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  • Courtesy Tyler Rickert, center, a business administration student and catcher for the Titans at Ivy Tech Community College, received a $250 scholarship from the Ivy Tech Foundation for his winning T-shirt design for the college's Titans baseball program. Pictured with Rickert are, from left, Jim Papagiannis, assistant director of Resource Development; Rickert, and Christina O'Brien, director of Student Life.

  • Ivy Tech student-athlete Tyler Rickert created the winning T-shirt design for the college’s baseball program. This image is on the back. 

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  • The front and back of Rickert’s T-shirt design

Monday, December 04, 2017 1:00 am

Education Notebook

Sporting green on Ivy Tech T-shirt

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

Ivy Tech Community College posed a challenge to students at its Fort Wayne campus this semester: create a T-shirt design for the new Titans baseball program.

The winning design – which incorporates two bats, a baseball and home plate – came from catcher Tyler Rickert, a freshman.

He received a $250 scholarship from the Ivy Tech Foundation for his spring classes.

The 18-year-old business administration student drafted about a dozen designs, hoping one would get picked, he said.

His teammates knew he was participating in the contest, he said, recalling they would ask to see his logo when they were at study table together.

Shirts with Rickert's design are available for purchase through Wednesday at

Unlike other Titans apparel for sale, Rickert's shirts highlight the significance of the 2017-18 year by including the phrase “the inaugural season.”

The Titans, whose home field is Shoaff Park, will begin their first official season in the spring. They were undefeated during fall exhibition play.

“Our team is doing really good,” said Rickert, a Leo Junior-Senior High School graduate.

Monetary donations are being accepted for the program at


• Creativity Out Loud is 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday in the Snyder Academic Center's Multi-Flex Theater at Indiana Tech. Professor Lauren Davis' students will present flash readings from original works in fiction, creative nonfiction or poetry as guest artist Frank Louis Allen produces a live drawing inspired by the students' collective literary voices. The free event is open to the public.

• The fifth annual Carroll High School Culinary and Fashion Show is 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Fort Wayne Museum of Art, 311 E. Main St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. A runway show, food sampling and silent auction are planned. Email Renee Sigmon at or Meaghan Sholl at for tickets, which are $25 or $45 for two. Attendees must be 21 or older. Proceeds will benefit the fashion and culinary arts classes.

Recognitions, competitions and scholarships

• Teams from three Northwest Allen County Schools – Arcola Elementary School and Carroll and Maple Creek middle schools – will compete for the FIRST Lego League Northern Indiana Championship at IPFW on Saturday. A team from Harding Junior High School of East Allen County Schools also advanced to regionals following a qualifying tournament Nov. 11.

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Lego League challenges students ages 9 to 14 to research a real-world problem and develop a solution. Students must design and build a robot to compete on a table-top playing field.

• Starbase Indiana Teacher Victoria Wilson received the Teacher of the Year award from Air Force Association, Chapter 143. She has taught fifth through eighth grades for two years at Starbase Indiana-Fort Wayne.

• The Arc of Indiana honored Wayne High School with the 2017 Education Impact Award. It recognizes individuals, schools or organizations making a significant impact in assuring that students who receive special-education services get a quality, inclusive education.

Easterseals Arc nominated Wayne to celebrate the school's collaboration with Easterseals Arc and Ivy Tech Community College in providing pre-employment transition services to qualifying students.

• The top colleges for online programs in Indiana include Ivy Tech Community College (No. 6), Grace College and Theological Seminary (No. 9) and the University of Saint Francis (No. 10), as determined by website OnlineColleges.

Indian Tech ranks 18th in SR Education Group's list of 2018 Top Online Colleges Offering Associate Degrees.

• Video submissions are due Feb. 10 for the Innovate WithIN Pitch Competition, an opportunity for high school students to bring their innovative ideas to life. After online submissions and regional rounds, one innovator or team from each region will come to Indianapolis to pitch to a panel of judges for a chance to win a prize package worth more than $100,000. The contest is sponsored by Ball State University in partnership with the Indiana Economic Development Corporation and Indiana Department of Education. Go to for more information.

• Students intending to pursue a nursing career can apply for the Prime Scholarship. Applicants must be working toward a two- or four-year college degree. Go to for more information.

• announced that Emily Hower of Monroe won the company's national Working Parent Scholarship, which recognizes the efforts of students who balance parenthood, working and school. She was one of three $1,000 winners. She is an architecture student at Ball State University and has two daughters and a son.

Concordia Seminary

• Concordia Theological Seminary Fort Wayne plans to offer a Ph.D. in theological studies program beginning in the 2018-19 academic year. Applications for fall 2018 are due March 15. Email Naomichi Masaki at for more information. Those interested in two-year graduate assistantships, which fund tuition for two years and offer an annual stipend, should email the office of the academic dean at


• Grace College has reformatted its bachelor degree completion program, GOAL, to use open educational resources, or OER, for its online degree curricula. OER replaces traditional textbooks. Grace offers three online OER degree completion programs – business administration, management and human services. A fourth degree in quality management will be added next month. Applications are being accepted for all GOAL programs beginning in January. Call 800-823-8533 or go to for more information.


• Trine University is now part of the International Network of Schools program. It allows students the opportunity to participate in study-abroad experiences at Webster's international campuses and global partnership sites, including cities in Italy, Ghana, Switzerland, Greece, Austria, Mexico, England, Japan and Spain.

Rod Olson, director of campus operations since 2004, has been promoted to assistant vice president for campus operations.

Students and parents who have a favorite teacher can nominate the individual for Teacher Honor Roll. Send nominations to The Journal Gazette, 600 W. Main St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802; fax 461-8893 or email

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