Ivy Tech provides theatre workshops to students at New Tech High School

Students to perform their works in the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center Rose Firebay

December 7, 2011

Ivy Tech began working with two English classes at New Tech High School on Oct. 24 to teach them about theatre production. Jeffery Allen, theatre professional and assistant director of Ivy Tech’s Center for Lifelong Learning, provided technical support, workshops, and advice to New Tech students over the course of six weeks.

“This is an activity of the Ivy Tech/Bloomington Playwrights Project Youth Education partnership, so the students had the benefit of learning about all aspects of theatre production,” Allen said. “They researched the different aspects of a professional theatre company – marketing, artistic direction, construction and everything in-between.”

“This theatre activity at New Tech High School is yet another example of the college’s commitment to provide comprehensive educational opportunities for students,” said John Whikehart, Chancellor of Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus.

New Tech students adapted the plays Macbeth and Richard III into modern contexts, and created a theatre company as a class project.

Both English classes visited the Ivy Tech Waldron for a Q&A session about technical theatre, directing, and the best way to rehearse. Students refined and revised their work, and beginning on Dec. 12, will be at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center to put together their productions.

New Tech students present their finished work for only friends and family in the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center Rose Firebay on Thursday, Dec. 15.

Allen came to Ivy Tech after working for six and half years as the producing artistic director for Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theatre in Middletown, CT. He is originally from Cleveland, OH, where he served as director of education at Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT). Before working at CPT, he spent four seasons with Great Lakes Theater in their education outreach program. Allen is a member of the Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Lab and Actors’ Equity Association. He received training from the National Guild for Community Arts Education, and holds a degree from Baldwin-Wallace College in OH.

The Center for Lifelong Learning Spring 2012 continuing education course catalog will be available on Tuesday, Dec. 13. Look for it in newspapers and at drop locations around town.

For more information about Ivy Tech/BPP Youth Education program classes or other Center for Lifelong Learning offerings, log on www.ivytech.edu/CLL or call (812) 330-6041.


Turning lemonade into leadership

Turning lemonade into leadership

Our opinion
December 3, 2011

Lemonade stands aren’t often the subject of editorials in The Herald-Times, or the source for stories of lives transformed by entrepreneurial effort.

But that is exactly what was shared at Thursday night’s local kickoff of a program that gives kids a chance to learn how small businesses are created.

Lemonade Day began in Houston, Texas, in 2007, and now has spread to 31 cities, including Bloomington. Participants receive instruction in basic free-market principles such as supply and demand and return on investment. Just as importantly, they learn about goal setting, philanthropy, teamwork, personal responsibility and other life skills that will serve them well, whether their careers are spent in the boardroom or on the shop room floor.

A number of local organizations are supporting the program, but principal sponsors are the Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech, the city of Bloomington and the Boys and Girls Club.

We’ll be writing more about the program as it unfolds, culminating in Bloomington Lemonade Day next May 19. Learn more now at www.lemonadeday.com or by emailing bl-lemonade-day@lists.ivytech.edu.

Copyright: HeraldTimesOnline.com 2011

Letter: Storming the Bastille

Letter: Storming the Bastille

December 3, 2011

To the editor:

I am very respectful of the courage and tenacity of the several “Occupy Movements” to energize analysis and discussion of the most fundamental issues of our time — particularly how the wealthiest who are managing the global economy do not have to bear the responsibility of shipping so many of our manufacturing jobs overseas.

Admittedly, they were following basic economic principles that money, like water, will flow downhill to the point of lowest cost. But we are now painfully feeling the effects of the hidden costs of so many now unable to find work.

Solutions are difficult, but meeting challenges is the ethos of this country. Storming the Bastille did not bring prosperity to France. They still had to make an economy work with sound currency, financial and governmental systems. This will take much homework on all our parts.

Bringing back the WPA will not a recovery make, though. Jobs will be created by new Steve Jobs and Bill Cooks working in their garages developing new products and services for the planet. Here the Ivy Tech-Cook Entrepreneur Center is much appreciated.

But underlying this whole issue are the intellectual and moral fibers of what is most important — wealth accumulation or philanthropy?

Dan Enslow, Bloomington

Copyright: HeraldTimesOnline.com 2011

Learning, lemons and leadership

It’s your business

Learning, lemons and leadership

By Adam Wason
A Bloomington voice
December 2, 2011

This coming year the community’s youth will have a new opportunity to learn the ropes of entrepreneurship. Lemonade Day is a fun, experiential learning program that teaches youth how to start, own and operate a business through the age-old model of the lemonade stand.

Started in Houston in 2007, Lemonade Day has grown to serve more than 120,000 kids in 31 cities across the United States and Canada. This city’s first day was Thursday with a grand kickoff event. The foremost objective is to empower youth to take ownership of their lives and become productive members of society as business leaders, social advocates, volunteers and forward-thinking leaders of tomorrow.

Bringing Lemonade Day to Bloomington is the result of a partnership between the Boys and Girls Club, the Gayle and Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech Community College, and the city of Bloomington and Monroe County governments.

Community sponsors have already begun jumping on board. The Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County has been generous with grant support, as have the Coleman Foundation, Monroe County government and the city of Bloomington.

What do kids learn by participating in Lemonade Day? With a personal mentor or by participating in the community-wide training events, the kids are taken through a step-by-step curriculum of business operations, food safety and social responsibility.

They learn the basics of economics and financial literacy through the purchase of capital (the stand), managing supply and demand and earning a return on investment.

They learn about college-readiness through teamwork and problem-solving.

They also learn life skills and personal skill development through leadership training, self-direction, time management and philanthropy.

These lessons in business operations will culminate in the community-wide Lemonade Day on May 19, 2012. Lemonade stands will sprout up in neighborhoods, fire stations, city parks, churches and other locations throughout the community. By teaching kids these important lessons in entrepreneurship training, work force development begins at young age.

Your business can join in fostering the next great Bloomington entrepreneur. Sponsors, mentors, supporters and — most of all — lemonade consumers are welcome!

For more on Lemonade Day Bloomington, contact Adam Wason at wasona@bloomington.in.gov or 349-3418.

Adam Wason is assistant economic development director for small business for the city of Bloomington. Next week’s column will be from Jerry Conover of the IU business school.

Copyright: HeraldTimesOnline.com 2011

Scholarship generator tops local Startup business competition

Scholarship generator tops local Startup business competition

H-T report
November 25, 2011

Online technology to enable people to create scholarships around causes they care about came out on top of the recent Bloomington Startup Weekend held at Ivy Tech.

Called Fundships, the new business proposal was one of 20 ideas evaluated by a panel of judges. Second place was awarded to Punchit, a mobile app for marketing small business, and in third place was Whack-A-Stack, a toy promoting fun and fitness.

Fundships now advances to the next part of the competition — Global Startup Battle 2001 — where the idea will compete against others from around the world. You can see all the finalists and vote for your favorite idea at www.facebook.com/Startupweekend.

The local event was hosted by the Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus. Local event sponsors included Ivy Tech, SproutBox, BKD LLP, Mallor/Grodner attorneys, Blueline, Express Employment Professionals, Showers Inn, Bloomington Bagel Co., Pizza X and Jimmy Johns.

There were 35 participants at the local event, who formed nine teams to compete.

Copyright: HeraldTimesOnline.com 2011

Startup goals include team development

It’s your business

Startup goals include team development

By Steve Bryant
Special to The H-T
November 25, 2011

Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington and the Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship recently hosted the second Bloomington Startup weekend (www.bloomington.startupweekend.org) at our main campus.

Our event was part of Global Entrepreneurship Week (www.gewusa.org) and more than 100 events were held around the world to promote entrepreneurship in its rawest form.

We were fortunate to have three communities in Indiana that launched startup weekend events, including West Lafayette and Indianapolis. We were also the only site hosted by a community college.

Bloomington Startup Weekend attracted 35 participants who pitched 20 new business ideas and formed teams around 9 of them.

The teams were all trying to solve a problem and provide a solution that could also make money. Most all of the teams had some form of a technology component, be it a website, Facebook page or mobile application in some form of development. Twitter fans were “tweeting” all weekend about the event and the team projects.

Our participants included technology developers, product specialists, business people and regular people with good ideas looking to explore them further. What was most satisfying was seeing complete strangers take an idea, bring their collective expertise and wisdom to bear and create a working business model in 54 hours.

It is my best guess that these budding “entrepreneurs” will move forward to full execution of their businesses, as they were quite motivated by the end of the sessions.

This is certainly one way for us to grow the Bloomington economy and make it more dynamic! By creating our own jobs, developing new technologies and empowering the next generation, we can improve the wage and income gap detailed in the Bloomington Economic Development Corp./Indiana Business Research Center report released last week.

My hope is that next Thanksgiving, there are nine new business startups in our community that we can be proud of.

Have a great weekend with your family and friends, and if one of your guests comes up with a good idea after the third helping and subsequent “turkey nap,” send ’em our way — straight to www.ivytech.edu/bloomington/entrepreneurship.

See Page D4 for a story on the competition winners.

Steve Bryant is executive director of the Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech Bloomington. Next week’s column will be by Danise Alano with the city of Bloomington.

Copyright: HeraldTimesOnline.com 2011

FundShips wins Bloomington Startup Weekend

November 22, 2011

FundShips wins Bloomington Startup Weeken

The winner of the second annual Bloomington Startup Weekend, held November 18-20 on Ivy Tech Bloomington’s main campus, is FundShips. FundShips (www.fundships.com) is an innovative new online business that uses technology to enable people to create scholarships around causes they care about for scholars who deserve them.

Bloomington Startup Weekend, which was a featured event during Global Entrepreneurship Week, included 35 participants who submitted 20 pitches for business ideas. The participants formed nine teams to compete in the competition.

Punchit, a mobile app for marketing small businesses, took second place and Whack-A-Stack, a toy promoting fun and fitness, came in third place.

The Bloomington event was hosted by the Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington. Other Startup Weekend events were held in West Lafayette at the Herman and Heddy Kurz Purdue Technology Center and in Indianapolis at the Purdue Technology Center.

“Ivy Tech Bloomington is the only community college in the nation that hosted a Startup Weekend, and we are amazed at the progress that can be made in 54 hours by taking practical ideas and putting together teams of talented people who work together to foster the entrepreneurial spirit,” said Chancellor John Whikehart of Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus. “We are also pleased to see FundShips create a technology that focuses on the success of students, which reflects our mission at Ivy Tech.”

FundShips advances to the Global Startup Battle 2011 where they compete with teams from around the world. You can vote for FundShips or your favorite startup from November 22-28 at www.facebook.com/Startupweekend  or http://globalstartupbattle.com/.  The remaining teams will continue to make progress towards building our entrepreneurial community.

FundShips was selected as the winner by a panel of judges including: Jim Silberstein of Ivy Tech’s Cook Center for Entrepreneurship, Bill West of Option Six, Vickie Temple Davison of Bloomington Hardware, A John Rose of Textillery Weavers and Matthew Sooy of the Indiana University Kelley School of Business.

Event sponsors included Ivy Tech Community College, SproutBox, BKD LLP, Mallor/Grodner Attorneys, Blueline, Express Employment Professionals, Showers Inn, Bloomington Bagel Company, Pizza X and Jimmy Johns.

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. For more information, log on www.ivytech.edu/entrepreneurship.