Ivy Tech Fort Wayne and Warsaw to host Jan. 4 Express Enrollment Day for spring

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 is now open for classes starting in January. 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 bit.ly/IvyEED to register. 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 Jan. 13.

WHEN:
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 4

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

The Reason

By guest writer Joyce Baker
Originally published on November 13

Today is Wednesday. It’s an “Every Other Wednesday” when I get to drive from Fort Wayne to Warsaw. I am a Career Adviser or Career Coach and current Assistant Director of Career Development at Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne. The Fort Wayne campus includes our Warsaw Site and in order to serve the Warsaw students with their career development needs, I come here twice a month to hold office hours.

As sometimes happens, my first appointment was a no-show.

My second appointment arrived a little late, but no big deal. She was my Reason. She made the day, the drive, the cold, the job—worth it. I’m not going to tell you everything about her. But I will say that she plans to start school at Ivy Tech in January as a 41 year old single mom who has been through so much and is still going through so much. She wants to study Human Services and would like to be an addictions counselor.

I had her take an interests assessment—the results of which totally confirmed that she is on the right career path. The thought of attending college sounded exciting but scary. I said, “Just do the next right thing.” I told her a little about my own story and how I was a single mom at one time who relied on food stamps and government help. I told her how I got my college degree by focusing on one class at a time and by doing the next right thing.

Someday, she would like to be able to say she is an Addictions Counselor. I told her how good it feels to tell people I’m the Assistant Director of something! It feels good to recreate yourself. I told her that she has an exciting future ahead of her—that she is going to help a lot of people. She smiled and told me she believes that too.

She was sitting right there in that chair across from me, and after she left I wanted to take a picture of where she had been. She was my Reason today, and I am so grateful.

Ivy Tech Warsaw and Lake City Bank strengthen partnership through laptop lending program

Christine Force, Ivy Tech Internship Coordinator; Kathy Perry, Ivy Tech IT Support; Chris Merrill, Lake City Bank Vice President & Technology Services Manager; Allyn Decker, Ph.D., Vice Chancellor, Ivy Tech Warsaw

Starting spring 2020, Ivy Tech Warsaw will launch its new Laptop Loan-to-Own program thanks to a new partnership venture with Lake City Bank. Lake City Bank has donated 10 Dell laptop computers that had recently come out of service. These machines will be cleaned, reimaged and loaded with the standard software students use for their Ivy Tech school work.

“A growing number of students are coming to us without a laptop computer and as more and more coursework utilizes e-learning tools, we don’t want this to pose a barrier to student success,” says Allyn Decker, Ph.D., Vice Chancellor at Ivy Tech Warsaw. “We are so grateful for Lake City Bank’s willingness to meet this need.”

Current students will be able to check out a laptop for a two-week time period. They can extend the loan to an entire semester if the laptop is maintained properly through bi-monthly security and maintenance checks. If the student is in good academic standing by the end of the term and has enrolled for the next term’s classes, the laptop’s ownership can be permanently transferred to the student in need. Lake City Bank has committed to supplying additional machines as needed.

“We are pleased to partner with Ivy Tech Warsaw in helping to meet the computing needs of students,” says Chris Merrill, Lake City Bank’s Vice President and Technology Services Manager. “It’s a win-win in that we don’t have to discard perfectly good equipment and Ivy Tech students don’t have to buy a laptop if funds are limited.”

Ivy Tech’s Circle of Ivy, a women’s philanthropy group, has also contributed a $3,000 donation to this program. This money will be used to purchase additional power cords, software, laptop sleeves and a storage cart.

In addition to the laptop program, Lake City Bank will be pursuing more computing and banking internships through Ivy Tech Warsaw. Lake City Bank routinely hires college interns and can provide great employment and educational opportunities to those willing to learn and work in a highly regulated corporate environment.

“As a regional bank, Lake City is a perfect choice for a wide variety of students in northeast Indiana,” says Christine Force, Ivy Tech’s Internship Coordinator. “We look forward to placing several students in internship and entry level positions in the near future.”

College to host December 5th Express Enrollment Day for Spring

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 is now open for classes starting in January. 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 Jan. 13.

WHEN:
11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 5

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

Giving cheerfully and accepting gratefully

By Dawn Burns, Ivy Tech Warsaw Academic and Learning Resource Center Assistant

Pictured left to right, Sandra Anders, Ivy Tech Warsaw Student Life Coordinator and GIVE Vice President; Piper Johnson, Ivy Tech student and GIVE member

This November, Ivy Tech Warsaw is taking to heart Maya Angelou’s words, “When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.”

To set the tone, the Learning Resource Center (LRC) is focusing on strengthening community through sharing resources, sharing stories, and showing gratitude. Their display features community resources and volunteer opportunities, books from storytelling projects like The Moth and StoryCorps, and an interactive board where people can share what they are grateful for.

Giving cheerfully and accepting gratefully are everyday endeavors at Ivy Tech Warsaw. Understanding that it’s hard for students to excel academically when hungry, the campus started the Basics Bank in January 2019 to provide students with food, hygiene supplies, and community resources. Meijer and Circle of Ivy stepped up to stock the shelves, and each day students take what they need to get through a day of classes or to have a meal at home.

In terms of service, the Get Involved, Value Everyone (GIVE) club has taken the lead. For Halloween, GIVE donated 36 string bags for kids containing candy, hats, gloves, socks, coloring books, and crayons to Beaman Home. For Thanksgiving, GIVE organized a food drive to provide Thanksgiving meal baskets for five Ivy Tech student families. GIVE has also committed to volunteering at We Care Warsaw, an annual service fair that attracts around 1500 community members.

 “When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” Is that really true? Our GIVE members think so.

Vice president Sandra Anders described the Christmas when she was four and had moved to Indiana with her mom after her parents divorced. “We didn’t have much,” Anders said, “but that year the Red Cross gave us a Christmas basket with food and gifts and a Christmas stocking with my name hand-stitched on it.” Anders still has that stocking which reminds her that, “Everybody at some time needs something. That Christmas made me a better person, and now I want to give back.”

While taking a break from organizing food drive donations, GIVE member Piper Johnson added, “I have really bad anxiety and depression, and helping people makes me feel better. I look at Gandhi and Nelson Mandela, and I think about how if you want to change something, you have to do it yourself. You have to become the change you want to see.”

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s largest annual fundraiser, A Reason to Taste, raises $86,000+ for students and programs

In its eighth year, Saturday’s A Reason to Taste at Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne raised more than $86,000 for student scholarships and academic programs. Corporate sponsorships, live auctions and individual donations added to the success of the event.

At A Reason to Taste: Rue de Paris, guests enjoyed an interactive culinary cabaret along the streets of “Paris” complete with wandering musicians and visited street vendors with fabulous food prepared by Hospitality Administration students and graduates. The meal and wine pairings were inspired by students who won Ivy Tech’s European Competition last January and traveled to France to study culinary arts over the summer. This experience was funded in part by A Reason to Taste and the Ivy Tech Foundation.  

“Guests and volunteers have a fantastic time every year during A Reason to Taste, but the best part is remembering that this event is all about helping our students successfully reach their goals,” says Margaret Sturm, executive director of Resource Development. “The gifts that our sponsors and donors give help support students through life’s challenges and gives them the tools they need to succeed at Ivy Tech and as contributing members of our community.”

Fort Wayne’s NBC was a media sponsor and both Linda Jackson and Parkview Health’s Curtis Smith emceed the event, which was hosted at Parkview Health’s Mirro Center for Research and Innovation. Parkview Health was the event’s presenting sponsor and ProFed Credit Union was reception sponsor.

Next year’s event is tentatively scheduled for early November. Those who are interested in sponsorship opportunities and/or serving on next year’s planning committee can contact Sturm at msturm7@ivytech.edu or 260-480-2010. Donations to this year’s total can still be made at IvyTech.edu/reason.

College invites public to celebrate International Education Week, featuring guest speaker/musician Stann Champion

Stann Champion

International Education Week, from Nov. 18 to 22, is a joint initiative between the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of State. According to the U.S. Department of State website, it is meant “to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences.”

Locally, Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne is celebrating International Education Week with a schedule of events from Nov. 18 to 21. Two of this year’s events will feature special guest speaker Stann Champion, a Chicago based musician, arts educator, community activist and WNUR FM Radio Host. Champion will be giving a public lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 19 and an acoustic performance on Wednesday, Nov. 20. Ivy Tech Fort Wayne will be Champion’s first stop on his “Giving Thanks Tour 2019.”

All events are free and open to the public.

LOCATION:
Events are located on the Coliseum Campus (3800 N. Anthony Blvd., Fort Wayne) or in the Student Life Center on North Campus (3701 Dean Drive, Fort Wayne).

SCHEDULE:
Jean-Paul Sartre’s Existentialism is a Humanism

  • Presented by Brian Boone
  • Moderated by Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Jacob Witucki
  • Noon to 1 p.m. Nov 18
  • Coliseum Campus, Room 1312

The Music of the Moors in Spain:  Development and Influence on Western Culture

  • Special guest presenter Stann Champion
  • Moderated by Associate Professor of Sociology Daniel Hall
  • Noon to 1 p.m. Nov. 19
  • Coliseum Campus, Room 1360–61

 “WOW Wednesday” Global Village

  • Visit tables representing different countries and sample traditional ethnic food. Learn about the various cultures represented by students, faculty and staff at Ivy Tech. Lunch and desserts will be provided.
  • Live music provided by Stann Champion
  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 20
  • Music from noon to 1 p.m.
  • Student Life Center, Student Commons

The Politics of Terrorism:  A Growing History of Discontent

  • Presented by Julia Carter
  • Moderated by Associate Professor of Sociology Daniel Hall
  • Noon to 1 p.m. Nov. 21
  • Coliseum Campus, Room 1360–61

College invites public to Employee, Student & Community Health & Wellness Fair on Nov. 13

The Ivy Tech Community College and Fort Wayne communities are invited to join Ivy Tech health and wellness programs and area vendors for the annual Health & Wellness Fair from noon to 3 p.m. on Nov. 13 in the Student Life Center Gymnasium (3701 Dean Drive). Exhibits & activities include posture screenings, chair massages, gait analysis, EKG and BP testing and glucose screenings.

Participating programs from Ivy Tech Fort Wayne include Therapeutic Massage, Phlebotomy, Medical Assisting and more. The event will also feature outside vendors including Fort Wayne’s Fort4Fitness, Spiece Fitness and Chiropractic Rehab & Wellness Center.

WHEN:
Noon to 3 p.m. November 13

WHERE:              
Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne
Student Life Center Gymnasium
3701 Dean Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46835
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High school students and parents invited to College 101 night at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne and Warsaw

At College 101, area high school students and parents can meet with admissions and student success professionals while learning about being a student at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne and Warsaw. Attendees can tour campus and learn about:

  • Degree and certificate programs
  • Dual credit pathways and dual enrollment course options
  • Scholarships and financial aid
  • Applying for college
  • And more

Learn more at IvyTech.edu/College101 or RSVP here.

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

Ivy Tech Warsaw
2545 Silveus Crossing
Warsaw, IN 46582

SCHEDULE:
6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 14

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne to host Apprenticeship Fair as part of national celebration on Nov. 15

Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus will host an Apprenticeship Fair during National Apprenticeship Week for students and community members interested in learning more about apprenticeships and how to become an apprentice. The event will take place on Nov. 15 at The Steel Dynamics, Inc. Keith E. Busse Technology Center from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

During the fair, all attendees can:

  • Learn how apprenticeships can teach a skilled trade while earning an apprentice money
  • Watch live demonstrations on skilled trades
  • Meet industry representatives, and learn how to become an apprentice

There will be two special breakout sessions at the The Steel Dynamics, Inc. Keith E. Busse Technology Center in room TC1225. We will host a session with apprenticeship information for teachers, counselors and parents from10 to 10:30 a.m. and one with information for companies looking to start an apprenticeship program from 11 a.m. to noon.

Questions? Contact fw-apprenticeship@ivytech.edu or 260-480-4241.

WHEN:

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 15

WHERE:
Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne
The Steel Dynamics, Inc. Keith E. Busse Technology Center
3701 Dean Dr
Fort Wayne, IN 46835