Ivy Tech Fort Wayne to host School of Business Job Fair on Oct. 29

Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus will host the School of Business Job Fair where recruiters will meet with Ivy Tech students and alumni, as well as the community. Attendees are encouraged to bring their resumes and dress professionally.

Employers in attendance will include Benchmark Human Services, Buchanan Hauling and Rigging, CTS Driving Academy, Eaton Corporation, Elkhart Products Corporation, Family Dollar Distribution Center, Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation, Mike’s Carwash, Northwestern Mutual Indiana, Parkview Health, Peyton’s Northern, Mary Kay Sales, Rea Magnet Wire, Sarkes Tarzian, Shiloh, Tenneco, Trine Online, Universal Dedicated of Fort Wayne, and US Census Bureau.

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne also has programs for potential students interested in a career in business, including the Business Administration program and the Business Operations, Applications and Technology program. Representatives from the CDL training program will be at the job fair to answer questions.

For more information, call 260-481-2282. WHEN:
10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 29
The event is free and open to the public.

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s Coliseum Campus
3800 N. Anthony Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s A Reason to Taste annual culinary fundraiser scheduled for Nov. 2

Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus will host the eighth annual A Reason to Taste fundraiser in November. This year’s theme is Rue de Paris. Guests will enjoy an interactive culinary cabaret while they stroll down the streets of Paris, visit street vendors with fabulous food, and enjoy the sounds and sights of wandering musicians and performers.

The five food exhibits, paired with French wines, will be prepared by Hospitality Administration students and graduates who won the European Competition in January. The competition prize was a summer trip to France to study culinary arts. Students create the menu at A Reason to Taste based upon their experiences abroad.

Tickets are $150 each and are available online at IvyTech.edu/reason. Proceeds will fund scholarships and programs for students at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne.

Parkview Health is A Reason to Taste’s presenting sponsor. PROFED Credit Union is the event’s reception sponsor.

Saturday, Nov. 2
Cocktails begin at 6 p.m.
Dinner begins at 6:45 p.m.

The Mirro Center for Research and Innovation
10622 Parkview Plaza Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46845

Meijer donates $1,000 for Ivy Tech Warsaw’s food pantry

Tara Kuhmichel, Ivy Tech Warsaw’s Workforce Alignment and Achieve Your Degree Coordinator; Brock Heyneman, Meijer Warsaw Store Director; Dr. Allyn Decker, Vice Chancellor for Ivy Tech Warsaw

On September 30, Meijer donated $1,000.00 in gift cards for Ivy Tech Community College Warsaw’s Basics Bank, an emergency food and supply pantry that opened January 2019. The donation was granted in the form of gift cards so Ivy Tech Warsaw can have the flexibility to locally purchase an assortment of emergency supplies.

The emergency food pantry will help in-need students who may get financial aid to cover tuition and books but lack the necessary funds for everyday items. Giving free pantry items to food-insecure students will help remove barriers to their academic success.

“On behalf of Ivy Tech Warsaw students, we want to express our gratitude to Brock Heyneman and his team at the Meijer Warsaw store,” says Allyn Decker, Vice Chancellor for Ivy Tech Warsaw. “Eliminating hunger as a barrier to learning means that even more local students can achieve their academic and career goals.”

“Supporting our neighbor, Ivy Tech, means Meijer is potentially supporting our entire community, and we are happy to invest in this worthy project,” says Brock Heyneman, Meijer Warsaw Store Director.

In addition to this generous donation from Meijer, Ivy Tech Warsaw’s women’s philanthropy group, Circle of Ivy, and a donor from the Kosciusko County Community Foundation also contributed to this project. The combined funds should keep the emergency pantry stocked for another year.

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne honored with four marketing awards at district conference

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

The staff received:

  • A gold in E-Cards, for the 2018 holiday e-card featuring one of Ivy Tech Fort Wayne Chancellor Jerrilee Mosier’s traditional holiday recipes.
  • A bronze in Logo Design, for Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s 50th anniversary logo.
  • A bronze in Electronic Newsletter, for the community-focused Inside Ivy Tech electronic newsletter.
  • A bronze in Microsite, for Career Pathways, an interactive website dedicated to helping students develop a career path and follow it after graduation.

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne invites community to Trunk-or-Treat on Oct. 16

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 Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s North Campus, and their trunks will be full of candy for trick-or-treaters. Kids can also ride a trackless train, create crafts, play games, and more.

6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 16

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne
The Steel Dynamics, Inc. Keith E. Busse Technology Center parking lot
3701 Dean Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46835
Get directions

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne students compete in AT&T FirstNet Hackathon, win 1st place for opioid crisis app

Four students from Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne participated in the AT&T FirstNet Hackathon on Sept. 13–14 as part of a team comprised of fifteen students from seven Ivy Tech campuses across Indiana. The collaborative Ivy Tech team won first place in “Best App for the Opioid Crisis” and second place in the “Best App from a Student Team” categories, taking home a total of $7,000 in prize money.

The fourth annual Hackathon gathered software developers from across Indiana to create mobile apps that could assist firefighters, law enforcement, and emergency management services. Developers worked non-stop over 24 hrs. to create mobile apps in the following categories: public safety, the opioid crisis and improved engagement between first responders and the communities they serve.

Ivy Tech students developed a mobile app focused on having qualified/trained community members register as potential aids to assist first responders. The volunteers could be trained to administer Narcan, a drug that can counteract an opioid overdose. If a 9-1-1 call is received and the emergency occurred near a properly trained community member, they could assist by arriving and rendering first aid while emergency crews were still responding. The app would also provide the civilian volunteers with advice on how to assist the patient pending arrival of emergency crews.

The four students from Ivy Tech Fort Wayne who competed in the Hackathon are James Anunda, Kendall Arnold, Shannen Regan, and John Bradin. Ivy Tech Fort Wayne faculty members Kris Roberts, department chair for Information Technology, and Lucy La Hurreau, assistant professor for Cyber-Security-Information Assurance, supported the student team. This is the first time students from Ivy Tech Fort Wayne have competed in the event.

“This is a win for Ivy Tech because it demonstrates that students from various campuses can come together and collaborate as a team while competing against other organizations and demonstrate their prowess in software development and information technology,” says Roberts. “Taking second in ‘Best App from a Student Team’ and first place for ‘Best App for the Opioid Crisis’ categories is kudos to their abilities and to Ivy Tech in general.”

Matt Anderson of Anderson Manufacturing Inc. wins 2019 New Venture Competition at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne

(l-r) Assistant Professor Tony Ramey, Ivy Tech Fort Wayne Chancellor Jerrilee Mosier, Mary Bear (JB Tool, Die & Engineering Inc), Matt Anderson, Dave Bear (JB Tool, Die & Engineering Inc), and Executive Director of Resource Development Margaret Sturm

Matt Anderson has been named champion of Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne’s New Venture Competition, which took place Wednesday evening on Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s Coliseum Campus. He won $20,000 in capital for his business, Anderson Manufacturing Inc.

Anderson Manufacturing Inc. specializes in the design and manufacturing of innovative work holding solutions for CNC machine shops. Their Serra Jaw allows machine shops to begin the machining process right away without the need to design complicated fixtures or purchase special jaws to hold their parts.

Anderson saw small to medium sized machine shops struggling to stay competitive against larger manufacturing solutions and started Anderson Manufacturing Inc. to combat the problem in May 2018. Since then, the company has sold 303 sets of Serra Jaws for a total of $23,000.

With the $20,000 he wins from the New Venture Competition, Anderson will expand operations by increasing his marketing budget and purchasing equipment that can help increase production, including a laser engraver, quick change vacuum pallet system, and automated surface grinder.

He and two other finalists presented their business plans to a room full of community business people, and Anderson says he is grateful for the New Venture competition for the opportunity to grow his business.

“It means everything to have won this competition,” says Anderson. “Everything about entrepreneurship is incredibly difficult, and it can feel like all the odds are against you. But to have people who are willing to fund your company and invest in the future of entrepreneurship is incredibly special.”

Anderson presented his business plan to more than 30 community professionals, who served as judges. The other finalists were Evan Hendsbee, of Kingdom Film Company, LLC, a video production company that specializes in editing services for churches and businesses; and Jeffrey M. Sonner, of Just-A-Little-Smoke BBQ, a startup BBQ trailer with a custom-designed and built smoker and full service food trailer.

Each finalist presented for 15 minutes. After the presentations, judges were given an additional 10 minutes for a question-and-answer session. The judges had been provided the contestants’ business plans prior to the event.

The New Venture Competition’s presenting sponsor was Dave and Mary Bear of JB Tool, Die & Engineering Inc. The awards dinner sponsor was ProFed Federal Credit Union, and the competition was in collaboration with Fort Wayne SCORE.

Learn more about the New Venture Competition at IvyTech.edu/fortwayne/newventure. Learn more about studying entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne at IvyTech.edu/study-entrepreneurship.

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne and Warsaw to host October Express Enrollment Day for October 28 start

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.

Registration is now open for classes starting in October. Students should bring their most recent tax returns for financial aid, and their previous high school or college transcripts for assessment.

Prospective students can visit IvyTech.edu/EEDay to learn more. For students who have not applied or assessed, it’s important to attend the event earlier in the day so there’s enough time to get through all of the enrollment steps. Classes begin Oct. 28. Students can also register for spring 2020 semester, which starts Jan. 13.

9 a.m. to 6 p.m. October 10

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

Ivy Tech Warsaw
2545 Silveus Crossing
Warsaw, IN 46582

The Dirty Dozen

By guest writer Alex Vela

My name is Alex Vela, and I am a recent graduate of Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne. I was a part of the first Ivy Tech Titans baseball program, and I am completely honored to be one of the founding players.

After graduating from Ivy Tech, I received a full ride to play baseball at the University of Indianapolis. Here I’m a Junior transfer studying Sports Communication and minoring in Business. It has been quite the change coming from a Community College, but a change that I was expecting and ready for from my time at Ivy Tech.

I hope to be able to play professional baseball sometime after I graduate. It is every athlete’s dream to make it big and be one of the best to play. That is my dream, and I understand how difficult it is.

When I really think about it, the reason I went to Ivy Tech was to play baseball. I only had one offer coming out of high school, and it wasn’t close to a full ride. I would have been paying loads of money just to continue to play a game I’ve played since I was a child. That’s when Ivy Tech had announced they were starting a baseball program in the fall of 2017, and I drove to Fort Wayne for a meeting with the legendary Coach Hershberger.

Coach Hershberger is a man who not only started up the NAIA powerhouse in Indiana Tech, but one who gets the most out of his players. Many people might not like or agree with his tactics, but no one can argue with the success he’s seen over his career. I want to thank Coach Hersh for being a great coach to me and for teaching me so much more about baseball. I hope I was a good example for you and my teammates, and for the future Ivy Tech Titans for years to come. Thank you for everything Coach.

After that meeting, I knew exactly what to do. I had to take a chance on myself. I believe I decided to go to Ivy Tech to grow not only as a baseball player, but as a person. I was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, so I made a big decision moving to Fort Wayne to live in an apartment away from my family and friends and go to a brand new program and school, but I’m thankful for everyone at Ivy Tech and in Fort Wayne.

Ivy Tech is special for so many reasons, and now it’s a place where students can not only continue to get an education, but keep playing competitive sports. I believe that the past two years started the movement, and the future recruits will bring even more positive attention to the school and the program. Many people I talk to don’t believe me when I tell them that I played baseball at Ivy Tech for the last two years. Those confused and questioning stares are something I’ve gotten used to, but I’m excited to look back at this team in 30, 40, 50 years and say, “That’s what we started.”

The first season in Ivy Tech’s existence for baseball saw many obstacles. Of course it would. What else would you expect for a brand-new program? We had about 50 guys at the first meeting, and that number soon dropped to about 30 by the end of our fall season and leading into winter break. By the end of the season, there were 12 healthy guys suiting up on game day. Our Coach called us the “Dirty Dozen,” and that nickname kind of stuck. This caught the attention of the local media, and we had news reporters and writers coming out to our practices and games asking us how we were doing it. The answer was simple, we loved the game and we loved one another. Any of us could have decided not to show up for the other guys, which meant we probably wouldn’t have had enough players. However, we kept coming back to play the game we all loved so much.

While we ultimately came up short in our goal to win a National Championship the following year, I believe that we still achieved something important. We showed the value of Ivy Tech’s baseball program and laid a foundation for the future. I want to thank the guys from the Dirty Dozen and the recruits from this past year for allowing me to be their teammate and friend; we truly started something special.

Near the end of my final season at Ivy Tech,we had our baseball banquet and awards ceremony. That night I received the Bunting Award, MVP and the Titan Award (which I had received the previous year). I am most proud of the Titan Award, because it’s given to the individual who embodies what it means to be a “Titan” on and off the field. I was called up by Coach Hershberger along with my family to receive these awards. He also announced that going forward it will now be called the “Alex Vela Titan Award,” and that the #22 jersey I wore the past two seasons would be retired.

Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would have an award named after me or my jersey retired by a baseball team. It’s something I sort of try to avoid talking about for my own reasons, but I’m very thankful for the coaching staff for believing in me and thinking so highly of me as a person and ballplayer.

However, baseball will always be a team game. I’m nothing without those eight other guys on the field, I’m nothing without those coaches, and I’m nothing without my family and friends. I’m thankful for everyone who has made a boy’s dream to play baseball a reality.

One last time, thank you, Ivy Tech, for allowing me to represent you both on and off the field.

Alex Vela, #22

High school students invited to Ivy Tech Fort Wayne for fall Go Ivy Day

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne invites area high school students to Go Ivy Day on Oct. 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Student Life Center. At Go Ivy Day, students can learn about attending college at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne. Activities include a free lunch and allow participants to:

  • Explore degree and certificate programs
  • Meet with faculty
  • Tour campus
  • Meet current and other prospective Ivy Tech Fort Wayne students
  • Learn about scholarships and financial aid
  • And more

Learn more at IvyTech.edu/goivyday.

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

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 11