Fort Wayne to host National History Day contest on Saturday

The Indiana Historical Society is hosting National History Day in Indiana at Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus. National History Day is a contest for students in fourth to 12th grades. Participants submit projects like posters, video documentaries, performances, papers, and websites, and the projects are judged by volunteers. Finalists from this regional competition will be invited to compete in the state contest; the top winners in the junior and senior divisions (grades six to 12) will be eligible to compete at the National History Day Contest in Maryland in June.

This is the first time Fort Wayne has been chosen as a regional site for National History Day. Learn more at

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

Media should enter through Door 3, where the registration table will be set up (Door 3 faces the tree line). National History Day will take place throughout the building, including room 1640 and the auditorium.

8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 17

Grace College, Ivy Tech partnering for reverse transfer to promote degree attainment

In order to better serve students and promote degree attainment in the state of Indiana, Grace College and Ivy Tech Community College have agreed to a process that will facilitate the awarding of an associate degree to previous Ivy Tech students who have transferred to Grace prior to completion of an associate degree. The reverse transfer agreement allows students to obtain credential while completing courses toward their bachelor’s degree.

“Ivy Tech and Grace share the common mission of helping our students’ succeed, and reverse transfer becomes a first credential for many of those students along their career pathway,” said Ivy Tech President Sue Ellspermann. “Research also suggests that students who receive a degree through reverse transfer are even more likely to complete their baccalaureate.”

An associate degree is an important educational milestone in career and educational advancement. Earning an associate degree can contribute to earning potential in the workplace and helps individuals become more marketable for career opportunities.

“We are very pleased to partner with Ivy Tech to make a post-secondary degree available to more students, said Grace Collgee President Bill Katip. “It’s our hope that by earning an associate degree, students will be more motivated to continue their educational attainment and more marketable in the future.”

Students must have completed a minimum of 15 credit hours from Ivy Tech and be a currently enrolled Grace College undergraduate with at least 75 total college credit hours to be eligible for reverse transfer.  Upon review of their official transcript, an Ivy Tech associate degree will be conferred to qualified students.

To date, Ivy Tech has signed reverse transfer agreements with several state-supported and Independent Colleges of Indiana institutions with the hopes of continuing to expand these efforts to increase Indiana’s college attainment level. These include Purdue University, Indiana State University, University of Southern Indiana, Western Governors University, Trine University, Indiana Tech, St. Mary-of-the-Woods College, Indiana Wesleyan University’s national and global campus, University of Evansville, Grace College, and Marian University.

Mad Ants 2.0, the basketball-shooting robot

The little robot wheels down an aisle of cheerleaders and waits patiently behind the basketball hoop. He’s controlled by a group of men in green lab coats. They’re not mad scientists, but perhaps they might be Mad Ants scientists?

These men are instructors and a student worker at Ivy Tech, and for the last three years, they’ve made robots to deliver the game ball to Mad Ants games. This year, though, they switched it up. This year, the robot can shoot hoops.

“We wanted something that was a little bit more exciting that could actually make a basket,” says Bob Parker, one of the faculty members who worked on the robot. “It all started out with popping (the ball) up in the area and saying, ‘Next time, we gotta do something a little bit cooler.’”

Mad Ants 2.0 is an instructor- and student-designed robot that shoots baskets. It debuted at a Mad Ants game last week. Pictured, from left, are John Mason, industrial technology instructor; John Christman, assistant program chair for industrial technology; Jack Stewart, student worker; Bob Parker, department chair for industrial technology and advanced automation and robotics technology; and the Ivy Tech Titan, the College’s mascot.

By “a little bit cooler,” Parker also meant “a lot more involved,” too. This robot—Mad Ants 2.0, as they call it—has a number of upgrades on his grandfather, incorporating a programmable logic controller, a computer that uses sensors to control the system; speed control using pulse width modulation, a digital technique to control the monitors; and upgrades in electrical and mechanical components. Parker estimates the finished product includes 200 to 250 hours of student involvement.

The basketball-shooting robot debuted last week during a Mad Ants game, and it shot hoops against a fan. Each had 30 seconds to make as many baskets as possible. At the end of 30-seconds, Man vs. Machine ended in a tie: 2-2.

Mad Ants 2.0 can shoot free-throws or three-point shots, depending on how its handlers set up the drive, wheel speed, and alignment of the system. Right now, Parker says, the robot has a field goal percentage of just 10 or 20 percent, but he’s looking to tweak the system to improve it.

The Mad Ants admits they were worried the robot wouldn’t make any shots its first try, says Kevin Bloom, business development manager for the Mad Ants. Because admit it: It sounds kind of far-fetched. But each time the robot sunk a shot, the crowd erupted.

“Everybody’s always curious about what it’ll do and how it’ll do it and how accurate is it,” Parker says. “It’s fun to watch it.”

Bloom echoed Parker’s sentiments.

“We were really excited about the idea when we began working with the team at Ivy Tech,” he says. “They have always done something creative and unique for us, and this really put it over the top.”

Fans will participate in Man vs. Machine during the following Mad Ants home games this season, after the first quarter: Feb. 25 and March 9, 17, and 23.

Fort Wayne to host networking event for automotive industry

The Automotive Student/Employer Networking Event at Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus is an opportunity for those looking for a job in the automotive industry to meet with potential employers. Attendees should bring their resumes and prepare to network with local automotive employers.

Questions? Contact the College’s Career Development director Joe McMichael at or 260-480-4223.

5 to 6:30 p.m. March 6

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

Fort Wayne Campus to host free STEM camp for area middle, high school teachers this summer

Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus’ ASM Materials Camp is open to high school and middle school teachers in the fields of chemistry, physical science, engineering, industrial/career, and technical education.

The camp will show teachers new ways to incorporate low-cost experiments into their existing curriculum. Teachers will be exposed to a vast array of materials, including ferrous, non-ferrous, plastic, and composite materials.

“Exposing the teachers to these potential instruction areas opens up the lessons to a plethora of material-related instruction that a teacher would have not been exposed to otherwise,” said Nick Goodnight, assistant department chair of Automotive and Diesel technologies.

The camp is free to all area middle and high school science teachers. Two graduate-level credits are optional for $250 through the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Teachers can get more information and sign up for the free camp online at Questions? Contact Goodnight at or 260-480-4293. Space is limited.

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 18 to 21
8 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 22

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

Happy February! Things to do this month

Happy Jan. 43! You can’t convince me January didn’t have an extra week and a half in it–these early-year winter months drag on so slowly, it’s hard to believe February begins tomorrow.

Pull out your calendar and mark some dates so you don’t miss these opportunities at Ivy Tech’s Fort Wayne Campus this month.

The Bakery at Kelty’s Kafe

9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays in February, Anthony Commons, Coliseum Campus
Kelty’s Kafe is running a bakery every Wednesday this month. Stop by for breads, cookies, muffins, cinnamon rolls, and more. And don’t forget the Old Crown coffee.

This semester, the Bakery at Kelty’s Kafe will include baked goods like cookies, rolls, and pies, but it will also have fruit cups, plus a different specialty item each week.

Special Cuisines dinner

Seatings at 6:15, 6:30, and 6:45 p.m. Thursdays in the Hospitality Room, Coliseum Campus
Make reservations online for your favorite themed menu. Get a taste of Spain (Feb. 8), France (Feb. 15), Italy (Feb. 22), or Mexico (March 1).

African American Read-In

12:30 to 2 p.m. Feb. 14, Student Life Center commons
As part of Black History Month at Ivy Tech, we’re honoring black authors and playwrights by reading their works. Stop by for literature and a snack.

“Show Me Democracy”

Noon to 2 p.m. Feb. 21, Coliseum Campus auditorium
Also part of Black History Month, we’ll show the documentary “Show Me Democracy,” which follows students’ efforts to research and effect education policy in Washington D.C. After, stick around for a discussion with someone from the film.

Ink Cloud Poetry Contest

Feb. 26
The Library begins taking submissions for its annual Ink Cloud Poetry Contest. Learn more about submitting, open through April 16, on the Library’s website.

Service Day

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 28, Student Life Center commons
Join other students and employees as they embark on a college-wide service project.

Student-run bakery to open Wednesdays in February

The Bakery at Kelty’s Kafe will be open Wednesday mornings in February at Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus. Part of the Hospitality Administration program’s Baking and Merchandising class, the student-run bakery will offer baked goods and more. The students will each serve as bakery manager for one week, being responsible for duties like the featured menu item, purchase requisitions, inventory control, and financial analysis. Items for sale will include cookies, muffins, cakes, bread, rolls, fruit, coffee from Old Crown, and more.

9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 7, 14, 21, and 28

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

Enter Door 50, which faces away from Coliseum Boulevard.

Tips for new students, round 2

This is the second in a two-part series: We asked returning students and faculty to offer advice to help new students succeed. We received some excellent advice, including this thorough 10-parter we thought deserved its own post. You can check out the first installment in the series here.

  1. Stay organized. Get a good planner, and write things down. It has been proven that we remember things better if we write them down. That goes for class notes, too.
  2. Arrive to class early. Get a good seat, and be sure you can see and hear well.
  3. Stay up-to-date on your financial aid. Maintain good communication with the Financial Aid office and Admissions office. Get to know your advisor, and don’t be afraid to get second opinions from other advisors. Complete your FAFSA on time.
  4. Order your books way before the first day of class. Don’t be the student without a book. Also, it is a good idea to read chapter one before the first day of class. That way you are ahead.
  5. Talk to your professors. If they can put a face with your name and get to know you, chances are they will remember you better. Creating a relationship will help with positive communication through the semester.
  6. Ask questions. There is no dumb question. Always ask for clarification if you need it. Set up a time with the professor if you need extra help.
  7. Ask about tutoring. Never be afraid to ask and sign up for extra help.
  8. Use the Purdue Online Writing Lab. This will help you through English 111 and make you a better writer by answering your style questions. Do not write the way you text.
  9. Read, read, read. Read as much as you can before class and tests. It is challenging but will help so much.
  10. The is no such thing as a stupid class. Every class presents opportunities in some way. Some classes (may not seem as helpful as others) and we have to take them, but always be open to learning new things from your new professors and classmates.

Michelle Mayo, Ivy Tech student

College Goal Sunday to provide free financial aid help

Financial aid professionals will volunteer at Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus and various other sites in Indiana to help college-bound students with financial aid during College Goal Sunday.

College Goal Sunday has helped more than 90,000 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.

2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 25

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

Ivy Tech: Graduating Fort Wayne since 1969

The Fort Wayne Campus at Ivy Tech Community College has been teaching students since 1969. From 1990-91 to 2016-17, a total of 17,299 students graduated from Fort Wayne.

Our graduates help you out at the doctor’s office and feed you. They do your taxes and fix your cars. They start their own businesses and build robots.

Not too shabby.

It’s easy to focus on each year’s graduates and what their immediate plans are, but there’s something to be said for going back, for honoring and checking up on those who graduated 10, 12, more years ago. We put a call out to some of those graduates to see what they’re up to. Here’s what we found!

Adam Carnahan, of Fort Wayne
Studied Computer Information Technology
Graduated 2005
“Upon graduation I started working in technology consulting with Microsoft gold partner Strategic Solutions. I’ve done consulting for 11 years now and also taught part time at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne for a few years.”

Jody Greer, of Lagrange
Studied Accounting
Graduated 1992
“I earned my two-year accounting degree after I was married and had two daughters. My youngest was one when I started school. After I earned my degree, I got a job in accounting at a small trucking company and then at the City of Fort Wayne in the accounting department. It was a part-time job that gave me the flexibility to continue my education because I decided I wanted to become a certified public accountant. I obtained my bachelor’s degree in Business Management at Indiana Tech. Shortly after I successfully passed the certified public accountant exam, I moved on to Trine University as the controller for six year and then to the vice president of Finance position, which I’ve held for the last nine years. Ivy Tech provided a great base accounting education that I was able to build upon.”

Andrea Jacquay, of Fort Wayne
Studied Accounting
Graduated 2000
“After graduation, I started working for a temporary agency and was placed at Ivy Tech’s Finance office.  I was officially hired as an Ivy Tech part-time employee in February of 2001.  I am still working for Ivy Tech, but I am full-time and the assistant director of Finance and Budget. Two of my three children have attended and completed a degree and a certification at Ivy Tech.”

Charleen Garver, of Spencerville
Studied Practical Nursing
Graduated 1992
“After graduation I applied at Beverly Rehab with the goal of becoming a registered nurse.  While taking classes at IPFW, I began to realize how much knowledge I had gained while doing my studies at Ivy Tech. After Beverly Rehab, I worked for 16 years as a clinical reimbursement coordinator at Extendicare. My time at Ivy Tech definitely made me a better nurse for my patients. I feel the background knowledge I received from Ivy Tech is what made me very successful in my career. The nursing instructors at Ivy Tech were the best in the field.  They were strict, and all they wanted was for us to be the best nurses we were capable of being. I would never have been offered the promotions as years went by if I would not have had top-notch training in the nursing field provided by these wonderful instructors.”