Ivy Tech Waldron seeks nominations for community arts awards

BLOOMINGTON – The Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center invites nominations from the public for the second-annual Community Arts Awards: a celebration and awards ceremony honoring local arts advocates, educators, and businesses. The event will be held on Friday, November 18 at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center, located at 122 S. Walnut St.

Award categories are Arts in Business, Arts in Education, Arts Advocate, and Special Citation. The Arts in Business award will recognize a business for exemplary support of the arts. The Arts in Education Award recognize an educator, school corporation, PTO or other entity directly influencing and engaging students through visual, literary or performing arts. The Arts Advocate Award will recognize an individual who has provided service, leadership, and/or substantial support to the arts. The Special Citation Award will recognize any individual or organization deserving of recognition for their contribution to the arts.

Nominations can be made online at www.ivytech.edu/waldron and the deadline is Friday, September 30. For questions about award nominations, call the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center at (812) 330-4400.

Tickets for the Community Arts Awards celebration and awards ceremony will be $25 each. Ticket sales will open on Friday, September 2, and can be purchased online at www.bctboxoffice.com.

Recipients of the Community Arts Awards 2015 were: Arts Advocate, Jim Manion, WFHB; Special Citation – Lifetime Achievement, Jane C. Otten, owner, Pygmalion’s Art Supplies from 1975 to 2007; Arts in Business, BLOOM Magazine; and Arts in Education, Sara Irvine and Chris Bultman, The Project School.

About Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center
The Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center houses a unique blend of artists, performers, and educators. Visitors can take art classes, enjoy performances, or browse six gallery spaces. For more information, visit www.ivytech.edu/waldron. Art classes are offered through Ivy Tech’s Center for Lifelong Learning at www.ivytech.edu/cll or through Ivy Tech’s Associate of Fine Arts degree program.

 

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Graduation and career coaches begin work in area schools

gradcoachesClockwise, from left to right: Stephanie Stoll, Terry Hollis, Karen Barry, Justin Lowry, Patty Goldman, Melanie Humbard, and Trudy Shaw, Ivy Tech Bloomington Director of Secondary Initiatives

On August 22, 2016, four new graduation and career coaches began work with high school and middle school students in Bloomfield School District, Crawford County Community Schools, Loogootee Community Schools, Salem Community Schools, and Spencer-Owen Community Schools. These coaches complement two existing coaches in Monroe County Community School Corporation and Richland-Bean Blossom Community School Corporation that are partially funded by the Franklin Initiative. The graduation and career coach program is an initiative aimed at improving graduation rates and increasing the number of students pursuing post-secondary education. The project is a partnership between Regional Opportunity Initiatives, Inc. (ROI), Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington, and The Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County.


Melanie Humbard  – Bloomington High School North and Bloomington High School South
Melanie is starting her sixth school year in this role, and prior to becoming a Coach, she was a Juvenile Probation Officer in Monroe County working with the Truancy caseload.

Patricia Goldman – Edgewood High School and Bloomington High School South
Patricia and her husband moved to Bloomington in 1990 and have raised all three of their children here. In 2008, Patricia was hired by The Bloomington Chamber of Commerce to work as a Graduation Coach at Edgewood High School. In the fall of 2014 she began working in the same capacity at Bloomington High School South and is currently splitting her time between the two schools.

Stephanie Stoll – Bloomfield Jr./Sr High School and Loogootee High School
Stephanie graduated from Loogootee High School in 2006, her father was also a teacher at Loogootee for many years, and she has preceding relationships with those in the school and community.

Terry Hollis – Crawford County High School
Terry is a lifelong resident of Crawford County and has taught in the school system for the past 31 years. His grandchildren are the fifth generation to go through the Crawford County school system.

Karen Barry – Salem High School
Karen graduated from Salem High School in 1987 and came back to work in the Student Services Department in January of 1998. She spent 15 years working in the Student Services Department before moving to the main office as Administrative Assistant to the Principal. She has two children that graduated from Salem High School as well. She is proud to not only say that she is a graduate of Salem High School, but also a long-term member of a pretty outstanding team.

Justin Lowry – Owen Valley High School
Justin has lived in Spencer for a little over four years, and prior to this position he was the Health/PE/Anatomy/Advanced Biology teacher at Owen Valley High School. He also coaches freshmen basketball and is an assistant on the baseball team at the high school.

 

Ivy Tech Bloomington awarded $85,000 federal grant for biotechnology career training in rural high schools

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus was awarded a grant of $85,000 through the Indiana Department of Education’s Carl D. Perkins Title IV federal grant program. Ivy Tech Community College statewide received four grant awards total, in the following regions: Bloomington, Northeast, Southeast and Columbus, with a total combined value of nearly $302,000. Bloomington campus funds will be used to develop life science industry career and technical education pathways for rural Indiana high schools. The project will enable high school students to complete six college credits that count toward two Ivy Tech certificates: Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing and Medical Device Quality. The credits also count toward an Associate of Applied Science degree in Biotechnology. Additionally, the grant will fund professional development for high school teachers, awarding certification renewal credits upon training completion. Training will enable instructors to teach college-level biotechnology courses and will allow students to earn college credits, complete their education at Ivy Tech, and enter life science careers.

Participating schools include Bloomfield High School, Brown County High School, Eastern Greene High School, and Owen Valley High School.

Grant funds will cover stipends for 15 high school teachers to attend a two-week intensive summer workshop, stipends for 3 Ivy Tech instructors to develop the workshop, and supplies and equipment. Through Ivy Tech’s dual credit program, the grant will also cover the cost for high school students to earn college credits toward the Ivy Tech certificates.

Ivy Tech’s certificates, Pharmaceutical Manufacturing and Medical Device Quality, require 18 credits each. High school students will earn six credits toward them, completing Survey of Biotechnology (BIOT 100) and Survey of Biotechnology Manufacturing (BIOT 102). Upon successful completion, students will be qualified for middle-skill level jobs in pharmaceutical manufacturing and medical device quality. Students can apply their certificates to earn the Associate of Applied Science in Biotechnology to qualify for higher-skill level jobs, including Laboratory Technician, Quality Control Technician, Research Associate, Quality Assurance Associate, Manufacturing Associate, Process Development Associate, Calibration Technician, Documentation Technician, Inspector, Production Technician, Regulatory Affairs Clerk, Regulatory Affairs Technician, or Quality Investigator.

“Ivy Tech’s Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing and Medical Device Quality certificates were developed out of industry needs to build a pipeline of employees for middle-skill level technical jobs,” said Dr. Sengyong Lee, program chair of biotechnology at Ivy Tech Bloomington. “Our certificates and biotechnology degree are in demand by area employers, including Cook Medical, Cook Pharmica, Baxter BioPharma Solutions, Boston Scientific, Singota Biosolutions, AB Biotechnologies, and others. Although our biotechnology program has a 96% job placement rate, the growing number of jobs in the industry are outpacing the number of students in the workforce pipeline,” he added.

The project will happen in several phases beginning in fall 2016, when high school instructors will begin to be identified for training. In summer 2017, 15 high school instructors will complete the two-week intensive summer workshop. By fall 2017, a total of 50 students will have completed a total of 300 college credits that will count toward the Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing and Medical Device Quality certificates.

More information about Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington’s biotechnology program can be found online at www.ivytech.edu/biotechnology. Ivy Tech dual credit program information can be found at www.ivytech.edu/dualcredit. Dual credit course availability varies and can be found by contacting individual high school guidance counselors. Ivy Tech second 8-week classes begin October 17. Prospective students can apply online at www.ivytech.edu/applynow, stop into Ivy Tech Bloomington located at 200 Daniels Way, or call (812) 330-6013. Ivy Tech is open Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Ivy Tech Bloomington welcomes new full-time faculty members

 

new_faculty_2016.jpgIvy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus welcomed 13 new faculty members for the 2016-17 academic year. Five of those positions were filled due to vacancies. Eight positions were newly-created, funded by Ivy Tech central administration to fulfill the campus budget request of additional full-time faculty. Faculty are instructors of accounting, art history, astronomy, business, communication, economics, health sciences, industrial technology, human services, kinesiology, nursing, philosophy, science, and sociology.

Cassey Connelly
Assistant Professor, Kinesiology. Cassey earned her master’s degree in rehabilitation sciences from the University of California Pennsylvania and her bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from Indiana University. She taught as an adjunct at Indiana University School of Public Health for eight years and has more than nine years of work experience in fitness and nutrition.

Dr. Andrew Findley
Assistant Professor, Art History. Andrew Findley is an art historian and archaeologist who has spoken and published in topics related to Roman architectural history and art history teaching methodology. He earned his Ph.D. at Washington University in St. Louis and has previously taught at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

Jaclyn George
Instructor, Economics. Jaclyn received her master’s degree from Valparaiso University in international economics and finance. Jaclyn previously taught economics at Ivy Tech Community College in Terre Haute.

Richard Groner
Instructor of Communication, earned his bachelor’s in speech communication from Southern Illinois University and his master’s in communication from Southern New Hampshire University. He has been an adjunct instructor in communication at Ivy Tech Bloomington since January of 2015. He has extensive industry experience as an engineer and manager with companies such as General Electric, Carrier Air Conditioning, and Freightliner Trucks.

Gerald Hansen III
Instructor, Philosophy. Gerald began his collegiate studies at Ricks College, in Southeast Idaho, where he earned associate degrees in international studies and French. He transferred to Brigham Young University and earned a bachelor’s degree in international studies (diplomacy) and a master’s degree in interdisciplinary humanities (early modern Europe, American studies and popular culture). He then earned master’s degrees in political science at Utah State University (American and E uropean politics) and at Indiana University (political philosophy and comparative politics).

Dr. Kyle Hetrick
Assistant Professor, Health Sciences. Kyle earned his Ph.D. from the Indiana University Bloomington Department of Biology and was a post-doctoral researcher in the IUB Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry. Previously, Kyle taught part-time at Ivy Tech Bloomington in the anatomy & physiology and biotechnology programs.

Kelly M. Leach, MSW
Internship Coordinator and Instructor, Human Services and Instructor, Sociology. Kelly completed her B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from Marian College in 1998, and an MSW degree in 2003 from the Indiana University School of Social Work. Kelly has practiced social work in a diverse range of service areas, including being a probation officer in the Marion County Adult Division, a master therapist in adolescent psychiatric residential settings, providing community outreach, and coordinating wraparound services to families referred through Marion, Monroe and surrounding counties’ Child and Family Services.

Dr. Sydney Mmadi
Associate Professor, Business. Sydney earned a bachelor’s in accounting at Siena Heights University – Michigan; MBA at Purdue University; and doctorate in business administration at Argosy University. He has taught in higher education since 2007 at Brown Mackie College – South Bend, IN and Trine University in Mishawaka, IN.

Teresa Price
Assistant Professor, Nursing. Teresa holds a master’s degree in nursing education from Indiana State University as well as a bachelor’s in nursing from ISU. She received her associate degree in nursing from Ivy Tech Community College. Teresa has been a full-time faculty member at Ivy Tech Community College in Columbus. Prior to her teaching career, Teresa worked as a practicing nurse for more than 15 years.

Mark Richards
Program Chair and Assistant Professor, Industrial Technology. Mark holds an associate degree in industrial technology from Ivy Tech Community College and bachelor’s degree in technical management from Indiana State University. He has nearly 20 years of experience in industrial technology and has served as an HVAC instructor at Ivy Tech since 2010.

Tina Sherrard
Department Chair and Instructor, Accounting. Tina earned her associate degree in accounting from Ivy Tech Community College, a B.S. in Business with dual concentrations in business management and operations management, and an M.S. in Accounting. She has worked with organizations in the private and public sectors in various business and financial management positions. In addition, she has taught as an adjunct instructor in accounting for the Central Indiana region of Ivy Tech.

Dr. Hank Webster
Assistant Professor, Science. Hank earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Rose-Hulman Institute and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Indiana University. He is retired from Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane and has taught as an adjunct instructor in chemistry and physical science at Ivy Tech Bloomington.

Cassey Connelly
Cassey Connelly

Dr. Andrew Findley
Dr. Andrew Findley

Jaclyn George
Jaclyn George

Richard Groner
Richard Groner

Gerald Hansen III
Gerald Hansen III

Dr. Kyle Hetrick
Dr. Kyle Hetrick

Kelly Leach
Kelly M. Leach, MSW

Dr. Sydney Mmadi
Dr. Sydney Mmadi

Dr. Henry Webster
Dr. Hank Webster

Tina Sherrard
Tina Sherrard

Ivy Tech Bloomington alumnus, Shannon Boggs, begins career as software developer

BLOOMINGTON – Shannon Boggs, graduate of Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus, received a job offer on the evening of Commencement in May 2016 and is now employed as an application developer as part of the software development team at Transeo Radiotherapy Solutions. Boggs graduated Cum Laude from Ivy Tech’s computing and informatics program with an Associate of Applied Science in Software Development and a JAVA application development certification. Transeo Radiotherapy Solutions is based in California but has local office space in Bloomington, Indiana. In his new position, Boggs is part of a small team that handles maintenance, feature development, and documentation for a large suite of web-based software used in proton radiotherapy treatment centers across the country.

“The job was a perfect fit for my interests (web-based business applications) and my further educational and career goals (full-stack development),” said Boggs. “I am blessed to work with an extremely capable and experienced programming professional, so I get to learn new things every day.”

Boggs first chose Ivy Tech for its convenient online classes, but says the face-to-face instruction with professors who develop software every day was the most beneficial to his education. Boggs previously attended university classes but says he did not receive the amount of educational value that he did at the community college. He credits instructor David Marrero for his teaching style, which kept the coursework challenging and relevant.

“In the rapidly changing field of software development, it is a constant struggle to maintain a current curriculum,” said Boggs. “At Ivy Tech, I was able to learn timeless fundamentals that apply to any programming situation and learn current best practices from an instructor that uses the technology daily in the real world.”

His family supported his educational goals. When Boggs decided to enroll at Ivy Tech, he talked with them about the time commitment and how his education would benefit the entire family.

“While I have proven that it is possible to work full time while attending college full time, it is not a decision to be taken lightly,” said Boggs. “If you find yourself completely unsatisfied with your present career situation and the opportunity is available, I would strongly encourage attending Ivy Tech.”

Boggs says that with his strong foundation from Ivy Tech, he is continually studying and learning hard skills in his new career at Transeo Radiotherapy Solutions. He plans to further his education by continuing to earn certifications for his professional development.

Ivy Tech offers eight associate degree programs in the School of Computing and Informatics: computer science, cyber security/information assurance, database management and administration, informatics, information technology support, network infrastructure, server administration, and software development. For more information visit www.ivytech.edu/computers. Ivy Tech also offers an associate degree in radiation therapy and a post-graduate proton therapy specialist certificate. For more information visit www.ivytech.edu/radiation-therapy. Second 8-week classes begin October 17. To enroll, visit www.ivytech.edu/applynow, stop into Ivy Tech Bloomington located at 200 Daniels Way, or call (812) 330-6013. Ivy Tech is open Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech Community College (www.ivytech.edu) is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system.  Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

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Ivy Tech Student Productions announces season of firsts

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Ivy Tech Student Productions 2016-17 theatre season is a season of firsts. The season opens with Edward Albee’s The Zoo Story on September 2 and 3, Ivy Tech’s first production directed by Chad Rabinovitz, producing artistic director of the Bloomington Playwrights Project. Sweeney Todd, Ivy Tech’s first musical, runs October 28, 29, 31 and November 3-5 with a special Halloween performance. All in the Timing, Ivy Tech’s first comedy, runs April 7-8 and 13-15. All shows take place at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center.

Edward Albee’s The Zoo Story is Albee’s first play. Synopsis: A man sits peacefully reading in the sunlight in Central Park. There enters a second man. He is an unkempt and undisciplined vagrant where the first is neat, ordered, well-to-do and conventional. The vagrant is a soul in torture and rebellion. He longs to communicate so fiercely that he frightens and repels his listener. He is a man drained of all hope who, in his passion for company, seeks to drain his companion. With provocative humor and unrelenting suspense, the young savage slowly, but relentlessly, brings his victim down to his own atavistic level as he relates a story about his visit to the zoo.

The Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center is located at 122 S. Walnut St. Tickets are $15 for general admission or $5 for students and seniors. To purchase tickets visit www.bctboxoffice.com. For information about Ivy Tech Student Productions visit www.ivytech.edu/waldron.

Ivy Tech hosts training for area high school teachers to learn to integrate STEM project into classrooms

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington’s electrical engineering technology program provided a week of professional development to teach Bloomfield Junior/Senior High School teachers and Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) instructors how to incorporate a hands-on STEM project into classroom curriculum. The training was held August 1 through 5 at Ivy Tech and teachers will integrate the project into curriculum for the 2016-17 school year.

“We’re hoping to sneak a little bit of STEM into high school curriculum through fun, creative projects to make electrical engineering technology less intimidating,” said Tom Lucas, Ivy Tech electrical engineering technology instructor, who led the STEM project instruction at Ivy Tech. “With the high demand for STEM careers, we hope to interest students early, and eventually grow this program to more schools.”

Lucas taught computing, algebra, and physics instructors how to program and build a robotic “intruder detection system” using Arduino microprocessors. The systems detect motion with a camera, take a photo of the intruder, use algebra to calculate the speed and direction of the intruder, and send a drone to that location. Lucas teaches the same project in Ivy Tech’s Intro to Microcontrollers course.

The project is in partnership with the Center for P-16 Research and Collaboration at the IU School of Education, Bloomfield School District, NSWC Crane, DirectEmployers Institute and IUPUI’s STEM Education Innovation Research Institute. It is part of the “Workplace Simulation Project,” funded by the IU Collaborative Research Grant (IUCRG) and Indiana University Women’s Philanthropy Leadership Council.

The workshop is one of many technology outreach projects Ivy Tech has hosted. Kirk Barnes, Dean of Ivy Tech Bloomington’s School of Technology, regularly collaborates with middle and high schools to promote STEM initiatives through fun, hands-on classes and projects. Barnes hosts an annual robotics competition at Ivy Tech, in partnership with the Bloomington Robotics Club, which draws hundreds of participants from across the state each year. Ivy Tech also offers a popular Robot Workshop for grades 4 through 12.

Others involved in the training were Dionne Cross Francis, director of the center for P-16 research and collaboration at the IU School of Education and Verily Tan, graduate research assistant; and Luis Escobar, research assistant of IUPUI’s STEM Education Research Institute.

Indiana University led the curriculum portion of the professional development week, to help teachers align the STEM project with the Indiana Academic Standards for College and Career Readiness.

NSWC Crane will teach and mentor the high school students at the participating schools on Fridays during the 2016-17 school year.

Ivy Tech Bloomington offers associate degrees and short-term certificates that lead to careers in electrical engineering technology, engineering technology, electronics and computer technology, computing and informatics, among other areas. For information visit www.ivytech.edu/bloomington. Fall classes begin August 22. To enroll, visit www.ivytech.edu/applynow, stop into Ivy Tech Bloomington located at 200 Daniels Way, or call (812) 330-6013. Ivy Tech is open Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.