Ivy Tech Foundation receives IU Credit Union donation for new student success center

Ivy Tech Foundation receives IU Credit Union donation for new student success center

Officials at Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus accepted a $25,000 donation from IU Credit Union on Wednesday, January 21, for the college’s new student success center. The donation is IU Credit Union’s contribution to Ivy Tech-Bloomington’s “Here We Grow Again” capital campaign. Bryan Price, Chief Executive Officer and Doris Sims, Executive Committee Member, presented the check.

“IU Credit Union has been a friend of Ivy Tech-Bloomington for 27 years,” said Chancellor Jennie Vaughan. “We’re grateful for IU Credit Union’s steadfast support over the years, for both student scholarships and our many campus initiatives.”

In recognition of IU Credit Union’s ongoing support of the college, the new student success center will be named the IU Credit Union Student Success Center. It will be housed on the first-floor of the main campus Ferguson Academic Building expansion, and will provide program-specific tutors, writing specialists, computers, and other resources needed to support student achievement.

“Ivy Tech plays a vital role in our community and we are proud to support their expansion project,” said Bryan Price, President and CEO of IU Credit Union.

The Ferguson Building expansion is currently under way and is expected to be complete by Spring Semester 2016.

For information about Ivy Tech-Bloomington’s “Here We Grow Again” capital campaign and expansion project, log on www.ivytech.edu/growagain.

Ivy Tech Foundation funds youth arts scholarships with Pygmalion’s fundraising donation

Ivy Tech Foundation funds youth arts scholarships with Pygmalion’s fundraising donation

Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus is the 2014 beneficiary of Pygmalion’s Art Supplies’ fifth annual custom-color fundraiser. Proceeds from the yearlong effort will benefit Ivy Arts for Kids scholarships.

“We appreciate Pygmalion’s encouragement of youth arts,” said Susie Graham, Executive Director of Development, Ivy Tech-Bloomington. “Their gift of more than $2,000 will cover tuition costs for 12 children to participate in art camps this summer.”

Each year Pygmalion’s Art Supplies commissions a custom color from submissions created by area artists. The art store orders 280 tubes of oil paint in that limited edition color, with sales benefiting an area nonprofit. To encourage area artists’ involvement in the initiative, Pygmalion’s hosts an art show each April and accepts any submissions, including mixed media, which use the year’s custom color.

The store sold 225 tubes over the course of 2014 with 100 percent of sales going to the Ivy Arts for Kids scholarship fund. The winning color, Eggplant, was created by Tom Colcord, a 2013 Indiana University fine arts graduate whose work was featured during the month of January in the National Society of Arts and Letters exhibition at Ivy Tech Waldron. Previous winning colors have included Alice Pink, Kiki’s Cool Yellow, Skink Tail Blue, and Green Bean Green.

“This was the second most popular color since we started the benefit,” said John Wilson, Pygmalion’s owner, citing only Kiki’s Cool Yellow as more popular than Eggplant.

Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus offers engaging, age-appropriate art classes for children ages 4-15 through its Ivy Arts for Kids program at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center. For more information about Ivy Arts for Kids, log on www.ivytech.edu/CLL and click on “Youth Programs.”

Contact the Center for Lifelong Learning at 812-330-6247 about scholarship availability.

Ivy Tech receives grant award for emerging technologies

Ivy Tech receives grant award for emerging technologies

Officials at Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus accepted a $50,000 grant award on Thursday, January 8, from Duke Energy Foundation, to acquire equipment for training students in Advanced Automation and Robotics Technology (AART).

Specifically, the grant will support acquisition of a comprehensive advanced automation and robotically controlled pharmaceutical manufacturing system.

“Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus is appreciative of the support of our friends at the Duke Energy Foundation,” said Chancellor Jennie Vaughan. “Because of this grant award, Ivy Tech-Bloomington technology graduates will be equipped with essential skills to make significant contributions to the economic growth of south-central Indiana’s biomanufacturing community.”

It is anticipated that there will be a demand for 123,000 STEM-related positions in Indiana by 2018, half of which will require middle-skills training.

“The goals of the AART degree program are to advance the preparation for middle-skilled jobs in advanced manufacturing and life sciences technologies,” said Kirk Barnes, Dean of Technology Division at Ivy Tech-Bloomington. “Only Ivy Tech-Bloomington has the capacity to offer this unique application of automation and robotics as applied to the drug product industry.”

Other Ivy Tech-Bloomington degree programs such as regulatory affairs, engineering technology, and electrical engineering will benefit from using the space and equipment for practical lab application activities and simulated case studies on drug product manufacturing.

“We are very excited to support Ivy Tech – Bloomington with this grant,” said Bruce Calloway Duke Energy Indiana Community Relations Manager for Monroe County. “The AART program will have a significant impact on workforce development within our region.”

The AART equipment will be located in the Center for Emerging Technologies instructional space in the Ferguson Academic Building expansion. The expansion is expected to be completed for Spring Semester 2016.

For information about Technology Division degree programming at Ivy Tech-Bloomington, call (812) 330-6050 or email kbarnes@ivytech.edu.

Community Foundation awards nearly $320,000 in grants to 12 agencies

Community Foundation awards nearly $320,000 in grants to 12 agencies

Posted: Wednesday, January 14, 2015 12:00 am

Twelve agencies received a total of $319,991 in Community Impact Grants this week from the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County, in partnership with the Smithville Charitable Foundation.

The grants, which range in size from $10,000 to $40,210, were awarded Monday during a reception in Fountain Square Ballroom. The average size of the grants was $26,666, said Tina Peterson, president and CEO of the Community Foundation.

The recipients were picked from an original field of 48 applicants. Selectors placed a priority on innovation, collaboration and capacity building.

Grants were made to:

• Area 10 Agency of Aging — The Mobility Management Project will support the continuation of the New Freedom Taxi Voucher Program, development of a volunteer driver program and the creation of educational materials and support for riders who need assistance understanding their transportation options, according to a news release.

• Bloomington Economic Development Corp. — For the Bloomington Code School, which was established in 2014 by the Bloomington Technology Partnership with a goal of rapidly improving skills the existing workforce to meet the needs of local tech companies. Grant funds will support a part-time coordinator to continue the program and to define a sustainability plan.

• Bloomington Hospital Foundation — IU Health-Bloomington, in partnership with IU School of Public Health, and community partners MCCSC, Premier Healthcare and Bloomington Hospital Foundation, will launch a Coordinated School Health Program to connect physical, emotional and social health with education.

• Catholic Charities of Bloomington — The organization will upgrade and expand its nondirective play therapy services, and provide early mental health services to very young children and their families. This project will provide professional training and ongoing supervision to CCB staff in an effort to shorten the wait time for young children and their families in need of services.

• Community Kitchen of Monroe County — The grant will allow Community Kitchen to replace its 16-year-old cargo van, providing the agency with a dependable van that gets much better gas mileage.

• Girls Inc. — Girls Inc. will also be able to replace an old bus with a “new” used bus, enabling more girls than ever before to participate in after-school programming and summer camps.

• Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce Foundation — The grant is for the Graduation Coach Initiative, which uses the check-and-connect training model to help at-risk youth in Monroe County stay in school and graduate. In the seven years since the program began, high school graduation rates in Monroe County have risen more than 10 percentage points from 80.53 percent in 2007 to 94.90 percent in 2013.

• Ivy Tech Community College — Ivy Tech-Bloomington will expand its Arts Infused Preschool (AIP) to Highland Park Elementary School’s Title 1 preschool classroom.

• Lotus Education and Arts Foundation Inc. — With its grant, Lotus will upgrade its administrative facilities. That will help the organization achieve a long-time strategic goal to become a more effective partner, and provide a year-round base for innovative, mission-driven programs.

• New Hope Family Shelter, Inc. — The New Hope Early Childhood Center will establish a high-quality care and education program for children experiencing poverty in Bloomington and Monroe County.  The mission of the center is to meet low-income families’ needs for excellent, reliable, affordable childcare, thus allowing families a greater chance of attaining and sustaining employment or pursuing educational opportunities to the end of achieving lasting stability, and ensuring children enter school equipped for early success.

• South Central Community Action Program (SCCAP) — The grant will go to SCCAP Thriving Connections (formerly Circles Initiative) in a program in which participants will learn invaluable skills such as workplace communication and etiquette, goal setting and resume writing. The children of participants will receive financial literacy and life skills education from staff, volunteers, partner agencies and peers.

• Sycamore Land Trust — The grant is for Sycamore’s project to protect a high-quality 30-acre nature preserve within the newly created Bean Blossom Conservation Area in Monroe County. This parcel will be part of a larger effort to connect already protected natural areas between Lake Lemon, Griffy Lake and the White River in order to provide landscape-scale conservation benefits — significant habitat for the area’s biodiversity, clean air and water through the filtration of our stormwater and pollution, and enhanced quality of life from scenic beauty and outdoor recreation, according to a news release. The grant will leverage matching funds from the Indiana Bicentennial Nature Trust.

Ivy Tech Waldron seeks nominations for community arts awards

Ivy Tech Waldron seeks nominations for community arts awards

Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus invites nominations from the public for a Community Arts Awards reception and fundraiser, honoring local arts advocates, educators, and businesses. The Community Arts Awards reception and fundraiser will be held on Saturday, March 7 and is planned in connection with the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center’s centennial, which takes place this year, 2015.

There are four arts award categories. The Business Award will recognize a business for exemplary support of the arts. The Arts in Education Award will recognize an educator, school corporation, Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), or other entity directly influencing and engaging students through visual, literary or performing arts. The Arts Advocate Award will recognize an individual who has provided service, leadership, and/or substantial support to the arts. The Special Citation Award will recognize any individual or organization that deserves recognition for their contribution to the arts.

As Region 8 arts partner for the Indiana Arts Commission, Ivy Tech-Bloomington is accepting award nominations for individuals and organizations in Brown, Greene, Lawrence, Martin, Monroe, Morgan, Orange, and Owen counties.

Ticket sales are not yet open for the Community Arts Awards reception and fundraiser, but will benefit Ivy Tech-Bloomington’s building expansion, which includes new spaces for art, music, and movement.

Nominations can be made online at www.ivytech.edu/waldron and the deadline is Monday, February 2. For questions about award nominations, call the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center at (812) 330-4400.

Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus is the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) Regional Arts Partner for the IAC’s Region 8. Region 8 includes Brown, Greene, Lawrence, Martin, Monroe, Morgan, Orange, and Owen counties. For IAC region 8 news, visit www.ivytech.edu/bloomington and click on Indiana Arts Commission Regional Arts Partner.

And another thing: Editorial roundup

Posted: Saturday, January 10, 2015 2:00 am
H-T Report

Do you know Indiana’s state fossil?

Did you know Indiana had a state stone? Those of us here in southern Indiana shouldn’t be surprised it’s Salem limestone. And a local state legislator wants to honor the fossil behind that limestone and the industry that followed. That’s right: a state fossil. It’s the elegant sea lily that could join the ranks of the state bird (cardinal); state motto (”The Crossroads of America”); state tree (tulip tree); and state flower (peony).

Good luck to state Sens. Mark Stoops, of Bloomington, and Philip Boots, of Crawfordsville, in pushing the bill forward in the Statehouse, a place in which the surface is built on the fossil. And while we’re at it, let’s change our state beverage to something more flavorful. Water? We can do better, Hoosiers.

New look in Congress shared by at least two

There’s a new-look Congress this year with Republicans in charge of both the House and Senate, and some GOP members are sporting a new look as well — 9th District Rep. Todd Young, R-Ind. among them.

The Bloomington Republican, clean shaven on election night in November, is now sporting a full beard. Constituents watching the televised floor debate Thursday on Young’s Save American Worker’s Act may have thought something was wrong with their reception as a furry-faced Young spoke. The beard also turned up in wire service photos of Young with Congressman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., at a meeting this week of the House Ways and Means Committee.

Ryan also is sporting new facial hair, although Young’s spokesman, Trevor Foughty, said that’s just coincidental.

As for the Indiana congressman’s whiskers, Foughty said Young decided to go a few days without shaving over Christmas break and decided he liked it.

Foughty said the feedback on the new look generally has been positive so far.

A different kind of speaker comes to Ivy Tech

Generational lines were showing this week with the announcement that Sir Bob Geldof has been booked as the speaker for this spring’s O’Bannon Institute for Community Service fundraiser at Ivy Tech Community College.

For those older than a certain age, it was “Bob who?” And for those younger than a certain age, blank looks and puzzlement greeted the interest shown by those for whom the 1980s was not just a decade, but a personal statement.

For the latter, Geldof is more than a philanthropist with a royal title; he is “Pink” from the movie version of Pink Floyd’s “The Wall,” the co-writer of Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas,” organizer of the Live Aid concerts, a passionate political activist and the guy who inspired fellow Irish rocker Bono to get involved in Africa.

Previous O’Bannon speakers have included Colin Powell, Laura Bush, George McGovern and Tom Brokaw. It will be interesting to see how Sir Bob stacks up to that crowd.

Higher education leaders react to America’s College Promise

Posted: Saturday, January 10, 2015 12:00 am
By MJ Slaby 812-331-4371 | mslaby@heraldt.com

President Barack Obama unveiled more about his America’s College Promise initiative on Friday, and local community college leaders and a higher education expert shared the following reactions.

Jennie Vaughan, chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington:

“Education, from Pre-K to post-secondary, is critical to the success of communities. Data shows that there is less poverty, less crime, and more economic development in those communities where citizens have access to an affordable education, helping them to become prepared to enter the workforce or to continue on toward earning a more affordable bachelor’s degree. … With a capital campaign underway and a 90,000-square-foot building expansion expected to be completed for spring semester 2016, we are confident we can accommodate the influx of students we expect to see if President Obama’s proposal moves forward.”

Tom Snyder, president of Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana:

“I fully support this idea. It can be a game changer for our country when it comes to educational attainment. We have ground to make up against other countries, and this is a big first step in doing just that.”

Don Hossler, director of the IU Center for Postsecondary Research:

“This is a laudable goal that is worth serious consideration. … The federal government launched the State Student Incentive Grant Program in the 1970s at a time when few states had a state grant program. Now, almost every state has a state grant program. Thus, this initiative could have a dramatic impact on postsecondary affordability and access.

“There is one caveat that needs to be voiced. Many states are already underfunding their community colleges, which leaves them with inadequate support systems for students and an over-reliance on adjunct faculty. The effects of this initiative might not fully achieve its goals unless states are prepared to provide sufficient funding not only for their share of the tuition but also for the additional staff and faculty that would be required to serve a large increase in additional students.”