Student-run Kelty’s Kafé commences new semester this month at Ivy Tech Northeast

Kelty’s Kafé, a student-run deli at Ivy Tech Community College Northeast, will kick off Sept. 9 with a student-crafted menu around the theme “The Old West.”

Kelty’s Kafé, which welcomes both students and the community, is open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. most Wednesdays during the fall semester. It is located in Anthony Commons on Coliseum Campus, 3800 N. Anthony Blvd.

Each week, a different student in the Bakery Merchandising class chooses a theme and creates a menu for the lunch spot. Classmates run the entire operation, from cash register to cooking.

The first deli will offer the following menu:

ENTREES
Skirt steak sandwich
Chicken in a biscuit
Pork and beans chili

SIDES
Southwest radish slaw
Deep fried polenta sticks

BAKERY ITEMS
Ciabatta buns
Biscuits
S’more cheese cake
Fresh baked apple pie
Maple bacon cookies
Dulce de leche cookies
Pumpkin whoopee pies with chai tea cream cheese filling
Chocolate chili cupcakes
Mocha cupcakes

I think I’m an ‘old person’ in my class this semester

backtoschoollogoI walked into the room and took a seat near the front, because I was always a front-sitter and, apparently, I still am.

“Why do I have a computer for creative writing?” I thought, eyeballing the monitor in front of me.

The last time I took creative writing, more than a decade ago, the desks were pushed to form a large table in the center of the room, and everyone sat around it. The better to workshop with, my dear.

“Do you know how to raise this up?” the girl next to me asked, fiddling with a plastic piece on the table.

Did she want to raise the desk? The monitor? The keyboard?

“Um,” I said.

I am what you would call, I suppose, a non-traditional student. I’m 32. I’m married. I haven’t sat in a class since 2005, when computer labs were rare and the “old person” in the class did not stare back at me from a mirror.

“Is the syllabus online?” the girl next to me asked.

“Um,” I said.

Ivy Tech Northeast’s student body is an average of 27 years old, so I suppose it is traditional for me to be non-traditional, at least here. That somehow doesn’t make it any less … strange? No, that’s not the right word. Different? Unusual? New?

Yes, that’s it. Despite the fact that I’ve done this before, this feels new. Which means I’m excited–I’ve been looking forward to this class for months–but I’m hesitant: I am in this class because I love to write, but most of my classmates, I suspect, are still figuring out if they like to write. And I want to let them answer, and I want to see them succeed. But I’ve never been one to sit on my hands when a teacher asks a question, and, apparently, I’m still not. This week, I was excited to volunteer to read Lewis Carroll’s “Jabberwocky” aloud to the class. Familiar with it? A good chunk of the words are totally made up, which made reading it aloud a challenge, but a fun one.

Throughout my 16-week class, I’ll occasionally share updates with you about what it’s like to be “back to school.”

In the meantime, I’d love to hear your thoughts: Are you a non-traditional student, too? What was your first day like? Are you a 19-year-old who noticed that some of the folks in your class are your parents’ age? What was that like?

 

The pancake guy? He was flippin’ fun

Just outside the Marketing and Communications office on Coliseum Campus, there was a commotion: crowds milling about, clutching plates, and a man at a griddle. Was that a spatula through his head?

As part of the College’s “welcome back!” for students this week, Chris Cakes set up its traveling breakfast bar, serving up breakfast sausage and freshly made pancakes.

Trevor Muir of Chris Cakes works on his 4-foot grill to serve breakfast to students at Coliseum Campus on Thursday.

Trevor Muir of Chris Cakes works on his 4-foot grill to serve breakfast to students at Coliseum Campus on Thursday.

Chris Cakes is a franchise company with spots in 22 states. The company has fed four presidents (that’d be Obama, Bush senior, Bush junior, and Regan) and now, hundreds of Ivy Tech Northeast students and staff.

Trevor Muir, of Chris Cakes, uses a machine with four spouts to dispense batter onto the grill.

Trevor Muir, of Chris Cakes, uses a machine with four spouts to dispense batter onto the grill.

“I can feed 350 people an hour,” says Trevor Muir as he manned the 4-foot, 28-pancake grill. The company also has 8-foot and a 16-foot grills.

After doling out the flapjacks–sometimes by flinging the little cakes 10 feet across the hall to a student with an empty plate–Muir would make more with a metal compartment that rolled over the grill. The container, which holds 50 pounds of batter, had four spouts across its length, and Muir would roll it down the grill, stopping at intervals to dispense batter onto the grill.

Chris Cakes has been featured on Food Network at least 10 times, Muir says, and the most pancakes a Chris Cakes customer has chomped down is 77.

“He folded them and ate them,” Muir says. “No syrup. He’d take little sips of juice.”

Trevor Muir flips a flapjack to a student on Thursday on the Coliseum Campus.

Trevor Muir flips a flapjack to a student on Thursday on the Coliseum Campus.

Ivy Tech Northeast student Nick Lowden gets in position to catch a pancake.

Ivy Tech Northeast student Nick Lowden gets in position to catch a pancake.

College to host USMC car show, American Heart Association Heart Walk on Sept. 12

WHAT:
The USMC Cruz-In presents its fifth annual Car Show Stereo Competition and cruise-in.

WHEN:
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 12

DETAILS:
The competition benefits Hiking for Heroes and features live music by HotRod Kings. Cars, trucks, motorcycles, and lowriders pay a $10 entry fee. New this year, the cruise-in will include a lowrider bicycle category, which pays a $5 entry fee.

WHERE:
Ivy Tech Community College Northeast
Steel Dynamics, Inc. Keith E. Busse Technology Center parking lot
3701 Dean Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46835

 

WHAT:
The American Heart Association Heart Walk

WHEN:
8 a.m. Sept. 12

DETAILS:
The Heart Walk supports the northeast Indiana region of the American Heart Association, whose mission is to build healthy lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. To start a team or donate to an existing one, visit fortwayneheartwalk.org.

WHERE:
Ivy Tech Community College Northeast
North Campus
3701 Dean Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46835

College announces new hire, promotions

Ivy Tech Community College Northeast announces the following new employee and promotions:

  • Kim Munson is a new assistant professor in Medical Assisting.
  • Joyce Baker has been promoted to assistant director of Career Services.
  • Aja Michael-Keller has been promoted to director of events, enrichment, and conferencing.
  • Susan Divers has been promoted to director of special projects.

Ivy Tech to offer new special education concentration

Beginning fall 2015 semester, Ivy Tech Community College will offer a new concentration in the Education program: Special Education.

The addition of the Special Education concentration will allow students to be better prepared to meet the needs of today’s diverse learners. Like most states, Indiana has seen a significant increase in the number of children with special needs. The state also follows the national trend of including students with disabilities in the general classroom as much as possible.

Indiana is currently experiencing a significant shortage of teachers, especially in special education. The better trained teachers are in individualized instruction such as special education, the more likely those teachers are to find success in the schools.

“Our Education program began in 2006, and we have had frequent requests from students and area K-12 schools for a special ed degree,” says Laurie Johnson, the College’s statewide chair for the Education program and Ivy Tech Northeast’s Education program chair. “In K-12 education as a whole, special education is in the most demand in all 50 states, followed by mathematics and science.”

Earning an associate degree in Special Education will provide the training and field experience necessary to work with the K-12 special needs population. It is a 60-credit, four-semester degree that will transfer to many four-year universities in the state, including Western Governors University.

Learn more about the College’s Education program at IvyTech.edu/education.

College to host career event for trucking industry

WHAT:
On the Road to Your Career is a career day for those who would like to learn more about trucking-related programs at Ivy Tech Northeast.

WHEN:
2 to 6 p.m. Sept. 18

DETAILS:
Talk to local employers and WorkOne about your future in the trucking industry, and learn more about College programs including its commercial driver’s license training, new diesel program, and Supply Chain Management/Logistics.

WHERE:
The Steel Dynamics, Inc. Keith E. Busse Technology Center
Ivy Tech Community College Northeast
3701 Dean Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46835

Ivy Tech Northeast announces summer 2015 Dean’s List

Ivy Tech Community College Northeast is pleased to announce the summer 2015 Dean’s List. The Dean’s List, prepared and published each term, gives recognition to students who:

  • Are degree-seeking.
  • Achieve a minimum 3.50 grade point average in non-academic skills advancement courses with no Ds or Fs.
  • Earn six or more Ivy Tech credits during the semester.
  • Have earned at least 12 non-academic skills advancement credits during their course of study.

For a full list of students who have met those requirements, please see below. Students are listed alphabetically by county, city, and last name.

First Name Last Name City State
County
Michael Roll Berne IN Adams
Chloe Zurcher Berne IN Adams
Abby Busse Decatur IN Adams
Renea Counterman Decatur IN Adams
Erin Engstrom Decatur IN Adams
Samantha Franz Decatur IN Adams
Edward Resendez Decatur IN Adams
Landon Schlemmer Decatur IN Adams
Stephen Swisher Decatur IN Adams
Hillary Weber Decatur IN Adams
Jessica Butler Auburn IN Allen
Adam Advany Fort Wayne IN Allen
Jawad Alzayadi Fort Wayne IN Allen
Heather Arnold Fort Wayne IN Allen
Cody Arnold Fort Wayne IN Allen
Kimberly Ashley Fort Wayne IN Allen
Jesse Babb Fort Wayne IN Allen
Jada Bak Fort Wayne IN Allen
Brandon Barnette Fort Wayne IN Allen
Sarah Beachler Fort Wayne IN Allen
Dalton Beck Fort Wayne IN Allen
Jennifer Beer Fort Wayne IN Allen
Amy Beert Fort Wayne IN Allen
Miles Beloch Fort Wayne IN Allen
Amber Blackstone Fort Wayne IN Allen
Bradley Block Fort Wayne IN Allen
Derek Bogenschutz Fort Wayne IN Allen
Fernando Borjas Fort Wayne IN Allen
Jaron Bowersox Fort Wayne IN Allen
Steven Braun Fort Wayne IN Allen
Angela Briggs Fort Wayne IN Allen
Sierra Brown Fort Wayne IN Allen
Miranda Bulmahn Fort Wayne IN Allen
Angela Burgette Fort Wayne IN Allen
Rudolph Caciano Fort Wayne IN Allen
Bailey Campbell Fort Wayne IN Allen
Natalie Campbell Fort Wayne IN Allen
Jaquanda Capers Fort Wayne IN Allen
Morgan Cardenas Fort Wayne IN Allen
Elasha Carswell Fort Wayne IN Allen
Elasha Carswell Fort Wayne IN Allen
Ashton Chambers Fort Wayne IN Allen
Kristi Chapman Fort Wayne IN Allen
Kelsey Collar Fort Wayne IN Allen
Laurita Colvin Fort Wayne IN Allen
Marilyn Comstock Fort Wayne IN Allen
Cody Copenhaver Fort Wayne IN Allen
Cathi Counterman Fort Wayne IN Allen
Kathryn Countryman Fort Wayne IN Allen
John DiFlauro Fort Wayne IN Allen
John DiFlauro Fort Wayne IN Allen
Jordan Dillon Fort Wayne IN Allen
Amanda Distelrath Fort Wayne IN Allen
Mirsad Dogo Fort Wayne IN Allen
Chantal Dube Fort Wayne IN Allen
Collin Dukes Fort Wayne IN Allen
Ashley Duque Fort Wayne IN Allen
Haley Durbin Fort Wayne IN Allen
Manuel Eguia Fort Wayne IN Allen
Norreka Elkins Fort Wayne IN Allen
Rebecca Evans Fort Wayne IN Allen
Ashley Fanson Fort Wayne IN Allen
Nathan Ferrise Fort Wayne IN Allen
Dominic Floyd Fort Wayne IN Allen
Ashley Garbacz Fort Wayne IN Allen
Jennifer George Fort Wayne IN Allen
Ashley Gladin Fort Wayne IN Allen
Frank Goguen Fort Wayne IN Allen
Eric Gollenberg Fort Wayne IN Allen
Dale Gosnell Fort Wayne IN Allen
Travis Hadden Fort Wayne IN Allen
Ian Hale Fort Wayne IN Allen
Shakila Hardy Fort Wayne IN Allen
Dionne Hayes Fort Wayne IN Allen
Alyssa Heath Fort Wayne IN Allen
Robert Helt Fort Wayne IN Allen
Jose Hernandez Fort Wayne IN Allen
Dana Higgins Fort Wayne IN Allen
Tanya Higgins Fort Wayne IN Allen
Elvie Hilker Fort Wayne IN Allen
Nyota Hinton Fort Wayne IN Allen
Aimee Hodges Fort Wayne IN Allen
Sara Householder Fort Wayne IN Allen
Sa Htwe Fort Wayne IN Allen
Amanda Hubbard Fort Wayne IN Allen
Bonnie Irving Fort Wayne IN Allen
Alejandro Ivey Fort Wayne IN Allen
Reginald Jackson Fort Wayne IN Allen
Rebecca Jacob Fort Wayne IN Allen
Matthew Jenkins Fort Wayne IN Allen
Peter Keller Fort Wayne IN Allen
Jennifer Kohler Fort Wayne IN Allen
Hayden Koontz Fort Wayne IN Allen
Nicole Kosinski Fort Wayne IN Allen
Aquaysha Kyles Fort Wayne IN Allen
Kenneth Lamb Fort Wayne IN Allen
Catharine Lautzenheiser Fort Wayne IN Allen
Jared Loe Fort Wayne IN Allen
Jessica Lowrey Fort Wayne IN Allen
Shannon Lude Fort Wayne IN Allen
Joseph Luyben Fort Wayne IN Allen
Ariel Manuel Fort Wayne IN Allen
Gabrielle Marcano Fort Wayne IN Allen
Mari Martin Fort Wayne IN Allen
Sharon Martinez Fort Wayne IN Allen
Courtney Mattern Fort Wayne IN Allen
Cameron McBain Fort Wayne IN Allen
Crystal Mccorkle Fort Wayne IN Allen
Steven McDowell Fort Wayne IN Allen
Caitlin McLeland Fort Wayne IN Allen
James Meagher Fort Wayne IN Allen
Mark Mettler Fort Wayne IN Allen
Brian Mills Fort Wayne IN Allen
Jeffrey Mills Fort Wayne IN Allen
Terriloyn Miodus Fort Wayne IN Allen
Joshua Morris Fort Wayne IN Allen
Marsha Musleh Fort Wayne IN Allen
Melany Nahrwold Fort Wayne IN Allen
Kellcey Nichols Fort Wayne IN Allen
Meghan Oetinger Fort Wayne IN Allen
Lauren Otis Fort Wayne IN Allen
Tara Owen Fort Wayne IN Allen
Brittany Paige Fort Wayne IN Allen
Ashley Perkins Fort Wayne IN Allen
Bethany Pinney Fort Wayne IN Allen
Nia Rainer Fort Wayne IN Allen
Colin Reighter Fort Wayne IN Allen
Devin Renkenberger Fort Wayne IN Allen
Mark Reyes Fort Wayne IN Allen
Adam Rittermeyer Fort Wayne IN Allen
Theresa Roberts Fort Wayne IN Allen
Jeremy Rockstroh Fort Wayne IN Allen
Victoria Rogers Fort Wayne IN Allen
James Roque Fort Wayne IN Allen
Sable Roudebush Fort Wayne IN Allen
Kyra Salter Fort Wayne IN Allen
Eric Sanderlin Fort Wayne IN Allen
Eric Sanderlin Fort Wayne IN Allen
Eric Sanderlin Fort Wayne IN Allen
Maurita Saunders Fort Wayne IN Allen
Emily Scheiwe Fort Wayne IN Allen
Brandon Schmidt Fort Wayne IN Allen
Suzanne Schmitt Fort Wayne IN Allen
Alex Serna Fort Wayne IN Allen
Mukdah Shwe Fort Wayne IN Allen
Holly Sides Fort Wayne IN Allen
Logan Simerman Fort Wayne IN Allen
Brittany Small Fort Wayne IN Allen
Tammy Smith Fort Wayne IN Allen
Joseph Spell Fort Wayne IN Allen
Jessica Stephens Fort Wayne IN Allen
Timmie Stotlar Fort Wayne IN Allen
Matthew Tackett Fort Wayne IN Allen
David Tarbet Fort Wayne IN Allen
Tracy Taylor Fort Wayne IN Allen
Myo Thu Fort Wayne IN Allen
Erin Toensing Fort Wayne IN Allen
Joseph Van Buren Fort Wayne IN Allen
Shannon Vance Fort Wayne IN Allen
Jessica Vazquez Fort Wayne IN Allen
Mathew Vowles Fort Wayne IN Allen
Justin Wagner Fort Wayne IN Allen
Michael Walters Fort Wayne IN Allen
Jacob Welbaum Fort Wayne IN Allen
Lindsey Wells Fort Wayne IN Allen
Amy Wilcoxson Fort Wayne IN Allen
Kristie Wilkins Fort Wayne IN Allen
Sydney Wilkins Fort Wayne IN Allen
Janice Williams Fort Wayne IN Allen
Ashley Williams Fort Wayne IN Allen
Christopher Williams Fort Wayne IN Allen
Elizabeth Wright Fort Wayne IN Allen
Brenda Zemaitis Fort Wayne IN Allen
Tatyana Zhukova Fort Wayne IN Allen
Monica Bowers Harlan IN Allen
Andrea Buhl Huntertown IN Allen
Andrea Buhl Huntertown IN Allen
Katherine Eubank Huntertown IN Allen
Kayleigh Housel Huntertown IN Allen
Matthew Kral Huntertown IN Allen
Trampus Perry Leo IN Allen
Gina Perry Leo IN Allen
Ricky Rhymer Monroeville IN Allen
Leah Rorick Monroeville IN Allen
Jasmine Stippich Monroeville IN Allen
Matthew Bandor New Haven IN Allen
Norma Blackmon New Haven IN Allen
Todd Bradley New Haven IN Allen
Scott Ferguson New Haven IN Allen
Katherine Johnson New Haven IN Allen
Brittany Kaufman New Haven IN Allen
David Klages New Haven IN Allen
Tonya Smith New Haven IN Allen
Jennifer Walker New Haven IN Allen
Kara West New Haven IN Allen
McKayla Kilburn Roanoke IN Allen
Adam Wilson Roanoke IN Allen
Samantha Schlangen Woodburn IN Allen
Helena Duke Auburn IN De Kalb
Tammy Grimm Auburn IN De Kalb
Mariah Hamman Auburn IN De Kalb
Sarina Harig Auburn IN De Kalb
Kelby Hoeppner Auburn IN De Kalb
Jillian Inlow Auburn IN De Kalb
Haley Reed Auburn IN De Kalb
Courtney Renfrow Auburn IN De Kalb
Joseph Wiley Auburn IN De Kalb
Kelsi Zerns Auburn IN De Kalb
Tanya Hepworth Butler IN De Kalb
Mellisa Willibey Butler IN De Kalb
Christopher Burch Garrett IN De Kalb
Jessica Collins Garrett IN De Kalb
Angela Comment Garrett IN De Kalb
Michael Reneau Garrett IN De Kalb
Stacie Ullom Hamilton IN De Kalb
Sarah Shake Spencerville IN De Kalb
Teresa Garner Waterloo IN De Kalb
Alyssa Tompkins Waterloo IN De Kalb
Brianna Kern Muncie IN Delaware
Keith Johnston Millersburg IN Elkhart
Kassandra Rigsby New Paris IN Elkhart
Kassandra Rigsby New Paris IN Elkhart
Brandon Boyko Huntington IN Huntington
Kimberly Cardin Huntington IN Huntington
Tara Eltzroth Huntington IN Huntington
Sydney Evans Huntington IN Huntington
Cassie Odquist Huntington IN Huntington
Teresa Parrett Huntington IN Huntington
Joseph Schroder Huntington IN Huntington
Christopher Seifried Huntington IN Huntington
Sandra Brickley Markle IN Huntington
Gena Hicks Roanoke IN Huntington
LaRanda Pasko Roanoke IN Huntington
Lea Gamble Warren IN Huntington
Kayla Cissom Pierceton IN Kosciusko
Cole Love Pierceton IN Kosciusko
Jaime Garcia Syracuse IN Kosciusko
Scott Lawton Warsaw IN Kosciusko
Megan Whitaker Warsaw IN Kosciusko
Raphael Wolff Warsaw IN Kosciusko
Karyn Brumbaugh Winona Lake IN Kosciusko
Stephanie Troyer LaGrange IN Lagrange
Christopher Thomas Mongo IN Lagrange
Devin Schnelle Lowell IN Lake
Bradley Stark Saint John IN Lake
Lorna Thomas Indianapolis IN Marion
Lorna Thomas Indianapolis IN Marion
Justin Buchert Plymouth IN Marshall
Chase Bixler Albion IN Noble
Cody Leffers Albion IN Noble
Cody Leffers Albion IN Noble
Brandon Richhart Albion IN Noble
Kristina Stover Albion IN Noble
Michael Dudley Avilla IN Noble
Abigail Larrison Avilla IN Noble
Abigail Larrison Avilla IN Noble
Megan Rodenbeck Avilla IN Noble
Amber Johnson Churubusco IN Noble
Courtney Casselman Kendallville IN Noble
Mariana Garcia Kendallville IN Noble
Robert Isaacs Kendallville IN Noble
Nickole Krause Kendallville IN Noble
Lindsey Wagner Kendallville IN Noble
Jessica Kemerly Laotto IN Noble
Pedro Ruvalcaba Ligonier IN Noble
Brooke Matthews Greencastle IN Putnam
Sierra Conway Angola IN Steuben
Crystal Howald Angola IN Steuben
Chad Samulak Angola IN Steuben
Lindsay Steury Angola IN Steuben
Tina Willis Angola IN Steuben
David Kamer Fremont IN Steuben
Paige Shipe Hudson IN Steuben
Colette Randol LaGrange IN Steuben
Daniele McMinn Orland IN Steuben
Heather Vanlandingham Wabash IN Wabash
Sydney Cook Bluffton IN Wells
Tiffany Jellison Bluffton IN Wells
Dylan Markley Bluffton IN Wells
Kristy Neuenschwander Bluffton IN Wells
Lana Smith Bluffton IN Wells
Ashley Weber Bluffton IN Wells
Jonathon Wyatt Bluffton IN Wells
Lydia Yaste Bluffton IN Wells
Rachel Towle Ossian IN Wells
Sheri Whitney Uniondale IN Wells
Russell Cochran Churubusco IN Whitley
Russell Cochran Churubusco IN Whitley
Daylen Schinbeckler Churubusco IN Whitley
Ashley Spillers Churubusco IN Whitley
Robert Bose Columbia City IN Whitley
Kathryn Green Columbia City IN Whitley
Jami Heaston Columbia City IN Whitley
Pamela Mullins Columbia City IN Whitley
Clayton Omelian Columbia City IN Whitley
Brittany Rohrer Columbia City IN Whitley
Jason Snell Columbia City IN Whitley
Audrey Schultheis Roanoke IN Whitley
Amber Peters South Whitley IN Whitley
Samantha Norton Coldwater MI Branch
Jason White Hicksville OH Defiance
Lacey Ross Scott OH Van Wert
Nicole Gehres Van Wert OH Van Wert
Edward Mountz Edon OH Williams

Informational event targets prospective students

WHAT:
At Envisioning Your Future, Ivy Tech Community College Northeast wants to tell nontraditional students about the breadth of options and help available to them from the College. This event is ideal for those who’ve completed their High School Equivalency/GED, students who’ve never been to college, employees looking to make a career change or anyone who is unemployed, underemployed, or looking to gain new skills in their field.

WHEN:
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 18

DETAILS:
Attendees will learn more about the following departments and programs at Ivy Tech Northeast:

  • Admissions / Express Enrollment Center
  • Financial Aid
  • Career Services
  • Student Life
  • Disability Support Services
  • Center for Academic Excellence
  • ASAP
  • Program information (certificates, technical certificates, and associate degrees)
  • Corporate College (short-term training programs)
  • American Honors
  • Questa Scholars

Plus, attendees will receive a free T-shirt and lunch.

To RSVP, contact Tanya Young at tyoung42@ivytech.edu or 480-4196.

WHERE:
Ivy Tech Community College
Student Life Center, North Campus
3701 Dean Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46835

Vice chancellor accepted to national leadership institute

Chris Cathcart, vice chancellor for Student Affairs at Ivy Tech Community College Northeast, has been accepted into the 2015 Thomas Lakin Institute for Mentored Leadership.

Cathcart

Cathcart

The institute is a national professional development activity, sponsored by the Presidents’ Round Table of African-American CEOs of Community Colleges. Based in Pennsylvania, it assists participants in their executive management pursuits.

Cathcart will attend the October event in Atlanta, where he will participate in interactive, week-long workshops covering topics including building a culture of commitment, leadership and diversity, leading in stressful times, and fundraising.

As part of the application process, Cathcart submitted letters of recommendation. Ivy Tech Northeast’s chancellor, Jerrilee K. Mosier, wrote, “I can count on Chris to bring those issues to the table that are pertinent to the well-being and success of the region. He works well as a member of the overall team, even at times when it is not easy to do so. He is thoughtful in his review of issues and looks at all sides.”

Cathcart serves on the statewide Ivy Tech Diversity Committee and several other key initiative task forces. Regionally, he is active in the College’s African American Male Initiative. Locally, he serves on boards for Wunderkammer Company, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana, and Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne.

“It is an honor to be chosen for this prestigious and very selective organization. It is an opportunity to learn from some of the best community college leaders in the country,” Cathcart says. “I hope that participating will let me share some of the great things we’re doing at Ivy Tech Northeast and to connect with other senior administrators who can share best practices and success stories that will benefit us as we strive to support the needs of northeast Indiana.”