Ivy Tech Northeast raises more than $70,000 for student scholarships at annual A Reason to Taste event

In its third year, Ivy Tech Community College Northeast’s A Reason to Taste: City of Lights raised more than $70,000 through corporate sponsorships, silent auction funds, and fund-a-need donations. Money raised benefits student scholarships through the the Ivy Tech Foundation. The event took place the evening of Oct. 25 in the Student Life Center on Ivy Tech Northeast’s North Campus (3701 Dean Drive, Fort Wayne).

A Reason to Taste had delicious food and was beautifully coordinated. It was also one of the classiest events I’ve been a part of in nearly 30 years of hosting events,” says 21Alive news anchor Melissa Long. “I’m amazed by the great turn-out and with Ivy Tech reaching its fundraising objectives. It was a fantastic evening all the way around, and I know Tommy (Schoegler) feels the same way.”

Long and Schoegler served as emcees for the evening.

 From left: Heather Schoegler, Tommy Schoegler, and Melissa Long have their photos snapped at the photo booth for guests. Tommy Schoegler and Long, media personalities with 21Alive, served as emcees for A Reason to Taste: City of Lights.

From left: Heather Schoegler, Tommy Schoegler, and Melissa Long have their photos snapped at the photo booth for guests. Tommy Schoegler and Long, media personalities with 21Alive, served as emcees for A Reason to Taste: City of Lights.

At A Reason to Taste: City of Lights, guests experienced a multi-course menu prepared by hospitality administration students who won an opportunity to study culinary arts in France for two weeks. Students created the menu, cooked, and served the food at the fundraiser.

“Everything served was my favorite because I’m a foodie,” says Cheri Becker, Greater Fort Wayne Inc. vice president of leadership and community engagement. “The culinary arts students exceeded expectations. Restaurateurs from around the country should come to Fort Wayne when they’re looking to hire. These students are awesome.”

Bryce Verfaillie, at left, plates food at A Reason to Taste: City of Lights. Verfaillie and other students converted a hallway in the Student Life Center into their prep area for the multi-course fundraising dinner.

Bryce Verfaillie, at left, plates food at A Reason to Taste: City of Lights. Verfaillie and other students converted a hallway in the Student Life Center into their prep area for the multi-course fundraising dinner.

For the first time, guests had the opportunity to bid online for silent auction items including a wide array of donations: jewelry, restaurant and local business gift cards, trips, children’s items, and more.

“I liked the retro and sleek look of the venue, especially the bar set,” says Ryan Twiss, director of the Big Goal Collaborative. “I also liked the high-tech approach to the auction bidding and the availability of the charging stations for smartphones.”

 For A Reason to Taste: City of Lights, the Student Life Center gym transformed from a space for basketball to a setting fit for a multi-course French feast.

For A Reason to Taste: City of Lights, the Student Life Center gym transformed from a space for basketball to a setting fit for a multi-course French feast.

Next year’s event has been scheduled for Oct. 24, 2015. Those who are interested in sponsorship opportunities and/or serving on the planning committee can contact Kelli Brandenberger at kbrandenberger@ivytech.edu or 260-481-2243.

PHOTOS
Visit Ivy Tech Northeast’s flickr page at flickr.com/photos/ivytechfortwayne to see photos from the event, which can be used for publication. (Captions below.)

VIDEOS
Check out two videos on the College’s YouTube channel featuring students and faculty who make A Reason to Taste come to life:

SPONSORS
Presenting sponsor Parkview Health; reception sponsor Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 166; media sponsor ABC 21Alive; 3Rivers Federal Credit Union; Asher Agency; Auburn Gear; Barnes & Thornburg LLP; BF Goodrich; Brooks Construction Company Inc.; Robert Dettmer, M.D.; Do It Best Corp.; Fort Wayne Metals; Frontier Communications; The Hagerman Group; KB Search Team; Lincoln Financial Group; Patrick and Sandra May; Midwest Pipe & Steel, Inc.; MSKTD & Associates, Inc.; Micropulse, Inc.; NIPSCO; Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership—Regional Chamber of Northeast Indiana; Sweetwater Sound Inc.

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Ivy Tech Northeast takes home eight awards at regional marketing event

The Marketing and Communications office at Ivy Tech Community College Northeast received eight Medallion Awards, including two golds, at the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations (or NCMPR) District 3 Conference in Green Bay, Wis., this evening.

The six-person staff won medallions in the following areas:

  • Communications success story, for INSPIRE Academy: Northeast Indiana’s Best Dancers – Sasha Mallory (gold medal)
  • Wild Card, for Finding Ivy Comic graphic novel produced by Ivy Tech Northeast students (gold medal)
  • Magazine, for Inside Ivy Tech, a quarterly college publication (silver medal)
  • Feature writing, for Going whole hog—literally (silver medal)
  • Novelty advertising, for Paper airplane with ticket direct mail marketing the aviation maintenance technology program (silver medal)
  • Special event promotion, for A Reason to Taste: Golden Gala (silver medal)
  • Successful recruitment or marketing program, for Industry professional communication project (silver medal)
  • Social media or online marketing campaign, for Meme marketing campaign (bronze medal)
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Huntington County center to offer open enrollment classes beginning next month

The Huntington Vocational Technical Building, which is the future home of the Huntington County Community Learning Center, will offer open enrollment classes beginning in November. All classes will be run through Ivy Tech Corporate College at the College’s Huntington location, 2201 N. Jefferson St. in Huntington.

The following classes will be available:

  • Gas Metal Arc Welding*; 5 to 9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays Nov. 3, 2014, to Jan. 28, 2015
  • Computer Numeric Controller Operator*; 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays Nov. 4, 2014, to April 30, 2015
  • Certified Nursing Assistant*; noon to 6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays Nov. 10 to 22; time to be determined clinical days Nov. 24 to Dec. 20
  • OSHA 10-hour General Industry; 8 a.m. to noon Dec. 1, 3, and 5 ($229)
  • National Electrical Code Update; 8 a.m. to noon Jan 5 and 6, 2015 ($275)
  • OSHA 30-Hour General Industry; 8 a.m. to noon Mondays to Thursdays Feb. 2 to 13, 2015 ($615)

To sign up for classes, contact Ann Travis at Corporate College at atravis@ivytech.edu or 260-480-4118.

*The first three classes are eligible for Work One funding. For more information, contact Work One at 260-356-7109.

The Huntington County Community Learning Center will provide training and education for students and adults to meet employer needs.

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Ivy Tech Northeast construction program receives $2,250 service engagement grant

Ivy Tech Community College Northeast is receiving a $2,250 Service Engagement Grant from the Indiana Campus Compact for the College’s Safety Village application. It will use the grant to make repairs to Safety Village.

Safety Village is a space that teaches children about fire-safety education. Located directly behind the Public Safety Academy: Ivy Tech South Campus, Safety Village consists of 30 small buildings and a downtown area with 16 structures. It is the largest public-education site of its kind in the country, and an on-site classroom combines Ivy Tech Northeast’s police- and fire-safety education programs. The project is an on-going one for Ivy Tech Northeast construction students and allows the College to continue to support an educational resource for children in the community.

Many of the aging structures at Safety Village require restoration, and construction technology students are working to update many of the buildings. The grant specifically will help fund materials needed to reroof two miniature houses, re-side one skyscraper replica, and replace aging doors on another structure.

“Construction students will have a chance to put the skills that they learn in the classroom into action,” said Ryan Voorhees, construction technology program chair. “The Safety Village is a perfect match for our classes, as the buildings provide just the right amount of work to fill out our regular laboratory times. Even better, students appreciate the fact that their labor is helping a good cause.”

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Beth Scholer, Caregivers Kitchen, wins 2014 New Venture Competition at Ivy Tech Northeast

Scholer

Scholer

Beth Scholer has been named the fourth champion of Ivy Tech Community College Northeast’s New Venture Competition, which took place Thursday evening on Ivy Tech Northeast’s Coliseum Campus.

Scholer has been working on her business, Caregivers Kitchen, for more than five years. She works with companies to teach cooking classes to at-home caregivers. Often, caregivers lack even basic cooking skills—she shared anecdotes of one woman trying to brew coffee beans whole and another who didn’t realize an egg would explode if cooked in the microwave. Through testing caregivers before and after her classes, she has seen test scores increase an average of 30 percent.

“I had butterflies in my stomach,” she said after she learned she’d won. “I was thrilled. I felt like the work I put into it up until that point, it was paying off.”

Scholer and two other finalists—Heather Overmyer of Events from Above, and Maggie Kitch of Pure Power Nutrition—gave 15-minute presentations to the room of judges, made up of 40-plus local business people and entrepreneurs. After the women’s presentations, judges were allowed an additional 15 minutes for a question-and-answer session. The judges had been provided the contestants’ business plans prior to the event.

Watch a short video for Scholer’s business—and for Overmyer’s and Kitch’s—at YouTube.com/user/ivytechnortheast. Choose the “New Venture Competition” playlist.

In its fourth year, the New Venture Competition is sponsored by Dave and Mary Bear of JB Tool, Die & Engineering Inc.

 From left: James Tolbert, business administration assistant professor; Dave and Mary Bear of event sponsor JB Tool, Die & Engineering Inc.; Scholer; and Ivy Tech Northeast chancellor Jerrilee Mosier.

From left: James Tolbert, business administration assistant professor; Dave and Mary Bear of event sponsor JB Tool, Die & Engineering Inc.; Scholer; and Ivy Tech Northeast chancellor Jerrilee Mosier.

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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. 10 with a student-crafted menu around the theme “Sandwich Shop.”

Kelty’s Kafé, which welcomes both students and the community, is open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. most Wednesdays through Dec. 3 in Anthony Commons on Coliseum Campus, 3800 N. Anthony Blvd. The café is closed Nov. 26.

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.

Here is the full schedule of menu themes:

Sept. 10:                                Sandwich Shop
Sept. 17:                                Caribbean
Sept. 24:                                BBQ
Oct. 1:                                    Junk Food Alley
Oct. 8:                                    Pub Food
Oct. 15:                                  Italian
Oct. 22:                                  Southern Comfort
Oct. 29:                                  Halloween Week
Nov. 5:                                   Greek Feast
Nov. 12:                                 Surprise
Nov. 19:                                 Giving Thanks
Dec. 3:                                   British Isles

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Accelerated classes at Ivy Tech Northeast provide three additional start dates for Fall 2014 semester

Ivy Tech Community College Northeast is offering numerous accelerated classes this semester in addition to the traditional 16-week semester, which started last week. Twelve- and four-week classes begin Sept. 22. Eight- and four-week classes begin Oct. 20. The final set of four-week classes begin Nov. 17.

The classes—which are shorter than those during the traditional 16-week semester—provide a number of benefits for students:

  • Those who missed registration have the opportunity to sign up for the Fall 2014 semester.
  • Currently registered students can add a class or two, allowing them to finish with their coursework sooner.
  • Because accelerated classes meet less often than 16-week classes, students save on gas and time.
  • Many students find it easier to stay focused on their coursework during the quicker pace of these classes.

Classes are available in areas including English, math, business, computer information, aviation, and more. Students can enroll in classes offered on any of the three main campuses or on a number of community campuses throughout Ivy Tech Northeast’s nine regions.

For more information, students can visit IvyTech.edu/northeast/latestart, visit the Express Enrollment Center at the Student Life Center (3701 Dean Drive), or call Admissions at 260-480-4268.

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