Martin Luther King Jr. Day Activities

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Monday, January 19, 2015. Ivy Tech Community College students, faculty, and staff will remember the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through a variety of activities focused on service, reflection, and celebration. Select your region below to view the Martin Luther King Jr. Day activities in your area.

Bloomington

Middle Way House – New Volunteer Training
9am – 5pm Woodburn Hall, Room 101 at IU

Middle Way House is seeking to train new volunteers to help maintain the level of service that they provide to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Both women and men are strongly encouraged to attend the training event. There are volunteer opportunities in many different program areas including: crisis line, childcare, tutoring, legal advocacy, community reception, and youth mentoring.

This training is a prerequisite for those interested in volunteering with our agency, but it is also very appropriate for anyone interested in learning more about the dynamics of gender and domestic violence.  For additional information, contact volunteer@middlewayhouse.org.

Bloomington Community Orchard – Bat and Bee Houses
12 - 4pm, Showers Building

Come join the Bloomington Community Orchard, Bloomington Environmental Commission, and Habitat Stewards for an afternoon of building biodiversity! Today we will build houses for mason bees and bats. By working together, we can create a place of beauty and bring to fruition a dream of local food security with incredible pollination. We are building a deeper sense of community as we grow the local food system, both of which will feed our community for generations to come. Age 5+

Volunteers for Change - Home Weatherizations
1pm – 4pm, meet at Rachael's Café
Optional Team Leader Training Sunday January 11th, 1pm, Rachael's Café

Join a home weatherization team, with a trained leader, to complete simple weatherization tasks in local homes.

Teams of 4 volunteers will be performing simple weatherization tasks in local homes (in need), which will reduce the homeowners' energy bills and cut their carbon use.  We will encourage the homeowners to be actively involved and to invite their friends and neighbors over to learn these tasks.

Learn "how to" while serving others and cutting energy use. No experience necessary. All will receive a Toolkit to teach you how to save energy in your own home. Afterwards, share your experience with us & enjoy some hot chocolate at Rachael's. Age 18 +

Central Indiana (Franklin, Greencastle, Indianapolis, Noblesville)

Future events to be announced at a later date.

Columbus

Trip to National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Monday, January 19

From Columbus, Indiana, to Cincinnati, Ohio
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center stands as the nation's newest monument to freedom.  It brings to life the importance – and relevance – of struggles for freedom around the world and throughout history, including today.  This event is in partnership with the southeast region.

Coretta Scott King and the Fight for Freedom
Monday, January 19, 2-3 p.m.
The Commons, Downtown Columbus

Ivy Tech Columbus is promoting this free program in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  It is presented by the Columbus Area Arts Council.  The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati will be performing.

MLK day of service blood drive
Wednesday, January 23, 1-5 p.m.
Poling Hall, Room 200

Diversity and Inclusiveness: Take the Lead!
Friday, January 23, 11:30 a.m.
Poling Hall

This free, interactive workshop will focus on challenging the participants to take a look at their mindset around diversity and inclusiveness.  Lunch will be provided.

East Central (Anderson, Marion, Muncie, New Castle)

Future events to be announced at a later date.

Kokomo (Kokomo, Logansport, Wabash)

Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo to host LeVar Burton to celebrate legacy of MLK
6:30 p.m. Feb. 5, community banquet
11 a.m. Feb. 6, free student convocation
Kokomo Event & Conference Center
1500 N. Reed Road (Indiana 931)
Kokomo, IN 46901

Noted actor and literacy advocate LeVar Burton will be the keynote speaker Feb. 5 at Ivy Tech Kokomo Region's 11th annual "Doing the Dream" celebration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Reservations for the banquet, at $50 each, must be made by Jan. 29 online at ivytech.edu/kokomo/levarburton2015.html. On Feb. 6, students from around the state have been invited to a free student convocation with Mr. Burton starting at 11 a.m. Students must be registered by their high schools or through the directors of Student Life at Ivy Tech campuses.

For more information, contact Dr. Leo Studach, associate professor of science and a lead on the "Doing the Dream" activities, at 574-753-5101, ext. 2209, or lstudach@ivytech.edu.

Lafayette (Crawfordsville, Lafayette)

Future events to be announced at a later date.

North Central (Elkhart, South Bend, Warsaw)

Future events to be announced at a later date.

Northeast (Fort Wayne)

Ivy Tech Community College Northeast to host keynote speaker in celebration of MLK day – The Dream: ONE Goal, ONE Vision—UNITY!
6 p.m. Jan. 22Student Life Center gymnasium
North Campus, Ivy Tech Northeast
3701 Dean Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46835
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Ivy Tech Community College Northeast's Multicultural Student Organization and Office of Diversity Affairs are hosting The Dream: ONE Goal, ONE Vision—UNITY! in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The event's keynote speaker will be Zebulun R. Davenport, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis' vice chancellor for Student Affairs. Learn more about Davenport at IUPUI's website.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Kim Barnett-Johnson at 480-2038 or Diana Jackson at 480-4115.

Northwest (East Chicago, Gary, Michigan City, Valparaiso)

Hip Hop Detoxx confirmed for MLK events at both Gary and Michigan City campuses.

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Richmond (Connersville, Richmond)

Future events to be announced at a later date.

Southeast Indiana (Batesville, Lawrenceburg, Madison)

Future events to be announced at a later date.

Southern Indiana (Sellersburg)

Visual timeline of civil rights movement (theme is past, present and future) in main hallway of Pfau Hall throughout the month of February

Pre-release viewing of the film Selma on Feb. 25 – time TBD

Southwest (Evansville, Princeton, Tell City)

Ivy Tech Community College Southwest announces its fourth annual Service Week in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Service Week begins Monday, January 19, 2015 and will continue through Saturday, January 24, 2015. This event encourages Ivy Tech students, faculty, and staff to volunteer in the community in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Students and employees will be volunteering and completing projects at eleven organizations across the tri-state, including:

  • Mother Theresa Treasures Thrift Store (1/19- 1/23)
  • Vanderburgh Humane Society (1/20, 1/22 & 1/23)
  • YWCA (1/20- 1/23)
  • Evansville African American Museum (1/20-1/21)

On Saturday, January 24, from 9:00 a.m. to Noon, Ivy Tech Community College will host a card-making party. At this popular crafting event, volunteers will create greeting cards for local nursing home residents as well as make treats and assemble goody bags for Vanderburgh Humane Society animals.

Wabash Valley (Terre Haute)

Ivy Tech Community College Wabash Valley announces its inaugural Service Week in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Service Week begins Tuesday, January 20, 2015 and will continue through Friday, January 23, 2015. Through this event, Ivy Tech encourages its students and employees to volunteer in the community in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Students and employees will be volunteering and completing projects at nine organizations in the community, including:

  • Terre Haute Humane Society (1/20 - 1/23)
  • Light House Mission (1/20 - 1/23)
  • YMCA (1/20- 1/23)
  • Terre Haute Boys and Girls Club (1/23)

For a full list of the volunteer projects, please contact Ivy Tech at (812) 205-4433.