Inside Ivy Tech: Putting the ‘community’ in community college

Quality of place begins with access to broad opportunities, partnerships in action

College’s partnerships help define civic satisfaction in northeast Indiana

Ivy Tech Community College’s origin in northeast Indiana can be traced to the summer of 1969 and leased space in the former Concordia High School at 1711 Maumee Ave.

There, a small team of faculty and staff scrambled to prepare for the start of fall quarter classes.

“It was exciting. Here was a brand new school, and it provided an opportunity to get in at the ground floor. I decided to take the chance and sign on,” says Jan Geib, one of the first instructors hired who went on to teach at the College for 36 years.

Among the hundreds of events the College supports each year is the American Heart Association’s Northeast Indiana Heart Walk.

The Indiana Legislature had established the statewide institution as Indiana Vocational Technical College six years earlier, in 1963, for the purpose of addressing a large gap in vocational-type technical training for Hoosiers.

The initial class offerings were selected based on each region’s greatest employment-training needs. For Fort Wayne, that meant two programs: Drafting Technology and Secretarial Sciences.

While many things have changed since the College’s early history—most notably its expanded role as a comprehensive community college that offers career, continuing, developmental, online, transfer, and workforce-training education—one thing that hasn’t changed is its commitment to quality of place in northeast Indiana.

“Quality of place can be defined in many ways, but no matter how you define it, it’s the single most important measure of civic satisfaction,” says Jerrilee K. Mosier, chancellor of Ivy Tech Northeast. “The more appealing an area can be, the happier and more prosperous its residents will be.”

And for Ivy Tech Northeast, contributing to quality of place translates into actively embracing partnerships that promote academic, economic, and social advances for people.

“You have to develop strong relationships with the community if you want the community to support the College,” Mosier adds.

Aja Michael-Keller, in her work as director of events, enrichment, and conferencing, quantifies partnerships between the College and the community. In 2016 alone, the College sponsored more than 100 internally driven events, such as A Reason to Taste, South Side Fest, and Touch-a-Truck, where several thousand area residents benefited from participation.

In addition, the College hosted 465 externally driven events, meetings, and trainings, where 19,740 people attended campus functions scheduled by groups as diverse as the American Heart Association, Cancer Support, the Department of Homeland Security, Early Childhood Alliance, and FIRST LEGO League.

“One of the things that brings me the greatest satisfaction is seeing first-hand the myriad ways in which Ivy Tech Northeast enhances lives by being a place to gather, learn, and share ideas,” Michael-Keller says.

Pre-employment skills training benefits Easterseals Arc clients

While perfecting his fold of a buffalo chicken wrap, Wayne High School junior Santiago Norfleet paused before detailing some of the skills he’s developed at Ivy Tech Northeast’s Blue Bamboo Café.

“I’ve learned how to cook on the grill, work with the cash register, and avoid using the same gloves for more than one task because it could cause food contamination,” he says.

Wayne High School freshman Peyton Hullinger assists Norfleet in wrapping chocolate chunk cookies to sell at the College’s Blue Bamboo Café on North Campus.

Norfleet is one of eight Wayne High School students with special needs who participated in an 18-week training initiative at the College this spring made possible by a pre-employment transitional grant issued by the state’s Vocational Rehabilitation Services office.

As administrator of the grant, Easterseals Arc of Northeast Indiana partnered with Fort Wayne Community Schools and Ivy Tech Northeast to plan and execute the training.

The grant gave students with special needs the opportunity to learn about and enhance their skills in five areas: job-exploration counseling, post-secondary education, self-advocacy, work-based learning experiences, and workplace-readiness training.

Easterseals Arc first approached FWCS about the district’s perceived value of pursuing a pre-employment transitional services partnership. In response, FWCS officials identified Wayne High School as the school with the greatest need for such assistance.

“Our special needs students currently maintain a greenhouse, a lunch café, and a supplies store within the school,” says Wayne High School Principal John Houser. “I was excited to see this partnership with Easterseals Arc and Ivy Tech because it made the training opportunities more rigorous, more real life.”

During the training’s work-rotation schedule, the students were divided into two groups where they gained work experience through four support services at Ivy Tech Northeast: administrative services, catering/food service, groundskeeping, and janitorial/housekeeping. Students even earned Indiana’s food handler certification.

Easterseals Arc also provided the students with a small stipend to help incentivize participation while they trained.

“These experiences not only provided skills training in various areas of our campus facilities, they also provided a stepping stone for independence and self-worth,” says Kassandra Flanagan, program manager for Ivy Tech Northeast’s Workforce Alignment.

Easterseals Arc job coach Ashlyn Smith agrees.

“I’ve watched these students learn to take pride in what they’re doing,” she says. “This change in their mentality comes back around to the increased confidence they’ve gained.”

Third-graders adopt ‘no excuses’ when it comes to pursuing college education

West Noble Elementary School student Xavier Hofmeister collaborates on a craft project with his college pen pal, Karina Vazquez, a general studies major.

April 13 proved to be a big day for Xavier Hofmeister and his classmates from West Noble Elementary School. Not only did the third-graders travel from Ligonier to tour Ivy Tech Northeast’s Coliseum Campus, they had the opportunity to meet their college student pen pals.

During the 2016–17 academic year, Hofmeister has been paired with Karina Vazquez, an American Honors student and general studies major.

“I told her my nickname is X-Man, like the X-Men movies, and she should have a nickname, too, since we’re friends,” says Hofmeister, while drawing a pond stocked with fish on a cloth square. The squares were later connected by ribbons to complete an Earth Day-inspired quilt project for display.

“It’s nice socializing with the students,” says Vazquez, coloring beside Hofmeister. “It’s easier for me to speak with children than adults sometimes.”

A national stay-in-school initiative helped make their interaction possible.

Since 2013, Ivy Tech Northeast has sponsored a third-grade class at West Noble through No Excuses University, a program that matches elementary schools with a high number of students receiving free and reduced-price lunches with higher education or military partners. The program encourages students to graduate from high school and consider attending college.

Third-grade teacher and Ivy Tech Northeast alumna Angela Beers says her students have studied the College online, learning about its statewide system and discovering that it’s a more affordable option for higher education.

“Coming here today, the students are getting a concrete, tangible experience with college,” Beers says. “Each year, my class loves to come here, see what a real college looks like, and interact with the students.”

In addition to socializing with their pen pals, the West Noble students received Ivy Tech T-shirts and swag bags filled with college-themed items.

American Honors Coordinator Krystyl Dumas says the third-graders aren’t the only ones to benefit from the No Excuses University arrangement.

“American Honors students get to stay connected to the community, and they get to feel like mentors to the younger students,” Dumas says.

Parkview Education Center to open in fall, promote streamlined career paths

Career training in healthcare is about to become more streamlined in northeast Indiana, as Parkview Health System opens the Parkview Education Center at 1919 W. Cook Road this fall.

A new three-partner consortium comprised of Parkview, Ivy Tech Northeast, and Fort Wayne Community School’s Career Academy at Anthis is expected to provide innovative and comprehensive learning experiences.

From left: Healthcare specialist instructor Shelly Dobler coaches Julia Arnold, a healthcare specialist major, in placing EKG electrodes on a mock patient. This fall, the Healthcare Specialist program will relocate to the new Parkview Education Center
at 1919 W. Cook Road.

“For participating Anthis and Ivy Tech students, the Parkview Education Center’s collaborative model will show them that healthcare is a great field to work in, and they may be inspired to become nurses, doctors, respiratory therapists, and the like,” says Sue Ehinger, chief experience officer at Parkview Health. “This project is also important to me personally because it has a goal of starting some Parkview employees on the path to college. It will show them that it’s possible to advance in your career when you further your skills and education.”

Parkview will be shifting its training and new employee orientation operations to the location; Anthis will be moving its four health science programs; Ivy Tech Northeast will be relocating its Healthcare Specialist program, which provides certifications to become EKG technicians, patient care technicians, personal trainers, pharmacy technicians, and phlebotomy technicians. The program will maintain a small presence on the College’s Coliseum Campus.

Ivy Tech will use its 23,550-square-foot space to accommodate four classrooms, two anatomy and physiology labs, two computer labs, one EKG lab, one phlebotomy lab, one kinesiology lab, and the option to establish a fifth classroom and a pharmacy technician lab at a later date.

Interim Dean of Health Sciences Matt Shady says the partnership will add value on a variety of levels.

“With Anthis students, there will be a more direct line through which they can continue their education at Ivy Tech. With Parkview, in essence, its staff has a long history of helping train our students through clinical experiences. This partnership slightly turns those tables as we begin to provide training to the hospital’s employees. And from the College’s standpoint, the space where the Healthcare Specialist program is currently housed can be used to expand or launch other programs,” Shady says.

Unity Performing Arts to expand programming for its gifted students

The internationally acclaimed Voices of Unity Youth Choir will soon have a new rehearsal home on Ivy Tech Northeast’s Coliseum Campus. The choir performed at the College’s Commencement ceremony in 2016.

The performing arts are about to become a mainstay at Ivy Tech Northeast once the Unity Arts Institute begins its residency this summer.

The new institute will operate on the Coliseum Campus, and its programming will represent the first and second phases of a multi-phase, multi-year vision for the Unity Performing Arts Foundation, which serves children and adolescents in the greater Fort Wayne area.

During phase one, Unity is expanding its youth choral program, the internationally acclaimed Voices of Unity Youth Choir, and creative writing program, Expression, to include opportunities in dance, drama, instrumental music, and
oratory training.

Phase two represents the formal launch of the institute, where, in addition to artistic programming, youth development programming will be introduced. Opportunities will include training in character building, college and career preparation, communication and leadership, and health and wellness.

“We are excited about having access to Ivy Tech’s administrators, educators, professionals, resources, and facilities,” says Marshall White, founder and CEO of the Unity Performing Arts Foundation. “Additionally, we hope to attract Ivy Tech students to volunteer, become mentors for our young people, and become instrumental in the growth and development of our programs.”

The leased 3,119-square-foot renovation marks Unity’s first independent programming space, which is being funded by a successful 2016–17 capital campaign orchestrated by its foundation. The renovation will include computer lab, office, reception, practice, and storage areas.

“This move is a major milestone in Unity’s history,” White says. “I believe great organizations don’t just happen; they need great people to fuel, nurture, and support the potential greatness that exists. When that happens, the potential greatness comes
forth and becomes a valuable asset for the community.”

Both parties anticipate that the partnership can provide a blueprint for how educational institutions and the arts community can collaborate to ensure the success of young people.

“The experiences ahead will serve the participants well for the rest of their lives,” says Jerrilee K. Mosier, chancellor of Ivy Tech Northeast. “The College is pleased to serve as a partner with the Unity Performing Arts Foundation in providing this life-
changing impact.”

Certification agreement creates employment path for students

Paper is the traditional gift associated with one-year anniversaries, and paper it shall be—in the form of a highly respected technician certificate—for Ivy Tech Northeast’s automotive technology graduates.

One year ago, Ivy Tech Northeast entered into a partnership with Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s (FCA) Mopar Career Automotive Program, or Mopar CAP, to create a next-generation employment pipeline for Mopar-certified automotive technicians who will service Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, and Ram vehicles.

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Mopar is the parts, service, and customer care organization within FCA.

“This partnership is a great opportunity for us because we’re working with a recognized name, and it’s great for FCA because the company’s commitment helps the local community,” says Nick Goodnight, assistant professor of automotive technology.

As a condition of the partnership, all Ivy Tech Northeast automotive technology faculty became Mopar-certified instructors, and the College benefits from free and ongoing instructor training, as well as access to cutting-edge advancements in automotive technologies made available by local FCA dealerships.

Associate-degree graduates, on the other hand, will have completed Levels 0 and 1 from the four-level Mopar CAP Technical Skill Core Curriculum, where they focus on learning dealership operations and technical aspects of vehicles.

“I think Mopar CAP coming to Ivy Tech is the best thing that could have happened to us in Fort Wayne,” says Randy Powell, service director at O’Daniel Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram.

Powell says his only option to train Chrysler-specific technicians in the past was to send them as far away as Dayton, Ohio, for six-month periods—a practice he says created hardships for families.

“Ivy Tech has always had a very strong (automotive) program here for more than 25 years,” he adds. “We appreciate all of the good work the College does for us and the well-rounded graduates it produces.”

Ivy Tech Northeast is one of only three Mopar CAP partners in Indiana to date, with the other partners being Ivy Tech Kokomo and Ivy Tech Southwest (Evansville).

Inside Ivy Tech: ‘I’m happy when things break down’

Workforce Alignment training options promote career advancement for incumbent workers

Advanced manufacturing companies that experience frequent equipment failures would be wise to embrace an employee like Joe Decamp.

“I’m happy when things break down because I love doing maintenance,” Decamp says. “I enjoy troubleshooting and fixing equipment.”

From left, Joe Decamp and Bruce Slazyk were both sponsored by their respective employers, Ottenweller Inc. and Fort Wayne Pools, to participate in the Industrial Maintenance Training Program established by Ivy Tech Northeast’s Workforce Alignment. Their six-month training commitment will provide them with the skills necessary to become entry-level industrial maintenance technicians.

Decamp is a paint maintenance technician with Fort Wayne’s Ottenweller Inc., a nationally based fabrication source that specializes in producing large steel parts for companies such as Caterpillar and John Deere. His primary responsibilities focus on preventative maintenance, where he changes filters on equipment and keeps production machinery clean.

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Inside Ivy Tech: Striving for STEM equality

Women in the field discuss their experiences in a field dominated by men

Debbie Pitzer grew up working on cars. Tinkering with gadgets. Taking things apart. Figuring out how they worked, what made them go.

“It’s how I got interested in technology,” she says.

Pitzer is the program chair for Ivy Tech Community College Northeast’s Machine Tool Technology program, but her bachelor’s degree is in mechanical engineering.

Debbie Pitzer works with Michael Capps, an industrial technology student, in her Introduction to Machining class. Pitzer is the program chair for Machine Tool Technology at Ivy Tech Northeast. Throughout the United States, less than 30 percent of the science and engineering workforce are women.

In her program, Pitzer is the only female faculty member. Across all science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs at Ivy Tech Northeast, she’s one of only a few female faculty members.

These numbers mirror a national stat—women make up half of the total college-educated workforce in the United States but just 29 percent of the science and engineering workforce, according to the National Girls Collaborative Project, a charitable group committed to encouraging girls to pursue STEM careers. Pitzer saw similar numbers when she was a student, too.

This spring, Olivia Koehler became the first woman to graduate from Ivy Tech Northeast’s Electrical Engineering Technology program. Koehler traveled to the University of New Mexico last year, where she gained experience working in a clean room, a space free from dust and contaminants that is often used for manufacturing electronic components.

“I was either the only (woman), or there was one other,” she says.

Olivia Koehler graduated this May from the College’s Electrical Engineering Technology program; she is the first woman to do so. Koehler says she had just one or two classes with another woman, a fact she originally found intimidating.

“I think a lot of guys felt like I was intruding in their space,” she says. “It made me want to try even harder. It made me want to prove myself.”

Father knows best

Koehler, who was homeschooled, didn’t know what she wanted to study in college. Her father pushed his field, electrical engineering, because she excelled in science, but Koehler was dubious.

So he took his daughter to work. Koehler’s father taught electrical engineering classes, and he invited her to sit in on a class.

“They were going over circuits, and I loved going through the creation process of the circuit, all the intricate details. I wanted to learn more about that,” she says.

Chris Barlow encourages women to get into STEM fields, too. Barlow, who teaches biology at Ivy Tech Northeast, encourages her female students to stick with the field. And her daughters. And the girls she works with while volunteering to help a local school’s students on their science fair projects.

“There are fundamental differences in the way males and females look at the same problem,” Barlow says. “(Women) may see it differently, may see different patterns, and (those differing viewpoints) makes science more robust.”

Chris Barlow, who teaches biology at Ivy Tech Northeast, says girls start to shy away from STEM subjects as early as fifth or sixth grade. Before then, girls are just as excited about science and math as boys.

Through her work volunteering, Barlow has noticed that girls in kindergarten to fifth grade often love science. She calls them “confident explorers, ready to discover.”

Globally, girls tend to outperform boys in science—except in Great Britain, Canada, and the United States, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, whose mission is to improve the social and economic well-being of people around the world. Barlow thinks, at least in the United States, that discrepancy begins to occur in the sixth grade, the time when she sees girls’ confidence plummet.

“Something in our society is setting these girls up in middle school to think they’re not good at science or math,” she says.
She saw it in her two daughters, too, girls she raised to know they can do anything, to never question whether a topic of study was beyond their reach just because of their gender.

Then middle school hit, and her daughters said something they’d never before said: “I can’t do this. I’m not good at math.”

“Where did you get that?” Barlow asked.

Their friends said it.

“It’s this social awareness that blossomed when they were in middle school,” she says. “They were mimicking things they heard other girls say.”

A good job market for women

Though Koehler just graduated in May, she has already worked at Fort Wayne Metals, a medical-grade wire and cable producer, for two years.

Though just a small number of women study machine tool technology—Pitzer estimates that her classes are 98 percent men—they always find work after completing the program.

“Women are really good at it,” she says. “Every female we had who graduated gets a job, and she gets a job right away. I encourage them to go into the field because I know they are highly sought after.”

Women tend to be more detail-oriented, Pitzer says. It’s not that they’re better at the work than men, but they are often more focused on producing quality parts.

She wonders if it’s that focus on quality that stymies women from entering her field: In her experience, Pitzer says, she has seen women get discouraged when they are unable to perfect a task. And if the result isn’t perfect, they’re more likely to move to a different discipline. Men, meanwhile, will stick with it, even if they’re not perfect, she says.

Studies have proven Pitzer’s hypothesis: The book The Confidence Code shares findings that show when a professional endeavor goes wrong, women are more likely to blame themselves; when something goes right, they’re more likely to credit others for the success, reported Time magazine.

“What women don’t realize,” Pitzer says, “is they’re often doing better than their male counterparts.”

Inside Ivy Tech: A Fresh Focus

Joseph Decuis kitchen heads hail from Ivy Tech Northeast

“If you pick the right people and give them the opportunity to spread their wings (…) you almost don’t have to manage them.”

Jack Welch, the 20-year General Electric CEO who grew the company’s value by 4,000 percent, said those words. His tactic—letting talented people do their thing—is one the owners at Joseph Decuis seem to take to heart: They hired a new head chef late last year, and one of his first orders of business? Reorganize the kitchen completely and change the menu.

“We’ve got a good reputation, and I plan on keeping that reputation, but I want to make it better,” says Marcus Daniel, the Roanoke restaurant’s head chef and a 2006 graduate of Ivy Tech Community College Northeast’s Hospitality Administration program. “The owners put a lot of trust in me to make the best food I can.”

Marcus Daniel, the head chef at Joseph Decuis in Roanoke, is a graduate of Ivy Tech Northeast’s Hospitality Administration program. “It was a really good program to be in,” he says. “School taught me the basic foundation of cooking.”

His new menu, which changes regularly, focuses on fresh, farm-to-fork options. His goal is to see most of his menu—80 percent—come from the Eshelman farm; Pete and Alice Eshelman, who own Joseph Decuis, also run their own farm, which produces myriad produce and protein options: chickens, pigs, goats, sheep, and turkeys. According to the restaurant’s website, it is the only farm in the country to raise Wagyu beef, known for being the best tasting, healthiest beef in the world, following traditional Japanese husbandry practices.

Joseph Decuis is known throughout the region for its Wagyu beef, often considered the best tasting, healthiest beef in the world. The Joseph Decuis farm is the only one in America to raise Wagyu beef, according to the restaurant’s website.

“I haven’t ordered eggs in two months,” says Daniel, who rattles off some of his kitchen’s from-scratch offerings: pita bread, lemon rosemary biscotti, rhubarb sorbet, Mangalitza hash, a recipe he based on a dish from Los Angeles.

Daniel has worked in kitchens from California to New York, including the John Dory Oyster Bar, a New York City restaurant under April Bloomfield, a British chef known for holding a Michelin star, a mark of distinction to recognize quality of cooking, at two restaurants.

Before starting at Joseph Decuis, Daniel helped open a Fort Wayne sandwich shop on Coliseum Boulevard, Mr. Panini, where he met Nick Richardson, a fellow Ivy Tech hospitality administration graduate, who started at then-Manchester College.

“I couldn’t find anything I wanted to do,” he says, so he turned to Ivy Tech Northeast for cooking. “It was either that or barber school.”

“You were gonna be a barber?” Daniel asks.

It might seem hard to fathom: Richardson is Daniel’s sous chef, charged with serving as a liaison between the business and cooking sides of the restaurant. Richardson started at Joseph Decuis two months before Daniel, and when the restaurant needed a head chef, Richardson knew where to look.

“We complement each other really well,” Daniel says. “Nick is very organized and very structured.”

“And he’s creative,” Richardson says.

One of Daniel’s goals with Joseph Decuis is to focus on small-plate options.

“When I go out to eat,” he says, “I’d rather eat the whole menu. “I want to appeal to a younger demographic, who grew up with the Food Network, who knows about the rest of the world but maybe hasn’t had a chance to explore it.”

Inside Ivy Tech: Ambitious by Design

Alumnus’s passion for architecture, planning intersect at Ivy Tech

Ivy Tech Northeast alumnus Hau Khup replicates the master plan for The High Line, a public park built along a historic freight rail line on Manhattan’s West Side, to satisfy an assignment at Ball State University that aims to teach communicating through graphics. As a transfer student, Khup recently completed the First Year Program at Ball State’s College of Architecture and Planning.

Whether tinkering with his father’s furniture-making tools to carve wood or building shelters in the forest to stay cool and dry while hunting for mushrooms, Hau Khup has downplayed many of the lessons learned during his favorite childhood activities. He’s often regarded them as little more than innocent fun.

But now that he’s an adult studying architecture and urban planning halfway around the globe, he’s revisiting those early exercises in creativity and utility and seeing them as career influences.

“I now realize these interests played a part in leading me to my passion, my goal,” Khup says.

Khup’s 3-D model for a building concept that joins different elements together.

His path to college—beginning at Ivy Tech Community College Northeast and now on to Ball State University—has been a nontraditional experience when compared with most of his peers.

Khup’s home nation of Burma, in Southeast Asia, has been destabilized by a decades-old civil war and several military coups, which have resulted in economic hardships, widespread displacement of citizens, and human rights violations.

“Even as a child, I knew things were bad in Burma. A lot of people had no jobs or income,” Khup says.

In fact, the need to find work divided his own family. When Khup was 5, his father and older brother, Langh, fled Burma for Malaysia, where they both found low-paying jobs in restaurants. Khup and his mother followed their lead to Malaysia when he was 12, but upon their arrival, Khup’s father and brother had already resettled in America as refugees sponsored by the United Nations.

“We would get phone calls from my father sometimes. We would discuss what was going on, and we’d wonder how we were ever going to get to come to the United States,” Khup says.

Khup spent the next 2 ½ years working as a waiter and dishwasher in Malaysia’s capital city of Kuala Lumpur, while also caring for his ill mother.

While living in the Southeast Asian metropolis, Khup says he remained in awe of his surroundings; it was a dramatic contrast from the village of 400 residents where he grew up.

“I still wasn’t thinking about a future in architecture at that point, but I did have questions about how the buildings were built in that complex city, but I never found the answers,” Khup says.

His luck improved in 2010 when he and his mother earned the opportunity to immigrate to Fort Wayne where their family was reunited.

Following one year in middle school, Khup advanced to North Side High School and graduated in 2015.

The first in his family to pursue college, Khup chose Ivy Tech Northeast, where he elevated his academic performance, English proficiency, and social confidence.

“Early on at Ivy Tech, I started thinking more and more about buildings and architecture, but I realized none of those classes were offered,” Khup says.

Dawn Hammond made herself available to address his academic concerns.

Hammond, an academic advisor who specializes in working with international and ESOL, or English for Speakers of Other Languages, students, says she worked with Khup to identify the right mix of transfer classes that satisfied his needs and increased his chances of getting accepted into Ball State’s College of Architecture and Planning.

“Working with refugees, I see that immediate needs must be addressed first. Many of the refugees’ talents go unrecognized because work and family must come first. But at Ivy Tech, we are practical dreamers. We want to make sure their dreams are achieved,” says Hammond, the 2017 statewide recipient of the Ivy Tech Veteran Advisor Award.

“Dawn became my best friend at that point,” Khup recalls.

Now at Ball State, Khup has expanded his network of supporters who appreciate his conscientiousness and determination, particularly Associate Professor of Architecture George Elvin.

“Hau’s international experience could give him a richer understanding of architecture, which will serve him well in his career,” Elvin says. “And I have no doubt that his creativity and drawing skills will make him an in-demand architect.”

Since entering architecture school, Khup says he consciously spends a little more time being introspective about his life’s journey to date.

“It can be interesting to connect the dots back to your youth and see how experiences may have led you to your dreams,” he says.

Inside Ivy Tech: Professor mentors women entering IT careers

Once a truck driver and later the ninth female accepted into the U.S. Air Force Fire Protection School in Rantoul, Ill., Lucy La Hurreau knows firsthand the culture in male-dominated career fields. As assistant professor of health information technology at Ivy Tech Community College Northeast, she’s using those insights to help mentor women who wish to pursue IT careers.

Lucy La Hurreau, Ivy Tech Northeast assistant professor of health information technology, interacts with one of her program’s graduates, Celia Dull. Dull, a registered coder at Jay County Hospital in Portland, Ind., considers La Hurreau a mentor and colleague.

Lucy La Hurreau, Ivy Tech Northeast assistant professor of health information technology, interacts with one of her program’s graduates, Celia Dull. Dull, a registered coder at Jay County Hospital in Portland, Ind., considers La Hurreau a mentor and colleague.

“As I tell my students, reinventing yourself multiple times over a lifetime is OK,” she says. “I use my experiences to teach others and connect with them.”

La Hurreau’s ties to the College are more robust than that of professor alone; she’s also a graduate. Upon her enrollment in the early 2000s, she says, she was one of three women in most of her IT classes.

Little has changed with those enrollment numbers.

La Hurreau praises Joan Heise, Computer Science chair emerita, with being one of the primary influences who helped her complete her studies.

“Joan showed me that paying it forward is a way of life—not just a goal in life,” she says.

Beyond La Hurreau’s present-day teaching responsibilities and work to develop online classes for health information technology, she co-advises the IT Club, where she takes the lead for mentoring women in all computer-focused majors.

“We need to be more inclusive regarding women in IT programs,” La Hurreau says. “There’s an old adage: If we discount 50 percent of our population, we discount 50 percent of our potential.

One of La Hurreau’s recent success stories is Celia Dull, a registered coder at Jay County Hospital in Portland, Ind.

“When I felt like giving up on my studies, Lucy was the one person I could approach without feeling awkward to get some solid advice on the millions of reasons to keep going and finish strong,” Dull says. “She is a beautiful lady inside and out. I was blessed to have her as my professor and now as my mentor and colleague.”

Inside Ivy Tech: Bon appétit

College fundraiser channels ‘The Rome of France’

Channeling the Italian heritage and architecture of Nimes, France, Ivy Tech Community College Northeast recently transformed Parkview Health’s Mirro Center for Research and Innovation into a one-night-only spectacle.

The Nov. 5 occasion marked A Reason to Taste: The Rome of France, the College’s fifth annual fundraising dinner and auction—an event that raised more than $108,000 for academic programs and student scholarships through the Ivy Tech Foundation.

A Reason to Taste: The Rome of France raised more than $108,000 for academic programs and student scholarships through the Ivy Tech Foundation. Click images to zoom.

“Hosting A Reason to Taste at the Mirro Center this year allowed us to spread out and give guests a truly spectacular dining experience,” says Oliver Barie, the College’s executive director of Resource Development. “Our culinary students do such a wonderful job with the meal, and I think everyone had an unforgettable night.”

The evening began when more than 250 guests assembled in the facility’s banquet hall, where they were immersed in the ambiance of Nimes: Italian-style café tables with oversized umbrellas, floor-to-ceiling cloth murals depicting Roman architecture, and a troupe of entertainers that included a caricature artist, juggler, and mime. The actual city, affectionately regarded as “The Rome of France,” is nestled between the Mediterranean Sea and Cevennes Mountains.

The 2016 A Reason to Taste planning committee selected Nimes as the fundraiser’s theme because the area was a memorable stopover for eight Ivy Tech Northeast students and a faculty chaperone during a two-week European culinary tour in May. The participating students earned a spot on the trip by winning the College’s annual European Competition—a four-hour skills challenge staged each January for hospitality administration students.

More than 250 guests assembled in the banquet hall at Parkview Health’s Mirro Center for Research and Innovation on Nov. 5, where they were immersed in the ambiance of Nimes, France. Ambience included Italian-style café tables with oversized umbrellas, floor-to-ceiling cloth murals depicting Roman architecture, and a troupe of entertainers that included a caricature artist, juggler, and mime. Click images to zoom.

Financial support for the culinary tour is made possible by A Reason to Taste donations. The winners who make the transatlantic trek bring back inspiration for each fundraiser’s menu in the fall, where they play an active role in creating, cooking, and serving the multi-course menu and wine pairings.

Among 2016’s European Competition winners was hospitality administration graduate Brenda Zemaitis.

“There were so many amazing culinary experiences on the most recent trip that it’s hard to choose just one, “ Zemaitis says. “My favorite tastings were all desserts, especially the infamous macaroon on this year’s menu.”

Guest and self-described “adventurous foodie” Evelyn Frierson expressed her fondness for the same raspberry macaroon with lemon curd filling.

“It was absolutely delicious,” Frierson says. “I will try to replicate many of tonight’s recipes at home.”

Reception sponsors

Ambassador Enterprises
Plumbers & Steamfitters Local Union 166

Beverage sponsor

Calhoun Street Soups, Salads, and Spirits

Corporate sponsors

Auburn Gear
Barnes & Thornburg
Brooks Construction Company, Inc.
C&A Tool Engineering, Inc.
Elevatus Architecture
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Inside Ivy Tech: Anatomage table provides health students with high-tech education

The single table lets students dissect hundreds of items, from animals to humans, from healthy organs to diseased ones. It’s called an Anatomage table, and it’s typically found in large medical schools and research institutions. But thanks to a grant from Ivy Tech Community College’s Central Office, the machine can also be found on Ivy Tech Northeast’s Coliseum Campus in Room 1352.

Ivy Tech Northeast health students will be able to study detailed anatomy through the College's new tool, an Anatomage table. The table—typically found in large medical schools and research institutions—is a gift from a recent Ivy Tech Central Office grant.

Ivy Tech Northeast health students will be able to study detailed anatomy through the College’s new tool, an Anatomage table. The table—typically found in large medical schools and research institutions—is a gift
from a recent Ivy Tech Central Office grant.

It’s designed to look like an autopsy table, and the large, long screen acts like an oversized tablet. Matt Shady, the College’s interim Health Division dean, illustrates how the machine works: He pulls up an image of a cadaver, which was scanned in from a real body. He uses his finger to draw a line down the body’s shoulder, cutting off the arm. He rotates the body, giving a view down into the incision. Using sliding scale tools, he can remove layer by layer from the shoulder.

“Everything is done to actual scale but can also be enlarged so smaller details can be easily identified,” he says.
Shady can also show different systems. There’s the cadaver’s skeletal system, resembling a Halloween decoration; there’s its nervous system, something out of a horror film; its circulatory system, a maze of twisting veins.
During fall semester 2016, faculty trained on the Anatomage table to learn its functions, including the ability to download images to a flash drive.

“Those images can then be used in future class sessions on a PowerPoint presentation or on quizzes or tests,” Shady says. “Real life scans such as X-rays or CTs can also be updated and displayed on the table.”

The table should be available for classroom use this semester.

Inside Ivy Tech: Getting his peers to the polls

Student delegate represents Indiana in nationwide voting initiative

Accounting major Dontae Hampton, at right, is Ivy Tech Northeast's delegate for College Debate 2016, a national program aimed at getting young adults registered to vote. Hampton spoke with cyber security major Diamano Yonli during a Hispanic Heritage Month event in September.

Accounting major Dontae Hampton, at right, is Ivy Tech Northeast’s delegate for College Debate 2016, a national program aimed at getting young adults registered to vote. Hampton spoke with cyber security major Diamano Yonli during a Hispanic Heritage Month event in September.

The first time Dontae Hampton voted in a presidential election, it was 2012. He was a high school student a few months past his 18th birthday.

“At the time, my government teacher was stressing it: ‘Those of you who are 18 need to go vote,’” he says, adding that he thought, “Man, I can vote, so I want to vote.”

Now, Hampton is serving as that kind of mentor to students throughout Ivy Tech Community College Northeast: He is the College’s delegate in College Debate 2016, a non-partisan group that brings together college students nationwide and teaches them “to identify issues and engage peers in the presidential election.”

“The ballot is stronger than the bullet.” ~Abraham Lincoln

Hampton, an accounting student, attended College Debate 2016 programming in San Francisco twice over the summer to learn more about the political process and identify key issues from Indiana that he thought need to be addressed.

“It’s mostly to help students from all 50 states come together and have them reach out to their peers,” he says. It’s about getting “people to vote and start getting people interacting with the debates and the campaigns.”

The issues most important to Hampton are immigration, diversity, and education, he says, and all three stem in part from personal experience: Hampton has a friend from Cozumel, Mexico, who is living in the country without legal permission. Because of her status, she is unable to qualify for financial aid, which makes it difficult to afford an education.

JoAnne Alvarez, the College’s student success and retention coordinator, nominated Hampton for the training opportunity because she has known him for years—he is friends with her children.

“Anytime I ask him to do something, he is just on it,” Alvarez says.

She also knows him through ¡GOAL y Amigos!, or Graduating Outstanding Achieving Latinos and Friends, a student group for Latino students and those interested in learning about the Latino culture. Alvarez overseas the group, and Hampton is a member. Though he is not Latino, he says, he has always been interested in Latino culture, and he plans to minor in Spanish after he graduates from Ivy Tech Northeast and transfers to IPFW to earn a bachelor’s degree.

“The whole Hispanic culture, it is something neat, something I appreciate,” Hampton says.

Plus, Hampton recognizes that organizations like GOAL help him educationally.

“That’s how I mostly learn: socially,” he says. “People adapting, sharing new thoughts, making networking connections.”

He even uses the group to further his objectives for College Debate 2016: He set up a table at GOAL events to ensure that students knew how to register to vote and, after the registration deadline, where to vote.

“Voting has been important to me because I feel like, you can’t really complain about who’s in office if you don’t make any contribution to the election,” he says. “You definitely need to be active about who is running where you live, your home.”

Did you know?
  • Indiana gets 11 electoral votes.
  • That is 2 percent of the total 538 electoral votes.
  • And it’s 4 percent of the 270 electoral votes needed to win the general election.
  • Between 1900 and 2012, Indiana cast votes for the winning presidential candidate nearly 69 percent of
    the time.
  • In the same time frame, Indiana voted Democratic 17 percent of the time and Republican 83 percent of the time.

Inside Ivy Tech: A spark of imagination

Alumnus treats welding, educational pursuits like full-time job

Ivy Tech Northeast alumnus Chuck Smith has crafted more than 30 substantial works of metal art through artistic welding.

Ivy Tech Northeast alumnus Chuck Smith has crafted more than 30 substantial works of metal art through artistic welding.

Tucked in the middle of a seven-bay detached garage in Orland, Ind., is a space where Chuck Smith arguably does his most impressive work: an eagle sculpture with a five-foot wingspan, an end table with an oversized gear as its surface, a fireplace screen featuring a stenciled buck and doe on its doors.

In all, Smith has crafted more than 30 substantial works of metal art in his fully equipped welding workshop. His numerous smaller-scale projects, such as bracelets, light-switch panels, and napkin holders, can easily fit in the palm of your hand.

Artistic welding has become a hobby for the Ivy Tech Community College Northeast alumnus. He discovered the art form in 2012 soon after he enrolled at the College to study industrial technology. Before that, Smith’s welding experience had been only structural in nature, such as upkeep on his 1946 military-produced Willys Jeep.

At 70, what Smith accomplishes in retirement comes close to equaling what others do at a full-time job.

“The eagle alone took three weeks of solid work, and the pedestal took even longer,” says Smith, who created the sculpture to help his grandson earn an Eagle Scout badge. The eagle is on permanent display in a Mooresville, N.C., city park, where it serves as a memorial to local first responders.

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Ivy Tech Northeast industrial technology instructor Brian Barnes says Smith is known for paying attention to details
with his welding.

“Without doing that, the art doesn’t look very artistic,” Barnes says. “He also isn’t afraid to experiment, and because of that, he has learned some new ways to color metal and do other cool things.”

Smith stays challenged by his welding projects as well as his intention to remain a perpetual college student. Beyond a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts he completed in 1997, he graduated with an associate degree in industrial technology this May. And this fall, Smith began work on a technical certificate in machine tool technology to enhance his understanding of machining metals.

“I want aspects of different degrees, and I can do that here at Ivy Tech,” Smith says. “Any piece of knowledge is worth having, and my goal is to learn something everyday—no matter how trivial.”

Smith is passing his own knowledge along this fall as he assumes the role of instructor in a metal arc welding course at the College. He appears to be a natural for the role, having taught multiple topics to hundreds of recruits during his 37-year military career and nearly 25 years of service as an Indiana state trooper.

Smith says one of his personal interests is to encourage more women to learn welding, either as a profession or an avocation.

“When we think about women and welding, we think about Rosie the Riveter from World War II,” Smith says. “Today, there are female metal artists—more than people would suspect—who are mostly brazing and soldering jewelry. I want to support them.”

Smith’s goal would make Rosie proud.

Make your own sparks fly

Ivy Tech Northeast is sponsoring a hands-on seminar on artistic welding beginning Nov. 12. Let your creative sparks fly as you turn scrap metal into artwork for your home through this two-session course. Enroll online.
$125 per participant.
All equipment and materials included.