Ivy Tech Waldron announces Community Arts Awards winners

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus will host its second annual Community Arts Awards and Arts Night Out on Friday, November 18 and tickets are on sale. The event will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center, located at 122 S. Walnut St. Community Arts Award recipients will receive their awards, and guests will enjoy an entertaining night out with the arts.

Categories and recipients of Community Arts Awards 2016 are as follows: Arts Advocate, Ted Jones; Arts in Business, Monroe Convention Center Bloomington Indiana; Arts in Education, Rhino’s Youth Center; Regional Arts Service, Lawrence County Art Association/The Wiley Art Gallery; and Special Citation/Lifetime Achievement, Lee Williams. Winners were juried by an independent community group.

Ted Jones, former director of technical facilities at the IU Jacobs School of Music, has been a committed arts booster, volunteer and audience member for arts and cultural entities for nearly 60 years. Jones worked at the IU Jacobs School of Music for 38 years, creating welcoming environments for audiences to celebrate IU’s extraordinary talent. Jones has served on boards, commissions and committees for nearly every major arts and cultural entity in Bloomington and has taken key roles in the development and sustaining of Bloomington’s community cultural anchors. Jones is a significant financial supporter for arts and cultural organizations, most recently having provided a $100,000 gift that facilitated the acquisition of the Bloomington Playwright’s Project’s theater building.

Monroe Convention Center Bloomington Indiana is celebrating 25 years in 2016. The Center’s purpose is to bring visitors to Monroe County and demonstrate how integrating the arts into the goals of a business can result in community-changing partnerships. As part of its interior renovation in 2011, the Center established permanent areas for art, as well as a permanent collection. The Center works to add one piece to its collection, which now contains 20 pieces, every other year. The Center participates in First Friday Gallery Walks and hosts six exhibitions and opening-night artist receptions each year, averaging more than 150 patrons each opening. A variety of literary and musical arts events are held by the Center, including the Handmade Market, monthly Writer’s Guild readings, the B‐town Jazz Festival, and others. More than 100,000 people that attend Convention Center events annually.

Rhino’s Youth Center was founded in 1992 and is a place for teenagers and young adults to call their own, offering free after school creative programming in videography, screen-printing, mural arts, writing, youth radio, theatre, music, and much more. Rhino’s youth publish their writing and art in their own publication, The Antagonist. Rhino’s “Make a Band!” program allows youth to form bands and practice together with loaned instruments. Solarium Productions is a youth run theatre group founded by teens that rehearses at Rhino’s, and hosts a weekly improvisation group at Rhino’s on Mondays as well. Rhino’s is currently home to Indiana’s only youth‐run LGBTQ radio program and also houses the only trans youth free clothing store in Monroe County. Rhino’s is a member of the Monroe County United Way and serves over 1,200 teens every month.

The Lawrence County Art Association (LCAA) / The Wiley Art Gallery has worked to further the arts in southern Indiana for 50 years. In 2008, Bedford Revitalization, Inc. donated a historic building to LCAA: The childhood home of nationally known artist William T. Wiley.  Volunteers from LCAA and BRI remodeled the home, creating The Wiley Art Gallery, the only art gallery in Bedford. The gallery is kept open by volunteers three days per week and each Thursday afternoon, artists gather there for a painting session that is open to everyone. An old time music group and other organizations also use the gallery each month. Goals for The Wiley Art Gallery and LCAA include furthering the arts in Lawrence County, working with other groups, providing classes and workshops in the arts, and helping artists improve and market their work. The group welcomes visitors and new members.

Lee Williams has shaped and defined the music culture of Bloomington. Lee co-founded and booked a nightclub called Second Story that was a home for local, national and sometimes international artists, some of which included Gabriel Yacoub, Richard and Linda Thompson. In his early days as a music booker, Williams introduced independent artists to Bloomington and helped establish its reputation as a “music town.” Working in partnership with a group of other strong leaders, Williams founded the Lotus Education and Arts Foundation and started the Lotus World Music & Arts Festival, which established Bloomington as a place for world-renowned festivals. Williams was instrumental in founding the Buskirk-Chumley’s BCT Management, Inc., and his advocacy was invaluable to its success. The fact that people in Bloomington wish each other a “Happy Lotus!” on Lotus Festival weekend every year indicates the level of integration the event has in the community.

In addition to the Community Arts Awards ceremony, guests are invited to take part in art workshops to learn the art of ceramic tile making, theatrical wound makeup, paper book making, and more. Ivy Tech Student Productions will also perform an excerpt from their sold-out production of Sweeney Todd. A beer and wine bar and refreshments will be available. Event and workshop details can be found online at www.ivytech.edu/waldron.

Tickets for the Community Arts Awards and Arts Night Out are $25 each and can be purchased online at www.bctboxoffice.com.

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.

Ivy Tech Optometric Technology program approved by Commission for Higher Education

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus announced today that the Commission for Higher Education approved a Technical Certificate and Associate of Applied Science degree to be offered in Optometric Technology. General education and pre-requisite classes for the program will begin in Spring 2017 and enrollment is open. Indiana University discontinued its Optometric Technology associate degree program in 2015, creating a need for a professional Optician training program. Ivy Tech Community College now fills this role, offering the only Optometric Technology Associate of Applied Science degree in Indiana.

“We have received overwhelming support in starting the program, which will model Indiana University’s former program,” said Jennie Vaughan, Ivy Tech Bloomington Chancellor. “Optometry clinics and Indiana University Opticianry faculty and alumni are all delighted that we are keeping the training available.”

When students complete 33 credit hours in Ivy Tech’s Optometric Technology program, they will be eligible to sit for the National Opticianry Competency Examination, the Contact Lens Registry Examination, and the Certified Paraoptometric Technician Examination. Upon certification, they will be equipped for careers as Opticians, working closely with optometrists as part of the eye care team. Tasks include measuring visual acuity, color vision, depth perception, field of vision, and pressures within the eye. Opticians also fill vision prescriptions, produce and shape eyeglass lenses and assist in contact lens procedures.

For Dispensing Opticians, The U.S. Department of Labor reports a much faster than average growth rate of 24% from 2014 to 2024. According to an Economic Modeling Specialist International (EMSI) report, the median hourly earnings for Dispensing Opticians in Indiana is $14.32. The U.S. Department of Labor reports the median pay in 2014 for Dispensing Opticians is $34,280 per year.

“Optician salaries will vary based on employer and job requirements,” said Larry Swafford, Ph.D., dean of the School of Health Sciences. “For example, those managing an optometrist’s office could make quite a bit more than the median salary.”

Pre-requisite classes include: Quantitative Reasoning (MATH 123), Medical Terminology (HLHS 101), and Student Success in Healthcare (IVYT112). Classes begin in Spring 2017 and enrollment is open.

Professional courses include: Optical Concepts and Properties, Ophthalmic Lens Laboratory Procedures, Ophthalmic Optics, Ophthalmic Procedures 1 and 2, Ophthalmic Dispensing, Introduction to Clinic, Anatomy and Physiology of the Eye, Contact Lens and Ocular Refractive Corrections, Clinic Practicum 1 and 2, and Optometric Technology Capstone Course. In addition to classroom instruction, students will participate in clinical practicums at optometry facilities throughout South Central Indiana.

The number of students who can be enrolled in the Optometric Technology program each semester is currently limited to 23.

For more information about the Optometric Technology program, call (812) 330-6060 or email hwampler@ivytech.edu or (812) 330-6223 or lswafford3@ivytech.edu. Optometric Technology general education and pre-requisite classes begin January 17, 2017, but students should enroll by January 9 in order to be prepared on the first day of classes. 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.

Tickets on sale for Ivy Tech Waldron’s Community Arts Awards and Arts Night Out

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus will host its second annual Community Arts Awards and Arts Night Out on Friday, November 18 and tickets are on sale. The event will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center, located at 122 S. Walnut St.

In addition to the awards ceremony, the event offers attendees an entertaining night out with the arts. Guests are invited to peruse the art galleries and take part in art workshops to learn the art of ceramic tile-making, stage makeup, paper book making, and more. Workshops will be offered in 15-minute intervals to allow guests to experience more than one art form. A beer and wine bar and culinary delights will be available. In addition, tickets include an excerpt of Sweeney Todd, performed by Ivy Tech Student Productions. The evening will culminate in the Community Arts Awards ceremony to honor local arts advocates, educators, and businesses.

Marcy Neiditz, Ivy Tech adjunct professor and ceramic artist, will lead the custom glazing workshop, allowing guests to glaze their own “2016 Community Arts Awards” souvenir tiles, which were custom designed by Neiditz. Workshop attendees can paint bisque-fired clay tiles with brightly colored glazes, which will be kiln-fired at the end of the evening. Guests will be notified at a later date when they can pick up their kiln-fired tiles.

Amy Brier, Ivy Tech professor and limestone artist, will teach a book-making workshop. Attendees will learn how to fold a book from a single sheet of paper. Brier is a highly skilled carver with international training and is the founder and director of the seventeen-year-old Indiana Limestone Sculpture Symposium.

Lily Walls, former Ivy Tech student and costume designer for Ivy Tech Student Productions, will present the gruesomely creative art of theatrical wound makeup. On volunteers, Lily will demonstrate how to create a black eye or realistic-looking gash using latex and makeup, for theatrical or costume purposes.

The winners of the 2016 Community Arts Awards will be presented with awards designed and 3D printed by Andres Campos and Joshua W. Staley, students in Ivy Tech’s Design Technology program.

The 2016 Community Arts Awards winners will be announced in late October. Winners are juried by an independent community group. Recipients of the 2015 Community Arts Awards 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.

Tickets for the Community Arts Awards and Arts Night Out are $25 each and can be purchased online at www.bctboxoffice.com. For more information about the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center visit www.ivytech.edu/waldron.

 

Ivy Tech kinesiology alumnus starts personal training business

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech kinesiology alumnus, Jared Hamilton, graduated in May 2014 from Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus with an Associate of Science in Kinesiology, and now operates a personal fitness business based in Martinsville, Indiana. Before graduation, Jared earned two personal training certificates, which allowed him to work while he was still in school. Ivy Tech now offers an Associate of Applied Science in Kinesiology and Exercise Science degree for those interested in a similar career path that allows students to earn multiple personal training certificates before graduation.

Hamilton was home-schooled in Martinsville, Indiana and began attending Ivy Tech full-time immediately after graduating from high school. His older brother, Adam, completed the Paramedic Science degree at Ivy Tech, which was how Hamilton discovered Ivy Tech.

“I was homeschooled K-12 and I had never been in a public classroom before Ivy Tech,” said Hamilton. “I knew that Ivy Tech was the right choice for me because coming from a sheltered homeschool environment, I knew that I didn’t want class sizes with 400 per class. I also missed out on a lot being homeschooled so I was able to catch up at Ivy Tech.”

Hamilton wasn’t sure what he wanted to do when he enrolled at Ivy Tech but quickly found his path. “I was really big into the fitness scene and also helping people, so Kinesiology sounded like the best degree for me,” said Hamilton. “I took a personal training class with Mary Carol Paul and found that I absolutely loved personal training.”

Before graduating from Ivy Tech, Hamilton earned two certifications from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM): Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist. While still a student, he utilized these certifications to work part-time at the Southeast YMCA and Indiana University’s Student Recreational Sports Center (SRSC) as a personal trainer.

Hamilton was also involved in Ivy Tech’s Student Leadership Academy, where he helped organize campus events and took part in leadership development activities. He also utilized Ivy Tech’s tutoring center.

“At Ivy Tech there were resources around every corner, from instructors, to programs, to the tutoring center,” said Hamilton. “If I had to sum up Ivy Tech into a mission statement I would call it ‘Student Success’.”

After graduating from Ivy Tech, Hamilton earned the NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist certification and focused on growing his company, “Hamilton Trained.”

“I provide one-on-one personal training, online coaching, nutritional advising, and keynote speaking,” said Hamilton. “Word of mouth and social media marketing has helped me gain clients in New York, Chicago, and locally in Terre Haute and Martinsville.”

Hamilton is currently providing a fitness program at the Martinsville Youth Development Center, Inc. and holds “bootcamp” classes in the park every Saturday morning that are free and open to the public. Hamilton’s future goals are to earn an additional personal training credential and then the NASM Master Trainer certification. His company’s website is www.hamiltontrained.com.

Ivy Tech’s Associate of Applied Science degree in Kinesiology and Exercise Science allows students to earn three technical certificates on their way to earning the degree: Certified Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor, and Inclusive Fitness Trainer. For more information, visit www.ivytech.edu/kinesiology or contact jbranigin1@ivytech.edu or (812) 330-6286. Ivy Tech spring classes begin January 17, 2017 but students should enroll by January 9 in order to be prepared on the first day of classes. 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.

Ivy Tech hosts Human Library Project to challenge stereotypes and benefit students

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus is hosting a unique event called The Human Library Project on Tuesday, November 1 and the public is invited to attend. The Human Library Project is a worldwide movement, intended to challenge stereotypes and promote understanding through civil and open dialogue. The event will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Ivy Tech Community College, Shreve Hall, located at 200 Daniels Way, in Bloomington.

Ivy Tech’s Human Library Project will feature individuals acting as “books” that “patrons” (attendees) can have a real conversation with in order to learn more about that individual and their human experience. The individuals participating as books have written their own book titles, which will be on display for readers to select from. Some examples of self-titled books that will be available include: “Single mother,” “Living Life with my Anxiety and Depression,” and “Elbe, a Transgender Woman and So Much More.”

The Human Library Project was initiated by Ivy Tech Bloomington’s diversity committee. The committee was recently awarded the 2016 Nancy Howard Diversity Award by the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce for creating a diverse campus experience through events like the Human Library Project.

Dr. Brad Thurmond, Assistant Professor of Psychology, says the event was organized primarily to benefit Ivy Tech students. “The Human Library Project is a great opportunity for students to spend time with a person who has a unique experience to share with our community,” said Dr. Thurmond. “It provides a chance for connection as well as a bridge to build empathy and understanding with one another.”

One of the individuals participating as a book explained her hopes for the project. “I want students to feel comfortable knowing that they have people to relate with and that they are not alone in whatever issue they may be facing,” she said. “Many people assume that I haven’t been through the same issues as them, or maybe they feel as if I cannot relate to their situations. I would like to change these assumptions. Instead of judging this book by its cover, I would like to give people a chance to look inside and hear my story.”

Background information about the Human Library Project can be found online at http://humanlibrary.org/.

Questions about Ivy Tech’s Human Library Project be directed to Dr. Brad Thurmond at (812) 330-6816 or bthurmond@ivytech.edu.

Ivy Tech second 8-week classes begin October 17 and spring enrollment is open. 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.

Ivy Tech alumnus Kaleb Wagers graduates debt-free, continues education

Wagers now preparing to teach abroad through Indiana University’s Global Gateway for Teachers program

BLOOMINGTON – Kaleb Wagers, graduate of Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus, graduated in May 2016 with his Transfer General Education Core (TGEC) Technical Certificate, and is now pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from Indiana University Bloomington. The TGEC is a popular credential among Ivy Tech students who are transfer-bound because it allows students to transfer their 30 TGEC credits to any Indiana public institution. Like many Ivy Tech students, Wagers graduated from Ivy Tech and started his first semester at a four-year university debt-free.

Wagers was home-schooled in Oolitic, Indiana and began attending Ivy Tech after graduating from high school.

“I chose Ivy Tech because there were just so many advantages,” said Wagers. “I had the option of living at home and I didn’t have to move anywhere or stay in a dorm. Ivy Tech afforded me a high-quality education at a reasonable cost. My primary goals were to get through my first two years of college debt-free and to transfer all of my Ivy Tech credits to a four-year university in order to pursue a bachelor’s degree. I am proud to say that both of these goals have been realized due to the comparatively low costs of attending Ivy Tech and the many transferable credits that Ivy Tech has to offer.”

Wagers excelled academically at Ivy Tech and was awarded the Bloomington Rotary Club Scholarship, the Patricia P. Brown Elementary Education Scholarship, the Hutton Honor Scholarship, and the Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship.

“One of the primary reasons that I was competitive for scholarships was because I was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society,” said Wagers. “Thanks to PTK, I was able to join the All-Indiana Academic Team. The scholarships combined with the low tuition allowed me to remain solvent and debt-free during my time at Ivy Tech.”

Wagers was also involved in Ivy Tech student life and community service. In March of 2016, he traveled to San Miguel, Guatemala with eight other students, through Ivy Tech’s Alternative Spring Break program and worked alongside the local coffee cooperative, De La Gente.

“My time at Ivy Tech has been a rich and rewarding experience,” said Wagers. “From the Ivy Tech day at the Statehouse, to the O’Bannon Institute for Community Service, to the Alternative Spring Break in Guatemala; I have had some amazing opportunities to grow as a student and to meet new and inspiring people.”

Wagers began taking classes at Indiana University before graduating from Ivy Tech, received a Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Scholarship to IU, and enrolled as a full-time student in fall of 2016. At Indiana University, he is involved in the Global Gateway for Teachers program that is preparing him to student teach abroad for two months during his final semester, in fall 2018.

For more information about Ivy Tech’s Transfer General Education Core, visit www.ivytech.edu/core. Ivy Tech 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.

Ivy Tech’s “The Yellowwood” restaurant open for business

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus announced today that The Yellowwood, Ivy Tech’s five-course dining experience, is open and reservations are being accepted. The Yellowwood is a teaching and learning restaurant, operated by culinary arts students under the direction of Chef Tad DeLay. The Yellowwood was formerly open as the Crossing Café, located on Liberty Drive, but is now housed in its permanent location at Ivy Tech Community College in the recently-expanded culinary arts wing.

“The experience gives students a chance to learn and serve in a professional environment,” says Chef DeLay, assistant professor of Hospitality Administration. “Students take customer service classes and serving in The Yellowwood is part of their course requirements. Graduates of our program are well-qualified for employment as line cooks and sous chefs and can advance in their careers with more experience.”

This fall, the menu will be classical French cuisine until mid-October. From mid-October through December the cuisine will be international, featuring dishes from a variety of countries including Spain, Vietnam, and China. Patrons should call ahead for the specific menu each week.

The Yellowwood will be open most Wednesdays throughout the fall and spring semesters and reservations are required. The cost is $15 and only cash is accepted at this time. Reservations can be made by emailing yellowwood@ivytech.edu or by calling (812) 330-6381. The Yellowwood is located at Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington, at 200 Daniels Way. For the most up-to-date information about The Yellowwood visit www.ivytech.edu/yellowwood.

Ivy Tech Bloomington offers an Associate of Applied Science degree in hospitality administration with concentrations offered in culinary arts, or baking and pastry arts. Culinary arts and baking and pastry programs are accredited by ACFEFAC, the lead accrediting body for culinary schools in the country. For information visit www.ivytech.edu/hospitality-admin. Ivy Tech second 8-week classes begin October 17, and spring enrollment is now open. 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.