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Building A Comprehensive Community College

Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington 10-year Building Anniversary 2002-2012

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Building a Comprehensive Community College A letter from Chancellor Whikehart


Constructing History

A timeline of Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington


Opening the Doors

Community leaders reflect in 2012 about Ivy Tech-Bloomington’s beginnings


Support Structures

The Fergusons reflect on Ivy Tech-Bloomington’s growth in the Connie and Steve Ferguson Academic Building


Windows to the Inside

Faculty & staff reflect on the growth of Ivy Tech-Bloomington, and moving into the Daniels Way campus


Building Student Success


Dedicated to Community & Workforce Needs


Providing a Foundation for Seamless Education


Civic Engagement is our Cornerstone

Building A Comprehensive Community College

Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington 10-year Building Anniversary 2002-2012

VISION “A College for Our Communities”

Mission Ivy Tech-Bloomington will be transformed to model a comprehensive communtiy college, creating and sustaining strategic partnerships that enable us to deliver quality education and training programs, build a foundation that recognizes and values relationships, academic rigor, and curriculum relevance to student success, and change the lives of our students while supporting the workforce and economic development goals of our communities. Ivy Tech-Bloomington established the following strategic goals in order to become a comprehensive community college: • Focus on the success of the individual student. • Respond to community workforce and economic development needs. • Create and enhance opportunities for “seamless education.” • Model a “service-oriented” learning environment.


Building In 2012, Ivy Tech Community CollegeBloomington celebrates its 10-year building anniversary at 200 Daniels Way. Rather than celebrate the anniversary of a facility, however, we invite you to celebrate our successes “building” a comprehensive community college. Ivy Tech-Bloomington revised its mission statement in 2003 and established the following strategic goals in order to become a comprehensive community college: • Focus on the success of the individual student. • Respond to the community workforce and economic development needs.

A Comprehensive Community College Since then, the college has achieved a number of accomplishments within those goals. In the last 10 years, the Bloomington campus has grown from serving 2,600 students in 2002, to serving more than 6,000 students in 2012. The college acquired the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center, built the Indiana Center for the Life Sciences on its main campus, established three Centers (The Center for Civic Engagement, The Center for Lifelong Learning and The Gayle and Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship), leased additional space in two locations on Liberty Drive to accommodate rapid growth, and the campus currently serves residents at instructional sites in Lawrence, Martin and Orange Counties. This publication serves as a record of the history of our campus, and the ways we are “building” a comprehensive community college.

• Create and enhance opportunities for “seamless” education. • Model a “service-oriented” learning environment.

John R. Whikehart, Chancellor Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington


Constructing 1963

In 1963, the Indiana General Assembly established Indiana Vocational Technical College as Indiana’s first statewide vocational technical college.


1967 Indiana Vocational Technical College Region 10 received its charter on June 20, 1967. Its educational centers were to be located in Columbus and Bloomington.

Indiana Vocational Technical College central office course catalog, 1968-70


Bloomington classes were first offered in 1968. Only classes in health occupations were offered. The Bloomington campus occupied an 11,768 sq. ft. former medical facility across from Bloomington Hospital at 727 West Second Street.

History: 1971 In 1971, the General Assembly amended the legislation to enable the College to offer general education courses the College felt were important to its vocational and technical programs. The 1971 legislation also gave the College authority to award diplomas and appropriate certificates of achivement through the associate degree level.

Ivy Tech-Bloomington’s first practical nursing graduates

Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington

The Bloomington campus awarded 17 technical certificates to the first Practical Nursing graduates, and two technical certificates to Operating Room technicians.


Harvey S. Poling Jr. is noted as an administrator who envisioned a successful future for the greater Bloomington area. Poling’s involvement in Indiana Vocational Technical College Region 10 began in 1976 and he served as Vice President/Dean of Region 10 from 1978-1985.

Harvey S. Poling Jr.


Constructing 1978

In 1978, the Bloomington campus leased a former newspaper office and production plant — a 44,000 sq. ft. building at 303 North Curry Pike. Programs offered: Practical Nursing, Electronics, Secretarial Science, and Building Construction



In 1981, the Bloomington campus leased space at a former shopping village (Westbury Village) — a 67,000 sq. ft. building at 3116 Canterbury Court at the intersection of highway 37N and SR 46W. Programs offered: Accounting, Business, Computer Information, Design Technology, Early Childhood Education, Electronics Technology, General Studies, Manufacturing & Industrial Technology, Office Administration, Practical Nursing, and Registered Nursing.


Upon his promotion to Vice President/ Development at Ivy Tech’s Central Office, Harvey J. Poling Jr. was replaced by Homer Smith, who became District Vice President for Regions 10, 11, and 13 in 1986 and continued to serve as Dean of Region 10 until 1987 when James Wells was appointed Executive Dean of Region 10.

Homer Smith

History: 1990

In 1990, the Bloomington campus became a “stand-alone” campus as a result of significant enrollment growth. The campus created key administrative positions which allowed it to operate semi-independently from Region 10. The position of Executive Dean was filled by Dr. Thomas Jordan, who stayed with the Bloomington campus from August 1990 - June 1999.

Dr. Thomas Jordan


Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington

In 1995, the Indiana General Assembly renamed the college "Ivy Tech State College" to reflect its transition from a postsecondary vocational school to a college system. The name “Ivy Tech” came from abbreviating the college’s original name, Indiana Vocational Technical College.


In 1999, the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges granted Ivy Tech State College blanket accreditation for all of its regions and campuses for a ten-year period. The position of Executive Dean was restructured to a Chancellor level position. Dr. Thomas Jordan resigned, and Michael P. Carroll was appointed Interim Chancellor for the following nine months.


Constructing In 1999, the Indiana General Assembly granted approval of a $23 million capital project for the Bloomington campus and plans moved ahead to build a 148,000-square-foot academic and training facility at 200 Daniels Way.


Governor Frank O’Bannon announced the partnership between Ivy Tech State College and Vincinnes University. The two educational institutions would eventually form the Community College of Indiana.

Governor Frank O’Bannon


In January 2000, the passing of House Bill 1330 in The Indiana General Assembly removed a phrase in the Indiana Code, which previously limited the Ivy Tech State Board of Trustees to 13 members. This legislation paved the way for Ivy Tech to add its 14th region at Bloomington. On March 1, 2000, Willie J. Kimmons was appointed to the position of Chancellor of the Bloomington campus, and remained through August 2001. On March 31, 2000, groundbreaking for the new building took place.

History: On October 26, 2000, Ivy Tech State College Board of Trustees established the Bloomington campus as the fourteenth Ivy Tech region. Its service area was expanded to serve the following counties: Monroe, Lawrence, Owen, Martin, the eastern part of Green, and the southern portion of Morgan.



On April 3, 2001, Governor Frank O’Bannon appointed local Bloomington resident and businessman Dr. Ron Powell as the future Region 14 State Trustee.

Dr. Ron Powell, State Trustee

Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington

On June 14, 2001, Ivy Tech’s State Board of Trustees approved a new charter for the founding day for Region 14/ Bloomington as well as a sevenmember Board of Trustees for the region.

On September 5, 2001, John R. Whikehart was appointed to the position of Interim Chancellor of the Bloomington campus. His position was made permanent in February 2002.

John R. Whikehart, Chancellor


Constructing 2002

In 2002, the new Ivy Tech-Bloomington building at 200 Daniels Way opened in the fall semester with an enrollment of 2,600.



In 2003, Ivy Tech-Bloomington revised its vision and mission statement, and established four primary goals as a comprehensive community college: • Focus on the success of the individual student. • Respond to the community workforce and economic development needs. • Create and enhance opportunities for “seamless" education. • Model a “service-oriented” learning environment.

Chancellor Whikehart welcoming student to Ivy Tech


In 2004, the Center for Civic Engagement was established to fulfill the college’s goal of modeling a service-oriented learning environment. The Center promotes volunteerism, service-learning, and community involvement.

Student volunteers


In 2005, Senate Enrolled Act 296 was passed by the state legislature, and the college’s name changed to reflect its role as Indiana’s statewide community college system- Ivy Tech Community College.

History: 2006

Space was leased in downtown Bloomington at 301 North Morton Street in the historic Illinois Central Freight Station (Depot) to house Ivy Tech-Bloomington’s Workforce and Economic Development (WED) and the Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL) continuing education departments.


Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington


In 2006, Ivy Tech-Bloomington created a Life Sciences department.

In 2007, 8,500 sq. ft. of classroom space was leased at 1907 South Liberty Drive.

Monroe County Redevelopment Commission and County Commissioners approved the Indiana Center for Life Sciences (ICLS) facility to be built next to Ivy Tech-Bloomington. The state awarded a $1.2 million Strategic Skills Initiative (SSI) grant as a result of the partnership, which was the second highest award in the state.

The Legislature, with the sponsorship of State Senator Vi Simpson, granted $350,000 for an architectural and engineering study for new campus construction.

The Indiana Center for the Life Sciences under construction

Ivy Tech-Bloomington was named the third fastest growing community college of its size in the nation by Community College Weekly.


Constructing 2008

In 2008, additional classroom space was leased at 1907 S. Liberty Drive for a total of 25,000 sq. ft.

Ivy Tech-Bloomington fall student enrollment reached 5,700: a 120% increase from 2002.

Initial architectural and design plans completed for a $20 million addition to the main campus.

The “Limestone Duet� was commissioned as a permanent art/ sculpture installation on the main campus in October.

Liberty Drive

Limestone Duet sculpture


In 2009, the Indiana Center for the Life Sciences (ICLS) was dedicated and opened spring semester. Ivy Tech-Bloomington fall student enrollment reached 6,205: nearly a 140% increase from 2002.


In 2010, The John Waldron Arts Center was acquired from the City of Bloomington and became the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center on May 1. The Center for Lifelong Learning moved into the facility.

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Indiana Center for the Life Sciences

Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center

History: 16,000 sq. ft. of space was leased at Liberty Crossing (2088 South Liberty Drive) for classrooms, offices, and kitchen space for the Hospitality Administration program. Workforce & Economic Development (WED) department moved in. The Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship was launched, and 2,500 sq. ft. of space was leased for the Center at Liberty Crossing.

Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington



Ivy Tech-Bloomington’s main campus building was named the “Connie and Steve Ferguson Academic Building” in recognition of the Fergusons’ many contributions, including a gift of $1 million dollars to Ivy Tech-Bloomington in 2011.

Spring semester student enrollment reached 6,400.

In 2011, Ivy Tech-Bloomington leased an additional 4,000 sq. ft. of space at Liberty Crossing for more classes and labs.

In 2012, Ivy Tech-Bloomington opened the Orange County Learning Center at Springs Valley.


Orange County Learning Center at Springs Valley



Community leaders reflect in 2012 on Ivy Tech-Bloomington’s beginnings At a time when state funding was hard to come by, Bob Garton, president pro tempore of the Indiana Senate in 1999, was instrumental in appropriating the funds for Ivy Tech-Bloomington’s building to be constructed in 2002.

“Bloomington has truly received a gift. This gift and the impact we can make here is unbelievable.” — Connie Ferguson, Ivy Tech-Bloomington Regional Board of Trustees chair, 2002 interview


“It is hard to believe it has been 10 years,” said Garton. “When the budget came through, with the cost at $23 million, the building was going to have to be built in two phases. With the way interest rates were at the time, I called Mayor Mark Kruzan and told him we had the remaining funds for the building so the construction could be completed all at once.”

In 1997, the Indiana General Assembly appropriated $1.24 million for land acquisition and $1.3 million for architectural planning for the Bloomington campus. In 1999, The Indiana General Assembly granted approval of a $23 million capital project for the Bloomington campus and plans moved ahead to build a 148,000-square-foot academic and training facility at 200 Daniels Way. “I once said, 'We are never going to have 3,000 students here!’” said Garton. “The joke is on me now, with the number of students being more than 6,000!” Continued on next page Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington



ward-winning rchitecture

The Odle McGuire Shook Corporation “We ended up using stone because Ivy Tech administrators requested an interior that would be warm and inviting and also reflect the success of its programs and students. At the same time, the building needed to be durable enough to stand the test of time. The stone, marble, and terrazzo used to enhance the lobby and public spaces fulfill these needs and provide a welcoming environment for students, staff, and visitors. Although a stone interior is a bit more expensive in the short-term, Ivy Tech recognized that in the long-run it ends up saving the college and the state money because they won’t have to perform constant maintenance and repairs.” Excerpt from The Herald-Times, 2003

On April 25, 2003, Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington was recognized as an example of excellence in masonry design and construction at the International Masonry Institute’s Indiana/Kentucky Golden Trowel Awards ceremony.

— Cynthia Walters, Odle McGuire Shook Interior Designer

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Steve Ferguson, Chairman of the board of Cook Group Inc., was Chairman of the Indiana Commission for Higher Education when the question of purchasing the new facility was brought to his attention. “I thought Ivy Tech-Bloomington needed three things in a new building,” said Ferguson. “One, the building should not be intimidating to students. It should look similar to a high school campus, as one unified building. Two, it should be a facility

Lee Marchant, current Ivy Tech State Trustee, served on the site selection committee for Bloomington’s new campus. “I’ve been involved in Ivy Tech-Bloomington since the time it was barely known, except to be a place to go if you wanted to be a carpenter or a welder,” said Marchant, “and now it has transitioned into a Community College.” Marchant, president and CEO of LJM Enterprises, Inc., has been

“It is hard to believe it has been 10 years … I once said, ‘We are never going to have 3,000 students here!' Well, the joke is on me now, with the number of students being more than 6,000.” — Bob Garton, Indiana Senator 1970-2006

“It’s one of those cases where the bricks and mortar made a difference.” — Connie Ferguson, Ivy Tech-Bloomington Regional Board of Trustees chair, 2002 interview


they can be proud of. Three, the building should be well-organized, to reflect its organization as an educational institution. The building met these three criteria and continues to do so. That is something that faculty, staff, and students can all be proud of.” In 2011, Ivy Tech-Bloomington named its building the “Connie and Steve Ferguson Academic Building” in recognition of the Fergusons’ many contributions, including a gift of one million dollars. A community committee of leaders chose the site for Ivy Tech-Bloomington’s new campus, located at 200 Daniels Way.

involved with Ivy Tech for 20 years, and raised nearly $80 million during his tenure as Ivy Tech Foundation Chair. Landowner Bill C. Brown made a major contribution to Ivy Tech-Bloomington when he sold 30 acres of land to the college for $435,000 less than its appraised value. When Ivy TechBloomington’s new building opened in 2002, Ivy Tech dedicated its circular outdoor plaza the Bill C. and Patty Brown Plaza. “My wife and I have always favored education in our charitable giving and we were excited to be able to provide the land to Continued on next page Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington

Founder’s Day In October, 2000, Founder’s Day events were held to celebrate Ivy Tech Community College’s 33-year history. State Rep. Mark Kruzan, D-Bloomington, gave the Founder's Day address. He said Ivy Tech is bringing the slogan “Our Future is Your Future” to life. “There have been incredible strides made in 33 years, but let’s consider what the next 33 years could bring. I envision the progress of the next third of a century will be exponentially greater,” said Kruzan. Lee Marchant, chairman of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and chairman of the Resource Development Council for Ivy Tech Bloomington in 2000, said that the college excelled at mentoring students. “In all my experience in education, there aren’t any faculty more caring, nurturing or that mentor students any better than Ivy Tech faculty,” he said, singling out Celinda Kay Leach, Ivy Tech’s Practical Nursing Program chairwoman, for special praise.

Gerald I. Lamkin, President Emeritus, Ivy Tech Community College at Founder's Day, 2000

“Ivy Tech is doing great things community by community. Throughout the growth of the college, we have never lost the fact that we care about people.” — Gerald

I. Lamkin, President Emeritus, Ivy Tech Community College

State Rep. Mark Kruzan at Founder's Day, 2000 Mayor, City of Bloomington, 2012

Celinda Kay Leach, R.N., M.P.H., Professor Emeritus, at Founder's Day, 2000

“There isn’t anybody in the state, and I don’t think anybody nationally, that turns out better LPN’s than she does,” he said, adding that “what the faculty are able to do with the people who walk through the portals of this institution is simply amazing.” Excerpt from The Herald-Times, 2000

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accommodate this need,” said Brown, who is a continued supporter of Ivy Tech-Bloomington.

“When asked what I thought about the recommendation of Whikehart as Ivy Tech-Bloomington Chancellor,” said Garton, “I said, ‘Absolutely.’ I think John is a perfect fit for the Bloomington region and is doing great things there.”

“Ivy Tech has been a far greater success in a shorter amount of time than anybody has anticipated,” said Brown. “I

“Ivy Tech has been a far greater success in a shorter amount of time than anybody has anticipated. I couldn’t be more pleased with what we’ve done locally to bring this together.” — Bill C. Brown, land donor for Ivy Tech-Bloomington’s Daniels Way campus couldn’t be more pleased with what we’ve done locally to bring this together. Many people, specifically Connie Ferguson, chair of the Ivy Tech-Bloomington Board of Trustees, played a major role in all of this.”

The Bill C. and Patty Brown Plaza was dedicated in 2002. Left to right: Patty Brown, Bill C. Brown, Connie Ferguson

Lee Marchant, State Trustee, Ivy Tech-Bloomington 20

New Chancellor, new beginnings

Gerald I. Lamkin, President Emeritus of Ivy Tech Community College, said he knew that Whikehart was the right person for the job. “Throughout the growth of the college, we never lost the fact that we care about people. And that is key to John Whikehart – his concern for people.”

On September 5, 2001, John R. Whikehart was appointed to the position of Interim Chancellor of Ivy TechBloomington. His position was made permanent in February 2002.

In a 2002 interview, Whikehart commented on the future of Ivy Tech. He said the important question to be asked was, “How can we be a college for our community? Regardless of what is happening around us on a larger scale, how can we be the best college we can be for our service area?”

Bob Garton, Indiana Senator who was instrumental in appropriating the funds for Ivy Tech-Bloomington’s new building, was glad to see Chancellor Whikehart appointed to the Bloomington campus.

Ivy Tech transitioned into a Community College in 2005 and the Bloomington campus, under Whikehart’s leadership, continues to meet the unique needs of its community.

Chancellor John R. Whikehart

Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington

Community Enhancement On September 12, 2002, Ivy Tech-Bloomington received a Community Enhancement Award from the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce for contributions to the improvement of the City of Bloomington’s image and economic development.

“The Whikehart years at Ivy Tech are marked by progress beyond my wildest hopes for the campus. Having been an Ivy Tech supporter since 1986, my earliest year in the Indiana General Assembly, I've seen the college evolve from leaky rental space at its old location to today's thriving campus with a community identity befitting its important regional role. Ivy TechBloomington has progressed light years in ten years!” — Mark

Kruzan, Mayor, City of Bloomington



The Fergusons reflect on Ivy TechBloomington’s growth in the Connie and Steve Ferguson Academic Building On August 10, 2011, Ivy TechBloomington named its building the “Connie and Steve Ferguson Academic Building” in recognition of the Fergusons’ many contributions, including a gift of one million dollars to Ivy TechBloomington in 2011.

The primary reason for the Fergusons’ gift was to demonstrate support for an 85,000-square-foot building expansion to accommodate enrollment growth. The current building was designed to accommodate 5,000 students. In 2012, enrollment reached 6,400.

Left to right: Ivy Tech-Bloomington Chancellor John R. Whikehart, Connie Ferguson, Steve Ferguson, Ivy Tech President Thomas J. Snyder

“The Fergusons’ lead gift signals to the state that the Bloomington community supports Ivy Tech’s mission and values our contribution of a trained and skilled workforce.” — Thomas 22

J. Snyder, President, Ivy Tech Community College

“After the building was first constructed, I think that three things happened,” said Steve Ferguson, Chairman of the Board of Cook Group, Inc. “One, having a unified building with the primary purpose of education made a statement. Two, becoming a Community College established Ivy Tech as an institution with a broader mission. Three, Ivy Tech-Bloomington received both statewide and community recognition for the important role that it plays.” “The institution and the students have become much more involved in their communities, and Ivy Tech has become recognized as an important contributor to south central Indiana,” said Ferguson.

“Ivy Tech has moved from being thought of as simply an educational institution, to one that plays a major role in the community. 10 years ago, that role wasn’t as recognized as it is now.” - Steve Ferguson, Chairman of the Board of Cook Group, Inc. “It’s one of those cases where the bricks and mortar made a difference,” said Connie Ferguson, Chair of the Ivy Tech-Bloomington Regional Board of Trustees, in a 2002 interview. “You can see it in the students — they recognize this institution means something.”

“Ivy Tech has moved from being thought of as simply an educational institution, to one that plays a major role in the community,” said Steve Ferguson. “10 years ago, that role wasn’t as recognized as it is now.” “The Fergusons are leaders in our community and they are vitally committed to education for all,” said Ivy Tech-Bloomington Chancellor John Whikehart. “Connie and Steve Ferguson are lighting the path, encouraging others to follow, but urging, prodding and cajoling them to join them in support of Ivy Tech educational opportunities. We are so grateful to them for their outstanding lead gift to our college. The Ferguson gift will create a ripple effect for years to come. We are so fortunate to have them in our community.”

Ivy Tech President Tom Snyder said that Connie and Steve have been very generous with their support of the entire college. “It is critical in this economy to be able to sustain the mission of Ivy Tech with the help of private resources,” he said. “This lead gift signals to the state that the Bloomington community supports our mission and values our contribution of a trained and skilled workforce.”


Growth to Outgrowth Ivy Tech-Bloomington’s148,000-square-foot building was designed to accommodate 5,000 students. The Bloomington enrollment has increased from 2,300 students in 2002 to 6,400 in 2012 and is projected to continue to increase. The Indiana General Assembly approved the design for a new addition in 2007 and approved bonding authority for construction in 2009. The Indiana Higher Education Commission has not passed a construction recommendation on to the state budget committee for approval, however, and in 2011 indicated it was pulling back all Ivy Tech construction projects for further review. Excerpt from The Herald-Times, 2011


Celinda Kay Leach, R.N., M.P.H., Professor Emeritus, 40 years of service. Kay is the only faculty member in the history of Ivy Tech to be afforded the title of Professor Emeritus.

Faculty and staff reflect on the growth of Ivy Tech-Bloomington and moving into the Daniels Way campus “Civic engagement has been a really important part of Ivy TechBloomington. We have gotten involved in community, and the community has gotten more involved in Ivy Tech. Those things have made us a true community college. I always look forward to what is coming up next.” — Celinda Kay Leach, R.N., M.P.H., Professor Emeritus, 40 years of service

“I think the biggest change for me was moving from five small buildings in a shopping center setting to one large building. This didn’t last long as we outgrew the building almost immediately. We are now back to five buildings. We have gone from 2,663 students in the fall of 2002 to more than 6,000 students in 2012.” — Rachel Skeens, Registrar, 22 years of service Don Skeens, 26 years of service 24

Rachel Skeens, 22 years of service Nancy Frost, 12 years of service

Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington


ime ime capsule capsule on on campus campus

Ivy Ivy Tech-Bloomington Tech-Bloomington buried buried a a time time capsule capsule on on the the same same day day the the building was officially dedicated, August 14, 2002. Faculty and building was officially dedicated, August 14, 2002. Faculty and staff staff ceremoniously ceremoniously placed placed documents documents and and artifacts artifacts from from Ivy Ivy TechTechBloomington’s history inside the capsule. Plans were made for Bloomington’s history inside the capsule. Plans were made for the the capsule capsule to to be be opened opened 25 25 years years later, later, in in 2027. 2027. The The stainless stainless steel steel capsule was fabricated and polished by Doug Mattick, Facilities capsule was fabricated and polished by Doug Mattick, Facilities Director. Director. ItIt remains remains partially partially buried buried in in the the Bill Bill C. C. and and Patty Patty Brown Brown Plaza in the back of the building. Plaza in the back of the building.

Celinda Kay Leach, R.N., M.P.H., Professor Emeritus, Emeritus 40 years of service

Doug Mattick, 12 Facilities years Director, of service, built built thethe time time capsule capsule

Dave Johnson, 15 years of service; Diana Fesler, 29 years of service; Doug Mattick, 12 years of Mattick service Dave Johnson, Diana Fesler, Doug


“The growth of Ivy Tech-Bloomington has been amazing. We have been able to do so many activities on the new campus that would have been very difficult to do at the old building — like welcome week activities.” — Kim Gantt, Assistant Director, Testing Center, 14 years of service

“I believe when we moved in this building, we had a few student groups. That number has grown to more than I even know. Who would have ever thought Ivy Tech would have their own basketball or softball teams?

Ivy Tech is truly a comprehensive community college — there is something for everyone. I would have never thought about a ceramics course at Ivy Tech let alone seeing a play (with our Chancellor as an actor)!”

Welcome Week concert, 2009

— Beth Pless, Program Chair, Life Skills, 14 years of service

“For the many years we were a branch campus for Ivy Tech Region 10, we had to be creative to get the job done with limited resources. People who were not willing to work hard soon moved on. Dr. James O. Smith, 12 years of service

Tom Reading, 21 years of service

When Jeff Pittman (now Dr. Jeff Pittman, Ivy Tech Central Office Vice President for Distance Education) was the Director of Instruction for the Bloomington campus, more than once I saw him running the floor stripping machine during term breaks to help out the maintenance staff so they could get the floors re-waxed before the next term started. At the Westbury campus, Building D was next to a wooded-adjoining property and I used to get up and clean the leaves out of the gutters on the building in the fall. If I didn’t and we got a big rain, my office would flood.” — Ron Dawson, Mathematics Professor, 24 years of service

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Beth Pless, 14 years of service Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington

Wild Wild West Treasure Hunt Fundrasier ime capsule on campus

Ivy Tech-Bloomington held the Wild Wild West Fundraiser on Thursday, July 18, 2002. The theme was based on the fact that Ivy Tech-Bloomington was moving to the far west side of town to its new campus at 200 Daniels Way. This fundraiser consisted of parts: a treasure (scavenger) hunt, aon silent andthe Ivythree Tech-Bloomington buried a time capsule theauction, same day an advertisement book.dedicated, Teams paid an entry for Faculty the treasure building was officially August 14, fee 2002. and hunt searched for cluesdocuments throughout and the new building staff and ceremoniously placed artifacts from that Ivy Techwould lead them to treasures, werePlans prizewere packages Bloomington’s history inside thewhich capsule. made for the donated local businesses. Thelater, advertisement book featured capsule tobybe opened 25 years in 2027. The stainless steel a guide to thefabricated new building featured advertisements from capsule was and and polished by Doug Mattick, Facilities businesses and individuals the community. Students, faculty, Director. It remains partiallyinburied in the Bill C. and Patty Brown staff, alumni involved in the fundraiser. Plazaand in the backwere of theallbuilding.

Kim Celinda Gantt, Kay 14Leach, years R.N., of service M.P.H., Professor Emeritus

Chancellor Whikehart, 21 years of service, presents a trophy to a winning team

Doug Mattick, Facilities Director, Marjie built the Risen time (second capsulefrom right), 11 years Dave of service Johnson, Diana Fesler, Doug Mattick

“Ivy Tech used to be a best kept secret, but opportunities blossomed once we got into the new building. The Chancellor created a Diversity and Outreach department to make all students feel welcome. We are engaged in community outreach to diverse populations and teach students that it is never too late to learn about culture.” — Debra Vance, Executive Director of Diversity & Outreach, 30 years of service

“Moving into the new building was an exciting time. The Westbury buildings caused separation between faculty and staff. It was not unheard of to hear faculty or staff referred to by their building letter, as in the Building “C” faculty or the Building “A” staff.” Faculty and staff volunteerism: O’Bannon Institute Day of Service 2010

— Jim Heinzen, Dean of the School of Business and Public & Social Services

“I think the thing that has changed the most in 10 years is the Ivy Tech student population. The average age of our students has continued to decrease. 10 years ago Ivy Tech was known as a Technical School and now it has so much more to offer the community and the students.” — Heidi Wampler, Assistant Director of Academic Affairs, 11 years of service

Pam Thompson, 23 years of service

Larry Strain, 24 years of service

“When I started we had around 300 students. We used to shovel the walks ourselves, and chip the ice away … I used to do all the intake testing, advising, and course placement. Each individual wore many, many, many hats! People always jumped in and did what needed to be done. We had that pioneering spirit. — Peg Nelson, Mathematics Professor, 27 years of service

Debra Vance, 30 years of service 28

Peg Nelson, 27 years of service Carol Simmons, 14 years of service

“I think the new building contributed to our explosion in enrollment by allowing our outward image to match what we always were – a solid educational institution.” — Susan Catt, Library Director, 16 years of service Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington

Faculty/Staff photos from

The Early Years


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Employees (full-time staff) Employees (part-time staff) Faculty (full-time) Adjunct Faculty

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Staff were given the “Red Apple Award” for their efforts in helping move into Ivy Tech-Bloomington’s new building in 2002. Left to right: Doug Mattick, 12 years of service; Don Skeens, 26 years of service; Ashley Fisher McGibbon, 6 years of service; Ben Ackerman, 15 years of service; Ron Dawson, 24 years of service; Chancellor Whikehart, 21 years of service; Brett Pfingston, 13 years of service

Neil Frederick, 24 years of service Peg Creech, 20 years of service

Heidi Wampler (right), 11 years of service

Susan Catt, 16 years of service; Chancellor Whikehart, 21 years of service; Jim Heinzen, 23 years of service

Nona Melton (right), 23 years of service

Katie Anderson, 16 years of service Danna Wylie, 15 years of service

Jennie Vaughan, 15 years of service Diana Jacobs, 17 years of service

Kirk Barnes (left), 22 years of service

Ben Ackerman, 15 years of service 29

Building STUDENT SUCCESS Lisa Hunsicker Associate of Applied Science Graduate, Early Childhood Education, Associate of Science Graduate, General Studies, 2008

Welcome Week Concert, 2011

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“I started out at Ivy Tech in May of 2001. My twins had just finished kindergarten. The kids were all going to be in school full time and I have always wanted to go to college – now was my chance. So, I signed up and went. I earned a certificate and Associate degree in Early Childhood Education and an Associate degree in General Studies from Ivy Tech in 2007 and 2008. I couldn’t have done it without the support of my family and all the wonderful staff at Ivy Tech. Everyone stood by me, supported and encouraged me. I did it – I completed and met all my goals – thanks to my family and all of you at Ivy Tech. I signed up at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona. Thanks to my credit transfer, I am classed as a junior working on my Bachelor’s in Elementary Education with an English specialty.” Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington

ime capsule on campus Ivy Tech-Bloomington buried a time capsule on the same day the building was officially dedicated, August 14, 2002. Faculty and staff ceremoniously placed documents and artifacts from Ivy TechBloomington’s history inside the capsule. Plans were made for the capsule to be opened 25 years later, in 2027. The stainless steel capsule was fabricated and polished by Doug Mattick, Facilities Director. It remains partially buried in the Bill C. and Patty Brown Plaza in the back of the building. Student leadership retreat at Bradford Woods, 2011 Commencement, 2009 Celinda Kay Leach, R.N., M.P.H., Professor Emeritus

Doug Mattick, Facilities Director, built the time capsule

Dave Johnson, Diana Fesler, Doug Mattick

Enrollment Scholarships 2002

Fall Enrollment Spring Enrollment Summer Enrollment Graduates (Associate Degrees)

2,663 2,502 1,148 199

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Fall Enrollment Spring Enrollment Summer Enrollment Graduates (Associate Degrees)

6,229 6,231 3,256


Scholarships $24,000


Scholarships $147,879



Gisselle Bustillo International Student from Honduras, 2008 Alternative Spring Break participant

“When I came to Ivy Tech, the people at the new student orientation told me that this place was going to change my life, and they were so right. I was alone in Indiana and didn’t have any friends. The college made me feel very welcome. I call this place my home away from home. This place has not just changed my life, but it gives me the opportunity to change others’ lives. I cannot change the world in a week, I may never at all, but if I make one person’s day just a little bit easier to bare, then I will be able to say ‘mision cumplida’ (mission accomplished).” Hoosier Link students, fall 2012

“I don’t remember if the Hoosier Link program was my idea or Chancellor Whikehart’s, but President Lamkin thought it was the greatest thing since sliced bread. After success in the program, students become full-time students at IU Bloomington. It’s a way of gaining students who may not have been admissible before.” — Kenneth R. R. Gros Louis, Indiana University, Bloomington Chancellor Emeritus and Trustee Professor 32

Jason King RN 2004, BSN 2008, 2010 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year

“I was working as a manager for a major corporate retail chain and knew I needed a change. I began my employment at the hospital in 2001. I was accepted to Ivy Tech as a student later that fall to the Practical Nursing program. After becoming an LPN, I continued to the RN transition program. I became a RN in 2004. Ivy Tech is a wonderful college that gives people a second chance in life. Ivy Tech not only meets the needs of the traditional college student, but also the needs of the working adult. By starting my career at Ivy Tech, I gained a new career for life. Ivy Tech has the most dedicated and knowledgeable staff. I know I made the right choice.” Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington

Academics 2002-03

Credit course sections offered Distance Education Courses Distance Education Students Credit Hours (IU-Bloomington transfer)


Credit course sections offered Distance Education Courses Distance Education Students Credit Hours (IU-Bloomington transfer)

368 0 396 duplicated students 39

2,547 623 12,518 duplicated students 562 Commencement, 2011

Commencement, 2012

New Associate degrees since 2002 • Accounting (AS) • Biotechnology • Business Administration (AAS) • Computer Information Technology • Early Childhood (AS) • Education • Energy Technology • Engineering Technology • Fine Arts • Health Care Support • Health Information Technology • Hospitality • Human Services

• HVAC • Information Security • Kinesiology • Liberal Arts programs • Library Technical Assistant (via distance) • Manufacturing, Production & Operations (via distance) • Paralegal Studies • Paramedic Science • Public Safety (Fire Science) • Radiation Therapy (the only accredited Associate degree program in the State) • Respiratory Care 33

Charles Kitchell Associate of Science, Radiation Therapy, 2012

“Living in Colorado prior to attending Ivy Tech, I knew I wanted to pursue a career in radiation therapy to assist those needing treatment for cancer. As a Hoosier native and someone who has lost close family members to cancer, I found Ivy Tech-Bloomington to be the best fit because of the partnerships the campus has established with the IU Health Proton Therapy Center and ProCure Training and Development Center (TDC). No other college or university could offer this program. I graduated magna cum laude and this is directly related to the scholarships and support I have received while attending Ivy Tech. “I have nothing but positive thoughts and memories of my time here. I feel like I have had one of the most positive experiences a student could ever hope for. I am proud to say I attended Ivy Tech.”

“We’ve been delighted to see Ivy Tech grow over the years. We appreciate the caliber of leadership that Ivy Tech has with John Whikehart and his senior leadership. One of the things we appreciate about Ivy Tech the most: the vast majority of its graduates live and work in this region.” — Mark Moore, President & CEO, Administration, Indiana University Health Bloomington 34

Charles is currently in pursuit of a Proton Therapy Specialist Certificate, a certification program of Ivy Tech-Bloomington and ProCure TDC. After that, he looks forward to obtaining his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. He has already been accepted to the University of Southern Indiana.

Lois Fisher Associate of Science, Paralegal Studies, 2010

“My experience started in spring 2007. I have always wanted to work in the legal profession, so once my children were grown I decided to work toward this lifelong ambition. Everything seemed to be going just as planned then something happened that I never expected. My company closed down and I was left without a job. Then it hit me. I was already on my path to my future. So, with only two semesters left until completion of my degree, I enrolled as a full time student. I am proof that you never know what the future will bring to you, so go get your future. Ivy Tech helped me grab mine.” Building a Community College

Student Ambassadors

Campus Activities Board

Alternative Spring Break

Student Ambassadors provide campus tours, participate in new student orientation, and provide general mentoring and peer guidance to prospective students.

CAB officers plan and organize events on behalf of the student body, such as Welcome Week Music Fest (above).

The Alternative Spring Break program is a week of service-learning for students in a community outside of Bloomington.

Student Life Highlights

Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington is committed to students' holistic development as individuals. Student life activities have expanded to include extracurricular, community-integrated, and international opportunities.






Students participate in the annual O'Bannon Day of Service, and organize volunteer opportunities.

Students can join a variety of clubs, or start new clubs. The Student Veteran Organization (below) organizes military student events throughout the year.

Student Government Association officers advocate student views through the formation of campus policies and support activities on campus and in the community.

Students can sign up for intramural recreational sports teams. Students are invited and attend game nights to cheer on their fellow classmates.

Diversity awareness events are held throughout the year. Events include panel discussions on diversityrelated topics.

Precious Davis Associate of Science, Nursing, 2010

“I survived the country’s worst national disaster, Hurricane Katrina. But surviving nursing school at Ivy Tech was much more formidable.

Julie Roberts, Ivy Tech Waldron Gallery Director, announces the exhibit opening at Ivy Tech Waldron: Transitions of Life: Day of the Dead, curated by Rosalie Lopez, 2011

“Ivy Tech earned its stripes in the arts community by pledging to keep our downtown arts center open to the public. It is also wonderful to see Ivy Tech stepping up to serve as the regional partner of the Indiana Arts Commission, another indication of true leadership in the local arts community!” — Chad

Carrothers, General Manager, WFHB Community Radio

I was introduced to Ivy Tech by Neil Frederick. Ivy Tech took me in and first helped me to become an LPN. Then Ivy Tech gave me the opportunity to earn my Associate of Science in Nursing. This was a dream I had since 1992 when my first patient, my sister Flo, died of breast cancer. Before she died, she gave me a graduation card, from nursing school. And now, in 2010 I have finally earned it! Thank you Ivy Tech for helping me achieve a goal that during my homelessness and agony, connected with the Katrina tragedy, seemed unreachable. I am forever grateful to all of the instructors and staff.”

Mike Wells Associate of Applied Science in Industrial Technology, with a Certificate in Heating and Air Conditioning and a Technical Certificate in Industrial Technology

“I left high school in the 10th grade and attained my GED. I didn’t see the importance of continuing with school at the time. As a father of two, I spent many years in the construction field working on sweltering roofs in the summer and removing snow in sub-zero temperatures in the winter. I realized after 20 years, my body needed a rest. I wanted a job in maintenance, but knew I'd need working knowledge of heating and air conditioning. After visiting the Ivy Tech-Bloomington campus with a friend, I decided to enroll in a degree program. College was not what I expected–it was much more. College was a dream for me. ” Mike was a two-time participant in Ivy Tech-Bloomington’s Alternative Spring Break (volunteer service trip) to Calnali, Mexico.


Youth Art Month at Ivy Tech Waldron, 2012

First Ivy Tech student performance at Ivy Tech Waldron, Billy Gilliam (left) and Ian Martin (right)

Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington

Ivy Tech

John Waldron Arts Center Classes • Galleries • Performances


• Ivy Tech took John Waldron Arts Center ownership May 1. Building dedicated on September 14. • Major renovation work to building • Partnership: Educational partnership with IU Modern Dance


• Major renovations to the performance spaces, new lighting in galleries • Galleries filled with juried art for entire year • Video gallery debut • Indiana Arts Commission grant project: Transitions of Life: Day of the Dead, curated by Rosalie Lopez • Bloomington Arts Commission grant project: In Plain Sight, by Dylan DeWitt • Discussions in place for articulations with IU for Theatre and Dance • Spike Lee spoke with high school students in the Waldron Auditorium • Partnerships: Bloomington Playwrights Project Buskirk-Chumley Theatre for TEDx Dr. Music Indiana Celtic Community for Gaelic Fractured Atlas Culture Weekend


• First Ivy Tech student performance: Waiting for Lefty by Clifford Odets • Introduced first full season of Ivy Tech student productions in fall 2012 Building a Community College

“In the arts community, the Chancellor and Ivy Tech quickly became saviors by taking over control of the John Waldron Arts Center. Ivy Tech both expanded its opportunities for its students while also saving a theatre, music, and fine arts space from leaving the community. The impact Ivy Tech had by creating an affordable space for Bloomington artists is immeasurable.” — Chad Rabinovitz, Producing Artistic Director, Bloomington Playwrights Project 37

Kelsey Kirk Associate of Science, Respiratory Care, Magna Cum Laude, 2012

“I joined the Army after Sept. 11, 2001 and deployed to Iraq for a year during Operation Iraqi Freedom. In 2006, I was honorably discharged because my enlistment was over and I decided to rejoin the civilian workforce. I found several jobs, but was not happy and worked from sun-up to past sun-down just to pick what bills to pay now and what would have to wait. Stone carving class, 2010

“Ivy Tech-Bloomington continues to expand its credit course offerings, its noncredit lifelong learning and community outreach classes. The Waldron is part of that success, but so is the overall continuing education program wonderfully managed by Susie Graham.” — Paul Sturm, Associate Director for Development and Marketing Indiana University Art Museum


College for Kids cooking class, 2009

I chose Ivy Tech because it was affordable and it had a Respiratory Care program. I spoke with the Veteran’s advisor who told me all about the Post 9/11 GI Bill that would pay for my tuition, books, and give me a housing allowance. I have been a student at Ivy Tech since the fall semester of 2009. By going to Ivy Tech I have become a better person from all the knowledge and experiences I have gained. I now have a position at a local hospital and I am interviewing for positions at two other facilities. The future sure looks bright.”

Lisa Hubbard Associate of Applied Science Graduate, Office Administration, 2008

“After 16 years of working for General Electric, on April 1, 2005 I experienced my first major layoff and work displacement. This opened the door for many of us to obtain a career in something we would and could use to get away from a factory environment. Diane Purnell, instructor for my New Student Seminar GTS class, gave me continued advice, support and encouragement. As the semesters went on and different class structures took place, I found myself wrapped up in my studies. Now I can say thank you to the professors, instructors, adjunct faculty, administration, and staff. ”

Ivy Arts for Kids art class, 2012 Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington

Center for Lifelong Learning Non-credit classes in personal enrichment and professional development

2002 • Continuing education program was created


• Developed College for Kids program in partnership with YMCA and MCCSC


• Center for Lifelong Learning launched with 47 sections • College for Kids attracts 211 middle-school students


• Became charter member of Bloomington Lifelong Learning Coalition • Artists Amy Brier and Patrick Berthaud complete Limestone Duet sculpture project

2009 • Ivy Seniors launched at Burton Kimble Farms in Orleans 2010

• Moved to Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center • Launched first Ivy Arts for Kids


• Hosted Celtic Culture Weekend • Partnered with Bloomington Playwrights Project for youth theatre programming

2012 • Hosted watercolor conference with Bloomington Watercolor Society at French Lick Springs Resort • 200% growth in registrations and sections since 2007 launch Building a Community College

Painting class, 2011

“We have loved our partnership with Ivy Tech. We feel a certain simpatico with the Center as we believe in lifetime learning. We have such a variety of students, and Ivy Tech has offered us great return students. It has given us a steady stream of curious and hungry students, and that partnership is greatly appreciated.” —

Janbulla-Baker, Co-owner, Bloomington Cooking School 39


Disney Institute, 2012

“We regularly visit existing businesses and we always have someone from Ivy Tech Corporate College with us because they often have solutions. One of Ivy Tech’s greatest strengths is that they are able to identify needs and can be responsive and develop programs to address them.” — 40

Ron Walker, President, Bloomington Economic Development Corporation

Kelly Boatman

Career Development Certificates in Quality Control and Research and Development in Biotechnology, 2011

“At 40-something, I found myself thinking about a career shift involving biotechnology. Having finished a BS in Biology and an MS in Environmental Science many years ago, I was in search of an educational opportunity that would enhance my marketability without having to complete a degree program. I decided to pursue Ivy Tech’s Biotechnology Career Development Certificates as a flexible way to give me the knowledge I needed to redirect. Upon completion of my certificates, I landed a job that combines my past degrees and experience with the knowledge I gained from the biotechnology program. At my age and career stage, it wasn’t easy to go back to the classroom, but the biotechnology program made it possible and helped me move forward with my career goals. For that I am appreciative.” Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington

“The ever-increasing role the college plays in our area has resulted in it being a major source of news and stories in our newspapers. Ivy Tech-Bloomington impacts the lives of thousands of our readers. Plus, we’ve taken advantage of expertise at the college to train and re-train our employees and we appreciate the availability of such assistance.”

Corporate College Providing professional development customized training, and certification


• Corporate and Continuing Education Services oversaw corporate training, continuing education, and workforce certification • Created a continuing education program


• Department named Workforce and Economic Development (WED) • Awarded $30,000 to train the unemployed and underemployed. Developed HIRE (Help In Reaching Employment), MRC (Manufacturing} Readiness Certificate) and BMTC (BioManufacturing and Medical Devices Technical Certificate) programs.


• Created 5-Star program: Provided training to nearly 1,400 employees at French Lick Resorts


• Provided Management & Supervisory Institute training to a regional consortium group (6 companies), as well as the French Lick Resorts via TAG training grant funding. Building a Community College

Mayer Maloney, Publisher, The Herald-Times and Hoosier Times newspapers

2008 • Bloom Marketing Group and Bloom Insurance Group were awarded nearly $400,000 in grant money, which was used for Ivy Tech to train 505 employees in supervisory skills, sales, insurance licensing preparation, and HR management. • 902 Certifications were awarded by the Ivy Tech Workforce Certification Center • Strategic Skills Initiative Grant Work: • Issued 337 Biomanufacturing and Medical Device Manufacturing Technician Certificates (BMTC) • Issued 60 HIRE Completion Certificates • Issued 230 Soft Skill Completion Certificates • Issued 158 MRC Completion Certificates


•WED department rebranded "Ivy Tech Corporate College"


•Hosted Disney Institute 41

Mark Saunders First recipient of the Career Development Certificate in Entreprenuership, 2012

Mark approached the faculty and staff at the Gayle and Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship about an idea he had for a new water exercise. After speaking with staff, he knew he wanted to pursue his idea full time. So he took a break from obtaining his doctorate at Indiana University to attend classes through the Cook Center for Entrepreneurship.

Lemonade Day, 2011

“The Cook Center is a tremendous benefit to the community and area. The largest number of business failures occur in small businesses. A lot of that is because they don’t have the proper understanding of skills. That is what we hope the Cook Center will do — to provide that kind of education and service to our community.” — Steve 42

“I think that the Ivy Tech entrepreneurship certification program fulfills a much needed service to the many people who have a business idea or who are already in business on how they can benefit from learning the basic concepts of starting and running a business. By learning these basic business concepts, the student has a much better chance of developing and realizing their business ideas. The inclusive, practical, common sense approach gives everyone the opportunity to realize their business aspirations and goals. I learned immensely from all of the experiences that the instructors and guest speakers imparted to our classes, and the entrepreneurship certification program opened my eyes to opportunity that I may have otherwise missed. It gave me the basic information to develop a business plan. The Gayle and Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship certification program is planting seeds of opportunity in the minds of its students to foster the growth of a better economic future for our community and beyond. It is an excellent program that I know is going to get better!”

Ferguson, Chairman of the Board of Cook Group, Inc. Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington

Gayle & Bill

Cook Center for Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship tools and resources for students, individuals, and the community based on simple and practical solutions


• Established in June • Hosted Inaugural Cook Institute for Entrepreneurship • Entrepreneurial Studies degree program approved by region The Cook Institute for Entrepreneurship, 2011 Keynote speaker: Mickey Maurer, Chairman of the Board of the National Bank of Indianapolis


• Center dedicated May 4 • Five entrepreneur-focused classes launched in the fall • Entrepreneur Speaker Series began • Youth programs launched: Lemonade Day, Jewelry Design summer camp • Consulting services for individuals launched • Scholarships from Monroe County Government and Bill C. Brown received • Coleman Foundation Elevator Grant awarded

“I think the entrepreneurial program here is a real gem. I always wanted to be my own boss. [Back then] there weren’t books on entrepreneurship, but there were businessmen who gave me advice and I think that’s the most important way to learn.”


• Entrepreneurship non-credit program established • CEO Roundtables launched • Youth programs expanded to include Music Recording summer camp • First Career Development Certificate in Entrepreneurship awarded • Inaugural Woman’s Night Out event held Building a Community College

Lee Marchant, Ivy Tech State Trustee, President/CEO, LJM Enterprises 43

Wendy Carroll Associate of Applied Science, Biotechnology, 2008 Quality Assurance Assistant, Cook Pharmica

“Not only did Ivy Tech provide a well rounded degree to jump into the Biotechnology field, Ivy Tech actually aided in my first full time position as a biotechnologist.

Dr. Sengyong Lee, Biotechnology professor, and students, 2011

“It’s been fascinating to watch Ivy Tech grow since the building was opened a decade ago. That incredible growth resulted in the opening of the Indiana Center for Life Sciences near the Daniels Way building … as well as operating the John Waldron Center downtown.” —

Mayer Maloney, Publisher, The Herald-Times and Hoosier Times newspapers

Due to the specific training I received from the biotechnology program and the assistance of the program chair, Dr. Lee, I was able to get an internship with a leading contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO), Cook Pharmica, which lead into a full time position where I have been happily employed since graduation day. Going back to school later in life as a non-traditional student, Ivy Tech was always there to help ease my nerves and uncertainties and funding issues. When I was unsure of what degree to focus on and then when I changed paths a year into my degree, Ivy Tech program chairs and advisors where always available to provide information and answer questions. If it hadn’t been for grants and scholarships, such as the Ray and Marcie Tichenor scholarship that I was honored to receive, the costs of college, even as low as they are Ivy Tech, would have made it impossible for me to finish my degree in Biotechnology. I also give credit to Ivy Tech for the dedicated instructors. Although I have not had classes at Ivy Tech for over 3 years now, I still have regular contact with more than 3 of my instructors. Friends were made!”


High School Biotechnology workshop, 2012

BIOMAN conference, 2010 Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington

Indiana Center for the Life Sciences The Indiana Center for the Life Sciences works with regional life science firms to meet their training goals for existing workers, and prepares students for a career in the life sciences


•Monroe County Government and Ivy Tech - Bloomington developed a partnership to create the Indiana Center for the Life Sciences, through the westside tax increment finance, or TIF funding.


•ICLS was dedicated and opened for spring semester •Hosted the Life Science On Tap with the BEDC/BLSP •Became the location for the annual VEX Robotics Competition (2009-2012) •Industry usage totaled 619 hours


•Updated space in the Manufacturing Suite to accommodate Sanitization and Clean Room Training •The ICLS partnered with Stone Belt, COOK Inc. and Vocational Rehab to offer Project Search for Young Adults and hosted the Open House Event •Hosted the BIOMAN Conference and BEAM Conference •Starting in 2010, conducted summer workshop for high school students •Industry usage totaled 2105 hours


• ICLS hosted a BioBreakfast with 75 attendees • Industry usage totaled 1785 hours Building a Community College


• Industry usage through July 2012 totaled 1121 hours • ICLS integrated under the Corporate College to better provide workforce training to life science companies

Dr. Sengyong Lee, Biotechnology professor

Providing a


Stefany Terrell Associate of Applied Science, Computer Information Systems, 2012

“It has been very important for me to see the growth of Ivy TechBloomington and the acceptance of Ivy Tech within the [4-year] university. Students can transfer their credits, which has been a fantastic thing for me to see happen.” — Gerald 46

I. Lamkin, President Emeritus, Ivy Tech Community College

“I am a traditional student, age 21. I started at Ivy Tech shortly after graduating high school. I chose Ivy Tech because I am paying out of pocket and it seemed like a good way to get the most for my money and would allow me to get a degree that would quickly put me in the job market while I earned credits that would transfer to a university for my bachelor's degree. I worked full time for the first 2 years at Ivy Tech and then decided to drop down to part-time status to focus on my major-specific classes. I was highly involved around campus. I was a member of the Student Ambassador program, Student Leadership Academy, and Student Event Staffers. I volunteered for the O’Bannon Day of Service and Ivy Tech Day of Service. I plan to attend Ivy Tech for a couple more semesters to earn more credits to transfer to IU.” Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington



In 2012, 54% of Ivy Tech-Bloomington students enroll with the intent to transfer to a four-year institution. Number of Students Transferring Credits


Students: 38 Total Hours: 689 Average Hours: 18 *Most recent data available


Students: 1149 Total Hours: 18,342 Average Hours: 16

“I advised Chancellor Whikehart to encourage Ivy Tech faculty to talk to IU faculty in order to facilitate transfer agreements, and he took that advice. Ivy Tech-Bloomington has become an exemplary campus in growing relationships with IU. ” — Kenneth R. R. Gros Louis, Indiana University, Bloomington Chancellor Emeritus and Trustee Professor 47

Re’Nardo Ellay Williams Associate of Applied Science, Computer Information Systems, 2012

“After my wife and I had our first son, we moved to Bloomington, Indiana to be close to my wife’s family and so I could pursue a degree in Computer Information Systems at Ivy Tech. The first person I met was an advisor, Elizabeth Lyon. I will never forget her words, ‘You are going to be a great success story, I look forward to you graduating.’

College for Kids 1-week "summer camp" at Ivy Tech, 2009

I was involved in Campus Activities Board (CAB), Student Government Association (SGA), and was elected as Student Body President 2011-2012. I was selected to the ALL-STATE Academic Team and received scholarships from Bloomington Rotary Club, Old National Bank and Bloomington General. I made life-long friends with students, faculty and staff. I attempted to shake a new hand every week with someone new. This college helped me to be involved with my community through volunteer service. I was selected two weeks after receiving my degree to start a job as a Tech Support for Smithville Telephone Company; with a starting wage superior to my previous job before starting school. I plan to continue my education at Indiana University, Kelley School of Business for a bachelor’s and master’s degree. My experience at Ivy Tech Community College has prepared me in many ways for my next level of education at a distinguished university. Ivy Tech Community College was the best choice for me and my family. I was given the opportunity of a lifetime to start my pursuit of a college degree. I am the first of my siblings to reach an associate Degree. Ivy Tech saved my life, built a stronger bond in my marriage and secured a better life for my children. When a person asks me about my college experience, I love to say from the bottom of my heart, ‘Ivy Tech saved my life!’”

New Tech High School visit to Ivy Tech, 2010 48

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Dual Credit Growth

Dual Credit allows high school students to simultaneously take college classes while in high school, to receive college credit, and to fulfill high school requirements.



Dual Credit courses 2 Dual credit instructors 2

Dual Credit courses Dual credit instructors Total Enrollment Early College Enrollment New Tech High School Enrollment

66 38 678 137 66

Above and below: High school students earn credits during summer biotechnology workshops

“The best aspect of teaching dual credit course work is the ability to bridge the gap for students between high school and college level work in a familiar setting. I enjoy providing students with the extra challenges that accompany the more demanding curriculum, but still having the personal connection with them as members of our high school community. This relationship allows me to have very honest conversations with students about the expectations of college level work.” — JoAnn

Novak, Dual Credit Instructor for IVYT-120, New Tech High School



Cornerstone is our

Tyler Bass Associate of Applied Science, Industrial Technology - Facilities Maintenance Concentration, 2012 Alternative Spring Break to Calnali, Mexico, 2011

“With so much dynamic and multifaceted growth, it was no surprise that Ivy Tech-Bloomington was inducted for a sixth straight year into the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.” — Paul Sturm, Associate Director for Development and Marketing Indiana University Art Museum 50

“When I was hired for a job in the facilities department at Ivy Tech-Bloomington, I made a promise that I would earn an associate degree. Because of my degree, I am now Assistant Director of Facilities. I have so much respect for our O’Bannon Institute that I make it a point to take advantage of volunteer opportunities. I was cofounder and original member of the Ivy Tech Ecology Club. One of my favorite volunteer opportunities was the time I spent working with Wildcare, Inc. In 2008, I received Ivy Tech’s Excellence in Volunteerism award. Working full time as a student was tough. I have a beautiful wife Lesley and a wonderful “over the top” son Sam, who just graduated from kindergarten with honors! I probably would not be here now without their support.” Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington

Volunteerism: Ivy Tech Students for Engagement (ITSE) club volunteers in our local communities.

Service Learning: Nursing students help organize Senior Games event.

The Center for Civic Engagement The Center for Civic Engagement allows Ivy Tech-Bloomington to model a service-oriented learning environment by focusing on activities in three areas: volunteerism, servicelearning, and community involvement. Building a Community College

Community Involvement: The O'Bannon Institute for Community Service is Ivy Tech-Bloomington's signature event, held annually.

Activities in 2012*: SERVICE-LEARNING: 2306 students participated in more than 20,000 hours of service learning resulting in an economic contribution of $443,077*. VOLUNTEERISM: More than 20,000 hours of volunteer service were reported at nearly 80 agencies and organizations resulting in an economic contribution of $440,332*. DAY OF SERVICE: 150 volunteers gave 356 hours of service at 10 organizations resulting in an economic contribution of $7,757*. TOTAL ECONOMIC CONTRIBUTION: $891,166*. *Figures based on national volunteer averages from **For the academic year 2011-2012


Ashley Parrott Transfer student, 2011

“I have had many opportunities to volunteer at Ivy Tech. I believe that there are even more opportunities here than at a 4-year institution. I have had some really impressive instructors and feel like I am getting a genuine college experience. The Chancellor’s Civic Engagement Scholarship and the Student Senate ExtraCurricular Affairs Scholarship have taken a lot of financial stress off my mind and allowed me to stay focused on coursework.” Ashley attended Ivy Tech’s Alternative Spring Break trip to Calnali, Mexico in 2010 and 2011. In an excerpt from her reflection journal, Ashley wrote: Ashley Parrott (left) and Melissa Mitchell (right), ASB 2011 to Calnali, Mexico

“It seems like as soon as you get one family squared away, four more are there waiting. Last night we gave shoes to a homeless family that had a little girl with Down’s Syndrome. They had stopped by earlier that day with armloads of flowers, hoping we might build them a house. The little girl was wearing boots that were four sizes too big. I teared up when they left, watching her clomp down the street ... [Building]the floors is grueling work and at the end of the day you are sore and starved, but it’s a good feeling. I am so proud that I get to be a part of something that makes the lives of these people more comfortable. I just wish I could do more.” After returning to Bloomington from Alternative Spring Break, Ashley worked with other Ivy Tech students to create Hoosiers for Hidalgo, a scholarship program to fund college tuition for residents in the Mexican state of Hidalgo, where Calnali is located. Hoosiers for Hidalgo organizes bi-monthly fundraisers and hopes to sponsor two students per year. Ashley also founded a new student club on campus, Ivy Tech Students for Engagement, dedicated to organizing volunteer opportunities and encouraging student volunteerism.


Oscar Rodriguez, engineering instructor, ASB 2012 to Antigua, Guatemala Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington


Spring Break The Alternative Spring Break program, established in 2007, is a week of service-learning for students in a community outside of Bloomington. 2007



Radford, Virginia

Calnali, Mexico

Antigua, Guatemala

Larry Weaver (left), Daniel Stec (right) ASB 2011 to Calnali, Mexico

“Traveling to the village and passing out shoes to the children was probably the most life changing event for me. One girl had on shoes that were two sizes too small. Her feet were black with dirt and had swollen over the top of the shoe. I finally found a pair that would work and had to be much more comfortable on her. She smiled, took them off, and put the small ones back on. She said she did not want to wear them out.” — Larry Weaver, ASB 2011 to Calnali, Mexico

“I got to read and color with the kids and it was such a great experience. They were so happy to see the many books we brought in for all of them. Every one of them wanted to read. It seems that kid’s books in Guatemala are very expensive and these families are very poor so they can’t afford to buy books, but now they have plenty of books, enough to have their own little library. It was a great experience. Today was definitely the day that I will remember the most.” — Mariah Molteilh, ASB 2012 to Antigua, Guatemala Mariah Molteilh (left) and Meshach Sears (right), ASB 2012 to Antigua, Guatemala Building a Community College


Sabrina Carter Associate of Applied Science, Accounting, recipient of the Jeanine C. Rae Humanitarian award, 2010

“I have always been shy and reserved. Life has been hard for me. I have spent the majority of my adulthood as a single parent struggling to survive. For most of that time, I worked in factories and wondered if I would ever have chance to give my children better opportunities in life than I had received. Thanks to the support of my children, my boyfriend and my parents, I was able to leave the factories and pursue a degree in accounting. Former First Lady Judy O'Bannon was the keynote speaker of the inaugural O'Bannon Institute in 2004. Debby Knox was the conversation moderator. Left to right: Debby Knox, Judy O'Bannon, Chancellor Whikhart

“The O’Bannon Institute is a great example of the community coming together. Chancellor Whikehart has done a wonderful job of bringing together both parties and making it a non-partisan event.” — Gerald

I. Lamkin, President Emeritus, Ivy Tech Community College

O'Bannon Institute panel discussion, 2012

Many students and faculty at Ivy Tech have gone out of their way to engage me in the different programs and activities available on the campus. Steve Englert, accounting program chair, asked me to join Kappa Beta Delta, and I have now become secretary/public relations for the organization. Monique Dallas and I organized a fundraiser and were able to send more than $100 to the children of Haiti through Unicef. By preparing tax returns as a volunteer, through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, I have been able to improve my people skills and I have helped many people file their taxes, and increase their returns. I liked helping all of those people and seeing the smiles on their faces as they left. After my experiences at Ivy Tech, I have much more confidence in myself and I feel more secure with how I think others view me. I have found strengths and skills inside of myself that I never knew existed.” While working as a VITA volunteer, Sabrina Carter discovered the Midwestern disaster relief credit that was missed by software, and lead to higher returns for many. Carter was preparing income tax returns for a woman whose return also included a first-time homebuyer credit. The customer received over $14,000 in returns. Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington

Civic Engagement Awards

Day of Service

Fundraising Dinner and Keynote Speaker

Panel Discussions and O'Bannon Conversation

O’Bannon Institute for Community Service The O’Bannon Institute is Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington’s annual signature event that brings focus to community service, service-learning, and civic engagement. The O’Bannon Institute launched in 2004 by Ivy Tech-Bloomington, is an annual opportunity for the community to come together to discuss topics related to nonprofits, education and political and civic service. The Institute takes place over a three day period: Wednesday: Civic Engagement Awards Ceremony Thursday:

Day of Service and Fundraising Dinner featuring a keynote speaker


Panel Discussions and Conversation

Building a Community College

History of keynote speakers 2004 Former Indiana First Lady Judy O’Bannon 2005 Senator Birch Bayh 2006 Senator Alan Simpson Governor Joe and wife, Maggie Kernan 2007 Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend Senator George McGovern 2008 Sam Donaldson Paul Begala

2009 Doris Kearns Goodwin Eugene Robinson 2010 Laura W. Bush Arianna Huffington 2011 James Carville and Mary Matalin Richard Dreyfuss 2012 George F. Will Cokie Roberts


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