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Ivy Tech hosts welcome week activities, includes second annual music festival

August 13, 2010                     

Bloomington, Ind.Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus begins its fall semester courses on Monday, August 23. In a lasting tradition, students can expect to be greeted by Chancellor John Whikehart and Highland bagpiper Ian Arthur on the morning of the first day of classes at the main entrance of the main campus.

Ivy Tech will host its second Welcome Week Music Fest on Thursday night. Students will enjoy musical performances by Lindsay Smith and 40% Steve, food, prizes, a kid’s zone and a fireworks finale.

Other planned welcome week activities include breakfast, movie night, ice cream giveaways, live music in the Ivy Tech outdoor plaza, vendors, and a student involvement fair.

Sam DeWeese, assistant vice chancellor of student affairs at Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus says that studies show the more connected students are with their campus, the better they do academically. “Ivy Tech works to engage and empower students to become independent, critical thinkers in life and in school,” DeWeese said. “We want to offer relevant experiences for all students since we know they have diverse backgrounds and life experiences. Offering relevant and engaging activities are just some of the ways that Ivy Tech makes connections with our students both inside and outside of the classroom.”

This fall, Ivy Tech Bloomington will begin instructing students from yet another new location, Liberty Crossing at 2100 S. Liberty Drive. Ivy Tech leased 19,000 sq. ft. of space at the Liberty Crossing location, and it includes additional classrooms, offices and fully functional kitchen labs for the Hospitality program.

Ivy Tech’s new instructional site is in addition to Ivy Tech Bloomington’s other Liberty Drive location at 1907 S. Liberty Drive. The college encourages students to check building codes on their schedules carefully. Students can look up campus locations and print maps of the buildings online at and click on Campuses.

Rural Transit will continue to offer transportation between both Liberty Drive locations and the main campus.

For more information about student life opportunities at Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus go to and click on Student Life.

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 150,000 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.

Welcome Week Activity Schedule
Monday, August 23
8-10am: Fresh start with the Campus Activities Board – free coffee, juice, and pastries
(Main campus, Liberty Dr, Liberty Crossing)

11am-2pm: Banks on campus
(Main campus)

Tuesday, August 24
11am-2pm: Student Involvement Fair – free Bruster’s ice cream
(Main campus)

7pm: Movie night – Clash of the Titans (admission is free)
(Main campus)

Wednesday, August 25
11am-2pm: Lunch with Campus Activities Board (CAB) – free Jimmy John’s sandwiches and Bruster’s ice cream with live music by Zion Crossroads
(Main campus, outdoor plaza)

Thursday, August 26
8-10am: Fresh start with CAB – free coffee, juice and pastries
(Main campus)
7-9:30pm: Welcome Week Music Fest! – free concert for registered students and their friends/family, food, prizes, kid’s zone, and fireworks finale
(Main campus lawn)