Dan Butler at IPFW
Fort Wayne native Dan Butler, an actor whose roles have included Bob “Bulldog” Briscoe on the hit sitcom “Frasier,” will direct and star in IPFW Department of Theatre's production of “Our Town” in December, the university announced this week. The show is part of the department's 2013-2014 season. Butler has asked to produce the play in the Studio Theatre, formerly known as the PIT Theatre, the news release said. He also invites former PIT alumni to join him in the production. Butler plans a contemporary approach to the drama about the everyday lives of people in the fictional town of Grover's Corners. Other shows in the season include two Fort Wayne premieres: “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress” and “Gint,” as well as “Into the Woods.” Cost for a season subscription of four flexible tickets is $57; the tickets may be used in any combination, such as four seats for one show or one seat for four shows. Season subscribers can reserve tickets to “Our Town” before tickets go on sale to the general public Aug. 26. The IPFW Box Office is located in Room 126 of the Gates Athletic Center at IPFW, 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E. Hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays now through Aug. 31 and 12:30-6:30 p.m. weekdays beginning Sept. 1. You also can order at www.ipfw.edu/tickets, 481-6555 or TTD: 481-4105.
BMV to enforce sales rule for specialty license plates
Groups that for years have had modest specialty license plates sales, including IPFW and other universities, are now on notice to increase their sales or be terminated from the program. Eighteen entities sold fewer than 500 plates in 2012, and some are trailing that number again this year, such as Huntington University, the Rotary Club and Trine University. Lawmakers have now intervened in the somewhat controversial program, in which various nonprofit groups get a portion of the money Hoosiers pay to display the specialty plates. There are 92 group plates raising a total of $6 million annually. Of that, $3.8 million goes to the entities and the rest to various state funds and the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.
Steelworkers, Goodrich have tentative contract
The USW also has reached tentative agreements covering 8,500 workers at Goodyear and 4,500 at Bridgestone-Firestone. The BF Goodrich plant in Woodburn employs 1,580 workers, according to the Community Research Institute at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.
To meet a growing demand for information systems, professionals in business and industry as well as students’ need for more flexibility in their college studies, the IPFW Department of Computer Science is introducing a new online bachelor’s degree in information systems. Student applications are currently being accepted for the new online program, which debuts this fall and complements IPFW’s existing associates and bachelor’s programs in information systems that meet on campus.
IPFW, Purdue ties receive scrutiny (Editorial)
Indiana lawmakers will be in Fort Wayne on Thursday to continue a discussion about IPFW’s relationship with Purdue University. Sen. Dennis Kruse, R-Auburn, is co-chairman of the committee. Sen. Jim Banks, R-Columbia City, filed legislation this year to give IPFW more graduate-degree programs and requiring Purdue to grant more autonomy to all regional campuses. The General Assembly chose instead to require a working group to study regional-campus governance and focus specifically on IPFW for improvements. A report must be submitted to the General Assembly by Nov. 30. Banks and Rep. Phil GiaQuinta, D-Fort Wayne, also serve on the study committee.
Hyde Brothers Booksellers offers ‘Chaps & Flappers’ poetry event
Well-known and revered author and professor of our community [Curtis L.] Crisler will present his latest chapbook, “Soundtrack to Latchkey Boy,” which was recently published by Finishing Line Press. Michael L. H. Douglas, author of Cooling Board: A Long-Playing Poem says of Crisler’s work, “True to its title, ‘Soundtrack to Latchkey Boy’ bristles with music: an album in verse of coming up hard and finding a path to light. Curtis Crisler is both poet and DJ, spinning a playlist of parental wisdom in the guise of the prose poem. These are survival songs. Tune in and be moved.” Mr. Crisler’s books include the Pushcart Prize-Nominated “Pulling Scabs,” “Tough Boy Sonatas,” “Dreamist: a mixed-genre novel,” and “Spill,” the 2008 Keyhole Chapbook Award. Published in numerous magazines, journals, and anthologies, he is an assistant professor of English at Indiana University—Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), and Cave Canem Fellow, is most certainly a prize in our community.
Google introduces Chromecast
Google has moved into new territory in the technology world. The company is now selling a device that wirelessly connects to your TV, so you can watch web content on the big screen. It's called Chromecast, and it looks like a black thumb drive. You plug it into the HDMI port on a flat panel television, connect to wi-fi, and then stream videos over the internet to your TV. A major selling point of the new device is that it's user-friendly, and very convenient. "It's designed to give you easier access to stuff that's in the cloud. So it's designed to give you easier access to YouTube, to Netflix---that's one of the commercial applications that's rolling out with it. So Google's whole plan here is to make this stupid easy,” said John Kaufeld, IPFW Online Marketing Specialist.
Fair warning, come prepared
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The JobWorks office in Fort Wayne and a local university plan to provide interview training in a few weeks that some job seekers will be able to put into practice the same hour they have completed it. The training will be offered by the career services department at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne and JobWorks in connection with a job fair scheduled for 1-4 p.m. Aug. 16 in the university’s classic ballroom. The interview training will take place in the same building from noon to 3 p.m.