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Professional Development and Corporate Education connects IUPUI’s knowledge network to the professional development needs of Indiana professionals, business, industry, nonprofit, and government sectors to move Indiana’s economy forward.  IUPUI Professional Development and Corporate Education invests in Indiana through next-level talent development programs designed to meet the goals of professionals, workforce, and employers.

Our New Home

Effective June 22, 2015, Professional Development and Corporate Education will be joining our colleagues of the IUPUI Vice Chancellor’s Office of Community Engagement in our new home on the fourth floor of the newly built University Hall building, located in the heart of the IUPUI campus.

Our contact information will remain the same. Click Here to contact us.

University Hall

301 University Boulevard, Room 4008

Indianapolis, IN 46202

Why Employee Development Is Important, Neglected And Can Cost You Talent

Source:  Forbes

It’s hard to think of an important aspect of management more neglected than development planning: helping your employees shape the future direction of their careers. Yet for a variety of reasons, this valuable activity is often ignored… or handled as a bureaucratic exercise… or an afterthought. Companies pay a high price: the loss of top young talent. Read More

IUPUI Corporate Education and Contract Training

Build Your Training Today!

Professional Development and Corporate Education can tailor programs and resources to the needs of employers. Our team can customize contract training for business, industry, government, and nonprofit leaders. Many of the classes and programs lead to certificates and continuing education credits (CEUs) for professionals.

For customized programs suited to your organization, please contact:

Teresa Bennett, Executive Director, 317-278-9170,, or

Sara Griffin, Assistant Director for Outreach and Corporate Education, 317-278-9170,

Click HERE to learn more.

Click HERE to view flyer.

We Appreciate Your Feedback

The results of the survey show:

  1. The types of learning that you rely on to stay current in your field include:
    • 67% Annual Conferences
    • 58% Workshops and Seminars
    • 50% Webinars and online learning resources
    • 42% In person/instructor led classes and training
  2. The sources that you actively use to learn new information about your field are:
    • 58% Search the Internet
    • 42% Social Media
      • 33% Facebook
      • 17% Twitter
      • 17% LinkedIn
    • 42% Association, Trade, or Industry resources and publications
    • 33% Traditional News
    • 33% Newsletters from peer organizations
    • 17% Blogs

How Does Your Organization Invest In Your Professional Development?

We Value Your Feedback

As we look towards the future, Professional Development and Corporate Education needs your feedback. In order to serve you better, we would like to hear how your organization invests in your professional development, and invite you to complete a short survey. Your responses help us to better align ourselves to offer programs that meet the needs of Central Indiana.

Click HERE to open the survey.

Please complete the survey by Wednesday, July 1.

Thank you for your feedback and your continued engagement with IUPUI Professional Development and Corporate Education.


Teresa A. Bennett, Executive Director

Professional Development and Corporate Education

IUPUI Office of Community Engagement

Upcoming Professional Development Courses:

Register now for June, July, and August Professional Development Classes

ENGAGE Your Career at IUPUI!  Don’t miss these up-coming professional development classes that are open to the public.  Classes are designed to build knowledge of new or developing fields, increase existing skills and knowledge, and allow professional students to explore new skills and career opportunities. Many of the classes and programs lead to certificates and continuing education credits (CEUs) for professionals.

Click HERE for 2015 spring/summer class listing 

Click HERE to view the calendar

Choose from the following classes:


Why is Project Management Important?

Managing projects isn’t a simple task, but the achievement of it is essential in the workplace.  Our classes will provide useful strategies that will assist you with:

  • Organizing projects
  • Improving project management skills
  • Managing projects effectively
  • Project planning

Introduction to Project Management

June 20, 2015

IUPUI Park 100 Learning Center

Managing a project can be complex and difficult without a systematic approach. This course introduces proven techniques to manage projects, and it introduces project management knowledge areas in terms of their component processes. Topics include project risk management, scope management, communications, project lifecycles and quality assurance. Learn to use various project management tools, procedures and methodologies. Establish a glossary of terms and identify project management skills that are required to successfully implement process improvements. This course provides an overview to effectively implement projects within organizations and prepares individuals for other courses in project management.   Learn more and to register

Detail Project Planning

July 11, 2015 

IUPUI Park 100 Learning Center

Careful and effective planning is a key element in the success of any project. This class will focus on how to develop a project plan and budget, identify scope, involve a steering committee, track issues and execute a project. Topics will include project definition, vendor selection, specifications, keeping up with the status of team members, post-project review and more. This class will help you develop a strategy to improve your project management skills. Learn more and to register

Managing Multiple Projects  

July 25, 2015 

IUPUI Park 100 Learning Center

Project Management doesn’t always mean managing one project. In today’s work environment, many of us are faced with managing multiple small and large projects with competing priorities and resources. This course focuses on how to manage multiple projects with limited resources. We will look at ways of prioritizing projects, key success factors for projects and their managers, resource allocation and project team management. Project managers many times are referred to as a Jack-of-all-trades. Why? Because we make things happen. The challenge is making it happen with multiple projects running all at one time. Learn more and to register

Master Microsoft Excel

Learn To Master Microsoft Excel with Instructor Michelle Tramm

IUPUI Professional Development and Corporate Education offers classes to get professionals started and on to the next level in their career. Our Excel instructor, Michelle Tramm received her professional education from Indiana University. She has been teaching Microsoft end-user computer classes for over a decade. Michelle also has been an instructor for customized training for businesses. In 2008, she received the Teaching Excellence Award from Indiana University for her dedication and innovative efforts.

Microsoft Excel is one of the most widely employed computer programs in the Office suite. Mastering this useful program opens a diversity of opportunities at home and in the business world.

Some of the benefits of learning Excel include:

  • Excel makes complex calculations easy
  • Excel is a great basic reporting and charting tool
  • Excel is used extensively by most businesses, making it a must-have on your resume
  • Using Excel can help save time and increase productivity

Michelle will be teaching an Introduction to Excel course in July and Intermediate Excel course in August.


Near West Indianapolis Community Day

The Annual Near West Community Day kicks-off several summer initiatives and promotes community resources within the Near West neighborhoods of Indianapolis.  This event held at the Haughville Library Branch takes place on June 11, from 4-7 p.m.

Some of the events and activities include a Summer Reading Program kickoff, Move & Groove Jump Rope Show, bicycle clinic, bounce houses, face painting, giveaways, health screenings, Zumba demonstration, musical entertainment, and more.

Click HERE for more information.
Click HERE to view flyer.


IndyHub’s 10th Annual IndyVolved

IndyHub’s 10th Annual IndyVolved hosted at the Central Libray will showcase 100 Indianapolis nonprofit and YP-minded organizations.  It’s the perfect way to find community opportunities to expand your skills, make meaningful connections to our city, and build your resume.  This event will take place on June 18 from 6 to 8 p.m.

It’s a casual affair – stop by and chat with people representing groups they’re involved with.  There’s no admission fee, but don’t forget to register and bring your dollars for food and drinks.

Click HERE to RSVP.

Indy BackPack Attack School Supply Drive

The Indy BackPack Attack School Supply Drive will host its annual kickoff event on Monday, June 22, 2015 at the Indianapolis Zoo. Indy BackPack Attack is a collaboration of local businesses, organizations and non-profits, whose mission is to collect school supplies to provide children the tools they need to succeed in school.

The kickoff event will take place in the Indianapolis Zoo parking lot.  During this event, participating businesses and organizations can pick up their collection drive supplies from 7:00 am to 2:00 pm for the 2015 School Supply Drive running through July 17, 2015.

To register your business or organization as an official 2015 Indy BackPack Attack collection site, to see a complete list of school supplies needed, to make a tax deductible donation, or for more information, please visit: or call 317-554-8229, Indy BackPack Attack Coordinator, Ashley Perry.

SPEA Students Make a Difference in their Community through Capstone Projects: Apply for a Fall 2015 Capstone Project Team

The School of Public & Environmental Affairs (SPEA) at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) invites nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and small businesses to submit community project proposals for inclusion in the Undergraduate and Graduate Capstone courses for Fall 2015.

About SPEA:

Through the combined study of civic leadership, management, policy studies, media and public affairs, sustainability management, criminal justice and public safety, SPEA students develop both the practical and philosophical skills that prepare them to craft solutions to society’s problems. SPEA is proud to be part of Indiana University, located on the busy IUPUI campus in the heart of downtown Indianapolis.

About Capstone Courses:

In the Capstone Experience SPEA’s graduating seniors and graduate students in their last semester partner with a community “client” from an organization or business for a semester to research and respond to the client’s specific challenge. Capstone teams integrate knowledge from core and concentration courses with team members’ personal/professional experience to research and develop actionable recommendations for their clients, in fulfillment of SPEA’s and IUPUI’s educational and civic engagement goals.  Each team conducts primary and secondary research, analyzes quantitative and qualitative findings, and provides solid, implementable recommendations for their client.  Student projects have produced many useful products and services, while rewarding students with meaningful learning experiences and the opportunity to apply their education to community issues.

Students in the SPEA-IUPUI Graduate Capstone* course work on projects for nonprofit and government agencies that include but are not limited to:

  • Identification of community needs and recommendations for appropriate policy responses.
  • Policy planning research, evaluation, and recommendations.
  • Research into comparable models for organizational processes, revenue generation methods, and services and programs.
  • Fiscal and economic analyses.
  • Strategic planning analyses and recommendations.
  • Community assessments and recommendations for new/improved programs and services.
  • Review and evaluation of government and nonprofit programs and services.
  • Assessment of impact, outcomes, and effects of programs and services on neighborhoods and communities.

*Undergraduate SPEA-IUPUI Students in Capstone conduct similar work in a highly mentored environment.

If you are interested in applying to host a SPEA Capstone Team in the fall, contact:

Teresa A. Bennett, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Community Engagement

IUPUI Office of Community Engagement

317 278-9173

Helping Central Indiana Businesses Grow: Kelley School of Business Taking Applications for Fall 2015 I-Core Teams

The Indiana University Kelley School of Business Indianapolis invites central Indiana businesses to partner with I-Core student teams to explore new growth opportunities. In this partnership the students contribute fresh perspectives and creative ideas to your company’s produce and service planning questions, guided by the IU Kelley faculty. Students benefit from the opportunity to contribute to business decision-making situations and make meaningful connections to Indiana business leaders.

Integrative Core (I-Core) Teams are junior-level, undergraduate students studying marketing, finance, operations and supply chain management, and team dynamics and leadership.

Partner companies are assigned to an I-Core class made up of 6-12 student teams, with 5-6 students on each team. I-Core teams analyze the company’s current business situation and develop recommendations for growth. The student teams conduct primary and secondary research, analyze quantitative and qualitative findings, and provide a recommendation about the feasibility of a new product or service idea.

The IU Kelley School of Business is internationally recognized and nationally ranked. The Integrative Core program has long been recognized as a distinguishing element of its undergraduate program.

I-Core is open to any Central Indiana for-profit organization.

If you are interested in applying to host a Kelley Indianapolis I-Core Team in the fall, contact:

Teresa A. Bennett, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Community Engagement

IUPUI Office of Community Engagement

317 278-9173

Take Charge of Your Professional Development

Tips for helping yourself grow, even without your company’s support. 

It’s easy to get complacent about professional development when you’re employed. If you already have a job, why should you go above and beyond to improve your skills, especially if it’s not required by your company?  Read More

Source:  U.S. News & World Report

How Do You Stay Current In Your Field?

We Value Your Feedback

As we look towards the future, Professional Development and Corporate Education needs your feedback. In order to serve you better, we want to hear how you stay current in your field, and invite you to complete a short survey. Your responses help us to better align ourselves to offer programs that meet the needs of Central Indiana.

Click HERE to open the survey. 
Please complete your survey by Monday, June 1.

Thank you for your feedback and your continued engagement with IUPUI Professional Development and Corporate Education.


Teresa A. Bennett, Executive Director

Professional Development and Corporate Education

IUPUI Office of Community Engagement

Take a PMP© Exam Preparation Course through IUPUI!

Written by David Maynard, MBA, PMP, IUPUI Professional Development and Corporate Education Instructor 

David Maynard

The PMP© is an internationally-recognized certification that carries a high level of prestige within the project management community. If you plan on a career as a project manager, then you should consider getting your PMP©. Perhaps most importantly, the PMP© certification establishes a common language among project managers and helps each other work within a common framework.

PMP certification proves that you have project management experience

In order to apply to take the PMP exam, you are required to have attained a certain amount of experience leading and directing projects as well as specific Project Management training for the exam. The Project Management Institute (PMI) has an audit process to help ensure that potential PMPs are truthful about their project history.

IUPUI’s class

Our PMP© exam preparation class combines several methods of learning. Classes are taught via an interactive session with a live instructor, via your PC and Adobe Connect. Each of these classes cover the PMBOK guide and material commonly found on the PMP© exam. In addition, the class offers an online environment for taking practice questions, additional material including a “guide to the guide,” mind maps and more.

Click HERE for more information about our PMP© Exam Preparation Course.

Upcoming Professional Development Courses:

Register now for May and June Professional Development Classes

ENGAGE Your Career at IUPUI!  Don’t miss these up-coming professional development classes that are open to the public.  Classes are designed to build knowledge of new or developing fields, increase existing skills and knowledge, and allow professional students to explore new skills and career opportunities. Many of the classes and programs lead to certificates and continuing education credits (CEUs) for professionals.

Click HERE for 2015 spring/summer class listing

Click HERE to view the calendar   

Choose from the following May and June 2015 classes: 



Want To Be A Successful Project Manager?

Planning and Managing Complex Projects

May 9, 2015

IUPUI Park 100 Learning Center

Complex projects involve multiple people, representing a variety of skills, organized into project teams. This class will examine, through a class project, the process of successful project management. You will explore human resource scheduling, budgeting, conceptual modeling, and monitoring work progress while assessing the role of the project manager and the leadership, communication and organizational skills vital to successful managers.  Learn more and to register

Detail Project Planning

June 20, 2015

IUPUI Park 100 Learning Center

Careful and effective planning is a key element in the success of any project. This class will focus on how to develop a project plan and budget, identify scope, involve a steering committee, track issues and execute a project. Topics will include project definition, vendor selection, specifications, keeping up with the status of team members, post-project review and more. This class will help you develop a strategy to improve your project management skills. Learn more and to register

Optimize Your Study for the PMP® or CAPM® Exams

Why is the Project Management Professional (PMP) designation important?
  • Better pay – to be certified increases your wages.
  • PMP’s recognition – better skills. 
  • Job Interviews – two people interview, one has the PMP and the other doesn’t’, most likely the one with the PMP will be hired.   

New!  Online Project Management Professional (PMP®) Exam Preparation

May 14 – July 30, 2015 


IUPUI’s PMP® Certification Exam Preparation Online is an instructor-led, detailed, and carefully designed class created to prepare project management practitioners for the Project Management Professional (PMP®) or Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®) examination in an entirely online format. The course content and delivery is structured around The Guide to the PMBOK® knowledge areas, supplemental exam material. This course will help the PMP® or CAPM® candidates optimize their study and preparation time for the respective certification examinations.  Learn more and to register

Are You Ready To Take The Leap To ICD-10?

medical_people.jpgThe transition to ICD-10 is required for everyone covered by the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA).  With only months to go before the October 1, 2015, compliance date, now is the time for you in the healthcare community to get ready.  Our ICD-10 training classes below will prepare you to step right into ICD-10 coding.

For the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) ICD-10 Industry Email Updates click HERE.

New! Online ICD-10 CM & PCS Medical Coding

June 1 – September 20, 2015  


This 16 week online program offers you comprehensive training in diagnostic and procedural coding, using the ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS coding manuals. This training includes detailed instructions for using the coding manuals, understanding the coding guidelines, and accurately applying the ICD-10 coding steps. This information will provide students with an overview of what ICD-10 Coding is as well as the differences between ICD-9 and ICD-10 Coding. Other information will include code definition and structure, and basic principles of the new ICD-10 CM Coding that will be in place starting in October, 2015. This training will be valuable for individuals across wide range of experience, from students with no basic knowledge of ICD-10-CM to coders with advanced skills.  Learn more and to register

Advanced ICD-10 Medical Coding

June 6 – June 27, 2015  

IUPUI Park 100 Learning Center

During this Advanced ICD-10 Coding course, students will demonstrate and put into practice their knowledge gained through the Basic & Intermediate of the ICD 10 classes in addition to CPT Coding. Students will code challenging medical case scenarios and exercises. Students are required to bring ICD 10 CM and PCS, in addition to their CPT code book. Utilizing knowledge of ICD-10 and CPT, this class teaches students how to pull all concepts of coding together. A review of prospective payments systems, regulatory guidelines and reporting requirements will be covered.  Learn more and to register


Dr. Cheri Bethuram, From Student to Instructor

Greetings, my name is Dr. Cheri Bethuram. Currently I am a full time pharmacist for Walmart and an instructor for IUPUI’s Online Pharmacy Technician training course. I attended the pharmacy technician training course at IUPUI in 2009 to obtain a better understanding of pharmacy while deciding if I wanted to pursue a doctorate in this field. The pharmacy technician training course gave me the knowledge needed to apply for jobs as a pharmacy technician.  After the course, I was able to secure a job as a pharmacy technician and gain the insight and experience needed to apply to pharmacy school at Purdue University College of Pharmacy and ultimately earn my doctorate in 2014.

Cheri Bethuram will be teaching the Online Pharmacy Technician Course:

Online Pharmacy Technician Course

June 8 – July 2, 2015


This comprehensive 8 week online 40-hour course prepares you to enter the pharmacy field in Indiana hospitals, home infusion pharmacies or community pharmacies as a technician under a registered pharmacist’s supervision. Course content focuses on learning medical terminology specific to the pharmacy, reading and interpreting prescriptions and defining drugs by generic and brand names. You’ll also learn dosage calculations, IV flow rates, drug compounding and dose conversions. Dispensing of prescriptions, inventory control, billing and reimbursement, and customer service also are discussed. This course is approved by the Indiana State Pharmacy Board. Learn more and to register

Pharmacy Technician Course 

June 1 – July 23, 2015

IUPUI Park 100 Learning Center

This comprehensive 40-hour course prepares you to enter the pharmacy field in Indiana hospitals, home infusion pharmacies or community pharmacies as a technician under a registered pharmacist’s supervision. Course content focuses on learning medical terminology specific to the pharmacy, reading and interpreting prescriptions and defining drugs by generic and brand names. You’ll also learn dosage calculations, IV flow rates, drug compounding and dose conversions. Dispensing of prescriptions, inventory control, billing and reimbursement, and customer service also are discussed.  Learn more and to register


Fight for Life Foundation’s Seal the Deal Camp Indianapolis

Fight for Life provides underserved youth in the Indianapolis community with a Free summer youth football camp and Flag Football Tournament.  The camp combines flag football games, skills and drills, team competitions, and character development.

There are 320 total slots available – 40 slots per age.

Date:  June 13, 14, and 15
Time:  2:00 pm – 8:00pm
Participants:  Boys and Girls ages 7-10 and 11-14

Register Adults and Children for 2015 Summer Reading Programs

For an enjoyable activity with lifelong benefits, we recommend one of our reading programs, which are designed and taught by instructors from the Institute of Reading Development.

Programs are offered by the IUPUI Office of Community Engagement.  All classes meet once a week, and tuition varies by program level.  The program is designed for 4-Year-Olds and entering Kindergartners through fifth grade, middle school students, high school students, and adults.

Classes are offered this summer in Indianapolis, Greenwood, on IUPUI campus, and other nearby locations.

Click HERE  for more information.

For more information or to register

CALL (800) 903-0162

8am-7pm Saturday, 10am-6pm Sunday

Register Early!  Class size is limited.



Christel House DORS is Looking to Fill Open Positions

Christel House Academy is a Christel House International supported learning center in the United States.  They are authorized by the Mayor of Indianapolis to operate public charter schools on multiple campus locations.  Christel House Academy has several locations located on the South and West sides of Indianapolis for traditional K-12 and adult learning.

Christel House DORS  is a tuition free high school for adults over the age of 18 who still need to earn a high school diploma.  Students earn college credit at IvyTech, while completing high school course requirements, through a Gateway to College program.

Click on the following job openings at Christel House DORS:

Click HERE to search for additional openings.

About Us

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis strengthened its commitment to faculty, staff, students and the Indianapolis community with the July 1, 2014, launch of the IUPUI Office of Community Engagement (OCE).

business-presentation.jpg As part of OCE, Professional Development and Corporate Education produces professional development classes and customized corporate education and contract training to meet hiring and talent development goals of Indiana’s business, industry, government, and nonprofit sectors.  Other services include online resources for Indiana’s employers to assist in the attraction, retention, and engagement of a future-focused workforce; consulting and research into economic development and professional development strategies; and seminars, webinars, and conferences on workforce development and talent growth for the state.

Professional Development and Corporate Education’s office is located in the Stewart Building, 518 Indiana Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202.  If you are coming to visit us, we are located on the first floor, and there is metered parking in the front along Indiana Avenue.  Click HERE to contact our staff.


Register now for April and May Professional Development Classes

ENGAGE Your Career at IUPUI!  Don’t miss these up-coming professional development classes that are open to the public.  Classes are designed to build knowledge of new or developing fields, increase existing skills and knowledge, and allow professional students to explore new skills and career opportunities. Many of the classes and programs lead to certificates and continuing education credits (CEUs) for professionals.

Click HERE for 2015 spring/summer class listing

Click HERE to view the calendar   

Choose from the following March and April 2015 classes: 



Introduction to Microsoft Project 2013

April 9 – April 30, 2015
IUPUI Park 100

The new version of Microsoft Project introduced many ease of use features, such as the ribbon user interface, that makes the world’s most popular project management software even better. This course covers the essentials of using Microsoft Project, including how to schedule tasks and resources. The course will also help you understand why Project does the things it does and how to use that knowledge to create more reliable project schedules. You should have a basic understanding of project management practices before taking this class.  Learn more and register

Intermediate Excel

April 22, 2015
IUPUI Park 100

Want to become more proficient in spreadsheet applications to address sophisticated situations? This class will pick up where the intro class ended and progress to more advanced features. Topics include formulas, cell content and database functions. Prerequisite: Introduction to Excel or equivalent Excel experience.  Learn more and to register

Project Management Problem Solving

April 25, 2015
IUPUI Park 100

corner-office-man.jpg Even experienced project managers encounter problems when planning and implementing projects, regardless of their size. If you have a background in project management and are looking for ways to handle project problems, this course can help. Some areas this course covers include resource management, integration management, procurement and time management. It also describes common problems and suggestions for scope creep, unrealistic expectations, missed deliverables and accelerated deadlines. The course also provides a brief overview of project management software. Prerequisite: Introduction to Project Management or project management experience.  Learn more and to register


David Maynard

David Maynard, MBA, PMP, is a retired business executive having worked for Systems Management, Inc. in Orlando and NASA in Houston. He currently is very active with the local Project Management Institute Chapter. He is now serving as the PMI Leader of the Risk Community of Practice which has over 22,000 members internationally. Dave teaches PMP exam preparation classes as well as related topics and frequently presents to local companies about “Managing by Projects.” He is committed to helping professionals earn their Project Management Certification.

David Maynard will be teaching the New! Online Project Management Professional (PMP®) Exam Preparation class held May 14 – July 30, 2015.

IUPUI’s PMP® Certification Exam Preparation Online is an instructor-led, detailed, and carefully designed class created to prepare project management practitioners for the Project Management Professional (PMP®) or Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®) examination in an entirely online format. The course content and delivery is structured around The Guide to the PMBOK® knowledge areas, supplemental exam material. This course will help the PMP® or CAPM® candidates optimize their study and preparation time for the respective certification examinations. Additionally, students will access a proven, online learning environment that includes over 1000 simulated PMP® exam questions.  Learn more and to register


Register Adults and Children for 2015 Summer Reading Programs

For an enjoyable activity with lifelong benefits, we recommend one of our reading programs, which are designed and taught by instructors from the Institute of Reading Development.

Programs are offered by the IUPUI Office of Community Engagement.  All classes meet once a week, and tuition varies by program level.  The program is designed for 4-Year-Olds and entering Kindergartners through fifth grade, middle school students, high school students, and adults.

Classes are offered this summer in Indianapolis, Greenwood, on IUPUI campus, and other nearby locations.

Click HERE  for more information.

For more information or to register
CALL (800) 903-0162
8am-7pm Saturday, 10am-6pm Sunday
Register Early!  Class size is limited.


Free Massive Open Online Course to Explore Public Libraries

The Department of Library and Information Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis launched on April 6 a massive open online course exploring public libraries.

The free, four-week course is open to anyone anywhere. Persons interested in the course are encouraged to register in advance, but registration will continue after the class begins.

The course will cover four topics, one each week. The topics are: the “Customer Service and the User Experience,”  “Youth Librarianship: Best Practices to Serve our Youngest Patrons,” “Technology: Improving Library Services by Managing Technology,” and “Community Engagement,” said Andrea Copeland, an assistant professor in the department. Copeland, who developed the course, will teach the Community Engagement section.  Read More

IUPUI Alumnus will be on ABC’s Shark Tank

IUPUI alumnus, Arsene Millogo is a blossoming entrepreneur who will showcase his business, FORUS Athletics, on the April 10 Shark Tank episode on ABC. FORUS Athletics has IU branded shoes and a running shoe designed for competitive athletes.

The company got its start in 2009 when Millago, business partner Joel Vinocur, and three other partners from Indiana University, decided their running shoes “sucked.” They were “sick of heavy” shoes that didn’t provide adequate support and required after-market insoles. Three years later, they ran a successful IndieGoGo campaign, raising over $48,000 to fund their first production run.

Read More

Solution Center is on the Move!

From the Director, Teresa A. Bennett:

On July 1, 2014, the IUPUI Solution Center ended a successful five-year partnership with the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research (OVCR).  Since joining the OVCR in 2009, the Solution Center facilitated nearly 2,000 specific engagements with 593 community partners on behalf of students and faculty involved in internships, community-based research and technical assistance projects, course-based and for-credit projects, and other connections.  Through the Venture Fund, the Solution Center leveraged over $5 million in grants and other support for community engagement as part of a $1 million grant from the Lilly Endowment.  We also coordinated a large-scale community-health and well-being project that involved 100 students, faculty, and community partners in 12 projects on the Near Eastside of Indianapolis as part of a grant from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation.  Finally, we assisted the OVCR in developing the new IUPUI Strategic Research Plan:  Innovation and Discovery through Research, and helped to plan and coordinate events and activities including the annual IUPUI Research Day.

We will miss our OVCR colleagues and plan to continue to partner on events, research and projects, and engagement as often as possible!  I also want to send a very special thank you to Dr. Kody Varahramyan for his mentorship and guidance, and especially for his support of community-based engagement and the Solution Center’s work over the last five years.

Moving Forward!

The Solution Center is now under the leadership of Amy Conrad Warner, Vice Chancellor for External Affairs.  More information will be coming soon on IUPUI’s new Engagement plan!

The Solution also moved its office to the Stewart Building, 518 Indiana Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202.  If you are coming to visit us, we are located on the first floor, and there is metered parking in the front along Indiana Avenue.  Our phone and email contacts remain the same.

Teresa Bennett, Director

317 278-9170 (office)

317-278-9173 (direct)

Silvia Garcia,

Research & Evaluation Specialist

317-274-0559 (direct)

Connie Anoskey,

Assistant Business Manager

317-278-9172 (direct)

Teresa Francis,

Communication Assistant

317-274-9430 (direct)

A Bold New Look for IUPUI’s Website

On August 1, 2014, IUPUI launched the redesigned IUPUI website themed “Where campus and city connect.”

This site speaks directly to current and prospective students, while providing access to information valued by faculty, staff and other collaborators, such as research opportunities and community engagement.  IUPUI’s site will be user-friendly on a desktop or laptop computer, on an iPhone, iPad or other mobile and tablet device.

Don’t Miss the IUPUI Continuing Education 2014 Fall Course Catalog

2014 Fall Continuing Education Classes are open for enrollment!  The comprehensive selection of 150 courses and certificates provides a wide array of opportunities for the lifelong learner to develop or enhance business expertise, technical skills, or take courses for personal enrichment.  Sign up online today at

Receive a 20% Early Bird Discount if you register by September 30, 2014, or attend with a friend for a 25% discountLearn More

View PDF of the catalog HERE
Link to web course offerings HERE

   Contact for more information


The Felege Hiywot Center Provides Environmental STEM Education to Urban Youth of Indianapolis

Aster Bekele

In December, 2013, the IUPUI Solution Center awarded a matching  Venture Fund grant to Pamela Martin, Director of the IUPUI Center for Earth and Environmental Science (CEES), to support 8 interns working at the Felege Hiywot Center (FHC), in the Near Eastside of Indianapolis.  CEES is an IUPUI Campus Signature Center that conducts applied environmental research and promotes environmental stewardship through education and public service programs.  The CEES interns provided STEM education programming using environmental and plant sciences as a vehicle to learning in Near-Eastside IPS schools and at the Felege Hiywot community summer camps.

Dow AgroSciences and the IUPUI School of Science also provided matching grants to support the hire of FHC’s Service Learning Coordinator.

The eight interns were Hannah Carter, School of Education; Carla Redden, Jacob Burch, Trenton Brugh, Zachary Pringle, and Nicholas Jenshak, all from the School of Science; Kevin Powell, from the School of Engineering and Technology; and Tyler Anderson, from the School of Liberal Arts.

Garden beds at FHC

FHC is a nonprofit organization located in the Martindale Brightwood area in the Near Eastside, that serves urban youth of Indianapolis, second generation Ethiopians in Indianapolis, and orphans in Ethiopia.  The center is built in and around a historic shotgun house that was renovated by Major Tools.

Aster Bekele, the Director and Founder of FHC, was born in Ethiopia, and has lived in the United States for 31 years.  She is a retired Lilly chemist and is passionate about STEM education.  She had a desire to help children in Indianapolis and orphans of Ethiopia so she combined her mission to form FHC.  Her motivation for this mission began in 1975.

Danielle Follette and FHC’s Project Coordinator at vegetable stand

FHC is recognized for its Education by Gardening program.  The Education by Gardening Summer Camp and Youth Farm teaches youth how to grow vegetables, tend land, sell crops, and recycle, and the goal of the camp is to teach youth independence, entrepreneurship, science and the oncology of urban farming.  Campers learn the importance of raised gardening in the city because of lead in urban soil.

Chicken coop at FHC

The center has numerous outdoor bed gardens, a bee hive, and collects enough rain for almost all outdoor watering. There’s also a chicken coop on site that the campers tell us have better tasting eggs than from a store.  Campers are introduced to new and familiar fruits and vegetables, such as Kale, watermelon, herbs, Kohlrabi, apples, zucchini, cucumber, okra, grapes and much more, which they also sell at the FHC vegetable stand.

Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center at the Colt’s Home Displaying Its Youth Programs

On Thursday, June 5, 2014, Solution Center staff attended the  “Keeping the Legacy Alive” Fundraising Event, held at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center.

Funds raised support programming at the Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center.  The Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center serves as a hub for comprehensive, holistic programming for all who live in the community.  The Solution Center has been a long-time partner to the Chase New Eastside Legacy Center, funding numerous programs and internships, in the Fitness Zone, and around the neighborhood.

Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center
Coach Pagano being interviewed by Anthony Calhoun of Channel 8 News
Dance Competition with Cory Redding
Black and white painting by a 12 year old  Near Eastside Resident


Siemens Partners with IUPUI

In May 2014, through a partnership developed by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research (OVCR), IUPUI and Siemens announced an in-kind software grant to IUPUI from Siemens PLM Software, valued at $538 million.

The in-kind grant gives IUPUI students, researchers, and faculty access to the same product lifecycle management PLM technology that companies around the world depend on every day to develop innovative products in a wide variety of industries including automotive, aerospace, machinery, shipbuilding, high-tech electronics and many more. Graduates with this type of software training are highly-recruited candidates for advanced technology jobs.

In June of this year, Siemens executives came to IUPUI to visit the campus to discuss opportunities for research engagement and recruitment of IUPUI students.  Siemens executives met with deans and faculty from the IU Kelley School of Business in Indianapolis, the IU School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI, the IUPUI School of Science, and the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology, IUPUI.


Callie McCune’s Indiana Statehouse Tour Office Internship

Indiana State Capitol Tour Office









IUPUI student Callie McCune wrapped up her 2013-2014 internship with Capitol Tours at the Statehouse on July 31, 2014.  Callie is a graduate student majoring in History at IUPUI, and her internship was supported in part by a grant from the Venture Fund.

McCune says, “At the Statehouse, I had the opportunity to hone my ability to facilitate programs. I gave countless tours to all age ranges and interests: from enthusiastic tourists to bored 8th graders, expert historic preservationists and hoards of 4th graders.  Each tour requires a bit of tweaking, to gear the material for the proper audience.”

“In my last month, I worked on completing my big project of developing the content for a virtual tour of the Statehouse,” McCune said.  During this internship, McCune was able to utilize her graduate training to assist Statehouse Tours staff with research and project planning. She said,”We have been able to correct inconsistencies in our tour script, discover new information, and find different ways to distribute that information.”

Callie McCune

McCune says that she enjoyed the everyday activity of getting to meet new people while sitting at the desk.  She said, “You never know who is going to walk up: from an expert on Thomas Jefferson to a family who has visited 20 state capitals.

One of her favorite moments was when children first see the building.  She said, “Often, there is a collective gasp as they reach the landing and see the atrium for the first time, filled with marble, chandeliers, and brass. That moment always reminds me to stop and take in what is around me, how amazing it is that I get to spend a year of my life in a beautiful 126-year-old building at the center of the city.”

Learning a lot of the moving parts in the Statehouse and Tour Office was at first challenging for McCune: “three to five tour guides on a any day, multiple tours occurring at once, different areas that are available to take tours into, varying talking points to cover, specific times to meet speakers, and a plethora of personalities to comprehend. It was a challenge to master the art of flexibility, and learning how to shorten or stretch depending on the situation,” she said.

McCune said, “This internship has provided me with valuable understanding of what it takes to plan, schedule, and organize these programs on a daily basis.”   In the future, she hopes to work in a tourism-bureau, historical society, or museum, planning and executing public and school programs.

GlassWeb Projects, LLC Intern, Rui Wang

In January of 2014, Rui Wang started her Solution Center Venture Funded internship at GlassWeb Projects, LLC.

As a Web Developer intern, Wang conducted analyses of client requirements, learned how to use an open-source web framework, customized the framework for the clients needs, researched and implemented for a custom design and attended client meetings.

Wang worked on community projects, such as coding for a new website design for DawnMarie White, Attorney at Law LLC.

Wang said,”I gained much more than I expected.  It’s not only a web developer position; it let me discover and learn more.  There’s no other chance like this to gain real experience with clients and overcome the problems by researching new technologies by yourself.”

According to Derek Glass, Founder of GlassWeb Projects, “Glassweb internships expose students to the latest technologies, which involve MVC frameworks, Twitter Bootstrap design methodologies, and team environments.  All of these are skills needed in today’s workplace.”

Indiana State Museum Intern, Jeremy Maxwell

The Indiana State Museum received a Solution Center Venture Fund matching grant to hire Jeremy Maxwell, IUPUI student majoring in History, as a Museum Presenter and Survey Assistant from fall 2013 to spring 2014.

The Indiana State Museums and Historic Sites (ISM) preserves, interprets and presents the material record of Indiana’s science, culture and art to encourage people to discover the world as it was, as it is and as it can be.

As a Museum Presenter and Survey Assistant, Maxwell implemented, evaluated and offered feedback on a variety of public programs related to the museum’s exhibits.  The diverse topics of these programs ranged from science, art, and natural history to Native Americans and cultural history.

Maxwell said, “I wanted to learn more about the field of audience research. By spending time actively implementing evaluation instruments, I was able to gain first-hand experience in audience research. Participating in an internship position allows you to network with local and non-local professionals, which gives you a considerable advantage when it comes to seeking future employment.”

Projects to Watch:

Capitol Tours and Indiana Medical History Museum Internships

Indiana Medical History Museum

This 2014 project is a continuation of a very successful internship collaboration between the Masters Program in Public History at IUPUI, Capitol Tours (state government) and the Solution Center Venture Fund, facilitated by Dr. Philip Scarpino, professor of History and director of Public History at IUPUI.

The Masters Program in Public History at IUPUI has developed long-term, mutually beneficial partnerships with most of the historical and cultural resources organizations in the metro area.  They want their students to make civic engagement part of the fabric of their careers after they leave IUPUI.

Capitol Tours Internship:
Capitol Tours is a continuing partnership that has provided excellent training.  In fall 2014, one graduate student intern will conduct tours of the Indiana State Capitol, and conduct research that will be incorporated and used by all tour guides. 

Indiana Medical History Museum Internship:
During the summer 2014, two graduate students were researching, working in collections and giving tours at the Indiana Medical Museum.  Located on the grounds of the former Central State Hospital, the Museum is in the Old Pathology Building constructed in 1895, and opened in 1896 as a state-of-the art research laboratory studying the causes of mental illness. The facility operated into the 1960s, and when it closed retained a vast collection of original laboratory equipment, autopsy room, records, and specimens.

2014 IUPUI Graduates and Honorees, Solution Center Congratulates You!

IU President Michael A. McRobbie

On May 10th & 11th, IUPUI held the 2014 commencement ceremonies at the Indiana Convention Center presided by Indiana University President, Michael A. McRobbie.  On Mother’s Day, May 11, 6,549 degrees were awarded to 6,479 students, 5,159 degrees were awarded by Indiana University and 1,390 by Purdue University: 124 associate degrees; 4,020 bachelor’s; 1,616 master’s; 49 doctoral-research; and 740 doctoral-practice.

IUPUI Chancellor Charles R. Bantz speaking to the audience

The youngest graduate was 19, the oldest was 71, and there were five sets of twins.  More than 470 graduates were international students representing 100 countries, and more than 400 graduates participated in study abroad programs.

IUPUI graduated the first graduate class of IUPUI Honors Scholars.

Dean Eugene Tempel and honorary degree recipient Jean Case



Indiana University honorary degrees were presented by IU President Michael A. McRobbie to a renowned philanthropist, and two distinguished professors at IUPUI who are living legends in their field.



2014 IUPUI Commencement held at the Convention Center
IU School of Dentistry pre-commencement ceremony attendees took in a live musical performance. | Photo By Erik Markov

Goodbye to Solution Center Staff Member, Jessica Putri!

Jessica Putri (middle-blue) and fellow graduates of IU Kelley School of Business at 2014 IUPUI Commencement

Join us in Congratulating Jessica Putri who earned a Bachelor of Science in Business degree from the IU Kelley School of Business.

Jessica joined the Solution Center in 2013 as Support Assistant Intern.  In this position, she managed the IUPUI on-line job posting system IUPUI Talent, which allows employers to post jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities to multiple academic areas across campus and to alumni.

Jessica accepted a Financial Analyst position at Cummins Incorporated.  This is an excellent opportunity for her, and we wish her the best in all of her endeavors!

Research Interns at Alivio Medical Center

Alivio Medical Center is a multi-specialty center that provides high quality, compassionate, culturally competent and cost effective healthcare to patients of Central Indiana and surrounding Counties, regardless of their race and social-economic status.  In 2013, Alivio was awarded a Solution Center Venture Fund grant that allowed them to hire two Research Interns:  Mobin Anandwaia and Gabriela Figueroa.

Mobin Anandwaia

Mobin Anandwaia, an IUPUI Engineering and Technology graduate student, collaborated with Dr. Rizkalla, Professor of Electrical Engineering at IUPUI, and two more graduate students from the IUPUI Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering(ECE).  The team worked on improving wireless body sensors that detect when a person has fallen or when a person is about to fall. This technology is especially useful for seniors who are susceptible to injuries as a result of falling.  The team will submit will present their work at the 2014 57th IEEE Midwest Symposium.

Gabriela Figueroa at 2014 IUPUI Research Day

The Alivio team also hired Gabriela Figueroa, an IUPUI Engineering and Technology graduate student, to collaborate with Dr. Horia Petrache and Dr. Bruce David Ray from the IUPUI Dept. of Physics.  Gabriela and her advisers developed educational STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) programs for high school students.  Gabriela presented her research at 2014 IUPUI Research Day. Her poster was titled: “Finding the Active Ingredient in Pharmaceuticals through UV Spectrophotometry.”

IUPUI Cyberlab/CourseNetworking Interns

In 2013 and 2014, with help from the Solution Center‘sVenture Fund, IUPUI CyberLab hired two groups of interns to assist in generating content for CourseNetworking (CN) (  The interns also assisted with software development, security management, software testing, and development of multi-media.

All Interns at work
2013 Interns










Jennifer Hashem, Social Media and Marketing Intern majoring in English, wrote and maintained the CN blogManpreet Singh, Software Development Intern majoring in Computer Information Science, developed the CN iPhone appPhilip Heebner, Software Development Intern majoring in Computer Information Science, developed the CN Android app.  Lastly, Sai Teja Kotha, Software Development Intern, majoring in Computer and Information Science, integrated the PayPal function into the CN system.

Poster created by Cali Forley

Cali Forley and Stephen Gurthet, Graphic Design Interns majoring in Computer Information Graphic Technology, are designing logos, flyers, posters, brochures, banners and website forms for the CyberLab and CN project.  Two interns, Naeem Tai and Taylor Brazelton, Software Development Interns majoring in Computer Science, are developing software applications on the CN project.  Naeem Tai developed Live Desktop Streaming for the ClassCast tool for CN.  Taylor Brazelton is working the integration of CN into MOODLENicholas Homan, Video Production Intern majoring in Computer Graphics Technology, created a CN quick start tutorial video and is currently helping a professor who is building a center on CN create an introduction video.  Christopher Schweder, Video Production Intern majoring in Computer Graphics Technology, is developing an animated promotional video for CN.

Graphic design by Stephen Gurthet

CyberLab is a research and development center in the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI. The lab provides research and intellectual support for the design, development and implementation of innovative educational technology.

CourseNetworking (CN) ( is an academic social networking site that connects teachers and students from around the world based on shared interests and subject areas.  CN offers cloud-based learning tools and services for online, MOOC, and classroom-based courses.  CN is being used on IU campuses, and directly linked to the IU Oncourse learning management system.

Mengyuan Zhao, Research Associate and Project Coordinator of CyberLab said, “We really appreciate the Solution Center.  Without your center and the Venture Fund, we would have had no chance to offer students such a great experience.”

Riley Area Development Corporation Housing Internship

Affordable Housing Development

Through a matching grant from the IUPUI Solution Center‘s Venture fund, Riley Area Development Corporation (RADC) was able to hire a Housing Intern in the Spring of 2014.  A future graduate student will be hired for a fall Housing internship.

Housing Intern, Robert Evans, III, MPA, graduate student in SPEA, assisted with development, promotion, mapping, neighborhood outreach, grant writing, research for homeownership units and community gathering space for targeting area, report, marketing materials, brochure design and program implementation at RADC.

Robert Evans III

Evans said, “I learned more about housing finance and development during this internship.  The main benefit for me was the opportunity to research different projects such as homesteading that deepened my knowledge. Also the staff was very helpful in understanding the roles in a CDC. They were also very appreciative of my unique skill set and knowledge of their partners.  They were very open to listening and implementing my ideas in all aspects of the work.”

RADC is a not-for-profit organization that serves low to moderate income individuals and families downtown and in urban neighborhoods near downtown.

Formed in 1979, RADC serves the northeast quadrant of downtown Indianapolis and the near eastside of Indianapolis.

Susan Vogt, Deputy Director of RADC said, this project “added value to the community gathering space, and procured donations of materials and labor.”

Look out for future RADC Housing Internship opportunities on

2014 IUPUI Research Day Celebrated Research and Creative Activity at IUPUI

On April 11, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research in collaboration with the IUPUI Center for Research and Learning and the IUPUI Solution Center hosted the sixth annual 2014 IUPUI Research Day, a daylong open-house celebration of IUPUI research and creative activity held at the IUPUI Campus Center. The theme this year was “Research and Creative Activity Matter: From IUPUI to the World.”
Richard Blanco Acclaimed Cuban-American Poet, President Obama’s 2013 Inaugural Poet
Vice Chancellor Kody Varahramyan and Dr. Yuichiro TakagiVice Chancellor Kody Varahramyan and Dr. Yuichiro Takagi

Research Day commenced in the morning with a plenary session kicked off by Vice Chancellor for Research Kody Varahramyan with a welcome and opening remarks. Stephan Viehweg, interim director of IUPUI Center for Translating Research Into Practice, served as the session’s moderator. There were two presentations by recipients of the 2014 Research Frontiers Trailblazer Award, a program that recognizes outstanding IUPUI researchers who are showing great promise in becoming nationally and internationally known for their accomplishments in advancing the frontiers of knowledge. The recipients Yuichiro Takagi, Ph.D., from the IU School of Medicine presented his research on “Protein-engineering and structural biology of molecular machineries in gene expression,” and Alexey Kuznetsov, Ph.D., from the School of Science presented his research on midbrain dopaminergic neuron.

Kendrea WilliamsKendrea Williams

A student speaker presentation was given by Kendrea Williams, an outstanding student who has made a tremendous impact in her community and on the IUPUI campus. She presented some of her work conducted in the community as an undergraduate research scholar, and expressed gratitude for the research opportunities provided by IUPUI. This was followed by an exceptional keynote presentation by Mr. Richard Blanco, President Obama’s 2013 Inaugural Poet. Mr. Blanco is internationally known as a poet, author and civil engineer who, as a keynote speaker, connected the audience to a wistful portrait of his memories through poetry and storytelling.

Research Day included two poster sessions, consisting of 300 posters and exhibits, showcasing the innovative research of IUPUI faculty, staff, and students (graduate, professional and undergraduate). Close to 100 faculty participated in the “Grand Challenge Initiative Research Roundtable Discussions,” which were facilitated roundtable discussions on the six main topics associated with the IUPUI Grand Challenge Initiative on Urban Health and Wellbeing.

New this year was the first annual “JagTalks“, a series of short but dynamic presentations delivered by four IUPUI faculty members about their research projects:

Dr. David Marrero at JagTalksDr. David Marrero at JagTalks

Robin Hughes, Ph.D., associate professor of Higher Education Student Affairs (HESA) in the School of Education, presented the topic “Deconstructing ballin': Sporting participation in education” about the misconceptions and myths surrounding student athletes. David G. Marrero, Ph.D., J.O. Ritchey Endowed Professor of Medicine in the School of Medicine, discussed the topic “Translating Diabetes to Public Health,” demonstrating how through his research a successful program at the YMCA was implemented to assist in the identification of persons at risk for diabetes followed by educational and behavioral interventions focused on diet and exercise. Khadija Khaja, Ph.D., associate professor in the School of Social Work and faculty fellow for the Common Theme Project “Find Your Voice, Hear My Voice,” displayed her passion for international research regarding the “Social Service Needs Among Muslims.” Sheila Suess Kennedy, professor of Law and Public Policy in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, examined the topic “Researching Our Civic Deficit,” which focused on the personal, political and civic consequences of our “civic deficit” and the reasons it persists.

The 2014 IUPUI Research Day celebrated the zeal and excitement cultivated by the cutting-edge and multifaceted research and scholarly activities at IUPUI. Close to 700 people were in attendance, including 140 high school students and accompanying teachers/administrators. Research Day is a great way for IUPUI, faculty, staff, and students, and their academic, industrial, governmental partners, and the broader community, to come together and learn more about the research enterprise at IUPUI, explore new collaborations, and lay the foundation for new partnerships.

As the Office of the Vice Chancellor begins planning for the seventh 2015 annual IUPUI Research Day event, participants and the broader IUPUI community are encouraged to send feedback and suggestions to

Three IUPUI Students Traveling to Seattle, Washington to give Poster Presentation at American Alliance of Museums

With assistance from the IUPUI Solution Center‘s Venture Fund, three students from the IUPUI Museum Studies program will travel to Seattle, Washington, on May 19, 2014, to give a Poster Presentation at the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) Marketplace of Ideas.  The students’ presentation will highlight learning from a 2013, three-week Summer Field School in Alaska. The Summer Field School was created by Holly Cusack-McVeigh, Assistant Professor in Anthropology, with support from the IUPUI Solution Center’s Venture Fund.

Alyssa Bogge working in the tribal museum

IUPUI School of Liberal Arts students Alyssa Bogge, a first-year graduate student pursuing a degree in Museum Studies, Lauren Baker, a Museum Studies graduate student, and Caitlin Kegley, also a second-year graduate student in Museum Studies, will present their poster titled, “Lessons Learned in the Land of the Midnight Sun.”  This poster focuses on the learning and engagement that took place in Sugpiaq Alutiig, a native village in Nanwalek, Alaska.

McVeigh states, “This is a unique way for the student team to share their experiences, generate new ideas about community-outreach and showcase this unique IUPUI educational community-based, collaborative project which took place in Nanwalek’s tribal museum. This student team has the opportunity to impact the direction of their field by sharing a new model for community collaboration and encouraging other museum professionals to explore new understandings of museum best practice.”

Lauren Baker cleaning paper-based objects
Caitlin Kegley (center-IUPUI shirt) leaving the village

The 2014 American Alliance of Museums Annual Meeting is hosted by the Education Professional Network (EdCom) of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) in collaboration with the Museum Education Roundtable (MER).

The theme for this year’s AAM Annual Meeting is “The Innovation Edge, creating a focus on how museums are working in imaginative new ways.” Complimenting this theme, the 2014 Marketplace of Ideas will showcase Innovative Collaboration in museum education. Exhibitors will share how their museum is collaborating inter-departmentally or stretching beyond the museum’s walls to partner with other cultural institutions, nonprofits, schools, community organizations, or others.

Solution Center Community Partner “Use What You’ve Got Prison Ministry” Annual Appreciation Breakfast

On April 17, 2014, “Use What You’ve Got Prison Ministry” (UWYGPM) held it’s annual Appreciation Breakfast at Ivy Tech Community College with the theme “Keeping Families Connected.”  UWYGPM received support through the IUPUI Solution Center‘s Venture Fund.

Vop Osili

“Use What You’ve Got Prison Ministry” is a faith-based organization whose mission is to ensure that families maintain contact by providing transportation for prison visitation and through promoting a holistic approach to family wellness.  The organization provides at least one trip per month to Indiana correctional facilities, while also providing other supplemental services such as a women’s support group (Girl friends), an annual women’s retreat, Holiday Assistance that provides much needed toys and clothing gifts to the children of UWYGPM riders, a Speakers Bureau of thoughtful speakers, and a Family Advocate program that provides family support.

Vop Osili, City-County Councillor-District 15, Indianapolis, provided the keynote address.  Osili spoke about the researched disparity of employment for ex-offenders, the issues of fairness and equality, the importance of breaking down the barrier especially when it comes to bias’, the importance of reducing the amount of offenders going back into prison, and the cost of the state for each return into prison.

Cecelia Whitfield, Founder of UWYGPM, gave insight on the accomplishments of the ministry.  She outlined the positive effects of this ministry on the families, offenders and the correctional system as a whole.  Through providing affordable transportation to the families, Whitfield said the visits have shown to positively influence the behavior of the offenders, and also carries with them after they get out of prison, which in return helps reduce the chances of them returning to prison.  She added that this ministry also prepares the families to receive the offenders when they return home, and provides the families with much needed emotional and spiritual support.

SC Partner Indiana Music Education Association to Hire Interns

In March, Indiana Music Education Association (IMEA) was awarded match funding from the IUPUI Solution Center to support the hiring of three interns, to develop projects and focus on objections that will positively impact thousands of Indiana Music Educators and Students from throughout the State of Indiana. The interns will work directly on the IMEA’s marquee events.  These events are the largest professional development events offered in the state of Indiana for music educators.

IMEA was founded in the 1940s, and is a not-for-profit professional membership organization for music teachers, kindergarten through collegiate levels, with almost 2,000 educator members throughout the state.  The mission of IMEA is to advance music education in Indiana by advocating for the best musical interests of all students and by providing quality programs, professional development, and services.

The three interns will be taking lead on certain aspects of each program/event and have a visible impact on the success of IMEA’s programs.  Two Graphic Design interns will have the opportunity to grow their portfolios by creating and developing all materials for IMEA’s new events and back to school feature.  An Event Planning intern will have the ability to develop events from start to finish by working with several types of event venues, working on various aspects of event planning, having the ability to work independently as a “Lead Event Planner,” and meeting with vendors that will be utilized for IMEA’s events.

Lane Velayo, Executive Director for IMEA stated, “These three interns will gain important new skills and make critical professional contacts that could lead to jobs after graduation.”

To apply for these internships go to and search for numbers 18034 &18035.

IUPUI 10th Annual Robert G. Bringle Civic Engagement Showcase and Symposium

Paula Means speaking at the Networking Lunch

At this year’s 10th Annual Robert G. Bringle Civic Engagement Showcase & Symposium, IUPUI celebrated campus and community impact with the theme “Healthy and Engaged Communities:  Campus and Community Partnerships as Strategies to Support the Well-Being of Indianapolis and Beyond,” on April 23, 2014 at the Campus Center.

Hosted by the IUPUI Center for Service and Learning, this engagement recognized the impact of service, partnership and research on the IUPUI campus and in the community.

“As the state’s largest health and life sciences campus, IUPUI has a unique responsibility to work with community partners to address the quality of life in our local communities.  The well-being of our community, however, is multifaceted and is relevant to every discipline from art, to history, to languages, and to technology,” said Julie Hatcher, Executive Director for the IUPUI Center for Service and Learning.

The schedule included a Networking Lunch with a discussion of themed issues, a keynote presentation by Paula Means, Program Manager of the Indiana Clinical Translational Sciences Institute’s Community Health Engagement Program (CHEP), two Poster Showcases, and two Symposium sessions centered on the topics of supporting the well-being of the community from a wide range of disciplines.  Following the presentations, guests attended the Plater Civic Engagement Medallion Awards Reception and Ceremony that recognized graduating students who have demonstrated exemplary commitment to their communities over the course of their academic careers.

IU School of Medicine Research on Preventing HIV Among 10-17 Year Olds

J. Dennis Fortenberry, MD, MS

Dr. J. Dennis Fortenberry, is a professor of Pediatrics and Medicine at IUPUI who, together with colleagues from Get Large, Get Loud, and Get Back to Zero (GLGLGB0), started an initiative called “Preventing HIV Infection among 10-17 year olds, a Demonstration of Best Practices.”  The HIV initiative was developed to research the best ways to influence teens and preteens to reduce risky behaviors that lead to HIV among that age group.

The researchers are testing the importance to teenagers of where testing takes place, what would make teens more comfortable about getting tested and therefore more likely, and how to provide greater knowledge about HIV and how it can be prevented.  This anticipated research has been funded through a grant from the IUPUI Solution Center‘s Venture Fund.

Fortenberry said he’s been involved in a national effort to reduce HIV among 10 to 17 year olds for several years through the National Institute of Health and Human Development and decided to bring it local. He helped start the GLGLGB0 initiative in November of 2012.

“There are so many young people newly diagnosed with HIV, it’s alarming,” Fortenberry said.  Nationally as few as 31 percent of 13 to 24 year old HIV-infected youth are linked to care, and he expects the number is the same locally.  The need is great.  “That’s really the impetus for this program, we want to help young people get tested and help them follow up on their commitment.”

Fortenberry said one of the goals of this initiative is to take some of the stigma off of HIV so more people can feel comfortable getting tested.  The earlier HIV is found, the better the chance of survival, so this is crucial.

Fortenberry said the first step in the process is research. He plans to conduct research about how much teens know about HIV, where testing sites are now, and where might be the best spots for testing sites in the future.  “We want to follow the appropriate protocol and see where the best place is to reach these teens. “Is it at a health fair, school or a different place? We need to build our background and experience and get to understand what is going on.”

The next steps from there will depend on the research. It could include setting up new clinics, restructuring old clinics or other steps.

IU Student Dentistry Outreach Clinic Receives ADA Foundation Award

The Indiana University School of Dentistry Student Outreach Clinic on the Near Eastside of Indianapolis has received an award from the American Dental Association Foundation for excellence in providing services to underserved people.

The program was one of seven in the country to receive an ADA Foundation, Bud Tarrson Dental School Student Community Leadership Award, valued at $5,000.

The IU Student Outreach Clinic is in the Neighborhood Fellowship Church, 3102 E.10th St. Dental faculty and students provide their services at the nearby HealthNet People’s Health and Dental Center, 2340 E. 10th St.

This program is an extension of a larger Indiana University School of Dentistry’s Student Outreach Clinic, and is funded in part by the IUPUI Solution Center‘s Community Venture Fund, and the JP Morgan Chase Foundation through the IUPUI/Chase Near Eastside Legacy Initiative.  IUPUI Newsroom Article

Ideas Solving Social and Economic Challenges (ISSEC) Competition Rewarded Students for Their Innovative Ideas

1st place $2,500 winner:
Payne Chestnut (from left), Usman Chaudhary and Roshan Selladurai
2nd place $1,500 winner:
Laken Sisko (right)
with Karen White (left)
On March 6, 2014, three prizewinners and one
3rd place $500 winner:
Drew Witte

audience choice award winner were decided, at the conclusion of this”elevator pitch” style competition directed by Karen White, Research Development & Commercialization Facilitator for the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research (OVCR).

The (ISSEC) competition rewards IUPUI students for their innovative ideas to solve social and economic challenges facing the nation and the world.  In order to challenge the competitors to present their idea in a concise and persuasive manner, each presenter was allotted 3 minutes to pitch their idea, then was given 2 minutes for follow-up question and answering.

Four expert panel of judges,George Farra, Joerg Schreiber, David E. Steel, and Solution Center’s own Teresa Bennett, asked probing follow-up questions and afterwards selected three finalist.  The audience was given two chances to cast a ballot for their favorite idea to win the “Audience Choice” category.  See the story at Inside Indiana Business with Gerry Dick News Release

Audience Choice Award
$1,000 winner:
Abul Karim Khan

The (ISSEC) competition was hosted by the IUPUI Center for Research and Learning, a division of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research.

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research provides the program, Innovation to Enterprise Central: Research Commercialization Support, to create and encourage the invention culture on campus.  To get involved in the 2014-2015 programs e-mail

Matthew Impink’s Assistantship with the IU Center for Civic Literacy

Matthew Impink

Matthew Impink, a SPEA  Public Affairs in Policy Analysis graduate student at IUPUI, is responsible for several key project tasks as part of his Assistantship with the IU Center for Civic Literacy funded by a grant from the IUPUI Solution Center Venture Fund.  Matt is a former high school history teacher and community organizer in education policy.

While considering whether to apply to SPEA, Impink reached out to Sheila Suess Kennedy, Professor, in the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) at IUPUI to determine his move.

Impink said, “Professor Kennedy convinced me that a high quality degree from SPEA was right for me, and then offered me a Graduate Assistantship at her newly formed Center for Civic Literacy. Given my background in social studies education, it was an offer I could not refuse and eagerly signed on.”

The IU Center for Civic Literacy (CCL) is a multi-disciplinary research center established, with the support from a 2012 three-year IUPUI Signature Center Grant, to examine the causes of Americans’ low levels of civic knowledge, and to investigate the consequences of this troubling phenomenon.

Impink’s key project tasks involve monitoring external research on civic literacy where he established the Civic blog with an impressive lineup of 19 scholars and practitioners that contribute their observations of the civic importance in the world, managing the online Journal of Civic Literacy (JCL) that publishes interdisciplinary scholarly research, and designing an outreach campaign and dissemination of research findings to relevant constituents amongst other responsibilities.

Rachel Thelin, Project Manager for the IU Center for Civic Literacy said, “Both Professor Kennedy and I have appreciated his taking the lead on various aspects of the project, including setting up the online journal and managing CCL’s social media.  I believe this experience has been a very positive one for Matt. In addition to the opportunities already highlighted, he has been able to interact with some of our affiliated scholars as well as members of our national advisory committee.”

Impink said, “It was a hard decision for me to take time out from my career and decide to pursue a desired policy degree.  However as an Indianapolis native, I really value the opportunity to go to one of the best public affairs schools in the United States in my hometown.”

Impink commented,”Such skills will serve me well as I intend to work in Indiana public policy around issues like education, transit and neighborhood revitalization upon my graduation in Spring 2015.  Of course, a well-functioning policy system requires an engaged and informed citizenry.  It is my hope that my contributions today will help make my job easier in the future as we seek to increase our nation’s civic literacy.”

It Takes More than a Major: Employer Priorities for College Learning and Student Success

A National Survey of Business and Non Profit Leaders

Overview and Key Findings

Especially since the recent economic downturn and in light of the increasingly competitive global economy, employers express concerns about whether the U.S. is producing enough college graduates and whether they have the skills, knowledge, and personal responsibility to contribute to a changing workplace and help companies and organizations succeed and grow. This report provides a detailed analysis of employers’ priorities for the kinds of learning today’s college students need to succeed in this innovation-fueled economy. It also reports on changes in educational and assessment practices that employers recommend.

This report is part of a series on surveys and focus groups that the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) has commissioned since 2005, when it began its national initiative, Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP). These employer and civic leader studies have informed the work of hundreds of colleges and universities and state systems as they seek to develop strong curricula and educational practices that will better prepare today’s students for success as workers and citizens in the 21st century.

Innovation a Priority

  • Nearly all employers surveyed (95 percent) say they give hiring preference to college graduates with skills that will enable them to contribute to innovation in the workplace.
  • 92 percent agree that “innovation is essential” to their organization’s continued success.

Cross-Cutting Capacities vs. Choice of Undergraduate Major

  • Nearly all those surveyed (93 percent) say that “a demonstrated capacity to think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems is more important than [a candidate’s] undergraduate major.”
  • More than 9 in 10 of those surveyed say it is important that those they hire demonstrate ethical judgment and integrity; intercultural skills; and the capacity for continued new learning.
  • More than 75% of employers say they want more emphasis on 5 key areas including: critical thinking, complex problem-solving, written and oral communication, and applied knowledge in real-world settings.
  • Employers endorse several educational practices as potentially helpful in preparing college students for workplace success. These include practices that require students to a) conduct research and use evidence-based analysis; b) gain in-depth knowledge in the major and analytic, problem solving and communication skills; and c) apply their learning in real-world settings.

Continued Importance of Liberal Education and the Liberal Arts

  • The majority of employers agree that having both field-specific knowledge and skills and a broad range of skills and knowledge is most important for recent college graduates to achieve long-term career success. Few think that having field-specific knowledge and skills alone is what is most needed for individuals’ career success.
  • 80 percent of employers agree that, regardless of their major, all college students should acquire broad knowledge in the liberal arts and sciences.
  • When read a description of a 21st-century liberal education*, a large majority of employers recognize its importance; 74 percent would recommend this kind of education to a young person they know as the best way to prepare for success in today’s global economy.

Assessment of Preparation for Entry-Level Positions and for Advancement

  • A majority of employers (56 percent) express satisfaction with the job colleges and universities are doing to prepare graduates for success in the workplace, but more than two in five indicate room for improvement.
  • Two in three employers believe most college graduates have the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in entry-level positions, but only 44 percent believe they have what is required for advancement and promotion to higher levels.

A Blended Model of Liberal and Applied Learning

  • Across many areas tested, employers strongly endorse educational practices that involve students in active, effortful work-practices including collaborative problem-solving, internships, senior projects, and community engagements. Employers consistently rank outcomes and practices that involve application of skills over acquisition of discrete bodies of knowledge. Employers also strongly endorse practices that require students to demonstrate both acquisition of knowledge and its application.

E-portfolios and Partnerships to Ensure College Graduates’ Successful Transition to the Workplace

  • In addition to a resume or college transcript, more than 4 in 5 employers say an electronic portfolio would be useful to them in ensuring that job applicants have the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in their company or organization.
  • Business and non-profit leaders are highly interested in partnering with colleges and universities to provide more hands-on learning opportunities and to help college students successfully make the transition from college into the workplace.

*Definition of liberal education provided in this survey: “This approach to a college education provides both broad knowledge in a variety of areas of study and knowledge in a specific major or field of interest. It also helps students develop a sense of social responsibility, as well as intellectual and practical skills that span all areas of study, such as communication, analytical, and problem-solving skills, and a demonstrated ability to apply knowledge and skills in real-world settings.


From January 9 to 13, 2013, Hart Research Associates conducted an online survey among 318 employers whose organizations have at least 25 employees and report that 25% or more of their new hires hold either an associate degree from a two-year college or a bachelor’s degree from a four-year college. Respondents are executives at private sector and nonprofit organizations, including owners, CEOs, presidents, C-suite level executives, and vice presidents.

Source: It Takes More than a Major: Employer Priorities for College Learning and Student Success. 2013. Washington, DC: Association of American Colleges and Universities and Hart Research Associates.

New Program at Indiana University School of Dentistry will Serve Military Veterans

Karen M. Yoder, PhD, MSD

The IU School of Dentistry’s Healthy Smiles for Employability Program has helped many people gain the confidence and appearance they need to seek employment in many fields.  Now, The IU School of Dentistry has created a new program that will serve those who have served our country bravely:  military veterans.

The new IU School of Dentistry’s Veteran’s Employability: The Dental Connection will give military veterans the chance to get dental work done at no cost, with more complex dental work offered at a steep discount.  This program, like the Healthy Smiles program, is funded in part through a $20,000 Venture Fund grant from the IUPUI Solution Center.

“The Student Outreach Clinic was such a success, we wondered what we could do for veterans,” said Dr. Karen Yoder, a professor at IUPUI who developed both programs. “This will be a great way to give back.”

Ten veterans have been selected for the project, and more will come. Patients in this program will be guided through the process by student navigators, who are second-year dental students. The student navigators will help the veterans get enrolled, so the vets can get the help they need.

“We want to develop partnerships with the veterans,” Yoder said. “We’re using the same criteria we used with Healthy Smiles, and we’re helping people become more employable.”

Jeni Bolenbacker, a third-year dental student in the IU School of Dentistry, said she volunteered for the program because she has a passion for assisting veterans. She wanted the chance to see veterans achieve their goals, and she believes this program can help them do that by giving the vets the extra confidence they need.

“I like this program because this program empowers people,” Bolenbacker said. “People often take for granted how lucky we are to have all of our teeth and what a negative impact missing teeth can have on employability. Being able to play my part as a dental student to help these veterans achieve oral health so that they can help themselves reach their goals is the most rewarding part of the program.”

But the program is more than just a dental health program.  Student navigators team up with social workers at the Hoosier Veterans’ Assistance Foundation to teach employment skills.  HVAF will help veterans job training skills to make sure the veterans have every opportunity to get a job.  “We really wanted this to be a full program,” Yoder said.

Yoder said right now the program is only a semester long, but she’s hoping to extend it and make it a year-round program.

“I would also hope that this program would show other young health professionals that you don’t have to wait until you become a doctor to give back to your community,” Bolenbacker said.  “You can start doing it now.”

Computer Graphic Technology Students Develop Public Service Video for PEN (Prison Enterprises Network)

PEN, a division of the Indiana Department of Correction, manufactures goods and provides services using offender labor through the Indiana prison industries.  PEN’s mission is to equip offenders for successful reentry through meaningful work and career development while operating in a self-sustaining manner.

Becky Deeb commented, “This project will benefit PEN by increasing partnerships, increasing sales and increasing awareness for our mission. The larger community of Indiana will benefit as PEN trains offenders for post release employment, reducing recidivism, making Indiana safer and saving taxpayer dollars.”

Working with Becky Deeb, the PEN New Enterprise Development Manager, Christian Rogers, Assistant Professor in Computer Graphics Technology, Purdue School of Engineering & Technology at IUPUI, and eight of his students, developed a promotional video for PEN during the Fall 2013 Semester as part of a video technology class.

The eight Computer Graphics Technology students, Kent Hiquet, Prapti Jain, Courtney Knies, Zack Lubarski, Bryce McGlothlink, Chris Tieman, Andrea West and Greg Wire, chose this project as opposed to an individual project.

Working in teams, the students visited 3 adult correctional facilities (Plainfield, downtown Indianapolis, and Kokomo) to video work assignments and conduct offender interviews. Each student submitted their own preproduction planning, conducted video shoots and created a version of the final piece.

Rogers said, “This project was incredibly beneficial to my students as it provided a real-world project that exposed them to the functional aspects of working on a production.  The project also opened the student’s eyes to prison life.  After each shoot experience the students would comment that it wasn’t what they expected.”

Prapti Jain, a Junior at IUPUI said, “Working in my field gave me experience that I can’t get in the classroom. I was enjoying while learning. I am sure this project will play a huge role in my success.”

Rogers commented, “As an instructor, I have been on many different shoot experiences as I have taught and mentored, or with my own work.  I have not done anything like this.  It truly gave me a different perspective on how the prison system works, but provided me a much truer picture of an inmate and the type of people we have in our prisons.  Some may have made just one mistake in their life that changed their life forever.”

Deeb said, “It has been a pleasure working with Chris Rogers.  He is very professional, his students respect him very much and he really made this project come together.”

Rogers said, “As an organization, PEN desires to work with other businesses and expose others to the positive impact they are having on the incarcerated.  My hope is that this video will provide an opportunity for them to express that message in a new way.”

Summer Job and Internship Fair Brings Students and Employers Face to Face

The Summer Job and Internship Fair, held at the IUPUI Campus Center on February 20th, 2014, offered approximately 200 students the opportunity to meet face to face with potential employers from a variety of career fields to apply for summer jobs and internship opportunities.

Harold Owens II (left) shaking hands with Jake Todd (right), student at IUPUI, pursuing a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering.

The Fair was hosted by the IUPUI University College, Office of Student Employment and was open to IUPUI students of all majors and class standings.

Forty-Eight employers attended and offered on-site interviews to qualified candidates.

Harold Owens II, employer from Interactive Intelligence said he met good prospective employees. “We’re in need,”Owens said.

Jordan Pierce, Junior at IUPUI, pursuing a degree in Electrical Engineering said,”This is my first job fair outside of my degree.  I didn’t come in with too many expectations, but it’s exciting to meet prospective employers.”

Jordan Pierce

Indiana University School of Dentistry Healthy Smiles Program Links Dental Health with Employability

Persons with missing, broken, or badly stained teeth may lack confidence in the job search and also find it difficult to get hired into many positions that require work with customers or the public.  The IU School of Dentistry’s Healthy Smiles for Employability Program links dentistry with economic development by improving oral health to increase employability.

The Healthy Smiles mission is to improve oral health, well-being and employment outcomes for local, low-income and uninsured residents by providing patients with dental care and free dentures as well as linkages to community employment services.  The program is an extension of Indiana University School of Dentistry’s Student Outreach Clinic, and is funded in part by the IUPUI Solution Center’s Community Venture Fund, and the JP Morgan Chase Foundation through the IUPUI/Chase Near Eastside Legacy Initiative.

Professor Karen M. Yoder PhD, MSD developed this program with the help of IU Dental students, and interns from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and the IU School of Public Health.  The students assisted Dr. Yoder to identify candidates for the program.

“It’s been a wonderful experience to see the educational piece of this,” Dr. Yoder said.  “It’s been a joy to see how the students have developed their leadership skills, their organizational skills, and their ability to work with diverse people in diverse settings.”

Goodbye to Solution Center Associate Director, Christine Fitzpatrick!

Join us in congratulating Christine Fitzpatrick, who accepted a new position as Chief of Staff to the IUPUI Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer, Nassar Padar, effective February 1, 2014.  As Chief of Staff, Fitzpatrick will serve as an advisor to Paydar and will assist with strategic planning and change management initiatives, budget and financial planning, and policy and program development for the campus.

Christine served as the IUPUI Solution Center’s Associate Director since 2010. Over the last three years, Christine worked with many Solution Center community partners to develop projects and determine how to best meet community needs through internships, research, consultation or class projects.

We wish Christine all the best with her new role. More Information

If you previously worked with Christine on a Solution Center project, you may send future inquiries via email to or by phone at 317-278-9170.

Indiana INTERNnet Announces IMPACT awards

Indiana INTERNnet honored excellence among interns, employers and career development professionals on February 5, at the eighth annual IMPACT Awards Luncheon, sponsored by Ivy Tech Community College.  Director Janet Boston says there was a record number of nominations this year for categories including Intern of the Year and Employer of the Year.  Congratulations to the Winners!

Indiana INTERNnet, managed by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, is a statewide resource for internship opportunities that has helped connect students and employers across the state since 2001.

Welcome to our new staff member, Teresa Francis!

This month we are excited to welcome a new member to our team! Teresa Francis is the Communication Assistant at the IUPUI Solution Center. She coordinates the center’s internal and external communication and reporting efforts- keeping up with our social media accounts, orchestrating our monthly newsletter, distributing press releases, and aiding in event planning.

Teresa holds a B.A. and M.A. in Communication from IUPUI. She has completed internships with Pacers Sports & Entertainment and Heartland Truly Moving Pictures.

CyberLab Interns Produced CN App for Thousands of Learners

Through the support of the IUPUI Solution Center’s Venture Fund, the IUPUI CyberLab has been able to recruit a skilled set of interns to work on education technology innovation and development. The CyberLab is a research and development lab on the IUPUI campus. After assisting in the development of several successful learning systems, including Oncourse, Angel Learning, and Epsilen, the CyberLab has taken on CourseNetworking (CN) as its current project. CN is an academic social learning environment with thousands of members in more than 100 countries worldwide. Since summer 2013, interns have been working on projects in graphic design, multimedia production, social media and marketing, and mobile app development.

IUPUI CyberLab interns Manpreet Singh and Philip Heebner, majors of computer science at IUPUI, spent their 2013 winter breaks developing the anticipated CN Android App. They collaborated extensively on the project, sharing unique experiences that they found challenging, rewarding, and beneficial to them in the long term.

Singh, the CN’s iPhone app developer, explained several challenges. “The biggest challenge was code sharing. Because this project had to be completed as a team, we had to make sure that the code we wrote was compatible with the code others on the team had written. There were moments when our code conflicted.” Singh also described challenges communicating with the Application Programming Interface (API), which allows the app to communicate with the online server, much like a control panel. “This was the first Android app we had ever developed, and figuring out how to talk with the server’s API was difficult,” Singh commented.

As the CyberLab’s most experienced programming intern, Singh’s leadership became critical when guiding other interns through tasks and to tackle the ones for which he was in charge.

“Not only was I responsible for writing code, I also had to make sure that we were on schedule and that we were meeting our goals.” Despite time constraints and these challenges, Singh describes the learning experience he gained as a positive one. “I’ve learned a lot about how the Android works. It’s a completely different developing environment from what I’ve worked with before. As the project progressed, so did our team.”

Philip Heebner, who worked directly with Singh, also shared his experience. As the creator of the app’s login page, post reflections page, create post form, and the logic responsible for running these functions, Heebner discovered challenges of his own. “The most challenging part for me was learning how to use a large number of tools at once. In some ways, the experience was one of the most rewarding.” Heebner appreciates the learning experience this project has given him and working for the CyberLab. “I’ve learned so much,” he said. “I’m thrilled to have been involved in this project.”

Heebner’s outlook on the Android project reiterates a key purpose of the CyberLab internship program: Providing student interns with opportunities to apply knowledge and skills learned in school to real life innovations that build a solid foundation for their future careers. Heebner comments on how these practices have helped him grow as an intern. “I believe the most important knowledge I have gained through this experience is an understanding of the big picture and how all these different parts fit into an application as a whole.”
Functions of this first version of the CN Android app include access to course posts and making reflections, creating posts with attached photos, and many other features. Singh reassures Android users that more advanced updates are on the way. “This first release is just the beginning,” Singh said. “Users should expect to receive many more updates, which will include more sophisticated features. The goal is to make this app function the same as the iPhone app” (an app that Singh developed in record time over the summer 2013 break).

CyberLab Director, Dr. Ali Jafari, praised his interns on their progress. “I’m very impressed with the quality of work Manny, PJ, and all of our interns have produced so far,” Jafari commented. “They’ve proved that even as interns, with the proper training, supervision, and dedication to their tasks, that they can produce work as highin quality as the work of many full-time professionals.” Alice Zhao, CyberLab Project Coordinator, Research Associate, and supervisor of the interns, is excited to watch the lab grow in size and capacity, giving career development opportunities to more and more IUPUI students. “Through the Venture Fund and the advice of the Solution Center, we hired six more interns this spring semester, and we located faculty members from their study areas to mentor them. They are all motivated to take the challenge and make CN a better learning system.”

(Article provided by Jennifer Hashem at CN)

Riley Area Development Corporation Internship Success Story

Vanessa Echeverria, a graduate student in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs pursuing a masters in nonprofit management, learned more about that subject faster than she ever thought she could thanks to an internship with Riley Area Development Corporation.

“This internship exceeded my goals of building skills,” she said. “I never imagined I would have learned so much in so little time. I was given a lot of responsibility and freedom to make my own decisions. My opinions were respected and they gave me many opportunities to participate in events and network.”

The Riley Area Development Corporation is a community development corporation concentrating on building and developing new communities in the Indianapolis area. In the internship, which was funded through the Community Venture Fund, Echeverria helped RADC with the Willard Park Development Project.

Echeverria helped with all aspects of this project, including strategic planning. She helped research information for the project, and put that research into a number of spreadsheets so it was in a readable format. She also helped determine how “green” the project was, and led a group of Rose-Hulman students who did research into that issue.

“She did a lot of research, and also helped us determine how we view the project’s success,” Susan Vogt, Associate Director and project supervisor at RADC, said.

Vogt said Echeverria’s help was invaluable, especially since she was a hard worker.

“She was very diligent and she worked well on her own, which was great considering we’re so busy,” Vogt said. “Since we’re so short staffed, having that extra half person was really key.”

Vogt said the RADC liked Echeverria so much they wanted to hire her full time for the next semester. However, Echeverria was looking for other experiences.

But she will forever be grateful to RADC for giving her a chance to learn and grow in a great setting.

“I would say that it is a great learning experience,” Echeverria said. “There is no better way to learn than to be fully immersed in the sector and do the work instead of only reading about it. Riley valued my opinion and treated me as a professional, I really appreciated all the trust they put in my work. The high performance standards they had really pushed me to accomplish much more than I ever thought possible in one semester.”

Sharing the Experience of a Lifetime: Nanwalek, Alaska

During the summer of 2013 six IUPUI students had the experience of a lifetime studying, volunteering, and working with an indigenous community of fewer than 300 people in Nanwalek, Alaska, during a three-week Anthropology and Museum Studies Field Experience. Following the summer experience the group planned and hosted a public presentation about the experience for an audience of 50 people which proved to be an experience as well.

The School of Liberal Arts students who participated in the Field Experience and fall presentation were: Caitlin Kegley, a second-year masters student studying Anthropology; Megan Elmore, a senior Anthropology major; Vickie Stone, a non-degree seeking graduate student; Alyssa Boge, a first year graduate student pursing a degree in Museum Studies; Daniel Bennett, a first-year Anthropology major; Tyler Coxey, an Anthropology student; Brianna McKnight, an Education student and Lauren Baker, a Museum Studies graduate student.

The students were responsible for every aspect of the public forum, from planning the venue, room set-up, and refreshments to publicity and seeking funding to pay for the event, to planning content, each person’s part, and creating a video. The students said the presentation was all about telling the story of the adventure they had just been on. “The goal of our presentation was to share how meaningful and dynamic this experience was, and how much we learned from it, both academically and community-based,” Elmore said.

The Alaska Field Experience was developed and led by Dr. Holly Cusack-McVeigh, Assistant Professor in Anthropology, and was made possible through funding and support from the University of Alaska, private and public museums in Alaska, and the IUPUI Community Venture Fund. On their own, students Megan Elmore and Tyler Coxey submitted a proposal to the Venture Fund and also were awarded support for the public event.

Elmore said her part was especially helpful. “Tyler Coxey and I wrote a grant proposal to receive money for refreshments for the event. This was a really helpful exercise for me as a Museum Studies student because grant funded work is the lifeblood of many museums,” Elmore said.

The students used the presentation to bring their experiences in Alaska to life, with a goal of helping others to experience what the students discovered about themselves and others 2,000 miles away. The team did that with a video, and through stories about native culture, food, art, family and other topics.
“I hope that with the presentation gave “voice” to the Alaska natives,” Elmore said. “We shared not only our experience but some of the social and cultural issues, such as lack of resources for museums, lack of representation, community dynamics, and the big need for mentoring youth. Cultural heritage, something we take for granted and don’t really comprehend, is something others have to fight for. I hope this presentation spoke to that idea and enlightened the audience about the world, even if in a small way.”

Indiana Blind Children’s Foundation Internship Inspires Student

 “Through the Looking Glass” Gala Invitations

Anne Bunte’s work for the Indiana Blind Children’s Foundation helped the organization be seen by others.

Bunte, a Visual Communication Design Major, was the development and marketing intern for IBCF, responsible for completing research, designing marketing elements and adjusting and creating content for the organization’s website and Facebook page. She said the experience opened her eyes in many ways to how the real world operates. Her experience was funded by the IUPUI Venture Fund.

“Anne was a tremendous resource,” IBCF’s Executive Director Teresa Brun said. “Her skills and resources in graphic design and photography were great. She’s still working on a new brochure for us.”

Bunte said the internship was great for her as well.

“Getting out of the classroom and being placed in a real work environment helps develop my design skills and helps improve my future career opportunities and success,” Bunte said. “I learned that having a job is more than just making money — it’s about respecting your employers who have trusted you by giving you this position. Having a career is about being a loyal employee to your supervisors and providing superior service.”

Bunte’s research included research communication with multiple businesses and donors. She took photograph’s at the IBCF’s “Through the Looking Glass,” Gala, where she also made the invitation, RSVP card, event program and billboard for the event.

Brun said Bunte’s graphic design skills were the most helpful to IBCF. The organization has only two part-time workers, so they didn’t have time to add these visual details into their marketing strategy.

“Those things are nice to have, but we just didn’t have the time or resources,” Brun said.

Bunte said the experience offered her something she couldn’t get anywhere else as well.

“This offered real life experience,” Bunte said of the internship. “School reminds me of practice for a sport. You can practice all you want and practice is a necessity to become a great athlete, but an athlete needs to actually run the race or compete in a match, to know how it feels to win or lose a game, and how to improve your game to become a real champion.”

She also said this internship helped her communicate in the workplace.

“Communicating with co-workers, businesses and donors is something that classes don’t have. School classes give chances to have open conversations, but school can sometimes isolate a student, as there are not a lot of opportunities to practice conversing with other people.”

Bunte said this also made her thankful for her own opportunities.

“As a Visual Communication Design Major I rely so much on eyesight,” Bunte said. “It was inspiring to be around people who can’t rely on sight at all. [This experience] made me grateful for the gift of seeing when it is taken for granted most of the time. It felt great to support this non-profit and its mission.”

Bunte’s cover image and profile picture for IBCF.

Solution Center Presents a Tangible Assessment of Their Work

The IUPUI Solution Center was able to complete a tangible assessment of its work in the community recently thanks to a mini-grant from the Indiana University President’s office, through the Lilly Endowment’s Initiative to Promote Opportunities Through Educational Collaborations (LEI) grant.

IUPUI Solution Center Assistant Director Christine Fitzpatrick, and Research and Evaluation Specialist Silvia Garcia conducted the study. The study served as a foundation for a subsequent assessment of the JPMorgan Chase IUPUI Near Eastside Legacy Initiative evaluation Garcia completed in 2013.
Silvia Garcia & Christine Fitzpatrick

Both studies will be used in assessments of community engagement for IUPUI in support of its new strategic plan, as well as to maintain and expand external recognition of community engagement initiatives at IUPUI.

The two presented their findings at the 2013 Assessment Institute on Oct. 28 2013, at the Marriott in downtown Indianapolis. The institute is the nation’s oldest and largest event focused exclusively on outcomes assessment in higher education.

“Our poster presentation was very well received, especially by professionals who work in the community engagement area,” Fitzpatrick said. “The challenges of measuring impact and assessing results of community engagement are not trivial. In addition to gauging some of the benefits and impact of the Solution Center’s work, our study illuminates some of these challenges and suggests ways to address them.”

The study showed that internships and college work experiences were beneficial to college students. Study results revealed that 95 percent of students in the study who participated in an engagement experience believed it was useful to strengthen their professional skills and gain work experience. Over 80 percent said they felt better prepared for a job as a result of their experience, and 76.7 percent believed that they could easily get a good job reference from their former employer.

On the community partners’ side, 64.2 percent of those surveyed said they would be more likely to hire applicants who have internship experience and 80.4 percent responded that they agreed internship experience was desirable in a new graduate resume. Over 90 percent said students getting involved in these experiences helped the organization better meet its goals, 77 percent said interns bring a creative perspective to their organization, and 73 percent said interns helped improve the organization’s productivity.

In general, 81% of students, 96% of faculty members and 90% of community partners expressed satisfaction with their participation in an experience coordinated by the Solution Center.

“A strength of our work in the Solution Center is the continuous evaluation, critical thinking, and reflection we wrap around our engagements, especially those we support through the IUPUI Community Venture Fund” Fitzpatrick said. “The impact study provides a framework for capturing results in the aggregate and for helping to tell the story of community engagement at IUPUI.”

Seasons Hospice Offers Unique Internship Opportunity

November 2013 – Kara Moran has had a very specific dream to use music therapy to help in American Indian hospice care. A recent internship funded by the IUPUI Community Venture Fund gave her the hands on experience to enhance it.Moran worked with Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care as an Intern Music Therapist. She had her own clients, and also did research into American Indian culture and end of life care, and how music can be used in that respect. She was essentially completing two projects in one, and said that was the toughest part about her project.”I had a caseload of 25 patients that I was treating using my music therapy skills while also learning and working within an interdisciplinary team,” Moran said. “This meant there were many late nights reading and compiling an abundant amount of information that is not necessarily the easiest to track down after working a full day in the field.” But Moran learned a lot from her project and the American Indian culture. She learned how individuals and cultures treat the dying process in general, and how to be open to the grieving process.

An example of American Indian music therapy, from Moran’s final presentation.

“I learned the valuable lesson that the individual, the family, the community, and the cultural grouping of different people go through the death and dying process uniquely, sometimes on each level,” Moran said. I also learned in a big way how all groups of people use music to process and treat death and dying from life summary, to symptom management, to the grieving process. “Learning this has allowed me to feel confident in my ability to be a part of a professional hospice team as a music therapist.”

Moran hopes the research she completed for Seasons Hospice will allow them to serve American Indian communities in the future.

“There are many people in the country who self-identify as American Indian and it is important for hospice workers to understand this cultural perspective,” Moran said. “Often, it seems, quality elder and end-of-life care is not provided to AI people. It seems as well that when health care providers do attempt to provide end-of-life care, there is a cultural barrier. For me, realizing this information allowed me to ask the question: what about music therapy? Can I help by using music therapy? I believe that eventually, yes, music therapy will prove effective in providing quality and culturally respectful end-of-life solutions to this large issue.”

Moran is currently working for Heartland Hospice, beginning its music therapy program in Indianapolis. She will be one of two music therapists for this nationwide company.

“I am grateful for this opportunity,” she said.

Venture Fund Project to Kick off in Spring

November 2013 – Glass Web Projects, LLC is preparing for its Venture Fund-sponsored spring intern by launching a new website aimed at bringing attention to what it does. Not only will the intern help create the website, but they also will be updating community via email and Facebook fan page updates.

Glass Web is a company focused on creating a community of support around local, ethically sound organizations. It does this by being a high quality, low cost, one-stop-web-shop to increase their web presence in a society sustained by the Internet. As an internet-based business, the company needed a new website to draw people to it. Founder of Glass Web Derek Glass, a 2012 IUPUI graduate, said the project took most of this year to complete, but he hopes it will draw people his new effort.

“Short-term, we need the website to attract, educate and retain those wishing to support local, ethical organizations by volunteering, donating or sponsoring projects we are working on,” Glass said.

There are many improvements to the site, including a slideshow of current projects, a how it works page and a become a sponsor page, among many other improvements. There are still more to be made, including an in-progress flow chart and more work on the positions available page.

Glass said his business, which he’s working in his free time when he’s not working at his full time job, is coming along well, and he’s looking forward to his web developer intern to come in spring 2013 to continue the company’s growth. “We have steady but slow progress,” he said. “Currently, the only people working full-time on GWP are myself, my wife and Chanie (Mobley) for design.

To apply for this internship, log on to and search for job number 15821.

Cyberlab Intern Works on App Development

November 2013 – Four students are gaining practical experience technology and software development thanks to internships provided through the Venture Fund at the IUPUI Solution Center. Mannpreet Singh, Tom Leibrock, Sarah Bouchard, all from the School of Informatics and Computing and Jennifer Hashem, School of Liberal Arts, are interns at CyberLab, a research and development center at IUPUI in the school of enginnering. CyberLab is conducting research and development work for CourseNetworking LLC, also known as the CN offers cloud-based learning tools and services for online and classroom-based learning course, basically an academic social networking site.

All four students have made great contributions to project, according to Mengyuan Zhao, a research associate and project coordinator at CyberLab.

“All the CyberLab interns who are supported by the Venture Fund are excellent,” Zhao said. “They bring in innovatie ideas and new perspectives on the project which we are currently working on.”

Singh is a software development intern, and has built a reliable educational app for the in three weeks. “He has strong problem solving skills and a strong sense of responsibility,” Zhao said. “Every piece of his programming is high quality.”

Graphic design interns Leibrock and Bouchard have done a lot of work to make the interface of more appealing, and have also worked on design banners, logos, brochures and flyers for the lab.

Hashem is the social marketing intern, and helps introduce the product to professors and students alike. “She’s never afraid to talk to strangers and her CN blog posting are fabulous and glittering with sharp thoughts,” Zhao said.

Zhao said she’s been most impressed with the interns’ problem solving skills. “They can always find the right information and best solution online and solve problems on their own,” she said.

Zhao said all four interns will continue to work on the, and some have already gotten job offers through CourseNetworking. “No matter what they choose for their future, we will fully support them to fulfill their goals,” Zhao said

Welcome to our new staff member, Scott Roberts

November 2013 – The IUPUI Solution Center is pleased to welcome a new member to its team. Scott Roberts is a writing intern at the IUPUI Solution Center. He writes articles and edits copy for the newsletter, and also writes other Solution Center materials. A graduate student at IUPUI in public relations, Scott also works as a reporter for the Reporter-Times newspaper in Martinsville, Ind. He has previously interned with Indy Reads and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Indiana State Chapter.

Arts for Learning Intern Plans One of Indy’s Favorite Events

Arts for Learning intern, Griseldis Ortega, working the Volunteer Check-in

October 2013 — Griseldis Ortega from the IUPUI Tourism, Conventions, and Event Management program recently had the opportunity to help plan one of Indianapolis’s most popular events, Chocolate Fest, thanks to her internship with Arts for Learning and support from the IUPUI Solution Center Community Venture Fund.

Indiana’s largest and oldest provider of professional arts education programs for children, Arts for Learning serves more than 65,000 preschool through high school students in approximately 30-35 counties in Indiana annually with performances, workshops, and residency programs in-school, afterschool and out of school. Planning for its annual fundraiser, Chocolate Fest, held at Harrison Center this year, required the assistance of a talented intern, and Griseldis fit the bill.

Griseldis’s tasks for the event included vendor recruitment and communications, preparation and dissemination of marketing materials, volunteer recruitment and supervision, and logistical oversight.

“The toughest part was calling vendors,” said Griseldis, adding, “but I was able to get outside of my comfort zone and learn new things.”

Upon completion of the event planning, there were 21 vendors supplying mouth-watering chocolate samples for attendees to taste, as well as about 900 attendees, an all-time high. From a harp player outside the grounds, to multiple rooms filled with decadent chocolate treats, to a Christopher Columbus impersonator, the Chocolate Fest was a memorable event for many in the Indianapolis community and an important career-development milestone for Griseldis.

Just one of the many treats at Chocolate Fest!

Projects to Watch: Alivio Medical Center

October 2013 — Last year, two IUPUI students, Samir Kumar Kukadia and Swetcha Rao, received an extraordinary opportunity through the help of the IUPUI Solution Center’s Venture Fund to intern with Alivio Medical Center and work on a fall detection initiative.

Dr. Alfredo Lopez-Yunez throughout his medical practice was very aware of all the issues caused by falls in elderly people. This is a very serious issue in healthcare and it has a great social and economical impact,” said Luis Palacio, director of research and development for Alivio. In 2011, Dr. Lopez and Diana Vasquez, a Ph.D student at IUPUI, met and decided to start a project that could take care of this issue by using a combination of sensors and airbag technology.

According to Palacio, the project applies a unique combination of medical and engineering expertise to design and develop a system that detects a fall and helps protect the person from injury due to impact.

Venture Fund Supported Student Turns Internship into Career

October 2013 — Forest Manor Multi-Service Center (FMMSC) is host to a multitude of programs and tools aiding the Forest Manor area in maximizing their potential. This vision of a vibrant community pushes them to create programs that result in a more impassioned and self-sufficient youth, higher employment rates, lower crime and poverty rates, and higher high school graduation rates.

Last summer, Lana Brown, a recent IUPUI graduate, had the opportunity to intern with the FMMSC in the Youth Development segment of the organization. After an internship trial period in which Lana successfully facilitated a summer camp, Forest Manor offered the IUPUI grad a staff position!

Kyle McIlrath, supervisor to Lana, commented, “Lana was the right person for the staff position because of her dedication and hard work. She meshed well with the staff and was able to get her tasks done on time, if not before time.”

Lana’s new position involves planning and implementing after school, spring and summer camps in a safe, structured, and fun environment as well as finding grants, writing proposals for these grants and budgeting the grant money for an entire year.

Said Lana, “I am part of the 46218 community now.  I am involved in community festivals, fairs, and open houses. I not only know the boundaries for our area but also know the families that live inside of those boundaries. I have grown to love this community and the children and parents in it. I know the schools that are in these areas, where to go to get involved, and who to go to when needing help! Being from a small town I am used to knowing everyone and never thought that would transition into a big city like Indianapolis until now. I realize even though the north east corridor is part of a big city, it feels like a small town.”  says Lana.

Crispus Attucks Students Preparing for Trip of a Lifetime

October 2013 — Fifteen Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School students will have a once-in-a lifetime experience when they travel next month to Swaziland, a small country in southern Africa as part of a multi-partner initiative designed to help fight HIV/AIDS and other communicable disease prevalence among youth.

While in Swaziland, the students, who will be accompanied by two Crispus Attucks faculty members, a physician, nurse, pharmacist, mental health and SOHO (Saving Orphans Through Healthcare and Outreach) facilitators, will:

* Lead health education convocations in four Swazi High Schools;

* Participate in a shared learning experience with Swazi Youth Leadership groups;

* Meet and dialogue with civic leaders and health and social services providers;

* Participate in two community health clinics;

* Distribute donated school shoes, clothing, hygiene products and school materials; and

* Engage in humanitarian work at a large orphan homestead.

Read the rest of the article from IPS by clicking here.

Welcome to our new Staff Member, Chrissy Colgrove!

September 2013 — This month we are excited to welcome a new member to our team! Chrissy Colgrove is the Communication Intern at the IUPUI Solution Center. She coordinates the center’s internal and external communication and reporting efforts- keeping up with our social media accounts, orchestrating our monthly newsletter, distributing press releases, and aiding in event planning. A Junior at IUPUI, Chrissy studies Public Relations Journalism and Business. She is currently a member of the IUPUI Speech & Debate team and recently has completed internships with Jada Beauty in Carmel, Ind., and Bitner PR in Orlando, Fla.

Simple Solutions for our Partners: 6 Steps to Finding Your “Super Intern”

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We have all heard the story of the intern who made the boss’s workday harder instead of easier. To avoid this, the IUPUI Solution Center suggests searching for a “Super Intern”- one who goes above and beyond your expectations. We put together a few quick tips to aid you in the process:

  1. Hire an intern you could envision as a future full-time employee.
  2. Check candidates’ Social Media accounts – keep brand management in mind.
  3. Post on University outlets such as, contact the Solution Center and email the school you are hiring out of (e.g. School of Journalism).
  4. Ask challenging interview questions – not only will this benefit you but it will also give great real-world experience to the students you speak with.
  5. Write a meaningful position description, just like you would for a full-time position, and structure your internship around tasks that will build your intern’s resume.
  6. Pay your intern! A paid internship sends the message that this position is important and valued by your organization, and that you are seeking someone who is ready to be a paid professional. Plus many college students cannot afford an unpaid experience. Don’t miss out on meeting these candidates!

Intern Success: The Oaks Academy

September 2013 — IUPUI student, Faren Jones, received a Venture Fund supported internship Spring & Summer 2013 at The Oaks Academy, a private elementary school dedicated to the success and spiritual growth of their students. At the academy, Faren was responsible for gift processing, sending acknowledgement letters, board & gift reporting, blogging, and event planning. “My time at The Oaks Academy was a time of personal and professional development.  I learned about the history of The Oaks and all that it seeks to accomplish, its community partnerships, and the population it intentionally serves.” In addition to a successful growth in her field, Faren acknowledges, as a student, her internship would not have been possible without match funding from the IUPUI Solution Center. “I would not have been able to afford school and other living expenses without having a paid internship.  It opened up an opportunity for me to apply hands-on what I’ve been learning in my courses and still pay bills.” Learn More

SC Partner Profile: Jameson Camp


September 2013 — “Get outside and grow inside.” The motto of Jameson camp serves to illustrate the inspiration they provide in encouraging students to recognize their strengths while in the wilderness. Planted on roughly 100 acres of woods on the west side of Indianapolis, Jameson Camp serves hundreds of youth each year during their summer camp and yearly leadership program. This summer, the IUPUI Solution Center provided Jameson Camp with Venture Fund support that allowed them to hire an intern. Cassandra Tice, Development Manager for Jameson Camp, commented on the opportunity: “The Venture Fund provided Jameson Camp the opportunity to hire a highly qualified IUPUI Graduate Student to serve as our summer development intern. Over the summer our talented intern, Catie Jackson, completed prospect research, wrote grant reports and proposals, interviewed summer campers, photographed activities, and created marketing and fundraising materials.”  Learn More

IUPUI Students Attend Campus Kitchen Boot Camp in D.C.

September 2013 — According to a study by Indy Hunger, 1 in 6 Americans struggle with hunger and food insecurity. Of some 50 million people waiting in agony for their next meal, 313,880 are located in just southeast and central Indiana alone. Even more shocking, 263 million pounds of food are wasted each day in the United States, enough to feed the hungry 50 million. Faculty member, Nancy Barton, recognized that this data was more than just a collection of numbers on a sheet of paper. Rather, these numbers reflected a crisis in our own community that had potential to be solved through the lives of students on the IUPUI campus.

There are 33 high school and collegiate campuses in the country who work with the non-profit, Campus Kitchen. The Campus Kitchen’s mission is to fight world hunger by utilizing their own backyard: the college campus. Student volunteers on each campus plan menus, run cooking shifts, garden, and teach nutrition education – all in order to serve the hunger fighting community.

Supervised by the IUPUI Office of Sustainability and Professor Nancy Barton, Lecturer for the Department of Kinesiology, IUPUI students, Logan Bogard, a senior in the school of Engineering and Technology, and Kelli Cantrell, a senior in the school of Liberal Arts, attended the Campus Kitchen annual Boot Camp in Washington D.C. at the beginning of August. At the camp, Bogard and Cantrell became equipped with the skills necessary to begin and run a Campus Kitchen at IUPUI.

Logan Bogard prepares a recycled meal at the CK boot camp.

The IUPUI Solution Center provided a portion of the funds necessary to attend the Campus Kitchen Boot Camp. “The Solution Center Venture Funding has been essential in taking this project to the next step.  Now we are getting students engaged in training for the implementation of the Campus Kitchen at IUPUI. This support reveals the validation of the IUPUI campus with this project.” says project supervisor, Barton.

Bogard and Cantrell joined 35 other leaders from 19 campuses for three days of intensive training in: food sustainability, food safety paperwork, food recovery, food resourcing, and food serving. On their first day alone, the students carried freshly prepared inter-generational meals over to the Guy Mason Recreation Center in D.C.

“I learned a lot about asset-based development. It is important to look at what you already have in place and use existing things that are not being used to their full capacity instead of building new things. This is how CKP (Campus Kitchens Project) works. I am going to be able to apply what I have learned to the Urban Gardens we already have on campus and expand that to include the Campus Kitchen we are going to establish this year at IUPUI.” says Bogard.

Once finalized, the Campus Kitchen will be located in the University Tower and will provide service opportunities for the freshman living in the dorms and on campus as well as a solution for the hunger struggling community and campus in Indianapolis. For more information on how to get involved with the IUPUI Campus Kitchen Initiative contact Deborah Ferguson from the IUPUI Office of Sustainability:

See Campus Kitchen participant Kelli Cantrell in the third row, far left; Logan Bogard laying down in the front row.

IUPUI Solution Center Community Partners to Appear on Indy Local TV

August 2013 — For just 30 minutes on Tues., Sept 3, every local television station in Indianapolis will cut off from regular program commercials to urge the entire community to “LIVE UNITED.” The segment will profile the good work of several IUPUI Solution Center partners in order to illustrate the immense impact United Way and their affiliates made on the city of Indianapolis. Stories include the Martin Center Sickle Cell Initiative‘s persistence in alleviating the emotional barriers of a 5-year-old dealing with Sickle Cell and John H. Boner Community Center‘s dedication to life-changing crisis aversion techniques for a young woman in need. For more information, visit UWCI.

IUPUI students help establish tribal museum in Alaska

August 2013 — As part of a newly created field experience, several IUPUI museum studies and anthropology students spent part of their summer vacations traveling outside Indiana. The three-week field study in Alaska, was created by Holly Cusack-McVeigh, Assistant Professor in Anthropology,  and was made possible through funding and support from the University of Alaska, private and public museums in Alaska, and the IUPUI Community Venture Fund.
The IUPUI Solution Center granted nearly $15,000 to cover student stipends and travel expenses for 10 students who traveled to the village of Nanwalek, Alaska, where they helped residents identify, preserve, and display their cultural artifacts at a newly established local museum.

Nanwalek is a census-designated place with an area of 8.5 square miles on the southern tip of the Kenai Peninsula in southern Alaska.

Lauren Baker, an IUPUI museum studies graduate student, said Nanwalek’s residents had plenty of artifacts — many of them Russian Orthodox items from their church — they just didn’t know how to display them. Baker said she and her fellow students helped teach residents how to properly clean and care for the items, creating a safe and educational resource for the small Alaskan community.

“This was nothing like anything I’ve done before,” she said. “It just very different than being at a (traditional) museum, where you’re just very distanced. It was great to be able to be with the culture that these objects are tied to.”

Tyler Coxey, an anthropology student at IUPUI, said there was not one moment during the field study that he was not learning about something, including basket weaving and the villagers’ native language, Sugt’stun. But Coxey’s favorite part was visiting the museums.

“I am very grateful that I was able to work with some of their most valuable artifacts, listen to their many stories, and be accepted and cared for so quickly,” he said.

After returning from Alaska, Coxey said he and other IUPUI students are staying connected with their new friends in Nanwalek through Facebook and email.

School of Informatics faculty, students develop academic app for iPad

August 2013 – With a nearly $25,000 grant from the Solution Center, Informatics faculty member Joseph Defazio and graduate students Jay Hardin and Whitney Coleman (pictured above, left to right) developed and tested a new content management system that allows the storage and manipulation of digital course content, such as assignments, grading criteria and class schedules.

Coleman and Hardin say their new system offers greater user-friendliness for faculty members uploading class resources. The project was part of an Informatics – Media Arts and Science course.

Solution Center director publishes article in public affairs journal

August 2013 – Kudos to our director, Teresa Bennett, on having her article, “Achieving the Partnership Principle in Experiential Learning: The Nonprofit Perspective,” selected for publication in the summer 2013 edition of the Journal of Public Affairs Education. The article, which explores what characterizes the most useful university-community partnerships, was co-authored by fellow Indiana University faculty members Beth Gazley and Laura Littlepage.



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