Ivy Tech invites employers to Achieve Your Degree information session

Program allows employers to offer college education to employees with no upfront cost

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus is hosting a “Lunch and Learn” information session on Tuesday, September 12 for employers who wish to learn more about the Achieve Your Degree program. Lunch and Learn will be held from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. on main campus, located at 200 Daniels Way. The Achieve Your Degree program is a collaboration between Ivy Tech Community College and employers to offer working adults the opportunity to earn a college education with no upfront cost to them.

“In contrast with tuition reimbursement programs that many employers already offer, Achieve Your Degree is a tuition deferral program that allows working adults to earn a college certificate or associate degree with no upfront cost,” said Jessica Duncan, Achieve Your Degree coordinator. “Statewide, Ivy Tech is now partnered with 140 companies to offer the Achieve Your Degree program, and we anticipate that number to grow.”

Local employers Cook Group, Old National Bank, Singota Solutions, and German American Bank have partnered with Ivy Tech Bloomington to offer the Achieve Your Degree program to their employees. Ivy Tech’s 140 Achieve Your Degree partnerships include smaller to larger employers from a variety of industries including hospitals, banks, schools, and manufacturing companies.

RSVP for Lunch and Learn to Jessica Duncan at jduncan71@ivytech.edu or (812) 330-6349.

Employers who wish to learn more about Achieve Your Degree but are unable to attend the event can arrange a time for Ivy Tech to visit their company. To arrange a meeting, contact Jessica Duncan at jduncan71@ivytech.edu or (812) 330-6349.

More information about Achieve Your Degree can be found online at ivytech.edu/achieveyourdegree.

9/11 remembrance ceremony to be held at Ivy Tech

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus will host a 9/11 remembrance event on Monday, September 11, 2017 at 9 a.m., in coordination with the City of Bloomington and Bloomington Metropolitan Fire Fighters Union Local 586. The public is invited to attend.

Bloomington’s beam from the structure of the World Trade Center is permanently on display at Ivy Tech.

Union President Robert Loviscek, of the Fire Fighters Union, who traveled to New York City to pick up Bloomington’s beam from the structure of the World Trade Center will make opening remarks. Mayor John Hamilton will also make remarks, as well as The City director of economic & sustainable development, Alex Crowley, who was in NYC during the attacks.

The rifle salute will be carried out by Monroe County Law Enforcement Joint Honor Guard Rifle Team and the playing of TAPS will be performed by Jeffery Parker of Bloomington North High School Band.

The 9/11 remembrance event will take place in front of Ivy Tech’s Cook Pavilion entrance on the northwest side of the building, located at 200 Daniels Way on the west side of Bloomington.

Bloomington welcomes new full-time faculty members

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus welcomed four new faculty members for the 2017-18 academic year. Faculty are instructors of nursing, math and physics, English, and education.

Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus welcomed four new full-time faculty members for the 2017-18 academic year. 


Marie Herrera, Instructor of Nursing

Marie Herrera started her nursing education at Ivy Tech Bloomington, earning an AS in nursing.  Additionally, she holds an MS in nursing education from Ball State University, and a BS in nursing from Indiana Wesleyan University. Herrera has served as a primary charge nurse at IU Health Bloomington Hospital since 2009. She also has nursing experience in an emergency room, MRI, medical surgical and rehabilitation. Herrera has taught as an adjunct faculty member at Indiana University and Ivy Tech.

Samuel Teye, Instructor of Math & Physics

Samuel Teye holds a MS in physics from Ball State University and a BS in physics from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana. In Ghana, Teye interned in electrical engineering and as an electrocardiographic technician. He served as a graduate teaching assistant for two years at Ball State.

Marsha Turner-Shear, Assistant Professor of English

Dr. Turner-Shear holds an Ed.D. in school administration, an M.A.T. in English and an BS in English, speech communication from Indiana University. She taught English at Bedford-North Lawrence for nine years before transitioning to school administration. As an administrator she served as a principal at Washington Catholic Middle School and Marlin Elementary. Additionally, she served for nine years as the Assistant Superintendent and Superintendent of Spencer-Owen Community Schools. Dr. Turner-Shear has been teaching as an adjunct instructor for Ivy Tech since 2009.

Jasmine Zachariah, Ed.D., Assistant Professor of Education

Dr. Zachariah holds an Ed.D. in curriculum studies in early childhood education and an MS in early childhood education from Indiana University. She served as the lead teacher at the Indiana University Campus Children’s Center for 21 years. Additionally, Dr. Zachariah has more than 20 years of experience teaching education at the post-secondary level. She has taught for four different universities and colleges including Mar Thoma Parallel College, Kerala Agricultural University, Indiana University and Ivy Tech Community College.

Graduate transfers to IU in 11 months to pursue informatics degree

Hannia Gaitan

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College alumna Hannia Gaitan graduated with a liberal arts transfer degree in spring 2016 and is now one year into her bachelor’s degree in informatics at Indiana University Bloomington. Gaitan graduated with her associate degree in 11 months as part of Ivy Tech’s associate accelerated (ASAP) program.

Gaitan enrolled at Ivy Tech during her senior year of high school at Bloomington High School North, after not being accepted into the IU Jacobs School of Music.

“I chose Ivy Tech because it felt like a second chance at something,” said Gaitan. “It made me sad to quit music almost completely but I wanted to start out with a clean slate.”

Gaitan was accepted into Ivy Tech Bloomington’s first cohort of ASAP students.

“This gave me a head start in my future college life,” she said. “I made friends in the program. Since the setting and group was small, we were all able to discuss about the lecture comfortably with the professors during and after class.”

Jennifer Rusk, ASAP program director, said Gaitan was a good classmate to her peers.

“Hannia was one of the most involved and conscientious students we have had in our program,” said Rusk. “She was always quick to volunteer to assist those in need.  The ASAP program is very challenging.  She not only managed the stress of the program but was a cheerleader for others.”

Gaitan said she chose to study informatics because she is interested in the relationship between technology and society.

“Instead of computer science where we build technology, informatics is how we apply technology to different fields,” said Gaitan. “I really like encryption and security and decided to pursue a minor in that.”

After she earns her bachelor’s degree, Gaitan hopes to start her career, and is considering Ivy Tech for continuing education courses.

“I’ll always have the community college available if I ever want to take a class I’m interested in without having to spend big bucks, even after I graduate IU,” she said.

Anna Weigand named Ivy Tech Bloomington outstanding alumni

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus named Anna Weigand, RN, IBCLC, its 2017 outstanding alumni award recipient. She is the recently former clinical director for labor and delivery at IU Health Bloomington Hospital and currently serves as labor and delivery nurse with Adventist Health Castle Medical Center in Kailua, Hawaii.

During her time at Ivy Tech, Weigand was a member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society, nursing club, and earned the outstanding student award in her program of study.

“Ivy Tech allowed Anna to transition to a career in nursing while raising two small children and working full time,” said Montra Reinhardt, department chair and associate professor, School of Nursing. “Anna implemented evidence-based change and positively influenced both staff and patients.”

Weigand was a member and instructor for the Association for Women’s Health and Neonatal Nurses. She taught fetal heart monitoring classes to nurses throughout the state of Indiana. She was member and served as the board president of United Way of Monroe County, where she spearheaded the board’s involvement in community outreach projects.

Weigand earned her Associate of Science in Nursing degree at Ivy Tech Bloomington in 2011. She completed her Registered Nurse to Master of Science in Nursing degree from Indiana University in spring 2017.

Ivy Tech Waldron seeks nominations for community arts awards

BLOOMINGTON – The Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center invites nominations from the public for the third-annual Community Arts Awards to honor local arts advocates, educators, and businesses. This year’s event will also celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Ivy Tech Center for Lifelong Learning. The event will be held on Friday, November 10 at the Ivy Tech Waldron, located at 122 S. Walnut St. Tickets will be on sale in September.

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 ivytech.edu/waldron and the deadline is Wednesday, September 13. Questions about award nominations can be directed to the Ivy Tech Waldron at (812) 330-4400 or pdaily3@ivytech.edu.

Recipients of the Community Arts Awards 2016 were: Arts Advocate, Ted Jones, IU Jacobs School of Music former director of technical facilities; Special Citation – Lifetime Achievement, Lee Williams, Lotus World Music & Arts Festival founder; Arts in Business, Monroe Convention Center Bloomington Indiana; Arts in Education, Rhino’s Youth Center; and Regional Arts Service, Lawrence County Art Association/The Wiley Art Gallery.

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.

Ivy Tech to welcome students during first week of classes

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus will welcome students back to campus with activities during the first week of fall classes starting on Monday, August 21. Chancellor Jennie Vaughan will be joined by Ivy Tech President Dr. Sue Ellspermann to greet students on the first day of classes.

“The first day of the fall semester is an exciting day for us on campus and for students,” said Chancellor Jennie Vaughan. “We enjoy getting to know our students and answering their questions, and this year, we are thrilled to be joined by Dr. Ellspermann.”

Students entering the building on Monday morning will be treated to free coffee, provided by Ivy Tech Student Life. Later in the morning a community resource fair will take place, where students can learn about the resources and organizations available to help them become engaged and successful students. There will also be supply bins throughout the month for students to give and take class materials as needed.

Also happening on the first day is Ivy Tech’s solar eclipse viewing event, The Great American Eclipse. Ivy Tech Student Life, the Center for Lifelong Learning, and astronomy faculty are hosting the viewing event outside the student commons starting at 1 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn the science behind eclipses as well as have access to solar viewers, solar telescopes, and other related activities. In the event of inclement weather, a live stream will be broadcast inside Shreve Hall.

Though 16-week classes begin Monday, it is still not too late to enroll in fall classes. Ivy Tech has multiple start dates throughout the semester and online degree options. Some newer degree programs and certifications aligned with employer needs in the community include therapeutic massage, optometric technology, supply chain management and logistics, and advanced automation and robotics. Visit ivytech.edu for more degree options or call (812) 330-6013 to get started.

Young entrepreneurs design products using patented technologies at summer camp

CRANE – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus partnered with the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane) to offer a STEM summer camp for teens focused on entrepreneurship.

The one-week camp started on June 12 at the WestGate Academy Conference and Training Center at Crane Technology Park in Daviess County, Ind. Campers in grades seven through 10 learned about patented technologies from NSWC Crane and designed new products incorporating them. In teams, they built prototypes and pitched their new product ideas to judges in a “Shark Tank” style competition.

Campers learned to use CAD drawing and 3D printing tools and also how to build electrical circuits using Arduino technologies.

Ivy Tech representatives from the Gayle and Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship worked with campers to craft business pitches and market their products. On the last day of camp, they pitched their ideas to a panel of judges including the NSWC Crane inventors of the patented technologies and a patent attorney.

The camp was hosted in partnership by the NSWC Crane STEM program, NSWC Crane Technology Transfer Office, and Ivy Tech’s Gayle and Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship.

NSWC Crane’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) program hosts summer camps each year to interest students in technology. The partnership with Ivy Tech fulfills the goals of both NSWC Crane and Ivy Tech by introducing students to future career paths and creating potential future economic growth.

About the Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship

The Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship (ivytech.edu/entrepreneurship) at Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus was established in 2010 to develop and implement practical tools and resources for students, individuals, and the community to foster entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech-Bloomington and in the broader economic development region it serves.

Ivy Tech alumna transfers to Pomona College in California

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College alumna Brynn Parkinson graduated with a Liberal Arts transfer degree in spring 2017 and will begin classes this fall at Pomona College in Claremont, Ca. to pursue a bachelor’s degree in international relations.

Parkinson started classes at Ivy Tech after completing a 10-month service term in America Corps.

“I chose Ivy Tech, number one, because it runs in the family,” said Parkinson. Her parents, Wayne and Carol, were both Ivy Tech employees while she was enrolled. Parkinson’s mother currently serves as the library director. “I also knew that Ivy Tech would be an affordable place for me to complete two years of college while working toward my long-term goal of attending school somewhere out West.”

Parkinson was vice president of Phi Theta Kappa honor society and was awarded for her published piece in the campus literary magazine Mê Tis. She was awarded the Jeannie Heuer Liberal Arts Completion Scholarship and the Edward M. Speiss scholarship through Phi Theta Kappa. She also participated in the college’s alternative spring break trip to San Miguel Escobar, Guatemala in spring 2016.

“All of these experiences allowed me to build an impressive résumé that I would not have had otherwise,” she said. “Most of my classes were small, which meant that I was able to form relationships with my instructors, making it easier to push through tough courses.”

She says her alternative spring break experience in Guatemala and work with a fair trade cooperative cemented her decision to pursue global and international studies at a four-year college.

Parkinson’s impressive student résumé earned her admission to Indiana University, Ball State University, Hawaii Pacific University, University of California – Los Angeles, University of California – Berkeley, and Pomona College.

“I chose Pomona College because the campus and town made me feel most at home,” said Parkinson. “It was small, community-oriented, bike-friendly, but had all the excitement that I longed for—nearby hiking in the San Gabriel Mountains and close proximity to downtown LA. I also respected that the college strives for a diverse student body and ensures that anyone—no matter race, background, geographical location, or financial ability—can attend.”

Parkinson offered encouraging words for anyone considering Ivy Tech.

“If you’re worried about being alone, you won’t be at Ivy Tech,” she said. “Whether you are struggling academically, financially, or mentally, there is a department to help.”

She says that Ivy Tech Bloomington offers student support services including the tutoring center, supplemental instructors to assist with classroom assignments, the center for online writing support for proofreading papers, academic and financial advisors, financial aid, and counseling services. Additionally, she says the library offers computers, books, quiet study rooms and labs, and has experienced librarians to assist students with research projects.


Ivy Tech vice chancellor elected chairman of Ball State University Alumni Council

BLOOMINGTON – Sam DeWeese, Ph.D., vice chancellor of student affairs at Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus was elected to serve as chairman of the Ball State University Alumni Council’s executive committee for academic year 2017/18.

Dr. DeWeese holds a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University, a master’s degree from Ball State University, and a doctorate degree from Indiana State University. His experience includes organizational leadership, fundraising, and workforce alignment.

In July, amid Ivy Tech’s statewide restructure, Dr. DeWeese was appointed vice chancellor for student success at Ivy Tech Bloomington, effective mid-September.

The BSU Alumni Council is the governing body of the Alumni Association and consists of the executive committee, at-large members, and a representative from each professional and constituent society. The group meets three times per year and duties range from passing the bylaws that govern the Alumni Association, selecting two members of the board of trustees, and adopting the association’s annual budget.

Ivy Tech Bloomington Dean appointments for “School” academic model

As part of the its organizational re-structure, Ivy Tech will reinstate a “School” model on the academic side versus the current Divisional structure, aligning more closely with Indiana’s key economic sectors. The Schools and Dean appointments for the Ivy Tech Bloomington campus are:

  • School of Business, Logistics & Supply Chain – Dr. Jim Smith
  • School of Public Affairs and Social Services – Dr. Jim Smith
  • School of Information Technology – Dr. Jim Smith
  • School of Arts, Sciences & Education – Martin Wolfger
  • School of Health Sciences – Dr. Larry Swafford
  • School of Nursing – Pam Thompson
  • School of Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering & Applied Technology – Kirk Barnes

Ivy Tech Student Productions announces 2017-18 theatre season

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Student Productions aims to stimulate thought and conversation with its 2017-18 theatre season. The season opens with a theatrical exploration of H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds in August, using the original radio script by Howard Koch, originally produced and performed by Orson Welles and the Mercury Theatre. The second production will be Spring Awakening, music by Duncan Sheik and book and lyrics by Steven Sater, taking stage October 20-28, 2017. Spring Awakening will be the second musical performed by Ivy Tech Student Productions. Anon(ymous), by Naomi Iizuka, will close the season with performances April 6-14, 2018.

“I am so proud of what we do at Ivy Tech, and what Ivy Tech Student Productions have become,” said Paul Daily, artistic director of the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center. “We use the shows to ask a question, and stimulate thought and conversation. We do it theatrically, and in exciting, fun ways. We do it because art is a safe place to dig into frightening thoughts, face the assumptions that we’ve made about life, and see if we need to re-evaluate where and who we are.”

The War of the Worlds will be directed by Jonathan Golembiecki and staged at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center Rose Firebay on August 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. Prior to the first full show, the cast will perform a free reading at The Bishop Bar on Sunday, August 13 at 8 p.m. On Sunday, October 29, WFHB will broadcast the performances from the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center Rose Firebay. Ivy Tech Student Productions will also stage performances at the Shawnee Theatre in Greene County September 9-10.

Ivy Tech students and alumni are involved as designers and actors in The War of the Worlds. Actors also include Paul Daily, artistic director of the Ivy Tech Waldron, and John Whikehart, Chancellor Emeritus of Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington.

Ivy Tech Student Productions take place at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center, located at 122 S. Walnut St. Tickets are $15 for general admission or $5 for students and seniors and can be purchased online at bctboxoffice.com. Information about Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center performances, classes, and exhibits can be found at ivytech.edu/waldron.