Director of advising earns Chamber’s ‘10 Under 40’ award

Eliza_Erxleben_Headshot2Eliza Erxleben, director of academic advising at Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington, was selected as a ‘10 Under 40’ award recipient by The Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce for 2018. The annual 10 Under 40 Awards honors ten young professionals under the age of 40 for their outstanding leadership in the workplace and community involvement. Erxleben was recognized at an awards ceremony on July 26.

Described in her nomination as “one of the very best people I know – hands down,” Erxleben has spent her professional career working in higher education. She completed IU Bloomington’s Higher Education and Student Affairs degree in 2010, where she developed her passion for the Groups Scholars Program, the 21st Century Scholars Program and academic advising. Over the past eight years she has been part of the Ivy Tech Bloomington team. She spent two years as an academic advisor and six years as director of academic advising. Additionally, she has been an adjunct for Student Success and General Studies Capstone courses for four years.

In 2017, Erxleben was awarded the National Certificate of Merit for Outstanding Academic Advising Administration by the Global Community for Academic Advising. In 2013, she received the Certificate of Excellence from SVO Student Group for outstanding support above and beyond the scope of duties for the Student Veterans’ Organization of Ivy Tech Community College.

Erxleben organized and earned Ivy Tech’s team the Largest Community Team Award at the 2016 Hoosiers Outrun Cancer fundraising event.

Outside of Ivy Tech, Erxleben is a parent volunteer for Boy Scout Troop 129, and she has organized unique experiences for the scouts. She has been a member of the Edgewood Partners in Education team since 2016, and she has been involved in causes supporting marriage equality and women’s rights.

Erxleben is passionate and compassionate about her work and community. Her nomination noted that she “actively strives to be a better supervisor and seeks out constructive feedback from others … even when she knows it could be hard to hear. Her staff knows that she truly cares about their concerns.”


Pop-up bakery raises more than $500 for culinary tour in Italy


Ivy Tech Bloomington’s bakery merchandising class sold profiteroles (cream puff ice cream sandwiches) at a pop-up bakery shop on July 19. The project taught students how to work together to promote and run a successful bakery operation. Students made all menu items from scratch and on-site. Proceeds from the bakery were used to help fund a student culinary tour of Italy planned for May 2019.

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Summer Lovin, lemon ice cream stuffed cream puff topped with raspberry sauce and sprinkles

The Pistachio Craze, pistachio honey ice cream stuffed cream puff topped with caramel, chex streusel, and candied pistachios

Espresso Yourself, coffee ice cream stuffed cream puff topped with chocolate, caramel, and candied pecansSidebar Images2.png

A Taste of Childhood, cereal milk ice cream stuffed ice cream puff topped with raspberry sauce and sprinkles

Pop’s Sundae, Pop’s Vanilla ice cream stuffed cream puff served with chocolate sauce, sprinkles, and topped with a boozy cherry

Lemon Bomb, lemon ice cream stuffed cream puff topped with caramel sauce and boozy cherries

If You Like Pina Coladas (Vegan), Pina colada ice cream served with coconut whip and topped with boozy cherries

The Other Vegan, coconut ice cream with raspberry sauce, coconut whip and candied pistachios.

“I had a customer tell me that she didn’t know ice cream could taste so good!” said Stacy Strand, assistant professor of baking and pastry. “Pops Vanilla was the most popular flavor, followed closely by Espresso Yourself. The students enjoyed it so much, and took so much pride in it. They didn’t want the experience to end, and think {N}ice Cream Puffs” should be a business!”

The exciting flavor combinations were a hit with faculty and staff, and 120 customers were served from 12 to 2 p.m. and $520 was raised toward the culinary trip.

Ivy Tech offering EMT class in Greene County

Ivy Tech Community College will offer an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course in Greene County that begins Monday, August 20. 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 the Center Township Fire Department, 11216 E. St. Rd. 54, in Bloomfield, Ind. Course dates are Monday, August 20 to Wednesday, December 12.

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


Mandela Washington Fellows to spend day at Ivy Tech Bloomington

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus, in collaboration with Indiana University, will host 25 Fellows from 19 Sub-Saharan African countries on Tuesday, July 17. The visitors are Fellows of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, a program that began in 2014 and has since empowered young people through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking.

During the organization’s third annual visit to Ivy Tech Bloomington, Fellows will explore topics related to their professional interests, including public health, journalism, human rights advocacy, community development, education, disability rights advocacy, conflict resolution, women’s rights, entrepreneurship, tourism, and new topic of interest this year is media and activism.

The Fellows, who are between the ages of 25 and 35, have established records of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive impact in their organizations, institutions, communities, and countries. Countries of representation include Benin, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo (2), Côte d’Ivoire (2), Ethiopia (2), Ghana (2), Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria (3), São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus is located on the west side at 200 Daniels Way.

Ivy Tech to hold enrollment event on main campus, area cities

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College is hosting Express Enrollment Day on Thursday, July 12 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Bloomington, Bedford, French Lick, and Martinsville locations. Staff will be available to help students apply, register, meet with an academic advisor, and get assistance with financial aid applications.

The Bloomington campus will offer several new associate degree programs in the 2018-19 academic year. Medical Assisting is a new program offered due to workforce demand. Ivy Tech Bloomington offers many associate degree programs in areas of local workforce need, including information technology, biotechnology, business programs, hospitality administration, and health sciences.

The Bloomington campus will also offer new transfer degrees in Biology, Chemistry, and Psychology. These associate degrees are Transfer Single Articulation Pathway (TSAP) programs, which transfer to all public four-year Indiana colleges, upon student admission. The Bloomington campus currently offers 12 TSAP programs. Visit for a complete list.

Ivy Tech in Bedford ( is located at the StoneGate Arts and Education Center, 405 I St.

Ivy Tech’s French Lick location ( is the Orange County Learning Center at Springs Valley, 479 Larry Bird Blvd.

Ivy Tech’s Martinsville location is The Main Connection, 460 Main St.

Ivy Tech Bloomington’s campus is located on the west side at 200 Daniels Way and regular hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors are advised to use Vernal Pike or the 45/46 Bypass to head west to campus, avoiding second or third streets due to construction.

Students who plan to attend the Bloomington event are encouraged to RSVP at To attend Bedford, French Lick, and Martinsville events, RSVP to or 812-330-6012.

Ivy Tech seeks nominations for community arts awards

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College in partnership with the City of Bloomington Arts Commission invites nominations for the fourth-annual Community Arts Awards to honor local arts advocates, educators, and businesses. The event will be held on Thursday, November 15 at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center, located at 122 S. Walnut St. Tickets will be on sale in September.

“Bloomington and our surrounding communities value art in such a special, tremendous way,” said Paul Daily, artistic director of the Ivy Tech Waldron. “It takes a community to create art, and the Arts Awards are a chance to recognize the people that have helped bring art to life, but may not have ever stood in the spotlight themselves.”

Award categories are Special Citation – Lifetime Achievement, Arts Advocacy, Arts in Business, and Arts in Education. This year, the Arts Advocacy Award has been renamed to the Patricia Murphy (Patty) Pizzo Arts Advocacy award, for her lifetime support of the arts in Bloomington. Patty retired from the Bloomington Arts Commission in 2013, after decades of extraordinary leadership and service.

The Special Citation – Lifetime Achievement Award will recognize any individual or organization deserving of recognition for their contribution to the arts. The Patricia Murphy Pizzo Arts Advocacy Award will recognize an individual who has provided service, leadership, and/or substantial support to the arts. The Arts in Business award will recognize a business for exemplary support of the arts. The Arts in Education Award will recognize an educator, school corporation, PTO or other entity directly influencing and engaging students through visual, literary or performing arts.

Nominations can be made online at and the deadline is Friday, August 10. Questions about award nominations can be directed to the Ivy Tech Waldron at (812) 330-4400 or

Recipients of the Community Arts Awards 2017 were: Arts Advocate, Audrey Heller; Special Citation – Lifetime Achievement, Peter Jacobi; Arts in Business, The Vault at Gallery Mortgage; Arts in Education, Diane Davis-Deckard; and Regional Arts Service, Kathy Thompson.

Recipients of the Community Arts Awards 2016 were: Arts Advocate, Ted Jones; Special Citation – Lifetime Achievement, Lee Williams; 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 were: Arts Advocate, Jim Manion; Special Citation – Lifetime Achievement, Jane C. Otten; Arts in Business, BLOOM Magazine; and Arts in Education, Sara Irvine and Chris Bultman.

Graduates ‘play very important roles’ in local IT industry

Clockwise from bottom: Adam Bradley, John Turpin, Justin Muniz

BLOOMINGTON – Justin Muniz, recent Ivy Tech software development graduate, found employment with Platformatics, a Bloomington-based technology company. Over the years, Platformatics has hired Ivy Tech computing graduates in the areas of software development and customer technology support.

“Ivy Tech graduates play very important roles at Platformatics,” said Matt Laherty, Platformatics CEO. “They’ve been involved in nearly all facets of customer deployments from quoting and design to installation. They built the lights at the West Baden hotel and they support that system through running our global network operations center.”

Muniz was hired as an associate software engineer in February after completing his internship at the company.

“I enrolled at Ivy Tech because I wanted to get a degree in software development, so I could get a job in a field that interested me,” said Muniz. “I enjoyed my time at Ivy Tech. The professors were wonderful and were always willing to work with me whenever I needed guidance or assistance.”

Ivy Tech graduate Adam Bradley started at Platformatics as an intern in technical support and worked his way into his current position. He is now lead system check in the engineering services department. He spearheaded design for the customer helpdesk operations at Platformatics, which included the helpdesk ticketing and customer phone support systems.

“Jack of all trades doesn’t even cover it sometimes,” said Bradley, describing his role.

Bradley is a U.S. Army veteran who served eight months in Iraq as an infantryman and paratrooper. After his military service, Bradley worked outdoors in a manual labor job, and then funeral services, but neither job fit his mechanically-inclined skillset. He enrolled at Ivy Tech to advance his education and start a skilled career in a technical or mechanical field.

“I took my first class in networking and said ‘I was born to do this. I understand this work,’” said Bradley.

Bradley earned associate degrees from Ivy Tech in network infrastructure and information technology support, and he is now pursuing a bachelor’s degree in cloud administration from Western Governor’s University.

John Turpin, a system support technician at Platformatics, also graduated from Ivy Tech’s School of Information Technology. Turpin and Bradley work together, providing support for software engineers, office staff, and customers. They also perform beta testing on new software.

“I enrolled at Ivy Tech because I wanted to improve my life,” said Turpin. “My goals were to become employable in a skilled job market. My training at Ivy Tech has been instrumental for my job. Although Platformatics is a brand new technology in the IT industry, I frequently work with Cisco network equipment, which Ivy Tech gave me actual hands-on training in.”

Turpin earned an associate degree in computer information systems in 2015 and computer information technology in 2016. He recently re-enrolled at Ivy Tech and is now working toward a degree in cyber security/information assurance.

“I am very proud to be an Ivy Tech alumnus,” continued Turpin. “Many of the teachers went above and beyond for my success, and many are still in touch with me. One semester, my wife became very ill and I was going to withdraw, but Chris Carroll, Bill Worden, and Lee Carlson worked with me to help me succeed. They really do care about the success of their students.”

“The Ivy Tech graduates that have joined our staff come with a high degree of technical training in networking and computer science,” said Laherty. “These employees come to us with more than the tech training—they bring their drive and curiosity. All of them have been great self-starters and very willing to learn new technologies.”

Ivy Tech Bloomington’s campus offers eight associate degrees in the information technology field, to meet workforce demand. Degree offerings include computer science, cyber security/information assurance, database management and administration, network infrastructure, informatics, information technology support, network infrastructure, server administration, and software development. More information can be found online at

About Platformatics

Platformatics is a Bloomington, Indiana-based tech company founded by several experienced Silicon Valley innovators. Our mission is to transform commercial lighting through innovative hardware and software applications that improve productivity and comfort, beautify environments, and conserve energy for building owners, operators, and tenants.