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Oct. 16, 2013 
Truven Informed Enrollment Tool Available Now 
Faculty and staff can get an estimate of their total cash outlay under each of Purdue's 2014 medical plans by using the Truven Informed Enrollment tool, which is ready now. Truven Informed Enrollment starts with the employee's medical and prescription drug claims having dates of service between April 2012 and March 2013. Truven then shows how the employee would fare under each of the 2014 medical plan options, if the employee had similar expenses next year. Estimates take into account premiums, deductibles, coinsurance, and any contributions that Purdue will make to the employee's health savings account (HSA). Read the details   View PowerPoints from recent IPFW benefits presentations
Leadership Series Session Available Via Live Stream 
The Administrative and Professional Staff Advisory Council (APSAC) is collaborating across regions to bring a professional development opportunity to all campuses via live stream. The Lovell Leadership Series will present "Leadership is an Attitude," presented by Professor Rodney Vandeveer, Purdue College of Technology. Using self-assessments and an interactive activity, Vandeveer will lead participants in understanding the six attitude traits of a strong leader. Additionally, he will help them understand how their attitude affects their ability to lead. The live stream will be Tuesday, November 5, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in Neff Hall, Room 101. The session will also be available online.   View flyer (PDF)
Senator Merritt Will Discuss Lifeline Law 
Indiana State Senator Jim Merritt will be at IPFW Monday, October 21, to discuss the Lifeline Law that he helped pass. The Lifeline Law is
an amnesty program for those who seek or refer medical care when they or their friends are under the influence of alcohol.

Senator Merritt will also speak about texting while driving, sexting, bath salts, and other drug issues. The session will be in Walb Union International Ballroom (150) at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome. View flyer (PDF)
Web Options at IPFW 
IT Services offers several options for delivering content to the campus community and the world-at-large:
  • If your goal is to provide information to anyone on the Internet, review the Web Space Options at IPFW.
  • If you want to provide content to students in your class, use Blackboard Learn 9.1
  • If you want to securely collaborate with specific faculty and staff, Vibe is your best option 

IT Services is available to help evaluate your needs and determine the best available tool to accomplish your goal. If you would like a consultation, contact the Help Desk at or 481-6030. You may also sign up for free training on any of these options at the IT Services website.

Be on the Lookout for Spam 
Don and laptop Due to an increase in spam targeted directly at IPFW faculty, staff, and students, it is extremely important to be on the lookout for potential account security risks: 
  • If the message that appears to be spam does not come from "," it is spam. Nobody other than IPFW ITS Services has the ability to do anything with your account.
  • If the message threatens to disable your account or wants you to validate your account, it is spam. IT Services will never disable anyone's account without their knowledge.
  • If the message does not contain IPFW Help Desk information in the signature, it is most likely spam.
  • Most importantly, if the message asks for your password, it is spam. IT Services, or any legitimate business, would never ask for an account password via email. 

If you are still unsure if a message is spam, please forward the message as an attachment to  

RESP Service Learning Mini-Grant 
Six $500 mini-grants are available for the professional development of faculty interested in offering service learning courses in the 2013-- 14 academic year. The purpose of these mini-grants is to:
  • encourage new faculty to engage in high-impact pedagogy;
  • offer training and support to new or junior faculty before and during the course; and
  • encourage the exchange of research and ideas about service learning on the local and state level.

The mini-grants are being made available by RESP (Research, Engagement, and Sponsored Programs) through the Office of Academic Internships, Cooperative Education, and Service Learning (OACS). The application deadline is November 1. Read the details (PDF)

Photo of the Week
Ken Christmon, Mitch Daniels, Vicky Carwein
Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs Ken Christmon, Purdue President Mitch Daniels, and IPFW Chancellor Vicky Carwein share a moment of levity on day one of the IPFW Fall Bus tour:  View photo galleries Photo by Jim Whitcraft
Department Newsletters 
Generally Speaking, General Studies Degree Program 
BIOscope, Department of Biology  
This Week on Arts Weekly
Deb Washler will give a rundown of events this fall at Artlink and Charles Shepard will drop by to chat about what's going on this season at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. Join host John O'Connell on Arts Weekly Thursday, October 17, at 7:30 p.m. on WFWA PBS-39. 

IPFW Athletics Ticket Promos 
Staff and faculty----don't miss an opportunity to watch the Mastodons in action this season. There are women's volleyball matches coming up October 25 and 26 at 7 p.m. Family packages include four tickets, four soft drinks , and your choice of four hotdogs or popcorn for $28. There are also faculty/staff discounts for basketball season tickets; men's seasons tickets start at $90 and women's tickets start at $40. For more information, call Mark Hazel at 481-6372.

Retirement Celebration for Kathleen O'Connell
The College of Health and Human Services will celebrate and thank Kathleen O'Connell for her many years of service and dedication to the college, the university, and the citizens of Indiana, Friday, October 18, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Alumni Center. 
Parking Lot 8 between Helmke Library and the ETCS Building will be partially closed Saturday,
October 26, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for a special event. 
The lawn area on the north side of campus near the St. Joe Road entrance (the former "Fourth of July field") will be closed Tuesday,
November 12, from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. for a helicopter landing. 

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