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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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.


Wabash Site raises more than $20k at Monopoly Night

Ivy Tech Community College’s Wabash Site brought in $21,000 Friday night at Monopoly Night. All funds will benefit the Community Spirit Scholarship, which provides scholarships to Wabash County Ivy Tech students.


The site has hosted the event for nine years, and it has raised more than $165,000 total in that time period. Pam Guthrie, Wabash Site director, credits part of the event’s success with how much fun attendees have.


Funds come in from ticket sales and silent auction items.

Bill Needler, of First Merchants Bank, at Monopoly Night on Friday. The event raised scholarship funds for students at Ivy Tech’s Wabash Site.


“Many students are so thankful about receiving these scholarships,” Guthrie says. “It is not just the funding. It’s also the knowledge that somebody believes in them enough to encourage them to reach their educational goals. This kind of community support is meaningful to students, staff, and faculty.”


Guthrie’s last day with the College was Tuesday. She has retired after thirty years of service.

Fort Wayne marine biology class to travel to Florida for spring break hands-on study

This semester, Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus is offering a marine biology class. This is the first time the college has offered Special Topics in Marine Biology. Special Topics classes are those that aren’t already part of the curriculum rotation and typically come about from student or instructor interest. Students in the class will spend their spring break at the J.N. Roth Marine Biology Station in Long Key, Fla.


Chris Barlow, an associate professor who teaches biology, has been developing the class for a few years. She spent time in May 2017 with a Goshen College marine biology class at the biology station. Goshen owns the station, and Ivy Tech is renting it for the class.

“Getting into the ocean and seeing the things you read about is so exciting,” Barlow says. “The diversity and biology of the ocean will give students this sensational experience that I’m hoping will excite them on a deep level.”

Haylee Glashauser is one student in the class who will be traveling to Florida this month. Glashauser is a business administration student who plans to transfer her credits upon graduation to a four-year school, where she hopes to earn a bachelor’s degree in marine biology. Glashauser had taken a class previously with Barlow, she says, and when she learned Barlow was teaching a marine biology class, she was excited to enroll.

“Going to the Keys would be a life-changing experience for me and help me really see if this is the profession for me,” she says.

Barlow and her students will travel to Long Key from March 11 to 17. Learn more about biology at Ivy Tech at Read more about special topics classes here.

Fort Wayne Campus partners with Ivy Tech grad to train home care instructors

Beginning this semester, instructors teaching Meal Planning in Healthcare at Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus will have specialized training from Caregivers Kitchen, a company that provides meal preparation technique training to home health aides. This is the first time the College has offered Meal Planning in Healthcare, which comes out of a community demand.

“We realized there was a need for extra certification for our home health aide students,” says Charlene Mantock, Healthcare Specialist assistant program chair. “This additional class will offer certificates to our students in meal preparation.”

Ivy Tech has partnered with Caregiver Kitchen for specialized course curriculum and instructor training.

By having Caregivers Kitchen Certified Instructor Status, instructors are qualified to both train students in related program areas and proctor exams. Students in classes taught by certified instructors can earn up to six certificates recognized by employers for caregiver training and continuing education. Certificate topics include food safety, nutrition, and mealtime management of chronic conditions like Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes.

“Often, caregivers lack even basic cooking skills,” says Beth Scholer, Caregivers Kitchen CEO. “Caregivers Kitchen was started to meet a need in our community, and students taught by our certified instructors are more prepared and better qualified for jobs in areas like home care.”

Beth Scholer, center in green, is the CEO of Caregivers Kitchen, which has certified Ivy Tech instructors in meal preparation techniques for home health aide.

Scholer is an Ivy Tech graduate who received her associate degree in Hospitality Administration. She also won the College’s New Venture Competition in 2014 with Caregivers Kitchen, which is based in Muncie. Visit to learn more about her company, and visit to learn more about Ivy Tech’s program.

Grace College, Ivy Tech partnering for reverse transfer to promote degree attainment

In order to better serve students and promote degree attainment in the state of Indiana, Grace College and Ivy Tech Community College have agreed to a process that will facilitate the awarding of an associate degree to previous Ivy Tech students who have transferred to Grace prior to completion of an associate degree. The reverse transfer agreement allows students to obtain credential while completing courses toward their bachelor’s degree.

“Ivy Tech and Grace share the common mission of helping our students’ succeed, and reverse transfer becomes a first credential for many of those students along their career pathway,” said Ivy Tech President Sue Ellspermann. “Research also suggests that students who receive a degree through reverse transfer are even more likely to complete their baccalaureate.”

An associate degree is an important educational milestone in career and educational advancement. Earning an associate degree can contribute to earning potential in the workplace and helps individuals become more marketable for career opportunities.

“We are very pleased to partner with Ivy Tech to make a post-secondary degree available to more students, said Grace Collgee President Bill Katip. “It’s our hope that by earning an associate degree, students will be more motivated to continue their educational attainment and more marketable in the future.”

Students must have completed a minimum of 15 credit hours from Ivy Tech and be a currently enrolled Grace College undergraduate with at least 75 total college credit hours to be eligible for reverse transfer.  Upon review of their official transcript, an Ivy Tech associate degree will be conferred to qualified students.

To date, Ivy Tech has signed reverse transfer agreements with several state-supported and Independent Colleges of Indiana institutions with the hopes of continuing to expand these efforts to increase Indiana’s college attainment level. These include Purdue University, Indiana State University, University of Southern Indiana, Western Governors University, Trine University, Indiana Tech, St. Mary-of-the-Woods College, Indiana Wesleyan University’s national and global campus, University of Evansville, Grace College, and Marian University.

Fort Wayne Campus massage clinic to open in February for spring semester

Healthy Essence, the student-run massage clinic at Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus, will open to the public this semester from Feb. 7 to May 8. The following hours are available by appointment:

  • 12:30, 2, 3:30, 5:30, and 7 p.m. Mondays
  • 12:30, 2, 3:30, and 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays
  • 11 a.m. and 12:30, 2, 4, 5:30, and 7 p.m. Wednesdays
  • 3:30, 5, and 6:30 p.m. Thursdays
  • 10:30 a.m., noon, and 2 and 3:30 p.m. Saturdays (only Feb. 24, March 24, April 7, and April 28)

The clinic will be closed over the College’s spring break, from March 12 to 16.

Healthy Essence has four private rooms. They are sectioned off with curtains, and therapeutic massage students can work with clients to address their massage needs.

The hour-long full-body relaxation massage will be from a student in the Fort Wayne Campus’s Therapeutic Massage program. Massages run $25 for the community and $20 for Ivy Tech employees and students, military personnel, and those 55 and older. Tips are not accepted, but those who wish to tip can choose to donate to a charity chosen by the students.

To make an appointment, email or call 260-480-2094. Please note that clients can schedule no more than two massages a month.

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Fort Wayne Campus chair published in National Science Foundation technology education book

Andrew Bell, the Engineering department chair at Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus, will be published in a book celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Advanced Technological Education Program, which provides education in high-technology fields and is funded by the National Science Foundation. Bell’s was one of 24 projects selected for inclusion in the book, which highlights projects from around the country.


In 2014, Bell received a grant to develop curriculum for a microelectromechanical certificate and a LabVIEW certificate. Last summer, the Fort Wayne Campus offered three microelectromechanical classes, which included LabVIEW curriculum as well. Microelectromechanical systems deal with electromechanical sensors, such as those used to detect when a tablet or cell phone is turned horizontal to vertical—or vice versa—and the tire pressure in vehicles. The LabVIEW (laboratory virtual instrument engineering workbench) curriculum focuses on visual programming language software designed for engineers and scientists. Visual programing language is any language that lets users create programs by manipulating elements graphically instead of textually. LabVIEW is specifically developed by National Instruments, a Texas-based company that produces automated text equipment and virtual instrumentation software.

The Advanced Technological Education book accepted nominations, which requested details such as how the project benefited students, faculty, industry partners, or the nominee’s institution; evidence of the project’s importance; and photos that show the project’s impact.

Six students took the microelectromechanical classes in summer 2017, Bell says, and the classes helped and will help those students earn their technical certificate in Electronics and Computer Technology. Plus, students who pass the National Instruments certification test can include the Level 1 certification on their resume.

“This will help our students get a job,” Bell says.

Fort Wayne Campus announces eight student winners to travel to Europe, study culinary arts

Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus hosted its 22nd annual European Competition on Friday. Eleven hospitality administration students in culinary arts or baking and pastry arts spent the day competing for a chance to win a scholarship that would fund a trip to study the culinary arts in France this spring.

The winners are DominiQue Whetstone, Jason Elkins, Jacob Burger, Joyce Chaney, Reba Wilson, Nora Trittipo, Samantha Williams, and Lisa Rios.

Eleven hospitality administration students competed Friday in Ivy Tech’s European Competition. Eight students won the opportunity to travel to France to study the culinary arts. For the first time, those students who did not score high enough to go to France will still get a travel opportunity, to Vermont. The competing students are, from left, Reba Wilson (France), La’Ron Gillard (Vermont), Joyce Chaney (France), DominiQue Whetstone (France), Lisa Rios (France), Sheila Mertens (Vermont), Nora Trittipo (France), Samantha Williams (France), and Patricia Jones (Vermont). Not pictured: Jason Elkins (France) and Jacob Burger (France).

For the first time, students were asked to turn in a menu before competing. In previous years, students’ ingredients were unknown, requiring them to create menus on-the-spot. This year, students’ adherence to the menu played a part in their scoring. It also resulted in more creative menus, says Cheryl Hitzemann, one of the baking competition judges. Hitzemann will also serve as chaperone when the students travel to France.

Culinary students prepared a meal including an entrée with a starch, vegetable, and dessert. Baking students prepared items including plated chocolate and fruit desserts, yeast bread and rolls, and a decorated cake based on a hypothetical order.

Watch this video for a behind-the-scenes sneak peek into the spring 2018 European Competition.

Kitchen judges watched and rated students as they worked, paying attention to technique and ability. Floor judges tasted the completed meals, not knowing which student made which plate.

Based on students’ experience in France, they will create the menu for this year’s A Reason to Taste, the College’s largest annual fundraiser.

The three students who did not earn the chance to study in France will still receive a travel opportunity: a road trip to Vermont for a farm-to-fork tour in May. On the trip, students will have experiences including a tour of the Baird Farm, an organic maple syrup farm; a chance to watch cheese-making; learning how to milk a cow; and a visit to King Arthur Flour headquarters. Those students are La’Ron Gillard, Patricia Jones, and Sheila Mertens.

Fort Wayne Campus and Warsaw, Wabash sites announce fall 2017 Dean’s List

Ivy Tech Community College is pleased to announce the fall 2017 Dean’s List for the Fort Wayne Campus and the Warsaw and Wabash sites. The Dean’s List, prepared and published each term, gives recognition to students who:

  • Are degree-seeking.
  • Achieve a minimum 3.50 grade point average in non-academic skills advancement courses with no Ds or Fs.
  • Earn six or more Ivy Tech credits during the semester.
  • Have earned at least 12 non-academic skills advancement credits during their course of study.

Below, find a full list of students who have met those requirements. Students are listed alphabetically by campus/site, state, city, and last name.

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