Academic News: Respiratory Care, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Fine Arts

Respiratory Care

The program received the Distinguished RRT Credentialing Success Award from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care. Jennifer Purdue, program chair, received the award at the Summer Forum in Phoenix, Arizona.

Purdue has also been elected to be the statewide curriculum chair for Ivy Tech’s Respiratory Care program.

Liberal Arts and Sciences – Life and Physical Sciences

The Chemistry 105 and 106 classes taught by professors Arnold, McComas, and Miller conducted a service learning activity with the Monroe County Library system. Students prepared demonstrations and hands-on science activities for elementary schools to do at the libraries. The event was held one evening at the Ellettsville Branch and at the Bloomington Branch on another evening. Approximately 90 children attended each evening. This is the second year we have done this event and we plan to continue it in the future.

School of Fine Arts and Design

Professor Brier has two commissions lined up for the coming year, both are in collaboration with another artist/carver, Sharon Fullingim. One is for the Arden Place neighborhood of Bloomington, and the other is for the Fall Creek Greenway in Indianapolis, Millersville neighborhood.

The 12 students in ARTS 211 (Sculpture 1) have started carving multiple sculptures for inclusion in this semester’s fall student exhibit.

Ivy Tech students receive national recognition for literary contributions

Three Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington students have received national recognition from the Community College Humanities Association (CCHA) for their contributions to Ivy Tech’s literary magazine, mê tis.

English Professor, Emily Bobo, founded mê tis nine years ago as an outlet for students to share their art and text.

Bobo receives about 100 submissions per issue. “We generally publish between 25 and 30 different submissions both art and text,” she said. “For financial purposes we design our black-and-white magazine around a 48-page model. The more pages we print, the more it costs to produce the magazine. So, we try to keep it small and selective.”

This is the first year Bobo submitted the magazine to the CCHA. Along with the full magazine, Bobo selected three individual pieces to compete for awards in their respective categories.

Andrew Quick won the scripts category with “Windows.” Honesty Bunch placed second in the poetry category for “The Music of Sound.” Jason Campbell received third place in the short stories category for his crime-mystery story, “The Missing Blanks.”

On November 5-7, the award recipients, along with mê tis student editors, Anne Ashley and James Gillie, will travel to Phoenix, AZ to attend a workshop, luncheon, and awards ceremony at the annual CCHA National Conference.

Mê tis is on sale in the Ivy Tech Bloomington Bookstore for $4.25. Three dollars of each sale is used to support future issues, student-editing scholarships, and student-writing and art contests.

For more information about mê tis, contact Emily Bobo at 812-330-6284 or email at

Playing it safe: Dark themes challenge ‘Mr. Marmalade’ actors

The Herald-Times

Arts & Entertainment
Playing it safe: Dark themes challenge ‘Mr. Marmalade’ actors

marmalade2Danny Woods practices a scene in which he must hit Sarah McGrath in Ivy Tech Student Productions’ presentation of “Mr. Marmalade.” The dark comedy is the story of a young girl, played by McGrath, who is abused by her imaginary friend Mr. Marmalade. Ivy Tech Bloomington | Courtesy photo

Posted: Sunday, September 27, 2015 12:00 am
By Marcela Creps 812-331-4375 |

They’re hard scenes to watch.

Lucy gets slapped and called vulgar names. Larry must perform half-naked — a state of undress that makes him noticeably uncomfortable. George yells loudly, swearing at a young girl.

Those scenes are even harder for the actors to perform.

Ivy Tech Student Productions is in rehearsals for “Mr. Marmalade,” a dark comedy that follows 4-year-old Lucy, whose imaginary friend abuses her physically, mentally and sexually.

During rehearsals, all the actors seem aware of how difficult the scenes can be. Evan Pritchard, who plays Larry, is a shy, soft-spoken guy who finds he can relate to his character, a 5-year-old boy with depression issues.

Pritchard said he initially read for the role of Mr. Marmalade, the imaginary friend of Lucy, so he didn’t know much about the role he got.

“Actually, as I started reading more of his lines, I realized he’s closer to how I am as a person. I’ve dealt with depression a lot, and he deals with depression,” Pritchard said.

The actor has also dealt with anxiety issues — something that made the first few rehearsals difficult when he had to undress in front of the other actors, who were strangers. Pritchard said he didn’t say his lines very loud as he wanted to look at the floor and go unnoticed.

But Sarah McGrath, who plays Lucy, recognized Pritchard was struggling.

“She shared a personal thing with me in front of everyone that made me feel a lot better about doing it,” Pritchard said.

McGrath said she had no intention of sharing something personal with the cast. But she saw how self-conscious Pritchard was.

“I kind of wanted to get us on even terms and give him something so he knows we all have things like that,” McGrath said.

During rehearsals, McGrath demonstrates her empathy for her fellow actors. When she and Danny Woods, who plays Mr. Marmalade, are rehearsing a scene in which she is slapped, they go through the process slowly. As they feel more comfortable, the scene is sped up.

With each run through, McGrath crumples to the ground after Woods berates her before following through with a slap.

“How are you feeling?” McGrath asked Woods after she sees him shaking his head.

“OK. It’s just I didn’t say that line very well,” Woods replied.

In another scene, Woods and Pritchard fight, with Pritchard getting the upper hand and forcing Woods into the coffee table on the set. Director Paul Daily asks Woods if he is still planning to do a face plant.

“I’m still trying to get used to that,” Woods said after running through the scene.

After an hour of rehearsal, the actors take a five-minute break, but not before Daily asks an important question.

“How’d that all feel?” Daily asked. No one really responds with more than a nod.

“The violence feel OK?” Daily asked. Again, there are lots of slow nods.

“The sex and violence has always concerned me,” Daily said later, pointing out that these college-aged students are exploring areas of the human psyche that is difficult.

To help the students prepare, Daily gave the actors a handout at the first rehearsal. It was an article by Adam Noble, who taught movement at IU. The article tells the actors how important it is to check in with each other and set boundaries. If something isn’t comfortable, then the actor needs to speak up so that the intent of the script and maybe not the letter of the script is conveyed.

“That’s certainly been my focus and my concern,” Daily said.

McGrath said Daily was crucial to helping her character development. The climax of the play puts her in a very difficult position that she had a tough time coming to grips with, but Daily sat down with her and walked her through the next 20 years of her character’s life so that she could better understand what happens to Lucy.

Understanding her character’s life story, McGrath said, helped her “illuminate one of the most difficult parts there.”

Playing a bad guy has been a challenge for Woods.

“This role is the polar opposite of me,” he said. It’s taken some getting used to, as he describes himself as being typically quiet, nice and polite. There is one particular scene in which he needs to scream and be furious.

“It’s difficult for me, but I’ve worked through it,” he said.

Woods admitted that he’s started to carry some of his character’s personality with him. Never one to suffer from road rage, Woods said he’s found himself swearing at cars and other drivers.

“When I’m dealing with others, I’m the same person. But my mental thinking I think it is affecting,” he said.

Daily said actors often find themselves shifting a bit while performing particular roles.

“When you put yourself so much in somebody else’s shoes, it can’t help but affect you,” he said.

With opening night just around the corner, Pritchard said he’s excited but nervous.

“The first night is going to be really hard for me. I know it is,” he said.

But Pritchard is also confident that once he gets past the first night, it’ll be easier. Both Woods and McGrath have warned family members about the content of the play. McGrath said her parents are coming from Washington state to see her do her first play in Indiana. She knows it may be difficult for her parents to see the play.

“All in all, I think it’s more of a challenge, and it’s impressive and I’m proud of the fact that I’m able to do this,” she said.

Woods said he purposely has not invited certain people to the play knowing it will come as a shock for some to see him acting in such an aggressive way.

“That’s where the enjoyment comes into it. I don’t have to be myself,” he said. “My role is very challenging, but I guess the challenge makes it exciting. It makes me want to come back every night and work harder.”

If you go

WHAT: Ivy Tech Student Productions presents “Mr. Marmalade.”

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2-3, 8-10.

WHERE: Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center, 122 S. Walnut St., Bloomington.

MORE: Tickets are $15, $5 for students and seniors. To purchase tickets, visit


From left, Connor Blankenship, Sarah McGrath, Paul Daily and Danny Woods rehearse a scene from “Mr. Marmalade.” Blankenship plays Bradley and is also fight captain for the Ivy Tech Student Productions show. Ivy Tech Bloomington | Courtesy photo

Our Opinion: Entrepreneurship: Who is next?

The Herald-Times
Posted: Thursday, September 24, 2015 6:51 am
Editorial staff

The annual Cook Institute for Entrepreneurship shines a light annually on the possibilities for those who follow their own idea down a path to success. Accomplished speakers share their experiences and leave those who hear them realizing that risk can often result in great reward.

Tuesday’s speaker was Scott Dorsey, who started the company ExactTarget in Indianapolis with two other guys and the help of investments from his family and friends. Original financing in 2000 was about $200,000.

In 2013, the company bought the firm for about $2.7 billion. The company has been integrated into a new division that’s been renamed Salesforce Marketing Cloud.

Dorsey told the crowd that keys to starting a company are perseverance and having strong enthusiasm for the business idea. Those were instrumental for the Cooks, Bill and Gayle, for whom the Cook Institute is named. They launched their medical device company from a small apartment on the east side of Bloomington into an international group of companies headquartered on the city’s west side.

This event always highlights what can happen to someone with an idea and the drive to see it through.
Who’s next?

Linked In | courtesy photo
Scott Dorsey

Ivy Tech alumna taps Ivy Tech’s early childhood students for employment

Jennifer Wycoff, a graduate of Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington’s Early Childhood Education program is now interviewing other Early Childhood Education students and alumni to fill positions at the newly established Rainbow Child Care Center of Bloomington, located off Sare Road on the east side.

Wycoff graduated from Ivy Tech Bloomington with an associate degree in Early Childhood Education in 2013. She became involved with Rainbow Child Care Center of Greenwood through her practicum.

“I was told to pick a quality center with a good reputation,” Wycoff said. “I worked as a volunteer for two semesters, and as my time volunteering drew to a close, Rainbow offered me a position.”

Wycoff was hired as the assistant director of Rainbow Child Care Center of Greenwood after she received her degree, and was promoted to program director in July 2013. Along with being program director, she also works as the mentor director for Indiana’s Rainbow Child Care Centers, a position that is responsible for training new program directors.

It’s not just Wycoff that found work immediately after graduation. Marjie Risen, Early Childhood Education program chair at Ivy Tech Bloomington, says that most quality early childcare facilities in our area can boast of hiring many Ivy Tech graduates. “All of our graduates have been able to find work in their field,” she said. “It is predicted there will be 4,000 job openings in the child care field in the next two years in Indiana.”

Wycoff plans to hire at least 13 staff members either before or shortly after opening the child care center, and will continue to hire employees as enrollment increases. “A full center needs at least 21 staff members,” she said. “There will be many opportunities for Bloomington teachers for the foreseeable future.”

Ivy Tech Bloomington’s Early Childhood Education Program is a multidisciplinary, competency-based program that focuses on early child growth and development including adult-child relationships. Emphasis is placed on the development of skills and techniques for providing an appropriate environment and care for young children. Instruction is provided in the physical, emotional, social, and cognitive areas of early childhood. The program offers two certificates and two associate degrees. For more information about the program, visit

Ivy Tech students take on dark comedy, ‘Mr. Marmalade,’ in October

Ivy Tech Student Productions tackles dark comedy, “Mr. Marmalade,” by Noah Haidle at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center on October 2-3 and 8-10 at 7:30 p.m.

“Mr. Marmalade,” featuring five Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington student cast members and three Indiana University students will be directed by Ivy Tech Waldron artistic director, Paul Daily. Current Ivy Tech student, Brennen Edwards, is in charge of lighting design and Ivy Tech alumna, Lily Walls, is costume designer.

“Mr. Marmalade” is a savage dark comedy for adult audiences, in which four-year old Lucy finds refuge in her imagination. Unfortunately it’s not much of a refuge, as her imaginary friend abuses his personal assistant and cocaine. Can five-year old Larry, the youngest suicide case in New Jersey’s history, help her find her place in the real world?

Ivy Tech Waldron artistic director, Paul Daily, says that “Mr. Marmalade” is an exploration of the power of imagination, and how we shape our lives through it. “The power of art to transform our lives and world through imagination is a magnificent and frightening one,” Daily said. “To say art merely holds a mirror up to reality denies the strength of imagination, and I prefer the responsibility inherent in admitting that art affects us.”

“Mr. Marmalade” tickets are $15 and $5 for students and seniors. Purchase tickets at the BCT box office at

Ivy Tech Student Cast:

Mr. Marmalade: Danny Woods, General Studies
Sookie (Lucy’s mother): Rhianna C. Jones, Paramedic Science and Early Childhood Education
Larry (Lucy’s 5-year old friend): Evan Pritchard, General Studies
Emily/Sunflower (Lucy’s babysitter/Larry’s imaginary friend): Marilyn White, General Studies
George (Emily’s boyfriend): Isaac Newsome, Nursing

Ivy Tech culinary arts accredited with exemplary status by American Culinary Federation

Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus Associate of Applied Science degree program in Hospitality Administration with a concentration in Culinary Arts was accredited for five years and awarded Exemplary Program status by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission (ACFEFAC).

Ivy Tech Bloomington’s Culinary Arts program was awarded exemplary program status for meeting the highest educational standards set forth by the ACFEFAC. The ACFEFAC is also the accrediting body for culinary and baking degree programs at The Art Institutes of California and the International Culinary School at The Art Institutes.

Ivy Tech Bloomington’s Hospitality Administration Baking and Pastry concentration received a grant of initial accreditation, also for five years.

Accreditation by the ACFEFAC assures that a program is meeting at least a minimum of standards and competencies set for faculty, curriculum, and student services.

“Our culinary arts concentration was named an exemplary program by demonstrating key competencies such as menu planning, culinary nutrition, and fine dining service,” said program chair of hospitality administration, Chef Jeff Taber. “Students focus on learning culinary nutrition and how to convert menus to lower sodium and lower fat. They also provide a fine dining service at our Crossing Café.”

Chef Taber says the accreditation will directly benefit Ivy Tech graduates. “Accreditation allows our graduates to be eligible for first-level industry certification as Certified Culinarian or Certified Pastry Culinarian,” said Taber. “Graduates earn industry certifications to build their resumes and become more marketable to employers. A certified graduate has the knowledge and potential to be employed in a lead culinary position or as a sous chef.”

Chef Taber was asked by the ACFEFAC to be an Education Evaluator of a culinary program in Wisconsin next month. “I was honored to be asked to be part of the accreditation process for another institution,” said Taber. “As an Education Evaluator, I will examine curriculum and talk to the program’s students and graduates.”

Ivy Tech Bloomington’s Crossing Café is open to the community for lunch on most Wednesdays and serves a three-course meal. The menu features French food for the fall semester. Reservations are required and the cost is $10 cash. Ivy Tech’s Crossing Café is located at 2088 S. Liberty Drive. For more information and to make reservations, visit

For a listing of all academic program offerings at Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus, log on, click page menu, and then academic degree offerings.

ROOM FOR GROWTH Ivy Tech expansion on schedule

The Herald Times
Posted: Tuesday, September 15, 2015 12:19 am
By Kat Carlton 812-331-4351 |

Less than a year and a half since breaking ground, construction workers have completed about 85 percent of a $24 million expansion of Ivy Tech Bloomington’s Connie and Steve Ferguson Academic Building.

“We’ve got lots and lots of good things in the works,” said Chancellor Jennie Vaughan.

Officials broke ground on the 90,000-square-foot expansion last May, with hopes of completing the project by the end of 2015. Vaughan said they’re right on track, despite one roofing contractor going out of business about halfway through construction and heavy rains damaging some of the new drywall.

Some red brick from the old building’s exterior is still visible in a hallway of the new wing, which will house a Bloomingfoods, bookstore, library, common area, culinary space, classrooms, faculty area, 560 parking spaces and more.

The new common area will feature a large, open space with chairs and tables. Vaughan compared it to modern airport spaces.

Also part of the addition are a 400-seat lecture hall and official tutoring spaces, both of which the old building lacked. Vaughan said students began to outgrow the space in the thousands, and the new areas are essential for students and faculty to connect.

“When you’re connected to your campus, you’re going to do much better,” she said.

While $20 million for the project came from the state, the school is continuing to fundraise the last $4 million through its capital campaign, “Here We Grow Again!” and have raised about $3.9 million.

Vaughan said the construction is on track for students to move into the spaces completely by January, and select services such as the bookstore, library and tutoring center into the new space as early as October.

In 2007, the project’s first phase accommodated 5,000 students, which the school exceeded. It currently serves up to 6,500, some in two rented spaces on Liberty Drive. When the final phase of expansion is completed, the school will be able to accommodate about 9,000 students and give up one of its rented spaces.

The school will host an expansion open house on Saturday, Nov. 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is currently hosting group tours on a weekly basis.

By the numbers

The $24 million expansion to Ivy Tech Bloomington has involved:

  • 25 miles of electrical power wire
  • 30 miles of computer cable
  • 250,000 bricks
  • 15 tons of sandstone
  • 60 tons of limestone
  • 5,000 tons of concrete
  • 45,000 square feet of carpet


Ivy Tech Chancellor Jennie Vaughan gives a tour of the new area of Ivy Tech currently under construction. Jeremy Hogan | Herald-Times

Inside construction

Tyler Ballman installs duct work in the culinary, baking and restaurant area of a new section of Ivy Tech under construction.  Jeremy Hogan | Herald-Times

Ivy Tech Bloomington expansion opening draws near, capital campaign totals $3.9M

BLOOMINGTON – Amid visible construction at the Connie and Steve Ferguson Academic Building, Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus kicked off another academic year Monday, August 24 with Welcome Week activities for its incoming and returning students. The college is adding 90,000 square feet of instructional and programming space to its existing footprint on Daniels Way.

With over 80 percent of it constructed, the Phase II expansion is on-target for completion by December 31. Students will attend classes and utilize services there beginning with the spring 2016 semester.

“We’ll begin the process of moving select services, such as the bookstore, library, and tutoring center, into the new space as early as October,” said Chancellor Jennie Vaughan. “This will allow us to repurpose vacated spaces to meet the needs of growing services, including our assessment and testing center, and adjunct faculty offices.”

In addition to the bookstore, library, and tutoring center, the completed expansion will include additional classrooms (paramedic sciences, fine arts, kinesiology, and technology), a 400-seat lecture hall, culinary and baking labs, makerspace, student commons, and an increased storefront for Bloomingfoods Ivy Tech’s offerings.

Fundraising efforts for the $4 million capital campaign, “Here We Grow Again!,” supporting the new wing are ongoing. Members of business and industry, organizations, foundations, college vendors, and individuals, including the regional Ivy Tech family, have supported the campaign through gifts totaling $3.9 million.

Approximately 87 percent of Ivy Tech Bloomington employees have contributed a total of more than $90,000 to support the building fund, scholarships, new emergency assistance fund, community youth programming, and unrestricted gifts during the capital campaign.

“Ivy Tech Bloomington is beyond thankful for the outpouring of generous gifts from the community, industry, and others in support of this project, focused on the success of our students and graduates,” said Chancellor Vaughan. “I’m also very proud of our regional campus and the commitment to students that it has shown through significant contributions to ‘Here We Grow Again!’.”

“The campaign’s donors and leadership have been outstanding,” said Susie Graham, executive director of development at Ivy Tech Bloomington. “Though we’re nearing the finish line, we still have construction bills to pay and will need continued community support to help us reach our goal,” she said.

On Saturday, November 21, Ivy Tech Bloomington will host a building expansion open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., complete with tours. RSVP to Tina Phelps at or (812) 330-6001.

Currently, Ivy Tech Bloomington’s expansion is open for group tours on weekly basis. For questions or an appointment call (812) 330-6001.

About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech Community College ( is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s en gine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.