Fort Wayne to host Healthcare Career Fair

At the Healthcare Career Fair at Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus, students and community members will be able to network with employers from all facets of the healthcare industry, including nursing, patient care, electrocardiography, pharmacy technology, health information technology, phlebotomy, medical office administration, exercise science, medical assisting, therapeutic massage, respiratory therapy, and more.

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 24

Ivy Tech’s Coliseum Campus
3800 N. Anthony Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805

Eat, drink, play: Things to do near campus in Fort Wayne, Wabash, & Warsaw

I’m Drew!

The best part of getting a driver’s license is the freedom of being able to go where you want, when you want. Over the last year, I’ve used my new freedom by visiting local coffee shops, restaurants, and tourist spots near my home, school, and across Fort Wayne. (And by the way, I’m Drew, the marketing intern. I’m a senior at Concordia Lutheran, right across the street from the Coliseum Campus.)

It’s been an amazing experience to witness the culinary talents that northeast Indiana has to offer and expand my food palate in the process. Below is a list of some special places to eat, drink, and have fun. I hope that you’ll find time to visit some of my favorites, located near an Ivy Tech campus near you!

Coliseum Campus

Firefly Coffee House, 3523 N. Anthony Blvd. in Fort Wayne (Directions) (Website)
Firefly Coffee House is my absolute favorite coffee shop in Fort Wayne. I love the shop’s atmosphere because it’s filled with couches and arm chairs on the inside to escape the nasty winter weather. There’s also an outdoor seating nook hidden under a gazebo, perfect for warm summer days. Murals run along both sides of the shop with a colorful barista station to the left and an exposed ceiling above. Every time I walk into the place, I instantly feel at home.

The menu selection is extra special because it features not only rich coffee but real fruit smoothies, lemonades, and teas. The coffee house also serves fresh pastries and other small food items, which are to die for. My favorite item on the menu is the peanut butter and mocha shake, topped off with an optional shot of espresso for early mornings wake-me-ups or mid-day study sessions. I always find myself adding the espresso!

One of the coolest aspects of Firefly is its dedication to embracing all types of local talent through its Firefly Arts and Crafts Boutique. It’s refreshing to always be reminded of the great artistic talent we have in Fort Wayne. The shop serves as a meeting place for people of all backgrounds to take a break from busy work schedules, grab a coffee, and embrace the homey atmosphere only found at Firefly.

Old Crown also offers a changing dinner menu on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.

Old Crown Coffee Roasters, 3417 N. Anthony Blvd. in Fort Wayne (Directions) (Website)
Located just down the road from Firefly, Old Crown offers a similar coffee menu to Firefly, in addition to delicious wraps, sandwiches, soups, and more. For those over 21, Old Crown even has a full bar. You have to try the Spicy Salsalito Turkey & Pepper Jack wrap. I’ve spent many evenings here catching up with old friends over warm coffee and large sandwiches. Maybe one day I’ll run into you!

Camp Canine, 1502 N. Harry Baals Drive in Fort Wayne (Directions)
Camp Canine is the perfect place to spend some quality time with your furry friend. The doggie park is filled with cute and little bone-shaped benches and fire hydrants with plenty of grassy play space in between. A Camp Canine membership is only $40 a year and can even be used at Pawster Park in Forest Park.

North Campus

Cosmos House of Pancakes, 3232 St. Joe Center Road in Fort Wayne (Directions) (Website)
Cosmos House of Pancakes is a great place to get a large variety of breakfast and lunch foods, from pancakes and waffles to burgers and wraps. My absolute favorite thing to order is their crepe daphene, which is topped with strawberries and stuffed with whipped cream. The option of having real fruit on my crepes helps me fool myself into thinking I’m making a healthy food choice! The best part about Cosmos is that they’re famous for having large portions. You know you’ll always leave with a full stomach and a bag of leftovers. I don’t think I’ve ever left wishing for more to eat!

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Ivy Stories: Why they chose Supply Chain

Ivy Stories is a short, occasional feature on Green Light that spotlights current students and/or recent graduates. Ivy Stories will tell a little about why they chose Ivy Tech and their particular program.

First up, we’re featuring Cory Scherer, of Avilla, a supply chain management/logistics student who plans to graduate in May and Ariel Dawson, of Churubusco, a supply chain management/logistics graduate.

Why did you choose Supply Chain?
Scherer: Supply chain management is such an expansive field that has a talent void needing to be filled. As I worked through college to earn my bachelor’s degree, I worked as a supervisor at UPS, and I enjoyed learning the industry. Ultimately, this led to my first attraction in the program—the importance of logistics—but as my course of study continued, I became more interested in lean manufacturing and process control. It is important for future generations to understand just how large a field supply chain management is. Almost every aspect of business is in play to a graduate of Supply Chain Management.


Dawson: I decided on supply chain because it’s the job I held in the Navy. When I enlisted, I just took the first job available to just leave. Turns out, I fell in love with the job. It’s something that seemed to come natural, which I hadn’t felt with any other career path.

Dawson (at left) with her husband James and her children Kayden (standing) and Harper.

How has Supply Chain helped you at work?
Scherer: I have been working full-time at Graphic Packaging International as a student, but my studies at Ivy Tech have enabled me to better understand my internal customers, which provides me better opportunities for advancement.

The associate degree in Supply Chain Management/Logistics has prepared me to ask the right questions when it comes to inventory control and production reporting. The courses I took in lean manufacturing and general logistics have taught me ways to reduce cost in processes and to increase inventory accuracy. Ultimately, the general business management courses have helped me in communications with other departments and their managers.

Dawson: The first that comes to mind is the experience with my instructors and classmates. I’ve learned to be more social and vocal toward people. I’ve learned more discipline with asking for help whenever I can’t figure something out. I’ve also learned more ways to complete tasks and figure things out better with each semester that passes.


Nursing student gives it another go

Valerie Stauffer is a nursing student who started at Ivy Tech more than 15 years ago. Last summer, she came back to finish.

What made you take that 15-plus-year break?
I was diagnosed with late-stage Lyme disease. It affected my general health, and I couldn’t keep up. My husband encouraged me to come back. He was very supportive and said, “You get your nursing degree, and I’ll take care of everything at the house.” He’s my biggest cheerleader. I have three kids. They get shuttled around to different sporting events and obligations. My studies come before cooking dinner or taking the kid to wrestling, taking the kid to basketball.

What is Lyme disease?
It’s from a tick bite and prevalent in Indiana. It can be cured if caught early enough. Left untreated, it will infiltrate the body and weaken immune system. I’ll always have it.

Why did you choose Ivy Tech?
I chose Ivy Tech in 2002 because I could work full-time and go to classes in the evenings. I carried straight A’s. Now, I needed something that was close enough to home that I could get on and off campus easily. The flexibility is helpful, too. I can get to buildings I need for WiFi access. I like the fact that it’s smaller than other colleges.

You’re pretty active on Twitter in relation to your schooling. What about it appeals to you?
I’m an older student. I have kids that are the ages of some of these other students, and I find it an interesting dynamic because I can relate to them as a parent, but I can also relate to them as a classmate. A lot of them have social media presences. I don’t feel like the older generation is as obvious on social media. I just kind of tweet goofy stuff. The first week back at school, I tweeted something to the effect of “Everybody is always dressed up on the first week of school. By week four, they can’t even match their socks.” I tweet thoughts about school with the hashtag #workingforthegpa.

What kind of feedback do you get?
People will ask, “Have you put anything out recently? Come on. You’re getting quiet.” I feel like I’m generally supported by classmates and my non-classmate friends outside of school. They like following my perspective.”

What are your after-Ivy Tech goals?
If everything goes well, I should graduate by May or December of 2019. I want to work for a little bit in the field before I go back and get my bachelor’s degree. I really want to be a surgical nurse or an ER nurse. In the ER, you have an immediate impact on somebody’s health right then and there.

Follow Valerie on Twitter @coachstauffer16.

South Campus to host open, free wellness clinic

The Wellness & Education Clinic, open to the Ivy Tech Community College and northeast Indiana communities, will feature a number of free opportunities for attendees:

  • Health screenings for those 18 and older
  • Information, counseling, and referrals
  • HIV testing
  • Blood sugar checks
  • Blood pressure checks
  • Foot exams
  • Hearing testing
  • And more

For more information, contact Health Visions of Fort Wayne at 260-745-1600.

6 to 8 p.m. March 27

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne
Public Safety Academy: Ivy Tech South Campus
7602 Patriot Crossing
Fort Wayne, IN 46816

Happy (almost) spring break!


Happy almost-spring break!

I asked students and employees to send over their spring break plans. Live vicariously through this group, then share your plans below. I’ll start: I’m … doing exactly what I do every other week. (Students and faculty, count yourselves lucky: We marketing employees will be here like any other week, albeit in a super low-key, quiet atmosphere.)

“I’m relaxing for spring break. I probably will clean and hang out with friends.” ~Shampree Hillard, therapeutic massage student (at right)

“For spring break this year, my son; my boyfriend, Gilbert; and I will be flying out to the Wild West, Arizona. We’ll fly into Phoenix where my cousin will pick us up and be our tour guide for the first three days. We’ll see the Grand Canyon, Prescott Valley, and Flagstaff. Then we will head down to the border to Yuma to visit with Gilbert’s sister for the next four days. We plan to head over to San Diego so we can dip our toes in the majestic Pacific Ocean (so excited!) and absorb some of the local culture. Back in 2002, I made a road trip with my grandma to Oregon and got within 100 miles of the Pacific without seeing it. I vowed that one day I would accomplish this goal and this year it will happen! I think this visit will include a day-trip to Coronado Island. I’ve been told there is an amazing hotel on the island that you just can’t miss. If time allows, we want to have lunch in Mexico. ¡Hola! Of course, the trip won’t be complete without a visit with my daughter, Sarah, in Sedona. She and her man are roughing it for a while in the Red Rock State Park. I promised her at least one night under the stars.” ~Joan Estrada, hospitality administration student

“I will be traveling to New York City with my family this spring break, and we’ll be visiting the big sites like the Brooklyn Bridge and Rockefeller Center. It will be my first time there, and I’m so pumped!” ~Christian Prater, liberal arts student (below left)

“I am going to the Florida Keys for spring break with Chris Barlow for her marine biology class trip. I am super excited for this trip mostly because it is what I want to do with the rest of my life in a professional sense. The thing I am most excited to do in the Keys is probably snorkeling. I love free-diving and can’t wait to spend hours in the water.” ~Haylee Glashauser, business administration student (above right) (Learn more about Barlow’s class and the spring break trip here.)

“I am using the time to study for the TEAS test (the admission test for practical and registered nursing)–from a.m. to p.m. everyday, just focusing on math and science because I took the pretest on ATI’s website (a nursing testing company), and that told me what I needed to focus on.” ~Cassie Cummings, healthcare specialist student

“I am going to Germany on an Education First student engineer trip with Indiana Tech. We will be traveling to Munich (visiting MAN Trucks, German museums, and the BMW car factory), the Dachau former concentration camp, Dresden (visiting Blue Wonder bridge and the Volkswagon transparent factory of e-cars), and Berlin (visiting the Design Thinking workshop, German Technology Museum, and Checkpoint Charlie). It will be a fun learning trip, and I am starting to get excited.” ~Vicki Welch, associate math professor (below left)

“I’m having dental work: two crowns!” ~Mary Musson, early childhood education assistant professor (above right)

“My wife, Kama, and I decided to sneak away before the spring break rush! We just returned from the Tampa area, and we enjoyed swimming, basking in the sun, playing bingo, cruising around in our bright yellow Mustang convertible, watching the sun set over the Tampa Bay, eating/drinking too much, and visiting with family and friends. We were happy to be kid-free, but we couldn’t wait to see our beautiful girls, Emersyn and Quinn, when we returned home.” ~Jacquelyn Clapper-Erpelding, academic advisor (below)

Clapper-Erpelding, at left


March is Women’s History Month

The way we learn about women’s suffrage, the right for women to vote, in history classes can often seem cut and dry: Women didn’t have the right to vote, so they picketed and wrote letters and spoke to government officials until the people in charge said, “You know what? They’re right.”

“Iron Jawed Angels” stars Hilary Swank and Francis O’Connor, middle row.

“Iron Jawed Angels”–and any truth-based dramatization of history–paints a different story. It’s a 2004 HBO movie about Alice Paul, a suffragette, who was instrumental in the passing of the 19th Amendment, 39 words that make it illegal to deny a person the right to vote based on sex:

The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

The film depicts the conversation around the amendment as anything but cut-and-dry, showing the lengths these women will go to for equality–from allowing themselves to be spat on to illegal imprisonment and abuse.

The Campus Activities Board screened “Iron Jawed Angels” this afternoon as part of Women’s History Month, and I pulled some particularly powerful quotes from the movie to share. If you missed the movie and would like to see it, it’s currently on YouTube, xfinity stream, and Netflix.

In response to “Tell me about the cause” of women’s right to vote:
“You asked me to explain myself. I just wonder what needs to be explained. Let me be very clear. Look into your own heart. I swear to you, mine’s no different. You want a place in the trades and professions where you can earn your bread? So do I. You want some means of self expression? Some way of satisfying your own personal ambitions? So do I. You want a voice in the government in which you live? So do I. What is there to explain? “

In questioning the sanity of someone undergoing a hunger strike:
“‘Give me liberty or give me death.’ Patrick Henry, an American hero.”
“Apples and oranges.”
“In oranges and women, courage is often mistaken for insanity.”

“When you’re alone, you can make any choice you want. But when someone loves you, you lose that right. I won’t give anything away ’til we have it all. I can’t.”

“I really don’t follow politics, Ms. Burns. I haven’t the head for it.
“We’re citizens or we’re chattle. You don’t really need a degree from Harvard to figure that out.”

The Campus Activities Board’s next event is from 5 to 7 p.m. March 21 in the Student Life Center gym. At Meditation & Yoga, you’ll relax with a yoga session and learn about the benefits and history of meditation.

Fort Wayne marine biology class to travel to Florida for spring break hands-on study

This semester, Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus is offering a marine biology class. This is the first time the college has offered Special Topics in Marine Biology. Special Topics classes are those that aren’t already part of the curriculum rotation and typically come about from student or instructor interest. Students in the class will spend their spring break at the J.N. Roth Marine Biology Station in Long Key, Fla.


Chris Barlow, an associate professor who teaches biology, has been developing the class for a few years. She spent time in May 2017 with a Goshen College marine biology class at the biology station. Goshen owns the station, and Ivy Tech is renting it for the class.

“Getting into the ocean and seeing the things you read about is so exciting,” Barlow says. “The diversity and biology of the ocean will give students this sensational experience that I’m hoping will excite them on a deep level.”

Haylee Glashauser is one student in the class who will be traveling to Florida this month. Glashauser is a business administration student who plans to transfer her credits upon graduation to a four-year school, where she hopes to earn a bachelor’s degree in marine biology. Glashauser had taken a class previously with Barlow, she says, and when she learned Barlow was teaching a marine biology class, she was excited to enroll.

“Going to the Keys would be a life-changing experience for me and help me really see if this is the profession for me,” she says.

Barlow and her students will travel to Long Key from March 11 to 17. Learn more about biology at Ivy Tech at Read more about special topics classes here.

Fort Wayne library to host Edible Book Festival next month

The Edible Book Festival is an annual, worldwide event that invites participants to create edible books to be exhibited for, then eaten by, festival attendees. Participants create a dish based on a book, book title, or pun of a book title.

This is the festival’s 12th year, and at Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus, this event is open to both the northeast Indiana community and Ivy Tech students and employees. For some baking students, the edible book is a class project.

Entertainment activities include face-painting, food, bracelet-making, music, and refreshments.

The festival is currently accepting entrants. Anyone is welcome to participate, from local bakers and hobbyists to those looking to promote their businesses. Companies are welcome to bring promotional material for display. The registration form is available at and due by March 30. Questions should be directed to Elina Puckett at or 260-480-2032.

Noon to 2 p.m. April 2

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

Fort Wayne Campus partners with Ivy Tech grad to train home care instructors

Beginning this semester, instructors teaching Meal Planning in Healthcare at Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus will have specialized training from Caregivers Kitchen, a company that provides meal preparation technique training to home health aides. This is the first time the College has offered Meal Planning in Healthcare, which comes out of a community demand.

“We realized there was a need for extra certification for our home health aide students,” says Charlene Mantock, Healthcare Specialist assistant program chair. “This additional class will offer certificates to our students in meal preparation.”

Ivy Tech has partnered with Caregiver Kitchen for specialized course curriculum and instructor training.

By having Caregivers Kitchen Certified Instructor Status, instructors are qualified to both train students in related program areas and proctor exams. Students in classes taught by certified instructors can earn up to six certificates recognized by employers for caregiver training and continuing education. Certificate topics include food safety, nutrition, and mealtime management of chronic conditions like Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes.

“Often, caregivers lack even basic cooking skills,” says Beth Scholer, Caregivers Kitchen CEO. “Caregivers Kitchen was started to meet a need in our community, and students taught by our certified instructors are more prepared and better qualified for jobs in areas like home care.”

Beth Scholer, center in green, is the CEO of Caregivers Kitchen, which has certified Ivy Tech instructors in meal preparation techniques for home health aide.

Scholer is an Ivy Tech graduate who received her associate degree in Hospitality Administration. She also won the College’s New Venture Competition in 2014 with Caregivers Kitchen, which is based in Muncie. Visit to learn more about her company, and visit to learn more about Ivy Tech’s program.