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April 2016

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February 2016

January 2016 

December 2015

November 2015

October 2015

September 2015

April 2016

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Pictured is Tim Heffron, our April Member of the Month

What is your degree in? Psychology with a minor in Business

How many years have you been at IPFW and what is your current job title? 24 and Senior Associate Athletic Director 

What do you think the alumni association can do for IPFW?  Focus on promoting IPFW, not Purdue and IU

Why did you join the Blue and White Committee?  To promote IPFW as a separate institution from Purdue and IU

What makes you proud to call IPFW your home?  The success of students and programs while being extremely efficient with resources.  WE ARE OVERACHIEVERS.  DONS!

March 2016

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Pictured is Cassie Wolfe, March Member of the Month.

What are your degrees in?
I have a Master’s of Science in Education- School Counseling.
I also have a Bachelor’s of Arts in Communications,  with a minor in Psychology

How many years have you been at IPFW and what are your current job title?

Technically, I have been at IPFW since August of 2008. I was a student-athlete for the first 4 years and played softball at IPFW. After undergrad, I was in the Education School Counseling program for 3 years to earn my Master’s. I was the graduate assistant for Intramural Sports and the Chi Eta Sigma President, along with many other committees and other campus involvement. 

What makes you proud to be an alum?

IPFW has literally become my home away from home. Being as I am from California, I didn’t know a single person when I first attended IPFW. Now, I can’t imagine my life without it! I have made lifelong friends and met my future husband here (who happened to play baseball haha)! Although IPFW is a small school, we have a big name! We are becoming more known across the nation, not only with our athletics, but as a university. I enjoy being a Mastodon and am excited to see the change over the next few years and watch us grow! 


Why did you join the Blue and White Committee?

I had just started working in MAC, when Karen Case told me about the Blue and White Committee. Not only is it a great way to network, but it’s nice to have a group of people who can share the same love of being a Don!

February 2016

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Pictured are Bobbi and Dennis Shadle, our February Valentine's edition of Member of the Month. 

What are your degrees in?
Bobbi - Associate degree in Commercial Art
Dennis - Associate in Applied Science, MET 1981

How many years have you been at IPFW and what are your current job title?

Bobbi - 31 years,  plus three years as a student before that at IPFW.  My current job title is Graphic/Production Artist in Marketing Communications
 
Dennis - 34 years, plus two years prior to that as a student and working as a work-study student in the AV department, the Learning Resource Center.  My current job title is Demonstration assistant in the Physics Department.

What makes you proud to be an alum?

Bobbi - IPFW's unique campus set up with IU and Purdue degrees being achievable on the same campus made for many possibilities which I am grateful for. I started out as a Purdue student and ended up switching over and finishing out as IU grad. I always felt well taken care of at IPFW with the smaller classes and the individual interest given to me by my professors.
 
Dennis - I would have to agree with Bobbi that I liked the uniqueness of students being able to complete an IU or Purdue degree on the same campus.  There were English and Com classes with students seeking degrees from both schools.  The class sizes were of a great benefit also as they were taught by professors, not grad students, so the one on one interaction was more meaningful to me as a student.


Why did you join the Blue and White Committee?

Bobbi - It was a way for me to show support (give back) to my IPFW campus.
Dennis – It sounded like a good committee to be on and you get to help plan and participate in some great IPFW activities.
 
 
Tell us how you met. Did you meet as students or after you were already working at the university?

Bobbi - Dennis and I met on campus through a mutual friend while we were students here. At the time I was working toward an MET degree. Dennis was a year ahead of me also working toward an MET degree. The friend thought that I could use Dennis's help with my studies. 
 
Dennis – Funny story really.  I had purchased two tickets to a Beach Boys concert at the Memorial Coliseum.  I did not have anyone to take and was sure I could find someone, but being quiet and shy did not help me in finding someone.  It got to be the week before the concert and I still had not asked anyone.  A friend of mine told me he knew someone who had a sister going to school here and on the day of the concert I met Bobbi and asked her out.  Little did she know at the time if she had said no one of my other friends, who worked as a work study student also, was going to get to go. So as Bobbi and I talked there was a group of 3 or four other guys sitting around this table waiting to see what she would say . . talk about pressure on her and me!  Luckily for me she said yes and the guy got to be a groomsman at our wedding a few years later instead.
 
 
Do you have an extra sense of pride in your household knowing that IPFW is a family affair?

Bobbi - You could say we eat, sleep, and drink IPFW daily. If you drew blood from us we'd probably bleed blue and white. Also, how many people can say that they have ridden to work and had lunch with their spouse for over thirty years…and are still together!
 
Dennis – Yes, there is a sense of pride in IPFW.  I used to see signs and license plate holders with an IU and Purdue emblem on them that said “A house divided” meaning one spouse graduated from IU and the other from Purdue, which we did, but by going to IPFW it united us instead.  If she had gone to the Purdue or IU main campus I probably would have never met her.
 
 
Any other comments?

Bobbi - IPFW is a place where students can receive an IU or Purdue degree, or both, while holding down a job and staying close to home. The benefits are never ending.

 

January 2016

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Pictured is Reuben Albaugh, January Member of the Month.

What is your degree in?
I have a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre with an emphasis in Directing and Theatrical Design

How many years have you been at IPFW and what is your current job title?
I have been the Box Office Manager in the Special Events for about 7 years now.  I worked for the Theatre Department as Box Office Manager and Costume Shop Assistant for 3 years after graduating. 

What makes you proud to be an alum?
I am most proud to be a part of a thriving Community Theatre family here in Northeast Indiana.  I can only attribute that to the training I received here at IPFW.  I am also the first of my family to earn a four year degree. 

Why did you join the Blue and White Committee?
It seemed like a no brainer to me, I am proud of IPFW as an alum and as an employee.  It seemed like a great way to get to know some new people on campus who I might not interact with on a daily basis. 

December 2015

Amanda Barkus

 

               Pictured is Amanda Barkus, December 2015's Member of the Month

 

What is your degree in?
I majored in Organizational Leadership and Supervision with a minor in Communication. 

How many years have you been at IPFW and what is your current job title?
I started working part time as a student worker in my last semester in 2009 and began full time employment in 2012. Currently I work as an Account Clerk in the Business Office for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.

What makes you proud to be an alum?
IPFW did and still does give me so many opportunities to succeed at what it is I want to do in life. I am proud to have the education that propelled me forward in where I want to go.

Why did you join the Blue and White Committee?
I wanted to be more involved with the university as a whole, and specifically with others who shared a similar commitment to IPFW. Prior to joining I had no idea the number of employees who were also alumni! Now it is nice to know that we do have this community of staff who have and understanding and appreciation of IPFW from both the student and employee perspectives. 


 

November 2015

 

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Pictured: James Velez, November's Member of the Month

What is your degree in? I received an Bachelor of Arts in Theatre with an emphasis in Directing and Stage Management.
How many years have you been at IPFW and what is your current job title? I have been full time since May 2010 in my job as Activities Coordinator for Student Life and Leadership.
What makes you proud to be an alum? IPFW did and still does give me so many opportunities to succeed at what it is I want to do in life. I am proud to have the education that propelled me forward in where I want to go.
Why did you join the Blue and White Committee? I joined so that I could have the opportunity to interact with other fellow alums who have also chosen to spend their days working for our alma mater.
Anything else you would like to say? As an alum, it's so important to be part of our campus community by participating in different things going on. Whether it's going to a game, or attending a production, or volunteering at the BIG event, or even attending a lecture, students see us and we are a great advocate. We can say we've been there and that the other side of the finish line awards you so many opportunities.

October 2015

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Pictured: Marcia Tuttle, October's Member of the Month

What is your degree in?
I received an Associated in Applied Science in 1992 as an Interior Design Major.

How many years have you been at IPFW and what is your current job title?
I started in 1981 in Payroll. I was there for five years, then I became Secretary for the Athletic Director. When I started that job, it was Dave Skelton, and then Arnie Ball. I was in that position for 4 years. I left for awhile to get my degree, and came back in 2009 to be the Secretary of OLS. I am still the Secretary in OLS today.

What makes you proud to be an alum?
I’m proud to be an alum and to say I received a really good education here; I don’t say I’m a Purdue graduate; many people say the received an IU or Purdue degree.  I just say I graduated from IPFW!

Why did you join the Blue and White Committee?
I joined the committee to hopefully talk up the group and get more involved.  There is so much more we could be doing if we had backers and there are SO MANY people who live in Fort Wayne that have their degrees from here.  

Anything else you would like to say?
I am passionate about saving the plate!  I would really hate to see it disappear and never come back!  I would love to see Tusky on it; might actually get some Fort Wayne people to buy plates who are big athletic supporters, even if they didn’t go to school here.

September 2015

James Griffin

Pictured: James volunteered as "Sheriff" at Getting 2 Graduation, an event hosted by the Office of Student Success and Transitions/MAC.

 

James Griffin
Annual Fund Assistant Director
Office of Advancement


Degree information: B.S. in Business Management & Administration, Class of 2015, and working on M.S. in Organizational Leadership and Supervision

Years at IPFW: Started October 2014 as staff and August 2007 as a student

What does James do? I work in development to help raise money for scholarships and other campus priorities. 

What makes him proud to be an alum: IPFW is a great is a university full of friends and great people. I received an awesome education in the Doermer School of Business that will help guide me throughout my career. Receiving a nationally recognized degree from Indiana University and working on another from Purdue University is something to be proud of and a truly unique offering at IPFW. 

Why did he join the Blue and White Committee? The Blue and White Committee provides a great opportunity to alumni of IPFW who have chosen a career at IPFW to create informal networks. The many departments represented on the committee share a common bond as alumni and a passion of for the continued success of the university. As an alumnus, joining the committee was an obvious choice and I am glad I did!