April 15, 2015

Concrete Canoe is a Cross-Discipline Effort 

The 2015 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Great Lakes Conference will be held at the University of Notre Dame April 16-19. The conference includes all civil engineering programs in Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin. This year 18 schools will compete in 8 civil engineering competitions, including Purdue, Rose-Hulman, Northwestern, and UW Madison.


One of the competitions, Concrete Canoe, involves the construction of a canoe using lightweight concrete and competing in a race. In a cross-discipline partnership, students in the Department of Visual Communication and Design have painted the interior and exterior with military-themed designs, as one of the civil engineering students is a former Marine. Students in the accompanying photo are Mackenzie Billman, Obie Cruz, Bethany Strasburg (left side) Madeleine Schulenberg, and Alexandra Carlsgaard (right side). A photo of the exterior is shown below in Photo of the Week. 

Baseball Team Raising Funds for Cancer Foundation  

By Mariel Villagomez for The Communicator 

Photo by Aaron Suozzi 
It's baseball season for Fort Wayne's hometown university, IPFW. The beginning of the season means that their annual charity of choice has begun. This year the team decided to help the Vs. Cancer Foundation, based in Raleigh, N.C. The slogan the foundation lives by is "In the time it takes to play ONE inning, FIVE children will be diagnosed with CANCER worldwide." The team has committed to raise $5,000 by April 18. At the end of the home series against Western Illinois (April 18-19), the players and coaches will present their check to the foundation and all 35 members of the team will honor the foundation by shaving their heads. Read the article

Day of Remembrance

Members of the IPFW family who have passed away this year will be honored at a Day of Remembrance, Sunday, April 26, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Walb Union Atrium (between the Stomping Grounds and Mastodon Mart). Eighteen people will be remembered this year: Sheila Chastain, Diane Davis, Carol Gallmeyer, Adam Hamilton, William Hefner, Beverly Hume, Savannah Labenz, David Legg, Emily Ludwig, Maynard Mansfield, Sarah Merchant, Benjamin Murray, Kendall Nicholson, Steve Prater, Linda Ruffolo, Peter Saya, Lindsay Stewart, and Mitch Westerfield.


The ceremony is being sponsored by Active Minds, Office of the Dean of Students, Peer Health Educators, and Project Compass. For more information, contact dos@ipfw.edu.

Celebrate Diversity and Culture

You're invited to attend the second annual Global Student Celebration Thursday, April 16, at 5:30 p.m. The event is being sponsored by the Office of International Education, ELS Language Center, and Indiana-Purdue Student Government Association.


Highlights include:

  • Parade of Nations
  • IPFW Student Organization and Home Country Fair
  • FREE global appetizers
  • International performances (song, dance, spoken word)
  • Traditional dress show

Show Your IPFW Pride with an IPFW Plate

Every year, IPFW needs to sell 500 license plates in order to keep our plate alive. If the state minimum sale of 500 plates is not reached by Dec. 13, 2015, the IPFW specialty license plate will permanently discontinue. Not only would we lose the specialty plate forever, it would also mean losing more than $10,000 in annual scholarship money. You can show your pride by purchasing (or renewing) a license plate today. Visit the Alumni Relations website for more information.

Be a Mastodon in Motion 

Plan to participate in the 20th annual IPFW Mastodon Stomp 5k Run/Walk, Sunday, April 19, at 2 p.m. at the IPFW Athletics Center. This is a Fort Wayne Track Club 2015 points race and IPFW Intramurals event. Register online, or at the race. The event is dedicated to Tony Laux, 1996 IPFW cross country runner. Proceeds benefit the cross country and track and field programs. 

Join the Blue and White Committee

The Blue and White Committee is a group of IPFW alumni who chose IPFW not only for their education, but for their career. Most are graduates, some are current students, and some are past students, but all are united In their pride for this university. All meetings take place in the Alumni Center, except the social meeting. There are also several sub-committees.

  • Friday, April 17, 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 8, 4 p.m. (Summer meeting and social, location TBA)
  • Monday, December 7, 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 24, 4 p.m.

Members of the group are also available to help with your campus events. For more information, contact Victoria Sarjeant (sarjve01@ipfw.edu) or Karen Case (casek@ipfw.edu). Join the Blue and White Committee  Request event support

Service Learning Showcase Posters Wanted

It's time to start thinking about poster preparation for the Service Learning Showcase, to be held Friday, October 30, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Walb Student Union Ballroom. Suggested poster topics include:

  • Impact of reciprocal campus-community partnerships
  • Student-learning and development in service-learning courses
  • Synopsis of research data collection and/or analysis
  • Tools and resources developed to aid in the planning or execution of curricular community engagement initiatives
  • Institutionalization of service-learning in higher education
  • Models if intra- and inter-campus partnerships
  • Methods to increase the number of effective campus-community partnerships
  • Teaching methods or strategies utilized in community engaged classrooms
  • Innovations and/or strategies to improve health, life, and well-being

Send submissions to oacs@ipfw.edu.

Keep your Data Safe 

droid_smartphone.jpg Everyone should try to make a habit of keeping mobile devices and computers up-to-date with operating system and application updates. Criminals can take advantage of an unpatched device and steal your data or identity. Devices vary, so consult with your device's manufacturer for assistance with performing updates. Data that Purdue considers restricted should not be stored on mobile devices, and storage of sensitive data on mobile devices is not advised. Sensitive information should not be sent using email unless email encryption or data encryption is used. If you have questions, please contact the ITS Help Desk at 481-6030 or helpdesk@ipfw.edu.

Upcoming 50th Celebration Event Benefits Scholarship Fund

silverware_neutrals.jpg The Department of Human Services is participating in the Spring Dinner Series by hosting Food for Thought, A Mindful Dinner, at the IPFW Alumni Center Wednesday, April 22, at 6 p.m. This mindful experience includes a delicious dinner by Blu Spoon Catering and a presentation on mindful eating by faculty member Andrea Bales entitled "Savor the Flavor." All proceeds from the $26 ticket price go to the Department of Human Services' Betty Dykstra Scholarship Fund. To purchase tickets, call the Division of Continuing Studies at 481-6619. View the menu [PDF] 

Photo of the Week
Madeleine Schulenberg, Mackenzie Billman, Bethany Strasburg, and Obie Cruz, all VCD students, have painted the interior and exterior of a concrete canoe for civil engineering students to race at the American Society of Civil Engineers Great Lakes Conference this week. (See the article above) Photo by Jim Whitcraft
Retirement Celebrations
Jim Farlow, professor of geosciences
Thursday, April 30
3-4:30 p.m.
Science Building, Room 276
Pat Ashton, professor of sociology and director, Peace and Conflict Studies Program
Sunday, April 26
1-5 p.m.
IPFW Alumni Center
Departmental Newsletters
Expressions - news from the College of Visual and Performing Arts
USAP Update
The University Strategic Alignment Process (USAP) Committee is seeking nominations for the USAP Task Force. You are invited to nominate outstanding colleagues for possible appointment by the chancellor; you may also nominate yourself. More information can be found on the USAP website, or go directly to the nomination form. The next town hall meeting will be May 8 at noon in Liberal Arts Building, Room 35A, when the topic will be the final USAP report and recommendations.

Northeast Indiana POETS
Northeast Indiana POETS will read original poetry Thursday, April 23, from 5:45 to 7 p.m. in the Engineering Building Lobby. Northeast Indiana POETS is a non-profit that is dedicated to the education and presentation of poetry, and seeks to encourage young writers. The organization is a member of Arts United, Indiana State Federation of Poetry Clubs, and the National Federation of State Poetry Societies.


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