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The College of Arts and Sciences Winter Reception

Winter Reception Crowd

The inaugural COAS Winter Reception on January 29, 2016, gave our faculty and staff the chance to relax, share some laughs, and recognize the incredible work going on in the College of Arts and Sciences. The night featured entertainment by IPFW music student Okara Imani, the IPFW Jazz Ensemble, a video featuring the Kids of COAS, and the Battle of the Brains game. Near the end of the evening, Dean Eric Carl Link reflected on the achievements of COAS departments and faculty and concluded with a champagne toast.

Throughout the night, attendees were encouraged to donate to the College of Arts and Sciences Giving Tree. Donations to the Giving Tree will fund new scholarship opportunities for COAS students, many of whom can only afford college through scholarships and the generosity of donors.


Giving Tree



Attendees placed donations in envelopes for the College of Arts and Sciences Giving Tree. Faculty, staff, alumni, and other potential donors are encouraged to contact Karen Burtnette to add to the Giving Tree to fund opportunities for our students.








Jim Whitcraft

Jim Whitcraft was on site and props were available for anyone who wanted to capture memories from the evening.


 Some of IPFW's Ambassadons found time to help and have fun! 



Hors d’oeuvres were available as our guests mingled before the evening's program.


Jazz Band

The IPFW Jazz Ensemble played throughout the evening.



As guests ate and drank, Okara Imani (undergraduate music major with a concentration in vocal performance) entertained the crowd with three songs: “Make You Feel My Love,” “Don’t Know Why,” and “What a Difference a Day Makes.” Imani, a senior, is finishing her last undergraduate semester and applying for graduate school to study ethnomusicology.


Video Picture

The COAS Publications Office produced a video with some of the children of COAS faculty and staff. The kids talked about what their parents did at work, their future plans, and why they liked IPFW.


Battle of the Brains

Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, and Humanities representatives competed in Battle of the Brains, hosted by Laura Link (education). The contestants were quizzed with riddles and brain teasers, competing for the Brain Trophy. This year's winner was the humanities. After the trophy is engraved, it will be displayed in the COAS main office.


For more photos from the event, check out the College of Arts and Sciences facebook page.