Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor owner, Tony Moravec, to speak at Cook Institute next month

sept14-newsletter-moravecBLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus is hosting its eighth annual Cook Institute for Entrepreneurship luncheon on Wednesday, October 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tony Moravec, owner of the historic Indiana landmark, Zaharakos and president and CEO of Blairex in Columbus, Ind., will speak at the luncheon. The event is hosted by Ivy Tech Bloomington’s Gayle and Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship.

“Part of the mission of the Gayle and Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship is to foster entrepreneurship in the region,” said Chancellor Jennie Vaughan. “Welcoming our keynote speaker, Mr. Moravec, to Ivy Tech Bloomington for this annual business event is an example of how the Cook Center engages the public, businesses, and others who might be interested in moving their entrepreneurial ideas forward.”

Moravec is the president and chief executive officer of Blairex Laboratories, Inc., founded in 1976, that provides products for health care facilities, doctors, and families, including sterile saline solutions, sleep aids, and other over-the-counter products. He is co-founder of Applied Laboratories, Inc., founded in 1984, which manufactures trade, store brand, over-the-counter, non-prescription, prescription pharmaceutical products, and medical devices. Moravec is also owner of Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor and Museum in Columbus, Ind. and a principal in the Upland Brewing Company of Bloomington, Ind.

Individual tickets for the Cook Institute are $75 each. A table of eight is $600. Sponsorships are available at $1,000 for event sponsor and $2,000 for presenting sponsor. Proceeds support programs and scholarships at the Cook Center, and portions of tickets and sponsorships are tax deductible.

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The Yellowwood open for lunch reservations

BLOOMINGTON – Hospitality and culinary Arts students prepared food and served five course meals at The Yellowwood at Ivy Tech on its opening day for the semester, Wednesday, September 6. The Yellowwood serves lunch most Wednesdays from 11:30 – 1 p.m. throughout the semester and is now accepting reservations. The restaurant can seat 50 and spots fill quickly.

The menu for the first eight weeks will be classical French cuisine. Beginning in mid-October, the menu will be international cuisine.

Reservations are required 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. Student meal vouchers are available to cover $10 of the lunch cost with a valid Ivy Tech student ID.

The Yellowwood is located at Ivy Tech’s Bloomington’s main campus at 200 Daniels Way. Guests should use entrance 7 on the building’s North side or accessible entrance 3.

Paralegal graduate finds career serving others

bl-newsletter-sept14BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College alumna, Rebecca Gardiner, graduated with an Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies in spring 2017 and is now locally employed as a legal assistant at Carson Boxberger, LLP. Gardiner, who is actively engaged in the community through volunteerism, chose her career because it allows her to help others.

Gardiner enrolled at Ivy Tech right after high school because she could not afford to pay tuition for a four-year university.

“For my personal goals, not going to college was not an option,” said Gardiner. “When considering Ivy Tech, I took into consideration a friend who had just graduated from the Ivy Tech Paralegal program.”

While Gardiner was not yet sure if being a paralegal was for her, she took a leap of faith and enrolled.

“The more indulged I became in the program, the more I realized how much I would love this career path and how it is a field that revolves around helping others in need,” she said. “Not to mention, I am a huge nerd when it comes to government and law.”

Gardiner said that having instructors who were practicing attorneys helped her understand what it meant to be a paralegal and decide to pursue the career.

“Having a one-on-one relationship with teachers was key,” said Gardiner. “Each of my professors, whether in the paralegal program or not, were so helpful in making sure that I succeeded in my classes in every area.”

Gardiner was hired as a legal assistant at Carson Boxberger, LLP before she graduated with her associate degree.

“The hiring process happened so quickly,” she said. “I sent my resume and cover letter to the office, and no later than five minutes afterwards, I get an email asking if I can go in for an interview that day at three! From there, the rest is history.”

As a legal assistant, Gardiner helps with legal research, writing, and communications.

In her spare time, Gardiner is involved in her church’s bus ministry program which allows children to attend weekly church services. This drive to help others is also what she enjoys most about her career.

“I may not be able to have direct interaction with clients as much as the attorneys do, but the fact that I get to be a part of helping these individuals through a rough patch in their life is something that I will never dislike,” she said. “That is what the word attorney means: to act as an advocate. While I play a small part, I am still making a difference.”

Students celebrate diversity

BLOOMINGTON – Students, faculty and staff attended the second annual Celebrate Diversity event on Thursday, September 7 to learn about cultural organizations on campus and in the community. The event was hosted as part of fall welcoming activities for students.

The event featured several musical performances. Song and dance performers included Dr. Iman Alramadan and students from Indiana University’s Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, Dr. Betty Sibongile Dlamini and students from Indiana University’s African Studies Program, and Scottish Country Dancers, and All About Bellydance. Angus Martin performed Scottish smallpipes and Great Highland bagpipes.

Cultural organizations included:
City of Bloomington Community and Family Resource Department
City of Bloomington Human Rights Commission
Indiana University LaCasa
Indiana University GLBT Community
Veteran County Service Office
Bloomington Rotary
Kiwanis Club of Bloomington
Bloomington Refugee Support Network
Indiana University IAUNRC
Chi Alpha Christian Group
Barnabas Christian Ministry
Baha’i Faith
Islamic Center of Bloomington
Indiana University School of Global International Studies
Indiana University African Studies
Indiana University Arabic Studies


Ivy Tech cultural clubs included:
I Need Help, a student assistance organization
International Student Club
Spanish Club
Phi Theta Kappa
Ivy Tech Veteran Club
Campus Pride

Ivy Tech Waldron announces last call for community arts awards nominations

BLOOMINGTON – The Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center announces the last call for nominations for the third-annual Community Arts Awards to honor local arts advocates, educators, and businesses. Nominations should be made by Wednesday, September 13. The event will be held on Friday, November 10 at the Ivy Tech Waldron, located at 122 S. Walnut St.

Award categories are Arts Advocate, Special Citation, Arts in Business, and Arts in Education.

Nominations can be made online at Community Arts Award winners will be juried by an independent community group. Questions about award nominations can be directed to the Ivy Tech Waldron at (812) 330-4400 or

Recipients of the Community Arts Awards 2016

Arts Advocate: Ted Jones, IU Jacobs School of Music former director of technical facilities Special Citation – Lifetime Achievement, Lee Williams, Lotus World Music & Arts Festival founder

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

Arts Advocate: Jim Manion, WFHB:

Special Citation – Lifetime Achievement, Jane C. Otten, owner, Pygmalion’s Art Supplies from 1975 to 2007

Arts in Business: BLOOM Magazine
Arts in Education: Sara Irvine and Chris Bultman, The Project School

About Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center

The Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center houses a unique blend of artists, performers, and educators. Visitors can take art classes, enjoy performances, or browse six gallery spaces. For more information, visit Art classes are offered through Ivy Tech’s Center for Lifelong Learning at or through Ivy Tech’s Associate of Fine Arts degree program.

Ivy Tech invites employers to Achieve Your Degree information session

Program allows employers to offer college education to employees with no upfront cost

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus is hosting a “Lunch and Learn” information session on Tuesday, September 12 for employers who wish to learn more about the Achieve Your Degree program. Lunch and Learn will be held from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. on main campus, located at 200 Daniels Way. The Achieve Your Degree program is a collaboration between Ivy Tech Community College and employers to offer working adults the opportunity to earn a college education with no upfront cost to them.

“In contrast with tuition reimbursement programs that many employers already offer, Achieve Your Degree is a tuition deferral program that allows working adults to earn a college certificate or associate degree with no upfront cost,” said Jessica Duncan, Achieve Your Degree coordinator. “Statewide, Ivy Tech is now partnered with 140 companies to offer the Achieve Your Degree program, and we anticipate that number to grow.”

Local employers Cook Group, Old National Bank, Singota Solutions, and German American Bank have partnered with Ivy Tech Bloomington to offer the Achieve Your Degree program to their employees. Ivy Tech’s 140 Achieve Your Degree partnerships include smaller to larger employers from a variety of industries including hospitals, banks, schools, and manufacturing companies.

RSVP for Lunch and Learn to Jessica Duncan at or (812) 330-6349.

Employers who wish to learn more about Achieve Your Degree but are unable to attend the event can arrange a time for Ivy Tech to visit their company. To arrange a meeting, contact Jessica Duncan at or (812) 330-6349.

More information about Achieve Your Degree can be found online at

9/11 remembrance ceremony to be held at Ivy Tech

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus will host a 9/11 remembrance event on Monday, September 11, 2017 at 9 a.m., in coordination with the City of Bloomington and Bloomington Metropolitan Fire Fighters Union Local 586. The public is invited to attend.

Bloomington’s beam from the structure of the World Trade Center is permanently on display at Ivy Tech.

Union President Robert Loviscek, of the Fire Fighters Union, who traveled to New York City to pick up Bloomington’s beam from the structure of the World Trade Center will make opening remarks. Mayor John Hamilton will also make remarks, as well as The City director of economic & sustainable development, Alex Crowley, who was in NYC during the attacks.

The rifle salute will be carried out by Monroe County Law Enforcement Joint Honor Guard Rifle Team and the playing of TAPS will be performed by Jeffery Parker of Bloomington North High School Band.

The 9/11 remembrance event will take place in front of Ivy Tech’s Cook Pavilion entrance on the northwest side of the building, located at 200 Daniels Way on the west side of Bloomington.