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February 12, 2018

IPFW in the News for February 12, 2018

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February 12

Riverview’s ‘Other’ Future City’s Team Proud of Accomplishment
The Huntington County Tab
During regional competition that was held Jan. 20 at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, Team Panacea, one of the two Riverview eighth-grade teams to compete, received a first-place ranking in the preliminary round, coming out on top over a field of 17 teams.

Irish Roll After Slow First Half
The Journal Gazette
OMAHA 77, IPFW  61: In Omaha, Nebraska, the Mastodons dropped their eighth straight game. IPFW (4-21, 1-11 Summit League) hasn't won since beating Omaha (11-12, 2-8) at home Jan. 6. De'Jour Young scored 17 points for the Mastodons.

February 11

Opinion: Welcoming Community Eases Transition by Ron Elsenbaumer
The Journal Gazette
Since arriving in Fort Wayne in November and taking the helm as chancellor of IPFW, I have met hundreds of people – including students, staff, faculty and community members – while attending dozens of events both on campus and in the community. As I prepared to take on this role, I was excited about the opportunities ahead, and I can wholeheartedly say that I'm even more excited now than before. You have all far exceeded my expectations!

For Scholars of Women’s Studies, It’s Been a Dangerous Year
The Journal Gazette
Janet Badia has a poster outside her office at Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne.

Big Runs Give UNO Women Edge Over IPFW
Omaha World-Herald
The UNO women used an 11-0 run late in the game to pull away from IPFW for a 77-61 win Sunday afternoon at Baxter Arena.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY: February 11 in Photos
2000 - Technicians collect data during an exam of Dave Klinker's teeth at the IPFW dental research center.

Valentine’s Day Warning From Scientists Says Cease Sexting
Luxora Leader
It might seem like a “fast and easy solution to spice up a sex life,” said co-author Michelle Drouin, a professor of psychology at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

IPFW Gives Up Lead in 2nd Half
The Journal Gazette
The IPFW men fell in a high-scoring game to Omaha 90-85 on Saturday at Baxter Arena in Omaha, Nebraska.

February 10

Valentine’s Day Warning From Scientists Says Stop Sexting
CBC News
It might seem like a "fast and easy solution to spice up a sex life," said co-author Michelle Drouin, a professor of psychology at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

Mitch Hahn Scores 21 Points as Mavericks Overcome Late Deficit to Beat IPFW
Omaha World-Herald
After scoring  a total of 21 points in his first three games back, Hahn went for 21  to lead the Mavericks to a 90-85 win over IPFW in front of a Baxter Arena crowd of 4,106.

INSIGHT: Is Cushioning Wrong, A Look at How Often it Happens
My Statesman
By Jayson Dibble and Michelle Drouin: Dibble is an associate professor of communication at Hope College. Drouin is an associate professor of psychology at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

February 9

IPFW Falls in Early 21-3 Hole, Never Recovers
The Journal Gazette
Triston Simpson and Matt Mooney each scored 17 points and South Dakota defeated IPFW 86-69 on Thursday in a game in which the Coyotes never trailed.

Music Listings
The Journal Gazette
SUNDAY – Flute and Clarinet Day recital, Kevin Schempf and Roma Duncan – 7:30 p.m.; IPFW, Rhinehart Recital Hall, 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E.; $7 adults, $6 seniors, $4 non-IPFW students, free for IPFW students; 481-6555 or

8th-Grader Outlasts Field to Win Spelling Bee
The Journal Gazette
The pair, who went head-to-head for four rounds, faced 47 other spellers onstage at the Auer Auditorium at IPFW.

Fort Wayne’s Julia Meek has been Sharing ‘Folktales’ for 35 Years
Meek, a Fort Wayne native, started at what is now WBOI in 1981 when a “Save Our Station” drive prompted her to volunteer there. The station, which had been based at the IPFW campus, was transitioning to a self-supporting, community-based station.

Art Exhibits
The Journal Gazette
All weekend – IPFW PHOTO EXHIBITION – Ends Feb. 25; Garrett Museum of Art, 100 South Randolph St., Garrett; 5 to 8 p.m. today, 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday;

Pre-to-3: It’s Legislative Season – Time to Take Another Look at Kindergarten  Policies
Education Dive
“Children's brains are not adequately developed at age 5 for reasoning of any kind or the understanding of abstract concepts,” wrote Dawn Wooten, an English instructor at Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne. “More importantly, it should be the parent who decides when his or her child is ready for the school environment.”

Blue Hill Homeschooler Headed for Maine State Spelling Bee
Newburgh Gazette
As victor, Erica will compete with winners from 14 other northeast IN and northwest OH counties at the Regional Spelling Bee at 10 a.m. March 3 at IPFW's Rhinehart Music Center Recital Hall.

Big Ten Rookie Coaches Quickly Have Made Men’s Basketball Programs Better: Ohio, Indiana and Illinois are on an Upswing
Star Tribune
The Hoosiers (13-12), who play host to the Gophers on Friday, took some early lumps with bad losses to Indiana State and Fort Wayne.

Behind Its Improved Defense, IU Stifles Minnesota
Indiana Daily Student
Miller also said he credits time playing with each other as a key factor in why the defense has found success in conference play. They’ve gotten experience in his system and it’s showing. Since losing to Fort Wayne in December, IU has not given up more than 71 points.

2018 Forty Under 40: Travis E. Barnes
Indianapolis Business Journal
Education: bachelor’s in political science from IPFW, law degree from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.

February 8

Different Measure of Success: Rise Above, Fight for Others, Author Urges in Omnibus Lecture
The Journal Gazette
Success isn't all about the individual. That's one of several takeaways from Wes Moore's Wednesday lecture at IPFW's Rhinehart Music Center.

IPFW Looks for Redemption
The Journal Gazette
It's a point of pride for the IPFW men's basketball team to protect its home floor.

Retired Banker to get Tapestry Dedication Honor
The Journal Gazette
Mary Ann Ziembo has been named the 2018 Linda L. Ruffolo Dedication Award honoree and will be honored April 27 at Tapestry: A Day for You, sponsored by IPFW and Parkview Health.

Entertainment Calendar for Feb. 8, 2018
PRESENTATION AND PANEL DISCUSSION, “Factory Families: Allen County’s History as a Manufacturing and Innovation Hub,” 2-3:15 p.m. Sunday, The History Center, 302 E. Berry St. Admission is free and open to the public. The event is co-sponsored by the History Center, IPFW Helmke Library, IPFW Public History program and the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center. For more information, call 1-260-426-2882 or go to

Mad Ants, Coliseum Talk About New Lease
The Journal Gazette
“(We're) not yet at the point of talking about terms,” he said, noting that the Komets recently signed a four-year lease and IPFW basketball's lease is for two years.

Riverview Middle School 6th-Grader is Newest County Spelling Bee Champ
The Huntington County Tab
She will now advance to the Fort Wayne Regional competition, to be held Saturday, March 3, at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

February 7

Mary Ann Ziembo to Receive Linda L. Ruffolo Dedication Award at Fort Wayne Tapestry
Retired banking executive Mary Ann Ziembo has been named the 2018 Linda L. Ruffolo Dedication Award honoree and will be honored on April 27 at Tapestry: A Day for You. Tapestry is sponsored by Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne and Parkview Health.

South Dakota Extends Streak to 14 Games with Win Over IPFW
Argus Leader
South Dakota sophomore guard Ciara Duffy scored 20 points for the second-straight game to pace the Coyotes in a 79-60 victory over Fort Wayne on Wednesday inside the Hilliard Gates Sports Center.

UNO’s Road to Postseason Starts at Home Against Western Illinois, IPFW
Omaha World-Herald
UNO hosts Western Illinois (11-11) and IPFW (16-10) at Baxter Arena this week. The Mavs are seventh in the league standings at 2-6, but they are only 11⁄2 games out of fourth place.

Renovations Planned to Convert IPFW Space for IU Use After Fort Wayne Campus Splits into IU, Purdue Programs
IPFW isn’t expected to split into separate Purdue University and Indiana University programs until July 1, but plans call for construction to begin before that date to accommodate the change.

Letter from a Red State
The Progressive
I reached out to Andrew Downs, director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics, who told me that one way women will be able to sustain a political movement will be to become embedded in the leadership of parties at local, state, and national levels.

Syrian Refugee Family Resettled in Indiana to Tell their Story Thursday at Indiana Center for Middle East Peace Program
People also are invited to arrive by 6 p.m. to hear students in the Arabic I class at IPFW make 2- to 3-minute presentations in Arabic. The class requires students to make a brief public talk in Arabic.

Free Admission at Science Central on IPFW Day
WXKE 96.3
Science Central will offer free admission on February 17th for IPFW Day.

February 6

Code Yellow: University of Illinois Contradicts Itself in Speech Code Policy
Washington Examiner
by Kelsey Carroll - Kelsey Carroll is a sophomore at Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne studying communications and political science. She serves as a media ambassador and chapter president for Young Americans for Liberty.

On the Move: New Hires, Promotions, Recognition
Jackson Clarion Ledger
Tim Potts, chief of the university’s police department, has resigned to return to his native state to lead the Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne campus police department.

Obituaries: Karen Swanson
Bureau County Republican
Karen Marie Swanson, 77, of Princeton passed away Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. She graduated from Princeton High School, North Eastern University in Boston, Mass., and Purdue University in Fort Wayne, Ind. She worked as a medical records librarian and as a registered nurse.

Mike Pence’s Brother Files for 6th District Congressional Race
Indiana Public Media
“In many respects, he has exactly the sort of profile that a lot of Republicans would want to see in a candidate,” says Andrew Downs, the director of the Mike Downs Center for Politics at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

Regionally Speaking, Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Lakeshore Public Radio
Today: a conversation with Andy Downs, the executive director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics in Fort Wayne, about the half-way point in the 2018 General Assembly session.

Lutheran Health Physicians: Pediatric Pulmonology: Denise Gilham, NP
Lutheran Health Physicians
Gilham was also an adjunct nursing faculty member at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne and Indiana State University in Terre Haute.

Chippewas Post 2-1 Mark at Match Play
Central Michigan University Chippewas
“Two out of three is pretty good,” said CMU coach Cheryl Stacy, whose team opened on Monday with a loss to Bowling Green, followed by a victory over Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne. “We were a little upset losing to Bowling Green because it did knock us out of (the chance) to play four rounds.

VanWynsberghe Wins 3rd Straight County Spelling Bee
Times Bulletin
As a result she will move on to Fort Wayne Regional competition at IPFW on March 3.

February 5

Opinion: Letter: Be Careful Blaming Doctors Who Prescribe Pain Medicine
Daily Journal
According to the National Institute of Health, less than one tenth of one percent of pain patients become addicts. Please look at the papers published by Stephen Ziegler Ph.D, JD and associate professor at IPFW on the subject of “Patient Abandonment in the Name of Opioid Safety” for another view of the situation.

Parkview Regional Medical Center Names CNO
Inside Indiana Business
Erin LaCross has been appointed chief nursing officer for Parkview Regional Medical Center and Affiliates. LaCross holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Trine University, an Associate of Science in nursing from IPFW, a Master of Science in nursing from the University of Saint Francis and will soon complete her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Indianapolis.

State of Indiana College Basketball Power Rankings (02/05/2018)
The Daily Hoosier
3. Fort Wayne Mastodons (16-10, 5-4) (Summit) – The Mastodons are back to their winning ways with two victories last week.  They are making a late push for the NIT and they leap back over the Hoosiers.

Pregame: Indiana (12-12, 5-7 Big Ten) at Rutgers (12-13, 2-10)
The Journal Gazette
After losses to IPFW and Indiana State, it's difficult to assume a win against anyone, especially on the road in the Big Ten.