New IPFW chancellor on campus

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - IPFW is undergoing a number of changes and one of those new changes was on campus Tuesday. Incoming chancellor Dr. Ron Elsenbaumer was on campus Tuesday to get the lay of the land.

Posted: Oct 20, 2017 9:24 AM
Updated: Oct 20, 2017 9:24 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - IPFW is undergoing a number of changes and one of those new changes was on campus Tuesday.

Incoming chancellor Dr. Ron Elsenbaumer was on campus to get the lay of the land and to talk about how his administration will go about improving the university.

"It's a matter of messaging and letting parents know just about what it is that we do and how important we are to the community and how important we are to their children," said Elsenbaumer .

Students told WFFT Local News they primarily want the new chancellor to address the same issue.

Caroline Otter and Kelly Strunk, two nursing majors, said, "I'd like to see like more on-campus activities."

Issac Thompson, a freshman, said "Just like a lot more campus activities."

"Make it more like a college campus where kids come and stay involved throughout the whole day instead of just coming to class," said Rebekah Freeman, another freshman.

These students have seen other college campuses and have some ideas how Elsenbaumer can improve student life at IPFW.

"You kind of just stay with people that you are in class with (that are in your major) all the time and as soon as you're done with school, you go home. So, if he could incorporate activities to unite all the different majors together I think that would really bring IPFW together as a community," said Otter and Strunk.

Freeman had a unique idea of his own. "I know they're a lot of musicians here... maybe like an on stage, stage thing out here where they can just play. Something like that because I know I like to sit around and listen to music, I feel like that would be kind of cool." So like an amphitheater? "Yeah something like that."

Elsenbaumer says part of the process will be hearing the students, saying, "We will be here. We want to listen. We want to understand, but we do want to be a trusted partner that responds to the needs of the community."

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