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March 5, 2014
High-Impact Retention Initiative for Advisors and Faculty 

Research supports early-alert systems and midterm grade reporting as high-impact activities that affect student success. Midterm grades shared in Banner are now being uploaded into MAP-Works along with early academic updates that have been provided by math faculty and those of ASAP and TRiO students. Grades can be accessed on each student's activity page or on the "All Students" tab under "Academic Updates."

      Connecting with students early to determine the obstacles they may be facing so that goals and strategies can be developed will increase their chances of success. Using MAP-Works to make those connections takes out the guesswork because the program will tell you exactly who is at highest risk.

      MAP-Works incorporates prominent student development and learning theories and integrates both profile and academic outcomes (including midterm grades) to ensure accurate identification of at-risk students. This allows you to effectively invest limited time and resources into helping the right students. Also, you can coordinate efforts with others who have a "direct-connect" relationship with your students, including referrals and notes sent directly to advisors and campus resources such as CASA.

      Contact Jennifer Oxtoby for assistance with MAP-Works at or 481-6597.

You Asked for It----Foam Core Mounting is Back 

IPFW Printing Services is happy to announce the return of foam core mounting, a service you've missed and have been asking for. Printing Services staff can mount posters, table-top displays, signage, or anything else you may need, and the designers can update a project or work with you to design a fresh, new project.

     They can also design and print booklets, brochures, forms, envelopes, cards, note cards, postcards, flyers, posters (including large format printing), letterhead, newsletters, and business cards. Other services include lamination, Optical Character Recognition (OCR) scanning, and the creation of custom manuals and course packets.

      Printing Services strives to keep a minimal price while offering a high-quality product and the professional services you have come to expect. For an overview of services, visit the Printing Services website or contact 481-6801 or printsrv@ipfw.eduLike Printing Services on Facebook 

Share Our Success Stories 

Each IPFW student has a unique journey that brought him or her to graduation day, and behind each journey is a success story. Help us share students' successes at Commencement. Consider those who:

  • have overcome profound hardships
  • are first-generation college students
  • have a family history at IPFW
  • inspire others through hard work

Please email by April 15 a brief description of why this graduate's story should be featured at Commencement to Students are encouraged to submit their own stories to the email address above. 

TIAA-CREF Individual Counseling Sessions 

bargraph-money.jpg You can discuss your personal financial situation with an experienced TIAA-CREF financial consultant on a confidential basis, Wednesday, March 19, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Kettler Hall, Room G-06A. Discover how to achieve your financial goals by investing in financial solutions such as mutual funds, brokerage, life insurance, and annuities. Space is limited; please call 866-843-5640 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Learn How to Cope with Change 

Human Resources will offer change management training April 2 from 9 a.m. until noon in Walb Union, Rooms 222-226. The session will teach IPFW employees how to cope with change and will be presented by Mary Ellen Hack, assistant director of organizational development for Indiana University. Please R.S.V.P. to Melissa Helmsing at or 481-5720.

Anti-Harassment Policy Update 

The Executive Policy Review Group has approved updates to the policy on Anti-Harassment (III.C.1). The changes, effective March 1, incorporate language added to comply with the Violence against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 and allow for modification of certain disciplinary actions for students. The full text of the revised policy is available at the Human Resources website. 

4th Annual Service Engagement Summit 

ICC logo Indiana Campus Compact will host the fourth annual Service Engagement Summit on March 27--28. The event will examine what service engagement looks like on the 21st Century campus.   

      The two-day event in Indianapolis will feature presentations and workshops from state, national, and local leaders in the field of service and community engagement in higher education, including a targeted track for presidents and chancellors, provosts, deans, and department chairs on Thursday. 

      Featured speakers include Craig DeForest, program manager of service-learning at the University of Southern Maine and former program director at Maine Campus compact, who will share insights and current practices in online service-learning during a pre-conference session. Conference website 

Safe Zone Workshops 

Safe Zone You are invited to join more than 150 IPFW faculty and staff and become part of Safe Zone at IPFW. Safe Zone was created to raise awareness and increase understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered individuals in the IPFW community. Two sets of workshops are being offered this semester, all from 1 to 3 p.m.: 

  • Tuesday, March 18 (KT G83) and Tuesday, March 25 (KT 117)
  • Friday, March 21 (KT 117) and Friday, March 28 (KT 117)

Faculty and staff who complete the workshops will be asked to sign a pledge to be sensitive and nurturing to students struggling with sexual orientation or sexual identity issues. To register for a set of workshops, contact Julie Creek at 481-4140 or  

"Flower Power" Fundraiser for CSSAC Scholarships 

raining-tulips.jpg The Clerical and Service Staff Advisory Committee (CSSAC) is sponsoring "Flower Power" fundraiser March 3-April 4. Fifty percent of every purchase made on the fundraising site will go to the IPFW CSSAC scholarship fund, which supports  clerical and service staff and their children with scholarships to IPFW. Flower Power fundraising site  

Do-It-Yourself Cheek Swab for Bone Marrow Registry 

A simple cheek swab can tell if you could save a life from cancer! The Mobile Developer's Club will host a Do-It-Yourself Cheek Swab event for the Indiana Bone Marrow Registry in the Engineering Building Lobby, Thursday, March 6, from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.  

      If you want to "join" the IPFW Mobile Developer's team, you can register here. You will be notified if the team finds a match, donate money, or have a cheek swab kit delivered to hour home if you miss the event. The Mobile Developer's Club will also sponsor the Red Cross Bloodmobile for the IPFW Health Fair on March 26, where you can lean about platelet donation and donate whole blood. Donation myths and facts [PDF] Before you join[PDF] 

IPFW Athletics Update
Women's basketball defeated Western Illinois last Thursday at the Gates Center, 99-92. The team wrapped up its regular season Saturday with a big win over Omaha on Senior Day, 89-76. The win helped the Dons seal a third place finish in the Summit League with an overall record of 15-13. The team travels to Sioux Falls Sunday to take on Denver in the Summit League Tournament.

      Men's basketball went to to Western Illinois last week and pulled out a 65-56 win, then traveled to Omaha and pulled out tightly contested overtime win, 96-95. The victory moved the Dons into second place in the Summit League Conference, with an overall record of 22-9. The team travels to Sioux Falls this Saturday to take on IUPUI in the opening game of the Summit League Tournament at 6 p.m. CST. 

      Men's volleyball went 2-0 at the Gates Center this past week, defeating Mount Olive in 3 sets, followed by a 3-1 victory over Barton on Saturday. The two victories helped keep the Dons at no. 15 in the AVCA Division I-II Coaches Top 15 Poll. The team looks to add three more victories this week, starting with a tough conference match-up with Ohio State on Wednesday and followed by matches Friday against King and Saturday versus Bellmont Abbey. All matches are slated to start at 7 p.m. in the Gates Athletic Center.


Upcoming games at the Gates Center:

Men's Volleyball vs. Ohio State on Wednesday, March 5 at 7:00 p.m.

  • Men's Volleyball vs. King Friday, March 7 at 7:00 pm
  • Men's Volleyball vs. Bellmont Abbey on Saturday, March 8 at 7:00 pm
Tickets are still available for all three volleyball matches 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
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Abbey, Adam, and Andrea celebrate Mardi Gras, IPFW-style. View large photo Photo by Elmer Denman

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Ash Tray IPFW will become a smoke- free and tobacco-free campus effective April 1, 2014.  The use of cigarettes, cigars, oral tobacco, electronic cigarettes, and all other tobacco products will be prohibited on campus and other sites controlled, operated, or leased by the university. The policy and enforcement information can be found on the IPFW website.

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