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|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.
“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.
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 JagJobs.org and search for job number 15821.
All four students have made great contributions to thecn.com 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 Cn.com 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 thecn.com 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 cn.com, 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Image Courtesy of SuperInterns.com|
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:
- Hire an intern you could envision as a future full-time employee.
- Check candidates’ Social Media accounts – keep brand management in mind.
- Post on University outlets such as IUPUITalent.net, contact the Solution Center and email the school you are hiring out of (e.g. School of Journalism).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
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
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
|See Campus Kitchen participant Kelli Cantrell in the third row, far left; Logan Bogard laying down in the front row.|
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.
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.
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.
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.
Click Here to read a digital copy of the journal.