IPFW In the News - July 20, 2015

IPFW in the News for July 20, 2015

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July 20

Berghoff to Chair Purdue Board
Inside Indiana Business
Indianapolis-based Lenex Steel Corp. founder Michael Berghoff will serve as chair, succeeding former Lincoln Office Chief Executive Officer Tom Spurgeon. Berghoff chairs the IPFW Community Council.

July 19

Determination led to successful career for TinCaps, IPFW broadcaster
Fort Wayne News-Sentinel
Mike Maahs is celebrating his 25th year in local sports broadcasting. Though Maahs, 62, doesn't have a broadcaster's shtick, he's called almost 1,200 Fort Wayne Wizards/TinCaps games and more than 800 IPFW athletic events by being himself.

Festival lets kids have a ball; Local businesses sponsor booths for IPFW event
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
You could try your hand at being a disc jockey, fiddle with Legos using heavy gloves in a sealed case like they handle dangerous materials in labs, and even get to touch a real iron meteorite that landed on Earth from who knows where in the universe. Those were some of the curiosities kids could find at the Children’s Fest at IPFW on Saturday, part of the Three Rivers Festival.

July 18

River study center suggested as part of downtown riverfront development
Fort Wayne News-Sentinel
Bruce Kingsbury, a biology professor at IPFW and the head of the university's Environmental Resources Center, made the case for an Environmental Stewardship Center on the downtown riverfront, which would focus on river research and education.

Children’s Fest at IPFW
Children’s Fest filled the IPFW campus July 17th and 18th. The annual event usually attracts 20,000 kids. Organizers say today’s heat may affect that number, but they had plenty of water to hand out.

July 17

Arts Update
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
The Community Arts Academy, a division of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at IPFW, begins instruction in theatre and art for students in grades 6 to 12 beginning Monday at the IPFW campus. For information, go to, or contact Gary Lanier at 481-6977.

Trustees approve department name change, projects, resolutions
Purdue Newsroom
Purdue University’s Board of Trustees on Friday (July 17) approved changing the name of the Department of Consumer and Family Sciences at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne to the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management.

State ends year with $2 billion in reserve
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
The state of Indiana ended the fiscal year in June with $2.141 billion in reserves – thanks in part to some state agency cuts. Pence gave $26.4 million back to Indiana colleges and universities that had been asked to make cuts. That amounted to about $780,000 for IPFW.

July 16

Best events of the weekend - 7/18 &7/19
21 Alive
Join us at IPFW for this fun free event. Visit over 50 booths offering crafts, storytelling, magic, education and hands-on activities for kids. More than 20,000 kids and parents enjoyed this 2-day event last year.

People on the move
Great Fort Wayne Business Weekly
Cigdem Gurgur, associate professor of management, received two Excellence in Teaching Awards from students in the MBA+ and Accelerated MBA programs.

July 15

Turnstone hosting power soccer tournament this weekend at IPFW
Fort Wayne News-Sentinel
Turnstone will host the 2015 MK Battery Champions Cup national power soccer tournament this weekend at IPFW. This is soccer played by individuals utilizing electric "power" wheelchairs. The tournament includes eight nationally ranked teams, including the Turnstone Flyers.

In governor’s race, Ritz raises a fraction of what Pence, Gregg raised
Indianapolis Star “Can a stealth campaign overcome that kind of difference in cash? Probably not,” said Andy Downs, a political scientist at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. But he pointed out that Gregg and Pence, who faced off in 2012, have been campaigning longer than Ritz, who formally announced last month

July 14

City man hired as Gladiators broadcaster
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
Chris Treft, who is from Fort Wayne, has been hired as the broadcaster of the ECHL's Gwinnett Gladiators. Last season, he worked for Adirondack in the American Hockey League. He went to IPFW. He has also worked for the Komets and the Fort Wayne Federals.

IPFW alum finishes 2nd in dramatic 85th Annual Women’s City Tournament
Down by one stroke heading on to the 18th hole at the Brookwood Golf Club, Canterbury grad Sarah Dusman’s goal was to get in a position to force a playoff with leader and IPFW student-athlete alumnna Ashton Taft ('15). A long par five, Dusman reached the green with her second shot, landing about 22 feet shy of the pin. Dusman read the green to a tee, nailing an eagle putt to win her first ever Women’s City Tournament by finishing two strokes under par at 217 over three rounds.

July 13

Plump cartoon characters provoke indulgent eating in kids, says CU-Boulder-led study
University of Colorado - Boulder Newsroom
Kenneth Manning, professor of marketing at Colorado State University; Bridget Leonard, CU-Boulder graduate student at the time of the study and now assistant professor of marketing at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne; and Hannah Manning, CSU student, co-authored the paper.

Teacher shortage impact in Northeast Indiana
Universities like IPFW are also having issues. Enrollment in the education department has gone down 40 percent in the last five years. Officials think that’s partly due to higher standards like requiring a 3.0 GPA to graduate. “Are we worried about it, yes, but at the same time, hopefully this is just part of a cycle and it’s going to go back up,” Chair of the Department of Educational Studies at IPFW Terri Swim said. “We know we are getting higher quality graduates.”

Three Rivers Festival Live Blog
Fort Wayne News-Sentinel
10:53 a.m.: The new IPFW Mastodon balloon moves down the TRF parade route Saturday.