News Room

September 4, 2017

IN THE NEWS for September 4, 2017

Were you quoted by a reporter? Did you see the university featured in the media? Send the links for your news clips to Kimberly Wagner, director of public relations, at or tweet them to @IPFWnews.

September 3

Business Notes for 9-4
Tyler Morning Telegraph
New Hires: Stephani Wyatt started with Henry & Peters as a staff associate in the Accounting Solutions Department of their Tyler office on Aug. 22. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, and is currently working towards her Master of Accountancy degree at The University of Texas at Tyler.

Business People
The Journal Gazette
Members of the 2018 Leadership Fort Wayne Class are Jennifer Bermejo, Matilda Jane Clothing; Melissa Blackmer, Meridian Health Services;…Cigdem Gurgur, IPFW;…Alisa Shank, IPFW;…and Jarrod Wilson, Indiana Michigan Power.

September 2

IPFW Women Open Nov. 10 at Illinois
The Journal Gazette
The IPFW women’s basketball team announced its 2017-18 schedule on Friday.

Mary Hoffman-Farrant Obituary
D.O. McComb and Sons
Mary (McMinn) Hoffman-Farrant, 64, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Saturday, September 2, 2017. She was a 1971 graduate of Elmhurst High School and attended Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

September 1

A Fall/Winter Preview for Area Galleries
The Journal Gazette
IPFW Visual Arts Gallery. “Regional Art Educators’ Exhibition”: Art educators in secondary education art show their own work in a variety of mediums.

Arts Update
The Journal Gazette
IPFW Department of Theater will have auditions for “Pride & Prejudice” at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 10 at Williams Theatre, 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E. For more information, go to and click on “Current and Past Seasons” and then “Season Auditions.”

LaBov to Help Brand IPFW Alumni Association
Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly
With the restructuring of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne underway, LaBov Marketing Communications and Training is partnering with the Office of Advancement to develop branding and strategy for the new alumni association, the organizations said in a joint statement this week.

Danielle Doepke
Reecer Properties
As Reecer Properties’ Visual Content Producer, Fort Wayne native Denielle Doepke is responsible for the company’s visual identity, photography, and social media content. She is an Indiana University graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Visual Communication and Design, which she earned at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW).

August 31

Former Roanoke Hockey Fan Working His Dream Job in Atlanta
Huntington County TAB
While Chris Treft gained valuable experience behind the mic, he attended Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne and studied media communications.

August 30

Kentucky, IU Among IPFW’s Early Tests
The Journal Gazette
To say the 2017-18 IPFW men’s basketball team’s non-conference schedule is stacked would be an understatement after the schedule was released Tuesday.

Tip of the Hat for Aug. 30, 2017
Thank you IPFW Department of Physics for hosting an outstanding eclipse event. Everyone – both in the Department of Physics and at the university as a whole – was kind and welcoming.

Democrats Face Unity Test on Trump‘s Wall
The San Luis Obispo Tribune
“No matter what Joe Donnelly does, he’s going to get bounced around,” said Andrews Downs, director of The Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. “But it’s not a death Knell. Immigration doesn’t raise the interest level in Indiana, the way it does in Southern states, or states where agriculture relies heavily on immigrants.”

August 29

Coffman Talks IPFW Men’s Basketball Schedule
The Journal Gazette
IPFW’s Jon Coffman’s excitement for the upcoming men’s basketball season was emphasized with Tuesday’s release of the program’s 2017-18 schedule.

GUEST COLUMN: A Candid Conversation with Purdue President Mitch Daniels
There already are two kinds of Purdue diplomas: the one from the West Lafayette full-time resident experience and diplomas from our regional campuses: Purdue Northwest, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, etc., as well as one of our technology centers.

Heavy Rainfall Brings Extensive Flash Flooding
WANE TV NewsChannel 15
Ivy Tech closed part of their campus and IPFW had flooding as well.

Morning Rain Causes Chaos in the Summit City
The Journal Gazette
IPFW also experienced flooding, but it has not affected classes or other campus activities, spokeswoman Kimberly Wagner said in an email.

3-5 Inches of Rai n has Fallen Around Fort Wayne; A Good Time to Remember Flood Safety, Cleanup Tips
Just before 10 a.m. the National Weather Service reported that 6 inches of water covered a road by Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne’s Coliseum Boulevard campus and water flooded a sidewalk.

Fort Wayne Police Detective Pushes to Keep Winning Streak
Now Steven is completing a business administration degree at IPFW, and Gabriel is preparing to enter the Marine Corps. Dad still holds the championship belt.

Restaurant Notes: Beer Pairing Fundraiser has New Location
Visiting Nurse will hold its ninth annual “A Toast to Life: Specialty Beer and Food Pairing Dinner” 3:30-7 p.m. Sept. 17 at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne’s Walb International Ballroom.

August 28

Fort Wayne Native Weathers the Storm in Houston
WANE TV NewsChannel 15
Houston is the fourth largest city in the country, and has a lot of Hoosier transplants. One Carroll High School and IPFW graduate is staying safe in her home in Houston. Jessica Rutledge lives right by the Clear Creek also known as the NASA bayou.

Forsythes Reaching for the Stars with NASA Internships
Huntington County TAB
Both Scott and Alex have been invited to return to internships at NASA next summer. But in the meantime, they are working on finishing their education. Scott is a sophomore at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, majoring in computer engineering and eyeing a career in application development.

SACS to Host Final Public Meeting on Building Upgrades
WANE TV NewsChannel 15
IPFW will facilitate the discussion then generate a report based on the findings. That report is expected to be available late September.

Martha Ann Miller, Who Taught at one of Virginia’s First Desegregated Public Schools, Dies at 106
The Washington Post
Martha Ann Riggs was born in Evansville, Ind., on Aug. 6, 1911, and raised on a nearby family farm. At 13, as a member of the 4-H youth club, she won a statewide baking contest. Her loaf of bread won her a trip to Washington and a full scholarship to Purdue University in Fort Wayne, Ind., which they held for her until she finished high school. In 1934, she graduated with a degree in economics and a minor in math.