Meijer donates $1,000 for Ivy Tech Warsaw’s supply pantry

Tara Kuhmichel, Ivy Tech Warsaw’s Workforce Alignment and Achieve Your Degree Coordinator; Seyneko “Neko” Mostella, Meijer Warsaw Store Director; Allyn Decker, Vice Chancellor for Ivy Tech Warsaw

On Jan. 8, Meijer donated $1,006.50 in gift cards for Ivy Tech Community College Warsaw’s newly formed emergency food and supply pantry, which will open Jan. 22. 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.

The 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 academic success.

“On behalf of Ivy Tech Warsaw students, we want to express our gratitude to Neko Mostello and his team at the Meijer Warsaw store,” says Allyn Decker, Ph.D., Vice Chancellor for the Ivy Tech Warsaw Site. “We believe this generous donation will help pave the way for greater student success and perhaps even more partnership opportunities between Ivy Tech and Meijer. Investing in Ivy Tech students helps create a stronger local workforce and a more stable economy.”

In addition to this generous donation from Meijer, Ivy Tech Warsaw’s women’s philanthropy group, Circle of Ivy, also raised $2,600+ for this project. The combined funds should keep the emergency pantry stocked for approximately one year.

College announces spring 2019 schedule for Special and Classical Cuisine dinner series

The Special Cuisine and Classical French Cuisine classes at Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne have released the dinner series schedules for spring semester. Students in the classes take turns preparing and serving world-cuisine themed meals for class credit in a project-based learning experience. The culinary students rotate through various positions in the kitchen and dining room, providing a full-service restaurant environment.

The following dinner dates and themes have three start times: 6 p.m., 6:15 p.m., and 6:30 p.m.

Special Cuisines:

  • January 24:           China
  • January 31:           Southeast Asia
  • February 7:           Italy
  • February 14:         France, with a special Valentine’s Day theme
  • February 21:         Russia, “Classic Russian Cooking: Elena Molokhovets’ ‘A Gift to Young Housewives’”
  • February 28:         Eastern Mediterranean

Classical French Cuisines:

  • April 4:             Normandy
  • April 11:           Pays de la Loire
  • April 18:           Bourgogne-Franche-Comté
  • April 25:          Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes
  • May 2:              Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur

To make reservations, which are required at least 24 hours before the dinner, call 260-480-2002. Dinners are served in the Hospitality Room (door 24, which is located on the back of the building and faces Coliseum Boulevard)on Coliseum Campus (3800 N. Anthony Blvd.) and cost $20 per person. Pay on-site with cash, check, or charge. Wine is available for $5 per glass or $15 per bottle.

Visit Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s dinner series website at for more information.

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne, Warsaw announce fall 2018 Dean’s List

Ivy Tech Community College is pleased to announce the fall 2018 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 attached Word sheet. Students are listed alphabetically by campus/site, state, city, and last name.

College announces student winners of 22nd annual European Competition for study abroad experience

Nine hospitality administration students competed Friday in Ivy Tech’s European Competition. Seven students won the opportunity to travel to France to study the culinary arts. The remaining students still get a travel opportunity to Vermont. The competing students are, from left, Brennan Simpson (France), Ashley Hizer (Vermont), Samantha Williams (Vermont), Dallas Yurt (France), Mary Cox (France), Kayla Wyckoff (France), Brianna Bertsch (France), Sandra Brickley (France), and Carl Dalrymple (France).

Ivy Tech Community Fort Wayne hosted its 22nd annual European Competition on Friday. Nine hospitality administration students in culinary arts or baking and pastry arts spent the day competing for a chance to win a scholarship that would fund a trip to study culinary arts in France this spring.

The winners who will be travelling to France are Brennan Simpson, Dallas Yurt, Mary Cox, Kayla Wyckoff, Brianna Bertsch, Sandra Brickley, and Carl Dalrymple.

Culinary students prepared a meal with an appetizer; an entrée with a protein, vegetable, and starch; and a dessert. Baking students prepared items including plated chocolate and fruit desserts, yeast bread and rolls, and a decorated cake.

Kitchen judges watched and rated students as they worked, paying attention to technique and ability. Floor judges blind tasted the completed meals. Judges based their scores on American Culinary Federation (ACF) criteria, and in order to be considered for the France trip, students must place at bronze standard or higher.

Based on students’ experience in France, they will create the menu for this year’s A Reason to Taste, the College’s largest annual fundraiser. Money raised at A Reason to Taste funds scholarships for the winning students’ European trips.

The students who did not qualify or cannot make the France trip will still receive a travel opportunity: a road trip to Vermont for a farm-to-fork tour in May. On the trip, students will have experiences including a tour of the Baird Farm, an organic maple syrup farm; a chance to watch cheese-making; learning how to milk a cow; and a visit to King Arthur Flour headquarters.

Special topic courses keep things interesting for students

Over the years, Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne faculty get creative in the classroom by offering some special topic courses for students. Who would ever thought you could take a writing class themed after the popular series Harry Potter? We have put together a sampling of introductory classes offered this spring semester. Most start this Monday (Jan. 14), but may be offered in the fall, summer, or future spring semesters as well.

ENG 111 English Composition

Want to come back to school but worried about getting through the prerequisites? In the past three years, the English program has been revamping their introductory writing courses to incorporate interesting themes. This spring, Susan Howard is running a Harry Potter themed class entitled, “Harry Potter—The Innocence and Experience.”

Contact Howard at for more information.

HLHS 123 Meal Planning Course

This class combines healthcare, nutrition, and culinary arts. It’s a great for anyone interested in meal preparation for homecare, family members, or just yourself. Students learn basic cooking skills along with learning how to prepare meals for individuals with certain diseases/conditions, i.e. diabetes, heart disease, allergies, etc. Upon completion, students can earn a Basic Cooking Skills Certificate as well as a Certificate for each special diet. 

Contact Shelly Ann Dobler at  for more information.

MKTG 252 Introduction to Digital Marketing

Students learn digital and social media marketing from Patrick McCormick, who has successfully started a brand, Travels with Delaney, using social media. Students will learn about the goals of social media marketing, and how it can either create or enhance business.  The class will focus on creating value in content, maximizing search optimization, and creating relationships with subscribers, followers, etc.

Contact Patrick McCormick at 260-480-4253 or for more information.

VISC 183 Introduction to UI/UX

This fun tech class covers user interfaces and user experiences on websites, mobile apps, and more. If the user interface (think Netflix menu) isn’t designed well, then the user experience won’t go well. Students will use Adobe XD to create or improve existing interfaces. Some technology experience is highly recommended.

This class is one of our 2nd 8-week class offerings, which begin March 18. Contact Erin Salyers at for more information.

Interested in learning more about our spring offerings? Check out our online class search tool.

NOTE: Several classes start in March! Take a look.

A season of giving

Starting in August 2018, Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne’s Paramedic Science students perform at least 24 hours of community service. To fulfill part of this requirement, a group of students decided to donate first aid items to Mission Donate during The Rescue Mission of Fort Wayne’s National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week, Nov. 12–16.

The students not only chose to participate but were determined to make a difference. They created 120 first aid kits for Mission Donate. The kits had bandages of assorted sizes, alcohol preps, 2×2’s, antibiotic ointment, a hand wipe, antiseptic wipes, antifungal cream, a toothbrush, floss, shampoo, conditioner, bars of soap, lotion, a pair of socks, a mylar blanket, and an encouraging quote. 

“When I dropped the first-aid kits off at the rescue mission, the workers were so excited,” says Jennifer Knapp, instructor of paramedic science. “They told me people rarely donate first-aid kits even though they’re in demand. They were so happy to be getting their need filled; and filled well beyond their expectations.”

Students were overwhelmingly supportive and enthusiastic for this program. After they were finished, some students even inquired about additional opportunities to help others and give back to the community.

“The community service project helped enhance my education through giving me a visual aid of what some of the less fortunate members in our community could benefit from,” says Deborah Angstrom, paramedic science student. “I thought this was a very insightful project, because it helped me a little to put myself in the shoes of people in need. It also made me think about all the little luxuries we take for granted. It was an awesome learning and giving experience!”

College to host enrollment week for spring 2019 semester in January

Ivy Tech Community College is hosting an Express Enrollment Week, Jan. 2–5, to get students ready for the spring semester, which begins Jan. 14.

At Express Enrollment events, prospective students can work on 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.

Students should bring their most recent tax returns for financial aid review and their previous high school (if they graduated in the past four years) or college transcripts for assessment.

Prospective students can visit to learn more.


Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne
North Campus, Student Life Center
3701 Dean Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46835
8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 2-4
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 5

Ivy Tech Community College Warsaw
2545 Silveus Crossing
Warsaw, IN 46582

8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 2-3
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 4
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 5

Upcoming Ivy Tech Fort Wayne and Warsaw holiday hours

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne and Warsaw will operate adjusted hours in the coming holiday weeks:

Dec. 25, 2018–Jan. 1, 2019

  • All Ivy Tech campuses statewide will be closed in honor of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

    This includes all Ivy Tech locations in northeast Indiana (Fort Wayne’s Coliseum Campus, Fort Wayne’s North Campus, Fort Wayne’s South Campus, and the Warsaw Site).

Jan. 2–5, 2019

  • Fort Wayne and Warsaw student service office hours

    Wednesday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Fort Wayne) and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Warsaw)

    Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Sunday, closed

Jan. 7–11, 2019

  • Fort Wayne and Warsaw student service office hours

    Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Fort Wayne) and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Warsaw)

    Saturday and Sunday, closed

Jan. 14–18, 2019

  • Fort Wayne and Warsaw student service office hours

    Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

    Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (Fort Wayne) and 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Warsaw)

    Saturday and Sunday, closed

 Jan. 21, 2019

  • All Ivy Tech campuses statewide will be closed in honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

    This includes locations in northeast Indiana.


UPDATE: College opens search for local artist(s) to celebrate 50 years in Fort Wayne / extended deadline to Feb. 1

UPDATE: The submission deadline has been extended to February 1, 2019.

Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne campus will be celebrating its 50th year anniversary in 2019. As part of the celebration, the College is seeking an artist(s) to create an original public art installation at Ivy Tech’s Coliseum Campus, near the corner of E. Coliseum Blvd. and North Anthony Blvd.

Ivy Tech is looking for a signature art work of exceptional quality and enduring value that highlights the importance of community-focused higher education and reflects the identity of Ivy Tech. See the Call for Artists attachment for the specifics to the competition and detailed artistic guidelines.

“We are so pleased to be celebrating our 50th year providing higher education and workforce training in northeast Indiana,“ says Chancellor Jerrilee K. Mosier, Ed.D. “This artistic creation will symbolize and reflect our mission to serving the communities and to building a stronger northeast Indiana.”

The chosen artist(s) will be awarded up to a $12,000 commission (all inclusive of design, materials, construction, installation) for the artist(s) to realize the work. Private community donations, College fundraising efforts, and grant-matching crowd-funding resources will provide the commission.

This opportunity is open to established professional artists living in northeast Indiana’s 11-county area (Allen, Adams, DeKalb, Huntington, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells, Whitley, Kosciusko, LaGrange).

See the Call for Artists attachment for additional information, eligibility requirements, application guidelines, selection criteria, and more. The application deadline is 5 p.m. (Eastern) on Jan. 15, 2019. The chosen artist(s) will be selected and notified by Feb. 15, 2019, and installation will take place in mid-August 2019. All submissions must be sent via email to


College and Michelin North America announce partnership to offer scholarships, part-time work to Industrial Electrical Technology students

Ivy Tech Community College and Michelin North America (BFGoodrich) have developed a new program to provide potential and current Ivy Tech Fort Wayne students an opportunity to develop hands-on work experiences while earning their A.A.S. degree in Industrial Electrical Technology through the Technical Scholars Program.

Accepted students will receive scholarships to cover the cost of tuition, course fees, and books, while working part-time in the BFGoodrich manufacturing facility in Woodburn, Ind. Graduates of the Technical Scholars Program are eligible for full time entry-level employment as maintenance technicians at BFGoodrich with salary projections of $55,000 or more.

“Companies are turning to nontraditional models to recruit and find skilled labor for today’s technology, and Ivy Tech is here to help meet that need.” says Bob Parker, Department Chair of Industrial Technology and Automation and Robotics. “We’re excited to offer this opportunity for our students who are interested in a great career in an exciting field.”

To be considered for the Technical Scholars Program, applicants must:

  • Be enrolled as a full-time student in Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s Industrial Electrical Technology Associate of Applied Science program.
  • Have and maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA.
  • Be able to work 20 hours per week.
  • Demonstrate strong math, science, reading, and comprehension skills.
  • Pass a pre-employment test.

“The partnership with Ivy Tech will help us develop our workforce and strengthen our community,” said Stuart Hirsch, Personnel Manager and Skilled Trades Recruiter at BFGoodrich. “Michelin is giving students an incredible opportunity to launch industrial careers with this learn and earn program.”

Interested individuals can learn more or take the pre-employment test at upcoming Technical Scholars Program information sessions on Dec. 12, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., at Ivy Tech’s Steel Dynamics, Inc. Keith E. Busse Technology Center, room TC1225 (Ivy Tech North Campus, 3701 Dean Drive, Fort Wayne, IN 46835).

Space is limited, so please RSVP for the event here. Or call 260-480-4248 for more information on becoming a BFGoodrich Technical Scholar.