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March 23, 2016
We Are IPFW Proud
Indiana University-- Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) has a proud tradition of academic excellence, athletic distinction, artistic performance, and patented innovation.
We are the largest public comprehensive university in northeast Indiana, and IPFW offers more degree programs than anywhere else in the region. Nearly 30,000 Mastodon alumni live and work here, contributing to and elevating the future of our community. And we connect students to bigger, brighter futures.
In the coming weeks, we will be rolling out a new pride campaign that demonstrates the strength, resolve, and spirit of our university. Be on the lookout for details on how you can help share the message:
We are IPFW. We are IPFW PROUD.
Learn How the New Hire Experience Has Changed
Last fall Human Resources and Office of Institutional Equity (HR-OIE) asked for feedback about the New Hire Orientation (NHO) experience. HR-OIE used your input to revamp NHO and relaunched it as the early steps in developing an onboarding experience.

Onboarding, or Organizational Socialization, refers to the process through which new employees acquire the knowledge, skills, and behaviors to become effective organizational members. The topic will be addressed in a future HRvOIcE newsletter.

A few new features for NHO include:
  • Biweekly sessions
  • Understand the values that foster respect within the campus community
  • Acquire an understanding of the university mission, vision, and values
Review the Policy on Giving and Receiving Gifts
The Executive Policy Review Group has approved a new policy on Gifts, Gratuities, and Recognition (III.B.5), which will be effective April 1. 

The policy provides guidance to faculty and staff regarding the appropriate acceptance or refusal of gifts, gratuities, favors, and other benefits from third parties. Similarly, colleges, schools, departments, and offices will find guidelines and resources pertaining to expenditures on awards, prizes, and gifts.

A related document, Operating Procedures for Gifts, Gratuities, and Recognition, supplements the above policy by providing parameters for specific types of gifts that may be offered to faculty and staff, including meals, conference registration fees, and travel expenses. The procedures also include these details for departments and offices:
  • How to establish recognition programs
  • Examples of awards, prizes, and gifts
  • Considerations for gifts to students and student-athletes
  • Categories of allowable payments or expenses for foreign public officials
Join Us in Congratulating Professor Kalamaras
Professor George Kalamaras recently served a two-year term as Indiana Poet Laureate from January 1, 2014, through December 31, 2015. To honor his engagement, the university will present him with the first-ever Featured Faculty for Excellence in Engagement Award Thursday, March 24, at 4:30 p.m. in the Kettler Hall Faculty Lounge (Room 154). Read the news release
Volunteer for Epic Career Connections Week!
On March 29 and 31, business, government, nonprofit industries, technology, and healthcare organizations will converge in the Walb Classic Ballroom to recruit candidates. Check out the list of employers on the IPFW Career Fair Plus App, available for free from the App Store or on Google Play. You'll also find an overview of the organizations attending, the positions they're hiring for, and an interactive floor plan (available a week before the fair).

Career Services will host career fairs during Career Connections Week (including the Reverse Career Fair), and volunteers would certainly be appreciated!. You can sign up using these links:
Learn How Women's Rights Changed
during Ataturk's Reforms in Modern Turkey
The next Anthropology Luncheon Lecture will feature Iklim Goksel, limited term lecturer in Women's Studies, who will present the topic "Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and Women in the Turkish National Space."
The lecture will be Wednesday, March 30, at noon in Kettler Hall, Room G46. Free pizza for IPFW students; $1 per slice for non-IPFW students. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Nominate Someone for Student Employee of the Year
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]

Photo of the Week
Peter Dragnev, professor and chair of the Department of Mathematical Sciences (left), was presented the Outstanding Research Award last Friday by Carl Drummond, vice chancellor for academic affairs and enrollment management. Dragnev's presentation was titled "The Mathematics of the Soccer Ball: A Mathematician's Quest to Minimize Energy."  View large photo | Photo by Jim Whitcraft

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Community Arts Academy spring 2016 schedule

The first two levels of Parking Garage 2 will be partially closed:
  • Monday, March 28, 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 29, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 31, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
RIPPLES Recipients

Cassandra Clore, business assistant

Hideto Tanimura, student worker

Valerie Null, custodian

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