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Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory City Safari day campers listen to Fort Wayne Police Officer Joyce VanPelt talk about safety at Safety Village.
Education notebook

Campers explore city, environs

Kids participating in the six-week series of City Safari Day Camps got to learn the ABCs of playing it safe last week in addition to spending a day at Black Pine Animal Sanctuary.

Exploring the city and surrounding area is what makes the day camp – based in the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St. – so unique, said Joel Bowerman, the conservatory’s education director.

The camp for first- through sixth-graders features different themes, including this week’s All Natural – focusing on nature; Back in Time – finding out how life was 100 years ago; Wild Side – an up-close look at animals; Ready, Set … GO! – about modes of transportation; and Creative Creatures – discovering creativity in everyone.

Many of the kids sign up for six camps while others attend one or two, Bowerman said.

“We do something different every day, including an offsite adventure,” he said.

Last week was Black Pine Animal Sanctuary and this week it’s Merry Lea Environmental Center, both in Noble County. Future trips include Amish Acres in Nappanee, Cook’s Bison Ranch in Wolcottville, Pokagon State Park in Angola and a canoe trip on Cedar Creek.

“A lot of things we do are hands on,” Bowerman said.

In addition to a field trip every Wednesday, kids learn how to take the CitiLink bus – with adult supervision – to Northside pool where all campers will spend the afternoon.


•Six Bishop Dwenger Class of 2014 students received a perfect score on one or more sections of the ACT or SAT test: Nicholas Miles, Benjamin Hayes, Derek Gloudemans, Luke Palmer, Nicholas Hagar and Matthew Krach.

•The Bishop Luers Social Studies Academic Super Bowl team – Travis Javins, Sam Stein, Isaiah Klotz, Jonathan Baum, and Sebastian Skordos – earned the state championship, and the Fine Arts team – Duncan Justice, Makenna Zwick, Samantha Justice, Andrew Schenkel and Jacob Schall – placed third.

•Exelis has awarded Allen County Education Partnership a $20,000 grant to support the agency’s early literacy program, Project READS.

•Huntington County Community School Corp. has named Audrey Fetters, kindergarten teacher at Flint Springs Elementary School, as the 2014 Teacher of the Year.

Scholarships and internships

•The following Fort Wayne residents were named National Merit Scholarship winners and will receive $2,500 scholarships: Derek A. Gloudemans, Bishop Dwenger; Abby E. Lemert, Carroll; Justin A. Stuckey, Leo.

•Luke Batdorff of Bluffton has been awarded the Huntington University Women’s Auxiliary Scholarship for the second consecutive year. The award is $1,250.

•Joeb Woodring, an junior mechanical engineering major from Avilla, was named Intern of the Year at the Indiana Tech Career Center’s annual Internship Recognition Breakfast.


•Huntington University junior Matt Burris is partnering with the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center’s student venture lab to make his feature film “The Axe Murders on 9.” For more information on the film, visit

•Huntington University’s social work program was recently accredited for eight more years by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation.


•Beginning this fall, Trine University will offer a bachelor of arts degree in professional writing and English Studies through the Jannen School of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Humanities and Communication.

•Mike Eikenberry, a retired Fort Wayne banker, and Keith Turner, co-founder of Auburn’s Metal Technologies Inc., have joined Trine University’s Board of Trustees.

Ivy Tech

•Beginning fall 2014, Ivy Tech will offer three new credentials: a general certificate in aviation maintenance; a technical certificate in aviation technology; and a certificate in aviation manufacturing.

•Electrical engineering technology will be offered at Ivy Tech Community College Northeast beginning Fall 2014.

Saint Francis

•The University of Saint Francis will continue its free “future of” series in collaboration with Fort Wayne’s Martin Luther King Club and Frost Illustrated with “The Future of Civil Rights 2014” on July 2 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the USF Robert Goldstine Performing Arts Center, the former Scottish Rite in downtown Fort Wayne.

Kimberly Guise, who will study clinical laboratory science this fall as a University of Saint Francis freshman, has been awarded the Tom Jehl Lifetime Sports Academy Scholarship by the university.


•Indiana University School of Nursing announced that Carol Crosby, clinical assistant professor of nursing, has been named as one of the first recipients of its Alumni Legacy Leaders award.

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