Ivy Tech Community College - Wabash Valley will be celebrating homecoming for 2012 with four days of fun and exciting activities on its main campus at 8000 South Education Drive, Terre Haute from October 17 through October 20. The celebration is to welcome alumni back to campus and share with them some of the many changes made over the last year.
Homecoming activities start on October 17 with a Purse & Pamper Tea Party in the Community Room at 6:30 p.m. Participating vendors will provide a pamper activity, ranging from food samples to giveaways. Bring your gently used and clean purse and participate in the optional purse exchange, followed by a live auction with purses donated by area businesses. Tickets are $10 at the door and benefit the Ivy Tech student scholarship fund.
On October 18, free events include an Alumni Wine & Cheese Reception in the lobby of the Oakley Auditorium at 6:00 p.m., followed by ESP/Mind Reader Robert Channing. Pick a thought, any thought and Robert will tell you what it is! The show will start at 7 p.m. in the Oakley Auditorium.
Ivy Tech will host a campus clean-up, Friday, October 19. Students, faculty, staff and alumni are encouraged to volunteer. The Trail of Trees dedication reception will follow at 2 p.m. The dedication is to share the permanent signage for tree plantings at Ivy Tech, which are part of the College’s efforts to beautify its campus and continue its “green efforts” to help the environment. Ivy Tech already recycles paper, plastics and cans and in early 2011 had its first tree-planting day on its campus, followed by a ribbon cutting in October. At dusk, Ivy Tech will provide a free drive-in movie “The Avengers” for everyone’s enjoyment.
The homecoming activities will conclude on Saturday, October 20, with Ivy Tech’s 4th annual Scholarship Cruisin’ Car Show to raise money for student scholarships and is open to the public. This event has been sponsored for the fourth year in-a-row by First Financial Bank and is supported by the work of the Ivy Tech Alumni Association and the Ivy Tech Foundation. Other sponsors are Union Hospital, Terre Haute Economic Development Corporation, Terre Haute Convention & Visitors Bureau, Dever Distributing, Baesler’s Market, Tabco Business Forms, Marlene Bilyou, Sullivan County Community Hospital, Larden’s Treasures, Clabber Girl, Terre Haute Chevrolet, TBM Building Services, Don’s Service Center, Scheid Diesel, Lamar, Frontier Communications, Platolene “500”, Jay’s Autoworld, OnGuard Security Solutions, Big Bounce, Magnolia Health Systems, Haney’s Bar, East 40 Sports, Finzel’s MasterTech, MET Trucking, Crossroads Dragway, City of Terre Haute, MillerWhite and Classic Trophies. Registration for the Car Show is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. with judging done shortly thereafter by automotive students at Ivy Tech. An award ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. and the day’s events will end at 3 p.m.
Last year the car show had over 200 cars, trucks and motorcycles entered in the competition, some from states outside Indiana. Even more entrants are expected this year. Entrants will compete for trophies in categories such as Best of Show, Chancellor’s Choice, Alumni’s Choice, Students’ Choice, Best Custom Motorcycle and many more.
The Car Show offers a fun-filled autumn day that can be spent looking at classic and new vehicles, listening to music provided by Charlie Tipton – Just Cruisin’ Mobile DJ, buying a stylish car show T-shirt and eating food available from Sweet Escape. The event is scheduled to take place rain or shine and all proceeds will benefit the Ivy Tech Foundation Scholarship Fund.