BLOOMINGTON – The Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington chapter, Alpha Rho Sigma, of the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society received a $1000 grant for their “Honors in Action” project. Members completed a grant proposal and included their research questions, objectives, academic sources, and ideas for how the funds would support their project. 

This year’s project fell under the category “Natural and Constructed Environments.” Phi Theta Kappa students decided to pursue bird appreciation and conservation efforts for the Blue Herons that shelter on the Ivy Tech Bloomington campus. After researching related issues and talking about them with Professor Sarah Cote, chair of the Biology Department, they decided to use the grant money to improve native riparian habitats in the campus retention ponds.

“These ponds are part of the Biology Department’s new outdoor learning lab, and this project helped to expand the lab and will bring more magnificent birds to campus,” said Indiana Regional Coordinator, Dr. Samantha Levy-Arnold.

Alpha Rho Sigma inducted nearly 70 new members this semester and was awarded the Indiana region’s most distinguished chapter of Phi Theta Kappa for 2020.

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.