Ivy Tech students to perform cross-disciplinary theatre project

November 29, 2012

Ivy Tech students to perform cross-disciplinary theatre project

Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington students in philosophy, architecture, and theatre courses collaborated to write four plays exploring the topic of the influence of technology on contemporary social life. Theatre students will perform the four plays on Thursday, December 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. on Ivy Tech’s main campus, in the Connie and Steve Ferguson Academic Building at 200 Daniels Way.

The following questions appear in student-designed promotions for the plays:

  • “Has technology ruined your life, or the life of a loved one?”
  • “Do you trust technology more than you trust yourself?”
  • “Do you control technology or does technology control you?”

The objective of Ivy Tech’s cross-disciplinary theatre project was for students to develop storylines that reflected philosophical perspectives on a digital society. Students in Professor Natasha Jacobs’ philosophy class discussed how philosophical questions about the nature of reality, freedom versus determinism, the human condition, and existential alienation applied to their own lives within a digital culture. From their philosophical discussions, they developed stories, characters and dialogue into 16 individual plays.

Students in Professor Gustave Weltsek, Ph.D.’s theatre courses then wrote four comprehensive plays to combine the themes, issues, and philosophical perspectives found in the 16 plays written by philosophy students.

Students in instructor Vanessa Shirazawa Babcock’s architecture course examined the architecture of Ivy Tech-Bloomington’s campus and determined the best spaces in which the plays should be performed. Architecture students created ground plans for sets using digital imaging and sent the plans to theatre students, who made the final decision on location and set design.

“Cross-disciplinary projects are yet another component of the comprehensive education students receive at Ivy Tech-Bloomington,” said Chancellor John Whikehart. “Ivy Tech’s increased course offerings in both theatre and the humanities reflects our growing population of students who transfer to four-year institutions. Almost 55% of Ivy Tech-Bloomington students enroll with intent to transfer to a four-year institution, which is the reason we prepare them with a comprehensive, liberal arts education.”

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 named military friendly

Ivy Tech named military friendly

By Gage Bentley | IDS | November 15, 2012

Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus was named a military-friendly school for the second year in a row by G.I. Jobs magazine.

G.I. Jobs chooses schools that offer the best and most adaptable services. Veteran students may also vote for schools they believe are military friendly, according to a press release.

Though IU was also on the list, some veteran students prefer Ivy Tech because of low costs and veterans-only classes, Ivy Tech Bloomington student Pat Rincon said.

“I want to take more classes that are veterans-only,” Rincon said.

He said his U.S. history class is taught by a veteran and that the all-veteran students value such familiarity.

Ivy Tech Bloomington will offer three veterans-only courses in the spring, said Laura Vest, Ivy Tech veterans benefits coordinator.

“The classes allow veterans to share like experiences,” Vest said. “They’re more comfortable sharing with people who have had similar challenges.”

Rincon said he’s stalling his transfer to IU because he doesn’t know of any veterans-only classes at IU and because Ivy Tech classes are less expensive.

Student Service Assistant Sarah Gibson works with IU’s Veteran Support Services and said IU actually has one such class.

Education 206: “Orientation to College Life” is a veterans-only course specifically designed to support the transition of veterans to higher education and to utilize their experiences to aid their academic careers, according to the IU registrar’s website.

Gibson said IU doesn’t offer more veterans-only classes because interest isn’t shown very often.

“We might consider more if our student veterans expressed that’s something of interest,” Gibson said.

Veteran students, like other students, encounter many challenges, but remain different because those challenges vary greatly between individuals, she said.

“We have to adapt our services to individuals’ needs,” Gibson said.

Copyright © 2012 Indiana Daily Student

WFIU-Radio Theatre Review: The Rimers of Eldritch

WFIU-Radio Theatre Review: The Rimers of Eldritch

The Rimers of Eldritch by Lanford Wilson
Director Paul Daily
November 10, and 14-17, 2012
Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center
122 S. Walnut St.

The Rimers of Eldritch at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center is playwright Lanford Wilson’s account of a community and a murder mystery. Eldritch is a dying town that flourished when coal was discovered and died when it was gone. With fewer than seventy people left, the play puts about a quarter of the entire town on stage. The seventeen member cast is almost as varied as the town’s folk. They have a wide variety of theatrical experience. Some come from the community, some from Ivy Tech, some from IU, and there’s even one from an area high school.

Playwright Wilson has a love for the complications story telling and language. The stories sometimes go straight forward. Sometimes they loop back on themselves in apparent confusion and sometimes parts reappears like old friends.

Like the truth of the various stories, even geography of Eldritch is up for questions. In a quartet, four outfacing farmers almost seem to speak in a sort of round. Is it rich bottom land, where flooding followed by drought is a problem. Is it high ground where flooding isn’t a problem, but drought is? The opinions and the evidence go round and round.

The Rimers of Eldritch is a fascinating pattern of small scenes neatly orchestrated by director Paul Daily. One of the characters dreams of a bright sparkling continuity of the rime of hoar frost over the whole town, but the only time the whole cast unites is for sermons that put the community on notice of its sinfulness and gospel songs that look past the present to a here after. .

The Ivy Tech Student Production of Lanford Wilson’s the Rimers of Eldritch continues with 7:30 performances in the Rose Firebay of the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center Thursday, Friday and Saturday. There’s also a 2 pm Saturday matinee.

At the theatre for you, I’m George Walker.

Ivy Tech grant award to fund customer service training in French Lick

November 13, 2012

Ivy Tech grant award to fund customer service training in French Lick

 Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus has been awarded a $6,000 training grant from the Duke Energy Foundation to fund a portion of the tuition costs for Corporate College’s new Excellence in Service Certification program, scheduled to take place in French Lick.

The Excellence in Service Certification program is designed to give employees the skills needed to communicate professionally, enhance client relationships, and increase customer loyalty, in turn, increasing company profitability.

“This one-time grant will cover 50% of the cost of the initial class of ten students, providing employers with valuable training for their employees at $.50 on the dollar,” said Dennis Maloy, Executive Director, Corporate College at Ivy Tech-Bloomington. “To start, we’ll offer the program at the Springs Valley Learning Center in Orange Co. and expand within the region if the program is successful.”

This certification program is targeted toward any business that has regular and recurring contact with the general public. Business operations that would benefit include tourism, service firms, restaurants, and back office operations, among others.

The program consists of 10, two and half hour workshops, twice per week. Upon completion of all 10 workshops, students become eligible to sit for the Guest Service Professional Certification exam offered through the *American Hotel & Lodging Education Institute.

Some workshop topics include Understanding Customer Service Concepts, Improving Professional Behaviors, Understanding Behavioral Styles, Striving for Continuous Improvement, and Developing Your Career.

Businesses can request more information about Corporate College’s Excellence in Service Certification program by contacting Dennis Maloy, Executive Director, at (812) 330-6360 or dmaloy@ivytech.edu.

*Certification program not specifically geared toward hospitality training.

About Corporate College

Ivy Tech Corporate College (www.ivytech.edu/corporate-college) is the premier provider of quality workforce training solutions for the needs of businesses, industry, organizations, and individuals.  Corporate College contributes to business success through talent development, organizational improvement, and increased productivity and profitability.

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.

THEATER REVIEW: Small town justice: Ivy Tech production debuts at Rose Firebay

The Herald-Times


THEATER REVIEW: Small town justice: Ivy Tech production debuts at Rose Firebay

By Doris Lynch
H-T Reviewer
November 12, 2012

What happens to morality in a dying coal town? Why would a handsome stranger come and linger, especially when most of the male townies escape at 18 for St. Louis, Des Moines or Chicago? And when murder happens, why does the community believe the town outcast must necessarily be the guilty one?

Paul Daily’s fine direction of Pulitzer Prize-winner Wilson’s play “The Rimers of Eldritch” doesn’t necessarily answer these questions, but like all good theater, it certainly leads the audience members on the chase.

Before the drama opens, one figure lies curled into himself on the bare floor. One by one, the rest of the cast, save one, walks onstage and creates a layered tableau of bodies, some fallen upon each other, resting on chests, backs or legs. A young woman sits clutching a man whose hand rests on another man who lies beside him.

From this stark, almost post-apocalyptic sculpture of the fallen, the play begins. Throughout, Daily’s intriguing staging imparts intensity to the geography of relationships in the small decaying town of Eldritch, Mo.

As judge and preacher, John Boyken’s powerful voice rings out, delivering either the wrath of God or the authority of the law. “Rimers” is not at all linear, and though one of the first scenes is the familiar oath-taking procedure in a courtroom, the script leaps both backward and forward in time.

Utterly believable as the town busybodies are Rachel Goldman as Wilma Atkins and Emily Scott as Martha Truit. Pontificating, moralizing, judging, repeatedly proclaiming that the town has gone to the devil are these two gossipy mavens. Scott and Goldman capture the conversational I’mtellingyousos of the truly powerful in small towns.

In many ways, Wilson’s script can be heard as an edict about evolution in society. The weak, the forgotten, the lame, the psychologically incapacitated — all of these characters become prey to the strong here. With his shaking hands, his voice planted in a low register, David Chervony captures the alienated loneliness of the town’s peeping tom, Skelly Mannor, whose house has been torched by his own neighbors.

Jennifer Smith portrays the lame, easily frightened Eva Jackson as the skittish dreamer who loves autumn with her entire being. She wanders the town woods (cleverly staged by the other actors, limbs extended, frozen in place with their scarves becoming imagined leaves).

As Robert Conklin, Dylan Zimmerman meets the challenge of playing one of Eldritch’s more complex characters, a “good boy” who’s very kind to Eva but who has his own dark side. One of the more whimsical scenes is when Eva and Robert reveal to each other exactly how they fly through the air; Eva just skims over trees barely touching them.

Sasha Belle Newfeld (Cora Groves) succeeds as the town cougar, an abandoned “older” woman of either 34 or 38 who takes up with the young stranger Walter, convincingly portrayed by Jacob Duffy Halbleib. Also interesting to watch onstage were Katherine Nash as the young high school student (Patsy) who likes only boys with cars, and Samantha Tetangco Ocena as Mary Windrod, an old woman with dementia who witnesses things, but who can trust whether she is seeing or dreaming?

Costumes by Jennifer Cox, simple brown homespun dresses and brown T-shirts for the men, gave the feel of an Amana or other religious community but work well for Eldritch, a town with strong Christian leanings.

Lee Cromwell’s music direction intersperses a few hymns that involved the whole cast and also depict the religious center of life here.

Matt Herndon’s clever lighting design performs some magic with an emergency light.

This Ivy Tech student production provided an evening of fine theater, very visual and thought-provoking. Check it out.

If you go

WHO: Ivy Tech student production

WHAT: “The Rimers of Eldritch” by Lanford Wilson

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

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday

TCKETS: $5 for students and seniors, $15 for others.

Tickets are available for purchase at the Buskirk-Chumley box office, or by visiting http://www.bctboxoffice.com

Copyright: HeraldTimesOnline.com 2012

Monroe County Veterans Day ceremonies

The Herald-Times

Veterans to be honored in a number of events held in the county

By Dann Denny 331-4350
November 10, 2012

Remembering and honoring our military veterans is what Veterans Day is all about, said Dick Dunbar, commander of American Legion Post 18 in Bloomington.

“Memorial Day is more about honoring the veterans who have passed away, but Veterans Day is more about honoring the men and women now in uniform,” Dunbar said. “These veterans are fighting for the freedoms we enjoy every day, and many of them have not only given up their time but have suffered serious injuries. It’s only fitting that we pause once a year to honor them.”

Here are some of the local Veterans Day ceremonies set for Sunday and Monday:

Monroe County Courthouse

There will be a Veterans Day ceremony at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Monroe County Courthouse. The event — sponsored by American Legion Post 18, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 604, and American Veterans Post 2000 — will honor all military veterans who have served in the U.S. military.

The master of ceremonies will be retired Col. Turner Nolan of American Legion Post 18.

Hugh Dagley, a graduate of Bloomington High School and Indiana University, will be the keynote speaker. He has served more than 30 years in the American Legion National Headquarters and the Department of Indiana Headquarters.

Weather permitting, the end of the ceremony will be conducted outside the courthouse near the flag pole, and there will be the laying of memorial wreaths around the Veterans Memorial Monument.

After the ceremony, the public is invited to a free ham and beans lunch at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 604 at 2404 W. Industrial Drive, southwest of the intersection of North Ind. 37 and Vernal Pike.

Apostolic Bible Church

A Veterans Day Appreciation Service will take place at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Apostolic Bible Church, 3291 S. Old Walnut Street Pike in Bloomington. All veterans and their families are welcome.

Monroe County Fairgrounds

There will be a Veterans Day ceremony at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Veterans Memorial Plaza at the Monroe County Fairgrounds.

Pastor Jim Webster will emcee the event, which will begin with the posting of the American and POW/MIA flags by the Indiana National Guard, followed by the national anthem sung by Maria Lysandrou.

After Pastor Roy McRoberts gives the invocation and the Bloomington Brass Band plays the service medley, there will be talks by Monroe County Fair Board president Dale Conard, Bloomington Kiwanis Club president Diania Fellure, and Judge Francie Hill. Lysandrou will sing another song, and McRoberts will give a closing prayer before Taps is played by Gerald Hanson and Jim Kirkman.

Tents will be set up to protect attendees from inclement weather, and the Monroe County Chapter of the American Red Cross will provide coffee and hot chocolate.

Auer Hall

The Indiana University Brass Choir led by director Edmund Cord will offer a Veterans Day performance at 6 p.m. Sunday in Auer Hall. There will be works by Bernstein, Broiles, Copland, Cowell, Davis, Ewazen, Gates, Ives, Jacob and Lauridsen.

Ivy Tech

“Celebrate Veterans Day with Ivy Tech” will begin Monday with an 8:30 a.m. opening ceremony on Ivy Tech’s main campus at 200 Daniels Way. There will be a veterans discussion, a display of military gear, and a Student Veteran Organization coin ceremony from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Lamkin Hall.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. there will be a Patriotic Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest at the main entrance. Whoever draws the best picture will win a sweatshirt from the Ivy Tech bookstore. To sign up, email Al Buchanan at abuchanan17@ivytech.edu.

“Sign a Holiday Card for Heroes” will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the first floor rotunda. People can sign some of the 1,000 holiday cards that will be sent to soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Indiana Memorial Union

The Veterans Support Services at Indiana University will conduct a smaller version of the National Remembrance Roll Call from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Monday in the Memorial Room of the Indiana Memorial Union. The names of all Indiana service members who lost their lives while being deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan will be read. There also will be an observation of a national moment of silence at 2 p.m., as well as a Veterans Open House from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Veterans Support Services office in the IMU. From 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday the Union Board will have a display and several speakers in the Memorial Room.

Jeremy Hogan | Herald-Times
Jason Rosso was part of the ceremonies last year at Ivy Tech. This year’s Ivy Tech celebration gets under way at 8:30 a.m. Monday, with a number of events during the day at the 200 Daniels Way campus.

Copyright: HeraldTimesOnline.com 2012

Ivy Tech-Bloomington named military friendly school for second consecutive year

November 8, 2012

Ivy Tech-Bloomington named military friendly school for second consecutive year

For the second consecutive year, Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus has been named a military friendly school by G.I. Jobs, the premier magazine for military personnel transitioning into civilian life. The 2013 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities, and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students.

Currently, Ivy Tech-Bloomington enrolls approximately 300 students who receive benefits from the G.I. Bill.

Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus offers scholarships and discounts, maintains a student veteran organization, and offers military credits and other services for those who served. The campus also hosts other veteran support services, such as volunteer collections for donations to homeless veterans.

One popular support service offered by the campus is “veterans-only” sections of academic classes, such as Ivy Tech New Student Seminar (IVYT 120).  “Our New Student Seminar classes typically focus on preparing new students to succeed during their college journey. However, veteran and military students often have different and unique challenges to overcome.

In 2012, Ivy Tech-Bloomington also began providing support for veterans claiming benefits from the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP).  The VRAP program helps unemployed veterans train for a new career. The campus currently has 30 students participating in the program for Fall Semester and plans to enroll additional students for the Spring Semester.

The Military Friendly Schools list is compiled through extensive research and a data driven survey of more than 8,000 schools nationwide. Institutions are ranked based on their policies, academic accreditations, and financial commitment to recruiting and retaining military and veteran students.

For a full list of G.I. Job’s military schools, visit at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com.

G.I. Jobs (www.gijobs.com) is published by Victory Media, a veteran-owned business which also publishes The Guide to Military Friendly Schools, Military Spouse and Vetrepreneur magazines and also annually rates the nation’s “Military Friendly Employers” and “Military Friendly Franchises.”

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.