Ivy Tech raises $20k for Wabash County students at Monopoly® Night

Ivy Tech Community College raised $20,000 last Friday at the Monopoly® Night event. All funds will go toward scholarships to Ivy Tech students in Wabash County. The site has hosted the event for ten years, and it has raised more than $185,000 total in that time period. Funds come in from ticket sales and silent auction items.

“Wabash County students are grateful to receive these scholarship funds,” says Josh Blossom, director of the Wabash County community learning center. “The scholarships are important, but the support behind the donations is just as important. Knowing that the community backs their educational goals helps our students to succeed, which builds a stronger northeast Indiana.”

Ivy Tech would like to thank all the sponsors and partners for helping raise scholarship funds for Wabash County students.

Park Place

  • Ford Meter Box
  • Jerry Perkins

Business Tycoon

  • Bulldog Battery Corporation
  • City of Wabash
  • DotDot Smile-Extreme Dot Mom
  • Duke Energy
  • Halderman Farm Management Service
  • Midwest Poultry Services
  • Miller’s Merry Manor

Railroad Industrialist

  • Beacon Credit Union
  • Family Optometry
  • First Farmers Bank & Trust
  • Investment Center at Crossroads Bank
  • Lundquist Real Estate Services
  • McCann Advisors
  • Pam and Charlie Guthrie
  • Wabash MPI/Carver, Inc.

Utility Magnate

  • Cardinal Health
  • Dorais Chevrolet Buick GMC
  • Downs, Tandy & Petruniw, P.C.
  • Edward Jones – Office of Steve Weir
  • Flagstar Bank
  • Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, Inc.
  • Grow Wabash
  • Intrasect Technologies
  • Rick’s Auto

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne assists Komets’ massage therapist in achieving her goals

Rachel Hall

Rachel Hall didn’t start out with a passion for massage. She didn’t feel an overwhelming calling for the profession. In fact, in 2009, she was a home schooled student who wasn’t excited about school or college at all. That all changed after she signed up for a massage therapy class through a special Ivy Tech Fort Wayne program targeted at high school students.

“It took all of 10 minutes of the holistic healing class for me to know that this was where I was supposed to be,” says Rachel. “The hands-on labs at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne were perfect. We went from classes with textbook pictures next to us, right to lab with people on our massage tables. Being an A student isn’t hard when you love what you’re learning.”

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s Therapeutic Massage Program also helped her discover a passion for sports and rehabilitation work. During her two years at Ivy Tech, Rachel was exposed to licensed massage therapists with specializations in prenatal massage, oncology, pediatric, rehabilitation, and more.

Now Rachel works as a sports and rehabilitation massage therapist at Aaron Chiropractic and is the staff massage therapist for the Fort Wayne Komets.

“I work with the Komets players on chronic issues. Some of these guys have skated many hours a week for 20+ years—that’s a huge amount of wear and tear on their bodies, and it takes a toll,” says Rachel. “We work on specific things to improve their game. Most of them have chronic pain from repetitive movement, like wrist and elbow trauma from twisting and extending their elbows to shoot or pass the puck.”

Rachel also helps stretch and warm up the team before every game. Pregame massages are different than what she does throughout the week. They’re fast and address any immediate problems that could hurt the player’s performance.

“I loosen up their necks and shoulders to achieve full range of motion, so they can see what’s coming. The last thing we need is a goalie who can’t rotate his head!”

In the immediate future, Rachel plans to continue working at Aaron Chiropractic and hopes to work with the Komets all the way through the playoffs. She loves what she does, and doesn’t see that changing anytime soon.

College to host free STEM camp for area middle, high school teachers this summer

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne’s ASM Materials Camp is open to high school and middle school teachers in the fields of chemistry, physical science, engineering, industrial/career, and technical education.

The camp will show teachers new ways to incorporate low-cost experiments into their existing curriculum. Teachers will be exposed to a vast array of materials, including ferrous, non-ferrous, plastic, and composite materials.

“At the ASM teachers camp, we hope to provide local teachers with a multitude of inexpensive experiments that they can take back to their classroom,” says Nick Goodnight, assistant department chair of Automotive and Diesel Technology. “The topics covered during this camp can be used to expose students to a variety of materials related concepts. This exposure will ultimately help stimulate STEM related interest for young people in our community and hopefully get them excited about the material world around them.” 

The camp is free to all area middle and high school science teachers. Two graduate-level credits are optional for $250 through the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Teachers can get more information and sign up for the free camp online at IvyTech.edu/fortwayne/teachers. Space is limited.

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 17 to 20
8 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 21

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

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne and Warsaw to host enrollment days 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. Students should bring their most recent tax returns for financial aid, and their previous high school or college transcripts for assessment.

Prospective students can visit IvyTech.edu/EEDay to learn more. Most summer classes begin June 10, and fall classes begin Aug. 26.

9 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 26
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 27

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

Ivy Tech Warsaw Site
2545 Silveus Crossing
Warsaw, IN 46582

College announces Jim Merz as chosen artist for commissioned piece to celebrate 50 years in Fort Wayne

Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne campus will be celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. In December 2018, the College announced its plans to select an artist(s) to create an original public art installation at Ivy Tech’s Coliseum Campus, near the corner of E. Coliseum Blvd. and North Anthony Blvd.

Jim Merz

The original call asked established northeast Indiana artists to submit ideas that stand as a signature artwork of exceptional quality and enduring value that highlights the importance of community-focused higher education and reflects the identity of Ivy Tech. A committee comprised of college administration, visual communications faculty, and community volunteers reviewed the artist submissions and selected local artist Jim Merz to bring his idea to life on campus.

Fort Wayne resident Jim Merz grew up in the Detroit suburbs and received his BFA from the University of Michigan. He has worked with a variety of mediums, including wood, metal, digital, and mixed media. Merz specializes in building works at the intersection between art and science, which incorporate or evoke movement and light. He is equally at home with a welder for building his sculptures, a soldering iron for building the electronic components that drive his sculptures, and the computer for designing his own software to control the lights and motors. His kinetic sculptures have been exhibited nationally and internationally.

“The time I spent learning welding at my local community college has been instrumental in my development as an artist,” says Jim Merz. “I’m honored to be chosen to help Ivy Tech Fort Wayne mark this important milestone.”

His proposal is of an eye-catching deconstructed archway commemorating Ivy Tech and its 50 years. Arches traditionally represent history and strength, and they can be unforgettable monuments that visitors seek out. The 10-foot-tall sculpture’s interior space echoes the Ivy Tech logo while also symbolizing a transition point from one stage to the next. It is an ideal location for selfies and family photos, particularly on graduation day. The magnitude, simplicity, and boldness of this sculpture will capture the attention of pedestrians and motorists. It also provides an interactive experience. Custom lighting will make the sculpture a focal point during the evening hours.

Jim Merz’s rendering for Ivy Tech’s 50 years in Fort Wayne public art project.

“Jim’s sculpture will be a perfect mainstay at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne and will commemorate the past, present, and future of our campus,” says Chancellor Jerrilee K. Mosier, Ed.D. “As we move into the future, our roots as a vocational and technical school—along with our more recent designation as Indiana’s comprehensive community college—provide us the opportunity to offer multiple career pathways for individuals throughout northeast Indiana. Our students can enter the workforce, transfer and earn a bachelor’s degree, or receive needed training to move up in the workforce. We continue to serve the education and workforce needs of our communities.”

This public art project is being funded with a $12,000 commission (all inclusive of design, materials, construction, installation) for Merz to realize his work. Private community donations and other College fundraising efforts will provide the commission.

“Through Ivy Tech’s history and strong community support, we will raise the funds by connecting with alumni, retirees, and northeast Indiana business and industry partners,” says Margaret Sturm, executive director of resource development. “Jim’s creation symbolizes what we are looking for in reflecting our mission to serve our communities and building a stronger northeast Indiana.”

 The College is seeking the community’s help in completing this lasting legacy and beautification project to celebrate Ivy Tech’s 50th year in Fort Wayne and connecting the College with the community. Donors will be recognized at the unveiling of the public art in the fall of 2019. Those interested in being part of the effort should contact Margaret Sturm, executive director of resource development, at 260-480-2010 or msturm7@ivytech.edu.

College kicks off classical French cuisine dinner series in April

As part of its 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 five dinners this semester.

To make reservations, which are required at least 24 hours before the dinner, call 260-480-2002. Dinners are $20 a person, and wine is available for purchase $5 per glass or $15 per bottle.

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

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

  • April 4:    Normandy
  • April 11: Pays de la Loire
  • April 18: Bourgogne-Franche-Comté
  • April 25: Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes
  • May 2:    Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur

Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus
Coliseum Campus, Hospitality Room 1640
3800 N. Anthony Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805

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

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 Fort Wayne. They will tour campus, learn about admissions requirements, meet with faculty from various program areas, get the facts on financial aid and paying for college, connect with current and prospective students, and more. Parents/guardians are also welcome to attend.

Those interested can learn more and RSVP at IvyTech.edu/goivyday (click Fort Wayne). Questions? Contact Jennifer Simmons at jsimmons143@ivytech.edu or 260-480-2039.

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 22

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

College to host 10th annual Wabash Monopoly® Night fundraiser March 22

Ivy Tech Community College is hosting its 10th annual Wabash Monopoly® Night. The fundraiser invites participants to play the board game, bid on silent auction items, and raise money for student scholarships that benefit Wabash County Ivy Tech students. In the first nine years, the event has raised more than $165,000 for scholarships.

Individual tickets ($30), sponsorships, and get Get Out of Jail Free Cards can be purchased in advance on the event website. Dinner is included, and there will be a cash bar.

For more information, contact Margaret Sturm at 260-480-2010 or msturm7@ivytech.edu.

6 to 10 p.m. March 22

Honeywell Center
275 W. Market St.
Wabash, IN 46992

Ivy Tech Warsaw announces Kubacki scholarship for Latinos, deadline for application is April 1

Michael and Rebecca Kubacki are partnering with Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne and Warsaw to fund a scholarship aimed at Kosciusko County residents with Latino heritage. The scholarship awards a recipient $5,000 for one year to be renewed for $5,000 in the second year if the student remains in good standing at the College.

“We established the scholarship because we feel education is the key to improving Latino quality of life and the lives of those in their family,” says Rebecca Kubacki. “Our hope is that the Ivy Tech graduate will stay in northeast Indiana and become a contributing member of the community and become a role model to other Latinos.”


  • Latin heritage
  • Kosciusko County resident
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 during program enrollment
  • Student must be seeking an associate degree
  • Student must demonstrate financial need
  • Preference will be given to Kosciusko County high school seniors planning to attend Ivy Tech as a first-generation college student.

Applicants who meet the initial eligibility criteria must submit their application for consideration no later than April 1 via the online scholarship at http://bit.ly/ivytech-kubacki.

Automotive grad accelerates his career with Tesla START program

Many Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne Automotive Technology graduates are working in cutting-edge industries, like electric car company Tesla. Our 2016 Alumni Achievement winner, Colin Zimmer, was hired by Tesla in 2013. Now, a second Ivy Tech graduate recently completed the Tesla START program and was hired as a Tesla service technician in Dec. 2018.

Chris Merle (AAS, Automotive Technology, ’18) always had an affinity for cars and motorcycles. He was riding dirt bikes by age 5 and bought his first truck at 12.

In college, he started at IPFW (now Purdue University Fort Wayne) majoring in engineering, and despite doing well in the program, Merle quickly decided he didn’t want to be an engineer. He compared automotive programs in the area, transferred to Ivy Tech Fort Wayne, and loved it.

“Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s automotive program was thorough and in-depth,” says Merle. “Every instructor had the proper training, techniques, and knowledge they needed to pass on to the students. Robert Huffman especially got me where I am today. He helps every student as much as he can.”

Huffman encouraged Merle to check out the newly formed Tesla START program, which is an additional 12-week course designed to give students the training they need to become Tesla workers. Merle applied, was accepted, and started the program in fall 2018.

It wasn’t easy.

“It’s an intense program. You have to transfer to a location and live in that location for three months,” says Merle. “You have to pay tuition. I had to pay $1,500 for this course. The people who do this, they have to move, relocate, live, survive, and pay money to be in this program.”

Despite the difficulties, Merle persisted and graduated from the Tesla START program. After graduation, he was immediately hired at the Tesla Service Center in Tempe, Arizona.

“There’s a lot of information about Tesla that I can’t give away, but one thing I can say is the company really works with you, the benefits are amazing, and there’s a very positive atmosphere. I’ll definitely stick with them for a while.”