Fort Wayne Campus, Warsaw Site announce spring 2018 Dean’s List

Ivy Tech Community College is pleased to announce the Spring 2018 Dean’s List for the Fort Wayne Campus and the Warsaw Site. 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.

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Fort Wayne TRIO student finalist for regional scholarship

Julie Perez, a Human Services student at Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus, has been nominated as the Indiana finalist for the 2018 Educational Opportunity Association’s Phyllis Gray Memorial Scholarship. Perez, who is a member of Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s TRIO Leadership Council, and nine other students from across the association’s 10-state region are semi-finalists for the scholarship.



“She is such a positive influence,” says TRIO director Beth Clemons of Perez, who is a mother of five. “She’s a perfect example that, no matter a student’s situation, they can accomplish their dreams.”


Perez and the other semi-finalists were nominated by their respective TRIO Student Support Service chapters. TRIO is a U.S. Department of Education-funded program that provides services for students who are first-generation, are low-income, or have a disability.


Additionally, Perez is the winner of two scholarships from Indiana TRIO, the statewide association.


Visit to learn more about TRIO and click here to learn more about the scholarship. The Educational Opportunity Association is the Midwest organization of TRIO staff and other access and success professionals.

Fort Wayne announces student winners of annual Ink Cloud poetry contest

Each April, the library at Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus hosts Ink Cloud, a poetry competition. Students are invited to submit their original poems for judging by an employee panel.


This year’s first place winner is Danica Navarrete, a Liberal Arts student. Josalein Valenzuela, an Education student, won second place. Both are from Fort Wayne.


“The judging process is always interesting because each judge brings their own likes and dislikes to the table,” says David Winn, a library clerk who organizes Ink Cloud. “Creativity is always the biggest thing that stands out, whether it’s in the concept of the poem or how words are used to say something in a unique way.”


In Navarrete’s poem, she used concrete images of day-to-day life growing up to elevate the piece to something more than a poem about the hurricane, he says. Valenzuela pulled the imagery together to produce a tone between melancholy and nostalgia.


“There was a lot the we could read into it as judges with our own personal experiences, and that makes a poem powerful,” Winn says.


Ink Cloud is hosted in conjunction with National Poetry Month, which is April. National Poetry Month is the world’s largest literary celebration, founded by the Academy of American Poets in 1996.


Here are the winning poems:

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Ten dual credit students graduate with Machine Tool credential from Warsaw Site

Ten students from Warsaw’s Orthopedic and Advanced Manufacturing Training Center graduated Friday from Ivy Tech Community College’s Warsaw Site. Seven of those students earned a certificate in Machine Tool Technology, and three, who earned their certificate last year, earned their technical certificate this year, which means those students have the first year of their two-year associate degree finished.


The students earning their certificate are Jacob Barker, Jameson Baker, Tristyn Lewis, Matthew Shoemaker, Derek Hunsberger, Travis Hyden, and Tyler Hitchcock. The students earning their technical certificate are Craig Ronk, Miguel Juarez Cervantez, and Larry Hollar.

Ten students from Warsaw’s Orthopedic and Advanced Manufacturing Training Center graduated Friday from Ivy Tech Community College’s Warsaw Site. Pictured, from left, are instructor Dann Adkins, Tristyn Lewis, Jacob Barker, Travis Hyden, Jameson Baker, Derek Hunsberger, Tyler Hitchcock, Matthew Shoemaker, and instructor Shane Albright.


The Center provides college-based high school dual credit classes, which means those 10 students earned high school and Ivy Tech credit simultaneously. They represent high schools including Tippecanoe Valley and Warsaw Community high schools.


All student expenses were funded by the following companies: DePuy Synthes, Instrumental Machine & Development, Kiwanis Club of Warsaw, Medtronic, Paragon Medical, Precision Medical Technologies, Kosciusko County Community Foundation, and Zimmer Biomet.


Visit to learn more about Ivy Tech’s Machine Tool program. Visit to learn more about the training center.


Fort Wayne graduates more than 1,000 at 48th annual commencement ceremony

Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus celebrated its 48th annual commencement ceremony tonight at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. The College graduated more than 1,000 students in Fort Wayne and awarded nearly 1,300 associate degrees, certificates, and technical certificates.


STUDENT SPEAKER: The class of 2018’s student speaker was Brandon Krontz, who graduated with an associate degree in criminal justice. When he first began attending Ivy Tech, he lived in a homeless shelter for veterans. Today, he is married, and his blended family has seven children. Krontz is a Dean’s List student and wrote in his speaker application, “I have been clean and sober since Sept. 18, 2014.”

BUD CURTIS AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING STUDENT: The College gives two Curtis Awards each year: one recognizing an outstanding graduate from the College’s career and technical schools, and the other, the university/transfer schools. This year’s winners are Adama Samba, from the School of Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering, & Applied Science; and Cynthia Korbeck-Black, from the School of Health Sciences.

The Bud Curtis Award winners are chosen from among the Ivy Tech Fort Wayne Outstanding Student Awards, which are awarded to one student per academic school. This year’s remaining Outstanding Student Awards went to the following students:

  • Patrick Conway, School of Arts, Sciences, & Education
  • Dawn Jackson, School of Business, Logistics, & Supply Chain
  • Kim Amato, School of Information Technology
  • Susannah Chase, School of Nursing
  • Sheryl Kreig, School of Public Affairs & Social Services

PRESIDENT’S AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN INSTRUCTION: Each Ivy Tech across the state nominates the winner of its President’s Award, which goes to a full-time faculty member, for the Founder’s Award for Excellence in Instruction. Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s nominee is Tony Ramey, assistant professor of Business Administration.

ADJUNCT FACULTY AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN INSTRUCTION: Each Ivy Tech across the state nominates the winner of its Adjunct Faculty Award, which goes to a part-time faculty member, for the Gerald I. Lamkin Award for adjunct faculty members. Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s nominee is math instructor Margaret Hall.

SPECIAL NOTE: Students and guests used #IvyTechGrad to discuss the ceremony and festivities on social media. Use the hashtag to view graduation photos and messages of encouragement on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

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.


Visit to learn more about LEAD.

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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Inside Ivy Tech: Beethoven-themed fundraising gala brings in more than $90k

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The night belonged to German composer Ludwig van Beethoven, as well as his many admirers.

In its sixth year, A Reason to Taste–the largest annual fundraising event for Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus–was influenced by German classical music and cuisine. The charitable gala raised more than $90,000 on Oct. 28.

Donations to the Ivy Tech Foundation came through corporate sponsorships, silent and live auctions, and individual donations and benefited student scholarships, academic programs, and the Ivy Tech Titans Baseball Program. (The Ivy Tech Titans is a self-supported intercollegiate athletics baseball team that will begin formal play in the spring).

“I asked one of the donors after, did she have fun,” says Margaret Sturm, executive director of Resource Development. “She was at a table where she didn’t know anyone. She said, ‘You don’t need to know anyone because we’re all here for the same reason. It’s for the students, so everybody has something in common.’”

Students who won the European Competition at Ivy Tech’s Fort Wayne Campus in January created the menu and prepared the dinner for A Reason to Taste guests on Oct. 28.

At A Reason to Taste: Moonlight Sonata, guests were entertained by Beethoven’s compositions, and they enjoyed a multi-course menu prepared by students in Hospitality Administration who won an opportunity to study culinary arts in France and Germany this spring. Those students were winners of the College’s European Competition, hosted in January. They created the fundraiser’s menu based on their trip, and they cooked the dinner at the fundraiser.

Linda Jackson of Fort Wayne’s NBC emceed the event, which was hosted at Parkview Health’s Mirro Center for Research and Innovation. Donna Packnett, a community volunteer who has worked with A Reason to Taste since its inception, won the evening’s Ivy Award, which is presented to someone who exhibits outstanding community service and leadership in northeast Indiana.

Next year’s event is tentatively scheduled for mid-October. Those who are interested in sponsorship opportunities and/or serving on next year’s planning committee can contact Sturm at or 260-480-2010. Donations to this year’s total can still be made at

Thompson and Nance

Approximately 220 guests were entertained by Emily Thompson and Robert Nance, who played a variety of Beethoven’s late 18th- and early 19th-century compositions.

Check out two videos broadcast at the event and featured on the College’s YouTube channel:

  • Lawrence Davis and Lydia Yaste are two of eight students who won the Chopped-style European Competition at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne in January. They traveled to France and Germany to study the culinary arts with the other winners. Based on the trip, the group helped create the menu for A Reason to Taste: be/MZY3opNm_9Q
  • Hospitality Administration chair Jeff Albertson and Richard Owens, a student in the program, talk about Grasshopper, the College’s food truck. A portion of the money raised at A Reason to Taste will benefit the food truck’s operation: be/5uLilHmlwPQ

Presenting sponsor: Parkview Health

Reception sponsor: Plumbers & Steamfitters Local Union 166

Beverage sponsor: Calhoun Street Soups, Salads, & Spirits

Corporate sponsors: 80/20, Inc., Auburn Gear, BFGoodrich, Barnes & Thornburg, LLP, Brooks Construction Company, Inc., Fort Wayne Metals, Greater Fort Wayne Inc., Hagerman Construction Group, Ivy Tech Foundation, The James Foundation, Inc., Kelley Automotive, Lincoln Financial Foundation, PNC Bank, Questa Foundation, STAR Financial Bank, Sweetwater Sound, Whitley Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Media sponsor: Fort Wayne’s NBC

Event partners: A Party Apart, Armstrong Flowers, Cap ‘n Cork, Coplin Piano Service, Schrader Real Estate and Auction Co.

Entertainment: Emily Thompson, violin; Robert Nance, piano