Civic engagement awards to kick-off Ivy Tech’s annual O’Bannon Institute today

Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus is hosting its 12th annual O’Bannon Institute for Community Service on April 29-30 and May 1. An awards ceremony to honor faculty, staff, students, and community partners for excellence in civic engagement will kick off the annual three-day event. The awards ceremony will be held in the Hoosier Times student commons on Wednesday, April 29 at 4 p.m. in the Connie and Steve Ferguson Academic Building.

“One of Ivy Tech’s goals, as a comprehensive community college, is to model a service-oriented learning environment,” said Chelsea Rood-Emmick, executive director of civic engagement at Ivy Tech-Bloomington. “In the past year, the college has contributed a total value of nearly $1.8* million in the communities we serve.”

*Figure based on national value of volunteer time from

In the 2014/15 academic year (to-date), 2,600 students, or 40 percent of Ivy Tech-Bloomington’s student body, participated in courses with a service-learning component. Between volunteer hours and service-learning classes, Ivy Tech-Bloomington reported nearly 79,000 hours at 80 agencies or organizations in our communities.

Award categories for the 2015 O’Bannon Institute for Community Service Civic Engagement Awards Ceremony include the Community Partner Award, the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center Community Partner Award, the Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship Community Partner Award, Excellence in Service-Learning, Excellence in Volunteerism, Jeanine C. Rae Humanitarian Award, and the John R. Whikehart Civic Engagement Award that was established in 2013. Recipients receive a $500 stipend for contributions to their community.

The Excellence in Service-Learning award recipient is psychology adjunct faculty, Albee Mendoza, for Supporting Scribe. Her students, enrolled in health psychology class, were matched with clients who had care coordinators through Positive Link. Students and clients penned letters to each other throughout the semester. The project, Supporting Scribe, enabled students to further understand topics of health psychology, healthy behaviors and habits, utilization of services, and stress management, while providing support to clients.

There are two Excellence in Faculty/Staff Volunteerism award recipients. The first is humanities adjunct faculty, Tim Jessen, for his involvement with Shalom Community Center, Bloomington Rotary, and Bloomington Professional Exchange. For the past ten years, he has served as volunteer chaplain on weekends at IU Health Bloomington Hospital. He sings with the Bloomington Chamber Singers and is organizer of Ivy Tech singers.

The second Excellence in Faculty/Staff Volunteerism award recipient is Associate Professor and Assistant Department Chair of Business Administration, Nancy Frost, MS, MBA. Frost serves Kiwanis Club of Bloomington and the Bloomington Boys and Girls Club. She is also a member of Psi Iota Xi. Frost served as co-chair for Ivy Tech-Bloomington’s “Here We Grow Again!” internal capital campaign and coined its name.

Marianne Cox, Ivy Tech nursing student, earned the Excellence in Student Volunteerism award for her participation in a mission trip to Haiti, Ivy Tech’s Alternative Spring Break in Guatemala, and organizing a Student Ambassador service project with the Shalom Center. She’s a member of Phi Theta Kappa and a Student Ambassador.

Rebekah Burns, Ivy Tech human services student, has been named the Jeanine C. Rae Humanitarian award recipient for her work with children with special needs at the Boys and Girls Club in Ellettsville. Showing strong dedication to service and the importance of her role there, she returned to the Boys and Girls Club just weeks after giving birth. The Jeanine C. Rae Humanitarian Award was established to recognize a student whose way of life demonstrates concern for the well-being of others.

Ivy Tech’s Community Partner Award recipient is the City of Bedford, for their longstanding partnership. Most recently, in a collaborative partnership between the City and the college, Ivy Tech was able to acquire space at the Stone Gate Arts and Education Center to serve students in the local community. Additionally, City of Bedford Mayor Shawna Girgis has joined the Ivy Tech-Bloomington Regional Board of Trustees.

Ivy Tech’s John Waldron Arts Center Community Partner award recipient is the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County, for its support of Ivy Tech’s preschool Arts Infusion work at Fairview Elementary school and now expanded to include Highland Park Elementary school. The Foundation is also a partner in Ivy Tech’s Regional Arts Partnership with the Indiana Arts Commission, and has also provided grant funds for Ivy Tech’s Cook Center for Entrepreneurship.

The Cook Center for Entrepreneurship Community Partner award recipient is Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association, for its significant partnership and shared vision to launch and grow businesses in our community. The BUEA has invested resources in the Cook Center for programs like the CEO Roundtable and Lemonade Day.

The John R. Whikehart award recipient is Chelsea Rood-Emmick, MSW, LSW, executive director of civic engagement at Ivy Tech-Bloomington, for her longstanding commitment to both the college and community. Since becoming the director of civic engagement in 2009, Rood-Emmick has grown service-learning classes from 16 to 99. The campus has made the U.S President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll six times (seven total). She’s also led Alternative Spring Break for six years. Rood-Emmick was awarded the 2011 Community Service award from Fuse Business Innovation and named a 2013 10 Under 40 from the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce. She teaches a service-learning class at Indiana University and supervises social work students in their final practicum at the GLBT office there. Rood-Emmick will take finals at Indiana State University for her last semester of doctoral coursework on Friday, May 1. The John R. Whikehart award was established in 2013 to recognize those who were called to serve.

Tomorrow morning, April 30, more than 100 Ivy Tech-Bloomington students, faculty, and staff will participate in a Day of Service in the community, preceding the O’Bannon Institute fundraising dinner with Sir Bob Geldof at the Bloomington Monroe County Convention Center. Volunteers will serve at Head Start, Bloomington Animal Shelter, Adopt-A-Road (Daniels Way), Bloomington Parks and Recreation, Hoosier Hills Food Bank, and PetsAlive.

On Friday, May 1, Ivy Tech-Bloomington will welcome the community for its annual Institute filled with a day of discussion, workshops, and a closing conversation with Shiza Shahid, Malala Fund co-founder and Bob Zaltsberg, The Herald-Times editor.

More information about the annual O’Bannon Institute for Community Service can be found online at

Information about Ivy Tech-Bloomington’s Center for Civic Engagement can be found online at

Event sponsors for the 12th annual O’Bannon Institute for Community Service include, Bloomington Economic Development Corporation, Bloomington Ford, Inc., City of Bloomington, CFC Properties, Cook Medical, The Herald-Times, Inc., IU Credit Union, Markey’s Rental and Staging, Sterling Real Estate, Inc., Smithville, and Linda and John Whikehart.

O’Bannon Institute to feature panel with local change-makers, youth leadership presentations, closing conversation with Malala Fund co-founder

Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus is hosting its 12th annual O’Bannon Institute for Community Service ( on April 29-30 and May 1. Seats are still available for both the fundraising dinner with Sir Bob Geldof on Thursday, April 30 and for Friday, May 1 at Ivy Tech-Bloomington.

On Friday, May 1, a full day with a panel discussion, various workshops, youth leadership academy presentations, and closing conversation will focus on this year’s theme, Be the Change: Discover Your Super Power.

The panel will introduce four Hoosiers who had a vision for their community and turned their passions into real change.

Educational workshops will continue with this year’s Institute and will cover topics such as spending power, how one can contribute to his or her community with only one hour of time, discovering one’s own valuable skills they can use to contribute to community, and learning to leverage social media to benefit a valuable cause.

Inaugural Ivy Tech Youth Leadership Academy (YLA) presentations will be given by 13 middle school students from area schools (MCCSC, St. Charles, and The Project School). YLA is designed to foster civic engagement among youth. Participants develop leadership skills, create community service projects, build communication skills, and meet community leaders. This year’s projects include a Head Start book drive and a presentation for sixth graders with the goal of reducing their anxieties about transitioning to middle school (topics such as bullying, friend-making, and common worries like not finding the correct classroom are addressed).

The three-day Institute will close with a conversation with co-founder of the Malala Fund, Shiza Shahid, and editor of The Herald-Times, Bob Zaltsberg.

“Recently named one of TIME magazine’s ’30 Under 30 World Changers,’ we’re looking forward to Shiza’s engaging conversation about strengthening the global community through youth education, specifically for girls,” said Chancellor Vaughan. “As an open-access, comprehensive community college, we have a common goal with The Malala Fund– to change lives through the power of education, and to ensure access to it.”

Shahid is an entrepreneur and social activist of Pakistani origin. She is the co-founder and global ambassador of the Malala Fund, the organization representing the young Pakistani activist who was shot by the Taliban for her campaign for girls’ education.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. and a continental breakfast will be available. Opening remarks by Former Indiana First Lady, Judy O’Bannon, begin at 8:30 a.m.

Friday event schedule, panel members, and workshop facilitator listings are below.

Registration: 8 a.m. (Continental breakfast)

Welcome Remarks: 8:30 a.m.

Panel: Community Superheroes 9:15 – 10:30 a.m.
Cary Curry President, Curry Auto Center
Vicki Pierce Executive Director, Community Kitchen of Monroe County
Toby Strout Executive Director, Middle Way House
Mike Baker CEO, Retired

Workshops (Choose One Session): 10:45 a.m.
Spendstrong: Make an Impact
Morton J. Marcus, Economist, Author/Columnist, and Speaker/Consultant
The Power of an Hour
Bet Savich, Director, City of Bloomington Volunteer Network
Lucy Schiach, Assistant Director, City of Bloomington Volunteer Network
Discover Your Superpower
Jarvis Cooper, President and Owner of Envision Organizational Consulting (EOC)

Lunch and Youth Leadership Academy Presentations 12 p.m.

Workshops (Choose One Session): 1 p.m.
The Power of an Hour
Bet Savich, Director, City of Bloomington Volunteer Network
Lucy Schiach, Assistant Director, City of Bloomington Volunteer Network
Discover Your Superpower
Jarvis Cooper, President and Owner of Envision Organizational Consulting (EOC)
Kyla Cox Deckard, Director of Public Relations and Community Outreach at IU Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education

Conversation: 2:15 p.m.
Shiza Shahid, Malala Fund Co-Founder and Bob Zaltsberg, editor, The Herald-Times

The Institute takes place on Ivy Tech-Bloomington’s main campus at the Connie and Steve Ferguson Academic Building in the Hoosier Times Student Commons. Ivy Tech-Bloomington is located at 200 Daniels Way on the west side.

Admission for Friday, May 1 at Ivy Tech is with two canned goods or a free-will monetary donation made at the door for Hoosier Hills Food Bank. Morning refreshments and lunch are included in the day, but reservations are required to attend. To make a reservation, log on, contact (812) 330-6001, or

To purchase tickets to the Fundraising Dinner with Sir Bob Geldof on Thursday, April 30, log on, contact (812) 330-6001, or

Event sponsors of the 12th annual O’Bannon Institute for Community Service include American Structurepoint, Bloomington Economic Development Corporation, Bloomington Ford, CFC Properties, Inc., City of Bloomington, Cook Medical, The Herald-Times, IU Credit Union, Markey’s Rental & Staging, Smithville, Sterling Real Estate, Inc., and Linda and John Whikehart.

About the O’Bannon Institute for Community Service

The O’Bannon Institute for Community Service ( was launched 11 years ago by Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus as an annual opportunity for the community to come together to discuss topics related to nonprofits, education and political and civic service. Previous speakers at the Institute have included former U.S. Senators, Pulitzer prize-winning authors, Governors, political advisers and columnists, and Laura W. Bush, former First Lady of the United States.

Ivy Tech-Bloomington faculty named 2015 Executive Journey Fellow, plans youth worker appreciation event

Dr. Lisa Connolly, associate professor and program chair of human services at Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus has been named a 2015 Executive Journey Fellow by The Journey. The Journey is an Indianapolis-based organization focused on supporting the renewal and professionalization of current and prospective youth workers in Indiana and around the country.

“I am excited to have been selected for the 2015 Executive Journey Fellowship,” Connolly said. “Ivy Tech Community College has a long history of not only providing services to youth, but in creating learning environments for the next generation of youth leaders. I love seeing our students give back to our community by completing youth work internships at places like Monroe County Community School Corporation, Boys and Girls Club, and Stepping Stones, Inc.”

As part of Connolly’s Journey Fellowship naming, she was awarded an individual scholarship, which she has used to plan “Thank a Youth Worker Day” appreciation event on Thursday, May 7, 2015 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Ivy Tech-Bloomington.

“I created this event to thank all of the people who support the youth of our community,” she said.

Other contributors to the event include the Indiana University School of Public Health as a previous Journey Fellow, and the MCCSC After School Care Program, which is also a 2015 Journey Fellow.

In Connolly’s three years as program chair at Ivy Tech-Bloomington, she has seen human services graduates continue their education at four year colleges like Indiana University School of Public Health, Indiana University School of Social Work, and Indiana Wesleyan.

The Journey Fellowship was created in 2002 in response to a growing need for ongoing professional and personal renewal in the field of youth work. It is funded by the Lilly Endowment Inc. The Executive Journey Fellowship provides Indiana’s youth workers greater opportunities to bring more meaning to their lives and make stronger commitments to the field of youth work.

Guest column: Ivy Tech story continues to see growth

From the Herald Times
This guest column was submitted by Jennifer A. Vaughan, chancellor, Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington.

I recently conducted a hard-hat tour of our building expansion for some community leaders and they were impressed with, but unaware of, the breadth of academic opportunities available at Ivy Tech-Bloomington. This got me thinking that perhaps we can never over-tell the story of Ivy Tech.

Currently, we are constructing an impressive 90,000-square-foot addition to the Connie and Steve Ferguson Academic Building, which is the main campus building of Ivy Tech-Bloomington on the west side of town. It’s a large project — $24 million construction — with even bigger outcomes when it becomes operational in January 2016.

Students and staff will benefit from additional classrooms, labs, an expanded tutoring and academic support center, a significantly enlarged library, streamlined admissions and academic advising and a new and conveniently accessible bookstore. The student experience will be positively impacted with an expanded Bloomingfoods Ivy Tech and much-needed common areas for students to enjoy while studying, waiting for class or collaborating in group meetings.

Much of our new space has been designed to also meet the skills needs of employers — a state-of-the-art culinary arts lab, an emerging technology suite, a multi-dimensional robotics lab, a Center for STEAM (science, technology, engineering and entrepreneurship, arts-design, and math) with a new “maker space” for students and faculty, industry-aligned degree program in the School of Computing and Informatics (including cyber-security) and new programs to create more engineering technicians needed at NSWC Crane.

We know that employers are having difficulty finding employees with the technical and soft skills necessary to do the jobs available today, and this new space will allow Ivy Tech to create more workers ready for the jobs of the future.

These are all important improvements that will make our programs at Ivy Tech more attractive to new and returning students, and deliver the value our partners expect.

Why all this fuss over new space? Ivy Tech plays a key role in improving our state’s low educational attainment rate. According to 2013 census figures, only 34.7 percent of Indiana’s 3.4 million working-age adults (25-64) hold a two- or four-year college degree. The state’s attainment rate is lower than the national average of 40 percent. To meet Indiana’s need for trained workers by the year 2025, we will need to nearly double that figure.

Ivy Tech’s high-quality, affordable educational and training opportunities deliver what our customers — including the state — tell us they need. At roughly $4,000 per academic year (30 credit hours), we are leaders in the state and provide our students learning experiences without the burden of massive debt upon graduation. Throw in the dual-credit options available to most Indiana high school students and we are significantly lowering the cost of a college degree, without compromising quality or experience.

We invite you to come out for Ivy Tech-Bloomington’s grand opening of the expansion later this year. If you don’t want to wait for that, call us for your own hard-hat tour to see for yourself the impact and changes happening at Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus. I’ll be glad to personally tell you our story.

Ivy Tech-Bloomington hosts ‘Pete the Planner’ next week

Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus is hosting a lecture featuring financial expert Pete “The Planner” Dunn on Tuesday, April 21 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Hoosier Times Student Commons at the Connie and Steve Ferguson Academic Building located at 200 Daniels Way on the west side.

“This is a timely and relevant lecture since college students are becoming more financially savvy,” said Amanda Fronek, Ivy Tech director of student life and support services. “We hope that students and guests of the lecture learn about the importance of fiscal responsibility and to come away with some practical tips that can create a path toward financial wellness.”

The presentation, “60 Minutes to Change with Pete the Planner,” will cover important financial literacy topics including: budgeting, addressing money in a relationship, saving for the future, and paying-down debt.

Dunn is an award-winning comedian, author, radio show host (The Pete the Planner Show), and columnist for the Indianapolis Star. Dunn appears regularly on popular programs, such as CNN Headline News, Fox News, Fox Business, and many nationally-syndicated radio programs.

There is no cost to attend. For additional questions about the event, please contact Amanda Fronek at

Ivy Tech-Bloomington adjunct educator earns college-wide instructional award

Andrew Lambert, adjunct instructor of business and entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus, was awarded the Gerald I. Lamkin Adjunct Faculty Award for Excellence in Instruction on Thursday, April 8 at the College’s annual Program Chair Summit in French Lick, Ind.

As the recipient of the regional 2014 Adjunct Faculty Award for Excellence in Instruction, Lambert became the Bloomington campus nominee for the statewide Gerald I. Lamkin Award. The Lamkin Award is presented to a single adjunct faculty member each year that best typifies excellence in instruction and epitomizes the mission of the College.

“It’s a pleasure to recognize and congratulate Andrew for his dedication to carrying out the mission of Ivy Tech Community College,” said Jim Heinzen, Division Dean of Business and Public Services. “His teaching style incorporates quality instruction with student engagement and sincere concern for student learning. Andrew has truly earned this award for excellence in instruction.”

Lambert’s students say that he’s a dynamic instructor, gives insight into the real world through his professional experiences, and places emphasis on the importance of giving back to the community.

Notably, Lambert teaches a service-learning course, in which his students work with local employers and small businesses to develop marketing and advertising plans for their firms. This activity engages students in practical learning while businesses benefit from real products that they can incorporate into their business plans.

In 2011, he earned the O’Bannon Institute Civic Engagement Award for Service-Learning and the Impact Award for Outstanding Teaching from the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE). In 2012, he earned his first regional Adjunct Faculty Award for Excellence in Instruction.

In addition to his instructor duties, Lambert is involved in the Bloomington community. His firm, Lambert Consulting, LLC, provides the Bloomington business market with marketing, branding, public relations, and general business advice. He currently serves as President for the Monroe County Autism Foundation (MCAF), which offers scholarships, information sessions, and fundraising opportunities for children with autism and their families. He is also on the Marketing Subcommittee for Cardinal Stage Company.

Lambert earned his Bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications from Indiana University in 2001 and his Master of Arts in Advertising from Hawaii Pacific University. Lambert began teaching Marketing 101 at Ivy Tech in August 2008. Before coming to Ivy Tech, his jobs included teaching at The Smeal College of Business at Pennsylvania State University and working at CGI, International in Honolulu, Ha.

‘Guest’ students at Ivy Tech grow in numbers

From the Herald Times
Posted: Tuesday, April 7, 2015 12:00 am
By Michael Reschke 812-331-4370 |

Ivy Tech Bloomington’s efforts to recruit guest students have been paying off. Not only have their numbers been increasing during the past few years, this semester, Bloomington has more than any other campus.

Ten days into the spring 2015 semester, 2,528 guest students were enrolled across all of the community college’s 35 campuses. More than 1,000 of those were enrolled at the Bloomington campus.

“I certainly think it’s our proximity to Indiana University,” said Sam DeWeese, vice chancellor for the Bloomington campus.

Guest students are people who take classes at Ivy Tech but are not pursuing a degree there. In many cases, they are students who are enrolled at a four-year institution, but take a class or two during their summer break to help them graduate on time.

It would make sense, then, that the Ivy Tech campuses near the state’s large, four-year institutions would have the most guest students. That’s true for this semester, but the Bloomington campus has more than twice the number of guest students as the Indianapolis and Lafayette campuses.

The Lafayette campus, which is near Purdue University, has the second-largest number of guest students for the spring semester with 415. The Indianapolis campus, which is near Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, had 414. DeWeese was at a loss to explain why the Bloomington campus had so many more guest students.

“I don’t know why,” he said. “I don’t know their goals, but it’s something we focus on.”

And it’s paid off. In the fall semester of 2013, there were nearly 500 guest students enrolled at the Bloomington campus. In the fall semester of 2014, there were more than 700.

Summer enrollment is up, too. In 2013, there were nearly 1,400 guest students, and in the summer of 2014, there were more than 1,700. DeWeese said the campus has set a goal of a 15 percent increase for this summer, which would put guest student enrollment at about 2,000.

Things like small class sizes, affordability and credits that easily transfer are all reasons DeWeese gave for why students enrolled elsewhere might choose to pick up a few classes at Ivy Tech, but he said word of mouth is the biggest reason for the growth.

“A lot of these things take a while to build,” he said. “It’s finally caught on.”

Partnerships between the Bloomington Ivy Tech campus and IU’s Bloomington campus are likely helping to spread the word, DeWeese said. For example, Hoosier Link offers guaranteed admission to IU Bloomington if students meet certain academic benchmarks. Students in the program take classes at Ivy Tech while living in theHoosier Link Learning Community at McNutt Residence Center on the IU Bloomington campus.

“A lot of students have such a positive experience, when they get to IU, they enjoyed it enough to come back,” DeWeese said.