Higher education briefs

The Herald Times
Posted: Saturday, June 6, 2015 12:00 am
Compiled by Kat Carlton

Higher education briefs

Ivy Tech touts workforce certifications awarded

Through Ivy Tech Community College, a manufacturing training organization has awarded nearly 14 thousand workforce certifications from 2007-2015.

The Manufacturing Skill Standards Council nonprofit group announced it made the certifications in a news release this week.

Since 2007, MSSC has awarded the following through Ivy Tech:

• 3,113 Maintenance Awareness certificates

• 2,883 Process and Production certificates

• 2,822 Safety certificates

• 2,651 Quality certificates

• 1,904 Certified Production Technician (CPT) certificates

• 294 Certified Logistics Associate (CLA) certificates

• 224 Certified Logistics Technician (CLT) certificates

• 57 Green certificates.

Ivy Tech president named to council

Ivy Tech Community College President Thomas J. Snyder has been named one of 10 members of the Council for Resource Development Council of Presidents.

“I am excited and honored to be a member of the CRD Council of Presidents,” said Snyder. “We can’t continue to change the lives of Indiana students without the help of generous contributions made by community members and Ivy Tech alumni.”

The resource development council consists of CEOs of leading community colleges around the nation who are recognized for their leadership in private fundraising and resource development; success in fostering institutional missions of open access, student success and workforce development transfer education; and the ability to think forward and anticipate the economic and social needs of their communities.

Council members advise the CRD board on national, state and regional trends and their effect on the strategic responses and directions for the organization. Members also counsel the board on programming priorities such as changes in the federal and state environment, and the changing role of community college presidents and staff. Other duties include promoting the value of the council as the premier fundraising resource for community college CEOs.

Ivy Tech faculty receive excellence award

Jennifer Daily-Mantha, assistant professor of political science and department chairwoman of social sciences and languages at Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington, was among 14 Ivy Tech faculty to receive the annual President’s Award for Excellence in Instruction.

In a tradition that began in 1983, one faculty member from each of the college’s 14 regions is chosen to receive the President’s Award. From the 14 recipients, one is then selected to receive the Glenn W. Sample Award for Excellence in Instruction, the college’s highest honor for faculty.

Ivy Tech Waldron celebrates building centennial in new plaza

Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus is hosting a dedication of the new Ivy Tech Waldron Plaza and celebration of 122 South Walnut Street’s building centennial. The event will be held on Friday, June 5 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center. Brief remarks will be made at 5:15 p.m. In honor of the building’s centennial, Mayor Mark Kruzan, has declared the day “Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington John Waldron Building Day.”

“100 years after it was constructed, the Waldron Building still plays a significant role in our community,” said Chancellor Jennie Vaughan, Ivy Tech-Bloomington. “The purpose of our centennial celebration in the new plaza is to honor the Waldron building’s history, and celebrate its present and future role in our community as the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center.”

The Ivy Tech Waldron plaza is located along Fourth Street, which features inviting and pedestrian-friendly entries, a custom walkway, green space, and spaces suited for public art and performance.

The plaza makes the area safer now that it separates pedestrians from parallel automobile parking spaces, and accommodates new bicycle lanes. Street lighting was also added to make the Ivy Tech Waldron more inviting for the public during dark hours.

“We are thrilled to have the Ivy Tech Waldron Plaza, and I want to thank The City of Bloomington for requesting the funding support of the Bloomington Redevelopment Commission to make this project a reality,” said Ivy Tech-Bloomington Chancellor Jennie Vaughan. “Without the support of the Bloomington Redevelopment Commission, and grants from the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County, and the Indiana Arts Commission, this project would not have been possible.”

The centennial celebration in the Ivy Tech Waldron plaza will feature Bea’s Soda Bar, La Poblana Taco Truck, Libations by One World Catering, and music provided by building tenet and community partner WFHB. Following the public plaza celebration, guests are invited to browse Ivy Tech Waldron galleries during First Friday.

Landscaping for the plaza celebration was donated by Sowders Landscaping.