Warsaw Site to host Women in Philanthropy event

The Ivy Tech Foundation is hosting Windows of Opportunity, a Circle of Ivy celebration. Guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails on the patio while learning about the exceptional students at Ivy Tech Community College’s Warsaw Site.

Those interested in attending can RSVP to Margaret Sturm, the executive director of Resource Development, at msturm7@ivytech.edu. RSVPs are due by June 20.

Circle of Ivy was established by the Ivy Tech Foundation, and it is a group to create resources and raise funds to diminish barriers to higher education for Ivy Tech students. Circle of Ivy cultivates and celebrates women as philanthropists. Since its inception in 2015, the statewide initiative has supported students in four major areas: school and institutional supplies, completion funds, emergency funds, and educational travel funds. It has more than 300 members and has raised more than $90,000 to help students learn, graduation, and give back to their communities.

6 to 7:30 p.m. June 27

Ivy Tech Community College’s Warsaw Site
2545 Silveus Crossing
Warsaw, IN 46582

Ivy Tech, Brooks to partner for Heavy Highway classes

Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus and Brooks Construction Co., Inc. have partnered to offer a limited number of scholarships for four Heavy Highway classes to Ivy Tech students. Once students complete the classes and an internship, they will be eligible to work for Brooks on jobs such as paving, earthwork, and bridge building.


In order to be eligible for these classes, students must have completed BCTI 100—Intro to Construction Technology. They can take the class during the first eight weeks of the fall semester and begin their heavy highway classes for the second eight weeks. Students are responsible for paying for the intro class, and Brooks will pay for the remaining four classes and internship.


The introduction class is not eligible for financial aid unless the student is enrolled in Ivy Tech’s Building Construction Technology program; Heavy Highway is a courses-only program, which means it does not conclude with a certificate or degree.


Those interested in applying for the Brooks scholarship can contact Ryan Voorhees, Building Construction Technology program chair, at rvoorhees2@ivytech.edu or 260-480-4114.

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 IvyTech.edu/trio 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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Massage clinic to open for two months this summer

Healthy Essence, the student-run massage clinic at Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus, will open to the public for the summer semester from June 4 to July 25. The following hours are available by appointment:

  • 8:30, 10, and 11:30 a.m. and 4:30, 6, and 7:30 p.m. Mondays
  • 8:30, 10, and 11:30 a.m. and 4:30, 6, and 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays

The clinic will be closed the week of Independence Day, from July 2 to 6. Clients are permitted one massage a month.

Healthy Essence is the student-run massage clinic at Ivy Tech’s Fort Wayne campus.

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 fw-tmsclinic@ivytech.edu or call 260-480-2094. The clinic will begin scheduling May 21. Visit IvyTech.edu/fortwayne/massageclinic to learn more.

Community invited to help select the city’s best hot wings, support Ivy Tech Titans baseball

At Titans Home Runs & Hot Wings, Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus and the northeast Indiana community is invited to have a sample of hot wings from around the city to pick their best. Tickets come with wing samples, beer, and a tater tot bar. All fund raised will go to the Ivy Tech Titans baseball team.

First Base tickets are $35 and come with two wings from each competitor, two drink tickets, and the all-you-can-eat tater tot bar. Home Run tickets are $55 and include the wings and tot bar, plus a VIP beer pass.

Visit titans.ivytech.edu to learn more and purchase tickets.

6 to 9 p.m. June 14

8 p.m.: Best wings announced

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

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 IvyTech.edu/machine-tool-technology to learn more about Ivy Tech’s Machine Tool program. Visit IvyTechOAMTC.com 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.

An Outstanding Student tells his Ivy Tech story

Each year, the academic schools at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne each select someone to receive the Outstanding Student Award at graduation. Patrick Conway is this year’s winner for the School of Arts, Sciences, & Education.

Hello, my name is Patrick Conway. I was born and raised in a coastal town in California called Santa Maria. Anyone who grew up with me would tell you that I was “all boy” for the entirety of my childhood; “getting into trouble,” “causing mischief,” and “being ornery” were often phrases used to describe me. Some would even argue those descriptions hold true to this day. I graduated high school in 2008 and shortly thereafter left for boot camp in the United States Army.

After five years, two campaign medals in Afghanistan, and many issues, I left the military. I had an old friend I had been deployed with in Afghanistan living in a small town called Angola, Ind. He asked if I would come join him, so I said yes. Long story short: Things did not work out, and I hit rock bottom.

It wasn’t until one day in 2015, when I was complaining about the lack of fair treatment for veterans in the U.S. and feeling abandoned by the country I had served, that my fiancée turned, looked at me, and asked one simple question that I will never forget: “Why don’t you do something about it?” I was astounded because, in that moment, I realized that I was doing nothing but contributing to the problem and perpetuating the issues I hated. I realized I had to be a part of the solution if I wanted things to get better for those like me. So I decided to go to school. After applying to IPFW and being turned down, I wound up at Ivy Tech, which wanted nothing more than to get me through their doors.

Here I am, a little over two years later, with an Associate of Science degree under my belt and about to start my senior year at Trine University for my Bachelor of Science in Psychology. My end goal is to work within communities with high populations of homeless and struggling veterans to provide them with the help they need, whatever that may be.

Twenty two veterans every day commit suicide. This statistic has been in the forefront of my mind, and I would be lying if I said that there weren’t days when I wondered if perhaps I might be one of those 22. Not anymore. The struggles of a veteran are real, and during my time at Ivy Tech, I have met many great teachers and students and been given opportunities to volunteer at homeless shelters for veterans. All of these opportunities have further cemented what I want to do with my career, and I could not have done any of this without Ivy Tech. While I don’t know exactly where I will end up, what I do know is that I will never forget those who impacted my life at Ivy Tech. So, from the bottom of my heart and on behalf of all those veterans who have walked through your doors and been accepted, thank you.

Fort Wayne to graduate more than 1,000 in 2018 commencement ceremony

Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus will celebrate its annual commencement ceremony Friday and will graduate 1,043 students in Fort Wayne and award 1,291 credentials, including degrees and certificates. This year marks Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s 48th annual commencement.

The graduation speaker will be Brandon Krontz, who is earning his associate degree in criminal justice.

“I lived in a homeless shelter for veterans when I first started going to Ivy Tech,” Krontz wrote in his speaker application. “I decided in 2014 that I wanted a different and better life. I have been clean and sober since Sept. 18, 2014.”

Krontz, whose blended family with his wife includes seven children, is a Dean’s List student and graduates with a 3.2 GPA.

Graduates and guests will be encouraged to follow along with graduation on social media with #IvyTechGrad on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
4000 Parnell Ave.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805

7 p.m. May 11