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June COAS Department Highlights

Recent News in the College of Arts and Science


Department Newsletter: The Department of Biology released the spring edition of BIOscope. The newsletter highlights the department’s 2014–15 graduates as well as their numerous accomplishments and awards. Twenty biology students were honored with the life time membership of Beta Beta Beta - Biological Honor Society. Read the newsletter for more.

Student Appointment: Jessie Graves, undergraduate biology major, was reelected to IPFW’s student government as Vice President of Programming. Her duties include presiding over the Student Activities Board (SAB) and implementing events and activities throughout the year. She also is a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success and the president of Phi Eta Sigma, a national honor society that honors first year students for their academic achievements.


Faculty Award: Steven Stevenson, associate professor of chemistry, has been awarded the IPFW Chapter Sigma Xi Researcher of the Year for 2015. This award is given annually to an IPFW researcher to recognize research contributions made by a member of the IPFW faculty.


Alumni Update: Ryan “Rock” Perrotte (M.A., professional communication, ‘02) was hired as head coach for the IPFW men’s volleyball program. Perrotte came to IPFW in 1995 as a student. He was a starter on the volleyball team for all four years, and in his senior year, he was named to the All-MIVA Second Team, among other accolades. He spent the last 12 seasons as assistant volleyball coach and now replaces Arnie Ball, who retired this year after 35 seasons.

Student Success: John Hartman is the cinematographer/editor for Punch Films, who created the 50th anniversary video, Celebrate IPFW: 50 Years of Transforming Lives. Hartman attended IPFW as a media and public policy major.


Faculty Publication: Pam Reese, assistant professor of communication sciences and disorders, and her husband Joe Reese, playwright and limited term lecturer in English & linguistics, published their latest novel in the Nina Bannister mystery series, Climate Change. The novel follows a former school principal, Nina Bannister, as she solves mysteries in her home town of Bay St. Lucy. Learn more about Climate Change here.


Student Award: Jessie Reeder, geosciences undergraduate, presented “Ordovician Small Shelly Fauna from the Elgin Member of the Maquoketa: Ecologically Dwarfed or Taphonomically Biased?” at the 2015 North Central Section of the Geological Society of America on May 19-20 in Madison, Wisconsin. Her poster was awarded a $100 prize for its excellence.


Faculty Research: Peter Dragnev, professor and chair of mathematics, copresented a plenary lecture during the 2015 Workshop on Combinatorics and Applications at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in Shanghai, China. The presentation, “Delsarte-Yudin LP Method and Universal Lower Bounds on Energy,” summarized the results of a joint project that stemmed from research agreements between IPFW, the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, and Sofia University. The research produced through these agreements has already resulted in one journal paper and two conference papers, with more to come.


Alumni Updates: Amy (Whitehouse) Lazoff, (B.S. '01; M.P.A. '03) left the Parkview Foundation to become the development director at the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo.

Faculty in the News: Andrew Downs, associate professor of political science, was featured in several local pieces on Fort Waynes’ 2015 primary elections. He was quoted in a piece, “Bid for Senate could Cause Domino Effect for 3rd District,” a News Sentinel article, “Tuesday’s Results Offered Some Lessons, but Will Anybody Heed Them in November?,” and  a Journal Gazette article, “Officials: Voters, Competitiveness in Short Supply.”


Faculty in the News: Abe Schwab, associate professor of philosophy, wrote an article for the Journal Gazette, entitled, “Taking a Big ISTEP toward Adulthood.” In it, Schwab writes a tongue-in-cheek defense of standardized testing. Schwab was also featured on a PBS program, LIFE Ahead, in a panel discussion about end of life decisions. Watch the video here.


Faculty in the News:The Sexting Scandal No One Sees” in The Washington Post focused on a study by Michelle Drouin, associate professor of psychology, who was also quoted in the article. In it, Drouin discusses the severe ramifications young adults face when coerced into sexting. The Journal Gazette also featured this article in “Sexting Can Be Abuse, Study Says.”

Faculty/Student Presentations: At the 2015 Midwestern Psychological Association meeting in Chicago, 24 psychology undergraduate and recently graduated students presented research that they coauthored with six psychology faculty (Michelle Drouin, Jay Jackson, Daren Kaiser, Carol Lawton, Brenda Lundy Jackson, and Jody Ross). Student presenters included: Samantha Anderson (B.A. ’15), Gladys Calderón, Amanda Coupe (B.A. ’15),  Kristina Dammeyer, Ashlyn Eades, Sheleaha Egly (B.A. ’15), Sarah Fulcher (B.A. ’15), Gracee Fyfe (B.A. ’14), Laura Geimer, Zachary Hamman (B.A. ’15), Amy Hart (B.A. ’14), Ryan Harvey (B.A. ’14), Elisa Hernandez, Kimberly Herzog (B.A. ’15), Andrew Horton (B.A. ’15), Audrey James, Dan Jordan, Katie Kratz (B.A. ’15), Fred Parsons (B.A. ’15), Hailie Ripley (B.A. ’14), Carrie Serna, Emily Spencer (B.A. ’15), Matt Swick (B.A. ’14), and Crysta Terry.  


Faculty/Student Project: Peter Iadicola, professor and chair of sociology, and the students in the capstone course for sociology majors recently completed an extensive survey of students and staff about Division I sports at IPFW. Surveys were completed by 1,963 students and 678 staff members. The results revealed that a majority of the students, faculty, and staff agreed or strongly agreed that “the athletic accomplishment of our students in the D-1 athletic programs increases the prestige of IPFW." Read the full report here.

In Memoriam: Anson “Andy” Shupe, professor emeritus of sociology, passed away in May 2015. Shupe joined COAS’s Department of Sociology in 1987 and retired in 2012. He specialized in religion and social movements, writing more than 28 books on the subjects. Learn more about Shupe’s life in his obituary and this Journal Gazette opinion piece.