Fairview student’s talent on display with Ivy Tech holiday card

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Fairview student’s talent on display with Ivy Tech holiday card

By April Toler 331-4353 | atoler@heraldt.com
December 17, 2012

Ask fourth-grader Lauryn Lewis why art is her favorite class, and she will tell you: “Because you get to color and design what you want.”

So when the Fairview Elementary student sat down to design a holiday card for Ivy Tech Community College, she put all of her enthusiasm for art into the design.

And her hard work paid off. Lauryn’s design was chosen as this year’s winner for the college’s annual holiday card, an honor a shy Lauryn was surprised to receive.

“I was a little bit happy,” she said quietly.

On Monday, John Whikehart, chancellor of Ivy Tech in Bloomington, presented Lauryn with a plaque featuring her design along with some extra cards for her family and fellow classmates. Her design, chosen from about 40 designs, features the inside of a house complete with a fireplace, a Christmas tree and Santa with a bag full of toys.

The card, which will be distributed to about 5,000 students, reads “Card illustrated by Lauryn Lewis, fourth-grade student at Fairview Elementary School, a Leonard Bernstein Artful Learning School.”

The community college has been commissioning artwork from local students for several years. This is the second year they have partnered with Fairview.

“We always get a lot of reaction to the cards,” Whikehart said. “It’s a lot of fun to do this.”

Lauryn — who came in for the award presentation although she was not feeling well — was a little uncomfortable with all the attention surrounding her. But her classmates showed plenty of excitement as they gathered around her Monday morning.

“Good job Lauryn,” one classmate said as she patted Lauryn on the back.

Lauryn’s mom, Tertha Lewis, said her daughter is always drawing and her work has progressed through the years.

After her first glimpse of the winning card Monday, Lewis was all smiles as she snapped pictures of her daughter receiving the honor.

“It’s cute,” Lewis said of the card. “I’m just proud of her.”

Art teacher Lacey Basgier said the attention and honor for Lauryn, whom she described as an “absolute sweetheart,” was well deserved.

“(She is a) model student, setting a good example most of the time, hardworking. You can tell looking at her holiday card and the other artwork … she’s just always doing the right thing and trying her best,” Basgier said.

The art teacher also praised Ivy Tech for its partnership and support of Fairview and its students.

“It’s just really nice to partner with someone in the community and to get our students’ artwork out in the community as much as possible,” Basgier said.

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Lauryn Lewis, a Fairview Elementary student, designed the Christmas card sent by Ivy Tech this year. David Snodgress | Herald-Times

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John Whikehart, Chancellor of Ivy Tech in Bloomington, presented Lauryn Lewis with a plaque featuring her design along with some extra cards for her family and fellow classmates. David Snodgress | Herald-Times

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Christmas card design by Lauryn Lewis. David Snodgress | Herald-Times

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Lauryn Lewis (center) gets a hug from classmates Jazlyn Wright (left) and Makayla Flowers. Lauryn designed the Christmas card used by Ivy Tech this year. David Snodgress | Herald-Times

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Ivy Tech expansion gets construction approval from higher ed commission

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Ivy Tech expansion gets construction approval from higher ed commission

By Mike Leonard 331-4368 | mleonard@heraldt.com
December 14, 2012

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education voted Thursday to recommend funding for a $20 million, 80,000 square-foot addition to the primary building on the Bloomington campus.

While the recommendation still must be passed by the Indiana General Assembly, its passage by the commission is seen as a significant step by Bloomington Chancellor John Whikehart.

“It’s been sitting with the commission for a number of years,” Whikehart said Thursday afternoon. “The project status has just been ‘on hold’, so this is a big step forward for us and one we’ve not been able to take.”

The current primary campus building is a 148,000 sq. ft. facility that opened in 2002 and was designed to accommodate 5,000 students. The Bloomington campus now serves 6,300 students and leases about 50,000 sq. ft. of space to handle the overflow.

The probable need to expand the current building was a part of the campus master plan from the beginning. In 2007, Ivy Tech pared down its plan to add a 115,000 square foot addition at the request of the Legislature and an 85,000 square foot addition was approved for design. Bonding authority to finance construction was projected for approval in 2009.

During the recession, all higher education funding proposals were sent back to the higher education commission for review. The projects have languished there since.

The commission — whose members are appointed by the governor — approved 15 higher education projects Thursday. In addition to the Ivy Tech Bloomington campus, which saw its previous 85,000 square foot building shrink to 80,000, the commission gave the go-ahead to three Indiana University projects, including $21 million to the Bloomington campus core renovation; $29 million to regional campus renovations and $25 million for a School of Medicine expansion in Indianapolis.

It is not yet known when the General Assembly will take up the higher education projects, but they will need to pass through House and Senate committees and then the full House and Senate.

Whikehart said the Bloomington campus will review its previously approved project to see if it still comports with the school’s current usage and program dynamic. Even with rapid approvals all the way around, the addition to the north side of the primary would not likely yield space ready to occupy until the fall of 2016, he said.

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Ivy Tech-Bloomington awarded Community Foundation grants

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December 12, 2012

Ivy Tech-Bloomington awarded Community Foundation grants

Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus has been awarded two grants for a total of $46,240 from the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County. $35,000 was awarded for the “Improving our Entrepreneurship and Small Business Ecosystem” project, and $11,240 was awarded for the “Preschool Arts Infusion Program.”

Ivy Tech’s “Improving our Entrepreneurship and Small Business Ecosystem” project will bring together leaders from the Bloomington area to create a roadmap and action plan for entrepreneurs, innovators, and small business owners looking to advance their ideas. The project will be led by Ivy Tech’s Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship.

The Cook Center will work with a coalition of community partners to create a streamlined process for entrepreneurs to get the education, mentorship, and early-stage funding necessary to help their ventures become successful, and create more jobs in Bloomington and Monroe County. The coalition will align entrepreneurial support programs and resources, determine best practice models from peer communities across the U.S., research those models, and integrate findings into a report with actionable recommendations.

“Ivy Tech-Bloomington developed the Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship as a way to stimulate the local economy and support entrepreneurs within the communities we serve,” said Chancellor John Whikehart. “In fact, this grant will allow the Cook Center to launch mentorship and internship programs for entrepreneurs.”

Ivy Tech’s “Preschool Arts Infusion Program” will be led by Ivy Tech’s Center for Lifelong Learning, and benefit Fairview Elementary, A Leonard Bernstein Artful Learning School. The Artful Learning model increases student academic achievement by incorporating arts-based activities into all areas of the curriculum, including language arts, math, science, and history.

Ivy Tech’s grant-funded program aims to increase school readiness among students who will attend Fairview Elementary by incorporating Artful Learning into preschool activities. Ivy Tech will provide Fairview with one visual arts instructor and one theatre arts instructor to work with preschool students on a weekly basis. Ivy Tech teaching artists and Fairview instructors will prepare children for school by teaching Fairview’s core academic competencies through age-appropriate, arts-based activities.

“Developing a partnership with Ivy Tech will provide additional knowledge and skill in the arts for Fairview staff and students,” said Karen Adams, Principal of Fairview Elementary. “Most significantly, our recently established preschool classroom will benefit as MCCSC does not provide art or music instruction to preschool students. This partnership will enhance the art experiences Fairview is able to offer its students, connecting them with experts in the field and providing them with an exciting range of artistic opportunities.”

About Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County

The Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County administers more than 160 funds that produce grants which help provide a better quality of life for the people of Bloomington and Monroe County, Indiana. The Community Impact Funding Initiative is designed to fuel innovative ideas and lasting impact within our community by granting funds to nonprofits for the purpose of meeting our community’s most pressing needs or seizing upon its most compelling opportunities.

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 continuing education courses open for registration

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December 10, 2012

Ivy Tech continuing education courses open for registration

Registration is now open for Ivy Tech Community College continuing education courses. In addition to offerings in arts, humanities, and practical living classes, the following classes are new this spring.

Watercolor: Give it a Try – a one-day workshop for the beginner watercolor artist

Still Life Painting – a workshop on fundamental painting practices and technical skills

Shakespeare: Comedy Tonite – a focus on the amazing women behind Merchant of Venice, Much Ado About Nothing and Twelfth Night

History Tuesdays at Bell Trace series – Forgotten Presidents, From Crown to Parliament, Wonders of the World, Comet!, and Life in a British Period Drama

Bloomington Cooking School series – Beef Wellington, Biscuits and Gravy, Seafood Crepes, and Pork Shoulder Picnic

Gallery Talk by textile artisan Daren Redman, in association with the Indiana Heritage Quilt Show

Ivy Tech continuing education classes are offered in Bloomington as well as throughout the south-central Indiana communities of Morgan, Owen, Greene, Martin, Lawrence, and Orange Counties.

To register, and see a full schedule of continuing education classes, visit Ivy Tech’s Center for Lifelong Learning at www.ivytech.edu/cll. For more information call 812-330-6041.

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.

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Ivy Tech registration open for classes at Orange County Learning Center

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December 7, 2012

Ivy Tech registration open for classes at Orange County Learning Center

Ivy Tech registration for Spring Semester is open, and classes at the Orange County Learning Center at Springs Valley begin Monday, January 14, 2013.

Students can earn credits toward an Ivy Tech Associate degree by taking classes close to home at the Orange County Learning Center. Courses offered in the spring semester include English composition, algebra, psychology, sociology, new student seminar, and public speaking.

Short-term training courses will also be offered. Courses include Microsoft classes: Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access; Social Media for Business; Introduction to Computers; Computer Concepts; Photoshop Elements 8; and ServSafe Food Safety.

Social Media for Business is a new class offering in Orange County. Students will learn about the many applications of social media, and how to utilize social media as a business professional. Class topics will cover all major social networking sites including Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and also discuss how niche sites can be just as important. Students will create profiles on the major social networks and learn how to promote themselves as an individual, as well as their business.

Non-credit personal enrichment classes will also be offered at the Orange County Learning Center. Classes include: Watercolor: Give it a Try!, Growing Mushrooms for a Gourmet Garden, Photography: Digital Artistry, and Containers, Pots, and Planters.

Non-credit classes will also take place at Burton-Kimble Farms, located just 2 miles east of downtown Orleans in Orange County. Classes include, Dinner for One or Two in a Snap, Warm up with Soup, Cooking Ta-do at the Farm, Sweet Stuff: Cookies, Cakes & Goodies, and Preparing for Drop-in Events.

A full list of Ivy Tech classes offered at Orange County Learning Center can be found at www.ivytech.edu/orangecounty. A full list of non-credit course offerings at Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington can be found at www.ivytech.edu/cll.

The Orange County Learning Center at Springs Valley is located at 479 S. Larry Bird Blvd. French Lick, IN. For help applying to Ivy Tech or registering for classes, students can drop in without an appointment. Currently, the Orange County Learning Center office is open Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The office is closed for lunch from Noon to 1 p.m. The office will be closed December 21 through 30. For questions, call the learning center at 812-936-4100 or contact Carol Hudelson at chudelson@ivytech.edu.

About Ivy Tech Orange County Learning Center

Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington opened the Orange County Learning Center in January 2012 to provide easy access to higher education and workforce training in Orange County. The center allows students to earn credits toward an Ivy Tech Associate degree by taking classes close to home. Since opening, the learning center has expanded offerings in for-credit academic courses, and non-credit workforce training and personal-enrichment courses.

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 ‘Corporate College’ courses open for registration

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December 5, 2012

Ivy Tech ‘Corporate College’ courses open for registration

Registration for professional development courses through Ivy Tech’s Corporate College is now open.

A new course series, Strategies to Grow Your Business, will be offered this spring. The series includes one-day workshops in Marketing (Feb. 12), Advertising (Feb. 26), Public Relations (Mar. 19), and Sales (Apr. 2). Workshops are $44 each, held from 6 to 8 p.m. at Ivy Tech-Bloomington’s Liberty Crossing location at 2088 S. Liberty Drive.

Another new course, Client Relationship Management, will focus on building and maintaining healthy business relationships with both internal and external clients. The one-hour course preview will be held on Feb. 25, from 3 to 4 p.m. Beginning Client Relationship Management runs 4 Mondays, Mar. 18 – Apr. 8. Advanced Client Relationship Management runs 4 Mondays, Apr. 15 – May 6. Courses are $99 each and the course preview is $15. Courses are held from 2 to 4 p.m. at Ivy Tech-Bloomington’s Liberty Crossing location.

The Creativity Workshops for Professionals series will focus on creative problem-solving skills. February workshops include The Right Environment for Creativity and Commit to Profitability and Success. March workshops include Create an Engaged Organization and Expand Thinking, Improve Performance. April workshops include Transform Polarization into Collaboration, Master Your Problem Solving Tool Box, and Drive Change by Integrating Creative Thinking. Workshops are $44 each, offered in three-day sessions. Session time options are: Tuesdays 9-11 a.m., Wednesdays 3-5 p.m., or Thursdays 6-8 p.m. The Expand Thinking, Improve Performance workshop is $64 and includes an assessment. Workshops are held at Ivy Tech-Bloomington’s Liberty Crossing location.

For more information and to register for professional development classes offered through Ivy Tech’s Corporate College, visit www.ivytech.edu/bloomington/corporate-college, or call (812) 330-6044.

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.

Ivy Tech-Bloomington Chancellor John Whikehart joins national entrepreneurship leadership forum

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December 3, 2012

Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus and the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) announced today that Ivy Tech-Bloomington Chancellor John Whikehart has joined NACCE’s new Presidents for Entrepreneurship Forum.

Through the new program, leaders of community colleges throughout the country commit to increase the focus on entrepreneurship at their institutions and the impact they have on the economic well-being of the communities they serve.

“Part of the strategic plan of the college is to support and respond to economic development needs of the community, and Ivy Tech-Bloomington developed the Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship as a way to stimulate the local economy and support entrepreneurs within the college and communities we serve,” said Chancellor John Whikehart. “In fact, one of the programs at the Cook Center is our CEO Roundtables, created as a service to assist nearly 20 existing businesses in the area.”

Additionally, the Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship has assisted more than 175 clients since it’s opening, and has sponsored Startup Weekend as part of its mission to foster entrepreneurship in the region. Startup Weekend is a 54-hour weekend event that brings entrepreneurs together to build products and launch companies.

More than 186 community colleges throughout the country have joined the Presidents for Entrepreneurship Forum, and have committed to playing a greater role in stimulating economic development in the communities they serve.

Leaders from three other Ivy Tech Community College regions have also joined the forum: Chancellor Andrew Bowne, Ivy Tech-East Central; David Bathe, Ivy Tech-Lafayette; and Jose Guadalupe Valtierra, Ivy Tech-Northwest.

NACCE is the nation’s leading organization focused on promoting entrepreneurship through community colleges.

For more information about services and programs of the Cook Center for Entrepreneurship, call (812) 330-6261 or log on www.ivytech.edu/entrepreneurship.