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Sarah Janssen | The Journal Gazette
South Side High School instrumental music teacher Micah Roddy, left, plays with students during a class.

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Name: Micah Roddy

School: South Side High School

Grade/Subject teaching: Instrumental music

Education (where you went to school, degrees earned): Bachelor’s degree from University of Nevada, Las Vegas and master’s from IPFW

Years teaching: Four (three years at South Side, one at Elmhurst)

City born: Houston

City raised: Columbia City

Current hometown: Fort Wayne

Family: Wife, Joni (married for three years); son, Wyatt (10 months)

Last book read and what you thought of it: “America Again: Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren’t” by Stephen Colbert. Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are two of my favorites; two of the funniest, smartest people on the planet.

Favorite class in school: In my school years, band. History, sciences, and literature were always favorites too. Favorite class to teach – all have their bright spots, but jazz is one thing that led me into holding a trombone in the first place, so there’s a special place there.

Biggest influence in your decision to become a teacher? I have a very loving and strong family that encourages helping others and doing the right things. Other teachers and friends from my time in Whitley County, Las Vegas and Fort Wayne since I was very young were very influential too. Several very good, very patient people took me under their wings as I grew and even to this day, this still happens at South Side and FWCS with mentors throughout the buildings. I have to thank my wife, because without her, who knows where I’d be or what I’d be doing right now.

Nominated by: Stacey Brittsan

Nomination: “Mr. Roddy is an amazing teacher. He works with all types of kids. He treats all the kids the same. He cares deeply for each and every one of us. He sees good and potential in everyone … I do not think he realizes how great of a person he is.”


•FIRST Robotics, Eagle Tech Academy and 80/20 Inc. will sponsor a demonstration and review of FIRST Robotics teams and competitions from 6 to 8 p.m. on April 17 at Eagle Tech Academy, 107 N. Walnut St. in Columbia City. The event is free.


Mac and Pat Parker were honored recently by the McMillen Center for Health Education for their dedication to visionary thinking, tireless involvement and community contributions to health and wellness. The Parkers were presented with the Center’s highest honor, the Janus Award at the second annual Vitality Awards.


•Fine arts students will present an exhibition of their senior projects until Sunday in the Visual Arts Gallery. The metal works of Louise Haynes also will be shown. Haynes is completing her master of liberal studies degree at IPFW. The exhibition can be viewed daily in the Visual Arts Gallery from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free.

•Chancellor Vicky Carwein has announced that she has recommended to the Purdue University Trustees that Jeffrey Anderson be appointed as the vice chancellor for academic affairs, effective July 1. Anderson is the founding dean of the College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie, Wis., a position he has held since 2009.

Anderson began his academic career at Ball State University in Muncie as an assistant professor of mathematics and graduate faculty from 1989 to 1992.


•A public auction of classroom and faculty office furniture and electronics from the historic Administration Building of Manchester University is set for Saturday. Bidding begins at 10 a.m. inside the building at 604 E. College Ave., on the North Manchester campus. More information and photos of items are available online at

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•The School of Creative Arts will open its 37th annual SOCA Student Exhibition with a reception, concert and awards ceremony from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday in Weatherhead Gallery in the Rolland Center for Art and Visual Communication. Awards will be presented at 7:30 p.m. in the North Campus auditorium.

The exhibition will be free and open to the public through April 30. Student work is on display in the Goldfish and Artist Spotlight galleries are in the Rolland Center, and the Lupke Gallery in the North Campus building. Rolland Center gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Lupke Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Do you have a favorite teacher? Please send us your nominations, including the teacher’s name, school, school district and grade/subject taught as well as your name, phone number and reason for your nomination. Nominations can be sent to Sarah Janssen at The Journal Gazette, 600 W. Main St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802, faxed to 461-8893 or emailed to