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For Immediate Release
July 26, 2016

IPFW and Indiana National Guard Announce First-Ever Leadership Program Partnership

FORT WAYNE,Ind.— An innovative new partnership between Student Life and Leadership at Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) and the Indiana National Guard aims to grow leadership skills, civic engagement, cultural appreciation, and more, both on the campus and in the northeast Indiana region.

This is the first partnership of its kind in the state, bringing together higher education and the Indiana National Guard.

“This partnership with the Indiana National Guard will bring very exciting opportunities for our students to grow in leadership and civic service,” said IPFW Chancellor Vicky L. Carwein. “It will also touch our campus community, alumni, and region by supporting nonprofits and recognizing the ways that our people invest their time and talent here in northeast Indiana.”

"We were looking for new ways to tell people about our programs, and IPFW really stepped up," said Lt. Colonel Todd Norris, Indiana National Guard. "We're using this partnership with IPFW as a model for university programs around the state."

Program Goals

The program's goals include: 

  • helping students apply critical thinking and creative problem solving to effectively lead others
  • increasing civic engagement and volunteerism
  • growing appreciation for other cultures and improving sense of self
  • rounding out our students' academic knowledge with an understanding of vibrant and ethical leadership
Six Program Areas

The Indiana National Guard is putting $50,000 into the partnership, which will support six programs:

  • Lunches with Leaders Series: monthly leadership and professional skills development sessions for current students
  • Sincerely Me Diversity Program: encourages students, faculty, and staff to break down the categories, labels, and stereotypes that put people into boxes
  • Community Service Fair: brings over 40 non-profit agencies from northeast Indiana to campus to promote, educate, and create opportunities through networking and volunteering
  • Fall Student Leadership Retreat: A transformational leadership experience for 50 first-semester IPFW students, which is also one of the premier retention programs on campus
  • The BIG Event: focused day of service by students, faculty, and staff to support non-profit agencies throughout Fort Wayne
  • “Leadership Impact Award presented by the Indiana National Guard”: annual award honoring students, faculty, staff, and alumni for significant contributions to the northeast Indiana region

The partnership begins for the 2016–17 school year.