People on the move
The Fort Wayne chapter of Executive Women International elected the following officers to its 2013-2014 board of directors: board president, Mary Kay Smethers, Smethers Marketing; vice-president/president-elect and chair of philanthropy, Lisa Fabian, Allen County Education Partnership/Project READS; treasurer, Jennifer Bearman, Baden Gage Schroeder LLC; programs director and interim secretary, Dr. Monique Levesque-Hartle, Allen County Chiropractic Wellness Center; sergeant at arms and director of recruitment, Maggie Hunter, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne; director of fundraising, Traci Bohdan, Fifth Third Bank; and director of communications and adviser, Cathleen Huff, Walker Information.
IPFW volleyball faces familiar foe
Arnie Ball needs no road map to find Happy Valley, which makes him a rarity where that famously inaccessible destination is concerned. No, IPFW’s men’s volleyball coach is familiar with Penn State, just as Penn State coach Mark Pavlik is familiar with IPFW. So there’ll be no secrets when the two programs square off again at Penn State tonight.
Bison working to win the Summit League championship
Saul Phillips knows the expectations that surround his Bison men's basketball team to win the Summit League championship, so when NDSU dropped its conference opener last week at IPFW, some fans started to worry about their postseason potential.
IPFW to face new foe, style in Denver
Story also ran in: Indiana's NewsCenter
Here is what IPFW men’s basketball coach Tony Jasick can tell you about Denver: It has 300 days of sunshine a year. “I’m full of fun facts about Denver,” he says, laughing. Consider that all part of knowing your terrain, a useful skill when you’re headed for the unexplored country. That’s Jasick’s Mastodons (14-5, 2-0) this week, who play at Summit League newcomer Denver (7-9, 0-1) tonight and then head for the more familiar outpost of Vermillion, S.D., to take on South Dakota (6-9, 1-0) on Saturday.
Mastodon women topple Denver
The IPFW women’s basketball team got big contributions from Haley Seibert and Amanda Hyde down the stretch, as the pair combined to score the final 13 IPFW points, as the Mastodons defeated Denver 81-78 in their Summit League home opener.
IPFW senior proving invaluable on, off of the basketball court
IPFW men's basketball coach Tony Jasick has a simple way of deciphering how good of a teammate each of his players is being within the program. “I think this is an undervalued thought,” Jasick said. “Would you like playing with you?”That “undervalued” but deep thought captures the value of senior point guard Pierre Bland to the Mastodons program.
Frank Paladino, Jack. W. Schrey professor of biology and department chair, authored an article that will be published in the February 22 print edition of Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the Royal Society’s flagship biological research journal. The article is titled "Predicting bycatch hotspots for endangered leatherback turtles on longlines in the Pacific Ocean" The articles are available online at the Royal Society website.
William Cooper, professor emeritus of biology, is lead author of an article titled, “Island tameness: living on islands reduces flight initiation distance” that will be published in the February 22 print edition of Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the Royal Society’s flagship biological research journal.
Suin Roberts, associate professor of German (ILCS), gave a lecture last week on "Everyday Racism and Identity Construction in Autobiographical Narratives of Korean Migrants in Germany" at the Goethe Institute in Seoul, South Korea, as part of the international symposium "From a Silent Migration to a Multicultural Society" (December 4). This symposium brought together experts from Germany, the U.S., and Korea to discuss the topic of Korean migration to Germany (2013 marks the 50th anniversary of Korean guest worker arrival in Germany).
Suining Ding, associate professor of interior design, has authored a new book, Photoshop for Interior Designers: a Nonverbal Communication. The book has been published by Bloomsbury Publishing House, a global, leading independent publishing house that has companies in London, New York, Sydney, and New Delhi.
IPFW celebrates MLK 2014 7-9 p.m. today in Walb International Ballroom, 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E. Ketu Oladuwa, Michael Patterson, Condra Ridley, E. Anne Henning Byfield and Brandon “XplicitPoet” Thornton will speak. Free admission.
Huntington bowler PBA Rookie of Year
Just over a year ago, E.J. Tackett left IPFW, where he was a member of the golf team, to pursue his dream of becoming a professional bowler. On Tuesday, he was selected as the recipient of the Harry Golden Award as the Professional Bowlers Association’s Rookie of the Year. “It’s pretty cool how fast everything has happened,” said Tackett, 21, who is from Huntington. “I never expected it to happen this fast. I’ve been trying to take it in stride and keep getting better.”
Poets to gather at IPFW to honor King
IPFW will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the Walb International Ballroom with a spoken-word tribute from poets. Participants include Ketu Oladuwa, executive director of Three Rivers Institute for Afrikan Art and Culture; Michael Patterson; Condra Ridley, storyteller, portraying Coretta Scott King; E. Anne Henning Byfield, author of “The Essence of My Existence”; and Bandon “XplicitPoet” Thornton.
Online honors: U.S. News confirms Distance Learning's quality
UW-Superior shares the ninth spot with Arizona State University, Indiana University/Purdue University-Fort Wayne, and the University of Illinois-Chicago campus. Distance Learning's quality and reputation has been built up over 35 years in distance learning. It's a reputation started in the days when programs were delivered by mail and maintained today, when online learning platforms allow students and professors to discus, debate, comment, and turn in assignments and grades in real time.
Darwin was right: Island animals are tamer than mainland cousins
Story also ran in: Nature, Scientific American, Purdue Today
Charles Darwin's Galapagos theory that living on islands makes animals tamer than their mainland counterparts, has now been proved scientifically in a new study. Researching on the 56 different species of lizards, researchers from the University of California, Riverside, Indiana University, Purdue University, Fort Wayne and George Washington University found that those living on islands were tamer than those living in the mainland.
Northrop names football coach
Jason Doerffler was named Tuesday as the coach of the Northop football team. Doerffler was a 1st Team All-Conference and All-State Football player while at Concordia as a quarterback and played baseball at IPFW.
Alabama A&M Marketing Vice President, Wendy Kobler Takes Position at Indiana University
For the fourth time in seven months, Alabama A&M University is losing one of its top-level administrators. Wendy Kobler has been appointed vice chancellor for advancement at Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW). In this role, Kobler will serve as the chief fundraising officer while overseeing primary development, marketing, and alumni relations for the campus. Kobler has served Alabama A&M University in Huntsville for nearly four years as the vice president of marketing, communication, and advancement, working as a member of the President’s Executive Cabinet and a key advisor to the Board of Trustees.
Hospitalized children benefit from bear donation
An Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne campus student group collected more than fifty stuffed animals for children at a local hospital, just in time for Christmas. Members of the IPFW chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success collected the toys in December. The group delivered them to Dupont Hospital on the north side of Fort Wayne Dec. 23.
IPFW helps students hit right notes
The first thing Julie Donnell instructs her students to do is take off their shoes before warming up. She tells them to feel the smooth texture of the stage in IPFW’s Rhinehart Recital Hall, letting the energy flow upward as their deep breathing calms them. “Think for a minute what it feels like to be your instrument,” she said.
Purdue announces provost search committee
Other search committee members include University Senate Chairman David Williams, a professor of medical illustration; University Senate Vice Chairwoman Patricia Hart, professor of languages and cultures; Leah Jamieson, the John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering; Vicky Carwein, chancellor of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne; Blake Hylton, vice president of Purdue Graduate Student Government; Joe Francisco, the William E. Moore Distinguished Professor of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and Chemistry; Rebecca Doerge, head of the Department of Statistics; Jim Fleet, distinguished professor of nutrition science; Levon Esters, associate professor of youth development and agricultural education; and Alyssa Panitch, the Leslie A. Geddes Professor of Biomedical Engineering.
Island Living Makes Animals Tamer
Charles Darwin, the founder of the theory of evolution, used the Galapagos Islands as his laboratory when studying animals. The Galapagos is where Darwin developed his ideas about natural selection and how organisms evolve genetically across generations. He also wrote about how island animals often acted tame and presumed they evolved to be this way after coming to inhabit islands that lacked predators. Researchers from the University of California, Riverside, Indiana University, Purdue University Fort Wayne and George Washington University have confirmed that these island dwellers are indeed “tame” when compared to their mainland relatives.
Book on jobs, leadership tops her reading list
“I have been reading a book by one of IPFW's Omnibus speakers. He is Jim Clifton, CEO of the Gallup company. The book title is 'The Coming Jobs War.' I think he is probably a dialogue person, not a lecturer, but his book is full of nuggets, so I purchased it for our executive team.
IPFW Volleydons Impressive In Home Opener
IPFW's Volleydons jumped out to an early lead against Sacred Heart on Friday night and rolled to a 3-0 win over the visiting Pioneers (25-18, 25-18, 25-20). The Mastodons, who jumped into the AVCA Coaches Poll at No. 15 this past week, got things rolling quickly in the opening set. Kills by Bryan Saunders and Eddie Rivera helped stake IPFW to an early 4-1 advantage, before a 10-2 run midway through the frame allowed the 'Dons to pull away. IPFW hit .591 in the set, recording 13 kills without an error.
Jackrabbit Women Overcome Slow Start To Hammer IPFW
Story also ran in: News-Sentinel
Despite failling to make a shot for nearly eight minutes and fall behind 14-0, the South Dakota State women's basketball team went on to defeat IPFW 77-60 in Summit League play at Frost Arena in Brookings on Saturday afternoon. The Jacks (11-7, 2-0) answered Fort Wayne's 14-0 run immediately with a 14-0 run of their own, followed by a 12-0 run that put them ahead for good. Mitchell's Kerri Young led SDSU with 18 points and Megan Stuart added 16.
Jacks Fall in Fort Wayne
Story also ran in: Journal Gazette, Athlon Sports
Brayden Carlson scored a career-high 24 points, but South Dakota State came up the short end of an 82-75 game at Fort Wayne on Saturday, snapping the Jackrabbits five game overall winning streak and eight game winning streak against the Mastodons. The loss drops the Jackrabbits to 9-8 on the season overall and to 1-1 in The Summit League, while the home standing Mastodons improve to 14-5 overall and to 2-0 in league play.
"Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me Quiz Show"
Working to understand the frequency of “consensual but unwanted sexting” -- scientist-speak for “sexting when you’re not in the mood” -- psychologists at Indiana University-Purdue University For Wayne polled 155 undergraduates who were or had been in committed relationships on their sexting habits. Fifty-five percent of the female respondents said they had previously engaged in unwanted sexting, while 48 percent of men had done the same. Those numbers are surprisingly similar to previous findings on so-called “compliant sexual activity”: A 1994 report determined that 55 percent of American women and 35 percent of American men had ever engaged in consensual but unwanted sex.
Up next for IPFW: Saturday vs. South Dakota State
Story also ran in: Journal Gazette
IPFW is off to its best start as a member of the NCAA Division I level in program history. The Mastodons are coming off an impressive win over Summit League preseason favorite North Dakota State (82-71). In that victory, IPFW connected on an astounding 20 of 21 free throws and a solid 8 of 17 from 3-point range. The Mastodons have done a very nice job of rebounding this season (holding a 34.7 to 30.5 advantage over opponents), and they have done so collectively. Jacobo, Forbes, Bland, and sophomore Joe Reed are each averaging between 4.6 and 5.4 boards per game.
This Week in Marine Science
GPS 'traffic maps' for leatherbacks will help reduce turtle bycatch.
IPFW Community Arts Academy - Winter Highlights (VIDEO)
Interview with IPFW's Melinda Haines on upcoming events for Community Arts Academy