The Journal Gazette
Monday, April 10, 2017 1:00 am

Edible Book Fest winner a real 'Beast'

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

Lumière's arms wouldn't stay put.

The “Beauty and the Beast” character was among several fondant creations affixed to a four-tiered cake featured last week in Ivy Tech Community College Northeast's 11th annual Edible Book Festival.

Although the candlestick figure's falling limbs prompted student Natasha Grover to conduct some emergency repairs during the People's Choice Award voting period, her rose-topped cake still nabbed the event's highest honor: first place.

The Ivy Tech Northeast library organizes the festival, which encourages participants to craft a dish based on a book or pun of a book title.

“Between all the library staff, we pull this off,” Director Nicole Treesh said.

Many of the nearly two dozen entries were made by students in Ivy Tech's plated desserts and wedding cake production classes.

Instructor Cheryl Hitzemann said the assignment offers her students a “more practical experience” than what they get in class. For example, she said, some tasks might take them longer to accomplish than they planned.

“It's a little stressful for them,” she said.

But, she added, it lets them be creative, and she always looks forward to see what they came up with.

“They're very inventive,” Hitzemann said.

Grover's cake took about 15 hours to complete, six of which were spent on the fondant characters, she said.

Excluding baking time, student Adelyn Gerber said she spent about five hours on her black and white cake inspired by Markus Zusak's “The Book Thief.”

Would she want to decorate cakes professionally?

“Maybe one day, after I get a lot more practice,” Gerber said.


Reservations for the East Allen County Schools Educational Foundation dinner/auction are due with payment by April 21. Tickets to the May 5 event cost $30 per person, $50 per couple and $200 for a table of eight. The keynote speaker is ESPN analyst and former WNBA player Rebecca Lobo. Go to for a ticket order form.


Northwest Allen County Schools will hold its first Relay for Life in support of the American Cancer Society. It is set for 3 to 10 p.m. May 6 at Carroll Middle School. Click the “join a relay” tab at and search “NACS Chargers Fighting Cancer” to create or join a team.


Canterbury School, 5601 Covington Road, will hold an open house for its childhood program from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday. Prospective parents and students are welcome. Contact for information. Reservations are not required.


Fort Wayne natives Nicole Schneider, Samuel Lohmar and Anderson Smith were selected for membership to the Orr Fellowship. The two-year program seeks to develop Indiana's next generation of business leaders and entrepreneurs.


• An event hosted and managed by the Trine University golf management program in the Ketner School of Business will give participants opportunities to interact with Trine students and learn about the program. The KSB Open is set for April 28 at Zollner Golf Course on campus. Cost is $75 or $300 for a team of three and a Trine student. Contact Catherine Benson at 260-665-4761 or for information.

• Trine University's annual Take Back the Night rally and march, which observes Sexual Assault Awareness Month, is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday in front of the C.W. Sponsel Administration Center. It will move to Best Hall, Room 229, in the event of inclement weather. The march to Monument Circle in downtown Angola will begin about 7:30 p.m. The featured speaker is Jama Smith of the Allen County Salvation Army, who emerged as a survivor of rape and sexual assault in 2015 after 20 years of silence. Contact Megan Cook, director of counseling services, at 260-665-4172 or for information.

Huntington ranked Huntington University as No. 24 for a low-cost online counseling master's degree. Fifty schools were identified in the list. Indiana State University in Terre Haute ranked 20th, and Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion ranked 25th.

• A groundbreaking ceremony for the Ware Plant Science Production Facility is set for 3:45 p.m. April 20 at the Dowden Science Building. The 2,000-square-foot building will provide space for students to work with crop plants and learn how they grow.

Saint Francis

• Officials with the St. Elizabeth School of Nursing in Lafayette have signed an education partnership agreement with the University of Saint Francis. It allows for the continuation of St. Elizabeth's cooperative nursing program. Graduates will seamlessly receive a diploma in nursing from St. Elizabeth and a Bachelor of Science in nursing degree from Saint Francis. St. Elizabeth, a division of Franciscan Health Lafayette, and Saint Joseph's College of Rensselaer, will end their comparable arrangement after the May 2017 graduation.

• The Higher Learning Commission has approved Saint Francis as a “teach out” institution for students from Saint Joseph's College in Rensselaer. Saint Francis is committed to helping Saint Joseph's students who are projected to graduate no later than Aug. 1, 2018. Saint Francis will provide equivalent courses so the students can graduate on time in their degree programs, and it will work to match their previous Saint Joseph's financial aid packages. Go to or contact or 260-399-8000 for information.

Ivy Tech

• Ivy Tech Community College has been named an Authorized Android Training Center. As such, Ivy Tech will offer a course this fall in mobile application development as part of its software development program, which can lead to a certification as an Android developer.

• A fundraiser last month raised $20,000 in scholarship funds for Ivy Tech Northeast's Wabash campus. This was the eighth year for Monopoly Night, which featured a silent auction and the playing of Monopoly. It has raised nearly $135,000 since it began.


Grace College broke ground March 24 on the $8 million Dr. Dane A. Miller Science Complex on its Winona Lake campus. The complex is part of the $37 million Aspire Campaign for Grace College & Seminary. Work on the science complex will renovate 22,500 square feet of existing space and create 13,000 square feet of space for Grace's growing science and math programs.


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