The digital afterlife
John Kaufeld recalls checking Facebook one day and seeing a suggestion that he “poke” – electronically nudge – a friend with whom he hadn’t chatted in a while. “I was like, ‘Well, I don’t want to poke her. Why would I want to poke her? She’s dead,’ ” he says. For the IPFW online marketing specialist, the auto-generated message was just a somewhat disconcerting ripple in his day. But the experience also represents a newfangled problem of our digital age.
Promotions, awards presented at IPFW's annual Fall Convocation
Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne announced its faculty promotions and presented University awards at its annual Fall Convocation.
College Students Head Back To Campus, Traffic Picks Up (VIDEO)
It's the first day of classes for IPFW and the school year begins at the same time as IU's main campus in Bloomington. Students moved in to their apartments last week. Higher concentration of traffic is expected around the area.
Olympian to join Daytona State volleyball team in home debut
Volleyball fans can come see Daytona State College’s newest team compete in its first home match today and also get a chance to meet an Olympic gold medalist and a hall of fame coach. The Falcons’ women’s volleyball team will make its home debut at 6 p.m. Today at the Lemerand Center against Indian River State College. Before the match, four-time U.S. Olympic setter Lloy Ball and his father, American Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Famer Arnie Ball, will speak about their volleyball careers. The presentation will begin at 4:30 p.m. in Room 104 of the Lemerand Center and is free to the general public. Lloy Ball, 41, played for the U.S. squad in four Olympic Games (1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008) and won a gold medal with the U.S. in Beijing in 2008. Arnie Ball is in his 33rd year as the coach of the men’s volleyball team at Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW). He has won more than 500 matches and has led the Mastodons to six NCAA Final Four appearances.
Big thrill for IPFW freshmen
As the fans trickled in at the Hefner Soccer Fields on Saturday night – about 5,000 of them were there to see national champion Indiana take on North Carolina – they were treated to a nice appetizer. Valparaiso defeated IPFW 2-1 in a men’s game as part of the Shindigz National Soccer Festival. “I just had a freshman walk off and say, ‘My heart is still pounding, coach. I’ve never played in front of this many people before,’ ” IPFW coach Mike Harper said. “It’s a great experience for them.” Funny that Harper would mention a freshman, since the youngsters are such a theme for the Mastodons right now.
App Gains Popularity with Kids and Child Predators
Kik is a messaging app that allows users to use fun symbols and faces. It sounds simple enough, but the reviews are what raise red flags for one local social media expert. One user posted in the review section, "Girls only?...Nukes okay!" Another concern, for social media expert John Kaufeld, is how much information kids are sharing through the reviews of this app. Some are posting their gender, age and other personal information, along with their username. "Part of it is making them aware of key phases like, if someone ever says 'don't tell your dad about this, don't tell your mom about this.' That's a phase that should be a warning signal and part of it is just teaching kids to be aware of that," said John Kaufeld, social media expert, IPFW. Kaufeld also suggests parents research the apps their kids are using, and set age limits in the devices they use.
Tudor introduced as new softball coach
Amy Tudor was introduced as the new coach of the WKU softball team at a press conference Friday afternoon. Tudor, a 2002 WKU graduate and former player who spent the past four seasons as coach at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, is taking over for former coach Tyra Perry, who accepted the same position at Ball State earlier in August. Tudor was a three-year captain for the Lady Toppers during her time as a player and was a member of the first softball team in school history. She holds the WKU record by throwing out 23 runners attempting to steal back in 2002.
Families see students off to college
Tori McGairk of Muncie, a freshman at IPFW, moves into the dorms Thursday morning with the help of her grandmother, Retha Barnes, front left, her uncle, James Campbell, left, and Don Archey, right, vice president of the student body. Classes for the fall semester at IPFW begin Monday.
Board OKs new funds for IPFW’s tech center
The Capital Improvements Board has finally said yes to IPFW. The university’s Wireless Technology Center, a partnership between IPFW and the defense communications industry in northeast Indiana, was one of the first entities to request funding from the board when it began taking applications almost a year ago. The board collects some state income and sales taxes from IPFW, Grand Wayne Center, Memorial Coliseum and the Holiday Inn near the Coliseum, but most of its funding comes from county food and beverage tax money left over after Coliseum debt payments are made. The board is expected to accumulate up to $85 million over the next 17 years, with the money earmarked for large, capital projects.