The Office of Student Life announced Mira Render as the January Bear of the Month!

Mira is a fine arts major and the vice president of the Art Club.

Here is what Mira’s nominator had to say about her:

Mira’s dedication and passion for the arts are evident in everything she does.

Not only has Mira excelled in their role within the Art Club, but they have also volunteered extensively throughout the art community. From organizing art workshops for underprivileged children to participating in local art exhibitions, Mira's commitment to giving back is truly inspiring.

Furthermore, it is worth mentioning that Mira is a dedicated Star Trek fan! Her knowledge and enthusiasm for the series have brought joy and excitement to class every week.

Mira's exceptional leadership skills, artistic talent, and unwavering dedication make her an ideal candidate for Bear of the Month. She embodies what it means to be a passionate artist and a compassionate community member of Ivy Tech.

Student Life also sends a Bear Cub Hug to fine art students Sj Lollar and Mary Carrizales.

Here is what the nominator had to say about Sj:

Sj has truly gone above and beyond in their role as the keeper of our Art Club Instagram page, showcasing our members' talents and promoting our events with creativity and enthusiasm. But it doesn't stop there. Sj's commitment to the club was evident when they selflessly volunteered at the recent Realms of Duality Art Exit Show. Their assistance was invaluable, helping set up the exhibition, guiding visitors, and making sure everything ran smoothly. Thank you for your exceptional work in making our Art Club thrive. Your contributions are truly appreciated, and I would like to extend my warmest bear hug as a token of my gratitude. Well done!

Here is what the nominator had to say about Mary:

Beyond her artistic abilities, Mary's kindness and compassion are unparalleled. She always goes out of her way to help others and spreads positivity wherever she goes. Mary Carrizales is not just an artist; she is a symbol of hope and perseverance. Her journey serves as a reminder that no matter how tough life gets, with passion and determination, we can overcome any obstacle that comes our way. Great work, Mary!

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.