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.
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
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
“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
“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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
students can visit IvyTech.edu/EEDay to learn more. Most summer
classes begin June 10, and fall classes begin Aug. 26.
WHEN: 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
Tech Warsaw Site
2545 Silveus Crossing
Warsaw, IN 46582
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.
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’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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.”