Sending Off Our STARTs

We’ve been watching Dr. Sherrie Steiner’s Great Greenhouse Giveaway START project grow all semester. Steiner estimates that more than 100 students and faculty have been involved in the project. Students in Dr. Atefeh Mohammadpour’s Sustainable Construction class developed plans for a raised vegetable garden. Faculty and students in the Department of International Language and Culture…

Myanmar & IPFW: Where We’ve Been & Where We’re Going

Fort Wayne and Mawlamyine, Myanmar have been “friends” since February 2016, when a delegation including Professor Chad Thompson (English & linguistics) traveled there to sign a “Friendship City” declaration. We published Thompson’s notes and photos from that trip. So what has happened since then? Quite a bit! There has been a second trip to Myanmar,…

Helping Kids START Reading

Dr. Pam Reese in our Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) department is working on two of our four inaugural START projects. This week, we are highlighting her  mobile literacy library START program. With Reese’s guidance, a team of CSD students will use their developing professional skills to help children strengthen reading skills. They’ve gathered a…

STARTing Our Engines

A core component of IPFW’s metropolitan university designation is community service. In the College of Arts and Sciences, our new START program is designed to meet that call. All projects submitted for START grants must meet a community need or solve a problem through faculty-led projects that connect their students to both experiential learning and…

Learning Japanese? In Indiana? (I Really Think So)

When you think of international ties—do you think of Indiana and Japan? According to Yuriko Ujike (continuing lecturer, Japanese), “There is a strong tie between Japan and Indiana in terms of economic investments as well as education and cultural exchanges. There are more than 280 Japanese business facilities that operate across Indiana employing more than…

Lee Roberts’ Innovative Approach to Teaching German

Associate Professor of German Lee Roberts is playing games with his students. “What?!?!?!,” you ask. Well, he turned his Elementary German class (G111) into a multimedia game! What began in fall 2016 as exercises and a video designed to increase student engagement, quickly became a semester-long, interactive game. Die Grüne Halskette (The Green Necklace) has…

Meghan Menchhofer’s Summer Adventures: Part 1

Meghan Menchhofer (graduate student, communication and TENL certificate) traveled across the world in summer 2017 on academic and personal adventures. She visited a concentration camp in Serbia, completed a 56-mile “Peace Walk” as part of the Summer University Srebrenica program in Bosnia and Herzegovina, presented her research on Fort Wayne’s Muslim immigrants and refugees at…

In the News: North Korea and the Threat of Nuclear War

Tensions are running high with the threat of nuclear war between North Korea and the United States, and Arts & Sciences faculty are using their expertise to weigh in. Larry Kuznar (professor, anthropology) wrote a column in the Journal Gazette entitled “Trump’s Words Feed Paranoia in N. Korea.” In it, Kuznar discusses how North Korea’s…

It Doesn’t End with the Degree

Biology alumnus Micah Rapp (‘15) was the first IPFW student to win a nationally renowned Barry Goldwater Scholarship. And he’s kept in touch! Today, Rapp is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics at Columbia University. Adding to his accolades (and research opportunities), Rapp was awarded a 2017 National Science Foundation…

John LaMaster Receives Two Innovative Teaching Awards

Congratulations to Senior Instructor John LaMaster (math) for ending the 2016-17 academic year with two new awards. On April 25th in West Lafayette, LaMaster received Purdue University’s 2017 Digital Education Innovative Course Design and Use of Technology Award. The annual award recognizes “faculty and/or staff members who demonstrate excellence in the development or teaching of…

A&S Students at the Student Research and Creative Endeavor Symposium

A record 97 students from 13 departments in Arts & Sciences presented their research at the 20th Annual Student Research and Creative Endeavor Symposium. Here are a few highlights:   For the first time in symposium history, two creative writing majors presented posters—Seth Gick presented “47 Seconds” and Helena Carvalho Schmidt presented “Revising History: Explaining…