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

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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

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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.