Northeast Indiana students to get free FAFSA filing help at College Goal Sunday

 Financial aid professionals from all across Indiana will be volunteering at Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne (Coliseum Campus, 3800 N Anthony Blvd.) and Warsaw (2545 Silveus Crossing) and 37 other sites to help collegebound students and their families open the door to financial aid during College Goal Sunday.  The event is set for 2 p.m., Nov. 6th, 2022. 

The free program assists Indiana students in filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA form is required for students to be considered for federal and state grants, scholarships, and federal student loans at most colleges, universities, and vocational/technical schools nationwide. It MUST be filed by Apr. 15th to be eligible for Indiana financial aid. One of many reasons College Goal Sunday is so important is because many families perceive the form to be too complicated and time consuming to complete.  In less than one afternoon during College Goal Sunday, students and their families can get free help and file the form. 

“By filing the FAFSA, students are setting themselves up for academic success and making college affordable,” said Dr. Sue Ellspermann, President of Ivy Tech. “Events like College Goal Sunday will provide more Hoosiers with the counsel and resources they need to maximize on their higher education experience.” 

Now in its 34th year, College Goal Sunday has helped more than 94,000 Indiana students and families complete the FAFSA properly and on time.  College Goal Sunday is a charitable program of the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association (ISFAA). 

College Goal Sunday Doubles the Help Offered 

“The event on November 6th will be the first of two College Goal Sunday events ISFAA is offering this FAFSA filing season.” said Bill Wozniak, co-chair of College Goal Sunday.  “We hope all Hoosiers take advantage of College Goal Sunday, file the FAFSA, and get one step closer to fulfilling their educational goals.” 

What students should bring 

Students should attend College Goal Sunday with their parent(s) or guardian(s), and parent(s) should bring completed 2021 IRS 1040 tax returns, W-2 Forms and other 2021 income and benefits information.  Students who worked should also bring their income information.  Students 24 years of age or older may attend alone and bring their completed 2021 IRS 1040 tax return, W-2 Form or other 2021 income and benefits information.  Students and parent(s) are encouraged to apply for their U.S. Department of Education FSA IDs at studentaid.gov before logging in to the event. 

Volunteers will walk through the online form line-by-line and answer families’ individual questions as needed.  All sites offer FAFSA online capabilities and many have Spanish interpreters.  A complete list of sites is available at CollegeGoalSunday.org. 

Attendees may win a scholarship from College Goal Sunday 

Students may also win one of five $1,000 scholarships.  Students who attend College Goal Sunday and submit a completed evaluation form will automatically be entered in a drawing for a $1,000 scholarship.  The winners will be notified in spring and scholarships will be sent directly to the higher education institution selected by the winning students. 

21st Century Scholars benefit  

21st Century Scholars are income-eligible students who sign a contract in the seventh or eighth grade promising they will graduate from high school, meet grade point requirements, fulfill a pledge of good citizenship, and apply for college financial aid. Upon high school completion, Scholars who have fulfilled the commitment and demonstrate financial need receive state funds to help cover their college tuition and fees for up to eight semesters at eligible Indiana public colleges or an equal dollar amount at eligible Indiana private colleges. To fulfill their pledge scholars must submit a completed FAFSA form on time, College Goal Sunday can help. 

Program is a national model 

College Goal Sunday originated right here in Indiana and is now a national model.  Following Indiana’s example, College Goal Sunday events organized by more than 34 states have opened doors to higher education for hundreds of thousands of students all over the country.  

For more information about College Goal Sunday visit CollegeGoalSunday.org.   

College hosts safe, indoor head start to trick or treating

Ivy Tech Community College is filling candy bags early with a Trick or Treat Trail on Monday, October 31 from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. at several Fort Wayne locations.

Students and the community can journey through the Coliseum campus and the Student Life Center and Harshman Hall at the North Campus where staff will hand out treats. To join the trail, stop by any location to get a Trick or Treat bag and map of the participating offices. Costumes are optional but not required.

Food and monetary donations are also being accepted for the U Can Crush Hunger Food Drive through Community Harvest. All donations support the on-campus community cupboard.

Before the event, everyone can join a free Halloween luncheon with food, a costume contest, games and more. That’s happening at the Student Life Center Commons from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.

When:

2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., Oct. 31

Where:

Coliseum Campus, 3800 North Anthony Blvd.

North Campus (Student Life Center & Harshman Hall), 3701 Dean Dr.

College presents five students with Mark M. Suedhoff Endowed Scholarship – Chancellor’s Merit Award

(l-r) Jeffrey Hosford, Zoey Carver, Kylie Johnson, Arly Espinoza, Xander Jewell, and Ivy Tech Fort Wayne and Warsaw Chancellor Dr. Kim Barnett-Johnson

Five Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne and Warsaw students were given Mark M. Suedhoff Endowed Scholarship – Chancellor’s Merit Awards. Zoey Carver and Jeffrey Hosford were awarded a full-ride scholarship and the remaining three finalists received one-year scholarships to Ivy Tech Fort Wayne and Warsaw.

“Winning this scholarship means I can focus more on studying rather than worrying about paying my tuition and working all the time,” said Zoey Carver. “Ivy Tech is the ideal college for me. I originally only considered it because of tuition, but soon discovered that it possessed a rich and welcoming social atmosphere that students can easily engage in.”

In July 2022, the Ivy Tech Foundation at Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne and Warsaw received an endowed gift from the estate of Mark Suedhoff to establish The Mark M. Suedhoff Endowed Success Scholarship and The Mark M. Suedhoff Endowed Scholarship – Chancellor’s Merit Award. The full gift amounts to $2,161,496.91. It was the largest single scholarship donation in Ivy Tech Fort Wayne and Warsaw’s history.

“This scholarship will give me the ability to afford going through Ivy Tech to earn an associate degree in HVAC,” said Jeffrey Hosford. “I have credits that transferred from the Impact Institute, so Ivy Tech was the most financially viable option. Winning this scholarship is important since HVAC technicians have to provide all of their own equipment and tools. In the end, the cost of the equipment and materials that the technician needs to pay for can cost upwards of several thousand dollars. Having school paid for will help.”

The 2022 winners of the Mark M. Suedhoff Endowed Scholarship – Chancellor’s Merit Award are:

  • Zoey Carver (Norwell High School graduate), full tuition
  • Jeffrey Hosford (East Noble High School graduate), full tuition
  • Arly Espinoza (Wayne High School graduate), half tuition
  • Xander Jewell (Harlan Christian School graduate), half tuition
  • Kylie Johnson (homeschooled), half tuition

The Mark M. Suedhoff Endowed Scholarship – Chancellor’s Merit Award will be awarded annually to two, first-time, Ivy Tech Fort Wayne and Warsaw students seeking their first associate degree. Students must have a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher and be a high school graduate within the same year of the receiving the award. Students must apply to Ivy Tech Fort Wayne and Warsaw and must be accepted by the scholarship deadline to be eligible. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours during the Fall and Spring semester. FAFSA eligibility is not required for consideration.

For more information on this scholarship, email fortwayne-foundation@ivytech.edu

Javier A. Gasnarez III of Let It Glow Detail, LLC wins 2022 New Venture Competition at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne and Warsaw

(l-r) Dr. Kim Barnett-Johnson, Ivy Tech Fort Wayne and Warsaw chancellor; Javier A. Gasnarez III; Tony Ramey, Ivy Tech Entrepreneurship faculty member; and Tracina Smith, Ivy Tech Foundation.

Javier A. Gasnarez III has been named champion of Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne and Warsaw’s 2022 New Venture Competition, which took place Thursday evening on Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s Coliseum Campus. He won $40,000 in capital for his business, Let It Glow Detail, a premium car detailing service, with both a brick and mortar location and mobile services.

With the $40,000 he won from the New Venture Competition, Gasnarez will expand operations by making his van fully mobile, purchase a generator and water tank, and eventually expand to a southwest Fort Wayne location.

Students and alumni are eligible to compete in the New Venture Competition after successfully completing a certificate from the Garatoni School of Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne and Warsaw. Gasnarez says he is grateful for the New Venture Competition and the Entrepreneurship program for the opportunity to grow his business.

“It’s cliché, but winning this competition is going to change my world,” said Gasnarez. “I knew when I started in the Entrepreneurship program that this day was the goal. It was challenging, but it made me think of things I never would have considered, like competing in The Blox, an entrepreneurship reality TV competition. I can’t wait to go home and tell my wife and kids and show them my trophy. This is all for them.”

Gasnarez presented his business plan to more than 30 community professionals, who served as judges. The other finalists were Rachel Nally, of Local Apple Cart, an ice cream food truck that is expanding to the new Union Street Market; and Ginny Ritchie, of Ginny Rose Studio, an esthetician-owned studio specializing in full body waxing for both anatomies, custom facials, massages and permanent makeup.

Each finalist presented for 10 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 is sponsored by Dave and Mary Bear, former owners of JB Tool, Die & Engineering. ProFed Credit Union was the event’s dinner sponsor.

Learn more about Entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne and Warsaw at IvyTech.edu/study-entrepreneurship or request admission information at link.ivytech.edu/beyourownboss

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne/Warsaw selects Douglas Clark as Dekko Foundation Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Leadership and Advocacy

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne and Warsaw has appointed Douglas Clark, Ed.D., as the new Dekko Foundation Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Leadership and Advocacy. As a member of the Ivy Tech early childhood education faculty, he will provide strategic support to the College, promote collaboration that advances the early childhood profession, and assist community leaders in their efforts to increase the impact and availability of high-quality early learning throughout northeast Indiana and across the state.

“It’s an honor to serve in this role,” said Clark. “Thanks to the foresight of our leaders and the dedication of our faculty, Ivy Tech has a long history of service to early childhood educators across their academic, professional, and leadership journeys. Dekko Foundation’s generous gift multiplies the potential for even greater impact through community engagement and collaboration. This is truly a one-of-a-kind opportunity.”

The Endowed Chair appointment was created in 2011 with the support of a $1.3 million grant from the Dekko Foundation. Clark succeeded Rebecca Carothers who had held the role since its inception through 2021. This position focuses on engagement and outreach to build up the early childhood profession to increase child, family, and community outcomes for northeast Indiana. In this role, Clark will also promote collaboration, innovation, and investment that stimulate program growth, and increase the scale and impact of the early childhood workforce throughout the region.

Clark’s work in early childhood education spans four decades including roles as a university professor, program builder, consultant, and director of a nationally recognized early learning center. Prior to joining the Ivy Tech faculty, he was a community impact executive with Ambassador Enterprises and lecturer in the School of Education at Purdue University Fort Wayne. He has earned the Doctor of Education from Pepperdine University, a post-graduate certificate in early childhood administration from National-Louis University (NLU), and graduate degree in business from Webster University.

As a member of the NLU faculty, Clark held a joint appointment with the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership where he served in multiple training, advisory, and advocacy roles. He was a principal co-developer of the Aim4Excellence online national credential platform for early childhood program administrators, which launched in 2009 as the first national director credential recognized by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). He later held faculty and leadership positions at Indiana Wesleyan University and Indiana Tech.

Before faculty service, Clark directed the operation of a NAEYC-accredited early learning center that served the families of over 200 children in an economically, racially, and culturally diverse suburb of Chicago. He has served as an accreditation peer reviewer and completed a 2-year appointment to NAEYC’s national advisory panel on quality, compensation, and affordability in early childhood programs. He remains active as a subject matter expert, content developer, research advisor and supervisor of practicum experiences for preservice early childhood teachers.

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne/Warsaw selects Executive Director of Diversity, Equity, and Belonging

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne and Warsaw has appointed JoAnne Alvarez, Ed.D., for the newly formed Executive Director of Diversity, Equity, and Belonging. Alvarez will serve as chief advisor to Chancellor Kim Barnett-Johnson, Ph.D., and provide vision, leadership, management, and strategic planning for inclusion and equity initiatives at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne and Warsaw and the 11 counties of northeast Indiana.

“I love how supportive and excited faculty and staff have been about making diversity and inclusion a high priority for the College,” said Alvarez. “Our employees were hungry for this and they’re embracing diversity in a way I’ve never seen before. They’re looking to create connections, ask questions, and bring diversity support back to their areas. I’m excited to continue the good work we’ve done in the college and expand the department in the future.”

Alvarez will be responsible for developing a campus-wide approach to enhancing excellence through diversity and inclusion of students, faculty, staff, and the broader community. She will also help to create an organizational culture that sets clear expectations, provides appropriate support, and engenders respect and dignity at all levels of the organization.

“Having an Executive Director specifically devoted to fostering an inclusive and diverse environment at the college is critical to our work, and I couldn’t have chosen anyone better suited to the role,” says Chancellor Kim Barnett-Johnson. “JoAnne brings positive energy, compassion, and dedication into to everything that she does. We strive to be a college where everyone feels like they belong, and I know JoAnne will positively impact this mission.”

Alvarez previously held the role of Director of Diversity, Equity and Belonging. Before that, she held a variety of roles in the College including Director of Student Success and Engagement, Student Success & Retention Coordinator, and Student Services Professional. She has been with the college since May 2014. Alvarez also worked at Home Care Services, Inc., Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne, United Hispanic-Americans, Inc., and Health Force Indiana.

As an active member of the northeast Indiana community, Alvarez serves on many advisory boards. She is currently serving as president of the Hispanic Leadership Coalition of Northeast Indiana. Alvarez is also a member of the Indiana Latino Institute, a board member for the Mastodon Alumni Community and Questa Education Foundation, and a member of the Multicultural Steering Committee and INFAME Recruiting Committee.

She earned a doctorate in education in Ethical Leadership from Olivet Nazarene University in 2020. Alvarez also holds a master of arts in professional communication (2007), a bachelor of science in organizational leadership and supervision (2001) and an associate of science in organizational leadership and supervision (1999) from Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne.

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne announces classical French cuisine dinner schedule

As part of the Classical Cuisine class, Hospitality Administration students at Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne campus will create and serve French cuisine to the public. Students write the menu and cook the meals, which follow the principles and techniques of renowned French chef, Auguste Escoffier. There will be four dinners this semester.

To make reservations, which are required at least 24 hours before the dinner, visit IvyTech.edu/dinners. Dinners are $30 a person, and wine is $5 for a glass and $15 for a bottle.

The menu for Sept. 8 will include: seared salmon, filet mignon, herb roasted Statler chicken breast, chocolate mousse bites, an apple tart, and more.


WHEN:
Dinners start at 6, 6:15, 6:30, and 7 p.m. nightly

  • Sept. 8
  • Sept. 15
  • Sept. 29
  • Oct. 6

WHERE:          
Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus
Coliseum Campus, Dr. Jerrilee K. Mosier Hospitality Room
3800 N. Anthony Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805

Park in the north lot, which faces Coliseum Boulevard, and enter through door 24.

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne massage clinic to reopen in September

Healthy Essence, the student-run massage clinic at Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne campus, will open to the public this semester from Sept. 6 to Oct. 15 and Oct. 24 to Dec. 3. Students from the Therapeutic Massage program will provide hour-long full-body relaxation massages. The following hours are available by appointment:

Hours for Sept. 6 to Oct. 15:

  • 10, 11:30 a.m., 1, and 2:30 p.m. Mondays
  • 10, 11:30 a.m., 1, 2:30, 4, 5:30, and 7 p.m. Tuesdays
  • 11:30 a.m., 1, 2:30, and 4 p.m. Wednesdays
  • 10, 11:30 a.m., and 1 p.m. Saturdays

Hours for Oct. 24 to Dec. 3:

  • 1, 2:30, 4, and 5:30 p.m. Mondays
  • 10, 11:30 a.m., and 1 p.m. Tuesdays
  • 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wednesdays
  • 10, 11:30 a.m., and 1 p.m. Saturdays

Massages are $30 for the community and $25 for Ivy Tech employees and students, military personnel, and those 55 and older. The clinic accepts payment in cash and credit card. Tips are not accepted, but clients who wish can donate to a charity chosen by the students.

To make an appointment, call 260-480-2094. Note: Clients are permitted to schedule two massages per month.

Visit IvyTech.edu/fortwayne/massageclinic to learn more.

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne/Warsaw announces 2022 New Venture Competition finalists

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne and Warsaw has announced the three finalists for its 2022 New Venture Competition. The competition began in 2011, and this year’s champion will receive up to $40,000 in start-up capital for presenting the best business plan for their small business.

The finalists and their businesses are as follows:

  • Ginny Ritchie, general education and entrepreneurship
    Company: Ginny Rose Studio

    Ginny Rose Studio is an Esthetician owned studio specializing in full body waxing for both anatomies, custom facials, massages and permanent makeup. We aim to be a full service studio for all your personal care needs in northeastern Indiana.

  • Rachel Nally, psychology and entrepreneurship
    Company: Local Apple Cart

    This local food truck and soon to be shop will be expanding by joining the family at the Union Street Market located at the General Electric campus in downtown Fort Wayne. We are serving up exceptional from scratch ice creams made fresh daily, which will soon include an alcohol infused menu. Yummy!
  • Javier A. Gasnarez III, entrepreneurship
    Company: Let It Glow Detail, LLC

    Let It Glow Detail is a brick and mortar & mobile car detailing service. We are a premium detailing service, coming to your home or office to bring your vehicle back to like new condition. “We See What You Don’t, We Clean What You Won’t!”

The New Venture Competition awards dinner will be held Oct. 13 on Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s Coliseum Campus, 3800 N. Anthony Blvd., in Room CC1640. Finalists will pitch their business and community judges will vote on the New Venture champion at the event.

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne and Warsaw students and alumni are eligible to compete in the New Venture Competition after successfully completing a certificate from the Garatoni School of Entrepreneurship & Innovation. Anyone interested in entering the competition or completing an Entrepreneurship certificate should contact Tony Ramey at aramey2@ivytech.edu.

The New Venture Competition is sponsored by Dave and Mary Bear, former owners of JB Tool, Die & Engineering. ProFed Credit Union is the event’s dinner sponsor.

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne invites employers, public to Autobody Career Fair on September 14

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne has opened employer and public registration for an Autobody Career Fair on Sept. 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ivy Tech Collision Repair Center (7717 Opportunity Drive). During the event, employers will meet with Ivy Tech students and alumni, as well as the community.

Employers and participants can register at link.ivytech.edu/autobody. For more information, contact Anh Dinh Lapsley at alapsley6@ivytech.edu.

WHEN:
Wednesday, Sept. 14
10 to 2 p.m.

WHERE:
Ivy Tech Collision Repair Center
7717 Opportunity Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46825