Ivy Tech Community College announces new gifts in capital campaign

SELLERSBURG – Ivy Tech Community College in Sellersburg has received a new, generous gift in its ongoing capital campaign to support its Capital Expansion Project. The Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County recently gifted $400,000 to Ivy Tech Southern Indiana to create an assembly center, which will include a 200 seat auditorium and a community room. The gift puts Ivy Tech at $2.6 million towards its goal of $4 million, which the college expects to raise by December 2010.

The auditorium and community center will serve as a venue to host college events, public concerts, political debates, corporate training, community activities and events for children, among other activities.

The announcement was made today, May 19, at the Chancellor’s Report to the Community luncheon by Dr. Rita Hudson Shourds, Chancellor of Ivy Tech Southern Indiana.

Additionally, Dr. Shourds announced that its existing main campus building will be extensively remodeled and renamed Pfau Hall in honor of longtime Ivy Tech Southern Indiana supporter Norman E. “Ned” Pfau Jr. and his family. “I can’t think of a better way to honor Ned’s commitment to this college and his ongoing support of the community in general,” Dr. Shourds said. “We are honored and pleased by his support.”

Dr. Shourds also announced that the Paul Ogle Foundation will be the Legacy Gala Award recipient at Ivy Tech’s Southern Indiana’s Legacy Award Gala. The gala, which is a fundraising event for the campus, is set for September 10, 2010, and honors the life and work of a significant contributor to the local community. This year is the 30th anniversary of the Paul Ogle Foundation.

Ivy Tech’s Campus Expansion Project
The capital campaign launched in September 2009 to raise funds to support enhancements to the campus as the college builds a new $20 million building and renovates the existing campus building. The campaign kicked off with a $1 million donation from the Paul Ogle Foundation. While the state of Indiana is paying for the costs of the construction for the new building, the Southern Indiana campus is responsible for technology, furniture, fixtures, equipment and additional parking, as well as energy efficiency, water drainage, green space and planting of indigenous plants to create a more collegiate environment on campus.

The new building project will help the campus accommodate an ever-growing student body. This spring, the campus passed 5,000 students for the first time. Enrollment stands at 5,371 students, a 16.6 percent increase from Spring 2009, when 4,607 students were enrolled.

For more information about Ivy Tech’s new building project, see Ivy Tech’s web site, www.ivytech.edu/sellersburg, where you can find a fly-over video of the new campus design.

About Ivy Tech
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.

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