The Journal Gazette
Monday, October 15, 2018 1:00 am

Education Notebook

Luers graduate in the right space

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

Anna Stachofsky is, for the moment, the face of Ball State University's landscape architecture program.

A photograph of the Bishop Luers High School graduate graces the department's website, which asks prospective students whether they are driven to fuse sustainability in public spaces and curious about transforming outdated or neglected land into useful landscapes.

Despite the richness in scope – landscape architects design such projects as parks, campuses, streetscapes, trails and plazas – Stachofsky said people don't always understand what she is studying.

“People say, 'That's so great. I'm looking for someone who can design my front yard,'” she said of the most common misconception.

“That's not what I'm going to school for five years for.”

Along with internships, classes have introduced Stachofsky to hands-on projects for clients in Indiana, including designs that would reconfigure the traffic entrance to and trail systems through Falls Park in Pendleton in Madison County, according to a news release. 

Stachofsky, who dreams of rebuilding slum neighborhoods with green infrastructure, is considering taking her skills to the East Coast after graduation, she said. She noted hopes to continue a project she began as an intern in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

She doesn't intend to stay away from Indiana, however. She said she would love to follow a professional career with a return to Ball State as a professor.

“I'm so proud of the college I come from,” Stachofsky said. 


• Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne and Warsaw will host adult information and admissions events Thursday about low-cost education opportunities. The event will feature concurrent sessions every half hour from 6 to 7:30 p.m. with facts, opportunities and a Q&A on Next Level Jobs and Achieve Your Degree. Visit  to RSVP. The Fort Wayne event will be at the Student Life Center, 3701 Dean Drive, and the Warsaw event will be at 2545 Silveus Crossing.

• Fort Wayne Community Schools is offering a free, four-week program for middle and high school students to prepare for life after high school. Students in third, fourth and fifth grades can also participate. Sessions are at the Family and Community Engagement Center, 230 E. Douglas Ave., Fort Wayne, on four consecutive Saturdays beginning this week. Hours are 8:30 to 10 a.m. for elementary school students; 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for middle school students; and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. for high school students. Topics include responsibility, confidence building, financial management, goal setting, career planning and good citizenship. Call 260-467-7250 to sign up.

• INvestEd, Indiana's literacy and lending experts in education, will hold an information session at 6 p.m. Oct. 24 at Columbia City High School, 600 N. Whitley St., Columbia City. Learn about state and federal aid and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form.

• Baker College's Culinary Institute of Michigan will hold an information session from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 24 at Hampton Inn Fort Wayne-Southwest, 8219 W. Jefferson Blvd., for students considering a career in the culinary arts. Learn about degree programs, scholarship and financial aid options, housing and employment opportunities. Reservations aren't required but appreciated. Contact Dan Kenny at 888-262-2442 or to RSVP.

• This year, 119 children enrolled in Kindergarten Countdown, a four-week summer program for English-language learners, youngsters with little or no prekindergarten experience, or children schools have identified as benefiting from more time in a classroom. Overall, name writing ability scores increased 36 percent; Get Ready to Read, a tool that screens basic pre-literacy skills, posted a 14-percent increase; and social emotional assessment scores increased 17 percent. The United Way of Allen County worked with East Allen County Schools and Fort Wayne Community Schools on this effort.


• The Manchester University post-graduate, year-two ambulatory care residency has earned accreditation from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. The program is based in Fort Wayne. Residents manage clinical and academic responsibilities and, upon completion of the program, possess the ability to function as independent ambulatory care practitioners with an added focus on teaching, scholarship and service.

Scholarships, awards

• The RespectTeam and Parkview Health recently honored 25 high school students from 19 local schools at the annual 360AWARDS. Students were celebrated for making a positive difference in their home, school and community. Five finalists received $1,000 scholarships courtesy of Parkview Health: Cameron Crick, Churubusco; Asianah Paulk, The Crossing; Siarra Small, Heritage; Sylvia Singh, Snider; and Hope Jochim, Wayne.

• Ball State University senior Rachel Haywood of Fort Wayne has been named a Centennial Scholar and awarded full, in-state tuition for her final year of study. She is one of 18 Centennial Scholars, who are selected for strong scholarship, service to their profession and a commitment to community engagement and Ball State.

• The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, is open for the 2019-20 school year. The deadline to file is April 15. Visit for help. For questions about state financial aid, contact the Indiana Commission for Higher Education at 888-528-4719 or

• The 2019 Varsity Brands School Spirit Awards – a program celebrating student achievement in America's high schools – consists of 25 categories with $100,000 in awards, including a $25,000 grand prize. Submissions for the Spirit Leader Award category will be open from Nov. 26 to Dec. 7. All other categories will be open from Jan. 9 to 22. Go to for more information.

Craig Laker, associate professor in the criminal justice department, was awarded professor emeritus rank at Trine University. He joined the university in 1999.

• Multiple awards were presented during Trine's annual Touchstone and Homecoming Celebration Dinner. Gov. Eric Holcomb received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters; university President Earl D. Brooks II received the Sagamore of the Wabash Award; longtime faculty and academic staff member Jean Deller received the Woman of Distinction award; and Angola Mayor Richard Hickman received the Pillar of Success award.


• Two members recently were elected to the Trine's Board of Trustees: Marlin Stutzman, former member of the Indiana House of Representatives and state Senate and U.S. House of Representatives, and William Dubois, senior principal engineer for Patriot Engineering and Environmental Inc.

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