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Ivy Tech earns grant from ICC for community service initiative


May 7, 2009

 Bloomington, Ind.Ivy Tech Community College - Bloomington’s English department has earned a $2,250 grant from Indiana Campus Compact (ICC), to begin an academic service learning course for the fall 2009 semester.

Ivy Tech course, ENGL 214: Introduction to Poetry, will explore the oral and visual nature of the art and history of poetry by partnering with the National Endowment for the Arts Indiana chapter of Poetry Out Loud and Bloomington’s Waldron Art Center. The course will be ongoing and will specifically explore ecphrastic poetry, or poetry written in response to visual works of art.

Emily Bobo, Ph.D., English faculty member at Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus wrote the grant proposal and plans to implement the course. She hopes that the project will one day expand to other Ivy Tech campuses and communities.

Bobo says that this grant is important because it enables Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus to meet its civic engagement goals. “It helps the students to see how what they learn in the classroom can be applied in their own communities,” she said. “Indiana Poetry Out Loud has yet to have a Bloomington-area representative and together with high schools, we can possibly help send a student from the community to compete at the regional, state or national level.”

John Whikehart, Chancellor of Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus says that this grant comes on the heels of Ivy Tech being awarded the Bloomington Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Civic Engagement, and faculty member Bobo’s poetry book release tour. “Ivy Tech - Bloomington is proud to be recognized as a leader in local engagement,” he says. “We will only continue to further provide opportunities for Ivy Tech and community partners to change lives.”

To sign up for classes, visit: or for more information about Ivy Tech’s Center for Civic Engagement, visit:

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 120,000 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.