Fort Wayne dean selected for national nursing leadership program


Nadeena Frye, the dean of Nursing at Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus, has been selected for the National League for Nursing’s year-long LEAD program, a part of the league’s Leadership Institute. LEAD is for nursing educators who’ve transitioned quickly into leadership positions or look to advance in management or administration.


The league selected 56 educators in nursing from around the world as part of the program. Qualifications included experience, position, and a submitted essay.


“My goal is to further develop my leadership skills in order to successfully lead our nursing program into the next decade,” Frye says.


In the year-long program, Frye also looks to expand the capacity of Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s nursing program, while maintaining educational quality and outcomes.


Frye is one of five Ivy Tech employees selected as part of the LEAD program. Other attendees are Angela Koller, dean of Nursing at the Indianapolis Campus; Sharon Willey, dean of Nursing at the Muncie Campus; Jennifer Philbin, dean of Nursing at the Gary Campus; Ashley Carter, Nursing department chair at the Evansville Campus; and Joy Barnes, nursing faculty at the South Bend Campus.


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The biggest struggles with being multilingual

Here I am in Wichita, Kan. The statute behind me is called Keeper of the Plains.

My name is Naw Assumpta, and I am the work study for Marketing and Communications. My major is General Studies, and when I graduate from Ivy Tech, I plan to transfer to Ball State University to major in Architecture. I am originally from Burma, and I’ve been in the United States for almost five years.

I speak four different languages: English, Malay, Burmese, and another ethic language from Burma called Karen (which is pronounced ka-YIN). It would be easy to assume that a person who speaks multiple languages fluently is smart or has higher intelligence, but it doesn’t always feel that way. Although I am able to speak, read, and write fluently in English and Burmese, I struggle to do the same in Malay and Karen, though I can speak them.

Being able to speak different languages is incredibly rewarding, but it is tricky and complicated sometimes. These are some of the things I struggle with most often:

  1. Words are on tip of my tongue. Sometimes, words won’t come out of my mouth, and it is frustrating because they are just on the tip of my tongue. I also tend to forgot my vocabularies. One time, I was at the Burmese restaurant. I was trying to order fried noodle with shrimp, but I completely forgot how to say “shrimp” in Burmese. So I stared at the waitress and described what shrimp looks like. It took about 10 minutes for her to figure out what I was trying to order. Once, I forgot how to spell the easiest word, “one,” while I was writing a paper for my English class. It is funny how the easiest word can seem too complicated to spell.
  2. I confuse grammar rules. Grammar rules are different in each language. Sentences in Burmese are mostly translatedbackward in English, and the same as Malay and Karen. For example, the phrase “I love you” would translate backward in Burmese as “You love I,” (). In some cases, words or vocabularies can’t be translated because they do not exist in certain language. The word “chewing gum” does not exist in Burmese. Instead, we call it “PK” or “PeKay,” which is the brand name of the gum. Another example would be “car.” The word does not exist in Burmese language, so we use the English “car” with the Burmese accent to say “ka.”

    Here I am at 7, at Kandawgyi Lake in Burma.

  3. What language do I use when I am thinking? A lot of people are curious about what language I use when I’m thinking. The answers is, all of them. Depending on the situation, I might use Burmese, English, or both. Since I use more English most in my daily life, however, I do my thinking more in English than Burmese.
  4. You start losing the other language. I don’t use Malay and Karen as much as I use English and Burmese in my daily conversation; therefore, my ability to talk in Malay and Karen are fading away. I primarily use Karen to speak with my grandma and relatives back in Burma. I don’t use Malay as often because I don’t have anyone that speaks the language around me.

Despite of all the struggles, I enjoy speaking multiple languages. Languages are beautiful and unique in their own way. Being able to speaks multiple languages opens up new social opportunities and can be very beneficial when you travel. Studies show that being bilingual has many cognitive benefits and it can also reduce the risk of having stroke. Other research points out that speaking multiple languages . I encourage you to learn another language. I can guarantee that it will be rewarding and beneficial.

Ivy Tech to celebrate Earth Day with blow-up planetarium, gardening

Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus is hosting an Earth Day Celebration. Attendees will be able to enter a blow-up planetarium, where a brief video will play. Narrated by Frances McDormand, “Habitat Earth” “shows us what it means to live in today’s very connected world,” according to the film’s trailer.

The event will also include gardening opportunities and snacks.

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

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 18

Etiquette tips when dining out for business

Joyce Baker, at right, is the assistant director for Career Development.

As I reflect on Wednesday’s etiquette dinner, I feel grateful. Grateful because 70 Ivy Tech students, employees, and guests gathered together for a wonderful meal prepared by our own catering service. All who attended seemed to enjoy the food, the company of friends, and the presentation by Karen Hickman of Professional Courtesy, LLC.

Hickman presented on business dining etiquette. Business lunches and dinners can actually be job interviews without the typical questions. How we present ourselves can speak louder than words. Here are some of the major takeaways from Hickman’s presentation:

When dining for business

  • Food allergies can be a serious issue. A polite host asks if you have dietary preferences and/or restrictions, and as a polite guest, letting your host know ahead of time can save an awkward situation.
  • As the guest, when ordering, do not order the most expensive item on the menu unless your host is encouraging you to do so.
  • As the host, if your guest orders an appetizer or an expensive dish, you should, too.
  • Be a courteous guest and send a handwritten thank you note to your host. Doing so within 24 hours is ideal.

Seventy people attended Wednesday’s business etiquette dinner.

Difficult-to-eat foods

  • Asparagus is cut and eaten with a fork. In Europe, it’s eaten with the fingers.
  • Chicken, turkey, and duck are eaten with a knife and fork. Fried chicken is eaten with the fingers at picnics only.
  • Spaghetti and long pasta are eaten by pulling a few strands to the side and twirling the strands around the tines of a fork that is perpendicular to the plate. A spoon is not needed.

Wine and toasting tips

  • The host is responsible for the toast.
  • If a toast is offered in your honor, stay seated and do not drink to yourself.
  • If you are the guest of honor, you should be prepared to respond to your host with a toast.
  • A toast should be brief and appropriate. Remember, a toast is not a roast.
  • Hold all wine glasses by the stem.

Be sure to try a little bit of everything at the dinner, unless you have an allergy.

Deal breakers when it comes to a job interview/business dinner

  • Don’t gesture with your knife and fork.
  • Cut one bite at a time.
  • Do not blow on soup or stir it if it is too hot.
  • Taste your food before seasoning it.
  • Refrain from putting on make-up, combing hair, picking teeth, or blowing nose vigorously at the table. A good rule of thumb is, “If you do it in the bathroom, don’t do it at the table.”
  • Chew with your mouth closed.
  • Try a little of everything presented unless you are allergic to a certain food.
  • Don’t push your plate away from you when finished eating, wait for everyone to finish before plates are cleared.

Joyce Baker is the assistant director of Career Development for Ivy Tech Fort Wayne.

Put these poets on your radar

April is National Poetry Month. Now, don’t think this is one of those fake holidays like “Walk On Your Wild Side Day” (April 12) or “Jelly Bean Day” (April 22). The Academy of American Poets started National Poetry Month in 1996, and it’s “the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture,” according to the academy.


At Ivy Tech, we celebrate with the Ink Cloud Poetry Contest (learn more and submit online). I also asked our librarians and English teachers to suggest poets. We weren’t looking for their favorite poets, per se, but suggestions of poets that students should be reading, even if poetry isn’t exactly their thing.

Here’s who they shared:

“My favorite poet is Joy Harjo because her poems are so exquisitely attuned to her surroundings. They show that poetry is necessary to life. There is great variety in her work, yet she maintains her own clear voice. Her poems have wonderful rhythms and are great to read aloud because she is also a jazz musician and plays Native American flute. One of my favorites is Eagle Poem.”

~Ann Morrison Spinney, librarian

“I think students should be reading Helen Frost (who lives in Fort Wayne). She was part of the Big Read Campaign a few years ago for her novel-in-verse, ‘Keesha’s House.'”

~Paula Ashe, assistant professor, English

“Sometimes I’m in the mood for something silly, and I turn to children’s poets like Shel Silverstein or Jack Prelutsky. Some of their poems are nonsense while others make perfect sense, and they’re all great for a silly read either by yourself or with a group of kids. I still remember the first Shel Silverstein poem I memorized way back in second grade:

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Ivy Stories: ‘A thriving female in construction’

Ivy Stories is a short, occasional feature on Green Light that spotlights current students and/or recent graduates.

Corina Billman is a two-time Ivy Tech grad: In 1999, she earned her degree in Building Construction Technology and, in 2015, in Building Construction Management.

“I started in Construction Technology because I wanted to be a thriving female in the construction industry,” she says.

After graduating the first time, she went into drafting houses but realized she wanted to learn more and expand upon her skill set.

“Going to Ivy Tech boosted my confidence,” Billman says. “I got my foot in the door at some places and with many people, which led to the chain of events to get me where I am today. Confidence is an amazing thing.”

Today, Billman is the lead CAD designer at Bob Buescher Homes.


Fort Wayne to host Global Studies lecture series next week

Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus is hosting a Global Studies Student/Faculty Lecture Series next week, and the community is invited. All events are free.

Two of the three presenters, Nicole Jimenez and Patrick Conway, are students who were hand-picked by faculty members to present.

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

Global Studies Student Information Session, presented by Daniel Hall, associate sociology professor
Noon to 1 p.m. April 16, Room 2316

The Extended Self Theory, presented by Nicole Jimenez, general studies student
Noon to 1 p.m. April 17, Room 2316

Et Stereotypes Hominum Sententia: The Politics of Terrorism, presented by Patrick Conway, human services student
Noon to 1 p.m. April 19, Room 2372, finger food provided by Famous Falafel

Fort Wayne to host family-friendly Spring Fling

TRIO Support Services at Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus is hosting Spring Fling. The family-friendly event will feature food, activities, music, and more. The party’s theme is “A Party with a Purpose,” and informational tables will be staffed with areas from around the college, including Ivy Works, Career Development, GOAL Y Amigos, and Disability Support Services.

TRIO is a federally funded program by the U.S. Department of Education that provides additional support services to students who are first-generation, are low-income, and/or have a disability during their time enrolled in college.

Student Life Center commons
North Campus
3701 Dean Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46835

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 11

Boards approve donation of Ivy Tech Wabash Site building to Wabash City Schools

Wabash City Schools Board and Ivy Tech Community College Regional and State Board of Trustees have approved a community partnership between the two educational organizations. After planning meetings to discuss a future vision of educational offerings in the Wabash community—along with local, regional, and state board approvals from both educational institutions—it has been agreed upon and approved to enter a mutually beneficial arrangement in which the Ivy Tech Wabash Site will be donated from Ivy Tech Community College to Wabash City Schools.


The partnership with Wabash City Schools will ensure that Ivy Tech Community College will continue to provide classes at the Thorne Street property. “Ivy Tech Community College is committed to providing access to higher education opportunities to the residents of Wabash County and the surrounding communities,” says Ivy Tech Chancellor Jerrilee K. Mosier. “Wabash City Schools has been a leader in the early college design and dual credit offerings in the region. We are confident this partnership will help increase the Ivy Tech mission of providing accessible and affordable higher education in supporting Wabash’s mission of ensuring every student is college- and career-ready.”

Wabash Superintendent Jason Callahan agrees with Jerrilee Mosier’s optimistic outlook. “Wabash City Schools is excited about this opportunity to partner with Ivy Tech Community College to further its mission of increasing educational attainment in the greater Wabash community,” says Callahan. “We believe this will help us achieve a clearer path between K-14 and career pathways. We are equally as excited about the opportunity to continue to work with area industry to advance career advancement through adult education opportunities.”

The next steps of the K-14 partnership will be working to hire a shared position after long-time Ivy Tech Wabash Site Director Pam Guthrie retired at the end of March. The schools will work together to prepare fall course offerings and to build career pathways. “Ivy Tech has played a key role in providing affordable higher education and helping support the local workforce development,” says Callahan. “We are excited about continuing this mission.”

The Wabash Site facility, a former elementary school, was constructed in 1952 and was acquired by Ivy Tech Community College from the Wabash City School Corporation in 1995 for use as part of the Ivy Tech Kokomo service area.

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne will continue to offer courses in Wabash County with a reduced footprint in the former Ivy Tech Wabash Site on Thorne Street and/or Wabash High School. No facility lease expense will be incurred by Ivy Tech, and budgetary savings will be realized from a reduction in site administration costs, maintenance costs, and utilities. This partnership allows Ivy Tech to reduce its spatial footprint while at the same time providing needed space to the Wabash City School Corporation for future planning. Ivy Tech’s Strategic Plan (Strategy 6.2) includes a desire to reduce the College spatial footprint by one-million square feet, and this contributes to that direction while maintaining a higher education presence in the community.


Alumnus excels at global web services provider

From Zayed Ahmed’s vantage point, he has the world at his fingertips—or at least nearly half a billion global consumers who access Yahoo’s web services each month.

As a production operations engineer at Yahoo’s Network Operations Center in Lockport, N.Y.—about 30 miles northeast of Buffalo—Ahmed specializes in uptime, or ensuring that the company’s vast network of servers maintain continuous operation to benefit online users in more than 30 languages.

“We are the first line of defense,” Ahmed says. “We use our judgment very carefully to distinguish between critical issues that could impact users internally or externally and noncritical ones.”

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne alumnus Zayed Ahmed is a production operations engineer at Yahoo’s Network Operations Center in Lockport, N.Y., where he specializes in uptime, or ensuring that the company’s vast network of servers maintain continuous operation.

The 2015 computer information technology graduate from Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus says such judgment calls require vigilance, familiarization with current issues and protocols, and teamwork through a variety of communication channels.

Ahmed says the College prepared him well for the technical and soft skill challenges associated with on-the-job debugging, troubleshooting, networking, and systems administration.

In addition to rigorous course requirements, he applied himself at Ivy Tech through a number of problem-solving pursuits: an advanced networking internship, a systems administration internship, completion of four computer certifications, and participation on the Cyber Defense Competition team.

“That competition is what really got me exposed to what’s out there in the real world,” Ahmed says. “The friends I made showed me so many things I didn’t know about. Having acquired those skills, they’re now knowledge I use at my job every day.”

That knowledge may have remained elusive if his first attempt at college had been successful.

Born in Saudi Arabia to Yemeni parents, Ahmed enrolled at Yemen’s University of Science and Technology in Sana’a to study civil engineering in 2011. Two years into his studies, the university closed due to militant uprisings around the country. Yemen spiraled into a civil war in 2014 and the fighting continues.

Soon after his return to Saudi Arabia for safety, Ahmed met a graduate from an American university who encouraged him to study abroad. He followed the peer’s advice and lived in a few states briefly before settling with family and friends in Fort Wayne and selecting Ivy Tech.

“I’ve been passionate about IT from day one, but now having the ability to study it in the U.S.—one of the greatest places to learn about technology—was an even bigger motivation,” Ahmed says.

Near the time of his graduation, Ahmed got married, and his wife relocated to Fort Wayne. It wasn’t long before she grew homesick for her family and hometown of Buffalo, Ahmed says. The couple moved to Buffalo, and Ahmed secured employment as a contractor for Yahoo in October 2016. He became a full-time associate last July.

Ron Tumiel, associate manager of Yahoo’s Network Operations Center, oriented Ahmed to the company’s complex system architecture and remains his supervisor.

“During his time, Zayed has learned a great deal, and I now see him explaining complicated topics to other new employees,” Tumiel says. “This includes stuff I know I didn’t teach him, which to me demonstrates his ability to be open to new ideas and to learn from people around him in order to keep pushing himself further.”

That intrinsic “push” is an attribute Ahmed plans to apply in both the short-term—completing a bachelor’s degree in computer science—and long-term—becoming an entrepreneur and developing mobile apps with the potential for an international audience.

Ahmed says “remaining curious and seeking knowledge” is his personal mantra. He recommends the same ideals for others pursuing opportunities and a better life.

“Remember, a college degree will help get you a good career, but being good at what you do is what’s going to keep you there,” he says.