Dr. Levy-Arnold named Indiana regional coordinator for Phi Theta Kappa

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College associate professor of English, Samantha Levy-Arnold, Ph.D., has been named Indiana regional coordinator of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges.

“I am excited to work closely with students throughout the Hoosier state,” Dr. Levy-Arnold said. “As an educator, one of my strengths include being a ‘developer,’ seeing the potential in others and helping them reach that potential. I am grateful to have this opportunity to do so on a state-wide level and cannot wait to begin helping the Indiana Region grow within the Phi Theta Kappa organization.”

In 2016, Dr. Levy-Arnold’s association with Phi Theta Kappa began when she became the Alpha Rho Sigma chapter’s contact advisor. Under her mentorship, Alpha Rho Sigma has remained a five star chapter and has become more integrated within the campus community by volunteering at New Student Orientation and promoting their Commit to Complete Week initiatives. Since her affiliation with Phi Theta Kappa began, “Dr. Sam” – as her students affectionately call her – has applied for and received yearly grants to help subsidize membership fees for students. In 2018, she received Indiana Region’s Paragon Award for New Advisors and, along with her co-advisor, Indiana Region’s Distinguished Chapter Advisor Team Award.

Dr. Levy-Arnold earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in English and creative writing from Florida State University. Her creative work has appeared in various literary journals and anthologies. She gives back to the community by including service learning components in her English courses as well as being co-coordinator of the Judy O’Bannon Youth Leadership Academy – a free program for local seventh and eighth grade students designed to promote leadership skills and foster civic engagement. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Jewish Theatre of Bloomington.

Students tour Fermilab, America’s premier particle physics laboratory

BLOOMINGTON – On Friday, Feb. 22, Ivy Tech students took a trip to Batavia, Ill. to Fermilab – the United States’ particle physics and accelerator laboratory. Akin to CERN in Geneva, Switzerland where the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is located, Fermilab is an international hub for scientists from more than 50 countries to collaborate on solving the mysteries of matter, energy, space, and time. Fermilab is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Students began by touring the Compact Muon Solenoid Experiment where physicists and engineers built a particle detector for protons to collide into at nearly the speed of light. Then students went on a special excursion into the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment where scientists have constructed a massive tunnel to shoot subatomic particles into a detector in South Dakota. Students then visited the Remote Operations Center which uses Fermilab’s computing power to monitor the LHC and to provide real time data transfer between researchers of the two laboratories. The students finished by attending a seminar on diversity and inclusion in the workplace, presented by the CEO of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers.

Fermilab offers a variety of internship opportunities, including Community College Internships (CCI).

STEM-related academic degree options at Ivy Tech Bloomington include Computer Science, Design Technology, Electronics & Computer Technology, Electrical Engineering Technology, Informatics, Industrial Technology, Network Infrastructure, and more.

8-week classes begin March 18. There’s still time to apply today!

Dr. Bobo reads student-inspired poem at State of the City event

BLOOMINGTON – On Thursday, Feb. 21, Emily Bobo, Ph.D., professor of English and department chair of Fine Arts & Humanities at Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus, participated in opening comments at Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton’s State of the City address. The convocation featured live music as well as a poetry reading by Dr. Bobo which was inspired by the writings of her students at Ivy Tech.

Dr. Bobo is an author and has published a series of books that raises funds for local non-profit organizations, including Monroe County Community School Corporation’s free and reduced lunch program.

Dr. Bobo’s Remarks:

“We are living in extraordinary times. But what can we do? We are just ordinary people. It can be overwhelming. It can be easy to slip into fear and despair. But my students remind me to hope, too. Students like Danny, a laid-off auto-worker, undergoing chemo, who never missed a class or turned in a late assignment, because he was dying and he recognized the importance of telling his story. Students like Billy, who said the bravest thing she ever did was walk through the door and enroll at Ivy Tech Community College, because who was she to think she was college material? Students whose courage I admire. Incorrigible students with gumption and grit. Students who remind me that with just a little extra, we can all be extraordinary. With just a little gumption, we can be brave enough to tell our story, to better ourselves, our community, and our world. But don’t take my word for it. Listen to the words of my current, extraordinary students in a poem I have written from their responses to an introductory writing assignment on the first day of class.”

Intro to Poetry, Spring Semester 2019

Like shoelaces, we are tied in knots,
still hiding behind our mom.
We come from books and nowhere,
from the place where
breath curls inside
a comma and ambition smells like
gasoline. The smallest things we carry
are ego and failure. Trees surround our memories
of home and laughter, of grass and overalls.
Out Here On [Our] Own, dreams feel
slippery, like paper,
and joy sounds like a bird
on the wind. We are most inspired
by tragedy and our mother. Crowds are outside
our comfort zone, and white
has become the scariest
color. The largest thing we carry is
doubt—is the weight of the world’s hate. – Dr. Emily Bobo

Nursing student earns excellence award from the Indiana Department of Education

BLOOMINGTON – Amanda Todd, a nursing student at Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus, earned the Indiana Career and Technical Education Award for Excellence in the postsecondary student category. The award was presented on behalf of the Indiana Department of Education and the Indiana Association of Career and Technical Education. Todd was recognized at a public ceremony on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at the Indiana Government Center in Indianapolis, Ind.

Todd earned a bachelor’s degree with a double major in psychology and religious studies from DePauw University in 2013. She studied European Clinical Psychology abroad in Copenhagen, Demark in 2012, where she earned a Platinum Leadership Award for her work at an after-school resource center for young, female immigrants. She also taught English in Taiwan for two years after she graduated college. When she returned to the States in 2015, Todd earned a teaching degree and license in Indiana and taught elementary education in Bedford.


“I tried to declare a medical major when I started at DePauw in 2009, but I had a difficult first year in the sciences and changed my degree pathway,” she said. “Nevertheless, I became an educator who encouraged others to follow their dreams, whereas I had not. I decided to face my own fear and enroll in Anatomy and Physiology at Ivy Tech, where I thrived and my confidence was restored. I knew I had to follow my dream of becoming a student in the medical field.”

Todd is on track to graduate from Ivy Tech Bloomington in May with an Associate of Science in Nursing and plans to continue her education until she earns a master’s degree in nursing.

“I quickly chose Ivy Tech’s nursing program because it is known as one of the most competitive and comprehensive programs,” Todd said. “I have many interests in the field of nursing, and I hope to become a nurse practitioner and possibly an educator later in my career.”

Todd has earned seven scholarships during her studies at Ivy Tech. She also served as the president of the Lee J. Marchant School of Nursing “nursing club.” Through the club, she organized teams to participate in the local, annual Hoosiers Outrun Cancer event, and collected supplies for local organizations such as the Shalom Center, as well as the Kiwanis Kloset [sic] at a local elementary school.

She is an educator “who loves to learn” and is an “explorer.” Todd has traveled to over 20 different countries on five continents.

Steve Bryant, Ivy Tech Cook Center executive director, led entrepreneurship studies in Croatia

BLOOMINGTON – Steve Bryant, executive director of the Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech Community College and regional director for the Indiana Small Business Development Center, traveled to Zagreb, Croatia to teach a two-week course in entrepreneurship and innovation at Algebra University College in its eMBA program.

“In addition to teaching for two-weeks at Algebra University College, I conducted a one-day workshop on the same topic [entrepreneurship and innovation] for non-degree seeking students,” Bryant said. “I also consulted with students on their business start-up projects as we regularly do at Ivy Tech’s Cook Center for Entrepreneurship.”

The eMBA students at Algebra University College served in management roles at various telecommunications companies and other businesses in the Zagreb region. Students worked in groups to develop ideas for new technologies.

“We applied the tools and processes that we utilize for Ivy Tech Community College students and for clients of the Cook Center to help them better organize their ideas and create business pitch presentations, as entrepreneurs would to real-world investors,” Bryant said. “Students learned to think like small business owners.”

For information about Ivy Tech’s entrepreneurship and business programs, visit ivytech.edu/academics.  

8-week classes begin March 18, still time to enroll

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College 8-week course registration for Spring Semester 2019 is currently open and classes begin on March 18. Students can enroll or apply now. Walk-in hours are also available Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on campus at 200 Daniels Way.

Ivy Tech is offering certificate training in healthcare specialist fields. Students can earn certification in as little as 8 weeks for Certified Nurse Assisting (CNA), Dementia Care, and Nutrition and Wellness. These certifications lead to a Healthcare Specialist associate degree.

Spring scholarships are available for a wide variety of qualified applicants. On average, the Ivy Tech Bloomington Foundation awards more than $50,000 in spring and fall scholarships.

Ivy Tech also offers the Workforce Ready Grant from Indiana’s Next Level Jobs program. For only the cost of books, qualified applicants can earn certifications in high-demand job fields like Advanced Manufacturing, Health and Life Sciences, IT and Business Services, and Transportation and Logistics. Students should inquire within before application.

For questions about enrollment or application, call (812) 330-6013 or email bl-info@ivytech.edu.

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

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.

Lillian Lyle, who observed students in the nursing program, says that she adored her experience and that she learned about some of the technical aspects to becoming a nurse, such as the different angles in which injections are needed.

“Looking back, the experience gave me a more realistic view,” she said. “It gave me more of what to expect from my first nursing courses, and which classes I would need before I would be accepted into the program.”

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

Sign up to spend a “day in the life” of a college student by visiting ivytech.edu/bloomington/dayinthelife or by contacting Ivy Tech Bloomington at bl-info@ivytech.edu or (812) 330-6013.