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Center for Economic Education Wins Award

Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne’s (IPFW’s) Center for Economic Education (CEE) in the Doermer School of Business is the recipient of the 2010 Peter V. Harrington Award for University Centers from the Indiana Council for Economic Education (ICEE). The honor comes with a $500 award to support Center programs.

In a letter to CEE Director John Kessler, Harlan R. Day, executive director of ICEE, said, “The quality of your programs, including the important Energy, Economics, and the Environment summer workshop, is excellent, averaging a 4.71 on a scale of 5.0. It is obvious to the Harrington Judging Committee that teachers have greatly appreciated the content and presentation of your programs. You have also made a very good effort to support the Stock Market Game™, one of ICEE’s signature programs. The Committee also noted the breadth of your economic education activities, especially your involvement with organizations such as the Liberty Fund, the Foundation for Teaching Economics, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, the Acton Institute, and the Association of Private Enterprise Economists. IPFW can be very proud of the growing outreach of its Center for Economic Education, which has the potential to reach even more teachers in the Ft. Wayne region. We look forward to working with you this coming year.” 

Otto Chang, dean of the Doermer School of Business said, "This award confirms the outstanding service Professor John Kessler provides to the Center of Economic Education here at the Doermer School of Business. Economic education is an essential element of the general education which prepares informed and responsible citizens for a democratic American society. The School is very proud to contribute to this important mission."  On receiving news of the award, Kessler said, “I am very proud of this honor. Indiana has been recognized as one of the leaders in economics education in the nation and to be recognized as one of the top centers in the state truly is gratifying.”

Kessler and the CEE will be honored at ICEE’s annual Awards for Excellence Program at the State House in Indianapolis, Friday, Sept. 24, 2010.

The Center for Economic Education at IPFW is part of the Indiana Council for Economic Education, under the umbrella of the Council for Economic Education. The Center’s mission is to help teachers integrate economics education into the classroom curriculum in an interesting manner that connects students to what is happening in the world around them. For more information on the Center or the award, contact Kessler at 260-481-6493 or