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IPFW in the News Oct. 21-25, 2013

1. News-Sentinel, Oct. 24, 2013

For Laura Story, concert tour a time to learn and to share

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Story, Chapman and Jason Gray will bring their Glorious Unfolding Tour to Fort Wayne for a performance at 7 p.m. Saturday in Auer Performance Hall in Rhinehart Music Center at IPFW, 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E. While Chapman has headlined concerts at Memorial Coliseum in some years past, this tour has focused on smaller venues, Story said. “It's really such an intimate setting,” she noted. The three artists spend about three hours playing songs, some individually and some together, and sharing with the audience.

2. News-Sentinel, Oct. 24, 2013

Freeland made, and spent, his dough the old-fashioned way

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Freeland's support of the Chapel, a large non-denominational church in Aboite Township, is relatively well known. Far less well known, they agreed, was his support for IPFW and other local institutions, not to mention employees and others who simply needed help. Squadrito recalled how Freeland would use his plane to transport children to the hospital, or how he responded to a man who was selling off his possessions to pay a family member's medical bills. “He took care of it -- without trumpets and drums. He was an unsung hero, and I liked that.” It is customary to put the name of benefactors on buildings. It's even customary to put the names of politicians on buildings for spending other people's money. You won't see Freeland's name etched in stone around town, but that's not a testament to his stinginess, Long said, but to his humility.

3. Journal Gazette, Oct. 24, 2013

Funding tweak for IPFW gets panel backing

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The Indiana Commission for Higher Education and General Assembly should adjust the funding formula for IPFW, lawmakers recommended Wednesday. This year, Sen. Jim Banks, R-Columbia City, filed a bill to give IPFW more graduate-degree programs and require Purdue to grant more autonomy to all regional campuses. The General Assembly chose instead to require a working group of legislators and educators to study regional-campus governance and focus specifically on IPFW for improvements. The first meeting was Aug. 1 at IPFW and the second was Sept. 25 at IUPUI in Indianapolis. Legislators on the committee are Banks; Sen. Dennis Kruse, R-Auburn; Rep. Robert Behning, R-Indianapolis; Rep. Suzanne Crouch, R-Evansville; Rep. Phil GiaQuinta, D-Fort Wayne; and Rep. Matt Pierce, D-Bloomington.


4. Journal Gazette, Oct. 24, 2013

Author Jeannette Walls: Upbringing was a blessing, nightmare
Story also ran in: WANE TV, WFFT FOX

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She lived a nomadic childhood under the eye of an alcoholic father and a mother who possibly suffers from a mental illness. Her home never had running water and the family was so poor that Jeannette Walls frequently found herself rooting around in a garbage bin for food. That upbringing – one that Walls kept quiet for years out of shame – turned out to be the basis for a best-selling memoir and soon-to-be movie. And now Walls can look back on it as a blessing – one that taught her to be a fighter and tough. “I think I’m the luckiest human being ever,” she said Wednesday. “With that said, there is no amount of money that would make me want to relive it.” Walls came to Fort Wayne as part of IPFW’s Omnibus Lecture Series.

5. WANE TV, Oct. 23, 2013

IPFW could see funding changes
Story also ran in: WFFT FOX

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Indiana Senator Dennis Kruse is pushing for updates at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. He says the university deserves a better status and funding level. Kruse chairs a legislative committee studying the state's regional university campuses. It met for the final time Wednesday, and Kruse hoped it would endorse changes for IPFW. 1 of 4 recommendations passed, which was the study of funding. According to Senator Kruse and IPFW Chancellor Vicky Carwein, IPFW is the only institution in the state that's equally split in students pursuing degrees from IU and Purdue. That's why IPFW is asking to be classified as a multi-system comprehensive campus. "We appreciate the attention that's being paid to IPFW in particular and just look forward to the recommendations that are coming out of this committee," said Carwein. The hope is that the university will be able to offer doctorate degrees in areas like education, the insurance industry, engineering and health services.

6. @AASCU, Oct. 23, 2013


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Indiana University, Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW)—northeast Indiana’s largest public university—is celebrating 50 years through the public art initiative IPFW Sculpture with PurposeTM. Fifty models of the innovative sculptural bike racks were unveiled today at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art in a special reveal ceremony.

As part of an internationally authored special issue of the British Journal of Middle East Studies, Erik S. Ohlander, associate professor of religious studies, wrote an invited research article entitled, “Inner-worldly Religiosity, Social Structuring, and Fraternal Incorporation in a Time of Uncertainty: The Futuwwat-nāma of Najm al-Din Zarkūb of Tabriz” (British Journal of Middle East Studies 40.1 [2013]: 14–35). This special issue of the journal investigates the idea of “chivalry” (javānmardī) and the various social and institutional forms it took within pre-modern Iranian societies.

7. Inside IU, Oct. 23, 2013

Fall photo gallery: IPFW Mastodon featured

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A photo gallery captures the start of fall 2013 on IU campuses throughout the state.

8. News-Sentinel, Oct. 23, 2013

Volunteers still needed to help plant trees Nov. 2 during Great Tree Canopy Comeback

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Mark [Jordan] is an associate professor of biology at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, and his research frequently takes him outdoors. Both of their daughters attend Montessori school programs — Isabel at Towles Montessori Elementary & New Tech Middle School, and Tessa at Bunche Montessori Early Childhood Center. Participating in the Great Tree Canopy Comeback fits in with the community service and environmental elements of a Montessori education, Caroline said. “I'm encouraging the girls to grow up with community service as part of their everyday life, and this is a fun way to do it,” she added.

9. News-Sentinel, Oct. 23, 2013

ARC of Northeast Indiana's relocated clients settle in after Gary-area group homes close

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Initially, Donna Elbrecht, president/CEO at Easter Seals ARC of Northeast Indiana, said the agency assumed some of the 53 would return to the Gary area when new living arrangements could be made. But after a visit last week from family members it now seems 40-50 of the group will be staying right here. Elbrecht said the families were so pleased with their loved ones' new living arrangements they felt comfortable with having them stay here. Currently the new clients are living in IPFW housing, but over the new few months they will be transitioned into small-group situation houses, four clients each, or into local apartments. ARC of Northeast Indiana has been stretching to accommodate their new clients with staff putting in overtime to make sure adequate staffing is available. So far they have held two job fairs to hire 50 more people and last week they were busy training some of these new hires. Elbrecht said they would hire additional personnel, too. They like to have staff numbers so there is one staffer for every four clients. Elbrecht said they have several board members at IPFW and used the housing facilities at the university a few years ago to house eight clients after a house fire. When the sudden need arose in Gary they asked IPFW if it would have space available for temporary housing, and it did.

10. WANE TV, Oct. 22, 2013

Take Back the Night event at IPFW Tuesday
Story also ran in: WFFT Fox

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Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne will host its annual Take Back the Night event on Tuesday from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Alumni Plaza. The event aimed at ending violence against women will include a guest speaker, candlelight vigil, speak out, and a half-mile march around campus to support the cause of ending violence toward women. The entire Fort Wayne community is invited to attend alongside the participating students, faculty, and staff. There will be free pizza, refreshments and a t-shirt for those that attend. Take Back the Night is sponsored by the Women's Studies Program, Campus Feminists in Solidarity, and the Indiana-Purdue Student Government Association (IPSGA).

11. Herald Argus, Oct. 22, 2013

Former NP runner Jeszenszky earns award at IPFW

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Former New Prairie High School runner and current Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne senior Julie Jeszenszky was named the Summit League women’s Runner of the Week for the week of Oct. 7-Oct. 13. Jeszenszky helped the Mastodons to fifth place at the 2013 Disney Cross Country Classic by finishing 24th overall in a season-best time of 19:00.23, bettering her previous best time of 19:19.20 from the Notre Dame Invitational. This was the third-fastest cross country 5,000-meter run in her career.

12. Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly, Oct. 22, 2013

Kruse: Committee should consider changes for IPFW
Story also ran in: The Star

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Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne deserves a better status and funding level, state Sen. Dennis Kruse, R-Auburn, told The Star. Kruse chairs a legislative committee studying the state’s regional university campuses. It meets for the final time Wednesday, and Kruse hopes it will endorse changes for IPFW. “IPFW at this time in history is worthy of having a unique designation, whatever the name might be,” Kruse said Monday. One possibility is declaring it a metropolitan campus, he said. A result of a new designation, IPFW might be able to offer doctoral degrees and increase its funding, Kruse said. “IPFW has never had a doctoral program,” Kruse said. As the state’s fifth-largest university campus, “I think it’s worthy,” he added.

13. Journal Gazette, Oct. 22, 2013

IPFW looking abroad for enrollment boost

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Armed with a dreary enrollment report from the fall semester, IPFW leaders spent Monday discussing ways to get students on campus by reaching out to international partners. IPFW officials recently reported an enrollment of 13,449, a drop of about 2.3 percent. In March, Vice Chancellor for Financial Affairs Walt Branson, announced that $100,000 would be allocated for international travel to improve relationships between IPFW and international universities and increasing the number of international students on campus. The money was set aside for IPFW faculty and staff to establish agreements internationally in hopes of increasing the enrollment of international students, Stanley Davis, interim Vice Chancellor for Financial Affairs, said Monday during the IPFW Senate meeting.

14. Indiana's NewsCenter, Oct. 21, 2013

Indiana Lifeline Law Could Prevent Alcohol-Related Deaths (VIDEO)
Story also ran in: WANE TV

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Monday night, Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller spoke to IPFW students about the law, which states that minors who are under the influence will not be prosecuted for crimes like "minor consumption" if they request medical attention for another person and cooperate with police. Zoeller says he hopes this will urge people to do the right thing. "So if they've passed out, if they've stopped breathing, someone can call 911, stay with the person, help them get the help they need, and not be prosecuted for underage drinking, something like that,” he said. However, Zoeller says this law will not get someone out of criminal offenses like providing to a minor, driving while intoxicated, or possession of a controlled substance.

15. News-Sentinel, Oct. 21, 2013

Business calendar
Story also ran in: Journal Gazette

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IPFW Omnibus Lecture Series will be held at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23 in the Auer Performance Hall of the Rhinehart Music Center, IPFW campus, 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd. Speaker will be New York Times best- selling author Jeannette Walls. Topic will be “The Glass Castle: Demon Hunting and Other Life Lessons.” The lecture is free and open to the public, however, tickets are required. Tickets are available in person at 12:30-6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday in the Larson Box Office, Gates Athletics Center; online at with a convenience fee of $1 or day of event in the Rhinehart Music Center one hour before the lecture, if seats remain.

16. Journal Gazette, Oct. 21, 2013

In IPFW's interest (Editorial)

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The third and final meeting of the General Assembly’s Regional Campuses Study Committee is Wednesday, when IPFW officials have their last best shot to push for changes that will better define the university’s role in Indiana higher education. The struggle to clarify its authority becomes even more important as enrollment declines and northeast Indiana residents need the university to respond to education and workforce needs. To its good fortune, IPFW has area lawmakers closely watching the discussion. They aren’t likely to be satisfied with reassurances from Purdue University-West Lafayette that things will change without a substantive agreement outlining the changes needed.

17. Northeast Indiana Public Radio 89.1FM, 94.1FM, Oct. 21, 2013

Northeast Lawmakers Explore More Autonomy for IPFW (Listen)

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State lawmakers say the legislature could give Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne more autonomy and flexibility in funding and degree offerings.

18. Vincennes Sun-Commercial, Oct. 19, 2013

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Vincennes University’s new theater director is preparing to open her first show at Indiana’s first college next week in the Red Skelton Performing Arts Center. Jane Frazier, an assistant professor of theater, is in her first semester at VU after working with Indiana University Purdue University-Fort Wayne’s theater program for the last 12 years and with Manchester College for another four.