“I attended this camp at Purdue University where we studied food science and talked about agriculture and health,” Harrison said. “I knew then what I wanted to do. This scholarship has helped me achieve my goals.”

Keith Jewell, senior vice president and chief operating officer of Franciscan St. Francis Health, gave the keynote address during Thursday’s celebration.

“By eliminating smoking and obesity, we can eliminate the health care crisis,” Jewell said. “It’s hard to get people to change their habits, but by eliminating just those two (problems), we can make a significant change to the issues we face in health care.”

Jewell encouraged the scholars to do their part in embracing the opportunities and challenges they will face as they enter their careers in health care.

“There are some exciting challenges ahead … and a host of opportunities,” Jewell said. “Remember to get joy out of your job every day and remember that every patient, every person in that bed is real. Touch people’s lives, and let them touch yours.”

During Thursday’s dinner, the foundation also recognized outgoing board members Norman Connell and Jim Harris. Both Connell and Harris will retire from the board of directors this year.

How the program works

The scholarship funds are made possible through the Kendrick Foundation Inc., a private organization established in 2001 following the sale of the Kendrick Memorial Hospital. With assets of more than $27 million, the foundation provides grants to medical and health programs, community health care outreach programs, hospice programs and programs for the medically indigent, as well as providing scholarships for students enrolled in health care-related educational programs.

Students who receive the Kendrick Foundation scholarship can apply it to tuition only and use up to a maximum of $15,000 per person per school year to attend a school of their choice. Students must be studying in a health care-related field, such as medicine, dentistry, nursing or other programs. Students enrolled in a pre-program such as pre-med or pre-pharmacy do not qualify for the scholarship.

Recipients can re-apply for the scholarship each year as long as they remain eligible.

The scholarship is also open to nontraditional/post-high school students and those pursuing graduate degrees in a health care or medical field. Scholarship recipients are completely free to choose which educational institution they would like to attend, with preference being given to candidates who will attend Indiana schools.

The 40 scholarship recipients were chosen by the Kendrick Foundation Board of Directors, which shares its staff with the Community Foundation of Morgan County. The board of directors includes president Shelley Voelz, secretary James Harris, Norman Connell, Mae Cooper, John Ehrhart and Dr. R. Barry Melbert. The staff includes Tom Zoss, Larry Bryan, Tonya Todd, Sarah Richardson, Diana Hoffman, Christine Caturano and Cynthia Brewer.

Many of the Kendrick scholars are already enrolled in college. Only a small portion are seniors who graduated from high school in 2012, said communications officer Sarah Richardson.

The 2013 scholarship cycle will start in the fall. More information can be sought by visiting the Kendrick Foundation website at or by calling the Community Foundation at 317-831-1232.

2012 Kendrick Foundation Scholars

Julianne Amos

Alexander Anderson

Sarah Angerameier

Elizabeth Bennett

Pamela Breedlove

Jordan Brooks

Ashley Butler

Erin Cole

Michelle Crump

Courtney Demeter

Tiffani Dillon

Jennifer Egler

Natalie Fishel

Megan Harrison

Nikki Helton

Abigail Howden

Abby Huff

Anna James

James Adam Lawson

Allison Lipps

Brian Livingston

Damon Martin

Charles Matias

Kelli Norton-Houchens

Mikinzie O’Neal

Soniya Patel

Ryan Queen

Nancy Reed

Skyann Rittenhouse

Ryan Schneck

Kelsey Shields

Mary Sipla

Daniel Stec

Bailey Tri

Sarah Vaughn

Sara Walton

Kathleen Weddle

Bailey Wellspring

Gina Whitney

Cheryl Yarnell

The 2012 Kendrick Foundation Scholarship winners pose for a photo at Thursday’s dinner. Pictured, in no particular order, are Alex Anderson, Sarah Angermeier, Elizabeth Bennett, Pamela Breedlove, Ashley Butler, Courtney Demeter, Tiffani Dillon, Megan Harrison, Nikki Helton, Abigail Howden, Abby Huff, Anna James, James Lawson, Allison Lipps, Brian Livingston, Damon Martin, Charles Matias, Kelli Norton-Houchens, Mikinzie O’Neal, Ryan Queen, Skyann Rittenhouse, Ryan Schneck, Kelsey Shields, Mary Sipla, Daniel Stec, Bailey Tri, Sarah Vaughn, Sara Walton, Kathleen Weddle, Bailey Wellspring, Gina Whitney and Cheryl Yarnell. Julie Crothers | Reporter-Times

Sarah Angermeier, a 2012 Kendrick Foundation Scholar, thanks the organization for their support as she talks about her future plans. Seated are the other 2012 scholars as they await their chance on stage. Thursday’s dinner honored 40 Kendrick Scholars. Julie Crothers | Reporter-Times

Herald-Times: Local business briefs

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June 3, 2012

Disney leadership program at Ivy Tech

BLOOMINGTON — The Disney Institute’s Approach to Leadership Excellence, a leadership training program for business professionals, will be presented June 13 at Ivy Tech Community College. The program teaches professionals how a leader’s behaviors are instrumental in conveying values, guiding strategy and inspiring passion and interest among employees.

The full-day event is sponsored by Ivy Tech Corporate College, which was launched in the fall 2011 to provide expanded business solutions for companies looking to provide training for their employees.

“The Disney Institute training is applicable to any industry. More than ever, strong leadership training is necessary to succeed no matter what industry or area of business you specialize in,” said Dennis Maloy, executive director of Ivy Tech Corporate College. “The Disney Institute is not just corporate training; it can be especially valuable to entrepreneurs and individuals looking to gain leadership skills necessary to expand their businesses or rise to a position of leadership in their organizations. The Disney Institute is the perfect opportunity to learn from some of the strongest leaders in business.”

Program registration is $399 per person and includes all course materials. Corporate groups of five or more may register for $339 per person. Six CEU credits are available from the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy and the American College of Healthcare Executives. For more information or to register, visit or call Ivy Tech Corporate College at 812-330-6004.

Camps to help young entrepreneurs

BLOOMINGTON — The Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech Community College is holding one-week summer camps to help young entrepreneurs translate their business ideas into reality through project-based activities. Space is still available in two camps: jewelry design, “SUCCESSorize,” for students in grades 6-8, and music recording, “Entrepalooza!,” for students in grades 9-11.

Using CAD 3-D modeling software, students in the jewelry design camp will translate their ideas to working prototypes, and create a business plan to market and sell their jewelry. Camp dates are June 11-15. Fee of $75 includes all class materials and mid-morning snack. Fee of $165 includes an optional, full-day camp experience in partnership with Bloomington’s Kid City summer camp. The full-day camp includes programming at Ivy Tech and Kid City, transportation in-between, and both morning and afternoon snacks. Students who attend the entire day should bring a sack lunch. Camper pickup at Kid City is 4-5:30 p.m.

The music recording camp runs June 18-22. Teens will learn from an industry pro what it takes to record music in a professional studio. Students will learn about recording, album cover design, proper microphone placement, analog/digital conversion, multi-track mixdown, and final recording. The $125 course fee includes all materials and mid-morning snack. Class meets at Renegade Studio, 6511 E. Ind. 46, Bloomington (Kid City afternoon session not available).

Class spaces are still available. For more information, contact Noel Niehaus at, or 812-330-6261. To register, contact Kariana Wolfe at, or 812-330-6041. Register online at

Copyright: 2012

New Tech High School’s First Class Graduates


New Tech High School’s First Class Graduates

By Shameka Neely
Posted June 1, 2012

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Senior Mary Burt, who is one of 61 students in the class of 2012, says making the transition to New Tech was difficult.

“It was a little rough for a few years. At the beginning I was excited, but I was kind of concerned because everything was new,” Burt says. “I’ve accomplished so many college classes and got everything out of the way it was a lot more exciting.”

Just five original staff members have stayed at the school since it opened four years ago. More than a quarter of the 85 students who started in the fall of 2008 are no longer New Tech students.

School Counselor Keri Gross says about 50 percent of the students are going to Ivy Tech.

“We’ve got two or three joining the military, about 14 students are on their way to IU and one going to Evansville,” Gross says.

Still, administrators appear eager to tout those students who will graduate and attend college in the fall.

“One student plans to attend Huntington, as well as a student going to the institute of technology out in Washington State,” Gross says.

Burt will be attending IU, having collected 21 credits already, and hopes to receive a degree from the Kelley School of Business. New Tech High School’s graduation is scheduled for June 1.

Gallery show highlights artist’s struggle with rare brain tumor

Indiana Daily Student


Gallery show highlights artist’s struggle with rare brain tumor

By Colleen Sikorski | IDS

A parental advisory sign hung on the door of a gallery room Friday at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center, hinting at the serious material hanging on the walls inside.

The exhibit began with photograph portraits of smiling people against light-filled backgrounds — innocent enough. But smiling portraits transitioned to photos of brain scans with a bright, white tumor glowing at the brain’s center.

John D. Shearer, the man whose brain scans hung on the wall, is a cancer survivor, professional photographer and adjunct faculty member at Bloomington’s Ivy Tech Community College. His exhibit “I’m Too Young For This @#!%” features art from his pre-cancer days, as well as art he created during treatment.

Shearer was 28 years old and a master of fine arts student studying photography at IU when he was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor. He visited a local clinic thinking he had migraines and walked out with a list of referrals and additional medical appointments.

“She could see the brain swelling through my eye,” Shearer said of that first

The tumor was so rare that he said his medical team couldn’t give him a prognosis — none of them had treated his type of tumor before. Two days after his diagnosis, he had surgery that left him partially paralyzed on the left side of his body and temporarily blind. Shearer said his neurosurgeon warned him that he might be different after the surgery.

“I thought, ‘Oh, wow, maybe I’ll like broccoli,’” Shearer said. “I didn’t think I was going to wake up blind and paralyzed.”

He put his degree on hold for one semester after the surgery to focus on his recovery, and he eventually started using photography as part of his recovery process.

“Doing this work,” Shearer said, pointing to his brain scans hanging from the wall, “helped me navigate all of the emotions.”

Shearer said he thinks of photographing others as a way of idealizing them, so using himself as his subject helped him idealize his situation and make his treatment
experience more positive.

“Everything I did before getting sick was about photographing other people,” he said. “It was really the first time I had to turn the lens around and look at myself.”

Shearer said he thinks he got more good than bad out of the experience. In addition to eating right and exercising regularly, he met new friends through his cancer survivor group, some of whom attended his gallery opening.

Barb McKillip, a friend of Shearer and wife of one of his cancer support group
members, attended the gallery opening to show her support. She said she particularly liked Shearer’s piece titled “Positively Self-Lying,” which features MRI scans superimposed over phrases such as “I am happy.”

“I just think it’s very sad, a young man having to go through this,” McKillip said. “For him to be able to use his talents to display his emotions says a lot about John.”

As for what’s next in terms of photography, Shearer said he wants to resume photographing other people but that he might be more selective about his subjects.

“I would like to go back to photographing people, maybe to photographing cancer survivors,” he said. “Maybe young adult cancer survivors.”

However, this plan is still tentative. His main focus will now shift from work to

His fiancée gave birth to their first son, a boy named Harrison Lee, on Wednesday.

They brought their son home from the hospital hours before the gallery show opened Friday.

His grandfather, Dave Shearer, was there with other family members to support the gallery opening.

“At first there was a lot of mood changes and not knowing, and it was very difficult,” Dave said. “We’re very proud of him. All of us are.”

J.B. Privett, of Anderson, takes a picture with her phone of one of the pieces in John Shearer’s show Friday at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Center. Shearer’s exhibit, “I’m Too Young For This @#!%,” displays his battle with a brain tumor that left him blind and paralyzed on the left side of his body. (Jonathan Streetman  | IDS)

A Bloomington resident studies an image during John Shearer’s show on Friday at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Center. Shearer’s exhibit, “I’m Too Young For This @#!%,” displays his battle with a brain tumor that left him blind and paralyzed on the left side of his body. (Jonathan Streetman  | IDS)

Seth Young and Jade Marks, both of Bloomington, watch a video created by John Shearer as part of his “I’m Too Young For This @#!%” exhibit chronicling his battle with a brain tumor on Friday at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Center. (Jonathan Streetman  | IDS)

Artist John D. Shearer chats with patrons in front of a series of photographic projects he created over the course of a few years, including one called “Uncle Scott and the Lizardman,” dated 2008. Shearer is a cancer survivor; the opening reception for his exhibition, “I’m Too Young For This @#!%,” which features artwork based on his brain scans and experiences, was held at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center Friday. (Jonathan Streetman  | IDS)

Artist and cancer survivor John D. Shearer poses for a picture with his grandparents at the opening reception of his exhibition, “I’m Too Young For This @#!%,” which features artwork based on his brain scans and experiences during and after treatment, at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center Friday. “I haven’t seen them for four and a half years, since that time in the hospital,” said Shearer, who, with his fiancee Amanda, celebrated the birth of their son, Harrison Lee, on Wednesday. (Jonathan Streetman  | IDS)

Ivy Tech Bloomington Associate of Fine Arts degree approved by Commission for Higher Education

June 4, 2012 

Ivy Tech Bloomington Associate of Fine Arts degree approved by Commission for Higher Education
Fine Arts degree meets demand for arts employment, transfers to four-year universities

Ivy Tech-Bloomington announced today that a new Associate of Fine Arts degree offering has been approved by the Commission for Higher Education. The degree is being offered to meet the demand for regional employment in the arts, to support regional arts activity, and to allow students to transfer to four-year universities to earn a Bachelor’s degree in art.

The Associate of Fine Arts degree transfers seamlessly to the Herron School of Art, the School of Informatics at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, Indiana State University, and Saint Mary of the Woods College in Terre Haute. Currently, only the general education courses of the Ivy Tech-Bloomington Fine Arts degree transfer to IU-Bloomington.

The degree requires 64 credits to complete. Fine Arts courses include Life/Object Drawing, Color & Design, Intermediate Drawing, Exploration/Women in Art, 3-D Design, and Painting. Studio elective courses will vary, but may include sculpture, printmaking, papermaking, ceramics, computer graphics, and “The Art of the Book.”

“The Indiana Arts Commission Biennial Report FY 2009-2010 notes that our region is a location for 493 art-related businesses with 1,734 individuals employed in the arts,” said Martin Wolfger, Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences. “This supports an earlier 2003 report by Americans for the Arts that offers compelling evidence that the non-profit arts are a $44.5 million industry in Bloomington and the surrounding region that attracts audiences, spurs business development, supports jobs and contributes revenues to local and state government. Offering an Associate of Fine Arts degree at Ivy Tech-Bloomington will allow us to support the growing number of aspiring artists who are combining their talent with entrepreneurship to form businesses, and employment in the arts.”

“Since we have acquired the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center, interest in the arts at Ivy Tech has exploded,” said Paul Daily, Ivy Tech Waldron Artistic Director. “The Ivy Tech Waldron currently houses student art exhibits, student productions, and student music. Offering an Associate of Fine Arts degree and courses in the arts are natural steps to expanding opportunities for our students.”

Ivy Tech instructor and master stone sculptor, Amy Brier, will teach many of the arts courses. Amy’s sculpture courses usually extend beyond the boundaries of the studio. Her students learn to collaborate by becoming involved in community art activities such as the Lotus Festival and most recently, Jill Bolte Taylor’s Brain Extravaganza. Amy is co-founder and director of the Indiana Limestone Symposium. This summer, she is teaching in Cortona, Italy as a professor for the University of Georgia Study Abroad Program.

Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus is the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) Regional Arts Partner for the IAC’s Region 8. Region 8 includes Brown, Greene, Lawrence, Monroe, Morgan and Owen counties. For IAC region 8 news, visit and click on Indiana Arts Commission Regional Arts Partner.

For more information about degree options or applying to Ivy Tech, visit or call 1(888) IVY-LINE.

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College ( is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students 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.