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our region As we begin 2014, Ivy Tech Community College Northeast’s focus on both student and community success will continue to be our top priority. Our regional leadership team along with its staffs recently provided feedback on where we are today, and where we aspire to be moving forward. It all came down to four words: Student focused, Community success.

demonstrating knowledge and skill competency. Often in just a matter of weeks, they will be able to complete the courses, which saves them time and resources.

Arrange those four words any way you like, and it will define who we are at Ivy Tech Northeast in some way meaningful to the reason we exist. We are not only a supporter of the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership’s Vision 2020—which aims to attract, recruit, and retain more talent in the region, as well as to increase college education attainment—but the College also plays an active, responsive role to our communities in the development of their workforce today and in the future.

This spring and summer, Ivy Tech Northeast is partnering with the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation and the Indiana Department of Workforce Development to provide ESOL classes and courses necessary for certified nursing assistants, dementia care providers, and CPR certification for the local refugee population. Parkview Health’s Randallia campus is also a key partner in this new educational initiative.

Sometimes educators need to meet students where they are before they can help elevate the students to a higher place. This commitment requires innovative thinking and flexibility. As an example, two Ivy Tech campuses—Fort Wayne and Indianapolis—were chosen to participate in a three-year pilot initiative funded by the Lumina Foundation. The initiative’s goal was to help at-risk high school students complete an associate degree in select programs within one academic year. Now, thanks to new funding from the Lilly Foundation, a variation of ASAP is being made available at each of Ivy Tech’s 31 degree-granting locations. ASAP and its 86 percent success rate for students who either completed a degree or were still enrolled after 12 months have been covered in newspapers ranging from The Journal Gazette to The New York Times. And exclusive to Ivy Tech Northeast through a Gates Foundation grant to Western Governors University, options are being explored in our Computer Information Systems program. Certain courses are being offered in a competency-based education format, and these classes are being introduced this spring. Students who are selfmotivated can move through the curriculum at their own pace by exhibiting and



There’s no question Ivy Tech is preparing students for the skilled jobs that exist in the 21st century economy, but the College is also preparing individuals for the immediate entry and promotion-from-within employment opportunities that already present.

In Corporate College, our contract training staff has been working with Northeast Indiana Economic Development officials and Northeast Indiana Works to develop training programs for business and industry. In the past few months, industrial maintenance and computer numerical controlled (CNC) programs have been delivered in Wells, Adams, and Noble counties. These programs have been developed with industry input and are designed to quickly address workforce needs. Participants are assessed and funded by Northeast Indiana Works and are eligible for industry certifications when training is completed. Another example of how Ivy Tech Northeast is also working with local industries to play a role in their continued prosperity is our partnership with Fort Wayne Metals. Now in its second year, the partnership is responsible for developing the company’s Advanced Manufacturing Certificate. Once completed, employees earn a base-pay salary increase and will be at the halfway mark toward an associate degree in advanced manufacturing from Ivy Tech. In turn, Fort Wayne Metals can take pride in knowing it has played a pivotal, forwardthinking role in preparing its employees to competently handle ever-changing technologies in the workplace. At Ivy Tech Northeast, we take our responsibility seriously to advance students and the community. Providing opportunity through education is what we do best, and that’s what’s at the heart of Changing Lives and Making Indiana Great.

Jerrilee K. Mosier, Ed.D. Chancellor, Ivy Tech Community College Northeast

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Alumni brothers’ beautification projects pave the way in customer satisfaction


Adjunct faculty member cures own meats for local food truck


‘So You Think You Can Dance’ star Sasha Mallory provides full-day experience to 127 local dancers

10 New Express Enrollment Center to improve student services experience 12 Innovative partnership, curriculum aim to prepare more Hoosiers for 21st century workplace 14 Robotics tournament promotes science, technology education using fun 16 Students complete hospitality administration internship

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Alumni brothers’ beautification projects pave the way in customer satisfaction FAMILY continued from previous page them. Trent has owned nine Bobcats to date and has even served as a sales representative for the company for a period. As high school graduation approached, Trent felt compelled to study construction trades based on his upbringing. And he pursed the option at two separate colleges for a few semesters at each until he concluded that adequate hands-on practice and a personal touch were lacking at both. Sometime later, while attending a construction trade show at Memorial Coliseum, Trent stopped at the Ivy Tech Northeast recruiting booth, where he renewed his interest in college. Trent enrolled that fall, and two years later, he graduated with an associate degree in construction technology and summa cum laude honors. “With the hands-on training and ambitious teachers and students at Ivy

Tech, I felt like I was finally in the right place,” Trent says. “Not only did I enjoy the school, I enjoyed what I was learning and knew this would help me to continue in my career.” Select Ivy Tech Northeast employees, such as adjunct faculty member Jim Foote, took note of Trent’s ambitious nature, in return. “Trent was one of those people who you knew was going to succeed at what he did. First of all, you need to have a certain level of ability to succeed in any area, and he had that. And the rest of it, in my opinion, is all linked to desire, and he definitely had that,” Foote says. When Erick was ready to pursue college, he sought the advice of his older brother; Erick also chose the same college to one day become his alma mater. The younger Ehinger, however, received an associate degree in manufacturing/ industrial technology.

Ed Ehinger (center) and his sons, Erick (left) and Trent (right), have owned and operated 3E Industries for 20 years. Together they make a toast to their family business while at Country Heritage Winery and Vineyard in LaOtto, Ind.


Today, given 3E Industries’ expanded operations, the division of labor places Ed in charge of construction and finances, Trent responsible for concrete and excavating, and Erick coordinating the landscaping. “The main factor that influenced me to choose a career in construction and landscaping was being able to work outside and having the opportunity to

3E Industries specializes in custom residential and light commercial construction and landscaping work. “Russ and I truly enjoy the sanctuary the Ehingers created in our backyard,” says Ivy Tech Community College Northeast Chancellor Jerrilee K. Mosier, Ed.D. Photo credit: Trent Ehinger

3E Industries developed a nature theme for the special event room at Country Heritage Winery and Vineyard in LaOtto, Ind. “I can’t say enough good things about this business and these brothers,” says Jennifer Lutter, co-owner and manager of Country Heritage. “They work with you to help find what best suits your needs.” Photo credit: Trent Ehinger work on different projects everyday,” Erick says. He still relies on his technology repair and welding skills to maintain the construction equipment as needed. To date, 3E Industries has completed more than 500 construction and landscaping projects, with a significant portion of the work coming from repeat customers.

“We focus on client relationships and trust to combine for a successful project,” Trent says. “Every year we grow more and more and strive to complete new design concepts and innovations to set us apart from the competition.” Differentiating from competitors has also meant forming new partnerships. Ed, Trent, and Erick have been working with Woodland Water Gardens in

Columbia City, Ind., for nearly eight years on a number of collaborative projects that involve the installation of water features. “They are very meticulous about what they do, as are we, so it’s been an incredible merge of talents and resources for both companies,” says Gary Wechsler, co-owner of Woodland Water Gardens. The Ehinger family patriarch says he has become particularly proud of his sons and the business the three of them have nurtured during the past 20 years. “I don’t have any specific goals left for the company because I’m letting the boys take it where they want to take it,” Ed says. Regardless of its direction, one hallmark of the family business that’s likely to remain a constant is the inseparable bond between its members—not unlike The Three Musketeers.

3E Industries has completed numerous projects for Parkview Health, including one inside Parkview Regional Medical Center’s main entrance lobby. “Trent (Ehinger) has always come up with ideas to enhance the work,” says Howard Cottier Jr., PMRC utilities manager. “The seating curb around the indoor water feature was an excellent idea.” Photo credit: Trent Ehinger


Going whole hog—literally Adjunct faculty cures meats for local food truck On O n the side of the Affiné food truck, parked parked at One Summit Square in in downtown dow Fort Wayne, is the outline outlin of a pig. It is divided into six portions poortio of meat. Clockwise from p the tth he shoulder: sh coppa, speck, bacon, culatello, culat lomo, and lonzino. Affiné, n to reiterate, serves food Affi from o a truck, but the meat is never from frozen. froz fr Instead, Affiné cures each portion port of the pig: Lonzino takes three thre to four months to cure. Culatello Cul clocks in at 13 months, which whi means, though the food truck truc opened in the summer of 2012, 201 the first sandwiches made with with culatello weren’t served until October Oct 2013. “It’s “It’s unheard of curing culatello in most mos places. You debone the largest portion porti of the leg muscle, and wrap it it in the stomach of a pig. It gets salted, salted like a boneless prosciutto,” says says Andrew A Smith, co-owner of of Affiné. So So if there’s a pig to buy, Smith purch purchases its entire middle section or or the entire animal. He cures his own own meats, m rinses it, rolls and ties it, slow slow roasts ro it over five or six hours, slices slices it thinly. Smith Smith is also an adjunct faculty member member at Ivy Tech Community College College Northeast, N where he teaches about about fish and seafood and meat cutting. Every Every teacher teac brings something different and and special to his or her class and, because because of Smith’s S experiences with Affiné

combined with previous job experiences and his education, he keeps things now, says Jeff Bunting, Hospitality Administration program chair. “I thought we needed someone who would bring in the newer concepts and the new trends,” Bunting says. “He’s got more of a current, innovative mindset, and he keeps everything fresh. He’s a really good teacher.” Smith graduated from Fort Wayne’s Concordia High School and moved to Providence, R.I., to study culinary arts and nutrition at Johnson & Wales University. Before he could graduate, he needed a culinary internship, and he spent three months at Emeril’s in New Orleans— but not before spending six weeks at Joseph Decuis. The Roanoke, Ind., restaurant invited him back after his internship, and Smith worked there from 2007 to 2012, when he came up with the idea for a food truck one evening while he was in the kitchen, butchering hogs. His friend and coworker, Dan Campbell, a hospitality administration alumnus of Ivy Tech Northeast, was getting ready to leave his position at the restaurant because his wife was pregnant; he figured out that given the gas he needed to drive from Fort Wayne to Roanoke, and the cost of childcare, he’d only be bringing home $50 a week. Mid hog-butcher, Smith asked himself, “What about a food truck?” “So I washed my hands, went to a computer, went on Ebay. How much does a

At left: Adjunct faculty Andrew Smith is co-owner of Affiné, a Fort Wayne food truck that switches up its menu daily, from in-house cured meat sandwiches to tacos and bahn mi, a Vietnamese sandwich. At right: Smith teaches Ivy Tech Northeast students how to t make a variety of sausages from scratch.


food truck cost? I found one on Ebay forr $19,900, opening bid,” Smith says. He texted Campbell to get his thoughts on the idea and, five days later, traveled to Ann Arbor, Mich., to look at the truck, k k, which had been used to sell pita and falafel. Smith bought it, painted it, and wrapped it with the Affiné information. Everything else is exactly the same, Smith t th says, except that he removed the freezer;; not only was it broken, but Affiné doesn’t’t’ work in frozen food. “We went from zero to business in six weeks,” says Smith, who owns Affiné with t th Campbell. “I think I could probably pull it off again, but we got really lucky.” Smith has worked at Ivy Tech Northeastt for about four years. When Bunting had a position open, he knew that Smith’s experience at Joseph Decuis would makee him an ideal teacher for hospitality administration students. ke “I think it’s fun,” Smith says. “I really like being around students and teaching them m and showing them little nuances.” It’s that attention to detail that’s so obvious in Affiné and its in-house cured meats. “Affiné” is a French word Campbell and Smith tweaked to fit theirr needs: A cheese that has been properly aged is said to have good or perfect “affiné,” Smith says. For Smith, it’s the pork served on his food truck that is properly aged, or cured. d. Perfect affiné.


Dance to inspire

‘So You Think You Can Dance’ star Sasha Mallory provides full-day experience to 127 local dancers Inn tthe he INSPIRE INS N PI P REE Academy’s Aca c deemy m ’ss seventh sev e en e th eevent vent iinn tw ve twoo years, it inspired a slightly new community in northeast Indiana: the dance community.

be seen see eenn on “So “So Youu Think Thi h nkk You Youu Can Can Dance” Dan ance ce”” ce be while retaining the exuberance of youthful expression.

And that big inspiration came in a small package, lithe, and funny.

“We’ve heard nothing but positive feedback from parents and dancers,” says Aja Michael, the assistant director of Ivy Tech Northeast’s Marketing and Communications who helped bring Mallory to campus. “Over and over again they told us how special the experience was for them.”

It came in the form of Sasha Mallory, the runner-up of season 8’s “So You Think You Can Dance” in 2011. Mallory visited Ivy Tech Community College Northeast early in the new year with the INSPIRE Academy and taught a series of hip-hop dance workshops for those aged 8 and older. The 127 northeast Indiana dancers, who performed Mallory’s choreography at halftime during the Jan. 3 Mad Ants game, got to do something they would never have been able to do without Mallory and the INSPIRE Academy—and that’s the whole point. Her three dance workshops, arranged by separate age levels, were rehearsed in the Student Life Center on North Campus. Mallory’s pupils ranged the span of dancers, from adults who’d been dancing since they were in diapers to children who’d never danced a step in their lives. By the end of the day, the choreography was, as one happy parent put it, fitting to

And that’s what Mallory wants to hear. While she’s taught a variety of competitions and classes in the past, the INSPIRE Academy event was her first workshop on such a large scale. “I just want to come out here and inspire you guys,” Mallory said, “especially the little kids because I hear some of them want to grow up and be dancers.” Like Michael Smith.

Trying out Smith, an 18-year-old dancer from Ossian, Ind., has danced freestyle for as long as he can remember and has received studio training for the past three years at Sheekristyle Academy of


Dance Dancce in Fort Wayne. As Mallory taught Smith’s section, for dancers 18 and older, she singled him out. “I see you!” she called out, and, through the focus on his face, a small smile cracked. Smith had been toying with trying out for season 11 of “So You Think You Can Dance” in Chicago on Feb. 27 and, after discussing the option with Mallory, decided he will. “She said she has no doubt I could make it in L.A. That was basically the moral of the story: just don’t give up if this is what I want to do,” Smith said, big words coming from a dancer he admires. “When I see her perform, she’s caught my eye so many times. I see the passion.” Mallory gave Smith some pointers too, stressing to share his backstory especially, as the reality dance competition show uses such stories to help viewers connect personally with their favorite dancers. Smith’s history includes living in six homeless shelters in

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Sasha Mallory, center, runner-up on season 8 of “So You Think You Can Dance,” performs with attendees of Ivy Tech Northeast’s INSPIRE Academy workshop at halftime during the Jan. 3 Mad Ants game.

Indiana and having his mother present him with an ultimatum when he was 13: Stay with a friend or go into foster care. Smith opted to stay with friends and is currently living with a family he met through Sheekristyle Academy.

Meeting Mallory When Mallory landed in Fort Wayne Jan. 2, she was met with something she’d never seen before: lots and lots of snow. Oh, she’d seen a dusting once before, but nothing like what was dumped in northeast Indiana. The large field behind the Holiday Inn Fort Wayne, where Mallory stayed, proved to be a sort of playground for the dancer as she romped and made angels in the snow. She even posted a short video clip of it on her Instagram account. When it came time to teach, Mallory spoke to the students on their level. Her workshops didn’t appear teacher-pupil as much as peerto-peer. While she had a basic idea for the full choreography upon beginning the workshop, she says, she didn’t have anything exact in mind so she could gauge the dancers’ abilities and tailor the routine to them. Throughout the day, the rapport Mallory formed with the students was obvious. During a large group photo Mallory took with all the participants, Cameron Gregory, 10, jumped up on her back. After the half-time

performance, Cameron’s father, Ben Gregory, said how much he enjoyed the performance. “I thought it was fantastic,” said Gregory, of Fort Wayne. “They did a great job. It was really cool to see them (learn all those great moves).” In addition to the moves, Mallory taught students dance world success secrets: a top-notch work ethic, an open mind to the choreographers’ routine, and perseverance: Mallory tried out for season 6 of “So You Think You Can Dance” and was cut during a Broadway number during auditions. “It was heartbreaking,” she says. “What you see is not even half of what the dancers have to go through.” After, Mallory went on tour with Adam Lambert, 2009’s “American Idol” runner-up. She tried out again for season 8. She not only made the show but was heralded for her passion and ability to connect with the audience, coming in second place. After teaching the students’ their choreography at Ivy Tech Northeast, she reflected on the experience. “The energy is outrageous. I love the energy in the room,” she says. “I hope I inspire someone to get up each morning and work harder.”

Unforgettable experience “I am sure I speak for all of the parents and dancers when I tell you how special this event was for my daughter.... A mother of another dancer leaned down as she (Sasha) walked past her and said, ‘You were awesome.’ That adjective fits her daughter as well, along with every single dancer, every parent, the Mad Ants for (partnering), and the dance itself—so sizzling with energy and enthusiasm and talent.... I thank you and Ivy Tech for making all of this possible in the first place. You provided an unforgettable experience for hundreds of kids, parents, family members, and friends.”

Pursuing a passion “My daughter has decided she wants to take more dance classes and has decided she LOVES performing in front of people.” “Telling the kids that just because someone may be better at something than you—not to quit what you love. Hard work and perserverance pays off in the end. Great advice!” “At a very young age, my daughter has lived the world of dance.... Attending this event has sealed the dancing deal, and she is even more committed and inspired to work hard at dancing than before.” More photos and videos os at


Center ooff for attention As students pursue a familiar series of back-to-school responsibilities at Ivy Tech Community College Northeast each semester, there’s an unfortunate circumstance, at times, that many of them never look forward to: the wait factor. “I dread the wait at financial aid, where it once took me 45 minutes to get my questions answered,” says Catherine Roach, a general studies major. “A long wait in line at the bookstore is something I expect, but not for student services.” While Roach says her interactions with student affairs staff are overwhelmingly positive, “nine times out of ten,” she feels there are opportunities for improvement within the service model. She is not alone. Experiences like Roach’s have been echoed by many of her Ivy Tech peers across Indiana. These voices have been heard, and now they serve as the motivation behind a


well-researched plan by the statewide community college system as it aims to enhance student retention rates, course remediation goals, on-time graduation performance, and customer service delivery. One ambitious approach to achieve these objectives has arrived in the form of the Express Enrollment Center, which opened this January in Ivy Tech Northeast’s Student Life Center following nearly four months of building renovations and staff training. The goal of the center is to provide a single place where students and prospects can get their questions answered, as opposed to being directed from office to office. The center will be a one-stop shop for academic advising, admissions, class registration, financial aid, student orientation, and veterans affairs. Employees there, called student services professionals, will be cross-trained to help students in the various areas. A Bursar’s Office staff member will be on site as well to accept payment for tuition and fees.

New Express Enrollment Center to improve student services experience These service improvements will focus on the concept of “single,” says Chris Cathcart, vice chancellor of student affairs. “A single phone call, a single visit to campus, a single representative or team of representatives who will work in partnership to handle students’ needs,” Cathcart says. This one-stop service concept has gained favorable attention across the country where it has been implemented successfully, with impressive results, at various levels of post-secondary education, he adds. By this fall, the enrollment center will be in operation at all 31 degree-granting Ivy Tech locations. At Ivy Tech Northeast, six existing student affairs employees have been promoted as student services professionals. A receptionist will greet current and prospective students at a welcoming area visible from the Student Life Center’s main entrance and direct them to student services professionals, whose comprehensive

knowledge of college operations is expected to help them address student inquiries more quickly and efficiently than the existing office-to-office visits made by students. If the student services professionals need additional support, they can direct a student to a specialist in the appropriate student affairs office. Student questions related to Academic Advising, Career Services, and Disability Support Services will continue to be addressed by staff in those respective offices. “There will be multiple computers around for students to learn how to use their Ivy Tech accounts, with student services professionals right there to help them every step of the way,” says Alisa Perry, a student services professional who once worked exclusively in the Registrar’s Office. Cathcart says there are additional service-related goals with the Express Enrollment Center, which include allowing staff to focus on top priorities, educating students about various department functions and how they interact, and

enrolling and transitioning students into the Ivy Tech community. “We want to ensure that the promise we make to our students is upheld in a way that allows them to enroll, persist, and ultimately complete their program of choice in the most efficient way possible,” Cathcart says. “It does no one any good to enroll record numbers of students if they all walk right back out the door after one or a few semesters.” Express Enrollment Center Director Tim Ross says metrics are already in place to track the type of information students seek, wait-time averages, student satisfaction, and the level of customer service. “I believe in the one-stop concept,” Ross says. “I feel the transition to the Express Enrollment Center will benefit students and allow more of them to achieve their dreams. There is no greater satisfaction than seeing a student graduate.”

Top left: Student Services Professional Kari Overmyer assists human services major Kyanne Bryant to understand her financial aid options on Jan. 9, the Express Enrollment Center’s first day of operation at Ivy Tech Northeast. Center: Express Enrollment Center Director Tim Ross and center receptionist Stacey McGiffin greet business administration major Quteiba Al-Timeemy at the check-in area in the Student Life Center on North Campus. Top right: Student Services Professional Mara Wolff demonstrates the student information portal, Banner, to automotive technology major Robert Mayo.


Tuning Indiana’s economic engine

Innovative partnership, curriculum aim to prepare more Ho When it comes to business as usual iinn ttoday’ odday’s advanced manufacturing and logistics workplace, there’s a high probability that the production floor barely resembles your grandfather’s recollection of it. Nearly gone are the conditions where workers significantly compromise their health and safety as they mill about in dirty, dimly lit facilities with poor ventilation.

The curric curriculum—currently ulum l currently off offered ered at more than 80 high schools and career centers—is a four-semester elective program that mixes online content with hands-on projects. Students can earn up to 15 dual college credits from Ivy Tech’s Manufacturing, Production, and Operations (or MPRO) program and five industry-endorsed certifications upon completion.

Instead, today’s employees work in bright, climatecontrolled buildings with open floor plans. And many go about their responsibilities using automation made possible by programmable technologies.

According to Conexus, the state’s advanced manufacturing and logistics asset developer, as factories and logistics operations become increasingly high-tech and pursue expansions, the need to identify more skilled workers has become a critical concern, especially as candidates with advanced math and computer skills are needed and as more baby boomers approach retirement.

To be certain, priorities have shifted from training parts-makers to developing problem-solvers, and Ivy Tech Community College has responded by creating the Hire Technology curriculum in conjunction with Conexus Indiana, the Indiana State Board of Education, the Association for Operations Management, and secondary schools and career centers throughout the state.

“Industry has said we need better preparation, process, and tools for our middle-skill workforce, and so industry has funded Conexus to address this,” says Claudia Cummings, vice president for workforce and education at Conexus.

Hire Technology isis set sett to become available statewide by year’s end, and Robert Parker, Ivy Tech Northeast’s chair of Industrial Technology, anticipates the college playing an expanded role with these students. “MPRO will give the students a very good introduction into what’s going to be expected in manufacturing today, and once the students visit Ivy Tech, they can see the practices being applied and one day design an automated project on their own,” he says. Among the current Hire Technology high schools and career centers, at least one industry sponsor, or A+ Partner, resides in close proximity to each location. “This arrangement gives students the opportunity to see first-hand what goes on in an advanced manufacturing and logistics facility,” Cummings says. “At times, parents are brought out to the facility so they can learn more. And the students get to know the people who work in that company, and that’s hugely important.”

Busche Enterprise employee Larry Kish explains how sensors on the co parts, as Central Noble High School students (l–r) Tim Collis , Fidel Mu visited the Albion, Ind., company during National Manufacturing Day

Central Noble High School (Albion, Ind.) students Will Kaiser (left) and Rob Wells (right) display the logistics certificates they earned during the Hire Technology curriculum’s 2012–13 pilot year. Among the original 13 students enrolled, 10 earned dual credit from Ivy Tech as well as a number of industry-recognized certifications. Photo credit: Brady Truex


oosiers for 21st century y workplace Conexus selected Central Noble High School in Albion, Ind., as one of nine pilot sites during the curriculum’s 2012–13 launch. Nearby Busche Enterprise, a computer numerical control production employer, is Central Noble’s A+ Partner. Brady Truex, the Hire Technology instructor at Central Noble, says the program has flowed almost seamlessly in its second year. He periodically chaperones his students to Busche for planned activities, facility tours, and personal interactions with workers. “An HR rep from Busche informed our class that only about 20 percent of the applicants applying for a job right off the street pass the mid-level employment test,” Truex says. “We were pleased to learn that after the first semester of introductory courses, our group had an 80 percent pass rate on Busche’s test.” As an added indicator of early success, Cummings says the dual credit pass rate during the curriculum’s first year is at 81 percent.

onveyor distinguish between different manufactured urillo, Ethan Nei, and Justin Berkes listen. The students on Oct. 4. Photo credit: Brady Truex

Hire Technology’s objectives • Raising awareness about high-quality, high-paying advanced manufacturing and logistics careers • Ensuring that students have access to highcaliber, industry-driven curricula across the state • Attempting to upskill Indiana’s emerging workforce to meet industry needs

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Building a LEGOcy Robotics tournament promotes science, technology education using fun Federal officials market Peace Corps service as “the toughest job you’ll ever love.” FIRST® LEGO® League organizers promote their tournaments as “the hardest fun you’ll ever have.” The organizers’ playful homage to the international development agency’s recruitment slogan appears to be spot-on for these fan-driven competitions that combine science and technology. As evidence, approximately 130 enthusiastic middle school and elementary school students from northeast Indiana braved a blustery winter-weather mix Nov. 23 to descend on the Public Safety Academy: Ivy Tech South Campus. Their goal: transforming nearly three months of arduous planning and practice with their robotics projects into one or more awards at the regional FIRST LEGO League tournament hosted by Ivy Tech Community College Northeast. “The program fans the flames of creativity and imagination using robotics and teamwork. It is an excellent program, and when you have fun doing something, you want to do it more,” says Andy Bell, tournament director and chair of the College’s Engineering Technology program. With the FIRST LEGO League, think futuristic science fair but with a sole focus on robotic vehicle design and operation. Supporting activities such as concept displays and teamwork camaraderie are also judged among the competition’s Core Values, Project Presentation, Robot Design, and Robot Performance categories.

FIRST LEGO League participants from 14 teams competed in four categories: Core Values, Project Presentation, Robot Design, and Robot Performance.

Fourteen teams consisting of up to 10 members each and at least one adult coach were also vying for a coveted first-, second-, or third-place finish in the Overall Awards category in order to advance to the Indiana Championship Tournament hosted by IPFW annually. The tournaments, along with the preparation leading up to them, are designed to teach children about science and technology and provide them with valuable employment and life skills. The life skills premise already appears to resonate with Yorktown Tiger Bots–Green captain Alex Hakes, an eighth grader at Yorktown (Ind.) Middle School. “I’m really self-reliant, but this competition has changed me in good ways to work better with others,” he says. FIRST LEGO League is a global alliance between FIRST, or For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, and the LEGO Group, the iconic interlocking plastic brick toymaker and its robotics division. FIRST is the brainchild of engineer and entrepreneur Dean Kamen, who is possibly best known as the inventor of the motorized, stand-up Segway scooter. Kamen has shared in interviews that he founded FIRST in 1998 for America’s young people as a means to disrupt their cultural mindset that they will all grow up to be either professional athletes or Hollywood royalty. Kamen, a strong advocate for science and technology education, once shared his visionary passion for the organization’s potential in a promotional video: “Put those mentors and these ideas in front of young people,

Members of the Robo Tigers from Fort Wayne’s St. Joseph Central Elementary School react to their robot’s performance during the regional tournament.


and you’ll change where they place their time and attention—and you’ll change what they’ll become by the time they’re 17.” Today, the tournaments have spread to more than 70 countries and showcase the ingenuity of more than 200,000 children ages 9 to 16. FIRST also develops a themed challenge for the annual tournaments in the hope that league participants will be exposed to potential career paths within the scope of a challenge’s topic. This year’s challenge was Nature’s Fury, where teams explored what causes natural disasters and how technology can play a role in responding to their devastation. Volunteer coach Greg Byman said his Huntertown (Ind.) Elementary School team, the Huntertown Sprockets, responded to the challenge by proposing safer evacuation ideas for volcanic eruptions. “We try to have a lot of fun and sneak in some practical education while we’re at it,” Byman says. “We want them to have as much fun here as any athlete would while playing in a ball game.” LEGOcy Blue team member Sara Ahmad, an eighth grader at Fort Wayne’s Carroll Middle School, came away from the competition embracing one of the league’s most important lessons: Discovering is more important than winning. “In the end, it’s not just our skill sets that make us strong, but it’s how we treat each other,” Ahmad says. “If we hadn’t respected each other’s values, we wouldn’t have gotten this far.”

The Thunderbirds, sponsored by the Huntington County (Ind.) 4H, won first place in the Overall Awards category during the regional FIRST LEGO League tournament at the Public Safety Academy: Ivy Tech South Campus on Nov. 23. Unlike the other competing teams, The Thunderbirds consisted of public school and homeschooled members. The team also won second place in the Robot Mechanical Design category at the Indiana Championship Tournament at IPFW on Dec. 14.



Angola Middle School–Slam Dunk . . . . . . .Angola (Ind.) Middle School Central Circuit Chargers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Central Lutheran School, New Haven, Ind. Down Pour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Woodside Middle School, Fort Wayne Huntertown Sprockets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Huntertown (Ind.) Elementary School LEGOcy Blue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Carroll Middle School, Fort Wayne LEGOcy Gold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Carroll Middle School, Fort Wayne Robocats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Maple Creek Middle School, Fort Wayne Robo Tigers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .St. Joseph Central Elementary School, Fort Wayne Team Rumble . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Woodside Middle School, Fort Wayne Team Sandstorm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Woodside Middle School, Fort Wayne The Pyros . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Woodside Middle School, Fort Wayne Thunderbirds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Huntington County (Ind.) 4H Yorktown Tiger Bots–Green . . . . . . . . . . . . .Yorktown (Ind.) Middle School Yorktown Tiger Bots–White . . . . . . . . . . . . .Yorktown (Ind.) Middle School Award Categories Project Presentation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1st Robo Tigers Core Values . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1st Team Rumble Robot Design. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1st Huntertown Sprockets Robot Performance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1st Central Circuit Chargers Overall Awards 1st Thunderbirds 2nd Angola Middle School–Slam Dunk 3rd Central Circuit Chargers

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Judges review the work of Team Rumble, from Fort Wayne’s Woodside Middle School, coached by Sarah Kniss. Team Rumble placed first in the Core Values category, which emphasizes sportsmanship and teamwork skills. FIRST LEGO League participation teaches students that friendly competition and mutual gain are not separate goals. Winter 2014 | IVY TECH COMMUNITY COLLEGE NORTHEAST | 15

brief Students complete new hotel management internship Judith Edwards, Icilee Johnson, and Mary Jo Lowry recently became the first Ivy Tech Community College Northeast students to complete a business administration technical certificate paired with a 16-week internship with Focus Hotels through the Ivy Tech Northeast–Focus Educational Institute partnership. The graduates participated in a recognition ceremony at the Holiday Inn Fort Wayne on Dec. 5. For the internship, participants divided their learning opportunities between the Holiday Inn Fort Wayne and Candlewood Suites, where they gained exposure to every operational aspect of the hotels. Completion of the program provides them with a hiring advantage

when applying to positions with the InterContinental Hotels Group, the parent organization of these hotel properties. The internship blends business administration and hospitality administration curricula with hands-on experience. The college awards three credits toward a technical certificate in business administration upon completion. Visit or contact Assistant Professor of Business Administration Patrick McCormick at 260-480-4253 or for more information about the program.

Regional marketing awards announced The National Council for Marketing & Public Relations honored Ivy Tech Community College Northeast’s Marketing and Communications Office with seven Medallion Awards during its District 3 conference in Columbus, Ohio, Nov. 3 to 5. Each award applies to college marketing and communications collateral executed during 2012–13. The Th College received three gold medallions m in the Newsletter, Specialty Advertising, and Fundraising/Annual/Multi-Year Campaign categories; three silver in Radio Advertisement/ Gold award, Specialty Public Service Announcement Advertising category (series), Government Relations/ Community Relations Project, and Media Success Story categories; and a bronze in the Feature Article/General News Story category. In addition, Executive Director of Marketing and Communications Andrew Welch was presented with the district’s Communicator of the Year award, and Assistant Director Aja Michael received the inaugural Rising Star award.

From left: Andy Bridwell, Holiday Inn Fort Wayne general manager; internship and technical certificate graduates Icilee Johnson, Judith Edwards, and Mary Jo Lowry; Brian Brandon, Holiday Inn Fort Wayne corporate sales manager; and Rob Evans, Focus Hotels vice president of operations. Photo credit: Patrick McCormick



The council’s District 3 consists of community, junior, and technical colleges in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Ontario, Canada.

New executive director oversees development goals Ivy Tech Community College Northeast has selected Laura M. Edwards as its new executive director of resource development. She started her duties on Dec. 16. Laura Edwards

Edwards is serving as the lead administrator in the formation and execution of fundraising strategies, grant applications, and other sources of potential development within the college’s nine-county region. “Economic development and retention of a welleducated workforce continue to be important issues facing Allen and the surrounding counties,” Edwards says. “Ivy Tech provides its students educational opportunities in various fields that directly impact our ability to influence those initiatives. Philanthropy plays a strong role in providing the financial resources needed to reach these goals in our community.” Most recently, Edwards was the director for the Indiana University Health Arnett Foundation in Lafayette, Ind. Prior to this role, she served as the senior director of development for the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. Her responsibilities included managing all annual, major, and planned gift development for a $10 million program each year, which included the coordination of individual, corporate, and industrial engagement; oversight of advancementrelated communications; and management of the ME development staff.

Science Central patrons dance on the former pressure-pad piano, which played music when stepped on. When the piano began to malfunction, Ivy Tech Northeast students stepped in to update the piano’s outdated technology. Photo credit: Science Central

Ivy Tech, Science Central partnership strikes the right chord Young musical prodigies are said to master the piano by ear. Children visiting Science Central develop their piano talents playing it by foot. That is, until the instrument began to malfunction at Fort Wayne’s interactive science and technology museum, and who best to save the day but students at Ivy Tech Community College Northeast. Industrial Technology Chair Robert Parker evaluated the popular piano exhibit onsite last summer and determined it needed an upgrade to work properly, as the piano’s dated and well-worn parts had become defunct. “Our whole program is about automation and technology, so it was a good fit to have students research the project and come up with a better technology that proved to be more reliable,” Parker says. Three industrial technology majors enrolled in last fall’s Problem Solving and Teamwork course, Chad Hartley, Michael Morris, and W.R. Sanders, were assigned to repair the piano through the lead instruction of Deborah Pitzer, chair of the Advanced Manufacturing and Machine Tool Technology programs.

“It was simple to see the piano’s problem,” Morris says, “but the solution was a little more challenging because the pressure pads were blown. We knew the piano’s functionality would benefit from a new approach.” The College consulted engineers and an electronic sensors sales representative, and the long-term fix rested with the installation of proximity switches, which unlike the pressure pads, do not require direct contact in order for the piano to play. Completely re-engineered—and also re-painted by the College’s Automotive Technology program—the piano was restored in December. “Ivy Tech stayed within a tight budget and delivered a product that several professional exhibit companies couldn’t figure out how to repair,” says Science Central’s Exhibits Manager Simeon Paulson. “I am looking forward to installing it and having the students and faculty show their families a beautifully renovated exhibit that they and Science Central can be proud of.”

Edwards was a recipient of Greater Lafayette Commerce’s “Top 40 under 40” inaugural young professionals award in 2007 and was named a top young professional in Discover Lafayette magazine in fall 2009. A West Lafayette native and graduate of Purdue, Edwards is pursuing a master’s degree in nonprofit administration and philanthropy from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI.

From left: Industrial technology majors W.R. Sanders, Chad Hartley, and Michael Morris work on updating the over-sized floor piano for patrons to play at Science Central. The project was later re-painted by the College’s Automotive Technology program. Winter 2014 | IVY TECH COMMUNITY COLLEGE NORTHEAST | 17

our region Early childhood education conference encourages ‘no boundaries’ Comedian and motivational speaker Brett Eastburn is a proven crowd-pleaser. The same could be said for the Fort Wayne chapter of the Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children and the educational resources it provides. The two independent entities united on Oct. 12 to promote the message of “no boundaries” during the organization’s annual Brett Eastburn conference to more than 300 participants at the Public Safety Academy: Ivy Tech South Campus. For Eastburn’s part, the significance of “no boundaries” directly corresponds with the name of his one-man public speaking venture, No Boundaries Inc. For the association’s part, “no boundaries” was selected as the theme for this year’s regional gathering, where Eastburn served as its keynote speaker. According to the No Boundaries Inc. website, Eastburn is an adventure-oriented Hoosier native who was born without fully developed arms and legs. He has addressed more than 1 million people around the world with his motivational speeches and comedic takes on life. “He challenges everyone to look beyond their barriers and focus on the positive and what you can accomplish in life,” says Mary

Musson, the chapter’s facility coordinator for the event and an assistant professor in Ivy Tech Northeast’s Early Childhood Education program. Eastburn’s presence resonated with early childhood education major Cristina Salgado. Salgado volunteered at the event as a member of the college’s student organization, IvyAEYC; she is also hearing impaired. “Brett was very inspirational for people who have disabilities,” Salgado says. “And I am certain I can become a preschool teacher who works with children who have disabilities.” The conference’s outreach is geared toward early childhood educators and families regarding the education of children up to 8 years old and promotes compliance with state regulations regarding child care licensing and staff training hours. This year featured more than two dozen educational sessions ranging from “Eating a Rainbow” to “How to Cope with that Quirky Child.” Several vendors were also present to share early childhood education materials and community resources. “We met our goal to attract early childhood educators and directors,” Musson says. “We now have a survey being tallied that will help us understand the needs for next year.” Photo credit: Brett Eastburn

Area boy scouts, leaders further their education goals at Ivy Tech According to the national Boy Scout Handbook, scouting founder Robert Baden-Powell was once asked what the organization’s motto, “Be prepared,” meant. “Be prepared for what?” the questioner pressed. “Why, for any old thing,” the former British Army lieutenant– general responded. Baden-Powell’s reply was intended to be broader than teaching camping skills and first-aid interventions; he wanted his scouts to be ready for life by preparing them for mental and physical challenges while also encouraging productive citizenship and providing happiness to others. On Oct. 26, Ivy Tech Community College Northeast partnered with the Anthony Wayne Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America to continue Baden-Powell’s vision. North Campus became Merit Badge College, where more than 150 boy scouts participated in earning at least one merit badge. More than 130 scout leaders transformed the Coliseum Campus into the University of Scouting, where they trained in topics

including “Troop Fundraising,”“Flag Ceremonies,” and “Camping on a Bootstring.” From among more than 130 merit badges currently sanctioned by the scouts, 19 were preselected as session options. “We focused on high interest and variety among our badge offerings,” says Sue Corbin, co-chair for this year’s Merit Badge College. Merit badge choices ranged from Chemistry and Robotics to Space Exploration and Disabilities Awareness. Karen Jones, dean of the School for Applied Science & Engineering Technology, says more than 40 Ivy Tech Northeast faculty and staff volunteered, and 14 became Boy Scouts of America-certified to serve as merit badge counselors. Eight students at the College made all-day commitments to assist as well. Corbin called the event a success: “This has been a beautiful relationship with Ivy Tech. The people here have been wonderful and very accommodating with planning and instructional delivery.”


Boy scout Adam Dewitt shares two of the projects he created while earning his Sculpture badge during Merit Badge College hosted by Ivy Tech Northeast on Oct. 26. Photo credit: Natasha Bosell


Ivy Tech Northeast family and friends represented the College in the Fort Wayne Trail’s Trail Blazer 5K/10K run on Oct. 20. Front row, from left: Becky Moening and Shannon Crowder-Gerber. Back row, from left: Faith Jones, Tim Tappan, Provi Mayo, Jordan Brown, and Karen Jones. Photo credit: Josh Smith More photos at

Healthcare support major Amber Screeton divides her time between studying for final exams and petting Martha, a shepherd mix, on Dec. 9. For the second consecutive semester, the Ivy Tech Northeast Library has hosted certified therapy dogs for the stress-reduction benefit of faculty, staff, and students during finals week. Photo credit: C. Ward Price

Brandon Miller from Ravenscroft Beauty College gives general studies major Sam Buchanan a complimentary haircut during the African American Male Initiative’s workplace fashion show, “Thrift Shop to Top Shop,” at the Student Life Center on Nov. 20.

BFGoodrich human resources recruiter Sandra Timm conducts a mock interview with industrial technology major Andrew Fischer in The Steel Dynamics Inc. Keith E. Busse Technology Center. Timm was one of several area employment representatives to participate in Industrial Technology Mock Interview Day on Nov. 1. Photo credit: Robert Parker

Several Ivy Tech Northeast hospitality administration students catered edible science experiments to support Science Central’s Mixology 301 fundraising event on Nov. 1. Favorite food samples included buffalo shrimp steamed in specimen cups, liquid popcorn with caramel foam, and balsamic pearls made using molecular gastronomy techniques. Photo credit: John McGauley Winter 2014 | IVY TECH COMMUNITY COLLEGE NORTHEAST | 19





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Inside Ivy Tech, Winter 2014  

Quarterly publication for Ivy Tech Community College Northeast