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April 9, 2014
PERF Benefit Changes Finalized 
During the most recent legislative session, the Indiana General Assembly passed House Bill 1075, which affects the Public Employees' Retirement Fund (PERF) annuity savings account (ASA). Clerical, service, and operations/technical staff hired before Sept. 9, 2013, participate in PERF, and this change affects those who retire after Aug. 31, 2014.
      After Sept. 30, 2014, PERF will change the interest rate used to calculate the monthly benefit for those who choose to annuitize their ASA funds from the current 7.5 percent to 5.75 percent. The interest rate will change again in October 2015 to the greater of 4.5 percent or the interest rate of similar annuities purchased in the private market.
      A PERF representative will be at IPFW on Monday, May 12, to conduct a PERF retirement meeting from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 2 to 3 p.m. The location will be announced closer to the date. For more information, contact Tina Grady at 481-6684. Read the details
Tax Form Identity Theft
Last week the Purdue Police Department began investigating more than a dozen cases of identity theft involving Purdue employees. In these incidents, when individuals submit their taxes,they receive an error message or a letter informing them that someone has already filed a tax form in their name.

      There is no evidence that the personal information used in these cases of identity theft was obtained through a computer breach at Purdue or originated from Purdue in any way. Purdue discontinued using Social Security numbers to identify employees in 2005.

      If this form of identity theft happens to you, there are several steps you are encouraged to take.

Student Research and Creative Endeavor Spotlighted at IPFW Symposium
Student research and creative endeavor was highlighted at the March 28 symposium sponsored by the Office of Research, Engagement, and Sponsored Programs, the Walter E. Helmke Library, the Honors Program, and the Office of Graduate Studies. The largest symposium to date showcased 69 posters by 86 students, representing all six IPFW colleges.
      J Albayyari, associate vice chancellor for research, engagement, and sponsored programs, said the symposium reflects, " of the exemplary aspects of an IPFW education----the chance to be engaged in research even as an undergraduate student." Student winners and faculty mentors [PDF]
Perkins Student Success Mini Conference

Several workshops will be offered next week during the Perkins Student Success Mini Conference at IPFW, April 15, 16, and 17:

  • SILMA (Success in Learning Math Approach), presented by Mary Johnson, Ph.D., president and founder of SILMA, and Arlene Maclin, Ph.D., executive director, MAC-CAE Program and adjunct professor of physics, Morgan State University View the flier [PDF]
  • "Student Success Poker," presented by Monieca West, federal programs manager, Arkansas Department of Higher Education View the flier [PDF] 
  • "Acclimating Transfer and Returning Students: Using Data to Develop a Model for Student Success," presented by Darrell Ray, Ph.D., assistant vice chancellor for student life, Louisiana State University. View the flier [PDF] 
Twenty-first Century Scholars Day of Service 

blanket-baby.jpg Are you left with a pile of old clothing after spring cleaning? Twenty-first Century Scholars is collecting gently used children's clothing and unused products and toys for the Women's Care Center of Fort Wayne through Friday, April 11. The collection is part of the program's statewide day of service, "Keep Calm and Lend a Hand." Collection bins are located in Kettler and Neff halls, the Liberal Arts and Science buildings, and in the Diversity and Multicultural Affairs office in Walb Union, Room 118. For more information, contact Cicelle Beemon at 260-481-6438 or  

IPFW Athletics Update 
Men's volleyball traveled to Ohio State last week and came back victorious, sweeping Ohio State and the season series and winning in five sets (25--19, 25--22, 16--25, 24--25, 15--10). The Dons will play their last two home matches of the season Friday and Saturday against Quincy and Lindenwood. The team currently sits at 18--6 overall and remains ranked at no. 14 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll.


Upcoming games at the Gates Center:

  • No. 14 Men's Volleyball vs. Quincy, Friday, April 11, 7 p.m.
  • No. 14 Men's Volleyball vs. Lindenwood, Saturday, April 12, 7 p.m. 
Tickets are still available for both events and can be purchased at the IPFW box office, online, or by calling 260-481-6555. For group rates contact Tyler Baker, director of ticket sales, at 260-481-6372 or
Photo of the Week
Elaine Blakemore has received the Lowell W. Beineke Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Liberal Arts and Sciences. The award is named in honor of Lowell W. Beineke, Jack Schrey Professor of Mathematics, and is conferred occasionally by the executive committee of the College of Arts and Sciences in recognition of outstanding contributions of scholarship, teaching, and service to the liberal arts and sciences. View large photo Photo by Elmer Denman
Freedom from Smoking Class
IPFW Health and Wellness will offer a seven-week Freedom from Smoking Class every Wednesday beginning April 9 and continuing through May 21. Classes will meet from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Walb Student Union, Room G21, and will be led by Natalie McLaughlin, RN, Parkview Hospital Community Nursing Program. To register, contact Judy Tillapaugh, 481-6647.

Summer Continuing Studies Course Catalog
The summer IPFW Continuing Studies course catalog is now online. You will find exciting courses in business, fitness, manufacturing, professional development for teachers, personal enrichment, and more. To register, call 260-481-6619 or visit the website.
View the catalog

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Community Arts Academy
Helmke Highlights

New Faces, New Places 
Lisa Courtney, secretary for the MBA Program 
This Week on Arts Weekly
Andrew Constantine from the Fort Wayne Philharmonic will talk about the orchestra's upcoming performance of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony and Craig Humphrey and a student actor will share details about the IPFW Department of Theatre's spring production of Into the Woods. Join host John O'Connell on Arts Weekly, Thursday, April 10, at 7:30 p.m. on WFWA PBS-39. 

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