50 years of community connections in Fort Wayne

Ivy Tech Community College is celebrating 50 years in Fort Wayne in 2019, so we’ll be posting periodic articles that feature snippets of important and fun moments from Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s past.

It’s July, and for many Fort Wayne natives, that means one thing: Three Rivers Festival time! Throughout our history, Ivy Tech Fort Wayne faculty, staff, and students have had a great time celebrating Fort Wayne at the Festival, along with other summer events across northeast Indiana.

2005 Ivy Tech volunteers with the fully functioning swing set built by the construction club

Over the years, Ivy Tech Fort Wayne has participated in a variety of ways at TRF—from volunteering, to walking in the parade, and even participating in the chalk walk. In 2005, the College participated with a float unit in the parade themed “Celebrating 100 Years of Fort Wayne Parks.” In keeping with the theme, the Ivy Tech ACT Construction Club built a fully functioning swing set as the float’s centerpiece. It also held a picnic table, picnic baskets, sports equipment, and a grill—all on real grass!

After the 2014 Festival, Crystal Monhollen, Ivy Tech Fort Wayne marketing intern, wrote a blog about her experiences in the festival. “My favorite thing about this year’s parade was the high spirits that surrounded me,” says Monhollen, “Everybody was in a great mood and seemed to be enjoying themselves. I also thought it was really neat to have an LED board for our parade entry, which provided a live Twitter feed.” Read more.

Today, we’re continuing to actively participate in community events. For the 37th year, Ivy Tech Fort Wayne is hosting the popular Mustang & Ford Show on July 20. We’ve even created some of our own community-focused events like Touch-a-Truck—which had a record-breaking 2,500+ attendance in 2019. We love to celebrate and engage with our community.

Have any photos of Ivy Tech Fort Wayne faculty, staff, or students at community events? We’d love to share your memories to celebrate 50 years in Fort Wayne. Send photos, memories, and more to fortwayne-marketing@ivytech.edu.

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