Ivy Tech Student Government Association to Collect Funds for Harvey Dogs in Warrick County

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The Student Government Association at Ivy Tech Community College is collecting funds from Tuesday, Sept. 12 through Tuesday, Sept. 26, for the Warrick County Humane Society who will be receiving dogs from Texas animal shelters.

“We understand that these dogs were already housed in animal shelters in Texas, so they can make room for more dogs that have been separated from their owners. That way, they will be closer to home to possibly be reunited with their owners,” said Courtney Taber, vice president of SGA.

Checks may be made out to the Warrick Humane Society, and delivered to the Business Affairs Office at Ivy Tech Community College, 3501 N. First Avenue, Evansville. “If individuals would like to make donations other than check or cash, they should take them to the Warrick Humane Society at 5722 S. Vann Rd., Newburgh,” said SGA President Sahib Sooch.

Earlier this month, the Student Government Association collected baby items for individuals affected by Hurricane Harvey.

For additional information, please contact Sahib Sooch at 707-567-1416 or Courtney Taber at 812-213-6480.

 

 

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Ivy Tech Student Government Association to Collect Funds for Harvey Dogs in Warrick County

Ivy Tech Community College Collecting Baby Items To Help Those in Flooded Regions in Texas and Beyond

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Evansville, Ind. — Baby food, bottles, and diapers are among the items now being collected at Ivy Tech Community College for those who lived in the flooded areas of Texas.

Partnering with the Evansville Police Department who has sent five officers and two loaded box trucks to Texas today, Ivy Tech will collect items until September 8, then give to EPD or other agencies who will be sending items to that zone.

“We want our students, faculty and staff to be a part of the efforts to bring these families items they desperately need and may not have access to,” said Ivy Tech Chancellor Jonathan Weinzapfel. “We hope to assist in some small way to help individuals and their children begin to normalize their lives again after such a horrific tragedy that has affected so many.”

Organizing the drive for these items is the Office of Student Life, Human Services Club, and Ivy Tech staff.

Items being collected at Ivy Tech include:

Baby formula                          Baby food

Baby bottles                             Diapers

Small books                              Small children’s games

Flip flops                                   Bug spray

Community donations are welcome. Donation boxes are located at most entrances to the building, located at 3501 N. First Avenue, Evansville. Ivy Tech’s building is accessible this Saturday from 8 a.m. to Noon; and then will re-open at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 5. Donations will be accepted through noon on September 8.

Ivy Tech Community College Collecting Baby Items To Help Those in Flooded Regions in Texas and Beyond

No Solar Glasses to be Offered at Ivy Tech Eclipse Viewing Party

Evansville, IN —  Ivy Tech Community College will not be distributing free solar viewing glasses at its Eclipse viewing party on Aug. 21 as had been reported earlier, due to a recall notice from Amazon today. This is affecting thousands of customers throughout the nation, according to Amazon. On its website, Amazon stated, “Safety is among our highest priorities. Out of an abundance of caution, we have proactively reached out to customers and provided refunds for eclipse glasses that may not comply with industry standards,” the website stated.

Ivy Tech purchased from a NASA-approved company, and the safety glasses had the correct ISO and Shade Level requirements. “However, we have made the decision not to distribute the glasses, but to use alternative safer means to experience the 99% totality at our viewing party,” said Marsha Jackson, executive director of marketing and communication.

At the Ivy Tech viewing party, “It’s a New Day at Ivy Tech,” materials will be provided to make an inexpensive pinhole projector so that individuals can safely – with their back to the sun – view an inverted image of the movement of the moon over the sun on a piece of cardboard. Directions will be provided at the event.

Discussion about the eclipse will be led by Michael Hosack, assistant professor of physics at Ivy Tech. The event takes place on Monday from 11:55 a.m. (CST) to 2:49 p.m. (CST) with maximum coverage at 1:24 p.m. The viewing party will be located on Ivy Tech’s northeast parking lot, at the corner of Colonial Avenue and Tremont Road on the Ivy Tech Campus at 3501 N. First Avenue in Evansville. The event is free and open to the public.

“We are pleased to be able to share our faculty member’s expertise with our students and members of the community, during this unusual Eclipse which is occurring not only here – but across the United States,” said Chancellor Jonathan Weinzapfel. “Our faculty member, Dr. Hosack, is looking forward to sharing his insight in a safe and informative environment, as the moon passes between the earth and the sun.”

Hosack has been with Ivy Tech since 2013. Prior to Ivy Tech, he was a visiting assistant professor of physics at Purdue University, and worked for three years at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, as a scientist working on radiation detectors for satellites. He will lead an informal discussion intermittently as the first hour of the Eclipse is viewed.

According to the website, “Great American Eclipse,” solar eclipses occur because of a cosmic coincidence: “the Sun is just about the same apparent size in our sky as the Moon. While the sun is actually about 400 times larger in diameter that the moon, the moon is also about 400 times closer than the sun. Therefore, the sun and moon appear to be about the same size in our sky.” The coming Eclipse is special because “it will be accessible to so many millions of Americans…There is a 60 to 70 mile wide path of totality,” according to the website. This year’s Eclipse is special because it cuts diagonally across the entire United States. The last time a total solar eclipse swept the whole width of the U.S. was in 1918.

Totality will cross from Oregon to Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

Evansville is not in that path of totality, but individuals will be able to see an Eclipse that covers 99% of the sun. The next total solar Eclipse that will be in the U.S. will occur on April 8, 2024. The line of totality will cross from Texas, up through the Midwest, almost directly over Indianapolis, Cleveland, Buffalo, NY, and over New England to Maine, then to Canada.

For those with questions, please contact Marsha Jackson, at mjackson353@ivytech.edu

No Solar Glasses to be Offered at Ivy Tech Eclipse Viewing Party

View the Eclipse at Ivy Tech Evansville on Aug. 21

Evansville, IN —  An Eclipse viewing party is planned at Ivy Tech Evansville, on Aug. 21, Solar_3_Roundfrom the beginning of the Eclipse through the end. Led by Michael Hosack, assistant professor of physics at Ivy Tech, Ivy Tech students and the public will have the opportunity to learn about the Eclipse as they are viewing it.

The event, “It’s a New Day at Ivy Tech,” will take place from 11:55 a.m. (CST) to 2:49 p.m. (CST) with maximum coverage at 1:24 p.m., on Monday, Aug. 21. The viewing party will be located on Ivy Tech’s northeast parking lot, at the corner of Colonial Avenue and Tremont Road on the Ivy Tech Campus at 3501 N. First Avenue in Evansville. The event is free and open to the public.

“We are pleased to be able to share our faculty’s expertise with our students and members of the community, during this unusual Eclipse which is occurring not only here – but across the United States,” said Chancellor Jonathan Weinzapfel. “Our faculty member, Dr. Hosack, is looking forward to sharing his insight in a safe and informative environment, as the moon passes between the earth and the sun.”

Hosack has been with Ivy Tech since 2013. Prior to Ivy Tech, he was a visiting assistant professor of physics at Purdue University, and worked for three years at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, as a scientist working on radiation detectors for satellites. He will lead an informal discussion intermittently as the first hour of the Eclipse is viewed.

Souvenir t-shirts will be provided by Ivy Tech while supplies last. Also at the event will be materials to make small pinhole projectors for group or individual viewing of the eclipse.

According to the website, “Great American Eclipse,” solar eclipses occur because of a cosmic coincidence: “the Sun is just about the same apparent size in our sky as the Moon. While the sun is actually about 400 times larger in diameter that the moon, the moon is also about 400 times closer than the sun. Therefore, the sun and moon appear to be about the same size in our sky.” The coming Eclipse is special because “it will be accessible to so many millions of Americans…There is a 60 to 70 mile wide path of totality,” according to the website. This year’s Eclipse is special because it cuts diagonally across the entire United States. The last time a total solar eclipse swept the whole width of the U.S. was in 1918.

Totality will cross from Oregon to Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

Evansville is not in that path of totality, but individuals will be able to see an Eclipse that covers 99% of the sun. The next total solar Eclipse that will be in the U.S. will occur on April 8, 2024. The line of totality will cross from Texas, up through the Midwest, almost directly over Indianapolis, Cleveland, Buffalo, NY, and over New England to Maine, then to Canada.

For those with questions, please contact Marsha Jackson, at mjackson353@ivytech.edu

View the Eclipse at Ivy Tech Evansville on Aug. 21

Ivy Tech, PCBIDC, Community Foundation Announce Trained and Ready Campaign

PrintA way to provide reliability and consistency in creating a pipeline of individuals who are ready, willing, and able to work in business and industry in the Perry County area, was announced today at Ivy Tech Community College Tell City. The Trained & Ready Capital Campaign is focusing on local employers who would benefit from having an educated workforce in these high-demand fields.

Also announced was the site’s name change to Ivy Tech Tell City Career and Technology Center, to better reflect Ivy Tech’s commitment to developing the workforce of the region, said Ivy Tech Associate Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs Kelly Cozart.

“A skilled workforce creates a firm foundation for business and industry, and the Trained & Ready Campaign is designed to assist with this specific educational process in Perry County and surrounding communities,” Cozart said. “By providing opportunities for individuals to gain skills in career fields represented in the region, the economy is strengthened, individuals will have secure, good-paying careers, and there will be less attrition in the workforce.”

The Perry County Business and Industrial Development Corporation, along with the Perry County Community Foundation, have identified workforce development needs and partnered with Ivy Tech Tell City, to raise funds for equipment and scholarships for the in-demand training needed for regional businesses.

“Companies across our region, the State of Indiana, and our entire country are in need of educated and skilled employees to ensure a qualified labor pool that can meet ever-evolving demands,” said Lee Chestnut, President of the Perry County Business & Industrial Development Corporation.  The Trained & Ready Campaign is a partnership with our regional employers to continually identify and review the technical skills needed within that profession.  “This is about truly sharing our resources for the growth of our region as this equipment and space can be shared by our existing companies to train employees as well as area K-12 vocational programs.”

Chestnut said that to date, nearly $305,000 of the $500,000 goal has been pledged, as those funds will be used  in a variety of ways such as purchasing training equipment identified by our regional employers, scholarships for individuals to earn certifications, and to pay for finishing out an existing room to hold Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) classes. “In essence, our overall goal is to fundamentally better utilize our resources in order to grow our region both in labor force as well as in educational attainment.”

Major donors to the campaign include: Waupaca, ATTC and Masterbrand Cabinets.

“Many positions are becoming difficult to fill as we continue to add machines, automate equipment, and require skilled team members to work in our facility,” said Cody Dawson, Assistant Plant Manager at Waupaca Foundry, Perry County’s largest employer. Dawson went on to say, “At this point, workforce training is not optional; it is essential for the future success of our company as well as our entire community.”

The Perry County Community Foundation is offering a 50% match to any cash donations made to it by August 31, and designated for the Trained and Ready Campaign, Chestnut said.

Anyone who would like to learn more about the program or to make a pledge should contact Lee Chestnut at (812) 547-8377 or by email – lee@pickperry.com.

Ivy Tech, PCBIDC, Community Foundation Announce Trained and Ready Campaign

Ivy Tech Community College Alumnus Designs Bus Shelter

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Evansville, Ind.- A new Ivy Tech bus shelter and its designer, Ivy Tech alumnus Darren Wharton, was recognized at Ivy Tech Community College today (7-26-17). The shelter is located on the west side of campus off of First Avenue. It offers benches and shelter from the elements for those waiting at the METS bus stop on Ivy Tech’s Evansville campus.

“This is a shining example of the skills and knowledge that Ivy Tech students gain while working toward their degree,” said Chancellor Jonathan Weinzapfel. “Darren’s design is not only attractive, but also very functional both day and night, rain or shine. We are proud to have this shelter and are happy to offer it to our bus riders.”

The project began in 2011 when the need for a covered shelter was recognized. Wharton, a student studying Design Technology at the time, discussed the needs with student leaders and began preliminary design sketches and renderings. With the guidance of design technology faculty member Mike Satterfield, Wharton decided on construction materials, drawings and building code requirements. He then presented the concepts to the chancellor at that time, Dan Schenk.

Wharton’s concept came to fruition and was fabricated in 2017 by a company in Lake Forest, Illinois. Installation was completed by Danco Construction of Evansville in May of this year.

Wharton, currently a draftsman for Pittsburg Tank & Tower Group in Henderson, Ky., is a 2012 graduate of Ivy Tech Community College Evansville. He completed his associate of applied science degree in Design Technology with a concentration in Architecture and was an honor graduate. During his time at the College, he was president of the Design Technology local chapter of The American Institute of Architecture Students.

Ivy Tech Community College Alumnus Designs Bus Shelter

Express Enrollment Day June 24 at Ivy Tech Evansville

express-enrollment-dayEvansville, IN- Ivy Tech Community College Evansville will host Express Enrollment Day, on Saturday, June 24, for individuals interested in enrolling in classes for fall 2017. The free event is designed to assist interested individuals in completing the enrollment process, potentially, all in one day!

The event is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Ivy Tech’s Evansville campus, 3501 N. 1st Avenue, in Evansville.

At the event students will have the opportunity to:

  • Complete the FAFSA or have their financial aid questions answered.  Also, students can learn more about aid such as grants, scholarships and loans.
  • Create their MyIvy account, complete their FYIvy and schedule a face-to-face orientation session.
  • Determine what assessments may be needed to enroll.
  • Meet with an academic advisor.
  • Register for classes.

Here is what students should bring to Express Enrollment:

  • Government issued ID
  • Tax information (if filing a FAFSA-Ivy Tech code 009917)
  • High School and/or College Transcripts – whichever applies
  • An idea of what he/she would like to study

For more information and to RSVP, visit ivytech.edu/EEStatewide.

Express Enrollment Day June 24 at Ivy Tech Evansville