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December 2, 2015
Enhancing the Employee Experience---- Starting with You
Human Resources and Office of Institutional Equity (HR-OIE) is launching a series of feedback sessions to get your thoughts on how to enhance current programs. The first series will focus on the new hire orientation experience. Your feedback will be used to develop an enhanced experience that will help new hires acclimate to the IPFW culture.
Please take a moment to share your thoughts and complete this survey by December 11.
Two Events Today Shed Light on Syrian Refugee Crisis
Two events taking place today (December 2) will shed light on the Syrian refugee crisis. 
  •  "Faculty and Students in Solidarity with the Syrian Refugees," noon to 2 p.m. on the square between Neff Hall and the Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science (ETCS) Building and in the ETCS lobby by Bon Bon's Coffee.
  • "Global Crisis, Local Action: Syrian Refugees and the Fort Wayne Community," 6--7:30 p.m., Neff Hall, Room 101. Presentation and panel discussion will include the sharing of first-person encounters with refugees arriving in Europe. 
'Hoops for the Holidays' Helps Children Experience IPFW Basketball
 IPFW Athletics is partnering with fans and local businesses to give the gift of basketball to Fort Wayne with "Hoops for the Holidays." The program gives Fort Wayne children/families who otherwise might not have the opportunity a chance to attend an IPFW basketball event during the holiday season. For only $5 you can help a child experience IPFW basketball! Tickets purchased through this program will be distributed to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne.
To purchase tickets over the phone or for more information, contact Nate Felver at 481-6372 or
'Report Your IPFW Plate' Winners Announced
Thank you to everyone who reported or purchased a plate in this process. We are very close to saving the plate, with 468 purchased as of November 1 out of 500 needed by December 31. If you haven't purchased your plate, you can go to the license branch to transfer your plate before December 31 and your purchase will still qualify you for the $50 gift card.
The winner of the pizza party is Mastodon Advising Center/Student Success and Transitions, 88% of whom reported having an IPFW plate. Close behind were the Chancellor's office (80%) and Advancement/Development (71%).
Eighty-two employees reported owning the plates, which accounts for 17.5% of total plate sales. If you count those with multiple plates in their households, employee family plates account for 21% of plate sales.
Out with the old, in with the new! Make time for mischief, mild mayhem, and major fun at Helmke Library's "deconstruction party," Thursday, December 10, from noon to 2 p.m. Enjoy games, refreshments, a selfie station, surprise guests, and a chance to make your mark on the library---- literally!
Immersion Excursions Set for Spring 2016
Ready for a career exploration exploration experience outside the usual Internet search, classroom presentation, or panel discussion? Faculty and students can participate in an Immersion Excursion offered by IPFW Career Services during the spring 2016 semester. These half-day trips will take approximately 15 students and two faculty members within the operating facilities of regional companies in a variety of industries.
Have a company in mind that you would like to investigate on-site? Suggest a location or register to attend one of the following: Sweetwater Sound, Lincoln Financial Group, or the Fort Wayne TinCaps.
Photo of the Week
A visiting storyteller shares a story with children at last evening's New Parents Program holiday gathering. The program was developed in 2008 to welcome new babies as members of the IPFW family and to provide ongoing support and education to parents as IPFW employees assume their most important role: their child's first teacher. View large photo | Photo by Jim Whitcraft
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

Find Out What's Happening at Broyles and St. Joe
Physical Plant has received many inquiries about activity at the southwest corner of Broyles Blvd. and St. Joe Road. This area is being used as a staging area for the chilled water lining project that will be taking place this winter. It is not a new building site.

New Faces, New Places
Eve Colchin, director of development for Development
Maureen Davey, web developer for Marketing Communications
Lenora Stewart, IT enterprise asset coordinator for IT Services
Amy Wicker, secretary for Dental Education

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Helmke Highlights - news from the Walter E. Helmke Library
Generally Speaking - a newsletter for students and graduates of the General Studies Degree Program [PDF]










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