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.

IvyTech Bloomington recruits out of state for first time

The Herald-Times
Posted: Thursday, October 9, 2014
By MJ Slaby 812-331-4371 | mslaby@heraldt.com

Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington is expanding its reach. For the first time, the campus is recruiting out-of-state students.

“We know that these students are already coming here,” said Ivy Tech Bloomington Chancellor Jennie Vaughan.

She said students from Ohio, Illinois and Kentucky are already at Ivy Tech Bloomington because they have interest in Indiana University and want to be in Bloomington. Recruiting is a way to give information directly to those students, rather than a way to boost numbers.

“We’re not concerned about our enrollment,” Vaughan said.

Ivy Tech Bloomington attended the Chicago National College Fair at the end of September, and representatives from the campus will likely go to more college fairs, said Sam DeWeese, vice chancellor of student affairs on the Bloomington campus. He said the campus also plans to work with out-of-state high school counselors as well.

Both DeWeese and Vaughan said they were pleased with students’ interest at the college fair.

The goal at the fair was to promote Ivy Tech programs and Ivy Tech’s strong partnership with IU that makes transferring easy, said DeWeese.

He said many students from the Chicago area attend IU, so being at the college fair lets students know they can come to Ivy Tech first and then transfer. Plus, he said it promotes Ivy Tech as a whole and tells students about the unique degrees the community college offers such as radiation therapy and biotechnology.

Vaughan said Ivy Tech central administration is also interested in hearing about Bloomington’s efforts.

“I think this could work for all the Ivy Tech campuses, especially the ones near a state line,” she said.

But both DeWeese and Vaughan stressed out-of-state recruiting won’t shift the focus from in-state students. Ivy Tech still has a majority of in-state students and the college is there for the people of Indiana, Vaughan said. And she said adding students from other places is a positive.

“Anything we can do to make our student body more diverse and international is a good thing,” Vaughan said.

Public invited to participate in education forum at Ivy Tech

The Herald-Times

Posted: Tuesday, October 7, 2014 5:37 am | Updated: 6:19 am, Tue Oct 7, 2014.

Local residents will have a chance to weigh in on national K-12 education topics at Ivy Tech’s first Kettering Foundation National Issues Forum on Friday.

National Issues Forums open subjects up to members of the community in an effort to find ways to approach an issue and gain multiple viewpoints, according to Chelsea Rood-Emmick, executive director of civic engagement at Ivy Tech Bloomington.

The issue for those who attend the forum on Friday is closing the achievement gap, a problem that has affected local K-12 schools, but it is not unique to Monroe County or Indiana. Across the nation, students in areas with a larger population of minority and low-income families are not achieving at the same level as their peers.

“The idea is to bring together people who are invested in the issue — parents, social service agencies, parents of future K-12 students — to talk about what they would like to see happen to close the achievement gap,” Rood-Emmick said.

Ivy Tech is supplying the space for the conversation to take place without an intention to sway the discussion, she said. Participants’ perspectives will be documented and collected as part of the Kettering Foundation’s National Issues Guides, which may be submitted to policy makers and schools.

Sara Laughlin, director of the Monroe County Public Library, will moderate the discussion by sharing approaches that have been offered in the past to close the achievement gap, such as addressing root causes of poverty, increasing accountability and providing equitable funding.

There will be two forums held where people will have the opportunity to share their views. The first is Oct. 10 from 6 to 7:30 p.m., and the second is Oct. 12 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Both will be at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center, 122 S. Walnut St. Childcare for kids 5 years or older will be provided for those who register by calling the Waldron Arts Center at 812-330-4400. Find out more about National Issues Forums at www.nifi.org/forums.

Ivy Tech to host depression screening service next week

Ivy Tech to host depression screening service next week

On Tuesday, October 14, Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus will participate in the 23rd Annual National Depression Screening Day by providing free screenings for depression and other mood disorders. Depression screening will take place on the main campus, in the Connie and Steve Ferguson Academic building, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the first floor rotunda.

National Depression Screening Day raises awareness and screens people for depression and mood disorders and allows individuals to identify warning signs and connect with the appropriate treatment resources.

This year’s theme focuses on viewing and treating mental health with the same gravity as physical health. “Mental Health deserves the same attention as physical health,” said Dr. Kenin Krieger, Associate Professor of Psychology at Ivy Tech-Bloomington. “Our goals for this event are to raise awareness for mental health disorders and connect students who may be struggling with depression or other mood disorders with quality, local treatment options.”

Ivy Tech-Bloomington’s Office of Student Support and Development has partnered with Indiana University’s Center for Human Growth to offer free counseling services to students through the Counseling and Outreach program. The program, since 2008, has provided services to Ivy Tech students in the form of individual counseling and personal growth groups to help with a variety of problems including depression, stress management, and relationship troubles. All counseling is confidential.

Ivy Tech students can make appointments with the counseling and outreach center at (812) 330-6287 or email counseling-r14@lists.ivytech.edu.

Northern Ireland author to speak at Ivy Tech

The Herald-Times
Posted: Monday, October 6, 2014 12:00 am | Updated: 1:00 am, Mon Oct 6, 2014

 Tony Macaulay, an author from Northern Ireland, will visit Ivy Tech Community College in Bloomington Monday.

Macaulay will be on campus from 12:30 to 1:50 p.m. in room C100CD of the Connie and Steve Ferguson Academic Building. He’ll read from his memoirs “Paperboy” and “Breadboy.” Macaulay grew up in Belfast at the start of “The Troubles” in Northern Ireland.

Ivy Tech’s English department and creative writing clubs are sponsoring the visit. The reading is open to the public.

Ivy Tech Career Services and Bloomington Rotary partner to host second annual Career Discovery Fair

Ivy Tech Career Services and Bloomington Rotary partner to host second annual Career Discovery Fair

Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington’s Student Life and Career Services is partnering with Bloomington Rotary for the 2nd annual Career Discovery Fair on Wednesday, October 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Hoosier Times Student Commons.

Career Discovery Fair is designed to open participant’s eyes to various career options, degree programs, and the reality of the workforce. In order to prepare participants for these conversations Career Services will be providing a brief questionnaire, asking students to think about their career goals and why they have chosen a particular major/interest, along with other topics.

This is not a job fair but it does offer endless opportunities for networking with local professionals in various fields.

The set-up will be conducive to information sharing and networking. Each Ivy Tech-Bloomington School (Applied Sciences and Engineering Technology, Technology, Business, Public and Social Services, Education, Fine Arts and Design, Health Sciences, Nursing, and Liberal Arts and Sciences) will be represented and staffed by current faculty members who will be able to answer questions about programs within the School and their application to the real world.  Participants will also have the opportunity to speak with local professionals from Bloomington Rotary about the workforce and how to apply their education to various fields.

Career Services will be conducting resume reviews and transfer information will be available.

For more information, contact Amanda Fronek at 812-330-6293 or afronek@ivytech.edu.

Ivy Tech dedicates nursing building to Lee Marchant

The Herald-Times

As student nurses and the community gathered around him, Lee Marchant said there was no perfect word for how it feels to have a nursing building dedicated in his name.

“In the wildest stretch of my imagination, and certainly of my parents’ … I had no idea this was going to happen,” he said.

On Wednesday evening, Bloomington’s Ivy Tech Community College dedicated the Lee J. Marchant School of Nursing building. At 101 N. Daniels Way, the building is near the school’s main building and is just one of the new spaces for the community college, which is currently fundraising for an addition to the Connie and Steve Ferguson Academic Building.

Marchant is longtime supporter and advocate for the Ivy Tech Bloomington campus and a member of the Ivy Tech state board of trustees since 2007.

“This is more than a step in the right direction,” said Tom Snyder, president of Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana. The dedication coincided with the state board of trustees’ visit to the Bloomington campus for board meetings Wednesday and today.

Snyder said the new space will prepare students to be nurses who help their community and have the earning power to support their families.

For student Mariah Thompson, nursing was a career where she could advance and maybe one day earn a master’s degree or teach. And she said she chose Ivy Tech Bloomington because it was affordable, close to home and a small, personal program.

She and the rest of the nursing students have been using the new space since summer, and Thompson said it’s been great to have a bigger space.

“We’re not climbing on top of each other to get to the manikins,” she said.

Marchant has long supported the nursing program at Ivy Tech Bloomington and established two endowed nursing scholarships for students, as well as helping start the certified nursing assistant program.

“Without your support, we wouldn’t be the school and college we are today,” said Celinda Kay Leach, a nursing professor emerita. “Caring in nursing and Lee have gone hand in hand for over 40 years.”

Marchant said he loves to be around the student nurses and is looking forward to seeing them at their graduations. He said being a nurse means they are the first person that most people see when they are born and often times, the last person who is there at the end.

“What you are to me is an incredible inspiration,” Marchant told the nursing students. “And what we are doing here today is for you.”

Ivy Tech to dedicate Marchant School of Nursing building on Wednesday

Ivy Tech to dedicate Marchant School of Nursing building on Wednesday

Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus will dedicate the Lee J. Marchant School of Nursing building on Wednesday, October 1 at 5:30 p.m., in honor of state trustee Lee J. Marchant’s service to the College.

The dedication will take place during the Ivy Tech State Board of Trustees Community Reception, which precedes the state board meeting the following day on Thursday, October 2 at 1 p.m. in the Connie and Steve Ferguson Academic Building.

“In addition to Lee’s support of the College as a state trustee, he has been an active supporter of our regional Ivy Tech-Bloomington campus, nursing and health academic programs, and has endowed scholarships for students,” said Chancellor Jennie Vaughan. “Ivy Tech Community College is fortunate to have Lee’s support and we could not be more pleased to honor his service to the College in this way. We owe many thanks to Lee.”

Marchant established two endowed nursing scholarships at Ivy Tech-Bloomington: The Gerald I. Lamkin Distinguished Scholar in Nursing; and the Kay Leach LPN Endowed Scholarship. Between the two scholarship funds, nearly 50 financial awards have been granted to Ivy Tech-Bloomington nursing students.

He was also instrumental in the launch of the certified nursing assistant program at the Bloomington campus.

Marchant has a legacy of changing lives at Ivy Tech Community College. He has served on the Ivy Tech Foundation Board of Directors for more than 22 years, since July 1992. He was elected and served as its chairman from November 1, 1998 through October 31, 2000. Marchant has also served on the Ivy Tech Community College State Board of Trustees for more than 7 years, including service as its chairman. He was appointed by Governor Mitch E. Daniels to serve on the State Board of Trustees on July 27, 2007.

Lee J. Marchant School of Nursing was named as such in January 2014 as part of Chancellor Emeritus Whikehart’s final business with the College before his retirement. The Marchant School of Nursing is located at 101 N. Daniels Way on Ivy Tech-Bloomington’s main campus, across the street from the Connie and Steve Ferguson Academic Building at 200 N. Daniels Way. Parking is available at the Connie and Steve Ferguson Academic Building.