Lee Hamilton: Time for citizens to step up

Lee Hamilton doesn’t have a surefire formula for the success of this nation, but he has a surefire formula for its failure.

“It’s for you to back away,” he said. “It’s for you who have given so much to this community to disengage. It’s for this nation to become a nation of spectators.”

Hamilton, who represented Indiana in Congress from 1965 to 1999, was the keynote speaker for the 13th annual O’Bannon Institute for Community Service fundraising dinner Thursday night at Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus.

The O’Bannon Institute is three days of activities aimed at giving the community an opportunity to come together and discuss topics related to nonprofit organizations, education and political and civic service. It’s named after the late Indiana Gov. Frank O’Bannon, in recognition of the role he played in the formation of Indiana’s community college system and in commemoration of his lifetime commitment to community service. The dinner is Ivy Tech Bloomington’s annual signature fundraiser.

Hamilton, who is also a Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, told the audience of more than 350 people that, at a time when government, especially at the federal level, is not functioning the way many people would like, responsible citizenship is needed now more than ever.

“You and I have to up our game,” he said.

To show what responsible citizenship looks like, Hamilton talked about a couple in Clark County who, after their daughter was killed in a car accident at a railroad crossing, made it their goal to get flashing lights at every railroad crossing in the state.

“They’ve largely succeeded,” he said. “But there’s still more work to be done.”

He told the story of a diabetic man who pleaded with him for food labeling legislation so he could tell how much sugar was in the food he was buying. He said that man joined a mighty chorus of citizens that changed the way we buy food today.

“I went to the grocery store the other day,” Hamilton said. “And just for the heck of it, I counted people reading labels. I lost track after 15 or 20.”

He told the story of a 90-year-old neighbor who planted a young sapling in his family’s yard when Hamilton was teenager. At that age, the neighbor knew he wouldn’t see the sapling mature.

“But it taught this teenager,” Hamilton said, referring to his younger self, “about the responsibility of ‘we, the people’ to make our corner of the world better for others.”

Hamilton concluded his speech by talking about some of the things he’s heard presidential candidates say recently. He said he’s heard them make claims that this country is heading into the abyss. They paint a bleak, gloomy picture of a nation lost and in decline, he said.

Hamilton told the crowd he doesn’t buy into that view. He said he believes this country’s best days are still ahead, but they won’t come on their own.

“There’s not an invisible hand down here guiding us. It’s not written in granite that we’re always going to be number one,” he said. “You and I as citizens have to step up. This is our time. This is our opportunity. This is our century. A new era. The citizens’ century.”

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Lee Hamilton, photo by David Snodgress Herald-Times



Civic engagement awards reception kicks-off annual O’Bannon Institute

Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus is hosting its 13th annual O’Bannon Institute for Community Service (www.ivytech.edu/obannon) on April 20-22. On Wednesday, April 20, the awards reception kicked-off the three-day event by honoring faculty, staff, students and community partners for volunteerism. The reception was held on Ivy Tech’s main campus in Shreve Hall at 4 p.m.

“Civic engagement is a part of the educational environment at Ivy Tech, from service-learning projects placed into our curriculum to individual volunteerism,” said Chancellor Jennie Vaughan. “This year alone, our surveys indicated that Ivy Tech Bloomington contributed a total of 103,389 volunteer hours. That’s a contribution of nearly $2.5M in the communities we serve, according to independentsector.org.”

This year’s Excellence in Service Learning award recipient is Emily Bobo, Ph.D., for Art into Poetry. Dr. Bobo’s ENGL 214 Intro to Poetry students led 75 Rogers Elementary students in writing poems about art. The poems will be self-published and made available for purchase in a new series called Bobo’s Books. Proceeds from book sales will go to Monroe County Community School Corporation’s free and reduced lunch program. One book will feed one child for one week.

Faculty/Staff Excellence in Volunteerism award recipients are staff member Amber Celestin, assistant professor, English and communication and anthropology adjunct faculty, Joe Stahlman, Ph.D. Celestin was nominated for her service to others mentality. She launched and runs the Ivy Tech student gaming club, the most in-demand club on campus to-date. She responds regularly to volunteer callouts for campus events and participates in the Ivy Tech band when called to perform.

Dr. Stahlman was chosen for teaching free yoga classes to residents in the community who otherwise could not afford stress reduction classes at for-profit studios or gyms. He also teaches yoga classes in Spanish so that he can serve and include more of the community. Dr. Stahlman regularly volunteers his time for his home community, the Tuscarora Indian Nation, by brining awareness to indigenous issues and causes. His most recent work focused on contemporary Tuscarora life is on exhibit at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures at Indiana University.

Student Excellence in Volunteerism award recipient is general studies student Taversia Borrelli, for her work with Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard. Volunteer coordinator, Hannah Lencheck, at Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard says that Borrelli takes initiative, and is a dedicated and reliable volunteer who manages to give four hours of her time per week.

The Jeanine C. Rae Humanitarian is nursing student, Marianne Cox, for her kindhearted nature and willingness to always help. She has volunteered her time for Ivy Tech related events, Shalom House, mentored middle school girls, Red Eye Relay, Habitat for Humanity, Rapha House and has gone to Haiti on a medical mission trip.

The Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center Community Partner Award goes to MCCSC for their numerous partnerships with the Ivy Tech Waldron including the Fairview Arts Infusion pre-school program, theatre collaborations with the Academy of Science and Entrepreneurship, Youth Art Month exhibits every March and dual credit offerings.

The Gayle & Bill Center for Entrepreneurship Community Partner Award recipient is Duke Energy for their steadfast support of the college through investment in programs that support entrepreneurship, education and community development. They’ve supported Here We Grow Again!, Duke It Out business pitch competition, Bloomington Switchboard and other projects.

The John R. Whikehart Civic Engagement award recipient is the Ivy Tech Bloomington English department, led by Annie Gray, for providing an array of innovative programming and educational opportunities through assisting non-profit organizations, personal volunteerism, service learning courses and numerous student organization projects such as Me Tis literary magazine. The Whikehart award celebrates a person with longstanding commitment to service, and is someone who feels called to serve the college and the local community in many capacities, using every talent they have available to them. Chancellor Emeritus Whikehart, who is running for office as Monroe County Commissioner, presented the award.

Tomorrow, on Thursday, April 21, more than 350 attendees will gather in Ivy Tech’s Shreve Hall for a sold out fundraising dinner at 6:30 p.m. with Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, Lee H. Hamilton and presentations by Ivy Tech’s Youth Leadership Academy.

On Friday, April 22, volunteers, community partners and others will attend a continental breakfast and day of service kick-off at 8:30 a.m. featuring speaker, Judy O’Bannon. Following the breakfast event, participants will head out into the community to give their time and help Ivy Tech reach its goal of 1000 hours of community service in one day, #IvyTech1000Hours.

“Currently, we estimate that more than 1200 hours of volunteer service will be performed at area non-profits on Friday,” said Chancellor Vaughan. “Thanks to our community partners and individual volunteers, this is the largest estimate of people and hours for the Day of Service so far in O’Bannon Institute history.”

Volunteer listings and partners for the Day of Service at www.ivytech.edu/obannon.

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.

Bloomington associate professor, Sarah Cote, wins Ivy Tech’s statewide instructional excellence award

Ivy Tech Community College has selected Sarah Cote, associate professor of biotechnology, as the 2016 recipient of the Glenn W. and Mary Catherine Sample Award for Excellence in Instruction. The award is Ivy Tech’s highest honor for a faculty member.

“I want to congratulate Sarah for earning this prestigious statewide instructional award,” said Chancellor Jennie Vaughan. “Her commitment to student learning and job placement, serving the community, and bringing resources to campus for life sciences initiatives truly represents the mission of the college.”

Cote’s selection as the statewide award recipient was announced Tuesday, April 19 in Indianapolis at an awards reception for recipients of the college’s annual President’s Awards to outstanding faculty, of which Cote was named for the Bloomington region. Of all President’s Award recipients around the state, one winner is chosen to receive the Glenn W. and Mary Catherine Sample Award. This honor includes a $1,000 stipend for instructional equipment and a $5,000 personal development grant.

Cote’s nominations highlighted her commitment to student learning and her engaging classroom style. She implements an environmental science service-learning project and hosts the Super Science Saturday event each year, which attracts 200 to 300 participants from the community to Ivy Tech’s Indiana Center for the Life Sciences. Cote is an integral part of the grant writing team for biotechnology programming at Ivy Tech Bloomington.

“Our Associate of Applied Science in Biotechnology program works to provide a steady pipeline of educated workers for the biotech industry,” Cote said. “Of the 52 AAS graduates in Biotechnology, 41 are working in a biosciences relevant position or have decided to continue their education in the biosciences. That’s nearly 80 percent of our graduates.”

Interns and graduates of Ivy Tech Bloomington’s biotechnology program are employed at Cook Pharmica, BioConvergence, Baxter, Bradford Soap Works, Ivy Tech Community College, AB Biotechnologies, and Upland Brewery. Additionally, students work at other locations outside of the Bloomington area such as Eli Lilly and Dow Agrosciences.

“At AB Biotechnologies, two thirds of workers are graduates of our biotechnology program,” Cote said.

AB Biotechnologies expects to have 20-25 new biotech jobs available in the coming year.

By 2017, Cook Pharmica predicts it will need to fill 70 new biotech positions.

In addition to the AAS in Biotechnology that prepares students for careers, Ivy Tech Bloomington offers an Associate of Science in Biotechnology, which is designed to transfer seamlessly to Indiana University’s biotechnology bachelor’s degree program.

Cote holds a Master of Science degree from Virgina Tech in Entomology with specialization in Aquatic Entomology (2000). She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science at The Ohio State University and graduated Cum Laude with distinction (1998). She is certified in Quality Assurance/Control for the Drug and Biologic Industry and Regulatory Affairs Essentials from University of California, San Diego Extension (2009). She began her career at Ivy Tech Bloomington in 2003. Previously, she worked in environmental services and consulting in Virginia, and as chief biologist for Virginia Save our Streams.

This is the second time a Bloomington faculty member has earned the college’s highest honor.

The Glenn W. and Mary Catherine Sample Award is given annually to a full-time faculty member of the college who best typifies the teaching and learning mission of the college. The Glenn W. and Mary Catherine Sample Award is named in honor of Ivy Tech’s fourth president, Glenn W. Sample, who also had served on its first board of trustees, co-founded Ivy Tech Foundation, and was the Foundation board’s first chairman. Ivy Tech established the award in 1980.Sarah Cote

Ivy Tech Bloomington adjunct instructor of education, Deborah Anderson, honored as recipient of regional teaching award

Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus selected Deborah Anderson, adjunct instructor of education, as the recipient of the 2016 regional Adjunct Faculty Award for Excellence in Instruction. Anderson was honored by Ivy Tech at a statewide ceremony held on Thursday, April 14 in French Lick, Ind.

The Adjunct Faculty Award for Excellence in Instruction is presented annually to an adjunct faculty member from each region of the college in recognition of their academic instruction and representation of the mission of Ivy Tech. Anderson received a commemorative plaque and a professional development grant of $250.

“Deborah is a tremendously dependable, helpful and dedicated adjunct who receives glowing reviews from her students every semester,” said department chair of education, Marjie Risen. “Her variety of experiences with teaching people from infancy to the end of the lifespan has given her a balance and sense of humor we all envy when work duties get hectic.”

Risen says that Anderson has been volunteering time to work on rubrics with other adjunct education instructors in preparation for an upcoming accreditation visit by the National Association for the Education of Young Children later this spring.

In addition to her teaching duties at Ivy Tech Bloomington, Deborah has taught at the YMCA, several local elementary schools and Indiana University. She won the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching, has presented at national and international conferences, and is a member of Delta Kappa Gamma and NAEYC.

Annual career fair for students and graduates taking place at Ivy Tech today

Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus is hosting its annual Career Fair today, Thursday, April 7, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Shreve Hall.

More than 60 area employers in south central Indiana will be on board to meet with students and graduates of Ivy Tech.

“Several companies in attendance today will be represented by Ivy Tech alumni, including Bloomington Transit, Cook Polymer, Stone Belt and a few others,” said career development coordinator, Katie Anderson.

Some company participants include Author Solutions, Berry Plastics, Bender Lumber, Bloomington Transit, Boston Scientific, City of Bloomington, Cook companies, Cornerstone, Duke Energy, French Lick Resort, HFI Mechanical & Building Solutions, Indiana University, Monroe County Community School Corporation, Oliver Winery, Premier Health, Smithville Fiber, TASUS Corporation, WTTS/WGCL, and others. For a full listing, visit www.ivytech.edu/career-development and click on location, Bloomington.

Ivy Tech students and graduates are encouraged to bring plenty of resumes to the career fair.

Ivy Tech Bloomington is located at 200 Daniels way on the west side.

Nefertiti Morris wins student business pitch competition at Ivy Tech

Ivy Tech Bloomington general studies student, Nefertiti Morris, took the top spot at Ivy Tech’s inaugural Duke It Out business pitch competition held last Friday, April 1.

Morris presented her business idea for a healthier food truck called “The Juice Truck,” serving organic fruit and vegetable smoothies, pressed juices, and snacks. She competed with seven other Ivy Tech students for the winning prize of $500 cash for the best business pitch.

The second place winner was hospitality administration student, April Williams, who presented her business idea “Cooking from Memory,” a custom catering service for senior citizens in which she would do the shopping and cooking for dinner gatherings. Williams won $300 for her idea. As a special prize, her business was voted audience favorite and Williams was awarded a gift certificate to Grazie Italian Eatery.

General studies student, Desiree Anderson, took home the third place prize of $200 for her business idea, “Glam Swabs,” which are precision make-up remover applicators. She said she hoped to use the prize money to go toward developing a prototype of her product.

Ivy Tech students from all academic areas were invited to apply for a spot in the Duke It Out competition. Competitors were from a variety of academic programs including general studies, hospitality administration, entrepreneurship, design technology, business administration, and industrial technology.

Other business ideas in the competition included rent-to-own homes (Daniel Oberle), an open source modular camera (Justin Icenhour), and aftermarket automotive accessory and custom shop (Ben Crandall), a natural body scrub product (Brian Farley) and an electricity-free outdoor boiler to power homes and businesses (Eric Shepard).

The eight students in the competition were selected by the Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development Center to give three minute business pitches. A team of judges consisting of local entrepreneurs and local business leaders deliberated to name the winners.

The Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech (www.ivytech.edu/entrepreneurhsip) hosted the competition and it was made possible by Duke Energy.

For more information about the event, contact Meghan Turner at (812)-330-6261.

Tickets sold out for Ivy Tech’s O’Bannon Institute fundraising dinner with Lee H. Hamilton

The O’Bannon Institute fundraising dinner, scheduled for Thursday, April 21 with Lee H. Hamilton, is sold out. The event will seat more than 350 people in Ivy Tech’s newly-built Shreve Hall. Though tickets are sold out for the Hamilton event, there is still time for volunteers and community partners to sign on for the Day of Service challenge taking place on Friday, April 22.

In the spirit of this year’s event theme, “How Community Works and Why You Should Care,” Ivy Tech Bloomington is doing something different with the annual Day of Service. “We have set an ambitious goal to reach 1000 volunteer hours in one day and we need the community’s help to do it,” said Chancellor Jennie Vaughan. “We invite others to sign on with the nearly 115 individual volunteers and eight business partners that have already committed to lending a hand and helping us reach our goal.”

Volunteers, and others, are invited to a kick-off and continental breakfast on Friday, April 22 starting at 8:30 a.m., featuring Judy O’Bannon. Participants in the Day of Service challenge will receive an O’Bannon Institute T-shirt before they head out to volunteer. Volunteers are encouraged to share photos on social media with #IvyTech1000Hours.

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.

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.

Pride Week events on campus

Ivy Tech Bloomington’s Pride Week was held March 28 through Friday, April 1 and fun, informative events were held each day on campus. An information table was set up in the student life area all week for students to learn about events. Pride Week was organized by student club, Campus Pride.

On Tuesday, Positive Link offered free and confidential HIV testing on campus. A safe sex table was also displayed in the first floor rotunda with information for students. At 5:00p.m., a candlelight memorial was held to honor those who have died of HIV/AIDS. On Wednesday, students shared poetry, storytelling, and read work from LGBT+ authors at the Identities event. On Thursday, students listened to a poetry reading by Lambda Award winner, Valerie Wetlaufer and also celebrated Transgender Day of Visibility. On Friday, a discussion panel was held, for questions and answers on identity, understanding, and acceptance. A Pride Week party was held on Friday evening, complete with music, food, and games.

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Business pitch competition at Ivy Tech

BLOOMINGTON – The Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus hosted its first student business pitch competition on Friday, April 1. The Duke It Out Pitch Competition, sponsored by Duke Energy, took place at 1 p.m. in Shreve Hall at Ivy Tech.

“The competition was created to help students take the first steps toward turning their innovative ideas into real businesses,” said assistant director of the Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship, Meghan Turner. “Their creative business ideas range from food trucks to open source photography hardware.”

Ivy Tech students from all academic areas were invited to apply for a spot in the Duke It Out competition. Competitors were from a variety of academic programs including general studies, technology, culinary and business.

Students with the 8 best ideas were selected by Cook Center and Small Business Development Center staff and were given three minute business pitches at the live pitch day event. A team of judges consisting of local entrepreneurs and business leaders selected the top three student pitches to receive cash prizes of up to $500. The audience also selected a popular vote winner to receive a special prize.

The winners were:
1st Place – Nefertiti Morris
2nd Place – April Williams
3rd Place – Desiree Anderson

Student presenters and their business ideas:
1. Desiree Anderson – Glam Swabs precision make-up remover applicators
2. Daniel Oberle – Rent-to-Own Homes
3. Nefertiti Morris – The Juice Truck, providing healthy organic smoothies, pressed juice, and snacks.
4. Justin Icenhour – An open source modular camera
5. April Williams – Cooking from Memory, custom catering for senior citizens
6. Ben Crandall – Crandall Custom Concepts, an aftermarket automotive accessory and custom shop.
7. Brian Farley – Naturally Yours, body scrub and bath bombs made from natural products
8. Eric Shepard – Freedom Furnace, outdoor boiler that burns biomass to power homes and businesses

Jim Silberstein – Program Chair of Entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech Bloomington
Christy Page – President of Christy Page, LLC and Adjunct Instructor for the Entrepreneurship program at Ivy Tech Bloomington
Bruce Calloway – Government and Community Relations Manager for Duke Energy
Dana Palazzo – Vice President of the Bloomington Economic Development Corporation

Winners and judges of the Duke It Out business pitch competition

April Williams, audience’s choice winner

From left to right: April Williams, second place; Nefertiti Morris, first place; Desiree Anderson, third place

First, second, and third-place trophies

Alternative Spring Break: Meet the students

Nine students and two faculty members traveled to Guatemala for Alternative Spring Break, March 14 through 18. The group stayed with local residents of San Miguel, where they learned about coffee farming, local textiles, and participated in construction projects that benefited the local coffee cooperative, De La Gente. De La Gente is a non-profit organization that works to ensure fair trade for coffee farmers. Each year, Ivy Tech Bloomington works with De La Gente to create an alternative spring break experience that goes beyond service and incorporates learning from the populations we serve.

ASB Student Participants:

Brenda Perez, second semester Ivy Tech student majoring in General Studies (interest in Psychology), lived in Puerto Rico for 6 years and has family in Guatemala. She has visited Guatemala five times prior to her trip with Ivy Tech and is a native Spanish speaker.

Natasha Capestany, second semester Ivy Tech student majoring in General Studies, had never traveled internationally before the Ivy Tech trip and she loves to hoop and dance.

Brynn Parkinson, second semester Ivy Tech student majoring in General Studies and is looking to major in English after transferring to a four-year institution. She works at the YMCA and also as a supplemental instructor for English 111 at Ivy Tech. Recently, Brynn spent 10 months with AmeriCorps NCCC FEMA Corps doing various disaster preparedness and relief projects across the East Coast. She has traveled to Europe, but Guatemala was her first trip to Central America.

Erica Ramos, Ivy Tech student since 2013 and majoring in Human Services, is a mother of two, originally from Brooklyn, New York.  Erica’s oldest daughter attended the Guatemala trip last year and talked Erica into applying for this year’s trip. Erica has traveled in the United States as well as visiting Puerto Rico to see family.

Kaleb Wagers is a fourth semester Ivy Tech student majoring in Education with plans to transfer to Indiana University and become a high school History teacher. At the age of 15, Kaleb traveled to Europe for 21 days where he visited Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, and France. The Ivy Tech trip was not his first visit to Guatemala as he actually moved to the country when he was 16 and stayed there for three months.

Rachel Towell is a second semester Ivy Tech student with plans to transfer to Indiana University to pursue Recreational Sports Management. While she has traveled throughout the United States, this will be her first real international travel experience, outside of one day spent in Canada.

Courtney Pope is a Liberal Arts major hailing from Pennsylvania with plans to major in Global and International Studies and Marketing with a possible minor in French or Spanish at either IUPUI or The University of Indianapolis. Courtney is well-traveled within the United States, but this was her first international travel experience.

Alissa Vondersaar, a nursing student at Ivy Tech, attended the trip for the second time.  Alissa took part in the Ivy Tech trip last year as well and was thrilled to be able to attend a second time.  Alissa and her husband enjoy traveling throughout the United States, partaking in long hiking trips, and hope to move to the west coast upon graduation.

Jennifer Roach – a student in the nursing program, boarded a plane for a first time on this trip. She traveled internationally for the first time and experienced her first flight in the same trip.

Alternative Spring Break photos from San Miguel, Guatemala

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