Ivy Tech’s Kindness Campaign Begins

27540948_10156012584633959_5658690801633640833_nEvansville, IN – Ivy Tech Community College Evansville is kicking off its first-ever Kindness Campaign today (Feb. 7).  Amy Lutzel, Ivy Tech wellness and fitness coordinator, says “In a world where stress, violence, and intense competition cause us to feel disconnected, acts of kindness can bring us together as we find fulfillment and joy in thinking about and doing something nice for others and for ourselves.

“All human beings need affection to thrive and even small acts of kindness can touch someone deeply and make their day,” she continued.  The events will take place in Ivy Tech’s Koch Student Center located at 3501 N First Ave.

Schedule of Events:

Random Acts of Kindness Kick Off Event 
Wednesday, February 7, 11:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m.
Koch Student Center

  • Pick up a “Be Kind” button to wear all month long
    and receive a Kindness Coupon or two to perform Random Acts of Kindness.
  • Receive a flyer on “Kindness Health Facts” and what other countries around the world are doing to practice kindness.

Random Acts of Kindness Week 
February 12—16

  • Be on the look-out for kind messages placed around campus and plan to perform several Random Acts of Kindness for others and for yourself.
  • Write down your Random Act of Kindness on a banner for all to see.
  • Change your profile pic on social media to the heart-shaped “Be Kind” logo.
  • Use the #ivykind hashtag on social media posts.

Kindness Rocks
February 14, 11:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m.
Koch Student Center

  • Write a Kindness Note to give to someone and paint a Kindness Rock to place somewhere for someone else to find.
  • Receive a free Hug and a Kiss (Hershey’s chocolate that is)!

The Ivy Tech Wellness and Fitness Center, Student Life, and the Counseling Center are collaborating on this project.  Lutzel explained that studies have shown that the positive effects of kindness are experienced in the brain of everyone who witnessed the act, improving their mood and making them significantly more likely to “pay it forward.”

This means one good deed in a crowded area can create a domino effect and improve the day of dozens of people. Lutzel added, “Just think how much more productive we would be if we could practice kindness to everyone every day. We would have more energy, better relationships, be less depressed, and be generally happy. Our hope is that more companies and organizations will follow suit.”


Ivy Tech’s Kindness Campaign Begins

Kyla Krieg to Lead Ivy Tech Community College Tell City Career and Technology Center

Kyla Krieg-e18Tell City, IN – Kyla Krieg, site director for Ivy Tech Community College Princeton Career and Technology Center, has been named Director of Outreach and Engagement for both the Princeton site, as well as the Tell City Career and Technology Center. She will be serving Pike, Gibson, Dubois, Perry, and Spencer Counties.

Krieg, replaces Linda Reed, who has served as the site manager in Tell City since 2015. She is now Tell City and dual credit coordinator for Ivy Tech Community College.

In her new role, Krieg is charged with building the college’s profile and serving as the workforce development liaison in the communities she serves. She will engage with community members, business, and local government to align courses to be offered at the Tell City and Princeton Centers with local workforce needs.

Krieg has been site manager and director of the Princeton site since 2014. Prior to that she taught at Ivy Tech in Princeton and Evansville, Harrison College and Vincennes University’s Ft. Branch location. Krieg also worked as a sales representative for Princeton Publishing for two years, and as a teacher and department director of Princeton Community High School for six years.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Butler University and a Master of Arts degree from Oakland City University.

Krieg is active in the community and is the current vice president and board member of the Gibson County Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Gibson County Economic Development Corporation board, promotions committee member of Downtown Princeton, Inc., and is board member of the Entrepreneurship and Technology Center of Pike County.

To contact Krieg about possible collaborations with Ivy Tech Community College Tell City Career and Technology Center or the Princeton Career and Technology Center, email kkrieg3@ivytech.edu.

Kyla Krieg to Lead Ivy Tech Community College Tell City Career and Technology Center

Ivy Tech Speaker Series Kicks Off Feb. 7


“Assembling Your Personal Brand,” a panel discussion by officials at Banterra Bank, will kick off the 2018 School of Business Speaker Series at Ivy Tech Community College on Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 6 p.m. in Vectren Auditorium.  It is free and open to the public. This annual series is sponsored by Banterra Bank.

The discussion is designed to help students and others in the public prepare for interviews and job searches. Discussing resumes, cover letters, references, interviewing, career research and social networking will be a panel of Banterra Bank officials including Kyle Dodd, assistant senior community banking officer, Chad Wingert, Geoff Gentil, Kevin Canterbury, commercial loan officers and Tina Spears, treasury management specialist.

The second event in the School of Business Speaker Series will be April 18 with Susan Hardwick, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Vectren Corporation, presenting the keynote address, “Choices.”  In contrast to common goal setting thinking, Hardwick will reflect on the day-to-day personal and corporate experiences and decisions that led her to her current position and programs at Vectren.

This presentation is also free and open to the public and will take place in Vectren Auditorium at Ivy Tech at 6 p.m.  A public reception is planned prior to this presentation at 5:30 p.m. in the foyer of the auditorium.

Susan Hardwick PicHardwick was named executive vice president and chief financial officer of Vectren Corporation in 2016. Prior to her current role, Hardwick served as senior vice president, CFO and vice president, controller and assistant treasurer of Vectren. She has extensive public accounting experience and has spent the majority of her career involved in the regulated utility industry.

Hardwick holds a B.S. degree in accounting from Indiana University and is a certified public accountant.

She has held numerous leadership roles in the American Gas Association and the Edison Electric Institute.  She is active in the community serving on several boards and has been honored with numerous awards including: 2009 Athena Award; the 2011 Maverick Award by the Midwest Energy Association; the 2016 Sara B. Davies Award by Leadership Evansville; and was named one of 158 Women to Watch by the Diversity Journal in 2016. Hardwick also received the Torchbearer Lifetime Achievement Award from the Indiana Commission on Women in 2016 and was honored as Indiana Business Journal CFO of the Year in 2016.

Ivy Tech Speaker Series Kicks Off Feb. 7

Ivy Tech Community College Evansville Campus Appoints New Workforce Alignment Executive

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Craig Jefferson, formerly faculty fellow instructor at Ivy Tech Evansville Campus, has been appointed the college’s new workforce alignment executive.

In this position, Jefferson will continue to develop collaborative partnerships with regional employers to meet and enhance the specific market training needs of the area; as well as to develop workforce programs and products.

Prior to Ivy Tech where he taught courses in the School of Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering & Applied Technology, Jefferson was a commodity consultant and buyer, staff buyer and plant engineer for ALCOA from the early 80’s through 2014. He also was a contract electrical engineer from 2014-15.

Jefferson holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Mo.

Ivy Tech Community College Evansville Campus Appoints New Workforce Alignment Executive

5-Year Strategic Plan Launches Today at Ivy Tech

Ivy Tech Community College has kicked off its new five-year strategic plan: “Our Communities. Your College. Pathways for Student Success and a Stronger Indiana.” The plan’s vision is for Ivy Tech students to earn 50,000 high-quality certifications, certificates, and degrees per year aligned with workforce needs.

The plan aligns with Indiana’s goal to equip 60 percent of the workforce with a high-value, post-secondary degree or credential by 2025. Through achievement of this goal, the College will help increase Hoosier per capita income and support the transformation of the state’s advanced industries economy.

“Indiana is home to some of the world’s largest, most innovative corporations—not to mention countless ambitious smaller companies and start-ups,” said Ivy Tech President Sue Ellspermann. “And all of them share a common need: well-trained, skilled workers.”

The plan development covered 18 months, including a restructure of the College, comprehensive fact finding conducted internally and externally, including thousands of faculty, staff, students and statewide stakeholders.

“Our plan compliments the work of those with whom we collaborate including the Commission for Higher Education, Department of Workforce Development, the Indiana Chamber and industry groups, Strada Education Network, Lilly Endowment, and Lumina, to name a few,” Ellspermann said. “We are committed to aligning with those who have similar goals and are dedicated to Hoosier prosperity of employers, individuals, and the state.

The plan is comprised of seven goals, with detailed strategies and tactics accompanying each goal, and metrics to ensure success:

•Goal 1 – Student Success: Ensure every student persists towards their educational objective.
•Goal 2 – Recruitment and Enrollment: Recruit and enroll Hoosiers from every demographic into high-demand/high-wage career pathways.
•Goal 3 – Completion: Students earn 50,000 high quality certificates, certifications, and degrees annually.
•Goal 4 – Workforce: Students are placed into and succeed in high-demand, high-wage jobs.
•Goal 5 – Employee: Become known as a great place to work.
•Goal 6 – Financial: Ensure the institution has sufficient financial resources to achieve our mission.
•Goal 7 – Community: Effectively engage with and serve our unique communities.

Strategies focused on student success include initiatives through improved technology, structured scheduling, eight week classes, and improved academic advising. Recruitment strategies include targeted outreach to adult workers, as well as high school students with no post-secondary plans. Completion strategies include reverse transfer, expanding the Associate Accelerated Program (ASAP), and more short-term, industry-focused certificates. Completion strategies are centered on “right-program, right-place, right-size” in each community and focused career development into high-demand, high-wage jobs.

“We are committed to putting more ‘community’ in community college,” Ellspermann continues. “To quote one of our own employees, ‘community’ is our middle name, and I look forward to seeing Ivy Tech become the workforce development and higher education engine our communities need to ensure long-term Hoosier prosperity.”

5-Year Strategic Plan Launches Today at Ivy Tech

Winners Announced in Ivy Tech Vex Robotics Competition

Mater Dei High School’s Robomater2 team took home first place in today’s Vex Robotics Competition at Ivy Tech Community College. Second place went to Signature School1 and third place went to Perry Central. 

About 50 students in grades 4-12 interested in robotics participated in the annual competition. The VEX Robotics Challenge was titled “Math Whiz,” and was sponsored by Ivy Tech’s School of Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering and Applied Technology.  

The focus of the contest was for the team members to be able to think on their feet. The teams were supplied ahead of time with angles and elevations of turns. In a series of challenges, competitors had  to calculate times and distances to see how well they know their robot’s capabilities. The VEX Robotics Design System offers students an exciting platform for learning about areas rich with career opportunities spanning science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). These are just a few of the many fields students can explore by creating with VEX Robotics Technology. Beyond science and engineering principles, a VEX Robotics project encourages teamwork, leadership and problem solving among groups.

Winners Announced in Ivy Tech Vex Robotics Competition

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