IPFW In the News December 8-15

IPFW in the News for December 15, 2014

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December 14

No. 23 West Virginia beats IPFW 82-48 at home
ASsociated Press
Averee Fields scored 23 points and Bria Holmes added 17 as No. 23 West Virginia beat IPFW 82-48 on Saturday, remaining unbeaten at home.

State students cheer on robots: Lego creations compete at IPFW
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
A team of sixth-grade students from two Bloomington, Indiana elementary schools scored well enough to capture the early lead at the 15th annual First Lego League state tournament Saturday at the IPFW Fieldhouse.

EDITORIAL: Fund erosion is a threat to college quality
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
At IPFW, state support as a share of the university’s operating budget has fallen from 73 percent in 1975-76 to less than 40 percent last year.

December 13

IPFW Women's Basketball Continues Improving
The IPFW Women's Basketball team continues to make strides through a tough non-conference season. Check out the video for a season update from Head Coach Chris Paul and Senior Guard Haley Seibert!

IPFW Men's Basketball Off to 6-3 Start
The IPFW Men's Basketball is off to a good start this season with a 6-3 record, but the team says they still need to continue to make strides before Summit League play begins.

Indiana lawmakers mostly older, white, college-educated; IPFW Professor offers insight
Indianapolis Business Journal
Political scientist Andy Downs, director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, agrees. Voting districts in Indiana and across the country are more homogeneous, he said, and that means competition will shift to the primary elections.

December 12

Valparaiso Crusaders look to continue recent success against in-state rivals, Ball State & IPFW
The Crusaders are gearing up for their only two Division I Indiana games of the year as Ball State comes to the Athletics-Recreation Center tonight and Valparaiso will travel to IPFW next Saturday.

December 11

IPFW Teams Up with PBS39 to broadcast basketball, volleyball games for 2014-2015 season
IPFW Athletics and its multimedia rights partner, Learfield Sports, introduced PBS39 as IPFW’s TV partner to join with the Mastodon Sports Properties for the 2014-15 athletic season for eight games between men’s and women’s basketball and men’s volleyball.

MBB: IPFW beats Michigan-Dearborn 91-67
Associated Press
Joe Edwards and Joe Reed both scored 15 points and IPFW beat Michigan-Dearborn 91-67 on Thursday night.

IPFW beats Michigan-Dearborn: What we learned
Fort Wayne News-Sentinel
IPFW closed out its 91-67 men's basketball victory over Michigan-Dearborn Thursday at the Gates Sports Center on a 24-10 run after being challenged – to a degree – by the Wolverines (5-9) throughout much of the game.

December 10

IPFW Professor Connects Science and the Renaissance
Notre Dame Observer
How do we understand the relationship between technology, ecology and the Renaissance? What does it mean to move away from an age of industry to an age of Renaissance ideals? Matthew Kubik, associate professor of construction engineering at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, examined these questions in his colloquium Tuesday on the Renaissance ideal titled “Living the Renaissance Ideal as a Person of Faith in the 21st Century.”

WBB: ‘Dons Have Tough Night Shooting The Three, Fall at IU
The IPFW women’s basketball team held Indiana to its second-lowest three-point shooting percentage of the season, but the Mastodons were unable overcome having a tough night of their own shooting the three, falling to the Hoosiers 80-37.

IPFW Looks for Turnaround Before Finals Break
Before the IPFW men's basketball team sits for nine consecutive days for Finals Week, the Mastodons will look to rebound from a loss on Monday evening as the team hosts the Wolverines of UM-Dearborn at 7 p.m. at the Gates Sports Center.

Mastodons Debut at No. 15 in AVCA Preseason Poll
The Blue and White finished last season with a 21-7 record, placing them 14th nationally in the final poll. The Mastodons earned a trip to the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) semifinals, before falling to eventual NCAA Champion Loyola.

Hoosiers put Mastodons on ice, 80-37
The end result of her drive to the basket put Jess Walter flat on her back, but as she was surrounded by her teammates, collectively offering their hands, the freshman guard couldn’t help but carry a smile on her face the entire way up.

December 9

Purdue finishes strong, beats IPFW 63-43
Associated Press (Also reported in Chicago Tribune, Indianapolis Star, Detroit Free Press, Kansas City Star, among others.) Only a handful of Division I college basketball teams have a pair of 7-footers capable of starting each night. Purdue is among that handful with 7-foot junior A.J. Hammons and 7-2 freshman Isaac Haas, who showed their value Monday night in a 63-43 victory against in-state rival IPFW.

Forbes Named Summit League Player of the Week
IPFW senior forward Steve Forbes has been named the Summit League Player of the Week by both the Summit League and College Sports Madness, as each announced their selections on Monday.

Seibert Named Summit League Co-Player of the Week
IPFW's Haley Seibert has been named The Summit League's Co-Player of the Week along with South Dakota State's Megan Waytashek for their performances Dec. 1-7.

IPFW’s Forbes, Seibert Honored By Summit League
IPFW’s Steve Forbes earned his first career Player of the Week honor after averaging 23.5 points and 10 rebounds per game in a pair of Fort Wayne victories. IPFW’s Haley Seibert has been named The Summit League’s Co-Player of the Week along with South Dakota State’s Megan Waytashek for their performances Dec. 1-7.

IPFW’s Spencer Named To AVCA North All-Region Team
For the second straight season, IPFW women’s volleyball outside hitter Emily Spencer has been named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) North All-Region team, this time as a First Team selection.

Four Mastodons Receive Preseason All-America Votes
Four IPFW men's volleyball student-athletes received votes in the preseason All-America polls, according to Off the Block. Andrew Sellan, Omar Rivera, Luis Bertran, and Alexander Harthaller each earned a vote in the preseason poll

December 8

Field trips without leaving school
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
The two live, interactive videoconference classroom programs are available through ACELINK, a consortium of IPFW and five area school systems providing this type of in-class field trip at a very low cost, said Faith Simpson, ACELINK program coordinator.

Potter traces craft to initial class at IPFW
Deb Walterhouse’s interest in art dates back before she opened her own pottery studio in downtown Kendallville, before she started showing her work at art fairs, before she started taking classes at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, before she was even a student studying biology and psychology at IU.

Why Gov. Mike Pence's education proposals make conservatives happy
Indianapolis Star
Andy Downs, director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, agreed that Pence's education agenda capitalizes on universally supported conservative ideals.

Business People
Fort Wayne News-Sentinel
Ivy Tech Community College Northeast selected Rose Costello as executive director of human resources. She earned an associate degree in supervision, a bachelor’s in psychology and a master’s in education-professional studies, all from IPFW.

IPFW at Purdue: 5 keys to a Mastodon upset
Fort Wayne News-Sentinel
The IPFW men's basketball program has never pulled the upset and beaten a team from the Big 10 Conference in 19 tries. However, the Mastodons (5-2) hope to snap that skid tonight at Purdue (7 p.m., ESPNU).

Purdue ‘fired up’ for IPFW
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
North Florida didn’t do the IPFW men’s basketball team any favors with an upset of Purdue on Saturday.