IPFW in the News - Novemeber 2-9, 2015

IPFW in the News for November 9, 2015

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November 8

Schools noticing teacher shortage
Journal Gazette
Sarah Rhea, a senior education major at IPFW, said she’s not going into teaching to get rich. “I have never been in the mindset to go into teaching for the money,” Rhea said. “I’ve chosen this as a passion to help change lives and to help better lives.”

Future uncertain for whistleblower
Journal Gazette
Colin Keeney; Age: 48; Occupation: Unemployed, former city parking enforcement supervisor, current law student; Education: Degree in legal studies from Ivy Tech, 2007. B.A. in general studies from IPFW, 2013.

'Jobs are there' in skilled trades
Journal Gazette
The shortage is expected to continue into the near future as about 20 percent of northeast Indiana’s workforce approaches retirement. One-fifth of northeast Indiana’s workforce is at or near retirement age, according to a 2014 report from Northeast Indiana Works and the Community Research Institute at IPFW.

The Fort Report: Andy Downs
This week's guest will be Andy Downs, director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at IPFW, who will analyze last Tuesday's election results. The episode will premiere at 5:30 p.m. Saturday on Comcast Channel 57 and FiOS Channel 27 and later at

November 7

IPFW plans to be proactive if shots fired on campus
IPFW’s student newspaper, The Communicator, tackled that topic in a story in its Oct. 28 edition that asked the question, “What would you do?” And that’s a question I’ve asked recently in this column.

First grader launches Cuban church fundraiser
The fundraiser is Monday, November 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the Walb Union Building at IPFW. The event costs $5 and covers food for the night. Anyone interested in attending the event can head to their Facebook page or call at (260) 483-0539. Donations are also accepted at YouCaring.

November 6

Growing LGBT support turns conversation
Indianapolis Star
The poll results and chamber's influence might give Republican leaders cover to pass legislation that goes against popular party thinking, but that might be needed to salvage Indiana's reputation and relieve political pressure from powerful business interests, said Andy Downs, a political science professor at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

Author notices shift in views on climate change
Journal Gazette
Prize-winning writer and environmentalist Bill McKibben is seeing progress when it comes to fighting global warming. First, the Keystone XL pipeline was delivered a blow Wednesday when a request to pause a review of the project was denied, likely setting up its rejection by the Obama administration. And Thursday, the day he was the featured speaker for IPFW’s Omnibus Lecture Series, the New York attorney general’s office announced that an investigation had been initiated to determine whether Exxon Mobil had lied to the public about the risks of climate change.

IPFW Students Present Electric Car Design
WOWO 1190 AM
A group of students and faculty from Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) presented this week at the 20th annual Society for Design and Process Science (SDPS) conference in Dallas, Texas.

November 5

Indianapolis voting hits record low
Indianapolis Star
Andy Downs, director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, said continuing low turnout should be troubling for politicians.

WATCH: After RFRA, More Indiana Residents Support LGBT Protections
The Advocate
But analysts say if Indiana Republicans want to save the state’s stained reputation and soothe the worries of local corporations, these poll results and the chamber's influence may be just the motivation to swallow a bitter pill and pass LGBT protection legislation, said Andy Downs, a political science professor at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

November 4

Research finds sexting depends on whether you're married
"Married couples aren’t sexting much," said Michelle Drouin, a doctor of psychology, specializing in human sexuality at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. "And that doesn't mean their relationships are unhealthy. Technology is really as integrated in older people in relationships as it is with young adults."

Diversity Showcase today
Journal Gazette
IPFW is hosting the 2015 Diversity Showcase today from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Walb Union International Ballroom. The showcase provides an opportunity to experience and celebrate the many cultures and identities represented at IPFW, according to a university spokesman. This event is free and open to the public.

Should we go to same-cycle elections?
And he quotes Andy Downs, director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at IPFW, as saying the argument for change “will become more and more compelling” as the level of participation drops.

'Mama' star Tapestry speaker; 15th annual event slated for April 29
Journal Gazette
Vicki Lawrence, best known for her role as comedienne Carol Burnett’s sidekick and the star of “Mama’s Family,” will be onstage as the keynote speaker at next year’s Tapestry: A Day for You. The 15th annual daylong event, which will be April 29 at Memorial Coliseum, raises scholarship money for students through the Tapestry Parkview Endowment and Scholarship Fund.

November 3

IPFW hosting 2015 Diversity Showcase
Journal Gazette
IPFW will host the 2015 Diversity Showcase Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Walb Union International Ballroom.

IPFW Planning "Crucial Conversation" on Teacher Recruitment and Retention
IPFW is sponsoring a special event to talk about the so-called teacher shortage in Indiana next week.

November 2

Mailers: Vote or face public shaming
Indianapolis Star
Regardless of who is responsible, political scientist Andy Downs of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne questioned the wisdom of the strategy.

Vicki Lawrence to keynote 2016 'Tapestry'
Journal Gazette
Vicki Lawrence will be the keynote speaker for the 2016 "Tapestry: A Day for You," IPFW announced today. The 15th annual event, presented by Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne and Parkview Health, is a day for women of all ages and stages, the university said in a statement.

Schools attack hunger with food drive
Journal Gazette
Five schools collected 42,408.51 pounds of food for Community Harvest Food Bank's UCanCrushHunger food drive, the food bank announced today. The friendly competition was held among the University of Saint Francis, Indiana Tech, Huntington University, IPFW and Ivy Tech.

Economic experts to discuss changing economic environment
Around Fort Wayne
Economic experts will provide the business community with insights and predictions at the 2015 Economic Outlook Panel. The luncheon and panelist discussion will be held on Friday, Nov. 20, in the IPFW Walb Student Union International Ballroom.

Special Report: How safe is your Facebook?
21 Alive
John Kaufeld, a best-selling tech author and Chief Communications Officer at IPFW, along with social media expert Kevin Mullett of Cirrus ABS say being smart on Facebook is all in the hands of the user, and provided 21Alive with some privacy tips:

Election oddity: Combining city elections with state, federal would get more Hoosiers involved in local races
Tribune Star
“That argument will be more and more compelling,” said Andy Downs, director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics on the IPFW campus in Fort Wayne. Downs personally prefers the current off-year seclusion afforded local elections, but understands the high cost of conducting those and the weakening public participation threaten to offset the value of that special treatment.