ipfw in the news november 9-16, 2015

IPFW in the News for November 16, 2015

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November 16

Local B&B owner says French uniting
Journal Gazette
Butler has lived in Fort Wayne on and off for 45 years. She and her husband own a pied-à-terre, or small apartment, in Paris near Montparnasse in the 14th Arrondissement and often travel there. She voiced some concern about returning, but her husband, Clark Butler, a retired IPFW philosophy professor, told her they should continue to live their life and follow the French example of “joie de vivre (the joy of living).”

Local school briefs
Journal Gazette
IPFW senior Steve Groff was one of more than 100 to apply and one of 12 accepted for the National Science Foundation-sponsored Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates in Computational Neuroscience at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

D- for effort; State's budgeting processes falls short in survey
Journal Gazette
Andrew Downs, director of the Mike Downs Center for Politics at IPFW, said approval of the state’s biennial budget follows a legislative process that begins with public debate but eventually is left to a handful of legislators in closed-door meetings.

Entrepreneur Willis files for bankruptcy, blocking sheriff's sale of home
Willis sold a defense-contracting company he founded to General Dynamics in 2002 for about $100 million. Soon after that sale, he began a security-technology firm and a venture-capital operation, pledged $3 million to IPFW, and with a partner, bought the former NIPSCO office on Main Street.

November 15

Track record helped Henry carry nearly every district
Journal Gazette
The controversy surrounding the Fort Wayne city clerk’s office may have hurt the rest of the Democratic Party’s municipal races, but not enough to change the outcome, said Andy Downs, director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at IPFW.

Survey on interest in leadership Ph.D.
Journal Gazette
A focus group of 40 people gave a thumbs up to the idea of IPFW launching an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program, so an online survey has been developed to get more input. The group that met Oct. 22 had representatives from areas including public and private sectors, health care and education. The response was “overwhelmingly positive” about the potential for the doctorate program, IPFW said in a news release.

Hope abounds locally
Journal Gazette
“I am very delighted for the election results so far. The impact will shape the future to Burma both internally and externally. Internally, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s leadership will lead Burma to an open society, peace with ethnic minority groups, joy in the democracy and resolve many issues." - – Kyaw T. Soe, native of Myanmar and founder and instructor of the New Immigrant Literacy Program at IPFW. His literacy work in Fort Wayne was mentioned by Suu Kyi in a 2011 radio address from Myanmar.

Bring good things to life at GE site
Journal Gazette
Greater Fort Wayne Inc. and IPFW’s Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics will help organize more structured public discussions that will be moderated by the center’s director, Andrew Downs. Downs first will have smaller meetings with whom Paddock called “stakeholders” in the matter, including neighbors, businesspeople in the area, college students and community leaders.

Laundry rooms to long for
Journal Gazette
Ask what Allison Brackmann Hanford thought she’d be designing after she graduated from IPFW’s interior design program a couple of years back, and the answer comes quickly.

Area kids go head to head in Lego Robotics Competition
21 Alive
Organizers hope the competition sparks an interest in science, technology, engineering and math. The winning team will go on to compete in the state competition at IPFW in December.

November 13

IPFW commemorates 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta
Around Fort Wayne
Magna Carta, the English charter of liberties first issued by King John in the year 1215, will be the subject of an evening of conversation and the focal point of one student’s research presentation this month at Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW).

Group to seek public input on vacant GE campus in Fort Wayne
Helping organize the meetings will be the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, Paddock said. No timetable has been set for the meetings, but center director Andy Downs said he “would be surprised if we’re still” at it in February.

Public to discuss GE campus's fate
Journal Gazette
The discussions will be organized with the help of ­IPFW’s Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics and its director, Andy Downs, said Paddock, a Democrat who represents Fort Wayne’s 5th district on the City Council. GE’s property is in his district.

Paris attacks are ‘reminder terrorism is inescapable reality now’
NewsChannel 15 touched base with area universities about students who might be studying abroad, it doesn’t appear there are any students or faculty in Paris. There is one IPFW student in South France, nowhere near the violence, according to officials.

November 12

Longtime leader of city bank dies
Journal Gazette
He was also involved with many charities and civic organizations, and long had a great interest in IPFW, donating a scholarship each year and chairing fund drives for the school. He was awarded a doctor of humane letters from IPFW, which awards a Paul Shaffer Medal to a person each year.

Helmke Library gets inside-out upgrade
Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly
The Helmke Library at Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne will become a hard hat zone – literally – at the end of December when a $10 million, year-long upgrade of the facility gets underway.

November 11

School news for Nov. 11, 2015
• IPFW College of Education and Public Policy will sponsor the first "Crucial Conversation" event at 7-8:30 p.m. Nov. 12 in Walb International Ballroom North, 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd. Moderator will be Andrew Downs, associate professor of political science and director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics. For information, call 260-481-6926 or email

IPFW honors veterans in the area
Veterans Day is a day to give thanks to the men and women who have served in the military. Wednesday morning, IPFW officials honored these veterans with two special ceremonies.

IPFW celebrates Veteran's Day with several activities
21 Alive
IPFW honored those who have served with several Veteran's Day activities Wednesday.

Collaboration among agencies may change the lives of children in Allen County
Tuesday they were discussing how to take their strategies to the next level, which is where systems engineers from IPFW stepped up. They are applying for a grant to design a flow system to connect all service agencies. That way when a doctor has a family come into the office who are clearly starving the doctor knows who to connect them to to solve that problem.

November 10

IPFW honors veterans, military personnel with flag ceremony, vigil
Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne will honor the service of America's veterans, active duty personnel and military families with a special flag ceremony and 24-hour eternal flame vigil Wednesday.

November 9

Production output in Fort Wayne MSA hobbles forward
Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly
Nondurable-goods manufacturing grew by 0.11 percent and durable-goods manufacturing went up by 0.14 percent, which while up, isn’t exactly booming relative to the rest of the nation. “That’s a big deal because manufacturing accounts for the largest share of our GDP,” said Ellen Cutter, director of the Community Research Institute at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

Indiana gets D- grade in 2015 State Integrity Investigation
Center for Public Integrity
As someone who has sought information from numerous state governments, Andy Downs, director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at the Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne campus, has grappled with Indiana’s problems firsthand, even though a good amount of data is online.

Area schools celebrate Nurse Practitioner Week
21 Alive
IPFW just added another Nurse Practitioner program this year, bringing the total number of students in the programs to 75.