Ivy Tech hosts panel discussion on balancing work and life issues for women

Ivy Tech Community College Lafayette will host Taking Care of Ourselves: A Panel Discussion on Work-Life Balance Issues for Women in the Workplace, sponsored by Ivy Women in Leadership. The panel discussion will be held on Monday, November 17 from Noon to 1:30 p.m. in Lilly Rooms 1106-1120 in Ivy Hall on the campus at 3101 S. Creasy Lane, Lafayette. The event is free and open to the public. Those attending are encouraged to bring a brownbag lunch. Dessert will be provided.

Susan Elsey of Elsey Consulting Group will moderate the panel. Panelists include Lisa Decker, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health; Dr. Mary Ostrye, Provost and Sr. Vice President for Ivy Tech Community College; Ashley G. Scott, Operations Manager for MatchBOX CoWorking Studio; and Nancy Sells, Ivy Tech alumna and Purdue student.

The panel brings together women from differing career and family backgrounds to discuss various ways to deal with the challenges associated with balancing work and life commitments. The topics will include setting priorities, the perception of traditional gender roles at home and at work, exploring what it means to be successful, and the importance of maintaining overall health when facing the pressures involved in balancing workplace and personal commitments.

The panel discussion is the inaugural event for Ivy Women in Leadership (IWIL). IWIL is a recruitment and retention initiative to help female students develop and grow as leaders in their field. For more information, contact Christine Burr at cburr@ivytech.edu.

ABOUT IVY TECH
Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students 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 communities. In addition, its courses and programs transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.

Go Ivy Day at Ivy Tech Community College Lafayette provides information and tours

Learn what Ivy Tech Community College Lafayette can offer to you at Go Ivy Day on Thursday, November 6 from 3:00 to 7:00 pm. The event is free to the public. All events will take place on the Lafayette campus located at 3101 South Creasy Lane.

Visitors can learn more about admissions, financial aid, student life, and the many degree programs offered at Ivy Tech. Health, science and technology labs will be open and campus tours will be available.

Participating in the event will be an array of advisors, professors, staff, and college representatives to help answer questions and discuss the benefits of higher education at Ivy Tech.

For more information go to ivytech.edu/GoIvyDay, email ihernand@ivytech.edu, or call (765) 269-5253.

ABOUT IVY TECH
Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students 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.

Ivy Tech – Lafayette to hold Alternative Fuels and Renewable Energies Expo at the Tippecanoe Mall

Learn more about the future of energy at Ivy Tech Community College’s Alternative Fuels and Renewable Energies Expo in the Community Court at the Tippecanoe Mall on Friday, October 17. The Expo is presented in conjunction with the National Alternative Fuel Vehicle Day Odyssey. Representatives from Ivy Tech will be available to answer questions about the college’s degree programs in alternative fuels, automotive service, sustainable energy, home technologies and bio-fuel science. Educational presentations will occur from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm throughout the day. The event is co-sponsored by the Greater Indiana Clean Cities Coalition.

Representatives from energy and automotive industries as well as educational partners will be available to answer questions about various vehicle and educational displays. Displays and vendors include ECI Wind and Solar, IUPUI/Richard Lugar Center, GICCC, Battery Electric Vehicles, Toyota Prius Plug in Hybrid provided by Plug in Supply Inc., and a Nitrogen Refrigerated Trailer provided by Wabash National.

National Alternative Fuel Vehicle Day Odyssey is a nationwide celebration coordinated by the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities Program.

For more information about Alternative Fuel Vehicle Odyssey Day or Ivy Tech’s energy degree programs, please call the School of Technology office at (765) 269-5299, or visit ivytech.edu.

About Ivy Tech
Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students 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.

Ivy Tech students and administrators participated in Washington DC gathering to discuss interfaith community service and civic engagement

Representatives from Ivy Tech Community College Lafayette participated in the President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge Gathering in Washington DC on September 22 and 23. The event was held at George Washington University and offered an opportunity for students, staff, and administrators from higher education institutions to share experiences, learn from experts, and meet administration officials who share a commitment to community service with an interfaith engagement component.

The invitation follows Ivy Tech Lafayette being named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The region was recognized for its role in solving community problems and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement.

Conference participants from Ivy Tech Lafayette were: Chancellor Dr. David Bathe; Executive Director of Diversity, Engagement, and International Programs Andrew Antonio; Director of Student Life and Leadership Kat Stremiecki; and Ivy Tech students John Bullock and Jake Retherford.

“The conference gave me a lot of insight into other cultures and religions,” Retherford said. “I learned how interfaith community service is being incorporated into universities around the country.”

Dr. Bathe joined college presidents and chancellors in a White House Forum on September 22. The forum included presentations from foundations and other organizations that support interfaith community service on college campuses. College leaders had the opportunity to engage funders and program supporters.

“To be invited to the White House Forum as a representative for the region is a privilege,” Dr. Bathe said. “However, it is the work of the students, college staff and Greater Lafayette community that is being recognized. It is significant that the administration recognizes the tie between faith and the desire and responsibility to serve that is deeply rooted in American history and culture.”

Antonio, Stremiecki and Bullock presented Intersection Connection Helps Define the “C” in YMCA during the conference. Their presentation highlighted Intersection Connection, a collaboration among the College, the Lafayette Family YMCA and Junior Achievement. They illustrated how a state college, a Christian organization, and a non-profit can create space and programming to enliven and enrich lives in the community.

“As a community college, it’s important for us to not only have quality academic programs, but also for students and college staff to volunteer in faith-based initiatives,” Antonio said. “Giving our students avenues of success in the classroom and the community, and providing ways that our staff and faculty can give back to the community, is a goal that we all can share.”

Prior to the conference, the group participated in the 9/11 Unity Walk. The annual event is a display of unity among all houses of worship on Embassy Row that open their doors to each other in a striking display of hospitality. Christians, Muslims, Jews, Sikhs, Hindus, other faiths, and those of no faith tradition, come together to learn about each other, enjoy great food, and create friendships. The walk includes moving speeches, thought provoking dialogue, and service projects.

About Ivy Tech
Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students 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 communities. In addition, its courses and programs transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.

Ivy Tech’s 14th Annual College Transfer Fair emphasizes four-year degree opportunities

Ivy Tech Community College is gearing up for its 14th Annual College Transfer Fair on October 8 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm in Ivy Hall located at 3101 South Creasy Lane.

The College Transfer Fair was established to advise Ivy Tech students on how their educational experience at the college could easily be continued to a four-year degree program. Because Ivy Tech offers 74 different courses that transfer to all Indiana colleges and universities, and has more than 200 degree transfer agreements with four-year colleges, advancing majors or career paths is a seamless process.

Scheduled to attend this year’s College Transfer Fair are more than 20 regional colleges that accept Ivy Tech credits including Ball State, Purdue, IUPUI, Indiana State, Indiana Wesleyan, St. Joseph’s College, Trine University and many others. Representatives from each college will be on hand to provide information on admissions, financial aid, and online courses.

The College Transfer Fair is open to students, alumni, and the community. High school students and parents are also encouraged to attend.

About Ivy Tech

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students 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 communities. In addition, its courses and programs transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.

Ivy Tech’s Distinguished Lecture Series will feature David J. Smith, an expert in peacebuilding and community colleges who has assisted with conflict resolution in Ferguson, MO.

The role of community colleges in building peace and providing a globally-focused education will be the topic of Ivy Tech Community College Lafayette’s Distinguished Lecture presented by David J. Smith. He will discuss the importance of advancing awareness of peacebuilding strategies to ensure a society that embraces differences, respects human rights, and resolves conflict nonviolently.

Building Peace: Making the Local to Global Connection will be presented on Monday, October 13, at 6:00 p.m. in the NCHS Auditorium in Ivy Hall on the Ivy Tech Lafayette campus at 3101 S. Creasy Lane. The one-hour lecture will be followed by a question and answer session. The lecture is open to the public.

Smith is a noted authority on peacebuilding, conflict resolution, and civic and global education. He edited Peacebuilding in Community Colleges: A Teaching Resource, a guide for educators and administrators in strengthening global education and promoting educational strategies to advance peace.

He recently visited St. Louis Community College and met with students, faculty, and administrators at the Forest Park and Florissant Valley campuses. Florissant Valley is located in Ferguson, MO. The purpose of the visit was to assess the impact of the events this past August that resulted in ongoing tension and consider ways in which the college can advance social justice, human rights, civic engagement, conflict resolution, and other educational means of making a positive impact on the community.

“Global education is a vital component of every community college mission,” Smith said. “Education can play an important role in promoting more peaceful worldviews while giving students the skills and perspectives they need to succeed in a globalized world.”

A former senior manager for educational outreach in USIP’s Global Peacebuilding Center, Smith is a conflict resolution practitioner and educator. He currently serves as chair of the Human Rights Commission of Rockville, Maryland, and teaches at George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution.

About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students 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 communities. In addition, its courses and programs transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association

Ivy Tech students and administrators will participate in Washington DC gathering to discuss interfaith community service and civic engagement

Representatives from Ivy Tech Community College Lafayette have been invited to participate in the President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge Gathering in Washington DC on September 22 and 23. The event will be held at George Washington University. The event offers an opportunity for students, staff, and administrators from higher education institutions to share experiences, learn from experts, and meet administration officials who share a commitment to community service with an interfaith engagement component.

The invitation comes on the heels of being named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Ivy Tech Lafayette was recognized for its role in solving community problems and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement.

Conference participants from Ivy Tech Lafayette are: Chancellor Dr. David Bathe; Executive Director of Diversity, Engagement, and International Programs Andrew Antonio; Director of Student Life and Leadership Kat Stremiecki; and Ivy Tech students John Bullock and Jake Retherford.

Dr. Bathe will join college presidents and chancellors from participating institutions in a White House Forum on September 22. The forum will include presentations from foundations and other organizations that support interfaith/community service on college campuses. College leaders will have the opportunity to engage funders and program supporters.

“It is a privilege to be invited to the White House Forum as a representative for the region,” Dr. Bathe said. “However, it is the work of the students, college staff and Greater Lafayette community that is being recognized. It is significant that the administration recognizes the tie between faith and the desire and responsibility to serve that is deeply rooted in American history and culture.”

Antonio, Stremiecki and Bullock will present Intersection Connection Helps Define the “C” in YMCA during the conference. Their presentation will highlight Intersection Connection, a collaboration among the College, the Lafayette Family YMCA and Junior Achievement. They will illustrate how a state college, a Christian organization, and a non-profit can create space and programming to enliven and enrich lives in the community.

“As a community college, it’s important for us to not only have quality academic programs, but also for students and college staff to volunteer in faith-based initiatives,” Antonio said. “Giving our students avenues of success in the classroom and the community, and providing ways that our staff and faculty can give back to the community, is a goal that we all can share.”

The group will arrive in Washington DC on Sunday, September 21, to participate in the 9/11 Unity Walk. The walk is a display of unity among all houses of worship on Embassy Row that open their doors to each other in a striking display of hospitality. Christians, Muslims, Jews, Sikhs, Hindus, other faiths, and those of no faith tradition, come together to learn about each other, enjoy great food, and create friendships. The walk includes moving speeches, thought provoking dialogue, and service projects.

About Ivy Tech
Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students 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 communities. In addition, its courses and programs transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.