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Networking 101!

14 Oct
Learn How to Network!
Being a Good Steward of Your Connections: Networking 101!

We have all be told, “its not what you know, its who you know!” This being said you need to learn all the skills involved with networking and the benefits that result from its use.

Take advantage of this online workshop and learn the necessary tools that will help you navigate the job market and create opportunities for you now and later!

This Webinar will be held on October 17, 2013 from 12:00p.m. to 1:00p.m. EST.

Presenters: Amy Johnson – Shurley, Northwestern Mutual & Pone Vongphachanh, Government Affairs Director at Fort Wayne Area Association of REALTORS

Pi Sigma Epsilon Chapter!

6 Oct

There will be an organizational meeting to start a chapter of Pi Sigma Epsilon a national Sales fraternity at IPFW.     Students in this group will have the chance to perfect their sales skills and compete in sales competitions with teams from other universities.   It will also give you the chance to get noticed by major employers who are looking for members of this organization.    This is open to all majors.  Want to learn more about it?   Come to Neff 333 on Monday October 21 at Noon.   We will be selecting officers and figuring out what days/times work best for meetings.

Accounting Society Bus Trip to Indianapolis, Sign Up Now!

24 Sep

All students (Freshman to graduating seniors) are strongly encouraged to spend a day learning about multiple career paths (Public Accounting, Private Accounting, and others) in accounting for only $5 by signing up to join us on our annual Indianapolis Bus Trip. It is never too early (or too late) to learn more about different career paths.

We will be taking a bus trip to Indy on Friday November 8th. We will be making three stops but will be interacting with most likely five different employers that will cover a wide range of accounting career paths.

Stops will include

1) Remy International http://www.remyinc.com/. Remy is a large manufacturer of motors, starters and alternators. We will hear from one of their accountants who is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and take a tour of their manufacturing facility. This is a great chance to hear about private accounting, see a manufacturing facility and learn more about being a CMA.

2) Blue and Company http://www.blueandco.com/. Blue is a public accounting firm, which means they perform audit and tax work for multiple different clients. They have offices in Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky.

3) The Indiana Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Society where two or three speakers will discuss the importance of the CPA license in various industries.

The CPA and CMA designations are two of the most recognized designations in the accounting field so make sure to attend and learn more about both.
I want to strongly encourage students to attend this trip regardless of how far you are in the program. This is a great opportunity to learn about the Indy job market, several career paths and potentially begin a relationship that could help you attain a job in the near or not so near future. Although we will try to maintain this trip as an annual tradition, there is no guarantee where we will stop in the future. So please make every effort to go this year and in future years so you don’t miss out.

We will begin boarding a bus that will be parked outside in the Neff Hall parking lot at 7:00 AMand will leave at 7:15 sharp.

We will stop for a light dinner before leaving Indianapolis and should arrive back at IPFW around 8:00 or so in the evening.

The cost for this entire trip is only $5.

I will send out further details about the presenters at the IN CPA Society when they become available.

In the meantime, you can e-mail me at [email protected] if you have any questions.

Although is not explicitly a job interviewing trip, it is a great opportunity to start building relationships that may lead you to future job opportunities. Or at least learn more ways to expand your job search beyond Fort Wayne.

If you are interested in going on the trip, please stop by the Department of Accounting & Finance in Neff 350. Our secretary, Jane Hirschbiel, will have the sign-up sheet, a required waiver form that each student going must sign, and will collect the $5 fee.

Journal of Purdue Undergraduate Research Call-out Session!

23 Sep

FORT WAYNE, Ind.—The Journal of Purdue Undergraduate Research (JPUR) is sponsoring a call-out session for anyone


interested in undergraduate research.

• Learn about the benefits of publishing, JPUR, and the submission process.

• Get practical advice on submitting an abstract of your research to JPUR.

The event will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 2, between 2 and 3:30 pm in the Learning Commons on the second floor of Helmke library.

The call-out is free and open to the public; coffee and dessert will be served. For more information, contact Dr. Todor Cooklev, member of the JPUR faculty advisory board, at 260-481-0151 or [email protected]

The Gift of the Mastodon

14 Sep

By: Andrew T. Hendrick 

            Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne has taught me a valuable lesson on what education truly means.  I’m currently of senior class standing, and I was a transfer from Ivy Tech Community College through the Crossroads Program.  Education is of vast importance in the world today, but for me this was not always a valued belief.  It was all seen as an expensive hassle, and I started off wanted to just start a career without first pursuing educational paths.  It didn’t take long to realize I could not achieve my goals without  a degree.  Like most people who didn’t go straight from high school to college, I had no idea where to begin.  I learned of the Crossroad’s program that connected Ivy Tech Community College to IPFW, and the reason I fell into it was because Ivy Tech allowed me to get back into the swing of things before attending the more challenging university setting college.  From where I was, I realize now more than ever; that no matter what age, education can become a benefit in opening doors never imagined.

My move into IPFW has taught me it takes hard work when striving for something you truly want, and you can’t just sit on the side lines waiting for opportunity.  You have to be willing to capture it, and the Crossroad’s program was my opportunity that I was forced to work hard to be where I am today.  For the most part, school has never really challenged me.  It has always come rather too easy, and I always thought it was the difficulty of the material.  I was inspired by my Ivy Tech teachers, but my IPFW professors and instructors combined my passion with a challenge that makes me work harder every semester.  It is true, new material can be challenging, but the true challenge is when a teacher integrates critical thinking that forces you to bring an understanding of the material.  I know now college education is about teaching the mind higher levels of critical thinking.  Anyone can study a set of material and regurgitate it out for an exam, but it is the ones who analyze critically that are to write detailed essays.

To conclude my experience, I will express opportunity, passion, and the willingness to accept challenges are all a person needs to earn collegiate education.  Undereducated is just describing someone with a broad focus.  As a business student, IPFW has fine-tuned my focus, and has showed me educated people can give reasons on why they believe something; not just give an unsupported opinion.  A teacher’s role is to show a student where to look, but they can’t show them how to see.  A student should be willing and eager to learn.  I found IPFW has an arsenal of teachers willing to show a student where to look, but they give the student the opportunity to develop their own thoughts and ideas.  Although I wish to pursue education beyond a Bachelors of Science, the opportunity given to me by Ivy Tech and IPFW made it all possible.  To anyone wishing to pursue higher forms of thinking, little by little and day by day you can achieve your goals to their greatest potential, and Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne has your opportunity.

The Blog!

14 Sep

ipfwWe are well into the first semester of the 2013-2014 school year. For those of you who are new to the blog, this page will allow you to see what is going on at IPFW that can be beneficial and of good interest to you. We strongly recommend that you keep in touch with our newsletter and blog in order to stay up to date with important activities and chances to excel here at IPFW. We look forward to helping you grow as a student and as a productive member of the community!

Stay tuned for more!

- Doermer Dispatch

Marketing Internship!

1 May
Summer Marketing position in Wabash through the Interns for Indiana program.    $4500 fellowship for 400 hours.
Position details:  This intern would be directly communicating with our Twitter/Facebook/Pinterst followers and would add content daily to each of these sites.  The purpose of this position is to increase company brand and awareness and to get a social buzz on our service.  Company would like intern to engage professional bloggers that we have gained a relationship with on LinkedIn and also multiple blogs per week on the company website.
Must have a 2.8 or higher GPA and US citizen.
Please contact Deb Barrick at 481-5471, [email protected] or Neff 337.

Submission by Hannah Janssen!

29 Apr

Hey there fellow Doermer Dons!

My name is Hannah Janssen, and I am a sophomore studying accounting. I’m actually writing this from Whitewater, Wisconsin thanks to the National Student Exchange!

Now, I know all of you business students have heard about NSE; they make presentations in the J100 classes and there are signs are all over campus. But I am writing this blog to give you my personal testimony about what an exchange can do for a business student.

A couple of things about signing up for your exchange: choose schools that have the AACSB accreditation (not membership, two different things), and make sure you know how much your housing will cost.

Like I said, I’m in Whitewater, Wisconsin, at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater. Oh, you never heard of it? Well, neither had I. Until I found out it was well-known for its accounting area and it’s the closest Wisconsin school to Fort Wayne. The school itself actually isn’t that big; enrollment is a little less than IPFW’s. If you can, I highly suggest visiting your school once you know where you are going. Whitewater is a pretty small town, but once I found out it had a Wal-Mart in walking distance (I wasn’t going to have a car), I was fine.

I only signed up to spend a semester here, but honestly, I could’ve stayed a year. I love my exchange. I get along with all of my roommates (I have 3), and I’ve actually made friends in my short time here. It’s like they say at every college, you have to get involved.  Seriously, getting involved in groups, especially on your exchange, is the best thing you can do for yourself, particularly when you’re a business student. I joined a group called IMA (Institute of Management Accountants), and today, I’m going to a Brewer’s game; last week, I found an internship I’m really interested in, and if I get it, they will pay for my housing and transportation! The opportunities I’ve had here are endless; all I had to do was put in effort and participate in meetings.  Also, thanks to technology like Skype, I can still participate in my group at IPFW too. I’m in Delta Sigma Pi, and I just got elected VP of Community Service for next year!

Going on this exchange was one of the best decisions I’ve made so far in college. I made new friends, and some new contacts for networking, and I got to do things I could have never done at IPFW (scuba diving!) I highly recommend an exchange to all business students, especially those who know where they want to go after college. It’s truly an experience you’ll never forget.

Want to know more about NSE?  – National Student Exchange

Looking for an Internship?

24 Apr

coopCo-op which is short for cooperative education gives you the opportunity to explore how classroom theory relates to actual employment opportunities, while you remain an IPFW student.

You receive a competitive wage and earn academic credit while working two or more semesters with an employer from the Greater Fort Wayne area or you can go to another state.

For more information Click Here!

Want to Contribute to the Blog?

19 Apr

The students of the Doermer School of Business are the most qualified to share their experience at IPFW. We welcome you to submit potential Blog entries for students, faculty and visitors to the Doermer School of Business Blog to read. We encourage students at every level to participate! To submit an entry, send an email to [email protected] that includes your name, class standing and major, and Microsoft Word attachment.

Submissions must meet the following guidelines:

  • 300-500 words in length
  • Discuss some aspect of your experience as a student in the IPFW Doermer School of Business
    Identify a relevant article and write a reflection about how the information is relevant or important for business majors
  • Must be grammatically correct and well-written
  • Must be original and may not have been published elsewhere online already.  All submissions will be verified for originality.
  • Must not include marketing-related links and must not be self-promotional.

All submissions will be reviewed by Doermer School of Business staff for approval. If approved, your submission will then be posted on the blog. There is no guarantee we will use your submission, but if we do, you will be notified via e-mail.  Having an article published is worth 50 Passport to Success points.

Please note that the Doermer School of Business reserves the right to edit all submissions.  The Doermer School of Business is not obligated to post submitted material.  If in our professional opinion, the submission is not appropriate, negative, hurtful or is poorly written, the post will not appear on the Blog.  If you use anyone’s name in your post, please use only the first name.


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