5 Tips for Landing an Internship

For those of you trying to plan ahead for internships, here are tips from our expert career advisors about how to land the job.

Start early and talk to your career advisor

The IUPUI campus has many resources to help with each step in landing an internship. Intern fairs are a great way to search for opportunities, establish connections and get your name out there. Liz Kaye, Indiana University

Don’t wait to look for an internship. It’s common for businesses to search for summer interns as early as the fall semester. Students who wait until spring to look for a summer internship might have trouble getting a position because many opportunities will be filled.

It’s also smart to begin the internship search by visiting your career advisor. They can help you consider what you want to do with your degree, guide you to templates for your resume and cover letters, review your resume and cover letters, help you with networking, do a mock interview with you, notify you about career fairs, and more.

Search for opportunities

First, check to see if your school has a database or another kind of internship listing for your major. For students in the School of Liberal Arts, there’s a database available to get help with many things involving your career. JagJobsIndiana INTERNnet and Ascend Indiana are a few sites that are specifically intended for students looking for internships. Google and LinkedIn are also options, and of course you can just go directly to a company’s website to see if it’s hiring.

Career and intern fairs are a great way to find opportunities and get your name out there. When attending career events, informational interviews or job-shadowing opportunities, make sure to dress professionally, come with questions and bring your resume. Also, make sure to follow up with the people you met.

Once you have a list of internships you’d like to apply for, prioritize them. Don’t apply for every position that sounds interesting — but don’t apply for just one or two either, in case those companies don’t get back to you.

Use your connections

Connections give you an advantage in the workforce. Not only can they suggest people you haven’t heard of, but they could also help you get in the door for that first interview. Those who are close to you know how you work and will likely enjoy helping where they can. Ask your advisors, professors or peers for potential connections. In addition, your parents — or your friends’ parents — might know people who could help you make connections.

Research professionals in your field and reach out to them to see if they’ll talk with you. Other ways to make connections are attending career fairs, joining LinkedIn, scheduling informational interviews and job-shadowing opportunities, attending company presentations, and talking with guest speakers in your classes.

Once again, don’t forget to follow up and send a thank-you email or note to people who took any time to help you.

Prepare your resume and cover letter

Every industry has different expectations.

Your resume needs to be descriptive and show measurable outcomes about your work experiences, accomplishments, scholarships and skill sets. It should not be more than one page. Also, unless your GPA is close to a 4.0, don’t put it on there.

Your cover letter must be tailored specifically to the internship you’re applying for — do not create a general one you send out to everyone. Briefly include what you know about the company, why you want to work there and how your skills match the needs listed in the job description. When you’re done, have professors, advisors, your career development office, parents and friends proofread the documents.

Finally, identify and ask three people you know to be references. Make sure you tell them in advance when they might be receiving a phone call or email from potential employers.

Prepare for the interview

Dress to impress for your interview, complete with professional clothing and a well-groomed appearance. Stay away from strong perfume/cologne and distracting jewelry. Also, find out beforehand exactly where the interview is, how long it takes to get there and where to park to avoid any chance of being late.

Nail down your elevator pitch and rehearse your answers to typical interview questions before the big day, and request a mock interview with your career advisor or a professor.

Lastly, never forget to follow up within 24 hours by sending a thank-you email or handwritten note. It should reiterate your interest, state something you learned or appreciated, and thank them for their time.

Read the original story from IUPUI News’ Ashlynnn Neumeyer

Around IUPUI

Be sure to attend a pair of one-hour faculty Liberal Arts Talks next week in the Campus Center:

  • “The Green Challenge Deepens: Environmentalism in the Age of Climate Change” with John McCormick, professor of political science, 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, Room 305. John McCormick revisits his 1995 book, “The Global Environmental Movement,” to examine the ways in which environmentalism has evolved in the era of climate change, globalization, the internet, nationalism and the rise of China. He asks how these five developments have altered the definition of environmental problems; how they have shaped the international response to those problems; and how the relationship between science, economics, trade and technology has exacerbated or addressed environmental change.
  • “Public Art, Monuments, and Civic Life” with Modupe Labode, associate professor of history, 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, Room 307. In 2011, a nonprofit agency responded to protest and canceled artist Fred Wilson’s project to create a work of public art for the Indianapolis Cultural Trail. The proposed work, “E Pluribus Unum,” referenced the figure of an African-American man on the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in downtown Indianapolis. This case is a point of departure to consider the role of public art, monuments, race and history in civic life.

Music and arts technology faculty member scores soundtrack

Jordan Munson lent his composition talents to the Phoenix Theatre. Photo by Liz Kaye, Indiana University

Jordan Munson, a senior lecturer of music and arts technology, created the original soundtrack to the Phoenix Theatre‘s staging of John Kuntz’s play “The Hotel Nepenthe,” which opens Feb. 28 and runs through March 24.

Munson created original soundscapes with the show’s sound designer, Brian Hartz. The music adds to the dark comedy’s schizophrenic nature.

The play is described as such: “A gruesome murder, a fatal accident and a missing infant — anything can happen at Hotel Nepenthe, a locale straight out of the film noir of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Four actors portray 19 characters in this poignant work that oscillates between absurdity and deeply emotional honesty.”

Furniture design meets the human body

North Carolina designer Annie Evelyn will talk about the relationship between furniture and the human body as the keynote for the annual Phillip Tennant Furniture Design Lecture, slated for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, at the Basile Auditorium in Eskenazi Hall.

Evelyn’s mission is to reshape our experiences with everyday furniture, from seating to lighting. Her creations can be seen at the Museum of Modern Art and Design in New York.

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Meet Detective Sgt. Kimberly Minor: She Always Knew She Wanted To Help People

IUPD-IUPUI Detective Sgt. Kimberly Minor joined the division in 1996. Photo by Tracy James, Indiana University

The Indiana University Police Department is one of the largest law enforcement agencies in the state. Its campus divisions, however, can still have a small-department atmosphere, even when the campus is located in downtown Indianapolis.

IUPD-IUPUI Detective Sgt. Kimberly Minor joined the division in 1996 and finds this atmosphere, where she has developed lifelong friends, very appealing. Not only does she get to know colleagues well, but she appreciates that officers can spend more time with victims.

“You develop a rapport with the people you deal with because you’re not going from run to run to run,” she said. “You feel like you can help more because you can spend more time with a victim or that case.”

After graduating from Ball State University with a degree in criminal justice, Minor worked at a law firm as a paralegal while she considered attending law school or beginning a career in law enforcement. The legal work did not seem as fulfilling or intriguing as she had hoped, so she set out to become a police officer — and has never regretted it.

“It sounds cliché, but I wanted to help people,” she said from the Ball Hall Annex, the current location of IUPD-IUPUI.

Some people will recognize her as their instructor for IUPUI’s Rape Aggression Defense class. Minor has worked as a bike officer, a field training officer, a hostage negotiator and an accident reconstructionist instructor. She teaches Fair and Impartial Policing, a class that all IUPD officers are taking this year.

For several years, Minor has volunteered as a court-appointed special advocate, individuals who are appointed by judges to advocate for abused or neglected children so that they don’t fall through the cracks in the typically overburdened legal and social services systems. These children often go into homes where they are not wanted.

“I have always had a passion for children — that is my heart,” Minor said. “And knowing how many children are abused, I had a desire to help. I’ve always been a helper, giving back to the community.”

Police work can be challenging, and so can court-appointed special advocate volunteer work. Minor said she quickly realized it was harder mentally than she had expected. But the work is important — being a child’s voice in court when they don’t have one.

“I’ve had some hard cases,” she said. “The fulfilling part is knowing I’ve been able to make a difference in a child’s life.”

Read the original article from IUPUI News’ Tracy James

Meet the Student African American Sisterhood

The Student African American Sisterhood accepts members from all backgrounds. Student African American Sisterhood, Indiana University

“SAAS saved me from leaving IUPUI,” Racheal Randle said. “This is my home away from home.”

Randle is the corresponding secretary for the Student African American Sisterhood, a nonprofit organization dedicated to unifying African-American women through the development of a sisterhood distinction.

The first chapter of the SAAS student group launched in 2005 on the IUPUI campus to provide a safe place for women of color at a predominantly white institution. Members focus on promoting the platforms of educational excellence, social unity, leadership and support and recognize the importance of providing encouragement in developing these skills to both majority and minority groups.

Through the sisterhood, the women perform acts of community service, such as bringing flowers for hospital patients and volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House. They also host events aimed at promoting messages from the African-American community by conducting Q&As with the campus police and hosting events explaining what it’s like to be a person of color on campus.

Although the group makes it a point to provide opportunities such as professional assistance and volunteer events for its members, the emotional support and social aspect of the group is the heart and soul for Randle and for the president of the sisterhood, Jasmine Lovelace.

Lovelace said she felt hidden on campus at first, and she still feels that the school has room to grow in order for everyone to feel welcome. She said SAAS has allowed her to really get connected and feel like she’s fully a part of IUPUI.

Randle agreed, saying she didn’t really know who to confide in or where to go for support when she first started classes here. But once she met the women of SAAS, it all changed for her.

SAAS is one of the many student organizations recognizing Black History Month on campus this year. Both women said the sisterhood is planning on celebrating the month by scheduling community service days and creating awareness on social media, including the group’s Twitter feed. Individually, they plan on showing support in the African-American community by shopping at strictly black-owned businesses.

It’s free to join the SAAS student group, which is always accepting new members of any background.

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Students Honor MLK By Giving Back To Community

Photos by Liz Kaye, Indiana University

For Martin Luther King Jr. Day, hundreds of Jaguars spent their day off from classes volunteering at 13 different sites near downtown Indianapolis in honor of the late civil rights leader’s legacy, including the Ronald McDonald HouseHoly Family Shelter and the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site.

Several student groups, including the cross-country and tennis teams, participated in the annual day of service.

Students painted birdhouses and other decor at the Centers of Wellness for Urban Women. Their creations will be used in the community food garden at Flanner House.

Photos by Liz Kaye, Indiana University

Students cleaned the Son Foundation house, which provides a residence for families who are going through cancer treatment.

Students with the IUPUI cross-country team put together bags of food for those in need at the Midwest Food Bank.

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Papermaking 101 with Sarah Strong

Sarah Strong, a Herron School of Art and Design graduate student, displays some of her recent paper works in her studio. Photo by Liz Kaye, Indiana University

In the digital age, making paper from scratch is becoming a nearly lost art.

For Sarah Strong, it’s a passion she is passing on to her daughters. The Herron School of Art and Design graduate student has more than a decade of experience with hand papermaking. She incorporates her handmade papers into her installations, book arts, printmaking and more. The unique qualities of different fibers and their results keep her fascinated.

“It’s a little lonely. There aren’t a lot of papermakers in 2019,” said Strong, who earned her bachelor’s degree from Herron in 2008. “I do it because I love working with natural materials and I love to share it through teaching because of the involvement of nature and the history of paper as a means of sharing stories and knowledge.”

Sarah Strong, a Herron graduate student, defies the digital age by making her own paper for print and sculpture. Video by Tim Brouk, Indiana University

Creating even one sheet is an involved process where creativity is heavily utilized: Color, consistency, texture and which fibers to use must all be considered before the first batch of paper pulp is pulverized.

In her Herron studio, Strong has shelves of her recent work, as well as the paper works of colleagues, for inspiration. The freshest pieces are tacked to walls for drying as Strong is working feverishly to create about 30 small candlelit luminary sculptures in time for “Meld,” an exhibition running Feb. 11-16 in the Eskenazi Fine Arts Center, 1410 Indiana Ave. The show will feature the work of fellow first-year grad students Denise Troyer, Hailey Potts, Adam Rathbun, Frank Mullen and Kennedy Conner. The opening reception is set for 6 p.m. Feb. 12.

This plant material will become paper in Sarah Strong’s studio. Photo by Liz Kaye, Indiana University

Found fibers

Many of the fibers Strong utilizes are harvested from her own and friends’ gardens. She keeps a handful of bins full of iris, daylily and lavender stalks and leaves. Strong said she particularly enjoys culling invasive species and using the unwanted plants in her paper.

“I love working in the gardens and then upcycling the fibers to become something of use,” she continued. “When the season is dying out, I like to go to people’s gardens and clean them out for them. I take a little bit from each plant and dry them until I’m ready to use them in my own process.”

For those without a handy source, pulp can also be purchased from paper mills like Indiana’s own TwinRocker Handmade Paper.

This bucket of paper pulp was extracted from Sarah Strong’s hydro pulper machine. Photo by Liz Kaye, Indiana University

Cook first

The cellulose from the plant material is what’s needed to make paper. In order to extract the cellulose, a cooking process is required. Strong’s paper is created with the water and cellulose through hydrogen bonding.

“When I’m cooking them in a caustic solution, I’m cooking out everything that’s not cellulose,” Strong explained. “It breaks down the cellulose molecule structure a little bit, too.”

Beat it

The biggest — and loudest — piece of equipment in Strong’s studio is a hydro pulper. The artist can manipulate pulp thicknesses by changing run times and the positioning of the pulper’s beating drum and plate. When working with translucency, the pulp needs to be beaten between eight and 10 hours.

“The longer it’s beaten, the smaller the fibers become,” Strong said, “thus offering themselves to different processes in papermaking. The fibers are being broken down more and more. As you beat it further and further, the fibers turn to fibrils, which give you a stronger paper.”

Several buckets of paper pulp have been dyed. The pulp is then combined to create unique paper. By Liz Kaye, Indiana University

Add some color

While most of the paper has a light tone to it, Strong experiments with color by utilizing the dozens of colorants she has at the ready. The pulp is dyed in buckets and set on a work table like a painter’s palette. In the vat where the different pulps are combined, Strong can experiment with color like a painter.

Impressive

Water comes out of a screen as a sheet of paper gets its first pressing. More water will be extracted by mallet, machine or feet. Photo by Liz Kaye, Indiana University

Once the pulp mix is satisfactory, Strong gathers the material with a screen and deckle. Excess water drips out before the pulp is carefully laid onto thin fabric sheeting. It’s then pressed and dried in various ways, depending on what the paper will be used for.

Paper for printmaking would be put under a hydraulic press. While creating paper for “Meld,” Strong’s daughter Jane Sparks simply placed the paper and fabric on some towels and then underneath a plane of Plexiglas, which Sparks then stood on for several minutes. The last of the water is squeezed out; the fibers join tighter; and the wet, new paper is ready to dry.

“Relationship with paper is very much a dance: You learn the fibers, and the fibers learn you,” Strong said. “You build this relationship, getting to know each other, and then eventually you can work together to create your art.”

Read the original article from IUPUI News’ Tim Brouk 

IUPUI to party like it’s 1969

IUPUI will officially turn the big 5-0 on Jan. 24. It’s the campus’s birthday, but the presents are for you. Photo by Getty Images

On Jan. 24, 1969, the average cost of gas was 32 cents a gallon, “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” by Marvin Gaye was the No. 1 song on the radio, and “Sweet Caroline” crooner Neil Diamond turned 28 years old.

Also, and most importantly, IUPUI was officially established on that memorable day.

IUPUI’s golden anniversary will be celebrated in style throughout the day and well into the evening Jan. 24 in the Campus Center.

The day will feature a wide variety of activities designed to honor IUPUI’s past, celebrate our present and envision our future. Accomplishments by faculty, staff, students, alumni and community partners throughout the past 50 years will be recognized even as guests throughout the day will be looking ahead to the university’s next half-century.

Here’s a breakdown of what you can expect next week while celebrating IUPUI’s golden anniversary:

50th Anniversary Report to the Community

When and where: 10 to 11 30 a.m. on the fourth floor of the Campus Center.

Registrations are full for this invitation-only event that will feature remarks by IUPUI Chancellor Nasser H. Paydar, IU President Michael A. McRobbie, Purdue Board of Trustees President Michael Berghoff and a panel of Indianapolis mayors — past and present — who will help celebrate the occasion of IUPUI’s official birthday in historic fashion. But the event will be live-streamed on broadcast.iu.edu.

Special sessions and party activities

When and where: Noon to 5 p.m. on various floors of the Campus Center.

Presentations from IUPUI faculty and staff, all 45 minutes or less, will enlighten throughout the afternoon. The talks are open to all. They include:

  • Professor of anthropology Paul Mullins will offer a featured session, “The Price of Progress: Race and Displacement in Indianapolis’ Near-Westside,” from noon to 12:45 p.m. and 2 to 2:45 p.m. in Room 309
  • Colleagues in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research have organized an IUPUI Research Rock Stars session, highlighting 50 years of outstanding research at IUPUI.
  • University Library colleagues will share information about digital collections, including an opportunity to have a 3D scan made of your face — or your favorite IUPUI artifact — for the digital repository that will commemorate the day.

The party continues

When and where: Noon to 10 p.m. on various floors of the Campus Center.

Employees, students and visitors are invited to check out the activities on the Campus Center’s main floor and the theater level, which will include a 360-degree photo booth, an all-day dance party, a virtual-reality 3D tour of campus, a new interactive map of community engagement and 50th-birthday cakes made by local bakeries.

Get your golden jaguar

IUPUI is giving out 700 3D-printed “Golden Jaguars” to faculty, staff and students who print out a passport and collect stamps at various birthday locations around campus. The jaguars have been produced on campus by University Library’s digital scholarship group in the 3D Printing Studio.

Residence halls and organizations are competing for the most stamps to win golden jaguar figurines and a chance for pizza with Chancellor Paydar. Get started here.

Be sure to wear your JagSwag and post on social media about IUPUI’s birthday. The hashtag #MyIUPUI was created to celebrate this exciting day, so take advantage of this special occasion and show off your school spirit by spreading the word.

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Herron Student Interns At Christkindlmarkt

For the second year in a row, downtown Carmel has been transformed into a German winter wonderland.

Christkindlmarkt, which drew more than 150,000 people last year, is a holiday festival that features more than 40 intricately decorated booths selling German food, drinks, Christmas gifts and decorations at Carmel’s Center Green.

This year, Herron School of Art and Design freshman Emely Chacon was selected to help design eight of the merchandise booths, or “huts,” as they’re called at the festival.

Freshman Emely Chacon (left) next to Colleen Rusnak, associate director of student services and career development at the Herron School of Art (center) at the Christkindlmarkt festival.

Chacon, who already has an associate degree in graphic design, was looking for an opportunity to expand her knowledge in visual merchandising when her career counselor at Herron suggested the festival internship.

“It was exactly what I was looking for,” Chacon said. “I wanted to have a new experience and do something outside of school.”

The three-week internship began with Chacon sketching designs for two days to plan how the booths would be best laid out. Once her designs were approved, she and the other interns were able to begin decorating the huts and determining the best way to visually display the merchandise inside the small spaces.

“The festival actually expanded the number of items that were in each hut this year,” Chacon said. “We had to redesign the spaces to accommodate the larger quantities of merchandise.”

While the exterior structures of the huts were already set, Chacon and the other interns were tasked with physically building the shelves and designing the esthetics of the huts’ interiors.

“We had to create something that was visually appealing to guests and that would help drive traffic to the huts,” Chacon said. “Seeing everything come to life was my favorite part.”

Some of the items that visitors will be able see on display and purchase are nutcracker dolls, music boxes and ornaments, as well as German decorations such as Weihnachtspyramides (Christmas pyramids) and Schwibbogens (candle arches).

“This has been a great opportunity for our students to apply art and design tactics to building and designing displays,” said Colleen Rusnak, associate director of student services and career development at Herron. “I’m glad the school has built the connection with Carmel, because I am hoping more students can have this opportunity next year.”

In addition to the Christkindlmarkt festival, Herron has worked with the Carmel Arts and Design District on its fall festival and has students’ work showcased at its design center.

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‘Art and Refugees: Shine the Light’ Gallery Exhibition Highlights Experience of World Refugees

INDIANAPOLIS — The experiences of refugees will be highlighted in a multi-arts exhibit that opens Jan. 9 at IUPUI, with affiliated events in Indianapolis and Bloomington.

“Art & Refugees: Shine the Light” brings together glass, photography and documentary art to create awareness of the refugee experience, telling stories of perseverance that transcend cultures, time and religion. The United Nations reports that refugee crises across the world have forced an unprecedented 68.5 million people from their homes.

“Todesmarche Revisited” is composed of cast glass and cement footprints, some of which were taken from Holocaust survivors.

The exhibit will be open Jan. 9-31 in the IUPUI Campus Center, 420 University Blvd. It is free and open to the public.

Pieces of the exhibit are housed in the Cultural Arts Gallery on the second level of the Campus Center as well as on the first floor. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays. Visitor parking is available in the adjacent Vermont Street Garage.

Members of the campus and community will have a chance to meet the artists at an opening reception taking place 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Jan. 9 in the Campus Center Atrium. The reception will include light refreshments and a short program.

The exhibit includes “Todesmarche Revisited” by Laura Doneferan installation of cast glass and cement footprints, some of which were taken from Holocaust survivors, telling the story of the forced marches and displacement.

The glass installation is juxtaposed by German photographer Charlotte Schmitz’s “Take Me to Jermany” photography installation, capturing the faces and experiences of displaced refugees living in Europe, and excerpts of the “Finding Home” documentary by multi-Emmy Award-winning filmmaker David Marshall in collaboration with Deborah Haber, creator/playwright of the “Moses Man: Finding Home” musical.

Affiliated Events

  • “Exploring Stories of Holocaust and Displacement,” hosted by the Jewish Federation of Indianapolis, will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 8 in the Laikin Auditorium at the Jewish Community Center, 6701 Hoover Road. This program will feature testimonials from local Holocaust survivors as well as a panel of visiting artists. Participants can also view a photography exhibit of and by contemporary refugees in Europe. The event is free. Preregistration is preferred at the JCC website, by calling 317-251-9467 or at the JCC membership desk.
  • An open house and panel discussion with the exhibit artists will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. Jan. 10 in Room 1060 of the Indiana University Global and International Studies Building on the IU campus in Bloomington.
  • “Refugees of the Holocaust, Refugees of Today” will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Jan 29 in IUPUI’s Hine Hall Auditorium, 875 W. North St. The program will feature a panel discussion with Tamra Wright, director of diversity, equity and inclusion for the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI, and will include IUPUI’s scholar-in-residence, Adam Strom, Director of Re-Imagining Migration; artist Debbie Haber, director of Shine the Light and daughter of Holocaust-survivor refugees; and Winnie Betili Bulaya, director of Refugee Welcoming Baskets.

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Lab Culture: Printmaking Lab

You must bow down to the shrine and mind David Schwimmer’s instructions in the Herron School of Art and Design’s Printmaking Lab.

The Lab Culture series explores the research, traditions and quirks in labs across the IUPUI campus.

The centuries-old art of printmaking still impresses in the digital age.

The Printmaking Lab within the Herron School of Art and Design was bustling Monday as students worked on semester-end lithography, screen-printing and etching projects within the space. But no work can be done without passing the program’s shrine full of mementos, totems and memories from current and past IUPUI printmakers.

“We joke around that if you’re getting ready to print your edition, you make a small offering to the print gods,” said Dominic Senibaldi, lab technician, instructor and co-founder of Cat Head Press. “If your printing went well, you give thanks with a trinket or a proof of your print. It represents the communal attitude in the shop. It’s a nice tradition.”

Ross is the boss, and students can plug in their own tunes in the Printmaking Lab. Photo by Ashlynn Neumeyer, Indiana University

Playing off the shrine and supported by printmaking professors Meredith Setser and David Morrison, Senibaldi’s years in the lithography space have brought some interesting traditions and mascots to add to the creative atmosphere of the printmaking lab.

‘The One About Printmaking’

If and when “Friends” eventually leaves Netflix, you can get your Ross Geller fix by visiting the lithography space in the Printmaking Lab. Yes, the uptight paleontologist played by David Schwimmer is there to remind students to “Clean up your mess” and tell them where to find the dry-erase marker to schedule time on the lab’s five presses.

“For a long time, I was making signs with Nic Cage on them,” Senibaldi said. “The print mascot changes every once in a while. I started making signs with Ross Geller, and it just sort of stuck.”

Beats help prints

Each space in the Printmaking Lab is equipped with custom-made computer speaker cabinets. Students can plug in their mobile device or laptop with their Spotify playlist cued up to bring the rock, hip-hop or pop they need to help create images with ink. The lithography speaker cabinet is decorated with dozens of small felt pompoms — some with googly eyes, of course.

The presses are named by the students. Photo by Ashlynn Neumeyer, Indiana University

“The students get full access to the shop,” Senibaldi explained. “They’re working in here outside of classes, so they can hook up their music and rock out while working on their stuff — so it becomes really fun. My predecessor, former Printmaking Lab tech Lauren Kussro, built these boxes attached to the wall because other areas of the school kept stealing our speakers from here — because we’re the cool kids over here listening to music.”

Name that press

The five main presses for producing prints on paper or nontraditional surfaces like plastic and fabric display names like Big Rig, Excalibur and José. Senibaldi revealed there could be a student vote to rename the hand-operated machines in the near future.

“Everything has character in this shop,” he said. “Fine-art printmaking is always going to have a place in art. There is a tactile quality and hands-on process you can’t get with other processes. It’s very unique.”

And so is Herron’s Printmaking Lab.

Read the original article from IUPUI News’ Tim Brouk