Release – Elmhurst Tours for Alumni, Staff and Families
Nov02

Release – Elmhurst Tours for Alumni, Staff and Families

News release from Waynedale.com   On November 10 and 11, alumni, their immediate families, and school staff will have a final opportunity to tour their former school and ‘Meet & Greet’ with fellow alums. The event will also feature food trucks offering Elmhurst ‘famous’ cafeteria food such as sticky buns, pizza and more. In addition, guests will have an opportunity to help revive the previously abandoned alumni association. The event will host the following groups each day of the two-day event: Friday, November 10; 8 am – 6 pm: Alumni who graduated in years 1969 or earlier, and their immediate family only, as well as former staff members. Saturday, November 11; 8 am – 6 pm: Alumni who graduated in years 1970 or after, and their immediate family only. All attendees will have the opportunity to experience a 25 minute guided walking tour of the main floor of the building, passing main features of their experiences as a student or staff member, such as the music rooms, courtyards, stage and auditorium, lecture room, staff areas, cafeteria, library, main gym and more. A suggested donation of $5 will be collected at the entrance. Proceeds will benefit the Waynedale community, split between the Waynedale Sidewalks & Trails Initiative and the Waynedale Corridor Project. Following the tour, guests are invited to the Main Gym for a ‘Meet & Greet’ with fellow alumni. There will be light refreshments and seating to allow guests to reminisce about their experiences. There will also be Elmhurst mementos available for purchase as a fundraiser for Waynedale community causes. The idea for such an event came from many alumni’s comments; which is when Daniel Westrick (class of 1995) and Josh Wolfe (class of 1996) began a Facebook group to start gathering input and collecting all class lists of names of alumni. With their experience of organizing community events, The Waynedale News was asked to lead the event and to pursue an agreement with Hanson Aggregates. Camille Garrison, Marketing Director for Kingston Residence Assisted Living and local community advocate has also assisted with the primary planning of event space, volunteers and tours. With a limited two day time-frame for tours and high attendance anticipated, it is suggested for attendees to arrive early and expect a line. Attendees should look for directional signage for parking and other instructions, which will be posted on the days of the event. As the building has been sitting empty for seven years, attendees should be cautioned that there is some deterioration and they will be required to sign a liability waiver before entering the building. No food, drinks or pets will be allowed inside....

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Meet the IPFW Alumni Association president
Oct02

Meet the IPFW Alumni Association president

Last week we were introduced to the IPFW Alumni Association in our blog spotlight of the organization. This week we take a closer look as we profile Mike Kanning, President of the IPFW Alumni Association. Mike works as a project manager for Medical Protective, a Berkshire Hathaway company. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University in 1992 and an MBA from Indiana University in 1999. Mike was a founding member of Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana (YLNI) and is a contributor to Living Fort Wayne.     How would you describe your role with the Alumni Association?  I’ve volunteered for this organization in various capacities over the last decade, and I’m fortunate to be in a leadership role during the 50th anniversary of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW). These are times of reflection and rebirth, and I’m excited to help guide our Alumni organization through many changes. It’s challenging and rewarding to see the organization eschew the “same old thing” and dedicate ourselves to growth so that IPFW is flourishing for the next 50 years. We are expanding the number of volunteer opportunities so more people can get involved in committees with a smaller time investment. This way, they can check out what the Alumni Association is all about and decide if they want to take a larger role later on down the road. I invite all Alumni to reach out and see what you can do to help, no matter how big or small your contribution might be. Why did you become involved with the Alumni Association at IPFW? I am thrilled to have two prestigious degrees from IPFW – one from Purdue University and one from Indiana University – which I achieved while living in my hometown. My story is not uncommon to many other alumni, in that I worked full time during most of my college life.  It’s awesome to find a university which can integrate into my work-life balance like IPFW does. And while the price of a college degree is skyrocketing, IPFW remains an incredible value. Having this quality, affordable education is paramount to a thriving community. Fort Wayne is blessed to have this gem in their own back yard. I want to help promote the University so that everyone realizes how special this is to our northeast Indiana region. What have some of your visions for this upcoming year?  The Alumni Association works hand in hand with the Alumni Relations office, which is undertaking new initiatives in networking. At any stage in your career, you can benefit from knowing people who work in the same field as you do. I...

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Building bridges with the IPFW Alumni Association
Sep25

Building bridges with the IPFW Alumni Association

As an alumnus and staff member at IPFW, it may be expected for me to say this, but “go ‘Dons!” I learned quite a bit about the resources available to alumni while writing this piece and can’t wait to see what’s in store for the future. Check it out!     Opportunities are growing for alumni! This year is a big year for IPFW, as it celebrates its 50th anniversary, and the IPFW Alumni Association has big plans for the future with over 55,000 alumni out there and more on the way. The IPFW Alumni Relations’s new leadership team of Debra Boggs, Director, and Christopher Riley, Assistant Director of Membership and Affinity, are working on developing chapters for IPFW alumni who now live in other parts of the country to gather today and stay connected. Boggs, an IPFW alumna, and Riley are busy developing a beginning framework for these regional chapters, which will provide alumni with valuable networking opportunities, a sense of community, and tools to support the Alumni Association. Pilot chapters will begin in the near future for Allen County, Indianapolis, and Chicago. Mike Kanning, a founding member of Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana, recently began his term as President of the Board of Directors for the IPFW Alumni Association after serving with the organization in various capacities over the past decade. “I’m fortunate to be in a leadership role during the 50th anniversary of IPFW,” said Kanning. “These are times of reflection and rebirth, and I’m excited to help guide our Alumni organization through many changes.” Getting involved! Riley identified three major reasons alums get involved: To support their institution with their time, talent, treasure, and network To represent the institution positively and with pride, and To help recruit students to the university. Getting involved with the Alumni Association can be as simple as coming out to an alumni event like the annual Alumni Mastodon Roast at the Steel Dynamics Keith E. Busse IPFW Alumni Center on October 7th, which will feature a hog roast, music, networking, and events for kids. Guests can still register for this event by contacting Alumni Relations, but be on the lookout for other exciting events throughout the year like IPFW’s Homecoming Celebration on January 24, 2015, the Alumni Night at the Tincaps, new Affinity Networking Events for alumni and students, and an outdoor concert with tailgating during the fall of 2015. At these events, alumni can network, see old friends, and get updates on what’s happening at IPFW. The IPFW Alumni Association invites everyone to become a member.  For one registration fee, members get both the IPFWAA membership, as well as membership from Indiana...

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