James O. Smith, Ph.D., named Dean of the School of Business at Ivy Tech Bloomington

BLOOMINGTON – Officials at Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus have appointed James O. Smith, Ph.D., as Division Dean for the Schools of Business, Education, Public and Social Services, and Computing and Informatics. Smith has served at Ivy Tech Bloomington for more than 15 years, and most recently served in a dual role as accounting program chair and interim dean since Fall Semester 2015.

“I’m pleased that Jim has accepted the integral role of Dean for this expansive School,” said Chancellor Jennie Vaughan. “He has vast experience developing and implementing articulations and transfer agreements with senior institutions, improving campus infrastructure and instruction, and has employed technologies to improve processes and the quality of customer service for the benefit of Ivy Tech students.”

Smith has been involved with the Higher Learning Commission since 2007, and is currently a member of the Peer Review Corps of approximately 1,300 faculty and administrators from institutions within its 19 state central region. He has performed Standard Pathways and Academic Quality Improvement Program reviews. Additionally, he assists with special reviews including new accreditations and focused visits, as well as with Federal Compliance reviews.

He also serves as faculty advisor of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program at Ivy Tech.

Ivy Tech Bloomington’s School of Business, Education, Public and Social Services, and Computing and Informatics includes various degree options in Accounting, Business Administration, Computing and Informatics, Criminal Justice, Education, Hospitality, and Paralegal Studies.

For more information about how to apply or enroll at Ivy Tech Bloomington, call (812) 330-6013 or visit the campus at 200 Daniels Way on the west side.

Ivy Tech Bloomington advisors earn statewide recognition

Two academic advisors from Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus earned half of the awards at Ivy Tech’s Academic Advising Summit held Thursday, February 11 in Indianapolis. Of advisor nominations made in four categories statewide, Jessica Duncan earned the Veteran Advisor Award and Beth Pless earned the Friend of Advising Award.

“There are roughly 200 advisors in Ivy Tech’s statewide system,” said Chancellor Jennie Vaughan. “Yet, it is no surprise to anyone who works with Jessica and Beth that they received recognition for the support they provide to our students.”

Duncan was nominated for the Veteran Advisor Award because of her tireless commitment to students and her colleagues. Duncan has worked at Ivy Tech Bloomington for 13 years, and five as an academic advisor. She holds an Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies, and a Bachelor of Science in Applied Management. She strives to make a personal connection with students by sharing her own Ivy Tech educational journey. Duncan serves as mentor to new advisors and has worked hard to improve the training process.

“She is the cornerstone of Bloomington’s advising center and many look to her for guidance and support,” said Eliza Erxleben, director of academic advising in Bloomington. “During Jessica’s time at Ivy Tech, she hasn’t just grown, she has contributed to the growth of those around her.”

Pless was nominated for the Friend of Advising award because she has always been a student advocate. Pless has worked at Ivy Tech Bloomington for 20 years and has held many positions in Student Affairs, including Registrar. She holds a Master of Science in Career and Technical Education and currently serves as the program chair and instructor for Life Skills. Pless regularly invites advisors into her classes to tell students about the importance of advising.

“Beth is in constant communication with advisors regarding students who may be struggling, and encourages students to meet with their academic advisors, said Erxleben. “Faculty members look to Beth for her knowledge of academic advising and the Ivy Advising system.”

Erxleben says that many students who come to Ivy Tech are apprehensive about college. “We do everything we can to help them feel comfortable and supported,” she said. “All 12 of our advisors are passionate about helping students succeed.”

There’s still time to enroll in second-eight week classes that begin on Monday, March 7. Call (812) 330-6013 for an appointment or visit Ivy Tech at 200 Daniels Way, on the west side of Bloomington.

Time to TRANSform: Creating Transfriendly Spaces and Places

Time to TRANSform: Creating Transfriendly Spaces and Places

Presented by Dana D. Hines, PhD

Quality Program Manager

Ryan White HIV/AIDS Services Program

Marion County Public Health Department

Friday, February 26
Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington, Shreve Hall

The transgender population is increasingly becoming more visible, thereby increasing the need for gender diversity and inclusion education. Staff at institutions such as universities, places of employment, and health care settings should have a basic knowledge level regarding the transgender population, the differences between gender identity and sexual orientation, and ways to make their workplace setting more transgender friendly. Upon completion of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss transgender identities
  • Describe the difference between gender identity and sexual orientation
  • Demonstrate use of the appropriate pronouns
  • Outline ways in which the college can become more inclusive and transfriendly


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Lee H. Hamilton to headline O’Bannon Institute at Ivy Tech in April

Lee H. Hamilton, one of the nation’s foremost experts on Congress and representative democracy, will headline Ivy Tech Bloomington’s 13th annual O’Bannon Institute for Community Service fundraising dinner on Thursday, April 21. The dinner will take place on Ivy Tech’s main campus with ticket proceeds benefiting the Center for Civic Engagement.

“We are honored that Mr. Hamilton, recent Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, has agreed to headline the O’Bannon Institute and bring his expertise in public affairs to our dinner guests,” said Chancellor Jennie Vaughan. “This is an especially exciting time for Ivy Tech and the community, as we host both Mr. Hamilton and our annual signature event for the first time on campus, in our new Cook Pavilion.”

Hamilton founded the Center on Congress at Indiana University in 1999 and served as its Director until 2015 after serving in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he represented Indiana from 1965 to 1999. He also served as President and Director of the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. from 1999 to 2010. He is a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom (2015). He currently serves as a Distinguished Scholar in the School of Global and International Studies and as a Professor of Practice in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University.

A leading figure on foreign policy, intelligence, and national security, Hamilton served as Vice Chairman of the 9/11 Commission and Co-Chairman of the bipartisan Iraq Study Group. Until recently, he served as Co-Chair of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future with General Brent Scowcroft and as a member of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board.

The O’Bannon Institute for Community Service (www.ivytech.edu/obannon/) at Ivy Tech Bloomington was established in 2004 as an annual opportunity for the community to come together to discuss issues of importance. Previous speakers at the Institute include U.S. senators, Pulitzer Prize-winning authors, governors, political advisers and columnists, a presidential candidate, and former first lady of the United States Laura W. Bush.

The event has grown from one day to three and now includes a civic engagement awards celebration, Youth Leadership Academy presentations, fundraising dinner, and a kick-off speaker for a day of volunteering in the communities served by Ivy Tech Bloomington.

The fundraising dinner will take place on Ivy Tech’s main campus at 200 Daniels Way on the west side of Bloomington, in Shreve Hall, located in the Cook Pavilion. Individual tickets cost $100 and Platinum, Gold, and Silver sponsorships are available.

To purchase tickets or a sponsorship, visit www.ivytech.edu/obannon or contact Tina Phelps at (812) 330-6001 or tphelps@ivytech.edu for more information.