Community college fine dining: Have you been to a Special Cuisines dinner yet?

Each spring semester, students in the Special Cuisines class put on a dinner series. Each Thursday night, the Hospitality Room back in the culinary area turns into a fine dining restaurant. A host greets you and takes you to your seat. Tickets sell so well, you’ll likely be paired with another dining couple or group so to make the most of the space. There will be a specialty drink to start followed by a small appetizer, soup, salad, an entree, and a dessert–all related to the night’s theme.

Hot jasmine tea in a French press

Hot jasmine tea in a French press

Yesterday’s dinner focused on the cuisine of Japan. It was only my second Special Cuisines dinner–I went to the Persia/Iran night last year–and the students did not disappoint.

When we were seated, a hot jasmine tea was steeping in a French press. Servers also poured guests pineapple sake.

The meal started with a small appetizer: tri-colored sashimi (from top: tuna, salmon, and hamachi), and two pieces of veggie sushi. The star was the sashimi–perfectly fresh and mild. (I’m always amazed that Fort Wayne, which is as landlocked as you can get, can get such incredible sashimi.)

The soup was a simple miso soup with water cress (which tastes nearly identical to a radish) and shiitaki mushroom, and the seaweed salad was topped with sesame vinaigrette and a grilled octopus tentacle. (If you’ve not eaten grilled octopus tentacle: it’s tasty, mild, and chewy.)

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I was especially excited for the entree: duck and risotto. Duck is my favorite protein, and the best I’ve had is at Cerulean in Winona Lake. Ivy Tech Northeast students’ duck? Completely on par with the professionals. It was moist, flavorful but not too fatty, and seasoned just right.

And it was gorgeous. The folks at Master Chef would be proud.

duck entree

Crispy duck quarter with green sushi rice risotto

Students completed the meal with dessert–also beautiful.

dessertJust so you know what you’re looking at: That’s three doughnut holes with a piece of mochi on top (mochi is like a chewy, slightly sticky pastry made of rice). It has a sweet red bean paste inside and is topped with a raspberry and a piece of sugared mint. Two pretzel-like rods are coming out of two doughnuts–one dipped in chocolate, the other in a green tea coating. The small squares were gelée (essentially fancy Jell-O). The plate was packed with flavors and textures–an excellent cap to a spot-on meal.

Next week, Special Cuisines students are serving up Caribbean Island food. You can get a sneak peek into the menu here, and check out upcoming themes at the Special Cuisines dinner series webpage, which also tells you how to make reservations. Dinners are $25 each–and it’s absolutely worth it.

Have you been to a Special Cuisines dinner? What did you think? Which theme this semester are you most excited for?

Special Cuisines class to host Caribbean Islands dinner

The Special Cuisines class at Ivy Tech Community College Northeast invites the community to join its students, faculty, and staff for a Caribbean Islands-themed dinner at 6 p.m. Feb. 11.

The multi-course dinner will include an appetizer, salad, soup, and entrée, including vegetarian options. A sampling of the menu includes:

  • Conch fritters with a mild orange marmalade sauce
  • Citrus shrimp ceviche with avocado, cucumbers, and chilies
  • Smoked lamb with red beans and rice topped with a mild sauce

To make reservations, which are required, visit or call the Special Cuisines line at 260-480-2002. Dinners are served in the Hospitality Room on Coliseum Campus (3800 N. Anthony Blvd.) and are $25 each. Pay on-site with cash, check, or charge. Wine is available for an additional cost.

College to offer certified nursing assistant classes in Huntington this spring

Due to a growing need for certified nursing assistants, or CNAs, in Huntington County, Ivy Tech Community College Northeast will offer a CNA class in Huntington. It will prepare those interested in working as nursing assistants with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes essential for providing basic care in extended care facilities, assisted living facilities, hospitals, and home health agencies—all under the direction of a licensed nurse.

Class will meet from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 11 to May 4, Mondays through Fridays. Clinical hours are from 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Orientation is from 10 to 11 a.m. Feb. 24 or 2 to 3 p.m. March 22 at Horace Mann Elementary School. Please bring picture or state issued ID to the orientation session.

The class is $900. Funding may be available through WorkOne Northeast or through financial aid. To learn more, contact Ivy Tech Northeast’s CNA program at 260-480-2023.

Horace Mann Elementary School
2480 Waterworks Road
Huntington, IN 46750

Inside Ivy Tech: Flamenco & Flames

Members of the Fort Wayne Ballet performed select dances from Don Quixote and The Nutcracker, as well as a group tango lesson.

Members of the Fort Wayne Ballet performed select dances from Don Quixote and The Nutcracker, as well as a group tango lesson.

Annual culinary fundraiser surpasses $100,000 mark

While seeking a Spanish theme to brand its annual culinary fundraiser in 2015, Ivy Tech Community College Northeast opted to pass on ideas such as the country’s revered Running of the Bulls in Pamplona. The winning theme managed to hit the bull’s-eye, nevertheless.

A Reason to Taste: Flamenco & Flames achieved sold-out capacity and grossed a record-setting $117,000 through corporate sponsorships, ticket sales, fund-a-need donations, and live and silent auction bids.

The money raised during the event’s fourth installment on Oct. 24 will benefit the Hospitality Administration program’s greatest needs and fund student scholarships.

“Our event is simply a lot of fun,” says Oliver Barie, the executive director of resource development. “We offer the opportunity to enjoy incredible cuisine and fine wine in the company of friends, all the while knowing it benefits the students hosting it.”

Barie says this year’s A Reason to Taste raised nearly 40 percent more than last year’s event. The growth will provide additional program support and scholarships.

“The biggest thank you of all goes to our sponsors, guests, and the northeast Indiana community,” Barie says. “This support is changing students’ lives right here, and for this we are eternally grateful.”

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A Reason to Travel

Hospitality administration students pursuing a concentration in either culinary arts or baking and pastry arts have the opportunity to enter Ivy Tech Northeast’s European Competition, an annual gourmet food-preparation contest. Last spring marked the competition’s 18th anniversary, where 23 students prepared a combination of culinary items and baked goods in four hours. Judges selected eight winners to partake in a 10-day culinary tour of northeast Spain and southwest France with a faculty chaperone in May. A small portion of the funds raised during each A Reason to Taste provides annual winners of the competition with a modest stipend to aid their travel expenses.

A Reason to Toast

From the Gazpacho Andaluz, a tomato-based soup served cold, to duck confit with demi-glace, where the meat has been cooked and preserved in its own fat, nearly 300 dinner guests explored a combination of Spanish and French cuisine.

“Inspiration for this year’s meal came from the test kitchens, restaurants, and vineyards we visited, with an emphasis on regional foods,” says Chef Jeff Albertson, assistant professor of hospitality administration. “We incorporated a lot of peppers and other produce that grows in warmer climates.”

A Reason to Shine

To reflect touches of Spanish influence, giant lace patterns were projected across the walls of the Student Life Center gymnasium. Crystal chandeliers with black filigree dropped from the ceiling and combined with Middle Eastern-inspired lanterns to play into Spain’s Moorish history. Roses and lace accents on the tables softened the color palette.

“We hit the right notes because the guests were in awe when they arrived, laughed when they danced, celebrated our students’ success stories, and gave more generously than ever before,” says Aja Michael-Keller, director of events, enrichment, and conferencing.

A Reason to Celebrate

The fund-a-need appeal following the evening’s live auction raised more than $20,000 to purchase a point-of-sale system for the Hospitality Administration program. These systems analyze sales data, improve pricing accuracy, and maintain sales history.

“With this system in place, I’ll be excited about our students being better prepared as managers. This software technology is so engrained in restaurant culture,” Chef Jeff Albertson says.

A Reason to Dance

Members of the Fort Wayne Ballet performed dances from the Don Quixote and The Nutcracker ballets, followed by an Argentine dancer leading a group tango lesson.

“I think every part of the evening was special, from the ballet performances to the tango dancing with audience participation,” says Carol Brooks, a dinner guest. “This event is a highlight of the year. No one should miss this fundraiser.”

A Reason to Reflect

Ivy Tech Northeast Chancellor Jerrilee K. Mosier, Ed.D., and Executive Director of Resource Development Oliver Barie presented WPTA-TV 21Alive news anchor Melissa Long with the College’s first Ivy Award for outstanding community service and leadership. Long retired in December following a career in local broadcast media that spanned more than 30 years. Long and 21Alive sports director Tommy Schoegler shared emcee duties during the evening.

Inside Ivy Tech: Screeeeeeeech!

iStock_000055869102_XXXLargeWe can help you stay safe on the roads this winter

Winter driving can sometimes seem like a cruelly designed obstacle course:

Start from a dead stop and gather enough momentum to get over that snowbank gathered in front of your bumper.

Turn onto the street, where a street plow has deposited a 3 ¼-ton wall of black snow blocking your view of all traffic coming from the left.



Slow at the red light on a sheet of ice that hasn’t been salted since 2009.

Ease onto the highway onramp at the proper speed so you a) don’t rear end the guy in front of you going 4 miles an hour and b) aren’t tailgated by the woman behind you in the F-150.

Good luck with that.

Bob Huffman, Ivy Tech Northeast’s automotive technology chair, shares some tips for safe travels during cold, snowy, icy winter months.

Car maintenance

  • Have your oil changed before winter hits. (Haven’t done this yet? Get thee to the car repair shop, ASAP.)
  • Check your oil throughout the season. Normal oil consumption is 1 quart for 1,000 miles. Which means if your car holds 4 quarts and you drive 4,000 miles, you’re essentially out of oil. Don’t wait until the oil pan runs dry.
  • Most car repair businesses will do a free 27-point inspection. Request this. Fix what needs fixing.
  • Check tire pressure. As temperatures dip, so does tire pressure.
  • Assure wiper blades are in good condition.
  • Fill washer fluid reservoir.


  • Keep blankets in the car.
  • Going to travel in severe weather or heading on a road trip? Be sure to have candles, roadside flares, water, and nonperishable food. As Huffman points out: You never think you’ll slide off the road into a ditch or ravine until it happens. And if there are whiteout conditions, you may be there for a while.
  • Bring extra winter clothing. If your tire goes flat and you’re in a business suit, you’ll be glad to have snow boots and overalls to put over your good clothing.
  • Got a flat? Don’t get out and change it yourself. It’s not worth risking your life—pull over and call a professional.
  • Got a flat on a highway? Wait to pull over until you reach an onramp. Go ahead and drive on the tire rim: Better to pay the $300 to replace it and be safe.
  • Most newer cars have safety features that make driving in hazardous weather easier, Huffman says. Antilock brakes help control the car while breaking; electronic stability helps correct the car when driving on a slick curve; traction control helps during a fishtail by allowing a car to accelerate from a dead stop on ice and snow. Assure your car has these features.

General tips

  • Allow plenty of time to get to your destination.
  • Use common sense. Is the road slick? Don’t tailgate.
  • Are you being tailgated? Pull off and let the speedster pass you.

Attention all procrastinators! Here’s some tips to help get back on track

Between 80 and 95 percent of students procrastinate. (And that’s coming from the American Psychological Association, not Wikipedia or your favorite meme-generating, listicle-producing website, so maybe the group knows what it’s talking about.).

But the reason is beyond the simple fact that there are more interesting things vying for our time, like determining our Hogwarts house once and for all (ahem, I’m a total Ravenclaw) or finding the actual cutest puppy photo of all time (by the way, it’s these).

Students procrastinate because they’re doubtful about their ability or, on the other side of the spectrum, worried that success will increase others’ expectations of them.


Studying for that math test or playing with Legos … hmm …

So first off: Rest assured, it’s not just you. Princeton University has even studied how to fix it. So the next time a major paper is due or a big exam looms, here are some tips to keep yourself from killing time on Facebook or Pinterest.

  1. AWARENESS. It’s the first step of so much, isn’t it? You can’t be expected to stop procrastination if you don’t know WHY you do it. So pause for a sec for some procrastinational soul-searching.
  2. Time-management techniques that WORK. A giant to-do list? Talk about intimidating. Scheduling every single minute of your day? Yikes, that’s a list just begging to be ignored. Instead, create a SHORT to-do list. Break down the giant tasks. Be flexible to yourself, and be sure to give yourself reward time once you succeed.
  3. Stay motivated. It’s easy not to care when you’re passive in class or about your school work, and no one gets excited about work when she doesn’t understand the topic at hand. To stay motivated, make an extra effort to understand what your prof is talking about–don’t just memorize dates and events, but find the interesting-to-you nugget.

Students, how do you stay focused and keep from procrastinating? Teachers, how do you help your students stay on track?

Inside Ivy Tech: Of ancient texts & text messages

College exhibit of early-edition works connects to modern day

Mathemata mathematicis scribuntur. (Mathematics is written for mathematicians.) ~Nicholaus Copernicus, De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium (On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres)

First-edition books.

Published in the 1700s.

Pages so old, they crackle.

One “book” so aged, it pre-dates the printing press.

The Remnant Trust is a collection of first- and early-edition manuscripts and works housed at Texas Tech University. Universities and institutions across the country can host a selection of the more than 1,200 (and growing) works owned by The Remnant Trust. This spring, Ivy Tech Community College Northeast will host 50 works as a part of Text Messages. The books were chosen by College faculty and staff.

“They provide a historical perspective to some of the political and social discussions of the day,” says Chancellor Jerrilee K. Mosier, Ed.D. “Several of these works are particularly appropriate for Indiana’s bicentennial this year.”

Text Messages includes books in five categories:

  • Philosophy/religion
  • Government/history/economics
  • Fiction/literature
  • Civil rights
  • Science/math/discovery
A Sumerian terracotta tablet with a religious inscription, 2200 B.C.

A Sumerian terracotta tablet with a religious inscription, 2200 B.C.

The oldest Text Messages work, the Sumerian Terracotta Tablet, is dated from 2200 B.C. The tablet is the size of your palm and features cuneiform carvings on either side. The translation? It’s a religious text. A sampling: … from your birth you were a man of might whose name was proclaimed by Nanna! Cu-Suen, heroic son of An, beloved of Enlil, head held high in the lapis-lazuli e-kur, given birth by Urac, chosen by the heart of Urac, you have been elevated over all the lands.

What makes the collection so special goes beyond the books’ age: Unlike other similar exhibits, where viewers must study the art or artifacts from behind glass or at a distance, hands clasped safely behind their backs, The Remnant Trust invites patrons to handle the collection. Those who visit Text Messages will not only have the opportunity but be encouraged to touch, hold, and study these works.

It might not appeal to the Kindle crowd, but for anyone who appreciates books and history, Text Messages is a rare experience.

“You can feel the book. You can feel the heft of the book, the texture of the pages, and the binding, how the pages actually feel. They’re not like modern books,” says Ward Price, Ivy Tech Northeast librarian and chair of the College’s Remnant Trust committee. “They may have a scent to them.”

Knowledge is power. ~Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan

The idea behind Text Messages is to take these works that have been around for hundreds and, in some cases, thousands of years and show their importance and relevance to a modern audience. The works provide a foundation for many current issues and conversations in today’s world, Mosier says, in topics ranging from race relations to gender equality.

Those who visit Text Messages will be encouraged to consider the works in front of them; a series of large white boards ask general questions related to the exhibit, and attendees will be able to write their responses:

  • What is a Text Messages book that has grown in importance since it was written?
  • What traits do the religious texts in Text Messages share?
  • If you had to live in any other time period, which one would you choose?

“We’re connecting old texts with modern text messaging of cell phones. That’s an attempt to make it relatable to people today,” Price says. “We want to make the audience think.”

He points out that the ideas for many science fiction and fantasy movies come from these kinds of dated books and manuscripts: Consider the film Victor Frankenstein, which came out in November.

“It’s the umpteenth version of the movie,” Price says, “and we happen to have the original.”

Beware; for I am fearless, and therefore powerful. ~Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

Ivy Tech Northeast professors are encouraged to incorporate any of the 50 Text Messages books into their classes. Therese Leone-Unger, assistant English chair and a co-chair of the Remnant Trust committee, plans to use George Orwell’s 1984 and Susan B. Anthony’s An Account of the Proceedings on the Trial of Susan B. Anthony on the Charge of Illegal Voting at the Presidential Election in November, 1872 in her ENGL 111 English Composition and ENGL 112 Exposition and Persuasion classes. The idea is that first- and early-edition works show how the writing process evolves over time.

Text Messages features 50 first- and early-edition books and manuscripts including, clockwise from top, the Emancipation Proclamation, 1864; the Torah, printed on deer skin, 1600; and Frankenstein, 1869. (Click on images to zoom.)

Leone-Unger relates the experience to time travel: Studying “tangible language”—the lines that create words, book binding, special paper, fonts, and book condition—“are the only working mechanism of time travel that humans have found reliable in understanding the past, present, and future,” she says.

Want to schedule a tour with your club or school group? Contact librarian Ward Price at or 260-480-2033. Visit the website to find out more about Text Messages, including the list of 50 books in the exhibit.

Which book in Text Messages are you most excited about?

Lincoln–Douglas Debates and Startling Facts for Native Americans Called “Know-Nothings”

“Given the current political discussions and the public and media focus on the interaction between the candidates in the presidential debates and the seemingly outrageous statements of some, I think the Lincoln–Douglas Debates is especially relevant. While Lincoln and Douglas were not running for president at the time, the topic of the seven debates was slavery in the United States. Today the main topic is immigration.

“There is one work in the collection that is focused on a political party in the United States in the mid-1880s that operated on a national basis, promising to purify American politics by limiting or ending the influence of Irish Catholics and other immigrants. That group was empowered by the fears that the country was being overwhelmed by German and Irish Catholic immigrants, and therefore, they wanted to curb immigration and naturalization. It is titled Startling Facts for Native Americans Called “Know-Nothings,” by Enoch Hutchinson. What I am excited about is the learning and the subsequent dialogue that will take place given the relevance of the issues and current situation in our country today. It is interesting to note how our understanding and our behavior of how we respond to people and ideas that are different than are own haven’t evolved as much as we might have hoped throughout the years.” ~ Jerrilee K. Mosier, Ivy Tech Northeast Chancellor


“I grew up in the capital city of Pakistan, Islamabad, which isn’t far from India. I vividly remember watching Indian TV transmissions of Mahabharata, which is part of Gita, but I never had a chance to see, touch, or smell the actual book. The Mahabharata TV show always mesmerized me. I can’t wait to get my hands on this book.” ~Andaz Ahmad, Ivy Tech Northeast Director of Media Services, Instructional Design, and Online Technologies

Special Cuisines class to host Japanese dinner

The Special Cuisines class at Ivy Tech Community College Northeast invites the community to join its students, faculty, and staff for a Japanese-themed dinner at 6 p.m. Feb. 4.

The multi-course dinner will include salad, appetizers, an entrée, and soup, including vegetarian options. A sampling of the menu includes:

  • Tri-color sashimi with egg mimosa
  • Seaweed salad with grilled octopus tossed in a sesame vinaigrette
  • Crispy duck quarter with green sushi rice risotto

To make reservations, which are required, visit or call the Special Cuisines line at 260-480-2002. Dinners are served in the Hospitality Room on Coliseum Campus (3800 N. Anthony Blvd.) and are $25 each. Pay on-site with cash, check, or charge. Wine is available for an additional cost.

Inside Ivy Tech: All fired up

From left, preschoolers Tamim Zimmit, 4; Audrianna Crosby-Dixie, 3; and Kaleb Perry, 3, along with their classmates and teachers at Ivy Tech Northeast’s Early Childhood Learning Center, get a special lesson in fire safety on Nov. 11 from Taylor Fitzgerald, a firefighter and emergency medical technician with the New Haven (Ind.)–Adams Township Fire Department.

Preschoolers learn that play is important work for development

“Hello? Is there anyone in here? This is the fire department,” says Taylor Fitzgerald as he kneels on the low-pile carpet, extending his gloved right hand into an imaginary smoke-filled room. He wears a full face mask and self-contained breathing apparatus, sounding faintly like Darth Vader as he tells a group of children, “I know it’s a little scary right now, but I’m here to help you.”

Audrianna Crosby-Dixie recoils in response, and Tamim Zimmit’s eyes widen in amazement.

Following a series of dress-up dates, safety discussions, pretend rescues, and emergency drills throughout October—National Fire Prevention Month—the children’s lessons about fire safety finally came to this: a Nov. 11 visit by real firefighters to Ivy Tech Community College Northeast’s Early Childhood Learning Center.

“One of the hardest parts about teaching fire prevention is making it interesting and relatable for kids,” says Fitzgerald, a firefighter and emergency medical technician with the New Haven (Ind.)–Adams Township Fire Department. “My favorite part about today’s lesson was the little girl who was scared of us when we put our gear on. As time passed, she slowly became more comfortable with us, and by the end, she was smiling and talking to us. It is very important that kids are not afraid of us with our gear on.”

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Fitzgerald and his firefighter colleague, Matt Seftick, made their appearance courtesy of an invitation by Lois Kaufmann-Hunsberger, the center’s faculty coordinator and preschool teacher.

Kaufmann-Hunsberger introduced her 3- to 5-year-old preschool students to the roles of construction workers, firefighters, medical responders, and police officers early in the fall, using the all-inclusive term “city workers.” She says the children developed a fascination with firefighters, in particular.

“We try to follow their lead,” Kaufmann-Hunsberger says. “We want children to go in-depth, to visit and revisit ideas, because it’s in the use of that vocabulary and the concepts regarding that topic that they’re gaining the type of learning that can be transferrable to other topics. So, it’s really about supporting that excitement and curiosity for learning and then going in-depth in a few topics.”

In fact, play is the children’s work, Kaufmann-Hunsberger says.

The Early Childhood Learning Center uses a constructivist approach to education, where the children build their knowledge through active involvement with materials, concepts, peers, and adults, and it also incorporates the work of a number of theorists.

Preschooler Winston Unger, 3, prepares to confront a pretend fire.

Preschooler Winston Unger, 3, prepares to confront a pretend fire.

“Russian psychologist Lev Vygotsky said, ‘In play, children often perform above their skill level,’” Kaufmann-Hunsberger says. “The reason they do this is because they are so highly motivated by the reinforcement they receive from play that they stretch themselves beyond what they are capable of doing and because they have intense interactions with other children who have both lesser skills and greater skills than they do. At times they’re the teacher; sometimes they’re the student. That’s one of the reasons why play is so valuable.”

Beyond a traditional preschool classroom, the Early Childhood Learning Center is also a laboratory for the College’s early childhood education majors. Students in 100-level classes can observe interactions while the preschool is in session, and students in 200-level classes can use the site to satisfy their three-credit internship requirement for graduation, which requires 144 hours of direct interaction with children within a semester.

This fall, Cassadie King completed her practicum placement at the center.

“It was an amazing experience to work with the children and their families, including how we helped the children’s development,” King says, “and in working with Lois, she’s always right there for every child.”

Whether inspiring younger generations to appreciate learning or influencing older generations to become capable early childhood educators, perhaps no one is having more fun at the Early Childhood Learning Center than Kaufmann-Hunsberger.
“I have the best job in the whole wide world, and I know it,” she says, bursting into laughter.

The Early Childhood Learning Center is now enrolling for fall 2016. Visit the website or contact Early Childhood Learning Center Faculty Coordinator and Preschool Teacher Lois Kaufmann-Hunsberger at 260-480-4194.

Inside Ivy Tech: Draft horse dreams


Photo courtesy Jonathan Kratzer

Agriculture graduate sets sights on Anheuser-Busch farm

Rebecca Marshall grew up around horses. Her grandfather has had them since before she was born. She grew up driving draft horses, and she interned last summer on a horse farm. When she was 8 or 9, she started showing them in 4-H, where she was a 10-year member. She still shows draft horses in county fairs and large shows.

Marshall has always known she wanted to study agriculture, so when Ivy Tech Community College Northeast began its Agriculture program in fall 2013, she signed up. She even wonders if she was the very first student to do so.

Marshall was one of seven students enrolled in the program when it kicked off two years ago. Last semester, she finished. In May, she will march during Commencement.

In the meantime, there’s that pesky business of finding a job.

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And she found one she wants. Really, really wants. We’re talking dream-job levels of crossing the fingers and preparing a resume as perfect as possible.

She wants to work with the Budweiser Clydesdales.

You know the ones—they pull the sleigh in the holiday commercials and star in all of the Super Bowl commercials.

Through a job she worked during the summer, Marshall knew someone who might be able to hire her at his company.

“There were no openings, but he mentioned a place that’s always hiring,” Marshall says. “When he said the name, I almost dropped to the floor.”

He said Anheuser-Busch.

“He gave me the contact info for the guy who operates the barns,” she says. “I’m putting my resume together and sending it out. It’s one of those jobs that you never really expect to get, but you have to see whether you’re capable of getting the job.”

If Marshall were to land the job, she might find herself traveling with the draft horses around the country. She might find herself in the breeding barn, working with and training the mares and foals.

What differentiates a draft horse from a riding horse is its size—a draft horse is larger. Also called a work horse, draft horses typically have a mild temperament and are used a lot by the Amish for plowing fields.

“They’re called the gentle giants,” Marshall says.

Kelli Kreider, the College’s agriculture chair, worked with Marshall on her resume and cover letter, helping her figure out how to best represent how her skills can contribute to the Anheuser-Busch farm.

“It is kind of a dream. I wouldn’t be shocked if she got an interview,” Kreider says, “but I wouldn’t be shocked if she didn’t, either. She’s definitely qualified. I know they would be more than pleased with her. She’s anyone’s dream for working on a farm. She’s amazing.”

Kreider calls Marshall hard-working, dependable, and trustworthy, the kind of student who goes above and beyond what is expected of her, and one who sets high standards for herself.

“She’s always the first volunteer any time we’re doing any kind of promotional event,” Kreider says. “Fort Wayne Farm Show. Promoting the Agriculture program around the community. If I can have all my students be half of the quality she is, oh man, my job would be the best job ever.”

If working with the draft horses doesn’t work out, Marshall does have a Plan B: Get into sales and marketing, working with equipment sales, seed sales, chemical sales.

Regardless of where she ends up, she’s always known she wanted to work in agriculture. Marshall graduated in 2011 from Central Noble High school in Albion, Ind. She began taking general education classes at Ivy Tech Northeast with the plan to transfer to Purdue University or IPFW to eventually complete a bachelor’s degree.

As she was preparing for her final semester before transfer, she noticed “Agriculture” in a dropdown menu on the Ivy Tech website.

“I clicked on it to see what it was, and they had two or three classes listed,” she says. “I signed up.”

Because she was one of the first, Marshall felt like she got to have a say in some of the program’s curriculum—she and her six peers were able to share ideas on what worked, what didn’t, which tests were too easy or too hard. She got to see the program get more supplies and more space, and she got to see it grow nearly 700 percent: from the original seven to 55 as of fall 2015.

“It was a learning experience for all of us, and it was a good one,” she says. “We ultimately had a lot of fun.”

More after-graduation plans

Agriculture chair Kelli Kreider shares some of the post-graduation plans of other students who will graduate from the program in May.

  • Tyler Arrowsmith: Will return to his family’s grain farm outside Churubusco, Ind.
  • Amanda Hubbard: Will pursue a four-year degree at Trine University in Angola, Ind. She has already started classes.
  • Christian Stoner: Got a job as a crop insurance adjuster. He will look at farmers’ fields after a disaster like hail, a tornado, or a flood and determine the damage to figure out how much insurance will pay.
  • Lucas Wright: Will return to his family’s swine farm.
  • Kyle Plasterer: Finished his internship at Weaver Popcorn in the fall, where he was offered a full-time position. Plasterer tested the popcorn, determining if it was a good batch without too much foreign debris. He popped samples to assure the popcorn was harvested at the right time and with the right moisture.