Inside Ivy Tech: Hall of Famer selected to helm Ivy Tech Titans baseball

Ivy Tech’s Fort Wayne Campus has hit a homerun this fall, launching a successful intercollegiate men’s baseball program and securing National Junior College Athletic Association Division II status.

The College announced its team intent with the Ivy Tech Titans at a press conference in late spring and named Lance Hershberger as head coach, a well-respected baseball figure in northeast Indiana.

Inducted into the Northeast Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame in 2017, Hershberger has several years of coaching experience at many levels of play, including the Wildcat Baseball Organization; Concordia, Bishop Luers, and Bishop Dwenger high schools, and Indiana Tech. At Indiana Tech, his teams appeared in five consecutive National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics World Series from 1998 to 2002.

“Under Lance’s leadership, Titans Baseball will provide a new opportunity for Ivy Tech students in northeast Indiana, allowing them to develop their potential on the field and in the classroom, as they prepare for their future,” says Jerrilee K. Mosier, chancellor of Ivy Tech’s Fort Wayne Campus.

The Titans roster consists of 26 full-time students, who began their first season of play at Shoaff Park in September. The College is providing these student-athletes with the opportunity to compete at an intercollegiate level, while also focusing on their academic studies at Indiana’s most affordable college, which makes the opportunity and experience more accessible for regional athletes.

The baseball program is being supported solely through sponsorships, private donors, and fundraising efforts at the College. Several donors have already made pledges to the program, such as Indiana Representative Bob Morris. Currently, the College is crowdfunding for student scholarships, and more than $15,000 has been raised to date. Donations are still being accepted to the Ivy Tech Titans Baseball Program.

Fort Wayne Campus to host Trunk-or-Treat for families, community

The Ivy Tech Community College and Fort Wayne communities are invited to celebrate Halloween with their families at Trunk-or-Treat. Cars will be parked at the Fort Wayne Campus’s North Campus, and their trunks will be full of candy for trick-or-treaters. There will be food, music, costumes and more.

Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus
The Steel Dynamics, Inc. Keith E. Busse Technology Center parking lot
3701 Dean Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46835
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6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 18

Tunisian student: ‘Fort Wayne is a very peaceful city’

This semester, two Tunisian students are studying at Ivy Tech’s Fort Wayne Campus as a part of the Thomas Jefferson scholarship program. The year-long program allows students to explore American culture and build Tunisia’s workforce.

Gley Raki, one of the students, attends the Higher Institute of Technical Studies in Djerba, an island off the Tunisian coast. He’s studying software development and information security. He shared a little bit about his opinions on Fort Wayne, the United States, and his program.

On the United States


“Exploring the United States is a huge part of my program. That’s why I’m visiting the maximum number of states that I can. I have been in Chicago and Ohio already, and I’m planning to visit most of the East Coast cities during the next fall break; Washington and the cities around it in the winter; and what I can from the West Coast next spring.

“Chicago is a huge city and crowded and people drive angry—not my thing. But the infrastructure amazed me. When I’ve been in Ohio, I went to Cedar Point with a couple people I knew, and that was a really funny and scary day, and the lake is fantastic, too.”

On Fort Wayne

“Fort Wayne is a very peaceful city and calm most of the time. The people here are very nice, too. I’m a foreigner to the United States and its culture, but the community here is very diverse. You never feel as an outsider. That’s what I like about Fort Wayne.

On Ivy Tech

“Ivy Tech is like heaven for us, the software development people. The resources that it provides and the clubs concerning our major and cyber security competitions and events within clubs—that’s something rare to find in any other school, I believe. That’s what I like about Ivy Tech.

The tough part

“The hardest thing was getting to know people and communicate with them with my non-perfect English.”

On the Thomas Jefferson scholarship program

“The goal of this program is that it builds the workforce capacity of a diverse group of youth leaders from across Tunisia. Through year-long programs of study in the U.S., exploration of American culture, community service, and professional internships, participants develop a broad and nuanced understanding of U.S. values and become 21st century global citizens prepared to contribute to the economic growth and development of Tunisia.”

Ivy Tech announces IvyLiving enrichment class in ancestry, genealogy

This fall, Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus is continuing to offer IvyLiving classes—non-credit personal enrichment classes geared toward diverse community interests. Eight IvyLiving courses will run at different times between September to December. To learn more and sign-up for classes, visit

Finding Your Roots: Ancestry and Genealogy

Dig into your ancestral past with Ivy Tech Northeast librarian Ann Morrison Spinney. She’ll walk you through the basics of genealogical research and introduce the online tools available to help you find your roots. During the second class, she will facilitate your exploration of the nationally recognized Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library. Lastly, the course includes your own DNA discovery kit to learn more about your family’s origins.

Nov. 4 and 11
10 a.m.–Noon
Cost: $125
Registration Deadline: Oct. 27

Ivy Tech Northeast
Coliseum Campus

3800 North Anthony Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805

Inside Ivy Tech: Dual credit student interns at NASA

It started, as these things do, with Star Wars.

Two years ago, Alexandra Forsythe visited Fort Wayne’s Science Central, where she saw a working R2-D2 robot.

“I am a big Star Wars fan, and I always thought it would be cool to build my own R2-D2,” she says.

So she taught herself how. Forsythe, a dual credit student at Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus who keeps her working R2 in his own private garage at home, used the knowledge she gained in building the robot to snag herself an internship at NASA this summer.

Alexandra Forsythe, a homeschooled student who is taking dual credit classes at Ivy Tech’s Fort Wayne Campus, interned at NASA over the summer.

During her 12-week internship, she worked on a circuit board that will be used by a rover, allowing it to land autonomously and safely. She’s not yet sure where this NASA rover will travel—NASA hasn’t announced it yet—but she guesses it will go to the moon first, and then maybe to Mars.

This circuit board was considerably different from the boards she created for R2. For one, the rover’s board required special components, like a shielding cloth to protect it from radiation and pieces that allow it to fly in space.

Her internship wasn’t all circuit boards, however; she learned about ferrite beads (a hollow cylinder or bead made of iron oxide used to filter how much high frequency electromagnetic interference noise is found in electronic circuits) and the math that goes into assuring an object is space-ready.

“When you take an internship at NASA, it’s not so you can help with a special project,” Forsyth says. “It’s so you can learn things.”

And she taught them, too: NASA asked her to present her R2-D2 to the team. (She blogged about the presentation and shared a brief video, which you can view here.)

Forsythe is a home-schooled high school student from Huntington. Last year, she took a public speaking class at Ivy Tech’s Fort Wayne Campus—once, she presented her R2 in the class—and she’s currently enrolled in physics.

“Oh, I love it,” she says of the College. “Public speaking last year was incredible. (My physics professor) makes physics really interesting, even though it’s a five-hour class. He makes it so it’s cool, and I love that. I love it when a professor can keep my attention.”

She has also taken classes at Indiana Tech and Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. Her goal, she says, is to test out different colleges in an effort to figure out where to study when she graduates high school.

“I’m waiting to see how the scholarships fall,” she says. “I still want to take classes at Ivy Tech.”

To learn more about Forsythe, check out her blog.

Fort Wayne Campus introducing degrees in patient care, psychology; new program options

Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus is now offering two new academic programs and two new curriculum options for existing programs.

Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus now offers Patient Care Technician, an associate degree program in the School of Health Sciences. Students learn skills such as taking vital signs and drawing blood.

Patient Care Technician is an associate degree program that prepares students with skills such as taking vital signs, performing electrocardiography, drawing blood, and other procedures to help with the day-to-day care of healthcare patients.

Patient Care Technician classes are located in the Fort Wayne Campus’s new facility, the Parkview Education Center. Learn more about the program at For questions about the program, contact Healthcare Specialist program chair Cindy Chenoweth at or 260-480-2092.

Psychology is a degree program intended for transfer to a four-year school. Once students receive their two-year associate degree from Ivy Tech, their credits can transfer to a bachelor’s degree program at four-year schools including Indiana, Purdue, and Ball State universities.

Psychology students can find employment as mental health assistants, youth counselors, home care aides, and addictions rehabilitation assistants. Learn more about the program at For questions about the program, contact department chair Patricia Kemerer at or 260-480-2025.

Beginning spring 2018, new Business Administration and Accounting students will be able to sign up for an eight-week cohort model. This has a number of benefits:

  • By learning with a cohort, students will complete their entire degree with the same peers, which makes studying and receiving peer-to-peer help easier.
  • Students will still take four classes a semester, assuring them full-time status, but they will take only two classes at a time: two during the first eight weeks and two during the second. This means students are responsible for material in only two classes at a time.
  • This structure will assure students complete their degree in two years.

Learn more about these programs at and


Fort Wayne Campus to host Veteran’s Appreciation Night

To thank local veterans, Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus is hosting Veteran’s Appreciation Night.

This open house will welcome prospective students and provide information about the educational benefits offered by the Veterans Affairs office at Ivy Tech. Veterans will also be able to discuss the military benefits available at the College.

During Veteran’s Appreciation Night, attendees will be able to complete all their steps to enroll for the spring semester at Ivy Tech, which begins Jan. 16. To apply for financial aid, attendees should bring their 2015 taxes; and to receive assessment, they should bring their high school or previous college transcripts. They should also bring their military transcripts to learn about prior learning assessment opportunities, where the College will evaluate their credentials to see if attendees qualify for additional credit; and certification crosswalk opportunities, where prior certifications may qualify for college credit.

Learn more about Veterans Affairs at

3 to 7 p.m. Nov. 9

Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus
North Campus Express Enrollment Center
3701 Dean Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46835

Fort Wayne Campus to host enrollment days for spring 2018 classes

At Ivy Tech Community College’s Express Enrollment Day, prospective students can complete all the steps they need to start classes. Enrollment experts will be on-hand to answer questions and help attendees with enrollment steps including assessment, financial aid, advising, and more.

The College will host two enrollment days in late October to get students ready for spring 2018 classes at Ivy Tech’s Fort Wayne Campus. Students should bring their 2015 tax returns for financial aid and their previous high school or college transcripts for assessment.

Prospective students can visit to learn more and RSVP. The spring semester beings Jan. 16, 2018.

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 25
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 27

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

The benefits of regular massage

Healthy Essence has been helping the Ivy Tech and Fort Wayne communities relax for two years.

Have you been yet?

Healthy Essence is the student-run massage clinic at Ivy Tech’s Fort Wayne Campus.

Healthy Essence is the College’s student-run massage clinic. They have hours five days a week this semester, and their hour-long massages will leave you feeling refreshed and, simply, better. Two semesters ago, I started to go every two weeks. In that time, I stopped pulling my back so easily, and I no longer wake up with a stiff neck that lasts two days.

Lynsey Saylor, who oversees the clinic, shared information from the American Massage Therapy Association (25 Reasons to Get a Massage), the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (The Benefits of Massage), and the Mayo Clinic (Stress Management) websites about all the benefits of regular massage. Massage can

  • Reduce anxiety and depression symptoms.
  • Help you sleep better.
  • Lower blood pressure.
  • Decrease migraine frequency.
  • Alleviate low-back pain.
  • Increase joint flexibility and range of motion.
  • Improve concentration.
  • Ease digestive disorders and fibromyalgia.
  • And more.

Massage Professionals estimates that 90 percent of disease is stress-related, which means massage really can be the healthiest decision you’ve made for yourself in a while.

Massages at Healthy Essence are $20 for the Ivy Tech community, military personnel, and those 55 and older; and $25 for the public. Healthy Essence is on the Coliseum Campus, near the Door 30, which faces North Anthony Boulevard.

Make your appointment today at 260-482-9171 ext. 2751 or Questions? Check out Healthy Essence online.

Fort Wayne Campus honored with five marketing awards at district conference

The Marketing and Communications staff at Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus received five Medallion awards earlier this month at the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations District 3 conference in Davenport, Iowa.

The staff received

  • A silver in Newsletter, for the January 2017 issue of Inside Ivy Tech.
  • A silver in Interior Signage/Displays for its What’s Up @ Ivy Tech walls on Coliseum Campus and at the Student Life Center.
  • A bronze in Student Handbook, for Charting Your Course for Success, a student advising and orientation handbook.
  • A bronze in Communication Success Story or Community Relations Campaign, for local coverage of the College’s new Grasshopper food truck.
  • A bronze for Social Media or Online Marketing Campaign, for its #IAmTheI social media project.

“I am proud of our team’s efforts and know we’ll continue to strive and be different,” says Andrew Welch, executive director of Marketing and Communications. “We’re dedicated to the creative and strategic marketing process as we work to support student success.”