Internships: Enhancing Education, Opening Professional Doors

So many classes to take . . . Is the time and energy spent on an internship really worth the effort? We, most interns and hiring directors will tell you, “Yes!” Jazlynn Bebout and Kayla Stewart (seniors, communication majors) interned with Quincy Media, owner of WPTA and WISE-TV, Fort Wayne’s NBC and ABC affiliates. They…

In the News: The Birds, Bees, Reptiles, and Amphibians

The Birds and the Bees It’s no surprise that Associate Professor of Psychology Michelle Drouin’s research on sexting draws lots of media attention. This month, articles from The Huffington Post and Rewire cited her study “Is Sexting Good for Your Relationship? It Depends…,” which was coauthored with IPFW psychology alumna Manda Coupe (B.A., ’16). Rewire’s…

Solar Eclipse Preview: Watch Party, Safety Tips, and More!

Whether or not you have seen an eclipse depends upon your birthdate and where you’ve lived on this planet. The last time the US experienced a total eclipse event was September 10, 1923. And while we won’t see the total eclipse in Fort Wayne, it’ll be close. Do you need a place to watch the…

In the News: Mankey & Rang (CSD) Train Allen County First Responders

Since 2015, communication sciences & disorders (CSD) faculty members Sharon Mankey and Mariesa Rang have taught area first responders how to communicate with people with verbal disabilities. This week their work was celebrated in the Journal Gazette’s article, “Nonverbal Gain Way to Talk with First Responders.” Many individuals with verbal disabilities use alternative augmentative communication…

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…

A&S Alumni Receive Prestigious Summer Internships

Wonder what our May graduates are up to? Kateryna Kaminska (B.A., political science, ‘17) and Cody Fuelling (B.A., political science and history, ‘17) received summer internships with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in New York City. They will be evaluating how UNFPA’s current projects are working based on quality and policy. Interns also update…

Major Factor: Rhetoric and Public Policy Trio

Many of our students have specific concentrations they can choose from within their broader majors. This month, we’re talking to three communication majors who are concentrating in rhetoric and public policy. So what do rhetoric and public policy students do? Alex Wulpi, Mark Rickey, and Rachel Stephens explain in this month’s Major Factor video.

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…

Graduation Spotlight: Lucas Carstensen, Psychology

Undergraduate research and psychology faculty are why Lucas Carstensen (B.A., psychology, ’17) applied to IPFW. Carstensen studied math and chemistry at Southern Utah University, but decided to leave when his sister moved to Fort Wayne. Later, Carstensen spoke with a friend about psychology faculty Ryan Yoder’s research lab. After meeting with Yoder, Carstensen decided to…

Megan Menchhofer: Grad Student, Researcher, World Traveler, and …

Communication graduate student Meghan Menchhofer is going to have a busy summer. By choice: She’s attending two international conferences on opposite sides of the world! From July 4–14, she’ll be in Bosnia-Herzegovina, taking part in the Summer University Srebrenica Program. Two days later, she’ll fly to Cartagena, Columbia for the 2017 International Association of Media and…

Graduation Spotlight: Carrie Vachon, Anthropology & Psychology

Carrie Vachon (B.A., anthropology and psychology, ‘17) initially enrolled as a biology (pre-med) and psychology double major. However, after working at a hospital, she decided that pre-med “wasn’t the best route for me!” She then chose anthropology as her second major. Vachon participated in an impressive number of extracurricular activities in her two major departments….