Congratulations to the two College of Arts and Sciences alumni who will be receiving IPFW Alumni Awards! Recipients will be honored at a brunch on Saturday, February 24, from 10:30a.m. to noon at the Steel Dynamics Keith E. Busse IPFW Alumni Center on the west side of campus.
Elizabeth “Betsy” Chapman (B.A., English, ’74) will be receiving the Ralph Broyles Medal, which is given to someone who has made unique and significant contributions to IPFW, is a graduate of any Indiana University campus, and is not currently employed at IPFW. She enrolled at Northwestern University, in Evanston, Illinois, where she met and married her husband, Howard. After pausing in her collegiate career to raise a family, she returned to IPFW. At 39, she was awarded a B.A. in English by Indiana University.
Chapman is an accomplished musician and pianist who has shared her talent throughout Fort Wayne. She has been an accompanist for various vocal performers and singing groups. She has also provided the musical accompaniment for numerous musical productions produced at Arena Theatre, Fort Wayne Youtheatre, and First Presbyterian Theatre. An active member of the IPFW community, Chapman served for many years on the Omnibus Lecture Series Committee, the organization charged with obtaining speakers and organizing programs in connection with the Omnibus Lecture Series that is presented annually at IPFW. She also served as a member of the board of trustees of The IPFW Foundation. As a director of Waterfield Mortgage Company, she was instrumental in the participation by that organization in funding IPFW’s on-campus housing. The Chapmans also endowed the first full professorship chair at IPFW, designated as The Chapman Distinguished Professor of English.
In 2004, the Chapmans were each awarded an honorary doctorate degree, Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, by Purdue University.
Nick Kieffer (B.S., marketing, ’03; M.A. communication, ’05) Alumni Citation Award. This award is granted to someone with achievement, service, or contribution that reflects honor upon the university. He currently works as the President and CEO of the Goshen Chamber of Commerce.
Upon graduating from IPFW, where he was a graduate assistant in the Athletics Department while pursuing his master’s degree, Kieffer stayed in Fort Wayne, running a family construction business with his father. A few years later, he moved to Goshen, Indiana, and joined the Goshen Chamber of Commerce as the vice president for business development. During this time, Kieffer graduated from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Institute for Organization Management, and in 2012, he was asked to join the foundation’s Board of Regents. In 2018, he will serve as chair of the Board of Regents for the IOM program site at the University of Arizona. Also, Kieffer has received the Certified Professional designation from the Indiana Chamber Executive Association for his work in the chamber industry in Indiana.
He is a leader in the business community in not only Goshen but on a state and national level. He works with elected officials to ensure a strong business environment not only for his community but for the State of Indiana. He exudes professionalism and is an outside the box thinker which has helped Goshen receive state recognition as ‘17 Community of the Year by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. He credits his communication and marketing skills to the great education he received at IPFW and carries that with him in every aspect of his professional and personal life. He shares his positive experiences from IPFW with everyone he encounters.
For a full list of award winners, see the IPFW Masdodon Alumni Association website.