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March 12, 2014
IPFW Athletics Update
Men's basketball came out victorious in their opening round match-up against IUPUI in the Summit League Tournament. Luis Jacobo led the way with 19 points in an 85-47 win. The victory is the team's 23rd win of the season, tying the school record for most wins in a season. (Note: The Dons lost a close one to North Dakota State last  night in the championship game, 60-57). 

      Women's basketball also went to Sioux Falls for the Summit League Tournament but weren't able to pull out the victory in their opening round match-up. Led by Amanda Hyde's game-high 28 points, the Dons came up just short of the victory, falling to Denver 79-73. The team finished with a record of 15-14 and third place in the Summit League Conference regular season.

      Men's volleyball had a strong week at home, pulling off an upset of no. 14 Ohio State last Wednesday, 3 sets to 2. The Dons followed up by sweeping both King and Bellmont Abbey, going 3-0 on the week. The team faces in-state rival Ball State Tuesday before welcoming Lees-McRae at the Gates Center Friday for a 7 p.m. match-up. The Dons are currently 13-3 and in second place in the MIVA Conference.


Upcoming games at the Gates Center:

  • Men's volleyball vs. Lees-McRae Friday, March 14, at 7 p.m.
  • Men's volleyball vs. NJIT Saturday, March 15, at 7 p.m.
Tickets are still available for both 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
Extension of Withdraw Deadline for Spring 2014 Classes 

Gazebo in Snow Due to the inclement weather and campus closures experienced during the spring 2014 semester, the last day to withdraw from a 16-week class has been extended one week, for Spring 2014 semester only, from Friday, March 21 to Friday, March 28.  

      The extension should provide students the necessary time to evaluate course status and make informed decisions regarding withdrawal.

BIG Event Call for Volunteers  

You can make a difference Saturday, March 29, by joining hundreds of Mastodons at more than 50 not-for-profit agencies in one BIG day of community service---- The BIG Event. Need more incentives?

  • Your very own BIG Event t-shirt and bracelet
  • Breakfast and lunch
  • Transportation to and from the work site 
  • Expand your résumé 
  • It's a networking opportunity 
  • The good feeling of joining 1,000 IPFW people in making Fort Wayne a better place

Find more information and register for The BIG Event at the website, or email

Staff Recognition Luncheon is April 23 

The annual Staff Recognition Luncheon is an opportunity to recognize staff service anniversaries, those who have earned degrees, and recipients of the Administrative Excellence Award (APSAC) and Pride Plus Award (CSSAC).

      The event is scheduled for Wednesday, April 23, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Walb International Ballroom. The luncheon cost is $9; however, staff being honored for service anniversaries attend gratis.

      Staff being honored for service have received invitations. Information on how to nominate an employee for the Administrative Excellence and the Pride Plus awards can be found on the APSAC and CSSAC websites. If you have earned a degree since the 2013 luncheon, or if you have any questions, contact Dimples Smith in Human Resources at or 481-6681.

Nominations for Administrative Excellence Award 

Every year the Administrative and Professional Staff Advisory Committee (APSAC) honors an employee who has demonstrated excellence in job performance, excellence in service, and/or outstanding contributions to the university.

      Your help is needed to identify employees for the Administrative Excellence Award. If you would like to recommend a colleague worthy of this recognition, nominations will be accepted through Friday, March 28. The nomination process and online nomination form can be found at the APSAC website.  

      The recipient of the Administrative Excellence Award will be announced at the Employee Recognition Luncheon on Wednesday, April 23. 

2013-14 IPFW Outstanding Advisor Award 

The Academic Advising Council will honor an individual for outstanding advising performance. Up to two honorees will each receive an award of professional development funds and a plaque. In addition, the advisors' names will be added to a cumulative list of recipients in the faculty/staff lounge on the first floor of Kettler Hall.

      Please send nominations to Irwin Mallin at as a single PDF file by Monday, March 24.  Nominations received after the deadline will not be considered. For details, please see the call for nominations [PDF]. 

      Questions about nomination guidelines should be addressed to Irwin Mallin via phone, 481-6553, or

Awards Reward "Doing the Right Thing" 

Human Resources is seeking IPFW faculty, staff, and students who "do the right thing" and exemplify strong ethical character or champion ethical practices or programs. Your nomination of a faculty member, staff member, or student who truly exemplifies the spirit of the Walk the Talk Award would be greatly appreciated.

      All faculty and staff who have been employed by the university on any campus for at least one year are eligible. Students who have been enrolled for at least one year are also eligible for nomination. Nominations should include a story of the employee's or student's dedication to the IPFW Statement of Integrity and Code of Conduct, which promotes:

  • ethical conduct;
  • honesty;
  • trustworthiness;
  • good stewardship of financial, capital, and human resources; and
  • avoidance of impropriety and conflicts of interest.

Walk the Talk Awards will be selected throughout the year based upon nominations and will be announced annually. Nominations should be submitted online no later than March 27, 2014. 

Event Celebrates Women's History Month 

IPFW Diversity and Multicultural Affairs and the Three Rivers Art Center for Kids (TRACK) invite you to a special community event for Women's History Month, Thursday, March 27, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Walb Union International Ballroom. "An Evening of Cultural Expression" will feature speakers, live music, a dance performance, live theatre, and refreshments.  The evening will include: 

  • Keynote address by Maleah Heck, "Generations of Women in My Family"
  • Presentation on "Destiny's Law," which would increase the penalties on anyone who harms or kills a child
  • Live performance by the Mimi Burns Band
  • Premiere of "To Be On Track" by the Fort Wayne Dance Collective
  • Premiere reading of "Angel Fire," written by TRACK founder Terry Doran
  • Performance by the Dancin' Dons
  • View event schedule 
Well-known Anthropologist to Discuss Enduring Myths about Human Nature 

Noted anthropologist Agustín Fuentes will speak at IPFW Thursday, March 20, at 7 p.m. in the Walb Union Classic Ballroom. His presentation at IPFW is titled "It's Not All Sex and Violence! Complexity and cooperation in human evolution---- and why it matters."

      An original and authoritative voice in the study of human origins, Fuentes has done extensive research on the evolution of human behavior and the behavior of nonhuman primates. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, National Geographic Society, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. He has published numerous articles and book chapters, four monographs, and eight edited volumes. His presentation will be based around his most recent monograph, Race, Monogamy, and Other Lies They Told You: Busting Myths About Human Nature (2012, University of California Press).

       Fuentes is being brought to campus through a collaborative effort between the Anthropology Club, Biology Club, and Psi Chi. Everyone is welcome to attend his thought-provoking presentation and enjoy food and drinks catered by Calhoun Street Soups, Salads, and Spirits. 

Photo of the Week
Ken Christmon, associate vice chancellor for diversity and multicultural affairs, chats with Betty Lovelace-Ross, associate provost and associate vice president for academic and student affairs, Capital University. Lovelace-Ross led an informative and lively workshop on recruitment and retention. View large photo  Photo by Elmer Denman

New Faces, New Places
Susan Johnson, academic advisor for College of Arts and Sciences
Jerrion Turner, custodian for Building Services
Elizah Weating, custodian for Building Services

Department Newsletters
Just Noticeable News (PDF), Department of Psychology  
This Week on Arts Weekly
Brad Beauchamp from the Fort Wayne Youtheatre/USF collaboration discusses Willy Wonka, opening March 21, and guests from the IPFW/Shruti Indian Performance Series discuss the upcoming concert featuring Amjad Ali Khan on the sarod. Join host John O'Connell on Arts Weekly, Thursday, March 13, at 7:30 p.m. on WFWA PBS-39.

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