Ivy Tech summer camps for kids in Orleans – Last chance to register

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May 30, 2013

Ivy Tech summer camps for kids in Orleans – Last chance to register

Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington is offering summer camps for children in grades K-6 at Burton-Kimble Farms in Orleans, beginning June 11. Friday, June 7, is the last chance to register for “Summer Songs, Games and Musical Instruments.”

Register by June 7 for “Summer Songs, Games and Musical Instruments.” This two-day camp will be held on June 11 and 13 from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. Activities on June 11 will focus on fun and easy old-fashioned games and crafts. Activities on June 13 will focus on songs, chants, and dances. Children will make musical instruments from recycled objects and learn simple tunes and chants. They will also learn circle games, a square dance, and a German folk dance. Children should wear comfortable shoes. Registration ends June 7. Camp cost is $39, and includes healthy snacks each day.

Register now for “Summer Science for Kids.” This three-day camp will be held July 9 through 11 from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.. The theme of day 1 activities is “All About Owls.” Children will study owl habits, and get an up-close look at how they work. They will learn about the prey/predator relationship by studying bones and skulls of many animals, and dissect an owl pellet. The theme of day 2 activities is “Birds.” Children will learn about birds: how they fly, what they eat, and where they live. They will study how weather affects them and how they survive. They will also make a bird house to take home. The theme of day 3 activities is “Butterflies.” Children will learn how to attract butterflies to a garden. They will study the stages of the butterfly life cycle and learn what they eat as they grow from egg to adult. They will also make a butterfly craft to take home. Camp cost is $49, and includes healthy snacks each day.

To register for summer camps at Burton- Kimble Farms, visit www.ivytech.edu/CLL and click on “Youth Summer Camps 2013”, or call (812) 330-6041. Burton-Kimble Farms is located at located at 2058 E. CR 800N in Orleans, Indiana, two miles east of SR37.

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.

Ivy Tech and City Launch Efficient Facilities Workshop

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May 30, 2013

Ivy Tech and City Launch Efficient Facilities Workshop

Workshop for facility managers and property owners to share efficiency and cost-saving practices

Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington, in partnership with the City of Bloomington, is hosting an Efficient Facilities workshop on Wednesday, June 5, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at City Hall. The purpose of the event is to provide facility managers with an opportunity to share energy, water, waste efficiency, and cost-saving practices, and identify knowledge sharing and training options.

“Ivy Tech-Bloomington’s Corporate College hopes to gain feedback from workshop attendees about what kind of certifications and training would be useful to Bloomington’s facility management workforce, as well as individual property owners,” said Ivy Tech-Bloomington Chancellor John Whikehart. “Corporate College would then develop customized training solutions.”

“At the City we’ve implemented cost- and energy-saving measures across all of our facilities,” Mayor Mark Kruzan said. “This network is an opportunity for us to share what we’ve learned and receive suggestions and feedback from our community peers.”

Reservations are required.  There is a nominal fee of $10 to cover the cost of the lunch that will be provided.  RSVP by June 3 to Jacqui Bauer by phone (812.349.3418), email (bauerj@bloomington.in.gov) or online (http://www.ivytech.edu/bloomington/corporate-college/).

For more information about Ivy Tech Corporate College, visit http://www.ivytech.edu/corporatecollege/.

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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Fairview Elementary students’ tile sculpture to be a lasting contribution

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IN SCHOOL

Fairview Elementary students’ tile sculpture to be a lasting contribution

Ivy Tech art center project pairs up youngsters, artist Marcy Neiditz

By April Toler
331-4353 | atoler@heraldt.com

May 28, 2013

When Dawnye Smith set about creating a ceramic tile for a project her school was creating for the B-Line Trail, the sixth-grader decided to make it personal.

So she set about creating two flowers surrounded by the phrase “I love my family,” a special note to the students and teachers Dawnye has spent the last five years with at Fairview Elementary School.

“I came up with it because I’ve been going to Fairview for five years and Fairview is kind of like my family,” she said.

Dawnye’s tile is one of more than 300 created by Fairview kindergartners and sixth-graders as part of a collaboration between the school and the Center for Lifelong Learning Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center.

Throughout the year, the center has been working on various projects with Fairview students, including creating an art piece that now sits west of the Showers Building on the B-Line Trail.

The piece was conceptualized by artist Marcy Neiditz, who helped the students create the tiles. On Thursday, the Fairview artists got a chance to see the finished project during a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Following the ceremony, the students scrambled to find their tiles among the display.

“It turned out better than I thought it would,” said sixth-grader Shane Pedro.

For his piece, Shane created a view of his house and the street he lives on. Although excited to see the finished project, Shane was even more excited to show it off to his family.

“My mom and dad and I walk this trail all the time,” he said.

The idea of students being able to walk along the trail and see art work they created was one of the highlights of the project for Jeffery Allen, assistant director for the Center for Lifelong Learning Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center.

The project also created the relationship between Fairview and Ivy Tech that led to work funded by the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County with Fairview preschool that will take place in the 2013-14 school year.

“We’ve now said to the children in our community that what you do matters,” he said.

After seeing all of the children’s smiling faces Thursday, Neiditz said she would like to be a part of more community-based art projects.

“My dream is to have it go beyond kids,” she said. “I think we should all take pride in art in the community and I would like to see this project grow.”

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Josiah Rice proudly shows his tile to his parents as he and other Fairview Elementary School students dedicate their sculpture last week on the B-Line Trail in front of the Showers Building. David Snodgress | Herald-Times

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Fairview Elementary School students look for the tiles they each made after Thursday’s dedication ceremony for their sculpture on the B-Line Trail in front of the Showers Building. David Snodgress | Herald-Times

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Fairview Elementary School students look for the tiles they each made after Thursday’s dedication ceremony for their sculpture on the B-Line Trail in front of the Showers Building. David Snodgress | Herald-Times

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Jaylee French peers at the tiles Thursday as Fairview students dedicate their sculpture on the B-Line Trail in front of the Showers Building. David Snodgress | Herald-Times

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Ivy Tech-Bloomington Chancellor John Whikehart to give New Tech graduate address, Valedictorian to attend Ivy Tech in the fall

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May 28, 2013

Ivy Tech-Bloomington Chancellor John Whikehart to give New Tech graduate address, Valedictorian to attend Ivy Tech in the fall

Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus Chancellor John Whikehart will give the graduate address at New Technology High School’s graduation ceremony on Friday, May 31 at the Buskirk-Chumley at 7 p.m.

“I am honored to be asked to speak at this momentous occasion for New Technology graduates, and happily accepted,” said Chancellor Whikehart. “Ivy Tech Community College and New Technology High School, soon to be the Academy of Science and Entrepreneurship, have developed a strong educational partnership over the past five years, and we look forward to new plans for the future.”

New Tech Valedictorian, Carson Martin, has chosen to begin her academic journey at Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus in the fall, where she will work toward an associate degree. She plans to transfer her associate degree to Indiana University to study journalism with a telecommunications and marketing focus. Martin comes to Ivy Tech in the fall with 15 college credits, earned in the dual credit program.

Dual credit is an option for high school students to simultaneously take college classes while in high school, and receive college credits while fulfilling high school requirements.

Over the past five years, New Technology High School students have earned a total of 669 dual credits through Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus. In just this past year, students earned 288 credit hours, for a total tuition savings of $96,033.60.

Of the graduating class, 18 will attend Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus for the Fall Semester; that’s 47 percent of the graduating class.

Ivy Tech-Bloomington has developed the Pathways to College Partial Tuition Waver program for Spring Semester 2013 dual credit, high school graduates. If dual credit students enroll at Ivy Tech-Bloomington as a full-time, degree seeking student, they may qualify for the program.

For more information about earning high school dual credits at Ivy Tech-Bloomington or for details about Ivy Tech-Bloomington Pathways to College, contact Denise Travers at (812) 330-6281 or dtravers@ivytech.edu.

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.

Partnership in Bloomington area encourages start-ups

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It’s your business

Partnership in Bloomington area encourages start-ups

By Steve Bryant
A Bloomington voice
May 24, 2013

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce recently released the Enterprising States report (www.freeenterprise.com/enterprisingstates/#about) that details how well individual states are performing at enterprise creation (a.k.a. entrepreneurship).

Indiana was ranked in 43rd place in the report, mostly due to lack of a high number of new business start-ups.

So, what’s a state to do to improve the climate for entrepreneurship?

Ivy Tech’s Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship, the city of Bloomington, Bloomington Economic Development Corp. and a host of other local agencies, partners and friends have been working on development of an Entrepreneurship and Innovation Road Mapping Project funded through the Impact Grant program of the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County.

Essentially, we are trying to determine how to build a better environment to support people who want to own and operate a business.

Not an easy task, but we have a pretty good environment for entrepreneurship and innovation started here already. There are many local entrepreneurial success stories, organizations that foster innovation (SproutBox, Indiana University, Crane), agencies to assist with advice and counseling (Small Business Development Corp. and SCORE, a group that offers financial and planning advice to start-ups), world-class entrepreneurship centers at Indiana University (Johnson Center), the Cook Center and a community that loves its local startup scene.

So, what’s missing?

We are trying to get to the bottom of that by researching trends, needs and wants of entrepreneurs and the types of tools and programs necessary to enable more people to start their own venture. With the huge amount of brain power coming out of IU, Crane, Ivy Tech and local “tinkerers,” we should be able to grow the startup culture here in Bloomington, Monroe County and the region.

Honestly, we are just getting started in evaluating the needs and coming up with ideas and strategies to launch more small businesses locally.

Perhaps programs such as Lemonade Day and the newly branded Academy for Life Sciences and Entrepreneurship (New Tech High School) are a few small ways to encourage youth to think about their own business as a career choice. Entrepreneurs need to be vocal in letting us know what they think — they are the audience we need to hear from as we roll all this out.

We should be able to shed some light on this issue with some recommendations later this summer, so stay tuned.

Steve Bryant directs the Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship.

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Ivy Tech graduates understand the importance of education

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Ivy Tech graduates understand the importance of education

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May 19, 2013

Friday night, Ivy Tech Community College in Bloomington conferred 824 associate degrees, certificates and technical certificates during commencement exercises. Each individual who graduated could tell a story of what the Ivy Tech experience has meant to them.

They included Jonathon Holland, who was featured in an H-T story earlier this week. The 26-year-old earned an associate degree in general studies with Magna Cum Laude honors, an achievement that must have seemed impossible when he was serving time in jail and recovering from addiction. But he’s remade himself with the help of Ivy Tech, earning the college’s humanitarian award for volunteer work with people recovering from addictions or re-entering society after being incarcerated.

His story illustrates the encouragement Ivy Tech gives its students to become involved in their community.

Others were international students, such as Jenny Abaunza-Jaramillo, 32, who received an associate of applied science in business administration with a Magna Cum Laude designation. She’s an international student from Colombia who wanted to expand her educational experiences in this country after receiving a bachelor’s degree in business from a school in her native country.

Some are military veterans, such as Bobbie Olivo, who received a technical certificate in Computer Information Systems and will receive an associate of applied science computer information systems this summer (Magna Cum Laude).

She joined the U.S. Air Force after high school and served during the first Gulf War. After eight years of distinguished service, she left the Air Force and began working. She then decided she wanted to go to college, and felt Ivy Tech was a good place for her. She enrolled when she was 39, and she, too, has been active in campus and community events.

The stories go on. Ronald E. Neibel Jr., 34, a City of Bloomington firefighter/engineer, is a first-generation college student who received his associate of applied science in public safety; Judith Thompson, 54, lost her job in the midst of the recession in 2009 and returned to school to get an associate of science in accounting; Lisa Calkins, 46, was a stay-at-home mother for 12 years, then re- entered the workforce and eventually began taking classes that led to a technical certificate in accounting and a certificate in payroll.

Congratulations to them all and to the hundreds of others who celebrated completing one leg of their educational journey Friday. They likely understand better than most the importance of learning new skills and gaining new knowledge — and the ongoing nature of education.

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Commencement ceremony at Ivy Tech Community College offers many success stories

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Commencement ceremony at Ivy Tech Community College offers many success stories

By Abby Tonsing
331-4245 | atonsing@heraldt.com
May 18, 2013

Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington awarded 824 associate degrees, certificates and technical certificates at commencement Friday evening at the Indiana University Auditorium.

Each graduate had a moment in the spotlight.

Names, degrees and honors were read aloud as the graduates crossed the stage, shook hands and received their degrees.

Tassels were moved from the right side of caps to the left.

Nursing graduates received pins and recited a pledge to all in attendance.

Ivy Tech College President Thomas Snyder charged the graduating class with three additional tasks:

Tell their compelling stories. “You can say, ‘I did this, so can you.’”

Be a coach. “It’s time to pay it forward.”

And wear Ivy Tech. Literally and figuratively.

“Be visible. Be in the community. Tell people what you’ve done. Be Ivy Tech,” Snyder said.

Bobbie Olivo wore her Ivy Tech accomplishments in white lettering atop her black cap — an associate degree, a grade point average of 3.8 and plans to continue her education at Indiana Wesleyan University.

Olivo, who moved to Indiana three years ago, received an associate of applied sciences in computer information systems. She decided to attend Ivy Tech because the college embraced older, nontraditional students, like herself.

Two years ago, she started out as a “scared to death” 39-year-old freshman. Since then, she conquered her fears.

“I’ve successfully completed something I’ve always wanted to do,” Olivo said before the ceremony. She’s also earned magna cum laude honors.

She changed the direction of her life, which commencement speaker Daniel Stec instructed his fellow graduates to do.

“Without direction, an open door is just a hole in the wall,” Stec, who received an associate of science degree in nursing, said to his classmates.

“Go out and proudly tell people you are an alumni, and following the direction of greatness. Stand up. Find your direction. And change the world.”

It is the unique story and circumstance of each Ivy Tech student that makes the college a great institution, he said.

Tiffany Hayes pointed to her two children — 14-year-old Michael and 8-year-old Justin — as her inspirations to attend Ivy Tech, while working there full time. She wanted to better herself and the lives of her children, she said of taking classes and receiving an associate degree in paralegal studies.

By Friday evening, William Fletcher, 29, had received two associate degrees in the past two years. Last year, he did not attend graduation to receive his degree in general studies. But Friday, he donned a cap and gown to receive his degree in computer information technology.

“It’s kind of the light at the end of the tunnel,” he said of graduation evening, adding it was just one of several to-do boxes to check off his list. Next up, attending Indiana Wesleyan University.

Also among those in attendance for Ivy Tech’s graduation were international students from six different countries, military veterans, students graduating with a variety of honors and five of Ivy Tech’s own employees, including Hayes.

Hayes was mentioned by name by Chancellor John Whikehart during the ceremony as he also honored military veterans and first-generation college students, among others.

The ceremony not only marked a special occasion for Ivy Tech graduates, but celebrated the 50th anniversary of the college and 10th anniversary of the school in its current site at the Connie and Steve Ferguson Academic Building.


Award recipients

Each commencement ceremony, Ivy Tech-Bloomington recognizes students for outstanding academic achievements. Academic program chairs in 27 programs of study choose students to receive this award.

Award recipients include: accounting, Judith Thompson; biotechnology, Erin Bond Crain; business administration, Ashley Barker Delp; computer information systems, Sarah Bruce; computer information technology, Greg Platt; criminal justice, Theodore Miles; design technology, Dale Webb; early childhood education, Serenity Guthrie; education, Erin Steury; energy technology, William Harold VanHorn; engineering technology, Tonya DeFord; general studies, Jonathan Holland; health care support, Hollyn Fowler; health information technology, Emily Messmacher; heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology, Timothy Welch; hospitality administration, Laura Crone; industrial technology, Kevin Craig; kinesiology, Vivian Newforth; liberal arts, Emily Musgrave; nursing, Julia DeOliveira and Michelle Usrey; office administration, Jessica Kuehner; paralegal studies, Melanie Griffith; paramedic science, Jason Chinn; practical nursing, Elizabeth Leveque; public safety technology, Ronald Neibel Jr.; radiation therapy, Stacy Hall; and respiratory care, Elizabeth James.

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Sarah Miles waits under a tree outside the IU Aditorium for rain to stop Friday before graduating with an Associate of Science in Nursing from Ivy Tech. Jeremy Hogan | Herald-Times

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Ivy Tech graduate Lauren Ritz, right, hugs Ivy Tech School of Nursing dean Pam Thompson after receiving her nursing pin at commencement ceremonies Friday. Jeremy Hogan | Herald-Times

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Amber Weyrich, who was getting an Associate Degree in Radiation Therapy, shields herself from the rain before entering the IU Auditorium to graduate from Ivy Tech-Bloomington on Friday. Jeremy Hogan | Herald-Times

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Bobbie Olivo

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William Fletcher

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Ivy Tech graduation ceremony today

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Ivy Tech graduation ceremony today

By Abby Tonsing
331-4245 | atonsing@heraldt.com

May 17, 2013

More than 800 graduates will be honored Friday evening during Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington’s commencement. The ceremony starts at 6 p.m. at the Indiana University Auditorium.

Ivy Tech will award 824 associate degrees, certificates and technical certificates at this year’s commencement.

Among those graduating is Jonathon Holland, a 26-year-old transfer student from Indiana University, who will receive an associate degree in general studies with magna cum laude honors.

Holland started his education at IU and later dropped out because of financial difficulties and other issues.

“I really didn’t do well, I think I was overwhelmed there,” he said in a phone interview. “Not only the party scene, but class sizes, too.”

Having served time in jail and recovering from addiction, Holland said he was nervous about going back to school.

“The mix of people really helped that,” he said. “I think I was kind of seen as a person, not just a student.”

Holland appreciated sharing the classrooms and hallways of Ivy Tech with a variety of people, from teenagers who had just graduated high school to adults taking classes in an effort to change careers.

And: “People like me who are just trying to get a second chance.”

Holland received Ivy Tech Bloomington’s Jeanine C. Rae Humanitarian Award for his volunteer work people struggling with addiction recovery and those re-entering society after incarceration. He taught weekly writing workshops at the Recovery Engagement Center, and was also named Ivy Tech Bloomington’s Newman Civic Fellow.

He plans to give IU another try and pursue a bachelor’s degree in English with a concentration in creative writing.

Also graduating from Ivy Tech are six international students from Taiwan, Japan, China, Vietnam, New Guinea and Columbia; seven students with summa cum laude honors for maintaining a perfect 4.0 grade point average; 34 military veterans; 63 students who are members of Phi Theta Kappa international honor society; and 158 students graduating with honors.

The commencement address will be given by Daniel Stec, a graduate of associate of science in nursing. He was a member of Campus Activities Board, Student Leadership Academy and Student Government Association. He served as an area representative for the International Student Exchange program, attended the college’s Alternative Spring Break program to Mexico in 2011 and has helped raise money for Homeward Bound.

“Commencement is the culminating event for our graduates and their families, and for the faculty and staff,” Chancellor John Whikehart stated in a press release. “Ivy Tech takes pride in the accomplishments of our students, who have made sacrifices to achieve their educational goals. We look forward to celebrating with them.”

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Ivy Tech graduate, Arisha Anderson, is an outstanding student award recipient and a associate in applied science degree recipient during the Ivy Tech Community College graduation ceremony in 2011 at the Indiana University Auditorium in Bloomington.

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The IU auditorium is filled with friends and family of Ivy Tech graduates during the May 2012 ceremony.  Jeremy Hogan | Herald-Times

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Ivy Tech summer camp spots still available in theatre and art

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May 14, 2013

Ivy Tech summer camp spots still available in theatre and art

Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington and Bloomington Playwrights Project (BPP) have partnered again this year to offer several unique theatre summer camps, serving youth in grades K-11.  There are four theatre camps, with start dates ranging from June 3 to July 8, and there is still time to register. Fees vary.

“Our Youth Education programs deliver a learning experience in a fun environment,” said Chad Rabinovitz, Artistic Director, Bloomington Playwrights Project. “The Ivy Tech/BPP Youth Education program allows kids to both create and act in their own productions. For example, in one of our popular camps, Girls Camp of Rock, the girls write songs, hone their performance technique, and then rock out in a real venue at the end of the week.”

Another popular and one-of-a-kind camp, Youth Musical Theatre Ensemble, allows kids in grades 4 through 11 to write, produce, and perform an original musical, culminating in a final performance for an audience. Kids will not only perform, but they’ll learn how theatre works behind the scenes by participating in rehearsals and collaborating with theatre professionals.

Additionally, Ivy Tech is offering arts-related camps through its year-round Ivy Arts for Kids program, and those camps take place downtown at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center. Ivy Arts for Kids is available to kids in grades K-5. There are four sessions of classes with start dates ranging from June 17 to July 29. Fees vary.

For more information about Ivy Tech summer camp offerings and to register, visit www.ivytech.edu/CLL and click on Youth Summer Camps 2013, or call (812) 330-6041.

About Ivy/BPP Youth Education Program

Ivy Tech/BPP Youth Education Theatre offers performance-based theatrical adventures that foster creativity, imagination, self-expression, and self-confidence.

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.

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Ivy Tech-Bloomington to celebrate graduates at May 17 commencement

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May 8, 2013

Ivy Tech-Bloomington to celebrate graduates at May 17 commencement 

Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus will host commencement on Friday, May 17 at 6 p.m. in the Indiana University Auditorium.

“Commencement is the culminating event for our graduates and their families, and for the faculty and staff,” said Chancellor John Whikehart. “Ivy Tech takes pride in the accomplishments of our students, who have made sacrifices to achieve their educational goals. We look forward to celebrating with them.”

Ivy Tech-Bloomington is awarding 809 associate degrees, certificates and technical certificates at commencement this year. The number of students graduating with honors is 158, with seven students earning Summa Cum Laude honors for maintaining a perfect 4.0 grade point average.

The commencement address will be given by Daniel Stec, Associate of Science in Nursing graduate. He was a member of Campus Activities Board, Student Leadership Academy, Student Government Association, and worked as student staffer. Stec was civically engaged at Ivy Tech-Bloomington, in the community, and beyond our borders. He served as area representative for the International Student Exchange program, attended the college’s Alternative Spring Break program to Mexico in 2011, and has helped to raise money for Homeward Bound.

During the ceremony, Ivy Tech-Bloomington will recognize the region’s 2013 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year, Elizabeth Dreyer, CPA, CGMA. Dreyer is Vice President, Controller, and Chief Accounting Officer at Hillenbrand, Inc. She graduated from Ivy Tech in 1982 with an associate degree in accounting, and continued on to earn her bachelor’s degree from Indiana University in 1993.

Some of the graduates who will be celebrated at the ceremony include international students, transfer students, military veterans, students seeking retraining, and those who have acquired employment because of their education and training at Ivy Tech.

Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus is graduating six international students from Taiwan, Japan, China, Vietnam, New Guinea, and Columbia.

The campus will confer degrees to 34 veterans and 1 student with Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA). The TAA Act was implemented to assist trade-affected workers who lost their jobs as a result of increased imports or shifts in production out of the United States.

Approximately 74 Associate of Science in Nursing degrees and 26 Practical Nursing degrees will be awarded, and those nurses will be pinned during the ceremony.

There are 63 graduates who are members of Phi Theta Kappa international honor society. Phi Theta Kappa honor society recognizes and encourages scholarship through leadership and academic excellence among two-year college students.

Each commencement ceremony, Ivy Tech-Bloomington recognizes students for outstanding academic achievements. Academic program chairs in 27 programs of study choose students to receive this award. Outstanding Student award recipients include:

Biotechnology – Erin Bond Crain

Engineering Technology – Tonya DeFord

Accounting – Judith Thompson

Business Administration – Ashley Barker Delp

Computer Information Systems – Sarah Bruce

Computer Information Technology – Greg Platt

Office Administration – Jessica Kuehner

Early Childhood Education – Serenity Guthrie

Education – Erin Steury

Health Care Support – Hollyn Fowler

Health Information Technology – Emily Messmacher

Kinesiology – Vivian Newforth

Paramedic Science – Jason Chinn

Radiation Therapy – Stacy Hall

Respiratory Care – Elizabeth James

General Studies – Jonathan Holland

Liberal Arts – Emily Musgrave

Nursing – Julia DeOliveira and Michelle Usrey

Practical Nursing – Elizabeth Leveque

Criminal Justice – Theodore Miles

Hospitality Administration – Laura Crone

Paralegal Studies – Melanie Griffith

Public Safety Technology – Ronald Neibel, Jr.

Design Technology – Dale Webb

Energy Technology – William Harold VanHorn

Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning Technology – Timothy Welch

Industrial Technology – Kevin Craig

To commemorate the college’s 50-year anniversary in 2013, Ivy Tech plans to award honorary degrees to more than 50 individuals statewide. Select recipients of Ivy Tech-Bloomington’s honorary associate degrees include Former State Senator Vi Simpson, Former Indiana First Lady Judy O’Bannon, Indiana Legend George Taliaferro, and Judge Viola Taliaferro.

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.

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HONORARY DEGREE BIOS

As one of Indiana’s most effective and respected leaders, former State Senator Vi Simpson, has spent a career fighting for causes that matter most to Hoosiers. First elected to the Senate in 1984, she was elected Democrat Leader by the Senate Democratic Caucus in 2008. In her time in the Senate, Simpson has worked to make health care more affordable and accessible for Indiana residents, led the fight to restructure the state’s economy to become globally competitive, and has been a tireless advocate for improving Indiana’s public schools and universities. Widely recognized as an expert on the state’s finances, Simpson served as the caucus representative on the State Budget Committee from 1998-2007. She was the first woman to serve and lead this committee.

Former Indiana First Lady (1997-2003), Judy O’Bannon, has spent much of her life as a proponent of strengthening communities in Indiana and around the world. She is host of the Emmy-winning, WFYI-TV produced, television series Communities Building Community. She travels abroad on humanitarian missions that she incorporates into her television series Judy O’Bannon’s Foreign Exchange, which looks at the commonality of community development efforts worldwide. She has served in a variety of leadership roles: on the Executive Board of Directors of Indiana Landmarks, the chairwoman for the Indiana Main Street Council, as trustee of the Indiana State Museum, a member of the Indiana Arts Commission, a founding member of the Advisory Board of Silvercrest Children’s Development Center, and chair of the Old Centrum Foundation.

George Taliaferro, as the leading rusher and All-American at Indiana University, led the football program to their only undefeated Big Ten Conference Championship. As three-time All-American, Taliaferro was inducted into the College Football Hall Of Fame in 1981. Taliaferro was the first African-American drafted into the National Football League, picked up by the Chicago Bears, but had already committed to play instead with the L.A. Dons of the All-American Football Conference in 1949. He moved to the NFL in 1950. In 1970, he returned to IU to work as a special assistant to President John Ryan, to develop a university-wide affirmative action plan. Taliaferro, a true Indiana legend, is active in numerous community organizations in his home of 35 years, Bloomington.

Judge Viola Taliaferro retired from a career as a circuit-court judge specializing in juvenile justice. She was the first African-American to serve as a judge in Monroe County. Taliaferro has has lived in Bloomington the last 35 years. She is active in numerous community organizations. Judge Taliaferro has served on the board of directors of the Bloomington and Monroe County Community Foundation for the past five years and has also served as president of the board for one year. Taliaferro earned a national reputation because of her integrity and constant commitment to excellence, traits she continued to exhibit as juvenile justice consultant to Attorney General Janet Reno and a member of the National Research Council on Juvenile Justice.

All media are invited and encouraged to attend commencement and interview students.

*Graduate success stories

Jenny Abaunza-Jaramillo, 32
International Student
Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration
Magna Cum Laude

Jenny is an international student from Columbia, and has been living in Bloomington with her husband, also from Columbia, since January 2008. She wanted to improve her education, and Ivy Tech Community College provided her the right choice in expanding her educational experiences in the United States. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business from a Columbian University.

She started her degree in business administration in Spring semester 2011, and had a goal of keeping an excellent academic record. She is finishing her program with a 3.8 GPA.

She has been awarded several scholarships: the Kay Brock International Scholarship, the Ralph Voelkel Scholarship, the Mike Carroll Memorial Scholarship and the Bloomington Rotary Club Scholarship.

Her family is traveling to attend commencement and to see Ivy Tech Community College for the first time. She said it will be a proud and special moment for her.

Jonathon Holland, 26
Transfer Student
Associate of General Studies
Magna Cum Laude

Jonathon came to Ivy Tech after having dropped out of Indiana University because of financial difficulties. He chose Ivy Tech because he could afford to take classes and pay for it out of pocket, even while working minimum wage at fast food. The low cost allowed him to take classes and rehabilitate a defaulted federal loan, so he could become eligible to receive financial aid.

Jonathon also came to Ivy Tech “with shattered confidence, a criminal record, and little to no hope.” He was recovering from addiction and trying to bounce back from a felony conviction. Jonathon didn’t know if he could afford it, would fit it, or even succeed here. The classes at Ivy Tech helped him to learn practical knowledge to help him both deal with his troubled past, work toward the future, and help others in the process.

He has been involved in the Creative Writing Club, and has edited the Ivy Tech literary magazine. He writes for Ivy Voice, the student newspaper and works as English tutor in the Academic Support Center. He has been an active volunteer with several nonprofit agencies: New Leaf on Life, Amethyst House, Stepping Stones, Youth Bureau, and is working with others to develop a new organization called Bloomington Arts for All.

He received Ivy Tech-Bloomington’s Jeanine C. Rae Humanitarian Award for his volunteer work with at-risk populations, including people struggling with addiction recovery and those re-entering society after incarceration. He taught weekly writing workshops at the Recovery Engagement Center, and as a champion for Ivy Tech, he helped many individuals to apply and register for classes at Ivy Tech. He was also named Ivy Tech-Bloomington’s Newman Civic Fellow.

Jonathon plans to transfer his degree to Indiana University and pursue a bachelor’s degree in English, with a concentration in creative writing.

Bobbie Olivo, 41
Military Veteran – Air Force
Technical Certificate (spring grad) Computer Information Systems
Associate of Applied Science (summer grad) Computer Information Systems
Magna Cum Laude

Bobbie joined the United States Air Force after high school, during the first Gulf War. After eight years of distinguished service and being awarded two Achievement Medals and one Commendation Medal, she left the Air Force and joined the workforce, where she quickly realized the importance of higher education…but was afraid of college. Through the experience of caring for her terminally ill mother for five years, she had developed the courage to overcome her fears and go to college. Bobbie found out about Ivy Tech through Internet research, and decided it was the place for her to start her educational journey. She had been out of school for 20 years, and began classes at age 39.

She has served as the Executive Officer of the Student Veteran Organization, and as the Vice President of Communications and Regional Ambassador of Phi Theta Kappa Alpha Rho Sigma Chapter.

Bobbie volunteered at Relay for Life, and created and taught Microsoft Office courses at Becky’s Place Women’s Shelter, for which she was awarded “Most Outstanding Honors in Action Project.” She was an active volunteer at campus events throughout her educational journey, including Welcome Week, Veterans Day, and Ivy Tech-Bloomington’s 10-Year Building Anniversary rededication. Additionally, she was a key contributor in winning a Military Family Research Institute grant for the campus Student Veterans Organization.

She credits her husband Troy with her educational success, because without his support she would not have gotten through both the struggles of her mother’s illness and her academic journey.

Bobbie plans to gain work experience as an intern at Cook Polymer over the summer.

Andy Kyger, 34
Non-Traditional Student

Associate of Applied Science, Computer Information Technology
Cum Laude

Andy Kyger was raised in Shoals, Ind. and has lived in Bloomington for 12 years. His biggest obstacle before coming to Ivy Tech was his feeling of inadequacy and depression due to a demotion at work and subsequent loss of his home and car. His motto he learned from his parents when he was young, “No matter what, don’t give up.” Andy’s mother went back to school at the age of 41, because she would not give up, even though she had to overcome obstacles to meet her educational goal. This was an important lesson for him. He knew he couldn’t let the obstacles before him stand in his way of achieving what he knew he could – going back to school.

Andy has served in various student offices during his time at Ivy Tech-Bloomington, including President of the Student Government Association. His parents are here today to witness Andy receive his diploma, which is his proudest moment of his educational journey. Another proud achievement for Andy was his representation of the entire Ivy Tech student body as member of the President’s Council. The Council presented and asked the State Board of Trustees to increase the student life budget for all campuses. The Board agreed, and Andy sees this accomplishment as an opportunity for even more students to experience growth, gain leadership training, and have travel opportunities like he did. He is proud to have left this footprint.

He intends to study Public Affairs at Indiana University, and to continue to work for the benefit of his community.

Yi Jin, 31
International Student
Associate of Science in Nursing
Magna Cum Laude

Yi Jin is an international student from China who has overcome enormous obstacles in her educational journey. She has lived in Bloomington since 2007, when she came here with her husband who was a PhD student at Indiana University. After living as a homemaker for a few years, she decided to pursue a degree in nursing at Ivy Tech. She chose this profession because of her desire to help patients and because of her interest in the medical field.

Yi encountered difficulties in her studies due to language and cultural barriers. During the first few weeks, she could barely understand her instructor’s words in class, and felt they were just speaking too fast. So, with permission, she began to record lectures and listened to them over and over again. Yi rented American movies with English subtitles to improve her listening ability. During her second semester of studies, Yi could communicate in class and with instructors fluently.

Yi’s husband returned to China after completing his degree two years ago. As an international student finishing her degree at Ivy Tech-Bloomington, she has been homesick and lonely without her husband.  She overcame this sadness by dedicating herself to her studies and is graduating with honors tonight. Additionally, she has received a job offer from a local nursing home and plans to begin work when she passes her board exam in June. Yi plans to gain work experience in the American medical field before she returns to China for a family reunion and to continue her education. She plans to pursue a bachelor’s and then a master’s degree in nursing.

Her ultimate career goal is to become a nurse educator in China, who introduces American nursing practices and principles to Chinese students to broaden their knowledge and to promote international nursing communication.

Ronald E. Neibel Jr., 34
First-Generation College Student

Associate of Applied Science in Public Safety
Outstanding Student Award Recipient
Cum Laude

Ronald entered the workforce as a full time employee after high school because he needed to earn a living, but has always had a life goal to complete a college degree. His family struggled financially. His parents did not earn high school diplomas, but worked hard to provide for their family through the years, without any assistance. With a lack of family education and lack of knowledge on how to access higher education, individuals would often tell Ronald he would never amount to anything. This was one of the biggest obstacles he had to overcome.

Since his mother taught him to never give up on himself, Ronald, decided to change careers and become involved with public safety. Once he was settled and working in a great career field, he jumped at the first opportunity to continue his education, and Ivy Tech made that possible.

Ronald is a member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society and volunteers as a fire fighter for the Gosport Volunteer Fire Department. He is employed at the City of Bloomington Fire Department Headquarters, Station 1 as Firefighter/Engineer.

He has a great and supportive family; wife Jamie, daughter Natasha, and they are currently expecting another addition to their family. His sister is Tabetha with children Dakota and Kaylynn. His mother Ella and father Ronald Sr. have been married 35 years. His proudest moment will be for his family to see him graduate with his degree in hand.

Ronald is looking into options for continuing his education, and hopes that his degree and any additional education in public safety will help him acquire promotions in the future.

Judith Thompson, 54
Career Change/Re-training

Associate of Science in Accounting
Outstanding Student Award Recipient
Magna Cum Laude

Judith lost her job in 2009 and could not find other employment, so she decided to go back to school. She had been out of school since 1977 and was terrified, but when she took the placement test, she did well enough that she was able to begin her degree courses right away. She earned a 4.0 her first semester, so all doubt in her ability to achieve her educational goal was cast aside. A couple of the biggest challenges for Judith was that she was not as up-to-date with technology as some of her peers, and also had a part-time job while studying for her degree. She was determined to graduate in two years, so this past semester she took 17 credit hours, and is still graduating with honors.

Judith lives in Martinsville and is 54 years old. She has a son and a granddaughter. She is active in her church and with Relay for Life.

Judith plans to seek employment, but is currently thinking about studying for her bachelor’s degree part time.

Jolie Wright, 20
Transfer Student
Associate of Science in Liberal Arts

Jolie’s proudest moment during her educational journey was realizing her goals. She came to Ivy Tech afraid of making the wrong decision to settle down in one single career and stick with it. Having such a diverse group of peers at Ivy Tech-Bloomington, she was able to share in the experiences of other students and their career fields and choices. The flexibility of Ivy Tech made it possible for her to work while she went to school and experiment with different career fields on her own. She feels that if she had gone to college and lived in the dorms right out of high school with no other life experiences, she might not ever have found her calling.

Jolie’s calling is directing her to Indiana University to get her bachelor’s degree in Special Education. She wishes to work with children diagnosed with Autism and intellectual disabilities.

Lisa Calkins, 46
Non-Traditional Student
Technical Certificate Accounting, Certificate in Payroll
Magna Cum Laude

Lisa had the pleasure of being a stay-at-home-mother to her three children for 12 years. In 2006, she re-entered the workforce part-time, and within one year, she was working full-time outside of the home again. In 2010, with the encouragement of her employer, she went back to school. She began one class, Intro to Microcomputers. In this class, her instructor explained that it was never too late to pursue a dream and get a degree. With that, Lisa decided to enroll part-time at Ivy Tech, while maintaining her full-time job.

Lisa’s mother died last year, so can’t be here today to see her graduate, but she was able to attend Lisa’s induction into Phi Theta Kappa, for which she is so thankful.  One of the obstacles Lisa had to overcome on her educational journey was the guilt of feeling like she wasn’t able to be there as much for her mother when she was sick. But her mother was understanding of Lisa’s dream to pursue an education, while also raising a family and keeping a full-time job. Studying at Ivy Tech was healing for Lisa after her mother’s death.

Her family has been her biggest cheerleader – her daughter is graduating high school this year with honors and is going off to college in the fall. Her son is a sophomore in high school and is the entertainment in her family. Her youngest daughter is in middle school.

Her family has made sacrifices during Lisa’s educational journey. With her leaving the house at 7:30 each morning, returning at 9 or 10 p.m. each night, the family has had to become self-sufficient without mom. Her youngest is now a whiz at microwaving meals and her other daughter is “laundry goddess”. Her husband has become a very successful Mr. Mom and amazing discount shopper. Lisa has had to miss a few football games, field trips and honors programs.

Lisa thinks that some may think it’s silly for her to walk in the graduation ceremony for certificates, but she is setting an example for her children. She needs this celebration of accomplishment as motivation to keep going.

Lisa was on the dean’s list multiple semesters and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society.

She plans to continue her education toward an Associate of Applied Science in Accounting, and is on track to finish her degree by 2015.

Ivy Tech to award honorary degrees at May 17 commencement

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Ivy Tech to award honorary degrees at May 17 commencement

By Mike Leonard
331-4368 | mleonard@heraldt.com
May 6, 2013

Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus has announced its honorary degree recipients for this spring’s commencement ceremonies.

The four recipients of honorary associate’s degrees will be: former state Sen. Vi Simpson, former Indiana first lady Judy O’Bannon, Indiana University football great George Taliaferro and Judge Viola Taliaferro.

“Ivy Tech Community College, systemwide, plans to award honorary associate degrees to 50 individuals around the state who have made significant contributions to community service,” Chancellor John Whikehart said in a prepared statement.

Ivy Tech’s commencement ceremonies will take place at 6 p.m. on May 17 at the IU Auditorium. This year’s student speaker is Daniel Stec.

The campus also will present a distinguished alumni award to Elizabeth Dryer, CPA, CGMA, class of 1982. She is vice president, controller and chief accounting officer for Hillenbrand Inc.

Bloomington’s Gospel Gurlz will be the featured musical ensemble.

Judy O'Bannon
Judy O’Bannon
Vi Simpson
Vi Simpson

Vi Taliaferro
Vi Taliaferro

George Taliaferro
George Taliaferro

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