Reason #11—July 28, 2014
Looking Back, Looking Forward

Karl Kirby Pence, ’72 alumnus

IPFW has made its presence known in Fort Wayne from a very early time. Indiana University began offering classes in the community in 1918, while Purdue followed in 1941. Both universities moved into Kettler Hall in August of 1964 and began offering classes that fall term to approximately 3,100 students.

Alumnus Karl Kirby Pence considers himself a lucky man, as he had the privilege of attending classes at IPFW back in the 1960s. He struggled "with the moral and political issues" of that time from "the comforts and challenges" at the university. Now, he celebrates IPFW "every morning by getting up and going to school to teach my high school students how to think, to learn, and to grow."

In 1972, the library was moved from Kettler Hall to the then-new Helmke Library on campus. Numerous new buildings have sprouted up and academic as well as department reorganizations have occurred frequently throughout the years. Like Karl’s students, IPFW is continuously growing.

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