IPFW Alumni Association eNewsletter
October 2014
Indianapolis Reception
Minute with a Mastodon
Call To Membership
IPFW Alumni Center
Networking Event
Roast Thank You
Save the Date
IPFW Department of Theatre  
50th Celebration Gala Performance and Reception

Come celebrate 50 years of theatre at IPFW as the Department of Theatre presents a new production, directed by Dean John O'Connell, of The Imaginary Invalid by Moliere - the first play ever produced at IPFW in November 1964.

Join alumni, faculty, staff, and supporters of the IPFW Department of Theatre on November 14 for a reception at 6 p.m. in the Rhinehart Music Center, followed by an opening night curtain at 8 p.m. in Williams Theatre.
First Destination Survey

IPFW is dedicated to helping students achieve post-graduate success,

 a critical part of the mission of the entire institution.  


The purpose of First Destination Survey

 is to obtain a "snapshot" of what IPFW's recent graduates are doing, including employment, graduate school, or other endeavors.

Check out the 2014 First Destination Survey 



The IPFW Career Services First Destination Survey provides comprehensive and reliable data which can be used to accurately inform and shape career expectations of current undergraduates, new alumni, and prospective students.

Affinity Group Update


We have been busy creating affinity groups for alumni to join!


These groups will connect you with the alumni who shared your experiences at IPFW. Right now we have three groups you can join:


The Blue and White Committee - A group of alumni who also work on the IPFW campus


The Latino American Affinity Group - A group to connect alumni and students with other local organizations that promote Latino culture


African American Affinity Group - A group to connect with students on campus and eventually award a scholarship to honor the life and legacy of Bettye Poignard, the first director of Multicultural Services

Find out how to become involved with one or more of these groups.

For questions or ideas for future groups, contact Christopher Riley
Halloween Howl
Walk and Run
October 30 |5:45 p.m.
Bring the whole family!

Costume Judging
 5:30 p.m.
Most Outrageous, Most Original, Most IPFW Spirit 
Registration Fee
Students $5
Public: Pre-register $10
Day of  - $15
Children 12 and under are free

Proceeds benefit the Brown Ink Society, a group that provides grants to IPFW students faced with financial emergencies that interfere with their educational pursuit at IPFW.

Emmy-winning broadcaster, author, and children's advocate 
Jane Pauley
will be the keynote speaker at the 2015
Tapestry takes place Friday, April 24, 2015, at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. Registration begins Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. Tickets include breakfast, two breakout sessions, the noon luncheon, presentation of the Parkview/Tapestry Scholarships, and Pauley's keynote address, as well as shopping in the many booths lining the perimeter of the Coliseum Expo Center.
Upcoming Events
November 6
Ball and Biscuit 
IPFW Homecoming
January 24, 2015 
Gates Fieldhouse


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The Ball and Biscuit 

331 Massachusetts Ave.

Indianapolis, IN 46204


Thursday, November 6

5--7 p.m.  


▼  Connect with fellow alumni

▼  Learn how you can help found a new IPFW alumni chapter 
▼  Meet Men's Basketball Head Coach Jon Coffman,
    Vice Chancellor Wendy Kobler, and the Alumni Relations team

▼  Hear the latest university updates

▼  Complimentary food and beverage
Spend a Minute with a Mastodon
 Minute with a Mastodon features our diverse and unique alumni! 
Andrew Gritzmaker
B.S. '08 --  Public Affairs
M.P.M '10 --  Public Mgmt.
We had the privilege of having Andrew answer a few questions about his experience and memories here at IPFW.

Take a few minutes and get to know Mastodon Andrew Gregory Gritzmaker.

How has your degree been beneficial? 
My degree cracked open the door to the professional world and gave me the confidence I needed to keep pushing forward.
What would be your advice to someone who is considering IPFW?
IPFW is a great school with great staff and faculty who care about their students.


What course(s) have you found to be most valuable in your professional life?

Looking back on my time at IPFW it is hard to isolate a specific course or group of courses that helped me to this point in my career. Rather, I view my degrees as a collection of character building experiences with guidance from great teammates, role models, and educators.

What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishments, both personally and professionally?

Becoming the executive director for the Mad Anthonys Children's Hope House is my greatest accomplishment. I love what we do here and who we do it for. I feel humbled each day to have this opportunity. Read More
Share your story with other alumni and be featured on our website and e-newsletter 
Call to Membership
The IPFW Alumni Association Needs Your Support.
Become a Member Today!

As a graduate of IPFW, you get two alumni association memberships for the price of one!
In addition to the many benefits offered by IUAA or PUAA, IPFWAA offers the following:
  • 20% discount on merchandise at the IPFW Bookstore (in store and online)
  • 10% discount on spirit items through the IPFWAA
  • Special members-only gifts at IPFWAA events

  • Scholarship opportunities for your family

  • Career Planning Services and Networking Opportunities to connect you with IPFW alumni all over the country!

 about how to receive all of these benefits and more.

IPFW Alumni Center
The Holidays are Just Around the Corner
Plan Your Holiday Party Now at the
Steel Dynamics Keith E. Busse IPFW Alumni Center
The Alumni Center is a comfortable and accommodating space for this season's celebrations. Located on the west campus near the IPFW Holiday Inn, the Alumni Center is a lodge-like retreat that includes a large grand lobby, kitchen facilities, and meeting rooms that are perfect to bring the warmth of the holidays to your company's or family's holiday festivities.

All IPFW, IU, and Purdue alumni receive a 50% discount on rentals, which makes it perfect for any event!
Key to the Hidden Job Market
November 11
5:30-- 8:30 p.m.
Walb Student Union Ballroom
As many as 80 percent of job openings are not advertised, experts say, with employers looking more and more to trusted employees for referrals. That makes networking essential to new college grads, who turn to friends, professors, advisors, and alumni as their strategic contacts.
We invite General Studies alumni to attend and develop their networking skills. The evening will include a free dinner, business card exchange, presentations, panel discussion, and a question and answer session.
5:30 p.m.   Meet and Greet
6 p.m.        Dinner and Business Card Swap
6:45 p.m.   Networking 101: Abby Wilder, corporate recruiter,
                   Lincoln Financial Group
7:30 p.m.   YLNI Panel, "Networking for Young Professionals"
Event is free and open to General Studies students and alumni. Pre-registration is required.
R.S.V.P. by November 3
by calling 260-481-6828.
Mastodon Roast
A huge thank you to everyone who attended our 16th Annual Mastodon Roast on Oct. 7!
We had a great turnout and hope that all those who attended had a great time. We love connecting with our fellow alumni, staff, and faculty!
If you attended the event, please complete our survey and tell us about your experience.
Check out more photos from the Roast on our Facebook page