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October 2, 2017

IN THE NEWS for October 2, 2017

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September 30

More City Residents Have College Degrees: Fort Wayne Sees 10 Percentage Point Increase Since ‘00
The Journal Gazette
People with a college degree are on the rise in Fort Wayne, Allen County and the nation. “It's exciting,” said Isabel Nunez, chair of IPFW's Department of Educational Studies. “It seems like a really positive trend to me.”

Wires Given Vandeveer Community Award
The Journal Gazette
Fort Wayne resident Dan Wire described receiving the 2017 Linda & Jerry Vandeveer Impact Award as a humbling experience. Five other nominees were also recognized Friday. Those nominees included Aimee Bell, local nurse practitioner; Cheryl Mowan, St. Vincent DePaul volunteer; Fort Wayne Police Sgt. Mitchell McKinney; Rachel Rayburn, IPFW associate professor; and Debby Stellwagen with the Boys & Girls Club of Fort Wayne.

OPINION: Helmke Lends Name to Effort to Gender Diversify Candidate Pool
The Journal Gazette
Helmke will direct the first of the three sessions, focusing on how to get involved in the political process. Andrew Downs, director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at IPFW, will lead the second session and the third will feature a panel of women who have been elected to office.

YOU SHOULD KNOW: Alyssa Juday’s Secret Agents of Kindness
Goshen News
When school counselor Alyssa Juday walks into a classroom at West Noble Primary School, every child in the room lights up with a smile. The success of the program led Brian Shepherd, the school principal, to nominate Juday for the Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne Counselor of the Year, an award chosen by Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly. A couple weeks ago, they found out she had won the title.

September 29

Wires are Honored for Service to Rivers, Wells Street
A couple synonymous with efforts to revive the city's rivers and the Wells Street corridor has been awarded the 2017 Vandeveer Impact Award. The Allen County Commissioners made the presentation Friday to Dan and Judi Wire during a ceremony at Citizens Square, which also recognized five other persons who were nominated by the public for their work. Other nominees honored Friday were Aimee Bell, local nurse practitioner; Cheryl Mowan, St. Vincent DePaul volunteer; Fort Wayne Police Sgt. Mitchell McKinney; Dr. Rachel Rayburn, IPFW associate professor; and Becky Stellwagen of the Boys and Girls Club of Fort Wayne.

OPINION: GUEST COLUMN: There’s More Than Meets the Eye When it Comes to Enrollment
The calculation and reporting of enrollment numbers is complex and sometimes confusing. Differing numbers have been reported for our fall 2017 census, and I want to clarify our status. By IPFW Chancellor Vicky Carwein.

PHOTOS: IPFW Men’s Basketball First Practice
The Journal Gazette
The Mastodons are excited to get the season underway.

September 28

Grant to Boost Purdue School of Music in Fort Wayne
Inside Indiana Business
The Fort Wayne-based English Bonter Mitchell Foundation has awarded $1 million to IPFW to assist in the creation of the Purdue School of Music. The school says the grant will fund new degrees, a graduate program and a new recording studio, among other efforts.

Mental Health Day
IPFW will hold its annual Mental Health Day 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday in the Walb Student Union, 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E. This year's theme is "Living LIVE... Unplugged," designed to find healthy ways to unplug by living in the moment and stressing less to improve overall health.

IPFW Holds Annual Mental Health Day
Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) is holding the 27th annual Mental Health Day on Wednesday, October 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Walb Student Union.

Regional Partnership Relocates During Renovations
Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly
The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership has relocated for three or four months while its suite of offices in the 1st Source bank building, 200 E. Main St., undergoes renovations. During the work, which is expected to wind up around the end of the year, the partnership’s staff is working temporarily from the offices of Ambassador Enterprises, 2845 E. Dupont Road. The Indiana Economic Development Corp., Northeast Indiana Works, IPFW Community Research Institute and HPG Network, all of which also have offices in the 1st Source building, have not relocated during construction.

September 27

Sports Briefs: IPFW Runner Gets Summit Honor
The Journal Gazette
IPFW's Emma Rafuse won the Summit League Women's Cross Country Athlete of the Week honor for the third time this season. She placed 19th out of 188 finishers at the Roy Griak Invitational hosted by Minnesota in a 6K time of 22:10.6, best among Summit League competitors.

Robinson Named Indiana Superintendent of the Year
WANE TV NewsChannel 15
FWCS Superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson was named Indiana Superintendent of the Year for 2018 by the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents. Robinson graduated from DePauw University. She holds two master’s degrees from IPFW. Her doctorate is from Ball State University.

September 26

Donating Their Time: Venue Volunteers Have Passion for What They’re Doing
The Journal Gazette
For people who love the arts and entertainment, there are many opportunities to volunteer at local venues. Some earn free admission, but that isn't the reason many help out. When Liz Merkler retired as assistant registrar at IPFW, she did what many retirees do. “I volunteered everywhere,” says Merkler, who is in her third year of volunteering at Foellinger Theatre.

OPINION: Letters: Bravura IPFW Concert on Pair of Steinways
The Journal Gazette
The Steinway Piano Celebration at IPFW's Rhinehart Recital Hall on Sept. 16 was an outstanding musical event. John O'Connor, dean of Visual & Performing Arts, and Greg Jones, chair of the Music Department, welcomed donors and guests alike. By Rachel and James Roberts, Auburn

September 25

Tickets Available for Captain Mark Kelly Omnibus Lecture at IPFW
Public Now
Tickets are now available for the first lecture of the 2017-18 Omnibus Lecture Series season, featuring Captain Mark Kelly, who will present his lecture titled, 'Endeavour to Succeed.' The lecture will take place Thursday, October 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Auer Performance Hall, located in the Rhinehart Music Center on campus.