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October 30, 2017

IPFW in the News for October 30, 2017

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October 28

Kitchen Sets 8K School Record at Summit League Championships
Fort Wayne men's cross country finished fourth at the 2017 Summit League Championships on Saturday (Oct. 28) with a team score of 106.

October 27

OPINION: Letters: Abandoning Blue, White Would be a Step Back
The Journal Gazette
IPFW will become Purdue Fort Wayne in July 2018. Employees and students are adjusting to that fact; I am one of those employees. By: Marcia Tuttle Fort Wayne

Music Listings
The Journal Gazette
TODAY – Jazz Ensemble Concert – 7:30 p.m.; Auer Performance Hall, IPFW, 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E.; free for IPFW students, $7 adults, $6 seniors; 481-6555 or

Civic Activist Betty Lou Nault, 87, Dies
The Journal Gazette
Betty Lou Nault, an ardent feminist and civic activist, died Tuesday in Michigan City. She was 87. She was married to the late Clifford Nault, section head of the English department  at IPFW, who died in 1993.

Tying Knot Helped Harnish Sharpen Focus
The Journal Gazette
After winning a national championship last year, Saint Francis junior linebacker Piercen Harnish had an interesting offseason. While the Norwell product was busy during the summer preparing for a chance at repeating the NAIA title won last December in Daytona Beach, Florida, he took some time out of his busy conditioning schedule to marry his high school sweetheart, Arissa. Harnish began dating the former Arissa Moser when both were sophomores at Norwell, and when she recently graduated from IPFW and decided to remain in Fort Wayne, the timing was good for the blessed union.

Scares to Share in Area
The Journal Gazette
Whether you’re looking for a fright or something more family-friendly, there’s plenty of Halloween activities to choose from between now and Tuesday. Here are some to get you started with your planning. Halloween Spooktacular with Fort Wayne Philharmonic and Fort Wayne Ballet – 2 p.m. Sunday; IPFW, Rhinehart Recital Hall, 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd.; $15; costumes encouraged;

Out and About
The Journal Gazette
Trunk or Treat – 6 to 8 p.m.; IPFW, Lot 15 near Athletics Center, 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E.; $4 or eight canned goods per child (maximum $20 per family).

Art Exhibits
The Journal Gazette
Monday – REGIONAL ART EDUCATORS' EXHIBITION – Ends Dec. 8; artists' reception from 6 to 8 p.m. today; IPFW Visual Arts Gallery, 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E.; gallery hours, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends.

October 26

A Note From Chancellor Carwein
The Communicator
As I approach the end of my tenure as your chancellor, I’ve been reflecting on my five years at IPFW. While there have been countless memorable moments, the one thing that has been most satisfying is the opportunity to work with such a diverse and talented community of students, faculty, staff and alumni. Every time I speak with one of you, I’m reminded how special this university is.

Passing the Torch: Elsenbaumer to Take over as New Chancellor
The Communicator
A new chancellor will begin at IPFW  Nov. 1. In an email to the campus community on Sept. 21, Purdue President Mitch Daniels announced that Ronald Elsenbaumer will replace Vicky Carwein as chancellor of IPFW.

IPFW Plans Campus Visit Day
KPC News
Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne is planning its annual Fall Campus Visit Day for Sunday, Nov. 12, from 12:30-4 p.m.

IPFW Student-Run Restaurant Offers Authentic Greek Cuisine
Public Now
Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) students in the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management are serving up authentic Greek food at Athens Greek Tavern, this semester's student-run restaurant.

Entertainment Calendar for Oct. 26, 2017
HALLOWEEN EVENT: 6-8 p.m. Friday, northern part of IPFW campus, 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E., in the parking lot near the P3 parking garage or in the parking garage in bad weather. Trunk or Treat, games and prizes.

Arts and Exhibits Calendar for Oct. 26, 2017
IPFW, 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E.: Visual art gallery, “Regional Art Educators’ Exhibition,” through Dec. 8. Hours: 8 a.m.-9 p.m. weekdays; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Free admission. Artists reception 6-8 p.m. Friday.

Teen Hit by Car in IPFW Parking Garage
WANE TV NewsChannel 15
A teenager is in serious condition after being hit by a car in a parking garage on IPFW’s campus Thursday.

Martin Enterprises Closing Down after 100+ Years of Demolition
WANE TV NewsChannel 15
For more than 113 years, Martin Enterprises has handled heavy equipment and specialized moving work all over Northeast Indiana but the owners have announced they’ll be shutting down the operation next year. Martin Enterprises has had a hand in many major projects in the Summit city. They set the steel structure for the Memorial Coliseum and the IPFW Pedestrian Bridge.

October 25

Mastodons Give Early Look at Team
The Journal Gazette
Season-ticket holders got the opportunity to get an early glimpse of the IPFW men's basketball team with a Blue and White scrimmage at the Gates Center on Tuesday.

Have You Gotten Your Flu Shot Yet
Katie Laub, a sophomore in the nursing program at IPFW, gives a flu shot Wednesday morning to Steve Amidon, a retired Department of English and Linguistics member. IPFW faculty, staff and students are receiving flu shots until Nov. 7.

EDITORIAL: IPFW Split in New Chief’s Capable Hands
Goshen News
If the past several years at IPFW have been rocky, the year ahead — with the dissolution of a 50-year partnership between Indiana and Purdue universities — could be just as unsettling. But Ronald L. Elsenbaumer, the newly appointed chancellor for Purdue University Fort Wayne, has a clear vision of a successful transition. — The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette.

Reclaimed Creations
IN|Fort Wayne
Using reclaimed metal and plastic objects as materials, Fort Wayne artist Sayaka Ganz’s recent sculptures depict animals in motion with rich colors and energy. Her work is influenced by her where she was born – Yokohama, Japan. Between 2002 and 2012, she taught design and drawing courses at Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne.

Goshen News
Fort Wayne – IPFW to host Fall Campus Visit Day - Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne will host the annual Fall Campus Visit Day from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Nov. 12. Check-in will take place at 11:30 a.m. at Rhinehart Music Center.

Indiana Looks to Improve STEM Teacher Retention
STEAM Universe
Three programs in Indiana have received additional funding to help recruit and retain science, technology, engineering and mathematics educators. Purdue University has won $785,415 to continue a trio of programs that aim to improve recruitment and retention of future STEM teachers. The funds are a renewal of a grant offered through Indiana's STEM Teacher Recruitment Fund and the majority, $531,789, will go to the STEM Teacher Retention through Mentoring program, which includes 11 public school districts, along with Indiana University-Purdue University Fort WayneButler University and University of Southern Indiana. With the renewed funding, the program will continue to support 90 mentees throughout the state and 10 new mentees in the first five years of classroom teaching with 59 teacher mentors.

Church Celebrating 500th Reformation Anniversary
Seymour Tribune
Mark Franke, an adjunct scholar of the Indiana Policy Review Foundation writing about the importance of the Reformation 500 years later, said he believes the First Amendment of the Constitution wouldn’t exist without the Reformation. “As the United States Supreme Court takes up religious liberty cases this term, let’s hope our justices realize that our nation did not come about in a vacuum but rather in a political, economic and religious environment that fostered freedom of conscience — and that includes, per force, freedom of worship,” said Franke, who is a former associate vice chancellor at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

October 24

Restaurant Notes: Henry’s Spiffed Up; Italian Chef Visiting IPFW; O’Charley’s Guests Can Help Fallen Veterans’ Families; Hall’s Catering at Philmore
Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne’s Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management has Italian chef and sommelier Alessia Uccellini on campus this week. Uccellini is an expert on the foods of Italy and a world-renowned expert on the Renaissance and its impact on past and present culture and cuisine, according to a news release. She co-authored the book “Il Convivio Rinascimentale di Sansepolcro,” and she is a regular guest on an Italian cooking show called “dell’AIGS.”

Ex-IPFW Athletes Share Post-College Wisdom
The Journal Gazette
Current IPFW student-athletes got the opportunity Monday to hear from three alumni about life after college and the advantages that come from being a collegiate athlete. Former women's soccer player Alaina Jones (class of 2011), men's basketball player Isaiah McCray (class of 2015) and women's volleyball player Jess Miller (class of 2009) formed the panel outlining the importance of having a plan for post-athletics life.

Area Jobless Rate Declines: Expert Says 1,028 Fewer Jobs Reason for Drop to 3.4%
The Journal Gazette
The Fort Wayne MSA's jobless rate declined by 0.3 percentage point to 3.4 percent in September as compared with August, according to data the Indiana Department of Workforce Development released Monday. John Kessler, director of IPFW's Center for Economic Education, said it's important to look at why the unemployment rate declined. It's not because more jobs were created.

IPFW To Host Fall Campus Visit Day
Public Now
Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) is holding the annual Fall Campus Visit Day on Sunday, November 12, from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Check-in will take place at 11:30 a.m. at Rhinehart Music Center.

October 23

Indiana University Purdue University Celebrates First-Generation Students
Council for Opportunity in Education
The Student Support Services and Upward Bound programs at Indiana University Purdue University in Fort Wayne, Indiana will be hosting a campus-wide event celebrating and recognizing first-generation students, faculty, and staff on campus by means of a First-Generation Birthday Party on November 8.

Free Military Performance of WHITE CHRISTMAS Offered on 11/11
Broadway World
Fort Wayne Civic Theatre is offering free tickets to Active Duty, Reserve and Veteran Military and their families for Operation Science Theatre, a special matinee performance of White Christmas on Saturday, November 11 at 2:00 pm. Join us before the show for interactive displays that illustrate the science behind what you see on stage! Students from IPFW's Department of Educational Studies will offer activities based on the science found in producing the show. The Military Free performance is made possible with support from Raytheon.

Fort Wayne Mayor Henry to Speak at Financial Expo
Mayor Tom Henry will be keynote speaker at the third annual Fort Wayne Financial Expo. Attendees may attend one or both days of the event, which will be in the International Ballroom of the Walb Student Union at IPFW.