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September 23, 2015
Improved HR/OIE Training Now Easier to Use
Human Resources and Office of Institutional Equity will launch a revised and enhanced annual online training program October 1. The training will still consist of five modules, however, all modules will be in WebCert, making it easier to access the training and track your progress. All modules have been updated and several are approximately 20 minutes long with shorter quizzes, making them easier to complete. Staff and faculty will have until mid-January 2016 to complete the training.
For more information and to access the training, visit the HR training website and click on the Online Training tab.
Purchasing Tips and Reminders
Purchasing partners with IPFW departments to procure goods and services in support of the university's mission. There is an established internal process for purchasing authorizations, and staff has been trained to enter orders in the Ariba purchasing system. However, faculty and staff should always contact Purchasing before placing orders estimated at $10,000 or more. This threshold applies to the entire requisition, not just a single item. Purdue policy requires such purchases to follow a formal bid process. Contact Purchasing as soon as you begin to develop the project. Purchasing staff will work with you to find products, select vendors, gather pricing data, and complete the process in a timely manner. For more details, visit the Purchasing website. 
Authorization to sign purchasing contracts on behalf of the university lies with Purchasing and the Vice Chancellor for Financial and Administrative Affairs. If your purchase involves a contract, send a copy to Cyndy Elick, purchasing director,, and be sure to copy your business manager. Purchasing will review for certain standard terms and conditions; however, departments should also review these terms and conditions, as the obligations to abide primarily rest with the key stakeholder within the department. Please allow time for this review process. Visit the Purchasing website for general and specific purchasing information, forms, handouts, and contacts.
The Poet's Toolkit
Join Assistant Professor of English Curtis Crisler in his workshop as he discusses the necessity of voice, the dismantling of genre, and the treatment of poetry as an interdisciplinary tool. Watch the video
Join the OACS Open House
The Office of Academic Internships, Cooperative Education, and Service Learning (OACS) will host an open house Thursday, October 8, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Neff Hall, Room 337. Enjoy free snacks and light refreshments.
Students can learn about many paid co-op positions in engineering and technology; opportunities are also available in business, computer science, and organizational leadership and supervision. For more information, contact
Own an IPFW Plate? Report It!
The Blue and White Committee, in partnership with the Alumni Association, wants to know: Do you "Ride with Pride"?
Tell them if you have an IPFW license plate and you'll receive a miniature plate to proudly display in your work area. The department with the highest percentage of plates will win a pizza party in appreciation of their support for Alumni Association scholarships. The deadline to submit is October 30. Yes, I Ride with Pride  Not yet, but I want one!
Support Student Scholarships and Get a $50 Gift Card
The Blue and For a limited time, faculty and staff can get a $50 gift card to Follett's Bookstore and be entered to win a free parking pass when they order a new specialty license plate. The plates generate more than $10,000 annually for student scholarships through the IPFW Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship Fund. Five hundred plates must be sold by Dec. 31, 2015, or they will be discontinued. Already renewed your regular plate? You can transfer to the specialty plate at any time. Get more information on our website or contact Alumni Relations at 481-6807 or
"Healthier You" Habits Challenge
Enhance your health during October! Register now for the new "Healthier You" Habits Challenge as an individual or team. Health screenings, flu shots, events, and presentations have been scheduled for the whole month to help you improve your health habits. In addition, all participants will be eligible to win a Fitbit! The challenge is open to all faculty, staff, and students. Register for the challenge  Download a registration form [PDF]
Need healthcare? Contact the Center for Healthy Living: Campus Clinic and Wellness Programs located in Walb Union, Room 234. Bring your medical card. Call 481-5748 for an appointment. Clinic website
What Does It Take to Succeed as an Entrepreneur?
Local entrepreneurs will share their insights with student on how to start a successful company in a "Sink or Swim" Entrepreneur Panel. The event is Monday, October 19, from noon to 1 p.m. in Neff Hall, Room 101 and is sponsored by IPFW Career Services and the Doermer School of Business (DSB). Panelists include Chuck Surack, Sweetwater; Brian Bauer, Lutheran Health Network; Leon Habegger, LH Industries; and Eric Doden, Greater Fort Wayne Inc. Mike Eikenberry, DSB dean, will serve as the moderator. The event is free and open to the public. Register for the event  Download the flier
Photo of the Week
Job seekers and employers came together at Mastodon Job and Internship Fair September 22 in the fieldhouse. View large photo Photo by Jim Whitcraft


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A wonderful day of inspiration, renewal, and education for women in all stages of life, Tapestry----A Day for You celebrates the fabric of women and recognizes outstanding female role models in our community. But most importantly, it helps students further their education through the Tapestry Parkview Endowment and Scholarship Fund. Registration for Tapestry 2016 opens February 26.

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