Farm Credit Mid-America donates $10k to Ivy Tech Northeast Agriculture program

The Agriculture program at Ivy Tech Community College Northeast has received a $10,000 grant from Farm Credit Mid-America. The grant is part of a state-wide $60,000 gift, which has been divided among the six Ivy Tech locations with an Agriculture program.

“Farm Credit’s mission is to support farming in rural communities, so we wanted to be a part of Ivy Tech’s efforts to support ag education,” said Tom Van Buskirk, a senior loan officer with Farm Credit Mid-America.

Introduction to Agriculture students work in the Farm Credit Mid-America Laboratory at Ivy Tech Northeast. The classroom is attached to the College’s greenhouse and is used by Agriculture students and for landscaping classes.

Introduction to Agriculture students work in the Farm Credit Mid-America Laboratory at Ivy Tech Northeast. The classroom is attached to the College’s greenhouse and is used by Agriculture students and for landscaping classes.

Many of the company’s employees are graduates from an agriculture program, and Farm Credit has said it is excited to see Ivy Tech’s new Agriculture program—which started in fall 2013—in Fort Wayne. Agriculture graduates could work in a number of areas at Farm Credit: business analyst, crop insurance specialist, loan officer, marketing, and more.

As a thank you for the donation, Ivy Tech Northeast has named classroom lab TC1528, located in The Steel Dynamics, Inc., Keith E. Busse Technology Center, the Farm Credit Mid-America Laboratory. The lab is attached to the College’s greenhouse, and it is used for agriculture classes and landscaping classes, said Kelli  Kreider, chair of the Agriculture program.


Farm Credit Mid-America is a financial services cooperative and has served the credit needs of farmers and rural residents across Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee for nearly a century. Backed by the strength of nearly 100,000 customer-members and $20 billion in assets, Farm Credit Mid-America provides loans for real estate, operating, equipment, housing and related services such as crop insurance, and vehicle, equipment and building leases.

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Ivy Tech Northeast writers group to sponsor third annual Write the Feminine reading

The Ivy Tech Faculty Writers Group is sponsoring its third annual Write the Feminine event at 7 p.m. April 25 in room CC1200 in the Coliseum Campus (3800 N. Anthony Blvd.)

The event will feature faculty from Ivy Tech and IPFW, as well as other community writers, sharing their work about women or sharing work by or about women.

“This is an important event in terms of recognizing and honoring modern and traditional women writers and activists,” says Therese Leone-Unger, the assistant chair of English. “This community event reveals interests and talents for and about women. We are keeping women in history.”

Write the Feminine honors both March, Women’s History Month, and April, National Poetry Month.

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Ivy Tech Northeast to join North Anthony Corridor Group for community Story Walk

Ivy Tech Community College Northeast and the North Anthony Corridor Group (or NACG) are co-sponsoring a Story Walk from April 26 to May 3.

In conjunction with Ivy Tech’s Month of the Young Child celebration, the Story Walk will feature a series of laminated signs lining the west side of North Anthony Boulevard between Crescent Avenue and St. Joe River Road. Each sign will feature a different page of a children’s book. As families walk along the route, they can read the book together.

Story Walk is designed to promote family literacy and outdoor exercise.

Nearby businesses will be encouraging families to participate in Story Walk. Curriculum Opportunities and Resources for Educators, or CORE, will give prizes; and the Firefly will be offering specially priced smoothies for participants. green DogGoods will have a watering station and free treats for family pooches on the Story Walk.

The idea for this event comes from the national StoryWalk® Project, which was created in part by the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition; the Kellogg Hubbard Library in Montpelier, Vt.; and Anne Ferguson, of Montpelier.

The North Anthony Corridor Group’s mission is to see the North Anthony Corridor—the portion between Crescent Avenue and Coliseum Boulevard—become an attractive, neighborhood friendly destination and marketplace for the community. It aims to become a meeting place and destination for the population of area campuses, including Ivy Tech Northeast. Learn more at

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Area high school students invited to Go Ivy Day college visit at Ivy Tech Northeast

Area high school students are invited to Go Ivy Day at Ivy Tech Community College Northeast. The half-day event, which begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m. April 25 in the Student Life Center on North Campus (3701 Dean Drive), allows and encourages prospective students to explore Ivy Tech Northeast’s 40-plus degree and certificate programs.

Students will have the opportunity to explore campus; meet with faculty members from their programs of interest; connect with current Ivy Tech students and other prospective students; learn about admissions and enrollment requirements, as well as transfer opportunities; get the facts about financial aid; and more.

“Go Ivy Day is a great event for students because it provides the opportunity to explore educational plans and learn how Ivy Tech can help you achieve your goals, all while saving money at the same time,” said Jennifer Spurlock, Ivy Tech’s assistant director of Admissions.

Complimentary lunch will be provided for prospective students and their guests. Prospective students will also receive a free T-shirt.

Those interested in attending the four-hour event can register for free online at

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‘Leading voice of his generation’ Eric Liu to speak, sign books at Ivy Tech Northeast event



Author, educator, and civic entrepreneur Eric Liu will speak about race relations and mentoring at 6 p.m. April 29 at the Public Safety Academy: Ivy Tech South Campus auditorium (7602 Patriot Crossing).

Called a leading voice of his generation by The New York Times and The Washington Post, Liu served as a White House speech writer for President Bill Clinton and has been a regular on-air contributor for MSNBC. He is a regular columnist for and a correspondent for

Liu is the author of a variety of books, including “Guiding Lights: The People Who  Lead Us Toward Our Purpose in Life,” which looks at the ways mentors can transform a life; “The Accidental Asian: Notes of a Native Speaker,” which looks at race, identity, and assimilation and was a New York Times Notable Book; and “The True Patriot: A Pamphlet,” which was a national best-seller that encouraged progressives to reclaim patriotism.

A reception for Liu will run from 6:15 to 6:45 p.m., and he will begin his speech at 7 p.m. There will be time to sign books from 8:15 to 8:45 p.m.

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Ivy Tech Northeast English professor to host Now Read This! writing workshop, book signing, reading

Troy Bigelow, an assistant professor of English at Ivy Tech Community College Northeast, will host a writing workshop, book signing, and reading at 5 p.m. April 17 in the Conference Room in the Student Life Center on North Campus (3701 Dean Drive).



He will discuss his book of poetry, “Resuscitivity.” Bigelow invented the word to mean “the ability to be resuscitated or revived with breath; inspired.”

“That is the extended metaphor of the entire book: how to be able to breathe again after the breath is taken away,” Bigelow says. “This book is a celebration of dying and living, an exhalation of what is human.”

The reading will take place from 5 to 6 p.m. with the book signing from 7 to 8 p.m.

The event is part of Ivy Tech Northeast’s fourth annual Now Read This! 2014 scholarship opportunity. Students and community members from northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio are invited to develop creative responses to “Resuscitivity,” and Ivy Tech Northeast will award one or more winners a scholarship of up to $1,000. “Creative responses” can entail anything from essays and multimedia entries to dance, music, or visual art.

Now Read This! promotes literacy and dialogue, allowing readers to enjoy the same book as other community members. To learn more, visit

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Ivy Tech Northeast to host roundtable discussion about fatherhood

Ivy Tech Community College Northeast, IPFW, Fort Wayne Girls Rock, and the Indiana-Purdue Student Government Association are working together to present Fatherhood: The First Class Seat, Part II. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 12 at Public Safety Academy: Ivy Tech South Campus (7602 Patriot Crossing).

The event, which focuses on the importance of fatherhood, will include a roundtable discussion with youth and community members and a dialogue lead by Anthony Payton, pastor at Come As You Are Community Church. The free event geared toward middle and high school students will also include students from Ivy Tech Northeast and IPFW serving as mentors.

“From a diversity standpoint especially, many of our youth as well as the student population we serve are affected by their interactionswith their father, or the lack of an interaction,” says Daysha Jackson, Student Affairs assistant vice chancellor at Ivy Tech Northeast. “This will be an opportunity for young people to share and identify with others who may also have had similar experiences. It will also help them come to grips with whatever relationship they may have with their fathers.”

Participants can RSVP by emailing

Part I of the event occurred on Feb. 13 at IPFW.

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