Four Student Success and Transitions staffers present at NACADA national conference

Four members of the Student Success and Transitions team presented at the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) conference in Atlanta, October 5-8.

 Corrie Fox, associate director, and Karen Case, academic advisor and coordinator of peer leadership, presented a concurrent session titled 50 Shades of Gray: Ethics in Advising. 

Kim Myers, academic advisor, and Cassie Antos, academic advisor, presented a pre-conference workshop titled Advising for Learning: Proactive Advising of Academically At-Risk Students.

Dimples Smith Co-Presents CUPA-HR Webinar

CUPA-HR_400x400Dimples Smith, senior human resources consultant in HR-OIE, co-presented a webinar on neutral conflict resolution for the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources. Daniel Griffith from IUPUI presented with her.

The webinar featured IPFW’s neutral conflict resolution program explored how institutions could create similar programs. It looked at techniques for developing internal mediators to assist faculty, staff and students in resolving interpersonal conflicts.

It also explored the details of the intensive five-day mediation training program presented to campus professionals that equipped them to facilitate meaningful communication processes among disputing parties.

Tamarah Brownlee Graduates in 2016 Class at Leadership Fort Wayne

Tamarah Brownlee, director of the human resources, graduated as part of Leadership Fort Wayne’s Class of 2016. As part of the program, Brownlee had to commit to nine full-day meetings which provided opportunities for hands-on experiences and an internship on a not-for-profit board of directors.

For her Community Action Project, Brownlee and her team members launched an online survey to 682 alumni of the LFW program in an effort to gauge their volunteer efforts since graduation. Of those 682, approximately 280 responded, showing that they had amassed more than 12,000 hours of volunteering in the last year.

In addition to quantifying the volunteer efforts of its alumni, this project also helped LFW identify how it can better engage those who have graduated in years past, whether it be through meetings and events, volunteer projects, networking, and more.

Article Co-Authored by Dimples Smith Appears in CUPA-HR Magazine

Dimples Smith, senior human resources consultant, co-authored the article “Neutral Conflice Resolution: One university’s approach to helping employees address and resolve interpersonal conflict at the ground floor,” which appeared in the June magazine of the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR).

The article explores the university’s neutral conflict resolution (NCR) program. The program is designed to help employees resolve work-related disputes, differences and
concerns at the lowest and least invasive level. The program is designed use a structured setting with a trained mediator to resolve issues such as personality conflicts, long-standing disagreements, unprofessional conduct and such.

Smith co-authored the article with Daniel Griffith from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

Mother-Daughter Team Presents at Canadian Conference

The mother-daughter team of Julie Hook, director of general studies, and Karen Case, academic advisor and coordinator of peer leadership, presented “Like Mother, Like Daughter” at the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Region 5 Conference in Toronto, Ontario.

From the abstract:

You should always listen to your mother . . . or should you? This mother/daughter duo are both academic advisors in different departments at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW). One has over 35 years of advising experience and is now a department chair, while the other one is new to the field of academic advising. This discussion will cross the generations from a seasoned baby boomer to a new millennial. Many topics will be discussed in relationship to students, co-workers, and the institution. Come listen, learn, and share a few laughs as this mother and daughter give each other advice from their own generational perspectives. We encourage audience participation by both new and seasoned advisors as you share your questions and experiences.

OACS Receives Facing Project Grant

The Office of Academic Internships, Cooperative Education, and Service Learning (OACS) received a $1,500 grant from The Facing Project and the Indiana Campus Compact.

The grant will support a Facing Project book titled Facing Financial Hardship in Fort Wayne., which will be written by students and other volunteers in the community.

The book will focus on people involved with a United Way initiative called ALICE in Fort Wayne. ALICE stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed . This description represents the growing number of individuals and families who are working, but are unable to afford the basic necessities of housing, food, child care, health care, and transportation.

The Facing Project is a nonprofit that connects people through stories with the goal of strengthening communities. The project provides tools, a platform, funds, and inspiration so communities can share the stories of citizens through the talent of local writers, artists, and actors.

Biology Students Win Four Poster Presentation Awards

On April 1-2, students from IPFW and across the state presented their research at the Indiana Branch of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) annual meeting, held on the IPFW campus.

IPFW was well represented with student abstracts by Xyryl Pablo (senior, biology); Justin Lothamer (’15); Janine Bennett (senior, biology); Phat Lam (senior, biology); Melissa Beaty (grad student, biology); James Price (grad student, biology); and Jamison Law (grad student, biology).

The following students won awards for their poster:

  • 1st Place M.S. Division: James Price “Juvenile Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas) Microbial Community Structure Throughout an Ontogenic Shift” (mentors: Frank Paladino, chair and professor, biology; and Tanya Soule, assistant professor of biology)
  • 2nd Place M.S. Division: Jamison Law “Biochemical Characterization of  a Mycobacterial Glyercerol-3-Phosphate Acyltransferase” (mentor: Jaiyanth Daniel, assistant professor of biology)
  • 1st Place Undergraduate Division: Janine Bennett “The Response Regulator Npun_F1278 is Essential for Scytonemin Biosynthesis in the Cyanobacterium Nostoc punctiforme ATCC 29133” (mentor: Tanya Soule, assistant professor of biology)
  • 2nd Place Undergraduate Division: Xyryl Pablo “Mycobacterial Protein mEttA and its Role in Resuscitation from Stationary Phase” (mentor: Jaiyanth Daniel, assistant professor of biology)

Guests at the event included esteemed speakers from ASM national as well as the Allen County Health Commissioner. There were 27 abstracts in microbiology and immunology presented by 15 undergraduate, 4 M.S. graduate, and 8 Ph.D. graduate students.