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IPFW in the News for May 15, 2017

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May 14

Governing of local IU campus undecided
Journal Gazette
Indiana University Fort Wayne will not have a chancellor when the school emerges from the dismantling of IPFW next year.

Grads’ job outlook strong
Journal Gazette
Jill Robinson graduated from IPFW on Wednesday but is likely to start earning a full-time paycheck in her chosen career field before month’s end.

Two jobs, one big obligation: Set a course for campus
Journal Gazette
Two job vacancies at IPFW are important not just for students and faculty, but for all of Fort Wayne and northeast Indiana. The individuals tapped to serve as chancellor of Purdue University Fort Wayne and as administrator of Indiana University’s health-related programs here are key to a successful campus-community partnership.

Embracing family ‘juggling act’
Journal Gazette
Tracy Coffman would not describe her family’s life as challenging. But as the head coach of the softball team at the University of Northwestern Ohio and with husband Jon Coffman the men’s basketball coach at IPFW, their lives are definitely busy.

Cancer’s fighters share stories of hope, joy, grief
Journal Gazette
She said she put starting her career using an IPFW fine arts degree on hold to help care for her mother. “Some things are more important,” she said.

May 13

New Ivy Tech grad a pioneer in her studies
Journal Gazette
But Paul Koehler was also aware of the looming push to get more girls into STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Olivia Koehler, though, had no idea what it involved. So her father, who was teaching a class in electrical engineering at IPFW, invited her to a couple of classes, a sort of no-pressure introduction to the subject. She quickly fell in love with the concept of troubleshooting and solving problems.

May 12

Fort Wayne hoops achieving on the court, in the classroom
The Mastodon men’s basketball squad was one of 10 Fort Wayne athletic teams (baseball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s volleyball, women’s soccer and women’s track and field) that were recently honored by the NCAA for their diligence in the classroom.

Tourism growth in Fort Wayne is booming, study shows
O’Connell praised Manchester University and IPFW for their roles in recently expanding sports-related tourism by helping bid for NCAA tournament regionals and championships here.

Purdue Pres. on Purdue-Fort Wayne keeping Division I athletic status: ‘Let’s hope so’
One of the big questions that needs to be settled after IPFW becomes Purdue-Fort Wayne — will the school maintain its NCAA Division I athletic status?

May 10

Top state educator sees area schools
Journal Gazette
The state’s educational leader got a glimpse Tuesday of education in Allen County. Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick visited multiple schools during a trip to northeast Indiana that also included a meeting with superintendents at the Region 8 Education Service Center and a reception at IPFW.

Facing backlash, Tech pulls proposal for Memorial Park
Journal Gazette
Coaches of the affected teams had said the facilities should help recruitment and would likely boost team morale and pride. Students now play at various places around the city, including the former Elmhurst High School track and the softball facilities at IPFW.

Fort Wayne builds depth with maturity, skill
For the past two men’s basketball seasons, John Konchar has been asked to do a lot for the Fort Wayne program, and that won’t cease in the 2017-18 season.

Photos: IPFW graduates 1,800 at 50th commencement
IPFW hosted its 50th commencement ceremony Wednesday at the Memorial Coliseum. More than 1,800 students received degrees as part of the university’s 2017 graduating class.

Fort Wayne residents react to Comey firing
Andy Downs from the Mike Downs Center for Politics at IPFW says that the two different viewpoints are exactly why some feel that it’s impossible for anything to actually get done in Washington. “The reality is the partisanship, the difference in ideology is widening to a degree that some people are getting concerned that they will never be able to get things done. This is just another manifestation of that,” said Downs.

May 9

Auburn students featured as IPFW success stories
KPC News
Two students from Auburn are featured on the “Student Success Stories” page of the website for Indiana University-Purdue University. Danielle Sarrazine and Carter Chase are among 35 new graduates who are recognized as success stories.

Weigand picked for GE project
Journal Gazette
The construction firm specializes in health care, education, industrial and commercial work. Also among its projects were IPFW’s Walter E. Helmke Library renovation and several buildings on the campuses of Indiana University-Bloomington and the University of Notre Dame.

Local professor, city residents sound off on showdown with N. Korea
“This is a unique or very rare situation,” said IPFW Political Science Professor James Lutz, who believes you’d have to go back to the earliest days of our nation to find a time when the president invited the entire senate for a national security briefing like the one set to take place this week.