JAG Event

31 Jan

JAG - Promo, Wouldn't It Be Lovely


Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Project

22 Jan

The Martin Luther King (MLK) Jr. Legacy Project is an ARTivism exhibition that honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ARTIvism combines “art” and “activism” and is created to increase social, environmental and technical awareness of communities through the medium of art. All submissions were juried and scholarships were awarded for first, second and third place. This year, there was a tie for first place. The four students who won created art with the theme of “The Time is Always Right to Do What is Right,” in the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

First: Pamela Hunt, South Bend/Elkhart Campus, Creative Writing

First: Trent K Hawthorne-Richards, Indianapolis Campus, Creative Writing

Second: McKenna Wildauer, Indianapolis Campus, 3D Sculpture

Third: Rachel Campos, Kokomo Campus, 3D Sculpture.

The work was on the Indianapolis Campus January 12-18.

Indianapolis student McKenna Wildauer’s piece placed second.


Other pieces on display from students around the state.

Activities For The Winter Holidays

7 Dec

The winter holidays are right around the corner and what better time is there to spend with family and friends!  This year there are tons of fun things to do around the Indianapolis and surrounding areas that are perfect for the holidays and are sure to create good memories.  Below are just a few ideas for some fun free or inexpensive activities are sure to get your holidays off to the right start.

Carmel’s Christkindlemarkt – November 18 – December 24

Free to attend market – $3 for Ice Skating 

At Carmel’s Christkindlemarkt, get a taste of the old world charm of Christmas in Germany in Carmel, Indiana. The tradition of the mark stretches back to Saxony, Germany during the middle ages. There is a blend of traditional German food, steins, nutcrackers, ornaments and other gifts that surround a wonderful outdoor ice skating rink. There is also a stage that brings live Germanic music to the market.

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Winterlights – November 19 – January 7

$8 – $20 (children 5 and under are free) 

Do you know the song Walking in a Winter Wonderland? At Winterlights in Newfields (a part of the Indianapolis Museum of Art) you can now walk through a winter wonderland of holiday light displays in forests, fields, and gardens. From whimsy trees to the Snowflake Bridge, there is a lot to do. There are also places to get beverages and snacks, such as cider, cocoa, beer, wine, and s’mores.

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Indiana Chinese Lantern Festival – November 24 – January 7

$10 – $15 (children 4 and under are free)

Visit the Indiana State Fair this winter to see the Indiana Chinese Lantern Festival illuminating the Fairgrounds. This is a festival of Chinese folk-culture actives, live entertainment, and more than 30 sets of larger-than-life-sized lantern displays. Each display is handcrafted by a Chinese artisan. There are also nightly performances, crafts, and a variety of Chinese and traditional fair food and drinks.

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Lights at the Brickyard – November 17 – December 30

$25 – $50 

At the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, experience 2.5 million bright lights and illuminating, colorful displays. This year, the Lights at the Brickyard will expand to more than over 2 miles from last year’s 1.7-mile layout. The route travels through the IMS infield, along the front stretch of the historic oval, and will cross the world-famous Yard of Bricks start-finish line.

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Reynold’s Christmas Lights Display – November 21 – January 1


Check out Reynolds Farm Equipment’s annual Christmas Light display held at their Fisher, IN store location. With 150 settings and over a million bulbs, this light display is now back for its 25th year. The lights raise money for Hamilton County’s largest food pantry — the Come-to-Me Food Pantry at Fishers United Methodist Church.

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Downtown Indy, Inc.’s New Year’s Eve – December 31


This New Years Eve, head to Georgia Street in Indianapolis to enjoy exciting entertainment, food and drinks, and a unique midnight spectacular as we ring in the new year. At 11:59 p.m., as IndyCar hoisted high above the crowd will descend to a collective countdown and fireworks at midnight.

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The Nutcracker Ballet – December 21 – 23

$15 and Up

This year at the historic Murat Theatre, enjoy a timeless holiday classic, The Nutcracker Ballet. This show will certainly be one to make the holiday memories.

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The Hilton Family of Hotels in Downtown Indianapolis “Home for the Holidays” promotion

November 25 – January 31

Now through the end of January, enjoy discounted rates and special packages at any of the Downtown Indianapolis Hilton family hotels through the “Home for the Holidays” promotion. This is perfect for visiting family and friends.

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Lawrence Library Ready for You & the Holidays

7 Dec

Don’t forget to browse the Lawrence library holiday displays. Check out a cookbook and impress your family and friends over the holidays with your cooking skills. Alternatively, check out a book about how the holidays are observed around the world.

The library will start holiday break hours on December 18. We will be open from 9am-5pm Monday through Friday. The hours will last until the first day of classes, which is January 16. The library, along with the rest of the college, will be closed December 25 through January 1. We look forward to seeing you in the library and hope you have a great holiday break.



North Meridian Campus Details

21 Aug

Wondering what is where?  Here is a quick guide to the Downtown Indianapolis campus.


Corporate College & Culinary Center – 2820 N. Meridian St.

Nickname: C4

What’s here: Courses Bakery & Cafe, Courses Restaurant, Hospitality Administration Program, Conference Center, ASAP


IFC – Illinois Fall Creek Center – 2535 N. Capitol Ave.

Nickname: IFC

What’s here: Sudexo food court, Starbucks, Student Life and Development, computer labs, study rooms, American Honors Program


LRC – Julia M. Carson – 2725 North Illinois St.

Learning Resource Center 1st floor, Parking Garage is located on 2nd – 4th floors

Nickname: LRC, Parking Garage

What’s here: Parking available to all students that have a parking permit (pass), free tutoring in the Learning Resource Center, computers, student library, group study and meeting rooms, community rooms


NMC – North Meridian Center  – 50 W. Fall Creek Pkwy. N Dr.

Nickname: NMC, Main Building

What’s here: Registrar, Bursar, Financial Aid, Express Enrollment, TRiO, Student Success Advising Services, Testing Center, Phi Theta Kappa


TECHC – Glick Technology Center – 2620 North Meridian St.

Nickname: Tech Building

What’s here: Bookstore, Fine Arts Department, Visual Communications and Technology Departments, Career Development, Academic Advising, Transfer Center

Campus Map

Central Indiana Career Fair

6 Jul

Connect with local employers Wed., August 2, 2017 from 9am-3pm at the Annual Central Indiana Career Fair on the first and second floor in Ivy Tech Community College’s Corporate College & Culinary Center, 2820 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208. This free event is hosted by Congressman Andre’ Carson in cooperation with Ivy Tech Community College and is open to students, alumni, and the general public. Registration is not required. Visit to view all employers attending.

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Have questions? Contact the Career Development office at 317-921-4881 or Website

Carson Career Fair Social Graphic

Professor John Cooney: The Whole Story

15 May

By Maureen Minor May

How many of you know a professor that rides his bicycle to school? Professor Cooney does just that, and that is not the only thing I discovered about Professor Cooney during his interview. Professor John Cooney is the Humanities Program Chair and Assistant Professor of History in the School of Liberal Arts. You may know him as the professor who gives away all the books on Day of Reading, and Day of Writing. Cooney has thousands of books. He has donated close to 1000 books to the Ivy Tech Library, and hundreds of books to students through the Day of reading and Day of Writing Program. He still has thousands of books and he reads all of them. That is what he asks from students who take his books. Read them.

Cooney did his undergraduate studies majoring in history at Siena College in upstate New York. He also was in the ROTC and received a commission. However, rather than immediately going on active duty, Cooney took an academic delay to complete a Master’s Degree in American History at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Besides his history studies,  Cooney joined the campus sailing club and he mastered the basics of handling a small sailboat on one of the big lakes the campus sits beside. “On my very first solo sail, I got dumped in the cold lake water when I ineptly tipped the sailboat over.”  He continues, “But I quickly got it righted and clambered back aboard and sailed back to the dock soaking wet and shivering but smiling all the same.”

In Wisconsin Cooney also took up stargazing on warm summer nights where he looked up and learned the names of some of the bright stars. “Like the stars of the ‘summer triangle’: Deneb in the Swan, Vega in the Lyre, Altair in the Eagle,” he says. “With the help of a friend who lent me H. A. Rey’s wonderful book “The Stars,” I figured out how to trace the constellations.”  Sitting up late outdoors in a Madison city park with Rey’s book as his guide, Cooney says “I got to know something of the myths ‘up above the world so high,’ like those of Perseus and Pegasus and how they teamed up to rescue lovely Andromeda.”

Cooney would later bring his stargazing skills to Ivy Tech with ‘The Year of Galileo’ program in 2009. He then organized and presented a star party on campus so students, teachers and guests could witness the very rare celestial event of the Transit of Venus, on June 5, 2012. “The next Transit of Venus will be on December 11, 2117, and I have a plan for Ivy Tech students to be set and ready to see the Transit one hundred years from now!” Cooney says with a twinkle in his eye.

After one year in graduate school he then went on to active Army duty for seven years. He spent four and one-half years overseas with assignments in Korea— “Where I learned to use chopsticks, to pick up spicy kimchee;” in the Netherlands— “Where I learned to ride my bicycle to work;” Belgium, and Germany.

In Belgium, he says “I lucked into taking a university extension course and got to study ‘Northern Renaissance’ art monuments.”  He tells how “we’d meet each weekend with the class members driving on our own to the appointed historic Belgian city.”  Once there, the teacher led the class on a day-long walking tour of notable museums and monuments. One of his favorite monuments, Cooney says, was the one he did his term paper on: The Ghent Altarpiece.

“Turns out that during World War II this magnificent work of art was stolen by the Nazis—and it was rescued from an Austrian salt mine in 1945 by a ‘monuments man’ who grew up in Indianapolis!”  By a marvelous coincidence— “I’m not making this up!” Cooney declares—one of his humanities program teachers at Ivy Tech turned out to be the niece of this hero who helped save the Ghent Altarpiece. (Another of his humanities program teachers, he learned, was a descendent of Pocahontas!)

Cooney said he particularly enjoyed the army duty time he spent in Germany. He was a First Lieutenant in command of a signal detachment in Belgium when he got a phone call late one afternoon from the personnel officer at the battalion headquarters in Bremerhaven, Germany. Due to an emergency, Cooney was ordered to Germany where he took command of an army signal company after that unit’s captain had ‘messed up big time’ and was summarily relieved. “That unit had failed a big inspection and its soldiers were really struggling.”  But he tells how he saw that “my soldiers had great potential—what they needed was some good old-fashioned inspiration.”  By using the principles of ‘servant leadership’ Cooney found ways to inspire his soldiers, both men and women, to take heart and strive to better achieve the unit’s mission, which was to provide critical communications support to NATO units.

He did this by personally meeting each one of his unit’s one hundred twenty soldiers. “This called for a lot of fast driving on Germany’s famous Autobahns,” Cooney says, “as my soldiers were assigned to some 15 radio sites in central West Germany—covering an area about as big as the state of Indiana.”  At each radio site, Cooney personally met with each soldier. “I asked them one-on-one for their good ideas. I asked them to tell me what problems they had that I could try to fix.”  This process of personally meeting all his soldiers inspired confidence and raised morale. Better job performance naturally followed, such that the unit made so many improvements that “we were singled out for praise and commended by the army Inspector General.”

As a teacher now at Ivy Tech, Professor Cooney uses these same ‘servant leader’ principles to inspire his students to set high learning goals in his history and humanities classes. He likes to meet one-on-one with students outside the classroom. “I want to learn more about the plans they each may have to do well in our course and in all their excellent work at Ivy Tech—and in life itself!”

Cooney says, “I ask them about their big dreams.”  He wants them to see the wide-ranging promise that their education now at Ivy Tech offers them. “I big time endorse the ‘grand expectations’ of what their dreams may yet bring them!”  he declares.

“But it ‘ain’t’ always easy” Cooney asserts, “Ask any of our devoted teachers at Ivy Tech.”  He continues, “they’ll tell you stories of the life challenges that some of our students face, which some teachers admit are such enough to have sunk their own college completion plans.”  Cooney then goes on to tell how the lessons taught in his history and especially in his humanities course, go a long way to equipping students with confidence and fortitude to persevere in the face of difficulties.

Cooney has a favorite story of the Spartan warrior at Thermopylae. This is an episode featured in the movie “300,” which he says his students are often familiar with. With enthusiasm Cooney tells “as the two sides faced off, this Spartan was told how the mighty Persian army would blacken the sky with the number of arrows they would fire at the small Greek force opposing them. ‘No big deal,’ this Spartan quipped, ‘then we can fight in the shade!’”

Cooney declares “Humanities courses at Ivy Tech offer our students a lot of shade.”  He elaborates, “I think the humanities give them a welcome break from the intense glare too often imposed by everyday challenges in our distracted, refracted, but oh so attractive world.”  With humanities learning he says, “my students meet Gilgamesh, Moses, Confucius, Buddha, Sappho, Socrates, Mohammad, Dante, Shakespeare, Jane Austen and America’s exemplary self-made man: Frederick Douglass.”  Cooney asserts that by keeping company with such giants of the human spirit, “our students at Ivy Tech can refresh their own inspiration, they can recoup their spirits, and they can even borrow a big dream and strive to make it their very own!”

Back home in the USA from overseas, Cooney finished a half year training course at Fort Gordon in Georgia before taking up an army recruiting post in South Bend, Indiana. “I liked Indiana for its inspiring history, for its remarkable offerings to high culture, and for its friendly people,” Cooney says with a big New York smile. So, after he left the Army at the end of 1983, he decided to stick around. He used his GI Bill to attend IU in Bloomington where he completed his MBA degree—in management of nonprofits—in 1986.

Thanks to all he got to see in Europe, he says he is a champion for the high quality of cultural offering students at Ivy Tech have right here in Indianapolis—even right here on campus. For instance, he tells the story of how he has taken his humanities students outdoors on Fall Creek Boulevard and has them turn to face the NMC Building. He directs them to look with care at its monumentally graceful facade. “It’s a gem of an example of Palladian architecture, and I like to point out its lovely Renaissance proportions to my kids.”  He thinks they can do so much to ‘learn to look’ right here at home. “When they finally do get to Europe, the big monuments there will be ones they can say are ‘just like those back home’ in Indiana,” Cooney says with a wink.

Check it out students! Professor Jack Cooney plays with a full deck, he’s a foursquare scholar who’s done his share of real world gigs—army man, graduate student, art school fund raiser, book and antiques seller, human services agency fund raiser, fund raiser for a professional association of lawyers, executive director for a housing fund, hand bookbinder, nonstop storyteller (ask him about his grandchildren!)—and now for twelve years he’s been a college history and humanities teacher here at Ivy Tech.

He jokes that he studied history not so he could ‘teach history, but so I could make history.’  “But come to think of it, we are making history here at Ivy Tech,” he says with a grin, “and what a great lesson that is to teach!”

You have just met another one of the most remarkable and colorful professors at Ivy Tech. Students, taking a class from this Professor can only enrich your life. Thank you, Professor Cooney for your contributions to students at Ivy Tech.