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IPFW in the News Jan. 27-Feb. 2, 2014

1. News-Sentinel, Feb. 2, 2014
Chinese New Year celebrated Saturday by Fort Wayne residents at IPFW

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The Year of the Horse thundered in as the Fort Wayne Chinese Families and Friends Association hosted its 31st annual Chinese New Year celebration Saturday evening at IPFW Walb Student Union. The celebration started in 1983, said Shouchen Dun, association president. At first it was just families getting together to celebrate the new year, but as the Chinese community in Fort Wayne grew so did the event. Last year nearly 300 people attended the celebration, which is open to the public. The association now has 70 adult members. The group has grown so much that for the first time they will be creating a board. The president will appoint some of the board members, and others will be elected by association members.

2. News-Sentinel, Feb. 2, 2014
IPFW's Hyde loves playing at home

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As like her brothers she became heavily involved in sports, there was always less time to come back. Though an all-state basketball player, her scholarship offers were from mostly mid-major schools, but when the letter from IPFW arrived she was thrilled. "Fort Wayne is my home, and I found my way home," she said. "Even if I hated basketball, I still wouldn't want to leave because of the wonderful family I have around."

3. Washington Post, Feb. 1, 2014
IPFW beats W. Illinois 77-64, takes 1st in Summit

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Luis Jacobo scored 23 points and made 6 of 10 3-pointers on Saturday night as Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne beat Western Illinois 77-64. Steve Forbes had 18 points and six rebounds and Joe Reed added 10 points. IPFW (18-6, 6-1 Summit League) claims sole possession of first place in the Summit League with North Dakota State’s 67-63 loss at Denver.

4., Feb. 1, 2014
UNCP professor leads study to help protect leatherbacks

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Universities represented in the ongoing research are UNCP, Indian-Purdue University at Fort Wayne, Cornell, Duke, Stanford, Maryland and Drexel. Institutes participating were NOAA and the Leatherback Turtle Conservation Trust. Funding came from the Lenfest Oceans Program of the Pew Charitable Trust, the tagging of Pacific Pelagics Program, Drexel’s Betz Endowment and the Schrey Endowment of Indiana-Purdue. Several leading international turtle scientists were co-authors, including the study’s senior scientist James Spotila of Drexel, Stephen Morreale of Cornell, and Frank Paladino of Indiana-Purdue, who is Roe’s mentor.

5. Indiana's NewsCenter, Feb. 1, 2014
Volleydons Lose MIVA Season Opener (VIDEO)
Story also ran in: News-Sentinel

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14th ranked IPFW fell in a five set match to MIVA conference rival Ball State Friday night at a packed Gates Sports Center in the Volleydons' conference opener. Eddie Rivera and Andrew Sellan had 13 kills apiece as well as 12 and 10 digs, respectively while Elon Fyfield recorded 11 kills and 13 digs.

6. Journal Gazette, Feb. 1, 2014
Lutheran South Unity student wins JG spelling bee

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Twelve-year-old Lwin Moe Aung is a young man of few words, but he sure spelled plenty of them to become Allen County's spelling champion for the second time Saturday. "It feels great," he said, stiffly leaning against a wall next to the Auer Auditorium stage of IPFW's Rhinehart Music Center. After 23 rounds, the seventh-grader at Lutheran South Unity School successfully spelled "furlough" to take the top spot at The Journal Gazette's 60th Annual Allen County Spelling Bee presented by Touchstone Energy Cooperatives in partnership with Barrett & McNagny LLP.

7. Fort Wayne Monthly, Feb. 2014 Issue
Learn to Earn

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And traditional universities like Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne are working with Ivy Tech to encourage their students to continue learning beyond the associate's degrees offered at the community-college level. "One of the big challenges we have is that we're not going to reach any of these goals with just high school students. There aren't enough of them in the pipeline," said Steve Sarratore, IPFW's associate vice chancellor for academic programs. "We are trying to find ways to encourage adults to return to college.

8. News-Sentinel, Jan. 31, 2014
Jasick brings different approach, but with same success, as Fife

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Former IPFW athletic director Mark Pope knew exactly how to bring instant recognition to his men’s basketball program. He hired Dane Fife, and overnight every sports fan in the state knew at least something about the Mastodons. Former IPFW athletic director Tommy Bell knew exactly what his successful basketball program needed in wake of Fife resigning to take an assistant position with Michigan State. He hired Tony Jasick, and overnight, very few knew much of the Mastodon program. But fast-forward to today and more and more people are becoming cognizant of the team – and of Jasick. In hindsight, it certainly appears that both Pope and Bell made very shrewd personnel decisions.

9. Journal Gazette, Jan. 31, 2014
Volleyball rivals meet again

Story also ran in: News-Sentinel,

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Nine months. Two hundred eighty-seven days. Six thousand, eight hundred eighty-eight hours, give or take. No one on the IPFW men’s volleyball team has it figured that precisely. But they do have it figured. They know it’s been a good long time since the night of April 20, 2013, when Ball State, their oldest rival, brushed aside the Mastodons in three games in the MIVA tournament, ending IPFW’s season. Now, finally, IPFW will get the Cardinals again, tonight in the Gates Center, in the conference opener for both schools.

10. News-Sentinel, Jan. 31, 2014
What to do

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Faculty recital: Samuel Savage and Christine Freeman, 7:30 p.m., IPFW, Rhinehart Music Center, Rhinehart Recital Hall, 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E. $7 adults, $6 seniors, $4 non-IPFW students, free ages 10 and under and IPFW students with valid ID.

11. News-Sentinel, Jan. 31, 2014
Local briefs: IPFW softball picked third in Summit League

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The IPFW softball team has been picked to finish third in a poll of Summit League coaches. The Mastodons, the defending conference champions, earned 29 points and two first-place votes, just four points away from preseason favorite North Dakota State (33 points, four first-place votes). Omaha, which is not tournament eligible for 2013-14, was picked to finish second with 31 points and one first-place vote.

12. News-Sentinel, Jan. 30, 2014
IPFW hockey overcoming obstacles in struggle for recognition

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From about age 12 on, playing sports is about weeding out those who don't have the talent, desire, opportunity or money to keep competing. Winners keep playing and losers usually look for something else to do.
Many people keep trying to get the members of the IPFW club hockey team to move on, but they are too stubborn. They refuse to give up no matter how difficult the obstacles chucked in front of them.

13. News-Sentinel, Jan. 30, 2014
Up next for IPFW: Today vs. Omaha

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IPFW continues to make history with each passing victory. The Mastodons are off to their best 22-game start in their NCAA Division I history and are just two victories shy of tying the program mark for most wins at this level. IPFW responded from a disappointing loss at South Dakota with a thrashing of in-state rival IUPUI for the team's sixth victory in its last seven outings. The Mastodons are the ninth-best shooting team in the nation and Forbes leads the nation at a 67.1 percent rate according to ESPN's latest statistics. Only Gonzaga and IPFW currently rank among the nation's top-10 squads in both field-goal percentage and three-point shooting percentage.

14. News-Sentinel, Jan. 30, 2014
Frio! IPFW's Puerto Rican players struggling with weather

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As much as Fort Wayne natives struggle with the record-breaking cold, we feel like we're living in the Sun Belt compared to the IPFW men's volleyball players from Puerto Rico. They'd like to crawl into a fireplace, but they know their teeth would still chatter. "In Puerto Rico, they tell you it's going to be really cold, and I'm expecting 60, maybe 50; I can deal with it,'' star player Eddie Rivera said. "Then I get here and the first couple of months, it's wonderful. Then it starts getting cold. I figure there's no way it can get worse than 30 degrees, right?''

15. News-Sentinel, Jan. 30, 2014
Catholic diocese announces funeral arrangements for Rev. Kramer

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Early in his career, Kramer helped start campus ministry programming at Indiana Institute of Technology and Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. He later served as a chaplain at Bishop Luers High School. Before his death, Kramer was retired and living at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in southwest Fort Wayne, where he helped the parish staff as needed.

16. Indiana's NewsCenter, Jan. 30, 2014
Funding Disparity Leads To Closer Look At IPFW Governance
Story also ran in: NWI Times, Journal Gazette, Inside INdiana Business

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Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) has the fifth largest student population among state institutions. However, the university ranks 13th out of the 14 public four-year institutions in funding per full time equivalent. The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership is spearheading a comprehensive study to examine future governance options for the university in an effort to ensure IPFW has the resources it needs to position itself for future student success.

17. Washington Post, Jan. 30, 2014
IPFW tops Nebraska-Omaha 86-82

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Joe Reed scored 20 points as Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne topped Nebraska-Omaha 86-82 on Thursday. IPFW (17-6, 5-1 Summit) shot 52 percent, including 9 of 22 on 3-point attempts. Mo Evans had 15 points, Joe Edwards added 13 and Steve Forbes scored 11.Justin Simmons led Omaha (12-9, 2-4) with 28 points, including four 3-pointers. John Karhoff added 19 while Devin Patterson had 12. Mike Rostampour pulled down 12 rebounds for the Mavericks.

18. Journal Gazette, Jan. 29, 2014
Panel OKs bill that would give IPFW more autonomy

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A bill giving IPFW more autonomy as a major state campus drew opposition Wednesday but passed its first hurdle. An 8-4 vote in support of Senate Bill 265 sends it on to the full Senate. “IPFW is substantially different than other regional campuses,” said Sen. Jim Banks, R-Columbia City, author of the legislation. “We found time and time again that IPFW gets the short end of the stick. We believe this is the solution.”

19. WANE TV, Jan. 29, 2014
Fort Wayne homeless: "winter is barely survival"

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The Fort Wayne Area Planning Council on Homelessness counts the community’s homeless population every year.  Last year, 535 homeless people were counted, which included approximately 134 children, according to Rachel Rayburn, a volunteer member with the council and assistant professor at IPFW's College of Education and Public Policy. “I’ve been out here for 15 years on the streets,” Drew Walters, a local homeless man, said.  “I’ve got to admit this is the coldest I’ve seen in a long time.” Walters said he has spent several nights this winter out in the cold, but recently got a bed at the Rescue Mission.

20. Journal Gazette, Jan. 28, 2014
IPFW picks financial chief

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Following a national search, Dr. David Wesse has been named vice chancellor for financial and administrative affairs (VCFAA) at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW). Wesse currently serves as vice chancellor for finance and administrative services at Louisiana State University, Alexandria (LSUA). “Dr. Wesse's breadth of knowledge and extensive experience in higher education will serve us well as we transition to new leadership in this area and continue working toward our strategic goals as a university," said Chancellor Vicky Carwein.

21. News-Sentinel, Jan.27, 2014
Local health briefs

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IPFW is offering mammograms Feb. 7 in the Walb Union Hall, 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd, along with other businesses throughout the month of February.

22. IU This Week, Jan. 27, 2014
IPFW Professor Receives Prestigious National Math Honor

Story also ran in: Journal Gazette

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Lowell Beineke, Schrey Professor of Mathematics at Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne, is one of the 2014 recipients of the prestigious Certificate for Meritorious Service from the Mathematical Association of America.

23., Jan. 27, 2014
SpokenWord Cafe road show @ IPFW

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TRIAAC’s Acoustic SpokenWord Café’s show on the road will arrive at IPFW on April 12th, with the generous support of The Three Rivers Language Center. The Café featuring Jesse West and The Axè Project, and poet Sataria White will be held in the 2nd Floor Lounge WU 223, on April 12, from 6:00PM – 10:00PM. The lounge is an open area on the second floor of the Walb Student Union.

24. Indianapolis Star, Jan. 27, 2014
NCAA tourney a real possibility for IPFW
Story also ran in Slam Basketball

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Like the sound of squeaking basketball shoes in practice, IPFW’s men’s basketball program is gaining traction, and doing so in relative anonymity. This is only the 13th year in Division I for Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. The school has never experienced March Madness because the Mastodons have had only two winning seasons in Division I. But this could be the year for the spotlight.

25. Pal-Item, Jan. 26, 2014
Ind. House members split on gay marriage

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A poll of the 100 members of the Indiana House shows 38 plan to vote for a proposed constitutional amendment against same-sex marriage and 38 plan to vote against it, a newspaper report said Sunday. “Everyone assumed it would be closer this time than in 2011,” said Andy Downs, director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. “But this is a lot closer than I think people would have expected.” Even supporters of the amendment acknowledge votes have been lost.