January 21, 2015
Leadership, Communication, Computing Skills
Top Business Outreach Survey Results
business-technology.jpg Leadership development, communication, office computing, Web programming, and lean manufacturing are the key training areas identified in the regional training needs survey results released earlier this week by the Division of Continuing Studies. More than 24,000 email surveys were sent to individuals in the region in October 2014 asking for input to ensure that the coursework and training being offered by the division are relevant in today's fast-paced, high-tech environment. Responses show high interest in the following areas: leadership development, computer training, Microsoft Office skills, lean manufacturing, HTML5, and Spanish for healthcare professionals.

The survey also asked respondents which undergraduate and graduate degree programs had the most demand in the region. Business/management took the number-one spot in both undergraduate and graduate programs. Organizational Leadership and Supervision was a close second, followed by Communication in the third spot of the undergraduate/graduate educational needs survey. Read the news release
MAP-Works Survey Identifies At-Risk Students
The spring 2015 MAP-Works survey will be available via myipfw to all degree-seeking  undergraduate students from January 26 to February 8. As an added bonus, students will receive a free IPFW T-shirt after taking the survey.

How faculty and staff can use MAP-Works:
  • Monitor students
  • Provide academic updates
  • Note concerns about students
MAP-Works® (Making Achievement Possible) is a comprehensive student retention tool that helps faculty and staff identify and coordinate intervention with at-risk students. Faculty and staff members are encouraged to log in to MAP-Works to view student success survey results, document student interactions, create referrals, and submit non-midterm grade reports. The MAP-Works program is accessible through myipfw through the Faculty-Staff tab. To schedule individual or group training sessions, contact Alison Rynearson in the Center for Student Success and Transitions at hoffa@ipfw.edu.
New Exploration Opportunity through Career Services
Ready for a career exploration experience outside the usual Internet search, classroom presentation, or panel discussion? Participate in an Immersion Excursion offered by IPFW Career Services. These half-day immersion trips during the spring and fall 2015 semesters will take approximately 15 students and 2 faculty members to selected regional companies in a variety of industries. This is an opportunity to check out a company you're interested in and network with their representatives about a possible internship or full-time position. Have a company in mind that you'd like to investigate on-site? Submit a suggested location.


Career Services will be visiting Federated Media on January 30 and One Resource Group on February 20. Register through IPFW JobZone. Attend as a faculty member or tell students about this exciting opportunity!

Take the First Steps toward Better Fitness
"Step This Weigh" is an eight-week stair challenge designed to inspire and motivate students, faculty, and staff to achieve better fitness. Participants will record the flights of stairs they climb for eight weeks----the challenge is to add two additional flights per week and achieve a personal weight goal. Form a department team or sign up as an individual. Registration information is on the Wellness website. Registration, packet pick-up, and weigh-in will be available on these days:
  • Tuesday, January 20, Kettler Hall, Room G98. 1-- 3 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 21, Kettler Hall, Room 118, 11 a.m.-- 1 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 22, Walb Union near the Fireside Lounge, 9 a.m.-- noon
If these days and times don't work for you, contact Adrienne at 481-6746 to schedule an appointment.

Photo of the Week 

Don checks out the competition during the homecoming cupcake eating contest this past Tuesday. The major league eater on the right won this round, downing five cupcakes in one minute. Sweet! View large photo Photo by Jim Whitcraft
New Faces, New Places
Jordyn Hogan, assistant director for International Student Services
Karolyn Smith, transfer to academic advisor for Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science
Audrea Tolliver, secretary for Testing Services

Reminder----USAP Town Hall
Sharon Vasquez and Katherine Black from the University of Hartford will visit IPFW Wednesday, January 28, to discuss their recent strategic prioritization initiative. You're invited to join this University Strategic Alignment Process (USAP) town hall meeting at 12:15 p.m. in Liberal Arts Building, Room 35A.
Homecoming Event Schedule
YOYO Now Closed
Yogurt On Your Own (YOYO) has closed its IPFW location due to low sales. Points earned or gift cards purchased at the IPFW location will be honored at the Illinois Road and Lima Road locations.

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