St. Elmo Steakhouse owner spoke at Cook Institute in September

Stephen M HuseBLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus hosted its ninth annual Cook Institute for Entrepreneurship luncheon on Tuesday, September 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Shreve Hall. Entrepreneur and historic St. Elmo Steakhouse owner, Stephen Huse, gave the keynote address at the luncheon. The Cook Institute for Entrepreneurship is hosted by Ivy Tech Bloomington’s Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship (

“Part of the mission of the Cook Center is to foster entrepreneurship in the region,” said Steve Bryant, executive director of the Cook Center for Entrepreneurship and regional director of the South Central Small Business Development Center. “Hosting Mr. Huse as the keynote speaker for this annual business event is yet another example of how the Cook Center engages and inspires the public, local businesses, and others who might be interested in moving their own ideas forward.”

Huse is an entrepreneur whose first restaurant investment was as an operating partner in an Arby’s located in Bloomington, Ind. in 1967. He ventured into the pizza business in 1969, which became known as Noble Roman’s Pizza. It grew from a single unit to more than 120 restaurants in 10 states. He took the business public in 1986 and sold his shares in 1987. Before selling Noble Roman’s, Huse bought the historic St. Elmo Steakhouse in downtown Indianapolis, which currently seats about 500 guests. St. Elmo’s volume of nearly $20,000,000 puts it in the top 20 independent restaurants in the Unites States.

His other ventures included becoming the “turn around” president of Steak ‘N Shake, where he accomplished the turn-around in less than three years and sold his interests at a substantial gain in 1992. In 2006, Huse and his son started a successful upscale restaurant called Harry & Izzy’s. In 2016, St. Elmo went into the business of selling spices and sauces on Amazon and at other suppliers. In 2017, Huse and his associates owned 34 Arby’s outlets. He sold the shops and retired from Arby’s after 50 years in the business. His company, Huse Culinary Incorporated, most recently opened the upscale Burger Study in downtown Indianapolis.

Huse graduated from Indiana University’s School of Business in 1965 and began his MBA there in 1968.


Director of advising earns Chamber’s ‘10 Under 40’ award


Eliza Erxleben, director of academic advising at Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington, was selected as a ‘10 Under 40’ award recipient by The Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce for 2018. The annual 10 Under 40 Awards honors ten young professionals under the age of 40 for their outstanding leadership in the workplace and community involvement. Erxleben was recognized at an awards ceremony on July 26.

Described in her nomination as “one of the very best people I know – hands down,” Erxleben has spent her professional career working in higher education. She completed IU Bloomington’s Higher Education and Student Affairs degree in 2010, where she developed her passion for the Groups Scholars Program, the 21st Century Scholars Program and academic advising. Over the past eight years she has been part of the Ivy Tech Bloomington team. She spent two years as an academic advisor and six years as director of academic advising. Additionally, she has been an adjunct for Student Success and General Studies Capstone courses for four years.

In 2017, Erxleben was awarded the National Certificate of Merit for Outstanding Academic Advising Administration by the Global Community for Academic Advising. In 2013, she received the Certificate of Excellence from SVO Student Group for outstanding support above and beyond the scope of duties for the Student Veterans’ Organization of Ivy Tech Community College.

Erxleben organized and earned Ivy Tech’s team the Largest Community Team Award at the 2016 Hoosiers Outrun Cancer fundraising event.

Outside of Ivy Tech, Erxleben is a parent volunteer for Boy Scout Troop 129, and she has organized unique experiences for the scouts. She has been a member of the Edgewood Partners in Education team since 2016, and she has been involved in causes supporting marriage equality and women’s rights.

Erxleben is passionate and compassionate about her work and community. Her nomination noted that she “actively strives to be a better supervisor and seeks out constructive feedback from others … even when she knows it could be hard to hear. Her staff knows that she truly cares about their concerns.”

Pop-up bakery raises more than $500 for culinary tour in Italy


Ivy Tech Bloomington’s bakery merchandising class sold profiteroles (cream puff ice cream sandwiches) at a pop-up bakery shop on July 19. The project taught students how to work together to promote and run a successful bakery operation. Students made all menu items from scratch and on-site. Proceeds from the bakery were used to help fund a student culinary tour of Italy planned for May 2019.

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Summer Lovin, lemon ice cream stuffed cream puff topped with raspberry sauce and sprinkles

The Pistachio Craze, pistachio honey ice cream stuffed cream puff topped with caramel, chex streusel, and candied pistachios

Espresso Yourself, coffee ice cream stuffed cream puff topped with chocolate, caramel, and candied pecansSidebar Images2.png

A Taste of Childhood, cereal milk ice cream stuffed ice cream puff topped with raspberry sauce and sprinkles

Pop’s Sundae, Pop’s Vanilla ice cream stuffed cream puff served with chocolate sauce, sprinkles, and topped with a boozy cherry

Lemon Bomb, lemon ice cream stuffed cream puff topped with caramel sauce and boozy cherries

If You Like Pina Coladas (Vegan), Pina colada ice cream served with coconut whip and topped with boozy cherries

The Other Vegan, coconut ice cream with raspberry sauce, coconut whip and candied pistachios.

“I had a customer tell me that she didn’t know ice cream could taste so good!” said Stacy Strand, assistant professor of baking and pastry. “Pops Vanilla was the most popular flavor, followed closely by Espresso Yourself. The students enjoyed it so much, and took so much pride in it. They didn’t want the experience to end, and think {N}ice Cream Puffs” should be a business!”

The exciting flavor combinations were a hit with faculty and staff, and 120 customers were served from 12 to 2 p.m. and $520 was raised toward the culinary trip.

Ivy Tech offering EMT class in Greene County

Ivy Tech Community College will offer an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course in Greene County that begins Monday, August 20. This course is being offered to meet a local workforce need for EMTs.

After completing the EMT course, students will become eligible to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians exam for Basic EMTs, required for EMT employment. Students can also apply their credits toward the paramedic science associate degree, for further career and educational advancement.

The EMT course will meet twice per week, Mondays and Wednesdays, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Center Township Fire Department, 11216 E. St. Rd. 54, in Bloomfield, Ind. Course dates are Monday, August 20 to Wednesday, December 12.

Students must apply and enroll at Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington. Apply online at and visit campus to enroll at 200 Daniels Way, Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (812) 330-6013 or email


Mandela Washington Fellows to spend day at Ivy Tech Bloomington

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus, in collaboration with Indiana University, will host 25 Fellows from 19 Sub-Saharan African countries on Tuesday, July 17. The visitors are Fellows of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, a program that began in 2014 and has since empowered young people through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking.

During the organization’s third annual visit to Ivy Tech Bloomington, Fellows will explore topics related to their professional interests, including public health, journalism, human rights advocacy, community development, education, disability rights advocacy, conflict resolution, women’s rights, entrepreneurship, tourism, and new topic of interest this year is media and activism.

The Fellows, who are between the ages of 25 and 35, have established records of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive impact in their organizations, institutions, communities, and countries. Countries of representation include Benin, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo (2), Côte d’Ivoire (2), Ethiopia (2), Ghana (2), Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria (3), São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus is located on the west side at 200 Daniels Way.

Ivy Tech to hold enrollment event on main campus, area cities

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College is hosting Express Enrollment Day on Thursday, July 12 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Bloomington, Bedford, French Lick, and Martinsville locations. Staff will be available to help students apply, register, meet with an academic advisor, and get assistance with financial aid applications.

The Bloomington campus will offer several new associate degree programs in the 2018-19 academic year. Medical Assisting is a new program offered due to workforce demand. Ivy Tech Bloomington offers many associate degree programs in areas of local workforce need, including information technology, biotechnology, business programs, hospitality administration, and health sciences.

The Bloomington campus will also offer new transfer degrees in Biology, Chemistry, and Psychology. These associate degrees are Transfer Single Articulation Pathway (TSAP) programs, which transfer to all public four-year Indiana colleges, upon student admission. The Bloomington campus currently offers 12 TSAP programs. Visit for a complete list.

Ivy Tech in Bedford ( is located at the StoneGate Arts and Education Center, 405 I St.

Ivy Tech’s French Lick location ( is the Orange County Learning Center at Springs Valley, 479 Larry Bird Blvd.

Ivy Tech’s Martinsville location is The Main Connection, 460 Main St.

Ivy Tech Bloomington’s campus is located on the west side at 200 Daniels Way and regular hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors are advised to use Vernal Pike or the 45/46 Bypass to head west to campus, avoiding second or third streets due to construction.

Students who plan to attend the Bloomington event are encouraged to RSVP at To attend Bedford, French Lick, and Martinsville events, RSVP to or 812-330-6012.

Ivy Tech seeks nominations for community arts awards

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College in partnership with the City of Bloomington Arts Commission invites nominations for the fourth-annual Community Arts Awards to honor local arts advocates, educators, and businesses. The event will be held on Saturday, Nov. 17 at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center, located at 122 S. Walnut St.

“Bloomington and our surrounding communities value art in such a special, tremendous way,” said Paul Daily, artistic director of the Ivy Tech Waldron. “It takes a community to create art, and the Arts Awards are a chance to recognize the people that have helped bring art to life, but may not have ever stood in the spotlight themselves.”

Award categories are Special Citation – Lifetime Achievement, Arts Advocacy, Arts in Business, and Arts in Education. This year, the Arts Advocacy Award has been renamed to the Patricia Murphy (Patty) Pizzo Arts Advocacy award, for her lifetime support of the arts in Bloomington. Patty retired from the Bloomington Arts Commission in 2013, after decades of extraordinary leadership and service.

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

Nominations can be made online at and the deadline is Friday, August 10. Questions about award nominations can be directed to the Ivy Tech Waldron at (812) 330-4400 or

Recipients of the Community Arts Awards 2017 were: Arts Advocate, Audrey Heller; Special Citation – Lifetime Achievement, Peter Jacobi; Arts in Business, The Vault at Gallery Mortgage; Arts in Education, Diane Davis-Deckard; and Regional Arts Service, Kathy Thompson.

Recipients of the Community Arts Awards 2016 were: Arts Advocate, Ted Jones; Special Citation – Lifetime Achievement, Lee Williams; 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; Special Citation – Lifetime Achievement, Jane C. Otten; Arts in Business, BLOOM Magazine; and Arts in Education, Sara Irvine and Chris Bultman.