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IPFW in the News, August 1-15

IPFW in the News for August 15, 2016

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August 14

Hannibal Buress brings his national stand­up comedy tour, The Hannibal Montanabal Experience to Fort Wayne
21 Alive
Hannibal Buress will bring his national stand­up comedy tour,The Hannibal Montanabal Experience, to the Rhinehart Music Center on Saturday, November 12 at 8:00 p.m.

Evan Bayh's private sector work raises questions
Indy Star
"He’s a moderate, a blue dog Democrat," said Andy Downs, a political scientist at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. "He doesn’t do the party-line vote every time."

OPINION: The benefits of being with the big boys
Journal Gazette
Division I athletic status brings exposure to IPFW, Fort Wayne- but also so much more

Pence juggles campaign, governing
Journal Gazette
“Being on the campaign trail is used against every incumbent who is running for office,” said Andrew Downs, associate professor of political science at IPFW. “Supporters justify it and the opposition will be critical of it.

Bayh's delay confounds both campaigns
Journal Gazette
IPFW political scientist Michael Wolf said the delay could help and hurt both candidates. “The benefit to Young is that this fits the narrative he has already developed and had going without actually having the data,” Wolf told Political Notebook.

August 12

Will write-ins look more attractive in unusual 2016 presidential race?
21 Alive
"The concept of a write-in candidate, that's been around for a long time, in Indiana we haven't been counting them that long," said IPFW Political Science professor Andy Downs.

August 11

Pizza franchise opens
Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly
Hungry Howie’s Pizza opened its new location at 4214 Crescent Ave., across the street from the Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne campus on Aug. 10. Kevin and Amanda Hershock are the owners of the franchise. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held the day before the opening.

August 9

Restaurant Notes: New Hungry Howie's convenient for IPFW students, staff
Hungry Howie’s Pizza ( is opening a new store Wednesday at 4214 Crescent Ave., across from IPFW. They will offer a special deal (large one-topping pizzas for $6.99) and will make a charitable donation to “The Big Event,” a student-run service event at Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne.

IPFW rebrands athletics
Journal Gazette
As part of a rebranding at IPFW, the athletic department will now use Fort Wayne as its moniker, in order to increase consistency and familiarity with the school’s athletics and to grow the brand beyond northeast Indiana.

IPFW athletics dropping acronym, will use 'Fort Wayne'
Associated Press
Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne plans to drop the acronym IPFW when it comes to athletics and instead go simply by the name of the city as part of a rebranding effort.

Three little puzzles to make life interesting
And thirdly, there is this campaign for the presidency of the United States. I taught social studies as well as language arts, and, by the way, my kids all read the Constitution. And for the last several years I have had Dr. Andy Downs, from IPFW and the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics, come talk to students prior to all elections. I made an effort to keep my own political leanings out of the classroom. And things have gone well. But I would be puzzled by this year’s histrionics. How does one teach this time?

August 8

IPFW debuts subtle rebranded logo for athletics
21 Alive
The IPFW Mastodons are hoping to quell confusion over the school's acronym by changing up its athletics logo. On Monday, "Fort Wayne" will be the official brand for the university's athletic department.

IPFW athletics rebrands to Fort Wayne
NBC Sports
IPFW is rebranding its athletic program to Fort Wayne in order to increase visibility, according to a release from the school.

IPFW athletics rebranding as ‘Fort Wayne’
IPFW Director of Athletics Kelley Hartley Hutton has announced the immediate implementation of “Fort Wayne” as the brand name for the university’s athletic department. This transition only affects the athletic department’s branding efforts. The university’s IPFW academic brand remains unchanged.

What's in a name? For the Mastodons, a lot
Beginning today, the Mastodon athletic teams will solely be referred to as the “Fort Wayne Mastodons.” The acronym IPFW will be used only in reference to the university, and not toward the athletic teams or athletic department.

IPFW athletics rebrands as the Fort Wayne Mastodons
IPFW Director of Athletics Kelley Hartley Huttonhas announced the immediate implementation of "Fort Wayne" as the brand name for the university's athletic department. This transition only affects the athletic department's branding efforts. The university's IPFW academic brand remains unchanged.

Job hopefuls attend annual job fair at IPFW
NBC 33
Around 2,100 positions were up for grabs at the IPFW annual job fair Monday.

IPFW hosts 3rd annual Job Fair
21 Alive
Congressman Marlin Stutzman invited thousands of Hoosiers out for the third annual Job Fair held at IPFW.

IPFW changes athletic teams to Fort Wayne Mastodons
IPFW Director of Athletics Kelley Hutton announced Monday morning that the university would be using the name “Fort Wayne” as the brand name for the athletic department, according to an IPFW spokesperson.

August 7

TIF is a key to rev engine of development
Journal Gazette
As John Stafford, retired director of IPFW’s Community Research Institute who now consults on regional and Fort Wayne development, observed last week, “There’s always new assessed valuation coming on line, and there’s always assessed valuation that’s falling off the bottom. ... And those units of government that share the tax base, they depend on some of that upside happening, as well as the downside.

Lloy Ball fulfilled promise to his grandmother during medal ceremony
As an IPFW freshman he had noticed his grandmother singing the national anthem as if it could be the last breath coming from her 100-pound body. No one else at the volleyball match was taking the song as seriously, and he was started by her performance and asked why a few days later.

August 6

A vision on the banks of the St. Joseph
Journal Gazette
It took more than 50 years, but a tale foreseen in a column published in The Journal Gazette seems to be realized in discussions over IPFW’s future. With a recommendation from a Legislative Services Agency task force still on the table, officials from the Purdue and Indiana flagship campuses are considering management options for IPFW that could effectively end their 50-year association.

August 5

IPFW graduation rates improve, report says
Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly
The percentage of students at Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne who graduated within four years more than doubled over a five-year period, but still lags behind all but two of the state’s public university campuses.

ISIL demands many things of its top commanders, but good Arabic isn’t always one of them
But like thousands of other Russian-speaking fighters in Syria, al-Shishani had qualities that made up for his language deficits. “I suspect that when it comes to language or any other skill, how a person is treated depends a lot on what that person brings to the table,” says Larry Kuznar, an anthropologist at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, who studies the rhetoric of violent extremist organizations.

City's cost-of-living lowest in US
Journal Gazette
Mark Cullane, of the Community Research Institute at IPFW, said Fort Wayne’s relatively low cost of housing typically ranks it favorably among comparably sized cities in the Midwest.

August 3

Job Fair to Feature Hundreds of Openings
Inside Indiana Business
More than 70 employers are set to take part in a job fair next week in Fort Wayne. Organizers, including Congressman Marlin Stutzman (R-3) and IPFW, say the companies are looking to fill more than 2,400 jobs.

‘Attack dog to pooper scooper': Mike Pence’s messy job as Trump’s cleanup guy
Washington Post
“Losing the governor’s path here would have done some substantial damage to his viability” as a potential presidential candidate, said Andy Downs, director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

August 2

Stutzman's final job fair slated for Monday at IPFW
Journal Gazette
U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman will have his annual job fair at IPFW next week. His office said 73 employers participating in Monday’s event indicated they will have at least 2,167 open positions for job hunters to inquire about.

IPFW, National Guard announce partnership
Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) is teaming up with the Indiana National Guard. The college tells Inside Indiana Business the collaboration will be focusing on student civic engagement and leadership skills, with the goal of helping students apply critical thinking and creative problem solving to leadership efforts, while also increasing civic engagement and volunteerism.

August 1

IPFW, Indiana National Guard to Partner
Inside Indiana Business
IPFW has formed a partnership with the Indiana National Guard that it calls a first of its kind in the state. The school says the collaboration focuses on student civic engagement and leadership skills on the campus and throughout northeast Indiana.

Work pays off at livestock auction
Journal Gazette
Sarah Kleine took a last walk out of the ring with her prize-winning steer named Flame Monday afternoon -- and her first step into what she hopes will be a lifetime of working with animals. Flame, the Allen County Fair’s Reserve Champion Crossbred Steer, had just sold for $2,455. Kleine, a 10-year 4-H member, is using the money to start college at IPFW in the fall and wants to become a large-animal veterinarian.

Recht matches brother's mark with 10th city tennis title
The biggest reason the former Homestead and IPFW star has won 10 titles is because she won't beat herself. She never lets her opponent set the tempo.