Student Spotlight: Evangelina Vega

Evangelina (left) with Chancellor Kim Barnett-Johnson (right)

As Evangelina Vega scanned through the list of degrees Ivy Tech Community College offered, she was looking for a pathway that would help people and have a positive impact on lives. Her first thought was to choose a profession like nursing or dental hygiene. However, when she noticed Ivy Tech offered an associate degree in Human Services, she decided to pursue that path instead.

Evangelina shared that human services is a lot like social work. It involves many aspects, including youth development, addiction, the elderly, training on how to listen and assist, and what to do in a conflict situation. This degree opens doors for many types of jobs that serve the community.

A major reason Evangelina chose human services was because of a guidance counselor who had made a significant, positive impact on her life when she was in elementary school. As a young student going through many hardships, she knew she could be completely open and honest with her counselor and that her counselor cared for her and wanted what was best. When Evangelina arrived at Ivy Tech, she was overjoyed to see that, even with its size, the school mirrored her counselor’s heart of wanting students to succeed. She found Ivy Tech to be focused on the individual mentorship of each student through their education experience.

Beginning her college career in the fall of 2020, Evangelina was limited by many COVID-19 restrictions still in place. Because of this, she felt she wasn’t taking enough classes or learning as much as she could. When she expressed these concerns with her professor, Ruth Davis, Evangelina was encouraged to come up with internship ideas for human services students in Warsaw, Indiana.

Evangelina was inspired by this opportunity and started diving into the various options for Ivy Tech students. She saw other students obtain full-time employment through internships and was excited by this potential result. Although Warsaw had limited choices for internships within this growing field, she didn’t let that stop her.

One company she found was Combined Community Services, which is a nonprofit that provides many programs and services for Kosciusko County, Indiana. The company works with people to stabilize their situations through emergency assistance, while also helping the individual continue the path toward independence through self-sufficiency programs.

Although Evangelina had never heard of this organization before, she was excited to help fulfill the company’s mission of serving and giving back to the community. During her time as an intern, she aided the company in its emergency assistance to individuals. After a month on the job, someone inside left the company and a position became available. At first, she felt unqualified for the job and didn’t go for it. After some encouragement, however, she spoke with the executive director to show her interest. Evangelina was offered the job and is now the Volunteer & Intake Coordinator for the company. She speaks with guests on a daily basis regarding their needs, which may include things like food or clothing. The company also helps connect people to other agencies that could further assist them with any other needs.

Although her job can be stressful due to the hardships she sees on a daily basis, she says working with like-minded individuals who also have a passion for serving their community makes a world of difference. That is her favorite part about the job—working with people who care about people.

Looking back, Evangelina expressed her gratitude to everyone at Ivy Tech for developing her into the person she is today and bringing her out of her shell. She says, “Ivy Tech made me a better mom and wife—not only a better student.” According to Evangelina, Ivy Tech offers that small-town feel, while also providing students with all the support they need to succeed. She named several ways Ivy Tech helped her along the way, but the biggest was giving her a reason to stop doubting herself and making her realize anything a person dreams is possible.

Evangelina graduated in May 2022 and is headed to Manchester University to complete her Bachelor’s degree with the dream of becoming a school guidance counselor. She is excited to continue this journey in serving her community.

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne to hold Summer Bash registration event on July 19

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne is holding a Summer Registration Bash on July 19 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Student Life Center, 3701 Dean Dr.). The event is open to current and prospective students to complete their enrollment steps and meet with an advisor to schedule classes for fall.

Attendees can also enjoy free lunch, Traveling Toms Coffee (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), Whip N Chill (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and fun activities! Attendees and their families are invited to take advantage of outdoor activities like an inflatable midway style games, corn hole, ladder ball, and indoor arcade games.

As an extra incentive, anyone who registers for classes during the event will be automatically entered to win the following prizes: two full-ride fall scholarships, a laptop, Fitbit, Craftsman drill set, and more.

Interested? RSVP at IvyTech.edu/summerbash. Anyone who has never applied to the College is encouraged to fill out an application before July 19 to streamline registration during the event at IvyTech.edu/applynow

When:

9 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 19

Where:

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

Two new scholarships endowed at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne and Warsaw in memory of Mark M. Suedhoff

The Ivy Tech Foundation at Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne and Warsaw has received an endowed gift from the estate of Mark M. Suedhoff to establish The Mark M. Suedhoff Endowed Success Scholarship and The Mark M. Suedhoff Endowed Scholarship – Chancellor’s Merit Award. The full gift amounts to $2,161,496.91. Suedhoff valued higher education and Ivy Tech was the community college of his choice. Both scholarships will be awarded in Fall 2022.

“We are extremely grateful for the generous donation in memory of community leader Mark M. Suedhoff,” said Tracina Smith, executive director of the Ivy Tech Foundation in Fort Wayne. “It is Ivy Tech’s mission to create affordable opportunities for career advancement through education. These unique endowed scholarships will create a tangible, lasting impact on the lives of students in northeast Indiana. We’re so pleased that Mark Suedhoff recognized the value in Ivy Tech’s quality programs, and his legacy gift will support further access across our community.”

The Mark M. Suedhoff Endowed Success Scholarship is for Ivy Tech Fort Wayne and Warsaw students seeking a Certificate, Technical Certificate and/or Associate’s Degree. If degree seeking, student(s) must be enrolled in 12 credit hours per semester. Student(s) must have high school diploma or equivalent. Student(s) does not need to be FAFSA eligible to be considered.

The Mark M. Suedhoff Endowed Scholarship – Chancellor’s Merit Award will be awarded annually to two, first-time, Ivy Tech Fort Wayne and Warsaw students seeking their first associate degree. Students must have a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher and be a high school graduate within the same year of the receiving the award. Students must apply to Ivy Tech Fort Wayne and Warsaw and must be accepted by the scholarship deadline to be eligible. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours during the Fall and Spring semester. FAFSA eligibility is not required for consideration. 

Students interested in receiving the Endowed Success Scholarship will need to fill out the scholarship application in MyIvy. Learn more about applying for scholarships at IvyTech.edu/scholarships

For the Chancellor’s Merit Award, students will need to submit a one-page essay and letter of reference. For more information on these scholarships, email fortwayne-foundation@ivytech.edu

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne selects Lindsay Adams as Dean of the School of Nursing

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne and Warsaw has selected Lindsay Adams as the Dean of the School of Nursing. In the role, Adams will manage the day-to-day functions of the Associate of Science in Nursing and Practical Nursing programs, oversee instructional quality and student success, provide program leadership, and ensure program compliance with the Indiana State Board of Nursing and Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation.

“I’m so pleased to lead the team at Ivy Tech as we educate the nurses of the future,” says Adams. “Our community needs high-quality healthcare, and we have a growth plan, the dedicated faculty, and the cutting-edge lab spaces that will allow us to train more nurses to serve our community.”

Adams has worked in a variety of roles at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne since 2014, including interim dean of nursing, ASN program chair, MSN nursing instructor, and adjunct nursing instructor. She also developed hands-on field experience as a registered nurse at Lutheran Hospital for 16 years.

“I’m excited about having an experienced faculty as the new Dean of the School of Nursing for Ivy Tech Fort Wayne,” says Heidi Fowler, Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs. “As the program expands to meet the growing demand for nurses in our region, I can’t imagine a person more suited to lead our faculty. Lindsay’s inquisitive nature and breadth of knowledge and experience will allow for a smooth transition as we discover how far the team can go.”

Adams has earned an MSN in nursing education from Western Governors University (WGU) and an ASN from Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne. Additionally, she holds certificates in Certified Critical Care Nurse, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, and Basic Life Support.

Northeast Indiana’s health systems are in critical need of nurses and through partnership with the area’s healthcare employers, Ivy Tech Fort Wayne is poised to meet the workforce demand. Most recently in January 2022, Indiana University Health awarded Ivy Tech an $8.75 million grant to expand its nursing program. Because of this investment, the Fort Wayne campus plans to add a simulation coordinator, renovate and expand the current simulation lab, hire an onboarding specialist, and purchase new laptops. The ultimate goal is to add approximately 60 additional seats to its nursing program and hire four additional instructors by 2025.

Learn more about Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s nursing program at IvyTech.edu/nursing

In her own words: Ursula Sanchez, Class of ’22

By guest blogger Ursula Sanchez (Respiratory Therapy, ’22)

Growing up as a Latina, I’ve always been proud of who I am and where I came from. I
was born and raised in Fort Wayne, IN by both my parents that are from Parras de la Fuente,
Coahuila (Mexico). Being able to attend college and continue my education is such a blessing to
me because my parents didn’t have that opportunity. Knowing that I’m a first generation,
bilingual student makes me work even harder towards my goals. I want to have the education my
parents couldn’t have and make them proud of raising a smart, educated, and independent Latina
women. When I feel like giving up, I remember who I do it for and that is for my family and my
Latino community. My roots are the most important to me because in me I see the past
generation, the present, and the ones that will continue after me. For them, I want to set an
example and tell them: “si se puede”.

After graduating from South Side High, I made the decision to attend Ivy Tech and I have
not regretted it since! I completed my associates in medical assisting and technical certificate in
phlebotomy. I then decided to take a year off to really focus on working in my career and have
the time to think of what I wanted to do next with my education. After taking a year off, I
returned to Ivy Tech. I applied to the respiratory care program and out of the 28 students that
were accepted, I was one of them! Taking a year off and working in my career really helped me
explore the many areas in the medical field; that eventually led me to the decision to apply to the
respiratory care program. Respiratory therapy is a science that requires knowledge, skills, and
understanding. Thanks to Ivy Tech, I have developed the depth of knowledge and skills with
their outstanding respiratory care program.

Out of several universities/colleges that I explored, I choose to come to Ivy Tech because
it was the most affordable college that offered a variety of quality programs. I also knew about
the flexibility at Ivy Tech, which was important to me because my class schedule was able to be
flexible around my work schedule. The resources at Ivy Tech were easily available to help set
and meet my goals. Knowing about the vast diversity that attended Ivy Tech made me feel
welcomed as a new and returning student.

My plans for the future are very exciting as I prepare for them. First and foremost, I want
to pass my board exam to become a registered respiratory therapist. Next, I want to continue my
studies and get my bachelors degree. I want to achieve this by completing online classes so I’m
able to work in my dream career at the same time. My future career goal is to specialize in
neonatal/pediatric and adult critical care. At an early age, I have always had a loving and caring
connection with kids. For that, I want to pursue this goal. In general, I cherish having the
sensational feeling of helping others and making them feel better. That is why I choose to be in
the medical field. I want to dedicate to my studies and do whatever it takes to achieve all my
goals!

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne offering summer CyberCamp to high schoolers from June 20 to 24

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne is hosting an AFA CyberCamp for anyone aged 14 to 17 from June 20 to 24, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Coliseum Campus (3800 N Anthony Blvd). CyberCamp is the perfect way to get introduced to the world of cyber security. Attendees will be introduced to cyber security concepts and careers, how to handle cyber threats, security software, and more.

The camp is open to the public and costs $20 to attend. Register at link.ivytech.edu/cybercamp

WHEN:
June 20 to 24
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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

Adams County Economic Development Corporation, Ivy Tech announce two new courses at MERIT Center

Adams County Economic Development Corporation and Ivy Tech Community College have partnered to offer a two-course business program in Adams County for Fall 2022. 

The course line-up will include BUSN101 – Intro to Business and BUSN105 – Principals of Management. The courses will be offered in two 8-week time slots, to allow for individuals to complete the Intro to Business course and then move into Principals of Management.

“An Ivy Tech credential is the best path to a high-demand job with great pay in Northeast Indiana,” said Dr. Kim Barnett-Johnson, chancellor of Ivy Tech Fort Wayne. “We’re committed to making this education available throughout our service area and are grateful for community partners like the MERIT Center. This is the critical connection that allows us to provide convenient, accessible, and high-quality courses in the Adams County community.” 

The development of these courses is the direct result of feedback from Adams County businesses that expressed a need for themselves or their employees to acquire or refresh certain skills. 

“Adams County Economic Development Corporation is determined to provide our businesses and residents with opportunities for quality, relevant training programs that will ultimately allow for those businesses and residents to thrive,” said Colton Bickel, executive director of Adams County Economic Development Corporation. “We are excited and grateful that Ivy Tech has joined us in making programs like these a reality in Adams County.”

The first 8-week course begins in August, with the second beginning in October. The courses will be held once a week and be in-person at the MERIT Center, located at 1109 Dayton Street in Decatur. 

To register, contact Tracy Davis at 260-480-2016 or tdavis457@ivytech.edu

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne students earn 2022 Indiana TRIO Scholarships

Two TRIO students at Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne have received scholarships from Indiana TRIO. Crystal Horne and Cassy Canfield, current Ivy Tech Fort Wayne students, both won the Indiana TRIO Textbook Scholarship. The scholarship awards $500 towards the 2022–23 academic year. Crystal and Cassy were two of only six students in Indiana who were awarded the scholarship.

“TRIO feels like family,” says Crystal Horne. “The staff are invested in your education and they want you to succeed. It can be tough adjusting to college, but TRIO goes the extra mile to make sure it is a smooth transition.”

“TRIO programs leverage national and state financial aid dollars already on the table to provide the supports that ensure student success,” said Beth Clemens, director of Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s TRIO Student Support Services. “We are very proud of these TRIO students who went the extra mile in securing additional funding for their education.”

TRIO Student Support Services’ mission is to provide services to 160 first-generation, low-income students with or without disabilities as they work toward a degree or certificate at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne, with a goal of achieving completion within a four-year period. To learn more about Ivy Tech’s TRIO program, visit IvyTech.edu/trio

Learn more about Indiana TRIO scholarships and awards at indianatrio.org

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne Grasshopper food truck to operate on campus this summer

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne’s Grasshopper food truck will operate this summer starting the week of June 6 until July 28 at the Coliseum Campus (3800 N Anthony Blvd). The truck will be open Tuesdays and Wednesdays 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Thursdays 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Hours of operation may be extended based on customer demand.

The public is welcome to enjoy gourmet hamburgers, sandwiches, baked goods and more, created by Ivy Tech’s Hospitality Administration students and faculty. New outdoor seating will be available for guests. Visit IvyTech.edu/grasshopper for up-to-date news and menu information.


WHEN:
June 7 to July 28

Tuesdays and Wednesdays 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Thursdays 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

WHERE:              
Ivy Tech Fort Wayne
Coliseum Campus
North lot (faces Coliseum Blvd)
3800 N Anthony Blvd
Fort Wayne, IN 46805

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne offering Vaccine Clinic on June 3

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne, in partnership with local pharmacies and health departments, will offer a walk-in Covid-19 vaccination and clinic on June 3 at its Coliseum Campus, room CC1640 (3800 N Anthony Blvd). No appointment is needed, but a state issued ID will be required. It is important to note, those under 18 will need to have parental consent, which can be completed while on-site. On-site Covid-19 testing will also be available at the clinic. For booster shots, please bring your CDC Covid-19 vaccination card.

For the most up-to-date information, please visit IvyTech.edu/coronavirus.

WHEN:
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 3

WHERE:              
Ivy Tech Fort Wayne
Coliseum Campus
Room CC1640
3800 N Anthony Blvd
Fort Wayne, IN 46805