A stop at D.C.’s African American museum

Students have returned from their social justice trip to Washington D.C., but we have more stories to share! Catch up with other participants’ stories about Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the Holocaust Museum, the Lincoln Memorial, and the U.S. Supreme Court and Ford’s Theatre.

First up, Nathaly Diaz, a pre-engineering student …

I decided to go on this trip to D.C. because my advisor said it would be an awesome opportunity and a way to gain leadership skills. I was really excited to learn more about social justice and be able to apply it in my life and find ways I can help.

That’s me flashing the peace sign.

We went to places like the National Museum of African American History & Culture and looked at monuments around the National Mall. The African American museum had so much history in it, like the struggles of slavery and civil rights. It was very emotional and inspirational. We were also able to see African American culture–life, music, art, etc.

This quote at the museum, in particular, moved me.

… and Lorena Ceballos Chavez, a business administration student.

I signed up to come to D.C. with Ivy Tech Northeast because I’ve always wanted to know more about American history. Every monument and museum in D.C. has a particular meaning and an amazing story. As a business student, I need to have a general cultural knowledge about so much, especially U.S. culture.

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I was amazed to see how the bad actions against race repeat themselves throughout the history of many countries. This photo (above right) from the Holocaust Museum depicts concentration camp life and reminds me of what German Nazis did to the Jews.

College announces new vice chancellor

Kim Barnett-Johnson is the new vice chancellor for Academic Affairs at Ivy Tech Community College Northeast. She has filled the role in an interim position for a year and served as the College’s University Transfer Division dean previously, since 2003.

 

Barnett-Johnson

In her new role, Barnett-Johnson will oversee the academic side of the College. Her duties include working with faculty to plan, organize, and administer academic programs and services; coordinating and supervising the preparation of the regional class schedule and assigning faculty to classes; and collaborating with Student Affairs in areas such as enrollment management and student retention.

 

In the short-term, Barnett-Johnson plans to highlight Ivy Tech Northeast’s outstanding faculty “so our community will see that we have what it takes to help them reach their goals,” she says. In the long-term, she would like to continue to focus on Ivy Tech Northeast’s ability to offer programs that meet our region’s specific needs.

 

“Because we offer both technical and transfer opportunities, it allows us to create greater opportunities for collaboration with regional industry partners,” Barnett Johnson says. “We are seeing more students complete degrees while working full-time.”

 

The largest opportunity for Ivy Tech Northeast, she says, is through the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership’s Big Goal, which aims to increase the number of northeast Indiana residents with degrees or credentials to 60 percent by 2525.

 

Barnett-Johnson received her doctorate degree in educational administration from Indiana State University and her master’s degree in liberal arts from Indiana University.

FDR’s words & the Holocaust Museum

Eleven Ivy Tech Northeast students and recent graduates have spent the last few days in Washington D.C. with three chaperones on a social justice trip. They made stops at attractions like the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and other spots related to social justice. Students are taking turns sharing their thoughts with Green Light. Follow along with the group’s experiences on social media with #ivyFW2DC.

Two students are sharing their thoughts today. First up: McKayla Smith, a business administration student …

I signed up to go on the D.C. trip with Ivy Tech Northeast because I wanted to learn more about social justice. I am the president of the Campus Activities Board, and there are many things to think about when planning events for students at Ivy Tech. I think learning about different ethnicities and races is something that will benefit me in that role.

This quote and picture that we took at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial is important to me. There is so much hate in the world, and by choosing the path of social justice, we choose love and support. The subject of this photo moves me because this is what our whole trip is about: We are learning so much about how people with different backgrounds or races are treated so differently than others. This shows that social justice can make this a better world.

… and Alondra Campos, an education student.

I signed up to go to D.C. with Ivy Tech Northeast because I wanted to learn more about history and social justice. I thought the focus of this trip would benefit my future as a teacher.  Social justice and history continue to effect our lives, and the more we know about history, the less likely we will repeat the bad things that have happened. It’s important for students to learn about historical events and  acquire knowledge about the people who fought for our country. Future generations must must learn about the importance of equality and respecting others regardless of their cultural background. Knowledge is a powerful source in this world.

That’s me in the lower left corner.

I took this photo (at right) in the Holocaust Museum. The picture portrays a wall with images of Holocaust victims. This part of the museum made me very emotional; I couldn’t believe how wide and tall the wall was.

The people on that wall were only a few of the many who suffered in the Holocaust. There were pictures of children and families, and for a moment, it made me think about my family. I couldn’t image my parents or siblings going through this experience. I realized I needed to appreciate my family more. I also realized I am blessed with the life I have.

Day 2 in DC: Looking forward to Lincoln

Right now, 11 Ivy Tech Northeast students and recent graduates are traveling around Washington D.C. with three chaperones on a social justice trip. They are making stops at attractions like the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and other spots related to social justice. During their trip, students are taking turns sharing their thoughts with Green Light. Follow along with the group’s experiences on social media with #ivyFW2DC.

DAY 2

Here I am (left) with Lisa Beringer, an assistant professor of Social Sciences at Ivy Tech Northeast.

I am Juanita New, and I am a business administration student. I signed up for the trip because I thought it would be a wonderful way to learn more about social justice. Also, I would get a chance to see the Lincoln Memorial.

The Lincoln Memorial represents social justice for all. Not only did Lincoln give the Emancipation Proclamation (which granted freedom to the slaves in the Confederate States if the States did not return to the Union by Jan. 1, 1863, according to the Civil War Trust), but Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I Have a Dream” speech from the top of the stairs. There is a plaque placed in the spot where King stood during his speech.

This monument means so much to many people from all walks of life.

Check out the post from Day 1 here. We’ll pick up with the students’ thoughts on the trip and D.C. on Monday. Stay tuned!

The outside of the Lincoln Memorial

 

Ivy Tech goes to DC!

Right now, 11 students or recent graduates are traveling around Washington D.C. with three chaperones on a social justice trip. They are making stops to spots like the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and other spots related to social justice. During their trip, students are taking turns sharing their thoughts with Green Light.

First up: Emerald Bentley, who graduated with her associate degree in nursing on Friday (CONGRATS, EMMY!) Follow along with the group’s experiences on social media with #ivyFW2DC.

I have been an active student since beginning at Ivy Tech Northeast, but during the last year of my degree, I haven’t been able to participate as much. My husband recently enrolled in classes at Ivy Tech, and when I saw the Washington D.C. trip, I thought it would be a great way for us both to get involved.

I was raised a middle class, white chick from rural Indiana. I moved to Fort Wayne as a freshman in high school. At my first high school, there would have been 27 in my graduating class; in Fort Wayne, there were 525. I had major culture shock!

I’ve always believed I am a good person. I try to do right by others, but I want to be able to have the hard conversations. I want to be able to ask questions without causing offense. This trip helps with this, highlighting different people with different experiences and different stories. I truly believe we are more similar than we are different.

DAY 1

Yesterday was our first full day in the D.C. And boy were we busy!

Sen. Joe Donnelly in his Ivy Tech gear.

We jumped on public transport (something none of use are super familiar with) and headed to the Capital. We met one of our senators, Joe Donnelly. We had coffee with him and his staff. They answered our questions and gave us some great recommendations of things to do and see in D.C. After coffee, we went on a tour of Congress. We got to see both the House and Senate while in session, and we saw Donnelly speak.

Then it was off to the Supreme Court. Of everything on the agenda, this was one of the buildings I was most excited to see: This building houses all the major court decisions for the last 100-ish years. Court was in session, so we were not able to tour the chambers, but being there was so awesome!

The Supreme Court of the United States

After the Supreme Court we headed over to Ford’s Theatre. It was eerie being in the same place that President Lincoln was shot–seriously, just a few seats away! We saw the play “Ragtime,” which is from the perspective of three groups of people in the early 1900s. The language was rough: They used words we consider unacceptable.

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Over all yesterday, I marked several things off my bucket list.  Washington D.C. is a must-visit for any American.  This is our city, and the people here work for us. I think we sometimes forget that.

College announces summer IvyLiving class schedule

DETAILS:
IvyLiving programs are non-credit classes promoting personal growth and lifelong learning through engaging and intriguing short-term experiences. Local and regional experts will share their knowledge and passions with participants in a small group setting.

SCHEDULE:
Open Welding Lab
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 17
Ivy Tech Northeast,
Steel Dynamics, Inc. Keith E. Busse Technology Center (3701 Dean Drive, Fort Wayne)
Get creative in Ivy Tech’s state-of-the-art welding lab under the guidance of expert welder Brian Barnes. Participants will have access to all equipment they’ll need and are invited to bring their own scrap metal. Previous welding certification or participation in IvyLiving’s artistic welding courses is required. ($55)

Ivy Tech Baking Camp for Middle School Students
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 10 to 13, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 14
Ivy Tech Northeast,
Coliseum Campus (3800 N. Anthony Blvd., Fort Wayne)
Middle schoolers will spend the week baking and decorating with professional pastry chefs. They will learn about food safety and the science behind baking while whipping up cakes, cookies, pastries, and breads in the College’s state-of-the-art baking labs. On the final day, the entire family is invited to sample baked goods prepared by the middle schooler on Ivy Tech’s campus. Locations subject to change. Middle school students only (10- to 14-year-olds). ($250)

Children 10- to 14-years-old are invited to participate in Ivy Tech Northeast’s International Cuisine Camp from July 17 to 21. Students will learn international recipes, cooking techniques, food safety, basic knife skills, and the science behind cooking.

Ivy Tech International Cuisine Camp for Middle School Students
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 17 to 20, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 21
Ivy Tech Northeast,
Coliseum Campus (3800 N. Anthony Blvd., Fort Wayne)
Middle schoolers will spend the week experimenting with a variety of international recipes and cooking techniques. College chefs will teach the importance of food safety, basic knife skills, and the science behind cooking. On the final day, three family members get to taste the middle schooler’s creation, with a complete meal served at Ivy Tech. Locations subject to change. Middle school students only (10- to 14-year-olds). ($250)

To learn more and/or register for any of the above classes, visit IvyTech.edu/northeast/living.

College graduates nearly 1,000 at 47th annual commencement ceremony

Ivy Tech Community College Northeast celebrated its 47th annual commencement ceremony tonight at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. The College graduated nearly 1,000 students in Fort Wayne and awarded nearly 1,500 associate degrees, certificates, and technical certificates.

Ivy Tech Community College statewide is awarding more than 19,000 credentials at commencements taking place from May 6 to 20.

HONORARY DEGREE: The College awarded an honorary degree to Donna Kessler, owner of Calhoun Street Soup, Salad, and Spirits. Donna attended classes at Ivy Tech Northeast in 2006 and 2007, earning credits in hospitality administration. Before she could complete her degree, however, the opportunity to open Calhoun Street presented itself. Nearly 10 years later, what started as a small lunch spot just south of downtown Fort Wayne has grown into a complete bar, restaurant, and concert venue. Bands and acts from across the country play at Calhoun Street.

Kessler

Koehler

STUDENT SPEAKER: The Class of 2017’s student speaker was Olivia Koehler, who graduated with an associate degree in Electrical Engineering Technology. Koehler, who was home-schooled, is the College’s first female graduate of the Electrical Engineering Technology program. She shared her story about how she chose the program, which is also her father’s field. She was always good at science and math in high school, and a former professor, Koehler’s father invited her to sit in on one of his electrical engineering classes—she loved it.

BUD CURTIS AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING STUDENT: This year, the College begins a new tradition: awarding two Curtis Awards each year. One will reward an outstanding graduate from the College’s Career and Technical Divisions and the other, from an outstanding graduate from the University Transfer Division. This year’s winners are Rachel Chaney, who graduates with an associate degree in Advanced Automation and Robotics Technology from the School of Technology, and Karina Vazquez, who graduates with an associate degree in General Studies from the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The Bud Curtis Award winners are chosen from among the Ivy Tech Northeast Outstanding Student Awards, which are awarded to one Ivy Tech Northeast student per academic school. This year’s Outstanding Student Awards went to the following students:

  • Olivia Koehler, School of Applied Science & Engineering Technology
  • Holly Sides, School of Business
  • Jeremy Friedel, School of Computing & Informatics
  • Janet French, School of Education
  • Marianne Bay, School of Fine Arts & Design
  • Javier Hernandez, School of Health Sciences
  • Karina Vazquez, School of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Cameron Maney, School of Nursing
  • Parvielle Riggens, School of Public & Social Services
  • Rachel Chaney, School of Technology

PRESIDENT’S AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN INSTRUCTION: Erin Salyers, the College’s department chair in Visual Communications and Design Technology, received the President’s Award for Excellence in Instruction. She will serve as Ivy Tech Northeast’s nominee for the statewide Glenn W. and Mary Catherine Sample Award for Excellence in Instruction. Each of the 14 Ivy Tech regions selects a nominee to win the award, which is presented to a statewide winner.

ADJUNCT FACULTY AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN INSTRUCTION: Holly Jackson, an anatomy and physiology instructor, received the Adjunct Faculty Award for Excellence in Instruction. She will serve as Ivy Tech Northeast’s nominee for the statewide Gerald I. Lamkin Award for adjunct faculty members. Each of the 14 Ivy Tech regions selects a nominee to win the award, which is presented to a statewide winner.

SPECIAL NOTE: Students and guests used #IvyTechGrad to discuss the ceremony and festivities on social media. Use the hashtag to see graduation photos and messages of encouragement on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

College to host area middle school students at week-long STEM camps

DETAILS:
Elementary and middle school students ages 8 to 14 are invited to participate in Ivy Tech Community College Northeast’s Adventure and Imagination Summer STEM Camp, which offers two one-week sessions. The camp provides a range of science, technology, engineering, and math activities, including

  • Conducting environmentally friendly chemistry experiments
  • Exploring area nature preserves
  • Progrmaming robots
  • And more

The cost is $149 for one week. This covers T-shirt, lunch, snacks, supplies, and field trips. Need-based scholarships are available for participants.

For more information or to register, visit IvyTech.edu/northeast/living.

WHEN:
Week 1, for 8- to 10-year-olds: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 12 to 16

Week 2, for 11- to 14-year-olds: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 19 to 23

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

College announces 2017 New Venture Competition finalists

Ivy Tech Community College Northeast has announced the three finalists for its 2017 New Venture Competition. In its seventh year, the competition’s champion will receive at least $20,000 in start-up capital for presenting the best business plan for his or her small business.

The finalists and their businesses are as follows:

  • Kendall Riecken, business administration student
    Company: KR Designs

    “We are an automotive-based company, specializing in detailing, restoration, custom paint, and collision repair. Our customers consist of automotive enthusiasts and car/vehicle owners.”
  • Courtney Jagoda, building construction management student
    Company: Caliber Contracting

    “We build tiny houses that are affordable and allow customers freedom to customize to fit their needs/wants.”
  • Clayton Ostermeyer, business administration student
    Company: The Vault

    “The Vault is a speakeasy-themed bar with an indoors cigar lounge, located in downtown Fort Wayne.”

The New Venture Competition awards dinner is Sept. 28 on Ivy Tech Northeast’s Coliseum Campus, 3800 N. Anthony Blvd., in Room CC1640. Finalists will present their business plans, and community judges will vote on the New Venture champion at the event.

The competition has partnered with Fort Wayne SCORE, a group that grows successful small businesses across the country. The group, made of volunteer experienced business owners and managers, will provide mentorship for the finalists.

The New Venture Competition is sponsored by JB Tool, Die & Engineering and owners Dave and Mary Bear. ProFed Credit Union is the event’s dinner sponsor.

The following College faculty and administration served as judges in determining the finalists:

  • Elaine Novak, dean, Business and Public Services Division
  • Patrick McCormick, department chair, Business and Hospitality Administration
  • Carla Quickel, associate professor, Business Administration

Special Cuisines dinner to offer up Latin American menu May 4

For Ivy Tech Community College Northeast’s final Special Cuisines dinner of the semester, students will serve up a Latin American menu:

  • Starter: Chips and salsa
  • Salad: Spicy jicama salad
  • Soup: Soup of Tlalpan
  • Entrée: Grilled steak and poblano chili tacos served with dirty black beans and Mexican red rice
  • Dessert

Dinner is served at two times, 5 and 7:30 p.m. April 25, and there are still spots available at 5 p.m. 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.