IPFW in the News for July 6

IPFW in the News for July 6, 2015

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July 6

Melissa Eastman is new assistant director of alumni relations (Local Schools)
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
IPFW announced that Melissa Eastman is the new assistant director of alumni relations. Eastman has worked as the acting director of alumni relations for the past several months at the University of Saint Francis.

Frank Gaines scores team high 17 points in Thunder Summer League win
Former IPFW standout, Frank Gaines, made waves playing with the Oklahome City Thunder’s NBA Summer League Team. In their first game on Saturday, Gaines scored a team high 17 points in OKC’s 76-74 win over the Charlotte Hornets.

IPFW alumna becomes Peru's first female firefighter
Stacey Swinford ('15) became the first female firefighter in Peru, Indiana, since the department was founded in 1843. Swinford was a student-athlete on the IPFW softball team.

July 3

Mastodons golf coach resigns (Sports Briefs)
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
IPFW women’s golf coach Jessica Steward resigned to become the women’s golf coach at Lamar University. Steward coached the Mastodons for seven seasons, leading the team to its best finish, sixth, at the 2014 Summit League Championship.

July 2

Big donations pour into Indiana governor's race
Indianapolis Star
That could spell trouble for the two campaigns, said Andy Downs, a political scientist at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. Although grass-roots support and small-dollar donors are important, they're not usually enough to win a race, he said. "Realistically, they need to be raising a lot of money, whether they want to or not, whether they have a great grass-roots organization or not," he said.

Steward Steps Down At IPFW To Take Coaching Job At Lamar
IPFW Athletic Director Kelley Hartley Hutton has announced that head women’s golf coach Jessica Steward has resigned effective immediately, to become the women’s golf coach at Lamar University.

July 1

High wind carries high cost
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
Power outages across Fort Wayne affected some retailers, homeowners and, yes, churchgoers Saturday and Sunday. But for all the economic activity that was interrupted, other financial transactions were created, said Ellen Cutter, director of the Community Research Institute at IPFW. Cleaning up the mess requires the services of tree companies, roofers, drywall installers and others. Cutter knows – part of a tree split off and fell on her home Saturday.

5 IPFW teams top academic list
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
Five IPFW teams were at the top of the Summit League’s Commissioner’s List of Academic Excellence. Men’s golf (86 percent), women’s golf (100 percent), women’s soccer (93 percent) women’s tennis (100 percent) and men’s cross country (75 percent) earned top honors in the conference. Percentages are based on the number of list-eligible (3.0 GPA or higher) players on the roster.

June 30

General Assembly should prepare for an epic battle
Fort Wayne News-Sentinel
The battle over religious freedom isn’t going away. Legislators can either deal with it quickly and try to put it behind them. “I don’t see them wanting this hanging over the entire legislative session,” said Andy Downs, director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at IPFW.

IPFW Lauds Systems Engineering Impact
Inside Indiana Business
IPFW says an investment in systems engineering is paying off for northeast Indiana. The university says a $500,000 grant from Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc. in 2008 sparked creation of a Center of Excellence in Systems Engineering.

Private investment in systems engineering yields big results for area companies
KPC News
Seven years ago, $500,000 was invested by the Lilly Endowment and Northeast Indiana Talent Initiative to strengthen programming and research related to science, technology, engineering and math — or STEM — learning in northeast Indiana through the development of a Center of Excellence in Systems Engineering at IPFW.

June 29

OPINION: Enterprising spirit; State needs to cultivate entrepreneurial culture
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
“Entrepreneurship is a culture,” said Bill Todorovic, an associate professor of small business and entrepreneurship at IPFW. “We used to have it, but we have lost our touch.”

IPFW men sign Bradley transfer
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
IPFW has signed Xzavier Taylor, formerly of Bradley, to play for the Mastodons' men's basketball team starting in the 2016-17 season, Coach Jon Coffman said today. (Also seen on WANE)