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
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
collaborative dramatic reading event featuring new plays by local writers
Bloomington Playwrights Project, the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center, and the
Indiana University Department of Theater, Drama, and Contemporary Dance, along
with a group of local professional playwrights, have combined forces to bring
you the best new plays Bloomington has to offer.
Sunday reading series will feature the work of local professional playwrights,
read out loud in the cozy lobby of the Bloomington Playwrights Project. We will
offer a virgin Bloody Mary Bar with all the fun toppings, as well as
complimentary bagels and cream cheese. After the reading there will be space
for a talkback and discussion with the writer.
collaboration was born out of the desire to showcase Bloomington’s diverse
local talent,” said program liaison, and playwright Karina Cochran. “Many of
our local writers have had work produced in New York or L.A, but lack
opportunities here in their own hometown. Hopefully this will help change
bi-monthly series will begin Feb. 24 at 1:30 p.m. at the Bloomington
Playwrights Project. The first featured play will be ‘The Space Between Us’ by
Peter Gil-Sheridan, who is currently the head of the MFA Playwriting program at
Indiana University. His work has been produced and developed at The Guthrie
Theatre, The Sundance Institute, The Pool, Soho Rep, the Cherry Lane Theatre,
and the New York Theatre Workshop.
Space Between Us,’ is a
comedy about Americans of very different experiences inhabiting one country
together. It was written at the Silverton Theatre Mine in Silverton, Colo.
reading will be directed by Jonathan Michaelsen and will feature actors Aaron
Ricciardi and Jenny McKnight, among others.
following reading will take place on Sunday, April 21 at 1:30 p.m, with a
reading of the play, ‘Dancing to Birth’ by Karina Cochran, which was
inspired by the author’s pregnancy dance class.
Bloomington Playwrights Project 107 W. 9th Street Bloomington, IN 47404
BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community
College’s Bloomington campus has named Christine Brandel, associate professor
of English, the 2018 recipient of Ivy Tech’s President’s Award for Excellence
in Instruction. She was selected among 46 other full-time faculty nominees.
Brandel’s student nominations highlighted her commitment
to student learning and community involvement.
In her English composition courses, Brandel’s
teaching focus is critical thinking. “This skill will be important in their
college classes as well as in their daily lives,” she said of her students. “I
encourage them to question and analyze what they read, so they can build
well-supported, logical arguments. We usually have a theme of higher education
and my hope is that it encourages students to become more invested in their own
Brandel also serves community. She was awarded
Ivy Tech’s 2018 O’Bannon Institute for Community Service Excellence in
Volunteerism award for her work with IU Health Bloomington Hospice as a patient
and bereavement support volunteer.
In addition to her classroom duties and community
service, Brandel is a second-year adviser of Root and Branch campus literary
magazine, in which two of her students were recently nationally-recognized for
their contributions to the publication. She also serves on the campus diversity
committee, the English department affective unit committee, and as chair of
English adjunct faculty support. She is also adviser to the student Campus
Brandel is the author of “A Wife is a Hope Chest,”
published by Brain Mill Press in Oct. 2017. The title poem from that collection
was nominated for a 2017 Pushcart Prize. She has participated in community
writing events and was recently featured on “The Poets Weave” on WFIU local public
“In all of my classes, it’s important for me to
treat students as individuals,” said Brandel. “My students come into class with
different motivations, skills, and levels of confidence, and I do my best to
inspire and challenge all of them to become stronger writers.”
Some of Brandel’s English students have gone on
to universities to work on their bachelor’s degrees and then continued on to
The President’s Award is
given annually to one full-time faculty member from each Ivy Tech campus
statewide. As recipient of this award, Brandel is also the nominee for the
statewide Ivy Tech Founder’s Award for Excellence in Instruction, to be
presented by the College in June. The Founder’s Award is presented to one
full-time faculty member statewide who best typifies the teaching and learning
mission of the College.
BEDFORD – Ivy Tech Community College
hosted a community open house at the new StoneGate Arts & Education Center
located downtown Bedford on Thursday, Jan. 10 with nearly 35 visitors in
attendance. While the community enjoyed refreshments, they learned that
StoneGate offers new technologies to students, such as live online synchronous
video capabilities. Live online classes enable students to take classes in
Bedford that are held at Ivy Tech Bloomington’s main campus.
video gives students more class options in their home community of Lawrence
County,” said Jessica Strunk, vice chancellor of enrollment services. “It
allows them to virtually attend class via technology.”
offers classes in Bedford that prepare students for jobs, and that lead to
associate degrees and certificates in business, healthcare, industrial
technology, and HVAC. Ivy Tech also offers
general education classes in Bedford that transfer to public colleges and universities
There is still time to sign up for classes that start in March. Information
and classes offered at Ivy Tech in Bedford can be found online at ivytech.edu/bedford.
BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College
welcomed students back for Spring Semester 2019 with flipped pancakes and
coffee from Chris Cakes. Students were able to “catch” a free breakfast along
with helpful information from employee volunteers who assisted students in
becoming acquainted with the new semester. The campus hosted a number of events
and services during the first week including a mental health support station
where students made self-care kits, a community resource fair, a student
involvement fair, family movie night, and give-and-take supply bins.
BLOOMINGTON – Thanks to generous donations
from supporters, Ivy Tech Community College was able to raise enough funds to
send a group of 10 culinary students to Italy this May for a study-abroad
experience. Fundraising for the $40,000 initiative began last fall and has
included contributions from private individuals, employees, Circle of Ivy, and
– most recently – through Giving Tuesday, the annual global day of giving, held
Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018.
will take students to central Italy where they’ll immerse themselves in the
culture and practices surrounding food in this varied and historic region. The
10-day tour will include visits to the Cuneo Region, Bra, Turin, Florence,
Parma, San Miniato, Bologna and Milan.
BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech alumnus Brett
Volpp says his new career as a massage therapist is a welcomed change from his former
career in carpentry. Volpp graduated with a certificate in therapeutic massage
in December, 2018 and will work as an independent contractor at the Blue Lotus
Massage & Spa in Ellettsville, Ind. with former instructor and spa owner,
“Carpentry was really hard on me physically,” said
Volpp. “The repetitive motions took a toll on me over the years and I’ve had
therapeutic body work done to help heal some of that.”
Volpp said that he enrolled at Ivy Tech to find a career that was less physical.
He also required a more flexible work schedule that would allow him time to work
on his farm and to create art. Volpp earned a fine arts degree in painting at
Indiana University and frequently exhibits work locally and regionally.
“As a farmer and an artist I wanted a flexible,
part-time schedule. I also wanted to do something that I could do long-term and
past retirement age,” said Volpp. “I realize that therapeutic massage would be
something that would allow me to help other people, because I had been helped
in that way. I really enjoy connecting with people, so I find that it helps me
Ivy Tech’s therapeutic massage program gives
students opportunities to earn more than the 500 training hours required for
state certification through the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination
(MBLEx). Students and faculty operate The Oasis Massage Therapy Center at Ivy
Tech, and appointments are available year-round.
“Participating in The Oasis was a class
requirement,” said Volpp. “We also did special events throughout the years
including chair massages and massages in the community. We did one massage
session at a local nursing home.”
Volpp said the atmosphere at Ivy Tech was supportive
and felt like a smaller community than Indiana University.
“Everyone at Ivy Tech is trying to help you,” said
Volpp. “There’s a lot of one-on-one support, including technology support and
librarians. If I have questions, I prefer to speak to somebody in person and I
was able to do that here.”
Volpp said that many of his classmates had also
found local massage therapy employment after graduation.
“There are a lot of openings still in massage in
Bloomington,” said Volpp. “It’s a good career to get into. I have three
appointments next week already and I will soon start working with clients from The
Center for Wholism. I feel like I’m flooded with opportunity.”
More information about Ivy Tech’s therapeutic
massage center can be found online at ivytech.edu/therapeutic-massage. The certificate can be
completed in 26 credit hours, or two full-time semesters. Students who complete the
Therapeutic Massage certificate will be eligible to continue their education in
the Healthcare Specialist Associate of Applied Science degree program, for
increased employment opportunities.