Ivy Tech Closing All Buildings – Classes Will Continue Virtually

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College announced that effective 5:00 pm (local time) on Friday, March 20 all of its buildings will be closed until further notice. The College will continue to operate and deliver instruction wherever possible virtually as previously announced. With the closure of its buildings additional services to students will now also be provided virtually including advising, testing, financial aid and business office operations.

“As we continued to follow and learn more about the progression of the COVID-19 pandemic we made the decision to take further steps to lessen the risk for our faculty, staff, students and the communities we serve,” Ivy Tech President Sue Ellspermann said. “This was a difficult decision to make, but one that will continue to help keep our communities safe. We are committed to continuing to serve our students as the state’s Community College during these difficult times.

The College will be providing various ways for students to stay connected to the College while it operates virtually and has shared the following list of ways in a message to all of its students.

  • Check www.ivytech.edu/covid-19 to find answers to frequently asked questions about the ongoing response to COVID-19 and for campus specific e-mail addresses you can use to get assistance
  • Stay connected on IvyLearn
  • Check MyIvy
  • Contact your instructor
  • Contact your advisor
  • Call 1-888-IVY-LINE
  • Visit www.ivytech.edu/chat
Ivy Tech Closing All Buildings – Classes Will Continue Virtually

Ivy Tech Offering Courses Virtually for Remainder of Semester

 INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College announced that it will extend the delivery of courses virtually through the remainder of the current semester. Courses will restart March 23 and conclude May 16, all being offered virtually.

Ivy Tech locations will remain open to allow students to access computer labs and to provide essential services such as advising, financial aid and access to faculty in a face-to-face format. Accommodations will be made for labs, clinicals and some technology courses to meet in groups of 10 or less if safety of all involved through social distancing can be assured. Information regarding such meetings will be provided to students from their faculty. Some faculty and staff will continue to be on location to provide assistance.

“While our students were on spring break we continuously monitored the coronavirus pandemic, the CDC guidelines, and weighed all options. Our focus is always on the safety and academic success of our students. At this time, given the escalating cases in Indiana and across the country, we believe that offering our courses virtually through the end of the semester is now the most viable alternative considering we currently offer nearly half of our courses online today,” Ivy Tech President Sue Ellspermann said.

Ivy Tech will continue to post updates at www.ivytech.edu/COVID-19

Ivy Tech Offering Courses Virtually for Remainder of Semester

Ivy Tech Community College Names Daniela Vidal Chancellor of Evansville Campus

Daniela-Vidal-007Evansville, IN – Daniela Vidal, vice president of operations at Vidal Plastics, will be the next chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College’s Evansville campus, announced Ivy Tech President Sue Ellspermann today.

She will begin her work with Ivy Tech on March 16, replacing Jonathan Weinzapfel who left the college in November following five years of service. The Evansville campus serves a 10-county region with additional sites located in Princeton and Tell City.

Ellspermann welcomed Vidal and cited many of her areas of accomplishment that will benefit Ivy Tech. “We are pleased to welcome Daniela. Her higher education, economic development, innovation and entrepreneurship experience will serve her well as we continue to reshape the College and programming to meet the changing needs of southwest Indiana communities, employers, and, most importantly, our students,” Ellspermann said. “Ivy Tech is critical to the success of the region’s Talent 2025 strategy. I am confident that Daniela will help us grow and better serve our richly diverse community ensuring all of our citizens are pursuing post-secondary credentials which lead to their prosperity, elevate our communities, and strengthen southwest Indiana’s economy.”

Ellspermann also noted her thanks to Kelly Cozart for her leadership as interim chancellor. “She has been instrumental in moving the campus forward during this period of transition and we are thankful she will return to her leadership role as Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs at the Evansville campus,” she said.

Vidal expressed gratitude for a new career that will continue to impact the community. “I am deeply grateful for this opportunity and platform to continue to work for a community that I have grown to love dearly,” Vidal said. “I strongly believe in southwest Indiana’s potential and Ivy Tech’s excellent team of faculty, staff and partners who play a key role in fully realizing this potential. We have an opportunity to equip our population, including those hidden and underrepresented parts of our society, with the skills needed to support our vision for economic growth and quality of life. I am committed to fully leveraging my experience, cultural background and passion to make Ivy Tech a beacon of hope for our community.”

State Board of Trustee Andrew Wilson shared his appreciation for the role the community played in the selection process.  “This is an important moment for Ivy Tech and our Evansville campus. It was evident during our search that the Community is excited about the opportunities that come with a new Chancellor. And as State Trustee, I am encouraged by the important role our Chancellor plays in the communities we serve,” he said.

Prior to her work at Vidal Plastics, Daniela served for more than 10 years in a variety of roles at the University of Southern Indiana. Her last role was as director of Opportunity Development, which housed the Center for Applied Research, Eagle Innovations Accelerator and Tech Commercialization, Resource Development, USI @ Innovation Pointe and the I-69 Innovation Corridor initiative.

Previously, she was coordinator of the Advanced Manufacturing and Industrial Supervision degree programs and Engineering instructor. Vidal has also served as a consultant and trainer in the fields of operational excellence, new product introduction and leadership.

She has also served in a variety of roles at Proctor & Gamble Latin America, Mead Johnson, GE Plastics and Berry Plastics. She holds a chemical engineering degree from Universidad Metroplitana in Caracas, Venezuela, and a Master of Business Administration from USI.

Some of the recent economic and workforce development and strategic planning projects Vidal has been involved in include:
• Growth Alliance Innovation & Entrepreneurship Committee Chair
• Rural Indiana Technology Commercialization Initiative (RITCI)
• Led region in application for Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership initiative
• I-69 Innovation Corridor leadership team and steering committee; this included the Brainpower and Innovation & Entrepreneurship task forces.

Vidal is active in the community serving on several boards, and is a founding member and president of HOLA. She has been recognized for her leadership and community involvement through such honors as being named an Athena Award finalists, Leadership Evansville award, Top Five Most Influential Women in Evansville, Sydney Berger Community Award, and YWCA 100 Years 100 Women.

Ivy Tech Community College Names Daniela Vidal Chancellor of Evansville Campus