Software development graduate analyzes website accessibility for Indiana University


BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech graduate Tiana Deckard did not always plan for a career in information technology (IT), but developed her career path at Ivy Tech Community College. Deckard graduated in 2016 with associate degrees in computer information systems and software development, and quickly found employment at Indiana University’s Office of User Experience.

“My original plan was to get a degree in business,” said Deckard. “When I discovered the computer information systems and software development degrees, I fell in love with the idea of working with computers. I just wanted to be a computer geek that knew software but that turned into so much more.”

Deckard’s job title at Indiana University is accessibility analyst, and she analyzes webpages to make sure they are accessible by people of all abilities.

“The overall goal is to make sure that everyone can access university websites,” said Deckard. “For example, I have the ability to use a keyboard, mouse, touch screen devices, but others may not have that same ability.”

Deckard primarily reviews websites with NVDA (non-visual desktop access) screen-reading software, to ensure that vision-impaired people can access university websites. She also reviews website code to make sure it is valid and accessible.

“What I learned at Ivy Tech helped me gain this job as an accessibility analyst, and has allowed me to wiggle my way into other things at IU,” said Deckard. “I learned HTML, PHP, JavaScript, Java, Python, some frameworks, and even a little bit of C. Overall, I’ve learned how things should work with computers which gives me a better ability to tackle problems that may arise in the future.”

Deckard is now pursuing a bachelor’s degree in computer science at Indiana University, specifically focusing on artificial intelligence (AI). She said that her Ivy Tech education is also benefitting her studies.

“Ivy Tech is still pushing me forward,” she said. “I now have goals to work in the AI field and do may own research and development.”

Ivy Tech Community College offers eight associate degrees in information technology, and many short-term certifications. Information can be found at

Ivy Tech brings new full-time faculty members on board


BLOOMINGTON – In the Fall 2018 Semester, Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus welcomed seven new full-time faculty members in electrical engineering technology, healthcare specialist, network infrastructure, nursing, respiratory therapy, and welding.

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Christina Barnes
Program Chair/Instructor, Respiratory Therapy
Barnes earned her B.S. in Respiratory Care from the University of Southern Indiana and her A.S. in Respiratory Care from Ivy Tech Community College. Prior to Ivy Tech she was a registered respiratory therapist at IU Health University Hospital in Indianapolis.

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Eric Bumbalough
Instructor, Electrical Engineering Technology

Bumbalough earned his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering and M.S. in Mathematics from the University of Michigan. Prior to his full-time faculty position at Ivy Tech, Bumbalough taught as an adjunct instructor. Prior to Ivy Tech, he worked in eLearning Design & Services at Indiana University.

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Bethany Gray

Instructor, Healthcare Specialist
Gray earned her Master’s in Acupuncture from the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture and B.A. in Administration of Justice at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. She earned her Certificate of Massage Therapy from John A. Logan College. Prior to her full-time faculty position at Ivy Tech, Gray taught as an adjunct instructor. Prior to Ivy Tech, she worked as an independent contractor in massage therapy and an acupuncturist at That’s The Rub.

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Michael Gray
Instructor, Welding

Gray earned his welding certification from the U.S. Coast Guard. Prior to Ivy Tech he owned his own business specializing in accurate engineering, motorcycle restoration, and precision machining and welding.

Marvella Renee Hill
Instructor, Nursing
Hill earned her A.S. in nursing from Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington, B.S. and M.S. in nursing from Western Governor’s University. Prior to Ivy Tech she was a charge nurse at IU Health Bedford Hospital.

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Hieu Tran
Instructor, Network Infrastructure

Tran earned his M.S. in Telecommunications Technology from Aston University. Prior to his full-time faculty position at Ivy Tech, Tran taught as an adjunct instructor. Prior to Ivy Tech, he was a change control manager at Ericsson Vietnam Limited Company.

Ashley Winter
Instructor, Nursing

Winter received her M.S. and B.S. in Nursing from Pensacola Christian College. Prior to her full-time faculty position at Ivy Tech, Winter taught as an adjunct instructor. Prior to Ivy Tech, Winter was a nurse at Garden Villa Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Students make campus connections during Welcome Week

Chris Cakes greets students during Welcome Week with pancake flipping and breakfast.

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Bloomington welcomed students back to campus with activities during the first week of fall classes which began on Monday, Aug. 20. Welcome Week is a campus tradition held each semester to help students build connections to campus, organized by the office of student life. Welcome Week activities also provide students with resources to help them throughout their educational journeys.

bl-students2.jpgDuring the week, faculty and staff walked the hallways specifically to engage with students, to answer questions and help them find their classes or other campus locations. Free student planners were provided to students throughout the week. Students were also greeted with an espresso bar before the start of morning and evening classes.

bl-students.jpgOn Monday, free pizza was offered during lunch hours, along with a voter registration table and a mental health resources station.

On Tuesday, a student involvement and volunteer fair showed students how to get involved in student organizations, recreational sports, volunteer opportunities, and more. Students who signed in received food vouchers to spend at the Food Truck Tuesday event outside the Cook Pavilion.

On Wednesday, an Ivy Tech and community resource fair gave students an opportunity to learn about resources and organizations available to help them become successful students. Students who signed in received food vouchers for ice cream from Hoosier Mama’s Tasty Treats.

bl-sga.jpgOn Thursday morning, Chris Cakes greeted students with a free pancake breakfast and pancake flipping. Many other breakfast items were available. On Thursday during lunch hours, a mathematics cultural event with food and music was held in the library to teach students how math is taught and used in other cultures. Students also enjoyed a virtual reality gaming station in the student commons. A family movie and activity night was held on Thursday evening in Shreve Hall, and students enjoyed a screening of Solo and free pizza.

The Yellowwood open for lunch reservations


BLOOMINGTON – Hospitality and culinary arts students prepare food and serve five course meals at The Yellowwood, located at Ivy Tech. The Yellowwood is now accepting reservations for fall semester lunches, opening Wednesday, Sept. 5. The Yellowwood serves lunch most Wednesdays from 11:30 – 1 p.m. throughout the fall and spring semesters. The restaurant can seat 50 and spots fill quickly.

Different regions in France will be represented on each service date through the beginning of October. For example, the Burgudy or Provence regions. There will be no lunch service on Sept. 19.

Reservations are necessary and can be made by calling (812) 330-6381 or emailing The cost for a five course lunch is $15 and only cash is accepted. The Yellowwood is located at Ivy Tech Bloomington on the west side at 200 Daniels Way. Guests can use entrance 7 on the building’s north side or accessible entrance 3.


Ivy Tech massage therapy center taking appointments for fall semester

BLOOMINGTON – The Oasis Massage Therapy Center at Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus is offering 50 minute therapeutic massages during the Fall 2018 Semester and is taking appointments online. The Oasis will be open on Fridays beginning Aug. 24 with various appointment times starting at 8:50 a.m. It is run by students and faculty of the therapeutic massage program.

New this fall, there will be a $20 fee for massage appointments. The nominal fee has been added to cover the cost of laundering services. Clients are advised to arrive at least 15 minutes before their scheduled appointments to make payment and fill out patient paperwork. Cancelations should be made at least 24 hours in advance in the online registration system. Upon arrival for appointments, clients can check in at the main desk to be directed to the Oasis. Parking is free at Ivy Tech.

Ivy Tech Bloomington’s therapeutic massage program began in 2017 as a response to local workforce needs. Since then 18 students have earned their massage certifications and have gone on to work for local employers.

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High school graduate earns 36 college credits, starts Ivy Tech this fall


BLOOMINGTON – Julihannah Cruz graduated from the Academy of Science and Entrepreneurship in May 2018 having earned 36 college credits through Ivy Tech early college programs. Cruz will apply her credits toward her associate degree at Ivy Tech Community College this fall, before transferring to a four-year institution. Cruz applied for and was admitted into Ivy Tech’s respiratory therapy program, and began classes in fall 2018. Cruz is the first student to be admitted to the program straight from high school.

“The respiratory therapy program is highly selective and only accepts 12 students per semester, typically receiving twice the number of applications than spaces available,” said Jennie Vaughan, Ivy Tech Bloomington Chancellor. “I congratulate students like Julihannah who take advantage of early college options to jump start their college careers.”

“Taking dual credit classes through Ivy Tech allowed me to save on college costs and get a feel for what college would be like,” said Cruz. “I met a lot of people with common interests at Ivy Tech, and everyone was so nice. It is a friendly environment and I made lots of friends here.”

Cruz is familiar with Ivy Tech’s respiratory therapy program because her mother is a respiratory therapist and her sister graduated from the program in 2015.

“I’ve always been interested in healthcare,” said Cruz. “Before I applied to the respiratory therapy program, I shadowed my sister who is working as a respiratory therapist in Ohio. Seeing how my sister reacted to families was inspiring.”

While enrolled in Ivy Tech’s dual credit program, Cruz talked to Ivy Tech advisors about her goal to transfer her associate degree to a bachelor’s degree program and eventually become a PA (physician’s assistant) with a specialization in cardiology.

“I told them this is what I wanted to do, and they are helping me get there,” she said. “I want to transfer my associate degree to a bachelor’s degree program in respiratory therapy, which leads to a PA program, which is my career goal. If everything goes as planned, I will graduate in five years.”

Cruz is taking the summer off before starting college this fall. She worked part-time while in high school at a local restaurant, in addition to taking college classes, being involved in high school activities, and job shadowing a local cardiologist. Despite her busy schedule, Cruz is glad that she started college early.

“I was able to get the rough patch of college done early,” said Cruz. “I had a really good support system and Ivy Tech professors were always willing to help as long as I was willing to put in the effort.”

Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus offers early college options for high school students who intend to earn bachelor’s degrees and save on college costs. High School students can earn college credits by enrolling in dual credit classes at their high school or on Ivy Tech’s campus. Request information or visit

Cyber security graduate works locally at Hanapin Marketing


BLOOMINGTON – Basil Houston graduated from Ivy Tech in May 2018 with associate degrees in cyber security and network infrastructure, and found employment immediately at Hanapin Marketing as IT coordinator. Houston did not always have a clear career path, but developed his interests and discovered his computing skillset while studying at Ivy Tech Community College.

“After high school, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do,” said Houston. “I enrolled at Ivy Tech for a semester, then Vincennes, and then Indiana University, but nothing kept my interest at first.”

When Houston re-enrolled at Ivy Tech in spring 2016, he discovered an interest in computer networking and information technology support, which led to interest in other computing areas.

“I was a little scared of cyber security at first, but I found that is where my passion is – to help people be more safe and secure in their daily lives and for their employers too,” said Houston.

He accepted a work-study position at Ivy Tech’s information technology helpdesk, which led to more opportunities.

“I was put in charge of Ivy Tech’s Bedford and French Lick locations for system administration and network administration, which was an eye-opening experience,” said Houston. “The work-study position was life-changing for me. It helped me make so many connections.”

As an Ivy Tech employee, Houston’s responsibilities expanded beyond Bedford and French Lick. He implemented the deployment of Windows 10 at several Ivy Tech locations in both Bloomington and Indianapolis.

“I started realizing that the task-oriented nature of helpdesk work was really gratifying to me, and I was good at it,” said Houston. “I could help people and check things off the list. My confidence was growing. If any opportunity came up, I would say yes. I worked a lot of hours and tried to go after big projects and tackle everything.”

Houston completed two internships at Hanapin Marketing before being offered his current position as IT coordinator.

“I do a lot of everything at Hanapin, including user training for information security,” said Houston. “I provide system and network administration, technical support for employees, and educate employees on basic information security including phishing education and password protection.”

In addition to his position at Hanapin Marketing, Houston now teaches CISCO certification courses at Ivy Tech Community College as an adjunct instructor.

“Certifications show employers that you have hands-on experience in the specific areas that they need,” said Houston.

Houston has earned various workforce certifications at Ivy Tech, including Apple Certified Mac Technician (ACMT), Certified Ethical Hacker, CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+, CompTIA Project+, CompTIA Linux+, and Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA).

“I really believe in Ivy Tech’s framework for getting people into jobs and high-paying careers,” said Houston. “The network infrastructure program in particular is really good for that. If you can get a CISCO certification, you can go get a job.”

Houston was able to transfer his Ivy Tech credits to Western Governor’s University and is now working toward a bachelor’s degree in information technology with an emphasis in security.

Ivy Tech Community College offers eight associate degrees in information technology, and many short-term certifications. Information can be found at

Ivy Tech seeks youth leadership applications

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus seeks seventh and eighth grade applicants for the Judy O’Bannon Youth Leadership Academy, a program designed to foster civic engagement among youth. Participants will develop leadership skills, create a community service project, build communication skills, and meet community leaders. There is no fee to participate.

Participants will engage in leadership development activities on three Saturdays, including Oct. 27, Nov. 3, and Nov. 10, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. These meetings will take place at Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus. Beginning in January 2019, students will meet twice a month with an Ivy Tech mentor to complete a project that meets the needs of youth or solves a problem faced by youth in their community or school. Students will complete their projects and make a presentation to the community at a public event in the spring of 2019.

The deadline to apply for Ivy Tech’s Judy O’Bannon Youth Leadership Academy is Friday, Sept. 7. To apply, visit and click “Youth Leadership Academy.” Participants will be notified on Sept. 12. For more information, contact Jennifer Daily-Mantha at or 812-330-6006.

Charlotte Zietlow donates 500 cookbooks to Ivy Tech Bloomington’s library


Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington received a donation of 500 cookbooks from Charlotte Zietlow in 2018. Ivy Tech held a dedication event on Friday, Aug. 3 in the Joan Olcott Library. The collection will be used by Ivy Tech culinary and hospitality students and is available to the community.

Ivy Tech students in the library technical assistant program helped label and catalog the books, which are now available for reading and checking out.

“We are thrilled to accept Charlotte’s offer to house the collection,” said Susie Graham, executive director of development at Ivy Tech Bloomington. “Charlotte’s generous, 500-volume gift represents a lifetime of travel, cooking adventures, and enjoying good food with friends and family.”

Ivy Tech Bloomington’s Joan Olcott Library is located on the main campus at 200 Daniels Way, in the Cook Pavilion.



Orange County Community Foundation director appointed to Ivy Tech Campus Board of Trustees

Imojean Dedrick.jpgBLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus welcomes Orange County Community Foundation’s executive director, Imojean Dedrick, to its Campus Board of Trustees. The Ivy Tech State Board of Trustees approved Dedrick’s nomination effective August 2, 2018 through June 30, 2021.

“Ivy Tech Bloomington began serving Orange County in 2006, and officially in 2017 through the College’s restructure project, focused on better serving students and the state’s workforce needs by aligning with communities at the campus level,” said Chancellor Jennie Vaughan. “With that change, it became important for us to add a representative of Orange County to the Board, and we couldn’t be more pleased to welcome Imojean.”

Dedrick has served the Orange County Community Foundation since 2004. Before that, she was owner and general operator of local radio stations, WUME-FM and WSEZ-AM, since 1993. Some of her past and present affiliations and memberships include the Paoli Public Library, Orange County Youth Council, Orange County Good Samaritan Committee, Orange County Women’s Giving Circle, Orange County Indiana State Bicentennial, and Paoli Chamber of Commerce. In 2017, she was a recipient of the Indiana Distinguished Hoosier Award.

Dedrick will join the Campus Board of Trustees for her first meeting at Ivy Tech Bloomington on Tuesday, September 25 at 4 p.m. in the Executive Board Room.


Ivy Tech Student Productions to perform play written by alumna Brennen Edwards


BLOOMINGTON – The Ivy Tech Student Productions 2018-19 theatre season opened with Coffee Break, a new play written by Ivy Tech alumna, Brennen Edwards. Edwards also served as assistant director. She has been involved in Ivy Tech Student Productions since 2014 as lighting designer.

“For me, Ivy Tech served as a stepping stone between high school and a four-year university,” said Edwards. “Even if I had been admitted into IU straight out of high school, I think I would have been a subpar student. I needed the extra time at Ivy Tech in order figure out how to be passionate about learning. Ivy Tech helped me to mature.”

Edwards is now a student at Indiana University, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in media and theatre. She started the Coffee Break script as a class project.

“During production the script has gone through seven drafts, and I’m so thankful to my cast and all involved for being so open to my growth,” said Edwards.

Paul Daily, Ivy Tech Waldron artistic director, helped Edwards continue to refine her play.

“When I started Coffee Break, I wanted to explore work relationships,” said Edwards. “As I continued to write, a second theme of waiting became clear. The majority of
characters in Coffee Break are waiting for their lives to begin. They are waiting for happiness, essentially. I think that when we look around ourselves, and inward, it’s not unusual to find plans we intend to accomplish, but are taking no steps toward. My favorite quote at the time of writing came from Chris Goffard in a lecture: ‘our comfort zones become our coffins.'”

Edwards credited Ivy Tech Student Productions with encouraging her creativity and growth as a student and artist.

“The Ivy Tech Waldron is a space that encourages curiosity. It is also a safe space to admit that you don’t know something,” said Edwards. “In 2014 when I started working with Ivy Tech Student Productions, the idea of showing up to a production and not knowing how to do something terrified me, but now I enjoy a trial by fire.”

“My work and growth in Ivy Tech Student Productions has helped shape me as a person,” she continued. “I am now a happy collaborator, and am delighted at the opportunity to fix breakdowns in communication, which often happen in the arts. Before I started working at the Waldron, I would not have known how to handle someone describing a play as ‘being the color blue.’  Now I just say, ‘What shade of blue?’ ”

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. Information about Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center performances, classes, and exhibits can be found at

Information about Ivy Tech’s general studies program can be found at