Ivy Tech offers youth programs in robotics and art

Ivy Tech offers youth programs in robotics and art

Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington offers a free robotics workshop every other Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Ivy Tech-Bloomington’s Connie and Steve Ferguson Academic Building, 200 Daniels Way, until December 9. Additionally, youth art classes are now open for registration and some classes began on Tuesday, October 28.

Each robotics workshop draws around 35 kids ranging from grades four through 12 who are interested in the programming aspect of robots. Kirk Barnes, Dean of Technology and Applied Sciences, is the director of the workshop. Each class is taught by Ivy Tech students who earn service learning credit for their involvement. The student-teachers come from a variety of different academic disciplines, not just those interested in robotics and technology.

Each class teaches kids how to program a different part of their self-built “Lego Mindstorm” robot.

Every once in a while the robots compete against each other in various tasks but Barnes says that the main goal of the workshop is for the kids to “just have fun and learn a little bit about programming.”

For children more interested in art than robotics there are several different arts and crafts classes taught at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center. Children in grades six through nine can participate in Intro to Hand Building where they will learn how to construct clay sculptures using a variety of hand-building techniques. In Ceramics for Kids, children in grades two through five will create mythology themed ceramic sculptures and pottery using the wheel and basic hand-building skills. The young artists will also get to use texture and glaze to finish their projects. Finally, children in grades two through five can participate in Drawing and Painting for Kids. In this class, children will learn how to combine drawing, painting, collaging, printmaking and assemblage to create unique works of art.

For more information and to sign up for Ivy Tech’s youth programs, visit http://www.ivytech.edu//cll/youth/.

Ivy Tech-Bloomington earns three gold regional marketing awards, wins six total

Ivy Tech-Bloomington earns three gold regional marketing awards, wins six total

Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus marketing and communications department won three gold medals, six total, for its marketing efforts at the regional National Council of Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) professionals conference held October 22-24 in Green Bay, WI.

The department, Amanda J. Billings, executive director and Sarah DeWeese, director, won three gold medals, one silver medal, and two bronze medals for various marketing projects and initiatives ranging from communications success story to logo design.

In the past six years the region’s marketing department alone has earned 46 awards from NCMPR, of the more than 100 that Ivy Tech has earned statewide. Of the 46 awards, Ivy Tech-Bloomington earned 17 national medals and 29 regional medals.

Ivy Tech-Bloomington’s 2014 regional conference awards are as follows:

  • Brochure (1151 Days of Arts, Ivy Tech Waldron) – Gold
  • Logo Design (Chancellor’s Service Scholars) – Gold
  • Successful Recruitment or Marketing Campaign (Center for Lifelong Learning “I’ve Always Wanted to Learn ____.”) – Gold
  • Print Advertisement Series (Ivy Tech Waldron) – Silver
  • Communications Success Story (student Jessica Troxel, Coca-Cola Scholar) – Bronze
  • Special Event Promotion (O’Bannon Institute Workshops) – Bronze

NCMPR is an affiliate council of the American Association of Community Colleges. It is dedicated to fostering the professional development of college communications staff in public relations, public information, marketing, enrollment management, community relations and development. It is the only organization of its kind that exclusively represents marketing and public relations professionals at community and technical colleges. NCMPR has more than 1,550 members from more than 650 colleges across the United States, Canada and other countries.

Ivy Tech entrepreneurship certification now financial aid eligible

Ivy Tech entrepreneurship certification now financial aid eligible

Nearly four years after the Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship opened its doors, the final piece necessary for full implementation of the entrepreneurship program has fallen into place. On Thursday, October 2 the Entrepreneurship Curriculum Committee was informed that the Technical Certificate and Entrepreneurship Certificate programs have been approved by the Department of Education for Title IV financial aid eligibility.

“Entrepreneurship certification is designed to give the student practical tools to start or acquire a business,” said Ivy Tech-Bloomington entrepreneurship program chair, Jim Silberstein. “Most new jobs are created by small businesses, so when we graduate students with skills that enable them to start new enterprises, we create opportunities to grow the local economy and generate new jobs.”

Now that the program has been approved for financial aid eligibility, students interested in earning a certificate in entrepreneurship will be able to receive financial aid. There are currently 42 students enrolled in the program at Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington, which is nearly half of all students registered in the state. Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus has the capacity to enroll up to 225 students across six courses and nine sections.

For more information about entrepreneurship education at Ivy Tech, log on www.ivytech.edu/study-entrepreneurship.

About the Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship

The Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship (www.ivytech.edu/entrepreneurship) at Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus was established in 2010 to develop and implement practical tools and resources for students, individuals, and the community to foster entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech-Bloomington and in the broader economic development region it serves.

‘Oedipus’ comes to John Waldron

Indiana Daily Student (IDS)

By Sanya Ali

Published 10/15/14 10:07pm Updated 10/16/14 10:31pm

The Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center will stage “King Oedipus,” a modern adaptation of Sophocles’ “Oedipus the King,” Friday through Oct. 25.

The script was written by Kelly Lusk, a recent IU MFA graduate, according to the Playwrights’ Center.

The show starts at the birth of Oedipus and follows his life through the original play ending, though Director Paul Daily said parts of this story, especially the ending, divert from the original myth.

“We see the hallmarks of the Oedipus myth,” Daily said. “We see Oedipus defeat the Sphinx. We see him marry his mother and bring plague down on Thebes. In this version, though, we also get to see Oedipus in love before meeting Jocasta.”

Daily said he saw the script multiple times throughout the past nine months and he constantly felt engaged by Lusk’s writing style.

“A new script changes radically during development,” Daily said. “(Lusk) and I had many discussions before he wrote it, and the first time I read it was four drafts ago. Kelly’s writing is exciting. You want to read the next line as soon as you finish the one you’re on, and this play was no exception.”

Daily said he decided to direct this show because it highlights that people rely too much on the idea of fate.

“I’ve always thought that if Oedipus wanted to avoid his prophesied fate of killing his father and marrying his mother, all he had to do was swear never to kill anyone and remain abstinent his entire life,” Daily said. “First thing he does is kill a stranger on the road and then shortly thereafter marry a woman his mother’s age.”

The show’s cast features students from both Ivy Tech and IU, and Daily said each of the auditions he saw impressed him, making selection for roles difficult.

“You go into auditions knowing what direction you want to take the play and look for actors with characteristics that help tell the story,” Daily said. “You have to decide if you want your lead to be a strong decision maker or a happy-go-lucky spirit.”

Ben Jeatran, a sophomore at IU, plays Laius in the production. He said he has enjoyed taking on his role and experiencing the show transform from parts into a whole.

“Definitely my favorite part is watching each piece of the show come together,” Jeatran said. “With each step and each practice we do, elements we have practiced get refined and makes for a greater show. Watching each scene evolve is a real reward for all the hard work.”

Marissa Whitmer, a junior at Ivy Tech, heard about the show through Daily, whom she has worked with on two shows prior.

“This play is really fun for me because I have three different characters,” Whitmer said. “I’m part of the plagued chorus, I’m part of the Oracle’s voice and I’m a Sphinx cubling. So the chance to play all these different roles is a blast for me.”

Daily’s favorite part of the experience was learning some new techniques to use on stage.

“I love it when I explore things I’ve never tried before, so this play has been thrilling for me,” Daily said. “We’ve got shadow puppets, illusions and otherworldly creatures. They’ve all been fun to learn about.”

Jeatran said he hopes the subtleties are well-received by the audience.

“There’s a lot of hidden elements thrown in the performance we hope a lot of people enjoy,” Jeatran said.

Daily said he feels the opportunity to work with Lusk’s script is one the actors will cherish as they move forward in their acting careers.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for Ivy Tech and our students,” Daily said. “Having a play written for us is quite exciting, and allowing the students to explore a script that has never been touched before is an opportunity not all students get to experience.”

The show will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Oct. 23, 24 and 25. Tickets cost $15 for the general public and $5 for students and seniors.

Dual-credit course popularity makes qualified teachers a hot commodity

Posted: Tuesday, October 14, 2014 12:01 am | Updated: 12:24 am, Tue Oct 14, 2014.

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

In dual-credit courses, high school students can experience the rigor of a college course and earn college credit without leaving their high school building or teachers.

Monroe County Community School Corp. high schools are offering more dual credit courses than last year, and conversations about adding more are constant, said Jan Bergeson, director of secondary education.

That popularity is also reflected in the number of classes that both Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus and Indiana University partner with high schools to offer.

Not a new initiative, dual-credit courses are one way Indiana students can meet graduation requirements on several high school diplomas as well as earn advance college credits — typically in general education with a high transfer rate and a low cost.

But high schools around the state continue to search for qualified teachers.

Ivy Tech-Bloomington works with nearly 20 high schools in the region, and the sections offered are growing, said Vonda Clay, secondary initiatives coordinator for the campus.

For example, the English course went from five sections to 13 this year, Clay said. Seven of those English sections are at Bloomington High School South, she added.

“English is something that transfers … and is required for a lot — if not all — programs,” said Brad Thurmond, vice chancellor of academic affairs at Ivy Tech-Bloomington.

Plus, there are course additions.

“We have several courses we’ve never taught before,” Clay said. Examples include biology, economics and psychology.

Another reason for the popularity of Ivy Tech courses is that the community college doesn’t charge tuition to dual-credit students.

The high school principals were interested in Ivy Tech in part because they said juniors and seniors were paying a lot of money between the SAT, ACT, AP exams and dual credits, so this cut one cost, Bergeson said.

At IU, the Advance College Project works with about 170 schools statewide for a total of about 10,000 students. That’s an increase of about 2,000 students statewide from last year to this year, said Mike Beam, director of the project.

IU charges student $25 per credit hour — typically $75 a class — and that’s reduced tuition for classes that will transfer, Beam said.

Like Ivy Tech, IU is continually adding courses, too. Beam said the greatest growth includes United States history, chemistry and speech, because a lot of the schools already have English and math. Plus, he said schools tend to have several history teachers, and speech is a popular course with students.

Yet, those on both sides — the colleges and high schools — agree the biggest barrier that remains for dual credit growth is finding qualified teachers.

The requirements vary from course to course and from one higher education institution to another, but to teach Ivy Tech courses, a high school teacher must have the same qualifications as a faculty member or adjunct teaching that course. To teach an IU course, teachers must have the same credentials as an adjunct or temporary instructor for that course.

The process for teachers to apply varies between Ivy Tech-Bloomington and IU, but both include a relationship with faculty in that course’s department as well as site visits to ensure the class at the high school matches the one on campus.

“Broadly, they (the classes) need to be the same, because the class is just as rigorous and deep,” Thurmond said.

He said another problem schools face is if the only teacher qualified to teach a specific dual-credit course leaves, the school may have to stop offering the course, unless it finds another qualified teacher.

When hiring teachers at MCCSC, Bergeson said, finding teachers who already meet the requirements is something school leaders think about.

“It certainly is a consideration,” she said.

Beam and Clay said they’ve both heard the same from principals they work with.

“Principals said that teacher candidates that are qualified go to the top of the interview pile, because they are in high demand,” Beam said.

Ivy Tech Student Productions puts on ‘king oedipus’

Ivy Tech Student Productions puts on ‘king oedipus’

Ivy Tech Student Productions will perform the original play ‘king oedipus’ at Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center on October 17-18 and 23-25 at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are now available for purchase. ‘king oedipus,’ written by Kelly Lusk and directed by Paul Daily, is a modern adaptation of the Oedipus myth.

“The play was written specifically for Ivy Tech Community College and our students, and it has been a great experience bringing a new script to life,” said Paul Daily, Artistic Director of Ivy Tech Waldron and Dean of the School of Fine Arts. “The cast includes six current Ivy Tech students and four alumni.”

“This show is uniquely cool in its own way,” said Maya Ferrario, who plays Bethany/Sphynx in ‘king oedipus.’ “It’s a brand new play written from the perspective of someone that everyone’s heard of, with language that is realistic but in a completely unrealistic world. Kelly Lusk did a fantastic job with the script. It’s so complex, and even though everyone has heard of the story of Oedipus, they don’t know his side of the story.”

Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Purchase tickets at www.bctboxoffice.com.

For a full list of productions held at Ivy Tech Waldron, visit www.ivytech.edu/waldron.

About Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center

The Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center houses a unique blend of artists, performers, and educators. Visitors can take art classes, enjoy performances, or browse six gallery spaces in Bloomington’s recently-voted “best art gallery” by The-Herald-Times’ Reader’s Choice Awards. For more information, visit www.ivytech.edu/waldron. Art classes are offered through Ivy Tech’s Center for Lifelong Learning at www.ivytech.edu/cll or through Ivy Tech’s Associate of Fine Arts degree program.


Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County named 2014 Benefactor of the Year by Ivy Tech-Bloomington

Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County named 2014 Benefactor of the Year by Ivy Tech-Bloomington

Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus has selected the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County as its 2014 Benefactor of the Year Award recipient. The award will be announced this evening at Ivy Tech Foundation’s annual Benefactor Awards Program held in West Baden Springs, Indiana. Each year the Ivy Tech Foundation honors individuals, corporations or foundations that have changed the lives of Ivy Tech Community College students by providing exceptional philanthropic and volunteer leadership.

“Ivy Tech-Bloomington has had a strong relationship with the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County for many, many years,” said Jennie Vaughan, Chancellor of Ivy Tech-Bloomington. “Under Tina Peterson’s leadership, the Foundation has played a significant part in advancing Ivy Tech-Bloomington’s ability to fulfill our role as Indiana’s comprehensive community college.”

The Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County has enabled Ivy Tech-Bloomington to respond to community needs by providing grant funding for three key initiatives. These initiatives include the “Improving our Entrepreneurship and Small Business Ecosystem” project, the “Arts-Infused Early Elementary Instruction” project, and the “Workforce Development Solutions” project.

The “Improving our Entrepreneurship and Small Business Ecosystem” project is enabling Ivy Tech and the community to grow and strengthen its startup business pipeline. The “Arts-Infused Early Elementary Instruction” project allowed Ivy Tech to introduce arts-specific strategies to augment preschool achievement at Fairview Elementary School. The “Workforce Development Solutions” project supports Ivy Tech-Bloomington’s execution of a statewide Advanced Manufacturing Program.

In addition to supporting Ivy Tech-Bloomington in meeting community needs, the Community Foundation strengthens Bloomington and Monroe County through the $20 million it has provided to-date toward youth development, economic and community development, the environment, education and learning, individuals and families, health and recreation, animal welfare and the arts, and the added power of a $25 million endowment.

About the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County: The Community Foundation is a nonprofit, community corporation created by and for local citizens. Since its founding in 1990, CFBMC has played a leading role in shaping the community by fueling innovative ideas and empowering others to make a lasting impact. CFBMC has granted over $20 million to more than 380 local nonprofit organizations. Our $25 million endowment is growing and so is the difference we make by connecting caring people, important causes and community resources.