Ivy Tech nursing student receives Indiana Career and Technical Education award

BLOOMINGTON – Bridget Badder, student at Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington, received an Indiana Career and Technical Education Award for Excellence in the postsecondary student category. Badder was recognized at a public ceremony on Friday, February 17 at the Indiana Government Center in Indianapolis. Badder is on track to graduate in May 2017 with an Associate of Science in Nursing and will start work in labor and delivery at IU Health Bloomington after she graduates.

Badder earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Indiana University Bloomington in 2012 and enrolled at Ivy Tech in 2015 after re-discovering her drive to pursue a medical profession.

“Despite having a lifelong passion for science and starting college as a pre-med major, I graduated with a degree in journalism and a mountain of student loan debt,” she said.

Badder worked in public relations for a nonprofit organization in Chicago for several years but she felt unfulfilled and decided to change her career to nursing.

At Ivy Tech, Badder excelled academically, served in many student organizations, and held multiple leadership positions.

Badder has served as a Student Ambassador, an International Student Ambassador, on the Nursing Student Advisory Council, and on the Student Life Budget Committee. As a member of the Nursing Student Advisory council, she provided feedback to nursing faculty on program offerings and course materials. As current president of the Nursing Club, she is involved in fundraising efforts for local charitable organizations. She is also president of the Student Government Association, and in that role, she has enhanced the visibility of the organization through increased events and communications. Badder also served on the statewide Ivy Tech President’s Council, where her role was to advocate on behalf of the student body to College administration.

Badder was awarded the Bloomington Friend of Ivy Tech Associate of Science in Nursing (RN) Scholarship in Fall 2016, the P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education Grant in Fall 2016, the Kappa Kappa Kappa Scholarship in Fall 2016 and Spring 2017, the Ivy Tech Community College Scholarship in Summer 2016, the Office of Student Life Student of the Year Award in Spring 2016, the Indiana POWER Caucus Women in STEM Scholarship in Spring 2016, the Student Government Association Extra-Curricular Activities Scholarship in Spring 2016, and the Harvey S. Poling, Jr. Scholarship – Bloomington in Fall 2015 and Spring 2016.

Badder is currently employed by IU Health Bloomington Hospital as a Patient Care Assistant in Obstetrics and in February 2017, she accepted a position in Labor and Delivery at IU Health Bloomington and will start in her new role after graduation. Badder also plans to continue her education and earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and apply to medical schools focused on osteopathy.

“Beginning my medical career as a labor and delivery nurse will help me grow into a knowledgeable and compassionate caregiver while I gain hands-on experience with patient care and advocacy,” she said.

The Awards for Excellence program is sponsored by the Indiana Department of Education.

For information about how to apply to Ivy Tech, visit www.ivytech.edu/applynow.

Human services associate professor, Kenin Krieger, wins regional Ivy Tech teaching award

 BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus has selected Kenin Krieger, associate professor of human services, as the 2016 recipient of Ivy Tech’s President’s Award for Excellence in Instruction. She was selected among 53 other full-time faculty nominees.

Krieger’s student nominations highlighted her engaging teaching style in the classroom and her passion for student outcomes.

“Kenin is involved on campus and dedicated to all of our students,” said Jennie Vaughan, chancellor of Ivy Tech Bloomington. “She hosts an annual service-learning project for the whole campus and enthusiastically co-chairs the diversity committee. Kenin works hard to bring inclusion into the learning environment.”

In her psychology classes, Krieger incorporates service-learning projects, such as students hosting screenings on campus for depression and other mood disorders. Depression Screening Day has become an annual event in which some students are referred to professional mental health services hosted on campus, in partnership with Indiana University.

In addition to her teaching duties inside of the classroom, Krieger leads diversity programming for students outside of the classroom. For the 2016-17 academic year, she organized inclusive events, speakers, activities and training opportunities. Some diversity programs include the Human Library Project, a Celebrate Diversity! Festival, a transgender training session, and poverty awareness. She also organized bringing a national scholar to campus to discuss breaking down barriers related to institutional racism.

To ensure that graduates are contributing members of the community, students in the human services program at Ivy Tech Bloomington work internships with outside organizations to prepare them for the workforce upon graduation. Graduates of the program are currently employed at various service agencies, including the local school corporation, and homeless and domestic violence shelters.

One of Krieger’s students recently utilized space at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center, downtown, to host a talent show in support of the local homeless population.

In her nominations, a student wrote, “Dr. K wants us to succeed, pushes us to become better students, and better human beings.”

The President’s Award is given annually to a full-time faculty member from each of the 14 regions of the College. As the recipient of this award, Krieger is also the nominee for the statewide Ivy Tech Mary Catherine and Glenn W. Sample Award for Excellence in Instruction, to be presented by the College in June. The Sample Award is presented to one full-time faculty member statewide who best typifies the teaching and learning mission of the College.

Tim Wise, antiracist educator, to speak at Ivy Tech in March

BLOOMINGTON – Tim Wise, one of the nation’s most prominent antiracist essayists and educators, will discuss the concepts of race, privilege, and activism at Ivy Tech Community College’s Diversity Speaker Series on Thursday, March 30, 2017. Wise will speak at Ivy Tech Bloomington’s campus at 200 Daniels Way, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Shreve Hall. The event is free and open to the community but reservations are requested.

“The intention of Ivy Tech’s Diversity Speaker Series is to involve students in their education and understanding of issues related to diversity,” said Chancellor Jennie Vaughan. “We look forward to hosting Tim Wise for a civil and educational discourse on how to become more active in combating racism, prejudice, and discrimination.”

Tim Wise, whom scholar and philosopher Cornel West calls, “A vanilla brother in the tradition of (abolitionist) John Brown,” is an American antiracism activist. He has spent the past 25 years speaking to audiences in all 50 states, on over 1000 college and high school campuses, at hundreds of professional and academic conferences, and to community groups across the nation. He has also lectured internationally in Canada and Bermuda and has trained corporate, government, law enforcement, and medical industry professionals on methods for dismantling institutional racism.

Wise is the author of seven books, including his highly-acclaimed memoir, White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son, as well as Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority, and his latest, Under the Affluence: Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Sacrificing the Future of America. He has contributed chapters or essays to over 25 additional books and his writings are taught in colleges and universities across the nation.

His media presence includes dozens of appearances on CNN, MSNBC and NPR, as well as videos posted on YouTube, Facebook and other social media platforms that have received more than 20 million views.

Wise graduated from Tulane University in 1990 and received antiracism training from the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond in New Orleans, LA.

The event is free and open to the community but reservations are requested. Reservations can be made online at ivytech.edu/diversity under the “Bloomington” dropdown, or by emailing ivytechdiversity@ivytech.edu.

Ivy Tech business faculty member granted trip to Egypt and Rwanda

BLOOMINGTON – Nejla Routsong, assistant professor for the School of Business at Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington, was granted a sponsorship to travel to Egypt and Rwanda for the purposes of business, academic, and cultural exchange. Routsong was accompanied by 21 faculty members and administrators representing 12 different colleges and universities across the nation. The trip, December 31, 2016 through January 15, 2017, was funded by the Indiana University Center for International Business Education and Research (IU CIBER). Each year of its four-year grant period, IU CIBER offers Faculty Development in International Business (FDIB) sponsorships to two or three faculty from Minority Serving Institution partners, including Ivy Tech Community College, to attend various FDIBs offered by other CIBER programs.

Routsong was given a choice among six FDIB programs with varying international destinations and chose the “FDIB – MENA (Middle East and North Africa) & East Africa” program.

“This trip was a wonderful opportunity for Ivy Tech to establish educational partnerships in the culturally rich and economically dynamic regions of Northeast Africa,” said Routsong. “The progress that has been made in Rwanda in the last 20 years is truly exceptional. According to World Bank, it has risen from virtually the bottom to being the number two ranked country in Africa. To become less financially dependent on other nations, they created a national stock exchange, as well as currency and bond markets.”

Routsong says that the Rwandan government also has an impressive commitment to sustainable development policies to protect their natural resources while growing their economy. “For instance, Rwanda has a national ban on plastic bags, a policy that could arguably be much more easily absorbed by a developed economy like the United States than a fledgling one like Rwanda’s,” she said.

“I also met with several business faculty from Egypt and Rwanda who intend to explore collaborative learning projects with me that I hope will help bridge the distance for Ivy Tech students between Indiana and the rest of the world,” Routsong said.

She looks forward to following up on the contacts she made and turning projects into a reality for Ivy Tech students.

Routsong teaches international business, business strategy, and digital marketing at Ivy Tech Community College in Bloomington. She holds an MBA in Entrepreneurship from Ball State University, a master’s degree in international relations and international economic theory from University of Kent, and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and mathematics from DePauw University. As a member of the global studies committee at Ivy Tech Bloomington, Routsong is part of the leadership team that makes recommendations on globalizing curriculum.

The IU Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER), housed in the Institute for International Business, leverages the institutional strengths of Indiana University and the Kelley School of Business to offer programs for business professionals, faculty, and students to enhance their understanding of the global marketplace and strengthen their foreign language skills. IU CIBER is a national resource center — one of only 17 such centers funded by a Title VI grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

The Faculty Development in International Business (FDIB) – MENA & East Africa program is offered annually by a consortium of CIBER universities. This program, funded in part by the U.S. Department of Education and lead-managed by the CIBER universities of South Carolina, BYU and The George Washington University, focuses on providing participating faculty a unique international study tour opportunity, which will ultimately assist the United States in its international competitiveness via pedagogy, research and business outreach. The objective of the FDIB-MENA/East Africa program is to raise faculty awareness of the economic, political and cultural environments that exist in the Middle East and East Africa today, and, ultimately, to leverage that first-hand awareness into competence and expertise in classrooms and on research campuses throughout the United States.

Ivy Tech earns $71,000 Duke Energy incentive for reducing energy use

Incentive program use helps delay the need for new power plants

PLAINFIELD AND BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – When Ivy Tech in Bloomington expanded by 90,000 square feet, it did so with energy efficiency in mind.

That forethought earned the college a $71,160 incentive payment from Duke Energy’s Smart$aver® Prescriptive program, which helps reduce the purchase and installation costs of high-efficiency lighting and other equipment. Smart$aver aims to lower power consumption, which reduces the need to build new power plants, thereby lowering costs for all Duke Energy customers.

“If we can delay building new power plants, that helps us manage costs for all of our customers,” said Bruce Calloway, Duke Energy’s Bloomington community relations manager. “That’s why we offer programs like this — because the most economical power plant is the one we don’t have to build.”

The community college invested more than $297,000 to install LED lighting and occupancy sensors. The upgrades will conserve an estimated 257,461 kilowatt-hours annually, enough to power about 200 average-size homes.

“Ivy Tech Bloomington would like to thank Duke Energy for implementing this important incentive program,” said Chancellor Jennie Vaughan. “We plan to reinvest the Duke Energy incentive payment in more energy efficiency improvements.”

In 2016, Duke Energy awarded businesses participating in the Smart$aver program approximately $12 million in incentives for projects that reduced energy consumption by approximately 97,000 megawatt-hours. The greenhouse gas reductions from those savings are the equivalent of taking more than 14,000 cars off the road for a year. The program is part of the company’s overall energy efficiency offerings, which include an array of programs for homeowners and businesses.