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IPFW in the News for Aug.31 - Sept. 7 , 2015

IPFW in the News for September 7, 2015

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September 7

Education Notebook
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne Career Services has introduced the new IPFW Career Fair Plus app. The app is available on Google Play and the iTunes app store. The Career Fair Plus app will be utilized for IPFW’s Mastodon Job and Internship Fair on Sept. 22 from 12:30-4:30 p.m. in the Athletics Center Fieldhouse. For more information, contact Calderon at 260-481-6591 or email

IPFW coach excited about sitting volleyball possibilities
Fort Wayne News-Sentinel
A few years ago, IPFW women's volleyball coach Steve Florio was visiting a friend in Scotland when he learned about sitting volleyball, a game that can be played by both disabled and able-bodied people. Florio became an instant fan, and now he's hoping to give others an opportunity to play. Starting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, the IPFW volleyball team will offer two-hour sessions about the game on Sept. 23, Oct. 14 and Oct. 28.

IPFW professor to visit Blackhawk
Fort Wayne Community Schools
Andy Downs, director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics will visit the Blackhawk Middle School seventh grade social studies class Sept. 17 and talk about campaigning and elections in recognition of national Constitution Day.

IPFW Professor, Dr. Nurgul Aitalieva, wins MPAC top award
The Around Fort Wayne Blog
Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) and the College of Education and Public Policy (CEPP) are proud to announce that Dr. Nurgul Aitalieva, assistant professor in the Department of Public Policy, has received the 2015 Midwest Public Affairs Conference Best Paper Award.

September 6

Indiana mayoral races skirt partisanship for mundane issues
The Sacramento Bee
Because Indiana's municipal races are not held during presidential or gubernatorial election years, a smaller numbers of voters turn out. Those who do vote tend to be better informed on the issues and not as motivated by partisan politics, said Andy Downs, an associate professor of political science at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

September 4

IPFW to aid GE campus reuse effort
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
City Councilman Geoff Paddock, D-5th, who convened the group earlier this year, said the university’s Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics will be helping the group develop public forums to gather and evaluate ideas for presentation to GE officials.

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
Ends Sept. 27; 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends; IPFW, College of Visual and Performing Arts, 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E.; 481-6705 or

Clock Is Ticking for Biden, Others Pondering Late Entries Into 2016 Races 93.1 FM
IPFW political scientist Andy Downs says it's not too late, but the real deadline is a month or two before the official one of February 5.

IPFW Professor Honored with Award 1190 AM
An Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne professor was recently honored with a top Public Affairs award. Assistant Professor Nurgul Aitalieva won the 2015 Midwest Public Affairs Best Paper Award for research done on how the public views public figures and their policies.

September 2

NC Law: Teens who take nude selfie photos face adult sex charges
The Fayetteville Observer
"That's crazy. That seems like overkill," psychologist Michelle Drouin of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne said when she learned the potential criminal consequences for Denson and Copening. Drouin also has studied sexting among young people.

PICTURE: Reflections of IPFW
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
O’Neil’s Glass employees Damon Sinninger, left, holding glass from behind, and Jason Hatfield prepare to replace a cracked pane at the Rhinehart Music Center at IPFW on Tuesday.

September 1

21st Omnibus Lecture Series focuses on national security, the environment, and politics
The Around Fort Wayne Blog
The 21st season of the Omnibus Lecture Series at Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) presents three memorable evenings with engaging and well-known speakers.

Over 125 employers to attend IPFW Mastodon Job and Internship Fair
The Around Fort Wayne Blog
Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) Career Services will host their annual Mastodon Job and Internship Fair Tuesday, September 22, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Athletics Center Fieldhouse.

Don't Forget The 2015 Elections: By Andrew Downs
By Andrew Downs, Director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at IPFW. It is 2015, yet most of the discussion about elections focuses on 2016. In some ways this is not surprising given that 2015 is an “off-year” for elections. Even though it is an off-year, there still are elections happening this year and the presidential campaigns are drowning out these elections by starting earlier and earlier each cycle.

Eating for two ... races, that is
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
I wondered whether I needed a strategy so I consulted Fort Wayne Track Club board member and IPFW Wellness/Fitness Coordinator Judy Tillapaugh. Her advice? Eat breakfast before the 10K, a snack after the race and a small snack before the 4-mile, with a focus on drinking enough water the day before and the entire morning.

August 31

IPFW’s Omnibus Lecture Series lineup announced
The Omnibus Lecture Series at Indiana- University Purdue- University Fort Wayne (IPFW) announced its lineup of speakers for its 21st season.

IPFW announces Omnibus lecturers
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
A retired admiral, an environmental activist and one of the country's top political-commenter couples are scheduled to speak during IPFW's Omnibus Lecture Series this season, the university announced today.

GOP congressional candidates to speak on Constitution
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
Republican candidates for the 3rd Congressional District seat are scheduled to speak Sept. 17 at an Allen County TEA Party event celebrating the U.S. Constitution. The free public event, on the 228th anniversary of the document's signing by the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, will begin at 6:30 p.m. in IPFW's Neff Hall, room 101. Snacks will be provided starting at 6 p.m.

Noted Navy SEAL, renowned environmentalist and political couple James Carville and Mary Matalin to speak for IPFW Omnibus Lectures
Fort Wayne News-Sentinel A noted military strategist, a well-known environmental activist and author, and a political power couple will be the speakers for this season's Omnibus Lecture Series, which begins Oct. 7 at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

Prof's startup a first for IPFW
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
Todor Cooklev has worked in Japan and Silicon Valley but is committed to northeast Indiana. In 2008, the associate professor of wireless communication and applied research at ITT came to Fort Wayne to be the director of the IPFW Wireless Technology Center.