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January 2014


January 19, 2014

Employment Gaps

... Whether someone was laid off, returned to school or took off work to raise a family, be honest with employers, said Sharese Dudley, director of career services at Indiana University Northwest...

January 18, 2014

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January 12, 2014

January 04, 2014

January 02, 2014

December 2013


December 29, 2013

NWI Times: Post Operative Pain

... A local analyst said those three areas likely will see some of the best job growth in 2014 in Northwest Indiana. Following the housing crisis from 2007 to 2010, the Region lost more than 31,000 jobs in Lake, Porter, Newton and Jasper counties, said Micah Pollak, assistant professor of economics at Indiana University Northwest.

December 21, 2013

Gary plan starting to come together with transit grant

Picture light rail or a rapid transit bus running every 10 minutes down Broadway through Gary, maybe all the way to Crown Point. Indiana University Northwest Professor Earl Jones can envision such beefed-up public transportation along the Steel City's main thoroughfare

December 09, 2013

December 07, 2013

November 2013


November 22, 2013

IUN celebrates student scholarship at annual event

Indiana University Northwest thanked its donors, friends and alumni at its annual celebration of student scholarships recently. The event, in which donors and scholarship recipients came together to celebrate the significance of philanthropy, provided an opportunity for attendees to learn about the profound difference the gift of a scholarship makes for an individual.

Women trailblazers: Leading America’s business schools

... and Anna Rominger, dean of Indiana University Northwest’s School of Business and Economics are four women who were at the right place at the right time with the right stuff to steer their institutions in powerful new directions.

November 19, 2013

November 16, 2013

The Gender Gap: Changing roles in education and economy, love and marriage

For the past couple of decades, more women have been attending college than men, and the gap is projected to continue growing. This trend is reflected in Northwest Indiana’s three largest universities: Valparaiso University has 52 percent women, Purdue Calumet is at 57 percent, and Indiana University Northwest brings in a whopping 67 percent of female students. There are many reasons behind the statistics. For one, “there’s a greater economic benefit of a college education for women,” said Cynthia O’Dell, Associate Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs and a member of the Women and Gender Studies Program at IUN.

November 15, 2013

IU Northwest Celebrates Student Scholarships and Campus Supporters

On Thursday evening, donors, friends, and alumni of IU Northwest came together in the school’s annual celebration of student scholarships at the Avalon Manor in Hobart. Scholarship recipients and donors celebrated the significance of philanthropy at the event, which provided an opportunity for attendees to learn about the significant impact the gift of a scholarship can have on an individual.

Indiana University Northwest celebrates scholarship

Indiana University Northwest Chancellor William Lowe celebrated student scholarship and bestowed his highest honor — The Chancellor's Medallion — on four couples who have rendered distinguished service to the university as well as the community.

November 14, 2013

Indiana’s Domestic Battery Law Makes Court Action Tough

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Indiana University Northwest Dr. Joseph Ferrandino reviewed over over 3,500 domestic violence calls in Gary Indiana and found few arrests and even fewer prosecutions. After interviewing nine veteran officers from throughout Northwest Indiana, Ferrandino believes the problem may be Indiana’s domestic battery, which is more narrowly crafted than surrounding states.

November 11, 2013

November 04, 2013

Preparing college students

Kristy Moreland will finish her degree from Indiana University Northwest this December, but her road to graduation wasn't an easy one. Originally, Moreland had planned to pursue a career in education. But something didn't feel right.

November 01, 2013

October 2013


October 31, 2013

IU Northwest guard DeWell has RedHawks in capable hands

... At IUN practices, the junior starting point guard leads all of the sprints, pushes hardest during defensive drills and is the first in line for everything. That spirit was what impressed IUN coach Ryan Shelton when DeWell was at Boone Grove and mulling offers from bigger schools that were farther away.

Poverty, economic growth focus of regional meeting

Indiana University Northwest researchers Micah Pollak and Surekha Rao demonstrated poverty trends and their relationship to unemployment and educational attainment Wednesday afternoon at IUN’s biannual Chancellor’s Commission on Community Engagement.

Poverty, economic growth focus of regional meeting

Poverty reaches across Northwest Indiana into communities not traditionally considered areas of low incomes, and creating solutions will involve a regional partnership to stimulate economic growth and educational opportunities. Speakers stressed that message during Wednesday’s Chancellor’s Commission for Community Engagement at Indiana University Northwest focusing on poverty and economic growth.

October 25, 2013

Local lawyers encourage aspiring attorneys

A panel of legal experts — judges and attorneys from across Northwest Indiana and the Chicago south suburbs — shared their life, background and careers with aspiring attorneys Thursday. The panel discussion, at the Savannah Center at Indiana University Northwest, was hosted by IUN assistant professor Dan Tsataros, who is also an attorney.

October 21, 2013

October 18, 2013

Domestic violence has many faces, IUN researcher says

Ten years of developing and teaching a class on women and crime taught her violence isn't an isolated event for women in prison, said Tanice Foltz, sociology professor and director of Women and Gender Studies at Indiana University Northwest.

October 15, 2013

IUN Center for Urban and Regional Excellence open house showcases community pacts

Through its Center for Urban and Regional Excellence, Indiana University Northwest builds partnerships with all sectors of the community surrounding the urban campus. The commitment that IUN Chancellor William Lowe called “a strategic priority” was showcased Tuesday during the CURE open house for students, faculty, staff and community organizations at the John W. Anderson Library Conference Center.

October 11, 2013

The Race to Learning

... The Urban Teachers Education Program of Indiana University Northwest was the liaison between Starting Grid and GCSC.The collaborative effort is ultimately intended to strengthen underprivileged students’ participation in the academic areas of STEM.

October 08, 2013

October 07, 2013

EDITORIAL: Expand protection against domestic violence

... Joseph Ferrandino, assistant professor of criminal justice at Indiana University Northwest, is achieving fame for his data-driven response to public safety questions. Ferrandino found a low number of arrests resulting from the high number of emergency calls related to domestic violence in the region...

October 06, 2013

September 2013


September 28, 2013

Study: Few arrests for number of domestic battery calls

... On the cusp of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a study shows a low number of arrests considering the high number of emergency calls. "We wanted to understand this," said Joseph Ferrandino, assistant professsor of criminal justice in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University Northwest in Gary...

September 22, 2013

How social media can help you lose a job

. . . Andrea Griffin, a professor of human resource management at Indiana University Northwest, said the issue of what an employee can be fired for in regards to social media is very complex.

September 21, 2013

NWI Times: Panel hoped to stir health care discussion

Sam Flint wants Indiana residents to get angry. The associate professor at Indiana University Northwest in Gary, who also serves as associate director in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, was part of a panel last week discussing the Affordable Care Act and Indiana's failure to expand Medicaid under the law.

September 20, 2013

Online courses in higher education

Today’s online college courses can help students overcome the challenges of time, location and obligation in order to pursue their dreams of higher education.

Student success matters at IU Northwest

Indiana University Northwest understands the challenges students face in completing a four-year or advanced university degree. Consider the convenience IU Northwest offers to help our students achieve academic success.

September 18, 2013

IUN Professor Advocates State Medicaid Expansion

A professor from Indiana University Northwest says the State of Indiana could be losing money due to its decision not to expand Medicaid in light of the passage of the Affordable Care Act.Samuel Flint is Associate Director of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUN.

September 17, 2013

Affordable Care Act gets spotlight at IUN

Indiana University Northwest student government marked Constitution Day on Tuesday with a discussion on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.Marie Eisenstein and Jean Poulard, associate professor and professor, respectively, of political science at IUN, and Todd McNeely, a student of fine arts, discussed “The Post-Obama Constitution: Views on the Affordable Care Act,” commonly referred to as “Obamacare.”

ACA, aka “Obamacare,” Gets Constitution Day Review

Even though law since 2010, the nation’s healthcare policy still has people unaware of the new way it will be handled across the country. The Affordable Care Act was the focus of a political panel discussion about the post-Obama Constitution. Indiana University Northwest faculty and students celebrated today’s Constitution Day with a discussion about the Affordable Care Act.

August 2013


August 18, 2013

IU Northwest Connects Students and Employers

Each year, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) surveys its employer members on hiring plans and other employment-related issues in order to assess a variety of conditions that may influence the job market for new college graduates.

August 16, 2013

The first night of an unlikely 'King Lear' at Theatre Northwest

This is what's known as serendipity: Norman Caplan, an experienced director who regards "King Lear" Shakespeare's best and most difficult play, and has read it at least 100 times and seen countless performances, (including an Eastern European gangster version at Goodman with Stacy Keach) makes some calls last Spring. Norm finds out from Mark Baer, assistant professor of performing arts at IUN, that there is space available.

The New York Police Department Can Improve Its Frisk Management

... There’s a fair bit of academic research on stop-and-frisk, most of it looking at the racial aspect that drew the judge’s censure. “Overall,” Indiana University-Northwest’s Joseph Ferrandino writes about this research, “there is less empirical evidence on the effectiveness of NYPD stop and frisk policy than on the equity of its application.” ...

August 14, 2013

Some say vouchers push limits of the law

... Marie Eisenstein, associate professor of political science at Indiana University Northwest, said she could have seen the high court's decision go either way. She said the ruling follows the theory that the "money follows the child" to use as the parent deems fit...

August 07, 2013

Gary Murder Compared to Epidemic

... Indiana University Northwest professor Joseph Ferrandino works with public health and prevention for Gary’s Anti-violence Prevention Committee. Ferrandino is looking at the spike in homicides differently, “Trying to produce some type of intervention just like you would in dealing with a public health issue...

July 2013


July 11, 2013

State OKs funding for new Tamarack Hall at IUN

The State Budget Committee gave the go-ahead Wednesday for a $45 million project to rebuild Tamarack Hall on the Indiana University Northwest campus in Gary. The planned 106,065-square-foot building will be shared by IU Northwest and the Northwest campus of Ivy Tech Community College in a unique arrangement intended to encourage Ivy Tech students to finish their bachelor's degrees at IU Northwest.

State OKs $45M plan to replace IUN’s Tamarack Hall

Indiana University Northwest’s plans for a new building to replace Tamarack Hall in Gary has been approved by the State Budget Committee. A plan approved by Indiana University trustees will cost $45 million, and will serve both Indiana University Northwest and Ivy Tech Community College Northwest.

July 08, 2013

IUN prof teaches students app design at iGarage

Indiana University Northwest Professor Ranjan Kini is introducing interested business students to a tool which will add to their marketable job skills and may even one day help them make a name for themselves.

July 03, 2013

June 2013


June 12, 2013

June 10, 2013

June 02, 2013

Health care remains hottest career field

An obvious pattern has developed in Indiana’s health care industry: people get hired. The industry’s track record isn’t a recent phenomenon and has been predictable, says Patrick Bankston, Associate Dean and Director of Indiana University School of Medicine-Northwest.

Professionals to Watch: Ranjan Kini

Ranjan Kini brings both regional and international perspectives to his students as an information systems professor at Indiana University Northwest’s School of Business and Economics.

May 2013


May 17, 2013

Raising cash for Thirst Project wells

For nearly a billion of the Earth's inhabitants, the nearest water could be miles away and it often isn't fit for anyone to use, mixed with all manner of pollutants and disease-carrying contamination. That's why the students in the Indiana University Northwest Geology Club got involved in the Thirst Project's Walk for Water program, which raises money to dig wells to provide freshwater to people in underdeveloped countries.

May 03, 2013

Gary EMS call volume has not mirrored population drop

A graduate-level student project mapping emergency medical service response in Gary shows the volume of calls are down slightly but not to the same degree as the city's population drop, driving the rate up. Joseph Ferrandino, an assistant professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University Northwest, said students took data he collected from 2002 through 2011, converted it into information and mapped it.

April 2013


April 25, 2013

Motivational speaker tells how to attract, keep talented employees

Gathering talented people for a business or organization helps create success, but how those people are treated in their work environment determines if they will stay or move on. How to become an influential leader who attracts and keeps talented people was the focus of Garrison Wynn’s presentation Thursday at the eighth annual Business Speakers Series Luncheon at the Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza.

April 14, 2013

IU Northwest weekend MBA students benefit from international experience

Most community-based institutions of higher learning offer flexible options for students who work full-time and pursue their degrees on a part-time basis. At Indiana University Northwest - where the School of Business and Economics is accredited by AACSB International, a benchmark of quality attained by only 5 percent of business schools worldwide - the Weekend MBA for Professionals is an intense 18-month program designed specifically to meet the needs of local business leaders, executives and working professionals.

April 13, 2013

April 11, 2013

Jackie Robinson's fight in baseball continues

... Charles P. Gallmeier, the chair of the sociology and anthropology department at Indiana University Northwest, said that Robinson's entry into Major League Baseball was the "single most important change in sports of any kind."

April 04, 2013

IU Northwest, Gary herald partnership

The city is partnering with Indiana University Northwest to create a framework that enables the city to make solid business growth decisions.The partnership evolved from “Leadership IU,” developed by the Kelley School of Business at the Bloomington campus to tap into the leadership and knowledge of the university’s faculty and staff and apply it to improve the community.

IUN, Gary partner to bring positive change to community

A partnership between Indiana University Northwest and the city of Gary has been developed to bring sustainable economic development to its shared community.The initiative, Leadership IU Northwest, is led by a team of university and city personnel who will implement innovative ways of thinking about economic development.

April 01, 2013

March 2013


March 27, 2013

U.S. trade imbalance: 'Every second counts'

The clock literally is ticking on the U.S. trade deficit, and each second puts the country farther behind in the world economic community, as an Indiana University Northwest professor illustrated Tuesday.

March 18, 2013

Grant request aims to target areas of high crime

Targeting crime regionally is the aim of a new federal grant request by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute that will involve the Hammond, East Chicago and Gary police departments. If the $300,000 grant is received, the funding will allow innovation in addressing crime, said Joseph Ferrandino, assistant professor of criminal justice at Indiana University Northwest's School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

March 17, 2013

February 2013


February 23, 2013

Access to ongoing education vital to raising quality of life

Tracy Traut left her job in Chicago to take care of a sick parent.Danielle Dotson needed to focus on caring for her five children. But after a while the two mothers felt the urge to re-enter the workforce. Both had started college, but never finished their degrees. They headed to Indiana University Northwest,...

February 22, 2013

February 18, 2013

Environmental artist weaves nature with discarded items for IUN exhibit

Bonnie Zimmer is a bit like Oscar the Grouch. She loves trash. "As old art teacher, I never threw anything away," she said. But unlike the furry green guy from "Sesame Street," Zimmer loves nature, too. Zimmer's pieces are featured in an exhibit called "Objects of Contemplation: Rural Hybrids" on display through March 8 at the Gallery for Contemporary Art in the Savannah Center at Indiana University Northwest.

February 17, 2013

NWI needs health facilities, better data

All who are interested in health or health care in Northwest Indiana should read the section on health in the 2012 Quality of Life Indicators report. This, among other studies, points to Northwest Indiana as one the areas of the state where citizens rank lowest in categories commonly used as indicators of health — like numbers of smokers, health outcomes, and diet and exercise.

January 2013


January 30, 2013

NWI economic forecast sees better days ahead

A Northwest Indiana economy that has been idling along in neutral for the past year could finally shift into gear within six months, according to the most recent reading from the NWI Leading Index.

January 29, 2013

Cadaver Ceremony Used to Teach Patient Care

When medical students finish working with cadavers, they are sometimes joined by the families of body-donors for funeral-like ceremonies. One medical school professor says the ceremonies help teach aspiring doctors about total patient care.

January 27, 2013

EDUCATION: Enrollments roll with economy

Enrollments remain strong at local colleges as the economy recovers ever so slowly, with large uncertainties such as the fiscal cliff still looming, according to Micah Pollak, Indiana University Northwest assistant professor of economics.

Hold the fries: Obamacare may drive up fast-food costs

Next year's order of a burger, fries and pop could cost more, as the fast food industry braces for the impact of the Affordable Care Act.Often, workers who prepare and serve food are not offered insurance. That will change in 2014 because of a mandate through the act, commonly known as Obamacare.

January 25, 2013

Times editorial advisers make suggestions for improving NW Indiana

A Lake County local option income tax and a retooled South Shore commuter train that brings Chicago residents to the region were among suggestions made to improve Northwest Indiana.Community leaders offered their opinions Friday during a luncheon meeting at Innsbrook Country Club as part of their service on the 2013 Times Editorial Advisory Board.

January 22, 2013

Medical students to honor cadavers at memorial service

Medical students at Indiana University-Northwest will hold an unusual recognition ceremony this week. They will hold a memorial service Friday with the families of six people who donated their bodies for the students' education.

January 19, 2013

Urban League taking applications for diversity awards

The Urban League of Northwest Indiana, Inc. is accepting applications for awards to be announced at its First Annual Diversity Awards Luncheon to be held on Thursday, March 21, 2013. The event will be hosted at the Avalon Banquet Center in Merrillville, where awards will be presented to business and organizations throughout Lake, and LaPorte and Porter counties that embrace and celebrate inclusion and diversity as their way of doing business.

January 18, 2013

January 17, 2013

Civil rights pioneers come together in fictional ‘Meeting’

Much has been made of the philosophical differences between civil rights pioneers Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcom X.In his crusade for equality, King took a stance of non-violence, while Malcom X’s approach, also not encouraging violence, encouraged his followers to not turn the other cheek if confronted.

January 12, 2013

Report: Region lacks critical care center for pediatric patients

A study of Northwest Indiana hospitals shows a gaping hole in care for critically ill children.None offers a pediatric intensive care unit, which means children who are severely injured or suffering from serious illness are sent to Chicago-area hospitals, Indianapolis or South Bend.

January 07, 2013

A Better Placement Test Helps a Math Department in Multiple Ways

To the Editor: Most students at Indiana University Northwest take the mathematics-placement exam years after their last high-school mathematics class, not being aware that their knowledge has faded in the interim. The mathematics faculty at the university, which has a diverse student body, long ago realized that we needed something better than “a single standardized test that students generally don’t prepare for or take seriously.”

January 06, 2013

January 01, 2013

Student teaching adapts to changes in education

A third-grader rushes up to Cristen Coffey to share her work, and Coffey hugs her and offers encouragement.Coffey, 25, has been student teaching at Polk Elementary in Lake Station since October and she’s more confident than ever that she’s made the right career choice.

December 2012


December 31, 2012

December 28, 2012

Healthy Path leads to wellness

A group of Indiana University Northwest students from the College of Health and Human Services participated recently in the Healthy Path community-education event as part of CHHS’s Interprofessional Education Program.

December 27, 2012

Region economy slows as cliff fears take shape

Lackluster growth in retail sales and a drop in regional employment took some holiday cheer out of Northwest Indiana's economy last month, according to an index that gauges regional economic dynamics.

December 22, 2012

Region peers over edge of fiscal cliff

The country’s upcoming “fiscal cliff” might appear as a far-off threat to many people, but it would likely have a real effect on residents in Northwest Indiana, including those who already struggle economically.

December 19, 2012

December 15, 2012

IU Northwest, Gary PD form Citizens' Police Academy

Recently, the Indiana University Police Department – Northwest (IUPD-NW), in conjunction with the City of Gary Police Department, announced the launch of a Citizens’ Police Academy at a joint press conference in the John W. Anderson Library Conference Center (room 105), located on the Indiana University Northwest campus.

December 11, 2012

December 10, 2012

December 09, 2012

December 06, 2012

IUN students put their marketing skills to the test

GARY — Red Hawk Marketing is a small company of 15 associates who plan marketing events and conduct research for clients. What’s unique about Red Hawk Marketing? All the employees are students at Indiana University Northwest.

IUN students put marketing strategy to work

GARY │ Indiana University Northwest students in the School of Business and Economics’ senior-level Consumer Behavior class executed an integrated marketing plan that raised the level of awareness in its target market of 18 to 24-year-olds to vehicles offered by Mike Anderson Chevrolet.

December 03, 2012

Robots on parade

When mentioning robotic competition involving Lego blocks, the challenges and concerns of senior citizens don’t seem to connect.

December 02, 2012

November 2012


November 27, 2012

November 20, 2012

November 19, 2012

Local business schools change course

If the resources of every church were added together, the millions of employees and billion dollar operating budgets would rival the size of the nation’s largest corporations.

November 18, 2012

Four Hammond schools' robotics teams advance

Coaches, classmates and families cheered from the sidelines Sunday as teams clad in a rainbow of T-shirts from Northwest Indiana schools demonstrated how they used engineering, computer programming and research skills to build robots to solve real life problems.

November 16, 2012

IU Northwest Welcomes New Athletic Director

Indiana University Northwest recently announced the appointment of Kristofer Schnatz as its new athletic director. Schnatz comes from Purdue University North Central (PNC), where he served as assistant athletic director and head coach of the men's basketball team.

November 15, 2012

October 2012


October 29, 2012

October 24, 2012

Greek tragedy modernized in IUN's ‘Eurydice’

Mark Baer, director of Indiana University Northwest’s Theatre Northwest’s production of “Eurydice,” expects many attendees of their play to relate to the struggle forced upon the play’s central character.

October 20, 2012

Viewing care mandate through a different lens

Proponents of a federal requirement giving women more access to contraception say the rule isn't unconstitutional and already has been revised to take into account the views of religious groups.

October 19, 2012

October 17, 2012

October 14, 2012

October 12, 2012

October 08, 2012

Woody Guthrie at 100

Woody Guthrie has been having a blowout of a 100th birthday party, and it's lasted all year long. Forty-five years after his death in 1967, you can suddenly hear him everywhere.

October 05, 2012

September 2012


September 30, 2012

September 28, 2012

Not your 10th grade geometry

An inaugural collaboration between the Indiana University Northwest Gallery for Contemporary Art and the Indiana University Art Museum is culminating in an exhibit of brightly colored, geometric sculptures.

NWI economy still in low gear

Northwest Indiana's economy continued to idle in August, with softness in employment and average hours worked continuing to drag on business activity.

September 27, 2012

Art and math equal 'Color' at IUN

The sculptures on display at Indiana University by Morton C. Bradley have elicited responses from viewers outside of the art strata according to IU Curator of Campus Art Sherry Rouse.

September 24, 2012

September 16, 2012

September 14, 2012

September 08, 2012

Indiana not 'battleground' state this year

INDIANAPOLIS | A once-in-a-generation presidential candidate with a huge campaign cash advantage turned Indiana in 2008 from solidly Republican into a battleground state narrowly won by Democrat Barack Obama.

September 07, 2012

September 01, 2012

New labor law pinches unions

It’s only been about six months since Indiana legislators passed the so-called right-to-work bill and already its adverse effects are being felt at the union hall and negotiating table, according to union leaders and labor experts.

August 2012


August 29, 2012

August 27, 2012

August 26, 2012

August 24, 2012

Local economy shows rays of hope

There are some rays of hope sprinkled in the NWI Index, a new two-part barometer of the Northwest Indiana economy, but causes for concern remain.

August 20, 2012

August 10, 2012