October 29, 2014
Fall Fest 2014: Get Your Ghoul On!
Fall Festival Halloween Howl RunFall Fest 2014 will begin with a Halloween Howl 5K and 1 mile costume walk/run the evening of Thursday, October 30. The costume contest will begin at 5:35 p.m., followed by the walk/run at 5:45. This event is open to your families. Proceeds will go to the Brown Ink Society, which benefits IPFW students facing financial emergencies. For more information or to make a donation, visit the Fall Fest website.

The Halloween Party will be Friday, October 31, from 10 a.m. to noon in Kettler Hall on the first floor in front of the Information Desk. A continental breakfast will be followed by a costume contest, games, and face painting.
Also on Friday: Historic Walking Tours will be offered by campus experts Don Katter, Linda Balthaser, Art Friedel, and Denise Buhr. Tours will depart from Kettler Hall's first floor every half hour beginning at 10:15 a.m.:
  • 10:15 --  Don Katter
  • 10:45 --  Linda Balthaser
  • 11:15 --  Art Friedel
  • 11:45 --  Denise Buhr
Printing Services to Remain Self-Operated
After much investigation and analysis, IPFW has decided it is in the best interest of the university for Printing Services to remain self-operated. The estimated savings via outsourcing did not justify concerns about the level of service, higher costs, and a much more involved ordering process. Be advised that for Printing Services to remain viable there will be changes, but they will be less extreme than the outsourcing alternative. Printing Services is happy to remain a part of the IPFW family and looks forward to continuing to serve its customers.
Notice Regarding Printed Envelopes

The printing of department envelopes is currently being outsourced. When placing orders for printed envelopes, please allow 5--7 business days for orders of less than 5,000 and 7--10 business days for orders of 5,000 or more envelopes.

Increase Your Social Media Skills with a National Expert
Increase social media skills in your classroom or department, Monday, November 3, at 9 a.m. in the Rhinehart Recital Hall. Josie Ahlquist is a student affairs educator who specializes in the intersection of digital communication technologies and leadership development in higher education. She blogs weekly at josieahlquist.com. This session will teach you methods for establishing your professional and personal presence, along with running a strong social media strategy in your department/program.
If you have questions, contact Kasey Price, assistant vice chancellor for student life and leadership, at pricek@ipfw.edu or 481-6883. This event is sponsored by the Office of Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.
Summer Conference Guests? Reserve Student Housing
Are you thinking about hosting a conference on campus in summer 2015? IPFW Student Housing is now taking reservations! Accommodations can be made for large and small groups. Amenities include full-size, fully furnished apartments, meeting spaces, outdoor recreational facilities, classroom spaces for presentations, and an optional linen service. Rates are as low as $20/evening/guest. Dates and spaces are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis, so make your reservation as soon as possible. Contact Jordyn Hogan at 481-4180 or newmanj@ipfw.edu for more information.
Upcoming Retirement of STEPS Accounts
The steps01-steps30 accounts that have been used in computer labs and classrooms will be eliminated December 31. Since they were created, the use of these accounts has expanded beyond their initial scope and they present a serious security risk. If you use these accounts or know someone who uses them, please contact the Help Desk, helpdesk@ipfw.edu or 481-6030. IT Services has some simple options to allow you to continue meet your needs in a more secure way.

Photo of the Week

Astrophysicist and superhero of the sciences Neil deGrasse Tyson made a quick detour out of the cosmos to speak to students in one of Professor Mark Masters' physics classes last week. Tyson was the second of four Omnibus Lecture Series speakers. View large photo. Photo by Jim Whitcraft
New Faces, New Places
Amanda Cross, secretary for Chancellor and VCAA
Thomas Dowdell Jr., promoted to utility custodian for Building Services
Constance Rosenbloom, clerk for Purchasing
Mastodon Bytes: Keyboard Shortcuts
This week's computer tips and tricks from the Help Desk will teach you how to change pages, do a quick copy, and close all your windows at once. View details [PDF]

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Avoid Coliseum Boulevard

IPFW Physical Plant authorities are advising IPFW employees to avoid Coliseum Boulevard for the next two weeks, due to extensive work by Indiana Department of Transporation (INDOT) crews. The road will be down to one lane from time to time.


USAP Update

Check the University Strategic Alignment process website for recent news and software training schedules. The next Town Hall meeting will be Friday, November 21, at 10 a.m. in Kettler hall, Room G46.
Stan Davis Set to Retire
December 31
Stan Davis, special assistant to the chancellor and professor accounting, will retire December 31 of this year. A reception in his honor will take place Friday, December 5, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Steel Dynamics Keith E. Busse IPFW alumni Center. R.S.V.P. to hirschbi@ipfw.edu or 481-6471.

Departmental Newsletters

IPFW Alumni October Newsletter


BIOscope, Department of Biology [PDF]

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