IPFW in the News, February 7-15, 2016

IPFW in the News for February 15, 2016

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February 15

Parties and pundits picking favorites in Indiana state and national primary races
Andy Downs, director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at Indiana University- Purdue University Fort Wayne, said Young was the clear winner of Holcomb’s withdrawal.

Mass rejection of IPFW to PU LSA plan by those most impacted calls for plan reevaluation
Frost Illustrated
Over the past several weeks, I have read with much interest the LSA Proposal as well as various views on the proposed IPFW to Purdue changes. My initial reaction based on the information that I have at this time is one of great concern.

February 14

Sensory rooms help calm children at school
Journal Gazette
Lindsey Biel, a pediatric occupational therapist with a private practice in New York City and author of several books on sensory processing disorders, will appear at IPFW for a workshop for parents and professionals.

Pedal to the metal
KPC News
Amaris Longenecker, 20, has been family photographer, but now races when her business studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne allow.

February 13

Cold for a cause: 20 take on Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Indiana
This is the organization’s signature fundraising event. There are 16 sites throughout the state that host a Polar Plunge event during January and February, including the one Saturday at Indiana- University Purdue- University’s student housing. In 2015, all the efforts helped raise $600,000 for Special Olympics Indiana.

Another cold effort for Special Olympics
Journal Gazette
Their event T-shirts read "Freezin' for a Reason." But Saturday, as the temperature hovered in single digits, survivors of a plunge into icy water at IPFW were mostly just freezin'.

GOP Lawmakers open floor to Fort Wayne residents
A wide variety of issues were discussed, including the future of IPFW, pensions, road funding and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The hottest topic was education.

February 11

Crestview’s Whitney wins county spelling contest
Huntington County TAB
Whitney will represent Huntington County in the regional spelling bee, which encompasses 15 counties and will be held on March 5 at the Rinehart Music Center on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. The regional bee winner will move on to the Scripps National Spelling Bee, to be held in May in Washington, DC.

Fun with science
KPC News
Rome City Elementary School held a science fair celebration Thursday night for parents and students. Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne education majors demonstrated science in action at locations throughout the school’s gym and hallways.

February 10

Local artist unveils new sculpture donated to the Charis House
News Sentinel
Tuesday afternoon staff of the Fort Wayne Rescue Mission and Charis House revealed a new sculpture created and donated by Hector Garcia, associate professor emeritus of fine arts at IPFW.

IPFW joins statewide “Go Back” initiative to entice dropouts to finish degrees
WOWO 1990 am
IPFW is joining a statewide effort to get people to go back to college.

First-time voters weigh in on 2016 Presidential election
NBC 33
"I feel like I probably should pay more attention, but it's just not interesting to me that much," says IPFW freshman Alex Coley. "So if I'm not interested in it, I just won't pay attention to it." Coley's sentiments were echoed by classmates at IPFW on Wednesday when discussing which issues matter most to first-time voters.

Victory was in her hands
Journal Gazette
Spelling bee winner Alexa Ehle took in her triumph Wednesday evening sitting under the spotlight onstage at the Auer Auditorium in IPFW’s Rhinehart Music Center.

IPFW's Beth Kaskel Talks Zika Virus
WOWO 1190 am
WBOI’s Zach Bernard spoke with IPFW Professor of Nursing Beth Kaskel about the virus, its symptoms, and the likelihood of it spreading in Northeast Indiana.

February 9

Eric Holcomb to become Gov. Mike Pence's running mate, source says
Indianapolis Star
Andy Downs, a political science professor at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, said a lack of resources likely played a key role in Holcomb's decision. "This is a statewide primary," he said. "Even if we have a low turnout — let's say that's a million people — you still have to have some way you’re communicating with them."

Resolutions attempt to steer change at IPFW
Journal Gazette
The IPFW Faculty Senate on Monday approved recommendations seeking to direct the school's future.

IPFW Faculty Senate makes own proposal for university’s future
WOWO 1190 am
IPFW’s faculty is resisting a proposal to split the college into two separate entities.

Fed budget proposal includes $75M for Red Line rapid transit
Indianapolis Star
Andy Downs, an associate political science professor at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, said getting voter approval could be a tough slog. "Let's face it: Mass transit doesn't have broad support in Indiana," Downs said. "We like our cars."

February 8

IPFW faculty board votes to keep status quo
The IPFW Faculty Senate on Monday voted to ask its parent universities to keep the status quo and allow it to continue operations as normal.

IPFW Faculty Senate approves resolutions regarding university's future
The IPFW Faculty Senate on Monday unanimously approved a pair of resolutions regarding the future operation of IPFW.

IPFW Faculty Senate send letter to IU, Purdue trustees outlining their future for campus
21 Alive
The IPFW Senate has responded to a study that recommended its campus be run according to primarily Purdue curriculum.