Ivy Tech Fort Wayne to host fall career fair with 70+ employers

Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus will host a Fall Career Fair this week, where more than 70 employers will be set up to meet with Ivy Tech students and alumni, as well as the community. Attendees are encouraged to bring their resumes and dress business casual/professionally.

Prior to the career fair, employers attending the fair will be able to learn about the benefits of Achieve Your Degree, an Ivy Tech program that partners with area businesses and institutions to provide a free community college education to employees. A Parkview Health representative will also discuss the benefits of Achieve Your Degree. Learn more about the program at IvyTech.edu/achieveyourdegree.

Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus
Coliseum Campus, Room 1640 and surrounding hallways
3800 N. Anthony Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
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Achieve Your Degree information: 11 a.m. to noon Nov. 8
Career Fair: 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 8

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne to celebrate first-generation students at College/ community event

TRIO Student Support Services at Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus is hosting the First-Generation College Student Celebration. The event, which is open to the public, will highlight the college experience of students who are the first in their families to attend college.

The celebration will feature a panel with a first-generation student and College faculty and staff, as well as music and lunch.

If you would like to highlight a first-generation student at the Fort Wayne Campus, you can contact Phyllis Lomanto at plomanto@ivytech.edu or 480-452-2959. Lomanto, who is studying Health Information Technology, is a first-generation college student and the president of TRIO’s Leadership Council.

TRIO offers services to students who are first-generation or low-income, as well as those with disabilities. The concept of “first-generation” students was introduced into federal policy by the TRIO community in 1980 during passage of the Higher Education Amendments to the Higher Education Act of 1965. Learn more at IvyTech.edu/northeast/trio.

Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus
Student Life Center commons
Fort Wayne, IN 46835
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11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 8

Inside Ivy Tech: Events Calendar

 Visit the Ivy Tech events calendar for regular updates.


Gaming developers lecture (Fort Wayne)
Nov. 10
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Directions: Coliseum Campus auditorium (Room 1200)
Interested in learning about gaming development? Two professional game developers will speak about their experiences: Brianna Wu, the founder of Giant Spacekat, a Boston-based independent video game development studio, and the co-developer of the online game Revolution 60; and Casey O’Donnell, the developer of the games Kerem B’Yavneh and Sparks of Eternity and a gaming lecturer and blogger.

International Education Week (Fort Wayne)
Nov. 13 to 16
Topics, times, and locations vary
Directions: Coliseum Campus, Student Life Center
As part of this international celebration, Ivy Tech is hosting a series of lectures and events.

Apprenticeship Fair (Fort Wayne)
Nov. 17
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Directions: Steel Dynamics, Inc. Keith E. Busse Technology Center
National Apprenticeship Week is from Nov. 13 to 19, and Ivy Tech’s Apprenticeship Fair will let you learn all about apprenticeships. Check out live demos and meet with area companies that have apprenticeship programs.


Environment and Culture in Belize (Warsaw)
Tentatively scheduled for March 10 to 17, 2018
Estimated cost: $3,149
This trip includes stops in Belize City, San Ignacio, and Ambergris Caye. We’ll interact with community members and visit an old sugar mill, a school, and jungle areas to identify how colonialism has had an impact on the peoples of Belize. For more information, contact Michael Slavkin at mslavkin1@ivytech.edu. Find full travel details online.

Ivyopoly Night (Wabash)
March 23
6 to 9:30 p.m.
Directions: Honeywell Center
Join us for our annual fundraiser to support students at Ivy Tech’s Wabash Site. This casual event includes a meal, silent auction, and one-hour of intense Monopoly play. Call 260-563-8828, ext. 6009 for more information.


Ivy Tech Fort Wayne announces IvyLiving enrichment class in holiday baking

This fall, Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus is continuing to offer IvyLiving classes—non-credit personal enrichment classes geared toward diverse community interests. Eight IvyLiving courses will run at different times between September and December. To learn more and sign-up for classes, visit IvyTech.edu/northeast/living.

Thanksgiving Baking

Hang out with other home-bakers and knock out all of your Thanksgiving baking in just a few hours under the direction of a local pastry chef. You’ll leave class with a fruit pie, pumpkin pie, and dinner rolls to serve to your family. Keep your kitchen clean for the turkey, and get the desserts out of the way early.

Nov. 21
6–9 p.m.
Cost: $65
Registration Deadline: Nov. 14

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

Attention readers: It’s National Author’s Day!

On the list of strange holidays you’ve never heard of that take place each year, National Author’s Day has to be one of the best (at least for this book lover).

From NationalDayCalendar.com:

“After her grandmother’s death in 1968, Sue Cole promoted the observance of National Author’s Day. She urged people to write a note to their favorite author on Nov. 1, to ‘brighten up the sometimes lonely business of being a writer.’ She also suggested flying the American flag as another way of showing appreciation for the men and women who have created American literature.”

Celebrating it is easy: Support your favorite authors by purchasing a book by them, and share about it on social media with #NationalAuthorsDay. Not sure where to start? I asked the Ivy Tech librarians to suggest some authors students should be familiar with.


  • Brené Brown: “Brené is a scholar, author, and research professor. Her books are engaging, inspiring, and will move you to live courageously. Students (or any reader) would be empowered by what she has to say. The library recently acquired her most recently published book, Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone.” suggested by Nicole Treesh, library director
  • Maya Angelou: “Maya is someone everyone should know by name. She was a poet, a writer, and a civil rights activist. Her words of wisdom are timeless. The library has many of her books including I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” suggested by Treesh
  • Margaret Atwood: “I know this is a trendy choice, since The Handmaid’s Tale TV series is currently so popular and critically acclaimed, but one of my reasons for picking it is because of its remarkable longevity. I’m old enough that I recall reading it when it first came out in 1985, and the fact that it’s still relevant – maybe even more relevant now – is amazing. I remember being absolutely chilled and horrified by Atwood’s vision of the future. Today’s students should read it not only because it’s a cautionary tale, but because Atwood is a darn good storyteller and the story itself will haunt them for the next 30 years – which is exactly what a great book should do.” suggested by Carol Gibbs, library assistant


  • Louise Erdich: “Her stories are about complicated characters dealing with history and the present, and although they struggle, things always work out in ways that uplift the human spirit.” suggested by Ann Morrison Spinney, librarian
  • Neil Gaiman: “I love how he usually mixes in a little mythology to his writing and presents a mixture of fantasy and suspense. A couple of spooky ones we have are Coraline and The Graveyard Book – both written for younger readers, but excellent reads for adults as well. We have his recent Norse Mythology on the shelf, too.” suggested by Liz Metz, librarian


  • Michael McGreger: “Physician, author, and internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety, and public health issues. One of my favorites is How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease, the book that will change your perception of health and nutrition. I like his books because they are based on meticulously documented scientific studies that McGreger translates and summarizes for you in plain English.” suggested by Elina Puckett, librarian
  • Frank Herbert: “He writes science fiction like Tolkein does for fantasy.” suggested by Jonathan Puckett, library clerk
  • John Scalzi: “A clever writer who injects plenty of humor into his stories.” suggested by Puckett

Who are some of your favorite authors? Share them in the comments!

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

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 msturm7@ivytech.edu or 260-480-2010. Donations to this year’s total can still be made at IvyTech.edu/reason.

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

Happy November: Things to do

Thanksgiving is less than a month away … how did that happen?

As the end of the year looms, the time seem to speed by even faster. Don’t forget to savor the days. Here are some of the ways we’re helping you do that at Ivy Tech. Mark your calendars!

Painting with a Purpose

5 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 1, Anthony Commons, Coliseum Campus
Stop by to paint a canvas and talk diversity with American Honors & ¡GOAL y Amigos!

Free popcorn

1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 2, Anthony Commons, Coliseum Campus; and Student Life Center commons
As part of Career Development Week, stop by and get your free popcorn.

Free professional headshots

1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 3, Student Life Center room 136
Also part of Career Development Week, learn the basics of LinkedIn and get a professional headshot taken.

Fall Career Fair

1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 8, Coliseum Campus room 1640
Need a job? Bring copies of your resume and dress professionally to meet with more than 50 area businesses who are looking for employees.

Gaming developers lecture

6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 10, Coliseum Campus auditorium (room 1200)
Interested in learning about gaming development? Two professional game developers will speak about their experiences: Brianna Wu, the founder of Giant Spacekat, a Boston-based independent video game development studio, and the co-developer of the online game Revolution 60; and Casey O’Donnell, the developer of the games Kerem B’Yavneh and Sparks of Eternity and a gaming lecturer and blogger.

International Education Week

Nov. 13 to 16, Coliseum Campus, Student Life Center
As part of this international celebration, Ivy Tech is hosting a series of lectures and events.

Apprenticeship Fair

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 17, Steel Dynamics, Inc. Keith E. Busse Technology Center
National Apprenticeship Week is from Nov. 13 to 19, and Ivy Tech’s Apprenticeship Fair will let you learn all about apprenticeships. Check out live demos and meet with area  companies that have apprenticeship programs.

Fall break

Nov. 21 to 26
Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy your time off with your family.

Paint and Plant

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 29, Student Life Center
Stop by this WOW Wednesday event and paint a planter–then fill it with your favorite plants.

Fort Wayne Campus to host Apprenticeship Fair as part of national celebration

Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus will host an Apprenticeship Fair for students and community members interested in learning more about apprenticeships and how to become an apprentice. Attendees can speak with northeast Indiana companies that have registered apprenticeship programs and see live demonstrations.

The event is being hosted in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Labor’s National Apprenticeship Week, which is from Nov. 13 to 19. The national celebration “offers leaders in business, labor, education, and other critical partners a chance to express their support for apprenticeship,” according to the labor department’s website. “The weekly events highlight the benefits of apprenticeship in preparing a highly skilled workforce to meet the talent needs of employers across diverse industries.”

Learn more at dol.gov/apprenticeship/naw.

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 17

Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus
Steel Dynamics, Inc. Keith E. Busse Technology Center
3701 Dean Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46835

Who’s That: Meet Zeke Bryant, the video guy

Chances are, you’ve seen Zeke Bryant around campus before. He might have been hiding behind a camera, but he was probably there, shooting video or taking photos of your student event. Zeke is the College’s multimedia specialist, which means he’s responsible for taking video and photographs to help promote all of your successes.

Meet Zeke!

How would you describe your job?
I manage the Media Services office for the Fort Wayne Campus. I produce video, audio, and photography for internal and external use. My productions are used to promote events, clubs, academic programs, etc. I also equip audio/visual needs for events. My area is in charge of installing and repairing projectors and audio in classrooms and specialty rooms.

Zeke Bryant is the College’s multimedia specialist.

Where have we seen you around campus?
You may have seen me taking pictures at campus or student events. Perhaps setting up for a video shoot in a classroom or lab.

What’s your favorite part about your job?
First, no day is the same as the next. Each project has its own unique needs. Second is drawing attention to a specific need or focus artistically.

What’s the best thing about documenting days and events at Ivy Tech?
The reaction from people when they learn something new about Ivy Tech.

Zeke is always looking for interns. Want a chance to work with and learn from him? You should be familiar with Adobe Premiere and Photoshop and know your way around a prosumer still camera and prosumer video cameras. Self-motivation is a must. “I am a ‘hands-on is the way you learn’ guy,” he says. “I hand projects over with deadlines or a portion of it to complete.” Email him at ebryant14@ivytech.edu. To learn more about internship requirements, contact your advisor or program chair. Interested in working with Zeke as a work-study student? Check your eligibility with the Financial Aid office in Room 118 at the Student Life Center. 

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

Fort Wayne Campus to offer events to celebrate November’s International Education Week

International Education Week, from Nov. 13 to 17, is a joint initiative between the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of State, meant “to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide … Education is part of our efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences,” according to the U.S. Department of State website.

Locally, Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus is celebrating International Education Week with a schedule of events from Nov. 13 to 16.

Events are located in the Coliseum Campus (3800 N. Anthony Blvd., Fort Wayne) or the Student Life Center (3701 Dean Drive, Fort Wayne).

Inequality: International and Intranational

Presented by economics assistant professor Matt Fisher
Noon to 1 p.m. Nov. 13, Coliseum Campus Room 2316

Fomenting Dissent: Black Resistance to Post-Racialism in the Internet Age, followed by an open forum on race in America
Presented by sociology assistant professor Lisa Beringer
Lecture: Noon to 1 p.m. Nov. 14
Open forum: 1 to 2 p.m. Nov. 14
Coliseum Campus Room 2348/2350

Global Village
Visit tables representing different countries and sample traditional ethnic food. Learn about the various cultures represented by students, faculty, and staff at Ivy Tech. Lunch and desserts will be provided.
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 15, Student Life Center main hall

Music Universe, Music Mind: Afro-Caribbean Musical Currents
Performance by Stann Champion, musician, artist, and activist
Noon to 1 p.m. Nov. 15, Blue Bamboo Café in the Student Life Center

Three Ways of Making Moral Decisions
Presented by philosophy instructor Jacob Witucki
Noon to 1 p.m. Nov. 16, Coliseum Campus Room 2316

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