The Journal Gazette
Monday, June 17, 2019 1:00 am

Education Notebook

Senior citizens tell their stories

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

Prompted by a grant opportunity from AARP, University of Saint Francis students recently undertook a project now available for the public to enjoy – a podcast featuring local senior citizens.

“All of the seniors were eager to tell their stories,” said Kristin Miller, assistant professor of public relations at Saint Francis.

Episodes of the Act of Listening podcast will be released throughout the summer, both on major podcast platforms and through project partner WBOI, Miller said.

“The ones I've listened to have been beautiful,” she said.

Students did a good job highlighting positive life lessons, including one woman's realization that she had to love herself and not rely on others to do that for her, Miller said.

“Those kinds of moments were really great,” Miller said.

Students – mostly music technology and communication majors – worked in pairs, with each team interviewing eight people, Miller said.

The podcast focused on senior citizens because the grant required Saint Francis to create a program fostering intergenerational communication with lower-income, older adults, Miller said.

“We had the flexibility to be creative,” she said. 

Saint Francis is open to continuing the podcast without the AARP grant, Miller said. Because the first season connected senior citizens and college students, subsequent seasons could focus on other contrasting populations, she said.

There are, she said, “so many other gaps to bridge.”


• Ivy Tech Community College will hold Express Enrollment Days from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Student Life Center, 3701 Dean Drive, Fort Wayne, and at Ivy Tech Warsaw, 2545 Silveus Crossing, Warsaw. For more inforatmion, go to Fall classes begin Aug. 26.

• Transfer students have four chances to explore the University of Saint Francis and accomplish pre-enrollment steps in one visit. Prospective students may visit between 4 and 7 p.m. on June 25, June 27, July 15 or July 17. The events take place at the USF Welcome Center, 2702 Spring St., Fort Wayne.


The Indiana Commission for Higher Education is accepting applications for STEM Teacher Recruitment Fund grants until 5 p.m. July 12. Grants are awarded to local organizations and colleges to support programs that recruit, prepare, place and retain educators in Indiana schools with teacher shortages in science, technology, engineering and math. For more information, go to


Huntington University has named Jodi Eckertdirector of nursing. 


The University of Notre Dame donated lab equipment valued at $240,000 to Manchester University for its master's degree program in pharmacogenomics. The instruments will broaden Manchester's teaching and research capabilities, according to the school.


Richard Sutter, an anthropology professor at Purdue University Fort Wayne, is among 82 people who received a summer stipend from the National Endowment for the Humanities. He will use the funds to finish writing a book about his research into the Moche of Peru. Additional funds from the university will allow him to travel to Peru for 20 days to collect more data.

Recognition, scholarship

• Stone Miguel of Fort Wayne was part of a Trine University team that earned a Silver Award during the National Robotics Challenge competition.

State Sen. Dennis Kruse, R-Auburn, welcomed these students the Statehouse as they served as Senate pages in March and April: Ethan Tobe, Christopher Wallace Jr., Jeffrey Wallace and Amaya Wilder, all of Fort Wayne.

Robert H. Johnson of Angola received the Indiana University South Bend Distinguished Alumni Award.

• Three Rivers Running Company recently named Leah Hall of Bishop Luers High School as the first recipient of the $2,000 Altevogt Family Scholarship. The award is for students pursuing an education and distance running career at a local university. Hall plans to attend the University of Saint Francis.

• Minor League Baseball and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America announced that their 2019 Class of Rising Star Students includes Sierra Brooks. She was nominated by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana.

• Eleven schools participated in Canstruction Fort Wayne, collecting a combined 61,360 cans of food and $662 through online donations for voting. Winners were Eastside High School for best structural integrity; Blackhawk Christian High School for best meal plan; Towles New Tech for best use of labels and people's choice; New Tech Academy at Wayne High School for best original design; and Central Noble High School for most cans in structure.

• Junior Achievement announced 43 essay contest winners from northern Indiana, including the following Allen County public school students: Anna Heck of Southwest Allen County Schools; Mansan Kiim and Lennon Ormiston of Northwest Allen County Schools; Hannah Welch, Michael Crilly, Payton Fields, Wil Rohrbach and Zy'Anne Terry of East Allen County Schools; and Elijah Andrews, Delaney Jensen, Jaci Johnson, Trinity Meyer, Samantha Miller, Hannah Moore, Elizabeth Randolph, Mikenzie Roussey, Ashley Cassaday, Justice Cassagnol, Camille Haines, Katie North, Stephanie Schamberg, Logan Weber and Diana Zaldivar of Fort Wayne Community Schools. Other Allen County winners were Jessica Bauer of St. Joseph Hessen Cassel Catholic School; Neveah Hernandez of Timothy L. Johnson Academy; Caylee Lolmaugh of Suburban Bethlehem Lutheran School; Sancho Mon of Lutheran South Unity School; Rayna Thompson of St. Aloysius Catholic School; Jacqueline Vasquez of St. John the Baptist School Fort Wayne; Margaret Wheeler of Most Precious Blood School; and Liam Butterfield, home-schooled.

Jennifer Knapp, an instructor of paramedic science, was the 2019 Ivy Tech Community College President's Award honoree from the Fort Wayne campus.

• Warsaw Community High School senior Noah Marshall accepted an appointment to the U.S. Service Academies. He will attend the U.S. Air Force Academy.

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

To submit an item, send a typed release from the school or organization to Education Notebook, The Journal Gazette, 600 W. Main St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802; fax 461-8893 or email at least two weeks before the desired publication date.

Sign up for our daily headlines newsletter

Top headlines are sent daily