BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Bloomington welcomed students back to campus with activities during the first week of spring classes which began on Tuesday, Jan. 16. Welcome Week is a Bloomington campus tradition held each semester to help students build connections, organized by the office of student development. Welcome Week activities are free for students, designed to help them feel welcome and excited for the spring semester.

“Studies show the more connected students are with their campus, the better they do academically,” said Sam DeWeese, Ph.D., vice chancellor of student success.

Students entering the building on Tuesday morning were greeted with a pancake breakfast and a coffee bar. A volunteer opportunity was available in the student commons for students to make dog toys for donation to the Bloomington Animal Shelter. A registered therapy dog was available in the student commons throughout the afternoon. On Wednesday, a community resource fair gave students an opportunity to learn about resources and organizations available to help them become successful students. Games and free popcorn were also offered. On Thursday, a student involvement fair showed students how to get involved in student organizations, recreational sports, volunteer opportunities, and more. Per campus tradition, supply bins were available around campus for students to donate or take free class materials. Free student planners were also available and given to students throughout the week.

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering associate degrees, long- and short-term certificate programs, industry certifications, and training that aligns with the needs of the community. The College provides a seamless transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a bachelor's degree.