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our region TOP DEGREE PRODUCER As another school year passes, Ivy Tech Community College Northeast celebrates the success of our newly inducted alumni—nearly 1,000 who earned more than 1,200 degrees, certificates, and technical certificates—and encourages our current students toward the day they can cross the stage at Commencement. In the last three years, our region has graduated more than 3,000 students into Indiana’s workforce. This year, Ivy Tech ranked first among two-year institutions nationwide for the number of associate degrees awarded in 2011–12. According to Community College Week magazine, Ivy Tech has awarded the most degrees, at 8,940 degrees conferred—a 12 percent increase from a year prior. The college ranks second in the number of certificates granted. Furthermore, the magazine reports, “Ivy Tech is viewed as a key to Indiana’s workforce development efforts, as well as a critical solution to the state’s lackluster performance in producing residents with college degrees.”

TOP CHOICE This spring, the Commission for Higher Education College Readiness Report, based on 2011 data, named Ivy Tech as high school students’ top choice for higher education in Indiana: 26 percent of graduates who chose public colleges or universities chose Ivy Tech. In northeast Indiana, Snider High School had the most graduates choose Ivy Tech Northeast, whereas Wayne High School had the highest percentage of its graduates choose us.

Brenna Dilley is a great example of one of those students. After graduating from Bellmont High School, in Decatur, Ind., she decided Ivy Tech Northeast was the best place to help her reach her career goals sooner. Brenna graduated in May with an Associate of Science in Human Services and is now employed at Stop Child Abuse & Neglect, working with child custody and child abuse cases. She was introduced to human services and social work by her aunt during a visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo, and her interest continued to grow. At graduation, the college honored Brenna as the School of Public and Social Services’ outstanding student. After a year at SCAN, she plans to work on a bachelor’s degree in social work at Ball State University. Ultimately, she wants to help troubled youth in America by preventing bullying, human trafficking, manipulation, and prostitution because she believes each young person deserves to understand and fulfill his or her potential.

TOP-OF-MIND PROGRESS Ivy Tech recently reviewed data concerning its sixyear success rates related to students who earned a credential, transferred to another institution, or are pursuing a degree at Ivy Tech. In the last year, our success rate increased from 44 to 51.3 percent. This is great news as our region and the college as a whole continues with the goal to reach 60 percent college attainment by 2025. This new data speaks volumes about what we do at Ivy Tech, and we’ll continue to stay focused on ensuring student success by evaluating our processes, offerings, and access to higher education and training. All of this proves forward progress for the college, as we strive to be Indiana’s top education and workforce tool. In order to fill the education and skills gap, our role of “changing lives and making Indiana great” becomes that much more important.

Jerrilee K. Mosier, Ed.D.

Chancellor, Ivy Tech Community College Northeast

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Students challenge approach to higher education’s rewards


Bachelor’s-to-associate path offers affordable career redesigns

Students challenge approach to higher education’s rewards


Graduate endures longest journey to Commencement

Guy Haines did it, and so did Mike Stepp. Count Jennifer VanAntwerp in, too. Don’t forget about Ehren Schouweiler; he’s in the process of joining their ranks.

8 Various forms of dual credit allow high school students to graduate with college credit

These college graduates have challenged conventional thinking in higher education, and now they are celebrating the rewards for having done so.

10 INSPIRE Academy encourages students, community members to follow their ambitions

Rather than embrace the mentality that advancing one’s future always requires ongoing degreeclimbing, they chose to earn associate degrees from Ivy Tech Community College Northeast after completing a bachelor’s degree elsewhere. Schouweiler, an exception, is working toward a technical certificate.

12 College initiatives target student retention 13 Transfer partnership introduces 3+1 program

Their independent actions speak to the same occupational conclusion: The ideal road to career enhancement and job satisfaction isn’t always paved with a graduate degree.

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An investment in graduate school can certainly have merit, though—as Haines and Schouweiler can attest given their master’s degrees—but it often provides no easy guarantees toward in-demand employment or a larger salary when compared to other educational opportunities, especially in light of a substantially higher price tag and a more time-intensive commitment when earning a graduate degree.

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Additional student loan debt is the last thing Haines wanted to consider as he evaluated his next professional move. “Although I worked throughout both my bachelor’s and master’s programs, it took me several years to determine that the field of arts management, although personally fulfilling, was not going to yield a paycheck big enough to pay back the extensive student loans I accrued, let alone come close to supporting myself,” he says.

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Texas to start a family, she realized she needed another 18 credit hours to be certified to teach in the Hoosier state. She had little desire to return to a college classroom at the time.

This bachelor’s-to-associate journey has become an emerging trend in higher education. A 2007–08 National Post-Secondary Student Aid Study estimates that 8 percent of students entering community colleges had already completed a bachelor’s degree.

“Five years later, and two kids later, my daughter asked me what I did at work. My answer to her was ‘I work in a bank....’ She asked if I ran the bank. I responded, ‘No, the bank runs me.’ That’s when I decided to make a change,” VanAntwerp says.

Ivy Tech Northeast’s comparative data during the past five years is more modest. About 2.5–4 percent of all entering students reported having a post-secondary award, with approximately 1.5 percent of that group defining the award as a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Economic indicators For a variety of reasons, the bachelor’s-to-associate decision has gained momentum among people due to the nation’s long-standing economic slump, as well as related and unrelated circumstances ranging from unemployment and underemployment to career changes and skill-set updates.

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In response, Haines returned to college to pursue a career in healthcare. He’s now a registered nurse in the ICU at Fort Wayne’s Parkview Regional Medical Center.

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By choosing Ivy Tech Northeast, VanAntwerp identified a means to rejuvenate her selfworth. When VanAntwerp, a music teacher, and her husband returned to Indiana from

Like Haines, she studied nursing, which she refers to as her “true calling,” and coincidentally accepted a registered nurse position alongside him in the ICU this summer. In contrast to VanAntwerp, Stepp’s rationale for additional schooling has been to include teaching opportunities. He decided to expand the technology prowess from his undergraduate studies in electrical engineering to include the people-oriented field of massage therapy.

“I was interested in healthcare subject matter and wanted to help others,” says Stepp, whose multifaceted career now includes technical consulting, working as a private practice massage therapist, and teaching massage therapy and industrial technology classes part time at Ivy Tech Northeast.

Guy Haines

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Occupation: Registered nurse in the ICU at Parkview Regional Medical Center • Associate of Science in Nursing, 2012

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Occupation: Technical consultant and private practice massage therapist, who also teaches massage therapy and industrial technology classes part time at Ivy Tech Northeast

• Master of Arts Management, 2009

Columbia College (Chicago)

• Associate of Science in Massage Therapy, 2004

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• Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, 2006

Elmhurst College (Elmhurst, Ill.)

• Associate of Science in Medical Assisting, 2004

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• Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, 1983

Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, Va.)

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20 Best Jobs That Don’t Require a Bachelor’s Degree*

Weighing decisions


Ivy Tech Northeast Admissions Director Robyn Boss says she encourages all bachelor’s-toassociate prospects to look past any potential social stigma that may arise from choosing an associate degree, technical certificate, or certificate after having completed a bachelor’s degree—a move that defies logic to some critics. “I think it’s all about choosing the path that works best for them and fits their needs, regardless of the level of education,” Boss says. “They may have earned a bachelor’s degree, but narrowing in on a specific area and earning a certificate may benefit them exponentially.” Schouweiler is a product of this advice. He is developing his technical competencies through a technical certificate in computer information systems. As a self-employed day trader and financial analyst, his work requires him to be familiar with custom spreadsheets, data mining, and certain programming languages. “Five to six years ago, these responsibilities were handled by IT. Now, employers are looking to consolidate these duties,” says Schouweiler, who aims to make himself more marketable in his profession. His atypical choice regarding further education has led him down a different path. Yet like his peers, Schouweiler’s no-regrets decision appears to have made sense—and saved cents.

1. Registered Nurses + 2. Dental Hygienists + 3. Construction and Extraction Worker Supervisors + ^ 4. Radiologic Technologists and Technicians + 5. Electricians (apprenticeships through Corporate College) 6. Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters (apprenticeships through Corporate College) 7. Construction Managers + 8. Diagnostic Medical Sonographers + ^ 9. Respiratory Therapists + 10. Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers + ^ + ^

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11. Sales Representatives (Wholesale and Manufacturing) 12. Insurance Sales Agents 13. Physical Therapy Assistants + 14. Brickmasons and Blockmasons 15. Administrative Services Managers + 16. Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses ^ 17. Industrial Machinery Mechanics + ^ 18. First-line Supervisors of Helpers, Laborers, and Material Movers 19. Operating Engineers + 20. First-line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers +

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*The list represents research from the recently published book, “300 Best Jobs Without a Four-Year Degree.” The rankings were determined using nationwide median annual earnings, projected job growth, and annual openings data from a combination of U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Census Bureau, and U.S. Department of Education reports.

Ehren Schouweiler

Jennifer VanAntwerp

Occupation: Self-employed day trader and financial analyst

Occupation: Registered nurse in the ICU at Parkview Regional Medical Center

• Technical Certificate in Computer Information Systems, Anticipated 2014

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• Associate of Science in Nursing, 2013

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• Bachelor of Music Education, 2003

The University of Texas at San Antonio

• Master of Business Administration, 2004

University of St. Francis

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Butler University (Indianapolis)

• Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, 1998 Millikin University (Decatur, Ill.)

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Awe-inspiring achievement

Graduate endures longest journey to Commencement The phrase “You can’t go home again” is more than a trite, throwaway expression to some people. For Atchima MahamatZene in particular, it serves as a painful reality check given her exposure to unimaginable conditions growing up. It’s her resilience in spite of them, however, that has helped her earn the 2013 Melvin L. Curtis Award for Academic Excellence—Ivy Tech Community College Northeast’s highest honor for a graduating student based on outstanding academic achievement, community-service participation, and personal qualities.

Chad, Africa Capital: N’Djamena Population: 9,657,000 Literacy Rate: 48% Size: 495,755 sq. mi. (Approximately 85% the size of Alaska) Life Expectancy: 49 years old Government: Presidential Republic Primary Languages: French and Arabic Religions: Muslim, Christianity, and Animist (Belief that all natural objects possess a soul) Gross Domestic Product: $10.58 billion (U.S.) Currency: Central African CFA franc Chief Exports: Cotton, cattle, gum arabic, oil, textiles Source: National Geographic Atlas of the World, Eighth Ed.

Mahamat-Zene is a native of Chad—a landlocked republic in north central Africa that possesses some of the most unenviable high rankings among nations. According to United Nations’ data, Chad is one of the poorest and most politically corrupt states in the world. Most inhabitants live in mud–brick dwellings and exist as subsistence herders and farmers. Young girls often dream about better futures in Chad, Mahamat-Zene says, but they rarely achieve them. Many social, cultural, and religious customs deny those ambitions for women and girls, given barriers on access to educational opportunities, incidents involving domestic violence, and the practice of female genital mutilation, which are all commonplace despite laws prohibiting these acts. “Before becoming teenagers, 13 of my friends and I made a pledge to go to college. By age 17, only one of us was not married. Now, only two of us are going to college,” Mahamat-Zene says. “I was the crazy one (in the group) for having those big dreams and even thinking of accomplishing them. I always strive to be an educated and successful woman, and for that reason, I took a big risk one day, and I decided to leave my home country for the United States.” Her motivation for doing so as a non-English speaking asylum-seeker was to reclaim her life after escaping a kidnapping and hostage scenario. She had been taken to her soon-to-be-husband’s remote location for an arranged marriage she did not want. Following a respite period of several months in the New York City area, she made her way to a host family in North Manchester, Ind., where, upon the birth of her daughter, Mariam, she enrolled at Manchester High School. Upon graduation in 2012, she applied to, and was accepted in, Ivy Tech Northeast’s Associate Accelerated Program (ASAP)—a one-year, associate-degree option financed by a three-year grant from the Lumina Foundation.

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Business administration graduate Atchima Mahamat-Zene, a native of the African nation of Chad, receives the Melvin L. Curtis Award for Academic Excellence from Ivy Tech Northeast Chancellor Jerrilee K. Mosier, Ed.D., during Commencement on May 10. The award is the region’s highest honor for a graduating student based on outstanding academic achievement, community-service participation, and personal qualities.

The single mother with great financial needs had no relatives to assist her. She faced numerous challenges while persisting at Ivy Tech Northeast, from changing living arrangements unexpectedly and finding suitable child care assistance to balancing study time and coordinating daily, one-hour commutes to and from Fort Wayne. Nevertheless, she persevered and found the solutions necessary to complete an associate degree in business administration in 12 months, earning magna cum laude honors with a 3.92 GPA and participating in ASAP-sponsored volunteer work with school children along the way. “I am so very proud of Atchima,” says Cindy Chenoweth, ASAP program coordinator. “She truly values her education and sets goals for herself along with a plan on how to achieve them. Atchima does not let any obstacle deter her from achieving success.” Mahamat-Zene will be attending Manchester University this fall with a prestigious President’s Scholarship and advanced standing in the university’s Fast Forward accelerated-degree program. Mahamat-Zene says her short-term goal is to complete a bachelor’s degree in business administration and enter the human resources field. Her long-term goal is to attend law school and become an immigration attorney. “Many times, in Chad, when I felt let down by school, my aunt told me, ‘Knowledge is the only thing you will have left when you lose everything,’” Mahamat-Zene recalls. Expanding that knowledge base will continue to be her focus, as she realizes the dreams she once believed were unobtainable.

Spring 2013 Award Recipients 1,224 associate degrees, certificates, and technical certificates awarded

Commencement Address Speaker Lorna Schofield, U.S. District Court Judge for the Southern District of New York and New Haven, Ind., native Commencement Student Speaker Kyle Ball, Business Administration Outstanding Student Awards by School Shannon Matuszny, School of Applied Science & Engineering Technology Atchima Mahamat-Zene, School of Business Vanessa Hayden, School of Education Dan Hartzell, School of Health Sciences Michelle Williams, School of Liberal Arts & Sciences Tammy Baker, School of Nursing Brenna Dilley, School of Public & Social Services Yongkang Zhang, School of Technology Melvin L. Curtis Award for Academic Excellence Atchima Mahamat-Zene, Business Administration Glenn W. and Mary Catherine Sample Award (Full-Time Faculty) Maria Hines, Assistant Professor of Nursing Gerald I. Lamkin Award (Part-Time Faculty) Dawn Hammond, Student Success Instructor Honorary Degree Recipients Associate of Science in College and Community Service Merland Beyler, retired Ivy Tech Northeast administrator (28-year career) Bob Dettmer, M.D., outgoing Ivy Tech Northeast Regional Board of Trustees chair Janet Geib, retired Ivy Tech Northeast associate professor and department chair (36-year career) Ben GiaQuinta, former Indiana State Representative–80th District (awarded posthumously) Bob Meeks, former Indiana State Senator–District 13 Summer 2013 | Ivy Tech Community College Northeast | 7

Various forms of dual credit allow high school students to graduate with college credit The kitchen is beautiful. Burner upon burner line the far wall, topped by a row of stainless steel hoods. Nine magnetic kitchen timers arranged haphazardly stick to the hoods (what must that sound like when they all go off at once?). At each work station is a small basket of knives and a set of rainbow-hued cutting boards. When repair workers come in to fix a stove problem, they often tell Reneé Sigmon there are nice restaurants in town that don’t have the kind of equipment she does. Sigmon shares this anecdote with a large smile. She teaches culinary arts classes at Carroll High School, in Fort Wayne, and she knows these classes are special. She doesn’t say she’s proud of what she helped build, but it’s written all over her face. Carroll offers dual-credit classes through Ivy Tech Community College Northeast. The culinary arts classes, some of the first offered at a comprehensive high school (versus a technical or vocational high school), provide college credit toward students’ academic or technical honors diplomas and toward college degree programs through Ivy Tech. “It’s just a cool space for the kids,” Sigmon says, “and they would not be able to get it anywhere else.”

A single class, “Many high schools want to have Early College programs,” says Dawn Bon Ami, director of academic affairs support services/secondary education and coordinator of Ivy Tech Northeast’s traditional dual-credit program. “It’s all about partnerships and seeing the value of getting a head-start with a college education.”

Hands-on experience, in high school Once upon a time, Ali Felger wanted to go to college for a sport. Today, she is a graduate of Ivy Tech Northeast’s Hospitality Administration program, a lab steward (essentially a sous chef) for the college, and lead baker at Fort Wayne’s Vanilla Bean Unique Cookies & Cupcakes. All because of the dual-credit classes offered at Carroll, which Sigmon encouraged her to take due to Felger’s experience in the high school’s advanced cooking class, she says. Felger graduated high school in 2008 with nine college credit hours completed, and the experience helped her decide to attend Ivy Tech.

“It’s all about partnerships and seeing the value of getting a head-start with a college education.”

“I had no idea what I was doing,” she says. “I was going to go to college for basketball. I loved this so much better.”

One regional high school has taken dual credit — Dawn Bon Ami, director of academic affairs to the next level: support services/secondary education and Bellmont High coordinator of Ivy Tech Northeast’s traditional School, in Decatur, dual-credit program Ind. Bellmont In the fall, Felger participates in the plans to attend Early College program with Ivy Tech Ball State University for bachelor’s and Northeast, allowing students to earn a high school diploma while simultaneously master’s degrees in dietetics. working toward an associate degree with “Working here opened doors,” she says. Ivy Tech Northeast.

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‘I think everybody should be taking it’ Ivy Tech offers three types of dualcredit: traditional dual credit, oncampus dual credit and online/distance education. Traditional dual credit, which is completely free, allows high school students to take classes at their own high school by instructors who have been certified by Ivy Tech to teach the collegelevel course, like Sigmon. On-campus dual credit allows high school students to take classes on Ivy Tech campuses or online, for the same cost as other Ivy Tech students. “One goal is to get high school students enrolled in the program and encourage them to take the general education core of classes,” Bon Ami says. Ivy Tech has 30 credits designed to transfer to any public institution of higher learning, and a high school student who focuses on those classes can graduate high school with more completed college courses than those who don’t necessarily focus on those core classes. Through the years, enrollment in dual credit has grown substantially: From spring 2012 to 2013, Ivy Tech Northeast saw a 42 percent increase in the number of students taking dual-credit classes, to more than 5,700 students in spring 2013. Currently, Ivy Tech Northeast partners with 50 high schools and career centers, and parents and students interested in learning more should contact their guidance counselors, Bon Ami says. “I think everybody should be taking it,” Sigmon says. “When they’re juniors in high school, they don’t understand what it means to do dual credit. When they’re seniors, they get it: ‘I can walk into college with nine credits.’ That’s almost a full semester.”


, double the credit

ReneĂŠ Sigmon names the industrial stovetop and hood system as her favorite tool in the culinary arts classroom at Carroll High School in Fort Wayne. Sigmon, certified by Ivy Tech Northeast to teach dual-credit courses in culinary arts, showed off the classroom after students left one afternoon. Summer 2013 | Ivy Tech Community College Northeast | 9

‘Do what you

INSPIRE Academy encourages students, commun “I had no idea science was cool,” Patrick McCormick overheard the sixth-grade boy say, boarding the school bus last year. The student and his fellow classmates had just attended an INSPIRE Academy event featuring Reed Timmer, from The Discovery Channel’s “Storm Chasers.” Timmer spoke to students from two area middle schools, and after, they broke off into smaller groups to perform science experiments where they studied tornados, learned how weather forecasters worked with a green screen, and toured Timmer’s tornadomobile, the Dominator 2—all on Ivy Tech Community College Northeast’s North Campus.


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For that boy, INSPIRE did exactly what it was supposed to do: It inspired him. The academy, which kicked off last year, is the brain child of McCormick, associate professor of business administration and program chair for the College for Working Adults. “I’ve always said a community college should be more than an institution that offers degrees and certificates,” McCormick says. “As a community college, we have a mission to make the community better.” One way to do that, he says, is to ignite a person’s passion, one that maybe he or she didn’t even know was dormant. INSPIRE Academy, which stands for “Ivy (Tech) Northeast Speakers, Performers, Intellectual exhibits and Recreational Experiences,” has heartened plenty by showcasing professionals who seem to play for a living. In addition to Timmer, past features have included “The Kinetic King” Tim Fort, from Season 6 of “America’s Got Talent;” various documentary showings; and two hiking trips along the Appalachian Trail, including one led by Jennifer Pharr Davis, who holds the world record for hiking the full 2,184-mile long Appalachian Trail faster than anyone else. Soon after the first hiking event, Davis spoke to students at Prairie Heights Middle School, in LaGrange, Ind., where McCormick’s wife, Patty McCormick, teaches sixth grade.

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She likes the message INSPIRE sends to students: “You need to do well in school because then you can do what you love and make it your job,” Patty McCormick says.

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So far, the INSPIRE Academy has f March 2012 Reed Timmer, of The Discovery Channel’s “Storm Chasers,” talks storms and science.

June 2012 A small group of hikers explore 20 miles of the Appalachian Trail.

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Sept. 2012 Appalachian Trail recordholder and author Jennifer Pharr Davis shares her tales of hiking adventures.

Oct. 2012 “The Kinetic King” Tim Fort sets off a stick “bomb” demonstration in Glenbrook Square Mall.


nity members to follow their ambitions The teacher has seen a number of students inspired by the recordbreaking hiker; sixth-grade girls look at Davis and see a woman who can do anything a man can (Davis is the only woman to have earned the record for fastest Appalachian Trail hike). Patty McCormick’s classroom is decorated with various Appalachian Trail memorabilia. Along one wall is a type of photo timeline of images she has taken on her Appalachian Trail hikes. There are mementos of the trips, including a book written and illustrated by fourth-graders at Hot Springs Elementary School in North Carolina. Students have read the book so often, Patty McCormick says, she can hear the spine crack when someone opens it. A well-read copy of Davis’ memoir, “Becoming Odyssa: Epic Adventures on the Appalachian Trail” stays in the classroom, and many sixth-grade students have borrowed it. This June’s trail hike tied into an Appalachian Trail documentary shown earlier this year on campus, “Beauty Beneath the Dirt.” A 12-year-old girl who hiked this year was so inspired by the documentary that she had her parents open a savings account to hike the 2,000-plus miles of the trail when she is old enough. The McCormicks also saw the effects of INSPIRE within their family. The couple’s nephew, Alex Harpenau, 14, so loved watching The Kinetic King set off his stick bombs at Ivy Tech Northeast that he was immediately inspired to make his own. “When we got done and I picked him up after school that night, he’s right away saying, ‘Can we go buy the sticks?’” says Angelia Harpenau, Alex’s mother, of Angola, Ind. “When we got home, he started building those stick bombs. By the end of the night, we had them all over the floor.”

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Harpenau hopes to take Alex to future INSPIRE events. While the INSPIRE Academy events for the fall have not been announced, Patrick McCormick is excited to let the community know once arrangements have been finalized. “I think it’s wonderful that (the college is) reaching out to younger students,” Harpenau says.

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featured the following programs: March 2013 Movie director Katherine Imp talks about her Appalachian Trail documentary, “Beauty Beneath the Dirt.”

April 2013 The documentary “The Dream Share Project” encourages people to follow their dreams and reject the societal pressure to “play it safe.”

“The Dream Share Pr oject” encour and reject the socie ages people to follow their dreams tal pressure to “pla y it safe.” June 2013 Ivy Tech returns to the Appalachian Trail for another hiking adventure.

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vesting in success College initiatives target student retention Cutting to the chase doesn’t appear to be difficult for James Moore. Listening to his passion about African American males and their success in college makes the reason for it understandable. “It’s a moral and economic imperative that African American males change the direction of their downward spiral,” Moore told a 70-member audience during his June 20 community presentation, Contemporary Issues Affecting African American Males. “Changing this reality, in a sense, requires the same diligence as homeland security. That’s how I like to frame it.” He underscored the importance of his message in Ivy Tech Community College Northeast’s Coliseum Campus Auditorium by sharing relevant statistics, such as two-thirds of all college-enrolled African American males fail to complete a degree, and fewer than 30 of the nation’s 50 flagship universities have more than 500 African American male students at each of those institutions. Moore, who has a doctorate from Virginia Tech, is a professor in counselor education at Ohio State University and an associate provost in its Office of Diversity and Inclusion, where he serves as the inaugural director of the Todd Anthony Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male. Ivy Tech Northeast’s African American Male Initiative (AAMI) invited Moore to the campus. His appearance helps satisfy the student-driven group’s three-tier mission: academic assistance, mentoring, and community service. The members also hosted a community-awareness barbecue at the Public Safety Academy: Ivy Tech South Campus on June 18. Energy Technology Program Chair John Mason co-founded and advises AAMI with the support of faculty and staff at the college. “The ability to succeed is tied to relationships,” he says. James Mathews couldn’t agree more.

From left to right, African American Male Initiative mentors Zeke Bryant and John Mason, AAMI President James Mathews, and mentor Clifford Clarke join guest speaker James Moore, Ph.D., (center) following his presentation, “Contemporary Issues Affecting African American Males,” in the Coliseum Campus Auditorium on June 20. As AAMI’s president, he attributes his position as a student worker in the college’s Media Services office to a connection he’s made through the group. “It provides piece of mind,” says Mathews, referring to his AAMI membership. “I can use the available resources for life problems and issues.” The nearly 3-year-old AAMI is modeled on Moore’s research; retention objectives proposed by Achieving the Dream, a national nonprofit specializing in community college interests; and Ivy Tech’s strategic plan, Accelerating Greatness. AAMI is one of more than 35 retentionspecific initiatives at Ivy Tech Northeast, which include the BeFriend Program, Bridge to Success Academy, IvyAdvising (Starfish), learning communities, and TRiO Support Services. Ivy Tech as a statewide institution serves the most complex student body in Indiana’s higher education system. Seventy percent of its students receive financial aid; 73 percent are working

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adults; 21 percent are single parents; and nearly 25,000 are minority students. “All campus entities view student retention as an important and common goal. Whether the efforts to support this reflect academic tutoring, social support, or fundamental customer service, we are continually reviewing our ability to help students achieve their academic goals,” says Cathy Maxwell, vice chancellor for academic affairs. Ivy Tech’s quantifiable strides in overall student retention are reflected in a June study by the Midwestern Higher Education Compact, which gave Indiana an efficiency rating of “very high” for two-year institutions. Indiana was the only state to receive this rating, which indicates the effectiveness per dollar spent is considerably above average. The state was rated “moderate” for effectiveness among two-year institutions, which indicates that the graduation rate is equivalent to the anticipated rate. In contrast, the report ranked Indiana as “low” in effectiveness and “moderate” in efficiency among four-year institutions.

WHAT”S IN IT FOR YOU? • A Technical General Education Certificate from Ivy Tech while in high school. • An Associate Degree from Ivy Tech a year after your high school graduation. • A Bachelor’s Degree from Trine University just two years after your high school graduation.

Transfer partnership introduces 3+1 program

WHERE ARE YOUR CLASSES? Online or near your home. Classes are offered at Ivy Tech’s main campus in Columbus and at learning sites in Franklin, Seymour, North Vernon, Greensburg, Nashville, and Trafalgar.

WHAT DEGREES CAN YOU EARN? • Accounting • Criminal Justice The load for Ivy Tech Community College • Agriculture • Earlystudents Childhood Education looking transfer their associate-degree credits Technology toward a • Appliedto Management • Engineering • Business Administration • General Studies bachelor’s degree just became a little lighter. • Business Administration (Accounting) • General Studies (Pre-legal) • Business Administration (Entrepreneurship) Care Management In mid-June, Ivy Tech announced a new• Health statewide • Business Administration (Healthcare Mgt.) • Health Care Support partnership with Trine University that creates two transfer • Business Administration (Human Resources Mgt.) • Medical Assisting • Business Administration (Management) pathways for students and graduates:

• A 3+1 pathway in which students complete three years at Ivy Tech and one year at Trine to complete a bachelor’s degree. Ivy Tech Community College and Trine University are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

• A 2+2 pathway in which students twoto get years at jspeters@ivyte Contacttake us today started. Ivy Tech and another two years at *Cost Trine to2012-13 complete a average cost of $76,1 based on 4-year university bachelor’s degree. The 3+1 pathway offers significant savings to graduates and prospects throughout Indiana. The cost for a bachelor’s degree for a high school student earning 30 credits through Ivy Tech’s dual-credit classes in Hoosier high schools and choosing a 3+1 pathway would be less than $15,000. That same student would also be earning a bachelor’s degree in three years after graduating from high school. The 3+1 pathway creates the most affordable bachelor’sdegree option in Indiana and allows students to take their first three years at Ivy Tech and finish their senior year at Trine.

Ivy Tech Northeast announces 6 new academic programs beginning fall 2013 A.A.S. and A.S. in Supply Chain Management/Logistics A.A.S. and A.S. in Agriculture A.S. in Hospitality Administration Technical Certificate in Public Safety Technology

The pathway students choose toward a bachelor’s degree would depend largely on the academic program in which they are interested. Also, Trine is reducing its tuition from $360 per credit hour to $260 for Ivy Tech graduates maintaining a 3.0 GPA or better. The cost reduction is even greater for Ivy Tech students accepting invitation into Phi Theta Kappa, an academic honor society for two-year college students. Those students will receive a deeper discount of $125 per credit hour. “Offering students and prospective students a bachelor’s degree for less than one-fourth the cost at residential universities is a phenomenal opportunity,” says Mary E. Ostrye, Ph.D., Ivy Tech provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. “This partnership is an example of two institutions putting the interests of students first and their willingness to help us keep higher education costs in check.” In northeast Indiana, Trine has regional centers in Fort Wayne and Warsaw. Trine’s administrative and residential campus is in Angola, Ind. Summer 2013 | Ivy Tech Community College NORTHEAST | 13

Hot diggity dog!

Four-legged friends unleash therapeutic benefits during finals week Despite what appeared to be the makings of an upscale dog show taking over the campus library this spring, the premise proved false. Nevertheless, the same level of enthusiasm found at such an event proved to be just as contagious for Ivy Tech Community College Northeast faculty, staff, and students during finals week, May 6–10.

Sharon Hultquist. These self-professed dog lovers discussed localizing the pet-therapy concept during finals week after reviewing an article on its practice in Pet Partners’ Interactions magazine. Davis’ own therapy dog, Piper, is certified by the Pet Partners organization and was profiled in the same issue.

Davis says therapy dogs must be certified approximately every two years from an animal-advocacy organization, such as Pet Partners, and they are trained to be a team player with their handler, in part by responding appropriately to neutral dogs and recovering quickly and calmly if startled.

In total, nine dogs of excellent breeding, even temperament, and impeccable grooming graced the college with their respective handlers. The late morningto-early afternoon appearances from these specially trained animals rested with a single objective: to provide stress relief for faculty, staff, and students in the midst of finals week. Petting, hugging, and massaging the dogs was strongly encouraged.

“I asked Sharon why we weren’t doing this, and she said, ‘I’d love to do it, but I don’t know where to get the dogs.’ I told her, ‘You take care of the (college) administration; I’ll take care of the therapy dogs,’” Davis says.

According to Pet Partners, approximately 30 percent of the organization’s certified therapy animals are adopted from a shelter or rescue agency.

College libraries from Augusta State University in Georgia to Yale University in Connecticut have organized similar anti-anxiety interactions for their library patrons and are reporting positive results. The introduction of pet therapy in the Ivy Tech Library is believed to be a first at a college library in the Fort Wayne area. Credit for the experiment goes to Assistant Professor of Human Services Ruth Davis and Ivy Tech Library Director

“In my book, there’s nothing better than volunteering with your dog.” —Ruth Davis, assistant professor of human services

With the division of labor determined, the two women went to work and accomplished their assignments. Each therapy dog invited to campus required a letter of training certification and liability insurance coverage. “I thought everything went well,” Hultquist says. “We know that not only students get stressed out at the end of the semester, but also employees, especially with budgets, evaluations, and grades all due. We had many staff who took a few minutes to de-stress by coming to meet the dogs and share the love.” Not just any dog can make it as a trophy dog, so to speak.

“The dogs make me happy, and even though I have four of my own at home, it is nice to be able to come and pet the other dogs.”

—Janell Hendrickson, Ivy Tech Northeast bursar

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Piper is reflected in this demographic. Davis adopted him from an animal shelter in Bluffton, Ind., eight years ago, shortly after his scheduled euthanization had been postponed. “It was fate,” Davis says. “He was meant to be my dog.” Davis adds that Piper’s name comes from his former owner, who found the black shepherd mix near a culvert pipe in a rural area while the dog was still a puppy. When Piper turned 3, Davis enrolled him in obedience training before starting his therapy training regimen. Therapy animals, which can include dogs, cats, ferrets, rabbits and even miniature horses, differ from service

“Finals can be overwhelming and stressful. Who doesn’t feel great after you hug a dog?”

—Jessica Clarke, nursing major

animals: Davis says service animals are trained to provide one or more compensatory tasks for people with disabilities, whereas their therapeutic counterparts are certified to participate in animal-assisted activities or animal-assisted therapies. Piper is dual-certified, and he is presently engaged in both capacities. Each Thursday, Davis and Piper attend the Pontiac branch of the Allen County Public Library to volunteer for the “Paws to Read” literacy program, where children practice their reading skills in one-on-one sessions with Piper, who serves as their quiet cheerleader. And every other Saturday morning, the duo conducts social visits at Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home in Fort Wayne. Davis says she leaves with “a certain level of buzz” when Piper connects with someone, citing a particular example when he approached an older gentleman in the hospice setting recently. “Piper went up and got his nose under the man’s hand that was resting on the arm of the chair. The man leaned forward and almost cried, saying, ‘I needed this so much.’ Piper made a beeline straight for the man,” Davis says. “It’s so touching to share this great dog with other people.”

“I feel a lot calmer after interacting with the dogs. On Tuesday, I didn’t want to leave to take my final after petting them.” —Sheila Hubart, healthcare support major

The Ivy Tech Library is grateful to the following therapy dogs and their handlers for providing a welcomed distraction during finals week, May 6–10.

Therapy dog Handler

Amie (Golden Retriever). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Karen Cappadona Bo (Boxer/Labrador Retriever mix). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Doug Barcalow Miss Goldy (Golden Retriever). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bob Everest Nestor (Pointer/English setter/Dalmatian mix) . . . . . . . Jim Barbre

“The dogs are calming and help with stress because they are good friends and make me happy.” —Kenneth Marshall, healthcare support/pre-nursing major

Piper (Shepherd mix). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ruth Davis Shadow (Golden Retriever). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jeanette Weigand Spencer (Rough Collie). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sharon Laupp Teddy Bear (Shih Tzu). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nancy Vinson Wolfman (Shih Tzu) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rich Vinson Summer 2013 | Ivy Tech Community College Northeast | 15

tegrated education

Connecting the dots

Program chair takes students from starting line to employment line Teammates Mohbat Tharani and Toby Rice have learned that it takes a lot more than having the right parts to build a better mousetrap. It takes confidence, ingenuity, resourcefulness and, perhaps most of all, patience to deal with the setbacks along the way. Lessons such as these are important milestones for Robert Parker’s students. As chair of the Industrial Technology program and the students’ instructor for Programmable Logic Controllers II this spring, Parker wants his students to master a number of character-building skills beyond the three foundations of automation: electricity, pneumatics, and hydraulics.

The career opportunities are virtually limitless for his program alumni. But Parker’s teaching commitment goes further by introducing students to industry leaders while they are still pursuing their education and familiarizing them with the employment settings they may eventually inhabit. The post-college frontier for many of them will remain Indiana—home to the highest concentration of advanced manufacturing employees in the nation, according to IPFW’s Community Research Institute. The same source reveals that northeast Indiana boasted 1,325 advanced manufacturing

establishments in 2012, not including sole proprietorships. These employers collectively contributed $6.8 billion to the area’s $26 billion gross regional product in 2011.

Spin the bottle While industrial technology students Tharani and Rice designed and tested their class project final—an automated bottle filler that operates on a conveyor belt—Tharani says his anxiety levels rose when his search for specific actuators to tighten caps proved unsuccessful. That stress no doubt amplified once his original team of four was slashed in half; two of his peers dropped the course.

Parker’s expectations are rigorous. And they should be. He’s preparing his students to be employmentready from day one following their respective graduations. “I have a great passion for technology and automation, and I know what employers are looking for in our graduates,” Parker says. “Project-based learning really allows students to get the hands-on experience they need to be successful. While it requires a larger investment of time, the students take away more than they ever would from a book.” Those employers to which Parker references exist in numerous manufacturing industries, and the products they produce affect everyone, from sunrise to sunset: Alarm clocks, kitchen appliances, televisions, furniture sets, automobiles, airplanes, roads, bridges, food items, and more are made using industrial technology, Parker says.

Industrial technology student Mohbat Tharani invented “The Digitizer” along with his teammate, Toby Rice. The human– machine interface (HMI)-controlled writing station moves a pen or marker to write numbers zero to nine once a digit has been entered into the linked keypad.

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With four weeks left to complete an automated invention from scratch, Tharani recalled an assignment in his robotics class and used it for inspiration. Rice gave his consent, and the two ultimately completed “The Digitizer,” a human–machine interface (HMI)controlled writing station that moves a pen or marker to write numbers zero to nine once a digit has been entered into a linked keypad. “I’m glad we at least made something that industry needs. The circumstances were definitely unplanned, but we learned lessons for future projects and about team tasks in the workplace,” Tharani says. Classmates Bryce Shuman, Miles Smith, and Brigitte Hansen were on a separate team that unveiled the “INDT 500”— named in the spirit of the Indianapolis 500 but modified to reflect the prefix for all industrial technology courses. Their automated lift launches and retrieves a die-cast toy car from a looped section of race track.

Show and tell During a semester that began with a manufacturing plant field trip to 80/20 Inc., in Columbia City, Ind., ended with two teams showcasing their acquired talents to about a dozen industry leaders. The presentations culminated in question-and-answer

Industrial Technology Chair and instructor Robert Parker provides feedback following a finals presentation by (l–r) Miles Smith, Bryce Shuman, and Brigitte Hansen. The students demonstrated their “INDT 500,” an automated lift that launches and retrieves a die-cast toy car from a looped section of race track. sessions for the students and an opportunity for them to hand-deliver their résumés to company CEOs, CFOs, directors, and senior engineers. “In theory, I have a sense of what the students are learning in the classroom, but being present and seeing the students’ presentations allows me to actually know what they are learning and doing. It’s a complete setting, and all of the ingredients are there,” says Don Wood, founder and CEO of 80/20 Inc. and an Ivy Tech Northeast regional board member. Relating these and other complex industrial technology concepts is a strength for Parker, who helps employers and future employees to illuminate the “big picture.” Making connections, after all, is at the heart of learning.

Making connections through integrated education • Industry-relevant field trip(s) • Disassembly of automated projects from previous classes • Research and development of a bill of materials necessary for automated projects • Assembly of new, team-designed automated projects • Demonstration of automated projects to advanced manufacturing and industrial technology leaders in northeast Indiana • Participation in a Q&A session with these leaders and distribution of student résumés following the presentations

Thanks for your support! “I would like to show my appreciation to 80/20 and PHD for their gracious support. To offer high-quality technology to students, it requires a stock pile of expensive parts and components not typically stocked by an educational facility. Without donations, the projects may never get off the ground.”

80/20 Inc., a leader in the aluminum framing industry, based in Columbia City, Ind., has donated approximately $15,000 worth of materials to date.

PHD Inc., a leading designer and manufacturer of actuators, clamps, cylinders, grippers, and slides for industrial automation, based in Fort Wayne, has donated approximately $20,000 worth of parts to date.

–Robert Parker, industrial technology program chair Summer 2013 | Ivy Tech Community College Northeast | 17

our region

Sweet, sweet success Alumni’s bakery provides treats for the stars When Sandra Wharton talks about the baked goods she makes and sells with Debbie Smith, one detail comes up often. They make pretty cookies.

Vanilla Bean Unique Cookies & Cupcakes in Fort Wayne, owned by Ivy Tech Northeast graduates Debbie Smith and Sandra Wharton, is achieving some national recognition. The women were recently in New York for a trade show attended by suppliers and buyers.

Two of those pretty cookies—the Margarita and Clementine sandwich cookies—showed up in the swag bags at the Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards last month. As stars including daytime talk show hosts (Ellen DeGeneres, anyone?), culinary program stars (what about Rachael Ray?), and game show hosts (hi, Drew Carey!) dug through their bags of treats and goodies—jewelry, gift certificates, electronics, and the like—they found a taste of Fort Wayne. If you didn’t attend the Emmys, don’t worry—you can eat like the stars in your hometown, at Vanilla Bean Unique Cookies & Cupcakes, at 3410 N. Anthony Blvd. Owners Smith and Wharton are both graduates of Ivy Tech Community College Northeast, but they didn’t meet until after graduation, at a catering event for Parkview Health. Looking at this relatively young bakery’s timeline, each year keeps getting better: • Vanilla Bean opened in 2010. From the start, the owners wanted to be a nationally recognized force. • In 2011, Wharton and Smith were featured on Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars.”

Sandra Wharton (left) and Debbie Smith, both graduates of Ivy Tech Northeast, own Vanilla Bean Unique Cookies & Cupcakes in Fort Wayne. They recently supplied cookies to attendees of the Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards.

• In 2012, they were accepted to the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade and have been used in national advertising for the group. Wharton and Smith guess that this is how Off the Wall Ideas, the company that put together the Emmy swag bags, found Vanilla Bean. • This year saw the Emmys in June, followed by a trip to New York to participate in the Fancy Food Show,

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where distributors from across the country shopped for new products for their stores. Gifting an item to the Emmys meant baking more than 2,200 cookies and using more than 80 pounds of buttercream—about the weight of a dishwasher or a bag of concrete—to complete the 1,100 sandwich cookies in a week and a half. Nevermind the time it took to seal each cookie in its own cellophane bag and package it in a striped cardboard box with a window lid to show a printed pamphlet about the cookie and bakery. The hope was that when stars opened their Vanilla Bean packages, they immediately had to try the cookie. “It’s just visually beautiful,” Wharton says. “That is a pretty cookie that just says, ‘Bite me.’” The cookies are made of a classic shortbread that have a mild flavor and a crumbly texture. The filling is a pale, piped buttercream frosting, tart and sweet, and the cookie is sprinkled with coarse sugar and salt. The success isn’t too shabby for a woman who went back to school for baking just for fun: Wharton had a bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing, and she didn’t attend Ivy Tech Northeast with the intent to change careers. But when she met Smith, who specialized in culinary arts at Ivy Tech Northeast, the two realized they worked well together. Smith takes care of the baking behind Vanilla Bean, and Wharton’s in charge of the business end. Ivy Tech Northeast gave the women the foundation for their business. “You learn the basics, and by the time you’re done with the program, if you do a reality check, you will really know if this industry is for you,” Wharton says.


Administrative Services Manager Gaylord Gaines (center) displays an award certificate from Advantage Cartridge for Ivy Tech Northeast’s role in recycling 344 ink and toner cartridges during the 2012–13 academic year. The college placed third among all schools in the state and 14th in the nation. Joining Gaines from left to right are clerks Steve Travis, Rob Anglin, Ricky Zapata, and Devon Williams.

Greater Fort Wayne Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Board President Reynol Treviño presented a plaque of appreciation to Ivy Tech Northeast Chancellor Jerrilee K. Mosier, Ed.D., at a “Cuarto Jueves” (Fourth Thursday) networking event at the college on June 27. The event focused on supporting small businesses locally while growing a global business culture.

A team of 10 Ivy Tech employees participated in Fort Wayne’s first-ever Three Rivers Festival Dodgeball Tournament at SportOne/Parkview Fieldhouse on July 14. Photo courtesy Heather Eracleous

From left to right, Ivy Tech supporters Ashley Smith, Alex Wells, Lisa Wells, and Chris Wells rooted for the home team during Ivy Tech Night with the TinCaps at Parkview Field on June 13.

Ivy Tech Northeast Chancellor Jerrilee K. Mosier, Ed.D., (far left) and Ivy Tech Northeast Regional Board Chair Bob Dettmer, M.D., (far right) welcome L. Craig and Diane Keoun as new members of the college’s Cornerstone Society based on their planned giving pledge.

Three national trade journalists, who report on the advanced manufacturing industry, joined college officials and the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership to tour Ivy Tech Northeast’s Keith E. Busse/Steel Dynamics Inc. School of Technology on June 20. Summer 2013 | Ivy Tech Community College Northeast | 19





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Mark your calendars for the second annual “A Reason to Taste” dinner and silent auction. Our “Golden Gala” is in celebration of our 50th Anniversary and will feature a multi-course Southern French dinner with wine pairings, prepared by Ivy Tech’s hospitality students. All proceeds benefit student scholarships through the Ivy Tech Foundation.

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