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June 8, 2016
Learn about Broader New Parents Program
kids_parents_handprint.jpg The New Parents Program (NPP) was developed to help welcome new babies to the IPFW family and to provide ongoing support and education to parents as IPFW employees as they assume their most important role: their child's first teacher.

Based on the NPP survey results and feedback, as well as approval from APSAC, CSSAC, and the executive team, Human Resources and Office of Institutional Equity will be moving forward with proposed changes to the program. As of July 1, NPP will relaunch as the IPFW Family Resource Program. The program will be broader and more inclusive.
  • The program will be promoted as an employee benefit program. All staff and faculty can take part in the program, rather than the current structure where only benefit-eligible staff and faculty who give birth to or adopt a child while employed are eligible to participate.
  • Program offerings will cover topics for children of all ages versus current offerings designed for children ages 0-5.
The Family Resource Program is forming a planning committee. If you're interested in and are able to make a one-year commitment, contact Melissa Helmsing at 481-5720 or
Discover a Pathway for Positive Conflict Resolution
Employees spend a significant amount of time together, five days a week, eight hours a day or more. We work with our campus colleagues on key initiatives and projects and initiatives necessary to the success of the university, so it's not uncommon for conflict to arise. When differing opinions, emotions, perceptions, and values are at stake, resolution can seem just as difficult as the conflict itself.

Employees may hesitate to address what is bothering them in a work relationship because of perception or because they don't know how to begin. To create a culture that supports resolution at the lowest level, Human Resources and Office of Institutional Equity offers employees a healthy resolution pathway through the Neutral Conflict Resolution Program (NCR). NCR provides an opportunity for employees to jointly resolve concerns.

If you have a work relationship that's on a downward spiral or if you want to clear up a miscommunication, the NCR program is a great first step. To learn how the program can help with your conflict, visit the HR/OIE website or contact Dimples Smith,
MAC Name Changing, But Services Going Strong
In order to streamline services, student communication, and branding with the implementation of the Pathway Program for undeclared students and the Student Success Program for conditionally admitted students, the Mastodon Advising Center (MAC) name will be phasing out this month. All of the services provided by MAC are still provided under the Student Success and Transitions umbrella, so students are not affected.

The services offered by Student Success and Transitions (SST) are:
  • New Student Orientation
  • Advising of all conditionally and regularly admitted students in Pathway (Student Success Program)
  • Course withdrawal processing
  • Student Success Course and support for students on academic probation
  • Student Success Coaching in the Don2Don Student Success Program
  • National Student Exchange
You can find SST in Kettler Hall, Room 109, or call 481-0404. Questions about the name change or about how SST can help you provide support to your students? Contact Krissy Creager, or 481-6140.
Watch for Details about Summerfest
Save the date! Summerfest, our annual employee and retiree appreciation day, will be Wednesday, July 27. Event details and online registration information will be sent to your IPFW email address soon. In the meantime, mark the date on your calendar!
Grab Some Grub at Java Spot on These Dates
Java Spot in Walb is open during New Student Advising and Registration dates this summer from 8 to 9:30 a.m. and 1 to 2:30 p.m. (also August 4 and 10).

Along with Starbuck's coffee, these items will also be available:
  • Soft drinks and bottled water
  • Oatmeal
  • Sandwiches
  • Chips
  • Pudding cups
  • Soup
  • Small salads
Flags Lowered in Honor of Hoosier Native
american-flag-wavy.jpgYou may have noticed that flags are at half-staff on campus. Governor Pence has directed flags at state facilities be flown at half-staff for West Point Cadet and Valparaiso native Mitchell Alexander Winey after he was killed in Cadet Troop Leader Training at Ft. Hood, Texas. Army Cadet Winey was one of nine soldier killed when their truck overturned in a flooded area in Ft. Hood. Read the news release
Represent Your Peers with CSSAC
Three at-large representatives are needed to fill vacancies on the 12-member Clerical and Service Staff Advisory Committee (CSSAC). The terms will start September 1.

Committee activities during the past year included:
  • Representation on several university committees
  • Participation in Purdue West Lafayette CSSAC meetings
  • Representation on various focus groups and interview sessions
  • Employee/dependent grant award program including fundraising
  • Summerfest, Staff Recognition Luncheon, and Fall Fest planning
CSSAC's objectives are to:
  • Provide clerical and service staff a way to offer suggestions and advice to formulate or change policies that affect employment conditions
  • Provide an effective means of communication between clerical and service staff and university administration
  • Act in an advisory capacity and make recommendations to Human Resources and Office of Institutional Equity
Interested persons, including incumbents if they wish, will have their names placed on the ballot. If you would like to be a representative, complete this form and send it to Dunyale Tolliver, Human Services, Neff Hall, Room 130, before July 29. Learn more about CSSAC
Help IPFW Celebrate History,
Ignite Future at TRF Parade
The annual Three Rivers Festival Parade is Saturday, July 9, in downtown Fort Wayne. IPFW is looking for volunteers to walk in the parade, distribute items, or be Mastodon balloon handlers. Breakfast, water, and T-shirts will be provided.

This year's parade theme is "Indiana's Bicentennial: Celebrate History----Ignite the Future." If you would like to represent IPFW in the parade, send your name, contact information, and T-shirt size to James Velez at
Photo of the Week
IPSGA officers for 2016-17: James Hoppes, vice president of finance; Andrew Kreager, student body president; Alexander Sanderson, vice president of legislation; and Alexis Tucker, vice president of programming. View large photo | Read news release Photo by Jim Whitcraft


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