IPFW Alumni Association eNewsletter
May 2013
Changes and New Faces
Minute with a Mastodon
Secure a Sink Free Ship
Student Successes
Welcome, CVS
We Want to Support
You and Your Business
You've probably heard of "buy local" campaigns. Well, we're doing something similar: "buy IPFW alumni." We want to know if you (an IPFW alumni) own or operate a business. Please take a couple of minutes to compete this short form and help us help you! 


IPFW Alumni Night 
at the TinCaps 
Thursday, May 23 
Parkview Field 

Join your fellow alumni and cheer on the Fort Wayne TinCaps. Enjoy an all-you-can-eat picnic dinner at the Parkview Field Appleseed Picnic Terrace, an IPFW Alumni gift, and Thirsty Thursday benefits.

Don't wait any longer, tickets are selling fast! Reserve Now! 


Tuesday, May 21 
Ceruti's - Fort Wayne 

Join fellow Hoosier fans to support IU, mingle with IU's head coaches, and learn about the success of student-athletes, both on and off the field.

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Thursday, May 16 
Chestnut Hills Golf Course 
Fort Wayne 

Join fellow Boilermakers for a full day of activities, including lunch, door prizes, happy hour, dinner, and, of course, golf.

 More Info

Friday, May 17 
IPFW Athletics Center 

Join Lutheran Hospital at IPFW for free admission, health screenings, parking, and lunch (for the first 300 attendees).

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Monday, May 13 [7 p.m.]
IPFW Alumni Center

IPFW Commencement
Wednesday, May 15
Allen County War Memorial Coliseum

Thursday, May 23
Parkview Field, Fort Wayne

IPFW Cardboard Regatta

Saturday, June 22
IPFW Main Campus

More Upcoming Events

Changing Places and New Faces
As Kimberly Wagner settles into her position as chief of staff, Jessica Butler settles into her new role as interim director of Alumni Relations.

Butler's career at IPFW began as a VPA student, when she served as co-fundraising chair and chair of events for the Student Theatre Organization and performed in over 30 theatre productions before graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in 2009. In 2011, Butler became the assistant director of Alumni Relations, where she has served on many committees, including The BIG Event, Homecoming, and the Dining Etiquette Dinner Series (chair); and established the award-winning student organization Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow (STAT). Butler said, "I am a proud IPFW Mastodon and I'm excited and honored to have the opportunity to serve all IPFW alumni!"
We also welcome to our office McKenna Thomas, student worker.

Thomas joined the Alumni Relations office at the beginning of May as a student worker. She is a sophomore at IPFW and has worked in the event planning and design industry for over five years as an event coordinator for Taylor Rental/Party Plus in Auburn, Ind. Also, Thomas has recently been elected as the chair of special events for STAT.

Notably, she worked with the NFL Colts to design a Super Bowl event, organized a Pet Adoption Day in Auburn, and has coordinated and manned and the Taylor Rental booth at over eight bridal shows. We are very excited to welcome Kenna to our office! 


Spend a Minute with a Mastodon
Minute with a Mastodon is meant to feature our diverse and unique alumni through a series of questions. Take a minute, or a few, and get to know Eric!
Eric Harris, B.G.S. '09 
Co-Founder, Owner, General Manager, and Winemaker at Two-EE's Winery 

How did you become interested in winemaking and viticulture?
 When I was 12 years old we had a gallon of apple cider that fermented in the refrigerator and I wanted to taste it. My Mom wouldn't let me, and dumped it down the drain. There has always been a lingering curiosity there ... I wish I had the chance to taste it, even if it was nasty. While at Ball State I took a class in microbiology where we made root beer with an inoculated fermentation to carbonate the soda. It was fun to spend the week on fermentation kinetics. But, the most influential piece of the puzzle was my future father-in-law's basement winery (Hart's Content) that he and I built from a couple small batches of wine a year to several barrels with several different varieties.
Was there anyone during your time at IPFW who acted as a mentor to you?
Bob Abel was one of the most difficult instructors I had the pleasure of studying under. His style is unorthodox yet effective; he clearly wanted his students to not only learn, but think. Lectures with Bob are thought-provoking and casual, the work is difficult, and the lessons learned stick with you. Read More ...


Read about alumna Emily Hart, Miss Indiana USA (the other 'E' in Two-EE's) and how IPFW has helped her open Two-EE's Winery, and prepare her to compete for the title of Miss USA in the June edition of your IPFW Alumni eNewsletter.

Secure a Sink-Free Ship
Secure a sink-free ship on Saturday, June 22, at Fort Wayne's first cardboard boat race, by building a cardboard boat that is sure to make a splash...and not in a bad way. You're probably thinking, "huh?! How?! Cardboard + water = disaster!" Well, for some boats, those who don't attend the free workshop, yes, but everyone will be sure to have a great time! Read More ...

The first 15 boats in each category (Guppy, Dolphin, Whale) will receive FREE CARDBOARD from Kelly Box & Packaging! 

Don't know where to begin? Professor Nick Mehta, Department of Engineering, and Steven Horney, mechanical design engineer and marathon kayak racer, will present the final workshop on "How to Build a Cardboard Boat," Monday, May 13, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the IPFW Alumni Center. The workshop is free and open to the public. Please contact the Alumni Relations office if you plan to attend, alumni@ipfw.edu.


Student Successes
From an Award-Winning Newspaper an to a Record Breaking Basketball Player, IPFW is filled with successful students doing amazing things!
1. The Communicator---- IPFW's student newspaper won first place in Best Themed Issue and  third place for Best Newspaper - Division II; Emily Westhoff won first place for Best Illustration, pictured upper left; and many more awards at the Indiana Collegiate Press Association Conference. Read More ...
2. Paul Hasting---- The vice president of Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow (STAT) was announced as the 2013 Student Worker of the Year. We have been honored to have Paul as an officer of our student organization, STAT! Read More ...  

3. Doermer School of Business Enactus students won the regional competition in Chicago and will compete at the nationals in Kansas City later this month. Read More  ...

4. Amanda Hyde
---- The junior guard for the IPFW women's basketball team has been breaking and making records at IPFW. She has been selected as the Summit League's Women's Basketball Player of the Year; Academic All-American; and IPFW Athlete of the Year
IPFW Welcomes CVS to Campus
Construction has begun on the newest addition to the IPFW campus, a CVS Pharmacy. Located on the corner of Hobson Road and Crescent Avenue---- where the IPFW Childcare Center used to be---- the CVS is within easy walking distance of student housing. Read More ...

It is because of IPFW Alumni Association members that IPFW has the ability to grow.
Thank you for believing in IPFW and the future of thousands of students.
Become a stakeholder in IPFW's future---- join the IPFW Alumni Association now!

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