News From Terre Haute, Indiana

June 21, 2013

Ivy Tech continues fundraising for animal lab

Facility planned for old Doughmaker’s building in Vigo industrial park

Howard Greninger
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — An effort is under way to raise $2.5 million to create an educational learning lab at an Ivy Tech building in southern Vigo County in a partnership with the Terre Haute Humane Society.

Becky Miller, Ivy Tech’s executive director of advancement, on Thursday told the board of trustees for the Ivy Tech Community College-Wabash Valley that the campus has been working for the past several months in a partnership with the humane society to raise money.

Ivy Tech’s goal includes a $1 million renovation of the former Doughmaker’s building in the Vigo County Industrial Park into an animal technology lab/center for animal sciences. Funds would also go toward equipment and programming.

“We are working very closely with local partners to identify ways to meet our goal,” Miller told the board.

A silent fundraising campaign began Feb. 15. A public fundraising effort will start when half of the goal is raised, said Amy Metcalf, Ivy Tech spokeswoman.

Ivy Tech intends to submit programming for approval from the Commission for Higher Education in the fall of 2014, for veterinary technician, veterinary assisting, kennel management and grooming.

The fundraiser includes naming rights, such as $250,000 to name a lobby or $100,000 to name the surgery area. A puppy exercise yard can be named for $35,000, while outdoor seating can be dedicated for $5,000 or a tree dedicated for $1,000.

The floor plan for the renovated building includes three large dog kennels, two accommodating 14 dogs and one accommodating 12; two small dog kennels, with one housing 10 dogs and the second eight dogs. All five kennels would have exercise yards of about 50 feet by 25 feet.

Another dog kennel would house 10 dogs near a grooming room. There also are a dog maternity kennel and stacked wire kennels. The facility also would have a cat maternity room, plus five other rooms for kittens/cats. It also contains a surgery room.

The site would include offices, restrooms, shower rooms, conference room, management office and conference room and exercise rooms.

n In other issues, V. Bruce Walkup, a trustee who serves as statewide chair for Ivy Tech Community College, said one concern facing Ivy Tech statewide is insurance costs from the federal Affordable Care Act.

“We have survived for years with part-time adjunct faculty, but with the new health care program that comes into effect, that will basically take that away from us,” Walkup said.

“Therefore, we will have to hire 300 to 350 full-time faculty [statewide], and to do that, we will have to have adequate funding,” he said.

“If we would have to cap enrollment, a lot of the ones we hurt are the most at-risk students, and we don’t want to do that. We would like to have more funding, but if we don’t get it, we will have to look at possibly shutting down some of our learning centers.”

Walkup said the centers provide the best access to at-risk students. “We hope that doesn’t have to happen, but it is a possibility, and we will look at that on a case-by-case, statewide basis, then make some tough decisions,” he said.

Also, Terre Haute’s campus is now taking steps to implement the “one-stop” shop on campus. The idea is to have a single campus site to get help with admissions/application, assessment, cashier functions, financial aid, marketing/prospect, orientation, registration and veterans affairs.

Ivy Tech has hired Michael Fisher, who had served as director of admissions, to lead its one-stop program.

“It will be relatively inexpensive for us to do this, as we are all positioned within about 50 yards of each other for all the services for students outside the classroom,” said Leah Allman, vice chancellor of student affairs.

“This will allow us to see everything up on one screen that a student has going on, his or her status and where they are in the enrollment process,” Allman said.

The program will go live in April, said Ann Valentine, chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College-Wabash Valley.

Trustee Jeff Lorick asked about the top impediment students face. Allman said most students say financial concerns, assess to finances, financial aid, access to transportation and access to child care.

In a side note, William (Bill) J. Kauffman, business development officer for First Financial Bank, and Michael L. Mitchell, executive vice president and chief technology officer for Sony DADC’s Americas region, have been appointed to serve two-year terms on the board of trustees.

They replace Brock Blinn, senior human resource manager of PolyOne Corp., who resigned in June after four years on the board, and Norm Lowery, president and CEO of First Financial Bank, who served 10 years on the board.

Reporter Howard Greninger can be reached at 812-231-4204 or howard.