Joint statement from the presidents of IU and Purdue

IPFW’s statement about the Indiana University Board of Trustees vote is available here.

For continuing information about the future of IPFW, visit ipfw.edu/future.

Joint statement issued Thursday, Dec. 1, by Purdue President Mitch Daniels and Indiana University President Michael McRobbie:

 The last five years have seen numerous studies and initiatives undertaken by the state legislature, the Fort Wayne community and the IPFW campus that examine the governance structure of IPFW. All efforts have had at their core how best to provide for the educational interests of the region and the economic growth of northeast Indiana. Each endeavor has had merit, but until now there has been no definitive answer to the question, “What is best for the campus community and its many stakeholders?” While neither Purdue University nor Indiana University initiated any of these studies, we have done our best to respond to their recommendations.

The plan of realignment approved today by Indiana University’s Board of Trustees, which is expected to be adopted by Purdue’s trustees at their Dec. 16 meeting, reaffirms both universities’ commitment to the Fort Wayne community, while differentiating the institutions’ respective educational contributions. Indiana University’s focus on the health sciences is based on substantial evidence of regional demand and apparent opportunities to build partnerships with local healthcare providers. Purdue University will conduct an immediate analysis of potential new programs in both STEM disciplines and the humanities that will attract new students and position the campus for a strong and successful future. The plan is designed to create a seamless experience for both IU and Purdue students on campus through course availability, the delivery of student services, and the use of campus facilities.

The realignment agreement can be found at: http://news.uns.purdue.edu/images/2016/1612-ipfw-agreement.pdf

Statement regarding IU Board of Trustees vote

The message below was emailed to IPFW faculty, staff, and students on Thursday, December 1. (Students will receive the message over the next few hours as the email system processes everything.)

For continuing information about the future of IPFW, visit ipfw.edu/future.

The joint statement from President Daniels and President McRobbie is available here.


As announced earlier by President Daniels and President McRobbie, the Indiana University Board of Trustees voted today to approve an agreement and plan of realignment designed to implement the recommendations of the January 2016 Legislative Services Agency report. The agreement still needs to be approved by the Purdue University Board of Trustees at its stated meeting scheduled for December 16 and is subject to approval by the Higher Learning Commission.

IPFW administrators, faculty and staff evaluated potential outcomes and consequences during the LSA study that began almost two years ago and have been working to provide information to our parent institutions since the report was released in January 2016.  Today’s action brings us one step closer to a decision regarding the future governance of our campus after many months of uncertainty.  Assuming approval of the plan by the Purdue Trustees two weeks from now, we will continue to work with Purdue and IU to implement the realigned structure with a view toward making it a success for our students, our campus community, our city and the Northeast Indiana region.

 What is important for everyone to remember is this:

  • Our students will continue to be served by faculty and staff they know and trust;
  • We have the same mission that sustained IPFW for more than 50 years; and
  • We remain dedicated to our unmatched commitment to student success.

We realize that there are many more questions than answers at this point. The university administration is committed to sharing information in a timely manner and we will make every effort to keep you informed as this transition progresses.

Questions about the agreement should be addressed either to Purdue University or Indiana University, at the following respective email addresses: legalcounsel@purdue.edu and smithsim@iu.edu.

Statement Regarding IU Board of Trustees Meeting

The message below was emailed to IPFW faculty, staff, and students on Wednesday, November 30. (Students will receive the message over the next few hours as the email system processes everything.)


Dear Campus Community,

As you may have read in this morning’s Journal Gazette, the IU Board of Trustees is meeting today and tomorrow in Bloomington. The trustees are expected to take official action on an agreement with Purdue regarding the governance of IPFW during the full board meeting tomorrow. Any action regarding governance has to be agreed upon by both boards of trustees. The Purdue Board of Trustees is scheduled to meet December 15-16.

Information regarding the future governance of IPFW will be shared as it becomes available.

Six Characters Plead for Their Story to Be Completed in Upcoming Play

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Six Characters in Search of an Author
By Luigi Pirandello
Directed by Bev Redman
Studio Theatre in Kettler Hall
Dec. 2, 3, 8, 9, 10         8:00 p.m.
Dec. 4              2:00 p.m.

When Sicilian-born Luigi Pirandello (1867-1937) won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1934, he was widely known as the author of intricate philosophical comedies. One in particular, Six Characters in Search of an Author, had catapulted him onto the international scene in the early 1920s, leading to acclaimed performances all over Europe and the Americas.

The setting and the initial style of Six Characters is very familiar to audiences worldwide. A professional acting troupe gathers on stage to rehearse Pirandello’s The Game of Role Playing. The troupe is comprised of the requisite players including a prompter, stage manager, director, technician, actors, secretary, crew members; in essence, a representation of the hustle and bustle of professional theatre.  Professional to the point that the director wants the impudent leading lady fined for being late and when the boorish leading man complains about his costume the director exclaims, “We never get a good play from France anymore, so we are reduced to producing plays by Pirandello!” Pirandello is certainly not lacking in self-deprecating wit.

Before the Actors can dig into the script at hand, however, six Characters wander into their rehearsal space a little lost and perplexed. A Father, Mother, Step Daughter, Son, Boy and Little Girl explain they have been abandoned by their author and their story left dangling, incomplete. The Father pleads with the director to help them complete their story and live for a moment at least, through the Actors. Pirandello describes the Characters in his stage directions as “created realities, unchanging constructs of the imagination, and therefore more solidly real than the Actors with their fluid naturalness.”

Intrigued and persuaded, the director begins the challenging task of sorting out each of their unfinished stories and finding a way to develop a cohesive play for the stage. Eventually the Character’s become frustrated with the Actors’ process of making their story into a play and deny the value of interpretation altogether. The Characters want to take on the roles themselves and “live” (not play at) their own truths. They struggle to take on the roles themselves, but even this becomes mired in the conventions of the stage they wish to avoid altogether.

Although they initially present themselves as flat Characters, their story is actually far from simple, since it is a collection of many stories, made up of individual perspectives. The conventions of communication available to them and to the actors simply do not suffice to get all of their inner truths out into the world and communicated to others intact.

Why should we think about or even perform Pirandello’s near-century old little play any more? Well, perhaps because it teaches us the very best and the very worst aspects of human communication. Maybe we will come to realize, as Pirandello does with Six Characters in Search of an Author, all that can be achieved is a kind of collective empathy for our common disability – an awareness that we are trapped in our own stories and our own perspectives about those stories.

$5 IPFW Students/ High School Students/Children Under 18
$16 Adults
$14 Seniors/Faculty/Staff/Alumni
$12 Groups of 10 or More
$12 Other College students with ID
Children under 6 will not be admitted.

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Sept. 1–May 31            Monday – Friday, 12:30 – 6:30 p.m.
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Fawad Niazi and Purdue Researchers Receive $325K INDOT Grant

Fawad Niazi, assistant professor of civil engineering, and his co-researchers from Purdue University West Lafayette, received a $325,686 grant from Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) for the “Development of Comprehensive CPT-Based Geotechnical Design Manual for Indiana Transportation.” Niazi’s portion of the grant is $60,394.

This grant project is aimed to prepare a comprehensive guide for the design of shallow/deep foundations, retaining walls, embankments, and other transportation structures using data from the most modern, expedient, economical and reliable in-situ site investigation tool, namely, the cone penetration test (CPT).

Currently, geotechnical designs are carried out using soil strength and stiffness parameters that are obtained from time-consuming and relatively expensive laboratory tests on disturbed samples of geomaterials obtained from selected depths.

Since the CPT is an in-situ test, that provides much greater ground truth in terms of continuous data from a single sounding, this manual will provide the basis for engineers to use CPT results directly for the assessment of site conditions and the design of geotechnical projects in the future.

Computer Science Capstone Team Wins IEEE Grant

A computer science senior project team of Brice Aldrich, Devin Aspy, and Zach Pratt were awarded an IEEE Standards Education Grant for their capstone project, sponsored by INdigital Telecom. The team is advised by Zesheng Chen, assistant professor of computer science.

Their project, “Redundant Failover Seamless-IP-Stack (RFSIS),” about creating an Internet Protocol Stack (i.e., IP-Stack) that supports seamless redundant failover for legacy systems and for future Internet-of-things (i.e., IoT) applications.

The IP-Stack is designed to provide a quick response to failover, in order to backup systems within user-land. It will more specifically be beneficial in the telecommunications industry, where most working systems are archaic and do not provide seamless failover technology.

The IEEE Student Grants require that student projects apply or implement industry standards. The team must submit an application paper for publication by the IEEE upon completion of the project. This is the second time a computer science department team won this grant.

Chapman Scholars conduct 1-day voter registration drive as part of service project

As part of a service project, four IPFW Chapman Scholars conducted a one-day voter registration drive at IPFW on Monday, October 3. Bre Anne Briskey, senior, psychology; Abbigayle Dunlavy, senior, biology; Amber Edelman, senior, accounting; and Seth Schmenk, senior, civil engineering estimate they registered 30 voters and allowed dozens more to check their registration status and polling locations.

Using iPads supplied by IPSGA, the students helped others check their voter registration status. Those who were not registered could use the iPads to register online immediately. Later that evening, the junior Chapman scholars continued the drive in the common area at IPFW’s student housing complex.

The students were aided by junior Chapman scholar mentors, Craig Ortsey, continuing lecturer in political science, Kimberly O’Connor assistant professor of organizational leadership & supervision, and Andrew Downs, associate professor of political science and director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics, who provided the group with guidance on how to register voters in Indiana.