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IPFW in the News October 19-26, 2015

IPFW in the News for October 26, 2015

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October 26

Teacher Honor Roll - Mandy Baker
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
IPFW alumna Mandy Baker was profiled in this week's Teacher Honor Roll. She teaches at New Haven Intermediate.

IPFW, Saint Francis, and Indiana Tech Take Part In Coaches vs. Cancer Clinic
Basketball programs from IPFW, Saint Francis, and Indiana Tech teamed up for the first ever Coaches vs. Cancer clinic at IPFW on Saturday.

Creating fun memories brick by brick
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
FortLug, founded by Ed DeWitt, Geoff Ross and Jordan Stair, meets monthly at a library, DeWitt said. For the last nine months, the group met to discuss the display that was seen this past weekend. “I’ve used Lego since I was five or six,” said DeWitt, who is a test engineer at Franklin Electric and teaches engineering at IPFW and Indiana Tech.

October 25

Pence gearing up for stretch run
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
IPFW political science associate professor Andrew Downs said the governor has been more active in recent weeks and months. But he thinks it’s more about the office that Pence isn’t seeking. “The fact that running for president is off the table means what he has to focus on is governing,” Downs said. “That logically should lead to more proposals and more active governing on his part.”

Targeted travel
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
The Association for IPFW Women is sponsoring a bus trip to Chicago on Nov. 7. The bus will drop off participants at the Field Museum of Natural History, Macy’s on State Street and the Water Tower Place Shopping Center on Michigan Avenue. Cost is $40 per person, which includes transportation as well as a contribution to the scholarship fund.

October 24

City college coaches join forces for clinic
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
IPFW men’s basketball coach Jon Coffman, Saint Francis men’s coach Chad LaCross and Indiana Tech men’s coach John Peckinpaugh will be part of the 2015 Coaches vs. Cancer basketball kids clinic from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today at the IPFW Fieldhouse.

October 23

Legit concern or desperation? Video suggests Statehouse 'sneak attack' on LGBT protections
Indy Star
Andy Downs, a political professor at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, said Miller’s declining influence may result in more hyperbole than in the past — but he questioned whether such a shift would benefit Miller’s cause.

Problem pets? Stray snakes cause unique animal-control issues
Fort Wayne News-Sentinel
“Unfortunately, pet reptiles and amphibians get let go all the time. I think a lot of others just get away,” said IPFW reptile specialist Bruce Kingsbury, director of the school’s Environmental Resources Center.

October 22

Entrepreneurs’ insight into succeeding at business
Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly
Intelligence, drive, willingness to take a very calculated risk and the kind of curiosity that leads to subject mastery characterize four regional entrepreneurs who recently shared keys to success with students at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. Mike Eikenberry, dean of the Doermer School of Business, moderated the discussion.

Fort Wayne Philharmonic's 'Halloween Spooktacular' family concert a musical treat for little goblins
Fort Wayne News-Sentinel
The dead will come back — musically speaking — and little goblins can haunt the hallways beforehand as the Fort Wayne Philharmonic presents its annual family-friendly “Halloween Spooktacular” concert at 2 p.m. Sunday in Rhinehart Music Center at IPFW.

U.S. News and World Report ranks IPFW engineering 58
Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly
U.S. News and World Report ranked the engineering program at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne 58th in the nation among college engineering programs that do not offer a doctorate.

Hoop clinic to continue legacy of Mary Lou Coffman
Fort Wayne News-Sentinel
April 10, 2014 was a pretty significant day in the professional career of IPFW men’s basketball coach Jon Coffman. However, his mother, the late Mary Lou Coffman, probably would be even more proud of her youngest child this Saturday than she would have been on the day that Coffman was named as the head coach of the Mastodons.

Area bests jobs averages
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
Valerie Richardson, research associate in the Community Research Institute at IPFW, said workforce development professionals in the region aren’t sure why total labor force participation rates are relatively low despite low unemployment.)

October 21

School News for Oct. 21, 2015
Fort Wayne News-Sentinel
• James Lutz, professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at IPFW has written a chapter along with his wife, Brenda, for a new scholarly book on terrorism and its effects on global economies. The chapter, "Tourists as Targets in the Middle East and North Africa," appears on Karin Glaser (ed.), Terrorism and the Economy: Impacts on the Capital Market and the Global Tourism Industry (Den Haag, Netherlands: Eleven, 2015), pp.137-154.

• IPFW Programs have been ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the Best in the Country. The programs are: #34,Online bachelor's program, #58 Engineering where a doctorate is not offered, #129 Graduate nursing and #149 Graduate public affairs.

Region may be in need of labor
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
Ellen Cutter, director of the Community Research Institute at IPFW, has studied the numbers, including for the Fort Wayne metropolitan statistical area. It had a relatively low August unemployment rate of 4.1 percent compared with 5.2 percent for the U.S.

October 20

Colleges look to 'Crush Hunger'
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
Vicky Carwein, IPFW’s chancellor, said while students are being encouraged to donate canned food, faculty and staff are being encouraged to donate $5 each, enough to buy 15 pounds of food.

Southwest Allen County Schools teacher named Midwest Physical Education Teacher of the Year
Fort Wayne News-Sentinel
Hazelett, who earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Saint Francis and a master’s degree from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, also volunteers as county coordinator and sports director for Special Olympics Allen County.

English, linguistics teacher at Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne turns medieval spy
He landed at IPFW and hasn't looked back. The fact that he can teach what he loves, Fort Wayne is affordable and his bike ride commute to campus is enjoyable have made the Fleming family perfectly happy.

Lloy Ball fine-tuning Volleyball Hall of Fame speech
Fort Wayne News-Sentinel
Woodburn-native and IPFW graduate Lloy Ball has been double-checking his list for months in preparation for his induction into the International Volleyball Hall of Fame on Saturday in Holyoke, Mass., the sport's birthplace. Ball has been writing his acceptance speech and asking friends for help for the last month. The title is "Blessed."

Fort Wayne English instructor turns medieval spy
The Washington Times
“I thought it was amazing. I wanted to read this sort of thing forever,” said Fleming, associate professor for the Department of English and Linguistics at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne who characterizes himself as an Anglo-Saxonist steeped in the lore of A.D. 700 to 1100.

October 19

Area colleges, universities fighting hunger with food drive
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
The five schools -- IPFW, Huntington University, Indiana Tech, IVY Tech and the University of Saint Francis -- have a total of about 29,000 students. The goal is to collect canned food, especially canned fruits, vegetables, peanut butter and canned tuna and meats. Cash donations are also being accepted from students and faculty.

Fighting to end hunger, universities join friendly competition
University of Saint Francis (USF), Huntington University, Indiana Tech, Indiana- University Purdue- University Fort Wayne (IPFW) and Ivy Tech are all taking part in this friendly competition. The questions is, which school can gather the most food?

October 16

Indiana dual credit classes face obstacle
Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly
The Higher Learning Commission’s proposal is more a clarification of the rules for the 19 states it covers than an outright change, said Karen VanGorder, executive director of continuing studies at Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne. But its impact could be considerable in Indiana, which went against the HLC several years ago when it relaxed requirements for master’s degrees and stopped providing financial incentives for teachers to get them.