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March 2, 2016
Be Prepared for Tornadoes and Thunderstorms
IPFW is located in a region of the United States that is susceptible to dangerous weather events such as severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. Be prepared to respond to severe weather by reading this memo [PDF] from David Wesse, vice chancellor for financial and administrative affairs, that addresses these topics:
  • Advance preparation----locating the shelter
  • Severe weather storm
  • Tornado watch
  • Tornado warning
  • Warning signals
  • Shelter in place
  • Outdoor all-hazards warning siren testing

Learn about Microsoft Office 2016 Updates
Testing of Microsoft Office 2016 is ongoing, and so far only one issue has been discovered that is of concern: upgrading to MS Office 2016 will likely cause problems with Microsoft Access databases that were built in previous versions of MS Office. If you use older Access databases, IT Services recommends that you wait to upgrade until further tests can be conducted.

Office 2016 will be available for installation on faculty and staff machines by the end of the spring 2016 semester. The upgrade will not be forced on faculty and staff; instead, it will be voluntary. Student labs, teaching labs, and classroom teaching stations will be upgraded to MS Office 2016 this summer and the work will be completed before the fall semester begins.
Check Out Spring Break Food Services and Bookstore Hours

Pick up lunch at Chop'd & Top'd in Kettler Hall: 

  • 11 a.m.-- 2 p.m. Monday through Friday

Don's at Walb and Java Spot:


Follett Bookstore and Mastodon Mart:

  • 9 a.m.--3 p.m. Monday through Thursday
  • 9 a.m.--1 p.m. Friday
Donate an Easter Basket to SCAN
The Alumni Association is collecting filled Easter baskets for the children of SCAN (Stop Child Abuse and Neglect), March 1-- 22. Purchase a pre-assembled Easter basket or make your own with commercially wrapped items (nothing homemade), then make sure the baskets are wrapped so the items will stay intact. Drop off your baskets at the Kettler Hall or Walb Union information desks or at the Alumni Center front desk. Questions? Contact or 481-6807
IPFW student supervisors are invited to nominate outstanding student employees for the 2015-16 Student Employee of the Year Award. Student workers are also invited to nominate their on-campus supervisor for the 2015-16 Outstanding Student Supervisor of the Year Award. To be eligible for either award, the student worker must be:
  1. Currently enrolled in classes as an IPFW student
  2. Working at least 10 hours a week on campus
  3. Employed in the same department/office for at least six months

The deadline for nominations is April 1 by 5 p.m. For more information, contact Ashley Calderon at or 481-5402. Nominate a student worker  Nominate an on-campus supervisor 


Learn more about how to show appreciation for your student workers during National Student Employment Week. [PDF]

Join the Annual Cross Country Scholarship Event
Chris BrownThe 9th Annual IPFW Run It Walk It for Chris Brown Event will be Sunday afternoon, March 13, at the Athletics Center. Featured events include a 5K Prediction Walk/Run, Indoor 1-Mile Race, Indoor 1-Mile Fun Walk, and a Silent Auction. All proceeds will go to the Chris Brown Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund that benefits men's cross country scholarships. Brown was a public and environmental affairs major who was also a member of the cross country and track programs. He lost his battle with cancer in December 2007. Register online  Download a brochure [PDF]
Don't Miss Outstanding Research Award Lecture
Peter Dragnev, professor and chair of the Department of Mathematical Sciences, will present the 2015-16 Outstanding Research Award Lecture. His presentation, "The Mathematics of the Soccer Ball: A Mathematician's Quest to Minimize Energy," will be Friday, March 18, at 3 p.m. in Kettler Hall, Room 46. The lecture will be followed by a reception in the Kettler Hall Faculty Lounge. 


The Outstanding Research Award Lecture is sponsored by the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Register for 2016 Connecting Campuses with Communities

A discount of $50 per person is available to institutions with three or more registrants. The registration deadline is May 1. Read the details/register for the conference
Photo of the Week
"Typology of Typography: The Typographic designs of Peter Bella" is on display in the Visual Arts Gallery through March 27. The artist (left) was honored at a reception last Thursday. View large photo | Photo by Jim Whitcraft

30-- 50% off retail
Wednesday and Thursday, March 2 and 3
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Kettler Hall Lower Level
Sponsored by CSSAC
Proceeds benefit the CSSAC Scholarship Fund

RIPPLES Recipients

Robin Steenman, secretary-Upward Bound

Lydia Bates, assistant director-Upward Bound

Melinda Conley, director of marketing-Continuing Studies

Ann Brown, program coordinator, Collegiate Connection

Lisa Stults, clerk-Registrar

Susan Robart, secretary-Music

Cathy Dunmire, video production coordinator-CATV

Jeff Eley, workstation systems specialist-ITS

Valerie Null, custodian

Greg Anderson, academic advisor-CHHS

Cyndy Elick, director-Purchasing Services

Melissa Litmer, identity analyst-ITS


Parking Lot 12 near the Athletics Center will be closed Tuesday, March 8, from 5 a.m. tp 5 p.m.

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