Ivy Tech Bloomington names lecture hall for long-time benefactor Jefferson Shreve

Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus has named the newly-constructed lecture hall in the 90,000 square foot expansion, Shreve Hall, for long-time Ivy Tech Bloomington supporter Jefferson Shreve.

Shreve, owner of Storage Express and an Indianapolis City-County Council member, has supported Ivy Tech Bloomington for the past decade, and most recently, with very generous pledge toward “Here We Grow Again!” for the building expansion.

“We were thrilled to learn of Jefferson’s gift for the expansion,” said Chancellor Jennie Vaughan. “He’s been a quiet, steadfast supporter of Ivy Tech Bloomington for years and we couldn’t be happier than to name this space for him.”

Shreve’s gifts over the years to the Ivy Tech Foundation have included support for Ivy Tech Bloomington’s 2005 capital campaign “Grow Ivy Tech,” the Ivy Tech Bloomington Center for Civic Engagement (including the O’Bannon Institute for Community Service), and the Cook Institute for Entrepreneurship.

“My wife Mary and I have been particularly enriched through our involvement with the Center for Civic Engagement,” Shreve said. “What’s more, Ivy Tech has touched the lives of several of my employees over the years – at the Indianapolis, Bloomington, and Sellersburg campuses.”

Shreve Hall is a large, open-concept lecture hall consisting of 400 moveable seats. The space can be split into a smaller lecture hall area with one or two classrooms. Shreve Hall will include streaming technology that will enable instructors to utilize worldwide broadcasts during lectures. The space also uses updated technologies such as floor outlets for charging laptops and other electronic devices.

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

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Ivy Tech to host depression screening service for students on Tuesday

Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus will provide free screenings for depression and other mood disorders for any Ivy Tech student, faculty, or staff member on Tuesday, October 20. Depression screening will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m on the main campus, in the Connie and Steve Ferguson Academic building.

Dr. Kenin Krieger, associate professor of social and behavioral science, is coordinating the event with students in the human services program as part of their outreach training. “In the past we have reached over 700 students and we hope to do the same this year,” she said.

National Depression Screening Day, held this year on October 8, raises awareness and screens people for depression and mood disorders and allows individuals to identify warning signs and connect with the appropriate treatment resources. Information will be available about depression and its impact on college students. Also, students will be able speak with a therapist about any symptoms that they may be experiencing related to stress, depression, and their overall well-being.

Ivy Tech Bloomington’s Office of Student Support and Development has partnered with IUs Center for Human Growth to offer free counseling services to students through the Counseling and Outreach program. Since 2008 the program 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.

THEATER REVIEW: ‘MR. MARMALADE’ Ivy Tech play depicts 4-year-old girl with a disturbing adult reality

From The Herald Times Arts & Entertainment section
Posted: Wednesday, October 7, 2015 12:00 am
By Matthew Waterman HT Reviewer

Noah Haidle’s “Mr. Marmalade” follows Lucy, a 4-year-old girl whose mother goes out for the evening, leaving her with only imaginary friends to keep her company. There are tea parties, candies, dolls, make-believe games and other girlish charms about.

But before you decide to bring your kids, I should mention: There’s also domestic violence, cocaine addiction, alcoholism, sexual abuse, misogyny, infanticide, pornography, suicide and, of course, a healthy dose of profanity.

Ivy Tech Student Productions presents “Mr. Marmalade” in the compact Rose Firebay. Paul Daily directed this 2004 dark comedy by Noah Haidle, a promising young American playwright.

Lucy (Sarah McGrath) hasn’t started school yet, so she’s accustomed to being alone. Her mother, Sookie (Rhianna C. Jones), hires a teen babysitter to look after Lucy while she’s out on a date. The babysitter, Emily (Marilyn White), isn’t quite as patient with Lucy’s imaginary friends as Sookie typically is.

Lucy’s imaginary boyfriend is Mr. Marmalade himself (Danny Woods), a suave career type who seems to be drifting away as he works longer and longer hours at the office. Due to Mr. Marmalade’s very demanding job, he often sends his assistant, Bradley (Connor Blankenship), to visit Lucy instead of coming in person.

As Lucy begins to suspect Mr. Marmalade of cheating on her and of physically abusing Bradley, she meets someone new; someone who seems slightly more real to us, although Lucy doesn’t seem to know the difference. It’s Larry (Evan Pritchard), the 5-year-old brother of Emily’s boyfriend George.

When George (Isaac Newsom) comes over for some alone time with Emily (Lucy understanding all too well what this means), he has no choice but to bring Larry along. Larry, the youngest suicide attempt in the history of New Jersey, needs careful supervision.

Over the course of 90 minutes, we watch Lucy navigate the disturbingly adult world of her imagination. It’s not hard to see why Lucy’s mind is so twisted, though; even her reality is disturbingly adult.

“Mr. Marmalade” isn’t as hard to watch as it might sound; the most grotesque events of the play happen offstage. Still, this is a comedy that will push you to, or maybe even past, the boundaries of what you consider laughable.

Sarah McGrath leads brilliantly and energetically as Lucy. McGrath’s focus and innocence are essential to this show, in which she spends virtually the whole duration onstage.

The rest of the cast (composed of IU and Ivy Tech student actors) gives fine supporting performances. In Friday night’s opening show, here and there, actors blew past a few of Haidle’s sick jokes. Nonetheless, it’s still a hilarious show.

Benny Sully and Marilyn White are fun to watch as Cactus and Sunflower, Larry’s imaginary friends and just about the rowdiest pair of plants you’ll ever see.

David Wade’s set design for “Mr. Marmalade” is tacky, garish and cheap; in other words, perfect for the show. The hot pink carpet and cardboard furniture are entirely appropriate, as are Lily Walls’ diverse costumes.

Haidle has written an unsettling and sidesplitting script with a good amount of depth. Haidle smartly and entertainingly dramatizes the way in which contemporary culture forces young children, girls in particular, to confront the horrifying worlds of sex, drugs and violence at an obscenely young age.

“Mr. Marmalade” clearly isn’t for everyone. Viewers seeking a lighthearted romp through the innocence of childhood will be shocked and disappointed. “Mr. Marmalade” is for those seeking a twisted, wacky and unpretentious depiction of early onset adulthood in all its ugliness.

If you go

WHO: Ivy Tech Student Productions.

WHAT: “Mr. Marmalade” by Noah Haidle.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday.

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 www.bctboxoffice.com.

Ivy Tech honors students offered national Coca-Cola scholarship award

Two Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington students have been selected as 2015 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholars. As Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholars, Taversia Borrelli and Kaleb Wagers have been offered a $1,000 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise scholarship. The scholarship is awarded annually to 200 Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society members enrolled in a community college who maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher. It is designed to help cover educational expenses of college and encourage participation in Society programs.

Annette Spurgeon, Phi Theta Kappa advisor and Indiana region associate coordinator, encourages all Phi Theta Kappa members to apply for scholarships to help pay for college. “I saw Taversia and Kaleb around the same time, February 2015, and both joined Phi Theta Kappa at the same time,” she said. “I encouraged both to apply [for the Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship] because their goals for the future were bright. Taversia had talked about Harvard and Kaleb’s interests were in education and helping others.”

Borrelli is a general studies major and is on track to earn her associate degree in May, 2016. After graduation, she plans to transfer to a four-year institution and double-major in philosophy and history. “I want to be a Constitutional Lawyer,” said Borrelli. “Eventually, I’d like to be a Judge, and work with the United Nations on global legislation.”

Wagers is an education major and also plans to transfer to a four-year university when he graduates next spring. In the future, he wants to become a high school history teacher.

For more information about Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and Ivy Tech Bloomington recipients, contact Annette Spurgeon at 812-339-0296 or via email at aspurgeo@ivytech.edu.

IU Credit Union named Ivy Tech Bloomington benefactor of the year

IU Credit Union has been named Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington’s Benefactor of the Year. IU Credit Union will be recognized this evening at Ivy Tech Foundation’s annual Benefactor of the Year reception and dinner held in West Baden, Ind., following the Foundation’s annual board of directors meeting at West Baden Springs Hotel.

Ivy Tech Bloomington Chancellor Jennie Vaughan says IU Credit Union has been a consistent and committed supporter of the campus. ”For nearly 30 years IU Credit Union has served as a leader in responding both generously and immediately to the capital, sponsorship, and scholarship needs of Ivy Tech Bloomington and its students,” she said. “During our first capital campaign launched in 2004, IU Credit Union stepped up as an active and vocal advocate for the college, and with their support and involvement, we exceeded the campaign fundraising goal by more than 50 percent.”

Nearly 70 students attending Ivy Tech Bloomington have directly benefited from IU Credit Union scholarship awards, receiving more than $30,000 in direct aid to offset college-related expenses.

“IU Credit Union’s support has created cost-savings for many students and has reduced their debt service upon graduation,” said Chancellor Vaughan. “As a measure of our appreciation, we’re pleased the new Student Success Center, which provides tutoring and academic support services to students, will bear IU Credit Union’s name.”

IU Credit Union has participated as a major donor throughout two Ivy Tech Bloomington capital campaigns and since the inception of both the O’Bannon Institute for Community Service and Cook Institute for Entrepreneurship.

Each year the Ivy Tech Foundation honors individuals, corporations, and foundations that have changed the lives of Ivy Tech students by providing exceptional philanthropic and volunteer leadership.

IU Credit Union, a member-owned financial institution, was founded in 1956 by employees of the Indiana University community. IU Credit Union has a strong commitment to the communities it serves by providing financial education and scholarships, donating to community organizations, and sponsoring community events.