IPFW Alumni Association NewsletterJune 2012
Help Don Travel the World
The "Good" in Goodbye
Where the Bugs Don't Fly
Good Ol' Family Fun
Help Don Travel the World

IPFW's Mascot, Don,
in 50 States and
50 Countries
In preparation of IPFW's 50th Anniversary, we want to send Don around the world. We're looking for pictures of our stuffed mascot in 50 states and 50 countries.

Going somewhere exciting?
Follow the link and fill out the
We'll send you a stuffed mastodon beanie and all you have to do is take a picture of him at recognizable locations around the world.

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It couldn't be easier.



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Purdue and IU Events
Coaches Caravan
Tuesday, June 19

Fort Wayne Country Club  
Join Purdue fans and mix and mingle with Purdue coaches.  
More Information ...

Golf Outing and Dinner

Thursday, July 19  
Autumn Ridge --  Fort Wayne
Join the Northeast Indiana Chapter of the IUAA for their Golf Outing.

RiverFest 2012
Saturday, June 23 | 9 a.m.

IPFW Main Campus



4th of July Rooftop Party

Wednesday, July 4 | 6 p.m.
 IPFW Parking Garage 2


Ice Cream Social

A Three Rivers Festival Event

Monday, July 16 | 7 p.m.

IPFW - Main Campus 


Children's Fest

 A Three Rivers Festival Event

July 20 and 21 

IPFW Main Campus 


More Upcoming Events



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Where is the "Good" in Goodbye? 
Reflecting on the tenure of IPFW's longest-serving chancellor, Michael A. Wartell
After 18 years as chancellor, Michael Wartell will be retiring from the position at the end this month. Wartell has been a member of the IPFW community since 1993, when he arrived as the vice chancellor for Academic Affairs. The following year, he assumed the role of chancellor and will now become known as the university's longest-serving chancellor.

Under his leadership, IPFW saw many changes and improvements including:
  • Expanding academic programs from 130 to more than 200
  • Entering Division I athletics
  • Adding student housing
  • Shifting from a commuter to a more traditional campus
  • Growing the endowment from $17 million to $56 million
  • Securing global educational partnerships in China and Taiwan
  • Increasing minority enrollment by 150 percent
  • Growing the campus' land holdings by 100 acres
  • Adding 21 new buildings
  • Building projects that totaled more than $175 million
Some of the building projects include:
  • Rhinehart Music Center *
  • Science Building
  • Ron Venderly Family bridge *
  • Student Services Complex *
  • IPFW Student Housing on the Waterfield Campus
  • Steel Dynamics Keith E. Busse IPFW Alumni Center
  • Holiday Inn at IPFW and the Coliseum
  • Athletic Center
  • Willis Family Bridge
  • 2 new parking garages
    (* indicates photo below) 
Aside from the building projects and expansive growth, Wartell has much to be proud of. When he first arrived on campus from New Mexico back in the early '90s, he wondered if he had made a mistake as there was just so much work to be done. But Fort Wayne, he said, has captured his heart and he considers IPFW's students and 1,500 employees as his extended family. "I've been really fortunate to be in a position that very few people get to," Wartell said. "It has been my honor to serve IPFW for 19 years and I appreciate the support shown for me as chancellor by the IPFW and northeast Indiana communities. I am extremely proud of IPFW's accomplishments under my watch."        
1. Wartell standing in the new Student Services Complex [2012]  2. Kimberly Wagner, director of Alumni Relations, Keith E. Busse, and Wartell at the groundbreaking of the IPFW Alumni Center. [2009]  3. Wartell and his wife, Ruth, at the Chengdu Panda Center. [2010]  4. Wartell in the new, state-of-the-art IPFW Fieldhouse. [2012]  5.Wartell instructing a cooking session at Tapestry---- A Day for You [2009]  6. Wartell discussing the benefits of IPFW's partnership with The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching [2010]
So High the Bugs Don't Fly---- Watch the Fireworks Mosquito-Free!
4th of July Rooftop Party  
Wednesday, July 4  |  6--11 p.m.

IPFW Main Campus -- Parking Garage No. 1

Join us for family-friendly fun and the city's best view of the fireworks. Plan to bring your chairs, cameras, snacks, and your best "ooos and ahhs."  The rooftop party guarantees the closest spot to see the fireworks without trees, lights, or bugs. More Information ... 


Good Ol' Family Fun
Ice Cream Social
Monday, July 16  |  7-- 8:30 p.m. 
IPFW -- Main Campus, Lawn on the North Side of Neff Hall

Join us for a favorite Three Rivers Festival event---- the annual Ice Cream Social and Band Concert at IPFW on Monday, July 16, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. This old-fashioned, family-friendly event will feature live music by the Fort Wayne Area Community Band; Edy's Ice Cream available for 75 cents a scoop, 25 cent waffle cones, "all you can eat" ice cream bowls; root beer floats in a "future IPFW Don" collector's cup for only $5; and much more! 

More Information ...     


Questions? Contact: 

Alumni Relations  |  alumni@ipfw.edu  |  260-481-6807