IPFW in the News - February 2-8, 2016

IPFW in the News for February 8, 2016

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February 8

OPINION: Study group conclusions are easily disproven
Journal Gazette
William Cast’s recent guest editorial (“Focused on strengths,” Jan. 26) attempted to make a strong case in support of the decoupling of IPFW based in part on the institution’s declining enrollment. Cast went on to contrast IPFW with four area colleges and universities that “have grown significantly.”

February 7

Year of the Monkey celebrated by Fort Wayne Chinese Families and Friends Association
The Fort Wayne Chinese Families and Friends Association celebrated the Chinese New Year on Sunday night at IPFW's Walb Student Union.

Song, dance help ring in Chinese New Year
Journal Gazette
Claire Chapin couldn’t be happier it’s the Year of the Monkey. Five months pregnant with her second child, the Chinese-born Chapin welcomed in the new year Sunday with dance, song and joy at the annual Chinese New Year-Spring Festival Party at IPFW.

February 6

IPFW Faculty Senate to consider alternatives to dividing university
The IPFW Faculty Senate is scheduled to consider two approaches to opposing a proposal to split the university in two.

February 5

IPFW professor discusses Zika virus
The Zika virus has garnered widespread concern especially now that the virus has made its way to the United States. WFFT spoke with a clinical professor at IPFW about the background of the virus and if people should be concerned.

Director of IPFW Center for Economic Education runs for state senate
John Kessler has been the director of IPFW's Center for Economic Education since 2006.

IPFW Economics Professor declares candidacy for state senate
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IPFW professor John Kessler will run against Sen. David Long in the May Republican primary.

Landis nets school-record 44 points in IPFW win
Senior Max Landis/Indianapolis scored a career-high and school-record 44 points to lead IPFW to a 95-82 men’s college basketball Summit League road victory at the University of South Dakota Thursday night at The DakotaDome in Vermillion, South Dakota.

IPFW econ prof files for state senate challenge
Journal Gazette
Senate President Pro Tem David Long’s advocacy for LGBT civil rights has earned him a primary opponent. John Kessler of Fort Wayne filed Thursday to take Long on in the Senate District 16 Republican primary. Kessler is an economics professor at IPFW. He did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

IPFW professor files to run in District 16 race
21 Alive
IPFW economics professor John Kessler has filed his candidacy to run in the May Republican Primary.

OPINION: Study, report misinterpret IPFW mission
Journal Gazette
The premise that IPFW is underperforming does a disservice to the people of northeast Indiana. Trustees Berghoff and Mirro owe it to the region, the legislature and the universities they’re entrusted to oversee to evaluate the more complete IPFW Senate findings and reconsider the LSA’s proposal.

6th District sets straw poll in Senate race
Journal Gazette
“I imagine it will be a good first indicator in many ways of what a primary-election audience would be thinking” about the Republican field, said IPFW political scientist Michael Wolf.

Landis' record 44 lifts IPFW
Journal Gazette
Max Landis scored a school-record 44 points – he made 15 of 21 shots – to lead the IPFW men’s basketball team to a 95-82 victory over South Dakota at the DakotaDome in Vermillion, South Dakota.

Gregory still fights the fight with humor
Journal Gazette
But Gregory’s roots are as a comic. And when he met Thursday afternoon with about 60 people in Fort Wayne, he proved that, at 83, he can still make people laugh. Gregory was in town for a talk later that evening at IPFW in celebration of Black History Month.

February 4

In aftermath of gay rights debate, Senate leader David Long faces primary challenger
Indianapolis Star
Kessler directs the Center for Economic Education at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne and teaches an economics course that airs on the university's education cable access channel. Andy Downs, a political science professor at IPFW, said Kessler represents a serious challenge to Long. He described Kessler as "coming from the libertarian mold" and noted that "a lot of people have seen him" because of his televised teaching.

IPFW economist will challenge in GOP senate primary
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The Republican leader of the Indiana Senate has picked up a GOP primary challenger just days after the failure of his push for the Legislature to extend civil rights protections to lesbian, gay and bisexual people.

Dick Gregory speaks at IPFW tonight
Around Fort Wayne
Legendary political activist and comedian Dick Gregory will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, February 4, in the International Ballroom at Walb Union as part of the university’s celebration of Black History Month.

Indiana Senate's Republican leader faces primary challenger
John Kessler, who heads the Center for Economic Education at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, filed paperwork with state election officials Thursday to run against Senate President Pro Tem David Long in the May primary.

What's in a name? For IPFW...plenty
As officials from three institutions discuss the future of IPFW and the seemingly inevitable changes, there is one simple but highly-important aspect of the proposed plan in which IPFW becomes a Purdue University – the name.

Hundreds gather to listen to comedian-activist Dick Gregory at IPFW
More than 200 people gathered at IPFW to listen to Dick Gregory speak. The 83-year-old rose to fame in the early 1960's with his politically-charged humor focused on civil rights.

OPINION: Committed to continued excellence; by Vicky Carwein
Journal Gazette
Throughout its 51-year history, IPFW has been dedicated to one simple principle: What’s in the best interests of students is what’s best for northeast Indiana. This focus drew me to IPFW three years ago, and it continues to ignite my passion for my work.

Mastodons handling adversity
Journal Gazette
The IPFW men’s basketball team had to adjust on the fly to losing leading scorer Mo Evans to academic issues last month.

Emily Hayner to team up with big sister again in college
The Journal Standard
Freeport’s star senior defender Emily Hayner will join her big sister Allyson on the women’s soccer team at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

Area athletes make their college decisions
The State Journal-Register
The girls’ soccer team is sending three of its seniors onto four-year universities: Claire Cody has committed to Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne, a D-I school; and Madi Allen and Sarah James are going to Hannibal-LaGrange, an NAIA program.

JHS sends eight athletes to college ranks
Journal Courier
Claire Cody signed to play soccer at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, also a Division I program. With her senior season remaining, Cody is sixth all-time in scoring and 10th all-time in assists at JHS. She has been an all-conference selection and all-sectional selection each of the three years she’s competed at JHS.

National Signing Day: LaPointe, Niemann, Cook sign with Division I schools
The Daily Chronicle
LaPointe was one of three athletes to sign on Wednesday. Sycamore’s Nick Niemann signed his letter of intent to play at Iowa after committing in June. Sycamore goalkeeper Amanda Cook signed to play at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Worth.

February 3

Get FAFSA filing help Feb. 21
In Fort Wayne, volunteers will be in Neff Hall at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E. A complete list of sites is available at; many sites have interpreters who speak Spanish.

Coldwater Machine appoints new territory manager
Today's Energy Solution
Zollinger has over 18 years sales and marketing experience in the automation and machine tool industry. Prior to joining Coldwater Machine, he was business development manager at Micromatic (Berne, Ind.), a manufacture of automation systems for the automotive industry. He has a Bachelor’s degree in environmental geology from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. He will be based out of Coldwater Machine’s headquarters.

February 2

OPINION: IPFW has thrived on change
Journal Gazette
Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne has throughout its 50-year history been an institution best characterized by change, and as such, it has been our ability to respond to and adapt to change that has become the cornerstone of IPFW’s identity.

IPFW Political Scientist weighs in on Iowa Caucus
Back in 2008 both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama visited Indiana frequently, trying to get every last vote. IPFW political science professor Mike Wolf says that could happen again for both parties, but will depend on how the primaries go after Iowa and before Indiana.

Ball State alumnus, best-selling author talks leadership
Ball State Daily
John Kaufeld, a Ball State alumnus, took to Cardinal Hall at 7 p.m. on Jan. 31 to speak as a part of Excellence in Leadership's workshop series. Kaufeld is an entrepreneur and best-selling author of some of the "... For Dummies" books that focus primarily on computers and technology. He also currently serves as the Chief Communications Officer at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW).

IPFW’s Dottie (Porch) Hampton elected to GLVC Hall of Fame
Dottie (Porch) Hampton was a two-sport athlete at IPFW in both women’s basketball and volleyball, but she really excelled in the latter. Hampton originally came to IPFW for basketball and played three years, but she followed that with a tremendous four-year volleyball career.

Road funding debate creates odd political alliances
Indianapolis Star
"We've seen some groups get on the same side you never would have seen five years ago," said Andy Downs, associate professor of political science at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. "That's what happens when you push off hard decisions and reach a point where there are few options."

Iowa’s impact on Indiana primary
“It could happen. You never say never with these things. We wouldn’t have predicted Donald Trump a year ago would be well out and ahead of a lot of these contests so you’ve got to put your predictive tools away a little bit on these kinds of things,” IPFW political science professor Mike Wolf said

February 1

School board hears building updates
KPC News
J.E. Ober Principal Kristi Surfus said 24 IPFW students recently visited the school and assisted in the classrooms. The program was so successful, IPFW plans to send more students in the spring.