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Jon Allgeier, Rachel Kimes and Paul Miller work on props in the arts class of the summer Jesters program at the University of Saint Francis. The program begins July 29.
Education notebook

Jesters win participants’ raves

Paul Miller was quiet and shy and didn’t talk much, but that all changed when he joined The Jesters, a University of Saint Francis performing arts program for people with disabilities.

Paul was 8 or 9 years old when he joined the group and is now 32 and still involved with Jesters, his mother Laura Miller said.

“He really liked being with others and has become a people person,” she said. “He loves to make people laugh and smile. He just enjoys making others happy.”

Rachel Kimes, 19, is enjoying her second year with the Jesters.

“Rachel loves music and really enjoys working with the other kids and putting on plays and working on songs,” her mother, Jackie Kimes, said. “It’s a very positive experience for all involved.”

The Jesters will offer summer sessions on the following Tuesdays: July 29, Aug. 5, 12, 19 and 26 and Sept. 2 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

All sessions but Aug. 19 will be in the dance studio at the back of the university’s North Campus at 2702 Spring St. The Aug. 19 session will be in the Rolland Center for Art and Visual Communication on Leesburg Road.

The six-week summer program will include dance/movement, stories, theater, percussion and music (instrumental and voice) while creating a template for next year’s Jesters performance March 7 and 8.

The summer program is open to anyone with a disability, regardless of involvement with the traditional Jesters program held annually September through March.

The summer program fee is $30 and scholarships are available. The registration deadline is July 25, and the program is limited to the first 30 registered participants.

For registration forms or more information, contact director Allison Ballard at or 745-3107; or Molly McGowan at the USF School of Creative Arts at 399-7700, ext 8001.


•The University of Saint Francis will offer six different public shows at the Edwin Clark Schouweiler Memorial Planetarium for two weekends during Fort Wayne’s Three Rivers Festival. For a complete list of shows, dates and times visit Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for children 18 and younger and $3 for senior citizens with a maximum charge of $14 per family. An additional $1 discount will be given to Fort Wayne Astronomical Society members and visitors with Three Rivers Festival buttons. Buy tickets at the door. Enter off the Leesburg Road entrance on the east side of campus. The planetarium is in Achatz Hall.

•An American Society of Materials STEM camp will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 28 to Aug. 1 at the Student Life Center on the Ivy Tech North Campus, 3701 Dean Drive. The camp is geared toward high school general science, chemistry, physics, math, and technology teachers and middle school math and science teachers. To register, contact Ann Travis at 480-4118 or of visit to register online.


•Angela Collins and Abby Lemert, both from Fort Wayne, received full-ride scholarships with a graduate school option to Purdue University. The Beering Scholarship covers full educational expenses for a bachelor’s degree and the opportunity to pursue two other graduate degrees at the university. Students are selected based on high school academic credentials and leadership skills. The program also covers related educational expenses and a one-semester study abroad opportunity. Both women are and studying first-year engineering.

•Andrew Kreager, Snider High School, Eva Lewellen, South Side High School, and Michael Lombardi, Bishop Dwenger High School each received a $2,000 Salin Foundation Community Scholarship .The awards assist students who plan to enroll in a full-time course of undergraduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university, or vocational school located in Indiana.


•Three new graduate Christian ministry degrees will launch this fall. The two-year, master’s level degree programs will concentrate in the areas of global initiatives, global youth ministry and pastoral leadership.

•The Think College program, called “ABLE” (Achieving Balance in Life Through Education) will welcome six high school students to campus this fall. The program is the result of a partnership with Huntington County Community School Corp. to give students with intellectual disabilities a chance to participate in college life and to obtain hands-on work experience before they transition full time into their communities.

Ivy Tech

Audrey Alleyne Quiniou and Dane Nagy were named to this year’s All-Indiana Academic Team.

•Robert D. Parker, program chair of Industrial Technology at the Fort Wayne campus, was named a recipient of 2014 President’s Awards for Ivy Tech Community College.


•Junior B rian Kautz was recently named the Outstanding Student of the Year of the six-state Midwest District of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.

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