Ivy Tech student works to free imprisoned father in China

BLOOMINGTON – Jewher Ilham, a full-time 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. Jewher will speak at Ivy Tech Bloomington on Monday, March 28 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Lamkin Hall.

Jewher 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 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.

Jewher 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.

Jewher was born in Beijing, where her mother, step-mother, and two younger brothers reside. She is a full-time general studies student at Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus, where she is a member of the International Student Club. She has also attended 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.


Ivy Tech Student Productions puts on “An Enemy of the People” in April

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.

Ivy Tech Bloomington alumnus accepted to competitive graduate school

Ivy Tech Bloomington alumnus Jonathon Holland has been accepted to the University of Michigan’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program. Holland has not decided yet which graduate school to attend, but Michigan’s English Language and Literature graduate programs are consistently ranked amongst the top schools in the nation.

According to the program website, Michigan only admits 22 students to the MFA in Creative Writing program. Last fall, they received 931 applications.

“Even if he doesn’t choose to attend Michigan, Jonathon’s acceptance is a big deal,” said Emily Bobo, Ph.D., one of Holland’s former English professors at Ivy Tech. “He was a phenomenal student and we are excited to see him succeed.”

While at Ivy Tech, Holland worked as editor of the campus literary magazine, Me Tis. He graduated from Ivy Tech in 2013 with an Associate of General Studies and was named outstanding student award recipient for his program.

“I got my degree in general studies because I knew I wanted to transfer to a four year university after graduation,” he said. Holland transferred to Indiana University Bloomington and earned his Bachelor of Arts in English last December.

Holland will choose which graduate school to attend in the coming weeks.

Yarny application finds new home at Ivy Tech School of Computing and Informatics

Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus has partnered with Blue Burro, a local business process software development company, to give Ivy Tech students the opportunity to gain real world experience running an online authoring application called Yarny.

Yarny (http://www.getyarny.com/) is used by over 20,000 people in 30 countries to organize manuscripts and collaborate with other writers in real-time. Since its inception in the summer of 2011, writers have written over 500,000 words using the app.

As popular as it may be, Yarny is not part of Blue Burro’s business model. Chris Martoglio, developer of Yarny and co-founder of Blue Burro, was forced to either find a new home for Yarny or shut it down. He began searching for a long-term home for Yarny in an environment focused on learning and innovation, where young developers could shape it going forward. Martoglio found that home at Ivy Tech.

Last fall, Chris Carroll, department chair of the School of Computing and Informatics at Ivy Tech Bloomington began working with Martoglio and Steve Bryant, executive director of the Ivy Tech’s Bill & Gayle Cook Center for Entrepreneurship, to ensure a seamless transition of Yarny to Ivy Tech.

Ivy Tech assumed ownership in January and took over control of the app providing all updates, support, and new development of the app. Students and interns of various degree programs in the School of Computing and Informatics will play roles in maintaining and administering the application. Software developers, database administrators, informatics, security, and networking folks are all needed to support it.

“It’s a win-win for all,” Carroll said. “Blue Burro doesn’t have to shut down Yarny meaning Yarny users get to continue using the app and our students will get competency-based learning and experience by providing support to a real-world, live application.”

For more information about Ivy Tech’s acquisition of Yarny or about enrolling in the School of Computing and Informatics, contact Chris Carroll at rcarroll@ivytech.edu or 812-330-6223.