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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