College announces new executive director of K-12 Engagement

Shrock,BarryIvy Tech Community College Northeast in Fort Wayne has announced the promotion of Barry Schrock to executive director of K−12 Engagement. He assumed his new role at the College on Monday, Nov. 16. This position is a newly funded initiative to further develop and expand relationships with public and private schools throughout northeast Indiana to further the mission of Ivy Tech and the community. These relationships will support current partnerships Ivy Tech Northeast has with school corporations through dual credit agreements, Early College programs, Ivy Career Advancement Programs (ICAP), high school admissions activities, and the support services the College provides to schools, clubs, agencies, and associations through financial aid workshops and other College awareness activities.

Schrock reports directly to Chancellor Jerrilee K. Mosier, Ed.D., for these efforts and will work with other College leadership to further these initiatives. He will identify, develop, and strategically build K–12 partnerships to support the “Big Goal” postsecondary attainment goal and enrollment growth for Ivy Tech Northeast.

“Barry’s new role with Ivy Tech Northeast is a critical one,” says Mosier. “With our regional restructure, Ivy Tech Northeast is emphasizing the importance of career pathways for high school students and providing a focus on our relationship and partnership with our K–12 partners in meeting the goal of 60 percent of our population having a post-secondary degree or certificate by the year 2020.”

Schrock will develop high and mid-level executive links between the College’s executive leadership with school superintendents, high school principals, and high school counselors. This division of administration seeks to be a catalyst for all high school and middle school outreach efforts and will be the central point for the further engagement and development of specific programs which will encourage more high school students to continue to advance their education and training after high school. He will work with other areas across the college to help in responding to area high schools requests and developing partnerships.

“I am very excited about this opportunity, as we have a dedicated team of professionals that will focus on collaborating with area schools to provide personalized, high-quality educational programming to meet the school and community needs,” says Schrock. “I look forward to the challenges and opportunities as we strive to make Ivy Tech Northeast the college of choice for northeast Indiana residents.”

A 23-year veteran of education, Schrock has been working in northeast Indiana since 1999. He spent seven years teaching at New Haven High School before transitioning to secondary administration, where he worked for eight years as an assistant principal with Fort Wayne Community Schools and DeKalb County Central United Schools. Schrock was hired in February 2015 by Ivy Tech Community College Northeast as the director of Ivy Career Advancement Programs (ICAP), a high school recovery and completion program. He earned a Bachelor of Arts and teacher certification from Ohio Northern University and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from IPFW.

Thanksgiving in America vs. Thanksgiving in Canada

This week, Americans throughout this country will celebrate in the national feast that will assure they’re comatose in front of the television by early evening.

Though the American Thanksgiving celebrates the pilgrims’ harvest celebration in Plymouth, Mass., the holidays is celebrated in Canada, too.

Here’s how they differ:

  United States Canada
Date Fourth Thursday in November Second Monday in October (when the U.S. celebrates Columbus Day)
Name Thanksgiving Thanksgiving or Action de Grâce, in French
Reason To celebrate the 1621 pilgrim and Native American harvest in Plymouth, Mass. To celebrate the harvest and other blessings of the year
Originated Since 1863, when President Lincoln proclaimed a national day of “Thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens” Though celebration officially began in 1879, the Parliament of Canada proclaimed in 1957 that the holiday would be “A Day of General Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed”
Football This year’s Thanksgiving Day Classic, a double header between four Canadian Football League teams
Parade Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade While parades can be part of the Canadian celebration, they’re not common
Food Turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, cranberries, pumpkin pie, and whatever Mom made while you were growing up Similar to the American celebration, though the star of the dish may be baked ham, salmon, or wild game

Share your favorite Thanksgiving memory or tradition in the comments, and hope your Thanksgiving is a wonderful one! Green Light will take a break Friday to celebrate the harvest–see you Dec. 5. The end of the semester is in sight!

Student wins national $1k leadership scholarship


Jackson, MS – Lea Gamble, a building construction management student at Ivy Tech Community College Northeast, has received a $1,000 scholarship from Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society as a 2015 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar.

Gamble first took classes at Ivy Tech Northeast as a dual credit student at Huntington North High School. She became a full-time student in fall 2014.

“This scholarship helps complete my education at Ivy Tech without burdening my parents with college expenses,” Gamble says. “They already do so much for me, and I don’t want them to worry about me getting the most out of my education. This scholarship helps take the financial burden of college off of my family.”

As a 2015 Coca-Cola Leader of Promise Scholar, Gamble is one of 207 Phi Theta Kappa members who have been awarded a total of $207,000 in scholarships. Chosen from more than 1,100 applications worldwide, the $1,000 scholarships are for associate degree studies. Independent judges evaluate the applications based on scholastic achievement, community service, and leadership potential.

The Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship Program provides new Phi Theta Kappa members with financial resources to help defray educational expenses while enrolled in associate degree programs. Scholars are also encouraged to assume leadership roles by participating in Society programs.

“When I found out I was selected to receive this scholarship, it proved to me that my goals are considered worthwhile by others enough for them to support me,” Gamble says. “It made me believe that I’m headed in the right direction and that other people want me to keep going until I reach my goals.”

Phi Theta Kappa, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,285 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, U.S. territorial possessions and eight sovereign nations. More than 3 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 134,000 students inducted annually.


Things I completely forgot about being a student

backtoschoollogoDespite the fact that the instructor (teacher? professor? I’ve been a first-name-basis kind of gal since I was an undergrad, so I never know the proper terminology to use there) and I are essentially peers–we have similar tastes in stories and television and share a mutual friend, and we’re about the same age–I revert to a lil ol’ student for two hours and 50 minutes every Tuesday evening.

And with that comes the sort of things I completely forgot go along with being a student.

  • For one, free days off = awesome. Yes, I’m taking this class for fun, and yes, I am actually having fun. But to have a previously dedicated space of time open up out of the blue? It’s just delightful. (Though the reason, a person I like coming down with the fall plague everyone seems to get during the season change, is less than delightful.)
  • Students get more days off than administrators. For Thanksgiving, my office gets Thursday and Friday off. For students? It’s nearly the whole dang week (Tuesday to Friday).
  • That guy (or girl) who looks down his (or her) nose at you. I think every class has one, someone who’ll inform you that you’re an idiot when you voice an opinion that is contrary to the consensus of the class. The snark of social media in a face-to-face setting.
  • The ick-factor of working in groups. As an overachiever since I was 9 months old, few group members are going to be as engaged as the likes of me. The one time we’ve broken into small group discussion, it resulted in me talking a lot, asking questions, trying to get the other two young women to say a) answer a question with more than four words in b) a decibel loud enough to be audible to the human ear.
  • How strange it feels as you near the end of the semester. One of the best things about working for a college is getting back on the academic calendar–I’ve always loved having the year broken up into fall, spring, and summer semesters–and that feeling is exacerbated by being in class.

Four classes to go. Man, that was fast.

Marketing staff wins 6 Medallions at regional conference

Ivy Tech Community College Northeast walked away with six Medallion Awards at the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations’ District 3 conference last week. The council is the national professional organization for community and technical college marketing and public relations professionals.

This year, 39 colleges across the district—which includes Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Ontario, Canada—submitted 370 entries across 51 categories. Ivy Tech Northeast won the following Medallions:

  • Notes/Cards/Invitations (single or series), Gold Medallion
  • Outdoor Media (single or series), Gold Medallion
  • Magazine, Silver Medallion
  • Wild Card, Silver Medallion
  • Feature Writing, Silver Medallion
  • E-cards, Bronze Medallion

Garver, JaclynJaclyn Y. Garver, the College’s media relations and communications coordinator, also won the district’s Rising Star award, which “recognizes an up-and-coming communications professional at a two-year community or technical college who has demonstrated special creativity or ability in college communications and shows evidence of a promising future in their field of work. Emphasis is placed on accomplishments within the past year.”

“I am so pleased to be part of an amazing team at Ivy Tech Northeast,” says Andrew Welch, executive director of marketing and communications. “Our marketing staff cares deeply about making a difference in our students’ lives and in our community on a daily basis. It’s awesome to be able to work with such dedicated and creative individuals.”

My Pet & Me: Paisley, the Goldendoodle

My Pet sig2Meet Abbie Flowers, a medical assisting student, and her 8 1/2-month old Goldendoodle, Paisley.

Abbie writes:

I’ve been wanting a puppy for five years now, and my boyfriend and I were looking at houses. I told him, “I’m getting a puppy when we get a house.” So the day we got the keys to our house, we got our fur baby, Paisley . She was born Feb. 22, and we got her April 19. She loves her parents and follows them everywhere. She knows how to sit, shake, high five, and lay down. We are working on rolling over. She loves everyone and thinks they are all around to see her. She also loves to chase leaves when they blow around. She is definitely ornery, but she is so full of love.

Abbie and Paisley

Abbie and Paisley

Do you have a pet you’d like to see featured in Green Light? Send your full name, major (for students) or title (for employees), and your pet’s name and info to And tell me a story about your buddy: How’d you get it? What’s its personality like? What’s the funniest thing it’s ever done? Don’t forget to include a photo of you and your pet!

Inside Ivy Tech: Sticky, sweet, crunchy fall perfection

Need help making caramel apples? We’ve got your back

A caramel apple is more than a fall treat.

It’s a reminder of a favorite neighbor who went out of her way to give caramel apples at Halloween. Of crisp days and crisper orange and yellow leaves underfoot. Of family outings to apple orchards or fall festivals.

Hospitality administration adjunct faculty member Kim Murphy has enjoyed baking since she was a kid, but Halloween baking has always been her favorite, she says.

For Kim Murphy, a caramel apple is a representation of her favorite time of year to make treats. Murphy, a hospitality administration adjunct faculty member and an assistant culinary instructor at Impact Institute in Kendallville, Ind., has made caramel apples the week of Halloween since she was a kid.

“I can remember unwrapping the caramels, popping one in my mouth, and seeing how many others I could unwrap before that one dissolved,” she says.

She offers up her favorite caramel apple recipe—and some tips for things that can turn a little sticky.

  • Don’t be afraid to use Kraft caramels. It can be tough to get from-scratch caramel to become the correct consistency for apples. Let the pros handle it.
  • Choose the best stick. Murphy tends to pick the biggest apples she can find, and Popsicle sticks just aren’t strong enough. “Find some heavy skewers, or better yet, stop by your doctor’s office and ask for some tongue depressors,” she says. “Usually you have to trade for the finished product, so keep that in mind.”
  • Once the caramel and chocolates are melted down, set them on a heating pad. This will reduce the chances of burning the ingredients and keep you from needing to reheat them.
  • GO BIG. Choose your favorite kind of apple and dip, dip, dip until you get a thick layer of caramel. Add plenty of toppings: chopped nuts, sprinkles, chocolate chips, chocolate drizzles, candies.

Caramel and Chocolate Apples

15 skewers or tongue depressors
15 green apples
4 pounds of caramels
4 pounds of chocolate
4 cups of mini chocolate chips
4 cups of colored sprinkles

Insert sticks into the core of apples. On low heat, melt caramel. Dip apples into caramel. Set stick-side-up on parchment paper or a silicon mat for 5 minutes. Dip again. Repeat until desired amount of caramel. Let the apples sit for 15 minutes. On low heat melt chocolate. Dip apples into warm chocolate halfway up the apple. Add sprinkles or chocolate chips. Place back on parchment paper or silicon mat until firm.



Inside Ivy Tech: Try, try again

Morgan Williams, second from left, is the College's 2015 New Venture champion. Acknowledging his victory are, from left, James Tolbert, assistant professor of business administration; Steve Piekarski, with ProFed Federal Credit Union; and Jerrilee K. Mosier, chancellor of Ivy Tech Northeast. Photo by Zeke Bryant

Morgan Williams, second from left, is the College’s 2015 New Venture champion. Acknowledging his victory are, from left, James Tolbert, assistant professor of business administration; Steve Piekarski, with ProFed Federal Credit Union; and Jerrilee K. Mosier, chancellor of Ivy Tech Northeast. Photo by Zeke Bryant

Alumnus wins New Venture Competition the second time around

Look at Morgan Williams, and it’s hard to miss his ring. It’s huge, and it’s something he wears with pride—you can just tell.

In 2009, when Williams played wide receiver at Trine University, he and his team, which went undefeated, won the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Conference Championship. The ring commemorates that win, that dedication, that success.

As a high school football player, Williams says, the recruiting process was stressful.

“It was all put on my shoulders,” Williams says. “I had to get my own information to colleges. I figured if there was a company that could do that for an athlete that was in my situation, it would give parents and athletes piece of mind.”

Thus, Elite Performance Scouting was born. Last month, Williams presented his business to 50-plus community judges, who voted him the winner of the New Venture Competition at Ivy Tech Community College Northeast.

Williams’ prize: $35,000 in capital funds.

2015 marks the second time Williams entered the competition. He lost in 2013.

“That’s kind of what made me strive to dig deeper into what it takes to be a business owner and to make EPS what it is today,” he says.

How EPS works

Williams attended high school in Georgia and trained with Blast Training and its owner, Steve Putman, a college and NFL trainer.

Williams with his New Venture Competition trophy

Williams with his New Venture Competition trophy

However, the company did not market athletes to colleges.

“I spent 60 percent of my time playing and the other 40 percent trying to get myself a scholarship,” he says. “My senior year in high school was extremely stressful during recruiting, but I did end up getting offers. I figured if there was a company that could have done that for me, that would have made a world of difference.”

Elite Performance Scouting offers training, recruiting, marketing, and more. Camps and combines serve as evaluation days. High school and college coaches can attend and measure athletes based on timed drills. Elite Performance Scouting will record those times and compile them with highlights from the current season and an athlete’s grades to make a professional portfolio, which the company will send to schools across the country. Williams also manages a database of online player profiles, which college coaches can access for free, at

One of the first things Williams plans to do with his winnings is purchase new camera equipment to better capture athletes in action. He also plans to reach out to Fort Wayne Community Schools Career Academy at Anthis, where he is on the advisory board of the IT department, to find a student who would like to intern with Elite Performance Scouting.

Eventually, Williams plans to expand Elite Performance Scouting beyond football: He wants to offer his company’s services to athletes in softball, baseball, basketball, and soccer. When the expansion starts, he will use his New Venture funds to help get the word out.

EPS’s success

Thus far, Williams’ greatest success with an athlete is Fort Wayne North Side High School graduate Randon Moore.

“He was the only athlete I had in the summer of 2012,” Williams says. “He had no offers leading into his senior year, and we put together some impressive tapes for him. At the end of his senior year, he had eight offers. He chose to sign with Nebraska–Kearney.”

Today, Williams works with 12 seniors, and he won’t know their futures until National Signing Day on Feb. 3, 2016, which is the last day a high school senior can sign a National Letter of Intent to play college football with an NCAA school. However, colleges have expressed interest in his players; The University of Michigan, University of Illinois, University of Iowa, Miami (Ohio) University, Trine University, and University of Saint Francis have all expressed interest in at least one of Williams’ athletes.

In Williams, athletes will find not just a trainer, but something of a mentor.

“I’m in college right now thanks to Morgan because he sent out film and helped me perfect my craft,” says Moore, who is studying sports management at the University of Nebraska at Kearney and plays cornerback. “He showed me how to better myself and be a better person on and off the field. I call him my big brother.”

Shalonda “Pinky” Saunders (left) with her company, Sew Pinky, and Guadalupe Callejas (right) with his company, The Metro Striping and Stenciling Company, were the other two New Venture Competition finalists.

For all those future New Venture champions

JB Tool, Die & Engineering Inc. and its owners, Dave and Mary Bear, have supported the New Venture Competition since its inception in 2011. This year, Dave Bear signed an agreement endowing the competition in perpetuity.

Made possible thanks to a grant from the Edward M. and Mary McCrea Wilson Foundation.

Inside Ivy Tech: 80/20: A 100 percent success

This year marks the 25th anniversary of 80/20 Inc., a northeast Indiana modular framing supplier billed as “the Industrial Erector Set,” given the interchangeable nature of the company’s vast product line.



Its visionary founder, president, and CEO, Don Wood, named the enterprise in the spirit of Pareto’s Principle, a well-known business philosophy that promotes the idea that 80 percent of your results come from 20 percent of your efforts.

His unconventional branding strategy for the venture has proven to be a fitting choice.

What started with three employees and a 2,000-square-foot space in the Fort Wayne Enterprise Center has expanded to nearly 440 employees—62 of them having attended Ivy Tech Community College—and a 300,000 square-foot facility in Columbia City, Ind. To date, worldwide sales for 80/20 Inc. reflect nearly $1 billion.

While Wood is perhaps more readily known as an accomplished businessman, he is also a community leader. His long-term relationship with Ivy Tech Northeast, for example, includes delivering the Commencement address in 2008; establishing the Don Wood 80/20 Foundation Endowed Scholarship in 2009; joining the College’s regional board of trustees in 2010; and receiving an honorary Associate of Science in College and Community Service in 2012.

To his credit, Wood knows that both business and civic successes are predicated on capable human capital. This explains his unyielding support for both personal and professional development,and why he’s a proud advocate for Ivy Tech and its mission. When individuals prosper, communities prosper. And a solid education provides this foundation.

What is your first recollection of Ivy Tech, and how has that view broadened since your regional board appointment?

I graduated from a technical high school in Iowa and later served an apprenticeship as a tool and die maker. I remember discovering Ivy Tech long after relocating to Indiana and was excited to find an educational institution mirroring the program that originally attracted me to the technical field. Since becoming a regional board member, I’ve experienced the proactive approach Ivy Tech uses to recruit students—not only providing the tools but working to inspire interest in technical fields.

How has Ivy Tech impacted you personally and your business?

Ivy Tech has been a big inspiration to me, personally. It provides something familiar to my experiences, and I know it has programs that work. My son John has a degree in machine tool technology from Ivy Tech. From a business-owner perspective, the fact there was a technical school—now a comprehensive community college—in northeast Indiana made me confident there would also be continuation of a highly skilled workforce, which is becoming increasingly imperative in today’s manufacturing industry. We have also partnered with Ivy Tech from a curriculum standpoint, which has been beneficial to both 80/20 Inc. and Ivy Tech. It serves as a great example of what can be accomplished with these types of collaborative relationships.

How does support for Ivy Tech influence quality of life for all in northeast Indiana?

Northeast Indiana really has a lot of strategic and competitive advantages for businesses and industry. We need to build and improve on these strengths and assets to continue growth and keep companies and talent in the area. Ivy Tech provides the tools and training needed to retain a skilled workforce, and therefore jobs, in Indiana. Ivy Tech is a great opportunity for anyone. The number of students who graduate each year only adds to local business prosperity and the ability to employ great people.

Inside Ivy Tech: Alumnus manages business incubator for at-risk employees

Apple Spice Junction employee Paul Hazelton (left) observes general manager Nate Getts as he packages gourmet boxed lunches. Apple Spice Junction is an affirmative business that employs Park Center clients who have recovered from major mental illness and been out of the workforce for an extended period of time. Following six months of job training from Getts, Hazelton will seek a long-term employment opportunity elsewhere in the community.

Apple Spice Junction employee Paul Hazelton (left) observes general manager Nate Getts as he packages gourmet boxed lunches. Apple Spice Junction is an affirmative business that employs Park Center clients who have recovered from major mental illness and been out of the workforce for an extended period of time. Following six months of job training from Getts, Hazelton will seek a long-term employment opportunity elsewhere in the community.

Beyond the premium meats and cheeses, made-from-scratch bread, and thick, chocolate fudge brownies in Apple Spice Junction’s gourmet boxed lunches, there’s a lesser known but equally appealing detail about the Fort Wayne corporate caterer.

Namely, it’s an affirmative business, and Ivy Tech Community College Northeast hospitality administration graduate Nate Getts became its general manager in 2012.

Getts’ position involves multiple obligations, and he credits his alma mater with preparing him to balance the responsibilities successfully.

“When I started supervising and training others here, I was sure to do it the way I learned at Ivy Tech,” he says. “I learned from great chefs there—not good chefs, great chefs.”

Affirmative businesses, like Apple Spice Junction, employ disadvantaged populations. They offer familiar products and services to consumers and share the same goal for profitability as traditional businesses do. Apple Spice Junction operates in partnership with Park Center, northeast Indiana’s comprehensive mental health provider.

Apple Spice Junction | 1909 Carew Street | Fort Wayne, Indiana 46805 | 260-969-8450 |

Apple Spice Junction | 1909 Carew Street | Fort Wayne, Indiana 46805 | 260-969-8450 |

Park Center administrators opened Apple Spice Junction, a small Salt Lake City-based chain, in 2010, after a national search for a food-service franchise. The Fort Wayne site is the only location in the chain that follows the affirmative business model.

From the business’s inception, its vision has been to assist Park Center clients in their return to work after recovering from major mental illness.

“Our mission is to restore lives,” says Paul Wilson, Park Center president and CEO. “Belief in the future and one’s ability to obtain self-sufficiency are important to one’s mental health.”

Apple Spice Junction serves as a six-month incubator for Park Center clients during their search for long-term employment. The experience provides them with opportunities to relearn basic job skills, excel in the food-service industry, and update their resumes with a timely job reference.

And Getts’ management philosophy with the employees appears to be both intuitive and effective.

“If you treat people with respect and tell them you care about them, they’re going to learn better; they’re going to listen to you more often; and they’re going to work really hard for you,” he says.

Getts supervises a small team of food service professionals and another 12 Park Center clients, on average, in six-month cycles. More than 50 Park Center clients have worked at Apple Spice Junction, he says.



One such individual is current employee Paul Hazelton.

Hazelton was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and alcoholism in 2011. He says his alcohol addiction reached its peak that same year following the deaths of his parents, three months apart.

“With my combination of bipolar disorder and alcoholism, I suffered from a lot of depression. Your moods go up and down; you have anxiety issues,” Hazelton says. “With the alcoholism, I would drink until I blacked out at times, and I wouldn’t remember things that happened when I drank.”

Hazelton’s alcoholism prevented him from maintaining a job and ultimately led to three driving under the influence convictions and homelessness. He spent the next several years in and out of local substance abuse treatment centers.
Today, Hazelton has been sober for nearly a year, and he continues to take medication for his bipolar disorder. He says he’s happy to regain independence and happy to be working at Apple Spice Junction.

“Nate is the most awesome boss I’ve ever had,” Hazelton says. “Not enough places praise their employees as often as they should. Nate praises us all the time and really treats us well. He’s not afraid to get his hands dirty; he’s right there and works with us.”

For Getts, thank-you responses aren’t necessary. Seeing people lead productive lives is satisfaction enough.

“I have been given an opportunity to do what I love, while helping people at the same time,” he says. “When former employees come up to me and say they’ve found work, that’s the best reward ever.”