November 5, 2014
Service-Learning Faculty Fellows Wanted

Six $500 stipends are available for the professional development of faculty interested in offering service-learning courses in the 2014--15 academic year. The purpose of the faculty fellows program is to encourage faculty to engage in this high-impact pedagogy, offer training and support to new or junior faculty before and during the course, and encourage the exchange of research and ideas about service-learning on a local and state level.


A series of instructional talks about service learning will be offered to participants in spring 2015. Selected individuals will be required to attend this short course as they prepare to implement their service-learning courses. Service-learning faculty fellows are also expected to present a poster on their experiences at an Indiana Campus Compact event and at an on-campus service-learning event the following academic year. Fellows will receive a stipend of $500 for their efforts


To apply for the fellows program and the $500 stipend, send a one-page narrative of your service-learning course idea and a list of potential community partners to Deb Barrick at or 481-5471. The application deadline is Dec. 10, 2014.
Outstanding Research Award Lecture and Reception
Steven Stevenson, associate professor of chemistry, will present the 2014 Outstanding Research Award Lecture. Stevenson's presentation, "Creation and Isolation of New Molecules," will be Friday, November 7, at 3 p.m. in Kettler Hall, Room 146. The lecture will be followed by a reception in the Kettler Hall Faculty Lounge. The Outstanding Research Award Lecture is sponsored by the Office of Research, Engagement, and Sponsored Programs.
University Strategic Alignment Update
  • Software training classes are still available throughout November or an online tutorial can be viewed on the USAP website.
  • Sample reports are now available for review. The reports are meant to provide an example of various reports and are not considered to be final.
  • Previous Town Hall meeting presentations are available to view.
  • The next Town Hall meeting will be November 21 at 10 a.m. in Kettler Hall, Room G46. Topic: Budget
green-blue-balloons.jpgRetiring Faculty Honored December 18
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Carl Drummond invites the IPFW community to join him in saluting IPFW faculty who are retiring this term, Thursday, December 18, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in the Walb Union International Ballroom. Additional information on attending faculty retirees will be made closer to the event. R.S.V.P. for event
Johnson is New Director of Assessment
Kent Johnson, Ph.D., began his new position as director of assessment on November 3. Prior to joining IPFW, Johnson served at Northern Kentucky University as the associate vice provost for university programs, director of general education, and the QEP and director of first year programs. His primary areas of responsibility were general education and general education assessment, first year programs, academic program review for the Kentucky Council of Postsecondary Education, and assessment design, support, and reporting for all academic units on campus.
Student Research SymposiumSymposium Information Sessions
Student information sessions for the Student Research and Creative Endeavor Symposium will take place Tuesday, November 11, from noon to 1 p.m., and Wednesday, November 12, from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Honors Center (Helmke Library second floor). The symposium committee would like for you encourage students to attend one of these sessions, where they can ask questions of faculty mentors, judges, and past student presenters. Free pizza will be provided. For more information, visit the symposium website. View the flyer
November is Transgender Awareness Month
A series of events are being held at IPFW in November in observance of Transgender Awareness Month. On Thursday, November 6, director Russell Sheaffer will be at IPFW for a workshop, followed by a screening of his documentary film, Masculinity/Femininity. View the details [PDF] The concluding event will be a Transgender Day of Remembrance, Wednesday, November 19, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Walb Student Union, Rooms 222-- 226.
New Faces, New Places
Denise Arnett, records clerk for University Police
Heidi Felger, secretary for Engineering
Kent Johnson, director of assessment for Academic Affairs
Walter Soptelean, director of budget and planning for the Budget office
Mastodon Bytes: Computer Tips and Tricks
This week ITS Help Desk staff will tell you how to zoom in on a Web page, find definitions on Google, and undo mistakes quickly. Read the details [PDF]

IRB Office Hours

Professor Abraham Schwab, IPFW Institutional Review Board (IRB) liaison, will hold office hours today, Wednesday, November 5, in Liberal Arts Building, Room 160, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 pm. Schwab is available to help human subjects researchers at IPFW as they prepare IRB applications for submission and respond to recommendations from Purdue. Office hours specifically for IRB questions are held the first Wednesday of each month from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Schwab is also available by appointment. For more information, visit the RESP website.

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