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.

Jiyoon Kim, assistant professor of economics, published in Food Policy

Jiyoon Kim, assistant professor of economics, was recently published in Food Policy with her article “Do SNAP participants expand non-food spending when they receive more SNAP Benefits?—Evidence from the 2009 SNAP benefits increase.” The article can be found here.

Her’s is the first to study non-food purchases in response to the change in SNAP recipients housing, transportation, and education spending. She found that extra resources from the benefit boost were allocated to meet other spending needs, and the results shed light on the spillover effect of the SNAP benefit increase

The abstract to her paper is as follows:

“This study examines the expenditure response to the largest increase in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, instituted in April 2009. Investigating the effects in both food and non-food spending categories, I find that the rise in SNAP benefits increased not only food at home expenditures, but also housing, transportation, and education expenditures of SNAP households relative to those of non-SNAP households. Specifically, the SNAP benefit increase leads to the reduced out-of-pocket spending on food for infra-marginal SNAP recipients, and the freed up resources allowed households with bounded budgets to fund other essential needs, such as paying mortgage, rent, utility fee, transportation expenses as well as tuition. Examining non-food expenditures provides a more complete picture of the impact of the SNAP benefit increase by shedding light on the spillover effect of the policy change. The result also derives policy implication on ongoing debate about SNAP allotment generosity.”

Biology graduate student studying under Punya Nachappa wins first place at International Conference

Jinlong Han, graduate student in Biology, won First Place in the Graduate Student Poster Competition at the International Congress of Entomology held in Orlando, Florida. His poster was titled “Sequential infection of Soybean vein necrosis virus in the midgut and salivary glands of its vector, soybean thrips (Neohydatothrips variabilis)”. This research was performed in the laboratory of Dr. Punya Nachappa, assistant professor of biology, in collaboration with Vamsi Nalam, assistant professor of biology, and Dr. I-Chen Yu, adjunct instructor, IU School of Medicine.

Han’s travel and expenses were funded by IPGSA, Office of Graduate Studies, and College of Arts and Sciences.

Hon. Craig Bobay, Allen Superior Judge and limited term lecturer in the Department of Public Policy, wins prestigious ‘Top Lawyer’ award


Judge Craig Bobay of the Allen Superior Court is a recipient of Fort Wayne Magazine’s annual  “Top Lawyer” award. Judge Bobay is also a limited term lecturer in the Department of Public Policy.


From the article:

“Bobay began as a juvenile probation officer and then a court administrator before heading to law school. He became a magistrate in 1997 and has served on several state judicial committees through the years, including ones devoted to domestic relations, jury rules and problem solving.

His latest involvement is helping spearhead the creation of a Commercial Courts pilot program, designed to get cases involving businesses moving through the court system faster instead of laboring in legal limbo for years on end.

Allen County is one of six jurisdictions participating in the three-year program, which the Indiana Supreme Court pegged Bobay to help design.

When not in the courthouse, Bobay can be seen on the streets and trails of the city jogging with either a crew of others as they talk about their kids or by himself, meditating on what lies ahead. An avid runner, he’s participated in marathons through the years but now pretty much limits himself to half marathons.

Among his favorite places to run are through Lakeside and Foster parks, which give him a chance in the nice weather to, literally, smell the roses.”

Twelve faculty members honored during promotion and tenure ceremony

Twelve Indiana University – Purdue university Fort Wayne (IPFW) faculty members were promoted during the 2016 Convocation Ceremony, held in Auer Hall on Monday, August 22.


ARTHUR W. HERBIG, Associate Professor of Media Production

JEFFREY J. MALANSON, Associate Professor of History

JORDAN M. MARSHALL, Associate Professor of Biology

O. DAVID MOMOH, Associate Professor of Computer, Electrical and Information Technology

ANDRES R. MONTENEGRO, Associate Professor of Computer Animation

YUAN ZHANG, Associate Professor of Mathematics



NODIR ADILOV, Professor of Economics

STEVEN A. CARR, Professor of Communication

LAURIE L. CORBIN, Professor of French

MICHELLE A. DROUIN, Professor of Psychology

ERIK S. OHLANDER, Professor of Religious Studies

MICHAEL R. WOLF, Professor of Political Science

Jeffrey Casazza latest faculty member inducted into FACET

JEFFREY C. CASAZZA is the head of Acting, Movement and Voice
and is an associate professor in the Department of Theatre. He has directed
numerous productions for IPFW, including last year’s productions of God’s Ear
and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In the spring of 2015 he was nominated by
IPFW to take part in Penn State’s National Academic Leadership Academy. He
just completed the program at the beginning of the summer. Jeff has spent
the last 10 years training in and exploring aspects of Linklater Voice in various
parts of the United States and Europe. Developed by Kristin Linklater, this work
“provides a clear method” to rediscover your natural voice, “reconnect with a
desire to communicate, and restore your voice to its full expressive capacity.”
While incredibly useful for the actor, the method is designed for everyone,
whether it be for personal or professional reasons. Casazza auditioned for
the two-year designation program back in January and was accepted as one
of 12 artists from the United States and the United Kingdom to work directly
with Linklater. He traveled to Scotland over the summer and just completed
part one of this program. He has spent almost every summer working as
an artist internationally and presenting his work in numerous national and
international conferences. At IPFW he has received two summer PRF grants,
a Featured Faculty Award, the Leepoxy Plastics, Inc. Award for Excellence
in Undergraduate Teaching, and has presented workshops for CELT and for
graduate students participating in the 3-Minute Thesis program. In the College
of Visual and Performing Arts, he has received all three Excellence Awards
(Teaching, Service and Creative Endeavor). As always, Casazza is excited to
bring the work he does with national and international artists back to IPFW to
explore with his students.

Damien Fleming receives Leepoxy Plastics, Inc. Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

DAMIAN J. FLEMING, associate professor, Department of English and
Linguistics, is this year’s recipient of the Leepoxy Plastics, Inc. Award for
Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. Fleming successfully draws students
into a deep engagement with medieval texts by means of an innovative project
in which students translate, adapt and perform medieval biblical plays that they
video record. These activities help students break through their preconceptions
of the Middle Ages as dark, backwards, and foreign, a perception that obscures
both the complexity of the medieval world as well as our society’s connection
to its medieval heritage. Fleming’s effective use of peer critique further
enhances student learning and sustains their motivation. Fleming will receive
$1,000 in professional development funds. The Leepoxy Plastics, Inc. award
was established in 2003 by area businessman Lawrence Lee to recognize and
encourage innovative undergraduate teaching.