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Chris Rutkowski, clinical assistant professor of music composition and technology and director of IPFW/Sweetwater music technology program, has been appointed as one of nine editors of the College Music Society (CMS) academic journal, Symposium. CMS is a consortium of college, conservatory, university and independent musicians and scholars from all disciplines of music. Symposium provides students and professionals in the field of music with information on conferences, workshops, scholarly articles and reviews. Rutkowski will be editing the music business and industry pages for Symposium, which after 50 years of publication has moved from print to an online format. Visit Symposium.   


IPFW's Department of Visual Communication and Design presented its senior exhibit in the Spectator Lounge at Fort Wayne Cinema Center, 437 E. Berry Street from November 9-24, 2012. The exhibit entitled Legacy was adjudicated by University of Notre Dame Assistant Professor of Art, History and Design Andre Murniek. The exhibit winners on opening night Nov. 9 were:


  • Best in Show: Kristen Householder
  • First Place Modeling and  Animation: Christopher Aschliman
  • First Pace Imaging and Photography: Amanda Taylor
  • First Place Graphic Design: Emma McCarron
  • Second Place Graphic Design: Alysha Scheidt
  • Third Place Graphic Design: Kezia D'Souza
  • Excellence in Visual Communication and Design: Emma McCarron and Swikar Patel
  • Second Place Imaging and Photography: Swikar Patel
  • Third Place Imaging and Photography: Kat McKay  


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IPFW Associate Professor Dr. Nancy Jackson (l.) and

Tammy Else of Lutheran Hospital appreciate the wealth

of instruments donated by Blue Star.

Blue Star Instruments Enhance

Music Therapy

Nancy Jackson, IPFW associate professor of music and director of music therapy will be facilitating a new music therapy practicum program at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Music therapy students enrolled in Practicum III will be placed at Lutheran to complete their clinical training course requirements. The program, which begins in January 2013, will offer an excellent opportunity for IPFW's music therapy students to gain real-world experience in the application of music therapy.  Read More.

  Alumus Writes for Art in America 

IPFW fine arts alumnus Jason Stopa ('07) is now a freelance arts writer living and working in New York City. Attending IPFW was the first of several steps for Stopa in finding the right path to success in the arts. After earning an A.S. in commercial art and B.F.A. in painting at IPFW, Stopa earned an M.F.A. in painting from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York.  Read More.

Trentacosti at work during the IPFW Summer String Camp.
Outstanding Arts Educator
Marcy Trentacosti, IPFW adjunct faculty member, IPFW Community Arts Academy instructor and Fort Wayne Philharmonic violinist, has received a 2012 Artie Award from Arts United in Fort Wayne. Artie Awards were presented at the Bravo Celebration on Wednesday, November 7, 2012, at the Arts United Center. Nominated by the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Trentacosti received the Magaret Ann Keegan Award for Outstanding Arts Educator.  Read More.

Technology Propels Learning
Mobile technology has opened the fields of music, art and medicine in ways no one could have predicted. Samantha Birk, associate director for instructional technology in the Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT) believes there is more technology can do for us. "Students are bringing these mobile technologies into the classroom everyday," said Birk, "And it makes sense that the professors have experience to use the technologies in meaningful ways." Read More.

Larry Life (foreground) conducts a symposium during Edith Stein (2000) with playwright Arthur Giron.
Northeast Indiana Diversity Library's Archive Receives Larry Life's Papers  

The Northeast Indiana Diversity Library (NIDL), is pleased to announce that they have been selected as the repository for a collection of Larry L. Life's papers focusing on some of the most diverse and controversial productions of the late director's career. Life served as the professor of theatre and chair and artistic director of the department of theatre, a position he held until his death in February 2007. Read More.


The work of Robert Schroeder, IPFW adjunct faculty member of fine arts with specialized expertise in metalsmithing, is currently on exhibit in the Rieveschl Gallery of the Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center in Covington, Kentucky. Schroeder's work is part of a larger exhibit titled NINE. The show runs through Dec.21, 2012.  Read More.

The Auer Lobby of the IPFW Rhinehart Music Center
Architectural Design Wins Merit Award
Fort Wayne-based SchenkelShultz Architecture and Brenner Design of Indianapolis have won a merit award for interior design for their design of the John and Ruth Rhinehart Music Center. The award was given by American Institute of Architects (AIA) as part of an annual design competition. AIA's panel of judges described the interior of Rhinehart as elegant simplicity.  Read More.