Fine arts instructor opens new exhibition of work

Cookout at Lake Monroe
oil on linen, 79-1/2″x114-1/2″
On loan to Ivy Tech Community College, Bloomington, IN


BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech instructor and local artist Ben Pines is currently exhibiting water-themed artwork at the City of Bloomington Utilities (CBU) Service Center. The opening reception was held on Monday, October 29.

The paintings at CBU emphasize the human element within Bloomington’s water supply and maintenance system, and include work made specifically for this exhibition. Pines said, “This installation is intended as a meditative affirmation of the value of public institutions, as well as a more specific celebration of informed water management and its importance to our life in Bloomington.”

Pines holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Indiana University and teaches non-credit art classes through Ivy Tech’s Center for Lifelong Learning. Pines also works at Pygmalion’s Art Supplies and teaches private drawing and painting lessons. His paintings have been exhibited in Indiana, Pennsylvania and Missouri. Ivy Tech is currently exhibiting two of his paintings on the main campus through its Art On Long-Term Loan program.

Ivy Tech’s Center for Lifelong Learning ( offers many non-credit classes in the visual arts including drawing, painting, ceramics, fiber arts, metal & glass, photography, and more. Ivy Tech also offers an associate of fine arts program and information can be found at

For more information about Ben Pines artwork, visit

Ivy Tech offering EMT class in Greene County


BLOOMFIELD – Ivy Tech Community College will offer an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Basic Training course in Greene County that begins Monday, January 14. 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 Bloomfield High School, 501 W Spring St, Bloomfield, Ind. Course dates are Monday, January 14 to Wednesday, May 8.

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

Ivy Tech to host new campus visit options for 2018-19

New options include career exploration and college student shadowing

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus has announced fall and spring campus visit dates for the 2018-19 academic year, including some new ways to visit campus and explore career options. Prospective students, including high school age students, are invited to sign up for campus visits.

Ivy Tech Bloomington offers three types of campus visits, and many dates are available.

College 101 events are held 6-8 p.m. and offer general college information. Tour campus, learn about the admissions process, discover degree programs, meet faculty and current students, learn about college transfer options, financial aid, and more! College 101 events are also offered at Ivy Tech’s Bedford location at the StoneGate Arts & Education Center, located at 405 I St.

Go Ivy Fridays are held 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. and allow individuals to explore specific careers and degree programs. Meet faculty, learn about careers, experience hands-on activities in your field of interest, and learn about the admissions process. Individuals who attend Bloomington Go Ivy Fridays will be entered into a drawing to win a free class.

Prospective students can also sign up to spend a “Day in the Life” of a college student to shadow current students in a field they are interested in. This program is a good way to explore careers and Ivy Tech associate degree options. Sign up to attend a college class in your field of interest, including biotechnology, nursing, education, fine arts, legal studies, and many other options.

Individuals can sign up for campus visits at (Click the “Bloomington” dropdown.) To sign up for the “Day in the Life” program, visit

For more information about getting started at Ivy Tech, visit campus at 200 Daniels Way, call (812) 330-6013, or email For contact outside of business hours, call (888) IVY-LINE (489-5463).

Spend a ‘day in the life’ of a college student

Sign up to shadow college students for career exploration


BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus is now offering prospective students the opportunity to spend a ‘day in the life’ of a college student to explore areas of interest. Prospective students can sign up to shadow current students for a day and attend a college class to observe hands-on activities and simulations.

Shadowing opportunities are currently offered in biology, biotechnology, criminal justice, design technology, early childhood education, education, fine arts, hospitality administration (culinary and baking & pastry arts), kinesiology/exercise science, legal studies, medical assisting, nursing, optometric technology, paralegal studies, paramedic science, and respiratory therapy. Ivy Tech will continue to add additional program opportunities.

Students may sign up for more than one shadowing experience to explore different areas of interest.

To sign up, visit or contact Ivy Tech Bloomington at or (812) 330-6013.

Business graduate launches custom car shop


BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College alumnus, Ben Crandall, is now CEO and working full-time at his automotive customization company, Crandall Custom Concepts, LLC. Crandall graduated in 2017 with an Associate of Science in Business Administration. His degree is an Ivy Tech “Transfer as a Junior” degree program that is transferable to all public Indiana four-year universities, upon student admission.

Crandall enrolled at Ivy Tech immediately after high school.

“I wanted to get my basic courses completed at a smaller school,” said Crandall. “It made it easier adjusting coming straight from high school rather than going to a big university right after graduation. I was able to stay close to home and schedule my classes around my working hours.”

Crandall worked part-time at Auto Body Specialists of Bloomington while enrolled full-time at Ivy Tech. He always wanted to start his own business, and found resources at Ivy Tech that helped him launch Crandall Custom Concepts, LLC.

Ivy Tech’s Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship helped Crandall with his business plan and connected him with other small business resources.

“My business is a custom automotive shop specializing in custom paint and off-road accessories,” said Crandall. “The Cook Center helped me in all my business endeavors. They helped me start all my LLC paperwork and form my business with the state of Indiana.”

The Center also helped Crandall prepare a business pitch to participate in the 2016 Duke It Out Business Pitch Competition. Although Crandall did not win the competition, he was able to launch his business while he was still a student at Ivy Tech.

“Trying to be a full-time student, work part-time, and build a business from the ground up was challenging at times,” said Crandall. “The late nights of writing estimates, sending countless e-mails, filing out dealer applications, or even in the garage doing the work, all after working on assignments after coming home from work each evening can push you to your limits. Sleep was optional.”

After graduating from Ivy Tech, Crandall continued to grow his business.

“Since graduation, I have transitioned into running my shop full time,” said Crandall. “The work was here and I ran with it, and have now been full time at my shop for over a year. My goal is to be the most reputable custom shop in the Midwest, at the least.”

For program information about business administration, visit A complete list of “Transfer as a Junior” degree programs can be found at

For Crandall Custom Concepts, LLC, visit


TASUS named Benefactor of the Year at annual Ivy Tech event


BLOOMINGTON – TASUS has been named Benefactor of the Year for 2018 by Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus. TASUS was recognized and received its award on Thursday, Sept. 27 at the Ivy Tech Foundation’s annual reception and dinner held in French Lick, Ind.

“TASUS has been a consistent and generous financial supporter of Ivy Tech Bloomington for more than 26 years,” said Susie Graham, executive director of development at Ivy Tech Bloomington. “Their long-term commitment to Ivy Tech lends credence to our mission and the role we play in our communities.”

Contributing both to capital projects and event sponsorships, the Japanese-owned company, TASUS, is also committed to serving the college through volunteer leadership, advocacy, and promoting the unique role Ivy Tech plays in growing and sustaining the local workforce.

Each year the Ivy Tech Foundation honors individuals, corporations, and foundations that have changed the lives of Ivy Tech students and the communities in which they live by providing exceptional philanthropic and volunteer leadership.

For more information, visit

Ivy Tech to host info session on Indiana’s Workforce Ready Grant

The Workforce Ready Grant provides tuition assistance for in-demand certifications

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College will host an information session Thursday, Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. to provide details about Indiana’s Workforce Ready Grant. The grant helps eligible individuals earn a free certificate in select programs that are in high-demand by Indiana employers. The event will be held at Ivy Tech Bloomington, on the west side at 200 Daniels Way, and in Bedford at the StoneGate Arts & Education Center, 405 I St.

During the event, attendees will learn about Indiana’s Workforce Ready Grant program options, financial aid, individual eligibility including not having previously earned a college degree, and meet with an advisor to ask questions. Students can also apply and enroll in classes.

For more information about getting started at Ivy Tech, visit campus at 200 Daniels Way, contact (812) 330-6013 or For contact outside of business hours, call (888) IVY-LINE (489-5463).

Ivy Tech’s Cook Center and NSWC Crane earn economic development award for STEM summer camp


BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship and the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division were awarded the State and Local Economic Development Award from the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer for their partnership on a STEM summer camp. Ivy Tech and NSWC Crane accepted their award on Sept. 19 at a national ceremony in Cocoa Beach, Fla.

“The Cook Center has worked with the NSWC Crane STEM outreach team for the past two years to add business pitch competitions into the summer camp,” said Steve Bryant, executive director of the Cook Center for Entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech. “Business pitch events introduce young people to entrepreneurial skills that are valuable beyond competition, including learning variety of soft skills while developing invention ideas.”

Ivy Tech and NSWC Crane’s STEM summer camp is intended to serve students with entrepreneurial interest in grades seven through 10. This past summer, participants from the cities of Bloomington, Bedford, Bloomfield, and Washington worked together to develop business products and ideas stemming from patented NSWC Crane technologies, then participated in a competition by creating and delivering business pitches for their products to a panel of judges.

“This camp is an invaluable experience for the students,” said Tina Closser, NSWC Crane STEM coordinator. “It shows them technologies developed at NSWC Crane and how these technologies can be used to benefit their communities. Ivy Tech was able to help the students hone their pitches and direct the students in areas to research about their invention. Ivy Tech’s participation was an invaluable asset.”

About Federal Laboratory Consortium for T2 Awards
The FLC Awards Program annually recognizes federal laboratories and their industry partners for outstanding technology transfer achievements. The FLCs 30 plus years of advancing tech transfer to meet the needs of our nation’s economy would not have been possible without the creativity and dedication of the federal scientists and inventors we recognize through the Awards Program, as well as the innovative professionals who work alongside them to achieve their goal of creating available technologies to countless people around the world. The FLC awards are ranked as some of the most prestigious honors in the T2 field and are given as a symbol of well-deserved recognition for phenomenal technological efforts.



2018 Community Arts award winners announced

Danielle McClelland
Danielle McClelland

Attend event for free through generous support from BAC and Ted Jones

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College in partnership with the City of Bloomington Arts Commission (BAC) will host the 2018 Community Arts Awards on Saturday, Nov. 17 to honor local arts advocates, educators, and businesses. The event will be held 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center, located at 122 S. Walnut St. This year’s event is free and open to the public through generous support from the BAC and Ted Jones. Sally Gaskill will emcee the event.

Recipients and award categories are: Danielle McClelland, Patricia Murphy Pizzo Arts Advocacy; Monster House Press, Arts in Business; Cardinal Stage – Cardinal for Kids Education, Arts in Education; Gerry Masse, Regional Arts Service; and Sandi Clark, Lifetime Achievement.

During the event, also enjoy arts workshops including clowning with Rosie the Clown, DJ’ing with WFHB DJs, and more. Also learn the new Bloomington Community Song, “Ride” by Jeff Cannon.

Winners were juried by an independent community group, including artists, administrators, and long-time residents and supporters of the arts.

Danielle McClelland, Patricia Murphy Pizzo Arts Advocacy Award
McClelland has served as the executive director of the Buskirk-Chumley Theater (BCT) since 2001. She has spearheaded numerous initiatives to ensure diverse programming, support and education for performing arts groups, and equal access to the theater, including establishing Bloomington’s annual PRIDE Film Festival.

Monster House Press, Arts in Business Award
Monster House Press is a non-profit publisher and circuit of literature, art, and thought in the Midwest and is based in Bloomington, Ind. Through publications and author reading events, Monster House Press has donated funds to various organizations, including Appalachia Resist, Black Lives Matter, Charlottesville, Courage to Change Sober Living House, Hope Academy, Middle Way House, New Leaf New Life, and Rural Action.

Cardinal Stage – Cardinal for Kids Education, Arts in Education Award
Established in 2006, Cardinal Stage aims to advance professional theatre in Bloomington and cultivate youth theatre appreciation by offering outreach and educational initiatives that benefit South Central Indiana youth. Each season, Cardinal Stage offers private matinees and educational materials to approximately 5,000 local students, at a significantly reduced cost, through the Cardinal for Schools program.

Gerry Masse, Regional Arts Service Award
Masse is artist, educator, and founder of the Sculpture Trails Outdoor Museum located in Solsberry, Ind., which is open year-round to the public. Masse has established ongoing educational opportunities for artists and students of all experience levels, including the Cast Iron Sculpture Workshop, the Traveling Foundry, and internship and volunteer opportunities.

Sandi Clark, Lifetime Achievement Award
Clark has served as an advocate for the arts in Bloomington, Ind. and the Midwest for decades. She is a founding member of Buskirk-Chumley Theater Management and the Cardinal Stage Company board and recently ended her second term as Cardinal’s board president. She has served on a number of local and regional boards and commissions, and was appointed to two terms on the Indiana Arts Commission, serving until 2010.

Graduate provides cancer treatment at four Indiana hospitals


BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College alumna Emily Taylor is now a radiation therapist who works on-call at four Indiana hospital locations, including Franciscan Health Cancer Centers in Indianapolis and Mooresville, IU Health Bloomington Hospital, and Schneck Medical Center in Seymour. As a radiation therapist, Taylor provides traditional photon radiation therapy treatments. Taylor graduated cum laude with an Associate of Applied Science in Radiation Therapy in 2016.

“My favorite part of being a therapist is learning about my patients and who they are outside of the hospital,” said Taylor. “I want to be able to help them get back to their daily routines in life without focusing on the negative circumstances present in their bodies. I am able to build relationships with them since I see them for treatment on a daily basis. It’s my job to be kind, be a friend, and mostly a support system for each person.”

Taylor previously attended a four-year university, but decided to enroll at Ivy Tech because she was able to work while attending classes, and because of the low tuition cost.

“Attending Ivy Tech was one of the best decisions I made,” said Taylor. “College can be expensive, so knowing their costs were very little compared to most schools encouraged my being there.”

After enrolling, Taylor persisted in her studies because of her instructors.

“My professors understood that every student had a life outside of the classroom, and most students were working hard at not only building an education, but also a personal life,” said Taylor. “After graduating, I felt prepared for what was ahead of me due to having wonderful professors who connected with their students.”

Taylor said Ivy Tech helped prepare her for employment in several ways.

“Academically, the radiation therapy program provided me the opportunity to travel to multiple clinics around southern Indiana to receive hands-on practice in the field I was preparing for,” said Taylor. “Both of my professors were radiation therapists, so the relationship and understanding of knowing how to teach and organize material was well thought out and prepared for our learning.”

While continuing to work full time hours between four different hospitals, Taylor is now completing her bachelor’s degree in business administration at Olivet Nazarene University. Taylor was able to transfer many of her Ivy Tech college credits toward her bachelor’s degree.

“Getting a bachelor’s degree will simply just further my résumé, skills, and educational experience,” said Taylor. “I love my job as a therapist, so I hope I get the chance to grow into a better therapist for my patients, their families, and all those depending on me to help give back to the community through healing those who are sick.”

For information about Ivy Tech Bloomington’s radiation therapy program, the only accredited associate degree program in the state of Indiana, visit

Ivy Tech Bloomington offers many associate degrees and short-term certificates in the healthcare field. Other associate degrees offered include Healthcare Specialist, Kinesiology and Exercise Science, Medical Assisting, Nursing and Practical Nursing, Optometric Technology, Paramedic Science, and Respiratory Therapy. For a full list of degrees offered in Bloomington, visit

Faculty member’s documentary selected for International Film Festival

alexsemchuck.jpgAlex J. Semchuck, assistant professor of communication at Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington, was chosen to show a documentary film at the 2018 Great Lakes International Film Festival in Erie, Pa. The film will be streamed online during the virtual festival, which began Sept. 20.

Semchuck’s documentary film, The Slave Circle, explores a direct sales/marketing operation and its pyramid-shaped business model and questionable employee recruiting practices.“I felt compelled to produce The Slave Circle because the subject has affected so many people,” said Semchuck. “The business profiled in The Slave Circle advertises total financial freedom in just a few years—and for over 99 percent of the people who take the opportunity, it is a blatant lie. I am hoping that by seeing this film … people will be better-informed, be more cautious when accepting interviews and job offers from ambiguous companies, and be able to think critically if they ever find themselves involved in companies like this.”

The film trailer can be viewed online at and the full film can be viewed online at or on Amazon Prime Video.

Alex J. Semchuck is the writer, producer, director, and editor of two independent feature-length documentary films, “Stagnant Hope: Gary, Indiana,” released in 2014, and “The Slave Circle” in 2018. Semchuck produces his films and videos through his production company, Precision Independent Media (Precision Productions). At Ivy Tech Community College, Semchuck instructs courses in mass communication, interpersonal communication, and public speaking.

The Great Lakes International Film Festival is owned by the Great Lakes Film Association, a 501c(3)  non-profit organization and is dedicated to showcasing independent films in the digital medium and to presenting the works of independent filmmakers and outstanding achievements in cinema.

Chapter EV P.E.O. supports Ivy Tech students

Nine Ivy Tech Community College students are the beneficiaries of financial support from Bloomington Chapter EV P.E.O. for the fall 2018 term. The funds—$21,000 total this semester—are leveraged through the P.E.O. national Program for Continuing Education (PCE) grant, which supports women who have had their education interrupted for at least two years and are within two years of completing a degree. Ivy Tech’s recipients represent students in degree programs ranging from nursing and radiation therapy to business administration and respiratory therapy. Chapter EV has supported Ivy Tech Bloomington students for a number of years. In 2017 and 2018 combined, more than $29,000 was awarded to 13 students. Instructor Jennifer Richards also received financial support as she works toward her graduate degree. P.E.O. is a philanthropic, educational organization committed to supporting women as they pursue their education.

PEO 1Scholarship recipients pictured in front row: Rhema Johnson, Samantha Powers, Leslie Miller, Micaela Amis

PEO 2.jpgScholarship recipients pictured in front row: Samantha Mann, Tamara Killian, Mary Taflinger, Chelsen Plantz

Scholarship recipients not pictured: Leslie Miracle, Jennifer Richards

Ivy Tech to hold office hours in Bedford to help students enroll

BEDFORD – There is still time to enroll at Ivy Tech Community College for fall 8-week classes that begin October 15. Registration is also open for Spring Semester 2019. Ivy Tech staff will hold office hours in Bedford at the StoneGate Arts and Education Center, located at 405 I Street to answer questions and provide registration assistance. Some fall and spring classes will be offered in Bedford at StoneGate.

Starting Monday Oct. 1, Ivy Tech staff will be at StoneGate on a regular schedule Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. In addition, on Oct. 3, 18, and 26, and Dec. 11, staff will be available until 5 p.m. On Nov. 13, 29, and Dec. 6, staff will be available until 6 p.m. Ivy Tech will be closed Dec. 21 – Jan.1 and office hours will resume Jan. 2.

Information about courses offered in Bedford or online can be found at

New students should apply online at or stop by office hours at the StoneGate Arts and Education Center. Students can also schedule an appointment by calling 812-279-8126 ext. 3 or emailing Niki Blackwell at


Ivy Tech increases 8-week course offerings, classes start Oct. 15

BLOOMINGTON – Eight-week long classes at Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington begin on Oct. 15. Short-term, eight-week classes offer the same material as traditional 16-week courses but have been reformatted so that students can complete courses in half the time.

“This shift to offering more short-term courses is driven by the College’s focus on student success. By offering eight-week courses, students can take fewer classes at a time, while still making progress toward completing their degrees and certifications,” said Larry Swafford, Ph.D., vice chancellor of academic affairs. “By Spring Semester 2019, Ivy Tech Bloomington plans to offer at least half of its courses in an eight-week format.”

On Oct. 15, students can begin eight-week classes both in-person and online in Accounting, Business Administration, General Studies, Four-year transfer programs, and many more. For a full list of course offerings, visit For online course options in Bloomington, select Internet Courses.

Prospective students can apply online for free at

For more information about getting started at Ivy Tech, visit campus at 200 Daniels Way, call (812) 330-6013, or email For contact outside of business hours, call (888) IVY-LINE (489-5463).