•Ball State University's online graduate business, education and nursing programs all ranked in the top 20 of national rankings released by U.S. News & World Report. A fourth program — the online bachelor's degree program — ranked in the top 30.
•Frank Paladino, Jack W. Schrey professor and department chair in IPFW's Department of Biological Sciences, is co-author of an article titled, “Predicting bycatch hotspots for endangered leatherback turtles on longlines in the Pacific Ocean,” which will be published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the Royal Society's flagship biological research journal.
•The Doermer School of Business at IPFW has maintained its business accreditation by AACSB International — The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
•Huntington University seeks comments from the public about the university as it prepares for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association will be on campus March 24-26. The university has been accredited by the commission since 1961. The public may submit comments to Third Party Comment on Huntington University, The Higher Learning Commission, 230 S. LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 or via www.ncahlc.org.
•Eight hospitality administration program students from Ivy Tech Community College Northeast were selected to travel to France to study French cuisine and cooking after competing in the Mystery Basket Competition.
•Ivy Tech Community College Northeast will host Interpreting the Dream, a Martin Luther King Jr. tribute, 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday in the Student Life Center gym on its North Campus at 3701 Dean Drive. Open to the public.
•The Lutheran Schools — 17 elementary schools and Concordia Lutheran High School in northeast Indiana — will host open houses noon-3 p.m. Sunday. To find a Lutheran school, call 203-4500 or visit www.thelutheranschools.org.
•Fort Wayne Community Schools will offer tours to families with children in elementary, middle and high schools on Tuesday. Families can visit most elementary schools 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. and visit middle and high schools 8-10 a.m. Bunche Montessori and Towles Intermediate schools offer tours 8:30-10:30 a.m. and noon-2 p.m. Deadline to submit school assignment applications is Jan. 31.
•Concordia Lutheran High School offers scholarships to academically qualified students. Students must apply for admission and for scholarships by Jan. 31. Applications are available at www.clhscadets.com under the Admissions tab or at the main office.
•Washington Elementary was honored as a Title I Distinguished School, one of just two in the state to receive the award from the National Title I Association and Indiana Department of Education.
•Bishop Luers High School will hold winter homecoming Jan. 31 at 333 E. Paulding Road. Dinner is 4:30-7 p.m. in the cafe, and reservations are required. Basketball game begins at 6 p.m., and dance team will perform at halftime. Contact Sarah Shank at sshank@bishop luers.org or 456-1261, Ext. 3039, for more information about events. Dance team alumni should contact Cindy Figel at cfigel@ bishopluers.org.