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October 21, 2015
Are You an IU Employee?
Open Enrollment Begins Nov. 9
Open enrollment for Indiana University employees is November 9--20. This is your once-a-year opportunity to make changes to your benefit plans. IU employees should receive information by the end of this week. Are you curious about what's in store for 2016? Visit the IU Human Resources website and find out more!
Open Enrollment for Purdue Employees Starts Oct. 26
This year's open enrollment for Purdue employees begins October 26 and ends at 6 p.m. ET November 13. Benefit selections made during this period will go into effect January 1. Enrollment guides will be distributed Monday, October 26.

Here are some important tips to keep in mind:
  • Start the open enrollment process early; don't wait until the last minute
  • Certify tobacco-user status. Even if you don't change your plan from last year, you'll be asked to certify this status every year to avoid potential increases to your medical and additional term life insurance premiums
  • Review your HSA or FSA contributions to take advantage of pre-tax savings
  • Review your beneficiaries. Open enrollment is the perfect time
  • Don't stress! There will be open enrollment sessions, walk-in labs, and additional resources to help ensure you choose the plan that is best suited for you and your family
Benefits are an important part of your total compensation, and benefits staff members strive to provide excellent customer service and resources---- during open enrollment and all year---- to help you best use these valuable programs. Check out the benefit sessions schedule [PDF]
Take a selfie with the Spirit Pumpkin and help one of our nursing students battle cancer.
Celebrate the Season at Fall Fest
You're invited to the Third Annual Fall Fest, October 26--30. It's a great way to have fun while supporting our students, and you'll enjoy lots of fun activities that should get everyone into the fall spirit!
  • Popcorn tour. Popcorn bar with fall-themed toppings at different buildings throughout the week.
  • The Spirit of IPFW. Pose with the official spirit pumpkin of Fall Fest in support of nursing student Lindsey Kline.
  • Costume Party and Contest. Five different categories!
  • Halloween Howl. NEW Haunted Candyland 1-Mile Walk/2-Mile Run benefits the Brown Ink Society.
  • Departmental Decorating Contest. The winning department will be announced at the costume contest. 
  • Urban Gaming Club. Home to some of the most difficult Humans vs. Zombies gameplay ever created!
  • IPSGA Pumpkin Carving for student organizations,
  • U Can Crush Hunger. Benefits Community Harvest Food Bank; various drop-off locations.

Volunteers are needed for several events. If you would like to help with an event, please fill out this volunteer survey.

An event schedule, information about all the events, and registration forms for the Halloween Howl, Department Decorating Contest, and Urban Gaming Club event are on the Fall Fest website.

 How Do You Know What You Know?

Learn how Associate Professor of Philosophy Abe Schwab's research into the philosophical underpinnings of decision-making is impacting the choices made by healthcare professionals.

Purdue Board Approves Winter Recess for Dec. 28-30
The Board of Trustees, at the request of President Daniels, approved a three-day winter recess for faculty and staff of all Purdue campuses, December 28-30. West Lafayette Human Resources published a FAQ document [PDF] about the recess, along with a memo outlining pay practices [PDF].

Note Building Closure Info
Campus buildings will be closed during the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday and winter recess.
  • Thanksgiving: Building will close at 11 p.m. Wednesday, November 25, and will reopen at 7 a.m. Monday, November 30
  • Winter recess: Buildings will close at 11 p.m. Wednesday, December 23, and reopen at 7 a.m. Monday, January 4

If you need access to a campus building or laboratory during those times, contact David Wesse, vice chancellor for financial and administrative affairs.

Don't Miss Helmke Library Game Night
haunted_house.jpgHelmke Library, Sigma Tau Delta, and Student Life and Leadership will offer a fun night of games and literary excursions Wednesday, October 28, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Library Learning Commons.
Come dressed as your favorite literary character or author and enter the costume contest! Enjoy fall favorites like apple cider and caramel corn and test your skills in games such as Catan, Munchkin, and Trivial Pursuit. You're also welcome to bring your own games.
Learn about Some Challenges
at 'Robot Ethics' Lecture
The field of robotics poses urgent and complicated ethical challenges. How should the world community approach these problems? Professor and COAS Distinguished Lecturer Don Howard, Department of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame, will discuss "Robot Ethics" Friday, October 23, at noon in the Walb Classic Ballroom. Howard's lecture is part of the College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Lecturer Series. Read the details
Flags Open Students' Eyes with Study Abroad
Study Abroad trips are developed and led by experienced staff members who open students' eyes to a new world. Share the news about our amazing faculty-led travel programs with your students! Visit the website for a complete listing or to request more information. And don't miss the Study Abroad Fair November 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the bookstore hallway in Walb Union.
Hear Will Miller on 'Healthy Leadership'
Join a live stream October 26 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. and hear Will Miller, Ph.D., discuss "Finding Balance While Striving: Healthy Leadership." Registration is not necessary. The Lovell Leadership Series is presented by the Administrative and Professional Staff Advisory Committee (APSAC).

 Miller's unique background as a professional standup comedian, television personality, writer, and speaker makes him a recognized authority on modern life and culture. His presentation about living a well-adjusted life in a time of enormous pressure and stress combines groundbreaking research with hilarious comedy. His most recent endeavor is in the strategic communication graduate program at Purdue, where he teaches Ethics in Communication.
Don't Fall for This Virus Alert Scam
If you receive a random pop-up that says "Your Computer May Be Infected!" with a phone number to call for its removal, it's a scam. Don't call the phone number, as they will ask for remote access to your computer and may infect it with malware. View examples of pop-ups
If you're ever unsure if a message is legitimate, contact the Help Desk at 481-6030 or
Photo of the Week
Gheorghe Predescu, consul general of Romania in Chicago, met with students and faculty in the Honors Center on October 19. Predescu was invited to campus by Mike Eikenberry, dean of the Doermer School of Business. View large photo
Spooky Experiments
The Society of Physics Students will host Spooky Halloween Demo Shows Friday, October 23, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, October 24, at 3 p.m. Both shows take place in Kettler Hall, Room 133. Free admission. Read the news release
New Submission Process
for IRB Protocols
The Office of Sponsored Programs will no longer submit Institutional Review Board (IRB) protocols for IPFW faculty. Instead, protocols should be submitted electronically to Direct questions to the IRB at 765-494-5942 or Abe Schwab remains as the IRB liaison for IPFW.
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 its support for Alumni Association scholarships. The deadline to submit is October 30. Yes, I Ride with Pride  Not yet, but I want one!

Support Scholarships and
Get a $50 Gift Card
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



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