Day 2 in DC: Looking forward to Lincoln

Right now, 11 Ivy Tech Northeast students and recent graduates are traveling around Washington D.C. with three chaperones on a social justice trip. They are making stops at attractions like the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and other spots related to social justice. During their trip, students are taking turns sharing their thoughts with Green Light. Follow along with the group’s experiences on social media with #ivyFW2DC.

DAY 2

Here I am (left) with Lisa Beringer, an assistant professor of Social Sciences at Ivy Tech Northeast.

I am Juanita New, and I am a business administration student. I signed up for the trip because I thought it would be a wonderful way to learn more about social justice. Also, I would get a chance to see the Lincoln Memorial.

The Lincoln Memorial represents social justice for all. Not only did Lincoln give the Emancipation Proclamation (which granted freedom to the slaves in the Confederate States if the States did not return to the Union by Jan. 1, 1863, according to the Civil War Trust), but Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I Have a Dream” speech from the top of the stairs. There is a plaque placed in the spot where King stood during his speech.

This monument means so much to many people from all walks of life.

Check out the post from Day 1 here. We’ll pick up with the students’ thoughts on the trip and D.C. on Monday. Stay tuned!

The outside of the Lincoln Memorial

 

Ivy Tech goes to DC!

Right now, 11 students or recent graduates are traveling around Washington D.C. with three chaperones on a social justice trip. They are making stops to spots like the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and other spots related to social justice. During their trip, students are taking turns sharing their thoughts with Green Light.

First up: Emerald Bentley, who graduated with her associate degree in nursing on Friday (CONGRATS, EMMY!) Follow along with the group’s experiences on social media with #ivyFW2DC.

I have been an active student since beginning at Ivy Tech Northeast, but during the last year of my degree, I haven’t been able to participate as much. My husband recently enrolled in classes at Ivy Tech, and when I saw the Washington D.C. trip, I thought it would be a great way for us both to get involved.

I was raised a middle class, white chick from rural Indiana. I moved to Fort Wayne as a freshman in high school. At my first high school, there would have been 27 in my graduating class; in Fort Wayne, there were 525. I had major culture shock!

I’ve always believed I am a good person. I try to do right by others, but I want to be able to have the hard conversations. I want to be able to ask questions without causing offense. This trip helps with this, highlighting different people with different experiences and different stories. I truly believe we are more similar than we are different.

DAY 1

Yesterday was our first full day in the D.C. And boy were we busy!

Sen. Joe Donnelly in his Ivy Tech gear.

We jumped on public transport (something none of use are super familiar with) and headed to the Capital. We met one of our senators, Joe Donnelly. We had coffee with him and his staff. They answered our questions and gave us some great recommendations of things to do and see in D.C. After coffee, we went on a tour of Congress. We got to see both the House and Senate while in session, and we saw Donnelly speak.

Then it was off to the Supreme Court. Of everything on the agenda, this was one of the buildings I was most excited to see: This building houses all the major court decisions for the last 100-ish years. Court was in session, so we were not able to tour the chambers, but being there was so awesome!

The Supreme Court of the United States

After the Supreme Court we headed over to Ford’s Theatre. It was eerie being in the same place that President Lincoln was shot–seriously, just a few seats away! We saw the play “Ragtime,” which is from the perspective of three groups of people in the early 1900s. The language was rough: They used words we consider unacceptable.

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Over all yesterday, I marked several things off my bucket list.  Washington D.C. is a must-visit for any American.  This is our city, and the people here work for us. I think we sometimes forget that.

College announces summer IvyLiving class schedule

DETAILS:
IvyLiving programs are non-credit classes promoting personal growth and lifelong learning through engaging and intriguing short-term experiences. Local and regional experts will share their knowledge and passions with participants in a small group setting.

SCHEDULE:
Open Welding Lab
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 17
Ivy Tech Northeast,
Steel Dynamics, Inc. Keith E. Busse Technology Center (3701 Dean Drive, Fort Wayne)
Get creative in Ivy Tech’s state-of-the-art welding lab under the guidance of expert welder Brian Barnes. Participants will have access to all equipment they’ll need and are invited to bring their own scrap metal. Previous welding certification or participation in IvyLiving’s artistic welding courses is required. ($55)

Ivy Tech Baking Camp for Middle School Students
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 10 to 13, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 14
Ivy Tech Northeast,
Coliseum Campus (3800 N. Anthony Blvd., Fort Wayne)
Middle schoolers will spend the week baking and decorating with professional pastry chefs. They will learn about food safety and the science behind baking while whipping up cakes, cookies, pastries, and breads in the College’s state-of-the-art baking labs. On the final day, the entire family is invited to sample baked goods prepared by the middle schooler on Ivy Tech’s campus. Locations subject to change. Middle school students only (10- to 14-year-olds). ($250)

Children 10- to 14-years-old are invited to participate in Ivy Tech Northeast’s International Cuisine Camp from July 17 to 21. Students will learn international recipes, cooking techniques, food safety, basic knife skills, and the science behind cooking.

Ivy Tech International Cuisine Camp for Middle School Students
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 17 to 20, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 21
Ivy Tech Northeast,
Coliseum Campus (3800 N. Anthony Blvd., Fort Wayne)
Middle schoolers will spend the week experimenting with a variety of international recipes and cooking techniques. College chefs will teach the importance of food safety, basic knife skills, and the science behind cooking. On the final day, three family members get to taste the middle schooler’s creation, with a complete meal served at Ivy Tech. Locations subject to change. Middle school students only (10- to 14-year-olds). ($250)

To learn more and/or register for any of the above classes, visit IvyTech.edu/northeast/living.

College graduates nearly 1,000 at 47th annual commencement ceremony

Ivy Tech Community College Northeast celebrated its 47th annual commencement ceremony tonight at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. The College graduated nearly 1,000 students in Fort Wayne and awarded nearly 1,500 associate degrees, certificates, and technical certificates.

Ivy Tech Community College statewide is awarding more than 19,000 credentials at commencements taking place from May 6 to 20.

HONORARY DEGREE: The College awarded an honorary degree to Donna Kessler, owner of Calhoun Street Soup, Salad, and Spirits. Donna attended classes at Ivy Tech Northeast in 2006 and 2007, earning credits in hospitality administration. Before she could complete her degree, however, the opportunity to open Calhoun Street presented itself. Nearly 10 years later, what started as a small lunch spot just south of downtown Fort Wayne has grown into a complete bar, restaurant, and concert venue. Bands and acts from across the country play at Calhoun Street.

Kessler

Koehler

STUDENT SPEAKER: The Class of 2017’s student speaker was Olivia Koehler, who graduated with an associate degree in Electrical Engineering Technology. Koehler, who was home-schooled, is the College’s first female graduate of the Electrical Engineering Technology program. She shared her story about how she chose the program, which is also her father’s field. She was always good at science and math in high school, and a former professor, Koehler’s father invited her to sit in on one of his electrical engineering classes—she loved it.

BUD CURTIS AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING STUDENT: This year, the College begins a new tradition: awarding two Curtis Awards each year. One will reward an outstanding graduate from the College’s Career and Technical Divisions and the other, from an outstanding graduate from the University Transfer Division. This year’s winners are Rachel Chaney, who graduates with an associate degree in Advanced Automation and Robotics Technology from the School of Technology, and Karina Vazquez, who graduates with an associate degree in General Studies from the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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

  • Olivia Koehler, School of Applied Science & Engineering Technology
  • Holly Sides, School of Business
  • Jeremy Friedel, School of Computing & Informatics
  • Janet French, School of Education
  • Marianne Bay, School of Fine Arts & Design
  • Javier Hernandez, School of Health Sciences
  • Karina Vazquez, School of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Cameron Maney, School of Nursing
  • Parvielle Riggens, School of Public & Social Services
  • Rachel Chaney, School of Technology

PRESIDENT’S AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN INSTRUCTION: Erin Salyers, the College’s department chair in Visual Communications and Design Technology, received the President’s Award for Excellence in Instruction. She will serve as Ivy Tech Northeast’s nominee for the statewide Glenn W. and Mary Catherine Sample Award for Excellence in Instruction. Each of the 14 Ivy Tech regions selects a nominee to win the award, which is presented to a statewide winner.

ADJUNCT FACULTY AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN INSTRUCTION: Holly Jackson, an anatomy and physiology instructor, received the Adjunct Faculty Award for Excellence in Instruction. She will serve as Ivy Tech Northeast’s nominee for the statewide Gerald I. Lamkin Award for adjunct faculty members. Each of the 14 Ivy Tech regions selects a nominee to win the award, which is presented to a statewide winner.

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

College to host area middle school students at week-long STEM camps

DETAILS:
Elementary and middle school students ages 8 to 14 are invited to participate in Ivy Tech Community College Northeast’s Adventure and Imagination Summer STEM Camp, which offers two one-week sessions. The camp provides a range of science, technology, engineering, and math activities, including

  • Conducting environmentally friendly chemistry experiments
  • Exploring area nature preserves
  • Progrmaming robots
  • And more

The cost is $149 for one week. This covers T-shirt, lunch, snacks, supplies, and field trips. Need-based scholarships are available for participants.

For more information or to register, visit IvyTech.edu/northeast/living.

WHEN:
Week 1, for 8- to 10-year-olds: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 12 to 16

Week 2, for 11- to 14-year-olds: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 19 to 23

WHERE:
Ivy Tech Community College Northeast
North Campus
3701 Dean Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46835

College announces 2017 New Venture Competition finalists

Ivy Tech Community College Northeast has announced the three finalists for its 2017 New Venture Competition. In its seventh year, the competition’s champion will receive at least $20,000 in start-up capital for presenting the best business plan for his or her small business.

The finalists and their businesses are as follows:

  • Kendall Riecken, business administration student
    Company: KR Designs

    “We are an automotive-based company, specializing in detailing, restoration, custom paint, and collision repair. Our customers consist of automotive enthusiasts and car/vehicle owners.”
  • Courtney Jagoda, building construction management student
    Company: Caliber Contracting

    “We build tiny houses that are affordable and allow customers freedom to customize to fit their needs/wants.”
  • Clayton Ostermeyer, business administration student
    Company: The Vault

    “The Vault is a speakeasy-themed bar with an indoors cigar lounge, located in downtown Fort Wayne.”

The New Venture Competition awards dinner is Sept. 28 on Ivy Tech Northeast’s Coliseum Campus, 3800 N. Anthony Blvd., in Room CC1640. Finalists will present their business plans, and community judges will vote on the New Venture champion at the event.

The competition has partnered with Fort Wayne SCORE, a group that grows successful small businesses across the country. The group, made of volunteer experienced business owners and managers, will provide mentorship for the finalists.

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

The following College faculty and administration served as judges in determining the finalists:

  • Elaine Novak, dean, Business and Public Services Division
  • Patrick McCormick, department chair, Business and Hospitality Administration
  • Carla Quickel, associate professor, Business Administration

Special Cuisines dinner to offer up Latin American menu May 4

For Ivy Tech Community College Northeast’s final Special Cuisines dinner of the semester, students will serve up a Latin American menu:

  • Starter: Chips and salsa
  • Salad: Spicy jicama salad
  • Soup: Soup of Tlalpan
  • Entrée: Grilled steak and poblano chili tacos served with dirty black beans and Mexican red rice
  • Dessert

Dinner is served at two times, 5 and 7:30 p.m. April 25, and there are still spots available at 5 p.m. To make reservations, which are required, visit IvyTech.edu/northeast/dinners. You can also call 260-481-2243.

Dinners are served in the Hospitality Room (door 24, which is located on the back of the building and faces Coliseum Boulevard) on Coliseum Campus (3800 N. Anthony Blvd.) and run $25. Pay on-site with cash, check, or charge. Wine is available for $5 a glass or $15 a bottle.

Enrollment day planned for summer, fall classes

DETAILS:
At Express Enrollment Days, prospective and current students at Ivy Tech Community College Northeast can complete whatever enrollment steps they still need to be ready to start classes this summer and/or fall. Ten- and eight-week summer classes begin May 22 and June 5, respectively, and the fall semester begins Aug. 21.

Learn more at IvyTech.edu/enrollmentday.

WHEN:
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 19

WHERE:
Express Enrollment Center
Student Life Center, North Campus
3701 Dean Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46835

College to host success day for high school scholars on Saturday

WHAT:
At the 21st Century Scholar Success Day, scholars and their parents/guardians will learn about the 21st Century Scholarship program. The event will also include a vendor and resource fair with giveaways.

The 21st Century Scholarship provides students undergraduate tuition to participating universities and colleges, including Ivy Tech Community College Northeast. In addition to the funds, scholars receive step-by-step help to assure success in college and degree completion.

The event, for eighth to 12th graders, is for scholars in the following counties: Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, Noble, Wells and Whitley.

WHERE:
Ivy Tech Community College Northeast
Coliseum Campus
3800 N. Anthony Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
Get directions
Park in the south or west lot, and enter through door 3.

SCHEDULE:
9 a.m. to 1p.m. April 29

College selects PNC Bank exec to lead Resource Development office

Ivy Tech Community College Northeast has selected Margaret Sturm as its new Executive Director of Resource Development, and she will start May 1. In her role, Sturm will advise Chancellor Jerrilee K. Mosier in the formation and execution of fundraising strategies, grant applications, and other sources of potential development at Ivy Tech Northeast.

Sturm

Sturm’s duties include

  • Maintaining a strong friend and fundraising program within Ivy Tech Northeast’s 10-county region
  • Finding potential donors for the Ivy Tech Foundation
  • Building partnerships with community groups, employers, foundations, and individuals to support students, faculty, and academic programs
  • Developing strategies to convert prospects to donors and encourage continued giving by current donors

“My immediate plans are to listen and learn about our team and culture, our vision, our programs, our processes, our strategies, our challenges, and what has been successful to date,” Sturm says. “I will be active in the community attending events, meeting friends of Ivy Tech, and developing those relationships and building on our existing relationships.”

Sturm will serve as liaison between Ivy Tech Northeast and the Foundation in the College’s Central Office in Indianapolis for coordinated projects, reporting, guideline and procedure development, and campaign structure and implementation.

“We are eager to welcome Margaret on board as part of our Ivy Tech Northeast leadership team,” Chancellor Jerrilee K. Mosier says. “We’ve been fortunate to work with her over the years in other capacities, and I am confident she brings exactly what the College needs to support student success through philanthropic giving and grant support.”

Sturm most recently has served as the Relationship Manager Institutional Asset Management/Community Affairs for PNC Bank in Fort Wayne. As a Relationship Manager, Sturm was responsible for managing relationships for all of the Institutional Asset Management clients in northeastern Indiana. Her duties included managing private foundations; providing support for grants, applications review, and non-profit site visits; and maintaining recordkeeping for private foundations, distributing $10 million annually to non-profit groups in the region.

From 2009 to 2016, Sturm was an adjunct instructor at Ivy Tech Northeast, teaching Introduction to Business and capstone courses. She served on the College’s Adjunct Faculty Advisory Board.

Sturm has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Saint Francis and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from IPFW.