IPFW Alumni Association eNewsletter
June 2013
Turned the TinCaps Blue
IPFW Cardboard Regatta
Minute with a Mastodon
IPFW Successes
High Quality & Affordable
Monday, July 15 
IPFW Main Campus
Alumni Plaza 

Join us as we celebrate the Three Rivers Festival with an evening of live music by the Fort Wayne Area Community Band, FREE Edy's ice cream, and activities for the kids.


The Ice Cream Social is free to attend and open to the public. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets, and don't miss out on this old-fashioned, family-friendly event! More Info  


Wednesday, June 12 
IPFW Alumni Center

IPFW Chancellor Vicky Carwein and IPFW alumna Representative Kathy Heuer will share their candid thoughts and experiences with a small group of eager professionals learning and growing in their fields.

Tour Begins June 6
Fort Wayne, Ind.

Love, Fort Wayne is a grassroots effort to highlight the great businesses that make up the fabric of downtown Fort Wayne.

 More Info


September 26--28
West Lafayette, Ind.

Join the Purdue Alumni Association and fellow alumni as they celebrate all things Purdue.

More Info

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! 


 YLNI View from the Top
Wednesday, June 12
IPFW Alumni Center

IPFW Cardboard Regatta
Saturday, June 22
IPFW Main Campus

 IPFW Ice Cream Social
Monday, July 15
IPFW Main Campus

More Upcoming Events

We Really Did Turn the TinCaps Blue
IPFW Alumni Night at the Fort Wayne TinCaps - event recap

Almost 100 IPFW alumni and friends turned blue while braving the cold wind and rain to cheer for the TinCaps. In addition to the game tickets, all guests received an IPFW Alumni lunch bag and an all-you-can-eat picnic buffet dinner. Keep an eye out for next year's Alumni Night at the TinCaps! More event photos ...
1. Chancellor Carwein and her family.  2. Mike Butler, B.S. '79 (Business) and former business professor Ed Leonard chat about the old days.  3. IPFW staff and alumnus Brian Johnson, A.A.S. '94, wearing his Mastodon Pride on his sleeve and hat.  4. Who would have thought the alumni fleece blankets would be such a hit in the middle of May?  5. Becky Teagarden and the Leonards huddle together to enjoy the baseball game.  6. Kim Wagner, former director of alumni relations, and her family.

IPFW Cardboard Regatta Volunteers
IPFW Cardboard Regatta presented by Kelly Box & Packaging and ROCK104
IPFW Cardboard Regatta
presented by Kelly Box & Packaging and ROCK104

We're looking for volunteers for the Cardboard Regatta and RiverFest.
If you're interested, click here. You'll receive a limited edition t-shirt!

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 Miss Indiana USA, Emily Hart!

Emily Hart, B.S. '10  
Miss Indiana USA 2013
Interior Designer and Operations Manager for Two-EE's Winery 
How did you become interested in interior design and wine making?
Interior Design: I've always been interested in design. I remember asking my dad for graph paper at 5 years old so I could draw a floor plan of my room and rearrange the furnitureWine Making: For over a decade, wine making has been a part of my family. My dad started making wine in our basement, and after Eric and I started dating in high school he would come over to help my dad make wine, not see me...
Was there anyone during your time at IPFW who acted as a mentor to you? 
My studies at IPFW, in addition to real-life experience, have built the foundation for my career. I worked as an intern for an interior designer prior to, and during college, so I was able to practically apply what I was studying in the classroom to what I was doing in "real life." I also designed the winery for my senior project, and though it looks completely different now, that experience helped me create and grow the original concept: a unique winery experience. I specifically chose very cool, modern colors and themes and not the typical brown wood and grapevine concept. I think the result is wonderful----come by and see for yourself. (Shameless plug!)
How has IPFW impacted your pageant career?
Without IPFW, I wouldn't have become involved with pageants at all! My first pageant was Miss IPFW in 2006. I signed-up to compete because of a flyer I saw on campus offering scholarship money. My mom and I made my interview outfit and evening gown and I performed a piano piece I played in high school. I WON! I was so excited for the scholarship money, I didn't realize I was going to compete at Miss Indiana later that year. It was one of the most amazing experiences, I knew I had to continue. Thanks to pageants, I graduated from IPFW debt-free! Read More ... 
Emily needs your help to become the next Miss USA! VOTE NOW 
You can vote up to 10 times a day until June 15! Then, tune-in to NBC to watch the finals on, Sunday, June 16, at 9 p.m. EST. 
Want to share your story with other alumni?
Tell us about how IPFW has shaped you and your career by clicking here!


IPFW Successes
From an Olympic Gold Medalist to a Book about Dinosaurs, IPFW is filled with successful alumni, students, faculty, and staff doing amazing things!

1. VCD Wins Big with Three Rivers Festival---- IPFW Visual Communication and Design (VCD) students won $1,000 for their department by designing and presenting their campaign for a new logo and promotional materials for the Three Rivers Festival. Read More ... 


2. Markus Kalber, a senior psychology student and second baseman for IPFW's baseball team, was named to the Summit League's Academic All-League Team. Kalber posted a 3.92 GPA, led the Summit League with 16 doubles, and started in 50 of 54 games. Read More  ... 

3. Miss IPFW, Okara Imani----A double major in music performance with a concentration in voice and music therapy, Imani is the new Miss IPFW for 2013 and will be representing IPFW in the Miss Indiana pageant in June. Read More ... 

4. The Complete Dinosaur, second edition, co-edited by IPFW Professor James O. Farlow with chapter illustrations and other graphics by IPFW graphic designer James Whitcraft, and published by Indiana University Press, will be one of the featured books at "Best of the Best from University Presses," Sunday, June 30, during the American Library Association's Annual Conference in Chicago. Read More ...

5. Team Pineapple, led by alumnus and Olympic gold medalist Lloy Ball and former IPFW All-American Jeff Ptak, won the silver medal in the men's open division final Tuesday night at the United States Volleyball Nationals in Louisville.
Read More ... 

High Quality Education at an Affordable Price 
IPFW has been recognized for providing high quality education at an affordable price! The distinction stems from The College Database's recent list of the top Indiana colleges providing the highest financial return on investment. IPFW graduates enter the workforce earning an estimated $36,200 per year after graduation, making IPFW one of the most financially effective Indiana post-secondary schools. 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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