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.



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.

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.



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 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

College to host success day for high school scholars on Saturday

At the 21st Century Scholar Success Day, scholars and their parents/guardians will learn about the 21st Century Scholarship program. The event will also include a vendor and resource fair with giveaways.

The 21st Century Scholarship provides students undergraduate tuition to participating universities and colleges, including Ivy Tech Community College Northeast. In addition to the funds, scholars receive step-by-step help to assure success in college and degree completion.

The event, for eighth to 12th graders, is for scholars in the following counties: Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, Noble, Wells and Whitley.

Ivy Tech Community College Northeast
Coliseum Campus
3800 N. Anthony Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
Get directions
Park in the south or west lot, and enter through door 3.

9 a.m. to 1p.m. April 29

College selects PNC Bank exec to lead Resource Development office

Ivy Tech Community College Northeast has selected Margaret Sturm as its new Executive Director of Resource Development, and she will start May 1. In her role, Sturm will advise Chancellor Jerrilee K. Mosier in the formation and execution of fundraising strategies, grant applications, and other sources of potential development at Ivy Tech Northeast.


Sturm’s duties include

  • Maintaining a strong friend and fundraising program within Ivy Tech Northeast’s 10-county region
  • Finding potential donors for the Ivy Tech Foundation
  • Building partnerships with community groups, employers, foundations, and individuals to support students, faculty, and academic programs
  • Developing strategies to convert prospects to donors and encourage continued giving by current donors

“My immediate plans are to listen and learn about our team and culture, our vision, our programs, our processes, our strategies, our challenges, and what has been successful to date,” Sturm says. “I will be active in the community attending events, meeting friends of Ivy Tech, and developing those relationships and building on our existing relationships.”

Sturm will serve as liaison between Ivy Tech Northeast and the Foundation in the College’s Central Office in Indianapolis for coordinated projects, reporting, guideline and procedure development, and campaign structure and implementation.

“We are eager to welcome Margaret on board as part of our Ivy Tech Northeast leadership team,” Chancellor Jerrilee K. Mosier says. “We’ve been fortunate to work with her over the years in other capacities, and I am confident she brings exactly what the College needs to support student success through philanthropic giving and grant support.”

Sturm most recently has served as the Relationship Manager Institutional Asset Management/Community Affairs for PNC Bank in Fort Wayne. As a Relationship Manager, Sturm was responsible for managing relationships for all of the Institutional Asset Management clients in northeastern Indiana. Her duties included managing private foundations; providing support for grants, applications review, and non-profit site visits; and maintaining recordkeeping for private foundations, distributing $10 million annually to non-profit groups in the region.

From 2009 to 2016, Sturm was an adjunct instructor at Ivy Tech Northeast, teaching Introduction to Business and capstone courses. She served on the College’s Adjunct Faculty Advisory Board.

Sturm has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Saint Francis and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from IPFW.

Special Cuisines dinner to offer up Mediterranean menu April 27

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

  • First course: Hummus served with toasted pita bread and mixed vegetables
  • Second course: Tabbouleh salad, a vegetarian dish with tomatoes, finely chopped parsley, mint, bulgur, and onion
  • Third course: Shorba dajaj, a chicken noodle-style soup
  • Fourth course: Grilled fish with tartar sauce and red roasted potatoes
  • Fifth course: Beef kefta in tomato sauce with saffron rice
  • Sixth course: Grilled date bread served with honey lemon sauce, stuffed mascarpone date, and grilled queso fresco

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 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.

Ivy Tech Northeast to host I-Career Construction Day on North Campus

I-Career Days are themed career-exploration events at Ivy Tech Community College Northeast, where regional high school students connect with the College though building tours, program-specific engagement activities and conversations with select program faculty and students. I-Career Days are scheduled throughout the academic year and allow students to make connections, build relationships and gain career information to make informed decisions regarding their future. This event’s audience focus is on high school students who are interested in learning more about career opportunities in construction technology.

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

April 26
10 a.m.–1:15 p.m.

IPFW and Ivy Tech Break Ground for Parker Cole Crossing

Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) and Ivy Tech Community College Northeast held a groundbreaking ceremony this afternoon for the new Parker Cole Crossing bridge.
The Parker Cole Crossing bridge project has been in the works for approximately eight years, and is a collaboration between IPFW, Ivy Tech, and the Indiana Department of Transportation. The crossing bridge will connect IPFW and Ivy Tech Northeast, allowing students and faculty to safely walk or ride their bikes between campuses over Coliseum Boulevard. It will also connect to the Rivergreenway using campus sidewalks and roadways, providing an alternative route for those who enjoy the trail system.

“The Parker Cole Crossing bridge is a demonstration of our commitment to the future of our campus,” said IPFW Chancellor Vicky Carwein. “Values established by the university more than 50 years ago, including accessibility, collaboration, connection, and partnership, are highlighted by this project. The bridge also represents the generosity of foundations and private donors who continue to invest in our university, our students, and our community as a whole.”

The total cost of the project is approximately $4.5 million. INDOT is responsible for covering 80% of the cost and donations from the Olive B. Cole Foundation and Mac and Pat Parker will cover the remaining 20%.

“The Cole Foundation and our family are pleased to be a part of this project to provide a safe means of crossing for the hundreds of students taking courses at both Ivy Tech and IPFW,” said Mac Parker. “Also, I believe that the unique design of the bridge will call attention to the key role that both of these institutions play in the economic growth of our whole region.”

“The bridge is symbolic of the long-standing partnership between our institutions,” said Ivy Tech Northeast Chancellor Jerrilee K. Mosier, Ed.D. “It is our hope to continue building on this partnership to increase higher education attainment in northeast Indiana in the years to come.”

Construction of the bridge is expected to be completed in June 2018.

For more information, contact Kimberly Wagner, director of public relations, 260-481-4174 or

College to host high school robotics grand championship Saturday

YBOT, or Youth Building Our Tomorrow, is a high school robotics competition. Students form teams and design, build, and program robots to perform a series of tasks, which change annually.

Awards are given out based on the robots’ design and programming and on students’ ability to problem-solve.

For this year’s challenge, teams will mine rocks and place them in a launch vehicle. The teams will be responsible for maintaining power to the base and tackle any emergencies. According to the YBOT website,

“Congratulations! You’re going to space! YBOT has been commissioned by a secret corporation for a special space mission. Your team is part of an elite group tasked to mine raw materials at confirmed Tyllium Ore Breakdown Yards on a near-earth asteroid.”

The event has been hosted at Ivy Tech Community College Northeast since 2010.

Teams from seven northern Indiana high schools will compete in the championships of this team-building and robotics event. YBOT teams have been working on their designs since the fall. The participating high schools come from the following counties: Allen, Dekalb, Adams, and Noble.

Learn more at

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

9 a.m. April 22

Ivy Tech Northeast announces IvyLiving enrichment class in homebrewing craft beer beginning April 29

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

Homebrewing 101—Hops, Mash, and Beer, Oh My!
Calling all craft beer lovers! During this two-session class, we will explain the ingredients, processes, and equipment that brewers have used for centuries. As a bonus, you’ll be taking the brewing equipment home. Participants must be 21 or older.

April 29 and May 13
1–4 p.m.
Cost: $99
Registration Deadline: April 22

Ivy Tech Northeast’s Coliseum Campus
3800 N. Anthony Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805