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Student Life at Ivy Tech enhances the educational experience and overall quality of life for a student by creating a sense of community that focuses on developing the student as a whole through the integration of student-focused activities and programs.

We are here to:
  • increase awareness of activities and opportunities offered by Ivy Tech and the community.
  • provide leadership development and experiences, so students can develop and apply learned skills to their personal and professional lives after graduation.
  • determine the needs of the students and create meaningful programs to meet those needs.
  • facilitate and assist in educational and entertainment programs.
  • provide support and assistance to student organizations
  • allow students to implement their passions, abilities and ideas through leadership opportunities and student organizations.
  • provide professional development and recognition to student leaders
  • welcome new students and assist them with the transition to Ivy Tech.
  • create a comfortable and pleasant atmosphere for students to enjoy while on campus.
Contact Us

Christina O'Brien
Director of Student Life
260-481-2232

Student Organizations

Interested in starting your own student organization? Learn more.

Alumni Association: The association strives to promote a spirit of loyalty, fraternity and fellowship. United action in promoting and advancing interest in Ivy Tech and networking together for the benefit of the College and each other is encouraged.

Campus Activities Board (CAB): Campus Activities Board focuses on providing a robust calendar of social, educational, and developmental activities for Ivy Tech – Northeast students.  CAB believes in developing the body, mind, and soul of all students therefore providing a more enriching college experience.

Campus Ministry: Campus Ministry was designed for the purpose of fellow students meeting to share Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Students are encouraged to enjoy fun and fellowship, to meet new people and discuss "real world" issues that are pertinent to the student body. Meetings are held two times a month.

Culinary Club: The Culinary Club gives students in the Hospitality Administration program a chance to further their experiences in the culinary field.

Future Elementary Education Teachers (F.E.E.T.): F.E.E.T. supports students in the Elementary Education program, but is also open to all students from all programs of study, especially those students who are undecided. We function as a social network, community network, and we make footsteps toward leadership in our field.

Med Assist Club: The Med Assist Club involves students interested in Medical Assisting in promoting interest in the medical assisting profession, networking career opportunities and community service.

Metaphysical Exploration Club (MEC): The purpose of the club is to be exposed to thoughts and ideas often not covered in course study at Ivy Tech Community College.  This is accomplished by exploring various metaphysical topics with an open mind and critical thinking.  Meetings are held twice a month along with two or more special events each semester. 

Multicultural Students Organization (MSO): MSO recognizes individual diversity, equity, equality, and uniqueness among the student body. MSO accepts all students regardless of race, color, national origin, age religious beliefs, sexual orientation and disability. MSO further recognizes that multiculturalism is about each person coming to terms with his or her attitudes, beliefs and expectations about others, and gaining comfort with differences. MSO accepts the challenges and regards that multiculturalism represents.

Student Nurse Association (Ivy SNO): Ivy SNO is a volunteer and leadership organization serving and representing student nurses on our local campus. Its purpose is to organize events to include current and future nursing students as well as present community service opportunities that impact the health and well being of the community.

Northeast students.  CAB believes in developing the body, mind, and soul of all students therefore providing a more enriching college experience.

Campus Ministry: Campus Ministry was designed for the purpose of fellow students meeting to share Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Students are encouraged to enjoy fun and fellowship, to meet new people and discuss "real world" issues that are pertinent to the student body. Meetings are held two times a month.

Culinary Club: The Culinary Club gives students in the Hospitality Administration program a chance to further their experiences in the culinary field.

Future Elementary Education Teachers (F.E.E.T.): F.E.E.T. supports students in the Elementary Education program, but is also open to all students from all programs of study, especially those students who are undecided. We function as a social network, community network, and we make footsteps toward leadership in our field.

Med Assist Club: The Med Assist Club involves students interested in Medical Assisting in promoting interest in the medical assisting profession, networking career opportunities and community service.

Metaphysical Exploration Club (MEC): The purpose of the club is to be exposed to thoughts and ideas often not covered in course study at Ivy Tech Community College.  This is accomplished by exploring various metaphysical topics with an open mind and critical thinking.  Meetings are held twice a month along with two or more special events each semester. 

Multicultural Students Organization (MSO): MSO recognizes individual diversity, equity, equality, and uniqueness among the student body. MSO accepts all students regardless of race, color, national origin, age religious beliefs, sexual orientation and disability. MSO further recognizes that multiculturalism is about each person coming to terms with his or her attitudes, beliefs and expectations about others, and gaining comfort with differences. MSO accepts the challenges and regards that multiculturalism represents.

Student Nurse Association (Ivy SNO): Ivy SNO is a volunteer and leadership organization serving and representing student nurses on our local campus. Its purpose is to organize events to include current and future nursing students as well as present community service opportunities that impact the health and well being of the community.

Phi Theta Kappa (PTK): Phi Theta Kappa is a national honor fraternity for two-year colleges. Its purpose is to recognize and promote academic excellence. This is done by providing leadership development opportunities for service in both chapter activities and at regional PTK events. Membership in PTK is by invitation only and is based upon a minimum grade point average (GPA) as well as completion of a specified number of credit hours.

Rabid Panda Films: Rabid Panda Film Club aims to help students interested in media production and to help build relationships between students and technology.  It also gives students experience in the media field they may not otherwise have access to.

Stars & Stripes Student Organization: The Stars & Stripes Student Organization is committed to representing the interests and advocating for issues facing student veterans. The organization educates veterans on benefits available to them, provides assistance to ensure that their educational goals are achieved, and contributes to the community.

Student Government Association (SGA): The Student Government Association (SGA) is a student leadership and volunteer organization that is open to all Ivy Tech students. Members serve as liaisons between the student body and the college administration.

Student Leadership Academy (SLA): The Student Leadership Academy is designed to help those enrolled at Ivy Tech learn more about leadership and to take on leadership roles on campus.The College pays for the program and cost of materials. SLA simply asks that students provide the commitment to complete the program and the desire to learn and have fun.

Contact

Christina O'Brien
Director of Student Life
260-481-2232

Establishing and Maintaining a Registered Student Organization

For assistance in planning a student organization, please contact Christina E. O’Brien, Director of Student Life. (260) 481-2232

Purpose

Ivy Tech Community College recognizes the benefits associated with student participation in student organizations.  Co-curricular activities supplement students’ traditional education and assist in providing them with opportunities to further develop life skills.

Definitions

Student Organization:  Student organizations at Ivy Tech Community College are student initiated and student directed.  Student organizations exist for a variety of reasons and come in a variety of forms.  The purpose of student organizations vary from student governance, professional and academic-discipline or departmental organizations, religious affiliated organizations, special interest groups, recreational organizations, sports clubs, and academic honor societies.  Student organizations provide students with experiences which complement the academic classroom experience.  They accommodate varied interests, cultural differences, abilities, and needs of their members.  Participation, particularly in a leadership role, provides opportunities for student growth and development.  Students can practice critical thinking, leadership, communication, financial management, group dynamics, and organizational skills.

Advisor:  Student organization advisors take on a combination of roles including advisor, coach, and educator. As an advisor, this individual works to maintain the organization and delegate tasks to the officers and members.  As coach, they share a vision for the organization and work to improve the effectiveness of the organization and assist officers and members in reaching their goals.  As an educator, the advisor offers consultation and through discussion will help students critically think through situations and support them as they come to conclusions.  Ultimately student organization advisors counsel on organizational decisions, and help student organizations maintain consistency from year to year.

Constitution:  A constitution contains fundamental principles which govern a student organization’s operation.  It establishes the identity of the organization by stating the purpose and outlines the basic operating structure.  It includes information that is central to the organization and allows members and potential members to have a better understanding of the organization.  A constitution should withstand year after year; however it should be reviewed annually and amended as necessary. Sample constitution.

By-laws:  By-laws incorporate sections that have information and requirements that may change year to year (specific amounts for dues or meeting dates).  Many organizations do not need by-laws; rather the information can be incorporated into the constitution itself.  By-laws should be reviewed annually and amended as necessary.

POLICY:

A. Establishing a New Registered Student Organization.  A group of Ivy Tech students may become a student organization upon formal registration with the Office of Student Life.  Registration shall not imply College endorsement of the group goals and activities.  Such registration is contingent upon the following conditions and receipt of the following documentation:

  1. Intent to Organize Application form
  2. Constitution.  An outline of the basic information to be included in a constitution is available in the Student Life Office
  3. List of eligible officers including contact information
  4. Name of a faculty or staff advisor
  5. List of at least five (5) Ivy Tech Community College students
  6. Attendance of the organization President and Advisor at an “orientation” meeting with the Student Life Office

Some student organizations engage in activities that involve inherent risk.  Organizations with inherent risk that are seeking registration may be asked to pursue additional registration requirements.

B.  Benefits/Privileges for Registered Student Organizations.  Any student group registered as an Ivy Tech student organization is entitled to:

  1. Official listing as a registered student organization with the College.
  2. Participation as a group at College sponsored functions (activity fairs, involvement events, etc.).
  3. Use of available College facilities on a space-available basis to hold meetings or conduct activities consistent with the objectives of the student organization.
  4. Request College funds through the Student Life Budget Committee to support student organization programs and activity.
  5. Financial accounts are established with the Business Office for organization use.  All registered student organizations are required to handle their finances through the College.
  6. Organizations user name and password for the purpose of email or web space on the College server.
  7. Opportunity to hold fundraising activities.
  8. Organization sponsored events published on campus calendars, electronic bulletin boards (if applicable), and in campus publications.

C. Expectations of Registered Student Organizations.  Student organizations are responsible for:

  1. Communicating with the Student Life Office
  2. Practicing sound fiscal management
  3. Following College policies and procedures
  4. Following state and federal laws

D. Maintaining Student Organization Registration.  Previously registered student organizations must renew their registration yearly.  To maintain status as a registered student organization the following conditions must be met:

  1. Complete and submit the Student Organization Re-Registration Form.  Update the information in the form including:
    • Organization name and description
    • Officer names and contact information
    • Advisor’s name(s) and contact information
    • Provide a full membership roster including at least five (5) currently enrolled Ivy Tech Community College students from your region.
  2. Provide the student organization’s current constitution.

E. Termination of Registered Status.  The registration of a student organization may be terminated for a specific or indefinite period of time.  If terminated, a student organization will no longer be afforded any benefits or have any privileges with the College.  Funds held in the College account will be forfeited and returned to the Student Life Budget Committee accounts to be redistributed to other student organizations.  The Office of Student Life will notify any recognized student organization that has failed to meet the conditions for maintaining registered status:

  1. Student organizations that do not complete and submit the renewal information and documentation will be considered inactive.
  2. Student organizations that do not hold meetings or activities for an entire academic year will be considered inactive.
  3. Student organization officers, with the advisors signature, submit a written request to terminate the organization
  4. A student organization violates College regulations or policy or state or federal law

F. General Membership

  1. Membership in student organizations may be composed of students, alumni, faculty, staff, and community members.
  2. Non-student membership may be held by faculty, staff, alumni, or community members.  Non-student members may not vote or hold office.
  3. The control and operation of student organizations must remain with the student members.  Voting privileges may be granted to only Ivy Tech students.
  4. Membership and participation in student organizations must be free from discrimination for all students regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, age, or veteran status.
  5. Students must be free to join or leave an organization without being subjected to pressure, harassment, or intimidation.
  6. Hazing is prohibited by state statute.

G. Requirements for Holding Office

  1. Each student organization shall be expected to define the requirements for eligibility of its own officers and participants.
  2. Regardless of further requirements that may be established by a student organization, an officer must be a currently enrolled Ivy Tech Community College student who is in good academic and conduct standing with the College.
  3. If a student falls out of good academic or conduct standing while holding an officer position, they may be required to resign from that office.

H. Advisors to Student Organizations

  1. Each student organization shall be required to have a primary advisor.  Advisors provide advisement and coaching, and serve as an education outside the classroom to the organization officers and members.
  2. Student organizations have thirty (30) days to fill vacant primary advisor positions.  If the advisor position is not filled, the organization may lose their registered status and their activities may be limited until a new advisor is identified.
  3. If the primary advisor position is vacated within the last 30 days of the end of the semester, the group will have 30 days after the start of the next semester to fill the vacant position.
  4. The primary advisor shall be faculty or staff at Ivy Tech Community College or otherwise approved by the Student Life Office.
  5. In addition to their primary advisor, student organizations may have community advisors, instructors, and coaches.  However, the direction of the group must remain with the student members.
  6. Advisors shall be selected by the student organization and approved by the Student Life Office.
  7. Advisors shall not have voting rights, including voting to approve expenditures or programs.

Student Housing

Most students attending Ivy Tech Community College commute daily from their homes. That is why Ivy Tech does not operate its own residence halls.

Ivy Tech-Northeast students are eligible to live in the IPFW Student Housing on the Waterfield Campus. Students can get an enriched college experience by living in the modern, apartment-style housing that opened in 2004 at IPFW. Student Housing accommodates residents with furnished one-, two-, and four-bedroom apartments. Students enjoy security, private bedrooms, meeting spaces, and an array of amenities, including cable and high-speed Internet connections. They also have access to Cole Commons, which features a computer lab, fitness center, fireside lounge, and large-screen TV. Student Housing is located near numerous restaurants, retail stores, and entertainment venues.

Area apartment guides are also available in the Student Life Office.

For more information on IPFW Student Housing, contact:

Student Housing Office
Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne
Cole Commons
2101 E. Coliseum Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
260-481-4180
Web site

Health and Wellness

Because the whole health of our students and employees is important to their success, Ivy Tech works to offer classes and events that promote wellness. Classes such as IVYT 103, FITN 100 and FITN 101 all cover health related topics while working with students to develop their own wellness plans. The Student Life Office and various student organizations strive to offer wellness events and programs each year. Such programs include Wellness Fairs, cohorts to lose weight and improve blood pressure, along with promotions to encourage walking and participation in different active events. Community Health Resource Guides are also available at the Fitness Center and the Student Life Office.


Fitness Center

The Fitness Center is located at the Student Life Center in room 109. It is available free of charge to all current students, employees, and faculty of Ivy Tech Community College Northeast. To be able to use the Fitness Center, eligible participants must first register with Security at Harshman room 1704.

The Fitness Center includes top-of-the-line cardio and strength training equipment made by Precor. Personal viewing screens are located on all cardio equipment and it is recommended that members bring personal headphones when working out. A stretch trainer and stretching mats are also available to help members warm up before starting their work-out.

A scale, automatic blood pressure cuff, and body fat analyzer are all on hand to help members keep track of their fitness goals. While no personal trainers are available, a wealth of health related information and tracking tools will be made available.

Hours of Operation:

Monday-Friday: 6 a.m.-9 p.m.
To enter the building between 6 a.m.-7 a.m. use the side entrance closest to Carroll

Saturday: 7 a.m.-Noon

Sunday: CLOSED

Fitness Center hours are subject to change during academic breaks and holidays


Gymnasium

The gymnasium is located at SL102. The gymnasium is a common hosting site for large college events and intramural sports. The gymnasium is also used for fitness classes.

There will be open gym hours during the week in which students and employees are free to employ the gymnasium for their wellness needs. Equipment such as basketballs, volleyball nets, volleyballs, Pilate mats, and multipurpose balls will be made available at these times. All equipment must be returned by the end of the open gym time frame.

Locker room facilities are available and are located between the gymnasium (SL118) and the Fitness Center (SL107). All personal items must be removed from the lockers by closing time.

Open Gym Times:

Monday-Friday: 6 a.m.-9 p.m.

Saturday: 7 a.m.-Noon

Open Gym time may be canceled due to class needs or activities.

Open Gym hours are subject to change during breaks and holidays and are based on the availability of the facility


Softball Field

The softball field is located behind the Student Life Center and Carroll. The softball field is open for use by employees and students when it is otherwise not booked for intramural sports or college events. Use is determined on a first-come, first-served basis between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m..

Bats, softballs, lobe balls, and kick balls are available to be checked out to use on the softball field. Equipment can be checked out from the Student Life Office and a form of identification will be required. All equipment must be returned prior to the close of the Student Life Office. Parties will be held responsible for broken or lost equipment.


Intramural Sports

Ivy Tech Community College-Northeast offers two great ways to get involved in intramural sports.

Intramurals @ IPFW
  • Students Only
  • IPFW & Ivy Tech have partnered to bring Ivy Tech and IPFW students a comprehensive Intramural Sport program. Completely free to current students, approximately 15 individual & team sports have seasons in the summer, fall, and winter along with an array of one day tournaments in select sports. You can register to receive notifications for the sports of your choice at: www.ipfw.edu/intramurals. For additional information contact the Student Life Office.


State Tournaments

  • Students & Employees are Welcome
  • Every year the Ivy Tech regions across the state vie for the title in bowling, basketball, and softball. If you are interested in representing Ivy Tech Community College Northeast at one of these dynamic one day tournaments then please register for participation at the Student Life Office.

Contact Us

Christina O'Brien
Director of Student Life
260-481-2232 

Student Leadership Academy

The Student Leadership Academy identifies up to twenty students to grow in their personal development, as they prepare to assume greater responsibilities and leadership roles at the college and the community. Such roles include committee service as members and chairs, as well as preparing to hold office.


Subject areas include, but are not limited to leadership styles and skills, presentation skills, group problem solving, team building, time and project management, parliamentary procedure, and College history. Topical areas to be covered:

  • Leadership of Self
  • Leadership in the Community/Service Learning
  • Leadership of Team
  • Leadership of Organization

Participants who graduate from the program possess a greater understanding of the college and its organization, objectives, and procedures. Graduates actively hold offices and chair crucial committees within student organizations that contribute to the success of the clubs and organizations and enhance the College's image in the community. Graduates of the Student Leadership Academy are a source of fresh ideas and will often serve as mentors for other students.

For more information:

Christina O'Brien
Director of Student Life
260-481-2232

Contact us

Location:

3701 Dean Drive
Student Life Center Room 203, North Campus
Fort Wayne, IN 46835

Mailing address:

3800 N. Anthony Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805

Christina O'Brien
Director of Student Life
260-481-2232