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.”

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 fw-tmsclinic@ivytech.edu. Questions? Check out Healthy Essence online.

Happy October: Things to do

Even though fall officially began last week, I’m convinced today was the first real day of fall: This past week has been too warm (as evidenced by the final pool day my family had on Saturday).

Ivy Tech has all sorts of October fun in store for you this month. Mark your calendars!

The Bakery at Kelty’s Kafé

9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 4 and 11, Anthony Commons, Coliseum Campus

This semester, Kelty’s Kafé has been a bakery, providing students and employees with breads, muffins, cinnamon rolls, and desserts for sale to sweeten their Wednesday mornings (or help out with that night’s dinner). The final bakery is Oct. 11, so be sure to stop by.

Don’t Gamble on your Future Casino Night

5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 4, Anthony Commons, Coliseum Campus
As a part of Ivy Tech’s Commit to Complete week, we’re hosting Casino Night. We’ll have plenty of resources about transferring, and we’re going to encourage you to sign a pledge that you’ll complete your education. By signing, you’ll receive even more “funds” to gamble with at Casino Night (because with your education, your earning potential increases–get it?)

Automotive Student/Employer Networking Night

5 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 4, Automotive Lab, The Steel Dynamics, Inc. Keith E. Busse Technology Center

Calling all automotive technology students! Bring your resume and stop by this networking night to meet with area auto employers.

National Manufacturing Day

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 6, The Steel Dynamics, Inc. Keith E. Busse Technology Center
Attention all manufacturing students! Local employers will be set up to tell you about careers in the field and show you live demos.

Lunch With Latinos!

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 11, Anthony Commons, Coliseum Campus
Meet the students from ¡GOAL y Amigos! and have a bite to eat.

Classical Cuisines dinners

5 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 12, Hospitality Room, Coliseum Campus
Get your tickets and have a taste of the French cuisine, courtesy of our hospitality administration students.


6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 18, parking lot, North Campus
Bring your costumed kiddos and trick-or-treat with Ivy Tech. They’ll collect candy from different cars that have decorated their trunks. Complete with food, music, and more.

Barb Oakley presentation: Learning to Learn

7 to 8 p.m. Oct. 25, Auditorium, Coliseum Campus
Oakley, a national professor, author, and speaker, will teach on the topic of how to learn through her upcoming book, “Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects.”

Who’s That: Meet Sam Bolden, the food guy

You might not recognize the name “Sam Bolden,” but I bet you’ve seen him around before–likely working in and around the Wrap ‘N’ Roll Deli on the Coliseum Campus or Blue Bamboo in the Student Life Center. Sam is the College’s Food Services manager, which means he’s in charge of on-campus catering and both campus eateries. He works with students often, either as his employees or to make sure they get the right breakfast, lunch, and snacks.

Meet Sam!

What’s your favorite thing about your job?
My favorite part of my job is working with the students. It is especially rewarding to see them grow and reach their employment goals beyond graduation. Then, we do it all over again with a new batch of students.

Sam, center, with two Wrap ‘N’ Roll workers, Keiara Robinson (left) and Rose Lee.

Goodies for the s’mores buffet

What’s your favorite event to cater on campus?
That’s a tough one. We enjoy doing them all. I guess the ones with unique menu items, like one we did recently featuring made-to-order s’mores at an action-cooking chef’s table. It included assorted flavored marshmallows, three kinds of graham crackers, and various chocolate bars. The combinations and presentation were well-received by the students and visitors. Simply FUN!

What’s the you-gotta-try-this new item this semester?
Right now we are running the Big Walking Taco, and in October, we will be featuring a stacked corned beef reuben on swirl rye.

What’s your favorite thing to order at the Wrap ‘N’ Roll?
I like the Chipotle Turkey BLT Wrap. Yum!

What about the Blue Bamboo?
I like the Spicy Chicken Quesadilla. The Blue Bamboo Burger and the Hand-Breaded Pork Tenderloin Sandwich are standouts.

Who’s That is an occasional feature on Green Light that spotlights Ivy Tech employees you’ve likely seen around campus–but you may not be quite sure who they are. Have someone you’d like to see featured in Who’s That? Email me at jgarver2@ivytech.edu.

Happy Grandparents Day to all the nanis & papas out there

Sunday is National Grandparents Day, and we wanted to honor the grandparents at Ivy Tech.

The idea behind the day is to Do Something Grand. The website asks grandparents and older adults to share their wisdom, perspective, and key civic values; and it asks children and younger adults to connect with grandparents or older adults in the community.

We put a call out to our students who are grandparents, to give them a proverbial THANK YOU. Thank you for taking time for yourself to go back to school. Thank you for your wisdom. And thanks for being such an outstanding role model to your grandkids.

Here are some of the grandparents we heard from. If you’re a grandparent or older adult with some wisdom to share, or you want to leave a message to your grandparent, feel free to chime in in the comments.

Elizabeth Kidd, a healthcare specialist student, has three granddaughters (with one on the way!)

“They think it’s cool that I’m in school,” she says. “They are too young for college, but my oldest granddaughter is in advanced classes in high school, and she likes to help me with my school work.”

Kidd and her family

Tammy Maness is a cyber security/information assurance student with four grandchildren who love that she’s back to school.

Maness and her granddaughters

Julia Vasquez is an early childhood education student with four grandchildren.

“My two oldest grandchildren are happy for me and ask about my homework,” she says. “My two younger grandkids miss me playing with them and going to visit them every week.”

Vasquez’s grandkids

Todd Zorich, a therapeutic massage student, has three granddaughters and six grandsons.

Zorich with three of his grandsons

Did you stop by the inaugural Kelty’s Bakery?

Kelty’s Bakery kicks the semester off today with freshly made breads, pies, muffins, and more.

This is what you need to know so you stop by next week:

  • Everything looks amazing. A baguette and two slices of apple pie are coming home with me for dinner and after dinner.
  • The coffee is just $1–and it’s from Old Crown, so it’s good stuff.
  • Each week, students running the bakery–part of the Baking and Merchandising class–will make tweaks to the menu. For example, this week, they made just two loaf breads, but they sold out first thing. Next week: Lots more loaf bread.
  • The bakery even has gluten-free options: a small apple loaf and chocolate chess pie.
  • What makes it chess pie? It’s a simple southern thing. Says Southern Living: “Chess pie may be a chameleon confection, but at its heart are always the basic four ingredients—flour, butter, sugar, and eggs. And preparation is never much more than a little stirring and about half an hour in the oven.”

If that doesn’t entice you enough, take a gander at everything:

In addition to baguettes, Kelty’s Bakery also offers rolls and loaf bread.

Kelty’s Bakery offered two pies its first week: apple and chocolate chess.

Those cinnamon rolls, at the far left, had a maple glaze.

Blueberry muffins

Kelty’s Bakery will run from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Oct. 11 in Anthony Commons on Coliseum Campus.

Happy September: Things to do

Where did the summer go?

Is anyone else asking themselves that? Sept. 1 is tomorrow, and we wanted to be sure you had your calendars marked for some great events at and around Ivy Tech. (And here’s a hint: There’s a loooot of good food.)

First Friday Readings

7:30 to 9 p.m. Sept. 1
Once a month, the Three Rivers Co-op Natural Grocery & Deli (1612 Sherman Blvd., Fort Wayne) hosts two local writers to read their work. In September, one of those readers will be Troy Bigelow, an assistant professor in English.

Ivy Tech Northeast's new food truck, Grasshopper, makes its debut

Grasshopper will be serving food at Two-EE’s Winery in Huntington throughout September.


5 p.m. Sept. 2  & 16; 6 p.m. Sept. 8 & 22
The Fort Wayne Campus’s food truck will be at Two-EE’s Winery (6808 US 24, Huntington) just a few more times this season. Be sure to stop by and grab a bite!

Kelty’s Bakery

9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27
Be sure to stop by the semester’s first Kelty’s Bakery, which will feature, of course, baked goods like breads, rolls, and muffins, plus a specialty item each Wednesday. For its inaugural morning Sept. 6, Kelty’s will have biscuits and gravy.

Classical Cuisines

5 and 7:30 p.m. Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28
For the first time, culinary students will host classical French cuisine dinners this semester. The menu is French, the cooking techniques are French, and it’s all on campus, in the Hospitality Room on Coliseum Campus. Get your tickets and try some French fare.

Public Safety Job Fair

9 to 10 a.m. Sept. 15
Thinking about finding work in the public safety profession? Stop by the Public Safety Job fair to meet with employees like regional police departments, private security, the U.S. Army, and more to discuss job and internship opportunities.

Happy fall semester! Have fun at Ivy Tech this week

Happy fall 2017, Ivy Tech students! Each semester, Ivy Tech hosts events to break up your week and encourage you to have a little fun.

And during the first week of the semester? We do that daily.

You might have seen groups of students and employees with their NASA glasses staring at the eclipse out in front of Coliseum Campus and the Student Life Center today. I hope you got a chance to check out the eclipse (safely!)–it looked insanely cool. As it neared its peak eclipse (the moon covered 85 percent of the sun at 2:24 p.m.), all you could see of the sun was the sliver of a nail clipping.

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Here’s what Ivy Tech has planned for you the rest of the week:

Stress Down Day

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Crescent Commons (Coliseum Campus)
We’re just trying to promote your health and wellness so you don’t get too stressed out over the first few days of classes. We’ll have artists giving henna tattoos, fidget spinners to hand out, DIY bath salt, soothing music, and info on our counseling services.

Here’s the Scoop

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Ivy Tower Plaza (North Campus)
Culvers is providing us frozen custard. Come get a scoop and learn all about student orgs on campus.

Keep it Smooth as a Smoothie

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Student Life Center hallway (North Campus)
Grab a smoothie and learn all about support and resources we offer to help you make it to graduation.

Wild Ivy Night

6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Ivy Tower Plaza (North Campus)
We’ll have music, activities, and a petting zoo. Bring your friends and family and stuff a fluff, play in the bounce house, complete crafts, eat, dance, and more.

A stop at D.C.’s African American museum

Students have returned from their social justice trip to Washington D.C., but we have more stories to share! Catch up with other participants’ stories about Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the Holocaust Museum, the Lincoln Memorial, and the U.S. Supreme Court and Ford’s Theatre.

First up, Nathaly Diaz, a pre-engineering student …

I decided to go on this trip to D.C. because my advisor said it would be an awesome opportunity and a way to gain leadership skills. I was really excited to learn more about social justice and be able to apply it in my life and find ways I can help.

That’s me flashing the peace sign.

We went to places like the National Museum of African American History & Culture and looked at monuments around the National Mall. The African American museum had so much history in it, like the struggles of slavery and civil rights. It was very emotional and inspirational. We were also able to see African American culture–life, music, art, etc.

This quote at the museum, in particular, moved me.

… and Lorena Ceballos Chavez, a business administration student.

I signed up to come to D.C. with Ivy Tech Northeast because I’ve always wanted to know more about American history. Every monument and museum in D.C. has a particular meaning and an amazing story. As a business student, I need to have a general cultural knowledge about so much, especially U.S. culture.

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I was amazed to see how the bad actions against race repeat themselves throughout the history of many countries. This photo (above right) from the Holocaust Museum depicts concentration camp life and reminds me of what German Nazis did to the Jews.

FDR’s words & the Holocaust Museum

Eleven Ivy Tech Northeast students and recent graduates have spent the last few days in Washington D.C. with three chaperones on a social justice trip. They made stops at attractions like the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and other spots related to social justice. Students are taking turns sharing their thoughts with Green Light. Follow along with the group’s experiences on social media with #ivyFW2DC.

Two students are sharing their thoughts today. First up: McKayla Smith, a business administration student …

I signed up to go on the D.C. trip with Ivy Tech Northeast because I wanted to learn more about social justice. I am the president of the Campus Activities Board, and there are many things to think about when planning events for students at Ivy Tech. I think learning about different ethnicities and races is something that will benefit me in that role.

This quote and picture that we took at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial is important to me. There is so much hate in the world, and by choosing the path of social justice, we choose love and support. The subject of this photo moves me because this is what our whole trip is about: We are learning so much about how people with different backgrounds or races are treated so differently than others. This shows that social justice can make this a better world.

… and Alondra Campos, an education student.

I signed up to go to D.C. with Ivy Tech Northeast because I wanted to learn more about history and social justice. I thought the focus of this trip would benefit my future as a teacher.  Social justice and history continue to effect our lives, and the more we know about history, the less likely we will repeat the bad things that have happened. It’s important for students to learn about historical events and  acquire knowledge about the people who fought for our country. Future generations must must learn about the importance of equality and respecting others regardless of their cultural background. Knowledge is a powerful source in this world.

That’s me in the lower left corner.

I took this photo (at right) in the Holocaust Museum. The picture portrays a wall with images of Holocaust victims. This part of the museum made me very emotional; I couldn’t believe how wide and tall the wall was.

The people on that wall were only a few of the many who suffered in the Holocaust. There were pictures of children and families, and for a moment, it made me think about my family. I couldn’t image my parents or siblings going through this experience. I realized I needed to appreciate my family more. I also realized I am blessed with the life I have.