March 25, 2015
Eric Link Selected to Lead College of Arts and Sciences

IPFW welcomes Eric Link, Ph.D., as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (COAS). Link brings more than two decades of both academic and administrative experience to the position. Link's background includes a Ph.D. from Purdue University, where his primary field was 19th-Century American Literature. His has an M.A. in English Language and Literature from Southwest Missouri State University and a bachelor's degree in Communication from Evangel University in Missouri, where he graduated summa cum laude. Link is currently serving as professor of American literature and associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Memphis. He will begin his new position July 1. Read the news release 

Additional APSAC Position Available for Nomination

Attention, Administrative and Professional Staff Advisory Committee (APSAC) members: The following position has become available for nominations: Parliamentarian. Duties include:


  • Ensure that council and steering committee meetings are conducted in accordance with the provisions of the constitution and the policies and regulations of the university
  • Ensure elections are held properly and on a timely basis


Nominations are being accepted through the close of business Thursday, March 26. Please email nominations to

  Individual TIAA-CREF Counseling Sessions

You can discuss your personal financial situation on a confidential basis with an experienced TIAA-CREF Financial Consultant Thursday, April 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Kettler Hall, Room G06A. Space is limited, so please sign up as soon as you can. Call 800-732-8353 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. or register at the website. View the flier [PDF]

Register for IPFW's 50th Celebration Blue Tie Gala

If you haven't yet registered for our 50th Celebration Gala held Saturday, May 9, there's still time! This blue-tie evening promises to be filled with sparkle, glitz, lights, cameras, and fun as funds are raised for scholarships that will support the next generation of innovators, builders, thinkers, and creators.


Members of the campus community can still make reservations. Your registration fee is fully tax deductible.

Don't Miss Helmke Library Pot O' Gold Game Night Tonight

pot_of_gold.jpg Helmke Library, Sigma Tau Delta, and the Honors Program have teamed up to offer a fun night of games, literature, and poetry readings with an Irish Flair. Helmke Library Pot O' Gold Game Night is tonight (Wednesday, March 25) from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Learning Commons. Team up with your lads and lasses and try your luck at the Shillelagh Trivial Pursuit Game, starting at 7 p.m. All are invited to test their skills in games like Catan, Munchkin, Trivial Pursuit, and many more! You can bring your own games, too.

Purchasing Bid Guidelines Clarified

Whenever your department is expecting to make a purchase that could cost $10,000 or more, Purdue policy requires that a formal bid process be followed through Purchasing. This dollar threshold applies to the entire requisition, not jut a single item. You are urged to contact Purchasing as soon as you begin to develop the project. They will partner with you to find products, select vendors, and initiate the bidding process in a timely manner. For more details, see the website.

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Easter Baskets

Alumni Relations is once again joining other area alumni associations in the 15th Annual Easter Basket Collection for SCAN (Stop Child Abuse and Neglect). Baskets can be dropped off at the Kettler Hall Information Desk, the Walb Student Union Information Desk, or at the Alumni Center. The drive concludes Monday, March 30. Read the details

APSAC Professional Development Event Live Streamed from West Lafayette

Captain Matt Pratt and wife Lisa Pratt will speak on "Leaving a Legacy: Perspectives on work, family, and leadership from a military family" Tuesday, March 31 from 2 to 4 p.m. The discussion will be live streamed. Questions may be submitted in advance to the speaker at For more information, visit the Purdue APSAC website.

Photo of the Week 

Future Mastodons gathered in the Rhinehart Music Center last Saturday for the inaugural Admitted Student Reception. Nearly 200 attended. View large photo Photo by Jim Whitcraft


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