At Ivy Tech, Love is Love

by Dawn Burns, Academic and Learning Resource Center Assistant

Where in Warsaw can you find LGBTQ+ pride flags, tacos, danceable music, and a five-foot inflatable llama? Ivy Tech’s Love is Love Valentine’s Day party, of course!

ETC. (Equality Transforms Communities…PERIOD) organized and hosted this community event to celebrate love in a safe space regardless of sex and gender. Club president Misael (Eli) Gonzalez had hopes that guests would feel “like part of a new family and get impacted in a positive way with all the love our space provides.” By all accounts and with 40 people in attendance, his goal was more than met.

ETC. began when club co-advisor Nic Spangle, Director of Enrollment Services and Student Success, discovered that there wasn’t much research on supporting Queer community college students. With adjunct sociology professor Jewel Flitcraft, Spangle launched ETC. in 2018 with a mission to show pride in the Queer community by creating and participating in outreach events, parades, and discussions for acceptance.

The club now meets weekly and has become a safe space for students to be themselves, which is “a commodity in our highly conservative community,” says Spangle.

The Love is Love party grew out of ETC.’s desire to provide additional safe spaces for younger community members, specifically the high school Gay Straight Alliance (GSA).

GSA faculty sponsor Megan Dinse said of the event, “I saw teens who are quiet and guarded at school, but Friday night they were in their element. They were authentic and let their guard down. I saw smiles bigger than I’ve ever seen before! It made my heart happy.”

One of the high school students who attended the event was excited because “we were with our friends and other people who are like us.”

Spangle describes becoming emotional as he saw “older people with their spouses and children having a good time, college students eating and having fun, high schoolers singing karaoke, and some as young as 13 decked out in their make-up and earrings voguing to the music.”

Dinse, who attended with her wife and daughter, says, “We all need people, places and activities that allow us to be who we really are without fear of judgment.”

“As a leader in the community and as Indiana’s largest post-secondary educational institution, Ivy Tech Community College has a responsibility to use our power and privilege to drive positive change,” says Allyn Decker, Vice Chancellor for Ivy Tech Warsaw. “Many students in our community have been marginalized and feel unsafe. We are working to create a safe and welcoming space for everyone.”

“We are a small club, but a mighty club,” Spangle says, reflecting on ETC. and the substantial impact of this one event on the larger community. Plans are already underway for the next ETC. event, a health fair during LGBT Health Awareness Week in March.

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne and Warsaw to host March 5th Express Enrollment Day for March Start

At Ivy Tech Community College’s Express Enrollment Day on March 5, 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 on March 16th. Students should bring their previous high school or college transcripts for assessment. Anyone wanting financial aid for classes will need to bring 2017 and 2018 tax information.

Prospective students can visit bit.ly/IvyEEDay320 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 March 16.

WHEN:
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 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

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne to host public Cyber Security Discussion with Experts

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne’s Information Technology Club and School of Information Technology are hosting a Cyber Security Discussion with Experts event on its Coliseum Campus (3800 N Anthony Blvd.) on Feb. 28 from 6 to 9 p.m. Community members are welcome to enjoy this free event.

Attendees are invited to meet with academic, industry and law enforcement experts for discussions about cyber threats, trends and technologies. Speakers will include an FBI Cyber Security Team, representatives from Dark Rhino Security, and information security personnel from Parkview Health. The presentations will be followed by a round-table format discussion regarding the effects of cyber crimes on businesses and the community at large.

Anyone interested in the event should contact Lucy La Hurreau, assistant professor of Information Technology, at 260-482-9171, ext. 2548 or llahurreau@ivytech.edu.

March 16 kicks off the next term at Ivy Tech and students interested in March start classes can ask questions at this event or visit the College’s upcoming Express Enrollment Day on March 5. R.S.V.P. for Express Enrollment Day at bit.ly/IvyEEDay320.

WHEN:
6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 28

WHERE:              
Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne
Coliseum Campus
Room CC1200
3800 N. Anthony Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805

Northeast Indiana students to get free FAFSA filing help at College Goal Sunday

Financial aid professionals will be volunteering at Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne (Coliseum Campus, 3800 N Anthony Blvd.)  and Warsaw (2545 Silveus Crossing) and 36 other sites in Indiana to help college-bound students and their families open the door to financial aid during College Goal Sunday. The event is set for 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 23, 2020.

The free program assists Indiana students in filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA form is required for students to be considered for federal and state grants, scholarships and student loans at most colleges, universities and vocational/technical schools nationwide. The FAFSA MUST be filed by April 15 to be eligible for Indiana financial aid. College Goal Sunday is so important since completing this required form correctly and by the deadline is sometimes perceived to be complicated and time consuming. In less than one afternoon at a College Goal Sunday event, students and their families can get free help and file the form online.

Now in its 31st year, College Goal Sunday has helped more than 94,000 Indiana students and families complete the FAFSA properly and on time. College Goal Sunday is a charitable program of the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association (ISFAA).

College Goal Sunday doubles the help offered
“The event on February 23rd will be the second College Goal Sunday ISFAA is offering this FAFSA filing season.” said Bill Wozniak, co-chair of College Goal Sunday. “We hope all Hoosiers who have not filed already, take advantage of College Goal Sunday events across Indiana, file the FAFSA, and get one step closer to fulfilling their educational goals.”

According to the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, programs like College Goal Sunday are reaching first-generation college students. In recent years, according to CHE statistics, more single-parent Hoosier families have filed for financial aid, indicating programs like College Goal Sunday are reaching high-risk students and their families.

“Students who don’t complete their financial aid paperwork properly and on time are often very disappointed when they find out how much financial aid they lost,” said Wozniak. “This is why the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association not only continues to provide College Goal Sunday, but offers two events during the year. If our assistance gives students a better chance at higher education and less debt, we’re fulfilling our mission.”

What students should bring
Students should attend College Goal Sunday with their parent(s) or guardian(s). Parents should bring completed 2018 IRS 1040 tax returns, W-2 Forms and other 2018 income and benefits information. Students who worked last year should bring their income information as well. Students 24 years of age or older may attend alone and bring their own completed 2018 IRS 1040 tax return, W-2 Form or other 2018 income and benefits information. Students and parents are encouraged to apply for their U.S. Department of Education FSA IDs at fsaid.ed.gov before coming to the event.

Volunteers will walk through the online form line-by-line and answer families’ individual questions as needed. All sites offer FAFSA online capabilities and many have Spanish interpreters. A complete list of sites is available at CollegeGoalSunday.org.

Attendees may win educational prizes
Students may also win one of five $1000 scholarships. Students who attend any of the College Goal Sunday sites and submit a completed evaluation form will automatically be entered in a drawing for a $1000 scholarship. The winners will be notified in March, and prizes will be sent directly to the higher education institution selected by the winning students.

21st Century Scholars benefit
21st Century Scholars are income-eligible students who sign a contract in the seventh or eighth grade promising they will graduate from high school, meet grade point requirements, fulfill a pledge of good citizenship and apply for college financial aid. Upon high school graduation, Scholars who have fulfilled the commitment receive state funds to help cover their college tuition and fees for eight semesters at eligible Indiana colleges. To fulfill their pledge, scholars must submit a completed FAFSA form on time. College Goal Sunday can help.

Program is a national model
College Goal Sunday originated right here in Indiana and is now a national model. Following Indiana’s example, College Goal Sunday events organized by more than 34 states have opened doors to higher education for hundreds of thousands of students all over the country.

For more information about College Goal Sunday visit CollegeGoalSunday.org.  

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne invites community to three career fairs in spring 2020

Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus will host three career fairs this spring: The Healthcare and Human Services Career Fair on Feb. 13, the Automotive and Diesel Career Exploration Event on April 15 and the MadebyMe Career Exploration Fair on April 22. All events are free and open to the public.

Ivy Tech is still accepting registrations from local businesses for the April 15 and April 22 career fairs. Contact Joe McMichael to register your business or for general inquiries about the fairs at 260-480-4223 or rmcmichael3@ivytech.edu.

HEALTHCARE & HUMAN SERVICES CAREER FAIR:
Health and human services recruiters will meet with Ivy Tech students and alumni, as well as the community. Attendees are encouraged to bring their resumes and dress professionally.

Employers in attendance will include: Adams Health Network, American Senior Communities, Angel Corps/Home Nursing Services, Anthony Wayne Rehabilitation Services, Aperion Care, Ascension Living, Ascension St. Vincent, Auburn Village Skilled Nursing and Rehab, Beacon Health System, Benchmark Human Services, Cameron Memorial Hospital, Christian Care Retirement Community, Coventry Meadows, Dupont Hospital, Ear, Nose and Throat Associates, Easter Seals Arc of Northeast Indiana, Elements Massage, Englewood Health and Rehabilitation, Enlivant, Golden Years Homestead, HomePointe HealthCare, Ivy Tech School of Nursing, Lutheran Social Services of Indiana –  Fort Wayne, Meridian Health Services, Miller’s Health Systems, Miller’s Merry Manor, Niche Medical Staffing, Northeast Indiana Urology, Otis R Bowen Center for Human Services, Park Center, Parkview Health, Peabody Retirement Community, Possibilities Northeast, Premier Hospice & Palliative Care, ScribeAmerica, The Allergy and Asthma Center, Trilogy Health Services, LLC, U.S. Census Bureau, Woodhouse Day Spa and YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne.

WHEN:
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 13

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

AUTOMOTIVE & DIESEL CAREER EXPLORATION EVENT:
Advanced automation robotics technology and industrial recruiters will meet with Ivy Tech students and alumni, as well as the community. Attendees are encouraged to bring their resumes and dress professionally.

Registration for employers is currently open. Currently registered employers include: Belle Tire, Bob Thomas Ford Lincoln, Buchanan Hauling & Rigging, Clarke Power Services, Crown Lift Trucks, Kelley Automotive Group, Napa Auto Parts and Stoops Freightliner-Quality Trailer.

WHEN:
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 15

WHERE:              
Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s North Campus
The Steel Dynamics, Inc. Keith E. Busse Technology Center
3701 Dean Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46835

MADE BY ME CAREER EXPLORATION FAIR:
Northeast Indiana employers will meet with Ivy Tech students and alumni, as well as the community. Attendees are encouraged to bring their resumes and dress professionally.

Registration for employers is currently open. Currently registered employers include: Ashley Industrial Molding, BFGoodrich (Michelin), Buchanan Hauling and Rigging, C & A Tool, Deister Machine Company, Felderman Design Build, Fort Wayne Metals, General Parts LLC, Laborers’ Local 213, LeMaster Steel Erectors, Inc., Micromatic LLC, Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials, MKS Inc., Nisco, Northeast Indiana Construction Alliance, PHD Inc., Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 166 JATC, Preferred, Inc. – Fort Wayne, Pyromation, QuikCut, Rea Magnet Wire, Shambaugh & Son, L.P An EMCOR Company, Shuttleworth LLC, Steel Dynamics Inc., Tenneco Automotive and Vestil Manufacturing.

For this career fair, Ivy Tech is collaborating with MadebyMe, which is administered by Greater Fort Wayne Inc. Students and employers can learn more and RSVP at spring2020.madebyme.me

WHEN:
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 22

WHERE:              
Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s North Campus
The Steel Dynamics, Inc. Keith E. Busse Technology Center
3701 Dean Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46835

Celebrate Ivy Tech in Wabash at 11th annual Monopoly® Night April 24

Ivy Tech Community College is hosting its 11th annual Wabash Monopoly® Night. This event celebrates the Wabash community and invites you to connect with Ivy Tech students while showcasing the impact that Ivy Tech has made in Wabash County.

As Ivy Tech looks forward to the future, we will shift our focus from our annual fundraising event, Monopoly® Night, to a sustained annual campaign with a goal of raising $30,000 to support Ivy Tech post-secondary education, training, and programming in Wabash County.  As a thank you to our community, we will have a campaign celebration at the newly renovated Eagles Theatre in the Parkview Health Ballroom on April 24, 2020.  As is our tradition, we will auction cakes donated from local businesses, and we will end our night with Monopoly® for those who want to play.

This event is open to the community. Guests must RSVP to Laura Leichty, lleichty@ivytech.edu or 260-481-2243 by April 15, 2020.  Hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be available.

For more information about how you can support Ivy Tech Wabash county students, contact Margaret Sturm at 260-480-2010 or msturm7@ivytech.edu. If you’d like to make a donation please visit, https://connect.ivytech.edu/fortwayne and choose Wabash Annual Campaign from the drop down designation menu.

Ford Meter Box is the presenting sponsor for Monopoly® Night

WHEN:
5:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 24

WHERE:              
Eagles Theatre
106 W. Market St.
Wabash, IN 46992

If you, or someone you know, is in need of scholarship assistance to attend Ivy Tech in Wabash, please contact the Office of Financial Aid, 260-480-4136, for more information.

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne and Warsaw to host February 13th Express Enrollment Day for March Start

DETAILS:              
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 on March 16th. Students should bring their previous high school or college transcripts for assessment. Anyone wanting financial aid for classes will need to bring 2017 and 2018 tax information.

Prospective students can visit IvyTech.edu/EEDay 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 March 16.

WHEN:
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 13

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

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne selects Executive Director of Career Coaching and Employer Connections (CCEC)

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne has selected Joe McMichael as its new Executive Director of Career Coaching and Employer Connections (CCEC). He assumed his role on Jan. 6. McMichael will serve as the primary campus advisor regarding the career development of students to meet the training, education and employment needs of the Fort Wayne campus service area.

“I’m excited to help empower students to make informed academic and career decisions by proactively engaging, supporting, and connecting them to high-quality work-and-learn experiences and successful career outcomes,” says McMichael. “I look forward to preparing each student to meet their career goals by obtaining employment that aligns them with the needs of our workforce.”

McMichael will be responsible for leading all aspects of the CCEC campus organization, including other members of the workforce and career team to advance strategies for a self-sustaining organization with related performance measures. 

“I am excited to have Joe as a member of the leadership team at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne,” says Ivy Tech Fort Wayne Chancellor Jerrilee Mosier. “His knowledge and his experience will be invaluable as we transition to the new and improved services provided to students and employers through the Career Coaching and Employer Connections Center (CCEC).”

McMichael was promoted from Director of Career Development where he directed and managed activities for the Career Development Office including job fairs, orientations and workshops. He was a prominent leader in the development and implementation of a sustainable work-based learning program. Before that, McMichael worked for ITT Technical Institute where he was the Director of Career Services.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from The Ohio State University in 1995. McMichael has over 20 years of experience in Career Development management.

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne to host Black History Month events for college, community

Munch & Movie: The Hate U Give
11 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 5
Student Life Building, room 121

Munch & Movie featuring “The Hate U Give” (2018) based on the critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling book of the same name. This hard-hitting film is about a teenage girl who grapples with racism, police brutality and activism after witnessing her black friend murdered by the police. Lunch will be served and topics discussed after the movie.

African-American Read-In
Noon to 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 12
Student Life Building, Commons

Celebrate African-American literary achievement by publicly reading the works of your favorite black writers, artists, thinkers and creatives. This event will be held in an open mic format with lunch served.

TRIO Tribute to Motown
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 19

Student Life Building, Commons
Join TRIO Leadership Council in celebrating Motown for its First-Generation College Student Celebration. Enjoy history, music and a celebration of the history of firsts.

The African Cultural Impact in Latin America
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 26

Student Life Building, room 121
Dr. Max Montesino, Purdue University Fort Wayne Associate Professor will present an in-depth discussion about the impact of African values, attitudes and behaviors on the formation of Latin American cultures. He will pay special attention to the cross-cultural mixtures in South America, Central America and the Caribbean and how Latinos in the U.S. reflect that cultural heritage. Presentation from 12-1pm. RSVP at bit.ly/IvyBHM 

College announces Fall 2019 Dean's List

Ivy Tech Community College is pleased to announce the Fall 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 sheets. Students are listed by campus/site, state, city, and last name.