College to host enrollment day for summer, fall enrollment

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 for summer and fall classes is now open. Summer students should bring their 2015 tax returns for financial aid, and fall students should bring their 2016 tax returns for financial aid. All students should bring their previous high school or college transcripts for assessment.

Prospective students can visit to learn more. Summer classes begin June 4, and fall classes begin Aug. 20.

9 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 30

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

Warsaw Site
2545 Silveus Crossing
Warsaw, IN 46582

Ivy Tech, Head Start to partner for Ivy Works info session

Ivy Works is a program that helps SNAP-benefit recipients remove nonacademic barriers to successful enrollment and completion of workforce programs. Eligible students receive support for areas including transportation and childcare.

Stop by this info night to learn more about and enroll in Ivy Works, which is open to anyone enrolled in SNAP benefits who would like to receive short-term training at Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus. Information will include financial aid options. Classes start June 4.

Learn more about Ivy Works online.

5:30 to 7 p.m. April 12

Brightpoint Head Start
2901 N. Clinton St.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805

Fort Wayne to host lunch highlighting employer services, partnerships

At Lunch and Learn, Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus will provide information about employer services and partnerships available, including

  • Achieve Your Degree
  • Academic programs
  • Workforce alignment
  • Short-term training programs
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Apprenticeships
  • Career Development
  • Community campuses

Local employers and community members are invited. Attendees can RSVP to Jennifer Krupa at or 260-481-2269.

Noon to 1:30 p.m. April 26

Ivy Tech’s Coliseum Campus, Hospitality Room (Room 1696)
3800 N. Anthony Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805

Who’s that? Meet Tim Ross, enrollment expert extraordinaire

It is really rewarding to begin helping a student start in the enrollment process, resolve an issue with financial aid, choose classes, or realize they don’t have to hate math anymore and then see the same student at graduation.

It may be that you haven’t seen Tim Ross since before you were a student, but chances are pretty good that he helped you enroll at Ivy Tech–especially if you used the Express Enrollment Center. Tim is the assistant director of Express Enrollment and Community Outreach, and he can help students nearly each step of the way to get them enrolled at Ivy Tech.

Meet Tim!

Where have students likely seen you around campus?
I spend the majority of my time in the Express Enrollment Center; however, I also work in our Huntington County Community Learning Center office two days each week, I travel to local high schools for mobile enrollment events, and I meet with students on the Coliseum Campus. Additionally, I have met with students to assist them at multiple coffee shops, Krogers, malls, gyms, and a variety of other locations in Fort Wayne.


How would you describe your job?
The words that spring to mind are “chaotic,” “variety,” and “rewarding.” I am involved in multiple processes the directly involve student interaction from initial enrollment through graduation. I can process an application, give someone the Accuplacer, advise students, teach math (although it’s been a while), tutor, help with all facets of financial aid, and process the audit that says a student has met all requirements for graduation. I see my role as one of support, and I am committed to helping students succeed.

What’s your favorite part of your job?
The favorite part of my job is working one-on-one with students! I truly enjoy working with students so much that I often adopt them. I began that in my previous role as the director of TRIO. The best part of being an employee at Ivy Tech is investing time into the success of the students I get to interact with. It is really rewarding to begin helping a student start in the enrollment process, resolve an issue with financial aid, choose classes, or realize they don’t have to hate math anymore and then see the same student at graduation. While many of the tasks I have performed at Ivy Tech are the same, the students are different. Those students are why I keep coming back.

What’s the best book you had to read in college?
My math book. I taught three semesters of math at a point where I had some extra time. I wanted to do well and I actually read the textbook prior to teaching each week. In doing so, I realized that, in all my years of taking classes, K to 12 and beyond, I had never actually read a math book. I always just looked for an example problem that looked like the one I was trying to solve. I found so many exciting things that were helpful by reading the best book I had never read. My advice: Read the whole book!

What’s an Ivy Tech class you’d love to take right now?
Photography. I love taking pictures and have run my own business for many years. Each time I touch a camera or talk with another photographer, I learn something new. I want to continue that growth of knowledge, and I hear we offer an excellent course in photography.

Happy April: Things to do this month

Happy April! In my experience, it always snows one more time in April, usually around mid month, then we’re smooth sailing for spring.

As the semester winds down, here are some things to keep in mind to keep you busy this coming month (and into May: Finals start May 7).

Edible Book Festival

Noon to 2 p.m. April 2 Student Life Center gym
Students and community members pick a book and make an edible version out of its plot, title, characters, cover, or any other way they can connect it. The fest is full of cakes, yes, but there’s usually a savory option or two to balance the sweet. Check out everyone’s creations for the first hour, then eat everyone’s creations for the second. There’ll also be events for kids.

Some hospitality students make edible book cakes for their final projects, like this student at the 2017 festival.

Titans game

2 to 3 p.m., 4 to 5 p.m. April 3 at Shoaff Park
Have you been to a Titans baseball game yet? They play Michigan’s Glen Oaks Community College. If you can’t make it …

Titans game

6 to 7 p.m. April 4 at Indiana Tech
… they play the Indiana Tech Warriors the very next day.

Classical Cuisine dinner

6:15, 6:30, and 6:45 sit-down times April 5, 12, and 19 in the hospitality room on Coliseum Campus
Hospitality administration students serve up classic French cuisine. Tickets are $20 a person, and wine is available for purchase. Call 260-480-2002 to RSVP, and learn more online.

Spring Etiquette Dinner

6 to 8 p.m. April 11 at the Coliseum Campus
This free dinner, open to 100 guests, includes a professional etiquette presentation. Learn more online, and register for the dinner on HireIvy.

Titans game

1 to 2 p.m., 3 to 4 p.m. April 22 at Schoaff Park
The Titans play against the University of Saint Francis Cougars.

Healthcare Career Fair

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  April 24 in room 1640, Coliseum Campus
Calling all healthcare majors! Stop by this career fair to network with employers from all areas of the healthcare industry, including nursing, patient care, pharmacy tech, health info tech, massage, and more.

Robotics networking event

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 25 at the Steel Dynamics, Inc. Keith E. Busse Technology Center
Attention students studying Advanced Automaton and Robotics Technology and/or Industrial Technology: Stop by the Student/Employer Networking Event to network with employers in your field.

Touch-a-Truck 2016


10 a.m. to noon April 28 at Coliseum Campus parking lot
Bring your children to this free family event, where dozens of trucks will be parked. Get an up-close look and talk to the drivers.

Finals week at the library

May 7 to 11 at the Coliseum Campus library
Stop by the library for stress-relief during finals, including snacks, therapy dogs (from 10 a.m. to noon), adult coloring stations, relaxing mobile apps, music, and more.


7 to 9 p.m. May 11 at the Memorial Coliseum

Anyssa Egolf and Gustavo Figuero, 2017 visual communications graduates

Ivy Stories: A future entrepreneur studying business

Ivy Stories is a short, occasional feature on Green Light that spotlights current students and/or recent graduates.

Meet Jose Ruiz, a business administration student at Ivy Tech’s Fort Wayne Campus. He plans to transfer to IPFW when he graduates and eventually earn his master’s degree. His future goal: to own his own business.

Specifically, he’s interested in restaurants and corner stores. Ruiz says,

“I always like to think big. They are fun businesses that give a lot of access to interaction with the community. On a more personal level, I am actually a control freak, so in order for me to feel comfortable with my future, I need to be the one driving it. Having my own business and being my own boss is something I need to have in my life.”

Ruiz cozies up to a lion statue at a local park.

He gives a shout out to his marketing instructor, Tony Ramey, for providing a major a-ha moment: After Ruiz presented a rough draft for a paper in front of some classmates and Ramey, Ramey pointed out that the some of Ruiz’s information was too “fluffy.”

“Basically, he was showing me how to write in a business format,” Ruiz says. “He wanted short, detailed, and to-the-point. It was embarrassing in the moment, but it taught me a lesson for the future.”

In the end, Ruiz says, he got an A on the project.

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.

Area families invited to Touch-a-Truck event at Fort Wayne Campus

The Ivy Association for the Education of Young Children, which is the student organization for Early Childhood Education at Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus, is hosting its eighth annual Touch-A-Truck event next month. Children will be able to explore nearly 50 vehicles, which may include limos, fire trucks, tow trucks, and police cars.

The event is in conjunction with the national Month of the Young Child.

10 a.m. to noon April 28

Ivy Tech Community College
Coliseum Campus parking lot
3800 N. Anthony Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46805

Walking out from school: Sometimes, stirring the pot is a good thing

Drew Amstutz is a senior at Concordia Lutheran High School and the marketing intern at Ivy Tech’s Fort Wayne Campus.

As a high school senior, I’m often asked what my favorite memory of high school has been. Up until a few weeks ago, I couldn’t pinpoint a particular day, but after participating in the National High School Walkout, my mind has been made up.


On March 14, high school students across the nation decided to walk out of their schools for 17 minutes to commemorate the lives of the 17 students and teachers who died in the Marjory Stonewall Douglas High School shooting last month. Hearing about the planned walkout only a few days after the shooting, I knew that it was important for my school, Concordia Lutheran High School, to participate. The next day, I emailed the school administration about changes I wanted to see in my learning environment and called for a meeting to discuss the concerns of my peers and me. Because of my displayed passion for ending school violence, the administration let me lead the effort, and the long process of planning an assembly and walkout began.

Our day of awareness started in the auditorium with an assembly led by Captain Mitchell McKinney of the Fort Wayne Police Department. He spoke to us about the importance of being aware of our school environment and being a good friend to our peers, saying “Treat everyone like you would if it were your last day, or, better yet, theirs.” The student body took his words to heart, and I’ve already noticed a difference in the way that people are treated in the hallways through the little acts of kindness that we stressed in the assembly. For instance, students are much more apt to let their peer slip onto the stairwell in front of them or hold doors open behind them. The bond among our already close-knit student body is stronger than ever before, and I believe it is because of Captain McKinney.

After the assembly, students were given the choice to either walk out in protest of school violence or stay inside for a brief break from school. While planning the protest, I wasn’t sure how many students would choose to walk out. Our estimates said 50 to 60 percent, but in actuality, more than 80 percent of the student body went outside.

Some people have asked me about the most terrifying part of leading my school in a controversial protest. I usually laugh and tell them the hardest part was climbing the band tower before speaking. As part of my speech, I had to stand on a platform that was 20 feet high and use a microphone in order to be heard by the masses. This was far more terrifying to me than angering a few students and faculty members. In the words of civil rights leader U.S. Rep. John Lewis, actions like ours on March 14 create “good trouble.”

The view from the podium where I gave my speech

While on the tower, I gave a brief speech to commemorate the lives of the fallen and to remind students to stay vigilant and aware in the classroom. I retold the story of the shooting from my own point of view and shared my connection to the shooting—a future college classmate, whom I had spoken to several times through an admitted-student group chat, said she had to barricade herself in a closet during the shooting. She texted the group about it only an hour or so after she escaped from the school building.

Besides sharing my own connection to the shooting, I also pointed out that the names of those who died in Parkland sounded a lot like the names of the students that were in our own classrooms. As I looked out into the crowd, I saw plenty of Carmens, Lukes, Alyssas, and Alexes who could have had the same fate of those who died in Parkland.

One of my favorite parts of the day was delivering a press conference to local media. The goal of the National Walkout was to gain awareness for violence in schools through exposure in the media. Sharing our message with the people of our community meant I was doing my part in the movement and making my own mark on Fort Wayne. You can view the WANE coverage of our walkout here and my interview with the Journal Gazette here.

Screenshots from WANE’s coverage. Click the photos to zoom.

I hope that by continuing to protest over the next few months, students across America will be able to finally break the stigma that our generation isn’t worth hearing. As I said in my speech, some people say that our generation is distracted and disconnected, but I believe that solemn days like these bring each of us together in ways never seen before.

Go Ivy Day invites local high schoolers to visit, learn about Ivy Tech Fort Wayne

At Go Ivy Day, area high school students will have the opportunity to learn more about Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus. They will learn about admissions requirements, meet with faculty from various program areas, get the facts on financial aid, connect with current and prospective students, tour campus, and more. Parents/guardians are also welcome to attend.

Those interested can learn more and RSVP, which is required, at Questions? Contact Jennifer Simmons at or 260-480-2039.

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 27

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