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Last modified: Monday, February 4, 2013

IU President McRobbie meets students, faculty, community leaders during visit to Fort Wayne

Feb. 4, 2013

FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie traveled to the state's second-largest city on Feb. 1 for a full day of activities, highlighted by a speech to business and political leaders and a visit to the IU School of Medicine on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

McRobbie visits IPFW

IU School of Medicine-Fort Wayne students, from left, Michael Maurer, Jessie Rice and Heather Brillhart look on as Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie participates in the simulation lab during his visit to campus Feb. 1.

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While in the city, McRobbie also met with IPFW Chancellor Vicky Carwein and several deans from the campus, and he sat down with editors of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette for a wide-ranging discussion.

In his speech, McRobbie stressed the importance of Fort Wayne and the IPFW campus to IU, noting that 80 percent of IPFW's graduates remain in northeastern Indiana after they earn a degree.

"The true value of IPFW is that it provides an excellent education that is both responsive and relevant to our students," McRobbie said. "Our students choose IPFW for a variety of reasons that include small class sizes, affordable tuition and flexible scheduling."

McRobbie added that students are also drawn to the campus knowing their degree carries the "imprimatur" of two great universities -- IU and Purdue.

Following his speech, McRobbie visited the IU School of Medicine-Fort Wayne where he witnessed -- and at one point participated in -- a simulated medical exam being performed as a teaching tool for students. He also met with a number of faculty members who shared highlights of their research designed to help stroke patients.

IU School of Medicine-Fort Wayne is a four-year program that currently serves 67 students. The school is in a recently renovated building on the IPFW campus.

McRobbie praised the medical school for its "rich and collaborative environment in which students thrive as they define the skills and build the knowledge they will need to treat patients in the 21st century."

McRobbie ended his day by sitting down for an informal discussion with a number of deans at IPFW. The campus, managed by Purdue, is the largest college institution in northeast Indiana with approximately 14,000 students, including 8,300 who are IU students.