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Jan. 15, 2014 
Open Interview Sessions for Athletics Director Candidates 
  • January 21: Mark Spencer, senior associate AD, Oregon State University
  • January 23: Kelley Hartley Hutton, interim AD and head women's volleyball coach, IPFW
  • January 27: Nona Richardson, executive senior associate AD/senior woman administrator, UC-Davis
  • January 30: Darin Montgomery, AD, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
All sessions are in Neff Hall, Room 101, at 2:30 p.m.
Life and Times of MLK Celebrated at Event Today 

IPFW will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. today (January 15) in the Walb International Ballroom from 7 to 9 p.m. The event will feature a spoken word tribute commemorating King's life and legacy by the following poets:

  • Ketu Oladuwa, executive director of Three Rivers Institute for Afrikan Art and Culture
  • Michael Patterson
  • Condra Ridley, storyteller, portraying Coretta Scott King 
  • E. Anne Henning Byfield, spoken-word artist and author of The Essence of My Existence
  • Brandon "XplicitPoet" Thornton, educator and spoken-word artist  

Everyone is welcome to this free event. For more information, contact Christopher Riley at 481-6847 or

Kronos Set to Go Live January 27 
Kronos Time Clock The January 27 Go Live date for the first group of departments to start using Kronos is fast approaching. The system will be used to pay bi-weekly employees and to process leave requests. Included in this group are student, temporary, regular benefited clerical and service, and operations/technical assistants.

Kronos will enable bi-weekly paid employees to view their work schedules, approve their time worked, and request time off. Supervisors will be able to manage employee leave requests, schedules, and time cards. Departments will be notified about training for supervisors and employees as it is scheduled. Other resources include an email address to forward questions,, and a website.
Warning on Installing Java 7 Update 51 

Java 7 Update 51 was recently released to the public. IPFW IT Services recommends against installing this current update, as it will have an adverse impact on systems used at IPFW, such as Blackboard Learn. IPFW users will be notified when this current update is available and approved to be installed. If you have installed this update and are experiencing issues with systems, such as Blackboard, please contact the help desk at or 481-6030 for steps to uninstall the update. 

Don and laptop Purdue has elected to increase the duration of time a password can be used; therefore, IPFW has also increased their duration. The hope is that an increase of time will lead to stronger passwords. Rules for creating tough passwords include:

  • Longer is better!
  • Add numbers and special characters
  • Do not use single word passwords

Examples of good passwords are blind_mice3, ih8myboss, my2dogs_h8cats, and winterrain2snow. Hackers can easily invade privacy if passwords such as password, baseball, master, or superman are used. Password requirements for IPFW accounts 

How Does the New Health Law Affect You? Get Answers 

Get answers about the healthcare exchanges, the effect of the law on Medicare and Medicaid, and what your options are. Join in a free panel discussion Sunday, January 19, at 1 p.m. at the downtown Allen County Public Library, conference room C. The panel will focus on:

  • subsidies and exchanges;
  • HIP and the lack of Medicaid expansion; and
  • the law's effect on Medicare programs (basic, supplements, and Advantage).

Panelists include Abraham Schwab, Mary Haupert, and Dr. Jonathan Walker. View flyer (PDF) 

17th Annual Fort Wayne Teaching Conference 
Area deans will host the 17th annual Fort Wayne Teaching Conference on February 28 at IPFW. This year's theme is "Problem-Based Learning and Engaging Students in the Classroom: Different Strategies for Reaching Today's Learners."

This year the main focus of the conference is utilizing different teaching techniques for use in the classroom. Seven local universities collaborate to offer the annual conference: IPFW, Ivy Tech Community College-Northeast, Manchester University, Huntington University, University of Saint Francis, Indiana Tech, and Trine University. We are pleased to welcome Glenda Ritz, Indiana's superintendent of public instruction, as the keynote speaker.

To find out more information, visit the website. Faculty from member institutions are invited to register online. This event is not open to the media or public.
Alternative Spring Break: Urban Plunge 

United Way logo A new cross-campus initiative aims to offer students an alternative to a typical spring break. Alternative Spring Break: Urban Plunge will take place the week of March 10-14 right here in Fort Wayne. Coordinated by United Way of Allen County, specifically for University of St. Francis (USF), Ivy Tech and IPFW students, the program will run Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

Students will spend the week working at and learning about local nonprofits. Participants will reflect and discuss daily experiences and will be asked to consider commitments to social action and justice issues which impact Allen County, the nation, and the global community. 

Space is limited to 20 students and all costs will be covered except for transportation to and from Ivy Tech each morning and afternoon. Applications can be found at the United Way website and are due by Monday, February 24. For more information, contact Debra Barrick at 481-5471 or

Renaissance Pointe YMCA of Fort Wayne, Indiana-Purdue Student Government Association, and the IPFW Center for Healthy Living: Campus Clinic and Wellness Program are co-sponsoring a Zumba-thon, Thursday, January 16.  


Participants will start dancing at 11 a.m. and continue until 1 p.m. in the Walb Union Ballroom. This event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Christopher W. Riley at 260-481-6847 or  

Second Cohort of Service Learning Faculty Fellows Announced 

Five faculty members have been selected for a new service learning initiative funded by the Office of Research, Engagement, and Special Projects (RESP). The IPFW Faculty Fellows program offers opportunities for service learning course development in the form of five $500 "mini-grants" available for new course training, project creation (or modification of existing course), and conference presentations for select faculty member fellows across multiple disciplines. The five faculty members are Stephen Buttes, Ph.D. (Spanish), Kimberly O'Connor, JD., (Organizational Leadership), Rachel Rayburn, Ph.D. (Public Policy), Jordan Marshall, Ph.D, (Biology) and Chenwei Li, Ph.D. (Management and Marketing).

IPFW Mastodon Career Call Webinar 

business_people3.jpg Every conference is different and can sometimes be intimidating if you have never attended one. Getting the Most Out of a Professional Conference will aid you in preparation, managing your time wisely, who to talk to, what goals to make, and how to conclude your time at a conference. The Mastodon Career Call webinar is January 16 from noon to 1 p.m. and is sponsored by IPFW Career Services, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, and Quincy Recycle.  Register for webinar

IPFW Athletics Continues Dominance 

tusky logo IPFW Athletics continued its dominance at home by sweeping all three events over the weekend. Men's basketball took care of business against pre-season conference favorite North Dakota State with an 82-71 victory, followed Saturday by a close victory against South Dakota State, 82-75. Men's volleyball continued the momentum Friday with a straight set victory over Sacred Heart, 25-18, 25-18, 25-20.

Women's basketball looks to keep the home court advantage alive Thursday with conference foe Denver University, and again Saturday against South Dakota University. Upcoming games at the Gates Athletic Center include:

  • Women's basketball vs. Denver, Thursday, January 16, 7 p.m.
  • Women's basketball vs. south Dakota, Saturday, January 18, 2 p.m.
  • Men's basketball vs. IUPUI, Saturday, January 25, 7 p.m.

Tickets are still available for both homes games this week and can be purchased at the box office, online, or by calling 481-6555. For group rates, contact Tyler Baker, director of ticket sales, at 481-6372 or

Retirement Reception for Bob Kostrubanic 
Bob Kostrubanic, CIO and director of IT Services, is retiring after almost 15 years of service. Please join IT Services and Academic Affairs at a reception Friday, January 17, in the Kettler Hall Faculty Lounge from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

If you would like to sign a card or contribute to a retirement gift, you may do so at the Bursar's office until the end of the business day on Wednesday, January 15. Contact the IT Services business office at 481-6838 or -6802 for more information.
Photo of the Week
Don shows his true colors at IPFW's Homecoming basketball game last month. View large photo
Photo by Jim Whitcraft
IPFW Food Service Survey Results
Thanks to everyone who participated in the food service survey.There were 1,181 surveys started and 1,004 completed. If you are interested in the results, use these links:
Full survey results
Student responses
Faculty responses
Staff responses

Building Hours
All buildings on campus will close at 11 p.m., Sunday, January 19, and will reopen at 7 a.m., Tuesday, January 21 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

This Week on Arts Weekly
Director James Del Priore drops by to talk about Laughingstock at the Arena Dinner Theatre (opening January 24), then representatives from Arts United share details about new developments in the organization. Join host John O'Connell on Arts Weekly Thursday, January 16, at 7:30 p.m. on WFWA PBS-39.

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In Memoriam
MICHAEL H. KAST, 85, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, at his home in Fort Wayne. A well-respected Allen County attorney, he started his law practice in 1955 as a sole practitioner before joining the late Willard Shambaugh to form the law firm Shambaugh & Kast in 1961. Kast also coached the IPFW men's and women's cross country teams in 1983, 1986, 1987, and 1988. Complete obituary
SYLVERE HILAIRE COUSSEMENT, 78, died at home Dec. 30, 2013. He graduated with a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from the University of Detroit and received an Ed.S. in educational research (statistics) from the University of Alabama, as well as a Ph.D. in mass communications from the University of Alabama. Coussement was also a visiting professor in the IPFW Department of Consumer and Family Sciences; his wife, Martha, is an assistant professor in the same department. Complete obituary
KENNETH L. KELLER, 85, passed away Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, at Parkview Hospital. Keller graduated from Purdue University with a B.S. in physical education and math, and married his wife of 63 years, Marian Robison Keller. He served in several positions at IPFW and in the Department of Education. Complete obituary


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