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Ivy Tech begins another year with record enrollment

By Mike Leonard
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Aug. 24, 2009

Ian Arthur will serenade students beginning the new semester at Ivy Tech Community College this morning. David Snodgress | Herald-Times

John Whikehart, Ivy Tech Bloomington Chancellor

When Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington opens for its fall semester today, Chancellor John Whikehart will welcome yet another record student body.

Just how large the Bloomington campus numbers will be is not yet known. Officials say they expect to announce local numbers later this week.

The community college announced Friday that it already had reached a record 106,644 statewide enrollment and was registering as many as 2,000 students a day. That was a 24 percent increase over last fall.

As has been his tradition, Whikehart will stand outside the Bloomington main campus doors and greet incoming students beginning at 7:30 a.m. Highland bagpiper Ian Arthur will lend his talents to the festive atmosphere.

“I always look forward to greeting students on the morning of the first day of the fall semester,” Chancellor Whikehart said in a news release. “Students who walk through the doors of Ivy Tech are on their way to meeting their educational goals, and it is my pleasure to give them a personal welcome.”

The gala “welcome back” event for the week will feature the band 40% Steve for a live show from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday. The event will include food, a rock-climbing wall, games, a fireworks display and raffles for a Nintendo Wii and Colts tickets.

Students are encouraged to bring friends, family, blankets and lawn chairs, but no coolers or backpacks. Guests will be asked to provide identification.

Other events are scheduled throughout the week, organized by the Ivy Tech-Bloomington’s Office of Student Life and Leadership.

For more information, call 332-1559 or visit and click on Student Life.