Graduation Spotlight: Luis Nuñez (SOC)

Luis Nuñez (B.A., sociology, ’18) began his academic career as a biology major interested in becoming a veterinarian. That introductory sociology course was supposed to be just an elective.  Instead, the class was a deciding factor in changing his future. Nuñez’s main area of interest has been community engagement. He says outreach is important “in…

Graduation Spotlight: Matt Wyss (PHIL)

A desire to satiate his “intellectual curiosity” and “growing interests in the humanities” led Matt Wyss (B.A., philosophy, ’18) to enroll at IPFW. “Philosophy in particular nurtured my natural tendency towards analysis and reasoning through abstract concepts.” During his time here, he went from a quiet student with few friends to a highly accomplished graduate…

Graduation Spotlight: Alex Wulpi (COM)

After half a decade of traveling around the world in the Marine Corps infantry, Alex Wulpi (B.A., communication, ‘18) came back home and enrolled at IPFW. His parents and brother, former IPFW students, encouraged him to enroll. Flash forward a few years, and now he is a communication graduate with a concentration in rhetoric public…

Graduation Spotlight: Helena Caravalho Schmidt

International student Helena Caravalho Schmidt (English, communication, political science, ‘18) came to Fort Wayne from Brazil in 2014. She started as a quiet English major who sometimes struggled to understand her professors and make cultural adjustments. With the help of supportive faculty and her ambition to succeed, she graduated this year with an impressive array…

Into the Fire: Ceramics, Chemistry, and Kilns

Campus tunnel vision. What’s that? We so often get into our own academic groove that we forget to check out what exists beyond our own department or college. In a new series, we want to help our readers see what happens in other corners of campus. Did you know that our College of Visual and…

Graduation Spotlight: Nick Miller (ANTH/HIST)

Nick Miller (anthropology, history) has come a long way from his first college attempt 10 years ago. His educational path has been a bumpy road: he stopped and returned to college three times. This May, he graduates with degrees in anthropology and history as well as minors in medieval studies and psychology. Returning to school…

Philosophy Students Present at National Conferences

  Philosophy students are representing our university and the College of Arts and Sciences at national conferences across the Midwest. Kevin Smith (junior, philosophy) presented at Eastern Michigan University’s 8th Annual Undergraduate Conference in Philosophy on March 3. His paper, “Anselm’s Theory of Free Will and The Logical Problem of Moral Evil,” was created in…

Holocaust & Genocide Institute Receives Second Salon Grant

Congratulations to the Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (IHGS) on their second Harry W. Salon Foundation grant in 12 months. This $8,750 grant will fund two community projects co-sponsored by IHGS and Congregation Achduth Vesholom. One community partnership project will bring Ferne Pearlstein to Fort Wayne’s Cinema Center for a screening of her film,…

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…

STARTing to Wind Down

It’s the end of the semester already? Wow! Well, over the upcoming weeks, we can START letting you know how our START projects are wrapping up. Dr. Pam Reese’s mobile literacy library START program concluded last week. This term, Reese and her team of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) students have been working with children…

Gun Control: Y/N?

On March 28, the Honors Program sponsored a bipartisan discussion, “Gun Control: Yes or No?” The multidisciplinary event featured panelists Drs. Michael Wolf and Georgia Wralstad Ulmschneider (political science), Dr. Lawrence Kuznar (anthropology), university police chief Tim Potts, and student Brandon Blumenherst (political science, communication). Each panelist brought a unique set of expertise and experience…

Physics and Education Partnership Leads to Fellowship and Award

Congratulations to Professor Mark Masters (physics) and Assistant Professor Matthew Perkins Coppola (science education) for winning one of five national 2017–19 PhysTEC Fellowship awards. This fellowship strengthens the connections between education and physics on our campus, helps create awareness among high school students of opportunities in teaching physics, and helps meet the demand for physics…