Waldron’s hopeful future includes roof garden

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Waldron’s hopeful future includes roof garden

By Nicole Brooks H-T Arts Editor
October 9, 2011

File attachment: PowerPoint file shows proposed future plans for the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center

More big, positive changes are coming to downtown Bloomington’s Waldron, if the building’s new owners have anything to say about it.

One of the more striking features in Ivy Tech’s proposed changes to the Waldron is the second-floor roof garden, which would face west and be an outdoor gallery and gathering space. Courtesy image

This image from Schmidt Associates shows the proposed look of the Waldron’s third-floor lobby. The space is much more open that the building’s current configuration. Courtesy image

Ivy Tech Community College and its preferred architecture firm, Schmidt Associates of Indianapolis, recently unveiled their plans for the future of the John Waldron Arts Center at Fourth and Walnut streets. Those plans include a roof garden where now stand an old shed and unused radio station satellites, internal renovations that really open up the space, reworked dressing rooms for performers, a kiln and much more.

All told, the new work will cost about $2 million, Ivy Tech Chancellor John Whikehart said last week.

Several changes Ivy Tech wants — or needs — to make to the Waldron are already finished or under way, Whikehart said. The building’s main roof is being replaced. Modifications needed to adhere to the Americans with Disabilities Act have been made. The Waldron now has six art galleries, and its Auditorium has new chairs and lighting.

But more is called for, and the plans are about as grand as you can get without radically changing the exterior of the historic structure.

The only changes to be made to the outside of the building include the addition of bright banners, some signage, that new roof, and the roof garden off the second floor, facing west to the skywalk.

When Ivy Tech bought the building from the city of Bloomington in May 2010 for $1, that second-floor outdoor space boasted only an old fire department shed and some large WFHB satellites. Ivy Tech wants to make that area an outdoor gallery for sculpture and a place for fresh air during show intermissions and art openings.

These ideas, of course, cost money.

“It’s all based on the financial support to carry out the work,” Whikehart said of the timetable for renovations. “We’re going to have to depend on private support.”

Ivy Tech plans to launch a campaign for that private support that will lump together the Waldron upgrades, expansion of the main Ivy Tech campus on Daniels Way, and an endowed faculty position and scholarships at the community college’s Cook Center for Entrepreneurship.

Whikehart is optimistic about the whole endeavor, and his love for the Waldron is evident.

“I think our acquisition of the John Waldron Arts Center is one of the most exciting developments in my tenure.”

And while Ivy Tech has created a 10-year master plan for “fundraising efforts and phased renovation projects,” Whikehart hopes to have the current proposed Waldron changes made within the next three years.

Copyright: HeraldTimesOnline.com 2011


Ivy Tech Faculty Heading to China

updated: 10/6/2011 9:21:48 AM

Ivy Tech Faculty Heading to China

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Two faculty members from Ivy Tech Community College will travel to China Friday to teach electronics, compare curricula and programs and discuss business practices. They will visit Wuxi, Columbus’ sister city, to meet with executives at Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) and faculty at the Professional College of Science and Technology. The pair will tour Cummins’ factory to review Chinese business practices and to clarify any work force concerns.

October 6, 2011
News Release

COLUMBUS — Kim Haza, program chair of industrial technology and advanced manufacturing at Ivy Tech Community College’s Columbus campus, and Jim Silberstein, assistant professor in the Gayle and Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship in the School of Business at Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus, will travel to Wuxi, China, Columbus’ sister city, to teach electronics, compare curricula and programs, and discuss business practices with faculty in the Professional College of Science and Technology in Wuxi.

The trip, to occur from October 7 to 30, is an outgrowth of the agreement signed in November of 2010 by officials of Ivy Tech Community College and the Wuxi Professional College of Science and Technology to become sister colleges. The trip furthers one of Ivy Tech’s primary strategic plan goals – to ensure that Indiana’s citizens, workforce, and businesses are globally competitive. Benefits of the agreement to both colleges include faculty and student exchanges and study abroad opportunities. Following the visit this fall to Wuxi, a return visit during the upcoming spring semester by a Wuxi faculty member to Ivy Tech-Columbus/Franklin will occur, and this faculty member will teach Ivy Tech’s students and discuss curricular matters with faculty.

Haza will teach electronics and participate in several panel discussions, focusing on the differences between the United States and China in a college education, especially in the field of electronics; the professional electronics course in the U.S.; and American electronics laboratories. Silberstein will lecture on entrepreneurship as well as marketing and finance for small business.

Wuxi, China, is 80 miles from Shanghai on Tai Lake and has a population of over four million; it is one of China’s top 50 cities, nicknamed “Little Shanghai” for its growing economy. Cummins Inc. has key production bases in Wuxi. In addition to their other responsibilities at the college, Haza and Silberstein will tour the Cummins factory to review Chinese business practices and to clarify any workforce concerns.

Sue Smith, Corporate Executive for Advanced Manufacturing in the Office of the President of Ivy Tech Community College, commented: “This trip has as its primary goal to build upon existing relationships in Wuxi and to establish trust and understanding in order to facilitate future workforce training and faculty and student exchanges.”

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public post-secondary institution and the nation’s largest singly-accredited statewide community college system with more than 200,000 students enrolled annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

Source: Ivy Tech Community College

Business leader Mickey Maurer offers 10 tips for entrepreneurs

Business leader Mickey Maurer offers 10 tips for entrepreneurs

By Rebecca Troyer 331-4243 | rtroyer@heraldt.com
October 6, 2011

We printed a mistake in this story. This article listed the incorrect name of the publisher of Mickey Maurer’s book, “19 Stars of Indiana: Exceptional Hoosier Women.” The book was published by Indiana University Press. The H-T regrets the error.

Addressing a packed commons area at Ivy Tech Community College’s second annual Cook Institute for Entrepreneurship, keynote speaker Mickey Maurer offered his advice for succeeding in business based on his own mistakes and triumphs.

Maurer described his decades of experience with entrepreneurial ventures, including those that did well, such as his bank, and at least one that didn’t: a chain of racquetball clubs that eventually closed because the market became saturated. While still involved in multiple businesses, Maurer has also become a major philanthropist in his native state of Indiana.

“Entrepreneurship is a game, a great game, and they keep score with money,” Maurer said. “Now I give most of it away.”

He donated $35 million to Indiana University’s Bloomington law school, which now bears his name. He is chairman of the board of The National Bank of Indianapolis, a bank he started himself. Maurer is also a shareholder in IBJ Corp., which owns Indianapolis Business Journal.

Maurer offered 10 tips for would-be entrepreneurs taken from his soon-to-be-published book, “The 10 Essential Principles of Entrepreneurship You Didn’t Learn in School. They are:

• People: Hire good employees and keep them.

• Barriers to entry: Invest in a high-barrier business — a business that is difficult to get into — because prices are higher and competition is lower.

• Mentorship: Find people who can share what they’ve learned and offer feedback on ideas and strategies.

• Rely on your gut: Get advice from lawyers, accountants and mentors, but make the decisions yourself.

• Mind your manners: Return phone calls and treat people with civility.

• Control: Make sure you have a majority interest in the venture. “If you have a minority interest in a closely held corporation, you are lower than a snake’s belly,” Maurer said.

• Quality of life: When making a decision about going into business, ask how it will affect the quality of your life.

• Pace, discipline and focus: When it comes to business, timing and staging of actions are important.

• Giving back: Offer your time and talents to the communities in which you work. Maurer described his “Mickey’s Camp,” a summer program where prospective donors pool their funds — this past summer $250,000 was raised — and select recipient charities.

• Know when to fold: It’s important to learn when to invest, but it’s also important to learn when to sell out.

Maurer has written two books about Hoosiers who have made significant contributions to our state, “19 Stars of Indiana,” published by the Indiana Historical Society. One volume features 19 men; the other, 19 women. Among those profiled are Bloomington’s David Baker, William Cook, Angelo Pizzo and Sylvia McNair, along with Helmsburg’s Sharon Rivenbark, owner of For Bare Feet.

Entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech

The Gayle and Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship, founded last year through a birthday gift from Steve and Connie Ferguson to the late Bill Cook, serves Ivy Tech students, individuals who seek business advice, and the overall community.

So far this year, the center has assisted 75 people who have come in for assistance with business ideas and start-ups, according to center director Steve Bryant.

Ivy Tech has also created five new courses in entrepreneurship that cover marketing, venture growth, financial management, taxes and finance and business development.

For more information, visit ivytech.edu/entrepreneurship or call 330-6261.

Michael “Mickey” Maurer, IU donor and law school alumnus. Courtesy photo

Copyright: HeraldTimesOnline.com 2011

Seeing Is Rediscovering What’s Hiding In Plain Sight

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Seeing Is Rediscovering What’s Hiding In Plain Sight

By Yaël Ksander
Posted October 4, 2011

Here, delight is camouflaged in the cloak of the everyday, whether you’re waiting for the elevator, trudging down the hall, or scanning a bulletin board.

In Plain Sight

Event Information

In Plain Sight: A City-Wide Art Installation

Visit all six works of art installed at five different Ivy Tech locations by October 14 and fill out a puzzle card to win a $100 downtown date night package.

Ivy Tech locations: Main Campus, ICLS, Liberty Dr., Waldron

September 14 through October 14, 2011, during business

Since Ivy Tech Community College acquired the John Waldron Art Center last year, there has been a concerted effort to raise awareness about the new relationship.

Ivy Tech Waldron Gallery Director Julie Roberts knows that it’s taking some time for locals to get the connection between the state-wide community college system, and the art center, which for many years was managed by the Bloomington Area Arts Council.

Flying Under The Radar

“Ivy Tech does such amazing things that fly under the radar for most of the people in the city limits,” Roberts explained,”and at the same time we’re doing wonderful artistic things at the Waldron that fly under the radar for students on the west side.”

So Roberts brainstormed artistic solutions for bridging the gap. Ironically, the way she proposed to connect the campuses was with a multi-site installation of art that could, itself, fly under the radar.

“There is no frame anywhere around anything!” joked Roberts, about the results.

The artworks commissioned for the city-wide exhibition were made by Dylan DeWitt, an artist new to Bloomington whose work Julie encountered during the 2010 call for entries. Although Dylan holds a BFA in illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Yale, the works he created for this installation are neither paintings nor prints, and definitely not illustrations. Dubbed In Plain Sight, the installation’s full title might be “An Artwork Is Hiding Right Here In Plain Sight”.

Re-engaging With The Visible World

Walking down a fairly mundane corridor in the B-wing of Ivy Tech’s main campus building, for example, you might or might not notice the randomly spaced turquoise floor tiles—which were part of the existing interior design scheme—until they start creeping off the floor to the surrounding walls and windows.

“When you start to paint,” muses DeWitt, “you see how the light, for example, is making a color on the wall, and you learn to see a lot of things you hadn’t seen before, or at least hadn’t endowed with legitimacy as something to be paid attention to.  Perfunctory things begin to be potentially  interesting experiences because you’re looking for them now.”

DeWitt hopes to heighten awareness even for the student trudging down the hallway to class. “In a painting anything that happens with the rectangle is part of it; anything else is not. When you know you’re going to see art you turn on your art-like ways of seeing, and when you leave, you’re done; so you turn them off again. So you miss a lot of potentially incredible experiences because you’ve turned off that part of your perception.”

From the mischievous blue squares in Ivy Tech’s main campus building, you may proceed to five other sites–on the west side and at the Waldron–where your consciousness will get a jog in the most banal places and situations.

Post No Bills

Here, delight is camouflaged in the cloak of the everyday, whether you’re waiting for the elevator, trudging down the hall to class, or passing a bulletin board crammed with multi-colored flyers, that read as so much visual chaos.

“If you really want someone to see  something,” noted DeWitt, “don’t put it on a bulletin board!”

It should come as no surprise then, that DeWitt has chosen the bulletin board, a place meant to attract attention but normally failing to do so, as the site to re-engage attention. I won’t spoil the surprise, but be forewarned that the way he’s done it is so subtle it easily escapes notice. Which is the whole point.


A multi-site art installation by Dylan DeWitt spans the city from Ivy Tech’s west-side hub to the downtown Waldron Art Center.

Photo: Dylan DeWitt

An installation in the B-wing of Ivy Tech’s Main Campus building riffs on the existing interior design.

In an installation at the Life Sciences building at 501 North Profiles Parkway a grey stripe coursing through the hallway approximates a value on the grey scale for each hue it encounters.

Photo: Dylan DeWitt

Dylan DeWitt’s installation in the central atrium of Ivy Tech’s Main Campus building takes advantage of the space’s symmetry to create the illusion that the suspended mirrors do not reflect, but allow a view beyond.

Ivy Tech and Centerstone to host workshop featuring keynote speaker Carl Pickhardt

September 28, 2011

Ivy Tech and Centerstone to host workshop featuring keynote speaker Carl Pickhardt

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus and Centerstone are presenting a workshop on parenting adolescents, featuring keynote speaker and author Carl Pickhardt, Ph.D. on Friday, October 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Ivy Tech Bloomington.

The workshop, “Understanding and Parenting Adolescents: Where do we grow from here?,” will be held in the Ivy Tech Bloomington student commons. Tickets for the workshop can be purchased for $35, and includes a lunch and six continuing education credits for social and behavioral sciences professionals.

“Participants will get great value out of this workshop,” said Mike James, Ivy Tech department chair of social and behavioral sciences. “Six continuing education credits for professionals can cost three to five times as much as the $35 fee we’re asking, and it includes lunch.”



·       Introduction: My approach as an educational Psychologist

·       The journey of adolescence: Four stages of adolescence and the changes each brings

·       How all parenting is not the same: Mothering, fathering, single parenting, step parenting

·       Adolescence and substance use: Signs to watch for, steps to take




·       Early adolescence and social cruelty: How adults can moderate the harm

·       Last stage adolescence when kids move back home: Making the reunion work

·       Strategies for parenting adolescence: Bridging differences and managing conflict

Carl Pickhardt, Ph.D., is writer of a weekly blog for Psychology Today, “Surviving (your child’s) adolescence,” and is author of Boomerang Kids – Why our children are failing on their own and Why Good Kids Act Cruel – The hidden truth about the pre-teen years.

Participants should register with Ivy Tech by Monday, Oct.17 at (812) 330-6041 or (812) 330-6044.

About Centerstone
Centerstone, a not-for-profit organization, has provided a wide range of mental health and addiction services to Indiana residents for more than 50 years. Through more than 60 facilities in 17 Indiana counties, Centerstone serves more than 24,000 children, adolescents, adults and seniors each year. The organization also operates the Foster Care Select program in 24 counties and is accredited by CARF International. For more information about Centerstone, please call 800-344-8802 or visit www.centerstone.org.

Cook Institute for Entrepreneurship luncheon to feature keynote speaker Mickey Maurer

September 23, 2011

The Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship is hosting its second annual Cook Institute for Entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus in the Connie and Steve Ferguson Academic Building on Wednesday, October 5. The luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  in the commons, and will feature keynote speaker and Chairman of the Board of the National Bank of Indianapolis, Mickey Maurer. Tickets and table sponsorships are still available.

“Ivy Tech is honored to host the second annual Gayle & Bill Cook Institute for Entrepreneurship with opening keynote speaker Mickey Maurer, who will talk about the importance of Mr. Cook’s ‘ready, fire, aim’ philosophy,” said Ivy Tech Bloomington Chancellor John Whikehart. “Part of the mission of the Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship is to engage the community and to foster entrepreneurship in the region, and the second annual Cook Institute is an example of how the Center connects with community through its programs.”

A workshop, “Social Media: Return on Inestment,” will be held following the luncheon from 2 to 3 p.m. in Lamkin Hall. Guests of the Cook Institute are welcome to stay and participate in this interactive workshop that will explore how social media strategy impacts business operations, productivity and ultimately the bottom line.

Individual tickets for the second annual Cook Institute luncheon at Ivy Tech are $50, tables of 8 can be purchased for $500, and event sponsorships for $1,000 are still available.

To purchase tickets, or for more information about the Cook Institute or the Cook Center for Entrepreneurship, contact (812) 330-6261, nniehaus@ivytech.edu or visit www.ivytech.edu/entrepreneurship.

The Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus was established in 2010 to develop and implement practical tools and resources for students, individuals, and the community to foster entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech Bloomington and in the broader economic development region it serves.

Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus to host Open House event on Wednesday

September 22, 2011

Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus is hosting an open house on Wednesday, Sept. 28 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Students and guest students at the event are encouraged to sign up for fall 8-week classes starting on Oct. 17 or sign up for spring 2012 semester.

Classes still available for fall 8-week semester include biotechnology, introduction to business, public speaking, communications, macroeconomics, English composition, history, professional presence, new student seminar, psychology and sociology. Many 8-week classes are also available online.

Guests at open house will also find out about how to apply to Ivy Tech, register for classes, financial aid options to help pay for school, transfer options, student life opportunities and more.

Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus is located at 200 Daniels Way on the west side of Bloomington, off of SR 48.

For more information about Open House and how to sign up for fall 8-week classes or spring 2012 semester, please call (812) 330-6013.

For information about Ivy Tech degree options, log on www.ivytech.edu/ or call 1(888) IVY-LINE.