Special Bond Between Richard Walls and Emily Walls Highlighted

Richard Walls has sat across from John Wayne in Los Angeles, had a conversation with Ingrid Bergman in New York City and had dinner with Chuck Norris at his home in Fort Wayne.

His love for movies eventually carried over to the classroom. Outside of work, Walls taught a film course at IPFW, hosting his students for a screening at the theaters before leading a discussion on the movie the next day. He did that for 20 years.

Walls’ granddaughter Emily Walls, who lives down the street from him, has since come over every Friday to watch some of his favorite movies.

Initially, Emily Walls, a freshman at IPFW who is studying to become a teacher, wasn’t sold on older films. But the 19-year-old has begun to develop an appreciation for them. Read the Journal Gazette Article

Mike Fruchey Resigns as Cross Country Coach

Mike FrucheyMike Fruchey has stepped down as IPFW cross country coach after 18 seasons. He also served as the head coach of the women’s track and field team since 2000. Read The Journal Gazette Article

Fort Wayne’s longest tenured head coach, Mike Fruchey, has stepped down as head coach of the Mastodon cross country program. Fruchey coached the cross country teams for 18 seasons. Read and Watch the WANE TV NewsChannel 15 Story

Rachel Blakeman Weighs in on Study of Felony Convictions in Indiana

Rachel BlakemanIt’s a snapshot in time, and that time was more than seven years ago. But a University of Georgia study that looked at the number of people with felony convictions nationally contained an unsettling statistic for those concerned about Indiana’s future. In 2010, the study showed, 11.6 percent of voting-age Hoosiers had a felony record – the third-highest percentage in the nation.

Only Georgia, at 15 percent, and Florida, at 14.2 percent, were ahead of Indiana.

Rachel Blakeman, director of IPFW’s Community Research Institute, is concerned by the numbers, though she cautioned against reading too much into them. Read The Journal Gazette Article

Joseph Raber Joins Marion Christian Fellowship

Joseph Raber of Shipshewana recently joined the pastoral team at Marion Christian Fellowship. He was licensed and installed as associate pastor at Marion Nov. 19, 2017. Raber attended Indiana Wesleyan University with the intention of becoming a doctor. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in biology from Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne. Read the Goshen News Article