IPFW in the News for December 7-14, 2015

IPFW in the News for December 14, 2015

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December 13

'Pocket cash' whim pays off
Journal Gazette
When three IPFW friends made a spoof video for a Southern Comfort contest, they never dreamed it would lead to promising careers and their own Fort Wayne production company. But in March 2012, they incorporated RezFx Productions, a video company whose client list now includes Southern Comfort, Auto Trader, UPS, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Speed Stick, Jamba Juice and Volkswagen.

Cities find own answers to tax cap challenge
Journal Gazette
Fiscal expert John Stafford, former director of IPFW’s Community Research Institute, examined the effect of the caps on the state’s largest cities in a companion report. He found each community was shaped by its unique fiscal background, by spending levels and by decisions on how to address the challenge posed by tax caps.

Lebamoff leaves legacy of motivation
Journal Gazette
Julie Lebamoff, the state’s 2015 Cheer Coach of the Year, recently left a 15-year career at Woodlan High School to take over the cheering squad at IPFW.

Improve voter turnout by finding millennials' motivation
Journal Gazette
When young people are asked why they do not vote, the responses are similar to those of the population as a whole. The top two reasons in each group were 1) being too busy or having a conflict with work and 2) not being interested / feeling “my vote would not count.” (Article by Andrew Downs, director of the Mike Downs Center at IPFW.)

Don't let snow keep you inside
Journal Gazette
Fort Wayne Track Club’s Ultra Frigid 5K Fun Run with Scott Jurek, 10 a.m. Jan. 31 at IPFW – This is the first time a public run is available with the guest speaker of the FWTC annual banquet. Jurek is most recently recognized for being the fastest supported finisher of the Appalachian Trail. Registration opens at 9 a.m. at the IPFW Athletics Fieldhouse with no charge to run, no timing and no awards.

December 12

LEGOs more than child’s play for tournament teams
The First LEGO League Tournament (FLL) to Qualifiers were held at Indiana-University Purdue-University Fort Wayne on Saturday.

Tough decisions face Terre Haute, other cities struggling to improve economic well-being
Tribune Star
Bloomington lost less than 1 percent of its revenue to tax-cap “circuit breaker” credits to taxpayers. Terre Haute took a 31.6-percent hit. “The circuit breakers have obviously hit two municipalities that are relatively similar in size [differently]. There’s a radical difference in the impact they’ve had on those two communities,” said Stafford, retired director of the Community Research Institute at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

December 11

Business Insider: Tax caps work — but not for everyone
Indy Star
John Stafford, who is the institute’s senior fellow, conducted the second study of the fiscal health of 18 Indiana cities. Stafford has spent much of his professional career in municipal finance and teaches a course about it at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, even though he recently retired from the school.

December 10

Fort Wayne company launches wooden-frame Hoosier sunglasses
IPFW alum Jamal Robinson's company, Desiar Eyewear, partnered with a Huntertown company to achieve one of his dreams: creating fashion sunglasses frames out of wood.

IPFW to build on experience
Journal Gazette
The experience of playing the Indiana Hoosiers in Assembly Hall was everything Mo Evans thought it would be. The 90-65 blowout loss wasn’t the result Evans and the Mastodons desired, but the general consensus was that playing in such a venue could harden the team for this year’s remaining road schedule.

December 9

Helmke Library hosts De-Construction Party before renovations
21 Alive
Ahead of major renovations to Helmke Library, IPFW has invited the public to a De-Construction Party on Thursday.

Helmke Library holds "De-Construction Party"
In an effort to spread enthusiasm about major renovations to Helkme Library, IPFW invited students, staff, and the public to attend a "De-Construction Party". Those who attended got the chance to take selfies in construction gear or write a message on the wall. Helmke Library has remained largely untouched since it's construction in 1970.

Tax caps save Hoosiers money, but hit cities and towns hard: new study
21 Alive
"Some of them have chosen to...or have been in counties that have chosen to, increase local option income taxes and diversify their revenue, and that has helped some communities. It certainly helped the city of Fort Wayne, the city of Elkhart, the city of South Bend," said John Stafford, a retired director of IPFW’S Community Research Institute, and an author of one of the new studies.

December 8

Statewide report: Terre Haute ranks last in fiscal health among 18 cities
Tribune Star
The newspaper consulted with Stafford, a retired director of the Community Research Institute at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, during research for its "City on the Brink" series published Aug. 30-Sept. 7. That series of stories and accompanying graphics and editorials focused on Terre Haute's deepening financial crisis.

Leaders should help develop, energize their teams
Journal Gazette
Leadership takes practice. It's an investment of time and also into people, according to Shawna K. Squibb, a 2013 Leadership Fort Wayne program graduate. Squibb, an associate bursar in the Office of the Bursar at IPFW, has a degree in organizational leadership and supervision.

Court rules against former IPFW chancellor in lawsuit
The Indiana Court of Appeals has ruled against a former chancellor of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne who argued a businessman defamed him in a letter shortly before he was forced to retire.

For Hoosiers, in-state road trips like IPFW benefit all sides
Indy Star
Kelley Hartley Hutton, athletic director at Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne, heard the same question over and over. “I run into people all the time who just say, ‘How do we get tickets?’” she said.

Former IPFW star wins MVP award
Former IPFW men’s volleyball standout Jeff Ptak was recently named the Most Valuable Player in the Puerto Rican Senior Men’s League.

Top Indiana Republicans condemn Trump's comments, but others are less critical
Indy Star
Andrew Downs, director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, said Pence needs to explain the differences between his and Trump’s positions.

Indiana governor: Banning Muslims not the same as banning Syrians
USA Today
Andrew Downs, director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne, said Pence needs to explain the differences between his and Trump’s positions. But that’s doable. Pence’s concerns are more narrowly focused and he’s been more specific about how they could be addressed, Downs said.

December 7

Democrats hope to gain leverage in Indiana races
Washington Times
If Mr. Gregg can gain traction, there is a chance he could swing down-ballot votes for Democrats seeking other statewide offices, such as the Senate, said Andy Downs, director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.