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IPFW Names Vice Chancellor for Financial and Administrative Affairs

David Wesse has been named vice chancellor for financial and administrative affairs (VCFAA). Wesse currently serves as vice chancellor for finance and administrative services at Louisiana State University, Alexandria. He replaces Walt Branson, who left IPFW last summer to assume a new position as vice chancellor for finance and administration at Missouri University of Science and Technology.

      As VCFAA, Wesse will oversee a university operating budget of $180 million as well as financial and administrative units including Athletics, Physical Plant, University Police, and Human Resources. The position is effective June 1. Read the news release 

Forums Presented by VCFAA 

A series of three forums will be presented by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Financial and Administrative Affairs. Those requested to participate, if available, are the chancellor, vice chancellors and their direct reports, deans, associate deans, chairs, the faculty leadership, and the Campus Budget Committee. All faculty and business managers are welcome to attend and listen to the discussion.


      Athletics---- Benefits and Costs 

      Friday, February 21,  Noon--1:30 p.m.

      Kettler Hall, Room G46


      Accounting for the Division of Continuing Studies Credit and Non-Credit Revenues

      Friday, February 28, Noon--1:30 p.m.

      Kettler Hall, Room G46


      Is IPFW, Academically and Administratively, Meeting Its Mission?

      Friday, April (TBD) 

Featured Faculty Lecture Series Commences Feb. 12 
Erik Ohlander

The Featured Faculty Lecture Series begins Wednesday, February 12. Erik S. Ohlander, associate professor of religious studies, will present "Sufism and Sociability; Poetry as Pedagogy in a Medieval Persian Lyric." The lecture will be in the Helmke Library Learning Commons from noon to 1 p.m.

      The series will continue each Wednesday through March 5. All lectures are free and open to the public and a light lunch will be provided. Featured Faculty website 

African American Heritage Month at IPFW 

Diversity and Multicultural Affairs is sponsoring these events in celebration of African American Heritage Month at IPFW:
  • Trip to Cincinnati, Ohio. Open to IPFW students only. Must be currently registered (spring 2014). Participants will visit the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Bus will depart at 7 a.m. and will return at approximately 8 p.m. To register contact  
  • "Sister: An African American Life in Search of Justice." February 18, 6 p.m., Walb Union Ballroom. Presented by Jody LePage, Ph.D., author/historian. Cosponsored with ILCS and Women's Studies Program. View flier [PDF]  
  • Complete calendar of events 
Changes in Process for Hiring Student Employees 

Career Services, Financial Aid, Bursar, and Human Resources have revised the process for hiring student employees. Please review these steps, which have all of the resources you will need for a quick process.

      Working on campus gives students transferable skills that will make them employable and provide them with the resources and support to persist in school. For additional information, visit the the student employment website or contact Josiah Brown, assistant director for employer relations, Career Services. 

Nominations for International Education Council 

The International Education Council is seeking nominations to fill a vacant faculty position. Nominations may be forwarded to the attention of Brian Mylrea, director of international education; the priority date for consideration is Monday, February 24. Those interested in the position will be asked to provide a brief statement which outlines their reason for applying and states any pertinent experience that would support their contributions to the mission of the Council.

The purpose of the IPFW International Education Council (IEC) shall be to serve as an advisory body to foster the internationalization of the campus in all affairs. The council shall promote and enhance IPFW's international activities by initiating and developing policy recommendations concerning international issues; providing guidance in the development and administration of international programs, external partnerships, and opportunities for international research and collaboration; supporting the international exchange of students, faculty, and staff; and promoting other activities that support the internationalization of the University.
Please feel free to pass this announcement along to individuals who may be interested. Questions and requests for additional information may be directed to Mylrea at
LGBTQ Health Conference to Feature Co-Founder of Tyler Clementi Foundation 

 A two-day national health conference in Fort Wayne is specifically focusing on the physical, mental, and environmental health needs and challenges that LGBTQ students face on a daily basis. "Queer Health on Campus: Addressing the Health Needs of LGBTQ Students" will take place in Walb Union, Room 116 on February 7-8.  

      The health conference will feature keynote speaker Jane Clementi, co-founder of the Tyler Clementi Foundation and mother of Tyler Clementi.Tyler's death was one of many suicides amongst LGBT youth reflecting a growing and desperate need to focus on the issue of bullying in schools and its victims. Read the news release  Register for the conference 

Urban Plunge Information Session 

United Way representatives will be on hand February 10 at noon in Neff Hall, Room 333,  to discuss the Alternative Spring Break: Urban Plunge. Students will spend the week of March 10-14 serving at nearly a dozen of our local nonprofits. 

      Plan to attend to ask questions, review the week's schedule, and learn about social action and justice issues that 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.

IPFW Athletics Update
Men's basketball defeated Omaha (86-82) and Western Illinois (77-64) last week. With the two wins and a loss by North Dakota State, the Mastodons moved into sole possession of first place in the Summit League Conference, and now rank19th overall in the Mid Major Top 25 poll.      
      Men's volleyball lost a tightly contested battle to Ball State last Friday, dropping the close match in five sets (23-18, 21-25, 24-26, 27-25, 10-15). The team returns to the Gates Center February 20 when they face off against Lewis University.
      Women's basketball had a tough time on the court last week, defeating the University of Nebraska Omaha (81-71) and losing a tough battle to Western Illinois (65-68). The team returns to the Gates Center Thursday when they take on South Dakota State at 7 p.m.

      The 7th Annual IPFW Women's Basketball Pink Out game  is Saturday, February 8, at the Gates Sports Center. One dollar from every ticket sold will benefit the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer. 


Upcoming games at the Gates Center:
  • Women's basketball vs. South Dakota State, Thursday, February 6, 7 p.m. 
  • Women's basketball vs. North Dakota State, Saturday, February 8, at 2 p.m.
  • Men's basketball vs. South Dakota, Thursday, February 13, 7 p.m.

Tickets are still available for all three events and can be purchased at the IPFW Box office, online, or by calling 260-481-6555. For group rates contact Tyler Baker at 260-481-6372 or

Photo of the Week
The AdaptoDons came in first in the LWSRA Athletics Tournament last weekend. Team captain Tim Leonard reported on Facebook, "IPFW AdaptoDons are tournament champions! We battled back through the bracket to knock off RIC 35-26 and then beat the Flames 48-28. Way to end this season." View large photo  Photo contributed

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New Faces, New Places 
Abraham Schwab, IPFW IRB Liaison, will hold office hours Tuesday, February 11, in Neff Hall, Room 136 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Schwab is available to help human subjects researchers as they prepare IRB applications for submission and respond to recommendations from Purdue. Office hours specifically for IRB questions are held the second Tuesday of each month from 11:30 to 12:30; appointments may also be made. For information, visit the RESP website.

New Faces, New Places 
Wendy Kobler, vice chancellor for advancement
Allyson Schreiber, transfer to business manager for College of Arts and Sciences 


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This Week on Arts Weekly
Max Meyer will discuss the Fort Wayne Museum of Art's Scholastic Art and Writing Awards that will take place February 9. Jay Duffer and a student actor from the Huntington University Department of Theatre will share details about Red, opening February 13. Join host John O'Connell on Arts Weekly Thursday, February 6, at 7:30 p.m. on WFWA PBS-39.
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