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August 14, 2017

IN THE NEWS for August 14, 2017

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August 14

Brother, Sister Spend summer at NASA
The Journal Gazette
Computers and programming have long interested her son, who belongs to IPFW’s student chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Cheryl Forsythe said.

New EACS Superintendent a Woodburn Native and Former Teacher, Administrator
After high school, Marilyn Hissong earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education at Ball State University, a master’s degree in education (administrator’s License) at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne and her education specialist degree (superintendent’s license) at Ball State University.

Lafayette Aviators Win Prospect League Championship
Butler University pitcher Sam Hubbe was credited with the win and IPFW reliever Cameron Boyd the save for the Aviators, who’s lost the first game of the three-game series, before winning two consecutive elimination games for the title.

Body Found at Boat Ramp had Apparent Bullet Wound
The Journal Gazette
Emergency responders were called to an old boat ramp along the banks of the St. Joseph River near the IPFW footbridge at 8 a.m. to the report of a man lying face down on the ground, according to public information Officer Mark Bieker.

August 13

Nonverbal Gain Way to Tal with First Responders
The Journal Gazette
It wasn’t what Sharon Mankey wanted to hear. Since that encounter in 2015, the IPFW Communications Disorder Clinic director hasn’t looked back.

Business People
The Journal Gazette
Anthony Wayne Rotary’s officer and board of directors for 2017-18 are Chris Meyers, Safeguard of Fort Wayne, president; Kyle Farmer, Edward Jones, president elect; Chris Moring, Moring Insurance Agency Inc. – State Farm, president nominee; Deb Conklin, IPFW (retired); past president; Sarah Horacek, The Towne House, secretary; Troy Heisler, Bob Buescher Homes, treasurer; Board of directors are Dr. Mike Amorini, (retired); Anna Gibson, IPFW; Keith Jacobsen, Management; Lynette Johnson, North Eastern Group Realty; Carol Keplar, Hallmark Home Mortgage; Larry McChessney, McChessney Real Estate & Appraisal Services Inc.; Carrie Perry, Camp Red Cedar; Bryan Sharp, Perry Pro Tech; and John Smith, Old Crown Brass Band.

Shooting Victim Found Dead near IPFW
A man was found dead with a gunshot wound early Sunday morning near the IPFW campus.

Man Found Shot Dead at Boat Ramp near IPFW
WANE TV NewsChannel 15
A man was found dead on a boat ramp near IPFW Sunday morning.

Man Found Dead with a Gunshot Wound Near IPFW Campus
WISE TV Fort Wayne’s NBC
A man was found with gunshot wounds near a boat ramp close to IPFW’s campus Sunday morning.

August 11

2017 Annual Conference The Urban Advantage
Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities
The IPFW Office of Engagement launched in January 2006 as a four-way partnership between the Fort Wayne campus, Purdue University, Indiana University and the northeast Indiana business community.

Opinion: Trump’s Words Feed Paranoia in N. Korea
The Journal Gazette
Research indicates that threatening Kim Jong Un in a way that reinforces his perspective only escalates the path to war. Lawrence A. Kuznar is a professor of anthropology at IPFW and has advised the U.S. Department of Defense on global terrorism.

Guest Column: Better Communication Needed at the Dawn of a New University
By Lewis Ostermeyer for the News-Sentinel
As the summer draws to an end and the 2017 academic year looms ever closer, I find it pertinent to reflect on my past two years as an IPFW student and student senator.

Pence Visit with Ten Point Coalition Raises Eyebrows in Black Community
Indy Star
Andrews Downs, a political science professor at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, said Pence’s appearance could be politically motivated.

Marriage Matters: Best Friends with Benefits
Sturgis Journal
Marriage is the original – and the best - - “friends with benefits” arrangement. James Burg, Ph.D., is an associate professor at Indiana University-Purdue, Fort Wayne. His wife, Audora, is a freelance writer.

August 10

Local Reaction to North Korea Tension
IPFW political science professor, James Toole says all it takes is for one U.S. city to be hit by a nuclear weapon for the states to be in the worst crisis since World War II.

Most Area Restaurants Far From Cashless
Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly
That is what Visa is up against as it looks for local participation in its nationwide Cashless Challenge, according to John Niser, an associate professor of Consumer and Family Sciences at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

Sports Briefs: Area Roundup
The Journal Gazette
IPFW women’s soccer assistant coach Kelsey Passaglia was named to the United Soccer Coaches 30 Under 30 class of 2017-18.

SACS Seeking Input on Building Future
The Journal Gazette
SACS this month will hold five community dialogues facilitated by IPFW to learn what the public wants to see for the next 20 to 30 years in its facilities, maintenance and capital projects plans.

Walt Branson Accepts Wright State Position
Missouri S&T
Walter J. Branson, vice chancellor for finance and operations at Missouri University of Science and Technology since August 2013, has accepted a position at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Branson joined Missouri S&T following a 20-year career at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), where he served as vice chancellor for financial affairs.

Wright State Names New Budget Architect
Dayton Business Journal
Walter J. Branson, who previously spent 20 years as vice chancellor for financial affairs at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, holds degrees from Purdue University.

August 9

New Haven to be Home for Tech Softball Team
The Journal Gazette
That meant the team was forced to play home games last season at various other locations, including a field at IPFW, he said.

SACS Seeks Community Input on Building Upgrades, Including Possible Major Homestead HS Remodel
“What we need is the community’s view on what they want this to be, discussion on how it is paid for and if that’s really what they want,” Downs said. “What comes out of these meetings is not necessarily a decision on that. It will be a series of pros and cons, with the final report (compiled by IPFW) to be presented to the board.”

Interning in London: A Usual Day
ISA Student Blog
Fiona Sackett is a student at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne and an ISA Photo Blogger. She is interning abroad with ISA Internships in London, England.

August 8

IPFW Political Science Professor Reacts to Reports on North Korea: This is a Real Threat
Reports coming out Tuesday the North Korea has taken a step forward with their nuclear warfare program has some folks in Fort Wayne feeling a bit concerned. “This is a real threat. This is real danger,” said Associate Professor of Political Science at IPFW, James Toole.

Purdue to Continue Local Job Fair After IPFW Split
The Journal Gazette
Political Notebook reported Sunday that U.S. Rep. Jim Banks said he hopes to continue sponsoring a yearly job fair at IPFW even after Indiana and Purdue universities split up the campus next year. IPFW spokeswoman Kim Wagner said Tuesday in an email that the Purdue side of IPFW “has every intention of remaining the host following the realignment in July 2018.”

No. 1 Seeded Cobos Beats Leo Player for 3rd Title
The Journal Gazette
Experience won out over youth in the finals of the men’s open City Tennis singles tournament Monday as Andres Cobos, a former IPFW player, beat Leo junior Eli Herran 6-0, 6-2 at Swinney Park.

Avila Sets Strikeout Mark as TinCaps Win in 10
The Journal Gazette
IPFW product Evan Miller (1-1) got the win with two innings of relief of Avila.  Evy Ruibal (1-1) took the loss.

August 7

Bienz Keeps Cool, Wins City Championship
The Journal Gazette
“My dad and I had a game plan,” Daniel Wert, a recent IPFW graduate, said. “We were just hitting shots, chasing the ball and made a few putts. It just worked out. I putted great the first day, hit it awful; the next day, I hit better and putted awful and today, it all came together.”

Editorial: A Long Overdue Overhaul of Immigration
And in Fort Wayne, Third District U.S. Rep. Jim Banks participated in a job fair at IPFW and noted the job-filling needs of area companies.