Poetry reading at Ivy Tech by Valerie Wetlaufer, Lambda Literary Foundation award winner

Valerie Wetlaufer, a Lambda Literary Foundation award-winning author, will hold a poetry reading at Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus on Thursday, March 31 at 2 p.m. as part of Campus Pride Week. The reading will be held in Lamkin Hall. The event is co-hosted by the Campus Writing and Campus Pride clubs.

“We’re excited to have an award-winning author on our campus,” said Samantha Levy Arnold, Ph.D., associate professor of English at Ivy Tech. “This is a great opportunity for the Bloomington literary community to get together.”

Wetlaufer (www.valeriewetlaufer.com) is a poet, editor, birth doula, and teacher. She is the editor of Adrienne: a Poetry Journal of Queer Women, and author of three chapbooks. Her first book, Mysterious Acts by My People, won the Lambda Literary Foundation Award for Lesbian poetry. Her second book, Call Me by My Other Name, was released on March 15, 2016.

She holds a Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Utah, an M.F.A in Creative Writing from Florida State University, an M.A. in Teaching and a B.A. in French from Bennington College.

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Ivy Tech seeks community partners and volunteers for 1000 hours of service challenge

Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus invites the community to volunteer in a day of service challenge on Friday, April 22, as part of its three-day annual O’Bannon Institute for Community Service event. In the spirit of this year’s event theme, “How Community Works and Why You Should Care,” Ivy Tech students, faculty and staff will be volunteering that day and need the community’s help to reach a goal of providing 1,000 hours of service in 24 hours.

“This year, we’re doing something a little different on the Friday of the O’Bannon Institute. We’re inviting the community to participate in a Day of Service at a scale we’ve never attempted before,” said Chancellor Jennie Vaughan. “So far, nearly 85 people have already signed up for the Day of Service Challenge, and four local businesses have committed as community partners. We encourage additional local businesses and service organizations to volunteer together with us and report their hours so that we meet our goal.”

Volunteers are invited to a kick-off event and continental breakfast starting at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, April 22 at Ivy Tech, featuring former Indiana First Lady, Judy O’Bannon. Kick-off attendees will also receive an O’Bannon Institute T-shirt before they head out to volunteer.

There are two ways to join Ivy Tech’s 1,000 hours of service challenge. To volunteer in an Ivy Tech organized project, visit www.ivytech.edu/obannnon and click Day of Service. You can also make your own plans with an organization that needs your help on Friday, April 22, and then report your plans and log your hours at www.ivytech.edu/obannon so we can reach our goal of 1,000 hours. Participants are encouraged to share photos of the day on social media using #IvyTech1000Hours.

Ivy Tech has volunteer opportunities with the Bloomington Community Orchard, Hannah Center, The Rise, Adopt-a-Road, Hoosier Hills Food Bank, Bloomington Parks and Recreation, Shalom Center, Salvation Army, Bloomington AIDS Walk, Stepping Stones, WildCare, Inc., Richland-Bean Blossom Community School Corporation, Area 10 Agency on Aging, Becky’s Place, and the Bedford Public Library.

The day of service is part of Ivy Tech Bloomington’s 13th annual O’Bannon Institute for Community Service. Tickets are still available for the O’Bannon Institute fundraising dinner with Lee H. Hamilton on Thursday, April 21, though seating is limited. The dinner will take place on Ivy Tech’s main campus in Shreve Hall. Ticket proceeds benefit the Center for Civic Engagement. Individual tickets cost $100 and Platinum, Gold, and Silver sponsorships are available. To purchase tickets or a sponsorship, visit www.ivytech.edu/obannon, call Tina Phelps at (812) 330-6001 or email tphelps@ivytech.edu.

Top sponsors of this year’s event include American Structurepoint, Inc., Bloomington Economic Development Corporation, Cook Medical, The Herald-Times, Ivy Tech Foundation and Smithville Fiber.

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, presidential candidate George McGovern, historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, former first lady of the United States Laura W. Bush, Ret. General Colin Powell and last year, humanitarian Bob Geldof.

Jewher Ilham, Ivy Tech student, to discuss her fight to free imprisoned father in China

Jewher Ilham, a full-time general studies student at Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus, will host an open discussion about her battle to free her father, who is imprisoned in China for human rights activism. Ilham will speak at Ivy Tech Bloomington on Monday, March 28 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Lamkin Hall.

Ilham came to Bloomington in February 2013 at the age of 18. Planning to help her father, economist Ilham Tohti, begin his work as a visiting scholar at Indiana University, she instead arrived alone after he was detained at the airport in Beijing. Tohti is now imprisoned for his human rights activism on behalf of the Uyghur ethnic minority, a Muslim ethnic minority from Western China.

Ilham now advocates for her father’s release and continues his work for human rights from within the United States. She has testified before Congress, been featured in the New York Times and other major newspapers, and recently published a book titled Jewher Ilham: A Uyghur’s Fight to Free Her Father.

She was born in Beijing, where her mother, step-mother, and two younger brothers reside. She is a member of the International Student Club at Ivy Tech Bloomington and has also taken classes at Indiana University.

Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus is growing in international and guest student enrollment and currently has more than 100 full-time international students, and more than 1,000 guest students. Many international students are enrolled at Indiana University and take courses at Ivy Tech as guest students, so they can earn more credits and transfer them back to IU. Registration is open for summer classes that begin May 23 and fall classes that begin August 22. To enroll visit www.ivytech.edu/apply-now or guest students can enroll at www.ivytech.edu/guest.

Former Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann and City Clerk Nicole Bolden to sit on Women’s History Month panel tomorrow at Ivy Tech

The Office of Student Life at Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus will host a Women’s History Month Panel on Friday, March 25 from 1 to 2 p.m. The panel features former Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann and City Clerk Nicole Bolden, among others. The panel will take place in Shreve Hall in the Connie and Steve Ferguson Academic Building located at 200 Daniels Way.

“This panel is held in celebration of Women’s History Month which is focused on women in public service and government,” said assistant director of student support and development, Elizabeth Warner. “This is an important event for Ivy Tech Bloomington and the communities we serve because of the strong examples of leadership that our panelists provide, and the insights that they can offer on the value of going into the field of public service.”

Panel members will include several Ivy Tech Bloomington staff members in addition to panelists Ellspermann and Bolden. Ivy Tech employees include Chancellor Jennie Vaughan, Joyce Poling, assistant to the Chancellor for community engagement, and Jennifer Daily-Mantha, executive director of human resources.

“Inviting these women to share their experiences and wisdom from working in government and public service can help our students to celebrate the work that women are doing in these fields,” Warner said. “We hope to encourage more women to pursue careers that will benefit our communities, our state, and our nation.”

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Elizabeth Warner at ewarner13@ivytech.edu or 812-330-6237.

Poetry reading at Ivy Tech by Valerie Wetlaufer, Lambda Literary Foundation award winner

BLOOMINGTON – Valerie Wetlaufer, a Lambda Literary Foundation award-winning author, will hold a poetry reading at Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus on Thursday, March 31 at 2 p.m. as part of Campus Pride Week. The reading will be held in Lamkin Hall. The event is co-hosted by the Campus Writing and Campus Pride clubs.

“We’re excited to have an award-winning author on our campus,” said Samantha Levy Arnold, Ph.D., associate professor of English at Ivy Tech. “This is a great opportunity for the Bloomington literary community to get together.”

Wetlaufer (www.valeriewetlaufer.com) is a poet, editor, birth doula, and teacher. She is the editor of Adrienne: a Poetry Journal of Queer Women, and author of three chapbooks. Her first book, Mysterious Acts by My People, won the Lambda Literary Foundation Award for Lesbian poetry. Her second book, Call Me by My Other Name, was released on March 15, 2016.

She holds a Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Utah, an M.F.A in Creative Writing from Florida State University, an M.A. in Teaching and a B.A. in French from Bennington College.

Ivy Tech seeks volunteers for 1000 hours of service challenge

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus invites the community to volunteer with Ivy Tech in a day of service challenge on Friday, April 22, as part of its annual O’Bannon Institute for Community Service event. Ivy Tech students, faculty and staff will be volunteering that day, and need the community’s help to reach a goal of providing 1,000 hours of community service in 24 hours.

Volunteers will be invited to a kick-off event and continental breakfast on Friday morning, April 22 at Ivy Tech, featuring former Indiana First Lady, Judy O’Bannon. Kick-off attendees will also receive an O’Bannon Institute tee shirt before they head out to volunteer.

There are two ways to join Ivy Tech’s 1,000 hours of service challenge. To volunteer in a project Ivy Tech has organized, visit www.ivytech.edu/obannnon and click Day of Service. You can also make your own plans with an organization that needs your help on Friday, April 22, and then report your plans and log your hours at www.ivytech.edu/obannon so we can reach our goal of 1,000 hours.

“Local businesses and service organizations are encouraged to make plans, volunteer together with us, and report their hours,” said Chancellor Jennie Vaughan. “Ivy Tech hosts a day of service every year as part of our signature O’Bannon Institute event and many of our employees continue to volunteer in our communities after the O’Bannon day of service is over.”

Ivy Tech has organized volunteer opportunities with the Bloomington Community Orchard, Hannah Center, The Rise, Adopt-a-Road, Hoosier Hills Food Bank, Bloomington Parks and Recreation, Shalom Center, Salvation Army, Bloomington AIDS Walk, Stepping Stones, WildCare, Inc., Richland-Bean Blossom Community School Corporation, Area 10 Agency on Aging, Becky’s Place, and the Bedford Public Library.

The day of service is part of Ivy Tech Bloomington’s 13th annual O’Bannon Institute for Community Service. Tickets are still available for the O’Bannon Institute fundraising dinner with Lee H. Hamilton on Thursday, April 21, though seating is limited. The dinner will take place on Ivy Tech’s main campus with ticket proceeds benefiting the Center for Civic Engagement. Individual tickets cost $100 and Platinum, Gold, and Silver sponsorships are available. To purchase tickets or a sponsorship, visit www.ivytech.edu/obannon, call Tina Phelps at (812) 330-6001 or email tphelps@ivytech.edu.

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.

Ivy Tech Student Productions puts on ‘An Enemy of the People’ in April

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Student Productions will perform the original play “An Enemy of the People,” by Henrik Ibsen, at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center on April 8-9 and 14-15 at 7:30 p.m. and a matinee performance on Saturday, April 16 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale now.

In Ibsen’s play, a town doctor is labeled an enemy of the people after he tries to persuade authorities to shut down popular local spas that are using contaminated water. “’An Enemy of the People’ is frighteningly pertinent today with the water crisis in Flint, Michigan,” said Paul Daily, director.

In this limited-seating play, Ivy Tech Student Productions will take audience members on a highly immersive ride through multiple rooms at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center. “Ibsen was one of the fathers of realism in theatre, and this production embraces the idea of the audience being a fly on the wall.”

In addition to casting Ivy Tech students in the performance, Ivy Tech Architectural Design students designed some sets for the production. “It taught the students real-life skills such as how to listen and respond to a client, how to solve problems around existing architectural needs, and how to work in teams around one concept,” said Daily.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. Purchase tickets at www.bctboxoffice.com.

For a full list of productions held at Ivy Tech Waldron, visit www.ivytech.edu/waldron.