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April 23, 2014
New Design for the IPFW Website
On April 19, Marketing and Creative Services (MCS) and IT Services launched a new design for the IPFW website. The design improves the user experience. It also reinforces the IPFW brand, focuses on content, clarifies navigation, and increases legibility.
      A narrow project focus ensured success and quick delivery of the design. No extra staffing occurred. The team also avoided imposing major changes on the nearly 400 content contributors.

      Student focus groups gave valuable feedback, and the administration approved the design. Publishers also previewed their content and provided testing and feedback. The team reviewed the design in major browsers and resolved most issues.

      Please visit the site and report problems to the Help Desk by calling 481-6030 or emailing


Future Direction for the IPFW Website

The new design lays the foundation for upcoming changes to the IPFW website. MCS is drafting a plan to address next steps. The plan will cover key issues such as mobile delivery, new functionality, and more engaging content. For more information, contact Barton Tyner by calling 481-6170 or emailing

Changes to Overtime Policy Coming in 2015
ClockPurdue will modify its overtime policy, Wage Administration for Clerical/Service Staff and Operations/Technical Assistants (VI.C.2), effective Jan. 12, 2015. The changes bring Purdue in line with most public and private sector employers, including the state of Indiana and Purdue's peer universities, and act as a recurring cost-avoidance measure.

      Under this policy change, nonexempt (paid biweekly) staff will be paid overtime for all hours worked in excess of 40 hours in any single workweek. Paid and unpaid leave days (i.e. vacation, jury duty, sick leave, bereavement leave, etc.), with the exception of university recognized holidays, will not be counted to determine eligibility for overtime pay. Recognizing university holidays as time worked is beyond what the majority of universities provide; however, Purdue believes its inclusion is important.

      An informational session will be held Friday, April 25, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Human Resources Training Room (KT G06). Questions may be directed to Kirk Tolliver, 481-6679, or Carolyn Ladd, 481-6680.

Changes to Retirement Provisions for Faculty and Staff
Purdue is implementing two changes to the university's retirement provisions: Status and Privileges of Retired Faculty and Staff; and Surviving Spouses/Domestic Partners and Surviving Children (VI.A.1):
  1. A change in the criteria that must be met to qualify as a Purdue University official retiree
  2. A change that relates to a benefit the university began several years ago to provide two months of subsidized health insurance coverage for faculty and staff as they transitioned to retirement
Day of Remembrance
The first IPFW Day of Remembrance will be held Sunday, April 27, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Walb Student Union Atrium. The event is intended to honor IPFW students, faculty, and staff who have passed away during this academic year, and will provide an outlet for those who have lost an IPFW community member to come together and share memories.
      Speakers will include George McClellan, vice chancellor for student affairs and enrollment management; Eric Norman, dean of students; and Rachel Burkholder of Erin's House for Grieving Children. Senior music student Ryan Blauvelt, guitarist, will present a musical tribute. Kristina Stewart, a senior psychology student, was instrumental in the planning of this event. For more information, contact dos@ipfw.eduView the flyer
Creating a Culture of Service----Training and Discussion
Join the Administrative and Professional Staff Advisory Council (APSAC) for a two-hour live-streamed training session and discussion on "Creating a Culture of Service," April 29 from 2 to 4 p.m. in Walb Union, Room 114. The session will be delivered by speaker and consultant Tamara Fay. During the session, you'll learn about transactional versus relationship service, how to deal with difficult situations, and techniques for creating constructive communication. The event is part of the Hadley Leadership Series in West Lafayette. For more details, contact Jennifer Oxtoby (
Change in Room Reservation Contacts
To reserve these conference rooms, please contact Victoria Sarjeant ( or 481-4106) or Danita Davis ( or 481-6844): 
  • Rhinehart Music Center, Room 235
  • Kettler Hall, Rooms G62, G83, 154 (faculty lounge), and 178
The chancellor's office no longer schedules Kettler Hall, Room 101, which is overseen by the Admissions office and can be reserved online.
Photo of the Week
Miss Silverpeal (Stephanie Johnson) and Mr. Appleseed, her banker "associate" (Drew Low), are caught mid-aria Monday evening during a performance of Mozart's comic one-act opera The Impresario, a collaboration of IPFW's Community Orchestra and Opera Ensemble. The ensembles will give a repeat performance Monday, April 28. Photo by Elmer Denman
Open Sessions for Chief Information Officer Interviews
Open interview sessions will be held with the top candidates for the chief information officer position in Kettler Hall, Room 117, from 3 to 4 p.m. (all sessions) on the following dates:
  • Monday, April 28
  • Tuesday, April 29
  • Wednesday, April 30
Résumés will be available at each session.

Parking Lots 4 and 5  and  White and Blue Drives will be closed April 27 for a Fort Wayne SCCA event. The lots will reopen at 7 p.m.
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IPFW Career Services Connections Newsletter
This Week on Arts Weekly
Robert Nance from Heartland Chamber Chorale will share details about the Community Holocaust Commemoration Concerts taking place April 27 and 28, then John Tolley from Arena Dinner Theatre will talk about the next show, Blithe Spirit, opening May 2. Join host John O'Connell on Arts Weekly, Thursday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m. on WFWA PBS-39. 

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