IU Online Conference

The fourth annual statewide IU Online Conference will be held October 30, 2019, at the Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel at Keystone Crossing.

Your conference hosts from the Office of Online Education, the Office of Collaborative Academic Programs, and eLearning Design and Services are seeking proposals from IU faculty, administrators, advisors, success coaches, and staff across the state who are innovators and collaborators in the online space.

We will consider proposals that address empirical research, showcase best practices, and/or describe lessons learned related to one or more of the following areas:

  • Program development and administration
  • Coaching, advising, student engagement, and co-curricular programming
  • Marketing, admissions, and recruitment
  • Teaching and learning innovation
  • Technology that advances digital learning

Of special interest are presentations describing intercampus and/or interdisciplinary collaborations and proposals that have application to multiple disciplines. Sessions will last for 30 to 45 minutes.

Proposals are due at 11:59pm on Friday, June 7th. Presenters will be notified in August.

Submit your proposals now! 

Commencement Speakers Hope To Inspire IUPUI’s Newest Graduates

Communications studies major Connor LaGrange will address more than 7,000 of his fellow graduates during IUPUI's May 11 commencement ceremony at Lucas Oil Stadium. Photo courtesy of the Division of Undergraduate Education
Communications studies major Connor LaGrange will address more than 7,000 of his fellow graduates during IUPUI’s May 11 commencement ceremony at Lucas Oil Stadium. Photo courtesy of the Division of Undergraduate Education

The pressure’s on for Connor LaGrange, not only to wrap up his final finals as an IUPUI undergraduate but also to deliver a five-minute speech during commencement.

While most Americans would rather stand on the edge of the Salesforce Tower than give a speech in front of thousands of people, LaGrange embraces it. He has been delivering speeches and presentations in an academic setting since his senior year in high school, when he was dually enrolled as a first-year communication studies student at IUPUI. As a senior supervisor in the IUPUI Speaker’s Lab, he worked with a wide array of students to improve their presentation skills — from shaky-kneed freshmen to international graduate students.

On May 11, all eyes will be on the Indianapolis native as he represents his class of 7,122 graduates. The ceremony starts at 10 a.m. at Lucas Oil Stadium.

“I’m approaching it as if I were sitting in the audience: What would I want to hear from the speaker?” said LaGrange, who will begin his pursuit of an applied communications graduate degree from IUPUI in the fall. “I’ll be talking about four points that I think we can use to be successful — not just academically or professionally, but life-related things that the parents and family members in the audience can use, too.”

While having the gift of gab will get you on podiums and behind lecterns, LaGrange said, fine-tuned communication skills improve businesses, health networks and other fields.

“I can walk into a room of engineers and not know engineering and be just fine,” he explained. “From clients to higher-ups, there isn’t a single place in our world where people aren’t communicating with one another in one fashion or another.”

LaGrange’s years at IUPUI were packed. But he wasn’t too busy to notice the university’s growth, which coincided with that of Indianapolis.

“It’s an incredible city, and I’m blessed to go to an incredible university in the heart of that city,” LaGrange said. “I think both institutions have hit their stride during my time at IUPUI.

“I think Indianapolis for sure made a name for itself attracting bigger companies and conferences. I see our economy only getting stronger. Hoosier hospitality is a thing, and IUPUI is one of the few Division I urban campuses that is a short walk to the heart of the city. Graduates no longer have to go to New York City or other bigger cities. Students will continue to get opportunities in their own backyard.”

Sarah Evans Barker, senior judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, will also speak at the commencement ceremony. Deemed a Living Legend by the Indiana Historical Society, she has been instrumental in numerous behind-the-scenes roles that have helped the university grow and thrive. Barker helped create the Bepko Scholars and Fellows Program, and she has worked with the Indiana University McKinney School of Law while participating as a member of the chancellor’s advisory board and several dean and chancellor searches.

Judge Sarah Evans Barker. Photo courtesy of the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana
Judge Sarah Evans Barker. Photo courtesy of the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana

“I’ve been able to see IUPUI grow and put down significant roots in the community,” said Barker, who earned a social service degree from IU Bloomington. “I’ve known many people who have been a creative force in determining IUPUI’s mission. It is an honor for me to give this talk to these graduates. In terms of my career, I’ve had a lifelong affiliation with the university.”

While Barker has addressed hundreds of rooms full of people throughout her impressive career, IUPUI’s commencement ceremony will be the judge’s largest audience by far. In the home of the Indianapolis Colts, she said, she may not have a touchdown dance for IUPUI’s newest graduates, but she hopes her remarks will inspire and ring true.

“I’m hoping that there will be enough cohesiveness that the purpose of the gathering will be realized,” Barker revealed. “I hope they can connect with some ideas that I want to leave with them.”

Read the original story from IUPUI NewsTim Brouk 

5 Tips For Getting Into Grad School

For some of us, graduation means no more grades or homework. For those who can’t get enough of the college experience, it means the cycle is about to start all over again with graduate school.

If you’re going to graduate school and you know it, clap your hands — and give these tips a try.

Students who have questions about graduate school are encouraged to reach out to others for guidance. Indiana University

Research the program
Whether or not you know what you want to study in graduate school, it’s always a good idea to research any program you’re interested in. Find out what the program offers and what’s required to get in. You should also look up the faculty and their interests and strengths. This will help you create your personal statement and cater it specifically to the program you want to enter.

Take the GRE early
Similarly to taking the SAT when you were looking past high school, it’s a good idea to take the GRE your sophomore or junior year in college. That way, if your score is lower than you want, you have time to retake the test. Also, some of your general education classes, such as math and English, help prepare you for the GRE questions, so it’s good to take it when the information is still fresh in your mind. If you missed this mark and are taking the test later, it’s not the end of the world. It only means you have a little less time than people who started earlier.

Write, revise and tailor your personal statement
Your personal statement is not something you should write overnight. You might have several drafts throughout the process, and that’s OK. The more revisiting and revising you do, the more satisfied with the final product you’ll be. This is your chance to showcase your accomplishments and goals and explain why you’re a perfect fit for the program.

Ask for strong letters of recommendation
Making sure to ask the right people for “strong” letters of recommendation is key. Ask people who will promote you and your abilities in an effective way. It’s important to choose people who know how you work, what your accomplishments are and what your future goals are. Specifically requesting a “strong” recommendation letter shows that you’re serious about this program, and it encourages the recommender to put real thought and effort into what they write for you.

Ask for help and pay attention to deadlines
Getting all your materials turned in on time is extremely important. Make sure you know when the deadline is and have everything done a little early. That way, if you have questions about the application process, you’ll have time to ask people who know. Reach out to the admissions staff in your program, and they’ll help you create a successful application. The IUPUI Graduate Office offers workshops on getting into graduate school; see the website for details.

Read the original article from IUPUI News’ Ashlynn Neumeyer 

IU Liberal Arts Talks with Catherine Beck

Join Catherine Beck, as she presents, “A Language Support Needs Analysis of International Law Students.”

This project takes a fresh look at the language support needs of international students enrolled in several programs at the IU McKinney School of Law to to determine whether the current Legal English courses are meeting the stakeholders’ needs.

The project was timed to inform a reevaluation of the current Memorandum of Agreement between the law school and the School of Liberal Arts.

Thursday, January 31, 2019
4-5pm at the Campus Center CE307



John Stuart Mill: Prophet of Modern Constitutional Liberalism

A Presentation by John L. Hill, professor of Law, IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law.

John Stuart Mill (1806–1873) is the fount of modern liberalism’s leading ideas. Although it took roughly a century, these ideas ultimately influenced the American constitutional tradition—from the right to privacy, to increased gender equality, to greatly expanded protections for freedom of speech. Even Mill’s notion that freedom is linked to self-individuation has found its way into the jurisprudence of the Supreme Court.

Come check it out Tuesday, January 29th at 4:30 in the Campus Center in CE 309!

Reading at the Table Series to feature Jennifer Drobac

Blue Square

drobac book coverAdolescent Development, Discrimination & Consent Law:  Sexual Exploitation of Teenagers

Sept. 20, 2016, 11:30am-1:00pm

University Place Conference Center, Room 200

Jennifer Drobac, JD, McKinney School of Law

When we consider the concept of sexual abuse and harassment, our minds tend to jump either towards adults caught in unhealthy relationships or criminals who take advantage of children. But the millions of maturing teenagers who also deal with sexual harassment can fall between the cracks.

When it comes to sexual relationships, adolescents pose a particular problem. Few teenagers possess all of the emotional and intellectual tools needed to navigate these threats, including the all too real advances made by supervisors, teachers, and mentors. In Sexual Exploitation of Teenagers, Jennifer Drobac explores the shockingly common problem of maturing adolescents who are harassed and exploited by adults in their lives. Reviewing the neuroscience and psychosocial evidence of adolescent development, she explains why teens are so vulnerable to adult harassers. Even today, in an age of increasing public awareness, criminal and civil law regarding the sexual abuse of minors remains tragically inept and irregular from state to state. Drobac uses six recent cases of teens suffering sexual harassment to illuminate the flaws and contradictions of this system, skillfully showing how our current laws fail to protect youths, and offering an array of imaginative legal reforms that could achieve increased justice for adolescent victims of sexual coercion.

The annual Reading at the Table series provides an opportunity for members of the IUPUI community to celebrate published books written by IUPUI faculty or staff. During each luncheon, the featured author/editor will read from his or her work and open the floor to discussion. Seating is limited; registration is encouraged and can be completed on the campus Events Page. Walk-ins will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis—if space is available. Purchase of a buffet-style lunch for $13.00 (dessert and soft drinks not included) is required to attend this event.

Indiana State Police veteran funds largest endowed scholarship in history of SPEA at IUPUI

INDIANAPOLIS — A 29-year veteran of the Indiana State Police has committed to fund the largest endowed Marv Smalley Imagescholarship in the history of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI.

Marv Smalley, a 1980 SPEA graduate, made the commitment through a bequest that will fund two renewable full-tuition scholarships in perpetuity. The Marv Smalley Indiana State Police Scholarship Fund will support one scholarship, while the second will be funded through the Bicentennial Campaign matching gift program.

The scholarships may be used for undergraduate or graduate programs. Current and retired members of the Indiana State Police, as well as the children, stepchildren, grandchildren and stepgrandchildren of ISP officers, are eligible.

“It was the right thing to do to provide the support and opportunities to Indiana State Police officers and their families,” Smalley said. “This is just a small gesture of my gratitude, given my career and all of the opportunities I received from the Indiana State Police department. But it’s also recognition and payback to SPEA for the support I received from Indiana University and SPEA.”

Following a four-year active-duty stint in the U.S. Air Force, Smalley joined the Indiana State Police as a trooper in 1960. By the mid-1970s, he had worked his way through the ranks to lieutenant when he decided to pursue his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice through SPEA.

“There were other things I wanted to be challenged by in addition to my career,” said Smalley, who knew he wanted to be a state trooper as early as 8 years old and finished his tenure on the force with the rank of major. “Once I became a trooper, I realized the many opportunities available within the department and knew that having a college education would set me up for success in pursuing those opportunities within the Indiana State Police Department. I knew my degree would help me advance in my career.”

During his time with the Indiana State Police, Smalley served as the planning and operational commander for the 1987 Pan American Games, for which Indianapolis was the host city. He would draw on that experience five years later when he joined the U.S. Department of Defense.

From 1992 through 1996, Smalley was the DOD liaison to federal, state and local law enforcement agencies charged with security for the 1994 FIFA World Cup games held in Orlando, Florida, and the 1996 Summer Olympic Games and Paralympic Games in Atlanta. He also served as security director for the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the 2002 Winter Olympics.

“I sought education from other universities, as well as through advanced certification and select trainings, throughout my career,” said Smalley, who received specialized training with both the FBI and the Secret Service. “But SPEA helped prepare me for my entire career in so many ways. Without my SPEA education, I would not have had as much direction and guidance in the field that shaped my career.”

Lilliard Richardson, executive associate dean of the school, said Smalley’s gift will have a lasting impact on the school and further enhance its ability to compete for the best and brightest students.

“Our mission is to give students the knowledge and skills to have a significant impact in diverse settings, and Marv’s career perfectly embodies the vision we have for SPEA graduates,” Richardson said. “His commitment and generosity to SPEA will have an enduring influence on future generations of public and nonprofit leaders.”

In addition to his scholarship bequest, Smalley will also make a gift to the Indiana University McKinney School of Law Global Crisis Leadership Forum.

IU McKinney School of Law announces IP Law Scholar partnership with Brinks Gilson & Lione

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law is proud to announce a Inlow Hall-McKinney School of Law Imagepartnership with the law firm of Brinks Gilson & Lione that will enable qualifying part-time IU McKinney students to work at the firm while in school and receive tuition remission.

To be eligible, students must already have a degree in engineering or science with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Students who meet the criteria will be invited to apply to Brinks Gilson & Lione and, if selected, will become paid Brinks Gilson & Lione Scientific Advisors as well as Intellectual Property Law Scholars at IU McKinney. The program will begin with the incoming class in fall 2016 and will initially be limited to one recipient per year.

“Brinks Gilson & Lione is a recognized national leader in all areas of intellectual property. I am excited that the firm is taking the lead in attracting talented engineering and science graduates to study at McKinney School of Law to become IP attorneys,” said professor Xuan-Thao Nguyen, the Gerald L. Bepko Chair and director of IU McKinney’s Center for Intellectual Property Law and Innovation. “I am so thrilled for our students to become part of the prestigious Brinks Gilson & Lione Intellectual Property Scholars Program.”

“The IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law provides a solid foundation in intellectual property as well as many other areas of the law, and we are delighted to be partnering with the school to provide this opportunity,” said Sanders Hillis, managing partner of the Indianapolis office of Brinks Gilson & Lione.

“This partnership plays to the law school’s strengths in every way,” said IU McKinney Dean Andrew R. Klein. “It provides an opportunity for part-time students to gain practical experience putting their studies to work at a firm with a national reputation for IP law well before they graduate.”

Anyone interested in the specific criteria for the award as well as the application procedure should contact Julie Smith, director of recruitment at IU McKinney, at js216@iupui.edu.

About IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law

IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law has provided academic excellence and professional opportunities in the heart of Indiana’s capital city for over 100 years. Located on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, McKinney Law enjoys active collaboration with the IU schools of medicine, dentistry, nursing and social work; the Kelley School of Business; and the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health. A short walk from the state’s courts, the legislature and major law firms, IU McKinney Law is dedicated to preparing students to be successful, ethical professionals in law, business and public service in Indiana and around the world.

About Brinks Gilson & Lione

The attorneys, scientific advisors and patent agents at Brinks Gilson & Lione focus their practice in the field of intellectual property. Brinks is one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S. Clients around the world use Brinks to help them protect and enforce their intellectual property rights. Brinks lawyers provide counseling in all aspects of patent, trademark, unfair competition, trade secret and copyright law.

IU McKinney Wrongful Conviction Clinic client Darryl Pinkins wins release from prison

INDIANAPOLIS — Darryl Pinkins, a client of the IU McKinney Wrongful Conviction Clinic, was released Pinkins and Legal Team Imagefrom prison on April 25, free of his 1991 Lake County, Indiana, convictions for rape, sexual deviate conduct and robbery.

The Wrongful Conviction Clinic at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law has been involved in the representation of co-defendants Darryl Pinkins and Roosevelt Glenn since receiving the case on a referral from the Innocence Project.

In 2015, Pinkins was given permission by the Indiana Court of Appeals to seek a new trial based on TrueAllele Casework System DNA genotyping. A hearing was scheduled for April 25 on the petition. Dr. Mark Perlin, Cybergenetics founder and chief executive, and Greg Hampikian of the Idaho Innocence Project and a professor at Boise State University were scheduled to testify in support of the claim that Pinkins was exonerated by the new DNA technique, which identified genotypes of the five assailants who committed the crimes.

Instead of the hearing, Pinkins was able to walk free after the Lake County prosecutor, Bernard Carter, filed a motion on April 22 to vacate the conviction based on the new evidence, with no intent to retry. Instead of a hearing with expert testimony, Pinkins was greeted by family, friends and his legal team upon his release from prison.

Professor Fran Watson, who teaches in the law school’s Wrongful Conviction Clinic, acknowledged the work of students and volunteers over the many years of this complex litigation, as well as the countless pro bono hours of Perlin and Hampikian.

“Of course, I think the fact that ’48 Hours’ was on scene, interested in the story of this new science solving old wrongs, was invaluable,” Watson said of the television news program’s interest.

“It is a horror story that these men were convicted in the first place,” Hampikian said. “The DNA tests ordered by the state in 1990 should have ended it before their trials. These men were excluded by science from the very beginning. I’m glad the state finally came around, but that it took this long is inexcusable. These families have suffered terribly because the state has ignored clear DNA evidence over and over, until this day. Frances Watson and her students are heroes.”

The Wrongful Conviction Clinic will now work to vacate Glenn’s conviction as well. Glenn was released in 2009, after serving his sentence. He has written a book about the experience.