Star player shines bright late in IPFW victory
In the clutch, IPFW forward Amanda Hyde stepped up and showed why she is the reigning Summit League Player of the Year. She hit a pair of free throws at the end of regulation and a three-pointer at the end of the first overtime to lift Mastodons to a 98-89 double-overtime win over North Dakota State on Thursday in women's basketball action. Hyde earned her third double double of the season as she finished with a game-high 35 points and 10 rebounds to go along with a game-high five assists and two steals. She connected on 12 of 19 from the floor and was a perfect 9 of 9 at the free-throw line.
Experience best asset for IPFW volleyball
He didn’t need a seating chart to identify anyone, this time around. And to IPFW men’s volleyball coach Arnie Ball’s eternal relief, his Mastodons didn’t need a dog-eared copy of “Arnie World 101,” either. These things will happen when all but three of your players from a year ago return, led by senior outside hitter Eddie Rivera, a first-team All-MIVA pick in 2013 and a 2014 preseason all-league selection, a veteran setter (Omar Rivera) and a slew of others who can nail spikes to the floor.
Women's Hoops: Bison Fall to IPFW in Double OT
The North Dakota State women's basketball team (3-12, 0-1 Summit) suffered a heartbreaking 98-89 double overtime loss to the Fort Wayne Mastodons (8-7, 1-0 Summit) Thursday evening inside the Bison Sports Arena on the first evening of Summit League play. The game was the first double overtime contest for the Bison since the 2007-08 season. NDSU and Fort Wayne traded baskets in the first half until there was 5:11 remaining, when a layup from Amanda Hyde, The Summit League preseason Player of the Year, gave Fort Wayne a 28-26 advantage.
Bison drop men's basketball conference game to IPFW
Story also ran in: Indiana's NewsCenter, Journal Gazette, Athlon Sports, KVRR FOX Fargo, ESPN
The North Dakota State men’s basketball team entered Thursday’s game having played the 32nd-toughest schedule out of the 349 Division I programs. The gauntlet they navigated will get the Bison ready for the NCAA tournament, but it is how they play during the Summit League action that will determine if they get to use what they have learned.
Former Journal Gazette publisher Richard Inskeep passes away
Story also ran in: News-Sentinel
Inskeep was known for more than his contributions to journalism. He also will be remembered for his involvement in higher education, especially his work on behalf of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne and Indiana University. "Dick Inskeep was a champion of higher education and a loyal and generous supporter of Indiana University and IPFW," said Irene Walters, executive director of University Relations and Communications at IPFW. "He advocated for higher education in our city, our state, and throughout the country in his role as national president of the Indiana University Alumni Association."
IPFW professor named state poet laureate
Story also ran in: Northeast Indiana Public Radio, Inside Indiana Business, Miami Herald, Kansas City Star, Greenfield Daily Reporter
IPFW English professor George Kalamaras has been selected as the fourth Indiana state poet laureate, the Indiana Arts Commission announced Wednesday. As the appointed state laureate, Kalamaras said he plans to use his two-year term to make poetry accessible and interactive statewide from practicing poets to those who are being introduced to poetry for the first time.
U.S. News Releases 2014 Best Online Program Rankings
Story also ran in: Muncie Free Press, IU This Week, IUPUI Newsroom
The online bachelor's degree program at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne also was ranked by U.S. News, at ninth. Graduate programs at the IU School of Nursing at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis moved from 37th in 2013 to 32nd this year. U.S. News revised its rankings methodology to recognize the importance of student engagement, faculty credentials, student services and technology.
After earning ranking, IPFW volleyball excited to open home season
Heading into its first home match of the season, it's already been a very exciting week for the IPFW men's volleyball team. Playing at the UC-Santa Barbara Invitational for the first time in 12 years, the Volleydons finished fifth after beating No. 15 California Baptist on Saturday. That came after splitting Friday's exhibition matches with wins against No. 2 UCLA and No. 14 Cal State-Northride and losses against No. 4 Long Beach State and No. 14 UC- San Diego.
IPFW to test itself against top league power
Story also ran in: Journal Gazette
IPFW will learn very quickly how good it must be to compete with the best of the Summit League this season, because the Bison just may be the best team in the conference. They have only lost once since Nov. 24 and that was a 79-62 defeat to third-ranked Ohio State. North Dakota State has notched road victories at Santa Clara and Notre Dame. IPFW is off to its best start at the NCAA Division I level and has won 6 of its past 7 games. This game will feature some of the top performers in the Summit League, as North Dakota State center Marshall Bjorklund (who had 26 against the Fighting Irish) and Mastodon big man Steve Forbes rank first and second, respectively in field goal percentage.
1st TV ads push for Indiana same-sex marriage ban amendment
The TV ads from Advance America serve as notice that amendment backers are mobilizing for a fierce fight, a political analyst said. “This creates a level of visibility that some would argue has been absent from (Miller’s) side of the equation over the last couple of months,” said Andy Downs, director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. Miller says he hopes to keep pressure on lawmakers, first in the House Judiciary Committee. That’s where he thinks the amendment will land when it’s filed, which could happen as soon as Thursday.
Lizard Study Supports Darwin's Idea That Predator-Free Islands Make Animals Tamer
Story also ran in: Science
These antics fueled his famous idea that animals become tame when they live on remote, predator-free islands. Now, William Cooper Jr of Indiana University–Purdue University in Fort Wayne has tested Darwin's hypothesis on 66 species of lizards from around the world and found that island dwellers tended to be more docile than their continental relatives — the strongest evidence yet for this classic idea. The results are published this week in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.
Professor Known for Leatherback Turtle Research Published in Latest Issue of Proceedings of the Royal Society B
Frank Paladino, Jack W. Schrey professor and department chair in Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne's (IPFW) Department of Biological Sciences, is co-author of an article titled, "Predicting bycatch hotspots for endangered leatherback turtles on longlines in the Pacific Ocean." The article confirms that fisheries bycatch is a critical source of mortality for rapidly declining populations of leatherback turtles, Dermochelys coriacea. The article will be published in the February 22, 2014 print edition of Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the Royal Society’s flagship biological research journal, dedicated to the rapid publication and broad dissemination of high-quality research papers, reviews, and comment and reply papers. [full transcript not available]
Lessons From The Dutch On Rising Pedestrian-Traffic Deaths
Since New Year’s Eve at least a half dozen pedestrians have been hit and killed by vehicles in the greater Bay Area. The Dutch have already dealt with this conundrum over the last few decades with changes that have been praised by transportation planners. KCBS interviewed an expert on the issue who said we could take a page from their culture... -Reported by Susan Leigh Taylor, IPFW alumna
IPFW appoints new vice chancellor
Story also ran in: Inside Indiana Business
Wendy Kobler was named vice chancellor for advancement at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, the school announced. She will be responsible for development, marketing and alumni relations at the university. She worked for four years as vice president of marketing, communication and advancement at Alabama A&M University in Huntsville, Ala., where she also was a member of the president's executive cabinet and advised the school's board of trustees.
“Queer Health on Campus: Addressing the Health Needs of LGBTQ Students” will take place at IPFW in Walb Union, Room 116 on Feb. 7 and 8. Registration opens Feb. 6 from 4 to 6 p.m. in Walb Union, Room 116. The two-day national health conference will focus on the physical, mental and environmental health needs and challenges that LGBQT students face on a daily basis.
Injunction highlights health coverage flaws
Judge Jon DeGuilio recently ruled in favor of the Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese, barring enforcement of the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive requirement. Arguments will tend toward one extreme or the other. On one side, some will defend religious freedom and the diocese’s right to not provide contraception. On the other side, some will argue for adequate health insurance for all. -Written by Abraham Schwab, IPFW associate professor of philosophy
Local Japanese reunite to celebrate a new year
Happy New Year, and welcome to 2014, the year of the horse. As part of the Japanese American Association of Indiana’s celebration Saturday at IPFW, kids played pin the tail on the horse while some of the older folks sat and chatted in both Japanese and English.
IPFW cruises in final nonconference game
Story also ran in: M Live
The tune-up was tuneful. To say the least. In IPFW’s final game before Summit League play opens Thursday night, the Mastodons punished both Division III Kalamazoo and the scoreboard Saturday afternoon, getting double figures from six players and cruising to a 110-74 beatdown that sends them into league play on a six-wins-in-seven-games tear. It also could prove beneficial down the road, tune-up or not.
IPFW to play for fifth in Santa Barbara
The IPFW men's volleyball team split four matches on Friday at the UC-Santa Barbara Invitational. The unranked Volleydons lost to No. 4-ranked Long Beach State 2-0, beat No. 14 Cal State-Northridge 2-0, lost to unranked UC-San Diego 2-0 and beat No. 2 UCLA 2-0. All the matches are considered exhibition games and do not count against the season record.
College basketball preview: Kalamazoo at IPFW
IPFW G Pierre Bland vs. Kalamazoo G Mark Ghafari – Without question, it’s the brothers Ghafari – Mark, a senior, and Carl, a junior – who put the sting in the Hornets. The elder Ghafari leads Kalamazoo in scoring and 3-pointers (37) and is fourth on the team in assists, but he also leads the Hornets in turnovers with 27. If Bland, who leads the Mastodons with 29 steals, can bump up that last number some more, it goes a long way toward making what should be an easy day for the Mastodons even easier.
Colonels KO IPFW
Eastern Kentucky University beat Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), 90-68, on Sunday in a battle of mid-major top 25 teams. The Colonels (9-4) entered the game ranked 22nd in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25. The Mastodons (10-5) were one spot behind at 23rd. Eastern Kentucky trailed by as many as nine twice early in the game but used a 21-4 first half run to take control of the game. The Colonels took an 11-point lead, 46-35, into the locker room at the break and then out-scored the Mastodons 8-3 to start the second half to go in front by 16. Eastern took its largest lead, 26 points, on a three-pointer by Marcus Lewis with 4:46 left in the game.
BGSU suffers a 65-60 loss at home
Story also ran in: News-Sentinel, Journal Gazette, NorthwestOhio.com, Sentinel-Tribune, Athlon Sports, Indiana's NewsCenter
The Bowling Green State University men's basketball team suffered a 65-60 loss to Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne at the Stroh Center tonight. Richaun Holmes and Jehvon Clarke each had 16 points to lead the Falcons (6-7), while Spencer Parker added 15. Steve Forbes scored 15 points to lead IPFW (11-5), while Luis Jacobo had 13 and Mo Evans 11.