Powell speaks at Ivy Tech

Indiana Daily Student

Powell speaks at Ivy Tech

By Emily Ernsberger | IDS

POSTED AT 12:07 AM ON Apr. 25, 2014

Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington’s fundraiser for the Center of Civic Engagement brought in a renowned civic leader Thursday night.

Secretary of State. Four-star army general. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, twice. Statesman Colin Powell spoke at a sold-out event at the Bloomington Monroe County Convention Center.

Powell’s speech was a part of Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington’s O’Bannon
Institute for Community Service, a three-day event celebrating the service done by the school.

The former Secretary of State was the keynote speaker for the institute’s fundraising dinner, which raises money for Ivy Tech’s Center for Civic Engagement.

Powell’s speech focused on leadership and his stances on the many issues facing the United States and the rest of the world, including wealth distribution, health care, the Ukraine and Crimean incidents and immigration reform.

He emphasized that the United States has the power to fix its issues.

“My message to you is to have faith in this great country of ours,” Powell said. “Just remember it is our country, not the people in Washington or in Indianapolis or anywhere else. It is our country and we’re the ones who have to shape it.”

Powell said he enjoys traveling to places within the country to discuss issues with citizens because of their optimism, especially in a time of partisanship.

“I only wish I could bottle up the kind of confidence and optimism I see and take it back to Washington, D.C., and pour it over the heads of our politicians and tell them, ‘You better get going, they’re getting mad out there,’” he said. “(I’ve) never seen Washington as dysfunctional as it is now.”

Audience member Linda Scott said she really enjoyed hearing Powell speak.

“I come to this every year and I thought he was very inspiring,” Scott said. “I didn’t expect him (to tell) so many funny stories and to tell funny stories about the presidents he served. I always thought of General Powell as being more serious.”

Powell shared a few stories from his latest book “It Worked For Me: In Life and Leadership,” which features anecdotes ranging from his life growing up in Bronx, New York, to being a general, to serving former President George W. Bush.

He joked about missing his airplane the most from his time as Secretary of State.
He also talked about his newest endeavor as a venture capitalist in Silicon Valley.

Powell said it is his favorite way to keep up what is happening in technology.

Aside from discussion about his own civic engagement, Powell also praised the work of Ivy Tech and other community colleges.

“I love community colleges,” Powell said. “I think you have an essential element to the American education system.”

Previous keynote speakers for the dinner include former first lady Laura Bush and political strategists James Carville and Mary Matalin.

Powell was the first African-American secretary of state under President George W. Bush and the first African-American man on the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

He also worked on the National Security Council for former Presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton.

Other events for this year’s O’Bannon Institute include a speech from former first lady of Indiana Judy O’Bannon, workshops on food shopping and growing and panel discussions called Do Something Personally, Do Something Locally and the Politics of Food.


Powell recalls leaders, followers, successes, failures

The Herald-Times

Powell recalls leaders, followers, successes, failures

Posted: Friday, April 25, 2014 12:16 am | Updated: 12:25 am, Fri Apr 25, 2014

By Jon Blau 812-331-4266 | jblau@heraldt.com

Colin Powell commanded a stage in front of the Ivy Tech Community College logo Thursday night and gave attendees at a fundraising dinner their money’s worth.

For 90 minutes, they reviewed successes and failures, making deals with Vladimir Putin and selling a case for the Iraq War to the United Nations, along with a host of stories about Ronald Reagan, the time he spoke faster and louder in an attempt to grab the president’s attention in regard to a national security issue, only to see “The Gipper” stare over his shoulder and out into the White House lawn, rambling on about squirrels.

A leader, if Powell’s ever seen one.

“He was showing me, I’ll listen to your problems as long as you want,” Powell said from a stage at the Bloomington-Monroe County Convention Center, pulling together his best Reagan impression. “But until I have a problem, I’m watching the squirrels.”

The best leaders allow their followers to do the work, Powell said. Catering his speech to the mission of raising money for Ivy Tech Bloomington’s O’Bannon Institute for Community Service, the retired four-star general, who worked in leadership roles under four different presidents, stressed the importance of giving the next generation an opportunity to serve.

Powell didn’t shy away from giving the audience what they would expect from him. In a question and answer session after his speech, questions came to him about the situation in Ukraine, and he rehearsed a mock conversation with Putin, sounding like a disappointed friend as he said “Come on, Vlad, you know better than that” and tells him to get his Russian troops off Ukraine’s eastern border. “We have to deal with Crimea. You shouldn’t have taken it, but you’ve got it, and you well know nobody is coming with an army to kick you out … but stop doing things and causing problems in Eastern Ukraine that are destabilizing things.”

And after getting off the fake phone with Putin, Powell picked it up again, called the White House and gave U.S. politicians a lashing: “You have to knock it off. Stop calling him names. Stop acting in a way that’s not respectful, because the more you do it the more he becomes popular.”

Powell’s presentation mixed seriousness with light-heartedness, often at the same time. Even as he recounted what many will regard as the worst moment in his political career, the moment he said will probably be in the first paragraph of his obituary — pitching the U.N. on the dangers of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq — Powell smiled as he came to the end. “I’m asked that question every day,” he said.

He still uses the word “stunned” to describe the moment he learned the intelligence was wrong, saying the only time he gets annoyed by questions about the WMDs is when he’s accused of knowing the truth and lying.

“It was awful,” Powell said of the whole situation.

But then Powell reminded everyone how much he’s failed, wishing kids nowadays would have their chances to be disappointed, rather than every child earning a medal in their soccer league. He’s been a leader who has lived with fear, serving in Vietnam and surviving two helicopter crashes, but Powell has learned to live with failure.

He comically recounts the moment he was called on the road and told Condoleezza Rice would become secretary of state, and the bodyguards at his side came into his home and pulled out all the phone lines and the security cameras and left. “Leave one so I can call Domino’s tonight,” Powell said.

In a way, Powell has come to cherish his role as a well-known person on the outside who can advocate for what he believes in. He received strong applause when he touted universal health care. He also preached community, recalling a newspaper article about community colleges that were thinking about dumping the “community” in their name: “I don’t know if I should editorialize about this,” Powell said, “but I think that’s a terrible idea.”

Award winners

As part of the 11th annual O’Bannon Institute for Community Service, Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington honored local leaders in civic engagement Wednesday. Each award winner received $500.

Winners include:

Community Partner: Positive Link

Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center Community Partner: Artful Learning Program at Fairview Elementary School

Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship Community Partner: Academy of Science and Entrepreneurship

Excellence in Student Volunteerism: Audrey Post.

Excellence in Faculty/Staff Volunteerism: Pennie Rogers.

Excellence in Service Learning: Steve Arnold, Jeanine Galbreath, Amy Poehlman, Sarah Cote and Sean Miller from Super Science Saturday

The Jeanine C. Rae Humanitarian: Joshua Wilson

John R. Whikehart Civic Engagement: Keith Klein

— Compiled by MJ Slaby


Community college names new chancellor

Indiana Daily Student

Community college names new chancellor

By IDS Reports | IDS

POSTED AT 10:44 PM ON Apr. 24, 2014

Jennie Vaughan, a former vice chancellor of Ivy Tech, was named chancellor of the community college for the Bloomington region yesterday.

John Whikehart retired from the position of chancellor in January. Whikehart, who was chancellor for 12 years before retiring, accepted a position as deputy mayor of Bloomington.

According to a Nov. 22 article in the IDS, Whikehart said he would miss his co-workers and the family community at Ivy Tech.

“It’s been an amazing journey, and I’ve had the great good fortune to work with some wonderful faculty and staff on this campus,” Whikehart said.

Vaughan has worked as vice chancellor of student affairs and as executive director of human resources for Ivy Tech. In total, Vaughan has worked for Ivy Tech for more than 17 years during the course of her 31 years in education, according to an April 24 Bloomington Herald-Times article.

Vaughan was introduced as the new chancellor at the O’Bannon Institute for Community Service fundraiser dinner Thursday night. Colin Powell was the keynote speaker for the event.

“We’re really excited about her joining us,” Whikehart said at the event.
Vaughan also worked in student affairs at the University of San Francisco for 13 years, according to her LinkedIn profile.

M.K. Wildeman


Ivy Tech names Jennie Vaughan as Bloomington chancellor

The Herald-Times

Ivy Tech names Jennie Vaughan as Bloomington chancellor

Posted: Thursday, April 24, 2014 3:54 pm | Updated: 12:12 am, Fri Apr 25, 2014.

By MJ Slaby 812-331-4371 | mslaby@heraldt.com

Jennie Vaughan was named chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington region in an announcement Thursday.

The appointment came exactly two weeks after the Ivy Tech State Board of Trustees decided Bloomington would remain a stand-alone campus instead of previous plans to consolidate it with Evansville. Vaughan said once she learned of that decision, she decided to apply for chancellor.

“I believe in Ivy Tech-Bloomington and want to move initiatives forward,” she said.

Vaughan has worked for Ivy Tech for more than 17 years of her 31-year career in higher education. She has been the vice chancellor for student affairs and executive director of human resources on the Bloomington campus since 2009.

In her time in Bloomington, she’s helped with expansions in the community as well as the current construction project for the Connie and Steve Ferguson Academic Building.

“She’s one of the team,” said Connie Ferguson, chairwoman of the Bloomington Regional Board of Trustees. “We knew where her heart was.”

Ferguson said the regional board stressed to the state board the importance of Bloomington remaining independent and having its own chancellor. Thinking of the chancellor’s role in this community, it would have been difficult with the distance between Evansville and Bloomington, she said.

“Everyone realized immediately how important this position is to our community and to this campus,” Ferguson said.

As the region moves forward, the chancellor needed to be someone who could make a long-term plan for expansions in Bedford and Martinsville as well as construction on the main campus, said Tom Snyder, president of Ivy Tech.

“There was enough for one person,” he said.

Vaughan had the experience both at Ivy Tech and at the University of San Francisco, where she worked for 14 years before that, to do it, Snyder said.

Vaughan said she’s excited to focus on the community, current initiatives and build her leadership team to move the Bloomington region forward.

Her appointment comes after John Whikehart retired in January. The two worked together closely, and Whikehart said Vaughan was a key part of the leadership.

She was always focused on student success and community involvement and is respected throughout campus, Whikehart said.

“No one is better prepared and more capable,” he said.


Ivy Tech Community College names Jennie Vaughan as Chancellor of Bloomington region

April 24, 2014

Ivy Tech Community College names Jennie Vaughan as Chancellor of Bloomington region

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College has selected Jennie Vaughan to serve as the college’s Chancellor at its Bloomington Region.  Vaughan replaces John R. Whikehart who retired from the college in January after 22 years of service.

Vaughan has led a successful 31-year career in higher education with more than 17 of those years at Ivy Tech.  Since 2009, she has served as the Bloomington Region’s Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Executive Director of Human Resources where she was responsible for the overall day-to-day management and direction of Student Affairs departments including Admissions, Recruitment, Advising, Financial Aid, Registrar, Dual Credit, Testing Center, Student Life and Development, and Disability Services, as well as the Human Resources and Security departments.

“I want to thank President Snyder for providing me the opportunity to lead the Ivy Tech-Bloomington region, and to continue to fulfill our mission as a comprehensive community college,” said Vaughan. “I am thrilled at the challenge ahead and look forward to keeping our focus on student success, and building and maintaining the unique partnerships that keep Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus responsive to its communities.”

Vaughan has been an integral member of the Bloomington campus expansion planning committee with a focus on site expansions at the Waldron Center and the Indiana Center for Life Sciences, as well as the college’s additional locations at Liberty Drive and Liberty Crossing in Bloomington, Oakland City University in Bedford and the Orange County Learning Center in French Lick.  She has also been heavily involved in physical expansion including the Phase II construction of the Connie and Steve Ferguson Academic Building.

“Jennie brings over 30 years of higher education experience to this position.  In her 17 years of service here at Ivy Tech she has helped lead our efforts in Bloomington in a variety of different capacities,” Ivy Tech President Thomas J. Snyder said.  “She will continue to increase our outreach efforts in the communities we serve to ensure that Ivy Tech is providing what business and industry needs to be successful, while at the same time also expanding our partnerships to provide our students transfer opportunities with Indiana University.”

Prior to her role as Vice Chancellor, Vaughan served as Executive Director of Administration where she was responsible for overall management and direction of Facilities, Computer Technology Services, Human Resources and Academic Support for the Bloomington region.  She established goals and priorities for all departments and was a member of the Chancellor’s Leadership Counsel where campus goals, priorities and budget were managed.

In addition, Vaughan has served as Assistant Dean of Enrollment Services/Registrar for Ivy Tech’s Bloomington region where she worked closely with deans, directors, department chairs and various departments of the college, as well as co-chair of the campus’ 2006 $3.5 million Grow Ivy capital campaign. Vaughan has also served as Registrar, as well as Admissions and Financial Aid Coordinator for the region.

Prior to her career at Ivy Tech, Vaughan spent 14 years at the University of San Francisco serving a variety of roles such as Director of Operations and Registrar.  Her management responsibilities included planning and implementing all departmental goals, managing the budget for both the Office of the Registrar and graduation accounts, directing all aspects of nine commencement ceremonies, assisting with recruitment and retention of students, assisting with orientation for all new students, producing class schedules, maintaining academic calendars and supervising staff.

Vaughan is also heavily involved in community activities and currently serves as Vice President of the Local Counsel of Women.  She is also a member of 100+ Women Who Care, committee member of Kiwanis of South Central Indiana, previously served as a board member of Stepping Stones and charter member and past President of Ladies’ Auxiliary – Bloomington Fire Department.

Vaughan earned her Master’s degree in Public Administration from American Military University, as well as completed graduate coursework toward a Master of Arts in Education at the University of San Francisco.  She earned her Bachelor of Science in Organizational Behavior from the University of San Francisco.

Ivy Tech’s Bloomington region includes an eight-county service area including Brown, Lawrence, Greene, Martin, Monroe, Morgan, Orange and Owen counties.  Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus has grown by 150 percent from 2,600 students in 2001 to 6,500 students served today at its main campus location at 200 Daniels Way in Bloomington.

Civic Engagement Awards Ceremony at Ivy Tech honors volunteers, celebrates economic contributions

April 23, 2014 

Civic Engagement Awards Ceremony at Ivy Tech honors volunteers, celebrates economic contributions


BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus is hosting its 11th annual O’Bannon Institute for Community Service on April 23-25. An awards ceremony to honor faculty, staff, students, and community partners for excellence in civic engagement will kick off the annual three-day event. The awards ceremony will be held in the Hoosier Times Student Commons on Wednesday, April 23 at 4 p.m., in the Connie and Steve Ferguson Academic Building on Ivy Tech’s main campus.


“One of Ivy Tech’s goals, as a comprehensive community college, is to model a service-oriented learning environment,” said Chelsea-Rood Emmick, Executive Director of Civic Engagement at Ivy Tech-Bloomington. “In the past year, the college has contributed a total value of $2.5 million in the communities we serve. That’s a $1 million increase over last year’s contributions. Ivy Tech-Bloomington couldn’t do it without the generosity of all of our students, staff, faculty, and community partners, so we’re celebrating that tonight.”


*Figure based on national value of volunteer time from www.IndependentSector.org.


In the 2013/14 academic year (to-date), 2,532 students in 99 service learning classes contributed nearly 43,500 hours in Ivy Tech-Bloomington’s service area of Greene, Martin, Lawrence, Martin, Monroe, Morgan, and Owen counties, and unofficially serving Orange and Brown counties. That’s a total contribution of approximately $980,000 from Ivy Tech-Bloomington classes that have service learning components written into the curriculum.
“We came out ahead of last academic year in terms of courses offered, service learning hours, and economic contribution totals, in spite of the fact that that we had fewer students participating in service learning sections due to some course restructuring,” said Rood-Emmick. “Projects have become more significant, directly contributing to the increase in hours served and total economic value.”


In volunteer hours alone, Ivy Tech students, staff, and faculty together reported nearly 60,500 hours at 80 agencies or organizations in our communities. That’s nearly 40,000 more hours over last year’s reported contribution of 21,000 hours.


Award categories for the 2014 O’Bannon Institute for Community Service Civic Engagement Awards Ceremony include the Community Partner Award, the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center Community Partner Award, the Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship Community Partner Award, Excellence in Service Learning, Excellence in Volunteerism, Jeanine C. Rae Humanitarian Award, and the John R. Whikehart Civic Engagement Award that was recently established in 2013. Recipients receive a $500 stipend for their contributions to community.


The Community Partner Award honors an organization that Ivy Tech-Bloomington works with throughout the year. This year’s recipient is Positive Link. Positive Link serves 20 counties throughout south central Indiana and offers both prevention and testing services as well as client services to people living with HIV or AIDS. Positive Link has provided outreach, education, and testing services at Ivy Tech-Bloomington. They have also been involved with two different service learning classes.


Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center Community Partner Award goes to the Artful Learning Program at Fairview Elementary School. Working in partnership, two Ivy Tech artists/teachers work directly with preschool teacher Lynn Hall in a year-long arts-infused learning environment, developing school readiness skills for low income preschool children. In the first five months of the program, students in the arts-infused program saw their vocabulary scores (as measured by Individual Growth and Development for Infants and Toddlers) raise 117 percent compared to a control group, which showed a 39 percent growth rate. This initiative is funded in part by the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County. This arts-infused program was also a finalist for the prestigious 2014 Bellwether Award presented by the Community College Futures Assembly at the University of Florida.


Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship Community Partner Award recipient is the Academy of Science and Entrepreneurship. Ivy Tech-Bloomington and the Cook Center for Entrepreneurship partner with the Academy to provide assistance to students looking to pursue entrepreneurship through dual credit classes, assistance with Business Professionals of America program, support for the Academy’s business plan competitions, Startup Weekend, the Cook Institute for Entrepreneurship and other programs. This relationship demonstrates our common commitment to building opportunities for our students to become business owners and contributing to our community’s growing entrepreneurial ecosystem.


Excellence in Student Volunteerism Award goes to Audrey Post. Post is a student ambassador and graduate of the Ivy Tech Student Leadership Academy. She volunteered with People and Animal Learning Services (PALS) for four years as a stable manager and horse leader, and accumulated more than 500 volunteer hours with PALS alone. She has also served at IU Health, 4-H, and Camp Good News. She is on the Dean’s List and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.


Excellence in Faculty/Staff Volunteerism Award goes to Pennie Rogers. Rogers, a nursing instructor, volunteers an average of two hours per week at Shalom Community Center at the hospitality desk. She is often asked to perform nursing tasks, such as wound care, vital signs, and blood glucose levels. She also teaches parenting skills. Rogers and Ivy Tech nursing students have donated toiletries, clothing, supplies, and other items totaling more than $1,400.


Excellence in Service Learning Award recipients are Steve Arnold, Ph.D., Jeanine Galbreath, Amy Poehlman, Sarah Cote, and Sean Miller for their program, Super Science Saturday. This was a cross-discipline program designed by full-time and adjunct faculty across the chemistry, biology, and biotechnology departments. At the Super Science event, 66 Ivy Tech students hosted 24 booths and hands-on activities for 214 children, ages one to 17. In reflections on the project, one student wrote: “While I was participating in the science fair, I realized that I enjoy sharing my love of science with children. This led me to my new major, which is education. I hope to teach science at the elementary level where I can get kids excited about science.”


The Jeanine C. Rae Humanitarian Award recipient is Joshua Wilson. This award was established to recognize a student whose way of life demonstrates concern for the well-being of others. Rae was in instructor at Ivy Tech, a chaplain, counselor, and women’s rights advocate. Wilson received this award because he volunteers for Big Brothers Big Sisters, and has been matched with his “little brother” Jacob for three years. He has done interviews with radio and newspapers promoting Big Brothers Big Sisters and has filmed a promotional video for the organization to use for recruitment of other “bigs.” He is also involved with Bowl for Kid’s Sake, Big Brothers Big Sisters largest fundraiser. He gave their keynote speech and raised $650 to match more mentors with children.


The final award, the John R. Whikehart Award, was established in 2013 to celebrate a person with longstanding commitment of service to both the college and community. This person must exhibit a call to serve the college and community by using every talent they have available. The recipient is Keith Klein. Klein has been with the college for 11 years, and currently holds the position of Chair for the department of Communications. In the community, his work is far too extensive to detail, but has included President and Board of Directors member of the Bloomington Rotary Club, Chair of the City of Bloomington Telecommunications Council, Board of Directors for Monroe County United Way, President and Board of Directors for Leadership Bloomington Alumni, and Board of Directors Porter County Youth Services Bureau. He hosts a weekly radio program on local WGCL. Klein is currently serving as President of the Monroe County Community School Corporation Board. He will retire from Ivy Tech-Bloomington on December 20, 2014, and both the college and students are grateful for his service. He will be missed.


More information about the annual O’Bannon Institute for Community Service can be found online at http://obannon.ivytech.edu.

Information about Ivy Tech-Bloomington’s Center for Civic Engagement can be found online at www.ivytech.edu/civicengagement.

2014 event sponsors include: American Structurepoint, Bloomington Economic Development Corporation, Bloomington Ford, Inc., CFC Properties, City of Bloomington, Cook Medical, The Herald-Times, Inc., The Hogan Group, Inc., IU Credit Union, Markey’s Rental and Staging, Schmidt Associates, Jefferson Shreve, Smithville, and Linda and John Whikehart.

Monroe County Apartment Association endows Ivy Tech’s youth arts fund

April 22, 2014

Monroe County Apartment Association endows Ivy Tech’s youth arts fund

BLOOMINGTON – The Monroe County Apartment Association today presented a check for $10,000 to the Ivy Tech Foundation to endow a fund that will help area youth participate in summer art camps.

Speaking to members at the association’s monthly meeting, president Aaron Stolberg stressed MCAA’s commitment to community engagement, and in this instance, to underserved children.

“When we improve the lives of children, we strengthen the community,” said Stolberg, who is a partner with Bloomington-based WS Manors. “This fund has the potential to be transformational for many kids who might never know the fun of summer camp and of expressing themselves through the magical medium of art.”

In concert with donations made by MCAA individual members, the fund in its initial year will underwrite participation of at least 10 school-age students to enroll in a two-week session of the college’s Ivy Arts for Kids summer camp held at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center in downtown Bloomington. To be eligible for the assistance, families must qualify for federal free and reduced lunch benefits.

Youth art is a growing program for the college, according to Brad Thurmond, Ph.D., interim chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus. “The research demonstrating positive linkages between the arts and human development, especially for youth, is compelling,” he said. “We view these programs as investments in our future students.”

“This is a critical piece in helping the college connect arts opportunities with children from low income households,” said Susie Graham, director of development for Ivy Tech-Bloomington Foundation. “We’re tremendously grateful to MCAA for this generous investment.”