Ivy Tech Fort Wayne, Warsaw announce summer 2019 Dean’s List

Ivy Tech Community College is pleased to announce the summer 2019 Dean’s List for the Fort Wayne Campus and the Warsaw Site. The Dean’s List, prepared and published each term, gives recognition to students who:

  • Are degree-seeking.
  • Achieve a minimum 3.50 grade point average in non-academic skills advancement courses with no Ds or Fs.
  • Earn six or more Ivy Tech credits during the semester.
  • Have earned at least 12 non-academic skills advancement credits during their course of study.

For a full list of students who have met those requirements, please see the Excel and Word documents. Students are listed by campus/site, county, state, city, and first and last name.

Ivy Tech Warsaw to host public First Responders Career Fair

Ivy Tech Community College Warsaw is hosting a First Responders career fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on September 18. This event is designed to connect Ivy Tech Warsaw students and interested community members with first responders from the Kosciusko County area. Attendees can meet with local first responders and interact with an emergency helicopter; police, fire, and ambulance vehicles; and more.

The following are a few first responder agencies that will be participating in this event:

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Lutheran Air
  • Lutheran EMS
  • Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office
  • Indiana Department of Correction

WHEN:
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 18
Helicopter arriving at 12 p.m. and departing at 2 p.m.

WHERE:              
Ivy Tech Warsaw
2545 Silveus Crossing
Warsaw, IN 46582

College offering extended office hours for students to prep for fall 2019

Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus and Warsaw Site will offer extended hours in August for students in preparation for fall 2019 classes.

Fort Wayne’s North Campus, Student Life Center, 3701 Dean Drive, Fort Wayne

  • 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 12 to 16
  • 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 19 to 23
  • 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 26 to 30

Warsaw Site, 2545 Silveus Crossing, Warsaw

  • 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 12 to 23
  • 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 19 to 23
  • 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 26 to 30

Student service offices include Financial Aid, Express Enrollment Center, Admissions, Registrar, Assessment Center, and Academic Advising Center. Prospective students can call 888-IVY-LINE from 7 to 1 a.m. daily and/or apply online at IvyTech.edu/ApplyNow.

Classes begin Aug. 26 and Oct. 28.

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne celebrating 50 years in Fort Wayne

Ivy Tech Community College’s roots in Fort Wayne began in September 1969, when the College opened as Indiana Vocational Technical College. Located on the third floor of the old Concordia High School, the College started with 130 students and two instructors who taught two programs: Drafting Technology and Secretarial Technology. Fifty years later, Ivy Tech Fort Wayne enrolls close to 16,000 students annually and provides higher education opportunities across 4,000+ square miles in 11 northeast Indiana counties. We’re celebrating our 50 years in Fort Wayne and northeast Indiana, and we want northeast Indiana to be part of the celebration. For more information and a historical timeline of the College, visit IvyTech.edu/fortwayne50.

CELEBRATION EVENTS & ACTIVITIES:              

Sunday, September 8
Grasshopper Food Truck
at the North Anthony
Corridor Block Party

at North Anthony Corridor &
North Anthony Shopping Center
Noon to 5 p.m.

Get a taste of Ivy Tech Fort Wayne with our Grasshopper Food Truck, which will serve food at the North Anthony Corridor Block Party. Our Student Nursing Organization and other volunteers will also be on-hand with some giveaways, face-painting, and more!

Monday, September 9
College Chalk Walk
at North Campus,
3701 Dean Drive, Fort Wayne
Sidewalk between Student Life Center
and Harshman Hall
Sunday, Noon to 6 p.m.
Monday, starting at 9 a.m.

Art must be complete by 3:45 p.m. Monday
Judging at 4 p.m. Monday

Decorate the North Campus sidewalks with fun designs and win a prize, or you can simply take a stroll outside and appreciate the artwork afterward. Register online for the College Chalk Walk.

Tuesday, September 10
50th Birthday Bash
at Coliseum Campus,
3800 N. Anthony Blvd., Fort Wayne
Room CC1640 & West Parking Lot
1 to 3 p.m.
2:30 p.m. program

Wish Ivy Tech Fort Wayne a Happy Birthday! We’ll have a birthday cake made by our Hospitality students, a presentation by the chancellor, and more.

Wednesday, September 11
WOW Wednesday
Retro Party on the Plaza

at North Campus,
3701 Dean Drive, Fort Wayne
Ivy Tower Plaza
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Dress in your best 1969 costume while you enjoy food, music, and entertainment during this WOW Wednesday event.

Thursday, September 12
Community 50th Celebration & Public Art Dedication
at Coliseum Campus,
3800 N. Anthony Blvd., Fort Wayne
West Parking Lot
4 to 6 p.m.
5 p.m. program

This event will feature the dedication of a public art piece, time capsule, entertainment, food, cocktails, and more. RSVP required: 260-481-2243 or lleichty@ivytech.edu.

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne announces 2019 New Venture Competition finalists

Photos of Matt Anderson, Evan Hendsbee, and Jeffrey Sooner

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne has announced the three finalists for its 2019 New Venture Competition. The competition began in 2011, and this year’s champion will receive up to $20,000 in start-up capital for presenting the best business plan for his or her small business.

The finalists and their businesses are as follows:

  • Evan Hendsbee, visual communications graduate
    Company: Kingdom Film Company, LLC

    “Kingdom Film Company is a video production company that specializes in editing services for churches and businesses. We collaborate with clients to creatively bring their story online with short promotional and inspirational videos.”
  • Matt Anderson, automotive technology graduate
    Company: Anderson Manufacturing

    “Anderson Manufacturing specializes in the manufacturing advanced work holding solutions for small to medium size machine shops. Our Serra Jaw allows machine shops to begin the machining process right away without the need to design complicated fixtures or purchase special jaws to hold their parts.”
  • Jeffrey M. Sonner, engineering graduate
    Company: Just-A-Little-Smoke BBQ

    “Just-A-Little-Smoke is a startup BBQ food trailer that began over 30 years ago. From a small gas grille then to a custom-designed and built smoker and full-service food trailer today, we aim to become the tristate area’s definition of BBQ.”

The New Venture Competition awards dinner will be held Sept. 25 on Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s Coliseum Campus, 3800 N. Anthony Blvd., in Room CC1640. Finalists will present their business plans, and community judges will vote on the New Venture champion at the event.

The competition has partnered with Fort Wayne SCORE, a group that grows successful small businesses across the country. The group, made of volunteer experienced business owners and managers, will provide mentorship for the finalists. 

The New Venture Competition is sponsored by JB Tool, Die & Engineering and owners Dave and Mary Bear. ProFed Credit Union is the event’s dinner sponsor.

The following individuals served as judges in determining the finalists:

  • Steve Franks, local entrepreneur
  • Carla Quickel, faculty at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne
  • Kel Preston, local entrepreneur
  • Alan Short, faculty at Ivy Tech Marion

Q&A with long-time college leader Chuck Lewton

Chuck Lewton, who was with Ivy Tech Fort Wayne for 29 ½ years before retirement and moving to the Sunshine State, spent time sharing some of his thoughts and memories with us from over the years:

Years of service

29 ½ years: June 1983 through December 2012. I can honestly say I enjoyed my experiences working at Ivy Tech and am proud of my accomplishments. I had the opportunity to work with a variety of professionals and have remained in contact with many of them today.

Family at Ivy Tech

I have four children and all of them took courses at Ivy Tech over the years.

Positions over the years

I had various titles throughout the years, and with title changes came additional responsibilities. My titles included Student Services Manager, Director of Student Affairs, Dean of Student Affairs, and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.

Growth = space shortage

Ivy Tech had—and probably still has—struggles with finding space for programs and people. Today’s employees may think space is tight, but in the early days there were four to five employees in an area that today houses one, or maybe two, employees. Most employees shared offices. In the late 1980s, Jim Aschliman was hired and top administrators met for three days to determine which staff and faculty could be relocated so Jim could have a private office to greet and counsel prospective students. Many faculty and staff wondered why and expressed concerns about Jim getting a private office.

Also, all employees knew each other and many socialized together outside of work. As time went on, and the College grew, employees were mainly familiar with employees in their immediate areas, so it became necessary for employees to wear nametags. There were also professional development activities created to enhance interaction with employees and students.

Working with students

I saw many students grow socially and professionally. With the addition of student organizations, many students were given a chance to shine and grow with responsibilities of the club. Most Ivy Tech students did not have previous opportunities to grow professionally and develop their confidence. I observed many students grow academically because they were ready to learn, saw the value of their education, and hence were academically successful.        

Interactions with employees

I had many positive interactions with employees from Fort Wayne, other regions, and systems office.  Ivy Tech provided me an opportunity to interact with and learn from a wide variety of people. I had the chance to work with some of the most professional, sincere, and hard-working student affairs personnel in the region and state. They worked long hard hours during enrollment periods in order to assist students in the enrollment processes and were not always given the appropriate credit for their efforts.  The student affairs personnel worked extremely hard to develop student confidence and set them on the right path for success. 

Ivy Tech’s biggest milestone

In 1983, Ivy Tech had terminal degrees and courses that would not transfer to four-year institutions.  Many local professionals felt Ivy Tech was a good school for other people’s children but not their own.  Over the years, transfer of credit became more prevalent, but wasn’t always recognized by the public.  Not until the name was officially changed to “Ivy Tech Community College” did the public begin to recognize Ivy Tech as a viable, comprehensive higher education institution.

Chuck’s lasting legacy

I would hope that people would remember my care for the students and that they ALWAYS have a right to a fair chance or hearing. You must listen to their concerns. Try to remember that many are going through a lot of personal stress, and their success at Ivy Tech may be their last chance. I worked to accept people for who they were without any prejudgment. Early on, there was a time when developing and expanding online registration and orientation was discouraged, but I feel we were the leading region in this endeavor and set the bar high for others when it became a best practice. And finally, I was very involved in the acquisition of the State Developmental Center which is now our North Campus. This allowed the College to improve facilities, student life, and enhance the quality of education. 

Enrollment growth

I was usually pretty accurate in projecting enrollment between 3% to 5%, even if Ivy Tech was about to experience a decrease in enrollment. Enrollment projections were difficult to manage. Of course, growth was always the desire, but not all employees saw growth as a positive. I felt my role was to keep everyone happy working toward a common goal and to minimize pressure.

Old Fort Mustangers award automotive scholarship, receive donations from Auburn Gear to help Ivy Tech Fort Wayne

Old Fort Mustangers Club received donations from Auburn Gear to help raise money for its annual automotive scholarship at the 31st annual Old Fort Mustangers Club Mustang & Ford Show at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne. The Old Fort Mustangers generously donates money raised at the car show; and this year Auburn Gear and president Marty Palmer, who is also an Ivy Tech Fort Wayne Campus Board of Trustees member, donated two High Performance Mustang Differentials to raise scholarship funds at the show. The money funded a $750 scholarship for automotive technology student Alexander Doege.

“We’re so grateful for the scholarships provided by the Old Fort Mustangers Club, and we were especially pleased when Auburn Gear joined in to raise additional scholarship funds for an automotive technology student,” says Margaret Sturm, executive director of resource development. “Every year we look forward to this event and want to thank everyone who braved the 90+ degree weather to support the Old Fort Mustangers Club and Ivy Tech students.”

The Old Fort Mustangers have partnered with Ivy Tech since 1989 and award an Ivy Tech Foundation scholarship at the show to an automotive technology student every year. In that time, the Old Fort Mustangers have donated more than $30,000 for automotive student scholarships.

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne and Warsaw to host August Express Enrollment Day for fall semester

At Ivy Tech Community College’s Express Enrollment Day, prospective students can complete all the steps they need to start classes. Enrollment experts will be on-hand to answer questions and help attendees with enrollment steps including assessment, financial aid, advising, and more.

Registration for fall classes is now open. Students should bring their most recent tax returns for financial aid, and their previous high school or college transcripts for assessment.

Prospective students can visit IvyTech.edu/EEDay to learn more. For students who have not applied or assessed, it’s important to attend the event earlier in the day so there’s enough time to get through all of the enrollment steps. Classes begin Aug. 26 and Oct. 28.

WHEN:
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. August 10

WHERE:              
Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s North Campus
Student Life Center
3701 Dean Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46835

Ivy Tech Warsaw
2545 Silveus Crossing
Warsaw, IN 46582

Parkview Health enters innovative agreement with the College to fund a full-time nursing faculty member

Parkview Health is partnering with Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne to address a shortage of registered nurses in the community by providing a nursing instructor to Ivy Tech’s School of Nursing beginning Fall 2019. Parkview will pay the salary and benefits of the instructor, who will act as a full-time faculty member at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne.

“The nationwide nursing shortage is impacting healthcare employers everywhere, including northeast Indiana,” says Dena Jacquay, chief community and human resources officer, Parkview Health. “We are excited to partner with Ivy Tech on this unique approach to nursing education and look forward to playing a role in preparing area nurses to provide quality care for our community.”

This partnership will result in an increase of 30 students for Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s Nursing Program during the 2019–20 academic year. Due to accreditation requirements and quality standards, Ivy Tech would have been unable to accept additional students into the nursing program without this additional faculty member.

“We are very grateful for Parkview Health and our advisory committee members who are innovative problem solvers and willing to support the School of Nursing’s growth,” says Nadeena Frye, dean of the School of Nursing. “This is a win-win for our community, as it will provide even more graduates to fill the ever-growing need for nurses.”

In 2018–19, total enrollment for the nursing program was 304 students. With the increase this donation will bring, the total enrollment is projected to be 334 nursing students in 2019–20. 

Students in Ivy Tech’s nursing program can earn an Associate of Science (ASN) Degree or Practical Nursing (PN) Certificate. Learn about the program, earning potential, and job outlook at IvyTech.edu/nursing

31 years down the road with the Old Fort Mustangers

The Old Fort Mustangers became a chartered club in 1979. They held the first Mustang & Ford Show in 1982 in a parking lot at Indiana Auto Auction, continued there for several years, and then moved to Zollner Stadium for a few more. In 1989, the club moved their show to the parking lot of Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s Coliseum Campus. The show takes place on our campus to this day, with the next one on Saturday, July 20.

“We’ve been with Ivy Tech for 31 years,” says Bob Nicola, Old Fort Mustangers Club Member. “It’s changed throughout the years as Ivy Tech has expanded. I remember at a certain point we had to keep moving to different ends of the campus from year to year because of the Coliseum building expansions and renovations, sometimes on pavement, sometimes on grass.”

The Old Fort Mustangers generously use the yearly money raised at the show to fund a $1,000+ scholarship for deserving Ivy Tech Fort Wayne automotive students. Over the years, they’ve donated more than $30,000 for automotive student scholarships.

There have been 34 students who’ve received scholarships since the inaugural 1989 show, including Christopher Merle, who was hired as a Tesla Service Technician in 2018 and was featured in an Inside Ivy Tech blog in February 2019.

This year, along with the scholarship donation from the Old Fort Mustangers, Marty Palmer, President of Auburn Gear and Ivy Tech Fort Wayne Campus Board of Trustees member, is donating two High Performance Mustang Differentials to raise scholarship funds at the event.

Past Scholarship Recipients

2019 Alexander Doege
2018       Casey Seeman
2017       Christopher Merle
2016       Ron Howard
2015       Eduardo Villalobos
2014       Kendrick Amaya
2013       Nathan Keeslar
2012       Stacie Lancaster
2011       James Kennedy & Marlin Sutherland
2010       Joseph A. Lauer
2009       Kevin D. Gensic
2008       Chad M. Hinton
2007       Troy G. Shank
2006       David Grocock
2005       Audra Hoevel
2004       Tonia Stibble & Joe Allen
2003       Kisha Brooks & Brandon Hernandez
2002       Todd Benschneider
2001       Marcus Eash & Steve Filipiak
2000       Grant Cowan
1999       Paul Kessens
1998       Chris Cartwright
1997       Donald Yeoman
1996       Jeffery Lovejoy
1995       Steve McNally
1994       Brad Evans
1993       Brett Shuler
1992       Mark Tester
1991       Judy Rogers
1990       Eileen Marks
1989       Jeffery Lude Alexander Doege 2019
2018       Casey Seeman
2017       Christopher Merle
2016       Ron Howard
2015       Eduardo Villalobos
2014       Kendrick Amaya
2013       Nathan Keeslar
2012       Stacie Lancaster
2011       James Kennedy & Marlin Sutherland
2010       Joseph A. Lauer
2009       Kevin D. Gensic
2008       Chad M. Hinton
2007       Troy G. Shank
2006       David Grocock
2005       Audra Hoevel
2004       Tonia Stibble & Joe Allen
2003       Kisha Brooks & Brandon Hernandez
2002       Todd Benschneider
2001       Marcus Eash & Steve Filipiak
2000       Grant Cowan
1999       Paul Kessens
1998       Chris Cartwright
1997       Donald Yeoman
1996       Jeffery Lovejoy
1995       Steve McNally
1994       Brad Evans
1993       Brett Shuler
1992       Mark Tester
1991       Judy Rogers
1990       Eileen Marks
1989       Jeffery Lude

Interested in becoming a member of the Old Fort Mustangers? Email Bob Nicola at oldfortmustangers@gmail.com. Want to know more about Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s Automotive Technology Program? Visit IvyTech.edu/automotive-technology.