Ivy Tech Community College-Lafayette to hold business pitch competition at MatchBOX Co-Working Studio

Ivy Tech ComIvy Innovate 2014munity College’s School of Business will hold its Second Annual Ivy Innovate competition for Ivy Tech students taking a beginning entrepreneur class. The competition is based on the popular television show “Shark Tank.”

Students give a two to three minute elevator pitch for their small business idea to a panel of judges who choose four to five finalists. The finalists present a 5 to 7 minute executive presentation of their business plan. Judges scores determine the winner.

The public is invited to watch the competition at MatchBOX Co-Working Studio, 17 S. Sixth Street in downtown Lafayette, on Thursday, May 1 beginning at 6:00 p.m.

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 names Brandon Fulk as student commencement speaker

Ivy Tech Community College-Lafayette has chosen Brandon Fulk to deliver the Student Address at the 2014 Commencement Ceremony to be held Sunday, May 11, at 2:00 p.m. in the Elliott Hall of Music on the Purdue campus.

Fulk earned his associate degree in general studies as part of the Accelerated Student Associate Program (ASAP) that provides the opportunity to complete a two-year degree in one year. Brandon plans on attending either Purdue or Ball State and complete a bachelor’s degree in film and video production. His future career plans include working in film as a director or screenwriter. A 2013 graduate of Harrison High School, Brandon is active in his church, playing drums in the worship band and teaching children’s Sunday School classes.

The annual student speaker is chosen from among faculty recommendations. The final candidate is determined by a committee of college staff and faculty.

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-Lafayette announces recipients of teaching awards

Ivy Tech Community College-Lafayette announced today the recipients of the 2014 McAllister Excellence in Teaching Awards. Recipient of the full time faculty award is Janet Brodsky, Assistant Professor and Chair of Life Sciences. The adjunct award winner is Michelle Redmond who teaches communication. The award winners will be recognized at the college’s commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 11 at 2:00 p.m. The ceremony will be held in Purdue University’s Elliott Hall of Music.

Each year, McAllister Excellence in Teaching Awards are given to one full-time and one adjunct (part-time) faculty member. Students nominate faculty and a peer committee chooses award winners. The award symbolizes demonstrated competency, hard work, and determination. Adjunct faculty awardees receive a commemorative plaque and a $1000 monetary award. Full-time faculty awardees receive a commemorative plaque, a professional development grant, a $1000 monetary award, and represent the region as a candidate for the statewide Glenn W. Sample Award for Excellence in Instruction. The monetary awards are presented by the McAllister Foundation.

Janet Brodsky

Brodsky began teaching at Ivy Tech-Lafayette in 1995 as an adjunct. In 1997 she joined the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences faculty full-time and also teaches advanced physiology and an online version of Anatomy and Physiology 101. Since 1999, she has been Life Sciences Program Chair. She earned her bachelor of science degree in biology from Clark University, and her master of science in molecular biology from Purdue University.

She is a member of the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society (HAPS), and is active in developing textbooks and lab manuals for both McGraw Hill and Pearson Publishers. She has helped create statewide curriculum for anatomy and physiology classes.

Her students describe her as approachable, caring, and focused on student success. By using a combination of teaching techniques that include lecture, lab, visual aids, dissection, discussion, and notes, she provides the basis for success in the classroom and in the workplace. She introduced the BIOPAC lab program that allows students to generate and analyze their own electrocardiograms and electroencephalograms.

Michelle Redmond

Michelle Redmond has been teaching communication part-time at Ivy Tech-Lafayette since December 2011. She was formerly adjunct faculty at Northern Virginia Community College (Washington DC), teaching communication and mentoring new adjunct faculty. While there she was nominated for the college’s Adjunct Faculty of the Year award. She has also worked in public relations and media.

Redmond earned a bachelor of fine arts in film and television at New York University. She studied in the film critical studies master’s program at the University of Southern California, and earned a master of arts in mass communication from Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

She instills confidence in her students by emphasizing that fear of public speaking is normal. Her students enjoy her animated speaking style and personal stories. She incorporates movie clips and examples of nationally recognized speakers to illustrate public speaking concepts. She makes each student feel valued through encouragement and acceptance.

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 Community College-Lafayette recognizes distinguished alumnus

Ivy Tech Community College-Lafayette has announced the recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award. Dustin McCormick, a 2004 graduate of the Computer Information Systems program, will be recognized at the college’s commencement ceremony scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on May 11 at Purdue University’s Elliott Hall of Music.

McCormick had a difficult childhood that led to dropping out of high school and working at a low-paying job. His life began to change when he received his acceptance letter from Ivy Tech. Thanks to a work-study job and other financial aid, he was able to quit his full-time job and concentrate on his studies.

With help from knowledgeable instructors and tutoring at the Learning Resource Center, Dustin completed his associate degree in two years. The college’s Career Services staff helped him write a professional resume and provided job listings that led to his first position at TouchSupport LLC.

Since 2010 he has been a software engineer at ExactTarget. He was promoted last year to principal UI/X software engineer and leads a team of user interface developers. He is also continuing his studies, and is currently enrolled at Ball State University and pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

Now a husband, father and homeowner, Dustin is preparing to volunteer at a domestic violence shelter for women. He describes his time as a student at Ivy Tech as a “transformation” that is still reaping the benefits today.

“Ivy Tech Community College follows through and is truly committed to helping their students succeed,” he said. “The path I started at Ivy Tech has resulted in a career where I get paid to do what I love. I can truly say that Ivy Tech changed my life.”

The Distinguished Alumni Award was established to recognize Ivy Tech graduates who have succeeded in their career field and demonstrated support of the community or the college.

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.

Glenda Ritz, Superintendent of Public Instruction, will speak at Ivy Tech’s commencement ceremony

Ivy Tech Community College-Lafayette announced today that Indiana State Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz will give the keynote address at the college’s commencement ceremony to be held Sunday, May 11 at 2:00 p.m. in the Purdue University’s Elliott Hall of Music in West Lafayette.

Ritz was born in Lafayette, Indiana and graduated from Jefferson High School. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Ball State University, and a master’s degree in library science from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. She has been an educator since 1978 and previously served as a library media specialist at Crooked Creek Elementary School in Indianapolis. She is a National Board Certified Teacher with licenses to teach K-12 in the areas of special education, general education and library science. She was elected Superintendent of Public Instruction for Indiana in 2012.

Her accomplishments include Teacher of the Year honors at two different schools in Indianapolis, and is a Golden Apple Award recipient. She guided her school to develop a strong literacy program that led to recognition as a Blue Ribbon School and Indiana 4-Star School. She also helped establish teacher exchanges between schools in China and Crooked Creek Elementary. She was President of the Washington Township Education Association for fifteen years prior to her election.

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 Community College-Lafayette hosts Money Smart Week, April 5-12

Help take the stress out of managing your money by participating in Money Smart Week, held April 5-12. Ivy Tech Community College-Lafayette is hosting various events throughout the week to help you manage your personal finances. A special program for veterans will be held on April 12.

In addition to Ivy Tech, Money Smart Week is sponsored by Fifth Third Bank, Purdue Federal Credit Union, Industrial Federal Credit Union, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Purdue University, Purdue Extension, Greater Lafayette Commerce, HomesteadCS, and the Chicago Federal Reserve.

All events are free and open to the public. Events will be held in Ivy Hall on the Ivy Tech-Lafayette campus at 3101 S. Creasy Lane, Lafayette.

Pet Place
Saturday, April 5, 10:00 a.m-12:00 p.m., Ivy Hall, Grand Hall
Pet Place is a financial literacy game that helps youth recognize wants and needs by taking care of their new “pet.” For children K-6. Must be accompanied by an adult.

Smart Homebuying
Monday, April 7, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Ivy Hall 1285
Thursday, April 10, 10:00 am-12:00 pm, Ivy Hall 1333
Learn about education and assistance programs to help you purchase a home.

Get Rich Slowly, But At Least Get Rich
Tuesday, April 8, 10:00-11:00 am, Ivy Hall 2266
Start planning early for a financially stable retirement.

Cashing In On Education
Wednesday, April 9, 12:00-1:00 pm, Ivy 1333
Learn how to use Ivy Tech and its resources to advance your education and career.

Money Smart Veterans
Saturday, April 12, 9:30 am – 1:30 pm, Ivy 1112
Veterans and their families are welcome to attend. Presentations on housing resources, general benefits, retirement and financial planning, and budgeting and credit will repeat every hour beginning at 9:30 am. Booths from area businesses will be on hand to provide information to veterans. Refreshments will be provided and door prizes will be given away throughout the event. For more information, contact Fred Duttlinger, Ivy Tech’s VA Coordinator, at (765) 269-5118.

For more information, visit moneysmartweek.org, or follow MoneySmartWeekLafayetteIndiana on Facebook, and MSWLafayette on Twitter and Instagram.

About Money Smart Week
Money Smart Week is a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. This is achieved through the collaboration and coordination effort of organizations across the country including businesses, financial institutions, schools, libraries, not-for-profits, government agencies and the media. These groups come together once a year to stress the importance of financial literacy, inform consumers about where they can get help and provide free educational seminars and activities throughout the week. Programming is offered to all demographics and income levels and covers all facets of personal finance from establishing a budget to first time home buying to estate planning. The effort was created by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in 2002.

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 dental assisting students host annual Easter Egg Hunt, raise funds for student scholarships

Dental assisting students at Ivy Tech Community College-Lafayette invite the public to attend the Fourth Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Sidewalk Carnival on Saturday, April 19, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, on the Lafayette campus located at 3101 S. Creasy Lane. The event raises funds for student scholarships and to support the dental assisting program, while providing community education about the importance of oral health.
Event organizers say that over 30,000 eggs will be “hidden” for age-specific egg hunts. The sidewalk carnival will feature pictures with the Easter Bunny, over forty carnival games, drinks, a bounce house, petting zoo, face painting, balloon animals, dancing characters, clowns, and entertainment. Participating organizations and businesses include Elite Sounds Mobile DJs, the Lafayette Fire Department, Kona Ice, Jump It Party and Play, Mini Golf, Image Orthodontics, Army National Guard, Purdue Federal Credit Union, and many more.
A special free concert by rock and blues band Miller will follow from 3:00 to 5:00 pm.
Egg hunt times for each age group are listed below.
Ages 0-2 – 11:30 am
Ages 3-5 – 12:30 pm
Ages 6-9 – 1:30 pm
Ages 10 and up – 2:30 pm
The event is co-sponsored by the WKOA radio group and Elite Sounds.

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.