Kitchen Know-How

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Kitchen Know-How

Chef Jeffrey Taber is featured in a “Kitchen Know-How” video in The Herald-Times weekly FOOD section. View the video by downloading the free HTLivepage app then aiming your smartphone or tablet at Taber’s photo. Double-tap the video to move your device away from the page.

Copyright: 2012

Learning Center, Burton-Kimble Offers Classes

Orleans Progress-Examiner

August 29, 2012

Learning Center, Burton-Kimble Offers Classes

The Orange County Learning Center at Springs Valley will offer several classes in September. Also, there will be classes available at Burton-Kimble Farms in Orleans.

In the Valley, “Growing Mushrooms for a Gourmet Garden,” is set for three Tuesdays, Sept. 11-25 from 6 to 8 p.m. each evening. Students can discover the world of these gourmet edibles that can be incorporated into a flower or vegetable garden.

“Photography: Digital Artistry,” will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Oct. 2 – 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. Instructor is Harold Brown and participants will learn how to see the world with a photographer’s eye and capture the beauty  of the world around them.

Four artist members of French Lick Artisan, Inc. will lead single-class arts workshops on Thursday evenings, Oct. 18 – Nov. 8. Course fees include all materials and use of tools.

Burton-Kimble Farms will offer easy and fun cookie and cupcake decorating on three Wednesdays, Sept. 12-16, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Instructor is Tara Easterday Cooper.

In addition, “Quick and Easy Cooking with No More than 5 Ingredients,” will be offered on three Wednesdays, Oct. 10 – 24, also from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Participants will learn no-fuss recipes for appetizers, desserts and party snacks, using ingredients most cooks keep on hand. Instructor is Jody Baker.

There is a fee charged for all classes. For course descriptions and to register, people can register at

Marilyn Mellencamp Memorial Art Exhibit at Ivy Tech Waldron

Marilyn Mellencamp, 1928-2012
Photo courtesy Kendall Reeves, Spectrum Studio

Raising Awareness for Marilyn Mellencamp Scholarship for the Arts

The Mellencamp Family, with Connie and Steve Ferguson, are hosting a free public exhibit of Marilyn Mellencamp’s paintings at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center from September 17-22 to raise awareness about the Marilyn Mellencamp Scholarship for the Arts, and to pay tribute to their late wife and mother’s artistic accomplishments.

The Marilyn Mellencamp Memorial Exhibit will be on display Sept. 17-22, Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Sat. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center Auditorium. Admission is free.

Marilyn was instrumental in establishing the Southern Indiana Center for the Arts in Seymour, Ind., and is an exhibited painter herself. To honor Marilyn’s memory, the Mellencamp family established the Marilyn Mellencamp Scholarship for the Arts fund at the Community Foundation of Jackson County. The fund will provide tuition support to a high school senior in the Seymour area who plans to pursue fine arts, theatre, or music at the college level.

Many know Marilyn as the mother of John Mellencamp, the famous rock-and-roll musician who also paints. However, his mother was the first to begin a career in painting when she first began painting seriously in 1959 with Nashville artist John Rigley, who was associated with the Brown County Impressionists. She attended the Herron School of Art in Indianapolis and studied with teachers in places as far away as New York, France, and Spain. Her attention to detail and classic technique show up in lovingly rendered portraits and rich still-lifes.

“This is a great partnership between the Mellencamps and Ivy Tech because Marilyn’s commitment to arts education mirrors our own,” said Paul Daily, Artistic Director of the Ivy Tech Waldron. “We just established our new Associate of Fine Arts degree, and the Mellencamps just established a scholarship that will make it easier for Seymour high school graduates to pursue any kind of arts-related degree, whether it’s two-year or four-year.”

“By making their scholarship available to theatre performance and music students, as well as fine arts students, the Mellencamp family is supporting the full range of artistic expression, and affirming their faith in the next generation,” said Julie Roberts, Ivy Tech Waldron Gallery Director.

Anyone interested in contributing to the Marilyn Mellencamp Scholarship for the Arts should contact:

The Community Foundation of Jackson County
107 Community Drive
P.O. Box 1231, Seymour IN 47274

About Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center

Ivy Tech Waldron is an Ivy Tech Community College building that is open to the public. Visitors can take art classes, enjoy a performance, or browse gallery spaces in Bloomington’s recently-voted “best art gallery” by The Herald-Times’ Reader’s Choice Awards. For more information, visit Art classes are offered through Ivy Tech’s Center for Lifelong Learning at

Photos: Music fest at Ivy Tech

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Photos: Music fest at Ivy Tech

Photos by Jeremy Hogan
August 24, 2012

Students were getting back in the swing of the school year Thursday, as Ivy Tech sponsored a music festival. This week was the first week of classes for the Bloomington Ivy Tech campus.

Jessie Bise, right, who is a student at Ivy Tech, listens to music with her daughter Bekah Bise while her son Noah Bise takes a nap on the lawn at Ivy Tech. Bise said her son had football practice and was worn out but still wanted to attend the festival. Jeremy Hogan | Herald-Times

Left to right, Jazmine King, Evelyn Pender and Ashunta King wear masks while waiting for the photo booth during a music festival Thursday at Ivy Tech.

Taylor Neal has her face painted by Ivy Tech student Maria Vontagen during the music festival at Ivy Tech. Taylor’s mother, Brandi Neal, is a student. Jeremy Hogan | Herald-Times

Copyright: 2012

Ivy Tech grant to bolster modern manufacturing training

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Ivy Tech grant to bolster modern manufacturing training

By Mike Leonard 331-4368 |
August 20, 2012

Manufacturing in the United States has not gone away but it is changing — and Ivy Tech Bloomington is helping students keep up with the times.

Ivy Tech was recently awarded a $240,000 Advanced Technical Education (ATE) grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop a curriculum that prepares students for the demands of the modern manufacturing environment. The award is part of a larger grant of $880,000 awarded to a regional partnership of three community colleges: Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington; Madisonville Community College in Madisonville, Kentucky; Jackson State Community College in Jackson, Tennessee.

The grant covers the development of curriculum and “learning objects” that focus on the problem-solving skills needed by modern manufacturers, said Kirk Barnes, dean of the School of Technology at Ivy Tech. The project also will help to improve high school recruitment strategies for the three state community college systems by expanding and enhancing dual credit course offerings in design, engineering, and technology.

One example of adapting to changing technologies is Ivy Tech’s recent acquisition of a $100,000-plus injection molding machine that can be used in producing medical devices for companies such as Cook Medical or Boston Scientific.

“When you’re talking about a medical device, it’s not a mudflap for a truck,” Barnes said last summer when the machine was being installed. “This is a medical device that is going to be going inside somebody. The people doing this work need to be really familiar with everything that goes along with that, including FDA regulations.”

The project builds on Madisonville Community College’s previously-funded NSF-ATE project which created a curriculum centered on the “integrated systems” approach advocated by Siemens, an internationally-recognized manufacturing and engineering firm. One of the objectives of this new grant project is to demonstrate that the same curriculum implemented by Siemens can serve a variety of industries, such as the biomedical industry in Bloomington.

As part of the project, Ivy Tech faculty members will receive training in the “integrated systems” approach at the Siemens facility in Allentown, Pennsylvania and at Siemens Technik Akademie Berlin in Berlin, Germany.

Copyright: 2012

Ivy Tech, Cook Group, Springs Valley Unite to Open Learning Center

Bloom Magazine

August/September 2012 issue

by Elisabeth Andrews

Ivy Tech, Cook Group, Springs Valley Unite to Open Learning Center

Restoring West Baden Springs Hotel and French Lick Resort was only the first step of a larger “impact project,” says Steve Ferguson, chairman of Cook Group, which owns and operates the sister properties. Now that the historic hotels are generating tax revenue for Orange County, the next phase of the project can begin with the opening of the Springs Valley Learning Center. This postsecondary education center, run by the Bloomington campus of Ivy Tech Community College, is designed to ensure that the resort’s economic momentum develops into widespread opportunities for community revitalization.

“The bricks-and-mortar engineering is the easy part,” says Ferguson, who helped oversee more than 12 years of renovations to the two hotels.

“The more difficult side is making sure you are impacting people’s lives and helping them do what they want to do.”

Orange County has historically suffered from low employment rates and high poverty. Hoping to catalyze new opportunities for area residents, Ferguson approached Ivy Tech with the idea of starting a center in French Lick that would offer both job-skills training and college courses in subjects like math, English, and psychology. Ivy Tech-Bloomington Chancellor John Whikehart says he is more than eager to take on the project, which he believes will contribute to both individual and economic growth.

“I have a very strong belief that the way you break cycles of poverty and underemployment is through education,” says Whikehart. “We’re a comprehensive community college, and we need to be reaching these underserved areas, so we see this as a great partnership.”

In order to open the center, however, Ivy Tech required a space, which the Springs Valley Community Schools’ Corporation stepped forward to offer. Superintendent Todd Pritchett says that while the corporation’s primary mission is to offer K-12 education, he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to encourage his students and other community members to continue their education.

“The Learning Center will not only expose our high school students to courses they can take for college credit, but also create multiple paths for all those who are interested in some type of postsecondary education,” he says. “In the past, they might have been limited by their travel restrictions, but this partnership with Ivy Tech-Bloomington means they can take classes both in person and virtually through our two-way video technology.”

Ivy Tech credit and non-credit classes begin Monday, Aug. 20


August 15, 2012

Ivy Tech credit and non-credit classes begin Monday, Aug. 20

Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington’s fall semester kicks off on Monday, August 20. Per campus tradition, students can expect to be greeted the morning of the first day of classes at the Connie and Steve Ferguson Academic Building, by Chancellor John Whikehart and bagpiper Ian Arthur. A “Welcome Week” of activities has been planned for students, which includes a family-friendly live concert.

“I am proud to welcome students with open doors to Ivy Tech-Bloomington,” said Whikehart. “For our students, the first day of classes will be their first step toward graduation, or a successful transfer to a four-year university. As a reminder, students are still encouraged to register for our late-start classes which begin in October.”

“Additionally, registration for non-credit classes is now open and the public is invited to sign up for classes in lifelong learning and professional development.”

For degree-seeking students:

For degree-seeking students, it is not too late to register for classes at Ivy Tech-Bloomington. Ivy Tech still has late-start courses that begin in October. Financial aid is still available, and staff will help you apply, register for classes, and apply for financial aid. Visit us at 200 Daniels Way, west of highway 37. Walk in hours are Monday through Thursday 8 to 6, and Friday 8 to 5. Or call 812-330-6013. Apply today at

For non-degree seeking students:

Online registration for non-credit classes through Ivy Tech Community College is now open. Classes in visual arts, wellness, practical living, and computing and professional development courses are all available.

New non-credit classes in personal enrichment include Creating Home Movies with iMovie, Hooray for Hollywood: The Early Years, De-antiquing with Susan, plus new classes in cooking, history, photography and more. Youth classes are also offered through Ivy Arts for Kids and include classes in painting, drawing, ceramics, and cupcake decorating.

Professionals can upgrade skills through individual classes or pursue certificates in areas such as web or graphic design as well as entrepreneurship. New “micro-topics” in Microsoft software applications also allow users to customize computing training to meet their individual needs.

For a full schedule of non-credit classes visit the Center for Lifelong Learning at Information on professional development classes is available through Ivy Tech’s Corporate College at

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.