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The following articles highlight the recent mentions of IPFW research, people, programs, and events in the media. 

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Purdue Fort Wayne in the News for October 29, 2018

Were you quoted by a reporter? Did you see the university featured in the media? Send the links for your news clips to the public relations team at news@pfw.edu or tweet them to @PurdueFWNews.

October 29

Meet the Candidates: Kathy Zoucha
WANE TV NewsChannel 15
Kathy graduated from IPFW, and is a school teacher at Kekionga Middle School.

Education Notebook: Events
The Journal Gazette
Purdue University Fort Wayne's Office of Financial Aid will host a FAFSA Completion Night from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 7 in the Helmke Library's first-floor computer lab.

Community Update: Lecture
The Journal Gazette
“AN EVENING WITH AMY TAN”: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14; part of the Omnibus Lecture series; Purdue Fort Wayne, Rhinehart Music Center, Auer Performance Hall, 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E.; tickets available starting at 12:30 p.m. today at the Larson ticket office or go online to the box office.

SSF Fund Redistribution: SGA President Unveils Proposal to Increase Budget, On-Campus Presence
Purdue University Northwest Pioneer
Owens said the plan stemmed in part from his frustrations with this year’s SGA budget decrease and from a meeting on Oct. 12 with the Purdue West Lafayette and Purdue Fort Wayne student governments where he observed how the organizations operate and are structured.

October 28

Chancellor Shifts Focus to Future: Adding Housing, Faculty Now PFW Priorities
The Journal Gazette
Fewer people stumble over their words these days when they greet Ron Elsenbaumer as the chancellor of Purdue Fort Wayne, not IPFW.

Gun Control Advocates Push Voters to Act: Want Post-Parkland Rallies to Pay Off Nov. 6
The Journal Gazette
(Brandon) Blumenherst, 20, is a sophomore at Purdue University Fort Wayne, where he studies political science and communications. He organized a gun control rally in February at the Allen County Courthouse Green and assisted with another rally in March at the same site.

Sports Briefs: Mastodons Runner Wins Summit League
The Journal Gazette
Purdue Fort Wayne's Emma Rafuse cruised to the Summit League championship with a time of 20:32.92 in Omaha, Nebraska, setting a school record for a 6K and breaking the Summit League championship record.

OPINION: Growth Industry: Agriculture Feeding Area’s Need for Jobs and Food
The Journal Gazette
A study commissioned by Northeast Indiana Works and carried out by the Purdue Fort Wayne Community Research Institute highlights the strength of the food and agriculture sector in a 12-county swath of northeast Indiana.

October 27

Burdick Takes Third at Summit Cross Country Meet
Rapid City Journal
Emma Rafuse of Purdue Fort Wayne won the women's race in 20:32.92.

Debates Help Candidates Woo Undecided Voters, Stoke Base
The Journal Gazette
“In a close race, they can certainly have a huge influence,” said Michael Wolf, chairman of the political science department at Purdue University Fort Wayne.

Mastodons’ Rafuse Wins Summit League Championship
The Journal Gazette
Purdue Fort Wayne's Emma Rafuse cruised to the Summit League Championship with a time of 20:32.92 in Omaha, Neb. She set a school record for a 6K and broke the Summit League Championship record.

October 26

PFW to Add Men’s Track Teams
The Journal Gazette
Purdue Fort Wayne will field men's indoor and outdoor track and field teams beginning in the fall 2019 season, the university announced Thursday. The university took more than a year to plan for the addition of the two new sports.

Flyover Folk Aren’t Distracted from the Caravan by Pipe-Bombs
Liberty Nation
The taste of a red wave in West Central Indiana is palpable.  And the candidates are in a statistical dead heat.  At least according to a poll conducted by Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at Purdue University Fort Wayne.

Why You May be Getting Unsolicited Text Messages from Trump, Other Political Candidates
Indy Star
"People don't answer the phones like they used to, but they can't ignore a text," said Andrew Downs, a professor and the director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

Have a Wickedly Fun Halloween
The Journal Gazette
There are several Trunk or Treat events in the area, including from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday on the Purdue University Fort Wayne campus.

Out and About: Halloween
The Journal Gazette
Department of Physics Halloween Demo – 6 p.m.; Purdue University Fort Wayne, Kettler Hall, Room 129, 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd.; annual Halloween show that features physics demonstrations; free.

Music Listings: Classical
The Journal Gazette
Tuesday- Purdue Fort Wayne Community Orchestra – 7:30 p.m.; Auer Performance Hall; Purdue Fort Wayne, 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd.; $7 adults, $6 seniors, $4 non-PFW students, free for PFW students; 481-6555 or www.pfw.edu/tickets.

October 25

Indiana Sees Surge in Early Voting vs. 2014 Midterm Election
Daily Journal
Early voting numbers do not necessarily reflect increased voter turnout, said Andrew Downs, director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at Purdue Fort Wayne.

Early Voting Doubles from 2014: 5,696 People Have Cast Ballots So Far in County
The Journal Gazette
But early voting numbers aren't necessarily an indicator of increased voter turnout, said Andrew Downs, director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at Purdue Fort Wayne.

Purdue Fort Wayne Brings Back Men’s Track
Inside Indiana Business
Purdue University Fort Wayne says it will once again offer men's indoor and outdoor track and field. The university says the programs, which were eliminated in 2003, will return in the fall of 2019.

Purdue Fort Wayne Brings Back Men’s Track
College AD
Purdue University Fort Wayne says it will once again offer men’s indoor and outdoor track and field. The university says the sport, which was eliminated in 2003, will return in the fall of 2019.

Men’s Indoor and Outdoor Track Returning to Purdue Fort Wayne
WANE TV NewsChannel 15
Men’s indoor and outdoor track returns to Purdue University Fort Wayne Athletics beginning in fall 2019, increasing the number of sports at the university and bringing in even more high-achieving student-athletes.

Summit League Preseason Rankings: South Dakota State is at the Top Yet Again
Mid Major Madness
2. Purdue Fort Wayne (18-15, 7-7 Summit League, Lost to Central Michigan in First Found of CIT) - Perhaps the most overlooked player in the nation is John Konchar, a scoring and rebounding machine for the Mastodons. All he’s done is score 1,423 points and haul in 867 rebounds in three seasons at Purdue Fort Wayne.

Mastodons Top Western Illinois in Season Finale
WANE TV NewsChannel 15
Freshman Kayla Wisniewski scored two goals in Purdue Fort Wayne's final match of the season to push the Mastodons past Western Illinois 2-1.

A Lot on Tap for This Weekend in the Fort
US 93.3
Purdue Fort Wayne Physics Halloween Demo: Everyone is invited to enjoy spooky, thrilling physics fun. Purdue Fort Wayne physics students will conduct exciting demos like the Tesla coil and a ping pong ball cannon.

Fort Wayne Weekend Events, October 26 - 28
WOWO Radio
Purdue Fort Wayne Physics Halloween Demo: The Purdue Fort Wayne Physics Department will be hosting its annual Halloween show for people of all ages.

Leathernecks Come Close but Fall to Purdue Fort Wayne: Western Illinois Tied the Match in the 68th Minute Before a 2-1 Road Loss
Western Illinois Athletics
The Western Illinois women's soccer team (3-13-1, 0-7-0) had multiple chances against Purdue Fort Wayne (4-12-3, 1-7-0) but fell by a score of 2-1 on Thursday, Oct. 25.

October 24

IN-Sen: Two New Polls Show GOP Tightening the Race to Unseat Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly
The Blaze
The second poll, conducted by the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at Purdue University Fort Wayne, revealed that 41 percent of likely voters support Donnelly, and 40 percent back Braun.

Sports Briefs: Soccer – Mastodons Sweep Awards
The Journal Gazette
Purdue Fort Wayne was rewarded with both Summit League Men's Soccer Player of the Week awards after its first-ever victory over Cincinnati. Freshman forward Alex Frank earned the offensive honor while freshman goalkeeper Tor Erik Larsen took home the defensive accolade.

PFW’s Best Seeking to be Best in Conference This Week: Rafuse Training with Men While Preparing for Championships
The Journal Gazette
Emma Rafuse is arguably the greatest women's cross country runner to represent Purdue Fort Wayne. So good, the senior no longer trains with the women's team but runs – and beats – the men's team.

October 23

Poll Puts Donnelly, Braun in Dead Heat
The Journal Gazette
Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly leads Republican challenger Mike Braun by a single percentage point in polling results released Monday by the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at Purdue University Fort Wayne.

Donnelly, Braun Neck and Neck in Race for U.S. Senate, New Poll Suggests
News-Sentinel
The poll was fielded, crafted and funded by the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at Purdue Fort Wayne and conducted by the non-partisan Survey USA.

Two Late Polls Show Joe Donnelly Really is in Trouble Now
Washington Examiner
Another recent poll, this one by the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at Purdue University Fort Wayne, put Donnelly ahead of Braun by just one point, 41 to 40.

Mike Wolf Talks New PFW Donnelly/Braun Poll
WANE TV NewsChannel 15
Purdue Fort Wayne political science professor Mike Wolf took a deeper look at the poll released this week by the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics.

Mastodons Sweep Player of the Week Accolades
The Summit League
After serving Omaha only its second loss of Summit League play, Purdue Fort Wayne takes both offensive and defensive player of the week awards. Senior outside hitter Nicole Rightnowar was named the offensive player of the week, while sophomore middle hitter Sydney Boerst took the defensive player of the week.

The Summit League Announces Week Nine Men’s Soccer Awards
The Summit League
For the third straight week there has been a sweep of The Summit League men's soccer weekly awards. Purdue Fort Wayne freshman captured both honors as Alex Frank was named the offensive player of the week and Tor Erik Larsen was named the defensive player of the week.

Find Out Where Indiana High School Products Are in Division I Basketball
Indy Star
There are 141 Indiana-bred players on Division I basketball rosters. From Alcorn State to Xavier, there are Hoosiers all over the country.  Guerin Catholic (2) – Matt Holba, R-Jr., Purdue Fort Wayne. South Bend Riley (2) – Rylen Grundy, Fr., Purdue Fort Wayne.

EDITORIAL: FWCS Incumbents’ Steady Hand Needed
The Journal Gazette
(Maria) Norman, who manages the student information portal for Purdue Fort Wayne, said a diverse family background has given her an appreciation for the broad spectrum of abilities the school district must accommodate in serving students.

What’s Going On: Variety
The Journal Gazette
Vocal Division Recital – 7:30 p.m.; Rhinehart Recital Hall, Purdue Fort Wayne, 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd.; $7 adults, $6 seniors, $4 non-PFW students, free for PFW students; 481-6555 or www.pfw.edu/tickets.

Mastodons Rally to Beat IUPUI 2-1 in Men’s Soccer
WANE TV NewsChannel 15
A pair of second half goals lifted the Purdue Fort Wayne men's soccer team to a 2-1 victory over IUPUI on Tuesday (Oct. 23) evening at a chilly Hefner Soccer Complex.

October 22

Community Update: Lecture
The Journal Gazette
“FRANKENSTEIN”: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday; Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza; community book discussion with professors from Purdue University Fort Wayne.

Community Update: Lecture
The Journal Gazette
2018-2019 DISTINGUISHED LECTURER SERIES: Noon Friday; Purdue Fort Wayne, Walb Classic Ballroom, 2101 Coliseum Blvd.; art critic and historian Michael Fried will give a lecture entitled “Facingness Meets Mindedness: Dissecting Two Works by Edouard Manet, 'Luncheon in the Studio' and 'The Balcony.'”

Raptors 905 Select Three Players at 2018 NBA G League Draft
Raptors Rapture
Bryson Scott out of Purdue Fort Wayne was selected by the team in the third round. Scott was a starter in all 33 contests last season.

Purdue Fort Wayne Hosts Annual Tip-Off Luncheon
WFFT TV FOX 55
The Purdue Fort Wayne men's basketball team opened their season with their annual "Tip-Off Luncheon" Monday afternoon at the downtown Marriott.