Ivy Tech Northeast giving back this holiday season

A variety of campus groups at Ivy Tech Community College Northeast sponsored collections for those in need this holiday season:

  • The College collected items for a family of five through the Christmas Bureau. Needed items ranged from paper towels and household products to clothing and shoes.
  • The Multicultural Student Organization and Office of Diversity Affairs partnered with Ric Robles of the Fort Wayne Police Department to collect new or gently used coats for children in need, ages infant to 18 years.
  • IvyAEYC, the College’s student organization for early childhood education majors, sponsored Sock-a-Palooza. The group collected children’s socks, underwear, mittens, hats, gloves, and scarves for Charis House.
  • English students collected toys and money for children who will be at Parkview Hospital on Christmas day. They also collected food, personal hygiene items, and money for The Vincent Village Homeless Shelter.
  • Odessa Aytch, an adjunct faculty member, collected food for Emmanuel Apostolic Church.
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Ivy Tech Northeast receives Lincoln Financial Foundation grant for career development

Ivy Tech Community College Northeast has received a $45,000 grant from the Lincoln Financial Foundation to support the Employer Student Connection. The initiative, run through Ivy Tech Northeast’s Career Services office, supports career development on campus where students can meet informally with employers. Employers are able to describe the skills they are looking for and discuss the current job market, and the Career Services helps students prepare their resumes.

Last year’s grant was spent largely on networking events. A small portion was also used to purchase shirt-and-tie sets and blouses and tops at a significant discount from a local department store. Many of the male students had never worn a tie before, and the Career Services director provided an impromptu tie tying training before the employer/student meetings.

These efforts have resulted in more students being placed in jobs.

The Lincoln Financial Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Lincoln Financial Group, believes that strong economies begin with strong communities. Its grant is part of Lincoln Financial’s $10 million in charitable contributions to support education, human services, arts and economic/workforce development programs in key cities across the country where the company has a strong business presence.

About Lincoln Financial Foundation
The Lincoln Financial Foundation, established in 1962, is a nonprofit organization formed and supported by Lincoln Financial Group. Under the Foundation guidelines, grants are made in the areas of arts, education, human services and economic/workforce development.

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BECOME A STUDENT IN ONE DAY at Express Enrollment Day


Are you planning to attend Ivy Tech Community College this semester? To help you get started, we’re hosting an event just for you!

Come to campus and complete your enrollment steps in one place, in one day!

Friday, December 19
9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Student Life Center on the North Campus
3701 Dean Drive, Fort Wayne

Saturday, January 10
9 a.m.1 p.m.
Student Life Center on the North Campus
3701 Dean Drive, Fort Wayne

Friday, January 23
9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Student Life Center on the North Campus
3701 Dean Drive, Fort Wayne

You will be able to:

  • Complete New Student Orientation
  • Get your financial aid questions answered
  • To meet the assessment requirement, bring in your SAT/ACT/PSAT scores, high school transcript, college transcript, or take the ACCUPLACER if needed.
  • Meet with an advisor. You must complete your orientation and assessment steps prior to meeting with an advisor.
  • Register for the semester
  • You must complete all enrollment steps before registering
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Ivy Tech Northeast video scholarship deadline approaching; $3,000 for spring 2015 semester

Entries to Ivy Tech Community College Northeast’s Show Me the Scholarship! are due Dec. 12. The scholarship recipient will receive $3,000 to go toward his or her spring 2015 semester classes.

Students and prospective students are invited to create a short video telling Ivy Tech Northeast why they chose, or will choose, Ivy Tech Northeast. Videos should be creative, light-hearted, and fun.

General guidelines:

  • Video must be NO LONGER than four minutes, 30 seconds.
  • Video must be primarily self-produced. Feel free to feature your friends or family, but the editing/direction must come from YOU.
  • Video must be uploaded to YouTube and viewable by the public, tagged with the following, exact phrases:
    • Ivy Tech Northeast
    • Ivy Tech Community College Northeast
    • Show Me the Scholarship!

Any entries missing any of the above information will be disqualified. A full list of regulations, and the scholarship entry form, can be found at IvyTech.edu/northeast/scholarship. Videos are due by 5 p.m. Dec. 12. Questions about the scholarship can be directed to Jaclyn Garver at jgarver2@ivytech.edu.

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Rose Costello selected as Executive Director of Human Resources

Costello,RoseIvy Tech Community College Northeast in Fort Wayne has selected Rose Costello as its new Executive Director of Human Resources. She will assume her role Jan. 5. The position was open due to the recent retirement of Donna Marr, who served the College for 24 years. In her role, Costello will serve as chief advisor to Chancellor Jerrilee K. Mosier, Ed.D., in overseeing the nine-county region’s recruitment of employees, hiring, on-boarding, professional development, and retention of talent who exemplify Ivy Tech’s core values.

Costello will serve as liaison between Ivy Tech Northeast and central Human Resources staff for coordinated projects, employee hiring and benefits, legal counsel, and other statewide reporting projects.

“I look forward to joining the team of staff and faculty as we work towards our greatest mission, the success of Ivy Tech Northeast students,” says Rose Costello. “I am eager to serve the Ivy Tech campus community and the northeast Indiana region.”

Ivy Tech Northeast aims to employ qualified faculty and staff in order to prepare Indiana residents to learn, live, and work in a diverse and globally competitive environment. In hiring talent, the College is able to deliver professional, technical, transfer, and lifelong education, as well as offer a stable and supportive work environment, competitive salary, and generous benefits.

Costello says that commitment toward staff and faculty through professional development opportunities, competitive total compensation, a positive environment, along with the opportunity to help make a difference in students’ lives all contribute to Ivy Tech Northeast being a great place to work.

“I am very pleased to have Rose as a member of the leadership team at Ivy Tech Northeast,” says Chancellor Jerrilee K. Mosier, Ed.D. “Her experience in human resources and higher education will assist Ivy Tech Northeast in further meeting our goal of being one of the best places to work in northeast Indiana and in the State.”

Most recently, Costello was the Director of Human Resources for Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne and has been in this role since July 2008.  At IPFW, she was accountable for human resources functions and delivering them in equitable, strategic, and legally compliant manners with the goal of creating a work environment that enabled recruitment and retention of trained and diverse employees. She joined IPFW’s human resources team in July 2007 as employee relations director after serving in the Office of Development as the College’s annual fund and class gift administrator since March 2006.

Costello earned a Master of Science in Education–Professional Studies from IPFW in May 2009 and has a bachelor’s in psychology and associate degree in supervision from IPFW, as well. She has a Senior Professional Human Resources SPHR from the HR Certification Institute.

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Ivy Tech Northeast student named DeKalb chamber’s first Young Professional of the Year

Megan Satkowiak, a business administration student at Ivy Tech Community College Northeast, has been named the Young Professional of the Year by the DeKalb County Chamber of Commerce.

This is the first year the chamber has named a Young Professional of the Year, says Judy Sorg, who is on the chamber’s board of directors. Sorg nominated Satkowiak for the recognition.

“I was aware of all of her community services, volunteering countless hours to benefit the downtown Auburn businesses,” Sorg says. “She’s somebody that I look up to as a life-long learner. I’m involved with a career development expo each year with the chamber, and she never fails to be there just to learn everything she can.”

Satkowiak, of Auburn, graduated from DeKalb High School in 2003. She and a business partner own Window Nook Studio, an art studio Satkowiak recently formed into an LLC. She has been taking classes at Ivy Tech Northeast since 2008, when she enrolled in the College of Working Adults program. She hopes to graduate in fall 2015.

“I loved it,” she says. “I don’t know if I could have gone back to traditional classes. It was so neat to be surrounded by other working adults. They would bring a variety of topics to the table when we would be discussing things. It was really motivating to be around other people who were working and trying to finish their degrees, too.”

Satkowiak was selected for the chamber award via blind vote against other nominees.

“We would like to clone Megan for our community,” Sorg said. “We need lots of young professionals just like her. She has her own business. She has two part-time jobs, and she does all this volunteer work.”

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ProFed Federal Credit Union newest donor for Ivy Tech Northeast’s New Venture business plan competition

ProFed Federal Credit Union has agreed to donate $15,000 to provide additional support to Ivy Tech Community College Northeast’s New Venture Competition. The contribution will be split into three increments of $5,000 over three years.

“ProFed is proud to be associated with Ivy Tech Northeast’s New Venture Competition,” says Greg Troutner, ProFed’s President and CEO. “Small businesses are a primary source of new jobs in our region, and we find it particularly rewarding to be present at the birth these new enterprises.”

Interim Resource Development Director Oliver Barie, Business and Public Services Dean Elaine Novak, Chancellor Jerrilee K. Mosier, ProFed Assistant Vice President Karen Potter, and ProFed Vice President of Lending Steve Piekarski

Interim Resource Development Director Oliver Barie, Business and Public Services Dean Elaine Novak, Chancellor Jerrilee K. Mosier, ProFed Assistant Vice President Karen Potter, and ProFed Vice President of Lending Steve Piekarski

The New Venture Competition kicked off in 2011 and each year has awarded $20,000 in start-up capital to a winning Ivy Tech Northeast student or alumnus for his or her business plan. The competition is funded in part by grant dollars and by community donations like this. Organizations like ProFed see the value in encouraging entrepreneurship in northeast Indiana, and the support allows the competition to grow and attract more students, said Oliver Barie, interim executive director of resource development.

“ProFed’s commitment is not only a testament to the widespread community support this competition has received, but it is also a statement to the quality and potential for success of these young entrepreneurs,” says Ivy Tech Northeast Chancellor Jerrilee K. Mosier, Ed.D. “ProFed Credit Union will serve as a tremendous resource for our students, and we look forward to this new relationship.”

For more information about Ivy Tech Northeast’s New Venture Competition, visit IvyTech.edu/northeast/newventure.  To learn about opportunities to support competition, contact the Ivy Tech Foundation office in Fort Wayne at 260-481-2243.

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