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IPFW in the News March 3-9, 2014

1. The Daily Republic, March 9, 2014
Summit League Championships: SDSU men, USD women advance

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Luis Jacobo scored 19 points and Steve Forbes added 11 with nine rebounds as No. 2 seed Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne rolled past seventh-seeded Indiana-Purdue Indianapolis 85-47 in the opening round of the Summit League tournament Saturday night. IPFW (23-9) shot 57.4 percent from the field and outrebounded the Jaguars 39-23. Mo Evans finished with 13 points, Joe Edwards chipped in 10 and Jacobo had seven boards. IUPUI (6-27) was limited to 21-of-51 shooting (41.2 percent) and went 3 of 14 from deep. Mitch Patton scored 18 points and Ian Chiles contributed 12. Leading 18-16, the Mastodons pulled away with a 22-6 run to close the first half. Evans and Michael Kibiloski each sank 3-pointers during the run, helping IPFW grab a 40-22 halftime advantage. IPFW coasted in the second half, pushing their lead to 30 on a Forbes three-point play with 9:27 remaining. IPFW advanced to the semifinals on Monday against South Dakota State.

2. Indiana's NewsCenter, March 9, 2014
IPFW Women Upset At Summit League Tournament (VIDEO)

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IPFW rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit to lead in the second half; but the Denver Pioneers rallied back and topped the Mastodons 79-73 in the quarterfinals of the Summit League Women's Basketball Tournament on Sunday. Amanda Hyde scored a game-high 28 points for the Mastodons (15-14 overall) and set a new single-season Summit League free throw attemopts record with 236.

3. Huntington County TAB, March 9, 2014
Mettler leads Viking trackboys at New Haven

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The Huntington North High School boys' varsity track and field team tied for seventh at the New Haven HSR Qualifier indoor meet held at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne on Saturday, March 8. The Vikings tallied 29 points to deadlock with Leo in the 15-team field in which the top eight places in each event scored.

4. Journal Gazette, March 8, 2014
IPFW men not overlooking first-round foe

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It never pays to take anything for granted at tournament time. But IPFW men’s basketball coach Tony Jasick figures he has special reason not to do it this time. His No. 2 seed Mastodons (22-9) play No. 7 seed IUPUI for the third time tonight in their Summit League tournament opener, having already dispatched the Jaguars twice by double digits. But Jasick insists IUPUI’s 6-25 record is something of a mirage. That’s because of the return of 6-foot-1 guard Ian Chiles, projected to be one of the Summit League’s top players in the preseason.

5. NBCSports, March 7, 2014
2014 Summit League Tournament Preview: North Dakota State looks to avenge last year’s title-game loss
Story also ran in: FOX News

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North Dakota State was the preseason favorite in the league and they won the Summit League regular season crown by two full games over IPFW and South Dakota State. But the Bison are still motivated coming into the 2014 Summit League Conference Tournament after falling in the title game last season to South Dakota State. Can Taylor Braun, Marshall Bjorkland and North Dakota State win the tournament and make the field of 68?

6. WANE TV, March 7, 2014
IPFW Sweeps King 3-0 (VIDEO)
Story also ran in: Indiana's NewsCenter

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Two days after a thrilling five-set win over 14th ranked Ohio State, the IPFW men’s volleyball team returned to the court, knocking off King in straight sets (25-15, 25-23, 25-21). The win improves IPFW to 12-3 on the season, the second-best 15-game start in program history.

7. News-Sentinel, March 7, 2014
Major headache coming for Fort Wayne drivers as section of Coliseum Boulevard goes under construction for a month

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Running errands on Coliseum Boulevard? Commuting from home to work on Anthony Boulevard? Making your way to IPFW? Your trip might get much longer as crews prepare for construction. On Monday, work will start on the Coliseum Boulevard bridge over the St. Joe River near Johnny Appleseed Park, a stretch of one of Fort Wayne's major arteries that averages about 50,000 vehicles per day, according to 2012-13 Indiana Department of Transportation information.

8. Journal Gazette, March 7, 2014
IPFW leaders to retire after school year
Story also ran in: Inside Indiana Business, Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly

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Two longtime IPFW leaders will retire after this school year, university officials said Thursday. Irene A. Walters, executive director of university relations and communications, and Linda L. Ruffolo, executive director of development, will retire in June. Both joined the university in 1995 and work in the university’s Office of Advancement. Ruffolo announced late last year she would retire in 2014 but has continued to work part time to help with the transition in leadership, IPFW spokeswoman Nicole Wilkins said. In January, Wendy Kobler was appointed vice chancellor for advancement and the department was restructured.

9. News-Sentinel, March 7, 2014
IPFW senior named league's top player again

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IPFW was recognized in historic fashion Thursday, as its women's basketball program placed two players on the Summit League First Team, as the conference released its postseason honors. Mastodon senior guard Amanda Hyde repeated as the conference player of the year, while teammate Haley Seibert was also selected to the First Team All-Summit League. It is the first time in program history that a pair of IPFW players has been named to the First Team.

10. WBOI 89.1, March 6, 2014
WBOI Presents: "A Crash Course on the Crisis in Crimea" (PODCAST)

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As tensions continue to rise in Ukraine, the world is now turning its attention to the country’s southern region. But why is the Crimean Peninsula so interesting to Russian President Vladimir Putin? And where do other world powers fit into the equation? On this edition of WBOI Presents, we’ll go beyond the headlines with a panel discussion examining the history of Crimea and the politics at play. The discussion, called “A Crash Course on the Crisis in Crimea,” features IPFW political science professor James Toole and history professor Ann Livschiz exploring the history and importance of the Crimean Peninsula. The panel is moderated by IPFW political science professor, Andrew Downs.

11. News-Sentinel, march 6, 2014
IPFW reaps in postseason honors from national site

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IPFW men's basketball coach Tony Jasick probably had more confidence in the abilities of Mastodon players Luis Jacobo, Steve Forbes and Pierre Bland than he did himself as a coach, but as it turns out, all four individuals have excelled to the point of garnering special recognition. The IPFW contingent were each recognized by College Sports Madness on Wednesday for leading their program to its best season as a NCAA Division I program in its history.

12. Journal Gazette, March 6, 2014
New approach welcomed locally

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Changes announced Wednesday to the SAT college entrance exam might cause headaches for preparation programs, but they could be beneficial for colleges and students, a local official says. Although it means changes for test-takers, the new exam could benefit students who have struggled to pass the exam or afford classes to help them prepare, said Tonishea Jackson, director of admissions at IPFW.

13. Herald Argus, March 5, 2014
PNC, Calumet campuses set to merge administrations

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He noted the two universities are already working together to offer students a degree in economics, and the two are working together with Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne for a proposed doctoral degree in nursing. The latter degree isn't offered yet. But in the future, he said, they might offer more joint classes, especially where student interest may not be enough to justify separate courses at each campus. Students at PNC may have the option to take courses in Calumet or in Valparaiso where the universities have space. "I'm just thinking students will have more flexibility and more choices in what courses they can take," he said, "and more faculty and more courses accessible to them."

14. News-Sentinel, March 5, 2014
Former Volleydon using experience to help athletes

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Dustin Sherman has always had more stubbornness than a gaggle of terrible 2-year-olds. No, not in an obstinate, "I'm never doing that'' way, but rather in a never-quit, "I'll show you'' way. At 5-foot-10 with the wiry body of a stray dog, Sherman never had that something, but he made the most of what he had. He was so tough as an IPFW men's volleyball player from 2000 to 2004 that he played despite having the mushy back of an 80-year-old man.

15. WANE TV, March 5, 2014
MVB: No. 15 IPFW Edges No. 14 Ohio State 3-2 (VIDEO)
Story also ran in: Journal Gazette

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For the second time in as many years, the IPFW men’s volleyball team knocked off nationally ranked Ohio State – again in five sets – topping the 14th ranked Buckeyes 22-25, 25-22, 27-29, 25-23, 15-10 on Wednesday evening in a critical MIVA match-up. Eddie Rivera knocked down a season-high 19 kills in the match, while Andrew Sellan added 18 kills in the winning effort. Omar Rivera dished out 55 assists, with he and Eddie Rivera serving up two service aces apiece.

16. News-Sentinel, March 5, 2014
Local sports briefs: Three teams going for HS hockey state titles

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IPFW freshman Mayu Sato went 2-0 in singles last week to earn her second Summit League women's tennis player of the week award. Sato won 6-3, 6-0 over Carolina Teixeira of Robert Morris and 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 over Youngstown State's Margarita Sadoninikova. She led IPFW to a 6-0 win over Robert Morris and a 4-2 win over Youngstown State. Sato is 12-1 at No. 1 singles. She also is 18-7 in doubles. IPFW is 7-6.

17. Indiana's NewsCenter, March 4, 2014
IPFW Professor And U.S. Senator From Hoosier State Weigh In On Ukraine Crisis

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The U.S. needs to let Russia know that its armed intervention in Ukraine is unacceptable and that there is a price to pay for it. Those comments were made Tuesday by Republican U.S. Senator Dan Coats from Indiana. We spoke with an IPFW Russian History professor about the subject, getting her read on whether putting pressure on Putin is a bad idea, or whether the real risk is in being passive in our response. "History has shown that being able to get away with something will most likely mean that he feels empowered to be able to do more," said Associate Professor Ann Livschiz, who has a Ph.D. in Russian and Soviet History.

18. WANE TV, March 4, 2014
Greater Fort Wayne Inc. announces 2014 ATHENA Award nominees

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The 2014 ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Nominees are: Rachel L. Rayburn – Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Indiana University Purdue University – Fort Wayne. Barbara Molargik-Fitch, a limited term lecturer in the Division of Organizational Leadership and Supervision (OLS) and Director/Assistant Professor Master of Science in Criminal Justice, Trine University.

19. News-Sentinel, March 4, 2014
Local briefs: Summit League honors IPFW's Hyde

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IPFW guard Amanda Hyde was named the Summit League's women's basketball player of the week. It's her fifth such award this season and the seventh of her career. The 5-10 senior guard led IPFW to a pair of wins last week. She had 32 points, three assists and two rebounds in a win over Western Illinois, then added 20 points, five rebounds and three assists in a victory over Omaha. She averaged 26 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists for the week while shooting 62 percent from the field and going 18-for-19 from the line.

20. Journal Gazette, March 3, 2014
Teacher Honor Roll/ Education Notebook

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Area employers are invited to register for the Northeast Indiana Career Enrichment job fair coming to IPFW from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. April 15. Registration fees are $200 for for-profit employers, $150 for government agencies and $125 for nonprofit organizations. Registration and payment are due April 1. Anyone wishing to register may contact Christine Force at 481-6640 or or go online to IPFW’s Department of Public Policy will host the inaugural Midwest Public Affairs Conference March 27 to 29. Conference registration can be made online at For more information, contact Stephen Kleinschmit at David Wesse has been named vice chancellor for financial and administrative affairs at IPFW. Wesse will oversee a university operating budget of $180 million as well as financial and administrative units including athletics, physical plant, university police and human resources.

21. KPC News, March 3, 2014
Area students ‘Circle the State with Song’

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Sixteen Churubusco Elementary School students participated in the Circle the State with Song Festival for Area 2 on Feb. 15 at Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne campus. Circle the State With Song is a program sponsored by the Indiana Music Educators Association that takes place at venues throughout the state during the month of February.

22. Journal Gazette, March 2, 2014
Freshman’s 13-point spree sparks IPFW

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The last 40 minutes for Amanda Hyde in the Gates Center were typically peerless Saturday afternoon: 20 points, five rebounds, three assists, one steal. But it was the Five Minutes of the Freshman that doomed visiting Omaha on Senior Day at IPFW. Ariana Simmons scored 13 points in those five minutes – there was a 3-pointer then a layup then another 3 then another 3 and then a layup – and when she was finished, so were the visitors.

23. The Wichita Eagle, March 2, 2014
Ark. baseball game with IPFW cancelled by storm
Story also ran in: Miami Herald, Arkansas Scout, Kansas City Star, San Francisco Chronicle

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The 24th-ranked University of Arkansas baseball team's game against Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne scheduled for Monday has been cancelled due to winter weather. Fans who purchased single-game tickets for Monday's game should contact the Razorback Ticket Center for additional information.

24. KVRR FOX, March 1, 2014
NDSU Track & Field Competes at Summit League Championship

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The North Dakota State women’s track & field team won 11 of a possible 17 event titles to cruise to a league-record seventh consecutive Summit League indoor team title on Saturday, Mar. 1, at the IPFW Athletics Center Fieldhouse. The Bison racked up 233 points over the two-day meet – enough to outpace second-place South Dakota’s 142 1/3 points and third-place Omaha’s 109. NDSU has now claimed every Summit League indoor and outdoor track & field team title since joining the league for the 2007-08 season – a total of 13 straight with indoor and outdoor combined.

25. Journal Gazette, March 1, 2014
New IPFW AD likes view, chair

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It’s yet another refrigerated afternoon in the Winter That Dare Not Speak Its Name, and here in IPFW Athletic Director Kelley Hartley Hutton’s office, the topic has turned to current events. It’s kind of a favorite these days. The men’s basketball team, after all, is at 21 wins and counting, and, if it wins at Omaha today, it will secure the No. 2 seed in the Summit League tournament. The women, meanwhile, will lock down the No. 3 seed if they win today.

26. News-Sentinel, March 1, 2014
Woodside Middle School team wins two special awards at National Future City Finals

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A team from Woodside Middle School in Fort Wayne received two special awards while competing against 36 other teams Feb. 15-18 in the National Future City Finals during Engineers Week in Washington, D.C. Woodside received the Institute of Industrial Engineers' Excellence in Systems Integration award and the National Society of Professional Engineers' award for Protecting the Public's Safety and Welfare through Competent and Ethical Engineering Practices, an IPFW news release said.

27. Grand Island Independent, March 1, 2014
Forbes lifts IPFW past Omaha in OT, 96-95
Story also ran in: Journal Gazette, Athlon Sports

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Steve Forbes scored 21 points, including two free throws with three-tenths of a second left, to lift IPFW to a 96-95 overtime victory over Omaha on Saturday and secure the No. 2 seed for Summit League tournament. Forbes, fouled by John Karhoff on a 3-point attempt, made the first two free throws for the victory. The Mastadons (22-9, 10-4) got a basket by Pierre Bland with 4 seconds left to cut Omaha's lead to one and a turnover gave the ball back to IPFW.

28. Indiana's News Center, March 1, 2014
Volleydons Complete 2-0 Weekend At Home (VIDEO)

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Ramon Burgos and Andrew Sellan paced IPFW with 13 kills apiece as 15th ranked IPFW knocked off a Conference Carolinas squad for the second straight night, defeating Barton 3-1 (25-18, 25-17, 23-25, 25-18) on Saturday. The Mastodons continue their five-match homestand on Wednesday when they welcome MIVA rival Ohio State to town in a battle of two Top-15 ranked teams.

29. Indiana's News Center, March 1, 2014
Volleydons Sweep Mount Olive For Ninth Win (VIDEO)

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IPFW bounced back from their 3-1 volleyball setback six nights earlier at top-ranked Loyola (Ill.) with a straight set victory over Mount Olive on Friday night in non-conference action, 25-23, 25-13, 25-23.

30. Journal Gazette, Feb. 28, 2014
IPFW women in 4th at Summit League Indoor Championships

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The IPFW women's track and field team accumulated 20 points Friday and is in fourth place after the first day of the Summit League Indoor Championships at the Gates Center. Snider graduate Kayla Zink earned a second-place finish in the weight throw with a distance of 58 feet, 1.75 inches. Columbia City alum Kaeleigh Porter finished fifth with 53-11.25. Zink and Porter will compete in the shot put starting at noon today.

31. News-Sentinel, Feb. 28, 2014

'Relationships' at heart of IPFW success

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Nearly a decade ago, Jon Coffman did a favor for a high school coaching friend in Florida. The result of that act now has IPFW chasing the possibility of making its first postseason in its history at the NCAA Division I level. The building of a successful men's basketball program often is complicated and is almost always time-consuming. “I don't think anyone realizes the time that goes into building relationships,” Coffman said.