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 IvyTech.edu/biology. 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 library.ivytech.edu/ebf and due by March 30. Questions should be directed to Elina Puckett at elefand@ivytech.edu 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 www.CaregiversKitchen.net to learn more about her company, and visit IvyTech.edu/healthcare-specialist to learn more about Ivy Tech’s program.

Fort Wayne Campus to host regional cyber defense competition this weekend

Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus is hosting the qualifying round for the Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition. Participating schools include Ivy Tech, Indiana Tech, Indiana University Southeast, and Purdue University.

To compete, participating teams will work on a network from a fictional business complete with email, websites, data files, and users. Teams will correct problems on their network, perform typical business tasks, and defend their networks from a red team that will generate live, hostile activity continuously. Points will be based on how well the students maintain and defend their services.

The competition is hosted by the National Center for Systems Security and Information Assurance, which is a National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education National Resource Center. Learn more at cssia.org.

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne
Coliseum Campus, Rooms 2352, 2368, and 2378
3800 N. Anthony Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805

2 to 7 p.m. March 3

Happy March: Things to do this month

Well, that had to have been the strangest February on record in northeast Indiana, weather-wise. We hit a month low of 1 degree back on Feb. 6 and a high of 70 on Feb. 20. That’s a 69-degree shift over the course of about two weeks. That’s normal, right?

As we usher in March, which brings you the week of spring break followed by the last official day of winter, tug out your calendars and make some plans with Ivy Tech.

Automotive Student/Employer Networking Night

5 p.m. March 6 in the automotive lab in the the Steel Dynamics, Inc. Keith E. Busse Technology Center
Attention automotive technology students! Stop by to meet auto employers who are looking to hire. Bring your resume and dress to impress.

Munch & Movie

Noon to 2 p.m. March 7 in the Student Life Center commons
In honor of Women’s History Month, Student Life will screen Iron Jawed Angels. The movie, starring Hilary Swank and Anjelica Huston, looks at women’s suffrage during the 1910s and follows suffrage leaders Alice Paul and Lucy Burns, who use peaceful and effective strategies and dialogue to revolutionize the American feminist movement to grant women the right to vote.

Spring Break!

March 11 to 18, Fort Wayne to Cancun
Enjoy your week off! And if you’re doing anything fun or productive, or are just really excited to have a week off school, email those plans to jgarver2@ivytech.edu by March 6. I’ll compile what comes in for a future Green Light post. Include your full name, major, Spring Break plans, and a selfie or other photo of yourself.

Express Enrollment Week

March 19 to 23, Express Enrollment Center in the Student Life Center
It’s time to start thinking about summer and fall classes. Current students can register on their MyIvy accounts. Questions? Check with your advisor or stop by the Express Enrollment Center.

Monopoly Night

6 to 9:30 p.m. March 23 at the Honeywell Center (175 W. Market St. in Wabash)
The Wabash Site hosts its largest fundraiser for student scholarships–a night of Monopoly! For $30 a ticket, you get dinner–and to play everyone’s favorite board game to your heart’s content. Learn more and get tickets online.

Classical Cuisine dinner

6:15, 6:30, and 6:45 sit-down times March 29 in the hospitality room on Coliseum Campus
Hospitality administration students serve up classic French cuisine. Tickets are $20 a person, and wine is available for purchase. Call 260-480-2002 to RSVP, and learn more online.

Fort Wayne announces classical French cuisine dinner schedule

As part of its Classical Cuisine class, Hospitality Administration students at Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus will create and serve French cuisine to the public. Students write the menu and cook the meals, which follow the principles and techniques of renowned French chef, Auguste Escoffier. There will be four dinners this semester.

To make reservations, which are required at least 24 hours before the dinner, call 260-480-2002. Dinners are $20 a person, and wine is available for purchase.

Visit IvyTech.edu/northeast/dinners to learn more.

Dinners start at 6:15, 6:30, and 6:45 p.m. nightly

  • March 29
  • April 5
  • April 12
  • April 19

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

Park in the north lot, which faces Coliseum Boulevard, and enter through door 24.

Who’s That: Meet Aja Michael-Keller, keeper of events

“Aja Michael-Keller” may not sound familiar to you, but it’s pretty likely you’ve seen her around campus. Whether she’s helping Ivy Tech put on a great event or teaching students about the ins and outs of convention management, she’s been a fixture at Ivy Tech for seven years.

Meet Aja! (And FYI, that’s pronounced AH-jha, not Asia. Or Ah-ha. Or AJ.)

How would you describe your job to students?
I’m part of the marketing team on campus, and I work with all kinds of folks to make sure the community and possible students see Ivy Tech as the place to go. I’m also responsible for pulling off some of the College’s biggest special events including fundraisers like “A Reason to Taste” and commencement. I also plan non-credit IvyLiving classes that show off our faculty and facilities to the community. If that’s not enough, I’m also an adjunct instructor in the Hospitality Administration program. I teach event management courses, and I love spending time working with my students who geek out about events like I do.

Aja Michael-Keller, third from right, and her Intro to Convention and Meeting Management students at last year’s A Reason to Taste fundraiser.

Where would students likely have seen you around campus?
The best event planners are like ninjas: They dress all in black, and you never know they’re there. But, if students happen to have caught me, it was probably when I was barking orders during event set-ups or going from meeting to meeting all over campus. Sometimes, I represent the College on the news. They usually make me go on the 5 a.m. live interviews no one else wants to get up for. Full make-up, hair, and suit coat are tough before the sun comes up. Anything for the students, though! If you’re looking for me, I’m probably in the Student Life Center hanging out with the Admissions team.

What’s your favorite thing about your job?
I love that each day is different, and I get to work with creative people across the campus. I also love teaching and seeing things through my students’ eyes. The best part, though, is when I see how my work makes students proud they chose Ivy Tech.

What’s your favorite thing you work on at Ivy Tech all year?
Commencement is my favorite event. It takes an army of Ivy Tech employees to make it happen and it is hours of work and stress, BUT I get a front-row seat as the sea of students walk out the tunnel in their caps and gowns. It’s the moment it all becomes real, and they realize they actually did it. Watching them enter that room as students and leave as graduates—there’s nothing better in the world. Except maybe sitting down after that 14-hour day.

Aja is always looking for help to plan the logistics and promotions for events. It’s a detail-oriented, creative job. If you think you’d enjoy it and want to learn about intern possibilities, email her at amichael8@ivytech.edu.

Fort Wayne’s service week focuses on SPCA

Next week is Service Week at Ivy Tech Community College. For the week, which is recognized at Ivy Techs state-wide, the Fort Wayne Campus is making pet beds and toys for dogs and cats out of unused Student Life shirts and materials for the Allen County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The College is also collecting items from the society’s wish list, including food, litter, medicine, and office supplies.

Projects can be completed in class, and Student Life will provide kits to make the pets’ toys. There will also be donation bins set up.

Service Week is from Feb. 26 to March 2. Events include the following:

3 to 5 p.m. Feb. 27, Public Safety Academy: Ivy Tech South Campus (7602 Patriot Crossing, Fort Wayne) commons
Student Life will host a pop-up service day to make animal toys.

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 28, Student Life Center (3701 Dean Drive, Fort Wayne) commons
Phi Theta Kappa, Ivy Tech’s honors society, will host a service party with food, music, giveaways, and pet adoption information. Stop by after 3 p.m. to visit with adoptable puppies.

3 to 5 p.m. March 1, Coliseum Campus (3800 N. Anthony Blvd., Fort Wayne) Crescent Commons
Phi Theta Kappa, Ivy Tech’s honors society, will host a service party with food, music, giveaways, and pet adoption information.