Susan Domer, Marketing
and Public Relations Specialist
Office: Visual Arts, Rm 102C
Susan Domer: Editor, Writer
Jan Krist-Finkbeiner: Arts Writer
Melinda Haines, Copy Editor
John O'Connell, Dean
Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne
2101 E. Coliseum Boulevard
Fort Wayne, IN 46805-1499
The IPFW College of Visual and Performing Arts celebrated the accomplishments of 85 graduates from the Departments of Fine Arts, Music, Theatre and Visual Communication and Design during commencement at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum May 14, 2014. Graduates from fall 2013, spring 2014 and anticipated graduates from summer 2014 received diplomas and accolades for their stellar achievements, including students who received distinction and highest distinction during their college career. They include:
Barbara Nohinek – Highest Distinction, Bachelor of Fine Arts
Amaya Mireya Ayers – Distinction, Bachelor of Fine Arts
Jason P. Simon – Distinction, Bachelor of Music
Carly Jean Thompson – Distinction, Bachelor of Arts
Jeffery Allen Weimer – Distinction, Bachelor of Arts
Our 2014 graduates were among 1,928 total graduates, earning 225 master’s degrees, 1,452 bachelor’s degrees, 281 associate’s degrees, and 105 certificates.
Roughly 28 percent or 160 students from the College of Visual and Performing Arts’ student body were named to the Spring 2014 Dean’s List. Graduates and students who earned a 3.5 GPA or higher for the spring semester will be invited to receive their certificates at the Honors Convocation on October 5, 2014. They include:
37 Fine Arts students - 33.9% of their majors
47 Music students - 30.5% of their majors
12 Theatre students - 24.2% of their majors
64 VCD students - 27.8% of their majors
Two very special people, R. Prasad Mantravadi, M.D., and Michael Nusbaumer, Ph.D., professor of sociology, were honored by Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) for their outstanding service and contributions. ‘These men have done great things for the university, its students, and the community,” said Chancellor Vicky Carwein. “It is a pleasure to recognize and honor their work.”
Mantravadi received the 2014 IPFW Champion Award on May 13, 2014. Passionate about Indian culture and community service, Prasad was instrumental in helping local residents create Shruti, a non-profit organization dedicated to sharing Indian culture with the people of Fort Wayne. Through Shruti, Mantravadi and other Indian community leaders began discussions with IPFW’s College of Visual and Performing Arts that grew into what is now the Indian Performance Series at IPFW.
“Prasad’s efforts impacted both IPFW students and the community by bringing new cultural learning experiences and opportunities to Fort Wayne,” said Chancellor Vicky Carwein. “He built bridges of music and dance, and then invited students and community members alike to share his passion for these arts.”
The first event in the series took place in fall 2012. The series includes two performances each year during the fall and spring semesters.
Mantravadi came to Fort Wayne in 1983 after serving as a clinical associate professor at the Abraham Lincoln School of Medicine and the University of Illinois Hospital. He has been honored for his volunteer work, public education efforts, and outstanding patient care by both the national American Cancer Society and the Indiana State American Cancer Society.
The IPFW Champion Award is given each year to members of the community to recognize outstanding efforts and contributions toward connecting the university with the community it serves. The first recipients of this award were Donald McArdle, Elias Samaan, and Alfred Zacher in 2011. Other recipients include Karl LaPan (2012), Maclyn Parker (2012), and David Molfenter (2013).