Fort Wayne Mad Ants 10th Anniversary Season
Nov21

Fort Wayne Mad Ants 10th Anniversary Season

Can you believe the Mad Ants have been in Fort Wayne for ten years already? John Zeglis and Jeff Potter started the Fort Wayne Mad Ants in 2007 and sold it to the Indiana Pacers this year as part of the NBA Development League in affiliation with the Indiana Pacers. It is now run by Timothy Bawman, President of the Mad Ants franchise. I had the pleasure of speaking with Bawman about the Mad Ants 10th season anniversary. This season, we are going to see more of the influence of the Indiana Pacers over the Fort Wayne Mad Ants as well as plenty of “Ant”-ertainment for everyone to enjoy! The name “Mad Ants” came from “Mad” Anthony Wayne, the namesake of Fort Wayne. The Fort Wayne Mad Ants play in the NBA Development League (D-League), which is the highest level of minor league basketball in the United States. Players can be playing for the Indiana Pacers one day and the next be playing for the Mad Ants. One of these players is Rakeem Christmas. Some alumni of the Mad Ants are Ron Howard (Mr. Mad Ant), CJ Fair of the Boston Celtics and Indiana Pacers, and Dahntay Jones of the Los Angeles Clippers. Some players to look out for this season are two former Indiana University basketball players: Christian Watford, who scored the winning shot against the University of Kentucky in 2011 and Nick Zeisloft. Allen County War Memorial Coliseum houses the the Fort Wayne Mad Ants and has been upgraded for the upcoming season. The franchise has changed the experience of going to a game at the Coliseum with more intimate seating arrangements in the arena and Kid Zone. They have also added a Drum Line and plenty of giveaways! What is “Ant”-ertainment? Face-painting, games, and half-time shows are just a few of what the Mad Ants has in store for this season for the whole family. For someone who’s never been to a game, be aware that there will be plenty of Mad Ants swag such as bobbleheads, replica championship rings, hats, and t-shirts! “You don’t have to be a basketball fan to enjoy the Mad Ants,” Bawman said. “We have plenty of Ant-ertainment for the whole family.” The Mad Ants has been in Fort Wayne since 2007 and have been very active in the community. Being a title sponsor of the Urban League, they have also sponsored Empowering Men and Brilliant Girls of the Boys and Girls club and several reading initiatives within the area and they don’t plan on stopping. “There will be plenty of that [community involvement] as time goes on,” Bawman said. The Mad Ants feel...

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The Secret Behind Launching a Career in Northeast Indiana
Oct04

The Secret Behind Launching a Career in Northeast Indiana

As an upcoming graduate and young professional looking for employment in Fort Wayne, I am amazed by the amount of pressure put on finding a career – not to mention finding one that I like. But these expectations come with no explanation on what sort of skills I need, advice on how to launch my career in this area successfully, or the kind of person that employers look for when hiring, except that they will look at my degree to see if I am qualified for the position. Corporations and all other types of businesses are comprised of all types of people. The people who make up Northeast Indiana, in a broad sense, are hard workers, innovative craftsman with a “don’t quit” mentality. The Northeast Indiana area has a regional population of more than 700,000 people with many diverse industry bases ranging from insurance, logistics, automotive, medical, food processing, and more. It is no wonder businesses in this area are looking to hire young professionals and graduates. With a dozen nearby colleges and universities, there are many young professionals and graduates looking to succeed in their careers in the Northeast Indiana region. But how are they to do that? To find out, I went looking for and spoke with seasoned professionals who gave me the secret on how to launch a career in Northeast Indiana. Justin Clupper, Director of Signature Programs at Greater Fort Wayne, said “The best thing to do is connect with the intent of communication; Begin networking, and building relationships in your specific industry and area.” This was followed by Ashley Calderon, Director of Career Services at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, who said, “89% of Indiana University-Purdue University students stay in this area. We know that employers are looking for candidates who have leadership skills because this is the number one skill employers are looking for at this time. Students need to be able to communicate effectively – in writing and verbally. This community is very well-connected, and students need to be able to navigate the connection in order to succeed in this area.” Ryan Krueckeberg, Vice President of the Board of Directors for Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana, said “I would suggest getting involved by utilizing the Leadership Institute by learning workplace leadership skills and community leadership skills. Meeting people, getting to know people, getting to know your community has been the biggest influencer in my career. Building relationships and fostering those relationships and allowing those relationships to lead you to other people. Making a valid effort to continuously educate yourself, whether it is by getting the degree or educating yourself in your community. There’s so many organizations who can...

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Let’s Comedy: Making Fort Wayne Laugh
Sep19

Let’s Comedy: Making Fort Wayne Laugh

Let’s Comedy has been making Fort Wayne laugh for three years, and they haven’t stopped yet. Jirk Comedy became Let’s Comedy, which has taken over 2016, claiming it to be “The Year of Comedy.” With comedic acts like Hannibal Buress and Sasheer Zamata from Saturday Night Live coming to The Fort, this group is fostering change in Fort Wayne. The culture formed around the intimate downtown venues and the amount of talent of all the artists in Fort Wayne has softened the way that artists and talent agencies view this demographic. Hayley Johnson of Let’s Comedy said, “They are just popping up everywhere and it’s great!” Let’s Comedy has 15 local venues in Fort Wayne which include The Tiger Room at CS3 and Brass Rail. They have even garnered partnerships with the Indianapolis comedy communities. Let’s Comedy has expanded to offer open mic nights now for all types of art like acting, writing, comedies, physical acts like juggling and magic shows, and more. This type of show will be called Guerrilla Warfare, and we can’t wait to hear more about it. If you’re looking to brush up your own comedy chops, workshops are available to develop your own skills ranging from sketch, improvisation, and writing. Hayley Johnson said “How do we make these cities a better place?” Let’s Comedy offers local comedians opportunities to express themselves in a safe environment.  Let’s Comedy also assists with all types of local businesses and corporate and charity events. Their next event is Jake “The Snake” Roberts’ UnSpokeN WorD TouR Live at CS3 on September 29 from 8:00pm-10:00pm. Check out details here. If you are interested in attending a show or are looking to make people laugh, visit their website or by following them on Facebook, Twitter, or...

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LFW Spotlight: Micheala Pattison
Aug31

LFW Spotlight: Micheala Pattison

Have you ever wondered who the people behind Living Fort Wayne are? Or maybe you’re curious about the different things our team does every day that make Living Fort Wayne the go-to destination for all the great things happening in our city.  In this spotlight series, we are featuring a few of our amazing volunteers who will share a bit about their contributions to Living Fort Wayne and what they do outside of their volunteer work with us. Next in our series is our Living Fort Wayne Scholars Program intern, Micheala Pattison! What is your role within LFW and why did you decide to volunteer for our blog? I am The Intern. I am a senior at IPFW studying Interpersonal and Organizational Communication with minors in Public Relations and Business. I volunteered for Living Fort Wayne because I am not from Fort Wayne so I wanted to learn more! So far, I have lived in the city for three years and I love it! I think it has a lot to offer that not enough people know about, including myself! I’m a writer by trade so helping Living Fort Wayne promote a city I love through writing which I love is a perfect fit. Tell us one thing about your life outside of LFW. (Job, Family, pets, hobbies, etc). I have a six month old puppy named Mila. She is a great excuse for getting in my daily dose of exercise as well as spending time with my boyfriend. We love going for walks with her because she has so much fun and we enjoy laughing at her excitement when she sees a new person because she is so friendly. There is never a dull moment when I hang out with her and she is more photogenic than I am which is hilarious. If you could live any other place in the world, beside FW, where would you live and why? I would love to live in Paris. I’ve never been but I would love to go. I’ve heard the culture is amazing; I’ve had the food and it is amazing. I just think Paris is amazing so I would love to live there. If you had a friend coming in from out of town, what is the one can’t-miss thing you would show them or do with them in FW? I would show them Laser X and Ultrazone, because I love laser tag and if you are going to do one, you have to do the other. Then we would go downtown for food, so much food. If you were going to karaoke tonight, what song would you sing?...

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