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Oct. 23, 2013 
Purdue Benefits Open Enrollment Guides Coming Monday 
Purdue open enrollment for 2014 benefits begins Monday, October 28, and runs through 6 p.m. (ET), November 15. Faculty and staff should watch for their enrollment guides, which will be dropped in campus mail Monday or Tuesday. New medical plan options and significant changes in medical premiums make it important for everyone to review their benefit options and actively enroll in the best 2014 coverage for themselves and their family.

This year everyone must enroll----including those who have currently opted out of medical coverage. Those who do not enroll will be automatically enrolled in the highest deductible plan, Purdue Health Plan HSA 2, without a Health Savings Account.


IPFW Human Resources has set a high goal during open enrollment----90 percent of the benefit-eligible staff to be enrolled by the end of the day Friday, November 8. Employees who are enrolled by the end of day November 8 will be eligible for one of three IPFW Athletic Center memberships (including 3 personal training sessions) or 1 staff parking permit.


If the 90 percent goal is met, the remaining days of November (12--30) will be designated as jeans days. Look for weekly enrollment updates in Inside IPFW or on the goal thermometer outside Human Resources. For more information about benefits open enrollment, go to the HR website or contact Tina Grady at 481-6684 or Tina Sullivan at 481-6683

United Way Campaign Postponed Until Spring 2014 
As an employee of IPFW, you know that our campus has long been a proud supporter of United Way of Allen County. This year we will be giving you the opportunity to give back to our community through the IPFW United Way online giving site, but we are postponing the campaign until spring 2014. If you would like to make your one-time pledge prior to the end of 2013, you can fill out a paper pledge form (available from Kelly Shanks, KT 160) and your gift will count toward the IPFW campaign in the spring. Employees who plan to give through payroll deduction will have that opportunity in March 2014.


Please consider making a donation to United Way of Allen County this year and support the wonderful work being accomplished in our community. IPFW is running an online giving campaign this year; however, if you would like to make your contribution through check, please fill out a pledge form and return it to Kelly Shanks in KT 160.


Thank you in advance for your thoughtful consideration of your pledge and your compassion and caring for our community. If you have any questions about the matches or your pledge, please contact Irene Walters, executive director, University Relations and Communications.

Concur Travel Training Begins 
airplane IPFW began its transformation of employee travel booking and expense reporting Monday, October 21, when the Accounting Services travel team, campus business managers, and account clerks attended training on the Concur Technologies Travel and Expense Reporting application. The system will replace the paper Form 17 and Form 25 processes used for years.

Once the business office staff have been trained, Accounting Services will begin traveler and delegate training, to be completed by Thanksgiving break. Thereafter, the paper forms will be retired and employees will use Concur to make travel reservations and file travel expense claims. To prepare, employees are encouraged to visit the Accounting website to view video simulations of Concur features and processes.
Hate Crimes Panel Discussion 
The Northeast LGBTQ Coalition will present an FBI presentation and panel discussion, "Hate Crimes in the LGBTQ Community: Connecting Local and Federal Responses," Friday, November 8, from 1 to 5:30 p.m., at the Public Safety Academy on the Ivy Tech South Campus. Andy Downs will be the panel moderator, and Jeannie DiClementi and Kent Notestine will serve as panelists, along with county law enforcement, academic, and social service professionals. The event is being co-sponsored by IPFW and Ivy Tech-Northeast. Additional details, registration information
IU Takes Regional Collaboration Online 
Indiana University's new Regional Commons website brings together information for and about IU's regional campuses and provides opportunities for faculty, staff, and students to connect to projects, propose new collaborations, and find resources to support teaching and learning. The Regional Commons includes links to regional campus websites and detailed information about the development and implementation of the Blueprint for Student Attainment, a detailed plan that charts a path to greater success for regional campus students while addressing the importance of the campuses to the state and the regions they serve. Read more 
Photo of the Week
Adrienne Elkins, IPFW personal fitness trainer, leads a group of students in a stress workshop at IPFW's 10th annual Mental Health Day. View large photo Photo by Elmer Denman
Stomping Grounds Gets a Facelift
The Stomping Grounds ceiling in Walb Student Union has been painted a brighter, lighter color, similar to the color scheme in the adjacent Student Services Complex.

This Week on Arts Weekly
Brad Beauchamp, director of the University of Saint Francis' production of The Man Who Came to Dinner, will talk about the play, which opens November 8 at the USF Performing Arts Center. Paul Hoverman from the Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Van Wert will stop by to talk about fall events and programs. Tune in to Arts Weekly Thursday, October 24, at 7:30 p.m. on WFWA PBS-39.

Parking Lots 4 and 5 will be closed Friday, October 25, at 5 p.m. and will reopen at 7 p.m. Sunday, October 27.

In Memoriam 
Natalie Dawn Kauffman, 22, of Witmer Lake, Wolcottville, died Friday, Oct. 18, 2013. She graduated from Lakeland High School in 2010 and was a junior in the nursing program at IPFW. Read obituary

IPFW Athletics Ticket Promos 
Staff and faculty----don't miss an opportunity to meet the 2013-14 men's and women's basketball teams Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Gates Center for Mastodon Madness. Food and admission is free along with many give-aways. There are women's volleyball matches coming up October 25 and 26 at 7 p.m. The annual Pink Out volleyball match will be October 26, with $1 from each ticket donated to the Vera Bradley Foundation. Family packages are available for all matches and include four tickets, four soft drinks, and your choice of four hot dogs or popcorn for $28. There are faculty/staff discounts for basketball season tickets, starting at $90 for men's games and $40 for women's games. For information, call Mark Hazel at 481-6372.

CSSAC Book Fair  
Bookstack The Clerical and Service Staff Advisory Committee will sponsor a book fair October 30 and 31 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the ground floor of Kettler Hall near Subway. All proceeds will benefit the CSSAC Scholarship Fund and the general public is welcome. 

New Faces, New Places 
Brian Alden, assistant director of athletic media services for Student Athletics
Andrew Antalis, online learning technology coordinator for Continuing Studies

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