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October 9, 2017

IN THE NEWS for October 9, 2017

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October 9

Local Colleges Help Students Get Fit, Stay Fit
The Journal Gazette
Judy Tillabaugh wants students to look at IPFW as a “fitness arena.” With the campus located right on the Rivergreenway, not to mention the short distance to Johnny Appleseed Park, as well as paths for walking, biking and skateboarding, students have the ability to stay active all year long.

IPFW Benefiting From Prep Schools: Players Say Time Helped Them in Numerous Ways
The Journal Gazette
Prep schools can give basketball players an additional opportunity to develop academically and physically before starting their college careers. Matt Weir (Air Force Prep Academy), Cameron Benford (Hillcrest Academy) and Jairus Stevens (Cheshire Academy) came to IPFW this year after going to prep schools.

October 8

Appointments, Resignations, Deaths
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Ronald Elsenbaumer, a special adviser on entrepreneurship and economic development to the president of the University of Texas at Arlington, will become chancellor of Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne on November 1. He will succeed Vicky Carwein, who is retiring after five years at the helm. Next year, after a campus realignment, Mr. Elsenbaumer will be the first chancellor of Purdue University at Fort Wayne.

Young Golfers Find Swings in 2017 Season
The Journal Gazette
The influx of young players at the Fort Wayne Women's Golf Association event was apparent this year with eighth-grader Madison Dabagia finishing third at 7 over, IPFW's Madison Chesnutt coming in fourth at 10 over and Jaycee Bunner, a freshman at Armstrong State, placing fifth at 11 over.

OPINION: Where is the Line?: It’s Always the Right Time to Discuss Lifesaving Laws
The Journal Gazette
Sunday night started out as a beautiful evening in Las Vegas, with music in the air and the lights of the Strip mingling with stars. At least 59 people lost their lives at such a uniquely American scene, and more than 500 were injured. Thousands more will fight emotional scars, and tens of thousands will grieve and question along with them. The phenomena of the mass shooting – and the political paralysis that follows us – are sadly also a uniquely American scene. But it doesn't have to be this way. By Captain Mark Kelly. Capt. Mark Kelly kicks off IPFW's Omnibus Lecture Series at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Rhinehart Music Center on campus.

October 7

Starting a Conversation on Peace
The Journal Gazette
Some winners of the Nobel Peace Prize had distinctly un-peaceful pasts. Other winners later did things that weren't in keeping with the spirit of the award. But the prize continues to be a force for good in the world. And no – it's not likely that any winners whose subsequent leadership has been questioned, such as Aung San Suu Kyi, would ever be asked to give their prize back. Those were some of the conclusions a panel of IPFW experts offered during a session Friday scheduled to provide near-real-time reaction to the announcement of this year's winner.

Mark Kelly Will Speak to Sold Out Audience at IPFW
KPC News
NASA space mission commander Mark Kelly will speak to a sold-out audience Oct. 12 at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

Defiance College Gets $1 Million
The Journal Gazette
Defiance College isn't the only school to receive sizable grants this year. In September, IPFW's school of music received $1 million from the English Bonter Mitchell Foundation to help create the Purdue School of Music. Concordia High School also received a $1 million anonymous donation last month for student scholarships and future projects.

October 6

IPFW Alumni Now Mastodon Alumni
Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne’s alumni association will now be known as the Mastodon Alumni Association. The new name was announced Thursday night at the 19th annual Mastodon Roast at the Steel Dynamics Keith E. Busse IPFW Alumni Center.

IPFW Unveils New Alumni Association Name
Inside Indiana Business
PFW's alumni association is now known as the Mastodon Alumni Association. The organization, which is independent of the Purdue University and Indiana University alumni associations, is open to anyone who graduated from the IPFW campus.

IPFW Pair Selected to All-Preseason Team
The Journal Gazette
IPFW's John Konchar and Bryson Scott were named to the Summit League Men's Basketball All-Preseason Team announced Thursday.

’An Act of Creation’: IPFW Devises Frankenstein Story
The Journal Gazette
The title of IPFW's new production, “Frankenstein: An Act of Creation,” doesn't just refer to the titular creature.

Music Listings
The Journal Gazette
WEDNESDAY – Evan Gidley Saxophone Quartet Recital 7:30 p.m.; IPFW, Rhinehart Recital Hall, 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd.; $7 adults, $6 seniors, $4 non-IPFW students, free for IPFW students; 481-6555 or

Art Exhibits
The Journal Gazette
All weekend – “ART OF ITALY 2017” Ends today; features work of IPFW professors, teachers and students during their travels to Italy, as well as prints and drawings by associate professor Christopher Ganz during his stay as a visiting artist; IPFW Visual Arts Gallery, 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E.; hours, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends;

October 5

IPFW Alumni Association Unveils New Name and Logo
WANE TV NewsChannel 15
The IPFW Alumni Association unveiled their new name and logo Thursday night at their annual Mastodon Roast gathering.

Details Coming on New IPFW Alumni Association
Inside Indiana Business
The name and logo of the new alumni association that will serve graduates of the IPFW campus will be unveiled Thursday evening in Fort Wayne.

New Name and Logo to be Unveiled Tonight at Annual IPFW Alumni Association Mastodon Roast
Public Now
Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne's (IPFW) Alumni Association is holding the annual Mastodon Roast tonight at 5:30 p.m. at the Steel Dynamics Keith E. Busse IPFW Alumni Center, located at 1528 E. California Road on the west side of campus. The Mastodon Roast connects alumni and celebrates the rich academic and athletic history and traditions of the campus. This year also marks a special occasion, as details of the new alumni association will be shared and its name and logo will be unveiled. Allen County Commissioner and IPFW alumnus Nelson Peters will also read a special proclamation.

New Name , Logo to be Announced at IPFW Alumni Roast
WPTA TV Channel 21
The annual IPFW Alumni Association Mastodon roast will have something a little extra Thursday evening. The new name and logo for the school's alumni association will be officially unveiled.

Aldermen Get Encouraging Message on Equity
Evanston Now
Two consultants from Indiana brought a generally encouraging message about how Evanston is handling its equity and empowerment efforts to aldermen Wednesday night. Kenneth Christmon and Krissy Creager, who are both associate vice chancellors at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, spoke to aldermen at a meeting in the aldermanic library.

Evanston Aldermen, City Officials Undergo First Equity Training
The Daily Northwestern
After months of discussion, Evanston officials held their first equity training Wednesday night to learn how they can best empower local residents. City Council met at a roundtable with two officials from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. The IPFW administrators provided leadership tools for city officials, with the goal of increasing the community’s equitable access to council members.

What’s Going On: Miscellaneous
The Journal Gazette
IPFW Bands – 7:30 p.m.; IPFW, 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E.; free for IPFW students, $7 adults, $6 seniors; 481-6555 or

Purdue Northwest Recognized in U.S. News & World Report Rankings
Chicago Tribune
Purdue University Northwest has been recognized among the best regional universities in the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings. PNW is included with Midwest regional universities and received a 2.8 peer assessment score on a 5-point scale, which is the highest score of any unranked Midwest regional university. The score was comparable with Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne.

IPFW Community Conversation Tonight
WBCL 90.3
Another IPFW Community Conversation will be held tonight. The panel discussion is titled “Caring for K-12” exploring education in northeast Indiana. This is the second of four Community Conversations that focus on creating how we care for the community. Tonight’s conversation begins at 7:15 in Neff Hall, Room 101.

Ruoff Grant Supports Friends of the Shepherd’s House
Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly
The local fundraising coalition, Friends of The Shepherd’s House, will be moving forward with several events and fundraising initiatives following a $50,000 donation last month from Ruoff Home Mortgage. “We recognize the importance of what happens here; it’s important that the community recognize it too,” Alex Wulpi, spokesperson for the coalition and president of the IPFW Student Veterans Association, said in a statement.

October 4

Cadet Turns Judges’ Heads on ‘The Voice’: Concordia Student Goes with Cyrus
The Journal Gazette
From a stage in her dad's record shop on the south side of Fort Wayne to one of the bigger stages in today's music business. That's the journey of Addison Agen, who Monday night during blind auditions on NBC's “The Voice” got judges Adam Levine and Miley Cyrus to hit their big red turn-around chair buttons and offer the 16-year-old a spot on their teams. Agen is the daughter of Morrison Agen, owner of Neat Neat Neat Records & Music on South Calhoun Street. Addison Agen said the stories circulating about her start in music were true: her father built a stage at the store and she was the first to perform on it.And her mother, Kristine, a music therapist and teacher at IPFW, really did take her to sing at area nursing homes at a young age.

Entertainment for Oct. 5, 2017
October 6, 7, and 8; FRANKENSTEIN: AN ACT OF CREATION: 8 p.m., IPFW, Williams Theatre 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd. Tickets:

Art Galleries for Oct. 5, 2017
IPFW: Visual Arts Gallery, 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E. Art of Italy 2017, and Christopher Ganz, prints and drawings, through Friday. Free admission. Hours are 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For information call, 481-6705 or visit

Fort Wayne is a City of Contradictions
I have a complex relationship with the city of Fort Wayne, but it will always hold a part of my heart from the personal growth I gained during my years at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW).

I Came to Indiana as a Refugee. I’m Staying as an Activist
I was the first in my family to attend university. I began attending IPFW in the fall of 2010. Being a first generation college student, I had to learn how to navigate the world of academia on my own.

October 3

IPFW Women Pick Up Intensity
The Journal Gazette
Coach Niecee Nelson began her second season with the IPFW women's basketball team when she opened practice Sunday.

October 2

Sylvia Plath’s Bikini Shot: It’s Time to Stop Sexualising a Serious Author to Sell Books
The Guardian
This is not a hysterical presumption. In her book Sylvia Plath and the Mythology of Women Readers, scholar Janet Badia writes about “tropes meant to disparage Plath’s fans, especially the young female readers among them, as uncritical consumers”.

SYM Financial Advisors Makes Promotions, Hire
Inside Indiana Business
Carmel-based SYM Financial Advisors has promoted Brandon Stewart (pictured) to associate financial advisor. He joined the firm in 2013 as a client service representative and was promoted to the role of financial paraplanner in 2015. Stewart is a graduate of IPFW with a BS in Business Marketing. Also, Ethan Brown has been named a client service representative. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Finance from Indiana University Fort Wayne.

Coaches Vs. Cancer Kids Basketball clinic at IPFW
University of Saint Francis
University of Saint Francis men's basketball coach Chad LaCross, Fort Wayne coach Jon Coffman, Indiana Tech coach Ted Albert and Fort Wayne Mad Ants coach Steve Gansey have announced their 2017 Fort Wayne Coaches vs. Cancer kids basketball clinic at the IPFW Fieldhouse on Sunday, October 15th.

Introducing Michigan’s Fall Color Lineup
Michigan State University Extension
The same applies to Michigan fall color; knowing which trees are contributing to our fall display adds to our enjoyment of the season. Photos by Rich Weber, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

October 1

OPINION: Enrollment Numbers Belie IPFW’s Momentum
The Journal Gazette
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.