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May 2016

Service Learning Project with Crossroad

The IPFW Blue and White Committee, comprised of IPFW employees who have graduated from IPFW, will be galvanizing their efforts to implement a campus-wide service project this summer.  In the week surrounding Summerfest on July 27, we will be collecting school supplies and donations on behalf of the students at Crossroad.
Crossroad creates promising futures for children in difficult circumstances by providing therapy, education, and family support services. Their on-site school provides education in grades 1 through 12 for about 45 residential students and 20-30 alternative education students, who join them each day for classes.
“Many of these children, especially our residents, are ‘families of one’ and don’t have anyone providing them with new clothes or supplies at the beginning of each school year,” explained Kyle Zanker, chief development officer for Crossroad. “When the IPFW Blue and White committee approached us about collecting school supplies for our children as a service project, we were thrilled. We have never been included in this type of effort before and we love this idea.”
Susan Domer, VPA marketing and public relations specialist, will be heading this service project sub-committee for the IPFW Blue and Whites. “We will be collecting like-new jeans and sneakers in a variety of sizes, a wide variety of school supplies and accepting cash donations during Summerfest specifically for art supplies at either Michael’s or United Art Supply,” explained Domer. “They have a great need for art supplies that allow their students to express themselves in positively creative ways.”
A volunteer committee has been organized and are looking for a few more members to help organize the effort.  The project will need Blue and White Committee members to help work the table during Summerfest, to not only help take in collections but also to inform the campus community about the Blue and White Committee and how they help to support the campus community.
Crossroad is a not-for-profit treatment provider for emotionally troubled youth and their families. Founded in 1883 as an orphanage, we have evolved into a center of excellence in the field of emotional treatment and alternative education. We provide both residential and non-residential services including outpatient counseling, home-based therapy and casework, community-based wraparound programs, day education at our on-grounds school, diagnostic assessments, secure care, PRTF (Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility), and more. To learn more about them visit

Alumni Night at the Tin Caps - Thursday, June 16, 2016

If you have not yet already purchased your tickets for the IPFW Alumni Night at TinCaps, you need to hurry! This event is a great opportunity for you to connect with fellow IPFW alumni and represent the IPFW Blue and White Committee.This is a family-friendly event, so feel free to make it a family fun evening as well!

TinCaps vs. Bowling Green Hot Rods  
5:35 pm - Gates Open 
6:05 pm - Picnic Area Opens
7:05 pm - First Pitch

Purchase Your Tickets Here

April 2016

James Velez - Will be starring in Avenue Q from April 29-May 7
Reuben Albaugh - Will be directing South Pacific on June 10
Karen Case - Recently presented at the Region 5 NACADA conference in Canada. Her presentation was called Like Mother, Like Daughter and presented with Julie Hook of General Studies.
Susan Domer - Will be performing in Always A Bridesmaid April 29 to May 14

March 2016


Congratulations to Marietta Frye on her 40 Under 40 Selection

Marietta Frye is one of two IPFW employees, along with Ellen Cutter of the Community Research Institute, for Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly and KPC Media's 40 Under 40. She will be honored on March 24 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum at 5:30 pm. 

Marietta is currently the Director of Advising for the College of Arts and Sciences. Previously, she worked in the Mastodon Advising Center. Marietta earned her M.A., English, in 2008 and her B.A., English in 2004 both from IPFW. Last year, Marietta won the Distinguished Service Award from the IPFW Alumni Association and she currently the chair of the Plock Committee for the Fort Wayne Sister Cities International, Inc. Board of Directors. Marietta is an exceptional individual and we are extremely proud to have her in our ranks!

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Congratulations James Velez and Victoria Sarjeant on their Alumni Awards!

At this year's Homecoming Celebration, James Velez,  B.A. 2013 received the Young Alumni Award and Victoria Sarjeant, B.A. 2013 received the Distinguished Service Award. James and Victoria were joined with other honorees Nelson Peters, MPA 1998,  who won the Alumni Citation and the family of Lindsey Hivley, B.S 2011, who accepted Lindsey award posthumously for Young Alumni along with James. 

James Velez is a proud graduate of IPFW with his Bachelor of Arts in Theatre. During his time as an undergrad, James was involved in many of the Department of Theatre's productions as an actor, designer, technician, director and stage manager. Velez spends much of his free time volunteering for non-profits like the Allen County SPCA, Fort Wayne Civic Theatre, and the South Side High School Speech Team. He has volunteered for the Miss America Organization for over a decade and loves helping young women work toward achieving their dreams. Velez has been employed at IPFW for over 6 years and is currently the Coordinator for Student Organizations, Activities, and Inter-mural Sports in the Office of Student Life and Leadership. He serves on many committees and is the Chair of he Homecoming Committee. Velez has demonstrated his strong work ethic, character, dedication, energy, and creativity, both during his years as an undergraduate student and now as an employee at IPFW.

As a recent IPFW alumna, Victoria Sarjeant takes pride in calling IPFW her home.  
She has participated in numerous philanthropic activities including, UNICEF, Riley Children’s Foundation, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the National Kidney Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, and more. 
Sarjeant has spent the last year and a half helping build the IPFW Alumni Association’s Blue and White Committee affinity group as the Co-Chair and is also the Chair of the Fall Fest committee. She has 
been employed at IPFW for the past five years, with her current university position as the Assistant to the Chancellor. This position allows her 
to plan Chancellor events, such as the Legislative Issues Luncheon, IPFW Statehouse Day, the IPFW Family Picnic and more. She recently presented at the CASE V Conference for Advancement professionals on “Building Affinity Groups to Engage a New Generation of Alumni.” 
Sarjeant also recently launched a website called Demonstrative Pocket, a website to highlight local businesses, artists, non-profits and events. She is also an ambassador for the Color Run Fort Wayne and loves spending time with her book club. 

Coincidentally, you can currently find James and Victoria putting their knowledge together for the Top 50 Dinner on May 1, a new Chancellor's office initiative, where we will we aspire to recognize students who not only achieve academically, but who are also exceptionally involved in both the campus and Fort Wayne communities.

February 2016


Farewell to Kim Wagner

Please join us as we send our best wishes to Kim Wagner, Chief of Staff and former director of Alumni Relations, as she makes a career jump to Sweetwater Sound next week. We are grateful for everything Kim has done for our campus and the Alumni Relations office. Kim has been with the university as an employee for almost 12 years and she attend IPFW for her undergraduate and graduate degrees. She will be truly missed!

Happy Retirement Warren!


Warren Cartmel's retirement party is Friday, February 19 starting at 10:00 AM.
It will be in Nursing Department conference room LA 312 and 312A.

Please join him in this exciting new adventure!

January 2016

Our Esteemed Retirees:

We will deeply miss the presence of these two individuals and we hope we will still see them at Alumni Association events. Feel free to drop them a congratulatory note!

Warren Cartmel is retiring in February, and is having a retirement party February 19. The party will begin at 10 AM in LA 312 and LA 312A. They will be serving chili, cake, punch and coffee.
Lea Powers retired from IPFW on January 14. As a student, she played on IPFW's first women's volleyball and softball teams, as well as created the Tusky logo. She is looking forward to starting a new career at Physician's Health Plan of North East Indiana. 

December 2015

Victoria Sarjeant  

Victoria Sarjeant  will be presenting about the Blue and White committee at the 2015 CASE V Regional Conference, taking place December 13-15. She will be  giving her presentation "Building Affinity Groups to Engage a New Generation of Alumni" and discuss what we have done as a group, including increasing Alumni Association memberships and that we are the largest affinity group on campus. Congratulations to Victoria on this presentation! Also, thank you to for all of her and the rest of the leadership team for all they do to keep the affinity group going!

Reuben Albaugh
Reuben Albaugh recently participated in the annual Fort Wayne Holiday Pops concert!

Cassie Wolfe, Karen Case and Christopher Riley attended the Indiana Commission on Higher Education Student Advocates Conference December 2-3.


November 2015


As of October, we are at 468 plates sold!  Keep up the great work! This is thanks to everyone who has bought a plate or has encouraged others to buy a plate. An extra special thanks to James Griffin, Marcia Tuttle, Karen Case, Marietta Frye, Christopher Riley, Melissa Eastman, Angie Fincannon, Victoria Sarjeant, and Ron Clark. These people have gone above the call of duty in getting the plate saved. 

Melinda Conley 

Melinda Conley, director of marketing in Continuing Studies, presented a marketing session at the Indiana Council for Continuing Education Professional Development Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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James Velez, coordinator of student activities, and John Kaufeld, chief communications officer, presented an educational session at the 2015 National Campus Activities Mid America Regional Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

October 2015


License plate sales are at record highs! Keep up the great work! This is thanks to everyone who has bought a plate or has encouraged others to buy a plate. An extra special thanks to James Griffin, Marcia Tuttle, Karen Case, Marietta Frye, Christopher Riley, Melissa Eastman, Debra Boggs, Angie Fincannon, Victoria Sarjeant, and Ron Clark. These people have gone above the call of duty in getting the plate saved. 

Karen and Corrie

Karen Case & Corrie Fox just presented their original program "50 Shades of Gray: Ethics in Advising" at the NACADA national conference in Nevada!


Reuben Albaugh is currently performing in the campus production of Anything Goes!


Christopher Riley and the rest of the Blue and White Committee was mentioned in an article called To Affinity and Beyond for their excellent work with builing affinity on within the Alumni Association!

September 2015


Marietta Frye recently transferred to the College of Arts and Sciences where she became the Director of Advising.


Karen Case recently added Coordinator of Peer Leadership to her current job title of Academic advisor.



Jack Patton became the co-chair of the USAP taskforce for this year.



John Kaufeld will present “‘Since we are playing together, we will have something in common:’ Playing with the research and application possibilities of Euro-style board games,” as part of the panel “Researching the Impact of Meeples: Does Communication Got Game?” John also presented two seminars at the Gen Con game convention in Indianapolis, July 30-August 2.



Laddan Abassi was accepted to the University of Southern California and will be in the Masters of Communication Management program with a focus in Media and Entertainment. The program will have her working and learning with public relation companies in the media industry. She is optimistic this degree will bring her closer to her dream job, which is being on the event management team for The Walt Disney Company or The Academy Awards. The program has many of the students go into those companies or similar to it. She very excited about the new networking connections!


Marietta Frye has been working closely with John Niser on this semester’s Plock Tavern, the specialty restaurant operated by seniors in Hospitality and Tourism Management, which features a modern Polish cuisine that celebrates the 25th anniversary of Fort Wayne’s relationship with Plock, Poland, through Sister Cities International, Inc. 


Audrey Donat started working at the Fort Wayne Children Zoo as a Group Sales Manager. Audrey was formerly in Financial Aid. Be sure to wish her well in her many ventures!


Kim Wagner presented this week at the Missouri State University Public Affairs Conference where she spoke on Legislating ethics: The impact of governmental regulations, Ethics and culture in American higher education, and Service above self.


Reuben Albaugh will be featured as Vice Principal Douglas Panch in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee! Another IPFW employee, Gary Lanier, is the choreographer. See flyer on back of page.


Karen Case & Corrie Fox have been invited to present their original program "50 Shades of Gray: Ethics in Advising" at the NACADA national conference in Nevada!

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