Ivy Tech Waldron to host Indiana Arts Commission grant award reception, Mellencamp art exhibit


September 10, 2012

Ivy Tech Waldron to host Indiana Arts Commission grant award reception, Mellencamp art exhibit

As the Region 8 Regional Arts Partner (RAP) for the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC), Ivy Tech Community College – Bloomington will award the 2012-13 grant recipients during a ceremony on September 17 at Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Rose Firebay. Total amount granted by IAC for 2012-13 grant winners is $76,169.

Indiana Arts Commission Region 8 Grant Recipients 2012-13:

  • BCT Management, Inc.
  • Lotus Education and Arts Foundation
  • Cardinal Stage Company
  • Bloomington Playwrights Project
  • Sculpture Trails Outdoor Museum
  • Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, Inc.
  • Bloomington Community Band
  • Bloomington Chamber Singers
  • Morgan County Community Concerts Association
  • Windfall Dancers, Inc.
  • WonderLab Museum
  • Orange County Rehabilitative and Developmental Services, Inc. dba First Chance Center
  • Indiana Festival Theatre/Indiana University
  • RBBCSC/Edgewood Intermediate School
  • Jazz from Bloomington
  • Owen County S.O.U.N.D.S., Inc.
  • Area 10 Council on Aging of Monroe and Owen Counties, Inc.
  • USA International Harp Competition
  • Brown County Historical Society, Inc.
  • Friends of T.C. Steele
  • Friends of McCormick’s Creek State Park Inc
  • Owen County Heritage and Culture Center, Inc.

Following the IAC award reception will be an opportunity to attend the opening reception of Marilyn Mellencamp’s painting exhibit in the Ivy Tech Waldron Auditorium. The exhibit, hosted by the Mellencamp Family, with Connie and Steve Ferguson, is 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. to 7 p.m., and Sat. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center Auditorium. Admission is free.

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, Martin, Monroe, Morgan, Orange, and Owen counties. For IAC region 8 news, visit www.ivytech.edu/bloomington and click on Indiana Arts Commission Regional Arts Partner.

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College (www.ivytech.edu) 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.

Ivy Tech rededicates building in celebration of 10th anniversary



Ivy Tech rededicates building in celebration of 10th anniversary

By Mike Leonard 331-4368 | mleonard@heraldt.com
September 6, 2012

Former Indiana Senate leader Bob Garton invoked the words of Winston Churchill at the 10-year Building Anniversary and Rededication of Ivy Tech Bloomington’s home on the city’s west side Wednesday afternoon.

Churchill’s remarks came after German air raids in World War II destroyed Great Britain’s House of Commons and provoked the statesman to vow to replace it in all of its previous majesty.

“We shape our buildings, and afterwards, our buildings shape us,” Garton said, echoing Churchill.

Speaker after speaker echoed Garton’s point: that the bricks and mortar matter, and the turning point in transforming Ivy Tech from a vocational school to a comprehensive community college began with the opening of the site celebrated Wednesday.

It was a day for looking back and looking forward, with many of the people who participated in the evolution of Ivy Tech Bloomington present for the occasion.

Several speakers noted that it took the cooperation of Garton, a Republican from Columbus, and Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan, a Democrat, to get funding to build what is now the Connie and Steve Ferguson Academic Building.

Garton said his Senate colleagues balked at the $20 million price tag to build the more than 145,000-square-foot building in Bloomington and suggested it be cut to a smaller, $16 million structure. That plan ran into fierce opposition from state Rep. Kruzan in the Indiana House — girding Garton’s efforts to see the Bloomington campus built right and built well.

A decade later, the initiative looks not only wise but, possibly, overly frugal. Ivy Tech enrollment in Bloomington surged from 2,600 in 2002 to 6,400 a decade later, surpassing the structure’s long-term capacity of 5,000 several years ago.

Steve and Connie Ferguson — longtime supporters of Ivy Tech — hammered at the point that the Indiana Legislature that balked at the Bloomington facility 10 years ago needs to be prodded to move forward with expansion plans already approved by the Legislature but held up by the State Budget Committee and Indiana Higher Education Commission.

“It’s costing taxpayers $480,000 in rent to secure 100,000 square feet of space (to accommodate additional classroom needs),” Connie Ferguson told the crowd assembled Wednesday.

Her husband, Steve, made the same point later in the program, observing that the facility makes a statement of pride and stability to students, faculty and the community at large. A former trustee of Indiana University, Steve Ferguson said Ivy Tech Bloomington has become a recognized entryway to IU Bloomington and that the two institutions together make Bloomington the educational hub for the state.

Speakers at the one-hour program Wednesday praised longtime Ivy Tech system president Gerald I. Lamkin and John Whikehart, who took over as chancellor in 2001 and guided the campus through a decade of academic prosperity, community engagement and enrollment growth. At one point, the Bloomington campus was the third fastest-growing community college in the U.S.

Several speakers said a major key to the relationship between Ivy Tech and IU Bloomington was the involvement of IU Chancellor Kenneth R.R. Gros Louis, who pushed through the articulation agreement that fostered the streamlining of transferring Ivy Tech credits to IU Bloomington and other state four-year institutions.

Whikehart noted an amusing parallel with his original dedication speech in 2002 and the events of this week.

Originally scheduled for the steps of the Ferguson Academic Building, Wednesday’s event was moved indoors as storms swept through the Bloomington area.

Whikehart recalled that he moved the original dedication indoors as well, and quoted himself: “The only thing more eagerly anticipated in Bloomington in recent months than our dedication ceremony has been rain, so I have no regrets,” he said on Aug. 14, 2002.

A group of students watch from a distance as Ivy Tech Chancellor John R. Whikehart welcomes an audience to the 10-year anniversary and rededication ceremony at Ivy Tech Community College in Bloomington. Jeremy Hogan | Herald-Times

Ivy Tech-Bloomington Student Veteran Association executive officer Bobby Olivo, left, and Commander Doug Hobbs prepare to post the colors during the 10-year anniversary and rededication ceremony at Ivy Tech Community College in Bloomington. Jeremy Hogan | Herald-Times

Former Indiana Senate leader Bob Garton

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Herald-Times Opinion: Decade of changes at Ivy Tech began with new campus


Decade of changes at Ivy Tech began with opening of new campus

Our opinion
September 5, 2012

Ivy Tech Community College’s celebration of 10 years in a new building centers not so much on bricks and mortar as on a total transformation of an educational asset.

The changes in the Bloomington campus since the building on Daniels Way opened Aug. 14, 2002, can be shown dramatically in numbers. That starts with enrollment, which has grown from 2,663 students then, to 6,200 students this fall.

But opportunities for those students have grown as fast as the enrollment itself.

Twenty-four new associate degrees have been added in the last decade, many of which have begun to serve a changing economy in south-central Indiana. An example of that is the state’s only accredited associate degree program in radiation therapy, which was prompted by the needs of what was then the Midwest Proton Radiotherapy Institute (now the IU Health Proton Therapy Center). Degrees in hospitality helped train workers for the French Lick-West Baden hotel renovations, and biotechnology helped fill jobs in the life sciences sector.

According to information released by the college, in 2001-2002, 34 Ivy Tech-Bloomington students transferred 498 credit hours to a four-year university, while eight years later — the most recent data available — 1,149 Ivy Tech-Bloomington students transferred 18,342 credit hours to a four-year university.

In 2002, Ivy Tech-Bloomington students received $24,000 in scholarships. That number had grown to $147,879 in 2011.

A lot more numbers could be cited.

But the story of the last decade for Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus doesn’t end there.

Before the new building and new Chancellor John Whikehart brought new possibilities, energy and vision to Ivy Tech, it was a nice educational option if you could find it in the shadow of Indiana University. Let’s just say it had a low profile.

It has burst from the shadows in a number of ways. It is not IU, of course, but it is a partner with the world-class research university in many ways. Eight associate degrees now seamlessly transfer there. Some Ivy Tech students live in IU residence halls when they start school, then transfer to IU in growing numbers. Credit hour transfer numbers above refer predominantly to IU.

Robust student life exists at Ivy Tech, making the experience much more than the commuter college stereotype of old. Clubs abound, and civic engagement permeates the college through alternative spring break trips to Mexico, Guatemala and Virginia; service learning courses and volunteerism; and the O’Bannon Institute for Civic Engagement, which since 2004 has brought high-powered national speakers to campus.

In 10 years, the college’s Bloomington campus has gone, essentially, from a good alternative for vocational training and work force development to a comprehensive community college with expanding academic programs and an active and proud student body dedicated to community service. It has strong continuing education programs, and continues to respond to the needs of area businesses and industries.

Besides all that, Ivy Tech Community College has an important seat at the table when the community’s and region’s present and future are the topics.

The opening of the 10-year-old building on the west side of town sparked all these changes that deserve celebration today.

An Ivy Tech student works in a staircase lounge overlooking the plaza at the school’s main building in Bloomington Tuesday. The building, named for Steve and Connie Ferguson, will be rededicated Wednesday to celebrate its 10th anniversary. David Snodgress | Herald-Times

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Ivy Tech celebrates 10 years of record expansion Wednesday


Ivy Tech celebrates 10 years of record expansion Wednesday

By Mike Leonard 331-4368 | mleonard@heraldt.com
September 5, 2012

For Ivy Tech Community College trustee Lee Marchant, it’s the “incredible” program that ramped up quickly to fill an immediate need for Licensed Practical Nurses in south-central Indiana.

For Bloomington Chancellor John Whikehart, it’s the steady march from vocational school to a comprehensive community college that attracts students from 71 of Indiana’s 92 counties and offers more than 400 credit hours that can transfer to Indiana University or another state-assisted four-year institution.

Different people have a different first point of emphasis when they talk about the multiple measures of growth that Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus has experienced in the 10 years since it relocated to its current location at 200 Daniels Way on the city’s west side.

Those perspectives will doubtless be shared Wednesday when the community college stages a 10th anniversary building rededication and open house from 4-5 p.m. Wednesday. After brief remarks, building tours and tours of Ivy Tech nursing, paramedic and technology labs will be available.

“Ten years in the building is a milestone to measure our growth as an Ivy Tech campus,” Whikehart said in a statement announcing the event. “In 1963, the Indiana General Assembly formed the Indiana Vocational Technical College. The Bloomington campus of Ivy Tech first offered classes in 1968. Construction of our current facility began in 2000, and the doors officially opened in 2002. The building was designed to accommodate 5,000 students. Ten years later, in 2012, Ivy Tech-Bloomington has an enrollment of 6,400 full-time students.”

“I think it was kind of an anomaly that it took so long to get Bloomington built,” said Marchant. Initially, local officials had to work to pull Bloomington out of the Columbus region and anchor as its own entity, ostensibly to serve students from a six-county region including Greene, Lawrence, Martin, Monroe, Morgan and Owen counties.

Groundbreaking for the current Ivy Tech building began in March, 2000, and Whikehart was appointed interim chancellor in September, 2001. “John came on board when we were really looking for somebody to come in and kind of clean up a mess,” Marchant said. “There were a lot of issues on the table about moving Ivy Tech credits to IU and other four-year programs and I credit John and (IU President) Adam Herbert for getting after that and making things happen.”

Whikehart set out on goals set out by the state board of trustees to not just expand academic and workforce development programs but also student life initiatives, community engagement and continuing education and community service.

Today the Bloomington campus has a variety of student clubs, including Democratic and Republican political groups. Last year, Ivy Tech students contributed 20,208 hours of volunteer service to the six-county region.

“We’re also the only Ivy Tech campus in the state to have a Center for Lifelong Learning and a multitude of personal enrichment programs,” Whikehart said in an interview.

The O’Bannon Institute for Community Service has brought to Bloomington an array of nationally-recognized speakers from politics and the public realm, including former U.S. Senators Birch Bayh, Alan Simpson and George McGovern, former First Lady Laura Bush and writers and commentators including Sam Donaldson, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Eugene Robinson, Arianna Huffington, James Carville, Mary Matalin, Richard Dreyfuss, George Will and Cokie Roberts.

Workforce training initiatives include the Indiana Center for Life Sciences, the “5-Star Training” program for nearly 1,400 workers at the French Lick and West Baden Springs resorts and a singular radiation therapy treatment program.

“We have a lot to celebrate, both in Bloomington and throughout the Ivy Tech system,” Marchant said. “We’ve gone in a very short amount of time from a kind of second-rate vocational school to a professional two-year community college system that is the largest in the country. Most states are characterized by small community colleges that can’t turn on a dime, the way we can, to support any kind of industry that comes through and looks to us for help.”

Marchant said he sees Ivy Tech as an important cog in the effort to increase college affordability.

“I think Ivy Tech is one of the factors that’s going to substantially reduce the cost of higher education,” he said. “The fact that Ivy Tech can offer a two-year education that is transferable to four-year institutions, at substantially less cost, is a huge step towards reducing the overall cost of education.”

A group of students enter Ivy Tech’s main building in Bloomington Tuesday. The building, named for Steve and Connie Ferguson, will be rededicated Wednesday to celebrate its 10th anniversary. David Snodgress | Herald-Times

An Ivy Tech student works in a staircase lounge overlooking the plaza at the school’s main building in Bloomington Tuesday. The building, named for Steve and Connie Ferguson, will be rededicated Wednesday to celebrate its 10th anniversary. David Snodgress | Herald-Times

Student head count since the Bloomington campus of Ivy Tech Community College moved to Daniels Way. Herald-Times graphic

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IU to provide IT support services for Ivy Tech


IU to provide IT support services for Ivy Tech

By Mike Leonard 331-4368 | mleonard@heraldt.com
September 4, 2012

Indiana University’s information technology support has gained a national reputation for the quality and efficiency of its support to students, faculty and staff.

Soon, Ivy Tech Community College will be able to use those same resources under an agreement recently announced by both institutions.

Beginning in mid-October, IU’s client services and support division will provide 24/7 IT help desk and support services through telephone and email for faculty, staff and students on all Ivy Tech campuses. IU currently provides evening and weekend support for Ivy Tech.

“We are providing the best service for the least amount of cost to the students and taxpayers of Indiana,” Sue B. Workman, IU associate vice president of client services and support, said in a prepared statement. “This agreement eliminates duplication of systems, space, staff and management between the two institutions, so we both make effective use of tuition and state resources. These additional 24-hour support services can provide essential help for full-time students — especially those who are balancing work, families and education on a part-time basis.”

The state’s two largest higher education institutions already have an information technology relationship. In 2011, Ivy Tech moved its primary data center to the Information and Communications Technology Complex on IU’s Indianapolis campus. A 2011 project connected an additional 21 Ivy Tech Community College campuses to Indiana’s I-Light, a high-speed digital network for education and research.

Ivy Tech will pay IU a flat fee for the first two years of the collaboration, based on the Ivy Tech system’s existing support needs. The costs for remaining optional years of the contract will be based on the actual support volume of the first two years of the contract.

IU’s client services and support division is a unit of University Information Technology Services, which falls under the leadership of Vice President for Information Technology Brad Wheeler. According to IU Communications, over the past few years, the group successfully managed more than 200,000 personal contacts via a variety of communication options — phone, email, chat, walk-in and carry-in. The latest customer surveys report satisfaction ratings of 92 percent and higher in the areas of email support, online self-help and phone support.

“This is another example of an excellent collaboration between Indiana University and Ivy Tech Community College systemwide that is designed to achieve maximum efficiencies on the Ivy Tech side of the equation,” said John Whikehart, chancellor of Ivy Tech Bloomington. “I have complete confidence in Brad Wheeler, vice president at IU, and Anne Brinson, chief information officer for Ivy Tech, to make this a success.”

Sue B. Workman, IU associate vice president of client services and support

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