Preview of Art on the Wabash collection on display at Ivy Tech Community College

A preview of artists who will participate in the upcoming 9th Annual Art on the Wabash is on display at Ivy Tech Community College-Lafayette in Ivy Hall’s Grand Hall. The display is open to the public now through September 12. Ivy Tech Community College is located at 3101 S. Creasy Lane, Lafayette.

Most of the 42 participating artists have pieces in the preview. Artists who will have works on display at Ivy Tech are:

Jewelry: Joanne Kuhn Titolo, Linda Elmore, Lisa Walsh, and Carolyn Cason.

Potters: Mary Thomas Firestone, Scott Frankenberger, Diana May, Nancy Grenard, Frank Koontz, Gail Johnston, and Ingrid Craft & Rachael Schatko of Coal Creek Clay.

Glass: Sharon Owens and Kathryn Bodine.

Wood: Dave Barnett.

Gourds: Deb Remsburg.

Pysanky (batik on eggshells): Susan Blubaugh.

Photography: Dwayne Daehler and Alan McConnell.

Paintings: Rebecca Brody, Alice Harpel, Roxie L. Hannemann, Rena Brouwer, Jerie Artz, and Daniel Driggs.

Art on the Wabash, a juried art fair, takes place Sunday, September 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Tapawingo Park in West Lafayette.

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

Ivy Tech-Lafayette signs faculty and student exchange agreement with Mexican university

A delegation of faculty and staff from Ivy Tech Community College-Lafayette recently visited Technological University of Querétaro (UTEQ), Mexico and entered into a collaboration agreement that will lead to student exchanges that will broaden their cultural and learning experiences.

Dr. Todd Roswarski (left), Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs for Ivy Tech-Lafayette, and Lecona Salvador Uribe (center), Rector of UTEQ, sign the collaboration agreement between the two colleges as Andrew Antonio (right), Executive Director of Diversity and Engagement, looks on.

Dr. Todd Roswarski (left), Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs for Ivy Tech-Lafayette, and Lecona Salvador Uribe (center), Rector of UTEQ, sign the collaboration agreement between the two colleges as Andrew Antonio (right), Executive Director of Diversity and Engagement, looks on.

Prior to signing the agreement, the Ivy Tech delegation met for two days with the academic staff of UTEQ to identify, discuss and compare educational programs with the goal to arrange future exchanges.

The partnership also finalized a faculty exchange agreement that has already bore fruit. Three faculty members from UTEQ visited the Lafayette campus for two weeks as guest lecturers to build collaborations between academic programs and present their research to Ivy Tech students.

Lecona Salvador Uribe, rector of UTEQ, said that he hopes the meeting “is the formal beginning of a relationship between the two institutions, and both students and faculty will mutually benefit.”

Todd Roswarski, Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs at Ivy Tech-Lafayette, said, “I think we made great progress in these two and a half days, not only in what we accomplished academically, but also in building friendships.”

Members of Ivy Tech delegation also included Andrew Antonio, Executive Director of Diversity and Engagement; Isaac Rivera, Dean of the School of Applied Science and Engineering Technology; David Ely, Chair of the Pre-Engineering Program; Aaron Baute, Chair of the Business Administration Program, and Alan Bunning, Professor in the School of Computing and Informatics.

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 Automotive Institute gets students into the workforce sooner

Starting a career in automotive technology can happen within one year thanks to Ivy Tech Community College’s Automotive Institute. Anyone interested in this accelerated program is invited to attend an open house on Tuesday, July 14, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Automotive Institute Lab at 3535 McCarty Lane, behind the Goodrich Theater.

Students in the Automotive Institute program earn a technical certificate and are prepared for ASE certification in forty weeks. Classes are offered in five, 8-week terms, and meet five days per week, for six hours per day. The technical certificate transfers into Ivy Tech’s associate degree program in Automotive Technology for student interested in continuing their education.

The Automotive Institute is NATEF accredited, and Ivy Tech is a Snap-On National Training Center. For more information, contact Carl Booker at (765) 838-8387 or cbooker22@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.

Ivy Tech, Montgomery County recognized for increasing college attainment

Montgomery County has been recognized as an Indiana College Success County in recognition of its work to increase the percentage of county residents with education and training beyond high school. Geoff Knowles, Executive Director of Ivy Tech Community College-Crawfordsville, and Brook Van Scoyoc, a Guidance Counselor at North Montgomery High School, accepted the award, which was presented by Indiana State Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers during a special ceremony held at the Indiana Statehouse on June 9.

“We are proud of the local leaders from Montgomery County who have come together to increase college access and success in Indiana,” said Lubbers. “Creating a culture of college access and success only happens when the vision is shared by the entire community.”

The Indiana College Success County award is presented to counties who establish a College Success Coalition of community organizations. Members of the Montgomery County Education and Career Success Coalition are the Montgomery County Council, the Montgomery County Youth Service Bureau, the Montgomery County Community Foundation, Ivy Tech Community College, North Montgomery High School, Southmont High School, Crawfordsville High School, the Crawfordsville Rotary Club, and Purdue Cooperative Extension.

Members of the coalition steering committee are Kristin Clary, Montgomery County Economic Development; Laura Frye Wabash College; Geoff Knowles, Ivy Tech Community College-Crawfordsville; Brenda Lovold, Crawfordsville High School; Pat Moser, Southmont High School; Kelly Taylor, Montgomery County Community Foundation; Susan Tharp, Learn More Indiana; and Brook Van Scoyoc, North Montgomery High School.

To earn the award, the coalition created a data-driven strategic plan and documented locally implemented activities designed to increase the percentage of the county’s recent high school graduates and returning adults who earn a postsecondary credentials, including one-year workforce certificates, two- and four-year college degrees, apprenticeships, and military training. The coalition also received a small startup grant and on-going technical assistance from the state to support the coalition’s development.

The award comes in the form of a road sign proclaiming the county as an Indiana College Success County. The coalition plans to display the sign on a major road as people enter the county.

Local organizations are encouraged to join the county’s College Success Coalition and help create a college-going culture in Montgomery County. The coalition envisions that all citizens will have easy access to people who know how to plan, prepare and pay for education beyond high school.

“We are looking for many different types of coalition members,” said Knowles. “K-12 schools, faith-based organizations, youth service organizations, service clubs, businesses, government agencies, and libraries are just a few of the organizations that might be interested in helping Montgomery County students attend college and are encouraged to join.

Local organizations can join the College Success Coalition at LearnMoreIndiana.org/Coalitions.

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 students and United Way volunteers prepar and e-file tax returns

During this past tax season, IRS-certified Ivy Tech Community College-Lafayette accounting students and United Way volunteers combined efforts to provide free tax preparation and e-filing services to 1,102low-to-moderate income earners. That represents a 22% increase over those served during the 2013 tax season. A total of 2,208 state, federal, prior year and amended income tax returns were filed between the Ivy Tech campussite and the United Way sites, one of which was located on Purdue University’s campus.

“We are excited that we have helped more income tax filers than ever before,” said Kelley Butler Heartfield, assistant professor of accounting at Ivy Tech and VITA office coordinator. “This is a great service to our community that provides real-world experience to accounting students and opportunities for United Way volunteers.”

VITA volunteers were trained and certified under the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. The program offers free tax assistance to taxpayers with household incomes less than $50,000. Returns were electronically submitted to the IRS and state at no cost to the taxpayer. The IRS provided the computer software used to prepare tax returns.

Eleven Ivy Tech volunteers and 54 United Way volunteers helped prepare and file returns. These volunteers helped taxpayers in Tippecanoe and surrounding counties receive $1,459,572 and $133,028 in net federal and state refundsrespectively. Combined that is more than 1.5 million dollars that was returned to taxpayers in our community. Ivy Tech and United Way also estimate an additional $175,650 was saved in tax preparation fees, based on an average of fees charged locally.

Ivy Tech and United Way plan to offer the VITA program again in 2015.

The Ivy Tech VITA office was sponsored by Mama Ines, Olive Garden, Pizza Hut, Chick-Fil-A, McAlister’s Deli, Little Ceaser’s Pizza, Christos, Moe’s Mexican Grill, Subway, and Dean of Ivy Tech’s School of Business Dr. Sherry Shipley.

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.

About United Way
United Way of Greater Lafayette improves our community by focusing on Education, Income and Health. We bring people, organizations and resources together to deliver results. You can give, advocate and volunteer. Join us and Live United.

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.