Duke Energy Foundation named Ivy Tech Bloomington Benefactor of the Year

BLOOMINGTON – Duke Energy Foundation has been named Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington’s 2017 Benefactor of the Year. Duke was recognized Thursday, September 21 at Ivy Tech Foundation’s annual Benefactor of the Year reception and dinner held in West Baden, Ind., following the Foundation board of directors meeting. Accepting the recognition were Dawn Horth, principal community affairs consultant with the Duke Energy Foundation, and Bruce Calloway, Duke’s regional government and community relations manager.

Ivy Tech Bloomington executive director of development, Susie Graham, says that Duke Energy’s support is central to the campus and region’s success. “For 25 years Duke has been beside us, both in program growth and advocacy,” she says. “We’re so fortunate for their partnership.”

Through multiple grants and gifts, Duke Energy Foundation has supported a broad cross-section of academic disciplines, including biotechnology, advanced manufacturing, and business entrepreneurship, as well as civic engagement and capital projects.

Each year the Ivy Tech Foundation honors individuals, corporations, and foundations that have changed the lives of Ivy Tech students by providing exceptional philanthropic and volunteer leadership. The Ivy Tech Foundation recognized 14 honorees from around the state.

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David Anspaugh directs Ivy Tech Student Productions performance

BLOOMINGTON – Tickets are now on sale for the next Ivy Tech Student Productions show, Spring Awakening, music by Duncan Sheik and book and lyrics by Steven Sater. The production is directed by David Anspaugh, director of Hoosiers and Rudy. Spring Awakening will be held at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center on October 20, 21, 27, and 28 in the Whikehart Auditorium.

“Even for a well-seasoned theatre director, an opportunity to direct an iconic musical like Spring Awakening, a play that many millennials refer to as their generation’s Rent, just doesn’t come along every day – perhaps, even a lifetime,” said director David Anspaugh. “One thing is for sure, it’s gonna (sic) be a hell of an adventure.”

Spring Awakening is the winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and will be the second musical performed by Ivy Tech Student Productions.

“As Ivy Tech Student Productions grows, musicals have been the natural next step,” said Paul Daily, artistic director of the Ivy Tech Waldron. “In musicals, we ask more of our students, expecting them to be able to sing, dance, and act. They get the opportunity to work with professionals to advance in all three of those areas.”

According to Music Theatre International, Spring Awakening explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood with a poignancy and passion that is illuminating and unforgettable. The landmark musical that Entertainment Weekly called “the most gorgeous Broadway score this decade,” is an electrifying fusion of morality, sexuality, and rock and roll that has been exhilarating audiences across the nation like no other musical in years.

Ivy Tech students and alumni are actors and members of the production team, including assistant stage manager, wardrobe, and assistant producer.

Explicit content advisory: Spring Awakening contains adult content, strong sexual content, language, and partial nudity.

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.

 

Single parent works toward achieving her degree

bl-newsletter-oct3-jessica-quillen.jpgBLOOMINGTON – Jessica Quillen is pursuing her business administration associate degree with the help of Ivy Tech’s Achieve Your Degree program. She is employed by the Cook Family Health Center, a Cook Group company that is partnered with Ivy Tech to offer the Achieve Your Degree tuition deferral program to employees.

In contrast with tuition reimbursement programs, Achieve Your Degree is a tuition deferral program that allows working adults to earn a college certificate or associate degree with no upfront cost to them.

“Ivy Tech’s Achieve Your Degree makes it easier for me as a single parent to be able to pursue my degree,” said Quillen. “I enrolled at Ivy Tech in spring of 2016. I was at a place in my life where I was ready to make changes and better my life for both myself and my son.”

Quillen’s job is focused on business-related tasks.

“I chose to pursue a degree in business administration because of some great advice I received from one of my mentors, the director of the Cook Family Health Center,” said Quillen. “After taking her advice into consideration, I decided business was the best degree for me.”

Quillen says her goal is to become a practice administrator.

“My goal of becoming a practice administrator is a job I could do here at the Cook Family Health Center, if the position is available once all of my education is complete,” said Quillen. “However, obtaining a business administration degree definitely opens up the door for many possibilities within Cook.”

Quillen will be able to complete her associate degree entirely online and plans to graduate in spring 2019.

“Overall, my experience at Ivy Tech has been a blessing,” said Quillen. “I have taken several classes, including marketing and an introduction to computers course, which focused on Microsoft Office programs, and have utilized my knowledge from the classes to benefit my responsibilities.”

Quillen received the SGA Fred Jones Memorial Book Scholarship in the summer 2016 and was named to the Dean’s List in spring 2017.

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.

 

Campus Learning Community fosters student-centered discussions

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech faculty and staff organized the Campus Learning Community (CLC) in fall 2017 to host monthly professional development opportunities open to Ivy Tech Bloomington faculty and staff. The group hosts panel discussions, brown bag lunch discussions, a cross-departmental observation series, and a Lynda.com online learning series.

The initiative is led by Carly Smith, associate professor of English.

“The Campus Learning Community hopes to support all employees’ continued learning and nurture a more connected employee community,” said Smith. “We feel that increased camaraderie and insight shared between staff and faculty, part-timers and full-timers, and all Bloomington campus locations will lead to an even more robust team that can better serve our students. And—as Chancellor Vaughn is fond of saying—we intend to have a whole lot of fun along the way.”

In September, the learning community kicked off the brown bag lunch discussion series with the topic “Fixed vs. Growth Mindset.”

Melissa Stone, assistant director of student support, hosted the discussion.

“I was blown away by the creativity of our faculty and staff that often doesn’t get shared with one another, especially between opposite sides of the house,” said Stone.

October lunch discussions will focus on the myth of learning styles. November discussions will focus on the cost of higher education. December’s topic will be “Seven Ways to Make a Conversation with Anyone.”

A panel discussion on the topic “Helping Students in Crisis” was held on Friday, September 22.

Panel members included:

Evelyn Smith, community outreach coordinator, Middle Way House

William Herrington, Adult and Family Services Manager, Centerstone

Sgt. Pam Gladish, Bloomington Police Department

Kenin Kreiger, Ph.D., associate professor of human services, Ivy Tech Bloomington

Melissa Stone, assistant director of disability support services, Ivy Tech Bloomington

Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor owner, Tony Moravec, to speak at Cook Institute next month

sept14-newsletter-moravecBLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus is hosting its eighth annual Cook Institute for Entrepreneurship luncheon on Wednesday, October 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tony Moravec, owner of the historic Indiana landmark, Zaharakos and president and CEO of Blairex in Columbus, Ind., will speak at the luncheon. The event is hosted by Ivy Tech Bloomington’s Gayle and Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship.

“Part of the mission of the Gayle and Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship is to foster entrepreneurship in the region,” said Chancellor Jennie Vaughan. “Welcoming our keynote speaker, Mr. Moravec, to Ivy Tech Bloomington for this annual business event is an example of how the Cook Center engages the public, businesses, and others who might be interested in moving their entrepreneurial ideas forward.”

Moravec is the president and chief executive officer of Blairex Laboratories, Inc., founded in 1976, that provides products for health care facilities, doctors, and families, including sterile saline solutions, sleep aids, and other over-the-counter products. He is co-founder of Applied Laboratories, Inc., founded in 1984, which manufactures trade, store brand, over-the-counter, non-prescription, prescription pharmaceutical products, and medical devices. Moravec is also owner of Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor and Museum in Columbus, Ind. and a principal in the Upland Brewing Company of Bloomington, Ind.

Individual tickets for the Cook Institute are $75 each. A table of eight is $600. Sponsorships are available at $1,000 for event sponsor and $2,000 for presenting sponsor. Proceeds support programs and scholarships at the Cook Center, and portions of tickets and sponsorships are tax deductible.

To purchase seats for the Cook Institute, log on ivytech.edu/cookinstitute.

The Yellowwood open for lunch reservations

BLOOMINGTON – Hospitality and culinary Arts students prepared food and served five course meals at The Yellowwood at Ivy Tech on its opening day for the semester, Wednesday, September 6. The Yellowwood serves lunch most Wednesdays from 11:30 – 1 p.m. throughout the semester and is now accepting reservations. The restaurant can seat 50 and spots fill quickly.

The menu for the first eight weeks will be classical French cuisine. Beginning in mid-October, the menu will be international cuisine.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling (812) 330-6381 or emailing yellowwood@ivytech.edu. The cost for a five course lunch is $15 and only cash is accepted. Student meal vouchers are available to cover $10 of the lunch cost with a valid Ivy Tech student ID.

The Yellowwood is located at Ivy Tech’s Bloomington’s main campus at 200 Daniels Way. Guests should use entrance 7 on the building’s North side or accessible entrance 3.

Paralegal graduate finds career serving others

bl-newsletter-sept14BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College alumna, Rebecca Gardiner, graduated with an Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies in spring 2017 and is now locally employed as a legal assistant at Carson Boxberger, LLP. Gardiner, who is actively engaged in the community through volunteerism, chose her career because it allows her to help others.

Gardiner enrolled at Ivy Tech right after high school because she could not afford to pay tuition for a four-year university.

“For my personal goals, not going to college was not an option,” said Gardiner. “When considering Ivy Tech, I took into consideration a friend who had just graduated from the Ivy Tech Paralegal program.”

While Gardiner was not yet sure if being a paralegal was for her, she took a leap of faith and enrolled.

“The more indulged I became in the program, the more I realized how much I would love this career path and how it is a field that revolves around helping others in need,” she said. “Not to mention, I am a huge nerd when it comes to government and law.”

Gardiner said that having instructors who were practicing attorneys helped her understand what it meant to be a paralegal and decide to pursue the career.

“Having a one-on-one relationship with teachers was key,” said Gardiner. “Each of my professors, whether in the paralegal program or not, were so helpful in making sure that I succeeded in my classes in every area.”

Gardiner was hired as a legal assistant at Carson Boxberger, LLP before she graduated with her associate degree.

“The hiring process happened so quickly,” she said. “I sent my resume and cover letter to the office, and no later than five minutes afterwards, I get an email asking if I can go in for an interview that day at three! From there, the rest is history.”

As a legal assistant, Gardiner helps with legal research, writing, and communications.

In her spare time, Gardiner is involved in her church’s bus ministry program which allows children to attend weekly church services. This drive to help others is also what she enjoys most about her career.

“I may not be able to have direct interaction with clients as much as the attorneys do, but the fact that I get to be a part of helping these individuals through a rough patch in their life is something that I will never dislike,” she said. “That is what the word attorney means: to act as an advocate. While I play a small part, I am still making a difference.”