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  • Samuel Hoffman | The Journal Gazette Lisa Ogiemwonyi, left, of Rochester Community Schools in Michigan guides Jeff Springer of Southwood High School and Sue Tyner of Lake Orion, Mich., through their experiment to grow sulfur crystals at the ASM Teachers Camp at Ivy Tech.

  • Courtesy Indiana Tech renamed its academic center to honor recently retired President Arthur Snyder.

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Monday, July 31, 2017 1:00 am

Education notebook

Hands-on chemistry for science teachers

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

Under the supervision of two instructors, several campers wearing safety glasses were busy in an Ivy Tech classroom last week working to grow crystals of all sorts.

The weeklong materials science workshop also featured hands-on activities involving metals, ceramics, polymers and composites – activities that students might soon encounter in classrooms because the campers weren't children but teachers.

The ASM Teachers Camp was offered by the ASM Materials Education Foundation for free to middle and high school teachers, who were shown experiments that can be integrated into lesson plans.

Lisa Ogiemwonyi, who teaches high school science for Rochester Community Schools in Michigan, led the workshop with Mort Schaffer, a quality engineer with Nucor Fastener. The St. Joe company donates his time.

Ogiemwonyi enjoys teaching fellow educators because they are not only excited about their students and teaching but are also creative and innovative, she said.

Participants included teachers from northeast Indiana, Ohio and Michigan.

Katie Drerup signed up for the camp after learning about it at a conference. She teaches juniors and seniors at Vantage Career Center in Van Wert, Ohio, and this was material they could relate to and find interesting, she said.

Sue Tyner, who teaches middle school students at St. Joseph School in Lake Orion, Michigan, said she made the trek to Fort Wayne because a session in Michigan was full.

Joe Perkins, a chemistry teacher at Huntington North High School, said he is always looking for new ideas and, like Tyner, got many the first day. He said he wants students to view his subject as more than a step toward a diploma.

“I want to be able to give students reasons to study chemistry,” he said.

Scholarships and recognitions

• Questa Education Foundation awarded Edward C. Dodez scholarships to four students statewide. Northeast Indiana recipients were Ethan Cook of Kosciusko County, who is studying mathematics; and Bailey Miller of Allen County, who is studying computer sciences. The $5,000 scholarship will go toward their education at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire.

• In May, the Indiana Tech board recognized retired President Arthur Snyder, by naming the Snyder Academic Center in his honor. Snyder, president since 2003 retired June 30. The center was built in 2014 and houses the McMillen Library, the College of General Studies, classrooms and computer labs, the Franco D'Agostino Art Gallery, the Multi-Flex Theater and Kachmann Café. The building was completed July 19.

Nicholas Goodnight, an automotive technology instructor at Ivy Tech Community College Northeast, co-wrote a textbook for community and technical college students, Automotive Engine Repair. It was published in July, and he hopes the book is used in classes at Ivy Tech. Additionally, he was recently honored at the North American Council of Automotive Teachers conference in Michigan. The national group selected him as the best new automotive teacher in the nation, which recognizes instructors who have been teaching for no longer than five years.

• The American Legion Department of Indiana named East Allen County Schools teacher Michael Lance the 2017 High School Educator of the Year. He started his teaching career in 2000 in Van Wert, Ohio, and began teaching in EACS in 2003.


• The Fort Wayne Community Schools board approved two principal appointments for the upcoming school year at its July 24 meeting. Nicholas Kirby will be the new principal at Arlington Elementary after serving as assistant principal at Brentwood Elementary since 2014. He replaces David Weber, who retired at the end of the 2016-17 academic year. Crystal Bush will be principal at Glenwood Park Elementary, where she had been interim principal for most of the 2016-17 year.

Bishop Luers

• Bishop Luers High School is accepting nominations for the Distinguished Knight Awards. Two honors will be given after the Mass celebrated at homecoming – the Outstanding Alumnus/Alumna Award and the Honorary Alumnus Award. Nomination forms are available at under “Alumni” or by contacting Melissa Hire at 260-456-1261, ext. 3040, or

• Bishop Kevin Rhoades of the Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese has announced that Luers' new principal is Jim Huth, a 1981 graduate who has been assistant principal since 2014.

Ivy Tech

• Parkview Health is Ivy Tech Community College Northeast's latest partner in the school's Achieve Your Degree program. It's a statewide collaboration between Ivy Tech campuses and community businesses and organizations that offers free or low-cost tuition to employees and members through tuition reimbursement or financial support from business and industry. For more information on the program, contact or go to

• Ivy Tech's Fort Wayne campus will host express enrollment days for fall classes from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Aug. 12 in the Student Life Center, 3701 Dean Drive. Classes will begin Aug. 21. Go to to RSVP.


• IPFW will hold an enrollment express day Thursday with appointments available between 9 and 11 a.m. in the office of admissions in the Walb Student Union, Room 121. Online applications must be submitted 72 hours in advance to be considered. To register, go to For more information, contact Kenneth Christmon, associate vice chancellor of admissions, at 481-6812 or

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