Single-entity IPFW part of our identity
As an individual who has volunteered over the last 20 years for a number of nonprofits and helped raise funds in this community, I am keenly aware of the importance of a strong IPFW. From a private investment standpoint, we have been blessed to receive millions of dollars in private support for our campus. A few examples: The Ron Venderly Family Bridge, Steel Dynamics Keith E. Busse IPFW Alumni Center, Walter Helmke Library, John and Ruth Rhinehart Music Center and Ernest E. Williams Theatre. Additional millions have been given in direct scholarship support of students, with the majority designated for students studying in particular programs.
Many of IPFW’s outstanding, iconic campus structures exist thanks to the commitment of these lead donors and many thousands of others who have given their time and treasure. The generosity of the community has provided us with state-of-the-art learning facilities and an alluring campus not only for students to learn in but for the community to enjoy.
The community also benefits from IPFW’s outreach to us. The Sculpture with a Purpose program (for IPFW’s 50th anniversary) has brightened our city with the work of local and national artists, creating objects of celebration, wonder and creativity to be enjoyed by generations to come. The Mastodons on Parade (for IPFW’s 40th anniversary) created 40 works of art that are still seen throughout the community and that inspire a sense of excitement and pride for all of us. IPFW also hosts annual events such as the Three Rivers Children’s Fest. We also cannot forget the Omnibus Lecture Series, 21 years strong now and sponsored by the English Bonter Mitchell Foundation, which has brought hundreds of nationally and internationally recognized speakers to our community and region at no cost to attendees.
With all these examples of private giving to IPFW and its role in giving back to us, I am concerned about our future. The IPFW brand is a strong one, and one that many donors recognize. If we break that brand in two, what effect will that have on our fundraising efforts? Will IPFW be able to have the same community outreach in two entities as it has had in one? Donor dollars go much further under one united name and purpose. Donors, whether they give $100 or $100,000, are investing in our community and its students when they give to IPFW and not the national corporate brands of Purdue and IU. That support has served our community well for many years, and I hope it continues to do so for many years to come.
Meaning of Easter lost amid bunnies, eggs
Celebration of Resurrection – from the dead.
The absolute single greatest event in the history of humankind.
The promise of new hope, new beginning, and new life.
Forgiveness, freedom and a future.
Yet, sadly – tragically – for many Easter has degenerated into nothing more than a celebration of bunnies, eggs, outfits, flowers, candy and chocolate.
Many people today are like the followers of Christ after his crucifixion – they are puzzled, bewildered and almost afraid to face life, not to mention death. They feel confused, hopeless, helpless and lost.
But, Christ’s resurrection gives meaning.
It’s not only that a living Christ enables us to face life – He empowers us to face death.
We do not like to think about death. We pretend that it won’t happen. But we must face it.
And for the true believer and follower of Jesus Christ, death is neither gloomy nor tragic nor fearful. For Jesus says, "…because I live, you shall live also." For the child of God, death is an enemy defeated and despoiled of its power. It is simply the gateway into a fuller life. To be absent from the body is to be "present with the Lord"; to depart and be with Christ is "far better."
Instead of celebrating bunnies and baskets, why not prove with all those who have believed in Jesus Christ that this is truth? We all must decide what we are going to do with the Resurrection. You can reject, or accept, Christ’s sacrifice for you.
"If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. … Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."
May you experience a blessed Resurrection Day!
Pastor, Victory Christian Fellowship
Ohioans overcome time zone struggles
The recent letter regarding the negative effects of being in the Eastern Time Zone makes me wonder how the students who attend school just six miles east of me in Hicksville, Ohio do so well. Why are they not seeing the connection between their progress in school and the early-morning schedule they have kept all these many years? Why are they so blind to the benefits of being in the Central Time Zone?
It’s too bad that they don’t have Indiana people to show them the error of their ways.