Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus will host the eighth annual A Reason
to Taste fundraiser in November. This year’s theme is Rue de Paris.
Guests will enjoy an interactive culinary cabaret while they stroll down the
streets of Paris, visit street vendors with fabulous food, and enjoy the sounds
and sights of wandering musicians and performers.
food exhibits, paired with French wines, will be prepared by Hospitality
Administration students and graduates who won the European Competition in
January. The competition prize was a summer trip to France to study culinary
arts. Students create the menu at A Reason to Taste based upon their
are $150 each and are available online at IvyTech.edu/reason.
Proceeds will fund scholarships and programs for students at Ivy Tech Fort
Parkview Health is A Reason to Taste’s
presenting sponsor. PROFED Credit Union is the
event’s reception sponsor.
WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 2 Cocktails begin at 6 p.m. Dinner begins at 6:45 p.m.
WHERE: The Mirro Center for Research and Innovation 10622 Parkview Plaza Drive Fort Wayne, IN 46845
September 30, Meijer donated $1,000.00 in gift cards for Ivy Tech Community
College Warsaw’s Basics Bank, an emergency
food and supply pantry that opened January 2019. The donation was granted
in the form of gift cards so Ivy Tech Warsaw can have the flexibility to
locally purchase an assortment of emergency supplies.
emergency food pantry will help in-need students who may get financial aid to
cover tuition and books but lack the necessary funds for everyday items. Giving
free pantry items to food-insecure students will help remove barriers to their
behalf of Ivy Tech Warsaw students, we want to express our gratitude to Brock
Heyneman and his team at the Meijer Warsaw store,” says Allyn Decker, Vice
Chancellor for Ivy Tech Warsaw. “Eliminating hunger as a barrier to
learning means that even more local students can achieve their academic and
our neighbor, Ivy Tech, means Meijer is potentially supporting our entire
community, and we are happy to invest in this worthy project,” says Brock
Heyneman, Meijer Warsaw Store Director.
In addition to this generous donation from Meijer, Ivy Tech Warsaw’s women’s philanthropy group, Circle of Ivy, and a donor from the Kosciusko County Community Foundation also contributed to this project. The combined funds should keep the emergency pantry stocked for another year.
Marketing and Communications staff at Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne
Campus received four Medallion awards earlier this month at the National
Council for Marketing and Public Relations District 3 conference in Milwaukee,
gold in E-Cards, for the 2018 holiday e-card featuring one of Ivy Tech Fort Wayne Chancellor Jerrilee Mosier’s
traditional holiday recipes.
bronze in Logo Design, for Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s 50th anniversary
bronze in Electronic Newsletter, for the community-focused Inside Ivy Tech electronic newsletter.
bronze in Microsite, for Career Pathways,
an interactive website dedicated to helping students develop a career path and
follow it after graduation.
Tech Community College and Fort Wayne communities are invited to celebrate
Halloween with their families at Trunk-or-Treat. Cars will be parked at Ivy
Tech Fort Wayne’s North Campus, and their trunks will be full of candy for
trick-or-treaters. Kids can also ride a trackless train, create crafts, play
games, and more.
WHEN: 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 16
Community College Fort Wayne
The Steel Dynamics, Inc. Keith E. Busse Technology Center parking lot
3701 Dean Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46835 Get
students from Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne participated in the
AT&T FirstNet Hackathon on Sept. 13–14 as part of a team comprised of
fifteen students from seven Ivy Tech campuses across Indiana. The collaborative
Ivy Tech team won first place in “Best App for the Opioid Crisis” and second
place in the “Best App from a Student Team” categories, taking home a total of
$7,000 in prize money.
fourth annual Hackathon gathered software developers from across Indiana to
create mobile apps that could assist firefighters, law enforcement, and
emergency management services. Developers worked non-stop over 24 hrs. to
create mobile apps in the following categories: public safety, the opioid
crisis and improved engagement between first responders and the communities
Tech students developed a mobile app focused on having qualified/trained
community members register as potential aids to assist first responders. The
volunteers could be trained to administer Narcan, a drug that can counteract an
opioid overdose. If a 9-1-1 call is received and the emergency occurred near a
properly trained community member, they could assist by arriving and rendering
first aid while emergency crews were still responding. The app would also
provide the civilian volunteers with advice on how to assist the patient
pending arrival of emergency crews.
four students from Ivy Tech Fort Wayne who competed in the Hackathon are James
Anunda, Kendall Arnold, Shannen Regan, and John Bradin. Ivy Tech Fort Wayne
faculty members Kris Roberts, department chair for Information Technology, and
Lucy La Hurreau, assistant professor for Cyber-Security-Information Assurance,
supported the student team. This is the first time students from Ivy Tech Fort
Wayne have competed in the event.
is a win for Ivy Tech because it demonstrates that students from various
campuses can come together and collaborate as a team while competing against
other organizations and demonstrate their prowess in software development and
information technology,” says Roberts. “Taking second in ‘Best App from a
Student Team’ and first place for ‘Best App for the Opioid Crisis’ categories
is kudos to their abilities and to Ivy Tech in general.”
Matt Anderson has been
named champion of Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne’s New Venture Competition,
which took place Wednesday evening on Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s Coliseum Campus. He
won $20,000 in capital for his business, Anderson Manufacturing Inc.
Inc. specializes in the design and manufacturing of innovative work holding solutions
for CNC machine shops. Their 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.
Anderson saw small to
medium sized machine shops struggling to stay competitive against larger
manufacturing solutions and started Anderson Manufacturing Inc. to combat the
problem in May 2018. Since then, the company has sold 303 sets of Serra Jaws
for a total of $23,000.
With the $20,000 he
wins from the New Venture Competition, Anderson will expand operations by
increasing his marketing budget and purchasing equipment that can help increase
production, including a laser engraver, quick change vacuum pallet system, and automated
He and two other finalists presented their business plans to
a room full of community business people, and Anderson says he is grateful for the New Venture competition for the
opportunity to grow his business.
“It means everything to have won this competition,” says Anderson. “Everything about entrepreneurship is incredibly difficult, and it can feel like all the odds are against you. But to have people who are willing to fund your company and invest in the future of entrepreneurship is incredibly special.”
Anderson presented his business plan to more than 30 community professionals, who served as judges. The other finalists were Evan Hendsbee, of Kingdom Film Company, LLC, a video production company that specializes in editing services for churches and businesses; and Jeffrey M. Sonner, of Just-A-Little-Smoke BBQ, a startup BBQ trailer with a custom-designed and built smoker and full service food trailer.
presented for 15 minutes. After the presentations, judges were given an
additional 10 minutes for a question-and-answer session. The judges had been
provided the contestants’ business plans prior to the event.
The New Venture
Competition’s presenting sponsor was Dave and Mary Bear of JB Tool, Die &
Engineering Inc. The awards dinner sponsor was ProFed Federal Credit Union, and
the competition was in collaboration with Fort Wayne SCORE.
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 October. 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 Oct. 28. Students can also register for spring
2020 semester, which starts Jan. 13.
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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
My name is Alex Vela, and I am a recent graduate of Ivy Tech Community College
Fort Wayne. I was a part of the first
Ivy Tech Titans baseball program, and I am completely honored to be one of
the founding players.
After graduating from Ivy Tech, I received a
full ride to play baseball at the University
of Indianapolis. Here I’m a Junior transfer studying Sports Communication
and minoring in Business. It has been quite the change coming from a Community
College, but a change that I was expecting and ready for from my time at Ivy
I hope to be able to play professional
baseball sometime after I graduate. It is every athlete’s dream to make it big
and be one of the best to play. That is
my dream, and I understand how difficult it is.
When I really think about it, the reason I went to Ivy Tech was to play baseball. I only had one offer coming out of high school, and it wasn’t close to a full ride. I would have been paying loads of money just to continue to play a game I’ve played since I was a child. That’s when Ivy Tech had announced they were starting a baseball program in the fall of 2017, and I drove to Fort Wayne for a meeting with the legendary Coach Hershberger.
Coach Hershberger is a man who not only started up the NAIA powerhouse in Indiana Tech, but one who gets the most out of his players. Many people might not like or agree with his tactics, but no one can argue with the success he’s seen over his career. I want to thank Coach Hersh for being a great coach to me and for teaching me so much more about baseball. I hope I was a good example for you and my teammates, and for the future Ivy Tech Titans for years to come. Thank you for everything Coach.
After that meeting, I knew exactly what to do.
I had to take a chance on myself. I believe I decided to go to Ivy Tech to grow
not only as a baseball player, but as a person. I was born and raised in
Indianapolis, Indiana, so I made a big decision moving to Fort Wayne to live in
an apartment away from my family and friends and go to a brand new program and
school, but I’m thankful for everyone at Ivy Tech and in Fort Wayne.
Ivy Tech is special for so many reasons, and now it’s a place where students
can not only continue to get an education, but keep playing competitive sports.
I believe that the past two years started the movement, and the future recruits
will bring even more positive attention to the school and the program. Many
people I talk to don’t believe me when I tell them that I played baseball at
Ivy Tech for the last two years. Those confused and questioning stares are
something I’ve gotten used to, but I’m excited to look back at this team in 30,
40, 50 years and say, “That’s what we started.”
The first season in Ivy Tech’s existence for baseball saw many obstacles. Of course it would. What else would you expect for a brand-new program? We had about 50 guys at the first meeting, and that number soon dropped to about 30 by the end of our fall season and leading into winter break. By the end of the season, there were 12 healthy guys suiting up on game day. Our Coach called us the “Dirty Dozen,” and that nickname kind of stuck. This caught the attention of the local media, and we had news reporters and writers coming out to our practices and games asking us how we were doing it. The answer was simple, we loved the game and we loved one another. Any of us could have decided not to show up for the other guys, which meant we probably wouldn’t have had enough players. However, we kept coming back to play the game we all loved so much.
While we ultimately came up short in our goal
to win a National Championship the following year, I believe that we still
achieved something important. We showed the value of Ivy Tech’s baseball program and laid a
foundation for the future. I want to thank the guys from the Dirty Dozen and
the recruits from this past year for allowing me to be their teammate and
friend; we truly started something special.
Near the end of my final season at Ivy Tech,we had our baseball banquet and awards ceremony. That night I received the Bunting Award, MVP and the Titan Award (which I had received the previous year). I am most proud of the Titan Award, because it’s given to the individual who embodies what it means to be a “Titan” on and off the field. I was called up by Coach Hershberger along with my family to receive these awards. He also announced that going forward it will now be called the “Alex Vela Titan Award,” and that the #22 jersey I wore the past two seasons would be retired.
Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would
have an award named after me or my jersey retired by a baseball team. It’s
something I sort of try to avoid talking about for my own reasons, but I’m very
thankful for the coaching staff for believing in me and thinking so highly of
me as a person and ballplayer.
However, baseball will always be a team game. I’m nothing without those eight other guys on the field, I’m nothing without those coaches, and I’m nothing without my family and friends. I’m thankful for everyone who has made a boy’s dream to play baseball a reality.
One last time, thank you, Ivy Tech, for allowing me to represent you both on and off the field.
Community College Fort Wayne invites area high school students to Go Ivy Day on
Oct. 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Student Life Center. At Go Ivy Day,
students can learn about attending college at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne. Activities
include a free lunch and allow participants to:
degree and certificate programs
current and other prospective Ivy Tech Fort Wayne students
Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus and Warsaw Site will
celebrate national Manufacturing Day, a day meant to address misconceptions
about manufacturing by giving manufacturers a chance to showcase what they do.
The day also gives these employers a chance to address the skilled labor
shortage they face.
FORT WAYNE DETAILS: Middle school and high school students, the College, community members, and businesses are invited to Ivy Tech’s event on the Fort Wayne Campus, which will feature tours of The Steel Dynamics, Inc. Keith E. Busse Technology Center, hands-on demonstrations featuring College programs and information from local manufacturers and construction technology employers. This event will help educate attendees about high-skill, high-wage career opportunities in northeast Indiana.
For this year’s Manufacturing Day event, Ivy Tech is collaborating with
Made by Me, which is administered by Greater Fort Wayne Inc., highlighting partnerships
with both manufacturing and construction industries.
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 4 WHERE: Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s North Campus The Steel Dynamics, Inc. Keith E. Busse Technology Center 3701 Dean Drive Fort Wayne, IN
WARSAW DETAILS: Approximately 1,100 Kosciusko County 8th grade students will participate in “DiscoverME (Manufacturing Experiences): A Future of Possibilities” to learn about the vast opportunities available in manufacturing throughout Kosciusko County. All students will participate in classroom curriculum lessons to learn about manufacturing and careers beforehand to prepare for the event.
Then, Oct. 1–3, students will tour The Warsaw Area Career Center, Ivy Tech’s Orthopedic and Advanced Manufacturing Training Center and a Kosciusko County manufacturing facility. The week will wrap up on Friday, Oct. 4 when 1,078 sophomores will attend “RealME: A Future of Possibilities” at the Gordon Health & Wellness Center at Grace College.
The programs were organized by OrthoWorx with support from Ivy Tech, Grace College, the county’s school corporations and a number of manufacturing companies.
DiscoverME (Manufacturing Experiences): A Future of Possibilities (Kosciusko County 8th Graders) WHEN: 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 1–3 WHERE: Ivy Tech Warsaw’s Orthopedic and Advanced Manufacturing Training Center 955 Executive Drive Warsaw, IN
RealME: A Future of Possibilities (Kosciusko County sophomores) WHEN: 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 4 WHERE: Gordon Health & Wellness Center at Grace College