The following press release was sent to the Bloomingtonian Monday:
“BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus hosted a dedication event to honor late professor Keith Klein on Jan. 25, the one-year anniversary of his passing. Classroom D206 in the Connie and Steve Ferguson Academic building was dedicated to honor his memory and legacy of giving. Friends, colleagues, and community associates from Ivy Tech, Indiana University, WTIU/WFIU, DeMolay, Kiwanis, and Rotary gathered for the event.
“Classroom D206 was ‘his’ classroom,” Chancellor Jennie Vaughan said. “Whenever he held a communication course, this was the room he reserved. It is an honor for us to remember our friend by dedicating it in his name.”
An inaugural Faculty Advisory Council Legacy Award was also presented, posthumously, which recognizes faculty who make extraordinary contributions to the Bloomington campus over a prolonged period of time.
Last year, the campus dedicated Spring Semester 2021 in honor of Klein, who was a long-time colleague, college-supporter, and student advocate. An Honorary Associate Degree was awarded posthumously at Commencement. The campus also established a fully-endowed scholarship in his name, the “Keith Klein Memorial Endowed Scholarship,” in direct support of Ivy Tech Bloomington students. Other honors include a dedicated tree on campus property.
“May we all be inspired by Keith’s memory to be a bit kinder, greet strangers as friends, and express our appreciation aloud and often,” Vaughan said. “All of us knew what an incredibly giving, caring person Keith was, always working to make our community and world a better place for everyone.”
To make a scholarship gift in Klein’s memory, in support of Ivy Tech Bloomington students, visit, https://connect.ivytech.edu/bloomington.
About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech Community College (www.ivytech.edu) 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 degree and short-term certificate programs, and trainings that align to the needs of the community. The College also offers courses and associate degree programs that seamlessly transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a Bachelor’s degree.