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Mantravadi Award Recipient  


Excellence in Service Award


David-West Presents in Spain


Hoffman Hooked on Crochet 


Jan Krist Finalist at Kerrville


Adam Hamilton Remembered


West's Work is Cherished


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In Memoriam 
Hamilton in the ensemble of The Laramie Project at First Presbyterian Theater
in summer 2010.

Department of Theatre alumnus Adam James Hamilton, 26,of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and formerly of Fort Wayne, died Saturday, June 7, 2014, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. He was involved in a head-on crash on U.S. 33 in Ohio, as he was returning home for a family reunion. He received a B.A. in theatre from IPFW in 2011 and a M.F.A. in performance from Regent University in 2014.
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In May, Rachel Parker ('10 and '12) was named the program director for Towne House Retirement Community located on W. Washington Center Road. In 2010, Parker received her B.M. in vocal performance and her B.S. in music therapy in 2012.


VCD graphic design major Lydia Dunderman created an advertisement for Global Organic Alliance, Inc., which is currently running in the USA Today Special Edition U.S. Department of Agriculture publication. The ad, which appears on page 85, also can be viewed in the digital version of the magazine-style publication. Dunderman is working with Global Organic Alliance owner Betty Kananen to create a wide range of new marketing and publicity materials.


Let's Play, a book by recent VCD graduate Rebecca Batdorf, was released June 10, 2014, for sale by Tate Publishing on Amazon. A therapeutic aid, the book was designed to help teach children social play expectations and was a major component of Batdorf's senior project for her B.F.A. in graphic design.


Amber Klinker ('13, B.A., theatre) was selected for a summer internship position with the South Bend Civic Theatre. She will design costumes for A Wrinkle in Time, based on the Newberry Award-winning book, as well as costumes for the musical The Producers, including the Chrysler Building dress and a beer stein costume..


John Ilang-Ilang ('13, B.F.A. graphic design) is now art director at Catalyst Marketing.


Jason Simon was named the Department of Music's 2014 Outstanding Senior in Music Performance. The winner of numerous prizes and awards, he graduated from IPFW in spring 2014 with a B.M. in piano performance and will be pursuing a master's degree in piano performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music in the fall.

Dane Curtis ('14) is a graphic designer in Global Product Labeling Services (GPLS) at Roche Diagnostics in Indianapolis. Most of the projects for GPLS are FDA regulated and his department is charged with creating packaging, labels, inserts, and manuals for Roche products around the world. Curtis's designs are translated to more than 30 different languages and those products are sold all over the world.


VCD associate faculty Gregor Roth and his work were featured in the May 15, 2014, issue of Whatz Up. "Walk into a gallery housing his work and you literally walk into Roth's sculpture. With yarn lines that stretch from wall to wall, his sculptures envelop you physically, challenging you to simply reconsider a space that has possibly become ordinary," explains writer Michele DeVinney. To find out more about his work visit www.gregorroth.com.


The Department of Theatre was notified by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) Commission on Accreditation at the end of April that it has been approved for continuing accreditation following its most recent evaluation. The Commission on Accreditation and the Association noted that it "appreciated the institution's efforts with regard to its application, and its careful consideration of and attention to NAST accreditation standards and guidelines." IPFW is now one of approximately 175 accredited institutional members across the country.


Professor of Fine Arts Audrey Ushenko will spend the summer once again demonstrating her painting techniques in the James R. Thompson Building Atrium in Chicago, Illinois, under the auspices of the Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery. Ushenko recently received a grant from the Illinois Arts Council to continue her project started in summer 2013 and has been awarded additional funding for the project from the IPFW Department of Fine Arts.

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VPA Celebrates 2014 Graduates
 Fine Arts graduates (front row l. to r.) Stefanie Colone (B.A. art ed),
Corrine Webb (B.A. fine arts), Jeffery Weimer (B.A. art ed), Laurel Campbell, assistant professor of art education, Morgan McClarnon (B.A. art ed),
 and Jessica McNulty (B.A. art ed).


The IPFW College of Visual and Performing Arts celebrated the accomplishments of 85 graduates from the Departments of Fine Arts, Music, Theatre and Visual Communication and Design during commencement at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum May 14, 2014. Graduates from fall 2013, spring 2014 and anticipated graduates from summer 2014 received diplomas and accolades for their stellar achievements, including students who received distinction and highest distinction during their college career. They include:


Barbara Nohinek - Highest Distinction, Bachelor of Fine Arts

Amaya Mireya Ayers - Distinction, Bachelor of Fine Arts

Jason P. Simon - Distinction, Bachelor of Music

Carly Jean Thompson - Distinction, Bachelor of Arts

Jeffery Allen Weimer - Distinction, Bachelor of Arts 

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Mantravadi Award Recipient
 R. Prasad Mantravadi, M.D. (center) with Chancellor Vicky Carwein and
VPA Dean John O'Connell (right).
Two very special people, R. Prasad Mantravadi, M.D., and Michael Nusbaumer, Ph.D., professor of sociology, were honored by Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) on May 13, 2014, for their outstanding service and contributions. 'These men have done great things for the university, its students, and the community," said Chancellor Vicky Carwein. "It is a pleasure to recognize and honor their work."


Mantravadi received the 2014 IPFW Champion Award. Passionate about Indian culture and community service, Mantravadi was instrumental in helping local residents create...Read more.

McCroskey Wins Service Award

Associate Professor Nancy McCroskey has received the College of Visual and Performing Arts 2014 Excellence in Service Award. McCroskey continues her tradition of dedication to her department, students, and colleagues by representing them on important, difficult, and time-consuming service commitments. For example, this past year Nancy represented our college on the...
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David-West Presents in Spain
 Professor Haig David-West presenting his research in Madrid, Spain 

Professor Haig David-West was invited to present a paper on his field research in Cuba at the International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities at San Pablo University, Madrid, Spain...Read more.

Alumnus "Hooked" on Crochet
Robert Allen Hoffman working on the American Craft Council's
YarnBOMBS AWAY installation at the Baltimore Convention Center. 

Robert Hoffman ('07, B.F.A. in painting) has become well known among the Baltimore, Maryland, art community, where reporters have dubbed him Baltimore Highlandtown's favorite yarn bomber. Yarn bombing
is a type of graffiti or street art that...Read more.

Multi-Talented Student Finalist

Fine arts major and ceramist Jan Krist-Finkbeiner, renowned as a professional folk musician, along with her songwriting partner Jim Bizer, recently were named as finalists in the 2014 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Songwriters Competition held annually in Kerrville, Texas. Thirty-two finalists were selected...Read more.  

His Love of Theatre: Contagious
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All of Hamilton's fellow M.F.A. cohorts traveled from Regent University and attended his
funeral on June 12 at Feller and Clark Funeral Home in Auburn.  


Known by many as the "gentle giant," Hamilton was hard to overlook at 6'8" tall. He performed in a variety of productions while at IPFW including The Taming of the Shrew, The Lark, The Diviners, The Yellow Boat, Down the Road, Wonderful Town and Shakespeare's King Lear.


"Adam was a dedicated theatre major while he was at IPFW, certainly loved acting, auditioned for every show while he was here and was cast in many," said VPA Dean John O'Connell, who was chair of the Department of Theatre during Hamilton's undergraduate work. "He served his peers by acting as president of the Student Theatre Organization from 2009-11 and as our college's new...Read more.

West's Cupcake at FWMoA

In 2009, Jamie West, then Jamie Cook, a senior at IPFW, made a bold leap and entered a contest. "I remember her telling me she had entered a painting into this contest and that she had won," said John Hrehov, professor and chair of the Department of Fine Arts. "She also said the Fort Wayne Museum of Art had purchased it from her after the show and I thought she was kidding me, but she wasn't. I have never had a student receive that kind of honor before or since."


The painting, titled Cupcake, is a portrait of a giant cupcake rendered in rich colors. It is described by the...Read more. 

Helmke Library Commissions Mural


Kari Larsen ('14, B.F.A. in painting) was commissioned by the Helmke Library Refresh (HLR) project committee to create a wildlife mural for the plywood construction walls surrounding the new Honors Program Center in Learning Commons. HLR committee member John Nicklin, familiar with Larsen's work, recommended her as an artist who could handle large canvases, which comprised the theme of her senior project. She submitted a proposal and was selected to create a 69" x 10' watercolor canvas that would add visual interest to the construction site and then would be able to be taken down and displayed in a different area of the library once the construction is complete.