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IPFW in the News March 10-14, 2014

1. WANE TV, March 14, 2014
Festival season gets a “Kickstart”
Story also ran in: News-Sentinel,

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Organizers are calling the newest downtown Fort Wayne festival a community celebration of bikes, art and music. The first Kickstart festival is scheduled for May 17 and details were announced during a Friday morning news conference on the campus of IPFW, one of the event’s sponsors. The festival itself will take place on the Main Street Arts Campus on Main Street. “Kickstart represents a wonderful example of what can happen when passionate, like-minded organizations and individuals collaborate to make Fort Wayne a more vibrant community,” said Irene Walters, executive director of university relations and communications at IPFW.

2. Journal Gazette, March 14, 2014
IPFW moves on to next challenge after tough loss

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The bad news was that physics remained unmoved, in the end. And so only three shots found a proper home across the last 10:41 Tuesday. And Steve Forbes’ short hook in the paint spun out instead of in, in the final seconds. And in the final second, Luis Jacobo’s bid to send The Summit League tournament championship into overtime sailed a little bit too far to the left.North Dakota State 60, IPFW 57.And the good news? The Mastodons still aren’t finished, having accepted a bid Tuesday night to the College Insider Tournament. That will suit IPFW coach Tony Jasick, who talked about the possibility Tuesday before the news broke.

3. Journal Gazette, March 14, 2014
Spring break spent learning about service

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From left, IPFW student Shalynn Bailey, Ruthie Krueger of United Way and IPFW students Rae-Lynn Foley and Holly Barnett sort clothes Thursday afternoon at the Fort Wayne Rescue Mission’s Treasure House. Students from IPFW, the University of Saint Francis and Ivy Tech Community College-Northeast volunteered for Alternative Spring Break: Urban Plunge and have spent this week working at and learning about nearly a dozen United Way nonprofit service organizations.

4. WANE TV, March 13, 2014
IPFW looking forward to playing in CIT Tournament

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For the first time in the program’s history IPFW’s season won’t end with a conference tournament loss. As first reported by WANE-TV Tuesday night IPFW has accepted a bid to play in the College Tournament. IPFW’s C.I.T. opponent, game date, and location have yet to be determined, but the tournament’s website states that first round games will be played March 18 & 19.

5. Indiana's NewsCenter, March 13, 2014
Manchester U., IPFW Host Conversation on Climate Change (NBC33 VIDEO)

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Earlier today nearly 1,000 area high school students took part in a discussion on climate change. Eight campuses hosted the event, including one at IPFW. The program was sponsored by Rotary International District 6540.

6. News-Sentinel, March 13, 2014
Peckinpaugh returns to lead Indiana Tech hoop program

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When John Peckinpaugh committed to play basketball for IPFW coach Dane Fife six years ago, it was to do so for a guy who had gotten his first head position at the tender age of 25. So you'll have to forgive Peckinpaugh if he doesn't think becoming a head college coach at 24 years of age is completely out of the ordinary.

7. News-Sentinel, March 13, 2014
Windsong Pictures' film festival features its new movie, 'Street Symphony'

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Fans of the silver screen and talking pictures, dim the lights and pass the hot, buttered popcorn! The 15th annual International Windsong Film Festival will take place Saturday and Sunday at IPFW. “Our major new film is 'Street Symphony,'” said Michael Floyd, executive producer of Windsong Pictures and a longtime local educator.

8. Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly, March 12, 2014
Region continues to grow, report finds
Story also ran in: Journal Gazette

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When the northeast Indiana economy began to rebound from the Great Recession, the manufacturing sector led the way in bringing back jobs. But manufacturing’s contribution to job growth in the region has slowed, according to the Business Dynamics report for 2013 prepared for the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership by the Community Research Institute at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

9. CBSSports, March 11, 2014
Tiny Dancers: The Bison of North Dakota State win the Summit League
Story also ran in:, News-Sentinel, South Bend Tribune, Journal Tribune, UPI, WANE TV, Chicago Tribune, Argus Leader, Brookings Register, Journal Gazette

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North Dakota State held off a surging IPFW team in Tuesday night's Summit League championship game, winning out 60-57 after Taylor Braun sank a bonkers, acrobatic layup while getting fouled. That gave NDSU some separation, and IPFW couldn't hit its shots in the closing seconds to make it get to overtime. North Dakota State plays in the same league as South Dakota State, which for the past two years represented the Summit. But now this team has a star in Braun and four other seniors who will make it hell on the team's first opponent next week.

10. News-Sentinel, March 11, 2014
Sellan stepping up for Volleydons

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At 6-foot-5 with shoulders like a pick-up truck and legs that can jump over almost any snowbank, Andy Sellan passes the eye test for what a volleyball player should look like. Then he goes out and plays and coaches start to drool. ``He's so strong, and he hits such a heavy ball,'' IPFW coach Arnie Ball said. ``He's just a sophomore, and he has no idea how good he can be. Physically, he's above anybody we've got.''But he's getting there. Sellan was IPFW's most-improved player last year, and he's continuing that progression each week this season. His all-around game is getting stronger, and his hitting ability has been almost unstoppable. He hit 18 kills last week against No. 14 Ohio State in a five-match victory.

11. News-Sentinel, March 11, 2014
United Way's Urban Plunge lets local college students use spring break to learn about social services

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Kasey LaFollette, Drake Turner and Yusanda Blackmon all describe it as a chance to learn more about social-service agencies working in Fort Wayne and the programs they offer. So instead of taking the week off or going south to enjoy fun in the sun, they are among 20 local college students participating this week in United Way of Allen County's first Alternative Spring Break: Urban Plunge program. “I can already tell this experience is going to be life-changing for me,” said Turner, a senior human services major at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, on Monday afternoon, the first day. “It really is just opening my eyes to all of the needs in the community.”

12. Pregame, March 11, 2014
NCAA Basketball Picks Summit League IPFW Mastodons vs North Dakota State Bison
Story also ran in: InForum

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NCAA basketball on Tuesday night and it is the Finals of the Summit League. In this matchup we will see the IPFW Mastodons take on the North Dakota State Bison at Sioux Falls Arena in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The game has a start time of 9:00 pm (Eastern) and will be televised on ESPN. Vegas odds have the Bison listed as 8 point favorites, while the total sits at 143.5.

13. Aberdeen News, March 11, 2014
SDSU eliminated by IPFW
Story also ran in: Argus Leader

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Two-time defending champion South Dakota State was ousted from the Summit League men’s basketball tournament Monday night, dropping a 64-60 decision to Fort Wayne in the semifinals before a crowd of 6,769 at the Sioux Falls Arena. The second-seeded Mastodons earned their first title-game berth. They’ll face No. 1 North Dakota State at 8 p.m. Tuesday.The championship game is scheduled for an 8 p.m. CT tip-off on Tuesday and will be televised nationally on ESPN2. The Jackrabbits a had 3-point try to tie in the final seconds, but missed. They were burned by 18 turnovers that led to 22 Fort Wayne points. Also, the Mastodons got 18 points on six 3-pointers by Mo Evans.

14. Journal Gazette, March 11, 2014
Relentless play key to IPFW’s season

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In the bitter end, they went out on their feet, making one last charge that would epitomize their season in both circumstance and result. The circumstance was that everything that won 15 games for the IPFW women’s basketball team this season was encapsulated in the last 3:15 Sunday, when the Mastodons outscored Denver 20-14 and got back to within two points in the last minute after trailing by 13.

15. Indiana's NewsCenter, March 11, 2014
Maysville B-Dubs Hosting Official IPFW Watch Party
Story also ran in: Journal Gazette, WANE TV

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The IPFW men's basketball team is one win from its first ever NCAA Tournament appearance. The Dons play North Dakota State in the Summit League Championship game Tuesday night at 9:00. The winner of the game earns an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.

16. Journal Gazette, March 10, 2014
2 IPFW rallies not enough
Story also ran in: Argus Leader, News-Sentinel

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The storm came howling out of halftime like the devil’s own gale. And for a moment, likely several, IPFW women’s basketball coach Chris Paul could see a “W” in it. “I honestly believe when we took that eight-point lead, that we had turned the corner and we were gonna win the basketball game,” Paul said Sunday evening, not long after the Denver Pioneers took the brunt of two furious IPFW rallies and tottered away with a 79-73 win in the Summit League quarterfinals.

17. Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly, March 10, 2014
GFW rallies support for single county executive

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Andrew Downs, director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, said the reasons most often given for the proposed changes are to improve efficiency and to give the county a clearer sense of direction. The reasons most often given in favor of the current county government structure are to provide geographical representation in the executive office and to keep the government less proactive, he said. The county commissioners run at-large but they run for the office from three districts that are roughly the same in population.

18. WANE TV, March 10, 2014
Bridge work will impact traffic on Coliseum

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Starting Wednesday, March 12, the inside eastbound lane of SR 930/Coliseum Boulevard will be restricted as crews work on the Johnny Appleseed Bridge. According to the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), motorists should watch for crews doing striping work along westbound SR 930/Coliseum Boulevard in preparation for the next phase of the work. “The left-hand turn lane is an ongoing desire, it’s one that anytime we had an opportunity we would mention it,” said H. Jay Harris, Director of Physical Plant and Campus Safety for IPFW. According to Harris, the left turn lane was closed several years ago because Coliseum Boulevard didn’t have room to cater to all of the traffic.

19. News-Sentinel, March 10, 2014
IPFW star makes lasting impression on, off court

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For the first time all day, IPFW senior Amanda Hyde was stopped cold. No, that never occurred during the 39 minutes of action against Denver in the Mastodons' opening game of the Summit League Tournament. It happened during a postgame interview. “Um,” Hyde muttered through streaming tears when asked to reflect on her career. And that was it for a moment.