Empty Bowls Event Nov. 11 Raises Funds and Awareness for Hunger Relief

The Ceramics Center at USI has been working full tilt to make more than 1,000 bowls for the 2017 EMPTY BOWLS Evansville Event, sponsored by the USI Art & Design Department with support from Ivy Tech business students.

The event is planned for Saturday, Nov. 11, from 11a.m. – 2 p.m., at Sauced, 1113 Parrett St., in Evansville’s Art District. The wide variety of soups will be provided by Sauced.

Empty Bowls is a national non-profit organization that lends its name to any organization fundraising for hunger by making and selling ceramic bowls. This is the sixth Empty Bowls event that Alisa (AL) Holen, associate professor of ceramics at USI, has organized.

Holen’s ceramics 1-3 courses were re-classified as “Service Learning” courses in the fall, which opens up the courses to focus on service as well as ceramics. USI Students have been educating as well as learning as groups come into the Ceramics Center at USI to make bowls. After the bowls have been made, USI ceramics students trim and sign each bowl with the maker’s name. They then bisque fire the bowls, glaze the bowls, and glaze fire the bowls in the electric, gas, and salt kilns.

Ivy Tech students in the School of Business, Logistics, and Supply Chain have teamed up with the ceramics students at USI to help organize the event. These students have spent their time organizing the event with soup providers, advertising, and with organizational details. Their work on the project strengthens their understanding of companies acting in a manner which is legal, ethical, and socially responsible.

Each bowl made by the community will be sold for $10/each and come with a choice of soup donated by Sauced, water donated by Tropicana, and a Zip Stick donated by Azzip. Empty Bowls will also feature a “Pro-Bowl” room with professionally-made bowls at higher prices.

Proceeds from this event will be used to support local organizations fighting hunger.

For additional information contact:  Faith Fox, Ivy Tech assistant professor, ffox6@ivytech.edu.

Media Advisory: Interviews with Holen, students, and others to promote the event, b-roll, and photos are available by contacting Fox at the above email address; as well as the day of the event.

Empty Bowls Event Nov. 11 Raises Funds and Awareness for Hunger Relief

Trick or Treat at Ivy Tech Evansville Oct. 31

Families are invited to bring children of all ages to Ivy Tech Community College Evansville between 3 and 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 31 for Halloween Trick or Treating.

Offices at Ivy Tech will provide free goodies for children in stations set up through a main hallway on campus near the Business Office. Families should enter through Entrance B at 3501 N. First Avenue, Evansville.

For those with high school aged children, the Express Enrollment Center will be open and available to discuss Ivy Tech’s educational opportunities.

Trick or Treat at Ivy Tech Evansville Oct. 31

Ivy Tech to Host Go Ivy Day

Evansville, Ind.-Go Ivy Day is planned at Ivy Tech Community College for individuals interested in learning more about Ivy Tech and becoming a student. The free event is planned for Wednesday, October 27, from 9 a.m -1 p.m., at Ivy Tech Community College, 3501 First Avenue.

At the event students will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn more about admissions requirements
  • Explore campus
  • Meet with faculty from your academic area of interest
  • Get the facts on financial aid
  • Connect with current and other prospective students.
  • Free lunch, and much more.

For more information visit ivytech.edu/goivyday.

Ivy Tech to Host Go Ivy Day

Ivy Tech to Host Express Enrollment Day

Evansville, Ind.-Express Enrollment Day is planned at Ivy Tech Community College for individuals interested in enrolling in classes for spring semester 2018. The free event is planned for Wednesday, October 25, from 9-3 p.m., on campus at 3501 N First Avenue. This event is designed to assist interested individuals in completing the enrollment process, potentially, in one day.

At the event individuals will have the opportunity to:

  • Complete the FAFSA or get financial aid questions answered (School Code 009917)
  • Learn more about aid such as grants, scholarships and loans
  • Create a MyIvy account
  • Fulfill the assessment requirement
  • Meet with an Academic Advisor (You must complete your orientation and assessment steps prior to meeting with an advisor)
  • Register for classes

To RSVP go to ivytech.edu/EEStatewide.

Ivy Tech to Host Express Enrollment Day

CAPE Head Start to Open Early Childhood Learning Center On Ivy Tech Campus

CAPE-logo2Evansville, IN — An Open House is planned for October 11, at 11:30 a.m. to allow interested individuals an opportunity to see the new Community Action Program of Evansville (CAPE) Head Start and Early Head Start Early Childhood Learning Center on the Ivy Tech Community College Evansville Campus, at 651 Fairway Drive, Evansville.

“We are pleased to renovate a stand-alone building on the Ivy Tech campus to create a center for our students’ children,” said Ivy Tech Chancellor Jonathan Weinzapfel. This project is being made possible without any state funding, through a partnership with CAPE, grants and private and corporate contributions to the Ivy Tech Foundation. “The Learning Center will allow Ivy Tech students to have their children well cared for and in a learning environment, as they pursue their college degree,” Weinzapfel added.

CAPE CEO Alice Weathers, said, “Collaborating with Ivy Tech, the Evansville Department of Metropolitan Development and Early Learning Indiana on this project will allow Ivy Tech students to pursue their education goals while providing quality Early Childhood education opportunities for their children.”

Opportunities to help fund this project are ongoing, said Ivy Tech Executive Director of Resource Development Erica Schmidt. “We are grateful for the gifts we have received by private donors and community and corporate donors such as Mead Johnson Nutrition, One Main Financial and Early Learning Indiana. This project would not be made possible without the support of the community since it is a donor and grant funded initiative.

“We are continuing our outreach for additional support and are excited to be developing a donor recognition space, designed by Ivy Tech Visual Communications student, Rachel Fitzwater, which will be featured in the foyer of the center,” Schmidt added. To be a part of this initiative, call 812-429-1409.

The Center has the capacity for 50 children, with first priority being given to children of Ivy Tech students. This location is expected to open in November. It will have two Head Start classrooms for children 3-5 years old and two Early Head Start classrooms for children 6 weeks to 3 years old. Full day, year-round enrollment is offered with hours of operation Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

CAPE is currently hiring qualified teachers for the center.

The Center will offer a comprehensive school readiness program, individualized early childhood education, development and health screenings, and meals and snacks.

Cost of the program and other offerings will be a sliding scale, based on the individual’s ability to pay. It will accept Child Care Development Fund vouchers, as well as On My Way Pre-K vouchers, for those who qualify.

Enrollment for open spots is ongoing. To check availability of openings, call CAPE Head Start at 812-425-4241.

CAPE Head Start to Open Early Childhood Learning Center On Ivy Tech Campus

Ivy Tech Community College Offering Free CompTIA A+ Certification

Evansville, Ind.— Ivy Tech Community College Evansville is now offering a free training program that will give its graduates the potential to earn up to $18 per hour starting salary in an IT role such as technical support specialist, field service technician, ITsupport technician or administrator.


The CompTIA A+ program is a hands-on program that teaches technical skills and offers boot camps that teach soft skills to help students begin a career in Internet Technology and earn their certification. Following completion of the program, students will be prepared to take the CompTIA A+ certification (free of charge).

Eight-week paid internships are available during the program, as well as test preparation. Students are supported during the program by outside experts who provide one-on-one academic coaching, as well as wraparound support from the program coordinator.

For more information or to get started, contact Maya Youghbor at myoughbor@ivytech.edu and go to https://www.ivytech.edu/aplus/.

Ivy Tech Community College Offering Free CompTIA A+ Certification