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September 18, 2017

IN THE NEWS for September 18, 2017

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September 17

Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne Has Enrollment Drop Ahead of Split
Enrollment at the Indiana University-Purdue University campus in Fort Wayne is down 13 percent this fall semester as the schools prepare to split into separate entities next year.

Johnny Appleseed Festival Demonstrators Share Historic Crafts
Celia Motz and her brother, John, worked metal in the metal smithing area. She rubbed a vessel to remove her fingerprints and work on its shine. It’s a craft the siblings learned from their father, Leslie Motz, who taught metal smithing and other arts and Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, where John Motz is a lecturer.

Bozeman’s Hidden history with the Ku Klux Klan
Bozeman Daily Chronicle
The fact the Klan came to Bozeman doesn’t surprise Christine Erickson. She has done decades of research and is writing a book, “Fraternity on the Frontier: The Ku Klux Klan in Montana during the 1920s.” Raised in Missoula, Erickson is an associate history professor at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

Incomes in City Lagging National, State Levels
The Journal Gazette
Fort Wayne’s median household income rose slightly in 2016 but still lags state and national income levels, according to new U.S. Census Bureau data. “We have lost some of our high-paying jobs, and the jobs that have come in after have not paid as well,” said Rachel Blakeman, director of IPFW’s Community Research Institute.

IPFW Enrollment Declines
The Journal Gazette
IPFW, the region’s largest university, has about 13 percent fewer students than it did last fall, when total enrollment – including high school students takin college courses – was 12,010.

19th-Century Shopping Trip: Out-of-the-Ordinary Finds at Appleseed Fest
The Journal Gazette
For those who visited the Trappers and Traders Village at the 43rd annual edition of Fort Wayne’s Johnny Appleseed Festival on Saturday, there might have come a point when looking at yet another dreamcatcher was just too much. But then something would catch their eye that they just couldn’t live without. For Caitlyn Kahn, 23, of Fort Wayne, it was a necklace made from a leather cord with a pendant made from a slice of amethyst geode. “Only $5,” said the IPFW vocal music student. “I love shiny things.”

September 16

IPFW To Offer Biochemistry Degree in ’18: Fills Need of Area Medical Companies
The Journal Gazette
State officials have approved a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry to be offered by the newly realigned Purdue University Fort Wayne.

Eliminating the DACA Program Would Put Participants’ Lives ‘On Hold’
The impact of eliminating the program will be discussed during a campus and community forum at 6:30 p.m. Monday in Room 35-A in the Liberal Arts Building at IPFW, 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E.

IPFW Job Fair
99.5 Fort Wayne’s Alternative
IPFW is holding their Annual Mastodon Job and Internship Fair on Thursday, September 21st from 12:00pm – 3:00pm in the fieldhouse of the Gates Athletic Center.

September 15

IPFW Hears Speaker Tell Story of Date Rape: Cautionary Message Part of Awareness Initiative on Campus
The Journal Gazette
Katie Koestner’s sexual predator was a smooth-talking, soccer-plying, French-speaking college boy in 1990. On Thursday, Koestner came to IPFW to tell her story to campus student leaders, a story she’s been telling for years.

Shumei Hosts a Concert of Baroque Music
Valley Courier
Samuel Breene (baroque violin) and Jeffrey Noonan (theorbo, baroque guitar) make up Musicke’s Cordes, who will perform “Looking South: Italian Music in the Chapels and Courts of Germany” in Crestone at Shumei International Institute on Sunday, October 1st at 3 p.m. Jeff has served as adjunct faculty at St. Mary’s College, Indiana/Purdue Universities in Fort Wayne, Andrews University and Washington University in St. Loius.

Arts Update: Art Entries
The Journal Gazette
The IPFW Departments of Fine Art and Visual Communication and Design are seeking entries for its Regional Art Educators’ Exhibition from Oct. 23 to Dec. 8.

Arts Update: Board Chosen
The Journal Gazette
The Fort Wayne Philharmonic elected the following board members: Nancy Stewart, Ben Eisbart, Chuck Surack, Mary Fink, Jonathan Hancock, Suzie Light, Scott Miller, Tammy O’Malley, Judy Pursley, Jeanne Wickens, Vicky Carwein, Dennis Fick, Cynthia Fyock, Michael Galbraith, Katy Hobbs, and Eric Sank.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The Time Has Come for Fort Wayne University
During my 33 years as the IPFW men’s volleyball coach I always felt a great deal of gratitude for the support of the Fort Wayne community. By Arnie Ball. IPFW men’s volleyball coach/retired.

Verbatim: IPFW Receives Approval for Biochemistry Bachelor’s
The Journal Gazette
On Thursday, September 14, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (ICHE) approved a new degree program to be offered by the newly realigned Purdue University Fort Wayne (pending anticipated HLC approval of the IPFW realignment). The Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry will be available for students beginning the fall 2018 semester.

IPFW To Offer New Degree Program Beginning 2018 School Year
Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne students will soon be able to pursue a career in biochemistry.

Insurance Leaders Attempt to Woo Industry Prospects
Inside Indiana Business
The students represent five colleges in Indiana and Illinois, including Grace College, Illinois State University, IPFW, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and the University of Saint Francis.

September 14

Grand Designs for IPFW’s Steinway
The Journal Gazette
IPFW will mark an addition to its music program Saturday as it celebrates a new Steinway concert grand piano with a program of performances by faculty, students and guests.

Short Takes on the Arts, Sept. 14, 2017: Art Exhibition for Art Teachers at IPFW
The IPFW departments of Fine Arts and Visual Communication and Design will sponsor the Regional Art Educators’ Exhibition Oct. 23 through Dec. 8 at the IPFW Visual Art Gallery.

Short Takes on the Arts, Sept. 14, 2017: Philharmonic Announces New Board and officers
Fort Wayne Philharmonic recently announced its 2017-2018 board members and officers. Class IV terms for community representative on year: Vicky Carwein, chancellor, IPFW; Dennis Fick, orchestra; Cynthia Fyock, Philharmonic Friends; Michael Galbraith, orchestra; and Katy Hobbs, Philharmonic chorus.

IPFW Holds Annual Mastodon Job and Internship Fair
Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) is holding its annual Mastodon Job and Internship Fair on Thursday, September 21, from noon to 3 p.m. in the Athletics Center Fieldhouse.

Fort Wayne Sports Corp. Stopping Operations: Group Helped Bring in Numerous Events Over 27 Years
After 27 years, the Fort Wayne Sports Corp. decided to go dormant after its last meeting in May. The group’s first big success was helping the city celebrate its 1994 bicentennial year by convincing the Fort Wayne Komets to host the 1994 International Hockey League All-Star Game, the former basketball team the Fury to host the 1994 Continental Basketball League All-Star game and Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne to host the 1994 NCAA Men’s Volleyball Tournament.

IPFW Hires Executive Director
Inside Indiana Business
IPFW has hired Cynthia Springer as executive director of Human Resources and Office of Institutional Equity.

September 13

IPFW Hosts Date Rape Activist Katie Koestner
Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne will host a presentation by date rape activist Katie Koestner 6-8 p.m. Thursday in the Walb Student Union Classic Ballroom.

Speakers Set for Omnibus Series: Space Commander Launches Lectures
The Journal Gazette
A space mission commander and a woman whose career encounter with discrimination led to a national Fair Pay Act are among the speakers IPFW announced for its annual Omnibus Lecture Series.

Concordia Lutheran High School Student May Be on ‘The Voice’
Concordia Lutheran High School announced Tuesday that student Addison Agen, 16, auditioned this summer in Chicago for the hit NBC television show “The Voice.” Kristine Agen, Addison’s mother, is a music therapist who currently teaches at IPFW and works with patients at the Parkview Hospital-Randallia campus.

Regional Partnership to Showcase Job Opportunities
The Journal Gazette
The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership will welcome more than 70 students pursuing degrees in the insurance industry to the Fort Wayne area Frida and Saturday, part of an “inbound talent attraction visit.” Participating colleges and universities are Grace College, Illinois State University, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and University of Saint Francis.

Shepherd’s House Gets $50,000 Donation
The Journal Gazette
Friends of Shepherd’s House spokesman Alex Wulpi, president of the IPFW Student Veterans Association, said the shelter “provides too valuable a function for this community and the people in it who served our country and who might have found that readjusting back into civilian life was tougher than expected.”

September 12

Verbatim: 23rd Omnibus Lecture Season Covers NASA, Art Preservation, Overcoming Adversity, and the Fight for Equal Pay
The Journal Gazette
The 23rd season of the Omnibus Lecture Series at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) features four engaging and thought-provoking speakers.

IPFW Lecture Series to Feature Astronaut Mark Kelly, Fair Pay Activist Ledbetter
WANE TV NewsChannel 15
The 23rd season of the Omnibus Lecture Series at IPFW will welcome accomplished authors, advocates and even an astronaut. Astronaut Capt. Mark Kelly, art preservation advocate Robert Edsel, author and business leader Wes Moore and women’s equality activist Lilly Ledbetter will each appear at IPFW as part of the 2017-2018 Omnibus Lecture Series, the university announced Tuesday.

Astronaut Capt. Mark Kelly, author and CEO Wes Moore Among IPFW Omnibus Lecture Series Speakers: Other Speakers are ‘Monuments Men’ Author Robert Edsel and Women’s Pay Advocate Lilly Ledbetter
U.S. astronaut Capt. Mark Kelly, “The Monuments Men” author Robert Edsel, CEO Wes Moore and women’s rights advocate Lilly Ledbetter will be the speaker for the 2017-18 Omnibus Lecture Series at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E.

Verbatim: Robinson Named IAPSS Superintendent of the Year
The Journal Gazette
Dr. Wendy Robinson, superintendent of Fort Wayne Community Schools, was chosen by members of the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents (IAPSS) as the 2018 District II Superintendent of the Year. Robinson earned a B.S. degree in elementary education from DePauw University, two master’s degrees from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, and her doctorate from Ball State University.

Donnelly Dines with Donald Trump
WIBC 93.1 FM
U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly was part of a bipartisan group of Senators who had a working dinner Tuesday night with President Donald Trump over tax reform. Andy Downs of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at IPFW told Indy Politics the move made perfect sense for the incumbent.

September 11

IPFW Spends $80,000 on Marketing Firm to Help with Rebranding
WANE TV NewsChannel 15
As IPFW seeks help with rebranding their image, some students wonder how. “It’s going to help us find out who we are,” Interim Marketing Director Kathryn Hopkins said.