IPFW in the News - October 5-12, 2015

IPFW in the News for October 12, 2015

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October 12

IPFW Prof says politics are grim
An Indiana political scientist calls the current American political situation “grim.” Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne Political Science Professor Dr. Mike Wolf says the situation can be traced to obsession with “winning” and constant disagreement over compromise and what they entail.

Can the state follow Carmel on LGBT rights?
The Indianapolis Star
Andy Downs, a political science professor at Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne, said that for any legislation to pass – however strong or weak – lawmakers on both sides will have to make concessions. "It will be a strange bedfellows scenario," Downs said.

Minority voter education needed
21 Alive
"Immigrants, refugees go through the process of becoming a citizen of the United States precisely to exercise that right. Remember that many immigrants come from countries where that right is not a good thing, and it's not something that is sure. So they are eager to participate in politics, they are eager to exercise that citizenship, and yes, voting is an important attraction for immigrants to become a citizen of the United States," said Dr. Max Montesino, IPFW associate professor and member of the Hispanic Leadership Coalition.

October 11

Witnesses to deadly crash seen as victims
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
At nearly midnight March 28, 2014, Gary Friedrich drove northeast around the curve on Crescent Avenue as it runs along IPFW’s campus. Milliseconds later, Nellum would be killed by a drunken driver in a luxury sports sedan, which hit speeds of about 100 mph as it slammed into her vehicle.

Area leads state in health care index
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
Ellen Cutter, director of the Community Research Institute at IPFW, reviewed the study’s final report and endorsed using the alternative criteria for measuring the economy. “To me, it seems like a more holistic approach to looking at our competitiveness,” she said.

Campus safety procedures vary
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
Ivy Tech, Indiana University – which has eight campuses, including IPFW – and the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville advocate trying to run from an active shooter when possible, then trying to hide and fighting only as a last resort.

October 9

Youtheatre's little savages; IPFW director helps boys take on dystopian classic
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
It was last season during Manchester University’s production of “Lord of the Flies” that John O’Connell discussed his theater idea with director Joel Froomkin. O’Connell, dean of IPFW’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, wanted to stage “Lord of the Files,” a brutal, heartbreaking story about deserted school boys, with actual middle-school-aged boys for a new Youtheatre production, which opens today.

Zombies take over Science Central for "Soulless Science"
21 Alive
Experiment stations, interviews with IPFW medical experts were all a part of finding the source of the outbreak. The zombie who was “patient zero” was revealed at the end of the night.

Retired Four-star US Navy Admiral Offers Advice to Students
You could tell from the excitement in his voice and sparkle in his eyes, retired four-star U.S. Navy Admiral Eric Olson enjoyed the hour he spent Wednesday afternoon talking with IPFW Army ROTC and other students in a classroom in Kettler Hall.

Niche Market Furniture passes discounts to customers
Fort Wayne News-Sentinel
With 18 years of experience in the furniture business and a degree in interior design from Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne (IPFW), Westendorf enjoys discussing customer’s room space with them in order to assist in finding special pieces that will match or compliment their present décor.

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
THEATER CAMP: IPFW Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders will have its annual augmentative/alternative communication Poss-abilities Theatre Camp for ages 6 to 23 who use AAC for communicating. The event happens today through Sunday with the participants offering a free performance of “Imogene’s Antlers” at 5 p.m. Sunday in Neff Hall, Room 101, at IPFW, 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd.

October 8

Military must adapt, ex-leader says
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
Retired four-star Adm. Eric Olson said he didn’t have a military bone in his body when he entered the U.S. Naval Academy 40-some years ago. His first meeting with someone in uniform, he told an IPFW classroom half-filled with ROTC students in camouflage fatigues, was meeting his roommate for the first time. And, he said, he only went into the academy because the other college to which he’d applied didn’t accept him.

Retired four-star U.S. Navy admiral offers advice to IPFW students
Fort Wayne News-Sentinel
You could tell from the excitement in his voice and sparkle in his eyes, retired four-star U.S. Navy Admiral Eric Olson enjoyed the hour he spent Wednesday afternoon talking with IPFW Army ROTC and other students in a classroom in Kettler Hall.

Nursing students to take cultural field trips
Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly
Students from nursing programs at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne are receiving first-hand experiences in treating people of two types of cultural backgrounds. From Oct. 11-15, seven nursing students, joined by two photography students, will travel with professors to the Native American reservation at Lac Du Flambeau, Wisc. Meanwhile, eight nurse practitioner students traveled to the Beck’s Hybrid Farm near Kokomo on Sept. 15 to give health screenings to migrant workers.

NIDIA conference to discuss local defense opportunities
Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly
The Northeast Indiana Defense Industry Association will meet with the Fort Wayne Base Community Council Oct. 15 for its fall mega conference and luncheon. The event will take place in the International Ballroom of the Walb Student Union at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

Omnibus Lecture Series at IPFW
A former 4-star Admiral and Navy Seal spoke with students at IPFW as part of the Omnibus Lecture Series.

Getting orthopedics on the minds of students
Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly
OrthoWorx launched a new campaign in September aimed at convincing college students in Indiana to consider pursuing careers in medical device development. “Think Ortho” is directed at students at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, the University of Notre Dame, Purdue University, Ball State University, Indiana University and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. The campaign is expected to eventually extend to Ivy Tech, Manchester University and Grace College.

October 7

Area leaders present plan to state
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
“We are building places where people want to be,” said Ellen Cutter, a certified urban planner who heads the Community Research Institute at IPFW. “We believe these are bold and transformational projects that can create vibrant places and drive population growth.”

Change in areas of strategic importance requires greater balance in U.S. military approach, Omnibus lecturer says
Fort Wayne News-Sentinel
Areas of strategic military importance have shifted significantly since 9/11, from major population centers to include more remote areas such as the deserts of Syria and Iraq and the rugged terrain of Afghanistan, retired four-star Admiral Eric Olson said Wednesday during a visit at IPFW.

Navy SEAL and admiral starts IPFW lecture series
IPFW’s Omnibus Lecture Series kicks off again Wednesday night with retired four-star Admiral and Navy SEAL Eric Olson.

IPFW opens Gera Haus
Fort Wayne News-Sentinel
From 5 to 10 p.m. on Tuesdays now through Dec. 15 IPFW students will be cooking and serving authentic German street food at Gera Haus, the student-run restaurant in the Holiday Inn at 4111 Paul Shafer Drive off Coliseum Boulevard.

School News for Oct. 7, 2015
Fort Wayne News-Sentinel
• IPFW Career Services has launched its Immersion Excursion program. The half-day immersion trips take approximately 15 students and faculty members to regional companies. Companies scheduled for visits are MedPro, Oct. 16, Northeastern Center, Nov. 20 and Extension Healthcare Dec. 11. To register for a specific immersion excursion, log onto JobZone and select the events tab.

• IPFW Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management seniors will serve authentic German street food at Gera Haus, at 5-10 p.m. Tuesdays through Dec. 15, in the Holiday Inn, 4111 Paul Shaffer Drive off of Coliseum Blvd. Reservations are recommended. For reservations, call 260-482-3800.

October 5

SACS educator named Indiana Teacher of the Year
21 Alive
Russell earned her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from the University of Illinois and her master's degree in Elementary Education from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

Allen County literacy specialist named 2016 Indiana Teacher of the Year
Indianapolis Recorder
Russell is a graduate of the University of Illinois where she earned a B.A. in Elementary Education. She later received a M.A. in Elementary Education from Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne

IPFW professors look to help Arabic-speaking refugees speak German
21 Alive
A group of three Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) professors are hoping to help out Arabic-speaking refugees in Germany with their language project.

New dual credit teacher standards could cost families thousands
For example, if a high school student took all of the 18 courses Bluffton offers through IPFW it would cost about $1,200. Compare that to more than $7,600 at IPFW.

Biggest, most diverse ‘Renaissance’ set for downtown Roanoke Oct. 10
Huntington County TAB
Crestwoods will also host an artist reception from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., showcasing 28 artists from the art department at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. Refreshments will be served at the reception.

Science Central welcomes fans to 'Sci-Fi Central'
Fort Wayne News-Sentinel
Speakers from IPFW, University of Saint Francis, Indiana Tech and fan groups delivered presentations on special effects, the science of science fiction and fandom.