Ivy Tech, city to add arts plaza outside Waldron

The Herald-Times
Posted: Monday, June 30, 2014

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

Additions and repairs to the plaza outside the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center are aimed to make the arts center look like just that: an arts center.

“We want to draw people to the Waldron,” said Jennie Vaughan, chancellor of the Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington campus. “It’s a downtown anchor.”

The Waldron plaza project along Fourth and Walnut streets will include pedestrian-friendly entries with custom walkways, plants and spaces for public art and performances. The new plaza  separates pedestrians from parallel parking spaces and accommodates new bicycle lanes the city plans to add. The project also will add outdoor lighting as a safety feature for audiences attending performances and students taking late classes, Vaughan said.

Ivy Tech has started accepting bids for the project, and Vaughan said the goal is for work to start in August and be done in time to enjoy the plaza this fall.

Trees and plants added outside the building will lessen the traffic noise inside, especially for performances, Vaughan said. She said there will also be public art features outside, although those details have yet to be determined.

Vaughan said the Waldron steps facing Walnut Street need to be repaired as well and the doors to fire bay area are rotting, especially after the harsh winter. Once the doors are repaired, they can be opened for performances with the crowd spilling onto the sidewalk, she said.

The project will be funded by the city of Bloomington, Ivy Tech and two grants – one from the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County and one from the Indiana Arts Commission.

From the Waldron’s earliest days, there was always the hope of similar plans, said Vaughan and Miah Michaelsen, Bloomington’s assistant economic development director for the arts.

Michaelsen said she’s excited to see sculptures added for the outdoor arts connection at the Waldron.

“It adds the visual context,” she said.

Jennie Vaughan, Ivy Tech chancellor

Miah Michaelsen, Bloomington’s assistant economic development director for the arts

Artist’s rendering



Ivy Tech business dean learns in Scandinavia

The Herald-Times
Posted: Sunday, June 29, 2014
By MJ Slaby 812-331-4371 | mslaby@heraldt.com

What do H&M and Ikea have in common?

Both are companies based in Scandinavian countries and well-regarded for corporate social responsibility and sustainability. They were also two of the more well-known stops during a two-week Professional Development in International Business program in Denmark and Sweden.

Jim Heinzen, dean of the School of Business and a professor of business administration at Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington, was one of two community college representatives to attend the program from the University of Minnesota. He attended as part of a relationship between Ivy Tech and the Indiana University Kelley School of Business.

“This is an area that I have interest in, but didn’t know a whole lot about,” he said.

Now, he said, there is room to apply what he learned in the classroom and in campus sustainability at Ivy Tech.

“I’d like to see more emphasis in our classes,” he said.

Heinzen said he hopes to teach what he learned in business administration and technology classes by giving students examples from his trip. He said Ivy Tech can also apply some of the tips to limit its own campus energy consumption.

Companies like H&M and Ikea are very aware of sustainability and human rights, and that shows corporations can be about more than profit, Heinzen said.

He said he was impressed to learn about the Better Cotton Initiative that H&M is involved in. The initiative promotes more sustainable farm practices, and H&M has moved to organic cotton which, is produced using fewer pesticides, less water and fewer chemicals, Heinzen said.

At Ikea, Heinzen said he learned about the company’s work with nongovernment organizations to improve working conditions for companies that are their suppliers.

He said many of the issues in corporate social responsibility and sustainability remain in countries like India and China. But Heinzen didn’t think the U.S. was far behind the leaders he visited.

“There’s this perception that Scandinavian companies are the gold standard,” Heinzen said. “I was happy to see that many of the green initiatives and sustainability practices in the United States, and especially here in Bloomington, were just as strong as those overseas.”

Limestone symposium co-founder works on piece for healing garden

The Herald-Times
Posted: Saturday, June 28, 2014 12:27 am | Updated: 11:44 pm, Sat Jun 28, 2014.

Drawing soft curves with a pencil, Amy Brier leaned toward the limestone dome. She drew briskly, layering semi-circles onto a carved koi fish to give it the detail of scales.

Then, using a wooden mallet and carbide chisel, she chipped the lines into the stone. The fans attached to her tent moved the hot summer air filled with the buzz of pneumatic hammers and the tapping of hand tools. Brier used both on this project, and the hand tools came in for the details at the end.

“I love working by hand,” Brier said. “It’s satisfying.”

It was Wednesday afternoon, just days before the Indiana Limestone Symposium ends — today is its last day. Brier is a co-founder of the symposium, started in 1996. It’s a time for limestone artists of all levels to work together at Bybee Stone Co. in Ellettsville — or as Brier calls it, “art camp for grown-ups.”

This year, her project at the symposium is one of her larger ones: a dome piece that will be mounted on a base and match five limestone benches at the garden of the new Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital in Indianapolis.

Covered in a finger labyrinth to represent water, the limestone is dotted with koi fish and frogs for the theme of healing waters, Brier said. As an artist, carving water into stone is a contrast she enjoys.

“I like playing with transparency … there’s no transparency in the stone,” she said.

An Indiana University alumna, Brier said the limestone is what keeps her here. She said she’s in love with it. There’s a meditative trance in the repetition of carving, and the limestone holds memories, she said.

Brier, who once worked as a stone carver for the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York, completed her master’s of fine arts degree at IU so she could teach. Now, she teaches art students at Ivy Tech Community College in Bloomington.

Nearly finished, Brier had put in weeks of carving along with help from Ned Cunningham, the head carver at Bybee, and symposium participant turned staffer Sharon Fullingim.

The last days of the symposium involve “putting out fires” in the dome’s design and adding details, Brier said. She moved around the dome looking for koi without scales or with a backbone that needed a touchup.

The hand-detailed work is her favorite, but she said it can be hard on the hands of artists. The gripping and repetitive movements put her at risk for carpal tunnel surgery, but Brier now sees a chiropractor regularly to keep her hands healthy.

When the limestone dome is done, it’ll be the hands of hospital patients, staff and guests that will glide over the finger labyrinth, the koi and the frogs. Hands will make the limestone piece worn — a sign it’s been touched and interacted with, Brier said.

But before that can happen, Brier urged admirers who stopped by her tent to keep their hands off.

It needs to be perfect, she said.

And once it’s finished, Brier will move on to her next project; she does only one at a time.

“Something like this is a lot of focus,” Brier said.


Amy Brier has incorporated water, koi fish and frogs into her sculpture to represent the theme of healing waters. Once it’s completed, the project will be displayed at the garden of the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital in Indianapolis. Jeremy Hogan | Herald-Times


Amy Brier carves a limestone piece Wednesday during the Indiana Limestone Symposium at Bybee Stone in Ellettsville.
Jeremy Hogan | Herald-Times

Dr. Sengyong Lee earns President’s Award for Excellence in Instruction

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington’s campus has selected Sengyong Lee, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of Biotechnology, as recipient of the 2014 President’s Award for Excellence in Instruction. As the regional President’s Award recipient, Dr. Lee was recognized at a ceremony in Indianapolis on Wednesday, June 25. Also, as President’s Award recipient, he was nominated for the 2014 statewide Ivy Tech Glenn W. and Mary Catherine Sample Award for Excellence in Instruction, and was again recognized during a luncheon that was held on Thursday, June 26 in Indianapolis.

“Dr. Lee earned the regional President’s Award for demonstrating excellence in instruction, for his significant contributions to students and regional life sciences employers, and for his numerous grants and awards that have enabled him to provide a rigorous biotechnology education for Ivy Tech students,” Chancellor Jennie Vaughan said. “I want to congratulate Dr. Lee for winning this prestigious regional award and for his nomination for the statewide excellence in instruction award.”

Dr. Lee earned his Ph.D. in molecular biology from Miami University and worked with Dr. Jose Bonner at Indiana University for his postdoctoral fellowship. Dr. Lee has developed and taught many courses and certificate programs in Medical Device/Biotechnology at Ivy Tech, the largest state funded educational institution in Indiana.

In 2004, Ivy Tech-Bloomington implemented its two year associate’s degree program in Biotechnology based on the collaboration with its life science industry partners like Eli Lilly, Baxter, and Cook. Today, many of Ivy Tech-Bloomington’s graduates of biotechnology are working as technicians or pharmaceutical manufacturing operators at major life science companies.

Including the Northeast Biomanufacturing Center and Collaborative project, Dr. Lee has been involved in several educational projects that are funded by grants from the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Labor.

Dr. Lee has an impressive listing of honors and awards, professional presentations, and publications, including a $15 million grant award from the U.S. Department of Labor (2012-2015), and being named one of the top influential players in the Life Sciences by Indianapolis Business Journal (2011).

For more information about Ivy Tech-Bloomington’s biotechnology degree program, log on www.ivytech.edu/academics.


Honors and Awards

A $15 million Grant Award (#TC-23761-12-60-A-37) from the US Department of Labor’s TAACCCT Round II to Community College Consortium for Bioscience Credentials (C3BC), a 12 community college consortium, 2012 – 2015,  project director for Ivy Tech Community College ($1.03 million sub-award) and the director of the Medical device Hub.

A Regional Center of Excellence Grant Award from National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education Program to Northeast Biomanufacturing Center & Collaborative (NBC2) Phase III, 2012 – 2015, one of the co-Principal Investigators in the grant representing Ivy Tech Community College ($114,493) and the Midwest Regional Hub.

A $549,798 Project Grant Award (DUE-#0703033) from National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education Program, “Life Sciences Technical Training in Southern Indiana”, 2007 – 2011, the Principal Investigator with my co-PI, Dr. James J. Bonner, at Indiana University.  This grant project was successfully completed.

NSF ATE grant project (#0703033), “Life Sciences Technical Training in Southern Indiana” was selected as one of four National Science Foundation’s Highlight Projects in 2011 by the National Science Foundation’s Directorate of Education and Human Resources (EHR). Only a few of the many projects funded by the Division of Research on Learning (DRL) at NSF are highlighted each year for their exemplary work. In 2011 EHR designated only 4 of the 33 projects submitted by DRL for review as NSF Highlights. Dr. Lee’s project was selected as one the four highlight projects.  Highlight ID: 21787, Version: Directorate

Dr. Lee was selected as one of the top influential players in the Life Sciences by Indianapolis Business Journal’s who’s who in the State of Indiana in 2011, ttp://www.ibj.com/whos-who-in-life-sciences/PARAMS/article/27556

He received two Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington Chancellor’s Red Apple Awards for Outstanding Faculty Member in 2005 and 2007.


Presented at the 10th Annual Community College Program Day at BIO 2013 in Chicago, IL, April 22, as a panel member for Leveraging Federal Funding to build stronger bioscience programs Panel “The TAA Community College Consortium for Bioscience Credentials”

Presented at the 8th Annual NBC2 BIOMAN 2013 Conference in Blue Bell, PA, July 15-18, as a panel member for Education – Active Learning, Regulation, and Certification

Organized and hosted the first National Medical Device Skill Set Harmonization Conference at Ivy Tech Community College – Bloomington, March 26th &27th, 2013,This conference was funded by the DOL TAACCCT’s C3BC grant

Presented at the AAAS Community College Forum in Washington DC, February 17, 2011 “Bio/Medical Device Manufacturing Training Program at ITCC Bloomington”

Organized and hosted the 2nd Biosciences Educators Alliances for the Midwest (BEAM) Meeting at Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington August, 2010

Organized and hosted 2010 Biomanufacturing Conference at Ivy Tech Community College – Bloomington July, 2010

Presented at the 16th National ATE Principal Investors Conference in Washington DC October 2009, “Process Development Project Using DEAE Ion Exchange Chromatography”

Organized and hosted the 1st Biosciences Alliances for the Midwest Meeting at Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington September, 2009

Served as the panel presider at the 6th Annual Community College Program Day at BIO 2009 in Atlanta, GA, Meeting Biotechnology Workforce Development Needs Through Innovative Certificate Programs at Community College panel

Presented at the 15th National ATE Principal Investigators Conference, Washington DC 2008, “Comprehensive Biotechnology Education at Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington Indiana

Presented at the 5th Annual Community College Program Day at BIO 2007 in Boston, MA, as a panel on Innovative Model for Teaching Students the Business of Biotechnology


Impact Magazine’s special edition for Community College Consortium for Bioscience Credentials, December 2013

Lee, S., Carlson, T., Christian N., Lea K., Reilly J.P., and Bonner, 2000, J.J. Yeast HSF  changes conformation in response to superoxide and temperature. Mol. Biol. Cell 11(5):1753-1764.

Lee, S., Owen H.A., Prochaska, D.J., and Barnum S.R. 2000, HSP16.6 is involved in the development of thermotolerance and thylakoid membrane stability of the unicellular cyanobacterium, Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803.  Curr. Microbiol. 40(4):283-287.

Lee, S., Prochaska D.J., Fang F., and Barnum, S.R. 1998, A 16.6 kilodalton protein in the cyanobacterium, Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803, plays a role in the heat shock response.

Curr. Microbiol. 37(6): 403-407.

Ivy Tech School of Business faculty member travels to Scandinavia for tour on social responsibility and sustainability

June 25, 2014

BLOOMINGTON – Jim Heinzen, Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington’s Dean of the School of Business and Professor of Business Administration, participated in a two-week conference, held June 9 through June 20 in Copenhagen, Denmark and Stockholm, Sweden. The conference was a program of the University of Minnesota’s Professional Development in International Business, focused on sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) practices in Scandinavia. This opportunity was made possible by a partnership between the Indiana University Kelley School of Business and Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington’s School of Business.

In addition to lectures and discussions on the topic of corporate social responsibility and sustainability, the program also included visits to Ericsson, H&M, Scandic Hotels, Maersk, and IKEA to learn more about their CSR and sustainability practices. Heinzen says that all of the companies integrate social and environmental concerns into their business operations and interactions with their stakeholders.

“All of the companies we visited had strong CSR and sustainability programs, but two of the companies that U.S. residents might be most familiar were H&M and IKEA,” Heinzen said. “According to the chief sustainability officers at both H&M and IKEA, the companies have aligned their business operations with the principles of the United Nations Global Compact concerning human rights, labor, environment, and anti-corruption. Both companies do not accept child labor as a practice by their suppliers.”

The UN Global Compact is a strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labor, environment, and anti-corruption.

Heinzen plans to apply knowledge gained from the conference into the Ivy Tech-Bloomington School of Business curriculum, and into campus sustainability initiatives.

“It was an eye-opening experience to hear first-hand what is happening in the rest of the world regarding production, and in some cases, its effects on the environment and human rights,” Heinzen said. “With the guidance of the UN Global Compact and other partners such as non-governmental organizations like Save the Children and the World Wildlife Fund, companies have made progress in these areas. However, because of the complexity of the manufacturing supply chain and the sourcing of materials, it can be difficult to know from where a piece of apparel came, or exactly under what conditions it was made. Looking for certification labels, such as those from the Fair Trade Certified Apparel and Home Goods program, can help American consumers make more socially and environmentally conscious purchases.”

Construction to begin on Ivy Tech Waldron Plaza downtown in August

June 24, 2014

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington is currently taking bids to begin construction on a new Ivy Tech Waldron Plaza downtown, along Fourth and Walnut Streets. Plans include renovation and improvement of the sidewalk entry areas to the Ivy Tech Waldron building by creating inviting and pedestrian-friendly entries that will feature custom walkways, plantings, and spaces suited for public art and performance.

“We are thrilled to begin renovations of the Ivy Tech Waldron entry spaces, and I want to thank The City of Bloomington for requesting the funding support of the Bloomington Redevelopment Commission to make this project a reality,” said Ivy Tech-Bloomington Chancellor Jennie Vaughan. “Without the support of the Bloomington Redevelopment Commission, and grants from the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County, and the Indiana Arts Commission, this project would not have been possible.”

Planned improvements will make the area safer for pedestrians and bicyclists, as the new Ivy Tech Waldron Plaza will separate pedestrians from parallel automobile parking spaces, accommodating the new bicycle lanes that the City of Bloomington plans to install on the street. New street lighting will also be added to make the space more inviting for the public during dark hours.

“Having a sculpture plaza as part of the Waldron facility has been on the drawing board since the arts center first opened in 1992.  I’m delighted we could partner with Ivy Tech and other community stakeholders to finally make it a reality,”said Mayor Mark Kruzan. “This renovation project helps to address public safety concerns while beautifying the area around the Ivy Tech Waldron building, hopefully maximizing pedestrian traffic.”

Bids for the project continue and will be reviewed at the end of June. Projects will be awarded in July and construction is slated to begin August 1.

The $100,000 project is slated for completion in September just before the building’s centennial in 2015, and will propel the college and the community into celebrating the history of Ivy Tech Waldron.


Ivy Tech to Offer Entrepreneurship Certification

InsideINdianaBusiness.com Report

Ivy Tech Community College has been approved to offer a Certificate in Entrepreneurship. The program will be available at all of the school’s campuses beginning in August.

Ivy Tech says the 31-credit hour Technical Certificate and 18-credit hour Certificate in Entrepreneurship are intended to prepare graduates to apply a comprehensive set of principles toward establishing, owning and operating an independent business.

June 19, 2014

News Release

Indianapolis, Ind. — The Indiana Commission for Higher Education (CHE) has approved Ivy Tech Community College to offer a new Technical Certificate and Certificate in Entrepreneurship that will be available at all 31 campuses beginning in August 2014. These new certificates directly link with the College’s mission toward providing higher education programs that enhance Indiana’s economic development.

The 31-credit hour Technical Certificate and 18-credit hour Certificate in Entrepreneurship are intended to prepare graduates to apply a comprehensive set of principles toward establishing, owning and operating an independent business. Selected courses in the certificates include Entrepreneurial Marketing and Market Research, Venture Growth and Development and Entrepreneurial Tax and Finance. Business plan development is an integral component of the program and business plan writing software is utilized.

The Certificate in Entrepreneurship is designed for students with knowledge in other fields of study acquired either through postsecondary education or through industry or life experience. The Technical Certificate includes the Entrepreneurship courses and adds an accounting, marketing, computer, communication and college success course.

The Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus worked collaboratively with a group of statewide faculty and academic leadership to develop these new programs in an effort to provide students practical tools to start businesses upon graduation from Ivy Tech.

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.

Source: Ivy Tech Community College