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IPFW in the News for May 16, 2016

IPFW in the News for May 16, 2016

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May 15

Pressures mounting for IPFW
Journal Gazette
Given a changing enrollment, workforce pressures and an uncertain budget, ­IPFW’s self-assessment that proposes restructuring some departments, reassessing student housing and other changes is stirring new controversy.

OPINION: A liberal dose of publicity
Journal Gazette
I can’t imagine a public institution that has been more studied over the past four years than IPFW has been. The most recent report (by the University Strategic Alignment Process) was released on May 6. This report suggests, among other things, the “restructuring” of 13 departments, nine from the College of Arts and Sciences.

Learning the ropes at IPFW
Journal Gazette
IPFW associate professor and resident costume designer Craig Humphrey glides his finger across the shoulder seam on a jacket for the theater production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Life-changing experience makes Romo more determined than ever to succeed
The Elkhart Truth
IPFW Women's Soccer player Gaby Romo worked at a factory an entire summer and gave all her earnings away. Romo’s cousin in Mexico was dying from meningitis and her family did not have the money needed to be paid up front for treatment. So Romo made the hour-long drive from Goshen to South Bend every day to work, and sent everything she earned to cover her cousin’s medical bills.

OPINION: STEM needs liberal arts in IPFW’s future
KPC News
Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne has a number of structural decisions to make in the coming year, and the latest report from the University Strategic Alignment Process adds to the list.

May 14

Riverfront Fort Wayne to discuss “plants, animals and fishing”
The discussion involves panelists from IPFW Environmental Resources Center, Indiana Kayak Anglers Assoc., a Landscape Architect, Little River Wetlands and Purdue Extension Office of Allen County. They will have time for questions and answers following the panel discussion.

May 13

IPFW faculty to draw up own plan to save programs
Journal Gazette
IPFW’s College of Arts and Sciences faculty aren’t waiting for the executive team to take an ax to their programs. They’re organizing.

Ronald E. Venderly, local philanthropist, dies at 87
Journal Gazette
His name adorns the bridge spanning the St. Joseph River and connecting the main campus of IPFW to the nearby Hefner Soccer Fields.

May 12

Verbatim: IPFW Students Raise Awareness Through Black Barbershop Health Initiative
Journal Gazette
Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) has partnered with the Indiana Commission on the Social Status of Black Males (ICSSBM) and Parkview Community Nursing for the Indiana Black Barbershop Health Initiative.

May 11

Citing costs, IPFW looks to rework programs
Journal Gazette
IPFW is looking to restructure 13 academic departments, according to an internal report issued Friday. The restructuring goal was set out in the May 2015 University Strategic Plan that is created every few years, said John Kaufeld, university spokesman. The last one took the university through 2014.

IPFW exploring “restructuring” of academic programs
A Fort Wayne college is looking to restructure more than a dozen academic departments.

May 10

Collaboration achieved, resolution desired; With all the discussion over IPFW's future, it's time to make decisions and move forward
Journal Gazette
Vicky L. Carwein is chancellor of IPFW. She wrote this for The Journal Gazette.

State Supt candidate Wooten calls for drastic change
Muncie Star-Press
As a professor at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, Wooten doesn't have any experience teaching K-12, aside from homeschooling three special needs children, including her daughter.

Overcoming challenges to succeed
She also plans to attend Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, where she will study biomedical engineering. She combined her love of math with a desire to work in the health field, she said.

‘You’ve been pushed around and you chose to fly’ - Four students receive Self-Reliance honors
The Paper of Wabash
Andritsch is a member of the soccer, basketball and softball teams at Manchester High School. She’s involved in the Spanish Club, MHS Group and is active as the Student Council vice president. She plans on attending Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne in the fall and majoring in psychology.

May 9

IPFW teaming up with Vs. Cancer to fight pediatric cancer
For the second year in a row the IPFW baseball team is teaming up with Vs. Cancer to raise money and awareness for pediatric cancer research.

Indiana's evangelicals fell short in big races
Indy Star
Just before the candidate filing deadline, social conservatives put up a challenger: Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne economist John Kessler. But Long trounced him in the primary, 73 percent to 27 percent.

May 8

IPFW coach has family support
Journal Gazette
Although it is Niecee Nelson’s first head coaching position, the newly hired women’s basketball coach at IPFW knows the demands the profession brings.

May 7

Page Turner: Re-reading books you enjoyed as a child can be rewarding
Editor's note: This week's Page Turner reader interview is with Carol Roberts, a Fort Wayne native who formerly was on the English department faculty at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

Fort Wayne prepares for growthin freelancing, entrepreneurship
KPC News
For the Fort Wayne metro area, it has grown to 2.65 percent from 1.39 percent, according to data supplied by Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne’s Community Research Institute.

May 5

Reporter is reviled in primary's numbers game
Journal Gazette
Talk about blaming the messenger. I reported last week that a poll commissioned for IPFW’s Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics had Texas Sen. Ted Cruz running 16 percentage points ahead of Donald Trump for the Republican presidential nomination in Indiana’s primary election.

May 4

There is one legacy of Sanders' 'political revolution' that no one's talking about
Business Insider
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks during a campaign rally at the Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne in Fort Wayne, Indiana, U.S., May 2, 2016.

30% of Vigo's GOP voters passed on Pence
Terre Haute Tribune Star
It’s too early to read anything into the voter choices statewide yet, but what is called undervoting is an indicator that can be useful to candidates as they continue their campaigns, said associate professor Andy Downs of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

May 3

Primary blog: Cruz will be in Indy for election returns
Indy Star
“What we need in this country right now more than anything is millions of people from coast to coast standing up, fighting back, and demanding a government that works for all of us and not just the (wealthiest) 1 percent,” Sanders told supporters at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

Indiana primary draws record early voting with top races
Chicago Herald
Senate President Pro Tem David Long of Fort Wayne faces criticism from social conservatives for pushing an unsuccessful proposal this year that would have extended state anti-discrimination protections to lesbian, gay and bisexual people. He faces John Kessler, director for Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne's Center for Economic Education.

Sanders' rally at IPFW draws enthusiastic, young crowd
On Monday, Sanders spoked to a packed house in the gymnasium at the Gates Athletic Center on the IPFW campus. Some attendees had been waiting in line for hours to hear the 74-year-old Vermont senator and Democratic presidential candidate put forth his ideas for the future of the country.

Sanders uses familiar themes at IPFW appearance
Journal Gazette
Shortly after 2:30 p.m. Monday, Sen. Bernie Sanders walked out on stage at IPFW's Hilliard Gates Athletic Center to thunderous applause.

Sanders Talks Trade Policy At IPFW
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders spoke to a large crowd at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne on Monday.

Q&A: Sanders' long-shot bid to clinch Democratic nomination
The Herald Online
Trailing significantly in the Democratic primaries, Bernie Sanders wants superdelegates to flip his way and is aiming for a contested national convention in July against front-runner Hillary Clinton. For his plan to work, he'll need plenty of big-time breaks.

More than 8K Vigo Countians have voted early
Terre Haute Tribune Star
Research shows that the typical early voter intends to cast a ballot anyway, said Andy Downs, director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

Who's winning Indiana? It's anybody's guess
Of the seven public polls conducted over the past three weeks, Trump leads six of them. Cruz’s only advantage came from an Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne survey that showed Cruz with a massive 16-point lead. IPFW pollster Andy Downs told POLITICO his team was surprised when the results came back with Cruz way on top – even wondering if the results for Cruz and Trump were incorrectly reversed.

Ted Cruz says he would have 'spanked' young boy who calls out 'you suck' during Indiana rally
Daily Mail
The NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll, which was released yesterday, showed Trump 15 points ahead. This is a drastic change from the first polling out of Indiana conducted in mid-April by Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne.

Sanders pushes for Hoosier primary upset
Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly
The 74-year-old junior senator from Vermont spoke to an enthusiastic crowd of 3,000 packed inside the Hilliard Gates Sports Center on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne Monday afternoon. Hundreds more heard him in the overflow adjacent fieldhouse.

Eight receive Tapestry Scholarships from IPFW
KPC News
A total of $50,000 in Tapestry Parkview Health Sciences Scholarships were awarded to eight IPFW students on Friday at the annual event Tapestry: A Day for You at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.

Heine unseats Cox in House; Long triumphs
Journal Gazette
Kessler, 39, also from Fort Wayne, is a continuing lecturer in the Department of Economics at IPFW and director of the Center for Economic Education at IPFW.

Trump, Sanders notch Indiana primary victories: NBC projection
Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) speaks at a campaign event on the campus of Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne May 2, 2016 in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Long, Kenley survive challenges
Indy Star
Senate President Pro Tempore David Long, R-Fort Wayne, weathered a significant challenge from social conservatives, who targeted him in the primary because of his effort to expand the state's civil rights laws to add protections for gay Hoosiers. They campaigned heavily for John Kessler, 39, an economist at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, who believes adding such protections infringes on religious freedom.

May 2

Bernie Sanders campaigns at IPFW
Presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders stopped at Indiana University- Purdue University Fort Wayne Monday afternoon.

Bernie Sanders speaks to crowd of 3,000 at IPFW rally
21 Alive
Bernie Sanders fired up a crowd of 3,000 college students and others at an IPFW rally this afternoon.

Stith recipient of first Linda Ruffolo Award
Frost illustrated
Renowned teacher, community activist and historian Hana Stith received Tapestry’s prestigious Linda Ruffolo Dedication Award on April 29 at the Memorial Coliseum Convention Center during the 2016 “Tapestry: A Day for You” hosted by IPFW and cosponsored by IPFW and Parkview Health.