IPFW Alumni Association eNewsletter
July 2013
FREE Ice Cream
Making a Splash at RiverFest
Minute with Brent Wake
IPFW Successes
New Degrees & Programs

A Truly Distinguished IPFW Alumni

Keith Busse was awarded the inaugural Keith E. Busse Distinguished Alumni Award for his significant contributions to northeast Indiana and IPFW at the Indiana University Board of Trustees Reception at the IPFW Alumni Center on June 21.

Photographed above: Keith Busse and IU President Michael McRobbie. Click Here to view more photos of the reception.

Tuesday, September 10 
IPFW Alumni Center

Mark your calendars!
September 10, 5:30 p.m. 
The Mastodon Roast has changed dates. Typically the second Tuesday in October, we've moved the roast up a month. 



IPFW Fall Job Fair
IPFW Main Campus, Walb Student Union - International Ballroom 
Save the Date!
September 26, 2013 
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 



September 26--28
West Lafayette, Ind.

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

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Saturday, August 24 
Indianapolis, Indiana 

Grab your fellow IPFW alumni and support IPFW in the College Color Day 5K Run/Walk benefiting DonorsChoose.org.

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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! 


Monday, July 15
IPFW Main Campus

IPFW Alumni Center

Tuesday, September 10
IPFW Alumni Center

More Upcoming Events

We All Scream for FREE Ice Cream
Ice Cream Social & Band Concert
Monday, July 15  |  7 to 8:30 p.m.
IPFW Main Campus - Alumni Plaza (outside Walb Student Union) 

Join us as we celebrate the Three Rivers Festival with a free 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 ...

Making a Splash at RiverFest 2013
Maiden Voyage of the IPFW Cardboard Regatta - event recap 
Saturday, June 22 - IPFW RiverFest 2013 

58 IPFW alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends boarded 23 boats of cardboard and raced against each other in the maiden voyage of the IPFW Cardboard Regatta presented by Kelly Box & Packaging and ROCK104. The event had hundreds of spectators; awarded more than $2,700 in cash and prizes; and raised more than $6,000 for scholarship funds and programs! Needless to say, the IPFW Cardboard Regatta was definitely a splash hit at RiverFest! 
1. Stephanie, former IPFW student, was excited about her build on-site boat!  2. There was definitely a lot of wet cardboard after the races.  3. IPFW staff and alumnus Brian Johnson, A.A.S. '94, and his boat, Blue Calf, didn't make it.  4. The crowd loved watching the regatta! 5. Ironically named Don't Sink, this build on-site boat didn't even make it to the start line.  6. The two whale boats (6 to 10 people) was a close race, with Triumph winning the heat. 
Click Here to view more photos of the regatta.
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 IPFW alumnus Brent Wake!
Brent Wake, B.A. '03   
Director, Healthy Living Initiatives at State Alliance of Indiana YMCAs 
IPFW alumnus Brent Wake has served the office of a nationally prominent moderate U.S. Senator, the mayoral administration of Indiana's second largest city, and recently  embarked on a new career journey. The State Alliance of Indiana YMCA's has hired Brent as the director of Healthy Living Initiatives to participate in the YMCA's Statewide Pioneering Healthier Communities. We had the pleasure of chatting with Brent about how IPFW has impacted him and his career.

How did you become interested in political science?
I credit the realization of my interest in government to inspirational and motivational professors like Georgia Wralstad-Ulmschneider and other IPFW political science department faculty (as well as one IUPUI professor). It was professors like Georgia who helped me to connect government to everyday life, helping me to perceive roles through which I can shape everyday life without having to serve as an elected official.
Do you have a favorite and/or funny story about your time at IPFW?
While I don't have a favorite or funny story to share about my time at IPFW, I do acknowledge that my time spent serving in student government was memorable. It's not that there were no funny or great stories...but what happened in IPSGA stayed in IPSGA. Like many groups of student leaders, we strove to make meaningful changes for students, improve campus life, and represent the university well. Hindsight reveals that we had a great group of leaders, in general, as the decade concluding this year has seen us be leaders in the not-for-profit sector, serve in a local government administration, run or work on various campaigns for local and federal offices, and work within various federal offices, including U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. General Services Administration, U.S. Senate, and The White House. Good times then, and good time since!

What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishments, both personally and professionally?
My greatest personal accomplishment is my family. While IPFW prepped me to make good career choices, life prepared to make a great wife choice. I was smart enough to propose, and she was generous enough accept, and we were married while I was still a broke student. Since then, we've had three rugrats who continually enrich my life in too many ways to count. While I am incredibly grateful for the opportunities that past employers have bestowed on me and I feel good about all successes I have had thus far, I do not yet consider any of my accomplishments to be "the greatest." They have been good and meaningful, but my prayer is that a worthy accomplishment is still somewhere down the road. Read More ... 
Brent receiving the 2009 IPFW Alumni Top Volunteer Award for his contributions to IPFW, including: founding IPFW Campus Advance; reviving the IPFW Black Collegian Caucus; secretary of the IPFW Alumni Association; chair of the Student Outreach committee; and volunteer for Career Services, Chapman Scholars, Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, and the Women's Studies Program.

Pictured from left to right: Ruth Wartell, Dr. Michael Wartell, Brent's son, Karen Clelland, and Brent Wake.  

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 Biking for Brain Cancer to Creating New Speed Skating Technology, IPFW is filled with successful alumni, students, faculty, and staff doing amazing things!

1. IPFW Student Raises Awareness for Brain Cancer with 1,300-mile Solo Bike Ride---- Kevin Sanders, a VCD student, is planning a 1,300-mile solo bike ride to raise awareness about brain cancer. He was diagnosed in 2008. Follow his brave journey online! Read More ... 


2. Alumnae-Owned Company Featured in Daytime Emmy Gift Bags---  On June 16, more than 1,000 guests received Vanilla Bean Cookies! Vanilla Bean is co-owned by IPFW alumnae Sandra Wharton (AS '78 & BS '80) and Debbie Smith (AS '95). Watch the Video & Read More ... 

3. Cerulean the Movie---  After more than two years of work, Cerulean is set to premiere at the Fort Wayne Cinema Center on Friday, August 9, at 8:15 p.m. This student-driven independent film was filmed in Indiana and Ireland. Read More ... 

4. Miss IPFW Wins Preliminary Talent!----Okara Imani won the preliminary talent award and placed in the top 12 at the Miss Indiana Scholarship Pageant in late June. Okara is a vocalist and sang, "At Last." Read More ...

5. Amanda Hyde named Summit League Women's Scholar-Athlete of the Year---- The Summit League Scholar-Athlete of the Year award is the most prestigious individual honor given by the league. Read More ...

6. IPFW students develop new technology----The IPFW Senior Computer Engineering class teamed up with local speed skaters and built a radio frequency identification timing system. Read More ...

Two Great New Degree Programs, One Great University
General Studies Advantage
IPFW Division of Continuing Studies has developed a brand new way to complete your bachelor's degree - General Studies Advantage. This new program will provide maximum convenience to working adults with busy schedules and offers a hybrid classroom approach so that students only have to come to campus one night per week.  Read More ...
Online Bachelor of Science - Nursing 
It is now required that registered nurses (RNs) have a bachelor's degree. So, we're offering a new online Bachelor of Science RN and Bachelor of Science with a major in nursing. The new program is designed for registered nurses with an associate's degree in nursing who want to pursue a bachelor's degree. Enrollment is currently underway for the new program, which is being launched with the fall 2013 semester. 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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