Noah Olson Surprised with One Brick Higher Award

Purdue University Fort Wayne Chancellor Ron Elsenbaumer surprised a student with the One Brick Higher Award for his heroic efforts to save the life of a person in need.

Freshman Noah Olson received the One Brick Higher Award during a timeout of the men’s basketball game during homecoming on Saturday, January 26.

One Brick Higher is a special honor presented to Purdue University faculty, staff, and students who go beyond the requirements of their role and through extraordinary effort to improve the lives of those around them, increase the effectiveness of the workplace, or prevent or solve problems.

In late November, Olson saw a young woman in distress jump into the freezing cold St. Joseph River. He jumped in after her and pulled her to safety. Emergency personnel arrived within minutes and took the woman and Olson to the hospital.

“We are so very proud of Noah,” said Chancellor Elsenbaumer. “It takes a very special person to risk their own safety to save the life of someone else and we honor him for his selflessness.”

Olson is a freshman majoring in mechanical engineering technology.

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Antigone – A Heroine for Our Time

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(Left to right) Students Corrie Taylor as Antigone and Brittney Bressler as Ismene

Antigone , reeling from a contentious civil war with profound bloodshed, now has the obligation to bury her dead brother. Sounds simple enough, but her uncle Creon, the new king, has decreed that her brother’s body should be left unburied for the birds to devour. If she disobeys her uncle there will be dire consequences, and yet, Antigone is determined to do what is right by her brother and what the gods demand, even if it leads to her eventual demise.

The character of Antigone, played by Corrie Taylor in the upcoming production at the Purdue University Fort Wayne Williams Theatre from Nov.  9 – 17, is fearless as she challenges authority and fights for justice. Because so many of the play’s moral, religious, and political dilemmas mirror those of today, audiences often view the ancient Greek tragedy as a contemporary parable.

“Antigone, to me, is this fearless, headstrong, and bravely loud creature with an unapologetic attitude,” explains Taylor. “She shakes the ground when she walks and moves mountains out of her way. However, she also has this brokenness, and is living with internal and emotional suffering caused by what happened to her and her family.”

People in our world today will recognize many of the themes and challenges in Antigone, as it speaks throughout the ages to any society, at any time in which it’s produced. That’s what makes it so relevant. Antigone is not willing to listen or compromise and King Creon is exactly the same way, not willing to compromise one inch. One of the devises used by Sophocles and other Greek playwrights to help us sort out this story is that of the often misunderstood Greek chorus.

While the Greek chorus on the surface may seem foreign to us today, audiences today see it used in virtually every contemporary musical on Broadway. Music Man or Guys and Dolls are prime examples of how the chorus continually works to propel the story forward. If all of the chorus numbers were to be deleted, with only solos and duets left on stage, the story would be gutted. It’s the same with Greek plays.

“A fully realized chorus is what’s missing in many Greek plays that are contemporarily produced,” said director Jeff Casazza. “Just as a chorus in a musical comments on what just happened or prepares the audience for the next scene by wiping the slate clean, the Greek chorus serves the same function.”

Casazza, who has had extensive training in devised theatre, has approached Antigone as an ensemble piece and has worked with the cast on myriad acting exercises to make sure they are all telling the same story, in the same world, at the same time. “It takes work, imagination, and an exciting rehearsal process to discover those opportunities as an ensemble,” explained Casazza. “The level of ownership in these devised components of the play happens fairly quickly for the actors and it’s exciting for the audience.”

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Four Fulbright Scholars in Four Years at Purdue University Fort Wayne

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Kyler HudsonA graduating senior has been awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship for the 2018-19 academic year. Kyler Hudson, majoring in political science and history, has been awarded a Fulbright grant to Canada.

The Fulbright Study/Research Grant that Hudson won will allow him to conduct independent research on the urban-rural divide in Canada’s western provinces while also earning his M.A. in political science at the University of Saskatchewan. He has also been admitted with full funding to IU’s Ph.D. program in political science, which he plan to pursue after a one-year deferral for the Fulbright.

2017-18

Nathaniel BrophyCody FuellingTwo graduating seniors have been awarded prestigious Fulbright Scholarships for the 2017-18 academic year. Nathaniel Brophy, majoring in political science, has been awarded a Fulbright grant to Romania. Cody Fuelling, an honors student graduating with degrees in history and political science, has been awarded a Fulbright grant to Luxembourg.

The Fulbright Study/Research Grants that Brophy and Fuelling have won will allow them to conduct independent research on projects they proposed. Brophy will research political parties and civic engagement in Romania, while Fuelling will examine the current state of genocide education in the secondary schools of Luxembourg.

2016-17

Alexander AllisonA graduating senior has been awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship for the 2016-17 academic year. Alexander Allison, an honors student majoring in history, has been awarded a Fulbright grant to Columbia.

The Fulbright Study/Research Grant that Allison won will allow him to teach English in Columbia.  He says he intenda to utilize the award by teaching English and getting to know the people and culture of Quibdó, Colombia.

 

“These awards continue a proud tradition at Purdue Fort Wayne,” said Dr. James Toole, director of the university’s office of major scholarship advising. “Our students have won four Fulbright awards in the last four years, and six Fulbright awards over the last decade. What this shows is that Purdue Fort Wayne is a place where exceptional students can go to achieve nationally recognized academic excellence.”

Hear from our Fulbright Scholarship recipients in this video.

Emma Rafuse Wins Summit League Championship

Emma Rafuse 1The best Summit League women’s cross country student-athlete all year was at her best on the most important day of the season Saturday. Purdue Fort Wayne’s Emma Rafuse cruised to the Summit League Championship with a time of 20:32.92 in Omaha, Neb. She set a school record for a 6K and broke the Summit League Championship record.  Read The Journal Gazette Blog

Purdue Fort Wayne’s Emma Rafuse cruised to the Summit League championship with a time of 20:32.92 in Omaha, Nebraska, setting a school record for a 6K and breaking the Summit League championship record. Read The Journal Gazette Article

Emma Rafuse of Purdue Fort Wayne won the women’s race in 20:32.92. Rapid City Stevens graduates Kendra Dykstra was 22nd for SDSU (22:31.73) and Jamie Schweiss was 25th (22:43.35). Read the Rapid City Journal Story

Chancellor Elsenbaumer Talks About His First Year

Chancellor Elsenbaumer PhotoFewer people stumble over their words these days when they greet Ron Elsenbaumer as the chancellor of Purdue Fort Wayne, not IPFW.

The transition to PFW went smoother than expected, Elsenbaumer said. When he started a year ago, the school had a good plan of what needed to happen, and the campus responded “extremely well” amid complex changes. The community, as reflected in fewer name gaffes, quickly adapted, he said. Read The Journal Gazette Article