Have you grabbed your kindness cards yet?

As a part of Black History Month, the College is also celebrating Random Acts of Kindness this February. Boards are up in the Student Life Center and Coliseum Campus to give you some ideas.

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How does it work?

  1. Check out the board.
  2. Pick a card or two that appeals to you. Maybe you want to be a little more polite in traffic or leave a huge tip for a server. Maybe you want to share a genuine compliment with someone or visit someone who might be lonely.
  3. Perform the act. Then, if you want, share about it on social media with #IvyRAOK and #IvyTech.

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Want some other ideas? Buzzfeed shared 101, and the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation even breaks it down by area–acts you can do at work, during the holidays, at school, with your family, and the like.

What are some of your favorite ideas?

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College celebrates entrepreneurs this week

The 11th annual National Entrepreneurship Week is Feb. 20 to 24, designed to encourage new entrepreneurs and honor the community’s current entrepreneurs.

This is the first year Ivy Tech Community College Northeast will participate. The College’s goal is threefold:

Pete and Alice Eshelman will share the story of starting their business, Joseph Decuis, discussing the struggles, challenges, and successes. The talk will conclude with a Q&A.
11 a.m. Feb. 21 in CC2348/50 on Coliseum Campus (3800 N. Anthony Blvd., Fort Wayne)
Get directions



Andrew Smittie is studying Business Administration at Ivy Tech Northeast and plans to graduate in fall 2017. He competed in the 2016 New Venture Competition for his business, Green E-Waste Miracles LLC, a materials recovery company that focuses on environmental waste material no longer accepted by trash collection companies or landfills. He is also in the running to be a New Venture Competition finalist this year. View a video about Smittie and his business from last year’s competition on YouTube. Contact Smittie at detective.asmittie@gmail.com or 260-255-0765.

Special Cuisines dinner to offer up Spanish, Greek menu Feb. 23

For Ivy Tech Community College Northeast’s next Special Cuisines dinner of the semester, students will serve up an Italian menu:

  • Appetizer: Cured meats and pickled vegetables
  • Starter: Cantalonian tomato baguettes
  • Soup: Shrimp and bell pepper soup with garlic sauce
  • Salad: Greek country bean salad
  • Entrée: Classic paella with chicken

Reservations are available at two times: 5 and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23. To make reservations, which are required, visit IvyTech.edu/northeast/dinners. You can also call 260-481-2243.

Dinners are served in the Hospitality Room (door 24, which is located on the back of the building and faces Coliseum Boulevard) on Coliseum Campus (3800 N. Anthony Blvd.) and run $25. Pay on-site with cash, check, or charge. Wine is available for $5 a glass or $15 a bottle.

Easterseals Arc, FWCS, Ivy Tech Northeast partnership creates pre-employment training opportunities

Easterseals Arc of Northeast Indiana, Fort Wayne Community Schools and Ivy Tech Community College Northeast are partnering through a state grant to provide pre-employment transitional services to qualifying Wayne High School students with disabilities this spring.

Indiana’s Vocational Rehabilitation Services program issued the grant to Easterseals Arc last July. The grant is preparing students to learn and enhance their skills in five areas: job-exploration counseling, post-secondary education, self-advocacy, work-based learning experiences and workplace-readiness training. Participant eligibility requires that students either have an individualized education program (IEP) or 504 plan, which both serve as blueprints for meeting a child’s or young adult’s special education needs at school.

As Easterseals Arc began preparing the grant, the organization approached FWCS about the potential partnership, and FWCS officials identified Wayne High School as the school with the greatest need as it relates to pre-employment transitional services.

“In the past two years, our school—for its part in working with special needs students—has made a big push toward project-based learning. Our special needs students currently maintain a greenhouse, a lunch café and a supplies store within the school,” says John Houser, principal of Wayne High School. “I’m excited to see this partnership with Easterseals Arc and Ivy Tech because it will make the available training opportunities more rigorous, more real life.”

Pre-employment transitional training for eight students began Jan. 17 and will conclude May 11. During the 18-week, work-rotation schedule, the students will gain work experience in the following four areas at Ivy Tech Northeast: administrative services, catering/culinary, groundskeeping and janitorial/housekeeping.

Students will also be earning Indiana’s food handler certification during their training experience.

“Ivy Tech is proud to provide work experiences to individuals with disabilities,” says Kassandra Flanagan, program manager for Ivy Tech Northeast’s Workforce Alignment. “These experiences will not only provide skills training in various areas of our campus’ facilities, these experiences will also provide a stepping stone for one’s independence and self-worth.”

The students are divided into two groups—four students per group. Group A students train on Mondays and Tuesdays and participate in classroom learning on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Group B students train on Wednesdays and Thursdays and participate in classroom learning on Mondays and Tuesdays. On Fridays, the students focus collectively on self-advocacy and post-secondary education by visiting local colleges, hosting guest speakers and taking employment-related field trips.

Easterseals Arc is also providing each student with a small stipend to help incentivize participation while students are training at Ivy Tech Northeast.

“This collaboration with Easterseals Arc, Ivy Tech and FWCS has been a great opportunity for all parties,” says Thomas Summerville, director of adult day, transitions and employment services at Easterseals Arc. “Wayne High School’s entire administration has been phenomenal, and Ivy Tech continues to provide Easterseals Arc with great resources to help enhance the education and employability of individuals with disabilities. Easterseals Arc’s hope is to expand this pre-employment transitional services program to more schools inside and outside of the FWCS network.”

More than 6,000 marriages in the U.S. a day, & other V-day stats

Love is a many splendored thing.


Love is a dog from hell.

Whether you agree with Paul Francis Webster (the splendored song writer) or Charles Bukowski (the dog-from-hell poet), Valentine’s Day is a multi-million dollar industry. History.com has some pretty fascinating by-the-numbers facts on it (no matter your view on the subject).

25.7: Pounds of candy consumed per American per year

34: Number of single men 65 or older for every 100 single women 65 or older

57 and 60: Percent of American women and men, respectively, 15 and older who are currently married

119: Number of single men in their 20s for every 100 single women in their 20s

6,000: Number of marriages a day in the United States

43,322: Number of Americans employed at chocolate companies

141 million: Number of cards exchanged on Valentine’s Day

And then, here’s just one more number for you …

4: Number of valentines below for you to print out and give to your favorite people



College celebrates statewide Days of Service this week

The statewide Days of Service project encourages students and employees to participate in hands-on service projects organized with the community and non-profits across the state. Locally, there are a variety of events planned this week.

Learn more at IvyTech.edu/daysofservice.

Bites, Books, and Buddies
Donate new or like-new children’s books, to be given to at-risk youth, and make a stuffed animal book buddy, too. Food will be provided.
5 to 6 p.m. Feb. 13, Public Safety Academy: Ivy Tech South Campus (7602 Patriot Crossing, Fort Wayne, get directions), first floor commons
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 15, North Campus (3701 Dean Drive, Fort Wayne, get directions), Student Life Center commons
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 16, Coliseum Campus (3800 N. Anthony Blvd., Fort Wayne, get directions), Crescent Commons (behind the security desk)

Spread the Love of Reading V-Day Party
Participants will write Valentine’s Day cards for Ivy Tech Northeast pen pals at West Noble Elementary School. Cards and sweet treats included.
Noon to 2 p.m. Coliseum Campus (3800 N. Anthony Blvd., Fort Wayne, get directions), room CC1602

Wabash Campus to host Monopoly Night fundraiser

Monopoly Night is a fundraiser for Ivy Tech Community College Northeast’s Wabash Campus. For $25 per adult ticket, participants play Monopoly, dine, and bid on silent auction items and desserts. Tickets for children 12 and younger are $6. To purchase tickets, visit ivytechmonopoly.eventbrite.com.

All funds raised will benefit student scholarships at the Wabash Campus. For additional questions or sponsorship information, contact Pam Guthrie at pguthrie@ivytech.edu.

6 to 9:30 p.m. March 24

Honeywell Center
275 W. Market St.
Wabash, IN 46992

Darryl Esterline appointed newest regional board member



Darryl Esterline, business representative of Sheet Metal Workers Local 20 and President of Northeast Indiana Building Trades, was recently appointed to Ivy Tech Community College Northeast’s Regional Board of Trustees. Esterline has accepted the three-year term and will represent labor. As a member of the regional board, Esterline will support the college’s vision, mission, and goals; embrace the College’s strategic plan and values; and be instrumental in well-representing the College within the labor community.

Esterline takes every opportunity he can to better the area in which he works and lives. He also believes his industry goes hand-in-hand with Ivy Tech, as both work hard to provide education and opportunities to those in every walk of life.

“I appreciate Ivy Tech Northeast’s commitment to education in northeast Indiana and its ongoing partnership with the building trades apprenticeship programs,” says Esterline. “Ivy Tech makes an impact wherever it is and expands its horizons to stay current and versatile.”

He especially wants to generate some additional exposure to nationally recognized apprenticeship programming partnership between Ivy Tech and many of the building trades. Apprenticeship programs are typically three to five years of on-the-job and in-the-classroom training. Each accredited program participant earns while they learn and upon completion of their apprenticeship program with a trade, the individual receives an associate degree from Ivy Tech Community College. Training is generally at no cost to the apprentice, which means the individual earns a degree with no student loan debt. All of this is value added, while making a fair wage for an honest day’s work in the industry along with ongoing health and retirement benefits throughout your program and career.

Over the next two to five years, Esterline hopes his position on the board will help open doors to more individuals into the labor industry, which will give them access to not only education at Ivy Tech but to apprenticeship programs through Ivy Tech, the Sheet Metal Workers, and all building trades.

Ivy Tech Northeast announces IvyLiving enrichment class in artistic welding beginning March 4

This spring, Ivy Tech Community College Northeast will continue offering IvyLiving classes—non-credit personal enrichment classes geared toward diverse community interests. Six IvyLiving courses are scheduled to run at different times between March to May. To learn more and sign-up for classes, visit IvyTech.edu/northeast/living.

Artistic Welding—Trash to Treasure

Travel to OmniSource as a group during the first class, where you’ll dig through one-of-a-kind scrap metal for your artistic welding project. During the second class, you’ll be creating unique take-home art in Ivy Tech Northeast’s modern welding lab.

March 4 and 11
9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Cost: $125
Registration Deadline: Feb. 25

The Steel Dynamics, Inc. Keith E. Busse Technology Center
3701 Dean Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46835

Comedians & drums & basketball games & more

Yesterday, the Student Life Center housed TWO fun events for students.

Project Equality hosted Maggie Maye, a Texas-based comedian who was on Conan in 2015, and a coffee cart from A Cup Above Catering, serving up custom lattes and hot drinks. The Student Life Center had a little mobile coffee house right inside its main hallway.

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As part of the College’s Black History Month celebration, Omotayo Rite of Passage performed and taught students and staff how to play African drums.

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The Journal Gazette even showed up and took this great video. Make sure your volume is up to check it out!

Which is all to say: There’s always something going on on campus. If you missed it, be sure to keep an eye on the College Calendar, where you can find all the Ivy Tech Northeast happenings. Here’s some upcoming fun through the next week:

  • Ivy Tech Titans basketball games in the Student Life Center gymnasium

    • Against Ivy Tech Indy: 2 p.m., Feb. 12
    • Against University of St. Francis: 7:30 p.m., Feb. 13
    • Against Indiana Tech: 7:30 p.m., Feb. 16
  • MLK Jr. Legacy  Project exhibit (Ivy Tech student artists from across the state submitted these ARTivism projects, and the traveling exhibit is stopping at Ivy Tech Northeast): Feb. 13 to 16 in the Student Life Center near the new MLK mural (which was also a part of the Legacy project)
  • Pop Up Cakery: 11 a.m., Feb. 14 in Crescent Commons on Coliseum Campus
  • Painting with a Twist: 5 p.m., Feb. 15 in the Student Life Center commons (be sure to RSVP!)