IPFW in the News December 30, 2014 - January 4, 2015

IPFW in the News for January 4, 2016

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January 4

Waynedale teacher makes honor roll
Journal Gazette
Waynedale Elementary School teacher and IPFW alumna Nikki Fultz ('96) was honored for engaging her students with interesting projects and encouraging them to read.

January 3

Rift between Pence and House GOP as lawmakers return
“Just because you’re in the supermajority doesn’t mean you’re going to move smoothly,” said Andy Downs, director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

January 1, 2016

2015 Year in Review – State and local
Northeast Indiana’s application, backed by a campaign called the Road to One Million, includes 38 projects in the next two years, representing $400 million in investments. Allen County’s proposals include the riverfront and a “Center for Leadership” at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne ($38 million).

December 31

Yearly scorecard: 2015
Journal Gazette
Arnie Ball: With a 551-406 record leading the IPFW men’s volleyball program and a 232-102-1 record with the women’s team, Ball ended a 33-year coaching career.

Those we lost: Community leaders who died in 2015 included Linda Ruffolo, long-time development director for IPFW and a tireless volunteer for myriad community groups, in March at 73;

December 30

Summit League has earned some respect
Journal Gazette
Often times the Summit League (which IPFW is a part of) is called one of men’s college basketball’s best-kept secrets, and the usually overlooked, but talented and deep, league might be getting some notice this year after completing a record-breaking nonconference schedule.

Mishawaka students win state LEGO competition
South Bend Tribune
The Beiger Bots were recently named the 2015 Indiana FIRST LEGO League state champs. The team of 10 fourth- through sixth-graders won first place in the Indiana Championship Tournament at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne

December 28

Vosmeier is new director of DCS Huntington County office
Huntington County TAB
In 2004, Vosmeier received her Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. In 2007, she earned her Master of Business Management from Indiana Wesleyan University Fort Wayne.

Education Notebook
Journal Gazette
Woodside Middle School teacher Donna Hazelett has advanced to the top four for SHAPE America’s National Middle School Physical Education Teacher of the Year. Hazelett teaches physical and health education at Woodside Middle School and has been a teacher for 30 years. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Saint Francis and earned her master’s degree at IPFW.

December 27

Tax caps force cuts and fiscal discipline for South Bend
South Bend Tribune
“In looking at South Bend, the city was hit pretty hard by property tax caps,” study author John Stafford, former director of the Community Research Institute at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, said. “Yet when you get to the section looking at general fund and rainy-day fund cash balances, they are very strong.”

LGBT rights, roads, tests up next
Journal Gazette
“I have to admit that if we were having this conversation back in April, I said they would avoid taking the issue up,” said Andrew Downs, political science professor at IPFW. “I have been proven wrong now.”

December 26

Indiana mobile boutique offers fashion on the go
She was always interested in fashion, but Talbert’s life path seemed to be taking her in a different direction. Following graduation from Western High School in 2010, she headed to IPFW to study biology in hopes of becoming a dentist, also playing golf for the Mastodons along the way.

Area towns among nation's reddest
Journal Gazette
IPFW political scientist Michael Wolf said any study comparing communities of wide-ranging populations can be tricky because of “heteroscedasticity.” In a nutshell, the variance of anything being measured grows as the sample size does, so smaller cities are bound to be more conservative or liberal than larger ones.

December 25

Local broadcaster defies naysayers
Journal Gazette
Before graduating from IPFW with a degree in media and public communications – he minored in media production and public relations – he got work, much of it unpaid, wherever he could to prepare him for a career as a hockey broadcaster.

Christmas wishes to all ...
Journal Gazette
To IPFW: More autonomy and strength from the school’s new designation as a metropolitan university. The authority to develop new degree programs that will serve both students and the region represents a gift for years to come.

December 23

Pence pleased with grant victory
Journal Gazette
Among the projects included in the region’s bid were a $72.5 million re­gion­al trails network, a $68.7 million riverfront de­vel­op­ment in Fort Wayne, a $38 million IPFW Center for Leadership, a $23.3 million residential and mixed-use project in Warsaw, a $20 million redevelopment of The Landing in downtown Fort Wayne, a $10 million vice presidential museum at Huntington University, a $9.9 million lofts project in Wabash and a $7.3 million downtown lofts and co-working space project in Decatur.

Letters; Many steps we can take to raise voter turnout
Journal Gazette
As was depicted in “Young voters scarce” on Dec. 13, young people, especially those between 18 and 29, vote at very low rates compared with middle-aged and older Americans. This is unfortunate, as we are all stakeholders in public policy outcomes, regardless of age. - by Brian Fife, professor and chair, Department of Public Policy.

December 22

Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann eyeing top job at Ivy Tech
Indianapolis Star
Andy Downs, a political scientist at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, said Ellspermann’s potential exit during campaign season is unusual. “In the modern era, we don’t see lieutenant governors leaving the ticket,” he said.

December 21

State groups taking note of Fremont musicians
KPC News
Lepley and McClung recently received word they were both named to the Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne Honor Band.

IPFW Library Closes For Renovations
Inside Indiana Business
IPFW has temporarily closed its Walter E. Helmke Library. The closure is expected to last for one year while renovations are completed.

December 20

Purdue Approves Room And Board, Football Complex
Inside Indiana Business
Trustees also approved rates for its Calumet and IPFW campuses. At Calumet, room and board will remain flat at the 2015-2016 levels for the new academic year. IPFW rates will remain flat overall, as some options increase in price and others decrease.

December 19

Purdue trustees to end benefits for unmarried same-sex partners
Indianapolis Star
Trustees on Saturday will likely approve 2016-2017 room and board rates for West Lafayette, Calumet and Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne campuses. Tuition also will remain unchanged next year, according to a May Journal & Courier story.

December 18

$10 million for upgrades at IPFW get panel's OK
Journal Gazette
The State Budget Committee on Thursday approved $10 million in deferred maintenance projects for IPFW’s campus.

IPFW to Receive $10-Million for Renovations
Thursday the State Budget Committee approved IPFW's request for the money, to be used for maintenance projects, during a meeting that also noted $175-million less in revenue forecasts due to a drop in sales tax collections.

$10 Million in upgrades coming to IPFW
As classes wind down for the fall semester at Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne, students and staff have something big to look forward to.

December 17

Success of Regional Cities will require setting priorities -- and maybe higher taxes
But should that $42 million really be doled out on the basis of which projects are "ready to go"? Allen County's proposals include not only the riverfront but redevelopment of the Clyde Theater ($5 million), a "Center for Leadership" at IPFW ($38 million) and the Unity performing arts center ($31 million). Other redevelopment proposals, such as the $18.5 million conversion of the old warehouse at 400 E. Washington Blvd. into shops, offices and housing, have already sought other sources of public funds unsuccessfully.

December 15

Gallery: Region schools compete at the Indiana First Lego League State Championship
NWI Times
Fifty-two teams competed at the Indiana First Lego League (FLL) State Championship at Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne Saturday.

Repurposed materials fill this Italian-inspired Michigan City home
NWI Times
The Purdue University professor emeritus taught interior design and architectural engineering technology at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne for 31 years and has led international workshops on sustainability and student tours of Rome.

Grocery, convenience stores can't sell cold beer, appeals court says
Indy Star
Whether alcohol sales laws will change anytime soon is unlikely, said Andy Downs, director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.